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Friday, April 27, 2018

Legacy Family Tree Webinar - Finding Alternative Sources for Your Ancestors' Deaths

Today my newest Legacy webinar was released. I hope you go check it out and learn about places you can look to find new records of a person's death.

From the website: "Death certificates and obituaries are the go-to for researchers, but what if you cannot find those. Learn where else to look for death dates and other death tid-bits for your ancestors in this presentation."

If you did not know already, this was just my latest in a number of webinars I have created for Legacy.  Go to my author's page to watch the rest! For a look at the titles offered, see the picture shown below.


Friday, April 6, 2018

A tale of Immigration - William Ings and Lydia Cooper

This is part 5 of a 5 part research blog.  Please read part 1 herepart 2 here, part 3 here, and part 4 here.



William Ings and his wife Lydia Cooper never moved to the United States, choosing to live their lives out in England. However, their son Walter Ings and his wife Marian made several trips home for what we can assume were family visits.


Ordnance Survey Open Data. County boundaries and GB coastline. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 23 November 2010. 

Lydia Cooper was baptised on 28 November 1830 at St. Edmunds on Church Street in Wesleyan, Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.[i] She was the daughter of Ralph Cooper, who was an agricultural labourer,[ii] and Mary Chalk.  Until her marriage, Lydia lived with her parents and siblings in Downton, Wiltshire, England.[iii]  William Ings was also from Wiltshire.  He was baptized on 29 August 1824 in Downton, Wiltshire, England[iv] and was the son of James Ings, who was a sawyer,[1] and Diana Griffin.[v]   
They were married on 1 June 1848 at Downton, Wiltshire, England in the local parish church.[vi]  William was 24 years old and Lydia 18. I located seven children in the records born to this couple.  On the 1851 England Census[vii] William and Lydia resided at 112 Morgan’s Vale Downton, Wiltshire, England.  Their first son Alfred was 2 years old and William was employed as an agricultural labourer.  Ten years later[viii] the family lived at 8 Church Street in Shirley, Hampshire, England. William was employed as a sawyer, the same occupation as his father, and their family had grown again.  It now consisted of four boys and one girl.  The three youngest children, including Walter, were all born in Shirley, Hampshire.


Census. 1851. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Piece: 1846. Folio: 222. Page: 27. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.


William and Lydia’s family still resided in the same town on the 1871 England Census, but were at 18 Station Road.[ix]  Another son was born during the intervening years and the oldest two children were no longer at home.  Lydia and William continued to live in their home located in Hampshire until their deaths.  The only exception was the 1891 Census where William, Lydia and their three
youngest children lived next door to George Chalk on Cemetery Road. The area appeared to be near a brick works in Weston Common, South Hampton.[x]  We could assume a relationship between Lydia and Mr. Chalk since her mother’s maiden name was also Chalk, but no relationship was shown on the record.  William was not employed but “living on own expenses.” Perhaps they visited the family during the time frame the census was taken.  The 1901 census confirmed William’s status as retired.[xi]  It listed him as a “retired builder.”  They still lived on Station Road in Shirley just a few doors down from their son Erwin.


Census. 1901. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Piece: 1072. Folio: 167. Page: 11. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.

Lydia died at the age of 80 in 1911[xii] after the 1911 census as she was shown on it with William at their home on Station Road in Shirley.[xiii]  According to his probate record William died a few years later at his home, aged 88, on 24 January 1913.[xiv]  His sons Edwin (or Urwin) and Alfred were the executors of the will.[xv]


Testamentary Records. England. 24 January 1913.  INGS, William. Administration. Southhampton. National Probate Calendar Index.  http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.

Full Pedigree chart for the project:



[1] Someone who saws timber




[i] Baptisms (PR) England. St. Edmunds, Salisbury, Wiltshire.  28 November 1830. COOPER, Lydia. Ancestry transcript. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[ii] Census. 1841. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Enumeration District: 4. Folio: 56. Page: 23. Line: 6.  http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[iii] Census. 1841. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Enumeration District: 4. Folio: 56. Page: 23. Line: 6.  http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
Census. 1851. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Piece: 1846. Folio: 219. Page: 20. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10
[iv] Baptisms (PR) England. Donwton, Wiltshire. 29 August 1824. INGS, William. Ancestry transcript. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[v] Census. 1841. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Enumeration District: 3. Folio: 35. Page: 10. Line: 18. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[vi] Marriages (PR) England. Chippenham, Wiltshire. Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. 1 June 1848. INGS, William and COOPER, Lydia. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[vii] Census. 1851. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Piece: 1846. Folio: 222. Page: 27. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[viii] Census. 1861. England. Millbrook, Hampshire. Piece: 683. Folio: 52. Page: 2. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[ix] Census. 1871. England. Millbrook, Hampshire. Piece: 1199. Folio: 60. Page. 14. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[x] Census. 1891. England. Shirley Millbrook, Hampshire. Piece: 923. Folio: 96. Page: 18. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xi] Census. 1901. England. Downton, Wiltshire. Piece: 1072. Folio: 167. Page: 11. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xii] Deaths Index. (CR) England & Wales. RD: South Hampton, Hamptonshire. 3rd Q., 1911. INGS, Lydia. Vol. 2c. p. 71. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xiii] Census. 1911. England. Shirley, Hampshire. Piece: 5996. Schedule Number: 246. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xiv] Testamentary Records. England. 24 January 1913.  INGS, William. Administration. Southhampton. National Probate Calendar Index.  http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.



Monday, April 2, 2018

A tale of Immigration - Joseph Pender (or Pinder) and Sophia Barrand

This is part 4 of a 5 part research blog.  Please read part 1 herepart 2 here, and part 3 here.


Joseph Pender and Sophia Barrand were in their early 40s when they immigrated to the United States in 1883.[i]  I was unable to locate a marriage record online, but based on the ages of the nine children found through census records, I estimated they were married in England before the oldest child was born in about 1863.[ii]  Unfortunately, there were several Joseph Penders and Sophia Barrands in the marriage indexes around that timeframe and I was not able to distinguish between the possible couples within the time frame allotted for this project. 


Sophia was born in June of 1840[iii] at Birmingham, Warwickshire, England[iv] to John and Pheby Barrand.[v]  One sister, Emma,[vi] was identified through census records.  She and her family moved to Lincolnshire by the 1861 census.[vii]  Her father was employed as a butcher and then a beer seller according to the census records.[viii]  Sophia’s parents were not researched further than the census records presented here. 
Her husband, Joseph Pender, was the son of Joseph and Ann Pender.[ix]  He was born about 1841 at Kelby, Leicestershire, England.[x] Joseph Sr., his father, farmed 150 acres of land and employed not only farm laborers but domestic help as well.[xi] His mother Ann was deceased by the 1861 census leaving Joseph and his sister Sarah at home with their father.   


They appeared for the first time as a family on the 1871 England Census.[xii] Joseph followed in this father’s footsteps as a farmer.  At that time, he owned 100 acres of land, employed four labourers, and a domestic servant.  Why they left this behind to immigrate to the United States is unclear.  On 7 May 1883 Joseph, Sophia, and six of their children arrived at the port of New York City on board the SS England.[xiii]  The date was almost four months prior to the arrival of their son-in-law Walter Ings and daughter Marian.  Just as their daughter, they passed through Castle Garden immigration control. 





Joseph Pender took his oath of allegiance to the United States on 10 February 1891 at the County Court of Kings County, New York.[xiv]  With his oath, his wife Sophia and all his minor children, became citizens.[1]  The next year the family appeared on the 1892 New York State Census.[xv]  They were living a few blocks from their daughter Marian and her family in the 8th Ward of Brooklyn, New York.  Joseph was employed as a labourer.


Unfortunately, Joseph, who was aged about 50 years, died on 29 November 1892.[xvi]  He was buried at Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.[xvii]  Later, his wife would be laid to rest in the plot next to him.[xviii]
The next record for Sophia was the 1900 US Federal Census.[xix]  It showed she lived at 289 46th Street Brooklyn, NY with her daughters Nellie and Margaret.  They were also in the same building as her daughter Mary, who was married with her own family.  Nellie and Margaret were employed as a saleswoman and a book keeper respectively while their mother, Sophia, had no occupation listed.  By 1905 Sophia had moved again.  She resided, as previously stated, with her daughter Marian Ings.  Before the 1910 census Sophia moved in with her daughter Mary and her family.[xx]  She died three years later at the age of 73 on 20 November 1913 at Kings County, NY.[xxi]




[1] Immigration laws at that time stated that all minor children and wives would become citizens upon the granting of citizenship to the husband.  According to records, Joseph’s adult son Joseph Jr. became a citizen on the same day as well.  However, as an adult he applied on his own behalf and was not included in his father’s household.




[i] Passenger list for S.S. England departing Liverpool. PENDER, Joseph. 7 May 1883.  Collection: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Image.  http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[ii] Census. 1871. England. Kelby, Lincolnshire. Piece: 3350. Folio: 90. Page: 14. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[iii] Census. 1900. United States. Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Roll: 1047. Page: 3B. Enumeration District: 0106. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[iv] Census. 1851. England. Aston Warwickshire. Piece: 2060. Folio: 202. Page: 23. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[v] Ibid.
[vi] Ibid.
[vii] Census. 1861. England. North Kyme, Lincolnshire. Piece: 2341. Folio: 34. Page: 10. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[viii] Census. 1851. England. Aston Warwickshire. Piece: 2060. Folio: 202. Page: 23. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
Census. 1861. England. North Kyme, Lincolnshire. Piece: 2341. Folio: 34. Page: 10. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[ix] Census. 1851. England. Kelby, Lincolnshire. Piece: 2100. Folio: 446. Page: 17. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[x] Ibid.
[xi] Census. 1851. England. Kelby, Lincolnshire. Piece: 2100. Folio: 446. Page: 17. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xii] Census. 1871. England. Kelby, Lincolnshire. Piece: 3350. Folio: 90. Page: 14. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xiii] Op. cit. Passenger list for S.S. England departing Liverpool. PENDER, Joseph.
[xiv] Naturalization Records (United States).  PENDER, Joseph Sr..  10 Feb 1891.  Collection: New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940. Image.  http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xv] Census. 1892. New York State. Brooklyn, Kings County. ED: 22. Ward: 8. p. 5. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xvi] Deaths index (CR) New York. Kings County. 20 November 1913. PENDER, Joseph. Certificate no. 19200. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xvii] The Green-Wood Historic Fund. Green-Wood Cemetery Burial Search. Index. http://www.green-wood.com/burial_results/index.php : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xviii] Ibid.
[xix] Census. 1900. United States. Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Roll: 1047. Page: 3B. Enumeration District: 0106. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xx] Census. 1910. United States. Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Roll: T624_970; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 0533. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xxi] Deaths index (CR) New York. Kings County. 20 November 1913. PENDER, Sophia. Certificate no. 21441. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A tale of Immigration - Walter Ings and Marian Clark Pender

This is post 3 of a 5 part research blog.    Please read part 1 here and part 2 here.


Walter Ings, aged 24 years, and his wife Marian Clark Pender, aged 20, arrived in the Port of New York City in 1883.[i]  They came through immigration at Castle Garden[ii] in the harbour of New York City where they were processed before arriving in Manhattan.  No marriage record was located for this couple either in the US or England.  However, they were listed on the passenger manifest, and immigration record, as Mr. and Mrs. Walter Ings traveling on the ship Arizona from Liverpool.  The record for immigration control at Castle Garden stated they arrived on 8 August 1883.

Guion Liner ARIZONA when she held the Atlantic Record. 19 March 1898. MARINE ENGINEERING, Vol. II, September 1898, page 29; no author listed.

After settling in Brooklyn, New York Walter and Marian started a family.  Four children were found in the records, all born in New York.  Ernest was the oldest, born about 1885.[iii]  Next was Florence May who was born about 1888.[iv]  Then William C. was born in 1889[v] and finally Grace Marian on 23 May 1892 in Kings County, New York.[vi]
Walter, age 39, naturalized at the Eastern District of New York, District Court of the United States on 24 June 1898.[vii] The document confirmed his birth as 17 January 1859 in England and stated he arrived in New York on or about 29 September 1883.  The date difference could be explained in several ways.  One, the date from Castle Garden could be the date of departure from England.  Another explanation could be that they were in quarantine until September, at which point they entered New York.  At the time of his naturalization, the Ings family lived at 187 44th Street in Brooklyn, New York. 


The 1892 New York State Census[1][viii] did not provide much new information.  They lived in the 8th Ward of Brooklyn, New York.  Two children, May Ings aged 4 and Walter[2] Ings aged 2, were listed.  Immediately following the family is an unknown male named William Ings, aged 37 from Scotland.  There could be a family connection or it was a coincidence in the census.  From the information on the census there was no way to resolve the question of family relationship.



 
By the 1900 US Federal Census[ix]  the Ings family lived at 358 57th Street in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  In addition to their family of five, three other families lived in the same house for a total of eleven people in the home.  No apartment numbers were listed which made it difficult to determine if it was one house or a building with three residences within it.  Also, two members of the family were employed.  Walter and Florence M. were employed as a salesman and a sales woman. William C. and Grace attended school and Marian was at home. 

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The 1900 census asked the wife in the home how many children she had who were living and deceased.  According to her answer four children were born and three were living.  However, I believe she misunderstood the question.  While she had three children living at the house, and Ernest was missing from the 1892 and 1900 census records, he reappeared on the 1905 New York State Census.[x] It was possible she thought the enumerator wanted to know the total number of children and the number who lived in the home. 


Walter and Marian resided at 1343 72nd Avenue in Brooklyn, NY for the 1905 NY State Census.[xi]  This document collected more information than the prior state census.  Walter and his son Ernest were both employed as salesmen. William and Florence were listed as clerks.  Another family member joined the household.  Sophia Pender who was Marian’s mother, now lived with them. 



Census. 1905. New York State. Brooklyn, Kings County. AD: 7. ED: A27 - A28. p. 21 - 22. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
The Ings family were at the same residence for the 1910 Federal Census.[xii]  Marian again listed four children born with three living.  While Ernest was not currently living with them, I could not discount that he was most likely alive because she answered the same way in 1900.  Walter was still employed as a salesman, now for a dry goods store, Florence was an office stenographer, and William was a bank clerk.  No one else in the home was employed.


1915 was the last New York State census the family were enumerated on.[xiii]  They still resided at 73rd street in Brooklyn and Walter now was a dry goods buyer.  Only one child, Grace, was at home.  She was employed as a school teacher.  Five years later Walter and Marian were in Nutley, Essex County, New Jersey for the 1920 US Census.[xiv] They lived near their daughter Grace and her family.  Walter and Marian resided at 42 Cathedral Avenue in Nutley where Walter continued as a buyer for a dry goods company in the 1930 census.[xv]  However, by 1940 they moved again and resided at 343 Franklin Ave. Also, Walter appeared retired as no occupation was listed on the census record.[xvi]

At the age of 88, Walter died on 19 November 1947. Unfortunately, no death records were found, but his death date was listed in the city directory. [xvii] Marian was listed as his widow and residing at her daughter Grace’s house (205 Passaic Avenue) in the 1948 Nutley City Directory.[xviii] She was next listed in the Bellville, NJ City Directory, again as his widow, from 1950 and 1952.[xix]  In 1954 the directory stated she had removed to Neptune, New Jersey.[xx] At this point the records online for Marian stopped.  Onsite searching should be performed in New York City and New Jersey to located as many of the mid-late 20th century records which were not available online. Those which could be ordered would not have arrived in time for this project.




[1] The state of New York held censuses in between the Federal Census.  Most censuses were taken in years ending in 5, but not always.
[2] This must be their son William, but perhaps mislabeled or they changed his name later.




[i] Naturalization Records (United States).  INGS, Walter.  24 June 1898.  Collection: New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940. Image.  http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[ii] The Battery Conservancy. Passenger Search. INGS, Walter and INGS, Mrs. W. 8 August 1883. Index. http://www.castlegarden.org/ : accessed 10 June 2017.
[iii] Census. 1905. New York State. Brooklyn, Kings County. AD: 7. ED: 25. p. 21. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Ibid.
[vi] Births index (CR) New York. New York City, New York County. INGS, Grace Marian. Collection: New York, New York, Birth Index, 1878-1909.  Certificate no. 31434S. Abstract. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[vii] Op. cit. Naturalization Records (United States).  INGS, Walter. 
[viii] Census. 1892. New York State. Brooklyn, Kings County. ED: 24. Ward: 8. p. 16. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[ix] Census. 1900. United States. Brooklyn, Kings, New York. Roll: 1047. Page: 10A. Enumeration District: 0106. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[x] Census. 1905. New York State. Brooklyn, Kings County. AD: 7. ED: A27 - A28. p. 21 - 22. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xi] Ibid.
[xii] Census. 1910. United States. Kings, New York. Roll: T624_985. Page: 1B. Enumeration District: 1072. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xiii] Census. 1915. New York State. Brooklyn, Kings County. AD: 16. ED: 36. p. 50. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xiv] Census. 1920. United States. Nutley, Essex, New Jersey. Roll: T625_1039. Page: 17B. Enumeration District: 295. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xv] Census. 1930. United States. Nutley, Essex, New Jersey. Roll: 1344. Page: 4A. Enumeration District: 0563. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xvi] Census. 1940. United States. Nutley, Essex, New Jersey. Roll: T627_2338. Page: 5A. Enumeration District: 7-284. http://www.ancestry.com : accessed June 10.
[xvii] Directory. New Jersey. (1948) Nutley Directory – 1948. INGS, Marian C. p. 821. Collection: US City Directories, 1822-1995. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xviii] Ibid.
[xix] Directory. New Jersey. (1950) Nutley Directory – 1950. INGS, Marian C. p. 912. Collection: US City Directories, 1822-1995. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
Directory. New Jersey. (1952) Nutley Directory – 1952. INGS, Marian C. p. 627. Collection: US City Directories, 1822-1995. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.
[xx] Directory. New Jersey. (1954) Nutley Directory – 1954. INGS, Marian C. p. 657. Collection: US City Directories, 1822-1995. Image. http://ancestry.com : accessed 10 June 2017.