Monday, March 10, 2014

Henry McKinley and Jane Smith Walker


Henry McKinley was born 10 March 1853 at Clogher (Irish: Clochar), Tyrone, Ireland. Clogher is a small place, and so it is considered a village, even though there is a Church of Ireland cathedral there. It is located on the River Blackwater. He was the oldest son of Henry Summerville McKinley and his wife, Jane Reid. According to family notes, Henry was a drummer boy in the military at the age of ten.

Jane Smith Walker was also born in 1853, at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. Her parents were James Walker and Mary Greenshields.

On 23 May 1873, Henry and Jane were married at Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland, her home town, and his place of residence at the time. Govan, (Scottish Gaelic: Baile a' Ghobhainn), once an agricultural and fishing village, is situated 2.5 miles West of Glasgow City Center, on the S bank of the River Clyde, opposite the mouth of the River Kelvin and the district of Partick. During the Middle Ages, Govan was the site of a ferry which linked the area with Partick for seasonal cattle drovers; in the 18th and 19th centuries, weaving and coal mining were important; and in the early 19th century, shipbuilding emerged as Govan's principal industry.


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Alexander and William were born at Govan. By the time their third child was born, they were living 167 miles south at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, England, situated at the tip of the Furness peninsula on the NW edge of Morecambe Bay, where Henry was employed as a ship joiner. One by one, Mary, Henry, James, Duncan, Albert, Hugh, and Alfred were born at Barrow. On the 1881 census, the family was living at Devonshire Bdgs 11. Duncan is our ancestor.
Henry McKinley, married, M, age 28, born in Ireland, ship joiner; Jane McKinley, wife, age 28, F, botn in Scotland; Alexander McKinley, son, M, age 9, born in Scotland, scholar; William S. McKinley, son, M, age 7, born in Scotland, scholar; Mary McKinley, daur, F, born at Barrow, Lancashire, England, scholar; Henry J. McKinley, son, M, age 1, born at Barrow, Lancashire, England.

By 1891, the family was complete and they were living at at 30 Earle Street. As the boys came of age, they also began employment in the ship building industry.
Henry McKinlay, married, age 38, ship joiner, born in Ireland; Jame McKinlay, wife, age 38, born in Scotland; Alexander, son, single, age 19, ship boiler maker, born in Scotland; William, son, single, age 16, ship laborer, born in Scotland; Mary, daur, single, age 14, living at home, born in Scotland; Henry, son, age 11, scholar, born at Lancashire, Barrow; James, son, age 9, scholar, born at Lancashire, Barrow; Duncan, son, age 7, scholar, born at Lancashire, Barrow; Albert, son, age 7m, born at Lancashire, Barrow.

They were still living at 30 Earl Street on the 1901 census. Henry's mother, Jane, was living with them.
Henry McKinley, married, age 48, shipyard joiner, Ireland; Jane McKinley, wife, age 48, Scotland; William S. McKinley, son, single, age 27, shipyard laborer, Scotland; James McKinley, son single, age 19, apprentice shipyard worker; Lancashire, Barrow; Duncan G. McKinley, son age 12, apprentice electrician, Lancashire, Barrow; Albert E. McKinley, son, age 10, Lancasahire, Barrow; Hugh McKinley, son, age 7, Lancashire, Barrow; Jane McKinley, mother, widow, age 74, Ireland.

Henry died on 10 December 1913, at Chatham, Kent, England, leaving Jane a widow. She did not die until 13 August 1935. According to her death certificate, she was at home at 30 Earle Street, as witnessed by her son, William Somerville McKinley.

Alice Rogers


Alice Rogers was from Cornwall. Her parents were Joseph Rogers and his wife, Elizabeth Pasco. Alice was christened at Sithney on 10 March 1740, and was the oldest in her family. On 21 June 1765, she married Thomas Rowe at Crowan. They raised their family at Crowan. Their children were Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary, Samuel and Mary H., the latter Mary being our ancestor. St. Crewenna Church of Crowan is pictured.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sithney like this, "SITHNEY, a village and a parish in Helston district, Cornwall. The village stands 2 miles WN W of Helston, and 7½ S of Camborne r. station. The parish includes Porthleven chapelry, and is all within Helston borough. Post town, Helston, Cornwall. Acres, 5,898; of which 65 are foreshore. Pop. in 1851, 2,773; in 1861, 3,306. Houses, 657. Penrose, Antron, and Trevarno are chief residences. A preceptory of Knights Hospitallers stood near Helston. Tin and copper ores are worked; and lead ore was formerly mined. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £435.* Patron, the Bishop of E. The church is ancient but good. The p. curacy of Porthleven is a separate benefice. There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a national school, and charities £8."

He also described Crowan, "CROWAN, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Helston district, Cornwall. The village stands 3 miles S of Camborne r. station, and 5 NNW of Helston; and has a post office under Camborne, Cornwall, and a fair on 17 May. The parish comprises 7, 239 acres. Real property, £8, 836. Pop., 4, 131. Houses, 824. The property is divided among a few. The manor has belonged, since the time of Richard II., to the family of St. Aubyn. Granite, slate, and copper ore occur. Crowan Beacon is 850 feet high, and commands a fine view. A quondam logan-stone, thrown off its balance by some of Cromwell's soldiers, lies ½ a mile south of the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Exeter. Value, £451.* Patron, the Rev. H. M. St. Aubyn. The church has a tower; contains monuments of the St. Aubyns; and was recently restored. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists. The sub-district is conterminate with the parish."

Click here to see photos of ancient monuments located at Crowan.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Isaac White of Calne


Another early resident of Wiltshire, was Isaac White, who was christened 8 March 1711 at Calne. His parents were Abraham White and his wife, Lucy Smith, who were both from Bremhill. Isaac was the fourth child in a family of seven children.

On 25 May 1735. he married Lucy Noble at Calne, and remained there. They had Jane, Abraham, Mary, Elizabeth, Ann, and John. Our ancestor was Mary.

Isaac died 28 June 1748, which means that he lived a relatively short life. His youngest child, John, was born in 1746, so this surely represented a sad tragedy for his wife and her family six children.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Bremhill, Home of Jane Rivers

This Bremhill photo and other churches of Britain and Ireland can be found here.

John Rivers and his wife, Mary Driver, lived at Bremhill, Wiltshire, England. Their five children were Ann, John, Jane, Sarah, and Elizabeth. Our ancestor, Jane, was christened on 6 March 1768 at Bremhill, possibly in this very church.

Jane's children were Charles, Robert, Abraham, and Mary. Abraham was our ancestor, who immigrated to the United States. Since Charles was born in 1790, Jane would logically be married at that time, except that all of her children kept the name of Rivers. The man attributed as being her spouse was John Bessant. What to say about this? I do not know, since I did not do this research myself.

I can tell you that Bremhill, or Bremble, is a village and a parish in Wiltshire. The village is located on the Roman road to Bath, and is about 2 1/2 miles north of Calne, the market town. Below is a picture of Calne. Bath is about 17 1/2 miles west and slightly south.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

John Baggs, Son of John, Grandson of John


John Baggs, the son of John Baggs and his wife, Mary Mathews, was born on 4 March 1768 at Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire, England. He was named John after his father and his grandfather. He had two older sisters, Betty and Sarah. There are no other known children at this time. John's family had been at Broughton Gifford for several generations. During his life, it was a woodland area. The common of the village was used for grazing cattle and growing food. There were a number of ponds on the common as well. The church was named St. Mary's.

On 5 November 1794, John married Martha Potter at Lacock, Wiltshire, England, her birthplace, and a distance of five miles from John's home. Their five children were born at Broughton Gifford, our ancestor being their third child, named John.

John died at Snow Hill, about fifteen miles distance from Broughton Gifford to the north. To get there, he would have traveled through Calne, the market town. Since it was only ten miles from his home, he may have gone there on market days.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Thomas Swaby of Scawby


Thomas Swaby was born 28 February 1835 at Scawby, Lincolnshire, England. His parents were Mary Ann Cracroft and her husband, James Swaby. Scawby is a small village with a 7th century church, St. Hybald's, dedicated to a 7th century Saxon of that name.

On 6 October 1856, Thomas married Asenath Greensides at Kingston upon Hull, NE of his birthplace about 25 miles, and across the Humber River in Yorkshire. They raised a large family, our ancestor being their daughter, Mary Hannah, who was born in 1857.

In 1877, their last child, Thomas, was born in Hull. On the 1880 United States census they were living in Levan, Juab, Utah, and Thomas was working for the railroad. Thomas was 45 years old at the time. His wife, Asenath died in 1903. He died on 1 February 1911 at Ogden, Weber, Utah.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Richard Hornby of Blyton and Gainsborough


Another Lincolnshire resident was Richard Hornby, son of John and Susan Fletcher Hornby. He was christened on 28 January 1702 at Blyton. Blyton, while still in Lincolnshire, is a hefty 48 miles NW of Alford, where the Cracrofts lived. It is about four miles north of Gainsborough, of earlier posts. Richard married Sarah Yellet. Sarah was from Marton, about six miles south of Gainsborough. And so they met in the middle and married at Gainsborough on 23 April 1739. Gainsborough is where the Hornbys and Cracrofts eventually merged.

Richard and Susan had a large family of ten children, our ancestor being their fourth child, also named Richard. The first two were christened at Marton, and the rest at Gainsborough.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Charles Cracroft of Fulletby and Alford

Fulletby is located in Lincolnshire, about 3.5 miles NE of Horncastle, a market town. The church there is dedicated to St. Andrew. The author of the History of the County of Lincoln described it as a "mean structure." It was rebuilt in 1705, but its tower fell down in 1799. The church was rebuilt again in 1865.

The village is listed in the 1086 Domesday Book. In 1841 the village consisted primarily of Mud-and-Stud cottages. In 1849, six Roman funery urns containing burned bone fragments were dug up in the parish.

Fulletby is where Charles Cracroft was christened on 26 January 1619. His parents were George Cracroft and Elizabeth Bolles. On 11 December 1645, Charles married Jane Skegness at Alford, Lincolnshire, England. Alford is twelve miles east of Fulletby, and Jane's birthplace. Their four children--Elizabeth, Anne, Charles, and John were born there. Our ancestor is Charles. Alford has been described as one of the county's "prettiest market towns" by Lincolnshire Life Magazine. Follow the magazine link for a nice photo and history of Alford.

On 17 March 1658/1659, Jane was buried at Alford. John, the youngest, was nine years old at the time, and probably the only one still at home. It appears that Charles remained a widower until John was grown.

On 26 March 1670, he married Margaret Berker. He was married just a year and a half, and died. He was buried on 21 September 1701 at Alford.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Rivers and Drivers

John Rivers was christened on 13 January 1737 at Bremhill, Wiltshire, England. His father was named John, and he was also from Bremhill. He married Mary Driver there on 11 May 1761. He raised his family at Bremhill as well. They had four daughters and a son. Our ancestor is their daughter, Jane.

There are nine previous postings for Wiltshire. Bremhill is located just two miles from Calne, the market town; and four miles from Chippenham. The Roman way, Watling Street, passes through Bremhill. It is so small that it is identified by its location to these other places. The village website has a nice photo of this little place. It is charming.

John died on 22 September 1782, probably at Bremhill.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Duncan Greenshields McKinley



Names can be so helpful in genealogical research. In this case, Duncan's middle name was taken from his maternal grandmother's maiden name. He was born on 6 January 1884 at Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire England. His parents were Henry McKinley and Jane Smith Walker. He was the sixth child in a family of nine children. For a brief history and photos of Barrow, click here. Barrow is located on the Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay.

On the 1901 census, the family was living at 30 Earle Street. Duncan was seven years old, and a scholar, meaning that he was in school. His father was a ship joiner by trade, and as his brothers grew up, they also worked at the shipyard in various capacities. By the age of 12, Duncan was an apprentice electrician.

On 31 August 1907, Duncan married Winifred Elizabeth Ann Stawart at Gateshead on Tyne, Durham, England. They had two children, Beatrice and Thomas Henry, who were born ten years apart. Beatrice is our ancestor, and the mother of George Duncan White. Duncan and Winnie brought their family to the United States in 1922. By that time, they were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and wanted to settle in Utah. Since Winnie left a life story, she wrote of their conversion and subsequent move to America. There is also a good family photo.

The family came to Ogden, Utah, on 12 June 1922, and stayed until the following January. They then moved to Lovelock where Duncan was employed by the Southern Pacific Railroad. In about 1926, Duncan left the railroad and the family moved to Salt Lake City where they lived until their retirement.

They moved to California in 1960 to live with their daughter, Beatrice. Winnie wrote, "When my husband got sick he was too much for me to look after. He has now been sick for five years, past March 18, 1957. We have been married 54 years, August past." Duncan, who the grandchildren called, "Gampy," died on 3 September 1962 at Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California.

George remembers visiting them at their home in Salt Lake City. He took naps at their house and still treasures the green afghan that is a part of his nap time memories. Their home had a parlor that was separate from their living room, a dining room, and a kitchen. The bedrooms were located upstairs. The house was made with old, thick adobe bricks that were ten or twelve inches thick, making it cool in the summertime. As a child, he thought the basement, with its steep stairway was "creepy." Behind the house there was an alley and a separate garage. Their house was located about four blocks from a large park with a lake and row boats.

At Gampy's house, there was always Canada Dry ginger ale, which Duncan liked, and lemon drizzle cake. George thinks it was an angel food cake. Duncan ate a boiled egg sitting in an egg holder for breakfast, and cooked vanilla pudding for lunch. If you looked at the spoon Grandma made pudding with, there was a flat edge from scraping and stirring the pudding as it cooked. George also remembers "gampy mustard." They mixed powdered mustard and vinegar to make a very hot mustard.

In later years, when Duncan and Winnie lived with them, George was about 15 years old. Ken and Bea had a new bedroom and bath they added to their house as a master suite, which they gave to Duncan and Winnie. It was new, and they had not yet had the opportunity to use it, so Duncan and Winnie were the first to enjoy it. Being a teen-aged boy, George didn't really notice a lot about his grandparents, just that Gampy was sick and in bed a lot, and they were old. He does remember that Duncan was "always kind and sweet."