Saturday, October 5, 2019

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- One of Your Immigrant Ancestors

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

Tell us about one of your immigrant ancestors.  Where and when did they come from, how did they migrate, where did they land, where did they settle?

2)  Share your immigrant ancestor information in your own blog post, on Facebook, and leave a link to it in the comments.

Thank you to Linda Stufflebean for suggesting this topic.

Here's mine:

I have two 19th century immigrant ancestor couples, both from England.  I have a number of German 18th century ancestors who settled in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  I have hundreds of 17th century English ancestors who came to North America during the Great Migration, and also a few Dutch and French who came in the 17th century.

For this challenge, I'm going to choose my most recent immigrant ancestors, James Richman (1821-1912), his wife Hannah Rich (1824-1911), and their son, Thomas Richman (1848-1917).  This Richman family was from Hilperton, near Trowbridge, in Wiltshire.  The family story is that James was accused of stealing coal from the Avon and Kennett Canal, was found innocent, but with his reputation besmirched, he went to America.  James arrived in New York City on 22 October 1855 on the ship Calhoun, out of Liverpool, along with his brother-in-law, Samuel Rich.  

Hannah (Rich) Richman and her children, including Thomas, arrived on 14 November 1856 on the ship Osprey, out of Glasgow.  

Nothing is known about their first years in america.  In the 1860 U.S. census, they resided in Burrilville, Rhode Island, and James was a farm laborer.  By the 1870 U.S. Census, the James Richmond family resided in Putnam, Connecticut, and James was a worker in a woolen mill.  Thomas Richmond married Julia White in 1868, and resided in Stonington, Connecticut, and worked in a woolen mill.  In the 1880 U.S. Census, James Richmond was a farmer in Putnam, and Thomas was an overseer in a woolen mill in Killingly, Connecticut.  The James Richmond dairy farm was located at 1 Richmond Road in Putnam.


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Janice M. Sellers said...

I chose to write about my great-grandmother Jane, the most recent immigrant ancestor on my father's side:

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here is what little I know about Martin Gleeson, who immigrated to Canada from Ireland.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is my post. I wish someone would discover the Tybbots' home in Wales: