|1841 Census - Prestwich Cum Oldham, Lancashire, England from Ancestry.com|
If Sarah wasn't Humphrey's mother, then who was? I next found a birth record for Humphrey Eastwood which shows his mother was named Elizabeth.
|Humphrey's original birth record|
Then, I found ANOTHER record for his birth. This one was recorded in 1852 when he was 17 years old! And, it lists his 'abode' as Lees.
|Birth Register for Humphrey Eastwood, son of James & Elizabeth|
By 1852, Humphrey's mother had died. By looking at Humphrey's birth date and the remarriage of his father, I'm pretty sure his mother, Elizabeth, died in about 1838. I have found a death record that I think is likely hers. The death shows an Elizabeth Eastwood, aged 30, who died in April of 1838 in Ashton under Lyne, which all makes sense. I haven't proven this is her, though.
|Possibly Elizabeth Eastwood's death reocrd|
I know Humphrey's father, James, came over between 1848 and 1852 because of when and where his children were born. I have found the passenger list where his stepmother, Sarah, and his step-siblings, Elam and Sarah, immigrated in August of 1851. So, why was Humphrey still in England? And who was he living with?
I next found the 1851 England census where Humphrey is living with his aunt & uncle, John & Hannah Ormrod in Lees Field in Lancashire. I don't believe Humphrey's father, James, has a sister named Hannah. So, either John or Hannah must be Humphrey's mother, Elizabeth's, sibling.
|1851 Census with Humphrey Eastwood living with aunt & uncle, John & Hannah Ormrod|
By 1860, Humphrey has arrived in the United States and is living with his father, stepmother, and step-siblings in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. He is now 25 years of age and working as a clerk. I have not found an immigration record for him. In fact, this is the last record I've found for Humphrey.
|1860 Census - Clinton County, PA|
I do wonder why Humphrey didn't come over with his father or with his stepmother & step-siblings. He would have been about 16 years old when his stepmother came over. Was it a money issue?
And, what happened to Humphrey? Why can't I find any more records about him? When did he immigrate and when did he die? And when did his father, James, immigrate?
One last note... I'm so glad I created this blog post! While putting it all together, I came across another record. I thought Humphrey was the only child of James & Elizabeth Eastwood. But, I found out he has an older sister, Hannah!
|Hannah Eastwood birth register - same church as Humphrey|
So, I still have a lot of questions, but I'm finding more and more answers, too!
Do we share common ancestors? I'd love to talk! Please write me at firstname.lastname@example.org