|1860 Census - Lock Haven, Clinton Co, PA from Ancestry.com|
At the time, I knew the following...
- my great, great grandmother, Sarah, was born in 1848 in England (she was 12 in the above census)
- according to her obituary, she was from Leeds, England
- her parents were James & Sarah Ann
- she had an older brother, Adam, who was also born in England
- there was another male, Humphrey, who was probably James' brother as he is listed as only 16 years younger than the James in the 1860 census
|1841 Census - Prestwich Cum Oldham, Lancashire, England from Ancestry.com|
The next clue was finding an 1841 England Census that listed parents named James & Sarah who were about the right age. It listed two children who were transcribed as follows: Thomppey (age 6) and Sylwanos (age 1). I was at the Dallas library and I took this record to one of the librarians to see if he could help. I thought that Thomppey looked like "Humphrey," but I wanted to make sure that wasn't just wishful thinking. He agreed that the name was Humphrey and helped me translate the second name as Sylvaneous (which he told me refers to trees). In this record, the ages of the parents were a little different and it now looked like Humphrey could actually be their son.
As you can see, between the 1841 England Census and 1860 U.S. census, Humphrey aged appropriately 19 years (from age 6 to 25). Sarah's age, though, went from 25 to 47 (so, an increase of 22 years) and James went from 30 to 41 (an increase of only 11 years). But, if this was my family, what happened to Sylvaneous?
If this was really my family, I know knew where to find them: Lancashire, England. I did another search on Ancestry and found a marriage record! The record was for James Eastwood & Sarah Hall (I already knew her maiden name, so this confirmed it) in 1839 in Prestwich in Lancashire—the same location as the 1841 census!
|1839 Marriage Record - Parish of Prestwich, Lancaster County, England from Ancestry.com|
This marriage record and census were the first European records I'd found for my family. And, they remain the only family I've traced to a country besides Germany.
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