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Alice Booth’s Last Will

Were the Britsh more likely to leave aWill? 

It seems my British families were into providing Wills. The first Will I discovered on-line was a British Will from 1819 Cheshire England for Robert Heap (4x maternal great grandfather), that I was researching back in 1996. A couple of weeks ago I came across the probate of the Will for Alice Booth (3x maternal great grandmother). So in answer to this weeks prompt from Amy Johnson Crow “Where there is a Will”, I plan on sharing my latest find.

I enjoyed transcribing Alice’s Will. Transcribing gave me an opportunity to really absorb the content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I already knew quite a bit about Alice Booth. She was Alice Robinson born 6 December 1806 and baptized 21 December 1806  in Padiham, Lancashire England to Nancy and Henry Robinson (a Weaver). The granddaughter of Margaret Robinson and an unknown grandfather.

Alice married Joseph Booth a Calico Printer on 10 October 1825 in Padiham. Lancashire, England. In 1827 Alice gave birth to their first child, a son, Henry.  He died the following year, prior to his first birthday. They went on to have 5 more children prior to their leaving England for the United States in Sept of 1842. The manifest for the sailing of the “Garrick” out of Liverpool England shows:

Josh Booth 29, Alice  27, Mary Anne 11, Josh 9, Walter 8, and Nancy 2.

In further searches we find that Serevetus who had been born in 1831 died prior to the 1841 UK census.

In the United States Joseph and Alice had three more children, Issac in 1843 believed to have been born in PA, Alice in 1845 thought to have been born in MA and Sarah in 1846 born in New Jersey. They lived at least 22 years on Staten Island, Richmond County, New York, where Alice died 28 April 1882.

I Alice Booth of the Town of Castleton County of Richmond and State of New York do make publish pronounce and declare this instrument as and forward my last Will and Testament hereby expressly revoking any and all former Wills by me made.

First, I order and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as practicable.

Second I authorize empower and direct that a majority of the Executrixes and Executors of this Will shall whenever they shall deem it  meet for the interest of my estate so to do sell all my property real and personal at public or private sale and good and sufficient deeds and conveyances in the law to execute and deliver to the purchaser or purchasers of such real estate , And until the same is sold I give and devise to my said Executrixes and Executors in trust for the uses and purposes specified in the next clause hereof. Third I order and direct that the rents profits and income of my property until the same shall be applied first to keeping the buildings insured and in repair and paying taxes – and second to paying the interest and principal of the mortgage on my real estate as far as practicable, And if after the payments a fore said there shall be sufficient income therefore their Said Executrixes and Executors shall use the same in the erection of a monument to my deceased son Isaac over his grave not to cost however to exceed the sum of Three Hundred Dollars. And in case there shall not be sufficient income for the payments a fore said and the erection of such monument, then I order and direct that when my real estate shall be sold such monument shall be erected and paid for out of the proceeds of such sale before any distribution of such proceeds shall be made. Fourth The proceeds of the sale of my real and personal property and also all of my property after paying my debts and funeral expenses and erecting such monument. I give devise and bequest in equal shares to my children who shall survive me and to the children of such of my children as have heretofore died – or as may prior to my decease die, the children of deceased children of mine taking the share only which their parent would have taken if living. Lastly I nominate and appoint my daughters Mary Ann Bamber Nancy Gee and Alice Taylor Executrixes and my son Joseph Booth and my son in law James Gee Executors

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of this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of January 1880.

Alice Booth (LS.)

The highlighted contents are the facts gleamed from this record. Upon further study more family clues are given in the following probate record.

Satisfactory proof having been made of the due services of the citation heretofore issued in this matter requiring the proper persons to appear on the eleventh day of July 1882 and attend the probate of the last Will and Testament of Alice Booth late of the County of Richmond deceased and Mess De Groot Rawson and Stafford Attorneys for the Executrixes and Executors named in said Will having appeared in support of the proof of the same and John J. Kenney Esq. heretofore appointed special guardian for Isaac Butterworth and George Booth minors two of the heirs  and next of kin of said deceased,……..

So we see that the adult children of Alice are listed as executors of her estate along with her son in-law James Gee who she must have held in high regard. Isaac had died prior to 1880 when Alice wrote the above Will. Could he have died in the American Civil war? He would have been about 18 at the start so there is a very high probability that he was in the Army. That is a research for another time. What about her son Walton/Walter Booth. I have that he did not die until 1893. Why is he left out of the Will? Now Isaac Butterworth would have been Sarah Booth’s son and suggest that Sarah was no longer living in 1882. She is not named as an executor in 1880 so she was either estranged from the family or had died previous to the writing of the Will. George Booth, who was George Booth? Did Isaac leave a son? Joseph jr had a son George but he would have been an adult (22 years old) in 1882. Did Walton/Walter have a son?

Wills and their accompanying documents can contain clues to help solve a mystery or cause more questions to arise. If you have any observations or insights please do not hesitate to make a comment below.

 

 

 

 

 

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12 Family Lines ~ 12 Months – #2 The Booth Family final

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Well last night I closed the book on the Booth Line just as the hands on the clock reached midnight. It is not unusual that I stay up late working on genealogy, after all it is what I do after my real jobs are done.

The Booth’s start for my family when Ada Jane Booth married my great grandfather Charles R. Heap. and we have traced them through their lives on Staten Island, New York back to when Joseph L. Booth marries Alice Robinson in Padiham¹, Lancashire England. Last week you may recall that I was frustrated and trying to work through an error on my family line. I have established with certainty the children of Joseph and Alice (Robinson) Booth in last weeks post. Fanny who I thought was the 10th child was listed as a sister to Sarah. In the 1880 Census :

1880 US Census Castleton, Richmond, New York

1880 US Census Castleton, Richmond, New York .  Click on image to enlarge.

Every one was living next door to each other. It was Nancy Booth that was married to  James Gee.  Alice Booth (Shown on previous page) was married to a Matthew Taylor and her mother Alice Booth  (line #3, above) was living with them, Joseph L. Booth had died in 1870. While next door is Fanny Meese sister to Sarah Taylor and both Fanny and her sister turned out to have the maiden name of Gee.  Then Next Door to Fanny is the Edward Bamber family who is Mary A. (Booth)  and William Bamber’s son. Then Next door to him are his parents William and Mary A. Bamber who have in their household their married daughter Mary (Bamber) White  her husband and their children. Meanwhile Sarah Booth was married to a Butterworth and living in New Jersey. To make things even worse a few blocks away is Joseph Booth (the son of Joseph and Alice) and his family.

Back in the day when I did this initial research I may have been tired or who knows why but I just thought everyone was related and they may well be, but not as Booth’s. So now that I have that straightened out and I’m sure it is all very clear to you too. I will go on.

So what needs to be done on the Booth family line.

  1. Find who Joseph L. Booth’s parent are.
  2. Death records needed for:
    1. Mary A. (Booth) Bamber
    2. Walton/Walter Booth
    3. Alice (Booth) Taylor
    4. Sarah (Booth) Butterworth
  3. What happened to Walton between 1842 and when he supposedly died in 1893. And where did I get that death date?
  4. I need to develop my cousin contact list for this line, for those who are still around. A few I knew and whom I had the great opportunity to meet in the 1990’s are no longer living.

If you have any information on the Booth Family of Padiham in Lancashire, England I would love to hear from you.

Later this week I will be starting my review of the Clough Family Line, so please join me.

¹In the area of Padiham today “coal is extensively worked, and there are stone quarries. The cotton trade is largely carried on, and there are large co-operative stores.” http://ukga.org/england/Lancashire/towns/Padiham.html

12 Family Lines~12 Months – #2 The Booth Family cont.

12-family-linesWeek two on the Booth family line. I started with the children of Joseph and Ada Booth and am continuing with the previous generation in this family line. Joseph who was my 2x great grandfather on my maternal line was born in England on 14 November 1838, the fifth child of Joseph L. Booth and Alice (Robinson). The other Children born to Joseph and Alice were:

  • Henry born 20 February 1827 in Padham, Lancashire, England. He died 11 months later on 17 January 1828
  • Mary A.  born 11 Jan 1829. Immigrated with her family in Sept. 1842. Married William Bamber about 1852. Died prior to Sept 1897¹. West Mew Brighton, Staten Island, New York
  • Servetus  born 29 March 1831, died in England prior to the 1841 census.
  • Walton (Walter) born 1 April 1833, Immigrated with his family in Sept. 1842. Died 12 April 1893 West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York
  • Nancy born Sept 1840 in England. Immigrated with her family in Sept. 1842. 1st marriage to Henry Bell about 1860². 2nd marriage to James Gee about 1867. Nancy died 9 July 1903 in Rhode Island.
  • Isaac born 1843 possibly in Pennsylvania.
  • Alice born 1845 possibly in Massachusetts married Matthew Taylor about 1871
  • Sarah

I started this blog last week and I am now on week three of the Booth Family line and I am very frustrated. I had gotten to Sarah Booth who was born in either 1842 0r 1844 in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. Sarah married Thomas M. Butterworth . And I thought there was one more daughter born in 1847. But I was unable to verify this and started rechecking all of the US census’ for the Joseph and Alice Booth family in Castleton (Port Richmond), Richmond County, New York. That is where my frustration comes in. My Family Tree maker program is so screwed up with the Ancestry media files that I would love to burn it but I do not want to start over. I pull up the census for 1880, supposedly attached to Alice Booth and it is a census for Mt Sterling Ohio. Obviously Alice never got further west then Pennsylvania or New Jersey. The media info attached to that file clearly says Richmond county New York but it is not. I would estimate that 90% of all my files are like this. So now I shall write another letter to both Ancestry and Family Tree Maker to see if there is an easier solution then unlinking each one as I discover them and trying to reattach the correct file. For 1880 I have 63 different media files. In 1880 in Richmond County I am following the Booth, Heap, and Dougherty lines plus the married daughters of those three lines.

So as I have said previously the challenge has been to stay on the line I’m working with, but other fun things come up. Like my 3rd cousin in Australia has made a new connection on our Heap line and shared all that exciting information with me. Then another Volga German researcher ( my husbands maternal line) contacted me and I wanted to share information there about the upcoming 250th Anniversary of the Volga German settlers establishments of many of the colonies  in the Saratov region on the Southern Volga River. 23 and  me (the DNA testing company) said I have 63 new relations identified. That was exciting! Where do they all come from?

The Booth line is a major line and I need to clean up this binder and organize what needs to be done to document and provide source information of each member in as many generations as I can before my deadline of March 1st.

I will try to wrap up the Booth’s in my next blog and hope you will stick with me. Let me know what your frustrations are in your research files.


¹Petition for Estate Executor was filed with the County in Sept.  1897

²1860 US census shows Henry Bell and Sarah Bell living with William and Mary Ann (Booth) Bamber . Just 2 doors down Roe Street in Port Richmond from Joseph and Ada J. Booth and within blocks of their parents Joseph and Alice Booth.

 

12 Family Lines-12 Months ~ #2 The Booth Family

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Welcome to my blog. This month I am looking at my maternal family line for the Booth Family.

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This is the second month of working on my challenge of one family line per month. The challenge is really in trying to stay on the current family line and not wander off on other tangent lines.
Last month I had read another bloggers post about Staten Island newspapers being digitized and available online. I took a quick detour and checked it out. This week I took a closer look because the Booth family can be found on Staten Island starting around 1850.

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Above you can see the search criteria I used. I did a general search for “Booth” . Then I selected the time period I was particularly interested in viewing. Then I selected the County “Richmond” . In choosing the county I could not select an individual paper or a city.nys-newspapers-screen-shot

The above screen shot shows a selection of the return hits. 1 out of 4 is for the word booth (ie telephone booth) found in various articles. Another frequent hit was for General Booth of the Salvation Army and his daughter and son-in-law. If you are looking for an item related to a specific known date do not forget to look at all pages for that date (first page shown here). If you have family on Staten Island you might want to visit this site. In reading the newspaper clippings I could see just how social the community was and how involved the family was in the social life of the community.

Ada Jane Booth was my mother’s, mother’s, mother. She was born 9 October 1867 in Castleton, Richmond Co. New York to Ada Jane Jones and Joseph Booth. Ada was the fourth of  8 children born to Ada and Joseph Booth.

George M. was the eldest child born in 1859 in New York and died at age 26. The following is from a newspaper clipping found at genealogybank.com.

BOOTH – In Brooklyn, on Saturday, December 25 (1886), George M,, eldest child of Joseph and Ada Booth, in the 26th year of his age.

Funeral on Tuesday, December 28 at one o”clock, from his residence, 18 Water st., West Brighton. S.I.

the follow up was in the Richmond County Advance, January 1, 1887 (from the above illustrated site).

BOOTH. – At Brooklyn, L. I., on Christmas day, George M, Booth, aged 26 years, eldest child of Joseph and Ada Booth, of Roe Street, West New Brighton. The funeral services were held  on Tuesday afternoon in Trinity M.E. Church, Rev. S.P. Hammond officiating.

Richmond Lodge No. 88 I.O.O.F., J. H. Carson, Noble Grand , attended the funeral in a  b__ly,  and preformed the service of the order at the grave in Fountain’s Cemetery.

Does any one know what the abbreviation L.I. refers to?

I do not know what happened to George, that he died so young. We know he had married Abby King on the 18 November 1884. Were they visiting her family for Christmas? Had he been ill? Was there an accident? We will need to send for Georges death certificate.

Walter L. Booth was born in 1862 New York and died in 1959. His wife was Anna Denker and they had one child Walter.

William R. Booth was born 29 August 1865  and died 24 April 1886. He married Mary Alma Corbett and they had two boys Arthur C. and Walter.

Isaac S. Booth was born in 1870  and died in 1949. He was a Fireman for the Wyandotte Hook & Ladder Co. He was married to Wilhelmina Simpson and they had 4 children, Helen S., Harriett W.¹, Wilhelmina, and Isaac Jr.

Harriett W.  was born in 1872 and was married twice. Her first husband’s last name was Armstrong (1910 US Census shows Hattie at home on Staten Island and she is listed as divorced). Her second husband was Eugene Parker whom she married  on 9 Sept 1910. They had no children. Hattie died 27 April 1923.

The next child born to Joseph and Ada Booth was Charles L. in 1875. He married Elsie Maass and they had three children, Elsie, Joseph, and Edna M.. Charles died 14 May 1926.

Emma L was the last of the eight to be born on 26 February 1890. She married Joseph A. Sullivan. and they had one daughter Ada M. We were fortunate to visit with Ada at her home in Kennett Square, PA. She was the same age as our Mother.

That completes a recap of the generation that started our connection to the Booth Line. I will be continuing back to the next generation with Joseph Booth and his siblings in my next blog.

If you have stories to add or any comments please do so in the comment section below. I  also would love to hear from my Booth cousins.

 

¹Harriett my grandmothers cousin lived in Virginia Beach where we visited her in the 1990’s.

 

 

31 Days to Better Genealogy by Amy Johnson Crow is a posting of daily suggestions with “tips, tricks and resources for discovering more” in researching your family history. On day 21 Amy suggestes exploring Genealogy Societies. I had checked out Genealogy Societies at different times when I lived in other areas. So I was not unaware of the resources often found through the local societies, but I am new to the Pacific Northwest and decided that I need to explore what was going on in my new locale, so I took her up on her suggestion. I immediately found several workshops that I could attend within a couple of hours drive and a society that meets on Saturday, very close by. Since I still try to work 5 days a week that was an important factor. So I joined the Jefferson County Genealogical Society and registered for those workshops that were of interest. The first one was in Chehalis,  Researching Your Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors by the Ulster Historical Foundation, Belfast, Northern Ireland, presented through the Lewis County Genealogical Society.  I came away with lots to do and yet not really too inspired for a blog posting.

Todays workshop was on writing, specifically Writing Family Stories by Wendy Call.

Okay I have been posting my family stories for about 2 years, and I am just now looking at this? Maybe if someone wrote my story it would be that Ada always jumped in feet first then went to work to figure it out.

Writers always seem to say they are writing for themselves but that’s not realistic, otherwise why make your writing public. My goal for todays workshop was to learn how to connect to the reader with the story.  I found that Wendy Call was an engaging instructor who gave us some tools to use and then  an opportunity to write through several interesting exercises. I would definitely recommend her workshop to others.

One of the writing exercise from todays workshop was that we had to list on individual index cards 6 things we were curious about today and six things that we were curious about as a small child. We randomly picked one from each pile. We then had to write how they connected, using free writing or stream of consciousness.  In other words, start writing and do not stop until time is called.

Question: Am I related to the Founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth?

Question: Why couldn’t I have a kitten?

It seemed that every summer my sister and I went to Davis and stayed with my grandparents. There were a lot, and I mean A LOT, of feral cats there. It was a large chicken ranch. There was one large brooder house and at least 4 large hen houses, a huge two story barn, the pump house, with an apartment attached, and a pole barn that was used as a garage. Grandpa allowed the cats to remain to keep the mice population in check. While staying with my grandparents the first thing Madeleine and I did was to go out to the barn and find the new litter of kittens that Grandma was sure were there just waiting for us to discover. Maybe this was a ploy to keep us occupied and entertained on our first afternoon at the ranch. I always loved the kittens and wanted one at home too. But Mom always told me that Dad didn’t like cats (odd since after us kids all left home Dad got himself a cat).

Now one of the other ways to entertain us was Grandma would tell us stories. Some of those stories were about who we were related to. Over the years I heard various names but one that especially resonated with me was that we were related to the founder of the Salvation Army. It seems that my grandmother’s mother was a Booth and William Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army. While staying with our grandparents there would often be a trip to the Salvation Army Thrift Shop in Woodland where Grandma would glean treasures. Grandma would put on her white gloves and hat to go into town. She would say how she was patronizing the Salvation Army because she was related to the original founder. Her treasures where crystal dishes, real Silverware, and real woolen sweaters.

Now this is a rather incomplete story but you might see where I was going with this. That both of these things that I was and am curious about stem from the great memories I have of my time with my grandparents during those idyllic summer days.

 

52 Ancestors – Joseph Booth – Non-Population Census

1880 US Federal Non-Population Census

1880 US Federal Non-Population Census

The Challenge for this post was to write about an ancestor in a Non-Population Census- agriculture, industry, manufactures, or 1890 Union Veterans. These census were taken in 1860, 70, and 80. Not all are available on line. I was able to find this one on ancestry.com.

This was quite a challenge for me. I had originally thought I would base this weeks blog on an ancestor I have yet to write about, but alas I was unable to find one that fits this weeks challenge so instead I will write about one that was not a farmer but was listed under “manufactures”.

In the 1880 US Non-Population census Joseph Booth, my 2x great grandfather, was listed as a “Carriage Manufacture” in Castleton, Richmond county (Staten Island), New York.

Since the above document was a little hard to read (reminder: click on images to enlarge) here is the transcription for the above document. Booth, Joseph is on the third line in the above document.

1880 Non Population Census

1880 Non Population Census

The interesting facts that are found here are not only that Joseph had a viable business  in 1880 but that he paid wages in the amount of $2.00 a day for skilled workers and  75 cents for unskilled laborers. The work day is shown as 10 hours. The number of employees is listed as 2 and in the 1880 US Census we see that Joseph Booth’s two older sons, George (20 years of age) is listed as a Black Smith, and Walter (18) is listed as a Carriage Smith. They are most probably Joseph Booths two employees.

1880 US Census Castleton, Richmond County, New York

1880 US Census
Castleton, Richmond County, New York

In the 1860 US census at the age of 23, the 1865 New York State census age 29, the 1870 US census age 34, the  1875 New York Census age 38, and the 1900 US census Joseph Booth age 63 is listed as a Blacksmith. In the 1900 census he is shown being out of work for 6 months. I certainly hope that he did not put in 10 hours a day for the 50 years that he was a Black Smith.

To read more see my earlier blog about Joseph Booth.

52 Ancestors – Joseph Booth

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Joseph Booth

Joseph Booth my maternal 2x great grandfather was born in England on 14 November 1838 or 1833 to Joseph L.  and Alice (Robinson) Booth.

 

In 1842 the Family immigrated to the United States aboard the Garrick out of Liverpool, landing in New York on 17 September 1842.

The Garrick was a 3-masted, square-rigged ship built in New York in 1836 by the firm of Brown & Bell. 895 ton, 157’6″ x 35′-4″ x 21′ (length x beam x depth of hold). She served in the Liverpool Dramatic Line from 1837 to 1853. The Garrick was the fast packet of her generation and during her packet line career her average westbound passage was 32 days, her shortest being 18 days, her longest 54 days.¹

When the Garrick sailed into New York Harbor there was no Statue of Liberty, there was no Ellis Island, there was no Castle Garden.

Castle Garden, today known as Castle Clinton National Monument, is the major landmark within The Battery, the 25 acre waterfront park at the tip of Manhattan. From 1855 to 1890, the Castle was America’s first official immigration center, a pioneering collaboration of New York State and New York City.²

Before 1855, there was no immigrant processing center. The shipping company presented a passenger list to the Collector of Customs, and the immigrants made whatever Customs declaration was necessary and went on their way.  ³

Ships passenger List

Ships passenger List (click to enlarge image)

The Family took sometime before they finally settled permanently  on Staten Island, New York. Possibly Joseph senior had trouble finding employment in his field. Joseph’s brother Isaac was born in 1843 in Pennsylvania, his sister Alice born in 1845 is shown as born in Massachusetts, and sister Sarah born in 1846 is shown on census’ as being born in New Jersey.

For the 1850 US Census I have not found the family.

In 1859 we do find Joseph marrying Ada Jane Jones the daughter of George and Jane (Langley) Jones.

Their first child is George M. Booth born in 1860, sometime after June, when the census is taken, and their home is in Castleton, Port Richmond, Staten Island New York.

In 1862 their second son Walter L. is born. In 1865 William R. is born. In 1867 (9 October) my great grandmother Ada Jane is born.

In 1869 and 70 Joseph and Ada Booth  purchased property from Benjamin Roe of Castleton (Staten Island) on the easterly side of Taylor street (in Ada J. Booth’s name). In the description of the property it backed up to William Bamber’s property on the eastern side, the purchase price was $150 (William Bamber was Joseph’s brother-in-law).

Later we find their address listed as Roe Street. Maybe the street was renamed?

In 1870 their son Isaac Sylvatus is born and that same year Joseph’s father Joseph L. Booth died.

In 1872 their daughter Harriet is born, then in 1875 Charles L. Booth is born.

On 25 December 1885 their son George M. died in Brooklyn about a year after his marriage to Abbie King.

1900 US census  Richmond County New York

1900 US census
Richmond County
New York (click to enlarge image)

By the 1900 census Joseph has worked as a blacksmith and carriage maker for 50 years. They have a comfortable home on Staten Island and they have a large family. Their son Walter is still living at home and is listed as a carpenter, as is their son Charles. Harriet (Hattie) is also living at home, single and works as a bookkeeper. Their son William lives two doors down Roe Street and is listed as a printer. He and his wife Mary have one son Arthur. Their daughter Ada Jane lives next door with her husband Charles Heap (a plumber) and their three children.

Joseph’s family of eight children has grown to now include 10 grandchildren.

Joseph Booth died 3 August 1904.

Joseph Booth Death Certificate

Joseph Booth Death Certificate

photo taken by Donna Pettit 2014

photo taken by Donna Pettit 2014

 

 

1.http://www.cimorelli.com/cgi-bin/magellanscripts/ship_dates_volume.asp?ShipName=Garrick

2.http://www.castlegarden.org/

3.http://members.tripod.com/~l_alfano/immig.htm

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