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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

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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.

 

 

52 Ancestors ~ #21 Ada Jane Jones ~ The First from the Last

Ada Jane Jones is my maternal 2x great grandmother.  This photo of hers had been mislabeled by my grandfather. When we visited our grandmothers cousin (Harriet Booth) in Virginia Beach she corrected it for us and we saw one of the originals.

Ada Jane (Jones) Booth

Ada Jane (Jones) Booth

She was the first Ada in a series and I am the last. It used to be a custom to name children for relatives. Now names are chosen for their uniqueness. I’m not saying that is good or bad it is just the way many names are now being picked. Before I got started on this adventure of family genealogy I knew the basics about our family and who our ancestors were. Grandma Dougherty whom I was named for, was into telling us children family stories, some of which were true and some were sort of true. Of course as a child I thought they were told literally. Grandma (Ada Richmal [Heap] Dougherty) was named for both of her grandmothers (Ada [Jones] Booth and Richmal [Hall] Heap). I knew that Ada Jane Jones mother was a Langley and her father may have been George Jones. That was about it.
I thought I would give her history backwards because that’s the way I discovered her information.
Ada Jane (Jones) Booth died on Sept 12 1911.

Death Certificate Ada Jane Booth

Death Certificate
Ada Jane Booth

Her death certificate states her birthday as May 2 1841, her birth place was England, the name of her father is shown as George Jones and her mother was Jane Langley. The name of the informant is not listed.  I had sent to the New York City Municipal Archives for this way back in 1985 and received this certified copy for a small fee. This document is not available on line.

It used to be that I would go to the local LDS church and order Microfilm from the LDS church Library in Salt Lake City for the Census that I believed our ancestor to be listed in. Once it arrived at the local church I would spend hours looking through the films until I found the family listing. The following one was a very lucky find because everyone seemed to be living on the same street.

1900 US census  Richmond County New York

1900 US census
Richmond County
New York

The Family History Library had a microfilm copy machine and if it was working I could make copies for 10 cents each. In this 1900 Census I found  my Grandmother Ada, my great grandmother Ada, and my 2x great grandmother Ada.

Ada Jane (Jones) Booth (61 years) is married to Joseph Booth (61) a blacksmith. This census shows how many years married for Joseph and Ada it lists 40 years. It also states they were both born in England and they had both come to this country in 1850 and had both been in this country for 50 years.

Joseph is shown as a naturized citizen while nothing is listed for Ada. The children living at home are: Walter (35), single, born in New York, a  carpenter, Chas (Charles) (20), single, born in New York, a carpenter, Hattie (25), single, born in New York, a bookkeeper, and Emma (19) single, born in New York.

In the Heap household listed before them is their daughter Ada Jane with her family and in the household before their daughter’s is their son, William Booth and his family.

The Bamber household further down the page is Edmond Bamber and his family. Edmond is the son of Mary Booth and William Bamber. Mary is the sister to Joseph Booth. If you aren’t confused by now you are suited to be a genealogist.

I have always been disappointed that the 1890 census was not available. It might have filled in those gaps we have in some of our families history. Anyway back to Ada Jane Jones we can find her in the 1880, 1870, and 1860, US census  with her husband and children. The 1910 US census is after her husband Joseph dies and she is shown alone with her daughters, Emma and Hattie.

1910 US census Richmond County New York

1910 US census
Richmond County
New York

Joseph and Ada Jane had  8 children

(1) George M. Booth was born in 1860  and married Abbice King in 1884. (2)Walter L. was born in 1862 and married Anna Denker. (3) William R. Booth was born Aug. 29, 1865 and was married twice (a) Birdie and (b) Mary Alma Corbett. (4) Ada Jane was born Oct. 9, 1867 and married Charles Heap. (5) Isaac Sylvatus was born in 1870 and married Wilhelmina  Simpson. (6) W.H. (Harriet) was born in 1872 and married  (a) Armstrong, and (b) Eugene Parker. (7) Charles L.  was born about March 1875. (8) Emma L. was born 26 February  1880 and married Joseph A. Sullivan.

A large family that lived very close to each other on Staten Island for several generations must have been a joy for Ada Jane. But what of her family. My questions for years were: Did she come to this country alone or did she come with other family members? How do I find her family in England when Jones is such a common name?

Well, I’m always looking for my family. I know that more and more records are indexed and come on line all the time and look what I found George Jones in the 1850 US. Census on Ancestry.com. After looking at a lot of George Jones.

1850 US Census New York City

1850 US Census
New York City

 

You see Geo, Jones (46), born in England, his wife Jane (36) also born in England, son Geo. M. (16) born in England, daughter Ada  Jane (13) born in England, and daughter Eth. (2) born in New York. So for the youngest to have been born in New York the family had to have been here at least 2 or 3 years. Then I found this also thanks to Ancestry .com.

New York Passenger List Sip Franconia out of Liverpool

New York Passenger List
Sip Franconia out of Liverpool

This is the Passenger List for the ship Franconia out of Liverpool England arriving New York 22 April 1844 that shows George Jones (39) listed as a Farmer. Jane Jones (30) , Ada Jane Jones (6), George Jones (4), Alfred  Jones (2), and Walter Jones (inf’). Wow I now know that they should be in the UK Census for 1841. And this is what I have found so far.

1841 UK Census Coleshill, Warwick, England

1841 UK Census
Coleshill, Warwick, England

 

Here we find Ada Jones (4) in the household of Mary Langley (70) Ind. along with Myra Langley (40) milliner, and  Sarah Plumbridge (9). Who turns out to be Ada Jane Jones cousin. This census indicates that Ada Jones was not born in Warwick county. So were was she born? What happened to the Jones family in America after the 1850 US census? What Happened to Alfred and Walter who were on the Ship that arrived? Where were her siblings born? I will keep looking and it grows my to-do list for our trip to Salt Lake Family History Library later this year.

Next week I will be doing a story on my husbands family. Hope to see you then.

 

52 Ancestors~ #19 Joseph Booth ~ Calico Printer

In my first blog I wrote about who we were reputed to be related to which included two infamous men with the last name of Booth. This article will follow up on what I actually discovered of our Booth ancestors. We knew the Booth family was in New York. So working backwards as good genealogist are all taught, our maternal great grandmother was Ada Jane Booth. Her father was Joseph Booth and her grandfather was Joseph L. Booth, born about 1802 in England.

So lets start at the end and work backwards.

On Joseph Booth’s Certificate of death  his father is listed as Joseph L. Booth born in England and his mother is Alice Robinson also born in England.

We know Joseph L. Booth  is buried in the Fairview Cemetery, on Staten Island, Richmond county, New York from the book Staten Island and Its People A History 1609-1933 By Charles W. Leng, BS and William T. Davis. (See the end of this blog.)

The US Census in 1880 shows the wife of Joseph L. Booth, Alice Booth (73)  living with her married daughter Alice Taylor (34) in Castleton, Richmond County New York, Alice Taylor is shown as born in Mass.

I have been unable to locate Alice and or Joseph Booth in the 1870 US Census.

The 1860 US Census  is shown below.

1860 US Census Castleton, New York

1860 US Census
Castleton, New York

Joseph Booth (58), Dye Printer born in England. Alice (52), b. England, Isacc (17) b. in Pennsylvania, Sarah (16) works in Dye house b. Pennsylvania, Alice (15) works in Dye house is shown b. New York.

Our next scrap of information is the Passenger List.

Ships passenger List

Ships passenger List

List of Manifest of all the passengers taken on board the ship Garrick Sept. 17, 1842

whereof Wm Skiddy is Master, from Liverpool Burthern 895 5/95

Another poor quality copy from old microfilm. You can see the 14th name down is Jsh. Booth (age 29) occupation (not legible) , Alice Booth (27) , Mary Ann (11), Jsh.(9), Walter (5), and Nancy (2).

The next item I was able to locate was the 1841 UK Census.

1841 UK Census Old Accrington, Lancashire

1841 UK Census
Old Accrington, Lancashire

Again I have to apologize for the poor quality on this copy. It shows Joseph Booth (35 yrs old) calico printer, his wife Alice (30) and on the next page Mary Ann (12), Walton (8) and Joseph (5), and Nancy (8 mos.).

The Unitarian Church records in Padham show the following:

Joseph Son of Joseph and Alice Booth baptized 25 March  1836 Accrington, occupation of father Printer.

Walton Son of Joseph and Alice Booth b. 23 June 1833 Accrington, occupation of father Printer.

Servetus Son of Joseph and Alice Booth b. 14 June 1831 Crowshaw Booth, occupation of father Printer.

Mary Ann Daughter of Joseph and Alice Booth b. 8 March 1829 Padaham, occupation of father Printer.

 

Church Marriage record Alice Robinson & Joseph Booth

Church Marriage record
Alice Robinson & Joseph Booth

The oldest record I have found to date for Joseph Booth is the above Unitarian church marriage record in Padham, Lancashire England. It states that;

Joseph Booth and Alice Robinson both of this township and chapelry were married in this chapel by banns on this tenth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty five by me Lanford (unledgible). This Marriage was solemnized between us (signed) Joseph L. Booth, Alice  Robinson In the presence of  (signed) Wm. Robinson and James Kelly.

It appears that they and the couple before them had the same witness and the marriage was preformed by the same person. The witness Wm. Robinson may or may not be a relative.

Lancashire was the center of the English Textile industry. There were many mills in and around this area. Many people migrated to this area from all of England to work in the Mills. With the common name of Joseph Booth it has become one of my brick walls. Booth is a very common name not only in Lancashire but also in neighboring Cheshire county.

Unitarian Church Padaham, Emgland  2000

Unitarian Church Padaham,England 
2000

When Madeleine and I were in England we tried to find the Padham Unitarian church that would have been there when Joseph and Alice were married and where all the births of their children in England are noted. But alas no luck, we did find the present church but it was closed on the day we were there and were unable to ascertain if they held the records from the 1820~ 30’s. The other missing bit is a death record for Joseph. I have Alice’s (his wife’s) death certificate but have been unable to locate Joseph’s death record. With that we might find his fathers name and his mothers maiden name.

Staten Island and Its People A History 1609-1933 By Charles W. Leng, BS and William T. Davis Vol. 1

Staten Island and Its People
A History 1609-1933 By Charles W. Leng, BS and William T. Davis
Vol. 1

The above history  may or may not be correct. We have found errors in much of the information but it was one of our starting places for information. We have often used these little biography’s for clues. Many communities have this type of book on their pioneering families. So I always like to look for them and see If there are family members in them that might give us clues.

I would love to know more about the business that Joseph L. Booth was supposedly to have started. Was it on Staten Island, in Pennsylvania where Isaac and Sarah were born, or in Mass. where Alice may or may not have been born?

 

52 Ancestors #14 – Charles R. Heap Our Last to Immigrate

So this week we are looking at Charles R. Heap my maternal great grandfather.

Charles R. Heap

Charles R. Heap

 

Charles was born in Stalybridge, Cheshire England in May of 1860 to John Woolley Heap and Richmal (nee Hall) Heap.

Well in 2000 my sister and I did our due diligence in the Stalybridge area when we traveled to England for research. The Stalybridge and Ashton under Lyne area is located east of Manchester where we spent quite of bit of time. Madeleine had inquired with the local parish church long before our trip, and made arrangements for us to do on site research in Ashton under Lyne’s St. Michael and All Angels Anglican church. Wow that was one of our many highlights from that trip.

Aston Parish Church

 

Ada  Ashton under Lyne, England 2000

Ada
Ashton under Lyne, England
2000

Aston under Lyne Parish Vault 2000

Aston under Lyne Parish Vault
2000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the 1861 United Kingdom Cenesus Charles would only be about 1 year old

1861 UK Census Stalybridge, Lancashire

1861 UK Census
Stalybridge, Lancashire

In the census John W. Heap head of household is 28 years old and an Innkeeper born in Cheshire, Hollingworth. his wife Richmal is 25  and Born in Cheshire. Hollingsworth is crossed out and Newton is written there. Next it shows Mary W. age 2 born in Cheshire, Mortey.  next we have Charles R.  listed as 10 months old born in Cheshire, Stayley. Finally we have in the same household Kate Ellis a Servant who is listed as married and 22 years of age from Ireland.

1871 UK census Southport, Lancashire

1871 UK census
Southport, Lancashire

This is the 1871 UK Census where John Woolley Heap is listed as 38 years old, a Lodging House Keeper born in Cheshire Mottram in Logdendale. His wife Richmal is listed as 35 born in Cheshire, Newton. Daughter Mary Woolley Heap is now 12 an listed as a scholar born in Cheshire at Martley, followed by Charles Robt. Heap now 10 and also listed as a scholar and born in Cheshire, Staelbridge. We now see a brother of Charles a Herbert Reginald Heap just 3 years old also listed as a scholar born in Lancashire, Southport. Included in the household are three boarders, Mary Helen Mayhew (22 years of age) listed as a Lady  born in Lancashire, Liverpool, Frank Jones (24) a Florist born in London, and an Annie Jones (19) listed as a servant, birthplace unknown.

1881 UK Census Southport, Lancashire

1881 UK Census
Southport, Lancashire

Here in the 1881 Census we find Richmal Heap listed as Rachel Heap now 45 a lodger in the home of John Pennington, where her occupation is shown as Housekeeper. Included as lodgers are her sons Charles R. Heap (20) shown as a Plumber, Herbert R. Heap (13) a Scholar and a new brother Ernest Heap (6) born in Lancashire, Southport. John Wooley Heap is not here but he was later found in Ashton under Lyne as a visitor in the household of Henry Heap (80) and Eliz. Heap (77), listed as their son  at age 48.  We are now missing Charles older sister Mary Woolley Heap. I recently found that she died in 1873 at 15 years of age.

Mary W. Heap 1873 death record

Mary W. Heap
1873 burial record

In 1885 we find Charles has immigrated to the United States and marries Ada Jane Booth in Castleton, Richmond County, New York on Nov. 25.

Register of Marriages Castleton, Richmond Co., N.Y. Charles Heap

Register of Marriages
Castleton, Richmond Co., N.Y.
Charles Heap

Register of Marriages Castleton, New York Pg. 2 Ada Jane Booth

Register of Marriages
Castleton, New York
Pg. 2
Ada Jane Booth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles and Ada Heap appear in the Register of Births in the town of Castleton 4 times. Their first child a boy is born on July 23, 1886 but does not live. Next is listed Aug. 18 1888  no name is listed but we know this is our grandmother Ada Richmal Heap. In 1891 we find  an other entry on Jan, 10th. This must be Aunt May, and then in November of 1892 we find a listing for Walter Ernest Heap.

Ada Heap, Maybelle Langley Heap, and Walter Eddy Heap

Ada Heap, Maybelle Langley Heap, and Walter Eddy Heap

You can’t really see Walter in all that fur in the carriage. The house there looks like the one on Roe street in West New Brighton that was shown in an earlier post.

We also showed in an earlier post Charles Naturalization papers. He became a citizen in 1888, having arrived from England in April of 1882.

In the 1900 US census Charles is listed as a plumber the same occupation that was listed in the UK census.

1900 US Census Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

1900 US Census
Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

 

If you could read this you would see that Charles and his family live between his wife’s brothers family and her parents. This census lists that Ada Jane Booth gave birth to 5 children, three of which are living.  Have not found the other child.

In the 1910 census all the children are at home.  The family continues to be living on Roe Street and it shows 5 children born to Ada  with 3 still living. Charles is 47 and has been married 24 years. He is still listed as a plumber. I do not understand why these images are not more legible. Sorry about that, but if you click on the images you will see an enlarged image and you might be able to read the entries.

1910 US Census Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

1910 US Census
Castleton, Richmond Co. New York

In the 1920 US Census Charles and Ada have their daughter Maybelle and her husband Thomas Bush living in the house on Roe Street.

1920 US Census Castleton, Richmond Co. N.Y.

1920 US Census
Castleton, Richmond Co. N.Y.

In 1930 Charles (69) is widowed and living alone on Roe Street. Ada Jane had died March 30 1929.

 

Charles Heap with grandchildren Dorothy Dougherty, Charles, June Heap Walter Dougherty, Tom Bush, and Robert Dougherty

Charles Heap
with grandchildren
Dorothy Dougherty, Charles, June Heap
Walter Dougherty, Tom Bush, and Robert Dougherty

Charles died January 21, 1940.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52 Ancestors: #5 – Our Closet Mystic

Since March is women’s history month I thought I should write about the women in our family for the remainder of the month.

Ada Jane Booth

Ada Jane Booth

Our maternal great grandmother was Ada Jane Booth b: 9 Oct. 1867 in New York, Her parents were Joseph Booth and Ada Jane Jones. She grew up on Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.  In the 1870 US census at the age of 3 she is found in Castleton, Richmond County, New York with her parents and 4 of her siblings.

Joseph Booth Family- 1860 US Census Richmond Co., New York page 198 Town of Castleton

Joseph Booth Family- 1870 US Census Richmond Co., New York
page 198 Town of Castleton

Ada had three older siblings George M. Booth, Walter L., William R.,and four younger siblings Isaac S., Harriet W., Charles L. and Emma L. Booth. In the 1880 US census Ada is 13 and attending school.

Ada J. married Charles R. Heap, 25 Nov. 1885 in Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.

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25 Nov. 1885 Charles Heap Marriage to Ada Booth, Richmond Co. Records

25 Nov. 1885 Charles Heap Marriage to Ada Booth, City of Castleton, Richmond Co., State of New York Records

Charles Heap came from Cheshire England in April of 1882

from Charles R. Heaps Naturalization papers New York Common Pleas  Sept 4, 1888

from Charles R. Heaps Naturalization papers New York Common Pleas Sept 4, 1888

In the photo below, Ada J. (Booth) is shown seated with Husband Charles, eldest daughter Ada (standing),  May (seated to the far left) and son Walter in front of his father.

Charles Heap Family about 1904

Charles Heap Family about 1904

I do not have a lot of information about our great-grandmother. Grandma Dougherty didn’t like to talk about the paranormal in front of Grandpa Dougherty who thought it was all a bunch of “hooey” and my impression was that grandma Doughertys mother was a believer.
My grandmother received a letter in 1926 from her mother that illustrates to me what was all the rage during this time period. Mystics, I do believe there are a lot of things out there we can not explain but I assume that there is an explanation that fits into the realm of the physical world. Yet being a little Irish leaves a smidget of room for speculation.

Letter to daughter 1926

Letter (pg.1) to daughter 1926

From this letter I take it that Seances, and readings were quite the thing with a group around my great grandmother. The letter reads

Dear Ada,

I know you will be anxious for this letter. Just got home from the meeting (11:30P.M.) I put your letter on the table for her to read. She took it in her hand rolled it and smoothed it.

She said for you to sit alone. This influence was not good at Mrs. U. Too much antaigensimn. The devil you saw ment evil influnce. The man taking on armor was protecting you. Your Guides. Your are very eicick and strong. She says.

Now this is what you are to do. Tell no body. But Me. (When we talk of what we get and see scatters the vibrations. And we lose) Take 15 mintuets every morning. Put a glass dish with pebbles water and a flower bulb in, any kind of flower bulb. And another one with water in it, Right along side. Making two glasses. Get finger bowls if you can. But I think any kind will do. But it must be glass. (Plain glass),  Now put a picture up on the wall, out side of your room. And try and penertate it.

Be very calm. forget every thing And watch the bulb unfold. And as it unfolds so will you. And you will see alkinds of colors, in a little while. She told me. Do you understand about the picture?

She asked me who it was so melacoly around me. I told her Uncle Gene  She said, yes Brother-In Law.  My he’s enough to drive you crazy. He’s up in the air for the least thing. He wants somebody to tell him wear he is. Whats he so meloncoly about. If he had done something for Her (Aunt Hattie) when she was here. It would of been better for him. She wouldn’t come back. She was very unhappy here And is very happy there now. Discufred her fine.

Now, if you want to any thing more. Just let me know. And I will take the question to her. But Wright it. They like hand writing best.

I am going to join class in the fall.

I hope you have luck with your house. It has been very warm today. (Hot). Pa was down to Princess Bay all day.

Walter goes away monday morning.

June and I go to Kinsburg friday. Come on and go with us. Lots of fun and swiming to.

I must get to bed now. Pa”s reading and it is now 12P.M.  Good night. Love to all from us all.

Mother.

P.S. If you don’t understand this Ask some more. Don’t go and work your self sick. This hot weather. Just let things go untill the fall.

A strange letter but quite interesting too. I’m sure Grandma did as instructed. I definitely can see her doing this. I do wonder what was going on in there lives that they were seeking answers from a mystic or physic in 1926

Ada J. (Booth) Heap, Ada (Jones) Booth, and Ada R. (Heap) Dougherty (kneeling)

Ada J. (Booth) Heap, Ada (Jones) Booth, and Ada R. (Heap) Dougherty (kneeling)

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Next week hoping for a story from my sister on Grandpa Ike Putnam.

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