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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

12-family-lines

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

52 Ancestors – Joseph Booth

Joseph Booth

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

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?

 

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