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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






52 Ancestors: #6 Margaret Helen Ferguson

I need to apologize for those who may have been waiting for this weeks post. I was hoping that my sister would be presenting this weeks blog but things didn’t work out. So instead I will be continuing with some of the Women in our family in honor of Women’s History Month. Today I want to introduce you to Margaret Helen Ferguson my maternal great grandmother.


Margaret Helen Ferguson

Margaret Helen Ferguson

Margaret was born: April 18, 1850, in New York State, possible Forestburgh in Sullivan County.

1850 Census Forestburgh, Sullivan Co., New York

1850 Census Forestburgh, Sullivan Co., New York

She was the eldest child of Mary Agnes (Lambert) and Joseph Ferguson. Her sister Maryetta was born in 1852, her brothers were David W. b: 1857, Charles T. b:  1859, and Edwin H. b: 1860

Margaret was only 11 when the Civil war started. Her Father volunteered in August of 1862. We are Lucky to have a couple of letters her father wrote while serving for the 1st Mounted Rifles New York . The following letter is addressed to “My Dear Children” it was written from Williamsburgh Virginia on Oct. 6, 1863, he talks of “having the fever without the chills” and having to stay in camp and take care of his horse. He also talks of sending $20 to them and their mother the day before when he “got payed” and would send another $10  in this letter and the rest soon.

letter to children 1863 pg.1

letter to children 1863 pg.1


letter to children 1863 pg. 2

letter to children 1863 pg. 2










Joseph re-enlisted in 1864 and was mustered out in 1865. When Margret was 15.

Three years later she married John Lyle Dougherty (subject of Our Civil War Soldier) On 10 February 1868, in Waymart, Penn.

Marriage certificate Margaret H. Ferguson & J.L. Dougherty

Marriage certificate
Margaret H. Ferguson &
J.L. Dougherty

The new family started in Pennsylvania, then moved to New York City, and soon moved to Staten Island where they remained.

Margaret & John had seven children (Hattie)May b: 1869, Hammond (Howard) b: 1872, Inez b: 1874, Alice G. b:1879, William E. b: 1882, Dorothy Grace b: 1885, and John E. b: 1887.

Margaret lost three of her children during their childhood. Howard died 1n 1883 at 11 years of age,  William died in 1885 at three years of age and Dorothy Grace died in 1894  at 9 years of age. They also almost lost my grandfather John E. when he was a young child. I remember Grandpa as a very finicky eater. When John (my grandfather) was quite ill Margaret had to get up in the middle of the night to give him medicine. One night she picked up the wrong bottle and gave him something , I do not recall exactly what it was, but it was very extremely hard on his stomach. Margaret must have been beside herself trying to save him from her mistake.


In 1908 John and Margaret renewed their vows on their 50th Wedding anniversary

50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary


Margaret Helen letter to her son (J.E. Dougherty) is transcribed below and you can clearly see her personality in this letter.

1916 Letter pg.1

1916 Letter pg.1


1916 letter pg.2

1916 letter pg.2











Jan 30th 1916

310 Jewet Ave.

West New Brighton,

S.I., New York

My Dear Boy

Your letter recd. & we were all very glad to hear that you were being so well cared for not many women could belong to so many clubs & study music & do her own housework & entertain without the help of a maid. Say Boy cut it out & don’t give me any more “Duff”. Ada is all right and just the wife for you she will always be a great help to you & take good care of you & that Baby, believe me.

Papa has wrote you that he has an acoustican but he does not say what it is for, it is to hear with, your Father has been steadily getting a little more deaf in the last four years until it is hard work to make him hear so he went up to 23rd St. & tried one of their ear phones & he has one on trial now, which I think he will keep he pays $35.oo for it $5.00 per month & he may sell a couple of them which will give him a percentage & make his that much less.

Now what do you think of the war. I am very much afraid that we may get in it yet __ but I hope not for we do not want war

Ada wants me to write what are our plans about the house but it is not settled yet & I don’t know as it ever will be when it is I will write you all about it but until then we have no plans only do the best we can. I sent a little present to the baby of some things that were once yours I will find some more & when I do I can send them to her & if she lives she can have them for her children

she is a very health baby now & I hope she will always keep so Alice says she always will if you only giver castor Oil & I guess she is right

All the folks her get it & we all keep prety healthy

I will now close hopeing to hear from you when you get the time as “Ada cant get time with all her club duties & Studies”

Give my love with a big hug to Ada & Dorothy & also keep some for yourself from your loving old Mother

Margaret Helen died 10 October 1919 and is buried on Staten Island with her mother, sister, husband, 2 of her daughters, and a brother in-law.

Death Certificate - Margaret H. Dougherty

Death Certificate – Margaret H. Dougherty


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.

marriage CHeap & ABooth0002

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.


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)


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

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