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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: #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.

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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