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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 

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 #15 Maybelle Langley Heap – Artist

May (Maybelle Langley) Heap

May (Maybelle Langley) Heap

My grandmothers sister was Maybelle Langley Heap. Grandma Dougherty was an accomplished musician and her sister was an excellent artist. I grew up seeing Aunt May’s art work in my grandparents home. I was very drawn to her painting, that hung in grandmothers living room. After my grandmother died my mother hung Aunt May’s painting in our living room and displayed her painted china along with other pieces that grandma had found at “the u know where” (see my blog on Ada Richmal Heap), and I am now the proud owner of that artwork.

Painting by May Heap Circa 1920

Painting by May Heap
Circa 1920

May was born 10 January 1891 on Roe St., West New Brighton, New York to Ada J. (Booth)  and Charles R. Heap. Their second daughter, Grandma being their first daughter.

Birth Jan 10, 1891 Roe St. W.N.B. Heap

Birth Jan 10, 1891
Roe St. W.N.B.

The family lived on Roe St. there on Staten Island surrounded by her mothers family. In the 1920 US Census May (20) is found married but living at home with her parents and husband Thomas A. Bush (That census was in last weeks Blog). Thomas better known as Arthur was listed in the 1920 Census as an Underwriter for a Fire Insurance Company.


May and Arthur Bush

May and Arthur Bush

They were married on October 15, 1919.

Their son Tomas Arthur Bush Jr. was born Aug. 10, 1922 in Richmond Virginia.

Thomas A. Bush Jr.

Thomas A. Bush Jr.

By 1925 the family is in Syracuse New York where the New York State census shows Thomas A. Bush (31) listed as an Insurance Adjustor. May is listed as Mabelle L.  (30) and occupation Housework. Thomas Jr. is now 2.


Thomas A. Bush Jr. about 1925

Thomas A. Bush Jr.
about 1925

In the 1930 US Census the Family is now in Amhurst, New York, Thomas Sr. is  37 and listed as Arthur T. Bush shown to be renting a house, he is an Agent for a Fire Insurance Company. Maybelle L. Bush (35) is shown as having no occupation. Thomas their son is now 7 and attending school.

I know that Aunt May was not unoccupied for she had a young son and was an accomplished artist I do not know when she did her china painting but I’m sure it was more then a hobby by the beauty she was able to accomplish in her work.

Hand painted candy dish May Heap

Hand painted candy dish
May Heap

The trail through census was lost but in reality Aunt May and my grandmother were in touch. The several times that the family traveled back east (from California) there are pictures of Tom Jr.  And besides I have more of her beautifully painted china.

Hand Painted Desert Plate - May Heap

Hand Painted Desert Plate – May Heap

Hand Painted Tea cup & saucer - May Heap

Hand Painted Tea cup & saucer – May Heap


Aunt May died Aug. 25, 1964 seven months after her sister Ada Richmals death and 4 months prior to her brother Walters death.

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