Archive | December, 2013

Edith Dorothy Fry and Robert Sidney Fry Baptismal Record

17 Dec

Here is Edith Dorothy Fry’s baptismal record, her brother Robert Sidney is listed above her:


Edith Dorothy was the daughter of Albert Alexander Fry and Eliza Ann Sadler Fry. She immigrated to Canada with her husband John Tristam Tasker and then to Detroit, Michigan. She was the mother of Ethel Tasker Ellison.

Dorothy and her brother were born in Lewisham, Kent County but their parents had them baptized on the same day in 1889 in Thornham, Norfolk.


Sadler Family of Thornham, Norfolk, England

17 Dec




The 1871 England Census, shown above, lists the John Sadler family in Thornham, Norfolk, England. John and Elizabeth Vincent Sadler were the parents of Eliza Ann Sadler Fry, who was Edith Dorothy Fry’s mother and Ethel Tasker Ellison’s grandmother. Ethel Ellison was my Nana.

The census lists the family as living at the Life Boat and Hailehelane in Thornham. John is a “carter” and a “beerhouse keeper”. His 13 year old son is also a “carter.” A carter was a person who transported goods by wagon or cart.

John was the keeper of the Lifeboat Inn. You can click here and see the Inn:

When John died in 1880, his wife Elizabeth took over as the keeper.

Here she is on the 1881 Census:



Here is the Lifeboat Inn’s own site:

I also found their daughter, Eliza Ann Sadler’s baptismal record:


The Abraham Baines Family in Preston 1851

15 Dec

The Abraham Baines family is shown below in the 1851 Census for England, in Preston, Lancashire.


Abraham Baines is the grandfather of James Baines and great grandfather to Alice Baines Ellison.

Note on the census his son Henry, James’s father, is 15 years old and is a joiner. It looks like the next word indicates in cupboards. Joiners were carpenters.

Abraham, spelled Abram on the census, is a labourer, discharger, on the River Ribble. His son James, 17, is doing this also.  Thomas’s occupation is listed as corn warehouseman.

The River Ribble is the only river rising in Yorkshire that flows westward and empties into the Irish Sea.  A large Viking silver hoard was found on the river banks, near Preston, in 1840.

Here are some pictures I found of the River Ribble:


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William Hudson Naturalization Records

12 Dec

William Hudson, second husband of Margaret Cooper Ellison, and step-father to Benjamin Walker Ellison was certified naturalized on 28 Feb 1857 in Cleveland, Ohio.

At this time, this is all there is to see through Family Search Ohio, County Naturalization Records.


John Carroll’s Emergency Passport Application

4 Dec

John Carroll was the son of Mary Ferrigan Carroll and John Carroll of County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He lived in Detroit in 1920 with his sister Mary Slocum. Mary Ferrigan Carroll adopted Mary around 1894 after the death of her biological daughter, Mary Ann in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Family story is that Mary was an Orphan Train child.


Mrs. Mary Carroll aboard the Aurania to America

2 Dec

Mrs. Mary Carroll, wife of the recently deceased John Carroll, of County Down and Armagh, Northern Ireland made her way to New York and arrived on 20 APR 1891 with three of her children: Mary Ann, age 19; Peter, age 11; and Maggie, age 11 (9 would be correct). She was on the ship Aurania, departing from Queenstown, Ireland and Liverpool, England. She carried two pieces of luggage for the entire family.

You will note that her son John Carroll was also aboard this ship. He is listed on another page of the ship’s documents.


Source Citation: Year: 1891; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: 565; Line: 4; List Number: 498.

Source Information: New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957[database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010.

Original data:Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897. Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls. Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36. National Archives at Washington, D.C.