|Florence Adelaide, with her father |
John Thomas Mason. c.1905 .
Alice from Hambleton, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire married, at the age of 19, John Mason and between 1874 and 1886, they had six English-born children - Robert William, Jane Elizabeth, John Thomas, James Richard, Margaret Alice and George Rawcliffe - all family names.
It was only a casual browsing on www.familysearch.org that revealed that Alice had died in Jamesburg, Middlesex County, New Jersey. I was delighted to find this unknown American connection and began a new challenge to find out more using www.Ancesstry.com
The New York Passenger Lists online revealed that John Mason had sailed from Liverpool to Brooklyn, New York, in 1886 followed by Alice, a year later travelling with 6 children aged 1-13 and two pieces of luggage. What on earth was life like for them all on the voyage? If only I could discover why they took this step of adventure from a small Lancashire community to the teeming streets of New York!
I was delighted to get this larger family group photograph (below) from Bonny, showing all eight children of Alice and James Mason, with Florence in the dark dress sitting at the front. Alice died in 1930 and James 7 years later, both buried in Fernwood Cemetery, Jamesburg.
Florence married Charles Urstadt - the information online varies between 1918 and 1921. She is wearing such a distinctive headdress in this photograph,that I wondered if it had any links to Charles German background. And what huge bouquets!