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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

#52Ancestors: My 4th Great Grandpa James Darnley Immigrates From Scotland 1865

My 34th entry in Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" family history blogging challenge.
The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.
I have fallen way behind in this challenge again due to continued health issues the last few months, but I am trying to catch up by the end of the year. 

My 34th ancestor is my fourth great grandfather, James DARNLEY (1832- )This James Darnley is the father of James Patterson DARNLEY (1856-1908), whose murder I blogged about last week.

James Sr., a miner, immigrated to the United States in 1865, along with his 7 year old son James Jr. and his 9 year old daughter Jeanette [Janet]. The family arrived at the Port of New York on 16 October 1865, on board the Caledonia (part of the Anchor shipping line), which embarked from Glasgow, Scotland. They crossed the Atlantic in poor steerage accommodations, sharing space with the ship's cargo.

Ships List. Caledonia, steerage, 1865. Courtesy of Ancestry.com.
No wife for James Sr. or mother for the children accompanied the family on their journey to America. The first wife of James Sr., Anne BODMAN (married in April 1857), was already dead at this time.


This advertisement in the New York Times ran the very date the family arrived (16 October 1865). It is for the return voyage back to Great Britain, on the Caledonia. The price for steerage passage was $30 U.S. Dollars (I assume, per person). My ancestor and his children traveled steerage from Glasgow, paying in British currency.
Source: Newspapers.com. 
By the time of the 1870 U.S. Census (enumerated 7 July 1870), James Sr. had remarried -- to Margaret METZ (b. 1845) -- and settled with their family in Lanaconing, Allegany County, Maryland. Both James Sr. and James Jr. were employed as miners. James and Margaret's first child, 2 year old Jane, was born by this time.

1870 U.S. Census. Courtesy of Ancestry.com.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

#52Ancestors: My Grand Uncle Leonard Luther Ward

My 33rd entry in Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" family history blogging challenge.
The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.
I have fallen way behind in this challenge again due to continued health issues the last few months, but I am trying to catch up by the end of the year. 

My 33rd ancestor is my grand uncle Leonard Luther WARD (1917-?). Leonard was the middle brother of my grandfather. I never met him.
Birth record transcribed from the Bellaire Health Department. Manuscript, Family History Library.
I know almost nothing about Leonard. I did not even know Leonard existed until I found that very first lead about my grandfather's family history, the 1930 U.S. Census record. As I've shared many times, my grandfather was orphaned as an infant (his father died in 1928, when Grandpa was only 1 year old) and toddler (their mother died in 1930, when Grandpa was only 3 years old), and never knew his parents. Raised on a farm by a foster family, Grandpa's brothers ran away, and Grandpa grew up not really knowing his brothers -- especially the older ones, those born to Frank Ward. I knew about an Uncle Pat, but I had never heard of an Uncle Leonard.

Leonard is listed on the 1930 U.S. Census record with his brothers at the German Roman Catholic Orphan Home in Buffalo, Erie County, New York. Leonard is 12 years old at this time. The boys' mother died three months after this Census record was taken. Leonard's stepfather (my great grandfather) died two years prior.

1930 U.S. Census Record, German Roman Catholic Orphan Home. Courtesy of Ancestry.com.
The brothers' orphan records state that Leonard was baptized at the extended family's hometown church, St. John's Catholic Church in Bellaire, Ohio. 

The only other reference I find to Leonard is that illusive 1920 U.S. Census record I mentioned in my last blog post. He is 2 years 1 month old, identified as the grandson of Catherine DARNLEY Fabry (1878-1926). Leonard along with his older sister Catherine and older brother Joseph are living with their mother Sarah KENNEDY (1898-1930), Sarah's half brother Andrew QUINN (1906-?), and grandmother. The family lives in Bellaire, Ohio. Leonard's father, Frank D. WARD (1895-1967) is not living with the family.

1920 U.S. Census for Darnley-Kennedy-Ward Family. Image courtesy of Ancestry.com.
Sometime after the 1925 christening, in Bellaire, of Leonard's younger brother Patrick Joseph, and before my grandfather Michael John was born in 1927, Leonard moved to Buffalo, New York with his mother, stepfather, sister, and brothers.

As mentioned in my recent post about Leonard's grandmother Catherine Darnley, I think Leonard's mother Sarah may have named Leonard after her stepfather, Leonard Fabry.

I do not know if Leonard ever saw his father Frank J. Ward again.

Sadly, I have no further information about Leonard. He simply disappears after running away from the boys' Buckley foster family. 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

#52Ancestors: My 3rd Great Grandfather James Patterson Darnley, Shot & Killed

My 32nd entry in Amy Johnson Crow's "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" family history blogging challenge.
The challenge: have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor.
I have fallen way behind in this challenge again due to continued health issues the last few months, but I am trying to catch up by the end of the year. 

My 32nd ancestor is my 3rd great grandfather, James Patterson DARNLEY.

While working on the recent blog post about my 2nd great grandmother Catherine DARNLEY (1878-1928), I started spending a bit more time researching her parents, and was shocked to stumble upon this death certificate for her father, James Patterson Darnley. Third great grandfather Darnley died 18 March 1908, in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, from a homicidal gun shot wound to the abdomen!

Death certificate, courtesy of Ancestry.com.

Murdered

Hoping that a gun shot wound death would be covered in the local newspapers, I hopped on over to Newspapers.com and struck gold.

Third great grandfather James Patterson Darnley was shot and killed by three "foreigners" ("Italians") who jumped up from behind an embankment with the intention of robbing Darnley on his way home  (to the Hempfield Slope mine area) around midnight. Third great grandfather Darnley was accompanied by his son, son-in-law, and another man. According to the Indiana Democrat, "Darnley rushed at the thug with his [own] revolver" before getting fatally shot.

The Indiana Democrat (Indiana, Pennsylvania), 25 March 1908, Page 6. Courtesy of Newspapers.com.
Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania), 20 March 1908, Page 6. Courtesy of Newspapers.com.
Even his hometown paper carried the news.

Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Maryland) 20 March 1908, Page 12. Courtesy of Newspapers.com.

No Justice

Fourteen months after the shooting, the man arrested and tried for the murder of James Patterson Darnley was acquitted by a jury. The verdict was reported in two different area newspapers, but those newspapers seem to disagree on whether there were one or two men tried and acquitted.

Murder of my 3rd great grandfather, James Patterson Darnley.
The Daily Courier (Connellsville, Pennsylvania), 22 May 1909, Page 1. Courtesy of Newspapers.com.
Trial of my 3rd great grandfather's (James Patternson Darnley) murder.
Altoona Tribune (Altoona, Pennsylvania), 26 May 1908, Page 11. Courtesy of Newspapers.com.

About James Patterson Darnley

I have only just started researching this part of my family, but from what I gather so far, James Patterson Darnley was born in Bothwell, County of Lanark, Scotland on 21 July 1856. His parents (according to the death certificate) were James DARNLEY and Annie BODMAN of Scotland. Third great grandfather James arrived in the U.S. with his father in 1865, at the age of 9 or 10.

It appears that his father married a Margaret in 1868, after father and son arrived in the U.S. I do not yet know if third great grandfather James's mother Annie died, or if his parents divorced. I don't even know if his parents were married.

At the time of his death, Darnley was married to Sarah Ann LLOYD (b. 1859) and lived in Greensburg. He was employed as a miner (I would assume at nearby Hempfiled Slope Mine). Sarah and James were married in 1878. They appear to have spent most of their marriage together, raising their children, in Lonaconing, Allegany County, Maryland.

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