I said in yesterday’s post that I needed to find some new avenues to explore on my research projects, so in an attempt to breathe new life into my floundering Thomas KINGHORN research (my 3x great grandfather), I have turned my thoughts to migration.
Thomas KINGHORN (4x great grandfather) and his wife Margaret had (to my knowledge) six children. It appears that at least half of these moved to London (including my 3x great grandfather) in the first half of the nineteenth century. This raises lots questions which I would like to explore further.
- Which of the six children actually migrated and which stayed in Carlisle?
- When did they migrate? Did they all move at the same time?
- Where did they settle in London? What influenced that choice?
- What was the reason they left Carlisle? Was it to find work? To live with other family members? Was it for better living conditions?
- How would they have travelled down south? Did they use the mail coach?
- Why did they chose London? Why not Glasgow, Edinburgh or any other northern city?
Some of these are obviously going to be easier to answer than others (the who, when and where), but hopefully once I have established these facts I can see if any patterns emerge and if any conclusions can be drawn from the data.
Even if I can’t answer all the questions, it is going to help me build up a picture of the family as a whole, which will ultimately help my understanding of the lives of both of my Thomas KINGHORNs.