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Charles Trower ALLCORN: it all becomes a lot clearer

12 Apr

After writing about Charles T ALLCORN and the Civil War Pension Index yesterday I went and had a look on Footnote.com and had a poke around in their Civil War collections (which are free until the 14th April).

I found things became a lot clear, quite literally, as the Civil War Pension Index image on Footnote was nice and clear. Not only that but the information provided about the collection was a lot more informative on Footnote than on Ancestry. I gave myself a quick education in the different collections and now have a much better understanding of the records.

However at this time I don’t really have the time and money to dig any deeper, perhaps if he had fought in the Civil War then it might be different. The ALLCORN family is quite interesting and there are lots of questions surrounding their emigration and also that of the EADE family, but they are not at the top of my list of priorities.

One day I intend to explore them further but there is really so much more that I need to do this side of the Atlantic before I go any further down the path of learning all about American sources. That really is the issue, having to learn about different record types and organisation at the same time as trying to get to grips with the geography of the country as well is just too much to take on at the moment.

Floundering in the Civil War Pension Index

11 Apr

The Civil War Pension Index on Ancestry.com is the last place I would have expected to find myself this evening, but I have been hearing a lot about the American Civil War recently and thought I ought to at least show an interest.

There are two families in my family tree (the ALLCORNs and the EADEs) who emigrated to America, they are connected to me by way of the TROWERs of Henfield, Sussex. I have never really bothered to follow them over to the United States apart from a bit of census searching.

In the Civil War Pension Index I found an entry for Charles T ALLCORN and I have a Charles Trower ALLCORN in my family tree. The quality of the image is pretty atrocious and I can’t really make out much of the record but it looks like the pension claim was filed on the 27th August 1891 in Connecticut. Connecticut is the state where the ALLCORNs appear to have settled.

Charles Trower ALLCORN was born in Brighton, Sussex, England in 1854 and his family seem to have arrived in the US in 1866, which based on my limited research into the Civil War seems to rule him out of serving during the Civil War.

Interestingly the 1880 census possibly shows him as a soldier, it might not be him as there is not enough detail to be certain, but it seems quite a good match. This makes me wonder if the Civil War Pension Index is not just limited to Civil War soldiers? The truth is that I don’t really have a clue, could this native of Sussex really be in the Civil War Pension Index? Do I have time to look into this further?

2010 to do list – some actual research goals

31 Dec

Between now and the new year I will be writing about some of the things I want to achieve with my family history in 2010.

So far most of what I have written is about the actual research process and organisation of my family history information, so now it is time to look at some of the people and stories I want to actually find out more about in 2010.

John GASSON – I already know quite a bit about John GASSON my 5x great-grandfather, but there are still a lot of pieces to put together, including sorting out his will and his three wives. Ideally I would also like to find his baptism (around 1715 in Surrey) and identify his parents. Ultimately I want to pursue the GASSON surname as far back as possible to find out where it comes from.

Mercy TROWER – I wrote about my 3x great-aunt before, but haven’t really done any more about finding the missing marriages. Even though see is not a direct ancestor I think it is time I got this troublesome character sorted out once and for all. I going to have to hand over some money for a death certificate and a copy of her will. The death certificate will hopefully give me her deceased husband’s name and that will give me further clues.

William Joseph Henry BATEMAN – This is my 2x great-uncle, who joined the navy and ended up in Australia, getting married and starting a family. I would really like to find out more about him and his family, and hopefully trace some distant cousins down under.

The ALLCORN and EADE families – These two families left Brighton, Sussex for America in the mid to late 1800s, Mary EADE and Hope ALLCORN were sisters, both the daughters of William and Mary TROWER of Henfield, Sussex. Whilst it would be nice to trace some relations in the US, what really interests me is why and how they left England and why did they settle where they did, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

Thomas KINGHORN – My 3x great-grandfather, the tailor from London (although born in Scotland). I still want to piece together more of his life, especially find out where he is buried (I suspect Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey) and what happened to all his children, and why did the family seem so attracted to Brighton.

Thomas KINGHORN – My 4x great-grandfather, the mail coach guard from Carlisle, Cumberland. There is so much I would like to find out about his life, but really I need to try and establish where he was born. I suspect he was originally from down south, probably London, and was only up north because of his job. Proving that is not going to be easy to say the least.

Wybrants KINGHORN – There is so much about this man that intrigues me, firstly his own crime and punishment, and then his subsequent murder. I have feeling that his life story would make a good book, if only I could find enough evidence.

Luther TROWER, Henrietta KING and Charles BRINTON – Talking of good stories, this story is rather tragic and quite complicated. I don’t think I have mentioned them before, only in passing perhaps. Luther TROWER was my 3x great-uncle. One of these was a bigamist, there were two marriages, one divorce, two suicides (although seemingly unrelated) and quite a bit of alcohol and blood. I have a few more pieces of evidence to try and gather, but I would like to get this story told, in one form or another.

Thomas NICHOLLS – Another of my 4x great-grandfathers, about whom I know very little. He appears to have come from Chiddingstone, Kent and died quite young. It looks like he was a navvy working on building the railway, and I have a gut feeling that he died as a result of an accident at work. I would love to be able to prove that, and also find out what happened to his widow and children.

It looks like I am going to have my plate full in 2010, what with this little lot, plus all the other families that I will no doubt end up chasing, and the 5x great-grandparents I want to find and all the re-organising I want to do.

I can guarantee that within a week or two of the new year I will have found something else that seems much more exciting will be heading off somewhere totally different, notebook in hand and camera at the ready.

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