When we went away to Devizes 10 days ago we stopped off at a Car Boot sale on route and had a great find a large tatty Suitcase full of Old Photographs, couldn't believe my luck. We packed them away in several carrier bags until we got back home and here are my findings so far about the family they belonged to.
I started off by sorting the photographs by age mostly, and some are in frames, then I sorted by size and place taken where I could, and have ended up with lots that were taken in the West Country, Plymouth, Camborne, Charlestown but mostly Helston, and found some of the photographs were taken in the United States, mainly Michigan, and tying together the snippets of information on the back and putting names to faces and working out the family relationships.
|Theresa is back middle with her 2 br and 3 sis bef she went US maybe 1908|
|Theresa and Joseph Wedding Pic 1909 US|
Although Theresa and Joseph both were born fairly close together in Cornwall, I have no idea if they knew each other before America, Josephs family was a large one, he was one of 12 children, so it is quite probable that the families did know of each other they were living less than ten miles away and the deciding factor for me is that both the Fathers and Sons of the families seem to be Tin Miners, so would have met through work.
I have found Joseph and Theresa in the 1910 US census, living in Adams township, Michigan. Then I found Theresa on her own with 3 daughters and sadly a widow in the US 1920 census, I have found the records for Joseph and he died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis on 12th September 1919, but a nice bit of info I also found was that after he was diagnosed with TB in 1912 he made a trip home to England to see his family in 1913 as I have him returning to New York on his own on the 13th August 1913.
|This is Joseph,Theresa and daughters Muriel,Audrey and Olive the smallest,abt 1917|
Top right is some of their Grandchildren, Sharon,Marlene,Sandra,Joanne,Judy and Alfred.
and bottom pic is Olive, Audrey and Rosamund in the Snow in Michigan.
Theresa actually died in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan.
I don't know if any of Theresa's family ever went to America to stay or emigrate, but I have found her returning back to England in 1938, sadly her Mum Mary had died in 1926. I wonder if she came back before then at all?
The 1911 UK census had Mary as Head living with one of her daughters and two sons and grandchildren and a boarder. It states that she had 10 children of which only five survive, her husband Jacob died in 1910.
There is so much information that I came across I could keep going tracing this family tree for ages, but I am satisfied that I have at least been able to identify them and put quite a few of the names I have found to the faces on the photographs.
I have found some Family Trees on Ancestry that have some of the family on, so I might make contact to see if these Photos could be returned where they belong.
Till next time then...........................................................
Update 1.. Looking carefully at the photos again I have just noticed that Theresa in the first photo with her brothers and sisters is wearing a wedding ring !! I missed that...so now I need to look at records as it seems that she must have made a trip home, way before 1938, maybe when Joseph died or did she come back with Joseph in 1913...need to do some more research! I will update if I find any more info......
a)Saturday 6th July.. I have found Joseph Spurr gravestone and sadly on his gravestone it names another daughter Ruby Spurr born 1913 died 1916.
b)The top photograph is left to right Hedley Jewell..Theresa Jewell/Spurr Gordon Jewell.
Mary Warren/Jewell (Their MUM) in centre.
Beatrice or Ada Jewell on left front and Cerita Jewell on the right.
I have found this photograph in one bundle of a Bertie Williams marrying Julia Jane in Painesdale, Houghton, Michigan on 17th December 1914, they were both born in England..This is the Wedding picture, now then it turns out that Julia's maiden name is Warren and her mother is Mary Warren/Jewell's sister...so you see the connection.
So now we know that when Theresa married Bertie Williams in 1920, she was marrying her cousin's husband. Bertie was 26 in 1914 but Julia was 40, so I am wondering if maybe did she die in childbirth when she had Rosamund?