Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Ancestry has added a great number of records to its Immigration Collection, and I was able to find my husband's immigrant WESTABY and WILSON ancestors today. George Rice WESTABY, I (1822 - 1894) and Ann WILSON (1822 - 1902) arrived in New York on May 22, 1850 on the Western World. Accompanying them was George's brother Charles (1825 - 1897) and a three-year-old Emma WESTABY, a new name in our family history. Was she a niece (Charles' daughter? He married for the first time--so we thought--in 1852 in Illinois...or perhaps another sibling's daughter?) George and Ann were newlyweds...their marriage was recorded in the General Registry Office in June 1850, so they had to have been married sometime between March and May. They were married in Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire, England, and both George and Charles had been born in Barrow-Upon-Humber in Glanford Brigg.
Also on board was a John WILSON...perhaps a relative of Ann's, although our current family history doesn't list a brother by that name. There are also some small WILSON children emigrating with what appears to be a mother and step-father named MILLTHORPE. John WILSON's family is listed on the passenger list between two MILLTHORPE families. Could the WESTABY, WILSON and MILLTHORPE families emigrating together also all be related to each other? Very likely. I need to do some more detective work!
I also found some info online about the Western World. Apparently she sunk off the coast of New Jersey in 1853, and is a scuba diver's paradise.