George Booth

George Booth – results from a day of research. Sarah Vernon, a granddaughter of one of my Pye family, married George Booth in 1899 in Staffordshire.  George was born about 1877. Wanting to know who George’s parents were I checked the census records and found that George Booth was listed on the 1881, as a 3 year old, and the 1891 census, 13 years old, as a “Visitor” in the household of Reuben Joseph Wootton and his wife Maria Wootton. I suspected that George Booth was related to Maria and I confirmed that Maria Booth married Reuben Joseph Wootton.  Being listed as a visitor I didn’t think that George was Maria’s son. Earlier census records showed that Maria, born Marston near Stafford, was the daughter of Henry and Jane Booth.  She had an elder sister named Amelia Booth, born 1852 at Marston, and a number of younger siblings. I next found a baptism for George Booth.  He was born on 22 October, 1877 and baptised on 3 November, 1877 at St Pauls, Coven, Staffordshire.  His unmarried mother was Amelia Booth, a servant.  It now appeared that George Booth was the nephew of Maria Wootton.  I looked further to see why George was with his aunt. Amelia Booth born 1852, only appeared on two census records.  The 1861 and 1871 census, the later year Amelia was listed as a servant at Coven, working for Charles Price.  I was feeling like I was on the right track since George was born at Coven.  Then I checked the marriage indexes and found Amelia Booth married in 1876 to John Whitehouse. This is a year too early to fit with Amelia Booth having an illegitimate child at the end of 1877.  Amelia and John Whitehouse had seven children, starting from 1878, with the 1911 census listing Jane Booth, mother-in-law living with them.  Amelia and John Whitehouse’s two eldest children were also born in Coven. So the question that I am now left with is, Do I have the right mother for George Booth?  Is George’s mother, Amelia, the sister of Maria Wootton nee Booth, the woman who appears to have raised George.  My search through the Staffordshire records did not leave me with any other options for Amelia Booth being anyone else other than the sister of Maria and daughter of Henry and Jane and yet how could she have married a year prior to the birth of an illegitimate child? Another puzzle in the Tree.

Post script

I have also discovered that Amelia’s father Henry Booth sister, Anne Eliza Booth’s second husband was William Ecclestone.  William’s grandmother, Alice Pye is another member of my Pye tree.  Therefore George Booth and his wife Sarah Vernon have a distant blood relationship to each other.

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Copyright on Blog contents

I thought this article was a good reminder to be aware of copyright issues and ownership of Blog content and photographs.

This article on the is worth the read and it reminds us that:

“What we’re seeing, all too often, is theft. Somebody stealing somebody else’s work: somebody else’s words, somebody else’s photographs.  And it’s wrong.  It violates every ethics code our community has.”

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10 children deceased.

The 1911 English census states the number of children a couple had, how many living and how many deceased.

One such record I saw stated the couple had 14 children, with 4 still living and ten were deceased.

I can’t image the pain of losing ten children.

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Some statistics

Throughout my research I have noticed that in some branches the Pye name has ended, especially in the English branches of the family tree, therefore I decided to compare the descendants of my great, great, great grandfather, Joseph Pye, with the descendants of his brother, George Pye.  I wanted to count the number of sons, bearing the surname Pye, through the next five generations (down to my own generation) to compare the number of Pye sons in each generation.  The following is what I found.

George Pye had five sons (Generation 1); they produced 10 sons (Generation 2); they produced 14 sons (Generation 3); they produced 16 sons (Generation 4); they produced 5 sons (Generation 5).

Joseph Pye had seven sons (Generation 1); they produced 28 sons (Generation 2); they produced 74 sons (Generation 3); they produced 107 sons (Generation 4); they produced 107 sons (Generation 5).

As you will have noticed the male line of Joseph’s was far greater than George’s.  It is interesting to note that 93 of the 107 sons listed for Generation 5 came from the two sons of Joseph Pye who came to Australia.  The other 14 descended from the other four sons of Joseph who married.

As a further comparison I noted how many sons died as infants; did not marry, married but had no children or married having only daughters.

From George Pye  Gen 1 = 5, Gen 2 = 10, Gen 3 = 14, Gen 4 = 16, Gen 5 = 5.

Gen 1 = 1 did not marry,

Gen 2 = 1 did not marry, 1 married no children,

Gen 3 = 1 infant, 4 did not marry, 2 married no children, 1 married no sons,

Gen 4 = 4 infants, 1 did not marry, 5 married no children or sons, 3 unknown.

From Joseph Pye, Gen 1 = 7, Gen 2 = 28, Gen 3 = 74, Gen 4 = 107, Gen 5 = 107 (93 from sons in Aust).

Gen 1 = 1 infant, 1 married no sons,

Gen 2 = 5 infants, 2 married no children or sons, 3 unknown,

Gen 3 = 14 infants, 12 did not marry, 11 married no children or sons,

Gen 4 = 14 infants, 11 did not marry, 16 married no children or sons, 10                                                  unknown.

I found that it was two of Joseph’s grandsons who produced the most male Pye descendants.

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So I’ve been busy researching and tidying up my records and had not checked my Blog stats for a couple of weeks.  Therefore I was surprised to see 96 views for yesterday.  Wow someone was interested in what I had to say in my posts!

Too bad I don’t get any comments – would love to know what you think about the content.

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Is this the largest family in Victoria?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A number of years ago during my decoupage class I was talking with a fellow ‘cut and paster’ about my other hobby of genealogy; how I had 54 first cousins, to which she replied that her father was one of 35 children.

“All to the same mother?” I asked astounded.  “Yes”, was the reply.  “Were there a number of multiple births within the family? My stumbling mind tried to grasp the facts.  She replied, “No, but her grandmother began having her children at 15 years of age.”  A quick calculation 15 plus 35 equals 50 – that is if a child is born every single year, but if a year was missed the mother would have likely to have been older than 50 when her child bearing was over.

My classmate went on to speak with her friends and I did not get a chance to question her further about her father’s remarkably large family.  Was this the largest family in Victoria?  Were they even born in Australia – I do not know, but I have never heard of such a large family before.  The largest families in my own tree maximized at 16 children.

Does anyone else have tales of remarkably large families to the one couple?

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Which Patrick Leddin was Timothy Leddin’s brother ?

The following article has been submitted by my sister.


Which Patrick Leddin was Timothy Leddin’s brother ?

My 3 x great grandfather is Patrick Leddin of Co. Limerick, Ireland; he would have been born approximately 1780.  Patrick had married Margaret Gleeson born 1782, their son William was born about 1809/10.  William married and had 9 children, they migrated to Victoria, Australia in 1857, 2 daughters had migrated in 1855. 

Timothy Leddin born about 1792 Co. Limerick, Ireland married Mary Judith Murphy, some descendants of their son William Leddin and wife Mary Meagher/Maher, (and their son, William Leddin and his wives Catherine Doherty and Hannah Irwin) migrated to Chicago, Illinois, USA and also New York.

Descendants from Timothy’s line started corresponding with descendants from Patrick’s line, as these two branches originated from the same region in Ireland.  A descendant of Timothy’s thought that Timothy had a brother named Patrick.  I wasn’t that convinced that my Patrick was that person, as he would have been about 18 years older than Timothy (1792).  However I feel sure that there is a relationship of some sort between the two.

Owing to the availability of more online records in recent years I’ve been doing more research into this matter.  Being aware that records from Ireland are very patchy and not very reliable as to accuracy, I have however been able to piece together a bit of information.  First of all, I looked into the online indexes of all marriages and baptisms from Counties Limerick and Tipperary, Ireland for the name Leddin (plus spelling variations).  I found a few Patrick Leddins in about the correct search range, of particular interest was Patrick Leddin who married Honora Hourigan.  There were baptism records for 3 sons ie Patrick 1830, William 1832 and Timothy 1834 at Hospital, Co. Limerick.  Patrick and Honora’s marriage year was recorded as 1836, but maybe this was mistakenly recorded due to poor records. There were also baptisms for William (1837), Edmond (1839), James (1841), and Honora (1843) whose parents I hadn’t established, but could have been children of Patrick and Honora.

Recently I found that this couple had migrated to Chicago.  I also came across the following brief newspaper articles.

18 May 1863 – Cork Examiner – Cork, Cork, Republic of Ireland

“THREE-YEAR-OLDS” LEFT FOR AMERICA. Patt Leddin, who with an activity and an energy peculiarly Irish, brandished at fair and market the “cloghalpeen,” with family consisting of ten persons, has left for America. Leddin, brave, powerful athletic man, had four sons …

19 May 1863 – Freeman’s Journal – Dublin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

… peculiarly Irish brandished at fair and market the “clughalpeen,” with a family consisting of ten persons, has left for America. Leddin, a brave, powerful, athletic man, had four sons who equalled himself, and who in every respect imitated the father ID fight …

So now I knew that Patrick and his family had migrated in 1863, I found that the following family members had migrated to New York: Patrick (1801) and Honora (1813) and children Bridget (1833), Patrick (1836), William (1838), Timothy (1840), Johanna (1842), Catherine (1844), James (1846), Honora (1848) and Mary (1850).

These birth years are approximate from ages listed on the shipping record, they don’t all match the baptism years, but again this may be due to poor/illegible records.

The family soon went to Chicago and I found that the following children had married – Timothy to Margaret Madden, Catherine to Patrick Quinlan, James to Frances Hayes and Mary to John Ambrose. William and Honora appear to have remained unmarried.

The names Patrick and Timothy are repeated down the generations in this line, whereas in my Patrick Leddin branch, the name Timothy doesn’t appear once.

It would seem feasible that the descendants of Timothy Leddin (1792) would go to Chicago where there were relation already living, or had been living.

So it is my opinion that the Patrick Leddin (1801) who married Honora Hourigan and Timothy Leddin (1792) who married Mary Judith Murphy are siblings and not the Patrick Leddin (1780) who married Margaret Gleeson.

There was also a Patrick Leddin who married Johanna Cusack in 1810 and a Timothy Leddin who married Bridget Gorman in 1817. 

So randomly selecting two families and putting them together without evidence to support it is not a good genealogical practise. 

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