The Missing Twins

I mentioned on Tuesday that Elizabeth CORTIS 2 [K2BK-F63] had a full complement of siblings on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. That ten children at least were born to master mariner and hotel keeper Richard and Jane nee SMITHSON is confirmed in a brief newspaper notice.

I had forgotten about the twins.

The youngest Cortis child on the Shared Tree as I write this post is Thomas Thackrah. He was about 18 months old when his mother died.

Jane would have given birth to the twins towards the end of April. A simple search for christenings brought nothing so I looked through the Holy Trinity register from late April to September. Still nothing. I found them in the Holy Trinity Burials registers at Find My Past.

I don’t know who entered the world first but Ann departed after nine weeks in the vale of tears. Harriet stayed for seven months.

(Harriet’s entry is at the bottom of the register page – I have added the header in Photoshop, so this is not a facsimile of the original document.)

Betsey still had a sister and seven brothers. Jane was the only one of Richard’s children enumerated with him at The Minerva Hotel in 1851. She was 25 years-old and single but married Philip HORSLEY, a Doncaster farmer, three weeks later. I couldn’t find records of children, their whereabouts at subsequent censuses or records of their deaths. It is an easy assumption to make that they emigrated – either blazing a trail to North America or following the Cortis brothers Richard John, Joseph, Samuel Smithson, John Charles and Thomas Thackrah to New York City and destinations beyond. Joseph gave his life for the Union but the others may all have married and made it to the Twentieth Century. Betsey’s eldest brother William Smithson, and those of his children who reached adulthood, “went the other way” to Australia. More about the adventurers another day.

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A Passage to America

Mistaken Mary Ann Hemington (Thursday’s post) had a younger brother, John Thomas. He was two years younger but made an honest woman of Caroline JACKSON two years before Mary Ann married.

John worked as a Printer and he impressed 12 copies of his genetic code upon Caroline between 1861 and 1883. The first child, Caroline Amelia, didn’t complete her first year. The second, Caroline Alice, married in 1880 but an initial search failed to find a record of her death, or that of her husband, James Glascott EVERETT.

The next three children also reached adulthood and married – John Thomas jnr., Alice Elizabeth and Rosina – and all died in their south London heartland. (It is the descendants of Rosina and Sidney Gauntlett STEPHENS who  make the connection to the Filey/Skipsea COLLEY families.)

John Thomas senior, the printer, died on Christmas Day 1891, aged 50. (The death registration gives “49”.)

In 1921 the death of a Caroline Ann Hemington is registered in Hackney. She was eighty-years-old.  Caroline Jackson was Hackney-born – but in the second half of 1843. I wasn’t sure if this old lady was John the Printer’s widow.

I opened the blue hints for Caroline Jackson on the Shared Tree, and two of the three were death/burial records for her second-born daughter, “Caroline EVERET” in Chicago, Illinois – “Ethnicity American”. (The very specific birthdate is four years wide of the mark.)

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I turned to Find My Past and after entering a few of John and Caroline’s children was rewarded with a hint to examine another contributor’s Tree. This indicated that James Everet and Caroline Alice Hemington emigrated to the United States about 1888. On 19 June 1893, Caroline’s younger brothers, Edward (then 16) and Sidney James (11) crossed the Atlantic. Edward became an American citizen on 23 October 1900, and at that year’s census, Sidney and the Everets (with seven children) were listed at different addresses in Ada Street, Englewood.

If the octogenarian Caroline Ann is “our” Caroline, she probably received the sad news of her grandson Ernest Edward Everet’s death in May 1920, aged 27. He is buried in Chicago Mount Hope Cemetery, his mother nearby perhaps.

Caroline Alice (Ellis) has three FamilySearch PIDs. One gives her a husband and one child – Alice Hannah, born in Canada. You will find her with her birth family here. I must arrange some marriages.