In the course of my investigations into the Duffields, I found an article that appeared to provide information about my ancestors, but took some sleuthing to confirm.
I thought I’d be stuck in Rhode Island and never able to trace my Duffield family back to Ireland. With just one record, I was able to break through that brick wall.
James Alexander Duffield emigrated with his parents from Ireland to the United States at age 2 and was orphaned at the age of 18.
Samuel and Lizzie Duffield left their native Ireland with their young family for the United States, landing in Providence, Rhode Island.
Lily Drusilla Dutton was born on October 7, 1877 in Altrincham, Cheshire, England, the daughter of Elizabeth Dutton. She married Samuel Schofield.
Sarah Gardiner’s prospects were bright. Although she didn’t marry, she trained to be a schoolmistress. Sadly, her life was tragically interrupted after a bike ride in September 1902.
John Griffin married Sarah Jane Goodland on March 24, 1884, in the parish church of St. Paul in Kewstoke, Somerset, England. They had five sons and one daughter.
Samuel Gardiner Jr. married Catharine Jones on December 20, 1854, in Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire, Wales. They had 12 children in the next 15 years.
When I originally researched my second great-grandparents William Richard and Elizabeth Webb, I noted an issue on the 1901 England Census. The family wasn’t together.
William married Sarah Hawkins on May 19, 1825, at St. James the Great in Paulerspury, Northamptonshire, England. The couple had 11 children.
Archibald James Jacob McPhail married Cecelia Garrow on October 10, 1892, at Cathédrale du Précieux-Sang in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada (the church no longer stands).
Isabella Theresa McPhail left Montreal for the Bethany Convent in St. Paul, Minnesota, becoming a postulant and eventually taking the name Sister Mary Bernadette.
Thomas Longworth married Margaret Moir on July 4, 1885, at St. James’ Church in Chorley, Lancashire, England. They had three children.
Frances Dorothea Bowen married William Guy “Red” Hill on June 12, 1935 in Tonawanda, New York. She was dead less than three months later.
Elijah Loxham Longworth married Mary Elizabeth Derbyshire in 1909 at St. Peter’s Church in Chorley and then moved to Canada, without her.
Samuel Moore married Elizabeth Longworth on December 29, 1888, at St. James Church in Chorley. The emigrated with their two daughters to Canada.
William Shepherd married Mary Jones on November 22, 1868, at St. John The Evangelist, Miles Platting, in Manchester, Lancashire, England.
John Harold Griffin left his family in England and emigrated to New Zealand. After a stint in the military, he married Dorothy Wilkes and had a family.
Catharine married Ralph Horatio Sherwood on July 25, 1910 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Their story is marked by tragedy.
My great-aunt Eleanor Webb was a bit of an outlier – I wasn’t even aware she existed until I found her marriage record in Ontario.
After being widowed with two young boys, Mary Anne Whelan remarried quickly, on September 26, 1922, to Frederick Samuel Gardiner.