12 November

Three today – an early Green linen bleacher ancestor from Worsbrough, a Green descendent who worked as a domestic nurse, and an Aberdeenshire Fraser who migrated to New York and worked as a cook in Manhattan before retiring to Florida.

12 November 1775
Baptism of my ggggg uncle John Green at Worsbrough, Yorkshire, son of linen bleacher Joseph Green and Alice Rock. He was married at Royston, on the other side of Barnsley, in 1795 to Mary Addey of Cudworth, and this may have been the start of the connection between my Worsbrough ancestors and my Royston ones. John and Mary had 6 children baptised and 1 buried at Worsbrough between 1796 and 1804, and then wife Mary died in 1805. Her burial is in the parish register for Worsbrough, which reads “Mary Green age 31 wife of John Green bleacher of King Well buried 1 September 1805” and she is commemorated on a Memorial in the churchyard at St Mary’s, Worsbrough with “To the memory of Mary the wife of John Green bleacher of King Well died 31 August 1805 age 32 years”. They don’t seem to have been quite sure how old she was, but she was actually 31 and 7 months! John Green then married again, to another Mary, though no record for the marriage has been found, and they had children baptised in Worsbrough. John Green’s death is recorded on the Memorial at St Mary’s – he “departed this life the 14th day of July 1825 in the 50th year of his age”.

12 November 1891
Birth of Florence Edith Wilson at Mirfield, Yorkshire, daughter of Thomas Arthur Wilson and Elizabeth Florence Vickers and granddaughter of my ggg aunt Mary Green and Joseph Wilson. Her father was a gardener and they were living at Bank House, the Knowle, Mirfield when Florence was born, but had moved to Priesthorpe Lodge, Bingley, near Otley by 1901. In 1911 Florence was working as a domestic nurse for the Payne family at Park Hall, Walton, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire. She married Fred Downing at Pontefract in 1918.

12 November 1904
Birth of Jessie Lydia Michael at Little Tillymaud, Cruden, Aberdeenshire, daughter of my gg aunt Mary Ann Fraser and David Ewan Michael. Jessie is with her parents, her father a granite quarryman, in 1911, then in 1929 she migrated to New York – there is a passenger list for a ship sailing from Glasgow on 21 September 1929 with her on it, giving her father’s address as Thistle Cottage, Longhaven and saying she is going to New York City to join her brother Alexander Michael. In the 1930 US census she is at 107 East 73rd Street, Manhattan working as a servant for a private banker along with her brother and sister-in-law. In April 1931 Jessie married Robert Moore in Manhattan, and was naturalised in 1937 giving her address as 536 East 79th Street and occupation domestic. Her papers say she had a distinctive scar on the right side of her neck. In the 1940 census she and husband Robert are at 486 East 74th Street: she is working as a private cook and her is working as an elevator operator, and they don’t appear to have any children. Jessie died in 1975 at Charlotte, Florida and her husband died there in 1978, so like many New Yorkers they must have retired to Florida.

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