Bolstridges of New York

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In 1850 William Bolstridge and his wife Charlotte, daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth Butler, emigrated to New York. Both were ribbon weavers and the ribbon trade in Coventry and Bedworth was in decline due to cheap foreign imports. There was at that time assistance provided for emigrants by the local churches and poor law overseers, perhaps that is how they left. Anyway, on the 10th February 1850 their four children were all baptised possibly in preparation for the journey. The parish registers at All Saints Bedworth carries these entries :-

10 Feb 1850
The following children of William and Charlotte Bolstridge baptised
Caleb born 8 Feb 1840
William born 12 Dec 1843
Susannah born 1 Nov 1845
John born 18 April 1847

William and his wife and family settled in Brooklyn, Kings and had four more children, their eldest son Caleb is listed in the original muster rolls of the 79th New York Volunteers , enlisting to company 'A' on 28th May 1861 he was discharged due to disability on 10th March 1862. Caleb and his eldest son William Henry can be found in the 1900 census Caleb at 585, Lorimer St, Brooklyn, Kings, New York and William at Hempstead, Nassau, New York, William was an Iron Moulder but I cannot read Caleb's occupation. John is to be found in Manhattan in the 1900 census as an Artist, the other sons have not been traced as yet.

Lonnie Chrisman has further details of this family here. 

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