Bolstridges of Pennsylvania

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James Bolestridge, domestic servant, and Ann Hickling, the daughter of William Hickling a confectioner, married on Oct 5th 1841 at Sneinton, (Snenton), on the outskirts of Nottingham England. Ann appears to already have a son, Edwin B Hickling registered in the June quarter of 1841 who may well be James' son. Another son, James John, was born on 18th September 1844 his father stated to be a victualler of Saint Mary's Gate Nottingham. On November 21st 1844 there was a terrible train crash on the Nottingham to Beeston line in which James Bolestridge was fatally injured. At that time he was said to be the Landlord of the "Three Horse Shoes Derby Road"

Ann re-married  the following March to widower William Smith, a hosier and the family emigrated to America in 1847. They have yet to be found in the 1850 census but the 1860 census lists them all with the surname Smith at Philadelphia.Ann can be found in the 1880 census listed as Ann Bolestridge with her son Edwin H. Now once more a widow she appears to have reverted to her previous married name of Bolestridge. By the British 1881 census she was back in England, visiting her brother on the outskirts of Nottingham, still listed as Bolestridge.


James J Bolstridge, Stationer of Philadelphia

The United States 1900 Census lists a James Bolestridge and his wife Charlotte at 1409 North Second Street Philadelphia. James, a stationer, is said to have been born in England in September 1844 to English parents., his wife in May 1845 in Pennsylvania to German Parents. James had been in the States since 1847, married in 1868, and he and Charlotte had two children only one surviving. As the surviving child was a daughter this line terminated when James died sometime after 1920. James served in the civil war as a corporal and was seriously injured twice.

Edwin H Bolestridge, Retail Grocer of Philadelphia

The 1880 census reveals an Edwin H Bolestridge operating as a retail Grocer at Richmond Street, Philadelphia. His widowed mother Ann Bolstridge was living with them. Edwin was said to be born in England about 1841 but I cannot find a GRO reference for him.  Their son Harry Lincoln Bolstridge had been born in Philadelphia in 1865 and can be found in New Jersey in the 1900 and 1920 censuses. Grandson Walter Bolestridge born Burlington, New Jersey returned to Allentown Pennsylvania where he raised a family.

Samuel Burditt Bostridge, Carpenter

Samuel Bostridge cannot be found in the 1901 census although his wife Alice was not listed as a Widow. He was probably in America as the following Ellis Island record has been found.
Manifest of the S.S. Servia sailing from Liverpool on June 6th 1899 Arriving at New York on the 15th.
Ticket No 6506 Samuel Bostridge age 32 married a Carpenter born Birmingham his final destination was Philadelphia his passage had been paid for by his brother but he stated he was not joining a relative.



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