Sunday, April 21, 2013

CASTLE GARDEN: WILLIAM WILLIAMS


t’s not easy researching a name like William WILLIAMS. Fortunately, my mother kept fabulous scrapbooks about her maternal Welsh ancestors.  Here is a picture of William WILLIAMS and his wife, Jane OWEN, my great grandparents. 


Jane Owen and William Williams

William and Jane left their home in Holyhead, Wales in 1883 to come to this county. Here is a search result from Castle Garden (www.castlegarden.org) that shows what I believe to be their arrival:

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From this record, you can see that William was 27, Jane was 26 and their son William was 1 month old.  It is amazing that they made the trip with a baby so young.  (Infant William would eventually die while working as an electrician for the railroad in Rome, New York. See my previous post at http://www.theartofgenealogy.com/2012/09/the-welsh-saga-continues.html.)

This family arrived at Castle Garden on 16 April 1883.  There were two other males, John and Roland, with the surname Williams who arrived on that date on the ship Spain. Currently, I have no Roland Williams in my family tree. That is a name that needs to be investigated.  William WILLIAMS had an older brother John, and that could possibly be his brother.  John’s age is listed at 39, whereas William is 27. My records indicate that John was only three years older than William. Also, the Castle Garden entry states that John was born in England. (2) Williams is a common name so these other men by the name of Williams could possibly be strangers.



If you click on the father William on the Castle Garden search results, you will see this:

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This is what I gleaned from this record:
  •  William Williams was a laborer.
  •  He was 27.
  •  He was on a ship named Spain.
  • He arrived on 16 Apr 1883.
  • The ship departed from Liverpool and Queenstown.
  •  He was born in Wales.
  •  He paid for his own trip.
  • He was destined for the United States.

I then went to the Ancestry database “New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957” and found this identical data, along with a copy of the manifest.  The manifest gives the same information as the transcription on the Castle Garden site. (4)

Here is a picture and information about the ship Spain:

Have you searched for your ancestors on Castle Garden?  If you suspect that they arrived in this country between 1820 and 1892 (5), then be sure to check out the free website


ILLUSTRATIONS BY:

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1200 Ornamental Letters, 2007.

Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York, Electronic Clip Art, 1268 Old-Time Cuts and Ornaments, 2006.

CITATION SOURCES:

(1) CastleGarden.org: America's First Immigration Center, search results for "Williams," "Spain," and "1883" (http://www.castlegarden.org: accessed April 21, 2013).

(2) CastleGarden.org: America's First Immigration Center, untitled database (http://www.catlegarden.org: accessed April 21, 2012), entry for John Williams, age 39, arrived 16 Apr 1883 aboard the Spain.

(3) CastleGarden.org: America's First Immigration Center, untitled database (http://www.castlegarden.org: accessed April 21, 2013), entry for William Williams, age 27, arrived 16 Apr 1883 aboard the Spain.

(4) "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957," database, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com: accessed April 21, 2013), entry for William Williams, aboard Spain, Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland to the United States, arriving 16 Apr 1883, citing Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C.

(5) Sharon DeBartolo Carmack, Genealogy at a Glance: Immigration Research, (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2011), 3.

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