Sunday, 6 July 2014

James William and Patience Emily Bushby

James William Bushby and Patience Emily Wooler 

Randy's great grandparents on his maternal grandmother's side were the Bushby's from Sussex, England.  This area is on the south sea coast of England on the English Channel.
James William Bushby was born in Goring, Sussex, England on the 15th of June in 1852. In the 1861 English census, he was 8 years old and lived with his father Henry (1819 - 1877) and mother Eleanor nee Moore (1819 - 1903) and 5 siblings.  Henry's occupation is a Railway Inspector. 
On October 12, 1878 at age 26, he married 18 year old Patience Emily Wooler at Hove Church in West Brighton, Sussex.
The census documents of 1881, 1891 and 1901 show the growing family living in the area with James listed as a carpenter.  Their address in 1901 was Priory Cottage on Christchurch Road, Barton on Sea, New Milton, Hampshire.  

On the 29th of December in 1908, 49 year old Patience died and was buried on the St. Mary Magdalene Church grounds in New Milton.
Three years later when the English Census is taken, James is noted to work at being a carpenter and undertaker. Two of his daughters live with hims, 26 year old Elsie as the housekeeper and 14 year old Gertrude as an apprentice dressmaker. It states that they lived in a 4 room house with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room.
James and these two daughter left Southampton on September 11, 1913. Two sons, Walter and Arthur had previously made the overseas journey and no doubt encouraged their family to join them.  They arrived at Port of Quebec aboard the ship S/S Ausonia on September 21, 1913.

James had daughters remaining in England and his son Walter lived in Westfield, New Jersey and there are documents online showing his visits including a trip back to England in June of 1920.  He was with Walter and his wife and three young children in Westfield according to the 1920 US Census.

At some point he returned to England as he died there on August 8, 1931 in the County of Leicester, likely at the home of his daughter Dorothy.

My best guesses at the family of James and Patience Bushby:
  • Arthur Henry (1879 - 1933) - married Eliza Louisa Wardell - Reston, MB and Dollarton, BC
  • Eleanor Frances "Lena" (1881 - 1949) - married Jim Carpenter - Middlesex, England
  • Walter Edward (1882 - 1961) - married Ethel Elizabeth May Houre in Pipestone and later Martha Florence Sparkman - Reston and Westfield, New Jersey
  • Elsie Norah (1884 - 1968) married Thomas Boulton - Reston
  • Myra Elfrida "Queenie" (1887 - 1968) - never married - had a clothing business in Seattle, Washington
  • George John (1889 - 1890)
  • Dorothy "Dorrie" (1892 - ?) - married Ewart Pickett - Leicester, England
  • Gertrude Mary "June" (1896 - 1929) married Charles McIntyre - Vancouver, San Diego (?)
  • Lucilla Maude (1898 - 1898)

Thanks to Aunt Mary's family for sharing some of this family history from her notes.

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