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Born at Sea

Posted: 1167816681000
Classification: Query
My g.g.grandfather may have been born at sea. At least his son in a 1910 census reported that his father was "Born At Sea" His name was Isaiah Mcdowell and possibly born abt 1795. I am looking for his birth and parents.

How do you search for some one born at sea? Do you put the birth place as the country of orgin, the United States or does the ship they are on determine the birth place.

I could not find his birth in Pennsylvania and think this may be the reason.

Thanks Steve

Re: Born at Sea

Posted: 1291996403000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1297099442000
Surnames: Marshall,Cary, Carey,
Hi,
I have the same problem with researching my great grandmother Helen or Ellen Carey/Cary? Marshall. She was supposed to have been born on a ship coming to New York from Ireland. I know that she was born about 1830, so you would think it would be easy to find her immigration info...but I have been looking for 3 years. I found out that Ellis Island didn't exist until about 1880, and there was another immigration port in southern NY. I still haven't been able to locate her...because I don't know about her entry I can't find her parents names. So far the earliest record I can find about her and my great great grandfather are a birth/christening record for their oldest daughter Marietta..born 7 Dec 1851 in Buffalo, Erie, NY. If you ever figured out and found your relative, how did you accomplish it? I don't have unlimited money to spend getting all of the records for Ellen Carey/Cary's who were naturalized, and that is what seems to be the recommended step. Thanks for your help in advance! Karen marshakar56@aol.com

Re: Born at Sea

Posted: 1292200154000
Classification: Query
Hi Karen

I am sorry but I am unable to help you or even myself I finally gave up on the born at sea for now. I have put that in the two hard basket and started looking for siblings etc

Good luck
Steve

Re: Born at Sea

Posted: 1292214603000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1297099456000
Hi Steve,
Thanks for your quick reply..at least I know I'm not alone with a hair pulling out brick wall. I am going to try to ask the admin at ancestry to see what they say. Maybe you just have to have a ball park age and see if they have a match close enough and try putting in the names and see what happens. Good luck with your search too. I'll try to get back to you if they happen to have an answer to the born at sea question.
Merry Christmas!
Karen

Re: Born at Sea

Posted: 1315788458000
Classification: Query
Hi Steve,
Were the McDowall's Scottish? I found my hair-pulling born at sea ancestor on scotlandspeople.gov.uk in the marine register. I'm not sure of the dates this register covers but it could be worth a look. Good luck

Re: Born at Sea

Posted: 1315987210000
Classification: Query
Surnames: McDowell
Yes my McDowell's were Scottish and I gave up along time ago looking for Isaiah McDowell born at sea. Thanks for your message and suggestion

Steve
Australia

Re: Born at Sea

Posted: 1331302590000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1331402263000
Surnames: Meacham, Marshall,
I am looking for a Marietta Marshall. She was my GG Grandmother. She married Amos Dyer Meacham. Do you have info on her and her family? I would love any and all info if you have it. I do not belong to Ancestry.

Re: Born at Sea

Posted: 1357225775000
Classification: Query
Eileen, you would have a better chance with this question if posted on the appropriate surname boards. It would be a very long shot for someone with information to see your message and get back to you. If you want to search on Ancestry, you might want to keep watch for one of the free 14-day trial offers, and see what you can find in that time (or sign up for just a month or two, if you need more time). If you do one of those, however, just be sure you follow the cancelation procedures so you don't have unwanted charges. Good luck with your search.
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