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Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Posted: 1348383976000
Classification: Immigration
Edited: 1348384046000
Surnames: James
So, the story goes...
Edwin D. James (born about 1850+/-1) was an orphan who lived with his grandparents until the age of 8 and then travelled overseas to America; to live with an uncle who lived in NY. Then as an older man he moved on to KS, IL, MO, and then settling in NE. He married E.Alice Bradford and had 7 kids. The unknown story we can't figure out, YET, is where he was from in Wales and what happened to his parents, and what were his grandparents names. Did they travel with him to NY? And what was the relative's name in NY? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Re: Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Posted: 1350150867000
Classification: Query
It is difficult not knowing which part of wales, however
George James Head 36 born St. Petrox, Pembrokeshire 1815
Martha James Wife 37 born Lamphey, Pembrokeshire 1814
George James son 1847 born St. Mary's Pembrokeshire
Elizabeth James daughter born St. Mary's Pembrokeshire 1849
William James son born St. Mary's Pembrokeshire 1850

EDWIN JAMES ,not described as son but AT MUSE, born St. Mary's Pembrokeshire 1850 6 months old

George James 48 all same birth areas
Martha James 44
George James 14
Elizabeth James 12
William James 10
John James 8

Birth of Edwin James
EDWIN JAMES June 1/4 1851 Haverfordwest 26 - 714 (part of Pembrokeshire

Not sure if this helps - need to know which county Edwin came from

Re: Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Posted: 1361725227000
Classification: Query
My father was John Ivor James, born in Dale Pembrokeshire 12/6/1916, his Father was George James

Re: Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Posted: 1374459313000
Classification: Immigration
Thankyou for this information! I will certainly be in touch if I can find any more information from my family members!

Re: Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Posted: 1400695539000
Classification: Query
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Re: Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Posted: 1402513578000
Classification: Query
Edwin is a somewhat uncommon name for that time: Only 171 boys named Edwin James listed on freebmd as born 1840-1860 in England and Wales. Of these, only seven were born in Wales in 1848-1852. Try tracing them and their families in the 1851 and 1861 Censuses: those that were enumerated in the 1861 Census would seem to be able to be discounted from your search. Next you could purchase birth certificates (10 GBP + each - not a cheap exercise...) for those you cannot discount, and check freebmd for deaths in period 1848-61 (e.g. a quick look suggests that the Neath boy died at c.3 months old) and purchase death certificates to resolve any remaining queries. This might narrow down the candidates considerably. I've successfully employed this strategy with more commonplace Welsh names - admittedly with some geographical clues as to which county to search in.

Usually, US newspaper obituaries provide quite a lot of information on where people were born, when they emigrated, etc. - but with the caveat that this information was provided by next of kin and may contain misconceptions. Different newspapers might have contained differing amounts of information - its worth checking all the newspapers that circulated in the locality.

By the early C20 many states' death certificates include fields for names of the parents of he deceased. Again, this information is limited by the knowledge of the next of kin who registered the death - I've found children of the deceased having knowledge of their grandparents' names.

US marriage records frequently recorded parents' names.

When the above are combined with US immigration records (as suggested by a previous poster), you may possibly solve this query.

Rowlands observes that James "is very much a surname of south Wales but it is not in the first rank of common surnames. The only area of significant concentration is centered on north Pembrokeshire (Cilgerran 6.3%; Cemais 5.4%) and south Cardiganshire (Troedyraur 5.4%). It is almost totally absent in north Wales."

One factor to bear in mind - how certain is the Welsh connection? James is also a common surname in England.

Re: Edwin D James, Wales orphan

Posted: 1402553580000
Classification: Query
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