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There is a Charles Cazalet mentioned in the Portland,Maine, Argus newspaper on Oct. 5, 1821. The story says Charles, of Portsmouth (no state), married a Judith Smith, of Portland.
My ancestor, Charles Cazalet, is listed as a fruiter in the 1830 New York City Directory. His wife (Mary) Jane, is a fruiterer at the same address from 1831 to 1835, then nothing.
There is nothing about them in the 1829 NYC Directory or the 1836 or later Directories.
They had a son, John, about 1831.
It's interesting that Jane is not listed as "Cazalet, Jane, widow of Charles, fruiterer, 28 Barclay," but just "Cazalet, Jane, fruiterer, 28 Barclay."
In 1902, John listed his mother's maiden name on a marriage certificate, but it is not legible. It looks like Ebb??, but I don't think it's Ebbets.
I think Charles and Jane may have immigrated from Cork, Ireland, but there is no hint of them in the arrival records between 1820 and 1830 in New York.
I may have found Jane and her son, John, in the 1850 Census living in the 7th Ward. 28 Barclay was probably in the 3 or 4 Ward, so they had moved from lower Manhattan northward. The 1850 census says they were both born in Ireland, but John was born at 28 Barclay. Neither has any occupation listed, which makes me wonder how they survived. It appears that Jane was 50 in 1850.
There is a Charles Cazalet, a tanner, living in Cork, Ireland, until at least 1809 accord to Cork City Directories. He is possibly Charles, the fruiter's father.
Where can I look to document where they came from before 1830? Did he arrive at Portland? At Portsmouth? Portsmouth Maine? Portsmouth, New Hampshire? Portsmouth, Rhode Island? Could Charles have been at Portmouth Naval Shipyard? A sailor in the British Navy? Jumped ship?
If Judith died between 1821 and 1829 would there be a record? I can't find a Cazalet in any Maine, New Hampshire or Rhode Island censuses from the time.