|Florence Adelaide, with her father |
John Thomas Mason. c.1905 .
Florence was the youngest of 11 children of John Mason and Alice Rawcliffe - sister of my my great grandmother Maria Danson, nee Rawcliffe.
Alice from Hambleton, near Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire married, at the age of 19, John Mason and between 1874 and 1886, they had six English-born children - Robert William, Jane Elizabeth, John Thomas, James Richard, Margaret Alice and George Rawcliffe - all family names.
It was only a casual browsing on www.familysearch.org that revealed that Alice had died in Jamesburg, Middlesex County, New Jersey. I was delighted to find this unknown American connection and began a new challenge to find out more using www.Ancesstry.com
The New York Passenger Lists online revealed that John Mason had sailed from Liverpool to Brooklyn, New York, in 1886 followed by Alice, a year later travelling with 6 children aged 1-13 and two pieces of luggage. What on earth was life like for them all on the voyage? If only I could discover why they took this step of adventure from a small Lancashire community to the teeming streets of New York!
I was delighted to get this larger family group photograph (below) from Bonny, showing all eight children of Alice and James Mason, with Florence in the dark dress sitting at the front. Alice died in 1930 and James 7 years later, both buried in Fernwood Cemetery, Jamesburg.
Florence married Charles Urstadt - the information online varies between 1918 and 1921. She is wearing such a distinctive headdress in this photograph,that I wondered if it had any links to Charles German background. And what huge bouquets!
Below - the home in Jamesburg, New Jersey where Florence and Charles lived all their married life and raised their six children - Ruth Alice, Charles Melrford. Beulah. William John Henry, Donald Wesley and Curtis Rawcliffe. Charles senior lived there until his death at the age 99.
Below a happy photograph of Florence surrounded by her grandchildren.
Florence died in 1965 aged 67.
With thanks to my third cousin Bonny in New Jersey
for allowing me to feature these photographs.
1. Alice English (1884-1945) - A Brick Wall at My Grandmother
2. Edith Danson (1907 -1885) - My Feisty Aunt
3. John Danson (c.1789-1836) - A Family Black Sheep