My GGrandfather was James Arthur Anderton, who was orphaned when he was young so didn't have very much information about his parents. The lore is that his mother's name was Annie, and he had a sister. His father past away first, and his mother worked until she became very ill and also past away. The kids stayed with neighbors, and eventually were separated.
He immigrated to the US from Canada. I believe his parents were both born in England, and it's possible he also was born in England. In the US census he claimed to have been born in Canada in 1910 and 1920, but in the 1930 census he claimed he was born in Maine, US. I suspect that may have been due to a less tolerant time of immigrants during the great depression. One census he claimed both parents were from England and on another he claimed his mom was from Scotland and his dad was from England. He also did not know his exact birthday, but knew it was in Dec, so he just told my grandmother that his birthday was on Christmas.
Now I did some research and found a potential candidate for his family of origin. Robert Anderton from Manchester born in 1855 and his wife Annie Barnes Anderton born about 1857 had 2 children, James and Mary recorded on the 1881 census.
However, I can't find any further info on them. Not sure if they immigrated to Canada and are the missing pieces to our family history, or someone knows the fate of James and Mary and that they are not the children who became orphans in Canada.There are so many Andertons in that area, but it's possible that Robert's parents are William and Frances Anderton and Annie's parents are William and Ruth Barnes.
Anyway....any of these names fit anyones history here?