I am looking for any information on the Redfern and Boreman famlies of England. The name Boreman could have been spelled Borman back then. This would be in the latter half of the 1800s. The information I have is that Charles F. Boreman met and married Victoria Redfern. They had two children that I know of, Charles F. Boreman, born April 28th, 1879, and Alice Boreman (birthdate unknown but I believe she was younger than Charles). Charles, senior, was a miner,and I'm not positive but there may have been miners in the Redfern family as well. The following is the story that was handed down thru the family:
One day, the mining whistle or bell went off, signeling that there had been a cave-in or accident of some sort. It was a common sound, heard all too often in mining villages. Victoria was on a ladder, washing the second floor windows, so little Charlie, ran up the road to the mine to find out what the problem was. It was there that he found out that his dad was killed in the mine. He ran back home, crying, and when he got within shouting distance of his mother, he cried out that father had been killed. His mother, upon hearing the shattering news, lost her balance on the ladder and fell off, impaling herself on the wrought iron fencing, in front of the house. Little Charlie had just lost his father to the mine...and minutes later became an orphan as he witnessed his mother's death! Little Charlie and his sister, went to live with their grandmother(no name or unknown which side of the family)but they lived at 33 castle street at high street in Battersea, a section of London on the south side of the Thames. Shortly there afer, Charles stowed away on a ship bound for north america, but was found out by the captain during the voyage and as a way of paying off his trip expense, was sold off into servitude to a farmer somewhere in Canada. I have a letter, undated, from the sister Alice, written to Charles. In it, its obvious that she is fearful of Charles plight with the farmer and is sending what little money she has to him. But it is also obvious that Alice is in dire straits, herself, with health problems and she mentions that her grandmother is in the hospital also in failing heath and getting worse. The letter ends with the words, I won't forget my promise to you. That's the last he ever heard from her and its a mystery what the promise was about. After working for the farmer for an undetermined time, he set off for the U-S and crossed Ontario into Michigan and later settled in Cleveland. He was my grandfather.
I am looking for anyone who may have a Victoria Redfern listed in their family database and any information on this Boreman family or what became of Alice Boreman. Or anything concerning the tragic story I outlined above. I would think such a story would have certainly made the local newspapers, maybe even the London papers. My search for Boreman, thus far, turned up very little, though I did find what appeared to be a concentration of Bormans in the Lincolnshire county area, near Yorkshire, perhaps. But I am not sure if they are from the same line.
To help further with the timeline, I am speculating that little Charles stowed away sometime after his 15th birthday or sometime after 1894. After working for the farmer and later migrating into Michigan, he met Hattie M Sharp (Whose father, Thomas Sharpe, also came over from England)and married her at the turn of the century and they later moved to Cleveland. They had three children together. One boy died at an early age; the other two were a son and a daughter.The daughter grew up, married, and became my mother.