Hi Steve, I got your e-mail and thought I'd check here to see what's going on.I don't think it's dying out; there just aren't that many Healises around I guess.
Anyway, we are second cousins.My mother is Emily Louise Healis (1909- ) and was named for her Aunt Emily, who was her godmother.We used to visit Aunt Emily when I was a child, and I wish I had asked her all the pertinent questions then.My mom believed that Aunt Emily (she was the eldest child of William and Eleanor) had taught school in England, so your comment about Liverpool is intriguing, especially because (until I met Emily Egbert) Mom always said her father was from Liverpool (she really didn't remember anything much about Barbados except her Irish Catholic mother calling her father a "heathen from the islands" when she was upset with him.)Of course, the Liverpool thing could be family legend.
I've checked the Ellis Island website, but WWH, etal emigrated prior to their start date for records.I found a Thomas Healis (and different spellings) who worked on a ship and crossed many times, but no other Healises of any spellings.
Emily Egbert was also named for Aunt Emily.I met her a few years ago and she gave me a lot of useful information from her hard work.I never had an e-mail address for her as that sort of thing wasn't that prevalent at the time.She was living in Lancaster, PA at the time, but moving to Tennessee (I think).Her mother was the daugher of Lillian Iris (Sadie) Healis.I can't believe that Emily Egbert wouldn't be on the Internet checking out Healis info, so she was such a great researcher.Maybe she'll stumble across us one day.
I haven't been too successful finding out too much about Healises on Barbados before WWH and Eleanor emigrated to Philadelphia.My mom used to chat with her cousin, Madelyn (daughter of Madeline Florina Healis).I remember that Madelyn made a trip to Barbados at one time (during the sixties) and at the time, there were still relatives there.Anyway, Madelyn said (or was told) that seven generations of Healises lived in Barbados and most were doctors.
There are Healises in Washington State, California and Arizona.That was what I meant by the Western Branch.But if you've read other messages, you'll see there was a branch in Massachusetts.I think perhaps we were related to them (perhaps in England or even Barbados); the spelling is far too rare for there not to be a close connection.
I do have a family tree, but it's huge, and of course like a great painting, not complete.If I mailed it to you, I'd have to zip it -- can you unzip?What format would you prefer?Or I can just mail it to you if you send me your address.Honestly, I thought I posted it somewhere but I can't find it here, so it may be on Ancestry.com.
Let me know how your family got to the West Coast.I'm so glad to know your father had a real name -- I had him listed as "Butzie!"