They are very likely my great great great grandparents: From an Emerson family history book or document written by a "R. Edna Johnston"; posted on the rootsweb Fermanagh-Gold group by a Kathleen Emerson in 2001; and sent to me by Bamford genforum poster Nick Cimino I learned the following (anyone knowing the record she cites or Kathleen Emerson or this extended family please respond):
John Banford or possibly sometimes Bamford and wife Margaret Emerson b. 1809 emigrated in 1870 or so to Australia. Two children George and Margaret also went to Australia but it was not specified whether all on the same journey. Their daughter Mary married John Crawford and seems to match up properly with my recent findings to the John and M. or Mary Crawford ggg grandparents.
From the Fermanagh-Gold posting from 2001 by Kathleen Emerson:
Here are a few other County Fermanagh names gleaned from the Emerson history: Margaret Emerson born ca 1809, married James Banford. They went to Australia in 1870. Son George and daughter Margaret also went to Australia. Son James went to Canada. Remaining in Ireland were children William, Robert, Edward, Susan who married Galbrath Moffett, Mary who married John Crawford.
Robert Emerson born ca 1809 married Ann Musgrove (Isabella Musgrove's sister) and they stayed in Ireland. Daughters Jane and Mary Ann went to NY. William, James, Margaret, Isabella, and Edward went to Australia. Robert, Thomas, and Eliza stayed in Ireland and Thomas lived near Tempo. Thomas Emerson married Tillie ______? and they stayed in Ireland. Mary Ann married William Smith. Other children were Noble, Matilda, and Bella Margaret who stayed in Ireland, and William who went to the US.
James Lowrey Johnston, birthplace near the Emerson farm in Fermanagh, accompanied Margaret and John Emerson (children of Edward and Isabella Emerson) to Ontario, Canada in 1863 and later married an Emerson sister, Ann, in Albert Lea, MN, US. James was trained as a stone mason in County Fermanagh.
She also wrote as gleaned from the same R. Edna Johnston source: Edward Emerson born 1809 died 1888, married Isabella Musgrove, born 1817 died 1910. Edward's parents were William Emerson and Mary Wilson. I have a list of Edward's siblings, a partial list of the siblings' children and places they emigrated to. Isabella's parents were James Chittoch Musgrove born 1789 died 1871 and his wife Ann Rutledge, born 1786 died 1868, and is buried in Tempo Cemetery.
After their marriage on Jan. 1, 1836 by Rev. MacWilliams, a Presbyterian minister, Edw. & Isabella lived in the Mosgove farmhouse where 3 generations of Mosgroves had been born. The farm was about 15 miles east of Enniskillen. Nearby towns were Tempo, Five-Mile Town, Brookeborough. The Many Burns River, about 12 miles wide and not very deep, flowed near the house.
The Emersons were members of the Church of Ireland and attended Tattykern church about a mile from their home, or sometimes Colebrook Church. Lady Brooke had square pews in each church. The Brookes had a vast estate and the town of Brookeborough was named for them. The Emersons operated a small neighborhood store in a stone outbuilding at their farm.
The Emerson history states that elementary education was compulsory and the Emerson children attended a one-room school nearly a mile from home. The teacher was always male. Church and state were united so the Bible was taught in school on Saturday mornings and the Church of Ireland confirmation services observed. Apparently sewing, knitting, and embroidery were part of the curriculum for the girls. The eldest of Edw. & Isabella's children went as far as the teacher could take him - two books in algebra,geometry, trigonometry, etc., and at age 13 was apprenticed at a drug store for five years