Interesting that there were Nightingale Silk Mills in New Jersey.I'm looking at my family history in Tockholes, Lancashire, England.The search has been rejuvenated by the discovery of a book by Kenneth Kershaw of Tockholes, which essentially lists every resident of every cottage and house in the village from the 1841 census onwards, along with some earlier material.
My great grandfather was William Nightingale, born 1848, who lived at Silk Hall Cottage (then known as Over Wallbank). He was a handloom weaver.Working back through the lists of prior residents of Tockholes, it looks like either Moses Nightingale (b1821, wife Mary) of Back o'the Low, or Henry Nightingale (b1821, wife Agnes) of Saddlestone, was his father.I don't rule out the possibility that Henry and Moses were twins, as there is more recent incidence in the family of non-identical twins.
In the generation prior Thomas Nightingale (b1801, wife Jane) or one of his 4 siblings, would be my 4 greats, and back in 1772 there were (possibly) two James Nightingale's, one of Weasle who married Rachel, and another, who married Alice, who would be my 5 greats. (These could possibly be the same person, with James quickly marrying Alice after Rachel (died?).Or, they were at least cousins.
From the 18th Century and throughout the 19th, here were weavers in the family. though from the 1840's pressure from the mills increasingly marginalized them.But since the family were so strongly linked with the weaving industry, could it be that Joseph Nightingale of New Jersey had a connection, going further back?
My great grandfather William Henry left Tockholes to start a piano shop in Darwen, and left there in 1915, to move to Clitheroe.
Any connections further back than Tockholes 1771 would be extraordinarily interesting.