Re: Mathew, Joseph ACTON
I am researching my mother's side of family.Her name is Betty Mae (Acton) Bone.Betty's parents were Stephen "Karel" Acton and Phoebe Marie Baxter Acton.Karel(age 25) and Phoebe (age 29) came to US on board the Celtic on October 29, 1920. The were headed for Buffalo, NY were apparently some of Phoebe's family had previously already relocated to. Also on board the Celtic were Fanny Baxter age 60 and Barbara Baxter age 19. Phoebe's mother and sister.
Karel's family per 1901 Colchester census records:
Elnah Acton 1 Essex Colchester Essex Colchester
Elrad 4 United States Essex Colchester
Karel 5 United States Essex Colchester
Martha 7 United States Essex Colchester
Osmond 8 United States Essex Colchester
Susan Acton 41 United States Essex Colchester
William Acton 40 Cheshire Chester Essex -Colchester Priest of New Church
Phoebe's family was also listed on 1901 Dartford Kent census as follows:
Francis Baxter 41 Lab at papermill born Clerkenwell, London
Fanny Baxter 40 born Beaconsfield Buckinghamshire
Francis G Baxter 12 Hackney London
Phoebe 10 Dartford Kent
Bernard A 2 Dartford Kent
I also have recieved information stating that Fanny's son Mr Baxter (Barbara's brother) was at 108 High Street, Lea London SE, and that another son/brother was at 926 Elmwood Ave. Buffalo, NY. They had previously been in the US - 3 years and April 1920 was written on the record although both were born in England.Fanny is there previosuly arriving 11/25/1919 aged 59 years and 6 months, son Francis George Baxter lived at 108 High Street Lea London, SE heading for Buffalo.Husband Francis George resided at 618 w Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY . She born in Beaconsfield had previously been in US2 years.
Francis Baxter arrived in US Sep 10, 1920 aged 60 from London , wife Mrs Baxter at home , 128 Church Street, Upper Norwood, London heading for Buffalo, previously been in US 1916-1919, son in US, Mr Baxter (Bernard is handwritten), 929 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo, NY.A handwritten note mentions senility and tremor which is probably the reason why he was pulled by immigration for a special inquiry (but was eventually admitted).
The special inquiry index shows him as a 60 year old male, Francis George Baxter, cause of detention "LPC PH" PH D LPC meant "Likely Public Charge". - They wanted some assurance that Francis would not become dependent on the state.He was admitted Sept 17, having been in detention 3 days- 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners would be charged to the shipping company who brought him.Presumably they had contacted his son and gotten proof that he was financially capable of looking after his father.
Karel and Phoebe Acton were also going to the same addressin Buffalo, NY to Phoebe's father G Baxter.
Karel Acton had an Uncle who was a bishop by the name of Alfred Acton.I have a photo of him in his robes.I believe that William Acton (as mentioned as Karel's father on the 1901 census) and Alfred are brother's.I find them both mentioned as attending The New Church - see link:
I have also located Fanny's family on the 1891 Dartford Kent census and have located birth records for all but Fanny of the Baxter side. (Barbara Alice Baxter was born Sept 1901 Dartford Kent) after census was taken.
Rumor has it that Karel was actually born in Chicago but his birth record was destroyed in the Chicago fire.Also one of his brother's.. not sure if it was Elnah or Elrad was either missing in action or was killed during a war. I also believe there may have been a younger sister that is not mentioned on the 1901 census.
Karel and Phoebe had the following children:
Stephen - Stephen is still living in NY
William - Moved to Berea, OH - deceased
Joyce - Lived in NY - married a Slocum - she is now deceased
Betty - still living
I also believe that the elder William and Alfred Acton who attended the New Church may have had other brother's.I am currently looking to locate earlier census records for their family in England.
Any help or ties into this line would be greatly appreciated.