New Charnley-Atwater-Sharpe Research Connections tree on Rootsweb
I have added a family tree at rootsweb.com that connects Philadelphia-Chicago Charnley lines to a set of Charnleys in Rhode Island, as well as to Atwater descendents in Connecticut and elsewhere.
The tree is called Charnley-Atwater-Sharpe Research Connections, and is
located at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=clarkroots1&id=I076http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=clarkroots1&id=I076
This tree makes two main connections that I have not found documented elsewhere -
1) The descendants of William Charnley of Blackburn, Lancashire, England include two lines who moved to America.
A) James Haydock Charnley, who came to Philadelphia before 1810, and had
i) William Slater Charnley. He and his descendants moved to New Haven and to the Chicago area, and elsewhere. His children included James Charnley, whose home in Chicago became known as "The Charnley House", designed early in his career by Frank Lloyd Wright.
ii) Martha Slater Charnley, who married Henry Atwater. Their descendants were concentrated in the New Haven, Connecticut area, and later dispersed elsewhere.
B) Jane (Coates) Charnley (widow) and her two children Amelia Charnley and George Foxcroft Charnley, who came to Rhode Island in 1870, and are the ancestors of numerous Charnleys in Rhode Island and elsewhere.
2) The other connection is between Martha Slater, who was the wife of James Haydock Charnley of Philadelphia, and the Benjamin Sharpe family of Philadelphia. Martha Slater was the step-daughter of Benjamin Sharpe, a relationship that was not established until I examined records at the Historical Society of Philadelphia.
About my tree:
I have kept all the source records in the tree. The main purpose is to document the connections across the various lines of descendants of William Charnley of Blackburn.
I have included only five generations from William Charnley downward, because that's where these connections are made. Other researchers have published family trees including their ancestors William Slater Charnley (of Philadelphia/New Haven), or George Foxcroft (of Rhode Island), or Martha (Slater) Atwater, the Sharpe family, or the Foxcroft name. I have not tried to duplicate any significant amount of these trees, although I have tried to cite them as sources where the individuals overlap.
I assume serious researchers will be able to recognize common ancestors born in the late 1800's. I do have some information about a few later generation individuals, which I'd love to discuss by email with distant cousins who recognize their ancestors in this tree.