Update on Samuel Diggle search
This message comes from Keith Diggle, resident in the UK
My grandfather, Samuel Diggle, born 16.6.1864 in Rochdale, England. His father was George Diggle, born 25.6.1843 in Salford, England. His mother was Elizabeth (formerly O'Brien)born 9.4.1845 in Rochdale, England. George and Elizabeth Diggle had 7 children of whom my grandfather, Samuel,was the eldest. His siblings were George (b. 1869), Florence Matilda (b.1871), Gertrude (b. 1873), Kate (b. 1875), Bertha (b. 1879), Beatrice (b. 1880).
My grandfather married Isabella Wrench born 26.1.1862 Mouldsworth, Cheshire on 11.4.1887. Their children were;
Samuel Winfield (b. 1888), Monica Elizabeth (b. 1889), Dora (b. 1890), Harold Winfield (b. 1892), Hilda (b. 1893), Albert Winfield (b. 1895), Margery (b. 1898) and my father, George Ernest (b. 1901).
ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING THREE CHILDREN OF THIS MARRIAGE WHO WENT TO LIVE IN USA AND DIED THERE WOULD BE MOST WELCOME:
Samuel Winfield Diggle went to Washington State, USA in 1911, and died there in 1963. He had one adopted son, also called Samuel. Nothing is known of this Samuel.
Hilda Diggle, also went to live in the USA, also Washington State, was married to an American George Edward Johnson and had one child, Marjorie Sage Johnson who married Audre Fisher. She divorced, married Jack Flattum and died 1970. Nothing is known of Marjorie Sage Fisher's family.
Albert Winfield Diggle, also went to live in the USA in 1911. Hemarried twice and had two families. In the second family there was a son, Albert Winfield and a daughter, Alberta Winfield - both of whom may still be alive and living in the USA. He died in October 1980 in Montague, Siskiyou, California.
TO RETURN TO SAMUEL DIGGLE, MY GRANDFATHER
Around 1913 he divorced my grandmother. In 1910 he had left her to go to USA where he started a fruit export/import business in Wenatchee, Wash. (probably involving his two sons, Samuel Winfield and Albert Winfield) but, I now believe, he returned to the UK. Nothing is known of him then until in 1918 his occupation on the marriage certificate of his daughter Hilda was 'Munitions Contractor' (he was not present at the wedding). It seems very likely that he had been involved in the massive arms trade (from April 1914 to March 1917 the US exported approx. $2.2 billion in war supplies to Europe).
From the Ellis Island website I discovered that in December 1919 he travelled First Class to New York with his wife, Edith, and their children Sheila, aged 6 and Bryan aged 5. He was living in London, in Farquhar Road, SE19.
ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING EDITH DIGGLE AND THESE TWO CHILDREN WOULD BE VERY WELCOME.
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