Re: Leonard Gallett 1908 Wisconsin
Thanks for your reply, it’s lovely to hear from you. I started researching the Galletts – my mother’s family – about twelve years ago and I’ve been keeping on with it when I have time ever since. The family is found in Herefordshire and Worcestershire in England from when official records started to be kept in the early 1500s, in general moving away from farming areas to industrial towns in the 1800s with some emigrating to the USA – a familiar pattern.
Your grandfather Alfred Stanley Gallett’s origins were a bit of a mystery, and it was only when Dawne Draeger added a message here in 2002 that I started trying to find out how he fitted-in. Dawne is the partner of Tom Stoiber, the son of Mary your uncle John’s daughter and I was in touch with both Dawne and Mary a few years ago when we exchanged information. Dawne kindly sent me copies of many old Gallett family photos, and a more recent magazine article about the ‘Golfing Galletts’. I can email you a copy of the chart of your direct line that I’ve compiled so far if you let me know your address.
I intend to create a website with the family history when I have time – I have other charts of earlier ancestors in the area but haven’t tied all the branches together as yet.
I hope this is of interest and that we can keep in touch,
Alfred Stanley Gallett was born 16 Sept 1863 in Upton on Severn in Worcestershire, and it’s likely that he was the illegitimate son of Mary Gallett, b. abt 1840. Alfred's birth certificate shows his name as Alfred (no middle name Stanley) whilst his father's name is not listed. The informant was Mary's mother, also Mary Gallett, of Hanley Castle. His grand-daughter Mary (Stoiber) wrote that Alfred always joked that he was the illegitimate son of a prince.
Mary Gallett then married Francis Cubberley, a little before Francis, her second son was born. Alfred and wife Mary Ann would name their second son Francis, perhaps after his step-father.
It is likely that Alfred was named as Alfred Cubberley in the 1871 Census, and Fredk. Cubberley, shoemaker, in the 1881 census. The Jones family with them in 1881 was Mary's sister Sophia (Josephine) and her husband Alfred Jones, also a shoemaker. Perhaps Alfred taught him this trade, or Alfred found work with him?
Alfred Stanley married Mary Ann Catherine Griffiths Ravenill Hodge (or Hodges) in Ross, 1885. Mary Ann was b.10 Apr.1865 in Birmingham. d.13 June 1944. Alfred Stanley gave his residence as Ross, and occupation as Shoemaker.
The witnesses to their marriage were Charles James and Annie James.
Charles James was a Boot Maker, about the same age and probably living in Ross as their daughter Ann was born there in 1887, and the family was there at the 1891 census. Perhaps Alfred Stanley Gallett and Charles James worked together.
At their son James Alfred’s baptism in 1886, Alfred and Mary Ann were probably living at 4 Broad [illegible], in Ross (now called Ross on Wye).Possibly 4 Broadmead Terrace next door to Charles James, or Broad Street. There were two shoemakers in Broad Street in Kelly’s 1885 directory.
The 1891 census has Mary Cubberley still in Powick with son Francis, and the happy coincidence of visitor William Gallett. This must have been Mary's nephew William Harold, b.abt 1880.
The 1891 Scottish census shows Alfred S. Gallett was a boot and shoe finisher. In 1901 children James & Lillian were also working in this trade, and possibly Mary Georgina (‘Ina’) too – did he have had his own business?
Alfred Gallett aged 53 emigrated to the USA on the ship California, arriving in New York on 25th September 1916. His occupation was given as a boot finisher, his address as 7 Kimberley Buildings, Carnoustie, Scotland and his next of kin, his wife Mary.
Alfred died in Vermont and was buried there. When most of the rest of the Galletts finally settled in Wisconsin, his body was moved to Wisconsin. Alfred’s headstone indicates that he was born 1866, died 1/13/1917, although other records indicate that he was born in 1863 or 1864. He is buried in Wauwatosa Cemetery, Milwaukee County, WI., as is your father and many other family members.
Alfred and Mary had nine children:
James Alfred; Lillian M; Mary Georgina (’Ina’) ; Mabel Ann; Francis Stanley; Henry Austin; Edward Henri, John Frederick and Leonard Charles. Sadly, Henry and Edward both died in infancy.