george leval, mariner during American civil war
George Leval,mariner,sailing out of Liverpool, ran the blockade during the American Civil war. He married Mary Riley at St Nicholas's church in Liverpool in December 1862.He wrote to his wife following the birth of their daughter, Mary Ellen,(1863-1864) to bring the child to Boston,USA.She was to go to a Mrs Murray,226 North st.He was writing from South Carolina.(The family have his original letter, a very tender note.) Family history has it that George went down with his ship. Mary and her daughter Mary Ellen were in England at the time of the 1871 census.Mary listed as a widow, living in Runcorn,Cheshire.Did she ever get to America? We certainly hope so.
Mary Ellen lived to be a very spunky 92 year old. She outlived her only daughter,and ran rings round her four grown-up grand children.
Any information,particularly about george or where to research further?
Family had connections also with a Whitney family who were writing to Mary Ellen's daughter Ada Lewis.We have a letter from a Florence Whitney,( Box 95 Sandford/Landford,Maine)with no date could be around 1894-6.
Again any information would be gratefully received.