I am definitely interested in pursuing William.Your information was very helpful.The Jeanette (Jennie) Oldfield that was in the 1880 census living as "niece" with the Densmore family made it even more likely that this was the daughter of William and his first wife. It also confirms my thoughts that William had more children from his first marriage - you mentioned a possible son that may have gone out West - I will pursue this.I canconfirm for you that 'the son that moved to upstate New York' was my great grandfather (William Henry "Harry" Oldfield). I have a lot of thoughts on this, as well, which I can share another time.I also had someone write to me about a "Jennie Oldfield" as a witness to a ceremony, I almost think it was in CA but I need to get my info out to verify this, too.I have a death certificate that certificate for a Jeanette Oldfield that I sent away for awhile ago - not sure if it's the right one, I'll provide that info later.And, lastly, your invaluable death information on William...I've been searching for this for no less than 3 years, multiple inquiries to several locations...I'm glad to finally have that.I was at the point where I was thinking he had just disappeared!
Some pieces of the info that I have:I traced William to Hoboken, NJ in 1860.This was based on his son Harry's death certificate. In the 1860 Hoboken, Hudson County, New Jersey census dtd Jun 1860:
William Oldfield27 M PrinterIreland
Anna M. 22 FIreland
Living next door:
Mary Densmore50 FIreland
Eliza20 FDressmaker Ireland
(All of the Densmore family was born in Ireland).
This Densmore family, next door,is the mother and siblings of Anna M. (Densmore) Oldfield above.Anna Oldfield was William's first wife - my great, great grandmother.Her death certificate, which I received from the Municipal Archives in NYC shows the following:
Name: Annie M. Oldfield
Age: 31, Color: White
How long resident in this city: 10 years
Father's birthplace: Ireland
Mother's birthplace: Ireland
Place of Death:Nassau Street, 5th Ward
Date of Death:17 March 1869
Cause of Death: Puerperal Fever/Puerperal Metritis (infection following childbirth...it appears)
She is buried in Green-Wood Cemetery. The baby's name was Albert Oldfield and he died 4 Apr 1869 at the age of 28 days.He was born in Brooklyn. He was interred 6 Apr 1869 in Lot 18552. His cause of death was Marasmus.In the same Lot 18552 of Green-Wood is a Jeanette B. Oldfield. She died 14 March 1941, unmarried, at the age of 84 years, 7 months, 6 days (according to the burial records).She was born in Three Rivers, Canada.Her late residence was Clinton St, Bloomfield, NJ. Place of death was a nursing home in Orange, NJ.The cause of death was arterial sclerosis.She was interred on 18 Mar 1941.Now, based on the burial record info, I sent away for her death certificate and received the following:
Jeannette B. Oldfield
If foreign born, how long in US?50 years
Female, White, Single
Birthdate: 8 Aug 1856
Age: 84 yrs, 7 months, 6 days
Birth Place: Three Rivers, Canada
Occupation: Retired House Mistress
Father: William Oldfield
born in England
Mother: unknown born in Ireland
Burial: Green-Wood Cemetery
Informant: Charles Shine? Jr.
Date of Death: 14 Mar 1941
The Lot 18552 was purchased by Martin R. Bodkin on 18 Mar 1869.(Martin Bodkin was married to Eliza Densmore (Anna Densmore Oldfield's sister)).
I'm not sure what to make of this. I don't know if this is the correct Jeannette??Part of it makes sense:
1.She is buried in the same Lot with Albert Oldfield and Mary (Densmore) Oldfield, undeniably the spouse and son of our William.
2. There is the "Jennie Oldfield" in the 1880 census living, as niece, with John Densmore (Deusmer) & Ruth (his sister).
3.In the Brooklyn Eagle, 19 Jul 1885 edition, "J. Oldfield of Cheever Place, is summering with her Uncle Martin R. Bodkin, in Maplewood, New Jersey".
4. There is a clear link with a Jennie Oldfield beginning with the 1880 census as "niece" of Densmore, the article as"niece" of Bodkin (again Densmore's spouse), she is buried with Anna (Densmore)Oldfield & baby Albert - Anna must have been Jennie's mother if Jennie isboth the niece of John Densmore and the niece of Eliza (Densmore) Bodkin.
However, part of it does not make sense:
1.She was born in Three Rivers (Trois Rivieres), Canada in 1856. I have no proof or clue that William was in Canada. (I am not bothered by the fact that the birth place of William on her death certificate is "England" instead of "Ireland"...this is a common error).
2.She was born, supposedly, in 1856.She is not on the 1860 census with William and Anna unless......she is Ann? She would be the correct age for Ann, who was 3 years old on the 1860 Hoboken census but....I don't know...."Jeannette" has "ann" in the middle of it...is that far fetched or could it make any sense? Why wouldn't it have shown a Canada birth instead of NJ on the census...an error?
3.Maybe Jeannette was born in 1860 like the census shows and not 1856 (dates can be sooo wrong!).However, why would she be born in Three Rivers, Canada when William was clearly living in either NJ or NYC in 1860? They moved from NJ to NYC shortly after the census was taken in Hoboken.Something isn't fitting here,....but, she's clearly related unless there is a Jennie Oldfield and a Jeannette Oldfield, this would be unlikely, as well. I don't know!
What are your thoughts on this?
I have more info on the family but I've chosen to start with this.This is as far back as I can go right now and I thought that maybe we could go step by step - if this works for you, too? I'm not sure if somewhere in Quebec there may be an archive of her birth.You've provided several missing links to me already, I am thankful for that. I hope that I can help you, as well.As a minimum, it appears that William had 12 or 13 children, thus far:
1. Anna b. 1856
2. William "Harry" b. 11 Sep 1857 died 30 Aug 1930 in Saranac Lake, NY
3. ???Jeannette or Jennie b. 1860?????????
4. Baby Albert d. 4 Apr 1869
5. the son that went West
I have some more info on John, George, Eliza, Harry - the Densmore family, Bodkin family, etc.
Do you have any further details about Jennie?Was Francis?William's mother's maiden name or first name?