Hello, I had the good fortune of coming upon one other Oldfield relative. She is a granddaughter of John Oldfield (b. 10Dec1879) son of our William.She said that John's wife died when his sons, William and John....(YES, another William!)were ages 4 and 2.I do find John living with Mary Oldfield (2nd spouse of our William) in 1920 Brooklyn census along with William (grandson, age 10, born 27 Apr 1909) and John (grandson, age 9, born 7 Mar 1911).In 1910, this same John (son of our William) is living in Queens with wife Anna and son William, age 11 months.The relative told me that Anna later died of appendicitis complications around 1914.This would explain why, in 1920, he is living with his mother and no spouse.
It can certainly get confusing but I do have the following information (withholding names of living):
Father:Our William Son:John b. 1879 Grandsons: William Gerard Oldfield b. 1909 had 3 daughters John b. 1911 had 3 daughters & 1 son
This relative told me that Anna's (spouse of John b. 1879) maiden name was Diffley. Just for informational purposes, this Anna Diffley Oldfield had a brother named John Diffley.
Same situation as ours, her grandfather John (b. 1879)rarely spoke about the family.But, the reason that I chose to speak about this relative today is that she mentioned their religion which might help answer your earlier posting question.She said that she was brought up to believe that her grandfather John converted to Catholicism when he married Ann Diffley.She had no information about the family, further back, but provided me with the above which, as you know, each piece is immensely helpful!
I do not have any immigration information for William, unfortunately.His eldest daughter, Anna, in the 1860 census is 3 years old and born in NJ. His 1st wife's death certificate shows they were in NYC for "10 years"...which meant they likely moved shortly after the 1860 Hoboken census.That's all I have for immigration info - appears to have been 1856 or prior.
I found the Jeanette Oldfield that you are referring to....the timeline fits, the name "Jeanette B" fits, her age does not - although maybe she wanted to remain 29 for a long time!, and, the August birthdate fits.But, the immigration year is puzzling - an error, a fabrication or a fact?Hmmm.In 1920 Brooklyn, there is a Janette Oldfield (index for ancestry is Janelle Oldfield), age 55 (born abt 1865), birth Canada (Eng), parents: New YorkNew York. No immigration noted. She appears to be living with a Patrick Finley family on Madison St.I can't figure out the following: In the 1880 census, she claims to be born in NY, parents: Ireland, Ireland - this one is very likely (based on our other evidence) the child of our William.I'm wondering...and, again, it's a stretch, but what if your 'Aunt Jeanette' is not this Jennie. I wonder if this 1880 Jennie later married, and Aunt Jeanette Oldfield is a different person.The one consistent with Aunt Jeanette is that she states her birth as Canada & her death certificate & her burial certificate, as well.I wonder if we're dealing with two different people. Clearly, Aunt Jeannette is a relative to this Oldfield family as per her burial. I don't know what to make of her death certificate as father: William Oldfield.This one is quite a mystery, maybe when we solve it, it will produce more links to another branch of the Oldfield family?
I am going to continue to look for that information that I recall from an individual with a possible link of a Jennie Oldfield as a witness at a ceremony to another Oldfield family out West. Maybe that will help - if I can find it.