Re: frederick wilford of wisconsin
Many thanks for your Wilford family information.
You are quite right about Frederick Wilford, and yes I did mean the Fred b abt 1821 who was the BROTHER of John not the son.Too many Wilfords too late at night!
It struck me that Ann was very young at 19 to have two young children (2 & 1) in 1850.Do you know when and where she and Fred married?Ann was from England too – have you tracked her down in the English records?
I was interested to know about Fred’s d Charlotte Ann marrying her cousin Edward.I had not realised Edward emigrated too.What became of Charlotte?Did she die?Is that why Ellenora is with Fred & Ann in 1880?Did Edward remarry (wife Mary & two children in 1880)?
You may already have discovered the biog of Ernest E Conner who married Jessie Wilford, grandd of Fred & Ann.He apparently bought the Wilford farm at Baldwin in 1898
The other Frederick W (who married Maria Pickering) had a son Hardy Pickering W who emigrated to the US in 1909, settling in Dalton, Cook Co, Illinois with wife Ann and surviving child Leslie (daughter Louisa had died in Eng in 1905).Hardy and Ann married possibly Chingford (registered Epping) 1898; she was originally from Stoke Newington, nearer to London.
His namesake Hardy W s of John W & Eliz H emigrated in the 1850s and was with Uncle James W (brother of Fred & John) in 1860 before he signed up on the Union side in 1862 and died from disease in 1863.I guess you know this already.
Hardy’s brother Reuben also emigrated (1863), lived at Shell Rock, Butler Co, Iowa.He married Julia Deove from NY in Butler Co 1860.
There is a marriage for James Wilford and Margaret Catherine Holyland registered in Leicester 1844/Q1.I believe she was the daughter of William and Mary Holyland baptised 22 Jan 1804, Ratby, Leics.If so, she was considerably older than James and seems to have lied about her age over the census years.She goes from 40 (1860) to 58 (1870) to 76 (1880).The last age would tie in with the baptism I found.Both she and James lived in Melton (Mowbray) in 1841, and the families were local to that area.I wondered if their age difference was one of the reasons for marrying in Leicester.
Ref Catherine Ann – was it James and Fred she came over with?I only know of two Catharines in the family – both still in Leics on the 1871 UK census, Catherine and her mother Catherine E Wilford – daughter and wife of Edward, another brother of John, Fred, James.Could it be that the Catharine Ann who emigrated was Margaret Catharine using a different name as well as age?!
And finally … are you a direct descendant of one of the Wilfords?Are we related?
Let me know if I can give you further information about the English side of the family.I am struggling a bit with the US side - not so easy to find BMDs from this side of the Pond.
Beeby is a tiny village – my own grandparents farmed there until the 1960s and my uncles were there until the 1980s.I doubt if the Wilfords had ever been outside Leicestershire – it seems incredible that they emigrated.I suppose land was cheap, free in some cases, and so was the passage.Farming was on the decline here then and not much work for agricultural labourers with mechanisation in farming too.
Look forward to hearing from you