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Re: Frank Birkett Birmingham-TX-WA-BC
Posted by: Sheila Matheson (ID *****5778) Date: November 14, 2004 at 08:32:29
In Reply to: Frank Birkett Birmingham-TX-WA-BC by Sheila Matheson of 218

More information has been found on this family. Have pasted some of the previous message
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*Frank Birkett b. cir. 1865 -'70 of Birmingham,UK m. Eliza Smith.*
Frank, b. 3 Apr 1858 d. 1 Dec 1949 in Victoria, B.C.
He married Eliza Annie Cox (not Smith) d/o Samuel Cox and Elizabeth J. Mason of Bilston, Stafford. Eliza - 1863 - 1948.

Frank is s/o Thomas Birkett (b. 1822, died after 1891) and Caroline Spender 1824 - 1894 d/o of Sarah Ann of Cheswardine, Shropshire. Thomas s/o Joseph Birkett 1775 - ? and Mary unkown 1777 - ? of Birmingham. Thomas' first wife was also Caroline - Caroline Amelia Lloyd 1822 - 1855. He married Caroline Spender in 1857.

Joseph and Mary also had Caroline b. 1812, sister to Thomas, who married unkown Oliver, son James Oliver b. 1848. Caroline widowed by 1851 census, living with widowed mother Mary (Coal Dealer in Birmingham)

Joseph, a blacksmith, Thomas & son Frank, gunsmiths along with Frank's father-in-law, Samuel Cox. By 1881 the Cox and Birkett households were 4 doors apart in Handsworth, Stafford. Cox siblings: Emily, Eliza, Fred S., Charles Edgar and Richard H.
Frank had 2 sisters, Alice 1860, who possibly married Thomas Griffin in Lichfield, Stafford. And Rose, 1862, still living with parents Thomas and Caroline in 1891.

Frank Birkett Sr. and Eliza Annie Cox had
1. Frank Birkett Jr., 21 Dec 1882, 16 Apr 1964
------ m. Lillian Nicholson of Vancouver, B.C.
------ WIlliam, Robert and Frances, who married Clyde Matheson.
2. Nora Birkett, 25 Oct 1886 - 21 Aug 1962
------ m. David Angus Rose, one son, David John Rose.
3. Philip Birkett, 21 July 1887 - died after 1949-
------to Australia, m. Dorothea L. Page in Sidney.
4. Edith Birkett (b. 1899 in Vancouver, B.C.)
-------m. John Stanley Gill of Victoria,BC

*Moved through Texas to Seattle* It is likely that Frank Sr. and family travelled with heavy metal-working equipment imported from Birmingham as they set up a jeweller's mechanics business in Victoria and by 1923 moved this business to Vancouver. There is a family story of their immigration involving travel with covered wagons through the US.

Sheila Matheson


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