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Re: Some Yorkshire Bruntons went to the USA
Posted by: Anne Reeves (ID *****8134) Date: May 14, 2009 at 09:26:06
In Reply to: Re: Some Yorkshire Bruntons went to the USA by Norman Brunton of 261

Hi Norman,

I guess you must be a 3rd half-cousin!

I do not know what you know about your Yorkshire roots, or what you want to know, for that matter. If you have any interest and are lacking some of the data, then please let me know (at least about the Rishworths; I know much less about the Bruntons, although I do know a fair bit about the family from Louisa Rishworth and William Brunton on down; I'd be glad to share). Louisa Rishworth was my great x 2 grandma but via her out-of-wedlock daughter, Elizabeth Rishworth, born a couple of years before she married William and had George Brunton among other children. Thus the half business.

Yes there was a Margery Brunton. She was the daughter of Leonard Norman Brunton and Doris Bent Pennington. margery was born six years before her brother, in the back-end(as we northern English say) of 1916 in Wakefield, Yorkshire. Margery was there on the ship, with her parents and brother Norman (born in the spring of 1922 in Wakefield), that took them all (or brought them all, depending upon your pov) to NYC heading for Philadelphia. They sailed from Liverpool on the SS Baltic, of the White Star Line. they arrived on the 30th Nov. 1929. Margery was present in the household on the 1930 census, when the family were living at Delphine or Delphere Street, Philadelphia.

I can find no trace of a Margery thereafter. But that is not too surprising: first, there is no access yet to the 1940 census personal details; second, even more significantly, Margery was female and likely married. Without any information on who she may have married, we can look no further. Or she may have died shortly after the 1930 census. There was no Social Security at the time, therefore there are no Social Security death records to search and so far very few of the US pre-Social Security death records are available on-line (as I'm sure you're only too well aware). So Margery has sunk out of view without trace, so to speak.

From your note, I get the strong sense that Margery may well have died as a child or a young woman; or she may have done something not too enchanting. Or she may have returned to England as soon as she was able. (Not that I've found any trace of her in the UK records either.) Doris, her mother, certainly made a couple of trips out of the States. Once to England in 1934, to 15 Taylor's Row, Barnsley (I believe that that was where she was from); once to Canada (another possibility for Margery) in 1946 (I have evidence of Doris's return to the US via the Niagara Falls border point).

My apologies for making matters more confusing...the possibilities are many. And I had hoped to clear up what had happened to Margery!

Did everyone 'fly' down to Florida, eventually? Are you Edward Allen Brunton's son? (Just to get the Edwards straight in my head.) Do you live in NJ or FL or elsewhere? You know, I'm not sure what to ask.... Oh yes. It's going to sound odd, but please bear in mind that aside my mother's father(she was the Rishworth and so was he, obviously), I have seen NO pictures of any of the family. Are the American Bruntons tall, short, medium height? Fair haired, brown haired, dark haired? Blue or grey or brown eyes? The Rishworths tended to be on the shorter side (around 5' 5" to 5' 7"); to have dark brown to light brown hair and blue-grey eyes. Of course, none of that accounts for other genetic input!

Thank you for replying to the notice - it is great knowing that there are family members out there!

Bye for now, Anne.

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