Thanks Emily, are you related? This all fits with what little I have on James Reeve and his family. From 'london-gazette.co.uk' 12th Oct 1867, 'James Reeve Fison and Robert Wilkinson working as worsted manufacturers at Holme Top Mill, Horton, Bradford, Yorkshire, UK.' James R. was the first child of James Fison (1813-1884), who was the first child of Thomas Fison, 1790-1861, who went on to have a further 16 children. Thomas' sons 2 & 3, Thomas Sparham (1818-1875) and William (1820-1900) were apprenticed in Bradford aged about 15 and went on to be successful businessmen in the woollen trade. James R. was, I expect, supposed to take on the family milling and farming business from his father but the big money at the time was in Bradford, so he and Thomas' son no. 4, Cornell (1822-1889) went up to try their luck. I presume neither was successful.
From 'castlegarden.org' I have Ellen, aged 30; Edith, aged 6; Ellen, aged 5; Frank, aged 4; Herbert, aged 2, all arriving in the US on 9th Oct. 1873. From Rhode Island Cemeteries I have James Reeve b.1838, died 22nd Feb 1889; Ellen Sohia b.1839, died 22nd July 1926; Ellen b.1868, died 27th Dec.1950; Herbert Wm. b.1871, died 14th Nov.1955; Gertrude Root (Fison) b.1880, died 30th Jan.1956; Frank b.1868, died 14th March 1962.
Do you know who Gertrude Root was?
And finally, from James R's will, proved in 1906 in UK: 'J.R.of South Kingstown, Rhode Island and of Providence Plantation, Washington County, died 22nd Feb. 1889 at S. Kingstown. Probate to Henry F. Killick (A cousin and family solicitor in Bradford)'.
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