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Hindley-Lancashire--Atlantic Shipwreck
Posted by: Susan E. Murphy Date: October 01, 2000 at 08:23:01
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I have purchase a book called THE TWO ATLANTICS, by Neil Hatchard in my attempt to determine if John Hindley later became know as John Robert Harnish. It talks a good deal about Patrick Hindley (40) and Mary Hindley (38) who left Lancashire (Ashton area) with a son, Michael (17) and John (10) to go to America and live with their two married daugters who were living in the Newark, New Jersey area. John (listed as 10 in this book and 12 in another account) was the only survivor of his family and only child survivor in the Atlantic shipwreck at Terrence Bay, Nova Scotia in 1873. In the months after the shipwreck, it is reported that John became a public figure (probably similar in its time to the Elian trauma)-- evidently there was a poster of him which became quite famous --; however, his married sisters wanted to raise him themselves. Does anyone have any knowledge of Hindley's in New Jersey, of this story, and more specifically, did the sisters raise him and/or did he return to Canada when he would have been around 15 years old, the age my great aunt believes he moved in with the Harnishes? I also hope that this story fills in some holes Hindley families from the Lancashire, England region.


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