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Re: Scots-Irish ancestry
Posted by: Joan Katherine Mossman Shaw Date: November 03, 1999 at 13:54:30
In Reply to: Scots-Irish ancestry by Kenneth F. Mosman of 291

Kenneth,

My father was John Handibow Mossman, born 11 January 1890 in Philadelphia; the home address given was 2734 Richmond St. He died when I was ten, on 1 January 1941 of tuberculosis. This was in New Jersey, I think in the Cooper Hospital in Camden.

He married Anna Katherine Vaughan on 19 February 1919; she died in October of 1942.

John's parents were Robert Mossman and Elizabeth Dunn; his siblings were Gustave, William, Robert, and Annie F. I suspect there were others.

John worked as a shipyard worker in shipyards along the Delaware, during his last few years he was foreman in the New York Shipyard in Camden, N.J.

I knew none of his relatives (nor my mother's) since my mother died not long after my father and I spent a rather nomadic childhood.

I assumed they were Irish immigrants, but I have contradictory information on that.

From my reading of shipbuilding history, I've begun to suspect that my grandfather, Robert, could well have been a shipbuilder himself. His occupation at one time was listed as "pipefitter." If the Mossman family did indeed come from Ireland, I suspected the place of origin was in the north of Ireland; if the accent was misconstrued and they actually came from Scotland, I wondered also about the yards on the river Clyde.

This is a paltry amount of information, and I'm asking for more than I'm giving. However, does any of this sound familiar to you?

Joan Shaw



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