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20-06-2008, 12:27 PM
Hi everyone! I hope someone in computerland can help me in directing me to any report that would show when my ggggrandfather left Pooles, England. His name was Jacob Miller born in 1817 (we think!). We have marriage records here in Newfoundland that he wed in 1851 and then died here in 1901. He did marry a Sarah Ford from Pooles and her fathers name was John Ford. I have looked on the majority of sites but have not found any immigration information. Just wondering if he might of been a stow away along with his future bride. Newfoundland was not apart of Canada then either so I can not find information under Canada.
thanks so much for all your directions.
20-06-2008, 1:37 PM
Hi everyone! I hope someone in computerland can help me in directing me to any report that would show when my ggggrandfather left Pooles, England.
I haven't heard of Pooles - do you mean Poole?
His name was Jacob Miller born in 1817 (we think!). We have marriage records here in Newfoundland that he wed in 1851 and then died here in 1901. He did marry a Sarah Ford from Pooles and her fathers name was John Ford.Corinne
There was a great surge in emigration as a result of the Poor Law Amendment Act 1834. This allowed parishes to obtain loans to pay for people to emigrate and so not be a financial drain on the local parish.
The records relating to this are held at The National Archives (TNA) at Kew, in document class MH12. These records are not available online. They contian a lot of useful information.
Have a browse of these research guides on TNA's web-site
Emigrants to North America after 1776 (http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/RdLeaflet.asp?sLeafletID=346)
Can you identify your chap in the 1841 census, to help narrow down the date of emigration?
20-06-2008, 7:49 PM
I think you may ahve to do this the *old-fashioned* way, becasue I suspest many of the passenger lists and parish registers for the period you need are not yet on line.
Having said that, have you tried the Dorset family history society? they seem to be behind the transcribing and posting online of Dorset parish registers, here: http://www.opcdorset.com/ alhtough they are nowhere near finished, I think. Sicne they have access to the parish registers, I would write to them with a query about Jacob's birth in Dorset: http://www.dorsetfhs.org.uk/ and they may even have passenger list or emigration information.
For information on immigration and passenger lists coming to Newfoundland, I think you will find many of these (yes, even the Newfoundland ones!) at Library and Archives Canada, alhtough they may not be online yet - but you can send them a query and ask... www.collectionscanada.ca. And have you tried the Provincial Archives at St. John's? I would think they would have about as much immigration information as there might be!
21-06-2008, 5:07 PM
Yes Geoffers, it is Poole not Poole's. I guess that is my Newfoundland slang coming out in me. My mistake!! I did not locate him on the 1840 census at all. I don't know if he changed his name when he came to Newfoundland. There is no record in the Canadian books of his passage either. Maybe he was a stowaway with his fiancee... running away from her parents!!!
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