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Llooking for marriage, probably USA.

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wisechild Report 3 Apr 2012 13:46

My g uncle Thomas James Sewell states on US census 1930 that he married when he was 39 i.e around 1924/5. His wife isn´t with him on the census & we always understood that he never married.
He was born 29.4.1885 in Birmingham & emigrated around 1910/12.
He served in WW1 from 1917 when he was living in Attleboro Mass. He returned to the USA via Halifax Nova Scotia 24.3.1919 & returned to England again 8.2.1921.No idea how long he stayed in England.
At some point he returned to USA because he is on the 1930 census living in Elgin, Kane, Illinois as a boarder. His occupation was silversmith.
Haven´t found him on 1920 census, nor can I find his death.
Really trying to establish who & when he married & whether he had any children.
Please can anyone help?


GlitterBaby Report 3 Apr 2012 13:53

1911 ??

VALE, William Henry Head Married
5 years M 28 1883 Silversmith Stamper Aston Warcs VIEW
VALE, Jessie Agnes Wife F 30 1881 Aston Warcs VIEW
VALE, Irene Jessica Daughter F 3 1908 Aston Warcs VIEW
SEWELL, Thomas James Boarder Single M 25 1886 Goldsmith Maker Up Birmingham Warcs VIEW
DUNFORD, Gertrude Boarder Single F 22 1889 Pen Worker Slitter Birmingham Warcs VIEW
LANE, Bertram Boarder Single M 28 1883 Goldsmith Mounter Aston Warcs VIEW


RG number:
RG14 Piece:
18271 Reference:
RG14PN18271 RG78PN1102 RD385 SD4 ED2 SN37

Registration District:
Aston Sub District:
Aston Manor Enumeration District:
2 Parish:
Aston Manor

27 Wills ST


alviegal Report 3 Apr 2012 13:53

He didn't stay long in England.

given name: Thomas James
surname: Sewell
last place of residence: Attleboro, U.S.A.
date of arrival: 25 Mar 1921
age at arrival: 35y
ethnicity: Gt. Britain, English
port of departure: Liverpool
port of arrival: New York
gender: Male
marital status: S
ship of travel: Celtic

Are his parents Thomas J and Esther? Just for info.


GlitterBaby Report 3 Apr 2012 14:00

Does his WW1 service records give any clues as to whether he was married


wisechild Report 3 Apr 2012 14:09

According to the 1930 census he was married & had married at the age of 39.
He was single on his army records.
Haven´t found him on the 1920?? census but know he was working as a silversmith in Attleboro prior to moving to Elgin.


alviegal Report 3 Apr 2012 14:32

First going to Toronto with George Bullock, another silversmith. From Ellis Island.

First Name: Thomas
Last Name: Sewell
Ethnicity: England, English
Last Place of Residence: Birmingham
Date of Arrival: Apr 02, 1905
Age at Arrival: 19y Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Celtic
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Manifest Line Number: 0006

and again

First Name: Thomas
Last Name: Sewell
Ethnicity: Great Britain, English
Last Place of Residence: Burningham, England
Date of Arrival: Sep 03, 1911
Age at Arrival: 26y Gender: M Marital Status: S
Ship of Travel: Adriatic
Port of Departure: Liverpool
Manifest Line Number: 0015

going to stay with friend, Edward West in Attleboro.

Sorry, not finding anything else.


Gins Report 3 Apr 2012 14:34

This guy is listed as a carpenter?

1920 United States Federal Census
about Thomas Sewell
Name: Thomas Sewell
[Thomas ??Ill]
Age: 35
Birth Year: abt 1885
Birthplace: England
Home in 1920: Detroit Ward 9, Wayne, Michigan
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1910
Relation to Head of House: Lodger
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
John Hoff 28
Margurite Hoff 31
John Hoff 3
James Hoff 0
Jeanette Margiuta 35
William Duffy 25
Thomas Sewell 35


wisechild Report 3 Apr 2012 14:38

Thanks Alviegal.
Will look for him coming back between 1905 & 1910. Maybe he went looking for work & returned permanently in 1911.
Goodness knows how he afforded it. The siblings were orphaned in 1900 & from what I can gather, the father was a heavy drinker so there was never any money when he was alive.
Perhaps he won the lottery!!!


MargaretM Report 3 Apr 2012 14:51

On his 1911 arrival in New York he lists nearest relative as brother John Sewell, 87 Lynwood Rd., Hantsworth?


MargaretM Report 3 Apr 2012 14:55

On his 1921 arrival New York he lists his brother J. Sewell, Phillip Victor Rd., Handsworth, Birmingham. His name is Thomas James Sewell here, still single, home Attlebrough.


MargaretM Report 3 Apr 2012 15:01

Oh, he was a Canadian soldier in WW1?

Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
about Thomas James Sewell Name: Thomas James Sewell
Residence: Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States of America
Birth Date: 29 Apr 1885
Birth Location: Birmingham, England
Relative: Mrs Annie Eaton
Relationship: Sister
Regiment Number: 3105510


wisechild Report 3 Apr 2012 15:04

Again, yes Margee.
Brother John was quite well off & moved to a big house in Philip Victor Road where he employed servants. He lived there until his death when the house was willed to his 3 children.
The odd thing is that my gran (their sister) always said that Tom went to America & was never heard from again. Clearly not true.


mgnv Report 3 Apr 2012 22:09

You can see his CEF attestation papers via:
Enlisted 22/10/1917 - says he's single.

Sis Annie has moved by 1921 - don't know where to - see:

1930 - magnify 4 clicks, then save:
[First time I've seen a woman enumerator]


wisechild Report 4 Apr 2012 07:04

I have all his WW1 info, but thanks for looking.
MGNV thanks for that.
I have a couple of photos which I think were taken in the 50s or60s showing a house on an island. Unfortunately my gran wasn´t the most literate person in the world, but they are labelled Annie´s house & what I think is Salt Spring Island.
My Canadian geography is almost non existent, so I have no idea where tis place is, or even if the name is correct.


mgnv Report 4 Apr 2012 07:47

Salt Spring is on the Pacific coast. It's an island in the Gulf of Georgia, between Vancouver Island and the mainland. It's one of the larger islands (abt 20km x 12km) and is just N of the Saanich peninsula, where the ferry terminal for Victoria is. It's known locally for home-produced lamb.

I would expect a hit at:,Marriages,Deaths
or did she remarry?

EDIT FYI Richmond & Langley are suburbs of Vancouver, and Port Alice is a logging town on Vancouver Island, abt 500km N of Victoria.


wisechild Report 4 Apr 2012 08:08

Thanks mgnv.
I´ll take a look later. My presence is required in the kitchen at the moment.
Very grateful.

PS No, she didn´t re marry, although I´ve no idea when George died.
Annie died shortly before my grandmother, late 60s early 70s.