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Christine in Yorkshire

Christine in Yorkshire Report 24 Mar 2019 16:37

I am just revisiting this thread to thank the very kind people who spent their time and effort in helping me find information about Gustavus. You are all very much appreciated!
He certainly had an interesting family (!) and I will try and summarise that in the Remembrance book I am putting together. which I am now way behind with due to family circumstances.
I still have 2/3 names I am a bit stuck with so I am drawing a line under Gustavus and will post the others if I can't get any further with them.

Once again, many thanks



ArgyllGran Report 4 Dec 2018 19:19

Very sorry to hear of your father's death, Christine.


Kucinta Report 4 Dec 2018 18:39

I'm so sorry to hear your sad news. xx


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 4 Dec 2018 16:52

Sorry for your loss xx

Christine in Yorkshire

Christine in Yorkshire Report 4 Dec 2018 13:10

To all who have posted since I last replied . I am so sorry not to have responded but I have been at the hospital with my father who has just passed away. So thank you all so very much for your time and effort and when things are sorted I will come back and look at your replies and respond.

Thank you again


Elizabeth Report 3 Dec 2018 00:41

Ancestry has a tree as follows-; Gustavus Patrick Coyne- Gardiner born Dewsbury.
Father- Henry Andrew Coyne-Gardiner born Ireland.
Mother- Bertha Eugenia Amanda Fletcher born Bolton.
Wife-Ella Dale. Son Terence George Gardiner- Coyne born 1914 in Antrim
Signed up in 1914 in Porthmadoc
Killed in action on 15th March 1917


ArgyllGran Report 2 Dec 2018 12:38

Re Gustavus - (and note Bertha's again calling herself American in 1889)

Freeman's Journal Dublin, Republic of Ireland
9 Sep 1889
Advertisements & Notices
. . . . . . .engagement Ior Six Nights. II%* World-Renowned Irish Actor, Vocalistetc. Mr CARD-NIL COYNE, 1 In conjunction with the American Actress, Miss BERTHA FLETCHER, and master GUSTAVUS, the Boy Sensaklon. Wonderful engagement. A beautiful novelty. Grand, Arnist:c. . . . .

The Era London, England
2 Jul 1892
. . . . . Pugh. The company appearing this week includes Miss Ethel Victor, burlesque actress ; Cris, a good ventriloquist; Gardiner Coyne and his combina- tion int a sketch called Lift (it the (Oold Diyrlins; Young Gussie, juvenile artiste; Fiorrie Florence, ballad . . . . .

The Era London, England
8 Apr 1893
Watty Walton is popular here. In the farce Handy Andy the characters are well sustained by Mr Gardiner Coyne, the hero; Mr W. C. Stetson, Master Gustavus; and Miss B. Fletcher. The feats of the Espaliers elicited enthusiasm; and Miss Flo Hastings wins approval . . . .

The Era London, England
20 May 1893
. . . . . the week were Wclly Reilly, In the Grip of the Law, The Avalasseie, and The Keepsake, played on Friday for Mr Coyne's benefit. Young Gustavus, character and descriptive vocalist, also appeared. ST. JAITES's HALL-lessee, Mr Sam Hague.-Mr Leoni Clarke and . . . . .


Glasgow Evening Post Lanarkshire, Scotland
30 Dec 1893
YOUNG GUSTAVUS, The Juvenile Marvel
YOUNG GUSTAVUS, The Juvenile Marvel. V Miss AMY MACNALLY, Berk) Comedienne and Top Boot Dancer. kael moreitz, Tyrolean and Character Entertainer. CAGLIO T O, Extraordinary —The Man Mystery. STANLEY SANEORD, Transatlantic Song' and Dance Men. JESSIE HOWARTH . . . . .

Hamilton Herald and Lanarkshire Weekly News Lanarkshire, Scotland
8 Mar 1895

The Era London, England
29 Feb 1896
. . . . . patrons here is now being carried by means of the r engagements of Tennyson and OhGorman, comedians; ,f Young Gustavus, juvenile comedian;* Gardiner Coyne's2 sCombination, in a sketch named The While Stave,z e illustrated by living pictures; the Hihernian Boys . . . .

And many other reports. In a couple of them he's listed as Hal Gustavus.

So he does seem to have been with his parents, at least from 1889 onwards.
1891 - Henry and son Harry are together (already posted), but no sign of Gustavus.

This might be Bertha in 1891, again claiming US birth (New Jersey) - but Gustavus isn't with her either:

Bertha Coyne
in the 1891 England Census
Name: Bertha Coyne
Gender: Female
Age: 28
Relationship: Boarder
Birth Year: 1863
Birth Place: NJ
Civil Parish: Rochdale
Residence Place: Spotland, Rochdale, Lancashire, England
Sub registration district: Spotland Nearer Side
ED, Institution or Vessel: 14
Piece: 3334
Folio: 120
Household Members:
Name Age
Edmund Taylor 29
Kate Tayler 31
Eliza Jane Tayler 6
Harriett Tonks 20
John Hamer 31
James Curry 19
Richard Toward 21
James W Whitworth 30
Bertha Coyne 28 - married, theatrical <<<<<<<<<<
Norman Watts 30

Perhaps Gustavus was in Ireland in 1891 - maybe at school, or with Coyne relatives.
But where is he in 1901 and particularly 1911 after his marriage??

Re New Jersey - Bertha's brother Thomas and her sister Josephine both emigrated to the US, and lived in New Jersey


ArgyllGran Report 2 Dec 2018 11:49

I know this is nothing to do with Gustavus, but I'm hooked!

Re the possible 1861 marriage -

I can't find a Phoebe Snider anywhere in 1861.
But there's this Phoebe (maybe nothing to do with the Coyne story):

Phoebe Powell
in the 1861 England Census
Name: Phoebe Powell
Age: 21
Estimated Birth Year: 1840
Relation: Boarder
Gender: Female
Where born: United States <<<<<<<<<<<<
Civil Parish: Bradford
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Registration district: Bradford
Sub-registration district: Bradford East End
ED, institution, or vessel: 1
Household schedule number: 74
Piece: 3316
Folio: 12
Page Number: 18
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Court 36
Jane A Court 35
Alice Court 14
John Court 13
Thomas E Court 6
Leonard Court 4
Phoebe Powell 21 - single, vocalist (travelling)
Alice Heseltine 31


ArgyllGran Report 1 Dec 2018 16:53

Further Googling re Gardiner:

Gardiner Coyne , "celebrated Irish comedian and vocalist", was at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow in 1864.
In 1873 he was at the Southminster Theatre of Varieties, Edinburgh.
In 1895, "Gardiner Coyne's Combination" was at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow.

Phoebe must have acted, too. This 1868 report mentions "Mrs Gardiner Coyne":

"On Thursday. 2nd April, the performance will commence with the celebrated drama, in three acts, entitled The Pearl of Killarney [with] Wandering Davy [played by] Mr Gardiner Coyne in which he will sing "The Sprig of Shillelagh", and the celebrated song (written expressly for him) named "The dear little Shamrock"...To conclude on Thursday evening with the laughable Irish farce of 'Larry's Blunders', Larry Hoolaghan, with songs [by] Mr. Gardiner Coyne...Friday, 3rd April - Grand fashionable night! for the benefit of Mr Gardiner Coyne who will appear in three characters, with sings and dances; and on which occasion Mrs. Gardiner Coyne will appear for this night only as "Norah Herbert". The performances will commence with the delightful domestic drama, entitled 'The Irishman's Home or, The Stolen Sheep!"...after which, the serio-comic drama, entitled The Irish Engagement...To conclude on Friday evening with the laughable Irish farce of 'Born To Good Luck' Paudeen O'Rafferty (with songs) - Mr. Gardiner Coyne..." . . . . and so on.


Eringobragh1916 Report 1 Dec 2018 16:42

He was a really distinguished "Entertainer" but I cannot find anything relative to his death 1900..I imagined it would be in one of the " Variety" Newspapers but nothing...Thought that would give an idea of who was at the Funeral...Gustavus is really driving me mad...!!!


ArgyllGran Report 1 Dec 2018 16:20


Marriages Jun 1861 (>99%)
Gardner Henry Andrew Wirral 8a 599
SNIDER Phoebe Wirral 8a 599


ArgyllGran Report 1 Dec 2018 15:39

I love the words of the first line of that song, Eringobragh!
I can just imagine an OTT music hall entertainer giving it his/her histrionic all!

I expect the song "Leonora Leigh" mentioned earlier was along the same lines. Same writer and publisher.

Re Henry Tucker's many works:

Click on Gardiner Coyne's name in that list for the full words to The Fireman's Child!


Eringobragh1916 Report 1 Dec 2018 15:01

The address 1901 Irish Census was the home of Henry G according to his Death Cert..(10 April 1900)..He died of Heart failure aged 61yrs. and his wife Bertha Eugenia was present.


Eringobragh1916 Report 1 Dec 2018 14:23

Gardener Coyne played in Leeds in 1861 and 1865..he was also over in the IOM late 70s and early 80s Bertha Fletcher started appearing on the IOM Billing..(New Gaitey Theatre) 1881 and 1883.

Think he may have been in NY 1858 when he wrote this….


ArgyllGran Report 1 Dec 2018 11:36

They didn't waste any time after her death!

Poor Phoebe - it looks as if she and Henry were already separated by 1881 - maybe his affair with Bertha had been going on for a while.

I do wish we could find Gustavus.
I wonder if he was perhaps adopted/fostered and brought up under a different name, then reverted to his birth name later - at least by 1896. But there's not even any sign of him in 1901 or 1911.


Kucinta Report 1 Dec 2018 08:59

Yes, various theatrical reviews in newspapers on FMP show that Bertha continued to perform under the name Miss Bertha Fletcher after her marriage.

Kind of Phoebe to die so opportunely and allow Gustavus's parents to marry...


ArgyllGran Report 30 Nov 2018 23:01


Henry A G Coyne
in the New York, State and Federal Naturalization Records, 1794-1940
Name: Henry A G Coyne
Record Type: Oath
Oath Date: 13 Mar 1860
Oath Place: New York, New York, New York, USA

Henry A G Coyne
in the U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992 (Indexed in World Archives Project)
Name: Henry A G Coyne
Birth Place: England
Court District: New York
Date of Action: 13 Mar 1860

Nationality: English (so maybe not).
Address: 46 Dallius Street.
No occupation given, nor date of arrival in USA
Witness: Benjamin Keyser, 6 Grand St, NY City.


ArgyllGran Report 30 Nov 2018 22:49

Deaths Jun 1881 (>99%)
COYNE Phoebe 45 Liverpool 8b 97

Phoebe Coyne
in the 1881 England Census
Name: Phoebe Coyne
Age: 50
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1831
Relationship to Head: Visitor
Gender: Female
Where born: United States <<<<<<<<<<<<<
Civil Parish: Liverpool
County/Island: Lancashire
Country: England
Street address: 51 Renshaw St
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: No Occupation
Registration district: Liverpool
Sub registration district: Mount Pleasant
ED, institution, or vessel: 26
Piece: 3624
Folio: 92
Page Number: 13
Household Members:
Name Age
William Chas. Barker 42
Emma A. Barker 39
Harry V. Barker 7
William L. Barker 4
Alfred C. Barker 2
Clara Cutts 15
William H. Coates 20
Thomas Coates 18
Phoebe Coyne 50
William Cope 27
Catherine J. Cope 27


ArgyllGran Report 30 Nov 2018 22:19

I can't see a death for Phoebe , nor can I see her in later censuses; with any surname.
Maybe she went back to America - though I can't see any record of that either.
Maybe she travelled under her maiden surname, which we don't know.

(EDIT: but see next post )

Henry's still calling himself married in 1881.

"Miss Bertha Fletcher" - maybe Bertha continued to use that as her stage name.

I can't see Bertha in 1881 - and still no sign of Gustavus anywhere, which is odd.


Kucinta Report 30 Nov 2018 21:51

Well done on finding previous wife Phoebe. The 1884 review of the Gardiner Coynes at Tenby referred to Miss Bertha Fletcher as also being Mrs Gardiner Coyne. Is there a death for Phoebe before the 1881 marriage to Bertha?