Thursday, September 20, 2012

Taking the Fearon family another 30 years back in time.


Our recent trip to Great Britain gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with the Ennerdale Valley, earliest home I knew about for my great grandfather, John Fearon.  Just before the trip. I had found my grandfather, William Walker Fearon, living in Ennerdale Bridge in the 1891 and 1901 English Census.  On the trip, I was able to locate the approximate location of the family farm house.  I also obtained clues that my great grandfather and great great grandfather probably lived in the same area.

But it took until I got home to learn more about the family's earlier years and generations.

I've told the story before of the Fearon family's deficit fathers.  Both my father and his father could have stayed around a bit longer as parents.  And my father and I both suffered because of it.  At least my grandfather seems to have had the benefit of living with his parents from 1890 until his departure from England for America with his older sister, Margaret, at 16 years of age.  My great grandfather didn't fare as well.

John Fearon, born in 1860, lost his mother at age 1, and his father at age 3, and his grandfather at age 9.  His sister, Eleanor, and he were split up and taken in by two local families.  John and Isabel Bowman agreed in 1863 to raise my great grandfather, at the farm (Mireside) where his father (William) had worked all his life.   The farm was located nearby the home of my great great grandparents, John and Eleanor Fearon, who lived at Hollymes, Ennerdale Valley.



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