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.



Sunday, September 16, 2012

Why I believe that Henry Linton is my 3rd great grandfather


The key is whether my grandfather, William Walker Fearon, is the same man as Marjorie Gardner's great great grandmother's brother's (George Linton) daughter's (Mary Louisa Linton) son - William Fearon.

Both were born in 1889.

My grandfather reported on his selective service application in 1917 that he was born in Belfast, Ireland, to John Fearon and Mary Fearon.  I don't believe that's true, unless he was born while his parents were traveling in that area.

His middle name is Walker, the family name of his grandmother.

He named his oldest daughter, Beatrice.  William Walker's sister was named Beatrice Ellen Fearon.

His second oldest daughter (my aunt Eloise), provided me in 1995 with the married names and addresses of three of his sisters, to whom she had corresponded for years:

Mrs. R. Anderson, 21 Napier Street, Auckland, New Zealand.  English marriage records indicate that Rebecca Fearon married Robert Anderson in the 1st quarter of 1921 in Tynemouth, Northumberland.
Mrs. J. D. Williamson, 35 Wetheriggs Drive, Penrith, Cumberland, England.  English marriage records indicate that Edith Fearon married James D. Williamson in the 3rd quarter of 1928 in Whitehaven, Cumberland.
Marian Stronach, 1761 Great North Road, Auckland, New Zealand.  New Zealand's WWII Selective service rolls indicate that the butcher, Gordon William Stronach, lived at that address in April and June of 1943.

If I'm right, and my grandfather is the same William Walker that appears in Marjorie Gardener's family tree, then we share the same 3rd great grandfather, Henry Linton.

Gregory Fearon