Clifford and Jane Redford’s Wedding August 24th, 2011
This scan was sent to me from my Aunt a few years back. It was one of my first and only clues about the Parkin family. Their name has constantly changed through all my years of researching them.
This record had much more information for me to digest. I already knew Clifford and Jane‘s estimated birth years and residences. I had known from the 1930 census that Clifford was a plumber by trade. I also knew that his father’s name was Herbert and his mother’s was Sadie. However I did not know that his mother’s maiden name was Putcliff or is that Sutcliff? To this day I’m still not sure!
On Jane‘s side it was all knew information. This record actually broke down my Parkin/Parker/Perkins brick wall. It most definitely is Parkin now and I learned that her parents names were John Walter Parkin and Jennie Featherson. I have a lot more information on John Walter Parkin now, but before her marriage Jennie is still a mystery to me.
I’ve had this record for a number of years and still I come back to it for clues every once and awhile. It’s always good to look over things you’ve had awhile. You never know what you might have missed in the excitement.
Tombstone Tuesday: The Mays Family December 21st, 2010
There are a few reasons that I chose to highlight this tombstone. In all my hijinks into my family history, I have stumbled onto learning how to do certain things. One of the first things I realized is that even official records can be wrong. I’ve also learned that spelling doesn’t matter in the early and late 1800s.
An important thing to remember about tombstones is that they aren’t always accurate. Take the example above. The names are mostly right, spelling mistakes aside. I also need to state that the death years are all correct (hard to get that wrong, right?)
- Ralph (1924-1952): Everything here is correct.
- John (1853-1927): His death certificate states his birth year as 1842. Since John is living in the 1850 census and listed as age 5, either date could be wrong but 1853 is more wrong then 1842.
- Cecilia (1842-1914): I’ve only seen her referred to as Celia or Cela. That could be a shortened nickname but I might never know unless I find her birth record. Her death record also lists her birth date differently. I have 1840 and her age in censuses always matches that.
- Harmon (1872-1952): Everything here is correct too!
- Ivah (1897-1949): Iva’s name has been spelled a million different ways and that’s not including her maiden name (Moyer/Meyer/Myers). Once again I have her death certificate and her birth date is listed as 1894 and not 1897. The 1900 census actually gives her birth date as Sep 1894 too, which is spot on with her death certificate!
So basically what I’m saying is don’t always trust the tombstone. You never know who was giving the information at the time of your ancestor’s burial. In fact, it’s usually the same person giving the information for the death certificate. That’s why I’m so surprised the death certificates and tombstone varies so much here.
In fact, even newer tombstones can be a bit wrong. This is my grandmother’s tombstone inscription. Everything is spot on except the fact that she was actually born on April 13 and not April 15. Oops! Be sure your family knows that they can come to you for correct dates!
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Wordless Wednesday: Herbert Redford December 1st, 2010
Herbert Redford (1872-1940)
Surname Saturday: Redford September 4th, 2010
I’m almost finished highlighting the surnames on my father’s side of the family!
Where does the Redford name originate from?
My Redford line came over from England about 1870 or 1871. I haven’t found them in any passenger lists yet but I haven’t looked very hard yet either. Once they got to America they settled in Essex County, New Jersey.
Did the Redfords stay in New Jersey?
For the most part, yes. There were quite a few that moved to California.
Overview of the Redford Family
Father: Samuel Redford (about 1843 – 28 Sep 18971 ).
Mother: Francis W Travis (about 1841 – ? )
- William Redford ( Jun 1869 – ? )
- Herbert Redford (14 Nov 1872 – 11 Sep 1940 2) My 2nd Great Grandfather
- Sarah E Redford (07 Oct 1874 – 18 Apr 1959 3)
- Samuel Redford (about 1877 – 30 Sep 1877 4)
- Lillian L Redford (23 Apr 1879 – 07 Dec 1958 5)
- ? Redford (03 Aug 1882 – 1882 6)
Of all the children William and Herbert were the only ones to have children that I know of. William’s son Harry William Redford (01 Aug 1894 – 17 Nov 19797), moved to Los Angeles and was living with Sarah, her husband, and Francis in 1920. In 1930, he was married and living in a house with his wife. I am unsure yet if they had children.
Herbert Redford would marry Sarah Ann (Sadie) Sutcliffe and have 4 children (Clifford, Howard, Edith, and Lilian). Herbert’s family stayed in Essex County, New Jersey. Herbert on the other hand, moved to Los Angeles around 1925. I think it was either right before or right after Sadie’s death. I haven’t found a death record for her yet.
Records to get for the Redfords
- Birth Record and Death Record for Clifford Herbert Redford (my Great Grandfather)
- Birth and Marriage Record for Herbert Redford (my 2nd Great Grandfather)
- Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths of New Jersey, 1848-1900, v51 p277 ↩
- California Death Certificate ↩
- California Death Index ↩
- Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths of New Jersey, 1848-1900, v BE p197 ↩
- California Death Index ↩
- Records of Births, Marriages, and Deaths of New Jersey, 1848-1900, film 494195 ↩
- California Death Index ↩
Treasure Chest Thursday: Marriage Records August 12th, 2010
In my eyes, marriage records are a beautiful thing. I could say it’s beautiful to know a couple started their life together. That’s very true. However, my favorite part of marriage records is that they have maiden names and parent names for the women. One of my oldest and most often gripes is trying to figure out where the girls in the family disappeared to, or where they came from. It’s a common one among all genealogists.
This particular marriage record really opened up doors in my research. The biggest one being Jane’s last name. We knew it was Parkins/Perkins something. This verified for me that it was in fact Parkin. The great thing about this is it even went a step further and gave me her parents names. I’m not always so lucky to get all these facts. In fact, I was hesitant about this record when I got it because my Aunt had told me she always understood that Jane led a hard life and was orphaned young. That is all true. So I was worried that the information on her parents wouldn’t be known at the time of her wedding. From this record, I was even able to find that Jane and her siblings may have been orphaned and they did bounce around a lot, but it was always to other family members. I can’t speak for what happened in those households, but at least the family names were kept in memory so that I could find them today.
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