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Emigration to USA

Postby domingo106 » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:10 pm

I am led to believe my great grandfather emigrated from Liverpool to USA around 1910/1911.
He left behind a wife and four children, never to return. I am uncertain as to whether he would have to use his own real name to gain entry or have to prove his identity, i.e before passports. I have tried Ellis island site, without success, on his original details. Can anyone help .


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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby MaureenE » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:21 am

Have you tried the database on findmypast "Passenger Lists Leaving UK 1890-1960", located in Travel & migration, based on records from The National Archives?

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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby domingo106 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:17 am

Thanks for the replies
This male is my brick wall, have previously tried through the WDYTYA magazine and on forums to no avail.
He is Edward Dillon middle names Alderman Bailey, two conflicting dob 31.8.1870 on his marriage banns or christened 17th May 1865. Had four children Eric b1899,Dorothy b 1902, Harold b1905 and Herbert b 1908. I think he was born in Manchester, Gorton in 1865 parents were Edward Dillon and Sarah Ann McMillan. His wife was Elizabeth Ann May Shacklady.
He mainly lived in Liverpool and does not appear on the 1911 census. I am told anecdotally that he emigrated to USA and abandoned his family.


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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby coopernicola » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:10 pm

He may appear in local newspapers if he abandoned his family, you may get lucky.
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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby sdup26 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:54 pm

I've tried US censuses but can't find an Edward Dillon who fits. You have the 1865 baptism, but does his marriage certificate to Elizabeth confirm his father's name as Edward? What was your Edward's occupation on his children's birth certificates?
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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby LizzieBvB » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:06 pm

I have had this exact same situation with one of my ancestors. I eventually tracked him down through marriage records to someone else in USA (while his wife still lived in the UK).

Have you tried looking through the US records on ancestry? You may find a further marriage for him to someone else which can provide an address. If you're lucky you may also find a certificate of naturalisation for him which provides more infomation (I found my ancestor's on ancestry).
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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby domingo106 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:28 pm

Edward Dillon was on the marriage certificate as Edward A B Dillon's father in 1898. His occupation on all the censuses and certificates shows as a journeyman house painter


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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby DianaCanada » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:25 pm

Have you tried Canada? I believe it was cheaper to sail to Canada from Britain than to the USA. He might have gone on the the US or stayed in Canada.
I have a disappearing ancestor who supposedly went to "America" probably in the late 1850's. Have never found him. One of his sons disappeared too, thought he might have joined his father, but no luck finding either of them. You might do better, as it is decades later.
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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby sdup26 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:32 pm

In view of the baptism you found in Manchester, is this Edward in Manchester in 1891?
Sarah Dillon, b1845, widow, staymaker, b Co Antrim
Edward Dillon, b1869, son, gen labr, born Manchester
However, note that in 1901, Edward says he was born in Charlton, Kent.

I've found the death of an Edward Dillon in Lawrence, Massachusetts, 12/4/1906, father Edward Dillon born Ireland. Unfortunately, it doesn't say when he arrived in the US. The informant of the death was 'Mrs Dillon' but no further details.
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Re: Emigration to USA

Postby domingo106 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:52 pm

Thanks for the replies
Edward Dillon is on the birth certificate of Harold Dillon born in 1908 in Liverpool so I think that might rule out the USA death, but thanks very much for taking the time to research it.
I might try research in Canada, thanks for your input.


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