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John Durrans

Postby janmlawson » Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:22 am

Help please to track someone.

John Durrans born 1826 in Southowram, Yorkshire married Mary Speight 1855 in Halifax, Yorkshire. Their children were Charles Inman, Sarah, Frances Mary, Albert Edward, Joseph, Annie and Emily. I can find them as a family as far as 1871 but then sometime in the 1880s Mary took all the children but Sarah (who had died) to America. I have found all of them in Salt Lake City eventually. Various trees state John died in 1901 in Bradford and there is an entry with a different birth year there. However, Mary married again Thomas Hill Green the records say 1879 but I haven't found a record yet. I wonder did John die earlier, did she actually marry or did she marry bigamously.

It's not tree changing information just a matter of interest.
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Re: John Durrans

Postby ianbee » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:00 pm

Bit of background
Family in US census 1880
Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
Name: Mary Green
Gender: Female
Age: 45
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Occupation: Keeping House
Relationship to Head of Household: Wife
Birth Year (Estimated): 1835
Birthplace England
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Birthplace: England
Household:
Thomas H Green Self 61, born England
Mary Green Wife 45 England
Annie E Durrans Stepdaughter 14 England
Emily E Durrans Stepdaughter 9 England

Mary seems to have died in April 1891
The death of Sarah Durrans in Bradford was reported in the Salt Lake Herald, 5 January 1876
DURRANS - At Bradford, Yorkshire, Nov 2d. 1875, after a few days illness, Sarah, eldest daughter of John and Mary Spaight Durrans, aged 18 years.

Sadly the Membership records, 1847-1895, of the LDS Bradford branch have not yet been digitized.
There's a Mary, Annie, Emily Durrans reported as leaving Liverpool for Utah via New York in 1876
NY passenger list has them all born Ireland, childrens ages slightly out compared to 1871. Mary is described as married. Could it be them?
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1 ... cc=1849782
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Re: John Durrans

Postby ianbee » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:22 pm

Could this be John in 1891? Has the same occupation as in 1871, Warp Twister
Name: John Durrans
Gender: Male
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Age: 60
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Warp Twister
Birthplace: Bradford, Yorkshire
Residence: Columbia Street
Parish: Bradford
County: Yorkshire (West Riding)
Ecclesiastical Parish: St Augustines
Registration District: Bradford
Piece/Folio/Page: 3626/122/1
Household:
John Durrans Head 60 Yorkshire
Jane Durrans Wife 33 Cambridgeshire
John Willm Durrans Son 11 Yorkshire
Sarah Durrans Daughter 2 Yorkshire

Info from Family Search
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Re: John Durrans

Postby ColinB » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:31 pm

John Durrans married Jane Belverstone ( but not until 1894 )

Bradford 4 1894 9B 299

John William Durrans born 1879 registered as John William Belverstone Bradford 2 1879 9B 92

1901 census

Jane Durrans widow 43
John William Belverstone 21
Sarah Durrans Belverstone 12
7 Springfield Street, Bradford.
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Re: John Durrans

Postby ianbee » Tue Aug 08, 2017 2:51 pm

1881 census transcript
Name: John Drake
Age: 50
Relationship to Head: Head
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Warp Twister (Worsted)
Where born: Halifax, Yorkshire
Civil Parish: Bradford
County: Yorkshire
Street address: 11 Newport St
Registration district: Bradford
Piece: 4448
Folio: 6
Page Number: 6
Household Members:
John Drake 50 Halifax, Yorkshire
Jane Belveston 24 Wisbeach, Cambridgeshire
John W. Belveston 2 Bradford, Yorkshire
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Re: John Durrans

Postby janmlawson » Tue Aug 08, 2017 5:51 pm

Thanks. So it looks as if she left with the children and may have married bigamously or just said she was married to Thomas Green. I will follow up the John Durrans information. It looks as if he waited to marry until he knew she was deceased and then lived until 1901. Other members of Mary's family headed to Salt Lake City and I wondered if there was some sort of assistance and encouragement to go in the late 1870s and early 1880s.
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Re: John Durrans

Postby sdup26 » Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:54 pm

You might be interested in the website for the Latter Day Saints (Mormons):
http://www.lds.org.uk/history-of-the-ch ... ed-kingdom
It contains the intriguing statistic that by 1870, half the population of Utah were British immigrants.
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Re: John Durrans

Postby JaneyH » Wed Aug 09, 2017 5:14 pm

Via a DNA test I've got in touch with a distant cousin in the USA. After piecing together a few gaps we found that a Gloucestershire ancestor emigrated to the States in 1875 - initially to Illinois but the next generation moved to Utah.

I have another Gloucestershire ancestor who emigrated to the States but he was a Methodist Minister and went "to enter a wider field of usefulness" according to his obituary!


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Re: John Durrans

Postby janmlawson » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:38 am

Thanks again to everyone. I have followed all the hints and arranged them into my tree.
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