Talk about your brick wall- my great grandfather John Verrall born 1864 in England and arrived in USA around 1883, was a convicted felon with a dozen aliases which he himself confessed to when he turned himself in to the Indianapolis police dept in 1901. After release from the Michigan prison he set up a forgery school and was again arrested and sentenced to 10 years in Dunemore (?) state prison in NY where he appears on the 1910 census. All above information is from newspaper articles NOT my handed down family history. In the articles he claims to be from a well to do family in Tunbridge Wells Kent England that is related to the Neville family. He married my great grandmother Margaret Sachs in New York City Aug 1893 under the name of Vincent St John Verrall. They had a daughter Edith Verrall in May 1894 and a son (my grandfather) Ralph in Dec 1895 who was born in Atlanta while his father (according to family history) was an artist in the Atlanta
Expo. Anyway here is a list of some of his aliases and locations he used them. Please let me know if anything rings a bell.
H.V WEST-Cincinnati, Vincent NEVILLE, Evansville, Vincent St John VERRALL- NY, V R LORD- Philadelphis, J H VERRALL-Boston, Vincent WEST-Boston, Chicago, V T BERKELEY-Boston,
T V LATHAM-Halifax Nova Scotia, K D WEST-Toronto, W K WEST- Hamilton Co, H Vincent WEST-Dayton