My ggrandfather was born in Birkenhead, England c. 1867. He and a friend stowed away on a ship to the United States. They jumped ship and swam to shore before it docked in NY?, PA?. He married my ggrandmother, Elizabeth WALLS (daughter of Purnell P. WALLS and Hannah PARSONS) b.1867, (date of m.) 10 Nov 1885 in Sussex, Delaware. My ggrandmother died in 1899, in childbirth, and the children went to be raised by my ggrandmother's brothers and sisters. The children include: Bessie m. Thomas Palmer, Harry A. m. Florence Berrett, Purnell Palmer m. Cora Mae Holleger, Pearl Ruth m. Dale Williams, Sarah Lavina m. Grover "Cleve" Marvel, Elizabeth d.1899 in childbirth, there were also at least 2 other children that died at childbirth. William was a steamboat captain and navigated the waters from Frederica, DE to Philadelphia, PA. I found him in the 1920 census, living in Phil., PA, he had remarried to "Mary". If anyone has any info. on this long lost ggrandfather of mine I sure would like to hear from you or any info. on any of my other surnames I have listed.
Thank you and happy hunting to everyone,
Maryan Schuler Nichols