Yes William James is indeed Ellen’s husband’s name. I wasn’t sure if he was on the boat with them as he came to the U.S. for a short while before everyone else, so I didn’t think to add the name. He must have gone back for the others, which is very interesting.
As for whether I’m looking for the actual manifest or just data, it really doesn’t matter at all. For the large part, I’d just like to see individuals on the ship with the last name James and Barrett, but any information would be great. No worries about duplicating information because the only thing I knew was that a portion of the family (at least Ellen and the kids) came across on this ship at this time. Anything aside from that fact is all new to me.
Here’s a list of the names that should be on board:
William James – would have been about 47 at the time
Ellen James – would have been about 31
Mark James – would have been about 5
Eli James – would have been about 4
Bessie James – would have been about 2
William and Ellen also had a son Joseph in 1882, though it’s not entirely clear whether he was born in England or after they landed in Canada. According to sketchy family lore, Ellen was expecting while they were on the ship and was so close to being due that the family got off in Canada and stayed rather than continuing on to the United States. Not sure how much of that was true.
Also, Ellen had at least three brothers names Peter, Eli and Noah Barrett that came to Canada as well and I was wondering if there was a chance any of them, or any other Barrett or James relatives, might have come on The Phoenecian with William and Ellen.
Thanks so much for offering to help. I really appreciate it. Please let me know if there are any other names, dates or information that I might be able to give that could help. I also have a personal genealogy web site: www.thebluebox.tribalpages.com
that has information on the family as well.