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Daughter's Dash from USA - Death of Taibach Baker

Daughter's Dash from USA - Death of Taibach Baker

Posted: 28 Jul 2009 8:17PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Thomas, Gooch
Newspaper cutting found regarding a daugther's dash from USA to see her dying father at this home in South Street, Taibach near Port Talbot in Wales dated 14-17 October 1932. The father was Thomas Henry Thomas a prominent figure in Port Talbot's trading circles who died aged 73. His daughter was Annie Gooch of Wilkesbarre, Pa. His wife's name was Elizabeth.
Does anyone have any information about this family as we belive there is a connection between Thomas Henry Thomas and a family in Llandysul, Cardiganshire, Wales.

Re: Daughter's Dash from USA - Death of Taibach Baker

Posted: 3 Jan 2012 2:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Thomas
Hi,
I noticed your old post on Ancestry, and have attached a census for 1911, showing Thomas, his wife Elizabeth, a Baker, and 4 children.

Thomas appears to have been born in Llandyssil, Cardiganshire, so you are right about there being a connection there.
Brian

P.S. When Annie arrived at Southampton on 14th Oct 1932, she had Elizabeth, aged 11, a student, with her.
They were going to 2 South St, Taibach, near Port Talbot, South Wales, which is the same as address as is on the attached census.
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Re: Daughter's Dash from USA - Death of Taibach Baker

Posted: 5 Jan 2012 3:28PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Thomas
Hi Martin, Thank you so much for your message and for the information therein. It is indeed quite an old message - doesn't time fly!I was also contacted a few years ago by Thomas Thomas's great-grandson who was also doing the family tree and had picked up on my message too. I was delighted to have contact with him. Thomas Thomas was a brother to my great-grandmother and all my family come from Cardiganshire. I also managed to find the actual newspaper cutting relating to the "dash from USA" in the Glamorgan Archives. I shall certainly forward your information on to Thomas Thomas's great-grandson and add it to my own family tree. Once again thank you for your valuable contribution. Do you have a connection with this family? If I can be of any assistance to you please do not hesitate to contact me.
Delyth.

Re: Daughter's Dash from USA - Death of Taibach Baker

Posted: 5 Jan 2012 4:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Delyth,
I don't have a connection with your ancestors but
I sometimes try to solve some of the interesting mysteries that I see
with regards to people looking for their long lost ancestors, and sometimes I manage to find a few scraps of information.
Brian, Glasgow, Scotland.

Re: Daughter's Dash from USA - Death of Taibach Baker

Posted: 6 Jan 2012 12:09PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi Brian, How fantastic and kind of you - well you certainly came up trumps on my query. I do actually have quite a mystery to solve within my family tree and I wonder whether you might be able to throw some light on how to progress. I did post a message some years ago about her but nothing came up - and unfortunately what I will append below is all I have - unfortunately.
Some correspondence and photographs were found in a great aunt's house following her demise and since I strarted on the family tree it became apparent that my ggg grandmother emigrated to the USA in 1855 with two of her daughters and her son in-law. I have fortunately found quite a lot of information out about them. But this particular person from Milwakee is a bit of a mystery!
Her letters dated around 1927 are addressed to my g grandmother a Mary Walters who lived again in Llandysul, Cardiganshire. This lady - Mary Thomas lived in Milwaukee Wisconsin and gave her address as 56-34th Street. She refers to her "father's people" and that his mother's name was Mary. He had a sister Mary who married a Mr. Davies of London (quite a lot of Welsh folk went to London with the surname Davies!!) Apparently this Mary and Mr. Davies had three sons. There was also a brother - a minister possibly the name Dave (David) who had a daughter named Mae. She goes on to say that her father also had a brother Tom and John. John lived in Stockton-on-tees, England and in one letter she does refer to him following his visit to Mary in Milwakee sometime between 1910 and 1915. Also there could be a sister Ann who lived in Wales - but this is only an impression.
How is that for a mystery? I have tried and tried to find USA census for this Mary Thomas - her photograph shows her with a 16 year old niece - Jane Thomas - but I cannot age Mary accurately and as far as I can see she had no wedding ring on - but of course when the photo was taken is impossible to say?
This Mary Thomas does sign off as a "cousin" to Mary Walters in one letter - but I cannot identify her at the moment?
If you could throw some light as to where I should go next I would be most grateful - every little bit of information is a step nearer to finding my family in the USA.
Thank you once again for your contribution.
Delyth, Carmarthen, Wales.
Should you wish to contact me direct you are most welcome - delandmike@btinternet.com.
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