Saturday, March 1, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: James Tock

James Tock was born in Alkborough, Lincolnshire, England on 12 July, 1818 to William and Elizabeth Tock.  He was the third of their six children and the only one of their three sons to reach adulthood.  James would grow up in Alkborough, where his family farmed.

On 14 June 1848 in nearby Burton-Upon-Stather, James married Martha Wadd.  The following year their first child, Mary Elizabeth Tock, was born, also in Burton-Upon-Stather.

On 2 June 1853, James, Martha and Mary arrived in Portland, Maine on the ship Gypsey.  They settled in Calais, Washington, Maine but also spent a lot of time across the river in St. Stephen, New Brunswick where they supposedly had family (a legend I have yet to confirm or debunk).  Daughters Martha Anne (1854), Sarah Jane "Sally" (1857) and Emma Sophia (1859) completed James and Martha's family.

When Emma was about two, her mother Martha died.  This left James to raise his four daughters alone.  Martha and Sarah were sent to live with a family in St. Stephen.  I do not yet know what happened with Mary and Emma during this time.

James remarried to Margaret Mowatt around 1865.  Two years later their son James Samuel Tock was born.  James and Margaret seem to have been separated by the 1871 Census of Canada, with Margaret and little James Samuel enumerated with Margaret's family and James no where to be found.  In any case, James and his daughters left Maine for California the following year.  He supposedly asked Margaret to come also but she refused so he left without her and their son.  Margaret and James Samuel would stay in the Calais/St. Stephen area but changed their name to Tuck.

James and his girls settled in San Joaquin Co., California.  Each of James' daughters married in the first few years of their arrival.  Daughter Martha Anne died in 1875 following the birth of her only child.

On 20 May, 1891 in San Joaquin Co., James died.  James' daughter, Emma Sophia, was my great-great-grandmother.


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