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A Better Life in America

In 1846, 43 year old Edward Muckleston a coal miner born and living on the Welsh Border,  his wife of 8 years, Anne [nee Edwards], and their young family, Allen 6, Alice 4 and John 1 emigrated to the United States of America. They travelled to Liverpool where they boarded a ship to New York City; from there they travelled by river boat to Buffalo, New York via the Hudson River and Erie Canal. From Buffalo they travelled on a Great Lakes Ship along Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan arriving on dry land once again at Racine, Wisconsin continuing to travel westward they finally settled at Waukesha, Winconsin, which was a Welsh farming community and Edward obtained land. The family spoke Welsh. After their arrival their family was completed by the addition of their youngest son Edward in 1848.



Edward Muckleston's land holding (due south of Pewaukee Lake).


In 1991 descendants of Edward and Anne, Mel and Clara Forde, visited the farm and sent the following description back to other members of the family, "The farm is now owned by the University of Wisconsin,-Waukesha. It is an immensely big place which now has two furnaces in the basement to heat it. Now the house is vacant without furnishings. To bring it up to modern codes would be extremely expensive. It even still has a copper bathtub. It is totally un-insulated and would take an enormous amount of improvement to make it liveable. While it is a novelty that could be made into something of historical significance it must also be recognised as being just a big old farm house. It has four bedrooms on the second floor but each one is at least twice the size of a modern bedroom. There is an attic that had some kind of little room in it and the height to the peak must have been at least 16 feet. The basement walls seem to have been mortared stone with a facing of cement put on them later on. There are two stairways going upstairs one from the living room and one from the kitchen area. The shack must have been the hired hands domicile. The old farm would have been a developer’s delight as it is on a knoll and views down the valley." I understand that this delightfully described old farm house no longer stands.


Two of Edward’s sons, Allen and John, went on to marry two sisters from the same farming community Mary and Jane Davies. John and Jane contributed heavily to establishing the name Muckleston in the United States by producing 7 children 4 sons and 3 daughters. For some years Allen and John farmed together; John them moved to Seattle but was not particularly happy with city life and returned to Wisconsin for some years and ran a boarding house with his wife. He later returned to Washington State. Stanley and Melville two sons of John and Jane added an 'e' to their surname becoming Mucklestones.







John Muckleston's land holding.




As Edward and Anne obviously prospered in their "new life" so did their many descendants who became noted lawyers, teachers and civil engineers as well as making their names in other areas such as athletics [Milo and Waldo Muckleston], aviation [Robert Stanley Muckleston]. They also played their part in both World Wars.

(Edward) Milo Muckleston was a much esteemed judge whose life was sadly cut short in an auto accident and his life is covered in the story "From Wales to Wisconsin".


Keith Muckleston has kindly supplied some family documents which we have included below. Edward is Keith's great grandfather.


Edward was born in 1802 in Oswestry, Shropshire England. He had petitioned for citizenship in 1847 but it was not until 1873 that he took the last required step. The reason for the long delay is unknown.





It would appear from the document that his son E.E. Muckleston had become a citizen of the USA before his father and that he gave testimony, along with Thomas R Jones, to enable his father to be naturalized.



The copy of the Land Ownership Map for Waukesha Territory of  Wisconsin showing the land holding for Edward  Muckleston in 1873.




Some recent family stories for this branch of the family.


From: 1958 Seattle Post Intelligencer

"Paratrooper Home"


Keith Muckleston, 26, student, soldier and world-traveller, has three years to think over his travels and dream up a way to get enough money to do it again. Muckleston has just concluded a 21 nation, 18,000 mile trip that began in Munich Germany, last August 30 and ended in Seattle, April 7. Muckleston's trip was slightly different than most world jaunts - some 10,000 miles of it was by motorcycle. After completing four year’s service as a paratrooper in Germany and a year at the University of Munich, Muckleston decided the long way 'round was the best way home. Muckleston's observations: We found friendliness towards Americans everywhere. The whole world should take a trip like ours. It would be a friendlier place.



From Washington Journal 1967.

"Five Mucklestones Went To Hawaii; Six to Return"

If anyone is meeting the John P Mucklestone family at the airport this week, he will have to look twice. John and Patricia Mucklestone who were on a Christmas Vacation in Hawaii with their three children, welcomed a new addition to the family in Honolulu Friday. The new comer, James Michael, weighed in at 9.1/2 pounds. Mr and Mrs Mucklestone are both attorneys.


From: Washington Journal 1993

"Serving Both Sides of the Pacific"

Seattle - when Robert Mucklestone walks down the street here, he wonders where all the people are. That's because he spends about 75 per cent of his time in Hong Kong, where walking along a street means navigating through "mobs of people". "When I'm here, I miss the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong." he says from his downtown Seattle office. "It’s such a fast moving place. People there work very hard. The United States moves fast but not like Hong Kong." The travel itself is often something of an adventure for Mr Mucklestone. An avid pilot, he has flown his twenty five year old single engine plane back and forth between Seattle and Hong Kong. His current plane is on its third engine.




In 2012 this photograph was taken by Jan Mucklestone whilst visiting Wisconsin.


Family Memorials in Wisconsin.



More on this branch of the family can be found in the section "From Wales to Wisconsin".