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Chapter 3.

 

Emigration.

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The first child of Edward and Anne was Alice baptised on 15th July 1838. The baptism took place at Llansilin, a village close to Trefonen. Why the baptism took place there rather than at Trefonen is not known. One possibility is that Anne was born in Denbighshire, the Welsh county where Llansilin is situated and possibly the village in which she was raised. Their eldest son Allen was baptised, this time in Trefonen on 8th February 1840. Alice was a sickly child and is missing from the family group when the census was taken in 1841.

 

1841 Census:

Township of Trefarclawdd

Edward Muckleston          35                           Coal                       bn Shropshire

Ann Muckleston                  30                                                                                          

Allen Muckleston               1                                                                                             

(ages on the 1841 census was given to the nearest 5 years)

 

In 1841 as the census shows the family was living in Trefarclawdd, another village close to Trefonen and it was here that they buried their daughter Alice on 4th June 1842. Ann was at this time in the late stages of pregnancy and when she gave birth to a daughter a few days later, they decided to baptise her Alice. The baptism took place on 20th June 1842. Son John’s birth followed in 1844.

In 1846,43 year old Edward Muckleston, 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 called the Carolina, sailing for New York City. From there they travelled by riverboat 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 westwards they finally settled at Waukesha Wisconsin, where there was a Welsh farming community. The family spoke Welsh. In 1848, their family was completed by the addition of their youngest son Edward.

 

Immigration Lists for New York 1820-1850 show the following…...

Arrived New York from Liverpool:

Muckleston.... Alice age 4, Allen age 6, Ann age 40, John age 2, Edward age 40. All from Wales, ship Carolina.

 

 

 

 

 

Journey undertaken to reach Waukesha Wisconsin.

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Map of Wisconsin showing Waukesha.

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Map showing Edward Muckleston’s lands near Waukesha.

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Edward purchased land and built a farmhouse. His land records show the property as follows:-

Land Records Document:

 

Number 25582

Patentee Name: Muckleston Edward

Accession Number: W12970_.496

State: Wisconsin

Volume: 2970

Page: 496

Doc Number: 25582

Land Office: Milwaukee

Aliquot Part Reference: NESW

Section Number: 26

Township: 7 North

Range: 18 East

Meridian/Survey area: Fourth Principal Meridian.

Act / Treaty Authorising Sale: Sale - Cash Entries

Date Signed: July 1 1848

Acreage: 40

 

also as above with following changes:

Acession Number: W12980_.279

Volume: 2980

Page: 279

Document Number: 25867

Aliquot: SESW

In 1991 descendants of Edward and Anne, Mel and Clar Forde, visited the farmhouse that John and Jane Muckleston had built in 1895, and sent the following description back to 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 farmhouse. 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. 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 developers delight as it is on a knoll with views down the valley."  The farm and house had been sold to William Hughes in 1909. In April 1993 it was decided to destroy the house. The University had calculated that it would cost a quarter of a million dollars to restore the house, instead the house was burnt to the ground as fire-fighting practice for the local fire-fighters.

 

A year after arriving in the United States, Edward applied for citizenship, but it was to be another 26 years before it was officially granted.

 

The family appears on the 1850 census as living in Delafield

 

1850 Federal US Census

Waukesha Wisconsin Delafield Township

Edward Muckleston          46                           Farmer                 Wales

Ann Muckleston                  41                                                           Wales

Allen Muckleston               10                                                           Wales

Alice Muckleston                8                                                              Wales

John Muckleston                5                                                              Wales                   

Edward Muckleston          2                                                              Wisconsin

 

 

Although most members of the family had in fact been born in Shropshire, an English county, they lived on the Welsh border and as they spoke Welsh obviously fitted well into the Welsh community.

 

Edward could not have imagined what he was taking his young sons too. However, when the American Civil War broke out, his eldest son fought on behalf of his adopted country.

 

Allen enlisted on the 21st August 1862 at Racine and became a private in the 22nd Wisconsin Infantry. Fortunately he came through the war unscathed and his army service came to an end in 1865.

(Other Muckleston’s living in Illinois, also fought in the Civil War, possibly descendants of another branch of the family who had decided to make a life for themselves in the USA. Their descendants now appear to use the surname Muckelston.)

 

The family prospered and by the time of the 1870 census, Edward had extensive real and personal estates.

 

29 June 1870 - Delafield, Waukesha, Winsconsin

Mucklestone, Edward, Age 68, Sex M, Colour W, Occupation Farmer, Value of Real estate $5,000, value of personal estate $1,500, Place of Birth England, Father of Foreign birth Yes, Mother of foreign birth Yes.

Mucklestone, Ann, Age 62, Sex F, Colour W, Occupation Keeping House, Place of Birth Wales, Father of foreign birth Yes, Mother of foreign birth Yes.

Mucklestone, Alice, age 29, Sex F, Colour W, Occupation At Home, Place of Birth Wales, Father of foreign birth Yes, Mother of foreign birth Yes.

Mucklestone, John, age 26, sex M, Colour W, Occupation Farm Labourer, Place of Birth Wales, Father of foreign birth Yes, Mother of foreign birth Yes.

Mucklestone, Edward, age 21, sex M, Colour W, Occupation At Home, Place of birth Winconsin, Father of foreign birth Yes, Mother of foreign birth Yes, Male citizen of US of 21 years and upwards Yes.

 

In November 1872 both Allen and John also declared their intention to become citizens of the United States:

 

By 1880 Edward was widower, Ann having died in 1877 aged 67, and only Alice and youngest son Edward remained at home.

 

1880 US Census

Delafield, Waukesha, Wisconsin

 

Edward    Muckleston     Head Widower   79   Farmer    bn Wales  parents bn England

Alice     Muckleston     Daughter  Single    35       bn  Wales     parents bn Wales

Edward E  Muckleston     Son  Single    31             parents bn Wales

Edward (Edwards) Muckleston was to inherit the farm from his father and on an 1891 map the farm is clearly marked as in the hands of this member of the Muckleston family, as it had been on the map of 1848. His brother John had a farm called “Mount Pleasant Farm” only two miles away.

 

In 1873 Edward, having lived there for 27 years, and stated his intention some 26 years earlier, had finally became a citizen of the United States.

 

Two of Edwards 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 Muckleston name in the United States by producing 7 children, four sons and three daughters. For some years Allen and John farmed together, John then 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 the end of their surname.

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 and aviation. They also played their part in the World Wars.

 

                        1891 Map of land holdings in Delaware and Peuwakee:

                             also marked or the holdings of the Torhurst family.

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