Ann Homersham Emptage died in 1894 in Ohio. She and her husband Thomas Emptage had emigrated from the Isle of Thanet, Kent, England in 1835 and raised a large family in Ohio. She “had a quiet life, showing forth its goodness not so much in words as in deeds”.
Caroline married William Mynheer when she was young and pregnant. He worked on fishing trawlers but through the 1880s William was often in court for drunkenness, incurring fines or having to do hard labour.
Caroline ran a lodging house and worked as a rope-maker to keep the family out of dependence on the parish and the workhouse.
Francis took after his father and became a gardener. Aged 20, he emigrated to Canada in 1904, settling in Meaford Township, Ontario. By 1911 he had changed careers and become a grocery wagon driver. When he enlisted into the army in 1917, he gave his occupation as credit manager.
Five years after her husband, Thomas Hepburn, had been convicted for his part in the Swing Riots of 1830 and had been transported to Australia, Elizabeth took advantage of the British government scheme to send wives and children to join their husbands once the convict had served his sentence.
Born in Birchington, Thanet, in 1795, Elijah was 40 when he and his wife Sarah decided to emigrate to Ohio, USA with their five daughters though their eldest child, Daniel, chose to remain at home in Thanet. The son of an agricultural labourer, Elijah became a respected gardener and prominent figure in his new community.
Frances’ brother Alfred and sister Rosamond had emigrated to the USA in 1882 and 1884. In 1887, aged 16, Frances followed but rather than join her siblings in New York she travelled west to California. In 1890 a San Francisco newspaper published an article describing a rather difficult position she had got herself into.