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Luther Wilcox's adopted daughter

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Re: Luther Wilcox's adopted daughter

Posted: 1415267447000
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Thanks very much, Margaret, for clarifying some of my conjectures about Zachariah Bolton and his history. I must say I was astonished when I came across the marriage of Zachariah Bolton to Mary Percival in the indexes in the Town Clerk’s office in Portland, Connecticut. I have always assumed that it was a marriage of convenience because there were small children to look after, but I have no evidence for that.

Let me give you a bit of detail for Mary Hayes. She was the fourth of five children of Peter Hayes and Ellen Evans, born 8 March 1842 in Frodsham, Cheshire. They were a poor family; Peter was an agricultural laborer. Mary went into service and in November 1863 married Thomas Percival (b1840). They had four children in Cheshire: Mary Ellen (died aged 2), John (my great grandfather), William Henry and Peter. Thomas worked at Helsby Quarry and in 1871 the family emigrated to Connecticut, where Thomas also worked in the sandstone quarries. Five children were born in the USA, three of whom survived.

Thomas died of consumption in September 1883 (he had been ill for three years), leaving Mary with 9-month old Fred, Thomas (7), James (11), Peter (14), William Henry (16) and John (17). The 1880 Census shows that John and William were already working in a ”tin shop”, which I have always assumed to be Eastern Tinware on Freestone Avenue, then one of the largest manufacturers of enameled tinware in the world. So when Thomas died the three older boys would have been earning something, but Mary still had three little ones and no family of her own nearby to turn to for support. It would have been tough.

I have managed to follow all the six Percival sons except Peter, who disappears in 1897, when he left Portland, until his death in 1930.
John (1866-1937) married Ann Elizabeth Armstrong and had four children: Grace, Nellie, and twins Roy (my grandfather) and Ray. Lived in and around Forestville, CT.
William Henry (1867-1939) married Sophie Zapeiko, lived in Brooklyn. No children
James (1872-1911) married Sarah Jane Farnsworth and had Thomas and Hazel, James was a conductor on the NY, NH and H Railroad and in 1909 suffered a terrible injury to the head and died two years later in the Connecticut Hospital for the Insane.
Thomas (1876-1947) married Nora ?, moved around and finally settled in Decatur, Illinois. No children.
Frederick (1883-1966) married Clara Kalish and had Wesley, Paul, Mildred, Frederick, Howard, Barbara and Clara. Lived in Forestville.

Very best wishes to you and happy hunting in the rest of your researches.
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