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John HUNSLEY

Male Bef 1838 - 1926  (~ 87 years)


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  • Name John HUNSLEY 
    Born Bef 10 Nov 1838  Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Christened 10 Nov 1838  Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    _UID 2F9C6C24C09C419099484F7FABEC2285756C 
    Died 1926  South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Buried Riverside Cemetery, Pierre, Hughes County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Notes 
    • John's marriage not found.

      1861 census: in Susworth, Scotter, Lincs (all HUNSLEY), John (22, malsters man, born Messingham, Lincs), Ann (wife, 24, born Owston, Lincs) and Mary Ann (1, born Susworth).

      1871 census: at 42, Hollis, Grimsby, Lincs (all HUNSLEY), John (31, labourer, born Scotter, Lincs), Ann (wife, 34, born Ferry, Lincs), Mary Ann (10, school, born Ferry, Lincs), John Wm. (8, born Ferry, Lincs), Sarah E (5, born Ferry, Lincs), Sarah J (3, born Ferry, Lincs), Heneretta (1, born Gt Grimsby) and George (2 months, born Gt Grimsby).

      1881 census: at 7, Blythe Street, Wombwell, Yorkshire (all HUNSLEY), John (43, coal miner, born Missingham, Lincs), Ann (wife, 45, born West Ferry, Lincs), Mary A (20, dressmaker, born Susworth, Lincs), John W (18, tranmer(?), born West Ferry, Lincs), Sarah E (15, domestic servant, born West Ferry, Lincs) and Henrietta (11, scholar, born Grimsby).

      Not found in later UK censuses. This is probably because it seems almost certain that John and possibly some or all of his family emigrated to America. Unfortunately I can't find a record of their emigration in Ancestry's shipping records, nor can I find the family members in US census records. But there is census record that seems to point to the family, or at least John, having emigrated (in 1887 according to the 1920 census below).
      The record is:
      1900 US Federal Census for Pierre, Hughes County, South Dakota. John HUNSLEY, (head, born Sep 1838, age 61, married 1 year, born England as were parents, common labourer) and Francis (sic) E HUNSLEY (wife, born Oct 1849, age 50, married 1 year, no children, born New York, father born Scotand(?), mother born New York(?). On the next line was Carrie M HERBISON, then Charles E HERBISON, his wife and family. It would appear that John's first wife Ann died some time between arriving in the US and 1900, by which time John had remarried to Frances HERBISON.
      Interestingly, there is another HUNSLEY on the same page: Katie, born Apr 1882, age 18, born Illinois of English parents. She was a servant with Albert WHEELER and family. I believe she was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah (Whitelam) Hunsley - see Joseph's record for more on this. Joseph was John's brother.

      Other US censuses:

      1910 US Federal Census for Chapelle Street, Pierre Ward 3, Hughes County, South Dakota. John HUNSLEY, (head, age 71, married 11 years, born England as were parents, immigration year 1887, not naturalized, drayman, city) and Francis (sic) HUNSLEY (wife, age 60, married 11 years, 2 children both living, born New York, father born Ireland, mother born New York.

      1920 US Federal Census for Chapelle Street, Pierre, Hughes County, South Dakota. John HUNSLEY, (head, age 81, born England as were parents, immigration year 1887, not naturalized, [blank], city) and Francis (sic) HUNSLEY (wife, age 70, born New York, father born Scotand, mother born New York. Also Sibyle FARNUM (granddaughter, age 9, born South Dakota, father born Umited States, mother South Dakota)

      findagrave.com has a record for the burial of a John Hunsley in Pierre. It gives dates as '1839 - 1926' but no other details. findagrave also has a record of the burial in Pierre of 'Frances E Herbison Hunsley'. 'mother', Oct 30 1849 - Aug 13 1921. I can't find a record at findagrave for John's first wife Ann.
    Person ID I164  Hunsley
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2014 

    Father John HUNSLEY,   b. Bef 21 Feb 1815, Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Mar 1896, Doncaster RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Mother Mary SIMPSON,   b. Abt 1817, Crosby, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1863 and 1870, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 26 Sep 1836  Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F40  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Ann UNKNOWN,   b. Abt 1837, Owston, Lincs Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Children 
     1. Mary Ann HUNSLEY,   b. Jun 1860, Insworth, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. John William HUNSLEY,   b. Sep 1862, West Ferry, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Sarah Ellen HUNSLEY,   b. Dec 1865, West Ferry, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Sarah Jane HUNSLEY,   b. Dec 1867, West Ferry, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Henrietta HUNSLEY,   b. Dec 1869, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. George HUNSLEY,   b. Mar 1871, Great Grimsby, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F41  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Frances E HERBISON,   b. 30 Oct 1849, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1921, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married Abt 1899  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F455  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] BMD index, Q4 1838 Brigg 14/333. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S12] IGI, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NYPZ-4YX : accessed 16 Nov 2013), John Hunsley, 10 Nov 1838. (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S27] Parish Register at lincstothepast.com, December 2013 and later.

    4. [S3] findagrave.com, November 2013 and later.

    5. [S27] Parish Register at lincstothepast.com, December 2013 and later, Messingham Marriages 1813 - 1837. (Reliability: 3).