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Joseph HUNSLEY

Male 1850 - Bef 1885  (~ 34 years)


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  • Name Joseph HUNSLEY 
    Born Mar 1850  Messingham, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 6CA4B113DDFD491F9ADFC0AA9BFBC95DB534 
    Died Bef 1885  USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • 1871 census: in Platts Common, Hoyland, Yorkshire (all HUNSLEY), Joseph (22, labourer, born Messingham, Lincs), Sarah (23, born Scotton, Lincs) and John S (2, born Wombwell, Yorkshire). Also a visitor (Sarah's sister) Susannah WHITELAM (17, born Scotton).

      On 16 August 1880 the SS Vaderland arrived in Philadelphia from Antwerp. On board were:
      Joseph HUNSLEY, 32, miner
      Sarah HUNSLEY
      George EVERETT, 21, miner
      John HUNSLEY, 11
      Mary HUNSLEY, 9
      Betsey HUNSLEY, 7
      Joseph HUNSLEY, 4
      Thomas HUNSLEY, 3
      Arthur HUNSLEY, 0.

      Although she doesn't appear on any extant census (but may have appeared on the 1890 census, which was burnt), Joseph and Mary had another child, Kathryn Daisy, who lived to be 99. Her obituary, a copy of which is at Ancestry, contains some interesting early history of Joseph and his family and is reproduced in part below.
      "It was March 4th 1883. The Chicago Northwestern Railway had been extended westward into mid-Dakota Territory. A brand new shiny train, chugging its way over brand new rails, came to a steam-sputtering stop at Pierre, Dakota Territory. A young family consisting of father, mother and six children four boys and two girls, stepped off onto a windy platform at the small depot. When the conductor had called "Pierre, next stop", they had gathered the trappings they had needed on the trip, and were now ready for the important articles for permanent living which were in an immigrant car of the same train. This was the family of Joseph Hunsley, and the youngest child, Kathryn Hunsley, was but two years of age.
      The Hunsleys came from England in 1880 and settled in Springfield, Illinois. Kathryn was born there in 1881. In 1883 they came to Dakota Territory and to Pierre by train in March 1883. It did not take long for Joseph Hunsley and the older boys to get the immigrant car unloaded, and in a short time they had two tents set up for living quarters, beside the railroad track where the old freight depot was later built. The quick, experienced hands of Mrs Hunsley had beds made up and a good hot meal ready for the family in a short time.
      In the immigrant car were one horse, one cow, three dozen chickens and a dog. There was one wagon, a plow, a one-horse drag and some hand tools. There were a few pieces of furniture, a cook stove, the family p--- [ends of sentences are missing as indicated] belongings and enough --- food to last for some time.
      Here the family lived for some weeks, in the two ---. After Mr Hunsley was sho--- land he was to have, he --- make a trip to Huron, th--- land office, to file --- homestead. His land was north of the line dividing H--- and Sully Counties. After his --- was staked out, Mr Hunsley moved his family out th--- make their new home. While --- living in the two tents, but --- own land, they built a subst--- sod house of three rooms --- bedrooms and a large --- room. The walls and ceiling --- boarded up and it had a --- floor. There was a window --- each bedroom, and two in --- large living room. It was a warm and comfortable h---. Mr Hunsley plowed up the --- with his one horse and the cow --- hitched together to the --- or sometimes with the h--- alone. The family encount--- many difficulties - finding wo--- help out with the necessities of life, getting to and from pl--- and keeping the home --- burning, but they always see--- to manage very well and always had plenty to eat and a g--- comfortable house. The child--- walked four miles each way --- and from school, but that did --- interfere with their regular attendance, nor with their performing the assigned chores --- home. The first years they had to haul water in barrels, using --- horse and the cow as a team to pull the load."
      [the obituary continues with a description of Kathryn Husley's life].

      By 1900 Joseph Hunsley had apparently died and Sarah had married the George Everett mentioned above - see his Notes for more on this.


    Person ID I167  Hunsley
    Last Modified 23 Jan 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  [2
    Family ID F40  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah WHITELAM,   b. Sep 1847, Scotton, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1921, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married 6 Mar 1867  Gainsborough RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
     1. John Simon HUNSLEY,   b. Mar 1869, Wombwell, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Mary Jane HUNSLEY,   b. Jun 1871, Barnsley RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Betsy Ellen HUNSLEY,   b. Jun 1874, Barnsley RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1944, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years)
     4. Joseph William HUNSLEY,   b. Jun 1876, Barnsley RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1940, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 63 years)
     5. Thomas Edward HUNSLEY,   b. Mar 1878, Barnsley RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Arthur James HUNSLEY,   b. 3 Nov 1879, Barnsley RD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Kathryn Daisy HUNSLEY,   b. 2 Nov 1881, Springfield, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1981, Pierre, Hughes County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 99 years)
     8. Walter HUNSLEY,   b. 4 May 1884, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F42  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] BMD index, Q1 1850 Glanford Brigg 14/396. (Reliability: 3).

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

    3. [S2] BMD index, Q1 1867 Gainsborough 7a/865. (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S12] IGI, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 ," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NVBY-192 : accessed 20 Nov 2013), Joseph Hunsley and Sarah Whitelam, 06 Mar 1867. (Reliability: 3).