Our heritage reaches England, Scotland, Prussia (Germany), and Ireland, and wherever else I haven’t explored, and records from overseas can be a little intimidating. I have access but learning about the family before arriving to the US is a huge undertaking, especially since I haven’t completed the histories of them here in the US.
I’ve learned from census records that William and Sarah (Mumford) Fogg where both born in England, he in 1861 and she 1860, as well as their son Harry Fogg born 1876, my great-grandfather. Harry Fogg is the husband of Clara Nadolny and both are the parents of Clarissa Alwina Fogg my mother’s mother.
Harry and parents arrived to the U.S. in 1883 when he was just age 7. By 1889 Harry shared his childhood with brothers George and John and sister Mary E Fogg. Harry was 13 at the time his youngest sibling John was born. In 1900 Harry and family lived in Norwich, Connecticut. Harry was 24. He and father William both worked in a woolen mill, Harry as a sorter and father William as a finisher.
There are two 1900 U.S. Census records for Harry Fogg. One is from his residence on June 11, 1900 and the other is record of the William Backus Hospital on June 9, 1900. where Harry was a patient that day. Recorded on that page was his immigration year 1883, his birth date Jan. 1876, his age 24, and his employment as a wool sorter the same as his home records documented on the 11th of June, 1900. What wasn’t documented on the census was Harry’s address, however, on the hospital record it revealed the street name of his residence…Yantic Ct, Norwich, Connecticut.
Harry hadn’t married his future wife Clara Nadolny until about 1915, in fact by 1910 the family relocated to Holyoke, Hampden, Massachusetts on Maple Street. Harry was age 35. He was a wool sorter in Holyoke and his father, my great, great-grandfather was a “weigher,” also at the woolen mill. It is unclear what inspired the family to move to Holyoke, perhaps employment, what is also unclear is how Harry managed to marry Clara after he had moved away.
Clara was born in Connecticut in June of 1884 after her parents August and Annie Nadolny arrived from Prussia. In 1900 Clara was age 16 and worked at a wire mill, ok so it doesn’t seem as though Harry and Clara met at work. By 1910 Clara Nadolny and family were still living in Norwich, Connecticut. Clara at age 26 was working in a wire mill, ten years same employment. I have read that working in these mills introduced hard long hours for very low pay.
In 1920 Harry, Clara and daughter Alwina (Clarissa) Fogg at age 5 appear on the census living in Barre, Worcester, Massachusetts. Harry was 42 and Clara 35. Harry married Clara despite the distance between them. The three relocated back to Norwich, Connecticut by 1930. Harry was age 54, Clara 45, and young Clarissa Alwina Fogg 16. Harry was working in a cotton mill, Clara remained home to keep house, and Clarissa was at school.
The story of Harry and Clara Fogg could be a pick of many. My version is that in 1900 when Harry was 24 and Clara 16 both lived in Norwich, Connecticut. They knew each other from that time and later married even though Harry had moved away to Holyoke, Massachusetts. The two moved back to Norwich after having daughter Clarissa. Soon after relocating to Norwich, daughter Clarissa began her courtship with future husband Howard Taber.
Weaving in Yorkshire, Maggie Land Blanck http://www.maggieblanck.com/Land/WE.html Retrieved on October 23, 2011
Textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, WikipediA http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Textile_manufacture_during_the_Industrial_Revolution Retreived on October 23, 2011
Abandoned Mills: A Paradox of Opportunity and Danger, N.Y. Times By JANE GORDON Published: January 8, 2006, Published: January 8, 2006 http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C00E7DC1F30F93BA35752C0A9609C8B63, retrieved October 23, 2011