Sunday, January 21, 2007

Holloway, Ashover, Derbyshire

Derbyshire is a County north of London. This county holds about 100 years (at least) of Platts history. It is a beautiful area, with many farms and rural areas. However, it was also swept up in the Industrial Revolution, with mining and the manufacturing of hosiery being major markets in this area.
From 1841 to 1880, the Platts lived in the following cities: Holloway, Lea, (including Lea Bridges, a part of Lea) and Ashover. All of these cities were very close to one another and were located in the Belper District of Derbyshire. Other cities in Derbyshire that are Platts-related are Criche (where censuses state Martha Stocks Platts was from) and Matlock (where Sarah Redfern Platts came from, according to censuses).
I'll be posting the census information for the Platts in the next few blogs, from 1841 through to 1930. This should lead us from Derbyshire back to the States. Along the way, I'll point out how the Platts were both influenced by and reflect the periods that they live in.
For more information on the history of Derbyshire, visit

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Albert Platt's Birth Registry

Margaret Platts married Charles Scheel (see previous posts), and in one of the quirks of genealogy, I am able to trace her line (the Platts side) back to 1841. Because it is so rare to be able to trace back four generations at a shot, I will be taking the opportunity to do so.
I will be starting with this post on her father's birth, then moving back via family who's who until her great-grandfather in 1841 in England. I will then move forward with the Census and Directory informaiton that I have until 1930 (last US Census released), ending with Margaret & Charles' family on that census.

Albert's Birth Registry is on the center bottom, left side. Translation:
Page #216
Registration District of Wellington
Division of Guelph
Birth Registry:
No. 119 (stamped 024120)
When Born: 16th June 1873
Name: Albert John Platts
Sex: M
Name and Surname of Father: John Platts
Name and Surname of Mother: Sarah Redfern
Rank or Profession of Father: Machinist
Signature of Informant: Sarah Platts
When Registered: 24 July 1873
Name of Accoucher: Dr. McGuire
Signature of Registrar: Geo. Harry?
[No comments written]
Footer of Page:
I hereby certify the foregoing to be true and correct entries of all Births returned to me for the (1/2) year ending July 15, 1873
Given under my hand, this 28th day of July, AD 1873
John Harvey, Division Registrar of Guelph

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Family of Frank Culver and Margaret Burke

Frank Culver (abt 1828-1891) married Margaret Burke (1837-??) on 9 Sept 1862 (see previous blog).

They had the following children:

James Edward Culver (dates unknown, b. Canada)

William H. Culver (abt. 1868 - ??, b. New York)

George Culver (Nov. 1869 - ??, b. New York)

Mary C. Culver (22 Jan. 1874 - 16 Apr. 1939)
--- married to Edward C. Scheel (b. 1874); see previous blog

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Marriage of Franklin Culver and Margaret Burke

The parents of Mary Culver (wife of Edward Scheel, b. 1874) were Franklin Culver and Margaret Burke. While I have the details of their marriage (thank you!), I don't have a certficate to show you. Here is the marriage details; I will be posting their family in the next blog.

Groom Name: Franklin Culver
Birth Place: United States
Residence: Toronto
Age: 34
[Estimated birth year of groom: 1828]
Father Name: Sylvenus Culver
Mother Name: Celinda Culver

Spouse Name: Margaret Burke
Spouse's Age: 25
[Spouse Estimated Birth Year: 1837]
Spouse Birth Place: Ireland
Spouse Residence: Toronto
Spouse Father Name: John Burke
Spouse Mother Name : Catharine Burke

Marriage Date: 9 Sep 1862
Marriage Place: Toronto
Marriage County: York (Toronto)

Source Information:
Family History Library Microfilm: 1030065 and 1030066
Source: Indexed by: Genealogical Research Library and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations