Some families know a great deal about their roots; others know very little. This site is an attempt to record what I've learned about our family history. In these modern times, families tend to be scattered all over the country, if not the world. One of the goals of this web site is to help our family stay connected even though we live far apart.In fact, we'll start our journey on the island of Barbados in the British West Indies.
On this page I'll provide a little information about who I am and what inspired me to do this research. Most of this information was probably obtained from talking to living relatives and from researching public records. In the course of doing this research, I've discovered that I have many more relatives than I ever thought possible!
This is a work in progress, so please contact me if you have any information that might help round out the picture.
My name is Joe Nelson. I was born on September 14, 1921. That currently makes me 79 years of age. My birthplace is 2205 N. Philip St., North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This house on Philip street no longer exists. The entire block has been torn down. My mother was Evelyn and my father was Stanley. As to descent, I believe I am half English and half Polish. My mother was born in Camden, NJ and my father was born in Poland. My grandfather on my mothers side was born in Barbados in the West Indies. This website is devoted to following the lineage from the USA back to Barbados and on to England.
A brief description of the family tree follows. There may be mistakes and errors and these will be corrected as new knowledge becomes available.
WILLIAM HENRY THORPE was born in Barbados about 1795. In 1815 he married Marth Ann Roberts. She bore him 2 sons, SAMUEL and WILIAM HENRY(2). To avoid confusion we'll identify The father as WHT(1) and the son as WHT(2). WHT(2) was born in 1822. He married Sarah Frances Carrington in 1843. So far we know of only one child, EDWIN SMITH THORPE from this marriage. I suspect there were more children but at the moment we have no evidence. EDWIN was born in 1846. He was my grandfather.
Next we find this same WILLIAM HENRY THORPE(2) married to MARY HARTE LAYNE IN 1857. If this is true, then something happened to Sarah. Maybe death or divorce.
From this latter marriage came WILLIAM HENRY THORPE(3) born in 1857, twenty three years later this WILLLIAM HENRY THORPE (3) married a widow, ELIZABETH HART BAYLEY CUMMING and from this marriage the children are: CECIL DURNFORD, CLIFFORD and WINIFRED.
CECIL then married MARY ELLEN DEVER and had 3 children,WILLIAM HENRY THORPE(4) GWENDOLYN, and ELEANOR.
Shifting to the other side of the family we have SARAH FRANCES CARRINGTON married to WILLIAM HENRY THORPE(2) and from this marriage a child, EDWIN SMITH THORPE was born. EDWIN came to America and married MARY PAUL in 1877, They had seven children. Of these my mother EVA MAY was born in 1892. She married CHRISTOPHER KARCHER in 1911 and had 3 children: CHRISTOPHER, MARIE and JOHN. CHRISTOPHER senior died in the flu epidemic of 1919. EVELYN then married STANLEY J. NELSON in 1920. I JOSEPH EDWARD NELSON was born on Sept 14, 1921.