If you've just happened upon this series, you may want to start at the beginning - go to the labels listed below on the right, select Margaret's Envelope and start with Post 1 - you don't want to miss a thing!
The next few items I find in Margaret's Envelope were actually tucked away in her prayer book. These items remind she and John of their separate families and no doubt, of "home".
This card is a memorial card for Patrick Bellew. Patrick was the father of John Bellew.
Patrick Bellew was born in about 1864 in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland. His wife was Elizabeth Hall. She was born in about 1864 in Preston, Lancashire, England.
Together this couple had the following children:
James Bellew b. Jan-Mar 1888, d. Jan-Mar 1888 Preston
John William Bellew b. 1889 Preston, d. 1968 Maryland USA
William Bellew b. 1891, d. 1910 Preston
James Bellew b. Jan-Mar 1893 d. Apr-Jun 1893 Preston
Frances Bellew b. 1894, d. 1951 Preston
Mary Bellew b. Jan-Mar 1897, d. Jul-Sep 1898 Preston
Isabella Bellew b. 15 Nov. 1900 Preston, d. 14 Nov 1993 Rockville Maryland USA
Patrick was a weaver at one of the mills in Preston and later a powerloom overlooker (supervisor?) at the mills (according to the 1911 census). The family lived at 180 St. George's Street in Preston. Patrick died Jun 8, 1923, only two months prior to John's arrival in the US.
When he left England only his Mother and sisters were still living. Isabella later came to the US with her husband John Turner, Frances never married.
The question I always ask when making these posts - "Do you think they knew that they'd never see their family members again?
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