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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#BrickWallWednesday - James Emmett Bourne and Amelia Vaughan

Brick Wall Broken... Film at 11. Wait a minute... I dont have a film...

Anyway... Remember the brick wall I told you about a long time ago? The parents of Milly Vaughan? Well, thanks to a couple Ancestry trees, I found them. Now, don't tell me that the trees are not totally reliable... I know that. I always just rely on them for leads only. However, there it was.

Let me start at 1. My info was somewhat sketchy on Milly Vaughan and Emmett Bourne, and it was nothing but dead ends at first. While the first censuses I found on them said his name was William E. Bourne, and more reliable sources said his name was Emmett, I considered the possibility that his name may be wrong on some documents, so I changed his name on Ancestry to Emmett and then it happened. I got a leaf, er, hint. and suddenly, the walls fell down and I found some trees that listed their parents at last....

James Emmett Bourne was born on June 13, 1881, in Grayson County, Virginia, the child of JAMES BOURNE and M. STEVENSON. He married Amelia Ann Vaughan on June 19, 1901, in Wythe County, Virginia. They had 11 children during their marriage. He died on March 24, 1964, in Virginia, at the age of 82, and was buried in Cripple Creek, Virginia.  

James was about 35 when World War One started and he registered for the Old Man's Draft for World War Two in 1942.  

When Amelia Ann Vaughan was born on September 11, 1881, in Wythe County, Virginia, her father, WILLIAM VAUGHAN, was 60 and her mother, ELIZABETH F. PINION, was 30. She married James Emmett Bourne on June 19, 1901, in Wythe County, Virginia. They had 11 children during their marriage. She died on February 25, 1924, at the age of 42.   

1910 CENSUS  
Name:William E Baurne
[William E Bourne] 
Age in 1910:28
Birth Year:abt 1882
Home in 1910:Honley, Wythe, Virginia
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital Status:Married
Spouse's Name:Melia A Bourne
Father's Birthplace:Virginia
Mother's Birthplace:Virginia
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
William E Baurne28
Melia A Bourne26
Minnie L Bourne8
Willie M Bourne7
Eller E Bourne4
Ruth M Bourne3
William J R Bourne1

AMELIA was called Melia in the 1910 census and my great grandma Vennie was called Minnie. Censuses are often a little wrong, but this census led me to believe his name was William and searches for William and Melia were fruitless. An Ancestry tree listed Milly as Amelia, a name I had suspected to be her real name all along. 

Amelia Vaughan married J. E. Bourne in 1901. 
Name:J. E. Bourne
Marital Status:Single
Birth Date:1880
Birth Place:Grayson Co., VA
Marriage Date:19 Jun 1901
Marriage Place:Wythe County, Virginia
Father:Jas. Bourne
Mother:M. Stevenson
Spouse:Amelia Vaughn
FHL Film Number:34255
Reference ID:p71 L20

James Emmett Bourne was the son of Jas. Bourne and M. Stevenson and Amelia was the d/o Wm. Vaughan and Elizabeth Pinion.   

Funny how one little leaf can bust through a brick wall, isnt it? 

Friday, June 12, 2015


Sir Thomas Cooke was born 1422 Romford, Essex, England and died 1478 in London, Middlesex, England. His parents were Robert Cooke (1392-1423) and Katherine Cooke (1396-1422).
In 1453, he married Elizabeth Maplas (1426-1484), daughter of Philip Malpas and Julian Machyn, in London, Middlesex, England.
With Elizabeth, he had the following children:
  • John Cooke, b. 1440 in England
  • Philip Cooke, b. 1448 at Giddy or Gidea Hall, Essex, England; m. 1472; d. 1497 at Romford, Essex, England
  • Thomas Cooke, b. 1452 at Giddy or Gidea Hall, Essex, England
  • William Cooke, b. 1456 at Romford, Essex, England; d. 1478 at Romford
  • Thomas Cooke (2nd), b. 1458 at Romford; d. 1478
  • Joan Cooke, b. 1460 at Giddy or Gidea Hall, Sussex, England; d. October 15, 1515
  • John Cooke, b. 1462 at Romford, Essex, England; d. August 20, 1485 at Romford
  • Sir Phillip John Cooke, b. 1473 at Giddy or Gidea Hall, Essex, England; d. October 10, 1516 at London, Middlesex, England
Thomas' father, Robert Cooke, is listed in some genealogies as being Lord Mayor of London. His name does not appear on the official list of Lord Mayors maintained by the office of the Lord Mayor, which can be viewed here. It is probable that he has been confused by some genealogists with his Thomas, who did indeed serve as Lord Mayor of London in 1462.


Thomas Cooke, Lord Mayor of London is your 18th great grandfather.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols 
his father →  James "Jim" Ira Nichols 
his father →  Ezekiel H. Nichols 
his father →  John Nichols 
his father → Isaac Henderson Nichols, Sr. 
his father →  Isaac Nichols 
his father →  William Nichols 
his father →  Margery Nichols 
his mother →  William C Cox 
her father →  John Cox, I 
his father →  Thomas Cox, West Jersey Proprietor 
his father →  Thomas Cox, Yeoman of Cheltenham 
his father →  Robert Cocke 
his father →  Robert Cocke, I 
his father →  John Cocke 
his father →  Thomas Cocke 
his father →  Thomas W Cocke 
his father →  William Cocke 
his father →  Thomas Cooke, Lord Mayor of London 
his father

Friday, June 5, 2015

Sir John Savage, Lord of Clifton and Cheshire #FamilyHistoryFriday

Sir John Savage, Lord of Clifton and Cheshire
1422 - 1495

Sir John Savage was born in Clifton, Cheshire, England, died in Macclesfield Park, England. He was the son of John Savage and Elizabeth Eleanor Brereton. He married Katherine Stanley (1430-1498) in 1447 in Clifton, Cheshire, England. She was born in Stanley, Derbyshire, England, and died in Clifton, Cheshire, England
In addtion to their eldest son John this couple also had:
Thomas Savage, bishop of Rochester 1492, then London 1497, then Archbishop of York 1501 and died 1508, his body being buried at York and his heart at Macclesfield in Cheshire, where he built a chapel at the side of the church and intended to have a college there:
Sir Homphrey Savage
Lawrence Savage
James Savage;
Sir Edmund Savage, knighted in 1544, on Sunday, May 18, at Butterden, Scotland
Christopher Savage
William Savage
George Savage
Richard Savage
Katherine, married Thomas Legh of Adlington in Cheshire, Esq., in 1479.


  1. [Private] is the son of Pops Nichols.
  2. Pops is the son of May C. Nichols.
  3. May is the daughter of Daniel J. Collins.
  4. Daniel is the son of John H. Collins.
  5. John is the son of Elizabeth Collins.
  6. Elizabeth is the daughter of Abner Booth.
  7. Abner is the son of Isaac A. Booth.
  8. Isaac is the son of George Booth.
  9. George is the son of Stephen Booth.
  10. Stephen is the son of Joseph D. Booth.
  11. Joseph is the son of Joseph D. Booth.
  12. Joseph is the son of Richard T. Booth.
  13. Richard is the son of Richard Booth.
  14. Richard is the son of William Booth.
  15. William is the son of Elizabeth Done.
  16. Elizabeth is the daughter of Edmund Trafford.
  17. Edmund is the son of Margaret Honford.
  18. Margaret is the daughter of John Savage.
  19. John, therefore, is the 16th great grandfather of Raymond.



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