Sunday, 17 April 2016

Voyage to America

This is an interesting research project for a friend of the family.

Their ancestor, John Walker, was a minister in Leicestershire who kept a sporadic diary of his visits to parishes in Redford, Willoughby, Whysall and Ratcliff, amongst others from 1807-1812. 

In 1835 he travelled with his family from Ibstock, Leicestershire for Manchester and subsequently Liverpool, leaving in Sept. 1835 for America. They left Manchester on the Queen Adelaide on Sept. 27, 1835 arriving in New York Nov. 7, 1835. Unfortunately, he does not name any of his fellow passengers, but in various entries he mentions : 

'There are about 22 passengers in the other end of the vessel, chiefly the poor Irish.' He also says 'There are about one hundred of us on board and some from almost all parts, Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, &tc.'

What is particularly interesting is his record of 'Expenses to America', listed here. It gives a clear picture of what he paid for preparations for the voyage including the passage.

Sept. 17, 1835

£
s.
d.
Coach fare to Manchester
6
0
0
Bread, cheese and ale

1
6
Coachmen

5
0
Railway fare to Liverpool

16
0
Kenworthy for goods from Derby to Liverpool
2
1
6
Butcher for meat & c.
1
6
6
Baker for bread
2
12
0
Groceries, & c.
1
18
0
Porter, & c., spirits
3
8
6
Byrnes for flour, meal, eggs & c.
2
12
0
D. for Langhorn

3
0
D. for passage for 4-1/2 adults at 3£
13
10
0
Hostable money each 4/6
1
11
6
Mrs. Barnes, lodgings, tea, bed, breakfast and dinner
1
0
0
Lodgings
1
12
6
At D. & coach fare

15
0
Barnes for Tea, Bed and Breakfast

4
6
Travelling Box

4
0
Bread and Meat

10
0
TOTAL
40
12
6

Not sure what D. means, my assumption would be 'Ditto'. 
Using the National Archives converting tool, the total amount would be £1,791.56 in 2005. 
From measuringworth.com the conversion suggests £3,573.00 in 2015.

A substantial bit of money to spend on a voyage to America which I am certain Walker obtained from the sale of land and a home in Leicestershire.

On to more research of this interesting individual!

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