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Samuel HENRY

Male 1787 - 1871  (83 years)


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  • Name Samuel HENRY 
    Born 16 Aug 1787  Slavenagh, County Antrim, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 28 Jun 1821  Baltimore, Baltimore County, MD Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Religion Presbyterian 
    Died Jun 1871  Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Allegheny Cemetery, Allegheny County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Tepper, Michael H., Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Baltimore, 1820-1834, Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1982, p. 267:

      NAMES OF PASSENGERS: HENRY, E.
      AGE: 33
      SEX: F
      OCCUPATIONS: Farmer
      COUNTRY TO WHICH THEY BELONG: Ireland
      COUNTRY THEY INTEND TO INHABIT: U.S.A.
      SHIPS/DATES OF ARRIVAL: Meridian 30 Jun [18]21 Q

      NAMES OF PASSENGERS: HENRY, E.
      AGE: 4
      SEX: M
      OCCUPATIONS:
      COUNTRY TO WHICH THEY BELONG: Ireland
      COUNTRY THEY INTEND TO INHABIT: U.S.A.
      SHIPS/DATES OF ARRIVAL: Meridian 30 Jun [18]21 Q

      NAMES OF PASSENGERS: HENRY, S.
      AGE: 33
      SEX: M
      OCCUPATIONS: Farmer
      COUNTRY TO WHICH THEY BELONG: Ireland
      COUNTRY THEY INTEND TO INHABIT: U.S.A.
      SHIPS/DATES OF ARRIVAL: Meridian 30 Jun [18]21 Q

      NAMES OF PASSENGERS: HENRY, S., JR.
      AGE: 2
      SEX: M
      OCCUPATIONS: Farmer
      COUNTRY TO WHICH THEY BELONG: Ireland
      COUNTRY THEY INTEND TO INHABIT: U.S.A.
      SHIPS/DATES OF ARRIVAL: Meridian 30 Jun [18]21 Q

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      Q = Quarterly abstracts. The date preceding the symbol is the quarter ending date.

      (2) Samuel HENRY was a fellow passenger of James GILCHRIST, the 2nd great-grandfather of the compiler's wife, on the ship Meridian from Belfast, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] to Baltimore, MD in 1821. The following information regarding Samuel HENRY is set forth in Davidson, Elizabeth M., Annals of Old Wilkinsburg and Vicinity, Wilkinsburg, PA: Group for Historical Research, 1940, pp. 222-224:

      SAMUEL HENRY

      SAMUEL HENRY came to Wilkinsburg in 1849. We know he had a grocery store in what we now call the Webster Avenue district of Pittsburgh, but we do not know just when he gave up weaving as a trade. The Pittsburgh directory of 1839 lists him as a grocer on Coal Lane above O'Hara Street.

      He continued to conduct a grocery store in Wilkinsburg in the lower part or half cellar part of the house, which, like many houses in the Pittsburgh district today, was set in the side of a hill. In the odd moments of the day he could cultivate the vegetable and flower gardens and look after the raspberry and currant bushes and the fruit trees. Of course, there was a grape arbor just outside the doorway; and in the garden the coral or trumpet honeysuckle, ribbon grass, and trumpet vines, and an Osage orange hedge along the boundary line. We transplanted many of the plants from my grandfather's garden and for many years enjoyed the beauty of the single petal or pasture-roses.

      Samuel Henry's father and son, each called Samuel Henry, died when rather young, the former in Slavenagh, County Antrim, Ireland and the latter in Havana, Cuba, while helping to install a lighting system for the city streets. The father of Samuel Henry had kept a diary, which we treasure highly, and so it was only natural that his son should also keep a diary. From the records we find he "sold his father's farm August 3, 1820 to Thos. Simpson, auctioned our crops, stock, farming utensils and household furniture on 6th of Sept. following, intending to go to America. On the first day of Novr. following, my wife got her left arm broken above the wrist and was attended by Dr. McNeil, Portlenone, who set it." According to the diary they did not leave their father-in-law's for America until Thursday morning, May 10th, 1821. "We slept two nights in Belfast and went on board of the ship Meridian on Saturday 12th for Baltimore, paying 18 guineas passage money for my wife and two children." As the Sea Journal gives a glimpse of the hardships encountered on board ship, we shall select a few of the items taken from the diary. "The ship Meridian 144 feet in length and advertised to carry 700 tons, - cargo, salt, whiskey, linen cloth, - steerage passengers 56, - cabin passengers 7, 9 sailors, a cook and steward, Captain John Staples and Siery and Erskine mates. The regulations for the steerage passengers - the fire is to be made on at 8 o'clock and to continue till ½ past 9, forenoon, and then it is to be made on at 4 in the afternoon and be put out at ½ past 5, so that all the cooking is to be made in 1 hour and a half, morning and evening. It is also requested that all steerage passengers must get their water by 6 in the morning." Having started on the 12th of May we note from the diary that they cleared out to the ocean from Cape Clear on Saturday, the 19th, the last day they saw Ireland. They overtook the Primrose from Waterford for Quebec, passed the Tuscarora from Philadelphia for Liverpool and met the Jane of Aberdeen, freighted with sugar and rum from the West Indies for London. Due to a severe storm they were driven southwest 1062 miles so that they were 47 days crossing the ocean, and when they reached the Chesapeake Bay they could well say, "the pilot came on board to our great satisfaction." "Monday, 25 June, we cast anchor at the foot of the Chesapeake Bay for want of wind and the tide being against us. Thursday 28 of June, 1821, in the afternoon we first set foot on Columbus land, City of Baltimore."

      During the eleven months spent in Baltimore, Samuel Henry was busy weaving, for he states that he sold eleven linen shirts. Thursday, 9th of May, 1822, they left Baltimore for Pittsburgh, "paying $2 per hundred for hauling to John Lang, Scotchman. We were civily used on the way both by the wagoners and those with whom we lodged. We had good weather all the time. We had tolerable good health except a spell that I had. We paid 12 cents a night for our bed. We arrived in Pittsburgh on Wednesday 22nd of May, 1822, in the afternoon. We met with a kind reception with friends. We stopped near 5 months in Smithfield St. in house of Mr. Robinson at $1.25 per month of rent and Oct. 14th, 1822 we moved to Mr. Arthurs and pay $2 per month rent and am employed at weaving satinet and broadcloth for him."

      Erasmus Wilson's "History of Pittsburgh" has several references relative to the Arthurs Factory. Page 208 - "Arthurs and Murphy, partners in the fulling business, dissolved in August, 1815 and James Arthurs continued alone." Page 229 - "James Arthurs and Sons, Steam Cotton Factory on Strawberry, near Cherry Alley, contained in 1825, one throatle of 120 spindles, one mule of 168 spindles and was principally employed in the manufacture of fine yarns. 12 hands employed in the cotton factory. Adjoining was the woolen factory owned by them, where a large country business was done and cassinets were made."

      Samuel Henry was a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Wilkinsburg. Born August 16, 1787, and died June 1871. He is buried in Allegheny Cemetery, near the Butler Street entrance.

      (3) A household headed by Samuel Henry is listed in the 1830 census of Pitt Township, Allegheny County, PA.

      Listed in Samuel's household are 1 free white male between 10 and 15 years of age; 1 free white male between 40 and 50 years of age; 1 free white female under 5 years of age; 2 free white females between 5 and 10 years of age; and 1 free white female between 30 and 40 years of age.

      Assuming that Samuel is the free white male listed in the 1830 census as then being between 40 and 50 years of age, he would have been born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1830 census.

      Assuming that Samuel's wife is the free white female listed in the 1830 census as then being between 30 and 40 years of age, she would have been born between 1790 and 1800, according to the 1830 census.

      Assuming that the other persons in Samuel's household are children of Samuel and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of 1 son (which son would have been born between 1815 and 1820, according to the 1830 census) and 3 daughters (1 of which daughters would have been born between 1825 and 1830, and 2 of which daughters would have been born between 1820 and 1825, according to the 1830 census).

      (4) A household headed by Samuel Henry is listed in the 1840 census of Pitt Township, Allegheny County, PA.

      Listed in Samuel's household are 1 free white male between 50 and 60 years of age; 1 free white female between 10 and 15 years of age; 2 free white females between 15 and 20 years of age; and 1 free white female between 50 and 60 years of age.

      Since only 1 male is listed in Samuel's household in the 1840 census, he must be that male. He was born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1840 census.

      Assuming that Samuel's wife is the free white female listed in the 1840 census as then being between 50 and 60 years of age, she would have been born between 1780 and 1790, according to the 1840 census.

      Assuming that the other persons in Samuel's household are children of Samuel and/or his wife, those children would have consisted of 3 daughters (1 of which daughters would have been born between 1825 and 1830, and 2 of which daughters would have been born between 1820 and 1825, according to the 1840 census).

      (5) A household headed by Samuel Henry is listed in the 1850 census of Wilkins Township, Allegheny County, PA.

      Samuel is listed in the 1850 census as a merchant who was then 63 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, he was born in about 1787. According to the 1850 census, he was born in Ireland.

      Listed with Samuel is his wife, Elenor, who was then 63 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, she was born in about 1787. According to the 1850 census, she was born in Ireland.

      Also listed with Samuel is his daughter, Elisa A., who was then 27 years of age; therefore, according to the 1850 census, she was born in about 1823. According to the 1850 census, she was born in PA.

      (6) A household headed by Sam HENRY is listed in the 1860 census of Wilkins Township, Allegheny County, PA.

      Sam is listed in the 1860 census as a shoe maker who was then 72 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, he was born in about 1788. According to the 1860 census, he was born in PA.

      Listed with Sam is his wife, Ellen, who was then 72 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1788. According to the 1860 census, she was born in PA.

      Also listed with Sam is his daughter, Eliza A., who was then 28 years of age; therefore, according to the 1860 census, she was born in about 1932. According to the 1860 census, she was born in PA.

      (7) A household headed by Samuel HENRY is listed in the 1870 census of Wilkins Township, Allegheny County, PA.

      Samuel is listed in the 1870 census as a retired farmer who was then 82 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, he was born in about 1788. According to the 1870 census, he was born in Ireland.

      Also listed with Samuel is his wife, Eleanor, who was then 82 years of age; therefore, according to the 1870 census, she was born in about 1788. According to the 1870 census, she was born in Ireland.

      Also listed with Samuel is an apparently unrelated housekeeper.

      (8) http://webcemeteries.com/allegheny/webcem/name_results.asp:

      Allegheny Cemetery

      Cemetery Records

      SAMUEL HENRY
      Born: Unknown
      Died: 1871
      Section: 7
      Lot: 90
      Grave: 1
    Person ID I19194  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 

    Family Eleanor (HENRY),   b. Abt 1788, Ireland [now Northern Ireland] Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1873, Wilkinsburg, Allegheny County, PA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2018 14:55:00 
    Family ID F8552  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart