My Grandmother emigrated to the USA and may have been a cook to the Roosevelt's
I never knew my Father or his family and while researching that side I was given a news paper article on my Grandmother, which stated that to prevent working in the cotton Mills in Carlisle, she emigrated in 1900 to the US to look after her aunt & uncle's children. On arrival she was told her uncle had died and that the family could pay to keep her so she would have to work in the Cotton Mills in Fall River. After a while she ran away and was taken in by one of the Mill owners who had her trained as a cook.
Whilw in the US she married a Frederick Ormston, who died while she was pregnant. She gave birth to a son who she called Frederick. Her inlaws took charge of the child and sent her back into service. She became a cook for a Boston Boys school and is suposed to have eneded up as a cook for the Roosvelt's. She received a letter from the Inlaws stating that the child had died, so she returned to the UK where she finally married my Grandfather.
I knew the date could not be true as she was in the UK 1901 census with her father & siblings. Then I fould her on a ship from Liverpool heading to Boston and the arrival in Boston age 15 years 10 months with less than £1 in her purse and heading for Fall River.
I found the family she was going to live with in several of the US census records and there was no record of her Uncle after 1900, so that confirmed he could have died, but no sign of my Grandfather in any of the census records.
I also found the Ormston family living in Fall River, which I was sure was the family she married into, but was puzzled that a Frederick Ormston was shown on the 1920.30 & 40 US census, who would have been the right age as my Grandmothers child (is it possable he did not die ?). On being contacted by one of the Ormston line they insisted that Frederick was the son of Elizabeth (Sister of my Grandmothers husband), but they could not provide a birth record to prove it and insisted that they were not the family my Grandmother had married into.
Thanks to the New Familysearch web site, which now has copies of original documents. I found the Marriage, Frederick's death and the birth of the son, which confirmed that my Grandmother had married into that family and that the child on the census records was my Grandmother's. It would appear that this Elizabeth had brought the child up as her son and they had lied about his death.
This just leaves that last part of the story to prove, where did she work? why is she not in the US 1910 census and did she become a cook for the Roosvelt's. I dodn't know if I will ever get an answer to these questions, but could I have cousins in the US as the 1940 census shows Frederick as married and with a daughter.