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About My Family Treasure Chest - James, Falkenstrom, Kragh, Smith & Related Families
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Here in my Family Treasure Chest you'll find the family lines i've been  researching. Just to name a few - INCE, JAMES, HALE, ROBERTS, MATTHEWS, FALKENSTROM,  KRAGH, HOLM, SORENSEN, SMITH, VAUGHN, ROE, SAUNDERS, GRAY, KICHLINE, ALLSHOUSE and KISSELBACH.

They go off into many directions - Denmark, Sweden, England, Wales, Germany,  Switzerland and in the US, the east coast, particularly New Jersey & Pennsylvania

Here's a bit of where the families lived in America:

My Dad's family~

INCE aka JAMES - My James family in America first came to Philadelphia in 1891, and by 1893  was living in Hudson Co, NJ, moving to South Orange, Essex Co, NJ by 1903.

 In NJ - Warren, Hunterdon, Essex and Hudson Counties. Edward Smith was born  about 1810 in Still Valley, Greenwich Township, Warren Co, NJ.  In PA - Northampton County, especially Martins Creek, Lower Mount Bethel and  the Easton and Bethlehem area. Also Allentown, Lehigh Co and Wilkes Barre area in  Luzerne Conty, PA.

ALLSHOUSE - lived in Harmony Tsp, Warren Co, NJ

KISSELBACH - lived in Easton, PA & Phillipsburg area, Warren Co, NJ


My Mom's family ~

 in NJ - Perth Amboy, Fords and Metuchen, NJ - all in Middlesex County  in CT - Branford, New Haven Co.
 in ME - Bar Harbor, Hancock Co.

 Yay this mystery was solved through DNA! Turns out my great grandfather completely changed his name  from Horatio Arthur INCE to William Henry James in 1891 when marrying my great grandmother Sarah  HALE. For info please feel free to contact me - i'd be happy to share the story that sent me on a  wild goose chase for years :)

WHO IS MY MYSTERY MAN HENRY JAMES??? or is it William Henry James? Henry, b. 24 May 1855 England or Wales, was a grainer/painter. His father Robert James b. Wales, was a carpenter. Henry married Sarah Hale 6 Jul 1891 in  Kensington, London at the registrar office. Just 2 days later Henry and Sarah  sailed to America, departing Liverpool on board the Indiana, arriving in  Philadelphia 23 July 1891.

Next Henry shows up 9 May 1892 in New York City applying for his  naturalisation papers. Sarah had returned to London to give birth to their  first son where on 3 May 1892, at her parents address (85 St Clements Rd,  Kensington) she gave birth to my grandfather Henry John Robert James  (otherwise known as Harry.) Sarah returned to America that summer with their  new baby and they lived in Jersey City, NJ. Sarah made a trip back to  Kensington for the birth of their next child, Robert, who was born on 7 Jun  1894. By 1903 Henry, Sarah and children lived on Academy Street in South  Orange, Essex Co, NJ. They eventually had at least 6 children.

i haven't been able to find Henry in any of the UK census records, nor locate  his birth record. Henry's marriage certificate, as well as his first son's  birth record, lists Henry's name as William Henry James. Finding his name  William Henry came as a bit of a surprise, as i found no other family members  with the given name William. Still i haven't been able to locate him through  the name William either.

i am open to suggestions!

Family hearsay is that Henry was married prior to his marriage to Sarah to an  Irish woman possibly named Mary who lived in Jersey City, NJ and that they  came to America together. Ellis Island records show a Henry James, grainer,  proper age, on his way to Philadelphia with a woman named Catherine arriving  19 Feb 1892. Could this be him?

Henry is said to have painted murals on ships, attended military academy, had  a connection with the Isle of Wight, and a brother that worked on an ocean  liner that met disaster at sea. In New Jersey he was a master painter &  decorator. A member of an Episcopal church, its said he called for a priest  before he died, claiming to be Catholic after all those years.

He remains our mystery man - Would he happen to be a Henry of yours?




My grandmother used to tell me the story of her Uncle Theodor Holm who left  Denmark before she was born, with his wife and two children to follow a gold  rush in Australia. They were believed lost in a tidal wave. Its said that her  mother missed her brother so much she would cry just about every day for him  and named my grandmother's brother after this uncle. My great grandmother told  the story to my grandmother, who told the story to me.

Much to my surprise, the goose bump kind, I got an email from Australia this  past winter - about 127 years later - saying they think we're related. I of  course relayed the handed down story of our Holm family having been lost in a  tidal wave, for as much as I wanted it to be true, i couldn't imagine it could  be.

But amazingly it was! For recently in searching through Haderslev parish  records online, I came across the documents we needed to link the two families  together. For whatever reason the family had just lost touch and now here we  are after all these years!

And of course when i told my daughter the news, she said - but weren't they  lost in a tidal wave?

A special thank you to my new cousin Jade Hazell for finding us!!!

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