Miscellaneous Notes and References
Omnium-gatherum (miscellaneous collection, assortment)
This page is simply a storeroom for various bits of information that I have come across over the years but which I have not been able to associate with individuals on the family tree.
The Familysearch (IGI) website shows a marriage between Eva Louise Blunderfield and George Howard Johnson in Bell County, Texas on the 2nd January 1908 but no Eva has turned up in any of my US or Canadian Census searches. A descendant of George and Eva says there was a family story that Eva's mother was a Jewish girl but the father wasn't. The Jewish girl's parents wouldn't permit a marriage and so the child was either adopted or, another story, brought up by the father's sisters.
The maiden name of Blunderfield is clearly stated at her marriage, on the birth certificates for her own children and on her death certificate - no transcription error here! It is therefore most probable that she was brought up with that surname, meaning that it is either the name of her adopted parents or her biological father's surname. Her date of birth is given as 3rd December 1890 on her death certificate. Most documents support a birth-date around this time but the place of birth varies (5 x Ohio, 3 x Texas and 1 x Tennessee). Whenever parents details were requested (ie on Census forms), she never names a mother and only states Blunderfield for the father. Where is she in the 1900 US Federal Census?
I have identified three male Blunderfieldís, in North America, who could have been the father of Eva in 1890.
B0426 - George Edgar BLUNDERFIELD b. 8 Oct 1865 in
Norfolk, England, arrived in in 1887. He didnít marry until 1897 and then spent the rest of his life in Winnipeg Winnipeg. He could have travelled a little between 1887 and 1897.
B04FU - Alfred Thomas BLUNDERFIELD b. 28 May 1865 in
where he raised his family. He did however, have one surviving sister Mary Ann Susanna BLUNDERFIELD who could have raised Eva but she lived in Knox County, Tennessee. He didnít marry until 1897, in Missouri Kansasand didnít marry until 1894 (in Kansas), also Eva is not with them in the 1900 Census.
B04FQ - James Charles BLUNDERFIELD b. 5 Mar 1852 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Although James married Viola White-Dillard in 1875 (Texas), they later separated, possibly before 1880. When James married Laura Black in Jun 1891 (Arkansas), he was working as an inter-state engine driver, so he could have fathered Eva in early 1890 - it's even possible that Laura was the mother but had Eva adopted before they decided to marry.
George and Eva lived in Temple, Bell County, Texas after their marriage but moved to Dallas in the early 1920's. Eva was working for the Salvation Army in Dallas when she died on the 3rd September 1950. In 1926, their daughter Edna died in Dallas at the age of 17 (and already divorced!) from gunshot wounds.
Sergeant William Blunderfield - 7th Light Dragoons. William was awarded the Peninsular Medal, with clasps for the battles at Sahagun on the 21st December 1808 and at Benavente on the 29th December 1808, both near Leon in Spain. At that time, the 7th was under the command of Henry, Lord Paget. In another document, William is recorded as being present at the Battle of the Nive in Bayonne, France (9th - 13th December 1813). As he had the rank of Sergeant in 1808, it would seem reasonable to assume that he was perhaps aged between 21 and 40 years, therefore born between1768 and 1787. A possible candidate is the William Barker Blunderfield (B0658), son of William Blunderfield (B0747), who was baptised at Gt Yarmouth 26th February 1787 (See Strays Page). William Barker Blunderfield also seems to have married late (aged 36), perhaps because of his Army career.
The following question appeared in this issue of 'The Oxford Journal' 6th Aug 1881 (Page 109)
BLUNDERFIELD FAMILY - Where can I procure a copy
of the 'History of the Blunderfield Family', published, I believe, in the
Unfortunately, there was no response to the question in later issues but It does beg the question "Was there such a book"?
Blunderfield appears in the 2nd class passenger lists of the Cunard
Steamship 'Scythia', which left Liverpool on the 10th February 1922 bound for
New York. His occupation is recorded as a Priest, aged 57 (born therefore
around 1865), the country of last permanent residence was England and the
country of intended permanent residence was the USA. He gave his last address in
the UK as the Catholic Church of St John's, Fountains Road in Liverpool but this
may have just been where he lodged prior to embarkation. Who was he? I
can't find him in the UK Birth Registers or Census.
Subsequent searches have turned up a Father Laurence Blanderfield who was Pastor of The Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Mendocino, California between 1905 and 1915. In the 1881 census of Wales there is a Frederick Blanderfield, a 15 year old student at Pantasaph Monastery, who is almost certainly Charles Lewis Frederick Richard Horwood Blanderfield who was born in Bristol around May 1865. Also, the death in Thirsk, Yorkshire of a Laurence Blanderfield, aged 67 years, in 1934. A strong link between these events is a connections with the Franciscan Capuchins.
The Blunderfield name in the Cunard passenger list is therefore a spelling error.
Blunderfield - Another Murderer!
A search of Passenger and Immigration Indexes found the name of Thomas Blunderfield in the following two publications: