Uglow Family History

Uglows in the Isle of Man

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Snaefell Lead Mine, Isle of Man

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Family 1: Thomas Pickard and Margaret Kelly

Thomas Pickard 1839 is the son of Emanuel 1815 and Jane and the grandson of Thomas 1788 and Elizabeth Burden. He is born in Lamerton. In 1851 he is living with his parents in Lamerton.

He travels first to the Cleveland iron mines in Yorkshire and then later to the Isle of Man, working as a lead miner. He marries Margaret Kelly born 1837 in Rushen. The wedding is in the Isle of Man in 1876. In 1881, he [but spelt Ueglow] is living with Margaret and daughter at the Level, an inn, in Rushen, just a couple of doors from his brother, John. Father in law, John Kelly, is also living there. By 1891, they are living with Robert Creer Cretney(?) in Castletown. He is a bank agent - Margaret is the housekeeper, Thomas the caretaker and Lavinia is a dressmaker.

Perhaps Thomas felt mining was a yong man's game but by 1897 he had been forced (?) to go back down the pit. He was close to death in the Snaefell Lead Mine disaster in May 1897 - he is on the shift but delays with John Quayle to get some dynamite. The others got ahead of them and Quayle raises the alarm to say the mine was on fire (Isle of Man Examiner 15th May 1897: list of the dead.) In the report on the inquest on the 26th May 1897, the Daily News reported that Thomas Uglow testified and said that he had met men returning who had said that the mine was on fire. He noticed a thick blue smoke but it did not smell as from burning wood. Her thought that it was a gas that came from the earth and that he had seen a similar gas when working in the Cleveland Iron mines in Yorkshire. He had never had cause to complain of the ventilation.

In 1901 he is at the Parade, Malew, Castletown where he is a servant to Robert Crew. Margaret and Lavinia are living at 38, Crofts, Marown, Castleton with Margaret's elderly aunt and uncle - Margaret is the housekeeper and Lavinia a domestic servant. in the census. The Isle of Man burials tells us Thomas dies in August 1905 in Malew aged 64. Margaret dies in April 1914, also in Malew.

    • daughter Lavinia 1876 born in Rushen in the Isle of Man. In 1881 she is with her parents in Rushen and in 1901 at 38, Crofts, Marown, Castleton with her mother's elderly aunt and uncle - Lavinia a domestic servant. She marries James Condon in May 1902 in Malew.
    • daughter Catherine Blanche1878 born in Arbory in the Isle of Man but dies aged 1 month

Family 2: John and Isabella Taggart

John 1841 is the son of Emanuel 1815 and Jane and the grandson of Thomas 1788 and Elizabeth Burden. He is born in Lamertonson. In 1851 he is living with his parents in Lamerton.

He travels to the Isle of Man, working as a lead miner. He marries Isabella Taggart in Arbory, the Isle of Man in 1871. In the 1881, the census tells us that she was born in 1847 in Santon, Isle of Man and she is a lead miner's wife, living in Lergogh, Rushen. There is no sign of John in the 1881 census - presumably travelling. He returns as son Thomas is born in 1883 - the family emigrate to the USA on the 'City of Richmond' leaving Liverpool for New York, arriving there on 10th November 1883. More speculatively, there is a record of Isabella Uglowin the Colorado census in 1885 and perhaps that's where the family end up. Also we have an IGI record of Isabella Uglow (albeit suggesting born in 1837 in Devonport) dying in 1885.

    • son John W 1877 born in Rushen. He emigrated at some point to California and died before 1918. His widow was Lila A Pengety who was born about 1884 in England. She was living and had remarried by the time of the 1920 Census in Sacramento California, but has 3 Uglow daughters, Arlah born around 1904, Winifred born around 1906 and Evelyn born about 1908. The census tells us that their father was born in the Isle of Man
    • daughter Margaret A 1880 born in Rushen but travels to the USA in 1883
    • son Thomas Henry R 1883 born in Rushen but travels to the USA in 1883
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