Additional Information on First Generation Petworth Emigrants
During the pre-publication period, the large number of immigrants made it necessary to focus on known "clusters" of Petworth settlement, and restrict the tracing of descendants to one subsequent generation. In England, the project did not extend beyond the birth origins of the emigrants. There are still some emigrants about whom we have little or no information other than the family names included in our indexes.
Early on, we turned to the genealogy community to seek potential descendants; a good number from around the world came forward with additional family information or letters and photographs. Between 2001 and 2007, we received some new information that was too late for the book but too interesting to lose. We forwarded this material to the University of Waterloo.
Here are some brief examples:
SAGEMAN (SEDGMAN), PANNEL, NAPPER: Members of these known Petworth families from the London and Strathroy areas were involved in a horrendous boating accident on Lake St Clair in 1869.
RAPSON: Emigrant Thomas Rapson has been identified as a brother of James and William Rapson. Rumours mentioned in English Immigrant Voices, p. 217, that William later emigrated to Australia are confirmed.
MANN: From a direct descendant of Noah Mann and his son Shadrac, we learned that the emigrant family had settled in Yarmouth Township in Elgin County, whence the reference to "north street." Noah Mann died there in 1881.
VOICE: Wonderful photographs accompany new information on the Cornelius Voice family, which settled in Illinois and points west.