Robert William Croasdell and Kate Johnson

Robert William Croasdell was born on 16 June 1856 when his parents were living at Norton Street, Liverpool. he was baptised at St John's, Old Haymarket on 18 July - a move back to the Church of England after the Simpson Croasdells non-conformity. In the 1881 census Robert had taken over the premises at 225 Great Homer Street from his father and was described as the head of the household and a Fruiterer. With him were his sister Annie and brother-in-law Edward Wilson, a book-keeper. Also there was a visitor, Kate Johnson, a draper's assistant born in Bloomfield Sefton, Staffordshire, about 1860, daughter of Isaac. Later in 1881 Robert and Kate were married. By 1891 they had moved to 41 Leece Street and were with their first two children Robert and Reginald. Elsie May was born here shortly afterwards. Boarding with the family was Alfred Marker, a Grocer's assisitant and there was an 18 year old domestic servant. Robert was described as a Fruit Salesman (Green). Ten years later in 1901 Robert & Kate (mistakenly enumerated as Creasdell) were living at 83 Holt Hill, Birkenhead, in the parish of St Catherine, Tranmere. All four children were with them as was Kate's father Isaac Johnson, aged 72. In 1904 Robert William proved his father's will. It is likely that after this most if not all the family emigrated either to Canada or America. Certainly Walter Reginald would have been in Toronto by 1908 for his marriage. No death registrations have been found in England. Ellis Island records show that Kate Croasdell sailed to New York in 1896 on the SS Umbria, presumably on a visit, but unfortunately the Ellis Island link to her passenger records has been mis-set so the details haven't been found. Robert William also visited the USA on at least two occasions. He arrived in March 1898 on the SS Majestic, from Liverpool, and his passenger record shows that he was onward bound for Philadelphia. He had also visited Philadelphia for 6 months in 1880. The record shows that in 1898 he said he wasn't going to visit anyone and that his destination was 1937 Madison Avenue. It isn't known if any family member lived there. Robert must have travelled at least once more across the Atlantic since he died in Duval County Florida in 1944

Robert William and Kate had 4 children who survived infancy. There were possibly others who died young.



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