My name is Moira Allen, I am just beginning to research my family
history. My Dad is George Riley (87 and still going strong!). He is
the son of George Riley and Mabel May Carroll. Mabel May is the
daughter of Adelaide (?surname) and James Carroll. James Carroll
was 44 yrs old at the 1901 census. He was born on the Island of St
Helena, and died in London 1942. None of the family knew of my
Grandfathers heritage, and so now, I am hoping to knock their socks
off with even more information.
James Carroll worked as a ships carpenter, and it looks as if he was
at sea rather than working at port.
Given that James was 44 in 1901, that would put his birth year at
1857 (give or take). In 1901 he had children aged 17 (Bernard); 16
(Mabel May); 14 (Florence); 11 (Frederick).
If I assume James left St Helena as an apprentice ships carpenter,
then he would have been 16 in 1873. His oldest son was born in Kent
in 1883/4. My next job is to look to see if there are any ships
records that refer to James.
I am very interested to find out about James' parents, and can find
Carroll as listed on Christine Adams list from the East India
Company records. These are dated to 1814, I want to fill in the
missing link sto see which of these Carrolls is my ancestor.
I am having a ball. Any advice or info. Any new relations. Love to
hear from you.
Moira and the Carroll Family