Landmark, Journal of the Waukesha County Historical Society, Autumn/Winter 1996, V.39, No.3,4. Waukesha County Historical Society, P.O. Box 833, Waukesha WI 53187-0833. 68 pp. $4 plus $1.50 p&h. Make check payable to "Waukesha County Museum Store".
This double journal issue of the Waukesha County Historical Society is different from our normal book review but well worth your consideration. Jean Jolliffe, our November speaker, brought this resource to our attention.
The impetus for the journal was the 1850 diary of George Davey who sailed from Padstow, Cornwall, to Quebec on the barque Belle. George later settled in Ottowa, Waukesha County, Wisconsin. It is rare to have a second diary for the same journey but Richard Rundell provides us with another viewpoint of the trip. The rest of the journal is a collection of articles: The Cornish in Southeastern Wisconsin; The Cornish in Southwest Wisconsin; The Barque Belle of Padstow; The Ghost Ships: Insured by Lloyd's of London; The Perils of the Sea: The Immigrant Experience in 1850; The Port of Quebec; Who were the Bible Christians?; A profile of George Davey and his family; Profiles: Temperance Meeting aboard the Belle.
This collection of papers is a fascinating study of what can be done with different aspects of an immigrant's journey and life. The ship and ship-board life, the traveling companions and their place of origin, plus their journey upon arrival in the US are all examined. The impact of their religious experience in Cornwall and the U.S. is also examined. This is the type of material you need to locate to put flesh on your ancestors vital statistics. The article bibliographies will lead you into further research on the journey and life of your ancestors.
The journal could have been improved by the inclusion of a name and place index. That way the single references to Bluett, Cornish, and other surnames I know of being researched by our members would be easily found. A good, inexpensive purchase with a lot of great material.
Reviewed by Paul Milner
BIGWILL v.3 no.6, 1996