Friday, October 31, 2014

The Divided Funeral of Charles Daniel Juchau and Ann (Wagstaff) Juchau

Came across this article in the San Francsico Call (17 November 1904) that features an interesting detail of the funerals of Charles Daniel Juchau and his wife Ann (Wagstaff) Juchau--a divided funeral. Charles had been ill and dying and died unaware that his wife Ann had fallen ill and actually passed away the day before he passed away. Ann died 18 September 1904. Charles died 19 September 1904.

The following article from the San Francisco Call focuses on the fact that they belonged to separate religions and had a double, yet divided, funeral.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Land of the Sky-Blue Water

Back in 1963 Dr. Russell R. Rich, a BYU professor, reworked his master's thesis from BYU and published it as Land of the Sky-Blue Water: A History of the L.D.S. Settlement of the Bear Lake Valley. I've read this work and it is a fine little history and a great resource.

Now this resource has been made even more widely available, now that it has been digitized and published as part of FamilySearch Books: Land of the Sky-Blue Water.

Happy reading!

Monday, February 25, 2013

James Juchau, Two Sarahs and a Mary Ann

In the records there is a James Juchau born in 1769 to Thomas and Elizabeth Archer Juchau.

James married Sarah Milton in 1809 and they proceeded to have nine children from 1810 to 1832.

James was 40 years old when he married Sarah, so there is a strong possibility that he had been previously married. On FamilySearch James is listed with three wives in succession: Sarah Fry from 1787 to 1796; Mary Ann Banks somewhere between the Sarahs and Sarah Milton from 1809 until James passed away in 1852.

The birth dates of the children fit together nicely and the geography is very tight through all three families; however, there's a major problem in the profession of the James of the earliest births and that of all the later births. The first was an Attorney--the latter a Paviour. Hardly a common career path.

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This data is culled from the baptismal registers recording the birth & baptism of each of these children.

My question is: are there additional documents which might clarify whether we have one, two, or three different James's in these baptismal records?

Monday, April 25, 2011

Charles Daniel's Parentage

Charles Daniel Juchau was born to Lewis Charles Juchau and Martha Dugdale on 29 May 1822 in Saint Luke Old Street, Middlesex, England. He was the oldest of at least 11 children.

The following is Charles' christening record, dated September 28, 1823. He was christened at the same time as his younger sister, Martha. Martha had been born on August 28.

Source: St. Luke Old Street Parish (Middlesex, England),  Register of Baptisms,  London Metropolitan Archives, London, P76/LUK, item 012; digital images, Ancestry, London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906, (

Lewis and Martha were married by banns two years earlier on August 5, 1821 in St. Giles without Cripplegate, London, England. Both were living in the parish. Lewis is listed as a bachelor and Martha as spinster. Here is a copy of the marriage entry.

Source: St Giles Cripplegate Parish (London, England), Marriages, 1817-1825, P69/GIS/A/01/Ms 6421/5,  London Metropolitan Archives, London; digital images, Ancestry, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 ( 

I'm not sure how significant it might be that Lewis and Martha were married in one parish and began having children in another--the localities are close to one another and I believe that it may be simply that both were living with their families prior to the marriage and they moved into a place of their own once they were married.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Where were the children born? (Part 2)

Susannah (Deighton) Juchau passed away on 21 Jun 1854 at Marketplace in Isle of Thanet, Kent, England. Isle of Thanet is not an island although it once was hundreds of years ago. What once was the River Wanstrum grew narrower and narrower and silted up. Susannah had been born at St. Neots up north of London, married Charles in Hoxton, Middlesex, and then passed away out on an Eastern tip of England. Why was she there? Perhaps she had not been well and had traveled to Thanet for her health. Exactly one year later Charles remarried to Ann Wagstaff in Clerkenwell, Middlesex, England and several months emigrated to the United States, settling first in New York City and later moving to Deep River, Connecticut.

Ann gave birth to twins on 21 Sep 1857 in Deep River, Middlesex, Connecticut: Charles Lewis and Annie Maria Juchau. Annie was stillborn and was buried the same day in "Free Ground" in the Fountain Hill Cemetery. Charles Lewis lived for over two years before passing away on 20 Sep 1859. He was likewise buried in "Free Ground" of the Fountain Hill Cemetery on the day of his death. The loss of each of these children must have been heartbreaking.

Soon after the loss of Lewis, the family returned to New York City. They are living at 18 Eldredge in the 1860 City Directory of New York. In 1865 they're living at 158 Prince and in 1866 at 153 Prince. We currently do not know what address they were living at on 23 Aug 1862 when Annie Louise was born, but it was very likely one of these two or another address in southern Manhattan.

See the Google Map Juchau Homes and Haunts for a map showing these locations.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Where were the children born? (Part 1)

In a previous post I discussed where Charles and Susannah were married. Let's look at where the children were born. Charles and Susannah had three girls.

Susannah was born 6 Dec 1845 at 7 Johns Row in the Registration District of Saint Luke Middlesex. She was christened on 4 Jan 1846 in the Parish of Saint Luke.

Charlotte was born 14 Feb 1849 at 7 Ratcliffe Row in the Registration District of Saint Luke Middlesex. She was christened on 11 Mar 1849 also in the Parish of Saint Luke.

Mary Ann was born 28 Dec 1853 at 28 Arlington Street in the Registration District of Goswell Street, Middlesex. Due to the fact that Charles and Susannah were baptized into the LDS Church on 7 Jan 1851, Mary Ann was not christened in the Church of England.

I've created a small Google Map with a few locations designated at which Juchau family vital events took place.

Google Map of Juchau Homes and Haunts

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Innumerable Spellings of Juchau

In the process of researching the Juchau line I have run across an uncommonly large number of variant spelling. The most common is Juchan. I have noticed that there is much wider variation in indexes that have been created than there is in the original documents--this is probably typical of any set of surname variations.




What other variations have your seen?