Category Archives: Cole family

List of Alien Passengers {Rita St Clair Cole}

The last document I wanted to share (going through recent finds) was a really interesting one I found recently. It shows a distant relation, Rita St Clair Cole who voyaged on a ship  (part  of  the  Allan  line)  to  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in October 1914.passenger lists

Unfortunately I can’t read much of the information apart from her name, that she was 22 years old and single.

I can’t read her occupation (possibly Housekeeper), her last permanent residence, name and address of nearest relative or final destination.

Wedding details of William Cole and Blanche Young

The wedding of William St Clair Cole and Blanche Elizabeth Young took place at the Parish Church in Fareham, Southampton on December 23rd 1880.

William St Clair Cole was 25 years old and a Clerk

Blanche Elizabeth Young was 23 years old, both gave their residence as Fareham

His father was Robert Cole, a Clerk on Holy Order

Her father was Alfred Young, Captain Royal Navy

The wedding was witnessed by Mansel Young and Grace Amy Young, the brides’ brother and sister

Blanche Young was the sister of my great-grand-father, Mansel Young


Immigration and emigration records

Ancestry recently gave free access to worldwide immigration and emigration records from the UK, North America, Australia, Europe and several other popular destinations. The records included passenger lists, naturalisation records, immigrant registers and convict transportation lists.

I don’t have a paid Ancestry subscription at the moment as I really can’t justify the price. I received an email reminder about the records last night and managed to squeeze in an hour of searching before free access ended.

I found a couple of records of interest:

1. Border Crossings from Canada to US [year?]

  • Rita St Clair Cole
  • age 22
  • occupation Housekeeper
  • Last permanent residence – illegible
  • The name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien comes – illegible
  • Final destination – illegible

2. UK Incoming passenger lists

  • Name of ship Briton, steamship line Union Castle MSS?
  • Date of arrival May 28th 1910
  • Whence arrived Natal etc
  • Port of arrival Southampton
  • Port of embarkation – Cape Town
  • Mr Robert Cole, 3rd class
  • Profession Civil Servant
  • Irish, age 27

vintage postcard of the Union Castle ship Briton

I was more surprised that I couldn’t find any records relating to George Duncan who came from Canada to the UK (I think the records start after this date unfortunately).

I also couldn’t find any records of William Cole or his father, Robert Cole, who had a South Africa connection. It’s great to add two new records to my family tree though. I have never successfully used these records before and I’m really happy to have information other than census and BMD records!


A trip to Southampton

Back in 2005 we also visited Southampton to re-visit some addresses where my ancestors had lived.

Angelsea Road, SouthamptonAddress of William St Clair Cole and his three children (Robert, Gertrude and Rita) living at 8 Anglesea Road, Southampton.


Norham Avenue, Southampton

Address of George Duncan and his three children (Ruth, Courtney and Julia) at the time of the 1901 census – 9 Norham Avenue, Shirley, Southampton.

Wedding Wednesday – Cole/Young 1880

I seem to be running out of wedding photos already! I’m sure I must have a lot more that need scanning. Instead I thought I’d show a photo of St Peter and St Paul’s, Fareham which I visited back in 2005 with my husband.

St Peter and St Pauls Church, Fareham

This is the church in which William St Clair Cole and Blanche Elizabeth Young got married on December 23rd 1880. It was witnessed by Mansel Young and Grace Amy Young, the father and sister of Blanche.

Cole, William St Clair (1853-1924)

I was so excited that someone found my blog searching for William St Clair Cole. I think this is a really unusual name and is one of my ancestors so I was quite sad that they didn’t leave a comment. I thought I would add a post about him in case they come back!

William St Clair Cole was born in 1853 in Cape Town, the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. His parents were Robert Cole, a Clerk in Holy Orders and Charlotte Cole.

Married Blanche Elizabeth Young on the 23 December 1880 at the Parish Church, Fareham, Southampton.

1881 census: Bank Clerk, 5 Peninsular Terrace, Southampton St Mary

1883 son Robert Mansel S Cole born

1887 daughter Gertrude Cole born

1891 census: 37 Osborn Road, St Denys, Southampton

1892 married Maria Mary Brown, in Paddington, London

1894 daughter Rita St Clair Cole born

1901 census: 8 Anglesea Road, Shirley, Southampton

1902 Kelly’s Directory lists him at 260 Shirley Road, Southampton

1911 census: Bank Clerk, 21 Beach Grove, Liscard, Chesire (wife listed as mentally affected)

Died 1924, Birkenhead, Cheshire


Could possible check The London Probate Registry to see if he left a will?