Looking for Rose

Those wishing to Look for your Rose can meet on Thursday, September 24 at 1:00 p.m. in Room 1 at the Community Centre. You can contact me at 250-242-5283 or e-mail: sager@pris.bc.ca

(Until a few months ago, I did not know who Rose was. She had written a postcard in 1909 to Uncle Wm. where the Porter?s had homesteaded. With the help of someone from the Ontario Genealogical Society I found that her father had moved to southwest Ontario and had eight children, Rose being one of them. I had found Rose. The postcard said she was teaching near Santa Barbara in California.)

Well, how is my Looking for Rose doing? A relative in New York has kindly helped me search using Ancestry.com. She found the voters? lists for Los Angeles County for 1920 and 1926. Rose E. Poore, hwf. and Homer D. Poore, chemist lived near Pasadena and the address was given each time. What?s this ?R? or ?D? at the end of the entry? Well, why would you not put that you are a Republican or a Democrat on the voters? list? Nothing like a secret ballot. Well Rose and Homer were Republicans. My relative also looked up the 1930 census in Los Angeles and there were two boys listed, Homer D. and Lawrence A.

Looking in www.familysearch.org I found the birth and death dates of the children and the birth date of Homer born in Massachusetts. The records went back to 1564 where the Poore?s were in Wiltshire, England.

Googling Newbury, Massachusetts it tells of the settlers coming from Wiltshire, England on different ships in 1635. The ships had names like Mary, John, James, etc. Newbury was begun as a stock raising enterprise shipping livestock from England to the new land. Unlike the Pilgrims who were religious enthusiasts fleeing persecution in England they were ?substantial, law abiding, loyal English tradesmen of that staunch middle class that was the backbone of England.?

The Pilgrims went to Holland in 1608 to escape harassment and religious persecution. Dissatisfied with Holland, on Sept. 16, 1620 they left for a 65-day journey on the Mayflower anchoring at Plymouth Harbor on Nov. 21.

Newbury, 78 miles north of Plymouth Rock, had some firsts in America, one of which was the trial of Elizabeth Morse for witchcraft 13 years before the Salem trials. She was condemned to death but was reprieved.

It is believed that John Poore, 20 years old, was on the second ship in 1635 and was the first with that name in America. Homer Durant, born 1888, left his hometown of more than 2 ½ centuries to find my Rose and marry her sometime between 1910 and 1920 in Los Angeles.

Keep Looking for your Rose.