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EDGOOSE, John Robert

EDGOOSE, John Robert

Male 1839 - 1914  (75 years)

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  • Name EDGOOSE, John Robert 
    Born 23 Oct 1839  Durham, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 4 Dec 1839  Durham, County Durham Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Reference Number 676 
    _UID 8D04EF18236044F3BD27A77FC339D9A9DABD 
    Buried 1914  Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 25 Oct 1914  Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I676  Edgoose
    Last Modified 31 Dec 2017 

    Father EDGOOSE, Joel,   b. 19 Jan 1804, Swineshead, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1883, Amber Hill, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Mother JONES, Mary Elizabeth Grace,   b. Between 1813 and 1814, At Sea Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1888, Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married Unknown 
    Family ID F488  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 HOLMES, Maria,   b. 12 Jun 1840, Whaplode, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1915, Boston Registration District, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Children 
     1. HOLMES, James Headgoose,   b. 19 Mar 1861, Kirton in Holland, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Oct 1934, Brentham, Ealing, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 12 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F512  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 SWAN, Hannah,   b. 11 Dec 1841, Kimberley, Nottinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1892, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1865  Brinsley, Nottinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. EDGOOSE, John Robert,   b. 16 Apr 1871, Heanor, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1918, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years)
     2. EDGOOSE, Joel,   b. 18 Jun 1873, Heanor, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 May 1947, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. EDGOOSE, Mary Eliza,   b. 28 Apr 1877, Heanor, Derbyshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Aug 1878, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
     4. EDGOOSE, William Thomas,   b. 18 Jun 1879, Old Radford, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 May 1939, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    Last Modified 19 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F513  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 BIRCH, Sarah Ann,   b. Sep 1842, Leeds, Yorkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1905, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 62 years) 
    Married 14 Dec 1897  Austin, Cook County, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 27 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F514  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Sons of John Robert Edgoose senior (1839-1914)
    Sons of John Robert Edgoose (1839-1914)
    From the left: John Robert Edgoose junior
    William Thomas Edgoose
    Joel Edgoose
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    JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) and HANNAH EDGOOSE nee SWAN (1841-1892)

    Date: UNKNOWN

    Joel Edgoose (1873-1947) [seated]
    William Thomas Edgoose (1879-1939) [standing at back]
    Rob (John Robert junior) Edgoose (1871-1918)
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    JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) and HANNAH EDGOOSE nee SWAN (1841-1892

    Dated: 1887-1888

    They look a bit like Joel and Mary Edgoose.

    [Photographer A. Booth, 69 Long Row, Nottingham. Heathcote & Heathcote show him at Dilks Yard, 69 Long Row West from 1887-1888]
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    JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) and HANNAH EDGOOSE nee SWAN (1841-1892)

    Date: UNKNOWN. Name obscured

    No doubt at all that this is John Robert Edgoose and his wife Hannah nee Swan
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    Clara Strohmeier Clark of Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA showed me this during my visit in 1972. She wrote on the back that the photograph was of John Robert Edgoose Sr. (1839-1914). A comparison with other photographs of John Robert Edgoose (1839-1914) on this site calls into question the identity of this and another similar photograph.
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    Clara Strohmeier Clark of Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA showed me this during my visit in 1972. She wrote on the back that the photograph was of John Robert Edgoose Sr. (1839-1914). A comparison with other photographs of John Robert Edgoose (1839-1914) on this site calls into question the identity of this and another similar photograph.
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    THE FATHER OF JAMES HEADGOOSE HOLMES?

    Date: Circa 1888, a significant year

    [The photograph was taken by Beales & Son of Spalding, Lincolnshire, in about 1888. The number 8735 is written on the back with the words "Beales & Son established 1859 New Road, Spalding"]


    Headstones
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    PERCY LLEWELLYN EDGOOSE (1886-1876)

    He died on 11 May 1976 and was buried in Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Victoria, Australia. His memorial plaque reads as follows:

    LIEUTENANT P. L. EDGOOSE

    7 BATTALION

    11 - 5 - 1976 AGED 89

    Letters from ENGLAND
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    HARRIET RIGGALL NEE EDGOOSE (1958-1916) to JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) 03 JULY 1914 [PAGE 1]

    The first page of a letter written on 3 July 1914 to her brother John Robert Edgoose. John Robert died just over three months later on 25 October 1914.
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    Transcript

    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1958-1916) to JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) 03 JULY 1914

    Transcript of a letter written to her brother John Robert Edgoose by Harriet Riggall nee Edgoose from The Shelter, Sutton on Sea, Lincolnshire, England. John Robert died just over three months later on 25 October 1914.

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    HARRIET RIGGALL nee EDGOOSE (1958-1916) to JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) 03 JULY 1914 [PAGE 2]

    The second page of a letter written to her brother John Robert Edgoose on 3 July 1914. John Robert died just over three months later on 25 October 1914.

    Ephemera
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    A TELEGRAM ANNOUNCING THE IMMINENT DEMISE OF MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE (1814-1888)
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    A TELEGRAM ANNOUNCING THE DEATH OF MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) in Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA.
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    JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE's telegram announcing to his sister Harriet the departure from New York, USA, on 2 June 1888 of the body of his mother MARY ELIZABETH GRACE EDGOOSE nee JONES (1814-1888) in a glass topped coffin. He escorted his mother's body to Algarkirk in Lincolnshire.
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    JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE (1839-1914) A JUG DATED 1863

    It belonged to John Robert Edgoose and in 1972 was in possession of his grandson Roy Edgoose in Chicago. It is very similar to a mug dated 1863 given by J. E. to Sarah Wasplent (=Westmoreland?) and which in the 1968 was in the possession of Hilda Burton nee Edgoose (1906-1992). The identity of J. E. is uncertain: John Edgoose, Joel Edgoose?

  • Notes 
    • JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE 1839-1914


      John Robert EDGOOSE was born at Gilesgate Moor, Durham, on 23 October 1839, son of Joel and Mary EDGOOSE. (According to Clara CLARK's family bible he was born on 22 October).
      (GRO December Q 1839 [JONES] Durham 24 67)
      The marriage of his parents Joel EDGOOSE and Mary Elizabeth Grace JONES has never been traced.
      He was named Robert at birth. His brother John did not die until about six weeks later. He was baptised John R. HEADGOOSE at St. Giles, Durham, on 4 December 1839 at the same time as his elder brother James HEADGOOSE.

      From the 1841 census of Hart Street, Hartlepool, County Durham:
      Joel EDGOOSE (Ancestry has Edgeman), aged 30, labourer, not born in County Durham;
      Mary EDGOOSE, aged 25, not born in County Durham;
      Sarah EDGOOSE, aged 8, not born in County Durham;
      James EDGOOSE, aged 4, born in County Durham;
      *John EDGOOSE, aged 2, born in County Durham.
      (HO107/315/20/45/16)

      At the time of the 1851 census Joel EDGOOSE was an agricultural labourer living at Hammond Beck, Swineshead:
      Joel EDGOOSE, head, aged 47, agricultural labourer, born at Algarkirk, Lincolnshire;
      Mary EDGOOSE, wife, aged 37, born at Newport, Shropshire;
      Sarah EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 18, born at Newport;
      James EDGOOSE, son, aged 14, agricultural labourer, born in the City of Durham;
      *John EDGOOSE, son, aged 11, agricultural labourer, born in the City of Durham;
      Alice EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 9, born at Swineshead, Lincolnshire;
      Joel EDGOOSE, son, aged 6, born at Swineshead;
      Mary EDGOOSE, daughter, aged 3, born at Swineshead;
      Robert EDGOOSE, grandson, aged 3, born at Swineshead;
      Jonathan EDGOOSE, son, aged 7 months, born at Swineshead.
      (HO107/2099/633)

      What follows cannot with certainty be attributed to John Robert EDGOOSE but no other candidate has been identified. John EDGOOSE may, of course, be an entirely fictitious character in this context:
      "The silver lever watch belonging to Mr. WRIGHT, and stolen from the King's Head Inn a few days since, has turned up rather curiously and unexpectedly. A young man named Wm. DICKENS, labourer, who has been lodging lately at the King's Head, happening to be at Wigtoft on Monday, had the identitical watch offered to him for 30s. by a former fellow labourer named John EDGOOSE, who stated that a week before he had bought it for that sum of two men who seemed to be tramps, and who said they were going on to Holbeach. Dickens gave EDGOOSE 30s. for the watch, brought it home, and restored it to the rightful owner. Two men answering to the description given did sleep at the King's Head on the night the watch and also an Albert chain were stolen, and enquiry will therefore be made as to their whereabouts. Subsequent enquiry proved the forgoing account to be a complete fabrication, Wm. DICKENS, of Kirton HOLME, himself confessing that he was the thief. His conscience, it appeared, troubled him, and would not let him rest till he made a "clean breast" of it. Yesterday he was charged with the felony and was remanded."
      (Stamford Mercury, 22 May 1857)
      (www.britishnewspaper archive.co.uk)

      At the time of the 1861 census he was a 21 year old servant to farmer Robert HUBBERT at Sibsey, Lincolnshire:
      Robert HUBBERT, head, unmarried, aged 31, farmer of 100 acres employing 2 labourers, born at Kirton, Lincolnshire;
      Hannah HUBBERT, sister, unmarried, aged 22 (?), farmer's sister, born at Sibsey, Lincolnshire;
      Sarah Ann STAPLES, servant, unmarried, aged 19, general servant, born at Bicker, Lincolnshire;
      *John EDGOOSE, servant, unmarried, aged 21, carter, born in Durham;
      Richard EAST, servant, unmarried, aged 17, carter, born in Sibsey.
      (RG9/2334/9/11)

      He married Hannah REDGATE of Brinsley, Nottinghamshire, at Brinsley District Church on 30 October 1865. She was 22, a widow, and the daughter of coal miner Thomas SWANN. John Robert EDGOOSE was described as a Brinsley coal miner. Witnesses were Joseph GREGORY and Martha HUTSBY who made her mark.
      (GRO December Q 1865 Basford 7b 183)

      According to his grandson Roy Kirk Halvor EDGOOSE (1897-1980) in April 1972, he married twice and both wives died in England (they did not). He said their names were Hannah and Sarah (they were).

      The 1871 census returns for Aldercar Lane, Heanor, Derbyshire, list the following:
      Thomas SWAN, head, 49, coalminer, born Aldercar.
      Mary SWAN, wife, 49, born Brinsley.
      Thomas SWAN, son, 16, coalminer, born Longton, Staffordshire.
      Mary SWAN, daughter, 13, born Longton, Staffordshire.
      Eliza SWAN, daughter, 10, born Longton, Staffordshire.
      Louise SWAN, granddaughter, 9, born Longton, Staffordshire.
      *John EDGOOSE, visitor, 30, born Boston, Lincolnshire.
      Hannah EDGOOSE, visitor, 26, born Brinsley, Nottinghamshire.
      (RG10/3480/29/10)

      His son John Robert EDGOOSE was born at Heanor, Derbyshire, on 16 April 1871. John Robert was described as a coal miner.
      (GRO June Q 1871 Basford 7b 128)

      His son Joel EDGOOSE was born at Heanor, Derbyshire, on 18 June 1873. John Robert was described as a collier of Mill Hay, Heanor, Derbyshire.
      (GRO September Q 1873 Basford 7b 116)

      In her chapter on Elizabeth EDGOOSE STROHMEIER in the History of Brown County, South Dakota, Clara Strohmeier CLARK asserts that John EDGOOSE was living with his wife Mary and three sons in Chicago in 1873. This would appear to be incorrect, unless he emigrated and returned before April 1877.

      "ILKESTON PETTY SESSIONS
      GAME CASE. -Isaiah STORER, Samuel WALLER and John HEADGOOSE were charged by Reuben MORRIS, gamekeeper to A. M. MUNDY, Esq., of Shipley Hall, with using instruments for the purpose of taking game without a license (sic) at Shipley, on the 21st ult. - Fined 10s. 6d. and 9s. 8d. costs each."
      (The Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 13 June 1874)
      (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

      "BREACHES OF THE COLLIERY RULES. - William BOSTOCK, a stall man at the Eastwood Pit, was summoned for a breach of the colliery rules, by neglecting to set a sufficient number of 'spraggs' to support the roof. - An underviewer stated that on going into defendant's stall he found the 'spraggs' supporting the roof three yards apart instead of two. He called his attention to the fact, and he then explained that he was employed elsewhere, and the man under him set the 'spraggs'. Defendant, however, was the responsible person. - Prisoner pleaded guilty, but said he was busy elshere making a roof safe and packing, and left the work of 'spragging' in another man's hands. - The Bench imposed a fine of 1.
      John HEADGOOSE and Robert CARLINE, colliers, were charged with a similar offence, and also fined 1 each."
      (Nottinghamshire Guardian, Friday 22 December 1876)
      (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk)

      His daughter Mary Eliza EDGOOSE was born at Heanor, Derbyshire, on 28 April 1877.
      (GRO June Q 1877 Basford 7b 150)

      On 12 November 1877 John Robert EDGOOSE, Joel EDGOOSE, and Mary Eliza EDGOOSE, all children of John and Hannah EDGOOSE of Eastwood, were privately baptised. John EDGOOSE was described as a coal miner.

      Mary Eliza, daughter of John EDGOOSE, coal miner, died at Eastwood on 10 August 1878 aged 15 months. Her aunt, Eliza EDGOOSE of Eastwood, informed the registrar and made her mark. She was buried at Eastwood on 13 August 1878.
      (GRO September Q 1878 Basford 7b 62)

      She was buried at Eastwood on 13 August 1878.

      His son William Thomas EDGOOSE was born on 18 June 1879 at Old Radford, Nottingham.
      (GRO September Q 1879 Basford 7b 198)

      According to the 1881 census returns for Greasley, Nottinghamshire, he was a 41 year old coal miner born at Brinsley, Nottinghamshire:
      *John EDGOOSE, head, aged 41, coal miner, born Brinsley, Nottinghamshire;
      Hannah EDGOOSE, wife, aged 36, coal miner's wife, born Loscoe, Derbyshire;
      John R. EDGOOSE, son, aged 9, scholar, born Langley Mill, Derbyshire;
      Joel EDGOOSE, son, aged 7, scholar, born Langley Mill, Derbyshire;
      Willie EDGOOSE, son, aged 1, born Old Radford, Nottinghamshire.
      (RG11/3322/89/1)

      His grandson Roy Kirk Halvor EDGOOSE (1897-1975) said in April 1972 that John Robert EDGOOSE emigrated to the USA in about 1884 and worked in a laundry in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

      He is mentioned in the will of his brother-in-law John Armstrong COCKER who died in 1887.

      The local newspaper reported that John EDGOOSE bought 10 acres from Jno T. McCHESNEY in 1887
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 17 May 1887)

      The Aberdeen City Directory for 1887-8 shows him, his son John Robert EDGOOSE, and his sister Elizabeth EDGOOSE, to have been living with his mother Mary EDGOOSE.

      According to his niece Clara STROHMEIER CLARK, John EDGOOSE helped to erect the first greenhouse in Aberdeen, South Dakota, for his sister Elizabeth. He was anything but a florist, having been a mine foreman in England and a foundry worker, carpenter, etc., in Chicago, but he was fond of plants and flowers. She said he returned to Chicago in the spring of 1888, leaving his sons John Robert EDGOOSE and Joel EDGOOSE with his sister.

      His mother Mary EDGOOSE died on 27 May 1888. Clara Strohmeier CLARK of Aberdeen, South Dakota, said that Mary died at 214 5th Avenue, a house which her daughter Elizabeth EDGOOSE had had built. Her body was embalmed and shipped in a glass topped coffin to Algarkirk, Lincolnshire, in June 1888 accompanied by her son John Robert EDGOOSE. According to the Algarkirk parish register, Mary EDGOOSE of Aberdeen, South Dakota, USA, was buried on 13 June 1888 aged 74. Her memorial card gives her age as 73 years.

      It was said by his granddaughters (visit to USA 1972) that he used to make an annual visit to England.

      The Aberdeen City Directory for 1889-90 shows that his sister Elizabeth EDGOOSE, his son John Robert EDGOOSE, and his sister Sarah's son James WESTMORELAND, were living with him in South Dakota at "e s 3d 4 s of 4th ave". His son John Robert junior was manager of the C.O.D. Laundry and James WESTMORELAND was one of its employees.

      "Mrs. M. E. BAYLES, a sister of Miss EDGOOSE, departed for her home at Chicago last evening after a visit of several months. She was accompanied by Robert EDGOOSEwho goes to the city to receive treatment for his hearing which has been failing for some time."
      (Aberdeen Daily News, 19 February 1891)

      His wife Hannah died at the age of 50 on 4 March 1892 and was buried in Chicago's Rosehill Cemetery.

      The Chicago City Directory for 1892 lists John R. EDGOOSE, carpenter, John R. EDGOOSE jr., carpenter, and Joseph (sic) EDGOOSE, printer, at 78 Bismark Ct.

      The 1893 Chicago city directory lists John EDGOOSE, carp., h 78 Bismarck ct.
      (page 507)

      From the 1894 Chicago city directory:
      John R. EDGOOSE, carp, h 78 Bismarck ct
      John R. EDGOOSE jr., carp., bds 78 Bismarck ct
      Joseph (sic) EDGOOSE, printer, h 78 Bismarck ct
      (page 521)

      The 1895 Chicago City Directory lists John EDGOOSE, carpenter, John R. EDGOOSE, carpenter, and Joyde EDGOOSE, printer, at 78 Bismark Place.

      "[First Published July 28, 97.]
      Notice of Revival of Judgement.
      STATE OF KANSAS, SHAWNEE COUNTY, SS.
      In the District Court, John EDGOOSE, administrator of the estate of Prudence FREDENBURG, v.s R. J. HULETT.
      To the said R. J. HULETT: you are hereby notified to appear in the said District Court on the 30th day of August, A.D., 1897, and show cause, if any you have, why the judgement in the above entitled cause against you for $89.90 and costs taxed at $---- should not be revived against you.
      JOHN EDGOOSE, Administrator.
      By E. E. CHESNEY, his Attorney.
      Dated July 19, A.D., 1897.
      (The Advocate (Topeka, Kan.), 11 August 1897, Page 14)
      (Chronicling America)

      He married Mrs. Sarah A. HAGGAS at Austin, Illinois, on 14 December
      1897.

      The 1900 US Federal Census of Austin Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA:
      Jno. R. EDGOOSE, head, aged 60, born October 1839, brass polisher, immigrated 1886, 14 years in USA, born in England;
      Sarah A. EDGOOSE, wife, aged 57, born September 1842, 1 child of which 1 living, immigrated 1886, 14 years in USA, could not read or write.
      NB Both said they had been married for 18 years.

      The 1900 Chicago City Directory lists John R. EDGOOSE, labourer, at 2319 Austin Ave.

      John R. EDGOOSE was naturalised on 10 September 1900. The witness was Wm. J. NEILL.
      (US Naturalization Record Indexes 1791-1992)

      From the 1902 Chicago City Directory:
      John R. EDGOOSE, carpenter, h al rear 2542 W Lake.

      From the 1904 Chicago city directory:
      John R. EDGOOSE, janitor, h 46 Park av.
      (page 656)

      His wife Sarah Ann EDGOOSE died in Cook County, Chicago, on 2 January 1905 aged 62 years and 3 months and was buried in Arlington Cemetery on 4 January. She was a housewife and was born in Leeds, England.
      (Illinois Vital Records website and www.familysearch.org)

      Clara STROHMEIER CLARK said that he worked as a hospital orderly for the last twenty or thirty years of his life. No evidence has been found to support this.

      In 1910 he was living in South Haven Township, Van Buren County, Michigan, a hired man on a fruit farm. He was 71 years old, his employer was Joseph W. Bateson, and he was a naturalised American citizen.
      (www.ancestry.com 1910 Federal Census Series T624 Roll 677 Enumeration District 174 Sheet 11)

      Oak Park Oak Leaves (Newspaper) - November 2, 1912, Oak Park, Illinois 332 Wisconsin by first No. 1, who has had five factory experience as expert who knows how keep a machine looking who is neat tidy and does not use tobacco or If you are looking for a careful driver who is no joy rider and who is not afraid to then Oak remove ashes ard rubbish at * or by barrel or by second furniture of all kinds bought and express also manure sold at a 4716 Madison Forest phom 2._ct as janitor with board experienced in hot water and first class J. R. Edgoose ' - - - N.

      He visited England in 1913 and stayed with his sister Harriet RIGGALL. He embarked on the ss Laurentic on 13 September 1913, destination Montreal, Canada, travelling second class. He was said to be a 73 year old merchant.
      (www.findmypast.com)
      According to Canadian Passenger Lists 1865-1935 it was his first visit to Canada and his destination was Chicago.
      (www.ancestry.com)
      Another source has his port of arrival as Quebec and the date of his crossing into the USA from Canada as 21 September 1913.
      (Border Crossings: Canada to US 1895-1956)

      Harriet wrote to him on 3 July 1914. He had been ill and was staying with "Lizzie" - Elizabeth WRENCH. Harriet refers to a visit he paid to them in England the year before.

      He died at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on 25 October 1914 and was buried in Rosehill, Cemetery, Chicago.

      The Will of John Robert EDGOOSE:
      "I, JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE, of the City of Chicago, County of Cook and State of Illinois, being of sound mind and memory but mindful of the uncertainty of this human life, hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time made, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, as follows:
      First:- I direct that all my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid.
      Second:- I give, devise and bequeath unto my son, JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE one hundred dollars ($100.00).
      Third:- I give, devise and bequeath unto my sister, MRS. M. RIGGALL of MALTA HOUSE ALFORD LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND Eight hundred dollars ($800.00), and in case of her death then to her son, Paul RIGGALL.
      Fourth:- All the rest, residue and remainder of my property whether consisting of real estate, personal property, mixed property or choses in action of whatever kind and wheresoever located, shall be divided equally between my sons JOEL EDGOOSE and WILLIAM THOMAS EDGOOSE. In case of the death of said JOEL EDGOOSE or WILLIAM THOMAS EDGOOSE or both of them before my death, his or their share shall be given to my said sister, MRS. M. RIGGALL and if she be not living at that time then to her son, PAUL RIGGALL.
      Fifth:- I hereby nominate and appoint my son, JOEL EDGOOSE and RAYMOND C. KIMBALL, to be executors of this my last will and testament and I direct that they be not required to give other than their personal bonds for the faithful performance by them of their duties as such executors. In the event of the death of either one of said executors, the survivor of them shall perform the necessary duties.
      Sixth:- Said executors are hereby authorized and empowered to lease, mortgage, bargain, sell and convey by good and sufficient warranty deeds any or all of the real estate of which I shall die siezed, and any purchaser of said real estate or any part thereof from them shall shall not be charged with seeing to the application of the purchase money paid therefor or any part thereof.
      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 8th day of December A.D. 1913
      [signed] John R. EDGOOSE (SEAL)
      The foregoing instrument, consisting of one page and nine lines in typewriting signed by the said JOHN ROBERT EDGOOSE, was at at the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by him as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, believing the said John Robert EDGOOSE at the time of so subscribing our names to be of sound mind and memory.
      Ruth SCHELL residing at Chicago, Ills
      Adolph B. FREUD residing at Chicago Ills"
      (Will proved and admitted to record in open Court this 23 day of Mar A.D. 1915)

      Why he left just $100 to his son John Robert EDGOOSE and $800 to his well-off sister Harriet RIGGALL is a mystery.


      (revised 30.10.2013)