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Re: The Silk Mills of Paterson, New Jersey
Posted by: Arthur D. Wardle (ID *****6454) Date: December 05, 2006 at 18:29:53
In Reply to: The Silk Mills of Paterson, New Jersey by Allen Thigpen of 741

Hello, My great-grandparents both worked in the silk mills in Paterson, N.J. as "weavers". Their names are Henry Wardle and Eliza Brown Wardle. Both emigrated to America in 1878 from Macclesfield, England and were married in 1882. I do not know if they met in Paterson, or knew each other from Macclesfield. Macclesfield, England was also a silk manufacturing center. In the mid-1800's many mills in Macclesfield went bankrupt, hence the migration of many people from Macclesfield to Paterson, intent on finding work in the silk mills in Paterson. My great-grandparents were among them.

There is a close historical connection between Paterson, N.J. and Macclesfield, England.

Very interesting subject.


Arthur David Wardle

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