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Charles H. Woodiwiss of Derbyshire,UK has contacted me and is looking for decendants of one of his ancestors. It was said that Henry Woodiwiss abandonded his family and emmigrated to America sometime after 1850.
I have found record of a Henry Woodiewiss in the New York census of 1880. He was the coachman for the Jacob Mead family of Lewisboro, Westchester County. According to the census he was 40 years of age, born in England. His wife's name was Fanny, 38, born in Ireland. Two children were shown Henry, age 11, born in New York and Mary H., age 7, also born in New York. It appears that they had a 19 year old boarder at the time named John O'Real. He was also born in Ireland.
In the 1900 census of New York I found Henry F. Woodiwiss born in August of 1868. Everything indicates that this was the son listed in 1880. By this time he was living at the Manhattan State Hospital for the Insane on Wards Island in East Harlem. His occupation was listed as attendant. He was single. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone? So far, I have not been able to track down any living decendants.