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Admin/Biog History Thomas Boting Petford Sr. was born circa 1790 in Worcestor, England. He served in the British Military circa 1815. He married Mary Lowesmore and they had at least five children; Thomas Jr., John, Henry (Harry), Mary Ann, and Elizabeth. The family immigrated to the United States through the port of New York in 1845. They sent Tom Jr. ahead while Tom Sr. and part of the family followed to Wisconsin Territory in 1846. They came to Milwaukee and then to Butte des Morts. Thomas Sr. died in Butte des Morts on Friday October 25, 1850 from stomach ulcers complicated by severe drinking. His wife Mary died July 7, 1876 at the age of 74 and is burried in Plummer Cemetery. No trace of Thomas Sr.'s grave can be found. His son mentions in a letter that he was to be burried in Oshkosh, but the earlier burrials were moved to Riverside Cemetery, which has no records of his grave. He is not burried in the family plot.
Classification Archives
Collection Petford Collection
Dates of Accumulation 1845
Abstract Letter to Thomas B. Petford, Sr. in America from his nephew in England, WilliamThomas Lowesmore. Written shortly after their arrival in America from England. He discusses conditions in England and the prospect of his father immigrating.

28 April 1845

My Dear Uncle and Aunt

I right these few lines to you hoping to find you all in good health as it leaves us at present, thank God for it. Dear Uncle, father thinks it is very hard as we have sent you so many letters and have not had a answer. My father have at most made up his mind to come to America, but he wishes for to have a letter from you.

First, I have no good news to send you of England for our country is in a shocking state. For there is neither work nor money for one half this country. Mr. and Mrs. Parker of Kings Norton was very well when we heard from them last and sends their kind love to you all. Your brothers are all and your sisters and grandfather is about the same as when you saw him. Father and mother sends their kind love to you. Please to give my love to my cousins and accept the same yourself.

I remain your affectionate nephew,
William Thomas Lowesmore
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Object ID RG10.11
Object Name Letter
People Petford, Thomas B., Sr.
Lowesmore, William Thomas
Subjects Immigrants
Emigration & immigration
Westward movement
Title Letter
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