Archibald Trezise (1883 – 1945/47)

Archibald was my Great Grand Uncle, son of Joseph Trezise (born in Sancreed, Cornwall, 1840 – 1897) and Elizabeth Webber (born in Lelant, Cornwall, (1844 – 1905), he was born in Maesteg, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales.

3 Golden Terrace, Maesteg - Home to Archibald in 1901

According to the 1891 census return he was a 7 year old scholar living at 38 Rock Street, Cwmdu in Wales with his parents and his 5 brothers and 1 sister, Ernest (2), Frederick William (12), George Henry (14), Margaret Ann (15), Albert Richard Edward (17) and Joseph James (19).  With the exception of Ernest and Archibald (they were too young!) all the boys were coal miners and his sister was a domestic.

By 1901, his father had passed away and Archibald was living at 3 Golden Terrace with his mother, Frederick (22) and his younger brother Ernest (12) – all were working as Coal Miner/Hewers.

At the end of 1905 or beginning of 1906 (registration was in the first quarter of 1906) he married Gwenllian Brown and in 1911 their family home was 35 Ivor Street, Maesteg and Archibald was a below ground haulier.  By this time they had two children, Eric Haydn (4) and Lily May (2).  Also shown on the census were two ‘boarders’, John (38) and Margaret (39) Owen – John was a mason labourer in the building trade.

At the moment , little is known about the next few years however on the 9th August 1927 Archibald and his son Eric (by then a butcher) set sail from Southampton, England, aboard the SS Leviathan arriving in New York, USA on the 15th August.

SS Leviathan - which transported Archibald Trezise and Eric to the USATheir immigration/Visas had been issued in Southampton the month before on the 12th July.  His wife, Gwen and Daughter Lily May were to follow them a few moths later arriving on the 27th December 1927, I bet they celebrated that New Year, having the family back together again!

There is a Directory entry from 1928 that shows the family living at 954, Maple in Allentown, Lehigh, Pennsylvania.  Archibald was a labourer as was Eric and Lily was described as a garment maker.

1929 shows them living at 127 S. Lumber, again in Allentown, with Lily now being shown as an enameler.

The 1930 US Federal Census has them still in Allentown, although there is now a William Sutton from Wales shown as Lily’s husband having arrived in the US in 1927.  I have not found this marriage yet, nor his arrival in 1927, although there is a William Charles Sutton shown in the records arriving from Bridgend in 1929, I wonder whether this could be him … more digging required!

I was really pleased to find a US WWII Draft Registration for Archibald completed on 27th April 1942 as it shows some really ‘personal’ information rather than just statistics.  He was living at 940 Linden Street, Allentown and his next of kin was shown as Gwen.  This is also the first time I have seen reference to Archibald having a middle name … “Grenfield”.

He was described as white, 5 foot 6 inches, 145 lbs with blue eyes, grey hair and a ruddy complexion.  There is also mention of a scar on the middle finger of his right hand, I wonder how he got that?

So far, nothing after this until 1946 when a Directory entry shows them living at 202 North 9th Street (I think near the crossroads with Turner Street, although I am not sure about US addresses yet!), possible with a Delicatessen business, perhaps this could be Eric’s business.

The same directory in 1947 shows Archibald’s wife, Gwen as a widow and so we must assume that he died sometime between 1945 (when the information for the ’46 directory was prepared) and 1947 when that was issued.

Does anyone out there have any photos or stories of Archibald and his family?

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