Monday, August 5, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Check This Guy Out ---William H. Goodrich

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At the end of my last post, Looking For Clues On The Life Of Ula Goodrich Jones, I mentioned how I found some interesting things on the brother in law of Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones.  Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones was my 1st cousin 3x removed and was married to Ula Goodrich.

Ula Goodrich Jones's brother William H. Goodrich was born November 22, 1872 in Washington, D.C. When I was looking on the census for Ula, I found William in the years 1880 and 1900 but he seemed to fall off the radar from there. Where could he have gone? 

Well it turns out that he was a bit of a traveler and that he worked in the arts.  While doing a search under the header of Immigration and Travel on Ancestry.com, I found quite a few records. 


Image courtesy of Ancestry.com

Check this guy out!


Source Information:  Ancestry.com. U.S., Consular Registration Certificates, 1907 - 1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013. Original data: Consular Registration Certificates, compiled 1907–1918. ARC ID: 1244186. General Records of the Department of State, 1763–2002, Record Group 59. The National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.



CERTIFICATE OF REGISTRATION OF AMERICAN CITIZEN.
          I, ROBERT P. SKINNER, CONSUL-GENERAL of the United States of America at London, England,  hereby certify that William H. Goodrich  is registered as an American citizen in the consulate.  He was born November 22nd, 1872 at Washington, D.C., and is a citizen of the United States by birth (or naturalization).  He left his residence in the United States on August 31st, 1900. and arrived in LONDON, ENGLAND, on September 13, 1900, where he is now residing for the purpose of Music Hall Profession. He is married to                      , who was born in                       and resides at                         .


          He has the following children:  
                  born in              on             and residing at                     ; 
 and           born in              on             and residing at                     ;
 and           born in              on             and residing at                     ;

His local address is  15 Mead Row, Kennington Road, London, S.E. The person to be informed in case of death or accident is Mrs. Alice Goodrich, Cameron Flats, Apt 24. Washington, D.C.  His citizenship of the United States is established by William H. Nott. 
8 , King Edward Street, London, S. E.  

          This certificate is not a passport and its validity expires on April 8th 1916 
          The following is the signature of William H. Goodrich      
               In testimony whereof I have hereunto signed my name                           and affixed my seal of office. 
                                                  Robert P Skinner    
                                                  American Consul-General.
                                                                                                                     RW


William H. Goodrich left the United States in 1900 and was working as a music hall professional in England! Wow! How cool is that?!  This consular certificate is stamped on the top with the date of April 24,1915 and it appears to have been valid for a period ending April 8th 1916. I found another consular certificate for William for the following year which expired on April 4, 1917. It said essentially the same thing as the first one.


Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Consular Registration Certificates, 1907 - 1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.Original data: Consular Registration Certificates, compiled 1907–1918. ARC ID: 1244186. General Records of the Department of State, 1763–2002, Record Group 59. The National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.


It's interesting to note that the mother's residence changed from the earlier certificate. Here it shows she was residing at 914 T Street, Washington, D.C.

Now I know why I couldn't find him on the census after 1900. The following records yielded something even cooler. Pictures!  These are from another Ancestry.com collection, U.S. Passport Applications 1795--1925.

page 1

Interesting things to note from page 1:

          I desire a passport for use in visiting the countries hereinafter named for the following purpose:
       British Isles                     Residence   
               (Name of Country.)                                             (Object of visit.)

       France                            Theatrical business   
               (Name of Country.)                                             (Object of visit.)

It appears from this that William Goodrich was residing in England while doing theater work in France.

page 2
Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.Original data: Passport Applications, 1795–1905. NARA Microfilm Publication M1372, 694 rolls. General Records Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.


William H. Goodrich
Picture found in the passport issued September 4, 1916

(from page 2 of the passport)

Description of Applicant

Age:  43  years.                            Mouth:   Medium 
Stature:  5 feet,  4  inches, Eng.   Chin:  oval  
Forehead:   High                          Hair:  black 
Eyes:   Brown                              Complexion:   Dark 
Nose:   Straight                            Face:   Oval 

There's more! He not only worked in France but also in Holland. Here's his passport application from September 25th, 1919 which indicated this.



Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2007.
Original data:  Passport Applications, 1795–1905. NARA Microfilm Publication M1372, 694 rolls. General Records Department of State, Record Group 59. National Archives, Washington, D.C.


Close-up of William in 1919.
I took the liberty to clean the image up a bit.

More about William H. Goodrich tomorrow!

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