John PAUL

Male Abt 1857 - Abt 1913  (~ 56 years)


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  • Name John PAUL  [1
    Born Abt 1857  Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Miscellaneous 1868  Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • On Apr 7, 1868, when John was just 12 years old, he and 6 other boys from Greenock stowed away on a ship called the Arran, which was headed for Quebec, Canada. The boys were not discovered by the crew of the Arran until the ship was well out to sea, so they could not be sent back to Greenock. The boys were not welcome aboard ship, and were horribly treated by some of the crew, most notably the Captain and Ship's Mate. The boys were malnourished, physically beaten, and were not dressed for the cold weather of the North Atlantic. At some point, in Bay St George, off the coast of Newfoundland, the ship became trapped by heavy ice, and 6 of the boys were put overboard and made to walk over the ice floes toward shore which was estimated by a crew member to be 10 to 15 miles distant. The ice was very rough, and some of them did not have shoes. Given that the ice was not a solid mass, the boys had to jump from one floe to the other. When they were still a mile from shore, there was no more ice to walk across, and John and another boy were stranded. They were eventually rescued by local fishermen, and some time later returned to Scotland. Two of the boys died during the ordeal.

      The full story, entitled "The Boys on the Ice", can be found on the BBC website:

      https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_boys_on_the_ice

      It is also available as a graphic novel called "The Stowaways" from Heritage Inverclyde:

      https://m.facebook.com/heritageinverclyde/
    Occupation 05 Apr 1891  [3
    Riveter. 
    Census 03 Apr 1901  1 William Street, Greenock, Greenock East, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • John seems to have been enumerated twice. Once here, and once in the household of his nephew Alex. Annie age 25 and Catherine age 17 were enumerated there too, most likely John's daughters (listed as cousins to Alex).
    Occupation 03 Apr 1901  [4
    Riveter. 
    Occupation 02 Apr 1911  [5
    Riveter. 
    Reference 4148 
    Died Abt Mar 1913  South Stoneham, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Buried Aft Mar 1913  St Mary Extra Cemetery, Southampton, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Plot A2 043. The grave is unmarked.
    Person ID I4148  East Anglia
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2018 

    Family 1 Marion,   b. Abt 1859, Wigtownshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1899  (Age ~ 40 years) 
    Married Abt 1876  [2, 3
    Census 05 Apr 1891  Dalyrimple Street, Middle Church, East Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • A "Brother-in-Law", Robert Paul, age 21, lived with them.
    Children 
     1. Annie PAUL,   b. Abt 1876, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    +2. Margaret PAUL,   b. Abt 1879, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Robert PAUL,   b. Abt 1882, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Catherine PAUL,   b. Abt 1884, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. James PAUL,   b. Abt 1887, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Samuel PAUL,   b. Abt 1890, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Flora PAUL,   b. Abt 1893, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Wallace PAUL,   b. Abt 1896, Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F887  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Blanche MALLETT,   b. Abt 1875, Barningham Winter, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Abt Dec 1904  South Stoneham, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census 02 Apr 1911  12 Mortimer Road, Itchen, Southampton, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • John and Blanche had been married 6 years, but had no children. John had several children from his first marriage, some of whom were not old enough to be living on their own, but their whereabouts in 1911 are unknown.

      Two boarders lived with them: Charles Henry McNally, married, age 36, and James Herron , married, age 31.
    Last Modified 3 Aug 2018 
    Family ID F820  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt Dec 1904 - South Stoneham, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Abt Mar 1913 - South Stoneham, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S469] Civil Registration Index, (Office of National Statistics (ONS), General Register Office (GRO), UK, Jun 5, 2018, Registration Date, c Dec 1904).

    2. [S470] The Boys on the Ice, Sarah McDermott, (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/the_boys_on_the_ice, June 5, 2018, Original Publ Date, May 30, 2018).

    3. [S473] 1891 Scotland Census, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), June 6, 2018).

    4. [S474] 1901 Scotland Census, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), Jun 6, 2018).

    5. [S472] 1911 England Census, (The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), June 6, 2018).

    6. [S471] Civil Registration Index, (Office of National Statistics (ONS), General Register Office (GRO), UK, June 5, 2018, Registration Date, c Mar 1913).