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The following are provided from correspondence between the Cowell family in USA and Miss Joyce Winmill in 1976.
|James Yarrow born 12 March 1823 and Mary Reed born 8 March 1826 in Henham. They were married in Henham on 23 Sept 1843 witnessed by Isaac Smith and Benjamin Little. By the 1851 census they were living in Henham. James was an agricultural labourer. They had three children James aged 6 scholar (died 5 Oct 1852), Charles aged 4 (died 14 Mar 1852) and Elizabeth aged 1 (died 22 Feb 1853 referred as Betsy).
The 1861 census shows the children are shown as:
Eliza (born 28 May 1852), Alfred (born 21 Oct 1854), Joseph (born 5 Feb 1857), Peter (born 20 Jan 1859).
|In 1870 the family which had now increased to include Mary Ann (born 8 Mar 1863) Frederick (born 20 Feb 1867), move to Kansas USA, where Eleanor Rose is born 25 Aug 1870. The journey to USA started by travelling from Henham, Essex to Kansas as part of the migration of the early 1870s. A man by the name of Mr Wake? interested the men of England to travel to America. The Yarrow family were labourers for Mr Cowell of Henham Lodge and Mr Cowell brought the Yarrow family over.
|The 1880 USA census shows that James is now a farmer in Junction City, Davis, Kansas. There is a suggestion that other Yarrow family members had already travelled to Kansas. The grandson who wrote the story of James states that James and the family arrived in Junction City Kansas by rail and used the stage coach to get to Wakefield Kansas.|
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