Re: Traveling Great Grandmother #general

Stephen Weinstein

On Sat, Dec 25, 2021 at 07:21 AM, Ellen Gottfried wrote:
married in London in August 1898.  In December 1898 she traveled by herself to New York, listing her occupation as servant...returned to London...gave birth in March, 1899...  Does anyone have an idea as to why
Could she conceal the pregnancy from the immigration inspectors?   Would admit her if they knew she was pregnant (women travelling alone generally weren't admitted until someone came to claim them, even when they weren't pregnant)?

If the answer to both questions is no, then you've confused the records of two different women, perhaps with the same name.

If she was able to conceal the pregnancy shortly before the birth, that suggests it was a premature birth.  But if it wasn't, then she was already pregnant when she got married, and the reason for travel might have been part of an effort to conceal the pregnancy from her husband or his family.
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA

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