I have been using “Ancestry.com” to develop additional information for this blog. I was directed by a fellow researcher that the town of Froyle, where George Reed emigrated from had its own website. Through e-mail, I have “met” Chris Booth who is the historian for Froyle. The website along with Chris’ input have provided me with a more personal view of Froyle. There are photographs of Froyle, including two where my ancestors lived. There are church documents recording births, baptisms, marriages and death.
What I have learned about George Reed is that in 1851, he, his wife Harriet and children resided at “The Workhouse”. It was common in England that the poor were given shelter in return for labor. I can only assume that this was one reason George sought the opportunity to come to the United States to find “fortune” as many people did in the 1800′s.