John Arthur HABERSHON was born 14 April 1873 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England. He married Minnie L ROBERTS 26 February 1899 in Connecticut, USA. He died 1924 in Connecticut, USA. Minnie L ROBERTS, daughter of Elijah ROBERTS and Ann KNIBBS , was born 1873 in Connecticut, USA. She died 1924 in Connecticut, USA.

Marriage Notes for John Arthur HABERSHON\Minnie L ROBERTS:

Other Marriages/Unions for Minnie L ROBERTS:
See William H BARROWS & Minnie L ROBERTS

Notes for John Arthur HABERSHON:

A sample of John's signature taken from his military registration card, 1918.

The Habershon Family web site
shows that John is the son of James Edwin Habershon b.1837 and his wife Emma Poppleton of Doncaster, with siblings William b.1864, Rosetta b.1867, Albert Edward b.1869, Herbert b.1870, and Walter b.1876. This data is taken exactly as it appears in a book, "Family of Habergham, And Its Modern Descendants" written in 1915 by Henry Ernest Habershon. Extracts from this book can be seen at the Habershon Family Web Site.
John's father James was a surgical instrument maker. The book also states that he had a soprano voice and in conjunction with his brothers William and Thomas and an alto named Barker, formed a glee quartette which became famous in Sheffield and the district around for nearly thirty years.

This same family unit can be seen in the 1881 UK Census where John's parents and siblings can be seen, living at 3 Ho Ct 7 Aberdeen St., Ecclesall Bierlow, York, England:
Edwin Habershon Head Mar 44 Fleam Grinder (Cutlery) Sheffield York
Emma Habershon Wife Mar 45 Sheffield York, England
William Habershon Son 16 Sheep Shear Striker (Cutler) Sheffield York
Rosetta Habershon Daur 13 Cabinet Case Liner Sheffield York
Albert E Habershon Son 11 Scholar Sheffield York
Herbert Habershon Son 10 Scholar Sheffield York
John A Habershon Son 7 Scholar Sheffield York
Walter Habershon Son 4 Sheffield York

John's parents, James Edwin Habershon and Emma Poppleton, were married during q4/1866 at Ecclesall Bierlow District, Derbyshire.

William married Mary Ellen Law in 1888 at Trinity Church, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Rosetta married her cousin William Habershon in 1889 at South Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA.
Albert Edward married Kate Alice Grant
Herbert was known to be living in the USA in 1913 and I suspect he never ever married.
Walter married Jenny Lancaster at St Silas Church, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England but was known to be living in the USA in 1913.

John's brother Walter can be seen arriving at New York in March 1907 aboard SS Lucania arriving from Liverpool. He is identified as Married and a Silver Smith by trade. He gave that he was visiting his brother Herbert at Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut.

We can also see John's brother Herbert arriving at New York in September 1900 aboard SS Lucania from Liverpool, England. He was listed in the manifest as a US Citizen. He also sailed into New York in August 1902 aboard SS Campania from Liverpool and is listed as 'returning home'. Then again in August 1905 he arrived at New York aboard SS Atruria from Liverpool. Each time he was listed as single, occupation Buffer.

The Woman's Christian Temperance Union
have in their archives a document they call "WCTU Minutes of South Meriden" handwritten by a Herbert Habershon at South Meriden in 1896. So I suspect Herbert was heavily involved with the organisation. The History pages of the WCTU web site provides a very good understanding of what the movement stands for.

Thanks to some good investigative work by Shirley Walter, we know that Habershon Park at Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, was named after Herbie Habershon at a ceremony in May 1957, when he was 86 years old.
See the newspaper clipping and photograph of the opening ceremonies.

In 1891, John was living at Aberdeen Street, Ecclesall Bierlow, Sheffield, Yorkshire (West Riding):
James E Habershon Head Mar 54 Fleam Grinder Yorkshire Sheffield
Emma Habershon Wife Mar 55 Char Woman Yorkshire Sheffield
Albert E Habershon Son UnM 21 Edgetool Maidener Yorkshire Sheffield
John A Haberson Wire Rope Maker Yorkshire Sheffield
Walter Habershon Son 14 Silversmith Yorkshire Sheffield

We can see John A Habershon, aged 19 years, arriving in New York aboard the Cunard ship Gallia which sailed from Liverpool. It departed Liverpool on 16 July and arrived in New York on 25 Jul 1892. He appeared to be travelling alone.

I believe John became a US National in 1892.

John appears in the 1910 census return for South Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, age 37, immigrant, nationlisation in 1892, It says he and his parents were born in England.
Habershon John A Head 47 England Buffer Cutlery Maker
Habershon Minnie Wife 36 Connecticut
Habershon Walter Brother 34 Silversmith
Flanaway Timothy Boarder 50 England

It also states that Minnie had given birth to one child who was still living at the time of the census. We know that would be Irene Barrows from Minnie's first marriage. Irene was living with her grandparents in Manchester, South Meriden in 1900 and 1910.

John's Military Registration card, completed in September 1918 shows that he was living at Yalesville Road, South Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut. He was employed as a Polisher at the International Silver Co. at 48 State Street, Meriden. He was short and slender with brown eyes and dark hair.

See John's Military Registration Card from 1918


We can John A Habershon living at New Haven, Connecticut, USA at the 1920 census.
John A Habershon Head 46 England Cutlery Polisher
Minnie Habershon Wife 46 Connecticut
Emiline Penfield Boarder 86 Connecticut

I don't believe Emeline was related in any way - just a lodger. She was born in Pennsylvania and married a man named Sial Penfield from Connecticut. Their children were all born in Wisconsin and they were living at Dave, Wisconsin in 1880, so I am guessing that Emiline and Silas moved back to Silas's home town in later years and she was widowed there.

Sadly, I could see no sign of Minnie Habershon's daughter Irene in the 1920 census. We know from the 5 generation photograph, she married a man named Young.

Sources for John Arthur HABERSHON:

  1. 5 Generation Photograph,
  2. 1910 US Census for So Meriden, CT, gave the middle initial of A. 
  3. 1920 US Federal Census, gave place of birth as England 
  4. Personal Contact with David Habershon, gave his date of birth 
  5. LDS - Connecticut, Deaths and Burials, 1772-1934,
  6. 1891 British Census,
  7. Ellis Island Ship's Manifest,
  8. LDS - New England Petitions for Naturalization Index, 1791-1906,

Notes for Minnie L ROBERTS:

We know of the two marriages of Minnie because of information written onto her headstone:
Minnie L Roberts grave marker reads:

Minnie L. Roberts
Wife of
William H. Barrows
John A. Habershon
1873 - 1924

See Minnie's photograph
. She is standing at the back on the left hand side.

We can see Minnie in 1920, living at New Haven, Connecticut.

Our gratitude goes to the members and volunteers at Find A Grave web site for recording the details, in memory of Minnie.

Sources for Minnie L ROBERTS:

  1. 1880 US Federal Census,
  2. Personal Contact with Shirley Walter, from a siting of Minnie's Gravestone