Sue: Thanks for that.I have been on the first site that you mentioned but not the second. Do you know what information will be on a Colorado naturalisation form? I know that some in other states have quite a lot of information. CT:There are also E Truan's,maybe not E T Truan's that travelled to and fro to South Africa and Ghana and it could be possible that the 1911 person is one of them. The fact is that the Edwin that I have been searching for, did become a naturalised citizen in Colorado, and he came from Camborne and in 1907 he was going to Bisbee where his brother lived. An Edwin Truan married Carolina Brandt in Colorado, but why Edwin became Edward in 1900 I don't know.Until I find a an Edwin/Edward Truan in Colorado or ships manifests showing that Edwin travelled to and from the US I will be keeping this one as a possible ancestor.
I've seen only one informative naturalisation document - that was Wisconsin 1852 which gives his age, says the man was from Cornwall, the date he sailed from Penzance and when & where he landed in U.S. Now why weren't all these forms nicely detailed???! Most I've viewed are very scant; and no, I'm afraid I don't know what was required on the Colorado paperwork - my GGfather naturalized with his brother in South Dakota then moved to Colorado.
My chap was an American for many years who then had 2 sons & a young wife in England & returned pdq to the US (albeit with the wife's brother, & some South African trips in between), dying in US a few years later, leaving us descendants to grow up in England.
One could paint several different pictures from the limited info on these mysterious chaps who flitted from country to country, mine sometimes declared he was married, sometimes single.....
I did eventually tie down/up a whole set of information on my GGfather from a range of sources, but it was a challenge, and I was lucky to find a few newspaper snippets that tied some possible sightings together....
Post by Cornish Terrier on Feb 24, 2013 22:52:49 GMT -5
I will be keeping this one as a possible ancestor.
Genie - by all means. But I think there is enough evidence to suggest the possibility that we might be dealing with two different men so I really think you should keep an open mind and research them separately. Sooner or later you will find something that will solve the puzzle one way or another.
Naturalization records - the difficulty here is not so much what information they contained but whether they have actually survived! Records for some States are available online but there is no guarantee that all records for those States are available. Sue has suggested Newspaper reports so that is another avenue you could follow and you need to also keep in mind that not all passenger lists survived or have become available.
So keep both Edwin/Edwards as 'possible ancestors' but pursue them as if they were different men until more clues are found.
Edwin vs Edward? - I think the only place we have found him/them as Edward is in the Census so I would put that down as probably an error by the enumerator.