What I am interested in is the birthdate recorded for John as I suspect the dates of birth recorded for he and his brother might have been a little mixed up in the baptism register. The birthdate for William Thomas was 3rd September yet in the 1939 Register it is 23rd July.
It occurred to me that William Thomas Quick would have been in the USA at the time of the World War I draft registration. I found his draft card; he registered in 1918 as "Thomas Quick" with a birth date of July 3, 1880. It's possible that the registrar misunderstood him. Even though the registrant was required to review and confirm the information, I still find a lot of inaccurate birth dates on the cards.
He was living in Flint, Michigan, and employed as a machinist for the Buick Motor Co. "Thomas" listed Mrs. Emily Quick as his nearest relative.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Oct 1, 2017 17:04:45 GMT -5
It never occurred to me to have a look at Draft documents! But that date of birth is interesting to say the least.
We have the GRO Index and the 1881 Census to confirm that William Thomas Quick was actually born in 1878 but he and brother John were baptized together in 1886 and their birthdates then recorded as 3rd September 1880 and 3rd July 1881 respectively. We also know from the GRO Index and Census that John was born in 1880 while other records indicate that it was William born in July and John in September.
That he offered his birthdate as 3rd July 1880 when providing information for his Draft Registration Card might indicate that William had used Parish records (perhaps with input from his mother) to obtain evidence of birth prior to emigrating to the US. Yet in 1939 William's birthdate is recorded as 23rd July 1878 ................. so did he subsequently discover his real birthdate or did he perhaps understate his age a little in 1918?
No rocket science involved -- my mother called me her practical genius, CT. We all approach this from different angles, and that is the beauty of collaborating on this board. My "insight" re: WTQ came from re-reading his 1925 passenger record to see if I could tell if his relative in Cornwall = J Quick was brother James or brother John. My father's grandfather traveled with 2 of his brothers in law back and forth from Belgium to the US until they could bring their families over. Due to the timeframe of "Joe's" (Josephus Henricus) passenger records, one was the first I ever saw that had a second page. That struck me when I reviewed WTQ's 1925 record and nagged at my brain until I remembered that my ggf was required to register for the draft (also in Michigan) although an "alien."
I have found city directories up to 1932 for WTQ and Valetta, so they should appear on the 1930 US Census. No luck there -- I will leave for those more connected to the family to pursue.
Post by Cornish Terrier on Oct 2, 2017 3:31:51 GMT -5
I have found city directories up to 1932 for WTQ and Valetta, so they should appear on the 1930 US Census.
After reading this latest I decided to have another look at 1930.
At the time of the 1930 Census Thomas (age 50) and Valetta age 34) ZUICK were resident at 1217 Poplar Street, Flint City, Michigan!
Thomas Quick stated he arrived in the US in 1887 and that he was a tool grinder in an auto factory. Under 'Citizenship' is written 'Pa' which I presume means he was naturalized in Pennsylvania. Valetta stated she arrived in the US in 1927 and that she was an 'alien'.
Good job! I suspected some sort of transcription problem. As to "pa" for citizenship, that indicates Thomas had filed his "first papers" - the Declaration of Intent to become a US Citizen. "Na" or naturalized alien would be entered once one's final papers had been filed and citizenship granted.