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 Our Folki who went to America


There must be more than a few Romany families that dosen't have a American relation somewhere in the family tree !

Some may have been sent to America by force whilst others may have chosen to go ,whatever the circumstances were the English Romany is well represented in the States.


"American Cyclopædia (1874), the writer of the article 'Gipsies' pronounces it 'questionable whether a band of genuine Gipsies has ever been in America.' Yet in 1665 at Edinburgh the Privy Council gave warrant and power to George Hutcheson, merchant, and his co-partners to transport to Jamaica and Barbadoes Egyptians and other loose and dissolute persons; and on 1st January 1715 nine Border Gypsies, men and women, of the names of Faa, Stirling, Yorstoun, Finnick (Fenwick), Lindsey, Ross, and Robertson, were transported by the magistrates of Glasgow to the Virginia plantations at a cost of thirteen pounds sterling (Gypsy Lore Journal, ii. 60-62). That is all, or practically all, we know of the coming of the Gypsies to North America, where, at New York, there were house-dwelling Gypsies as far back as 1850, and where to-day there must be hundreds or thousands of the race from England, Scotland, Hungary, Spain."


From 1892 to 1954 over 12 million immagrants passed through the portal of Ellis Island a small island in New York harbour and entered the United Sates of America.  

Prior to January 1, 1820, the U.S. Federal Government did not require captains or masters of vessels to present a passenger list to U.S. officials upon arrival in America. Therefore, for pre-1820 passenger lists, researchers must rely on surviving ship cargo manifests which have been scattered among archives, museums, and other historical agencies. The good news is that most of these surviving passenger manifests have been published, and several indexes have been compiled to these pre-1820 published passenger lists.


The  Five Major Ports of Arrival :-


The five major U.S. arrival ports in the 19th and 20th Centuries were: New York, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New Orleans. New York was by far the most commonly used port, followed by the others. You can use these links to find information about the available indexes for these ports...

New York Passenger Lists

Boston Passenger Lists

Baltimore Passenger Lists

Philadelphia Passenger Lists

New Orleans Passenger Lists


Don't Overlook The Smaller Ports Some immigrants also arrived at a number of smaller ports. You can find a list of nearly every U.S. arrival port at...  US Ports of Arrival & Their Available Immigration Records 1820-1957

 You can imagine what life was like on board by these pictures kindly sent me by Sandy Buckland who herself has spent many hours researching her family lines of Buckland and Stanley who made the big journey across the bori panni !!





















Sandy has found many newspaper articles relating to the Stanley /Buckland families and the families they married into  some make very interesting reading!! and the well documente Levi and Matilda Stanley are covered on another page so no need to reinterate it here .





















































The sketch opposite left is from an article about Tennant Buckland (in the article it has Bucklin)and he is the one in the far right hand corner with the beard and hat  ,it is from a full page article so it seem's they were making the headlines in the States as well as in numerous articles by our own Gypsy Rais! In it he is descibed as of above ordinaty Itelligence and speaks of the delighfull Romany life. Also they had a verse from the Two Gypsies which appeared in George Borrow's Romany Lavo Lil



Dui Romany Chals were bitcheney,

Bitcheney pawdle the bori pawnee.

Plato for kawring,

Lasho for choring

The putsi of a bori rawnee.


And when they well'd to the wafu tem,

The tem that's pawdle the bori pawnee,

Plato was nasho

Sig, but Lasho

Was lell'd for rom by a bori rawnee.


You cam to jin who that rawnie was,

'Twas the rawnie from whom he chor'd the putsee:

The Chal had a black

Chohauniskie yack,

And she slomm'd him pawdle the bori pawnee.



Two Gypsy lads were transported,

Were sent across the great water.

Plato was sent for rioting,

And Louis for stealing the purse

Of a great lady.


And when they came to the other country,

The country that lies across the great water,

Plato was speedily hung,

But Louis was taken as a husband

By a great lady.


You wish to know who was the lady,

'Twas the lady from whom he stole the purse:

The Gypsy had a black and witching eye,

And on account of that she followed him

Across the great water.


 Pictured left is another article from a Newspaper concerning the Broadway family who married into the Stanley and Buckland families amongst othes, this article is relating to John Boadway b c1825 who married Isabella Lock .

 Another family the Warton/Wharton/Worton family are also well known and along with the Hicks family also married into the Stanley and Buckland families . Patience Cooper from the "Windsor Cooper's" married Richard Stanley and she describes in an article :-


I am REGINALD COOPER gypsy she relplied, I am 7th daughter of a 7th generation, born and raised in a tent, but a short remove from London.

My Aunt ELIZA COOPER told fortunes for the Royal Family and recieved valuable presents from them.

The Queen Victoria came to my Aunt tent and it was there she learned she would be become Queen of England from my Aunt, she was a great Palmist, never used cards and never told Fortunes on a Sabbath.

I came here as a girl aged 15 with my Uncle and grandfather and married at an early age to RICHARD STANLEY he comes from famous gypsy family tribe from England.

My name since then has been PATIENCE STANLEY,

 JACK COOPER the middle weight champion of England is my blood line.

I have seven children yonder stands my wagon it cost $500 and is luxious out and in, my daughter BESSIE sleeps in it , born in Baltimore and will take her mother's place when she's gone.

Old GENTILLIA COOPER was my Great Aunt she was famous Gypsy Fortune teller of Devil's Dyke near Brighton England I pass on her blessing "  The Great Lord be with you "


Another family who wed into the Cooper family was the Palmer Family here is Hamelin  Palmer brother to Noah that wed Britannia Cooper in the 1880 USA Census


1880* San Jose, Santa Clara, California

Hamlin PALMER   50  ENG  Horse Dealer  ENG  

Jessie PALMER  Wife  39  ENG  Keeping House  ENG  

Susie PALMER  Dau  S   W  19  ENG  At Home  ENG  

Isabella PALMER  Dau  S    W  17  CAN  At Home  ENG  

Charles PALMER  Son  S    W  12  PA  At Home  ENG  

Nelson PALMER  Son  S    W  11  LA  At Home  ENG  

Georgina PALMER  Dau  S   W  6  NY  At Home  ENG  


From the Dayton Ohio Journal Aug 1st 1879

A funeral of unusual character took place at woodland cemetery yesterday It was that of an ld gypsy woman AUNT MARY SMITH the body was interred in the gypsy lot near that which the Gypsy Queen was buired Sunday about a year ago when such an inmense crowd assisted in the services Aunt Mary was not so well known as a gypsy Queen but among her people she was hardly a less important personage She was the OLD WOMAN of the tribe and it is claimed was in her 112 year all the old customs of the peculiar race were carried by her She was born in England and was the mother of Amelia Jeffery who owned the Jeffery farm at WAGGONERS BRIDGE north of the city and who was known as the best educated gypsy in the country The old lady came to this country 20 years ago being brought here by her son in law Her Health was good and for many years she accompanied the tribe on its periodical trips to and return from the south For the last 2 years however she has being confined in a large wheelchair She was the mother of 21 children Her death was the result of feebleness ensuing from old age

Published August 3rd 1879



There was a noteable gypsy funeral in Dayton OHIO on tuesday the bodies of the 16 year old wife of BUSHY STANLEY a 3 year old son of LEVI STANLEY whose death occurred in Bolivar county mississsipi 2 weeks before Christmas and CHARLOTTE STANLEY who died 7 years ago being all interred in the same grave

The attendence was quite large, tent dwellers having come from all parts of the Country from NEW YORK to MISSISSIPI to be present at the funeral of one of the Gypsy families to whom by common consent the prerogatives of royalty have been conceded although unclaimed by any right.

PUBLISHED April 22nd 1882


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 Our Folki who went to America

Isabella Broadway John Broadway