For several years I have been researching my Charlesworth line, which begins in my records in 1760 with the birth of John Miles Charlesworth, who emigrated to America with his parents some time during the 1760s. Because of the availability of good Revolutionary War and later documents, I have been able to flesh out his family down to my generation. John Miles Charlesworth served as a fifer in the New York Line, enlisting in Duchess County at the age of 15 (Duchess County enlistment record), three weeks shy of his 16th birthday (Revolutionary War widow's pension application #W16532). An exhaustive search for other Charlesworths serving in the New York Line or militia has turned up none. It appears that John Mile's family may have been the only Charlesworth family in New York at that time.
I have scant information at best to work with to identify his parents. I am in the process of searching available tax records for Duchess County and adjacent counties in the hopes that a Charlesworth is listed, which would give me the name of his father. Since he married a Lipe and settled in the Mohawk Valley after the war, while in New York I visited the Montgomery County archives for any information they would have about the family. I found a Charlesworth file there in which there was a 1948 document written by an Alice Charlesworth. The document related family genealogical information that had been handed down through seven generations. A possible break-through was this story that Alice Charlesworth included in her Charlesworth history: John Miles Charlesworth's father was disowned by his family when he married an Irish girl named Mary Barth or Berk. So, his father, whose given name was no longer known at the time Alice wrote her history, emigrated to America when John Miles was a young child. In her widow's pension application, John Miles Charlesworth's widow, Margaret Lipe Charlesworth, recalled that her husband told her his father had died when he was a young boy. I have searched what cemetery records I could find online in the New York and adjacent county areas for a Charlesworth who would have died in the 1760s or early 70s, and so far there are no Charlesworths. Several years of perusing British parish records online (no information as to where the family lived in England was given in Alice's history) have turned up no baptismal record for a John Miles Charlesworth. I know there has to be something about this Charlesworth who sailed to America after his family disowned him; I just haven't found it yet. Perhaps there is someone in my new wikitree community who also descends from John Miles Charlesworth, or possibly a sibling of his, and together perhaps we can put together the family he was born into. I would love to collaborate with a distant cousin.
There is another mystery Charlesworth besides the parents of John Miles Charlesworth. In the 1850 Montgomery County, Town of Minden federal census, there is a woman named Elizabeth Charlesworth, age 87, who is living in the home of my great great grandfather, Charles Charlesworth, grandson of John Miles Charlesworth. She is not found in the 1855 New York State Census. Her age in 1850 places her probable birth year as 1763, and the census recorded her place of birth as New York. I can think of only one reason that she would have been living with Charles Charlesworth: she was a great-aunt of his either by marriage to a brother of John Miles or she was a spinster sister of John Miles. I have found no other record for this Elizabeth Charlesworth.
To people who enjoy a genealogy mystery, this story should be of interest, and I look forward to any response from a person who would like to join me in this Charlesworth adventure.
Sincerely, Jackie Leneker Bedwell