The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is...
My Family Tree Places.
Thomas Seale, my great grandfather John's brother, owned a Merchant Tailor business in Kingston, Ontario for many years since about 1865. John was a silent partner in the business and in April 1881 they declared bankruptcy. But Thomas wasn't giving up. His brother George had just retired as a major from the army and in June 1881 his wife died. Thomas decided George needed a change and talked him into opening a Merchant Tailor store with him in Albany, the capital of New York State.
I imagine the brothers stopped in Utica, NY on their travels back and forth to visit their half sister, Rachel who lived with her husband Jacob and daughter Minnie at 119 Park Avenue.
The Albany City Directory published in 1883 revealed a different story...
George is still listed at 1164 Broadway, but it states Thomas died September 29, 1882. I knew Thomas died in the States, but I didn't know where. Then one day I did a search in the US instead of Canada and these two directories came up!
So it was a short stay in Albany for the Seale brothers. After Thomas died the business was shut down and George moved back to Kingston where he worked as a bookkeeper for his father, who was a carpenter.