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Frederick James Smelter Sayles (1854-1922)

This month, WeRelate looks at the Person Page of Frederick James Smelter Sayles, born 26 June 1854, in Crookes, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, the son of Charles Sayles (b. abt. 1811) and Sarah Ann Sayles (1817-abt. 1855). Frederick appeared in an index for the census of 1861 in the household of Charles Sayles in Sheffield, Yorkshire. He appeared on the census of 1871 as a boarder at 17 Harvest Lane, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield. Frederick was a carter in 1871. At the time of his marriage in 1875, he lived on Bellfield Street in Sheffield. Frederick married Harriet Barlow, daughter of William and Sarah (Laycock) Barlow, on 5 July 1875 at the Church of St. Stephen in Sheffield. Son Charles was born circa December 1875 in Sheffield. Son George was born circa June 1877 in Ecclesall Bierlow, Yorkshire. Frederick's son, George Frederick Smilter Sayles, died circa June 1878 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. Frederick was a saw maker between 1879 and 1889. His family immigrated to the United States in abt. March 1888, and worked as a "saw maker" between 1889-1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he died on 22 December 1922. This Person Page, is a good example of the type of Page that you can add to WeRelate for your ancestors. (learn more...)

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Crowdsourcing Challenge

This month commemorates the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On June 6, 1944, thousands of courageous Americans and British forces stormed the beaches of Normandy giving their lives in service of their countries. This Allied invasion of France would lead to the end of World War II one year later. One American solider, First Lieutenant James McCaul Jr, father of US Representative Michael McCaul of Texas, served as a bombardier on a B-17 whose squadron participated in the D-Day air campaign.

You can read more about this month's WeRelate Crowdsourcing Challenge and help in bringing details of his life here in WeRelate. Have fun.