I have a copy of "Wales in America" Scranton and the Welsh 1860-1920, by William
ISBN-0-7083-1387-6 UNIVERSITY OF WALES PRESS
The Bibliographical References are extensive, they cover eight pages, and could provide a
useful source of information for further study.
The book does not make for pretty reading!
Bigamy, desertion and adultery were features of the Welsh society.
Desertion by husbands was VERY common!
In the 1871, there was a bitter strike, things were very bad, speciality for the women
(holder of the purse strings).Through out he decade there was "violent and intense
industrial unrest" as a depression in world markets set in!
In the 1890's, many of the Welsh left the anthracite mines as cheap labour was
flooding in from Italy, Poland and Hungary.
The Welsh moved out, some even went back to Wales. I wonder if there WAS a welcome in the
hillside for them?
You may not want to find a link as the morals of the Hyde Park area of Scranton, were
considered second to those of Sodom and Gomorrah (sic)
Take a kit along with you if you think that you can trace a famial link!
A link to a surname name, just will not do!!! (If you get my meaning?)
The book list many names, but tell me what is the use of Richard Jones, William T Evans
Anyway the book does have some interesting statistics:
Distribution of the US of those born in Wales 1900
Pennsylvania (no prize there) 35,000
New York 7,300
The same information by counties:
LUZERNE Pa. (Wilkes-Barre) 8,500
LACKAWANNA, Pa. (Scranton) 7,700
ALLEGHENY, Pa. (Pittsburgh) 5,250
ONEIDA N.Y (Utica) 2,500
Please be aware that there was more Irish born inhabitants living in Scranton than Welsh
born, in every decade between 1870-1900!
Indeed there was just as many German born as Welsh born!
By 1910 Russian born immigrants, exceeded the population of German and Welsh born