Monday, December 13, 2010

The Trip to America

From the Sketch of the Life of Robert Ball Hughes by Mrs. E. Ball Hughes, pp. 3 & 4, we read that “… shortly after his marriage to Miss Wright – the daughter of David Wright of Oxford St. London they started November 12th 1828 for New York in the ship Robert Edwards, one of the regular line of Packets, and after severe storms landed in New York on the 19th of January 1829.”

I wanted to know more about the ship Robert Edwards and the Ball Hughe's ten-week voyage to America. Initially, I found only one article and put the research on hold. Recently I found several more articles including one on Old Fulton Post Cards newspaper archive at

The article contained the account of arrival of the Robert Edwards in New York, with a passenger list that included the Ball Hughe's. That article included details about the storms and the Ship Master’s name. That led to more information about the London Line of packets.

A project like this new page takes many hours of research over several weeks or months before the information can be summarized. The actual posting on the new web page took about four hours to edit and format.

Read more about the arrival of the Ball Hughes at Ship Robert Edwards on

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