James Lidderdale sailed from Liverpool for the United States on the S.S. Etna, Inman Line, May 11, 1867. He arrived at New York on May 25, 1867. Julia Dixon sailed from Liverpool on the S.S. City of Baltimore in the latter part of the month of August, arriving in Buffalo the first week of September, George Herbert and Arthur Edwin accompanying.
Source: Family records of Bruce MacLeod.
Letter written by Arthur Edwin Lidderdale to Jean Lidderdale Campbell on 22 July 1947, posted on Michael Broscat's web page (www.michaelbroschat.com/WebTopics/mildred/intro3.html)
Yours of July 18th is at hand. Well, you know men sometimes make a mistake. In other words, they don't think, and as I forgot to give you all the information you should know, so will try and do so this time.
James Lidderdale, born January 18th, 1836 at Sheffield, England. Sailed from Liverpool, England on the S.S. City of Baltimore in the latter part of August 1868, arriving in New York City the latter part of August. Continued on to Buffalo, NY, the first week of September 1868, George Herbert and Arthur Edwin accompanying.
I am pleased to give you this information and to know that you are interested in the Lidderdale family. Previous to the information given, I think your father [George Arthur] has much information that you would be interested in as he once wrote to a Lidderdale in London, England. On your next meeting with him, I think you will be interested in his account.
My best regards to all the family. Love and best wishes, Grandad
Forgot to say James Lidderdale while in England was a tea taster for a large exporting firm. Here in the U.S. was a color maker in a wallpaper factory. Harry Hilbury [father of Elizabeth Hilbury, wife to Arthur Edwin] was a carpenter.
Letter written by Arthur Edwin Lidderdale to Frances and Edward Lidderdale [son of James, Jr., who was Arthur Edwin's youngest brother], a few months before he died, posted on Michael Broscat's web page (www.michaelbroschat.com/WebTopics/mildred/intro4.html):
3 August 1951
Dear Nephew and Niece
Your very nice letter of a recent date is at hand. I see by the post mark that I should have received it much sooner. This is so [because] you have had the wrong address. It is a long time since I have lived in Laurel St. You will note by the letterhead my correct address.
My daughter's [Mildred Elizabeth Lidderdale] husband is in the Navy, and she and the three [two, actually] kids left here two weeks ago and are now with him in Guam, South Pacific. Her two older children are living in her home while they are away. Leonard is a postal carrier, and Shirley is also working. Mildred has a fine home in Redwood City, Calif. This is about fifty miles north of Santa Cruz.
Santa Cruz is a real tourist city, and thousands are here from distant points every summer. So, the population here in the summer is over fifty thousand more than in the winter. Along the shore of the ocean, the boardwalk is the longest of any on the Pacific Coast. This is always crowded all the afternoons and until one o'clock in the morning. I very seldom go there in the afternoon, but like to go there in the evenings.
Last week, I was pleased to have a visit from Jean [Lidderdale Campbell] and family. They are on their way to New Zealand where her husband has a position with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. He is a chemist. They have three children. It will take them two weeks to get there. I suppose you know of Jean. She is the daughter of George Lidderdale, who lives in Michigan. I am going to send your letter to your Aunt Etha, who lives in Richmond, California. I know she will be interested.
My health is all that could be expected at my age. As you know, I am nearly 86 years.
Love and best wishes to you all.