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As far as I can tell the USA LANKSHEARs are descended from one man but his story is complex due to name changes 

1846 Job born in Somerset see 1835 Thomas LANKSHEAR marriage to Sarah Cornick
1870 Job Lankshear marriage to Emily Horsey
1871 Goes to USA as Jacob

1870  Job Lankshear at Langport Somerset marriage - Emily Horsey then went to USA

Emily Horsey married Job Lankshear went to USA - Possible Births etc 

1871 LANKSHEARs arrive in USA - Jacob(?) and Emily with Frank

I guess maybe Job in Somerset dialect sounded like Jacob on arrival in US. and 
also like Joe so he became Joseph later
But why Jeremiah - he seems to have been known by every J main line name from the Old Testament
1880 in Detroit census as Jeramiah SANKSHEAR

Something I wrote before the 1871 Jacob record was found
Anthony's gedcom said Job was born 11 May 1846. And nothing else was known other than a marriage in 1870.
Joseph appears in USA and in 1900 said he was born in May 1847 and has been in USA for 30 years. By 1900 he was married to Mary Luman. In 1880 census Job was Jeramiah Sankshear and was the working as a smith which he was still doing in 1890. Emily was shown as his first wife which confirms she was Emily Horsey. I guess Job was too difficult a name for Detroitians and he became Jerry (Jeremiah) and then preferred Joe. 


1880 Lankshear in USA - Job Joseph or Jeremiah

1881 son George is visiting his uncle in England see 1855 James Lankshear marriage Susanna Davey Hook Dorest
I guess Emily had died by then 

They returned with their Aunt Ada on 22 Apr 1881 England City Of Brussels
Ada Lankshire Spinster 19 F 
George Lankshire Child, Youngster 8 M
Jane Lankshire Child, Youngster 6 F
only arrival for Ada at Castle Garden
I wonder if anyone went them to UK
I cannot find Jane in UK in 1881 census - someone showed me a Jane born Detroit 1875 but she is shown as a daughter of John CHILDS so too inconclusive BUT she was there 

Ada is daughter of 1835 Thomas LANKSHEAR marriage to Sarah Cornick - Ada may have stayed in USA 

1882 Joseph Lankshear marriage Mary Lemar BUT 1900 has it as Luman 

1889 Jennie Lankshear Death in Detroit USA

Alas Job/Joe had a lot of tragedy - son Frank does not appear to have lived as 
oldest child in 1880 is George aged 7.
George appears in 1881 back with an Uncle in UK and I believe his mother Emily 
had died around then.
1889 daughter Jennie and 2 other friends die in a ghastly school fire - cotton 
frilly Christmas dresses caught by a candle
and also I have no trace of Robert and Mary who were in 1880 census

1890 Joseph Lankshear blacksmith in USA

1890 directory a blacksmith Joseph and 1893 now a dairy still Joseph and stays with that name

1893 Joseph Lankshear in Detroit USA now as Dairy

But happily Joe marries Mary Luman who also has a daughter Jennie and son George 
continues with a family that become the LANKSHEAR clan of USA.
Just amazing how we have found so much information on Job
One name studies can be so rewarding

1900 Joseph with Mary (nee Luman) and son George Lankshear in Detroit USA

1901 George Lankshear  marriage to Catherine Curran

1905 and 1941 Beulah A Lankshear

1910 and 1917 George and Joseph Lankshear in Detroit USA

1920 USA Census - George Lankshear and Family

1926 Crossing into Canada

George Lankshear
Age: 24
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1902
Arrival Port: Sarnia, Ontario
Date of Arrival: 4 Aug 1926
Birth Location: Detroit, Michigan
Gender: Male
Citizenship: American


1930 USA Census - George Lankshear and Family

1905 and 1941 Beulah A Lankshear

Social Securites Death Index USA  Lankshear - includes George's sons Fred and George and their wives

1969 George J. Lankshear Death USA

1972 Lillian Lankshear Michigan USA Death

1990 Lida Lankshear  Death USA


14 Jul 1984 County of Marriage: Leon
Joyce Anne Lankshear Maiden Name: Wollschlager
Volume: 5649 Certificate: 065187 Florida Department of Health
 to William Hiram Wilson Jr

7 Jan 1994 John Desmond Lankshear Certificate: 001897 Florida Department of Health to Jane Yellowlees Douglas Maiden Name: Kernicky


1994 LANKSHEAR - California Deaths, 1940-97 - A record of Jon who died 1994 born 1945 to a mother who was a LANKSHEAR

2009 ANDOVER — Dorothy Gail Lankshear, age 86, of Chances Creek Road in Fancy Gap passed away Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 at Golden Living Center. She was born Jan. 28, 1923 to the late William and Charlotte Miller in Andover. She was a member of the United Church of Christ where she sang in the choir and also she was a devoted volunteer through NCH Hospital and Hospice in Naples, Fla. When Ron and Dorothy Gail were married in 1984, she became a sailor which she enjoyed and loved sailing. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Freethy. She is survived by her husband, Ronald F. Lankshear of the home; one daughter, Kathryn Lackey of Winston-Salem, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; several nieces and nephews also survive.


Some other Lankshear's in USA

1942 W lankshear arrival New York with RAF

1943 Ian Lankshear arrival New York when in RNZAF

1950 Florence M Lankshear from NZ arrives New York from Southampton

Some early arrivals - probably not ours 

1679 Richard Lankashire Early Settler of Maryland

1684 Lancashire Migrants to USA

1759 and 1760 James Lankashire or Lankasher New York Muster Rolls

1867 James Lankshire age 45 Farmer arrival New York

1904 Gyenes Lancashire arrival USA

LANCASHIRE migrants to USA

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