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Descendants of Solomon Poinsett and Rebecca Cline

Our line continues through Thomas G. Poinsett (1813 - 1885), the son of Solomon Poinsett and Rebecca Cline, and his wife, Rosina Worrell (1817 - 1897). There is confusion in the census records about the place of birth of Thomas G.; the 1850 census lists PA; the 1860 census DE; the 1870 census PA; the 1880 census PA (and his parents born in DE) but son Charles indicates in his record in the latter census that his father was born in DE. The Sharples Genealogy states he was born in Philadelphia. This confusion may stem from the fact that Thomas was born during the War of 1812. His father, Solomon, was definitely living in Wilmington, DE, around the time of his birth, operating a steamboat. It seems likely that mother Rebecca may have gone upriver to Philadelphia for greater safety during his birth. There were three packet boats, The Ann, Tryphene, and Sarah Ann (none captained by Poinsetts), plying regularly between Philadelphia and Wilmington, one of which left and arrived at either place daily. So, even though father Solomon was residing in Wilmington, I believe mother Rebecca was in Philadelphia at the time of his birth.

Thomas married Rosina Worrell on 13 Apr 1837. There is a listing in the city directory for 1837 of “Poinsett, John, machinist, back 46 Cedar”; I believe this is actually Thomas G., for there are no Poinsetts in the city directories any earlier (I checked all directories from 1785 onward) and Thomas G. is the only one listed through 1843 (there is a “George” in 1842, but it has to be Thomas for he is a piano maker.) In the 1839 Philadelphia city directory Thomas is shown as a piano maker, living on George St. near Schuylkill and 6th (which is now 17th and Walnut streets). In the 1840 federal census Thomas G. is listed as residing at 38 Perry in the N. Mulberry Ward of Philadelphia, with one child (Rebecca) under 5 years of age. In the 1841 Philadelphia directory he is listed as piano maker but residing at 28 Castle (which is now around 10th and Race streets). In 1842 he is residing at rear 5 Mechanic. He and his family were affiliated first with Old St. Mary's and then with St. John the Evangelist Church (Catholic). On 28 Jan 1840 Thomas' wife, Rosina, was baptized there by Rev. Francis Patrick Kendrick. (She appears to have been a convert, as no birth date or sponsors are listed). The baptisms of the two sons, Charles Moriarty (later Charles B.) and Thomas Francis, also are recorded in that parish. The last record I have for the family in Philadelphia is the baptism of Thomas Francis Poinsett in 1844 (sponsor Joanna Flinn).

I do not know where the Poinsetts were between 1843 and 1845, but the Poinsetts lived in New York City between 1845 and 1850. In 1845 he resided at 13 E. Eleventh and from 1846 to 1849 at 160 Av.3. Thomas G. is listed in the city directories as a pianoforte maker. He is listed in the New York City census for 1850 (p 356) living in ward 18. Daughter Sarah Louisa, according to The Sharples Genealogy, was born there in 1847.

At the time of the August 1850 U. S. census the family was living in the 3rd ward of Buffalo, NY. Thomas G., age 36, is indicated to be a pianoforte maker. Wife Rosina (Rosanna), born


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