Richard Sampson Johns 1865-1932 & Grace Melinda Wasley 1867-Aft1930

Married on 1 Apr 1905 at Negaunee, Marquette, Michigan, USA

Passport photograph of Grace & Richard Johns taken in 1921 in preparation for their travel to England 


Richard Sampson Johns

Eldest child of John and Elizabeth Johns

Born: 28 Feb 1865 Breage, Cornwall, England

Siblings: George Johns (1867), John H. Johns (1870) & James Johns (1872)

Died: 12 Nov 1932 Ishpeming, Marquette, Michigan, USA


Occupation: Blacksmith

Grace Melinda Wasley

Youngest child of Edward Roberts Whitford Wasley and Mary Ann Bawden

Born: 1867 (Truro Jan 5c p.177) Kenwyn, Cornwall, England

Siblings: Thomas John Wasley, Richard E. Wasley, Joel A. Wasley

Died: After 1930


Richard was the only member of his immediate family born in Breage. He was baptised some months later on 6 June 1865 at the parish church of Germoe. The occupation of his father John Thomas Johns was a miner. The residence of the family at that time was given as Asterwashes. As a teenager he learnt the blacksmithing trade and would continue in this occupation for the rest of his working life. At the age of 24 Richard decided to travel to the USA. He left from Liverpool on the S.S. Alaska and arrived at New York on 10 June 1889 carrying two luggage items. By 1900 we find him being accommodated in the Wasley boarding house in Ishpeming, Michigan. Five years later Richard marries Grace Wasley. Richard and Grace did not have any children. Later in life after retirement they return to England for a visit. It is not known when and where Grace died.

At the age of 6 Richard is described as a scholar in the 1861 English Census for Boscrege, Germoe, Cornwall.

After the death of his father and at the age of 16, Richard is learning to become a blacksmith.

By 1900 Richard has been living in the USA for over ten years. In the 1900 US Census Richard is listed as a boarder as the Wasley boarding house. He is listed immediately after Grace Wasley, whom he would marry five years later.

Richard 39 and Grace 38 marry on 1 April 1905 in Ishpeming, Michigan.

Richard and Grace live at 309 N. Maple Street in Ishpeming. Grace’s mother Mary resides with them for many years until her death in 1920.

Richard and Grace in the 1920 US census at the same address.

Richard and Grace in the 1930 US census at the same address.

After retiring  Richard and Grace prepare to visit England by applying for a passport.

On the Empress of France, Richard  & Grace arrive in Liverpool on 1 June 1921.

Richard dies on 12 November 1932 and the following death certificate is issued.