Another document enclosed with the above letter was as follows:
Martha Jane Kaye 1804 (approx.) -- 1832 (approx.)
Little information has been passed down through the family records about
Martha Jane. Her early and untimely death at about 28 years of age,
probably accounts for the meagre information.
Martha Jane Kaye was married to Miles Scafe who was born 15th Feb.,
1804 in Kirkburton, west riding, Yorkshire. She gave birth to three
children, Harriet; Joseph, born 15th Apr., 1829 at Kirkburton; and
George. It is written that she died within a week of the birth of her
youngest son, George. Also that she secured the promise of a friend, a
Mrs. Lockland, mother of Ann Lockland Pocklington to take care of her
infant son George. This trust was carried out as noted later.
From this starting information we have begun a search to develop more
information about Martha Jane and her ancestors.
George Scafe, her son came to U.S.A. with William and Ann (Lockland)
Pocklington and their family, and settled in Ridgeway Township, Michigan.
The census for 1850 lists George’s age as 17 years, the 1860 as 28 years,
hence his birth year is 1832-33. His death certificate lists his age as 74 yrs.
4 mos. 2 days at the time of his death, 7th of Jan., 1914. We believe the
lack of close family survivors to look after his interests and affairs accounts
for the error in his age. We are selecting 5th of Aug. 1832 as his probable
birth date and Aug. 5th to 12th, 1832, the date of death of his mother,
Martha Jane (Scafe) Billingslea, 1857-1930, a granddaughter, was named in
In the family papers of Walter J Scafe, a grandson, is a letter from James
Kaye dated 18th of Aug. 1913, that states his father Charles, and Aunt
Eliza, referred to Joseph Scafe, Martha Jane’s son as cousin.
This study is continuing. The next steps include the making of inquiries to
the All Hallows Church of Kirkburton, and the searching of Yorkshire
records, which have been microfilmed and available in U.S.A.
The descendants of Harriet (Scafe) Martin, daughter and oldest child of
Martha Jane in the U.S.A., are barely familiar with the U.S.A. line and have
no knowledge of the British Ancestors.
During November of 1974, I received another letter from Mr. Eugene T. Scafe
that was indeed interesting, in which he divulged some information that we both believe to
be the connection of the Kayes of my line to a definite location in England, after
comparing the information he had to my data on early census reports in Canada, in
Wellington County. The letter went as follows;-
St. George Sq.,
Huddersfield HDI IJA
10th Nov. , 1974.
Dear Cousin Ralph
Your letter was received while I was in Germany. I value the information contained in
your letter very much. Now that we (My sister and myself) have been here and made
some searches, I am confident that our relationship as “cousins” is well founded. Aside
from documenting this detail I know you will be most interested in the following:-
1841 census reference: HO107/1277
County of York
Page 11 Kirkburton Village
James Kaye, age 38, M, Weaver, born in Yorkshire
Hannah, 30, F, no occupation, born in Yorkshire
Charles, 15, M, born in Yorkshire
Henry, 12, M, born in Yorkshire
Eliza, 9, F, born in Yorkshire
Tamer, 6, F, born in Yorkshire
Biron, 5, M, born in Yorkshire
Abel, 2, M, o.
This suggests your G G grandfather was born in 1803.
I notice in the above letter that Biron was spelled with an I instead of a Y as my relatives
in Canada spelled it. Also I assume that the circle after Abel’s name meant yes ("ditto").
There was another page to this letter and it went as follows:-
Martha (Kaye) Scafe my great grandmother was found in the Kirkburton Registers
and identified by the following detail;
Born 15 Jan., 1806
Baptized 1 June, 1806
Father’s name, George Kaye
Mother’s name, Elizabeth
Miles Scafe and Martha Kaye were married, 6 Feb. 1826. Martha died 24 Sept.
1832 at the early age of 26 yrs. (it was listed as 28 yrs.)
It is our belief that Martha is a sister of James Kaye (born 1803) and both are
children of George and Elizabeth Kaye. This is a speculation that we’ll be trying to
confirm in the days ahead.
Kaye is a common family name in this area and it is tedious searching to avoid
missing a crucial entry. With continued good fortune we may have more to report later.
If this letter suggests ideas that you might transmit, use my permanent address and it will
be forwarded to me.
Eugene T Scafe.
On the 23rd of Dec. 1974, I received another letter from Eugene T. Scafe, that had
been written on Dec. 3rd 1974. It went as follows :-
American Consulate General
A.P.O. New York 09759
3 December, 1974.
Dear Cousin Ralph :-
It was my expectation to write a second letter to you after returning to home in
Woodbury in late January. However I have received a copy of one of your great great
Aunt Eliza’s, born Kirkburton 1832, letters which is so revealing that I hasten to post the
second letter immediately.
It establishes the relationship between the Scafe and Kaye families, thereby
eliminating one of our problems. It also confirms that we were working in the right
My sister Mildred joined me in early November to work with Kirkburton,
Huddersfield and Yorkshire records. We have come here to Frankfurt to the home of a
nephew, John Scafe, to consolidate our findings and plan for the January trip back to
Yorkshire to complete our searches.
We have found Miles Scafe marriage and birth in the Kirkburton Church Registers.
Also the birth of three children of Miles and Martha Scafe, Harriet, Joseph, and George.
We found George in the family of William and Ann Pocklington, in the 1841 census for
Kirkburton. This supports our prior information we found in Lenawee Co., Michigan, that
George emigrated to U.S.A. with this family about 1849 and was found in the U. S.census
1850 in Ridgeway Twp.
We found that Miles was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Shaw) Scafe. At least
five other children are recorded for this family in Baptism register.
We found that Martha Kaye was the daughter of George and Elizabeth Kaye, and
her marriage to Miles. Also her death was recorded as 24 Sept. 1832. Age was given
incorrectly as 28 instead of 26 actual.
Including James we are assigning two female and two male children plus Martha to
George and Elizabeth Kaye. We found the Baptism records of all but James. We found
one daughter (Oldest) recorded in the Emley Parish Registers.
We searched for the marriage of George and Elizabeth Kaye in the Kirkburton
registers without finding it.
We estimate James, your great great grandfather to be born 1802-3 before Mary
who was born in Emley Parish 1 Apr., 1804. Our Martha was born Jan. 15, 1806 in
The above information provides a clue that we should go back to the Emley Parish
records, (wherever the complete records may be found) to look for James' birth and the
marriage of his parents. The latter might reveal the parents of George, your G. G. G.
Grandfather. Does your finding of James of Wellington Co. pinpoint his birthplace, in
Yorkshire? The high frequency of the Kaye, Kay surname makes it desirable to have some
specific time period and or specific place as guide in these time consuming searches.
We believe the Elizabeth Kaye, wife of George Kaye in the Kirkburton registers who was
buried 4 May 1825, age 39, to be your G.G. G. Grandmother. We suspect George may
have remarried but have not found the evidence which conforms to our ideas of date.
Neither have we found the death of a George Kaye answering or satisfying our facts.
In the event you may have information or ideas that would be helpful to us, don’t
hesitate to forward them to the address at heading or first page. I should receive if mailed
before Dec. 26th.
We have been quite pleased with our findings so far, even with the blank spots.
Some of these we hope to fill in during our return visit.
It is still my plan to arrange copies of the James Kaye and Norman Kaye letters for
you. However they do not give the relationship info. that the Eliza letter does.
Best regards and a pleasant Christmas.
Eugene T Scafe.
Enclosed with the above letter was a reproduction of a letter written by Eliza, the sister of
Charles Kaye, on Sept. 12, 1913, from Guelph, Ontario. I will not reproduce the letter in
this spot, but will do so a little further along, among reproductions of a number of other
letters on the subject.
However, Mr. Scafe had made some notations of his own in connection with the
above mentioned letter, and they were as follows:-
Note 1: The signer of this letter is presumably, Eliza, born Kirkburton, 1832, since
Charles and Henry her brothers, were desceased by 1913. However Eliza could not have
known Martha Kaye Scafe who died 24 Sept. 1832.
Note 2 : This letter was received by Eugene T. Scafe in Germany on Dec. 2nd
1974, while on tour of Europe including a visitation to Yorkshire for Geneological
searches. In the transmission process it has been transcribed three times.
Note 3 : The original is in possession of Mr. Dennis V. Scafe, 6711 South
Downing Circle West, Littleton, Colorado, 80122. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter J
Scafe, the addressee of Eliza’s letter.
The information gathered to date of this writing, Apr. 22nd 1975, would give a
projected relationship between the Kayes and the Scafes to be thus :-
Wife Elizabeth, buried May 4, 1825, age 39.
James Kaye 1802-3---------brother-sister---------Martha Jane (Kaye) Scafe
to Canada 1842 B. 15 Jan 1806, D. 24 Sept 1832
Charles Kaye------------------first cousins------------Joseph Scafe
Sept.14. 1826-June3, 189? 1829-1902
To Canada 1842 To U.S.A. 1845
To Muskoka 1869 |
James Kaye----------------second cousins-----------Charles E. Scafe
Jan.1,1857-July 12,1923 1873-1952
To Muskoka 1869 Neck City, Jasper Co., Missouri
Charles Robert Clinton Kaye------third cousins------Eugene T. Scafe
June 20,1884-Aug. 23, 1964 1909
Born at Point Kaye, Muskoka To Woodbury N.J. 1935
Walter Norman Kaye
Feb. 25, 1886-0ct. 22, 1958
Born at Point Kaye, Muskoka
On Mar. 8, 1975 1 received a letter from Dennis V. Scafe of Littleton, Colo., who
would be a cousin of Eugene T. Scafe of Woodbury, N.J. It went as follows :-
The following are copies of letters and other information received by my father,
Walter J Scafe, when he was making enquiries concerning relatives in Canada, after
finding probably, this letter from Charles and Sarah Kaye, written in 1881.
Point Kaye, Ontario, Sept. 5, 1881
My Dear Cousins :
I now write these few lines to you in the hope that they will find you and all your
family well, as it leaves me and my family at present. Thank God for his goodness to us.
My father died 23 years ago and my mother died 36 years ago. My brother Henry died 8
years ago. Eliza lives in Guelph, that is about 200 miles from here. She is up here at
present on a visit. She has been up here about 4 weeks, and will remain about 2 weeks
more. Her husband’s name is William Laurence. Their address is Guelph, Ontario, Neve
St., no 56. Tamar is living in Minnesota, county Windem. Her husband’s name is Samuel
Collins. My brother Byron was killed about 16 years ago. Brother Abel is in Wisconsin,
but I have lost his address. He was the baby when we left England. There are 5 or 6 more
in the family, but you will know nothing about them. There are James and Benjamin, when
the latter was born my mother died. Then my father got married and had another family.
Names are as follows :- Eli, then Lewis, then Simeon Reuben Levi. He is in the same
place as Tamar.
For my own family :-
The first Hannah, the second Sarah, the third dead, the 4th Eliza, the 5th Mary, the
6th James, the 7th Abel, the 8th John, the 9th Jane, dead, the 10th Walter Bruce, the l1th
William Henry, the 12th Amandy Sophia, the 13th 14th and 15th all dead. My wife is a
Scotch woman, so you see that will account for so large a family.
We have very hot weather this summer. I shall have to bring my letter to a close
as I have got to go down to my brother James this afternoon. I will write you more next
time. Give me all the news, also all the old country news.
From your affectionate Cousins,
Charles and Sarah Kaye.