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Older immigrants.


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I have found that quite a lot of people emigrated at an advanced age. And many of them were widows or widowers going out to join relatives or friends who had emigrated years earlier.

My 3xgreat grandfather emigrated aged 58. When he was 72 in 1900 one of his neighbours in the 1900 US census was aged 66 and his year of immigration was 1899 so he was a newbie to the States. So he was about 65 when he emigrated and he had grown up children with him.

Someone on another site said her great, great grandfather emigrated in 1922 aged 70, yes 70. He went to join children who had emigrated years before similar to my ancestor.

Age never held back people emigrating and I suppose many wanted to live longer or even get more work. Or they wanted to enjoy their last years abroad.


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