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Joe Kissock

Post by Bristol Rovers » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:56 am

Does anyone here know how best to access immigration/emigtaion records? I am looking specifically for information about Joseph Gartshore Kissock, who was born in Coatbridge in 1893 and played for Bury and Bristol Rovers. I believed he had moved to the USA, then to New Zealand; it now appears he sailed from Southampton directly to Wellington in 1922. He later played for New Zealand and moved on to the USA, where he died in San Fransisco in 1959. So, what I am after is confirmation of his journey to NZ and, perhaps, of a later move to USA - hopefully including addresses, names of relatives and the like. Very grateful, as ever, for any ideas about this.

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Post by leicester » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:31 pm

Joseph Gartshore Kissock, born 5th June 1893, Coatbrige.
Emigrated to NZ aboard the 'Rimutaka' in Oct 1922.
Immigrant in USA from 1927. In San Francisco on 1930 US census. Still there in 1942, at 168 Southwood Drive, according to his draft registration card (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/T ... cc=1861144). And still a SF resident when he died on 1st September 1959.

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Re: Joe Kissock

Post by leicester » Fri Jun 01, 2012 12:49 pm

Just a PS: He married Bethia Cowie Clark in New Zealand in 1924. (It's her name that difficult to distinguish on his 1942 draft card). She died in Contra Costa, California on 3rd July 1997.

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Re: Joe Kissock

Post by Bristol Rovers » Fri Jun 01, 2012 1:21 pm

Thank you, as always, for your prompt and full answer. There is some great knowledge through this website! Bethia Clark was presumably born in Scotland, as I can't find her birth anywhere in England/Wales, unless of course it was a whirlwind romance in New Zealand.

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Re: Joe Kissock

Post by leicester » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:21 pm

Probably the latter: he had no partner with him on the outward voyage.

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Re: Joe Kissock

Post by leicester » Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:32 pm

Bethia actually joined him in Wellington a year after his voyage: she embarked from Liverpool to Wellington on the exact same ship in October 1924. She was, indeed, Scottish-born.

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Re: Joe Kissock

Post by Rob R » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:46 pm

JG (Joe) Kissock, according to the NZFA Centenary book played 15 times for NZ on a tour of Australia in 1923 of of which three games were full Internationals, loosing 2-1 at Brisbane ,winning 3-2 at Sydney and 4-1 at Newcastle . He scored 1 goal on the tour in the opening game against Granville which was lost 1-3 . He never appeared in any of NZ's four matches played in 1924. After 1924 the Country in fact didnt play another game until 1927 . He played for the Hospital Club in Wellington and as the Selectors were Wellington based ,a player of his standing in the game ,in a then very amateurish country would have stood out a mile, which should have brought more appearences which suggests he wasnt in Wellington to long until he took off to the States.

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Re: Joe Kissock

Post by Vasco » Thu Jun 07, 2012 11:40 am

Bethia Cowie Clark

born 23/12/1897 in Coatbridge

definitely did not marry in Scotland.

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