The Gandys were a well-known, long established family, craftsmen and traders and with appropriate status. Isaac was a member of an extended family tied together by a common trade followed over many generations, extensive intermarriage and the name Gandy in itself. The Gandys produced shoes and boots on a large scale for export via Liverpool to the United States. To the Gandy’s, the United States was not just a dream but a trading partner, which may have encouraged Isaac to seek his fortune there. The Gandys had established trade contacts via the export of footwear and possibly also made business trips across the Atlantic. Family lore has it that Peter Gandy (see right) made several trips to California, and took younger family members with him. His daughter Martha (see notes) born in 1870 in Widnes settled down in California after one such trip.
According to the 1900 US Census, Isaac arrived in the United States in 1843 when he would have been 8 years old, probably with an older relative, possibly brother Peter who would then have been 16 years old. Apparently Isaac had dreamed of travelling to America ever since he was a very small boy. He followed his dream and worked his way over by boat, according to his wife Harriet.
I am still trying to find details of Isaac’s journey across the Atlantic. His probable port of departure was Liverpool and port of arrival New York.
Photo courtesy Ken Wilson
Peter Gandy (1827 - 1900), Isaac's older brother, surrounded by his children.
Back l-r: Kate, Henry and Lucy
Middle: Jane, Peter and Elizabeth
Front : James
James was a well-known rugby player in Widnes
Kate married William Isaac Bingham
Lucy became Mrs Beecroft
Elizabeth's married named was Dance
Jane became Mrs. Hayden, divorced and remarried as another Mrs. Hayden.
(Information generously provided by Ken Wilson, Widnes)
The Dance Family
The eldest daughter of Peter and Alice Gandy, Elizabeth Ann Gandy born 1848, married John Dance. I have recently been in contact with Noreen Dance, who married Elizabeth's and John's grandson Gavin Arthur Dance. She has helped me with the Gandy tree. Also Tom Bint, who runs the Dance family website which contains a large section devoted to Elizabeth Ann Gandy and James Dance, including photographs. This impressive and informative site can be found at: