James Tristram

b. before February 15, 1832, d. October 2, 1909
FatherSamuel Tristram b. about 1801, d. July 22, 1843
MotherRebecca Connell b. about 1806, d. January 18, 1866
(Child) BirthJames Tristram was born before February 15, 1832 at Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland. 
(Child) BaptismHe was baptized on February 15, 1832 at Saint Andrew's, Dublin, Ireland. Sponsor was Anna Walby.. 
ImmigrationHe immigrated about 1840.  
ImmigrationHe immigrated on June 24, 1843 to New York City with his parents, Samuel and Rebecca Tristram, and with Samuel Tristram, John Tristram, Thomas Tristram, Maria Tristram, William Tristram and Richard Tristram
(Groom) MarriageJames married Maria Morris on February 26, 1859 at NY..  
(Son) BirthA son, James, was born in May, 1860. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Maria, was born in May, 1860 at Manhattan, NY. 
1860 US CensusJames, listed as 21 years old, appeared as the head of household with his wife Maria, 26 years old, on the 1860 Federal Census of Manhattan, NY, recorded June 8, 1860. Their children, James, 1 month old, and Maria Tristram, 1 month old, were listed as living with them. James was a Wire Weaver. 
Milit-BegHe began military service about 1861 as a Private in the 26th New Jersey Infantry. 
(Son) BirthA son, William, was born on September 5, 1863 at Manhattan, NY. 
ResidenceHe lived in 1865 at 11 Jacob Street, Manhattan, NY. 
(Son) BirthA son, Richard, was born on July 16, 1865. 
(Son) BirthA son, Thomas, was born about 1867. 
(Son) BirthA son, John, was born about 1869. 
(Son) BirthA son, William, was born about 1871 at CT. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Maria, was born on November 14, 1875 at CT. 
ResidenceHe and Maria lived on June 5, 1880 at 10 Oak Street, Manhattan, NY. Also living with them was Richard Tristram, Thomas Tristram, John Tristram, William Tristram, Maria Tristram and James J. Tristram. James (father), James (son), Richard, Thomas and John were Wire Makers. 
(Son) DeathThomas died on January 20, 1887 at White Plains, NY. 
(Son) DeathJohn died on January 20, 1887 at White Plains, NY. 
Newspaper ClippingThe following newspaper article appeared in New York Tribune on January 23, 1887:
BOLD BURGLARS IDENTIFIED,
UNABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTION.
A FATHER'S GRIEF THAT HIS SONS, SHOULD GO ASTRAY-WERE THEY KILLED?

The bodies of the t w o burglars who were killed at White Plains on Thursday night-have been identified as those of John and Thomas Tristram, of this city. They are sons of James Tristram, a wire cloth and sieve, maker living in a tenement-house.at No. 130 1/2 Monroe st, this city. Until last Tuesday they were employed by their brothers, Richard and James Tristram, jr ., who are engaged in the manufacture of sieves on the third loft-of the building No. 195 Water-st. The family, composed of the father and mother and five brothers, is in moderate circumstances- and lives comfortably. The younger brothers, Thomas, ago nineteen; John, "age sixteen, and William, age fifteen, and the father were ostensibly in- the employ of the two elder brothers, James, Jr., and Richard and business was done under the firm name of Tristram Brothers, although it was understood by those who know that all had an interest in the profits.

Early Thursday morning Thomas, John and William left their home, giving their parents and brothers the impression that that they were going to their workshop. They wore not seen again during the day and thelr absence caused much worriment. On Thursday evening at 9:30 o'clock, William, the youngest brother, returned to his home and said that he had been to Coney Island and .that he had been sent home by his brothers, who intended to return by a later train. The parents, realizing that there was little to attract people to Coney Island at this season of the year, questioned their son closely, "but were unable to elicit any more definite information from him. Late on Friday evening Mr. Tristram read a description of the young men who had been killed at White Plains. It tallied so closely with the general appearance of his missing sons that he was impelled to send James and Richard to White Plains yesterday morning. As soon as they saw the bodies of the dead men they recognized them as their brothers.

Mr. Tristram, who is past sixty years of age, was found in the afternoon at the. loft, where he assists his sons. When a reporter entered the room he sat on a pile of boxes, swaying to and fro and sobbing like a child. He seemed to be nearly beside himself with grief and it was with difficulty he told of the disappearance of his sons.

"Tom and John," he said •”were good boys and never went around with the gangs which infest the' neighborhood in which we live. They were seldom out of the house and then only with my permission to go to the theatre, ' of which they were very fond. They worked steadily, never drank and never had any firearms in their possession. What possessed them to run away and to buy revolvers and knives I am wholly at a loss to comprehend. They could always obtain enough money to meet their wants and although they worked hard, they never seemed to be dissatisfied with their condition, if they were guilty of the murder with which they are charged the only way I can account for it is that- they were insane, and as for their shooting themselves, 1 regard that as a preposterous assertion made to cloak the deeds of those who shot them down In cold blood. They were innocent, surely innocent"

The announcement that John and Thomas Tristram were the so-called desperadoes was received -with much surprise by those who had known the young men.. In the neighborhoods where they lived and worked they were generally regarded- as being young men of exceptionally good morals and character. The loft In which they worked has been rented for the last; seven years from George L. Squires, who occupies the' ground floor and who has seen thorn almost daily for that length of time.

“I looked upon those two boys," he said, "as model young men. They were always quiet and modest in their demeanor and seemed never to have a disposition to engage in boyish amusements or pranks of any kind. Their education had been necessarily limited and they were obliged to work before they had reached their teens. This tended to make them old before their time. It is apparent from the firearms they carried that they had been .reading dime novels and witnessing blood and thunder dramas, had been imbued with, the• spirit of adventure and- were going West to fight Indians.. They knew little of the geography of the country and probably thought White Plains was the place- where Indians abounded."

Mrs. Tristram, a matronly looking woman of fifty-five or thereabouts, was found at her homo last evening in the midst of-a group of women who had come in to console her. At her side was her youngest son, William, who said that he and his brothers went from: their home Thursday direct to the Grand Central Station, where they purchased tickets to Patterson,-a station on the Harlem Railroad sixty miles from this city, and went there on the train starting at 10:30 am. Upon arriving at Patterson the three alighted and walked about the village for a time and then along the railroad track to Towner's, two mile south. Here they boarded a New York and Northern train and rode to White Plains. William was told to go home at once. John and Thomas had only 40 cents between them. William: reached his home at 9:30 p. m.

Mrs. Tristram said that her son John had been sick with intermittent fever for three weeks. "Neither of the boys was-over bright." she continued, “and they certainly must have .been crazy when they killed that poor man Mead. An uncle of theirs lives at White Plain. I never will believe that my boys would steal. Sooner than do that they would kill themselves."

The two elder; brothers, James and Richard, returned to the city last evening. Like their parents, they believe that John and Thomas wore insane with fright when they killed themselves, and. not being accustomed to the use of firearms, did not realize what they were doing when they fired at William Mead. They will go again to White Plains to-morrow to attend the inquest, which has been adjourned at the request of District- Attorney Baker.

The funeral of William Mead the murdered man, will take place at the Memorial Methodist' Church In. White Plains at 2 o'clock to-day.
ResidenceHe and Maria lived on February 16, 1892 at Brooklyn, NY. Also living with them was William Tristram, Maria Tristram and James J. Tristram. James and son James were Wireworkers and William was a Fireman. 
ResidenceHe and Maria lived on June 11, 1900 at Rockville Centre, NY. Also living with them was James J. Tristram, William Tristram and Maria Tristram. James and James J. were Wire Weavers and William was a Manufacturer of Sieves. 
(Spouse) Death On May 18, 1905 his wife, Maria, died at Rockville Centre, Nassau County, NY. 
MiscHe was committed, at age 79, to the New York City fo the Aged and Infirm, Brooklyn Division on August 30, 1909. 
(Deceased) DeathJames died on October 2, 1909 at Brooklyn, NY.  
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on October 4, 1909 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY,
Section C, Row 19, Plot 112. His son, James, was later buried here as well. James, listed as a Widower, died from Lobar Pneumonia.

Family

Maria Morris b. about 1836, d. May 18, 1905
Children
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James J. Tristram

b. May, 1860, d. October 29, 1938
FatherJames Tristram b. before February 15, 1832, d. October 2, 1909
MotherMaria Morris b. about 1836, d. May 18, 1905
(Twin) BirthJames J. Tristram and his twin sister, Maria., were born in May, 1860. Some sources list James' birth state as New York and others list Pennsylvania.. 
1860 US CensusHe, listed as 1 month old years old, appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Manhattan, NY in the household of his parents, James and Maria Tristram, and with Maria Tristram
NaturalizationJames was naturalized on October 17, 1865. 
ResidenceHe lived in the household of James Tristram and Maria Tristram, and with Richard Tristram, Thomas Tristram, John Tristram, William Tristram and Maria Tristram on June 5, 1880 at 10 Oak Street, Manhattan, NY. 
Newspaper ClippingThe following newspaper article appeared in New York Tribune on January 23, 1887:
BOLD BURGLARS IDENTIFIED,
UNABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTION.
A FATHER'S GRIEF THAT HIS SONS, SHOULD GO ASTRAY-WERE THEY KILLED?

The bodies of the t w o burglars who were killed at White Plains on Thursday night-have been identified as those of John and Thomas Tristram, of this city. They are sons of James Tristram, a wire cloth and sieve, maker living in a tenement-house.at No. 130 1/2 Monroe st, this city. Until last Tuesday they were employed by their brothers, Richard and James Tristram, jr ., who are engaged in the manufacture of sieves on the third loft-of the building No. 195 Water-st. The family, composed of the father and mother and five brothers, is in moderate circumstances- and lives comfortably. The younger brothers, Thomas, ago nineteen; John, "age sixteen, and William, age fifteen, and the father were ostensibly in- the employ of the two elder brothers, James, Jr., and Richard and business was done under the firm name of Tristram Brothers, although it was understood by those who know that all had an interest in the profits.

Early Thursday morning Thomas, John and William left their home, giving their parents and brothers the impression that that they were going to their workshop. They wore not seen again during the day and thelr absence caused much worriment. On Thursday evening at 9:30 o'clock, William, the youngest brother, returned to his home and said that he had been to Coney Island and .that he had been sent home by his brothers, who intended to return by a later train. The parents, realizing that there was little to attract people to Coney Island at this season of the year, questioned their son closely, "but were unable to elicit any more definite information from him. Late on Friday evening Mr. Tristram read a description of the young men who had been killed at White Plains. It tallied so closely with the general appearance of his missing sons that he was impelled to send James and Richard to White Plains yesterday morning. As soon as they saw the bodies of the dead men they recognized them as their brothers.

Mr. Tristram, who is past sixty years of age, was found in the afternoon at the. loft, where he assists his sons. When a reporter entered the room he sat on a pile of boxes, swaying to and fro and sobbing like a child. He seemed to be nearly beside himself with grief and it was with difficulty he told of the disappearance of his sons.

"Tom and John," he said •”were good boys and never went around with the gangs which infest the' neighborhood in which we live. They were seldom out of the house and then only with my permission to go to the theatre, ' of which they were very fond. They worked steadily, never drank and never had any firearms in their possession. What possessed them to run away and to buy revolvers and knives I am wholly at a loss to comprehend. They could always obtain enough money to meet their wants and although they worked hard, they never seemed to be dissatisfied with their condition, if they were guilty of the murder with which they are charged the only way I can account for it is that- they were insane, and as for their shooting themselves, 1 regard that as a preposterous assertion made to cloak the deeds of those who shot them down In cold blood. They were innocent, surely innocent"

The announcement that John and Thomas Tristram were the so-called desperadoes was received -with much surprise by those who had known the young men.. In the neighborhoods where they lived and worked they were generally regarded- as being young men of exceptionally good morals and character. The loft In which they worked has been rented for the last; seven years from George L. Squires, who occupies the' ground floor and who has seen thorn almost daily for that length of time.

“I looked upon those two boys," he said, "as model young men. They were always quiet and modest in their demeanor and seemed never to have a disposition to engage in boyish amusements or pranks of any kind. Their education had been necessarily limited and they were obliged to work before they had reached their teens. This tended to make them old before their time. It is apparent from the firearms they carried that they had been .reading dime novels and witnessing blood and thunder dramas, had been imbued with, the• spirit of adventure and- were going West to fight Indians.. They knew little of the geography of the country and probably thought White Plains was the place- where Indians abounded."

Mrs. Tristram, a matronly looking woman of fifty-five or thereabouts, was found at her homo last evening in the midst of-a group of women who had come in to console her. At her side was her youngest son, William, who said that he and his brothers went from: their home Thursday direct to the Grand Central Station, where they purchased tickets to Patterson,-a station on the Harlem Railroad sixty miles from this city, and went there on the train starting at 10:30 am. Upon arriving at Patterson the three alighted and walked about the village for a time and then along the railroad track to Towner's, two mile south. Here they boarded a New York and Northern train and rode to White Plains. William was told to go home at once. John and Thomas had only 40 cents between them. William: reached his home at 9:30 p. m.

Mrs. Tristram said that her son John had been sick with intermittent fever for three weeks. "Neither of the boys was-over bright." she continued, “and they certainly must have .been crazy when they killed that poor man Mead. An uncle of theirs lives at White Plain. I never will believe that my boys would steal. Sooner than do that they would kill themselves."

The two elder; brothers, James and Richard, returned to the city last evening. Like their parents, they believe that John and Thomas wore insane with fright when they killed themselves, and. not being accustomed to the use of firearms, did not realize what they were doing when they fired at William Mead. They will go again to White Plains to-morrow to attend the inquest, which has been adjourned at the request of District- Attorney Baker.

The funeral of William Mead the murdered man, will take place at the Memorial Methodist' Church In. White Plains at 2 o'clock to-day.
ResidenceHe lived in the household of James Tristram and Maria Tristram, and with William Tristram and Maria Tristram on February 16, 1892 at Brooklyn, NY. 
ResidenceHe lived in the household of James Tristram and Maria Tristram, and with William Tristram and Maria Tristram on June 11, 1900 at Rockville Centre, NY. 
1910 US CensusJames, listed as 50 years old, appeared as the head of household on the 1910 Federal Census of Rockville Centre, NY, on 15 Maple Avenue, recorded April 30, 1910. James ws a Wire Worker. James's sister, Maria Tristram, listed as 30 years old, also lived with him. 
1915 NY CensusHe, listed as 55, appeared on the 1915 New York State Census of Rockville Centre, NY in the household of his his sister and brother, Maria Tristram, and with William Tristram, James and William were Wire Workers. 
1920 US Census Recorded on January 31, 1920, James, listed as 58 years old, appeared on the 1920 Federal Census as the head of household. He lived at 39 Lee Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY. James was listed as a Wire Importer and William as a Wire Clerk. Also living with James were his brother and sister, William, 49, and Maria Tristram, 31. 
1925 NY CensusOn the 1925 New York State Census, recorded as of June 1st, James, listed as 65 years old, appeared as the head of household living at Rockville Centre, NY, on 39 Lee Avenue. James and William were listed as Paint Salesmen. Also living with James were his brother and sister, William, 55, and Maria Tristram, 49. 
1930 US CensusJames, listed as 69 years old, appeared as the head of household on the 1930 Federal Census of Rockville Centre, NY, on 39 Lee Avenue, recorded April 23, 1930. James was listed as the Proprietor and William as a Clerk of a Wire Works. Also living with James were his brother and sister, William, 59, and Maria Tristram, 54. 
(Deceased) DeathJames died on October 29, 1938 at Hempstead, NY, at age 78.  
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on November 2, 1938 at Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY,
Plot: C, Range 19, Grave 112, the same grave as his father, James.
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John Tristram

b. before April 2, 1830, d. May 24, 1868
FatherSamuel Tristram b. about 1801, d. July 22, 1843
MotherRebecca Connell b. about 1806, d. January 18, 1866
(Child) BirthJohn Tristram was born before April 2, 1830 at Westland Row, Dublin, Ireland. 
(Child) BaptismHe was baptized on April 2, 1830 at Saint Andrew's, Dublin, Ireland. Sponsors were Owen Madden and Anna Walby.. 
ImmigrationHe immigrated on June 24, 1843 to New York City with his parents, Samuel and Rebecca Tristram, and with Samuel Tristram, James Tristram, Thomas Tristram, Maria Tristram, William Tristram and Richard Tristram
1850 US CensusHe, listed as 15 years old, appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Manhattan, NY in the household of his parent, Rebecca Tristram, and with Samuel Tristram, Thomas Tristram, Maria Tristram and Richard Tristram
(Groom) MarriageJohn married Catharine Reilly, daughter of P Reilly, between 1863 and 1865..  
(Son) BirthA son, John, was born on November 29, 1863 at NY. 
(Son) DeathJohn died on November 29, 1863 at NY. 
ResidenceHe lived in the household of Rebecca Tristram, and with Thomas Tristram, Catharine Tristram, Samuel Tristram and Richard Tristram in 1865 at 34 East Broadway, Manhattan, NY. 
Newspaper ClippingThe following newspaper article appeared in NY Times on August 6, 1865:
NY Times

FRATRICIDE IN EAST BROADWAY; The Family Seek to Conceal Their Knowledge of the Crime. Coroner Wildey Adroitly Brings the Truth to Light. RUM, AS USUAL, AT THE BOTTOM. THE MURDERER CONSIGNED TO THE TOMBS.

Published: August 6, 1865

We are again called upon to record another tragedy on the East Side. As ever, gin was the author of the crime, but not as usual, the murderer and the murdered are brothers, and the homicide was committed in their own bedchamber, in presence of a third person, and under their mother's roof. The family of TRISTRAM, consisting of Mrs. REBECCA TRISTRAM, the mother, a woman of not unpleasant appearance, and of about 50 years of age; JOHN TRISTRAM, a wire-weaver, of about 30; Mrs. CATHARINE TRISTRAM, a rather handsome woman of about 25, wife of JOHN; RICHARD TRISTRAM, also a wire-weaver, aged 22; THOMAS TRISTRAM, likewise a wire-weaver, aged 31 years, and SAMUEL TRISTRAM, a youth, of about 13 years, son of a deceased daughter of Mrs. TRISTRAM, occupied the second floor of No. 34 East Broadway. They appear to have lived in harmony, and were respected by their neighbors, who knew the sons as thriving mechanics that had joined in supporting their mother and nephew in the best of the few modern dwellings which are left in the southern-most blocks of East Broadway. They are quiet people who have generally attended strictly to their own business.

But on Friday evening the sons THOMAS and JOHN went to a liquor saloon in Division-street, and there drowned their intellects in the fearful beverages which are peddled over so many counters between the Battery and Harlem, and at length they quarreled, fought, and separated in anger. Both brothers reached home at a seasonable hour -- one, however, so thoroughly intoxicated that it was deemed prudent to bundle him off to bed without delay. The other, it appears, remained up awhile, drank his beer at home, and then retired.

RICHARD, however, holding open-air walking to be the best antidote for drunkenness, again went abroad, and on his return, at about midnight, visited a lager-bier saloon under his domicil, to imbibe his night-cap, triumphantly exhibited a fine silver-plated Colt army revolver, which the family had purchased as a present for a brother in California. This magnificent present for the absent brother, we dare say, RICHARD TRISTRAM now wishes in the bottom of the sea; for it drew from the German landlord the remark that it was too heavy for ordinary use, and that he would prefer a lighter weapon; and to this remark RICHARD replied that he had a smaller pistol, and in proof drew a small pistol, which is now a vital witness against him.

RICHARD TRISTRAM went straightway from the German's saloon to his bedchamber, wherein in brother THOMAS and nephew, SAMUEL, lay, and there took up the quarrel, threatening the brother's life, as will appear in the following testimony, which was taken before Coroner WILDEY, yesterday, at the Seventh Ward Police-station:
Frederick Eickhoff, of No. 36 East Broadway, sworn -I keep a lager-bier saloon on the first floor of the building Nos. 34 and 36 East Broadway; I closed about one o'clock this morning; I had been about one hour abed when I heard a voice saying: "Say, Tommy, get up, you son of a b_____, you told my brother that you wanted to kill him:" the mother said; "No, he did not;" the mother then told Samuel to go out for a policeman; the same voice repeated: "Get up; I'll shoot you; I'll have your blood;" a voice said: "No, I won't;" about five minutes after this I again heard the voice repeating this language; the mother's voice again saying that life had not been threatened; I heard and recognized Richard's voice previous to the shooting; early in the evening I saw Richard with the pistol here shown in his hands, in my saloon, at about midnight.
The testimony of Mr. Eickhoff was given without reserve, and impressed the jury and spectators, as did that of Samuel Tristram, a small nephew of one of the brothers, who, having been sworn, said: I live with my grandmother; I was out playing in the street until about nine o'clock; my uncle Thomas, the deceased, slept in the back kitchen with me; the report of a pistol awoke me; my uncle Richard asked me where there was a doctor; nobody but uncle Richard and Thomas were with me, and uncle Thomas lay dead with his feet toward the door; uncle Richard and myself went for a doctor; we stepped over the body of uncle Thomas; Dr. Harrison, of No. 46 East Broadway, uncle Richard and myself went back to the house together; the doctor, on seeing uncle Thomas, said that he was dead; I do not know who shot uncle Thomas.

But the rambling, incoherent, and utterly ill-advised chatter of the following named witness was regarded by the jury as manifestly false; and after the witness had battled the skill of the coroner in questioning, he set her aside. We give only the gist of the woman's remarks, as follows:

Mrs. Rebecca Tristram, of No. 34 East Broadway, sworn -- I am mother of John, Richard, and Thomas Tristram; we occupy a second floor; John and his wife Catharine slept in the bedroom adjoining the front room: Thomas Tristram, the deceased, slept in the kitchen last night; John Tristram came home tipsy at about eleven o'clock; his face was disfigured, and I understood that he had been in a row in a liquor saloon; I sent for lager-bier; Thomas was in bed in the kitchen; I gave him beer, but do not know whether he was drunk or sober: I went to bed shortly after eleven o'clock when all but Richard were in bed; I had been abed I do not know how long when the noise as of the falling of a candle awoke me; I rose, lighted a candle, and the first that I saw was Thomas lying dead; I ran into Kate's room and told her that Thomas was dead; Kate came out of her room end returned to wake John; the small pistol here shown (the one with which the murder was committed) belonged to Thomas; Richard and Thomas were always friends.
We publish the following testimony without comment:

Mrs. Emily Seaman, of No. 34 East Broadway, sworn -- At about three o'clock this morning I heard a noise in the room adjoining my apartments, as of persons wrestling; I rose and looked through a side window into the prisoners' room, which was then lighted; I heard the voice of one of the prisoners, saying, "I will have your blood;" the light was next extinguished, and immediately I heard the report of a pistol; I then saw two gentlemen go down stairs, and supposed that they had gone to summon a physician; when they returned a police officer accompanied them. Mrs. Tristram, the mother of the deceased, appeared in the entry when the policeman came into the house, and I inquired what had occurred, but she made no reply.

Catharine Tristram, wife of John Tristram, sworn. -- I live with my mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and little Samuel; I was out last evening and reached home between ten and eleven o'clock; when Thomas came home he said he had been in a row; I put my husband to bed and went for beer; we gave Thomas a drink; I do not know at what time Richard came home; early in the evening I saw the pistol here shown in his possession; I heard the pistol shot at about 3 o'clock, and about three minutes thereafter my mother-in-law came to my room and told me that Thomas was dying.
Dr. Wooster Beach, Jr., sworn -- I made a post-mortem examination on the body of deceased, and found a pistol-shot wound of the left breast; on opening the body it was discovered that the ball had passed through the lungs, and severed several large blood-vessels; it passed through the body and lodged in the spinal column; death must have been instantaneous.

After further testimony, none of which, however, established any new facts, the case was given to the jury, consisting of Messrs. S.W. Baldwin, Samuel Martin, Daniel Ferris, Bernard McCloskey, Bernard Helles, George J. Walker, Louis Mohakes, William Sohrader and C. Dobler, and three minutes thereafter they returned the following verdict:
"We find that THOMAS TRISTRAM came to his death by a pistol-shot wound at the hand of RICHARD TRISTRAM, on the 5th day of August, 1865, at No. 34 East Broadway."
RICHARD TRISTRAM was now called and interrogated; but he declined to make other reply than that he did not kill his brother, and thereupon Coroner WILDEY delivered him to an officer, to be confined in the Tombs, and JOHN TRISTRAM, SAMUEL TRISTRAM, Mrs. REBECCA TRISTRAM and Mrs. CATHARINE TRISTRAM were required to find bail in $1,000, respectively.
The Tristram family emigrated from Ireland many years ago, and their fortunes appear to have been varied, as one of the sons served in the war upon Mexico, and another, the deceased, was a private in the late great and honored volunteer army of the United States.

The Coroner, the jury and the press are indebted to Capt. WILLIAM JAMESON, of the Metropolitan Police, for courtesies extended.

The Tristram family are said to be well-to-do in the world, being largely engaged in the wire-working business at No. 354 Pearl-street, near Franklin-square. The accused, RICHARD, was in California, and came home in January, with JOHN and his wife. The police found on the premises a silver-plated revolver and gold-plated revolver, of large size, which the prisoner was about to send to California, as a present to another brother. A large navy pistol was also found. The pistol with which the fatal shot was fired is a pocket-revolver, of medium size, with six-inch barrel, break-body pattern. It is now in the possession of the Coroner.
(Son) BirthA son, John, was born about September, 1865 at NY. 
NaturalizationHe witnessed the naturalization of James J. Tristram on October 17, 1865 at 354 Pearl Street, Manhattan, NY.  
ResidenceHe lived before May 24, 1868 at 15 Cherry Street, Manhattan, NY. 
(Deceased) DeathJohn died on May 24, 1868 at a Hospital, Manhattan, NY, of Typhus Fever.  
Death NoticeA death notice appeared: on May 25, 1868 in the New York Herald. 
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on May 26, 1868 at Calvary Cemetery, Queens, NY,
in Section 5, Range 11, Plot CC, Grave 4 with John, John and 1 unknown. Grave purchased by John on November 29, 1863.
 

Family

Catharine Reilly b. 1843
Children
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John Tristram

b. November 29, 1863, d. November 29, 1863
FatherJohn Tristram b. before April 2, 1830, d. May 24, 1868
MotherCatharine Reilly b. 1843
(Stillborn) BirthJohn Tristram was stillborn on November 29, 1863 at NY. 
(Deceased) DeathJohn died on November 29, 1863 at NY.  
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on November 29, 1863 at Cavary Cemetery, Queens County, NY,
in Section 5, Range 11, Plot CC, Grave 4 with John (presumed father), John and 1 unknown. Grave purchased by John on November 29, 1863.
 
Last EditedAugust 13, 2014

John Tristram

b. about September, 1865, d. before September 13, 1866
FatherJohn Tristram b. before April 2, 1830, d. May 24, 1868
MotherCatharine Reilly b. 1843
(Child) BirthJohn Tristram was born about September, 1865 at NY. 
(Deceased) DeathJohn died before September 13, 1866 at NY.  
(Interred) BurialHe was buried on September 13, 1866 at Cavary Cemetery, Queens County, NY,
in Section 5, Range 11, Plot CC, Grave 4 with John (presumed father), John and 1 unknown. Grave purchased by John on November 29, 1863.
 
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John Tristram

b. about 1869, d. January 20, 1887
FatherJames Tristram b. before February 15, 1832, d. October 2, 1909
MotherMaria Morris b. about 1836, d. May 18, 1905
(Child) BirthJohn Tristram was born about 1869. 
ResidenceHe lived in the household of James Tristram and Maria Tristram, and with Richard Tristram, Thomas Tristram, William Tristram, Maria Tristram and James J. Tristram on June 5, 1880 at 10 Oak Street, Manhattan, NY. 
(Deceased) DeathJohn died on January 20, 1887 at White Plains, NY, His Brother, Thomas was killed there as well..  
Newspaper ClippingThe following newspaper article appeared in New York Tribune on January 23, 1887:
BOLD BURGLARS IDENTIFIED,
UNABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTION.
A FATHER'S GRIEF THAT HIS SONS, SHOULD GO ASTRAY-WERE THEY KILLED?

The bodies of the t w o burglars who were killed at White Plains on Thursday night-have been identified as those of John and Thomas Tristram, of this city. They are sons of James Tristram, a wire cloth and sieve, maker living in a tenement-house.at No. 130 1/2 Monroe st, this city. Until last Tuesday they were employed by their brothers, Richard and James Tristram, jr ., who are engaged in the manufacture of sieves on the third loft-of the building No. 195 Water-st. The family, composed of the father and mother and five brothers, is in moderate circumstances- and lives comfortably. The younger brothers, Thomas, ago nineteen; John, "age sixteen, and William, age fifteen, and the father were ostensibly in- the employ of the two elder brothers, James, Jr., and Richard and business was done under the firm name of Tristram Brothers, although it was understood by those who know that all had an interest in the profits.

Early Thursday morning Thomas, John and William left their home, giving their parents and brothers the impression that that they were going to their workshop. They wore not seen again during the day and thelr absence caused much worriment. On Thursday evening at 9:30 o'clock, William, the youngest brother, returned to his home and said that he had been to Coney Island and .that he had been sent home by his brothers, who intended to return by a later train. The parents, realizing that there was little to attract people to Coney Island at this season of the year, questioned their son closely, "but were unable to elicit any more definite information from him. Late on Friday evening Mr. Tristram read a description of the young men who had been killed at White Plains. It tallied so closely with the general appearance of his missing sons that he was impelled to send James and Richard to White Plains yesterday morning. As soon as they saw the bodies of the dead men they recognized them as their brothers.

Mr. Tristram, who is past sixty years of age, was found in the afternoon at the. loft, where he assists his sons. When a reporter entered the room he sat on a pile of boxes, swaying to and fro and sobbing like a child. He seemed to be nearly beside himself with grief and it was with difficulty he told of the disappearance of his sons.

"Tom and John," he said •”were good boys and never went around with the gangs which infest the' neighborhood in which we live. They were seldom out of the house and then only with my permission to go to the theatre, ' of which they were very fond. They worked steadily, never drank and never had any firearms in their possession. What possessed them to run away and to buy revolvers and knives I am wholly at a loss to comprehend. They could always obtain enough money to meet their wants and although they worked hard, they never seemed to be dissatisfied with their condition, if they were guilty of the murder with which they are charged the only way I can account for it is that- they were insane, and as for their shooting themselves, 1 regard that as a preposterous assertion made to cloak the deeds of those who shot them down In cold blood. They were innocent, surely innocent"

The announcement that John and Thomas Tristram were the so-called desperadoes was received -with much surprise by those who had known the young men.. In the neighborhoods where they lived and worked they were generally regarded- as being young men of exceptionally good morals and character. The loft In which they worked has been rented for the last; seven years from George L. Squires, who occupies the' ground floor and who has seen thorn almost daily for that length of time.

“I looked upon those two boys," he said, "as model young men. They were always quiet and modest in their demeanor and seemed never to have a disposition to engage in boyish amusements or pranks of any kind. Their education had been necessarily limited and they were obliged to work before they had reached their teens. This tended to make them old before their time. It is apparent from the firearms they carried that they had been .reading dime novels and witnessing blood and thunder dramas, had been imbued with, the• spirit of adventure and- were going West to fight Indians.. They knew little of the geography of the country and probably thought White Plains was the place- where Indians abounded."

Mrs. Tristram, a matronly looking woman of fifty-five or thereabouts, was found at her homo last evening in the midst of-a group of women who had come in to console her. At her side was her youngest son, William, who said that he and his brothers went from: their home Thursday direct to the Grand Central Station, where they purchased tickets to Patterson,-a station on the Harlem Railroad sixty miles from this city, and went there on the train starting at 10:30 am. Upon arriving at Patterson the three alighted and walked about the village for a time and then along the railroad track to Towner's, two mile south. Here they boarded a New York and Northern train and rode to White Plains. William was told to go home at once. John and Thomas had only 40 cents between them. William: reached his home at 9:30 p. m.

Mrs. Tristram said that her son John had been sick with intermittent fever for three weeks. "Neither of the boys was-over bright." she continued, “and they certainly must have .been crazy when they killed that poor man Mead. An uncle of theirs lives at White Plain. I never will believe that my boys would steal. Sooner than do that they would kill themselves."

The two elder; brothers, James and Richard, returned to the city last evening. Like their parents, they believe that John and Thomas wore insane with fright when they killed themselves, and. not being accustomed to the use of firearms, did not realize what they were doing when they fired at William Mead. They will go again to White Plains to-morrow to attend the inquest, which has been adjourned at the request of District- Attorney Baker.

The funeral of William Mead the murdered man, will take place at the Memorial Methodist' Church In. White Plains at 2 o'clock to-day.
(Interred) BurialHe and Thomas Tristram were buried on January 26, 1887 at Evergreens Cemetery, 1629 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY.
 
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Josephine Tristram

b. about 1870, d. November 21, 1930
FatherSamuel Tristram b. before January 16, 1828, d. before 1910
MotherJosephine Derne b. April, 1831, d. December 29, 1912
(Child) BirthJosephine Tristram was born about 1870 at CA. 
1880 US CensusShe, listed as 10, appeared on the 1880 Federal Census Contra Costa County, CA in the household of her parents, Samuel and Josephine Tristram
(Bride) MarriageJosephine married Robert Augustus Allen about 1900 at CA..  
(Son) BirthA son, Robert, was born on June 29, 1903 at CA. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Josephine, was born on March 16, 1905 at CA. 
(Son) BirthA son, John, was born on August 16, 1907 at CA. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Margarette, was born on February 1, 1910 at Contra Costa County, CA. 
1910 US CensusShe, listed as 39 years old, appeared with her husband Robert Augustus Allen, 34 years old, on the 1910 Federal Census of Martinez, Contra Costa County, CA, recorded May 9, 1910. Josephine was listed as having had 6 children born, 4 still living. Josephine's mother in law, Josephine Tristram, listed as 80years old and widowed, also lived with them.. 
1920 US Census Recorded on January 9, 1920, Josephine Allen, listed as 48 years old, appeared on the 1920 Federal Census with her husband Robert Augustus Allen, 44 years old, and the head of household. They lived at 2873 38th Avenue, Oakland, Alameda County, CA. Their children, Robert, 16, Josephine, 14, John, 12, and Margarette Daisy Allen, 9, were listed as living with them. 
1930 US CensusShe, listed as 59 years old, appeared with her husband Robert Augustus Allen, 64 years old, on the 1930 Federal Census of Oakland, Alameda County, CA, on 2973 London Road, recorded April 2, 1930. Their children, John, 22, and Margarette Daisy Allen, 20, were listed as living with them. 
(Deceased) DeathJosephine died on November 21, 1930 at Alameda, Alameda County, CA.  
(Interred) BurialShe was buried after November 21, 1930 at Saint Mary's Cemetery, Oakland, CA,
Also buried with Josephine are her daughter, Margarita and son, Robert.

Family

Robert Augustus Allen b. August 2, 1875, d. July 9, 1950
Children
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Maria Tristram

b. before October 26, 1836, d. August 8, 1905
FatherSamuel Tristram b. about 1801, d. July 22, 1843
MotherRebecca Connell b. about 1806, d. January 18, 1866
ChartsDescendant Chart for Samuel Leek
Descendant Chart for William Fletcher
(Child) BirthMaria Tristram was born before October 26, 1836 at Naas, Kildare, Ireland. 
(Child) BaptismShe was baptized on October 26, 1836 at Naas, Kildare, Ireland. 
ImmigrationShe immigrated on June 24, 1843 to New York City with her parents, Samuel and Rebecca Tristram, and with Samuel Tristram, John Tristram, James Tristram, Thomas Tristram, William Tristram and Richard Tristram
1850 US CensusShe, listed as 13 years old, appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Manhattan, NY in the household of her parent, Rebecca Tristram, and with Samuel Tristram, John Tristram, Thomas Tristram and Richard Tristram
Note
Samuel and Melvina are added to Maria as they are almost certainly not offspring of any of the Tristram brothers and so far nothing more is known about any other Tristram sisters.
Interestingly, Melvina’s obituary lists Samuel and Maria Downing as her parents and the Downing children as her siblings however, in neither Samuel’s nor the Downing children’s obituaries is Melvina even mentioned.
 
(Son) BirthA son, Samuel, was born about 1852. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Mulvenia, was born on December 18, 1856 at Manhattan, NY. 
(First) MarriageMaria's first marriage was to Samuel Purdy Downing, 26, son of George Lord Downing and Susannah H Purdy, on August 19, 1857 at Manhattan, NY..  
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Isabel, was born about 1861 at New York, NY. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Maria, was born on October 31, 1863 at New York, NY. 
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Lilly, was born about 1866 at New York, NY. 
(Son) BirthA son, George, was born in July, 1870 at Fultan, NY. 
ResidenceShe and Samuel Purdy Downing lived on August 8, 1870 at Broadalbin, Fultan, NY. Also living with them was Isabel Downing, Maria Louisa Downing, Lilly Downing, George Downing and Mulvenia Tristram
(Daughter) BirthA daughter, Helen, was born on July 31, 1873 at Fultan, NY. 
ResidenceShe and Samuel Purdy Downing lived on June 30, 1875 at Broadalbin, Fultan, NY. Also living with them was Maria Louisa Downing, Lilly Downing, George Downing, Helen Downing and Isabel Downing. Samuel was a Farmer. 
ResidenceShe and Samuel Purdy Downing lived on June 2, 1880 at 3 Union Avenue, Auburn, Cayuga, NY. Also living with them was Isabel Downing, Maria Louisa Downing, Lilly Downing, George Downing and Helen Downing
(Spouse) Death On May 2, 1890 her husband, Samuel, died at NY, at age 59. 
ResidenceShe lived on February 16, 1892 at Auburn, Cayuga, NY. 
(Second) MarriageMaria's second marriage was to Henry Fletcher, 58, son of William Fletcher and Sarah Leek, on April 14, 1894 at Brooklyn, NY. Married by Doremus Scudder, clergyman, witnessed by Ruth Scudder.
 
Newspaper ClippingThe following newspaper article appeared in The Auburn Argus:
Fletcher--Downing--April 12, Mrs. M. Downing of Auburn, to Henry Fletcher of Brooklyn.
ResidenceShe and Henry Fletcher lived in 1897 at 935 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Maria and Henry are listed as in the Hardware business and Alfred is listed as a Tinsmith. 
ResidenceShe and Henry Fletcher lived in 1898 at 935 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Also living with them was Alfred William Fletcher. Maria and Henry are listed as hardware and Alfred is listed as a Tinsmith. 
(Spouse) Death On December 21, 1898 her husband, Henry, died at Brooklyn, NY, at age 63. 
ResidenceShe and Alfred William Fletcher lived in 1899 at 935 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. Maria is listed as House Furnishing Goods, Henry is listed as Hardware and Alfred is listed as a Tinsmith. 
ResidenceShe lived in 1900 at Over 20 Park Avenue, Auburn, NY. Maria is listed as a Widow of Harry. She also has the same listing for 1901. 
1905 NY CensusSheappeared on the 1905 New York State Census of Gloversville, Fulton County, NY in the household of, Jacob and Mulvenia Davis, Maria was a Glove Maker. 
(Deceased) DeathMaria died on August 8, 1905 at Nathan Littauer Hospital, Gloversville, Fulton, NY, from contusions of the head from a fall.  

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Family 2

Samuel Pentz
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Family 3

Samuel Purdy Downing b. March 20, 1831, d. May 2, 1890
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Family 4

Henry Fletcher b. August 22, 1835, d. December 21, 1898
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Maria Tristram

b. November 14, 1875, d. September 19, 1956
FatherJames Tristram b. before February 15, 1832, d. October 2, 1909
MotherMaria Morris b. about 1836, d. May 18, 1905
(Child) BirthMaria Tristram was born on November 14, 1875 at CT. 
(Child) BaptismShe was baptized on January 15, 1876 at St. James, Manhattan, NY. 
ResidenceShe lived in the household of James Tristram and Maria Tristram, and with Richard Tristram, Thomas Tristram, John Tristram, William Tristram and James J. Tristram on June 5, 1880 at 10 Oak Street, Manhattan, NY. 
Newspaper ClippingThe following newspaper article appeared in New York Tribune on January 23, 1887:
BOLD BURGLARS IDENTIFIED,
UNABLE TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR ACTION.
A FATHER'S GRIEF THAT HIS SONS, SHOULD GO ASTRAY-WERE THEY KILLED?

The bodies of the t w o burglars who were killed at White Plains on Thursday night-have been identified as those of John and Thomas Tristram, of this city. They are sons of James Tristram, a wire cloth and sieve, maker living in a tenement-house.at No. 130 1/2 Monroe st, this city. Until last Tuesday they were employed by their brothers, Richard and James Tristram, jr ., who are engaged in the manufacture of sieves on the third loft-of the building No. 195 Water-st. The family, composed of the father and mother and five brothers, is in moderate circumstances- and lives comfortably. The younger brothers, Thomas, ago nineteen; John, "age sixteen, and William, age fifteen, and the father were ostensibly in- the employ of the two elder brothers, James, Jr., and Richard and business was done under the firm name of Tristram Brothers, although it was understood by those who know that all had an interest in the profits.

Early Thursday morning Thomas, John and William left their home, giving their parents and brothers the impression that that they were going to their workshop. They wore not seen again during the day and thelr absence caused much worriment. On Thursday evening at 9:30 o'clock, William, the youngest brother, returned to his home and said that he had been to Coney Island and .that he had been sent home by his brothers, who intended to return by a later train. The parents, realizing that there was little to attract people to Coney Island at this season of the year, questioned their son closely, "but were unable to elicit any more definite information from him. Late on Friday evening Mr. Tristram read a description of the young men who had been killed at White Plains. It tallied so closely with the general appearance of his missing sons that he was impelled to send James and Richard to White Plains yesterday morning. As soon as they saw the bodies of the dead men they recognized them as their brothers.

Mr. Tristram, who is past sixty years of age, was found in the afternoon at the. loft, where he assists his sons. When a reporter entered the room he sat on a pile of boxes, swaying to and fro and sobbing like a child. He seemed to be nearly beside himself with grief and it was with difficulty he told of the disappearance of his sons.

"Tom and John," he said •”were good boys and never went around with the gangs which infest the' neighborhood in which we live. They were seldom out of the house and then only with my permission to go to the theatre, ' of which they were very fond. They worked steadily, never drank and never had any firearms in their possession. What possessed them to run away and to buy revolvers and knives I am wholly at a loss to comprehend. They could always obtain enough money to meet their wants and although they worked hard, they never seemed to be dissatisfied with their condition, if they were guilty of the murder with which they are charged the only way I can account for it is that- they were insane, and as for their shooting themselves, 1 regard that as a preposterous assertion made to cloak the deeds of those who shot them down In cold blood. They were innocent, surely innocent"

The announcement that John and Thomas Tristram were the so-called desperadoes was received -with much surprise by those who had known the young men.. In the neighborhoods where they lived and worked they were generally regarded- as being young men of exceptionally good morals and character. The loft In which they worked has been rented for the last; seven years from George L. Squires, who occupies the' ground floor and who has seen thorn almost daily for that length of time.

“I looked upon those two boys," he said, "as model young men. They were always quiet and modest in their demeanor and seemed never to have a disposition to engage in boyish amusements or pranks of any kind. Their education had been necessarily limited and they were obliged to work before they had reached their teens. This tended to make them old before their time. It is apparent from the firearms they carried that they had been .reading dime novels and witnessing blood and thunder dramas, had been imbued with, the• spirit of adventure and- were going West to fight Indians.. They knew little of the geography of the country and probably thought White Plains was the place- where Indians abounded."

Mrs. Tristram, a matronly looking woman of fifty-five or thereabouts, was found at her homo last evening in the midst of-a group of women who had come in to console her. At her side was her youngest son, William, who said that he and his brothers went from: their home Thursday direct to the Grand Central Station, where they purchased tickets to Patterson,-a station on the Harlem Railroad sixty miles from this city, and went there on the train starting at 10:30 am. Upon arriving at Patterson the three alighted and walked about the village for a time and then along the railroad track to Towner's, two mile south. Here they boarded a New York and Northern train and rode to White Plains. William was told to go home at once. John and Thomas had only 40 cents between them. William: reached his home at 9:30 p. m.

Mrs. Tristram said that her son John had been sick with intermittent fever for three weeks. "Neither of the boys was-over bright." she continued, “and they certainly must have .been crazy when they killed that poor man Mead. An uncle of theirs lives at White Plain. I never will believe that my boys would steal. Sooner than do that they would kill themselves."

The two elder; brothers, James and Richard, returned to the city last evening. Like their parents, they believe that John and Thomas wore insane with fright when they killed themselves, and. not being accustomed to the use of firearms, did not realize what they were doing when they fired at William Mead. They will go again to White Plains to-morrow to attend the inquest, which has been adjourned at the request of District- Attorney Baker.

The funeral of William Mead the murdered man, will take place at the Memorial Methodist' Church In. White Plains at 2 o'clock to-day.
ResidenceShe lived in the household of James Tristram and Maria Tristram, and with William Tristram and James J. Tristram on February 16, 1892 at Brooklyn, NY. 
ResidenceShe lived in the household of James Tristram and Maria Tristram, and with James J. Tristram and William Tristram on June 11, 1900 at Rockville Centre, NY. 
1910 US CensusShe, listed as 30, appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Rockville Centre, NY in the household of her brother, James J. Tristram
1915 NY CensusOn the 1915 New York State Census, recorded as of June 1st, Maria, listed as 39 years old, appeared as the head of household living at Rockville Centre, NY, on 39 Lee Avenue. Also living with Maria was her brothers James, 55, and William Tristram, 45 who were Wire Workers. 
1920 US CensusShe, listed as 31, appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Rockville Centre, NY in the household of her brother James J. Tristram, and with William Tristram
1925 NY CensusShe, listed as 49, appeared on the 1925 New York State Census of Rockville Centre, NY in the household of her brother James J. Tristram, and with William Tristram
1930 US CensusShe, listed as 54, appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Rockville Centre, NY in the household of James J. Tristram, and with William Tristram
1940 US CensusShe, listed as 64, appeared on the 1940 Federal Census of Rockville Centre, NY in the household of her brother, William Tristram
(Bride) MarriageMaria married Timothy J. Shanahan about 1942 at NY..  
(Spouse) Death On August 19, 1950 her husband, Timothy, died at Nassau County, NY, at age 71. 
(Deceased) DeathMaria died on September 19, 1956 at 39 Lee Avenue, Rockville Centre, Nassau County, NY, at age 80. She was found dead in the basement after an apparent fall..  
(Interred) BurialShe was buried after September 19, 1956 at Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, Nassau County, NY,
Plot S:42, with her brother, William.
Note
This is a story of our grandfather Timothy Joseph Shanahan born 1879 Castleton, Limerick, Ireland. It's narrated by Frank "Butch" Verona his grandson. Although I wasn't their I can attest to the bee line. I took it often as a child in Rockville Centre and Hempstead L.I. N.Y. I am another grandson Timothy John Shanahan. on March 10, 2010.

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Timothy J. Shanahan b. February 12, 1879, d. August 19, 1950
Last EditedApril 15, 2021

Maria Tristram

b. May, 1860
FatherJames Tristram b. before February 15, 1832, d. October 2, 1909
MotherMaria Morris b. about 1836, d. May 18, 1905
(Twin) BirthMaria Tristram and her twin brother, James, were born in May, 1860 at Manhattan, NY.  
1860 US CensusShe, listed as 1 month old, appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Manhattan, NY in the household of her parents, James and Maria Tristram, and with James J. Tristram
Last EditedMarch 25, 2018