Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Baptism Record for Henriette Mundy

A few months ago, I had posted that I had found the baptism record index for Henriette Elizabeth Mundy. Well, since then I have received a copy of the original record:

So that wraps that up.

Well sort of...there's now a new lingering question. At the time of the baptism, Henry Mundy would have been deceased, but the baptism record does not indicate that at all. It might be something that just wasn't recorded, or perhaps it's something more.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Big Breakthrough!!

So, with a great deal of help from a distant cousin and the French Heritage Project, I think i may have finally broken through the Delaheye-LaForme brick wall on my maternal line and managed to trace the line back to the early 1600s and a fille-du-roi names Francoise Michau. More information to come later....

Monday, June 25, 2018

Another wrong turn

Some time ago, I found a baptism record in West Heslerton, Yorkshire, England for a Judith Hardy. I suspect that this is a sister of Lancelot Hardy as they were both born to an unmarried Hannah Hardy. Oddly, the baptismal record states that she was born on November 25, 1794 but the bishop's transfer states that she was baptized on November 25, 1794. So, either one of them is wrong or both events happened on the same day.

Baptismal Record:

Bishop's Transfer:

Later on, I found evidence of a Judith Hardy who married a John Morse in the US. The year of birth, 1794, matched the Judith born in West Heslerton.

But when I checked the death records for her, it appears that she was born in Groveland, Massachusetts.

So, it's definitely not the same one. Now the question is, what happened to the Judith Hardy born in West Heslerton?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Samina Foxwell Williams death information found!

Some time ago I was looking at the cemetery listings for Greenwood Cemetery in Owen Sound. The listings for the much of the Williams family (Thomas Williams & Sybel Foxwell) list the plot location as G-BLO-6.

So, out of curiousity I decided to have a look to see what other names showed up in that plot. I came across a Minnie McInnis who died November 26, 1878:

I figured that Minnie McInnis could very well be Samina Foxwell Williams, youngest daughter of Thomas & Sybel. The age of 36 would certainly match, as Samina would have been born in 1841. And Minnie could be a derivative of Samina. But I couldn't find a death record for her in Ontario. Nor could I find a marriage between a Samina Williams and a person with the surname McInnis in Ontario. Samina was unmarried in the 1871 Ontario census, so the marriage would have taken place between 1871 and 1878.

Recently however, I found this death notice in the listing for the Owen Sound Times Birth, Marriage and Deaths:

Mrs. John Douglas would be Louisa Williams Douglas, her sister. So she married a Joseph McInnis between 1871 and 1878 and later died in Walnut, Iowa. I haven't found the records for either the marriage or the death, but at least I have some more information about both.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Update on X00001

A month ago, I posted my query about determining Edwin Ashton's date and place of death (X00001). Since then I have made an interesting discovery that is changing my perspective.

I've found an Edwin Ashton in the 1939 register:

But here's the interesting information:
  • Edwin Ashton's date of death is listed as 12 Nov 1884, which matches the Edwin Ashton born in Blackburn
  • Edwin's wife's name is Clara, which also matches the Edwin Ashton born in Blackburn
  • But the most interesting thing is that location in 1939 is Alcester, Warwickshire, which matches the death location of one of the Edwin Ashton death certificates that I found for 1950.
So, this means I need to re-examine my previous conclusion. I had previously ruled out that death certificate because the location and timing of his daughter's birth didn't make sense. But with this latest update, it looks very much as if the Edwin Ashton who was born in Blackburn and the Edwin Ashton who died in Alcester are the same person. Watch this space for more.....

Sunday, June 3, 2018

More options for the Margaret Farriage query

A few months ago, I posted an analysis of query X00055 - the search for more information on Margaret Farriage. I was at the OGS conference this weekend and talked to a few people about this brick wall. The people that I talked to made a number of suggestions for further research:

  • Investigate the names of the marriage witnesses to see if there are any clues there
  • Check ships passenger lists for the late 20s or early 30s and see if there are any similar names that could be possibilities
  • Check church records for Nelson Township and Toronto Township for the time period
  • Check land ownership for George Miller or names similar to Farriage. Check for neighbours - was Amelia Grant Munro living in the area?
  • Research the children of George Miller (both with Margaret Farriage and Amelia Grant Munro)
  • Possibly consider Scottish naming patterns, and look for a father named William for either George or Margaret
  • Check out Ryan Gilcrest's book on marriage records
  • Check out OGS' TONI database

The people that I spoke to were largely in agreement with my theory that the surname of "Farriage" is likely an error.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

X00001: When/where did Edwin Ashton die?

For X00001, I’m looking for a date of death and place for Edwin Ashton, Lawrence Ashton’s older brother. The one lead I have is from the Ashton family bible:

The year of death is recorded as 1950. Interestingly, the listing for Edwin shows only the year of death, but for all of the other children there is a full date given. This implies to me that whoever was the owner of the bible was not likely in close contact with Edwin.

Here is a roundup of what I know so far:
  • Edwin’s date of birth is November 12, 1884 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England [D00373]
  • Edwin’s second marriage was in 1923 to Clara Scattergood Butler (b 1884) [D00737]
  • Edwin seems to have moved back and forth between England and Canada. He was married in Canada, but he fought for the British Army in WW1.
  • I haven’t found much in the way of evidence after 1923, although I have found Edwin and Clara were on a passenger list arriving in Glasgow, Scotland in 1939

So, assuming that the year of death of 1950 is accurate, the options for death location are Canada, Scotland, England or elsewhere.

Scotland Possibility
I checked the Scotland death registrations for 1950 and did not find any Edwin Ashtons.

Ontario Possibility
Death registrations are not yet available for 1950 in Ontario. See next steps below

England Possibility
I’ve found two Edwin Ashtons listed as having died in 1950:
  • Ashton, Edwin. Age 85, Hitchin, Hertfordshire vol 4b p153 [D02301]
  • Ashton, Edwin. Age 65 Alcester, Warwickshire vol 9c p2 [D00319]
We can rule out the first possibility [D02301] because the age is off by about 20 years.
For the second possibility [D00319], the informant on the registration is a son-in-law named E.W. Savage. I found a marriage record between an E.W. Savage and Edith Ashton [D00004] in 1942. So, the question is, is Edith Ashton the daughter of this Edwin Ashton? According to the marriage record, Edith would have been born about 1921 in Alcester, Warwickshire England and Edwin & Ellen Ashton would have been living in Canada in 1921, so very unlikely.

Since this is the least likely of the possibilities, I'm going to rule out the others before proceeding with this one.

Next Steps
  • Wait for the 1950 Death registrations to be released for Ontario (should be in 2023)
  • Continue to monitor Find a grave and other sites for Clara Ashton & Edwin Ashton in Canada/US cemeteries
  • Possibly check 1945 register to see if he was living in Ontario then
  • Check Ontario newspapers for a death notice
  • Check Toronto Directories to see if living in Ontario

See Update June 6, 2018