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Kaitting -- Keatting, Caton, Robert John Keatting born in Queenston 1854, father John Keatting says he was born in Ontario 1825, mother Lucinda Wilkes also born in Ontario. Looking for siblings or descendants of this family. They moved to Belleville area in late 1800's

Submitted by : Kathy Keatting-Hull
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Kapernick -- Looking for information about Daniel Wesley McCain, b Bertie Township, Ontario 1840 d 1932 Humberstone, Welland, Ont. m 1863 Welland, Ont. Augusta Louise Kapernick b 1844 Ziegenhagen, Prussia d 1935 Humberstone, Welland, Ont. Both are buried in Oakwood Cemetery along with unmarried daughter, Jane (Addie) McCain.

Daniel is son of Charles (Wesley) McCain b abt 1803-22 Stevenville, Welland, Ontario d unknown m Joanna Buchner (daughter of Jacob) b 6-18-1820 Ireland d 1875 both buried Lyon's Creek Cemetery. They had two daughters in addition to Daniel: Priscilla McCain b 1-2-1842 m Edwin Brookfield and Deborah Jane McCain b 1844 Bertie, Humberstone, Welland, Ont. Charles and Joanna are mentioned in the Woodhouse Twp., Norfolk County, Upper Canada Long Point Settlers Genealogy.

Charles is son of William Cain (McCain) b Armagh County, Ireland and Elizabetha Ott b. 2-25-1792 Lehigh, PA (dau of Jacob Ott and Barbara Zavitz).
Augusta is daughter of Christian Friedrich Kapernick b 4-29-1810 Voigtsdorf, Mechlenburg-Strelitz, Germany and Charlotte ___________. She came to Canada with her parents in 1857.

Submitted be Sharlee Kuhns

Keefer -- Looking for information on George Keefer who came to Thorold in about 1790 from New Jersy Colony. I plan to be in Thorold next month and hope to find the cemetery where he is buried and the church that family history says has the bell dedicated to his memory. I understand that he had a mill. Is it still in existance? I also am looking for information on his son, James, who was born in Thorold but settled in Middlesex Co. Where are the best places to begin my research? Is anyone working on Keefers or on a Capt Cook who was the father of Maria Cook Keefer who married James? Jeanie
Ormond Beach, Florida

Submitted by : Jeanie Lieb
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KEEFER -- I am seeking biographical information on Thomas COLTRIN KEEFER, born about 1821 in Ontario, Thorold possibly. Father is said by some records to be George Keefer who apparently married atleast 4 times. Have information to share. i AM VERY INTERESTED in his first wife Jane and wondered if the COLTRIN in his middle name might be an indication that she was maiden named Coltrin???? Ahhh mysteries

Submitted by : Linda Coltrin
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Kelly -- Looking for info on my wife's ggf, Walter Alfred KELLY, Sr. born in N. Ireland d. Canada, m Alice Goslin b. Winchester, England m. & d. St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario,Canada in 1907. His son, Walter, Jr. was born November 15, 1891 in Ireland or England. Traveled with his family to Canada in 1896. After his mother died in 1907, he ran away from home and changed his name to Walter Alfred HOWARD. He married Hepzibah L. MANNING b. June 25, 1895 in London, England on April 4, 1918 in St. Catharines, Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada. My wifes family only found out a few years ago that the family name originally was KELLY. Missing alot of info. Can anyone out there help?

Submitted by:  Bill Elsey

Kelley -- Charles Kelley, m. Hestor Ann Fowler.  Son named Wallace Kelley, b. 1877.  Charles is in the 1871 census, microfilm reel C-9920.

Submitted by : George M. Kelley
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Kennedy -- John Kennedy and sons one of which was William left Canada, and moved to Burlington twp. Lapeer county, Michigan in 1854.

Submitted by : JoAnn
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Kennedy -- I am looking for information on a Kennedy family. Melissa (Annie Melissa)Kennedy was born abt. 1841. Her parents were David and Ann. Melissa married George Book of Grimsby in 1863. I can't seem to find anything on this family and   would appreciate any help.

Submitted by : Leigh O'Reilly
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Kennedy -- I am searching for the marriage of William Kennedy and Marth-Ann Sanger(Singer).They would of been wed in 1839 Welland county. Any help would be greatly appreciated

Submitted by : Sue Kennedy
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Kent -- would like to know the name of parents of Ralph Kent of Ontario around 1800. Did Ralph come here from England with brothers George and Nicholas? Any info would be appreciated.

Submitted by:  Denise Cook

Kilse/Kilts -- Catharine KILSE/KILTS born 14 Mar 1801 in the U.S. married Jonathan COOK b 22 Oct 1787 in U.S. m 27 Feb 1816. Moved to Ontario before 1837 (when Susan Agusta was born). Children: Marilla Frank, William Gorly, Alice, Matilda, Rhoda, John, George, Mary Jane, Susan Agusta, and Martha Ann.

Submitted by:  Debbie Bailey

LAMB -- I am looking for information about my grandfather, Bud or Wellington Lamb. Bud was possibly his middle or nick name. Prior to 1924, he married Katherine Kelsey. They had 4 sons. During the early part of their marriage, they may have lived in Bismark, Ontario. I would appreciate any information that anyone might have.

Submitted by : Bob Lamb
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Lambert -- Emily Lambert was born in Beamsville c. 1828. She married Robert M. Marsales in 1848 at St. Catherines, ON. They had at least six children (born in Beamsville, I think); Eva, Ethel, Frank Davis, Alfred John, Robert and Harry. Any information on the Lamberts would be appreciated -- we know nothing!

Submitted by : Nina Scott-Stoddart
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Laur -- John Laur b. 1761 married Sarah? Came to Canada 1790. any information would be greatly appreciated. Good Luck with your searches.

Submitted by:  Jen

Lawrence -- Researching the Palantine family of George LAWRENCE and Sarah who loved in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1783. Particularily interested in son William who married Mary CUDNEY and lived in the Oakville area. Also son John who remained in Niagara and died in 1851.

Submitted by: Faye Lyall

Leandri -- David Leandri was my maternal grandfather, they didn't speak very good english they came from Italy, so maybe the spelling might be incorrect I emailed you the info that you might need

Submitted by : Dolly Meyers
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LeBlanc -- Family moved from Ontario ca. 1870 to Lincoln County Kansas and reportedly changed their surname to WHITE.  I am currently trying to verify this old family version.  Former name was said to be Leblanc

Submitted by:  Mike Holmes

Light -- Arrived in Canada 1948, Settled in Welland Co. until about 1956. Origin Britain

Submitted by : Allan Light
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Lightfoot -- Three brothers, James Louis, Thomas Jefferson, & Samuel J. Lightfoot, all escaped slaves from Kentucky, made their way to Ontario. James Louis came here about 1830, the other two about 1835. There was one more un-named brother also in 1835. Samuel married twice, first wife before 1845, may have been Laura Anderson. In 1845 Samuel was living in Louth, and was married to his second wife, Ellen Wilkerson at St Andrews Church, Grimsby on Dec 21, 1845. James Louis Lightfoot was married to Jane McKeever, and Thomas Jefferson "George" Lightfoot was married to Jane Creswell. Looking for any info on these brothers, or any other Lightfoots in Flamborough, Dundas, Hamilton, or Niagara regions.

Submitted by: Laurie

Lillie -- Margaret Raeburn Lillie, b. 1835 Guelp Twp., Wellington Co., married George Andrew Darby 2 June 1857. Their dau. Hannah Jane Darby b. 1858, d. 1941 Wellington Co. Who were the parents of George Andrew Darby? He died 1920, Margaret in 1913. Margaret the dau. of George A. Lillie (1793-1869) and Jean Rennie (1804-1883).

Submitted by : Cathi Darby Stephens
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Lister -- John Lister. My grandfather moved to the niagara district around 1910 and lived there till his death in 1957 approx. He lived in Leeds England before moving to Niagra. He fought with the canadian forces in the first world war and recieved a medal of valor but I'm not sure which medal it was. His picture, along with my father(David Wilkie) and My uncle (Andy,Gump Lister)are present in the history of Niagara falls book. My grandfathers medal presentation was highlited in the N.F. review 1n the mid seventies. Itwas the column, it happened fifty years ago today. if you can find out any info on this presentation it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Submitted by : David Lister
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Lizmore -- Charles R. Lizmore born in New Brentford, Middlesex, England in 1825. Died in Niagara and buried in Fairview Cemetary. Someone by the name of Melanie Turner found the family bible and was seeking to get it to the family. I would like to know if anyone was called about it. Her address in Quebec is no longer valid. It was said she called in the Niagara Falls area looking for an owner. Thanks

Submitted by : Donna Fratesi
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Lock/Locke -- William John Frederick  Mohrhardt was born in Welland on March 9,1914 to Mr. & Mrs. Christy Mohrhardt. The mother's maiden name was Bertha Leona Locke and she was born in Tara, Ont. on April 3,1896. Her parents were Benjamin Locke and Mary Anne (nee Downie). There is a marriage record for Bertha Leona Locke and Charley Orvlle Davis of Grand Rapids, Michigan, being solemnized on Nov.27,1912 in Welland as well but no further reference to him and no record of marriage to Christy that I can find. Bertha would have been only 16 at the time of the marriage. There is mention of William Locke at 82 Division St. Welland in the census of 1911. Margaret Lock, 74 yr. old widow of German ancestry, born in Rural Ont. Aug. 10, 1826 Methodist religion, ran a boarding house at # 7, North side of Main St. in 1901 census of Welland. Hope someone can help with their connection to Bertha. Thanks again Ivy Mohrhardt PS I have found a Mohrhardt in Spring Lake, Michigan who says his grandfather was also Christy Mohrhardt and that he had a Canadian wife before marrying his grandmother.

Submitted by : Donna Fratesi
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Lodge -- Thomas Lodge, his wife Anne Kelley, and at least 4 children appear in Elgin County in 1820. Census records indicate children born somewhere in Ontario. Members of Anglican Church. I suspect they came from Niagara area. Any suggestions will be apprieciated, Fred

Submitted by : Fred Meek
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Lowans --Looking for information on Thomas Lowans b. 1850, he was a bugler in the Red River Expeditionary Force of 1870-71. Also,Frances Lowans who shows up on the 1871 Census in Lincoln Co.--age 17, and Fannie Lowans buried in the Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Lincoln Co.

Submitted by : Vicki Oeding
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Lytwyn -- I'm trying to find information on my great grandfather Demko (Danial). I know that he immigrated to Canada in the early 1900's, but that's all I've got to go on. I don't even know his point of landing or what countrey he came from.

Submitted by : Ken
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Malone -- George Malone 1789-June 9, 1824 m Alicia Carroll Jan 19, 1816 Lived in area of Fall View, Niagara Falls, Ont

Submitted by:  Wendy Sowden

Matzat -- Looking for info on MATZAT family.   Came to Chippawa, Ont. about 1904 from Tilset, Germany.  George Matzat, b. 1863, d. 1930, his wife, Amelia Bendler Matzat b. 1866, d. 1917 at Niagara Falls, Ont.   Both are buried in Chippawa.  Would like any info regarding these people.

Submitted by:  Jim Matzat

McCain -- Charlie and Joanna Buchner, buried in Lyon's Creek Cemetery, need dates from tombstones, if present. Interested in any stories about Daniel Wesley McCain, Humberstone's oldest resident dies in 1931. Obituary mentions his construction business, active on school board, township of Cainville and McCain street named after him. He lived at 285 Main Street - is this home still standing? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Daniel Wesley McCain is my great grandfather; my grandfather is Hugh Lentz MCain, brother of Charles Wesley McCain.

Submitted by : Sharlee Kuhns

McCormack/McCormick -- looking for any information of Thomas Martin McCormack, or McCormick who lived in St. Catharines from appro. 1854 and on, came from Roscommon County in Ireland with his mother Honoria McCormack or McCormick. Honoria died Feb. 14, 1867 and is buried in Victoria Lawn Cemetary. Any information would be appreciated.

Submitted by : colleen mccormack schinkel
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McEuen/McEwen -- Looking for Rev John McEuen's mother. He was b. 9 Aug in either 1811, 1812 or 1813, depending on source. His father was Capt John McEwen of a Flank Co. of the First Lincoln Militia during 1812-1814. Capt. John also may have been Merchant John M'Euen of the firm M'Kean & M'Euen of Niagara. Thanks for any information on this family.

Subitted by:  Marg McEuen

McKinney -- Hello I am looking for information on the UEL Families REILLY/RILEY McKINNY/McKENNY, SHERWOOD, and FROOM all settled orignally from in and around the Welland Co. and Niagara Area before the 1785 or so. Anyone with information please contact me Thank you.

Submitted by:  Kurt McCRARY

McSherry -- JAMES MCSHERRY, abt. 1824-1871. He was born in Ireland and came to Onterio with perhaps a cousin or brother named ANDREW MCSHERRY. He lived for quite a while in Lincoln Co., St. Catherine/St. David, Onterio, Canada. He was Westleyan Methodist. He invented the McSherry Plough, and had a plough factory called the "ST DAVID'S PLOUGH FACTORY" in about 1861. His wife Rebecca Sebey, was from NY and they had boys, JOHN, WILLIAM, GEORGE, HENRY, and daughters also. Their first child, Sarah McSherry was born in Niagra, Lincoln, Onterio, Canada abt. 1849. They were Blacksmiths and moved east, ending up around Port Stanley or Dunwick Twp., Elgin Co., Onterio, Canada, in about 1871. There I lost the family of boys, although I know William came to Michigan and became a Justice of the Peace. I know James' wife Rebecca, died in childbirth, or shortly thereafter, and I would like to know what happened to James McSherry. Does anyone know where theMCSHERRY'S came from in Ireland, or any ship passenger list which includes a James McSherry between 1824-1849. I am also very interested in finding the marriage of James McSherry and his wife, Rebecca Sebey. If you know anyone who can help me, I would love to hear from them. Thankyou for your time, and I would be happy to help you with anything.

Submitted by:  Shelly Trumble Heal

Medwig -- Marshall, George Shipton Henry

Submitted by : Minnie
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Metler -- Metler, William W.-Metler, Daniel-Metler,Phillip

Submitted by : Susan Metler
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Submitted by : WILLIAM J. DAVIS

Middleton -- I am looking for information on the surname, Middleton. That name was my grandmother's maiden name. I believe she was born in the St. Catherines area around 1896. Her name was Beatrice. I belive she had at least 3 sisters.

Submitted by : Bryant Hall
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Miesch -- Charles MIESCH born St.Catherines abt 1883. Parents John MIESCH and Rosina HOFSTETTER(?). Any information regarding this family.

Submitted by:  Roger Grossenbacher

Millard -- Thomas Millard b. 1728 came with family to Stamford Twnsp from Wyalusing, PA.  He came to Niagara area about 1778.

Submitted by:  Wayne Barnes

Millard -- Have significant information on original Niagara Millard family from 1650 to present. Would like to share information.

Submitted by:  Jim Millard

Miller --   A William Duff MILLER received a land (1 acre) from the Crown in the town of Niagara in 1822 (1acre). He had a will, made and probated in 1859, that transferred the lot. His birth year or age at death were not indicated. Beneficiaries were his wife Ann, brother Robert MILLER of Niagara, and sons William and John of Galt and Richard of St. Catherine's. There were also "daughters" whose names were not indicated. My question--should anyone's research perhaps include this family--was his mother's maiden name DUFF?...what was the "DUFF Connection"?
In the 1871 census Index, a hunt for "matches" and ages for those mentioned in the will uncovered these possibilities:  a Richard in St. Catherine's, age 53, barrister, Scotch, born ON; a William in Galt, a Judge, age 60, Scotch, born ON; and a William in Galt, baker, age 53, born Scotland.  an Ann Miller in Lincoln Co., a widow in Grimsby, age 62. If any of the above were sons of William Duff MILLER, it seems William may have been born around 1800.  Was William Duff MILLER perhaps a cousin of David DUFF (1805 born in ON-1880 died in IA) who lived in Woodhouse, Norfolk Co., ON from at least 1827 to 1850, at which time the family relocated to Winneshiek Co., IA? I would like to locate information on any relatives of David DUFF in order to try to determine his parentage and ancestry! David's obit in 1880 indicated that he was survived by "an elderly sister in Canada" and a brother (John DUFF born about 1810). It appears possible that David & John's--and the unnamed sister's--mother was Catherine RICHARDS who apparently was widowed by her DUFF husband ca 1810-1813, and subsequently married Jacob POTTS and lived in Woodhouse, Norfolk Co. Any input on this would be much appreciated!!

Submitted by:  Barbara Huff-Duff

Miller -- Jacob Miller married Sophia Riselay

Submitted by : Linda Curtis
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Miller -- Elizabeth Miller of Stamford m.Benjamin Oberholsser of Thorold Sept. 11, 1826. Need record of her family, her death about 1846,

Submitted by : Betty Lam
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MINARD -- Seeking information on Adam MINARD, married to Sarah RILEY. They came from Canada to Huron County, MI in 1855. Another research suggested they may be a branch of the Ulster Co., NY MINARDs who came to Michigan through Welland County, Ontario. Any help greatly appreciated.

Submitted by : Amy N Parker
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MINGLE -- Looking for and MINGLE'S out there. My ggrandfather was John Wesley Mingle, born July 14, 1877 in Gainsborough Twsp., Ont. I'm trying to find anything of his family, brothers, sisters, parents, etc. and where they came from. Believe they were in Lincoln Co. Thanks

Submitted by : Donna Larsen
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Morgan -- Seeking information on my grandmother's sister. In 1956 Mrs. Wm Morgan was living in Niagara Falls Canada. Her maiden name was Polly Tomlin. Thanks, Cindy

Submitted by:  Cindy Mac Suibhne

Mohrhardt -- William John Frederick  Mohrhardt was born in Welland on March 9,1914 to Mr. & Mrs. Christy Mohrhardt. The mother's maiden name was Bertha Leona Locke and she was born in Tara, Ont. on April 3,1896. Her parents were Benjamin Locke and Mary Anne (nee Downie). There is a marriage record for Bertha Leona Locke and Charley Orvlle Davis of Grand Rapids, Michigan, being solemnized on Nov.27,1912 in Welland as well but no further reference to him and no record of marriage to Christy that I can find. Bertha would have been only 16 at the time of the marriage. There is mention of William Locke at 82 Division St. Welland in the census of 1911. Margaret Lock, 74 yr. old widow of German ancestry, born in Rural Ont. Aug. 10, 1826 Methodist religion, ran a boarding house at # 7, North side of Main St. in 1901 census of Welland. Hope someone can help with their connection to Bertha. Thanks again Ivy Mohrhardt PS I have found a Mohrhardt in Spring Lake, Michigan who says his grandfather was also Christy Mohrhardt and that he had a Canadian wife before marrying his grandmother.

Submitted by : Donna Fratesi
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Morningstar -- Maria or Mary Morningstar was married to Martin Nef She died on Apr 23 1805. My notes say that Mary  was the cousing of Rachel Morgenstern but the history I have indicates Rachel didn't have any cousins. Any  info would be appreciated

Submitted by : Maurianne Webster
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Morris -- parents of John Johnson Morris born 8 Dec 1832 in Niagara Falls, Canada.

Submitted by:  Beth Berry

MORRISON -- Great grandfather, THOMAS MORRISON, came to Ontario from Scotland. Unknown date. Married SARA ELIZABETH SOPER prior to 1880. Grandfather, WILLIAM HENRY MORRISON, born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1880. Thomas died and Sara moved to U. S. between 180 and 1890. Thomas came to Canada with a brother (name unknown). Five other brothers (names unknown) moved to U. S. at same time from Scotland. Sara's second husband was DAVID BIGLOW, from U. S. I have no other information. Appreciate any help.

Submitted by:  Bruce Morrison

Muir -- Elizabeth MUIR b 1813? Scot; d 28 Dec 1844 Wainfleet. Wife of James GILMORE. Children: William (born in IRL?), Samuel (born in Ont 1834), David, John, Jane, James, and Robert.

Submitted by:Debbie Bailey

Murray -- Looking for information on family of Rev. John G. Murray who was a Presbyterian minister in Grimsby in 1871. He was the son of John Murray, a military man from Sutherlandshire, Scotland who settled in the Streetsville/Caledon area around 1830. Rev. Murray was the brother of Anne Murray who married William Douglass, native of Sutherlandshire who settled in Caledon.

Submitted by : donna wagner
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Neff  --  Any data on William Henry Neff born July 22, 1832, born son of John Neff and Sophia PRICE, one of 15 Children and I have William's marriage to Mary Jane DODGE, but not his children.  I  am searching for Elizabeth NEFF, May 22, 1862, Por Colborne, Crowland area

Submitted by:  Dee Davison

Nicks -- Just trying to find info on Fort Erie's Nicks. gggrandfather Franklyn Nicks buried in Old Ridgeway Cem. Married to Catherine Morningstar.

Submitted by : Claude Gramse
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Nunn -- Looking for information for a Sarah Nunn who was married to Henry Ward in Covehithe, Suffolk England on Feb.6th 1844.Their son Henry(my grandfather)came to the York area.  would like birthdates, and also where Sarah and Henry Sr. were buried. Any information appreciated. I believe Sarah's father may have been Benjamin. My grandfather lived in Whitchurch township but from information I have received perhaps Sarah's parents were in Welland county. Thanks. Jean Wheeler

Submitted by : Jean Wheeler
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Oswald --Thomas Oswald, my gggf, was b. 1834 in Ireland and married Sarah __, (b. 1842 Ireland, d. 5 Jan. 1878) c. 1865; second wife was Margaret __, b. Scotland.  1855. Family resided in St. Catherines. Thomas  a constable and killed according to family tradition by a convict he was escorting on a train, on 27   March 1883. I seek more details on this event as  well as Sarah's maiden name and details of their  marriage. Children were Thomas, Mary Jane & Robert.

Submitted by : Tom Oswald


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