Monday, January 16, 2012

Matrilineal Monday - GGGrandma Sarah Walker *Actually Maria Chappell - Updated Dec 12, 2016*

     I was looking for info. on my Great Great Grandfather George Dennie and following him back in time through the Canadian Census'.  I got lucky and found him in the 1901 Census of Halton County, Nelson Township in Ontario.  The Lucky part was that he and his wife Sarah where living with her father William Walker. I now had her Maiden name and her father's. I was able to trace him back in the census records and find his wife and kids too. All in all a great find. I expanded my lines and opened a new branch I really had no info. about or hope of finding at that point. I now knew my relations definitely go back to Ireland. This was something that had been passed down as part of our family heritage, we are part Irish, Scottish and French Canadian. I  now know we are. Research...never know what your going to find. Remember(ing) When.....

The Wrong Family / Wrong Record

  *Well I have to report that I made a mistake back here. When I was doing my research for this line I found this record and it fit the facts as I had them at the time. My family lore had said that Great Grandpa Dennie had been born in 1901 and was actually to young to join the Canadian Expeditionary Force to serve in WWI. On his Attestation papers we were told his mother had lied for him and said he was born in 1899 so he could enlist; knowing he was determined to go. It said his mother was Mary Dennie. Again an assumption was made that she went by her baptized name of Mary and her given name was Sarah. However I have since come across other forms (his marriage License and such) that give his mothers full name (maiden name) and they state clearly she was Mary Chappell. So I have expunged my records of the Walker lineage and the mistake and have corrected it to the Chappell lineage. Goes to show you that when your dealing with information handed down, often the truth is not always "Remembered When ..." properly.  Make your corrections and move on with the facts. updated Dec 12, 2016 by the blog author - John Goodwin*
The right family and right record.

Marriage Record for William George Dennie to Gladys Forwell showing his Mother as Maria Chappell.