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Sep. 9th, 2017 07:27 pm
blueswan: nancy drew silhouette (sometimes I feel like a detective)
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Recently I was corresponding with a new-found third cousin and we were moaning about the difficulties of researching in the western provinces when she provided me with a little story about how her family went west. Short story shorter, " Our line headed out to Manitoba in the same generation as Mary Ann and co (her brother James William and his wife came out - she was on her own, pregnant, with the older children and ended up shipwrecked after a storm on the lake, and gave birth on Manitoulin Island".

When I read that, I shouted, "Wait! I know this story." Which I speedily typed out and sent to her and then I had to dig up the links. I could have just sent her the link to A Little Mystery Solved. It's interesting to see how family stories can be retained by some parts of the family and lost to other parts. At this point, we think maybe Mrs. Morley and kids were on the Manitoulin which wrecked just off Manitoulin Island with only two lives lost. Mind you that was several months before the Asia sank so we aren't sure why they thought Mrs Morley and kids were on the Asia. I did find out where the fourth child came in, I guess that was the paper's subtle way of letting those who knew about the pregnancy know the child had arrived safely.

I just wanted to share this as a follow up to my original post because truly the answers are out. Even the ones to little stories that give the past some texture. (I think this is one of the coolest stories I've had happen while researching my family history.)

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