Monday, December 27, 2010
Private Ralph John Smith
On November 11th of this year I posted about my Grandfather's service in WWI and how he and 4 of his brothers all fought in the war at the same time. The photos above are of his brother Ralph John Smith. Ralph served with the 110th Canadian Over-Seas expeditionary force, Perth Battalion. He joined the Army on January 4th, 1916 and was sent to Shorncliffe Camp near Folkstone England.
The photo on the left shows he qualified as "RB"and "L", the photo on the right explains RB was Rifle Bomber and L was a Lewis Gunner (machine gun).
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"Faith is believing when common sense tells you not to. Don't you see? It's not just Kris that's on trial, it's everything he stands for. It's kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles." From Miracle on 34th Street .
My Mom on the right knee of Santa Claus and her best friend,
Shirley Colter Horn on the left.
Toronto Canada in the mid 1940's
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Highly respected by a wide circle of friends, a much-loved woman died at her home, 389 Front Street, this morning in the person of Mrs. James Smith. Mrs. Smith who was in her 74th year, had been ill for past five months.
The departed woman was born at Frederick New Deer, Aberdeen, Scotland and to Canada about 50 years ago. She fomerly Miss Mary Belle Watson, she took up residence at Avonton but moved to Stratford a short time later and had been a resident of the city since that time. She and Mr. Smith were married 55 years ago and five weeks ago today celebrated the anniversary of that event. She was a staunch memeber of the City Mission.
Surviving Mrs. Smith besides her husband are six sons and two daughters. They are: James and Melville, Toronto; Albert, Winnipeg; Ralph, Secretary of the Y.M.C.A, at Moncton, N.B.; Harold, Y.M.C.A secretary, Montreal, Stanley, well known Stratford sports offical, at home; Mrs. R.B. Alexander, Hamilton, and Mrs. Jessie Berkircher, at home.
The funeral will be held Friday from her late residence, 389 Front Street, and will be conducted by Rev. J.G. Connor of Memorial Baptist church.
Mary Isabella (Bella) Watson, my Maternal Great Grandmother died the 12th day of September 1939. She is buried along side her Husband in Avondale Cemetery.
Saturday, December 04, 2010
Leslie Ann presented me with the Ancestor Approved Award yesterday, Thank you so much for the acknowledgement. The award comes with a request that you List ten things that you have learned about your ancestors that surprised, humbled, or enlightened you and to Pass the award to ten other genealogy bloggers.
My list of 10:
1. My fourth great Grandfather Alexander Smith was a solider in the 3rd Regiment of Foot in Scotland in 1780.
2. I found that searching the last name of Smith was not as hard as I first thought it would be. That if you learn the naming pattern of your family and their homeland you will have a better chance of finding the right John Smith (8 so far in my family).
3. I was surprised to see how long my ancestors lived, most living well into their late 80's.
4. I was surprised to learn that my Maternal Grandmother had married someone before my grandfather at the age of 17, and that the marriage only lasted 6 weeks.
5. I have found that what you have been told by family and what is recorded in records are sometimes very different stories.
6. That a picture is really worth a million words or more if you look for the hints in it.
7. I've been enlightened to find so many strangers willing to help in the journey of tracing your family.
8. I was surprised and sad to find that my 3rd great grandfather had died in a poorhouse in England.
9. Very Surprised when a long lost Cousin found my blog and contacted me
10. Amazed when I found my paternal grandparents names online, since my dads adoption records are sealed this was a huge discovery.
I'm going to think about the 10 blogs I will pass this on to as there are so many out there, I will post the 10 at a later date.