Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sepia Saturday~ C*C*M Bike Wagon's


The Little girl sitting in the wagon is Geraldine Rose Smith my moms baby sister. The photo was taken in 1935 and I'm guessing it was taken in the backyard of their home on Gladstone Ave in Toronto. Since there is no snow on the ground and she is wearing no sweater, It must have been late spring or summer, which would make her age in the photo around 4 1/2.

This photo was taken on the same day as the one above.The little girl in this photo is my mother Doreen Mary Smith, the photo would have been taken just before her 6th birthday.
 
 
 
 
 

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentines Day ~1948

Given to my dad 63 Years ago by my mother.
They truly were the love of each others lives.
 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sepia Saturday ~ The Mates Crew ~



 I don't know a great deal about these photos from dad's old photo album, other then sometime in the 1940's dad worked on a boat ( I believe it was a paddle wheel) on the St. Lawrence river. I love the nick names of some of dad's mates as well as the great pose in the photo above. Hopefully someone out there will read this post and be able to share some information about the name of the boat and the people in the pictures.


Dad on the bottom right of the photo.






I was able once again to use Ancestry.com and locate the Nephew of Ken Hobbs and share this photo of his Uncle with him, unfortunately he had no information about the name of the boat his Uncle and my dad worked on.

Surname Saturday~Ironside~

                                 ~ Ironside ~
This famous and long-established surname may be either of medieval English or Scottish origin.Scottish bearers of the surname derive their name from Ironside in the parish of New Deer, Aberdeenshire, or from Earnside near Newburgh, Fife, so called from the Olde English elements "earn", eagle, and "side", side (of a hill)


1766 Baptism Record

 Margaret Ironside my 4X Great Grandmother born to James Ironside and Margaret Stroth (could be Strath) December of 1765, she was baptized on the first day of January 1766 in New Deer, Aberdeenshire Scotland. Margaret married William Matthew on June 20th 1782 and they raised 5 children together. I have not been able to find a record of death yet, but I did find Margaret on the 1841 census living in Little Gight, Aberdeenshire. I hope to post more very soon on my Ironside family line~

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Sepia Saturday ~ Thomas and Annie Kenrick

Circa 1940: Fort Williams Canada

As a little girl looking through my dads old photo Album this photo would always catch my eye. Was it the Stern look on both of their faces or that they reminded me of the painting "American Gothic" By Grant Wood? What ever the reason was it prompted me to ask my dad about these two serious looking people he had kept a picture of. Dad didn't like to talk about his childhood much but I managed to get him to tell me that the people in the photo were perhaps the only adults from his childhood that showed him love and what a home was, their names were Thomas and Annie Kenrick of Fort Williams Canada, and they were his foster parents.

That was all dad ever told me about them, other then he loved them like a mother and father. It wasn't till I was an adult that I got dad to call the Children's Aid Society of Canada in hopes of learning more about my dad and who his birth parents were that they sent us his records. From the 5 pages they were able to share with us I learned his adoption had been finalized in January of 1933, 3 yrs after the death of his adoptive mother and the same year he had been made a ward of the court. From the age of 6 to 13 bounced from foster homes and Orphanages till 1940 when they placed him in the home of the Kenrick's were he remained till he was 17. I cant read the records without crying but they helped me to understand why my father never talked about his childhood, nor can I help but think it was because of the love my dad was given by the Kenrick's and others later in his life that he was able to become such a loving and caring man.

A few months ago I located the Great Granddaughter of Thomas and Annie Kenrick on Ancestry.com and was able to share the above photo with her.