Sunday, April 15, 2012

Flora Imlah 1906~1994

Flora Imlah
   Flora Imlah the youngest of 9 children born to  Peter Imlah and Annie Shirran on Monday the14th of May 1906 Aberdeen Scotland. When she was 17 she sailed from the Tail of the Bank at Greenock aboard the SS Megantic on Saturday 25th August 1923, With her mother Annie and siblings , Mary Ann, Alexander, and Isabella to start a new life in the United States where two of her older brothers where already living. The family reached Quebec on Saturday 1st of September. According to the ship manifest Flora was described as a fly-dresser. She was 4’ 10” tall, with a fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes and no distinguishing marks. The manifest shows Flora's age as 15, my guess is that at 15 her Ticket would have cost less as she would traveled as a child and at the age of 17 she would have traveled at an adult rate? 

1923 Ship Manifest showing Flora being born in 1908
Birth Register for Flora showing birth in 1906
The 1930  Chicago Census shows Flora  as being 23 years old,Single and her occupation is dry goods she is  living at  home with her mother, also residing in the home are her  sister Isabella, Isabellas' husband Alexander Bain and their 4 year old son Alexander, Her brother Alexander and his wife Ethel, there is also a border staying with them by the name of Eric Forrester 23 years old from England.  Flora was married  on the 12th of November  1940 to the young man who had once been a boarder in their home 10 years earlier, Eric Forrester. 

Eric Forrester and Flora Imlah Forrester Sept. 1968

 Eric Forrester passed away on the 7th of January 1969 in Jones, Michigan at the age of 62.
Flora Imlah Forrester passed away on the 5th of June 1994 at the age of 88, in Porter Michigan.

**Flora Imlah my 1st Cousin 3X removed.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Monday's Most Wanted Ancestor

 Alias: Paternal Grandmother
Date of  Birth:  1892-1911 ?
Place of Birth: England
Lived in: Canada

FACTS: Ethel Stevens my Paternal Grandmother gave birth to my dad on April 24, 1927 in Pine Falls Manitoba Canada, for reasons unknown she was not able  to raise my dad and he was later adopted  by Harry and Lillian Hirst of Fort Williams, Ontario, Canada. The only information  the Adoption agency would provide is she  was born in England. Her name I found when I stumbled upon my dad's Baptism record on in 2010, it also gives the name of his father as John Sivinski. Written on the right side of dad's Baptism record "Such Conditions child cared for by Mr. & Mrs. Harry Hurst, Confirmed in St. Patrick's Church. My Dad was Baptized Ronald Eric Joseph Sivinski  on Nov. 17, 1929
Speculation and Hear Say: Dad was told many  stories about his birth and while there is a good chance none of them are true I will post what he was told in hopes that  maybe some part of it is and someone reading this will make a connection and contact me.
 His birth mother was married, but not to his birth father, that he had a twin brother but his twin died at birth, he was left on a Reservation in Pine Falls and his adopted father who worked for the Hudson Bay company heard of a little white baby who was left there and took him and later adopted him. His birth Father was Ukrainian.          

If you know anything about Ethel Stevens please contact me.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Sunday's Obituary~ Cummin S. Mathieson

Cummin S. Mathieson
Mathieson: Mr. Cummin Smith Mathieson of St, Anthony's Home Moose Jaw passed away Thursday September 26th 1985 at the age of 85 years. Born at Aberdeen County,Scotland in 1900, Mr. Mathieson had served with the British Army during World War I and later em migrated to Canada to be one of the first settlers in Coal Creek Colony in Southern Saskatchewan. He also saw active service with the RCAF during World War II from 1938 to 1947. Mr. Mathieson is survived by his wife Alice, five daughters: Mrs. Margaret (Michael) Kopko- Saskatoon, Florence Huttala-  Moose Jaw, Mrs. Violet (Gus) Stulberg- Vulcan, Alberta,  Mrs. Alice (Frank) Jepps- Claresholm, Alberta,  Mrs. Jean (Bob) Amon- Taylor, B.C., two sons: Sandy ( Shirley) Mathieson- Richmond, B.C.,  James (Lynn) Mathieson- Kamloops, B.C.,  fifteen grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, a brother Alexander ( Margaret) Mathieson- Moose Jaw and four sisters in Scotland. Funeral services will be held at W.J. Jones and Son Chapel Monday Septem-
Note : Cummin Smith Mathieson: 1st Cousin 2X Removed.