Lately my grandma’s not been well and she’s started sharing our family history. This is exciting for my sister and I, who are avid genealogists who have had nothing but our DNA to trace our roots. Recently, grandma was sharing memories of her great grandpa Earnest Stone, the first of our settler family to come to Canada. She even has a letter addressed to him that says, “You were born in Cornwall on Dec 12, 1872. You came to Canada in June, 1882.”
Most people grow up knowing their birthday, and remember the year they arrive in a new country. So my sister and I did a little sleuthing.
It turns out little Earnest had that letter because he was one of 100,000 children shipped from Britain to the Colonies as free labour: a Home Child. In fact, he was one of the first Home Children. He was only 9 when he was put on the ship, too young to remember his birthday or the date of sailing. Somehow he found his feet and managed to purchase a farm, and even bequeath land for St Patrick’s Church near his homestead. My sister and I were talking about that, why St Patrick? It occurred to me that St Patrick was said to have been taken as a slave to a new country, where, according to legend, he did extraordinary things. Maybe that struck a chord with EA Stone.
For my sister and I, that’s an exciting connection to our past.
By the way - a super story!
Trigger- having a copy of a letter that raised questions
Problem - what is behind this letter?
Quest - to find out the history and connection
Resolution - finding out about a relative’s journey and how your family got where they are