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Riddell - Ontario - Manitoba - B.C.
Posted by: George Smith Date: July 02, 2001 at 00:06:10
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I am searching for any information about my GGGrandfather Robert Riddell. He emigrated to Ontario, Canada from Ireland, with his parents abt. 1822. His fathers name may have been James. His brothers John and James and sisters Deborah and Elizabeth, but not sure yet. They were listed as Riddle in the early Hope Twp censuses. Robert married Mary Ann Hill abt 1834. In the 1851 census they were in Peterborough Ont. In the 1861 & 71 censuses they were in Brant Twp., Bruce Co. Ont. In 1881 census Robert is gone and the remainder of the family has moved to Desboro, Sullivan Twp. Grey Co, Ont.
Robert & Mary Ann's children were:
1)Deborah b. abt 1836
2)James b. May 30 1838 d.Jul 30 1901 m. Sarah Grainger
3)Eliza b. abt 1839
4)Rachael b. abt 1841 d. Jun 25 1895 m. William Rowand
5)Mary b. abt 1843
6)William b. Mar 5 1845 m. Wealthy Ann Coulter
7)Nancy b. abt 1847
8)John Henry b. Mar 17 1851 d. Nov 5 1909
9)Sarah Jane b. Mar 25 1855 d. Mar 7 1917 m.
10)Robert Samuel b. Jun 24 1857 m. Evalina Ward

John Henry was my GGrandfather. He moved west and homesteaded at Kola, Manitoba in 1882. He married Elizabeth Jane Campbell that same year. Her parents John and Mary Ann Campbell had also emigrated to Manitoba from Desboro. In 1898 they moved west again to settle at Grand Prairie, the present day site of Westwold B.C. John's sister Sarah Jane and her husband William Henry Stewart had also homesteaded at Kola in 1882, and remained there. Elizabeth's sister Susan Maude Campbell married William Northcut and remained at Kola. All contact has been lost within the family. Only recently, after much research, has the family here in B.C.became aware of the extent of John Henry's family. If anyone out there has any further information about my family would you please contact me.
Thanx,
George Smith


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