Posted By:gayle helps
Subject:Re: Wilkinson family of Nottinghamshire, circa 1800's
Post Date:October 27, 2012 at 08:43:04
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Hi Carolyn,

Thanks for all your help. I have all the information you have offered. Where I fall short is finding his family back in England. His First wife's name was Emma Porter and they married in Nottinghamshire in October of 1830. He lived in the Collingham area at the time. They immigrated to Canada sometime between the years 1836-1838 because I believe Simon, who was born in 1836 was born in Canada, according to most of the census reports. However, I have not found a birth record for him. Certainly the family was in Canada by the time of Sophia's birth in 1847. Emma died in Quebec in 1851.
I also have all of Thomas's info which gives the parents names as Joseph and Mary of Newark-on-Trent, which in also the Nottinghamshire area, not terribly far from Collingham.

I did find a family of Wilkinson's from the nottinghamshire area with a Joseph and Mary at the head and many children, including a John, Thomas, William and Samuel among them, but census records show some of them to still be in England when they were known to be present in Canada (at John's marriage for example) so, unless they made the overseas trip to attend his second marriage, which I find highly unlikely given that they seem to be a poor family, this is not my Wilkinson line. I have been researching this family line for nearly 10 years now, without a hint of them in England, save for the wedding record of John and Emma, and I am beginning to think they are not meant to be found.