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Posted by: Dot Hall (ID *****5180) Date: May 04, 2007 at 20:39:21

Hi Jim,

As a descendant of a surviving (Sth Elm St P) HOWLETT in Canada, and I would very much like to know exactly which line and how you trace back to the events at Bridgeport, Canada (which newspaper article you mention tells the story of the cholera outbreak and its tragic victims). Are you saying that James H in the newspaper article and your ancestor James C H are one and the same???

Back in March 1990 I rec’d a letter from David R HOWLETT of Vancouver who claimed that he too was a descendant of Sth Elm HOWLETTs who emigrated to Canada. He claimed that William H (who md. Lucy Gardiner) was the grandson of William H and Susannah ROWE who I believe are cousins to my own direct line (i.e. Samuel H and Hannah LINCOLN who stayed in SFK). David R H got his information from a book titled "Up the Conestogo: A History of the Mennonites in Canada" obviously taken from the same article featured in your jpg. Unfortunately, I could never make contact with David and still don’t know the exact nature of his connection apart from what he said in his letter. At that time, he lived at 970 W 17th Avenue Vancouver, Canada.

David’s letter mentions many of the things you have said in your email. He too speaks of the H families who succumbed to cholera in 1832. I know of James H and his wife Susanna GIBBS who md. on 26 Oct 1819 at Ilketshall St Andrews, SFK. They had at least four children (possibly more, as there is a strange gap between 1819 (when their first child, Sarah was born in November that year) and their next child Hannah who was christened in 1825. David only mentions three…

However, we have a serious anomaly concerning two other children attributed to them. A son William H was c. in March 1833 and second son Henry H was c. in May 1834 – both at Ilketshall St A like the other two. There were other James Hs getting married around the same time and having children but NONE of them married another Susanna or Susan, although they may have come from Ilketshall St Andrews, because they were all recorded in the Bishops Transcripts. Only the individual registration entries would have a clue where they happened and we’d have to get the film/s to check this out.

The obvious anomaly is that the newspaper article in your jpg (which is obviously the source of the information David sent also) states that both families of William and James H were victims of the cholera in 1832. If this date is correct, this particular James cannot be the same James H who married Susanna GIBBS in 1819 at Ilk St A. Incidentally I found a Susanna G (dau of Charles and Mary G) c. in Feb 1800 at Sth Elm All Saints and St Nicholas which is probably this same Susan/na. David did not pick up on this discrepancy about the dates, but it hit me in the face straight away.

They can’t still be in SFK having children if they’d emigrated to Canada and died before their third and fourth children (if they are the parents) were even born!!! David even mentions Henry as one of the children of the hapless victims – and he was DEFINITELY c. in May 1834 in Sfk – more than two years after the family “died” in Canada!!

Definitely an anomaly…

Obviously, all Hs who emigrated to Canada in the article you sent are very likely related. I believe that we are too! Also just as obviously, I believe that they are somehow related to my line - either first or second cousins.

Anyway, you claim to be descended from both so that means you know their relationship??

I definitely would like to share all my stuff with you and swap info. As I mentioned above, your lineage would be GREAT. In the meantime, I shall draw up the revised version of the H family from Sth Elm St P and email that as soon as I have completed it. After 30 years of looking for proof, I finally had my hunch about Samuel and Hannah (Lincoln) H being my Benjamin’s parents finally proved just last month!!! What a great break through to have after all that time.

Looking forward to your response!

Dot Hall

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