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Re: All McElrea (and variants) Everywhere
Posted by: Marjorie Goodfellow Date: July 30, 2000 at 16:06:55
In Reply to: Re: All McElrea (and variants) Everywhere by D McElrea of 72

I am happy to tell you that I have found several documents where William McElrea, husband of Mary Borland, has signed his name in a fluent signature. Two of them are on notarized leases to which he was a party for rented accomodation in Quebec city in 1842 and in 1843, before he and Mary took up land in Bourg Louis. I have also seen his signature on baptisms in church registers. I believe that sometimes ministers just assumed that Irish settlers were unable to sign their names and so did not offer them the opportunity.
Of course, I have no idea as to the extent of his ability to read and write.

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