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Re: re-MEPHAM`S in CANADA
Posted by: DEBORAH JOHNSON (ID *****6691) Date: September 04, 2005 at 13:54:49
In Reply to: Re: re-MEPHAM`S in CANADA by Connie Prentice of 69

Hi Connie!

Thankyou for replying so quickly!
Your last message was found to be extremely interesting...as there are some years that match up with my family.

My Great Granmother, Rose Hawkins married William Mepham in 1907. They had a daughter named Florence in 1908. By Nov of 1910, Rose married David John Powless. This part I have already mentioned. But what I didn't say before is that Rose and David were married in Toronto, Ontario.

I wonder if Roses' and Williams' paths ever crossed in Toronto?

David and Rose bore 3 children and then in Jan, 1916, David lied about his age in order to join the service.(WWI) At this time David and Rose were living at 36 Argyle St. Toronto, Canada.
Rose became pregnant just before David left for the War, and in October of 1916, she gave birth to another daughter.
In Aug. 1918, David was mustered gassed in France, and sent back to Canada for medical treatment. However, one month later, David was discharged from the Army, as they suddenly realized he had lied about his age.
He arived home on Novemmber, 22, 1918. "Home" was listed as, 913 Dundas Street. On December 4, 1918, David died from complications of the war. This is documented as being, acute lobar pneumonia, and acute endocarditis.

Must of been some terrible flu epidemic going around, don't you think?

In February of 1919, Rose fought the Canadian Govt. and won rights to David's pension. Then, I don't know when nor why it happened, but by January 1920, Rose is found in the Michigan Census. She's living in a tiny town with another man, who she claimed to be married to, but wasn't. Florence and the other 4 children of David are also listed but as having been born in England to English parents! (Imagine that! David was 100% Mohawk Indian)...Tracking down the whole truth, has been qute a challange, as Rose seems to have fibbed quite a bit in the records.

This story is so intriguing...I want/have to know more!
Would you like a copy of William Mepham and Rose Hannah Hawkins marriage registration? If so, do you have a direct email addy do where I can send it? Maybe some of the names on it will make sense to you.

I have family members living in Oshawa. Do you live close to there? If so, maybe we could meet someday, when I come out to visit.
I would love to see the information that David Phillips sends to you. You can email me direct at: debfamilyfind@yahoo.com

Also came across a Louisa Giles, Married, age 41 in the 1881 British census...She was living at "Her Majesty's Prison" as a prisoner! Not sure at this point if she is Williams relative or not.

Thanks Again Connie... I'll be awaiting your next message.

Debbie


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