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Posted by: Dorothy Mather (ID *****4938) Date: October 01, 2012 at 08:03:48
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I am trying to track down a Benjamin Speakman born in 1895, Bolton, Lancashire, England. He emigrated to Canada in 1918. He then made his way to Brockville, Ontario and in July of that same year crossed the U.S. border into Ogdensburg and then on to Lancaster in Erie County. There he filled out his WWI draft registration card giving his address as 114 East Main, Lancaster, Eric County, New York. His draft card confirms he was born 7 September 1895; subject of England (Bolton) Lancashire Co., England; an inspector in a foundry. He parents'names are listed as James and Janet Speakman of Hickory Street, Gananoque as next of kin. Dated 12 September 1918 Draft Registration WWI 3453 1780 FHL roll 1712372.

As WWI was coming to a close, I doubt he ever saw any active service but might have remained in New York State for a while. He married a Mary Jane Tattersall - I haven't a clue where and have never been able to find any record of it. They had three children, Doris, Ernest and Robert born between 1921 and 1924. Maybe these events occurred in New York State? From 1924 to 1970, the trail goes stone cold until I found his death in Toronto, ON on 30 April 1970. His obituary shows him with a new wife and mentions two of his three children, Doris and Robert, so I know I have the right man.

Any help would be gratefully appreciated.


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