Friday, July 1, 2011

Canada Day

Happy Canada Day

Today is a statutory holiday in Canada.  A day to celebrate Canada’s birthday. On July 1, 1867 Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the province of Canada joined together to form Canada.  Before 1982, this day was known as Dominion Day.

So when did Robert’s and my ancestors come to Canada?

1760 - Benjamin Foster and Sarah Woodward arrived in Granville, Nova Scotia, Canada from Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA. (Robert’s 7th great grandparents).

1761 - Stephen Loomer and Hannah Chapman arrived in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, Canda from New London County, Connecticut, USA. (Robert’s 6th great grandparents).

1766 - Michael Lutz with 7 other families sails from Pennsylvania, USA up the Bay of Fundy to Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.  He was originally from Germany. (Robert’s 7th great grandfather).

1817 - Robert St. Clair Stoddart, a solider from Ireland accepted a land grant in Nova Scotia when his regiment was disbanded.  (Robert’s 4th great grandfather).

1899 Thomas Belknap crossed the border in Alberta, Canada from USA with his son Donald. Donald’s daughter, Ruby will be the only grandparent of Jacqueline born in Canada. (Jacqueline’s  2nd great grandfather).

1907 - Francis Paterson, his wife, Elizabeth Danskine, and their children arrived from Scotland.  (Jacqueline’s great grandparents).

1907 - Alfred Warry arrives from England followed by his wife Edith Smith and their children Dorothy, John, and Sydney in 1906. (Jacqueline’s great grandparents).

1911 - Jaakko Makie, his family with his wife’s parents crossed the border from the USA.  Jaakko is originally from Finland.  (Jacqueline’s great grandparents).

These are just a few of our ancestors who chose to come to Canada.

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