The Response (to War)

“The Response” was the title given to the entry submitted for consideration to be Canada’s National War Memorial (Ottawa, Ontario.).  The British sculptor, Vernon March was chosen from 7 finalists in 1926, from 127 entries received the year before!

But by 1930, March died from pneumonia, so his six siblings completed the castings in 1932, but the castings were not shipped to Canada until 1937 (because the monument location was not ready!).

Originally built to the memory of the losses in The Great War (WWI), it was not unveiled until 1939 by King George VI (Queen Elizabeth’s father.).

 “1939-1945” (WWII) and “1950-1953” (Korea) were added in 1982. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was placed in front in 2000. “1899-1902” (2nd Boer War) and “2001-2014” (Afghanistan) were added in 2014.     

Watching over them, Liberty holds a torch and winged Victory, a laurel wreath. These names were given by March, although more recently the figures are called Freedom and Peace, respectively. 


OCTOBER: Information Overload #12FamilyFinds

This past week has been slightly overwhelming.
An e-mail showed up from an old genealogy contact I have not heard from in over four (4) years.

Howard lives in Australia and sent out a research argument to me and a gamut of 17 others.

Howard was replying to another e-mail from earlier in the year from his cousin, Peter. (I never met Peter, or shared correspondence with him … yet.).

I was very thankful Howard included Peter’s e-mail.  I quickly dug out my own notes and searched, finding most of the relatives that they were referring to. 

2015-06-01 07.20.56I was a little surprised about the persons and data that they were disputing, but it made perfect sense when you consider the data was collected back in 1927! It was not cited and was based upon what was found in the local cemeteries, between the Testaments of family Bibles and the memories of many elderly relatives.

It’s been a week since Howard and Peter wrote. Errol and Christopher and … and … (Oh, bother, another one!) also wrote, making a total of six, not including attachments – and I am still *trying* to reply to the first

I *know* what you’re thinking, Dearie … and, no, I am not slow, just meticulous :) 

I looked through all the attachments first. I had copies of the census records and the cemetery photos, so I knew I was looking at the right family group.

Next there was a wedding picture and a family group photo that were very nice to see family traits in those faces (not just in names); and both pictures were also identified! (Genealogy Heaven does exist!).

The last item was 14 pages of a descendants list. I was very happy as I looked over it; I found everyone on that first page! (Although I recognized a majority of the names later in the document but could not find them in my notes.).

Then came the fun part: replying. Where do I start?!?

I re-read the letters and noticed everyone asked about the mysterious research notes from 1927.
(I found my starting point; I had a scanned copy of those notes!)

So, with that attachment and a copy of my notes, I wrote to The Family.

I sent it off, and am now waiting for replies; and while I’m waiting, I have — eight! (8) — more e-mails to reply to.

— SLRabbit

Can YOU Be More? #12FamilyFinds

GEN_anonHullo, my name is Rabbit ..

And I’m a genealogist!

These simple words mean so many different things to an equally different group of people.

  • To the misinformed, you are mistaken for a doctor in women’s sciences. (Yes, I get this a lot; although I try not to enjoy it too much.).
  • To your friends, they (probably) think you are strangely obsessed with dead people.
  • Then there’s your family, who KNOW you are strangely obsessed with dead people!
  • Of course, there are your genealogy buddies, with whom you have that tiara fellowship that your spouse just doesn’t understand. You know those odd ball rockstars I am talking about:  where each of you has a unique talent, whether it is deciphering handwriting, decoding metes and bounds, explaining olde legalese, dating old photographs, identifying old military uniforms,

But none of these really answers the most basic question: Why? Why genealogy?

There is no single, or wrong, answer, but I have heard a few that can be grouped into one category: for Love.

For the Love of History — knowing that your many times great grandfather served under Washington at Valley Forge!
I don’t know about you, but history in school wasn’t very interesting. That quickly changed after learning family members were fighting in the War of 1812 — against each other on both sides!  Loyalists vs Patriots!

For the cherished memories of a loved one — sharing the stories that your grandfather told you, when you were small:

“When I was your age Dearie, it was WWII, and we just liberated Holland!”

You remember! Your eyes were wide with wonder. Your heart was pounding. You sat on the floor at your hero’s feet, enraptured completely!

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And now, all you have is a photograph — not true!

I do not possess any pictures of my paternal grandmother, but when close my eyes and think of her, I am in tears before any of you can count to three!  I hear her soft but firm voice and can smell those hard-white, red-striped peppermint sweets that she loved so much.

For the Love of Family (Part 1) — knowing that you got your red hair from Great-Grams and not one of the Muppets!

For the Love of Family (Part 2) — knowing what the generations before you endured that puts you where you are now.
Immigrant families took chances during both World Wars, during political upheavals, medical pandemics as well as financial and agricultural ruin. They humbled themselves giving a loving and memorable sacrifice to provide a far better chance for their children and in some cases, grandchildren.

Unfortunately, when the grandchildren are old enough to understand these sacrifices, both the grandparents and parents are no longer around to tell what happened.

So many stories lost

Genealogy is really a gift to a (hopefully) inquisitive future, wrapped up in the loving efforts of a caring present to chronicle the daring and reckless travels of an adventuresome past.

And you are a part of it!

Write what you know, what you experience, your future will and can learn about you and from you.

Be more than just another photograph on that living room wall

Invoke memories, smiles, tears and laughter and you will create an endearing love of family history in your next generation.

L. Rabbit

[NOTE: To WordPress Techies — I type in BOLD font, but your service no longer allows it. When I do so, my posts come up blank! Please fix it, ASAP. Such is why I have not been writing much.].

Yes, Wendy, I Have More Information #12FamilyFinds

2015-06-01 07.20.56Not too long ago, Wendy commented about my #52Ancestors posting from Week 11 (16MAR2014) regarding my 2x Great Grandparents from my father’s maternal side.

No, the information is not new, but the contact from Wendy is.

In the “quickchart” below, the circled numbers refer to the identity markers given to individuals from the now, non-existent, website that housed the well-detailed document that my quickchart is based on. (And yes, I have a hard copy of the document; it is 43 pages long, contains 193 persons and lists references to baptisms from St. Anne’s 1835-1910.).

If you start at the bottom, my “Gramma Rabbit” has a red circle without a number in it.

In the online document, no other information was listed because nothing else was known at the time of uploading it. Other than she was a child of Conston MOREAU and Marie “Delima” DESOLLIER(S) and married to John HALLIWELL, thus no number was given.


The back arrows that point right (or left) signify other quickcharts pertaining to those respective surnames.

To give everyone a sense of the time frames, I share the following:

(1) Pierre Laporte MOREAU was born 1616 in Cognac, Saintonge, France and died there some time before 1667.

Pierre’s son, Jean (2) was born circa 1640. Some time before 1667, Jean sailed to Quebec — which was still called Lower Canada. He married in 1667 and died 1710-11

The family didn’t appear in Ontario until 1838. William (53) who was my Gramma Rabbit’s grandfather, was born in 1838 as mentioned before in the #52Ancestors post from 2014.

So, tell me, Dearie (Wendy), where do you fit in?

Have You Met Mary Ann? #12FamilyFinds

My memory is failing, have I introduced you to Mary Ann KELLAM?


We met in Barrie, Ontario at The ATKINSON Family Reunion in 1982. (Sort of.).

It was at that reunion I was given a TAG Book. “The Atkinson Genealogy” Book; and although I have always thought it was published, it has not been.  

The TAG Book was created in 1927 and privately mass produced since 1966.  It is given to any interested relatives who attend the (annual — are they still annual?) family reunions in Barrie, Ontario for the cost of $20 dollars (CAD). This money aids in the production of more books for the next reunion.

Mary Ann was married to John ATKINSON, a younger brother of my 2x GGF, Thomas II (or Thomas Junior).  Mary Ann and John had one child.

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What little information you see above is a picture-graphic representation of what was compiled in my TAG Book about Mary Ann KELLAM and John ATKINSON.  (John later re-married, so I took that as Mary Ann passed away some time after the baby’s delivery.).

It was a big mystery, but that would slowly change:

October 1997: Looking over microfiche — yes, not microfilm — at the LDS Family History Centre in Kingston, Ontario, I found him!

Mary Ann and John had a son!

August 2007: Another cousin, Sheri MARTIN [from Family Group D14 Rachel (ATKINSON) SHARP], found and shared documentation from Ontario registrations — Mary Ann & John’s marriage, their son’s birth and Mary Ann’s death (only five days later.).

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May 2015: It would not be until just last week, while visiting Cousin Linda MILLER that more missing pieces would fall into place.

Linda had copies of the cemetery transcriptions of the Hilltop Gore Cemetery, located on Concession 9, Lots 3 and 4 in Peel County, Ontario.  The transcripts were compiled by the Halton-Peel Branch, OGS (1998) — shown in gold

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She also had this picture from the cemetery:


And, so, I now try to locate something more …




[1] The Atkinson Genealogy. (1927). comp. Allan L. Smith.  Schomberg (ON): unpublished.  83 p.  Mass produced (1966); purchased (1982) from Mildred Reid-Atkinson.  Sources and revisions were not cited in the original or the re-printed editions.  A PDF copy (2004), was supplied by the Reverend Wayne Atkinson via e-mail, 2009FB08.

[2] John ATKINSON & Mary Ann KELLAM family group sheet (1997) comp. Kale Hobbes from data contained in Vital Statistics Index (VSI): Ontario Births, record 14, line 3; microfiche (researched 1997OC22: Kingston, Ontario).

[3] Cheryl Martin (e-mail), “John Atkinson marriage,” (2007) including [3 digital images]
(3a) Atkinson-Kellam. Ontario marriage registration (1872) page 256; Archives of Ontario microfilm 
(3b) ibid., “William John Atkinson birth,” (2007) Atkinson. Ontario birth registration 026736 (1873); Archives of Ontario microfilm MS929 reel#12. William John Atkinson, son of John Atkinson and Mary Kellam
(3c) ibid., “Mary (Kellam) Atkinson death,” (2007) Atkinson. Ontario death registration 011958 (1873); Archives of Ontario microfilm

[4] Hilltop Gore Cemetery, Toronto Gore Township, Cemetery No. 6. Halton-Peel Branch (Ontario Genealogical Society, 1998) Concession 9, Lots 3 & 4, Peel County, Ontario. ISBN 0-7779-0997-9 Obtained copy from Linda Miller (Calgary, AB) Accessed 2015MY26 

How I Am Related to: Linda Miller! (3C1R)

I think I started something … maybe

Yesterday, I supplied a chart of my connection to Floyd Reginald ROSS (2C2R), in response to a comment last month from NAME.

Linda and I have been researching ATKINSONs, JOHNSTONs, and many others that came from the lineage of Thomas ATKINSON (Senior) and Bethia KIDD from York, Upper Canada.

[Which reminds me: I need to submit my paperwork for the Upper Canada certificate issued from the OGS – Ontario Genealogical Society].


How Am I Related to: Floyd Reginald ROSS? (2C2R)

Last month, I got a comment from a distant cousin asking how I connect, so I tried the AJJacobs approach first:

Floyd Reginald ROSS > his mother, Ida Maud (MAW) ROSS > her mother, Alice (ATKINSON) MAW > her brother, Thomas ATKINSON II > his son, James Walker ATKINSON > his son, James Henry ATKINSON > his daughter, MY MUM! > then of course, me!

Then I looked at it; then I looked at it some more and decided:

I need a graphic!


Much better, don’t you agree?

The Next Generation of The Family (Part One)

These charts are listed in birth order.

These charts are the families of the Children of Thomas ATKINSON and Bethia (KIDD), my third Great Grandparents

Eldest son, Robert (2x Great Grand Uncle)


Next son, William (2x Great Grand Uncle) <= Darcy Kuebler’s ancestors!


Next son, Thomas II (My 2x Great Grandfather) 


Next son, John (2x Great Grand Uncle)


These are highlights; my research are far more detailed.

I do not have very many photographs though.

3X GTGRD AUNT – Daughter of John ATKINSON & Elizabeth HODGSON


3x Great Grand Parents: (KIDD) ATKINSON


I am descended from (3) Thomas II

I have information on most of the family’s history — land records, WWI/ CEF records, obituaries and photos of gravestones.

Are You Ready?

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