I was unavoidably detained last Saturday, so, what was promised then is here this week 🙂
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The ATKINSON family name was, and still is, very popular in York County, Ontario. Between 1819 and 1840, there were eight “clans” in the area! One group came from Ireland, while the other seven came from England. Of the seven English families — three of them had a patriarch named John ATKINSON! One such family, I am descended from and the other two are allegedly cousins.
This chart shows my line from 4x great-grandfather John to grandfather James Henry
I say, allegedly, because the TAG Book (The Atkinson Genealogy — compiled 1927, updated and privately published 1966) does not cite any sources; and for the last 40 years, I have been unable to find a connection between any of the families — other than they farmed properties close to ours and spell ATKINSON the same way we do.
I will showcase the three John ATKINSON families first, starting with mine — and the others I have found along the way. Perhaps through this blog, someone out there might have the connecting thread(s) to help piece together a bigger picture.
John ATKINSON and Elizabeth (HODGSON) had five known children,but there is speculation that they had more.
We do know that two daughters (Ann and Elizabeth) did NOT make the journey to New York City in 1833. It is possible that they were  married with stable families of their own, or  they died young. No information has been located to prove (or disprove) either hypothesis on these two girls.
So, the three remaining children left with John & Elizabeth: their eldest daughter Mary, and their two bachelor sons, Thomas and Robert (the youngest). Mary was travelling pregnant (approximately 2-3months), with her husband, Thomas BRUNSKILL and their six children, who ranged in age from a few months to six years old. Unfortunately, three of the BRUNSKILL little ones died during the voyage, and it is currently unknown as to which ones.
Approximately four years after arriving in York (“Muddy York” AKA Toronto), Thomas married Bethia KIDD (abt.1837) and they had 14 children! Yes, fourteen!
Their oldest child was named Robert, and his descendants were limited to: two sons that died in infancy; a daughter that never married; and, a daughter that married and had no issue.
With the deaths of both infant sons, an unmarried daughter, and a married daughter with no children, Robert ATKINSON’s line died out in 1949 with the demise of Evaline Bethia (ATKINSON) GODDARD