Ron has made a request of me to look up a "rogue ancestor", Thomas William
Davies, and it made me wonder something.
Was it common at all for Welsh to emigrate first to the US and then to
Canada, or vice versa? I looked for his g-grandfather in Ms. Knowles' book
as he asked, but Thomas would have been a child when they emigrated, and not
all the children are listed on her appendix. How else could I or anyone be
of assistance to Ron?
A portion of his message follows:
The Thomas Davies to whom you and Julie were referring is not my
ancestor. He was born in 1824 but this is unconfirmed. I have his
birth ranging from 1821 to 1826 with the 1824 the sole seemingly
I have no idea - nor does any other relatives whom I've uncovered - of
how or when he got to Upper Canada, now Ontario. All I know for sure
is that he married Alice Blackburn in Wallaceburg in 1852 in the then
Wesleyan Methodist Church there. Alice was of Irish extraction and
of a United Empire Loyalist family that emigrated to Pennsylvania
before fleeing to Upper Canada as result of the American Revolution.
My favour is: please see if your Calvinist book might just happen to
include a man of this name and age or thereabouts.