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Florence Mary Richards 1899 (Canadian records)

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Michael Report 1 Jan 2013 18:37

Can anybody access Canadian records? I am looking for records of Florence Mary Richards born May 1899 in Glamorganshire South Wales and married a Canadian soldier Charles Bonner on Nov 26 1918 in Tonypandy, Glamorganshire they had two children James b 1920 and Alma b 1925, they emigrated to Canada May 22 1928 but I have not been able to find any record of them since then. Talking to members of the family they dont seem to know much about what happened to them either but all they could tell me was that they were very poor at the beginning and they thought that they may have settled in Ontario region.


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 18:40

Michael, it would be a good idea to edit your heading to include the word Canada - that way the researchers who have access to those records will spot it.

One of the problems with Canadian records is that they have much stricter privacy laws than us and there's not much available online for the past 100 years.

Marriages go up to about the mid 1920s and births about 1912.


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 18:47

This is the arrival in Canada:

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
Name: Florence M Bonner
Gender: Female
Age: 29
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1899
Birth Country: Wales
Date of Arrival: 3 Jun 1928
Vessel: Montcalm
Port of Arrival: Quebec
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England
Roll: T-14743

She was travelling with Charles (35), James G (8) and Alma J (3 1/2)

Charles wasn't Canadian according to this, he was born in Horsham but he had been in Cowansville, Quebec 1913-1914. His next of kin was his father Mr J Bonner at 30 Victoria Road, Crawley, Sussex.

Charles intended to be a miner and their contact in Canada was a Mr W Kent, Can. Colon. Assoc. Rep., CPR Building, Young Street, Toronto.


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 19:05

Just for background, Charles in 1901:

BONNER, James Head Married M 30 1871 Carpenter & Painter Dunsfold, Surrey
BONNER, Martha Wife Married F 35 1866 Billingshurst, Sussex
BONNER, Arthur Son Single M 13 1888 Donkey Boy On Farm Billingshurst, Sussex
BONNER, Harriett Daughter Single F 10 1891 Billingshurst, Sussex
BONNER, Charlie Son Single M 8 1893 Billingshurst, Sussex
BONNER, George Son Single M 5 1896 Billingshurst, Sussex
BONNER, Maria Daughter Single F 4 1897 Billingshurst, Sussex

Piece: 952 Folio: 68 Page: 6
Registration District: Horsham
Civil Parish: Billingshurst

Address: High Street, Billingshurst, Billinghurst County: Sussex


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 19:12

This was Charlie's first arrival in Canada:

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935
Name: Charlie Bonner
Gender: Male
Age: 20
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
Date of Arrival: 3 Aug 1913
Vessel: Ascania
Port of Arrival: Quebec
Port of Departure: Southampton, England
Roll: T-4802

He was a lathe-setter and intended to be a farmer in Cowansville. Appeared to be travelling alone.


Michael Report 1 Jan 2013 19:17

Thanks MarieCeleste for your info it will give me something to work on on this side of the water, because I was under the impression that he was born in Canada.
I would still like to find out what happened to them in Canada somehow.because the family lost touch with them soon after they emigrated.


Margee Report 1 Jan 2013 19:55

Charles and Florence are on the 1949 voter's list in Norfolk, Ontario. Their address is 221 Maple St.


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 20:19

They're still there in 1963 Margee, with what looks like two sons.

Charles is a farmer.