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David Shiel Anderson - Scotland to Canada

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Michelle Report 18 Aug 2013 01:55

Hi I'm looking for info for my great uncle David Shiel Anderson born in 1915 Berwickshire, Scotland. His parents are Christopher Anderson 1886 to 1919 and Mary Esther Sheil (who was later widowed and married Thomas T Fothergill only be to widowed again). Mary died in 1963.

My Dad says he vaguely remembers David coming to their house in the early to mid 50s to say his goodbyes before going to possibly Canada. I've found a record for David in 1931 giving his mothers married (Anderson) and maiden name (Shiel) emigrating to Canada as a farm labourer - the record also gives Shiel as his middle name. As Sheil is a reasonably unusual name I'm certain that this must be the same David. Therefore David must have come back to the UK - at that point the family would have been both in Scotland and London. I can't find anything concrete about his return and then leaving the UK again in the 1950s - nor can I find a marriage or death for him. Any help would be greatly appreciated as my Dad has several questions which could well be answered should David have any decendents whom could be contacted should they be willing.

Thanks, Michelle :-) :-S

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Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 18 Aug 2013 07:30

only the one travel record

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935 about David Shiel Anderson
Name: David Shiel Anderson
Gender: Male
Age: 16
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1915
Birth Country: Scotland
Date of Arrival: 3 May 1931
Vessel: Athenia
Search Ship Database: View the 'Athenia' in the 'Passenger Ships and Images' database
Port of Arrival: Quebec
Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland
Roll: T-14771

passage was paid by the government traveled with other boys of a similar age born in Oxton Scotland

probably the same record you found


Flip Report 18 Aug 2013 07:38

That's the only one I can find as well, maybe amend your title to include Canada - that way it will attract those more familiar with the Canadian records.

Chris Ho :)

Chris Ho :) Report 18 Aug 2013 07:48

ANDERSON David Shiel 16 M Athenia 1931

(above, also on google)

The Passenger image, gives address of Mother, Mrs Mary Anderson, 8, Brewery Bank, Tweedmouth, Berwick on Tweed. His placement, Saskatchewan Regina.

Chris :)


Michelle Report 18 Aug 2013 10:54

Hi Shirley and Chris

The records that you've found are the same as the information I've found. I hadn't thought that the government would be paying for the travel.

I have included Canada in my title so fingers crossed! Thanks for you help

Michelle :-D


mgnv Report 18 Aug 2013 16:55
Title: Passenger Lists: Quebec City (1925-1935)
Microform: t-14771
Page Navigation: (629 pages) : Page 478 of 629
gets you:


Michelle Report 19 Aug 2013 11:00

Thanks for all your replies - he is proving to be quite elusive after entering Canada!


Michelle Report 27 Jul 2014 16:32

Still looking - had no further luck! I can't seem to find any websites giving out much information about Canadians - am assuming they have stricter data protection rules than we do in the UK. :-(