British Home Children Genealogy Hedgecoe-McKenna Update

Louisa Booth, British Home Children and more from Pateley Bridge

So much news this week: So many updates!

Dearest cousin Marilyn always sends the most interesting information along!  Finally, after long searching for confirmation it is confirmed that Louisa Booth Walker is interred in Mount Royal Cemetery, FindAGrave 

We now confirm that Louisa Mary Booth was born 11 Aug between 1852 and 1854 somewhere in England, and died 15 Aug 1908 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  The details of her life, unfortunately, are still all up in the air!  This is such progress though, finally being able to prove that Louisa is indeed buried with Robert and the Walker family.  We are still on the look out for the Booth family, and confirming or denying that Louisa was indeed one of the very first British Home Children to be immigrated through Maria Rye.

Our final accounting of the S.S. Hibernian was for 156 individuals for from page 9 to page 12.  17 of which are noted as children under 12.  52 of whom are noted as adults (mostly female) but are under the age of 18. There are only 20 adult men accounted for, most married with children, but it isn’t unheard of to include families with shipments if they were involved with the organization in England.
Obviously our numbers do not add up to the exact figures recorded at the time, and we cannot account for the discrepancy.  At this point, it’s a matter of waiting for others to confirm or deny our research into the matter.

This week I’ll be doing a considerable amount of research on BHC – So much going on all over the place!  For those of you interested in celebrating this 27th of September at Black Creek Pioneer Village – A lovely event is planned with some amazing guest speakers.  If you’re in the area, please do join in the day!

2015 British Home Child

Much appreciated news from Chris Wright in England in regards to Selina Carletta Young proves that she was indeed illegitimate with no father’s name being listed on her birth registration.  Chris agrees with me that it’s unlikely that Thomas King was her father, there’s too much of a time lapse between her birth and her mother’s marriage.  This record also confirms the first edition of the spelling of Carletta, but doesn’t go on to even vaguely suggest how we got onto ‘Keleter’ as her daughter’s name.  The record also does not use the name Priscilla which was later noted as a part of her name.

Selina Young Bentley

Pateley Bridge has so many more records and lines of research to be explored.  We’ll make sure to keep everyone updated in any progress we make with the Young family lines.


Always one for making things pretty, Jenn is our resident artist. Métis, British Home Child Descendant, family historian and genealogist, she is always looking into some new branch of research and encourages historical preservation and education.

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