British Home Children Hedgecoe-McKenna History Update

Presenting British Home Child Louisa Mary Booth

Welcome to 2016!  I can’t believe that we haven’t posted since September…  We had a very productive end-of-year with research, adding bits and pieces all over the place.  I have a few different posts I’m personally working on – hopefully they’ll be ready this week, and I believe Jake will be posting soon as well.  This will be our 7th year online this year.  I can’t believe the progress we’ve made looking back.  I can’t wait to see what wonderful discoveries we make in the next 7 years!  I’ve seen this quote everywhere this year, and it really speaks to me.  My New Years wish for all of you!

Neil Gaiman

Today was a bit of an exciting day for all of us here.  Finally, after ages of questioning, asking, sending e-mails and researching, we have confirmation about the June 1868 Hibernian and one of the very first Canadian shipments of British Home Children.  We’d like to thank John Sayers, Gail Collins, Marjorie Kohli, Sharon Munro and of course the endlessly supportive Lori Oschefski for taking the time to confirm this shipment of British Home Children.  Personally, we’d like to thank them for the validation that Louisa Booth, 16 years of age and noted as a Nurse, was indeed a part of Maria Rye’s first efforts to bring children to Canada.

Never in a million years would I have imagined that this was a possibility years ago when we began searching for our Booth relatives and simply couldn’t find them.  Today, after years of research, we have an answer to our most basic question…  We know how Louisa arrived in Canada, how she secured her employment with the Clare family, and we have a starting point for beginning our quest to locate her family.

Out of the 3 BHC in our family tree, we have only been able to track the family of one child.  Louisa and William Henry Blincoe still sit with so many unanswered questions…  But today we’re a little further ahead.  And with our progress, we’ve brought along the manifest of the 1868 Hibernian so that others might be able to locate their relatives.


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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