Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Family Story

Working on Martha Blake (daughter of John Blake and Ann Farmer). She married Robert Annetts 15th of May 1852 and they had eleven children. Working on the number of grandchildren and I have reached 32 but not quite complete. I am photographing the various records on the fiche that I have and then referencing them so quite a bit of work ahead of me on this particular chapter.

I am curious to do a total count of the number of great grandchildren and great great grandchildren for John and Ann Blake. Their descendants are found all around the globe from England to Canada and to the United States; from England to South Africa; from England to Australia and from England to New Zealand. Their descendants are going to be in the hundreds or perhaps even as much as a thousand.

I also tested myself a second time at Ancestry. I want to use the second test as a mirror test on private family trees just to verify the work as I move along. I also hope to figure out my new second and third cousins at Ancestry. For the most part I believe I know all of my second cousins (I do not have any first cousins) but I am not aware of all of my third cousins that is for sure!

I have over 600 emails with all the busyness of the past year so need to work to clear them. Mostly I have responded to all emails direct to me concerning any projects or asking for particular information. But there are some that I warned it would be a while before I would respond!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Post NAFTA - another political post

Are we about to enter a Post-NAFTA era?

Mind you I did not have a problem with NAFTA when it was signed. I could see bonuses for everyone both sides of the borders. Those bonuses did happen and continue to happen; but we (Canada) also lost factory jobs; Brantford had 40% unemployment and it wasn't the only city thus affected by the signing of NAFTA.

Advice I would give to our prime minister - match tariff with tariff and protect the Farm Management system (we can use the money to support the Unemployment Insurance System). If we do go into a Post-NAFTA era then so be it. But I am against dismantling the Farm Management system. The USA just want to send their over production in dairy to us but we already have enough for our consumption (we have quotas so no overproduction although we do buy six times as much dairy product from the United States as we sell to them). Wisconsin cheese is great actually although I like our own as well. We actually let in 10% import of dairy; the USA only permits 3% import of dairy which includes our tiny amount. Not sure what we sell to the USA maybe yoghurt, ice cream??

We are a well balanced set of trading partners. There was an 8.6 billion surplus of imports from the USA to Canada (goods and services) last year. But President Trump doesn't like Canada he is making that more and more obvious.

Post-NAFTA we would have hydroponic vegetables in the winter - that would be exciting. We would not have to listen to all this discussion on NAFTA anymore. If President Trump doesn't want to trade with us then so be it. We move on. There are lots of people eager to jump in and start up businesses to replace what we import. Then there is marijuana coming in. Doesn't interest me personally but it is a great tax grab for the government - more money to help Canada through the Post-NAFTA period if we are going to have one!


I love cabbage salad and huge tariffs on vegetables in the winter would mean that I could make cabbage salad all the time (my family do like their fresh vegetables). We store vegetables here in Canada for winter consumption! Then there would be lots of cooked carrots and onions another favourite of mine. And always potatoes.

I said it before and I again say it. What does President Trump dislike about Canada? We could just go our own way; get the pipeline built and continue to diversify our trading partners. We will always be good neighbours and friends to our American neighbours. There will be a new President in two or six years.

I remember the talk around the room when I was a child and my English born grandparents were still alive. Prime Minister Chamberlain was so happy when he brought back the paper signed by Adolf Hitler. A sobering thought went through my mind as I watched the past days events with North Korea. Peace in our time would be wonderful that is true and one prays being the high church Anglican that I am. I expect there are a lot of prayers being said these days especially in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

Great News, Canada, the United States and Mexico will co-host the 2026 World Cup. The nicest part aside from the thrill of our being part of the World Cup is by 2026 there will be a brand new President in the White House and God willing, he/she will like Canada. God, in your Mercy, I do thank you. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

X chromosome matching

Another set of two matches (they appear to be siblings) and a third match which may be a fourth to fifth cousin to them has come up on Gedmatch. Since there is an X chromosome match and only 2 of 5 of us match I know that this is on my mother's side since the X we (my sisters and I) inherited from our father was Rawlings and we would all match since he had only one X chromosome and it was directly from his mother.

I  am trying to decide if 8.9/8.2 centimorgans is significant. We all match one of the siblings and 3 out of 5 match the second sibling. The third individual matches us twice as much as we match the two siblings (and this is the same between the third individual and the two siblings).

If I have phased my X chromosome properly then this set of matches may belong to the Buller line but one of my brothers matches us in that same area. Why isn't he an X match? If I go in and set the minimum centimorgans to 2 and the minimum SNPs to 250 I get a 5.5 centimorgan match within the area where we are matching. Is this a true match with the three of us?

The matching segment search on Gedmatch looking at one of the siblings (best match) yields a number of matches with this set of siblings plus other members of the close family (nine in total). Probably I should write to this individual! Some of the email addresses are from australia/new zealand. There is a fourth interesting match and this is a known match with my father's father's side. But I am suspicious that I am matching this individual (tests as a second cousin) on two lines.

Writing to the individual with the nine individuals on gedmatch sounds like a plan.


Sunday, June 10, 2018

Trade with Canada - yikes another political post

Our Farm Management System really needs to be understood. Our farmers are permitted a certain quota of milk production and then milk products are produced. The prices we pay here support these industries and they are higher than anywhere I have been I must admit. The consumers pay for the dairy industry here in Canada because of higher prices; there isn't any government support for the dairy farmers. The Canadian farmers know they have a market for their milk and we willingly pay for it. Milk production is strictly controlled by quota as mentioned. Milk prices are also controlled here which is why there appears to be a large tariff on milk products coming into Canada. Here in Canada, we dump on the ground what we do not use (or use for feed where it is suitable) and it replenishes the soil; no waste. However, some of us (probably a lot of us) like to try cheeses in particular from other places (and that includes other provinces of Canada). I already mentioned Wisconsin cheese which is really quite tasty. I love cheese and every area in the world that produces cheese has it own unique flavour ((British Isles/European cheeses proved to be a delight when we traveled there and I gained pounds eating them! and the free trade we enjoy now with the EU brings in a lot of those cheeses I enjoyed there). Farm management is the best way to handle agriculture in my opinion but then we have been into that system for a very long time; my great uncle used to have to dump milk over the quota he was permitted to produce back in the 1950s! You could feed it to the pigs which I always thought he worked as another crop because of the dumping. He had a Jersey cow herd and that milk fresh from the cow was fantastic! The pigs were tasty as well and I am not particularly a large meat eater.

Well it is beginning to look like next winter will be perhaps cabbage salad (this is my favourite salad actually but probably not for most Canadians!), cooked cabbage, turnips, carrots and onions. We store a lot of those for winter consumption. Consequently, in order to enjoy fresh vegetables, we buy enormous amounts of salad product from the United States pretty much from September/October until May. Huge amounts cross the border daily from the United States to provide particularly our largest cities with fresh produce. We also buy enormous amounts of fruit from the United States year round. Apple Juice may well become the choice next winter instead of orange juice from the United States (that would be sad although I also like apple juice!). I said earlier in a political post that our hydroponic industry would get an enormous boost if the cheaper products from the United States ever stopped flowing across the border.

We have always (except on one occasion during one of the scenes over the Auto Pact) bought Canadian/American built cars (or perhaps the Journey was built in Mexico). Canadians buy a lot of cars that are produced by American companies.

Despite President Trump's comments, the balance of trade has always been in favour of the United States; we buy more from them than they buy from us (goods and services).

An American President personally insulting our Prime Minister is a shock to most of us I expect. We tend to think of our neighbours to the south (and north-west in Alaska) as our friends.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Lawley family of Birmingham

An X chromosome match on 23 and Me with an email from the match looks at the Lawley family of Birmingham. My maternal grandmother's mother is known to me as Ellen Taylor. She appears in the 1891 census with her husband Edwin Denner Buller and three of their children including my grandmother Ellen Rosina Buller, their eldest child. As I dug back, I learned that Ellen Taylor had had an illegitimate daughter Florence Elizabeth Taylor in 1879. Ellen and Florence appear to be on the 1881 census at the Aston Workhouse. Her age there is listed as 19 years of age. Taylor is such a common name though and to attribute this is my Ellen is just an unproven thought. Florence is two and that would be her correct age. I know that Florence was with Ellen after her marriage to Edwin Buller. Ellen Buller has written a letter to the Birmingham Union in November 1887 asking that they take Florence as she can not manage her with one child and another due very soon.

I have spent a lot of time looking at Ellen Taylor including purchase of a number of birth registrations for Ellen Taylor born in Birmingham between 1858 and 1862. On the 1891 census Ellen's age is listed as 30 years of age and on her burial registration in 1897 she is listed as 37 years of age on March 5 (death registration 27 Feb 1897). My grandmother mentioned that her mother was 37 years of age when she died (my grandmother was 11 years of age at that time). The census was taken on the 5th April 1891.

I have a birth registration for an Ellen Taylor that best fits this known information the 9th October 1859 daughter of Thomas Taylor and his wife Ellen (Roberts) Taylor. At her death in 1897 she is listed as 37 years of age and a child born 9th October 1859 would be 37 years 4 months and 18 days on the 27th February 1897. However the census which was taken on the 5th April 1891 shows her as 30 years of age but she should be listed as 31 years of age (31 years and almost 5 months). If the Ellen Taylor on the 1881 census is her then this census was taken 3rd April and the stated age was 19 but if she was born 9th October 1859 then she should have been 21 years of age (21 years and 6th months). She could have lied about her age in the Workhouse. Her parents (if this is the daughter of Thomas Taylor and Ellen (Roberts) Taylor) were living at Ashton under Lyne, Lancashire in 1881. This Taylor family had been living in Birmingham and they are on the 1871 census (with the exception of Thomas who is already at Ashton under Lyne) including an Ellen then 11 years of age. The Taylor family had their last child, a daughter, Marion Taylor born September quarter 1880 at Ashton Under Lyne. Ellen is not with them on the 1881 census at Ashton Under Lyne.

Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK, Lancashire County, Ashton under Lyne RD, Audenshaw, Class: RG11; Piece: 4041; Folio: 85; Page: 5; Line: 23; Thomas Taylor household, GSU roll: 1341966.

  Thomas Taylor   Age:52    Estimated birth year:abt 1839    Relation:Head    Spouse's name:Ellen   Gender:Male   Where born:Birmingham, Warwickshire, England     Civil parish:Ashton Under Lyne    County/Island:Lancashire    Country:England      Street address:Guide Lane   Condition as to marriage:Married     Occupation:Shoe Maker     Registration district:Ashton Under Lyne    Sub-registration district:Audenshaw    ED, institution, or vessel:4   Household Members:Name Age  Thomas Taylor  52  Ellen Taylor 39  Kate Taylor 13  Mariane Taylor 1  William Taylor 10

Missing from this 1881 census are four children: Thomas Taylor b 1858 at Birmingham, Ellen Taylor b 1859 at Birmingham and Eliza(beth) Taylor b 1862 at Birmingham. One other child Frank Taylor died Jun quarter 1875 at Birmingham.

Tracing the other children of Thomas Taylor and Ellen (Roberts) Taylor has proven to be difficult but that would be the ideal way to prove the relationship.

Ellen Roberts was the daughter of Thomas Roberts and  Ellen Lawley; hence my interest in the Lawley family. Finding an X chromosome match with a Lawley descendant with ties to Birmingham was most fascinating. This match at 26 centimorgans is long enough to be significant. I do not match her anywhere else and the estimate is 4th cousin.

A match on the X Chromosome is interesting and limited in just which family will be that match with you.



This chart tells me that only the coloured areas can lead to a common match with an X chromosome for me. On my father's side this family was either in Hampshire/Wiltshire and later Essex. This does not appear to overlap with my match. on my mother's side it excludes my paternal grandfather's line. My paternal grandfather's mother's lines were from East Riding of Yorkshire and Cumberland so also appear to be excluded. That left me with my grandmother's father's mother Anne Welch who lived at Birmingham and had ancestry back into Staffordshire and Leicestershire. This overlaps with the match's ancestry. I am tempted to think that it is going to be in this Welch line. It is a coincidence that the surname Lawley is emerging I suspect but will wait on it. The tester's Lawley connection is on her mother's side so she has inherited from her mother a combination of X from both parents with the maternal grandmother being a Lawley. This grandmother inherited from her father but his X chromosome came directly to her from his mother and not the Lawley line itself. This is a surname that I have seen before in my searches and I must rack my brain to see if I can remember in what context I looked at that surname!