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Board Name: England (Adoption Related)
Sheila L. Shergold Guelph, Ont Canada Feb 22, 2001
Hello: My maternal grandfather, Joseph Bridges was born
on January 21, 1880. I know that he had two sisters, younger
than him I believe. When his Mother died, I think Joseph was
around 8 years old. His Father could not manage the children
alone. So his Grandmother took Joseph, and some aunts took
the two girls. However, when Joseph was around 10 years old,
his Grandmother died, and this is when he went to the Bernardo
Orphanage. From there, he was sent to Canada where he lived
at a doctor's home somewhere in Ontario. My maternal Grandmother
Margaret Mottram, was born in England July 28, 1894. She was the
youngest of 6 children. I know that her parents both died when
she was about 6 years old. However, all the children stayed
together. I believe their home was in Manchester on Gordon
Street. Some of those children were Alice, Herbie, Louise to name a
few. My Grandmother and her sister Louise came to Canada for a
visit. This is where my two grandparents met each other.
My grandmother returned to England, and Joseph followed her
back shortly thereafter. I know that they were married in
England - try March 30, 1918 or 1919. They returned to Canada
to make a new beginning for themselves. My Mother, Margaret
Evelyn Bridges was born on April 25, 1920. While my grandparents
always stayed in touched with the Mottram family, sadly, there
was no contact between my Grandfather and either of his sisters.

My husband and I are planning a trip to England this coming
June (he was born in England, funnily enough) and I would very
much like to look up any relatives from my Grandfather's side
of the family. I do not know what his sisters names were, but I
would hope that they too married, had children, who in turn had
children. Would you be able to find out if there are any
relatives on my Grandfather's side of the family who are
still alive?

I sincerely hope that this summarized history of my maternal
Grandfather may help you to locate some of his blood relatives.

Waiting to hear back from you,
Sheila L. Shergold
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