My Brick Walls – Research that Frustrates

I have an update on a brick wall that I featured in November 2014.  I want to thank several cousins who have emailed me with the information which has since led to more information on Amy Jennings, and the re-reading of a document to correct sloppy handwriting. Many. many thanks to those who contacted me about this – so appreciated!

So, to recap – my brick wall was Amy Elizabeth Jennings, who was the sister of my great-grandmother Emma Jane. She emigrated with Emma Jane, Emma Jane’s husband Ernest Paulin, and his brother Herbert in 1884 to Canada – settling originally in Victoria, BC.

Shipping list, 1884
Shipping list, 1884

I know that she married William Momson on Oct 5th 1887 in Victoria, and then the trail goes cold.

Marriage record from BC 1887
Marriage record from BC 1887

Here is the thing – it is not Momson, although looking at the entry from her marriage one would expect it to read Momson – but it wasn’t, his name was Thomson.  And there is the answer.  Armed with her real married name, I have found that she had three children: William Herbert Thomson (1889-1890), Edith Amy Thomson (1891-1971) and Sidney James Thomson (1892-1983).  I know that Amy died in 1943 in Vancouver, and her husband died in 1904 in Nanaimo.
Regarding the pictures I mentioned in the original post:  “I do have these pictures, which came from my grandparents’ collection that my Mom identified as the “Mitchells” and said that they were related to her Nanny [Jennings] and that the picture was from BC. Are they Amy’s family?”

From the collection of my grandparents
From the collection of my grandparents

 

Yes, the Mitchells are connected to Amy…… Edith Amy Thomson married Andrew Henry Mitchell and they had two daughters that I know about – Ellen (1914) and Florence (1917).  So the pictures identified as the Mitchells are likely the family of Amy’s daughter Edith.  I would love to get in contact with any of the Mitchells to identify for certain the people in the pictures from the family collection – so please if you are related contact me!

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