I received a special treat in the mail this week.
In 1907 my great grandfather, John Marshall Fisher, came to Canada with his cousin James Fisher.
This week I opened a letter from Clive Fisher. His father, Eric, was the younger brother of James Fisher, who left England and crossed the ocean with my Great Grandfather. Clive, who lives in Yorkshire England, was able to drive around and do some investigative research on our shared family. And thankfully he has shared his findings with me.
I now know that my great3 grandfather, John Fisher, worked as a corn miller in Sand Hole, Yorkshire, England. In 1861 they lived at 115 Town Street, Holme upon Spalding Moor, Yorkshire and then shortly afterwards they moved to Sand Hole to be closer to the mill (which has since been demolished).
John was married to a woman named Hannah. It is uncertain what her maiden name was, but we can suspect that it may have been Marshall because John and Hannah name their first son John Marshall and from this point on Marshall becomes the predominant male middle name in our family. My great great grandfather was John Marshall Fisher; my great grandfather was John Marshall Fisher; my grandfather was Bruce Marshall Fisher; my father is John Marshall Fisher; and I also have a cousin named Marshall in honour of that family name.
I will focus my research, this year, on studying the Marshall’s in the Yorkshire area and looking specifically for a Hannah that may be my great great great grandmother.
My other focus this year (and the blog theme for 2010) will be my Loyalist Ancestors. I have just applied to be a member of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada. In honour of that, I would like to share with you my love and appreciation for the loyal ancestors who came to Canada, worked the land, and cherished the country. I think we all need to know their sacrifices and hardships, and cherish and appreciate this country more.
Over the next 12 months we will be looking at the following United Empire Loyalists. If you have relatives on this list, let me know, I’d love to hear from you!
Andrew Sherwood (daughter Martha Curry Sherwood married above James Beyea. Martha’s mother died in NY).
Isaiah & Joanna (Davis) Smith
Richard & Jemima (Budd) Bull
Garret & Eunice (Hatfield) Dykeman
Barnet & Mary Ann (Lester) Manzer
James Hatfield (and daughter Phoebe Hatfield)
John Wesley Gavel
I’m hoping that the next letter I receive is from the UELAC… although the best mail treats come from relatives sharing their family history.