Friday, March 30, 2012

current MIMMS research

Looking for another branch of the MIMMS clan to write about today, has led me down the road of finding one that settled in Canada. I'm working on this branch as we speak, so will record findings here. This is Margaret Wilhemina Gertrude MIMMS and John JONES, who emigrated to Canada in 1912 and 1907 respectively. This fact I received from a cousin found online at some point in the past. I've  not been terribly good at recording sources at times, and all I know is that the info came from 'Dennis' (at least I have a name). I can find out more by searching old emails etc, but I REALLY MUST START TO BE MORE ORGANISED!!! (I spent a few hours today looking up old emails, and found all the missing info!)

Anyway, Margaret with the wonderful middle names, was the daughter of Francis George and Mary Selina MABBETT, my great, great uncle and aunt (he being brother to James and John). Like her 9 siblings, Margaret was born in Brighton.


She married John JONES on 23 Dec 1899.
In 1901 they were living in Brighton, with just Cyril, a 10 month old baby.

By 1911 they had 6 children.
The Canadian 1911 Census shows John as a resident of Ottawa, Ontario. It also shows that he emigrated there in 1910.(This is disputed by another cousin who has found a record for 1907).


The 1911 UK Census shows that Margaret and two of her children were at Shorncliffe Camp, Elham, Kent. 
Type
Surname
First Name
Sex
Born
Age
Place
Cnty
MILITARY
JONES
ELLA
F
1905
6
Elham
Kent
MILITARY
JONES
MARGARET
F
1881
30
Elham
Kent
MILITARY
JONES
MARGARET
F
1908
3
Elham
Kent
other people ............. ..................... ... .......... .......... .............. ..........
There were obviously many other people there. It is not known where the other children were based.

Shorncliffe Camp 1916
Shorncliffe Camp, Elham was a military establishment at Elham near Folkestone in Kent, originally built as a Napoleonic earthworks fort, the site, which covers 200 acres, was used as a training camp during the Great War and is still in use by the army today. It looks as though Shorncliffe had strong Canadian links. By 1915, 40,000 Canadians were in training there. The Castle was used as an air-raid shelter and by the Royal Field Artillery.

In 1912, Margaret(aged 34) and 6 of her children emigrated to join husband John in Ottawa, Canada. They sailed from Liverpool to Quebec aboard the Empress of Britain, arriving on 13th Sep. Cyril was 11, Leslie was 9, John was 7, Ella was 6, George was 5 and Peggy was 4.



More children were born in Canada. I know of at least two, Herbert and Tom.

To be continued, am waiting for info to arrive re their Canada life .......



2 comments:

SheilaMatilda said...

It is a shame we don't think to record our sources when we first start researching. I must admit I am still rather remiss about it at times still. Hope you manage to fill all your gaps Sheila.

fengirl said...

Thanks Sheila, it's just a matter of organisation. It doesn't help moving computers over the years. Luckily I have kept hard copies of correspondence etc.