Monday, December 11, 2006
Another Great Gran
Continuing a theme: here another partially, but only partially, restored photo of my mother's father's mother, Mary Ann Quinlan (nee Baker). It was taken in Barking, England. As far as I can tell, Barking is part Greater London. I actually found the street and looked at the satellite view on Google Maps. If I'm looking in the right place, the land use has changed, and housing such as this doesn't exist in that area any more. I assume that my great grand father, John Quinlan had passed away by this time.
That's her son, Edward, standing beside her in the photo. According to photo album notes, sons Edward and Earnest remained in Barking, and another, Charlie, was killed in World War I. John emigrated to New Zealand, and my mother continued to write to him until he passed away. I remember getting calendars and tourist books form New Zealand. I always wanted to visit and never will, and I'm okay with that. There were three girls, Clara, Polly and one unknown.
My own grand father, Arthur, emigrated to Canada (obviously), but the story is that it took him a long while to actually settle here. Apparently he went back to England three times before staying. It is also said that he went as far west as Winnipeg before returning to and settling in Montreal.