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The Family of William Warner and Sarah Leitch

Uncle Tom Warner: the Saddest Story in our Family History

I have a special affection for James [Warner] and Margaret [Quinn]’s fifth child, their third son, Thomas. Our great granduncle was one of the hardest of our relatives to track down in the records. For years he was a mystery. Then, in the spring of 2015, the missing puzzle pieces started to turn up and fall into place. Within a month or so, I was finally able to pull together the story of this elusive uncle.

Warner Stories (unpublished)
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Finding our Yorkshire Cousins: Part 2 of 2

In my last post, I told you how I came up with the hypothesis that my great great great grandfather William Warner (1808-1845), the one who married Sarah Leitch in Quebec City in 1832, was the son of William Warner (born 1789), of the village of Howden in West Yorkshire, and his wife, Sarah Benson.

.In this post, I’d like to tell you how I was able to use DNA testing to confirm that hypothesis and, going one generation further back, to show that I’m also descended from William Warner and Elizabeth White who were married in Howden in 1776.

Here’s what happened.

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A Cockroach Alive in a Lady’s Ear

To kick off what I hope will be a series of many family stories that I’ll share with you on this website, I’d like to start with a story about something that happened to my great great grandmother. Her maiden name was Margaret Ann Quinn (1837-1915) and she was married to James Warner (1837-1909), who was the son of William Warner and Sarah Leitch.

It’s part of a chapter in the Warner family history that I’ve been working on for the past nine years, but I thought it was good enough to share with you now rather than waiting until the book gets published.

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