New Information about William and Hannah, Our Fourth Great Grandparents
When you do family history, every so often you get that big breakthrough — the moment when you find a missing puzzle piece that has eluded you for years.
This, for me, is one of those moments.
In 1966, my parents (Joe and Lorraine Warner) bought a farm near Markdale, Ontario. Well, it wasn’t really a farm. It was half of a hundred-acre property in farming country.
Over the next fifty-seven years, it’s been a resort, a refuge, an activity hub, and a home for five generations of the Warner family.
Another DNA Breakthrough
For almost three years, I’ve been posting articles about the Warners, my father’s side of the family. It makes sense, given the name of the website. This time, however, I’d like to talk about some people on my mother’s side.
Today’s story is about Sophia Lunn, my second great grandmother, and her family.
It was 125 years ago today, on April 15, 1897, that my paternal great grandparents, Harold Rix “Harry” Warner (1874–1944) and Mary Jane Harber (1875–1942) said their wedding vows. It happened in Orillia, Ontario, on Lake Simcoe, about 130 kilometres north of Toronto.
A few years ago I wrote about the DNA evidence that seems to confirm our descent from a couple who lived in Yorkshire in the second half of the eighteenth century. In the almost two years since then, I’ve found even more evidence.
He Would Have Been Ninety-Five on Remembrance Day This Year
Joe Warner, my father, was born on Armistice Day of 1926. It was the eighth anniversary of the end of World War I. Exactly eighteen years and five months later, on April 11, 1945, he enlisted in the Canadian Infantry Corps.
I have a Christmas story for you about a humble young couple, a long and difficult winter’s journey, and a beloved baby boy.
No, it isn’t the couple, the journey, or the baby you’re thinking of. It happened about 1,830 years after that other couple travelled to Bethlehem to be counted and taxed.