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Barnardo Children

In Alix, Alberta on January 29, 2017 at 11:02 AM

Barnardo Children

From “History of William Morton Sr. – by Florence McLeod”

Mr. William Morton, son of Henry Morton Sr. one of the early settlers of Marlborough Township, near Ottawa, Ontario, married Jane Scarlett also from Marlborough Township.  They settled near Kemptville, Ont.  They had no children of their own.  In the year[s] 1881 to 1910 boat loads of children from the Dr. Barnardo Home for children in England, were sent out to various parts of Canada for adoption.  In 1881 William Morton met the boat in Montreal, intending to adopt a little girl, but saw two little boys standing on the docks holding hands and took them into their home and hearts.  The boys were William Ryan Morton age seven and John Ryan Morton age five.  William was a carpenter by trade.  He was injured while at work and after a lengthy illness he was advised by doctors to move west.  In 1890 Mr. Morton arrived in Lacombe, having to ford the river at Red Deer, as the railway was through to Edmonton but the bridge at Red Deer was not completed.  He took out a homestead which is now part of the experimental farm at Lacombe.  He built a log house, then sent for his wife and son John.  William Ryan (Billie) stayed in the East where he had employment.

Pioneers and Progress, Alix Clive Historical Club, 1974

Link re: Barnardo Children:

British immigrant children from Dr. Barnardo’s Homes at landing stage, Saint John, … Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds unique and extensive records …

British immigrant children from Dr. Barnardo’s Homes at landing stage, Saint John, … Library and Archives Canada (LAC) holds unique and extensive records …

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