Dad insisted his ancestors were Irish. Mom always argued that the Wards were English. Well dad's in for a big surprise when he comes back to discover mom was right as usual!To see the proof of the matter see the link 'His Side' on the top menu.
Follow the Ward family from the 1900s in Sydney, Cape Breton, back to the Windsor, Hants County area and beyond...across the sea to a little town nestled in the Yorkshire Dales in 17th and 18th century EnglandNo doubt where my dad got the idea he was Irish was from relatives on his mother's side... the Lowthers. That side of his family were Irish through and through. Lowthers were from Londonderry, Ireland and his mother's mother was a Berry, also Irish. There was a wee bit of Irish on his Dad's side... his father's mother was a Caldwell.
Dad always told us kids that we were part 'MicMac' and when he wrote his memoirs he stated "My first memories were of my Micmac paternal great grandmother..." Research has revealed that this statement cannot be accurate since he 'paternal great grandmother' was definitely not Mi'kmaq. A feasable scenario is that the Mi'kmaq ancestor was actually his mother's mother.. his maternal grandmother.
My mother's side, were all Scottish...her father, Dalrymple, her mother, Steedman, and as far back as I can trace so far, all from the Kingdom of Fife! You can visit her ancestry by clicking the 'Her Side' link.
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