A Tragic Occurrence: Ralph Havelock Harrison (1894-1918)

Ralph Havelock Harrison Ralph Havelock Harrison was helping a visitor to unhitch his team when an accident involving one of the horses led to his sudden and untimely death.  He was performing an act that he had probably completed countless times before when the unthinkable happened.  What made this occurrence all the more tragic was…

The Pioneers of Grey County: Martha Lawrence (1800-1902)

Martha Lawrence When it comes to family history, obituaries offer a fascinating look into the lives of our ancestors.  They can provide a perspective that is rarely matched by other types of documents and records. This is certainly true in the case of my 3x Great Grandmother, Martha Lawrence (nee Farrar). I think part of what makes Martha’s obituary so…

Pioneers of Grey County: William Lawrence (1836-1921)

William Lawrence As a follow up to My People Came From Wicklow: The Lawrence Experience of 1848, I decided to dedicate a series of blog posts to explore how the children of John Lawrence and Martha Farrar fared after the family immigrated to Grey County, Ontario in the early 1850’s.  The subject of this blog post…

A Life Cut Short: Herbert Arnold Lawrence (1889-1909)

Herbert Arnold Lawrence As a kid, I spent a lot of time at my Grandparent’s house as they lived just around the corner from where I grew up.  I can remember sitting around their kitchen table while they pointed at old black and white photographs and told me stories about their families and what it…