Edward SEERY, British Home Child
from England to the Ottawa, Canada area in 1909
April 23, 2013:
I WAS WONDERING IF YOU WOULD ADD MY FATHER'S NAME TO YOUR LIST OF THE HOME CHILDREN IN CANADA
SON OF MARY GLYNN AND PETER SEERY
SENT BY THE CATHOLIC EMIGRATION ASSOCIATION BRANCH FATHER BERRY'S HOMES LIVERPOOL ENGLAND
HE LEFT ON THE CORSICAN JULY 15TH 1909 AND ARRIVED IN QUEBEC CITY JULY 25TH 1909.
HE WAS THEN SENT TO HINTONBURG ONTARIO (New Orpington Lodge -- see picture on our main Home Children page) THEN ON TO A
FARM IN WRIGHT Township, Gatineau Valley, QUEBEC.
I AM STILL SEARCHING FOR ANSWERS AS I HAVE JUST RECENTLY FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS STORY AS HE NEVER SPOKE OF IT.
GERALDINE (SEERY) DESHAIES
Hello, Mrs. Deshaies:
Thanks for your e-mail.
Do you know the name of the family to whom your father was sent when he arrived in Ottawa. A lot of the Catholic children were sent to
farm families in the Gatineau Valley. There is a general assumption out there that they were sent to French families because they were Catholic.
I think that most of them were sent to English-speaking Irish Catholic families in Quebec.
... Allan Lewis
April 24, 2013:
Thanks to Taylor Kennedy for this very detailed research !
Peter Seery and Mary Glynn’s marriage was registered 2nd quarter (Apr-May-Jun) 1894, in West Darby, Lancashire. Mary was the daughter
of Edward Glynn born in Dublin, Ireland and Margaret ?? who was born in Queen’s County, Ireland.
The first born to Peter and Mary was Edwardus born June 3rd, 1894 and baptized July 8th at St Georges by Rev’d Timothy Lawton.
Godfather was Edwardus Thoape and Godmother was Rosa Meighan.
One more son was born, Thomas Seery before Peter died before the 1901 census as Mary is living with her mother, sister and the
two boys. Both Mary Seery and Margaret Glynn are widows.
As described by Geraldine Seery, Ed Seery sailed from Liverpool, England on July 15th , 1909 and arrived in Quebec on July 25th, 1909.
(an interesting note by the Port Inspector the he entered the ship’s name as “Dominion” owned by Dominion Lines) but definitely called
the S.S. Corsican.
In 1911 Edwardus Syra (Seery) is found on the Valliquette farm in Wright Township. He was 17, born in 1894, June, in England,
immigrated in 1909.
Shortly after that Edwardus Seery moved to Ottawa and lived at 71 Sweetland Avenue when he was drafted for WWI, 2nd Battalion,
Eastern Ontario Regiment, Railroad Construction, serial No: 3322971. Military Service Act letter #BC876832. Next to Kin was his mother,
8 Britton Street, Liverpool, England. He was 24 years, 11 months old, 5’ 6”, Ruddy complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Slender
The rest is history.
... Taylor Kennedy
April 28, 2013:
Taylor has sent a great deal of information to Geraldine regarding ancestors of Edward Seery in England. In addition, here is
Edward Seery (spelled Syra) living in the home of Joachim Valiquette north of Ottawa. This is the 1911 census record.
Thanks for all of this, Taylor!
E-mail GERALDINE (SEERY) DESHAIES, Taylor Kennedy and Allan Lewis
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