We are currently working on solving a mystery that has been haunting our family for many years and was hoping with advancing technology that answers would come in time. We've searched the ends of the internet and have been unable to find anything.
Agnes Margaret Marr was born 3 Jul 1872 to mother Margaret Marr (Age 22) in East Zorra. Father on the birth register says "Illegitimate".
Margaret Marr marries James H Grist 9 Feb 1876 in Blenhiem. They have several children between then and 1891 when they appear on the next census. However, living with them is Agnes McMurray, age 18, with the notes "Adopted Daughter"
We do not know where she got this name from. Further, Agnes McMurray/Marr, Margaret, James, and their son Reginald (born 1878) do not appear anywhere on the Canada 1881 Census. The only document we have confirming their residence is a birth register of their son Thomas who was born in 1881 in Blenheim.
Also, Agnes McMurray married William Leonard Parker in East Zorra in 1906 before they moved to Saskatchewan. However, we can not find this register or certificate. Her tomestone in Welwyn, Saskatchewan has "Agnes McMurray"
We do have a postcard that was addressed to Agnes before she died in 1918, sent from a cousin in Ontario advising her that the minister that married her had drowned at a church picnic, so we know they were married.
The scenarios we are pondering is that, is McMurray the name of her father? Is it the name of an adopted family she lived with from when she was born in 1872 til she was 18 in 1891? Did she marry a McMurray while she was 18 or younger? What happened to these people during the 1881 census?
We are hoping that anyone would have any information that would assist us in solving this mystery or some advice as to where else to look.