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Disowned Sarah Jane Griffith-Ireland to Canada where she was widowed to the USA.

Disowned Sarah Jane Griffith-Ireland to Canada where she was widowed to the USA.

Posted: 28 Nov 2008 3:29AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello folks, Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah Jane Griffith,16, d/o Richard Griffith of County Kilkenny, Maiden Hall, Ireland, eloped with estate gardener Robert Cooke about 1825.
Richard Griffith was enragted to the point that he completly disowned his daughter for marrying beneath her class.
Robert and S Jane Griffith Cooke fled Ireland and ended up in Brockville, Elizabethtown Tp. Leeds County, Upper Canada, now Eastern Ontario.
1828-1837 5 Cooke children were born in Brockville.
About 1840 Robert Cooke died leaving Jane and 5 children destitute.
Appeals to her Griffith family back in Ireland were ignored so she did the only thing she could, farming the children out to Robert Cooke's relatives who had settled in the same area of Canada.
She then left Canada for a life in the USA marrying an American fellow, surname unknown.
There were more childen of this marriage and one of them did visit his half brothers in Eastern Ontario, Canada but I do not know any further details.
S Jane Griffith Cooke ________? never saw her Cooke children born in Canada again. Too bad! They were hard working and gutsy, doing well for themselves!

Family legend has it that we may have some connection to Pennsylvania so I am hoping maybe somebody recognizes this sad story about a dispossessed Griffith daughter, widowed in 1840s Canada and moving to the USA and a new marriage.
Rob McGinn in Thunder Bay Ontario

Re: Disowned Sarah Jane Griffith-Ireland to Canada where she was widowed to the USA.

Posted: 10 Apr 2013 9:08PM GMT
Classification: Query
This is so interesting. This is the story my mother told of my grandmother's mother, Sarah Jane Hall - that she eloped with the gardener of their estate, and came to Canada. She married a Stoddard, and had two children, Charles and Blanche, and then married Ed Harding, who raised both of the children.
It's such an amazing story - I wonder if it could be the same person.

Re: Disowned Sarah Jane Griffith-Ireland to Canada where she was widowed to the USA.

Posted: 12 Apr 2013 12:42AM GMT
Classification: Query
I am glad you read old posts! Yes I figured if anybody recognized the story it would mean possibly solving the riddle because I know so little about the death of Robert Cooke except it had to be after 1837 and the birth of Daughter Catherine Cooke. All I know is that Sarah Jane Griffith Cooke left Brockville Ontario with an American man, going with him to somewhere in the USA and having a second family with him. As I stated a son of the second marriage did get in touch with his Cooke half brothers in Lansdowne Tp., Leeds County, Ontario Canada.
I can find no record for any second marriage in Brockville, (Across from Morristown, St Lawrence County, NYS.)
So she may have married in the USA? Have you any dates for your Sarah Jane Hall? Birth? Marriages? Death place? Where did Mr Stoddard die? When? Did the children assume the Harding surname or did they remain Stoddard? Is there any history of one of the Stoddard children going to Ireland to look for Griffith roots? He failed in his attempt. But it is known that the son who visited the Cookes of Lansdowne sis indeed go to Ireland for that purpose.

Did she assume the name Hall? I could see Sarah Jane reverting to Griffith or remaining "Cooke" until she married the American fellow...
I think the first thing we need to do is to track down timing and dates if they can be found.
Rob McGinn
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