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