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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #9 on: Thursday 18 January 18 23:29 GMT (UK) »
But.... 1871 he says he is a labourer. 

http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/1871/jpg/4396624_00551.jpg

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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #10 on: Friday 19 January 18 01:42 GMT (UK) »
Well, it looks like the 1852 census enumerator had a very hard time with 'Harper' and the twins' mother was now remarried to a Mathew Smith and had 2 more children. The x's beside Mathew and Elizabeth's ages would signify a married couple. They are in Portneuf County.

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http://automatedgenealogy.com/census52/View.jsp?id=43190&highlight=10&desc=1852+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+Margueritte+A+Alper

Very interesting hunt!

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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #11 on: Friday 19 January 18 01:48 GMT (UK) »
Wow, great find! This puts the family in Portneuf where Mary stayed and was eventually married. Thanks so much for your efforts. I suppose it wasn't the William and Eliza Harper in Kingston, just a coincidence!

They were right under my nose the whole time!

The mother Elizabeth Murphy is listed as a close neighbor to James Gray and Mary Harper in the 1861 census. There's also another Murphy living just next door, maybe a sister. I don't know how I've missed seeing this for so long, tunnel vision I suppose.

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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #12 on: Friday 19 January 18 01:56 GMT (UK) »
Amended due to repetition...

Added... Mathew and Elizabeth are traceable through at least the 1891 census, if I remember correctly.

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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #13 on: Friday 19 January 18 02:25 GMT (UK) »
The connection between Elizabeth and Portneuf now opened a lot of doors, linking her to a Murphy clan comprised of one of the early families in the area. I'm still keeping my eyes peeled for a death for her husband William.

A little ashamed I missed something so blatant ... thankfully I had this forum to set it straight.

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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #14 on: Friday 19 January 18 02:48 GMT (UK) »
I haven't been able to find a death for William in the Portneuf area. Perhaps he died in New York (where the girls were apparently born) and Elizabeth went to Quebec after his death if she had connections there.

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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #15 on: Friday 19 January 18 04:30 GMT (UK) »
Well done PB!!  Super job :) :)

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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #16 on: Friday 19 January 18 12:49 GMT (UK) »
Well done PB!!  Super job :) :)
RK

Hear Hear!!  ;D
What exciting developments!
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Re: Harper family, Quebec/Ontario
« Reply #17 on: Friday 19 January 18 13:31 GMT (UK) »
Thank you all for the kind words  :). Very pleased to have been able to help.

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