Elizabeth Ann Sainsbury


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Elizabeth Ann Sainsbury 14

  • Born: 21 Dec 1866, London, England
  • Marriage (1): James Patrick O'Hara St Isidore 16 Sep 1889 in So. March, Ontario, Canada
  • Died: 1937, March, Ontario, Canada aged 71
  • Buried: St. Isidore - S. March, Ontario, Canada

   Cause of her death was Stroke.

  General Notes:

SAINSBURY, Elizabeth - Home Child
Age: 15
Sex: F
Year of arrival: 1881
Microfilm reel: C-4531
Ship: Moravian
Port of departure: Liverpool
Departure Date: 4 Aug 1881
Port of arrival: Quebec
Arrival Date: 14 Aug 1881
Party: Cardinal Manning's
Destination: Quebec
Comments: 14 children
Note: The child's surname was illegible or difficult to decipher.
Reference: RG76 C 1 a
Note: Due to the poor legibility of the original records, some information
in this database may be incorrect and/or incomplete.
She was a Home Child - children sent from UK - usually because they were orphan street kids.
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Rachel Paul <https://www.facebook.com/rachelpaulwriter?fref=ufi> Here is a link to our grandmother's family.<http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sainsbury_family>
John James was her father's brother....her dad being 15 years younger. Her father William died when she was three, and her mother died when she turned 10...and she was sent to live with John James and his new wife Mary Ann Staples, as they were building their business.
I remember my mom saying that as a child her grandma told her the story of living over the store on Brampton Rd...some problem with her uncle's wife, and she ended up being put out & taken in by Cardinal Manning's Child Rescue...and caught up in the terrible scandal, being told she was being sent to family in Canada...On arrival, she and the others were told the truth.
The ship they were put on was wrecked in Dec 1881 in Mudbay (Nova Scotia) 3 months after depositing her to her fate.They were basically sold into servitude. Many non-orphaned kids with her on the voyage were told their parents had died...their parents were told that they had died.
Her parents were in fact dead and she was an orphan sold into...indentured servitude...due to the economic climate of England at the time, and the struggle she faced with her uncle and aunt who were trying to buil a business, which became an empire.
I think I was told that on arrival in Quebec, she was placed on a train and placedas a servant in the home of the mayor of something...and married the son of the manor, but I think she, along with thousands of other children, aged 4-15 were sent onto a farm, (in South March) as Lawrence Dawson was a farmer...many pieces yet to be put together, but I have her birth certificate, certificate of being in a rescued child's home run by Cardinal Manning, passenger record aboard the Monrovia etc etc..
I am looking at doing a screenplay or stage play about her and the others. There is currently an academy award winning documentary about the kids that were sent to Australia. "Oranges & Sunshine" is the name of the movie..as that is what they were told what awaited them in Canada/Australia and Rhodesia...until they due larded the ship and safely aboard a train. SO,E WERE AS YOUNG AS 4! Most were abused in every manner...
Our ggrandmother was shipped off to Canada....as an adult, when I think of the emotional damage and attachment issues from abandonment, trickery etc...makes sense of the stories I have heard of this woman, our ggrandmother...her children...our grandmothers, and their children..and us.It is all around, a tragic story of one of the first, of the thousand children, sold into...servitude.Without her survival, we would not be here. Elizabeth Ellen Sainsbury. Our great great grandmother.

  Research Notes:

From Ottawa Journal:

  Medical Notes:

Suffered severe arthritis

Elizabeth married James Patrick O'Hara, son of Thomas Michael O'Hara and Mary Ann Edge, St Isidore 16 Sep 1889 in So. March, Ontario, Canada. (James Patrick O'Hara was born on 18 Jun 1867 in South March, Ontario, Canada, died in 1939 in March, Ontario, Canada and was buried in St. Isidore's Church, South March, Ontario.)

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