I hope someone will recognize these names and be able to help me find some "lost" relatives! I am working on family history and would like to be able to fill in a lot of gaps through contact with descendents of my great grandmother's two brothers. She was Ethel Mary Palmer born in 1883, her parents Philip Henry Palmer born about 1860 in Nottingham, died in 1926, but I don't know where; her mother Mary Sarah Walker was born in Doncaster.
Great Gran's two brothers were Ernest Robert Palmer born about 1881 who married Ethel Mary Spooner; they had two children whose names were recorded by Great Gran- Esme Muriel Palmer born 1907 and her brother Philip Henry Palmer born 1909. The other brother was Edward Arthur Palmer born 1886 who married Isabelle (Isabella?) Odlum Hipwell; three children's names I have for them are Dennis, Rosemary and John Palmer, also born in early 1900's.
Great Gran married Cornelius W. Foreman who was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire in 1880. He was in the British Army and I believe he received land grants in Alberta, Canada which was what brought them to Canada prior to 1907 when their eldest daughter- my Gran, was born in Red Deer, Alberta.
They had three more children by January 1915, when Cornelius and family returned to England- did he serve again in the British army during World War One? They lived at Fermoy, Ireland, where my Gran and her sisters attended school at the Loretto Convent. There was a British military base at Fermoy, and perhaps this was the reason they were there.
This Palmer-Foreman family did return to Canada about 1926; my grandmother married here in Alberta in December 1926. Great Gran Ethel Mary Palmer Foreman lived in the Edmonton area until her death in 1961. Sadly, she had separated from great Grampa Cornelius; he apparently worked throughout B.C., Alberta, the Yukon Territories for a time with a Mr. R. W. Patterson. Cornelius died in B.C. and is buried in Vernon. My great Gran is buried in a single grave in a cemetery in Edmonton, Alberta.
I am stumped as to what happened to Great Gran's two brothers and their families however- I cannot fathom that they did not communicate but no one in my family seems to know of their whereabouts. Did they and their families stay in England? or like Great Gran, did they decide to emigrate? I have only recently thought of the possibilities that they may have also come to Canada, or to the United States, or to New Zealand or Australia.
Through research, I have found that Great Gran's father Philip Henry Palmer was a Civil Engineer and the "Borough Surveyor" in Hastings, Sussex, England. It appears that at least one of her brothers was a civil engineer also. Great Gran's brother Ernest Robert Palmer was born in Kensington, London, where (their parents) Philip Henry and his wife Mary Sarah lived when they were first married- (1881 British census). Brother Edward Arthur was born in Brighton, Sussex as was my great Gran.
As I said previously, Great Gran's mother was Mary Sarah Walker from Doncaster- whose parents were Edward Hawxby (Hawksby/Haxbee)Walker and Mary Sarah Greenhalgh.
This entire family has a fabulous history, and I would like to know more. Someone, somewhere must recognize these names. My grandmother gave me an old parchment family history when I was in my 20's and I promised her I would work on it, and continue recording information to be passed on in our family.
If anyone has any information that would help me to contact descendents in this family- the Palmer's, Walker's, Greenhalgh's, or my great grandfather's Foreman family from Wiltshire, I would be most grateful.