Hello, Amy!I've been reading your messages to and your answers from Bob Hudson re the Bilyea family in London, Ont.
Your Grandfather Bob Bilyea was my Uncle Bob.--I am the daughter of Frederick William Bilyea, who is the older brother of your Grandfather.I grew up in London, and all the "farm" Bilyeas got together for family picnics and always turned up on Christmas Day at the Bilyea family farm that Mr. Hudson mentions in his letters to you.My cousins (which include your dad) are:1. Donna McFalls Patterson, now retired in London; Elmer McFalls (deceased), B.C.; Bill McFalls, White Rock B.C. (all children of Velma);2. George Westman, Granton, Ont.; Enid Westman McIlhargey, London; (children of Erma);3. Donald Bilyea; Robert Bilyea (Bob); Peter Bilyea; Jean Ann Bilyea Titus;all children of your Grandfather Bob and your Grandmother Jean, and all living in London; (and by the way, your Grandmother Jean's maiden name was Dignan, (an Irish name; she was from Lucan, just north of London, and that is where the famous "Black Donnelley's" story took place); 4. Ann Bilyea Rousselle (London) and Frederick (Fred),(on the family farm), twins born to Herbert Kenneth (Ken) Bilyea.--Leila Bilyea was the twin of your Grandfather Bob;she was the person who wrote up our family's history;Leila lived in London all her life and never married.
NOW, there are a lot of kids born to all these cousins of mine, but I left London to teach in British Columbia in the mid-50's, (and also taught in the N.W.T. and Yukon, and later in Ont.).This took me away from London, and so I don't know your generation very well at all.If you would like, please email me or write me (Ann Rousselle can tell you how).I THINK you fit in Peter's and Betty's family. ...Am I right???Good night, dear "cousin-once-removed!" from Mary SteeleP.S. Hang on to Mr. Hudson'sinformation.It is correct and very concisely written.