William Henry Frith (1839-1917) and Elizabeth Amelia Thorne (1844-1934) were my great great grandparents, both born in England and emigrated to Canada.William and Elizabeth's grand-daughter Grace Elizabeth Fairbairn (1911-2001), my grandmother, wrote the following about her grandparents:
"In England, William had been the gardener for a lawyer and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Walters.He and his brothers had received good educations; one brother was the headmaster of a school.They all enjoyed reading and learning.Because Canada was a new country with promise, he and his brother Fred decided to migrate.They landed in Montreal where Fred remained.William moved further inland to Walkerville, where he took a job with Hiram Walker.Mr. Walker was a grain merchant who eventually went into distilling whiskey.William's job was cleaning out the mash.
After William became settled in Walkerville, he wrote to his friend Elizabeth, who worked as a plain cook and housekeeper for Mrs. Walters. She was a farmer's daughter from Devonshire.William asked if she would consider coming to Canada to marry him if he sent her money for her passage.Her twin sister, Mary, was going to Australia to marry Robert Morgan, so Elizabeth came to Canada.They were married on October 12, 1873 in Windsor.
In 1875, William and Elizabeth moved from Windsor to a fifty acre plot of land north of Oldcastle, Ontario.They moved into a log cabin situated near a stretch of gravelly land, a few yards in from a country road.The property was well covered with hardwood trees, except for 5 acres which were cleared for farming.Over time, more land was cleared for farming, and the wood was used for building and fuel.
The Pere Marquette and Grand Trunk Railways expanded and required gravel for their road beds.Near the farm buildings there was a large gravel hill which was used by the railways for road bed.It was a good source of income for William and Elizabeth.
One day the log house caught fire and burned, so they built a large new house on the other end of the farm on the North Talbot Road.In later years, a large modern home was built.New barns were built near the house.The gravel pit became a skating rink in the winter time, and a source of water in the summer.Instead of fencing all the fields, they planted hedges, which they kept well trimmed.They named the farm Hedgecroft, a name which was painted on one end of the the big red barn. It was a neat, productive, prosperous farm."
I don't have any more information on William Henry Frith's ancestors than you, but I do have some information on descendants.