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James Anderson - Lady Mary Trotter, Ireland to Ontario

Updated May 23, 2003

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I am searching for information on my Anderson family that came from Ireland. They were originally from Scotland. James Anderson became coachman to a wealthy family and fell in love with their daughter, Lady Mary Trotter. They wed and had 6 children: John, George, James, Mary Ann, Isabel and Catherine. Lady Mary was ill and she made her husband promise to take their children to Canada for a better life. The family was protestant and James had been attacked in their home. After Lady Mary's death, James took the 6 children and left for Canada. Upon their arrival, James, who was wearing a money belt, was attacked and thrown off the ship, leaving the 6 children alone. They made their way to Ontario. James Anderson, the son, became the hired hand of John Eddy, a wealthy Oakland farmer, he fell in love with his daughter, Melinda Eddy, and they married on Feb. 14, 1849 in Waterford. James was born on May 8, 1829 in Ireland, he died on July 9, 1898. Melinda was born Sept. 15, 1831 and died Mar. 29, 1886. They are both buried in Oakland Cemetery, Ontario. They had 6 children: Marshall Eddy, Joseph James, Wilfred Theodore, Mary Elizabeth, John Edward Wesley and Martha Jane. Three of the Anderson children married three of the same Hyde family. James and Melinda lived in Townsend, Norfolk County, Ontario. And this is where my family research started. My goal is find out more about the family when they lived in Ireland.

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