Re: Looking for cousins
It seems we are distant cousins. I just began researching my Cockfield side, and traced it back to Joseph and Ann Cockfield. But I have been unable to trace my lineage back farther than this. I would love the opportunity to share information!
Some bit about my side:
My Great Great Grandmother was Elizabeth Ann Cockfield.
Her father was Christopher Cockfield, born about 1827 in Darlington, and brother of Moses and Joseph.
According to census info I found, her Grandfather Joseph Cockfield was born about 1791 in Darlington.
When Elizabeth's father Christopher (a railway engine driver) died in the 1860s, the family became impoverished. They were split up and her mother and siblings all sent to work as "pauper inmates" in the dreaded Union Workhouses, famously described in the books of Charles Dickens. Boys and girls were split up, and adults and children as well. This meant that mother Margaret lived all alone in a separate institution, as did the youngest sister Emma, after Elizabeth managed to get out and work on her own.
In 1875 she married smith Thomas Hughes in Maidstone, and brought her mother to live with them in Deptford, London. I have a photo of young Elizabeth.
Her family, along with my Great Grandfather, came to Montreal just after 1900 (possibly following your Cockfields?) They worked on the railway in Canada as well.
So glad to find some distant cousins, I would love to trade info, if possible. I can be reached at email@example.com