A Surname Inquiry



 July 16, 2024

Ada Walker Eddie was my gr. grandmother. She came to Canada in 1882 as a 14 yr. old to work for Joseph & Helen Eddie. In 1885 she married their son, Robert Eddie. Her maiden name was Ada Walker. I am looking for any information pertaining to her travel arrangements from England and placement in the Eddie home. Would welcome any information about Ada. All I have are Ontario BMDs, census records and a bit of family information.


  • I’ve looked at that Yorkshire census but have dismissed it for a variety of reasons. Will have to examine again more closely. There’s an Ada Walker born 22 March 1869 (not 1868) in the Raine Street Workhouse, Stepney, Tower Hamlets, London – illegitimate. Mother is Elizabeth, not Clara. There’s an Ada Walker, 1871 census St. Nicholas Deptford, Greenwich, 3 year old granddaughter of Frederick and Frances Evans. Frances had previously been married to Edmond Joseph Walker by whom she had 2 sons. (More details on file.) Still left hanging. Don’t know if the illegitimate Ada is the same Ada as found in the 1871 census and, in either case, proof that this Ada went to Canada or stayed in England.

  • Diane Shaw

    Ada Walker, 17, b England, living Draper, s/o John and Clara Walker, married Robert Eddie, 35, b Scotland, living Draper, s/o Joseph and Helen Eddie, 28 Nov 1885 at Gravenhurst.
    Death:Ada Eddie, 41yrs5mths b London England, died 10 Aug 1909 of putrification of foetus/4-5days, no parents given except place of birth for father was Scotland, mother was England.1901 census gives her birthdate as 22 March 1868. Immigration date is 1883 [I think]. It has been transcribed as 1880.She gives her parent’s names as John and Clara. I have not found any Clara on English census but there is a John and Sarah Elizabeth with a daughter Ada b 1868. in Hull Yorkshire.John was a marine engineer and seems to be away most of the time. He is not on either 1871 or 1881 census with the family. in 1871 there were 7 children listed and 1881 there are 8 listed.I think this may be your Ada.Could she have been a Home Child?

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