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Re: Evan Corkill, b1827, Isle of Man, son of John and Esther Corkill
Posted by: Betty Fredericks (ID *****7001) Date: February 07, 2012 at 06:10:45
In Reply to: Evan Corkill, b1827, Isle of Man, son of John and Esther Corkill by Betty Fredericks of 16


I'm reading some of my old postings, and see I can add some new pieces of information. I've been thinking about my great-great-grandfather, Evan, this winter and have been reminded of some of the information I had forgotten.

Evan was the 2nd oldest of 10 children of John and Esther (CORKILL) CORKILL. In my notes I have the parents of John, but no one knows who the parents of Esther were. Their oldest was John CORKILL, b1826, and he also married a woman from Cumberland. The 2 brothers seem to have remained close most of their lives.

Evan married Elizabeth QUAYLE in Liverpool, England, in 1852, and she had been born in Whitehaven, Cumberland, in ~1834. The couple might have lived there initially, but were in Liverpool for most of their lives. They had 7 children, but their 2nd son, Lewis CORKILL, died at Age 8. Their oldest was Edward CORKILL, b1855, and by ~1871 he was placed on the Akbar Training Ship. He .somehow. got to British Columbia, Canada, in 1873.

Mrs. Elizabeth CORKILL died in Liverpool in 1873. She might have been sick, as their 5 youngest children were placed in the Liverpool Sheltering Homes in 1873. Their Uncle John took them there. They were 14, 11, 9, 5, and 3, 3 daughters, then 2 young sons. They became part of the UK's "Child Migrant Scheme" and were shipped to Canada in 1874. They were all sent to different towns in Nova Scotia.

Evan was seen in some records as Evan CORKHILL. (There are many variations in the spelling of this name. He was a mariner, and I was recently reminded that he was a Quartermaster. While his 5 children were on a ship on their way to Canada, he was on a ship which was on it's way to Africa. (I have not been able to find out about the ships he was on.) In 1876, Evan remarried to a widow, 10 yrs. older than him, Mrs. Elizabeth (ROBERTS) UPTON. They probably did not have children, but she had children from her first marriage to John UPTON. The 1891 census has them living with her son, John, Jr., and his family. I suspect that this Elizabeth died between 1891 and 1899. Evan died in 1899 at Age 73, and I just found out he died in a Workhouse (possibly a hospital).

I have never found out if he kept in touch with his 6 children in Canada. And did he know that he had almost 30 grandchildren in Canada and the USA? And, the son, Edward, was in British Columbia, and I don't know whether he kept in touch with his 5 siblings in Nova Scotia. I have found a descendant of Edward, and that family didn't know. And, I have found descendants of the siblings in Nova Scotia and they don't know.

Mary Elizabeth CORKILL, b1860 Liverpool, found her boyfriend in Nova Scotia, and she married John "Stanley" LEWIS, b1859 Liverpool, there in 1879. They migrated to Boston, MA, and had 13 children. They were my great-grandparents, but they both died in 1923 and 1924, so even my father didn't get to know them.

Betty (near Lowell, MA)

(researching for 20 yrs., researching on-line for 10 yrs., active on Lists and Boards at )

(there are Mailing Lists for Child-Migrants-UK and BritishHomeChildren at that site. The "over 100,000" needy children shipped to Canada between 1860's and 1940's became known as British Home Children)

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