I think that the reason Dennis would have gone to Guernsey would have been that the Haysom in Swanage were, and still are stone masons. Guernsey at that time was a major source of granite (indeed much of London's Thames Embankment is built of Guernsey granite. I think that I heard somewhere that Dennis was an architectual stone mason who was employed to do some of the more elaborate work on some of the churchs being built in Guernsey at the time.
The link with Canada was probably to do with the Guernsey fishing fleet. Amazingly when you consider the size of the boats (rarely more than 40 footers)quite a substancial number of boats used to travel to the Canadian coastal waters to fish once a year. I guess that they probably called in on shore and brought back tales of opportunities in Canada to the folk in Guernsey. Guernsey was quite an impoverished place in some ways and I guess that the idea of opportunity and wealth in the Americas must have been appealing as a lot of Guernsey fold left for the States.
A number of those who ended up in California seemed to grow tomatoes I have a feeling Ronald may have been one. In Guernsey tomatoe growing under glass is a major and traditional industry.
My side of the family comes from Alfreds's brother Charles born 1851, he was a coachman originally in service and evenually setting up his own compnay with his brothers Walter, Geroge and Arthur (a taxi service I guess or possibly a livery service). He had 7 children: Charles b1875 married Ada de Carteret had one daughter Daphne. Ada was a milinar and had her own business, Charles was a jewller and watch repairer. Charles died fairly early of consumption so Ada took over the jewellry business and was a very canny business woman. The business passed onto Daphne who had her mothers same sharp eye for business. I used to work for Aunty Daphne in my school holidays.
Robert b 1879 left started in the local grocers and then moved ton England to join the army in their catering corp. He married Edith Clarke and had one son Nigel Haysom. Robert become a Beefeater in the Tower of London and he and his family lived in the tower. Robert is buried in the Tower of London and you can see his name in their role of honor. Edward b 1885 was my Grandad (although he died before I was born)he too worked in the Grocery trade for LeRiche (a super market still in Guernsey). He left Guernsey for England where he joined Sainsbury (one of the UK's largest food retailers), he left their and became a cheese salesman, travelling round europe to buy cheese. Evenually he settled down and married Emily Foster and set up his own delicatesen. they had one son, my dad Kenneth Charles b 1920. He was a civil engineer and married Audreen Milford, they had two kids, my sister Pauline b 1957 and me Anne b 1961, I live in London. Dad is now a very lively 85 year old and the only one left of his generation.
Sydney b1891 died in infancy. Carrie b? married Jack Moberly and stayed on Guernsey. Daisy b 1877 married William Cumminings who worked for the Guernsey Evening Star and was almost deported to the concentration camps by the Germans but was saved becouse he was too ill to travel. No kids.
Margaret b ? don't think she married by stayed on Guernsey.
I'm guessing that you live in Canada. We used to have an "Uncle Bill" Haysom from Canada who used to turn up in Guernsey periodically, would he be a relative of yours?
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