Arthur Edward Quickfall was a half-brother to my Grandmother Rosa Belle Heale nee Storey. Arthur's father, Martin Alfred Quickfall, and his Mother, Pauline Isabell "Bella" Overstreet, were married in Linn Co., Missouri, 23 May 1873. The next day, they left with the caravan from Linn County to Manitoba to set up a homestead in Rockwood District. Tragedy struck the Overstreet family again when "Belle" died at 26 in 1881. The first loss came when her father, A. B. Overstreet, was shot in the back by Missouri Militia during the Civil War. We learned more about the Missouri history when we were in touch with family connections in Linn County. They were amazed there was such a large Canadian family.
Martin was left on the farm near Gunton with his small family to raise. Three years latter, my Great Grandfather, James Storey, died at 29 living his wife, Lizzie Storey nee Williams, with one son, "Willie" and my Grandmother who was a baby. Martin approached his recently widowed neighbour and proposed to her. Lizzie returned to Blenheim Township, Oxford County, Ontario to be her family there, to take time to sort out her life; and consider Martin's proposal. Fortunately she returned to Manitoba, accepted and they were married on 19 January, 1885 in the Rockwood District.
Their two families blended referring to each other as brother or sister. Together they created a larger "His, Hers and Ours" Family. Martin is fondly remembered for calling to Lizzie when one of the wee ones were in trouble, "Lizzie. Is that one of Yours, Mine or Ours?" They even took in other children of close relatives when sudden deaths came to the mothers. Lizzie, like her mother, was a pioneer midwife and highly regarded in that district. (Please see Uncle Bob Quickfall's two books, Rockwood Echoes and Rockwood Re-echoes. Rockwood Echoes is found on-line in Our Roots/Nos Racines http://www.ourroots.ca/e/index.aspx
A cluster of family historians are presently researching this blended family plus those connected to them. Prior to their move west, they came from the same region of Ontario. Several families were already connected in and around Molesworth near Listowel, Ontario, Canada.
We were able to connect our various family histories last winter. An article with a map showing the Ontario homesteads was produced. What caught us off guard was the ties with the other families in Hawkesville, Bridgeport, Wellesley, Woodstock and Blenheim Tp. There are still two main Quickfall branches in Ontario. Theresa, you have more cousins than you can imagine (but not me - my line comes from Her family - the Storey's)
In your own lineage: Arthur died on 5 May 1945. Jesse's maiden name was Johnson, b. Apr. 1885, d. 1972.
We would welcome you to the team. Please contact me directly. There ismuch that we would love to share with you and try to alert you to those cousins closiest to you. Murray
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