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List of British Home Children – Kent County, Ontario, Canada

Below are the names of British Home Children (BHC) who ended up in Kent County, Ontario, Canada. The number after each name represents the year they arrived in Canada and is linked to the Library and Archives Canada immigration record for each. Additional information about each will soon follow to include other records/details of their life such as, military, placements, death, and hopefully photographs. While browsing the list, or doing your own researching, keep in my mind the variations of spelling, along with dates that are not always correct. Great example are the 3 brothers listed below: David, John and William, with their last name all spelled differently throughout the records found on them- Aitkin, Aikin and Aiken.

  1. Adams Hamilton 1914 mention
  2. Adams Henry 1893
  3. Adams Walter Chas. 1902
  4. Addy Charles R. 1890
  5. Ahlen Albert E 1902
  6. Ahlen Wilhelm 1902
  7. Aitkin David arrived 1901enlistedfell
  8. Aikin John F. arrived 1905enlistedfell
  9. Aiken William arrived 1901enlisted
  10. Albright Phebe 1879
  11. Allen Lionel Arthur Singleton 1908 enlisted fell
  12. Alpin Arthur 1895
  13. Anderson Caroline 1895
  14. Anderson Joseph 1874
  15. Andrews Jos. J. 1896
  16. Anscombe Queenie 1922
  17. Ashmore A. 1888
  18. Ashworth Geo. H. F. 1895
  19. Atkins Florence 1889
  20. Attwood Joseph 1897
  21. Baker Henry 1884
  22. Banner Laura 1874
  23. Barnwell George
  24. Barnwell William
  25. Barnwell Charles
  26. Barrett Edward Charles 1908
  27. Barrett Ernest Arthur arrived 1908enlisted both wars
  28. Barrett Harold arrived 1907enlisted both wars
  29. Bath Joseph 1890
  30. Beckstrom Asta 1914
  31. Beech Samuel 1889
  32. Bell Doris 1921
  33. Bellinger Charlotte 1874
  34. Bellinger Susan 1874
  35. Benn Ernest arrived 1909enlisted
  36. Beston (Betson) Albert Lawrence 1909
  37. Bill Arthur 1922
  38. Birch Richard 1924
  39. Bird Jane 1874
  40. Bishop George 1907enlisted
  41. Blackburn Richard G. 1892
  42. Boden Fred E. 1884
  43. Boden William 1884
  44. Bone (Bond) Levi arrived 1888enlisted
  45. Bourne Rachel 1892
  46. Bowles George Albert 1921
  47. Bowsher George 1892
  48. Bradley Richard 1886
  49. Braithwaite Elizabeth 1874
  50. Bramhall Elizabeth 1870
  51. Bramhall Sarah 1870
  52. Bridle Augustus 1878
  53. Bristow Irene M. 1913
  54. Brown Charlotte 1888
  55. Brown Walter arrived 1893enlisted
  56. Browning Frank 1923
  57. Bryant Lily 1892
  58. Buckley Mary Ann 1874
  59. Burke Mary 1870
  60. Burnett Arthur 1896
  61. Burton Wallace 1913
  62. Caldicott Edward 1930
  63. Callow Ann 1874
  64. Campbell Edward 1893
  65. Canning Frederick G. 1892
  66. Capeling Edward 1894
  67. Carpenter Jane 1874
  68. Chambers Ernest Richard 1900
  69. Chester Maria 1890
  70. Childs Thomas Edward
  71. Chiles Sidney 1886
  72. Claridge Emily 1887
  73. Clarke Arthur Joseph 1893
  74. Clarke Thomas Manion 1930
  75. Clarkson Arthur T. arrived 1909enlisted
  76. Clements Ernest Ed. Geo. 1893
  77. Clive George 1891
  78. Clutterbuck Mary F
  79. Cockburn Ronald
  80. Albert John Cocks 1911
  81. Cole Henry
  82. Coleman Arthur James
  83. Coles Annie
  84. Compton John
  85. Cooper William
  86. Cripps John
  87. Croft Jane
  88. Cross Walter
  89. Dainton Charles W.
  90. Dando Winnifred
  91. Davey Elsie
  92. Davies Elizabeth
  93. Davies James Ernest
  94. Davis Lilain
  95. Day Harry
  96. Deacon Fred K.
  97. Deakin William
  98. Dickinson Harold
  99. Digweed Hy. Geo.
  100. Dixon John Thomas
  101. Double Lilian
  102. Donolly Hetty
  103. Donovan Elizabeth
  104. Doughty William
  105. Dover Arthur John
  106. Drew Herbert
  107. Drew Sidney
  108. Drury John S.
  109. Duckett John H.
  110. Duke Lillie 1904
  111. Eagle Alfred E.
  112. Earl Kate
  113. East Richard
  114. Ebsworth Daisy A.
  115. Evans Edward
  116. Everton Ethel M.
  117. Fairchild Alfred V.
  118. Fann Thos.
  119. Farrow John Thomas
  120. Farrow William
  121. Faulkner William Berridge
  122. Feldwick Henry
  123. Fenn James Shepard
  124. Fennell Sidney Geo.
  125. Ferrell Edgar
  126. Finlayson Martha
  127. Finnemore or Finnimore William Edward
  128. Fitzgerald Edward
  129. Fletcher Harry
  130. Forder Albert James
  131. Foster John
  132. Fowler Thomas
  133. Fowler William
  134. Fox Albert
  135. Frances Alice
  136. Francis Edward Wise
  137. Frederick Charles
  138. Freeman William W
  139. Frost Lilly J.
  140. Froud Alice Elenor
  141. Gadsten James
  142. Gale Michael
  143. Gander James Henry 1911 enlisted
  144. Gant Arthur
  145. Garrood George Thomas
  146. Gill Alice
  147. Gill Maria
  148. Gingle Edward
  149. Gingle Walter
  150. Gleed George
  151. Gough Arthur
  152. Green Ann Mary Jane
  153. Green Harriet
  154. Green William
  155. Gribble Elizabeth
  156. Griffith Geo. J.
  157. Haines George
  158. Hall Albert Edward
  159. Hall Alice
  160. Hall Charles E.
  161. Hall Samuel
  162. Handy Edith Florence
  163. Hardwick Christina
  164. Harlow Henry / Harry R.
  165. Harrington Elizabeth
  166. Hart Geo.
  167. Hart James
  168. Hawes Frederick William
  169. Hawkesworth Roberth W.
  170. Hawkey Frank
  171. Hawkins Ernie
  172. Haycock Elizabeth / Bessie / Lizzie Shirran
  173. Hayman Frederick
  174. Heard John
  175. Hedley Thomas
  176. Higson Doris Enid
  177. Hills or Mills William Luke
  178. Hodges George Henry
  179. Hodgkiss Henry
  180. Hogan Chas.
  181. Holliday Wm.
  182. Holloway Amelia
  183. Holt Blanche
  184. Holt Henry Thomas
  185. Hook Agnes
  186. Hopkins Emma
  187. Howard Bertie
  188. Hudson Ivy
  189. Hudson Thomas
  190. Hudson William
  191. Humphries Emily
  192. Humphries Wm. Chas.
  193. Hunt Arthur George
  194. Hyde John
  195. James Henry C.
  196. Jarvis Chrysoston
  197. Jenner Mrs. John
  198. Johnson Charles
  199. Johnston Beryl Alice
  200. Joliffe Mary Ann
  201. Jones Christopher 1903 enlisted both wars grave
  202. Jones Ellen
  203. Jones Wm. J.
  204. Julian Mary Ann
  205. Keefe Ellen
  206. Keeling Arthur
  207. Keep Louisa
  208. Kent Louisa
  209. Kershaw Robert
  210. King Lillian
  211. Laccohee George
  212. Lake George Alfred
  213. Lane John
  214. Lea George P.
  215. Lea William
  216. Leadbeater Emma
  217. Leadbetter Bernard A.
  218. Lee William
  219. License Harriet
  220. Lloyd William
  221. London Wm.
  222. Marter Thos.
  223. May George
  224. Maybury George
  225. McConville Arthur
  226. McCormack Emily
  227. McLelland Francis
  228. McLeod Sarah
  229. Mead Erenest
  230. Meddlicott Charles
  231. Miles William
  232. Mills or Hills William Luke
  233. Mitchell Alfred F.
  234. Mitchell Charles William
  235. Moffatt George
  236. Monk William John
  237. Moor Frank 1886
  238. Moors William Edwin
  239. Morris Miriam
  240. Morris William E J
  241. Mortimer Ethel Linda
  242. Mortimer Ernest John
  243. Myers Elizabeth
  244. Myers Susana
  245. Nanson Charles E. 1892 grave
  246. Nanson Peregrine Frank 1892 enlisted grave
  247. Nettleton Thos. Ric’d.
  248. New Emily
  249. Newman Albert 1907 enlisted fell grave
  250. Newman Frank F 1907 suicide or murdered
  251. Nicholson Louise 1909
  252. Noble John William
  253. Noble Wm.
  254. Nowlen Frederick George
  255. Nussey George
  256. Nute Willie
  257. O’Halloran Louisa Maud
  258. Orson Louis Henry
  259. Orson Philip C.
  260. Ortelli Reuben George
  261. Osbourn Alfred C.
  262. Parker Bertie
  263. Parker Fred
  264. Parker Harry 1910 enlisted both wars
  265. Partridge George F.
  266. Patrick George
  267. Payne Henery George
  268. Pearce Mary Ann
  269. Pearson Gladys
  270. Pearson Violet
  271. Penaluna Sid
  272. Penfold James Thomas
  273. Peterson George Valentine
  274. Pickett Frederick
  275. Pike Ann
  276. Pollard Edith May
  277. Pope Harriet
  278. Potter Charles
  279. Price Amos
  280. Price Richard
  281. Pridding Thomas 1905 enlisted //died Mar 24 1951
  282. Priddy Thomas James 1914
  283. Pullin Albert
  284. Pyne Victor George
  285. Randall Emily
  286. Ratcliffe Martha
  287. Rawlings Don 1906
  288. Rawlins Violet
  289. Rawlins Charlotte 1874
  290. Rawlinson Charles
  291. Raynor Cha?
  292. Regan Eleanor
  293. Reid Hugh
  294. Reid Thomas
  295. Relphs Mary G.
  296. Rendles Frank
  297. Reynold George
  298. Reynolds Amy
  299. Roach Cyril 1910 enlisted
  300. Roach Henry / Harry Wilfred 1906 enlisted fell
  301. Robb Edward
  302. Rogers Harriet
  303. Rose Frederick
  304. Rowley Chas. J.
  305. Ruck Gwendoline
  306. Russell Emily
  307. Sales Elinor
  308. Sales Percy
  309. Sankey Maud
  310. Schulen Ellen
  311. Schulen Victoria
  312. Scofield Thomas
  313. Scofield William
  314. Scott Charles
  315. Scott Daisy
  316. Senior George
  317. Sherman Albert Charles
  318. Sherman Mary
  319. Shipley Jane
  320. Slann Jas.
  321. Slann Walter J.
  322. Smith Benjamin
  323. Smith David E.
  324. Smith Douglas
  325. Smith Edward
  326. Smith Ernest William
  327. Smith Hy. A.
  328. Smith Joe
  329. Smith John T.
  330. Smith Joseph
  331. Smith Mary Anne
  332. Smith Sari L.
  333. Smith William
  334. Smithers Rachel
  335. Smout Lucy
  336. Smyth Joseph A
  337. Snow Charlotte
  338. Sohier Florence
  339. Speller Bertram
  340. Sporle Emma
  341. Stacey William
  342. Steele Lydia
  343. Stevens James Lawrence
  344. Stevenson Annie
  345. Stock Garret
  346. Stone Alberta
  347. Stone Bertha
  348. Stone Frederick G.
  349. Stringer Charles
  350. Tain Phoebe
  351. Tandy Charles Edward
  352. Tassell Herbert Geo.
  353. Thomson Adolph
  354. Thomspon Alice
  355. Thornton Francis
  356. Thrift Sarah
  357. Timmath Henry
  358. Tite Sarah
  359. Touzel Gordon
  360. Tracey Mary Ann
  361. Trenter John William
  362. Tucker William Albert
  363. Turner Ernest H.
  364. Turrell Edith / Lizzie
  365. Tutt Horrace
  366. Underhill George
  367. Underhill Elsie
  368. Veal Albert
  369. Verity Napoleon 1884
  370. Verity William Walter 1884 enlisted
  371. Wadley Selina
  372. Wainwright Henry
  373. Wall James
  374. Wallace Amelia
  375. Walters Herbert
  376. Ward Alice
  377. Ward Thomas
  378. Warden Kate
  379. Wash Chas.
  380. Wass Benjamin
  381. Watkins James Harold
  382. Watson Jno. Hy.
  383. Watts now Tunstall Alice L.
  384. Weaver Charles H.
  385. Webb Albert
  386. Weekly Thomas
  387. Weston Arthur
  388. Weston Leonard W. F.
  389. Wheeler Charles H. G.
  390. Whieler Annie
  391. Wilcox Joseph
  392. Wilkes Wn.
  393. Willder James
  394. Williams Ernest Henry
  395. Williams Alfred
  396. Williams Alfred
  397. Williams May
  398. Williams Norman
  399. Williams Sarah
  400. Williams W. E. H.
  401. Willis Percy George 1896
  402. Wilthaus Rose
  403. Wood Francis
  404. Wood Thomas
  405. Woollard Wm. T.
  406. Woolnough E.
  407. Young Elizabeth
  408. Young William

If you know of a BHC that ended up in Kent County and is not listed above, please message me through the Facebook link so we can get them added. Facebook group for: British Home Children of Kent County, Ontario, CANADA

Sources Used:
Library and Archives Canada – Home Children, 1869-1932
Canadian Virtual War Memorial (CVWM) – Veterans Affairs Canada
Heritage – Department of Immigration: Juvenile inspection report cards [ca. 1913-1932]
Library and Archives Canada – Personnel Records of the First World War
Library and Archives Canada – Service Files of the Second World War – War Dead, 1939-1947
Gathering Our Heroes (Chatham-Kent)

Excellent source for ALL things related to Canada’s British Home Children can be found here:
British Home Child Advocacy and Research Association (BHCARA)

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8 thoughts on “List of British Home Children – Kent County, Ontario, Canada

  1. Ruth Timms says:

    Good Evening, i just found this on the facebook page and i see you are compiling a list of names .. my grandfather and his two brothers came to Canada in 1910 from Mcpherson’s home .. if you want to add his name it is George Barnwell and his brothers were William and Charles. They ended up living and raising families in Morepeth Ontario.. Let me know if you need any more information thank you Ruth Timms

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    • Hello Ruth. You are my first comment on here and I am sorry that I am just seeing this now. It has been a work in progress building it out and researching each one when I can. The name Barnwell I know well enough. Recall coming across the marker in Morpeth of one of the Barnwell boys that had served. And a few years back had ran into a lady in the cemetery here in Chatham that gave me a list of relations that were the Barnwell children. A descendant of one actually married into my family. It is a small-big world I say!! They are added to the list. If you have any photos or stories you’d like to share, please reach out on my Facebook page “British Home Children of Chatham Kent, Ontario, CA”

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  2. Andrej Verity says:

    Hello,

    I stumbled onto this page as I modified my Google searches in hope to find out more related to my Great Grandfather – Napoleon Verity #354. I had heard stories, but we were not 100% certain he had come to Canada as a Home Child. We know that he came to Canada at the age of 5 in ~1882. He was assigned to (or raised by) George Gosnell and his sister of Highgate, Ontario. I am trying to track down some more details (e.g. boat he travelled on, any details of his upbringing, why he moved to rural Saskatchewan, etc).

    Interesting story my (more senior) relatives have relayed is that when Napoleon was a young man, he was walking along a road one day and met a stranger. After some discussion, they found out that the stranger was his brother Walter, whom he had not seen or heard from since coming from England. They remained in touch throughout the reminder of their lives.

    I have tried hunting through the boat records & archives, but not had much luck (partly as it is rather confusing and the details I have a very sparse). Any guidance on how to track down stories from Highgate in the late 1880s, George Gosnell relatives, or the boat records, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Andrej Verity

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  3. Carol Childs says:

    Thomas Edward Childs came to Canada as an orphan Born 1910 in England Parents died during flu pandemic Farmed in Blacks Lane Joined the Canadian Army WW 11 Survived Worked at International Harvester till retirement

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  4. Ruth Meyers says:

    Mary Ann Pearce was my great grandmother. She was born in 1861 or 1863. By 1871 she was orphaned and living in the ‘Children’s Establishment’ in Edmonton, England. In 1872 Maria Rye brought 53 young people to Canada on the ship “Sarmation”. It departed 1872-09-19 and arrived in Quebec 1872-09-30, Their destination was Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. Mary went to work at James & Hannah Byfield’s in Highgate, Orford Township. In 1881 she was still there, but left soon after to work for Thomas Routledge & family. In 1883 she married Joe Vyse.
    Ruth (Smith) Meyers

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