Reaching out

While I was reaching out to my Perry relatives, one of my uncles sent me the contact information of one of our second cousins, Bill… who, as it turned out, was the same Bill I mentioned in this post. It turned out he had been reaching out to my older relatives for more information.

I emailed him and he emailed me straight away and gave me access to his online Rothwell family tree, aka, my maternal grandfather’s mother’s family.

To say I was overwhelmed with what I saw would be an understatement. He had compiled literally thousands of records on our family. Now, not all of them are in my direct line, but he has records going all the way back to 1772 when the Rothwells were the Radwells.

Wexford County is in dark green. Photo from Wikipedia.

So far, the research shows that my original Rothwell ancestor was an Andrew Radwell. He married and had three sons in Ireland, but all three men died in Ontario. I investigated further and saw that the oldest of their children was born in 1840 in Ontario, which means my Rothwell relatives were in Ontario before then. That’s about 175 years of history in this province.

It wasn’t too long before I started wondering why the name was changed from Radwell to Rothwell, so I turned to my trusty friend Google. It quickly lead me to this page, which showed an Andrew Radwell being murdered in his home for being involved in the Irish Rebellion of 1798!

Based on the dates of the Rothwell boys’ births (1812-1820), this couldn’t be my Andrew, but I can’t help but wonder if it was his father? I hope one day to have the answer, but for now, it’s an interesting new mystery!

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2 thoughts on “Reaching out

  1. I always find it interesting when a surname changes over time, which I’m sure can be frustrating if you don’t know when or how. My paternal grandfather’s last name had been changed from MacPhee to McPhee, and my maternal grandfather’s last name had been changed from Spagnoletti to Spagnolatti. Must make it a bit harder to continue following the family line, no?

    • It definitely makes it harder. You have to get your hands on original documents when that happens and those are often lost. I like to look at it as part of the fun! Or I’d go crazy. 🙂

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