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Roe: this may help someone

Postby DianaCanada » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:28 pm

Doing a general clean-up of my study and found a second hand book I picked up a few years ago. I live in southwestern Ontario so might be an immigrant tie here.
It is an 1895 copy of the poetry of Browning and the inscription reads: "Presented to Mr. Henry Roe on his wedding day and with the warmest wishes and best love from all his relations at
Windygates."
Added: Windygates, 19 Oct 97. ( Pretty sure it is 1897 :D .)
The only Windygates I could find through Google is in Scotland. It might be here but if there was a village by that name it would read "in" and naming properties is not the norm here. I found no marriage for that year for a Henry Roe in the Ontario marriage database.
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby DianaCanada » Fri Jun 15, 2018 2:46 pm

Just to add, I did find a Henry Roe and wife Annie living in Woodstock, Ontario (not far from here) in 1921. I was able to eliminate them - they were married in Huddersfield Yks in 1876.
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby phsvm » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:37 pm

I wouldn't assume Windygates was a community. My grandparents lived in a house called 'Windyridge' which without the back ground one could assume that was a place, whereas in fact it was just a house.

I think you could read your inscription as Windygates being the family home and Henry being one of the first to leave on his marriage so the rest of the family who still lived at home gave him a gift of a book.
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby DianaCanada » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:03 pm

phsvm wrote:I wouldn't assume Windygates was a community. My grandparents lived in a house called 'Windyridge' which without the back ground one could assume that was a place, whereas in fact it was just a house.

I think you could read your inscription as Windygates being the family home and Henry being one of the first to leave on his marriage so the rest of the family who still lived at home gave him a gift of a book.


I agree with you. I do think though he was likely married in the UK, though I could find no marriage in England for that quarter. So possibly Scotland.
If he came here, he might have lived beyond the span of the available death records.
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby Amazinggrace » Sat Jun 16, 2018 10:57 am

Hi all,there is a windygates in Fife,Scotland.
Grace :D
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby woodchal » Sat Jun 16, 2018 2:37 pm

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2034389


SK0061 : The entrance to Windygates Hall Farm
taken 8 years ago, near to Upper Hulme, Staffordshire, Great Britain
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby phsvm » Sat Jun 16, 2018 5:15 pm

Hi all,there is a windygates in Fife,Scotland.


Which appears to be the one DianaCanada mentions in her original e-mail and has already researched.
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby woodchal » Sat Jun 16, 2018 7:26 pm

There does seem to be a fair concentration of the Roe surname in Staffordshire.

Might be interesting to see who was living in Windygates Hall Farm in the appropriate census returns.
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Re: Roe: this may help someone

Postby DianaCanada » Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:19 pm

Thanks for everyone's suggestions. Still thinking he must have married outside of England. I will hang on to the book in case a relative wants it.
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