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MARY ANN ROTHENBURG
Born: 1878 Stratford Essex
Father: William Rothenburg
Mother: Mary Ann Brooks
Died: 9/1/1962 Ontario, Canada
Married: 19/11/1899 St Thomas, West Ham
Spouse: Alfred McGovarin
Born: 13/10/1877 Hoxton
Baptised: 4/11/1877 St James the Great, Bethnal Greem
Parents: Charles & Alice McGovarin
Children: Rose Florence McGovarin born 26/11/1903 West Ham
Lilian McGovarin born 13/6/1906 Peterborough, Ontario
Violet Alice McGovarin born 17/10/1907 Peterborough, Ontario
Daisy McGovarin born 1/2/1910 Peterborough, Ontario
Ivy McGovarin born 30/10/1912 Peterborough, Ontario
James Alfred McGovarin born 1/8/1915 Peterborough, Ontario
Frederick McGovarin born 6/2/1918 Peterborough, Ontario
1877: Baptism register for Alfred records Charles McGovarin as a machinist. Address 3 Habberdashers Street
1881 census: Mary Ann residing with parents 30 Francis Street, Stratford. Alfred residing with his parents 87 Habberdashers Street, Hoxton.
1891 census: Mary Ann residing with parents 30 Francis Street Stratford., Alfred McGovarin residing with parents at 121 Leytonstone Road, Forest Gate. Occupation: post errand boy. Father Charles a boot manufacturer
1899: Marriage witnessed by William Rothenburg and Charles McGovarin. They had no money for a reception themselves so went to his brother’s to celebrate. This could have been Thomas McGovarin a carman two years older than Alfred and his wife Elizabeth. They had a son called Alfred James born 1899 died 1901.
1901 census: Residing 443 Leytonstone Road, Leyton.Occupation: general labourer. Sharing house with another couple
1905: 6/5/1905 Alfred, Mary Ann and Rose arrived at Montreal on the Ottawa from Antwep. They did not have a British bonus allowed stamp. Alfred a labourer
1911: Unable to trace on the 1911 Canadian census
1927: Alfred alone returned to England, he left on 20/8/1927 on the Ausonia from Southampton, arriving 29/8/1927 Montreal. Occupation given tin smith
Rose Florence McGovarin born 26/11/1903 West Ham died 5/4/1986 Peterborough. Married John Bolton. One son, one daughter. Worked as a care assistant
Lilian McGovarin born 13/6/1906 Peterborough, Ontario, name registered as Cissie married 29/8/1927 United Church of Canada Peterborough William Arthur Richmond aged 29, occupation a moulder. Witnessed by Rose McGovarin and John Bolton. Religion of both given as Methodist. I have been told she may have died in childbirth but no death registered for her in childbearing age in Ontario, She may have moved to Rochester New York.
Violet Alice McGovarin born 17/10/1907 Peterborough, Ontario died 28/2/1989 Peterborough. Married William Smith in Peterborough. 2 sons, one daughter
Daisy McGovarin born 1/2/1910 Peterborough, Ontario died 27/10/1987 Peterborough. Married George Talmage Smith in Peterborough. One son, one daughter
Ivy McGovarin born 30/10/1912 Peterborough, Ontario died 8/11/1971 Montreal. Married 1st David McGregor 2nd Mike Miller 3rd Len Cooper. One son, 2 daughters
James Alfred McGovarin born 1/8/1915 Peterborough, Ontario died 17/12/1994 Peterborough. Married Dorothy Kent. 2 sons, one daughter. Worked as a production manager for Canadian General Electric.
Frederick McGovarin born 6/2/1917 Peterborough, Ontario died 24/7/2013 Peterborough. Married Brighton Ontario Barbara May Lord born 28/7/1917 Worcester. 3 sons, 3 daughters.
Worked as maintenance manager for Canadian General Electric
The following information received from Fred McGovarin’s daughter
Mary Ann used to go to the pubs with her sisters to sell her father’s clay pipes. One occasion
Customers would slip her a beer under the table which she enjoyed. She had a tremendous sense of humour. Alfred said that when they watched Queen Victoria in the jubilee Parade  they thought the Queen looked very top heavy in her coach and Mary Ann said “I wish the cow would fall out”. Alfred worked in the shipyards before they emigrated. He used to read library books a lot including books on Canada and decided it would be a good country for them to go to. The Salvation Army arranged their passage although Alfred paid for the tickets. However the tickets and receipt failed to arrive as the issuer had lost them. They were advised to go to Liverpool anyway, which they did although Alfred was very reluctant. They were told to stand aside whilst the other passengers embarked, with Mary Ann carrying Rose in the rain. They were eventually let onto the ship which Alfred later described as the worst on the water. The food was awful and Mary Ann was a little sea sick. The cargo hold had been painted and fitted with bunk beds. Mary Ann being on the heavy side pulled one down.
Alfred threatened to report the Salvation Army once they go to Toronto. The train journey from Montreal to Toronto should have taken six hours but the Salvation Army had arranged for cheap fares which meant it took 18 hours, including a spell being shunted into a siding. In their railway car was a stove at each end for cooking.
[Their sea passage as described doesn’t tally with what I’ve found on the passenger records. Unable to find them as outward bound passengers from UK and the Canadian list of passengers arriving records them as coming from Antwerp. However this could be because they didn’t have tickets from Liverpool]
Alfred was unable to get work in Toronto. There were signs everywhere “No Englishmen need apply”. English workers were disliked as employers believed them to be troublemakers keen on unionisation, calling them broncos as they wanted to buck the system. When Alfred found work on a farm they moved to Little Britain in the Peterborough area. He drove cattle into the busy lumber town on 1 July 1905, the day it became a city. Soon after he quit the farming job and moved into the city to work for Canadian General Electric, and then De Laval where he was a tinsmith until his retirement