Millicent was my grandmother. Her Father was Edward Henry Rothwell and her mother Eleanor Louise McKenzie. Eleanor gave birth to Millicent March 12 1897. She died and was buried at sea. On Millicent’s marriage license it states father was ship’s captain. Edward died in Montreal or Quebec City aboard ship. I have never found any record of Edward as Captain of any ship. My grandmother was on trips with her father and she said they sounded foreign, maybe German, Henry may have been in partnership. Millicent lived with James Hugh McKenzie of Montreal and his parents David and Elizabeth McKenzie. David was a grocer and the shop was on Wellington Street or maybe it was their home. I thought she may have been placed in an orphanage. I recently found a Millicent Rothwell on Ship Dominion 2 sailed from Liverpool 1904 sailing for Montreal. Millicent lived in Rougemont, Quebec with Fred Carden and his sister Priscilla. They ran a postal service from their home. They also had a large apple orchard. She attended school and church in Rougemont. I found her on the 1911 census. She followed Ametity Carden to Boston, Mass. She was in training to become a nurse. Ametity was a supervisor at an Assylum, near Medfield..
There are so many unknowns. I wonder if Edward placed his daughter in an orphanage after Eleanor died. Maybe after Edward passed she became a home child, and came to stay with the McKenzies who possibly were Eleanor's relatives.
I am not sure where and what happenq to this info. I am in my seventies and would love to find just one piece of documentation that would lead to completion of my grandmothers story.
Genealogical research, preserving family photos and memorabilia and recording and transcribing oral histories started to be a passion some 30 years ago before my own children came into the world. Read More...