The Odyssey of Our Ancestors
Emigrants from Great Britain (1815-1850)
After a six-week quarantine, you are allowed to leave and do so, sad and alone; your spouse and two daughters have died on the island and you must leave them behind. You head for Montréal to take a job building the Lachine Canal. When work on the Lachine Canal is finished, you travel down the St. Lawrence to find work building the Rideau Canal. Continue
You lose your spouse and son at Grosse-Île. They both die of the dreaded disease, typhus. You go to Montréal to find work. You work at jobs in Montréal until you find a permanent job in a brewery. Continue
You work on the canal, moving north along the Rideau waterways. Once you reach the new city of Bytown (Ottawa) you decide to stay in the area and work in the timber trade. You marry in Bytown (Ottawa) and buy a small piece of land to farm. You continue to work part-time in the timber trade.
While working on the canals, you have learned to be a stonemason. You decide to settle down in Kingston. You find a job working for the Grand Trunk Railway laying tracks from Ottawa to Kingston. You save your money so that you can buy land soon and settle down with your spouse and family.
You use your savings to move to York (Toronto) where, with a friend, you invest in a brewery of your own. Your brewery in York (Toronto) does so well that you get married. Together, you have two sons who will be a big help to you in your business.
You marry a French Canadian and decide to stay in Montréal, close to your wife's parents. You stay in the brewery business. You marry and, eventually, two of your children start a new brewery in London, Ontario.