Sunday, 13 May 2018

My Mothers

Happy Mother's Day

Mary Jane Porter ggm
Susanna Johnston 2xggm, Sarah Mavor gm, Mary Johnston 3xggm

Mary Johnston (her maiden name), my 3x great-grandmother, left everything and everyone she knew with her husband William Johnston and their young son and immigrated from Cork, Ireland  in the early 1840s. They settled in Ulverton, South Durham, Quebec. They had nine children. Their third child was my 2x great-grandmother Susanna Johnston

Susanna Johnston 1846-1923

Susanna Johnston married John Porter in Ulverton in 1866. They raised 11 children in Ulverton and retired to Jefferson, NH.  Their eldest daughter was my great-grandmother Mary Jane Porter

Mary Jane Porter 1867-1957
(and my grandmother Sarah Myrtle King)

Mary Jane Porter married Clement King in 1893 in Ulverton and they made their home in Verdun, Montreal, Quebec.  Clement died in 1922 and Mary Jane held the family together during the depression. They had 5 children and their eldest daughter was my grandmother, Sarah Myrtle King

Sarah Myrtle King 1894-1984

Sarah (Sadie) King married Herbert James Mavor in 1919 in Verdun, Montreal, Quebec. In the depression years of the 1930s Sadie was fortunate to get employment as Secretary-Treasurer for Mr Fred Shackell at the Coatwell paint and Varnish Co. When Mr Shackell died Sadie and another employee bought the company, saving the jobs of the other people employed there. Sadie and Herbie had 2 children and the youngest was my Mom, Jean Audrey Mavor.

Audrey Mavor 1925-2016
(and me at 5 months)

I think of all my mothers on Mother's Day. I also wish Happy Mother's Day to my daughters, it is not easy bringing up kids in this day and age, and they are doing a wonderful job!


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