Uncle Ted and Aunt Emily, London, England to Saskatchewan, Canada?
A Stray Photograph
An unusual mounted photograph, showing a well dressed gentleman, taken in front of printing equipment, somewhere in London, England. This is from my 'Stray Photograph Collection'. I bought this partly because it is unusual and partly as I'm interested in printers and printing.
On the back is written, with a ballpoint pen and possibly in two different hands:
Uncle Ted Bowton
beside printing press
Uncle Ted was a machinist and looked after these printing presses in London. When Dad sent the fare for mother to come to Canada to be married he also paid Aunt Emily's return fare so mother would have company. This gave them the idea money came easy in Canada. So they came to Canada to farm. A poor move because he was no farmer.
Well, Uncle Ted was certainly not alone!
Canada's farmland was often unforgiving. And so very different from life on the outskirts of London, England. He must have been well thought of at his company in England as this seems to be a very professional looking photograph.
I think this may be Edward Bowton, who married Emily Dennis in 1897 in Essex, England. In 1901, it appears they were living at Wanstead Slip (Cann Hall), Essex, England. He is listed on the census as a "mechanical engineer fitter". I believe that later they both came to Canada headed for Abernathy, Saskatchewan and settled in the Saltcoats area. Perhaps they were related to Dennis and Gibbens families.
Please let me know if you recognize Uncle Ted in a comment or by e-mail.
I've created a list of stray photos I've posted about over the last while. Please take a look.
I would like to see them all identified and copies of the photos in family hands again. Please comment or contact me if you know one of these people or families.