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Published 26 Jan 2011
By: Rick Roberts, Biography & Archived Articles
While searching for information regarding the Royal Artillery serving at Kingston, Upper Canada (Ontario) in 1829, I stumbled upon a website containing some interesting digitized newspapers, The object of my search, William Ramsbottom, was stationed at Kingston in the winter of 1828-1829 where he married Margaret Lockhart.
The marriage was officiated by the regimental Chaplain and took place in Kingston on the 8th of February 1829. My great, great grandmother was born to the happy couple somewhat prematurely, on the 17th day of the preceeding month. These details I discovered in the chaplain's register a few years ago.
Tracing the movements of specific military rank and file soldiers in the British army during the 19th century can be a challenge. Though I have tracked him back and forth across the Atlantic and throughout England, I had not documented the precise date that the family left Kingston for Quebec City while enroute to England.
The website that I discovered has digitized The Kingston Chronicle newspaper for the years 1826-1832. I didn't expect that I would find a specific reference to Gunner Ramsbottom. However, I hoped that I would be able to find the date that his regiment was relieved. Through process of elimination I knew that he had transferred back to England in either 1829 or 1830.
Sure enough the first clue was an auction notice in the Kingston paper on May 23rd. The commander of the Royal Artillery, one Lt. Col. Wallace, was liquidating his household goods. In the same issue, Sergt. Pennock, Royal Artillery schoolmaster, advertised an immediate auction of their collection of 500 books.
The May 30th issue contained a news item detailing the May 30th, 1829 departure of the long-serving Royal Artillery Company to Quebec by batteaux after being relieved by another Company that had arrived earlier from Lower Canada.
Now I have a specific date of departure from Kingston. All I have to do is have similar luck at Quebec City.
The digitized collection of newspapers that I used to solve my puzzle is at OurOntario.ca Community Newspapers Collection.
Available digitized newspapers include
The easiest way that I found to overcome that problem is to click on the print icon. A drop-down menu appears that offers a choice of pdf or tif. Choose pdf for a better image. Once you click the pdf choice, the full page of the newspaper appears in your browser including working zoom features you are accustomed to. You can either read it on screen, save or print.
The resource is completely free of charge. OurOntario.ca Community Newspapers Collection
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