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Looking for marriage of Hopkins and Heudebourck ca 1863

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Re: Looking for marriage of Hopkins and Heudebourck ca 1863

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Hi, thanks for replying. Rose was Phelia's older sister.

My last record for John C Hopkins prior to the birth of his child in Iowa in 1864 is in the 1851 Scotland census.

The Heudebourck family arrived in Canada ca 1847, and in 1849 were at Halifax, Nova Scotia. In the 1860 census they were at Dubuque, Iowa, US. A biography of the bride's father (William H Heudebourck) says that after Iowa he worked at Stratford and Bowmanville in Ontario. He was a Congregationalist clergyman, and seemed to move more regularly than most families. He was also in Quebec for a time. Unfortunately the bio is silent on dates.

The first known child of John Castell and Trianda Phelia Boyd HOPKINS was also John Castell Hopkins, and was born April 1864 in Iowa, US.

Until I saw the attached hint from the Ontario Marriages Index, I had assumed that the couple married in Iowa. I have also got a hint for "John Castell Hopkins" in the Ontario Marriages Index. No dates, which is what I would like to have. The bride's name in the hint is close enough to our bride, and it is a name which is spelt differently almost every time it is recorded.

Unfortunately I cannot see the hint in full, as I don't have a world subscription. I have relatively few Canadians and Americans in my tree - this is an interesting side branch.

In 1881, John Hopkins 45, Gurnier, Scotland; Triandia Hopkins 36, England; Rose Hopkins 14, Nova Scotia; Edith Hopkins 12, Ontario; Charles Hopkins 5y, Ontario; Agness Hopkins 2y, Ontario - were at Garafraxa West, Wellington, Ontario, Canada. But this place might have no connection with where they married almost 20 years earlier.

I would be interested to know what a Gurnier is! I thought gurning meant pulling faces. LOL. I understand the family was not poor.

I wonder whether the couple might have had some disapproval attached to their marriage, as they were first cousins (their mothers were sisters). John was of full age, born 1836, but Phelia was born early 1843 so would not have been quite 21 in 1863. Actually, I am only assuming the marriage took place in 1863.

Sometimes her family name was recorded as Heu de Bourck. It is a Hugenot name, I believe.

Hope this information helps.

Jean
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