It was 1988 and Elizabeth (Bess) Blaney Welch was 90 years old when asked by her niece, Patricia Blaney Koretchuk as to why she and Harry decided to come to Canada. Bess hotly declared in her still British accent “I didn’t decide it” and then told the following story:
|Abbe Cheffins - Photo from S. Dyer|
|Clara & Ada or Ada & Clara|
26th one week before Clara’s wedding. Banns for both couples were read in church and the marriages were performed by Rev. W.E. Ivens, Vicar of St. James Church, Edgbaston, Birmingham
Ada Elcocks Williamson
Clara's sister, Ada Elcocks was born in the summer of 1873 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England.
Nellie was born in 1870 and was the seventh of eleven Elcocks children.
|Nellie & Harold|
He was the fourth born child in a well-to-do family of seven children. It was a large household including four servants.
She and Harold had four children, three sons and one daughter.
Albert James Blaney (1904-2001)
|Albert & Nell with friend's goat|
There is so much more of their story yet to be published.
Stanley Eric Blaney (1906-1978)
|Albert & Stan Blaney|
Stanley Eric Blaney was Albert and Bess’s younger brother, born in Birmingham, England on January 12, 1906