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From: "Chris Sanham" <>
Subject: Re: [ONT] disappearing wives
Date: Tue, 10 Oct 2000 09:46:55 +0100
I cannot help with the specifics of your query, but have you contacted Dave
SANDHAM in the UK - - who is doing a One Name Study
on the SANDHAM family name - he may have some knowledge of your James
Researching SANHAM Worldwide
----- Original Message -----
From: Amber de Jong <>
Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 1:23 AM
Subject: [ONT] disappearing wives
> Hi, I'm hoping to connect with someone who has found a similar, if not the
same problem I have. If you have/ are, please contact me!
> My gggrandfather, James Richard SANDHAM settled in Ontario in the late
1800s. In 1891, he married a young lady named Lizzie WILKINSON in Ingersoll,
Norfolk, ON. They had one child, Havelock, and no information has been found
on him yet. I have not checked the ON microfilm for his birth yet- waiting
for some to come in. Anyway, sometime between 1891 and 1895, this first wife
either died or left him (he was apparently a bit difficult to deal with on a
daily basis). In 1895, he married another young Ingersoll girl, my
gggrandmother, Maggie Walker. They had several children, but between 1895
and 1904, she also either died or left him and the children, because he
moved to Alberta and married a third time, to Gertrude Georgina McKenzie in
1904. I have found the original records of the Ontario marriages, and what
really strikes me as unusual is how he filled out the 2nd registration.
> He listed himself as a bachelor again (even though married once and a
child of that marriage??), and changed his religion from his former to
Methodist. I have not yet found the original listing of his marriage #3,
which also had children.
> Any ideas why he may have done this?
> Any ideas where I might find these first two wives? (#3 is buried with him
here in town)? It appears neither first wife or second is listed in the ON
death registrations under Sandham for that time period, but I am following
up ALL the ones I found for that time period. Apparently, the only way to
find out if they divorced is to write snail mail to the Federal government,
since prior to 1930? apparently couples had to bring in a private members
bill into Parliament and do things that way.
> Alberta, Canada
> RootsWeb's guide to tracing family trees