52 Ancestors – #12 John Tipper

John Tipper is my first ancestor to have traveled to Canada, arriving before 1796. Until today I didn’t have many details about him. What I did know is that he was a soldier with the Royal Artillery, his wife was Gertrude and she died in Kingston, Ontario in 1805 and the family lived in Montreal, Kingston and Quebec City. He had daughters Anne (married George Stubbs), Elizabeth (married Robert Jeffery), Mary (married John Henry Merckle) and son John (married Catherine Taylor). Today a little more was found out about John Tipper and his family. I have index cards from LAC that a relative had shared with me.

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I hadn’t spent any time researching the index cards any further and I was looking forward to Glenn Wright’s talk at the 2014 Ontario Genealogy Conference. From the index cards you can go onto the Library and Archives website and delve further into these early military records. This has not been an easy task and I had to refer to the Help button frequently.
I did manage to find this record which shows John in 1813 applying from provisions for him and his 4 children.Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 4.26.54 PM

The document does point out that John is a widow and the startling item I read is that he is blind.

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He is supporting his family by turning a wheel for 1 pence a day.
I hope that I can find out more about John and his life in the military – I would also like to learn what happened to his eyes.
It seems that one question can lead to 3 more!

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