Making progress with 1881 Canada census analysis

I’m well through this now, and should be posting the results in the next week or so. I’ve been using various census indexes and linked digital images – which have different levels of transcription accuracy – to look for Cavers people in the 1881 Canada census. I’ve found 108 Cavers people so far. Of these the vast majority have known ancestry and can be firmly traced back to Roxburghshire, Scotland.

However at least 21 of the Cavers people recorded in 1881 Canada have mysterious origins, and it’s those that I hope to draw attention to in the upcoming blog post, to allow further research to focus on them, in the hope of breaking these brick walls.

When I post the blog post I will summarise all the Cavers families I found in this Canadian census, and where they were living.

More soon.

A Cavers couple signing the Ulster Covenant in 1912

In 1912 nearly half a million people in Ireland and elsewhere signed the Ulster Covenant and the parallel Declaration for women, campaigning against Home Rule in Dublin. This record has recently been digitised, and the names of signatories can be searched online.

There are two Cavers references among the signatories: Samuel Cavers (b. 1865) from Hawick, Scotland, and his wife Christina. This couple also appear in the 1911 Irish census, one of the few census returns to survive for Ireland. They lived in Spamount, County Tyrone, and by 1911 had three young children.

All of the family were noted in the census as Presbyterian, and given that they were Presbyterians living in Northern Ireland it is not surprising that they were against Ireland breaking away from the United Kingdom.

Samuel Cavers was the son of my gggg-uncle James Cavers (1819-1892) who was beadle or church officer of the parish church of Wilton, in Hawick.

In other branches of my family tree I recently made great breakthroughs researching a great-grandmother born in Dublin in 1879. Her family were Roman Catholic and, unsurprisingly, the surviving family members in Ireland do not appear on the Ulster Covenant list. They were probably in favour of Irish Home Rule.