It’s nearly three years since I wrote to several members of the Growden family in Canada, asking about the history of their branch of the family, but haven’t had any replies. It seems that none of them are interested in the family history.
I have managed to find a bit more from public records, like censuses and so on.
James Growden, who was born in Bodmin, Cornwall, England, emigrated to Canada in 1857 at the age of 20. He was my great grandfather’s first cousin. He married Harriet Baldwin and settled in Lindsay, Ontario, where he worked as a bricklayer.
They had five sons and three daughters, and several of their children married and had children of their own. One of the daughters, Florence, married a William McKay.
I hope any Ontario Growdens who read this will get in touch — we are probably related, and it would be good to share family information.