AfriGeneas Canada Research Forum
My great, great grandfather, David Webster, was born in Roanoke, Virginia, according to family lore. He married Anna McCabe, born in Ireland (or variously listed as Scottish, born in England). Their oldest child was born about 1853-54 and when she died in her birthplace was listed as St. Catharines. I don't know the year David crossed to Canada, but the story is the family was taken north by an Indian agent to Lewiston. His mother was Lucinda Blaney. A family named Wadsworth gave the Websters a place to live and furniture. I found the family including my great grandfather, Benjamin Webster and siblings Amelia, Donald, George, and Priscella living in Queenston on the 1881 census. David signed the registration of the birth of illegitimate twins in 1884 for daughter Isabella. Another daughter, Estella, has been found on a Buffalo census married to John Bailey and eventually they moved by Syracuse, NY, near her brother Benjamin. The family, other than Anna, is variously listed on census records as African, black and mulatto (children). Benjamin is listed as white on US census, as is a possible listing for George in Philadelphia. I would appreciate hearing from anyone with any additional information. Research on the family has fallen into place over the past year after more than 30 years of trying to track incorrect information that David was Indian and had raised the family in Frontenac County (other end of Lake Ontario!) or in Lewiston, NY. Since Benjamin was a quarryman in Queenston and also at Split Rock, Onondaga County, NY, I wonder about connections bringing quarrymen to the U.S. Thanks for reading this!