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Canadian family searches for ancestors who lived in 19th, 20th centuries, locates their graves in Doon & Mussoorie

  • Canadian family searches for ancestors who lived in 19th, 20th centuries, locates their graves in Doon & Mussoorie
    Summary: Family records indicated, too, that Emma and James were married in Mussoorie and subsequently moved to the Dalanwala area of the Doon Valley. During research on her family tree, Patricia found that her sons’ great great grandmother, Emma Hobson Cones, lived in India. Eventually, they were rewarded when the gravestone of Emma was located at the Dehradun Cemetery. I must thank this country for preserving our memories.”The search for their relatives’ graves though was a painstaking affair. Dehradun: Traversing a distance of almost 11,500 kilometres from Canada to India, Patricia Robertson, a Canadian academic travelled to the Doon valley along with her sons in the early part of the year with a mission -- to find traces of her in-laws’ family that lived in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Doon valley.

    Dehradun: Traversing a distance of almost 11,500 kilometres from Canada to India, Patricia Robertson, a Canadian academic travelled to the Doon valley along with her sons in the early part of the year with a mission -- to find traces of her in-laws’ family that lived in the 19th and 20th centuries in the Doon valley. During research on her family tree, Patricia found that her sons’ great great grandmother, Emma Hobson Cones, lived in India. She was married to James Alfred Cones, an assistant engineer in the department of irrigation working on the Ganga canal in the late 19th century and the couple had made their home in Dehradun.Armed with this information and a burning desire to locate some evidence of their relatives, although not exactly sure where to look for, the Robertson family approached Doon-based heritage walking group, Been There Doon That (BTDT) whose volunteers scoured Doon’s cemeteries in search of clues.

    Eventually, they were rewarded when the gravestone of Emma was located at the Dehradun Cemetery. The family was also able to locate the resting place of James Alfred Cones in Mussoorie.Speaking to TOI, a visibly moved Patricia Robertson said, “I never expected to find the grave but was determined to try. All my efforts to come here have now found meaning.

    Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/canadian-family-searches-for-ancestors-who-lived-in-19th-20th-centuries-locates-their-graves-in-doon-mussoorie/articleshow/58097734.cms


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