Who fathered Willard Joseph (raised Dawson) born to Amanda Reece in Ontario Canada in 1869?

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Amanda Katherine Reece, sometimes known by Katherine Amanda, Willard's mother gave birth to Willard in Ontario, Canada in1869 while working for Henry Konkle as a servant girl. Katherine Amanda Reece married James A Meddaugh (Middaugh) in1871. I found Amanda next in the 1881 Ontario census living with her son Willard and William Dawson. In the same 1881 census, Willard was also shown living with Stephen and Sarah Reece, Amanda's parents but the last name of Willard on the census photocopy is not legible. I have not found divorce papers from Amanda's marriage to James Meddaugh or a marriage license to William Dawson. If anyone has information or ideas on how to solve who fathered Willard Dawson I would greatly appreciate the help.


WikiTree profile: Willard Dawson
in Genealogy Help by Ron Dawson G2G Crew (430 points)
Hi Ron, if you add the tags Ontario and Canada to your question, it will appear in the newsfeed for members with expertise in that area.  Meanwhile, I'll try to flag to the project in another way.
If he was illegitimate, you may never know who fathered him.  Genetic testing MIGHT help in conjunction with the paper trail.  For example, if Konkle family member(s) have also tested, you might be able to rule in or out that he came from that line.  Same with her first spouse.
Hi Laurie, Thanks for the suggestion. Problem is, I still haven't figured out how to add "Tags". I keep getting sidetracked.

Thank You.

Ron Dawson

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Ron is this the 1871 Census you are looking at?

Steven & Sarah ReeseWilliam, on the next page

And is this Amanda, with Henry and Mary Jane Konkle?

by Christine Daniels G2G6 Pilot (101k points)
selected by Ron Dawson
Yes, on line 4 is Amanda Reece working for the Konkles.
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I have added his family tree to his profile
by Chris Mckinnon G2G6 Pilot (369k points)

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