Some more information on the birth family of Mary, our grandmother and her sister, Rose. I did find where Rose was buried and through them contacted the director of the funeral home that made the arrangements for Rose. Rose was born June 6, 1879 in London, England and died October 23, 1959. in Thunder Bay. Our grandmother, Mary Agnes, was born October 31, 1875 and died June 5, 1960 in Ottawa, '
Now the confusing part !! According to the funeral director the names of the birth parents for Rose which are shown on her death certificate are Aaron Archer and his wife Fanny Halsey, London, England. The 1881 census shows that Aaron and Fanny had five children at that time including Merry (Mary) and Rose the same ages as our grandmother and her sister would have been at that time. The orphanage also shows the same children, same age in the 1881 census. The problem we have found is that the two children whose birth parents are Aaron and Fanny also show up on the 1891 census and I believe the 1901 census in England. Both girls were in Canada by the time the 1891 census was published therefore they could not have been in both places at the same time. I questioned the funeral director as to whom had supplied the information on the death certificate of Rose. It was her eldest son according to the director. Now we know in 1959 the year Rose died we did not have access to the computer so the information provided had to have come from Rose or documents Rose had in her possession when she died.
Any comments regarding this mystery would be very greatly appreciated.