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Help me break through these brick walls!
The following individuals have proven to be rather elusive. If you can assist me to unravel their stories, please contact me.

Rose D'Orsey (Abt 1818 - 1897) - Who are her parents?

The wife of James Thompson (Abt 1813 - 1900), Rose D'Orsey is French Canadian and apparently born in Cornwall Township, Stormont County, Ontario, Canada or the province of Quebec. Rose married James Thompson in 1839 and they settled in Norfolk County, Ontario. Who are her parents? Her name has also been documented as Rosanna Dorsey, Roseann Dorsey and Rose Dersey.

James Thompson (Abt 1813 - 1900) - Who are his parents? Is he indeed the brother of Jane Howe?

Born in the townland of Leam in the County of Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, James Thompson immigrated to Canada at about age 18, arriving in Quebec in 1835. He volunteered in the Rebellion of 1837 and then married Rose D'Orsey in 1839. The details of James' life in Ireland have yet to be discovered. Circustancial evidence strongly suggests that James is the brother of Jane Howe, wife of Oliver Howe, but I have not found any source documents that can confirm this link.

Tamson Finch? Samson Finch? Tamison Finch? (Abt 1842 - 1875) - What is her real name?

The daughter of Titus Finch and Elizabeth Glover, Tamson Finch married James Henry Thompson, the son of James Thompson and Rose D'Orsey. Her name has been recorded as Tamson, Tamison and Samson. Which is it?

Rebellion of 1837 : James Thompson apparently served under Captain Walter Anderson. Seeking any additional information on Capt. Anderson’s men and action.

Descendants of the Howe & Thompson Families : If you are related to these families, I would love to hear from you!

Photos, Articles, Memoirs : If you have photos of the people, homes or places described in this history I would certainly love to see them! Also, newspaper articles, family bibles and any other items that might tell the stories of these people.

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