ABOUT US

The Petworth Emigration Project is sponsored by the Reverend Edward J.R. Jackman and supported by the Jackman Foundation of Toronto.

Wendy Cameron

continues as manager of the Petworth Emigration Project. She is returning to the subject of nineteenth century immigration for a book on the government emigrant agents of Upper Canada/Canada West, 1830-1867. As they assisted the poorest of each year’s immigrants, these agents explored poverty in Canada as experienced by hundreds, and in some years thousands, of newcomers. Wendy’s articles on the Petworth immigrants include: "'Till they get tidings from those who are gone....': Thomas Sockett and Letters from Petworth Emigrants, 1832-1837," Ontario History, 85,1 (1993): 1-16; and "Defining Opportunity from Below: Assisted English Immigrants in 1830s Upper Canada," British Journal of Canadian Studies, 16,1 (2003), 44-5.

Mary McDougall Maude

is an editor working primarily in the areas of Canadian studies, reference, and government reports. She is a partner in Shipton, McDougall Maude Associates, a publishing consulting and editorial and project management business, and a founder of the Certificate in Publishing Program at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Brenda Dougall Merriman

is a Certified Genealogist Emeritus. Her book, Genealogy in Ontario: Searching the Records, is in its 5th edition. Other books are The Emigrant Ancestors of a Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and About Genealogical Standards of Evidence, a guide for family historians, those three published by the Ontario Genealogical Society. United Empire Loyalists: A Guide to Tracing Loyalist Ancestors in Upper Canada was published in 2006 by Global Heritage Press. Brenda's blog is at http://brendadougallmerriman.blogspot.com

Dr. Sheila Haines, PHD

taught history for many years for the Centre for Continuing Education, University of Essex. She edited No Trifling Matter (University of Sussex, 1990) an account of the voyage of the Petworth ship British Tar, written by members of her Worthing Adult Education study group. Sheila lectured extensively and wrote many articles on emigration. In 1990 she began research for Wordforce and the Jackman Foundation, Toronto, into the history of the Petworth Emigration Scheme; two books were published in Canada: Assisting Emigration and English Immigrant Voices (McGill Queens University Press, 2000). Having had a continuing interest in the organiser of the Petworth Scheme, the rector Thomas Sockett, Sheila then embarked on a biography Poor Cottages and Proud Palaces, the Life and Work of the Reverend Thomas Sockett of Petworth 1777-1859 (Hastings Press, 2007). Sheila died in 2011.

Leigh Lawson

was a contributor to No Trifling Matter. She assisted Sheila Haines with the genealogical research in the UK for the database of emigrants, an important part of the Petworth Emigration Scheme books and worked with Sheila on the letters reproduced in English Immigrant Voices. She continues to provide updated information for the Petworth Emigration website. At the request of the Hon. H.N.R. Jackman of Toronto, Leigh wrote a genealogical history, The Jackman Family in West Sussex 1565-1836. Sheila and Leigh were partners in Kinship, specialising in genealogical research in West Sussex and worked closely together on the Sockett biography, Poor Cottages and Proud Palaces.

View Leigh's interview with the Bald Explorer!

Alison McCann

worked on the Petworth House Archives for forty years when an archivist at West Sussex Record Office, being responsible for compiling four out of the five completed volumes of the Catalogue. She is now employed as Archivist to Lord Egremont and the Leconfield Estate. She has published more than thirty historical articles, chiefly concerning Chichester and Petworth. She is currently working on a biography of the 3rd Earl of Egremont.

Worldwide

Petworth emigrants is a group page on Facebook. Please join us there if you would like to post information or see if you can find other descendants researching your emigrant ancestors who came to Canada with the Petworth emigration project. In addition to those who made a permanent home in Canada, a number of first-generation emigrants moved on to the United States.

In England

The West Sussex Record Office offers professional research services carried out by a staff member.

In Canada

For genealogical assistance in Canada contact the Ontario Chapter, Association of Professional Genealogists

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We are on Facebook with two pages, one for the project and a group page Petworth Emigrants for descendants to share family information.