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I started my family tree a number years ago, and here is a basic history on our family arriving to Canada, as seen through my grand-father Alexander Alexander McKean.

Dr. Barnardo was at the ship to bid us farewell when my brother David and I sailed for Canada in 1905. David was nine and I was eleven. I remember that we were in the back of the ship, probably third class. The voyage lasted between two to three weeks. We were stopped for at least one day by icebergs.
On our arrival in Canada we went by train to Winnipeg and spent about two weeks together in the home. There we were told we would be separated, I remember we crawled into bed together that last night an cried with arms around each other until we went to sleep.
I was sent to a farmer near Miniota, Manitoba. One day about three years later my boss took me to a country fair. I was wandering around and I saw this boy who looked familiar. I walked up to him and said "I think you're my brother." When my boss came to say it was time to go home, I said "I've found my brother." So he gave us two bits and told us to go and buy something with it. We bought some bananas and sat on the railway ties and talked and talked. My brother lived at Beulah, a village about nine miles from my place.
My brother David was awarded a medal from the Barnardo Home for 'Good Conduct and Length of Service.' I did not recive one. I was moved from my first farm, although I did not tell my home representative of my plight. The hired man wrote someone about it --- probably to the home --- and I was moved to another place where I stayed until my brother an I went overseas in 1914.

Alexander, Alexander, McKean (1893-1975)

Miniota, Manitoba
Mark & Tara McKean of Anola, MB
Updated December 6, 2009

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Mark Alexander McKean
mamckean@mts.net


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