wife, Jane Milligan
, was also born in The Port on June 22, 1798.
The story goes that they eloped on May 20, 1818 to Gretna Green, Scotland.
The village blacksmith performed the wedding ceremony over an anvil.
, whose family were upper class land owners, was disowned by her
Mike speculates that perhaps William and Jane
did elope to Gretna Green, but returned home to be legally married in the church.
, on the other hand, signed her
name with an "X" prior to 1870.
At this point, Jane
is 75 years old.
William and Jane went to Derry, Ireland where they took a ship to Canada. On September 1, 1819 they landed in Saint John, New Brunswick where they purchased a piece of land which is now at the head of King Street where the Woolworth store was located in 1970s.
After settling on the north side of Cassidy Lake, Jane
would paddle across the lake to the site of their former home where there was a pasture for the family's only cow.
The life style of William and Jane
is typical of a farm family of that period.