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Ada Hill and the Swimming Hole

Ada Elizabeth Woolgar, Ontario, Canada, Family History
My great-grandmother Ada (Woolgar) Hill taking a break at the pond

With the heat of summer, I am reminded of some black and white pictures I found of my great grandmother Ada Elizabeth (Woolgar) Hill.

On what must have been an incredibly hot summer’s day, Ada took off from the housework and went to the swimming hole near her home in Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. All the stories I have heard about her, she was an incredibly hard working woman. She was always busy doing something around the house.

With 13 children, you can imagine how good it would feel to take a break from the chores, dip your toes in the water and just relax. Stop sweeping the endless amounts of dirt. Take a break from preparing mountains of food, doing laundry, tending gardens and just relax.

Ada Elizabeth Woolgar Hill, Family History
Ada (Woolgar) Hill and some of her children relaxing at the pond

The pictures are not that clear but the feeling is. Peace and happiness. Oh Ada. How much I wish I had known you. All of the stories I have heard about you came from people who didn’t know you as a young mother. Those that only got to know you later in life.

Ada who was born in England but became the matriarch of the Hill family in Canada, your records in your bible have helped me better track our family history. You helped set me on my way and have helped me grow our family tree.

And now over 50 years after your death in 1962, I look at these pictures and I think of you and smile.

If you would like to learn more about my great-grandmother Ada Elizabeth (Woolgar) Hill, read this blog post from April 2014.

The History of Me

This blog will cover the history of me, Corina Harris nee Hill. I’ve always been fascinated about where I came from. What are the names of my grandparents? My Great-Grandparents? When did we come to Canada? Did we ever fight in any wars or make a difference in some way? Did anyone have an interesting profession? Just who are all these people that helped make me who I am?

My paternal grandparents Margaret Porter and Albert Hill on their 25th wedding anniversary.
My paternal grandparents Margaret Porter and Albert Hill on their 25th wedding anniversary.

On top of interviewing my living relatives for any information they can provide, for the past several years I have been using ancestry.ca to plot my family tree. The furthest back I’ve reached is my 12th great grandfather Thomas Willson who was born in 1564 in Windsor, Berkshire, England. He came to North America and died in Prince William, Virginia in 1615.

I’ve discovered that parts of my family tree has a long history here in North America, where another branch, my paternal grandfather Albert Hill, only arrived in 1908 on the ship Lake Manitoba. Whether we’ve been here a long time, or only a short time, I am really enjoying exploring where we came from.

I look forward to sharing some of the stories and history with all of you because let’s be honest, my ancestors are much more fascinating than I am.