The December 2012 issue of the BBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine has an excellent article by Alan Crosby on the Petworth emigration project. Out now, and available through our website www.petworthemigrations.com, Facebook page “Petworth Emigration Project,” or Facebook group “Petworth Emigrants.”
The Petworth Emigration Committee was organized by the Reverend Thomas Sockett under the sponsorship of the Earl of Egremont. The committee chartered ships and sent emigrants from England to Canada in each of the six years between 1832 and 1837, some 1800 men, women, and children in all. In addition to people from its own Petworth area of Sussex, this very successful committee helped send emigrants from almost 100 parishes in Sussex and neighbouring counties. Immigrants sent initially to Toronto spread outward in Upper Canada and into neighbouring states.
The Petworth Emigration Project records the work of a group of researchers in Canada and England who came together for this case study of assisted emigration. Since the publication of two books, the project has had an extended life collecting additional material and, on the website and Facebook, serving as an information centre for descendants and others with an interest in a particular family.
Photo:‘Petworth immigrants Mark Mann and Sophia Rapley, on their fiftieth wedding anniversary, 1891, surrounded by family.’
Source: The late Margaret Parsons of London, Ontario.