|About Marquis Family in Canada
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This site contains information about families relating to my ancestors: MARQUIS - PENNY and SKERRETT - WILLIAMS and those of my wife's: MILLIGAN - CUNNINGHAM and LYSACK (LYSAK) - SEMCHUK and those of my step-father DAVIES - DOBBINS Through marriages, connections to many other families have been created. Between 1906 and 1926 our ancestors immigrated to Canada from England, Scotland and Galicia (Ukraine) with the same idea - to make a better life in Canada especially for their children. The main groups eventually settled in Ontario and Manitoba. During the search many interesting events have been found--as an example my Marquis grandparents (were not married and probably had not met yet) and Anne's Lysak grandparents were all in Montreal in the summer of 1907. I'm sure they never crossed paths, but they were all there that summer! In 1965, while I was on my first visit to England, Bill Thompson of Huddersfield, provided me with an outline of Marquis family members and took me to meet several of them. Thus began the "simple" task of collecting information about my relatives in England. This original data was placed aside until I retired. Starting with it and an internet site I began to attempt to add names. Luck was on my side and I was able to find to a Marquiss cousin, (Margaret Patricia Marquiss-Robertson) in Scotland, who provided an enormous amount of help and information. I was also lucky to locate a number of relatives from Anne's ancestors who provided information, documents and pictures that allowed me to fill in her families. Since 2005 there has been exponential growth in the data collected. So MANY people from various branches of the family have contributed to the information that is present in the tree as it exists on this web site that it is not possible to list all the names, but a THANK YOU very much goes out to all of them. To allow family members to see and share the results, I created this web site. The task is not and probably will not ever be finished as new members are added through birth, marriage and new searches. Hopefully interested family members will continue to help with pictures, information and documents, and someone may carry it on after I 'retire'. When I look back at some of my early searches I discovered a number of 'errors', both typos and incorrect data. I correct them as they are found, no doubt there are probably still some that were missed, but I will correct them as they are found or pointed out to me. Any help you can provide would be appreciated. In the 'tree' connections exist that join the past relations to the present and to family around the world forming a complex and interconnected tree. I hope you enjoy your visit, ask you to sign the guest book, and send any information that could help expand the data base. ORIGIN OF THE MARQUIS(S) FAMILY (from Margaret Patricia Marquiss Robertson) Our earliest known ancestor is Mark Markus but his exact birth place unknown-possibly Scottish. Mark was a drover and brought cattle down from Scotland to sell at English markets. In the records he was granted a Galloway horse (small strong horse 13-15 hands high) which would have been used to continue his droving. Mark's first marriage was to Elizabeth Peacock from Muker on 13 Jan 1740 and by the regularity of producing children he was home fairly often. Elizabeth died after their 8th child was born, possibly from complications after the birth (common in those days). If Mark and his wife named their children as Northern English and Scottish parents usually did (son 1 after the father’s father, son 2 after the mother’s father, daughter 1 after the mother’s mother, daughter 2 after the father’s mother) then Marks parents would have been David and Frances, Elizabeth’s parents would have been John and Margaret. Mark’s 2nd wife was Mary Spensley and they had one child George born 28 March 1761. Mary died 2 1/2years after the birth. Mark's eldest son David moved from Muker to Grinton, two younger siblings, Mark & Elizabeth went with him. David married a Mary Spensley at St Andrew's church Grinton. She was his stepmother’s niece. They had 7 children born at Grinton, and were known to have lived at Stubbins Farm on Harkenside Swaledale, Co Durham in 1768. After searching the records it was agreed that David Malklcolm, David Marquis and David Markas were the same person. ORIGINS OF THE SURNAME MARQUIS (from Margaret Patricia Marquiss Robertson) •MARQUIS (Scottish) derived from Gaelic name MacMarcuis which was probably derived from Latin name Marcus •The French MARQUIS is entirely different in its derivatives. •MARQUIS A shortened form of the West Highland name (Mac)Marquis. One of the Marquis mottos is "Strength and Courage" Bob Marquis March 2007 Revised June 2009 Revised November 2011 Revised Feb 2012 Revised March 2012 Revised Dec 2012