Mary Janeway: The Legacy of a Home Child

Mary Janeway: The Legacy of a Home Child

by Mary Pettit

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Mary Janeway: The Legacy of a Home Child by Mary Pettit

Mary Janeway, born in Scotland in 1887, came to Canada as a "home child" at a very young age. Separated from her brothers and sisters, the "tiny" Mary was sent as a domestic to a farm near Innerkip, Ontario. This is Mary's story -- a recreation of her life set in Victorian rural Ontario, from the time of the tragedy that split her family to her eventual escape from a life of drudgery. Robbed of her childhood years but buoyed by an inner resolve and an indomitable spirit, Mary Janeway reveals the tragic events surrounding this period of Canadian history -- the Home Children.

Mary Janeway was godmother to author Mary Pettit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770706606
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 04/27/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 162
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Mary Pettit is well-known for her interest in home children. The success of her first book on the young Mary Janeway has taken Mary on numerous speaking engagements and into a studio to record a widely praised audio version of her book for the CNIB's talking books. Her first book was also translated into Braille in the U.K. She lives in Stoney Creek, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Author's Note xiii

Prologue 3

1 Home at Last 7

2 First Impressions 18

3 Settling In 32

4 The Work Bee 38

5 Mary's Birthday 42

6 School Days 45

7 Cat Gets a Name 58

8 Christmas Pageant 65

9 Mr. Murray's Visit 72

10 A Family Reunion 79

11 Back to School 90

12 A Death in the Community 103

13 The Community Celebrates 111

14 Problems at the Gristmill 119

15 Annie's Wedding 129

16 Mary Loses a Friend 138

17 Freedom at Last 143

Background to Mary Janeway 150

Endnotes 156

Glossary 158

Bibliography 160

About the Author 162

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