Legend:  [..] below means I've added a comment, or can't decipher handwriting.

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Source: Middlemore Homes, MS 517 Volume 251 (Microfilm A-1999) Canadian Archives,
Ottawa, ONT.

>From the ledger of Guthrie House in
London, ONT:



Page 955
Edith Wallace, English, From Bradfield Union [Workhouse], Newbury,
Berkshire
Aged 11 years [she was really 12, turning 13 on Oct 28.]
Taken to
Canada August 5th, 1887

Canadian Reports
1. March 27/88 Health very good, Conduct very good indeed.  Perfectly happy.
3. August 13/90 Healthy, true trusty girl but very slow.  Settled for another year for $30.00.  Attends Church & Sunday School.
[The comment "very slow" is given by a visitor/monitor that only went one year out of eight, so his insight might be questioned.  Also, did he mean slow at chores or slow mentally?  None of the other seven visitors/monitors reported anything similar.  I lean toward ignoring the comment.]
[The $30 was the yearly wage the family was to pay the child, though it might be paid to a savings account for the benefit of the child at a later date.]

[above appears to be summary of later detail, given below.]



Page 956
Canadian Settlements
1. J. S. Macrault, Strathroy P.O.,
County MiddlesexAugust 27, 1887
2.    "                           "                           "                        
August 27, 1888
3.    "                           "                           "                        
August 27, 1889
[there were a couple of others, not listed here, but described below]



Source: MS 517 Volume 259 (Microfilm A-2112) for the following...



Page 942
Guthrie Home,
London, Ontario.
August 27th, 1887

I, J.S. Macrault of
County Middlesex, P.O. Strathroy, agree to receive Edith Wallace into my home and to pay her 75 cents per month, $9.00 per year for one year with Board Clothing etc.

I agree that Edith Wallace shall attend Church and Sunday School regularly, and also Day School, at least as long as the Canadian law requires.

I also agree that, should it be necessary for Edith Wallace to be returned to the Guthrie Home, notice shall be sent a fortnight beforehand, her railway fare paid to
London, and her clothes shall be as good and valuable as at present date.

I also agree that Edith Wallace shall write to her friends in England, or that I will write for her as often as I am requested to do so by Mr. John T. Middlemore, or by  the Manager of the Guthrie Home, and that I will communicate with the Manager of the Guthrie Home in the event of her serious
indisposition, and in no case will I allow her to go into another family without the permission of the Manager of the Guthrie Home.

I further agree that should I change my present address, I will notify the Manager of the Guthrie Home a month before effecting the change in question.

I acknowledge without reservation Mr. J.T. Middlemore's right of removing Edith Wallace from my home and control whenever he sees fit, and I also acknowledge his right of transferring his authority in this respect to his, Mr. J.T. Middlemore's, agent, whose wishes I will respect as if they were Mr. J.T. Middlemore's, and I promise to return her immediately and without loss of time to Mr. J.T. Middlemore or to his agent whenever either of them may require her to be returned.

Signed (J.S. Macrault)
Signed (H. Gibbens) For John Throgmorton Middlemore

[footnote]  Mr. J.T. Middlemore calls special attention to the clause in regard to the clothes.

[According to 1891 census, this is John S. Macrault, abt. 37yo in 1887, dry goods dealer with 6 employees, from
Scotland, Presbyterian.  Household also included wife Jennie, 29yo in 1887 from Ontario.  A child Jennie was born to the couple 1887-1888.  Could not find the family in 1901 census.]



Page 172
Similar/same as above, dated
Aug 27th 1888, with
allowance $1.00 per  month, $12.00 per year.



Page 173
Similar/same as above, dated
August 27th, 1889, same allowance,
but co-signed by Annie Gibbens.



Guthrie Home,
London, ONT, March 27, 1888
Enquiries respecting Edith Wallace [13]
Health:        Very good indeed
Conduct:     A very good girl indeed.
Happiness:  Seems perfectly happy and contented.
Signature of Guardian (J.S. Macrault)
Signature of Girl: (Edith M. Wallace)



Stratford, Aug 15, 1890
To the Home of Industry,
Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E.
Report of Visitor: G. Thom
Employer:  Mrs. J.C.[sic] Macrault,
Toronto St., Strathroy, ONT
E[dith] [15yo] is fine healthy stout girl, she is true and trusty but very slow.  Mrs. M gets on pretty well with her.  Her year ends in Aug 27.  I arranged for her [unreadable] $30 for present [unreadable] year.  She attends Church and S.School.  She is a good steady girl and does not make for company - Mrs. Mac takes an interest in her.

[The comment "very slow" is given by a visitor/monitor that only went one year out of eight, so his insight might be questioned.  Also, did he mean slow at chores or slow mentally?  None of the other seven visitors/monitors reported anything similar.  I lean toward ignoring the comment.]

[Edith's progress in the preceeding paragraph was transcribed by the volunteer research assistant assigned by the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa, as the source was so dark that a readable copy could not be obtained from the microfilm.]



Stratford, Sept 25th, 1891
To the Home of Industry,
Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London E.
Report of Visitor: F.K.P.
Employer:  Mr. J.S. Macrault,
Front St W., Strathroy, ONT
Edith [16yo] has grown considerably of late, is well & very happy in her nice home. Didn't see Mrs. but Mr. Mac speaks very highly of Edith.  Was washing when we called.  Has lots of work but not a bit too much.  Is very kindly disposed & much attached to the children of the family.



Stratford, June 7th, 1892
To the Home of Industry,
29 Bethnal Green Road,, London E.
Report of Visitor: F.K.P.
Employer:  Mrs. J.S. Macrault, Strathroy, ONT
Edith [17yo] is still doing well.  I saw Mrs Mac this year, & she speaks in the highest tones of Edith.  Great pains have been taken to teach E. & help her in every way.  She is yet anxious regarding her soul's salvation - for some reason is unable to accept Xhs [Christ's] finished work.  Xtian [Christian] family.



Stratford, Sept 30th, 1893
To the Home of Industry,
29 Bethnal Green Road,, London E.
Report of Visitor: Mr. Maitland
Employer. J.S. Macrault, Strathroy, ONT
Edith [18yo] has grown a good strong girl & has [a] very very nice kind lady as mistress, she is getting $6.00 per month in this good home.



Stratford, Aug 9, 1894
To the Home of Industry, 29 Bethnal Green Road,, London E.
Report of Visitor: F. I. Johnson
Employer: J.S. Macrault, Strathroy, ONT; change to Mrs. Thompson, Strathroy, ONT
Edith [19yo] was doing [torn] and had quite a sum in bank.  She became dissatisfied and wanted to learn the dress makers trade.  Still boarded with Mrs M till she got to staying out at night.  Mrs M [?] all this so Edith went to board elsewhere.  Spent all her money and is now working in a very nice family, Mrs. Thompson.



Stratford, August, 1895
To the Home of Industry,
29 Bethnal Green Road,, London E.
Report of Visitor: F.A.K.
Employer:  Mrs & Dr. Thompson, Strathroy, ONT
Edith [20yo] is reported to be doing well.  Did not see any of her people or [torn]self when in town.



BWB: 
Edith turned 21 on
October 28, 1895
By April 1901, she was working as a domestic in the home of Hugh McColl, the postmaster of Strathroy. 
She married George Edgar Beals on
October 28, 1902 in Mr. McColl's home; her youngest sister Amelia was one of the witnesses.