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Re: William and William Alfred Debnam and Australia
Posted by: Joanne Stephenson (ID *****0186) Date: March 05, 2005 at 21:31:50
In Reply to: William & Margaret Debnam Australia by nina singer of 142

My Uncle Bob Debnam (senior) had a contract in his files that was a indentureship for William Alfred Debnam.

I don't know if this is any relation, but I have a copy on my wall between William Debnam and George DLacey of Australia for William Alfred Debnam, to be indentured from December 1, 1864, for a period of seven years, to learn typesetting (tool and letter setting). William "Debenham" completed his contract on December 1, 1871.

The address on this form for William Debnam appears to be 62 Red Lion Street, Clerkenwell (?). Although confusing, this could also be the same William Debnam that fought the war of 1812 in the States, who could be my great-grandpa's brother.

My grandfather is William Frederick Debnam of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was born in Guelph, Ontario on March 6th, 1910 on his family's way across Canada. Grandpa's dad
was Robert Frederick Debnam married Winnie Adelaide Stevens.

Apparently, he came to Canada twice. The first time, then he returned to England where his children Robert, Winnie, and Philip (who died) were born. He then returned to Canada where the remaining children were born, including my grandpa, William Frederick, and Ken, Grace, Ted, Phil.

I know there were two Debnam families in Calgary when we lived there. I now reside in Victoria, BC. The other family were not related to us. The other family in Calgary is that of Doug Debnam, et al.

Some confusion exists about who William Debnam is to aunt says it's Robert Frederick's brother, but I don't know for sure.

What IS exciting is here is a contract that links A William Debnam to Australia. Please let me know if this is of any help to you! I would be SO thrilled if this turns out to be the connection you are looking for.

All the very best,
Joanne M. Stephenson

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