|Henry "Harry" Laws|
In 1897 Henry Jr. and his younger brother William were picked up for truancy, with their father unable to pay the fine he was faced with a terrible choice. He could be sent to prison for non payment, presumably all the children would then be placed into a work house, or he could turn the 2 boys over to a work house.
As hard on the family as this must have been Henry Jr. and William were sent to the Middlemore home in Birmingham together. A few months later they were sent to Canada.
Luckily they were able to travel together and although they were sent to different farms to work on, they were only about a mile apart with a river between them and able to keep in touch.
Henry grew up to work for the railroad, becoming a section foreman in Queenstown, Maple Grove and later Marysville, New Brunswick. Henry married Bessie Puddington in 1912 and raised 5 children together. In Marysville he owned a 100 acre farm that was largely made up of bush, that he logged.
While Henry passed away long before I was born, his quiet strength lives on in family memory.