In the very early years of the last century, my grandparents, (John) Travis Dean and Agnes (Brodie) Dean came from England and Scotland to Toronto. Soon thereafter, Travis’ parents and his siblings moved here as well.

The ship on the masthead is the Corinthian II, the ship on which Agnes McKenzie Brodie Dean came to Canada in 1906.

These are their stories …

Peter Dean

Toronto Island, Ontario, CANADA

P.S. Here is the Brodie side of my family.

I also have websites for my mother’s side of the family — the Gartlans from Carrickmacross, Co. Monaghan, Ireland and the McLeans from the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland.


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  1. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for posting this information Peter. I don’t know if this is true or not, but here is an interesting story of how an Osbornes came by their wealth (so later on they could afford to hire Peter Dean as their head gardener).

    Hornby Castle
    near Bedale, Yorkshire – Duke of Leeds

    A noble deed is a fitting foundation for a noble family.

    The following account is given by Sir Bernard Burke:
    Sir William Hewitt, Lord Mayor of London in 1559, possessed a considerable estate, and had only one daughter to inherit it. It chanced during the time her father resided on London Bridge, that the child fell into the river, whereupon a young gentleman named Edward Osborne, one of Sir William’s apprentices, plunged in and rescued the infant. In memory of which deliverancve and in gratitude, her father afterwards bestowed her in marriage on the said Mr Osborne with a very great dowry.

    A descendant of Edward, Sir Thomas Osborne, became Lord High Treasurer of England, and was raised to the Peerage in 1673 as Baron Osborne of Kiveton and Viscount Latimer of Danby. He was subsequently created Early of Danby in 1674, then Marquis of Carmarthen in 1689, and finally Duke of Leeds in 1694.”

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