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I'm a bit of a history buff. My brother Robert (Bob)from Ontario, Canada and a Thomas Middlemass from Scotland were researching the Sinclair family tree and sparked my interest in research.

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I was born and raised in the Niagara Region. My wife Wendy and I currently reside in Ridgeway, Ontario which is a small village in the Town of Fort Erie.


We have 3 children: Krista, Lisa and Nicholas. In addition we have three granddaughters: Carrera, Isabella and Kaylee.
All of our children and their spouses live close by.


Ridgeway is one of the historical sites for the Battle of Ridgeway which was part of the Fenian Raids of 1866.


As mentioned earlier, I'm a bit of a historical buff. I worked as a historical interpreter, dressed as a King's 8th infantryman from 1812 at Historic Fort Erie (which is on the bank of Lake Erie and the Niagara River). From thier I gained more interest in trying to find out any family connections to the War of 1812.


I studied several subjects in college, including Radio and Television Broadcasting. One of he shows that I produced was entitled "History Today" which specialized in the story of the "Battle of Ridgeway".


So far the closest connection in name only to the War of 1812 is Jacob Jennings Brown (9 May 1775 24 February 1828) was an American army officer in the War of 1812. His successes on the northern border during that war made him a hero. In 1821 he was appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army and held that post until his death.


My paternal grandfather Edward Wilkie's mother was Mary Brown. I know that it's a long shot for any true connection, but it still makes an interesting conversational piece.