There are three ethnic groups in our family tree on the Hutton-Hawke's side; Irish, Scottish and English with the dominating ethnic group being Irish.
On your Grandmother's side, her mother's parents (Samuel Laird and Nellie May Greaney) were both from England. Her father's mother (Georgina Simpson) was from Scotland and her father's father (Harry Hawkes) was from England. So one limb of the family-tree on the Hawkes-Laird branch originated in England while the other originated in Scotland. However Nellie May Greaney's grandparents were both from Ireland.
On my side, my father's mother was Annie Margaret Cassidy. Her family emigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1850. My father's father was James Harland Hutton. His family emigrated to Canada from Ireland around the same time 1850. So both limbs of the family-tree on the Hutton-Cassidy branch originated in Ireland.
An interesting fact about William Cassidyís family is that they owned a shipping business in Killybegs, Ireland. Their ships transported arms to Napoleonís army and continued South to Africa where they supported the slave trade. The shipping business began to decline in 1815 when Napoleonís empire collapsed and new British law banned companies from participating in the slave trade. The company did continue to do business for a few years on a smaller scale. A few years after their fatherís death in 1840 William and brother James sold the business. James emigrated to Australia and William emigrated to Canada.
There are three family tree graphics in the links below. First theHutton-Hawkes Tree shows your grandparents, their children (Robyn and Brian) and their families.
The Hawkes-Laird Tree shows your grandmother's parent's tree and the Hutton-Cassidy Tree shows your my parent's tree.
Iíve spent some time
researching our family trees and have traced both the Hawkes and Hutton
ancestors back to the 1600s. If your interested the
complete family tree is available on
username jim_hutton87. It's also available for
download on this site as
a generic family tree file or, if your running this from a Flash
Drive, it's available as a Family Tree Maker 2017 file.