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Who were the eleven orphans?

We have heard the story that when William Gooderham followed James Worts and his son to York in 1832, he arrived in a party of 54 including family members, servants and eleven orphans who William adopted "in all but name". Who were the eleven orphans? Could the children have been orphaned on the boat by cholera in 1832 or had they been orphaned in England? What became of them once the family arrived in York (now Toronto)?

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Who is the child in Sir Albert E. Gooderham's arms?

Our featured story: 1915 Sir Albert E. Gooderham Iinstrumental in Creating Connaught Labs was written by Christopher Rutty. He says: "The picture of Gooderham with the child was scanned from an article in the Spring 1962 issue of the University of Toronto Varsity Graduate magazine and was accompanied by another image of Gooderham at the Connaught Farm site. The caption said that the photo was a snapshot from a family album. I imagine both photos were from the same family photo album. I would think the photos were taken in the 1920s."
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This is a composite or collage pasted together out of many individual photographs against a painted background. This copy from the Toronto Public Library is similar to the one that hangs in the Toronto Hunt clubhouse on Kingston Road, Scarborough. At the Toronto Hunt is a list identifying 45 people in the picture. They include James G. Worts and George Gooderham, who were Masters of Foxhounds for several years, as wells as James G. Worts Jr and Frederick Worts (possibly Thomas Frederick Worts b. 1857}, and also Mrs. Harriet Anne Leys, George Gooderham's daughter. There is also a copy in the Archives of the City of Toronto, identical to the Kingston Road one, but the Public Library copy has many small differences. In 1877 most of the people in the collage would have purchased a copy. If these have survived, in private hands, passed down from one generation to the next perhaps some of you or a cousin inherited one. Mary P.( Polly) Winsor is writing about the club's history She would be very interested in inspecting and comparing any other copies out there. Please email to discuss.
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Can you identify the people in this photo?
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