In case you’re wondering how I can be sure that George really changed his name and it wasn’t just a family legend, I have my cousin Donna to thank for that. A few years ago, she delved into George’s background, using information from his family bible and his death certificate as her starting points. Her clever sleuthing, mainly via some females in George’s life – his mother, wife, mother-in-law and eldest daughter – led her to various documents that firmly support the conclusion that Thomas Smith was originally George Cockram.
Donna wrote a short and very interesting article about her hunt, called ‘The Women Behind the Man’, which was published in the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society Bulletin, Vol 41 No 4. You can find it online here on page 29.