Simcoe, Elizabeth ___ 1762-1850 ___ British ___ n/a

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Elizabeth was born at Aldwincle, Northamptonshire, to Elizabeth Spinckes and Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Gwillim, but her father died before she was born and her mother died in childbirth. Her mother's younger sister Margaret, who later married Admiral Samuel Graves, took Elizabeth in. She met and married John Simcoe, a godson of Graves, in 1782. With Elizabeth's inheritances, they purchased the Wolford estate near Honiton. When Simcoe was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada in 1791, the couple moved there, to live in Newark. In 1793, Elizabeth moved to York (Toronto), and then to Quebec. During her years in Canada, Elizabeth travelled extensively, writing about the places she visited. In 1796, the Simcoes returned to Wolford. Elizabeth had 11 children in all, although only eight survived to adulthood. Her husband died in 1806, and she remained at Wolford with seven daughters, none of whom married during her lifetime.
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1791-1796 ___ travel social nature family Canada

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The diary of Mrs. John Graves Simcoe
Mrs. Simcoe's Diary
 

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