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This handwritten document identified James Michael Rorke and eleven children born to him, with their birthdates. When compared with the research Agnes had done, many details concurred.


There were some differences on both sources of information - the document identifies twin girls, Lily and Eliza, born 1888, who appear to have disappeared without trace as Agnes had found no record of them. We can only assume that they died at childbirth or shortly after.


Remember, this was frontier country in the late 19th century. The homesteads where these frontiersmen lived were miles apart, and even further from sources of reasonable medical care and official records offices.


Which make this document even more valuable. It was now obvious that it had been written by someone who knew that the twins had been born.