Rob Ford's ancestor landed in Canada for being 'unruly'

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (QMI Agency File)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford. (QMI Agency File)

Don Peat, City Hall Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:15 PM ET

TORONTO - Turns out the rebellious streak may run deep in Mayor Rob Ford’s family.

According to Ancestry.ca, the Toronto mayor’s first ancestor in Canada may have been sent here at age 11 because he was “unruly.”

The site traced out the history of Ford’s paternal grandfather, Ernest Ford.

Turns out, Ernest Ford came to Canada from England as part of the child immigration scheme and, according to Ancestry.ca, Ford may have been sent to Canada “because he was unruly.”

According to the genealogy website, Ernest Ford’s mother died in 1900 and he was listed in the 1901 British Census as living with his widowed father and grandmother in Warwickshire, England.

“Despite having next-of-kin with whom he could have lived, Ernest was shortly after sent to Middlemore Homes, an institution known for taking in children who were either truants, disorderly or orphans for the purpose of being sent to Canada,” Ancestry.ca stated in a press release Tuesday.

An 11-year-old Ernest Ford was listed on the Canadian passenger lists as a Home Child migrating to Canada in 1902. Ford came to Canada on the ship Siberia in steerage class with 32 other kids.

Ernest Ford later claimed he was born in Canada, according to Ancestry.ca.

In his military papers and marriage certificate, Ford reported he was born in Portage Vale, N.B.

“Ernest’s birth and christening records show he was born in Birmingham, Warwickshire, England,” according to the website.

Ernest Ford fought in the First World War.

As a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force he was awarded the Good Conduct Badge in 1917 for military service, a 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

The site claims Ernest Ford was the father of Doug Ford Sr., Mayor Ford’s father.

Ford’s office has yet to confirm Ernest Ford was the mayor’s paternal grandfather.

The outspoken Toronto mayor is known to butt heads with media and political rivals.


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