This man is my husband's Canadian grandfather. I found him with his mother, Mary Stallan and HER mother (also Mary Stallan). He was born 4 Sept 1865 in Duxford, Cambridgeshire....mother born 27 May 1840 in Duxford. The reason this man was never researched was because he was (gasp) illegitimate and when Ron's mother realized he was, she dropped it. All of my other lines are brick walls so thought I would see what I can find on Walter. Anything I have heard (outside child, etc) was from Stallan researchers so would appreciate a hand here. My guess is that the putative father's surname was "Brand". Mary Stallan was a servant, I understand, and she packed Walter Brand up and came to Montreal, Quebec in 1874 when he was 9. Found that in the ships lists and also other records. From then on down, I followed Ron's Stallan family in what is called the Drouin Collection in Quebec. Everything matched. No problems there. The family had kept records themselves. But there is another mystery here. In those 9 years Mary Stallan allegedly married a "William Downes" after Walter Brand Stallan was born and they don't have any children that I can find. I frankly don't think she married anyone, but did find some William Downes' in the Cambridgeshire county. I am assuming he was English. Just checked...no birth or marriage in Quebec. Walter Brand Stallan named his firstborn son Ernest Walter Downes Stallan, so that certainly lends credence to his stepfather being a Downes. Not sure how to find that man. I have absolutely nothing on him prior to living in Montreal. Sequence here is Mary Stallan had illegitimate son named Walter Brand Stallan.......he came with Mary and possibly William Downes to Montreal and married Ron's grandmother and they had 10 children. I knew half of them eons ago. Ron's mother was the youngest, born in 1909. Sorry if this is confusing...it confuses the heck out of me b/c there are 2 or 3 Mary Stallans in this town born within a year of each other. There are also 2 Walter Stallans.....same deal. Aarrgghh!! This tree was well researched by one of the 10 children and also a Stallan or two in England, but I don't have a copy of it. Not sure what to ask you all, b/c all of my research is back in the 1700's and I use parish records from the LDS. It must be easier in the later 1800's, but almost too easy. As in too many with the same names.