If your ancestor belonged to the British Army he/they may have emigrated on an army emigration ship. Chelsea pensioners were sometimes given the opportunity to resettle in Canada or Australia (maybe South Africa?). That is how my g-g-g-grandfather came to Canada. It is recorded in the Pensioner records; the date, where they were coming from, where they were going to, and the ship they leaving on. If they came to Canada, especially out west, they likely came through York Factory. Here is a link that lists all British shipping through there from 1508-1920. It lists the year, name of ship, Captain, and who chartered the ship. Emigration ships could be listed as transport ships and/or British Government chartered. There are no passenger lists with this. I believe they may be in another register but suspect only husband name would be listed along with number of dependents. Still searching for this though.
https://hallnjean.wordpress.com/ships/ This was Dr. Norma J Hall's PhD thesis. Mike Smith Lindsay, ON
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