My Grandfather, Richard Samuel Ing, came to Canada at age 14 in 1896. His travel was sponsored by Dr Stephenson's organization.
ING , Richard S Age: 14 Sex: M Year of arrival: 1896 Microfilm reel: C-4517
Ship: SS Vancouver Port of departure: Liverpool
Departure Date: 5 Mar 1896 Port of arrival: Halifax
Arrival Date: 14 Mar 1896 Party: Not Given Destination: Hamilton, Ont
Comments: Dr Stephenson http://www.archives.ca/02/02011003_e.html
My Grandmother, Louisa Ellen Wright was engaged to marry a merchant sailor who worked on the SS Montezuma, but he drowned when the boat capsized one night when returning to the ship. It was suggested that she write to Richard Ing, who had left the neighborhood as a boy and who was farming in western Canada. They corresponded, and she accepted his proposal to come to Canada and marry him. (Today's generation think this sort of long-distance romance started with the Internet!) So at age 28, after having lived all of her life in London, she set off by herself to travel half way around the world to marry a man she didn't really know and live on a primitive homestead on the Canadian prairies. This lady was no shrinking violet! She and her husband raised a family of 6. She died at the age of 101.
Congratulations Grandma and Grandpa!