Amy Johnson Crow, on her blog No Story Too Small, has challenged her fellow bloggers to post 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. This is week seven.
My great-great grandmother Mary Elizabeth Barker was born on August 26, 1847 in Pinedale, Brock Township, Ontario. Her parents were James Barker and Hannah Taylor and I believe they were originally from Yorkshire, England.
Mary was fourth of ten children born to James and Hannah. She was the second oldest daughter and had three sisters and six brothers.
I have yet to find the family on the 1851 census but the 1861 census shows the family living on their farm in Brock Township. James (45) and Hannah (39) are there with their children, Sarah (20), John (19), William (16), Samuel (14), Elizabeth (12), Aaron (11), Priscilla (9), Charles (7), Watson (5) and Hannah (2). Mary appears to go by Elizabeth at this point.
By the 1871 census, Mary had already left her parents’ home, having married James St. John on April 11, 1866. Mary and James are shown on the census with their children Alfred Wesley Jasper (4), Emma Henrietta Jane (2) and Arthur Newton (7 months).
The 1881 census shows the addition of Norman Franklin (6), Hannah Rachel Bertha (4) and James Morley Clawson (1) to the family. John Elston Roy shows up by the 1891 census, at 7 years old.
Sadly, Mary Elizabeth was not able to watch all her children grow up. She passed away from consumption on January 26, 1892 at only 44 years of age. While her eldest child was 24, her youngest was only 8. It is, therefore, likely not surprising that her widowed husband, James, remarried within three years of her death.