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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 fifteen.

My great-great grandfather Robert Hunter was born around 1821 in Ireland. I haven’t yet determined exactly where in Ireland (although rumour has that it was the County Antrim/Belfast area). I don’t know exactly when he was born, nor who his parents were, nor if he had siblings! Obviously I still have much work to do.

However, I do know he married Hannah Dool sometime around 1840 while they were still in Ireland. They emigrated to Canada shortly thereafter.

The 1851 Canadian census finds Robert (35) and Hannah (29) living in Chinguacousy, Peel County, Ontario. Robert is a weaver. At that time, their children included James (11) and Thomas (9). The census says they were both born in Ireland. Robert (8), William (6), John (4) and Joseph (2) were all born in Canada. This suggests the family emigrated somewhere around 1842.

I have yet to find the family on the 1861 census but by 1871, they have grown in number. They are still in Chinguacousy Township but now at home with Robert (55) and Hannah (48) are James (30), Thomas (28), Robert (26), William (24), John (22), Joseph (19), Alexander (17), Henry (16), Hugh (7) and Jacob (5), along with sisters Mary (14), Jane (11) and Hannah (9). Of the fourteen children born to Robert and Hannah, only one (Issac, Jacob’s twin) died in infancy. Robert is still a weaver but all the boys old enough to be working are listed as labourers, except for Joseph who is a telegraph operator.

By 1881, Robert (60) and Hannah (57) are still in Chinguacousy with William (31), Jane (22), Hannah (19), Hugh (17) and Jacob (15). Robert is now listed as a farmer, as is William.

Robert passed away on May 29, 1888 of Bright’s disease. My understanding is that he is buried in Mayfield United Church cemetery.

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 fourteen.

My great-great grandmother Rebecca Lusty was born in February 1866 to Ellen and Charles Lusty. The family was living in Croyden, Surrey, England at the time of her birth. She was the fourth of five children.

On the 1871 census, the family is found in Croydon. Charles (34) and Ellen (35) are living with Mary Elizabeth (12), Charles (7), Ellen Louisa (9), Rebecca (5) and Arthur (1). Charles is shown as an excavator and Ellen is a laundress.

By the 1881 census, the family has moved to 3 Maybank Cottages in Lewisham. The family consisted of Charles (44), Ellen (45) and children Charles (18), Rebecca (16) and Arthur (14). Charles at this time was a brick maker, Ellen was a dress maker, Charles Jr. was a general labourer, Rebecca was a domestic servant and Arthur was an errand boy.

Next door to the Lustys lived Charlotte Richardson and her children Susannah, William, Alfred, Charlotte and Frederick. In November 1882, Rebecca and William were married.

Soon after that, in January 1883, William and Rebecca welcomed their first child, daughter Rebecca Alice. She was the first of what would eventually be 10 children.

The family emigrated to Canada in 1887 and by 1891, William (26) and Rebecca (25) were living in St. Paul’s Ward in Toronto, Ontario. Children at that point included Rebecca (8), William (5), Alfred (4), Rosey (2) and John (5 months).

In 1901, William (35) and Rebecca (35) were still in Toronto, along with William (16), Alfred (14), Rosina (12), John (10), Albert (8), Martha (5) and Charles (3). Eldest daughter, and my great- grandmother, Rebecca was already married by that point.

In 1911, William (46) and Rebecca (45) were living at 95 Jersey Avenue in Toronto with Alfred (24), Rose (22), John (20), Albert (18), Martha (15), Charles (13), Edward (9) and Ellen (4). John was a contractor.

William (56) and Rebecca (55), were still at 95 Jersey Avenue in 1921, at home with Edward (19) and Ellen (14).

Rebecca passed away at the Grace Hospital on June 26, 1922 and was buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery on June 29. William passed away the following April and was buried with her.

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 thirteen.

My great-great grandfather William John Richardson was born on September 19, 1865 and baptized on October 8 of that same year. His parents were John and Charlotte (Jackman) Richardson and the family lived on Rushey Green in Lewisham, Kent, England. John was a gardener.

On the 1871 census, William is living with his parents, John (50) and Charlotte (33) at Waterloo Place. John is listed as an agricultural labourer.  Susannah (8) and William (5) are scholars. Thomas (3) and Alfred (1) are too young for school.

On the 1881 census, William is shown living at 4 Maybank Cottages with his widowed mother, Charlotte (44) and several siblings. Charlotte is a mangler (laundress) and the head of the household. Susannah (18) is a general servant, William (15) is a nurseryman’s boy, Alfred (11) and Charlotte (8) are scholars and then there is Frederick (2). Both Thomas and father John passed away sometime between 1871 and 1881.

Next door to the Richardsons were Charles and Ellen Lusty and their family, including 16-year-old daughter and domestic servant Rebecca Lusty. In November 1882, Rebecca and William were married. (And the following month William’s sister Susannah married Rebecca’s brother Charles.)

Very shortly after they were married, in January 1883, William and Rebecca welcomed their first child, daughter Rebecca Alice. She was the first of what would eventually be 10 children.

The family emigrated to Canada in 1887. On September 18, William and Rebecca, along with Rebecca (4), William (2) and Alfred (1) arrived in Quebec City, Quebec on board the Polynesian. It appears that William’s brother George and his family were also on board. William was listed as an agricultural labourer.

By 1891, William (26) and Rebecca (25) were living in St. Paul’s Ward in Toronto, Ontario. Children at that point included Rebecca (8), William (5), Alfred (4), Rosey (2) and John (5 months).

In 1901, William (35) and Rebecca (35) were still living in Toronto, along with William (16), Alfred (14), Rosina (12), John (10), Albert (8), Martha (5) and Charles (3). My great- grandmother Rebecca was already married by that point and no longer in the family home.

In 1911, William – listed as John (46) – and Rebecca (45) were living at 95 Jersey Avenue in Toronto with Alfred (24), Rose (22), John (20), Albert (18), Martha (15), Charles (13), Edward (9) and Ellen (4). John was a contractor.

The 1921 census shows William (56) and Rebecca (55), still at 95 Jersey Avenue, at home with Edward (19) and Ellen (14).

Rebecca passed away in 1922 and William followed the year after in April 1923. They are both buried in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery, along with sons Alfred, John and Albert.

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 twelve.

My great-great grandmother Alice Louisa Oakley was born on June 4, 1856. She was one of nine children born to Cornelius and Jane (Adams) Oakley. At the time of her birth, the family was living in Hove, Sussex, England.

By the 1861 census the family is in the parish of St. Mary’s Extra in Hampshire, England. Cornelius (45) and Jane (43) are listed along with children Cornelius (20), Alfred (16), Samuel (13), George (11), Thomas (8), Alice (4) and Emma (4 months). Eldest brother John William is already moved out of the family home and is married with a young child. Older sister, Sarah, was a servant working away from home.

Alice emigrated to Canada with some members of her family. They travelled on board the Ganges and arrived in Quebec on July 13, 1870. Cornelius (54) and Jane (52) were travelling with Alice (14), Emma (9) and Thomas (17). Older brother Alfred (26) and his wife Emily (26) were also on the ship, along with their three-year-old and 11 month old boys. It appears that 17-year-old Edward Pardoe Coulman was also travelling with the family. Edward would play a significant role in Alice’s life. Most of Alice’s siblings end up also emigrating to Canada.

The Oakleys are found in Montreal on the 1871 census. Stone cutter Cornelius (55) and Jane (53) are there along with Thomas (17), Alice (15), and Emma (10). Also with the family are Emily (26), Albert (4), Frederic (2) and Sarah (4 months).

On May 22, 1879, Alice Louisa Oakley marries Edward Pardoe. Edward was 27 years old and Alice was 22. Their marriage record says Edward was born in London, England to James and Mary Ann Coulman and Alice was born in Brighton to Cornelius and Jane Oakley. Edward is a commercial traveler. The marriage was witnessed by George Bailey and Emma Oakley.

The 1881 census shows Edward (27) married to Alice J. (24) and they have one son, James (1). They live next door to several Oakley relations in St. Stephen’s Ward in Toronto, Ontario.

By the 1891 census, Edward (39), Alice (35), and James (11) have been joined by Edward C. (8) and Walter (4). Edward Sr. is an undertaker supplies traveller. They are still living in St. Stephen’s Ward. Not listed on the census is daughter Katie, who was born in 1881 and, sadly, passed away in 1887.

In the 1901 census, Edward (48) and Alice (52) are living with three of their sons, James (21), Walter (13) and Norman (8). Edward is now listed as a photographer. Son Edward is married and has moved out.

Edward Pardoe died on December 16, 1908, leaving Alice a widow.

I am not sure where Alice is immediately after Edward’s death. I have not been able to locate her on the 1911 census. However, I have found a record from 1916 documenting Alice returning to Canada following a visit to her son Norman in Flint, Michigan. That at least raises the possibility that she was visiting the United States at the time of the census.

By the 1921 census, Alice (64) is living with eldest son James (34), his wife Elsie (31) and their son Ernest (4).

Alice Louisa passed away on October 10, 1947 at the age of 91 and is buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.

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 eleven.

My great-great grandmother Alice Jane Burton was born on December 22, 1848. She was the first child born to Thomas Burton and Dionysia (Ansted) Burton. At the time the family was living in Loddon, Norfolk, England.

The 1851 census finds two-year-old Alice Jane living with Dionysia (23) and Thomas (34) in Thurton Hall in Thurton, Norfolk. Alice Jane’s younger brother, Thomas Northeast (5 months) is also part of the family along with a variety of domestic staff. The family is quite prosperous, with Thomas listed as a farmer with 269 acres and employing 10 labourers and 2 boys.

The 1861 census has the family living on Loddon Road. Thomas (45) and Dionysia (33) now have seven children: Alice Jane (12), Thomas Northeast (10), Arthur Henry (8), Edith Emily (6), Clara Dionysia (4), Margaret (2) and Helen (6 months). Thomas is still a farmer of 260 acres, employing 14 men and 2 boys. The family also continues to employ a number of household staff.

Something – I haven’t figured out exactly what yet – appears to happen to the family fortunes between 1861 and 1868, since in the latter year, the family can be found emigrating to Canada. The family sailed cabin class on the Thames, leaving London on September 24 and arriving in Quebec a month later on October 20. The ship’s manifest shows the family consisting of Thomas (52), Dionysia (42) and children Alice Jane (19), Thomas (17), Edith (14), Clara (11), Margaret (10), Helen (8), Clement (6), Leonard (4), Amy (2) and Frederick (4 months).

The Burtons settled in Montreal and they show up on the 1871 Canadian census in the Jacques Cartier district. The family at that time consists of Thomas (54), Dionysia (43) and their children: Alice Jane (22), Thomas Northeast (20), Arthur Henry (18), Edith (16), Clara Dionysia (14), Margaret (12), Helen (10), Clement William (8), Leonard Decimus (6), [Amy] Ansted (4), Frederick (3) and Charles (10 months). Thomas is listed as a cultivateur (farmer).

In March of 1873, Alice Jane married John George Johnson, son of Baptist and Ann (Kelly) Johnson.

In 1881, it appears John (33) and Alice (31) are living with John’s parents along with John’s youngest brother Joseph (22). However, other records – including later censuses – suggest that at the time of the 1881 census, John and Alice should have two children (Emily and Grace). I am still trying to figure out where they might be!

On the 1891 census, John (44) and Alice (43) are found at home with their children, Emily (14), Grace (13), Annie (10) and Margaret (8). And in 1901, John (54), Alice (52), Annie (20) and Margaret (17) are in the family home. The same is also true in 1911, when John (64), Alice (62), Annie (26) and Margaret (24) are living at home in St. Laurent.

By the 1921 census, however, John (74) and Alice (72), along with Annie (40), are living in Athelstan, Quebec. Sometime between 1911 and 1913 – when daughter Margaret married – the family moved from Montreal down to Athelstan. I have yet to figure out the ‘why’ for that move.

In 1928, on May 26, Alice Jane passed away. She was buried on May 28 in the Athelstan Presbyterian Church cemetery. John continued to live in Athelstan until he, too, passed away in 1939.

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 ten.

My great-great grandfather John George Johnson was born on February 11, 1847. I believe he was the eldest son born to Baptist(e?) Johnson and Ann Kelly.

On the 1851 census, Baptist (30) and Ann (30) are shown living in St. Laurent, Quebec with their children John (5), William (3), Jane (2) and Ann (1). Also with the family is an Isabelle Johnston (20). I expect she is related to Baptist, perhaps his sister. Baptist, Ann and Isabelle were all born in Ireland, the children were all born in QuebecLower. It appears that the family is sharing a one storey stone house with Luc and Josephte Verdone.

I have yet to find the family on the 1861 census.

In 1871, Baptiste (50) and Ann (50) are home with their children John (24), William (22), Jane (21), Anny (19), Sara (17), Elizabeth (15) and Joseph (12) in St. Laurent, Quebec.

In March of 1873, John married Alice Jane Burton.

“John George Johnson of the St. Laurent District of Montreal and Alice Jane Burton of the same place, spinster, were married by licence on the ninth? day of March one thousand eight hundred and seventy-three by me,
WB Curran”

In 1881, it appears John (33) and Alice (31) are living with John’s parents Baptist (64) and Ann (60) along with John’s youngest brother Joseph (22). By the time of the 1881 census, John and Alice should have two children (Emily and Grace). I am still looking for them!

On the 1891 census, John (44) and Alice (43) are found at home with their children, Emily (14), Grace (13), Annie (10) and Margaret (8).

In 1901, John (54), Alice (52), Annie (20) and Margaret (17) are in the family home.

And again in 1911, John (64), Alice (62), Annie (26) and Margaret (24) are shown living at home in St. Laurent.

In 1921, John (74) and Alice (72), along with daughter Annie (40) are living in Athelstan, Quebec. I don’t know when they moved down there from Montreal. Given that when daughter Margaret was married in 1913, her marriage record showed her as being from Athelstan, I have to assume it may have been somewhere between 1911 and 1913.

Alice passed away in 1928.  John continued living in Athelstan until his death in January of 1939. The Huntingdon Gleaner reported on John’s passing, saying:

John Johnson, the oldest resident of this community, died at Athelstan Québec, the deceased was formerly of Montreal, but has made his home in Athelstan for many years. He was in his 92nd year. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. James Lumsden, Mrs. Alva Wilson, and Mrs. John Fee, also four grandchildren. His wife predeceased him several years ago. Service held at the Athelstan Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. W. S. Duncan. Interred in the Athelstan Cemetery.

 

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 nine.

My great-great grandmother Jane Summerville was born around 1851 in Sharon, Ontario. She was the fifth child born to Christopher Summerville and Elizabeth Humphries and the second Jane. Her older sister had been born about 6 years earlier in Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, but died soon after the voyage to Canada in 1846.

On the 1851 census, the family is shown as living in East Gwillimbury, Ontario. Christopher (32), Elizabeth (33), John (10) and Ann (8) were all born in Ireland. Hugh (3) and Jane (1) were born once the family had settled in Ontario. Christopher was a labourer.

The 1861 census shows Christopher (42), Elizabeth (43), living in a 2-storey frame house with Ann (17), Hugh (12), Jane (10), Elizabeth (6), Christopher (4) and Mary (3).

In 1871, the family was still in East Gwillimbury. Christopher (50) and Elizabeth (52) were at home with Jane (20), Christopher (14) and Mary (13). At the time, Jane was listed as a seamstress.

Jane Summerville Thomas a

On June 9, 1874, Jane married Harrison Thomas. On May 25, 1875, Gertrude Ethel Thomas, my great-grandmother, is born to Harrison and Jane. Three years later, on April 10, 1878 another daughter joins the family, Maud Evelyn.

Sadly, Harrison passed away from consumption on December 5, 1878. He was soon followed by Maud on March 30, 1879. Following Harrison’s death, Jane’s sister Mary came to stay with Jane and Gertrude. And when Jane’s sister-in-law Artimitia Summerville died in 1879, the two went to live Jane’s brother John and John’s son, Herbert.

In 1881, Jane (28) is found in her brother John’s (39) home with daughter Gertrude (7) and her nephew Herbert (13).

Jane passed away on June 9, 1884, leaving the nine-year old Gertrude an orphan.

Jane is buried with her husband Harrison in the Sharon Burying Ground.

 

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 eight.

My great-great grandfather Harrison Thomas was the second son born to Reuben Thomas and Melissa Haight. Reuben was an immigrant from Cornwall, England, while Melissa had been born in Canada. Reuben and Melissa had 11 children – five boys and six girls – not all of whom lived into adulthood.

Harrison was born on December 30, 1846. On the 1851 census, the 5 year old Harrison is shown with Reuben (32), Melissa (31), Nicholas (7), Philander (4), Sophronia (2) and baby Silas (1). Not shown is Harrison’s older sister Agnes who passed away just a few months after he was born at three years of age. Also with the family is a servant, Catherine MacVale (20).

The 1861 census shows Reuben (43), Melissa (at a very young – and wrong – 29), Nicholas (16), Harrison (15), Philander (13), Sophronia (12), Silas (10), Idilia (5), Cynthia (2). In the gap between Silas and Idilia were William and Jane. William passed away at not quite a month old and Jane was not quite a year old when she died.

On December 14, 1870, Harrison married Elizabeth Heal, daughter of James and Helen Heal. The 1871 census shows Harrison and Elizabeth living in Whitby East, Ontario. But sometime before 1874, Elizabeth passed away. I have yet to discover a death record of any sort for Elizabeth but on June 9, 1874, Harrison remarries.

Harrison Thomas and Elizabeth HealHarrison Thomas and his first wife, Elizabeth Heal

On that day, Harrison married Jane Summerville, daughter of Christopher and Elizabeth Summerville. The marriage registration shows Harrison as a bachelor, despite his previous marriage.

Jane Summerville ThomasJane Summerville Thomas

On May 25, 1875, Gertrude Ethel Thomas is born to Harrison and Jane. Three years later, on April 10, 1878 another daughter joins the family, Maud Evelyn.

Sadly, Harrison passed away from consumption on December 5, 1878. He is soon followed by Maud on March 30, 1879.

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.

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 six.

My great-great grandfather, James St. John, was born on August 22, 1839. He was the fourth of 12 children born to James St. John Sr and Jane Lloyd. The family lived in Brock Township, Ontario. James Sr. and Jane had been born in Ireland but, if you go back far enough, were actually Palatine German.

James shows up on the 1851 census as a 13 year old. His father, James Sr., was a farmer and the family appears to have been quite prosperous, living at that time in a 1 1/2 story stone house. Also at home in 1851 were brothers Philip (18), John (17), and William (1). Sisters Margaret Ann (15), Mariah (11), Eliza (9), Rebecca (7), Mary (5), and Catherine (3) were also present. Joseph Wesley was born in 1854 and another Rebecca was born in 1857, the year after the Rebecca on the census passed away. It is evident from the census that many other family members lived nearby. Jane’s brother, Glover Lloyd and his family were virtually next door. And there were many other St. Johns in the area.

The 1861 census shows James (listed as 21) still at home with his parents. Older brother John (26) is also at home, along with Mariah (19), Eliza (17), Mary (13), Catherine (11), William (9), Wesley (6) and Rebecca (4). The family continues to prosper and their stone house is now listed as 2 stories.

On April 11, 1866, the 26-year-old James married 18-year-old Mary Elizabeth Barker in Brock Township.

The 1871 census shows James (31) and Mary (23) living in Brock with their children, Alfred Wesley Jasper (4), Emma Henrietta Jane (2), and my great-grandfather Arthur Newton (7 months). Also living with the family is Amos St. Johnn (23), labourer (and likely a relation) and Mary Ann Cosgrove (21), servant.

By the 1881 census, the family has grown. In addition to Alfred (16), Emma (12), and Arthur (9), there are also Norman Franklin (6), Hannah Rachel Bertha (4), James Morley Clawson (1).

The rather difficult to read 1891 census, suggests James (51) and Mary (43) are home with A. Newton (20), Norman (17), Hannah (14), James Morley (11), and John Elston Roy (7).

The 1901 census shows 61-year-old James with 45-year-old Mary and their children, Norman (27), Morley (21) and John (17). Also living with the family is 18-year-old domestic Laura Barber. When I first found this census record, I couldn’t figure out how Mary could have aged only two years between censuses.

Some additional research led me to discover that Mary Elizabeth Barker St. John had died of consumption on January 26, 1892. On May 15, 1895, in Vallentyne, Ontario, James married Mary McCullough (born in January 1856). It is this Mary that is on the 1901 census. When Mary McCullough passed away on July 11, 1904, James married yet another Mary.

In this case it was Mary Doble Shier (born January 16, 1842). Mary was James’ cousin (her mother Mary Ann and James’ father James were siblings) and Mary had six children of her own from her first marriage to Julius Shier.

James would not have an opportunity to marry a fourth Mary, however, as he passed away on July 25, 1910 due to an ‘abscess of the shoulder’ . Mary Doble St. John outlived him by 16 years, passing away on September 12, 1926.

Uncles Glover and Wesley and James St. John 2nd

According to the caption with the photo, this is James St. John Jr. (right) and his brothers Glover and Ontario MPP Wesley.

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