Friday, June 15, 2018

Samina Foxwell Williams death information found!

Some time ago I was looking at the cemetery listings for Greenwood Cemetery in Owen Sound. The listings for the much of the Williams family (Thomas Williams & Sybel Foxwell) list the plot location as G-BLO-6.

So, out of curiousity I decided to have a look to see what other names showed up in that plot. I came across a Minnie McInnis who died November 26, 1878:

I figured that Minnie McInnis could very well be Samina Foxwell Williams, youngest daughter of Thomas & Sybel. The age of 36 would certainly match, as Samina would have been born in 1841. And Minnie could be a derivative of Samina. But I couldn't find a death record for her in Ontario. Nor could I find a marriage between a Samina Williams and a person with the surname McInnis in Ontario. Samina was unmarried in the 1871 Ontario census, so the marriage would have taken place between 1871 and 1878.

Recently however, I found this death notice in the listing for the Owen Sound Times Birth, Marriage and Deaths:

Mrs. John Douglas would be Louisa Williams Douglas, her sister. So she married a Joseph McInnis between 1871 and 1878 and later died in Walnut, Iowa. I haven't found the records for either the marriage or the death, but at least I have some more information about both.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Update on X00001

A month ago, I posted my query about determining Edwin Ashton's date and place of death (X00001). Since then I have made an interesting discovery that is changing my perspective.

I've found an Edwin Ashton in the 1939 register:

But here's the interesting information:
  • Edwin Ashton's date of death is listed as 12 Nov 1884, which matches the Edwin Ashton born in Blackburn
  • Edwin's wife's name is Clara, which also matches the Edwin Ashton born in Blackburn
  • But the most interesting thing is that location in 1939 is Alcester, Warwickshire, which matches the death location of one of the Edwin Ashton death certificates that I found for 1950.
So, this means I need to re-examine my previous conclusion. I had previously ruled out that death certificate because the location and timing of his daughter's birth didn't make sense. But with this latest update, it looks very much as if the Edwin Ashton who was born in Blackburn and the Edwin Ashton who died in Alcester are the same person. Watch this space for more.....

Sunday, June 3, 2018

More options for the Margaret Farriage query

A few months ago, I posted an analysis of query X00055 - the search for more information on Margaret Farriage. I was at the OGS conference this weekend and talked to a few people about this brick wall. The people that I talked to made a number of suggestions for further research:

  • Investigate the names of the marriage witnesses to see if there are any clues there
  • Check ships passenger lists for the late 20s or early 30s and see if there are any similar names that could be possibilities
  • Check church records for Nelson Township and Toronto Township for the time period
  • Check land ownership for George Miller or names similar to Farriage. Check for neighbours - was Amelia Grant Munro living in the area?
  • Research the children of George Miller (both with Margaret Farriage and Amelia Grant Munro)
  • Possibly consider Scottish naming patterns, and look for a father named William for either George or Margaret
  • Check out Ryan Gilcrest's book on marriage records
  • Check out OGS' TONI database

The people that I spoke to were largely in agreement with my theory that the surname of "Farriage" is likely an error.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

X00001: When/where did Edwin Ashton die?

For X00001, I’m looking for a date of death and place for Edwin Ashton, Lawrence Ashton’s older brother. The one lead I have is from the Ashton family bible:

The year of death is recorded as 1950. Interestingly, the listing for Edwin shows only the year of death, but for all of the other children there is a full date given. This implies to me that whoever was the owner of the bible was not likely in close contact with Edwin.

Here is a roundup of what I know so far:
  • Edwin’s date of birth is November 12, 1884 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England [D00373]
  • Edwin’s second marriage was in 1923 to Clara Scattergood Butler (b 1884) [D00737]
  • Edwin seems to have moved back and forth between England and Canada. He was married in Canada, but he fought for the British Army in WW1.
  • I haven’t found much in the way of evidence after 1923, although I have found Edwin and Clara were on a passenger list arriving in Glasgow, Scotland in 1939

So, assuming that the year of death of 1950 is accurate, the options for death location are Canada, Scotland, England or elsewhere.

Scotland Possibility
I checked the Scotland death registrations for 1950 and did not find any Edwin Ashtons.

Ontario Possibility
Death registrations are not yet available for 1950 in Ontario. See next steps below

England Possibility
I’ve found two Edwin Ashtons listed as having died in 1950:
  • Ashton, Edwin. Age 85, Hitchin, Hertfordshire vol 4b p153 [D02301]
  • Ashton, Edwin. Age 65 Alcester, Warwickshire vol 9c p2 [D00319]
We can rule out the first possibility [D02301] because the age is off by about 20 years.
For the second possibility [D00319], the informant on the registration is a son-in-law named E.W. Savage. I found a marriage record between an E.W. Savage and Edith Ashton [D00004] in 1942. So, the question is, is Edith Ashton the daughter of this Edwin Ashton? According to the marriage record, Edith would have been born about 1921 in Alcester, Warwickshire England and Edwin & Ellen Ashton would have been living in Canada in 1921, so very unlikely.

Since this is the least likely of the possibilities, I'm going to rule out the others before proceeding with this one.

Next Steps
  • Wait for the 1950 Death registrations to be released for Ontario (should be in 2023)
  • Continue to monitor Find a grave and other sites for Clara Ashton & Edwin Ashton in Canada/US cemeteries
  • Possibly check 1945 register to see if he was living in Ontario then
  • Check Ontario newspapers for a death notice
  • Check Toronto Directories to see if living in Ontario

See Update June 6, 2018

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ruling out possible marriage record for William Hardy

I came across the following indexed record [D03486] for a marriage between a William Hardie and a Janet Burns in 1845:

At first it seemed like it could be a match for William Hardy's first marriage to a woman named Jane. I have, however, decided to rule it out for the following reasons:
  • The location of York Mills is not exactly where I would have expected the marriage to be. The family seems to have settled around Peel Region, although they moved around a bit in the first few years, so York Mills is not outside the realm of possibility.
  • The spelling of the last name as "Hardie" rather than "Hardy" is off, although I have seen it spelled that way before.
  • The last name of the bride of "Burns" is not what I would have expected. Other records point to a maiden name of "Irwin".
  • The biggest issue seems to be the timing of the marriage. The marriage date given is 1845. Most records seem to point towards a birth year of 1830 for William Hardy and 1832 for Jane. This would put them at 15 and 13 years of age at the time of the marriage. Their first child (as far as I have been able to tell) was born around 1856, so most likely their marriage would have been closer to 1855.

All in all it seems to be too far off from the known data to be a match. But the timing of the marriage seems to make this very unlikely to be the same couple. So, I'm ruling this document out.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Investigating Lancelot Hardy after 1850

There are two Lancelot Hardy's in the Hardy family that I am investigating: One born about 1793 and his son born about 1827, both in Yorkshire England. I have both of their baptism records, and they both appear in the 1841 census, but there is very little information about either of them after 1850.

Issues to investigate:
  1. What happened to Lancelot the younger? The older appears to have died in 1874 and is buried in Churchville Cemetery, Meadowvale, Ontario, Canada. I haven't found a death notice or record for either of them and have not found a cemetery record or burial record for Lancelot the younger.
  2. Which of the two married Jane Tricker? There is evidence that a Lancelot Hardy and Jane Tricker were parents to a Sarah Jane Hardy (b. abt. 1844), Henry Reilly Hardy (b. abt 1849) and George Hardy (b. abt. 1860). So, that would suggest a marriage date of about 1843 or so. She remarried in 1876, so whichever one she married would have died before then.
  3. Which of the two married Ester Riley in 1850? There are no ages or parents given for the marriage, so can't determine which one it is. And I have not seen Ester Riley in any other record.
  4. Which Lancelot Hardy appears in the 1861 census with Jane? The age is shown as 50, or a year of birth of 1811, so it could conceivably be either of them.
  5. When did Ester Riley Hardy die? Where is she buried?
  6. When did Ann Wood Hardy die? Where is she buried?

Known Facts:
  • Lancelot Hardy the older born about 1793 in Yorkshire, Married to Ann Wood
  • Lancelot Hardy the younger born about 1827 in Yorkshire
  • Both appear in the 1841 census in England
  • Presumably the family emigrated to Canada in their early 1840s, around 1840
  • One of them likely married Jane Tricker
  • One of them likely married Ester Riley (the marriage years overlap, so it was likely not the same person married to both)
  • Lancelot Hardy the older died in 1874
  • None of the above names have been found in the 1851 or 1871 censuses. One of the Lancelots and Jane Tricker have been found in the 1861 Census of Canada.
  • Maria Hardy, daughter of Lancelot & Anne Wood Hardy was born Oct 29, 1844, so Anne Wood Hardy was alive at that date.
  • One of them appears in an 1866 directory of the Home District and the profession is listed as “Gardener”. Lancelot Hardy the elder’s profession appears as a miller on most records, so this could likely be the younger one


1. Lancelot Hardy the older married Ester Riley & Lancelot Hardy the younger married Jane Tricker
Anne Wood Hardy dies between 1844 and 1850
Lancelot Hardy the younger marries Jane Tricker about 1843
Lancelot Hardy the older marries Ester Riley in 1850
Lancelot Hardy the older dies in 1874
Lancelot Hardy the younger dies before 1876
Ester Riley Hardy dies ??

2. Lancelot Hardy the younger married Ester Riley & Lancelot Hardy the older married Jane Tricker
Anne Wood Hardy dies about 1844
Lancelot Hardy the older marries Jane Tricker about 1844
Lancelot Hardy the younger marries Ester Riley in 1850
Lancelot Hardy the older dies in 1874
Lancelot Hardy the younger dies ??
Ester Riley Hardy dies ??

Documents that would give some answers:
  • If I could find Lancelot Sr or Jr, Ester or Jane in the 1851 census
  • If I could find the other Lancelot or Ester in the 1861 census
  • If I could find Lancelot Sr or Jr, Ester or Jane in the 1871 census
  • If I could find a death record for Lancelot the older
  • If I could find a death record for Lancelot the younger, or any later record, for that matter
  • If I could find a death/burial record for Esther Riley Hardy
  • If I could find a date of death/burial record for Anne Wood Hardy
  • If I could find a will for either Lancelot Hardy
  • If I could find either one in land records

Next actions:
  • Look for will for Lancelot Hardy (either)
  • Look for land records for either Lancelot hardy
  • Check for assessment/collector rolls for either Lancelot hardy

Sunday, March 25, 2018

X00241: Are Ann Hardy Barnhill and Mary Hardy Hyatt Sisters?

One of families that I’m researching at the present time is the Hardy family who came from Farndale, Yorkshire, England to what is now Peel Region in Ontario Canada in the 1840s. Lancelot Hardy and Ann Wood had several children and I’ve been able to trace most of them to Ontario.

Right now I’m trying to determine if Ann Hardy Barnhill and Mary Hardy Hyatt are sisters.

Ann Hardy married John Barnhill (1824-1868) around 1862. They had two children (that I have been able to identify so far): Nancy Maria Barnhill (1863-1929) and William John Barnhill (1867-1909).

Mary Hardy married Matthew Hyatt (1846-1909) around 1869. They had several children before she died in 1884. Matthew remarried after she died.

I’m definitely sure that Ann Hardy is the daughter of Lancelot and Ann; one record I’ve found gives their names as the parents. I haven’t found the same for Mary yet, but Lancelot and Ann did have a daughter named Mary and the information is definitely consistent with their daughter being the same one that was married to Matthew Hyatt. But I have yet to find definite proof.

The two families were definitely close. They lived in the same area and after Mary died, some of her children started living with the Barnhills and adopted the surname Barnhill. So, it's very likely.