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Showing posts with label Weatherald. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Weatherald. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Another Weatherald Connection: Yours Truly, J. C. West, 1910s


While there isn't a photographer's imprint or place name provided on this photograph, we do have the subject's signature on the front, which reads, "Yours truly, J. C. West."  Normally, I wouldn't hold out much hope of figuring out who this individual was because of the fairly common surname, and the lack of a given name.  But provenance is everything with a photo like this.

I found Mr. West (and several other pictures of him) with a grouping of photographs that I've already blogged about:  Miss Maud Weatherald, and the Marwoods.  On a hunch I searched for a link between the Weatherald family and the West family and found one.  Maud Weatherald's sister, Edith Marion Weatherald (b. abt. 1868) married a man named John Charles West on the 19th of June 1918 in Hamilton Co, Wentworth, Ontario.  The marriage record tells us that John West was a widower, and 47 years old at the time of the marriage.  Edith was 50.  John's parents are listed as John West and Jeannette Anderson and he is said to have been born at "St. George."  His occupation is "traveler."

I located John's first marriage in the Ontario Marriages database on Ancestry.  His first wife's name was Ella Christie, born in Smithville, Ontario in 1873, daughter of Robert and Caroline Christie.  John West's occupation at that time is listed as photographer.  He was living in Buffalo, NY at the time, but the marriage took place in St. Catharines, Ontario, Christmas Day, 1895.

Ella and John lived in Buffalo, at least at the time of the 1910 US Federal Census.  John's occupation is listed as "Commercial Traveller, Kodak Co."

At some point between 1911 and 1916 the Wests moved back to Canada.  Ella passed away from heart failure in 1916 in Essex, Ontario.  Her parents are listed as Robt. Christie and Caroline Turney.  J.C. West is the informant.

According to the entry I found in the Ontario Deaths, 1869-1938 database, John Charles West died on 14 July 1936 in Toronto, Ontario, at the age of 65 years.  His birth date is provided:  June 9, 1871 as well as his occupation ,"Demonstrator, Canadian Kodak Co."  These details were provided by his second wife, Mrs. Edith West.  J.C. West was buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, July 16, 1936.

Update (from Facebook) January 4, 2011:   Ontario Genealogy Society, Toronto Branch member Jane MacNamara has tracked down a death notice in the Toronto Daily Star (16 July 1936) that confirms the WEATHERALD connection and tells us a bit more about the WEST family. The notice reads:

WEST - Suddenly, at his residence, 10 Alhambra Ave., Toronto, John C. West, beloved husband of Edith M. Weatherald and brother of Christina, Agnes and Robert West of Paris, Ontario, aged 65 years.
Remains resting in Wm. Speers chapel, 2926 Dundas street (near Keele). Service in the chapel, Thursday, 3 p.m. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery.

Thanks so much, OGS Toronto & Jane MacNamara for tracking down the obituary for us!

Monday, December 19, 2011

The Weatherald - Marwood Connection: Ontario and Yorkshire, 1860s


Last week I posted a photo of Maud Weatherald (1866-1882) from Goderich, Huron County, Ontario.  I found two other identified cdvs in the same careless pile of photographs at the antique store.  This one was marked "Mr. Marwood.  Thos. Weatherald's Uncle."  The photo was taken by D. Campbell in Goderich, Ontario. 

Having looked into the life of Maud Weatherald I knew that her father's name was Thomas Weatherald born 1834 in England.  I found one Thomas Weatherald b. 1834, Yorkshire in the England census for 1841, living with his parents Thomas and Ann Weatherald.   I found their marriage record from 21 Jul 1831 which lists Ann's maiden name as Marwood.

I found Ann Marwood on Familysearch.org in the England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975, born 12 December 1797 in Whitby, Yorkshire, daughter of Matthew and Jane Marwood.  I then went in search of Ann's siblings.  She had two full brothers:  Isaac Marwood, b. 1796 and John Marwood, b.1793.  I believe she also had two half brothers since Matthew Marwood seems to have married a second time in 1803 to Ann Gray.  They had two sons together: Matthew Marwood, b. 1804 and George, b. 1806.

As I mentioned earlier I found two additional cdvs at the shop.  The second is a photo marked "John Marwood," taken in Liverpool at the Vandyke and Brown Studio.


Both cdvs are likely from the 1860s.  I am guessing that the first photograph is of Isaac Marwood, b. 1796, but there's a chance it could be Matthew or George Marwood as well.  The second image is probably John Marwood, b. 1793.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Short Life of Maud Mary Weatherald, Goderich, Ontario, circa 1882

I found this lovely, but sad, carte de visite photograph today at the antique shop in a nearby town.  Sad, because of the inscription on the reverse of the photograph that reads, "Maud Mary Weatherald, Died Dec 19th 1882, aged 17 years & 8 mos."  Sad, because this young girl did not live much past the time this photograph was taken.


I had a quick look at the 1871 Census of Canada, for Huron South and found Maud living in Goderich, Huron, Ontario with her parents Thomas and Maria Weatherald, and her siblings Thomas, age 9; Anne, 8; Edith, 4; and Fanny, 2.

I also found her death record in Ontario Deaths, 1869-1938 and discovered that the cause of death was listed as diabetes.


Maud is buried in Maitland Cemetery, Goderich.   Her gravestone has been photographed and placed on the Canada GenWeb Cemetery Project site.  The stone provides us with her birthdate:  May 11, 1865.

Along with this photograph I also found cdvs of Maud's grand-uncle, Mr. Marwood, as well as of John Marwood, which I will post later.   These Marwoods were originally from Whitby, Yorkshire, England.

I don't know if there might be something about the Marwoods and Weatheralds in The Township of Goderich History book. If anyone has a copy, I'd really appreciate it if you could have a look and see if these families appear.



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