(52 Ancestors #24 – Heirloom)
This small tablecloth, with the initials, M.T. and the year 1892, was embroidered by my great-grandmother Mary Agnes (Thompson) Wilson when she was about 20 years old. She was born on March 10, 1872 on Amherst Island, Ontario. On the Canadian census of April 1891, she was living on Amherst Island with her parents Archibald and Elizabeth and her siblings Charles, William, Hugh, Agnes, and Cecil. Mary married my great-grandfather John A. Wilson on November 1, 1898 in Deseronto, Ontario. They had 10 children between 1900 and 1916, including my grandfather, Charles Thompson Wilson.
(52 Ancestors #5 – Plowing Through)
John Alfred Wilson was born March 25, 1905 in Pittsburg Township, Ontario in Frontenac County. He was the fourth child and third son of John and Mary (Thompson) Wilson. In 1911, Jack was aged 6 and living with his parents John (37) and Mary (38), his brothers Hugh (9), Cecil (8), Charles (4 – my grandpa), William (3), his sisters Marjorie (5), Theresa (1), and his grandmother Mary (Gibson) Wilson (74). He is listed as Swedish because his grandfather, John Wilson, came to Canada from Sweden.
In 1921, Jack was 16 and living with his parents John (47) and Mary (49), his brothers Cecil (18), Charles (14), William (12), his sisters Marjorie (15), Theresa (11), and his grandmother Mary Wilson (84).
At age 24, in April 1929, Jack passed through Detroit on his way to Dearborn to join his brother Hugh who was living on Park Street. In the 1930 census, Hugh was rooming on Park Street and was a salesman at a creamery. My grandfather Charles had arrived in 1928 and in 1930 was living on Columbia Street in Dearborn and was a truck driver at a creamery. Jack, in the 1930 census, was employed as a crane operator at a foundry. He was living with Fred and Mary Curtis on W. Lafayette in Detroit.
On September 2, 1930, Jack married Bessie Winnifred Eastwood (her mother’s maiden name was Curtis). In the 1940 census taken on April 11th, Jack and Winnie were living on Military Street in Detroit and he was a crane operator at a brass factory. According to this census, Jack had completed 8th grade while Winnie had completed 2 years of high school. In 1935, they had been living in the same place.
On April 29, 1940, Jack’s mother died at the farm in Pittsburg Township. On May 16, 1940, Winnie gave birth to a son in Detroit. The family moved back to Canada soon after to run the farm. On September 23, 1945, they had a daughter. According to William J. Patterson’s Lilacs and Limestone: An Illustrated History of Pittsburgh Township, 1787-1987, Jack won Farmer of the Year in 1963 from the Frontenac Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Jack died June 11, 1987 and Winnie died in February 2001.
Since we’re talking about Mary Thompson Wilson, here is her obituary from 1940. It’s presumably from a Kingston (Ont.) newspaper, but I don’t know for sure.
This small table covering was embroidered by Mary Thompson, my great-grandmother. In the center are the cursive initials M.T. and below them is the year 1892. Below is a picture of Mary from 1898, the year she married John Wilson of Amherst Island, Ontario.
See also this earlier post.
Annie Maude Wilson was the first child of John Wilson and Mary Thompson who had married on 1 November 1898. She was born on 8 March 1900 on Howe Island, Ontario. Annie died 26 July 1904 in Pittsburg Township, Ontario. According to her death certificate, Annie died of infantile convulsions. (Annie was my grandfather Charles Wilson’s oldest sibling. He was born in 1907).
Mary Agnes Thompson was born in March 10, 1872 on Amherst Island, Ontario. She was the daughter of Archibald Thompson and Eliza Dunning, both from Ireland. Records show she had one sister and nine brothers. Mary married John Wilson in Deseronto, Ontario on November 1, 1898. The witnesses to the wedding were her brother Cecil and her sister Agnes. The Thompson family seems to have moved to Deseronto sometime between 1891 and 1898 since they were still living on the island in the 1891 census. John and Mary lived on Howe Island, Ontario for the first 5 or so years of their marriage.