#51 Grace Wood Wilson

Week 51 (December 17-23): Nice [still trying to finish up 2018!]

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My great-aunt Grace, the wife of my grandpa’s brother Hugh, was always described as a nice woman. I didn’t know her well; I only remember meeting her once or twice.

Grace Wood was born August 19, 1901 in Frontenac County, Ontario to William Edlow Wood and Mary Ellen ‘Nellie’ Barr. In 1911, the family, with the addition of a son William Earl, was living in Kingston, Ontario. William was a contractor and the family’s religion was the Holiness Movement.

In 1921, Grace was a boarder with the Robert Ranous family in Pittsburgh Township, Ontario (the same township Hugh was from and where his family was living in 1921). She was a schoolteacher and a 7th Day Adventist. I don’t know anything about how Grace and Hugh met, but they were married in Ottawa on March 26, 1940 when both Grace and Hugh were 38 years old.

Hugh was elected reeve of Pittsburgh Township for 1967-1968. According to Wikipedia, “in some small townships in Ontario, the title reeve was historically used instead of mayor.”

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In 1974, Aunt Grace sent this Christmas card to my family.

In 1976, Aunt Grace got to meet her pen pal of 62 years Muriel Stafford from Sydney Australia. They began writing in about 1914 when Grace was 13 and Muriel was 11. According to the article, “The Victoria League in Australia and the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire in Kingston sent names of potential pen pals into schools.” Grace said she chose Australia because she “was more interested in Australia than any other part of the British Empire.”

This sweet lady died in 1995. Hugh had died February 2, 1979. They are buried in Glenwood Cemetery on Amherst Island, Ontario next to Hugh’s grandparents.

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#43 Marjorie Agnes Wilson

(52 Ancestors #43 (Oct. 22-28) –  Cause of Death)

marjorie Marjorie Agnes Wilson was my grandfather’s sister. She was born March 24, 1906 in Pittsburgh Township, Ontario. She married a widower, William Weir, on October 14, 1935 in Kingston, Ontario. My grandmother Helen Oakes Wilson was a witness. Margey died March 21, 1944 at Kingston General Hospital of “acute exfoliative dermatitis following arsenical therapy for Vincent’s angina.” According to the Merck Manual, Vincent’s Angina is also known as acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis or trench mouth. Apparently arsenic was used as a treatment, either topically or intravenously. Margey also had a terminal illness listed on her death certificate that I can’t quite make out. Sadly, it sounds like her treatment ended up killing her.

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#24 Mary Agnes Thompson

(52 Ancestors #24 – Heirloom)

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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.

Lifespans of your 3rd Great-Grandparents

I got the idea for this post from Randy Seaver’s blog.

My 32 great-great-grandparents are, by ahnentafel number:

32. Joel Wells (1801-1856), 55 years
33. Sarah Tarpley (1805-1890), 85 years
34. William Clark (1810-?), ?? years
35. Ann Martin (1807-?), ?? years
36. Joel Wells (1801-1856), 55 years
37. Sarah Tarpley (1805-1890), 85 years
38. William Clark (1810-?), ?? years
39. Ann Martin (1807-?), ?? years
(yes, my Wells/Clark great-grandparents were double first cousins)
40. Thomas Belknap (1803-1889), 86 years
41. Polly Ann Farr (1832-1887), 55 years
42. John Gisel (1843-1923), 80 years
43. Margaret Rhost (1848-1939), 90 years
44. Adam Bost (1838-1924), 85 years
45. Mary B. Shartzer (1841-1921), 79 years
46. ? (? – ?), ?? years
47. ? (? – ?), ?? years
48. Berger Halvorsen (Rustad) (1806-1837), 30 years
49. Helena Andersdotter (1802-?), ?? years
50. Robert Gibson (1805-1882), 77 years
51. Mary McCormick (1811-1886), 75 years
52. Robert Thompson (?-?), ?? years
53. Mary Stevenson (?-?), ?? years
54. David Dunning (?-?), ?? years
55. Nancy Vance (?-?), ?? years
56. John Ochs (1823-1912), 89 years
57. Anna Ziegler (1820-1852?), 32 years
58. John Schroeder (1828-1916), 87 years
59. Sophia Martens (1826-1916), 89 years
60. Andrew Moore (1830-1918), 88 years
61. Mary Lyman (1836-1904), 67 years
62. William D. Bolt (1835-1901), 66 years
63. Mary J. Everitt (1837-1918), 80 years

The average birth year for third-greats is 1820, with a range from 1801 to 1848. (Calculated with 26 of 32 birth years).

The average death year for third-greats is 1896, with a range from 1852 to 1939. (Calculated with 21 of 32 death years).

The average lifespan is about 73 years, with a range of 30 to 90 years. Males average lifespan is 73 years, and females average lifespan is 74 years.

#16 – Clarence Stuart Wilson

(52 Ancestors #16 – Live Long)

Today I’d like to discuss the last surviving child of John and Mary Wilson, my grandfather’s brother Stu.  He lived to the age of 98!

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Stu was the 9th of 10 children born to John Wilson and Mary Thompson.  He was born in Pittsburgh Township (now Kingston), Ontario on April 21, 1914. In the 1921 Canadian census, Stu is living on the Wilson farm in Pittsburgh Township with his parents, his paternal grandmother, and 7 brothers and sisters.  The oldest son, Hugh, had moved out.  The oldest daughter, Annie Maude, had died at the age of 4 in 1904.

Stu crossed the border at Buffalo, N.Y. on April 26, 1948 in order to reside in the United States. He lists my grandfather, Charles, as his contact in the U.S. At the time, Stu was a machinist living in Toronto.

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His Declaration of Intention for U.S. citizenship is dated March 18, 1949 in Houston, Texas. Stu married Willa Mary Craig (Aunt Mary) on July 30, 1949 (I’m assuming in Canada). On October 18, 1949, his new wife Mary came through Port Huron, Michigan on her way to her husband’s residence in Houston.  Within the next few years, they had a son. By 1952, the Wilson family was living in Flint, Michigan where, according to the city directory, Stu was a machinist at Buick.

This is all I know about Uncle Stu from the documents.  I know they moved to Ottawa, but I’m not sure when.  I remember them coming from Canada to visit my grandparents in the 1980s.

Today is the third anniversary of Uncle Stu’s death. His obituary from The Ottawa Citizen of Jan. 9, 2013 reads as follows:

WILSON, Clarence Stuart (longtime resident Fraser Ave.) Passed away in Ottawa on January 7, 2013. Born April 21, 1914 in Pittsburg Township (Kingston), Stuart was the surviving member of his family of 10 brothers and sisters. He is predeceased by his beloved wife Mary (nee Craig of Tamworth/Kingston) and survived by his son, Gordon, daughter-in-law, Joanne, and grandsons, Mark and Jeff. Stuart lived a long and wonderful life, characterized by a positive attitude, quick wit and concern for others. He will be missed by all who knew him. Thanks to all who have assisted Stuart in various ways over the past few years. There are no words to adequately express our gratitude to Chris and Astrid whose capacity for caring made such an immense difference in the quality of Stuart’s later life. A private family service will be held. Online condolences can be made at http://www.colefuneralservices.com.

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Image citations:

The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Manifests of Alien Arrivals at Buffalo, Lewiston, Niagara Falls, and Rochester, New York, 1902-1954; National Archives Microfilm Publication: M1480; Roll: 159; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; Record Group Number: 85