Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sundays Obituary~ James Fenton Smith

             James F. Smith Dies in Toronto

One of Stratford's well-known residents, James Fenton Smith
died in St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto on Monday at noon, in
his 84th year. Mr. Smith, who had been making his home recently
with his son Melville, Toronto, had been a patient in the hospital for
the past ? weeks.

Born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, he married the former Mary Watson,
in Aberdeen, Scotland on July 4, 1884. The couple came to Canada 55
years ago,first living in Avonton, where Mr. Smith farmed for two years.
On removing to Stratford, Mr. Smith first worked at McEwen's Bakery,
later at the former G.T.R shops, and then at Whyte Packing Company,
where he was employed as a stationery engineer. For many years
he was caretaker at Romeo School. He retired about 14 years ago.

He was the oldest member of Stratford Lodge, Sons of Scotland and was
also an active member of the Canadian Order of Foresters serving as
financial secretary for many years.

Mrs. Smith died in August, 1939.Surviving are two daughters Mrs.
Robert Alexander, Hamilton; Mrs. Jessie Berkircher, Toronto;
sons, James and Melville, Toronto; Albert,Winnipeg; Ralph,
Sault St. Marie; Captain Harold, Serving overseas as a Y.M.C.A
supervisor; Stanley, 100 Church Street; one sister, Mrs. W.M. Morrison,
Welland, and one sister and one brother in Aberdeen, Scotland; also 15
grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

The body is resting at the Hornbuck Funeral Home, 156 Albert street,
where the funeral service will be held on Thursday afternoon, at 2:00
o'clock. Rev. F.G  Hus*** pastor of Grace Chapel, will officiate, and
interment will be made at Avondale  cemetery.

   I would like to thank my Cousin, Ralph Smith who sent this to me the other day, up until then I knew very little about my Great Grandfather, other than basic information of where he was born and died. But after reading his Obituary I now know that not only was he a hard worker but that he continued to farm after he left Scotland, a least for awhile, he was also a Baker,a stationary engineer, worked for the Grand Trunk Railway and finally the caretaker of the school my Grandfather attended working there until he retired at the age of 70. A member of the Sons of Scotland and The Canadian Order of Foresters , involved in his community and in organizations dedicated to helping others this tells me he was a compassionate person who was loved and respected by his family and all who knew him. A lot of wonderful information from such a small piece of paper, I wish that I had known him while he was alive.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sports Center Saturday ~Sir George Williams College

  My Great Uncle Ralph Smith attended Sir George Williams College in Springfield Massachusetts  from 1924-1928 where he played on the varsity soccer team.

Uncle Ralph's pocket watch with Springfield & soccer ball fob, the ball commemorates their 1928 victory over Yale.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

When Christmas comes in November

We all have our different reasons for why we blog, mine has always been in hopes of finding my family. 147 days after my first post my dreams and hopes have come true. This morning I noticed I had a missed call and had a voice message on my phone, I didn't recognize the number so I played the message. As I listened to the voice tell me their name and explain their reason for calling, my head started spinning, I started jumping up and down doing that silly dance we have all seen our children do, after the message had finished and I had caught my breath I dialed the phone number for the person who would turn out to be my Cousin Ralph. We talked for awhile and he explained how he had seen my blog , tracked down where I worked, placed a call and finally was able to find a phone number for me ( Note for all new bloggers: make sure you have an email address on your blog so family members do not have to become detectives in order to contact you) we hung up and I headed to my computer to start sending some documents to my cousin but before I could push the send button I had an email from Ralph, it would be the first of many today and each was like opening a million Christmas gifts for they contained photos of family members, newspaper articles and photos of  family treasures. I feel so very blessed today and thankful for my family, both the old and the new. 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Surname Saturday~ Farquhar~

This interesting and unusual surname is  of Old Scots-Gaelic origin, and is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic personal name "Fearchar", meaning "dear or beloved man", composed of the Gaelic elements "fear", man, and an obscure element meaning "dear, beloved. There are various spellings of this name in the early records and Fearchar Fada was a ruler of the kingdom of Dalriada (in what is now Argyll) in the 7th century. Farquharson (son of Farquhar) is the name of a Highland clan often found in
 Margaret Farquhar is my fourth Great Grandmother, she was born in Aberdour Scotland  in 1771 and baptized on the 22nd of June .The baptism record above gives her fathers name as Thomas, and  the witnesses were George and William Farquhar. I was not as lucky with her Baptism record as I have been with other family members, this one did not give her mothers Name. I have searched for a marriage record for "Thomas Farquhar" but have not been able to find one yet, so the search for Margaret's mother continues.

 Wm Farquhar in Bonner Town Hill had a son baptized called Thomas

Thomas Farquhar  my fifth great Grandfather was born May 16, 1740 to William Farquhar  in Aberdour, this is as far as my search on the Farquhar line goes for now though. I have spent most of the day  searching for records on my 6th great grandfather William Farquhar and looking for a marriage or death record on Thomas, so far I have not found it. Hopefully I will have more to post about the Farquhar's  very soon.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day ~ Thank You To All Who Have Served~

Melville Morrison Smith
64th Depot Battery
Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force

My Grandfather wanted so badly to serve along side his older brothers, Ralph, Albert and James, that in 1916 he lied about his age ( Attestation paper #1) stating his birth year was 1898, he was actually only 15 years old at the time. He was caught in his lie and sent home, but returned a year later and enlisted once again ( Attestation paper #2).
The following year  his brother Harold enlisted bringing the total of Smith Brothers fighting in WWI to  five.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Sunday's Obituary~ Aunt Madge

                                        Madeline Cocklin Falconer

Falconer, Madeline (Madge)~ At her home after a lengthy illness on April 19, 1987 Madge beloved wife of Jack, mother of  John Jr. and Gerald of Scarborough and Gail Papaleo of Cornwall, Grandmother of Cameron,Peter, Shannon, Marc, Apryle, Adam,Cindy and Monty. Private Service at the Jerrett Funeral Chapel in Lieu of flowers donations to the Ontario Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family.

 Source: Toronto Daily Star April 21 1987

** My Great Aunt