Any information about Charles Gordon Fitch of Michigan? Unable to locate parents

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My paternal great-grandfather, I have been able to get some first hand information from my father, but I have trouble online finding information about his parents that's verifiable. Thank you.
WikiTree profile: Charles Fitch
in Genealogy Help by Scott Fitch G2G Crew (930 points)

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"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZQ5-8KR : 14 December 2015), Charles Fitch in household of Gordon Fitch, Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan, United States; citing sheet 36B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,789.

Parents Gordon (from Canada) and Katie (from Canada, but other records say England) - older brother William. Likely married around 1916-1918 timeframe.

"United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQ1V-X94 : 8 December 2015), Charles G Fitch in entry for Gordon Fitch, 1930.

It shows his father from Canada and mother from England. Older brother William. Younger sisters Rosemary and Dorothy.

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4PQ-LDF : 17 May 2014), Charles Fitch in household of Gordon Fitch, Area B, Pontiac, Pontiac City, Oakland, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 63-121, sheet 4B, family 73, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1802.

This one adds Robert, his little brother, to the mix.

"United States Public Records, 1970-2009," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QJHG-9TY3 : 23 May 2014), Charles G Fitch, Residence, Waterford, Michigan, United States; a third party aggregator of publicly available information.

The birth date is off by 2 days, but look at the family members: Eric Blaine Fitch, Gordan B Fitch, Nellie I Fitch, Rose A Fitch.

"United States Social Security Death Index," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JKZY-14S : 20 May 2014), Charles G Fitch, 23 Jul 1995; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing).

Shows his death in 23 July 1995 in Oakland, MI.

"Michigan Death Index, 1971-1996," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VZT7-XVT : 4 December 2014), Charles Sr Gordon Fitch, 23 Jul 1995; from "Michigan, Deaths, 1971-1996," database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 1998); citing Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan, death certificate number 045157, Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records, Lansing.

This one says he died in Pontiac.
No grave information to be found, but with this you might hunt in some of the likely places. Hope this is the right guy...
by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (896k points)
selected by Scott Fitch
So from this I would infer:

Father: Gordon Fitch - born circa 1894 in Canada - immigrated to the US around 1915

Mother: Katie (maiden name unknown) Fitch - born circa 1895 in likely England, possibly Canada - immigrated to the US around 1915

Married around 1915-1917 timeframe - first child born 1918.

So if this is the right person, here's some possible records for him:

These first three are iffy - at first it seems likely until you see their marriage records

"Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2LH-JZG : 27 November 2014), Gordon Fitch, 10 May 1892; citing Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, 10 May 1892, reference cn 7077; FHL microfilm 1,846,447.

"Ontario Births, 1869-1911," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMZH-53T : 15 January 2016), Gordon Fitch, 10 May 1892; citing Birth, Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,846,447.

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6XV-KY5 : 12 December 2014), Gordon Fitch, 1917-1918; citing Oakland County no 2, Michigan, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,682,690.

And with these - his parents don't match the first two birth records

"Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:278X-2TH : 10 April 2015), Gordon Fitch and Katie Sheen, 20 Jan 1916; citing registration , Rochester, Essex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,079,609.

"Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:278X-2TW : 10 April 2015), Gorden Fitch and Kattie Sheene, 20 Jan 1916; citing registration , Essex, Essex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,079,609.

And of course, the Census records:

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZQ5-8KG : 14 December 2015), Gordon Fitch, Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan, United States; citing sheet 36B, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,789.

"United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQ1V-X9Q : 8 December 2015), Gordon Fitch, 1930.

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4PQ-LD6 : 17 May 2014), Gordon Fitch, Area B, Pontiac, Pontiac City, Oakland, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 63-121, sheet 4B, family 73, NARA digital publication T627 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012), roll 1802.

Hope some of this helps.

And possibly his immigration records:

"Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954," database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQS-WZM2 : 9 October 2015), Gordon Fitch, 1916; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 319, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,405.

"Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954," database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKQS-WZHD : 9 October 2015), Gordon Fitch, 1916; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 319, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,405.

Thank you for all your help! This is the correct person, and any more information you can find about Gordon's parents would be appreciated.
I added the sources from G2G to Gordon's profile, and also was able to find his grandparents - see the profile for details, Cornelius and Bridget Ann.
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Sources I could find for William (Tom) Arthur Fitch:

"Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVDY-ZFM : 18 November 2014), Wm. Fitch in household of Cornelius Fitch, Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 18; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13281, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,917.

"Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2LH-JZP : 27 November 2014), William Fitch in entry for Gordon Fitch, 10 May 1892; citing Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, 10 May 1892, reference cn 7077; FHL microfilm 1,846,447.

"Canada Births and Baptisms, 1661-1959," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F2GM-12R : 27 November 2014), William Fitch in entry for Milly Fitch, 09 Feb 1894; citing Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, 09 Feb 1894, reference cn 7606; FHL microfilm 1,846,240.

"Ontario Births, 1869-1911," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMZH-53Y : 15 January 2016), William Fitch in entry for Gordon Fitch, 10 May 1892; citing Birth, Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,846,447.

"Ontario Births, 1869-1911," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZ1H-FVP : 15 January 2016), William Fitch in entry for Murial Elias Fitch, 01 Jul 1898; citing Birth, Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,021,631.

"Ontario Births, 1869-1911," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMZM-D58 : 15 January 2016), William Fitch in entry for Milly Fitch, 09 Feb 1894; citing Birth, Maidstone, Essex, Ontario, Canada, citing Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,846,240.

"Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMVJ-696 : 10 April 2015), William Fitch and Sarah Jane Westlake, 02 Sep 1891; citing registration , Windsor, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,870,468.

"Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KFQR-X4G : 12 December 2014), William Arthur Fitch, 27 Apr 1951; citing Birmingham, Oakland, Michigan, United States, Division for Vital Records and Health Statistics, Lansing; FHL microfilm 1,973,053.

"Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2784-7X6 : 10 April 2015), William Arthur Fitch in entry for Herbert John Hutson and Millie Fitch, 24 Jun 1915; citing registration , Essex, Essex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,056,651.

"Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:278X-2TC : 10 April 2015), Tom Arther Fitch in entry for Gordon Fitch and Katie Sheen, 20 Jan 1916; citing registration , Rochester, Essex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,079,609.

"Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKMR-2LLH : 13 April 2015), Wm Arthur Fitch in entry for Myrle Elias Fitch and Addie Brien Humber, 15 Jun 1927; citing registration , Essex, Essex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,157.

"Canada Census, 1891," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2P-5YW : 13 November 2014), William A Fitch, Maidstone, Essex North, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148136.

"Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954," database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3Y-X9FV : 9 October 2015), William A Fitch, 1909; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 88, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,174.

"Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947," database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JKWP-HMH : 11 December 2014), William Fitch in entry for Myrel Fitch, 25 Dec 1928; citing Essex, Ontario, Canada, 14278, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,184,479.

This "might" be him too... If so, he married a young woman and had a whole additional series of children

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MLYW-YF3 : 20 October 2015), Wm A Fitch, Detroit Ward 8, Wayne, Michigan, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 107, sheet 9A, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,374,696.

"Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N3G4-DBV : 4 December 2014), Wm. A. Fitch and Hilda Moore, 05 Oct 1914; citing Bloomfield Hills, Oakland, Michigan, v 5 p 63-270 rn 475, Department of Vital Records, Lansing; FHL microfilm 2,342,707.

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZQ5-7D9 : 14 December 2015), Wm A Fitch, Bloomfield, Oakland, Michigan, United States; citing sheet 1A, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,820,789.

"United States Census, 1930", database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XQ1V-PM7 : 8 December 2015), William Fitch, 1930.

"British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993", database with images,FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL1F-WVL : 30 September 2015), William Fitch in entry for Hilda Fitch, 1982.

There's probably more out there - just stopped at this point. Good luck.

by Scott Fulkerson G2G6 Pilot (896k points)
Thank you! this has been very helpful, I appreciate your assistance.

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