Josephine is born on June 4, 1853 likely in Scarborough Township, Canada West (now Toronto, Canada) the daughter of Andrew J. Thomson (1825-1895) and Eliza Bell (1825-1913). Her paternal grandmother had come to Upper Canada with her parents, Josephine’s great grandparents, in 1820. Her paternal grandfather, also of Scots descent, was the first European born in Scarborough Township. The ancestory of her mother is not known but it is thought she was of English descent.
Josephine is the 1861 census as an eight-year old girl living with her parents and siblings in Scarborough.
At some point (mid 1870s?) the family moves to Manitoba and by 1881 is living in or near Winnipeg. Her her father is in the lumber business. By 1891 the family is living on a farm in Whitewater, about 30 kilometres southwest of Brandon. Her father dies in 1895 and, in the 1901 census, at the age of 47, she is living with her mother and her brother (Heber) on a farm near Brandon. In the 1906 census she is still living with her mother and brother on the farm and from this census record, a more precise location of Hebor Thomson’s farm can be given: it is on the north side of the CPR railway tracks about 5-to-8 kilometres north of Whitewater Lake. This probably means the nearest post office is in Deloraine. In the census record, Josephine is shown as 50-year old (she was more like 53).
In the 1911 census, Josephine is living with her mother and an aunt (her mother’s sister) in Winnipeg. Her mother dies in 1913 and in the 1916 census Josephine is living by herself on Banning Street in Winnipeg. The census record shows her as 59-years old (she is more like 63). Josephine dies on December 12, 1923 in Winnipeg.
 1968 Paterson family tree shows Josephine as the 3rd child of Andrew Thomson & Eliza Bell; no spouse, no children are shown.
 1861 census, Ontario, York, Scarboro, pg ?, lines 14-19: Andrew J. Thompson (sic) (36) , occupation not legible, born U. Canada, Ch of Scotland; Eliza (36); Mary (10); Josephine (8); Agnes (6); Hebor Leslie (3). The family lives in a 1-story frame house.
 1871 census, Ontario, North Middlesex, McGillivray, family #156, pg 43-44: Andrew Thompson (sic) (46), lumber merchant; Eliza (45); Sophia (19); Agnes (16); Leslie (13); William (5). The family’s religion is shown as Presbyterian. All family members were born in Ontario. All family members are labelled “Scotch,” except Eliz who is English.
 1881 census, Manitoba, Selkirk, 183, Winnipeg (C) Division 3, pg 62-63 household 262. A. Thompson (sic) (55) (?) lumberman, Eliza (55), Josephine (26), Angus (24), William (15), born Ont; H??er (23)
 1891 census, Manitoba, Selkirk, 9, Whitewater, pg 17, household 97. A.J. Thomson (66), farmer, father born Ontario, mother Scotland; Eliz (65), parents born in England; Josephine (??) (35); H.L. (30)
 1901 census, Manitoba, Brandon #6, Winchester P-5, pg 5, household 58. automatedgenealogy.com. transcriber Ed Perry, proof reader Gerald Peskett. Heber L. Thompson (sic) (42) “head” born Apr 30, 1858; Josephine (47) – sister born Jun 4 1853; Eliza (75), mother, born Jun 1 1825. From the actual census record, Heber (sic) and Josephine are labeled “Scotch” and Eliz is labeled “English.” Heber is a farmer.
 1906 census, Manitoba, Souris, pg 6, household 45: Heber L. Thompson (sic) (47); Josephine (50), sister; Eliza (81), mother. They live at Section 32, Township 4. Range 22.. They have 14 milk cows, 3 horses and 2 other cattle. They were all born in Ontario. There is also a 25-yr old servant living in the household. The Section, Township, Range information indicates that they live on the north side of the CPR railway tracks near a place on the railway identified as “Westa??”. This is just west of Regent. Ballpark, this is 5-8 km north of Whitewater Lake (so maybe 20-30km S of Brandon). Their post office would probably be in Deloraine.
 1911 census, Manitoba, Winnipeg, pg 10, household #88, Marie Garwood (76), head; [first name difficult to read but appears to be “E??a”] Thompson (86), sister, born June 1825; Josephine Thompson (54), niece, born June 1857. All 3 members of the family are labelled “Scotch.” All 3 woman were born in Ontario and their religion is Presbyterian. This census record could not have been found without the help of Lynne Wingate at automatedgenealogy.com
 1916 census, Manitoba, 13, Winnipeg, pg 11, household 119, Josephine Thomson (59) 658 (or 688) Banning St., single, born Ont, Congregationalist, Scotch origin, no occupation. (the “none” under occupation has then been crossed out, but nothing else added).
 http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca -- death registration 1923-048130 . Josephine died on Dec 12, 1923 in Winnipeg. The death registration shows no names for spouse or parents. It gives her age as 71 (ie, born abt 1853).
Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2022 through the import of andrew thomson.ged on Jun 7, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Katharine and others.
The current (Nov 4, 2013) biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix and up-dated in August, 2014. (further up-dates in March 2017)
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