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Agnes Bell Thomson (1855 - 1883)

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Agnes Bell Thomson
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Wife of — married (to ) in Toronto, Ontario, Canadamap
[children unknown]
Died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadamap
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Agnes is born in about 1855 likely in Scarborough Township, Canada West (now Toronto, Canada) the daughter of Andrew J. Thomson (1825-1895) and Eliza Bell (1825-1913). One source shows a baptism date of February 5, 1855 in Scarborough. Her paternal grandmother had come to Upper Canada with her parents, Agnes’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.

Agnes is a six-year old girl living with her family in Scarborough in the 1861 census. By the time of the 1871 census, the family is living in McGillivray Township in Middlesex County. McGillivray is now part of the town of North Middlesex, which sits just to the northwest of the city of London, about 200 kilometres to the west of Scarborough. Agnes’ father is a lumber merchant.

At some point (mid 1870s?) Agnes’ family moves to Manitoba and by 1881 is living in or near Winnipeg. Her father is still in the lumber business. Agnes is a 24-year old woman living with her family in Winnipeg in the 1881 census.

However, her ties to Ontario are not ended by this move. On March 29, 1883 Agnes marries George Shoults in Toronto, Ontario. George is a medical student. George was born in Middlesex County so – and while this is speculation – it may be that Agnes and George knew each other back when both families lived in Middlesex.

Tradgedy strikes. Although the details are not known, Agnes dies three months after the wedding. She dies on July 16, 1883 and she dies back in Winnipeg.


[1] The 1968 Paterson family tree shows Agnes and her spouse as the 5th child of Andrew Thomson & Eliza Bell. It shows her spouse “George Schultz” [note spelling] but no children.

[2] Katherine E. created this profile and on the original data a baptism date of Feb 5, 1855 in Scarborough is shown.

[3] 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.

[4] 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.

[5] 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) Household members (including Eliza) are labeled “Scotch.”

[6] "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 April 2015), George Shoults and Agnes Bell Thomson, 29 Mar 1883; citing registration , Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,869,764. The record shows that the 24-yr old George Shoults, a medical student, married Agnes Bell Thomson on 29 Mar 1883 in Toronto. His parents are John & Catherine Shoults. Agnes is 27 yrs old and her parents are Andrew & Eliza Thomson. The groom is Methodist; the bride is Presbyterian.

[7] Manitoba vital statistics at Agnes Bell Shoults died 16/07/1883 in Winnipeg.


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2023 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 biography was originally prepared by Fred Paterson Nix in November 2013 with revisions in March 2017. The biography was extensively revised in May 2017 (with details on her death and the correct spelling of her spouse's surname). The assistance of Ian Glendinning (Scotland) is appreciated. (Fred & Agnes are second cousins three time removed,)

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