Heber (or possibly “Hebor”) was born on April 30, 1858 likely in Scarborough Township, Canada West (now Toronto, Canada) the son of Andrew J. Thomson (1825-1895) and Eliza Bell (1825-1913). His paternal grandmother had come to Upper Canada with her parents, Heber’s great grandparents, in 1820. His paternal grandfather, also of Scots descent, was the first European born in Scarborough Township. The ancestory of his mother is not known but it is thought she was of English descent.
Heber (“Hebor Leslie”) is three years old in the 1861 census when the family is still living in Scarborough Township. By the time of the 1871 census, Heber is living with his family in McGillivray Township (just northwest of London, Ontario) which is about 200 kilometres west of Scarborough.
At some point (mid 1870s?) the family moves to Manitoba and by 1881 is living in or near Winnipeg. His father is in the lumber business. Heber is a 23-year old man living with his family in Winnipeg in the 1881 census. By 1891 the family is living on a farm in Whitewater, about 30 kilometres south-west of Brandon. Heber (“H.L”) is still with the family. In 1888, three members of the Thomson family (the father Andrew J., the mother Eliz and Heber Leslie) all take out land grants in Manitoba, in the Whitewater area,where the family is found in the 1891 census. Heber’s grant (one of them) is for SE 30-4-22-W1. This is Section 30, Township 4, range 22, meridian W1. This puts the land just to the north of Whitewater Lake, between the modern day provincial highways 10 and 21 (or, ballpark, about 30 kilometres south-wast of Brandon). His parents take out grants close by (or adjoining) this land.
In 1901, 42-year old Heber is living on his farm with his sister Josephine and his 75-year old mother. He is still there with his sister and his mother in the 1906 census. This time the farm’s locations is shown as Section 32, Township 4, range 22 so it may mean that he has moved over to his father’s original farm. This is the last record of Heber that has been found. In the 1911 census, his sister and mother have moved into Winnipeg to live with Heber’s aunt.
 1968 Paterson family tree shows “Heber Thomson” and no other information.
 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 is probably in Deloraine.
Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2024 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 6, 2013) biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix (with up-dates in August 2014). (further revisions in March 2017)
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