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Elizabeth Mary Thomson (1860)

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Elizabeth Mary Thomson
Born in Scarborough Township, Canada Westmap
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Elizabeth Mary is born on July 30, 1860 in Scarborough Township, Canada West, the daughter of Robert William Thomson (1835-1877) and Helen Jane (or Jane Helen) Tindill (1840-1919). She is baptised in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough on September 23, 1860. Her father was also born in Scarborough, descended from the brother of the first settler in the township. Both of her paternal grandparents were among the earliest Scotish settlers in Scarborough. Her mother was born in England and had come to Canada West with her family in 1850.

Elizabeth is in the 1861 census as a one-year old child on the farm of her parents in Scarborough. The precise location of the farm is not known but it was in D Concession which puts it between Lawrence and Eglinton Avenues. Her parents then move to a farm in McGillivray Township, Middlesex County, Ontario (north and west of London). This land had been conveyed to the British Crown in 1825. The Canada Company was formed in London, England in 1824 with the purpose of purchasing crown land in Upper Canada and then selling it to settlers. One of the directors was Simon McGillivary, and this is where the township derived its name.

Elizabeth is in McGillivray Township in the 1871 census along with three other siblings. Her father dies in 1877 and her mother leaves the farm to move into the village of Parkhill (West Williams Township, about on the border with McGillivray). Elizabeth is in Parkhill with her mother and siblings in the 1881 census and she appears to have a job as a servant (the writing in the census is difficult to read).

Sometime after 1881 her mother and some of her brothers and sisters move to Winnipeg, Manitoba. But Elizabeth stays behind in Ontario and marries a John Sinclair (1850-1887) on October 18, 1881. John is a farmer and he was born in Ontairo (that is all that is known about him). The couple have two children in London, Ontario, in 1882 and 1884. The first one, Percy, dies as an infant (he does not appear in the 1891 census).

John Sinclair dies on March 21, 1886. He dies of consumption (most likely what is now called tuberculosis) and if the death record is being read correctly (it is not that clear), he dies after only being ill for two days.

In the 1891 census, Elizabeth is living with her mother in Winnipeg and her name is given as “Elizabeth Swalar.” Her seven-year old daughter, Ella (“Ella Swalar”), is with her. This surname “Swalar” is a puzzle as the handwriting in the census record is quite clear and there is no possibility that it is a mis-print for “Sinclair.” Presumably either the census taker mis-heard or the person giving the information mumbled.

The 1891 census record is the last hard evidence available. She simply disappears after this point. There is one marriage record on August 10, 1896 of an Elizabeth Sinclair marrying a Thomas James Walker in Winnipeg that may be her, but no confirmation has been made. Her daughter, Ella, stays on at her grandmother’s in Winnipeg and becomes a school teacher.

Elizabeth and John Sinclair had the following children:

  • Percy John Sinclair 1882-[?died as an infant]
  • Ella May Sinclair 1884-1960


[1] The 1968 Paterson family tree: shows Elizabeth as the 1st child of Robert Thomson and Helen Tindall [Tindill]; it shows her spouse as John Sinclair; and it shows two children, Percy & Ella.

[2] St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Baptism Register: Elizabeth Mary, born 30 July 1860; baptised 23 Sept 1860; father Robert Thomson; mother Jane Helen; D con [ie, the family lives in D Concession of Scarborough]

[3] 1861 census, Ontario, York, Scarborough, pg 68, lines 48-50: Robert W. Thompson (sic) (25), farmer, born U. Canada, Ch of Scotland [Presbuterian]; Jane (20), born England; Eliza M (1). The family lives in a 2-story brick house.

[4] 1871 census, Ontario, Middlesex North, 8, McGillivray, e, pg 16, household 58. Robert Thompson (sic) (36) farmer; Ellen (30) born in England; Elizabeth (10); Agnes (8); James (6); Esther (4). The family is “Scotch” and “Presbyterian.”

[5] 1881 census, Ontario, North Middlesex, Parkhill village, pg 37-38, household 174: Mrs Ellen Thompson (sic)( 40), born England, widow; Elizabeth M. (20), [occupation appears to be “servant”]; Agnes P. (18); James A. (16), blacksmith; George H (12), in school; Esther A. (14), in school; David C. (7), in school; Thomas Hamilton (22), painter, Ch of Eng, Irish All the children were born in Ontario and they are all labelled “Scotch.”

[6] "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 10 April 2015), John Sinclair and Elizabeth Mary Thompson, 18 Oct 1881; citing registration , Parkhill, Middlesex, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,869,511. The record shows that John Sinclair married Elizabeth Mary Thomson on 18 Oct 1881 in Parkhill, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. John was born in London Township and, at the time of the wedding he was a resident of London East. He is a farmer. His birth year is estimated to be 1850 and his parents are John & Elizabeth Sinclair. Elizabeth Mary Thomson is 21 yrs old, she lives in Parkhill, she was born in Scarborough and her parents were Robt Wm Thomson & Ellen Jane Thomson.

[7] "Ontario Births, 1869-1912", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Nov 2014), John Sinclair in entry for Percy John Sinclair, 1882. The record shows a Percy John Sinclair born on Nov 22, 1882 in London, Ontario. His father is John Sinclair and his mother is Elizabeth Mary Thomson.

[8] "Ontario Births, 1869-1912", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 06 Nov 2014), Ella May Sincler, 1884. The record shows a Ella May Sincler (sic) born on Mar 16, 1884 in London, Ontario. The father is John Sincler (sic) and the mother is Elizabeth Mary F* (sic). It is assumed that there are some spelling mistakes here as it is known that the father is actually John Sinclair and the mother is Elizabeth Mary Thomson.

[9] "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 11 December 2014), John Sinclair, 21 Mar 1886; citing Ontario, 170, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,853,482. The record shows that a John Sinclair dies on 21 March 1886 in London, Ontario. He was 36 years old and his estimated birth year is 1850. The record indicates that he was a farmer, born in Canada and that he died of consumption. He was ill for 2 days before dying. The informant’s name is difficult to read [?John Thompson?]. John Sinclair’s religion is Presbyterian.

[10] 1891 census, Manitoba, Winnipeg, 10, Ward 4, household 377. Helen Thompson (sic) (50), widow, born in England; Hister [presumably Esther] (24), dry goods clerk; George (22); grocers clerk; David (17), printer; Elizabeth (?) Swalar (30), widow; Ella Swalar (7). All children born in Ontario. Helen’s parents were born in England; the children’s mother was born in England, their father, in Ontario. Ella Swalar’s mother, Elizabeth, was born in Ontario as was her father. Helen & Esther are Presbyterian, everyone else is Ch of England.

[11] – shows Elizabeth Sinclair married a Thomas James Walker in Winnipeg on Aug 10, 1896.

[12] 1901 census, Manitoba, Winnipeg #12, Ward No. 3 C-3,, transcriber Vic Johnson, Proof reader Patricia L. Dineley. G.? Thomsan (31) born July 21 1869; Mrs Ellen Thomson “wife” (sic) (61) born Jan 24 1840; Ella Sinclair, niece (1?) born Mar 16, 1883. From the actual census page, the head of the household appears to be “G. H. Thomson” who was born in Ontairo, is Scotch, Baptist and a grocer. Ellen Thomson, who is shown as his wife [she was his mother] is English, a Baptist and she came to Canada in 1850. The niece, Ella Sinclair [the age looks like 19 but is so difficult to read it could be anything beginning with the digit 1] was born in London, Ontario, she is Scotch and is still in school [was in school over past year].


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2026 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 14, 2013) biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix (& up-dated in Nov, 2014 and revised with additions in April 2017)

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