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Hannah Jane Thomson (1833 - 1905)

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Hannah Jane Thomson
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Hannah Jane is born in the Township of Scarborough, Upper Canada (now Toronto, Ontario) on March 14, 1833 and baptised on April 7, 1833. She is the daughter of Agnes Paterson 1800-1875 and James Andrew Thomson 1802-1884.

She marries John Wakefield (1828-1909) on October 20, 1828. John was born in England and came to Upper Canada in 1836. John is a farmer, first in Markham Township (the township to the north of Scarborough) then in Scarborough on Concession D and then, sometime after 1870, in Vaughan Township (north of Toronto and just to the east of Markham).

Hannah and John are in the 1861 census, living in a log house in Markham with four children: Joseph, Mary, Agnes and James. In the 1871 census, the family is living on a farm in Scarborough. There are now seven children in the household. While the precise location of the farm is not known, it is somewhere between the modern roads of Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues. Sometime after 1871 the family moves to Vaughan Township, near the village of Richmond Hill. In the 1881 census, the family is living on a farm in Vaughan and there are now six children at home: Mary (28), James (23), John (20), Andrew (19), Robert (15) and Margaret (“Margret”) (8). The oldest child, Joseph, is gone and another son, William, died in 1870. Mary, who is 28, has been married but is shown in the census with the surname “Marsh” as a widow. She returned to her parents after the death of her husband (Robert Marsh). In the 1891 census, Hannah and John are still on the farm in Vaughan and now there is only one child, Margaret, left at home.

By the time of the 1901 census, it appears that John is no longer farming (he is not listed as a farmer in the census) but he and Hannah are living in Vaughan and their daughter, the 29-year old Margaret, is still living with them along with a 13-year old domestic.

Hannah dies on October 14, 1905 and is buried with her husband and two children in the cemetery at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough. John dies on April 28, 1909.

Hannah and John have the following children:

  • Joseph Wakefield 1853-? + (1878) Janet Grace Gillies 1857-?
  • Mary Wakefield 1855-? + (1875) (1) Robert T. Marsh + (2) John Horsely
  • Agnes Wakefield 1856-1926 + (1876) Robert Oliver 1851-1942
  • James Wakefield 1857-? + (1) Katy Welsh + (2) (1894) Lydia Brandt 1869-?
  • John Wakefield c1861-? + (1891) Mary McNabb 1858-1939
  • Alfred [or Andrew] Wakefield 1864-? + Louise Carter 1873-?
  • Robert G. Wakefield 1866-1887
  • William Wakefield 1869-1870
  • Margaret Wakefield 1872-? + (1907) John Fisher 1855-?


[1] The 1968 Paterson family tree shows Hannah, her husband and the following children: Joseph, Mary, Agnes, James, John, Alfred, Robert, William, Margaret.

[2] Scarborough Birth Register (poor photocopy of transcript): Hannah Jane born March 14 1833 baptised Apr 7 1833; Joseph born March 30/53; Mary [?possibly “Mary Thomson Wakefield”] born March 26/55

[3] St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Baptism Register: Robert born 16 July 1866, baptised 18 Nov 1866. The Register also shows that John & Hannah lived on Concession D of Scarborough; William born 30 May 1869, baptized in Nov 1869;

[4] 1861 census, Ontario, York, Markham, pg 3-4, lines 49-50: John Wakefield (32) born England, farmer; Hannah (28), born Canada; Joseph (8); Mary (6); Agnes (5); James (3). They are Presbyterian and they are living in a log house. Joseph & Mary are in school.

[5] 1871 census, Ontario, 45 East York, Scarboro Div 1, pg 72, household 265: John Wakefield (42), born England – farmer; Hannah (38); Joseph (18); Martg (16); April (14), presumably Agnes; ?as J (12), presumably James; John (10); John Robt (8); Andrew (4); Family is Presbyterian & English [it is pretty certain that 2 of the boys – Andrew and Robert, or John Robt (Robert G on the cemetery headstone) – have been mixed up in this census record as Andrew was actually the older of the two.]

[6] 1881 census, Ontario, York West (136), Vaughan (E), Div 1, pg 17: John Wakefield (52), English, farmer; Hannah (48), Scotch; James (23); Mary Marsh (28), widow [some question mark about this as the census taker makies his “w’” look almost like an “m”.]; John (20); Andrew (19); Robert (15); Marget (8).

[7] scrapbooks of Marjorie J. Paterson now housed in the Cedarbrae branch of the Toronto Public Library: “John Wakefield, from England, had a farm in Scarborough, then moved near Richmond Hill.”

[8] 1891 census, Ontario, York West, 132, Vaughan, household 67: John Wakefield (58) – born England; Hannah J (53); Margaret (19).

[9 ] 1901 census, Ontario, 131 York West 131, Vaughan Township, pg 5-6, family #65: John Wakefield (72), born Oct 20, 1828 in England; Hannah (68), born Mar 14 in Ont, 1833; Marg (29), born Feb 17, 1879 in Ont; Lillian Plummer (13), servant, born in Ireland. John came to Canada in 1836. There is no occupation shown for John; the column “living on own means” has been checked. There is some occupation shown for Marg (illegible) but it has been crossed out.

[10] St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, cemetery, headstone: “In memory of Hannah Jane beloved wife of John [b]orn Mar. 14, 1833, died Oct. 14, 1905; John Wakefield born Oct. 20, 1828, died Aug. 28, 1909; And their children Robert G. born Aug. 2, 1866, died June 10, 1887; William born May 30, 1869, died Apr. 6, 1870”


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2051 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 10, 2013) biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix (with edits and up-dates in April 2017)

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