Eliza Jane is born on March 18, 1862 in Scarborough Township, Canada West, the daughter of James George Thomson (1839-1917) and Agnes Glendinning (1840-1916). She is baptised in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough in May 1862
On her father’s side, Eliza Jane is descended from two of the earliest Scotch families to settle in Scarborough – the Thomson’s who were the first European settlers in Scarborough in 1799 and the Paterson’s who settled in 1820 along what is now the east side of Kennedy Road between Finch and Sheppard Avenues. Her Thomson ancestor was actually the brother of the first European settlers. On her mother’s side, the Glendinning’s also were among the first settlers in Scarborough and are so inter-married with both the Thomson family and the Paterson family that it is sometimes difficult to keep relationships straight.
Eliza Jane is nine years old in the 1871 census, living on the family farm with her parents and five younger siblings. The farm, Springfield Farm, is located in Lot 23, Concession 1 of Scarborough. The West Highland Creek runs through the middle of the farm. In today’s geography, this is on the north side of Lawrence Avenue, west of McCowan Road in Toronto. The original farm, which would be at 142 St. Andrew’s Road., now sits beside the Thomson Memorial Park. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, was built on the northern part of the farm.
Eliza Jane is still with the family at age 19 in the 1881 census.
At age 22 (on the wedding record, going on 27 in reality), Eliza Jane marries James CHERRY (1855>1929) on January 9, 1889. The wedding takes place on Springfield Farm.
James Cherry was born in Ontario in about 1855, likely in Markham Township, the township to the north of Scarborough. Both his parents – William Cherry (c1805-?) and Ann Armstrong (c1821-?) -- were born in Ireland. James can be found in the 1861 census, at age five, on the family farm in Markham. He is the second youngest of seven children. He is still with his family at age 15 in the 1871 census. At age 25 in the 1881 census, James Cherry is living by himself of a farm in Markham. Given that two of his neighbours in the census records are siblings, it may be that the parents’ farm has been divided with some of the children taking over various parts?
In the 1891 census record, Eliza Ann and James are now living in the west end of Toronto. The census record does not show an occupation for either of them. Living with them is Eliza Jane’s younger brother, Andrew, who is a bank clerk.
Eliza Jane and James have not been found in any subsequent census record (Canada or the United States). They may have had a child in 1896 as there is an “infant daughter” buried in the cemetery at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – however, the headstone reads “daughter of James & Jennie Cherry” so it is not certain that this is a child of Eliza Jane and James.
Eliza Jane dies on September 17, 1929 in Toronto. She is buried on September 20, 1929 in Mount Pleasant cemetery, Toronto. As far as is known, James was still alive at this point (at age of about 84).
Prior to import, this record was last changed 00:00:00 29 Dec 2004.
 1968 Paterson family tree shows Eliza as the 1st child of James & Agnes; it shows her spouse, James Cherry. No children are shown.
 1861 census, Ontario, County of York, Markham, pg (?) 12, lines 8-16: Wm Chirry (sic), (57) born Ireland, farmer; Ann (40 or 48), born Ireland; Martha (18); Mary (16); John (14); Thad (12); Wm (10); James (5); S.C (or S. I.) (3). The family’s religion is shown as “W.M.” [Wesleyan Methodist]
 St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Baptism Register: “Eliza Jane of James George and Agnes Thomson, 1 Con, Scarboro, born 18 March 1862 Baptized May 1862”
 1871 census, Ontario, 45 East York, Scarborough, pg 48-49, household 180: James G. Thomson (31), farmer; Agnes (31); Eliza Jane (9); William (?) James (7); Andrew H. (5); Oliver (3); Agnes Ida (1). All members of the household were born in Ontario; their religion is “Presbyter” [Presbyterian], and they are “Scotch.” Eliza Jane is in school. The next household (#179) is James A. Thomson (69) & Agnes (70). These are the parents of James George Thomson.
 1871 census, Ontario, 45 East York, Markham, pg 43-45, household 169: William Cherrey (sic) (65), born Ireland, farmer; Ann (50), born Ireland; Mary (26); John (24); Thomas (22); William (20); James (15); Sarah J (13). There is also a 20-yr old Ann Swardon or Swanson who has a 10 month old baby living with the household. She is listed as a servant. All the “Cherrey” children were born in Ontario. The religion of the family is shown as ? Presb [it could be “Canadian Presbyterian”]
 1881 census, Ontario, 135 East York, Scarborough, pg 1, household 3: James G. Thomson (41), farmer; Agnes (40); Eliza Jane (19); William James (17); Andrew H. (15); Oliver (13); Agnes Ida (11). All family members were born in Ontario, their religion is shown as “Can Presb” [Canadian Presbyterian]; and their origin is shown as Scotland. The 3 youngest children are in school.
 1881 census, Ontario, 135 East York, Markham, pg 10, household 49: James Cherry (25), born Ontario, Irish, farmer. Religion is Can Meth [Canadian Methodist]. James is living by himself, but his immediate neighbours include a John Cherry (34) who is also unmarried but who has a married couple living in his household as farm labourers, and a Thomas Cherry (32) who has a wife and two children. These are James’ siblings
 1889 http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/ONTARIO/2002-10/1033736563: “ #013655-89 (York Co) James CHERRY, 33, Markham, same, b, farmer, s/o William CHERRY & Ann ARMSTRONG CHERRY, married Eliza Jane THOMSON, 22, Springfield Scarboro, same, s, d/o James G. THOMSON & Agnes GLENDINNING, witn; Ida THOMSON, Emma THOMSON, both Scarboro, John B. McLEAN of Markham, Geo. Russell FORFAR of Agincourt, married 9 January 1889, Springfield, Scarboro”
 1891 census, Ontario, 119, Toronto West, St Stephens ward, pg 30, household 145: James Cherry (35), born in Ontario, father born Ireland, mother born Ontario [she was born in Ireland]; Eliza J (29), born in Ontario, parents born in Ontario. The religion shown is Presbyterian. No occupation is shown for either James of Eliza J. There are 2 other males living in the household. One, a 25-yr old Andrew Thompson, is a bank clerk. (This is Eliza Jane’s brother.) The other is a 14-yr old Frank MacDonald. (St Stephen’s ward was bounded by Yonge, Bloor, Queen and Dufferin.)
 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, cemetery, headstone: “In memory of the infant daughter of James & Jennie CHERRY died May 21st 1896”
 Ian Glendinning’s web site -- http://www.glendinning.name/ancestry/glenfam/. . . – for information on the death of Eliza Jane, the place of burial and the fact that James was still alive in 1929.
Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2055 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 prepared by Fred Paterson Nix in October, 2014.
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