Henderson Thomson

Andrew Henderson Thomson (1865 - 1945)

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Andrew Henderson (Henderson) Thomson
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Andrew Henderson is born in September 24, 1865, the son of James George Thomson (1839-1917) and Agnes Glendinning (1840-1916). He is baptised in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough in November 1865.

On his father’s side, Andrew 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 in what is now Toronto. His Thomson ancestor was actually the brother of the first European settlers. On his mother’s side, the Glendinning’s were also Scots and also among the first settlers in Scarborough. The Glendinning’s are so inter-married with both the Thomson and the Paterson families that it is sometimes difficult to keep relationships straight.

In the 1871 census, Andrew is five-years old living with his family on the farm in Scarborough. The farm, Springfield Farm, is located in Lot 23, Concession 1 of Scarborough Township. 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.

At age 15, in the 1881 census, Andrew is still living on the farm with his family and he is in school. He is also, at about this time, a member of the Ellesmere Maple Leaf Brass Band (see picture to the right). Ellesmere was a village in Scarborough Township, directly south of Agincourt and a bit to the northwest of Bendale. In the 1891 census, Andrew is living in Toronto with his older sister, Eliza Jane, and her husband, John Cherry. He is now a bank clerk. By 1896 it is known that Andrew had moved to Montréal (the wedding notice for his brother, where he is a witness, lists his residence as Montréal).

Sometime in 1904, in Montréal, Andrew marries Emily Millard ATWATER (1862-1945). Emily’s ancestory is interesting as it may be connected to the more famous Edwin Atwater (1808-1874) who came to Montréal in 1830. Edwin Atwater was born in Williston, Vermont (just east of Burlington and approximately 170 kilomtres south of Montréal). He was a city councillor, founded a bank, became very wealthy and, presumably because of all this, had several prominent features of Montréal named after him – an avenue, a market, a subway station and a library. But, to date, the link between the Emily Millard Atwater who married Andrew Henderson Thomson and the more famous Edwin Atwater has not been made.

Here is what is known of Emily’s ancestory (possibly someone else can make the link to the ancestory of Edwin Atwater):

Emily’s parents were:

  • Henry William Atwater (1834-1903) – born in Montréal
  • (1891 census): Emma (c1833-?) (other sources): Etneline Mason Warren (1833-?) – born in Providence R.I.

Note that one of Emily’s sisters has the middle name “Warren”

Henry William’s parents were:

  • Edwin Atwater (1814-?) – born in Montréal
  • Lucy Huntington Greene (1814-1890) – born in New Haven, Connecticut (although another source indicates that when she was married she was from Vergennes, Vermont)

Note that one of Henry William’s brothers has the middle name “Greene” and one of his sisters has the middle name “Huntington.”

Edwin Atwater’s parents (Emily’s great grandparents) were:

  • (one source) Nicholas H. Atwater (1790-?)
  • (another source) Linus Atwater

At the stage of Emily’s great grandparents, the various sources give conflicting information. It also appears that there are two Edwin Atwater’s – one born in 1808 and one born in 1814 – and they may both have lived in Montréal at roughly the same time. This is a guess, but the differences in the various sources have not been resolved. All that can be observed at this point is that Emily Millard Atwater may be related to the Edwin Atwater (1808-1874) who became so prominent.

In the 1911 census, Andrew Henderson and Emily Millard are living in Westmont on the Island of Montréal. Westmount was a separate municipality and it remained separate from Montréal until 2002. It was then re-constituted as an independent city in 2006 (although the bulk of its taxes go to a higher entity which looks after municipal services on the Island). It has historically been characterized as a rich, Anglophone enclave within the wider Montréal community. The fact that Andrew and Emily lived in Westmont and the fact that they had one domestic servant speaks to the financial success of Andrew. In the census record he is listed as a “financial agent.” (There are no further clues as to what he did or by whom he was employed.)

The couple is childless in the 1911 census. They did have one child sometime in or before 1907 but she died and is buried in Québec City (?no explanation as to why). Emily would have been in her mid-40’s when the child was born.

At the 1931 Paterson family reunion held at Elm Ridge farm, Agincourt on August 29, 1931, Mr Henderson Thomson from Montréal gave the greetings from the Agnes Paterson branch of the clan. The Elm Ridge farm, on the east side of Kennedy Avenue in what is now Toronto, Ontario, is where Andrew Henderson’s great grandparents settled in 1820. Andrew is the grandson of Agnes Paterson who came to Upper Canada with her parents – Andrew’s great grandparents -- in 1820.

Emily dies on August 23, 1945. Andrew follows a few months later, dieing on October 6, 1945. It is not known where they are buried.

Andrew and Emily had one child who dies in 1907.

  • Emily Atwater Thomson (?-1907)


[1] 1968 Paterson family tree shows Henderson as the 3rd child of James & Agnes; it shows his spouse, Emily Atwater; it shows one child, Emily.

[2] St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Baptism Registery: Andrew Henderson born 24 Sept, baptised Nov 1865.

[3] 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.

[4] 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.

[5] 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 or Eliza J. There are 2 other males living in the household. One, a 25-yr old Andrew Thompson (sic), 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.)

[6] 1891 census, Quebec, 172 Montreal West, St Antoine ward, pg 16, household 69: Henry W. Atwater (57), born in Quebec, parents born in US, insurance agent; Emma (58), born in US, parents born in US; Emily M. (28), Lucy W. (26); Edith R. (18). The 3 children were born in Quebec; the family’s religion is Presbyterian.

[6] 1896 http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~maryc/tor96.htm: “ #015367-96 (Toronto) William J. THOMSON, 32, Scarboro, New York, b, wholesale Dry Goods, s/o James G. & Agnes THOMSON, married Louise M. CLOSSON, 27, Pickering, Toronto, s, d/o Lorenzo D. & Mary A. CLOSSON, witn: Andrew H. THOMSON of Montreal, Allis HAWDON of Whitby, married 25 August 1896”

[7] search.ancestory.ca . . . . “Emily Millard Atwater and Andrew Thomson Married in 1904 in Montréal, Quebec.”

[8] Edwin Atwater (?-1874) a brief biography is contained at: http://historyofcanadabymetro.com/2013/11/10/atwater/. A slightly longer biography by Pierre Landry is available online in the Dictonary of Canadian Biography -- http://www.biographi.ca/en/bio/atwater_edwin_10E.html

[9] Emily Millard Atwater’s ancestory: this has been put together from two main sources (1) records.ancestory.ca; and (2) Atwater History and Genealogy, Comprising the Results of Seventy-Seven Years Research by Rev. E. E. Atwater and the Compiler, compiled by Francis Atwater, Published by the Horton Printing Company, Meriden, Conn., 1927.

[10] 1911 census, Quebec, Hochelaga, 46, Westmount, pg 36, family 121: A. Henderson Thompson (sic) (47) born in Ont Sep 1863 (sic), financial agent; Emily (47) born in Que Aug 1863 (sic); + domestic.

[11] search.ancestory.ca . . . The Drouin Collection – shows Emily Atwater Thomson buried in 1907 in Québec City.

[12] home.cogeco.ca/~rthomson/andrew/pafg08.htm - and Ian Glendinning’s web site -- http://www.glendinning.name/ancestry/glenfam/pafg56.htm#2637: Emily died on 23 Aug 1945.

[13] The Gazette, Montreal, Saturday, October 6, 1945: “At his late residence, 372 Grosvenor Avenue, Westmount, on Thursday October 4th, 1945, Andrew Henderson Thomson, husband of the late Emily M Atwater, in his 80th year. Funeral from the Chapel of Tees & Co., St Luke and Tower Streets, on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.”


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2057 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 on October 20, 2014.

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