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Agnes Ida Thomson (1870 - 1905)

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Agnes Ida Thomson
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Agnes Ida is born on February 21, 1870 in Scarborough Township, Ontario, Canada the daughter of James George Thomson (1839-1917) and Agnes Glendinning (1840-1916). She is baptised in July, 1870 in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough.

On her father’s side, Agnes 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. Her Thomson ancestor was actually the brother of the first European settlers. On her 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, Agnes is one year old and living with her family on the farm in Scarborough. This farm, Springfield Farm, in Lot 23, Concession 1 of Scarborough, is a part of the original Thomson settlement. 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.

Agnes is 11-years old in the 1881 census, living with her family on the Scarborough farm. And she is still living with them at age 21 in the 1891 census.

On May 20, 1891, Agnes marries Archibald Loane MUIR (1870-1958). The wedding is held at Springfield Farm. Archibald was born in Ontario in 1870, the son of Archibald Muir (c1846-1888) and Catharine Loane (c1847 -1934). His father, although born in Ontario, was of Scots ancestory. His mother was born in Ireland. His father dies in 1888 and, in the 1891 census, Archibald (the son) is shown as the head of the household in Scarborough, living on a farm with his widowed mother, a sister, and two others.

In the 1901 census, Agnes (“Ida”) and Archibald are living on a farm in Scarborough with two children: Glenette (9) and Hazel (5).

Agnes dies on June 23, 1905 in Scarborough from a “complicated child birth.”

Archibald re-marries in 1906. His second wife, May Elizabeth Thomson (1883-1960) is a relative of Agnes. She is the daughter of Agnes Hood Thomson (1857-1935) and Richard David Thomson (1850-1934). The story of Alexander and his second marriage, and the seven children from that marriage, are told under the biography for May Elizabeth Thomson.

Agnes and Archibald had the two children shown below, plus two stillborn children (1901 & 1903) and, presumably, another stillborn child in 1905 when Agnes dies.

Archibald dies in 1958 and is buried with both wifes in the cemetery of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale.

The two children of Agnes and Archibald who lived are:

  • Agnes Glenetta Muir (1892-1954) + (1915) John Robert Empringham (1915-1966)
  • Hazel Amy Catherine Muir (1895-?) + (1912) Andrew Minto (1894-1949)


[1] 1968 Paterson family tree shows Ida as the 5th child of James & Agnes; it shows her spouse as Arch Muir; it shows 2 children, Glenetta & Hazel; and it shows a large number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

[2] St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Baptism Registery: Agnes Ida born 21 Feb 1870, baptised July 1870.

[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] 1881 census, Ontario, 135 East York, Township of Scarboro, pg 20, household 50: Archibald Muir (36); Catharine (34), born in Ireland, farmer; Archibald (11); Sarah (7); (?) Frank (60), born in Scotland; + another 24-yr old female (name not legible). Archibald (the father) and his children were born in Ontario. The religion shown is Presbyterian. The Muir’s are labelled “Scotch” except for Catharine and the 24-yr old female who are Irish.

[6] 1891 census, Ontario, 130 York East, Scarboro Township, 66, household 327: James G. Thomson (50). Father born Ontario, mother born Scotland, farmer; Agnes (49) [not too clear where parents were born but it appears to say father born Ireland, mother born Scotland? –if this is what is says, the have the countries reversed as James’s father was born in Scotland and his mother in Ireland] ; Oliver (23); Agnes (21) ; Allen (7). Everyone was born in Ontario. The religion is shown as “CPres” [Canadian Presbyterian]

[7] 1891 census, Ontario, 130 York East, Scarboro, pg 20, household 105: Archabald (sic) Muir (21),father born Ontario, mother born Ireland, farmer ; Catharine (47), widow, born Ireland; Sarah (17); Francis Muir (67), born Scotland; Edward (??Paln??) (28), born England. The last 2 individuals have an “L” written in the column explaining relationship to head of household. This probably means “labourer” --- whoops, Edward ??? is a teacher. The 67-yr old Francis Muir may be “unsound of mind.” The religion shown for Archibald (“Archabald”) is C. Presb [Canadian Presbyterian]; his mother and sister are Methodists.

[8] Ian Glendinning’s web site -- . . Archibald’s full name, date of birth, place & date of death.

[9] “Archibald married Agnes on 20 May 1891 at Springfield, Scarborough twp. Marr reg #13388-91. Ida was d/o James THOMSON & Agnes GLENDENNING. Witnesses were Alex GILCHRIST, Oliver THOMSON, Sarah Agnes MUIR, all of Scarbrough and Jennie WALTON of Toronto.”

[10] 1901 census, Ontario, 129 E. York, Scarboro, pg 5, household 44: Archibald Muir (31), born March 20, 1870, farmer; Ida (31), born Feb 18, 1870; Glenette (9), born May 5, 1891,in school; Hazel (5), born June 26, 1895; Roswell Decker (40), domestic. Everyone in the household (except the domestic) is labelled “Scotch”; they were all born in Ontario; their religion is shown as Pres [Presbyterian]

[11] death of Agnes: death reg 31788-05

[12] St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, cemetery, headstone: (east side) “In loving memory of Catherine LOANE wife of Archibald MUIR who died Apr. 15. 1934 age 92 yrs. MUIR” (south side) “In memory of Archibald MUIR, who died July 3, 1888 aged 42 y’rs 4 mo.” (west side) “ Beloved children of Edwin & Sarah Palk Marjorie B. 19-7-1985 Alfred M.” (north side) “Weep not my wife and children dear, I am not dead but sleeping here, I was not yours but Christ’s alone, He loved me best and took me home.” [row 27.14]

[13] St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, cemetery headstone: "Archibald Muir 1870-1958 beloved husband of Agnes Ida Thomson 1870-1905 loving husband of May Elizabeth Thomson 1883-1960."


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2059 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 Oct 23, 2014.

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