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Thomas Thomson (1827 - 1909)

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Thomas Thomson
Born in Scarboromap
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Husband of — married in Scarborough, Ontario, Canadamap
Husband of — married in Georgetown, Halton County, Ontariomap
Descendants descendants
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Thomas Thomson is born on February 7, 1827 in the Township of Scarborough, Upper Canada (now Toronto, Ontario, Canada) the son of Agnes Paterson (1800-1875) and James Andrew Thomson (1802-1884). His mother was born in Scotland and came to Canada in 1820 with her parents. His father, “Springfield Jimmy” as he was known, was born in Upper Canada and, by some accounts, was the first European born in Scarborough Township.

He marries Mary Ann Hipkins (1832-1867) on May 13, 1852 in St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough. Mary Ann was born in England.

For a while after their marriage, the couple live in Pickering Township -- the next township to the east of Scarborough -- and while it is not known what Thomas does for a living, the 1861 census record appears to show they live in the village. He is not a farmer. It may be that he is a “shop keeper.” In the 1861 census, the couple is shown with three children: Mary A (7), Albert E. (6) and Agnes H. (4). (The “Albert E.” should be “Albert W.”) In addition, a sister of Mary Ann’s is living with them – her name (barely legible) appears to be “Rosinia.”

Mary Ann dies on June 15, 1867 and is buried in the cemetery of St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale.

Thomas and Mary Ann had the following children:

  • Mary Ann Thomson 1853-? (1873) + George Baker c1845-?
  • Albert Wales Thomson 1855-? + (1882) Maud Gingerich c1860-?
  • Agnes Hood Thomson 1857-1935 + (1877) Richard David Thomson 1850-1934
  • James E. R. Thomson 1863-1940 + (1886) Annie Shields 1863-1946
  • William G. Thomson 1866-1947 + Jane Guthrie 1867-1944

After Mary Ann’s death, at least one child, Agnes Hood, and likely a second, Albert, go to live with their grandparents, James Andrew Thomson and Agnes Paterson. (The other childen have not been found in the 1871 or 1881 census records.)

On April 9, 1870, three years after the death of Mary Ann, Thomas re-marries in Georgetown, Halton County, Ontario. This is a short distance to the northwest of Toronto. His second wife, Louisa (?Louise) Jane Newman (1840-1915), was born on October 20, 1840 in England.

Thomas moves to Brampton, in Peel County, Ontario (northwest of Toronto) and opens a fruit store. In the wedding notice for Thomas and Louisa, Thomas is described as a “merchant” from Brampton and an 1873-74 Directory for the Town of Brampton lists a “Thos. Thompson (sic) as a “fruit dealer.” Also, the birth notices for at least two of their children put the place of birth as either Brampton or Peel County. But by 1891 the family has moved to Peterborough, Ontario, which is roughly 160 kilometres to the east of Brampton. In 1891 Thomas is in Peterborough with his family (wife and three children) and is described as a “grocer” in the census. The second child of Thomas and Louisa, Florence Minerva, dies in Peterborough in 1895 so presumably the family is still there in 1895. But they move again, this time to Toronto. In 1901, Thomas Thomson is living with his second wife, spelt “Laure” in the census, in the western part of Toronto with their youngest son, Andrew. The house next to them is occupied by their oldest son, William, his wife and two children.

Thomas dies on May 10, 1909. Lousia dies of pneumonia-pleurisy on February 20, 1915 in York County (presumably in Toronto). One source suggests that Thomas is buried in a cemetery in Buttonville, Ontario (formally Markham Townhip – the next township to the north of Scarborough). There is a Thomas Thomson in that cemetery but he is not the one of interest here. So the whereabouts of Thomas’ grave remains a mystery. He was not buried with either of his wives or even in the same cemeteries. Louisa is buried in Prospect Cemetery in Toronto. One unanswered question is “where did Louisa live after the death of Thomas?” Her two surviving sons can be found in the 1911 census – both still living in the west end of Toronto -- and she is not living with them. She has not been found in the 1911 census.

Thomas and Louisa Jane had the following children:

  • William Thomas Thomson 1871-1945 + (1) Christine Culham 1873-1907 + (2) Margretta (Gretta) Wilson 1882-?
  • Florence (Flossie) Minerva Thomson 1872-1895
  • Andrew Colvin Thomson 1875-1951 + (1) Annie Myrtle Young 1890-? + (2) Alice Dawe


[1] 1968 Paterson family tree shows Thomas & Mary Ann Hipkins with 5 children, then Thomas & Louise (note: “Louise”) Newman with 3 children. The children are shown in the following order: Mary Ann, Albert, Agnes, James, William, William, Minerva & Andrew. (yes, 2 children in a row named William)

[2] Scarborough Birth Register (poor photocopy of transcript): Thomas born 7 Feb 1827; Mary Ann (the daughter) born June ?7/53, baptised July 4/53; [almost illegiable] ??bert Wales born ??12/55 baptised Mar 10/55.

[3] St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Births and Baptisms: on a page where there is an entry for a birth on Dec 11, 1854, there is then a blank line and the name Albert Wales appears with no date. The father is shown as Thomas Thomson and the mother is shown as Mary Ann. There is then another blank line and the next baptism is recorded for May 21, 1855.

[4] - date of marriage for Thomas & Mary Ann in the “Scotch Church” (St Andrew’s Presbyterian).

[5] This web site shows a third wife for Thomas – a Sarah Sutton who Thomas married in 1862 in Markham. This information is not credible as: (1) a wedding in 1862 is 5 years before his first wife dies; (2) the two children from this marriage were born in 1871 & 1878 but even this web site shows Thomas marrying Louise in 1870 and having 3 children with her between the years 1871 and 1875.

[6] 1861 census, Ontario, Ontario County, Township of Pickering, pg 12, lines 1-6: Thomas Thompson (sic) (25); Mary A. (21); Mary A. (7); Albert E. (6); Agnes H. (4); Rosinia Hipkins (22). It shows all person born in U.C. [2 were born in England]. While it is not possible to make out the occupation for Thomas [the word appears to contain the following letters “S” or “L” “Th??por”], it is to be noted that reading the occupations of others on this census page – Inn Keeper, labourer, servant, minister, etc – the word “farmer” does not appear leading to the speculation that the Thomson family was living in a village. [Katharine E has looked at the census record and she thinks the occupation may be “S Keeper” for “shop keeper’]

[7] 1871 census: Agnes & James A Thomson, aged 70 & 69 respectively, are living in Scarborough with two children Agnes H (14) and Alfred (16). These are grandchildren: Agnes H is the daughter of Thomas Thomson and Mary Ann Hipkins and “Alfred” is also their son, “Albert” (the age is correct) with a misspelling of the name.

[8] information on Louisa Jane Newman and Thomas Thomson – shows his occupation as a storekeeper in Brampton (no date). It also gives the location of the marriage as Halton County. And it provides death dates for both Thomas and Louisa. This source spells her name as “Louisa”; it spells Louisa’s mother’s mainden name as “Sands” and it spells Thomas’ mother’s maiden name as “Patterson”.

[9] marriage notice: “Thomas THOMSON, 43, widower, merchant, Scarboro, Brampton s/o James A. THOMSON & Agnes PATTERSON married Louise NEWMAN, 30, England, Brampton d/o William NEWMAN & Martha LANDS; Witn: Duncan McTAVISH & Mary Ann BEATTIE (no residences listed) married 9 Apr 1870 at Georgetown”

[10] John Lynch, 1874, Directory of The County Of Peel For 1873-4, Printed at the Brampton Progress Chromatic Printing House, 1874: For the Town of Brampton, there is listed one “Thos. Thompson (sic), Fruit Dealer, Hurontario.” Hurontario Street was the first north-south street to be laid out in Brampton sometime prior to 1820.

[11] 1891 census, Ontario, 110, Peterborough, Peterborough Town, pg 15, household 76: Thomas Thompson (sic) (62), grocer; Louisa (52), born England; William (20), grocery clerk; Florence (18); Andrew (16).

[12] 1901 census, Ontario, W York 131, Toronto, Ward 6, pg 1, family #11: Thomas Thomas (74) born 7 Feb 1827 in Ontario, Scotch, there appears to be a check mark in column 18 indicating that Thomas is “living on own means”; Laure (60), wife, born 19 Oct 1840 in England, although difficult to read, it appears that Laure [Louisa] came to Canada in 1859; Andrew (25), son, born 12 June 1875 in Ontario, occupation is a druggist. The family’s religion is Presbyterian. The next household, family #12, is William Thomson (29), born 6 April 1871 in Ontario, his occupation is [??contractor]; Christina (27), wife [of William], born 11 June 1873 in Ontario, she is English; Newman (1), born 8 April 1899; Florence (few months old) born 7 Feb 1901. There is also a boarder living with family #12.

[13] Death of Thomas Thomson: as reported in

[17] Katharine E created the profile of Thomas Thomson from an imported GEDCOM file (Andrew Thomson.ged). This file (apparently) shows Thomas buried in Buttonville, Markham


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2082 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 8, 2013) biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix, with up-dates in August, 2014 (and more significant up-dates in April 2017)

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