Agnes Paterson is born on August 9, 1862 in Scarborough Township, Canada West, the daughter of Robert William Thomson (1835-1877) and Helen Jane (or Jane Helen) Tindill (1840-1919). She is baptised in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough in September 1862. Her father was also born in Scarborough, descended from the brother of the first settler in the township. Both of her paternal grandparents were among the earliest Scotish settlers in Scarborough. Her mother was born in England and had come to Canada West with her family in 1850.
Sometime after she is born, her parents move to a farm in McGillivray Township, Middlesex County, Ontario (north and west of London). This land had been conveyed to the British Crown in 1825. The Canada Company was formed in London, England in 1824 with the purpose of purchasing crown land in Upper Canada and then selling it to settlers. One of the directors was Simon McGillivary, and this is where the township derived its name.
In the 1871 census, Agnes is eight-years old living with her family in McGillivray Township, Ontario. Her father dies in 1877 and her mother leaves the farm to move into the village of Parkhill (West Williams Township, about on the border with McGillivray). Agnes is in Parkhill with her mother and five siblings in the 1881 census.
Sometime after 1881 her mother and some of her brothers and sisters move to Winnipeg, Manitoba. But Agnes stays behind in Ontario and marries George Charles MEGGS (1860-1933). They were probably married in the mid-1880s as their first child is born in 1887.
George Charles Meggs was born in Ontario on March 4, 1860, the son of Charles Meggs and Mary Jane Damon (1833-1881). Both parents were born in England. His father, Charles, is a butcher. The family can be found in the 1861 census living in Bosanquet, Lambton County, Ontario. Bosanquet hugged the shores of Lake Huron, northeast of Sarnia, Ontario. The township was named after Charles Bosanquet, the first chairman of the Canada Company (the land development company). George is one-year old in the 1861 census and he has one older brother, John. The family’s religion is Church of England (“Anglican” in today’s terminology).
In the 1871 census, George is living with his family which has now moved to West Williams. West Williams no longer exists, having been incorporated into the new town of North Middlesex in 2001. This new town of North Middlesex also includes what used to be Parkhill and McGillivray – places where Agnes grew up.
Both of George’s parents die sometime before the 1881 census. In the 1881 census the four children have moved into Parkhill and John Meggs, the 24-year old oldest sibling is now shown as the head of the household. He, like his father before him, is a butcher. George C. is 21-years old and is a machinist, which he will be for his entire working life. Both Charles Meggs and Mary Jane Damon are buried in the Parkhill cemetery. However, the picture available on the Internet is not clear enough to make out the dates for Charles. Mary Jane appears to have died in 1881. The gravestone picture does provide one more important clue about the Meggs family: Charles Meggs was a native of Blandford, England. Blandford is just north of Bournemouth in the south of England.
Parkhill is a small village so it is obvious that George would know the 18-year old Agnes who was also living in the village with her widowed mother.
In the 1891 census, Agnes and George are now married, living together in Parkhill with three children: Milton (1), Helen (1) and John (1). The last two are twins although it appears that the boy, John, dies as he shows up in no future census records. The census record shows that George is still Anglican and Agnes is Presbyterian, raising the question as to whether or not they went their own ways on Sunday morning (and who took the children?).
In the 1901 census, Agnes and George are still living in Parkhill and now have four children: Milton (13), Helen (11), Hester (9) and George (7). The younger sister of Agnes, Hester Thomson (1866-1942) is living with the family. The issue of which church to go to on Sundays seems to have been solved as the family is now Baptist. And the family is still together in Parkhill in the 1911 census. George is still a machinist and Milton, now 23-years old, has a job as a clerk.
Sometime between 1911 and 1916, Agnes and George with two of their children move to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Agnes had several siblings living in Winnipeg so perhaps that was what convinced them to move or, just a likely, perhaps there was some job opportunity for George. In the 1916 census for Manitoba, George is shown as a machinist and appears to be working for “Town Works” (?perhaps the municipality). It is thought (although this needs to be confirmed) that the family moved into an apartment building at 577 Sherbrooke when they moved to Winnipeg. (This is just off Sargent Avenue, about half a kilometre west of the centre of the city.)
Agnes dies in Winnipeg on August 19, 1927. George dies in Winnipeg on September 16, 1933. Of their five children, they out-lived three. Agnes and George are buried in the Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg, along with their son, Milton, their daughter, Helen (Helen Irene Klinck), Agnes’ mother and several other close relatives.
Agnes and George had the following children:
 1968 Paterson family tree shows Agnes as the 2nd child of Robert Thomson & Helen Tindall [Tindill]; it shows her spouse as George Meggs; it shows 4 children – Milton, Helen, Hester & George; it shows 2 grandchildren & 9 great grandchildren.
 St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Baptism Register: Agnes Paterson, born 9 Aug. 1862; baptised Sept 1862; father Robert Thomson; mother Jane Helen.
 1861 census, Canada West, Lambton County, Bosanquet , pg (?) 24, lines 37-40: Charles Megs (sic) (26), butcher; Mary Jane (28); John (5); George (1). The family’s religion is C England [Anglican]. They live in a 1-story frame house.
 1871 census, Ontario, Middlesex North, 8, McGillivray, e, pg 16, household 58. Robert Thompson (sic) (36) farmer; Ellen (30) born in England; Elizabeth (10); Agnes (8); James (6); Esther (4). The family is “Scotch” and “Presbyterian.”
 1871 census, Ontario, North Middlesex, Williams West, pg 52, household 203: Charles Meggs (35), born in England, butcher; Mary J. (37), born in England; John J. (14); George C. (11); Eliza M. (8); Charlotte (5). All the children were born in Ontario. The family’s religion is shown as C of England [Anglican].
 1881 census, Ontario, North Middlesex, Parkhill village, pg 37-38, household 174: Mrs Ellen Thompson (sic)( 40), born England, widow; Elizabeth M. (20), [occupation appears to be “servant”]; Agnes P. (18); James A. (16), blacksmith; George H (12), in school; Esther A. (14), in school; David C. (7), in school; Thomas Hamilton (22), painter, Ch of Eng, Irish All the children were born in Ontario and they are all labelled “Scotch.” The Thompson [Thomson] family’s religion is C. Presb [Canadian Presbyterian].
 1881 census, Ontario, 169 North Middlesex, Park Hill village, pg 12, household 50: John Meggs (24, butcher); George C. (21), machinist; Elizabeth (18); Charlotte (14). The family’s religion is Ch of Eng [Anglican].
 1891 census, Ontario, 91 North Middlesex, Parkhill, pg 20, household 103: George C [or L] Meggs (31), born Ont, parents born England, Church of England, machinist for????; Agnes (28) born Ont, parents born England [only her mother was born in England], Presbyterian; Milton (3), Helen (1), John (1).
 1901 census, Ontario, 88, Middlesex north, Parkhill, pg 8, household 84, automatedgenealogy.com transcriber Ernst Jensen, Proof reader Cheryl Martyn: G.C. Meggs (41) born Mar 4, 1860; Angness (38), born Aug 9, 1862; Wilton [should be Milton] (13) born Nov 21 1887; Helen (11), born May 18, 1889; Hester (9), born Aug 9, 1891; George (7), born Apr 9, 1893; Haasher [should be Hester] Thompson (sic) (34) born Aug 13, 1866, sister in law. From the actual census page, George is a machinist and a the family’s religion is Baptist.
 1911 census, Ontario, Middlesex North, Parkhill, pg 9, household 124, automatedgenealogy.com, transcribed by Jean Morwood: Geo C. Meggs (50) born Mar 1861; Agnes (48) born Aug 1863; Milton (23) born Nov 1887; Helen (21) born May 1890; Hester (19) born Aug 1891; George (17) born Apr 1894. From the actual census page, the whole family is English and Baptist; George is a machinist; and Milton is a clerk.
 1916 census, Manitoba, 13 Winnipeg C, 18, City of Winnipeg, pg 1, household #10: George Meggs (55); Agnes (53); George (26); Hester (24); Edward [?not legible? For?], roomer. The family lives at 577 Sherbrooke. All members of the household were born in Ontario (except the roomer who was born in the USA). The religion of the family is Baptist. George and the 2 children are English; Agnes is “Scotch.” Occupations and places of work are very difficult to read. George appears to be a machinist working for Town Works; the son, George has some position in “dry goods;” and Hester looks to be an office girl possibly in a bank.
 http://vitalstats.gov.mb.ca/ListView.php death places, dates for Agnes, George & Milton Meggs.
 "Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JK66-SBL : accessed 06 Nov 2014), Charles Meggs in entry for John Meggs, 17 Oct 1934; citing Drumbo, , Ontario, 026119, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1838068. The record shows a 78 yr old John Meggs who dies on Oct 17, 1934 in Drumbo, Ontario. (Drumbo is between Woodstock & Cambridge). This is the brother of George Charles Meggs and the interest is that this record provides the maiden name of the mother of John & George. The record shows the father as Charles Meggs and the mother as Mary J. Damon.
 http://historicelmwoodcemetery.ca/interments.php Agnes & George are buried in Section 11-G0124
Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2085 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 abt Nov 7, 2014.
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