Albert Wales Thomson is born in either Scarborough or Toronto, Canada West, the son of Thomas Thomson (1827-1909) and Mary Ann Hipkins (1832-1867). His parents were from Scarborough Township which is now a part of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His birth date is probably February 12, 1855 (one census record suggests 1856 but most other records support 1855).
By 1861 the family has moved to Pickering Township, the next township to the east of Scarborough. Albert is six years old in the census record and he is living with his parents in what appears to be the village of Pickering along with two siblings and an aunt. His father probably operates a store in the village.
His mother dies in 1867 and his father re-marries in 1870. By the time of the 1871 census, he and one sister are living with their grandparents -- Agnes Paterson (1800-1875) and James Andrew Thomson (1802-1884) -- on the original Thomson family farm in Scarborough.
In the 1881 census, Albert is living in the village of Preston. This is approximately 100 kilometres west of Scarborough. He is living in what appears to be a large boarding house and his occupation is a painter.
Preston used to be a village at the confluence of the Grand and Speed Rivers. In 1973 the couumuities of Preston, Galt, Hespeler and the village of Blair were amalgamated into the new city of Cambridge, Ontario. Most of the original settlers in this area – the German Company Tract – were of German origin, including a large number of Mennonites from Pennsylvania.
Just outside of Preston there is a Mennonite farm family where Joseph and Barbara Gingrich live. On two census records the surname is spelt “Gingrich” although on one marriage record and several birth records it is spelt “Gingerich.” Joseph and Barbara have a daughter with the name of Mary or Maud. Again, on two census records she is identified as Mary but on a marriage record and several records for the birth of her children, she is identified as “Maud” (no “e” at the end). Spelling differences aside, Albert Thomson marries “Maud Gingerich” (as spelt on the marriage record) on December 27, 1882. The wedding is in Waterloo, about 20 kilometres north of Preston.
In the 1891 census records, Albert and Maud are living in Preston and Albert is now operating a hotel. Although this needs confirmation, this is almost certainly the Queen’s Hotel at 991 Kings Street East. (One souce suggests the hotel was in Hespeler.) They now have two children: Lorne (7) and Harry (5). Another child, Maud, born in 1887, presumably died as an infant as she is not shown with the family.
In 1901, Albert and Maud are living in Galt, about six kilometres south of Preston, and Albert is still a hotel keeper (?presumably the same hotel as in 1891 only now the family has moved out of the hotel to live in their own house a few kilometres down the road?) This is the census record that shows his year of birth as 1856.
By the time of the 1911 census, the family has packed up and headed west. They now operate a hotel in Brandon, Manitoba. This is about 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg. The two sons, Lorne (23) and Harry (21) appear to be working in the hotel with their father (?and perhaps their mother). This is the last record for Albert, Maud and Lorne. The 1916 census record shows that Harry stays on in Manitoba and marries. But no amount of searching these census records has turned up an Albert, Maud or Lorne Thomson (or “Thompson” as if often appears in census and other records).
Albert and Maud have three children:
 1968 Paterson family tree shows Albert Thomson as the 2nd child of Thomas Thomson & Mary Ann Hipkins. It shows Albert’s spouse as Maud Gingrick (sic) and it shows 2 children: Lorne & Harry.
 birth place: One source --- http://home.cogeco.ca/~rthomson/andrew/pafg08.htm -- indicates he was born in Scarborough. His sister was born in Scarborough in 1853 so it is likely the famly was still there in 1855. However, the marriage record for Albert indicates he was born in Toronto.
 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.
 1871 census, Ontario 45 East York, Scarboro Division, pg 48, family #179: James A. Thomson (69), farmer, Agnes (70); Agnes H. (14); Alfred (16). Agnes H and Alfred are the children of Thomas Thomson and Mary Ann Hipkins. “Alfred: is a mis-spelling of “Albert.” They are living in the home of their grandparents -- James Andrew Thomson (1802-1884) and Agnes Paterson (1800-1875).
 1881 census, Ontario, 161 Waterloo South, Preston Village, pg 40-41, family #210: a large household with the head of household being Chas. Kress (56) who was possibly born in Germany. He has a wife and 4 children and there are what appear to be 7 boarders in the household. One of these is Albert Thompson (sic) (25), born in Ontario, “Scotch,” occupation a painter, religion is Presbyterian.
 Information on Preston – Wikipedia.
 "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FMJM-LMW : 10 April 2015), Albert W Thompson and Maud Gingerich, 27 Dec 1882; citing registration , Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,869,760. The record shows that Albert W. Thompson (sic) married Maud Gingerich on 27 Dec 1882 in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. At the time of the marriage, Albert was living in the village of Preston where he was a painter. He was born in Toronto. His parents are shown as Thomas Thompson & Maryann Thompson. Maud Gingerich is 22 yrs old, she lives in Preston and she was born in Preston. Her parents are Joseph & Barbara Gingerich.
 1891 census, Ontario, 123 Waterloo South, Preston, pg 52, family #271: Albert Thompson (34) ; Maud (30); Lorne (7); Harry (5); Rose Gingerich (26) [it then lists 2 domestics & a number of lodgers]. For Albert Thomson, it shows his mother born in Ontario & his father in England. It shows his religion as Presbyterian and his occupation as a hotel keeper. For his wife, Maud, it shows her mother born in Ontario and her father in Germany. For Rose Gingerich [?presumably a sister to Maud] it also shows a mother born in Ontario and a father in Germany. [for Maud & Rose, it is actually the other way around: their father was born in Ontario, their mother in Germany.]
 Information on the Queen’s Hotel in Preston [? Or Hespeler] and Albert Thomson as the proprietor is from http://generations.regionofwaterloo.ca/getperson.php?personID=I113&tree=Buildings
 1901 census, Ontario, 122 Waterloo South, Town of Galt, pg 12, family #124: Albert Thomson (45), born 12 Feb 1856, hotel keeper; Maude (38), born 10 Nov 1862; Sidney L. (16), born 16 June 1884; Harry A. (14), born 26 Sept 1886; Mary A. Baker (46), sister, born 7 June 1854; Albert H. (16), nephew, born in the United States 28 Jan 1885. The race shown for Albert, his children & his sister & nephew is “Scotch.” The race for Maud is German. In addition to the family the record shows 2 domestics and a number of lodgers. The religion shown for Albert, his children, his sister & his nephew is Presbyterian. Maude is Church of England. The nephew has some occupation (not legible); he worked 7 months of the past year and earned $70. Mary A. Baker is shown as “M” – ie, married. So presumably her husband, George Arthur Baker, is living somewhere else [in USA?].
 1911 Census, Manitoba, 20 Portage La Prairie, district 48, pg 7. (The writing is so faint that this record would not have been found without the help of automatedgenealogy.com): Albert W. Thompson [the search engine at Library and Archives Canada pulls this name up as “Sampson”] (56), born Feb 1855, occupation is not really legible but with a bit of imagination it could be “hotel keeper.”; Maud (48), born May 1863, wife of Alberts, her “origin” is shown as German; Lorne (23), born June 1888; Harry (21), born Sept 1890; the census record then lists a large number of “domestics” in this household [to bottom of page]. Again, the occupations of the 2 sons are not really legible although in one case the word “hotel” can be seen. The religion of the family is Presbyterian. [The birth years for Maud, Lorne & Harry are off by several years suggesting that the census taker got his information from someone interviewed perhaps at the front desk of the hotel.]
Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2125 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 Frederick Paterson Nix in April 2017.
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