Hannah Jane Thomson is born on December 4, 1828, in the Township of Scarborough, Upper Canada (now Toronto, Ontario, Canada) the daughter of Agnes Paterson (1800-1875) and James Andrew Thomson (1802-1884). Although there are questions about dates, it is thought that she dies on November 10, 1832 at the age of four. She is buried with three siblings in the cemetery at St Andrew’s Church, Bendale, Scarborough
 The 1968 Paterson family tree shows Hannah, the 4th child of Agnes & James, with no other information.
 St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, cemetery, headstone: “In memory of four children of James & Agnes THOMSON Hannah J. died Nov. 10, 1842, Æ. 4’rs. William S. died Sept. 8, 1848, Æ. 3 y’rs. John C. died Sept. 14, 1848 Æ. 6 y’rs. Also an infant dau. died June 25, 1841.” [row 28.5] The next headstone is for James A. Thomson and Agnes Paterson.
 dates: several sources show dates for Hannah as 1838-1842 as per the headstone at Bendale. But, if these dates are correct, this creates problems. First, the Paterson family tree shows Hannah as the 4th child of Agnes & James and given that there are at least 8 baptismal records (that have been found to date) for the various children of Agnes & James at St Andrew’s (but not one for this Hannah J.), the 4th child would have had to be born in the 1820s. Second, Agnes and James did have another daughter named “Hannah Jane” who was born on March 14, 1833 and baptised on Apr 7, 1833. This Hannah went on to marry John Wakefield and lived until 1905. It would not have made sense for Agnes & James to have one daughter, born in 1833, named “Hannah Jane” and then to have another daughter in 1838 who they named “Hannah J.” Rather, it is more plausible that they had a daughter in 1828 who they named “Hannah J.” (Hannah Jane) who died in 1832 and then have another child in 1833 who they named after the deceased child. There are two possibilities as to why the headstone uses the date “Nov 4, 1842 Æ 4 y’rs”: (1) the headstone was clearly placed in the cemetery after the death of all four children (how else to explain “In memory of four children”?), so it is possible the stone cutter simply got the wrong decade when he carved the year that Hannah J died. Or (2) the transcription of the headstone (which is the source used here) is in error. Either way, the working hypothesis here is that Agnes & James has a child named Hannah J in 1828 who died in 1832 and they then named their next child in memory of the dead child.
 Katharine E. created this profile for Hannah Jane by importing a GEDCOM file (Andrew Thomson.ged) and this file uses the dates Dec 4, 1828-Nov 10, 1832.
Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2129 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 9, 2013) biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix (revised in April 2017)
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