George is born in on July 21, 1869 in McGillivray Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. This is north and west of London, Ontario. The family had moved from Scarborough Township (now part of Toronto) to McGillivray prior to 1865. The land making up McGillivray 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. (Upper Canada becomes Canada West in 1841 which, in turn, becomes Ontario in 1867.) One of the directors was Simon McGillivary, and this is where the township derived its name.
There is some uncertainty about George’s correct name. One source (from a family tree) suggests it is “George Edgar Thomson.” However, evidence from census records and newspaper clippings suggests it is “George H. Thomson” and that is what is used here with the caveat that there is a question mark about this.
George is the son of Robert William Thomson (1835-1877) and Helen Jane (or Jane Helen) Tindill (1840-1919). His father was born in Scarborough, descended from the brother of the first settler in the township. Both of his paternal grandparents were among the earliest Scotish settlers in Scarborough. His mother was born in England and had come to Canada West with her family in 1850.
Although George was born in 1869, he is not shown with his family in the 1871 census. Presumably someone who gave the census taker the information forgot about the two-year old baby. George’s father dies in 1877 and his mother leaves the farm to move into the village of Parkhill (West Williams Township, about on the border with McGillivray). George is in Parkhill with his mother and five siblings in the 1881 census. He is now 12-years old and in school.
Sometime after 1881 his mother and some of his brothers and sisters move to Winnipeg, Manitoba. George is 22-years old living with his mother and two unmarried siblings in Winnipeg in the 1891 census. He is a grocer’s clerk. His oldest sister, Elizabeth, is now a widow and she and her daughter, Ella Sinclair, are also living in the household.
The 1901 census shows George still living in Winnipeg. He is now 31-years old and the census taker lists him as the head of the household. The census taker also mistakingly lists his 61-year old mother as his wife. George’s occupation is shown as a grocer. George’s niece, Ella Sinclair, is still with the family. The three of them – George, Helen, and Ella Sinclair – are living together in the 1906 census at 269 Young Street. This is just south of Portage Avenue and only a couple of blocks from Furby Street where his sister, Hester Thomson (1866-1942) and her husband, Thomas Gregg, live.
None of them (George, Helen and Ella) can be found in the 1911 census. But, in the 1916 census, the three of them are living together at 726 Banning Street. This is just south of Sargent Avenue, three or four long blocks north of Portage. Although records of George past this point are scarce, it is known that the niece, Ella Sinclair, is still at this address in 1922.
George dies in early 1941 and is buried on January 20th in Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg. His mother, several siblings and other close relatives are also buried in Elmwood.
 1968 Paterson family tree shows George as the 5th child of Robert Thomson and Helen Tindall [Tindell].
 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.”
 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].
 1891 census, Manitoba, Winnipeg, 10, Ward 4, household 377. Helen Thompson (sic) (50), widow, born in England; Hister [Hester] (24), dry goods clerk; George (22); grocers clerk; David (17), printer; Elizabeth (?) Swalar (30), widow; Ella Swalar (7). All children born in Ontario. Helen’s parents were born in England; the children’s mother was born in England, their father, in Ontario. [“Swalar” is most likely a mis-spelling of “Sinclair.”]
 1901 census, Manitoba, Winnipeg #12, Ward No. 3 C-3, automatedgenealogy.com, transcriber Vic Johnson, Proof reader Patricia L. Dineley. G.? Thomson (31) born July 21 1869; Mrs Ellen Thomson “wife” (sic) (61) born Jan 24 1840; Ella Sinclair, niece (1?) born Mar 16, 1883. From the actual census page, the head of the household appears to be “G. H. Thomson” who was born in Ontairo, is Scotch, Baptist and a grocer. Ellen Thomson, who is shown as his wife [she was his mother] is English, a Baptist and she came to Canada in 1850. The niece, Ella Sinclair [the age looks like 19 but is so difficult to read it could be anything beginning with the digit 1] was born in London, Ontario, she is Scotch and is still in school [was in school over past year].
 1906 census, Manitoba, Winnipeg 3g, pg 51, household 403: Geo H. Thompson (sic) (37), born Ont; Helen (65), mother, born England, immigrated to Canada in 1856 [?1850?]; Helen Sinclair (28), born Ont, niece; Helen Smith (28), born Scotland, boarder. The household lives at 269 Young (?St) and has 3 horses.
 1916 census, Manitoba, 13 Winnipeg, pg 13, household 141: Helen Thomson (75), widow, born England, 726 Banning Street, Baptist, came to Canada in 1851; George H (48), son, single, born Ontario, Baptist, occupation shown as ?”Farmi??”; Ella Sinclair (30), grand daughter, single, born Ontario, Baptist, teacher, employed by Public School.
 Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 3, 1922, pg 8: “Misses Hester Meggs and Ella Sinclair, 726 Banning Street, returned Saturday evening from a three ????? Ontario.”
 http://historicelmwoodcemetery.ca/interments.php George is buried in Section 12-G0455
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This biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix on Nov 14, 2014.
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