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David Cane Thomson (1874 - 1935)

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David Cane Thomson
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David is born in on August 8, 1873 in McGillivray Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada. This is north and west of London, Ontario. The family 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.

David 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 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.

David’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 seven-years old and in school.

Sometime after 1881 his mother and some of his brothers and sisters move to Winnipeg, Manitoba. David is 17-years old living with his mother and two unmarried siblings in Winnipeg in the 1891 census. His occupation is shown as a printer. His oldest sister, Elizabeth, is now a widow and she and her daughter, Ella Sinclair, are also living in the household.

Records of David after this point are sketchy. He has not been found in the 1901, 1906 or 1911 census records but he is no longer living with his mother in Winnipeg in 1901. It is thought that at some point he becomes a farmer somewhere southwest of Brandon. He marries an Alice A McMullen (there is a question mark about the spelling of this surname) and all that is known about her is that she came from an Irish heritage and was likely from Napanee, Ontario. It is known from David’s obituary that they have at least one child by the name of Lillian (or possibly Lilian). A birth record has been found for a Lillian Thomson on August 26, 1910 in the Rural Municipality of Arthur – this is southwest of Brandon, on the border with the United States. The record does not name the parents. The 1916 census record shows a David Tompson (sic) with a wife, Alice, and a six-year old daughter named Lilian living in the Macdonald area of Manitoba (todate, the precise boundaries of Macdonald have not been determined). From the evidence that is available, this is the family of interest and the daughter, Lilian (or “Lillian”) would have been born in 1910. It is thought that David gave up farming sometime around 1920 and moved back into Winnipeg.

David C. Thomson is buried on October 28, 1935 in Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg (the same cemetery where his mother is buried). Alice A. Thomson, dies in October 1939 and is also buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

As far as is known, David and Alice had one child:

  • Lillian Thomson (1910-?)


[1] 1968 Paterson family tree shows David as the 7th child of Robert & Helen; it shows his spouse as Alice [surname not completely legible] ??mullen

[2] Ontario Births, 1869-1912", index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 Nov 2014), David Cane Thompson, 1873. The record shows a David Cane Thompson (sic) born on Aug 8. 1873 in McGillivray Township, Middlesex, Ontario, the son of Robert Wm Thompson (sic) and Jane Helen Tindill.

[3] 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.”

[4] 1891 census, Manitoba, Winnipeg, 10, Ward 4, household 377. Helen Thompson (sic) (50), widow, born in England; Hister [presumably Esther] (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. Ella Swalar’s mother, Elizabeth, was born in Ontario. Helen & Esther are Presbyterian, everyone else is Ch of England.

[5] – shows a Lillian Thomson born on Aug 26, 1910 in the R.M. [Rural Municipality] of Arthur. Arthur is SW of Brandon right on US border.

[6] Alice A. McMullen: the 1968 Paterson family tree makes it difficult to be certain of the first 2 letters of the name, but they may be “Mc”. An obituary for Alice in 1939 was found at one point in one of the Winnipeg papers (the identification was positive because it mentions a surviving daughter, Lillian, and a sister-in-law, Mrs Meggs) but this obituary has been lost. This obituary puts the birth place of Alice as Napanee, Ontario and it states that she had been in Winnipeg for 19 years suggesting that David and Alice got out of farming in about 1920 and moved into Winnipeg.

[7] 1916 census, Manitoba, Macdonald, pg 8, household (?) 75: David C. Tompson (sic) (42), born Ont, Scotch, Presbyterian, farmer; Alice (40), born Ont. Irish, Methodist; Lilian (6), born Man., Scotch, Methodist.

[8] Winnipeg Tribune, Nov 4, 1935, pg 7: the obiturary cannot be perfectly read but it suggests that a David C. Thomson was 62 years old when he died and that he was born in Parkhill, Ontario. He was a member of the Court Rupert lodge, Canadian Order of Forester and he had a surviving widow, Alice A Thomson and a daughter, Lily, at home, and a brother, George, and sister, Mrs. Thomas Gregg, of Winnipeg.


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Thomson-2133 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 in late November, 2014.

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