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Mary (Wakefield) Horsley (1855)

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Mary Horsley formerly Wakefield aka Marsh
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Wife of — married (to ) in Vaughan Township, Ontario, Canadamap
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Mary was born in Canada West on March 26, 1855, the daughter of Hannah Jane Thomson (1833-1905) and John Wakefield (1828-1909). Although she is registered in the Scarborough Baptish Registry, the family farm was across the road in Markham Township. Her mother had been born in Scarborough 13 years after Mary’s grandmother had come over from Scotland with her family. Mary’s maternal grandfather, JamesAndrew Thomson (1802-1884) was a part of the Thomson clan, the first European settlers in Scarborough. Mary’s father was born in England and had come to Upper Canada in 1836. (Upper Canada becomes Canada West in 1841 which, in turn, becomes the province of Ontario in 1867. Scarborough Township becomes a part of the city of Toronto more recently.)

Mary is a six-year old girl living with her parents and three siblings in Markham Township in the 1861 census. The family lives in a log house. The family then moves south to Scarborough Township and Mary (“Martg”) is 16 years old and living with her family there in the 1871 census. The family then moves to a farm in Vaughan Township, near Richmond Hill. Vaughan is the township to the west of Markham.

On December 22, 1875 Mary marries Robert MARSH (c1852-1876) in Vaughan Township. Robert is a farmer from Markam and comes from a prominent family who lived just south of Richmond Hill. His father was also Robert Marsh (c1821-1895) and his mother was Annie Page (c1820-1910). Both parents were born in Upper Canada and the family is quite involved with the Presbyterian Church in Richmond Hill. This connection through the Presbyterian Church likely had something to do with how Mary and Robert met.

The grandfather of the Robert Marsh who marries Mary Wakefield, also named Robert, was born in Lorridge, Gloucestershire, England and he settled in Upper Canada on the land that would one day become the University of Toronto’s David Dunlop Observatory. He named this homestead “Lorridge.”

Unfortunately, the 1875 marriage did not last long as Robert Marsh dies on May 16, 1876 – less than five months after the wedding. There is no record of any children. Robert is buried in the Richmond Hill Presbyterian cemetery with his parents.

Mary is living with her own family in the 1881 census and her name is now “Mary Marsh,” widow. At some point after this she marries her second husband, John Horsley. No records have been located to give any indication of where Mary and John Horsley lived after they were married.

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[1] 1968 Paterson family tree shows Mary as the 2nd child of Hannah & John and it shows her with two spouses. Robert Marsh & John Horsley.

[2] Scarborough Birth Register (poor photocopy of transcript): Mary [?possibly “Mary Thomson Wakefield”] born March 26/55

[3] 1861 census, Ontario, York, Markham, pg 3-4, lines 49-50: John Wakefield (32) born England, farmer; Hannah (28), born Canada; Joseph (8); Mary (6); Agnes (5); James (3). They are Presbyterian and they are living in a log house. Joseph & Mary are in school.

[4] 1871 census, Ontario, 45 East York, Scarboro Div 1, pg 72, household 265: John Wakefield (42), born England – farmer; Hannah (38); Joseph (18); Martg (16); April (14), presumably Agnes; ?as J (12), presumably James; John (10); John Robt (8); Andrew (4); Family is Presbyterian & English.

[5] 1871 census, Ontario, 45, York East, Markham, pg 1, household 1: Robert Marsh (47), born Ontario, origin England, Presbyterian, farmer; Annie (41), born Ontario; Lewis (23), book keeper; James (21), farmer; Robert Th (18), farmer; John Alex (15); Adeline E (14); Hannah J [? or “N”] (7); Annie E (7); Francis M (5); William C (3); Catherine Roger (6), born Ontario, origin Ireland, servant; John Lewis (28) farm labourer; Samuel Webber (31), farm labourer. The census taker was Robert Marsh (presumably the father) and, since his family is household 1, he has written beside the information for his household “Commenced operations Monday April 8, 1871 the Roads almost impassible.”

[6] “#012667-76 Robert MARSH, 23, Markham, same, b, farmer, s/o Robert & Anna, married Mary WAKEFIELD, 20, Scarborough, Vaughan, s, d/o John & Hannah, witn; John MARSH of Markham, Aggie WAKEFIELD of Vaughan, married 22 December 1875, Vaughan Twp.”

[7] Richmond Hill Presbyterian Cemetery, headstone: “[East face] Robert Marsh died Aug. 1, 1895, aged 71 years. Annie Page wife of the above died Jan. 23, 1910, aged 80 years Marsh Robert T. Marsh died May 16, 1876, aged 24 years Francis A. died Fev. 4, 1898, aged 33 years. sons of R. & Annie Marsh .”

[8] 1881 census, Ontario, York West (136), Vaughan (E), Div 1, pg 17: John Wakefield (52), English, farmer; Hannah (48), Scotch; James (23); Mary Marsh (28), widow; John (20); Andrew (19); Robert (15); Marget (8).

[9] Scheinman, André, 2009, The DDO Panhandle: cultural heritage assessment: information on various Marsh families who settled on Lot 41, Concesssion 1 of Markham Township.


Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Wakefield-494 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 Nov 11, 2013, with revisions made in Nov., 2014,

Mary Wakefield Ontario Census, 1861 Name: Mary Wakefield Event Type: Census Event Date: 1861 Event Place: Markham, York, Ontario, Canada Enumeration District: 16 Gender: Female Age: 6 Marital Status: Single Religion: C Of Presbyterian Birthplace: Canada W Birth Year (Estimated): 1855 Sheet Number: 165 Affiliate Film Number: C-1088-1089

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