James was born in August 1857, the son of Hannah Jane Thomson 1833-1905 and John Wakefield 1828-1909. He was likely born in Markham Township (the township to the north of Scarborough) as that is where his parents lived on a farm. He is in the 1861 census as a three-year old boy living with his family in a log house in Markham. He is a 12-year old boy in the 1871 census living with his family on a farm in Scarborough Township. His parents move to Vaughan Township at some point prior to 1881 and James is living on a farm with his family in the 1881 census.
At some point presumably shortly after the 1881 census, James marries Kate WELSH and the couple have two children. Nothing more is known about Kate Welsh or the two children. James moved to the United States in 1875. Presumably he visited his parents back in Ontario – how else could he show up in the 1881 census record? Maybe on one of these trips he met a Canadian woman, married her and then went back to the United States. Or maybe Kate Welsh was American and the wedding was in the United States. It is not known but if the former – ie, he met someone in Canada – a search of the census records in 1881 turns up only one possible candidate in Ontario: a 19-year old Katie Welsh in Guelph who was born in Ontairo, is Irish Catholic and who is working as a servant. All of this is speculation. Their two children are:
Something happened to Kate Welsh (perhaps she died) as, in 1894 James marries Lydia BRANDT c1863-? who was born in Minnesota. She is of mixed French-German heritage. The couple can be found in the 1900 United States census in Buffalo, New York with their two children. The census record gives no indication as to what employment James has but the fact that the family has a servant suggests he is doing reasonably well. The two children are:
Mary Wakefield 1895-?
Robert John Wakefield 1897>1957
Nothing more is known about James or of Lydia Brandt. In the 1950s, one of their children is living in Oklahoma City.
Prior to import, this record was last changed 00:00:00 29 Dec 2004.
 1968 Paterson family tree: shows James as the 4th child of Hannah & John, that he married (1) Kate Welsh and that coupld had 2 children and then he married (2) Lydia Brandt and that couple had two children who were named Mary and Robert.
 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.
 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.
 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).
 1881 census, Ontario, 151, Wellington, Guelph, pg 57, line 25: Katie Welsh (19), born Ont, Catholic, Irish, servant.
 "United States Census, 1900," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MSXD-V2B : accessed 04 Dec 2013), James Wakefield, Election District 1 Buffalo city Ward 17, Erie, New York, United States; citing sheet , family 110, NARA microfilm publication T623, FHL microfilm 1241029. The census record indicates that James was born in Aug 1857 in Canada; that he entered the USA in 1875; that both his parents were born in England [only his father was]; that his wife’s name is Lydia who was born in Minnesota and who is 31 years old; he was married in 1894; and that the couple have two children, both of whom were born in New York: Mary (5), John (3). The census record for Lydia shows her father was born in France and her mother was born in Germany.
 1957 Pateson family reunion contact list: Mr. & Mrs Robert J. Wakefield, from the Agnes Paterson branch, live at 5920 N.W. 43rd St., Oklahoma City, Okla. USA
The current biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix on Dec 4, 2013
Thank you to Katharine E for creating WikiTree profile Wakefield-495 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.
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