John WAKEFIELD was born in England on October 20, 1828. He emigrated to Upper Canada in 1836. John was a farmer, first in Markham Township (the township to the north of Scarborough) then in Scarborough on Concession D and then, sometime after 1870, in Vaughan Township (north of Toronto).
John married Hannah Jane THOMSON 1833-1905. Hannah Jane was born in the Township of Scarborough, Upper Canada (now Toronto, Ontario) on March 14, 1833. She was the daughter of Agnes Paterson 1800-1875 and James Andrew Thomson 1802-1884.
John and Hannah are in the 1861 census, living in a log house in Markham with four children: Joseph, Mary Agnes and James. In the 1871 census, the family is living on a farm in Scarborough. There are now seven children in the household. While the precise location of the farm is not known, it is somewhere between the modern roads of Eglinton and Lawrence Avenues. Sometime after 1871 the family moves to Vaughan Township, near the village of Richmond Hill. In the 1881 census, the family is living on a farm in Vaughan and there are now six children at home: Mary (28), James (23), John (20), Andrew (19), Robert (15) and Margaret (“Margret”) (8). The oldest child, Joseph, is gone and another son, William, died in 1870. Mary, who is 28, has been married but is shown in the census with the surname “Marsh” as a widow. She returned to her parents after the death of her husband (Robert Marsh). In the 1891 census, Hannah and John are still on the farm in Vaughan and now there is only one child, Margaret, left at home.
By the time of the 1901 census, it appears that John is no longer farming (he is not listed as a farmer in the census) but he and Hannah are living in Vaughan and their daughter, the 29-year old Margaret, is still living with them along with a 13-year old domestic.
Hannah dies on October 14, 1905 and is buried with her husband and two children in the cemetery at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Bendale, Scarborough. John dies on April 28, 1909.
Hannah and John had the following children:
Joseph Wakefield 1853-?
Mary Wakefield 1855-?
Agnes Wakefield 1856-1926
James Wakefield c1858-?
John Wakefield c1861-?
Andrew [Alfred] Wakefield 1862-?
Robert G. Wakefield 1866-1887
William Wakefield 1869-?
Margaret Wakefield 1872-? +
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The Nov 10, 2013 biography was prepared by Fred Paterson Nix
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