This webpage was born on March 26, 2006, in response to Carol Snyder's need to see more of our Hawthorne family history.  Two days previous, Marge Kapas said she would like to see a webpage on the Hawthorne Family History.  This is the map of Counties around Belfast where the Hawthorn(e) family last lived before coming to Canada in 1848.  Carol's book on the Hawthorne Tree, no pun intended, (sure), rolled off the printing press in early 2007.  Be the first on your limb of the tree to request a copy by sending an e-mail to Carol Snyder   The Irish Census records for 1841 & 1851 were burnt in 1921 and 1861, 1871, 1881 & 1891 records were destroyed during WW1.  Finding our Irish ancestors is a bit of a challenge, but the internet brings us more information.

Hello fellow sleuths or Irish ancestors,

has an excellent online series on genealogy.  On the second episode about minute 17, it is explained that during the Irish potato famine, the Irish pauper families were back-haul-exported to Canada on ships that were hauling Canadian Lumber to Ireland.  This was explained by the bloody-minded English as the Emigration solution to overpopulation of Ireland.  Also pointed out, was the huge exports of food from Ireland to England through the port of Limerick during the years of the potato famine, food which could have gone to starving Irish families.


Record keeping at this time (1845-1850) was suppressed, records destroyed intentionally and accidentally by fire (twice). Before the potato famine, there were 8 million living in Ireland.  After the famine, the population was 4 million; half had starved, half were shipped out.


On the PBS website, you can also search for several Stephen Colbert clips; he is an American comedian, a descendant of Irish persuasion and has several good interviews with the PBS host.  You can spend a lot of time on this website getting good general information that helps our genealogy searching mindset.


Stephen Colbert also makes the valid statement about the Erie Canal being dug by a lot of Irish Immigrants because we did not have bulldozers.  Much as America is being built today by immigrants from other countries.  After all, if America did not have Mexicans to do much of the labor, they would not be as far ahead as they are.



Queries for more Hawthorne Family history can be made to Wayne Hawthorne


The map below may be slow to download, depending on the speed of your connection.

James Hawthorn's obituary states he was born in the County of Derry, Ireland.  Information from family genealogy sleuth, Marge Kapas, indicates that Jane Hawthorn (Mrs. Peter Milne) was born in Tyrone on 04 April 1844.  Other information indicates they also lived in County Antrim.  The above map shows all three Counties coming together at Belfast.  After arriving in Canada in 1848, the family made several moves which indicate they were not compelled to root the Hawthorn tree in any one permanent location. 

Genealogy is the study of ancestral births, occasions, and deaths upon which records future genealogists shall base argument.   WJH


James Hawthorn (Ancestral File #: 1SKK-TXV) and Elizabeth (Marshall) Ancestral File #: 1SKK-TZ3 arrived in Canada from Ireland in 1848.  Son James does not appear in any records that I have found in Canada.  Most of the information below was researched by Wayne Hawthorne, except where noted.  Canada census records, Birth and Death records, Marriage records and newspaper obits have been reliable sources. 


Bob, Carol Snyder's husband sent information gleaned from the family bible in the possession of Helen Hawthorne at Vancouver.


1851 Census (page 147, Frontenac, Ont.)

Con5 Lot 7 3 Acres

James Hawthorn 34

Elisabeth 34

John 13

Jane 9

William 7

Henry 5  Born in Ireland

Margaret 3  Born in Canada West

Ellen 1


Oats: 1 Bushel

Corn 3 Bushels

Potatoes 100 Bushels

1 horse]

2 pigs

4 pork barrels


1861 Census in Morris County, Ontario

 Birth Year <1819>
Birthplace Ireland
Age 62
Occupation Farmer
Marital Status M <Married>
Ethnic Origin Irish
Head of Household James HAWTHORN
Religion Presbyterian

Source Information:
Census Place Morris, Huron North, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375910
NA Film Number C-13274
District 175
Sub-district C
Division 2
Page Number 50
Household Number 221

Wife Elizabeth (Marshall)

James abt 1836 mentioned in Family bible but not founf in Canadian records.
John 1838
William 1841
Jane 1842
James 1844
Henry 1845
Margurite 1848
Ellen 1850
Elizabeth 1852
Sarah 1854
Mary Anne 1857


Marriage: 1864 Jane Hawthorn to Peter Milne

From Marge Kapas:

ID: I5416
Name: Jane Hawthorn  
Ancestral File #: 1SKH-S6V in Webroots
Given Name: Jane
Surname: Hawthorn
Sex: F
Birth: 4 Apr 1844 in Tyrone,Ire
Death: 16 Apr 1932 in South River,Ont,Can
Burial: Sundridge Cem,Sundridge,Ont,Can
Reference Number: 5416
Change Date: 30 Aug 1999 at 10:29:53
PEDI: birth

Father: James Hawthorn
Mother: Elizabeth --

Marriage 1 Peter William Milne b: 26 Mar 1837 in Nichol,Wellington,Ont,Can
Married: 27 Jan 1864 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
Mary Eliza Milne birth b: 20 Jan 1864 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
John James Milne birth b: 13 Oct 1868 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
Margaret Ellen Milne birth b: 26 Dec 1870 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
Henry A. Milne birth b: 12 May 1874 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
Ann M. Milne birth b: Abt 1872 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
David William Milne birth b: 2 Apr 1877 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
Peter Moir Milne birth b: 29 May 1880 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
Sarah Jane Milne birth b: 26 Jul 1882 in Howick,Huron,Ont,Can
Howard Wesley Milne birth b: 22 Apr 1888 in Sundridge,Ont,Can


William Hawthorn(e) born in Ireland in 1841 marries in 1869

Great-Great-Great Grandmother was Priscilla Farnham, married to John Stewart.  Their daughter Mary Jane Stewart was born on 29 April 1851, at Leeds Ontario.  She married William Hawthorne on 22 Dec 1869 at Turnberry County, Ontario.  She died in Deloraine, Manitoba in 1931.


Marriage 1865 Jane Milne to John Hawthorn


Mary Ann Died Oct 18, 1872, aged 13 yrs, 4 mos Morris Twp


Marriage Dec 29/1897 Margurite Hawthorn 42 years to William Saunders 60 years at Morris Twp.


Ellen died June 5, 1899, 44 years


The Brussels Post Sept 17, 1903

On Sept 3rd, 1903 there passed away at his residence in Lower Wingham, James Hawthorne, one of the early settlers of Morris Twp at the age of 90 years.  Deceased was born in the County of Derry Ireland.  His life partner whose maiden name was Marshall, survives him bearing the weight of 90 years.  With their family of 5 children then left Ireland in 1848 and came to Canada settling first in Kingston & four years later removing to Colbourne Twp.  Nine years afterwards in 1862, they removed to the Twp of Morris where they resided until 4 years ago.  10 children were born to them of whom 7 remain.  John who lives near Ingersoll.  William, Mrs Hotham and Mrs. Stewart, Manitoba.  Mrs. Milne of Parry Sound.  Mrs. Saunders and Henry Hawthorn of Wingham.  Deceased was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  He was a Conservative.  Funeral took place at Bluevale on Saturday.  Death was caused by a breaking up of the system attendant upon advanced years.


June 18/1904 Marriage: Martha May Hawthorne (daughter of Henry Hawthorne) married to William Smith Sellers. (see Mossbank Saskatchewan in 1911)


The Wingham Times Dec 15, 1904

Died in Manitoba

Mrs Eliza Hawthorne a former resident of this section died at Waskada Man. On Friday last aged 92 years.  Mrs. Hawthorne left here some 9 months ago for the West.  The remains are being brought home and the funeral will take place from the residence of her son in law Mr. Wm. Saunders (died Jan 7, 1918 at 84 years), Lower Wingham this Thursday afternoon to the Bluevale Cemetery.  (Margaret Saunders 1848-1928)


The Wingham Times Feb 6, 1908

William Henry Hawthorne who has been in failing health for some time passed away on Thursday (Jan 30/1908) last at the home of his father in Lower Wingham.  Deceased was in his 37th year. (Son of Henry)


Letter from Hannah (Ingram) Hawthorne November 19, 1910 at Wingham, Ont.

To Mrs Wm. Hawthorne

Dear Grandma,

We arrived in Town Yesterday at noon.  I’ve spent Tuesday in Winnipeg and Thursday in Toronto we had a splendid trip and the children are non the worse of it. They had a big time they were delighted with Eaton’s store.  I got Ingram and Ethel their new coats.  Ethel’s is green trimmed with red.  And brass buttons has a cape on it.  They were the newest they had.  Ingram is blue and red a little red river coat, I am going to look after my lunch as soon as I get some washing done.  I must wash.  I must wash you know.  Well the people are all well.  Aunt Lizzie is just as lively as ever.  She has made us laugh a good many times.  Uncle Henry was working out in the country and was quite surprised to find us here.  He has not changed much.  May & her little girl is very cute she can dance as good as her grandmother, she calls her Lena.  I asked Ethel what I would tell Grandma for her and she said tell her I am a good girl- - - -


We had a nice visit at my nephews in Toronto.  They have a lovely home but I don’t want to live in the city such a noise it keep ones head in a whirl all the time.  Aunt Lizzie said to tell Annie that Mr. Cline was inquiring for her.  I hope Granddad is feeling better.  Well I have not much news yet for I have not seen many people.  It is snowing today but we are going into town tomorrow.  I will write again before long.  Hoping you are all well. 


Bye Bye from



March 30, 1911, Brussels Post

Entered into Rest. – Last Sunday Evening, Mrs. Wm Hawthorn, died in the Wingham Hospital, in her 39th year (March 26).  Her maiden name was Hannah Ingram, formerly of Walton locality.  She is survived by her husband and two children, Ethel, 4 ½ years old and Ingram, 3 years of age.  The funeral took place to Brussels cemetery, Wednesday afternoon on the arrival of the 8 o’clock train.  Rev. A.O. Wishart, B.A., conducted the service.  The service in Wingham was in the Methodist church in charge of Rev. Dr. Rutledge  Deceased was ill less than a week, and underwent a minor operation, necessitating the administration of anesthetics which in her weakened heart condition tended to her demise.  Mr. Hawthorn, who was in the West at the time, was wired for at Deloraine but owing to the absence from headquarters, delay resulted so that he was not able to reach Wingham until Monday night.  The sad news of his wife’s death reached the husband on the train before his arrival home.  The subject of this notice was a member of the Methodist Church and was beloved by a wide circle of friends for her many excellent qualities of both head and heart.  Widespread sympathy is expressed for the bereaved, Mr. Hawthorn will return to the West, probably next week and will take the children with him.  Mrs. W. Dennison of McKillop, and Mrs. Harper of Drumbo, are the sisters to the late Mrs. Hawthorn and her brother Robert lives at Mattawa, Ont.  5 years ago last October Miss Hannah Ingram and Miss Minnie Bennett left Walton for Winnipeg where they were united in marriage on their arrival by Rev. Donald Munro to W.J. Hawthorne and Sml. McSpadden, both formerly of this locality. (October 11, 1905)  After the ceremony, the quartette had a group photo taken and in due course went to their respective homes in Waskada and Boissevain, 40 miles apart.  Mr. McSpadden died in Sept 1909, leaving his widow a little son and daughter.  Mr. Hawthorn attended the funeral of his friend.


Deloraine, May 1st, 1911

Died, Monday, May 1st, 1911 William Hawthorne, Aged 67 years.  Another gap was made in the ranks of the old timers on Monday when our own highly respected citizen William Hawthorne, was called hence.  Since last fall he had been under the doctors care, and during the last few weeks was feeling much better, and expected to be able to take his usual daily walks but early Monday morning as he was sitting in his armchair, the end came.


Deceased was in his 67th year, and came to Manitoba in the year 1888 from the township of Morris in the county of Huron, Ont. And the same year purchased the east half of 32-3-22 just south of Deloraine, which he successfully farmed up to the last two or three years when he with his family moved into town to enjoy the fruits of his labor.  He was well known and highly respected, and his death will be regretted by the whole countryside.


He leaves a wife and family of four sons and seven daughters to mourn his loss.  William at Killarney; James at Saskatchewan; Ernest at home; Lorne at Melville; Annie at Killarney; Mrs. J.W. Reid; Melville; Mrs. McKenzie, Sask; Mrs. Kaiser at Napinka; Mrs. Turnour, Weybourn; Hattie, Canora, and Edna, who have the sympathy of the entire community in their sorrow.


The funeral service was held in the Presbyterian Church yesterday by the Rev. T. Beveridge, after which the cortege was under the escort of the Deloraine Orange Lodge proceeded to the Cemetery, where interment took place attended by a large number of friends. 


Margaret Jane Hawthorne

The Grim Reaper called at another home in Deloraine last Saturday and called Home a beloved citizen in the person of Margaret Jane Hawthorne, relict of the late William Hawthorne.  The deceased was able to go about her daily duties until about two weeks ago when she caught could and contracted pneumonia, which proved fatal.


Mrs. Hawthorne was born in the county of Leeds in Ontario, on April 29, 1851.  She married Wm. Hawthorne in the year 1869 and came west to Deloraine with her husband and family in 1888.  She along with her husband one of the pioneer settlers of this district and during her long residence in the district made many close friends who now deeply regret her passing away and thereby further depleting the ranks of that band of faithful and willing pioneers that blazed the trail across these western prairies.


She leaves to mourn her death her sons, William at Okotoks, Alta.’ James at Central Butte, Sask.; Lorne at Toronto, Ont. and her daughters Annie at Deloraine; Mrs. J.W. Reid, at Regina, Sask.’ Mrs. McKenzie, at Rolla, B.C.; Mrs. King at Winnipeg; Mrs. Turner, (Turnour?) at Regina, Sask., and Mrs. Young, at Prince Albert, Sask., to all of whom the sympathy of a host of friends is extended and in this the Times joins.


The sadness of the occasion was increased by the fact that Lorne’s son, about five years of age, was operated on about a week before and passed away.


The funeral service was held at the United Church, Deloraine, on Monday forenoon after which interment took place in Deloraine cemetery.


The Wingham Advocate Sept 11, 1919

Henry Hawthorn there passed away at his home in Lower Town Wingham on Friday, Sept 1919. Henry Hawthorn in his 74th year.  Deceased was about his work, as usual, the previous Friday but contracted pneumonia.  The late Mr. Hawthorn was a resident of Lower Town Wingham for the past 25 years coming to town from Morris Twp.  Besides his widow, his is survived by 2 daughters Mrs. Giles residing in North Dakota and Mrs. W.S. Sellars (Sellers) of Mossbank Sask.  Also one son George of Vancouver. 


Deceased was well known & highly respected by a large circle of friends.  Funeral was held Sunday afternoon in Wingham Cemetery.


Annie Hawthorne Well Known Deloraine Business Lady Dies

The funeral of Miss Annie E. Hawthorne, who passed away Monday at Saskatoon, Sask. Was led Friday afternoon in the United Church, Deloraine, Rev. I. J. Harvey officiating.


Born in Grey County, Ontario, in 1874, Miss Hawthorne came west with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hawthorne, in 1888, settling with them on their farm a couple of miles from Deloraine.  She received her education in Deloraine school, later taking a business course in Winnipeg.  Of more recent years she established and successfully operated the Variety Shop until ill health compelled her to retire.


During her years of operation, she was particularly interested in sharing her ability along the lines of needlework, crocheting and knitting with old and young.  Many of her friends will recall the assistance willingly given.


Out of a family of eleven, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. H.L (Hattie) Young of Regina, who was present at the funeral, and Mrs. S.M. (Sarah) Turnour, of Chilliwack, B.C., and one brother Lorne of Sardis B.C...

Interment was made in Deloraine cemetery.  Pallbearers were M.S. Colquhoun, G.E. Steward, Geo. Leslie, H. Bussman, Howard Hartel, and Ron McLean of Waskada.


George Hawthorne died April 1, 1949 (Wingham Advance Times, Apr 6/49)

In ailing health for several years, George Hawthorne of Lower Wingham, died in Wingham General Hospital, on April 1st, in his 80th year.


Born in Morris Township, he was the last member of the family.  Twenty years ago he was married to Margaret Jane Campbell, (1875-1949 Wingham cemetery) who survives.  He was a member of St. Paul’s Anglican Church and L.O.L..


Funeral services were held on Monday, April 4th, from Curries Funeral Home, under the auspices of the Belgrave L.O.L. with Rev. E.O. Lancaster officiating.  Interment was made in Wingham Cemetery.  The pallbearers were members of Belgrave L.O.L.


From the Newspaper Column “Furrows and Foothills by Ken Liddell IBID 1950

Also Author of “My Alberta”

Title of Column - Pride of Ownership Collectors Motive

What some people would consider junk gathers value with the passing years


Okotoks – Ingram Hawthorne had the answer to why people collect thing –say from arrowheads to old guns- and it is “the pride of ownership”


Mr. Hawthorne this day was also collecting cigarette ashes in the cuff of his work trousers, but that was probably due to pride in his tidy home, or maybe because there was no ashtray handy. 


“Those,” He said, flicking more ash into the cuff and pointing to a couple of several firearms he had laid in neat rows on the living room floor, “are matched flint pistols that date to George the Third.  One was used in the army and the other in the navy, you can tell by the insignia.  I got them from a man in Calgary.”


Running his hand over the 180 different shells and cartridges, like a boy playing with marbles, he said pointing to one of the first hand-made centre fire metallic cartridges.  It is worth five bucks.


That, of course, brought up the question of what one does with such things, having collected same. 


“Well,” said Hawthorne, flicking off more ash, “some people would consider this junk.  But there is always a market for almost anything among collectors.”


And how does one get to know what is on the market?”


Just swapping around,” he replied.  “One collector always manages to meet another.”


“You can say that attain,” laughed Mrs. Hawthorne.  “Every time we go to Calgary he drops me like a bag of potatoes.  I think it is some kind of disease.  Every time he comes in from the fields I can tell by the expression on his face whether he has found another arrowhead.”


“It took you seven years before you found one,” grinned Hawthorne, flicking more ash, “and if I remember correctly there was quite some excitement about it.”


“”It was there,” said Mrs. Hawthorne, pointing to a nice example of Indian art.  “Picked it up on the driveway.  Guess the rain turned it over.”


Hawthorne has lived on the same farm for 20 years, but years ago, it must have been inhabited by a great many people, mostly Indians. 


Anyway, the fields have yielded quite a harvest of scrapers, arrowheads, hammers and axe heads of quartz and agate.  One scraper was so sharp that it could be used for a razor.  With care, of course.


The artifacts are of various sizes, some as small as a thumbnail, others the size of the palm of your hand.  It takes keen eyes to find them and Hawthorne located many while pulling roots for new breaking.  Rain and wind have turned up some in the garden.


Biggest prize the Hawthornes’ found was a flat stone rounded in the centre which was used for rolling seed.  The roller, a smooth round stone the size of a baseball, was found beside it. 


Another stone, polished smooth by handling, appears to have been some form of a charm.


Some of the artifacts are made of stone common to Montana.  One, experts have decided is stone common to Alaska.


The fun of the chase with a sharpened stone attached to the arrow by a thong is long since removed, but for Hawthorne, there is great sport just looking for things.


Like the time he stumbled across the ox yoke.  This yoke, brought from Ireland, was being sold at auction among effects gathered over the years by George Meighen, a neighbour.


“I bid a dollar on it and got it,” said Hawthorne, cuffing more ashes. “Everybody thought it was funny.  Now everybody wishes they’d bought it."



In the mid 1970’s, Ingram stopped smoking.  He said: “there was no soul searching, I just got tired of coughing my socks off every morning, and the only way to quit was to go cold turkey.”



Margaret Elizabeth Hawthorne

Died on December 8, 1975, at the Gorge Road Hospital,  Margaret Elizabeth Hawthorne.  Born in Collingwood, Ont. And resided in Manitoba and Saskatchewan coming to Victoria in 1947.  Predeceased by her husband William, she leaves 2 grandsons, Jim of Baltimore, U.S.A., and Pat of Victoria.  She was a life member of the United Church Women and a member of Metropolitan United Church since 1947 and was very active in visiting the sick throughout the community of Victoria.  (British Columbia)



Kaiser King Hawthorne

Warne Kaiser was the manager of Hudson Bay Store in Macleod when 1st World War broke out.  He changed his name to King at the request of the Company.  Both Mr. King and his wife Henrietta (nee Hawthorne) died in Winnipeg.  Their son Jack King lives in Calgary.  Their daughter Jean (Mrs. George Edmonds) is one of Canada‘s most intelligent people.  She now lives in Ottawa where she is now Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Immigration. She made a real contribution to Winnipeg before moving to Ottawa.  There is a building named after her in Ottawa.

Published 1977, source, unknown

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