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Family: James Caunter NOSWORTHY/Mary Jane CUTHBERT (F1197)

m. 26 Apr 1878


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  • James Caunter NOSWORTHYFather | Male
    James Caunter NOSWORTHY

    Born  2 Jul 1846  Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Christened  20 Dec 1846  St. Pancras Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  4 Nov 1936  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  7 Nov 1936  Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  26 Apr 1878  [1]  West Oxford Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada  [1] Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Jane Elizabeth "Jennie" TAYLOR | F1198 
    Married  7 May 1895  Sarnia, Lambdon, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  John NOSWORTHY | F1192 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Mary CAUNTER | F1192 Group Sheet 

    Mary Jane CUTHBERTMother | Female
    Mary Jane CUTHBERT

    Born  14 Sep 1852  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  27 Feb 1891  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Father  Alexander CUTHBERT | F116 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Jane DENNIS | F116 Group Sheet 

    Major, Edward Cuthbert NORSWORTHYChild 1 | Male
    Major, Edward Cuthbert NORSWORTHY

    Born  29 May 1879  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Apr 1915  Langemarck, West Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, West Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 2 | Male
    Lt. Col. Stanley Counter NORSWORTHY

    Born  13 Dec 1881  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 Dec 1966  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Georgina Maud SANKEY | F1207 
    Married  26 Jul 1916  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location

    Helen Alice "Nellie" NORSWORTHYChild 3 | Female
    Helen Alice "Nellie" NORSWORTHY

    Born  4 May 1884  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  25 Jun 1970  Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    Lieut. Alfred James "Fred" NORSWORTHY

    Born  3 May 1887  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  29 Mar 1917  Langemarck, West Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  30 Mar 1917  Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Barlin, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 5 | Male
    Lieut. John Weldon NORSWORTHY

    Born  13 Mar 1890  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  7 Jan 1975  Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Marjorie Wilson GOLDIE | F1985 
    Married     

  • Photos
    Sketch of Norsworthy home
    Sketch of Norsworthy home
    250 King St. East, Ingersoll. The home originated as part of the dowry of Mary Jane Cuthbert.
    250 King St. East, Ingersol, Ontario in 2008
    250 King St. East, Ingersol, Ontario in 2008

  • Notes  Married:
    • NORSWORTHY--CUTHBERT--At Croft Hyrme [?], West Oxford [township], by the Rev. John McEwen, on the 26th ult., James Counter NORSWORTHY, Esq., to Miss Mary CUTHBERT. (Website)

      James C. NORSWORTHY, 30, Banker, England, Ingersoll, s/o John & Mary, married Mary Jane CUTHBERT, 25, Canada, West Oxford, d/o Alexander and Jane. Witnesses: Thomas VALIAN, of London, Ontario and Henrietta CUTHBERT of West Oxford, 25 April 1878. (Archives) [Henrietta would have been Mary Jane's sister.] [1, 2, 3]

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    • The NORSWORTHY home was originally constructed as a yellow brick farmhouse, the building and surrounding 200 acres became part of the Mary Jane (Miss May) Cuthbert's dowry when she married James. (Newspaper) It was built in the Queen Ann style in the early 1850's and boasted of turrets, bays, chimneys of cut brick, multi-coloured brickwork, slate roofs and stain glass windows. This is generally an irregular shaped home with no plain surfaces. The 21 room home is three stories high. There are 6 bedrooms, a double drawing room, living room, library, dining room, kitchen, etc. The foundation is said to be 43" thick. The cellar was composed of many rooms - a preserve room with cupboards, a root cellar, wine cellar, coal cellar and furnace room. "Cool rooms" for foods, ventilated by early type air conditioning was composed of vents in the basement walls which drew in the air from outside all around the house - the first natural air conditioned home in Ingersoll. This home was the only one in town that had running tap water, in all the rooms. A cistern was built, with pipes going through the kitchen roof, and these were connected to the cistern about 5 feet above the height of the house. When the pipes were connected, taps were installed in each room for the gravity-forced water. As the cistern's level dropped, more water was pumped up from the well. Mr. and Mrs. J. Robbins are the present owners of this beautiful home, and they try to keep it in it's original state.(Ingersoll)

      As late as 1978 the history of this home continues to be told. On 4 August 1978 an article appeared in the local newspaper:

      THE HAUNTED NORSWORTHY HOME by Helen W. Foster

      Behind an impressive screen of shade trees, the NORSWORTHY home broods over Ingersoll. James Counter NORSWORTHY came with his parents to Canada from Devonshire, England in 1852 and eventually established himself as "Banker and Broker, Insurance and Loan Agent" on King Street. Originally Crown Land, the 200 acres was granted in 1806 to Ebenezer Whiting, one of Ingersoll's early settlers. The present owner of the home, Jessie Robins, believes that the house was built in the 1850's and it came with the dowry of NORSWORTHY's first wife, Mary Jane.

      The marriage was announced in the Ingersoll chronicle, May 2, 1978 (should be 1878), "Thursday evening last, our townsman J. C. NORSWORTHY was united in marriage with Miss May, eldest daughter of Mrs. Cuthbert of West Oxford in the presence of a number of invited guests. Mr & Mrs NORSWORTHY left on the midnight train for New York. We wish them every happiness."

      The following week there appeared a letter with the bold headline ADVICE TO THE NEWLY MARRIED MAN FROM AN EXPERIENCED BENEDICT - The long column of free advice contained, among other things. "Don't scold your wife and don't beat your children, if you have any... Bathe often, look after your health..and never go home drunk. Keep clear of your wife's relations...Yours, John. " Just who "John" was and why he felt empowered to give such advice is lost in the pages of time.

      NORSWORTHY elaborated upon the plain red brick Ontario farmhouse until he had a structure worthy of the dignity of the position that he held in town. The result is a melange of styles that nonetheless present a picaresque view to the observer. A veranda, usually thought to give a house a fashionable urban air, is graced with solid Doric columns. The left side is enclosed with stone and has beautiful stained glass windows. There are sumptuous glass windows throughout the home both exterior and interior. The right veranda sports a bandshell design, topped with a very Victorian pinacle. Above the pillared portico is a stately circular balcony which in turn is topped by a curiously curved gable. Although the pointed arches suggest Gothic, the window is curved Romanesque. The rounded design is echoed in the carved wooden fans of the flanking gavels and in the tri-windows on either side of the house. An Italianate tower is not only a decorative addition but practical as well. It housed a water tower and the giant steel tanks are still in place. The main door has a transom extending over the strengths. It is less sound structurally than a shortened transom, but a pleasing arrangement and a typical pattern in Ontario.

      The interior of the home is magnificently finished in wood and is said that Norworthy had a carpenter in residence for over a year to complete the work. Frank Leake, a noted local woodcarver, did the elaborate mantelpieces. Interior doors are all equipped with locks and each one has a keyhole cover, a delightful eccentricity of a moneylender who held mortgages on hundreds of properties in town.

      The ghost of NORSWORTHY's first wife, Mary Jane, is said to have haunted the house. Owner Jessie Robins attests to hearing and being aware of a "presence" in the home for many years. She believes that Mary Jane, who died of diphtheria in 1891 while nursing her sick children, was looking for her daughter. The mysterious Lady in Grey has not been seen on the balcony since the daughter Nellie died a few years ago. (Focus Magazine)

  • Sources 
    1. [S109] Civil Marriage Registration.

    2. [S162] Website.

    3. [S317] Ontario Archives.


  

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