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Thomas Clarke WATSON

Male 1880 - 1953  (73 years)


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  • Name Thomas Clarke WATSON  [1
    Born 1 Apr 1880  Coatham, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 Aug 1953  Virden, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    • Thomas Clarke WATSON: A veteran of the Boer War, Thomas Clarke WATSON passed away in Virden District Hospital on Thursday, August 6th.

      Mr. WATSON was born at Redcar, Yorkshire, England on April 1, 1880. Before coming to Canada in 1902, he served in the Boer War in South Africa and with the Johannesburg police force. On his arrival in this country he spent a short time in Ontario and then came west to Butler, then known as the Kola district. In 1904 he married Miss Ella Pearl NORSWORTHY who predeceased him on March 6, 1946. He took up a farm on the banks of Pipestone Creek and there he and his wife made their home. He took an active interest in social and community affairs. For twenty years he was a trustee of Kola school district. As a young man he was active in sports particularly cricket, football and swimming in which he won proficiency medals. He was a member of the Anglican church.

      Left to mourn his loss are one daughter, Mrs. Wm. COTTON (Isabel) of Brandon; five sons, Harold at home, Henry of Brandon, Tom who is farming at Butler, Robin of Roblin, and John of Jamestown, Ontario, and two sisters, one in Egypt, and one in England. There are four grandchildren.

      The funeral service was held in St. Mark's Anglican Church at Elkhorn on Saturday, August 8th, and was conducted by Re. Hubbard. Active bearers were T. STEWART, J. STEWART, B. NAYLEN, C. WEDGER, B. NORTHCUT, and H. WOODS. Interment was in Elkhorn Cemetery. Arrangements for the funeral were in the care of Wm. H. Lee's Funeral Home.

      Among those from a distance attending the service were Mr. and Mrs. C. L. LAKE of Lewan, Sask.; Mr. and Mrs. H. H. SIMPSON of Roblin; Mr. Grant NORSWORTHY of Minnedosa; Mr. and Mrs. W. NORSWORTHY of Butler; Mr. and Mrs. Percy TAPP of Virden; Mr. And Mrs. J. E. WATSON and family of Jamestown, Ontario; Mr. R. WATSON of Roblin; Mr. J. ARDIEL, Mr. Lloyd COTTON and Mr. Roy COTTON of Brandon; and Mrs. Myrtle SCOTT of Summerland, B.C.
    Buried 8 Aug 1953  Elkhorn Cemetery, Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Address:
    Elkhorn Cemetery
    Elkhorn, Manitoba
    Canada 
    Notes 
    • Thomas was the son of Henry WATSON, Justice of the Peace and Solicitor, and Mary PEIRSON who married in 1866.(FreeBMD) Thomas can be found in 1891 census in Coatham, Yorkshire, living with his parents and eight siblings. His father died in 1897 at age 62.

      A Thomas WATSON, age 21, labourer, born England, and travelling to Toronto, was recorded on a passenger list for the S. S. Tunisian which arrived on 2 November 1901 in Montreal, Quebec. The 1901 census in England shows his mother was widowed; Thomas was not at home. He has yet to found in that census most likely because he was serving in the military, possibly being in South Africa.

      Family history has it that he spent some time employed at the E. D. Smith fruit farm in Stoney Creek, Hamilton, before moving on to Manitoba. [1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8]
    Person ID I2170  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 5 Mar 2015 

    Family Ella Pearl "Pearl" NORSWORTHY,   b. 18 May 1884, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1946, Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Married 6 Dec 1905  Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • Thomas Clarke WATSON, of the District of Kola, Manitoba, Bachelor, and Ella Pearl NORSWORTHY of the same Parish and District, Spinster, married on the 6 December 1905, in Diocese of Ruperts Land. Married by Wm. Stocker, Incumbent, Church of Advent Kola. Witnesses: W. S. NORSWORTHY and Ella POWELL.
    Address 1906  Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Address 1911  Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Harold E. WATSON,   b. 4 Nov 1906, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Oct 1988, Virden, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
     2. Henry Pierson WATSON,   b. 5 Jul 1908, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1981, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
     3. Thomas Reginald WATSON,   b. 1 Oct 1912, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 2000, Virden, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     4. Robin WATSON,   b. 21 Jan 1915, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1991, Roblin, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     5. John Edwin WATSON,   b. 6 May 1917, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1995, Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     6. Margaret Isabel Pearl "Isabel" WATSON,   b. 13 May 1924, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 2010, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Photos
    Farm: T. C. Watson
    Farm: T. C. Watson
    Documents
    Marriage: Watson and Norsworthy
    Marriage: Watson and Norsworthy
    Thomas Clarke Watson and Ella Pearl Norsworthy married 6 December 1905.
    Last Modified 2 Dec 2011 
    Family ID F1951  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Thomas Clarke Watson
    Thomas Clarke Watson
    Thomas attended a private school at Redcar; he is holding the ball in the photograph.
    Thomas Clarke Watson
    Thomas Clarke Watson
    School photo: top row, 3rd from right.
    Thomas Clarke Watson
    Thomas Clarke Watson
    Thomas Clarke Watson (top right)
    Thomas Clarke Watson (top right)
    Thomas Clark Watson served in the Boer War, then signed on with Johannesburg Military Police.
    Watson family
    Watson family
    L-R: Thomas, Isabel, Henry, Thomas Clarke, John, Harold, Robin, and Ella Pearl sitting.

    Documents
    Immigration: Thomas Clarke Watson
    Immigration: Thomas Clarke Watson
    He most likely arrived on the S. S. Tunisian, 2 November 1901, in Montreal, Quebec.

    Headstones
    WATSON - NORSWORTHY
    WATSON - NORSWORTHY

    WATSON
    THOMAS C.
    1880-1953
    ELLA PEARL 1884-1946
    At Rest


  • Sources 
    1. [S676] Personal communication.

    2. [S308] Census of Canada, 1911, (1 June 1911).

    3. [S168] England and Wales Registration Index.

    4. [S193] Census of England, 1891.

    5. [S11] Obituary/Death or Funeral notice.

    6. [S398] Passenger List.

    7. [S120] Census of England, 1901.

    8. [S579] Census of England, 1911, (1 April 1911).

    9. [S490] Marriage Certificate.

    10. [S349] Census of Manitoba, 1906.


  

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