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John Charles NOSWORTHY

John Charles NOSWORTHY

Male 1841 - 1918  (76 years)

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  • Name John Charles NOSWORTHY  [1, 2
    Born 7 Jul 1841  Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Christened 23 Jul 1843  St. Pancras Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • John NOSWORTHY, son of John and Mary, stone cutter, Stout's Cottage. Eliza and John were baptized on the same day.
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jan 1918  Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • John NORSWORTHY: We regret to have to record the death of Mr. John NORSWORTHY who passed away at his home in the Kola district on Saturday, Jan. 26th., in his 75th year. Deceased, who came West in the early eighties, shared with the other pioneers the hardship of this then barren land, and by the strenuous labors of the past thirty years he has left another mark of the spirit of progression which is so prevalent in this district. He was well esteemed by all who came in contact with him, his genial personality made for him a host of staunch friends.

      The sympathy of this community goes out to those bereaved - his wife, son, Walter and daughters, Mrs. HUNT, Winnipeg; Mrs. T. C. WATSON and Mrs. R. GOULD, all of whom were present when the end came.

      Interment took place at Kola cemetery on Monday. Deceased was well and favorably known by many Virdonites who will regret to learn of his death.
    Buried Kola Anglican Church Cemetery, Kola, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • John and Margaret are buried beside each other.

      The Kola Anglican Church of the Advent was constructed in 1884. The church was an ambitious undertaking by the first wave of British-Ontario pioneers who settled in this southwestern district of Manitoba. It is a very good example of a modest Gothic-inspired church. The interior walls are covered in honey-coloured wood panelling and original furnishings remain intact. Pointed arched windows in the side walls, decorative wooden window tracery on the rear wall, and a small bell tower are design touches of note in this simple building. The church and the adjoining cemetery are set on a scenic knoll surrounded by towering pine trees.
    Notes 
    • From the 1909 biography: "John married in the province of Ontario, and about the year 1881 moved to the province of Manitoba, where he now resides. He has a family of four children, three daughters, all married, and one son, living at home".

      John and Margaret's lives were documented in Trails Along the Pipestone: "After they married, they farmed near Stratford, Ontario. J. C. NORSWORTHY took employment with the C.P.R. on its westward thrust working as far west as Oak Lake. In 1882 he struck out on foot to hunt a suitable homestead site. A claim was filed for the southwest of 36-9-29 about one half mile north of the Pipestone Creek.

      Returning to Ontario that fall, he gathered up necessary belongings and supplies and in May 1883, he and the family started their journey. They came part of the distance by American rails that ran by way of Chicago and up to Winnipeg, due to the fact that no rail had yet been laid in Northern Ontario over the glacial shield. From Winnipeg to the homestead site, by horse and democrat.

      The first house which was to last thirteen years, was known as "the shanty". The barn or stable which accompanied it close by was big enough to house two oxen and one horse and later three more horses, some cattle and chickens.

      By 1886, J. C. NORSWORTHY applied for farm preemption patent on the southeast of 36-9-29 which later was taken over by Ruben Roach of the Sanderson district. In 1889 a second homestead was applied for on southeast 2-10-29 and the title was received four years later.

      In those years many hardships presented themselves, not the least of which was trying to keep warm due to the shortage of wood. John's son, Walter, often related of four day trips to the Moose Mountain Area, along with several other neighbors, to get sleigh loads of wood. Also he used to recall when the shanty and stable were all but buried in snow during severe storms and that he and his sister, Lil, would have to climb up the six or seven foot banks to the stable door to feed and get snow for the stock. John NORSWORTHY had a great deal of trouble with arthritis, so was unable to work out much in the cold.

      By 1896, a new house was planned and constructed of lumber from Virden, of field stones and cement. The new one and a half story house was 28 x 20 feet and it was accompanied by a wooden walled, sod covered stable of 16 x 52 feet and a sod covered wooden walled granary 14 x 32 feet ( information taken from original insurance policy). The house cost $300. and the barn and granary $50. each.

      Margaret and Lizzie were good cooks and helped the young men homesteading by baking their bread. Margaret had brought a sewing machine with her, so she was able to keep the family in clothing. A pump organ had also come to Manitoba with the family, so many house parties and community gatherings were held at the Norsworthy home. At one such gathering was the first meeting of Walter Scott NORSWORTHY and Hettie Belle GRANT who married in 1913.

      By 1914 a new barn was undertaken and erected with some community help. The bottom part was cement and upper loft and roof was frame. The structure is still standing and is used for the storage of grain".
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    Person ID I4222  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2016 

    Father John NOSWORTHY,   b. Abt 1808, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Dec 1868, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 60 years) 
    Mother Mary CAUNTER,   b. 31 Mar 1809, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jan 1901, Walkerton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1831  St. Pancras Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Photos
    Stouts Cottage, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
    Stouts Cottage, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
    Home of John and Mary Nosworthy between 1841 and 1851.
    Documents
    Census 1841: Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
    Census 1841: Widecombe in the Moor, Devon
    Three generations: John and Mary Nosworthy living with five children at Stouts Cottage beside John and Ann (Brinning); also present is Elizabeth (Browning), most likely Ann's mother.
    Histories
    THE STORY OF JOHN NOSWORTHY AND MARY CAUNTER
    THE STORY OF JOHN NOSWORTHY AND MARY CAUNTER
    Family ID F1192  Group Sheet

    Family Margaret MONTGOMERY,   b. 7 Jul 1846, Morley Village, St. Lawrence, New York, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1933, Pipestone, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 14 Jun 1876  Blanshard, Perth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • John NORSWORTHY, age 29, residing in Ingersoll, born England, Bachelor, Insurance Agent, son of John and Mary NORSWORTHY; and Margaret MONTGOMERY, age 31, residing in Blanshard, born in Canada, Spinster, daughter of John and Jane MONTGOMERY, married by license, 14 June 1876 in Blanshard. Both were of Methodist faith. Witnesses: James C. NORSWORTHY, Ingersoll, and Mary MONTGOMERY, Blanshard. [9]
    Children 
     1. Walter Scott NORSWORTHY,   b. 25 May 1877, Stratford, Perth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Nov 1962, Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     2. Lillian Jane Belle "Lily" NORSWORTHY,   b. 23 Mar 1880, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1943  (Age 62 years)
     3. Ida Maude NORSWORTHY,   b. 11 Nov 1881, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. 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)
    Photos
    Norsworthy home
    Norsworthy home
    Home of John and Margaret Norsworthy and family.
    Norsworthy family
    Norsworthy family
    Margaret and John Norsworthy standing together at left of photo.
    Norsworthy family with Hettie (Grant).
    Norsworthy family with Hettie (Grant).
    Margaret Norsworthy in foreground; Hettie, middle of photograph.
    Kola Anglican Church
    Kola Anglican Church
    This is the church John and Margaret attended and in whose cemetery they are buried. Constructed in 1884, the church was an ambitious undertaking by the first wave of British-Ontario pioneers who settled in this southwestern district of Manitoba.
    Interior of Kola Church
    Interior of Kola Church
    Last Modified 18 Mar 2014 
    Family ID F1196  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    John Charles Norsworthy
    John Charles Norsworthy
    In Canada his name changed to Norsworthy

    Documents
    Birth certificate: John Nosworthy
    Birth certificate: John Nosworthy
    John, son of John Nosworthy and Mary. Certificate shows surname spelling as NOSWORTHY.
    John Charles Norsworthy
    John Charles Norsworthy
    As enumerator of the 1906 census for his district in Manitoba, John left us pages of his handwriting.

    Headstones
    NORSWORTHY
    NORSWORTHY

    NORSWORTHY
    Father
    JOHN
    1841-1918
    Mother
    MARGARET
    1845-1933


  • Sources 
    1. [S696] Census of England, 1851.

    2. [S676] Personal communication.

    3. [S72] Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth, General Registrar Office.

    4. [S318] Genealogical report on CAUNTER: Widecombe in the Moor, Devon, C. F. Belam, M.A., (Professional genealogist, Buckfastleigh, Devon; citing from parish records; rec'd Oct. 2005.).

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

    6. [S305] Biography: NORSWORTHY, James C. Norsworthy, (15 March 1909, McIntosh, Florida; rec'd from Mike NORSWORTHY, direct descendant of William George NORSWORTHY, July 2005.).

    7. [S358] Book: Trails Along the Pipestone, (R. M. Pipestone History Project; first printing 1981).

    8. [S159] Index: International Genealogical Index (IGI), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, (Salt Lake City, Family History Library).

    9. [S109] Civil Marriage Registration.


  

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