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James Caunter NOSWORTHY

James Caunter NOSWORTHY

Male 1846 - 1936  (90 years)

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  • Name James Caunter NOSWORTHY  [1, 2
    Born 2 Jul 1846  Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Christened 20 Dec 1846  St. Pancras Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • James Caunter NOSWORTHY, son of John and Ann, stonecutter, Stouts.
    Gender Male 
    Witness 1872  [4
    • He witnessed the marriage of George BLAKESLEE to Mattie HARRIS on 26 December 1872. This marriage occured in Ingersoll; it is not known what connection they had to the family.
    Witness 1876  [5
    • He witnessed the marriage of his brother, John, to Margaret MONTGOMERY on 14 June 1876. He was recorded as James C. NORSWORTHY of Ingersoll.
    Address 1915  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • He attended the funeral of Susanna Calista COUNTER on 6 October 1915, in Simcoe, Ontario; he appeared in her obituary as "J. C. NORSWORTHY, a cousin of Mr. COUNTER... "
    Died 4 Nov 1936  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    • "James C. NORSWORTHY, died suddenly at his home here Wednesday, November 4th. Death on Wednesday morning, November 4th, removed an outstanding Ingersoll resident in the person of James Caunter NORSWORTHY, King Street East. Deceased had been up and had breakfast as usual in the morning, and death followed suddenly about 9:45 o'clock. Although in poor health for the past 13 years, Mr. NORSWORTHY had not been confined to his bed steadily. Despite his great age and his illness, he had maintained his faculties to the end.

      Deceased who was in his 91st year, was born in Devonshire, England, but left for Canada on his sixth birthday, coming with his people to the Thamesford area where his father took up land. As a young man he entered the insurance building business, coming to Ingersoll to make his home about 60 years ago. For many years he was an inspector for the North British mercantile Insurance Co., remaining with that firm until superannuated. He had travelled considerably, and was a lover of sculpture and art.

      The pride of his later years had been the most brilliant record of his four sons during the Great War. They made a valiant name for themselves, two having made the supreme sacrifice. Their names are written high in the list of Canadian soldiers in the world struggle, the Victoria Cross being among the cherished reminders which came of their service.

      A home-loving man, Mr. NORSWORTHY had given much time and money to the improvement of his beautiful home and grounds on King Street East, one of the most attractive of Ingersoll properties. For these reasons, he had not been one to seek public office, although many years ago he served for a time on the Ingersoll Board of Education. He had always taken a deep interest, however, in the affairs of his community and of the world at large.

      A plainly-spoken man, and one who at all times indicated the full courage of his convictions, deceased was never doubted as to his stand or viewpoint on any public question. A great reader, and a student of world affairs, especially as they centered about the events leading up to, during and following the Great War, deceased was regarded as particularly well-versed on these matters, and in a private way, an authority on many angles of that catastrophe. He was a member of St. James Anglican Church.

      Mr. NORSWORTHY was married twice, his first wife being Mary Jane CUTHBERT, who passed away some 41 years ago; he married Mrs. John T. MACDONALD of Sarnia, who survives him. He is also survived by the following sons and daughter by his first marriage: Lt.-Co. S.C. and Lieut. J. W. NORSWORTHY, Montreal; and Miss Helen A. NORSWORTHY. Two sons, Major Edward C. and Adjutant Alfred J. gave their lives overseas.

      The funeral was held from the family residence "Norleigh", King Street East, on Saturday afternoon, where a short private service was conducted at 2 o'clock to St. James Anglican Church for public service at 2:30 o'clock. The service at the church was largely attended and was in charge of Capt., the Rev. C.K. MASTERS, rector of St. James Church. Members of the choir were in attendance. Although it was asked that flowers be omitted, there were many very beautiful pieces in evidence, testifying to the high esteem in which deceased was held.

      The pall bearers were: Messr. Rex YULE, James S. CUTHBERT, Senator Donald SUTHERLAND; W.W. THOMPSON, Montreal; G.C. DEWAR and G.F. PEARSON, Toronto. Interment was made in the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. Relatives were present from St. Thomas, London, Sarnia, Trenton, Forest, Toronto, Galt, Hamilton, and Windsor. Others from a distance included Lieut.-Co. W.H. CLARK-KENNEDY, V.C., Montreal; Mr. and Mrs. HOPKINS, Toronto; William C. NOXON, Toronto; T. R .RICHARDSON, Galt; W.T.A. MACFAYDEN, Toronto; George I. EVANS, Hamilton; W. James and J. H. MATSON, London; J. R. BEATON, Waterloo; Harold P. FERRIER,
      Watford; W. H. DAWSON, Tillsonburg; M. H. JOHNSTON, Woodstock; and L. P. THOMPSON, Cobourg. (Ingersoll Tribune)
    Buried 7 Nov 1936  Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    Ingersoll Rural Cemetery
    Ontario Canada, Ontario
    Canada 
    • He was buried with both of his wives, Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, section C, row AA, stone 7. NORSWORTHY--In memory of James Counter NORSWORTHY, born July 2nd, 1846 at Widdecombe, Devonshire, England, came to Canada with his parents in 1852, died November 4th, 1936. A devoted father and an ardent Canadian and Imperialist and in memory of his beloved first wife / Mary Jane CUTHBERT, who died February 27th, 1891, aged 38 years / In loving memory of Jane Elizabeth TAYLOR, wife of James Counter NORSWORTHY, who died 22nd April 1951, aged 90 years, mourned by the community and by her stepchildren to whom she showed most unselfish devotion.
    Notes 
    • In 1909 James wrote a biography of the members of his family and placed it within cement steps at his brother George's home in Florida for posterity. "James Counter married Mary Jane CUTHBERT, had five children, four sons and one daughter. His wife died in the year 1891. He established himself in the town of Ingersoll, county of Oxford, Ontario, conducting an insurance banking business for many years, subsequently took office with the North British & Mercantile Ins. Co. as their inspector for the Dominion of Canada. Was so engaged for fifteen years, when he retired to his home in Ingersoll.

      At the time of this writing, James Counter NORSWORTHY, and his daughter, are visiting his brother William George and family here in the town of McIntosh, spending a few weeks with them. At the same time, Mr. Joseph COOMBES and his wife, their cousins of Arcola, Illinois, are also visiting here. Mr. COOMBES' mother was the sister of John NORSWORTHY, father of James C. and William George NORSWORTHY. While here on this visit, James C. NORSWORTHY for pleasure is building for his brother, the concrete stone steps to his residence, where this will be found.

      James Counter NORSWORTHY's family consists of Edward Cuthbert, Stanley Counter, Helen Alice, Alfred James, and John Weldon. The four sons are now residing in the city of Montreal, Canada, Edward as manager at Montreal of the Dominion Securities Corporation, Stanley C. as clerk on the staff of the Bank of Montreal, Alfred J. on the staff of the Molson's Bank of Canada, John W. as clerk on the staff of the Canadian Bank of Commerce, all unmarried.

      This short biography of the family is written by James C. NORSWORTHY on the 15th day of March, 1909, and deposited together with a short biography written by his cousin, Joseph COOMBES, of his father's family, who also migrated from England in the year 1851 to the United States.

      McIntosh is situated on the western border of Orange Lake, and is a thriving village, and the center of an important orange-growing district."

      Also, Stanley NORSWORTHY wrote, "Father eventually landed in Ingersoll where he had a small private banking and insurance business. He gave up the former when he became inspector for the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company."(Saga)

      C. HOPKINS wrote in 1921, "His first attempts at a livelihood were in woodworking, but he gave that up after two years and became involved with the business of life insurance. He eventually moved to Ingersoll where he partnered with E. C. Harris in a general insurance business; this lasted until 1873 when he bought out his partner and secured the local agency for the Hamilton Provident and Loan Society and the Huron and Erie Loan Company. In 1890 he accepted an Inspectorship in the North British and Mercantile Insurance Company and sold out his local business; a few years later he became Chief Inspector with the whole Dominion as his field. He retired in 1905 after a severe personal accident. During these years he travelled across Canada and acquired a wide and sympathetic knowledge of the Dominion, its history, people and business conditions. [8, 9, 10]
    Person ID I4225  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 23 Sep 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) 
    Address 1831  [11
    Bittleford, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon 
    • Address at the time of Charles' baptism.
    Married 7 Apr 1831  St. Pancras Church, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Address 1832  [11
    Southway, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon 
    • Address at the time of Samuel's baptism.
    Address 1841  Stouts Cottage, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Address 1843  [14
    Stouts, Widecombe in the Moor, Devon 
    • Address at the baptism of their son, Henry, on 19 October 1843
    Address 1851  [1
    Bridge St., Bovey Tracey, Devon 
    Name change 1852  [15
    • After coming to Canada their name changed to NORSWORTHY.
    Address 1861  [16
    Dorchester, Middlesex, Ontario 
    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 1 Mary Jane CUTHBERT,   b. 14 Sep 1852, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1891, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1878  West Oxford Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • 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.] [4, 5, 7]
    Address 250, King St East, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [17, 18
    • 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)
    Children 
     1. Major, Edward Cuthbert NORSWORTHY,   b. 29 May 1879, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1915, Langemarck, West Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 35 years)
     2. Lt. Col. Stanley Counter NORSWORTHY,   b. 13 Dec 1881, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Dec 1966, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
     3. Helen Alice "Nellie" NORSWORTHY,   b. 4 May 1884, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jun 1970, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Lieut. Alfred James "Fred" NORSWORTHY,   b. 3 May 1887, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1917, Langemarck, West Flanders, Belgium Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 29 years)
     5. Lieut. John Weldon NORSWORTHY,   b. 13 Mar 1890, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jan 1975, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    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.
    'Norleigh', home of J.C. Norsworthy
    "Norleigh", home of J.C. Norsworthy
    Photo originally belonged to Nellie Ruth Herman, nee Counter.
    Counter family visiting J.C. Norsworthy
    Counter family visiting J.C. Norsworthy
    Top L to R: Charles Walton Counter; (presumably) his wife, Jessie; J. C. Norsworthy; lower L to R: John Scott Counter; (presumably) his sister Nellie Ruth.
    Photo originally belonged to Nellie Ruth Herman, nee Counter.
    250 King St. East, Ingersol, Ontario in 2008
    250 King St. East, Ingersol, Ontario in 2008
    Last Modified 27 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F1197  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Jane Elizabeth "Jennie" TAYLOR,   b. 24 Aug 1860, Albion Twp., Peel, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Apr 1951  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 7 May 1895  Sarnia, Lambdon, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • James C. NORSWORTHY, age 48, residing in Ingersoll, born England, Widower, Presbyterian; son of John and Mary; and Jennie MCDONALD, age 34, residing in Sarnia, born Albion Twp., Widow, Methodist; daughter of John and Margaret TAYLOR, married by license on 7 May 1895 in Sarnia. Witnesses: Miss TAYLOR, Mrs. D. E. MARTIN of Sarnia. [5]
    Address 1911  [19
    King St., Ingersoll, Ontario 
    Children 
     1. Jennie Taylor NORSWORTHY,   b. 11 Mar 1897, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1897, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2016 
    Family ID F1198  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Norsworthy family
    Norsworthy family
    Inscribed: L-R Wm. George Norsworthy, Elizabeth Watts, James Counter Norsworthy, Aunt Avis. Photo taken in Walkerton; there is no date.
    Norsworthy family
    Norsworthy family
    Back of photo taken in Walkerton, Ontario
    James Counter Norsworthy
    James Counter Norsworthy
    James Caunter Norsworthy
    James Caunter Norsworthy
    Taken age 75.
    Photo originally belonged to Nellie Ruth Herman, nee Counter.

    Documents
    Norsworthy visit, 1909
    Norsworthy visit, 1909
    Newspaper clipping reporting on the return of James Norsworthy and his daughter, Nellie, to Ingersoll in April 1909.
    Obituary: James C. Norsworthy
    Obituary: James C. Norsworthy
    Complete obit can be seen here

    Headstones
    NORSWORTHY
    NORSWORTHY
    The bust of EDWARD CUTHBERT NORSWORTHY sits on top of the Norsworthy monument, and faces his home, Norleigh. It was commissioned after his death by his father, James C. Norsworthy.

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

    2. [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.).

    3. [S168] England and Wales Registration Index.

    4. [S317] Ontario Archives.

    5. [S109] Civil Marriage Registration.

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

    7. [S162] Website.

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

    9. [S276] NORSWORTHY Saga, Stanley Norsworthy, (Undated).

    10. [S348] Book: A Canadian Family in the Great War 1914 - 1918, J. Castell Hopkins, (Published privately, Toronto, 1921. Copy in Parish of Widecombe-in-the-Moor Family History Center Library.).

    11. [S208] Parish Register, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, Rev. E. C. WOOD; H. TAPLEY- SOPER, (Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Record Society, 1938.).

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

    13. [S137] Census of England, 1841.

    14. [S246] Parish Register, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon.

    15. [S676] Personal communication.

    16. [S222] Census of Canada, 1861.

    17. [S280] Book: Ingersoll: Our Heritage, Harry Whitwell, (1978).

    18. [S217] Newspaper.

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


  

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