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Mary Jane CUTHBERT

Mary Jane CUTHBERT

Female 1852 - 1891  (38 years)

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  • Name Mary Jane CUTHBERT  [1
    Born 14 Sep 1852  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 27 Feb 1891  Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Cause: Diphtheria 
    • NORSWORTHY -- In Ingersoll, February 27, 1891, Mary Jane CUTHBERT, beloved wife of J. C. NORSWORTHY, aged 38 years. (Ingersoll Chronicle)

      Mary Jane NORSWORTHY, age 38 years, died 27 February 1891 at Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario. Born around 1853 in Ontario, married, wife of J. C. NORSWORTHY (Death reg.)
    Buried Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Address:
    Ingersoll Rural Cemetery
    Ontario Canada, Ontario
    Canada 
    • Buried beside her husband at Ingersoll Rural Cemetery. Section C; row AA, stone 7.
    Notes 
    • Mary Jane was the daughter of Alexander CUTHBERT and Jane DENNIS.

      C. HOPKINS wrote, " Mary Jane CUTHBERT was the daughter of Alexander CUTHBERT, whose homestead was located near the town of Ingersoll. Mr. CUTHBERT had originally come from Scotland in 1834 and had, since then, become one of the largest land-owners in Oxford - a county famous in Canada for the prosperity and well-being of its farms, for a large and important cheese industry and for its comfortable country homes. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. NORSWORTHY, four sons and one daughter. The mother in this family circle was a handsome woman, very fond of her home and a natural center of its homelife, devoted to husband and children, intellectually capable and with sound judgment, exceptionally well-read and of sincere Christian belief and practice, quiet in disposition and averse to social publicity." [4, 5, 6]
    • (Medical):
      "After nursing her little daughter of seven through a malignant attack of diphtheria, Mrs. NORSWORTHY caught the disease and died on February 27, 1891 leaving five children, the youngest being barely a year old. "
    Person ID I4235  Nosworthy
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2016 

    Father Alexander CUTHBERT,   b. Abt 1812, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Feb 1870, West Oxford Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Mother Jane DENNIS,   b. Abt 1821, U.S.A. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1905, West Oxford Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 9 Jan 1842  Oxford County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Alexander CUTHBERT and Jane DENNIS married 9 January 1842. Place of origin: Oxford; Norwich. Witnesses: James DENNIS; John DENNIS. Married by Isaac Elliott (Second Baptist) Oxford. [7]
    Address 1852  East Oxford, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    • Prior to 1851 Alexander and Jane had six children. Within a space of few years all children died from Ship's Fever or typhus as called today. It was believed that the illness was brought into the home by a hired hand who likely contracted it on his 12 week passage from Scotland.
    Family ID F116  Group Sheet

    Family James Caunter NOSWORTHY,   b. 2 Jul 1846, Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Nov 1936, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 26 Apr 1878  West Oxford Township, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • 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.] [2, 8, 9]
    Address 250, King St East, Ingersoll, Oxford, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 10
    • 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

  • Photos
    Mary Cuthbert
    Mary Cuthbert
    Inscribed on the back, "My Mary Cuthbert"
    Mary Norsworthy, nee Cuthbert
    Mary Norsworthy, nee Cuthbert
    Inscribed on the back, "Mary Cuthbert Norsworthy".
    Mary Norsworthy, nee Cuthbert
    Mary Norsworthy, nee Cuthbert
    Although not inscribed, it is believed to be that of Mary based on the resemblance to the earlier photo.

    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. [S676] Personal communication.

    2. [S162] Website.

    3. [S83] Certified Copy of an Entry of Death, General Register Office.

    4. [S217] Newspaper.

    5. [S295] Census of Canada, 1851.

    6. [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.).

    7. [S534] Library: Oxford County Library, (www.ocl.net).

    8. [S317] Ontario Archives.

    9. [S109] Civil Marriage Registration.

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


  

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