Saturday, August 25, 2018

Gibson: Annie and Canada 1925-26

Annie Bell who later married Finlay Gibson was born in West, Hamilton, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada where her parents were living in 1859. Later they moved back to Ayrshire, Scotland and it was there that Annie met her husband, Finlay. They married in Stevenston, May 20, 1881. They had five children, one son and four daughters.

After Finlay's death at the end of December 1924, Annie decided to go to one of her daughters living in Winnipeg, Canada - Kate was by then married to William Robson. I found her departure on board the steamship Letitia, of the Anchor-Donaldson Line; Master, David Taylor, 280 passengers; date of departure from Glasgow 18 June 1925 bound to Quebec and Montreal. Canada is given as Annie's 'Country of intended future permanent residence'.

She was 66. A year later she died and various notices appeared in the local press as follows:

The Manitoba Free Press, Wed, 29 Sept 1926 p 7 col 3 'Deaths & funerals':

'Mrs Annie Gibson, widow of the late Finlay Gibson, died at St Boniface hospital on Monday. A native of Hamilton Ont she had spent most of her life in Scotland and had resided with her daughter, Mrs William Robson, 197 Hill Street, Norwood, about a year. The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the Gardiner funeral home to Elmwood cemetery and Rev J E Ramsden will officiate'.

The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, Wed, 29 Sept, 1926, p 15 col 3 'Deaths':

'GIBSON - Entered late rest on Sept 27 at St Boniface Hospital, Annie Gibson, aged 67 years, widow of the late Finlay Gibson and mother of Mrs Wm. Robson 197 Hill Street ... p.m. Wednesday, from the ... Gardiner Funeral Home, 172 Kennedy St. Interment in the family plot* at Elmwood Cemetery.'

Medical Certificate of Death:
Place of Death St Boniface 
Name of Deceased: Annie Gibson 197 Hill St Norwood
Date of Death September 27th 1926
Name Annie Gibson
I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from Aug 18th 1926 to Sept 27th 1926, that I last saw her alive on Sept 27th and that death occurred on 27th Sept 1926 at 9 p.m.
Cause of death:
Primary: Exhaustion from long continued sub acute disease (emphysema) duration 1 month 18 days
Contributory (secondary) emphysema duration 1 month 20 days
Did an operation precede death Yes  date of Sept 18th
Signed Sept 28 1926
Place of burial Elmwood Cemetery
Date of burial 29 Sept 1926

[Acknowledgements to Denise Neufeld in Canada for the above information.]

*** Ryan Moore please contact me via this blog - I have tried emailing you but your address must have changed. More on the Gibsons and Bells - we discussed these earlier

Annie Bell Gibson's memorial stone at Emwood Cemetery, Winnipeg
photo at Findagrave

The official notice of death includes Annie's parents names: Full name of father: Samuel Bell
Birthplace of father: England Maiden name of mother: Catherine Ross. Birthplace of mother: Stephenston (sic, should be Stevenston) Scotland.

Samuel Bell was born in Chetwynd, Shropshire in 1833 and married Catherine Thomson Ross in 1858. Catherine was born November 18, 1834 in Stevenston, where she died in 1913. More information on the Ross family has been acquired.

Catherine Thomson Ross Bell
 Samuel Bell
Samuel Bell
[Photos from FindaGrave]

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