There are several major mysteries surrounding William Evison and Sarah “Ellen” Wickham, my great, great grandparents.
I know that William Evison was born on 11 May 1839 and baptized on 9 June 1839 in Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire (England). He was the youngest child of William Saint Thomas Evison and Lucy Frost and brother to Harriet, John and Francis Evison.
William lived with his family in Hogsthorpe and Farlesthorpe, Lincolnshire (England), until at least 1851. Sometime before Jun 1860 (date of the 1860 US Census), he immigrated to the USA. In 1860, he is living in Sylvania, Lucas County, Ohio (USA) with his parents.
The first major mystery is — exactly when did the Evisons come to the US, and why specifically to Ohio?
Update on 17 Dec 2013
The family departed from Liverpool (England) and arrived in New York (USA) on 19 Dec 1853 aboard the ship, West Point.
William’s occupation is listed as “bookbinder”.
I know that William Evison married Sarah “Ellen” Wickham, daughter of Alfred Wickham. But I don’t know Ellen’s mother’s name *** According to the 1901 Canadian Census, Ellen was born 19 Jul 1844 — in either New York State or Michigan (USA).
As mentioned, in 1860 William was living with his parents in Sylvania, Ohio. But Ellen is living with her father and siblings in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan.
Today, these two places are only about a two hour drive apart — but in the 1860s?? So the second major mystery is how/when/where did William Evison and Ellen Wickham meet — and when and where did they marry?
My best guess is that William and Ellen married sometime between June 1860 (date of the 1860 US Census) and November of 1860 (nine months before the birth of their first child, Cintha, in July of 1861). But did they marry in Ohio or Michigan??
The only document or reference that I can find about their marriage is in a book called, “Delaware and Westminster Townships: Together In History” which was published by the Westminister Township Historical Society in November of 2006. In the write-up about the Evisons, it says that William and Ellen married in Toledo, Ohio (USA) in 1860. What I don’t know is who wrote the article or what documentation they have.
Between the birth of their second child in December of 1863 and the birth of their third child in June of 1866, William and Ellen moved from Michigan to Westminster Township, Middlesex County, Ontario (Canada). This is the third major mystery – why did they leave Michigan and move to Ontario?
Then, for at least 25 years (from 1866 until 1891), William and Ellen remained in Westminster Township where they had 9 more children (including a set of twins!). William’s occupation in the censuses is listed as “farmer”.
By 1901, William and Ellen moved again — this time to Tambling’s Corners which is now part of Wortley Village in south London, Ontario (Canada).
William and Ellen remained in Tambling’s Corners until about 1911, when they moved to live with their daughter, Susan, who lived in Chatham Township, Ontario (Canada).
William died at age 72 of the complications of uremia and apoplexy. He was living on Concession 2, Lot 19, of Chatham Township when he died. The informant was his son, Charles, who listed his father’s occupation as “farmer”.
Ellen also died when she was 72 years old — on 21 Jan 1917 from broncho-pneumonia and cardiac failure. Ellen was living in Dunwich, Kent County, at the time of her death and the informant was her son, Alden.
The final major mystery — where are William and Ellen buried?
William Evison and Ellen Sarah Wickham had the following children:
- Cintha (Cynthia) Iona (b: abt Jul 1861 in Michigan).
- William St. Thomas (b: 2 Dec 1863 in Iona, Michigan), my great grandfather
- Lucy Ann (Annie) (b: 9 Jun 1866 in Ontario)
- Alfred Parry (b: in 1868 in Westminster Twp, Middlesex County, Ontario)
- Francis (Frank) Hermon (b: 11 Jan 1871 in Westminster Twp, Middlesex County, Ontario)
- George Henry (b: 9 Mar 1874 in Lambeth, Middlesex County, Ontario)
- Twins Oliver and Alden (b: 12 Jul 1877 in Westminster Twp, Middlesex County, Ontario)
- Mary Ellen (b: 13 Nov 1879 in Middlesex County, Ontario)
- Susan Matilda (b: 23 Nov 1881 in Kilworth, Delaware Twp, Middlesex County, Ontario)
- Charles William (b: in 1884 in Kilworth, Delaware Twp, Middlesex County, Ontario)
This is a report of the descendants of William Evison and Ellen Wickham that I produced on 3 Dec 2013. Be sure to check the individual blog for each person because it will have additional data and the most up-to-date information for each person. Also the individual blogs have the supporting documents attached.
*** The mystery of the name of Ellen’s mother is solved!