My Great Aunt, Dorothea Gertrude Evison Rickett

Dorothea Gertrude Evison and her family

Dorothea Gertrude Evison and her family

Birth Certificate - Dorothea Gertrude Evison

Birth Certificate – Dorothea Gertrude Evison

Dorothea Gertrude Evison was born in Delaware, Middlesex County, Ontario (Canada) on 30 Jan 1894, the oldest child of William St. Thomas Evison and Fannie Sarah Finch.

Dorothea’s younger sister, Ethel Annie Evison (my grandmother), was born on 5 Sep 1898.

In 1899, when Dorothea was about 5 years old, the Evison family moved to Austin, Mower County, Minnesota (USA).

In the 1905 Minnesota Census  which was completed on 1 Jun 1905, the Evison family is living at 506 West Maple Street in Austin.  Dorothea’s father, William, was employed as a janitor for churches, etc.

According to a notice which was published in the Austin Daily Herald on 6 Oct 1905, the family moved back to Canada — to London, Ontario — which is about a 20 minute drive from Delaware.

Austin Daily Herald (6 Oct 1905) - The Evison Family

But their return to Canada was shortlived!!  This was published in the Austin Daily Herald on 12 Jul 1907:

Austin Daily Herald (12 Jul 1907) - The Evison Family

First Baptist Church in Austin, Minnesota

First Baptist Church in Austin, Minnesota

It’s clear from all the references that I found in the Austin Daily Herald archives on Ancestry.com, that the Evisons were very involved in the First Baptist Church in Austin (Minnesota).

Dorothea’s mother, Fannie, was a Sunday School teacher and it’s likely that Dorothea’s father, William, was the janitor for the church.

Austin Daily Herald (12 Mar 1910) - Mrs.  William Evison

Austin Daily Herald – 12 Mar 1910

There are multiple mentions in the Austin Daily Herald  about Dorothea and her sister giving recitations in church and Dorothea performing as a soloist in the church choir.

Dorothea was also the treasurer of the church’s Young Ladies Missionary Society (Austin Daily Herald, 9 May 1910).

In the 1910 U.S. Federal Census, the family was still living at 404 St. Paul St in Austin (Minnesota).

But sometime before May of 1920, Dorothea and her family must have moved back to London (Ontario).  On 29 May 1920 in London, Dorothea was a witness to the marriage of her sister, Ethel, to Earl Eichenberger.

Wedding Party - Ethel Evison and Earl Eichenberger

Wedding Party – Ethel Evison and Earl Eichenberger

l-r: unknown, Nellie Evison, William Evison, Earl Eichenberger, Ethel Evison, Dorothea Evison, Fannie Finch Evison, Clifford Eichenberger

Seale Terrace, York Street, London, Ontario

Seale Terrace, York Street, London, Ontario

On her sister’s marriage certifiate, Dorothea listed her address as No. 3 Seale Terrace, York St., London.

It took me FOREVER to figure out where Seale Terrace was!  It’s not actually a street — but a building!

It was a set of rowhouses that was on York Street, between Thames and Ridout (see map).

I’m almost certain that the wedding photo (see above) was taken in front of Seale Terrace.

Update on 20 Nov 2013:

The 1921 Canadian Census has now been released and indexed!  In 1921, 27-year-old Dorothea was living with her parents in London (Ontario), on 3 Seale Terrace — a 2-storey brick building with 6 rooms that the Evisons rented for $21 a month.  Dorothea is working as a cashier.

1921 Census - William, Fannie and Dorothea Evison

In the 1922 Vernon’s Directory for London, Dorothea is listed — living with her father at 3 Seale Terrace, York Street.    She is working as a cashier at Anderson Bros retail store which was located at 1-5 Covent Garden in London.

Marriage - Gordon Rickett and Dorothea Evison

Marriage – Gordon Rickett and Dorothea Evison

Gordon Wilfred Rickett

Gordon Wilfred Rickett

On 17 Jun 1924 in London, Dorothea married Gordon Wilfred Rickett, son of Robert Henry Rickett and Jennie Kerr.

Gordon was born in Greenbush, Ontario (Canada) on 9 Jan 1895.

According to the Voter’s Lists that I found on Ancestry. com, Dorothea and Gordon lived at 198 Simcoe Street in London (Ontario) from at least 1945.  Gordon continued to live there after Dorothea’s death.

The family trees on Ancestry.com record that Dorothea and Gordon had 5 children (3 boys and 2 girls).  However, as of the date of this blog, I could find information on only two of them:

  • William Robert Rickett – born in London (Ontario) on 19 Mar 1925.  William married Betty Dowler and was a tinsmith.  William died on 20 Mar 1985 in London.
  • Joyce Rickett – born in 1931 and died in 1971

Dorothea died in London in 1954, when she was 60 years old.  I would have been 6 years old when she died, but I don’t recall meeting her 😦

Wilfred died on 19 May 1975 in London and he is buried with Dorothea in Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario (Canada).

Headstone - Gordon and Dorothea Evison Rickett

Headstone – Gordon and Dorothea Evison Rickett

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