Francis Herman Evison is the 5th oldest and 3rd son of William Evison and Ellen Wickham. He is my great uncle — brother to my great grandfather, William St. Thomas Evison.
Francis was commonly known as “Frank” and he was named probably for his grandfather’s brother, Francis Evison, and his grandmother’s illegitimate son, Herman Frost.
On 11 Jan 1871, Frank was born in Westminster Township, Middlesex County (Ontario). He lived with his family until he married Charlotte Hill on 10 May 1893 in Lambeth, Middlesex County (Ontario).
Charlotte is the daughter of George and Mary Hill and she was born in Yorkville, York County (Ontario) on 24 Apr 1859 — making Charlotte almost 12 years older than Frank!
Update on 13 Dec 2013
Before she married Frank, Charlotte had a daughter named Marion who was born in 1885. Marion lived with her grandfather, George Hill, in Delaware (Ontario) until she married Harry Edwin Reynolds Davis in Alberta (Canada) in 1912.
Between 1894 and 1900, Frank and Charlotte had 4 children, all born in Delaware, Middlesex County (Ontario):
- Hannah Frances born on 25 Feb 1894
- Norman Edward born on 30 Oct 1895
- Richard Herman born on 20 Mar 1898
- Charlotte Ellen “Nellie” Evison (also known as Irene Olive) born on 6 Aug 1900
In 1901, the family was living together in Delaware and by 1911, the family had moved to Lobo Township (probably to Komoka).
Frank was 45 years old when he enlisted in the Canadian army in Strathroy (Ontario) on 23 Feb 1916. He was assigned to the 135th O.S. Battalion – C.E.F. and was promoted to Corporal — but was wounded during the fighting and returned home.
The photograph below was sent to me by a distant relative of Frank and Charlotte’s. Frank’s Attestation Papers described him as being 5 ft 7 in tall (with a dark complexion, grey eyes and brown hair). Looking at the photo and how tall Charlotte is compared to Frank, I would guess that Charlotte was about 5 ft tall.
And below are scanned copies of “paintings” (or maybe colourized photographs?) of Frank and Charlotte that were given to me by their granddaughter, Shirley. Shirley confirmed that Charlotte was a tiny woman and that she rarely saw her grandmother standing up — she most frequently sat in a chair.
Charlotte died in 1939 in her 80th year and Frank in 1944. He was 73 years old. They are buried together in Oakland Cemetery in Delaware, Middlesex County (Ontario).
Update on 5 Nov 2013
The 1921 Canadian Census has now been uploaded and indexed by Ancestry.ca. I found Frank and Charlotte living in Zone Township, Lambton County (Ontario) in 1921.