While researching my Evison ancestors, I’ve come across many twins in the family. At some point in the future, I’ll write a blog and explain where in the family tree I think that the “twin gene” originates.
As well as twins being common in the Evison family, Alden is a common family name. For example, Alden’s uncle (his mother’s brother) is Alden Wickham. And Alden’s maternal great grandfather is Alden Ashley.
In 1881, three-year-old Oliver and Alden were living with their parents and siblings in Westminster Township, Middlesex County (Ontario). By 1891, they moved to Delaware, Middlesex County (Ontario) and were attending school there. By 1901, the family moved to South London (which at the time was still part of Westminster Township). 23-year-old Oliver and Alden were “living on their own means” and employed as general labourers — but were still living at home with their parents.
On 8 Nov 1905 in Mount Brydges, Caradoc Township, Middlesex County (Ontario), 28-year-old Alden Evison married 25-year-old Minnie Nancy Bidnall.
Sometime prior to 1908, Oliver moved in with Alden and Minnie. In the 1908 Vernon’s Directory for London (Ontario), they are listed as living together on 179 Briscoe Street, which is in Wortley Village in South London. Today 179 Briscoe Street is a parking lot 😦
This is a photograph that my first cousin gave to me. From the photograph, I would guess that Alden and Oliver ran a bakery business out of their home on Briscoe Street and that they used the wagon to deliver the confections that they made to their customers. “Confection” is defined as “a sweet preparation, such as candy.”
I don’t know who the man is in the photo. It could be Oliver or Alden or even their brother, George!
Note that, on the side of the wagon, the spelling of the brother’s surname is “Eveson”.
This is a good time to explain that, within the family, the name is pronounced two ways: as “Eve-eh-son” and as “Eh-vi-son”! I’ve been spelling it as “Evison” in the blogs because most of the documents that I’ve found spell it that way. I grew up pronouncing it as “Eh-vi-son” but some of my family members say, “Eve-e-son”.
On 11 Jul 1912 in London (Ontario), Oliver married Susan (aka Susie) Elizabeth Bidnall, who is Minnie’s younger sister and Oliver’s sister-in-law. Another example in the Evison family of siblings marrying siblings!
Susie was born on 16 Oct 1886 in Caradoc Township, Middlesex County (Ontario).
By 1915, Alden and Oliver changed professions. Alden was now earning a living as a gardener and Oliver as a farmer — which is interesting because they were still living on Briscoe Street which, even in 1915, was within the city limits of London (Ontario)!
But I did look through pages of images and managed to find the 1921 Census for Alden and Minnie. Oliver and Susie were not living with them in 1921.
Edited to add on 5 Nov 2013:
I looked more carefully at the 1921 Census for Alden and Minnie and I noticed that there are two children living with them: Betty (age 4) and Mona (age 5) Kisick. I don’t know who these children are — but I’ll do some research and update this blog if I discover more about Betty and Mona.
Because I don’t have an address for them, I couldn’t find Oliver and Susie in the 1921 Census — I’ll have to wait until it is indexed and searchable. (*** see below for update)
Oliver died on 26 Jun 1921 (place and cause of death unknown). He was only 44 years old when he passed away 😦 The following year, on 8 Apr 1922, Alden died at home on Briscoe Street. His cause of death was “aortic regurgitation” and “angina pectoris”.
Alden and Oliver are buried next to each other in Woodland Cemetery in London (Ontario).
It appears that Minnie re-married after Alden’s death. The surname on the headstone for Minnie is “Mansell”. Minnie Bidnall Evison Mansell died on 23 Mar 1972. She was 91 years old! I don’t know for sure if Alden and Minnie had any children, but not likely.
I’ve been in touch with a great niece of Minnie and Susie.
She told me that she frequently visited Minnie and Susie in the McCormick Home for the Aged in London (Ontario), where they shared a room.
She said that Susie re-married after Oliver’s death — to Fred Smale. And that Oliver and Susie had a daughter named Olive (who may have been born in 1919 and who married and had a daughter).
Susie Bidnall Evison Smale died on 30 Jan 1974.
*** Update on 29 Oct 2013: the 1921 Canadian Census has now been indexed!!
In 1921, Oliver and Susie were living at 105 Duchess Avenue in London (Ontario). Oliver is still working as a baker and earning about $800 a year.
Note that Oliver and Susie’s daughter, Olive, is not listed in the 1921 Census! The census was taken on or about 1 Jun 1921. Oliver died shortly after, on 26 Jun 1921. Therefore, Olive must have been born after 1 Jun 1921 and before abt March of 1922.