Summary of the descent of Alan Blythe
||Ann (“Nancy”) Buxton
||Martha Ellen Jarratt
|John Jarratt Blythe
||Mildred Mary Flint
||Jessie Clara McCullough
The preparation of this account of the Blythe lineage has received assistance from many family members, as well as the following persons: Mr. George W. Glenn, of Winnipeg, a professional genealogist, who performed record-searches for us; Miss Eunice Wilson, of London, who kindly consulted her collections relating to people of Bradford; Mrs. Ellen Perkins, of the Sheffield and District Family History Society; Mrs. Linda M. Peabody, of Doncaster, Yorkshire, a professional genealogist; and Stuart Hill.
See also the Ancestor Table of the daughters of Alan Blythe and Jessie Clara McCullough.
William Blythe, of Sheffield, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, alive in 1788, was perhaps the one of this name baptized 12 June 1752, son of Josiah Blythe and (presumably) Margaret Waller. He married 8 April 1776 in Sheffield Cathedral (per IGI), Mary Platt, who was still alive in 1788. This couple is not always easily distinguished in records from the slightly younger, and considerably wealthier, William Blyth (whose surname usually appears without the final E) and the latter’s wife Mary Bridges. After the marriage of this other couple on 7 May 1789, the children of the two couples become impossible to disentangle on the basis of IGI extracts, and an examination of the original record has not yet been attempted. Known issue, all baptisms in Sheffield Cathedral (per IGI):
- (probably) William Blythe, baptized 12 February 1777, whose mother is not named in the record.
- (probably Mary Blythe, baptized 27 February 1780, whose mother is not named in the record.
- Martha Blythe, baptized 7 August 1782. A Martha Blyth who must have been about the same age married 16 November 1806 in Sheffield Cathedral (per IGI), Octavus Twigg, baptized 29 June 1781 in the Upper Independent Presbyterian Chapel, Sheffield, Yorkshire (per IGI), son of Joshua and Martha (____) Twigg. He died before 27 May 1856, when he is referred to as “Octavus Twigg, late of Sheffield, maker of razors, deceased.” We have not traced issue of this couple.
- Hannah Blythe, baptized 22 September 1784.
- George Blythe, baptized 18 January 1786, possibly identical with the one below.
- James Blythe, baptized 20 April 1788. A James Blyth married 5 March 1810 in Sheffield Cathedral (per IGI), Mary Fisher.
1. George Blyth(e), of Sheffield, Yorkshire, was born in 1786-87 (aged 64 in 1851) at Grimesthorpe, a village in the township of Brightside Bierlow, in the parish of Sheffield, Yorkshire (per 1851 census), and was still alive in 1851. Chronologically he would be a good match with the George Blythe above, baptized in 1786, but we have found no proof of such a possibility. He married 27 September 1813, after publication of banns, in the parish church of St. George, Doncaster, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, Ann (“Nancy”) Buxton (called Nancy in her baptismal record and in the 1851 census), born 1792-93 (aged 58 in 1851) at Greasbrough, near Rotherham, in the West (now South) Riding of Yorkshire (per the 1851 census), baptized 15 January 1793 in the Independent Chapel, Masbrough, near Rotherham, still alive in 1817, daughter of Henry Buxton, of Greasbrough and Masbrough, by the latter’s wife Martha Whittington, daughter of Isaac Whittington, of Rotherham. At the time of their marriage both parties were of Doncaster; he was able to sign his name in the register (as “George Blyth”), but she made a mark instead. The witnesses were a Joseph Birley and a John Hatfield. George Blythe and his wife were living at Sheffield in the period 1814-28, during which they baptized three children there; in the baptismal record of their daughter Martha (1828) he is called a mason. George Blythe and his son of the same name are found in nearby (and possibly adjacent) households at Kirkstall Forge in the 1841 census, in which he is called a bricklayer.
He and his wife are found at no. 21 Kirkstall Forge, Kirkstall, in the 1851 census, in which he is again called a bricklayer; their son George was then living next door to them at no. 20.
We have not found him or his wife in the 1861 census.
George Blythe is called a forgeman in the marriage record of his son William (1841), which he signs as a witness, writing his surname as “Blythe.” Such an occupation is at odds with that given in census records and may be incorrect, but the signature corresponds reasonably well with that made at his own marriage 28 years earlier, considering the amount of time which had passed in between.
- George Blythe, Jr., born at Sheffield, baptized 10 April 1814 in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Sheffield, living 1881. He married before 1839, Susannah Brooke, born 1813-14 (aged 37 in 1851, 67 in 1881) at Kirkstall, living 1881, daughter of William Brooke, who appears in their household in the 1861 census as a blind, widowed, retired forgeman, aged 78 years (thus born 1782-83), born at Halifax, Yorkshire.
As noted above, the household of George Blythe and his wife was near (and possibly adjacent to) that of his parents at Kirkstall Forge at the taking of the 1841 census, in which he is called a forgeman,
and he was definitely living next door to his parents at no. 20 Kirkstall Forge, Kirkstall, Hunslet, Yorkshire, at the taking of the 1851 census, in which he is called a “forgeman [in a] ball furnice [sic].”
He is found at Kirstall Forge Yard, Kirstall, in the 1861 census, in which he is called a ball furnaceman; his household at the time included his “father-in-law” William Brooke, as previously noted, and a grandson, Frederick Blythe, aged 1 year, born at Kirkstall Forge, who cannot be otherwise identified.
He is found at Owens Terrace, Headingly-cum-Burlington, near Sheffield, in the 1871 census, in which he is called a furnaceman; at the time his household included a grandson, Frederick Blythe, aged 11 years, of unstated birthplace, who suffered from a “spinal complaint.”
In 1881 he is found as a forgeman, living at 15 Tordoff Place, Headingly-cum-Burlington; at the time his household also included a grandson, George F. Brown, aged 12 years, born at Kirkstall, a scholar. Known issue:
- William G. Blythe, born 1838-39 (aged 2 in 1841, 12 in 1851, 22 in 1861), who was already working as an iron-roller in a forge in 1851, at the age of 12 years. He as still living unmarried with his parents in 1861, when he was a ball furnaceman in iron.
- Elizabeth Blythe, born 1840-41 (aged 1 in 1841, 11 in 1851, 21 in 1861). She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1861, no occupation being stated for her.
- Susannah Matilda Blythe (called Matilda in 1851, Susannah M. in 1861), born 1845-46 (aged 5 in 1851, 35 in 1881) at Low Moor. She is called a scholar in the 1851 census, and a “pupil teacher” (sic) in the 1861 census, and was still living unmarried with her parents in 1881, when she was a forewoman in the boot trade.
- Elizabeth Blythe, baptized 8 October 1815 in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Sheffield, of whom no further record has been found. She is not found in her parents’ household in the 1841 census.
- 2William Blythe, born at Brightside Bierlow, a township in Sheffield, baptized 5 October 1817.
- Henry Blythe, born 1816-1821 (aged 20-24 in 1841) in Yorkshire, probably the Henry Blythe, born 8 November 1820, baptized 17 December 1820, in Sheffield Parish Church, Church Street, Sheffield, son of George Blythe, of Sheffield, mason, and his wife Ann. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1841, when he was a mechanic apprentice. He is possibly the one of this name, aged 30 (hence born 1820-21), born at Brightside Bierlow, an iron turner, who is found at no. 3 Providence Terrace, Kirkstall, in the 1851 census.
- James Blythe, born 1824-25 (aged 20-24 in 1841, 26 in 1851) in Yorkshire, living 1851. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1841, when he was a bricklayer like his father. He married by 1846, Ann [Clark?], born (aged 30 in 1851) at Horsforth, Yorkshire, living 1851. He was likely the James Blythe who married 7 July 1845 in the parish church of Wakefield (IGI), Ann Clark. They are found at Guisley, Yorkshire, in the 1851 census, in which he is again called a bricklayer; and a George Clark, aged 8 years, identified only as lodger, is found in their household.
They are found at the Parkside, Guisley, in the 1861 census, in which he is yet again called a bricklayer.
- Sarah Blythe, born 1845-46 (aged 5 in 1851, 15 in 1861) at Horsforth.
- Martha Blythe, born 1848-49 (aged 2 in 1851, 12 in 1861) at Horsforth.
- Mary Blythe, born 1851-52 (aged 9 in 1861) at Horsforth.
- George Blythe, born 1854-55 (aged 6 in 1861) at Horsforth. The death of a George Clark Blythe
was registered in the final quarter of 1856 in the Hunslet registration district, but the index does not supply the age at death and we have not checked the original record.
- Elizabeth Blythe, born 1857-58 (aged 3 in 1861) at Horsforth.
- Martha Blythe, baptized 23 November 1828 in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Sheffield, as a daughter of George Blythe, mason, and his wife Ann. She was living with her parents in 1841 and 1851, but of whom no further record has been found.
- Mary Ann Blythe, baptized 20 October 1833 in the parish church of Kirkstall (IGI); doubtless died young as she is not found with her parents in the 1841 census.
- Sarah Jane Blythe, born 1834-35 (aged 6 in 1841) in Yorkshire, baptized 22 March 1835 in the parish church of Kirkstall (IGI), living 1841 but doubtless died young as she is not found with her parents in the 1841 census.
2. William Blythe, of Bradford, in the West Riding of Yorkshire, son of George and Ann (Buxton) Blythe, was born at Brightside Bierlow aforesaid, baptized 5 October 1817 in St. Peter’s Cathedral, Sheffield, alive in 1861. Ongoing efforts to locate a death record for him have been unsuccessful.
He is called a hammerman in the 1841 census, in which he appears with his parents. He married 27 September 1841 (on the 28th anniversary of his parents’ wedding), at Kirkstall, a hamlet in the chapelry of Headingley and parish of Leeds, Elizabeth Brook(e), born 1818 at Bowling, a township in Bradford, baptized 18 October 1818 in Bradford parish church, still alive in 1851 but probably not in 1861, daughter of William and Elizabeth (____) Brook(e), of Bradford and later of Kirstall Forge.
At the time of their marriage William Blythe and Elizabeth Brook were both single and of Kirkstall; she was able to sign her name in the register but he made a mark instead. The witnesses were George Blythe (probably the groom’s father) and a Joseph Robinson. William Blythe is called a forgeman in his marriage record and in the birth and marriage records of his son John (1847, 1870). In 1847, when their son John was born, William Blythe and his wife were living at Low Moor, a hamlet in North Bierley, Bradford; and at the 1851 census their address was 190 Forge Row. A possible explanation for his move there is that he had gone to work for the Low Moor Iron Works, a large factory which specialized in the making of “rivets…, coupling chains, carriage and wagon drawgear and colliery work.” William Blythe is found with his children Mary Ann and John at the “farm cottages,” Horsforth Road, in the 1861 census of Kirkstall, in which he is called a “shingler [and] hammerman [in] iron”; his wife was not present in the household and was presumably deceased, although his marital condition is given as “married” rather than “widower.” William Blythe has not been located in the 1871 census, and neither he nor his wife appear anywhere in Yorkshire in the LDS index to the 1881 census.
- Mary Ann Blythe, born 1842-43 at Kirkstall Forge (aged 8 in 1851, 18 in 1861), living unmarried with her father in 1861. We have found no further record of her.
- 3John Blythe, born 15 November 1847 at Low Moor.
3. John Blythe, of Sheffield, forgeman, son of William and Elizabeth (Brook) Blythe, was born 15 November 1847 at Low Moor, Yorkshire, and died 22 February 1916 at no. 7 Claywood Road, Sheffield, of cancer, aged 68 years, and buried on 2 March following in grave no. 832, Section KK of Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield. He was living with his father at Kirkstall at the taking of the 1861 census, when, at the age of only 13, he was already working in a forge. He married 27 December 1870 in the Surrey Street Chapel (Methodist), Sheffield, Martha Ellen Jarratt, born 1849-50 at Sheffield (aged 1 year in the 1851 census; her birth seems to have gone unregistered), died (testate) 11 February 1919 at 7 Claywood Road, Sheffield, of a brain embolism and heart failure, aged 69 years, daughter of John Jarratt, of Sheffield, brickmaker, by the latter’s wife Mary Baxter. At the time of their marriage they were both single. His address was no. 47 Cemetery Road, North Brightside, Bierlow, Sheffield, and she was living with her parents at no. 3 Ditchingham Street, Brightside, also in Bierlow. He is called a forgeman, and the witnesses were her brother James Jarratt, and a Mary Purcell [who was doubtless the bride’s first cousin, Mary (Jarratt) Purcell].
John Blythe is also called a forgeman in the birth records of his sons Harry (1872) and son John (1878), a forgeman in Henry’s marriage record (1897), and a steel-worker in John’s marriage record (1900). This son John told his own son Alan Blythe that his father was a “steel puddler” and worked in a number of different factories.
John and Martha Blythe lived for some time after their marriage with her parents, and are found with them at no. 3 Ditchingham Street, Brightside Bierlow, Sheffield, in the 1871 census. On 13 November 1872 (when their son Harry was born) they were residing at no. 9 Ditchingham Street, but on 18 August 1878 (when their son John was born) they were residing at no. 57 Talbot Road, Blackpool, Lancashire; and they were there for several months at least. They had however returned to Sheffield by 1880 (when their son William was born), and were enumerated at no. 144 Petre Street, Brightside Bierlow (for all practical purposes a suburb of Sheffield), in the 1881 census, which calls John a “steel tyre hammerman.” They were living at no. 8 Buckenham Street, All Saints Parish, Brightside Bierlow, in 1891, when he is called a hammerman. (They evidently took this house over from Martha’s brother James, who had it in 1881.) In 1891 their children Henry and Annie were living a few houses away with his widowed mother at no. 4 Buckenham Street. In 1901 they were still at no. 8 Buckenham Street, Brightside Bierlow, and he was working as a forgeman in a steel-works; the only one of their children still living with them at that time was their son Willie. Martha’s 1911 will refers to her husband as “John Blythe, of 57 Nottingham Street in the City of Sheffield … out of business [i.e. retired].” He died at no. 7 Claywood Road, Sheffield, which was apparently the home of his son William, who was “present at the death” and reported it; in the record thereof he is called a retired forgeman.
According to information given by her son John to his own son Alan, Martha (Jarratt) Blythe “was very strict and tyrannical. She used to knit with unspun flax, pulling it from a pouch at her left side and twisting it while she knit.” Alan Blythe has identified a sweater made by her in a school class photograph of her son John, evidently taken about 1884, in which all the other boys are wearing blazers.
Her will, dated 26 January 1911, and proved 11 February 1919 at London, is mainly conventional and makes no personal bequests, leaving the income from her investments to her husband for his lifetime and the capital after his death to her children in equal shares, but stipulating that her children Annie and John should “not participate under the trust … without bringing the sums of £75 and £120 into hotchpot.” These amounts, Alan Blythe suggested, may refer to money that she had lent them to make their intended passage to Australia (which in John’s case became an unintended trip to Canada). Martha Blythe appointed her “nephew Bernard Sockett of 2 Haughton Road, Woodseats, in the City of Sheffield, solicitor’s clerk” as the executor and trustee of her will, this man being a son of her sister Ann (Jarratt) Sockett. By the time it was proved six years later, he is described as a private in the Royal Air Force.
Their four children, all named in Martha (Jarratt) Blythe’s will, were as follows:
- 4Henry Jarratt Blythe, born 13 November 1872 at no. 9 Ditchingham Street, Brightside, Sheffield.
- Annie Jarratt Blythe, born 1874 at Sheffield, died 26 November 1961 in the province of Queensland, Australia. She is called a scholar in the 1881 census, in which she appears with her parents, and with no occupation in that of 1891, in which she appears with her widowed maternal grandmother, Mary (Baxter) Jarratt, at no. 4 Buckenham Street. She married in 1899 in the Sheffield registration district, Samuel Harper, born ca. 1873-74 (aged 7 in 1881) at Darnall, Yorkshire, died 31 May 1930 in Queensland province, a younger brother of Herbert Harper, who married her maternal first cousin, Elizabeth Purcell, and a son of Richard and Drusilla (Marsh) Harper, of Brightside Bierlow, with whom he appears as a seven-year-old child at no. 38 Bressingham Road, Brightside Bierlow, in the 1881 census. Her husband was perhaps also identical with the Samuel H. Harper, aged 19, born at Sheffield, a draper’s assistant, who appears as a boarder in the house of John J. Stephenson, of no. 323 Hunslet Road, Hunslet, in the 1891 census. In any case, Samuel and Annie Harper are found in the 1901 census at 59 Nottingham Street, Brightside Bierlow, in which her husband is called a tailor. (In 1891 this house had belonged to Herbert Harper and Elizabeth Purcell, aforesaid.) Some time between 1901 and 1919, Annie and her husband emigrated to Australia. Her brother had intended, like her, to go to there, but ended up bound for Canada by mistake. Annie maintained very affectionate relations with him and corresponded with his granddaughter, Barbara Blythe (afterwards Bennett). In a letter to the latter of 14 March 1941, her address is given as Englefield Road, Oxley SW5, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The Australian electoral rolls contain the following entries for members of the Harper family:
Queensland > Oxley > Brisbane South > William Street
Samuel Harper, tailor
Annie Jarratt Harper, home duties
Charles Alexander Harper, tailor [brother of Samuel]
Queensland > Oxley > Sherwood > Englefield [or Inglefield] Road
Samuel Harper, tailor
Annie Jarratt Harper, home duties
Ernest Harper, clerk
Queensland > Moreton > Sherwood > Inglefield Road
Annie Jarratt Harper, home duties
- (Sargeant) Ernest Harper, born 19 September 1902 at Sheffield, alive on 17 June 1948. At the taking of the 1925 election roll, he was a clerk, living on the same street (and possibly the same house) as his parents, and he is probably also the Ernest Harper, insurance inspector, of Alfred Street, Graceville, Sherwood, Oxley, found on the roll for 1936. On 2 October 1941 he enlisted in the Australian Army, giving his address as Oxley, Queensland. He named as next-of-kin Eva Harper, who was presumably his wife, suggesting that he was the Ernest Harper who married 24 November 1928, Eva Greenberg. At the time of discharge on 17 June 1948 he held the rank of Staff Sergeant, and the record mentions that he had been a prisoner-of-war. His mother writes of him in 1941, during the war: “My boy Ernest wanted to go to England and tried time and time again for the A.I.F., but the Doctor would not pass him for abroad, so he is in the home defenses. He is in the clerical department, and is a sargeant and I think will get further promotion; he is very busy and has to work most nights till late.”
- Pamela Harper, was according to her mother a student in the sixth grade in the Spring of 1941. This would seemingly place her birth ca. 1928, although we are at a loss to explain how this is possible as her mother would have been aged some 53 or 54 years at the time.
- 5John Jarratt Blythe, born 18 August 1878 at Blackpool, Lancashire.
- William (“Willie”) Blythe, Jr., born 1880 (aged 8 months in the 1881 census) at Sheffield, whose birth was registered under the name of “Willie Blythe,” died at 755 City Road shortly before 20 August 1952, when he was buried as “Willie Blythe, retired,” aged 72 years, in the same grave as his parents. He is called a scholar in the 1891 census. He is probably the William Blythe who served as a witness at the wedding of his brother John in 1900. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1901, when he was working as a furnaceman in a steel-works. He was of no. 7 Claywood Road, Sheffield, at the time of his father’s death in 1916, of which he served as the informant. No wife is buried with him.
Harry and Gladys Blythe, wedding photograph, 14 July 1928. (Click for larger image.)
4. Henry Jarratt Blythe, born 13 November 1872 at no. 9 Ditchingham Street, Brightside, Sheffield, baptized 5 January 1873 in the Brunswick Road Topham Street chapel, Brightside, died at the City General Hospital, Sheffield, shortly before 10 January 1945, when he was buried in the same grave as his parents; his burial record describes his as a foreman. He married Ann ____, born 1875-76 (calculated), died at 34 Fircroft Road at the age of 64 years, shortly before 2 October 1940, when she was buried in the same grave as her husband’s parents. He is called a scholar in the 1881 census, in which he appears with his parents, and a “firer at a furnace” in that of 1891, in which he appears with his widowed maternal grandmother, Mary (Baxter) Jarratt, at no. 4 Buckenham Street, All Saints parish, Brightside Bierlow. He married 6 June 1897 in the parish church of All Saints, Sheffield, Ann Barnes, born 28 December 1875 (per the 1939 Register) at Sheffield, who died at 34 Fircroft Road shortly before 2 October 1940, when she was buried in the same grave as her husband’s parents, daughter of John Barnes, who is called an edge-tool forger, deceased, in her marriage record. She is presumably the “A.E. Blythe, daughter-in-law” who was “present at the death” of his mother in 1919, and reported it. Her own death is mentioned in a letter dated 14 March 1941 from her husband’s sister Annie to a grand-niece, Barbara Blythe, in which the author writes, “I have written to Edith Blythe in England; she is feeling sad because she has lost her mother, and everything is so unhappy for them.” In their marriage record, in which Henry is called a forgeman, the addresses of both parties are given as no. 8 Buckenham Street (i.e. his parents’ house); the witnesses were James Barnes and Annie Blythe (the groom’s sister). Henry and his wife are found with their two eldest children in the 1901 census at 283 Earlsham Street, Brightside Bierlow, in which he is called a steel forgeman. They are found at no. 34 Faircroft Road, Sheffield, in the 1939 England and Wales Register, in which he is described as “Tyre mill Steel Heavy Worker Foreman Hammers & Rolling Mill”; none of their children are found in the household at the time. Issue:
- Mildred Blythe, born ca. 1898-99 at Sheffield; found with her parents in the 1901 census.
She subsequently married William Jones, born in Wales, and they lived at LLandudno, North Wales. Issue:
- Gwyneth Jones; married, with one child.
- Kenneth Jones; married, with two children.
- Harry Blythe, born 1900 at Sheffield; found with his parents in the 1901 census. Harry served in WWI. He married 14 July 1928, Gladys May ____, from Sheffield. They lived at Sheffield. Only child:
- Harry Jarratt Blythe, born 1937, alive in 2006. He lives at Sheffield, where he is a member of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. He married in 1964, Susan Priestley, from Sheffield. Issue:
- Sarah Anne Blythe; married in 2001, Richard Coghlan. Only child to date (2006):
- Eleanor Blythe Coghlan.
- Rachel Elizabeth Blythe.
- Edith Blythe, born 17 July 1902; married Herbert Dyson, and lived at Sheffield. She used to correspond with her cousin, Helen (Blythe) Quinton, below. Only child:
- Alec Dyson; married Shirley ____, and has one son.
- John (“Jack”) Blythe, born ca. 1904. He married ca. 1937, Dorothy ____, from Chesterfield. They lived at Sheffield. Only child:
- Mark Andrew Blythe; married Brigid ____, from London. They now live at Oxford. Issue:
- Ellen Blythe.
- Duncan Blythe.
- William Blythe.
5. John Jarratt Blythe, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, son of John and Martha Ellen (Jarratt) Blythe, was born 18 August 1878 at Blackpool, Lancashire, died 21 January 1942 at Winnipeg, and was buried there two days later in the military plot of Brookside Cemetery. The school class photograph mentioned above proves that he had some elementary education. But in 1891, at the age of only 12 years, he was already working as a “tailor’s errand boy,” and unlike his younger brother Willie (then aged 10) was no longer in school. He was perhaps introduced to his future bride by her half-uncle, James W. Flint, who by 1881 had a drapery shop at Brightside Bierlow, and was still there in 1901. He married 16 April 1900 in Mt. Tabour United Methodist Free Church, Birstall, Yorkshire (the ceremony being performed by the bride’s brother-in-law, the Rev. Foster Raine), Mildred Mary Flint, born 25 February 1876 at Wisbech St. Peter, Cambridgeshire, died 26 July 1947 at Winnipeg, and buried there four days later in Brookside Cemetery, daughter of John Flint, of Wisbech, by his first wife, Sophia Bird.
At the time of his marriage J.J. Blythe, then a steel worker, was living at Sheffield, and his wife at North Terrace, Birstall; the witnesses were her father, John Flint, and his brother, Willie Blythe. They are found at no. 5 Cranworth Place, Brightside, in the 1901 census, in which John is called a worker for Liemans Steel Furnace. They afterwards lived briefly at Birstall, at Appleby, Westmoreland, at Sheffield, and at Blackhill, Durham.
In 1903, planning to go to Australia, he mistakenly boarded the SS Lake Manitoba, bound for Canada; he decided to remain there and settled at Winnipeg, his wife and children joining him the following year. After a variety of jobs — including working as a tailor for fellow-passenger Richard Henry Harper (brother of Samuel Harper, husband of Annie Jarratt Blythe above) — J.J. Blythe found work with the Canada Malting Company in 1914, beginning as a laborer, but receiving promotion after obtaining his third-class engineering papers; he retired about 1939. He went overseas in 1914 as a sargeant-major in the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, was wounded in 1918, hospitalized, and discharged the following year, these wounds ultimately being the cause of his death.
The Blythes lived at many different addresses in Winnipeg, including 863 Sherburn Avenue (1928-1936). They became members of Epworth Methodist Church by 1906 and remained so until March 1915, when they transferred briefly to Maryland Methodist, and then (Mildred conceiving a dislike of the minister) joined St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. Mildred Blythe was a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), and sometimes played as a church organist. She spent her last years at the home of her son Alan, but died at that of her daughter Noel, at 1932 Elgin Avenue.
Aside from their own children, they raised their daughter Dorothy’s illegitimate son, Douglas, encouraging the belief that he was their own child.
- Dorothy (“Dollie”) Blythe (no middle name), born 18 April 1901 in England, probably at Sheffield, Yorkshire (where her birth was registered), died 4 February 1970, at Vancouver, B.C., aged over 68 years, of cancer, and her remains cremated. She married (1) 29 October 1924 in St. Paul’s Church (since demolished), Pearl Street, Winnipeg, William Spence McBride, born 10 December 1900 at Port Glasgow, near Glasgow, Scotland, died about April 1949 at Winnipeg, possibly of an aneurysm. She married (2) in 1950-51, William Edward Wilkes, born ____ at Forget, Saskatchewan, died at Winnipeg, probably the William Edward Wilkes who died 5 February 1966, and was buried 8 February following in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg.
She was brought by her mother to Winnipeg in 1904. For some time she attended Success-Angus Business College, a secretarial school. Her first husband was a carpenter with the Canadian Pacific Railway. They lived at 1135 Sherburn Street (1929-30), 937 Pacific (1935-36), 687 William Avenue (1939-40), and 694 Elgin Avenue, Winnipeg, and later her second husband lived with her at the last address. Two or three years before her death she moved to Vancouver.
Issue (first child by Ernest William Harrison, a boarder in her parents’ home; last four by her husband):
- Douglas Blythe, born 1922-23 at Winnipeg, died s.p., v.p., and v.m. 24 January 1946, aged 23 years, at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, during an appendectomy, and buried in Elmwood Cemetery. As mentioned above, he was raised by his mother’s parents as if he were their child. He married 29 July 1944 in St. Matthew’s Church (Anglican), Winnipeg, “Nettie” Halliday, third daughter of Michael Halliday. Their wedding announcement mentions the bride’s brother, William Halliday. Douglas Blythe worked for the Royal Canadian Air Force, and is described as LAC (Leading Aircraftman) in the wedding announcement. He and his wife were living at 614 Matheson Street, Winnipeg, at the time of his death, but her subsequent whereabouts is unknown. They were Anglican in religion.
- Dorothy May McBride, born 25 June 1925 at Winnipeg, died before 22 July 2001. She married 14 May 1943 in New Zealand, Richard Eldred George (“Reg”) Vincent, born 10 October 1920, at New Plymouth, N.Z. She and her husband went to New Zealand in 1945. Her husband served for some time in the Royal New Zealand Air Force. For many years they owned “Pangatotara,” a Tobacco Farm in the Motuska Valley, near Nelson. About 1977 they left the farm and moved to 67 Woodlands Avenue, Motuska.
- Piri Ann Vincent, born 22 August 1946 at Motuska.
- Ian Keith Vincent, born 7 November 1947 at Motuska. He married 4 January 1969 at Nelson, N.Z., Margaret Lockyer, born 19__ at Nelson. By 1976 they were living at Nelson, and their address in 1991 was 166 Kawai Street, Nelson. They have two children.
- Sheila Jean Vincent, born 30 January 1949 at Motuska. She married 27 July 1974, David Hewitt. They were living in 1976 at South Canterbury, N.Z., and have one child.
- Elizabeth Dawn Vincent, born 8 March 1950 at Motuska. She is an accountant (1976) with a law firm on the North Island of New Zealand.
- Sandra Margaret Vincent, born 2 July 1952 at Motuska.
- Richard Alan Vincent, born 9 November 1953 at Motuska. He married by 1991, Sue ____. In 1976 he was a motor mechanic. His present postal address (1991) is c/o N.F.D., Haniara, Solomon Islands, Box 707.
- Neil Craig Vincent, born 23 November 1955 at Motuska.
- Brenda May Vincent, born 21 January 1959 at Motuska. She was a student at Nelson Polytechnic in 1976.
- William (“Bill”) Spence McBride, Jr., born 31 March 1930 at Winnipeg, living July 2001. He married (1) 1951-2, and divorced 1964-5, Rachel (“Rae”) Mawhinney, alive in 1965. He married (2) ________. He married (3) ________. His last address in Winnipeg (1963) was 548 Yale Avenue East, Transcona. After his divorce, in which his wife received custody of their two children, he left the city in 1964 or 1965 and went first to Chicago, then to Montréal. His first wife, Rachel, was living in 1965 in an appartment at 331 Blake Street, Winnipeg, and had not remarried. In 1991 he was living with his third wife at 7530 Dinsmore Street, Brookwell, Florida 34613. By his first wife he has two children:
- William John McBride, born ____.
- Karen McBride, born ____.
- Flora Jean McBride, born 26 November 1936 at Winnipeg, died 14 January 2010. She married (1) by 1957 at Winnipeg, John Jesse Smith, born 16 August 1932. She married (2) ____ Elliot (sp.?). In 1976 she and her first husband were living at or near Blue River, B.C., and in 1991 they were living at 1942 Salisbury Avenue, Port Coquitlam, B.C. V3B 1X9. She and her first husband had three children:
- Laurie Jean Smith, born 7 March 1958.
- John David Smith, born 7 January 1964.
- Jeffrey Craig Smith, born 7 September 1966.
- James (“Jim”) Gordon McBride, born 18 October 1939 at Winnipeg, died there 22 July 2001 at Riverview Hospital, and buried in Glen Eden Cemetery, Main Street. He married by 1965 at Winnipeg, Sandra (“Sandy”) R. Tyack, who predeceased her husband. He worked for the City of Winnipeg Parks and Recreation Department for over 25 years until his retirement. For many years he and his wife lived at 372 Harbison Avenue West, but moved in 1985 to 354 Chalmers Avenue, where they were still living in 1986. They had an adopted son:
- Frederick (“Fred”) W. McBride, born 196_. He was still living with his parents in 1986, when he was a student.
- Stuart Blythe (no middle name), born 12 August 1902 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, died 22 April 1905 at Winnipeg, of typhoid fever, aged 2 years, and buried in Brookside Cemetery.
Noel Blythe (no middle name), born 19 December 1905 at Winnipeg, died 7 November 1994 at Vancouver, aged nearly 89 years, surviving all of her siblings. She married 17 October 1931 at Winnipeg, Reginald Thomas McCullough, born 19 October 1906 in Ilford, Essex (now Redbridge, Greater London), died 16 November 1989, aged over 83 years, at Vancouver, of emphysema, and buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Burnaby. He was a brother of her brother Alan’s wife, and a son of the late Thomas McCullough, of London England, by the latter’s wife Deborah Sophia Hales. For their descendants see McCULLOUGH.
- 6Alan Blythe (no middle name), born 2 April 1907 at Brandon, Manitoba.
- Helen Mary Blythe, born 13 August 1911 at Winnipeg, died 5 November 1993, aged over 82 years. Helen Blythe lived with her parents until her marriage, and was a stenographer with the firm of Graham, Graham & Graham. She married 25 November 1931 at Winnipeg, George Godfrey Quinton, born 31 January 1900 (reportedly at Winnipeg although there does not appear to be any registration of his birth there), died 22 November 1984, aged over 84 years, of lung cancer, son of George Quinton, of Winnipeg, and formerly of Drogheda, Ireland, tinsmith, by the latter’s second wife, Anna Maria Miller. Her husband was an electrical-battery dealer, and for some time had his own business, before joining the firm of Beattie Auto. They were living at 550 Sargent Avenue in 1935, 1113 Portage Avenue in 1936, and at 1039 Garfield Street in 1939. They moved to Victoria, B.C., in 1939, and to Coquitlam, B.C., by 1977. For some time they lived at 203-444 Westview Street, then by 1983 moved to 701-414 Westview Street. He is called a mechanic in his death record.
- John Frederick George Quinton, born 7 March 1936 at Winnipeg. He married 20 August 1956, Mona [Waistell?], born 30 March 1936 at Toronto. They were living in 1991 at 1059 Rochester Avenue, Coquitlam, BC V3K 2X1. They have three children:
- Sylvia Ann Quinton, born 20 August 1957 at New Westminster, Vancouver, B.C. She married 17 August 1975 (?), Claude Wilcott, a policeman. They were living in 1979 at North Burnaby, B.C. Children:
- Brent Wilcott, born 22 October 1977.
- Matthew Wilcott, born 23 November 1979.
- Robert Wayne Quinton, born 1 February 1959 at New Westminster.
- John (“Jackie”) Blythe Quinton, born 17 March 1971 (?) at New Westminster.
- Beryl Joyce Quinton, born 10 November 1938 at Winnipeg. She married (1) by 1957, but subsequently was divorced from, Kenneth Bruce McPhail, born 31 January 1936 (?) at Charlottetown, P.E.I. (?). She and her first husband were living in Nova Scotia from 1957 to 1964. She married (2) by 1991, ____ Eyford. She and her second husband were living in 1991 at 126-201 Cayer Street, Coquitlam, BC V3K 5A8. Seven children:
- Stephen Bruce McPhail, born 13 November 1957, in N.S.
- Coleen Grace McPhail, born 19 October 1958, in N.S. She married 9 October 1976, in Strawberry Vale Church (Anglican), Vancouver Island, B.C., Steven Alan Sanders, born 25 July 1956 at Vancouver.
- David McPhail, born 15 December 1959, in N.S.
- Mark McPhail, born 1 June 1960, in N.S.
- Scott McPhail, born 22 August 1962, in N.S.
- Russel McPhail, born 24 May 1964, in N.S., died [Sept.?] 1964 at Annapolis Royal, N.S.
- Donald John (“Jack”) Blythe, born 27 April 1914 at Winnipeg, died 4 November 1983, aged 69 years, of heart failure. He lived with his parents until his marriage. He married 3 October 1936 at Winnipeg, Jean Catherine Fulton, born 17 September 1911 at Winnipeg, died 19 December 1989 at Richmond, B.C., of a sudden illness. Jack Blythe was from 1936 to 1939 a clerk for the Canada West Grain Co. In 1937 he entered Success-Angus Business College, and studied there for some time. He later worked in the mail-order department of Eaton’s Department Store, Winnipeg, until its closure in the late 1970s. About 1980 he and his wife moved to Richmond, B.C., where they lived until their deaths.
- Jacqueline (“Jacqui”) Beth Blythe, born 22 March 1939 at Winnipeg, alive in 2000. She married (1) 22 March 1958, but subsequently divorced, John Barry Stephens. She and her first husband moved soon after their marriage to Mission, B.C., where their children were born. She married (2) ________. By her first husband she has four children:
- Jo-anne Stephens, born 13 October 1959 at Mission, B.C. She married ____ Hollander.
- Valerie Jean Stephens (twin), born 6 March 1961 at Mission.
- William Barry Stephens (twin), born 6 March 1961 at Mission.
- Donna Lynn Stephens, born 24 October 1964 at Mission.
- Donald John (“Jack”) Blythe, Jr., born 4 June 1942 at Winnipeg, died on or about 15 November 2003, of heart failure, in British Columbia. He married in mid-1960 at Winnipeg, Barbara Ann Purvis, born between April 1944 and Jan. 1945, died on or shortly before 9 October 2000. They have three children:
- John Jarratt Blythe (II), born 8 January 1961.
- Deborah Ann Blythe, born 19 March 1962.
- Shelley Lynn Blythe, born 28 April 1965. She married in 1983-84, ________.
6. Alan Blythe, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, son of John Jarratt Blythe and Mildred Mary Flint, was born 2 April 1907 at Brandon, Manitoba, and died 7 April 1992 at Winnipeg, aged 85 years. He married (1) 8 October 1927 in St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Winnipeg, Jessie Clara McCullough, born 28 December 1903 in the Romford District, London, England, died 25 August 1958 at Winnipeg, and buried three days later in Brookside Cemetery, a sister of his sister Noel’s future husband, and a daughter of the late Thomas McCullough, of London England, by the latter’s wife Deborah Sophia Hales, of Winnipeg. He married (2) (as her second husband) 25 May 1960 at Winnipeg, Philippa Marjorie Oxenham (Menzies) Mark, born 8 August 1908 at Farnham, Surrey, baptized there 16 September following in the parish church of St. Andrew, died 20 May 1976 at Winnipeg, widow of Alvin Edwin Mark, and daughter of Thomas Philip Oxenham Menzies by the latter’s wife Emma Catherine Lacy. He married (3) (as her third husband) 26 April 1980 at Killarney, Manitoba, Beatrice May (Harrison) (Thomas) Salak, born 9 November 1907 at Dowton, Wiltshire, died 21 March 1993 at Winnipeg, widow of William Thomas and of Walter Salak, and daughter of Sidney Harrison by the latter’s wife Beatrice May Marsh.
Alan Blythe worked for the Canada Malting Co., Winnipeg, from 1924 to 1974, being a kiln fireman for 11 years, a boiler fireman and assisting engineer for 7 years, and an engineer thereafter. He received his second-class Engineering papers in 1935 and first-class papers in 1939, being at the time the youngest man in Canada ever to have obtained the latter.
He met his first wife, a dress-maker, when her family moved into the adjacent suite of the rooming house where his family was staying at 311 Victor Street. They were married five years later, and after living briefly in various places, moved about 1930 to 1190 (now 1210) Dominion Street, then in 1941 to 957 Ingersoll Street.
After his first wife’s death he moved with his daughter Judy to 1069 Valour Road, where he lived until his death. His second wife, Philippa, was an amateur artist. After her death he married Beatrice Salak, whose interests included bible study. Alan Blythe was a Scottish Rite Mason and has belonged to the Shriners and various lodges. His hobbies included carpentry and gardening.
Issue, all by first wife (see also the ancestor table tracing all known ancestors of their daughters):
- Barbara Ann Blythe, born 8 January 1930 at Winnipeg, alive in 2017. She received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, in 1951. She met her future husband in Montreal, and they were married (she being his first wife) 7 March 1959 at Fresno, California, and divorced 1982, John Arbuthnot Bennett, born 28 May 1925 at Buxton, died 13 October 1986 at Fresno, of lung cancer, having married (2) 9 June 1982 as her second husband, Ellen Elizabeth (Pierson) Ward. He was a son of G.W. Leslie Bennett, of Fresno, formerly of Buxton, Derbyshire, by the latter’s wife Anne Findlay. Barbara’s married life was spent at Fresno, where she moved in 1959 and still lives. She is now an accountant. She has three children:
- John Alan MacFarlane Bennett (called “Jonathan” in his youth), born 1 December 1963 at Fresno. He graduated from high school in 1982, and was for four years a member of a professional rock band. From 1986 to 1989 he studied Radio and T.V. Broadcasting at California State University, Fresno. He married (1) 17 February 1990 at Denver, Colorado, but was deserted by her immediately afterward, the marriage being annulled in 1991, Paige ____. He married (2) 17 May 2003, Susie Bennett (no relation to himself). They are living at Fresno (2010). They have one child:
- Austin Bennett, born 5 May 2004 (?).
- Ann Findlay Bennett, born 21 September 1966 at Fresno. She received a B.A. (4-year) in English at California State University in 1990, a teaching certificate in 1991, and a law degree in 2002 (?). She married (1) 3 June 1989 in the Wawona Hotel, Wawona, California, but subsequently divorced, Hale John Sjostrand, born 13 April 1965 at Fresno, alive in May 1998, a commercial graphic artist, son of Gerald and Pauline (Sharp) Sjostrand, of Oakland, California. There were no children of this marriage. She married (2) by 2006, Greg Mason. By her second husband she two children:
- Lauren Ann Mason, born 2 September 2006.
- Maxwell Prescott Mason, born 18 September 2007.
- Barbara Mason, born 8 April 2010.
- Mary Blythe Bennett, born 5 March 1969 at Fresno. She attended Fresno State College in 1988-89, majoring in Photography and Music. She married (1), but subsequently divorced, Mike Withycombe, born 18 November 1964 at Meridan, Minnesota, a professional football player from 1988 to 1992. There were no children of this marriage. She married (2) Dr. Chris Larson. By her second husband she has one child:
- Alexandra Larson, born 2012.
Kathleen Ellen Blythe was born 23 July 1934 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, alive in 2017. She received a B.A. from United College (now the University of Winnipeg) in 1955, and did most of the work toward a B.S.W. degree. She married (1) 27 December 1958 in St. Edward’s Church (Roman Catholic), Winnipeg, Carl George Dawshka, born 17 February 1933 at Pratt, near Austin, Manitoba, died s.p.n., v.p., and v.m. 28 January 1969 at Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, and buried there, son of Nicholas and Maria (Yessis) Dawshka, of Carberry, Manitoba, formerly of Naruszewicze, near Minsk, in Byeloruskaia (White Russia). Carl received a B.A. in 1954 from St. Paul’s College at the University of Manitoba, and a B.S.W. in 1956 and an M.S.W. from the University of Manitoba in 1959. They were social workers for some time in Northern Manitoba, then moved in 1961 to Portage la Prairie, where they lived at 15 Sunset Drive. She and her husband adopted two children, and she left work for some time to raise them. At Portage, Carl was Regional Director for the Social Services Division of the Department of Health and Social Services, and he was a member of Rotary International, a service club.
After her first husband’s death Kathleen moved to Winnipeg in June 1973 to live with her future second husband. She married (2) (as his third wife) 12 April 1975 in their home at 4 Cromer Bay, Winnipeg, but was separated from in 1984, and divorced on 21 December 2000, Ross Victor Goodwin Dobson, of Winnipeg, born 15 April 1934 at London, Ontario, alive in 2017, widower of Mary Eleanor Kuske, former husband of Carol Mary (Stark) Dick, and subsequently husband of Roberta Simpson; he was a son of Walter Dobson, of London, Ontario, by the latter’s wife Doris Eva Goodwin. He was until 197_ a producer with CBC Radio, and received a Master’s degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba in 199_.
Kathleen did freelance radio journalism during the late 1970s, and was secretary for Symposium Studios, an art college, in 1979. In 1979 she returned to social work, and was with the Emergency Department of Health Sciences Centre, in Winnipeg, until her retirement in 1999. In 1998 Kathleen legally resumed the surname of Blythe, which she has retained through her third marriage.
she married (3) (as his third wife) 24 February 2001 in Christ the King Church (Roman Catholic), Winnipeg, Ronald Douglas Slate, born 3 January 1936, alive in 2017, formerly husband of the late Muriel Watt (daughter of Ed Watt, of Brandon, by his wife Florence Stewart), widower of Marie Marguerite Cecile Jeannette (Leveque) Williams, and son of Frank Douglas Slate, of Winnipeg, by the latter’s wife, Georgianna Hester Robinson. They are still living at 4 Cromer Bay, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 4C5, as of March 2009.
Children of first marriage, both adopted:
- John Blythe Dawshka (the present writer), born 7 November 1961 at Brandon, Manitoba; unmarried. He has been commonly known as John Blythe Dobson since his mother’s second marriage, and legally assumed the name on 9 April 2015. He received a B.A. (4-year) in Dramatic Studies in 1987, a B.A. in English in 1988, and a B.A. (Honors) in History in 1990, all from the University of Winnipeg. He started as an assistant in the U. of W. Library in 1982, worked there in the Reference Department from 1986 to 2000, in the Systems Department from 2000 to 2017, and in the Scholarly Communications Department from 2017 to the present. He has been a contributing editor to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record since the January 2010 issue, and was elected a fellow of the American Society of Genealogists in 2012, and of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society in 2014. He lived with his mother until April 2000, then at 23-10 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg, until August 2005, then at 1170 Spruce Street, R3E 2V3.
- Ann Marie Dawshka (who briefly used the surname Dobson after her mother’s second marriage, and since her marriage goes by the surname Johnston), born 14 November 1963 at Winnipeg. She studied for two years at the University of Winnipeg, and later worked as a baker and veterinarian’s assistant. She married 15 June 1996 in the Roman Catholic Church, Lorette, Manitoba, Kieran Johnston, born 18 July 1964, son of Desmond and Betty (Lowe) Johnston, of Winnipeg. She and her husband live near Dufresne, Manitoba, and are the owners of Quickdraw Embroidery, which they operate out of their home. Issue:
(natural child, by ________:)
Jessica Blythe Dawshka, born 24 January 1986 at Winnipeg. She married 7 July 2006 at the home of her mother near Dufresne, Manitoba, Patrick Michael Leonoff, son of Les and Shaun (____) Leonoff, of St. Anne, Manitoba. Issue:
(by Adam Emerson:)
- Caleb Michael Dawshka, born 16 October 2002.
(by her husband:)
- Mikalah Blythe Leonoff, born 4 April 2006.
(by her husband:)
- Maeve Kathleen Elizabeth Johnston, born 23 September 1997 at Winnipeg.
- Hugh Desmond Johnston, born 19 December 1999 at Winnipeg.
- Judith Ann Blythe (who used the surname Wilkes during her first marriage, then reverted to her maiden surname and has retained it since), born 20 September 1940 at Winnipeg, alive in 2017. She married (1) 30 December 1960 in St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Home Street, Winnipeg, and divorced 1984, John (for many years known as “Jack”) David Wilkes, born 25 March 1933 at Winnipeg, alive in 2017, son of David Wilkes, of Winnipeg, a boiler-maker’s assistant with the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.), by the latter’s wife Elsie Sexton, daughter of James Sexton, also of Winnipeg, a tinsmith with the C.P.R. She and her husband moved to Gladstone, Manitoba, in 1961, to Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, in 1962, and to Calgary, Alberta, in August 1964, where they spent most of their married life at 4923 Claret Street N.W. He, who received a B.Sc. from the University of Manitoba, joined the staff of Forest Lawn High School, Calgary in 1969, and was subsequently head of the Science Department there until his retirement.
Judith Blythe received a B.S.W. in 1980 and an M.S.W. in 1982, both from the University of Calgary, her research specialty being the counselling of families of suicide victims. Meanwhile she worked in corrections, including the John Howard Society, and for the Alberta Solicitor General as a probation officer. Since graduating she has worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association, developing a program for bereaved families of suicides; she has been a counsellor for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, working with cancer patients and their families, from 1984 to 1986; and she has been Hospice Coordinator of the extended care facility, Bethany Care Centre, since 1986. She is presently (2017) doing social work at Western Veterinarian Clinic.
Judith married (2) (as his second wife) 19 September 1987 at Calgary, but separated December 1988 and divorced 23 January 1992, Norman Jackson, born 20 May 1923 at Edmonton, died 1 May 2007 at Calgary, son of Frank and Eliza Naylor (Brown) Jackson, of Edmonton, Alberta. Until his retirement he was a social worker, and has taught university courses in Social Work.
Judith married (3) (as his second wife) 2 January 1995, Martin T. Smith, born 9 April 1930, died 19 June 2010, a widower, son of Edwin T. Smith and Fern ____, of Calgary. Prior to his retirement he was a building contractor.
By her first husband, Judith has three sons:
- Alan David Wilkes, born 17 September 1963 at Portage la Prairie. He received a B.A. (4-year) in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 1989. He married Chiho Taguchi. They have two sons:
- Kai Taguchi-Wilkes, born 21 January 2007 at Calgary.
- Sho Taguchi-Wilkes, born 14 December 2008 at Calgary.
- Glen James Wilkes, born 23 April 1967 at Calgary; unmarried. He graduated from high school in 1985, and was a day-care centre worker for two years. He has since worked mainly as a server in restaurants. He is now (2008) a postal worker with Canada Post.
Christopher Richard Wilkes, born 23 January 1969 at Calgary. He graduated from high school in 1987. He married 11 September 1999 at Calgary, Corey Smith, daughter of Martin T. Smith, of Calgary, above-mentioned, by the latter’s first wife. They have one daughter:
- Rachael Elizabeth Wilkes, born 15 September 2002 at Calgary.
1. ||Josiah Blythe and Margaret Waller were married 3 September 1750 in Sheffield Cathedral (per IGI). Although the names of the mothers are not given in the baptismal records of this period, there seems no reason to doubt that William”s mother was Margaret Waller, his father’s only known wife.
|2. ||This couple is mentioned in R.E. Leader, Reminiscences of Sheffield, chapter 15. Mrs. Linda M. Peabody discovered a deed registered at Wakefield (West Yorkshire Archives Service, Registry of Deeds, Wakefield, DT-283-329) dated 11 & 12 December 1795, in which one the parties was comprised of “Daniel Bridges, of Saint Botolph’s Lane, London… tea dealer, William Blyth of Sheffield…, haberdasher, and Mary his wife, and Timothy Bridges of Gainsborough in the County of Lincoln, yeoman (which said Daniel Bridges, Mary the wife of William Blyth late Mary Bridges, and Timothy Bridges, have survived Elizabeth the wife of Samuel Robinson of Sheffield… yeoman).” This man is probably the “William Blyth, draper,” listed at Sheffield in the Universal Directory of 1791.
|3. ||Jim Taylor, “Sheffield Cutlery Ephemera, part IV,” The Knewsletter [sic] (Oregon Knife Collectors Association), March 2003, p. 5, available online at http://www.oregonknifeclub.org/Newsletter%200303.pdf.
|4. ||Parish Church of St. George, Doncaster, marriage registers, originals in the Doncaster Archives Department, searched for the compiler by Mrs. Linda Peabody. We were not then aware that the record had been published in Doncaster marriage register, 1785-1837, Yorkshire West Riding Parish Registers, vol. 4 (London: Phillimore, 1915), p. 271.
|5. ||Registers of the Independent Chapel, Masbrough, PRO R.G. 4/3237.
|6. ||Apart from the fact that her baptism falls in the twelve-month interval dictated by her age at the taking of the 1851 census, she clearly named children Henry and Martha for her parents.
|7. ||1841 Census of England, Yorkshire, Leeds, Kirk Stall Forge, p. 42; HO107/1344/2/, folio 5. The entry reads as follows:
age occupation born in County?
Blythe George 50[-54] brick layer Yes
Blythe Nancy 45[-49] ---- Yes
Blythe William 20[-24] hammerman Yes
Blythe Henry 20[-24] mechanic apprentice Yes
Blythe James 20[-24] brick layer Yes
Blythe Martha 12 ---- Yes
Blythe Sarah 6 ---- Yes
|8. ||1851 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Hunslet, subdistrict: Kirkstall, enumeration district 2i, p. 35; HO107/2315, folio 470 [Family History Library microfilms nos. 87534-87535]. The entry reads as follows (the right-hand side of the page being torn away):
Blythe, George head mar. 64 bricklayer Yorks.: Grimesth[orpe]
" , Nancy wife mar. 58 Yorks.: Greasb[rough]
" , Martha dau. unm. 22 dressmaker Yorks.: Sheffi[eld]
|9. ||It is this agreement of the signatures which decisively proves the connection between the George Blythe who married Ann Buxton, and the one who fathered William Blythe below.
|10. ||The baptisms in Sheffield Cathedral are controlled extracts from the baptismal register, as indexed in IGI, batch C007752. These include 1813-14 [Family History Library film no. 919,328], 1815-16 [film no. 919,329], 1817 [Family History Library film no. 919360], 1818-22 [Family History Library film no. 919,361], 1828 [Family History Library film no. 919,362]. The register has still (as of December 2005) not been indexed for the years 1823-27, so far as we can tell. There are no children of George Blyth baptised in St. George’s, Doncaster, during the period 1813-1816 (information from Linda Peabody).
|11. ||This is perhaps the William Brook, aged 68, forgeman, born at Halifax, who ten years earlier appears with wife Mary, aged 59, born at Abberford, Yorkshire, at Bramley Fall, Kirkstall, in the 1851 census (registration district: Hunslet, subdistrict: Kirkstall, enumeration district 1e, p. 19; HO107/2315, folio 107 [Family History Library microfilms nos. 87534-87535]). In any case, we can prove no connection between William Brooke, father of Susannah Brooke, and the slightly older William Brook, father of Elizabeth Brook who married George’s younger brother William (no. 2 below), even though both men were forgemen.
|12. ||1841 Census of England, Yorkshire, Leeds, Kirk Stall Forge, p. 42; HO107/1344/2/, folio 6. The entry reads as follows:
age occupation born in County?
Blythe George 25[-29] forgeman Yes
Blythe Susanna 25[-29] ---- Yes
Blythe William 2 ---- Yes
Blythe Elizabeth 1 ---- Yes
|13. ||1851 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Hunslet, subdistrict: Kirkstall, enumeration district 2i, p. 35; HO107/2315, folio 470 [Family History Library microfilms nos. 87534-87535]. The entry reads as follows (the right-hand side of the page being torn away):
Blythe, George head mar. 37 forgeman* Yorks.: Sheffi[eld]
" , Susannah wife mar. 37 Yorks.: Kirkst[all]
" , William G. son --- 12 forge "
" , Elizabeth dau. --- 11 "
" , Matilda dau. --- 5 scholar "
* The entry reads, in full: "forgeman ball furnice [sic] man."
|14. ||1861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Hunslet, subdistrict: Kirkstall, enumeration district 10, p. 36; RG9/3354, folio 55 [Family History Library microfilm no. 543,119]. The entry reads:
George Blythe head mar. 47 ball Yorks.: Brightside
Susannah " wife mar. 47 ---- Yorks.:
William G. " son unm. 22 [like father] "
Elizabeth " dau. unm. 21 ---- Yorks.: Lowmoor
Susannah M. " dau. unm. 15 pupil teacher "
Frederick " grands. -- 1 Yorks.:
William Brooke father widr. 78 retired Yorks.: Halifax
|15. ||1871 census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Leeds, subdistrict: Kirkstall, emuneration district 12g, p. 25; RG10/4573, folio 16 [Family History Library microfilm no. 847,251]. The entry reads:
George Blythe head mar. 57 furnace man Yorks.: Sheffield
Susannah " wife mar. 57 ---- Yorks.: Kirkstall
Frederick " grandson 11 ---- -----
(Note: spinal complaint)
|16. ||1881 census of Yorkshire, piece 4540, fo. 98, p. 18 [Family History Library film no. 1,342,092].
|17. ||1851 census, to be cited below.
|18. ||Sheffield parish registers, transcribed at Sheffield Indexers.
|19. ||1851 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Hunslet, subdistrict: Kirkstall, enumeration district 2g, p. 35; HO107/2315, folio 418 [Family History Library microfilms nos. 87534-87535]. The entry reads:
Henry Blythe head mar. 30 iron turner Yorks.: Brightside Bierlow
Martha " wife mar. 29 ---- Yorks.: Burton
Benjamin " son --- 8 scholar Yorks.: Kirkstall
Mary " dau. --- 4 " "
Ann " dau. --- 2 ---- "
Henry " son --- 1 mo. ---- "
|20. ||1851 Census of England, Yorkshire, Guisley, pp. 16-17; PRO HO107, piece 2315, folio 523 (both sides); Family History Library microfilm no. 87534 or 87535. The entry reads:
James Blythe head 26 bricklayer Yorks.: Sheffield
Ann Blythe wife 30 ---- Yorks.: Horsforth
Sarah Blythe dau. 5 ---- Yorks.: Horsforth
=== (page break) ===
Martha Blythe dau. 2 ---- Yorks.: Horsforth
George Clark lodger 8 scholar Yorks.: Horsforth
|21. ||1861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Wharfedale, subdistrict: Horsforth, p. 25; PRO RG9, piece 3217, folio 16; Family History Library microfilm no. 543,097. The entry reads:
James Blythe head mar. 37 bricklayer Yorks.: Sheffield
Anne Blythe wife mar. 41 cloth burler [?] Yorks.: Horsforth
Sarah Blythe dau. unm. 15 house maid Yorks.: Horsforth
Martha Blythe dau. unm. 12 scholar Yorks.: Horsforth
Mary Blythe dau. unm. 9 " Yorks.: Horsforth
George Blythe son unm. 6 " Yorks.: Horsforth
Elizabeth Blythe dau. unm. 3 " Yorks.: Horsforth
|22. ||This death was registered in the Oct-Dec. quarter of 1856 in the Hunslet registration district, vol. 9b, p. 149.
|23. ||Sheffield parish registers, transcribed at Sheffield Indexers.
|24. ||Sheffield parish registers, transcribed at Sheffield Indexers.
|25. ||He was not the one of this name whose death was registered at Bradford in the fourth quarter of 1863, vol. 9b, p. 62; this death was that of a three-year old child. Neither, despite the coincidence of their dates of birth, was he the one whose death was registered there in the October-December quarter of that year, vol. 9c, p. 340; this man who died 17 December 1888, aged 71 years, at 16 Draper Street, Grimesthorpe, Brightside, near Sheffield, was a “foreman bricklayer,” and the death was reported by his son, William A. Blythe. He was thus clearly the man found seven years earlier at no. 828 Grimesthorpe Road, a village in the township of Brightside Bierlow, in the 1881 Census (Yorkshire, Brightside Bierlow, p. 47; RG11 4663, folio 130 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,342,127]). The entry reads:
William Blythe head mar. m 63 furnace builder Yorkshire: Sheffield
Elizabeth " wife mar. f 61 ---- " "
Samuel " son unm. m 25 furnace builder " "
Emily " dau. unm. f 21 furnace builder " "
John " son unm. m 19 furnace builder " "
|26. ||Civil vital records, Leeds Registration District.
|27. ||1851 census, to be cited below.
|28. ||Bradford parish church baptismal register, bishops’ transcripts, 1790-1845, as indexed in the IGI.
|29. ||William Brook is called a forgeman in his daughter’s marriage record.
|30. ||As noted above, the signature resembles that on George Blythe’s own marriage record.
|31. ||1851 census of North Bierley Tp., Bradford, Yorkshire, enumeration district no. 8 [part of Low Moor Village], p. 41 [Family History Library microfilm no. 087,515]. The entry reads:
name age birthplace occupation
William Blythe 33 Brightside, Yorks. forgeman
Elizabeth " 32 Bowling, "
Mary Ann " 8 Kirkstall, "
William " 3 North Bierley, "
|32. ||Victoria History of the Counties of England — Yorkshire, vol. II (1912), p. 400.
|33. ||1861 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Hunslet, subdistrict: Kirkstall, enumeration district 10, p. 32; RG9/3354, folio 53 [Family History Library microfilm number 543,119].
|34. ||Civil registration of birth.
|35. ||Civil registration of death.
|36. ||Civil registration of death.
|37. ||He may not have lived there long, as in 1861 this house was occupied by a family named Parker (1861 census, R.G. 9, no. 3475, pp. 56-7). John and Martha Blythe have not been located in the 1861 census.
|38. ||Information from the late Alan Blythe.
|39. ||1871 census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 30, p. 14; RG10/4694, folio 99 [Family History Library film no. 847,237]. This source erroneously calls Martha Ellen “Mary Ellen,” but she is recognizable nonetheless. The entry reads:
John Jarratt head mar. 57 brick Warwick: Birmingham
Mary " wife mar. 54 ---- Notts.: Mansfield
Elizabeth " dau. --- 14 scholar Yorks.: Sheffield
John Blythe son in law mar. 23 forgeman Yorks.: Low Moor
Mary Ellen " dau. mar. 21 ---- Yorks.: Sheffield
|40. ||A photograph (now in the compiler’s possession) of their son John bearing the address of a Blackpool photographer, shows him to be several months, perhaps even half a year, old.
|41. ||1881 census of Yorkshire, piece 4661, fo. 77, p. 25 [Family History Library film no. 1,342,127].
|42. ||1891 Census of England, Yorkshire, Brightside Bierlow, parish of All Saints, Enumeration District 40, piece RG12/3833, folio 50, p. 12.
|43. ||1881 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 35, p. 1; PRO RG11/4661, folio 94. In the LDS and Ancestry.com’s transcriptions the name is misread as “Jarrerd.”
|44. ||1891 Census of England, Yorkshire Brightside Bierlow, parish of All Saint, Enumeration District 40, piece RG12/3833, folio 50, p. 11.
|45. ||1901 Census of England, Administrative County of Sheffield, Borough or Division of Brightside, Brightside Bierlow, RG13, piece 4378, fo. 151, p. 2.
|46. ||National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1861-1941, 1919, p. 310, images available online at Ancestry.com.
|47. ||Civil registration of birth, from a copy kindly supplied by his grandson, Harry Jarratt Blythe.
|48. ||Index to civil records of births, 4th quarter, 1874.
|49. ||Australia death registrations, 1961, no. B048395, per Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, at Ancestry.com; the index gives the name of her father as “John Blyth Harper,” which should be John Blyth.
|50. ||The marriage was registered in the July-September quarter of 1899 in the Sheffield registration district, vol. 9c, p. 727; original record not checked.
|51. ||Australia death registrations, 1930, no. B011148, per Australia Death Index, 1787-1985, at Ancestry.com; the record gives the name of his parents Richard Harper and Drucilla Marsh.
|52. ||Richard Harper, a journeyman tailor in 1891, born probably in 1834 (aged 48 in 1881, 67 in 1901) at Belper, married before 1862, Drusilla Marsh (surname from death record of son Samuel), born 1835-36 (aged 42 in 1881, 62 in 1901) at Bolham (?), Nottinghamshire. They were living at no. 38 Bressingham Road, Brightside Bierlow, in 1881. Their surname is actually written “Haper” in the 1901 census. Apart from their sons Samuel and Herbert Harper, their issue included:
- Richard Henry Harper, born 1861-62 (aged 19 in 1881, 39 in 1901) at Belper, who is recorded as a tailor in the 1881 census. He married by 1884, Ann ____, born probably in 1859 (aged 41 in 1901, 52 in 1911) and they had a son (possibly an only child), Herbert Allan Harper, born in September 1884 in England. In 1901 they were living at Nuneaton, Warwickshire [1901 Census of England, Warwickshire, registration district: Nuneaton, subdistrict: Nuneaton enumeration district 30, p. 12; RG13, piece 2902, folio 199]. In 1903 (per the 1911 census of Canada) they immigrated to Canada. Richard and his son were clearly (despite the slight discrepancies in their stated ages) the R.H. Harper, wholesale tailor manager, aged 39 years, and H.A. Harper, warehouseman, aged 17, who sailed together on the SS Lake Manitoba, the ship which carried the ill-fated “Barr colonists,” mentioned below in the account of their fellow passenger John Jarratt Blythe. The name of Ann Harper does not appear in the ship’s manifest; whether her name was omitted in error or she was not present, we are unable to say, but she is later found with her husband in the 1911 census. Like J.J. Blythe, Harper decided not to settle at the Barr Colony, but returned to Winnipeg, where he and his son founded a tailoring firm, Harper & Son, at 335 Notre Dame, which is listed in every city directory published between 1904 and 1906. It is the knowledge of this firm communicated to me by J.J. Blythe’s son and my grandfather, the late Alan Blythe, of Winnipeg, which has enabled this identification to be made. Richard Harper subsequently left Winnipeg, and is found with his family at no. 710 3rd Avenue West, Calgary, Alberta, in the 1911 census [1911 Census of Canada, Alberta, district no. 1 (Calgary), subdistrict no. 23 (Calgary), p. 15].
- Charles Alexander Harper, born 1867-68 (aged 13 in 1881), died 23 April 1942 in the province of Queensland, Australia (Australia Death Index). He and his brother Samuel were both living on William Street, Brisband South, at the making of the 1919 electoral roll (see below), but it is not clear whether they were living in the same household.
|53. ||1881 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 29, p. 21; PRO RG11/4660, folio 78.
|54. ||1891 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Hunslet, subdistrict: Hunslet, enumeration district 9, p. 4; PRO RG12/3660, folio 75 [Family History Library microfilm no. 6,098,770].
|55. ||1901 Census of England, Administrative County of Sheffield, Borough or Division of Brightside, Brightside Bierlow, RG13, piece 4373, fo. 94, p. 13.
|56. ||Ancestry.com database, with reproduction of National Library of Australia Microform mc N 451-mc N 457. In 1925 the name of the street is spelled Inglefield in the entry for Annie Jarratt Harper, but Englefield in the others.
|57. ||Per the record of his war service, cited below.
|58. ||Ancestry.com database, with reproduction of National Library of Australia Microform mc N 451-mc N 457.
|59. ||Australia marriage registrations, 1928, no. B004762, per Australia Marriage Index, 1788-1949 at Ancestry.com; the index does not give the names of the parties’ parents.
|60. ||His sevice number was 19424 (QX23961). See the summary of his service record in the WW2 Nominal Roll, at http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=A&VeteranID=372520.
|61. ||Index to civil records of births, 3rd quarter, 1880.
|62. ||Civil registration of birth, from a copy kindly supplied by his grandson, Harry Jarratt Blythe.
|63. ||Baptismal record, from a copy kindly supplied by his grandson, Harry Jarratt Blythe.
|64. ||Civil regisrtration of marriage, from a copy kindly supplied by his grandson, Harry Jarratt Blythe.
|65. ||Letter from Annie (Blythe) Harper to Barbara Blythe, dated 14 March 1941, in the present compiler’s possession.
|66. ||1901 Census of England, Administrative County of Sheffield, Borough or Division of Brightside, Brightside Bierlow, RG13, piece 4378, fo. 132, p. 14.
|67. ||The National Archives; Kew, London, England; 1939 Register; Reference: RG 101/3535D, schedule number 244, sub-schedule Number 1, enumeration district KILR, registration district Sheffield 510/3.
|68. ||Our listing of this family in earlier versions of these notes, based on information from the late Alan Blythe and from the late Helen (Blythe) Quinton, erroneously included a daughter Constance, for whose presence in the list we are now unable to offer any explanation. This revised list is from a grandson, Harry Jarratt Blythe, of Sheffield.
|69. ||Inventor Harry Jarratt Blythe, at http://www.patentstorm.us/inventors/Harry_Jarratt_Blythe-1970543.html; Magnetic field responsive device having giant magnetoresistive material and method for forming the same at http://www.patentstorm.us/patents/5886523.html.
|70. ||Civil registration of birth.
|71. ||Brookside Cemetery burial registers.
|72. ||1881 Census of England, Yorkshire, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: Brightside, enumeration district 37, p. 9; PRO RG11/4662, folio 8; 1901 Census of England, registration district: Sheffield, subdistrict: West Brightside, enumeration district 33, p. 29; RG13/4377, folio 58.
|73. ||Civil registration of birth.
|74. ||Brookside Cemetery burial registers.
|75. ||1901 Census of England, Administrative County of Sheffield, Borough or Division of Brightside, Brightside, RG13, piece 4374, fo. 62, p. 32.
|76. ||This was the ship which carried the ill-fated “Barr colonists,” on whom the many accounts in print include Helen Evans Reid, All Silent All Damned (Toronto: Ryerson, 1969), and Lynne Bowen, Muddling Through: The Remarkable Story of the Barr Colonists (1992). He is listed as “J.J. Blythe, [aged] 25, furnace man” in the ship’s manifest, which was published in 1963 in a commemorative issue of the Saskatoon Daily Phoenix, and is now available online as Daily Phoenix Online Barr Colonists, at http://www.afhs.ab.ca/data/barr/.
|77. ||Canadian Expeditionary Forces, Attestation Paper and Discharge Certificate, regimental number 475017, RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/166, Box 834-3. Also, other miscellaneous documents in my possession. All the documents relating to his war record misspell his name as John Jarrett Blythe, in disagreement with his own signature, specimens of which are also in my possession.
|78. ||Index to Births, 1901, 2nd quarter, Sheffield Registration District, vol. 9c, p. 606. The actual record of her birth has not been seen.
|79. ||The official record of their marriage, which we have not checked, is Manitoba marriage registrations no. 1924-047147.
|80. ||He is named in full in his wife’s death record.
|81. ||Brookside Cemetery burial registers.
|82. ||Marriage announcement, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1944, p. 6, col. 2.
|83. ||Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 July 2001.
|84. ||Manitoba death registrations, no. 1905-003131, and family papers.
|85. ||The official registration of her birth, which we have not checked, is Manitoba birth registrations, no. 1905-005735.
|86. ||Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1994, sect. B, p. 6, col. 9.
|87. ||Hubert Kuppe, George Quinton, available online at http://www.geocities.com/northern_jedi/georgequinton.htm, and an accompanying Family Tree at http://www.geocities.com/northern_jedi/familytree.htm for additional ancestry.
In the death record of George Godfrey Quinton, his parents are named as George Godfrey [sic] Quinton and Annie Maria Mileer [sic]. We do not know whether his father really also had the middle name Godfrey.
|88. ||Death Notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1989, p. 33.
|89. ||Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1992, p. C38.
|90. ||Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 August 1958, p. 38, col. 7; Brookside Cemetery burial registers.
|91. ||By whom she had one son, Larry Mark (1936-2003). Alvin Edwin Mark (1911-1952) was a son of Philip Wesley Mark (d. 1956), of Carlingville, Manitoba, by his wife Agnes Alexandra McCosh (1883-1931), and a grandson of Edwin Mark (1860-1943), of Clifford, Ontario, and Crandall, Manitoba, by his wife Martha Ann Moon (1857-1929). This family is treated in Chronicles of Crandall: A History of Crandall and Surrounding Districts (Crandall, Manitoba: Crandall History Society, 1971), 295-6. Agnes Alexandra McCosh was a daughter of Alexander McCosh, of Melancthon Tp., Dufferin Co., Ontario, by his wife Ann Jane Cashore; see the website of their great-grandson, Gary Wilson, for pages on the McCosh and
|92. ||Death notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 24 March 1993.
|93. ||It is however as Sidney Harrison and May Beatrice Marsh that they are referred to in their marriage record; their marriage was registered in the October-December quarter of 1904 in the registration district of Salisbury, Wiltshire, vol. 5a, p. 464, but we have not seen the actual record.
|94. ||G(eorge) W. Leslie Bennett (1901-1982), of Buxton, Derbyshire, and of Fresno, California, was a professional artist. His wife, Anne Findlay (1895-1987), to whom he was married in 1922, was a daughter of James Findlay, a policeman and later a watchmaker and violin-maker, by the latter’s wife Mary Ann Arbuthnott, daughter of William Arbuthnott, a grieve (farm-manager), of Fettercairn and Arbroath, co. Kincardine, and of Brechin, co. Angus, who was descended from an ancient family of co. Kincardine. (This information is mainly from the researches of Mr. William Reierson Arbuthnot, of Kensington, England, brought to our attention by Barbara Bennett. See also Sir William Arbuthnot, Bt. and Alexander Broadbent Arbuthnot, The descendants of Moses Arbuthnott and Susanna, née Jack, at http://www.kittybrewster.com/members/table_07.htm.)
|95. ||David Wilkes was not related in any known way to William Edward Wilkes, husband of Dorothy Blythe, above. On James Sexton (1858-1949), who came from Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, to Canada in 1913, and was a chorister of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Winnipeg, see “Still Singing — Eighty Years Not Enough,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1948, p. 4, col. 5; “James Sexton Dies at 91 Years,” Ibid., 13 July 1949, p. 17. col. 1.