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Williams Family
William Henry Williams & Elizabeth Rooke

Thank You to Karen Shirley for sharing her information & photos

Pinegrove Cemetery
My brother took me to Pinegrove Cemetery a few years ago to show me the headstones of our ancestors.
John and Elizabeth Williams (my gr-gr-gr grandparents) and their family immigrated to Canada in 1867 and homesteaded in Glamorgan Township (Southern Ontario). All their children were born in Great Torrington, Devon, England.

William Henry (Bill) Williams b: 8 Apr 1849 (gr-gr-grandfather) - died of cancer
Edwin (Teddy) Williams b:26 Mar 1850 - farmer
Mary Williams b: Mar 1852
Daniel Williams b: 6 Aug 1858 (called Dr. Dan) - Went to high school in New York and medical school at Emery in Atlanta, Georgia. After slavery was abolished, they were rounded up and sent to East Liberia. Dan went with them as a medical missionary. Came home when his father was dying. Dan then became councillor of the township. (Dan's life was challenging to uncover but worth the effort)

William Henry married Elizabeth Rooke in Great Torrington, Devon and came over in 1867. Elizabeth was born in Petrockstow, Devon. Her parents were William Rooke of Great Torrington and Mary Sulliphant of Sheepwash, Devon.
Children:
William George Williams b: 22 Apr 1870 d: 24 Apr 1954 in Port Arthur and is buried in Riverside Cemetery with his wife Eliza Jane Swartman (my gr-grandparents) Frederick Williams b: 13 Dec 1875 d: 15 Oct 1904 in Hymers and is buried in Pingrove Cemetery (died of complications from diabetes) Daniel Williams b: 4 Nov 1880 d: 30 Jul 1961 in Fort William and is buried in Mountainview Cemetery (lived on Mission Island)

Wm. George and Eliza Jane were married in Gooderham, ON and moved to the Hymers area in 1903. Homesteaded in Scoble Township and George ran the General Store in Hymers for a while.
Children:
Angel b: 6 Dec 1893 d: 6 Dec 1893 Gooderham, ON
Catherine Eva 11 Mar 1895 Bobcaygeon, ON d: Aug 1909 Hymers, ON -died from pneumonia complications (peritonitis)
William John (Jack) b: 21 Jul 1897 Bobcaygeon, ON d:24 Oct 1959 Penticton, B.C. -cancer
Mercedes Anita b: 14 Sept 1898 Bobcaygeon, ON d: Guelph, ON
Mary Alice (Mae) b: 31 Oct 1902 Bobcaygeon, ON d: 24 Oct 1984 Thunder Bay -buried in Riverside Cemetery
Elizabeth Hazel b: 21 Aug 1910 Hymers, ON d: 27 Apr 1992 Thunder Bay - buried in Mountainview Cemetery - cancer
Robert (Bob) James 7 Feb 1907 Gillies Township d: 18 Dec 1963 Port Arthur - buried in Riverside Cemetery (grandfather) - heart attack, diabetes
Edward Clive b: 1 Jun 1912 Hymers, ON d:19 Jan 1998 Maple Ridge, B.C.

Robert (Bob) James Williams married Gladys Clara Sitch in 1928 in Rainy River, ON where my grandfather was working (electrician).
Children:
Gladys Mary b: 1929
Donna Joy b: 1931 d: 1993 (my mother)
Bob, Gladys and Donna are buried in the same plot at Riverside Cemetery.

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