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Friday, January 27, 2012

Funeral Card Friday; John Henry Mercel, 1873-1951, Teeterville, Ontario




In memoriam:  Funeral services for John Henry Mercel, born Windham Township, September 9th, 1873.  Passed away at Teeterville, Ontario, Tuesday, November 27th, 1951.  Interment:  Vanessa Cemetery.

My first stop was the Ontario, Canada Births, 1869-1913 database on Ancestry.  John Henry Mercel was born  9 September 1873 to Alexander Mercel, a yeoman from Norfolk County, Ontario, and Elizabeth Henry.

In the 1891 we get a more complete look at the family in Windham Township, Norforlk North, Ontario:  Alex, 56, and children, William, 23; Alex, 21; Linore, 19; John, 17; and George, 13.  Elizabeth Henry does not show up as Alexander's wife.  His wife here is "Annie, 54."

So, what happened to John Henry's mother, Elizabeth Henry? A quick check of Ontario Deaths, 1889-1938, answers that. She died of "congestive chill" on 2 May 1881, at age 38; Annie is Alexander's second wife.  I found John Henry Mercel in the interments list for Vanessa Cemetery in Vanessa, Ontario: 
Mercel, John Henry, b. 1873, d. 1951, h/o Vera Mercel(Green) b. 1884, d. 1971, w/o John Henry Mercel. 

I couldn't find a marriage record for John and Vera Green, but it seems Vera did not marry again after John passed away in 1951.  She passed away in 1971.

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