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Friday, June 8, 2012

Funeral Card Friday: Death Announcement for Showler Waterman, Arkona, Ontario, 1917

According to this death announcement card, Showler Waterman's funeral was held at his family residence on Wednesday, January 24th, 1917 in Arkona, Lambert County, Ontario.  He died two days earlier in Arkona, at the age of 78 years and one month.

In 1911, Mr. Waterman lived at home in Arkona with two of his daughters, Edith & Susanna.  In the census for that year he is noted as being a widower.  The birth date of December 1838 in the census matches up with the calculated birth date we get from Showler's funeral card.1

To learn more about Showler Waterman's family, we have to look at the 1891 Canada Census.  It should be noted that the Waterman name appears with two Ts in the census record.  There, we discover that Showler had a wife, Sophia Waterman, and at least six daughters:  Lizzie, Mary, Lenora, Edith, Susanna, and Lucy.  A domestic servant named Fred Rutter is also a member of the household.2

We also learn from the censuses that Showler was born in England and immigrated to Canada in 1872.  In the year prior, Showler and his wife Sophia resided in Hogsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England with their three-year-old son, Joseph Henry Waterman, and 1-year-old daughter, Elizabeth Ann Waterman.3

There's quite a lot of information available online about the Waterman family.  Too much, unfortunately, to go into on a short blog post, but I encourage anyone with an interest in this family to continue the search.  In the next little while I will be posting a number funeral cards that have a connection to the Watermans.   I hope you will stop by to read more about this family.  

1. 1911 Census of Canada, Arkona, Lambton East, Ontario, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 1, subdistrict 2, p.8, dwelling 103, family 103, Showler Waterman; digital image, Ancestry. ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 30 May 2012); citing Library and Archives Canada microfilm T-20326 through T-204660 

2. 1891 Census of Canada, Warwick, Lambton East, Ontario, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 81, subdistrict 2, p.48, family 228, Showler Watterman; digital image, Ancestry. ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 30 May 2012); citing Library and Archives Canada microfilm T-6347

3. 1871 Census of England, Lincolnshire, Hogsthorpe, Dist. 7, fol. 73, p. 8, household 39, Showler Waterman; PRO HO 10/3393B, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey, UK; digital images, "1871 England Census," database, _Ancestry.com_ (www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 May 2012).

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