William Wanless

William Wanless[1]

Male 1829 - 1915  (86 years)

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  • Name William Wanless 
    Born 8 Feb 1829  Barrow, Alwinton, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    IMMI 12 Jul 1850  USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Jul 12, 1850, ship Rockaway
      departed Liverpool, arrived in New York
      John Monless [Wanless], age 47, farmer
      William, son, 21
      John, son, 17
      George, son, 14
      Andrew, son, 10
      Archibald, son, 7
      Robert, son, 4
      Marg't Wanless, daughter, 2
      Country of Origin: Great Britain, intend to settle in the USA
      Family Identification: 15304593, Microfilm Serial Number: M237, Microfilm Roll Number: 90
      Source: passenger manifest, NY Passenger Lists 182001857 (ancestry.com)
    Census 1851  Caledon Township, Peel Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Page 65, east half of twp (ancestry.com)
      with his father:
      William Wanless, U.P.C., England, 22, M, Single
    Census 1861  Hullett Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hullett Twp, Huron Co (ED 5/614, Page 51)
      -- in the house of James Tauney or Tunney, a millwright b. Scotland, age 39
      William Wanless, 30, labourer, married, b. England, religion: F.C.
      Jannet R. Wanless, 26, b. Ont, F.C.
      Isabella, 5, b. Ont.
      Jannet R., 4, b. Ont.
      Thomas J., 2, b. Ont.
    Census 1871  Flos, Simcoe Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • District 42, subdist. F, Page 30, Flos Twp
      Wanless, William 40 b. Scotland, religion: C. Presbyterian, Scotch origin, farmer, married
      Janet 36 b. Ont, same religion/origin as husband, married
      Isabella 13, all children b. Ont
      Janet 12
      Margaret 8
      John 6
      William Henry 4
      Mary Ann 1
    Census 1881  Flos Township, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Flos, Simcoe North, Ontario, Canada
      Source: FHL Film 1375887 NAC C-13251 Dist 139 SubDist G Div 1 Page 32 Family 146
      William WANLESS M M 52 Scottish Scotland Occ: Farmer Religion: Presbyterian
      Jennet WANLESS F M 46 Scottish O Religion: Presbyterian
      Isebella WANLESS F 24 Scottish O Religion: Presbyterian
      Jennet WANLESS F 22 Scottish O Religion: Presbyterian
      Margret WANLESS F 18 Scottish O Religion: Presbyterian
      John WANLESS M 17 Scottish O Occ: Son Religion: Presbyterian
      Henry WANLESS M 14 Scottish O Occ: Son Religion: Presbyterian
      Mary WANLESS F 11 Scottish O Religion: Presbyterian
      James WANLESS M 8 Scottish O Religion: Presbyterian
      Ellen WANLESS F 5 Scottish O Religion: Presbyterian
    Census 1891  Flos Township, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Flos, Simcoe Co, family 43 page 8
      William Wanless, 62, married, self & parents b. Scotland, everybody is Presbyterian, farmer
      Janet, 56, wife, self & parents b. Ontario
      Isabella, 33, dau, single, b. Ont
      John, 26, son, b. Ont
      William, 24, son, b. Ont, farmer
      Mary Ann, 21, dau, single, b. Ont
      James Young Wanless, 18, son, b. Ont
      Elizabeth, 15, dau, b. Ont
    Biographical Notes
    • The William Wanless Family [by Louise Wanless]

      William Wanless was my husband, Archie's grandfather. He was born in 1829 in Barrow, N.W. Eng., and died in Flos in 1915 before Archie was born. William was the eldest son of John, who immigrated to Canada in 1847.
      William operated a mill just south of Blyth, Ontario. In 1855 he married Janet Reid Young (who was called "Jessie", perhaps to distinguish her from her mother, Janet Reid, who had been born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1809). After a few years they moved to Lobo near London. Here they buried four year old son, Thomas James, who died in 1863 of rheumatic fever.
      In 1869, Mr. and Mrs. Wanless and their family, Isobel, Janet, Margaret, John, and Henry to the north half of lot 24, Con. 3 Flos Township. This hundred acre property had been purchased by William's youngest brother Robert in 1867 from Tom Coughlin for Flos for $200. Robert sold it to William, sight unseen, for $695.
      When William arrived in Flos, he found the farm completely covered with brush. The day he arrived the culvert was out at a swampy place between it and the farm to the west, so he and his family were forced to spend their first night in Flos on the farm where we are living to-day. This farm had been rented that year by James Montgomery of Nottawasaga for $1.00 yearly from John S. Robson, a jeweller of Stayner. Ten years later Mr. Robson sold it to Robert Speirs who was a cousin, and it remained in the Speirs Family until we bought it in 1949.
      The first few years were busy ones for William and his sons and he hired help to clear the land. It became necessary for him to borrow a considerable amount of money in order to finance his logging operations. It was unfortunate that the big fire in 1881 spread eastward from Duntroon and Stayner destroying all his timber and leaving him bankrupt. Strange to say, his house was the only one in the district not burned by the fire.
      At the time of the fire, Mrs. Wanless and Henry drove to Duntroon with the horse and buggy to meet Janet "Jennie" who had come from Toronto on the train. Small fires were breaking out in the bush along the roadside. Henry was so frightened he hid under the horse blanket, and they arrived home with a singed horse.
      After the fire, the Wanless family moved to Lot 26, Con. 6 of Flos. By this time there were three more in the family, Mary Anne born in 1869, James Young, my husbands father in 1872, and Helen Elizabeth, "Ellie" in 1876. At that time oxen were still in use and "Buck" and "Bright's" yoke hung in the cattle shed for years.
      When the Wanless' first moved to Flos, they walked five miles to attend the Presbyterian Church at Sunnidaale Corners. When the school at Flos opened in 1883, William became one of its first trustees. (The fire had destroyed an earlier school which was partly built). William was also Superintendent of the first Sunday School held in New Flos school. It has been said that William took up the collection in his Christie stiff.
      When Shiloh opened at New Flos in 1903, Helen became the first organist. She also formed a music class in the neighborhood. Later she trained for a nurse at the Toronto General Hospital; by 1912 she was Superintendent of the hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She served as a nurse in world War I, and afterwards married Stewart Blain. The neighbors chivaried them every night for a week before they were finally granted admission.
      After Williams death in 1915, James and his wife Florence "Flossie" (of Yorkshire, England) and their small son Earl moved to Collingwood where James worked in the shipyards. Archie was born in Collingwood, but when he was two, the family returned to the farm on Lot 22, Con. 4 of Flos. His mother was disappointed when Archie wasn't the girl she had hoped for, but she later had five: Jean, Isobel, Ruby, Doris and Margaret "Peggy".
      I met Archie when I came from Cobourg in Jan. 1942 to teach at S.S. No. 17 Flos. "Huth's" School. Archie sister Margaret was then in grade VIII. I had never before heard the name "Wanless". When I saw it in the school register I thought it must be something foreign, maybe even Chinese! Little did I know then that it would be mine someday. (Now I rather like it, it being fairly uncommon in these parts). Our two sons Warren and Peter are the only descendants of William to carry on the family name.
    Occupation Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Famer and miller 
    Occupation 6 May 1905-30 Jun 1913  Vanvlack, Simcoe Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    postmaster 
    • Per index at National Archives of Canada:
      William Wanless appointed 1905-05-06 office closed 1913-06-30
    Died 23 May 1915  Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6
    Buried Elmvale, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 
    • Operated a mill just south of Blyth, Ontario, Canada. After a few years they moved to Lobo near London [Ontario, Canada]. In 1869 they moved to the north half of Lot 24, Con. 3 Flos township. William bought it for $695 from his brother Robert. The first few years he borrowed money to log off the land. The fire of 1881 destroyed the timber, bankrupt him. The house was the only one in the district not burned. After the fire, the Family moved to Lot 26, Con. 6 of Flos.
    Person ID I1347  2: George Wanless & Bessie Cairns of Auchope Farm, Yetholm Parish, Roxburghshire, Scotland
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2011 

    Father John Wanless,   b. 23 Oct 1802, Auchope, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Sep 1898, Erin Township, Wellington Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years) 
    Mother Isabella Buckham,   b. 1804, Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Oct 1849, Barrow, Alwinton, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years) 
    Married 9 May 1828  Jedburgh, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9, 10
    Family ID F606  Group Sheet

    Family Janet Reid Young,   b. 11 Jan 1835, Mayfield, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Feb 1920, Barrie, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 1855  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 6
    Children 
     1. Isabella Buckham Wanless,   b. 1 Jun 1856, Blyth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1913  (Age 56 years)
     2. Janet Reid Wanless,   b. 17 Aug 1857, Blyth, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jan 1943  (Age 85 years)
     3. Thomas James Wanless,   b. 12 Nov 1859, Lobo, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1863  (Age 3 years)
     4. Margaret Wanless,   b. 8 Jan 1862,   d. 13 May 1941  (Age 79 years)
     5. John Wilson Wanless,   b. 11 Jan 1864,   d. 4 Apr 1925  (Age 61 years)
     6. William Henry Wanless,   b. 16 Jul 1866,   d. 21 Jul 1957  (Age 91 years)
     7. Mary Ann Wanless,   b. 8 Sep 1869,   d. 4 May 1943  (Age 73 years)
     8. James Young Wanless,   b. 20 Dec 1872, Flos Township, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1941, Elmvale, Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     9. Elizabeth Helen Wanless,   b. 16 Apr 1876,   d. 22 Sep 1965  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 25 May 2002 
    Family ID F97  Group Sheet

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    William Wanless (1829-1915), Simcoe Co, Ontario, Canada
    William Wanless (1829-1915), Simcoe Co, Ontario, Canada

  • Sources 
    1. [S51] Louise Wanless.

    2. [S130] 1841 Census, Barrow.

    3. [S129] Descendants of John Wanless I, Isabel Wanless Dodds, PAGE 1 (Reliability: 1).

    4. [S62] William Wanless Rainford's Records, PAGE 1 (Reliability: 1).

    5. [S160] Census, FHL 349168 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S51] Louise Wanless, THE WANLESS FAMILY BY LOUISE WANLESS (Reliability: 1).

    7. [S81] Ontario, Canada Cemetery records, (http://www.islandnet.com/cgi-bin/wsearch).

    8. [S84] Ewen Herbert.

    9. [S187] John Ayton Letters.

    10. [S4] Letter Of John Wanless, 1893, John Wanless [born 1832].