David Baxter  Wanless

David Baxter Wanless

Male 1835 - 1901  (65 years)

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  • Name David Baxter Wanless 
    Born 26 Dec 1835  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Christened 18 Jan 1836  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Census 1841  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • with his parents:
      WANLESS, David, M, 5, Angus
    IMMI 1843  Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census 1861  Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Hay Twp, Huron Co (ED Ward 2/419 page 15)
      -- household of Paul & Anne Bell from Scotland
      David Wanless, 25, machinist, b. Scotland, F.C. religion, single
    Census 1861  Stanley Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Stanley Twp, Huron Co (ED 4/848 page 47) - indexed Waulep at ancestry.com
      James Wanless, 50, farmer, b. Scotland, Congregationalist, married, lives in 1-story log house containing 1 family
      Margaret, 46, b. Scotland, religion: U.P., married
      David, 25, wool carder, b. Scotland, U.P., lives in Hay outside township limits, single, absent from household
      Agnes, 28, b. Scotland, a Baptist, lives in London, single, absent from household
      James, 23, labourer, b. Scotland, U.P., single
      William, 20, labourer, b. Scotland, U.P., single
      Margaret, 17, born on the Ocean, U.P., single
      John, 15, b. Upper Canada [Ont.], U.P., single
      Helen, 10, b. Upper Canada [Ont.], U.P.
      Thomas, 8, b. Upper Canada [Ont.], U.P.
      Arthur, 5, b. Upper Canada [Ont.], U.P.
      Agnes, 70, b. Scotland, Congregationalist, single, widow
    Census 1871  Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • FHL 349152; ED 025, ES B, Div 1 page 4
      WANLESS, DAVID, age 36, b. Scotland, religion: CP, ethnicity: SCOTCH, occupation: mill owner
      Christina, age 28, b. Scotland
      James, age 4, Canada(?)
      -- The census shows David born in Scotland (Scotland written out). Then the line below for Christina just has a || (double line) meaning the same as above. For James it looks different. It could be a "C". Perhaps it stands for Canada. At the top of the page one entry has Ontario written out. James's entry may even be an "O" for Ontario, but it looks more like a "C" to me. [Bruce Bagnall; has photocopy]
    Residence 1843-1879  Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • historical atlas gives settlement date of 1842 & says he lives at Exeter; marriage license & 1871 census states he lived in Hay Twp. dau. Agnes's birth record place him in Exeter, Hay Twp
    Residence 1878-1879  Exeter, Hay Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census 1881  Exeter, Hay Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Exeter, Huron South, Ontario, Canada
      Source: FHL Film 1375908 NAC C-13272 Dist 173 SubDist D Div 2 Page 17 Family 82
      David WANLESS M M 45 Scottish Scotland Occ: Manufacturer Religion: Presbyterian
      Christina WANLESS F M 40 Scottish Scotland Religion: Presbyterian
      James WANLESS M 15 Scottish Ontario Occ: School Religion: Presbyterian
      Lizzie WANLESS F 14 Scottish Ontario Occ: School Religion: Presbyterian
      John WANLESS M 12 Scottish Ontario Occ: School Religion: Presbyterian
      Maggie WANLESS F 11 Scottish Ontario Occ: School Religion: Presbyterian
      Agnes WANLESS F 3 Scottish Ontario Religion: Presbyterian
    Census 1891  Chatham Town, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Film T-6346 Div. 4 page 39 entry 2 family 227
      Wanless David Baxter 55 Scotland Presbyterian wool sorter
      Wanless Christiana 51 Scotland Presbyterian -
      Wanless Aggie 13 Ontario Presbyterian -
    Residence Est 1882-1900  Murray Street, Chatham, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1901  Chatham City, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Film: T-6475, Div: 7, Page: 1, Entry: 22, Family: 4
      Wanless David Boarder b. Dec 26, 1835, Scotland, immigrated 1843
      -- appears to live in a boarding house with other boarders [www.ancestry.com]
      Richard Lightfoot & David's obit confirm that this was the Canadian Pacific Railroad hotel, to which David moved after Christiana's death.
    Died 12 Jun 1901  Chatham City, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 6
    Obituary Jul 1901  Exeter, Hay Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • The Late D. Wanless
      Last week mention was made in these columns of the death of Mr. D. Wanless, a former resident and business man of Exeter. The Chatham Banner-News of last week gives the following particulars: David Wanless, for some time past an employee of the T.H. Taylor Co, Ltd, died this morning at 1.30 in the General Hospital. The deceased was taken suddenly ill Sunday evening at the C.P.R. hotel where he boarded. Monday morning he was removed to the hospital and his sister, Mrs. Murray, arrived yesterday morning and remained beside her dying brother. His two sons who live in Duluth has been wired and are expected for the funeral which will take place Friday under the auspices of the Masonic Lodge of which the deceased was a member of the Exeter Lodge. The deceased had reached the age of sixty-five years and six months.
    Occupation
    • mill owner (1871), manufacturer of tweeds, yarns and woollen goods (1879), wool sorter (1891). Operated the Exeter woolen mill 1876-1884. [per History of Exeter]
    Buried Maple Leaf Cem., Chatham, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Here's an interesting entry, from the First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, Michigan, on the list of members dismissed:
      Wanless David received by letter, 1873
      Wanless Christine received by letter, 1873
      -- I don't know if they entered or left the church in 1873 (the explanation says it is date of admission), nor do I know if these are the same people, but I haven't seen any other David/Christina combinations in my research yet, nor have I seen a David in Michigan...

      Possible other child from Ont. Birth Index:
      Wanless Henry Arthur M Exeter 24 2/21/83 012852-83
      ...may have died young as he's not with them in the 1891 census. Or may be a child of one of David's stepbrothers.
    Person ID I3  22: James Wanless Dundee, Scotland & Varna, Ontario, Canada
    Last Modified 9 May 2012 

    Father James Wanless,   b. 12 Sep 1811, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1889, Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Margaret BAXTER,   b. Abt 1811, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1836-1837, Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 26 years) 
    Married 26 Nov 1832  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

    Family Christiana Deas Bonthron,   b. 30 Nov 1839, Buckhaven, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1900, Chatham City, Kent Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Married 10 Feb 1863  Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Children 
     1. James B. Wanless,   b. Jul 1865, Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1938, Duluth, St. Louis Co, Minnesota, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 72 years)
     2. Elizabeth "Elisa" Deas Wanless,   b. 14 Sep 1866, Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1901  (Age 34 years)
     3. John Bonthron Wanless,   b. 24 Jun 1868, Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1918, Beaver Bay, Lake Co, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)
     4. Margaret Wanless,   b. 9 Feb 1870, Hay, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1939  (Age 68 years)
     5. Agnes Catherine "Aggie" Wanless,   b. 24 Mar 1878, Exeter, Hay Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1904  (Age 26 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    David Baxter Wanless (1835-1901) - unretouched tintype
    David Baxter Wanless (1835-1901) - unretouched tintype
    son of James Wanless & his first wife Margaret Baxter, probably taken about 1865 in Huron Co, Ontario, Canada
    David Baxter Wanless (1835-1901) - attempt at repairing damage with Photoshop
    David Baxter Wanless (1835-1901) - attempt at repairing damage with Photoshop
    son of James Wanless above & his first wife Margaret Baxter, probably taken about 1865

    Histories
    Exeter Woollen Mill (Exeter, Hay Twp, Huron Co, Ontario) operated by David Baxter Wanless ca 1876-1881
    Exeter Woollen Mill (Exeter, Hay Twp, Huron Co, Ontario) operated by David Baxter Wanless ca 1876-1881

  • Sources 
    1. [S8] Wanlass Births, Deaths, Marriages (Romeril film), Romeril, Christina H., (notes filmed by FHL in 1968).
      chr. 18 Jan 1836 Wanles, David Baxter, child of James, a manufacturer &
      Margaret Baxter, named after Mat. Grandfather, b. 28 Dec. 1835

    2. [S12] Tombstone-David Baxter Wanless.

    3. [S3] Census, 1901 (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S2] Surname Index to Angus Christenings, C112828 (Reliability: 3).

    5. [S22] Ontario Birth Index, dau. Agnes b. Exeter 1878 (Reliability: 3).

    6. [S19] Obituary of David Wanless.

    7. [S6] Parish Register, FHL 0993404: Old Parochial Register of Dundee, Forfar, Scotland (Reliability: 3).
      Contracted 23 Nov 1832, married 26th ** - James Wanless and Margaret Baxter, both of this parish, dau. of Da. Baxter, manuf'r.
      ** The date is written just as "26th" with no month specified, and it is between two Dec marriages, but it looks like no month means Nov on this page because it's headed November and only the Dec marriages have a month written in. It's unfortunate that James's occupation wasn't shown.
      Interestingly, Lily Hardy Wanless's notes of her research in Edinburgh said that this marriage stated that David Baxter was a LINEN manufacturer. I wonder if she assumed that or saw some other version of this marriage record? Also, she recorded the date as 23 Nov, which is the contract date - wonder if there is a contract document somewhere?

    8. [S9] Huron Co. Ontario Marriage Register, p.109: WANLESS, David, r Hay, f James, sp Christina BOUTHWIN??, 1863, r #1:104 (Reliability: 3).

    9. [S18] Personal knowledge of Richard Lightfoot, 10 Feb 1863 (Reliability: 3).