John Wanless

John Wanless

Male 1845 - 1924  (78 years)

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  • Name John Wanless 
    Born 13 Oct 1845  Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    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
    Witness 29 Mar 1870  Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Vol 3, pg 327 David RIFE, 23, farmer, b. Guelph, resides Stanley, s/o Joseph & Elizabeth, married Mary Ann TROYER, 17, b. York twp., lives Hay twp., d/o John & Sarah Ann, witn: John WANLESS of Stanley & Sarah RIFE of Hay, 29 March 1870 at not given
    Census 1871  Stanley, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • with parents
    Census 1881  Stanley, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • dwelling 21, family 21 (previous house was his parents)
      Wanless, John m, 32, b. O [Ontario], Meth CC [Methodist Church of Canada] religion, Scotch origin, farmer, married
      Sarah f, 30, b. O, whole family Meth CC religion, Dutch origin, married
      Elizabeth f, 9, b. O, "Scoth" origin, in school
      Edward m, 7, b. O, ditto, ditto
      Rife, Alice f, 10, b. O, Dutch origin, in school
      Rife, Benjamin m, 15, b. O, Dutch origin, labourer
      -- neighbors: John & Jane McAsh, Margret Robinson, James & Mary Johns
    Census 1891  Stanley Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • family 180, district 77 Huron south, page 37
      John Wanless, 46, married, self & parents b. Scotland, Methodist, farmer
      Sarah, 41, married, Presbyterian, b. Ont.
      Elizabeth, 18, dau, b. Ont
      Edward, 17, son, b. Ont., farmer
      -- next entry is John's mother Margaret Wanless
    Census 1901  Stanley Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Stanley, Huron South, Ont. (ED 74, subdist g-3, page 4)
      Wanless John M Head M Oct 20 1846 age 54, whole family b. Ont, Scotch origin, Methodist, farmer
      Wanless Sarah F Wife M Nov 14 1848 age 52, German origin
      Wanless Edward A M Son S Apr 17 1873 age 27
      Wanless Garnet C M Son S Jun 4 1893 age 7
      Wanless Stanley M Son S Jun 4 1893 age 7
    Residence 1890-1908  Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • 1890: reported father's death
      1908: residence given in mother's obit
    Census 1911  Stanley Twp, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lot 19 (dist 82 South Huron ED 3 Stanley subdistrict 14)
      John Wanless, head, b. Oct 1845, age 65, b. Ont, all Scotch origin & Methodist, farmer
      Sarah, wife, Nov 1848, age 62, b. Ont
      Errol, son, b. June 1894, age 17, b. Ont
      Garnet, son, b. June 1894, age 17, b. Ont
      William, brother, b. Oct 1840, age 70, b. Ont
      Jessie (female), cousin, single, b. January 1830 in Scotland, age 80, immig. 1850
    Died 18 Jun 1924  Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Baird Cemetery, Varna, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I32  22: James Wanless Dundee, Scotland & Varna, Ontario, Canada
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2011 

    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 Halket,   b. 20 Feb 1815, (probably) Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 1908, Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 18 Dec 1837  Dundee, Angus, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

    Family Sarah Rife,   b. Abt 1847,   d. 10 Dec 1935, Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Married 5 Oct 1871  Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
     1. Sarah Elizabeth "Elizabeth" Wanless,   b. Abt 1872, Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Rev. Edward A. Wanless,   b. 1873, Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Dec 1918, Chicago, Cook Co, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 45 years)
     3. Garnet Cleveland Wanless,   b. 4 Jun 1893, Varna, Huron Co, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1984, Viroqua, Vernon Co, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
     4. Earl Wanless,   b. 4 Jun 1893,   d. Mar 1980  (Age 86 years)
    Last Modified 20 Mar 2002 
    Family ID F10  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    Margaret Halket Wanless, Sarah Rife Wanless, John Wanless, and family, circa 1902-1903
    Margaret Halket Wanless, Sarah Rife Wanless, John Wanless, and family, circa 1902-1903
    Note on back of photo identifies center woman with bonnet as Margaret Halket Wanless. Far left with hands folded together is George Turnbull, husband of Sarah Elizabeth Wanless; far right is Sarah Elizabeth with their first-born daughter Ella who was born 1898-99. John Wanless is supposed to be to the right of his mother Margaret, and his wife Sarah Rife Wanless is in the back, 2nd from the left. We have not yet put names to the rest of the people, although presumably they are related.

    Documents
    1908 letter from John Wanless (1845-1924) to his nephew James Wanless of Duluth, Minnesota
announcing the death of John's mother Margaret Halket.
    1908 letter from John Wanless (1845-1924) to his nephew James Wanless of Duluth, Minnesota announcing the death of John's mother Margaret Halket.
    Contributed by Dick Lightfoot.

  • Sources 
    1. [S14] Obituary of Margaret (Halket) Wanless.

    2. [S13] Tombstone-John & Sarah (Rife) Wanless.

    3. [S6] Parish Register, FHL 0993404 Old Parochial Register of Dundee, Forfar, Scotland (Reliability: 3).
      Contracted 16 Dec 1837, married 18th** - James Wanlis, manufacturer, and Margaret Halkett, dau. of William Halkett
      **The month is not written, but other dates have Jan 1838 next to them, presumably meaning that all dates that don't show that are Dec 1837, as the page is headed.

    4. [S10] Huron County Marriages, Huron County, Ont 1869-1873, Vol 2, page 4 (Reliability: 3).
      Original register pg 232 #322: John WANLESS, 23, r Stanley, b Ontario, bachelor, farmer, Presbyterian, s/o James & Margaret WANLESS, married Sarah RIFE, 23, r Hay twp, b Ontario, spinster, E[piscopal] Methodist, d/o Joseph & Elizabeth RIFE. Wit. Moses RIFE, Hay twp. 5 Oct 1871, Tuckersmith twp, John LOGIE, license.