HOWSON FAMILYAnother family who lived in Canada at the time of confederation in 1867
George Howson is my 3x great grandfather and was born in 1794 in Buckland, Berkshire, England. He married Jane Lay in October 1816 in Abingdon, Berkshire. The county boundaries have changed since then and Abingdon is now considered part of Oxfordshire. Jane was born about 1794 and baptised in Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England in 1795.
According to the book "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York" (Canada) published in circa 1905, the Howson family came to Canada about 1832. There is paragraph about George Plant who married Georgianna Adelaide Howson (granddaughter of George Howson) " ...George Howson, who was born in Oxford, England where he married Jane Lay. In 1832 they came to Canada settling at Belleville, where Mr. Howson was a market gardener...."
George and Jane had at least 3 children. Their first son Thomas was born on June 15, 1817 and died 1 day later in Abingdon. They had 2 more sons Thomas born in 1818 and George born in 1820, possibly Buckland, Berkshire. At some point, around 1832 the family of 4 emigrated to the Belleville area of Ontario, Canada. There were also some cousins of George Howson who emigrated to Belleville about the same time from the Oxfordshire area, namely the Cox and Little families.
The first known record of the Howson family in Canada is 1844 when George (1820) married Bridget O'Neill in Marysville, Ontario.
George (1794) owned land in Thurlow, Hastings Ontario where he was a market gardener. The 1851 census lists his land as Concession 2, Lot 9, 25 acres of land. He later sold this land to the Grand Trunk Railway.
Son Thomas Howson (1818-1896) married Rebecca Reynolds/Runnels(1824-1893) about 1842 possibly in Kingston Ontario. They had at least 11 children and moved to Morrisburg, Dundas, Ontario where Thomas was a tinsmith. Thomas and Rebecca retired to Picton, Prince Edward County, Ontario where they are buried.
Son, George (1820-1856), my direct ancestor, married Bridget O'Neill(1812-1884). Bridget was from Thomastown, Kilkenny, Ireland. They had at least 5 children, all girls: Jane(Jannett), Eliza, Emma Teresa, Margaret and Bridget. They were all baptised at St Michael's The Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Belleville, Ontario.
|Emma Teresa Howson (1850-1913), picture circa ?1880?|
George (1794-1879), Jane (1794-1876), George (1820-1856) and Bridget (1812-1884) are all buried at the St. Michael's The Archangel Cemetery in Belleville.