Saturday, 14 April 2012


My great grandfather George Thomas Meehan was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1851 and died in Toronto in 1919.  He is the son of Patrick Meehan of Donegal Ireland and Elizabeth  "Bessie"  Magee also of Ireland.  Between 1851 and 1861 the family moved from Kingston to Belleville.

George married Emma Teresa Howson in 1874 in Belleville.  Emma is the daughter of George Howson of England and Bridget O'Neill of Ireland.  Emma was baptised at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, Belleville in 1851.  Emma died in Toronto in 1913.  Both George and Emma are buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto.

George and Emma had at least 7 children all born in Belleville:

  • Bessie  (1874 - 1876)
  • Margaret Jane  (1876 - 1953)
  • Mary Ann  (1878 -  )
  • James   (1880 - 1950)
  • George  (1882 - 1960)
  • Teresa Brigid  (1886 -  1946)
  • John Thomas  (1891 - 1894?)
An 1896  Belleville directory  lists George as a piler for the C.P. Holton Company.  C. P. Holton was in the timber and milling industry.  In later years he was listed as a marble polisher.  By 1901 the family had moved to Toronto and were living at 373 Queen Street East.  The family had moved to 103 Bond Street by 1910.  The 1918 Toronto directory shows the family living at 159 Gerrard Street East, along with Robert Closs who was a son in law.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012


John Crosby Faulkner, is the oldest son of William Faulkner and Annie Jane (Hanna) Crosby.  John Crosby Faulkner was born in Dublin Ireland around 1844 and died in Sundridge Ontario in 1932.  He was a photographer working in Toronto and later in Sundridge.

John married Jennie Stewart in 1874 in Toronto at St. James Cathedral.  Her parents were John  and Frances Stewart.  Jennie Faulkner died in 1918 in Sundridge.  Both John and Jennie Faulkner are buried in the Strong Cemetery in Sundridge.

John  and Jennie had no children, but adopted a girl Lily Agnes Faulkner born about 1888 who was also a photographer in Sundridge.  According to  Northern Ontario Vintage Postcards site,
Lily was the daughter of John's younger brother William.  However to date there is no proof of this.

  John Crosby Faulkner is listed in the book The Ontario Photographers List by Glen C. Phillips.
  • Faulkner, J. C., photographer 1887 - 1892 - Toronto
  • Faulkner, J. C., photographer 1892 - 1900 - Sundridge
The Dun & Bradstreet Commercial Directory also lists him as a photographer.

  • Faulkner, J. C.            1901 - 1907  Sundridge
  • Faulkner, John C.       1914 - 1920  Sundridge

In 1881 John & Jennie Faulkner are listed as living in the St. David's Ward, in Toronto.  By 1891 the Census shows the couple living in Joly Strong - Sundridge, in the Muskoka and Parry Sound area of Ontario.  John's address on the 1911 Census is 5 Main Street, Sundridge.

The photograph used in this blog was taken by John Crosby Faulkner.  It is a picture of his brother Ford Faulkner, his wife and children.  It was taken around 1910 in Toronto.