Individual Record 579

Name}   Detwiller, James Gavin Family History} Olson                 
  Title}   Race} White Sex} Male
Birth:   Date} Exa  2 Sep 1876 Place} Fullarton Twp., Perth, Ontario
Marr.: Date} Fam 20 Sep 1911 Place} Presbyterian Church, Imperial, Saskatchewan   (Link)
Death: Date} Fam 24 Oct 1955 Place} Ontario, Canada
Burial: Date} Aft  24 Oct 1955 Place} Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham, Kent, Ontario
  Grave Marker} Yes
Source 1}   71 = Family notes
Source 2} 353 = Family notes
Source 3} 873 = Birth record
Source 4} 247 = 1881 Can cen
Source 5} 199 = 1900 USA cen
Source 6} 954 = 1911 Can cen
Source 7} 187 = Photograph
Source 8} 957 = Homestead
Source 9} 946 = 1916 SK cen
Source 10}956 = Geog history
Source 11}407 = Newspaper
Source 12}1539=1921 Can cen
Source 13}1360=Voter record
Source 14}1362=Photograph
Source 15}906 = Cemetery rec
Parents: } Alexander Detwiller & Elizabeth Parker
   Relationship No.} 219
1st Household No.} 86 = Fullarton Twp., Perth, Ontario
      Occupation 1} Bookkeeper
       Occupation 2} Farmer
  Religion/Church} Presbyterian
Spouses:   Prime} Thornicroft, Georgina Force
 Total Number of} 1
Notes:  James Gavin Detwiller was born 2 Sep 1876 in Fullarton Twp., Perth, Ontario, to Alexander and Elizabeth Detwiller.  He was the 10th of 13 children, and grew up on the family farm, located on Lot 31 of Concession EM (East of Mitchell Road), Fullarton Twp.
In the 1881 Canada census, his siblings included Rebecca, born in 1860, Marion, 1862, Elizabeth, 1865, John, 1867, Alexander, 1870, Annie, 1873, William, 1875, and Isabella, 1878.  Bertha, born in 1869, died as an infant, and Christopher, 1863, died in 1876.  By 1885, the family was complete, with the addition of Innis, 1883, and Robert, 1885.  The census records list the family as being Presbyterian.

Alexander Detwiller, his father, died in 1887, and in 1890 James immigrated to the United States.  In the 1900 U.S. census, he was living with his sisters, Marion, Annie, and Isabelle at 114 Street 8, Jamestown, Chataugua, New York.  He was a bookkeeper.  In the various sources he is often called Gavin, or J. Gavin.

In 1904, James Gavin returned to Canada, along with his brothers Innis and Robert, to help their older brother Alexander harvest the grain crop in Manitoba.  In 1905, the three younger brothers went to Saskatchewan, to find homesteads.  In the 1911 Canada census, he, along with his brothers Innis and Robert, were living in the little Village of Imperial, in the Humbolt District of Saskatchewan.  They were all listed as farmers.  According to family records, James married Georgina Thornicroft later that year, 20 Sep 1911, in the Presbyterian Church.

James Gavin Detwiller In the 1916 Manitoba census, James and Georgina were living on Wood Creek in Last Mountain, Saskatchewan.  They had a daughter Elizabeth, age 8 months.  The homestead was located on the NE Sec. 10, Twp. 28, Range 25, W2nd Meridian.  Innis and Robert had adjoining farming homesteads.  He is seen at left with his mother and three brothers.

In the 1921 Canada census, James, age 45, and Georgina, 37, are farming their homestead.  Their daughter Elizabeth is 5 years old.  James Needham, 74, is living with the family, working on the farm.

In 1935, 1938, 1940 and 1945, James is listed in the Lake Centre voter electoral district as a farmer in Imperial.  He was one of the first councillors for Wood Creek, and for many years served as a reeve.  He was also on the board of the local Presbyterian Church.  He and Georgina retired to the town of Imperial in 1949.  They later moved back to Ontario to be near their daughter.

According to family sources, James died 24 Oct 1955, place unknown.  He and Georgina are buried in the Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatam, Kent, Ontario.
Time of Birth}   Time of Death}   Fraternal/Social}  
Baptism Date}   Place}   James Gavin Detwiller
Confirm. Date}   Photos} James Gavin
Immigr'n Date} 1890 Port}  
Education: Grade}                               or Top 2 Degrees}  
Military: Service}                                    for the State of}  
Health Condition}  
  Cause of Death}  
Last Updated
by} Karen Hancock
Date Updated}   8 Jul  2014
Date Created}    4 Jun 1993
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