|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||
|Parents: } Alexander Detwiller & Elizabeth Parker|
Relationship No.} 219
|1st Household No.} 86 = Fullarton Twp., Perth, Ontario|
| Occupation 1} Bookkeeper|
Occupation 2} Farmer
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.
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}|
|Confirm. Date}||Photos} James Gavin|
|Immigr'n Date} 1890||Port}|
|Education: Grade} or Top 2 Degrees}|
|Military: Service} for the State of}|
Cause of Death}
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