Gary Simms (1951-2007)
After many months of sporadic seaching for ANY mention of our Hutton family in Ontario I had a break. I had taken out a months subscription to Ancestry and found several ‘Canada Voters Lists’ that mentioned William & Helena Hutton, Gordon & Jean Simms and Donald & Iris Simms. These gave addresses for them in Windsor/Essex Ontario.
After that the floodgates opened and a Canadian Immigration list showing Gordon & Donald Simms travelling from Liverpool, England to Quebec, Canada in May 1926. They were with their mother Florence Simms and returning to 364, Esdras Ave, Riverside, Windsor, Ontario. This address was near to the one that Jean (Hutton) Simms was going to when she was ‘repatriated’ to Canada in 1945 – to stay with Mrs P. Swarbrick at 360 Esdras Place, Riverside.
The Immigration form also gave the name of Florence’s mother, Maria Hewett from Birmingham, England. This obviously gave another avenue of research.
Another breakthrough came with the discovery of web site ‘The Road to Nowhere‘ by Glenn Swarbrick. This confirmed the link between the Simms and Swarbrick families. Thanks to Glen for allowing me to use info from his web site in our pages.
Finally I found an obituary for Gary Simms (son of Gordon & Jean Simms) who passed away in 2007. This confirmed that his mother was alive at the time but his father died in 1986. It also gave details of his siblings and more.
Unfortunately, apart from some old addresses, we know nothing about Iris & Donald Simms as yet.
So there is still more to do…
Will & Lena Hutton
My maternal grandmother, Peggy Ward – born as Margeret Jane Dempster McLeary, had three brothers and two sisters. her eldest sister was named Helena/Helene McLeary or Lena for short.
We had met Lena & husband Will when they visited England from their home in Canada. That was the sum total of what we knew.
After some research we discoverd Lena married William Hornell Hutton (born Oct 1893 in Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland) in Colchester, Essex, England late 1917. They had three children William (1920), Iris (1922) and Jean (1927). When Jean was born they lived at 79 Garrets Green Lane, Birmingham. William junior was killed during WW2 in the Middle East.
Jean married a Canadian soldier, Gordon W. Simms in 1945 and she was ‘repatriated’ to Canada the following year. The address in Canada was: Mrs. P. Swarbrick (Aunt) 360 Esdras Place, Riverside, Ontario. At the time this name/address meant nothing but was a part of the jigsaw that confirmed other parts of the puzzle.
Jean’s parents, Will & Lena, and sister Iris followed her to Canada in Dec 1947. We knew from family tales that Iris Hutton later married Donald Simms, brother of Gordon W. Simms.
Then our research hit the proverbial ‘brickwall’ for a long time. It was on the back-burner but not forgotten, forming part of our on-going search of Canadian genealogical sources. See further post for update.
Escomb Church, near Bishop Auckland
At the end of March 2015 I had an email from Peter Ward. Peter’s grandfather (also called Peter) was born c.1885 in Kingmoor, Carlisle – the second son of Robert Lytollis/Ward & Fanny Edgar.
He was a General Labourer when he enlisted in the Royal Artillery in 1902 and was sent to India. He became British Army ‘heavy-weight boxing champion’ and was discharged in 1905. By the 1911 Census he was a Police Constable at Stockton, County Durham and had married Florence Oatway. Peter & Florence lived in several places, mainly Bishop Auckland, and he went on to become a Chief Constable.
Florence died in 1929 and Peter in 1956, both in Bishop Auckland.
Thanks to his grandson, Peter, for contacting me and helping to provide more information about the Lytollis/Ward clan.
I received an email on New Year’s day from Celia Stanley, grand daughter of Alfred George Wakefield, who was interested in any info we had as she had never met him.
The only ‘Alfred George Wakefield’ we had listed was obviously not Celia’s grandfather but after an exchange of emails it was soon clear he was the ‘George Wakefield born c.1896’ for whom we had no other data. He was the son of Frederick Wakefield & Jane Allcroft from Hackney, London.
Celia provided some more background and it appeared her grandfather married Phoebe Crampton and they lived in Islington, London. Their only child, a daughter born c.1928, was Celia’s mother.
Thank you to Celia (my 3x cousin) for increasing our knowledge of the Wakefield family.