George Nelson Hedley, the thirteenth child and second youngest of the 14 children of John Hedley and Margaret Grierson, was born about 1850 in Torbolton Township. He married Ann (Annie) Grierson, born abt.1849, the daughter of James (Little Jimmy) Taylor Grierson and Elizabeth MacLelland. The Belden Atlas of 1879 shows George Nelson’s farm located on Lot 18, Con. 4 of Torbolton Twp., near the farm of his widowed mother, Margaret. Belden Atlas of 1879
1881 Ont. Census for Torbolton Twp., Carleton Co.
Some time after 1886 the family moved from Torbolton Twp., Ont. to Alberta. George Nelson died in 1919 at age 69. The date of Ann’s death is not known. The graves of George Nelson Hedley and Ann Grierson are in Okotoks, MacLeod, Alberta. Six children (only one survived):
1 - Adeline Elizabeth Hedley was born October 18, 1875 in Torbolton Township. She married John McClelland (b.1864) on Dec. 30, 1896 in Melrose, Alberta (Calgary Herald Weekly of Jan. 7, 1897). Adelaide died in 1909 at age 34. John and Adelaide (Hedley) McLelland had two children:
(1) Hugh Hedley McLelland b. 1898
(2) Ann Marguerite E. McLelland (1903- 1963) married Walter Stokes
2 - Melissa Margaret Hedley born July 27, 1877 in Torbolton Township, died 1886 at age 9 at White Lake, Ont. in a scarlet fever epidemic.
3 - Ernest Hiram Hedley born March 26, 1879 in Torbolton Township, died 1886 at age 7 at White Lake, Ont. in a scarlet fever epidemic.
4 - Ida Jessie Hedley born January 13, 1881 in Torbolton Township, died 1886 at age 5 at White Lake, Ont. in a scarlet fever epidemic.
5 - Infant Hedley died Dec.24, 1882.
6 - James Victor Hedley born February 21, 1884 in Torbolton Township, died 1886 at age 2 at White Lake, Ont. in a scarlet fever epidemic.
The four children of George Nelson and Ann (Grierson) Hedley who died of scarlet fever are buried in unmarked graves in White Lake Cemetery.