Chapter 8,2
generation(iii)THOMAS HEDLEY(1840-1908)
MARY ANN ARMSTRONG (1846-
 Pedigree
 Descendancy

     Thomas Hedley was the third son of Nicholas Hedley and Jane McBride, having been preceded by his brothers William and John Henry. Thomas was born July 13, 1840 in the newly constructed stone house on Lot 18, Conc. 4 of March Twp., Carleton County (near Ottawa). The 1851 Census for March Township shows him at age 11, a labourer, also attending school. Besides his mother and his father, who was the owner of a saw mill, seven brothers and sisters ranging in ages from one to fourteen years shared the stone house with him.
     Sometime before 1862, when Thomas was in his teens, his parents and eleven brothers and sisters left Carleton County and moved to West Wawanosh where his father gained employment as a miller besides farming Lot 16, Concession 10, adjoining the mill property. Thomas apparently remained behind in Carleton County, for his marriage registration shows Thomas Hedley  “of March Township, Carleton County.”
 

MARRIAGE - MAY 15, 1866
THOMAS HEDLEY, 26
MARY ANN ARMSTRONG, 20
RES:         March Twp., Carleton Co. RES:       March Twp., Carleton Co.
BIRTHPLACE:          March Twp. BIRTHPLACE:          March Twp.
PARENTS:          Nicholas and Jane PARENTS:        James and Bridget
WITNESSES:   Robert Fills of Carp CLERGY:  James Godfrey
United Church of England and Ireland
(Carleton Co. Marriages 1865-69, microfilm, researched by Ken Hedley, Guelph)

     Mary Ann Armstrong was the eldest daughter of James and Bridget Armstrong, a Roman Catholic family in March Twp. The 1861 Census for Carleton County shows the family living in a log house in March Township:
 

1861 Census for Carleton
ARMSTRONG James, farmer 40 b. Ire Church of Rome

Mrs. 38  b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

John 16 b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

Mary Ann 14 b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

Catherine 13 b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

James 10 b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

Martha 8 b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

Linet 5 b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

W.P.   b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

William Henry  1   b. Upper Can. Church of Rome

         Five years after this census Mary Ann married Thomas Hedley, and the following year John Armstrong, her brother, married Thomas's cousin, Elizabeth Hedley, daughter of William and Bridget Hedley.
         After their marriage in March Twp., Thomas and Mary Ann must have moved to West Wawanosh, for on the 16th March, 1867, according to Church records for Dungannon Anglican Church, their first child was born in Wawanosh.

 

The Seven Children of Thomas Hedley and Mary Ann Armstrong
Lucy Elizabeth 
Hedley
 
b. Mar.16,1867, W. Wawanosh, Huron Co. (baptism Dungannon); m. unknown; living in Huron Twp., Bruce Co. in 1891 (age 23); d. date/place unknown
Mary Catherine
(Ettie) Hedley
b. Mar. 26,1870, West Wawanosh; m. unknown; living in Huron Twp., Bruce County in 1891 (age 20); d.date & place  unknown.
Jemima
Hedley
b. Jan. 14, 1874, Kincardine, Ont. (baptism Anglican Church of the Messiah); m. unknown; living in Huron Twp., Bruce Co. 1891 (age 17); d. date/place unknown
Florence May
Hedley
b. Aug. 3, 1877,  Kincardine; living in Huron Twp., Bruce Co. in 1891 (age 14); m. unknown; d. date & place unknown
Thomas 
Hedley (twin)
b. Aug. 3, 1877, Kincardine; died in infancy
John Alfred 
Hedley
b. May 11, 1880, Kincardine; living in Huron Twp., Bruce Co. in 1891 (age 12);  m. unknown; d. date & place unknown
Hazel ‘Maude’ 
Catherine Hedley
b. Mar.28,1881, Kincardine; living in Huron Twp., Bruce Co. in 1891 (10 years old); m. unknown; d. date and place unknown
Minnie ‘Ann’ 
Hedley (twin)
b. March 28, 1881; d. Sept. 8, 1881
Beatrice ‘Pearl’
Hedley
                                .
b. Dec. 1885, Kincardine; living in Huron Twp., Bruce Co. in 1891  (age 5); m. unknown; d. date and place unknown
        The Belden Atlas for Grey and Bruce Townships, published in 1880, shows Thomas Hedley residing on Nelson Street, Kincardine.
 


1881 Census for the Town of Kincardine
Hedley Thomas, labourer 43 b. in Ont. Church of England English

Mary Ann 35  b. in Ont. Church of England Irish

Lucy 16 b. in Ont. Church of England

Ettie 14  b. in Ont. Church of England

Jemima 8 b. in Ont. Church of England

Florence 4 b. in Ont. Church of England

John  2 b. in Ont. Church of England

Catherine 1/12  b. in Ont. Church of England

Ann 1/12  b. in Ont. Church of England

 

1891 Census for Huron Township, Bruce County
 
Hedley 
 
Thomas, labourer
 
52
 
b. in Ont.
 
Church of England
Father b. in Eng., Mother b. in Ire.

Mary Ann
 
42
 
b. in Ont.
 
Church of England
Father b. in Ire., Mother b. in Ont.

"Luesa" E. 23 b. in Ont. Church of England

Mary Katherine  20 b. in Ont. Church of England

Jemima 17 b. in Ont. Church of England

Florence M 14 b. in Ont. Church of England

John 12 b. in Ont. Church of England

Maud 10  b. in Ont. Church of England

"Perl"     5  b. in Ont. Church of England
 
The whereabouts of Thomas Hedley and Mary Ann Armstrong and their family of six
daughters and one son, John Alfred, requires further research on the seventeen years between
the 1891 Census and Thomas's death in 1908.

On the 17th of Feb, 1908 the newspaper, The Signal,  for Crewe, a community south
of Lucknow, contained the following item (provided by Phyllis Morrison of R.R. # 1, Lucknow):
 

Sudden Death - The call of death came suddenly on Thursday last to Thomas Hedley, who was engaged by Thos. Henry to help with the chores. After partaking of dinner on that day he sat down in a rocking chair and took out his pipe as usual to prepare for a smoke, and expired in a few minutes. Heart trouble is supposed to be the cause. Deceased was a son of the late Nicholas Hedley of Lucknow. His relatives from Lucknow removed his remains for burial in Kinloss Cemetery.

        Thomas Hedley died February 13th, 1908 at age 67 years and 7 months. Mary Ann, if still living, would have been about 62.
         Their children would all have reached adulthood, the  youngest, Pearl, being 22 and the eldest, Lucy, 40. His relatives from Lucknow were probably his younger brother, Alexander Hedley and his wife Thomisine Fisher. Alexander was killed only four months later in an accident caused by runaway horses at the arena corner in Lucknow. There is no record of Thomas's grave in South Kinloss Cemetery.


 
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