Chapter 9, 2

gen. (iv)  Emma Hedley (1870 -1921)
  and
Thomas Splan (1869 -1957)

Emma Hedley, the second child of John Henry Hedley and Margaret Florence Johnston, was born November 4, 1870 near Grey Ox in Kinloss Township.  Emma was fifteen years old when her family moved to Greenock Township and sixteen when her mother died and almost eighteen when her father married Ann Alexander. The 1891 Census for Greenock Township shows Emma, 20, living with her father and step-mother and all eight of her sisters and brothers.

1891 Ont. Census for Greenock Twp., Bruce County
Headley, John, age 50, b. Ont., father b. Eng.; mother b. Ire.; farmer; Church of Eng.
                Ann, age 35, b, in Ont.; father b. in Ire.; mother b. in Ire.; Church of Eng.
                William, age 23, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng.
                Emma,
age 20, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng
                John,
age 17, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng.
                Margaret,
age 16, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng.
                Robert, age 13, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng.
                Lillie,
age 11, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng. 
                Florence, age 8, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng.
                Albert,
age 7, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng.
                Allice, age 4, b. in Ont.; both parents b. in Ont.; Church of Eng.

Five years later, in June of 1896, Emma married Thomas Splan, the son of Elizabeth (Weston) and Thomas Splan. The 1891 Census for Greenock Twp. shows the Splan family with Thomas, 21, still at home with his parents and two young siblings, his two older sisters having already married.

1891 Ont. Census for Greenock Twp., Bruce County

Thomas Splan 50 b. in Ont. father b. in Ireland mother b. in Ont. Church of Eng.  farmer
Elizabeth Splan 46 b. in Ont. father b. in Ont. mother b. in Ire. Church of Eng.
Thomas Splan 21 b. in Ont. father b. in Ont. mother b. in Ont. Churchof Eng. farmer 
William Splan  17 b. in Ont. father b. in Ont. mother b. in Ont. Church of Eng
Adeline Splan 13 b. in Ont. father b. in Ont. mother b. in Ont. Church of Eng.

                                      Kincardine Area Marriage - June 9, 1896

                        Emma Hedley, 22                          Thomas Splan, 24
                        Greenock Twp. Resident                 Greenock Twp. Farmer
                        Father: John Hedley                         Father: Thomas Splan
                        Mother: Margaret Hedley                 Mother: Elizabeth Splan
                        Religion: Anglican                            Religion: Anglican
                        Witnesses: Neil McKay and Clorinda Moulton
                        Location: Rectory of St. John’s Anglican Church, Bervie
                        Minister: E.A. Hall  (Anglican Parish Register for Bervie/Kinloss; Huron College, London; microfiche)

Thomas may have had a previous marriage. Jan Francis (name on her email address), quoting from Splan genealogy records, states that Thomas’s first marriage was to Phoebe (–?–), born 1884 (this date is apparently in error).
The above contact also provided the following information relating to the family of Thomas Splan: Thomas was the son of Thomas Splan (1837-1928), the grandson of an earlier Thomas Splan, and the great grandson of Samuel Splan.
Elizabeth Weston, the mother of Thomas was born in 1844 and died in 1922. (A note in the Splan genealogy states that Thomas and Elizabeth were first cousins, although no further genealogy information supporting this claim is provided.) They had five children, including Thomas:
1) Ellen Splan (1864-1961) married William Cerson (1856-1933)
2) Grace ‘Elizabeth’ Splan (1865-1955) married George Dagg (1858-1932) in 1883; two children, Fred Harold 
     Dagg and Vera Teresa Dagg.
3) Thomas Splan (1869-1957) m1 Phoebe (–?–)
                                                  m2 Emma Hedley on July 11, 1894
    (Anglican Parish Registers give June 9, 1896 as their date of marriage.)
4 )William Splan (1873-1969) married Clarica (Clorinda?) Moulton
5) Adeline Splan (1877-1892)

Lynn Collins of Vancouver, whose great, great aunt and uncle were Clorinda (Moulton) and William Splan, a brother of Thomas, has contributed a photo of Thomas and Emma Splan and of Emma’s headstone (see below). Lynn stated that with the photo there was a note written by her great aunt (a daughter of Clorinda and William who farmed near Portage La Prairie, Manitoba): “This is Dad’s brother Uncle Tom and wife Aunt Emma. They had no children and farmed in Manitoba. Nice couple, she was fun. Mom always enjoyed a visit from her, so did we kids."

Lynn visited her great aunt in 1994, "our last living connection to the Splan family," and recalls her mentioning that her grandparents Thomas Splan and Elizabeth Weston often visited them before going on to visit their daughter Grace Elizabeth (Splan) Dagg in Vancouver. Lynn adds, "I suspect that Thomas and Emma may have done the same and perhaps lived here (in Vancouver) for a time prior to Emma’s death at age 51."

Emma and Thomas must have retired from their farm in Manitoba and moved to Vancouver, perhaps because of Emma’s failing health.  Emma died on Dec. 2, 1921 at age 51 in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she is buried.
Lynn Collins reports that, at the time of Emma’s death, Thomas Splan purchased four plots at Oceanview Cemetery, Barnaby, in the Greater Vancouver Area. Thomas later sold two of them according to cemetery records and conversations with the grounds keeper. Thomas kept one of the plots, perhaps planning to be buried next to Emma; however, at the time of his death, 36 years after Emma died, his family must have made a decision to have his remains buried in Kincardine, Ontario.Thomas Splan died at age 88 in Vancouver in June 1957.  His grave is in Kincardine Cemetery:  Splan Thomas # 1170 (1869-1957)


  Thomas and Emma Splan



 Headstone of Emma Splan (1870-1921)
 in Oceanview Cemetery, Burnaby, B.C.
(Greater Vancouver Area)

“Thank You” to Lynn Collins of Vancouver and Bill Bennet and Jan Francis,
 all Splan descendants,  for their kind assistance with this chapter.
  
updated August 29, 2007
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