Chapter 9,7

  (gen. iv) Margaret Florence (Maggie) Hedley (1884-1923)

and Jonathan Atkinson (1878-1931)

Margaret Florence (Maggie) Hedley was born May 23, 1883 in Kinloss Twp., the seventh child of John Henry Hedley and Margaret Florence Johnston. Maggie was only four years old when her mother died and five when her father was remarried to Ann Alexander. In 1902 Maggie married Jonathon (Jack) Atkinson (1878-1931) the son of William and Matilda (Craig) Atkinson of Kincardine Twp.

 (Matilda Craig was the second wife of William Atkinson, his first wife, Eliza Jane Dyatt having died in childbirth at age 34 (see Addendum)

Matilda (Craig) Atkinson died in 1936 at age 86.
Children of Matilda (Craig) and William Atkinson:
Jonathon Atkinson born 1878, died 1931
George Atkinson, b.1882
Allan Atkinson
Lisbeth Margaret (Atkinson) Small b. in 1896, married George Andrew Small in 1919

 Marriage - March 5, 1902 - St. John’s Anglican Church Rectory, Bervie.                                                             

Margaret  Hedley, 19
Greenock Twp.
Father: John Hedley
Mother: Margaret Johnston
Jonathon Atkinson, 23
bachelor, farmer
Durham Rd., Kincardine Twp.
Father: William Atkinson
Mother: Matilda Craig
Witnesses: John Shier and Lily Hedley, Kinloss                                                              
Clergyman: E.A. Hall                                                           
Anglican Parish Records on microfiche for Bervie/Kingarf,Huron College, London                                                    

Maggie and Jack Atkinson owned a farm along the south side of the Durham Road near Millarton in Kincardine Twp. (Con.1 SDR Lot 24).
About 1915 John and Maggie and their daughter Olive moved west according to records of 1915 (Toil, Tears and Triumph), but they apparently returned to the Kincardine area. Maggie died of a heart attack at the family residence on Huron Terrace St. Kincardine on Jan.2, 1923 after a one-year illness with heart trouble. Her age was 39 years and 7 months according to her obituary. Burial in Kincardine Cemetery. Margaret Florence Atkinson's Obituary, especially her stated age, differs somewhat from her Death Registration: Atkinson, Margaret Florence, female, Jan. 2, 1923, 36 years, 4 months, 10 days, Kinloss. Cause-- Myocarditis for two years, housewife, d/o John Henry Hedley and Margaret Johnston, both born in Canada, infm.– Jonathan Atkinson, husband, Kincardine (Bruce County) 009138-23 (Ont. Death Registration courtesy of Tracy Caswell)

Clarence Hedley, a nephew of Maggie, recalled that Maggie’s youngest sister Alice (Hedley) McKenzie and her husband Will moved to Kincardine to help with the family after Maggie’s death. Alice remained very close to Olive, Maggie and Jack Atkinson’s only child.

In 1931, eight years after the death of Margaret Florence, the young family received another blow: Jack Atkinson died in a construction accident while working as a teamster doing road work on the new steel bridge over the North Penetangore River on the Durham Road just west of #21 Highway. Jonathan was killed when the bridge collapsed while he was crossing it with a load of gravel. (from Toil, Tears and Triumph, A History of Kincardine Township)   Maggie and Jack Atkinson had one child:

    (1) Olive Margaret Atkinson: The date and location of Olive’s birth have not been confirmed,
          but the  Vital Statistics Index for 1904 has the following entry for Olive Elaine Atkinson:
          born Oct. 28, 1904 in Malden Twp., Essex Co., Ont.
          Olive married James Lindsay McClure of Collingwood. They had two children:

                  [1] Dr. Dale McClure of San Francisco and Seatle, Washington (2007).

                  [2] Sylvia Margaret McClure graduated as a nurse from Wellesley Hospital, Toronto.
                       Soon after graduation she married Darryl Hayward Sly of Collingwood, son of
                       Greta Louise Swanzey
b. 1918, d. Nov. 19, 2008 and Hayward L. Sly b, 1909,
                       d. 1988, both are buried in Trinity Union Cemetery, Collingwood, Ontario
                       Darryl Hayward Sly was active in the NHL, having played for Minnesota, Toronto,
                       and Vancouver. Later, he was player coach for the Barrie Flyers when the team won 
                       the national senior title. In his post-hockey life, Darryl was a teacher and
                       a successful businessman in Collingwood (he was owner of Blue Mountain Chrysler).
                       He was also involved in the development of real estate.
                       Darryl’s brothers were Barry, Brian, Aubrey and Steven Sly.
                       Darryl Hayward Sly, born April 3, 1939 in Collingwood, died Aug. 28, 2007
                       in Collingwood, Ontario at age 68.
                       Sylvia (McClure) and Darryl Hayward Sly had three children:                   
                                  {1} Darryl Sly, companion Leah (–?–)
                                  {2} Michelle Sly m. Paul Laughlin
                                  {3} Kevin Sly m. Leigh Ann (–?–)

The Sly family is noted for their participation in the game of Hockey: Warren Sly, son of Steve and Elaine Sly of Collingwood, is captain of the Potsdam University Bears hockey team in Potsdam, New York. (He has graduated with a degree in business.)

Ryan Sly, Warren’s brother, has played two seasons with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL.


Children from first marriage of William Atkinson to Eliza Jane Dyatt who died in 1876 at age 34:

1) Thomas Atkinson, b. 1866, married Ellen Dagg of Kinloss Twp. in 1888
2) Hugh Atkinson, b.1868, married Mary Elizabeth Gilmour in 1895, lived on Concession       
                 NDR (north side of Durham Road) Lots 58-59
3) Ann Atkinson married W.W. Hinds (cheesemaker) Caradoc Twp. in 1893
4) Martha Atkinson married William Craig of Con. 9, Kincardine Twp. in 1897
5) Christena Atkinson died in infancy (1876)

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