Further details (where known) of the children of Thomas Findlay and Elizabeth MacDonald, and their descendants

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Further details (where known) of the children of Thomas Findlay and Elizabeth MacDonald, and their descendants.


James Findlay, born 9 February 1852, Inverness.

Trained as a ships carpenter at Stephen's yard in Glasgow.  Died, aged 22 years 9 months, on 17th September 1874 at Clachnaharry.  Buried in Findlay family plot in the graveyard of the Old High Church of Inverness. Never married.

Elizabeth Findlay, born 30 December 1853, Inverness.

Elizabeth married Edward Jezzard, on 29th December 1881 at Clachnaharry.  Edward was a Royal Marine based on H.M.S. Brilliant which was at Inverness at the time of their marriage, but he was originally from Sandwich, Kent, where he was born in Strand Street, on 6 June 1852 to Frank Jezzard, a blacksmith (latterly a ships chandler, deceased by December 1881), and Elizabeth Farley.  Francis Jezzard and Elizabeth Farley were married July-September 1847 (Isle of Thanet, Volume V, Page 590).  Francis Jezzard was almost certainly the Francis Jezzard christened on 30 May 1824 in St Clements, Sandwich, the son of William and Mary Jezzard.  Elizabeth Farley was almost certainly the Elizabeth Farley christened on 18 April 1824 in St Peter's, Sandwich, the son of John and Elizabeth Farley.

Elizabeth and Edward had 7 children:

Edward Jezzard's ship was definitely at Inverness in early April of 1881 as he and his shipmates are recorded in the census of 5th April 1881.

1881 Census (4th April)  Invernes (98) page 1

Royal Navy Vessel - HMS Brilliant

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander (Mr) Barfoot Widow 45 Gunner London, Middlesex
Jonathan Good Widow 46 Ship's Steward 1st Class Portsmouth, Hampshire
Edward Jessard Unmarried 29 Ship's Corporal 1st Class Sandwich, Kent
George Wheatley  Unmarried 24 Able Seaman London, Middlesex
Charles Peck Unmarried 24 Able Seaman South Cove, Suffolk
William Curtis Unmarried 24 Able Seaman Hull, Yorkshire
Charles Doherty Unmarried 25 Able Seaman Nova Scotia
Ambrose Brown Unmarried 25 Able Seaman Folkestone, Kent
Albert Jamieson Unmarried 23 Able Seaman Portsmouth, Hampshire

Edward and Elizabeth had their first two children Elizabeth Francis, born 19th November 1882, and Margaret Ada, born 7th February 1884, at 44 Wells Street, Inverness, but by the birth of their third child Edward Thomas K. in 1885 (Ref: 1885 Jul-Sep Eastry 2a 931), they had moved to Edward's home town of Sandwich, Kent.  This probably indicates Edward's retirement from the Navy.

By 1890 they had a fourth child, Evangelina Stone (Ref: 1890 Apr-Jun Eastry 2a 913), and for the census of 1891 we find the family living at 37 Strand Street, Sandwich, with Edward now working as a county court bailiff.

1891 Census (5th April)  Eastry, Sandwich   RG12/735 Folio 8.

37 Strand Street, St. Marys, Sandwich.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Edward Jezzard Head 38 County Court Bailiff Sandwich, Kent
Elizabeth Jezzard Wife 37   Scotland
Elizabeth F. Jezzard Daughter 8   Scotland
Margaret A. Jezzard Daughter 7   Scotland
Edward T. F. Jezzard Son 5   Sandwich, Kent
Evangelina Jezzard Daughter 1   Sandwich, Kent

At the time of the death of her Aunt Margaret MacDonald, on 3rd November 1895, Elizabeth Findlay\Jezzard was living at 1 Rose Cottage, Sandwich, Kent.

For the census of 1901 Edward and Elizabeth were still in Sandwich.  A further three children have been born Frank  born 1891 (Ref: 1891 Oct-Dec Eastry 2a 923), Roderick John born 1897 (Ref: 1897 Jan-Mar Eastry 2a 986)  and Robert (unnamed at the time of the census!) born March 1901 (Ref: 1901 Apr-Jun Eastry 2a 1022). Edward's occupation is given as "Naval Pensioner - Navy's Men" without any reference to any other occupation (ie. County Court Bailiff), so possibly they were living solely on his naval pension at this time. Young Edward was away having joined the Navy.

1901 Census (1 April) Sandwich   RG13 Piece 831 Folio 57 Page 8.

16 Cattle Market, Sandwich.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Edward  Stone Jezzard Head 48 Naval Pensioner - Navy's Men Sandwich, Kent
Elizabeth Jezzard Wife 47   Inverness, Scotland
Elizabeth Francis Jezzard Daughter 18 Draper's Assistent Inverness, Scotland
Margaret Ada Jezzard Daughter 17 Draper's Assistent Inverness, Scotland
Evangelina Stone Jezzard Daughter 11   Sandwich, Kent
Frank Jezzard Son 9   Sandwich, Kent
Roderick John Jezzard Son 4   Sandwich, Kent
----------------- (unnamed) Son 1 month   Sandwich, Kent

For the census of 1911 Elizabeth and Edward are living at 43 Cattle Market, Sandwich with their three younger childre.

1911 Census (3 April) Sandwich   RG14 PN 4552 RG78PN188 RD64 SD1 ED14 SN152

43 Cattle Market, Sandwich.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Edward  Stone Jezzard Head 58 County Court Baliff and Naval Pensioner Clerk to Burial Board Sandwich, Kent
Elizabeth Jezzard Wife 57   Inverness, Scotland
Evangelina Stone Jezzard Daughter 21   Sandwich, Kent
Roderick John Jezzard Son 14 Scholar Sandwich, Kent
Robert  Jezzard Son 10 Scholar Sandwich, Kent

Elizabeth Jezzard nee Findlay (R) at tea in Sandwich circa 1930

I believe that Edward Stone Jezzard died on 21 Nov 1916 (Ref: Eastry Vol 2a Page 1460), and Elizabeth Jezzard nee Findlay died on 18 Nov 1931 in Canterbury, Kent (Ref: Canterbury Vol 2a Page 1299). 

Margaret Findlay, born 15 December 1855, Clachnaharry.

Died of a fever on 12th February 1861, aged 5 years 3 months. Buried in the Old High Church of Inverness. graveyard

Thomas Findlay, born 27 August 1857, Clachnaharry.

Thomas moved to Glasgow to work as a marine engineer, and for the census of 1881 was in lodgings at 30 Dover Street

1881 Census (4th April)  Glasgow (644/9)  Book 30. Page 23.

30 Dover Street, Barony, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mary Jane Higgins Head (Widow) 29 Housekeeper Down, Ireland
Benjamin Higgins Son 8 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Mary Jane Higgins Daughter 5 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Martha Henry Higgins Sister 20 Dressmaker Down, Ireland
Thomas Findlay Lodger 23 Engine Fitter at Works Inverness, Invernessshire
David Roy Lodger 22 Engine Fitter at Works Rothes, Elgin

Interestingly just down the road was a family called Cameron .

1881 Census (4th April)  Glasgow (644/9)  Book 36. Page 12.

44 Dorset Street, Barony, Glasgow

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Alexander Cameron Head 53 Lieutenant of Police Dores, Invernessshire
Mary Cameron Wife 56   Jura, Argyll
Duncan J. Cameron Son 23 Engineer Marine Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Catherine Cameron Daughter 21 Dressmaker Glasgow, Lanarkshire

The reason that the Cameron family are of relevance is because on 28 June 1888 married Catherine Cameron.  One assumes they met through being in the same neighbourhood and Catherine's brother being in the same trade as Thomas.  Alexander Cameron, a Lieutenant of Police, and Mary Darroch, were married on 22 May 1853 in Glasgow, and their son Duncan was born 29th July 1857 in Clyde, Glasgow, and their daughter Catherine was born on 17th August 1859 in Anderston, Glasgow. Mary Darroch was born on the Isle of Jura, on 13 July 1817, the daughter of Archibald Darroch and Catherine Darroch who were married on 19th January 1813 on Jura.

Thomas and Catherine's marriage took place at 4 Catherine Street, Glasgow, his wife's family home, with Thomas's address being given as "on board the SS. Princes Royal". His sister Margaret was one of the witnesses. From his address it can be assumed that Thomas was working on board steamers in his capacity as a marine engineer at the time, although  after his marriage he seems to have stayed ashore, presumably carrying on his trade at one of the many Glasgow shipyards. Thomas and Catherine had four known children:

For the census of 5 April 1891 Thomas and Catherine were living with Catherine's mother, Mary Darroch, and her aunt, Janet Darroch, (born on Jura on 26 July 1821), at 147 Kent Road, Glasgow.  As Mary Darroch is recorded as a widow, Alexander Cameron, her husband, must have died sometime between June 1888, and April 1891

1891 Census (5th April)  Glasgow (644/9)  Book 29. Page 1.

147 Kent Road, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mary Cameron Head 74 Widow Isle of Jura, Argyllshire
Janet Cameron Sister 70 Lady's Nurse Isle of Jura, Argyllshire
Thomas Findlay Son-in-law 33 Engine Maker/Fitter Inverness, Inverness-shire
Catherine Findlay Daughter 31   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Mary E. Findlay Granddaughter 1   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Catherine, Thomas's wife must have been in the latter stages of pregnancy at the time of this census, as, ten weeks later, on 16 June 1891 she gave birth to another daughter, Margaret, born at 147 Kent Road.

The next record of Thomas is as the witness on his father's death certificate of 8th November 1893. By this date the family had moved, his address on the death certificate being given as 9, Lumsden Street, Overnewtown, Glasgow.

The family were still living at Lumsden Street for the birth of a further daughter, Flora Bryce, on 27 October 1898. This daughter was named after Flora C. Bryce, the grandaughter of Thomas's father's sister Catherine Findlay, (Thomas's 1st cousin 1 time removed).  Why they should have chosen to name their daughter after Flora who would have been 24 at the time is not known at this time, but obviously the two branches of the family were "in touch".

For the census of 1901 the family were still living in Lumsden Street, along with the daughter of one of Catherine's brothers, Catherine Cameron, shown as born in England.

1901 Census (7th April)  Glasgow (644/10)  Book 48  Page 7.

9 Lumsden Street, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Findlay Head 43 Mechanical Engineer Inverness, Inverness-shire
Catherine Findlay Wife 41 Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Mary Findlay Daughter 11 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret Findlay Daughter  9 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Flora B. Findlay Daughter  2 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Catherine Cameron Neice 14 Cash Girl Grocery England

For the census of 1911 the family were still living at 9 Lumsden Street. Catherine Cameron is also still recorded in the household but recorded as born in Glasgow this time around.. Catherine is recorded as having had 4 children, 3 of whom survived so there must have been a child who died in infancy probably between 1891 and 1901

1911 Census (7th April)  Glasgow (644/11)  Book 28  Page 13.

9 Lumsden Street, Glasgow.

Name Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Thomas Findlay Head 53 Mechanical Engineer Inverness, Inverness-shire
Catherine Findlay Wife 51 Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Mary Findlay Daughter 21 Grocer's Clerk Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret Findlay Daughter  19 Stationary Cutter Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Flora B. Findlay Daughter  12 School Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Catherine Cameron Neice 24 Grocer's Clerk Glasgow, Lanarkshire

1922 seems to have been a bad year for Thomas Findlay, as according to a letter written on 6th November 1922 by Roderick Findlay in Chicago to his brother Robert in Montreal, not only had Thomas been ill and out of work for 7 months due to the engineers strike in Glasgow, but also, possibly as a consequence, his wife Catherine was seriously ill.  (For a transcript of the letter written to Robert by Roderick - Click here)

Sadly the next record of Thomas Findlay is that of his death. He died, aged 67, on 2 March 1925, less than a year after Flora's marriage. His death was recorded at 11 King Street, Coatbridge, the home of his daughter Margaret, and her watchmaker husband, Alexander Smith, who registered the death. From this it would seem likely that Thomas and his wife, Catherine, with the on set of old age and all their daughters married, had moved in with their son-in-law .

Catherine Darroch, Thomas's wife, lived on a further sixteen years, dying, aged 82, on 25 November 1941. Her death was recorded at 96 Langside Avenue, Glasgow, the home of her married daughter, Flora Bryce Birrell. It was at this same address that the death of Flora's husband, John Gemmel Birrell was recorded on 21 February 1956. He was recorded as a Company Director and his parents were confirmed as William Lister Birrell and Jeannie Gemmell although his father is listed as a Grocer rather than Dairyman and Jeannie Gemmell is named as Jane Duff Gemmell, and the informant was James G. Birrell his brother, of 14 Willowbank Crescent, Glasgow.  Flora Bryce nee Findlay died 17 November 1990 in Paisley and the informant was Muriel Findlay Searl, her granddaughter. .

Robert Findlay, born 12 May 1859, Clachnaharry.

Robert trained as an architect in Scotland where he worked on  Carnegie Public Libraries, Aldourie Castle, and Moy Hall.  Robert went to Montreal, Canada, in 1885 and worked for various firms of architects.  

Robert married Jane Fleming on on 29 June 1887, in Galt, Waterloo, Ontario. Robert's bride was actually recorded as Janis A. Fleming aged 26 the daughter of John Fleming and Janis Fleming. As it is certain that this is the correct marriage record due to her husband Robert being accurately recorded as aged 28, the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Findlay, one can assume that Janis = Jane making Jane the daughter of a John and Jane Fleming and born circa 1861. The 1891 census gives her age as 30 which also tallies with her being born circa 1861. Her year of birth given in the 1901, 1911 and 1921 censuses all differ, listing 1863, 1864 and 1864 (calculated) respectively. However the 1901 and 1911 censuses do agree on the month being May, with the 1901 census specifying the 24th of that month.

Taking all this into account Jane was therefore almost certainly one and the same as the Jane Fleming whose birth was recorded on 26 May 1861 in Dundee, to John Fleming and Jane Moffat. John Fleming married Jane Moffat,on 20 November 1855 in Edinburgh the daughter of Thomas Moffat, a printer, and Catherine Sim. Although recorded as a farm assistant at the time of his marriage (probably on his father's farm), by the time of Jane's birth John was listed as Assistant Inspector of the Poor for Dundee. Sadly Jane's mother died of Pulminary Consumption 7 July 1864 at 89 Princes Street, Dundee.  Jane's father did re-marry on 8 June 1866 in Edinburgh to Mary Ann Scott the daughter of Robert Scott, Veterinary Surgeon, and Janet Renwick, but he himself died on 16 June 1871, aged 44, at Blyth Street, Balgray Street, Dundee. (For further details of Jane Fleming's genealogy - click here) 

Robert and Jane had four children - 

In the same year as his marriage Robert won an architectural design competition to build Sun Life Assurance Co. head office on Notre Dame Street West, Montreal which was the foundation of his own Architectural practice and went own to become a respected and influential architect within Montreal and further a field in Canada. 

For the census of 1891 Robert and his family were living in the village of Côte-St. Antoine in the Hochelaga district of Quebec.

1891 Quebec / District 154 Hochelaga / Sub-District Name: Côte-St. Antoine (Village) / Page 18

Name

Relationship Age Place of Birth Father's P.O.B. Mothers P.O.B. Occupation
Robert Findlay Head 32 Scotland Scotland Scotland Architect
Jane Findlay Wife 30 Scotland Scotland Scotland  
Francis Findlay Son 3 Quebec Scotland Scotland  
Arthur Findlay Son 1 Quebec Scotland Scotland  
Agnes Findlay (Edythe) Daughter 0 Quebec Scotland Scotland  
Rachel Higgins Servant 20 Scotland Scotland Scotland  

For the 1901 census Robert and his family were still in in the Hochelaga district of Quebec. Visiting is Robert's cousin from Australia, Robert Macdonald, son of Roderick MacDonald and Joanna Urquhart. Roderick MacDonald was the youngest brother of Robert Findlay's mother Elizabeth MacDonald. Although recorded as a photographer Robert was also a renowned Canadian architect. (Click here for further details of R. MacDonald's career as an Architect)

1901 / Quebec / Hochelaga / 155 Westmount / D-14 Page 3

Name

Relationship Occupation Date & Place of Birth Nationality Age
Robt Findlay Head Architect 12 May 1861 Scotland Scottish 40
Jane F Findlay Wife   24 May 1864 Scotland Scottish 37
Frank Findlay Son   26 May 1889 Scotland Scottish 12
Jane Dodd Domestic Servant 10 May 1877 ???? Scottish 24
Arthur M. Findlay Son   1 Dec1890 Quebec Scottish 11
Edythe Findlay Daughter   5 Apr 1891 Quebec Scottish 10
Audrey Findlay Daughter   3 Feb 1894 Quebec Scottish 7
Robt Macdonald Cousin Photographer 7 Mar 1875 Australia Scottish 26
Lizzie Smith   Domestic 10 Mar 1877 Ireland Irish 24

In 1907, at the age of 19, Frank visited the U.K., visiting various relatives, including his father's brother, John Alexander, in Edinburgh. (To read transcripts off letters written home to his parents from this trip - click here)  

For the 1911 census Robert and his family were still in in the Hochelaga district of Quebec. 

1911 / Quebec / Hochelaga / 42 Westmount /  page 10 515 Clarke Ave, Westmount

Name

Relationship Occupation Date & Place of Birth Nationality Age
Robert Findlay Head Architect May 1861 Scotland Scottish 50
Jane A Findlay Wife   May 1863 Scotland Scottish 48
Francis R Findlay Son Architect May 1889 Quebec Scottish 22
Edythe Findlay Daughter   Apr 1892 Quebec Scottish 19
Audrey Findlay Daughter   Apr 1895 Quebec Scottish 16
Nellie O'Connor Domestic Servant Jun 1884 Quebec Scottish 26

In 1912 Frank, Roderick's eldest son, graduated as an architect and went on to join his father's Architectural practice. 

In 1913 Robert, his wife Jane, and the girls, Audrey and Edythe, also visited the U.K. (To read a letter written to his son Frank, who was left "holding the fort" in Montreal - click here)

Robert Findlay and his wife, Jane, along with their four children

  Frank, Arthur, Edythe, Audrey

During the Great War Frank enlisted and was posted overseas. At the time of his attestation he seems to have added a year to his age.

Frank Findlay's WW1 Attestation Paper - 26 February 1915

Frank Robert Findlay - Born Monreal, Canada. Next of Kin Robert Findlay, father, 10 Phillips Place, Montreal. Born 26 May 1888, College Student. 

Description - parent age 26 years and 9 months, 5 ft 6" 34" chest (2" expansion), dark complexion, brown hair and brown eyes. Two large scars on side of neck.

Some time circa 1915 (presumably after the attestation) Robert's eldest son Frank married Mabel June L. Trenholm daughter of William Henry Trenholm and Ellen Kerr Hogg. Mabel was born on 1 Jul 1887 in Monreal, Quebec. William Henry Trenholm was a distinguished citizen of Westmount being a partner in the Guaranteed Pure Milk Company, and the Mayor of Westmount for two years. There is an extensive family tree for this Trenhom family on the web at http://www.trenholm.org/trenholmNB/.

Frank and Mabel had the following known children: 

In 1917 whilst in the U.K. en route to France, Frank again visited his Uncle Jack, (John Alexander) in Edinburgh.  (To read a transcript off a letter written by his "Uncle Jack Findlay" to Frank's father Robert in Montreal reporting Frank's visit - click here).

For the 1921 census Robert and his family were recorded at 419 Landsdowne Ave, in the Westmount district of Quebec. 

1921 / Quebec / District 211 Westmount St Henry / Sub District 67 Westmount / Page 11 / 419 Landsdowne Ave, Westmount

Name

Relationship Age Place of Birth Father's Place of Birth Mother's Place of Birth Year of Immigration Occupation
Robert Findlay Head 60 Scotland Scotland Scotland 1885 Architect
Jane A Findlay Wife 56 Scotland Scotland Scotland 1887  
Arthur Findlay Son 31 Quebec Scotland Scotland   Clerk
Edythe Findlay Daughter 30 Quebec Scotland Scotland    
Audrey Findlay Daughter 27 Quebec Scotland Scotland    

Robert's eldest son Frank, missing from this census was recorded in the household of his wife's family also residents of the Westmount district of Quebec at 601 Clarke Avenue

1921 / Quebec / District 211 Westmount St Henry / Sub District 61 Westmount / Page 12 / 601 Clarke Ave, Westmount

Name

Relationship Age Place of Birth Father's Place of Birth Mother's Place of Birth Year of Immigration Occupation
Anna Trenholme Head 50 Quebec Quebec Quebec    
William Trenholme Son 25 Quebec Quebec Quebec    
George Trenholme Son 18 Quebec Quebec Quebec   Engineering Student
Margaret Trenholme Daughter 25 Quebec Quebec Quebec    
Frank Findlay Son in Law 32 Quebec Nova Scotia Nova Scotia   Architect
Mabel Findlay Daughter 33 Quebec Quebec Quebec    
Henry Findlay Grandson 5 Quebec Quebec Quebec    
Jean Griffiths Servant 34 England Quebec Ontario   Domestic
Agnes Mitchell Servant 30 Scotland Quebec Quebec   Domestic

Frank Findlay went on, like his father, to become a respected and influential architect within Montreal and further afield in Canada.  (To read a transcript of a newspaper article reporting his election to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada - click here.)  

Robert Findlay died on 5th February 1951. To read (i) transcripts of his obituaries from the "Montreal Star" and "The Gazette", (ii) transcripts of an newspaper article from the Westmount Examiner of 29th March 1990 recording the posthumous honouring of Robert Findlay which includes a brief biography and(iii) another  newspaper article (?from the Westmount Examiner?) reporting the illegal demolition of two "Robert Findlay" designed houses in Montreal click here

John Alexander Findlay, born 14 May 1861, Clachnaharry.

Next Generation in the Findlay Family History

Margaret Findlay, born 16 January 1863, Clachnaharry.

Looked after her father until his death, after which she moved to Edinburgh, where she lived , for the rest of her days. According to a letter of 1917 from John Alexander Findlay, in Edinburgh, to his brother Robert Findlay, Montreal, Canada,  she was living as a companion with a Miss Lawson, and had been for the last 13 years, with arrangements to stay on as a companion  to Miss Gray, a relative of Miss Lawson after that lady's demise. Margaret died 22nd October of 1931 at 17 Ainslie Place, Edinburgh, although her usual residence was 7 Mayfield Road, Edinburgh.  The informant was J.A. Findlay, Brother, 13 Riselaw Crescent, Edinburgh. Never married.

Roderick Findlay, born 23 August 1864, Clachnaharry.

Roderick seems to have been a bright child judging by the mentions he gets in letters from his grandfather Robert MacDonald out to his son Roderick in Australia and by the time of the 1881 census he was working as a Railway Clerk in Inverness.

Roderick initially emigrated to Montreal, sometime between August 1882 and 1885, probably to work for the Grand Trunk Railway, which would correspond with his occupation in 1881 in Inverness of "Railway Clerk".  It is known that he was still in Scotland in August 1882 as in a letter from his Uncle Alexander MacDonald in Glasgow to his Uncle Roderick MacDonald in Australia it states "Roderick Findlay your namesake, he was the last man that saw John before he died and Maggy was constantly beside him.  Roderick came to Glasgow on a visit at the time.".

During the Riel Rebellion in the North West of Canada in 1885 Roderick fought in the government army for which he was awarded the North West Canada medal, 320 acres of land and $80.00.

In 1886 Roderick, along with his brother Robert who had also gone to Canada, returned briefly to Scotland to visit their father.

Sometime prior to 1889 Robert left the Grand Trunk Railway and joined the Canadian and Pacific Railway.  By 1890 Robert was the chief clerk in the office of the Canadian and Pacific Railway and around the same time he married Matilda Anderson.  

For the 1891 census Robert and Matilda were recorded in the town of Ste. Cunégonde iin the Hochelaga district of Quebec.

1891 / Quebec / District 154 Hochelaga / Sub-District Name: Ste. Cunégonde (Town) / Page 74

Name

Relationship Age Place of Birth Father's P.O.B. Mothers P.O.B. Occupation
Roderick Findlay Head 27 Ecosse Ecosse Ecosse Clerk - C&PR
Matilda Findlay Wife 27 Quebe Ecosse Quebe

From this and later census records it would seem that Matilda was born in the September of 1863 in Canada (possibly English Canada, possibly French Canada) of a Scottish father and a Canadian mother (possibly French or possibly English Canadian). 

Robert and Matilda had three known children

In 1893 Roderick and his family emigrated to the US via Alabama.  The family went to Chicago where Roderick was initially a cashier in Asonia Electric Co.

For the 1900 census Roderick was living in rented accommodation at 6333 Drexel Avenue along with his two children and a German maid (surname illegible).  He was now working for a coal company, probably Philadelphia Reading Coal & Iron Co.  This census also identifies that Roderick and Matilda had had a third child (probably between 1892 and 1897) which did not survive infancy.

5 June 1900; Census Place: Hyde Park Township, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Enum. District: 1091 Sheet: 5
6333 Drexel Avenue, Chicago - (Rented Accommodation.)

Roderick Findlay - Head. Born Aug 1864, aged 36. Married for 10 years. Born in Scotland of a Scottish father and a Scottish mother. Came to the US in 1893 (alien). Occupation - cashier in coal office.
Matilda A. Findlay - Wife, Born Sep 1863, aged 37. Married for 10 years. 3 children - 2 living. Born in French Canada of a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother. Came to the US in 1893 (alien). Came to the US in 1893 (alien).
Etta Findlay - Daughter. Born Mar 1892, aged 8. Born in English Canada of a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother.
Roderick F. Findlay - Son. Born Apr 1897, aged 3. Born in Illinois of a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother.
Augusta H****ka - Servant. Born Jul 1878, aged 22. Born in Germany of a German father and a German mother. Came to the US in 1882 (alien).

For the 1910 census Roderick was still living at 6333 Drexel Avenue and working for a coal company.

27 April 1910; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Enum. District: 435 Sheet: 11
6333 Drexel Avenue, Chicago - (Rented Accommodation.)
Roderick Findlay
- Head. Aged 45. Married for 20 years. Born in Scotland of a Scottish father and a Scottish mother. Came to the US in 1893 (alien). Occupation - clerk in coal office.
Matilda A. Findlay - Wife. Aged 46. Married for 20 years. 3 children - 2 living. Born in French Canada of a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother. Came to the US in 1893 (alien).
Etta Findlay - Daughter. Aged 18. Born in English Canada of a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother.  In education.
Roderick F. Findlay - Son. Aged 13. Born in Illinois of a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother. In education.

Sadly four years after this census Roderick's daughter Etta died, aged 22.  Family sources say she drowned in Lake Michigan whilst swimming.  Her obituary from the Chicago Tribune does not give a cause of death.

1914-08-13
FINDLAY
Edition: Chicago Tribune
Etta Findlay, at Muskegon, Mich., on the 9th inst., only daughter of Roderick and Matilda Findlay, aged 22 years. Montreal. Canada, papers please copy.

For the 1920 census Roderick was still living at 6333 Drexel Avenue and working for a coal company although now recorded as "Chief Clerk".  His son Roderick is still at home but working as a salesman in a stationary store.

10 January 1920; Census Place: Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Enum. District: 419; Sheets: 10A & 10B
6333 Drexel Avenue, Chicago - (Rented Accommodation.)
Roderick Findlay
- Head. Aged 57. Came to the US in 1893 via Alabama (alien). Born in Scotland of a Scottish father and a Scottish mother. Occupation - chief clerk in wholesale coal.
Matilda A. Findlay - Wife. Aged 57. Came to the US in 1893 via Alabama (alien). Born in English Canada of a Scottish father and a English Canadian mother. Came to the US in 1893 (alien).
Roderick F. Findlay - Son. Aged 22. Born in Illinois of a Scottish father and a English Canadian mother. Occupation - salesman in stationary store.

In 11 June1922 Robert was still living in Chicago at 6333 Drexel Avenue as it was from there that he wrote to his brother Robert in Montreal eliciting help for their brother Thomas in Glasgow. In the letter he mentions a forthcoming fishing trip by himself and his son Roderick to Northern Michigan.  He also gives a fairly bloodcurdling description of an operation he had on his nose, which has cost him $200.  He also complains about the increase in his rent to $77-50 per month. 

Transcript of a letter from Roderick Findlay in Chicago to his brother Robert in Montreal, expressing concern over the welfare of their brother Tom in Glasgow, and his family.

Page 1

6333 Drexel Ave
Chicago  6/11/22

Dear Brother,
I enclose letters received from Tom's daughter Mary.  Tom  is surely in distress.  He has been out of work now for three months.  His wife is now seriously ill.  I presume it is worry & a nervous breakdown, probably brought on by Tom's recent illness first & then his being laid off work on account of the engineers strike over there.
Till & I have been clubbing together to help him out & have been sending him all the money we could spare for the past four or five months, & mailed him a money order June 3rd

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but my expenses have been heavy of late.  I had a operation on my left nostril, a bone formation was interfering with my breathing & hearing, so a first class Canadian Eye & Ear doctor had it removed.  It had to be chiselled out with a chisel & hammer.  I took no gas, but let them hammer away.  Wow, didn't my nose bleed.  I felt if I had swallowed half a gallon of blood.  It did not hurt much, only it was disagreeable.  It hurt my purse more than it did me.  The operation cost $75-00 & the treatments twice a week which I am still continuing will be probably $125-00 or more before I am done, as I am a little dull of hearing on the left ear & he thinks that he can cure that all right.  I am feeling fine.  Our

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landlord raised our rent again this year.  We are now paying &77-50 per month.  Rents are high & for the present one cannot help themselves it costs terribly to move even if you could get a suitable flat to move to, but with all that I am glad that with Till's assistance to send Tom a remittance each month.  Poor fellow he needs it.
I am going away the end of this week, (Roddie & I), to Northern Michigan for a weeks fishing.  If you can spare a few dollars for Tom I am sure it will lighten his heavy heart at this distressing time.  All well at present.

Love to all.  Write soon

Your affect brother Rod.

For the 1930 census Roderick was still living in the same area of Chicago however the census form makes the address somewhat ambiguous and would seem possibly to be an apartment on the corner of Drexel Avenue and East 64th Street. Roderick is still working as a clerk in a coal company.  Roderick Junior is still at home now working as a pricing clerk in a wholesale hardware business.  The rental for their apartment is $80 per month, which would seem commensurate with that mentioned in the letter of 1922.  The family does have a radio!

7 April 1930; Census Place: 6th ward, Block 70, Chicago, Cook, Illinois; Enum. District: 16-245; Sheet: 8B
Drexel Avenue\East 64th Street, Chicago - (Rented Accommodation $80 per month - Family owned Radio.)

Roderick Findlay - Head. Aged 64. Married for 25 years. Born in Scotland of a Scottish father and a Scottish mother. Came to the US in 1893 (naturalized), Occupation - office clerk in coal & iron company.
Matilda Findlay - Wife. Aged 64. Married for 25 years. Born in French Canada of a French Canadian father and a French Canadian mother. Came to the US in 1893 (alien).
Roderick F. Findlay - Son. Aged 33. Born in Illinois of a Scottish father and a French Canadian mother. Occupation - pricing clerk in wholesale hardware  (+ Lodger)

Roderick had maintained contact with his Uncle Henry MacDonald in Houston Texas from the time of his move to Chicago until Henry's death in 1908 through a series of letters and possible occasional visits.  It would seem that this contact was continued with Louis, Henry's son and Roderick's cousin, after Henry's death as Louis named his second daughter Etta born in 1919 in remembrance  of Roderick's daughter Etta who had drowned.  As a consequence Roderick gave the MacDonalds a silver filigree necklace that was given to Etta Findlay on her graduation.  This is still with the MacDonald descendents in Texas. 

In 1941 Louis and his wife Isora visited Roderick and Matilda.  Photographs taken during this visit show Roderick, Matilda and Isora outside the family home, which was now 6431 Drexel Avenue.  (Louis named his second daughter Etta in honour of Roderick's daughter Etta who had drowned.  "In return" Roderick gave the MacDonalds a silver filigree necklace that was given to Etta Findlay on her graduation.  This is still with the MacDonald descendents in Texas.

Sadly Roderick died three years later on 1 July 1944.  The obituary carried by the Chicago Tribune gives the home address as 6431 Drexel Avenue.  Roderick was interred at Oak Woods cemetery, Chicago.

Matilda followed her husband only two years later on 23 January 1946. The obituary carried by the Chicago Tribune gives the home address as 10521 S. La Salle Street, and she too was interred at Oak Woods.

 

Roderick Findlay and his wife Matilda 

with Isora MacDonald

(presumably at the time of the 1941)

1944-07-02
FINDLAY
Edition: Chicago Tribune
Roderick Findlay, July 1, 1944, of 6431 Drexel avenue, son of the late Thomas Findlay of Inverness, Scotland, devoted husband of Matilda Anderson, loving father of Roderick Fred Findlay and the late Etta Findlay. Services at chapel, 7938 Cottage Grove avenue, Monday, July 3, at 2:30 p.m. Interment Oak Woods.

1946-01-24
FINDLAY
Edition: Chicago Tribune
--Matilda Findlay of 10521 S. La Salle Street, beloved wife of late Roderick, fond mother of Roderick F. Findlay. Services at chapel, 7838 Cottage Grove avenue, Saturday, Jan. 26, at 2 p.m. Interment Oak Woods. Rad. 0220.

As to their son Roderick Frank it seems that probably married Cora M. Deenik some time after 1930 and possibly after 1946. Roderick had passed on prior to March 1977.  This information is gleaned from an obituary for Cora's death on 22 March 1977, which identifies her as the widow of the late Roderick Findlay.

1977-03-23
FINDLAY
Edition: Chicago Tribune
Cora M. Findlay, nee Deenik, age 86, late of Dolton, beloved wife of the late Roderick; dear sister of John M. Deenik and the late Susan Deenik, Elizabeth Dado, Frances Harmons and Matthew Deenik; dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Visitation 3 to 10 p.m. Wednesday. Funeral service Thursday p.m. at the Thornridge Funeral Home, 15801 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 4 blocks north of 162nd St. (Route 6). Interment Fairmount Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations to the World Home Bible League or Rest Haven South would be appreciated. VII-2300


Cora would seem to have been born in 13 Feb 1891, according to the Social Security Death Index and had at least three sisters, Susan, Elizabeth and Frances and two brothers Matthew and John.  As there is mention of nephews and nieces but NOT sons or daughters I would suspect Roderick and Cora had no children.

Alexander Findlay, born 8 March 1866, Clachnaharry.

Died on 4th July 1866 aged four months. Buried in Findlay family plot in the graveyard of the Old High Church of Inverness.