Source: Parents are identified as Thomas and Ann in County Marriage Registers of Ontario 1858 - 1869, Vol 11, Halton County and in their VS Marriage registration record
Richard was born c. Jan 7, 1842.
Source1: Age is listed as 21 (Nov 28, 1864) in County Marriage Registers of Ontario 1858 - 1869, Vol 11, Halton County and in their VS Marriage registration record, indicating birth year 1843.
Source2: Year 1843 derived from age 37 in the 1881 Ontario census
Source3: Birth date Jan 7, 1842 in Ontario Death Registration record 015544 at Ancestry.com, courtesy of Loraine Ertelt.
Source4: Birth date Jan 7, 1842 in Richard's death certificate information provided by Wayne Colton.
Richard is the seventh child of Thomas and Ann.
According to Mike Ingledew's research, Susan had a brother Dick.
Ontario Genealogical Society, Leeds & Grenville Branch, Census Records for the Township of Kitley in 1844 lists a Thomas "Canningworth" as head of a household consisting of 1 male and 1 female adult with 4 male children and 3 female children. This information correlates well with our Thomas and Ann. The fourth male child in this census would have been Richard, born c. 1842.
Mary Ann's parents: Thomas Bethel Colton / Elizabeth Chester
Source: Parents are identified as Thomas and "Eliza" in County Marriage Registers of Ontario 1858 - 1869, Vol 11, Halton County and in their VS Marriage registration record
Note: The same marriage register lists a Thomas Colton (Mary Anne's brother), age 24, parents Thomas and Eliza, resident of Trafalgar, born in England, married Oct 18, 1863 to M. A. McLenan, age 20, resident of Hamilton, born in Canada, parents James and Susan.
Mary Ann's father, shoemaker Thomas Bethel Colton was born c. Mar 1815, died of kidney disease c. Mar 31, 1885 in Bronte. Her mother, Elizabeth Chester was born c. 1819 in England and died c. Sept 23, 1884 in Bronte. Her parents were married in England c. 1837.
Mary Ann was born c. 1844.
Source1: Age is listed as 20 in County Marriage Registers of Ontario 1858 - 1869, Vol 11, Halton County and in their VS Marriage registration record
Source2: Year derived from age 36 in the 1881 Ontario census
According to Thomas Wayne Colton, Mary Ann's middle name was Elizabeth.
The City of Toronto Directories for 1867-69 document the following information for Richard Cunneyworth:
1867-68: 44 Elizabeth, occupation: laborer
1868-69: 24 Osgoode,occupation: baker
Margaret Ingledew found a Richard Cunningworth, teamster, listed among the residents of Bronte, Ontario, 1869-1895.
Lovell's Province of Ontario Directory for 1871 describes Bronte as "A rising and picturesque village in the township of Trafalgar, county of Halton. It is on the shore of Lake Ontario, at the mouth of Twelve Mile Creek. A gravel road connects Bronte and Milton. Here is a fine harbour capable of receiving vessels of 370 tons. No country probably possesses greater commercial facilities. Bronte is a station of the Great Western railway. Distant from Milton, the county town, 12 miles, fare 50c; from Toronto 26 miles. Mail daily. Population about 550".
Lovell's Province of Ontario Directory for 1871 lists "Cunningworth" Richard, teamster, in Bronte, along with Mary Ann's father: Colton Thomas, shoemaker; brother-in-law: Ingledew William, fisherman; and neighbour Joyce Joseph, tailor.
Richard was listed as a Mariner, address Bronte, Trafalgar at the time of daughter Charlotte's birth c. November, 1871. Richard's and "Lottie"s names are spelled "Coneyworth" and mother's name is given as "Eliza Colton" in Charlotte's birth registration record.
Toronto City Directories for 1875 through 1881 document the following addresses for Richard Cunneyworth:
1875-76: 85 Tecumseth, occupation: sailor
1877-78: 92 Niagara, occupation: sailor
1879-81: 32 Niagara, occupation: sailor
Note: According to Toronto City Directories for 1871 through 1881 and Vital Statistics birth records for nephews Richard and Charles, Dick's older brother George and sister-in-law Esther were also living on Tecumseth St., Toronto from sometime before Richard's birth in April, 1871 until 1881.
Richard's profession was lake captain, address 85 Tecumseth St., Toronto at the time of Susan's birth c. November, 1875.
Dick's address was 32 Niagara St. (intersects Tecumseth St.) when son Richard Thomas was born c. November, 1878.
Dick was still listed as a mariner on his son John "Jack"s birth registration, c. Sept, 1880, where the informant was Jack's 12 year old sister, (Mary) Viola Cunneyworth.
Dick's profession changed from mariner to car repairer in the 1881 Ontario census for St. George ward, Toronto:
Richard Cunneyworth (age 37), born in England, occupation: Car Repairer, religion: P. Methodist
wife: Mary A. "Cummeyworth" (age 36), born in Ontario, religion: P. Methodist and children:
Viola Cunneyworth (age 14), born in Ontario, religion: P. Methodist
Charlotte Cunneyworth (age 9), born in Ontario, Occupation: going to school, religion: P. Methodist
Susan Cunneyworth (age 5), born in Ontario, religion: P. Methodist
Richd. S. Cunneyworth (age 3), born in Ontario, religion: P. Methodist
John L. Cunneyworth (age less than 1), born in Ontario, religion: P. Methodist, Born: Sep; 7/12
Note: A census enumeration date of April 4, 1871 supports the interpretation that John was born in Sept, 1880 and enumerated at age 7 months (7/12 of a year).
Listed as residing in the same family group is:
John Cunneyworth, age 52, born in England, also a Car Repairer.
Dick's profession was still car repairer at the time of son Edwin's birth, c. May, 1884, and he and Mary Ann were still at 32 Niagara St., in Toronto.
Ted Robins has a painting of this neighbourhood titled, "Houses on Niagara Street" by John Kasyn, known for his Toronto street scenes (with his trademark garbage cans included in many scenes).
According to Thomas Wayne Colton, "Richard Cunneyworth purchased lot number 7 [in the Town of Bronte in the County of Halton?] in Nov-1876 from a lady named Esther Thomas. He sold the property to a John Taylor in Sept-1895".
Richard and Mary Ann were married c. Nov 28, 1864 in Bronte, Halton County.
Source1: County Marriage Registers of Ontario 1858 - 1869, Vol 11, Halton County
Source2: VS Marriage registration record
Note: Names in marriage register index are "Mary A. Colton" and "Richard Cunningham".
The National Archives online index to the 1871 Ontario census contains the following reference to "Culingworth":
Religion: Episcopal Methodist/Methodist Episcopal
Occupation: Farmer (F)
District: HALTON (038)
Sub-district: Trafalgar (B)
Microfilm reel: C-9955
Reference: RG31 - Statistics Canada
The following information was supplied by Kathy & Larry McCurdy, East Lansing, Michigan:
1871 Census (District no. 38 of Halton) for: Richard Culingworth [27 Ontario - Metholdist Episcopal Church][farmer],
Mary Ann [26 Ontario - Methodist Episcopal Church, English],
Mary [3 Ontario],
Ann Eliza [2/12 [July] Ontario].
Last Will and Testaments of Mary Ann's parents: Thomas Bethel and Eliza Colton:
This the Last Will and Testament of me, Thomas Bethell Colton of the village of Bronte in the county of Halton and province of Ontario shoe maker made this fourth day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eighty five. I revoke all former wills or other testamentary dispositions by me at anytime heretofore made and declare this only to be and contain my Last Will and Testament. I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease. I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following, that is to say: the whole of my shoe maker tools I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ann Cunneywirth absolutely. My real estate which is composed of all and singular that certain parcel or Trust of land and premises situate lying and being in the Town of Bronte in county of Halton and province of Ontario containing by admeasurement three acres better sum more or less being confered of park lot number twenty four on the south side of John Street in the said town of Bronte and any other lands of which I may die possessed I will and direct that my executors hereinafter named shall as soon as conviently may be after my decease sell the said land and premises the same to the purchaser or purchasers hereof and wit of the proceeds arising from the sale said lands in the first place to pay all my just debts and expenses of every nature or kind and whatever balance be remaining after payment of my said just debts and expenses then I will and direct that my executors shall invest the same in good securities [or place it in the post office savings bank in the province of Ontario] and whatever interest they can derive from the same while so invested or while it may be deposited in the savings bank as foresaid such interest I will and direct shall paid to my daughter Jane Colton during the term of her natural life and at her death to pay the whole of her funeral expenses and then whatever sum may remain the sum to be divided equally among the whole of my children that may be then living. And my personal effects of which I may die possessed and not herein before devised I direct my executors to sell the dame and to apply the proceeds toward the payment of my debts and expenses.
All the residue of my estate herein before disposed of I give devise and bequeath unto my executors for the use and purposes of my estate.
And I nominate and appoint George Chapman and Muhlver Bray both of the township of Trafalger in the said county Halton, farmers to be the executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.
Signed published and declared by the said Thomas Bethell Colton the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who both present together at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presecence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.
Henry Williams, farmer and John B. Mitchell, miller
Thomas Bethell Colton
That I Elizar Colton, wife of Thomas Colton, of Bronte, in the County of Halton, Province of Ontario, Canada, of the age of 65 years, and being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following: to wit, my will is first, that my daughter Jane Colton shall receive all the profit, rent, use of benefit that may be derived from my real estate, after my death, during her life time, the said real estate consisting of six acres of land in the Town of Bronte in the County of Halton, Ont., being lots nos. 25 and 26 North of Triller St. and South of John St. And Second, that after the death of my daughter Jane Colton, my will is that the said land be sold and the proceeds be equally divided my remaining children who are Sarah Johnston, Mary Ann Cuneyworth, Elizar Jackson, Charlotte Pollock, William Colton and Maggie Colton, and I do nominate and appoint Maholn Bray and Alexander C. Orr, to be the executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In the testamony whereof I the said Elizar Colton do hereunto subscribe my name and affix my seal this tenth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand, eight hundred and eighty-four.
[her signature] Signed, sealed and declared by the said Elizar Colton to be her last Will and Testament in the presence of John D. McDonald and W. A. Johnson who at her request and in her presence have subscribed their names as witnesses hereto and in the presence of each other.
John S. McDonald and W. A. Johnson, merchant.
[Note: issued by the surrogates court of Halton on the 13th day of December, 1919 and sworn before me at city of Toronto, County of York on 27 December 1921]
In a rough sketch of a Cunneyworth/Wright family tree chart sent to me by Mike Wright, a notation of "Markdale, Ontario" is written in the box for Richard. (There is an unincorporated area called Markdale in Grey County, near Owen Sound and Meaford).
Richard died c. Nov 18, 1927 at St. Vincent, Grey County, Ontario, about 6 Km from Meaford.
Cause of death: Areteriosclerosis with chronic endocarditis. He was buried in Park Lawn Cemetary, Toronto.
At the time of his death, Richard was a Mariner / Lake Captain, religion: Primitive Methodist. His death certificate lists Charlotte A. Cunneyworth from Meaford, Ontario as the informant. Attending physician: M. E. Gardiner.
Source1: Ontario Death Registration record 015544 at Ancestry.com, courtesy of Loraine Ertelt. This source gives a burial date of Nov 21, 1927.
Source2: Information in Richard's death certificate, provided by Wayne Colton. This source gives a burial date of Nov 30, 1927.
Mary Ann died after a 2-week battle with "Missarnigr"(?) and Typhoid fever c. March 24, 1893 at the age of 49.
LDS death records list her religion as Christian Alliance.
Source1: Thomas Wayne Colton: "Richard Cunneyworth purchased lot number 7 in Nov-1876 from a lady named Esther Thomas. He sold the property to a John Taylor in Sept-1895. This document states that Mary-Ann had died in March of 1893".
Source2: LDS death records
For more information about the Colton side of the family, visit the Colton family web site, hosted by Kathy & Larry McCurdy.
John "Jack" Jr. says that his grandfather John "Jack" Reynard Sr. (sixth child of Richard and Mary Ann) had 2 brothers and a sister who never married: Lottie, Richard and Edwin. This information compares well with Vital Statistics records for siblings Charlotte, Richard Thomas and Edwin Cecil.
- Mary Viola Cunneyworth
- Eliza Ann Cunneyworth
- Charlotte Agnes Cunneyworth
- Susan Cunneyworth
- Richard Thomas Cunneyworth
- John "Jack" Reynard Cunneyworth
- Edwin Cecil Cunneyworth