Archibald James McPhail and Cecelia Garrow
|Cecelia McPhail bottom second from right|
|Sault Ste. Marie Canal (image courtesy Sault History Online)|
When Archie met his future wife, he was working as a Derrick operator at the Sault Ste. Marie canal. Archibald married Cecelia Garrow on October 10, 1892, at Cathédrale du Précieux-Sang in Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada (the church no longer stands). Archibald was 21 at Cecelia was 16 at the time of the marriage, his occupation is "engineer". The marriage was witnessed by Cecelia's mother, Bridget and sister, Mary.
- John James Joseph McPhail (1893-?) m. Annie Atkinson
- Gertrude Catherine Bertha McPhail (1894-?)
- Adeline Margaret McPhail (1895-?)
- Francis Xavier McPhail (1896-?)
- George Leonard Archibald McPhail (1898-1948)
- Donald Joseph McPhail (1899-1973)
- Mary Ann McPhail (1900-1962)
- Martin Charles A. McPhail (1902-1971)
- Cecelia Agatha McPhail (1904-1986)
- Archibald Bernard McPhail (1918-1944)
Gertrude Catherine was baptized the following December after her birth on December 4, 1894 (her baptism is recorded as Catherine Bertha McPhail):
Between the birth of Adeline and her brother Francis Xavier, the family moved to Cascade, Québec so that Archie could work on the Lachine Canal.
|Image Courtesy St. LawrencePiks|
Brother George Leonard Archibald followed, baptized at the same church on February 13, 1898 two days following his birth on February 11.
At some point not too long after the census, the family moved to Welland, Ontario so that Archie could work on the fourth Welland Canal. Martin "Charles" McPhail was born on September 18, 1902. Baptismal records for Southern Ontario aren't available online.
And Cecelia Agatha was born on May 10, 1904:
In 1909, the steel industry in Hamilton was starting to pick up. Archie started work with the Steel Company of Canada (now Stelco) and moved the family to Hamilton. A hard search of the 1911 census has not found the family, but in 1918, Archie and Cecelia's son Archibald Bernard was born. Cecelia would have been 42 at the time, and Archie would have been 47. It has been 14 years since the birth of Charles. It's not unusual given the accessibility of birth control at the time, but I'm certain that he was a surprise. No birth record has been found though (which is unusual given Charles and Cecelia Agatha were registered in the normal way). We find his birth date through later records. In 1921 we find Archie and Cecelia with the younger children (Mary, Cecelia, Charles and Archie Jr.) on the Canadian Census at 223 London Street South in Hamilton (according to Ancestry):
Most of the older children have married and are living on their own by this point. Later documents suggest that the family was actually living at 133 London Street North.
|133 London Street North, Hamilton (image courtesy GoogleMaps)|
MCPHAIL - Following a brief illness on Thursday, March 13, 1941, Cecelia Garrow, beloved wife of Archibald McPhail, aged 65 years. Funeral Monday morning at 8:30 from Dwyer's private chapel to Holy Family Church. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.Archie died a few short months later, just prior to his 70th birthday on July 24, 1941. His obituary, in the Hamilton Spectator, reads:
MCPHAIL - At the General Hospital on Thursday, July 24, 1941, Archie James McPhail in his 70th year. Funeral on Monday morning from the Dwyer's family chapel to Holy Family Church. Interment at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.They are laid to rest together at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington, Section 1, CEM 526-1, Monument #122 reads:
MCPHAIL/Archie McPhail/1870-1941/Husband of/Cecelia GARROW/1876-1941A researcher found in December 1976 that Archie and Cecelia had 293 direct descendants. I'd hazard that by now (2017) it's more than doubled.
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