The Etherington's

 

First Generation


1. John Etherington was born in 1663.

John married Anne Allen. Anne was born in 1667.

+ 2 M    i. Thomas Etherington was born in 1698.

Second Generation



2. Thomas Etherington was born in 1698.

Thomas married Elizabeth Pratt. Elizabeth was born in 1702.

+ 3 M    i. Thomas Etherington was born in 1725.

Third Generation


3. Thomas Etherington was born in 1725.

Thomas married Elizabeth Steel. Elizabeth was born in 1727.

+ 4 M    i. Thomas Etherington was born in 1758.

Fourth Generation


4. Thomas Etherington was born in 1758.

Thomas married Dorothy Winn. Dorothy was born in 1740.

+ 5 M    i. James Etherington was born in 1788.

Fifth Generation


5. James Etherington was born in 1788.

James married Sarah.

+ 6 M    i. Thomas Etherington was born in 1814.

Sixth Generation


6. Thomas Etherington was born in 1814.

Thomas married Mary Hutchinson. Mary was born in 1814.

+ 7 M    i. James Henry Etherington was born on 20 Jan 1836.

Seventh Generation


7. James Henry Etherington was born on 20 Jan 1836.

General Manager, Empire Carpet factory. The family business was started in Paris, Ontario in 1887, and moved to a three storey brick building on the banks of the old Welland Canal in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1890. It burned down in 1903 and then the family went into fruit farming.

• He emigrated in 1892 from England.

• Lived: 1 Feb 1917, 8 Lake Ave. St Catharines, Ontario.

James married Elizabeth Wroe, daughter of Joseph Wroe and Elizabeth Riley. Elizabeth was born on 2 Apr 1839 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England.

+ 8 F    i. Ruth Anna Etherington was born on 29 Aug 1860 in England.

+ 9 M    ii. Joseph Etherington was born on 31 May 1863.

+ 10 F    iii. Elizabeth Etherington was christened in 1867 and died on 17 Nov 1891 in Paris, Ontario at age 24.

+ 11 M    iv. Thomas Hutchinson Etherington was born on 15 Aug 1867 in Barnard Castle, Durham, England and died on 9 Aug 1950 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 82.

+ 12 F    v. Dora Etherington was born in 1870 and died in 1885 in Paris, Ontario at age 15.

+ 13 M    vi. James Henry Etherington was born on 29 May 1876 in Millbridge, Yorkshire, England and died on 16 Aug 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 92.

+ 14 F    vii. Mary Etherington was born in 1878.

Eighth Generation


8. Ruth Anna Etherington was born on 29 Aug 1860 in England.

Ruth married John Bowdler. John was born on 7 Apr 1855.

• They immigrated in 1892 to Canada.

• He worked as a dyer at Empire Carpet Factory in 1901 in St Catharines, Ontario.

+ 15 M    i. James Bowdler was born on 4 Jul 1882 in USA.

+ 16 F    ii. Mary Bowdler was born on 24 May 1884 in USA.

+ 17 M    iii. John Bowdler was born on 14 Mar 1886 in USA.

+ 18 M    iv. Thomas Bowdler was born on 22 Aug 1892 in USA.

+ 19 F    v. Dora Bowdler was born on 19 Oct 1894 in Canada.

+ 20 M    vi. Joseph Bowdler was born on 1 Jan 1896 in Canada.

9. Joseph Etherington was born on 31 May 1863.

• He emigrated in 1880 from England.

• He worked as a Head dyer at Empire Carpet Factory on 10 Apr 1901.

Joseph married Minnie on 12 Jul 1892 in Brantford, Brant, Ontario. Minnie was born on 9 May 1877.

• She emigrated in 1890 from USA.

+ 21 F    i. Elizabeth Etherington was born on 9 Jul 1896 in Canada.

+ 22 F    ii. Winifred Etherington was born on 4 May 1898 in Canada.

+ 23 M    iii. Edward Etherington was born in May 1901.

+ 24 F    iv. Ethel Etherington was born in Oct 1903.

10. Elizabeth Etherington was christened in 1867 and died on 17 Nov 1891 in Paris, Ontario at age 24.

Died: Typhoid Fever

11. Thomas Hutchinson Etherington was born on 15 Aug 1867 in Barnard Castle, Durham, England and died on 9 Aug 1950 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 82.

Thomas purchased the J.R. Criag ranch in the Meadow Creek District in March 1918 and shortly after arrived with his two sons, Cecil and Howard. That fall two more sons, Fred and Court joined their father. His wife Jane, daughters Elizabeth and Evelyn and youngest son William arrived within the following two years. Evelyn, Fred, Court and Bill attended Meadow Creek school while Howard and Cecil helped on the ranch.
Some dates were also obtained from photos of enteries in Thomas's bible. Pictures of the bible were taken by Norm White at Marilyn Heyland's get-together of Etherington cousins at her house in Claresholm on Saturday, August 11, 2007.

• He emigrated in 1880 from England.

Thomas married Virgina Mary Jane Bragg on 12 Jul 1892 in Brantford, Brant, Ontario. Virgina was born on 23 Apr 1870 in St Catharines, Ontario and died on 9 Apr 1958 at age 87.

+ 25 M    i. James Walter Etherington was born on 21 Aug 1893 in St Catharines, Ontario.

+ 26 F    ii. Beatrice May Etherington was born on 24 Nov 1894 in St Catharines, Ontario.

+ 27 M    iii. Thomas Hutchinson Etherington was born on 20 Nov 1896 in Albert St., St. Catharines, Ont.

+ 28 F    iv. Elizabeth Ellen Etherington was born on 11 Oct 1898 in St Catharines, Ontario and died on 21 Sep 1993 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 94.

+ 29 M    v. Alfred Cecil Etherington was born on 16 May 1901 in St Catharines, Ontario and died on 29 Mar 1990 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 88.

+ 30 M    vi. Howard Victor Etherington was born on 21 Dec 1902 in St Catharines, Ontario and died in 1980 in St Catharines, Ontario at age 78.

+ 31 F    vii. Evelyn Velma Etherington was born on 10 Jan 1905 in St Catharines, Ontario.

+ 32 M    viii. Herbert Frederick Etherington was born on 21 Feb 1907 in St Catharines, Ontario.

+ 33 M    ix. Albert Courtland Etherington was born on 17 Jul 1909 in St Catharines, Ontario and died on 20 Sep 1983 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 74.

+ 34 M    x. William Edward Roy Etherington was born on 12 Jul 1912 in St Catharines, Ontario.

12. Dora Etherington was born in 1870 and died in 1885 in Paris, Ontario at age 15.

Died: Typhoid Fever

13. James Henry Etherington was born on 29 May 1876 in Millbridge, Yorkshire, England and died on 16 Aug 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 92.

A excerpt form THE ST CATHARINES JOURNAL c.c. 1896

EMPIRE CARPET WORKS

A Wonderful Advancement During the Past Twelve Months.

The Empire Carpet Works, which is owned and operated by the Etherington family, pioneers in the carpet industry. These works were first started in Paris, Ontario, nine years ago. Dissatisfaction with their surroundings induced them to move to the Garden City three years later. Here their business increased so rapidly that they soon out grew their new home and were forced to purchase the large brick and stone structure which they now occupy on the banks of the old Welland canal.
Had this building been built especially for this particular work it could not have been better fitted for the work. There are in this plant three separate buildings. One of them is devoted entirely to the scouring and bleaching department. In it there's a hydraulic extractor and a complete set of bleaching vats. Every pound of material which comes through this process is tested on clean white paper, under heavy pressure to demonstrate that it is perfectly clear of dirt and oil before it goes to the dyeing house. This test is a complete one and detects the slightest trace of foreign matter. Another building is used exclusively for dyeing purposes. It contains sixteen vats and has complete equipment for turning out the very best work. None but the very best materials are used and the outcome is, no one has ever made a complaint in regard to the colouring of any of the work turned out by this factory.
The main building has three stories. The basement is used as a store for raw and dyed yarns. Every shade of colour is kept in a separate compartment, making it impossible for yarns of slightly different shades to become mixed up. The second story is used for combing, finishing and burling the wool and has a complete equipment of modern machinery. The third story is the weaving department. In it are eighteen power looms. Fifteen of these are used for weaving carpet one yard wide, two others for making three yard art squares and the last one for the manufacture of four yard art squares. The products of this mill are two and three ply, all wool. Every pound here of wool is imported from England. As everyone knows, Philadelphia is the headquarters for the manufacture of ingrain carpets in America. In these circles the Etheringtons are known and appreciated. They have access to the four largest manufactures in the Quaker City, and make an annual trip there to select the designs for their next seasons output.
This institution at he present time gives employment to forty-four persons and produces carpets to the value of $75,000 annually. So largely has the business increased of late that they are now preparing to put in more looms and largely augment their output. With their present facilities they find it impossible to fill their orders. When the extensions now in contemplation have been completed the annual output will be increased to more than $100,000.
There is no institution in the Garden City which is deserving of greater credit for the way in which they have in a comparative short time built up a large business and a wide reputation for square dealing than the Etheringtons. They started with limited capital but thorough experience. By using the best material obtainable, good workmanship and business integrity, they gained the confidence of the trade throughout the Dominion. They deal exclusively in the retail firms and their business extends from Halifax to Vancouver.
During the past two years many changes have been made to this factory in order to get the very best results. All the old machines have been discarded, and to-day there is not a piece of machinery about the place which is not entirely new and of the latest design.
Mr. J. H. Etherington, the general manager, and father of the young men who take the active management of the place on their shoulders, has had an experience of fifty years in many of the largest carpet factories on both sides of the Atlantic. As a matter of fact the Etherington family claim to be the oldest and are directly connected with the founders of the carpet industry in England 200 years ago.
Mr. Thomas H Etherington, who is the superintendent, has had twenty years experience in this business in England, United States and Canada. He is a young man full of energy, thoroughly practical and has kept his eyes keenly on the alert in the many important institutions in which he has worked. He is enterprising and will not hesitate a moment if he sees an opportunity to develop his business even if it be along entirely new lines. As a instance of his push we may say that in the earlier part of their career the merchants in a few towns refused to handle their goods. Mr. Etherington opened a retail store and pushed the sale of his own goods until the merchants were glad to compromise by lifting the boycott and give him a share of the trade.
Two other sons take an active part in the work of the factory. Joseph fills the position of head dyer, one of greater importance than many may think. By his watchfulness and untiring attention to this branch of the work he has secured the company many a hundred dollars which slipped through the drains before he was placed in charge. James is the mechanical superintendent of the institution. The smoothness with which the machinery throughout runs is evidence that he follows the family habit of sticking closely to business.

A excerpt form THE ST CATHARINES JOURNAL Saturday July 23, 1898

Staple Industries

The Empire Carpet Factory

A very interesting factory in the St. Catharines is that of the Empire Carpet company, situated on Welland avenue. The factory is the second largest carpet factory in Canada and has been established for about seven years. For three years it has held the present style of "Empire Carpet Company." The business is owned by Mrs. E. Etherington and is worked under the management of Mr. Thos. H. Etherington, who is a young man about 30 years of age. He has been brought up in the trade and possesses a wide experience, gained in some of the best English and America factories. He shows great practical energy in the business, is always ready to develop along new and advanced lines for the bringing of his company to the front rank of the carpet producers. This is evidenced by the fact that they have in the factory the latest and most improved plant in Canada. To still further the facilities of production, Mr. J. H. Etherington has recently taken a journey to Philadelphia and England to get new designs and new machinery.
One interesting point to note is the personal connection of the Etheringtons with the carpet trade. The family claim to be the oldest in the line, being directly connected with the founders of the carpet industry in England over 200 years ago.
The factory is a spacious one-story building built on three sides of a quadrangle. The power employed is steam. The plant consists of fifteen looms, twelve of which weave carpet one yard wide, the remainder are three Crompton art squire looms, two weaving three yards wide and one of them weaving four yards wide. The work of the factory is executed by a staff of 43 employees.
The company does all the dyeing of the yarns and wools used by themselves, having a plant for this service replete in every detail.
Their manufactures embrace all grades of Ingrain carpets, two and three ply. The productions are the staple requirements of their market which extend from Halifax to Vancouver.

What Happened To The Factory

The business experienced rapid growth and was expanded to meet demand. By 1903 the main building stood three stories high and there was an annex at the rear. The upper floors contained the heavy looms. The factories production was at its peak.
At about 12:20AM , on Monday June 29, of that year , a fire was discovered by the night watchman John Bowdler but he was so excited he could not find the key to the office to phone the alarm. However, the fire had been discovered from the rear of the building on St Paul Street, which is on higher elevation and the alarm sent in. The bunkers arrived in good time and a general alarm from box 6 summoned the whole brigade.
Six lines of hose were quickly laid, 2 from a hydrant in front of the factory, 2 from a hydrant on St Paul & Helliwell Lane, one form St Paul & Queen, these 3 latter lines were laid through the subway from St Paul, while the 6th was laid from hydrant in front of the Haircloth factory, an auxiliary line was laid by McSloy Bros. men for the protection of the Haircloth factory, and this was used to extinguish a small blaze on the old McKinnon Dash and Hardware building, adjoining, which caught fire from the burning carpet factory.
The fire was a hard one to fight in the blinding smoke and on different grades, yet the men succeeded in keeping the flames confined to the main building. The main factory was domed from the start. Fire originated in an annex to the rear or south of the main 3 story brick building and flames leaped through the windows, and what had been a substantial up-to-date factory was a seething, roaring cauldron of flames. The top two floors containing the heavy looms dropped into the basement and the south wall fell into the second raceway, which runs immediately, blocking the swiftly moving stream.
This was another threatening disaster as the broken bank and blocked raceway would mean shutting down other factories along the raceway, but the water was soon diverted as crews of men were sent to clear out the wreckage.
A large group of spectators were scattered when the wall fell and several tumbled into the raceway, but were pulled out. Angus Allan, a well known lacrosse player was injured when struck on the head by falling glass sustaining a severe cut.
The loss was valued at $40,000. The insured value of the company was only $24,000. In all, 65 jobs were lost. Alderman Petrie arranged for a sympathy lunch and hot coffee from the Imperial Restaurant which cost $8.00 and was paid by the city.

• He emigrated in 1879 from England.

• Military: 164 Battalion, Reg'l No. 663089 in WW I, 18 Dec 1915, Milton, County Of Halton, Ontario. Jim spent 15 months in Canada before arriving in England aboard the SS Carpathia on April 22, 1917. On the voyage to England Jim contacted a cold and was unable to fully recover from it. Jim served at Ashford, England and Glasgow, Scotland. After numerous visits to the hospital during the course of a year, he embarked for Canada from Liverpool on March 12, 1918 and was discharged on May 21, 1918 at Toronto, Ont. for medical reasons. Bronchitis

James married Sybil Gertrude Sinclair, daughter of John James Sinclair and Marion Kathleen Torrance, on 31 Dec 1902 in St Catharines, Ontario. Sybil was born on 4 Mar 1882 in Bowmanville, Ontario and died on 19 May 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 86.

• She was Protestant.

+ 35 F    i. Sybil Marion Etherington was born on 28 May 1907 in Milton, County Of Halton, Ontario and died on 11 May 1993 in White Rock, British Columbia at age 85.

+ 36 M    ii. Etherington .

14. Mary Etherington was born in 1878.

Died: as a child.

Ninth Generation


15. James Bowdler was born on 4 Jul 1882 in USA.

• He immigrated in 1892 to Canada.

• He worked as a weaver in 1901 in St Catharines, Ontario.

16. Mary Bowdler was born on 24 May 1884 in USA.

• She immigrated in 1892 to Canada.

17. John Bowdler was born on 14 Mar 1886 in USA.

• He immigrated in 1892 to Canada.

18. Thomas Bowdler was born on 22 Aug 1892 in USA.

• He immigrated in 1892 to Canada.

19. Dora Bowdler was born on 19 Oct 1894 in Canada.

20. Joseph Bowdler was born on 1 Jan 1896 in Canada.

21. Elizabeth Etherington was born on 9 Jul 1896 in Canada.

22. Winifred Etherington was born on 4 May 1898 in Canada.

Winifred married Johnson.

+ 37 M    i. Doug Johnson .

23. Edward Etherington was born in May 1901.

24. Ethel Etherington was born in Oct 1903.

25. James Walter Etherington was born on 21 Aug 1893 in St Catharines, Ontario.

There is a James Etherington, d. 1971, in the Claresholm cemetery. I am not certain whether it is James Walter Etherington or not. If it is, he would have come west to Alberta in 1919.

James married Rachel Anderson Kay. Rachel died on 25 Dec 1944.

+ 38 M    i. Floyd Etherington died on 27 Dec 1944 in Holland.

+ 39 F    ii. Mary Elizabeth Etherington died on 30 Mar 1935 in Hamilton, Ontario.

+ 40 F    iii. Lillian Rachel Etherington died on 10 Apr 1948 in St Catharines, Ontario.

26. Beatrice May Etherington was born on 24 Nov 1894 in St Catharines, Ontario.

Beatrice married Rolly Seaburne.

27. Thomas Hutchinson Etherington was born on 20 Nov 1896 in Albert St., St. Catharines, Ont.

• He worked as a farmer in Meadow Creek.

Thomas married Alice Ambrose in Jul 1930.

• Moved: 1919, to Alberta.

28. Elizabeth Ellen Etherington was born on 11 Oct 1898 in St Catharines, Ontario and died on 21 Sep 1993 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 94.

Elizabeth stood only 4 1/2 ft. tall. Her children were schooled at a convent at Pincher Creek.

Elizabeth married David Hope Oliver on 29 Apr 1921 in Granum, Alberta. David was born on 22 Nov 1889 in Blair, Galt, Ontario and died on 23 Aug 1958 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 68.

Had his own homestead at NW Sec 4, Twp 11, Rge 29 W4 from 1920. It had been abandoned by Edward Dionne, who had come from Montana and made application for the homestead on 23 April 1909.

Managed the 44 Ranch, located SW of Cecil Etherington's place in the Porcupine Hills of SW Alberta. The ranch was owned by Pat Burns

29. Alfred Cecil Etherington was born on 16 May 1901 in St Catharines, Ontario and died on 29 Mar 1990 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 88.

• Military: Sergeant-major, 1930. 15 Alberta Light Horse army reserve.

• He worked as a Stationary engineer from 1940 to 1945 in Claresholm, Alberta. He helped build the RCAF base and helped close it down at the end of the war. In the early 1950s he helped re-open the airport, worked there as a stationary engineer again, and then helped re-close it in 1958.

Alfred married Coral Lydia Strang on 27 Mar 1937 in Claresholm, Alberta. Coral was born on 5 Dec 1911 in Floweree, Montana, USA and died on 16 Mar 2002 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 90.

• They had a residence in Western Half, Section 26, Township 12, Range 28, West Of The 4Th Meridian. Date:May 1943 - 1972 This was the Hudson Bay Company section in this township, and Cecil was one of the last to buy his farm from the HBC.

• They had a residence between 1972 and 1988 in 510 - 51 Avenue West, Claresholm, Alberta.

• She emigrated in 1919 from Floweree, Montana, USA.

• She worked as an a school teacher before 1939. Taught also at Spring Point and McMillan colonies after 1939.

30. Howard Victor Etherington was born on 21 Dec 1902 in St Catharines, Ontario and died in 1980 in St Catharines, Ontario at age 78.

Howard married Edith Coupland. Edith was born in 1903 and died in 1980 in St Catharines, Ontario at age 77.

+ 41 F    i. Shirley Etherington died in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario.

31. Evelyn Velma Etherington was born on 10 Jan 1905 in St Catharines, Ontario.

Evelyn married Herbert Enticknap on 30 Nov 1930 in Claresholm, Alberta.

Homesteaded: Western Land Grant at SW, Sec 10, Twp 12, Rge 28 W4

32. Herbert Frederick Etherington was born on 21 Feb 1907 in St Catharines, Ontario.

Herbert married Helen Evelyn Shark on 12 Feb 1930 in St Catharines, Ontario.

33. Albert Courtland Etherington was born on 17 Jul 1909 in St Catharines, Ontario and died on 20 Sep 1983 in Claresholm, Alberta at age 74.

Albert had a farmer a couple of miles west and south of Cecil's place. Court and Frances had a whole section.

Albert married Frances Dixion on 24 Dec 1934 in Claresholm, Alberta. Frances died on 11 Dec 2006 in Claresholm, Alberta.

34. William Edward Roy Etherington was born on 12 Jul 1912 in St Catharines, Ontario.

William married Loretta Griouf on 18 Jun 1930 in St Catharines, Ontario.

+ 42 M    i. William Etherington died in 1933 in St Catharines, Ontario.

35. Sybil Marion Etherington was born on 28 May 1907 in Milton, County Of Halton, Ontario and died on 11 May 1993 in White Rock, British Columbia at age 85.

• Marrage: 8 Dec 1925, Donnelly Heights, Alberta.

• She was cremated in Surrey, British Columbia. Valley View Funeral Home
In remembrance of Sybil Marion Dimsdale a Matthews bronze memorial has been placed at Valleyview Memorial Gardens serving as an everlasting tribute to commemorate an earthly mission that began in 1907 and was completed 1993. Location of the 9" X 5" memorial plaque is in the Garden of the last supper - Space: A - Lot: 190 a chestnut tree was also planted at the same location.

Sybil married Alfred Lane Dimsdale, son of Henry George Wadsworth Dimsdale and Ella Mabel Eckholdt, on 8 Dec 1925. Alfred was born on 5 Apr 1901 in Rochester, Olmsted, Minnesota, USA and died on 31 Dec 1984 in Vancouver, British Columbia at age 83.

Tenth Generation


37. Doug Johnson .

38. Floyd Etherington died on 27 Dec 1944 in Holland.

Died: in action WWII

39. Mary Elizabeth Etherington died on 30 Mar 1935 in Hamilton, Ontario.

40. Lillian Rachel Etherington died on 10 Apr 1948 in St Catharines, Ontario.

41. Shirley Etherington died in 1930 in Hamilton, Ontario.

42. William Etherington died in 1933 in St Catharines, Ontario.


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