Monday, June 30, 2014

52 ANCESTORS in 52 WEEKS, #27: Elizabeth CAMPION 1833-1899 Canada

Following the challenge of writing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, issued by Amy Johnson Crow , here is my 27th installment, Elizabeth CAMPION, wife of Charles LEWIS, my ex-husband's great-grandmother.

Elizabeth was born approximately 1833 in County Cork, Ireland.  She was apparently the eldest child of the 10 living children of Arthur Gifford CAMPION and his wife, Ellen (surname unknown). According to their death registrations, Arthur was born in Bristol, England; Ellen, in County Cork, Ireland. 

The Campion family appear to have lived in Ireland after marrying, and emigrated to Canada West approximately 1843-1844, judging from birthplaces of the 10 children - the first 5 born in Ireland, the remaining 5 born in Canada West.  I have not found them on any passenger lists as yet.

Elizabeth married Charles LEWIS, a neighbouring blacksmith, in about 1853, in Earnestown, Lennox & Addington County, Ontario.  Note that Earnestown was later renamed Bath. They had the following eight children:

  1. Isaac Charles [direct ancestor], b. 20 July 1855 Bath ON; in 3 Dec 1885 in Winnipeg MB m. Alma Jane AIKEN; d. 17 Apr 1937 Vancouver BC; 7 children
  2. Arthur, b. abt 1857 ON
  3. William, b. abt 1859 ON
  4. Ellen Arminia, b. Feb 1860, ON; in 1 Dec 1887 Brandon MB m. James Carrick Miller; 2 children
  5. Frederick Allen, b. 25 Apr 1863 ON;  in 13 Jun 1894 Brandon MB m. Isabella Lockeridge; 8 children
  6. Richard, b. abt 1865 ON
  7. Charles, b. abt 1868 ON
  8. Eva Maria, b. 2 Jun 1870 ON; in 20 Jun 1894 Brandon MB m. Alexander C. Davidson; 5 children
I have been unable to find information on most of the boys in the family, unfortunately. Their names are too common, and I haven't been confident I have the correct persons. More research to do!

By 1891, the LEWIS family had left Ontario and moved to Brandon Manitoba, where Charles and Elizabeth remained.  Several children eventually settled in British Columbia.  

Elizabeth died at the age of only 66 years of "heart trouble" lasting 12 hours (a severe heart attack), on 10 Aug 1899 in Brandon, Manitoba.  She is buried in Brandon Municipal Cemetery, with a lovely large obelisk marking her full name. Her husband is also buried here and his details are on the same obelisk on the other side.  Charles died aged 84, on 16 Feb 1913 in Saanich (Victoria) BC, apparently visiting daughter Ellen (Lewis) Miller. 

Hopefully one day I will be able to find Elizabeth's birthplace, possibly in County Cork where her mother was born.  

If you have further information or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me via calewis at telus dot net, or in the Comments below.  I appreciate all comments and corrections! 

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Family, friends, and others - I hope you enjoy these pages about our ancestors and their lives. Genealogy has become somewhat of an obsession, more than a hobby, and definitely a wonderful mystery to dig into and discover. Enjoy my writing, and contact me at celia.winky at gmail dot com if you have anything to add to the stories. ... Celia Lewis