||George Edgar Beals - Fact or Comment
||George Edgar born in Grand Valley
(also called E.Luther), Dufferin Co, ONT, to Robert
and Mary Jane Beals . For some
unknown reason, George and other family members consistently reported 1882 as his birth year
  .
||George's sister Eleanor Beatrice born in Grand Valley ;
George Edgar was 10. 
||George's grandmother Ann Beals died in Grand Valley. 
||George's grandfather George Fletcher Beals lived with them
in East Luther Township - three generations in one
||George's father Robert moved the family (presumably including George's grandfather) to
Point Edward, a suburb of Sarnia, Ontario; George was 15. 
||Brother Charles Richard born in Sarnia; George Edgar was 17. 
[BWB: unable to locate a birth registration.]
||The family moved to Pt. Edward (suburb of Sarnia), to Victoria St.
||The Robert Beals family is listed in ONT Census,
Pt.Edward Village (suburb of Sarnia), Lambton
Co.; GEB was 19 and worked as a baker. George Edgar's grandfather,
Fletcher Beals, was also living with them.
||Moved to Port Huron MI . [Date
based on 1910 MI Census, where George reported
he'd been in US since 1901.]
||Edith/Edythe Mary Wallace - Fact or Comment
||Born to William and Mary Anne
Wallace in Yattendon, Berkshire Co., ENG .
[BWB: Born in England  in 1873 according
to her son Laverne Wallace Beals, but I believe he was a year off on her
birth year. This is not surprizing as Edythe reported her age inconsistently
from age 25 onward.]
William Wallace's parental family were listed in the 1851 census 
||Yattendon Census  lists the family,
including Edith's brother Henry (12), and sisters Agnes F. (14, who was living
in a neighbor's home - probably as a servant), Rose Annie (8), and Isabella
Another sister, Amelia, was born Nov 3, 1881.[anc]
|A William Wallace stayed two weeks in the Bradfield Union Workhouse in Newbury,
Berkshire.  This could be Edith's father, or it could be a 13yo cousin, son of her Uncle George.
|Edith's father, William, died at age 42 in Ashamstead (where they were now living), of an aneurysm of the aorta. 
|Edith (9-1/2) and her two
younger sisters Isabella (6) and Amelia (2-1/2) were admitted to the
Bradfield Union Workhouse, Newbury,
Berkshire -- for what would eventually be a stay of over three years.
[BWB: While the Admission records have been lost, one might
surmise that after the death of her husband, Mary Anne had difficulty
surviving and therefore could no longer provide for the children.
Note that the three older children were 18-12 and would be expected to
get a job, or go out on their own -- and therefore require little/no
support from their mother. William's brother George probably
wasn't in a position to help, as he was just a farm laborer and had 8
of his own to support .]
|Edith's mother, Mary Anne,
died at age 40, of pneumonia following an abscess.  Edith
was only 10 years old, and her siblings ranged in age from 19 to 3-1/2 years
None of the children acted as "Informant" for Mary's death registration.
|[BWB: While the girls would have received food and shelter, their
existance here was likely miserable. Other "inmates" couldn't be relied on to be supportive -- it's recorded that "Mr Garland explained the importance of the
Guardians doing all that was possible to keep young girls from contact with the
able-bodied women which experience was shewn to be very prejudicial to their
Adult "inmates" (likely those 12 and older) were expected (forced) to work.]
|Edith, 12-1/2, and her two younger sisters Isabella, 9, and Amelia,
were removed from the Workhouse and taken to the Childrens Emigration
Home on St. Lukes Road, Birmingham by prior arrangement between the
Trustees of the Workhouse and Dr. John T. Middlemore, along with 10
operated one of the many schemes to send orphan and unwanted children to
Canada. The thinking of the time was that agricultural, rural
Canada would provide a better life for children than the overcrowded
slums of the industrial cities of England, e.g., Birmingham. Fortunately, Dr. Middlemore was noted for 'good'
placements with foster parents. Many other children, at the whims of other operators
of Home Children emigration, experienced abusive foster parents,
multiple foster families, ran away, etc. There were many 'scandals' !!
Note that Edith's age was understated by a year; Isabella's by two years.
8/5/1887 - 8/15/1887
|The group of 13 children removed from the Workhouse, along with 9 others, were shipped from England to Canada, escorted
by a Mr. Price, and arrived at Quebec. On arrival, they went to Middlemore's Guthrie Home in London,
Ontario for placement. (Their ship's name and passenger list have not been located.) 
(On her death certificate in 1946, her son Laverne said she immigrated to Canada 60 years prior - or 1886 .
He also gave her birth year as 1873, not 1874. Perhaps he was
told she immigrated at age 13... so being off by a year on one date
caused the other to be off by a year as well.)
was placed with the
John S. Macrault family of Strathroy Ontario -- where she stayed until
age 19. [296a]
The Guthrie Home tracked the progress of children by visiting each home
once a year until they were 21 years of age (or an earlier marriage) --
case, to 1895.
Isabella was placed with the J.W.Ferrier family of Springfield, South
Dorchester Twp, Elgin County, Ontario -- where she stayed until she
married at age 17 to a Jesse Koyle of Springfield, in 1895 and bore at
least three children, all boys. The family moved to St. Thomas
before 1919, where she died in 1951.
Amelia was placed with the Richard White family of Bothwell, Ontario --
staying at least until age 21, in 1902. She married James
Outhouse of Thamesville (SW of Bothwell a short distance) in 1905 and
bore 4 girls and one boy. She died of a ruptured appendix in 1928.
[BWB: For more information on Isabella and Amelia, see the Epilog section for their parents William and Mary Wallace.]
||The Ontario Census lists Edith as a domestic servant living in the home of the John S. Macrault family in
Strathroy ONT. 
Age is understated by a year.
|After tensions arose over
Edith(19) wanting to "stay out at night", Edith left and subsequently
found a position with the Dr. and Mrs. Thompson family of Strathroy.
(Since yearly visits by personnel of the Guthrie Home ceased when Edith
turned 21 in 1895, don't know how long Edith stayed with this family.)
||1901 ONT Census for Strathroy lists Edith residing with the Hugh McColl
family, as their domestic servant.  Mr. McColl was editor of the local newspaper for a time, and was postmaster during this period .
John S. Macrault family apparently had left Strathroy and is enumerated
as living in Ekfrid Twp, Middlesex County, Ontario (a township
immediately adjacent to Strathroy-Caradoc Twp).
|There was another Wallace family in Strathroy, but relationship to Edith, if any, is unknown.
||George Edgar and Edythe Mary Beals - Fact
||George and Edythe married in Strathroy, Middlesex Co, Ont 
 at the residence of Hugh McColl (her employer),
by the Rev. D. Dack , witnessed by Thomas
Blake of Sarnia, ONT (some sources say Port Huron MI) and Edythe's youngest sister, Amelia Wallace of Bothwell ONT. 
Edythe signed the Baptist Church's marriage register as "Edythe", the first record we have of her using this spelling.
She said she was 24yo; she was really 28! George said he was 22;
he was really 21 (and if one uses a birth year of 1882 as the family
seems to have done, then he would have been only 20!).
|George and Edythe moved to Algonac MI, based on not finding any Beals in the 1904 and 1906 Pt. Huron City Directories.
||George's grandfather, George Fletcher Beals, died in Point Edward ONT and was interred in Grand Valley
two days later.   
|George had a bakery on Water St. at Pleasant St., Algonac MI.   [367-68]
||Son Laverne Wallace Beals born,
delivered by midwife; probably at home.
He was the only child of the marriage.
||GEB family listed in US Census,
in Algonac Village, Clay Twp, St.Clair Co, MI. US Census data probably
understates her age by 7-8 years.
|Moved to Sarnia, with both home and bakery at 271 Devine St., a high-visibility,
corner location. [98j-m]
||Lived and had his bakery at 151 Mitton St. [98n-s],
which was next door to his father's shoemaker's shop.
||George and Edythe were witnesses at the wedding [pix, 368c] of his sister Eleanor
Beals, 21, to Thomas Lesly Lane, 31, a widowed farmer from Blenheim, Kent
Co, ONT (60 miles south of Sarnia and south-east of Chatham, near Lake
Erie), by Rev. Richard Weaver, at the reverend's home in Sarnia. 
[BWB: based on 1901 census online, Rev. Weaver was 63yo at this time.]
||George's father, Robert Beals, died in Sarnia ONT and interred 5/2 in Lakeview
Cemetery, Sarnia. 
[BWB: Did not find GEB listed in the 1914-15, 1918, or 1922 city directories for
he is not listed in the 1920 Michigan census, I did not find him in the 1921 city directory for Pt.
Huron, and did not find him listed in the 1920 or 1920-21 directories
for Windsor. Canada entered WWI in 1914... is this a factor?]
||Lived in Windsor, ONT [l7]
at 736 Moy St. [99c]. Son Laverne would
have been 14.
[BWB: a family story is that Laverne used to help out in the bake shop
||Beals' Bakery at 1120 Wyandott St., a middle of the block storefront.
[BWB: this is the first mention of the name Beals' Bakery.]
||George's widowed mother Mary Jane Beals moved to Windsor, presumably
moving in with the family. 
[event may have happened after the one below]
||Beals' Bakery moved across the street, to 1119 Wyandott, a better,
corner location. The family also lived there. This building no longer
exists, but the service garage noted in the city directory as being behind
the store is still there. George also had a second bakery at 109
Erie East at this time, but by 1926 it was no longer listed in the city
||Son Laverne listed in the city directory as a clerk at Beals' Bakery.
He would have been 18, and recently graduated from high school. [99l]
||George's mother Mary Jane Beals died at George's home in Windsor 
and interred 11/14 at Green Lawn MP, Rte 3/Huron Church Dr., Oldcastle,
- George's brother 'R. Charles Beals' lived in Port Huron MI at this
- George's sister 'Mrs. E. Lane' lived in Almont, MI (about 40 miles
west of Port Huron).
||George and Edythe moved to St.Thomas, ONT
[99m & ff] [118a]
Motivation for move is unknown .
||George had a bake shop on Talbot, the main street, in St. Thomas,
and George and Edythe lived in 3 different rental units near his shop.
||Son Laverne married in Windsor; George and Edythe did not attend the
wedding or reception.  
[BWB: In defense of the parents, it was wintertime and snow was on
the ground, which would have made travel from St.Thomas
difficult. Also, a severe winter storm hit the area the next day;
if forecast this may have cancelled travel plans. And, of course,
George had a bake shop to run in St. Thomas.]
||George stopped working as a baker, which he had done
all his life. [l7]
||Moved back to Windsor, 911 Langlois St. [l7]
[BWB: reason for moving back to Windsor might be better medical
||Died[l7] at Windsor Regional
Hospital/Metropolitan Campus (was called Metropolitan General in 1939),
1995 Lens Ave., Windsor, Ontario; interred 10/30 at Green Lawn MP, Rte
3/Huron Church Dr., Oldcastle, Ont.