||Robert Beals - Fact or Comment
||Born in Trafalgar Ontario  
to George Fletcher and Ann Beals .
||1861 Census for Erin Twp, Wellington
Co, Ontario lists the George Fletcher Beals
family, including Robert, age 10.
|Robert listed in the 1871 Census for Nassagaweya
Township, Halton County, Ontario, living with his parents and siblings Stephen
and Jane. 
From the item below, another source suggests Robert's father lived in
Erin until c.1875 -- but note that Nassagaweya Twp lies just south of Erin.
||Robert's father moved his shoemaking shop to Grand Valley, Ont. 
[BWB: This move might have happened after Robert married, though I have
put it first because Robert's son George Edgar was born in Grand Valley.]
||Mary Jane Smith - Fact or Comment
||Born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England to John and Eleanor (nee Andrews) Smith   , the oldest of 5 children, 4 girls and 1 boy.
|Family listed in 1871 English census, living in Stamford. [***]
||Emigrated from England, per her 1930 obituary [92a]. It's not known if family came together.
||Robert & Mary Jane Beals - Fact or Comment
||Robert, 23, mechanic, and Mary Jane, 21, married in Guelph  .
||Robert's grandmother Nancy Beals died at 86 in Clements Twp., Annapolis Co., N.S., of old age.
||Robert's grandfather Stephen Beals died at 85 in Clements Twp., of old age.
||Census for East Luther lists Robert Beals, 32, b.Ont, Decip., carpenter;
and Mary Jane [Beals], 28, b.England. 
Other members of Mary Jane's family are listed in Middleton Twp, Norfolk Co., Ontario. [**]
||Son George Edgar Beals born in Grand
Valley (also called E.Luther), Dufferin Co,
ONT   
. Mary was attended by Mrs. Wm Dixon
[BWB: midwife?]. Robert reported he was a carpenter.
||Census for East Luther lists Robert Beals, 41, b.Ont, parents b.NS,
Baptist; Mary Jane [Beals], 37, b.Eng, parents b.Eng; George Edgar, 9,
||Daughter Eleanor (aka Ellen) Beatrice Beals born 
in Grand Valley.  This time, Mary
was attended by A.C.Graviller MD.
-- On 4/16/1913 in Sarnia, she married Thomas Lesly Lane (parents Stephen
Lane and Elizabeth Earle)  [pix, 368c] and subsequently
had three sons.
-- In 1920, she lived in Pontiac, MI. 
-- In 1930, she lived in Almont, MI. 
-- She died 7/12/1944, aged 52, in Dryden, Lapeer County, Michigan and is buried there ; Headstone .
[BWB: I don't know when/where her husband Thomas died.]
||Robert's mother Ann died in Grand Valley.  
[BWB: I presume she's buried in GV Union Cemetery, but their records have been lost.]
||Robert's father George lived with the family
in East Luther Township. 
||The family (presumably including Robert's father George) moved to
Point Edward, a suburb of Sarnia, Ontario. 
||Son Charles R. Beals born  in Sarnia;
family lived on Brock St. .
-- Listed in the 1914 and 1918 city directories for Sarnia.
-- In 1922, he used Richard as his first name, lived in Sarnia. [98bb-cc]
-- He and his mother immigrated to the US in 1922, per the 1930 Michigan census. [mic]
-- In 1926, 1928 and 1930, he lived in Port Huron with his mother Mary. 
-- In 1932, he married Edna (aka Beatrice?) Steers. 
-- Issued SSN 470-07-6373 
-- Their only child, a daughter, Karen Edythe, was born 1/28/1944. Photograph [358b]
-- Died 4/16/1968 in Indianapolis IN, at which time he worked as a
'set-up man' for the Allison Division of GM. 
[BWB: This is the 'Dick' Beals who (according to my recollection)
visited Laverne and Grace in the 1940's. Laverne & Grace's
last contact c.1958 at the Indianapolis IN address, but Barry located Karen Edythe c.12/2003.]
||Family listed in 1901 Census, Pt.Edward
Village (just north of Sarnia), Lambton Co,
ONT. Robert said to be a carpenter. Robert's father, George
Fletcher Beals, was also living with them. Son George Edgar, 19,
listed as a baker.
||Son George Edgar, 21, living in Port Huron, married in Strathroy, 45
miles east of Sarnia, to Edythe M. Wallace. 
||Family, including Robert's father George Fletcher Beals, lived on Victoria
Avenue in Point Edward [98a/b].
||Robert's father, George Fletcher Beals, died at his home in Point Edward
and was interred in Grand Valley two days later .
By this time, Robert's siblings were widely scattered:
Isaac was in Burk's Falls ONT [far north and east of Grand Valley],
Stephen was in Blenheim ONT [mainly south of Sarnia, near Lake Erie],
Frank was in "the West" [i.e., Robert didn't know where he was],
Jane (Everson) was in North Star, Michigan [abt. 30 miles north of Lansing], and
Lucy (Kerr) was in Port Angeles, Washington.
||Family lived at 503 George St. in Sarnia. By this time, Robert
had switched occupations to that of shoemaker (his father's occupation
and one that was prevalent in previous generations), with a shop at 149
Mitton St. in Sarnia. Daughter Eleanor, 16, lived at home and worked in
a laundry. [98c-f]
||Family moved to 326 Wellington St. in Sarnia, and Robert moved his
shoemaking shop to 153 Mitton (a higher-visibility corner location).
||Family moved to 157 Cobden St. in Sarnia. Eleanor, 20, lived
at home and worked in Port Huron. Son George Edgar, 30, had moved
his family back to Sarnia with home and bakery at 271 Devine St., a corner
||Daughter Eleanor, 21, married in Sarnia to Thomas Lesly Lane, 31, widowed
farmer from Blenheim ONT (a good distance south of Sarnia, south-east of
Chatham, near Lake Erie), with the marriage witnessed by her brother George
Edgar and his wife Edythe.  As noted
in the marriage documents, George, 32, had moved his family and business
to 151 Mitton, next door to his father's shoemaking shop.
||Family moved to 127 Mitton St. in Sarnia, about a block from the shoemaking
shop. For the first time, the bakery and shoemaking shops were listed
in the business section of the city directory. [98n-s]
||Robert died in Sarnia ONT ; son Charles Richard was 16. Interred
5/2 at Lakeview Cemetery, Sarnia  ;
||Mary Jane Beals - Fact or Comment
||Son Charles Richard, 16-17, worked for J T Mills as a salesman, and
still lived with his widowed mother. (J D Mills was a grocer, if this was
the intended reference.) [98t-y].
||Charles, 20, worked for Mueller Manufacturing Co. as a fireman for
the Grand Trunk Railway; still lived with Mary Jane. His cousin George
Solomon Beals lived next door. [98z-aa]
||Charles, 24, worked as a fireman for the Grand Trunk Railway; still
lived with his mother. Charles used the name Richard C. E. Beals
at this point. [98bb-cc]
|Richard [as he now called himself] and his mother Mary Jane moved to Port Huron, Michigan .
|Richard and Mary Jane listed in the Port Huron City Directories, he working at Muellers Brass Works. 
||Mary Jane moved to Windsor. [92b]
[BWB: probably to live with son George and family.]
||Died in Windsor, at the home of son George. [92a]
Interred 11/14 at Greenlawn Memorial Park, Oldcastle, Ont. 
The grave is unmarked.
[At this time, son Charles lived in Port Huron, and daughter Eleanor
lived in Almont, MI (about 40 miles west of Port Huron).]