Herbert Joseph Russell was born in June 1887 in St. Saviour, Southwark,, Surrey, England and came to Canada as a British Home Child departing from Liverpool on April 10, 1902 and arriving on April 18, 1902 at Halifax Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Ionian as part of the Rev. Robert Wallace party destination to Belleville, Ontario with 47 children to the Marchmont Home.
He was the son of Alfred Benjamin Russell who was born in 1860 in Camberwell, Surrey, England. Alfred was a wine merchant and he died in March 1888 in Camberwell, Surrey, England
He married Amelia Booth at St. James St Olave Southwark Surrey England on September 25, 1882
Shopman Wine & Spirit Trade – 1 Reverdy Rd. Bermondsey, Surrey, England
Florrie Russell was born in 1885 in Surrey, England
Alfred Russell was born in 1886 in England and came to Canada as a British Home Child and is listed at Marchmont in Belleville Russel, Alfred 12 yeas old was in care at Oldham departed Liverpool April 8, 1897 and arrived April 18, 1897 at Halifax Nova Scotia aboard the ship Vancouver destination Belleville, Ontario (Marchmont) #26672
Alfred B Russell in household of Alfred Russell, “England and Wales Census, 1881”
Name: Alfred B Russell
Age (Original): 21
Birth Year: 1860
Birthplace: Camberwell, Surrey, England
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Marital Status: Single
Occupation: Shopman Wine & Spirit Trade
Address: 1 Reverdy Rd
Event Place: Bermondsey, Surrey, England
Record Type: Household
GS Film number: 1341130
Affiliate Publication Number: RG11
Piece/Folio: 571 / 53
Page Number: 30
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head Alfred Russell M 43 Peckham, Surrey, England
Son Alfred B Russell M 21 Camberwell, Surrey, England
Daughter Mary M Russell F 17 Bermondsey, Surrey, England
Daughter Amy A Russell F 15 Bermondsey, Surrey, England
Son Sydney D Russell M 9 Bermondsey, Surrey, England
Son Rowland G Russell M 3 Bermondsey, Surrey, England
Alfred B Russell in household of Alfred Russell, “England and Wales Census, 1871”
Name: Alfred B Russell
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1871
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Schedule Type: Household
Registration District: St Olave Southwark
Sub-District: St James
County: London, Surrey
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self Alfred Russell M 33 Hull, Yorkshire
Wife Mary H Russell F 34 Peckham, Surrey
Sister Louisa Russell F 16 Camberwell
Son Alfred B Russell M 11 Camberwell
Son Charles E Russell M 9 Bermondsey
Daughter Dellary Russell F 6 Rotherhithe, Surrey
1912 Thorndale (Middlesex Cty)
Herbert Joseph Russell son of Alfred Benjamin Russell and Amelia Medorf of Newington, England was married to Mary Ellen Dewhirst daughter of Isaac Dewhirst and Harriet Mitchell of Halifax, Yorkshire, England on March 25, 1912 at Thorndale , Ontario witnesess were Mrs. H. Snell and Ann Fletcher of Thorndale by Rev. Horace W. Snell
Harold William Russell was born on July 23, 1914 in Ilderton, Ontario
ILDERTON, a post village in Middlesex County, Ontario, on London, Huron & Bruce divison G.T.R., 4 miles from Arva and 12 miles from London, the nearest banking point. It contains a sawmill, 2 stores, 2 hotels, branch bank and a telegraph office and 3 churches. Pop. 200 ...from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer
Gordon Alfred Russell was born at 8:00 am January 2, 1918 at Thorndale, Ontario West Nissouri Twp, Middlesex County, Ontario Delivered by Dr. McFadden at the house on the 3rd Con. Of West Nissouri Township.
THORNDALE, a post village in Middlesex County, Ontario, near the north branch of the Thames River, and on the London branch of the G.T.R. It contains 2 churches, 2 hotels, a grist mill, saw mill, cheese box factory, 4 stores, a branch bank (Home), express and 2 telegraph offices and a lumber yard. Pop. 550 ...from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer
Baptized on March 28, 1918 at Thorndale Methodist Church by Rev. W. Roy Osborne
1918 – lived on the east side of the 3rd Concession of West Nissouri Thorndale, the house was owned by the Fox family
1919 – moved to the small brick cottage on the north side of Fairhall side road at Friendly Corners
1920 – moved to the east side of the 5th Concession south of the Fairhall side road owned by the Bestard family
1922 – moved to the east side of the 4th Concession to a large brick house owned by the Hugh Jones family at Friendly Corners. Started school at the corner of the 4th Concession and Thorndale sideroad and the family attended Thorndale Methodist Church
1924 – moved to the west side of the 5th Concession at Belton, Ontario also known as Kelly’s Siding. Lived on 2 acres of land with a small barn. They had a horse called Topsy, a Jersey cow, hens and chickens. He and his brother Harold raised either two pigs or a calf and they were theirs to sell. The money was deposited in the Home Bank in Thorndale which went bankrupt in 1927 and they lost most of their money.
KELLY’S SIDING, a station on the. G.T.R. (Toronto and London branch), 15 miles from London, and 16 miles from Stratford...from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer
Their father was a railway sectionmaster based at the Belton Station.
He and Harold attended a one room school PS #12 West Nissouri on the 6th Concession. There were between 25 and 28 students. Some classmates, Bill Haves, Winifred and Bruce Patterson, Marion and Eric Facey, Jean and Stuart Elgie, Dorothy Patterson, Harold and Walter Davis, Bill Switzer, Jean, Homer and Hughie McKay, Olive Box, Rea Henderson, and 3 Bannerman children.
They attended Wellburn Methodist Church and drove there in a buggy in summer and a cutter in winter.
Family Friend were: Robert Haves, Jimmy Box, Roy Facey, Sam Facey Sr., Bob Patterson,
1927 – His parents bought a piano for him and he took music lessons in Thorndale, seven miles from home, and he had to travel by train on Saturday’s having to buy his own ticket, have lunch with friends, go for his lesson at 1;00PM and then wait for an hour at the station to catch the train home.
1928 – He worked in the summer for three brothers who each owned a farm earning $1.00 a day plus lunch and sometime supper. All he had to do was drive and look after the horses during haying and harvest
1929 – The family moved to the south side of Hwy #2 near Crumlin. The farm was owned by a Mr. Thompson. He attended Dorchester Public School and the family went to Crumlin United Church. On Saturdays he walk 2 miles to take music lesson at his teacher’s home.
CRUMLIN, a post viliage in Middlesex County, Ontario, and a station on the C.P.R , 5 miles from
London. Pop., about 100 ..from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer
DORCHESTER, or DORCHESTER STATION, a post village on the River Thames, in Middlesex County, Ontario, on the G.T.R., 10 miles from London. It has 3 churches (Episcopal, Presbyterian and Methodist), telegraph, express and Bell telephone offices, flour, saw and planing mills, cheese and mattress factories, 2 hotels, 6 stores, and branch of Bank of Toronto and peat plant factory. Pop. 600. ..from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer
1930 – moved to Thamesford and lived on the first street north of #2 Hwy or Main St. He attended Thamesford Public School and passed his High School entrance exams. During the summer he worked on the farm of Gordon Vinning, The family attended the Thamesford United Church.
THAMESFORD, a post village in Oxford County, Ontario, on the middle branch of the Thames River, and a station on the C.P.R., 13 miles east of London. It has 3 churches (Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian), 12 stores, 2 hotels, 1 public library, 1 bank (Traders), 1 good school, 1 planing mill, 1 grist mill, 1 large stave factory, 1 sash and door, 1 barrel and 2 carriage factories, 1 printing and newspaper office (“Thamesford Star,” weekly), besides express and telegraph offices. Pop. about 600 ..from Lovell’s 1906 Canada Gazetteer
1931 – Moved to the corner of the 9th Concession and Hwy #2 and his father worked on the Mercer farm which was just across the road. He attended the two room Thamesford High School until March of 1932 and worked during the summer for Roy Facey.
1932 – Family moved to Toronto – 28 Bloem Avenue, York Township, Toronto where he attended York Memorial Collegiate until the end of June. In September he went by streetcar to Weston High and Vocational School in Weston Ontario. The family attended St. Cuthbert’s United Church, at the corners of Eglinton Ave. and Dufferin Street in Toronto which was initially a Presbyterian Church, Fairbank. Begun in 1889, the congregation moved from Fairbank Avenue to the church’s present location in 1914, expanding the building in 1954. It joined the United Church in 1925 and assumed the name St. Cuthbert’s. In 1931 it was joined by Hillsdale United, formerly North Earlscourt Methodist. The church closed in 2001
1933 – moved to 48 Jesmond Ave (Rogers Road and Oakwood Ave) and he spent the summer back in Belton working on the farm of Bob Haves.
1934 – spent the summer back in Belton working on the farm of Bob Haves.
1935 – moved to 42 Lanark Ave (Eglinton and Oakwood) In June he work for 3 months over the summer for Spanner Products Ltd. At Yonge and Elm St. who made kitchen and bar furniture and car battery separators earning $.15 and hour. In September he went back to Weston Vocational School and worked in the woodwork shop as an assistant to the teacher Mr. Arthurs
1936 – In January he started working for D.H. Howden & Co. Ltd. At 1 Church Street, a wholesale hardware company earning $8.00 a week to start. On July 1st long weekend he rode his bicycle to Thamesford and Belton via #5 and #2 highways and returned via #7, #8 and #5 highways.
1937 – He paid $275 to buy a 1932 Ford Model “B” 4 cylinder auto with his friend John Ward
Made trips to Shallow Lake near Owen Sound, to Kingston for a week with Archie Harvey, to Belton, Detroit, Niagara Falls and Grand Bend.
1939 – moved to 138 Woodmount Ave near Danforth and Woodbine and the attended Woodbine Heights United Church and the OWEGOS young peoples group. He went skiing with Lloyd Edhouse to Dagmar and many other places. He drove his aunt Hannah to Belleville for Harold and Madelene Seeny’s wedding.
1940 – Met Miriam LePage at the OWEGO class and they made trips to the Orillia Trailer Park, Queenston and Port Credit. He also made a weekend trip to Tobermory with Miriam, her sister Ruth and Elleanor Pritchard.
December 28 became engaged to Miriam.
Gordon Alfred Russell was born on January 2, 1918 the son of Herbert Joseph Russell and Mary Ellen (Dewhirst) and was baptized on March 28, 1918 at Thorndale Ontario (Middlesex Cty) by Rev. W.R. Osborne.
RUSSELL, Herbert – 14 S.S. IONIAN April 18, 1902. This ship left Liverpool April 10 1902 arrived Halifax April 18 1902 crossing the Atlantic Ocean in 7 days …from Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Children’s Aid Society, Frances Street, Strangeways. Apply to the Hon. Secs., L.K. Shaw and G. R. Kirlew.
The Liverpool Courier Liverpool, Lancashire Monday Oct 11, 1897 page 4
The Sheltering Home
To the Editor of the Daily Post
Sir – I have just returned from placing out our fifty first party of children in Canada and have already entered upon our twenty sixth winter of work among the destitute widows and orphans of Liverpool. Needy boys and girls can be received any day by applying at the Sheltering Home between 10 and 4 o’clock.
Our experience this year in Canada is that the good openings for our boys and girls are still very numerous and as Canada seems to entering on a more prosperous season there is likely to be a great demand for our young people next year. So many of the older hands are going off to the new railways in the far west that the farmers in the eastern part of Canada will likely find themselves shorter of help than ever after next spring. The harvest has been abundant and prices are good and so they will be in a position to pay better wages.
The outlook here in Lancashire seems sufficiently gloomy and therefore we think that it is a wise thing to assist and encourage the emigration of young people who are willing to go and build homes in the new land under our Queen’s rule. Help them to go while young and they will have fewer bad habits to unlearn and will easily adopt to the ways of a new colony and will, as they grow older, become helpers of others.
One of our girls who was brought up by a Canadian farmer and who married his son, has adopted the youngest child we took out this summer having no children of her own.
Several other of our boys and girls, now married, have given homes and employment to our younger ones. Many send for a younger brother or sister and find homes for them near themselves.
Contributions are very much needed to enable us to close out financial year on the 31 inst without debt. About 500 pounds is required. Will friends help before this date. Gifts will be gratefully received and acknowledged by our home manager, E C Thin, Esq, 24 Chapel Street
yours truly Louisa Birt Oct 5, 1897
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