James Ormsby

Male 1830 - 1911  (81 years)


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  • Name James Ormsby 
    Born 9 Sep 1830  Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Note that b/d changes through census from about 1834 to 1828. This isthe date in the 1901 census.
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Sep 1911  Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Living at 705 Ontario St. 84 years old. Gentleman.
    Person ID I4304  NB1
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2017 

    Father James Ormsby,   b. 19 Sep 1790, St. John’s, Sligo, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Aug 1873, Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Franklin,   b. 1787, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1871 and 1881, Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 5 Nov 1820  Northampton, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Family ID F454  Group Sheet

    Family Ellen Reid,   b. 24 Mar 1840, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 1903, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married Abt 1857 
    Children 
     1. James Ormsby,   b. 1858, Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Nov 1879, Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 21 years)
    +2. William Ormsby,   b. 25 Nov 1859, Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Jul 1906, Severn Bridge, Muskoka, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years)
    +3. Albert Benjamin Ormsby,   b. 6 Feb 1863, Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1943, Laguna Beach, Orange, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +4. Eleanor Ormsby,   b. 1865, Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Sep 1951, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +5. Charles Edward Ormsby,   b. 5 Mar 1869, Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1940, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
    +6. Robert John Ormsby,   b. 1 Apr 1874, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1952, Toronto, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     7. Elizabeth Lillian Ormsby,   b. 1 Sep 1877, Orillia, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1947  (Age > 71 years)
    Last Modified 11 Dec 2017 
    Family ID F922  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 9 Sep 1830 - Oro, Simcoe, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • James’ birthday changes from census to census as follows: 1861: bornin 1834; 1871: born 1833; 1881: born 1834; 1891: born 1832; 1901: born1830; 1911: born Oct 1828; death certificate: born 1827.

      1851 Canadian Census.
      Manuscripts for Oro Township no longer exist. (Libraries and ArchivesCanada)

      1861 Canadian Census
      James Ormsby 27, a farmer, lived in Oro Township, Simcoe, Ontario withhis wife Helen, 21, and their children James, 3, and William, 2. Theywere all born in Upper Canada and their religion was WeslyanMethodist.

      n.d.
      “James and his wife lived in a log house in the middle of what is nowcalled the “creek field”. Later they moved to Washago and went intothe hotel business.”

      1865
      Saw mill proprietor. East Oro and Rugby. (Mitchell & Co.’s CanadaClassified Directory for 1865-66).

      1869.
      “When Muskoka pioneer Seymour Penson passed through Washago in May1869, he described the Village as a small collection of mean unpaintedwooden buildings, one of which was the “Washago Hotel” kept by JamesOrmsby. Penson’s family stayed in Ormsby’s log tavern, where thestandard meal was pork - morning, noon and night -- seven days aweek.” (p. 7)

      1871 Canadian Census.
      James Ormsby, born about 1833 in Ontario, resided in Matchedash,Orillia. He worked as a hotel keeper. His religion is listed asWesleyan Methodist. He was of Irish ethnic origin.

      1872.
      Proprietor. Washago Hotel. Provided accommodation by 1872.

      1874.
      James Ormsby no longer proprietor of the Washago Hotel. He is leasingthe Railway Hotel. “James Ormsby held the license [for the RailwayHotel] for the remainder of 1874, while he constructed a new hotel inthe portion of Washage within the Townships of Orillia and Matchedash.By April 1875 James Ormsby, was reported to be painting and fittingup the “Railway Hotel.” [Orillia Expositor, April 18, 1875]. Ormsbyleft Washago in Jun 1876.” (p. 10)

      1892
      Ormsby, James, plumber, 124 Jarvis. (Ontario Gazetteer and Directoryfor 1892-1893 at collectionscanada.gc.ca)

      1881 Canadian Census.
      James Ormsby, born about 1834 in Ontario, resided in Orillia, SimcoeNorth and worked as a labourer. His ethnic origin is listed asEnglish and religion as Calvanist Methodist. He lived with Ellen, hiswife, aged 29, William, aged 21, Albert, aged 18, Ellen, aged 14,Charles, aged 12, Robert, aged 4 and Elizabeth, aged 3.

      1891 Canadian Census
      James Ormsby, 59, born in Ontario, is living in District 119 TorontoEast St Thomas Ward. His father was born in Ontario and his mother inEngland. He is living with his wife Ellen, 58, born in Ontario. Herparents were born in Ireland. James is a teamster and a Methodist.They are living with their children Charles, 21, a tinsmith, born inOntario, Robert, 15, born in Ontario, and Elizabeth, 13, born inOntario. Ellen and the children belong to the Churst of England.

      1901 Canadian Census.
      James Ormsby, born 9 Sep 1830 in Ontario and married, lived inDistrict 117 Toronto East as a lodger. He worked as a driver forOrmsby Co. His religion is listed as Canadian Methodist. Ethnicorigin as Irish. He earned $400 a year.

      1911 Canadian Census.
      James Ormsby, born Oct 1828 in Ontario and married, lived on 199Jarvis Street (Toronto Centre, District 124, Ward 2) as a lodger. Helived off of income. His ethnic origin is listed as English andreligion as Canadian Presbyterian.

      26 Sep 1911.
      James Ormsby, born in Canada, died on Sept 26, 1911 at 84 years.Address 705 Ontario St., Toronto. His occupation is listed asgentleman. He died of jaundice and heart failure.

      Obituary of James Ormsby Jr.

      Toronto Deaths

      At the age of 84, James Ormsby died at his place of abode, JarvisStreet yesterday. Deceased, who was born in Orillia, was the son ofJames Ormsby, who served under Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo,and was personally acquainted with Governor Simcoe. Deceased came toToronto when he was about twenty years of age, since which time he wasengaged in various business pursuits both there and at Orillia. He issurvived by three sons, A.B., Charles and Robert Ormsby, who are allin business in this city, and two daughters, Mrs. Finley of Winnipeg,and Mrs. Waterhouse of Niagara. (Manitoba Morning Free Press, Sept.28, 1911, page 16.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S230] 1901 Census of Canada, Population Schedule, District: Toronto East (117); Sub-district: Ward 2 (B-11); Page 17;Family 94.

    2. [S290] Ontario, Canada Deaths, The Generations Network, Roll MS935_162; Page 514; No 4611 (005614).

    3. [S445] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, "InternationalGenealogical Index", Batch: M011814.




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