An American Family History

Celia Ann Thomas Brodie

The Province of Upper Canada was established in 1791 to accommodate Loyalist refugees from the United States. It included all of Southern Ontario and part of Northern Ontario.

The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

Celia Ann Thomas Brodie and her twin Mary Sophia Thomas were born on July 10, 1847 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. At that time it was in York County. Her parents were John Morgan Thomas and Mary Lewis.

She married Edward Brodie on July 3, 1872. Edward was born about 1848 in London, England. His parents were George and Jane Brodie. Edward's residence at the time of their marriage was Hamilton, Ontario. He was a match maker. They were married by license at the English Church by the Reverend Samuel J. Boddy. The witnesses at their marriage were Celia Musson and J. Sne?er. Celia's brother, Edward Thomas, named his son William Edward Brodie Thomas.

In 1871 Edward was living in the same boarding house as Celia's brother, John Joseph.

Their daughter Susie Vivian Leamont Brodie Howell was born in Hamilton in 1871. She married Thomas Fearon Deriemer Howell in 1892.

Their daughter, Frances Celia Jennie (Fannie) Brodie Blackburn Houson was born in 1874. Fannie married Charles Ernest Blackburn in 1900 and King Houston in 1916

Edward died before the 1881 census. In 1881, Celia and Fannie were living with her sister, Eliza Treahy in St. Andrew's Ward, Toronto, York, Ontario.

Celia died on December 30, 1905 in York County, Ontario, Canada of uremic poisoning which is kidney failure. Her doctor was Dr. Charles J. Hastings.

The city of York was incorporated as Toronto on March 6, 1834. The city grew and developed significantly during the the 19th century. The Irish famine brought a large number of Irish immigrants to the city and they became the largest ethnic group.

Toronto 1856
Toronto 1856

Children of John Morgan Thomas
and Mary Lewis
  • Charles Lewis Thomas
  • Thomas Lewis Thomas
  • Elizabeth Sheppard Thomas Musson
  • Susannah Matilda Thomas
  • Eliza Mary Thomas Treahy
  • Jane Eliza (Jennie) Thomas Belford
  • Francis John Thomas
  • Mary Sophia Thomas
  • Celia Ann Thomas Brodie
  • Mary Sophia Thomas
  • John Joseph Thomas
  • Edward George Thomas
  • York County was in the Canadian province of Ontario and was created in 1792. In 1816, Wentworth and Halton Counties were created from York County and in 1851, Ontario and Peel Couties were separated. In 1953, Metropolitan Toronto seceded. In 1971, the remaining portion of York County became the York Regional Municipality.



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