Thursday, 17 July 2014

Edward Bain

Teddy Bain was born in Toronto on February 15,1919. He was the youngest son of George Bain and Clara Barclay.

Edward Bain On left. with brothers Jack and Melvin.

Teddy died August 29, 1929. when he climbed into a train tanker car and was overcome by the fumes.
I have transcribed the newspaper story of his accident.

Edward Bain Loses Life While Playing On Gasoline Car
Brockton Station Firefighters Rescue Comrade and Recover Lad’s Body

In boyish bravado, eight-year-old Edward Bain, of 247 Lansdowne Ave, climbed on top of a large C.N.R. tank car that stood a stone’s throw from his home on the Lansdowne and Dundas St. siding last night and dropped through the dark opening in the tank to his death.
Overcome by the fumes of naphtha gasoline that lay six inches deep on the floor of the tank, the little fellow was found dead, lying on his back and badly burned by the gasoline that flowed about him. The boy’s body was removed by fireman Albert Grealls ? of Cowan Ave. station, half an hour after he took the venturous plunge into the tank.
In a heroic attempt to rescue the boy, Fireman Eric Reid of 214 Silverthorne Ave. attached to Brockton fire hall, nearly lost his life when he was overcome by the same fumes that proved fatal to young Bain.
A few minutes after Reid descended into the tank his companions heard him call faintly “Spiser, quick” and speedily dragged the half fainting fireman to safety. Artificial respiration was used to revive him.

In the meantime, Cowan Ave. station arrived with gas masks and lifesaving equipment and Fireman Albert Grealls of 143 Liagar St. equipped with a mask, hurriedly descended into the tank opening while others held back the frantic father who fought to go to his boy’s rescue.
In a short time the fireman appeared with at the opening with body of the Bain boy in his arms. The first to reach the fireman’s side and to take the boy from his arms was George Bain the father, who passed the limp body to waiting firemen who hurriedly applied the pulmotor and other lifesaving equipment.

With the aid of Coroner Dr. J.H McConnell who responded to the call for help, the firemen heroically worked for an hour and a half hoping to revive the spark of life in the boy’s body. Their attempt was useless as the boy failed to respond and was finally pronounced dead by Dr. McConnell. When the boy was finally pronounced dead and the police stooped to lift the lifeless body to remove it to the morgue, the father roughly pushed them aside and tenderly picked up his boy for the last time.

The body was removed to the city morgue where further investigations into the cause of the boy’s death will be made by Dr. McConnell. An inquest will be held sometime next week.

It was shortly after eight o’clock last night that Edward “Bain “spikey to his friends, accompanied by Jimmy Findlay of 267 Lansdowne ave climbed the fence leading onto the C.N.R tracks where the gasoline tank cars stood. Climbing up to the top while Jimmy stood ground, Edward said “I’ll be back soon, I’m going to get some gasoline.” With these words the boy just dropped from sight.

“Spike just started to slide down the pole and then fell dead” was the graphic way in which little Jimmy described it.
 The pole he refers to is a pipe that runs from the aperture at the top of the tank to the bottom. Evidently the unfortunate lad was sliding down this pipe when he was overcome by the fumes.

Further details furnished by Jimmy Findlay are very vague. He claims they were playing on the tank quite a while and that young Bain lifted the top off the tank with the remark that he was going down to get some gasoline. Jimmy Findlay’s father, who visited the scene after the accident states that he considers the top was too heavy to be removed by the boy.

“If my boy Jimmy had fallen into the tank too it might have been weeks before we had known what had become of them,” said Mr. Findlay. “If they had been playing with matches they might have been blown up too,” he added.

“Do you like playing around tanks?” Jimmy was asked. “No more tanks for me. Not even a little bit of a one,” he replied firmly.

John (Jack George) Bain

John Jack Bain was born on September 8, 1905 in Toronto. He was the son of George Bain and Clara Barclay.

Jack Bain as a child

Teddy, Jack and Melvin Bain

On April 21,1921 he married Eleanor May Thornton in Toronto.

Jack and Eleanor's marriage record

 The couple had six children. Frances, John,James,Robert, David and Jacqueline. The couple had a daughter in 1925 named May who died in infancy

Jack died January 11,1966.

#ThrowbackThursday - 1960's TTC Pass - Grama Bain

Sorting boxes this morning and I came across Grama Bain's TTC pass from the 1960's. Too cute not to share :)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

William Thornton - Toronto's first fallen firefighter

 A memorial stone was recently placed on the grave of the first firefighter to die in the line of duty in Toronto. William Thornton age 22, died November 22, 1848 in Toronto, Ontario in a fire at the corner of King St. and Church St.  He is buried in St. James Cemetery.

I don't believe he is connected to our Thornton tree. He was from Ireland and our branches were from Scotland.

 The city of Toronto website has a page dedicated to Toronto's Fallen Firefighters.There is a write up on the page about Thornton. The Firefighters association has a page about Thornton as well.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Eleanor May Thornton

Eleanor May Thornton was born August 13,1904 in Toronto Ontario. She was the daughter of Walter Thornton and Elizabeth Tye.

On April 21,1925 she married John (Jack) Bain and had six children. Frances, John,James,Robert, David and Jacqueline. The couple had a daughter in 1925 named May who died in infancy. 

Jack Bain and May Thornton Bain 1962

Photos - June 2014

We recently had a family get-together for my grandmother's (Frances Bain) birthday. It turned into a bit of a Bain reunion :)

Walter Scott Thornton

Walter Thornton was born in Toronto on Jan 15 1878. Son of Robert Martin Thornton and Ellen Smith.

Walter Thornton Birth Certificate (1948 re-issue) 

He married Elizabeth Tye, daughter of Charles Tye and Julia Higgs on Dec 11,1889 in Toronto.
Walter Thornton Marriage

Walter and Elizabeth had four children:

Gladys Ellen,
Walter Tye Thornton
Eleanor May Thornton 
 Robert Ernest Thornton

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Interactive map of family homes in Toronto

June 26th Update : I have started a page for photos and documents relating to the homes our families have lived in.

I have started an interactive map of where our ancestor's have lived over the years in Toronto. This is what I have so far below. I am hoping to find some photos of some of these places in Toronto archives to add to the map but if anyone has any pics of home in Toronto I would love a copy. This map will update automatically as I add to it so save the link to this post.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Death of Charles Tye

I have yet to find an "official" document confirming the death of Charles Tye. He shows up in the 1885 Toronto directory but not 1886.
In the 1886 publication The Dominion Annual Register and Review there is a reference to a bricklayer named Charles Tye being killed by a train in Oct 1885.

This afternoon I was browsing old Toronto newspapers for an unrelated project and came across an Oct 12, 1885. issue of The Toronto World.( a newspaper that ran from 1880-1920). On the very first page I found a news story that I think is Charles. Charles wife Julia Higgs remarried in 1886 and was listed as a widow so I am quite sure these stories refer to our Charles Tye. 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Robert Martin Thornton

Robert Martin Thornton was born on Aug 10,1850 in Dundee, Scotland ( Could be  Monifieth, Angus, Scotland) The son of Peter Simpson Thornton and Mary Swaddell. He had eleven siblings, John Swaddel, Lydia, David, William, Peter Simpson, James Easson, Etthal Aison (Easson), Peter, Mary Jane, Samuel, and Janet Eason "Jessie".

He arrived in Canada about 1857

He married Ellen ( Helen ) Smith,daughter of Richard Smith and Grace Smith, Feb 20,1871 in York, York, Ontario, Canada.

Robert Martin Thornton and Ellen ( Helen ) Smith had the following children:

Walter Scott Thornton was born on 15 Jan 1878 in Ontario.
  Peter Thornton was born on 02 Jan 1872 in Ontario
Grace Thornton was born on 29 Jul 1874 in Toronto,
  David Thornton was born in Dec 1879 in Toronto Ontario (about).

I believe Ellen died in early 1880. Iam trying to confirm if she died during childbirth or shortly after.

Robert married Phoebe Edwards about 1880 in Toronto. 

Robert Martin Thornton and Phoebe Edwards had the following children:

Violet Thornton was born on 21 Mar 1886 in York, Ontario
 Ernest Thornton 

Dec 4,1884 Toronto

13 years later Robert married for a third time He married Vesta Ward,daughter of Alonzo Ward and Sarah Jane Lethbridge, on 15 Feb 1893 in York, York, Ontario, Canada.

Robert Martin Thornton and Vesta Ward  had no children.

He died on 02 Aug 1926 in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada. 

Story on will of Robert M Thornton

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Home Movies - Bain

George J Bain

 George John Bain was born Feb 29,1876. I have been unsuccessful so far in finding his birth record. I was unsure of where he was born until recently. I was told many things. The first version I was told about 20 years ago is that he came to Canada as a toddler from Ireland, landed in Griffintown (Montreal) and that there was  some sort of  Spanish connection. ( so far I haven't found one)

*Griffintown was the name given to the SW part of downtown Montreal. From the 1820s to 1960's it was mainly populated by Irish immigrants and their descendants. Fun fact. Also known as "The Griff, The area is said to be haunted. More info here.

One early census had him registered as being born in Ontario, his marriage record said Quebec. I always thought he might have been born on the ship?

The 1921 census says he was born in Quebec and seeing that is the most recent official document, I am going with Quebec.  I am currently search Griffintown birth records but they are not easy to read.

I have yet to find any info on his parents. The 1921 census says his father was born in Ireland and his mother was born in Quebec.

About 1902 he married Clara Barclay ( daughter of John Barclay and Ada Gosney or Gossney)

They had six children

John George Bain was born on 08 Sep 1905 in Toronto. He died on 11 Jan 1966. He married  Eleanor May Thornton  on 21 Apr 1925 in York, Ontario, Canada.
Mary Louise Bain was born on 06 Apr 1907 in York, Ontario, Canada. She died in 1961.
Eleanor Bain was born about 1921 in Toronto. She died in the 1970's in Toronto.
Melvin Bain was born about 1916 in Canada. He died on 01 Nov 1929 in York, Ontario, Canada.
Edward "spikey" Bain was born on 15 Feb 1919 in Toronto. He died on 29 Aug 1929 in Toronto (Climbed into a gas tank and was killed by fumes.).
Edna May Bain was born on 15 May 1909 in York, Ontario, Canada. She died on 27 Jan 1986. She married Ken Barrett

George Bain died in 1957 a week after his wife.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Elizabeth Tye

Elizabeth Tye

Mother of Eleanor Thornton Bain

Elizabeth Tye was born on 11 Jun 1874 in Toronto, Ontario.
 She was the sixth child of Charles Tye and Julia Higgs.

Walter Scott Thornton and Elizabeth Tye had the following children:

Robert Ernest Thornton was born on 02 Apr 1901 in York, Ontario, Canada.
Eleanor May Thornton was born on 13 Aug 1904 in York, Ontario, Canada. She died in 1971 in Toronto. 
Walter Tye Thornton was born on 15 Jun 1902 in Toronto.
Gladys Ellen Thornton was born on 02 Jan 1899 in York, Ontario, Canada, Toronto.

Elizabeth was killed by a taxi in Toronto on March 2,1938. She had early dementia and had gone missing after a walk. I believe the taxi driver was charged with manslaughter.

Charles Tye

Charles Tye

Paternal Grandfather of Eleanor Thornton Bain

Charles Tye was born  Sept 1841 in Clerkenwell, London, England. He was the first child of William Tye and Ann Cummings. He had five siblings, John, Mary, Sarah Elizabeth, Thomas, and William. When he was 18, he married Julia Higgs,daughter of William Higgs and Ann Roe, on 23 Oct 1859 in St Mark, Myddelton Square in London

Charles was a brick-maker and with his wife and young children came to Canada in 1871. Settling in Toronto.

I have yet to find an official death record for Charles but found a newspaper reference to a brickmaker named Charles Tye in Toronto who was killed  by a train on Oct 10th 1885 . Julia remarried in '87 and was listed as a widow so I am pretty sure it is the same Charles.

Charles Tye and Julia Higgs had the following children:

Gertrude Tye was born in Feb 1877 in Toronto.

Ethel C. Tye was born on 18 Apr 1865 in England.. She married James W Hogg on 07 Oct 1884 in Toronto.

Emma Tye was born on 05 Dec 1881 in York, Ontario, Canada. She died in Apr 1967. She married Arthur Higgs on 30 Jun 1908.

Alice Emily Tye was born on 30 Jul 1867 in Camden, Middlesex, England. She died on 15 Jan 1938 in York.

Henry Tye was born in 1870 in England. He died on 08 Jun 1874 in York, Ontario, Canada.

Elizabeth Tye was born on 11 Jun 1874 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She died on 02 Mar 1938 . She married Walter Thornton on 11 Dec 1897 in York.

Amelia (Minnie) Tye was born in Mar 1863 in Camden Middlesex, England. She died on 13 Jul 1915 in York, Ontario, Canada. She married Richard BATCHELOR on 07 Mar 1888 in York, York, Ontario, Canada.
Helena Eleanor Ellen May Tye was born on 21 Aug 1884 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She married William Dowdell on 09 May 1912 in York, Ontario, Canada.

Frederick William Tye was born on 20 Jun 1876 in Toronto. He married Jennie Bennington DUNLOP on 13 Feb 1901 in York County, Ontario.

Adalaide Clara Tye was born on 05 Nov 1880 in Toronto.

Juliana Tye was born on 18 Sep 1861 in Brighton ENG. She married Frank CORRIGAN
 on 28 Feb 1887 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Newspaper clippings

Have you stepped outside yet? Don't!!! Too freaking cold. Windchill of minus 35 here on the Bay of Quinte.

I have started adding newspaper clippings. The clippings on the main page are relatives. When I search newspaper archives I save anything I come across with family or similar names. I am posting these under "other". They may or not be connected to our tree. The Thornton tree is huge and many of our great grandfather's sibling settled in the Toronto area. If you know a Thornton from Toronto there is a good chance they are connected :)

Wednesday, 1 January 2014


Not much here yet but I will try to add daily during the last few days of my break.
 I have added a chart, photos and Grama Bains marriage record so far.
TIP: If you click on the image it will enlarge it.
I still have lots of sections to add and I am trying to make it more interactive. I have added a search box so once I start tagging all of the content it can be found easier.  Suggestions welcome! Happy New Year!!