We’re hoping someone on Genforum has a keen technique for jumping between Canadian and American census records; possibly spelling errors. Any other research odds and ends found along the way are welcomed too.
We’re looking for John and Della Westaway on census records (1900-1920) hoping to find out if they had children. We’re also hoping new information will lead to where John is buried.
Husband: Joseph Christopher Westaway. b. abt 1863 Clare County, Ireland. d. unknown.
Wife: Cordelia “Della” Snelgrove. b. June 4, 1862 or 1868?, Ingersoll (or Toronto?), Ontario, Canada. d. Apr 21, 1924 London, Ontario, Canada. Buried: Ingersoll Rural Cemetery, Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.
Marriage: September 7, 1907 Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
1907 Victoria, BC marriage: John Christopher Westaway is 44, a bachelor and a miner at the time of the marriage and his residence is listed as San Francisco, USA. Della Snelgrove is 29, a spinster and living in Victoria, BC. His parents are Joseph Waters Westaway and Jane Westaway. Her parents are Abraham Snelgrove and Frances Kennedy both of Ingersoll, Ontario.
1907 Ancestry.com shows John C. Westaway sailing from Victoria, BC to San Francisco, USA in July and again in August of 1907 and it lists him as a U.S. citizen.
1921 Hamilton, Ontario obituary for sister, Minnie Snelgrove, says Mrs. Della West of Seattle, Washington, USA. Not sure why surname is now West vs. Westaway?
1924 Ancestry.com – Death: Della West, Widow, April 21, 1924, London, Ontario
1924 London Free Press obituary for Della West is very short with no family details. No inscription about Della on parent’s headstone at Ingersoll Rural Cemetery
Notes: Della West is referred to as “Mrs.” in her sister’s
1921 obituary and referred to as “Widow” on her 1924 death certificate, so perhaps her husband died between 1921 and 1924 (?).
General Timeline of Della Snelgrove: Born in Ingersoll, ON and moved to Hamilton, ON with two sisters to be married in Victoria, BC to Seattle, WA to London, ON to be buried at Ingersoll Rural Cemetery in Ingersoll, ON
1881 Census of Canada Ingersoll, Ontario
Jacob Snelgrove 60
Note: Della last seen on 1891 census
1891 Canada Census Hamilton City, Ontario
John Kennedy 35
Della Snelgrove 23
Minnie Snelgrove 21
Cannot find Della or husband John on 1900/1901, 1910/1911, 1920
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