Margaret Miller (1864-1929) and Charles Curtis (1867-1939)

Margaret Miller wife of Charles Curtis

Margaret Miller wife of Charles Curtis

Margaret is the 4th child of Thomas Miller and Catherine Young. She was born either 28 February 1864 (1901 Census) or the 27 February 1863 (death registration). I have decided to go with the birth date on the 1901 Census since she may have given her birth date to the census enumerator. The informant on her death registration was her brother, Albert, and I don’t what his memory for birth dates was like.

As a child she would have worked hard like her other siblings. When she was 21 she married Lachlan Ross on 11 March 1885 in Kinloss Township, Bruce County, Ontario. He was 15 years older than her. The marriage didn’t last very long as 5 years later she married Charles Curtis (29 May 1890) in Goderich, Huron County, Ontario. The odd thing about this marriage is that on the marriage registration she states her parents are Thomas and Catherine Ross. At first I wasn’t sure if this was the right woman but the death registration of Margaret Curtis lists her parents as Thomas Miller and Catherine Young.

So the question is what happened to Lachan Ross? I searched for a death record for him but wasn’t able to find one nor was I able to find a divorce record for them in the parliamentary records.

From 1840 to 1968, divorces in Canada were granted by private acts of the Parliament of Canada and published either in the Statutes of the Province of Canada or in the Journals of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada.

From 1867 to 1968, a person wishing to obtain a divorce was first required to place a notice of intent to petition the government for an Act of Divorce in the Canada Gazette and in two newspapers in the district or county where the petitioner resided. It was to appear for a 6-month period. (from Library and Archives Canada.

I haven’t checked local newspapers for divorce petitions but my guess is that either Lachlan abandoned her or she left him but there was no divorce. It’s possible that she was still legally married when she married Charles Curtis. The fact that she listed herself as a spinster and gave the incorrect surnames for her parents suggests that something wasn’t quite proper.

May Curtis and her husband Charles Greenhill

May Curtis and her husband Charles Greenhill

However, Margaret’s marriage to Charles Curtis lasted until she died in 1929. Their only child, Mary Jane, was born to Charles Curtis and Margaret Ross (it wasn’t unusual to list the previous married name on the mother as her surname) on June 18, 1897 in Middlesex County, near London Ontario. Mary Jane married Charles Greenhill in 1917.

Margaret lived close to her sister Mary Jane Munroe in White Oak, Middlesex, Ontario.  She died on August 14, 1929 in White Oak. I believe Charles died 10 years later in 1939. They are both buried in Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario.



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