Eleanor Webb and Joseph Anderson Hackett / James A. Stephen

Wigan (via WiganWorld)
When Eleanor ("Nellie") Webb was born in 1893 in Wigan, Lancashire, England, her father, William Richard, was 34, and her mother, Elizabeth (nee Dutton), was 34. Nellie was a bit of an outlier - I didn't find a birth registration and wasn't even aware she existed until I found a marriage record in Ontario indicating that William Richard and Elizabeth were her parents.
She had five brothers and three sisters - it's unknown where the rest of the family is in 1901. The family emigrated between 1903-1904 to Canada.

Nellie married Joseph Anderson Hackett on December 17, 1907, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Joseph was born on July 9, 1882, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, his father, Joseph, was 24 and his mother, Jane (nee Ryder), was 33.


James and Nellie had three children:
  • A baby boy, born in 1908, born in Kingston who likely died in infancy.
  • Lillian (Lillie) May Hackett, also born in Kingston, also died in infancy at just six months old (July 5, 1912 - February 3, 1913). Cause of death is listed as peritonitis. Interesting - the place of death is Nellie's parents address 85 Wellington Street North in Hamilton.
  • Eleanor Alice Hackett (October 1, 1913-?)
Joseph is listed as a plumber at the time of the births of both Lillie and Eleanor. The couple are living in Kingston with the first two children, but by the time Eleanor is born, they're living at 221 Sumach Street in Toronto (there isn't a home at that location at this time).

Shortly after the younger Eleanor's birth, it appears that Joseph and Eleanor parted ways. Eleanor may have remarried, possibly not (no marriage record has been located). However, Eleanor is living with James A. Stephen by 1921, and the younger and the older Eleanor have both taken the last name Stephen and are living at 84 Wellington Street North, across the street from her parents at number 85 and possibly next door to brother William Alfred at number 89 (any homes at these addresses have since been replaced by apartment buildings and a strip mall). According to the record, James was born in Scotland in 1887.


No further records have been identified for Nellie, Eleanor Alice or James Stephen. It's unknown at this time whether or not they stayed in Hamilton or move on (like some of Nellie's siblings) to the United States.

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