Mary Elizabeth Webb and William Beswick

When Mary Elizabeth (Polly) Webb was born on November 18, 1881, in Stalybridge, Lancashire, England, her father, William Richard, was 22, and her mother, Elizabeth (nee Dutton), was 22. She was baptized at New St. George Church in Stalybridge on February 4, 1882. Polly had five brothers and three sisters.


I have not located a marriage certificate for Polly. A birth record for her son indicates that she married William Beswick on June 19, 1896, in Oldham, Lancashire, England. However, Polly would have only been 14 at that time. As well, she appears as a witness to her sister Lily's marriage with her maiden name (Mary Elizabeth Webb) in 1899. But the marriage was five months after the birth of Polly's first son in 1898 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. So...all this to say, not sure when (or if) Polly married William Beswick.

When William Beswick was born in June 1878 in England, his mother, Ann, was 21.

Polly appears to have been the first in her family to emigrate to Canada, giving birth to her first son, Herbert Grant in Kingston, Ontario in 1898. I couldn't locate the family on the 1901 Canadian or England Censuses and their location between 1899 (Lily's wedding) and 1912, when her second child, Samuel Edwin was born in 1912 at 23 Cathcart Street in Hamilton, Ontario (the house no longer exists), is unknown. The attending physician for the birth is listed as Elizabeth Bagshaw (one of Canada's first female doctors).



1004 Elm Street, Hopewell, Virginia (source GoogleMaps)
In 1921, the family appears to be living in London, Ontario, Canada with William's mother, Ann at 400 King Street (the area is now several large apartment buildings).



American census records in 1940 show William and Polly living with their two grandsons, Harry and William (mistakenly listed as their sons) at 1004 Elm Street, a rented dwelling in Hopewell, Virginia. The record suggests they moved there in 1935.


William died on February 17, 1953 in West Point, Virginia. Although Polly is listed as surviving William, I have been unable to confirm her death date. Another Ancestry user suggests that Polly died almost ten years later on March 26, 1962 in Hopewell Virginia.


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