William Alfred Webb and Louie Shepherd

When William Alfred Webb was born on February 1, 1883, in Manchester, Lancashire, England, his father, William (1859-1942) was 23 and his mother, Elizabeth (nee Dutton) (1859-1943), was 23.

William Alfred married Louie Shepherd on December 31, 1904, in Bradford, Lancashire, England.

Louie Shepherd was born on June 24, 1882, in Manchester, Lancashire, England. Her father, William Shepherd Jr. (1846-1899), was 36, and her mother, Mary (nee Jones) (1847-1909), was 35.

They had two children during their marriage, William Alfred (1909-1962) and George Edward Webb (1915-1957).


According to both census and immigration records, the couple emigrated to Hamilton through Nova Scotia in 1910 with son 10-month-old William in tow. The 1911 census shows the couple living with William at 84 Wellington Street North alongside other family members (both Louie's and William's).

The 1921 census shows them living at 89 Wellington Street North, Hamilton, with even more family.

The houses on Wellington have since been replaced by several large apartment buildings and a strip mall.

William was working as a driver at the nearby Royal Oak Dairy on East Avenue (eventually getting a job there for son George as well). For an unknown reason, it appears that Louie went back to England on her own in October 1929 (there's a record of her crossing).
During the Second World War, old milk wagons such as this one from the Borden company, were brought back into service to...
Posted by Hamilton Historical Photos on Friday, 8 March 2013
A Family Portrait (from back left: Louie (Shepherd) Moore, Dorothy (Griffin) Webb,
William Alfred Jr., Alma (Beckler) Webb, William Sr., front left: Lamont Webb,
Billy Webb, George Webb, Linda Webb, Dorothy Webb)


William Alfred died on January 10, 1951, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 67. Louie survived him by eleven years. Louie died on April 30, 1962, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 79.  Louie's obituary reads:

"WEBB - At the General Hospital on Monday, April 30, 1962, Louie Shepherd, wife of the late William Alfred Webb, 139 Gage Avenue North in her 80th year; predeceased by her two sons, William and George, survived by her daughters-in-law Mrs. Alma Webb and Mrs. Dorothy Webb and her grandchildren, William E, Dorothy, Linda and Lamont, all of Hamilton. Also survived by one sister in England. Member of First United Church, formerly an employee of The Eaton Knitting Mills. Resting at the L.G. Wallace Funeral Home, 151 Ottawa St N. Funeral Service on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Interment in Woodland Cemetery."

139 Gage Avenue North, Hamilton (image via Google Maps)
Both Louie and William are buried at Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton.

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