REDO: Eleanor Webb and Her "Husbands"

Wigan (via WiganWorld)
When Eleanor ("Nellie") Webb was born in 1893 in Wigan, Lancashire, England, her father, William Richard (1859-1942) was 34, and her mother, Elizabeth (nee Dutton) (1859-1943), 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.
Nellie had five brothers and three sisters. The family emigrated between 1903-1904 to Canada.

Nellie married Joseph Anderson Hackett on December 17, 1907, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Joseph Anderson Hackett was born on July 9, 1882, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, his father, Joseph Hackett (1859-1942), was 24 and his mother, Jane (nee Ryder) (1855-1940), was 27.


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 parent's address 85 Wellington Street North in Hamilton.
  • Eleanor Alice Hackett (October 1, 1913-?)
Ontario Birth Registration
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Ontario Birth Registration
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Ontario Death Registration (image via Ancestry.com)
Ontario Birth Registration (image via Ancestry.com)
Joseph is listed as a plumber on the birth registrations 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 the time of writing).

Shortly after the younger Eleanor's birth, it appears that Joseph and Nellie parted ways. Eleanor may have remarried, possibly not (no marriage record has been located). However, Nellie 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 the older Nellie's 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at number 85 and possibly next door to brother William Alfred at number 89 (any homes at these addresses have since been replaced by apartment buildings and a strip mall).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, but Nellie subsequently married a man Joseph Rothwell (or...well...moved in with and took his name anyway) and had one more child. The family stayed in Hamilton. It's unknown exactly when they died - but stay tuned - new records are being uploaded to Ancestry every day.

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