Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Mary HUSTON-WALLACE (1844-1923)

Esther MCLEOD, Bernard HOFMAR and Mary WALLACE, 1923
Photo courtesy cousin Mary Ellen F.
Esther MCLEOD, Bertha HOFMAR
and Mary WALLACE, 1923
Photo courtesy cousin Mary Ellen F.

Early years- Mary was the eldest child of William HUSTON and Esther PARK.  She was born on 1 August 1844 in Balleymoney, County Antrim, Ireland.  She immigrated with her family to Canada between 1862 and 1864.  Her obituary states that she was 16 years old when they immigrated (1860).
Family- On her 21st birthday (1 August 1865), Mary married farmer William WALLACE (1844-1929) in Grey Co., Ontario. They had at least 12 children: Jane, Mary Ann (our ancestor), Hester, Bessie, Esther, Robert, John, William, Sarah, Thomas, Elizabeth and Rachel (AKA Rose).

Mary was a midwife.  She was also a member of the Women’s Institute of Sarawak and the Red Cross.  The Women’s Institute was responsible for maintaining local cemeteries and documenting the family histories of Sarawak.  These scrapbooks are being obtained by the Grey Roots Museum and Archives and there, we found a couple of interesting photos of Mary.

Rose Wallace, Mary Huston
Women's Institute, circa 1920s
Rachel "Rose" and Mary WALLACE circled
Red Cross Meeting, circa 1920s
Mary WALLACE circled
Death- Mary died 29 September 1923 in Sarawak of old age and influenza according to her death registry.  The obituary states that death was proceeded by a stroke.  She was 79-years old.  Her remains were interred 2 October 1923 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Owen Sound.
Funeral card courtesy cousin Mary Ellen F.
Obit courtesy cousin Mary Ellen F.
Visit her on-line memorial

Can you help ID the people in the Mystery Photos of Owen Sound?


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