George Iles, my great-grandfather, died when my father was 20 years old. Despite that, it was not until I began researching the family in England that I learned about his life before coming to Canada. His obituary said that he had brothers and sisters in England. I don't know if my father knew anything about his aunts and uncles.
George was the seventh known child of James Iles and Louisa Belcher. He was born 7 December 1858, in West Field, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire. He was baptized 2 January 1859 in the Parish church.
His father was a shepherd and the family moved to where James could find work. George married Emily Pugh 15 October 1881 in Stow-on-the Wold. George worked as a bone and rag man, hawker and and later a grocery carter, so his family also moved many times.
George and Emily had eight children; all born in England. Only William had married before they left England. Three never married: Edith, Albert and Harold. By the time of George's death, he had twenty grand-children and nine great grand-children.
George came to Canada before Emily and all his children. He is not listed with them on the passenger lists. In the 1911 and 1921 census returns, his year of immigration is given as 1903. His wife and the children came in 1905.
The family lived not only in Owen Sound but also in Derby Township and Sydenham Township. In Sydenham Township, George farmed at a location known as Starvation Corner. He also did market gardening and had a small "corner" store in Owen Sound.
George's first wife, Emily, died 20 January 1913. The following year, he married Mary Thompson nee Briant/Bryant 16 September 1914 by licence purchased at D. C. Taylor.
1936 - George Iles
George died 14 October 1936. Three years later Mary died 28 August 1939.
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