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John BLACK / Sarah Jane ATKINSON

John BLACK / Sarah Jane ATKINSON

Husband : John BLACK

Male Born : 1789at : Ireland
Married : at :
Died : 22 OCT 1857at : Shawville, Clarendon, Pontiac, Quebec
Buried : at : Shawville Village Cemetery, Shawville, Quebec
Father :
Mother :
Spouses : Sarah Jane ATKINSON

Wife : Sarah Jane ATKINSON

Female Born : 1802at :
Died : 1884at :
Buried : 19 JUL 1884at : Shawville Village Cemetery, Shawville, Quebec
Father :
Mother :
Spouses : John BLACK

  • CENSUS: 1881, Thorne, Pontiac, Quebec [1004]


Name : Robert BLACK
Male Born : 16 MAR 1829at :
Died : 20 AUG 1844at :
Spouses :

Name : John BLACK
Male Born : 1831at : Quebec
Married : 20 SEP 1853at : Clarendon Anglican, Clarendon, Pontiac, Quebec
Died : 26 JUN 1913at : Thorne, Pontiac, Quebec
Buried : at : St Matthews Anglican, Charteris, Quebec
Spouses : Mary Ann SPARLING , Ann CARTY

  • CENSUS: 1921, Thorne, Pontiac, Quebec
  • OCCUPATION: Farmer, 1911

Name : Elizabeth BLACK [399]
Female Born : 16 JUL 1835at :
Married : 03 OCT 1865at : Portage du Fort, Pontiac, Quebec
Died : APR 1916at : Thorne, Pontiac, Quebec
Spouses : Samuel SPARLING

Name : Mary BLACK
Female Born : ABT 1837at : Lower Canada
Married : 05 MAY 1853at : Clarendon, Pontiac, Quebec
Died : at :
Spouses : John COLE

Name : George Edward BLACK [1005]
Male Born : ABT 1840at : Bristol Twp, Pontiac, Quebec
Baptised : 30 JAN 1842at :
Married : 13 NOV 1858at : Lanark, Ontario
Died : 05 MAR 1892at : Thorne, Pontiac, Quebec
Buried : 07 MAR 1892at : St Georges Anglican, Thorne Centre, Pontiac, Quebec
Spouses : Elizabeth MCDOWELL

Name : Joseph BLACK [987]
Male Born : 17 OCT 1843at :
Baptised : 27 FEB 1842at : Bristol Twp, Pontiac, Quebec
Married : 10 JUL 1868at : St Matthews Anglican, Charteris, Quebec
Died : 20 AUG 1919at : Clarendon Front, Pontiac, Quebec
Buried : 1919at : St Georges Anglican, Thorne Centre, Pontiac, Quebec
Spouses : Margaret COLE


[1004] Living with son Joseph and wife Margaret Cole.

[399] Listed as 35,48,60 in 1871,81,91 census

[1005] [black-extract.FTW]

George was born in Lower Canada to parents of Irish origin and his
religion was listed as Church of England. From the early census reports,
his year of birth is estimated to be about 1840.
The 1871 census states he was a farmer and gives a brief description
of his farming activities. His land was described as Lot 45, Range 5,
Thorne Township, Pontiac Co. Quebec, he owned 100 acres, 40 of which were
cleared or cultivated, the remaining 60 were wild or wood land. The
crops for that year were spring wheat, oats, rye, peas, potatoes and
hay. The animals he had were 4 horses, 5 milk cows, 20 sheep, and 2
pigs. They made 200 pounds of butter that year and sheared 70 pounds of
fleece from the sheep. From the fleece they made 120 yards of home made
cloth or flannel.
In 1870 his one story log home was destroyed by fire.

August 28, 1919

Shocking Accident at Palmer's Crossing, C. N. R.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Black, an aged and well known couple, lifetime residents of Thorne West, were killed by the engine of a ballast train at the C. N. R. crossing near Charles Palmer's, Clarendon Front, about 8 o'clock on Wednesday evening last. The circumstances connected with the sad accident stated briefly, are these:

The deceased couple during the day drove from their home to Shawville and visited Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Black, the former being a nephew of Joseph Black and the latter a sister of his wife. After tea Mr. Black expressed a desire to see his old friends the Palmer family, who formerly were residents of Leslie. But he was not quite sure of the road and so Thomas said if they would wait a few minutes till he got ready he would accompany the old people, which
accordingly did. Arriving at Palmer's-which is only a few miles from Shawville, and a short distance south of the railway track-Thomas Black at once turned for home, remarking that he supposed they would have no trouble in making their way back again. Mr. Joseph Black said "no", and that they only intended to remain a few minutes.

Thomas went on and when he had proceeded scarcely a mile north of the track he heard a train whistle for the crossing: but he heard nothing of the accident till he reached home. It seems just a moment after the aged couple left the Palmer home on their return drive to Shawville, Mr. Charles Palmer saw the train approaching the crossing, and shouting with all his might to warn them of the danger; but somehow they did not hear the warning, nor apparently see the train, although the view in both directions at this point is said to be good. The old man was driving a rather spirited horse and he may have thought he could make the crossing ahead of the engine; at all events, on they went to death. The horse and conveyance were caught squarely by the locomotive, although the train crew had applied the brakes and did all that was possible to avoid the collision, and horse, buggy and occupants were hurled to destruction. Mr. Black was badly mangled and died almost instantly; Mrs. Black had one leg broken and received a terrible gash in the left side of her head. She never regained consciousness and died about an hour after the accident. The horse was cut completely in two and its hinder portion strewn for yards along the track.

Clarence Caldwell had Dr. Powles on the spot in a very short time after word of the accident reached Shawville by phone; but of course little could be done in the way of surgical aid.
The residents of the whole community rapidly gathered at the scene of the accident among them Coroner H. S. Elliot, who took such action as he considered necessary under the circumstances.
The bodies of the victims of the accident were conveyed to Shawville during the night by Undertaker Hayes and prepared for burial. Next day about noon they were conveyed to their late home by relatives. A sadder home-going could hardly be imagined!
Six daughters and one son survive to mourn the tragic death of their aged parents, and it is needless to say the sympathy of the whole country side goes out to the bereaved family in the great loss they have sustained. The late Mr. Black was 76 years old and his wife had reached the age of 70. The double funeral took place on Saturday morning to the Anglican church and burial ground at Thorne Centre.

There was a large attendance. Rev. L. Strowbridge of Otter Lake conducted the service.

September 18, 1919



The death of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Black, whose sudden end was mentioned in THE EQUITY a short time ago, has cast a gloom over the neighborhood where they spent their lifetime. Just a year ago on the 16th of July they celebrated their golden wedding.

They leave to mourn the loss of kind and loving parents, six daughters and two sons, also thirty grand children and two great-grand children. The funeral, which took place from their late home to St. George's Church, Thorne Centre, was largely attended by friends and neighbors, some coming from Bristol, Campbell's Bay and Shawville, to pay their last respects to those who were loved so well.

The six sons-in-law acted as pallbearers for Mr. Black, namely, James Sparling, Robert Rooney, Henry and Silas Stephens, Herman Dagg and John Knipe; and six grand sons bore the remains of Mrs. Black the their last resting place: Albert, Robbie, and Roy Sparling, Lawrence and Percy Rooney, and Marshall Knipe. It was sad indeed, to see the two hearses, driven by Mr. Ringrose of Campbell's Bay and Mr. Bretzlaff, of Ladysmith, with their precious burdens, leaving the home which had been their's for fifty-one happy years, and from which they had gone only a few days previously in the usual health.

The daughters are Jennie (Mrs. R. Rooney): Annie (Mrs. James Sparling): Lavina (Mrs. Henry Stephens): Maud (Mrs. Herman Dagg): Ethel (Mrs. J. J. Knipe) and Flora (Mrs. Silas Stephens). The sons are Willie and Clarence.


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