Archibald Walter Longhurst
This page covers information pertaining to descendants of Archibald Walter Longhurst, born June 8, 1877.
Archibald Walter Longhurst
- born June 8, 1877 in Oro County, Ontario
- son of Archibald John Longhurst and Marth Martha Looker
- record of birth (yes, blurry), registered July 28, 1877
- might well have been born in the house on the property in Oro Station and would have spent the early childhood years here
- This photo of Archibald Walter Longhurst and his wife was cropped from a 1922 photo taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of Archibald John Longhurst and Mary Martha Looker. Archibald John Longhurst is the mustached gentleman in the center of the group photo. Wife Mary Martha Looker is on his left. Archibald Walter Longhurst is the other mustache, rightmost in the top row. His wife Fannie Esther Burton is beside him. To see the names of the others, and to see that picture in its full size, click on it.
- Archibald Walter Longhurst is believed to be the middle person in the bottom row. Fannie Esther Burton is the second from the left, in this photo of four Burton women. Please see this page to get more context and the names of the others in the photos.
- Fannie Esther Burton and Archibald Walter Longhurst. One of each pair retains the original photo border.
- Archibald Walter Longhurst, grandson Randall (Don), Fannie Esther Burton. The rightmost retains the original context fo the photo.
- married on June 5, 1901, in Barrie, Ontario, to Fannie Esther Burton (born March 10, 1878 in Cookstown, Ontario)
- marriage registration #015943-01, Simcoe County. record of marriage
- from the marriage registration... Archibald was "age 23, railway employee (abbreviated "Ry Emp.", born in Oro, living in Barrie", and Fannie was "age 23, born in Cookstown, living in Barrie". Parents as noted above. Witnesses to the marriage were William Hounsome of Bradford and Minnie Longhurst of Barrie. (Registration #015943-01 of Simcoe County.)
From one of the Barrie area newspapers...
LONGHURST - BURTON
In Barrie, on June 5th, 1901,
by the Rev. H.D. Cameron,
Mr. A.W. Longhurst
to Miss Fanny Burton,
both of Barrie."
- occupation: railroad yardman. In 1905, Archibald Walter Longhurst's occupation was that of railroad yardman (from document about son's birth). AWL worked as a yardman for the Grand Trunk Railway or G.T.R. (later became part of the Canadian National Railway, or C.N.R.). Note: the Allandale railway station's address was 285 Bradford Street (the Longhurst family, headed by Archibald John Longhurst, lived at 184 Bradford Street)
- from this document - Archibald Walter Longhurst's residence in 1906 (at the time of daughter Minnie's birth) was Sandford Street, Allandale, occupation was brakeman, G.T.R. The number on Sanford may have been 71 - see notes here. Note: Bradford Street and Sanford Street run parallel, back-to-back, such that 71 Sanford Street almost backs onto 184 Bradford Street (see note below). 184 Bradford Street is sizable, while 71 Sanford was likely small. This may make sense as Archibald Walter Longhurst moving his young family around the corner to the Sanford Street address from his parent's house on Bradford Street. (Note made in 2016: 184 Bradford Street is now commercial premises.)
- sometime after the family moved to North Bay, the family became members of the Salvation Army church. See comment made by Margaret Cooper (Longhurst), below.
- Archibald Walter became a member of the Barrie Masonic Lodge in 1902
- Newspaper article, Toronto Daily Star, Friday, June 1, 1951: Honor Mr. and Mrs. A. Longhurst... A reception in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Archibald W. Longhurst will be held at the Strathgowan Badminton Club, Saturday. The couple will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Tuesday at the home of their daughter, Mrs. Bert Wice, Beechwood Ave., Mount Dennis. Mr. Longhurst was born in Oro Township in 1877, and his wife, the former Fanny Esther Burton, was born near Cookstown the next year. The couple were married in Barrie, the year Mr. Longhurst began his career with the CNR. After having lived in Barrie, North Bay and Belleville, they moved to Montreal in 1932. Mr. Longhurst has now retired. The couple have seven children, twenty grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.
- Newspaper article, Toronto Daily Star, Wednesday, September 24, 1952: Archibald W. Longhurst, 75, of Mount Dennis, a member of the Barrie Masonic Lodge, A.F. and A.M., was presented with his 50-year jewelled pin by members of that lodge recently. Mr. Longhurst joined the order when he first came to Barrie 50 years ago. Born in Simcoe County, he was employed as a stores issuer for the CNR in Barrie, Belleville, North Bay and Montreal. Last summer he and his wife celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. The couple have seven children, 30 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to his many other activities, Mr. Longhurst was a bandsman in the Salvation Army for 45 years. Describing his happy life, Mr. Longhurst said, "It as always been my thought that life was too short to worry about one's own troubles. If I am able to help someone else along the road of life, I feel I have gained a lot."
As a chronological construct, these events indicate some of the residences for Archibald Walter Longhurst and family...
- Note: the location where children were born does not necessarily mean that the family lived there. A child may be born away from the home for many reasons, but one would expect that the family was at least in the vicinity. As more items are found, or as more explanation is found, this list will be updated.
- Note: Allendale should be considered to be a subdivision of Barrie.
- from birth to 1881, with his parents at the Oro Station property
- 1881, mentioned in census as "Archibald W.", age 3, as part of the Archibald John Longhurst family
- 1882 and forward, with his parents, 184 Bradford Street, Barrie
- 1891, mentioned in census, age 14, as part of the Archibald John Longhurst family
- the 1891 census for "Arch" Longhurst anf family, in the town of Barrie.
- 1901, married Fannie Esther Burton, living in Barrie
- 1902, son Archibald Thomas born, in Barrie
- 1903, daughter Fannie Esther born, in Allendale
- 1905, son Walter born, in Allandale document (on a modern map, Essa Road becomes Bradford Street within about 150 metres of the CNR railway station)
- 1906, daughter Min born, in Barrie, family residing on Sanford Street document
- 1908, daughter Nellie born, in Barrie
- 1910, daughter Mary Ellen born, in _______
- 1917, daughter Margaret born, in North Bay
- transferred to Barrie (per Margaret)
- Left a farm in Barrie to move to Belleville
- transferred to Belleville (per Margaret)
- moved from Belleville to their last residence, in Montreal, in 1932
- This is a portion of a map found at the David Rumsey Map Collection site. The map shows the central Ontario area in 1889. Many of the names mentioned in Longhurst ancestry in Ontario appear on this map. As well, the map shows the railroad routes - of special interest to Archibald Walter Longhurst's descendants. Allendale (enlarged with a lens) can easily be seen as one of the main hubs for the Grand Trunk railway (later to be acquired by the Canadian National Railway assemblage in 1919) - Allendale, along with Toronto and Palmerston. Click on the map to view it full size, without the lens. Coincidentally, I was in Palmerston recently and took these pictures of a storied steam engine on display there. (I seem to have inherited a love for trains.)
- born Friday, March 28th, 1902
- married June 16, 1919, in Barrie, Ontario, to Alice Violet ("Lulu") Squires (born Saturday, August 31, 1901, in London, England)
- children: yes
- follow this link for details
- Burton Wallace Wice
- born July 22, 1922
- married September 15, 1942, to Dorothea Rue (born July 7, 1921, in Ontario; of English descent)
- Dorothea died March 31, 1998)
- Robert William _______
- born January 5, 1942
- adopted January 2, 1947
- married Janet __________
- Robert William ________ died April 11, 2000.
- Walter Burton ("Pat") Longhurst
- born April 12, 1905, in Allandale, Ontario
- record of birth
- source : Microfilm #2,240,30, Ontario Index, Births A-Z, Certificate 041456-05
- married on January 11, 1927, to Emily Eileen Pointer
- children :
- Minnie (Min) Belinda May Longhurst
- Neal died July 27, 2007, in Toronto, Ontario, of cancer
- LONGHURST, Neal Walter - at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto on Friday July 27th, 2007. Neal Longhurst, of Belleville, in his 58th year. Son of the late Randall and Helen Longhurst. Beloved husband of Gail Longhurst (nee Fargey). Dear father of Colin Longhurst of Montreal. Dear brother of Janice Longhurst of Toronto, Randy Longhurst (Lynne) of Belleville, Darrell Longhurst (Debbie) of Rednersville, Graham Longhurst (Karen) of Foxboro, and their extended families. Also, Neal will be sadly missed by Olive and Lorne Fargey and family. Neal was a member of the Loyal Blues Fellowship.
- Randall was raised as a brother to Archibald Thomas (see obituary of Archibald Thomas, above).
- Randall Longhurst died August 22, 2000, in Belleville General Hospital. Randall had had pain in his legs for some time, had failing kidneys, and contracted pneumonia while in the hospital.
- "Uncle Don" (as he was known to Alfred Thomas Burton Longhurst) served in the Canadian Navy during World War II, receiving a medal for protecting convoys on the "Murmansk Run". Following the war, Randall worked for the railroad, then retired after 35 years with Northern Telecom in Belleville.
- Alfred remembers... meeting "Uncle Don" a few times in Halifax during the war, while both were stationed there. They had a scheme to sell cigarettes they'd gotten for next to nothing from the Navy's stores to civilians for a good profit, but in leaping from the harbourcraft to the dock one day, Alfred lost more than half of his when they spilled out from the inside of his arm-wrapped coat. Alfred also worked for Northern Telecom (but in Brampton), and would speak with "Uncle Don" at times while there.
- Randall was a member of the Salvation Army, and played in the Salvation Army band. Randall was also a member of the Masons. He enjoyed sports, and played for the Cobourg Galloping Ghosts in his youth.
Randall (Don) Longhurst
Born August 16, 1924
Former employee of Northern Telecom, WWII Naval Veteran, Mason, Soldier and Bandsman in the Salvation Army
entered into rest at the Belleville General Hospital on Thursday, August 22nd, 2002. Randall Longhurst of R.R.#1, Foxboro, in his 79th year. Predeceased by his loving wife Helen (Bellis).
Loving father of Randy (Lynne), Neal (Gail), Darrell (Debbie), all of Belleville, Janice of Thornhill and Graham (Karen) of Foxboro. Predeceased by son David. Dear grandfather of Colin, Brandon, Miranda and Laci. Survived by sister Margaret Cooper and brothers Fred (Bernice) Carmichael and Butch (Doreen) Carmichael. Will be sadly missed by many nieces and nephews.
- married Allan Alexander ("Red") Carmichael
- children :
- Frederick Donald Carmichael
- born November 1, 1930
- married on May 24, 1951, to Joan Barbara Latta
- children :
- Frederick and Joan divorced in May of 1966. Frederick remarried in September, 1966, to Bernice Genevieve McCauley (born 1939, of Frankford, Ontario, died 2003).
- born January, 1933
- died October, 1950
- Duncan Archibald "Butch" Carmichael
- Min Longhurst died in 2001, in Belleville, Ontario.
- born September 20, 1908, in Barrie
- died September 26, 1909
- record of death
- Death on Microfilm #1,854,620, County of Simcoe, Ontario 24079-27539...#26259. Physician: Dr. H.T. Arnall of Allandale, Ontario. Death certified by Walter Longhurst on Sep 27, 1909. Medical Certificate of Death listed Longhurst, Laura Nellie, attended from Sept 20, 1909 to Sept 25, 1909, last seen September 25th. Death occurred September 26th at 4:50AM. Cause of death - acute indigestion, duration one month, immediate 1 week duration (starvation), ultimately heart failure. Place: 50 Sanford Street, Barrie.
- Note: 50 Sanford Street has been torn down and the address is a vacant lot (June, 2008).
- born October 28, 1910
- married on August 8, 1929, to Wilfred Murray
- children :
- Margaret Faith Longhurst
- born in May 2, 1917, in North Bay, Ontario (her own statement)
- Margaret remembers... leaving a small farm property in Barrie to move to Belleville - Cannifton Road, Bennis Street, Station Street, Stoney Lonesome, and later - Montreal
- married on March 14, 1942, to Edmund Stanley Cooper
- children :
Her words... I was born in North Bay, Ontario (1917), and was the second-youngest of eight children. My father worked for the Canadian National Railway.
Whilst in North Bay, my father - who was not a Christian at the time - went for a walk one Sunday morning and stopped to listen to the Salvation Army Open Air (Street) Meeting. An invitation was given by the Officer to attend the morning services. (My father) thought this would be fine, as he had no other plans. As a result, when the invitation was given (during the service) to anyone who wanted to receive Jesus, my father went forward and made a commitment to Christ. He subsequently joined the Salvation Army, as did my mother.
Working for the Railway, my father was transferred to Barrie, where I started school, and later was transferred to Belleville where he continued to worship with the Salvation Army. I continued my education in Belleville, and with the various activities in the Salvation Army.
- the address given for Marg on the wedding anniversary invitation below was 1939 Leber Street, Montreal. (Probably Le Ber Street.) If so, today (2016) it is a townhouse or row house, perhaps then also.
- "last surviving sibling", Margaret Faith died on Monday, January, 9, 2012.
- Obituary... On Monday morning January 9, 2012 Margaret passed peacefully into the presence of her Saviour, Jesus Christ at Nithview Home in New Hamburg. Beloved wife of Edmund S. Cooper (predeceased 1989) for 47 years. Loving mother of Kevin (Norma) and Grandmother to Tim (Julie) of Vancouver, Joy (Mike Snyder) of Elmira and Angela (Matthew Benford) of San Francisco, California. Great grandmother of Cash, Ilya and Rumi Cooper and Snyder baby to be welcomed very soon. As the last surviving sibling Margaret was predeceased by Archibald (Lulu) Longhurst, Fannie (Burton) Wice, Pat (Emily) Longhurst, Minnie (Red) Carmichael, Laura Longhurst and Ellen (Wilfred) Murray. Fondly remembered by her many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends. Born in North Bay to a railway family Margaret lived in North Bay, Barrie (Allandale), Belleville, Montreal and New Hamburg. She trained as a nurse and is still a member of the Grace Hospital Nurses Alumni. She trained as a Salvation Army officer and is still an Envoy. After her years as an officer she worked for the Salvation Army in Montreal and worked in children’s ministry as Sunday School Superintendent and other youth ministries. Many thanks to the staff at Nithview for their kindness and compassion. The family will receive family and friends at the Mark Jutzi Funeral home, 291 Huron St. New Hamburg on Wednesday, January 11 from 2-4 and 7-9. The funeral service will be held in Belleville, Ontario at Belleville Funeral Home and Chapel, 68 North Front St., Belleville Ontario. Visitation will be on Friday January 13, 2012 from 11 am to 1 pm with the funeral service immediately following. Interment to follow at the Belleville Cemetery.
- Edmund Stanley Cooper died in 1989.
- This is the invitation that was sent to friends and family for the 50th wedding anniversary of Archibald Walter Longhurst and Fannie Ester Burton.
- Archibald Walter Longhurst died in 1953.
- Daughter Marg remembers... that her father (Archibald Walter) was coming in from Montreal to visit the family in Belleville. He became ill and died near the time of the train's arrival.
This file last modified 3/23/2016...