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Descendents of Robert Torrance (ca 1815 – 21 Mar 1901)
and Eleanor "Ellen" MacDonald (b. ca 1820 – 16 Nov. 1897)

Third Generation
Entry last updated 30 March 2009
Please contact Tim Patterson (tim.patterson@carleton.ca)
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13. Alexander R. Wilson. Son of Robert Wilson & Elizabeth "Betsy" Torrance. Born 4 Aug 1870 in Harvey, York Co, NB. Died 5 Feb 1945 in VPH, Fredericton. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery. Occupation Farmer. Religion Presbyterian.

       Copied from newspaper obituary -- 1945:


    Well Known Resident of Harvey Station Had Been Ill Some Time.

    Harvey Station, NB, Feb 13 -- Many friends will regret to learn of the death of Alex Wilson, a well known and highly respected resident of this place, at Victoria Hospital, Fredericton, on Feb. 5th.

    Although in poor health for some time, his death came as a shock to his family.  Mr Wilson was 74 years of age and was a life-long resident of Harvey.  He was a son of the late Mr and Mrs Robert Wilson.  He is survived by his widow, formerly Miss Annabelle Craig of Harvey; three daughters, Mrs Angus Swan, Mrs Irvine Little and Miss Annie Wilson, all of Harvey; three sons, Arden of Harvey Station, Frank of West Saint John, and Willis at home; five sisters, Mrs Bruce Stewart of Mattawamkeag, Maine, Mrs C. H. Toole of Windsor, Ont., Mrs F. B. Murdock of Boston, Mass., Mrs William Messer and Mrs Manzer Embleton of Harvey Station; one half-sister, Mrs Gilbert Fennelson of Bangor, Maine; and two brothers, Elmer Wilson of Boston and Thomas Wilson of Harvey Station.

    The funeral was held on Wednesday afternoon, Feb 7th and was largely attended, Mr Wilson having been a general favorite with old and young.  A short service was held at the home after which the cortege proceeded to Knox Presbyterian Church, of which the deceased was a member, where a public service was held conducted by the minister, Rev. J. G. McDonald, assisted by Rev. Ross Robbins, pastor of Harvey United Church.  Hymns sung by request were "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" and "Does Jesus Care?"  Mrs J. G. McDonald sang a solo, "The Beautiful Garden of Prayer."  The pallbearers were six nephews, Arthur, William and Kay Craig, Edwin Messer, Robert and Edgar Wilson.  The floral tributes were many and beautiful.  Interment took place in Harvey Cemetery.

    He married Annabella Craig, daughter of Thomas Frank Craig & Isabel Thompson, 14 Nov 1894 in Harvey. Born 3 Jun 1872 in Harvey. Christen 11 Aug 1872 in Harvey Presbyterian Church. Died 14 Sep 1955 in Harvey. Buried in Harvey Settlement Cemetery.

    They lived on a farm on the Patterson Road and had six children.

    From newspaper obituary (1955):

    Annabelle Wilson Buried at Harvey

    Harvey Station -- Mrs Annabelle Wilson, widow of Alex R. Wilson, passed away at her home after a lengthy illness.

    A daughter of the late Thomas and Isabelle Craig she was 83 years of age and life long resident of Harvey.  Her husband predeceased her in February 1945.  Mrs Wilson was a member of Knox Presbyterian Church and a regular attendant before her illness.

    She is survived by three sons and three daughters:  Arden and Willis Wilson, Harvey; Frank Wilson, Sagwa, NB; Mrs Angus Swan; Mrs Irvine Little and Miss Annie Wilson, Harvey; five grandchildren, Shirley Wilson, Janice, Sandra, Beverley and Vaughan Little; and one brother, John T. Craig, all of Harvey.

    Following a prayer service at her home the funeral was held from Knox Church and was conducted by Rev. Howard Grace of St. Stephen.  Charles Watson sang a favorite hymn, The Old Rugged Cross, and the choir of Knox Church sang Beyond the Sunset and In the Beautiful Garden of Prayer.

    They had the following children:

50            i.            Robert "Arden" Wilson
51            ii.            Thomas "Frank" Wilson
52            iii.            Willis Hammond Wilson
53            iv.            Mabel "Isabelle" Wilson
54            v.            Annie Velma Wilson (Twin)
55            vi.            Bessie Thelma Wilson (Twin)



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