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Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
« on: Saturday 03 March 18 23:41 GMT (UK) »
Hi,
I'm hoping to find any information on my great grandfather Thomas MacDonald(1892-1967).
He was a Machinist who worked for Firestone in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Some people in my family say he came over with his family from Scotland when he was a boy and others claim he was much older and met his wife on the boat coming over.
He served in Canada's 19th infantry battalion and fought and was wounded in the battle of Somme. His wifes name was Jean but all I know about the last name is that it was short..... very helpful I know. She was also much younger than him, at least 15 years.
He was a member of many choirs including a Welsh choir which competed in Utica, NY where they came in second.
He said that he traveled the world going to North and South Africa, China, Japan and other countries surrounding the Mediterranean.
They were very much Catholic 4 boys and 2 girls.
Cecelia Mary MacDonald(also went by Sheila) 1931 - 1985
Dennis MacDonald
Marylou MacDonald
Patrick MacDonald
Harry MacDonald
Thomas MacDonald
This is unfortunately all that my family collectively knows so if anyone could shed some light on this I would be incredibly grateful.
Thanks in advance!
Trevor

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Re: Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 04 March 18 00:13 GMT (UK) »
Trevor,

Do you know where your great-grandfather was buried? If so, have you contacted the cemetery in question to ask what info they have on file for him? If not, have you contacted the cemeteries in Hamilton to enquire about same? This info might include his parents' names and his wife's maiden name. (The same goes for your great-grandmother's burial info.)

Do you have an obit for your great-grandfather? If not, and if you have his exact date of death, have you contacted the library in Hamilton to ask for a look-up in the local newspaper? This might contain helpful information. (Ditto re. your great-grandmother.)

Have you found his military record online (for free) at https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/personnel-records.aspx ? His date of death might be noted somewhere.

The info gleaned from these record sources should help you determine whether any marriage or birth records you subsequently find belong to him.

Good luck in your search!

Regards,
Josephine
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Re: Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 04 March 18 00:47 GMT (UK) »
Whoops, looks like this query has been posted in two places:
http://www.rootschat.com/forum/index.php?topic=789092.msg6447285
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Re: Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 04 March 18 00:52 GMT (UK) »
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Re: Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
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Re: Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
« Reply #6 on: Sunday 04 March 18 21:30 GMT (UK) »
Popping over from the Scottish board... ::)

There is an entry in the Detroit Border Crossings from 1943 for a couple from the Hamilton area:

Thomas Macdonald age 51
Born 25 May 1892 Liverpool, England
Arrival 30 Jul 1943 Port Huron, Michigan
Accompanied By: Wife Jean (born Glasgow, not sure on year)
Arrival Contact: Cousin Annie Tatrei living in Chicago

Address they give is 222 Tragina Avenue Hamilton?

There are some details which I can't make out. I wonder if someone could have a look and see.

From a possible death for a child in 1933 (some notes on the Scottish post), the parents showed as Thomas from England and Jean from Scotland.

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Re: Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
« Reply #7 on: Sunday 04 March 18 23:19 GMT (UK) »
Couldn't see anything else on the border crossing which you hadn't covered Monica.

In case it helps this is Annie Tatro - according to Ohio marriage records - Mrs Annie Davies - Mrs Annie McDonough  born 1891 England. Aged 37 years - Parents Daniel McDonough - Mother Mary Girard - Spouse Guy E Tatro - aged 28 years - married 31 October 1928 -
Guy lived at 3807 Carneia Avenue. Jamaica VT, occupation carpenter - mothers maiden name Minnie Reed  - had been married once previously.
Annie Davies - aged 37 years - 9137 Broadway Egland. Landlady - had been married once previously.

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Re: Thomas MacDonald Hamilton, Ontario
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 04 March 18 23:25 GMT (UK) »
1930 census  W. Congress St.  Chicago Illinois.

Guy Tatro   40 Born MA. Parents France. Carpenter.
Annie Tatro   40 England. Boarding House. Working on own account. Parents born Eng. Imm 1908. Naturalized.
Dan Mcdonough   55 born 1875 England. Brother-in-law. Widowed. Imm 1905. Labourer.
Helebert Davies   19 born Ohio. Step-son.
Celia Davies   12 born Ohio. Step-daughter.
George Bell   60 boarder.
Miller   28 boarder.
Carl F Roesch   53 boarder.
Edward Mcguire   60 boarder.
thomas McGrath 51 boarder.

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