John James Thompson (1863-1944)



The Archives of Ontario recently made available online the Ontario death registrations for 1943-1944. This has enabled me to finally find out when great grandfather, John James Thompson, passed away.


Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1938. MS 935, reels 1-615. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Son of a harness maker, John Thompson was also a harness maker. The informant of his death, my great aunt, Vivian (Thompson) Woolnough, got her grandfather’s first name wrong (Robert instead of William) but that’s not surprising. William Thompson died in 1901, four years before Vivian was born.

My great grandparents ended up in separate cemeteries. John Thompson was Anglican and was buried at Toronto’s St James Cemetery. His wife, Margaret Griffin, was Catholic. She was buried in 1932 at Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto.

There’s a family story that says John and Margaret didn’t get along very well. In their later years, they lived apart — Margaret at 19 Withrow Ave (where she died) and John elsewhere. His place of death in 1944 is noted as 150 Victor Ave — just a few blocks away from Withrow.