Eleanor Webb and Her “Husbands”

When Eleanor (“Nellie”) Webb was born in 1893 in Wigan, Lancashire, England, her father, William Richard (1859-1942) was 34, and her mother, Elizabeth (nee Dutton) (1859-1943), was 34. Nellie was a bit of an outlier – I didn’t find a birth registration and wasn’t even aware she existed until I found a marriage record in Ontario indicating that William Richard and Elizabeth (née Dutton) were her parents.

Nellie had five brothers and three sisters. The family emigrated between 1903-1904 to Canada.

Nellie married Joseph Anderson Hackett on December 17, 1907, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Joseph Anderson Hackett was born on July 9, 1882, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, his father, Joseph Hackett (1859-1942), was 24 and his mother, Jane (nee Ryder) (1855-1940), was 27.

Ontario Marriage Registration (image via Ancestry.com)

Joseph and Nellie had three children:

  • A baby boy (1908-1908)
  • Lillian (Lillie) May Hackett (1912-1913)
  • Eleanor Alice Hackett (October 1, 1913-?) married Peter Dyett (1911-?)

The couple’s first child was a baby boy, stillborn at Kingston General Hospital on July 3, 1908.

Ontario Birth Registration
(image via Ancestry.com)
Ontario Death Registrations (image via Ancestry.com)

Lillian Mae Hackett is also born in Kingston on July 5, 1912 (four years almost to the day after her brother). Lily also died in infancy at just six months old on February 3, 1913. Cause of death is listed as peritonitis. Interesting—the place of death is Nellie’s parent’s address 85 Wellington Street North in Hamilton.

Ontario Birth Registration (image via Ancestry.com)
Ontario Death Registration (image via Ancestry.com)

Eleanor Alice Hackett is born on October 1, 1913 in Toronto. The family is living at 221 Sumach Street in Toronto (there isn’t a home at that location at the time of writing).

Ontario Birth Registration (image via Ancestry.com)

Joseph is listed as a plumber on the birth registrations of both Lillie and Eleanor. Shortly after the younger Eleanor’s birth, it appears that Joseph and Nellie parted ways.

Nellie may have remarried, possibly not (no marriage record has been located). However, Nellie is living with James A. Stephen by 1921. The younger and the older Eleanor have both taken the last name Stephen and are living at 84 Wellington Street North, across the street from the older Nellie’s parents at number 85 and possibly next door to brother William Alfred at number 89 (any homes at these addresses have since been replaced by apartment buildings and a strip mall). According to the record, James was born in Scotland in 1887.

When Eleanor Alice marries, her last name is “Stephen” and she lists her James Stephen as her father.

No further records have been identified for Nellie or James Stephen, but Nellie subsequently married a man Joseph Rothwell (or…well…moved in with and took his name anyway). It appears that Joseph may have already had a child. The family stayed in Hamilton. It’s unknown exactly when they died—but stay tuned—new records are being uploaded to Ancestry every day.

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