James Alfred Webb and Mary Ellen Warron

*This post was updated on January 19, 2019 from its original in March, 2017 to include marriage information just released from the Ontario Archives. Further updates on June 11, 2023 added details from the 1931 Census.

When James Alfred Webb was born on June 6, 1910, at 85 Wellington Street North in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, his father, James Edward Webb (1887-1972) was 22 and his mother, Sarah Kathleen (née Payne) (1888-1947), was 21. The home no longer exists, and has been replaced by several large apartment buildings. (Note – the 1911 Census record suggests that the family lived at 86 Wellington Street, which also no longer stands.)

James had one brother and one sister.

James married Mary Ellen Warron on June 7, 1930. James’ occupation is listed on the marriage registration as “Apprentice Carpenter.”

When Mary Ellen Worron was born on October 15, 1909, in Hamilton, her father, William Worron Jr. (1882-1953), was 28, and her mother, Isabel (nee Hill) (1883-1980), was 23.

On the 1931 census, James Alfred and Mary Ellen are living in a rental home at 28 Wood Street West in Hamilton with his parents, James Edward and Sarah. James is still working as a carpenter’s apprentice in building construction, earning $780/year. The couple’s first child Charles is also in the home, born the previous year.

1931 Census (image via Ancestry.com)

James and Mary Ellen had at least four children, but given at least one of those children is still living, I will leave this part of the record incomplete.

At some point likely in the forties, James and Mary Ellen divorced and Mary Ellen remarried to Edward Visheau on October 8, 1947. Edward had several children from two prior marriages. The couple had two more children.

James Webb died in 1975.

Mary Ellen Warron died on June 23, 1977. She is buried with her second husband in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Image credit: 18-28 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario circa 1892 via Wikimedia


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