Martin Charles Alexander McPhail and Martha Irene Mulvale

Updated February 28, 2023, to include marriage details.

When Martin “Charles” Alexander McPhail was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada, on September 18, 1902, his father, Archibald James Jacob McPhail (1870-1941), was 32, and his mother, Cecelia (née Garrow) (1876-1941), was 25.

Charles had five brothers and four sisters.

Charles married Martha “Irene” Mulvale on April 27, 1929. The couple were each living in their family homes at the time of the marriage. Charles was an auto mechanic and Irene was a bookkeeper.

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Records suggest that when Irene was born on December 22, 1903, in Wentworth, Ontario, Canada, her father, Edward Joseph Mulvale (1875-1945), was 28, and her mother, Martha Marie (nee Geoghegan) (1876-1961), was 27.

Charles and Irene had four sons and two daughters, including:

Voter’s lists suggest the couple settled at 235 Province Street South (pictured above) in Hamilton, Ontario, within a few blocks of Charles’ parents and his brother. Charles was a mechanic and later a manager.

Charles Sr. died and was buried on November 21, 1971, at the age of 69.

Irene died and was buried on June 4, 1985, at the age of 82.

The couple is buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Burlington, Ontario, Section 23, Row 6, Lot 78.


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