William Alfred Webb and Louie Shepherd

Updated June 11, 2023 to include George Webb’s birth information and the 1931 Census

When William Alfred Webb was born on February 1, 1883, in Manchester, Lancashire, England, his father, William Richard Webb (1859-1942) was 23 and his mother, Elizabeth (née Dutton) (1859-1943), was 23.

William Alfred married Louie Shepherd on December 31, 1904, in Bradford, Lancashire, England.

Louie Shepherd was born on June 24, 1882, in Manchester, Lancashire, England. Her father, William Shepherd Jr. (1846-1899), was 36, and her mother, Mary (née Jones) (1847-1909), was 35.

They had five children during their marriage:

  • William Alfred Webb Jr. (1909-1962) married Alma Leona Beckler (1912-1982)
  • Unnamed Infant (1912-1912)
  • George Edward Webb (1915-1957) married Dorothy Irene Griffin (1917-2010)
  • Vera Webb (1917-1917)
  • Arthur Allen Webb (1918-1918)

Baptismal Record, Christ Church (image via Ancestry.com)

On May 12, 1909, son William Alfred Jr. is born. He’s baptized at Christ Church in Bradford, Lancashire, England. The address they’re living at appears to be 57 Orme Street, which is a few blocks away from where the family is on the 1901 census. The current street does not appear to go to number 57. William Sr.’s occupation is a “carter” which is typically someone who drives a two-wheeled horse-driven cart.

According to both census and immigration records, the couple emigrated to Hamilton through Nova Scotia in 1910 with son 10-month-old William and Louie’s sister May (listed as a “Webb” on the record) in tow.

Passenger List, Mongolian, April 1910 (image via Ancestry.com)

The 1911 census shows the couple living with William at 84 Wellington Street North alongside other family members (both Louie’s and William’s).

1911 Canadian Census (image via Ancestry.com)

An unnamed infant son is stillborn on October 15, 1912. The couple is still living at 84 Wellington Street.

Death Registration, Ontario (image via Ancestry.com)

George Edward is born on October 31, 1913. The couple is living at  208 Wellington Street North at the time of his birth. Records suggest that William’s brother James was living at the same address in 2014 at the time of the birth of his own son. There is a newer home at this location presently, but Google Maps indicates that the home at that address was demolished sometime between 2012 and 2014.

Ontario Birth Record (image via Ancestry.com
This home was at 208 Wellington Street North as late as 2012. (image via Google Maps)

On the 1931 census, the couple is living at 39 Emerald Street North. William Sr.’s occupation is still a dairy driver, and his 1930 earnings were $1100. There isn’t a house at this location in the present day.

A Family Portrait (from back left: Louie (Shepherd) Moore, Dorothy (Griffin) Webb,
William Alfred Jr., Alma (Beckler) Webb, William Sr., front left: Webb,
Billy Webb, George Webb, Linda Webb, Dorothy Webb)
William Alfred and Louie with two of their grandchildren

William Alfred died on January 10, 1951, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 67. His obituary suggests that he was an employee of the Hamilton Cooperative Creameries Limited, and an avid bowler.

Hamilton Spectator April 17, 1947

Louie survived her husband by eleven years and died on April 30, 1962, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 79.

Image via the Hamilton Spectator
139 Gage Avenue North, Hamilton (image via Google Maps)

The obituary suggests that Louie worked at the Eaton Knitting Mills in Hamilton.

Both Louie and William are buried at Woodland Cemetery in Hamilton.

Headstone – Woodland Cemetery (image via FindAGrave)

Main image: Louie, William Alfred and William Alfred Webb Jr.


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