A Surname Inquiry

Arnold, Lemay, Ketch, Ellis, Carpenter

Guy Arnold

 February 26, 2024

Looking for any information on Arthur Arnold, Eliza Jane Ketch, Benjamin Lemay, Jack Ellis, Alonzo Carpenter Families in or around Muskoka Ontario. Around the years 1890-present. Any other links would be thankfully helpful.


  • Diane Shaw

    Benjamin LeMay
    Marriage: Benjamin LeMay, 21, born Quebec, living Gravenhurst, lumberman, s/o George Lemay and Louise LeMay, married Ellen Stover/Stoner, 19, b Oro Tsp, d/o John and Mary Stover/Stoner, witn: Daniel Johnston and Mrs E Clarke both of Bracebridge. 6 June 1895 at Bracebridge. Roman Catholic [groom], Presbyterian [bride]. Registration # 008181.1901 census Medora and Wood, Simcoe East OntarioLEMAYBenjamin, b 29 June 1875 Quebec, farmer, Roman CatholicEllan, b 1 Mar 1877, Ontario, PresbyterianGeorge, b 3 Nov 1895, OntIrene V, 2 June 1897, OntJames E, 24 Feb 1898, OntMartha M, 4/12, 23 Nov 1900, OntChildren on 1911 census Medora and WoodThomas, 8, 1902Christina, 5, 1906Harvey, 4, 1907, Percy, 2, 1909Evander, Nov 1910, 6/12 [female]. Death:I the undersigned interrred in Gravenhurst cemetery Benjamin LeMay who died 7 July 1909 of internal abscesses. He was born in Province of Quebec 38 years ago. These were present at his death, his brothers, and wife and also children. This is from Ontario Roman Catholic births marriages and deaths. From Ontario death registrations:Died 7 July 1909 of internal abscesses/one year. He was in a coma for three days. s/o George LeMay and Elmira Lamoureux?, Informant: Daniel LeMay of Southwood. He, Benj, was living at Lot B Conc 14. Wood Tsp.Medora and Wood, in 1909, are now in Muskoka rather than Simcoe. Death: Reg # 025576,Ellen LeMay, 45, died 21 Apr 1920 of heart weakness [don’t wonder with all those children she had], informant: Mrs Waite, daughter,of Gravenhurst. Children in WW1Erwin Lemay, b 17 Feb 1898, next of kin: Mrs Ellen Lemay of Southwood PO Ont. Marriages of children of Annie and Benjamin found on Ancestry.caPercy Gordon LeMay, 27, miner, living Sudbury Ont, b Southwood Ont, married Mary May Murphy, 27, nurse, living Sudbury, born Dalhousie, New Brunswick, Reg # 021754. Nov 25, 1935 Sudbury, Roman Catholic. James Erwin LeMay, 21, born and living Gravehurst, millhand, married Annie Eliza Heidman, 20, b Kilworthy, 15 Sept 1920 at Gravenhurst. Rego # 014943.Harvey John LeMay, 22, married Dorothy Anna Elizabeth Murr, 21, 12 Dec 1928 at Huntsville. Thomas William LeMay, 21, married Gladys Viola Draper, 16, 10 July 1924 at Gravenhurst. 1921 census GravenhurstLEMAYIrving, 22Annie, 21, wifeThomas, 18, brotherHarvey, 15, brother Percy, 13, brother, 1934 voter’s list Gravenhurst West WardNo personal information given on the voters listsLEMAYThomas, carpenterMrs Thomas, [w] married womanIrwin, truck driver,Mrs Irwin, married woman

  • Diane Shaw

    I will look for Benjamin LeMay.

  • Diane Shaw

    Tkere is no Alonzo Carpenter on 1891, 1901 or 1911 census.
    Eliza Jane Ketch,15, no birth place given, d/o Willim Ketch and Eliza Leopard married Antone Arnold, 23, b France , parents ‘unknown. 10 February 1897, Muskoka Ont. Both were living in Franklin Tsp. Eliza Jane died Kitchener Ont 9 Dec 1931 of mycarditis, d/o William Ketch and Elizabeth Jane Labert both b Durham Ont. Informant: husband Antoine Arnold. Buried in Gissmere Ont. ( think this should be Grassmere which is in Muskoka] Birthdate given as 30 Oct 1877 at Huntsville Ont.Death registration says she died from shock of operation – uterine fibroid & haemorrhage. Her mother’s maiden name is either Labert or Leopard. They sound alike. Both Eliza and Antoine are buried in Grassmere Cemetery, St Paul’s Anglican Cemetery. I cannot see any dates for him on the headstone. son, Coleman Paul Arnold is also buried in same cemetery. He died Feb 1992, aged 91. Coleman Paul married Christiana LeMay, d/o Benjamin LeMay and Allan Stoner, 24 Dec 1920 in Gravenhurst. Coleman and Christiana’s son Newton Thomas Arnold, b 29 Jan 1936 and died 23 Nov 1937. He is buried at Grassmere. Writing is particularly bad but he died of some kind of Intestinal Operation. Son of Anton and Eliza, William Austin Arnold, 17, died of pneumonia in Hospital for Feeble Minded Orillia Ont. 4 Jan 1914. 1911 census says that he cannot read or write. Headstone in St Paul’s Anglican Cemetery Crassmere Ont Mabel Ada ELLIS, b 17 June 1889, died 13 Jan 2005. John Ellis, 12 Jun 1887 to March 1941.Baby Alberta, 1921.Alberta was premature birth, born and died 1921, Death given as 29 Aug 1921. Mabel and John Ellis were married 1 Feb 1915 at Huntsville. Registration # B110458. 1921 census gives two children for the above: Pauline 4 and Leonard 2. Pauline Dorothy married Howard F Bauman 18 Dec 1934 at Waterloo Ontario. SHe is buried in Grassmere Cemetery, died 1995John Ellis is also buried there, died 2007. Leonard Gordon is buried in Grassmere. Dec 5 1919 to Dec 3 2009. From England BirthMarriageDeaths:Leonard Gordon Ellis married Marjorie Kathleen Bolton 6 Oct 1945 Pyreford Surrey England. This is an index only. Ella Pearl Arnold, 17, married Paul Bowman, 20, 16 April 1924 at Huntsville. Her obit. FARNCOMBE, Ella [Bowman] Died 9 Nov 1998 at Kitchener/Waterloo Heath Centre in her 90th year. Lived Elmira. Predeceased by first husband Paul Bowman [1956] and second husband Clarence Farncombe [1997]. Loving mother of Cole Bowman of Elmira. Dear grandmother of Terry and Diane Bowman of Elmira. and great grannie of Adam and Dawn. Sister of Mabel Ellis of Listowel. Preceased by daughter in law, Maida Bowman and two brothers. Buried Elmira United Cemetery. John Ellis was in WW1# 763791.1901 and 1911 census are free on http://www.automatedgenealogy.com1921 census is free on Ancestry.1901 census will give birthdates of all children.1921 is the last census released. Births are released to 1915. I will look for Benjamin LeMay at a later date.

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