Deborah Shortill

1896–1993 (Age 96)
Markdale, Grey Highlands, Grey, Ontario, Canada

The Life of Deborah

When Deborah Shortill was born on 12 November 1896, in Markdale, Grey Highlands, Grey, Ontario, Canada, her father, William James Shotill, was 30 and her mother, Elizabeth Near, was 27. She married Richard Venning Ricketts on 3 December 1915, in Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada. She died in 1993, at the age of 97, and was buried in Markdale, Grey Highlands, Grey, Ontario, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Deborah Shortill
Richard Venning Ricketts
Marriage: 3 December 1915

Spouse & Children

3 December 1915
Toronto, York, Ontario, Canada

Parents & Siblings

  • William James Shotill


  • Female1869–1959Female



World Events (6)

1906 · Hydro-Electric of Ontario

Age 10

Ontario Hydro was established in 1906. It is the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.
1934 · Dionne Quintuplets Born

Age 38

Born on May 28, 1934, the Dionne quintuplets were the first set of quintuplets to survive infancy. The five girls were born two months prematuare and months later were taken from their parents by the Red Cross. In the 1940s they were returned to their family.
1943 · Conservative Party Wins Ontario Election

Age 47

George A. Drew was the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party. In 1943, they won the Ontario election.

Name Meaning

Anglo-Irish: possibly a nickname from Old English scort hals ‘short neck’. The name was taken to Ireland in the 13th century, where it has been Gaelicized as Soirtéil.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (2)

  • Deborah Shortill, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
  • Deborah Shortill in household of William Shortill, "Canada Census, 1911"

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