William Alexander Thistlethwaite

1878–1953 (Age 74)
Asphodel, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

The Life of William Alexander

When William Alexander Thistlethwaite was born on 21 December 1878, in Asphodel, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, his father, William Thistlethwaite, was 35 and his mother, Jane McGee, was 29. He married Elizabeth McDonald on 19 February 1908, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. They were the parents of at least 2 daughters. He lived in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1911. He died on 19 July 1953, in British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 74.

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Family Time Line

William Alexander Thistlethwaite
Elizabeth McDonald
Marriage: 19 February 1908
Katherine Jane Thistlewaite
Anne Marguerete Thistlethwaite

Spouse & Children

19 February 1908
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada


Parents & Siblings

  • William Thistlethwaite


  • Jane McGee




+1 More Child

World Events (5)

1883 · Mining Boom

Age 5

In 1883, there was a mining boom in Northern Ontario when mineral deposits were found near Sudbury. Thomas Flanagan was the blacksmith for the Canadian Pacific Railway that noticed the deposits in the river.
1886 · First Workmen's Comp Act

Age 8

In 1886, Ontario passed its first Workmen's Compensation Act. This was in response to the number of railway workers that were being injured.
1906 · Hydro-Electric of Ontario

Age 28

Ontario Hydro was established in 1906. It is the Hydro-Electric Power Commission of Ontario.

Name Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from a minor place in the parish of Lancaster called Thistlethwaite, from Middle English thistle + thwaite ‘meadow’ ( see Thwaites ), i.e. a meadow overgrown with thistles.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • William Alexander Thistlewaite in entry for Simon Kent Witham and Katherine Jane Thistlewaite, "British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932; 1937-1938"
  • William Thistlethwaite, "Canada Census, 1911"
  • William Thistlethwaite in entry for Samuel West and Margaret Thistlethwaite, "England Marriages, 1538–1973 "

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