On my maternal side – my 2x great grandfather was a man named Thomas George Bearne Lock. He was born in Shaldon, Devonshire, England on the 12th of May in 1857. His parents were John Henry Lock (1827-1900) and Susan Bearne (1821-1894). Thomas George was most often referred to as George and he was the fourth child of six for John Henry and Susan. His father was a Sawyer in England and the family can be found in 1861 in Highweek, Newton Abbott, Devonshire, England on the 1861 census.
In September of 1869, the family emigrated to Canada, sailing to Quebec and then making their way to Durham County in Ontario where they settled. When he arrived in Canada, father John Henry was a Carpenter.
By 1871, the family had settled in Whitby, Durham County, Ontario. In 1878, George married Lillie Mallory, daughter of Albin Mallory and Maria Robinson. George was 21 years old and a resident of a small town called Millbrook, and his occupation was as a Painter. Lilly Elvy Mallory was 19 years old and a resident of Kendall, Clarke Township, Durham County. There were two witnesses to the marriage – Charles and Emma Jacques. Emma was a sister of Lilly’s and each served as a witness to the other’s marriage.
The family of George and Lilly are listed in Millbrook in the 1881, 1891 and 1901 census’. He is listed as a Painter and as a Carriage Maker.
In 1911, Lilly is listed but George is not. A newspaper record in 1911 announced that George had travelled to Saskatoon to visit with his son and daughter in law. That son was Norman Albert Lock who had gone out West for work for a few years. George died on the 7th of September 1922 in Millbrook from heart disease – he was 65 years old. He was buried in the Gardiner Cemetery with his wife and other Lock family members.
His wife Lilly would outlive him by 20 years. George and Lilly would have six children together, five girls came first with their youngest being their only son. Mary Elizabeth (1879-1952) married Joseph Wellington Perrin, Lily Amelia (b. 1881) married William Henry Lang, Susan Elvy (1883-1971) married Jonathan McKnight, Bertha Estella (1886-1957) married Walter Henry Williamson, Olive (1888-896) and Norman Albert (1889-1953) married Lydia May Nelson. This last couple were my great grandparents. Norman Albert followed in his father’s footsteps and was also a Painter in his early years. Later he expanded his focus and became a decorator, residing for many years in Hamilton, Ontario.