(gen. iv) John Henry ‘Harry’ Hedley (1872-1923)
and Catherine Ann Campbell (1875-1962)
John Henry (Harry) Hedley, the third child born to Margaret Florence (Johnston) and John Henry Hedley, was born Nov. 6, 1872 (according to notes from his sister Alice) in Kinloss Township, Bruce County, Ontario.. He was 13 years old when his family moved to Greenock Township, 14 when his mother Margaret Florence died and 15 when his father married his second wife, Ann Alexander. At age 22 Harry, a tinsmith, married Catherine Ann Campbell on Feb. 26, 1896 in Chesley, Bruce County, Ont. (Information from Marriage Record # 001770)
Marriage - February 26, 1896 - Chesley, Ontario
1901 Census for Markdale Village, Dist. # 66 Grey South - Page 9 - April 19
It appears that Margaret F., born Nov.1, 1898 according to the 1901 Census for Markdale, Ont., changed her name to "Tryphena." There is no further mention of "Margaret F." as part of the family. In the photo The Hedley Family in 1918, the two eldest girls appear to be close to the same age, possibly Ethel and "Tryphena," who appear to be followed in age by five boys, David, Cyril, Garfield, Orle and Orville, then two little girls, Jenna and Helen and another two little boys, Carman and Meldrum (the youngest child).
As recalled by David Emmet Hedley of London (son of David and Lillian Hedley and grandson of Harry and Catherine Ann) the hardware store burned down and, without insurance, Harry lost everything. Another account, by Clarence Hedley, son of Wesley Hedley, Harry’s brother, does not include the loss of the store by fire, but states that when Harry decided to give up the store, he sent his remaining stock by freight train to Kincardine, where Harry’s brothers, Will and Wes, picked up the hardware items and, over time, sold them to farmers in their neighbourhoods.
Harry and Catherine Ann and their family moved to 102 Alice St., Oshawa, where Harry was a hardware merchant until his sudden death on March 20, 1923, at age 49, from "arterial sclerosis/cerebral hemorrhage." Harry’s funeral card states that the funeral service was from the family residence at 102 Alice St., Oshawa. His grave is in St. Johns Cemetery Norway on Kingston Road in Toronto. At the time of Harry’s death the family of twelve children ranged in ages from 7 to 26.
Catherine Ann lived 39 years beyond Harry’s death. At one point, her home was at 20 (now 16) Kalmar Avenue in the Birch Cliff area of Toronto. The 1920 Street Directory for Toronto, as reported by Marit (Kailo) Johnston, shows this residence registered in the name of Garfield Hedley. A grandson, Vernon Johnston (b.1923) recalls visiting his grandmother there as a youngster during summer holidays. Clarence Hedley (b.1916), also recalled visiting "Aunt Annie" in the Birch Cliff area of Toronto with his parents Wes and Martha Hedley. Catherine Ann’s grand nieces and nephews in Greenock, Kinloss and Kincardine Townships recall "Aunt Annie" coming to visit in the 1940's. At that time Catherine Ann’s sisters-in-law Harriet (Mrs Albert Hedley) in Greenock; Jen (Mrs. Wm. John McDonald) in Kincardine; and Alice (Mrs. Wm John McKenzie) in Lucknow; and her brother-in-law Wesley Hedley and his wife Martha in Glammis were living, as were most of Harry’s nephew and nieces.
During her later days Catherine Ann lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Bill Amos, in their large three storey home at 32 Bellefaire Ave. in "The Beach" area of Toronto. A grandson of Harry and Catherine, David Emmet Hedley (b.1927) recalls visiting his grandmother as a youngster in a "big three storey house in Toronto near Lake Ontario." Catherine Ann died at 89 years of age on July 6, 1962. Her grave is beside that of her husband Harry in nearby St Johns Cemetery Norway. Catherine Ann (Campbell) and Harry Hedley had 12 children.
(1) John ‘Edwin’ Hedley, born Jan. 24, 1896 in Chesley, Ont., was the the eldest of the twelve children of Harry and Catherine Ann Hedley. Edwin, age 25, married Ethel Shangraw, age 18, of Toronto. They were married April 28, 1921 in York County. Edwin died in 1955 at age 59. Edwin and Ethel did not have children.2) Tryphena Marjory Hedley was perhaps at first named "Margaret F." (Florence?) and later called Tryphena or "Enie." Tryphena was born Nov. 21, 1898 according to the 1901 Census for Markdale, Grey County, Ontario. She married Charles Smith, a banker in Weston, Toronto, in 1920 in Collingwood Twp., Grey County.
Sheldon built a house for Ethel and their family at 35th-38th St., Long Branch, Toronto. Their children, Betty, Vernon and Ted, all grew up in this house. Ethel died at age 72 on Dec. 29, 1972. Sheldon died twelve years later, at age 81, on Feb. 6, 1984 at the home of his son, Vernon, in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Ethel (Hedley) and Sheldon Johnston are buried in Glendale Memorial Gardens, at Albion Rd. and Hwy. 27, Toronto. Sheldon and Ethel had three children: Sheldon, Ethel and Family
(4) David Henry Hedley was born Jan. 7, 1902 in Markdale (Ont. Birth Registry). He married Lillian Beck of Toronto. They lived in Long Branch, Toronto, where David operated a hardware store. Vernon Johnston recalls buying his hardware from David Hedley’s hardware store when he was building his house in Long Branch. David and Lillian Hedley had two children:
(5) Cyril Mervine Hedley was born in Markdale on Sept. 12, 1903 (Ontario Birth Registry). He was apparently the fifth of the twelve children of Harry and Catherine Ann Hedley. Cyril married Vienna Mahoney of Toronto. Cyril died in November 1994. Cyril and Vienna had a son:
 Carman (or Cyril) Hedley
NOTE: Merit (Kailo) Johnston, daughter-in-law of Vernon Johnston reports that Vernon does not recall that any of his uncles (that is, sons of Harry and Catherine Ann) were called "Cyril." He does, however, remember "Carlyle," whom he believed to be the eldest of the children. He recalls that Carlyle went to live in Detroit when he was around twenty and was married there. The family learned of his death in the 1950's or 60's. Carlyle was cremated in the United States, and Vernon recalls that his mother Ethel was upset because she believed there had not been a proper funeral. It is possible that Carlyle and Cyril are the same person. Another possibility is that Carlyle, a little older than the children of Harry and Catherine Ann, was a relative, perhaps a cousin, who lived with the family.
(6) Wesley ‘Garfield’ Hedley, born in Markdale Nov. 24, 1905 (Ont. Birth Registry) was the sixth child of Harry and Catherine Ann Hedley. Garfield married Yvonne Blanche McCord of Toronto, died Oct. 17, 2005 in Lindsay, Ont. in her 95th year; burial Bobcaygen. Two children:
(7) Orlando (Orle) Hedley was born in 1907. He married Nancy Reive (b. 1912). Orle and Nancy and their family lived in Toronto, but used to visit their Kincardine, Kinloss and Greenock relatives when their family was young. They came to the annual Hedley picnics in Kincardine for several years. Orle died August 9, 1972 in Toronto at age 65. Four children:
 Cyril Hedley b.1949; died Nov.11, 1994
 Tracy Hedley (foster child) married Shawn (–?–)
(Jenna) Hedley , the ninth child of Harry and Catherine Ann Hedley,
married Bob Campbell, Toronto.
 Richard Campbell
 Anne Campbell
 Trefina Campbell
 Gaille Campbell
 Terry Campbell
Helen Elizabeth Hedley, the
tenth child of Harry and Catherine Ann Hedley was born in 1906 in
married Bill Amos of Toronto. They lived on Bellefaire Avenue in "The Beach" area of Toronto. One son:
 Michael Amos
(11) Carman Hedley was the eleventh child of Harry and Catherine Ann Hedley. Carman married Rita Pickering of Toronto. Two children:
 Marilyn (or Marilou) Hedley
 Carman Hedley
 Leslie Ann Hedley was born Aug. 2, 1950 in Hamilton
|NOTE: Gratitude” to Vernon Johnston, Rich Johnson, Marit (Kailo) Johnston, Bill Hedley, Carol (Hedley) Boni, Clarence Hedley, David Emmet Hedley, Ken Hedley, Wendy Fudge and Helen (Hedley) Furnivall for their help with this chapter.|
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