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Aaron Whillans

Male 1847 - 1930  (83 years)


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  • Name Aaron Whillans 
    Born 21 April 1847  Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 17 May 1847  Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 6 May 1930  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 9 May 1930  Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • WHILLANS, Aaron Christening
      Gender: Male
      Birth Date: 21 Apr 1847
      Christening Date: 17 May 1847 Recorded in: Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Father: James WHILLANS
      Mother: Mary LAURIE
      Source: FHL Film 1067951 Dates: 1754 - 1855

      1881 census:
      Dwelling: Village Of Smailholm
      Census Place: Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Source: FHL Film 0224043 GRO Ref Volume 805 EnumDist 2 Page 7
      Marr Age Sex Birthplace
      Aaron WHILLANS M 33 M Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Rel: Head
      Occ: Mason
      Maggie WHILLANS M 28 F Ednam, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Rel: Wife
      James WHILLANS 10 m M Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Rel: Son
      Agnes GRAY W 71 F Eckford, Roxburgh, Scotland
      Rel: Mother In Law
      Occ: Formerly Servt

      Source - Eileen Whillans June 2009:
      Aaron WHILLANS was born on 21 Apr 1847 in Smailholm, Rox, Scotland. He was christened on 17 May 1847 in Smailholm, Rox, Scotland. He died on 6 May 1930 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was buried on 9 May 1930 in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

      Aaron was a stonemason. The family lived in Smailholm, Roxborough; Maryport, Cumberland; and
      Selkirk and Edinburgh before emigrating to Canada in 1907 on the Allan Line ship Corinthian.

      1881 census:_Dwelling: Village Of Smailholm_Census Place: Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland_Source:
      FHL Film 0224043 GRO Ref Volume 805 EnumDist 2 Page 7_Marr Age Sex Birthplace_Aaron
      WHILLANS M 33 M Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Rel: Head Occ: Mason_Maggie WHILLANS M 28 F
      Ednam, Roxburgh, Scotland Rel: Wife_James WHILLANS 10 m M Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Rel:
      Son_Agnes GRAY W 71 F Eckford, Roxburgh, Scotland Rel: Mother In Law Occ: Formerly Servt

      1891 - 10 Ashby St., Ellenborough, Cumberland, England
      Aaron Whillans, head, age 43, mason
      Maggie Whillans, wife, age 38
      James Whillans, son, age 10, scholar
      Agnes Whillans, daughter, age 9, scholar
      Robert Whillans, son, age 8, scholar
      George Whillans, son, age 5, scholar
      Mary Whillans, daughter, age 3
      John Whillans, son, age 6 mos.
      all born in Roxburghshire, Scotland

      1916 census of Weldon, Prince Albert District, Saskatchewan
      Aaron Whillans, head, 67, b. Scotland, farmer; Margaret, wife, age 59; John, son, age 25, farmer; Lily
      age 23, daughter and Morley, grandson, age 5, b. in Manitoba. Aaron, wife and children came to
      Canada in 1908.


      Aaron married Margaret GRAY daughter of Robert GRAY and Agnes HOULISTON. Margaret was born on 8 Aug 1852 in Ednam, Rox, Scotland. She died on 9 Mar 1943 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was buried on 17 Mar 1943 in Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

      They had the following children:

      + 2 M i. James William WHILLANS Rev. (Capt.) was born on 6 May 1880. He died on 29 Jun 1954.

      3 F ii. Agnes WHILLANS was born on 8 Sep 1881 in Smailholm, Rox, Scotland. She died on 7 Jul 1986 in Vancouver, B.C..

      1911 census of Winnipeg, MB - Dist #55, pg 8 lists:
      Lily Whillans, age 18, b. May 1893 in Scotland
      Mary Whillans, age 23, b. July 1887 in Scotland
      Agnes Whillans, age 29, b. Sept. 1881 in Scotland

      Agnes worked with the Northland Knitting Mills in Winnipeg until 1947 when she retired
      as chief executive's secretary and moved to Vancouver, B.C. She celebrated her

      100th birthday on Sept. 8, 1981 in Vancouver. Lived to be 104.


      4 M iii. Robert WHILLANS was born on 23 Jun 1882 in Kelso, Scotland.

      Regimental #51476 - Canadian Over-Seas Expedionary forces
      Was living in Balmorae, Manitoba at time of joining on Dec. 23, 1914
      Had belonged to the 1st Cameron Highlanders in Scotland

      Possibly the Robert Wheelans who married Margaret Watt on May 29, 1907 in
      Winnipeg, Manitoba


      + 5 M iv. George WHILLANS was born in 1886. He died on 15 Sep 1966.

      6 F v. Mary WHILLANS was born on 29 Jul 1887 in Rox, Scotland. She died on 14 Jul 1970 in Vancouver, B.C..

      7 M vi. John WHILLANS was born in Sep 1891 in Scotland. He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

      8 F vii. Elizabeth Jane "Lily" WHILLANS was born on 23 May 1893 in Maryport, England. She died on 24 May 1972 in Vancouver, B.C.. She was buried on 26 May 1972 in Cremation, N.Van, B.C..

      1911 census of Winnipeg, Manitoba shows:
      Lily Whillans, b. May 1893 in England, age 18, a seamstress, living with Mary and
      Agnes Whillans (both born in Scotland). Lily and Mary came to Canada in 1909.
      Agnes came to Canada in 1907. Mary and Agnes were both finishers (sweater mill?)

      On death certificate it states that Elizabeth came to Canada and settled in B.C. 28
      years before her death. She was listed as having been a seamstress in the clothing
      industry, having retired in 1949. She was never married.
    Person ID I1619  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 16 June 2009 

    Father James Whillans,   b. 18 June 1813, Southdean, Roxburghshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Mary Laurie,   b. about 1820 
    Family ID F816  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Margaret (Maggie) Gray,   b. 8 August 1852, Ednam, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 March 1943, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Children 
    +1. James William Whillans,   b. 6 May 1880, Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 June 1954, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     2. Agnes Whillans,   b. 8 September 1881, Smailholm, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 July 1986, Vancouver, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 104 years)
     3. Robert Whillans,   b. 23 June 1882, Kelso, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location
    +4. George Whillans,   b. 1886, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 September 1966, Prince Albert, SK., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
     5. Mary Whillans,   b. 29 July 1887, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 July 1970, Vancouver, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     6. John Whillans,   b. September 1891, Roxburgh, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Elizabeth Jane (Lily) Whillans,   b. 23 May 1893, Maryport, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 1972, Vancouver, B.C., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    Family ID F815  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart



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