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Laura Ann Thomas

Female 1889 - 1984  (95 years)


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  • Name Laura Ann Thomas 
    Born 29 May 1889  Llandanwg, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 30 July 1984  Victoria, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Hatley Memorial Gardens, Colwood, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • She was born in about 1889 in or near Harlech, Wales
      Her mother, Catherine Thomas, died when she, Laura Ann, was only 2 years old (so 1891). Both mother and child died.

      Laura Ann Thomas lived for awhile, after her mother died, on what he called the Merther or Merthyr farm which was abt 6 or 7 miles from Harlech on the top of a nearby mountain which had a plateau on the top. She lived in a big house with some family and remembered the huge oak beams in the house.

      She went to school with her husband to be John Williams.

      Her family lived right in Harlech where her father Griffith Thomas was a tailor and owned his own shop and had
      an apprentice who never cut the mens trousers properly. The family lived in the concil houses. At least for
      awhile.

      Later she went to London and lived (when the Queen? [maybe King Edward May 1910?] died) near the marble arches. She worked at a Dairy Bar. She could have been in London when King Edward the V11 died in May of 1910 just before she came to Canada.

      Laura Thomas lived with the Milne family when she lived in London. They were very kind to her and treated her as one of the family. She left from their place when she came to Canada in 1910

      Laura Ann Thomas came to Canada in 1910 and married her betrothed upon arrival. They had been engaged and he, John Williams also from Harlech, Wales, came to Canada a year or so before her. Laura Ann's family lived right in Harlech where her dad owned his own tailor shop.

      Laura was engaged to John Williams in Wales. He came to Canada in 1908 and she joined him in 1910. They
      were married upon her arrival. They lived for a few years with John's brother Bob on "old 28" in the Bryn Mawr
      district in Saskatchewan. They then moved to 30 miles south of Rosetown, Sask and 6 miles from what is now
      the Town of Elrose where they homesteaded on NE Section 24, township 25, range 16, West of the 3rd Meridian.
      John died in 1918 during the flu epidemic. She hired Andrew Houliston to manage the farm and later they were
      married.

      Her older brother Dick visited in Canada at one time.

      She was the midwife around the district after she came to Canada.
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      Name: Laura Ann Houliston Place Victoria Reg. Number: 1984-09-012571Digital Image On-Line
      Date: 1984 7 30 (Yr/Mo/Day) Age: 95
      Event: Death Microfilm #: B13640 (GSU # 2073193)
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      British Columbia Cemetery Finding Aid
      Name Cemetery Location Region Reference
      HOULISTON, Laura A. Hatley Memorial Gardens Colwood, Sooke Road Vancouver Island MC-097
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      1901 Wales census - Llandanwg, Merionethshire:
      Name Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Relationship
      Ann Mary Jones abt 1873 Llandawg, Merionethshire, Wales Daughter
      Edward Jones abt 1843 Llanbedr, Merionethshire, Wales Head
      Edward Jones abt 1900 Llandawg, Merionethshire, Wales Grandson
      Mary Jones abt 1840 Llandecwyn, Merionethshire, Wales Wife
      Laura Thomas abt 1889 Llandawg, Merionethshire, Wales Visitor
      [Laura's father staying next door (on same image)]
    Person ID I3682  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 24 September 2007 

    Father Griffith Thomas,   b. 1849, Harlech, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Catherine ?,   b. 1850, Llandanwg, Merionethshire, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1891  (Age 41 years) 
    Family ID F1499  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 John Williams,   b. 1886, Llanfair, Merioneth, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1918, Saskatchewan , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years) 
    Married 1910  Earl Grey, Saskatchewan , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Catherine Williams
     2. Patricia Williams
    Family ID F1498  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Andrew Houliston,   b. 20 February 1887, Home Farm, Whittinghame, Haddington, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1946, Southey, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married about 1919  Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. William John (Bill) Houliston,   b. 14 March 1920, At home, Crosswood District, Southey, Saskatchewan , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1997, Regina Pasqua Hospital, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)
     2. Living
    Family ID F445  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart



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