Thomas Bethel Colton

M, b. 17 March 1815, d. 31 March 1885
FatherWilliam Bethel Colton b. b 22 Jul 1785, d. 25 Apr 1864
MotherSarah Bingham b. b 25 Apr 1785, d. b 30 Mar 1835
     Thomas Bethel was born on Friday, 17 March 1815 in Brigg, Lincolnshire, England. On 19 March 1815, he was christened in Wrawby, Lincolnshire, England, at St. Mary the Virgin Church.1,2,3 Thomas married Elizabeth Chester, daughter of Thomas Chester and Lucy Rhoads, on 8 November 1838 in Bottesford, Lincolnshire, England, at St. Peter's Church. William Addleshaw, a shoe maker & Lucy Chester were witnesses of their marriage.4,5,6 The family immigrated from Lincolnshire, England to Canada about 1843 settling in Bronte, Ontario where Thomas was a farmer & a shoemaker. They were both Baptists and belonged to the Walton Memorial Church; they also owned three lots in the line of the church.7 12 January 1852, Thomas and his wife, Eliza, were listed on the Canadian Census at Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada. Enumerated in this household were Thomas Colton [37 England][shoe maker], his wife: Eliza [35 England], Thomas [13 England], Sarah [8 England], Mary Ann [6 Canada], Eliza [4 Canada], Jane [2 Canada], Jacob Colton [plumber & ___][25 England], George Colton [laborer][27 England]. All of the above were listed as Episcopalian.8 14 January 1861, Thomas and his wife, Eliza, were listed on the Canadian Census at the Village of Bronte, Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada. Enumerated in this household were Thomas Colton [shoe maker][Church of England][46 England], Eliza [42 England][Episcopal Methodist], Thomas [shoe maker][21 England][Church of England], Eliza [11 UC][EM], Jane [9 UC][EM], Charlott [7 UC][EM], William [6 UC][EM]. 2 April 1871, Thomas and his wife, Eliza, were listed on the Canadian Census at Halton District Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada. Enumerated in this household were Thomas Colton [Church of England][56 England], his wife: Eliza [51 England], Charlotte [18 Ontario], William [15 Ontario], Jane [21 Ontario], Maggey [7 Ontario].9 4 April 1881, Thomas and his wife, Eliza, were listed on the Canadian Census at Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada. Enumerated in this household were Thomas Colton [66 England - Church of Episcopal, English, shoemaker], his wife: Eliza [62 England - Church of Episcopal, English], Jane [33 Ontario - unsound mind], Maggie [17 Ontario].10 Thomas's wife, Eliza, died on 23 September 1884 in the Village of Bronte, Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada, leaving him a widower.11,12,13 Thomas made his will on 4 February 1885 at the Village of Bronte, Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada.

This the Last Will and Testament of me, Thomas Bethell Colton of the village of Bronte in the county of Halton and province of Ontario shoe maker made this fourth day of February in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eighty five. I revoke all former wills or other testamentary dispositions by me at anytime heretofore made and declare this only to be and contain my Last Will and Testament. I direct all my just debts funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my executors hereinafter named as soon as conviently may be after my decease. I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following, that is to say: the whole of my shoe maker tools I give devise and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ann Cunneywirth absolutely. My real estate which is composed of all and singular that certain parcel or Trust of land and premises situate lying and being in the Town of Bronte in county of Halton and province of Ontario containing by admeusurement three acres better sum more or less being confered of park lot number twenty four on the south side of John Street in the said town of Bronte and any other lands of which I may die possessed I will and direct that my executors hereinafter named shall as soon as conviently may be after my decease sell the said land and premises the same to the purchaser or purchasers hereof and wit of the proceeds arising from the sale said lands in the first place to pay all my just debts and expenses of every nature or kind and whatever balance be remaining after payment of my said just debts and expenses then I will and direct that my executors shall invest the same in good securities [or place it in the post office savings bank in the province of Ontario] and whatever interest they can derive from the same while so invested or while it may be deposited in the savings bank as aforesaid such interest I will and direct shall paid to my daughter Jane Colton during the term of her natural life and at her death to pay the whole of her funeral expenses and then whatever sum may remain the sum to be divided equally among the whole of my children that may be then living.
And my personal effects of which I may die possessed and not herein before devised I direct my executors to sell the same and to apply the proceeds toward the payment of my debts and expenses.
All the residue of my estate herein before disposed of I give devise and bequeath unto my executors for the use and purposes of my estate.
And I nominate and appoint George Chapman and Muhlver Bray both of the township of Trafalger in the said county Halton, farmers to be the executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand the day and year first above written.
Signed published and declared by the said Thomas Bethell Colton the testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who both present together at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presecence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses. Henry Williams farmer and John B. Mitchell miller
Thomas Bethell Colton.14

Thomas died on Tuesday, 31 March 1885 in the Village of Bronte, Trafalgar Township, Halton County, Ontario, Canada, of disease of the kidneys.15,16 He was buried in Oakville, Halton County, Ontario, Canada, in the Oakville Cemetery.

Family

Eliza Chester b. c 28 Dec 1817, d. 23 Sep 1884
Children

Citations

  1. [S1] Church of the Latter Day Saints, International Genealogical Index, Thomas Bethel Colton christened 19 March 1815 at Wrawby, Lincolnchire, England, s/o William Bethel Colton & Sarah [Batch call no. c033 841 0508099].
  2. [S272] 1998 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, British Isles - Vital Records Index 1695-1918      , Christening: 19 March 1815 - Thomas Bethel, son of William Bethel Colton & Sara - Recorded in: Wrawby, Lincoln, England.
  3. [S620] Bishop's Transcripts for St. Mary the Virgin Church, Wrawby, Lincolnshire, England: 19 Mar 1815 - Thomas Bethel, s/o William Bethel & Sarah Colton of Briggs, occupation tailor, baptized [Transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy May 2000] - transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy May 2000.
  4. [S623] District of Glanford Brigg, Lincolnshire, England Vital Records: Volume 14: page 106 - Marriage Certificate: Thomas Bethel Colton and Eliza Chester - among the marriages registered October, November, December 1838 - Bottesford is a civil parish in the southern suburb of Scunthorpe. The church is near Scunthorpe which is northwest of Brigg & Wrawby, about 5 miles. - transcribed by Larry & Kathy McCurdy.
  5. [S408] Marriage Record: Volume 14: page 106 - Marriage Certificate: Marriage Solemnized by Banns in the Parish of Bottesford, in the county of Lincoln 8 November 1838. Thomas Bethel Colton: of full age, bachelor, occupation: cordwainer, residence at time of marriage: Brigg, father: William Bethel Colton, tailor; Eliza Chester: of full age, spinster, residence at time of marriage: Bottesford, father: Thomas Chester, farmer. Married in the parish church according to the rites & cermonies of the Church of England by me, This marriage was solemnized between us - signed: T. B. Colton & Eliza Chester in the presence of us: W. Addleshaw & L. Chester.
  6. [S506] Note: Cordwainer: shoe maker using only high quality new leather.
  7. [S506] Note: According to the church records, Thomas belong to Walton Memorial Church. He owned three lots that are in line beside this church. The church stands at the corner of Bronte Road & Lake Shore Road in Bronte. [Notes from Thomas Wayne Colton - 10 September 2007]
  8. [S666] Canadian Census: Enumeration District 2, sheet 298, line 11 - instructions: age at next birthday.
  9. [S666] Canadian Census: District 38, Division 3, Sub District 4, page 45.
  10. [S666] Canadian Census: Trafalgar Township, Division 1, page 36, Household Number 161.
  11. [S576] Halton County, Ontario Schedule of Deaths: Mrs. Eliza Colton - died: 23 September 1884; age: 75 years [66 years was crossed out]; female; occupation: farmer's wife; wife of Thomas Colton; cause: kidney disease for several months; informat: Thomas Colton, household of decease Bronte. Registered 6 December 1884. Baptist.
  12. [S514] Death Certificate: Mrs. Eliza Colton died: 23 September 1884 age 66 years [crossed out & 75 written in] Trafalgar Township, Halton County; cause: kidney disease for several months; born: wife of Thomas Colton; physicians: Buck & McCrimmson; Baptist; registered: 6 December 1884. [record no. 37]
  13. [S506] Note: It is believed she was buried in St. Jude's Cemetery, Oakville in the Colton plot but no grave is marked.
  14. [S506] Note: Copy provided by Thomas Wayne Colton.
  15. [S576] Halton County, Ontario Schedule of Deaths: Thomas Colton - died: 31 March 1885 age 70 years; cause: disease of the kidneys; religion: Church of England; born: England; occvupation: shoemaker; Informat: Dr. McCrimmon.
  16. [S514] Death Certificate: Thomas Colton died: 31 March 1885 Trafalgar Township, Halton County age 70 years; shoemaker; born: England; cause: disease of the kidney for 6 months; Church of England; physician: Buck & Mc___. [record no. 13]