On this day: Edith Ann Smith born in 1889

Edith Ann Smith was born May 18, 1889 in England. She immigrated to Canada in ~1894 with her parents, George and Ann, and seven siblings: Ernest, Florence, Maud, George (Jr.), William, Harold, and Frederick.

Map of Montreal, 1907
Detail of Knox St in Montreal, 1907. [full map] (source)
At the time of the 1901 Census, Edith lived with her parents and siblings at 115 Knox Street in the St. Gabriel Ward of Montreal in what is now Point St. Charles. Sometime after 1911 the street was renumbered but this 1907 map of the area shows that the house was a duplex located at approximately 2491 Knox Street [Google Map].

At 21 years of age, Edith married William Ralph Carmichael on September 14th, 1910 at the Smith home on Knox St. William was the son of Henry Carmichael and Mary Brammer, recorded in the 1901 census as living in St. Anne Ward, at 295 Bourgoies Street, just a few blocks away. The record of the marriage has been preserved and I have transcribed it here (please advise of any transcription errors):

Record of Marriage for William Ralph Carmichael and Edith Ann Smith
Record of Marriage for William Ralph Carmichael and Edith Ann Smith

William Ralph Carmichael son of Henry Carmichael and Mary Brammer, his wife, and Edith Ann Smith, daughter of George Charles Smith and Ann Lamden(?) his wife were married by me on authority of licence on the fourteenth day of Sept. in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and ten at the home of the bride’s mother MRs. Smith, 115 Knox St., Montreal, in the city of Montreal in province of Quebec in the presence of subscribing witnesses. Both of legal age + no opposition.

J.T. Marshall, Baptist minister

Less than a year later, at the time of the census in 1911, Edith and William were still living in the Smith home with most of the family: her mother and four siblings. George Smith had died sometime between 1901 and 1911. Edith’s son William Ralph would be born in December of that year and would be her only child.

At the time of the next census in 1921, Edith still lived in that home on Knox St. with her husband William, 9-year-old son William and her mother Ann, who was now 64.

Edith Ann Smith died on the 15th of June, 1957 and is buried at Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal.

If anyone has a photo of Edith, please submit it here: Submit Photo

UPDATE: This post has been completely re-written as new information was discovered within hours of posting.

Footnote: Rev. J.T. Marshall moves to Chilliwack


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