Lavinia Emma Himes1

ID # 149, (1871-1960)
Descendants of Catherine Jones & William Coleman
     Lavinia Emma Himes was born on 29 January 1871 at 24 Ellesmere Street, Bromley Bow, Middlesex, England.1 She married Alven Coleman, son of George W. Coleman and Harriet Church, on 19 June 1895 at Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario. (notes: 012469-95 (Waterloo Co) Alvin COLEMAN, 27, painter, Wentworth Co., Galt, s/o George C. & Harriett married Lavina E. HIMES, 24, London England, Galt, d/o John & Lavina, witn Alex E. WILSON & Elizabeth HIMES both of Galt, 19 June 1895 in Galt.).1 She died on 28 January 1960 at Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario, at age 88.1 She was buried at Mountview Cemetery, Galt, Waterloo County, Ontario.1 Lavinia Emma Himes, was the second child of John Himes and Lavinia Mathewson. They came to Galt in 1871 from the East End of London, England, and Lavinia (Veen) lived in Galt all her life.John and Lavinia had a large family after they came to Galt and all are listed in the Himes family tree, which is separate.

While grandfather was living they lived on Oak Street in Galt. After his death, she and daughter Vera moved to Shade Street where they lived until her death.

At the time of the 1891 census taken at Galt, Lavinia was enumerated twice. She was enumerated with her parents and siblings as Lavinia, age 20, and said to be a 'domestic'. She was also enumerated at the home of Harry Howell. Here she is referred to as Vena Himes, age 20, domestic, and general servant.

For historical interest, I'll mention the Howell family here. They are listed in 1891 as Sarah Howell, 58, widow, of English birth. Harry Howell, age 33, born in Ontario, his wife Frances Howell age 28, born in Australia, and their son Lawrence, age 6, born in Ontario.

Harry Howell was a writer. Under the name of H.Spencer Howell, he wrote the book An Island Paradise and Reminiscences of Travel which was published in Toronto by Hart and Riddell in 1892. This researcher has a copy and the author has written in the fly leaf: Mr. John Himes with Mr. H.S. Howell's compliments. Harry Howell and his wife travelled much and the book he wrote tells of some interesting places. Harry's father Daniel had been an industrialist.

Their home sat at the corner of Water and Dixon Streets, and when the Grand Theatre was built in later years it is said that the walls of the old house were incorporated into the new building.

The Howells are buried at Trinity Anglican Cemetery in Galt.
Henry S. Howell died August 6, 1912 in his 57th year.
Frances A. Howell died December 10, 1908 in her 46th year.
Daniel Howell died Nov. 4, 1889 in his 64th year.
Mary Alice, daughter of Daniel and Sarah, is named on the stone, but her age is not given. There is a footstone that says 'baby' and so presumeably she was an infant.
Sara L. Howell died January 20, 1909 in her 80th year.1

Last Edited=9 Jun 2009

Children of Lavinia Emma Himes and Alven Coleman


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.