Henry Husband1

ID # 170, (1835-1920)
Descendants of Catherine Jones & William Coleman
     Henry Husband was born on 4 November 1835 at Nassagaweya Twp, Halton County, Ontario.1 He married Mary Alderson on 9 April 1859 at Nassagaweya, Halton County, Ontario. (notes: The marriage for Henry and Mary appears in the Halton County MarriageRegister:

Husband, Henry B., 25, Nassagaweya, Nassagaweya, s/o John & Ellizabeth, married 9 April 1859; Mary Alderson, 19, Nassagaweya, Puslinch, d/oThomas & Jane.).1
He married Jane E. Coleman, daughter of Daniel Coleman and Mary Abel, on 26 December 1867. (notes: The marriage may have been held in Beverly Township, though it's difficult to tell. The witnesses were a W. W. Cornwall (or perhaps Cornell, though Cornwall is clearly written.) and a ? Coleman. The first name, or more likely initial, is very illegible. It's likely a sibling ofJane's, but I can't begin to guess what it actually is. They were married by a Rev. Wm. Yokam, or Yokom.).1 He died on 24 March 1920 at Toronto, York County, Ontario, at age 84.1 He was buried at St Judes Anglican Cemetery, Oakville, Ontario.1 Jane Coleman was Henry Husband's second wife. At the time of the 1881 census there were three sons of Henry's first marriage living with them: John M., 19 , George, 17, and Charles, 15. Not listed is the oldest son William Howard (called Howard). this information comes from Val Husband Brook, a descendent of George. Jane and Henry were marriedin late 1867, and Charles was born in 1866. Henry's diary indicates that his first wife died of 'bleeding from the lungs.'

Information for the children and some background for Henry's first marriage comes from the printed form of Henry's diary and notes put together by Val Husband Brook.

Val Husband Brook gives the names of the sons as follows:
William Howard (called Howard)
John Matthew Cameron
George Christopher
Charles Benjamin.

She then quotes the names of Henry and Jane's children as they appearin this tree.

Henry's Ontario death registration number is 002376-20.

The Ontario Genealogical Society has transcriptions for St. Judes Anglican Cemetery at Oakville. The transcription was done around 1977, but only older stones were transcribed. At this point I don't know if more of Henry's children are buried there, but I should imagine that his four daughters by Jane, who never married, are there. This is for further research.

The transcription gives the names of the parents of Henry Husband:

John Husband 1782-1864
Alecia Napier 1795-1873

An associated stone says that the Husbands were cousins of Lord Napier. Whether there is a double connection through the marriage of Henry's parents, I don't know. Lord Napier was an empire builder and served in Abyssinia, Macao, and China.

Some further notes about Henry Husband's first family.

Upon the death of his wife, Mary Alderson, and prior to his marriage to Jane Coleman, Henry found it necessary to send his young sons to the homes of friends for care and nurture until he was able to re-establish family life. Howard went to live with George and Anne Stranger. Henry makes mention of this in his diary. As it transpired, George and Anne had no children of their own and when Henry remarried and broughthome his sons, the Strangers asked if Howard might remain with them. Just where Howard was on this arrangement isn't recorded, but he is with the Strangers in the 1871 census in Nassagaweya and only two households away from Henry and Jane. He is also not far from the rather large family of his uncle, William Husband, Henry's brother. Henry, in his diary, says that Howard remained with the Strangers for a time, then went out to work and finally moved west to Saskatchewan. Val Husband Brook, who published the diary, believe that Howard died in 1903. He was still living at the time of the 1911 census, however. It shouldbe noted that at the time of the 1881 census at Nassagaweya, he was working as a farm laborer with his Uncle William Husband.1

Last Edited=17 Feb 2008

Children of Henry Husband and Mary Alderson

Children of Henry Husband and Jane E. Coleman


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.