Lavinia Emma Himes

ID # 149, (1871-1960)
FatherJohn Himes (1846-1909)
MotherLavinia Mathewson (1849-1925)
BirthLavinia Emma Himes was born on 29 January 1871 at 24 Ellesmere Street, Bromley, Bow, Middlesex, England. 
ChristeningShe was christened on 14 April 1873 at Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario. 
MarriageShe married Alven Coleman, son of George W. Coleman and Harriet Church, on 19 June 1895 at Galt, Ontario.
Mrge reg. 012469-95 Galt, Waterloo County
Alvin Coleman, 27, bachelor, painter, born Wentworth Co., residing Galt. Parents George C. and Harriett.
Lavina E. Himes, 24, spinster, born London, England, residing Galt. Parents John and Lavina. Wit. Alex E. Wilson and Elizabeth Himes, both of Galt.
On June 19, 1895 in Galt. Clergyman Rev. J.G. Scott. The bride and groom were Methodists.

Rev. Scott was minister at Ainslie Street Methodist Church, later Wesley United.
DeathShe died on 25 January 1960 at Galt at age 88. 
BurialShe was buried at Section 3, Mountview Cemetery, Galt Ontario. 
NoteRegistration of birth:
Registration District Poplar
Sub-district Bow in the County of Middlesex
Nbr. 252
When and where born/Twenty ninth January 1871, 24 Ellesmere St., Bromley
Name Lavinia Emma / girl /
Parents John Himes and Lavinia Himes, formerly Mathewson.
Occupation of father Carman
Informant L. Himes, mother, 24 Ellesmere St., Bromley
Registered on 10th March 1871

See notes under Lavinia's father, John Himes, with regard to her baptism.

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 more children after they came to Galt.

While Veen's husband Alven was living they resided 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.

Lavinia's employers, the Howell family, are of some historical interest. 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 was 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 walls of the old house were incorporated into the theatre.

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. 

Children of Lavinia Emma Himes and Alven Coleman

Last Edited14 Jun 2019