Thomas Badger

ID # 3369, (1834-1901)
BirthThomas Badger was born on 15 May 1834 at Lower Canada. 
MarriageHe married Margaret Pearce
MarriageHe married Ellen O'Connor on 2 December 1867 at Wentworth County.
MS248 reel 17, Vol. 82, page 182
Wentworth County

Marriages by Rev. F. M. Smith of the Methodist Episcopal Church

Thomas Badger, 32, place of birth not shown. Residing Hamilton. Parents Jno. and Elizabeth Badger.
Ellen O'Connor, 22, born St. Catharines, residing Beverly. Parents Thos. and Joanna O'Connor.
Witnesses Jas. Ackin and Adam Nisbet, both of Beverly.
On Dec. 2, 1867.

County marriage registrations from this era do not show the location of the marriage. It almost certainly took place in Wentworth County. There was a Methodist Episcopal Church at Troy in Beverly Township and, probably that was where the marriage was held.

The Troy History of 1947 tells that Adam Nisbet, one of the witnesses in the above marriage registration, was Thomas' employer at one time.
DeathHe died on 1 November 1901 at Merritton, Lincoln Co., Ontario, at age 67. 
BurialHe was buried at Lakeview Cemetery, Thorold. 
NoteThe following is excerpted from the 1947 booklet, A History of the People of Troy:

Thomas Badger and wife, Margaret Pierce, came from Ireland about 1850, lived in Jerseyville for a time, then on the second concession of Beverly, where he was employed in Adam Nisbet's sawmill. While there his wife died, leaving six small children. He obtained good homes for them in Troy, where they lived until they married. He later re-married and settled in Merritton until his death.
The children are: Elizabeth, who married Oliver Neff of Troy; John married Ella Dargie of Harrisburg; Thomas married Celecta Mulholland of Troy; Katharine married Eastgate Humphrey of Troy. These four in time moved and settled in other parts of Canada and the United States. Daniel married Louisa (Ida) Chambers of Troy and settled on lot 12, Con. 3 N., remaining there until his death in 1914, leaving his widow, one son, Lovel, and three daughters, Laura, Lula and Olive. Roseta Married William Sager of Troy and settled on Lot 1, Con 3 N., remaining until her death in 1911, leaving her husband and one son, LeRoy, who married Teen Cullum - children, Wilma and Willie.

Thomas Badger's place of birth varies in the records. Ireland as a place of birth seems to be stated in earlier years, but later records show his birth as Quebec. Quebec seems the most probable (in later years, he himself gave Quebec as his birth place) though it appears that his parents came from Ireland.

The 1861 census taken at Ancaster records the Thomas Badger family and shows Thomas, his wife Margaret, and their eldest child Elizabeth, as all being born in L.C. (Lower Canada). Elizabeth, on her marriage record, says that she was born at Jerseyville (in Ancaster Township).

We find a Thomas Badger in St. Patrice De Rawdon, Leinster County, Quebec, in the 1851 census. His age is given as 16 and his parents are John and Elizabeth (apparently). Elizabeth is shown as a McCarty. This may be her maiden name. Thomas is shown as being born in Ireland. As mentioned above, this conflicts with later information.

John Badger, son of Thomas and Margaret, went as John Gamble all his life. His marriage registrations are as Gamble, his children are named as Gamble, and his gravestone is inscribed as Gamble. The will of John Gamble, the adoptive father of John Badger, makes it clear that John Jr. was a Badger.

The 1861 census at Ancaster page 18, beginning at line 8, as follows:

Thomas Badger 25
Margaret 26
Elizabeth Ann 6
John 5
Thomas 4
Catharine 2

Daniel and Rosetta were born later.

The 1871 census taken at Beverly Township shows Elizabeth, John and Rosetta as being with John and Harriet Gamble. They are shown with the name Gamble. John, as mentioned above, went by the name Gamble. Elizabeth was married under the name Badger. Rosetta was married under the name Gamble, but the township clerk of the day, Wallace McDonald, noted that her correct name was Badger. Rosetta's death registration shows her father's name as Thomas Badger and her mother's name as unknown.

Catherine, alone of the children of the first family, is living with her father at the time of the 1871 census in Saltfleet Twp. in Wentworth County. Since she met Eastgate Humphrey of Beverly and married him in 1881 and that her brother Daniel was a witness, it must be assumed that she was at least in contact with her brother Daniel over the years and perhaps spent some time living in Beverly between 1871 and 1891. Who she might have been with during this period is unknown.

Daniel Badger is so named in the 1871 census and is in Beverly Township with the household of Robert Clement (page 60, Divn. 2). Thomas Badger is also so named in the 1871 census in Beverly and is with the household of Emerson Clement (page 50, Divn. 2).

The Troy history states that in later years Thomas Badger settled in Merriton, and the available evidence indicates that this is the case. He married a second time to Ellen O'Connor and they had a number of children.

The children of Thomas and Ellen O'Connor are listed as found in the 1891 and 1901 censuses taken at Merritton.

Thomas's death registration is 016596-01. It gives his birth place as Quebec.

Some interesting information appears in the will of Thomas Badger. There is a paragraph that reads:

At the death of my wife the sum of ten dollars each to my son William Arthur and my daughter Kathleen Humphrey.
It appears that Kathleen Humphrey is Thomas' daughter Catherine. A record of Thomas' son William Arthur has not been found.

Mitchell and Co. printed a directory for County of Wentworth and Hamilton City for 1865-66. Under the township of Beverly, it shows Thomas Badger at C2-L14. It may be noted here that as of the 1851 agricultural census, John Gamble was the owner of C2-L14. By the time John Gamble died in 1903, it appears that he was divested of this property. The abstract index for this lot number has not been researched. Certainly, three of the Badger children, Elizabeth, John and Rosetta, went to live with John and Harriet Gamble. 

Children of Thomas Badger and Margaret Pearce

Children of Thomas Badger and Ellen O'Connor

Last Edited15 Feb 2020