Have You Met Mary Ann? #12FamilyFinds

My memory is failing, have I introduced you to Mary Ann KELLAM?

mary-ann-kellamWe met in Barrie, Ontario at The ATKINSON Family Reunion in 1982. (Sort of.).

It was at that reunion I was given a TAG Book. “The Atkinson Genealogy” Book; and although I have always thought it was published, it has not been.  

The TAG Book was created in 1927 and privately mass produced since 1966.  It is given to any interested relatives who attend the (annual — are they still annual?) family reunions in Barrie, Ontario for the cost of $20 dollars (CAD). This money aids in the production of more books for the next reunion.

Mary Ann was married to John ATKINSON, a younger brother of my 2x GGF, Thomas II (or Thomas Junior).  Mary Ann and John had one child.


What little information you see above is a picture-graphic representation of what was compiled in my TAG Book about Mary Ann KELLAM and John ATKINSON.  (John later re-married, so I took that as Mary Ann passed away some time after the baby’s delivery.).

It was a big mystery, but that would slowly change:

October 1997: Looking over microfiche — yes, not microfilm — at the LDS Family History Centre in Kingston, Ontario, I found him!

Mary Ann and John had a son!

August 2007: Another cousin, Sheri MARTIN [from Family Group D14 Rachel (ATKINSON) SHARP], found and shared documentation from Ontario registrations — Mary Ann & John’s marriage, their son’s birth and Mary Ann’s death (only five days later.).


May 2015: It would not be until just last week, while visiting Cousin Linda MILLER that more missing pieces would fall into place.

Linda had copies of the cemetery transcriptions of the Hilltop Gore Cemetery, located on Concession 9, Lots 3 and 4 in Peel County, Ontario.  The transcripts were compiled by the Halton-Peel Branch, OGS (1998) — shown in gold.


She also had this picture from the cemetery:


And, so, I now try to locate something more …




[1] The Atkinson Genealogy. (1927). comp. Allan L. Smith.  Schomberg (ON): unpublished.  83 p.  Mass produced (1966); purchased (1982) from Mildred Reid-Atkinson.  Sources and revisions were not cited in the original or the re-printed editions.  A PDF copy (2004), was supplied by the Reverend Wayne Atkinson via e-mail, 2009FB08.

[2] John ATKINSON & Mary Ann KELLAM family group sheet (1997) comp. Kale Hobbes from data contained in Vital Statistics Index (VSI): Ontario Births, record 14, line 3; microfiche (researched 1997OC22: Kingston, Ontario).

[3] Cheryl Martin (e-mail), “John Atkinson marriage,” (2007) including [3 digital images] Ancestry.com
(3a) Atkinson-Kellam. Ontario marriage registration (1872) page 256; Archives of Ontario microfilm 
(3b) ibid., “William John Atkinson birth,” (2007) Atkinson. Ontario birth registration 026736 (1873); Archives of Ontario microfilm MS929 reel#12. William John Atkinson, son of John Atkinson and Mary Kellam
(3c) ibid., “Mary (Kellam) Atkinson death,” (2007) Atkinson. Ontario death registration 011958 (1873); Archives of Ontario microfilm

[4] Hilltop Gore Cemetery, Toronto Gore Township, Cemetery No. 6. Halton-Peel Branch (Ontario Genealogical Society, 1998) Concession 9, Lots 3 & 4, Peel County, Ontario. ISBN 0-7779-0997-9 Obtained copy from Linda Miller (Calgary, AB) Accessed 2015MY26 

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