Nathaniel P. Townsend died on January 31, 1890 in Sioux City, Iowa, of heart failure. The record of his death is scribbled on the side of the Sioux City register of deaths and is largely illegible. He was 75 years old. It does not record any further information on him.
Ethel’s report card from the Detroit Public School, the 1936-1937 school year:
Here is the 8th grade class of 1937 of Greenfield Park School in Detroit:
James A. Ellison Royal Oak High School Commencement Brochure for the class of 1938 and his graduation photo:
James A. Ellison and Ethel Tasker’s Wedding Invitation 1941:
Back of photograph reads:
Aunt Frances (Tasker Ingham), Diane Ellison, Nana Baines, Dorothy & John Tasker
Edith Dorothy Fry Tasker and her four children in Winnipeg, Canada: Louis, Norman, Marjorie and John Jr.
Rosie Tasker as a child and as an adult. Rose Eleanor Tasker was the youngest child of Tristram and Rose Eleanor Tasker and she was born in 1901 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England.
The Tasker Family with Jim & Ethel Ellison, circa 1944 when Jim was serving in the US Army.
I am guessing the man on the left is Robert Tasker. Next is Dorothy Tasker, Ethel Ellison, Jim Ellison and John Tasker. Please let me know if I guessed wrong!
My great-grandfather John Tristram Tasker served as a Gunner in the Canadian Expeditionary Force with the 2nd Divisional Ammunition Column, Canadian Field Artillery from 25 FEB 1915 until honourably discharged on 29 MAY 1919. That is a long time to serve in this war and in France. I am awfully proud of him.
Rose Eleanor Sugden was the daughter of William and Mary E. Sugden. She was born in Hull, Yorkshire in 1857. She married Tristram Tasker on 24 DEC 1876 at Holbeck Church in Leeds. Tristram was listed as a leather dresser and Rose as a spinster. Note that Tristram’s father Thomas Tasker was a plumber and Rose’s father William Sugden was a soldier.
In 1861 Rose Eleanor was living with her widowed mother Mary E. Sugden at 23 B? Banack St in Leeds. She had two sisters, Susannah aged 10 and Elizabeth aged 2. Susannah was born in Ireland as was her mother Mary E.
In 1871, Rose was still living with her mother on a different street in Leeds. There is a grandchild in the house, named Mary H. Wood, aged 3 months. I am guessing this girl was Rose’s daughter, but she may have been her sister’s Susannah. Susannah is a servant at the Leeds General Infirmary in 1871 and is not married. Elizabeth died in 1862.
In 1881, Tristram and Rose are living at 9 Rhodes Square in Leeds. He is a leather dresser and the following children are living there: Violetta, aged 6, Tristram’s Step-daughter; Frances E., aged 3, his daughter; Eliza J., aged 1, his daughter; Mary E., aged 53, his mother-in-law who is a laundress and who was born in Ireland.
In 1891, Tristram and Rose are living at 4 Proctor Terrace in Leeds. He is a leather dresser and the children are: Violetta 16, Frances 13, Eliza Jane 11, Edith 9, John Tristram 3, and Eleanor Gertrude 4 months.
In 1901, Tristram and Rose had moved to 7 Stonegate where they would live the rest of their lives. The children are: Eliza J 21, Edith 18, John T. 12, Eleanor G 10, Frederick L. 7, and Rose E. 3 months. Tristram is a tanner.
In 1908, Tristram Tasker was listed as a foreman and living at 7 Stonegate off Buslingthorpe Lane in Leeds.
Tristram Tasker was buried on 7 JAN 1911 at the age of 54 and his residence was listed as 7 Stonegate, Woodhouse, Leeds.
He was the son of Thomas and Frances Tasker and born around 1857. He was baptized in 1859 as was his sister Elizabeth.
In 1911, Rose was a widow and living at the Stonegate residence. One can only assume that they owned this dwelling of 5 rooms. Living with her are her children: Frederick Lewis 17, Eleanor Gertrude 20, Rose Eleanor 10, Frances E Ingham 33 and her two children. Frances was a visitor to England at the time and one of her children had been born in Winnipeg, Canada. This is the year John Tristram immigrated to Winnipeg, Canada. Rose reported that she had 9 children and 8 were living in 1911.
I think her nine children were; Mary H. Wood, Violetta, Frances E., Eliza Jane, Edith, John T., Eleanor Gertrude, Frederick Lewis, Rose Eleanor. I believe Mary must’ve died as a child.
Rose Eleanor Sugden Tasker was buried on 22 March 1933 and was listed as living at 7 Stonegate in Woodhouse.
My great-grandparents John and Edith Dorothy Tasker were in England on the 1911 Census in Leeds, Yorkshire:
You can see that John was a machine shaver at a leather factory. And that Louis Albert was 2 and Norman was 3 months at the time.
Edith Dorothy and her two sons follow not long after in September of 1911. They sail on the Empress of Britain.
In February 1915, John signed an attestation that he was willing to service overseas for Canada. You will note that he lists prior military experience. It is difficult to read but says something then Irish. They were living at 292 Pritchard Avenue in Winnipeg. He did serve in WW One for Canada and I have those papers that I will scan in.
In 1916 on the Canadian census, Edith and the children are living in Winnipeg and John is listed as being in France (WWI).
John is still working as a bricklayer and the children are as follows: Louis 8, Norman 6, John 3, and Marjorie 1. You will note that the census is written in French.
By 1921, the family is in Charleswood, Manitoba, Canada.
John is still a bricklayer and the children are: Louis 12, Norman 10, John 8, Marjorie 6 and Grace Muriel 3 months.
In 1923, they leave Canada and immigrate to America. Below are some of their immigration documents:
In 1930, they are living in Detroit, Wayne, Michigan.
John is a brickmason and the children are: Louis 21, Norman 19, John 17, Marjorie 15, Grace 8, Ethel 6, Edward 2, and Robert a baby. They are living at 136 Montana Avenue in Detroit.
Below is an advertisement from the Greenville Independent in February 1866 when Benjamin Walker Ellison opened his brewery in Greenville, Michigan in 1866.
Thank you to the Flat River Public Library for digitizing some of the old newspapers.
Click on the link and look on the first page in the far left column, toward the bottom.