- Born: 5 Apr 1833, New Market, Ontario 303,440,443,450,451,467,955
- Marriage (1): George Greenwood on 26 May 1851 in Waterloo, Ontario 440,953
- Marriage (2): J. Mark Rowles on 17 Mar 1879 in Wellesley twp, Waterloo North, Ontario 304
- Died: 8 May 1917, Port Huron, Michigan aged 84 303,440,443,467,843
- Buried: 10 May 1917, Croswell, Michigan 303
Cause of her death was pneumonia.303
Mrs Margaret Greenwood was buried Croswell City Cemetery, in the 3rd Section, Row 3-1, Lot 17, Grave 6.
Notes for MARGARET ANN WINCH and George Greenwood:
According to Beatrice Greenwood Ross, in a letter dated June 10, 1969, she was the daughter of John Greenwood, eldest son of George Greenwood and Margaret Winch. [Mrs Lincoln Ross, 17 Alma Street, St. Thomas, Ontario] In a letter dated July 22, l969, she told more about the family. She stated that George and Margaret 's children were born on a farm two miles from Wellesley Village, Ontario. She listed the children as John, Jennie Witt, Belle Mertz, James Greenwood, Mary Sproule and her twin sister Myra who died in infancy, William Greenwood, Lillian Hackett, George, Richard and Victoria Mortimer Willcox.
Margaret had her first child at age 19 and last at age 41. She was a widow for 41 years, not counting her unsuccessful second marriage.
She said her father built a stone house from rocks gathered from his own land "over l00 years ago." The 1861 census lists him living in a log house, built in 1859. She said the owner of the property in l969 still lived in the stone house. The house was built on a hill which "today...still carried the name "Greenwood's Hill". Beatrice recalled that as a child she was so frightened that the horse pulling the buggy with "Dad and myself would never get us to the top". She noted that today, with all the improvements on roads for cars, the old hill does not look very steep. Her grandfather George, aged 46 years, died 6 September 1875, and is buried in Rush's Cemetery, a few miles from Wellesley. She stated that "Grandma Greenwood" (Margaret Winch), died at age 83, and is buried in Croswell, Michigan. She did not know the date, but it was "more than fifty years ago." It would seem she died about 1916. Beatrice said that "Aunt Vic's daughter" was only 53, and didn't remember. She hopes to find "Grandma's" Bible which has marriages, births and deaths recorded. Beatrice said "Aunt Vic prized it so much"; Eleanor (Vic's daughter], remembered the Bible being in her mother's possession. [Aunt Vic by this time was 98 years old, and her memory had apparently gone. ] Beatrice described Vic as a very "ambitious, energetic, loveable person, and done so much for others."
Beatrice went on to say that Grandma Greenwood went to the Western States (exact place unknown to her) after Grandpa's death;. Later she married her sister's brother-in-law, a Mr. Rowles. [Other sources refer to Rolles] "This union was not a success and she returned east and settled in Michigan. I am wondering if your dad [ James Greenwood, who according to the census records of Beauliew Township, North Dakota of l890 or 1900 immigrated to US in l882] I believe Aunt Jennie Witt did, also Rich and Vic. Grandma, I believe, always went by the name "Greenwood" after she returned from the west. "
"Grandpa Greenwood is buried in Rush's cemetery next to where my parents, two sisters and a brother's graves are. The three children were stricken with diptheria, which there was an epidemic of the dreaded disease and so many families lost some little ones." [Beatrice]
Mabel Tobin, a daughter of George Greenwood--she refers to him first as Samuel George--says "Grandma's father was a Doctor, I know." [That is, Margaret Winch's father]. She refers to Margaret as Margaret Ann Rolle. (note.. Samuel Winch was not a doctor.. he was a farmer as per 1870 census, Menton twp, Lake County, Ohio. note by jca)
Eleanor Mortimor Moore, daughter of Victoria Greenwood, youngest child of Margaret Winch and George Greenwood, said in a letter to John Albert Greenwood of Wolf Point, Montana, that "Your father was born on Greenwood Hill, Wellesley, Ontario, Canada. It is still there." They [the family] went to Cross Hill, Episcopal Church. Eleanor stated that Margaret married Rolls after George's death. She said Margaret died at her mother's [Aunt Vic, Margaret's youngest child] at 83 years. "Mr Rolls went out to California to get gold, she wouldn't go with him to leave her family. She worked the farm l00 acres, big stone house. She was an awful worker. She would go out in the fields, the girls worked harder than the boys as she worked with them. She made bread and sold it and she ran the mail route too. She worked hard but was always prosperous.
When my mother was twelve, they came over here to live and settled in Roseberg, Michigan. I make that 1883 or so when they came to the US. [James claimed he immigrated in l882, to Pembina, North Dakota. BGS]
I have a note--origin unknown--that Margaret's mother died in about l842.
From Reid, William D., Death notices of Ontario, Huntedon House,
Lambsville, N.J. , 1980, p. 343, taken from British Colonist, Toronto,
1840-1849: 9 September 1847: An inquest was held on 28th ult, on the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Winch, in 5th Concession, East Gwillimbury, who was found dead in her bed. [There was also a notice: There was an inquest at Holland Landing, East Gwillimbury, on 7th inst, on the body of Mary Murphy, who was found dead in a field belonging to John Orris.]
The census records of Wellesley Village, 1881, list Mark Rolls and Margaret Rolls, followed by the Greenwood children George, Elizabeth, Mary, Victoria and Andrew R, (Richard?}
email from Barbara Sniffen to James Anderson, received May 5,2001
Subject Margaret Winch's husbands.
Hi Jim--You are still active, I see--thought maybe you'd hung up your genealogy work after you submitted your work to the internet. I can clarify about Margaret Winch's marriages. She married George Greenwood of Wellesley Village, Ontario, in Waterloo, ON on 26 May, 1851, an they lived in Wellesley Village (Ontario Genealogical Records, the Ontario Register 1780s-1870's). George died in 1875 (same year as her father, Samuel Winch), and Margaret remarried, to Mark Rolls. He was identified in a family letter I have as her sister's brother in law, I believe it was, and one of the Winch sisters was married to a Rolls, Hannah, I think. The marriage was between 1875, when George died, and 1881. They are in the ON census, Township of Wellesley, of 1881 as Mark and Margaret Rolls, living with Margaret's younger children, all named Greenwood, of course. The children were George, 17, Elizabeth, 14, Mary, 12, Victoria 9, Andrew R(ichard) 6. Richard, I think, was born after his father died, as he is not mentioned in a list of the family in the probate record. The marriage was apparently not a success, and Mark went "out West". She either went with him and came back, or didn't go at all. She resumed using the Greenwood name, whether by usage or some official action like divorce. My father and aunts seemed very vague about this marriage, and were not even sure what his name was. Her obituary in 1916, Port Huron MI, doesn't even mention Mark Rolls, and identifies her as Margaret Greenwood. My father remembered her visiting them in Cavalier, ND. He said every time she went out in the yard she brought back some kindling for the fire. And when she
went to the little log church (which has now burned, but I saw it in he early 50's) with a dirt floor, she knelt on the floor for prayers, in the Church of England fashion, even though it was a Methodist church. The Greenwoods were church of England, tho Samuel, according to William Winch's letter, was of the "eye for an eye" whatever that meant.
I have made some nice progress lately with the Greenwood's in England. George's parents were John and Isabella (Wray) Greenwood, of Bolton by Bowland, Yorkshire, and I have found their marriage record--still looking for Isabella's birth, tho.
Keep up the good work! Barbara
Noted events in her life were:
• Residence, 1851, Wellesley twp, Waterloo North, Ontario. 954
• Residence, 1871, Wellesley twp, Waterloo North, Ontario. 450
• Residence, 1881, Wellesley, Waterloo North, Ontario.
• Residence, 1917, Pt Huron, St. Clair County, MI. 303
Margaret married George Greenwood, son of John Greenwood and Isabella Wray, on 26 May 1851 in Waterloo, Ontario 440.,954 (George Greenwood was born on 5 Apr 1828 in Bolton By Bowland, Yorkshire, England,440,443,450,955 died on 26 Sep 1875 in Wellesley, Waterloo North, Ontario 443,956 and was buried in Rush's Cemetery, a few miles from Wellesley..)
Margaret next married J. Mark Rowles, son of John Rowles and Grace Lee, on 17 Mar 1879 in Wellesley twp, Waterloo North, Ontario.304 (J. Mark Rowles was born about 1822 in Somerset, England 304,451,465,466.)
Mark, or J. Mark Rowles, as he is named on his marriage record (17 March 1879:) to Margaret Ann Greenwood, widow, is definitely the son of John Rowles and Grace Lee, per the marriage info. He is listed as b. in Somersetshire, England, he says he's 42, a bachelor, occupation a miner. She says she's 36 (but she has a 27-year-old married son). Residence when married, Tp. of Wellesley, born East Gwillimbury, Canada, parents Samuel Winch and Elizabeth Fountain (another spelling!). Place of marriage, at the township of Wellesley. [Witnesses are John Martz (Mertz) and Isabella Greenwood, who were probably married about the same time, as they are married on the 1881 census.] He's church of England, she's Methodist. The Rev. Walton Preston, minister of Methodist Church.
notes by Barbara Sniffen, Oskosh, WI, March, 2003