John [Jack] Harrower Drysdale, the first child of John Drysdale and Christina (McDougal), was born the late 1850's either in Aylmer, Ontario, Canada, or in Glasgow, Scotland. Jack moved to Melita, Manitoba, at some point before 1893, where he lived as a bachelor for many years before he married Lilie (???). They did not have children. Jack died sometime after 1928.
Lillie was born at Sparta, Ontario. She had two sisters, one one them married ??? Balderston. Lillie moved to Manitoba in 1905, she and Jack were married about a year later. They were married for 12 years before she died on December 13, 1918. Her mother had died a year earlier. Lillie was buried at her family cemetery plot in Ontario.
Jane Anderson Drysdale, the first daughter of John Drysdale and Christina (McDougal) was born on February 12, 1860, at 5 Large Place, in the District of Blythswood in the Burgh of Glasgow, Scotland. She was born after her parents had briefly returned to Scotland, before returning to Canada for good. She was living on her parents farm near Dunboyne, Ontario, Canada, when she married Christian Frederick Kontzie, from the nearby village of Copenhagen, Ontario, on February 15, 1882 in the Township of Malahide, County of Elgin, Province of Ontario. Both Copenhagen and Dunboyne are in the Township of Malahide.
Frederick and Jane created a homestead in the Chesterfield district of the Rural Municipality of Arthur in southwestern Manitoba ( map, southeast of Melita and north of Dalny) in 1884 and began farming. They had three sons; Charles William, in 1885; Edwin John, in 1887; and Theodore, in 1891. Jane and Fred retired to a house on Souris Street in Melita, Manitoba.
Following an illness lasting eight years, Jane died on the evening of October 19, 1928, at the age of 68. She had undergone a serious operation at the Estevan Hospital, in Estevan, Saskatchewan, three years earlier, and more operations since that time. Jane had been confined to bed for some time previous to that October evening. She was buried at the Melita cemetery on Sunday, October 21.
Mary Bell Drysdale, daughter of John Drysdale and Christina (McDougal), was born in the 1860's. She married John Henry Welter (also spelt "Walter"), who was also from the Township of Malahide, Ontario. Their wedding took place at the home of Mary's parents. Mary and John had at least one child, a daughter. They continued to live in the Malahide Township for the rest of their lives.
Their daughter married Owen Percy and moved to Commander, in Northern Ontario. They had two daughters; Mary Edith Percy, in 1908; and Helen Percy, in 1911. Mary Edith died on March 11, 1914, while visiting her grandparents John and Mary Bell (Drysdale) Welter in Malahide. She had become stricken with membraneous coup, and died two days later. Mary Edith was buried at the cemetery in Aylmer, Ontario on Saturday, March 14, she was only 6 years old.
Lizzie Drysdale, daughter of John Drysdale and Christina (McDougal), was born in the 1860's. She married James Arthur Brown, they continued to live in Malahide, Ontario for the rest of their lives.
Maggie Drysdale, daughter of John Drysdale and Christina (McDougal), was born in the 1860's. She married John [Jack] D. O'Brien (also spelt "O'Bryan" or "O'Brian") sometime after 1893. They moved to Balcarres, Saskatchewan before 1907, and then moved to the area of Melita, Manitoba before Maggie's sister Jane died in 1928.
Edwin L. Drysdale, the second son of John Drysdale and Christina (McDougal), was born in the 1860's. He married Ella (???), and since Edwin was still living on his father's farm when John died, they probably took over the farm, near Dunboyne, Ontario.
Ada Jesse Drysdale, daughter of John Drysdale and Christina (McDougal), was born in the 1860's(?). She died at the young age of just 4 years, 5 months, and 7 days, in the Township of Malahide, Ontario.
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