School Attendance Certificate of Edith Kathleen Devlin, 1916
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- This school attendance certificate was transferred to the Trafalgar Township Historical Society from the collection of the Museum of Dufferin in 2018. The certificate was given in 1916 to a Trafalgar Township Omagh student (S.S. No. 6) by a teacher who was also an Omagh girl and who had attended the very same school herself.
The teacher was Harriet Sophia Johnstone. She signs her name as "Hattie" and her surname is often spelled without the "e" by others. Hattie's parents were William John Johnston (1858-1943) and Harriet Amelia Munn (1859-1942) who married in 1882.
Hattie, as per a Georgetown Herald article of January 4, 1905 p3 qualified as a public school teacher, graduating from the Model School. The article also mentions she is from Omagh (in Trafalgar Township). A 1918 item in the Acton Free Press of June 13, p.4 lists the Omagh School Report for February which she submitted, and it includes “Sr IV Edith Devlin” among the student names. Another such report was submitted by Hattie in 1916 for Omagh School. These are to be found in the internet database, "Halton News".
In 1921, Hattie and Richard Lanning McDuffe married.
Edith Kathleen Devlin was born and raised on a farm on the Fourth Line near Omagh. Lot 4 Concession 4. Her parents, James and Ellen (McKelvey) Devlin were of Irish descent. They were members of Christ's Church, Omagh, members of the Orange Lodge and James was a staunch Conservative. This is according to their obituaries in the Canadian Champion as found using Halton News.
The Canadian Champion reported on August 13, 1925 page 3, that Edith was engaged and would be married in that month to Clifford Wesley Maude, son of Leonard Maude of Milton. There is no further reported information on this relationship and in 1927, Clifford married Evelyn Ethel Grigsby in Toronto and they raised a family. Edith herself married in 1928 as per the Canadian Champion article of September 20 on page 2. She married John P. Mahar of Rochester, NY in Rochester, NY.
Research by Michelle Knoll found that in 1925, Edith was living in Toronto and working as a "Tele Operator". Records show she travelled alone to Buffalo NY on November 27, 1925 and that she was 5 ft 4 in with brown hair. This was her first trip to the United States. She visited Mrs. E. Worth, called Lena, at 258 Carolina Street, Buffalo, Erie, in the area of Ward 27.
Edith's father, James Devlin died in April 1924, age 64 and her mother Ellen died in 1937. After the death of her husband, Ellen moved to Milton. One son continued on the 4th Line farm.
Edith had 7 sisters and 5 brothers: Mrs. R. Brownridge, Trafalgar ; Mrs. W. Snow, Esquesing ; Mrs. G. Murray, Mrs. H. Forester, Mrs. J. Beattie and Mrs. L. Brown of Toronto ; Mrs. N. Ward (and Mrs. J. Mahar) of Buffalo, James of Milton ; Sam of Weston ; W.H., John and Ed of Omagh
- This Certificate is awarded to Edith Kathleen Devlin for being present every shool day during the year Nineteen Hundred and Sixteen. Hattie S. Johnstone, teacher.
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- Harriet Sophia Johnstone, 1885-1980.
Edith Kathleen Devlin, 1906-.
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- Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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- School Attendance Certificate of Edith Kathleen Devlin, 1916
Trafalgar Township Historical Society
Trafalgar Township Historical Society Sponsor: Jeff Knoll, Local & Regional Councillor for Oakville Ward 5 – Town of Oakville/Regional Municipality of Halton