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Other Canadian Descendants

These are listed in the order of the date of birth of each person

George Robert Dumville (1865-1936)

The Census of 1891 lists George Dumville with his bride Hattie (Harriet), living in their own house in the Township of Louth (near St Catharines). His occupation was listed as Laborer (wage earner).

There may have been twins born 1891, who died at birth, buried in Louth Cemetery. According to a letter from Clara Arbuthnot to Lilian Reimer in 1980, George used to visit there when in the area.

George and his family apparently moved west in about 1894 and settled in the Cambridge area on SE-36-15-31-W1 (See The Trek West). A photograph of the students of Cambridge School, 1898, includes George and Hattie's children Hazel and Wilfred, as well as the children of Joseph and Cassie Dumville, and John and Sarah Gibson. According to Emily Dumville, Harriet insisted that her children be born in hospital which may account for the birthplaces of Wilfred and Lawrence.

George's house later burned to the ground while George was at the Qu'appelle valley cutting firewood. No one was injured. He then took over the farm house vacated by Charles Henry Dumville in 1902 on SW-36-15-31-W1 when the latter moved to the village of Welwyn. The property was sold and George moved to the Hillburn District to NE 29-15-31-W1, which he bought in June 1903, and later to the Waldren (?), Saskatchewan area where he farmed for the remainder of his life.

George went by the name of Dunville in later years and that is the spelling used by his descendants. There was a close family resemblance between George and his brother Joseph.

Thomas Charles (Charlie) Dumville (1890-1966)

Charlie's original farm was SE 35-15-31 W1. This land had first been purchased by Charles Dumville Sr, his uncle, in 1900, and later sold to George Dumville, the brother of Charles Sr, finally ending up in the hands of Charlie, who passed it on to Kenneth.

After his father died in 1933, Charlie moved to his father's house on SW 1-16-31-W1 and farmed both this quarter and his original farm until his retirement. In 1963 Charlie and Elsie moved to Rocanville where Elsie remained after Charlie's death. She was a lovely gentle lady who welcomed the family on their visits to the prairies. She was injured in an auto accident on 5th October 1990, while in Calgary to attend a grandson's wedding, and did not recover.

Charlie loved music and fast horses. He drove miles, by horse team if necessary, to play his violin, banjo and mandolin at country dances, or to compete in local horse races.

Grace Catherine Dumville (1892-1982)

Grace attended High School and Normal School in Moosomin from 1909 to 1911. She taught at Hamona (between Ricanville and Spy Hill), Old Welwyn, the Howiedale School in Superb, Saskatchewan, and Beaver Rapids School near Little's. She was somewhat ahead of her time in the area of women's independence. In 1917 she purchased a new Model T Ford for $540.00, and was known to wear a pair of men's overalls at a time when pants were not worn by women.

Her husband Dan MacGregor arrived in Welwyn in 1911 to work at Fleury's store. He joined the Army Forestry Corps in 1916 and was reported missing in action in 1918, returning to Welwyn in 1919. He and Grace were married in 1920. Dan worked in and around Welwyn in several capacities including several years for Hugh Little on his farm, in the Fort Ellis district of Manitoba. Several of his children were born there.

A party was held at Welwyn on 31 July and 1 August 1982 in honour of Grace’s forthcoming ninetieth birthday. Other guests of honour were Emily (Parker) Dumville, Elsie (Andow) Dumville, and Ina (Hilts) Dumville, the last of their generation. Sixty-one descendants and spouses attended. Grace died on 18 December 1982, just five days short of her ninetieth birthday.

(The name Grace Catherine appears as Catharine Grace in some family records.)

Charles Joseph Gordon Dumville (1923-1944)

Gordon Dumville was a Flying Officer in the RCAF in England. Immediately after take-off on an operational sortie, his bomber suffered engine failure. Gordon was killed in the ensuing crash but the rest of the crew survived. He is buried in Harrogate Cemetery, Yorkshire, twenty-four miles south of Hunton, where his great-great grandfather Robert Dumville (c1767-1857) lived.

Frederick (Fred) Edward Dumville (1925-1997)

After completing school, Fred assisted his father on the family farm until 1951. In that year he married, his parents Ed and Emily moved to Rocanville, and Fred took over the family farm until 1955 when the family moved to Vancouver. Fred attended Barber School, took up barbering and owned his own shop for many years. He moved on to other employment as a baker, a deck hand on BC ferries, the heating engineer at the Elizabeth Conservatory, and the custodian of a Community Center. When Fred retired due to ill health, he and his wife Thelma Grace moved to Chilliwack.

Fred served in the Canadian Army from 1945 to 1946.

Josephine Lorraine Paget, nee Dumville (born 1926)

Lorraine completed her education in Rocanville and moved to Vancouver, where she worked for BC Electric and where she met and married Harold. In 1950 they moved to Windsor, Ontario, where Harold worked for the Ford Motor Company in the aircraft component fabrication division. In 1954 they moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Harold was employed with Continental Aviation and Engineering (CAE). In 1956 they moved to Seattle to join Boeing Aviation. At the end of their current production run, he rejoined Teledyne CAE, first in the Detroit area, then in Toledo, residing in nearby Perrysburg. He worked for CAE for thirty-two years, retiring in 1987 as a Vice-President of Engineering.

Harold served in the RCAF during World War II, then attended UBC, receiving his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in 1950. He later received his Master's in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Michigan.

After retirement they continued to reside in Perrysburg, remaining active with their church and missionary projects in Central and South America. On returning from his last project, Harold found he needed another heart bypass operation, and despite what the surgeons felt was a successful operation, his heart failed to restart. Lorraine continues to reside in Perrysburg, Ohio.

Frances Elaine Burrett, nee Dumville (born 1927)

Elaine took a business course in Vancouver and worked in the area in various positions, except for one two-year stint in London, England. Her husband Ralph served in the RAF for four years in England and the Far East. He emigrated to Canada after World War II and was employed in the lumber industry as a business office manager until his retirement in 1985. They moved to Delta, British Columbia in 1990. Hobbies: camping, fishing, gardening, and (Elaine) knitting.

Kenneth Charles Dumville (born 1929)

Kenneth worked on the Trans Canada pipeline for a number of years, and then returned to the Cambridge District to farm land previously owned by Robert Fowler as well as the old Dumville farm. Ken and his wife Marge are avid curlers.

Trevor Dale Dumville (born 1939)

Trevor has been involved in the garage and car agency businesses for most of his life, including owning and operating the Rocanville Garage and Ford agency. In 1994 he was semi-retired in Calgary and involved in the restoring and showing of his antique cars. He has appeared in movies as a chauffeur driving one of his antique cars.

Trevor has a keen interest in preserving family history and artefacts. He owns the original farm which Joseph Dumville homesteaded in 1894, and which has been continuously in Dumville hands since that date.

These short biographies were copied from the book 'Robert Dumville of Hunton, England, and His Descendants in England, USA and Canada', by Clifford Dumville.