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Hannah Clegg Atkinson
Birth: Jul. 19, 1860
West Yorkshire, England
Death: Oct. 21, 1954
Ontario, Canada


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Streetsville Review N-316, R-1np
Dec. 31, 1891
Atkinson Clegg At the residence of the bride's parents, Streetsville, on Wednesday, the 30th inst., by the Rev. W. T. Hicks, Mr. Eli D. Atkinson, of Hespeler, to Hannah, oldest daughter of Mr. Wilman Clegg.

1. Earl Frederick ATKINSON 1892
2. Wilford Norman ATKINSON 1895
3. George Gordon ATKINSON 1897
4. Isobel Elizabeth ATKINSON 1899
5. Leonard Jacob ATKINSON 1901
6. Beatrice Pauline ATKINSON, b. 1903, d. 1904.
All these children were born in Hespeler, Waterloo County, except Earl Fredrick who was born in Toronto Township (Streetsville), Peel County, Ontario, Canada

Excerpt from "The Barber Mills, Barberton and the Barber Brothers" by Matthew Wilkinson...
"(As a side note to early life in the village and to working conditions at the mill is the introduction of a tea break. One of their employees, Hannah Clegg, took her teapot to work one morning, and made tea at 10 a.m., having already worked from 6:30 a.m. When the Barbers protested, all the women went on strike. The Barbers gave in, and from then on, a tea break at 10 a.m. became a ritual.)"

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Toronto Telegram - Wednesday, July 19, 1950
Ontario News
Has Occupied Same Pew In Church for 75 Years
Streetsville, July 19__(Special)--
Mrs. Eli Atkinson today celebrated her 90th birthday at the home of her son, W.N. Atkinson, here.
One of the village's most beloved citizens, she came here with her parents from England, when a small child. The voyage was made aboard a sailing vessel, which sailed direct to Port Credit.
Mrs. Atkinson gives hard work as her recipe for a long life, and she thinks modern girls lead an easy life. When she was 12 year of age she began working in a mill, walking two miles to begin work at 7 a.m. and staying until 6 p.m.
A member of Streetsville United Church, she was present when the church, then Methodist, was opened, 75 years ago, and has occupied the same pew ever since. She has always taken a keen interest in civic affairs. She has two sons, W.N. Atkinson and Len Atkinson, both prominent businessmen here.
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N-316, R-22np
May 2, 1929
On Monday afternoon the Women's Association and ladies of the congregation gave a farewell tea for Mrs. Eli Atkinson, who is leaving his community to reside with her daughter in Galt. A very pleasing event of the afternoon took place when Mrs. J. Caslor was asked to read an address to Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Albert Sibbald, on behalf of the ladies, presented her with a beautiful reed rocker.
The Address
Dear Mrs. Atkinson We learn with much regret that you are soon to leave this community, and we, as members of this church, feel we could not let you go without conveying to you some idea of our esteem and love for you. During the years we have been in touch with you, we have always admired your loving disposition and feel that we shall miss you greatly, but we are cheered by the fact that our loss will mean a decided gain to the circle of friends you will go among. In order that you may carry away with you some visible token of our esteem and appreciation of you and your family, we ask you to accept this chair, and as you may often rest in it during the many years of usefulness and happiness which we trust and pray are yet before you, may it call to your remembrance the many pleasant times we had in this church and keep for us ever a place in the chamber of your memory. And when earth's shadows and mists have vanished, may we all meet again to enjoy the unbroken happiness of our Father's home.
Signed on behalf of Women's Association: Mrs. Longwell, President, Mrs. Bunt, 1st Vice-Pres.; Mrs. Lindsay, Secretary; Mrs. Caslor, Treasurer.

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Community Club
The Community Club held its regular meeting at the home of Mrs. M. Williamson, 8th line, Trafalgar with an unusually large attendance. After the regular routine of business a pleasant part of the afternoon was when Mrs. D. Ross was asked to read an address to Mrs. Eli Atkinson and Mrs. John Wagner made the presentation of a beautiful set of tea dishes.
Dear Mrs. Atkinson--We, your friends and members of Community Club have gathered here this afternoon to bring you greetings and to bid you Godspeed as you take your departure from our midst.
We wish to extend to you the memory of former days spent with us, but you leave behind you as our possession the memory of a friendly Christian character.
You have helped to convince us that the best asset anyone can have is a true friend.
We trust to see you many times in the old locality and we can assure you there will always be a hearty welcome for you in every home in the community.
Now, as a token of our esteem, we ask you to accept this gift and as you use them "May fond memories bring the light of other days around you."
Signed on behalf of the Community Club, Mrs. W. Leslie, President. Mrs. Atkinson made a very appropriate reply, thanking the members of the Club for their kindness to her and inviting all to visit her in her new home in Galt. The company all joined heartily in that familiar old son, "She's a jolly good Fellow"
Dainty refreshments were served by the hostess, assisted by her mother Mrs. E. Buck, Streetsville.
An interesting gave of horse shoe pitching was indulged in by the husbands and brothers of members.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, at the home of Mrs. Coulson, Tenth Line.

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A very pleasant and unique event took place on Tuesday afternoon April 23, when Mrs. John Wagner entertained about 20 ladies in honor of Mrs. Eli Atkinson, who is leaving here to make her home in Galt in the near future. After Mrs. Atkinson was seated in the living room and chatting with her hostess, the other guests, who had remained concealed at her arrival, entered the room, each one presented the guest of honour with a gift. Immediately after the shower tea was served in the dining room, which was prettily decorated with spring flowers. Her many friends wish Mrs. Atkinson a happy future in her new home.

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Friday, July 16, 1954 The Party Line
Mrs. Eli Atkinson, 94 On July 19 Quotes Song of Escaped Slave
By Evelyn Crickmore
Finding a Personality that still sparkles at 94 with a perky sense of humour, and a fund of most interesting anecdotes of earlier days was the fine reward for interviewing Mrs. Eli Atkinson (nee Hannah Clegg), of Streetsville who will be 94 on July 19th.
"Hard Work" she believes is the answer to longevity. She still insists in doing all the dishes and makes yards and yards of lovely lace wish she says "is such fun to give away."
She started work early for at 12 she began in Barber's Mill below Streetsville where she became an expert weaver. Up at 5 a.m. and walking two miles to begin work at 7, she worked till 6 p.m. for 80 cents a day. By mid-morning the girls were hungry and Hanna and a friend would steal 15 minutes to heat water on top of the steam box for a cup of tea. The steam box in which the wool was heated by gas for Barber's Mill had its own gas works.
Hannah was about 15 she the boss, 70-year-old Mr. Wm. Barber, caught her and a friend having a mid-morning cup. The friend slipped away. Hannah stayed. Mr. Barber was "vexed." Wisely Hannah "let him talk away till he was all talked out. The she explained that they got up at 5, hardly had time for breakfast and by mid-morning were hungry. "You'll get more work out of us for it: she told him. Mr. Barber walked away still vexed. Ten minutes later he came back and said, "I apologize. I've been thinking it over. I take everything back. You make your cup of tea." Quite a victory for a 15-year-old girl in 1875. The principle she advocated is now accepted as good management by all up-to-date industries. In those days it was an innovation.
A great impression was made on Hannah Clegg by the three openings in 1870 of the New Methodist, now the United Church in Streetsville which had cost $8,000 to build. The three openings with imported preachers, was to bring in more money. (One of the preachers was Egerton Ryerson who in 1826 when 23 years old had been missionary preacher to the Mississaugua Indians on the flats of the Credit and had also preached in Streetsville.)The third preacher was an escaped negro slave called "Elder Hawkins". He brought a negro choir whose singing was a joy but whose billeting was a problem. Elder Hawkins sang and sold printings of his own verses and Mrs. Atkinson after 84 years recited the following ones with fine expression:
I'm on my way to Canada where man is man by law,
The ship it soon will bear me o'er to shake the Lion's paw.
I no more dread the auctioneer, or fear my master's frown,
I heard that Queen Victoria said if we would all forsake
Our native land of slavery and come across the lake,
That She would stand upon the shore with arms extended wide
To give us all a peaceful home beyond the rolling tide.
Farewell Master, that's enough for me.
I'm on my way to Canada where coloured men are free."
The rest of Mrs. Atkinson's colourful story must wait till next week for this week the "Party Line is unexpectedly full. But we join with her many friends, her sons, in Clarkson and Streetsville and their families, and her daughter, Mrs. Walter Belle and family of Galt in wishing Mrs. Atkinson "Many Happy Returns of Her Birthday," July 19. Mrs. Atkinson has never liked her name 'Hannah' but it means "Beloved Gift of God" and her story unconsciously reveals that is just what she must have been all her life to her family and her friends. Today everyone speaks of her with a warmth of affectionate admiration saying, "Isn't it wonderful?" And she is.

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29 October 1954
Mrs. Eli. Atkinson Passes In 95th Year
By Evelyn Crickmore
One of the outstanding personalities of this area, Hannah Clegg Atkinson of Streetsville died peacefully on Thursday, October 21st in her 95th year. She had been the wife of the late Eli Doane Atkinson and mother of W.N. Atkinson, Streetsville, in whose home she died, following a stroke a week earlier, Fred E. of Clarkson, Len J. of Streetsville, Mrs. W.E. Bell (Isobel) of Galt and the Late G.G. of Bradford, and the friend of all who knew her.
Her story which we wrote in the Party Line last July was as inspiring as her personality. And this delightful personality all her long life incorporated a love of people, a great capacity for enjoyment, a warmly expressed appreciation for anything done for her and a joyous sense of humor and was achieved in spite of a handicap which might have daunted a less courageous spirit. She had been blinded in one eye by a kick from a horse when she was but 8 years old. She accepted it, and never complained and lived life to the full.
Although a cataract was beginning to form over her remaining eye, Mrs. Atkinson was still knitting and making lace and the evening she was stricken she had as usual insisted on washing the supper dishes and as she passed by had cautioned her daughter (for all daughters-in-law were beloved daughters to her) not to work too long at her sewing. Mrs. Fred Atkinson, a R.N., shared with Mrs. W.M. the nursing of that one week when she could not speak, but knew them all as she peacefully relaxed and then slept away, her three sons, their wives and Rev. L.G. Stapleton beside her.
The United Church, Streetsville, was filled last Saturday afternoon with her many friends who came to say their last good-bye and hear a
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Mrs. Atkinson
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wonderful eulogy and appreciation of their old friend by Rev. L.G. Stapleton. He quoted this hymn which her mother had taught Hannah Clegg when she was seven years of age and which she had remembered and recited recently to her family.
How tedious and tasteless the hours when Jesus no longer I see,
Sweet prospects, sweet birds and sweet flowers, have all lost their harmony.
The midsummer sun shines but dim the fields strive in vain to look gay,
But when I am happy in Him, December's as pleasant as May.

The pall bearers were Mr. Vic Johnston, Mr. H. Wright, Mr. Alfred McCracken,Mr. Frank Reid, and Mr. Ben Drennon of Streetsville and Mr. Jack Drennon of Islington. Interment was in Streetsville cemetery.

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The Port Credit weekly Oct 28, 1954 page 12
Streetsville's Oldest Resident, Hannah Atkinson, 95, Passes
Streetsville--One of South Peels eldest residents, Hannah Atkinson, died following a short illness about noon last Thursday. Almost a lifelong resident of this community, she had made her home in recent years with her son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. W.N. Atkinson, Maiden Lane, Streetsville.
A native of Leeds, Yorkshire, England, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wilmer (sic) Clegg. She came to Canada in 1867 at the age of seven, taking up residence in Streetsville, and remained there until her marriage. For a short time after her marriage, to the late Eli Doane Atkinson, on December 27, 1892 she resided in Hespeler, but soon returned to Streetsville where she remained ever since.
In her 95th year, Mrs. Atkinson had been in exceptional health and retained all her faculties until shortly before her death. At the age of 12 she was a weaver in the old Barber Mill, now the McCarthy Milling Company, Creditvale. She was predeceased by her husband in 1922 and a son, George, of Bradford, 10 years later.
Her survivors include three sons, Fred E. Atkinson of Clarkson, W.N. Atkinson and L.J. Atkinson, both of Streetsville, and a daughter, Mrs. Walter Bell of Galt, as well as seven grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Atkinson had always been a great church worker and was a prominent member of the United Church, Streetsville. She was present for the laying of the cornerstone of the present church and was a member of the Women's Association. She was also a member of the Trafalgar Community Club. During the last few years she has held the notable distinction of being the oldest resident of Streetsville.
Rev. L.G. Stapleton was assisted by Rev. T.D. Jones in officiating at the large funeral, which took place at the Lee and Kaiser Funeral Chapel, Queen Street, Streetsville, and interment was in Streetsville Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Reed, V.C. Johnson, W.H. Wright, Jack Drennan, Ben Drennan and A. McCracken, while flower bearers were R. Pidgeon, F.E. Hill, E. Wolfe, W.H. McCaughterty, A. Couse and W.G. Clements. F.F. Thomas, Ontario Minister of Agriculture and a lifelong member of the family was also present.
Following the funeral, two baskets of flowers were presented to each of the four churches in Streetsville to every shut-in in the United Church congregation, and to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The funeral was one of the largest held in the community, with relatives and friends attending from as far away as Rochester, N.Y., Detroit, and Ottawa.

1861 England Census
Name: Hannah Clegg
Age: 5 Mo
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1860
Relation: Daughter
Father's Name: Wilman
Mother's Name: Elizabeth
Gender: Female
Where born: Batley, Yorkshire, England
Civil Parish: Batley
Ecclesiastical parish: Batley
County/Island: Yorkshire
Country: England
Registration district: Dewsbury
Sub registration district: Batley
ED, institution, or vessel: 6
Household schedule number: 68
Wilman Clegg Married 24 Woollen Weaver born in Yorkshire, Batley
Elizabeth Clegg Married 33 born in Yorkshire, Batley
Hannah Clegg 5 months born in Yorkshire, Batley

1871 Census of Canada
Name: Hannah Clegg
Gender: Female
Age: 10
Birth Year: abt 1861
Birth Place: England
Religion: Weslyan Methodist
Origin: English
Province: Ontario
District: Peel
District Number: 39
Subdistrict: Streetsville
Subdistrict Number: b
Household Members:
Name Age
Wilman Clegg 34
Elizabeth Clegg 42
Hannah Clegg 10
Mary Clegg 8
Emma Clegg 3
Martha Clegg 2
Source Citation: Year: 1871; Census Place: Streetsville, Peel, Ontario; Roll: C-9957; Page: 7; Family No: 25.

1881 Census of Canada
Name: Hannah Clegg
Gender: Female
Age: 20
Birth Year: 1861
Birthplace: England
Religion: Methodist Church of Canada
Nationality: English
Occupation: Factory Hand
Province: Ontario
District Number: 140
District: Peel
Sub-District Number: D
Subdistrict: Streetsville
Household Members:
Name Age
Wilman Clegg 43
Elizabeth Clegg 53
Hannah Clegg 20
Mary Clegg 18
Emma Clegg 14
Martha Clegg 11
Source Citation: Year: 1881; Census Place: Streetsville, Peel, Ontario; Roll: C_13252; Page: 10; Family No: 38.

1891 Census of Canada
Name: Hanna Clegg
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Single
Age: 28
Birth Year: abt 1863
Birthplace: England
Relation to Head of House: Daughter
Religion: Methodist
French Canadian: No
Father's Name: Wilman Clegg
Father's Birth Place: England
Mother's Name: Elizabeth Clegg
Mother's Birth Place: England
Province: Ontario
District Number: 106
District: Peel
Subdistrict: Toronto
Household Members:
Name Age
Wilman Clegg 53
Elizabeth Clegg 63
Hanna Clegg 28
Mary Clegg 26
Emma Clegg 22
Source Citation: Year: 1891; Census Place: Toronto, Peel, Ontario; Roll: T-6361; Family No: 7.

1901 Census of Canada
Name: Hannah Attkinson
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Age: 40
Birth Day & Month: 19 Jul
Birth Year: 1860
Birthplace: England
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Immigration Year: 1868
Racial or Tribal Origin: English
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Presbyterian
Province: Ontario
District: Waterloo (south/sud)
District Number: 122
Sub-District: Hespeler (Village)
Sub-District Number: D-1
Household Members:
Name Age
Eli Atkinson 40
Hannah Atkinson 40
Earl F Atkinson 8 (Earl Frederick Atkinson)
Wilfred K Atkinson 6 (Wilford Norman Atkinson)
George G Atkinson 3 (George Gordon Atkinson)
Elizabeth E Atkinson 1 (Isobel Elizabeth Atkinson)
Source Citation: Year: 1901; Census Place: Hespeler (Village), Waterloo (south/sud), Ontario; Page: 3; Family No: 21.

1911 Census of Canada
Name: Hannah Atkinson
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Age: 50
Birth Date: Jul 1860
Birthplace: England
Tribal: English
Province: Ontario
District: Halton
District Number: 76
Sub-District: Trafalgar
Sub-District Number: 17
Household Members:
Name Age
Eli Atkinson 50
Hannah Atkinson 50
Fred Atkinson 18
Wilford Atkinson 17
George Atkinson 15
Isabel Atkinson 10
Leonard Atkinson 8
Source Citation: Year: 1911; Census Place: Trafalgar, Halton, Ontario; Page: 1; Family No: 13.

1921 Census of Canada
Name: Hannah Atkinson
Gender: Female
Marital Status: Married
Birth Year: abt 1861
Birth Place: England
Relation to Head of House: Wife
Spouse's Name: Eli Atkinson
Father Birth Place: England
Mother Birth Place: England
Year of Immigration: 1893 (should read: 1868)
Racial or Tribal Origin: English
Province or Territory: Ontario
District: Halton
District Number: 86
Sub-District: Trafalgar (Township)
Sub-District Number: 16
City, Town or Village: Trafalgar
Household Members:
Name Age
Eli Atkinson 60
Hannah Atkinson 60
Frederick E Atkinson 28
Wilfred H Atkinson 26
George Atkinson 23
Isabel Atkinson 21
Leonard Atkinson 19
Source Citation: Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 61; Census Place: Trafalgar (Township), Halton, Ontario; Page Number: 5.

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Death Notice:
ATKINSON, Hannah - On Thursday, Oct. 21, 1954, at the home of her son, W.N. Atkinson, Streetsville, Ont., Hannah Clegg, in her 95th year, beloved wife of the late Eli Doane Atkinson; dear mother of F.E. Clarkson, W.N., Streetsville, Isabel (Mrs. W.E. Bell), Galt, Ont.; L.J. of Streetsville and the late G.G. of Bradford. Resting at the Funeral Home of Lee & Kaiser, Streetsville. Service in Unite Church at 3 p.m. Saturday. Casket will be open in the church from 1:30 p.m. until 3. Interment Streetsville Cemetery.
Family links: 
  Wilman Clegg (1837 - 1909)
  Elizabeth Secker Clegg (1828 - 1905)
  Eli Doane Atkinson (1860 - 1922)
  Earl Frederick Atkinson (1892 - 1985)*
  Wilfred Norman Atkinson (1895 - 1980)*
  George Gordon Atkinson (1897 - 1933)*
  Isabel Elizabeth Atkinson Bell (1899 - 1981)*
  Leonard Jacob Atkinson (1901 - 1974)*
  Hannah Clegg Atkinson (1860 - 1954)
  Mary Clegg Hyslop (1862 - 1904)*
  Emma Greig (1867 - 1936)*
*Calculated relationship
Eli D. ATKINSON / 1860 - 1922 / his wife / Hannah CLEGG / 1860 - 1954
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