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Mary Julia Blackman Colley
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Birth: May 1, 1831
Gravesham Borough
Kent, England
Death: Oct. 7, 1916
Muskoka District Municipality
Ontario, Canada

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Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada


Mary Julia Blackman, daughter of Robert Blackman, was born at Rose Cottage, Higham, Kent, England in 1831. She married Edwin George Colley in 1850 and came with ten children to Canada in 1872. Three children have died in England. After a few weeks in Toronto they purchased a farm in Medonte when the railway only ran to Orillia. After five years they moved to Oakley, again beyond the end of steel. For some time they were in the restaurant business in Bracebridge and suffered in the great fire of 1888. Since her husband's death, Mrs. Colley has lived with her daughter, Mrs. E. Nelson except occasional visits to her sons.

Though in ill health for three years she enjoyed a trip on Muskoka Lake a few weeks before her death. After an extremely painful illness she gave her blessing to each member of the family and her everlasting love to her friends and dear ones not present. Of her large family there are yet living Mrs. Emily Hamilton, Sask., Alfred in Seattle, Wash., Mrs. F.D. Woodcock, Toronto, Jack in Bracebridge, Mrs. J.H. Hughes, Hamilton, Harry in Boyne City, Mich., Mrs. E. Nelson, Bracebridge and Mrs. H. Waller, Hamilton.

A daughter, Mrs. Rutter, died in 1887, and son, George Edwin in 1913.

Among the beautiful floral tributes were a pillow from the family, a wreath from daughter Annie, spray from Mrs. J.F. Colley, heart from Mrs. D. Colson, spray from Mr. and Mrs. Wattie, cross from Mr. and Mrs. T. Peacock, pillow from Mr. and Mrs. C. Spence.
Extracted from:
The Muskoka Herald


After a lingering illness, Mrs. Mary Julia Blackburn (sic. Blackman) (relict of the late Edward Colley) passed away on the 7th of October, at the age of eighty five years and six months. Deceased was born at "Rose" Cottage, Hiham (sic. Higham), Kent County, England, married Mr. Edward Colley, and some years later (in the early seventies) came to Canada. They came to Muskoka about 1876, having resided in Medonte Township for five years, and for ten or twelve years in the Township of Oakley. From there they came to Bracebridge, where Mr. Colley died about twenty years ago, and where Mrs. Colley has ever since resided.

Her remains were interred in the Methodist Cemetery, the pall-bearers being Messrs. Jno. Thomson, George Harper, E. Fulton, Wm. Barron, Jno. McNiel and D. Olson. Mrs. Colley was the mother of a large family, three of whom died in England in infancy, viz., Rose, Julia and James; Mrs. Rutter died in Oakley 29 years ago and Edward about five years since; Alfred lives in Seattle, Washington, Mrs. Hugh Hamilton of Bomburg, Saskatchewan; Mrs. J. Hughes and Mrs. Henry Waller of Hamilton; Mrs. F. Woodcock at Toronto and Mrs. Nelson of Bracebridge; Harry of Boyne City and John of Bracebridge. Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Waller and Harry were visitors here a few weeks ago. Mrs. Colley was among the early settlers in Oakley and frequently related interesting stories about pioneer life in Muskoka. She was a woman of splendid character and a few days before her death caller her Home, she bade each member of the family present an affectionate farewell with loving words of good advice and sent her love tothe absent ones; thanking all for their kindness to her. Of late years, she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. E. Nelson.

The floral tributes were very pretty, and included a pillow from the family; a wreath from the daughters; a spray from Mrs. J.F. Colley; a Heart from Mr. and Mrs. David Olson; a spray from Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Wattie; a cross from Mr. and Mrs. Peacock; a pillow from Mr. and Mrs. Charles Spence.
The following is a transcription of a letter-edged-in-black sent to Henry Charles "Harry" Colley by Effie Morrow Colley at the time of Harry and Effie's husband, John's, mother's death.

2 cent stamp- Canadian postage

Mr. Harry Colley
Boyne City, Michigan USA

From Mrs. J.F. Colley, Bracebridge, Ont.

October 13, 1916

My dear sister and brother,
Dear Mother died Saturday afternoon October 7th a quarter after three and was buried last Tuesday. I thought Lizzie had written to you but last night when Jack and I were down there they said they had not written to you yet. Dear Mother's suffering was terrible. Alice and Katie were here with Mother the last two weeks she lived. They just left for Hamilton this morning and took Lizzie and Leola and Dwight with them. I was there steady three weeks and we were all pretty well played out. We could not use a bed pan the last three weeks she, Dear Mother lived. And the smell of her foot was something terrible. Her toe was all gone and right up to her ankle. Was awful. Was a happy release for Dear Mother to go on Friday night September 29. Dear Mother called us all to her bedside and bid us good-bye. Dear Mother first asked for my Jack. Then she asked for me. She had Jack by the hand telling him he was always a good boy to her and she was sorry he was so poorly. Then she took my hand and said Effie you have always been a good girl to me and while I have strength to speak I want to thank you for all you have done for me. Then she asked for the different ones. When Mother bid Kattie good-bye Kattie went into hystereks. Dear Mother asked Edwin where his father was, she would like to speak to him. So, Emmanuel came in and she took his hand and said Emmanuel, you have been a son and a father to me and I want to thank you for what you have done for me. Be good to Lizzie, Manuel, and do the very best you can. Keep the boys together and not to go in debt for her burial for everything was so dear now. And Emmanuel, give my everlasting love to my Harry and she said she hoped she had left nothing undone she was so happy in the Lord and she loved everybody. You ought to have seen her dear, white face. So radiant with joy. Dear Mother said Emanuel look to the Lord at all times for he is your refuge and spoke to Glenwood so nice and to Edwin. Mother seemed to have no pain. While she spoke to us all the next day she told us she had seen her blessed Saviour and she was traveling slowly to her Eternal home. May we all be as ready when the call comes as Dear Mother was. Jack has been very poorly. Could not walk without a stick, but is some better now and he joins with me in kind love to you all. It is raining today. We have not got our potatoes out yet. They are a very poor crop. Hardly worth digging. I will conclude. Your loving sister and brother. Effie and John Colley 
Family links: 
  Edward George Colley (1830 - 1897)
  Emily Lucy Colley Hamilton - Scammell (1851 - 1921)*
  Edward George Colley (1852 - 1913)*
  Alfred William Colley (1853 - 1925)*
  Annie Rebecca Colley Woodcock (1857 - 1946)*
  John Frederick Colley (1860 - 1920)*
  Matilda Louisa Colley Rutter (1861 - 1887)*
  Mary Alice Colley Hughes (1864 - 1942)*
  Henry Charles Colley (1866 - 1941)*
  Elizabeth Ann Colley Nelson (1869 - 1950)*
  Kate Clara Colley Waller (1871 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Bracebridge United Cemetery
Muskoka District Municipality
Ontario, Canada
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Record added: Dec 08, 2012
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Mary Julia <i>Blackman</i> Colley
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