The Descendants of Helen Diana Townshend and Rev. Abraham Van Gelder Wiggins


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The Descendants of Helen Diana Townshend and Rev. Abraham Van Gelder Wiggins

First Generation

1. Helen Diana TOWNSHEND daughter of William TOWNSHEND and Flora STEWART was born on 19 Jan 1806 in PEI.CA. She was christened on 3 Jun 1806 in St.Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown,PEI.CA.. She died on 3 Oct 1881 in Charlottetown PEI.CA.. She was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral Anglican Cem.Charlottetown,PEI.CA..

Helen married Rev.Abraham Van Gelder WIGGINS son of Jacob F. WIGGINS and Elizabeth Ruth SLOCUM on 2 Nov 1831 in St. Eleanor,PEI.CA.. Rev.Abraham was born on 13 Aug 1804 in Grand Lake, Jemseg , NB.. He was christened on 8 Mar 1806 in Grand Lake,NB.CA.. He died on 26 May 1865 in while visiting St.Eleanor,PEI.CA.. He was buried in St. John's Church Cem.St.Eleanor's,PEI.CA..

Notes for Rev. AVGW: He was rector, Parish of St. Eleanorís 1830-1851. He and his family removed to the Parish of Maugerville, sunbury County, NB.CA. after PEI.

There is a large CROSS right beside his Sonís stone at St. Johnís Anglican Church Cemetery,St. Eleanorís ,PEI. With raised lettering " OUR FATHER". In the History ofNEW LONDON, pub. 1959 refers to this cross as probably where the Rev. AVG Wiggins is interred.

His name GELDER is found in several variations Gelder, Guilder, Golder, Guilder. I have choosen GELDER as this spelling in his will and in a scrapbook found.

They had the following children:

2 M i. Rev.Gilbert Charles WIGGINS was born on 21 Jul 1832 in St.Eleanor's,PEI.CA. He was christened on 28 Oct 1832. He died on 19 Jan 1859 in Hyrese near Toulon,South of France. He was buried in Cemetery in Hyrese, France..

3 M ii. William George WIGGINS was born on 13 Jun 1834 in St.Eleanor's,PEI.CA. He was christened on 29 Jun 1834. He died on 5 Jan 1842 in St. Eleanor's Parish,PEI. He was buried on 7 Jan 1842 in St. John's Church Cem.St.Eleanor's,PEI.CA..Stone very weathered.

4 F iii. Caroline "Carrie" Maria WIGGINS was born on 2 Jun 1836 in St. Eleanor's PEI.CA.. She was christened on 18 Aug 1836. She died on 31 Jan 1876 in At the home of Uncle, ( Rt. Hon., Sir )Louis H.Davies.Charlottetown.PEI. She was buried in St. Peter's Cathedral Ang.Cem.Charlottetown PEI.CA..

5 F iv. Helen Gertrude WIGGINS was born on 30 Apr 1838 in St. Eleanor's PEI.CA.. She was christened on 3 Jun 1838. Assumed that she died before 1865 as not named in father's Will.

Helen married Frederick E. FUGE on 27 Apr 1861 in Maugerville, Sunbury Co. NB.CA..

Note for Frederickís surnameÖ.Fuge on Marriage Bond but also referred to as Frye,& Freeze.

6 F v. Esther Flora Elizabeth WIGGINS was born on 23 May 1840 in St. Eleanor's PEI.CA.. She was christened on 12 Jul 1840. She died in aft.1865 and bef. Jan 1876. She is not named in her sisterís Will of 1876.

+ 7 M vi. George William Jacob WIGGINS was born on 13 Jan 1842. He was christened on 27 feb 1842. He died in Apr 1919.

+ 8 M vii. Rev.Cecil Frederick WIGGINS was born on 24 Aug 1844. He was christened on 14 Apr 1844. He died in 1937.

+ 9 F viii. Susan WIGGINS was born on 21 Feb 1847. She was christened on 2 Apr 1847. She died in 1925.

Susan married Rt. Hon Sir Louis Henry DAVIES son of Benjamin DAVIES

,Sr. and Keziah ATTWOOD on 23 Jul 1872 in St. John's Church , St.

Eleanor's,PEI. Rt. was born on 4 May 1845 in Charlottetown,PEI.CA.. He

was christened on 27 Jul 1845 in St. Paul's Church,Charlottetown,PEI.CA..

He died on 1 May 1924 in Ottawa,ONT.CA. He was buried in Beechwood

Cemetery,Ottawa.CA..

10 F ix. Flora Townshend WIGGINS was born on 26 Mar 1851 in St. Eleanor's PEI.CA.. She was christened on 27 Apr 1851. She died on 15 Apr 1881 in Charlottetown,PEI.CA.. She was buried in St. Peter's Cathedral Ang. Cem.Charlottetown PEI.CA..

Second Generation

7. George William Jacob WIGGINS (Helen Diana) was born on 13 Jan 1842 in ,PEI.CA.. He was christened on 27 Feb 1842 in St. Eleanor's Parish, PEI.CA.. He died in Apr 1919 in Darnely,PEI.CA..

George married Janet HOPE on 25 Feb 1868. Janet was born on 30 Apr 1847 in PEI.CA.. She died about 9 Feb 1926.

They had the following children:

+ 11 F i. Mary Adelaide WIGGINS was born in 1871. She died on 26 Oct 1909.

Mary married Ernest Deblois PEAKE son of George Ellis PEAKE and Alice Rebecca DEBLOIS on 15 Dec 1898. Ernest was born on 18 Dec 1874 in Charlottetown,PEI.CA.. He died/ buried on 14 Jun 1950 in Sherwood Cem Brackley,PEI.CA

+ 12 F ii. Flora "Flo" Hope WIGGINS was born on 24 Mar 1881. She died in 1962.

Flora married Geoffrey David FITZGERALD on 23 Nov 1910. Geoffrey was

born in 1885. He died in 1961.

13 M iii. W. Louis WIGGINS was born on 11 May 1883 in PEI.CA.. He died in 1926 in unmarried.

14 M iv. Kingsley Charles WIGGINS was born on 4 Mar 1887 in PEI.CA.. He died on 8 Nov 1918 in overseas.

8. Rev.Cecil Frederick WIGGINS (Helen Diana) was born on 24 Aug 1844 in St.Eleanor's,PEI.CA.. He was christened on 14/03 Oct 1844 in St. Eleanor's Parish, PEI.CA.. He died in 1937 in Sackville ,Nb.CA.. He was buried in Cem. Sackville,NB.CA..

Rev.Cecil married Katharine FREEMAN daughter of Robert Watson FREEMAN and Evelina Snyder SNOW on 15 Sep 1880 in Jordan Falls,Shelburne,NS.CA.. Katharine was born in 1860 in NS.CA.. She died on 8 Oct 1939 in Sackville Westmorland County,NB.CA.. She was buried in Sackville Westmorland County,NB.CA..

They had the following children:

15 F i. Kathleen Gretchen WIGGINS was born on 6 Oct 1881 in Sackville,NB.CA.. She died on 16 Aug 1882 in Sackville,NB.CA..

16 M ii. Robert Selwyn WIGGINS was born on 28 Jan 1883 in Sackville,NB.CA.. He died on 11 Oct 1894 in Sackville,NB.CA..

+ 17 F iii. Nora Millicent WIGGINS was born on 1 Nov 1884. She died in 1975.

Nora married Frederick Arnold FISHER son of William Shives FISHER and

Mabel SHAW on 9 Jan 1908 in St. Paul's Church Sackville,NB.CA..

Frederick was born in 1880. He died abt. 1957.

18 M iv. John Keble WIGGINS was born on 12 Jun 1886 in Sackville,NB.CA.. He died in 1954 in Sackville, NB.CA. no issue.

John married Lillie RAYMOND daughter of Thomas F. RAYMOND. Lillie was born on 31 May 1889 in Saint John,NB.CA..

+ 19 F v. Helen Cecilia WIGGINS was born in 1890. Helen died young ????.

Helen married Ernest Edwin MELVILLE son of Henry R. MELVILLE and

Helen M. UNKNOWN on 25 Jun 1918 in St. Paul's Episcopal Church,

Sackville,NB.CA.. Ernest was born in 1894 in Barbados,B.W.I..

20 M vi. Dr. Reginald WIGGINS was born on 6 Dec 1897 in Sackville,NB.CA..


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