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Pakenham 1925 Tims Family — Pneumonia Tuberculosis

Pakenham 1925 Tims Family — Pneumonia Tuberculosis

Michael William Tims

BIRTH16 Mar 1864
DEATH19 Feb 1923 (aged 58)
BURIALSaint Peter Celestine Roman Catholic CemeteryPakenham, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

The influenza epidemic has left tragedy at the home of the Tims family on the 11th line of Pakenham. The father, mother and eldest son have died of Tuberculosis and the three remaining children are all ill. Michael Tims, head of the household died on Monday of last week.

He was ill for only a few days with the flu and then he was impacted by a cold which developed pneumonia, causing his sudden demise. He was a native of Ramsay, but for over twenty years had been a well-known resident of Pakenham. When he moved to Pakenham he married Miss Mary Farrell, daughter of the late Thomas Farrell

The funeral took place on Wednesday and another sad feature was that Michael Tims, his aged father who lives in Ramsay, was unable through illness to ‘be present. Indeed none could attend owing to illness. When Mr. Tims died his wife and children were also seriously ill. Their eldest son Thomas, a lad of seventeen, had pneumonia. He died on Thursday, and the funeral took place on Saturday.

On Sunday morning Mrs.Tims passed away, pneumonia also being the cause. She was 53 years of age. The pallbearers at the funeral were:

Messrs. P. B. Farrell P. J. Farrell, Thomas and Dan Herrick, W . Doyle and A. Nugent.

Three children remain: Monica, Basil and Willie. One of then is in the hospital and the other two are being cared for by Rev. Father O’Toole of Pakenham. The whole community was shocked when the news came of the death of the three members of this family, and the very deepest sympathy goes out to the sorrowing ones who are left.

March 1923 Almonte Gazette

1921 census

Household MembersAgeRelationship
Michael Tems58Head
Mary Tems48Wife
Moneca Tems16Daughter
Thomas Tems15Son
Willie Tems12Son
Baisel Tems8Son

What Happened to the children?

Mary became a nun and Basil was a waiter in Renfrew and he spelled his name with two mm’s (Timms). I could not find Willie at all.

One of the children the oldest sister became a nun.

Sr Mary Monica “Mary Gervase” Tims

BIRTH25 Dec 1904Pakenham, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada
DEATH21 Jun 1995 (aged 90)Kingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
BURIALSaint Mary’s Roman Catholic CemeteryKingston, Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada  Show Map
MEMORIAL ID203997981 · View Source

T and B Cigarettes Still Spells Tuberculosis to me

The Great White Plague

What Happened to Harold McLean?

Was the Rhyme Ring Around the Rosie Connected to the Plague?

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  3. The Mysterious Picture

The Tragic Life of Mary Paul–Hood’s Settlement- Mary Beth Wylie

The Tragic Life of Mary Paul–Hood’s Settlement- Mary Beth Wylie

Hi Linda

This is one of those family tragedies that was always acknowledged and remembered. Mary Paul from Hood’s Settlement

The other picture is as described- the Lanark County Counsellors 1935- my grandfather Ray Paul is lower right.

Thanks for keeping our history alive

Mary Beth Wylie

Thank you Mary Beth!! Please keep sending those family photos in!!


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My great Aunt Mary Paul  (daughter of James C Paul and Mary Stuart O’Brien) died of tuberculosis on July 20 1913 at the tender age of 18. The picture of her was taken on May 7 1913 and she passed away on July 20 1913. Despite having died decades before I was born she was always part of my life.


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The other picture is as described- the Lanark County Counsellors 1935- my grandfather Ray Paul is lower right.








Clipped from The Ottawa Journal19 Jun 1954, SatPage 14



Clipped from The Winnipeg Tribune01 Dec 1913, MonPage 5


*The passengers of the Prompt remained in Perth until Sept. 30, 1820 when the government paid an installment of one third of their bonus money.  Then they set out for their new home in Lanark Village in wagons.  Near there, on a hill top overlooking the Clyde, they were deposited with their baggage and they located a short distance to the west of the present site of McDonald’s Corners.  Prominent among the original members of the community were James Martin, William Barrett, Charles Bailey, James Watson, George Brown, Thomas Easton, George Easton, Edward Conroy, Peter Shields, John Donald, John Duncan, Andrew Park, James Park, John Todd, William Jack, James Hood, Alexander Watt, and Robert Forest. read–Knox Church– McDonald’s Corners



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)




The Great White Plague

Did you Ever Hear About Hoods Corners?

Knox Church– McDonald’s Corners

T and B Cigarettes Still Spells Tuberculosis to me

The Great White Plague



Two days ago I published a piece about Inge-Va in Perth. Excavations carried out from 1987-1994 recovered approximately 50,000 artifacts, 15,000 of which came out of an abandoned privy. This pit contained over 350 china objects and 280 glass objects. Items recovered from the privy include 10 different sets of tableware, 280 bottles, 71 wine glasses, 108 pharmaceutical and toiletry bottles, 16 chamber pots and seven toiletry sets. These items were discarded in an attempt to rid the house of tuberculosis. These objects provide a unique insight into how medical threats were addressed in the latter part of the 19th Century. An estimated 110,000 died each year from tuberculosis.

Tuberculosis was one of the leading causes of death in North America in the early twentieth century. Those infected with tuberculosis were isolated from society and placed in sanatoriums. These self-contained communities became known as “waiting room[s] for death.” The initial application into the sanatorium acknowledged the possibility of death. On the entry application, there was a question about permission to perform an autopsy. The autopsy acknowledged the possibility of death. The staff encountered death and had to maintain composure in the sanatorium environment. The staff was restricted from telling any patient about the death of another patient. The poor were left to suffer, and in many cases, to die. Their bodies must fight off the infection on their own.


Canada’s first TB sanatorium opened in Muskoka, Ontario in 1897. TB sufferers were sent to sanatoriums to be benefit from rest and fresh air and to avoid infecting others.



Author’s Note- In the 40s my mother had tuberculosis at the age of 14 and was sent to the Ste. Agathe Sanitorium in Quebec. Her parents were told she was never coming back so they consequently burned everything she had because of either fear of being in contact with the disease- or the fact they were told she was going to die.

She went on to live until 1963 when she died at the age of 34 from Lymphoma on the spine-which no one had any idea to what she had until my sister died of the same disease at 40 in the late 90s.




Smallpox in Carleton Place — Did You Know?





The Gazette
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
18 Nov 1878, Mon  •  Page 3

The last name was COUCH and his wife died 10 months earlier from TB

Name:Mrs John Couch
Birth Date:abt 1815
Birth Place:Ireland
Death Date:16 Feb 1877
Death Place:Lanark, Ontario, Canada
Religion:Church of England
Cause of Death:Consumption