Christening, granddaughter of the late Magistrate James Edmund Jones
Grimsby Independent, 16 May 1946, p. 9

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16 May 1946
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5 May 1946
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Denison, Elizabeth Esther
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  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.20011 Longitude: -79.56631
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On Sunday, May 5th, by the Rev. Canon Leonard A. Dixon, at St. Clement's Anglican Church, North Toronto, in the presence of 85 friends and relatives, Baby Elizabeth Esther Denison, 9 months old, was baptized. She is the second granddaughter of Mrs. Denison, formerly of Grimsby, and the late Jack Denison, of the old Lincoln and Welland, who fell in France in 1916, and daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lonton Denison of 191 Dawlish Ave., Toronto. For the ceremony she wore a hand-made lace gown, created over 75 years ago by two great aunts in England, and worn as a christening gown by both her mother and maternal grandmother, and most of her 16 first cousins. Baby's middle name, Esther, is after a United Empire Loyalist ancestress who remained alone with her babies in the woods near Muddy York (Toronto) while her husband and male relatives fought at Queenston Heights, one picking off the sharp-shooter who killed General Brock, and another firing the cannon from the battery that sank at midstream a scow loaded with the enemy, drowning them to a man. Alone in the woods with her two babies, she kept the fireplace burning brightly every night to prevent wolves from breaking in through the window from a stump around which they would howl all night outside. On Saturday, May 11th, a reception was held at Baby's home, to which were invited all who wished to see her. In spite of the rain, more than 100 arrived. Old Grimsby people who came in during the afternoon and evening were Mrs. Provost Cosgrave, Miss Constance Talbot, Mr. and Mrs. F.P. Macklem, and Miss Heloise Macklem, well-known singer. The Dickens Fellowship of Toronto, the teaching staff of St. Clement's School were well represented. Miss Lillian Nelles of the Mt. Pleasant branch of that well known pioneer family was also present.

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Christening, granddaughter of the late Magistrate James Edmund Jones