Mariah, daughter of
Robert Parr and Hannah Charity
was born 19 January 1829 at Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, England.
Mariah was baptized 24 March 1833 with sister Harriett at St. John the
Evangelist Church at Waterbeach.
Mariah's parents brought Mariah and her
siblings to Ontario, Canada sometime during 1834. They settled
near Wardsville, Ontario by the 1842 census.
Robert, son of Richard Tunks and Catherine Hansel, was born 25 July 1818 at Westminster
Township, Middlesex County, Ontario.
They both lived at Mosa Township, Middlesex County, Ontario when they were married 20
September 1843 by an E. Methodist minister, Rev. C. Flumerfelt.
For the 1851 Census, the family was in Wardsville, Ontario and Robert was a tanner. There
is a second job listed for Robert, but the handwriting is not clear; does it say
"carver"? or does it say "Farmer"? Children at this point were,
Catherine, Hannah Ann,
Richard and Anna Jane.
For the 1861
Census, they were living in a frame one storey house with Robert listed as a farmer. This
was his occupation listed for 3 census, as the family lived on 1 Concession, Lot 29 in
Mosa Township. In 1861, there were more children; Robert,
George, William and Charles.
The census noted that one family member absent that was Hannah, who
found living her mother's mother, then (grandmother) Hannah Armstrong.
Also in the 1861 Census, there was one male attending school, and one
birth in 1860 (Charles).
Thought to be Robert Tunks