Alma Lawder

ID # 6921, (1849-1896)
FatherJohn Marjoribanks Lawder (1825-1893)
MotherMary Catherine Alma (1826-1908)
BirthAlma Lawder was born on 10 September 1849 at Niagara Town, Niagara Township, Canada West. 
ChristeningHe was christened on 12 May 1850. 
DeathHe died on 20 January 1896 at Toronto, York Co., Ontario, at age 46. 
BurialHe was buried at St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Niagara Town. 
NoteSee Vital Records of Upper Canada / Canada West, Vol. 1, Part 4, Niagara District, 1820-1869, compiled by Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai, Global Heritage Press, 2005, page page 22, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Niagara-on-the-Lake (Niagara Town at the time), Register of Baptisms, 1830-1869.

By Rev John B. Mowatt
12 May 1850, privately, Alma, born 10 Sept. 1849, daughter of John Marjoribanks Lawder and Mary Catharine Alma

Notice that Rev. Mowatt has entered Alma into the baptism register as a female. This was clearly a mistake, for census information as well as Alma's death registration make it clear that he was a male. 'Alma' obviously received this name as this was his mother's family name.

(One wonders what Alma's baptismal certificate might have said.)

12 May 1850 was a Sunday, but the baptism is noted as 'private'. Rev. Mowatt records but one baptism on that day, but we may note that on other Sundays he records a series of private baptisms. Just what this means isn't at all clear, but, at a guess, the baptism was done in the presence of extended family.

Alma was recorded twice in the 1851 census at Niagara Town. Recall that this census was not begun until 12 January, 1852. The age question asked was: What is your age as of your next birthday. Alma is shown as age 3 in the household of his Alma grandparents as well as his parental home, both of which were in Niagara Town.

The family was in Niagara Town at the time of the 1851 and 1861 censuses. In later years they were in St. Catharines. It's evident that Alma was born in Niagara Town.

Death reg. 023110-96 Toronto, York Co.
Alma Lawder died January 20, 1896. Male. Age 46. Engineer. Born Canada. Presbyterian. Cause of death Pthisis pulmonalis (tuberculosis), several months. Physician and informant H. E. Tremayne.

Alma died in Toronto, but was buried in the family's burial plot at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church at Niagara Town. Here, the inscription shows that he was the eldest son of John M. & Mary C. Lawder. 
Last Edited14 Mar 2019