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Richard Tom GRAVILL

Male 1870 - 1944  (~ 73 years)


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  • Name Richard Tom GRAVILL 
    Born Sep 1870  Epworth, Lincolnshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 8FE5ABCFD4D340768C567895009378B5FAB0 
    Died 1944  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • 1901 census (indexed as GRAVELL by Ancestry): in Toocrofts, Sprotborough, Yorkshire (all GRAVILL), Richard Tom (30, horseman on farm, born Epworth, Lincs), Alice (26, born Anston, Yorks), Clara (4, born Rotherham, Yorks) and William Joseph (3, born Thorpe Hesby, Yorks). Also a boarder, William GOODWORTH, 23.

      1911 census: in Sprotborough, Yorkshire (5 rooms) (all GRAVILL), Richard Tom (40, farm foreman, born Epworth, Lincs), Alice (wife, 36, married 16 years, 5 children all living, born Anston, Yorks), William J (13, working on farm, born Thorpe Hesby, Yorks), Arthur (9, born Sprotbro'), Olive (6, born Sprotbro') and Alice W (4, born Sprotbro'). Also two boarders, William VICKERS, 23 and Charles HIGGETT, 17.

      The following information is taken from Stephen Hunsley's work on the Hunsley family:
      1910 Richard Thomas GRAVILL first went to Canada from Liverpool in 1910 on the "Lake Erie" arriving in St John, New Brunswick, Canada on 13th March 1910, he said his destination was Winnipeg, Manitoba and that he was a Farm Labourer

      1914 On the Empress of Ireland they are down as MAVILL on Ancestry.com, but GRAVILL when you look at it and the family and ages match exactly what we have. 1924 RR1, Norwich Ontario (address given by Olive GRAVILL, the bridesmaid) and given as home of brides
      father.
      Information from Barrie Hunsley 11/1/2007:
      In 1909 Thomas GRAVILL first came to Canada to seek a new home for his family. He went to Whitehorse in the Yukon, but, because of the cold conditions and the poor farming in that area he returned to Sprotborough, England. His dream of returning to Canada to buy his own farm, however, did not die.

      In 1914, at the age of 44, Richard Thomas GRAVILL again journeyed to Canada bringing with him this time his wife Alice GRAVILL (HUNSLEY) and his six children: Clara, William, Arthur, Olive, Alice and Thomas. They boarded the Empress of Ireland and were eight of the 463 passengers who landed in Nova Scotia. The family then travelled by train to Woodstock, Ontario. There, Thomas found temporary employment to support his large family. Eventually he rented a farm from Mr. William WARING for $1.00 a day. The GRAVILLs rented a small cottage to house their growing family. Clara, the eldest daughter, went out to work in the are to help supplement the family's income. Clara was only 15 at the time.

      In 1916 Thomas purchased his own farm from Frank CLARE. This new farm was actually a house with a few acres of farmland and a barn. In 1919 Thomas purchased two more acres from Frank CLARE, This property was on the North part of the 6th Concessions, Lot 19 in the Township of Norwich, County Oxford.
      Richard Thomas and his family depended on this land for both their income and livelihood.

      Upon his death at the age of 74 in 1944, his wife, Alice GRAVILL moved to Ingersoll, Ontario to be near some of her children. She died in 1960 at the age of 86. Both are buried in Norwich Cemetery. One hundred years after the birth of Richard Thomas GRAVILL, the writer Brent James GRAVILLE was born (1970).

      Stephen Hunsley includes the following information about Thomas's children:
      «b»William Joseph Gravill «/b»was born in Mar 1898 in Thorpe Hesley, Yorkshire, England. He married Eva Rose Dominey on 19 Nov in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada.

      Emigrated from Liverpool 1914 on Empress of Ireland to Nova Scotia arriving 28th March 1914 and thence to Ontario Canada
      There is a death of a Ralph Dominey GRAVILL on 24th June 1932: he was born on the 23rd June 1932 and lived for 16 hours. The reason for death is given as difficult labour. His father is given as William Joseph GRAVILL born Yorkshire and his mothers name including her maiden name is given as Eva Rose DOMINEY and her birth place is given as Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada. Ralph was buried on the 25th June 1932 at Tissonourg?, Ontario

      «b»Arthur Thomas Gravill «/b»was born on 19 Jul 1901 in Sprotbrough, Yorkshire, England. He married Gertrude Jessie Hamilton on 08 Dec 1923 in Woostock, Ontario, Canada. He died on 19 Emigrated from Liverpool 1914 on Empress of Ireland to Nova Scotia arriving 28th March 1914 and thence to Ontario Canada
      1923 East Goner?, Norfolk, Ontario, Canada, (address at marriage) Address of witnesses Olive GRAVIL is down as Norwich Ontario, Canada and George HAMILTON is down as Bright, Ontario, Canada

      «b»Olive Gravill «/b»was born in Mar 1905 in Sprotbrough, Yorkshire, England.
      Emigrated from Liverpool 1914 on Empress of Ireland to Nova Scotia arriving 28th March 1914 and thence to Ontario Canada. 1924 RR1, Norwich Ontario (address given by Olive GRAVILL, the bridesmaid and given as home of brides father.

      «b»Alice Winifred Gravill «/b»was born in Sep 1906 in Sprotbrough, Yorkshire, England.
      Emigrated from Liverpool 1914 on Empress of Ireland to Nova Scotia arriving 28th March
      1914 and thence to Ontario Canada

      There was a query about the birth date of Alice but on the 1911 Census she is shown as Alice W, bearing in mind that Thomas was born in the Doncaster area in 1911 with the mother given as HUNSLEY I am sure the birth I have now is the correct one. Sprotbrough is in the Doncaster area of Yorkshire.
      «b»
      Clara Gravill «/b»was born in Jun 1896 in Rotherham, Yorkshire, England. She married Alexander William McLeod on 04 Aug 1924 in Oxford, Oxford, Ontario, Canada.
      Emigrated from Liverpool 1914 on Empress of Ireland to Nova Scotia arriving 28th March 1914 and thence to Ontario Canada.
      1924 South Norwich, County of Oxford, Ontario, Canada (at marriage) Father down as Richard T GRAVILL and mother as Alice HUNSLEY. Clara is down as a Methodist. Both the bride and bridegroom can read and write and the Brides father is down as being born in Epworth, England. The witnesses Olive GRAVILL gives her fathers and therefore Clara address which was RR1 Norwich, Ontario, Canada the other witness Chas A HUTCHINSON give his address as 397 Talbot Street, London, Ontario, Canada

      «b»Thomas Gravill «/b»was born in Sep 1911 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England.
      Emigrated from Liverpool 1914 on Empress of Ireland to Nova Scotia arriving 28th March 1914 and thence to Ontario Canada.
    Person ID I42  Hunsley
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2014 

    Family Alice HUNSLEY,   b. Abt 1875, Hunston, Linclonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1960, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 85 years) 
    Married Dec 1894  Thorne RD Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] BMD index, Q3 1870 Thorne 9c/585, as Richard Tom. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S5] Stephen Hunsley, November 2013.

    3. [S2] BMD index, Q4 1894 Thorne 9c/1352. (Reliability: 3).