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Updated February 2001
My Great Great Great Grandparents. Our first known
ancestors born in Canada. Jacob was born in 1798 in Upper Canada
to the United Empire Loyalist Settler, Harmanus Wannamaker and Dorothy
Steward / Stewart. Mary was born in 1804 to Henry
Pulis Peter Wanamaker and Rachel DeBaun. Note: Jacob was
known as "One Arm Jake".
My Great Great Grandparents Thomas was Jacob and Mary's son.
Rachel's Grandfather was United Empire Loyalist Private Soldier,
Loyal Rangers (Jessup's Corps.), Russell Pitman. She is the daughter
of Gordon Hannah and Harrietta Latta.
My Great Grandparents. John was born to Thomas and Rachael.
Eliza was born to James Loney and Elizabeth Ralph. These pictures
say on the back McArthur's Mills in Ontario. They are both buried in
Saskatchewan and so these were taken before coming west. The pictures
are in excellent condition and are quite large. The pictures scanned surprizingly well in spite of the large
size, but the oval shape did not fit in my scanner.
These are my Grandpa and Grandma~, Thomas James Wannamaker
was born to John and Eliza. He was 21 years when this picture was taken
in Saskatchewan. I remember as a young child visiting the farm, starring
at this picture hanging on the wall in Grandma's bedroom for hours. It
was he and this picture that inspired me to know who I am. His eyes
captivated me, wondering who he was and who his family was. Now I know
and because of them I know who I am! This is the only known real
portrait of my beautiful Grandma. The date is unknown, but my mother
thinks she was older, so it was probably taken sometime in the late
1930's. She is the daughter of Matthias Lander and Magdalena
This is my Grandpa Wannamaker's "Homestead Shack" he built in
1908 in Saskatchewan when he was a young man of about 20 years old.
It still stands today on the homestead. He stored some of these pictures
in this one room, as well as many other treasures. Some of the things
there were destroyed by time but it is still a reminder of the past and
the hardships he first endured. The "Main House" was not built until
the early 1920's just before marrying my Grandma. The main house today
is to the left of this picture. It was painted white and still very
small with only 4 rooms. The "Outhouse" was to the right of this
picture. There never was indoor plumbing and I remember having to use
it in the dark while the coyotes howled, which they did every night,
all night long. Talk about fright going to and from the outhouse in
those days! The homestead yard stood atop a hill where at the bottom
was the huge barn and the water well that my family had to haul each
and every day. Along the side road to the barn was tons of machinery
new and old. I Loved this quiet place. So many Loving Memories will
be with me forever. My Grandpa stands in the doorway so proud of his
first achievement on this barren land.
These are my Grandparents just before my Grandpa passed away in 1950. He was
very ill but this is still one of my favorite pictures of them. I can still see
my Grandmother's beautiful big smile, the gentle hot Saskatchewan breeze slightly blowing
her hair. She passed away in 1973.
WANNAMAKER Family. Picture taken about 1918 in Saskatchewan.
Back left to right:
Susan 'Eva' Wannamaker (Pedersen), 'Elsie' Jane Wannamaker (Young), (My
Great Grandmother) Eliza Jane Loney Wannamaker, 'Cora' Wannamaker (later
Service), Mary Wannamaker (Hannah), Maggie 'May' Wannamaker (Hilts). Babies in back: Ralph Pedersen, Donald Young, Ross
Hannah. Front left to right. Richard Lloyd Wannamaker, (center) James
Newton Young holding dau. Irene. Right (My Grandpa) Thomas Wannamaker
holding Eldon Pedersen. A brother John and sister Ida Wannamaker are
My Great Grandfather John Joseph Wannamaker (left) & his brother Andrew
Gordon Wannamaker (right). John seems to be about 21 years old.
These Pages created and maintained by Sherry Koshney-Downard. All
rights reserved. You may not copy these pictures for any other reason
but for your own personal family use. They are our Ancestors. Any
reproduction or claims other than who they are is not permitted by
Copyright and Trademark Laws.
Some of these pictures submitted to me by Carole Murray Williams.