E: Margaret (1832-1921)

E:        Margaret McCUTCHEON (4) (Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1)  was born on the 9th January 1832 in Erin Township, Wellington County and she died on the 28th January 1921 in Langley, British Columbia at the age of 89.  She married Thomas James Fielding (1829 – circa 1865) on the 15th December 1854. His parents were David and Elizabeth Fielding who arrived in Quebec on the 18th July 1819 from Ireland.☺☺

Ospringe was named for a village in England, a suburb of Canterbury in the county of Kent, from which came the first settlers around the immediate corner in 1842.  The settlement began earlier (1831) but wasn’t named.  A toll gate was located in Ospringe on the Erin to Guelph Road in 1875.  The hamlet boasted two grocery stores, the Fielding Hotel, a United Church, two blacksmith shops, a woodworking shop, a shoemaker and a China & Gift shop with a population of 110 in 1897, quite a thriving little community in its early days.

The Fieldings operated an Inn in Ospringe, Wellington County (which is about 6 miles from Erin) called the “Fielding Hotel”.  When Thomas died, Margaret sold this hotel to Hiram Swackhammer when it then became the “British North American Hotel”.  We know quite a lot about Margaret through her extensive travelling.

Margaret McCutcheon Fielding and her son Stewart Fielding made several border crossings to and from Canada – United States in the early 1910’s.  They both were going to Milliken, Colorado.  We know it is the right Margaret McCutcheon because on one crossing she lists her next of kin as her brother, Stewart McCutcheon of Erin Ontario.  Her son Stewart was residing in Milliken on and off for several years.

~CHILDREN OF MARGARET McCUTCHEON AND THOMAS FIELDING WERE~

  • John FIELDING (5) (Margaret McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 3rd November 1855 in Ospringe, Erin Township, Wellington County, ON.
  • Hugh FIELDING (5).                                 See i following.
  • Henry James FIELDING (5).                        See ii following.
  • Thomas James FIELDING (5).                    See iii following.
  • Mary FIELDING (5) (Margaret McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in 1863 in Ospringe, Erin Township, Wellington County, ON.
  • Stewart FIELDING (5) (Margaret McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 7th February 1866 in Ospringe, Erin Township, Wellington County, ON. and he died on the 7th October 1943 in Langley, BC.  Stewart never married.

☺☺     Lived to be a Nonagenarian or more. 

HUGH M FIELDING (1857):

i.    Hugh M FIELDING (5) (Margaret McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 24th February 1857 in Ospringe, Erin Township, Wellington County, ON. He married Sarah DEWEY (1862 – 1930) about 1889. Her parents were Archibald Dewey and Martha Manchester Brabb.

NOTE: Hugh immigrated to Oklahoma circa 1890. Hugh and his family are first found in Guthrie City, Logan County, Oklahoma in 1900 where he was working as a contractor. In 1908, the family was still living in Guthrie. By 1910, he and his family had relocated to Laramie Wyoming when his occupation is identified as Contractor for the Railroad. 1920 finds the family back in Guthrie where they remain for the rest of their lives. His occupation is shown as a Contractor-Builder. Sarah died in 1930. Hugh was still living in Guthrie in 1930 and the census shows him as a retired widower.

~CHILDREN OF HUGH FIELDING AND SARAH WERE~

  • Mable FIELDING (6). B. February 1890 in Guthrie City, Logan County, Oklahoma Territory.
  • Ruth FIELDING (6). B. July 1892 in Michigan.
  • Paul Dewey FIELDING (6). B. 22nd October 1895 in Guthrie City, Logan County, Oklahoma Territory. D. December 1970 in Tulsa, OK. He married Etta M Unknown (1898). Their child: Paul D (1920).
  • Margaret FIELDING (6). B. April 1898 in Guthrie City, Logan County, Oklahoma Territory. D. 1964. She married Joseph Frederick BOLD (1889-1951) about 1918. Their child: Richard Fielding Bold (1919-1998).

HENRY JAMES FIELDING (1858-1905)

ii.    Henry James FIELDING (5) (Margaret McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in 1858 in Ospringe, Erin Township, Wellington County, Ontario and he died he died on the 2nd April 1903 in in Pleasant Prairie, Washington.  He married Laura E RYCKMAN (1858 – 22nd February 1954 Seattle) in 1885.

~CHILDREN OF HENRY FIELDING AND LAURA RYCKMAN WERE~

Caption under this picture reads “Grandpa and Grandma Fielding” 

  • Henry Erton FIELDING (6) B. 3rd May 1884 in Aberdeen, SD. D. 14th November 1918 Canyon, ID. His obituary says he died of the Spanish Flu. He was buried at the Canyon Hill Cemetery in Caldwell County, Idaho. He married Maude Orlene LOVELACE in September 1918. Their child: Laura Louise (1919-1984).
  • Maude FIELDING (6) B. 9th October 1886 in Aberdeen, SD.  D. 17th February 1941 in Lane, OR.  She married Charles Richard SHELTON (1885-1952) on the 10th December 1907. She is buried at Resthaven Memorial Park. Two Children:  Thomas Harold (1909); Helen (1911).
  • Melvin FIELDING (6) B. 5th July 1889 in New Westminster, BC. D. January 1967 in Portland, OR.
  • Edna FIELDING (6) B. April 1891 in New Westminster, BC.
  • Barton Chester FIELDING (6) B. 29th September 1892 in New Westminster, BC. D. 21st January 1971 in Vancouver, BC. Buried at Willamette National Cemetery, Portland OR.
  • Claude Lester FIELDING (6) B. 22nd September 1896 IN Swauk, Kittitas, WA.  D. 4 August 1942 in Seattle, WA. According to his obituary, Claude was playing with his dog when the dog bit him on his arm resulting in blood poisoning, causing his untimely death. He was buried at the Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Kent County, WA. He married Winifred Mae JONES (1901) circa 1923.  Her parents were William Jones and Mary Inez Carr. Their children: Robert Lester (1925); Claudia Joy (1928).
  • Clarence Ward FIELDING (6) B. 2nd May 1898 IN Swauk, Kittitas, WA.  D. 31st May 1975 in Seattle, WA.

NOTE:   By the 26th July 1887 Henry and Laura, along with their two oldest children, were living in Seattle Ward 4, King County, Washington.  Pictured above is Henry and Laura.

Of their five boys, four of them served in WW I and most of them were drafted again in WW II in the USA.

THOMAS JAMES FIELDING (1860-1949) 

iii.    Thomas James FIELDING (5) (Margaret McCutcheon-4; Hugh McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born on the 10th October 1860 in Ospringe, Erin Township, Wellington County, ON.  Thomas died on the 27th February 1949 in New Westminster, BC. at the age of 88 years.   He married twice:  He first married his cousin, Margaret Little in 1880.  Second he married to Sarah Catherine McINNES (1877) om the  22nd December 1908 in Vancouver, BC. They were both buried at the Surrey Center Cemetery, Block 251-7. Her parents were Fergus and Margaret McInnes. Their children: Ronald James Fielding (1 July 1910); Edward Roy (Twin) and Frank Wilfred (Twin) 1912. ‡‡

NOTE:   By the time that Thomas was residing in Langley Prairie (1891) his first wife, Margaret, was not with him.  Did she perhaps die in childbirth?  I don’t know and have found no historical records for them. However, he didn’t remarry for over 20 years to Sarah McInnes.  Thomas lived in Delta riding, Langley municipality, on the same farm from the 1891 census until the 1911 census or possibly later.  He was a dairy farmer.  His mother, Margaret, died in 1921 in Langley Prairie, so it is possible that she was living with him at the time.

This area was rich in dairy farms in the early days of the 20th century.  In 1910 the “Fraser Valley Milk Producers Co-operative Association” was formed to ensure that famers received a fair price for their milk.  The market conditions during this era were chaotic.  This association involved 90 % of the valley producers in the Fraser Valley.

In 1910, the first milking machine was on a farm owned by John Berry.  He walked his 2000 pound bull on a treadmill which ran the machine that milked 50 cows.  His farm was known as “the farm where the bull milked the cows” for many years.

LANGLEY PRAIRIE:        By the 1830’s the area of about 800 hectares was called Langley Prairie, named after Thomas Langley, a Hudson’s Bay company director.  The original settlement at what is modern Langley City was locally known as “Innes Corner”, named after two brothers, William and Adam Innes, who hailed from London, Ontario.  Their intention was to transport freight along the Caribou Wagon road to Barkerville and instead ended up owning 300 acres of land near Innes Corner circa 1875.  Then when the post office was transferred to the corner in 1911, the official name of the small village came to be “Langley Prairie.”  The city then became Langley, in 1955, dropping the “prairie” from its name.

One thought on “E: Margaret (1832-1921)

  1. robin roselle says:

    I have history to add. My grandfather was Claude Lester Fielding. I am the daughter or Claudia Joy Fielding Roselle. We reside in greater Seattle area.

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