Thomas Grawbarger 1859-1926 (son of Andrew Grawbarger and Sarah Jane Tennant) married Sarah Jane Tennant 1867-1941 (no not his mother!!). Sarah Jane or "Jennie" as she was known was the daughter of Thomas Tennant and Mary Ann Grawbarger. "Jennie" was also affectionately called "Grandma Crowbar". A picture of them later in life is above.
Thomas and "Jennie" had four sons and three daughters. The daughters were Mary (1881-1961), Margaret Anne (1898-1963) and Sarah Jane "Sadie" (1895-1969).
Mary or "Grandma MacDonald" as she was affectionately known married Alfred MacDonald (see blog post elsewhere) on October 31, 1900 when she was 16 years old. Alfred was 32 when he married Mary. Mary was a kind soul and always had a joke or story for every occasion. Alfred was a stern business like man who farmed his whole life. Every now and then he would act as a hunting guide for dignitaries. One of those who hired him was General A.G.L. McNaughton.
General McNaughton (on the left) commanded the expeditionary force that the Canadian government sent to England in 1940 during World War 2.
Margaret Anne (Maggie) Grawbarger married Charles Newman Kenyon in 1914. Charlie came from Mill Shoals in Illinois USA. Like her sister Mary, Maggie was also 16 when she got married to Charles. Charles' family was living in Elm Creek Manitoba and he went to Winnipeg on March 13, 1916 and joined the 221st Overseas Battalion of the Candian Expeditionary Force. He also served in the 78th Battalion. The photo below is from Charles and Maggie's wedding day in 1914.
After the 1st World War Charles and Maggie moved to Elm Creek Manitoba where he bought land from the S.S. Board until 1928. He moved to Badger, Manitoba shortly after and from there to Piney, Manitoba in May 1934. Cox Family Notes state Newman returned home from the First World War with shrapnel in his leg and hand.
While living around Piney, Newman was digging a well that collapsed and killed him. Chester, his son remembers this.."that he was watching his father dig the well and he told him to get away, seconds later the well caved in." (From Grawbarger/McConnell Family Tree by Corinne Grawbarger.
Sadie Grawbarger (1895-1969) married twice. She was married to George Boyd (8 August 1912 in Winnipeg) and also to Harvey Thibideau (23 May 1921 in Woodridge near Piney Manitoba). Let me know if you can help out with more information about Sadie and her first husband George.
The photo on the left is of Sadie and her first husband George Boyd.