Feb 1, 2010

Francis J. Manley (1864-1927)

Frank Manley was the youngest child of Edward Manley and Margaret Dixon. He was born in Thorold, Ontario, Canada on the 28th of May 1864. He appears in the 1871 and 1881 census listings with his family. His mother, Margaret passed away in 1881 when Frank was only 17 years of age. By the time of the 1891 census, Frank and his father, Edward are living with his sister Mary Manley McKenny at her home at 23 Carleton Street S. in Thorold.

On the 11th of January, 1893 Frank and Catherine Amelia Cartmell were married at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic church in Thorold. Witnesses were John Cartmell and Loretta Cartmell. Amelia was born on the 26th of March, 1863 and was the daughter of William Cartmell and Ellen McDonald of Thorold. Between 1894 and 1903, Frank and Amelia had 3 children, a son and 2 daughters.

Frank became involved in the canal construction and dredging business along with his brothers, John and Edward and worked as an engineer at this throughout his life. Sometime around 1919 Frank moved his family from Thorold and settled in Toronto, Ontario. Frank became ill and died at St. Michael's hospital in Toronto on the 24th of April, 1927 at the age of 62. He had been pre-deceased by his parents Edward and Margaret, his brother Hugh and his sister Mary. Obituaries for Frank were published in the Toronto Star, the St. Catharines Standard, the Welland Tribune, the Niagara Falls Review and the Catholic Register.  Amelia died at St. Joseph's hospital in Toronto on the 13th of October, 1947. Frank and Amelia are buried together at Mount Hope Catholic Cemetery in Toronto.

Obituary, Frank Manley, Catholic Register, 1927;
At the time of being stricken with his last illness, he was engaged on the work at the harbor, Port Colborne. His fortitude and patience in bearing the pain of his severe illness, his thoughtfulness for all about him, his calmness at the thought of death, and his perfect resignation, have left a lasting impression on all who came in contact with him.

The funeral was held from his late residence, 123 Riverdale Ave., on April 27th, to St. Ann's Church, where Rev. T.J. Manley, nephew of the deceased; was the celebrant of the solemn Mass of Requiem, Rev. Thomas Battle of Schomberg, a native of Thorold, was deacon, and Rev. Father Kelly, assistant at St. Ann's was sub-deacon.

To the solemn strains of the requiem music, the funeral cortege left the church and proceeded to Mount Hope cemetery, where interment took place, all three priests again officiating in the prayers at the graveside. The pall bearers were Messrs Harry Dixon, Toronto; James Dixon, Dalhousie; Edward McKenny, John Cartmell, William Cartmell, Thorold; and John Manley, Jr., Merritton.

Besides his sorrowing widow, formerly Miss Amelia Cartmell, of Thorold, Mr. Manley leaves two brothers, Capt. John Manley of Merritton and Edward of Montreal, one son, Mr. William Manley, Westmoreland Ave., Toronto, and two daughters, Mrs. J.J. Burns, Parkfield, Ont., and Miss Helen at home. To these the sympathy of the entire community is extended in their bereavement. R.I.P.
Obituary, Amelia (Cartmell) Manley, Catholic Register, 1947;
Mrs. Amelia Manley, widow of the late Frank J. Manley, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Toronto on Oct. 13. Mrs. Manley had been in ill health for some time. The deceased is survived by one son, William, and one daughter, Helen, (Mrs. R. Cresswell), both of Toronto. Another daughter, Mrs. Margaret Burns, predeceased her. Also surviving are two sisters, Mrs. M. McGill and Mrs. J. Hannah of Thorold; two brothers, John Cartmell of Thorold and Joseph Cartmell of St. Catharines; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held at St. Anthony's Church on Oct. 16, where solemn requiem Mass was celebrated by Rt. Rev. J.J. McGrand, with Rev. W.F. Carvill as deacon and Rev. F.C. Robinson as sub-deacon. Thomas J. Manley, a grandson of the deceased and a student at St. Augustine's Seminary, was master of ceremonies at the Mass. The pallbearers were H. Burns, Wm. Burns, J. Burns Jr., F. Manley, Wm Manley Jr., and L. Manley, all grandsons of the deceased. Interment took place at Mount Hope Cemetery, with Rev. John Bolger officiating at the grave. R.I.P.

Children of Francis Manley and Amelia Cartmell:

William Matthew (1894-1956)
Margaret Mary (1896-1945)
Ellen Frances (1903-?)

Parents of Francis Manley:

Edward Manley (1819-1903)
Margaret Dixon (1821-1881)

Parents of Amelia Cartmell:
William Cartmell
Ellen McDonald

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