My mother is Margaret Ruth Davison, formerly of Valois and NDG, Montreal. Her mother was Margaret Gibb, daughter of Alexander Gibb, gardner and horticulturist, who moved to Montreal in the late 1800's, I believe, and designed gardens in Dominion Square and Westmount. He married a Louisa Hudspeth, and gave birth to: Herbert Hudspeth Gibb, an artist; Alexander Gibb, a woodworker (who is believed to have designed the pulpit at St. John The Evangelist Anglican church in Montreal, and later moved to Vancouver); Mary Louise Gibb, a nurse (trained at Vernon Jubilee Hospital in Vernon, B.C., and moved to California; never married); Ernest Gibb, an engraver; Fred Gibb, a perfume salesman; Margaret Gibb, a secretary (and my grandmother); and Elizabeth Ellen (Nell) Gibb, a hairdresser.
Fred Gibb married Amy Taylor, and gave birth to Arnold Taylor Gibb. My mother said (this very evening, believe it or not!) that she thinks he died not too long ago.
Margaret Gibb married Walter C. Davison, son of James Davison and Elizabeth McIndoe (fondly referred to as "The Mater"). (James deserted Elizabeth when Walter was a toddler.) Walter had an older brother, James Frederick (Fred), who married Olive Spearing of (I think) North Hatley, Quebec, and gave birth to Stella and Georgina (Nina) Davison. Nina is my god mother and I am named after her, in part (Georgina Margaret.) Nina is a retired stenographer and lives in Ottawa.
Ellen (Nell) married Rex Wilson, and gave birth to Lisle Gibb Wilson, and Joy. Lisle married a woman I have always called "Johnnie" -- I think her name is Ulsa Johnson -- and they still live in Montreal. They had no children. Joy married Jack Daggett, and after many years in Montreal, they moved to Grand Manan, N.B. They have two children, my cousins, Blair (who is married and, I believe, working in broadcasting in Ontario) and Ellen (also married, but I have lost track of her).
Margaret Gibb Davison and Walter C. Davison had 2 children: my mother (Margaret Ruth, known as Ruth) and William Frederick, known as Bill.) Uncle Bill died in his late 50's in 1968; his wife, Doris Hall Davison, still lives in the West Island, as he brought his family up in Valois. Bill and Doris had 4 children: Margo, living in Sevilla, Spain, and married to a wonderful fellow, Adolfo Martinez Caros (two kids, Jaime and Marta, both married with children); Judith Lee (Judy), married to Peter Kuzik and living in West Island (3 kids: Todd, Tammy and Jenna, all married with kids); William Martin (Marty), married to Margaret Ann (2 daughters, I think) - living in/near Toronto.
My mother, Ruth, married John Gillies Rennie in 1941; I was born in 1952 in Montreal, though they also had a home in Huntingdon, Quebec, where Dad was from. You might recognize his name because they named John Rennie High School after him. He died a few months before I was born, so I never knew him. Mom re-married in 1957 to Reginald Walter (Reg) Daniel of Huntingdon; he had 2 children by a prior marriage, and my step-sister, Wendy, lives in Calgary, as do I.
Would love to hear from you. My mother would just be thrilled. Also, I have lots of photos (though I can't promise one of Arnold T. Gibb); some are already scanned so if you like, I can e-mail some to you.
My e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Rennie Blank
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