The Family of Anthony Sidney Cheeper (1867-1901)
This directory contains information about the children of Sidney Cheeper (1867-1901)
and Annie Brown/Cheeper (1864-1930).
For details of Sidney, see his own page.
For further details of Sidney’s very interesting father Anthony Cheeper,
see the AJCheeper/Clarke page, and for Sidney's siblings,
see the Cheeper-Spilsbury page.
Sidney and Annie had 8 children (numbers 2-9 below), 6 of whom survived infancy,
and at least 3 of whom (numbers 7, 8 and 9) are known to have large numbers
- it appears that Annie (despite her youth) already
had a child (1. Maud) from a prior relationship (or indiscretion)
- a further child is listed in the 1901 Census entry, but her
age appears to be inconsistent with being Sidney and Annie's child. She
Cheeper, b. 2 Dec 1891, known only from the 1901 Census entry. (Child 4 Sarah
Florence was born 2 months later, and is preferred because she appears in
two Census entries). So we've omitted Josephine at present
- some confusion arises from the names
of several of the children varying in different entries
Details of the children came from several sources, including the burial entries
of Les Repos Saint
Francois D'Assise, Montreal and the Drouin Collection on Ancestry.ca
for births and deaths.
The people listed in this document were half-first cousins to our fathers
Fred Clarke 1917-2004 and Tony
Clarke b. 1919 – but (because Sidney was Anthony Cheeper's 6th child and
his 23rd) Sidney's children were a
The grandchildren, who are listed in a further document, are half-second
cousins to myself b. 1949 and Anne Kratzmann b. 1944. But, again, Anne and
I are a
younger. The people at the third level, born within a few years either side
of us, are
our half-second cousins, once removed.
- Ethel Marie (Maud) Brown/Cheeper (1883/34-1922)
b. 3 Feb 1883 (or 1884).
The 1891 Census, and her death entry,
both suggest a birth-year of 1884 rather than 1883.
(Both show her as Ethel. She appears to have
switched to Maud by 1905).
Sidney was referred to as her father.
But he was 15 when she was born, and wasn't in the country in Feb 1883 or even
It has to be presumed that Sidney married Annie later, and adopted Maud.
Maud is present [in which household?] in the 1891 census, aged 8.
Maud is present in the household in the 1901 census, as a daughter, aged
m. Hubert MERCIER (1881-1915)
Hubert was b. 1881
m. 19 April 1904, Maud then aged 21
m. St Joseph's Catholic Church, Montreal
James witnessed as step-father, and Sidney was acknowledged as father.
Hubert's parents were Francois-Xavier Mercier and Elizabeth Paradis.
The witnesses were Francois Mercier (his brother?) and James McManus (her step-father).
In the 1911 Census (1 Jun 1911), they were at 33 Bayette.
5 children, details here.
Hubert d. 5 March 1915, aged 34 years, in Montreal.
Ethel d. 30 Nov 1922 (as Ethel Marie Cheeper, widow of Hubert), aged 38
- Albert Sidney Cheeper (1886-1892)
b. Jul 1886
He's in the household in the 1891 Census.
d. 27 Aug 1892, "age 6 years and 11 months"
Buried at Trinity Chapter Anglican Church of Montreal
- Catherine Ann Cheeper b. 17 Mar 1888 - >1929
She appears as Annie in the 1891
Census, and Anne in Ed Hitchinson's documents
m1 1905 in Montréal (Anglican Saint Edward)
m1 Henry Donaldson CLARE
Harry (Henry) was b. 14 Dec 1885
His father John Clare (50), a labourer, arrived from Australia in 1882, dec'd
Her mother is shown as Annie Brown, now the wife of James McManus.
James and Annie are shown as being at
Children 1 and 2
Harry d. between 1905 and 1913.
m2? William NORMOYLE
m. >1911, <1914
Children 3 and 4 (but as Anne not Catherine)
m3? George DUFFY
m3 21 June 1929 (when she was 41)
George was possibly b. Sep 1895, and aged 34
4 children, details here.
We don't know the date of death of Ann(i)e Cheeper/Clare/Normoyle/Duffy
- Arthur John Cheeper (1890->1891)
b. 2 Aug 1890, based on his baptism certificate of 9 Sep 1890,
Christ Church Montreal (the cathedral)
In the 1891 Census,
he's stated to be aged 9 months (actually just 8 months)
We have no further knowledge of him, but ...
There's a chance that he's the John Cheeper who sailed
from St John (Newfoundland), arriving in Liverpool on 22 Dec 1910,
on the Lake Manitoba, also
and here as well,
en route to Odenburg (which is Sopron, in Hungary, on the Austrian border south
of Vienna. The border was probably a bit nominal in Hapsburg times). This John is shown as 22 (rather
than 20), and as Austrian rather than Canadian. But what other John Cheepers
have there ever been?
- Sarah Florence Cheeper (1892->1913)
b. 15 Feb 1892
In the 1901 Census, aged 9
In the 1911 Census, aged 19, in Quebec, with
her mother and step-father
In 1913, a sponsor on the baptism of her niece Florence Mercier (1.5 above)
[From Ed Hitchinson], went to Ireland
2 children, details here.
- Ellen Elizabeth Cheeper (1893-1894)
b. 2 Oct 1893
d. 2 Jul 1894
Buried at Trinity Chapter Anglican Church of Montreal
- Annie Emily (Mary) Cheeper, b. 6 Jun 1895
Known as Mary Cheeper, incl. in the 1911 Census and
on her death entry
No birth entry has been found, but her birth is inferred from two later entries.
she is with her mother and step-father, aged
16, born in Quebec.
m. Patrick William HITCHINSON, 1911, in St Gabriel's Catholic Church
Patrick was b. 9 Sep 1877, in Montreal.
Patrick's father was John H., b. 1838, England; his mother Jane Collins,
b. 1838, Ireland.
In the 1881 Census, Patrick is 3, and with his parents and four elder siblings
– Hariett 15, Elizabeth 12, Maria 9 and John 6. The family-name is recorddr
as ITCHISON, and they
are in Ste-Anne's Parish (microfilm reel C-13217). The city directories for
1874-79 show the father (this time as Hitchinson), as a Labourer, at 22 Forfar,
Ste-Anne's Ward, Pointe-St-Charles, Montreal. (That's all from a letter from
Public Archives Canada, dated 7 Jun 1979, in Ed Hitchinson's possession).
10 children, details here.
Patrick d. 1 Jan 1941 (aged 63)
Mary d. 20 Mar 1978 (so aged 82), buried in Les
Repos Saint Francois D'Assise,
- Ernest James Spillsbury Cheeper b.
11 Jun 1897, d. Feb 1974
In the 1911 Census, aged 14, in Quebec, with
his mother and step-father
In 1916, entered the Canadian Army in Montreal,
aged 19 – official
At that time, he was shown as a steamfitter, single, Roman Catholic, 5'6",
light complexion, light brown hair, blue eyes, with fine handwriting.
m. Margaret Geraldine Walsh (perhaps during the War?)
During at least the period 1920-25, they lived at 35 Bridge St, Montreal.
In 1920, they crossed the border to the USA, apparently to visit
a cousin named Anne Graner/Graser, who lived at 5841 Peoria Sq., Chicago.
Listed as a steamfitter in the Lovell's
Montreal Directory in 1925.
Listed as a plumber in the 1935, 1940 and 1945 Montreal Directories (at some
stage, at least, with the Canadian National Railways).
In 1950, a janitor in an apartment building.
In 1955, a plumber with the Canadian National Railways (still? again?).
Lived at 467 Bourgeoys from the 1950s until at least 1977-78 (by which stage
he was 80). Presumably Rue
Bourgeoys, in the eastern part of Montreal, near the river.
6 children, details here.
Margaret d. Jan 1959, aged c. 60, buried 15 Jan 1959.
Ernest was buried 21 Feb 1974, at Notre
Dame des Neiges Cemetery TR 02613.
Gabrielle Poirier was buried, and identified as Ernest's widow, on 2 Feb
The sequence of the children shown below is speculative at this stage, because
in most cases we have little information about their birthdates.
All are half-second cousins to Anne and Roger (but a full generation older).
- Daisy Lillian Cheeper b. 8 Oct 1901,
In the 1911 Census, aged 9, in Quebec, with
her mother and step-father
Converted to Roman Catholic on 24 Mar 1911, in St Gabriel's Catholic Church.
m. Thomas P. CONRICK
m. 22 Dec 1920/22, St Ann's Catholic Church, Montreal
Thomas was b. 1892.
Thomas' parents were Thomas Conrick (1855-1905) and Mary Ann Hughes (1863-1937).
The information in this entry is from a Rootsweb
posting, plus child 6, Frank Conrick.
The photos are from Frank as well. Click on the images for larger versions.
At their marriage in 1920/22.
On the right, Daisy's step-sisters Rosie and Allice McManus?
they would have been only 14-18)
At their 50th anniversary in 1970
Thomas worked for Dom. Oxygen Co.
Thomas and Daisy appear
to have lived in Montreal all of their lives.
They had 7 or 8 children, details here.
In 2009, there appeared to be 16 grandchildren, 25 GGC and already
10 GGGC, i.e. c. 60 descendants.
The children moved around, several to Brantford Ontario.
(Brantford is 100km SW of Toronto, and was once a Massey-Ferguson town).
Daisy d. 1972, and is buried
Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery N 02833.
Thomas d. 1974, and is also buried in Notre Dame des Neiges Cemetery.
The photo on the right is presumably
from after 1974 (but I'm not sure which daughters they are!).
Click on the photo for a larger version.
We're missing a lot of information; and we'd love to
Most of the information on this page came from Anne's research,
with a little from Albert's grand-daughter Ruth. A breakthrough lead on Anthony
Sidney in Montreal came from George, an unrelated researcher who contacted
Anne via the Genesreunited site and drew her attention to Anthony Cheeper's
to Quebec on 'The Polynesian' in 1883. Other Canadian-based family researchers
have provided further, valuable references.
I traced 9.6 Frank Conrick. I telephoned him in
Sep 2009, and posted him some printouts of this web-site. Frank contacted
several members of the family. As a result, in Nov 2009, I received emails
containing a considerable amount of family information, from 7.10 Ed Hitchinson,
husband of 9.4 Audrey Conrick. Then, in January 2010, I received from Frank
Conrick the history of his own family, together with the 4 photos reproduced
This a page within Roger
Clarke's Family Web-Site
Contact: Roger Clarke and/or Anne
Created: 14 October 2005; Last Amended: 10 January 2010