Clara Barclay



Clara Barclay was born on March 21 1886 in Ontario. She was the daughter of John Barclay and Ada Gossney.





Clara married George Bain

Clara died June 26,1957
She is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in Toronto


Grace Thornton

Grace Thornton was born on July 29, 1874, in York, Ontario, She is the daughter of Robert Martin Thornton And Ellen Smith.

She married Thomas Shepard on September 8, 1890 in Toronto.

The couple had two children

  • Ellen Nellie Shepard was born July 24, 1891.  She married William Cain on June 24, 1907, in York, Ontario. They had three children: Thomas William born 1911, Grace Elizabeth 1912-1994, Verna Cain 1925-1996


  • L-Sgt James Shepard was born Sept 13,1893 in York Ontario. On May 23 1912 he married Lena McLeod.  The couple had three children: Thomas, Marjory and Lillian.
He died on Sep. 1, 1918 in France. James was killed in action during an attack on Crow's Nest & Chateau Wood. He was in the 15th Battalion.


Ada Pauline Gosney


Ada Gosney (Gossney) was born March 9,1862 in Horbury, Yorkshire, England

She was the daughter of William Gossney and Anna Early

On November 9,1883 she married John Charles Barclay so of Alexander Barclay and Elizabeth ?

John and Ada's Marriage record


The couple had the following children:


  • Frederick William Barclay born 1884
  • Clara Barclay Born 1886
  • John Barclay born 1889
  • Annie Elizabeth Barclay born 1892

She died March 20,1902. She was supposedly the first women to be cremated in Quebec or Ontario (not sure where she died exactly) Her remains were not interred until August 10, 1929 in Prospect Cemetery in Toronto. 

Adas burial record - To view, download and open with photo viewer