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Joseph William Church, son of James H. Church and Ann Cornell
Born: 26 Jul 1869 in Vittoria, Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County
Married: Ruth Finch, 11 Apr 1900 in Simcoe, Norfolk County (age 29)
Died: 2 Jul 1937 in hospital, Toronto, Ontario (age 67) 
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe
Ruth Lillian Finch, daughter of Charles Finch and Mary Whitworth
Born: 8 Aug 1876 in Ainsdale, Lancashire, England
Married: Joseph Church, 11 Apr 1900 in Simcoe, Norfolk County (age 21)
Died: 30 Apr 1936 in hospital, Hamilton, Ontario (age 59)  
Buried: Oakwood Cemetery, Simcoe
Ruth arrived in Canada with her birth family, 2 Jun 1879. Joseph learned harness making from his father and moved to Simcoe to practice. He bought the business of retiring Frank Brown in 1898 and conducted his trade at 14 Kent St., where he also sold leather products, repaired shoes and auto tires. Joseph served several years as an Alderman, and ran for Mayor the year before he died. They had no issue. 
[Compiler's Comment: There was another harnessmaker named Joseph J. Church in Waterford 
in the same era
Source: Douglas Kragh of Tigard, Oregon. Contributed: 27 Feb 2009
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