Elkington Monument


In Memory of Annie J. Wheeler
Who Died Sept. 21, 1897
Age 34 Y'rs, 9 M's & 16 D's
Sarah May & Roy Infant children of
Wm. & Hanah Elkington

The Elkington monument is a pedestal column made of limestone, crowned with a Holy Bible and Draped Urn. Although cremation was not common practice in the Victorian Era, the use of Urns in funerary art was, and is believed to have symbolized immortality. Drapery is a symbol of grief, and represents the veil between life and death. On the face of the Elkington memorial is a hand holding an open book which denotes the word of God, and embodiment of faith. The rose is a symbol of God's redemptive promise, and divine love -it also represents the Mother Mary, and purity.

Annie Jane Wheeler was a Methodist who worked as a domestic. She was born in Ontario, and resided on Oak Avenue in Paris. On September 21, 1897 at the age of 34 she died after three months of suffering from Tubercular Meningitis. Her connection to the Elkington's is currently unknown to me.

William Henry Elkington and Hanah Lestell Barker were married in Paris Ontario on October 27th 1875. They had three children together Roy, Sarah May, and Clifford Benjamine.

Roy Elkington was born on January 19th 1881. At 11 days old on January 30th he died from inflammation of the lungs.

Sarah May Elkington died at 8 weeks old on March 7th 1887 after contacting Scarlet Fever 12 days prior.

William Henry Elkington was born in England around 1852, his father was John Elkington. He was a Methodist and Farmer who resided in the South Dumfies area of Ontario, Canada. On March 15th 1915 at the age of 63 he died from tubercular kidney after being diagnosed 15 years earlier.

Hannah Lestell Barker Elkington was a Methodist who was born in Paris around 1851, the daughter of James B. Baker and Frances Baker. On May 4th 1916 at the age of 65 she died after suffering from gangrene of the legs for 3 months.

Clifford Benjamine Elkington was born on April 29th 1888 in Paris. He married Hattie (Harriett) May Lutts on November 24th 1915 in Wentworth County. They resided in Hamilton where he worked as a Salesman/Insurance Agent. Together around 1917 they had a daughter Vera May Elkington. Clifford died on April 12th 1965 in Hamilton, Ontario.

Annie Jane Wheeler, Sarah May Elkington, and Roy Elkington are interred at Paris Cemetery, Paris, Brant County, Ontario, Canada.


Annie Jane Wheelers Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 82

William and Hanah Marriage Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Series: MS932; Reel: 16

Roy Elkington Birth Registration: Archives of Ontario; Series: MS929; Reel: 47

Roy Elkington Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 26

Sarah May Elkington Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 14

Elkington: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dumfries (South/Sud), Wentworth & Brant (north/nord), Ontario; Page: 3; Family No: 29

Hannah Elkington Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 218

William Henry Elkington Death Registration: Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Series: MS935; Reel: 206

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