This blog post is a follow up to the article about the IOOF Insurance Papers Database published in the eWeekly of 27 April 2019. I have accessed the IOOF papers twice to date but was pleased to see that the process in far easier now. The database index was available in the Member’s Corner of the Ontario Ancestors website in the past but now a number of the entries have a link to a downloadable pdf of the scanned application form for the individual. The process of linking scans to the index entries is ongoing so check back occasionally.
I found an application for a Samuel Campbell in my searches of the database using my ancestral surnames:
Surname Given Name Birth Date Post Office Province Policy No.
Campbell Samuel 28/02/1869 Yorkton NS 20471
At the time that I was searching the database there was no links to a pdfs of the applications. Based on the fact that the name, birth date and post office matched that of my great uncle in the timeframe of the policy date I requested a copy of the application. I did check to see if there was a Yorkton in Nova Scotia and did not find one. Once I received the pdf of the application I found enough information about this Samuel and his family to feel sure that he was my ancestor. If you do not know a lot about your ancestor you may have a harder time connecting one of these applications to him.
Samuel’s application noted that he was a butcher living in Yorkton, Assiniboia. Note that at the time the application was filed Yorkton was still part of the North West Territories as Saskatchewan was not created as a province until 1905. His next of kin was noted as Roy H. Campbell. All of the above information was already part of my file on Samuel so I was satisfied that this application had been filled out by him.
So what value did I get from the information in this application? I found out that he was 5 feet 8 inches in height and weighed 140 pounds. I also learned that he had survived a bout of typhoid fever in October of 1901. In answer to the question “Are you sober and temperate?” he answered “strictly”. Considering the many stories that have come down through the years about the prodigious drinking on the part of his father, Samuel may have decided not to follow his example.
What I found most interesting was the Family Record Chart which required the applicant to provide information about his parents and grandparents. From this chart we learn the following:
His father is still alive at age 91 and in good health. [John Pratt Campbell] His father’s father died at the age of 82 due to Scarlet Fever. [unknown] His father’s mother died at the age of 70 due to Scarlet Fever. [unknown] His mother is dead, having died at the age of 53 due to paralysis. [Margaret (Fitzgerald) Campbell] His mother’s father died at the age of 88 due to age. [Frederick Fitzgerald] His mother’s mother died at the age of 33 due to an accident. [Anne (Colbert) Fitzgerald] Samuel had 3 sisters and 3 brothers all in good health.
Unfortunately the names were not provided for any of these family members. I added in the ones that I have been able to prove. In checking the information that Samuel provided regarding ages, I found the information for his father and his mother was accurate. The ages provided for his mother’s parents were out by a couple of years in each case.
Where can my research go from here? Since an accident that caused the death of Ann (Colbert) Fitzgerald might have made the newspaper of the day I am going to see if any newspapers exist that have been indexed or digitized and fit into the time period and geographical locality. I have one more clue in my search for John Pratt Campbell’s parents-the fact that they died due to contracting Scarlet Fever.
Wish me luck in my research!
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