In Whitby Township, Canada West, Thomas and Sarah farmed, assisted by their sons, John born 1846; Thomas born 1 October 1848; William born 1852 and James born in 1858. Their daughters, Mary born 1843; Sarah Jane born 1851 and Mariam born 1856, also did their part to assist in running the household. As well to them, befell the lighter farm chores.
Thomas Routly Jr., the second born son, married at Brooklin on 15 March 1873. His bride was Eliza Bond, a daughter of William Bond and his wife, the former Catherine Heard. Eliza was born 9 July 1854 in Bradworthy, Devonshire, England and had come to Canada West in 1862, when she was seven years old. Now Thomas and his young wife, settled onto their own farm in Whitby Township to raise a family of five sons and one daughter. Their sons were, William James, born 9 August 1873, Walton, born 20 February 1875,
Nelson, born 15 August 1876, Robert, born 19 December 1878 and Norman Thomas, born 22 October 1895. Their only daughter, Jessie, was born 30 March 1887.
Other Family Connections in Canada West
It is interesting to note that Eliza’s older sister, Charlotte Bond, married Joseph Braund. Also immigrants to Canada West, they settled in the Whitby Township area. At a distant future time, the Braund and Routly family would be further connected, when Joseph and Charlotte’s son, John Thomas Braund married Essie Lucretia Jane Law, in 1898. Essie’s sister, Ida Malinda Pearl Law, married Thomas and Eliza Routlys’ son, Robert. Robert Routly and John Thomas Braund were first cousins.
Nelson Routly – Brock Street Grocer
By the early 1890s, Nelson was grown to a young man. He knew that farming was not where he wanted to put his life energy and so headed off to the big town of Peterborough. In 1897, Nelson employed as a clerk, worked in the grocery store of Ralph C. Braund, located at 111 Park Street.
Two years later, in 1899, Nelson was self employed. He had his own grocery store, located at 392 Brock Street. Among those who worked for the Routly store in its first few years were Gussie Langford, Joseph Agnew, Maud Miller and Arthur Thomas.
The year 1902 marked a significant event in the life of Nelson Routly, for that year he married Elizabeth Jane Ward. Their wedding took place on 11 June 1902 in Durham County, Ontario. Elizabeth was born in England on 7 June 1879, and was a daughter of Charles Frederick Ward and Elmina Osborne.