Fourth Generation: Hannah Maria Warner < William Warner < William Warner < William Warner

My 2nd great grandaunt (great great great aunt)

Hannah Maria Warner was the daughter of William Warner and Sarah Leitch. She was born on April 19, 1839 and baptized (as “Anne Marie Warner”) at the Christ Church Cathedral in Montreal on May 12 of that year.1

She married Thomas Robert Williams in Toronto on July 1, 1860. They had six children:

  1. Sarah Ann Williams
  2. Thomas Robert Williams Jr.
  3. James Warner Williams
  4. Emma Maria Williams
  5. William George Williams
  6. Hannah Esther Williams

Hannah died in Toronto on December 4, 1874, at the age of 35. The cause of death was “ascites,” a condition often caused by cirrhosis of the liver.

She was buried with her father at the Toronto Necropolis Cemetery. When her husband died, in 1891, her remains were removed to lie beside his at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto.


Hannah and her husband ran a hotel and tavern on the north side of Queen Street West in Toronto, where the Rex Hotel is now. It seems that the alcohol-related condition that killed her was an occupational disease. Their son William, who worked as a bartender with them, died of cirrhosis of the liver at age 38.


1 Institut Généalogique Drouin; Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Drouin Collection; Author: Gabriel Drouin, Comp. Source Information: Ancestry.com. Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2008. Original data: Gabriel Drouin, comp. Drouin Collection. Montreal, Quebec, Canada: Institut Généalogique Drouin (entry for Anne Maria Warner, Christ Church Cathedral, Montreal, 1839).