About 1837–1909

Fourth Generation: James Warner < William Warner < William Warner < William Warner

My 2nd great grandfather

James Warner was the son of William Warner and Sarah Leitch. He was born in Montreal on March 14, probably in 1837.

He married Margaret Ann Quinn in Toronto on March 26, 1856. They were both 18.

They would have ten children, although there is some doubt about whether the first, Martha, was actually theirs. Assuming she was, though, James and Margaret’s children were as follows:

  1. Martha Warner
  2. William James Warner
  3. Robert John Warner
  4. Hannah Maria Warner
  5. Thomas Benson “Tom” Warner
  6. Elizabeth “Daisy” Warner
  7. Sarah “Sadie” Warner
  8. Edward Warner
  9. Ella Warner
  10. Harold Rix “Harry” Warner

He died in Toronto on January 29, 1909, at the age of 71, and was buried in Toronto Necropolis Cemetery.

You can visit his grave (virtually) here.


Sometime about 1840, James moved with his mother and father from Montreal to Yorkville, Ontario. Yorkville is now almost in the heart of downtown Toronto but was then a prosperous village a few miles north of Toronto’s city limits.

James worked all his life in the printing business. For most of that time he was “compositor” (what we would call a typesetter).


As far as I know, this is the only photo that exists of James Warner (left). He is enjoying a picnic with his grandson, Harley (peeking at the camera over James’s left hand), his two daughters (I’m fairly certain), Daisy and Sadie (I don’t know which is which), and two more grandchildren,  Cecil and Ruby. I don’t who the baby is. The picture would have been taken about 1906 or 1907.
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