John Warner might have been the son of William Warner and his wife Hannah Benson.* He was born about 1819 and baptized in Laxton, Yorkshire on December 1819 of that year.1 2 We can’t be sure his parents are the right William and Hannah Warner, because the baptismal record did not give his mother’s maiden name.
Because of this uncertainty, I have decided to document John’s existence on this page, but not to include him in the list of confirmed children on William’s page.
In the Warner family’s entry in the 1831 Census of Lower Canada, when they were living in Frampton, only the head of household is identified by name, but other individuals are listed by age grouping and gender. John would have been about 12 at the time, and no boys that age are living with the family.
John would have been about 23 at the time 1842 Census of Canada East, when William and Hannah were living in Montreal. Once again, there are no males his age listed with the family.
No documents have been found to suggest that a John Warner of his age and origins ever lived in Lower Canada.
A possible explanation, if John were in fact William and Hannah’s son, is that he could have died in childhood, prior to 1831.
* The source for this information is a transcription of a handwritten baptismal record from Laxton, Yorkshire. The record says that John was the son of William Warner and his wife Hannah (no maiden name given).
The earlier children of our ancestors, William Warner and Hannah, were born in Howden, which is about four miles from Laxton. This was not a heavily populated area at the time, and nothing has been found to suggest that it was home to more than one couple, of child-bearing age, named William and Hannah Warner. We cannot be certain, however.
1 Ancestry.com. England, Select Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: England, Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. Salt Lake City, Utah: FamilySearch, 2013.
2 “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:2:9CK5-QMC : 19 September 2020), Entry for John Warner, 1819.