Second Generation: William Warner < William Warner

My 4th great grandfather

William Warner is my fourth great grandfather. The son of William Warner and Elizabeth White of the village of Howden in Yorkshire, England, he was born in Howden on March 27, 1789 and baptized there on June 21, 1789.1

He married Hannah Benson, but we don’t know when or where. We do know that they were a couple because they appear together on the baptismal records of two of their children.* 2

William and Hannah are central characters for this website, because they are the couple who decided, in the mid-1820s, to leave England and to bring their family to North America.

William and Hannah came to Lower Canada (now Quebec) sometime between 1825 and 1830 and settled on a piece of wilderness land in Frampton Township, south of Quebec City, where they gradually cleared and built a small farm.3

1831 Census for Frampton, Lower Canada (William Warner on line 21 – click image to enlarge)4

William would have been forty-two at the time of the census that was taken in 1831. Hannah was at least forty-five (according to that same census).4 There were nine younger family members living with them, including three who were “aged five years and under.” All of them, according to the census, were born in the United Kingdom and “arrived in the province by sea, since the first of May, 1825.”

The census doesn’t prove that all nine were their children, but it seems likely. I have only found information about six of them:

  1. [First name unknown] Warner
  2. William Warner
  3. Maria Warner (later known as “Hannah Maria Warner”)
  4. Elizabeth Roberts Warner
  5. John Warner (probable son — see note on his page)
  6. Hannah Warner (probable daughter — see note on her page)

William and Sarah’s family was registered as living in Frampton in the 1831 census for Lower Canada, but there is no sign of them there in the 1851-1852 census (unfortunately the 1841 census records for Frampton have been lost). We don’t know where they went.

While William surely died in North America, I have found no information to tell us where or when.


* For an explanation of how I concluded that William and Hannah are my fourth great grandparents and William and Elizabeth are my fifth great grandparents, please refer to the two posts shown in “Related Posts” below.


1 GS Film Number: 558355. Digital Folder Number: 008087595. Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C00743-2. System Origin: ODM. “England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975”, database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NPMM-15P : 20 March 2020), William Warner, 1789.

2 William Warner and Hannah Benson appear as parents on the baptismal records of William Warner (1808–1845) and (Hannah) Maria Warner (1811–?). For sources, please refer to their pages.

3 Page: 63. GS Film Number: 2443959. Digital Folder Number: 004569587. Image Number: 00220. Indexing Project (Batch) Number: N04015-0. “Canada, recensement du Bas-Canada, 1831,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VVMS-RS2 : 11 March 2018), Wm Warner, Frampton, Beauce, Quebec, Canada; citing p. 63, volume 4, MG 31 C1; Library and Archives Canada microfilm number C-719, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 2,443,959.

4 The 1831 census (cited above) doesn’t give individual ages or the name of anyone other than the head of the family (William). It does, however, show the number, gender, and marital status of family members in various age categories. Only one married woman is listed (who must be Hannah) and she is listed in the category of “45 and over.”