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Cuddington Family in Bienfait

Family tree

William Cuddington
b- ?
d- ?
Father of James Cuddington (1853-1901)
 when James was married, William Cuddington
Shown as Father and a Brewer's Foreman as occupation..
 on his son James Wedding Certificate



James Cuddington
photo taken in Montreal before coming west
age abt 46

 James Cuddington,
b- Nov 6, 1853 in Brighton, Sussex, England
d- Dec 28, 1901 in
Steelman, NWT (SK), Canada
buried in Alemeda Cemetery

married Charlotte Amelia "Ruth" Langley
Nov 12,1872, at Saint Nicholas Church, Brighton, Sussex, England

Charlotte Amelia "Ruth" Langley
b- Nov 22, 1853 in England
d- Mar 22, 1916, Rocanville, SK


Both buried in Alameda Cemetery, Alameda, SK.

daughter of Thomas Langley,
a Policeman in Brighton, Sussex, England

Thomas Langley

1881 census- 47 Jubilee St, Brighton, Sussex, England
James age 27, occupation- Carriers Clark
Charlotte age 27, born in Brighton as well
1891 in Brighton Directory, shown as
Cuddington, James & Son, Furniture Removers
at #70 James St.

The first page in his Family Bible supplied exact dates above
Per Margaret, "We know he was with the Cheal family
at the time of the 1871 census - Charles and Martha Cheals "

Most or perhaps all of the Cuddingtons in Western Canada
are descendants of James and Ruth Cuddington.

See his history below, written by Margaret Cuddington
sent to me Apr 11, 2011, with thanks

they had 11 children:


James Charles Cuddington and his mother Ruth, ca 1902

1. James Charles "Jim" Cuddington
b- June 28, 1873, Brighton, Sussex, England
d- Mar 8, 1948, Vancouver BC
View James Charles "Jim" Cuddington's Story Here

2. Eliza "Liley" Cuddington
b- Jan22, 1875, Brighton, England
baptized Apr 25, 1875, St Peter, Brighton, England
d- Apr 26, 1942, Brandon, MB
Married William Henry Steppler, Dec 3, 1902, 
Frobisher , SK
b- Feb 20, 1875
d- June 9, 1959, Brandon, MB

3. Ellen "Nellie" Cuddington
b- Jan 17, 1877, Brighton, England
baptized Mar 18, 1877, St Peter, Brighton, England
d- Sept 29, 1959, Montreal, Quebec
Married William Henry Ward, Sept 27, 1904
married (2) William Lindsay, May 23, 1906
in St. Martins Episcopal Church, Montreal
b- May 11, 1885
d- Mar 21, 1978

4. Amelia "Millie" Cuddington
b- Mar 30, 1878, Brighton, England
d- Nov 1, 1940, Montreal, Quebec
married Arthur John Hovell, June 7, 1911,
at the home of Mr and Mrs Hopley, 110 Paris St., Montreal, Quebec
b- Dec 16, 1879
d- June 16, 1911
married (2) William Ashley, Feb 18, 1913, Verdun, Quebec
b- Apr 21, 1877
d- Feb 17, 1948
all above in 1881 census born in Brighton England

5. Margaret Cuddington
b- Nov 30, 1879, Brighton, England
d- Dec 14, 1880, Brighton, England, age 1

6. William (Bill) Cuddington
b- May 5, 1881 in Brighton, England
d- Mar 21, 1938, Regina SK
married Ellen Rose McAllister, May 15, 1915, Souris Valley, SK
b- Sept 4, 1892
d- Dec 31, 1978
Oct 1910 a William Cuddington came thru North Portal
from Brighton England, age 26
see Land Grant below

7. Frederick George "Fred" Cuddington
b- Nov 1, 1882,  Brighton, England
d- May 7, 1954, Phoenix, AZ
married Sarah Ann Toole, June 15, 1907 Holyoke, Mass, USA
b- Nov 12, 1880, Kent, England
d- Oct 23, 1908, 
Frobisher , SK
living in Oxbow when he enlisted in Winnipeg Oct 25, 1916
Trade or Calling -  Baker.
next of kin- 2nd wife- Agnes Julia (Juliet) Cuddington, nee Balchin
married Feb 2, 1912 in Vancouver, BC
b- Mar 30, 1887 in Winchester, England
d- Mar 27, 1922, Vancouver BC
living at 41 Milverton Rd, Winchester, England
daughter of Thomas Balchin and Mary McDermott
Came thru border at Detroit Michigan
July 1923, age 40.
married (3) Elizabeth Felicia Korthals, May 29, 1926, Cook Co, IL, USA

8. Arthur Herbert "Bert" Cuddington
b- Apr 18, 1885, in Brighton, Sussex, England
d- Jan 30, 1961, in Bienfait SK
Immigrated in 1894, Occupation- Baker
Arthur was in WWI, enlisting Apr 18, 1916, Reg #514905
His wife Ellen was next of kin, at Rocanville SK
wife- Ellen Mary Cuddington, nee Moorcock
married July 23, 1910 in Brandon, MB
b- Apr 16, 1882 in England
d- May 8, 1945
Immigrated in 1904
both buried in Bienfait Cemetery
Arthur Herbert (Bert) settled in Bienfait. 
Together with his three sons
 they were prominent in the history of Bienfait
See their family below

Land Grant
Arthur Herbert Cuddington
NW Sec 10, Tsp 4, Rge 5, W2

9, Florence Lucia Cuddington
b- Nov 7, 1886, Brighton, England
d- Aug 7, 1893, Brighton, England.

10. Cecil J. Cuddington
b- May 19, 1891, Brighton, England
d- June 24, 1962, New Westminster, BC
 enlisted in Brandon MB Mar 9, 1916,
living in Oxbow area, farmer.
Reg #865211
served in WWI
next of kin, mother, Ruth Wood, Alameda SK
married Annie Curtis Curle, Feb 8, 1917, Brandon, MB,
b- May 3, 1888
d-  Nov 30, 1969

11. Thomas (Tom) Richard Cuddington,
b- Oct 19, 1893, in Brighton, Sussex, England
d- July 24, 1960,  age 66
in Regina General Hospital,
(res Fort Qu'Appelle)
funeral at St. John's Anglican Church, Fort Qu'Appelle.
Burial Regina Memorial Gardens.
came to Canada as a small child.
1900 they moved to the
Steelman  area,
where his father filed on a homestead.
He enlisted in 1st Saskatchewan Depot Battalion.
during WWI, went overseas in the 5th Battalion.
shown as a farm hand, Single, living in
Frobisher SK.
Reg #258224
next of kin William his brother, in Oxbow
 He was wounded in France.
after demobilizing in 1919 returned to the Alameda district.

Dec 5, 1922 Thomas married Hildred Wilson from Bienfait.
at St. Giles Anglican Church in Estevan
b- Jan 4, 1903 in St. Helens, Lancashire, England
d- Apr 4, 1980, Regina SK, (res Fort Qu'Appelle)
daughter of
Alexander Craig McMiken Wilson
and Jane "Ellen" Wilson, nee Wood.

Thomas opened a bakery at Neudorf.
Later he operated bakeries at Kisbey and Bienfait.
worked for M&S from 1928-1939,
Moved to Taylorton where he worked for
 
Western Dominion Collieries Mine.
When Tom finished working at the mines,
they moved to Fort Qu'Appelle in 1951
where their son Gordon operated Gordie's Grill.
    Tom sometimes helped on the cash register
and Hildred sometimes baked the pies

they had 3 sons and a daughter:
1. Douglas Cuddington, (living info protected)
is married and had four sons.

2. Howard Cuddington
b- Dec 6, Dec 1924 in Kisbey SK
d- July 25, 2004, in Regina,
Married Ivy Miller June 13, 1945
they had two daughters, and a son.

3. Gordon Oliver Cuddington
 b- Apr 4, 1926 in Kisbey SK
d- Sept 13, 2002 in Fort Qu'Appelle SK.

4. Baby Girl
 b- Apr 11, 1940
d- Apr 12, 1940.


Alec and Ellen Wilson's 50th Wedding Anniversary,
 Dec 25, 1951
Back Row- Howard Cuddington, Ivy Cuddington, Gordon Cuddington,
Douglas "Doug" Cuddington, Margaret "Marg" Cuddington,
Thomas "Tom" Richard Cuddington
Front Row- Ida Lewis, nee Wilson, Bonnie Cuddington,
Alex Wilson , Jane "Ellen" Woods,
Dianne Cuddington, Hildred Cuddington, nee Wilson 
(picture courtesy Margaret Cuddington)


The 3 children of #8- Arthur Herbert "Bert" Cuddington from above (1a-1c)

1a. James Herbert (Jim) Cuddington
b- May 13 1911 in Portage La Prairie MB
d- Nov. 20 1978 in Regina, SK.
He married Helen Rosanna Eppy June 27, 1937
 in the Anglican Church, Bienfait, ceremony by J. J. Jolly.
    She was born Sept. 23, 1913
d- Sept 27, 1993 in Regina, age 80. 
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter and Agnes Eppy.
Both Jim and Helen are buried in the Bienfait Cemetery.

James Cuddington was Chairman,
 of the Bienfait Rink Committee in 1960
Worshipful Master, Masons, Estevan
1955 elected Grand Master,
of the Grand Lodge (Masons) of Saskatchewan

    They had 3 children: (1b-3b)
        1b- James Arthur (Jimmie) Cuddington
b- Jan 25, 1939, Bienfait, SK
d- June 22 1999, Estevan, SK.
Married Rose, at North Portal (Living- info protected)
        Rose is the only Cuddington left in Bienfait.

       2b- daughter- living, info protected
3b- Son- living, info protected

2a.  Frederick Albert (Bert) Cuddington
 b- Mar 23, 1914 in Portage La Prairie, MB
d- June 5 1982 in Weyburn, SK., age 69 
Bienfait Town Clerk in 1958
Married Florence Elizabeth (Buss) Eppy,
Sept. 5, 1937 in St. Paul's Cathedral, Regina SK.
b- 19 Jan. 1907
d- June 14, 1994 in Regina SK.
Both are buried in the Bienfait Cemetery.
    Their 3 children all still living.

3a.  Arthur William Cuddington
b- Dec 10, 1917, Rocanville SK
d- Apr 6, 1980, Bienfait, SK. (never married)

Worshipful Master, Masons, Estevan


James Cuddington (1853 – 1901)  
Life Story
written by Margaret Cuddington

James Cuddington was born in Brighton (?), Sussex, 6 November 1853.  His father’s name was William.  In spite of in-depth research done by various persons, we do not know his mother’s name or whether he had brothers or sisters.  We suspect he may have been born out of wedlock and his birth was not registered.

In the 1871 census, when he was 17, he was living with the Charles Cheal family at 47 Jubilee St. in Brighton.  He was listed as a servant and as a clerk, working for Mr. Cheal’s moving business.   

                James was married 12 November 1872 to Ruth Langley.  On the marriage certificate their ages were given as 21 and 19 and his occupation was accountant.  Actually their ages were 19 and 18.  (There may have been a minimum age of 21 for a man’s marriage?)  Since their first son, James Charles, was born 28 June 1873 there was some urgency about the marriage. 

James and Ruth, over the next 20 years, had 11 children.  James continued in the furniture moving business as a carrier’s clerk and then as owner.  He sold the business in 1894 and the family immigrated to Montreal.  

Gordon’s information had told us “The exact date of their arrival is not known but they are listed in the Montreal directory of 1898-1899.”  So I was excited when I searched the microfilms in the provincial archives and found their names as passengers on
the SS Sardinian which sailed from Liverpool, Aug 2,1894
and arrived at Montreal, Aug 11, 1894. 

Two of their children had died and were buried at Brighton.  Seven other children were with them on the ship, all except the two oldest girls.  I’m guessing the girls had come earlier to housekeeping jobs and that the rest of the family followed. 

James had a moving business in Montreal and we know he spent some time in Toronto prior to coming west.  The two eldest sons, James Charles and William, came west to homesteads near Steelman , in what was then the Northwest Territories, in 1900.



William Cuddington Homestead
SE Sec 12, Tsp 4, Rge 5, W2

James and his son Bert came in the summer of 1901.  Two of the daughters, Nellie and Millie,
had housekeeping jobs in Montreal and did not come west.

The earliest settlers in the southeast corner of what is now Saskatchewan came through the United States, then down the Red River and then across country with teams of oxen to their homesteads.  However, by 1900 the CPR railway had been built and also the Souris line south from Brandon.  The Cuddingtons came by train.  Yet they were still pioneers whose first home in the northwest was a sod house.  Some of James’ children remembered the gaps where the light shone through and the cold blew in. 

After coming to the homestead in August, James was getting the house ready for the arrival of his wife and the rest of the family.  Gordon recorded “Grandpa Jim had frozen his feet while shingling the house and had not had medical attention.  His son Jim had gone to Oxbow for supplies and was storm stayed for three days.  When he returned to the homestead his father was in the kitchen with his feet in the oven and was dead from gangrene in his feet”. James had died 28 December 1901, age 48.  His wife arrived from the east on New Year’s Day and buried her husband a day or two later - a tragic story of early pioneer life.  The death notice was printed in the Alameda Dispatch January 3, 1902. 

Ruth continued to run the farm with the help of her sons and a hired man, Waid Wood.  Waid and Ruth were married in 1904.  Ruth was 50 and Wade was 35.  Their relationship didn’t last very long.  Waid moved to another relationship at North Portal. 

Ruth died 22 March 1916 at 62 years of age.  She died in Rocanville where she had gone to be with her son Bert and his wife Nell.  Both James and Ruth are buried in the Alameda Cemetery. 

Written by Margaret Cuddington – September 2004

(In the house where I grew up, there was a coal and wood stove in the kitchen.  My Dad would sometimes sit with his feet on the oven door to enjoy the heat)  

Most of the family tree above was submitted to me by Margaret Cuddington as well.
she attributes a lot of the research to
John Anthony Cuddington, and Gordon Oliver Cuddington
I thank them all for sharing here.


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