Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Jane Laidlaw Riddell (1890-1933)

Jane Laidlaw Riddell was born on 27 July 1890 at 11 Hallcraig Street in Airdrie, Scotland, to Francis and Jessie (Kerr) Riddell. She was their eldest child and was named for her maternal grandmother, but went by the nickname Jeanie. At the time of her birth, her father worked as a lorry man. The family was at the same address the next year when the 1891 census was taken.

By 1901 they had moved to Hamilton and in 1911 were living in Gertrude Cottage, a home purchased by her father. Jeanie worked as a shopkeeper in a bakery, likely run by her father who had worked as a confectioner for some time.

On 8 October 1918 Jeanie married George Muat at the Abbotsford Parish Church in Glasgow according to the forms of the Established Church of Scotland. She was 28 years old, lived at 3 Maxwell Place in Glasgow and worked as a baker's shop woman. The couple had two known children.

Abbottsford Parish Church, Glasgow, c1970; image courtesy Urban Glasgow

On 10 July the family boarded the S/S Andania in Greenock, Scotland and immigrated to Canada, arriving in Montreal on 27 July 1929. Their destination was to a friend of George's, named Jack Gardner, who lived at 9 Tacoma Avenue in Toronto.

Jeanie died four years later on 24 September 1933 at the family home on 616 Bloor Street, West, in Toronto of pulmonary tuberculosis. She was 43 years old and left her husband with 12-year-old and 9-year-old boys. She was buried on 27 September at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto.

"Abbottsford Parish Church, Glasgow, c1970," Urban Glasgow
1891 Scotland Census, Parish: New Monkland; ED: 24; Page: 27; Line: 11; Roll: CSSCT1891_314
1901 Scotland Census, Parish: Hamilton; ED: 14; Page: 32; Line: 7; Roll: CSSCT1901_338
1911 Scotland Census, 02/04/1911 Riddell, Francis (Census 1911 647/00 014/00 014)
Canada, Ontario Deaths, 1869-1938, 1933 Muat, Jean
Canada, Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, 1929 Muat, Mrs. Jean
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1890 Riddell, Jane Laidlaw (Statutory Births 651/01 0745)
Scotland, Statutory Registrations, 1855-2013, 1918 Muat, George - Riddell, Jane Laidlaw (Statutory Marriages 644/17 0327)
UK, Outward Passenger Lists, 1890-1960, 1929 Muat, Jean

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