Peter Dean (1856 – 1924)

Peter, the son of Peter Dean and Naomi Elbourn was born March 22, 1856 in Staplesford, Greater Shelford, Cambridgeshire, England.

Peter Dean, Jr (1856 – 1924)

He married Emma Goodwin (b. Mar 21, 1855 – d. 1937) of Pamplisford, Cambridgeshire  Apr. 4, 1878

In the 1890s, he was head gardener for Lord[1] & Lady Osbourne at Hornby Castle.

Peter and Emma had six children in Stapleford – Mildred Kate (b. 1879). John Travis, my grandfather (b. Nov. 15, 1880) ,  Ernest (b. Feb 5, 1883),  Naomi May (b. Dec. 3, 1885),  Mabel Blanche (b. Oct 3, 1889), and  Francis “Frank”  (b. Jan. 27, 1892).  In 1896 or 1899 at Hornby Castle, they had twins, Lillie May and Alexanader. Alexander died at birth.

In the early part of the last century, the Deans decided to come to Canada – specifically Toronto. Why here? Did they have friends?

First to come in 1906 was Agnes Brodie, Travis’ future wife. Travis followed the following spring. Next year, Ernie, Frank and (Naomi) May followed. Finally in 1909, Peter, Emma abd a 10-year-old Lillie May followed.

By 1910, they had gathered around a rental property at 102 Baker St. (now Walmsley Blvd) just a bit east of the Avenue Rd. circle around St, Andrew’s College.

By 1912, they had built and were occupying a semi-detached dwelling at 63/65 St Clair East.

Emma (Goodwin) Dean

Peter died Jan 7, 1924 at 65 St. Clair E of leukemia. He and his wife Emma and two fo their daughters are buried in Mt Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto[2].

[1] 10th Duke of Leeds. See:,_10th_Duke_of_Leeds

[2] Plot 14, Section 2 Lot 29

Dean In Loving Memory of Peter Dean 1856 – 1924 Beloved Husband of Emma Goodwin 1855 – 1937 Their Beloved Daughters Lillie May Dean 1901 – 1945 Mabel Blanche Dean 1889 – 1974 Dear Wife of John Smith Fyfe 1891 – 1961 Parents of Bert Fyfe

“Until the day break and the shadows flee away”


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