Fanny Jane Skinner1,2

#54, (1859 - 1931)
FatherHenry Ellis Skinner2 (c 1821 - )
MotherEliza (-?-)2 (c 1827 - )
Charts5 Generations of Descendants of Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle (1791-1847)


Harold John Bonnycastle (1851 - 1917)

Life Events

BirthFanny Jane Skinner was born in Jun 1859 in Ontario.3,4
MarriageShe married Harold John Bonnycastle, son of Henry William John Bonnycastle and Eleanor Mary Susan Rowed, on 14 Jan 1878 in Campbellford Anglican Church, Campbellford, Northumberland County, Ontario.
Information from certificate: Harold John Bonnycastle, 26, residence Campbellford, born Canada, Bachelor, Gentleman, religion Church of England, son of Henry & Ellen Bonnycastle;
Fanny Jane Skinner, 18, residence Campbellford, born Canada, Spinster, Church of England, daughter of Henry Ellis & Eliza Skinner,
The witnesses were Hugh E.N. Neill, and Mary F. Skinner both of Campbellford.2,1 
SignatureThe signature of Fanny Jane Skinner was on her marriage registration in 1878.1 
1881 CensusHarold and Fanny Bonnycastle appeared on the 1881 Census of Seymour Township, Northumberland County, Ontario, enumerated 4 Apr 1881. Harold was 30, born in Ontario, religion Church of England, English origin, and he was an Agent. Fanny was 22, born in Ontario, same religion and origin. With them was their daughter May.5 
(Executor & Heir) WillShe was named an executrix and an heir in the will of her husband Harold John Bonnycastle dated 13 Dec 1890.6 
1891 CensusHarold and Fanny Bonnycastle appeared on the 1891 Census of Qu'Appelle, Assiniboia, Northwest Territories, enumerated 16 May 1891. The Bonnycastle family lived in a two story wood house with 5? rooms. Harold was 40, born in Ontario, father born in New Brunswick, mother in England, religion Church of England, and was a Farmer employing one person. Fanny was 31, born in Ontario, parents born in England, and religion Church of England. Their children Fanny May, Henry Lionel and Alexander William were with them.7 
ImmigrationFanny Jane and her family immigrated to the United States in 1896. Their married daughter May remained in Canada.3 
1900 CensusHarold J and Fanny J Bonnycastle appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Moreno Township, Riverside County, California, enumerated 1 Jun 1900. Harold was 49, born in April 1851 in English Canada, father born in Canada, mother in England. He was a farmer who owned his home with a mortgage. The family immigrated in 1896 and Harold had filed his Declaration of Intent to become a citizen. Fanny was 40, born in June 1859, and was the mother of 3 children, all still living. She was born in Canada, with parents born in England, and she and Harold had been married 22 years. Their son Alexander William was listed as living with them, as well as Fanny's sister Minnie F Skinner.3 
1910 CensusH.J. and Fanny J. Bonnycastle appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Riverside, Riverside County, California, at Victoria Avenue, enumerated 2 May 1910. Harold was age 59, had alien immigration status, was a foreman on Balmoral Ranch, and rented his home. Fanny J was 51 and was the mother of 3 children, all still living. HJ and Fanny had been married 30 years, first marriage for both, were born in English Canada, as were their parents. They immigrated in 1897.8 
Residence-Moved In 1914, Fanny Jane and her husband moved from the U.S. to B.C.9 
(Widowed) DeathHarold died on 1 Sep 1917 in British Columbia.10 
Passenger ListFanny Jane Skinner was listed on a Great Northern RR passenger list at Vancouver dated month of [sic] 24 Sep 1920. Details from register: Fanny J Bonnycastle, 60, widow, [interlined note: Ver R.P. 387400 May 31 1928], last residence: Indian Head Canada, nearest relative in Canada: daughter Mrs May Brinton of Indian Head, Sask, final destination: Los Angeles, passage paid by self, has $30 with her, previously in U.S. in 1898 and 1914, last departure from U.S. in 1914, going to join son A.W. Bonnycastle 522 Merchant Nt Bank Bldg L.A., length of stay indefinite, does not intend to become citizen, good health, 5'3", fair complexion, grey hair, blue eyes, born in Sterling Canada.9 
Passenger ListFanny was listed on a Blaine border crossing card dated 26 Aug 1920 with an Alien certificate for Fannie J. Bonnycastle, native of Canada, age 60, 5'3", 119 lbs, grey hair, blue eyes, destination Los Angeles.9 
15 Sep 1920
Camp Hutchings - Lieutenant Harry L Bonnycastle was called away yesterday to the bedside of his mother, who is critically ill in California. She has but recently arrived in California, being forced to go to the coast country on account of her health.
16 Sep 1920
Camp Hutchings - Lieutenant Harry L Bonnycastle, commanding Troop G, Second Cavalry, who left yesterday to visit his mother in California, she being seriously ill, has been granted a thirty-day leave of absence.11
Residence On 12 Jul 1927, Fanny Jane Bonnycastle lived in 844 Ohio St, Long Beach, California. From that address she send a letter to family in Campbellford to request a birth certificate for Harold for a passport as they were going to England to visit their daughter May (who married Arnold Brinton).12 
1930 CensusFrancis J Bonny Castle [sic] appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of Weslaco, Hidalgo County, Texas as a lodger at Delta House Lodging House, 523 Nebraska Avenue, enumerated 11 Apr 1930. She was age 70, widowed, first married at 18, born in English Canada, parents born in England, citizenship details unrecorded, and she lodged with the Pressner family.13 
DeathFanny died on 18 Oct 1931 in Los Angeles County, California.14
BurialShe was buried in Grand View Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California.15
Fannie Jane Bonnycastle
gravesite at Grand View Memorial Park
date unknown
Last Edited1 May 2014


  1. Parish Register of Christ Church Anglican, Campbellford, Ontario (Diocese of Toronto Archives, photocopied records), Bonnycastle/Skinner marriage, date not recorded but is between Dec 1877 and Oct 1878.
  2. Marriage Registrations of Ontario, 1857-1928. Image viewed at Bonnycastle/Skinner, #007483-78.
  3. 1900 Federal Census for United States, California, Riverside County, Morena, Roll T623_96, ED 216, Page 1A. Digital image viewed at
  4. 1881 Census for Canada "Northumberland County, Seymour Township, p30, family #129."
  5. Online image of the 1881 Census for Canada (viewed at, Ontario, Northumberland East (123), Seymour Township (G-1), page 30.
  6. Will of Harold John Bonnycastle of Katepwe, Assiniboia, 1890, proved in the Chilliwack County Court, 1917 (British Columbia Archives, B09480).
  7. Online image of the 1891 Census for Canada (viewed at, The Territories, Assiniboia East (198), Qu'Appelle (b-11), page 4 [poor image].
  8. Online image of the 1910 Federal Census for United States (Heritage Quest,, California, Riverside County, 5-WD Riverside, Roll 91, Page 175.
  9. Seattle Passenger Arrivals, images (
  10. Death certificate registered in the Province of British Columbia "Harold John Bonnycastle, #17-09-095431."
  11. The Galveston Daily News (Texas), 15 & 16 September 1920. Image online at's historical newspaper collection.
  12. Letters from Doris Knox, Ontario, to J Kolthammer, dated early 1990s.
  13. 1930 Federal Census for United States, Texas, Hildalgo County, Weslaco, Roll 2356, ED 48, Page 11A. Image viewed at
  14. California Office of the State Register Indexes to Deaths, 1905-1939. Image viewed online at Ancestry, Fannie J Bonnycastle, spouse initial H, age 72, Los Angeles County, 18 October 1931, #54299.
  15. Website Find A Grave (
  16. Birth Registrations of Ontario, 1869-1913. Image viewed at Fanny May Bonnycastle, #020688-79.
  17. Parish Register of Christ Church Anglican, Campbellford, Ontario (Diocese of Toronto Archives, photocopied records), Henry Lionel Bonnycastle baptism, 1881.
  18. Province of Ontario Marriage Registers: Bonnycastle/Bain, #012080-06, Family History Library.
  19. Saskatchewan Vital Statistics Indexes to Births, more than 100 years ago (online,, Reg No 11700 (Alexander William, 1883/7/26, Katepwa, s/o Fanny Jane Skinner & Harold John Bonnycastle).