Emma Mary Susanna Cox1

#320, (23 July 1858 - 1 October 1944)
FatherThomas Joseph Cox1 (1835 - after 1911)
MotherEmma Martin Stocker1 (1839 - 1900)
ChartsAncestors of Mabel Smart
Descendants of William Wright & his wife Jane
Descendants of Thomas Cox & Martha Ann Beaton
Grandma's Parents and Grandparents

Children of Emma Mary Susanna Cox and John Wright

MigrationLambeth, Surrey, England --> Manitoba --> Saskatchewan --> Manitoba.
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Emma Mary Susanna was born in Lambeth, Surrey in 1858, the second of nine children. The two oldest boys emigrated to Australia. When she was 22, Emma married a potter, John Wright. They had six children over the next eleven years. John died of tuberculosis when the youngest, Charlie, was ten years old. The following year, 1904, Emma and family immigrated to Canada. Son John followed in 1905. They first settled in Dauphin Manitoba, then Emma homesteaded land in Saskatchewan and they built a 14'x30' house. Emma died in 1944 in Winnipeg at the age of 86.

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Note.Emma is very likely named for her two grandmothers -- Mary Ann Chambers and Susannah Hitt. 
BirthEmma Mary Susanna Cox was born on 23 Jul 1858 in Minerva Terrace, Lambeth, Surrey.
Information from the certificate: Emma Mary Susanna, daughter of Thomas Joseph Cox, Mathematical Instrument Maker, & Emma Martin Cox formerly Stocker. Registered by her mother Emma M Cox of Minerva Terrace, Brixton Road on the second of September.1 
BaptismShe was baptized on 15 Aug 1858 in St John Waterloo, Surrey. She was the daughter of Thomas Joseph, a mathematical instrument maker, & Emma Cox of Brixton.2 
(with Parents) 1861 CensusEmma appeared on the 1861 Census of Christchurch, Surrey with her parents. She was 2 years old and born in Brixton, Surrey. She had two brothers, one older and one younger.3 
Photograph Here is an undated photo of Emma as a young child.4
Emma Mary Susanna Cox
born 1858
(with Parents) 1871 CensusEmma appeared on the 1871 Census of Southwark, Surrey with her parents. She was 13, a Scholar, and born in Southwark. Emma had one older and three younger brothers.5 
Photograph Here is a photo of Emma at age 17.4
Emma Mary Susanna Cox
circa 1875, at age 17
MarriageShe married John Wright, son of Charles Wright and Ellen Buckley, on 19 Dec 1880 in St. Peter's Church, Battersea, Surrey, by banns. The marriage certificate stated that John was 28, a bachelor, a Potter, and son of Charles Wright, Store Keeper. Emma Mary Susannah was 22, a spinster, and daughter of Thomas Cox, Mechanic. Both resided at 11 Meyrick Road. Witnesses were Thomas Joseph Cox and Kate Fuller.6,7

John Wright & Emma Mary Susanna Cox
Marriage from parish register, 1880
1881 CensusJohn and Emma Wright appeared on the 1881 Census of Lambeth, Surrey, at 83 Vauxhall Street, enumerated 3 Apr 1881. John was age 28, a Potter, and born in Lambeth. Emma was 22 and born in Blackfriars. Two families lived at this address.8 
1891 CensusJohn and Emma M Wright appeared on the 1891 Census of Battersea, London, at 9 Meyrick Rd, enumerated 5 Apr 1891. They lived in four rooms and two other families were also at this address. Emma's parents were at 11 Meyrick Road. John was 38, born at Lambeth Surrey and was employed as a Terra Cotta Potter. Emma was 32 and was born in Brixton, Surrey. Their children were Emma (9), John (7), Edward (5), Ellen (2), and Florence (1 month). The three eldest were scholars.9 
1901 CensusJohn and Emma Mary S Wright appeared on the 1901 Census of Battersea, London, at 15 Meyrick Rd, enumerated 31 Mar 1901. They lived next door to Emma's widowed father. John was 48, born in Lambeth, and his occupation was described as Potter Foreman Architectural Brand Terra Cotta. The census overseer has added "Brick maker". Emma Mary S was 42 and born in Brixton, London. Their children were Emma (19, dressmaker), John (17, potter), Edward (15, potter), Ellen (12), Florence (10), and Charles Richard (8.)10 
(Informant) Death E.M.S. Wright registered the 1903 death of John Wright. She was recorded as the widow of the deceased, of 15 Meyrick Road, who was present at his death.11 
(Admon) ProbateEmma Mary Susanna Wright, widow, was granted administration of John Wright's estate on 17 Aug 1903. His personal effects totaled £100.12 
ImmigrationEmma Mary Susanna Wright immigrated to Canada in 1904.13,14,15 
Passenger ListEmma Wright was listed on a manifest dated 11 Jun 1904 for the SS Bavarian, arriving in Quebec City from Liverpool. She was 45, married [sic], and occupation wife. Travelling with her were Nellie (18, a domestic), Charlie (15, labourer), Florence (11), and E. (10). The Wrights traveled in steerage. Their origin was London and they had railway tickets with an ultimate destination of Makinak, Manitoba.16
Segment of the passenger list for the SS Bavaria, 1904 showing the Wright family
Research Note The names and ages of the children are matched up incorrectly and Emma was recorded as married rather than a widow, but I think this is the correct family. Their destination matches where they were found in 1906. 
. The steamship Bavarian was built in Dumbarton, Scotland and launched in 1899. It wrecked on Wye Rock, Grosse Ile, below Quebec in 1905 and was scrapped in 1907.17
SS Bavarian
(Other) 1906 CensusEma [sic] appeared on the 1906 Census of Manitoba, in the household of her son John. She was age 48, a widow, born in England, and immigrated in 1904. Also there were Ellen, Flora [sic], and Charley.13 
Residence In 1907, Emma lived with her family in a boarding house in Watson, Saskatchewan rented from Mrs Gordon.18 
Land Record

In March of 1906, Emma's son (not named in the homestead record) built a 14 x 30 frame house on their homestead land. In 1911 the house was valued at $200. In April of 1907, Emma obtained homestead entry on the NW1/4 of Section 22 Township 24 Range 19 2nd Meridian in Saskatchewan. She actually commenced living there April 17th, 1908. Progress each year was reported:

1907 - broke and cropped 10 acres

1908 - broke 15 acres, cropped 25 acres, had 3 horses and 3 cattle

1909 - broke 10 acres, cropped 35 acres, had 4 horses and 2 cattle

1910 - broke 5 acres, cropped 40 acres, had 1 horse and 7 cattle

On 29 Apr 1911, Emma's application for homestead patent was accepted in Ottawa as recommended by the Humboldt agent. The nearest post office was at Nealdale.

At that time, besides the house, there was an 18 x 36 log stable (value $50), an 18 x 36 sod stable ( $40) and a 10 x 10 granary ($25). There was no fencing. There was no mortgage on the homestead. Supporting affidavits were given by neighbours -- Bertram Thompson and Haviland Bulford, both of whom also arrived on their land in April 1907.19

1911 CensusThe enumerator must have misheard, as she was recorded as "Anna Mary" Wright on the 1911 Census of Saskatchewan, at Twp 34 Range19 W2. Emma was a widow, born July 1858 in England, age 52, immigrated in 1904, English, Canadian and Baptist. She was the head of the household and a farmer working on her own means. Her children at home were John (29), Florence (20), and Charles (18.)14 
1916 CensusEmma Wright appeared on the 1916 Census of Ayre Municipality, Saskatchewan, at Township 34 Range 19 W2, enumerated 24 Jun 1916. Emma was a widow, age 58, born in England, religion Church of England, immigrated in 1904, and was a farmer. Her children at home were John (33), Florence (25), and Charles (23.)15 
1921 CensusCharles, his mother Emma, and his brother John Wright appeared on the 1921 Census of Saskatchewan, at Section 22 Township 34 Range 19 W2. They owned their single family 3-room wood house. Charles was 28 and single. Emma was a widow, age 63. John was 38 and single. Charles and John's occupation was Farmer working on their own account on their own farm. All were born in England, Charles and Emma immigrating in 1904 and John in 1905.20 
Photograph Here is Emma Wright outside her son-in-law Owen Moore's shop in Winnipeg.4
Emma Wright
c1931, Winnipeg
DeathEmma Wright died on 1 Oct 1944 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.21
ObituaryHer death notice was published on 2 Oct 1944 in the Winnipeg Free Press.
On Oct. 1, at her late residence, 197 Chalmers Ave., Emma Wright, aged 86 years. Funeral service Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. from Mordue Bros Funeral Home. Interment in Elmwood cemetery.21
ObituaryHer obituary was published on 3 Oct 1944 in the Winnipeg Evening Tribune.22 
.4 Oct 1944
Mrs Emma Wright
Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 3 October 1944
Last Edited6 Oct 2014


  1. Copy birth certificate of Emma Mary Susanna Cox, born 23 July 1858, registered 2 September 1858 in the Registration District of Lambeth.
  2. Baptisms of the parish of St John Waterloo. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Emma Mary Susannah Cox, 1858.
  3. 1861 Census for England & Wales, RG9/313 folio 86. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  4. Letter from Ellen McCafferty (British Columbia) to J Kolthammer.
  5. 1871 Census for England & Wales, RG10/593 ed4 f19 p32. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  6. Copy marriage certificate of John Wright and Emma Mary Susannah Cox, married 19 December 1880 in the Registration District of Wandsworth.
  7. Marriages of the parish of St Peter's Battersea. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Thomas Joseph Cox & Emma Martin Stocker, 1856.
  8. 1881 Census for England & Wales, RG11/598 folio 44. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  9. 1891 Census for England & Wales, RG12/434 folio 5. Image viewed at Ancestry.
  10. Image of the 1901 Census for England & Wales (1901 Census of England & Wales, http://www.census.pro.gov.uk/), RG 13/453 folio 60.
  11. Copy death certificate of John Wright, died 12 February 1903, registered 14 February 1903 in the Registration District of Wandsworth.
  12. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations),1858-1966. Images viewed at Ancestry.com. John Wright, 1903.
  13. 1906 Census for Northwest Provinces. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Manitoba, Dauphin District (2), Subdistrict 16, Page 1.
  14. 1911 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, District 209 (Humboldt), subdistrict 37, page 5.
  15. 1916 Census for Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, Humboldt District 18, ED 20, page 19.
  16. Passenger Lists, 1865-1935, Library and Archives Canada images, viewed at Ancestry. SS Bavarian, arrived in Quebec 11 June 1904.
  17. http://www.clydesite.co.uk
  18. Ben Putnam ed. Fifty Years of Progress: Chiefly the Story of the Pioneers of the Watson District 1900-1910, St Peter's Press, Muenster, Saskatchewan, (1950?) (Family History Library)", page 24."
  19. Homestead Application for NW 22-34-19 W2, granted by Dominion Lands Office to Mrs Emma Mary Susanah Wright, Saskatchewan, 1911.
  20. 1921 Census for Canada. Image from Library and Archives Canada viewed at Ancestry.com. Saskatchewan, Humboldt, SD 26, Page 17.
  21. Obituary of Emma Wright in Winnipeg Free Press, 2 Oct 1944.
  22. Obituary of Mrs. Emma Wright in The Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 3 October 1944. online image at Manitoba Life and Times, http://manitobia.ca/cocoon/launch/en/newspapers
  23. Copy birth certificate of Ellen Wright, born 1 March 1889, registered 5 April 1889 in the Registration District of Wandsworth.
  24. Baptisms of the parish of St Peter Battersea. Register at London Metropolitan Archives. Image viewed at Ancestry. Charles Richard Wright, 1893, #1716.