G4: 1876 James Robert (Grant) Shiels & Jennie Slemmon

This page provides details on James Robert Grant Shiels & Jennie Slemmon and their descendants.

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  • G4: James Robert Grant Shiels & Jennie Slemmon
    • G5: Marjorie Shiels 1903-2002 & Dennie Thibodeau
      • G6: James Hilarian Thibodean
      • G6: William Irwin Thibodeau 1928
    • G5: Thomas Shiels 1906-1983 & Vernice Whitehorse
    • G5: Clarence Shiels 1907-1970 & Irene Cary
      • G6: Warren Shiels 1949 & Wanda Chamberland
    • G5: Warren Shiels 1907-1993 & Maxine Vincent
      • G6: Ronald Warren Shiels 1935-2014 & Lucille Rutt
        • G7: Tanya Leslie Shiels 1967
        • G7: Todd Ronald Shiels 1972
      • G6: Cherie Shiels 1942
    • G5: Leonard Shiels 1910-2007 & Hilda Kerley
      • G6: Thomas Shiels 1940 & Vivieen Leila Putland
      • G6: Irene Shiels 1941-2017 & Fernie Linzmayer
        • G7: Laurie Linzmayer 1963 & Randy Spring
        • G7: Pam Linzmayer 1964 & Tom Cox
        • G7: Carla Linzmayer
      • G6: Carl Shiels 1946 & Sandra Miller

G4: James Robert Grant Shiels 1876-1959 & Jennie Slemmon

James was born Robert James Grant on June 6, 1876, the sixteenth child of John Grant and Elizabeth Bishop. Robert James was only 5 months old when his mother died. John had 8 other children still living at home and knew he could not raise a baby on his own. One of John’s neighbors, Thomas and Elizabeth (Prentice) Shiels agreed to raise Robert James and adopted him in 1881. Since there was already a Robert in the Thomas Shiels family, the order of Robert James’ given names was reversed to become James Robert.

James Robert was 31 years younger than his adoptive brother, Thomas Prentice Shiels so there was quite a variation in the generations. One could quite easily mistake them for father and son.

James moved with his adoptive family to the Fort Ransom district of North Dakota in 1886. James was only 15 when his adoptive mother (Elizabeth) died in 1891. He continued to live with his father (Thomas) until his father’s death in 1897.

James Robert met his wife, Jennie Slemmon, when he returned to Ontario to visit one of his sisters. Jennie later traveled by train to North Dakota where the couple was married on November 26, 1902. Jennie’s parents soon followed and lived with the family in their very tiny home.  

In 1904 James Robert went to the Long Lake district north of Regina, Northwest Territories in 1903 and located homesteads for himself and his father-in-law. They all moved to the homesteads in May of 1904. At the same time Bert, James’ adoptive nephew (son of Thomas Prentice Shiels), came to the Long Lake district and located homesteads for himself and his mother a few miles south of James Robert’s location.

One of James Robert’s nephews (William Grant) moved west from Ontario, purchased land near James Robert & Jennie and married James Robert’s adoptive niece Clara (daughter of Thomas Prentice Shiels.) This has lead to the rather confusing situation whereby the children of Bill Grant and Clara Shiels, whose last names were Grant, were half ‘Shiels’ while the children of James Robert & Jennie, whose last names were ‘Shiels’ were in fact part of the ‘Grant’ blood line.

James Robert and Jennie had five children: Marjorie; Thomas; twins Clarence and Warren; and Leonard.

James Robert and Jennie continued to farm in this area until they moved out to Victoria, B.C. in 1951 and spent the rest of their lives there. Jennie died on May 24, 1957 at the age of 85. James Robert on Feb 9, 1959 at the age of 82. They were cremated and their ashes be scattered over the old homestead in Saskatchewan.

 

G5: Marjorie Shiels 1903-2002 & Dennie Thibodeau

Marjorie Elizabeth Shiels was born November 10, 1903 in Forth Ransom to James Robert Grant Shiels & Jennie Slemmon. Marjorie moved with her family to Saskatchewan in 1905.

Marjorie married Dennie Thibodeau in Regina, Saskatchewan on January 26, 1926. Dennie was born Daniel Joseph Thibodeau on December 26, 1897, in Nova Scotia to Arthenese and Hilarion Thibodeau.

Marjorie & Dennie had two children, James Hilarian Thibodean and William Irwin Thibodeau born Apr 14, 1928 and died Jul 27, 1967.

Marjorie & Dennie farmed in several areas of Saskatchewan and moved to the Cowichan Valley in 1946. They continued to farm there until 1965 when they retired to Victoria, British Columbia.

In Marorie’s obit it states that “Gramma will be remembered for her wit, stories, poems, political views, recycling abilities, stamina, care-giving for seniors and her love for children. At the time of her death, she had nine grandchildren 22 great grand children and 1 great-great grandchild.

Marjorie & Dennie lived on Vancouver Island where Dennie died in 1982 and Marjorie died May 21, 2002 at the age of 98.

 

G6: James Hilarian Thibodean

James Hilarian Thibodeau was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to Marjorie Elizabeth Shiels and Daniel Joseph (Denis) Thibodeau.

He married Anne and they had two children, Bryan H Thibodeau and Thomas D Thibodeau. In the 1972 list of Canadian voters, the family lived in Prince George, BC. James was a welder while Bryan and Thomas are listed as millworkers.

 

G6: William Irwin Thibodeau 1928

William Irwin Thibodeau was born on April 14, 1928, in Regina, Saskatchewan to Marjorie Elizabeth Shiels, age 24, and Daniel Joseph (Denis) Thibodeau, age 30.

He married Gay and they had five children, Larry David Thibodeau; Douglas Wayne Thibodeau; Camille Ellen Thibodeau; Jacqueline Janet Thibodeau and Katherine Marie Thibodeau. 

William was a carpenter at the BCFP Pulp Mill. William died on July 27, 1967, in Crofton, British Columbia, when he was 39 years old.

 

G5: Thomas Shiels 1906-1983 & Vernice Whitehorse

Thomas Victor Shiels was born on February 3, 1906, in Craven, Saskatchewan, to Jennie Slemmon, age 33, and James Robert Grant Shiels, age 29.

Thomas and his brother Warren worked for the telephone system when rural telephones were brought into Saskatchewan.

Thomas moved to the USA and married Vernice Whitehorse near Chicago on August 13, 1934, when he was 28 years old. He was a medical student at the time and became a US citizen in Sept 1938. This marriage ended in divorce and Thomas moved to West Virginia.

He was remarried to Claire dot Black in Pembroke, Virginia, USA, on December 28, 1959, when he was 53 years old.

Thomas never had children and and continued to live in West Virginia until his death on Mar 21, 1983 when he was 77 years old.

 

G5: Clarence Shiels 1907-1970 & Irene Cary

When Clarence Darrow Shiels and his twin brother Warren Eugene Shiels were born on December 21, 1907, in Craven, Saskatchewan, their father, James Robert Shiels was 31, and their mother, Jennie Slemmon, was 35.

He married Irene Cary on November 16, 1948 and they had one son, Warren born on May 1, 1949.

They lived in Semens, Saskatchewan and Clarence had a farm implement dealership.

Clarence died on April 12, 1970, in Semans, Saskatchewan, at the age of 62, after a long bout with Parkinson’s Disease.

 

G6: Warren Shiels 1949 & Wanda Chamberland

Warren Shiels was born on May 1, 1949, in Semans, Saskatchewan, to Irene Cary and Clarence Darrow Shiels.

Warren Shiels married Wanda Chamberland in Semans, Saskatchewan and they had two children, David Shiels and Terry Lynn Shiels.

Wanda passed away on October 29, 2005.

 

G5: Warren Shiels 1907-1993 & Maxine Vincent

Warren Eugene Shiels was born on December 21, 1907, in Craven, Saskatchewan, to Jennie Slemmon, age 35, and James Robert Grant Shiels, age 31. Clarence Darrow Shiels was his twin brother.

Warren and his brother Thomas worked for the telephone system when rural telephones were brought into Saskatchewan.

Warren moved to the USA in 1926 and became a US citizen in 1928. He married Maxine Elliot Vincent on August 13, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Warren and Thomas were married together in a double wedding ceremony. 

Warren and Maxine moved to California and they had two children, Ronald Warren Shiels 1935-2014 and Cherie Shiels 1942.

Warren died on June 12, 1993, in Standard, California, USA, at the age of 85. Maxine died on April 19, 2009, in Saratoga, California, USA, at the age of 93.

 

G6: Ronald Warren Shiels 1935-2014 & Lucille Rutt

Ronald Warren Shiels was born on October 30, 1935, in Cook, Illinois, USA, to Maxine Elliot Vincent, age 20, and Warren Eugene Shiels, age 27.

He married Lucille Rutt in San Jose, California, USA. They had two children during their marriage, Tanya Leslie Shiels born Jun 16, 1967 and Todd Ronald Shiels born Sept 21, 1972.

Ron was an Electrician and worked for P G & E. Ronald died in 2014 in California, USA, at the age of 79.

 

G7: Tanya Leslie Shiels 1967

Tanya Leslie Shiels was born on June 16, 1967, in San Mateo, California, USA, to Lucille Rutt and Ronald Warren Shiels.

In 1985, Tanya Leslie Shiels lived in Santa Clara, California.

 

 

G7: Todd Ronald Shiels 1972

Todd Ronald Shiels was born on September 21, 1972, in Santa Clara, California, USA, to Lucille Rutt and Ronald Warren Shiels.

Todd lived in Duncan, BC on the island when he was 19 years old. He worked for his cousin Bryan Thibodeau on the Alaska pipeline project where he operated heavy equipment, including backhoes and dump trucks. In Dec 1991, he joined the marines. 

 

G6: Cherie Shiels 1942

Cherie Shiels was born on June 6, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, to Maxine Elliot Vincent, age 26, and Warren Eugene Shiels, age 34.

Cherie Shiels lived in Fayetteville, North Carolina, USA, in 1994.

 

G5: Leonard Shiels 1910-2007 & Hilda Kerley

Leonard Albert Shiels was born on January 25, 1910, in Craven, Saskatchewan, to Jennie Slemmon, age 37, and James Robert Grant Shiels, age 33.

He stayed on the old homestead with his father and moved to a farm of his own a few miles west of the home place when he was married. Leonard married Hilda Kerley in Craven, Saskatchewan, on April 4, 1939, when he was 29 years old. They had three children, Thomas 1940; Irene 1941-2017 and Carl 1946.

Leonard wrote a history book for the area where they grew up titled “From Buffalo Grass to Wheat”. It is very informative and truly depicts the early days on the prairie. A great deal of family history has been recorded there for many future generations to enjoy.

Leonard died on December 27, 2007, in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 97. Hilda died on April 11, 2008, in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 95.

 

G6: Thomas Shiels 1940 & Vivieen Leila Putland

Thomas Shiels was born on December 24, 1940, in Craven, Saskatchewan, to Hilda May Kerley Shiels, age 27, and Leonard Albert Shiels, age 30.

Thomas married Vivieen Leila Putland however no other info is available at this time.

 

G6: Irene Shiels 1941-2017 & Fernie Linzmayer

Irene Shiels was born on August 29, 1941, in Craven, Saskatchewan, to Hilda May Kerley Shiels, age 28, and Leonard Albert Shiels, age 31.

Irene married Ferdinand “Fernie” Linzmayer in July 1961 when she was 19 years old.

They had three children during their marriage, Laurie; Pam and Carla.

Irene was raised on the family farm in the Craven. Saskatchewan area. Irene attended the one-room school of Verna and was the Valedictorian at Silton High School. During her school years, she was an active member of the Longlaketon 4-H club. She subsequently obtained a B.Ed from the University of Saskatchewan. She had a brief career as a teacher until her children were born. 

The family moved to Calgary where Irene and Fernie were constant volunteers with their daughter’s activities. Irene loved country music, playing piano and accordion, baking, sewing, crocheting and all types of crafts.

When Irene was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, she refused to give in to the illness and met her ongoing health struggles with courage, dignity and grace. She embraced a positive attitude and never complained.

Ferdinand “Fernie” passed away on July 3, 1995, in Calgary, Alberta, at the age of 57. They had been married 34 years. After Fernie’s death, Irene married Gary Tronnes. They moved from Calgary to Bearspaw, Rocky Mountain House and finally to Red Deer. Irene and Gary travelled extensively until Irene’s health would no longer allow it.   

Irene Shiels died on September 29, 2017, in Red Deer, Alberta, when she was 76 years old.

 

G7: Laurie Linzmayer 1963 & Randy Spring

Laurie Lintzmayer was born in 1963 in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Irene Shiels, age 22, and Ferdinand “Fernie” Linzmayer, age 25.

She married Randy Spring however we have no other info at this time.

 

G7: Pam Linzmayer 1964 & Tom Cox

Pam Lintzmayer was born in 1963 in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Irene Shiels, age 23, and Ferdinand “Fernie” Linzmayer, age 26.

She married Tom Cox and they have two children, Tanner Cox and Ryan Cox.

No other info is available at this time.

 

G7: Carla Linzmayer 

Carla Linzmayer was born in Calgary, Alberta, to Irene Shiels, and Ferdinand “Fernie” Linzmayer.

No other info is available at this time.

 

G6: Carl Shiels 1946 & Sandra Miller

Carl Shiels was born on July 6, 1946, in Craven, Saskatchewan, to Hilda May Kerley Shiels, age 33, and Leonard Albert Shiels, age 36.

Carl Shiels married Sandra Miller in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on April 16, 1969, when he was 22 years old.

They had two children, Grant Shiels, born Sept 4, 1970 in Saskatoon and Joanne Shiels, born April 10, 1974 in Saskatoon.