Farmer at Three Hills, Alberta
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See also the Farndales of Tidkinhow
George Farndale was born on Tranmire Farm on 9 January 1882, the son of Martin and
Catherine Farndale (FAR00364)
(PR, BR). George Farndale’s
birth was registered for Guisborough District during the first quarter of 1883
(GRO Vol 9d page 498).
Tranmire Farm, near Ugthorpe where George was born
The fourth child and third son of Martin and Catherine, George, was born on 9 January 1882 at Tranmire, to where his parents had recently moved. He would be there for two to three years before moving to Tidkinhow, where he lived until he went to Canada. Like the rest of his family, he went to school at Charltons and later to Boosbeck, leaving in about 1896, aged 14.
By the time George’s brother, James was born on 22 December 1885, the family had moved to Tidkinhow farm on Stranghow Moor near Guisborough, an improvement on Tranmire. The young family were brought up at Tidkinhow and the other six children were born there.
The 1891 Census for Red Lion Howe, Stanghow listed Martin Farndale, 46, farmer and ironstone miner; Catherine Farndale, 35; John Farndale, 12, born 1879 at Kilton; Elizabeth Farndale, 11, born 1880 at Kilton; Martin Farndale, 9, born 1882 at Kilton; George Farndale, 8, born 1882 at Kilton; Catherine J Farndale, 6, born 1885 at Ugthorpe; James Farndale, 5, born 1886, Stanghow; Mary F Farndale, 2, born 1889, Stanghow; and William Farndale, 0, born 1891, Stanghow.
The 1901 Census for Low Wathcote, Easby, Richmond listed George Farndale, 19, single, stocksman on farm with the Kirby family.
Like his brothers, he started to work at Tidkinhow. He was close to his brother, Martin, and when Martin went to Canada in 1905, Martin told George that if it was all right, he would send for him. This he did and George went to join Martin at Trochu in 1911. George was a tall, broad man of few words, shy and a bit moody. There is a story that before he left home, he was out around the farm at Tidkinhow when they met some poachers. They threatened his father and one went up to George and told him to take his coat off and fight. George said "I don't need my coat off to you". He banged two of them together and they all went off.
The boys of Tidkinhow in about 1910. John, James, Alfred, William, George and inset Martin. George Farndale
He is shown on the passenger
list of the SS Halifax (Dominion Line) sailing from Liverpool to Halifax
on 1 April 1911, with James
Farndale who wrote a diary of the
George took a homestead near Three Hills, not far from Trochu and lived there all his life until he retired, when he went to live in Calgary. He lived alone all his life, remaining reserved and shy.
There are many stories about him. Once he came to help his younger brother, Alfred, to drill corn. He arrived and started and then, with the job only half done, he drove himself and the drill home. Something said had annoyed him; so he left. He was known as a very upright and honest man. His bank manager used to say he was one hundred per cent reliable. There is also a story that he cared for a local girl, a nurse, who also liked him. She knew he was shy and tried to help him propose. He thought she was trying to pressurise him, so he never spoke to her again! (Family knowledge).
It is perhaps all these stories which describe this big, shy man best. Certainly he was alone most of his life. He had many Farndale qualities, but his was an extreme version of them.
The Canadian Farndales at the Kinseys in about 1931 (Martin, Jim, Kate, Grace, George, Alfred). The Kinseys and Farndales in about 1931 (George with a pipe and hat in the back row).
He spent the last years of his life in Calgary where he died in 1954, and where he was buried (Our Huxley Heritage).
George Farndale of Calgary Alberta, Canada, died on 4 May 1954 aged 72 years (DC). He is buried in Queen’s Park Village cemetery (Lot 89, Block 8, Section 1), Calgary, Alberta.