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Weaver, Emily Poynton

Main entryWeaver, Emily Poynton
Birth placenear Manchester, England
Birth date20 May 1865
Death placeToronto, Ontario
Death date11 March 1943
BRS document number000000110
Identifier0405
Birth nameEmily Poynton Weaver
Marital statussingle
Religious affiliationAnglican
Paid workjournalist
BiographyEmily Poynton Weaver (1865-1943) was born in England, where she attended private schools, and came to Ontario with her parents in 1880, settling in Toronto. She also lived for a time in Halifax. A prolific writer, eventually producing over a dozen pieces of fiction, Emily supported herself primarily through journalism. Her sister, artist and illustrator Annie Elizabeth Weaver, collaborated in the production of books for children. Since most of Emily's books were issued by religious societies, one can assume that her fiction had a strong moral component. Her novel, MY LADY NELL, won a prize in 1890 from the Congregationalist Society of Boston before appearing in England in 1893. She also won one of three $200 prizes for history works which were to be considered for use in the public schools. Weaver died in Toronto in 1943.
Honours and awards1st place for MY LADY NELL, Prize Story (Congregationalist Society of Boston, 1890); Award for A CANADIAN HISTORY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, Dominion History Competition ($200) (1905)
Residencesnear Manchester, Lancashire, England (1865-); Altrincham, Cheshire, England (1871); Dumfries, Waterloo, Ontario (1881); Toronto, Ontario (1898-c1900); London, England (1901); Toronto (1912-1943); Halifax, Nova Scotia (1904-); Toronto (1911, 1943);
Geographic regionsOntario
Primary genresfiction; non-fiction; journalism
BooksMY LADY NELL (1890); THE RABBI'S SONS (1891); SOLDIERS OF LIBERTY: A STORY OF WARS IN THE NETHERLANDS (1892); PRINCE RUPERT: OR, AFTER THE RESTORATION (1893); PRINCE RUPERT'S NAMESAKE (1894); THE RAINPROOF INVENTION (1897); THE SEARCH FOR MOLLY MARLING (c1903); BUILDERS OF THE DOMINION: MEN OF THE EAST (1904); OLD QUEBEC, THE CITY OF CHAMPLAIN (1907); THE TROUBLE MAN: OR, THE WARDS OF ST. JAMES (c1911); THE STORY OF THE COUNTIES OF ONTARIO (1913); CANADA AND THE BRITISH IMMIGRANT (1914); THE ONLY GIRL: A TALE OF 1837 (1925); SISTERS OF ST. BONIFACE (1930)
PeriodicalsCANADIAN MAGAZINE; LONDON GRAPHIC; TORONTO GLOBE
Other publicationsAnthologized in: Toronto Women's Press Club, VERSE AND REVERSE (1921, 1922)
OrganizationsCanadian Authors Association, Canadian Women's Press Club, Ontario Historical Society; Toronto Women's Historical Society
Father's nameRichard Thomas Weaver
Life dates of fatherc1833, Chester, Cheshire, England - 31 July 1885, Oxford, Ontario; m. 1861
Father's notecommission agent (?); trimming manufacturer; gentleman
Mother's nameElizabeth Dutton Smith
Life dates of motherc1841, Birmingham, Warwickshire, England - 30 December 1917, Toronto, Ontario; m. 1861
Biographical references1871 England Census; 1881 Census of Canada; 1891 Census of Canada; 1901 England Census; 1911 Census of Canada; England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
Bibliographic referencesWatters, CHECKLIST OF CANADIAN LITERATURE...1620-1960 (1970), pp. 413, 592, 745, 853, 902
Research referencescomplete
Archival referencesletter, Newton McTavish papers, North York Public Library
Image creditsImage from H. Harrison, ed. NATIONAL REFERENCE BOOK ON CANADIAN MEN AND WOMEN, 6th ed. (Montreal, QC: Canadian Newspaper Service, 1940)