Jessie Houston

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Jessie Turnbull Currie

Jessie Turnbull Houston (nee Currie) (27 April 1896 - 23 November 1980) was a wool industry worker in Almonte, and later, Perth, Canada.



  • She is listed in the 1911 census as being the granddaughter of John Currie
  • John Currie's 1911 obituary does not count her as among his daughters, despite mentioning her name
  • Most damningly, Mary would have been at least 51 years old at the time of Jessie's birth.

Thus, Jessie was likely born out of wedlock to one of John's children. At the time, Walter was married since 1893, but John would have been 17, Christena 23, and Mary 15. Christena is therefore the likeliest to be the true mother.


Marriage certificate, 11 November 1915

On 11 November 1915 she married Alex Houston (1890-1972), a bricklayer.

A description of the event appeared in the local newspaper:

Houston-Currie. At the Presbyterian manse on Wednesday evening of this week, at 7 o'clock, Miss Jessie T. Currie was united in marriage to Mr. Alex. Houston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Houston, Rev. S. G. Brown performing the ceremony. The bride was dressed in cream serge with shadow lace blouse, and was attended by Miss Grace Currie as bridesmaid, Mr. Wm. Ryder being groomsman. After the ceremony the wedding party, accompanied by a few of the near relatives, motored over to the home of Mr. John Ryder, New England, where the wedding supper was partaken of, and a few hours spent in social intercourse and merriment. Among the gifts received was a rocking chair from the bride's co-workers in the knitting mill. Sincere good wishes for future happiness and prosperity are extended by their friends and well-wishers.

— The Almonte Gazette, 12 November 1915
Marriage, 1915

Later life

According to Marilyn's obituary, Jessie had two "daughters", although only Marilyn was a biological one:


Tombstone in Lanark County, Ontario

Just months after the early death of her only biological daughter, she died in 1980.


Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1826-1936 Record

The Almonte Gazette, 19 November 1915, [1]