Windsor (Ontario), widowhood, marital status
In the recent past there has been substantial historical research completed regarding gender and family roles in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Canada. Many of these histories provide examples of the role of women within the family and society; however, very few historical studies have examined the impacts of widowhood on the aforementioned roles. Studies of widowhood survey the impacts of not only losing a husband, but in many cases, a father as well. Families, households and often entire communities were affected when a person became widowed. Using the data gained from the 1901 manuscript census, as well as other primary and secondary sources this study fills in some of the voids in many histories and provides a comprehensive view of widowhood and the effects of losing a spouse, which included alteration in gender roles and family structures.
University of Windsor