Dr. Harry Austin Pelton was born on the 28th of October, 1889 near Burritts Rapids, Oxford Twp, Ontario to Martin Pelton and the former Louise “Almira” Watts. Burritts Rapids is a small community near Ottawa along the Rideau River. Dr. Pelton’s parents were farmers and he had an older brother named Manson who was born on the 8th of October, 1884. Dr. Pelton’s father’s first wife was named Mary Louisa Dougherty. There were 2 children born from that union; Charlie Adrian Pelton was born and died in 1873 and Carrie Louisa Pelton was born in 1874. Mary Louisa Pelton died in 1880 at the age of 24 of consumption (tuberculosis). Dr. Pelton’s parents married in 1881.
Dr. Pelton enlisted in World War I on the 29th of March, 1915. On his Attestation Paper he listed his occupation as “medical student” and his address was a post office box number in Kemptville, Ontario. Dr. Pelton completed his medical studies and graduated M.D.,C.M. from Queens University in Kingston in 1919.
Dr. Pelton married Mary Hannah Fife on the 23rd of July, 1919 in Toronto. Mrs. Pelton was a registered nurse who was born near Indian River, Ontario on the 7th of October, 1893. (Indian River is located east of Peterborough). Her parents Frederick Frances Fife and the former Mary Shearer were farmers. Mrs. Pelton was the youngest of 7 children. Her siblings were Benjamin, Arthur, Janet, Andrew, Annie and Frederick. Andrew and Annie did not survive childhood and Mrs. Pelton’s mother died when she was just 3 years old.
According to the 1921 census, Dr. and Mrs. Pelton were living in Thamesville, where Dr. Pelton was a practicing physician. Dr. Pelton’s name appears on birth and death records throughout the early 1920’s and he is listed in The U.K. & Ireland Medical Directory in 1925 as living in Thamesville.
Dr. and Mrs. Pelton had a son, Dr. David Austin Pelton and a daughter Pauline.
Dr. Pelton died on the 14th of April, 1955 in Toronto. He was buried in Toronto. Mrs. Pelton died on the 4th of July, 1984 in Toronto.