Dr. Joseph Edward Charlesworth was born in April, of 1868 near Wilshaw, Yorkshire, England. His parents were James Charlesworth and the former Ann Bucktrout. His father worked in the textile industry as a weaver, in England and in Canada. Dr. Charlesworth’s father had been married to Hannah Jagger prior to Ann Bucktrout and they were known to have had 2 children, Benjamin and Fred. It is unknown what happened to Hannah Jagger Charlesworth. Mr. Charlesworth married Anne Bucktrout in England and Dr. Joseph Edward Charlesworth was born in England along with 2 of his siblings John and Mary. The Charlesworth family immigrated to Hespeler (Cambridge) in 1870. His brother Henry was born in Hespeler in 1874.
Dr. Charlesworth graduated M.B. from The University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1898. After graduating, Dr. Charlesworth set up his medical practice in Mount Carmel, Middlesex County.
He married Ellen ‘Nellie’ Sarah Claxton at St. John’s Church in Stratford on the 28th of October, 1903. At the time of his marriage Dr. Charlesworth was living in Morpeth. Mrs. Charlesworth was born on the 26th of January, 1873 in Stratford, the youngest of 4 children born to John Claxton and the former Edna Ellen Roberts. Her father was a butcher. Her siblings were; Joseph, Alice and Louisa.
Dr. and Mrs. Charlesworth had a son, Edward ‘Harold’ Charlesworth born to them on August 1st, 1904, while they were living in Morpeth.
By the fall of 1906, the Charlesworth family was living in Blyth, Ontario. Their daughter Josephine Edna Charlesworth was born on the 3rd of December, 1908 in Blyth.
According to the 1921 census, Dr. Charlesworth was working and living in Harriston, Ontario.
Mrs. Charlesworth died at her home on Elora Street in Harriston on the 31st of January, 1944. Dr. Charlesworth died in Harriston in 1953. They are buried at the Harriston Cemetery. Their daughter Josephine, never married and she died in 1996. She was buried near her parents.