Dr. Robert Bowen Aylesworth was born on the 12th of October, 1842 in Earnestown Twp., Ontario. He was the son of Benjamin Aylesworth and the former Anna Maria Detlor. He was from a large family, that consisted of 6 children from his father’s first marriage to Maria Simmons and 5 children from his father’s second marriage to Anna Maria Detlor. Dr. Aylesworth was the 10th of the 11 children. His siblings were; Hannah Elizabeth, George Simmons, Lang Matilda, Bowen W., Charlotte Hannah, Ebenezer H., Sarah Maria, Wilbur Neal, Peter Perry and Martha Anne. Dr. Aylesworth attended Newburg High School, before continuing on to medical school.
Dr. Aylesworth graduated M.D. from Victoria College in 1867. According to the 1882 Ontario Medical Record, Dr. Aylesworth, joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 24th of August, 1868.
Dr. Aylesworth was married to Alice Mary Maud Thomson. She was born on the 18th of August 1850 in the United States, the daughter of William Thomson and the former Isabella Otis. The Thomson family immigrated to Canada in 1857 and settled in Landsdowne Twp,, Leeds County. Her father was a merchant. Mrs. Aylesworth was the eldest of 3 daughters. Her sisters were; Elizabeth and Harriett.
According to the 1871 census Dr. Aylesworth was practicing medicine and living in Leeds Co. with his wife and daughter, Isabella who was 9 months old.
A son, William Thomson Aylesworth was born on the 19th of October, 1878 in Lansdowne, Ontario (Leeds Co.). Another son, Robert Francis “Frank” was born in Lansdowne on the 30th of April, 1880.
By 1881, Dr. Aylesworth was living and working in Morpeth. The Aylesworth family moved to Toronto around 1885. Sadly Dr. Aylesworth’s son William died in Toronto on the 29th of August, 1885 at the age of 6. Dr. Aylesworth advertised his practice in the 1889 and 1890 Toronto City Directory. The information in the directory, reports that his practice was located at 1468 Queen Street.
A daughter named Alice Elizabeth Augustis Aylesworth was born on the 22nd of February, 1889. According to the 1891 census Dr. and Mrs. Aylesworth were still in Toronto and their daughter Isabel was now 19 years old, Frank was 10 and Alice was 2. In 1892, his office was located at 230 Queen Street in the community of Parkdale, which is now part of Toronto.
Dr. Aylesworth died on the 22nd of April, 1921. Mrs. Aylesworth died on the 13th of December, 1927 in Toronto. At the time of her death she resided at 94 Roncesvalle Ave. in Toronto. Dr. and Mrs. Aylesworth are buried at Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto.