Sunday, February 23, 2014


William Henry Coughlin was born in 1872 in Poughkeepsie, New York. He was a glassblower there and moved to Windsor to work at the Sydenham Glass Company in Wallaceburg, Ontario when it opened in 1894.

In 1899, William Henry Coughlin married Elizabeth “Lizzie” (Annal) Coughlin who was born in 1884 in Brockton, Ontario

Lizzie’s father James Annal was a sailor from the Orkney Islands of Scotland and Lizzie’s mother Mary (Hess) Coughlin was born in Aurora. The Annals lived in Wallaceburg and Windsor.

The Coughlin family eventually moved to Windsor (1918) because glass making had been automated. The need for skilled glassblowers was officially over. 

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