Other Mustons

You will find details of other Muston families on the tree page.

I get a lot of emails and information regarding Muston family connections and rather than let it all sit on my computer I will post it below. It is unsorted so you will just have to go through and find anything that interests you. Hope this helps:

Below are a few links for other MUSTON families


Cheryl Runkle is tracing one of the many USA Muston families

The Town of Muston, Nth Yorkshire


Marriage Records

Marriage Records of Elton-on the hill parish

John Buxtons family including MUSTONS

John Kendall of West Australia is researching MUSTON

Links to lots of UK MUSTON places and events

Parish of MUSTON    "a parish in the wapentake of Dickering; 2 miles N. of Hunmanby. The church is dedicated to All-Saints (see Churches for photograph), and the living is a discharged vicarage, in the patronage of H. Osbaldeston, Esq., of which the Rev. Francis Wrangham, M.A. F.R.S. archdeacon of Cleveland is vicar. There is also a Calvinist chapel, built by Mrs. Hannah Tate. Population, 350."   [Description(s) edited from Langdale's Yorkshire Dictionary (1822) and Baine's Directory of the County of York (1823)]

Emails are below:



Hello Mr Muston. I'm wondering if you might be able to refer me to someone who would have information  about the Muston family branch that located in the Toronto Ontario area in the 1920s and grew roses.

I am not a member of the Muston family but have an interest in finding out more about the floral business operated by Walter Muston in Stouffville Ontario Canada during the 1920s and 1930s. I'll explain briefly my interest.

I am a member of the Stouffville Lawn Bowling Club, which has been in existence in the historic park in the Town of Stouffville Ontario Canada since 1894. Stouffville is a small community about 35 miles northeast of Toronto. There is a red rambler rose hedge at the bowling green that was planted in about 1927 - the 50th anniversary of incorporation of the village. We believe it was planted as part of a community beautification program honouring the Town's 50th anniversary.

I have been trying to determine who may have planted the rose as the bowling club records no longer exist for this time period. There was a gentleman who was a member of the lawn bowling club and who was also prominent in the horticultural society and my guess would be he had been instrumental in obtaining the roses and planting them. The next question is where he obtained them.

Today I was searching in the local library through some old newspaper clippings compiled by the local Women's Institute in the 1950s and found a clipping which mentioned a greenhouse/florist business operated by Muston and Sons -in the 1920s- apparently the business specialized in sweet peas and roses. There was a brief notation that Walter Muston had come to town from England and was the first to grow roses in this country despite the fact that friends had warned him that there was no market for them. The newspaper records of the local paper have been digitalized and I was reviewing some of them also today and there are ads on the front page for Muston and Sons Florist.

I'm wondering if our lawn bowling club obtained the roses through Mr Muston's business . I believe the name of the rose is Excelsa - it is a red hedge rose which was popular in 1927. It is very thorny and I think would not have been used as a cut flower. I haven't been able to find out any more about Muston's operation i.e. whether he was a nurseryman who would have sold plants or whether the business was primarily cut flowers and arrangements. I would love to know more if possible.

The reason we are interested in learning the history of the rose is that we are expanding the bowling green this fall and must remove the roses. I am going to take cuttings this year, and we will try to salvage the plants when they are removed in September. I would like to be able tell as much the story of the roses as possible this year for our members and for the people of the town. Hence my contact with you.

Any information or contacts you could provide would be much appreciated.

Jill McWhinnie

50 Westlawn Crescent

Stouffville ON Canada


Hi Robert. I just sent off a note to Lois Bowden updating her on the roses at the bowling green. They are in full bloom and really beautiful. I'll take another picture showing the full length of them and I can send that along to you. We should be about ready to start taking cuttings for propogation in the next week or so. I'm hoping to get a gentleman from the Rose Society to give the members some direction on taking the cuttings and caring for them. The hege must be removed the first week of September so we have to have some 'foster homes' ready for the plants. We are hoping they will survive the move- it is not the best time to be lifting plants in this climate but we will do our best.
Thanks again for your information on the Muston family. The rose is Excelsa -it was developed in 1908 in Cape Cod and is one of the Cape Cod ramblers. If you google Michael Walsh Cape Cod ramblers there is a lot of interesting information about the origin of the rose.
Jill McWhinnie

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 10:46 PM, Jill McWhinnie <jillymcw@gmail.com> wrote:

Thanks Robert. I actually have the book the pictures and articles are from -it's the History of Stouffville written in 1977 - there are pictures of the greenhouses there also. I believe I read that Walter died in 1925 - that must have been the man that died curling . They'd only owned the greenhouses for five years at that point as I beleive they bought them from the Brillinger family in 1920.

This is a photo of Walter and his 3 older children. Sadie on the left, Walter and James. I am not sure about which wife this is. He married Sarah Jennings who later died in childbirth, then married her sister Alice May. As there is 9 years between the youngest child shown here, and Evelyn born in 1905, I have no idea who was the mother of Evelyn, or in fact any of the kids here. Not sure of the exact year of James birth.


Walter (sr) shown here died in his 50’s while playing that ice game called curling. James (Jim) shown here took over and I note that the attached article says that his brother Stanton ran the florists, but that must be an error as Stanton is his nephew. The boy in the centre of the photo is named Walter Stanton Muston, and his son was named Stanton Walter Muston. The Stanton is the maiden surname of Walter sr’s mother left back in England. I spoke to Stanton and he had no idea of the origin of his name. Unfortunately he is no longer with us, but Lois has lots of info.