Genealogies of Families Living on Concession 2, Malahide Township by James L. McCallum Copyright Elgin OGS
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This publication encompasses the communities and families found on Concessions 1 through 4 within lots 1 to 35, which represents the south portion of Malahide Township. Volume 2, dealing with families living on Concession 2, was published in 2004.
The original concept for this publication intended only to include lot history and families found within lots 1 through 20, which was roughly the area which made up the Malahide Circuit of the Methodist (later United) Church. However, after compilation had begun, the author decided to include lots and families to lot 35, which is the eastern edge of the township. Because this decision was made after a great deal of the extraction from Assessment Rolls was already completed, the lot histories are not as complete for lots 21 to 35. Only the Abstract Indexes from the Registry Office were consulted for these lots.
The idea for this compilation came as a result of an earlier history written by the same author in 1980 called Pioneer Days at Copenhagen. This booklet, dealing mainly with just the hamlet of Copenhagen and its families, was put together before the availability of the Ontario Vital Statistics registrations and the 1901 census, and although many records were consulted, a large amount of the information was gathered from personal interviews and memories of the author’s grandfather, Leon Simpson. This personal information, although largely undocumented, remains very important since most of those people interviewed are now deceased.
Pioneer Days at Copenhagen was printed using Gestetner stencils and about 100 copies were distributed to descendants of Copenhagen families and other interested parties. Photographs were very difficult to include using Gestetner technology but a couple were photocopied and inserted. Most of the information contained in Pioneer Days at Copenhagen is included in these publications, with additions and corrections where necessary. It was the idea to re-publish the Copenhagen booklet that led to the inclusion of a wider area.
In the four volumes dealing with the families of Concession 1 to 4, a chronological list of owners and tenants will be found; arranged numerically by lot. This information was assembled using the Abstract Index books at the Land Registry Office for Elgin County, and the Malahide Township Assessment Rolls. It was decided to trace the property ownership and families found up to about 1900 although later information on some families is continued in many cases.
There are several occurrences where the dates of property transfer or earliest date of occupancy differ between the Land Registry Office records and the Assessment Rolls. After analysing the two records, the Assessment Rolls were often regarded with greater accuracy, since they were compiled on an annual basis. This is largely due to the fact that the date of registry of a deed often did not occur until many years after the party actually acquired the property. The hamlets of Port Bruce, Luton and Mount Salem became an overwhelming task to show transfer of property from owner to owner; therefore the names have been included in a separate list showing the time period of residence.
Tenants’ names have been indented under the owner’s name showing the years of residence. For the most part, the transfer of a parcel of property from owner to owner was easy to determine from the records, and has been listed as such. When large parcels were divided and subdivided, this became much more difficult to identify and these owners have simply been listed. (NR) refers to an owner who was a non-resident.
In all cases, the reader is advised to consult the Abstract Indexes at the Land Registry Office for clarification and further information from the actual documents.
Not every family who ever lived in this corner of Malahide has been included in the four volumes dealing with that subject. Generally, a family is included if they lived in the area for more than ten years, and only if they were on the property before 1900. Attention was given to family members who actually stayed in this section of Malahide, but details are also given of those who moved away.
An attempt was made to identify the origin of each family before coming to Malahide, whether it be another part of Ontario, or a location overseas or in the United States. In some cases, these origins could not be definitely established, and any theories or possible origins have been identified as such. The reader will also find many notations about possible relationship or parentage that could not be fully documented. These conclusions are presented as theories, and hopefully will lead to further research on the part of interested family members.
The genealogies presented here are not intended to represent what a family historian would compile after years and years of research. Rather, the author have tried to assemble a modest amount of information using readily available sources. Much more could be added after extensive research.
While these volumes deal mainly with families living in the area prior to 1900, much information is given on these families past 1900. In most cases, information on current generations or living people was not included, unless sent to the author by a family member.
Many sources were used to compile these family histories, and while not every source has been noted for each piece of information, the majority of information came from the following records:
Malahide Census Records: 1842, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901
Cemetery Transcriptions for Elgin County (transcribed by Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society)
Elgin County Surrogate Court Records (on microfilm at the Elgin County Archives)
[references throughout the text will refer to “estate file” numbers found in this microfilm collection]
The Ontario Vital Statistics (registrations of birth, death and marriage since 1869)
Marriage Registers: London District Marriage Registers (1790-1852)
Elgin County Marriages (1853-1857)
Elgin County Marriages (1858-1869)
Elgin County Marriages (1896-1873)
Newspapers:The Aylmer Express and St. Thomas Times-Journal
The International Genealogical Index (IGI) and Scottish Church Records; compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Family Histories: several published family histories in the collection at the St. Thomas Public Library were consulted, as well as unpublished information sent to the author by family researchers.
The author is also indebted to Bruce C. Johnson for sharing his research of early Malahide families.
Thomas Rolph 1811-1833 Crown Patent 200 acres
Joseph Thurlow 1833-1835 200 acres
James H. Price 1835-1838 100 acres
Charles Thompson 1835-1848 100 acres
John Nelson 1848-1851 200 acres
David Roberts 1851-1878 200 acres
Thomas & Robert Roberts 1878-1900+ 200 acres
tenants listed in assessment roll:
Thomas Rolph 1811 Crown Patent 200 acres
John Rolph -1835 200 acres
Joel Davis 1835 200 acres
Henry Dalley 1835-1853 200 acres
John K. Arthurston 1853-1857 200 acres
David Roberts 1857- 200 acres
Thomas & Robert Roberts 1871-1900+ 200 acres
John Hale 1817-1856 Crown Patent 200 acres
Davd Roberts 1856-1878 14 acres
Robert & Thomas Roberts 1878-1900+ 14 acres
William Murdie 1856-1877 86 acres
Remember McKay 1877-1883 86 acres
Thomas Laidlaw 1883-1887 86 acres
tenant: John Laidlaw 1883-1887 86 acres
John Laidlaw 1887-1891 86 acres
tenant: William Hunter 1889
Lewis Napoleon Simpson 1892-1900+ 86 acres
James Wilson 1856-1859 100 acres
Ira McCurdy 1859-1861 100 acres
Alvin Marr 1861 100 acres
Henry Backhouse 1861 100 acres
Alvinza Backhouse 1863-1869 100 acres
Isaac Ostrander 1869-1874 100 acres
tenants: Robert Gillett 1872
George Coutts 1873
William J. Ostrander 1874-1875 100 acres
Thomas Dangerfield 1875 100 acres
James J. Dangerfield 1875-1900+ 100 acres
John Hale 1817-1857 Crown Patent 200 acres
John B. Shipman 1857 100 acres
William Locker 1857- 75 acres
Willard A. Springsted 1857-1859 75 acres
William Simpson 1859-1863 50 acres
William Bradley 1863-1892 50 acres
tenant: James Robins 1891
George Pineo 1893-1897 50 acres
tenant: Thomas O’Bryan 1894
George Franklin Pineo 1897-1899 50 acres
George R. Magee 1899-1908 50 acres
William Magee 1908- 50 acres
William Teeple 1863-1889 20 acres
tenant: Thomas Pineo 1867; 1869
Mary Whitesell 1869-1889 (life lease 5 acres)
tenant: Henry Bradley 1872
Ira Hambleton 1875-1882 20 acres
Remember McKay 1883
Henry Laidlaw 1889-1900 20 acres
Robert Henry Lindsay 1900- 20 acres
Edwin Simpson 1865-1882 50 acres
Elizabeth & George Simpson 1882-1900+ 50 acres
Alexander Gillis -1860 100 acres
James Dangerfield 1867- 100 acres
John Hale 1817 Crown Patent 200 acres
E. Hale -1857 200 acres
Philander Bradley 1857-1860 100 acres
William Teeple 1860- 100 acres
Temperance Teeple 1879 50 acres
Carloly Teeple 1879-1883 50 acres
Ira J. Hambleton 1872-1883 (tenant) 50 acres
1883-1886 (owner)50 acres
Marwood Ashton 1886-1899 50 acres
tenant: George Vernal 1895-1896
Charles Clarke 1899- 50 acres
tenant: James Brackenbury 1900-
William C. Simpson 1859-1863 45 acres
Wm. & Henry Bradley 1863-1893 45 acres
George Pineo 1893-1897 45 acres
tenant: James Robins 1891-1893
Thomas O’Bryan 1894
George Franklin Pineo 1897-1899 45 acres
George R. Magee 1899- 45 acres
William Petherick 1857-1862 100 acres
Israel Sutton & -1859-1862 (tenant) 100 acres
John W. Sutton1862-1874 (owner)100 acres
George Kent 1874-1879 20 acres
tenant: Daniel Ensley 1875-1878
Richard Burley 1879-1885 20 acres
John Kelly 1885-1887 20 acres
Frederick & Mary Bouk 1887-1891 20 acres
William Shaver &
Benjamin Garrett 1891-1894 20 acres
George R. Willison 1894-1900 20 acres
George W. Simpson 1900- 20 acres
Francis W. Kent 1883-1893 80 acres
tenants: Truman Smithson1879-188580 acres
Henry Carter188780 acres
Amos Stoner1889-189080 acres
Colburn Snively189380 acres
Alfred Vanslyke 1893-1906 80 acres
John M. Gillett 1906- 80 acres
other tenants listed: William Melvin, 1893
Norman Tyrell, 1843, had a house on this lot and wished to purchase the south half
Henry Coll, 184, assigned his rights to Isaac Chambers
Isaac Chambers 1847-1862 Crown Patent 100 acres
tenants: Abiel Robbins 1861 50 acres
John White 1865-1866
Doedalus Chambers 1862-1864 100 acres
Jacob Groat 1864-1865 100 acres
William Teeple 1865- 100 acres
Temperance & Carloly Teeple 1879-1883 100 acres
Ira Hambleton1872-1883 (tenant)
1883-1886 (owner)100 acres
Marwood Ashton 1886-1899 100 acres
Charles E. Clarke 1899-1909 100 acres
tenant: James Brackenbury 1900-
Fred Roberts 1909- 50 acres
Thomas & Henry Laidlaw 1867-1907 15 acres
William Hewbank 1907- 15 acres
John Sanders 1861 Crown Patent 100 acres
Caleb Partial Gillett 1861-1867 50 acres
George Gillett 1861-1867 50 acres
Caleb Partial Gillett 1867-1892 100 acres
tenants: William Leonard 1872-1877100 acres
John M. Gillett 1882-189050 acres
Robert Laidlaw 1882-188950 acres
Lee McConnell 1892
John M. Gillett 1892- 100 acres
John Hale 1817 Crown Patent 200 acres
E. Hale -1857 200 acres
John Gloin 1857- 100 acres
Thomas Laidlaw -1859-1863 (tenant) 50 acres
1863-1898 (owner)50 acres
Henry Laidlaw 1898-1900+ 50 acres
Mrs. John (Mary) Gloin 1892-1900+ 100 acres
tenant: Dennis Leeson 1892-
Amos Felker 1857-1860 100 acres
John Gloin 1860- 50 acres
John Sanders 1860-1868 50 acres
Joseph Wallace Sanders 1863-1868 (tenant) 50 acres
1868-1900+ (owner)50 acres
tenants: William Leonard 1873-1877 40 acres
George McMullen 1873-1877 10 acres
John Hale 1817 Crown Patent 200 acres
E. Hale -1857 200 acres
Robert Roberts 1857- 200 acres
Mary, Fred, & Wm. Roberts1893-1900+
Sylvanus Reynolds 1858-1900+ 66 acres
Abeil & Cornelia Robbins 1866-1884 2 acres
Daniel Ensley 1884-1893 2 acres
William Roberts 1863-1868 12 acres
Onesimus G. Bradley 1869-1873 12 acres
tenant: Delorma Smith 1871-1873 12 acres
John Gloin 1874-1876 12 acres
Onesimus G. Bradley 1877-1883 12 acres
tenant: Hiram Bradley 1878-1882 12 acres
Dennis Leeson 1883- 12 acres
Jacob & Peter Swartz 1876-1881 50 acres
William House 1881-1900+ 50 acres
tenants: Robert Dean 1891
Austin Jay 1895-1896
Archibald McTaggart 1886-
tenant: William Swartz 1900
John Hale 1817 Crown Patent 200 aacres
E. Hale -1857 200 acres
Jacob Swartz 1857- 200 acres
Sylvenus Reynolds 1858-1900+ 66 acres
Andrew Ewing 1869-1878 51 acres
Asa Nichol 1878-1879 51 acres
Isaac Welter 1879-1885 51 acres
tenant: Richard Butterwick 1883 51 acres
Elizabeth Teetzel 1885-1886 51 acres
tenant: William McGeoch 1886
Concession 2, Lot 9, continued:
George J. Vail 1886-1897 51 acres
Isaac Haight 1897- 51 acres
tenant: Henry Kitchen 1897-1900+
Mahlon & Hariet Swartz 1878- 60 acres
John H. Glover 1891 30 acres
Robert H. Lindsay 1891-1900+ 30 acres
tenants: Robert McNealy 1896-1897
John Seburn 1898
Lee McConnell 1900
William House 1881- 50 acres
tenant: Robert Dean 1891
Austin Jay 1895-1896
Sylvanus Swartz 1881- 30 acres
Peter Swartz 1881- 30 acres
John Hale 1817- Crown Patent 200 acres
E. Hale -1857, 1861 200 acres
tenants: David & Gilbert Vanwicklin -1859-186150 acres
Thomas Durdle -1859-186150 acres
Jacob Swartz 1857-1886 100 acres
Mary Swartz (widow) 1887-1895
(Mahlon, Peter, & Sylvenus Swartz also lived on or owned a portion of this property: Mahlon from 1869-1891; Peter from 1874-1885; and Sylvanus from 1882-1900+)
David, Gilbert & Joseph Vanwicklin 1861-1869 50 acres
William Wiley 1869-1898 50 acres
(Sold to George & Eveline Walbroth in 1872 but owned again by Wm. Wiley by 1875)
Elizabeth Wiley (widow) 1899-1900+ 50 acres
tenant: William Hollibaugh 1900+
Thomas Durdle 1861; 1861-1869 50 acres
Charles Durdle 1863-1869 50 acres
(Granted a life lease to Thomas & Susannah Durdle)
Walter L. Brown 1869- 47 acres
tenants: Wesley Robins 1873-1879
James Noles 1880-1881
Charles Kuntze 1861-1869 innkeeper 2 acres
Jonathon Ward 1869-1870 merchant 2 acres
George Wonnacott 1870-1896 merchant & Postmaster 2 acres
Charles Wonnacott 1896-1900+ merchant & Postmaster 2 acres
Jonathon P. Tufford 1863-1881 carpenter 5 acres
Also listed on this lot:
Trustees of Methodist Episcopal Church 1871 1/4 acre (from Walter Brown)
Partial Gillett 1875-1879
Theodore Berdan 1880-1895 24 acres
tenant: Susanna & Austin Jay 1886-1894
Charlotte Berdan (widow) 1895-1898
tenant: George Bird 1898
William Jeffrey 1882-1898
tenants: George Minhinnick 1883
Richard Butterwick 1884
William Seburn 1889
William Bird 1892-1893
George Visaw 1895
Brock Roloson 1896-1897
Ed Fugard & Wm. Hollibaugh 1898
Richard Avery 1899-1900+ (res. Bothwell)
tenant: Sarah Jeffrey (widow) & Samuel Prouse 1899-1900+
Robert H. Lindsay 1891-1900+ 46 acres
tenant: George Vail 1899-1900+ 1/4 acre
Cornelia Robins (spinster) 1886 (Peter Swartz, owner)
Edwin Dalley 1847- Crown Patent 200 acres
Charles Kuntze -1859-1873 innkeeper 35 acres (owns only 2 acres by 1872)
tenants: John Kaiser1870-1871innkeeper
John Platton1872-1873innkeeper2 acres
Charles J. Johnson 1875-1876 innkeeper 2 acres
Thomas Wonnacott 1877-1887 innkeeper 2 acres
tenant: David M. Williams 1887innkeeper2 acres
George Wonnacott, Jr. 1889-1898 innkeeper 2 acres
Joel Day 1899 (res. Eden Mills) 2 acres
tenant: Lewis Hankinson 1899innkeeper
Clarissa Westover 1900+ (res. Calton) 2 acres
tenant: Densmore Westover 1900+ (butcher)2 acres
Frederick Ensley -1859-1861 25 acres
Mary Ensley 1862-1879 25 acres
tenant: Marenus Vanslyke 1879
James & Robert Burns -1859-1862 100 acres
(Nicholas & Jacob)
Nicholas C. Brown 1863-1895 100 acres
tenants: Taylor Salor1863-1867
Walter Brown 1896-1900+ 100 acres
tenant: Smith Hobson1896-1900+
Henophen Smith 1863-1866
Benjamin D. Smith 1867-1896 (and Abraham Smith)
tenant: Henry Schrader1889-18909 acres
Henry Prowse 1874-1896 brick mason 33 acres
Charles Prowse, blacksmith, 1889-
Hannah (widow) & Samuel Prowse 1897-1900+ 33 acres
tenants: Ed Fugard 1893-1897
Theodore & Austin Snively 1894
James & William McGeoch 1878-1879
Jonathon Tufford 1878-1893
tenants: Ira Hambleton 1889
John R. Robinson1890
John & Emeretta Sinclair 1894-1900+ 40 acres
tenant: Jonas Hoover 1897
John A. Hendershott 1880-1884
tenant: Murdock McKay 1882-1884
Marenus Vanslyke 1885-1899
tenants: Gilbert Vanwicklin 1897-1900+
Mary Vanslyke (widow) 1900+
William Howell 1836 North half
Thomas Terry 1836 South half
Lawrence Clouse 1842 census
Peter Ferguson 1862 Crown Patent 100 acres
William McGeoch -1859-1861 (tenant)
1863-1879 (owner)100 acres
John & Robert McGeoch 1879-1888 100 acres
tenants: James Durdle 1870-1877
Michael Grice 1880-1881
Jonas Stoner 1888-1895 50 acres
Eugene W. Ryckman 1895- 50 acres
tenant: Thomas Ofield 1896
Warren White 1889- 50 acres
tenant: Smith Hobson 1889
Nicholas C. Brown 1890-1895 50 acres
tenant: Smith Hobson 1890-1900
Walter Brown 1896-1900+ 50 acres
John & Charles McTaggart 1898-1900+ 50 acres
Lot 12, South Half
William Meston 1864-1869 Crown Patent 50 acres
Enoch J. Turrill 1869-1871 50 acres
tenant: Michael Pace
Addison Turrill 1871-1874 non resident
Henry Percy 1874-1895
George O. & Edith Garner 1896-
tenant: George McKay 1896
Edward Hoshal 1897-1900+
Hiram B. Smith 1864-1865 Crown Patent 50 acres
(Assessment roll shows him as owner in 1861)
tenant: David Vanwicklin 1861
Enoch Joseph Turrill 1865-1871 50 acres
Hiram B. Smith 1871-1874 50 acres
tenant: Joseph & Gilbert Vanwicklin 1874
David Vanwicklin 1874-1883 50 acres
Gilbert Vanwicklin 1883-1884 50 acres
James & Juliet McGeoch 1884-1887 50 acres
John Devers 1887- 50 acres
Josiah & Bridget Cromwell 1889-1894 50 acres
William Kelly 1894-1899 50 acres
Henry Kelly 1899- 50 acres
Henry Tisdale 1840-1844 Crown Patent 200 acres
Margaret Dilts 1842 (census)
Solomon Dilts 1844-1865 100 acres (north half)
Agnes Dilts 1865-1883 100 acres
(Joel P., Colin & Clark Jenner Dilts)
tenant: James Ross1866
William McGeoch, Jr. 1867-1868
Thomas Lawson 1883
William White 1884
tenant: Leman Edgeworth 1884
William B. Brown 1884-
tenant: Thomas J. Seburn1887-1890
John P. McEown 1844-1849 Crown Patent 100 acres (south half)
William Nichol 1849-1860 100 acres
Sarah Nichol (widow) 1860-1864 100 acres
tenant: John Hillman1863-186450 acres
Bryce Johnson 1864- 50 acres
tenant: William Nicholl 1870
Asa H. Nichol 1865- 50 acres
Frederick House 1875-1879 100 acres
(From Asa Nichol, Andrew & Eliza Ewing, Wm. Nichol, Bryce Johnson, Susan & Rodolphus Koyle and John Nichol)
John House 1879-1900+ 100 acres
tenants: Adam Snider 1878
Nelson Bingham 1884-1889; 1896
Abram Vanwicklin1886, 1891
Brock Roloson & Allan Kline 1898-1900+
Other tenants listed:
Thomas J. & Minor Seburn1890
Canada Company 1841 200 acres
William Percy 1842-1885 100 acres
William B., Frank, & Henry Percy 1886-1895 100 acres
Albert Percy 1896-1900+ 100 acres
Thomas Lemon(Will dated 1841)
Alex Love -1857
Archibald McTaggart 1865-1900+ 100 acres
(Assessment roll shows Archibald McTaggart on this lot in 1860)
Archibald McTaggart Jr., & Neil McTaggart 1872-
William Pennell 1824 Crown Patent 200 acres
John Ross 1824-1841 200 acres
Stamos? Daniel 1841-1847 200 acres
James Daniel 1847 200 acres
Adam Paupst 1847-1850 200 acres
Henry G. Paupst 1850-1856 200 acres
Peter Jones 1856- 200 acres
West Half of South Half
Isaac Jones 1861-1865 50 acres
Rev. Peter Jones 1865-1873 50 acres
tenant: John Shaver1866-1867
Edward G. Fairbrother 1873-1900+ 50 acres
East Half of South Half
John Wesley Jones 1861-1879 50 acres
George O. Garner 1880-1885 50 acres
Henry Percy 1886-1895 50 acres
Frank Percy 1896-1900+ 50 acres
North Half of North Half
John A. Camp 1865 25 acres
Edwin Geen 1865-1877 25 acres
tenants: John Tomkins1869
George Antell 1877-1881 50 acres
tenant: John Chute1880-1881
Edwin Geen 1881-1900+ 50 acres
South Half of North Half
Peter Jones 1856- 50 acres
tenant: William Follick 1870
Peter C. Weese & David Marshall 1871 50 acres
William Kelly 1871-1873 50 acres
John Taylor 1873-1874 50 acres
William Kelly 1874-1899 50 acres
Danford E. Ferguson 1875-1881 4 acres
Susanna Kelly, Thomas Kelly1900-
Assessment roll also shows Charles Davis on 25 acres from 1866-1868
leased to John Backhouse of Walsingham in 1818
Kings College 1828 Crown Patent 200 acres
James R. Shaw 1856-see below 200 acres (NR-Port Credit)
(Land Registry Office shows Shaw selling to Thompson in 1878; however, the assessment roll shows Thompson as owner in 1867)
tenants: Thomas Spry-1859-1862
Thomas Thompson 1867-1878; 1879 200 acres
tenants: Matthias Millard1867-1869200 acres
Levi Millard1870½ acre
Joel Martin1870-1873195 acres
William T. Martin1873-1878150 acres
James Wall1871-187750 acres blacksmith
Wm. & Francis Hunter 187850 acres
Charles W. Hankinson 1878-1885; 1887 100 acres
William H. Hankinson 1887-1900+ 20 acres
tenant: John Reid1899
Walter S. Buck 1885-1900+ 80 acres
John & Frank Puntine 1879- 100 acres
Henry Percy 1881-1895 100 acres
William Percy 1896-1900+ 35 acres
tenants: Zebulon Neville 1898-1899
George Jones 1900
Frank Percy 1896-1900+ 66 acres
Margaret Willson 1821-1824 Crown Patent 200 acres
Moses Austin 1824-1857 200 acres (res- Simcoe)
Mary Austin (widow) 1857-
tenant: William Chute 1860-1861200 acres
(heirs of Moses Austin listed are Mary (widow), Philip Austin, Edward Austin, Thomas W. & Aquilla Walsh)
Thomas W. Walsh 1863-1871 24 acres non resident
William Wilson 1871 24 acres
Andrew Whitelaw 1871-1877 24 acres
Robert Rule 1884-1900 24 acres non resident
John & Julia Ann Buckley 1863-1871 58 acres non resident
James Chalk 1871-1874 29 acres
tenant: William T. Green 1873
Maria Snell 1874 29 acres
R. Scott 1875 29 acres
George Scott & Thomas Rockey1876-188229 acres
tenant: William Hunter 1876
William Smuck 1881
George Rockey 1882-1900+ (1890+ is res of Washington Territory)
tenants: Emanuel Rockey1889-1893
John R. Backhouse 1872-1879 28 acres
Mahlon Turrill 1880-1882 28 acres
Austin Snively 1883-1892 28 acres
tenant: Colburn Snively1887
John A. Hankinson 1893 28 acres
Daniel Ensley 1893-1900+ 28 acres
John Anderson 1863-1864 58 acres non resident
Jacob Anderson 1865-1881 58 acres res – Simcoe
tenant: James & Walter Buck1877-1881
James H. Buck 1881-1900+
Alanson Learn 1863 58 acres non resident
James H. Buck 1864-1900+ 58 acres
John Backhouse, of Walsingham 1818 lease
Abraham Backhouse lease
Thomas Walters, of Malahide 1834 lease
Richard Muscott 1840 lease
Hiram Brush 1843 lease
William Jones 1850 lease
William Jones 1855-1856 Crown Patent 200 acres
John B. Jones 1856-1863 200 acres
tenants: William Lewis 1862
Thomas Spry 186350 acres
Orlo Smith 1863- 100 acres
tenant: Wallace Sprinsted 1863100 acres
William E. Smith 1865- 100 acres
tenants: Joseph McCrimmon1864-1865
Ira J. Hambelton18871/4 acre
Hiram & Elias Sharp1891-961/4 acre
John J. Barley1900
Thomas Spry 1863-1892 50 acres
tenants: James Chalk 1881-1900+
Lloyd Graves 1885-1898
Betsy Spry (widow) 1891-1900+
William Shackleton 1863 50 acres
Walter T. Sparkman 1864 50 acres
William Penhale 1868 50 acres
Amos Robbins 1871-1873 50 acres
Abram Ellsworth 1874-1898 50 acres
tenant: Edward Marr1898
Eber Buck 1899-1900+ 50 acres
John Bragg 1830-1840 Crown Patent 100 acres
Moses McConnell 1840-1857 50 acres
Jehiel McConnell 1857-1867 50 acres
William Hankinson 1868- 50 acres
tenant: Francis Hankinson1870-1896
Francis Hankinson 1896-1900+ 50 acres
George Sturk 1840-1861 50 acres
tenants: David Carew 1859-1863 1 acre
Harmon W. Bens1859 49 acres
William Nelson Learn 1861-1863 50 acres
tenant: John Hillman1862
Henry P. Moore 1863-1870 50 acres
tenant: James Pearson1865-1866
Elijah Cannom 1870-1877 50 acres
William Piggott 1877-1882 50 acres
Marshall Piggott 1882-1887 50 acres
Piggott Estate (John Piggott, executor, residence Chicago 1892; Bay City, Michigan in 1897)
tenants: John McMullen1889-1890
Daniel Ensley 1900+ 50 acres
David Stewart 1853-1854; 1855 Crown Patent 100 acres
George & William Peacock 1854-1900+ 50 acres
Daniel Bradley 1855-1859 50 acres
George Teeple 1863- 20 acres
tenant: Nathaniel Deo1864-1865
Dennis House 1866-1867 20 acres
tenant: Cornelius Weese1866
Hiram J. Brown 1867 20 acres
Jacob Groat 1867 20 acres
Edwin Price 1867-1879 20 acres
Thomas Maginnis 1879-1900+ 20 acres
(and William, Arthur, John & Frank Maginnis)
Thomas Hankinson 1834 living on lot
John Marr 1835
Charles Ross 1843
Hugh Maginnis 1853-1864 Crown Patent 100 acres
Thomas Maginnis 1862-1900+ 40 acres
tenant: James Downs 1868
William P. Farthings 1864-1871 60 acres
tenants: Manley Matthews 1865
Hugh E. Cutler1868
William & Nancy Smyth 1871-1878 60 acres
tenant: Albert White1873-1878
Sophronia Harvey 1879-1880 60 acres
tenant: William & Willard Shackleton 1879-1880
James Wiseman 1881-1900+ 60 acres
(and Thomas & Robert)
tenant: Fred Doolittle1897
Moses McConnell 1840-1856 Crown Patent 100 acres
William B. Lyon 1856-1870 50 acres Postmaster
Tamer McConnell 1857-1867 50 acres
tenant: George McConnell1866
George McConnell 1867-1870 50 acres
John Fleming 1870-1877 100 acres
Donald McClennan 1878-1880 100 acres
tenant: Kenneth McClennan1878-1880
Eli & Mary Tarbell 1880 100 acres
(Assessment roll shows Tarbell as owner of only 50 acres; and Josiah Palmer as owner of
50 acres from 1880-1881) (Tarbell residence is California in 1900)
tenants: Edward Hemstreet1895
Charles Churchill & John Boyd 1899
James Taylor 1882-1900+ 25 acres
Caleb Powell 1822 Crown Patent 200 acres
John T. Woolley 1822-1849 (will) 100 acres
John M. Woolley 1849-1855 (will) 100 acres
John Solon Woolley 1855-1876 100 acres
Thomas Lightfoot 1876-1899 100 acres
Byron & Robert Lightfoot 1899- 50 acres
Mary Lightfoot 1899- 50 acres (southwest quarter)
Jacob & Phoebe (Edison) Weaver 1822-1853 100 acres
John Ellsworth 1853-1865/1867 100 acres
John Hankinson 1865-1871 50 acres (north half of north half)
John Kelly 1871-1873 50 acres
Horatio N. Franklin Jr. 1873-1876 50 acres
John Carter 1876-1879 50 acres
John Rockey 1879-1880 25 acres (east half)
John Heffer 1880- 25 acres (east half)
Martha Rockey 1879-1880 25 acres (west half)
John Heffer 1880- 25 acres (west half)
George A. Corman 1867-1873 50 acres (south half of north half)
Horatio N. Franklin 1873-1874 50 acres
William H. Lyon 1874 25 acres (N ½ of S ½ of N ½ )
Mahlon Griffin 1874-1899 25 acres (N ½ of S ½ of N ½ )
George P. Pressey 1899- 25 acres (N ½ of S ½ of N ½ )
William H. Lyon 1874-1879 25 acres (S ½ of S ½ of N ½ )
William B. Lyon 1879-1886 (will) 25 acres (S ½ of S ½ of N ½ )
Mahlon Griffin 1874- 25 acres
Harriet Day (widow), Joel & Nelson Day are also listed on the south 75 acres in 1884
Canada Company 1841 Crown Patent 100 acres
Isaac Wheeler 1845-1849 100 acres
Stephen Cohoon 1849-1863 100 acres
Samuel McGregor 1863-1867 100 acres
John Kelly 1867-1870 100 acres
John Heffer 1870- 100 acres
Canada Company 1829 Crown Patent 100 acres
Castle Kerr 1830-1859 (will) 100 acres
Alexander Kerr (son) 1859-1863 100 acres
William Harvey 1863- 50 acres
William B. Lyon 1863-1879 50 acres (east half)
Mahlon E. Lyon 1879- 50 acres (east half)
George Barton 1863-1869 50 acres (west half)
Adam Empey 1869-1870 50 acres (west half)
Asa P. Marr 1870 50 acres (west half)
Thomas W. Sanders 1870-1874 50 acres (west half)
Horatio N. Franklin 1874-1880 50 acres (west half)
Caleb T. Burdick 1880-1893 50 acres (west half)
Gordon L. Nelson 1893- 50 acres (west half)
John Sovereign 1840- 1/4 acre
Robert McDonald 1856-1861 3/8 acre
Theodore M. Bradshaw 1861-1866 3/8 acre
John C. Markle 1866-1873 2/5 acre
William B. Lyon 1873- 2/5 acre
Robert McDonald deeded 1/25 acres to the Trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist church in 1862.
Axford Bowlby 1820 Crown Patent 200 acres
Lewis Bowlby 1840-1855 200 acres
John M. Markle 1855-1859/1875 199 ½ acres
Robert L. Markle 1859-1887 75 acres (pt of north half)
Sewell Boyd 1887-1900 75 acres (pt of north half)
Friend S. Boyd 1900- 50 acres
Addison Boyd 1901- 50 acres
Robert Markle 1875-1887 125 acres (south half)
Catherine Griffin 1887 125 acres
John H. Smith 1888- (1900- part) 125 acres
Sewell Boyd 1888-1900 25 acres
Howard B. Hodgkins 1900- 100 acres
John Markle deeded ½ acre to the Trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist church in 1862.
Canada Company 1829 Crown Patent 200 acres
John Marr 1835-1839 (will) 100 acres
David Marr 1839- 100 acres
John L. Marr pre 1851 100 acres
Asa Porter Marr 1851- 100 acres
John A. Marr 1878- 50 acres (west half of south half)
Samuel Tedford 1852-1892 (probate) 100 acres
John P. Tedford 1892- 100 acres
James A. Baughman 1892- 50 acres (north east quarter)
John Matthews 1819 Crown Patent 200 acres
Thomas Chute 1837-1850 (will) 200 acres
Walter Chute (son) 1850-1895 100 acres (west half)
Thomas Ensley Chute 1895- 100 acres (west half)
Adoniram Chute 1850-1853 100 acres (east half)
Richard L. Chute 1853- 100 acres (east half)
Sarah Butler (wife of John) 1825 Crown Patent 200 acres
Elijah Saxton 1837- 200 acres
Samuel A. Ellis 1869-1870 100 acres (east half)
William Bothwell 1870-1872/1884 100 acres
Henry E. Baughman 1872-1877 30 acres (north part of east half)
George Bagnall 1877-1884 30 acres
Sewell A. Boyd 1884-1900 30 acres
John H. Boyd 1900- 30 acres
William & Almeda Godfrey 1884-1892 70 acres (south part of east half)
Erwin Tedford 1892- 70 acres
John A. Saxton pre 1899 100 acres (west half)
William Rockey 1899-1900/1901 100 acres
John H. Boyd 1900- 40 acres (north part of west half)
George Raymond 1901- 60 acres (south part of west half)
Edwin Hankinson 1843 Crown Patent 100 acres
Daniel L. Hankinson 1864-1868 50 acres (northwest quarter)
Joseph Bain 1868- 25 acres (N ½ of NW quarter)
Eliza Bain pre 1895- 25 acres (N ½ of NW quarter)
William E. Godfrey 1868- 25 acres (S ½ of NW quarter)
John Baughman 1865-1901 25 acres (NE 1/4 of north half)
Charles E. Baughman 1901- 25 acres
Richard Hankinson 1835 Crown Patent 100 acres
William Northrup 1836-1837 15 acres
John H. Saxton 1837-1846 15 acres
(Edward Griffin buys 3 acres with Saxton from Northrup but sells half of it to John H. Saxton in 1844 with half of saw mill and mill privileges)
Samuel & Thomas James Phillips 1846-1848 15 acres
Samuel Phillips 1848-1854/1872 15 acres
John Marr 1854- 12 acres
Thomas W. & Joseph H. Sanders 1872- 3 acres
Edwin Hankinson pre 1855- 1886 (part) 35 acres
Joseph Godfrey 1855-1889 35 acres
William E. Godrey 1889- 35 acres
John O. Williams 1886- 75 acres
Asa P. Marr is also listed selling 87 acres, part of southeast quarter to Joseph F. Marr in 1900
Joseoph A. Philp sells 5 ½ acres to Charles A. Stalter in 1882; Emma J. Dewart acquires this prior to 1894 when she sells to Ephraim H. Doolittle.
William Powell 1820 Crown Patent 200 acres
George Sovereign 1820-1842 100 acres (south half)
Appleton Woolson 1842-1845 100 acres
Samuel Phillips 1845-1854/1872 100 acres
John Marr 1854-1868 50 acres (east half of south half)
William W. Marr 1868- 50 acres (east half of south half)
Asa Porter Marrpre 1900
Joseph F. Marr 1900- South half & 25 acres in North half
Asa Porter Marr 1872-1900 50 acres (west half of south half)
Joseph F. Marr 1900-
Solomon Sovereign 1820-1828/1830 100 acres (north half)
John Sovereign 1828-1840 50 acres (south half or north half)
Orlo Smith 1840-1852 50 acres (south half of north half)
Samuel Phillips 1852-1872 25 acres
(Asa P. Marr buys this 25 acres in 1872)
Morris Sovereign 1852-1853 25 acres
Craig Haggan 1853- 132 acres (part of lot 28 & 29)
Robert Cook 1830-1844 50 acres
John Griffin 1844-1848 50 acres
George Northrup 1848-1862 50 acres
Ralph Pritchard 1862-1863 50 acres
John Baughman 1863-1901 50 acres
Charles Baughman 1901- 50 acres
Adam Bowlby 1822 Crown Patent 100 acres (south half)
Morris Sovereign 1823- 100 acres (south half)
Craig Haggan 1853- 132 acres (pt of lot 28 & 29)
John Haggan pre 1898 50 acres (southeast quarter)
Wallace Haggan 1898- 50 acres
Morris Sovereign 1845 Crown Patent 100 acres (north half)
Richard Muscott 1845-1852 20 acres
Moses Brundage 1852-1870 20 acres
(John Brundage & Jane [widow] sign a quit claim to Joseph Bain in 1870)
Joseph Bain 1870-1892 20 acres
Edgar Cohoon 1892- 20 acres
George Bain 1852-1855 70 acres (north part)
Charles Roy 1855-1869/1872 70 acres (north part)
John Bagnall 1869/1872-1874 70 acres (east ½ of north ½ )
William A. Leeson 1874-1884 20 acres
Sewell A. Boyd 1884 70 acres
George Bagnall 1884-1894 70 acres
Frederick E. Bagnall 1894- 70 acres
Warner Garner 1898- 50 acres
Canada Company 1829 Crown Patent 200 acres
Jacob Northrup 1830-1850 100 acres (south half)
George Northrup 1850-1885 100 acres (south half)
George McConnell 1885- 100 acres (south half)
David Arthur McConnell 1898- 50 acres (east ½ of south ½ )
James McConnell 1842-1876/1883 100 acres (north half)
James Hankinson 1876-1888 50 acres (south ½ of north ½ )
Charles Hankinson 1888- 50 acres (south ½ of north ½ )
Lowell Carey McConnell 1883-1900 50 acres (north ½ of north ½ )
Elgin Cohoon 1900- 50 acres (north ½ of north ½ )
Henry Procunier 1826 Crown Patent 100 acres
Kenneth Hankinson pre 1868 50 acres (south ½ of north ½ )
James Hankinson 1868-1889 (will) 50 acres (south ½ of north ½ )
Rowlen Hankinson 1879-1892 50 acres (north ½ of north ½ )
George Bagnall 1892- 50 acres (north ½ of north ½ )
Joseph Fraser 1841 Crown Patent 100 acres
Anthony Scealey 1844-1853 100 acres
Craig Haggan 1853-1854 100 acres
John & William Haggan 1854-1855 100 acres
William Haggan 1855-1889 (will) 100 acres
Malcolm B. Haggan 1892- 100 acres
Joseph Anderson 1824 Crown Patent 200 acres
Henry Hamilton 1825-1846 200 acres
John Edison 1846-1847 200 acres
Reuben McConnell 1847-1900 (will) 100 acres (east half)
(Willed to Phoebe Jane McConnell for life, then Milledge McConnell)
Anthony Scealey 1847-1853 100 acres (west half)
Craig Haggan 1853-1854 100 acres
John & William Haggan 1854-1855 100 acres
Ezekial Chute 1855-1881 30 acres
James E. Chute 1881- 30 acres
Reuben McConnell 1855-1900 10 acres
William Haggan 1855-1889 (will) 60 acres
Malcolm B. Haggan 1898- 60 acres
John McIntyre 1845 Crown Patent 100 acres
John Marr 1848-1893 (will) 100 acres
William W. Marr 1893- 70 acres (northwest 1/4 )
Joseph F. Marr 1893- 50 acres (northeast 1/4 )
James McIntyre 1837 Crown Patent 100 acres
James C. McIntyre 1851-1873 (probate) 50 acres (west ½ of south ½ )
Abiel Robbins 1857-1858 1/4 acre
William Sharp 1858 1/4 acre
Rufus Westover 1858 1/4 acre
James C. McIntyre 1858-1873 1/4 acre
William Cummings 1873-1874 1/4 acre
John D. McConnell 1874-1882 1/4 acre
Joseph Hobbs 1882-1895 1/4 acre
Fred N. McConnell 1895-1900 1/4 acre
George McConnell 1900- 1/4 acre
Walter Anderson, Jr. 1820 Crown Patent 200 acres
Reuben Brundage 1828-1866 100 acres (east half)
Daniel E. Stevens 1866-1870 100 acres (east half)
Clinton Vanpatter 1870-1874 100 acres (east half)
Caleb Haines 1874-1879 49 acres (south ½ of east ½ )
Elijah Haines 1879-1882 50 acres
Mahlon D. Chute 1882- 50 acres
Shook McConnell 1874-1878 50 acres (north ½ of east ½ )
Mahlon D. Chute 1878- 50 acres (north ½ of east ½ )
John Haines 1849-1857 (will) 100 acres (west half)
Caleb Haines 1868-1901 (will) 100 acres (west half)
(Wills land to Mary Eliza Haines for life; then Mary Lena Adams, 50 acres; Sarah Stella Haines, 25 acres; and Alexander Lennie Haines, 25 acres)
William McMichael 1820 Crown Patent 200 acres
Thomas Edison 1830- 200 acres
Susannah Edison (wife of E. E.) pre 1854 200 acres
John L. McCollum 1854-1857 (will) 200 acres
(Mahlon E. & Sarah E. Lyon sign a quit claim to Benjamin, William, Edmund, Francis, John W. & Carroll, sons of John S. McCollum, deceased, for 70 acres)
Edwin Smith Hobson 1899- 110 acres
Families from lot 1 & 2, concession 2:
Both of these lots, a total of 400 acres, was acquired by David Roberts in 1851 who owned it until 1878. It passed to Thomas & Robert Roberts, who owned it past 1900. The Roberts family did not reside in Malahide, but in Yarmouth, just west of Jamestown, where members of the Roberts family still reside. The Roberts family also owned 14 acres in lot 3, concession 2.
This Roberts family should not be confused with the other Robert Roberts family of lot 8, concession 2; it is believed they were not related.
David & Thomas Roberts are found in the 1871 Yarmouth census (Div. 1, page 32), where David’s birthplace is recorded as Wales, and Thomas’ as Ireland.
Several members of the Roberts family are buried in Sparta cemetery.
born 1809 Wales
died December 5, 1881 Yarmouth township, age 72 years
married Anna Jane _____
died March 15, 1893 Yarmouth township, age 77 years
children: Thomas, Annie, David, Robert
1. Thomas Roberts
born 1838 Ireland
died January 21, 1903 Yarmouth Township; age 65 yrs. 7 mos. 26 ds
married September 22, 1864 Gertrude Vercoe (dau of John & Gertrude)
born 1833 England
died September 29, 1913 Yarmouth Township, age 80 yrs. 11 mos
2. Annie J. Roberts (1842 – 1904)
married Peter S. Furness
3. David Roberts
born January 29, 1845 Toronto, Ont.
Died April 19, 1907
4. Robert H. Roberts (1847 – 1924)
married Eva Baskerville (1854 – 1887)
Families from lot 3, concession 2
William Murdie purchased 100 acres in lot 3 in 1856, but sold 14 acres to David Roberts of Yarmouth the same year, retaining 86 acres until 1877. He eventually moved to Port Bruce where he appears in the 1891 census (Div. 1, pg. 43). In earlier census records, he is found in 1861 (Div. 1, pg. 13); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 40); and 1881 (Div. 3, pg. 12).
According to Sim’s History of Elgin County, William Murdie operated a general store near the corners of Luton in the middle of the 1850s. Sims also states that William Murdie was one of the first trustees of Port Bruce school when it was erected in 1854. The 1877 Historical Atlas of Elgin County states that William settled on lot 3, con 2 in 1853 and that he was a farmer and general auctioneer.
The record for William’s second marriage to Kate Copeland in 1884 reveals that his parents were Robert & Euphemia Murdie.
William and his wife Ann are buried in Aylmer cemetery.
born August 6, 1824 Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
died January 19, 1901 Aylmer, Ontario
married 1. Ann ____
born 1818 England
died December 13, 1881
married 2. April 2, 1884 Kate Copeland; in Ilderton (dau of John & Annie Copeland)
born 1845 Nova Scotia
died December 3, 1933 in her 89th year
Following William’s death, Kate was remarried to George A. Ellis in December 1902.
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 21, 1901:
“On Saturday last, the 19th inst., Mr. William Murdie, who for many years has been a prominent and respected citizen of this section, passed away at his home on St. George street, in his 77th year. Deceased was born at Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland, August 6th, 1824, and at the age of five years he removed with his parents to Nova Scotia. In 1845 he moved to Davenport, which was a small place about half a mile west of where Port Bruce now stands. He settled on a farm near there, where he resided until 1877, farming, contracting and auctioneering, having about the same hold on the latter business in this section that Mr. R.H. Lindsay has at the present day. In 1877 he moved to Dingle St., where in 1881 his first wife died. His home being broken up, he spent the next few years between Aylmer and Nova Scotia, until in 1884 he married Miss Kate Copeland, with whom he has lived happily ever since, and who survives him. The following year, 1885, while on a trip to Nova Scotia he was severely injured in a railway accident on the Intercolonial R.R., and never fully recovered from its effects. Between 1886 and 1896 he again resided at Port Bruce, returning to Aylmer the latter year, and he has resided here ever since. About three years ago he had a slight stroke of paralysis, from which he partly recovered, but on December 6th last he had another attack and has been gradually failing ever since until called away on Saturday last. Mr. Murdie was an adherent of the church of England, and in politics a staunch conservative, numbering among his old friends and acquaintances Sir John MacDonald and Sir Charles Tupper, to whom he always referred as “Charley Tupper”. He was a good citizen, honest, honorable, kind, generous and large hearted and will not be soon forgotten by those who knew him. He leaves besides his wife, four children: Thomas and William of Michigan; Mrs. John Hamm [?], of Malahide; and Mrs. William Bayes, of Michigan. The funeral services took place on Tuesday last, conducted by the Rev. J.W.J. Andrew, and Malahide Lodge, No. 140, A.F. & A.M., of which deceased has been a member for many years. The remains were interred in the Aylmer cemetery.”
Kate’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 7, 1933:
MRS. GEORGE ELLIS DIED IN HER 89TH YEAR
Mrs. George Ellis, a member of one of the oldest pioneer families of East Elgin, died at her home here on Sunday, December 3rd, in her 89th year. She had been ill for several weeks. Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, she came with her parents when a child to Port Bruce. She later lived in London township, but upon her marriage to William Murdy returned to live in Port Bruce. After his death she married George Ellis, who predeceased her eighteen years ago. She had been a resident of Aylmer for forty years. She was a faithful member of the Anglican Church, and a woman who was held in high esteem. She is survived by one son, Thomas Ellis, in Honolulu, and two daughters, Mrs. Dell Mollard, Waterous, Sask.; and Mrs. Lorne Kilmer, Battle Creek, Mich. Another son, George Ellis, died some years ago.
A private funeral service was held at George A. Allen & Son’s Funeral Home on Tuesday at 12:30 followed by a public service in Trinity Anglican Church at 1 p.m., conducted by Rev. F. G. Hardy. Trinity Church choir assisted with the music. The service was largely attended. There were a number of beautiful flowers. The pallbearers at Aylmer were E. D. Bowlby, E. A. Richards, Charles VanPatter, George VanPatter, Harry Richardson, Charles Lorch. Relatives from a distance who attended were Mr and Mrs Lorne Kilmer, Battle Creek, Mich., Dr and Mrs. W. E. McCandless, Kapac, Mich.; Mrs. Kate Loft, Ilderton; Mr and Mrs George Loft, Thedford; Mr and Mrs Berrell Loft, Ilderton; Mr Charles Harp and daughter Phyllis, of Malahide.
Interment was made in St. George’s cemetery, Ilderton, and the pallbearers there were Dr. W. E. McCandless, Capac, Mich.; Clarence Hodgins, Denfield; George Loft, Thedford; Berrell Loft, Mervin Loft and Laverne Loft, all of Ilderton.
children of William & Ann Murdie: Mary Ann, Thomas, Bianca, William, Isabella
1. Mary Ann Murdie
born ca 1845
2. Thomas Murdie (living in Virginia in 1927)
born ca 1850
3. Bianca E. Murdie
born 1855 Malahide
died March 12, 1927 Detroit, Michigan; buried in Aylmer
married February 3, 1878 Joseph J. Harp (son of John & Sarah Harp)
born 1852 Malahide
Bianca’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 17, 1927:
MRS. JOSEPH HARP DIED IN DETROIT
Bianca Harp, relict of the late Joseph Harp, of Aylmer, passed away on Saturday evening, March 12th in the Ford Hospital, Detroit; following an illness of several months. Only a few weeks ago, Mrs. Harp accompanied her daughter to Detroit in the hope that the change would be of benefit. She was in her 74th year and has been a resident of Aylmer and vicinity for many years. She was a member of the United Church. Deceased is survived by her stepmother, Mrs. Ellis, St. George street; one son, Charles Harp, Dingle street; one daughter Mrs. Roger Owen, Detroit; two brothers, William Murdy of Imlay City, Michigan; and Thomas Murdy, Virginia; two sisters, Mrs. James Bayes, of Lansing, Michigan; and Mrs. Moe, of Port Stanley.
The remains were brought to Aylmer, via M.C.R. on Monday and the funeral was held from her late residence, Sydenham street on Tuesday at 2:30 o’clock, followed by interment in the Aylmer cemetery. Rev. Waldemar Williams, of the United Church, was in charge of the services.
4. William Murdie (living in Imlay City, Michigan in 1927)
born ca 1855
5. Isabella S. Murdie (born ca 1858)
In Dunboyne Cemetery there are two inscriptions for “Sarah Bella”, dau of William & Ann Murdie: one died November 7, 1861, age 3 yrs. 7 mos.; the other died Dec. 1, 1861 [?], aged (illegible) months, 23 dys. [This date is obviously a transcription error since both Sarah Bellas would have been alive at the same time]. Another daughter must have been named “Isabella S.” also, as she appears in the 1881 census with William & Ann (born ca 1865). In 1891, Isabella is a photographer found in Div. 3, pg 7 of the Malahide census.
Remember McKay purchased 86 acres in lot 3 from William Murdie, where he lived from 1877 to 1883. He is found on the 1881 census, Div. 1, pg. 55. No further information is known. From marriage registrations found for four of Remember’s children it appears that in 1859 the family was living in Malahide, where daughter Sarah was born. Her residence in 1881 at the time of marriage is given as Zorra, although the marriage occurred in Malahide. It appears that an error exists in the registration; it is more likely that she was born in Zorra not Malahide. Then in 1860, a son William was born in Thamesford. In 1867, another son Robert was born in Burford. Then in 1872 daughter Katie was born in Dorchester. From there it would appear Remember moved to Malahide. Three of the above children were living in [West] Zorra township when they were married, so it is probable that Remember & Hannah moved there after leaving Malahide.
Remember McKay was born in Oxford Co., the son of William McKay (born ca 1794 in Rogart, Sutherland, Scotland; died Jan. 23, 1869 in Oxford County), and his wife Mary Thornton (born ca 1801 Floyd Twsp., Oneida Co., New York; died Nov. 17, 1840 Oxford Co.). William & Mary are buried in Old Log Church cemetery, West Zorra Township, Oxford County. Remember & Hannah McKay are buried in Zion 7th Line cemetery, West Nissouri Twsp., Middlesex County.
born ca 1830 Oxford Co.,Ontario
died July 13, 1900 North Dorchester Twsp., Middlesex Co.
married Hannah Danby
born ca 1835 Ontario
children: Margaret (ca 1858); William (ca 1860); Elizabeth (ca 1869); George (ca 1872); John (ca 1875); Herman (ca 1880), Sarah (ca 1859); Katie (ca 1872); Robert (ca 1867)
Marriage registrations were found for several of these children, as follows:
(#2463-81) William Kitchen, age 24, of Burford, married Sarah McKay, age 22, residence West Zorra, born Malahide, on Oct. 26, 1881 in Malahide
(#1398-89) William John McKay, age 29, residence Zorra, born Thamesford, married Emily Maud Cameron, Sept.18, 1889 at Cathcart, Brant Co.
(#11764-02) William E. Rumpel, married Katie McKay, age 30, residence & born Dorchester, Nov. 12, 1902 in London
(#9374-89) Robert C. McKay, age 22, residence W. Zorra, born Burford, married Margaret H. Pearson, June 19, 1889 in East Nissouri, Oxford Co.
Notes on lot 3:
1. Other owners of this 86 acre parcel included Thomas Laidlaw from 1883 to 1887, on which his son John was a tenant, later owning it until 1891. The Laidlaw family will be found under lot 7, concession 2.
2. Lewis Napoleon Simpson purchased this 86 acre farm in 1892 from the Laidlaws, and his on Leon remained there until 1970. The Simpson family will be found under lot 4, where Lewis N. Simpson’s father lived, that property eventually being owned by Lewis N. and his Leon as well.
3. The other 100 acres in this lot was owned by Henry & Alvinza Backhouse, from 1861 to 1869, whose family will be found in other volumes of this work. From 1869 to 1874, this 100 acre parcel was owned by Isaac Ostrander, and by William J. Ostrander from 1874 to 1875.
Isaac Ostrander owned 100 acres in lot 3 from 1869 to 1874; and from 1874 to 1875 it was owned by William J. Ostrander. Isaac is found on the 1871 Malahide census, Div. 1, pg. 46:
Isaac (born ca 1827 Ontario); his wife Sarah Ann (born ca 1836); Lettie (born ca 1865), and Frank (born June 1871). Living with them is Henry Call, (born ca 1806 in England), a millright and machinist, and a widower.
Thomas Dangerfield purchased the 100 acre parcel in lot 3 in 1875, and sold the same year to his son James J. Dangerfield, who owned it past 1900. According to the Assessment Rolls, they were non-residents on the lot. James also owned 100 acres in lot 4 from 1867 onwards. The Dangerfields lived in Yarmouth township, where Thomas is found on the 1871 census (Div. 1, pg. 32). However, another son, Edward Dangerfield, did live in Malahide and appears on census records: 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 45); 1881 (Div. 1, pg 52/53); and 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 13). George Dangerfield, another son of Thomas, is also found in the Malahide 1891 census (Div. 1, pg. 45).
born ca 1815 England
died February 28, 1885 Yarmouth township
married July 14, 1835 Jane Jay ; in Yarmouth (dau of James Jay)
died May, 8, 1897 aged 86
children: James Jay, George, Edward, Amelia, Beatrice, Marsella
1. James Jay Dangerfield (son of Thomas & Jane)
born c 1837
married November 27, 1848 Henrietta Pineo (dau of Thomas & Mary)
After James’ death, Henrietta married Edward Hewitt
children: Arthur, Richard, Cecelia, Ellen
1.Arthur Dangerfield (born c 1850)
2.Richard James Dangerfield
born August 17, 1852 Yarmouth Twsp.
Died March 21, 1933 Coldwater Twsp., Isabella Co., Michigan
married Jan. 14, 1879 Eliza Copeland
(dau of George Copeland & Grace Wonnacott)
Born July 26, 1854
married Oct. 29, 1873 George Ryckman
(Son of John Ryckman & Mary Lincoln)
4.Ellen Ann Dangerfield (born c 1857)
2. George A. Dangerfield (son of Thomas & Jane)
born c 1839 Yarmouth
married May 24, 1865 Juliana Dingman (dau of Henry & Catherine)
3. Edward Dangerfield (son of Thomas & Jane)
born c 1841 Yarmouth
married June 5, 1870 Harriet N. Saunders (dau of John Saunders & Mahala Honey)
1.Florence Dangerfield (born c 1870)
2.Jennie Dangerfield (born c 1872)
4. Amelia Ann Dangerfield (dau of Thomas & Jane)
born c 1843 Yarmouth
married Nov. 23, 1869 Eliphalet Barnum (son of Wm. Barnum & Phoebe Edison)
5. Beatrice Naomi Dangerfield (dau of Thomas & Jane)
born c 1847 Yarmouth
6. Marsella Sarah Dangerfield (dau of Thomas & Jane)
born March 19, 1858 Yarmouth
Families from Lot 4, Concession 2:
The first member of the Simpson family on this property was William C. Simpson, who purchased 50 acres in lot 4 in 1859, and also 45 acres in lot 5. He lived here until 1865, returning to the Orwell district where he had lived previously. The property was purchased by his brother Edwin, who remained there until his death in 1881, his widow Elizabeth and son George occupying the farm. The property eventually was purchased by Edwin’s eldest son, Lewis N., who was living on an 86-acre farm in the adjoining lot 3. The widow Elizabeth and son George also owned 20 acres in lot 5 from 1900 onwards.
William Campbell Simpson (son of Jeremiah Simpson & Jerrany Wees)
born October 11, 1826 Brighton, Northumberland Co., Ont.
Died April 24, 1903 Orwell, Ont.
Married 1. Dec. 17, 1851 Sarah Anne Teeple (dau of William & Mary Davis Teeple)
(Born January 26, 1835; died January 31, 1873)
married 2. Dec. 29, 1875 Minerva Ann Clarke (dau of Lewis J. & Deborah Ann Teeple Clarke)
(Born June 12, 1853 Aylmer, Ont.; died Oct. 24, 1913 St. Thomas, Ont.)
William and his wives Sarah and Minerva are buried in Orwell Cemetery. William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 30, 1903:
“We mentioned the fact last week of Mr. William Simpson of Orwell having a stroke of paralysis on the previous Tuesday, and are sorry to report this week that he never regained consciousness, but passed away on Friday in his 77th year. Mr. Simpson was one of the best known citizens of this section, and owing to his genial nature and happy disposition, was a general favourite with everyone. Coupled with this was a high sense of Christian character, and all other qualities of a good citizen, and Mr. Simpson will be sincerely mourned by an unusally large number of people. He was born in Northumberland County and at the age of 23 years moved to Malahide and settled on a farm near Copenhagen. He did not remain there long however, but moved to Orwell where he engaged for a few years in the carriage business, and then bought the farm just east of the village, where he has resided ever since. He was twice married, his first wife being a daughter of the late William Teeple. She died in 1864 leaving two sons, J.W., of Lacross, Wisconsin; and C.O. of Algoma, Iowa, both of whom were home for the funeral. His second wife who survives him is a daughter of the late Lewis Clarke and two sons and one daughter are also left, viz: Herbert of New Sarum, Harry and Mary at home. Mr. Simpson was a reformer in politics and a consistent member of the Aylmer Baptist church. The funeral services on Sunday were attended by one of the largest assemblages of relatives and friends ever seen in this section, the interment taking place at the Orwell cemetery.”
Children of William Simpson & Sarah Anne Teeple:
1. Peregrine Matiland Simpson (Jan. 21, 1853 – Jan. 8, 1873)
2. Lewis Clark Simpson (Feb. 27, 1855 – Oct. 24, 1872)
3. George Albert Simpson (Nov. 17, 1857 – Dec. 28, 1872)
4. John William Simpson (June 30, 1860 – )
5. Charles Oren Simpson (Sept. 9, 1862 – )
children of William Simpson & Minerva Ann Clarke:
1. Herbert Edward Simpson (Sept. 17, 1877 – Nov. 7, 1928
married Nov. 11, 1896 Bertha Vandalia Oakes
2. Harry Francis Simpson (Oct. 25, 1882 – April 15, 1951)
married Feb. 14, 1905 Pearl Edna Francis
3. Mary Evangeline Simpson (Nov. 11, 1894 – Feb. 7, 1974)
married March 7, 1916 Joseph Patrick Ferguson
Edwin Simpson (son of Jeremiah Simpson & Jerrany Wees)
born June 17, 1835 Brighton, Northumberland Co., Ont
died April 17, 1881 Malahide township
married 1. June 22, 1859 Eliza Clayton (dau of Archibald Clayton & Lucy Ann Bradley)
Born 1844 St. Marys, York County, New Brunswick
died August 17, 1861 Malahide Township
2.May 6, 1862 Elizabeth Ann Bentley (dau of Solomon Bentley & Nancy Adams)
Born November 2, 1840 Malahide Township
died April 29, 1912 Malahide township
children: Lewis, Theresa, Emma, George, Gerainy
Edwin Simpson was the son of Jeremiah Simpson and Jerrany Wees, who moved from Brighton to Dresden, Kent Co., Ontario. Edwin and his brother William Campbell Simpson came to Malahide township, settling first near Orwell. Edwin moved to lot 4, concession 2, Malahide in 1865. In 1892 his only child from his first marriage, Lewis Simpson, bought the adjoining farm, lot 3, where he continued to farm until he and his wife Matilda moved to a house just north of the Jamestown Road corner on Highway 73, their son Leon taking over the farm where he and his family remained until 1970.
Edwin and his two wives are buried in Orwell Cemetery.
Children of Edwin Simpson and Eliza Clayton: Lewis Napoleon
1. Lewis Napoleon Simpson (son of Edwin Simpson & Eliza Clayton)
born November 23, 1860 Malahide township
died April 8, 1936 Malahide townshipburied in Aylmer cemetery
married Matilda Ann Neff (dau of Peter Neff & Elisabeth Trowbridge)
born August 19, 1863 S. Dorchester township
died October 16,1945 Malahide township
Napoleon’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 16, 1936:
Again death visited our neighbourhood when Mr. Napoleon Simpson passed away Wednesday evening at his home here. Deceased had been in poor health for a long time, and five weeks ago, fell and broke his hip, from which he never recovered. He had spent the greater part of his life here and was largely respected. He was 75 years of age, and an adherent of the United Church. He is survived by his wife and one son, Mr. Leon Simpson, of this neighbourhood, and one brother, Mr. George Simpson, Aylmer. The funeral services were held at his residence on Friday afternoon and was largely attended, conducted by Rev. H. F. Kennedy. The pallbearers were Wilfred Roberts, Chas. Wright, Stanley Card, John White Jr., Albert Anderson and Gordon Ball. Interment in Aylmer cemetery.
Matilda’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 25, 1945:
Mrs. Matilda Simpson Passes at Copenhgen
Died in 83rd Year Following Several Years Illness
Mrs. Matilda Ann Simpson passed away at the home of her son, Leon, in Copenhagen last Tuesday following an illness of several years. She had been a resident of the Copenhagen district most of her life, being a daughter of the late Peter and Elizabeth Neff. Mrs. Simpson was a member of the Copenhagen United Church, and for a number of years was organist at the Culloden Church. Her husband, Napoleon Simpson, predeceased her some years ago.
Surviving are one son, Leon; one brother Ernest Neff of Chelsea, Michigan, and a granddaughter, Margaret Simpson, of Copenhagen. The funeral service was held from the Atkinson Funeral Home, Aylmer, on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, with Rev. O. D. Cadotte, of the Malahide Circuit, in charge. Misses Kathleen White and Ruth Ball sang “Some Day the Silver Cord Will Break”. Lovely floral tributes surrounded the casket. The pallbearers were Albert Anderson, Gordon Ball, Ashton Pineo, Walter Pineo, Lowell Baxter and Stanley Card. Relatives and friends were present from Chelsea, Michigan; St. Thomas, Orwell, Crossley-Hunter, Springfield, Aylmer and district. Interment was in the family plot at the Aylmer cemetery.
Children of Lewis Napoleon & Matilda Simpson: Leon
1.Leon Comiskey Simpson
born February 17, 1902
died October 18, 1980 Listowel, Ontario
married September 15, 1926 Thelma May Whitcroft
children: Margaret (married James M. McCallum)
Leon and Thelma farmed on his father’s farm, lot 3 and 4, concession 2. They were both active members of Copenhagen Methodist/United Church, being involved with the Sunday School, choir, and Leon serving as an elder for many years. Leon was also on the Copenhagen School Board for many years. Thelma was the news correspondent for the Aylmer Express for several years. In 1970, Leon moved with his daughter and family to Monkton, Ontario. Leon and Thelma are buried in Aylmer Cemetery.
Children of Edwin Simpson and Elizabeth Ann Bentley:
1. Theresa Maria Simpson (dau of Edwin & Elizabeth)
born February 7, 1865 Malahide township
died February 5, 1929 S. Dorchester township
married January 2, 1884 John Robert Roberts
(See Roberts family on lot 8, concession 2)
2. Emma Loretta Simpson (dau of Edwin & Elizabeth)
born May 30, 1866 Malahide township
died Dec. 10, 1896 Cleveland, Ohio
married Sept. 12, 1888 Alonzo Hambletonmoved to Olmsted Falls, Ohio
children: Orren, Myrtle, Walter, Mildred
3. George William Simpson (son of Edwin & Elizabeth)
born November 16, 1869 Malahide township
died January 2, 1950 St. Thomas, Ont.;buried in Orwell cemetery
married January 19, 1898 Arnetta (Nettie) C. Spafford (1868-1936)
children: Charles, Menzo, George, Greta, Mary, Aubrey, Harry
George farmed on the Jamestown Road before moving to Orwell.
4. Gerainy Simpson (dau of Edwin & Elizabeth)
born August 16, 1874 Malahide township
died August 25, 1929 Malahide township
married July 26, 1916 George Arthur Hodgkins
They had no children, and are buried in Aylmer cemetery.
William Bradley owned 50 acres in lot 4, and 45 acres in lot 5 from 1862 to 1892. His son Henry Bradley was also located on this 45 acres in lot 5; William’s brother Philander Bradley owned 100 acres in lot 5 from 1857 to 1860. William is found in Malahide census records: 1851 (pg. 27); 1861 (Div. 4, pg. 4); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 39); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 25), and 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 39).
William and Philander Bradley were sons of Onesimus Gould Bradley and his wife Elizabeth Thorpe, who owned a 12-acre parcel in lot 8 from 1869 to 1883. Some research has been done on the origins of the Bradley family of Malahide, as follows:
According to the 1851 Malahide census (pg. 26), Onesimus Gould Bradley was born in Connecticut in 1797. On page 7 there is an Asa B. Bradley, born 1786, also in Connecticut. Onesimus named a son Asa Burr Bradley. There is an estate file for an Asa Bradley of Malahide in 1819 (wife Susannah). Unfortunately no childrens’ names are given in this file. Other early Bradleys in Malahide were Levi, born 1806 in New York; and Daniel Bradley, born 1791 in New York. At this point it is not known if or how they were related, although Daniel named a son Gould Bradley. A search in a family history of the Bradley family of Fairfield, Connecticut written in 1883 almost gives the link to the Malahide Bradleys. The earliest ancestor is a Francis Bradley, born about 1625 and who settled in Fairfield, Connecticut in 1660; and died in 1689. The eldest son John (1664-1703) married Hannah Sherwood and had several children, the youngest son being Joseph (1702-1770), who married Olive Hubbell. Their second son was named Onesimus, born in 1730. The author of this Bradley history, who was a great grandson of Onesimus’ brother states: “my grandfather often spoke of Niss (Onesimus). I learned from my grandfather that he emigrated with his family soon after the Revolutionary War to Delaware County, New York and afterwards to a more western part of that state. I have never heard more of the family”. The author states that Onesimus married Emitt Cable in 1754 and had a son Asa (born 1756), and Thaddeus. Throughout the family history, the names Gould and Burr occur several times. It is highly possible that the above Asa (born 1756) is the same one who died in 1818 in Malahide, and possibly had sons Onesimus Gould and Asa Burr Bradley.
Onesimus Gould Bradley
born 1797 Connecticut, U.S.A.
died January 12, 1878 Malahide township; aged 81 years
married Elizabeth Thorpe
died April 1, 1883 Malahide township; aged 89 years
They are buried in Aylmer cemetery.
children: Sylvia, Asa, Philander, Jane, Mary, Amy, William
1. Sylvia Bradley (dau of Onesimus & Elizabeth)
married Harrison Beach
2. Asa Burr Bradley (son of Onesimus & Elizabeth)
born 1818 Aylmer
died August 9, 1900; aged 82 years
married Eliza Whitesell
died November 10, 1896
children: John, Bettie, Sarah Jane, Dan, Melissa, Sherman, Alonzo, Elizabeth
Asa’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 16, 1900:
“Mr. Asa B. Bradley, who was born on the ground now occupied by this lively town, away back in the year 1815, died at his home just outside the town limits on Thursday last in his 83rd year. In 1847 he married Miss Eliza Whitesell, and the happy union lasted until about four years ago, when she passed away. Mr. Bradley never got over her loss, and we never met the old gentleman but he spoke of her and her death. Seven children were born, six of whom are still living. In 1853 Mr. Bradley built one of the first, if not the first brick house erected in this section, and he spent all the balance of his days under its roof. He was greatly interested in the Aylmer cemetery, and was for five years a member of the Board of Directors, was one of the originators of the company and among the first to take stock. He was the last surviving member of the original promoters. In politics he was a Reformer and was one of the pillars of the old M.E. church before the union. Mr. Bradley was a kind neighbor, a good true friend, and was one of the old pioneers who did so much to transform this section from a howling wilderness into its present beautiful condition. The funeral took place on Saturday afternoon, there being a large attendance of friends and relatives.”
Eliza Bradley’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 12, 1896:
“On Tuesday, November 10th, another one of the few remaining links that bind the earliest settlement of this section of the country with the present time was severed in the death of Eliza, beloved wife of Mr. Asa B. Bradley. Mrs. Bradley was born on the farm about a mile and a quarter south east of Aylmer, now owned by her son, Mr. Daniel Bradley. She was married nearly 50 years ago to Mr. Asa Bradley, and moved onto the farm just near the town limits, where they have ever since resided happily together. Besides the husband, four sons and two daughters survive the mother, all of whom are married, one son Sherman, living on the old homestead. Mrs. Bradley was in her 69th year. She has been an exemplary wife, mother, neighbor and friend. Those who knew her best, loved her most, but many of the younger generation have not had the pleasure of meeting her, as she has not enjoyed good health for a long time, and was not able to get out. The funeral takes place on Friday at 2 o’clock from her late residence. Interment in Aylmer cemetery.”
3. Philander Bradley (son of Onesimus & Elizabeth)
born 1827; married October 2, 1850 Sarah Jane Evans
children: Junius, Harrison, Selemma
4. Jane Bradley (dau of Onesimus & Elizabeth)
married 1. Delorma Smith; married 2. ________McCrimmon; married 3. ____ Wagner
5. Mary Bradley (dau of Onesimus & Elizabeth)
married February 9, 1854 Enos (or Zenas) Everett
6. Amy Bradley (dau of Onesimus & Elizabeth)
married January 6, 1853 Nathaniel Durkee
7. William Bradley (son of Onesimus & Elizabeth)
born 1816 Malahide
died July 8, 1891 Malahide; aged 75 years.Buried in Orwell Cemetery
married 1.Feb. 24, 1842 Nancy Cottington
Died May 1, 1861 aged 38 yrs. 3 mosburied in Orwell cemetery
married 2.Feb. 2, 1862 Catherine Durkee (dau of Alex & Eunice)
Born 1830 New York
Died June 5, 1892 aged 62 yrs.Buried in Orwell Cemetery
children: Mary, Hiram, Henry, Emily, Sarah, Eunice
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 9, 1891; and Catherine’s obituary appeared on June 9, 1892:
Another Old Pioneer Gone
Mr. William Bradley, for the last fourteen years a resident of the 1st concession of Malahide, died yesterday morning, in his 76th year, and the remains will be interred at Orwell tomorrow, (Friday) afternoon, the funeral leaving the late residence of the deceased at 2 o’clock p.m.
Mr. Bradley was born on or near the site of Messrs. Stevens & Sinclair’s roller mill, just east of the eastern limits of the town, his father being one of the first settlers in this section. After that time he owned a farm at Orwell and resided there a number of years, until he moved to the first concession . Mr. Asa Bradley, residing just south of Aylmer, is a brother of the deceased, and Mrs. Mary Everts and Mrs. Delorma Smith, both of Bayham, are his sisters. His wife, the aged partner of his life, survives him, as does also his family of two sons and three daughters. The wife is a sister of Mr. N.P. Durkee, of St. Thomas, and his children are Hiram, residing in Ohio; Henry, residing at Sparta; Sarah, now Mrs. Spellman, residing in Cleveland, Ohio; Emily, now Mrs. George Pineo, of Malahide; and Eulice, residing at home.
Catherine Bradley’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 9, 1892:
Mrs. Bradley, relict of the late William Bradley, passed away on Sunday, the 5th inst. Her daughter has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community.
children of William Bradley: Mary, Hiram, Henry, Emily, Sarah, Eunice
1.Mary Bradley (had a life lease on 5 acres in lot 4 from 1869 to 1889)
Born ca 1843
married Nov. 12, 1864 Daniel Whitesell (son of Daniel & Elizabeth)
2.Hiram Bradley (born ca. 1845)
3.Henry Bradley (born ca. 1848)
4.Emily Bradley (1851 – 1927)
married Jan. 20, 1870 George Pineo (1845-1934) (son of Thomas & Mary Pineo)
5.Sarah Bradley (born ca 1857; married _____ Spellman)
6.Eunice Bradley (born ca 1863; married James Robins)
George Magee owned 50 acres in lot 4 from 1899 to 1908, the farm passing to his son William.
George is found on the 1901 Malahide Census (Div. 1, page 8).
George and Catherine Magee later lived in Copenhagen for a number of years. Their house was later the house where Annie Tate had her store, which burned around 1935. They are buried in Glenmeyer cemetery, the area from which the Magee family lived before moving to Malahide.
George Reuben Magee
born August 23, 1840
died October 11,1911
married Catherine Ann Bogardus
born April 12, 1850
died Jan. 20, 1926
Catherine’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 28, 1926:
Mrs. Magee, relict of the late Geo. Magee, passed away Wednesday morning, January 20th, at the home of her son, Wm. Magee, of Niagara Falls, Ont. Deceased was in her 76th year and had spent a great portion of her life in this neighbourhood, where she leaves a large number of friends to regret her demise. She was a member of Copenhagen United Church and leaves two children, Mrs. J. Reid, of this neighbourhood, (who has been taking care of her mother for the past month), and Wm. Magee, Niagara Falls; and five grandchildren, Miss Wilda Magee, Niagara Falls, Miss Gladys Magee, Des Moines, Iowa, Teddy Magee, of this place; Mrs. Albert Poole, London, and Mrs. Ball, Eden. The remains were brought to the home of Mrs. Ball Friday and interment took place in the cemetery at Glenmeyer. Her husband died about fourteen years ago. Since then she has made her home with her children and grandchildren.
Children: William, Minnie
1. William Francis Magee
born October 26, 1874
died December 26, 1945
married 1. Edith Estella Fairbrother
2. Grace Jane Marchbank
3. Edith Grace Jones (1882-1951)
Will Magee farmed on the Jamestown Road, lot 5, concession 2, until the death of his first wife Edith. He moved to Niagara Falls for a number of years where he married is second wife. After her death, he returned to Copenhagen and married Grace Jones and lived in the Jones house across from the school. He was superintendent of the Copenhagen United Church Sunday School or a number of years, and also caretaker of the church and school. Grace carried on this job after his death. Will and Edith are buried in Aylmer cemetery; Grace Marchbank in Niagara Falls, and his third wife, Grace Jones, is buried in Dunboyne.
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 3, 1946:
WILLIAM MAGEE PASSES AT COPENHAGEN
Norfolk Native Lived in District 40 Years
The death of Mr. William Francis Magee occurred at his home, in Copenhagen, on Wednesday, December 26th, after an illness of some months. He was a well-known and highly respected citizen of this district, and had lived in Malahide township for the past 40 years.
Born in Houghton township, Norfolk county, a son of the late George and Catherine Magee, Mr. Magee moved to Niagara Falls, Ontario in his youth. He later moved to Copenhagen district, where for the past 40 years he has made his home. The deceased was a carpenter by trade, and also engaged in beekeeping for a number of years.
Mr. Magee was a valued member of the Copenhagen United Church, and was also superintendent of the Sunday School and a teacher for many years. He was also a member of the Masonic and Oddfellow Orders.
Surviving are his widow; one son, Ted Magee, of Copenhagen; two daughters, Mrs. Dwight Harris, Des Moines, Iowa; and Mrs. Clem Marshall, Sydney, Nova Scotia; one sister, Mrs. John Reid, lives at Copenhagen.
The funeral was held from the Atkinson Funeral Home, Aylmer, on Saturday afternoon, at 2:30 o’clock with a large number of relatives and friends present. Rev. O.D. Cadotte, of the Malahide Circuit was in charge and during the service a favorite hymn of the deceased “Faith of our Fathers”, was sung by Mrs. J. White, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Cadotte. Many beautiful flowers surrounded the casket, composed of sprays, wreaths and baskets.
The flower bearers were Wilfred Roberts, Wilfred French, Harold Rodgers, Stanley Card, George Arnold and John Arnold. The pall bearers were Gordon Ball, Leon Simpson, Audley Fuller, Thomas Tate, Willis Whitcroft and Harry Crosby.
Interment was made in the Aylmer cemetery. Relatives and friends were present from Niagara Falls, St. Thomas, Mt. Salem, London, New Sarum, and this district.
Children (all from first marriage):
1.Gladys Estella Magee (married Dwight L. Harris, Des Moines, Iowa)
2.Wilda Fairbrother Magee (married Clement Marshall, Sydney, Nova Scotia)
3.George Edward (Ted) Magee (married Gladys Baughman), Copenhagen
2. Lucinda (Minnie) Magee (dau of George & Catherine)
born December 22, 1875
died 1952 (buried in Aylmer cemetery)
married 1. Harvey Chute
2. August 8, 1906 John Reid (see below)
1.Clara Chute (died 1939) (married Albert Poole)
2.Iola Chute (Sept. 4, 1894 – Feb. 13, 1968)
Married Gordon Stanley Ball (Feb. 12, 1891 – July 21, 1980) farmed on Jamestown Road for a number of years before moving to Simcoe.
Mention should be made of the Reid family, who were residents of Copenhagen for many years.
John Reid (son of Samuel Reid & Caroline Stotts)
born June 23, 1852 Markham Twsp., York Co., Ontario
died June 9, 1937
married 1. Sarah Stewart (born May 26, 1853; died 1904)
married 2. August 8, 1906 Lucinda (Minnie) Magee
John & Sarah are buried in Dunboyne Cemetery. John moved from Markham township to Elgin county about 1887 and was a resident of Copenhagen for 38 years.
John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 10, 1937:
JOHN REID DIED AT COPENHAGEN
Funeral at the Atkinson Funeral Home on Saturday
John Reid, a resident of Copenhagen for the past 38 years died at his some six miles south of Aylmer, early Wednesday morning, June 9th, after an illness of ten weeks. He was in his 85th year and was born in Markham Township, York County. Moving to Elgin county some fifty years ago, Mr. Reid settled at Sparta and later moved to Copenhagen. He was a successful farmer and was a member of the Copenhagen United church for many years.
Surviving besides his wife, are two sons, William Reid, of Earlton, New Ontario; Wilmot Reid, of the first concession of Malahide; two daughters: Mrs. Roy Tansley, Sparta; and Mrs. R. D. Reavie, of London; one brother, William Reid, Toronto, and one sister, Mrs. Jennie Hilborn, Ireland.
The body is resting at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Aylmer, and the funeral service will be held from there on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Rev. H. F. Kennedy, of the Malahide Circuit will have charge and interment will take place in the Dunboyne cemetery.
children: Wilmot, Amos, Pearl, Violet, William, Louise
1. Wilmot Reid
born August 5, 1880 Goodwood, Ontario
died August 29, 1973 Elgin County
married Priscilla Jones; buried in Aylmer Cemetery
2. Amos Reid (born Aug. 5, 1882; died 1905; buried in Dunboyne cemetery)
3. Pearl Edna Reid (born March 9, 1886; died after 1937)
married Dec. 21, 1910 Roy Tansley
children of John Reid, continued:
4. Violet Reid (born Feb. 6, 1888; died 1967; buried in Aylmer cemetery)
married Rene C. Reevie
5. William James Reid
married March 20, 1912 Isabella H. Cleland
6. Louise Reid (died April 3, 1934 in London)
married 1. Merton E. Wonnacott
married 2. James Georgeson
The Teeple family owned property in lots 4, 5, and 6 as follows: William owned 20 acres in lot 4 from 1863 to 1889, and 100 acres in lot 5 from 1860, and 100 acres in lot 6 from 1865. The parcels in lot 5 and 6 were later owned by Temperance Teeple (1879) and Carloly Teeple (1879-1883).
The Teeple family is found in Malahide census records: 1851 (page 20); 1861 (Div. 1, pg. 16); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 57); 1881 (Div. 3, pg. 13); and 1891 (Div. 2, pg. 12). Before moving to the second concession of Malahide, the Teeple family lived near Orwell.
Deacon William Teeple was the son of George Teeple (1758 – 1810) and Hannah Montanye. Some sources indicate he was born in New York. Submissions on the Rootsweb internet site give his birthplace as New Jersey (below). It was also noted that the family later lived in New York state.
William L. Teeple (Deacon)
born September 13, 1787 Pluckemin, Bridgewater Twsp., New Jersey
died December 30, 1859 aged 72 yrs. 3 mos. 17 days
married 1. Mary Davis
born August 4, 1795
died November 18, 1836 aged 41 yrs. 8 mos. 14 days
married 2. July 2, 1837 Carlola Tuttle
born October 5, 1805
died February 18, 1884 in her 80th year
Deacon William Teeple and his wives are buried in Orwell Cemetery. He and his second wife Carloly appear in the 1851 Malahide census (page 20). The 1861 census (Div. 4, pg. 4) shows Carloly as a widow. Son Lyman and wife Temperance appear in Div. 4, pg. 6.
Children of Deacon William Teeple: William, Sarah, Richard, Lyman, Catherine, Mary J., Lewis
1. William Teeple (son of William & Mary Davis Teeple)
born January 9, 1830 Malahide
died February 16, 1905 aged 75 yrs
married 1852 Sarah Whitesell
died November 8, 1903 aged 71 yrs.
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 23, 1905:
“On Thursday last, February 16th, Mr. William Teeple passed away in his 76th year. Some two and a half years ago he had a slight stroke of paralysis, from which he never fully recovered, and he has been slowly failing ever since. For the past eight weeks his failure was more rapid and he has required constant care day and night. Nothing was left undone for his comfort, but he was beyond human aid and passed away as stated. Mr. Teeple was the son of the late Deacon William Teeple and Mary Davis, and was born on January 9th, 1830, on lot 3, Talbot street, in the house which is still standing in good condition and is now occupied by Snellgrove Bros. He was married in 1852 to Sarah Whitesell, and they moved to the U.S., settling in Iowa, where they remained until 1855, when they returned to Canada. He settled on the first concession, where he bought a farm and cleared it. In 1874 he moved to the farm on Talbot Street, where he was born, and in 1882 came to Aylmer where he resided under the most pleasant surroundings until his death. His wife predeceased him in November, 1903. He leaves one daughter, Miss Jennie, to mourn the loss of a kind and loving father. The funeral services were conducted on Saturday, 18th inst. by Revs. Rae and Trotter. Interment in Aylmer cemetery.”
Sarah Teeple’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 12, 1903:
“Mrs. William Teeple passed away on Sunday last at her home just west of town, after a long illness. She was in her 72nd year and was greatly esteemed by a large circle of friends. Her aged partner and one daughter, Miss Jennie, at home, are left to mourn her loss. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon to the Aylmer cemetery, a large number being present to show their respect for deceased.”
children of William & Sarah: Mary, Jennie, Minnie
1.Mary Elizabeth Teeple (1853 – Dec. 15, 1861)
2.Jennie Teeple (1863-1930)
3.Minnie Teeple (born ca. 1869 – died before 1903)
2. Sarah Teeple (1836-1875) (dau of William & Mary Davis Teeple)
married William Campbell Simpson
3. Richard Teeple (born ca. 1831) (son of William & Mary Davis Teeple)
4. Lyman Teeple (son of William & Carlola Tuttle Teeple)
died March 28, 1879 aged 40 yrs.Buried in Aylmer cemetery
married June 26, 1860 Temperance J. Davis (dau of Warren & Ann)
died October 27, 1910 in her 72nd year
5. Catharine Teeple (born ca. 1840) (dau of William & Carlola Tuttle Teeple)
6. Mary Jane Teeple (dau of William & Carlola Tuttle Teeple)
born ca 1843 Malahide
married February 18, 1861 Thomas White (son of John & Mary)
7. Lewis Teeple (born ca. 1845) (son of William & Carlola Tuttle Teeple)
Families from lot 5, concession 2:
Ira Hambleton was a tenant of William Teeple on property in lot 5 from 1872 to 1883. He purchased 50 acres from Carloly Teeple which he owned from 1883 to 1886. He was also a tenant on 20 acres in lot 4 from 1872 to 1882, and a tenant of William Teeple from 1872 to 1883 on property in lot 6. He owned 100 acres in lot 6 from 1883 to 1886.
Ira Hambleton was born at Uxbridge, Ontario, the son of John & Jane Hambleton. Before coming to Malahide, he lived in Yarmouth township, where he appears on the 1861 census (page 60), as a single man, age 28. Ira and his wife Ann are buried in St. Thomas Cemetery, West Ave., St. Thomas.
Ira Hambleton is found in Malahide census records: 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 20); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 26); and 1891 (Div. 2, pg 49). Alonzo (1864-1955) who married Emma Simpson was a nephew of Ira.
The Hambleton family has its origins in Solebury, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where the earliest known ancestor was James Hambelton (c1698-1751). He married Mary Beakes and among their children was a son Stephen (1729-1806) who married Hannah Paxson. Their son, Moses Hambleton (1768-1789) married Abigail Coates, and had a son John (1801-1870) born in Bucks County, but came to Canada and died in Uxbridge, Ontario. He married Jane Hilborn and were the parents of 12 children, one of whom is Ira of Malahide. Another son, George Washington Hambleton (born 1839) married Rachel Hicks Orvis and are the parents of Alonzo Hambleton who married Emma Simpson of Malahide.
Ira’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 6, 1909:
Ira J. Hambelton, well known in Aylmer and surrounding country, died at his home on Sunday at the age of 74 years”
Ira James Hambleton (son of John Hambleton & Jane Hilborn)
born April 11,1835 Uxbridge, Ont.
died April 29, 1909 age 74 years
married March 20, 1866 Ann Mitchell (dau of Thomas & Grace Mitchell)
born 1844 Cornwall, England
died April 9, 1929, aged 85 years.
1. Annie Hambleton (born ca. 1871)
2. Phoebe (May) Rosa Hambleton (born 1872)
Married Dec. 13, 1899 George Henry Haynes
3. Sherman Hambleton (1875-1957) married Alma ____ (1884-1946) St. Thomas Cemetery
4. John Arthur Hambleton (born ca 1880)
5. Herman Hambleton (born ca 1882)
6. Samuel Hambleton (Nov. 7, 1870 – Nov. 12, 1870, aged 5 days) St. Thomas Cemetery
7. Asaachel E. Hambleton (1886-Sept. 20, 1887, aged 1 yr. 8 mos.) St. Thomas Cemetery
8. William A. Hambleton (1867 – June 13, 1868, aged 1 year) St. Thomas Cemetery
Alonzo G. Hambleton (son of George Washington Hambleton & Rachel Hicks Orvis)
born July 27, 1864 Coboconk, Ontario
died June 16, 1955 North Olmsted, Ohio
married Sept. 12, 1888 Emma Loretta Simpson (dau of Edwin Simpson & Elizabeth Bentley)
Israel Sutton was a tenant on 100 acres in lot 5 from before 1859 to 1862. He owned the property from 1862 to 1874, with John Sutton. Israel is found on the 1861 Malahide Census (Div. 2, pg. 2). John and Israel are found in the 1871 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 41). The only Sutton found in later censuses is Ephraim, 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 6); and 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 16).
This Ephraim is listed in 1881 as age 66, and a widower. In 1891 he is aged 76, a widower. It is possible this is the same person as Israel, as the age matches. Buried in Dunboyne cemetery is an Elizabeth Margaret Sutton, who died February 10, 1884. No age is given, but this may be Israel’s wife.
It is also possible that Israel Sutton and his son John moved to Michigan. On the 1880 census for Lynn, St. Clair County, the following were found:
John W. Sutton, age 33, born Canada, farmer, parents born in Canada
Deborah, wife, age 32, born Canada
children: Wilbert E, age 8, born Can; Lyman I., age 4, born Michigan; & Eunice Gamy, age 12, daughter, born Michigan. Living with them is John’s widowed father, Israel Sutton, age 64, (1816) born Canada, retired farmer, father born in New Jersey, mother born in New York.
born ca 1806 Ontario
married Elizabeth _____
born ca 1808 Ontario
children: John Wesley, James, George, Barbara
1. John Wesley Sutton (born ca 1844)
2. James Sutton (born ca 1847)
3. George A. Sutton ( 1851 – April 9, 1866) buried in Dunboyne Cemetery
4. Barbara M. Sutton (born ca 1856)
Richard H. Burley owned 20 acres in lot 5 from 1879 to 1885. He is found in the 1881 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 25-26). Prior to moving to Malahide, he lived in Bayham township where he appears on the 1871 census there (Div. 2, pg. 36). The 1881 census gives his religion as Quaker, while his wife Nancy is Methodist.
Richard H. Burley
born ca 1839 Ontario
married Nancy A. ______
born ca 1850 Ontario
children: Cornelius (born ca 1870)
Families from concession 2, lot 6:
Isaac Chambers owned 100 acres in lot 6 from 1847 to 1862. The property then passed to Daedalus Chambers from 1862 to 1864. Isaac Chambers appears in the 1851 Malahide census (pg. 31), where he is listed as a lumber merchant. In 1871, Daedalus Chambers appears in the South Dorchester township census (Div. 2, pg 45). Daedalus was a nephew of Isaac. According to the marriage record of Isaac’s son John, the Chambers family lived in Bertie Township, Welland County before coming to Malahide.
Isaac Chambers and his wife Ann are buried in Trinity Cemetery, Glencolin, which indicates they probably moved to this area of Malahide after leaving the second concession.
Isaac Chambers was the son of Isaac Chambers who was born in 1762 in Byram township, Sussex Co., New Jersey. He married Sarah Slaught (born 1762 New Jersey), and eventually moved to Ontario where he died in 1805 in Stamford Township, Welland County. One of his other sons, James (born 1790 in Grimsby) was the father of Daedalus Chambers of Malahide.
Isaac Chambers (son of Isaac Chambers & Sarah Slaught)
born February 23, 1803 Canada
died November 7, 1868 aged 65 yrs. 8 mos. 15 dys.
married Ann Smith (dau of James Smith & Anna Outhouse)
born December 28, 1803
died November 26, 1892, aged 92 yrs. 10 mos. 22 dys.
children: Nelson, Robert, Stephen, George, John, Phoebe, Hannah, Sarah, Rolph, James, Margaret
1. Nelson Chambers (Feb. 8, 1824 – Sept. 9, 1906)
married Clarissa Pound (Aprl 10, 1821 – July 3, 1887)
2. Robert Chambers (born July 5, 1825)
3. Stephen Chambers (Nov. 15, 1827 – Dec. 26, 1828) Trinity Cemetery, Glencolin
4. George Chambers (born Dec. 28, 1829; died 1899)
married November 17, 1861 Sarah Brooks
5. John Chambers (born Sept. 10 1832 Bertie Township – died 1916)
buried Trinity Cemetery, Glencolin
married October 26, 1858 Eliza Jane Middleton (1842-1906)
6. Phoebe Chambers (Feb. 9, 1835 – March 1, 1900)
married John Slough Haney
7. Hannah Amanda Chambers (born ca 1837)
married Henry H. Kipp
8. Sarah Ann Chambers (April 12, 1840 – Jan. 25, 1927)
married Orlando Hubbard Moss
9. Rolph Augustus Chambers (Oct. 25, 1843 – July 8, 1932)
married July 30, 1867 Mary Ann Grant
10. James Chambers (March 8, 1846 – April 14, 1846) Trinity Cemetery, Glencolin
11. Margaret Belle Chambers (Feb. 16, 1849 – Feb. 27, 1927)
married John McCulloch
Daedalus Chambers (son of James Chambers & Sarah Wilson)
married April 14, 1850 Martha J[ane?] Wooley
children: Mary (1852), Almira (1854), Ann (1856), Maranda (1859), Sarah Jane (1861)
Caleb Partial Gillett and George Gillett owned 50 acres each in lot 6 from 1861 to 1867; then Caleb Partial owned the entire 100 acres from 1867 to 1892. John M. Gillett is also listed as a tenant on this lot on 50 acres from 1882 to 1890, then as owner of 100 acres from 1892 past 1900. Caleb Partial Gillett also owned 50 acres in lot 11, concession 3 from 1881 past 1900. This property is located on the northeast corner at Candyville, where Caleb Partial Gillett lived until his death.
Partial Gillett is found in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 4, pg. 29); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 41); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 39); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 30), and 1901 (Div. 2, pg. 13).
Partial Gillett was born in Yarmouth township, the son of Mansfield & Louisa Gillett. There is also a John Warner Gillett and his wife Rhoda Baker who are found in Malahide census records. He was a brother of Mansfield Gillett.
The Gillett family can be traced back in Elgin County to Solomon Gillett who was born about 1788 in Cazenovia, Madison Co., New York, and died about 1840 in Elgin County. His wife was Abigail Smith, also born in New York, the daughter of Joseph Smith, of Bertie Township, Welland County. Abigail was remarried in 1848 to Daniel Bearss, and died August 31, 1858 in Elgin County.
Solomon Gillett was granted a patent to Lot 98, North Talbot Road in Malahide in 1837. He came to Canada in 1809 from Cazenovia, Madison County, New York, and was settled on lot 98 in 1816 by Colonel Talbot.
Solomon & Abigail’s children were: George (1809-1859); John Warner (1816 – Feb. 17, 1892); Mary (ca 1820 – Apr. 29, 1895, married Benjamin Bearss); Sarah E. (Dec. 20, 1817/19 – Feb. 4, 1911, married Oliver Baker); and Mansfield, below:
Mansfield Caleb Gillett (son of Solomon Gillett & Abigail Smith)
born ca 1806 Ontario (or Cazenovia, New York)
died May 25, 1861 Yarmouth Twsp.; in his 54th year
married September 9, 1835 Louisa Cole (dau of Daniel Dodge Cole & Roxannah)
died March 18, 1901; in her 84th year
Mansfield and Louisa’s marriage was witnessed by James Cole and John W. Gillett. At the time of their marriage, Mansfield was living in Malahide and Louisa was living in Yarmouth. Mansfield is found on the 1861 Yarmouth census (pg. 50), and his widow Louisa in 1871 Yarmouth (Div. 1, pg. 33). He and his wife are buried in Sparta (South) Cemetery.
Louisa Gillett’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 28, 1901:
The death occurred last week near Sparta of Mrs. Louisa Gillett, relict of the late Mansfield Gillett, in the 84th year of her age. Mrs. Gillett was one of Yarmouth’s oldest settlers, having lived on the farm where she died nearly all her life. She had been ailing for over two years and her death came quite suddenly at the last, to her many friends. She leaves six sons and one daughter. The sons are Partial, in Malahide; Geo., on Talbot street; Edward, in Petrolia, and Albert and Daniel on the homestead. The daughter is Mrs. Kinsey, of Bayham.
Children of Mansfield & Louisa:
Caleb Partial, George, Sarah, Daniel, Orlando, Edward, Naomi
1. Caleb Partial Gillett (known as “Partial” Gillett)
born June 18, 1836 Yarmouth Township
died February 21, 1918; lot 11, concession 3 ; aged 81 yrs. 8 mos. 3 days
married 1.Lucy Sanders
married 2.April 20, 1870 Laura Bradley (dau of Daniel & Elizabeth)
Born March 4, 1840 Malahide
Died Sept. 23, 1899
married 3.Sept. 1903 Elizabeth Ann Hudson (Dec. 4, 1841 – October 23, 1918)
Partial’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 28, 1918:
“The death of Partial Gillett, a well-known farmer of Malahide, occurred at his home at Dunboyne on Thursday morning, February 21st, after a few days’ illness. Deceased was born in Yarmouth and has been a resident of this district nearly all his life. A widow, one son, John Gillett, of Aylmer, and one daughter, Mrs. Emerson McTaggart, of Copenhagen, survive. The funeral took place from the residence of his son-in-law, Emerson McTaggart, on Saturday last, to Dunboyne Cemetery”
Laura Gillett’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 28, 1899:
“After an exceedingly long and painful illness, Laura, wife of Mr. Partial Gillett, of Dunboyne, departed this life on Saturday. Death to her was doubtless a relief, and she will enjoy the reward of a life of usefulness. Kind and sympathetic friends did all they could to make her end easier, and a large concourse paid their respects at the grave.”
children of Partial & Lucy Gillett: John, Abner
children of Partial & Laura Gillett: Louise, Flossie
1.John Mansfield Gillett (son of Partial & Lucy)
born November 29, 1860/1 Malahide
died April 1923
married Almina McConnell
born August 1, 1860
John M. Gillett appears on the 1891 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 30), and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 7). He and his wife are buried in Aylmer cemetery. John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 26, 1923:
JOHN M. GILLOTT DIED SUDDENLY AT TALBOTVILLE
John Mansfield Gillott, a highly respected resident of Aylmer, passed away suddenly on Sunday evening last, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. Leeson, Talbotville. Mr. and Mrs. Gillott drove up to Talbotville on Wednesday to visit their daughter for a few days and Mr. Gillott, who suffered from high blood pressure, was apparently in his usual health until Sunday afternoon. Dr. Lawrence, of St. Thomas, was called, but Mr. Gillott passed away about 8 o’clock that evening. Deceased was born in Malahide and lived practically all his life at Copenhagen, where he engaged in agriculture. He was well known in this district, and his sudden death was a great shock to his many friends. Besides his widow, he is survived by one son, Gordon G. Gillott, Dingle Street; two daughters, Mrs. E. Leeson, Talbtoville; and Mrs. O.R. Barry, Toronto; also one half-sister, Mrs. Emerson McTaggart, Copenhagen. The funeral took place from his late residence, Pine street, Aylmer, yesterday afternoon at 2 o’clock and interment took place in the Aylmer cemetery.
Children of John & Almina Gillott: Gordon, Otta, Mabel, Hazel
1.Gordon Graham Gillott
Born November 9, 1885
Married Jan. 1, 1908 Eliza Eveline Turrill (1883-1963) (dau of Addison Turrill & Rachel Wise)
Children: Nora Mae
2.Otta Lee Gillott
Born August 2, 1884
Married Oct. 31, 1907 Orley Royal Barry
Children: Orley Royal, Caleb Abner, Earl Mansfield, Mabel Arminia
3.Laura Mabel Gillott
Born August 12, 1887
Married April 10, 1912 Ernest C. Leeson (1885-1970)
4.Hazel Dell Gillott
Born December 19, 1892
Died March 3, 1916
2.Abner Gillett (son of Partial & Lucy)
born 1863; died February 7, 1875; age 12 yrs. & 12 dys.
3.Louise Gillett (dau of Partial & Laura)
born ca 1870;married ______Pressey
4.Flossie Gay Gillett (dau of Partial & Laura)
born July 20, 1877
died July 1947
married June 12, 1901 Emerson E. McTaggart (1876-1952)
Children: Gordon Archibald; Laura Winnifred
Flossie’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 10, 1947:
MRS. E. McTAGGART SUCCUMBS AT HOME
Mrs. Emerson McTaggart, 70, died at her home on John street south, Tuesday morning. She was born in Copenhagen and was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Partial Gillett, and spent all her lifetime in Copenhagen, Dunboyne and Aylmer, coming here in 1925 from Dunboyne where she lived for 22 years.
An active worker in the interests of the Woman’s Association of St. Paul’s United Church, Mrs. McTaggart was a life member. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Gordon of Detroit, and Donald of New York City, and one daughter, Mrs. Ross Axford of Mount Clemens, Mich. A sister, Mrs. Louise Pressey of St. Thomas, and a granddaughter, Marilyn Axford, of Mount Clemens, Mich., also survive.
The remains are resting at the James H. Barnum Funeral Home, Aylmer, where services will be held Thursday afternoon, July 10, at 2:30 o’clock. Interment will follow in the Aylmer Cemetery.
children of Mansfield & Louisa Gillett, continued:
2. George Gillett
born May 15, 1838 Malahide
died May 2, 1913
married January 1, 1863 Emaline Vanpatter
3. Sarah Gillett (born ca 1843 Yarmouth; married May 29, 1861 Elix D. Kerr)
4. Daniel Gillett (born ca 1845- died March 6, 1909; buried in Sparta Cemetery)
5. Orlando Gillett (born ca 1848)
6. Edward Gillett (born ca. 1850)
7. Naomi Gillett (born ca. 1852)
Families from concession 2, lot 7:
John Gloin owned 100 acres in lot 7 from 1857 until his death in 1891. His widow Mary continued to live there past 1900. He appears in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 1, page 16); 1871 (Div. 1, page 39); 1881 (Div. 1, page 26), and his widow Mary in 1891 (Div. 1, page 38).
Both John Gloin and his wife were natives of Devonshire, England. John Gloin was christened October 29, 1815 in the parish of Pancrasweek, Devonshire, the son of Francis Gloin & Wilmott Cornish. Francis & Wilmott were married in the parish of Holsworthy, Devonshire on February 7, 1813. Francis was born June 1796 in the parish of North Timerton, Cornwall, the son of John Gloin & Grace Batten. Francis & Wilmott Gloin, with their children, emigrated from “Featherlands Farm”, Holsworthy in 1842 and sailed to Port Stanley on the ship “Spermacity”. They arrived in Port Stanley on June 2, 1842. The Gilbert family had arrived in Yarmouth township earlier, and encouraged Francis & Wilmott to emigrate.
A search in parish registers for Devonshire revealed the following baptism in the parish of Pancrasweek:
Mary Jane Gilbert, christened March 29, 1818, dau of Richard & Elizabeth Gilbert
It is possible that the above baptism refers to Mary (Gilbert) Gloin of Malahide, but it has not been proven.
John Gloin (son of Francis Gloin & Wilmott Cornish)
born 1815 Pancrasweek, Devonshire, England
died April 3, 1891 Malahide; aged 75 years buried in Dunboyne
married Mary Gilbert
born April 1, 1818 Devonshire, England
died March 22, 1907 Malahide; aged 89 years buried in Dunboyne
John Gloin’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 9, 1891:
“Died – GLOIN – In Malahide, on Friday, April 3, 1891, Mr. John Gloin, Sr., aged 75 years. The remains of the deceased were interred in the Dunboyne cemetery last Sunday.”
Mary Gloin’s obituary appeared in the St. Thomas Times: (undated clipping)
THE LATE MRS. GLOIN
Copenhagen, March 30 – Following are further details regarding the death of Mrs. Gloin. Mrs. Gloin died very suddenly at the home of her daughter Mrs. Neil McTaggart, on Friday, March 22. Deceased made her home with her daughters Mrs. Dennis Leeson. Mrs. Gloin had gone away the previous Sunday night to visit Mrs. McTaggart, and appeared to be in her usual health. On Friday afternoon she took a choking spell. Mrs. McTaggart called her husband. He came and raised the old lady up and she expired without saying a word. Had she lived until April 1 she would have been 89 years of age. She was one of the oldest residents of this section, having resided here about 60 years. Her husband predeceased her in 1891. Two daughters and one son also died some years ago; Miss Elizabeth, aged 23; William S., and Mrs. S. Reynolds. Two daughters and one son are left to mourn the loss of a very kind and affectionate mother, Mrs. D. Leeson, and Mrs. N. McTaggart, and John Gloin, all of Malahide. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. Fansher, at Dunboyne church on Sunday afternoon; interment in the Gloin plot at Dunboyne cemetery. The pallbearers were Partial Gillett, G.R. Wilson, R.H. Lindsay, Jno. Gillett, John Sinclair and C.W. Wonnacott. A large concourse of relatives and friends paid their tribute of respect to one who they dearly loved. She bore the white flower of a blameless life. The breaking of the handle on the casket, which was made of oak, caused quite a shock to those who saw it, and a bruised knee to one of the bearers, R.H. Lindsay, who caught the end on his knee when the handle broke. The manufacturers should see that the handles and fastenings are very secure on those heavy caskets; perhaps they do, but the metal was defective in this case, and gave the relatives, friends and pallbearers quite a shock.”
children of John & Mary (Gilbert) Gloin: Elizabeth, Nancy, William, Mary, John, Caroline
1. Elizabeth G. Gloin (dau of John & Mary)
died April 21, 1865, age 23 yrs. 4 mos. 3 dysburied in Dunboyne
2. Nancy Jane Gloin (dau of John & Mary)
born January 21, 1842 Yarmouth township
died September 13, 1889; aged 47 yrs. 7 mos. 23 daysburied in Dunboyne
married October 26, 1866 Sylvanus Reynolds
(Lived on lot 8, concession 2: see Reynolds family on that lot)
3. William Gloin (son of John & Mary)
died April 21, 1899buried in Dunboyne cemetery
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 4, 1899:
Death has once more visited our community in carrying off two of our most respected citizens, in the persons of William Gloin and Marenus VanSlyke. The former had been afflicted for years, but was only confined to his bed a few hours. The latter had been a great sufferer, for about seven months, but bore his pain without a murmur of complaint. The funerals, which took place on Friday and Saturday, were very largely attended, Rev. Staples preached excellent sermons on both occasions. The friends of the deceased who are all highly respected have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their said bereavement and we are glad to say have the certainty that their loved ones have gone to be with Jesus which is far better.
4. Mary Susan Gloin
born February 12, 1849 Yarmouth
died November 6, 1926 Malahide; in her 77th year
married Neil McTaggartlived on lot 14, concession 2
(See McTaggart family for children)
Mary McTaggart’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 11, 1926:
PASSING OF MARY S. McTAGGART
Mary S. McTaggart, relict of the late Neil McTaggart, a highly respected resident of the Second concession of Malahide, died at her home on Saturday morning, November 6th, following an illness of some weeks. She was in her 78th year and was born in Yarmouth township. For fifty years she had resided on the farm where she died and leaves a host of friends in South Malahide to mourn her death. She was a consistent member of the United Church. Surviving is one son, Irvin, of the 2nd concession; one grandson, Elgin, at home, and one sister, Mrs. Dennis Leeson, of Shedden, Ont. The funeral was held from her late residence on Monday, November 8th, at 2:30 p.m. and was largely attended. Rev. F. Manning, of Shedden, a former pastor, and Rev. Shaw conducted the service. The pallbearers were Edwin Drysdale, James Smithson, Albert Percy, Lee McConnell, Edward Whitcroft and Frank Ackard. Among the floral contributions were a wreath “Mother”, from the family; a spray from Mrs. Dennis Leeson, Frome; a spray from Roy and Ernest Leeson, Talbotville; also flowers from the Ladies’ Aid of Dunboyne United Church; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Percy, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Percy, the Misses Jennie and Myrtle Teeple, of Aylmer, and many others. Interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery.
5. John Gloin (son of John & Mary)
born July 8, 1851 Yarmouth
died March 13, 1925; lot 10, concession 5, Malahide
married February 16, 1876 Catherine McTaggart
born December 21, 1849
died June 21, 1938
John Gloin’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 19, 1925:
John Gloin, one of the most highly respected and well-known farmers of Malahide township, died at his home on Friday evening, March 13th, following a paralytic stoke which he suffered five days previous, and from which he never rallied. Deceased was in his 75th year. He was born in Yarmouth township, and when a lad moved with his parents to Jamestown. For the past twenty years he has occupied the pretty farm home on the corner of the Gravel road and the 4th concession. Mr. Gloin was a successful agriculturist and for the past ten years has been living retired on his farm. He was a member of the Aylmer Methodist church and in politics was a Reformer. His work has ever been as good as his bond and he was loved and respected by friends who number legions. He had a good word for everyone, and was ever ready to assist a worthy brother in need.
He is survived by his widow and two sisters, Mrs. Neil McTaggart, Malahide, and Mrs. Dennis Leeson, of Shedden.
The funeral was held from his late residence on Monday at 2 o’clock p.m. and was very largely attended. Rev. H.T. Ferguson, of St. Paul’s church, Aylmer, officiated, assisted by Rev. F. Manning, of the Malahide circuit. Interment took place in the Aylmer cemetery.
Children of John & Catharine Gloin:
1.Adah Gloin (January 5, 1877 – February 15, 1889 aged 12 yrs)
2.Mabel Gloin (August 6, 1878 – September 13, 1885 aged 7 yrs)
6. Caroline Ann Gloin (dau of John & Mary)
born April 15, 1854 Copenhagen, Ont.
died Dec. 25, 1943 Southwold Twsp., Elgin Co.
married December 26, 1876 Dennis Leeson; in Aylmer
born August 12, 1850 Malahide
died March 12, 1926 Frome, Ontario
Dennis Leeson also lived on lot 7, concession 2, from 1892 past 1900, on 100 acres. He also had 12 acres on lot 8 from 1883 onwards. Dennis Leeson was a native of the Springfield area, living first on the old Lake road south of Copenhagen before moving to concession 2. He was a Sunday School teacher at the Copenhagen Methodist church for many years before moving to Frome. He and his wife are buried in West Ave. Cemetery, St. Thomas.
Dennis Leeson was the son of George Leeson (1825 – February 1, 1876) and his wife Emily Frost (1833 – March 7, 1905). They are buried in Aylmer cemetery. Both George Leeson and his wife Emily were born in England, according to the 1861 Malahide census, where they are found in Division 4, page 4.
Dennis Leeson’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 18, 1926:
DENNIS LEESON DIED AT FROME
Was Resident of Malahide Until 14 Years Ago
The death of Dennis Leeson occurred at his home near Frome in West Elgin, on Friday, March 12th, following an illness of several months. The end came very suddenly and unexpected. Deceased was in his 73rd year and was born in Malahide and lived in this township all his life until fourteen years ago, when he moved to Frome. He was a successful farmer and leaves many friends in both east and west Elgin to mourn his demise.
He was a member of the United Church and Aylmer Lodge No. 94, I.O.O.F. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, Roy, of Shedden, and Ernest, of Talbotville; two sisters, Mrs. Chambers of Essex, and Mrs. Art. Harrett, of Luton; also by five grandchildren.
A large number of relatives and friends from this vicinity attended the funeral on Monday afternoon, at 2 o’clock. Rev. Fred Manning, of Shedden United Church, a former pastor of the Malahide circuit, conducted the service at the house, while the service at the grave was charge of the Shedden I.O.O.F. lodge. Interment was made in the Mausoleum, in St. Thomas. The pallbearers were Messrs. W. H. Sells, W.H. Morrison, W. Atkinson, W. Hepborn, J.H. Youngs, W. M. Farrah.
It is a coincidence that three brothers-in-law have died within a year: John Gloin, Neil McTaggart and Dennis Leeson. Rev. F. Manning has officiated at all three services. During the service at the home, Mrs. Hamilton, of Shedden, rendered a suitable solo, and the Shedden choir assisted in singing the hymns.
There were many contributions of pretty flowers, among them being a wreath with the word “Father” from the family; sprays from I.O.O.F. lodge, Aylmer; Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Lindsay; Mr. and Mrs. McTaggart, Mr. and Mrs. John McTavish, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Percy and Henry Percy, and the Ladies’ Aid of Frome United Church.
Caroline’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 30, 1943 (two different articles):
We were sorry to learn of the passing of Mrs. Dennis Leeson of Frome, a very dear friend. Mrs. Leeson was formerly Caroline Gloin, and was born in our neighbourhood. She lived most of her married life on the Gloin family homestead, now owned by Mr. John White, which they sold when Mr. Leeson and his sons Roy and Ernest bought homes adjoining at Frome. Since Mr. Leeson’s death some years ago, Mrs. Leeson has lived with her son, Roy and his wife. Although about ninety years of age, she never seemed as old as she was so bright and active and very much interested in her family and friends, and her passing away on Christmas day was a great shock to them all. While Mr and Mrs Leeson lived in our neighbourhood they took a very active part in all community activities, and especially in the church work, and we felt it a great loss indeed when they and their family moved away. We extend to her family our sincere sympathy.
MRS. DENNIS LEESON
The death of Mrs. Caroline Anne Leeson occurred at the home of her son, Roy Leeson, west of Frome, on Saturday morning. Mrs. Leeson had been ill only a short time. Born in Copenhagen, Malahide township, she came to Frome district 32 years ago, and had made her home there ever since. Her husband, Dennis Leeson, predeceased her some years ago. She was a member of the Frome United Church.
Surviving are two sons, Roy, No. 3 Highway, west of Frome; Ernest, of Talbotville; five grandchildren, Harold Leeson, Detroit; Bruce Leeson, Frome; Russell, St. Thomas; Mrs. Carl Dougherty, St. Thomas; and Miss Hazel Leeson, Talbotville; a nephew, Mr. Irvine McTaggart, Aylmer, and one niece, Mrs. Albert Percy, RR #2 Aylmer.
Rev. A. E. Hopper, of St. Paul’s United Church, Chatham, conducted the services from the P. R. Williams & Son Funeral Home, on Tuesday afternoon, at two o’clock. Interment was made in the St. Thomas Mausoleum.
children of Dennis Leeson and Caroline Ann Gloin: Roy, Ernest
died October 12, 1968farmed at Copenhagen before moving to Frome
married Annie May Swayze
children: Harold, Bertha May, Bruce, Russell
born February 3, 1884
died January 1970
married Mabel Gillett (died Sept. 1978, aged 91)
Thomas Laidlaw was a tenant on 50 acres in lot 7 from before 1859 to 1863. He owned the property from 1863 until 1898 when the farm was purchased by his son Henry, who owned it past 1900. Henry also had 20 acres in lot 4 from 1889 to 1900. Another son, John, was a tenant on lot 3 from 1883 to 1887 on 86 acres, and owned it from 1887 to 1891.
born December 12, 1822 Yetholm, Roxburghshire, Scotland
died December 31, 1901 Malahide Twsp., in his 80th year
married 1. Martha _______
married 2. Elizabeth Durdle
born c. 1833 Devonshire, England
died March 29, 1883 Malahidein her 51st year
An article in the Aylmer Express on the occasion of Thomas Laidlaw’s daughter Lydia Brooks’ 80th birthday says that Thomas was born in Berwick-on-Tweed, which is very close to the Roxburghshire border. The above date and place of his birth was found in Scottish church records, which also recorded that Thomas was the son of Adam Laidlaw and Elizabeth Ker (or Carr). The Laidlaw family can be traced back to Thomas’ grandfather, William Laidlaw, who died November 3, 1828 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His wife was Janet Rutherford (1766-1824). William & Janet’s son Adam was born July 16, 1789 in Lempitlan, Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland, and died December 31, 1862 in Sparta, Ontario. Adam was married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth Carr whom he married on October 11, 1811 in Morebattle, Scotland. Elizabeth was born May 26, 1793 in Yetholm, Roxburghshire, and died about 1822 there. Then Adam married Euphemia Murdie in Yetholm on Augsut 31, 1823. Euphemia died January 6, 1865 and is buried with Adam in Sparta South Cemetery. Adam & Euphemia had six children: Euphemia (1825), Elizabeth (1829), James (1831), Agnes Jane (1833) and Robert. From Adam’s first marriage to Elizabeth Carr, there were also at least two sons besides Thomas: Adam Laidlaw Jr. was christened on Dec. 29, 1821, in Yetholm,(see Volume 1) and John, born April 22, 1818 in the parish of Linton, Roxburghshire.(married Agnes McTaggart).
Thomas Laidlaw lived in Nova Scotia after immigrating from Scotland. His oldest son, Thomas (from first marriage to Martha) was born in Nova Scotia. Thomas Sr. later came to Malahide, settling near Copenhagen on the Jamestown Road, on lot 7, concession 2. He and his wife Elizabeth (dau of Thomas Durdle & Susannah Philpott [or Herrington]) are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. See also Volume 1 of this series for information on the Laidlaw family.
Children of Thomas Laidlaw: Thomas, Lydia, Mary, John, Henry
1. Thomas Laidlaw (son of Thomas & Martha)
born c. 1846Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia
married January 5, 1870 Margaret Wilson
2. Lydia Jane Laidlaw (dau of Thomas & Elizabeth)
born March 16, 1858 Malahide Twsp.
died March 8, 1948
married June 1, 1887 Hiram B. Brooks (1854-1927)
Lydia Laidlaw was an organist at the Copenhagen Methodist Church prior to her marriage. She and Hiram lived in the Springfield area, and are buried in Springfield cemetery.
An article in the Aylmer Express, March 24, 1938 on the occasion of Lydia’s 80th birthday, gives some interesting details on the family’s history:
SPRINGFIELD WOMAN HONORED ON HER 80TH BIRTHDAY
Mrs. Lydia Brooks is a Sister of John Laidlaw of Aylmer
Mrs. Lydia Brooks was pleasantly surprised on her 80th birthday on March 16th at the home of her son, Earl, and family, with whom she resides.
Her sister, Mrs. Mary Hunter of Aylmer and two brothers, John Laidlaw of Aylmer, and Henry Laidlaw of London were present, which made it a very pleasant union indeed. All four of them range in ages from 73 to 80. All are well and hearty and agree that the good old Scotch blood is the true source of this longevity.
Their father, Thomas Laidlaw, was born at Berwick-on-Tweed. Their mother was Elizabeth Durdle of English descent, a fine personality and loved by all who knew her.
Their first kindly helpmates have all predeceased them by some years, the brothers both having chosen good wives again. Mrs. John Laidlaw was present with her husband.
A very dainty chicken dinner was served by Mrs. Earl Brooks with two large cakes, the one of St. Patrick design with candles and engraved 1858-1938, a gift from Mrs. Hunter. The other a neatly made three storey by Jean Brooks, decorated with 80 lighted candles which Mrs. Brooks was quite able to extinguish with a few puffs. Gifts were presented by her sister and brothers and a most enjoyable day was spent, hoping that their lives might be spared for more such reunions together.
3. Mary Elizabeth Laidlaw (dau of Thomas & Elizabeth)
born January 28, 1860 Malahide Twsp.
Died January 20, 1952buried in Woodland Cemtery, London, Ontario
married December 22, 1880 William Hunter
children of Thomas and Elizabeth Laidlaw, continued:
4. John Laidlaw (son of Thomas & Elizabeth)
born October 9, 1861 Malahide Twsp.
died February 6,1952 St. Thomas, Ont.
married 1. March 14, 1883 Edith Saunders(1864-1926) (dau of Joseph & Cynthia)
2. Isabel Douglas
1.Daughter (married A.B. Knowlton) lived in Brandon, Manitoba
John Laidlaw lived on lot 3, concession 2 on the Jamestown Road, later the Simpson farm, before moving away from the area. His obituary follows:
JOHN LAIDLAW DIES IN HOSPITAL, AGED 91
Aylmer Man Was Retired Railway Shops Worker, Feb. 6, 1952
John Laidlaw, 39 Victoria Street North, died in the Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas, Wednesday morning in his 91st year. He had been in ailing health for the past month. Mr. Laidlaw was a native of Copenhagen where he was born Oct. 9, 1861, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Laidlaw. He was a retired railroad employee, having worked in shops in St. Thomas, Brandon, Manitoba, and Portland, Oregon for many years. He retired 25 years ago, remaining active in devoting his time to the care of his property; his garden and flowers being his pride and joy. He was a member of the Church of Christ Disciples. Mrs. Laidlaw, the former Isabel Douglas, survives with one daughter, Mrs. A. B. Knowlton, of Brandon, Man., and one grandson, Hugh Knowlton, also of Brandon. At rest at the Hughson Funeral Home, funeral there on Friday at 2 p.m., Rev. T.G. Husser, of St. Paul’s United Church here, officiating. Interment will be made in Aylmer Cemetery.
Children of Thomas and Elizabeth Laidlaw, continued:
5. Henry Laidlaw (son of Thomas & Elizabeth)
born July 29, 1864
died July 13, 1940 London, Ontario
married 1. August 1, 1888 Mary Annabelle Brooks (1868-1921)
married 2. Allie _______
children: Clarence, Clinton, Verne
Henry lived in Copenhagen and Kingsmill before moving to Windsor in 1914. He was a building contractor. His obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 18, 1940:
HENRY LAIDLAW DIED AT LONDON
Has Brother and Sister in Aylmer
The death of Henry Laidlaw occurred at Victoria Hospital, London, on Saturday, July 13th, in his 76th year. He was a son of the late Thomas and Elizabeth Laidlaw and was born at Copenhagen, where he spent his youth. For some years he was a successful farmer at Kingsmill and moved from there to Windsor, where he engaged in real estate and constructed many buildings. He retired some years ago and made his home with Mrs. Laidlaw in London.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Allie Laidlaw, London; three sons, Clarence, of Detroit; and Clinton of Toronto and Verne of Windsor; two sisters, Mrs. Earl Brooks, Springfield; and Mrs. Mary Hunter of Aylmer; and one brother John Laidlaw, Victoria street, Aylmer. There are two grandsons and several nephews and nieces.
Mr. and Mrs. John Laidlaw, Mrs. Mary Hunter, Aylmer, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Brooks, Springfield, attended the funeral at the Oatman Funeral Home, London, on Tuesday morning at 10:30. Interment was made in the Windsor Grove Cemetery, Windsor, at 3:30 p.m.
Families from lot 8, concession 2:
Robert Roberts owned 200 acres in lot 8 from 1857 until his death in 1893. The property passed to his widow Mary and sons Fred & William. A 66-acre parcel of this property was sold to Sylvanus Reynolds in 1858. Robert Roberts is found in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 1, pg 16); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 39); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 26); and 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 38).
Robert Roberts was a native of England, and according to the record of his third marriage, he was the son of John & Ann Roberts.
Cemetery transcriptions in Bayham township reveal that the Roberts family origins were in Somersetshire, England. It appears that Robert’s parents, John & Ann, also immigrated to Canada, and are buried in the Pioneer Edison Cemetery, Bayham township, along with their son John. A submission on the internet (IGI) records that John R. Roberts was born June 15, 1791 in Somerset, the son of Robert Roberts & Mary Hallett. Another submission (IGI) for son Robert indicates he was born at Milbourne Port, Somerset.
William and Jemima Roberts are buried in Claus Cemetery, Bayham township. This is probably the same William Roberts who owned 12 acres in lot 8 from 1863 to 1868, and no doubt a brother of Robert. He is found in the 1861 census (Div. 1, pg. 7), age 38, born in England, wife wife Jemima, age 32, and child Francis, age 8. In the 1871 census, William is found in Bayham township, Div. 2, pg. 44. A marriage record was found for William Roberts of Bayham, to Jemima Bundy, also of Bayham, on January 24, 1854.
Robert Roberts was married four times. His first marriage to Janet Reynolds is recorded in the London District Marriage Register. He was living in Vienna when he married his second wife, Harriet Amanda Reynolds in 1854. It is possible that Janet & Harriet Amanda were sisters. He is buried in Dunboyne Cemetery. A small obituary for Robert appears in the Aylmer Express, March 2, 1893:
The funeral of Mr. Roberts was largely attended on Sunday last. The services were conducted by the Rev. J. Veale of Brownsville. He preached a very impressive sermon.
born ca 1791 Somersetshire, England
died June 13, 1864 Bayham township; aged 73 years buried in Pioneer Edison cemetery
married Margaret Ann Betteridge
born ca 1790
died September 22, 1855 Bayham township; aged 65 yrs. 5 mos.
Children: Mary, Ann, John, Robert, William, Edward, Catherine
1. John Roberts (son of John & Ann)
born ca 1820
died August 18, 1850 Bayham township, aged 30 years
2. William Roberts (son of John & Ann)
born ca 1823
died June 5, 1887 Bayham township; aged 64 yearsburied in Claus cemetery
married January 24, 1854 Jemima Bundy
died November 15, 1908 aged 80 yrs. 10 mos. 6 days
3. Robert Roberts (son of John & Ann) (next page):
Robert Roberts (son of John & Ann Roberts)
born June 18 [or June 27], 1820 Milbourne Port, Somerset, England
died February 23, 1893 Malahide Twsp., aged 72 yrs. 8 mos. 4 days
married 1. Nov. 14, 1849 Janet Reynolds(1820-1851) (living in Delaware at time of marriage)
married 2. Harriet Amanda Reynolds
born May 3, 1826
died July 2, 1855, aged 29 yrs. 1 mo. 29 days
married 3. May 25, 1856 Mary Henwood
born ca. 1828
married 3. Sept. 1, 1862 Mary Elizabeth Robbins (dau of Abiel & Elizabeth)
Born November 9, 1839 Nova Scotia
died Sept. 19, 1918 aged 78 yrs. 10 mos. 10 days
children of Robert Roberts: Sylvanus, Elizabeth Ann, John Robert, Mary Jane, Harriet, Ida May, Amelia, Frederick Ernest, William, Anna Louisa
1. Sylvanus Reynolds Roberts (son of Robert Roberts & Janet Reynolds)
born ca 1851 (Not found in 1871 census)
2. Elizabeth Ann Roberts (dau of Robert Roberts & Harriet Amanda Reynolds)
born ca 1854 (not found in 1881 or 1891 census)
3. John Robert [or Reynolds] Roberts (son of Robert Roberts & Harriet A. Reynolds)
born June 28, 1855
died Dec. 23, 1937 S. Dorchester Twsp.
Married January 2, 1884 Theresa Maria Simpson (dau of Edwin & Elizabeth Simpson)
born February 7, 1865
died February 5, 1929
John Roberts is found in the 1901 Malahide census (Div. 2, pg 10). His wife was a daughter of Edwin Simpson & Elizabeth Bentley. They later moved to S. Dorchester township. John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 30, 1937:
John Roberts, a resident at Crossley-Hunter in South Dorchester township for the past 30 years, died Thursday evening, January 23rd, at his home after nine years’ illness. He was in his 83rd year. Mr. Roberts was a well-known farmer of the district. He was a member of Crossley-Hunter United Church and also of the I.O.O.F. Predeceased by his wife nine years, he is survived by three sons, George and Aaron, at home, and Milton, in Detroit; one daughter, Mrs. Roy Legg, of Crossley-Hunter; two brothers, Frederick and William, both of Copenhagen, Ont., and a sister, Mrs. Stokes, of Lyons. There are four grandchildren.
The funeral was held from the late residence at Crossley-Hunter on Monday with many in attendance. Rev. Mr. Connor, of Embro, a former pastor at Crossley-Hunter, was in charge and was assisted by Rev. Mr. Moorehouse, of Yarmouth Centre. During the service two favourite hymns of the deceased were sung, “Rock of Ages”, and “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. Mr. Clayton Simpson also sang “The Old Rugged Cross”. Beautiful flowers composed of pillows, wreaths and a basket and a number of sprays surrounded the casket. The flower bearers were Max Appleford, Karl Wright, Gordon Legg, Henry Legg, Ross Evert, Wm. Holmes. Pallbearers were L. Ackert, Jas. Appleford, E.W. Sweet, R. Learn, R. Ferguson and Art Ferris. Relatives from Detroit, Copenhagen, Dunboyne, Calton, Lyons, Crossley-Hunter attended. Interment took place in the family plot in the Aylmer cemetery.
Children of John Roberts & Theresa Simpson:
1.George Sylvanus Roberts
2.Theresa Ann Roberts (married Roy Legg)
3.Milton John Roberts
4.Aaron Reynolds Roberts
children of Robert Roberts, continued:
4. Mary Jane Roberts (dau of Robert Roberts & Mary Ann Henwood)
born ca 1857(not found in 1881 or 1891 census)
5. Harriet Victoria Roberts (dau of Robert Roberts & Mary Ann Henwood)
born March 26, 1860
died August 12, 1885, aged 25 yrs. 4 mos. 17 days. Buried in Dunboyne Cemetery
6. Ida May Roberts (dau of Robert Roberts & Mary E. Robbins)
born ca 1865(appears in 1881 census, but not 1891)
7. Amelia Grace Roberts (dau of Robert Roberts & Mary E. Robbins)
died January 21, 1911 in her 45th year
married William Grawburg
died December 1, 1942, in his 77th yearburied in Aylmer cemetery
Amelia Grace Grawburg’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 26, 1911:
“One of the saddest deaths that has taken place in South Dorchester for some years occurred on Saturday last, January 21, inthe person of Mrs. Wm. Grawburg. She was born in Malahide near Copenhagen in 1866, where she resided until 21 years ago, when she married Mr. W. Grawburg, and moved to the 10th concession of Dorchester, where she since made her home. She has been a member of the Methodist church since the age of 14, and highly esteemed by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, 4 daughters and 6 sons, all at home, the youngest being about one year old. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Lyons, on Tuesday afternoon last and the interment took place at the Aylmer cemetery. The bereaved husband and family have the sympathy of all their neighbours and friends”.
children: Oscar (1888-1973); John, Darius, Fred, Mary Amelia (died Oct. 2, 1939 in her 45th year); Allan (married Ella Wright), four others
8. Frederick Ernest Roberts (son of Robert Roberts & Mary E. Robbins)
born September 12, 1868
married Nov. 14, 1891 Emma Cecelia Jones (Mar. 8, 1874 – 1966)
Frederick Roberts lived on lot 8, concession 2. He is found in the 1901 census (Div. 1, pg. 7). He and his wife are buried in Aylmer cemetery. An undated newspaper clipping reports their 60th wedding anniversary:
COPENHAGEN COUPLE WED SIXTY YEARS
Two life-long residents of Copenhagen, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roberts, R.R. #2 Aylmer, will celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on Sunday. Formerly Emma Jones, dau of the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones, Mrs. Roberts in 77 and enjoys excellent health. She keeps her own home and does considerable sewing for her seven grandchildren who are her pride and joy. Mr. Roberts is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roberts. He is 83. Like his wife, Mr. Roberts keeps active. In the summer he gardens, keeps his large lawn trimmed and in winter keeps up the woodpile for the stoves and gets caught up with his reading. Both were born in Copenhagen and are members of the Copenhagen Untied Church. When they were younger they both taught Sunday School there. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts were married sixty years ago on December 16, at the manse in Luton by the late Rev. John Veale, then minister of the circuit. His assistant minister, Rev. John Jackson was best man, and a daughter Miss Belle Veale was bridesmaid. On Sunday the family will be home for the day. Mr. and Mrs. Roberts will receive their friends and neighbours in the afternoon and evening. Assisting will be their daughters Mrs. Morley McQuiggan of Calton, and Mrs. Robert Kennedy, of Calton. They also have a son Wilfred of Halifax, who will be unable to come home, and a number of nieces and nephews, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Children of Frederick & Emma Roberts:
1.Annabel Roberts (May 15, 1893 – 1921)
Married Dave Parsons
2.Wilfred Roberts (Feb. 18, 1895 – 1983)
Married Grace McConnell
3.Russell Floyd Roberts (June 20, 1904 – March 15, 1905)
4.Edna Pearl Roberts (born Jan. 7, 1906)
Married Morley McQuiggan
5.Gertrude Helen Roberts (born March 10, 1910)
Married Sept. 4, 1929 Robert Ray Kennedy
6.Dorothy Irene Roberts (Aug. 17, 1913 – May 5, 1914)
children of Robert Roberts, continued:
9. William E. Roberts (son of Robert Roberts & Mary E. Robbins)
born September 24, 1871
died July 12, 1959
married Eliza Davidson
born March 2, 1872
died July 12, 1963
William is found in the 1901 census, Div. 1, pg. 7. He and his wife are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. Children:
1.Glen Robert Roberts (born Dec. 24, 1901)
2.Alice Eliza Roberts (born Oct. 29, 1903)
10. Anna Louisa Roberts (dau of Robert Roberts & Mary E. Robbins)
married May 27, 1893 Charles William Stokes
born 1868 Birmingham, England
Anna and Charles first lived on the Jamestown Road, lot 9, concession 2, later moving to lot 5, concession 5. They are buried in Aylmer cemetery.
1.Daisy Stokes (1899-1977) married Neal Doolittle (1896-1980); buried in Luton
2.William Frederick Stokes (Aug. 20, 1896 – Mar. 1, 1920)
3.Henry Wallace Stokes (born Sept. 12, 1903)
4.Raymond Charles Stokes (born Oct. 30, 1907)
5.Lloyd Roland Stokes (born March 7, 1910)
6.Arthur Robert Stokes (born Sept. 28, 1912)
7.Rosemary Stokes (married Howard Walker)
Abiel Robbins and his daughter Cornelia lived on 2 acres in lot 8 from 1866 to 1884. A native of Nova Scotia, Abiel Robbins is found in Malahide census records; 1861 (Div. 1, pg. 6); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 42); and 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 39). One of his daughters, Mary Elizabeth, married Robert Roberts, also of lot 8, concession 2. According to the 1861 census, Abiel was of Welsh descent and was a mechanic. He is buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
According to Roostweb submissions, Abiel was the son of Abiel Robbins & Mary Saunders. Abiel Sr., was the son of James Robbins (born 1727 in Plympton, Massachusetts) & Ruth Prince (born 1729 in Yarmouth, Maine).
born February 16, 1792 Nova Scotia
died September 20, 1882, aged 90 years, 7 mos., 4 days
married 1. Elizabeth Frost (died before 1861 census)
married 2. Sarah Frost
1. Cornelia Robbins (born ca 1831 Nova Scotia)
2. Mary Elizabeth (1830 -Sept. 19, 1918) married Sept. 1, 1862 Robert Roberts
3. Morris Robbins (born ca 1830 Nova Scotia)
4. Alfred A. Robbins (born ca 1852 Nova Scotia)
Sylvanus Reynolds owned 66 acres in lot 8 from 1858 until past 1900. He also owned 66 acres in lot 9 from 1858 until past 1900. He is found in Malahide census records: 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 38); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 27), 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 38), and 1901 (Div. 1, pg.7).
According to his death registration, Sylvanus Reynolds was born in Westminster township, the son of Sylvanus Reynolds and Elizabeth Kilburn, both natives of New York. Other children of Sylvanus Sr. and Elizabeth were Susan Smith (born May 2, 1830), who is living with her brother Sylvanus on the 1901 census [another source states Susannah, born ca 1816, married George McKay); Theodocia (married Jacob Cooley); Harriet Amanda Reynolds (married Robert Roberts); and Mary Reynolds (married Jacob Swartz). Both Harriet and Mary named a son Sylvanus.
A search in Westminster and Delaware township census revealed a Sylvanus Reynolds, aged 20, living with a Robert Kilbourne and family, on the 1851 Delaware census. A Louisa Reynolds, aged 17, was living with a Harvey Kilbourne family, also in 1851 Delaware. The parents, Sylvanus & Elizabeth Reynolds, could not be located in census records.
Elizabeth Kilbourn Reynolds was born August 1, 1793 in New York state, the daughter of Joseph Kilbourn and Mary Marsh. Joseph was born ca 1745 in Litchfield, Connecticut and died in 1817 in Westminster township, Middlesex County.
Sylvanus and his wife Nancy Gloin are buried in Dunboyne Cemetery. Nancy was a daughter of John Gloin and Mary Gilbert.
Sylvanus Reynolds obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 20, 1910:
“Mr. Sylvanus Reynolds died at his home on the second concession of Malahide on Friday last, after an illness which has been taking him down gradually for several years. Deceased was born in Westminster and was in his 79th year. For the past forty years he has lived in this section and was respected and esteemed by a very large circle of friends, being a member of the Methodist church and leading a most exemplary life. He leaves four children, Mrs. Frank Percy, of Dorchester; Mrs. M. O’Brien, of Sask.; Mrs. Albert Percy, Copenhagen; and one son Arley, of Tivan, Sask. The funeral took place on Monday, services and interment at Dunboyne church.”
Sylvanus Reynolds (son of Sylvanus Reynolds & Elizabeth Kilburn)
born April 4, 1832 Westminster Township, Middlesex County
died Jan. 14, 1910 Malahide Township, aged 78 yrs. 9 mos. 10 days
married October 26, 1866 Nancy Jane Gloin
died September 18, 1889 aged 47 years, 7 mos. 23 days
children: Mary, Theodoshia, Palma, Arley
1. Mary Elizabeth Reynolds (dau of Sylvanus & Nancy)
born July 28, 1868 S. Dorchester Township
died March 2, 1928
married Frank Percy
see Percy family in Volume 1
2. Theodoshia Reynolds (dau of Sylvanus & Nancy)
born July 1870
married Dec. 24, 1890 Morris O’Bryanmoved to Bellaires, Saskatchewan
3. Palma Ann Reynolds (dau of Sylvanus & Nancy)
died November 1959
married Albert Percy
see Percy family in Volume 1
4. Arley S. Reynolds (son of Sylvanus & Nancy)
born August 25, 1880
moved to Tivan, Saskatchewan
Daniel Ensley owned 2 acres in lot 8 from 1884 to 1893, later moving to 28 acres on lot 17, concession 2, where he lived until past 1900. He had previously lived near Silver Creek Hill. The Ensley family is found in Malahide census records: 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 50); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 30); and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 5). Daniel Ensley was a native of Germany, the son of Frederick Ensley & Mary Kittesburgh. Frederick and Mary also lived in Malahide, owning 25 acres in lot 11, concession 2, from before 1859 to 1861, Mary residing there until 1879.
Frederick and Mary had at least two other children: Catherine (born ca 1841) who married Lewis Ross on March 15, 1865; and Mary, (born ca 1850), who married George Oldfield on October 10, 1872. These marriages records state that Catherine was born in Germany, as was Daniel, but Mary was born in Canada, indicating the Ensley family immigrated between 1849 and 1850.
Daniel and his wife Sarah are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. They had no children of their own, but raised Myrtle and George Laur, children of Sarah’s brother John Laur and his wife Maggie Kaar.
born April 11, 1849 Germany
died March 11, 1909 Malahide, in his 61st year
married Sarah Ann Laur
born May 24, 1848
died Aug. 16, 1935 aged 87
Daniel’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 18, 1909:
“The funeral of the late Daniel Ensley was largely attended on Sunday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. Donnelly and Mr. Laws, interment at Dunboyne cemetery. The pallbearers were Prof. Swayzie, G.R. Wilson, R.H. Lindsay, Geo. Minhinnick, John Reid and Baxter Irish. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. There were a number of relatives from a distance. The widow and two children, Myrtle and George, have the sympathy of their many friends. Mr. Ensley was in his 61st year, and an old resident of the neighbourhood and much esteemed by his neighbours.”
Sarah’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 22, 1935:
MRS. SARAH ENSLEY
Copenhagen, Aug. 20th – Mrs. Sarah Ensley passed away, Friday evening, after an illness of several years, in her 88th year. She was a resident of this neighbourhood for the past sixty years. Her husband predeceased her twenty-six years ago. She is survived by her daughter Mrs. H. Watts, a son of George; two grandchildren, Ensley and Evelyn Watts; one sister, Mrs. S. Howse, at Aylmer, and a large number of nieces and nephews. A large number attended the funeral at her home Sunday afternoon. Rev. H.F. Kennedy conducted the services. Mrs. H. Kelly and Mr. L. Simpson sang very appropriately, “Sometime, Somewhere We’ll Understand”. The pallbearers were Messrs. J. Kelly, W. Granger, G. Welter, A. MacDonald, F. Roberts and H. Kelly. The flowerbearers were Messrs. G. Drynan, L. Simpson, W. Roberts and Clarke McTaggart. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, and included sprays from the family; Copenhagen United Church, and a large number of relatives and friends. The deceased was a member of the Copenhagen United Church. Among those present from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Howse and Mrs. Spring, Port Huron; Mr. and Mrs. F. MacDonald, Stratford; Mrs. J.E. Bagnall, and daughter, London; Mrs. S. Howse, Aylmer; Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Howse, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Howse; Mr. and Mrs. G.H. Howse; Mr. and Mrs. Leo N. Lane, Mrs. Brockwell, and Mr. and Mrs. E. Ball, St. Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. W. Smith, Delhi; Mrs. Leonard, Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Ruckle, and daughter; Mrs. F. Empey, and daughter; Mr. G. Empey, and Miss M. Empey, Culloden; Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Brackenbury and family; and Mr. and Mrs. W. Burdick, Grovesend; Mr. and Mrs. H. Gram, New Sarum; Mr. and Mrs. S. Zavitz, and Mr. G. Zavitz, Cole’s Corner; Mrs. F. Prowse, Sarnia; Mr. and Mrs. J. Laidlaw, Springfield; Mr. and Mrs. A. Percy and Mr. and Mrs. J. McKnight, Dunboyne, and a large number from the neighbourhood. Interment took place at the Dunboyne cemetery. The sympathy of the neighbourhood is extended to the bereaved.
Children of Daniel and Sarah (Laur) Ensley: Myrtle, George
1. Myrtle Laur Ensley
born June 7, 1876
died Aug. 25, 1964
married 1911 Hubert F. Watts
born August 20, 1882
died Nov. 24, 1956
children: Phillip Ensley Watts; Evelyn Watts
Hubert Watts, a native of Lancaster, Cornwall, England, came to Canada in 1906 and settled at Grovesend, later moving closer to Copenhagen. He was choir leader in the Copenhagen Church for some time, taught Sunday School, and was church treasurer. He was also trustee of the Copenhagen School. Myrtle Watts was also active in the church, being a leader in the Epworth League, C.G.I.T., secretary of the Ladies’ Aid, and Sunday School teacher for many years.
2. George Laur Ensley
died 1958George was single, and is buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
Families from concession 2, lot 9:
William House owned 50 acres in lot 8, and 50 acres in lot 9, from 1881 to past 1900. He is found in Malahide census records: 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 37) and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 7).
There is much confusion surrounding the relationship of the three House families living in the Copenhagen area. The one family, Frederick House & Mary Kindree, along with their son George and daughter Dorothy McDonald, do not appear to be related to William. However, John H. House, Mary House Bingham and Melissa House Smuck Garner appear to be younger siblings of William.
Although William’s death registration records his parents names as William House & Mary Smith; his obituary states he is survived by a brother John and sister, Mrs. N. Bingham. Similar records for John and Mary Bingham indicate their parents were Frederick and Julia (Carter) House. The only conclusion that can be reached is that the father’s name was William Frederick or Frederick William, and was married twice; first to Mary Smith; secondly to Julia Carter.
An estate file [#1034] for a Frederick House was found, revealing a death date of November 9, 1882 in Malahide. His wife is not named, but his children were John House, Mary House, Melissa Garner & Eliza Ellen Snyder.
The above Frederick & Julia House are buried in 7th Line Zion Cemetery, West Nissouri Twsp., Middlesex county. Also buried there is a Phebey, wife of William House, died Jan. 6, 1881, age 33 yrs. 6 mos., and two infant children of William & Phebey. It is possible that Phebey was the first wife of William, below. A marriage registration was found (#2688-84) for Caroline House, age 19, (born 1865) residence Malahide, born Oxford Co., dau of William & Phoebe, married George Bingham, age 23, born Seneca, residence Ancaster, son of Thomas & Eliza, on Oct. 29, 1884 in Malahide, witnessed by William & Kitty House, both of Copenhagen. This further supports the above theory that William House was married twice, first to Phoebe, second to Catherine (Kitty).
William and his wife Catherine are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 27, 1913:
“The death of the late William House occurred at his late residence at Mt. Salem on Saturday last. He had lived on his farm west of Copenhagen for many years, until last fall he sold to Mr. Schram and moved to Mt. Salem. He is survived by his widow and four daughters and two sons here. J. House, of this place, is a brother, and Mrs. N. Bingham, of Mt. Salem, is a sister.”
Catherine House’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 8, 1942:
MRS. WILLIAM P. HOUSE
Mrs. William P. House, a resident of Mt. Salem district, died at her home at Mt. Salem on Friday evening, October 2nd, after two and a half years illness. She was in her 92nd year and was born at Thorndale, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Dean. The deceased also resided in the Copenhagen district for several years and was a member of the Baptist church. Her husband predeceased her 29 years ago.
She leaves to mourn, two sons and three daughters; Wilmot, Regina; Fred, Hamilton; Mrs. Lillian Vedder, Detroit; Mrs. David Squire, Glencoe; Mrs. Muriel Hilliker, Mt. Salem; one brother and one sister: Franklin Dean, Michigan; and Mrs. Angus Tisdale, New Sarum.
The funeral was held at her late residence on Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock. Interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery. Rev. L. E. Mason, Aylmer, officiated, assisted by Rev. Max Moore. During the service Mrs. John White Jr. sang “Beautiful Isle of Somewhere”, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Linus Garnham, and two hymns were also sung, “Child of My King”, and “Happy Day”.
Pallbearers were Mr. Love, Mr. Welsh, Francis Tisdall, Mr. Short, Lawrence Dean and Grant Dean. Flower bearers were Mrs. Welsh, Mrs. Love, Mrs. Tatham, Mrs. J. Boyd, David Boyd, Robert Boyd and Jean Love.
Friends and relatives were in attendance from Michigan, Glencoe, Hamilton, Yarmouth, Aylmer and Malahide.
William P. House
born March 17, 1836 Middlesex County
died Nov. 14, 1913 Malahide
married Catherine Janet Dean (dau of Robert Todd Dean & Caroline Matilda Garner)
born April, 1851 [or April 2, 1849] Thorndale, Ontario
died October 2, 1942 Malahide
children: Wilmot, Julia, Lillian, Frederick, Muriel
1.Wilmot Dean House
Born March 17, 1883; moved to Regina
married March 16, 1910 Mary Edith Huffman (dau of Delos Huffman & Rebecca Smithson)
Died August 9, 1936, age 45, in Regina
2.Julia House (born Dec. 22, 1885)
Born December 22, 1885 Copenhagen; moved to Glencoe
married May 30, 1908 David Squire (son of William Squire & Jennie Price)
3.Mary Lillian House (born c. 1883) (married Oct. 1, 1911 Robert Guy Vedder)
4.Frederick House (born c. 1871)
5.Muriel House (married Hilliker)
George J. Vail owned 51 acres in lot 9 from 1886 to 1897. He later was a tenant on 1/4 acre in lot 10, from 1899 past 1900. He appears in Malahide census records: 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 37), and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 6).
George J. Vail
born January 24, 1850 Ontario
died December, 1924
married Elizabeth McKinley
born August 5, 1850 Ontario
died December 20, 1921 London, Ontario
The Aylmer Express index shows the death of a George Vail in the issue of Dec. 4, 1924. The death of Mrs. George Vail, of London, appears in the issue of Dec. 29, 1921; her death date given as Dec. 20, 1921. This may be the above couple.
George’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Dec. 4, 1924:
Mount Salem – Mr. Frank Vail, and Mr & Mrs James Vail attended the funeral on Saturday of the former’s brother, the late George Vail.
Elizabeth’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Dec. 29, 1921:
The death occurred in London on Tuesday, December 20th, of Mrs. George Vail, formerly of Aylmer, after an illness of some weeks. The funeral was held from the church at Delaware on Thursday, December 22. Mr. Vail has the sympathy of his many friends in his bereavement.
children: Eva Jane, William, Ada, Maude
1.Eva Jane Vail
born May 20, 1878
died 1960; buried in Union Cemetery
married 1. Dec. 18, 1895 Oscar Herbert Brown
married 2.January 14, 1908 Robert Henry Shepherd (1878-1966)
children: Hazel Willola Brown (1896), Georgena Mabel Brown (1898),
Frederick Jehiel Shepherd (1909)
born April 1, 1880
born March 20, 1883 Yarmouth Twsp.
married Oct. 5, 1904 Norman Dorland
born Jan. 16, 1886 Yarmouth Twsp.
married June 17, 1902 Marquis Lorne Chiverton; in Copenhagen
children: Clarence Lee, Dorothy Cecelia Hazel, George Victor York, Helen May, Henry Lloyd(the Chivertons lived at lot 32, concession 4, Malahide)
Families from concession 2, lot 10:
The Swartz family were among the early settlers of Copenhagen, owing property in lots 8, 9 and 10. Their house was actually on lot 10, and faced what is now Highway 73, a short distance south of Candyville, on the west side of the road. Jacob and Peter Swartz owned 50 acres in lot 8 from 1876 to 1881. Holdings in lot 9 consisted of: Jacob Swartz (200 acres from 1857); Mahlon Swartz (60 acres from 1878); Sylvanus Swartz (30 acres from 1881), and Peter Swartz (30 acres from 1881). Jacob also owned 100 acres in lot 10 from 1857 until 1886, his widow Mary continung the own the property from 1887 to 1895. Also owning portions of lot 10 were: Mahlon (1869-1891); Peter (1874-1885) and Sylvanus (1882 to past 1900).
The family is found in Malahide census records as follows: Jacob (1871 Div. 1, pg. 51); (1881 Div. 1, pg. 36); and Mary, widow (1891 Div. 1, pg. 32). Mahlon (1881 Div. 1, pg. 39); and (1891 Div. 1, pg. 46). Sylvanus (1891 Div. 1, pg. 40) and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 7).
Before coming to Malahide, the Swartz family lived in Middlesex county, where Jacob and his father Peter appear on the 1851 Westminster township census. Peter, the father, is a widower, age 63, born in the United States. Peter accompanied his son to Malahide, and is buried in Dunboyne cemetery. According to Justina Swartz McTaggart’s obituary, the family came to Copenhagen in 1856.
Jacob Swartz’s wife, Mary Melinda Reynolds, was in all probability a daughter of Sylvanus Reynolds & Elizabeth Kilburn; therefore a sister of Sylvanus Reynolds Jr. who also lived in Malahide near the Swartz family.
The estate file for Peter Swartz, in which youngest son Jacob petitions for letters of administration, states that two other sons, William & Simon, are living in the state of Michigan.
born March 8, 1789 United States
died October 11, 1856 Malahide; aged 67 years, 7 mos. 3 days buried in Dunboyne
died before 1851 census
children: William, Simon, Jacob
1. Jacob Swartz
born May 23, 1816 Canada
died May 8, 1886 Malahide; aged 69 years, 11 mos, 15 daysDunboyne cemetery
married Mary Melinda Reynolds
born December 31, 1818 S. Dorchester Township
died Feb. 17, 1896 Malahide; aged 77 years, 1 mo., 17 days
Mary’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 20, 1896:
“Mrs. Mary M. Swartz, another of the old pioneers of this section, died rather suddenly on Monday last at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. McTaggart Jr., where she has made her home for several years past. She was in the enjoyment of her usual health up till Thursday night last, when she was taken down with inflammation of the lungs, and passed away as mentioned in her 75th year. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, services being held in the Dunboyne Methodist church. She was a consistent member of the Methodist church for upwards of forty years, and no one in that section enjoyed more of the respect and esteem of the general public than Mrs. Swartz. Besides the daughter, Mrs. McTaggart, one son Mr. Sylvenus Swartz, mourns her departure, as well as a large circle of friends.”
children: Mahlon, Elizabeth, Anna, Justina, Peter, Sylvenus
1.Mahlon Alonzo Swartz
born 1841 Westminster Twsp., Middlesex Co. [?]
died March 1892
married Harriett Ellen Foss
An “Alonzo Swartz” is found in the 1851 Westminster census with parents Jacob & Mary. Mahlon’s middle initial was “A”, so in all probability, this is the same person. Mahlon’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 17, 1892:
A SAD AND TERRIBLE DEATH
MR. MAHLON SWARTZ ENDS HIS LIFE IN A TERRIBLE MANNER
The sad and terrible death of Mr. Swartz last week, the particulars of which we give below, taken from the Free Press of Saturday last, has cast a gloom over those who knew him and in fact over the whole community. The remains were brought to Dunboyne for interment on Saturday last, and the church was crowded to the doors by his old neighbors and friends to pay their last tribute of respect. The Rev. Mr. Veale preached a most beautiful and impressive sermon on the occasion, which was full of earnest thought and appeal. The bereaved family and friends have our heartfelt sympathies. The Free Press gives the following account of the sad affair:
Mahlon A. Swartz, a man past the middle age of life, deliberately poured coal oil over his person yesterday morning on the farm of Mr. Sol. Dale, in the Gore of Westminster, a few miles southwest of this city, and applying a match thereto, met death in a terrible form.
Swartz at one time lived near Aylmer where he was a trustee of a church. A financial difficulty arose, and he lost considerable of his savings. Shortly afterwards he became an agent for an agricultural implement firm, and in this speculation he lost all his money and was driven into a state of despondency. He cut his throat with a jackknife in one of his fits of melancholy, inflicting a terrible gash, but was stopped by his wife before he had succeeded in making a fatal wound. Nnot long ago, he moved onto the farm where he met his death. Here he rented a small cottage, and did odd jobs for the farmers in the neighborhood. At times he acted peculiarly, and on one occasion, while working on top of a hay mow with Mr. Day, he jumped to the ground, endeavoring to light on his head. But he sustained only slight injuries, and was soon around again. Yesterday morning he dressed himself and went about his chores as usual. He brought into the house a large quantity of wood, and then went out again the family suspecting nothing amiss. Procuring a can of coal oil, the unfortunate man went a short distance from the house at the rear and deliberately poured the contents of the can over his head and about his clothes completely saturating them. Then he struck a match, applied it to his coat, and in a moment was in a blaze. The flames shot up above the top of the surrounding trees and burned very furiously. The writhing victim’s cries brought out his wife who hurriedly procured a quilt, which she endeavoured to throw about her husband, but he sternly warned her to keep away, lest she also would be burnt, and when she continued to approach him he fought her off and finally ran away, until, exhausted, he fell down, and after a few moments of most excruciating agony death relieved him. The remains were burnt to a crisp. Deceased leaves a wife, a son and daughter, who are prostrated with grief over the tragedy. He was a respected man, but owing to his condition he was watched by his wife during the past year. This time unfortunately, he eluded her vigilance.
children of Mahlon A. & Harriet E. Swartz:
1.Clarence Ernest Swartz (Nov. 11,1878 – Nov. 10, 1881) bur. Dunboyne
2.William J. Swartz (born 1873)
3.Loueleen Swartz (born ca 1883)
2.Elizabeth Swartz (dau of Jacob & Mary)
born ca 1845 Westminster Twsp., Middlesex Co. [?]
died February 12, 1863buried in Dunboyne cemetery
3.Anna M. Swartz (dau of Jacob & Mary)
born ca 1847 Westminster Twsp., Middlesex Co. [?]
Anna appears with her parents in the 1851 Westminser census, but not on later census returns in Malahide. It is possible that “Anna” is daughter “Justina”, below
4.Justina Swartz (dau of Jacob & Mary)
born August 18, 1848 Lambeth, Ontario
died November 3, 1921 Malahide
married June 28, 1871 Archibald McTaggart, Jr.
children: Emerson (see McTaggart family in this volume)
Justina’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 10, 1921:
“The death of Justina McTaggart occurred at the home of her son, Reeve E.E. McTaggart, on Thursday morning, November 3, in her 74th year. Deceased was born at Lambeth and came to Copenhagen with her parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Swartz, when but eight years of age and has resided there ever since. Since the death of her husband, the late Archie McTaggart, in 1905, she has made her home with her son. She was a member of the Methodist Church and always took an active interest in the work of the church. She was a woman of amiable disposition and highly respected in the neighborhood. Deceased had been in poor health for some months, and her illness became more acute during the last four weeks. Surviving are her son Reeve E.E. McTaggart, and one brother, Sylvanus Swartz, St. Thomas. The funeral was held on Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. The service was conducted by Rev. E.A. Shaw, pastor of the Malahide Circuit, assisted by Rev. H.H. Gilbart. Interment took place in the Dunboyne cemetery. Among the floral offerings were wreaths from the relatives, a wreath from the Sunday School and church at Copenhagen; wreath from the Copenhagen Ladies’ Aid, and one from members of the Malahide Circuit.”
5.Peter Swartz (son of Jacob & Mary)
Born 1852 Westminster Twsp., Middlesex County
died December 1, 1885; aged 33 yrs. 6 mos. 8 days
married Jan. 16, 1878 Anne McTaggart (dau of Archibald & Margaret)
born April 16, 1856
died May 19, 1879
6.Sylvanus Swartz (son of Jacob & Mary)
born November 20, 1857 Westminster Twsp., Middlesex Co.
Died June 23, 1941 St. Thomas
married Dec. 1, 1880 Viola Sophronia Ryckman (dau of Isaac & Emma)
Born 1869; died June, 1924
Sylvanus’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 26, 1941:
Sylvanus Swartz, a resident of Aylmer and of Malahide Township, died on Monday morning, June 23rd, at St. Thomas, after a long illness. Deceased was in his 84th year and was born at Lambeth, being a son of the late Jacob and Mary Ann Swartz. For a number of years he farmed south of Dunboyne, on the corner of the second concession, but had resided in Aylmer for some years before going to St. Thomas some twenty months ago. While in Aylmer Mr. Swartz attended St. Paul’s United Church and the Brotherhood Class. His wife predeceased him by some years. Several nephews and nieces survive.
The body is resting at the Atkinson Funeral Home where the funeral service was held on Wednesday at 2 o’clock p.m. Rev. W.D. Stenlake had charge and interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery.
Viola’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 24, 1929:
MRS. VIOLA SWARTZ DIED SUDDENLY
The sudden death of Mrs. Viola Swartz, wife of Sylvenus Swartz, Aylmer, occurred Saturday afternoon at her home, Pine street west, in her 71st year. Mrs. Swartz had not been in good health for several years, suffering from a weak heart, but on Saturday she had just returned from the post office and was suddenly stricken with apoplexy. Although medical aid was at once summoned, she passed away an hour later.
Mr and Mrs Swartz moved some years ago from their farm near Copenhagen, and later moved to St. Thomas, returning to Aylmer a few years ago. Mrs. Swartz was highly respected and had a wide circle of friends. She was a consistent member of the United Church and leaves to mourn, besides her husband, four sisters, Mrs. Berger, Mrs. Hewbank, Cleveland; Mrs. Junius Stafford, Jaffa; Mrs. Jennie Adams, Aylmer; two brothers, Ezra Lawrence, South Brooklyn, N.Y., and Frank Lawrence, in Michigan.
The funeral was held on Tuesday from the home of Mrs. John Gillott, Pine street, at 2 o’clock, Rev. Waldemar Williams officiating, and interment took place in the Dunboyne cemetery.
Born May 20, 1886
Died March 1920 in his 35th year
Ernest’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 18, 1920:
“The death occurred on Friday evening in St. Thomas of Ernest Swartz, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvenus Swartz. Deceased, who was in his 35th year had suffered a long illness. Surviving him are his widow and both parents. The remains were taken to Dunboyne, the place of interment, on the 12.55 Wabash. Services were held at the home in St. Thomas at 11:30, Dr. Henderson officiating. Deceased who was a former resident of Aylmer only moved to St. Thomas a few months ago.”
Robert Henry Lindsay (son of John Lindsay & Martha Martin)
born October 14, 1851 Malahide Township
died October 3, 1929 Aylmer, Ontario
married 1. Aug. 23, 1870 Edith Amanda (Mandy) McKinney, in Dereham Township
2. Cornelia Jane Topping (April 3, 1848 – Dec. 22, 1930)
children: (1st marriage) Vesta, Clara, Edith; (2nd marriage) Bruce, Ross, Earl, Eric, Mabel
R.H. Lindsay, descended from a pioneer family of North Malahide, lived near Copenhagen on lot 10, concession 2. He was an auctioneer and beekeper. He was Superintendent of the Copenhagen Methodist church Sunday School for many years. He retired in Aylmer where he is buried with his second wife and sons Bruce and Earl. His first wife Mandy McKinney is buried in Firby Cemetery.
R.H. Lindsay owned 30 acres in lot 9 from 1891 past 1900; and 46 acres in lot 10 from 1891 past 1900. He is found in the 1901 census (Div. 1, pg. 7).
In 1921, brothers Ross, Eric, Earl and Bruce started a soft drink company in St. Thomas and began selling a bottled drink called “Orange Crush”. A year later they moved the operation to Toronto and in 1927 purchased the Honey Dew corporation where they continued to manufacture Orange Crush for several years.
R.H. Lindsay’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 10, 1929:
THE LATE R.H. LINDSAY
Aylmer and Elgin County feels keenly the loss of Robert Henry Lindsay, well known auctioneer, and citizen of Aylmer, who passed away at his home on St. George Street, Thursday night, October 3rd, after an illness extending over a period of several months. Deceased was in his 79th year.
Without a doubt the late R.H. Lindsay was one of the most popular, widely known and highly respected residents of East Elgin. He was born in Malahide, at what is now generally known as Little Ireland, about three miles south and east of Springfield, of Irish parentage. Here he spent his boyhood days and on reaching his later teens he spent some years with the late Seth Babcock engaged in carpenter work of which there was much to be done in those days. On arriving at manhood’s state he married a Miss McKenney, of Corinth, who died following the birth of their third daughter. Sometime afterward he joined hands with Miss Jennie Topping, who survives him. To them was born one of the finest families of children in the country, and a credit to any nation.
After his marriage to Miss Topping they resided in Springfield, the birthplace of the children, and where most of them got their early education. During these years R.H. bought grain, assisted in the warehouse and took up auctioneering. Being a great student of human nature, and gifted as only the Irish are – with a ready answer and one that usually was effective, – coupled with excellent judgement, his services were eagerly sought after from all corners of the country, especially East Elgin.
His work was not done only on the outside, he had a smile and truly hearty handshake for all his friends. He never failed to give good advice to old and young, even at a loss to himself. He spent many years in the Bible Class and Sunday School of the old church in Springfield, where to this day many of the older folk remember him in the most kindly manner.
As his family of boys grew up, he felt the necessity of regular work for them, and consequently sold out and purchased a farm near Copenhagen. Here all were kept busy for a number of years, while R.H. in spare time, conducted many auction sales.
As time went on and the boys matured, each sought a home of his own. The work, education and manliness inculcated by the father, proved a blessing to them, as now we find them working together with the utmost harmony in extensive business in the city of Toronto.
Wherever R.H. went, young and old felt his interest in them, for at Copenhagen as previously in Springfield, he took off his coat and went to work in the church and Sunday School. Here too, many who have older grown testify gladly to his beneficial influence. Nor did his interest in church work cease when he retired to live in Aylmer. He was always in his place and ready to assist and the loss of his helping hand will be greatly felt.
Throughout his career, he was a strong, but fair, Conservative. Many times he remarked, “I can’t help being a Tory, I was born that way.” Different times his name was brought up as a candidate for Parliament, and he might now, had he formerly so desired, have the title of ex-M.P.
Only recently we heard a former teacher of the Springfield school, of some forty years ago, state that R.H. Lindsay was one of the best school trustees she ever had. He always insisted on assistance being given to the teacher, and frequently visited the school to see that everything was running smoothly.
The whole Eastern part of this county, has, in the demise of R.H. Lindsay, lost a man, who was a man among men, and the immediate family has the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of a loving husband and father.
Left to mourn, are his widow, four sons and three daughters: Ross, Bruce, Earl and Eric, all of Toronto; Mrs. George Hopcroft, Detroit; Mrs. Fred Sanders, Brantford; and Mrs. Blake Eaton, of Detroit. Twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The funeral service was held on Saturday afternoon. A private service was held at the home at 2 o’clock, conducted by Rev. Waldemar Williams, pastor of St. Paul’s United Church. A public service was conducted in St. Paul’s United Church at 2:30 p.m. conducted by Rev. Walter Fansher, a former minister of the deceased and a personal friend for many years, who was assisted by Rev. Williams. This service was under the auspices of Aylmer Lodge No. 94, I.O.O.F. Mr. H.M. Hambidge sang a most appropriate solo “There is Only A Shadow Between,” and the choir led in the singing of the hymn, “Nearer My God to Thee”. Miss Frances Howey presided at the organ. Many beautiful flowers paid last tribute to the love and esteem of many relatives and friends. The flower bearers were Odber McGregor, E. Blake Miller, Harry Locke, William Millard, Elias Bowen and Cecil Cox. The pallbearers were Herbert Orton, E.D. Bowlby, John Millard, Herbert Freeman, E.E. McTaggart and H.L. Paupst. Interment was made in the family plot in the Aylmer cemetery.
Cornelia’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 25, 1930:
DEATH OF MRS. R. H. LINDSAY
Resident of Aylmer for 15 Years and of Copenhagen for 30 Years
The death of Cornelia Jane Lindsay, relict of the late R. H. Lindsay, well known auctioneer, of East Elgin, died at her home on St. George Street, Aylmer, Monday, December 22nd, after a short illness. Until stricken some ten days ago, Mrs. Lindsay had enjoyed splendid health and was most active for her years. She was one who always saw the funny side and enjoyed life to the full. Although confined to her bed during her last days, she retained her happy disposition until the very end. She was a member of the United Churches at Aylmer and Springfield, a member of the King’s Daughters, and took an active part in all women’s organizations. Her friends were legion and the family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.
The late Mrs. Lindsay was born in the first concession of Malahide; her parents being the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Topping. During her married life she had resided at Avon, Tillsonburg, Brownsville, Springfield, and for thirty years at Copenhagen. For the past fifteen years she was a resident of Aylmer. Her husband predeceased her in October 1929, and shortly before his death Mr. and Mrs. Lindsay had celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary.
Surviving are four sons: Ross, Bruce, Earl and Eric, all of Toronto; one daughter, Mrs. Blake Eaton, Detroit; two step-daughters, Mrs. George Hopcroft, Detroit; Mrs. F. L. Saunders, of St. Thomas, and five grandchildren.
The funeral service was held at her late home on Wednesday, December 24th, at 11 a.m., and was private. It was conducted by Rev. Waldemar Williams, and interment was made in the Aylmer cemetery.
children: Vesta, Clara, Edith, Ross, Bruce, Earl, Eric, Mabel
1.Vesta L. [or E.] Lindsay (dau of R. H. & Mandy)
married December 19, 1894 Fred. Lee Saunders
1.Carl Lindsay Saunders (born May 27, 1898)
2.Lee Harcourt Saunders (born Aug. 21, 1901)
2.Clara Lindsay (dau of R. H. & Mandy)
Married [?] George Hopcroft, Detroit
3.Edith Lindsay (dau of R. H. & Mandy)
Married ______ Smith
4.Robert Bruce Lindsay (son of R. H. & Jane)
born June 17, 1881
died Feb. 15, 1947
Married June 11, 1902 Edith May Ellsworth; in Malahide
Born Jan. 28, 1882
died Sept. 6, 1859
1.Robert Howard Lindsay (born March 22,[or Feb 22] 1910)
5.Ross H. Lindsay (son of R. H. & Jane)
died December 6, 1934 Toronto; age 51
married April 22, 1908 Bessie Eaton
Ross’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 13, 1934:
ROSS H. LINDSAY OLD AYLMER BOY DIED SUDDENLY IN
Was a Son of the Late Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Lindsay, of Aylmer
Remains Were Brought to Aylmer Cemetery for Interment
Ross H. Lindsay, of Toronto, one of that city’s well-known businessmen and prominent sportsman, died very suddenly at his home on Thursday night, December 6th. Mr. Lindsay had attended an important business meeting that afternoon and retired about 10 p.m. Before midnight he was discovered by his wife to have expired from a heart attack. He had not been in good health for the past two years. Mr. Lindsay was president of Honey Dew Limited, and vice-president of the Orange Crush Company, Limited. He was a prominent sportsman, being an enthusiastic angler, golfer and rifle shot. He was a member of the National Club, Granite Club and Rosedale Golf Club, and of the Hamilton Club, of Chicago.
He was fifty-one years old, and was born at Springfield, Ont., a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert Henry Lindsay, and received his education in Springfield and Aylmer. For some years he lived with his parents near Copenhagen, and as a young man entered a real estate business in Winnipeg, and later with a wholesale firm in Chicago. In 1927 he went to Toronto and was one of the organizers of the Orange Crush Company. He joined the Honey Dew Company six years ago and four years ago became its president.
Besides his widow, formerly Bessie Eaton, of Winnipeg, he is survived by one son, Ross H. Lindsay, and one daughter, Mary, at home; three sisters and three brothers: Mrs. F. Saunders, London; Mrs. Hopcroft, Detroit; and Mrs. Mable Eaton, Toronto; Bruce, Earl and Eric, all of Toronto.
Following the service held at the residence in Toronto at ten o’clock Saturday morning, the remains were brought to Aylmer cemetery for interment in the family plot. Rev. P. H. Streeter, of Trinity Church, Aylmer, had charge of the burial service, and the pallbearers were Messrs. Michael and John McKnight, E. E. McTaggart, Alymer Ellsworth, Dr. H. J. Davis, and Nairn Bradley.
Many relatives and friends from a distance were Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lindsay, and son Howard; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lindsay, and daughters, Donna and Joan; Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lindsay; Mrs. M. Eaton; and son Murray; Miss Vawter and Mr. E. Shaw, all of Toronto; Mrs. F. Saunders, London, and daughter, Mrs. Hodkinson, of St. Thomas.
children: Ross H., Margaret, Mary
5.Earl Harris Lindsay (son of R. H. & Jane)
married Feb. 1911 Pearl Eva Welter (1885-1966)
Children: Howard, Donna Maybelle, Joan
7.Eric Lindsay (son of R. H. & Jane)
Married 1906 Ethel Maud Rutherford (1883-1968)
8.Mabel (Maybelle) Lindsay (dau of R. H. & Jane)
Died September 28, 1945 Ottawa
Married January 1, 1909 Blake Scott Eaton
Maybelle’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 4, 1945:
MAYBELLE LINDSAY EATON PASSES AT OTTAWA
The death occurred in an Ottawa hospital, on Friday, September 28th, of Maybelle Lindsay Eaton, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Lindsay, former residents of Aylmer. Mrs. Eaton was born in Springfield, but spent her girlhood at Copenhagen where her parents then resided. She was a graduate of the Aylmer High School and leaves many friends who will learn with regret of her passing.
She is survived by two sons, Sergeant Murray and Sergeant Ross, both of Ottawa; three brothers, Bruce, Earl and Eric of Toronto; a sister, Mrs. A. Ambrose, of Wilton Grove. Her only daughter predeceased her four years ago.
Children of Maybelle Lindsay Eaton: Alice Margaret, Murray, Ross
The Vanwicklin family owned property in lot 10, concession 2, but information on them will be found in the Volume 1 dealing with concession 1 families, since they also owned property there.
William Wiley (also found in some records as “Wylie”) owned 50 acres in lot 10 from 1869 to 1898. His widow Elizabeth continued to own the property from 1899 past 1900. William is found in Malahide census records: 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 36); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 37) and 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 40). Elizabeth appears in the 1901 census (Div. 1, pg. 6). William was a carpenter. They are buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
William Wiley was born in Yarmouth township, and was the son of John & Eveline Wiley. His wife, Elizabeth Bradley, was born in Malahide, the daughter of Daniel Bradley & Emma Wheeler.
born 1843 Yarmouth township
died September 4, 1898 Malahide; aged 55 years
married March 10, 1868 Elizabeth Bradley
born 1845 Malahide township
died August 23, 1903 Malahide; aged 53 years
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 8, 1898:
Mr. William Wiley, a respected resident of Copenhagen passed away on Sunday last after a lingering illness of consumption. His remains were interred in the Dunboyne cemetery on Tuesday.
children of William & Elizabeth Wiley:
1. Earthelena Wiley
died November 21, 1894; aged 25 yrs. 3 mos. 17 days Dunboyne cemetery
married Emery L. Pressey
children: Wheeler Pressey (born June 21, 1894)
2. Mary Wiley
born December 1871
William Jeffrey owned property in lot 10 from 1882 to 1898. He is found in Malahide census records: 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 39), and 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 40). He was a native of Devonshire, England and was the son of John & Sarah Jeffrey. William and his first wife, Mary, are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 28, 1898:
“Our Copenhagen correspondent writes:
Another old resident of Malahide, in the person of Mr. Jeffery, passed away on Thursday evening last. The deceased was born in Devonshire, England, in 1811, and came to this county with his wife and three daughters about forty years ago and settled in the township of Osborn. About seventeen years ago he moved on the first farm north of our village, and remained there until hd died. His first wife died sixteen years ago, and it fourteen years since he married Mrs. Hallabaugh, of Bayham, who merits the respect and esteem of all who know her for her unfailing care of her husband, who has been an invalid nearly four years. Mr. Jeffery’s remains were followed to Dunboyne cemetery Saturday by a large number of his friends and neighbors. Rev. J.C. Reid preached a very earnest sermon from Jeremiah, 22nd chapter, and 20th verse: “Earth, earth, earth; hear ye the word of the Lord,” and all that was mortal of our old friend was laid to rest, and his soul ascended unto the God that gave it.”
born March 17, 1811 Devonshire, England
died April 20, 1898 Malahide; aged 87 years
married 1. Mary Murley
born 1811 England
died January 6, 1883; aged 71 years, 9 monthsburied in Dunboyne
married 2. Oct. 30, 1883 Sarah Jane Hoshal Hollibaugh
born February 23, 1836 Stamford Twsp.
A marriage record was found in Holsworthy, Devonshire, England for a William Jeffrey to Mary Murley, on December 25, 1832. This is confirmed by Hannah Jeffrey Prowse’s death registration which gives her father’s name as William Jeffrey and mother as [first name not given] Murley.
William’s second wife, Sarah, was the widow of William H. Hollibaugh, and was living in Bayham township at the time of their marriage. She was the daughter of Henry & Catherine Hoshal. They were married in Malahide, witnessed by R. & Amy Butterwick.
children of William & Mary Jeffrey: Hannah, Mary Ann, another daughter
1.Hannah Jeffrey (dau of William & Mary)
born October 4, 1836 England
died July 14, 1929
married Henry Prowse
children: see Prowse family
2.Mary Ann Jeffrey (dau of William & Mary)
died January 19, 1940, age 106
married Richard Averyliving in Mitchell, Ontario in 1929
Mary Jane (Jeffery) Avery buried in Zion Methodist Cemetery, Usborne Twsp, Huron County. Also buried there is a Richard F. Avery, and Mary Ann & Mildred Avery.
An article about her 105th birthday is found in the St. Thomas Times- Journal, Nov 4, 1938:
MITCHELL WOMAN 105 YEARS OLD GETS MESSAGE FROM HIS MAJESTY
Mary Ann Avery, of Mitchell, Ont., mother of Edward J. Avery, 33 Station Street, who celebrated her 105th birthday on Wednesday, received the following cablegram from King George and Queen Elizabeth, sent through the King’s private secretary:
“Mary Ann Avery,Sandringham
The King and Queen are greatly interested to hear that you are celebrating your 105th birthday and send you heartiest congratulations and good wishes on this great anniversary”
Mrs. Avery was born in Devonshire, England in 1833 and came to Canada when she was eighteen years of age. She first made her home in St. Thomas, and for a number of years with her husband, the late Richard Avery, lived on a farm at Talbotville. Mr. Avery died fifty-five years ago this November.
Mrs. Avery, although blind, is in good health for a woman of her age, and her mind is just as clear and bright as ever. She celebrated her birthday on Wednesday in a quiet manner, although she received many callers who came to congratulate her.
Mrs. Avery lives with her two daughters, Mrs. Edwards, who is over eighty years of age, and Miss Jennie Avery. There is one other son besides Edward Avery living, Jack Avery, of Weston, Ontario. Four other children, three boys and one girl, were also born but they are now dead, two of them dying in infancy. Edward Avery is the youngest in the family.
Delbert Avery, 33 Station street, is a grandson of Mrs. Avery. A number of other grandchildren are also living. Both Edward Avery and Delbert Avery are employed by G. O. Howse.
Mary’s obituary is found in the St. Thomas Times-Journal, Jan. 20, 1940:
WOMAN, 106, HERE IN 1855
Death at Mitchell of Mrs. Avery
Mitchell – A pioneer in Western Ontario and oldest resident of Perth County, Mrs. Mary Ann Avery, died yesterday at her home here following an illness of a month. She was 106. Mrs. Avery, whose maiden name was Mary Jeffery, came to Canada from England in 1855 and settled in the St. Thomas district before the advent of the railway. Later her family moved to a farm near Woodham in Usborne township.
A year after arriving in the Dominion, Mrs. Avery was married to Richard Avery, also a native of Devonshire, who died several years ago. Mrs. Avery came to Mitchell 31 years ago. Surviving are three sons, Frank of Winnipeg; E. J. Avery, 41 Metcalfe street, St. Thomas, and John, of Weston, Ont.; and two daughters, Mrs. William Edwards and Miss Mary Jane, both in Mitchell; also a grandson, Dell Avery, 41 Metcalfe street, St. Thomas.
3.Another daughter (dau of William & Mary)
Thomas Durdle owned 50 acres in lot 10 from 1861 to 1869. His son Charles later owned the property, granting a life lease to his parents. Thomas appears in the 1861 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 16). Charles is found in Malahide census records: 1871 (Div. 3, pg. 63); 1881 (Div. 2, pg. 18); and 1891 (Div. 2, pg. 57). Thomas, his wife, son Charles and wife Nancy are all buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
The death registration for Charles Durdle records his mother’s name as Susannah Herrington, not Philpott.[Philpott came from a submission to the LDS Ancestral File]
born 1798 Devonshire, England
died July 2, 1874 Malahide; aged 76 years
married Susannah Herrington (or Philpott ?)
born 1799 England
died May 5, 1865 Malahide; aged 66 years
children: Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Charles, others?
1. Elizabeth Durdle
born ca 1833 Devonshire, England
died March 29, 1883 Malahide
married Thomas Laidlaw
see Laidlaw family
2. Mary Ann Durdle
born ca 1841 Quebec
married February 23, 1859 Lewis Woolley (son of Peter & Hannah)
3. Charles Durdle
born February 7, 1837 Quebec
died September 30, 1925; aged 88 yrs. 7 mos. 23 days; in Aylmer
married Nancy ______
died March 4, 1896; aged 62 yrs., 4 mos. 2 days
Charles Durdle’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Oct. 8, 1925:
DEATH OF CHARLES DURDLE
Another old and highly esteemed resident passed peacefully away, on Wednesday afternoon, September 30, in the person of Charles Durdle, Warren street, in his 89th year, after a lingering illness of several months. Mr. Durdle, was born in the province of Quebec, but came with his parents to reside at Malahide as a boy, and had lived on his farm southeast of Aylmer, moving to Aylmer several years ago. He was an adherent of the Baptist church. His wife predeceased him some thirty years ago. He was a man of honor and a good friend. He is survived by one son Arthur, and one daughter, Mrs. Walter Gostick, where he had made his home in late years, and who has nursed him through the long illness. The funeral took place on Friday at 2:30 p.m. from his late residence to Dunboyne cemetery. The pallbearers were: Messrs. Hiram Brooks, George Newsome, Daniel Cameron, P. Abell, Herman Rusling and George Harp. The floral tributes were many and beautiful.
children of Charles Durdle: Belle, Arthur, Ruth, Sarah, Ida, Ada
1.Susannah Belle Durdle (1868-1953)
Married March 25, 1924 JamesWalter Gostick (1870-1943)
buried in Aylmer cemetery
2.Arthur L. Durdle (born 1870) (buried in Dunboyne; no death date given)
3.Ruth M. Durdle (buried in Dunboyne, no dates given)
4.Sarah J. Durdle (buried in Dunboyne, no dates given)
5.Ida Durdle (buried in Dunboyne, no dates given)
6.Ada Durdle (buried in Dunboyne, no dates given)
Families from concession 2, lot 11:
Charles Kuntze, a native of Denmark, purchased 200 acres in lot 11 in 1851. He erected a hotel on the southwest corner and named it the “Copenhagen Inn”, for his native capital in Denmark. Thus the village that soon emerged became known as Copenhagen. Over the years, Charles Kuntze sold off several parcels in this lot, retaining the 2-acre hotel property until 1869. His last remaining parcel in this lot, 35 acres, he owned until 1873. He then purchased a 90-acre farm in lot 12, concession 3, in 1874. In 1885 he sold this farm and moved to St. Thomas where he resided at 27 Hincks Street. Later he lived for some years on Rocky Island, about 2 miles from Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie. He died in 1911 and is buried in Ridgetown. Over a period of years, the spelling of the name became “Kontzie”.
Charles is found in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 1, pg. 10); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 50); and 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 44).
Charles David Kuntze
born December 18, 1819 Odense, Denmark
died 1911 Rocky Island
married April 29, 1838 Barbara Elizabeth Kaiser
Charles Kontzie’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 5, 1911:
“Charles Kontzie, of Jeanette Creek, formerly of Copenhagen, and well known to our older inhabitants, died on Sunday last and the remains were on Tuesday brought to Aylmer for interment. He was quite popular while here and had a host of friends, who will be sorry to hear of his demise. He was 92 years of age.”
children: Ferdinand, Frederick, Charles, Caroline, John, Louisa, Amelia, Theodore, Arthur, Albert
1. Ferdinand Kuntze (born 1850)
was a fisherman at Port Bruce, and never married. Was a champion boat rower at Port Bruce. Later moved to Rocky Island with his father, previously had gone to Alaska during the gold rush; later went to California to live with his brother and sister.
2. Christian Frederick Kuntze
died April 1933 Melita, Manitoba
married Feb. 15, 1882 Jane Drysdale, of Dunboyne;moved to Melita, Manitoba
children: Charles William (1886-1968); Edwin John (1887-1956)
Frederick’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 13, 1933:
FREDERICK KONTZIE DIES IN HOSPITAL
Passed Away Friday Night After a Short Illness.
Funeral Held Sunday From Victoria United Church
(From the New Era, Melita, Man.)
Christian Frederick Kontzie, a pioneer farmer of the Chesterfield district, died in the Deloraine Memorial Hospital, Friday evening, after an illness of short duration. Mr. Kontzie was taken to Deloraine Thursday afternoon, suffering from acute bronchitis and death followed almost within twenty-four hours after he entered the institution. The deceased lacked only a few days of attaining his 81st year.
Mr. Kontzie was born at Copenhagen, Ont. His marriage to Jane Drysdale took place in 1882 and in 1884 the young couple moved to Western Canada where Mr. Kontzie took up land in the Chesterfield district and farmed this successfully for many years. Mrs. Kontzie predeceased him a few years ago. Two sons, Charles, of Melita, and Edwin, of the Waskada district, survive.
The funeral service was held in the United Church Sunday afternoon, and this was largely attended by many friends who held the deceased in high respect. The service was conducted by Rev. F. W. Lee, and interment was made in the family plot at Melita Cemetery. The pallbearers were Messrs. V. C. Farrow, Geo. Simpson, Geo. Thompson, W. S. Clack, Fred Champion and Jos. Whitley.
3. Charles Kuntze (born 1854) lived at Jeannette’s Creek, near Blenheim
married ______ Hobson
4. Caroline Christine Kuntze (1856-1954)
Was not married, devoted her life to caring for her father; later moved to California to live with sister Amelia, and brothers Arthur and Ferdinand
5. John Kuntze (born 1858) lived in Ridgetown
married Carrie Hancock
6. Louisa Kuntze (born 1860) died young
7. Amelia Elizabeth Kuntze (born 1864)
married Duncan MacFarlanemoved to California
8. Theodore Kuntze (born 1866) was a tailor in St. Thomas; later moved out west
9. Arthur Kuntze (born 1869) moved to California
10. Albert Kuntze
Henophen [also spelled Xenophen] Smith owned 9 acres in lot 11 from 1863 to 1866, followed by Benjamin D. & Abram Smith from 1867 to 1896. Henophen appears in the 1861 Malahide census (Div. 3, pg. 17). His widow Huldah appears on the 1871 Malahide census (Div. 1, page 37), with Benjamin & Abraham. Huldah and Benjamin are found on the 1881 census (Div. 1, pg. 37), and Benjamin in 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 40). Xenophen is buried in Aylmer Cemetery.
Henophen [Xenophen] Smith
born June 13, 1803 New York
died October 3, 1870, aged 67 yrs. 3 mos. 20 days
married Huldah _____
born ca 1808 Ontario
died before 1891
1. John L. Smith (born 1826; died October 3, 1863, age 37 yrs; buried in Aylmer)
2. Benjamin D. Smith (born ca 1834)
3. Abraham B. Smith (born ca 1836)
4. Harriet Smith (born ca 1839) married October 24, 1860 Frederick Shrader
Smith Hobson was a tenant on 100 acres in lot 11 from 1884 to past 1900; and 50 acres in lot 12, from 1889 onwards. He is found in Malahide census records: 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 30); and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 3). According to the 1901 census, Smith Hobson immigrated from England in 1869. He and his wife are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. He was the son of Thomas & Mary Hobson, and a brother of Annie E. Hobson Churchill (wife of Freeman Churchill). At the time of his marriage, Smith Hobson was living in Beechville. The marriage took place in St. Thomas.
Edwin Smith Hobson
born February 14, 1856 Yorkshire, England
died December 8, 1940 Yarmouth Township, aged 83 years
married January 3, 1883 Sophronia E. Brush (dau of Hiram & Sarah Brush)
born November 1, 1852 Malahide
died April 7, 1927; aged 75 years
Edwin Smith Hobson’s obituary appeared in the St. Thomas Times-Journal, Dec. 9, 1940:
EDWIN S. HOBSON, OF YARMOUTH, PASSES
Resident of Elgin For 71 Years Had Long Illness
The death of Edwin Smith Hobson occurred Sunday morning at his home on No. 3 Highway east of Yarmouth Centre. He was a retired farmer and had suffered a long illness. Mr. Hobson was born in Yorkshire, England 84 years ago. He came to Canada when 13 years old and settled first in Malahide Township, going to Yarmouth 37 years ago. He has lived there ever since. Mr. Hobson was a member of the Yarmouth Centre United Church, and of the Macabees.
He leaves to mourn his death, one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Hannah Hobson, Highway No. 3, one grandson, Edwin Hobson, and two great grandchildren, Arthur F., and Erma Hobson, Highway No. 3. A sister, Mrs. Churchill, of Dunboyne, died a year ago.
The body is resting at the P. R. Williams and Son Funeral Home where the service will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Interment will be in Dunboyne cemetery.
Sophronia’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 14, 1927:
DEATH OF MRS. HOBSON
Well-Known Resident of Yarmouth Centre
The death occurred Thursday morning, April 7th, at her home in Yarmouth Centre, of Mrs. Sophronia Hobson, wife of Edwin S. Hobson, after an illness of only three days of influenza. The deceased, who was in her 76th year, was born within half a mile of the home in which she died, and she had many friends in the district. She was a member of the Yarmouth Centre United Church and of the Mission Circle and Ladies Aid of that congregation. Besides her husband, Mrs. Hobson is survived by one son, Frank, and one grandson, Edwin, of Yarmouth Centre. Mrs. Arthur Baker, of St. Thomas, is a sister-in-law. The funeral took place on Monday afternoon, April 11th, at two o’clock at the United Church, of Yarmouth Centre. Rev. Mr. Godfrey officiating. Interment was made in the Dunboyne Cemetery.
children: Maud, Frank
1. M. Maud Hobson
born December 15, 1883
died November 29, 1906 aged 22 years;buried in Dunboyne cemetery
2. Frank John Hobson
born April 10, 1886
died Aug. 2, 1940
married Hannah J. Penhale
born July 11, 1881
died Sept. 3, 1945buried in Dunboyne cemetery
John Hobson’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 8, 1940:
John Frank Hobson, well-known farmer on No. 3 Highway one-half mile east of Yarmouth Centre, died Friday after an illness of only a few days.
Born 54 years ago at Dunboyne, Ont., Mr. Hobson came to Yarmouth Township when he was 17, farming on the Edgeware road and moving to his [ ] home 13 years ago. He was a member of Yarmouth Centre United Church, being a steward for many years, and was a member of the board at the New Sarum school. Mr. Hobson leaves his wife, Hanna Penhale Hobson, and one son, Edwin R. Hobson, of east Yarmouth Centre, two grandchildren, Erma and Arthur Franklin Hobson, at home; his father, Edwin S. Hobson.
The funeral was held at 2:30 o’clock, Monday afternoon with interment in the Dunboyne cemetery. Rev. C.W. Morrow, of Yarmouth Centre United Church, conducted the services.
born February 21, [or 22], 1835 Devonshire, England
died September 2, 1896, Malahide, age 61 yrs. 6 mos. 11 days
married Hannah Jeffrey (dau of William Jeffrey & Mary Murley)
born October 4, 1836 England
died July 14, 1929 age 93 years
Henry and Hannah Prowse immigrated to Canada from England in 1855, according to the 1901 census. A baptismal record for a Henry Prowse on March 15, 1835, the son of William & Elizabeth Prowse, in the parish of Ermington, Devonshire, England, may be the same Henry who came to Malahide. Hannah’s death registration (#14025-29) states she was a daughter of William Jeffrey & [ ] Murley. (see lot 10). That document also states that she was a resident of Ontario for 73 years, which points to 1856 as the year the Jeffrey’s immigrated to Canada. Hannah died at 100 Metcalfe St., St. Thomas, at the home of Mr. G. W. Howse, her son-in-law, who was the informant for the death certificate.
Henry Prowse first lived in Port Bruce, later moving to lot 11, concession 2, at Copenhagen, owning 33 acres from 1874 to 1896. His widow Hannah continued to live on the property from 1897 to past 1900. He was a mason and bricklayer, and did the masonry work for the Methodist church at Copenhagen when it was built in 1888. Henry and Hannah are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. The Prowse family can be found in the following Malahide township census records: 1861 (Div. 1, page 3); 1871 (Div. 1, page 36); 1881 (Div. 1, page 39); 1891 (Div. 1, page 5), and Hannah in 1901 (Div. 1, page 6).
A marriage record was found for a William Prowse, (born 1841 in England), son of William & Elizabeth; a widower residing in Aylmer, occupation mason, to Catherine Kilmer, on June 2, 1874. In all probability, this William was a brother of Henry.
On the 1851 census for Devon, England, the family of a William & Elizabeth Prowse was found in Ermington village, Plympton St. Mary. William is age 41, a mason master, born in Ugborough, Devon. His wife Elizabeth, is age 39, born in Buckfastleigh, Devon. Their eldest son, Henry, age 16, was born in Ermington, Devon, and was learning the mason trade. Other children were: William, age 12, Elizabeth, age 10, John, age 8, Mary J., age 6, Philip, age 3, and Samuel, age 10.
This is undoubtedly the same Henry who came to Malahide.
Henry Prowse’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 3, 1896:
Mr. Henry Prowse, an old and well-known resident of this section, passed away at his home in Copenhagen on Tuesday night, aged 61 years, 6 months and 12 days. Deceased was born in Devonshire, England, but came to Elgin county when 19 years of age, and has consequently been a resident of the county for 42 years, a goodly portion of which he spent in Aylmer. Mr. Prowse, who was a stone mason by trade, enjoyed good health until some years ago, when he was stricken down with a severe stroke of paralysis. During the past two years he has been unable to do the slightest work of any kind. Among the surviving children are Mrs. Alex Milne and Mr. Wm. Prowse, of Aylmer. The funeral takes place tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.; services to be held in the Copenhagen church and the interment at Dunboyne Cemetery.
Hannah Prowse’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 18, 1929:
MRS. HANNAH PROWSE PASSES
Was in her 94th Year – Resident of Aylmer 25 Years – Buried at Dunboyne
Mrs. Hannah Prowse, widow of the late Henry Prowse, died suddenly on Saturday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. G. W. Howse, 100 Metcalfe street, St. Thomas, in her 94th year. Mrs. Prowse was born in England, but had lived in Canada over seventy years. She had lived in St. Thomas for the last two years and previous to that resided in Aylmer for twenty-five years. For many years she made her home at Copenhagen. Mrs. Prowse was very highly esteemed by all who knew her, and as long as she was able she was active in church work. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Church, Aylmer, and was ever ready to help any of the church societies. Left to mourn her death are four sons and four daughters: W. H. Prowse, Aylmer; Fred C., Sarnia; Charles W., St. Thomas; and Samuel J., London; Mrs. Geo. Minhinnick, Copenhagen; Mrs. Alexander Milne, St. Catharines; Mrs. Frank Balkwill, and Mrs. G. W. Howse, St. Thomas. One sister, Mrs. Mary Ann Avery, Mitchell, also survives. There are fifteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock from the home of Mrs. Howse, to Dunboyne cemetery, Rev. J. H. Johnston, of Central United Church, officiating.
Children: William, Elizabeth, John, Frederick, Mary Jane, Sarah, Eliza, Charles, Jane, Samuel, Rosa
1. William Henry Prowse (son of Henry & Hannah)
died Dec. 13, 1943buried in Aylmer cemetery; found on 1891 census (Div. 2, page 16)
married 1. Geraldine Mann (dau of John Mann & Melissa McConnell)
born January 21, 1855
died Nov. 21, 1924
married 2. June 23, 1926 Florence M. Dangerfield (1870 – 1930)
married 3. December 1, 1931 Mrs. Mabel Turrill (1878 – 1950)
children of William Prowse:
1.Beatrice Maude Prowse (1882 – July 15, 1903, age 21 yrs. 6 mos. 18 dys)
2.Eva May Prowse (married Nov. 26, 1906 Charles Edward Rogers)
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 16, 1943:
WILLIAM HENRY PROWSE
William Henry Prowse, well-known resident of Rogers Corner for more than sixty years, died at his home there on Monday evening, December 13th, following an illness of two weeks. Mr. Prowse had just passed his 87th birthday. He was born in Yarmouth township, being a son of the late Mr and Mrs Henry Prowse. In his youth he had resided at Port Bruce and Copenhagen. He moved to Rogers Corner 65 years ago and had resided ever since in the same house where he died. Deceased was a stone mason by trade and had assisted with the building of many homes and places of business in Aylmer and district. He was a member of St. Paul’s United Church. He was twice married, his first wife predeceasing him in 1924.
Surviving are his wife, formerly Mabel Turrill; one daughter, Mrs. Charles Rogers, Belmont; one son, Earl Prowse, of Thayers Limited, London; one brother, Charles Prowse, St. Thomas; and three sisters, Mrs. Alex Milne, St. Catharines; Mrs. Frank Balkwill and Mrs. George Howse, St. Thomas. There are a number of nephews and nieces.
The funeral service was held on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m., at the Jas. H. Barnum Funeral Home. The service was conducted by Rev. Fred J. Helps, of the Baptist church and interment took place in the Aylmer cemetery.
2. Elizabeth Ann Prowse (dau of Henry & Hannah)
died June 25, 1872, aged 14 yrs., 3 mos, 17 dys. Buried in Dunboyne cemetery
3. John Prowse (son of Henry & Hannah)
born ca. 1859(found in Malahide 1881 census, Div. 3, page 6)
4. Frederick Prowse (son of Henry & Hannah)
born 1861 Malahide
died December 1931 Sarnia
married 1. June 18, 1884 Eliza Timson (dau of William & Sarah Timson)
born 1864 Trafalgar Twsp.
married 2. Mrs. John Howse
Frederick was living at Eagle in Aldborough township at the time of his marriage, and was a blacksmith. Eliza’s home was also Aldborough, where the marriage took place.
Frederick’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 24, 1931:
Mr and Mrs William Prowse were in Woodstock, on Monday, attending the funeral of the former’s brother, the late Fred Prowse, whose death occurred suddenly at his home in Sarnia from angina pectoris. The late Mr. Prowse was born at Copenhagen and for some years lived at Woodstock before moving to Sarnia. His widow, formerly Mrs. John Howse, of Aylmer, survives him, and will have the sympathy of her many Aylmer friends in her bereavement.
5. Mary Jane Prowse (dau of Henry & Hannah)
born March 19, 1863
died June 23, 1931
married December 25, 1882 George L. Minhinnick (son of William & Elizabeth)
born March 9, 1859 Yarmouth Twsp.
died Sept. 25, 1930
1.Walter Frederick Minhinnick (Nov. 8, 1892 – Aug. 21, 1900)
George and Mary Jane Minhinnick lived on the Candyville Road (concession 2-3) before moving to Copenhagen where he operated the hotel. They are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. George Minhinnick’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 2, 1930:
GEORGE MINHINNICK DIED AT COPENHAGEN
One of South Malahide’s well-known and highly respected farmers passed away on September 25th, following a week’s illness from paralysis, in the person of George Minhinnick. He was unassuming, and was esteemed by all as a good neighbor and friend, always ready to do a good turn. Born at Sparta in 1859, he had lived nearly all his life in Malahide township; for the past twenty years on the Prowse farm at Copenhagen. He was a valued member and a regular attendant of Copenhagen United Church, where his kindly smile and greeting will be greatly missed by the membership.
He is survived by his widow, and only son having died thirty years ago. Interment was made in the family plot in the Dunboyne cemetery, on September 29th, a large cortege of relatives and friends attending following a short family service at the home and service at the Church. Rev. Turner and Shaw officiated. The pallbearers were Fred Roberts, Henry Kelley, Irvin McTaggart, Chalres McTaggart, D. Britton, C. Morrison. Flower bearers: N. Simpson, H. Watts, B. McDonald, Mr. Copeland, Mr. Granger, Mr. J. White, Harry Crooker and D. Jones. The Copenhagen choir assisted with the singing and a number f favorite hymns were sung. A duet, “Face to Face”, was sung by Mrs. Henry Kelley and Mrs. Gordon Ball, accompanied by Miss Edna Roberts. Relatives and friends were present from Sarnia, London, Pt. Stanley, St. Catharines, St. Thomas, Shedden, Belmont and Aylmer.
Mary Jane Minhinnick’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 25, 1931:
MARY JANE MINHINNICK DIED IN ST. THOMAS
Former Resident of Copenhagen to be Buried at Dunboyne
Mary Jane Minhinnick, relict of the late George Minhinnick, of Copenhagen, died in the Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas, on Tuesday, June 23rd, in her 69th year. She had been in failing health for the past six months and for the past 15 weeks had been in the hospital where she was a very patient sufferer. Deceased was born at Pt. Bruce, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Prowse, but lived the greater part of her life at Copenhagen, where she was a member of the United Church. Her husband predeceased her 9 months ago.
Four brothers and three sisters survive: W.H. Prowse, of Aylmer; F.C. Prowse, Sarnia; C.W. Prowse, Maple street, St. Thomas; S.J. Prowse, London; Mrs. Alex Milne, St. Catharines; Mrs. F.J. Balkwell, Regent St., St. Thomas; and Mrs. George W. Howse, Metcalfe St., St. Thomas. There are several nephews and nieces.
The remains are resting at P.R. Williams & Sons parlours in St. Thomas, and the funeral service will be held at the Dunboyne United Church, Thursday, the 25th inst., at 3 p.m., and will be in charge of Rev. Gould, of Grace United Church, St. Thomas, assisted by Rev. T.R. Turner, of Malahide. Interment will take place in the Dunboyne cemetery.
6. Sarah Maria Prowse (dau of Henry & Hannah)
born 1865 Port Bruce
died 1949; buried in Aylmer
married 1. Dec. 29, 1886 J. Colborn Snively (son of Austin & Elinor Snively)
born 1867 Aylmer
married 2. _____ Balkwill
7. Eliza Marelle Prowse (dau of Henry & Hannah)
died 1954There is a “Mary E. Prowse” 1868-1954 buried with William in Aylmer.
8. Charles W. Prowse (son of Henry & Hannah)
born 1867 Port Bruce
died after 1943; lived in St. Thomas
married July 24, 1890 Minnie Wonnacott (dau of George & Rebecca Wonnacott)
Charles was living in Port Stanley at the time of his marriage, which occurred in Sparta. He was a blacksmith.
children: Adrian (lived in St. Thomas)
9. Jane Prowse (dau of Henry & Hannah)
born December, 1871
10. Samuel John Prowse (son of Henry & Hannah)
born January 1, 1872
died August 4, 1943, in his 73rd year; buried in Dunboyne
married 1. December 1895 Clara Findley
married 2. Aug. 28, 1901 Aldina Chute (a widow; dau of Finlay Chalk & Mary Jane Petit)
Samuel’s obituary appeared in the St. Thomas Times-Journal, Aug. 4, 1943:
S. J. PROWSE PASSES, ILL FOR SOME TIME
Leaves Relatives in St. Thomas and District
Samuel John Prowse died in the Victoria Hospital, London, Ont., this morning. He had been ailing some time. Mr. Prowse was a real estate agent in London where he resided for 35 years. An adherent of the United Church, he lost two sons in the last war and was predeceased by his wife. Surviving are two brothers, William, Rogers Corners; Charles W., 21 Elgin street, city; three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Balkwill, 30 Regent street, city; Mrs. G. W. Howse, 89 Elgin street, city; and Mrs. Alex Milne, St. Catharines. Resting at the C. A. Towers and Son Funeral Home until Thursday morning when he will be removed to the James H. Barnum Funeral Home in Aylmer for services at 2:30 Friday afternoon. Interment will be in the family plot at Dunboyne
1.Verne Prowse(born Oct. 4, 1897) killed in action, World War 1
2.Cecil Prowse (born July 18, 1898) killed in action, World War 1
11. Rosa May Prowse (dau of Henry & Hannah)
born 1873 Copenhagen
married December 10, 1895 George W. Howse
see Howse family
John & Emmeretta Sinclair lived on 40 acres in lot 11 from 1894 past 1900. They are found in the 1901 Malahide census, Div. 1, pg. 6. Prior to this, they had lived on the Laidlaw farm on the Jamestown Road, lot 7, concession 2. The house on lot 11 is located on Highway 73 at the turnoff for the Jamestown Road. Following John Sinclair’s death, Emmeretta married David Britton (1864-1950), on April 10, 1912, and remained in this house until her death in 1947.
John Sinclair was the son of Abraham Sinclair & Mary Spurr, and was living in South Dorchester township at the time of his second marriage.
born June 30, 1851 Middleton Twsp., Norfolk Co.
Died Jan. 23, 1910 Malahide Twsp. (Lot 11, con 2)
married 1. Fanny Jane Wooley
married 2. Nov. 10, 1886 Emmeretta Hoover (dau of Jonah Hoover & Maria Hughes)
Born January 1, 1863
died 1947buried in Aylmer Cemetery
children: Laureen, Frank, Houston, Mack, another daughter
1. Margaret Laureen Sinclair (dau of John & Fanny)
born 1878 S. Dorchester Twsp.
Died March18, 1964
Married December 25, 1907 James Corless, of Springfield
2. John Francis (Frank) Sinclair (son of John & Fanny)
born January 23, 1885
married October 20, 1913 Virginia May Malpaso
3. Houston Sinclair (son of John & Emmeretta)
born February 14, 1888
4. Mack Roy Sinclair (son of John & Emmeretta)
born January 14, 1901
died September 23, 1961
5. another daughter (dau of John & Fanny)
died November 1897, age 21
married James Moore
children: Alva Moore (married ______ Wilcox)
The 1901 census lists a Mary A. Moore, born April 8, 1895, a grandchild of John & Emmeretta. It appears that Alva was living was living with her grandparents following her mother’s death in 1897 from typhoid.
John Sinclair’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 27, 1910:
The death occurred at his home near Copenhagen, on Sunday, the 23rd inst. of John Sinclair, after an illness of three weeks with pneumonia. Deceased, who was in his 59th years, was widely known and his death will be greatly mourned by a large circle of friends. In politics he was a Reformer and was also a member of the Methodist church. In addition to his widow, who at present is very ill herself, deceased leaves to mourn his demise, three sons and one daughter; Frank, Houghston and Mack, at home, and Mrs. James Corless, of Avon. The funeral took place on Tuesday at 10 a.m. Services were conducted at the house by Rev. I.A. McKelvie and S. Lackland. The interment took place at Springfield Cemetery.
Families from Concession 2, Lot 12:
William McGeoch was a tenant on 100 acres in this lot from before 1859 to 1861. He owned the property from 1863 to 1879. From 1879 to 1888, it was owned by John & Robert McGeoch. William is found on the 1861 census (Div. 2, pg. 11); and William Jr. in 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 35). John & Robert are found in the 1881 census (Div. 1, pg. 27).
born ca 1808 Scotland
married Elizabeth _______
born 1817 New Brunswick
died August 1899 London, Ont.
Elizabeth’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Aug. 17, 1899:
The remains of Mrs. McGeoch, widow of the late William McGeoch, who died at London on Wednesday of last week, were brought to Aylmer for burial on Friday last.
children: Emily, William, Charlotte, John, James, Robert, Agnes [?]
1. Emily J. McGeoch
born ca 1839 New Brunswick
married September 24, 1861 John William Ross (son of Charles & Mary)
2. William McGeoch (born ca 1841 in Ontario)
married Georgina ______ (born ca 1849)
children: Harley (ca 1874); Clinton (ca 1876); Cora M. (ca 1878)
3. Charlotte McGeoch
born ca 1845 Smithville, Ontario
married September 27, 1864 James Ross (son of Charles & Mary)
4. John McGeoch
Born ca 1849
married Cornelia _____ (born ca 1855)
5. James McGeoch (born ca 1850)
6. Robert McGeoch (born ca 1856)
7. Agnes McGeoch (married Solomon Dilts)
Jonas Stoner owned 50 acres in lot 12 from 1888 to 1895. He is found in the 1881 census (Div. 3, pg. 7). Living with him is a widow, Lavina Stoner, age 68, a Quaker in religion, who is no doubt his mother. The 1871 (Div. 3, pg .56) census reveals a Jacob Stoner, age 61, born Ontario, a Quaker. The marriage record of an Amos Stoner to Janett Grow in 1860, states that he is the son of Jacob & Lavina Stoner. It is therefore probable that Jacob & Lavina were the parents of Jonas. There is an Abram E. Stoner (1857-1939) buried in Aylmer cemetery, who may be a brother of Jonas. Abram is found in the 1901 census (Div. 1, pg. 11). Jonas is also found in the 1891 census (Div. 1, pg. 31).
Jonas, Sophia, Charles, George, and Nettie are buried in Guysboro Cemetery, Bayham township.
born ca 1847 Ontario
died July 21, 1902 in his 56th year
married Sophia Ball
born ca. 1852
died January 22, 1912 in her 61st year
1. Nettie O. Stoner (1875 – March 7, 1906) married Christopher Cooper
2. Charles C. Stoner (1878 – January 13, 1884)
3. Ella B. Stoner (born ca 1879)
4. George E. Stoner (1881 – December 23, 1897)
5. Melvin Stoner (born ca 1882)
6. Stanley Stoner (born ca 1883)
7. Edna Stoner (born ca 1889)
Enoch J. Turrill owned 50 acres in lot 12 from 1869 to 1871, followed by Addison Turrill from 1871 to 1874. They were sons of Joseph Enoch Turrill. Enoch appears in the Malahide 1871 census (Div. 1, pg. 21).
With Enoch on the census is Robert Laidlaw, age 28, born Nova Scotia, a farm labourer.
Enoch is buried in Sparta South Cemetery. Buried in the row next to Enoch are Joseph & Hannah Turrill, his parents.
The Turrill family can be traced back several generations in the United States, but the first member of the family to appear in Elgin County was Ebenezer Turrill, born Dec. 3, 1777 in Lenox, Massachusetts, and died March 8, 1845 in Yarmouth. He married Hannah Brundage on Aug. 12, 1777, and she died Feb. 16, 1846 in Yarmouth. Ebenezer & Hannah were the parents of Joseph Enoch Turrill, below:
Joseph Enoch Turrill
born May 4, 1813 Wyoming County, New York
died September 9, 1855 aged 42 years, 4 months, 5 days
married Hannah Miller
born ca 1826
died February 10, 1878, aged 52 years
children: Isaac, Enoch, Elihu, Ursula, Austin, Addison, Eddison, Mahlon, Rowena, Stephen
1. Isaac Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah) (born ca 1836)
2. Joseph Enoch Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah)
born November, 1839 Ontario
died February 9, 1872 aged 32 years, 3 months
married Sarah Jane Pace
born ca 1840
1.Edgar Turrill (born ca 1861)
2.Albert Edward Turrill (1864-Nov. 6, 1890)buried in Aylmer Cemetery
married Christina _____ (1864-1929)
3.Arthur Edwin Turrill (born ca 1870)
3. Elihu Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah) (born 1841)
4. Ursula Eveline Turrill (dau of Joseph & Hannah) (born 1845)
5. Austin Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah) (born 1846)
6. Addison Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah)
born April 9, 1849 Sparta, Ontario
died April 13, 1924
married Rachel Ann Wise (dau of George Wise & Mary Ann Millman; both born England)
born November 21, 1849 Union
died November 20, 1921
Addison & Rachel are buried in Aylmer cemetery. Addison’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 17, 1924:
Addison Turrill, for nine years, manager and executive head of the South Malahide Telephone Company, Aylmer, died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Gordon Gillett, Dingle street, on Sunday evening, April 13th, in his 76th year. Deceased had not been well for the past month. About two weeks ago he returned from visiting his daughter in Detroit, where he was ill with quinsy. Some four days before his death he was taken ill with bronchial pneumonia which he did not have the strength to overcome. Deceased was born in Sparta, Ontario, and for a number of years made his home in the western States. For the past nine years he has been manager and secretary-treasurer of the South Malahide Telephone Co., which organization has experienced a wonderful growth during that period. It was largely due to Mr. Turrill’s efforts and perseverance that Aylmer now enjoys one telephone service instead of two, the Bell Company having sold their system here two years ago to the South Malahide Company. Mr. Turrill was a man of exemplary character, and active for his years. He was a faithful member of the Baptist church, and also a member of the Masonic fraternity.
He is survived by one son, Harley Turrill, 9th concession of Malahide; two daughters, Mrs. Gordon Gillett, Dingle Street, and Mrs. Clara Butler, of Detroit. His wife, whom he greatly mourned, predeceased him about two years ago. The funeral service held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Gillett, on Wednesday, April 16, at 2 o’clock p.m. and was conducted by Rev. Dale, of Delhi, assisted by Rev. J.C. Dunlop, of Aylmer. Interment was made in the Aylmer cemetery.
7. Eddison Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah) (born April 9, 1849; died August 2, 1851)
8. Mahlon Franklin Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah) (born 1850)
9. Rowena Turrill (dau of Joseph & Hannah) (born 1854)
10. Stephen Griffin Turrill (son of Joseph & Hannah) (born 1856)
Families from Concession 2, lot 13:
Solomon Dilts owned 100 acres in lot 13 from 1844 to 1865. His widow, along with Joel P., Colin and Clark Jenner Dilts, continued to own the property until 1883. An Abagail Dilts appears on the 1842 census on this lot, and may be Solomon’s mother. Buried in Dunboyne cemetery is a Lemuel Dils [sic] who died on March 28, 1840, aged 31 years, with his wife Nancy, whose inscription is broken off. These may be Solomon’s parents. Solomon’s wife was Agnes McGeoch, who was likely a daughter of William & Elizabeth McGeoch who lived on lot 12.
Solomon Dilts appears in the Malahide 1861 census (Div. 2, pg. 13), and his widow and children are found in 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 52). In 1881 two of his children appear in different locations, as follows: Colin (Div. 1, pg. 35) and Ida (Div. 3, pg 31). An Agnes Dilts, age 16, appears in Div. 3, pg. 26).
born 1830 Ontario
died September 1, 1865 aged 35 years, 25 days. Buried in Dunboyne cemetery
married April 2, 1854 Agnes McGeough [or McGeoch]
born ca 1835 New Brunswick
died after 1871
children: Joseph, Ametta, Colin, Clarke, Ida, Mary
1. Joseph [Joel] Parmer Dilts (born ca 1855)
2. Ametta E. Dilts (born ca 1857)
3. Colin Dilts (born ca 1859)
4. Clarke Dilts (born ca 1861) (died August 1942 in Taluse, Washington)
Clarke’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, 13 Aug 1942:
Mrs. Ida Kelley of Springfield has received word recently of the death of her brother Clark Dilts at his home in Taluse, Washington. Mr. Dilts was a former resident of Aylmer, and left here many years ago.
5. Ida U. Dilts (dau of Solomon & Agnes)
born 1864 Malahide Twsp.
Died August 1944 Springfield
married Frank E. Kelley
Ida’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 22, 1944:
Mrs. Ida Kelley Dies
A very sudden death occurred at Springfield at the home of Mr and Mrs Bernard Coyle, early Sunday morning, in the passing of Mrs. Ida Kelley. Mrs. Kelley was born Ida Dilts, of Dunboyne in Malahide, 80 years ago. She married the late Frank Kelley and went to live on his farm in the Trinity district. After the passing of Mr. Kelley some years ago, Mrs. Kelley made her home for 6 months of the year with her niece, Mrs. Vernon Towers of Toronto, and for 6 months with Mr and Mrs Bernard Coyle. She was a member of the Trinity United Church where she was very active and made many friends. She is survived by one brother, Charles Tyrrell, Detroit, and one niece, Mrs. Vernon Towers, of Toronto.
6. Mary Agnes Dilts (dau of Solomon & Agnes)
born ca 1865
died July 26, 1925
married Frank J. Cory; both killed in railroad accident at Iroquois, S. Dakota
An article about their deaths appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 13, 1925:
Former Aylmer Woman and Husband Killed on R.R. Crossing
Mrs. Frank Kelly, 8th concession of Malahide, has received a copy of the Courier Herald, a paper published at Huron, South Dakota, giving the particulars of the tragedy in which her sister, formerly Agnes Dilts, of Aylmer, and her husband, Frank J. Cory, were both killed by a fast passenger train at Iroquois, S. Dakota. They were about to cross the Northwestern Railway track, a double track road, just after one train had passed and evidently did not see a train approaching from the opposite direction which struck them and hurled their car for some distance. Mrs. Cory’s skull was fractured, her shoulder and hip bone broken. Mr. Cory’s skull was fractured and bothdied some four hours later in a Huron Hospital.
Mr and Mrs Cory were on their way to spend Sunday, July 26th, with their daughter, Mr. D. D. Prouty, at Bryant, South Dakota, and in a car immediately behind them was their son, F. D. Cory, and his wife, of Fairmont, Minn., who were visiting them. The son saw the accident but was unable to prevent the tragedy. Mr. Cory was editor and owner of the Courier-Herald newspaper and was prominent in the politics of his country for many years. Mrs. Cory was born near Aylmer, Ont., and was married in Watertown, S. D., on Thanksgiving Day, 1895. Both were buried at Nashau, Iowa. The many friends of Mrs. Kelly will sympathize with her in her sudden bereavement in the tragic death of her sister.
William Nichol owned 100 acres in lot 13 from 1849 to 1860, and following his death his widow Sarah owned it from 1860 to 1864. Their son Asa owned 50 acres of this property from 1865 to 1875. In 1875 the entire 100 acres was sold to Frederick House. William Nichol is buried in Dunboyne Cemetery. Following his death, Sarah was married to Bryce Johnson on April 7, 1863. William’s widow Sarah is found on the 1861 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 11), and with her second husband in 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 23), with son Asa Nichol.
On his daughter Permelia’s marriage record to Andrew Ewing, William’s name is given as Wilson.
died March 22, 1860, aged 40 yrs. 2 mos. 7 days
married Sarah Ann Hunt (daughter of David & Parmelia Hunt)
born ca 1823 Malahide
children: Asa, Eliza P., Hester, William, Sarah, Susan, John
1. Asa H. Nichol (son of William & Sarah)
Born ca 1842
married Elizabeth ______ (born ca 1843)
children: Albert (born ca 1865); Wilson (born ca 1869)
2. Eliza Permilia Nichol (dau of William & Sarah)
born ca 1846
married September 16, 1862 Andrew Ewing
children: Mary Ellen (next page)
1.Mary Ellen Ewing
died November 1946
married Gordon Roy
Mary Ellen’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 21, 1946:
Former Resident Passes at Springfield
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock for Mrs. Mary Ellen Roy, who passed away at the home of her son, Blake Roy, at Springfield, on Sunday. The services were conducted by Rev. J. K. Yelland at the Shaw Funeral Home and interment followed in Aylmer Cemetery.
Born at Copenhagen, the departed woman was a daughter of the late Andrew and Eliza Ewing, and was in her 83rd year. Married to the late George Roy, they made their home in the Trinity district and later retired to Aylmer and four years ago Mrs. Roy went to Springfield to live with her son. She was an adherent of the Baptist Church in Aylmer and Springfield.
Besides her son, Blake, Mrs. Roy is survived by one granddaughter, Mrs. Clyde Falkens of Springfield and five great-grandchildren.
Children of William & Sarah Nichol, continued:
3. Hester A. Nichol (1848 – July 18, 1852; aged 4 yrs. 21 dys.) Buried in Dunboyne
4. William H. Nichol (born ca. 1853)
5. Sarah H. Nichol ( 1855 – Jan. 8, 1857; aged 1 yr. 9 mos. 15 dys) buried in Dunboyne
6. Susan A. Nichol (born ca. 1857)
married Rodolphus Koyle
7. John D. Nichol (born ca. 1860)
8. Anna Johnson (dau of Sarah Hunt Nichol & Bryce Johnson)
born ca 1864
Frederick House owned 100 acres in lot 13 from 1875 to 1879. His son John continued to own the property from 1879 past 1900. Frederick appears on the 1881 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 37). His son John is found in census records: 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 5), and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 5).
Some confusion exists regarding the relationship of the three House/Howse families living in the south Malahide area. A William House on lot 9, concession 2 is probably a son of Frederick. Further details are given in William’s outline on lot 9.
An estate file [#1034] was found for Frederick House, revealing a date of death of Nov. 9, 1882.His wife is not named, but his children named were John House, Mary House, Melissa Garner & Ellen Eliza Snyder.
A death registration exists for George Frederick House in Malahide on Nov. 9, 1882 (#3838-82), and for Julia A. House in Malahide on Dec. 14, 1882 (#3835). The Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid shows a Frederick and Julia Ann House buried in Zion/7th Line cemetery in West Nissouri Township, Middlesex Co.
George Frederick House
born ca 1812 Canada
died November 9, 1882 Malahide; age 70 yrs. 2 mos. 3 days
married Julia Ann Carter
born ca 1815 Canada
died December 14, 1882 Malahide, age 67 years
Frederick & Julia are buried in 7th Line Zion Cemetery, West Nissouri Township, Middlesex County. Also buried there are children Amos Wesley (died May 3, 1859, age 16 yrs. 2 mos. 23 days); & Malinda, (died Feb. 1, 1869, age 12 yrs. 11 mos.)
children: Melissa, John, Mary, Eliza Ellen and possibly William (see lot 9)
1. Melissa House (dau of Frederick & Julia)
born November 6, 1840 Oxford County
died September 21, 1926; aged 85 yrs. 10 mos. 13 days
married 1.Matthias Garner
married 2.Caleb Smuck
Melissa died at lot 13, concession 4, Malahide. She is buried in Aylmer Cemetery.
Her obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Sept. 23, 1926:
DEATH OF MRS. CALEB SMUCK
Melissa Smuck, widow of the late Caleb Smuck, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Peter Ker, Dingle street, Sunday morning, following an illness of about six months. She was in her 86th year. Her husband predeceased her six years ago. Mrs. Smuck was born in Oxford County, but had lived in Malahide township, and Aylmer nearly all her life, where she was well known by a host of friends. She was a consistent member of the United Church. Surviving are one son, Fred Garner, of Aylmer; two daughters, Mrs. Peter Ker, Aylmer, and Mrs. Allen White, Jaffa; one sister, Mrs. Nelson Bingham, Orwell. The funeral was held on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ker and interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery
2. John Henry House (son of Frederick & Julia)
born July 8, 1852 Blackrock, Ontario
died Sept. 30, 1923 Malahide
married 1.Sarah E. Bingham
Born June 28, 1852 England
Died April 2, 1903
married 2.Mary Elizabeth Camp (remarried Fred Prowse)
Born August 10, 1868
Died September 1954
John’s obituary appeared twice in the Aylmer Express, October 4, 1923, and since additional details are given, both are presented here.
JOHN HENRY HOUSE
The death of John Henry House, occurred at his home on the First Concession of Malahide, just east of Copenhagen, about midnight on Saturday, September 29th. He had been seriously ill for the past four months and had not enjoyed good health since an accident some three years ago, when both he and Mrs. House were knocked down by a truck, while crossing the street in St. Thomas, and both were seriously hurt. Mr. House never seemed to recover from the shock of the accident. He was in his 72nd year and was born at Black Rock. He had resided on his farm at Copenhagen for more than forty years and was one of the best known and popular citizens of Malahide township. He was a member of the Methodist church and the funeral service which will be held at his late residence on Tuesday, October 2nd, at 2 p.m., will be conducted by Rev. F. Manning, pastor of the Malahide circuit; assisted by Rev. Shaw. Deceased is survived by his widow; one daughter, Mrs. Lyman Tansley, Orwell; and two sisters, Mrs. Melicia Smuck, of Aylmer, and Mrs. Melicia Bingham, of Orwell. Interment took place in the Dunboyne cemetery.
Death visited our neighborhood Sunday morning, when Mr. John House passed away in his 72nd year. Deceased had been in poor health for a long time, and had been confined to his bed for a month. Always willing to give a helping hand, and ready to do anything for the good of the community, and the church, he will be widely missed by a large number of sorrowing friends, who extend sympathy to the bereaved wife. A daughter, by a former marriage, Mrs. Lyman Tansley, at Orwell, survives him. Also two sisters, Mrs. C. Smuck, Aylmer, and Mrs. N. Bingham, Orwell. Deceased had resided over forty years in the neighborhood and his death has cast a gloom over all.
Sarah Bingham House’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 9, 1903:
A feeling of deep sorrow and regret passed over this whole section of country last week, when it became known that Mrs. John House, of Copenhagen, had passed away after an illness of less than a week, from pneumonia. Deceased was in her 52nd year, and had lived in this section for about 28 years, during which time she had endeared herself to everyone with whom she came in contact, by her universal kindness and other good qualities. A husband and one daughter, Miss Gertrude, are mourning the loss of a loving and devoted wife and mother. Her father is dead, but her mother is still living in Hamilton, and her brothers are Nelson Bingham, of Grovesend; Edward, of Manitoba; George and John, of Shelbourn; and Thomas, of Hamilton. There was a very large turnout of friends at the funeral, which took place on Saturday.
Children of John House & Sarah Bingham: Nelson, Gertrude
1. Nelson R. House
born 1879; died February 15, 1882 aged 3 yrs, 28 days
2. Gertrude Delphia House
born May 17, 1881 Malahide
married December 21, 1904 Lyman G. Tansley (son of Wm. Tansley & Janet Learn)
born 1879; died 1956They are buried in Orwell Cemetery
children of Frederick & Julia House, continued:
3. Mary Elizabeth House
born March 17, 1859
died October, 1939 St. Thomas
married Nelson Bingham
born May 22, 1859 Caledonia, Ontario
died October 1936 Aylmer
Nelson & Mary are found in Malahide census records: 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 20); 1891 (Div. 2, pg. 3); and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 14). Mary’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 12, 1939:
MRS. NELSON BINGHAM
Mary Elizabeth Bingham, widow of Nelson Bingham, died at the home of her son, John W. Bingham, 139 Elm street, St. Thomas, Saturday morning, in her 81st year. Her death followed an illness of only four days.
She was the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Fred House and had lived in Windsor, Aylmer and Orwell. She was well known throughout this district and had a wide circle of friends. She was a member of the United Church.
Surviving are two sons, John W., 149 Elm street, St. Thomas, and Basil, of Pontiac, Michigan. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon and was largely attended. Rev. W. D. Stenlake had charge of the service during which Mrs. C. A. Howey, accompanied at the piano by Mr. Howey, sang “Abide With Me”. Flowers banking the casket were many and beautiful. Pallbearers were Peter Doan, Walter Boughner, Frank Snelgrove, Albert Snelgrove, Dennis Catt and Claude Partlow. Among those in attendance from a distance were Mr and Mrs John Bingham, St. Thomas; Mr and Mrs. Basil Bingham, Pontiac, Mic., and Mr and Mrs. Thorpe and Mrs. Castor, also of Pontiac. Others in attendance came from Mt. Salem, Jaffa and Simcoe. Interment took place in the Aylmer cemetery.
Nelson Bingham’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 8, 1936:
NELSON BINGHAM PASSES
Farmed Many Years in Malahide
East Elgin lost another of its own citizens, Monday afternoon, in the death of Nelson Bingham, after a comparatively short illness, in his 80th year. A native of Caledonia, Mr. Bingham farmed there and in the Hagersville district for a number of years before moving to Elgin county. He purchased what was known as the Mahlon Lyons farm on the first concession of Malahide township. Later he moved to the Orwell district, where he farmed for about 16 years. He came to Aylmer to reside about 14 months ago. Deceased as a man of splendid character, well known and highly esteemed. In politics, he was a Conservative; in religion, a member of the United Church of Canada.
He is survived by his widow; two sons, John, of Orwell, and Basil, of Pontiac, Mich.; a brother Thomas, of Springfield; a niece Mrs. Harry Reed, Melbourne; and four granddaughters, Miss Icle Bingham, Los Angeles, Calif.; Ethel and Jean, Pontiac, Mich.; and Miss Florence, Aylmer.
The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon, October 7, with service at the Allen Funeral Home, Aylmer, at 2:30 o’clock. Interment was made in Dunboyne cemetery. Rev. W. D. Stenlake had charge.
Children of Nelson Bingham & Mary Elizabeth House: John, Basil (next page)
1.John Wesley Bingham
born November 4, 1881 Malahide
married Aug. 3, 1904 Lillian Chute (dau of John Chute & Catherine Wall)
Children: Florence Edna (born Dec. 17, 1915)
2.Basil G. Bingham
born March 22, 1890
4. Ellen Eliza House (dau of Frederick & Julia)
Families from concession 2, lot 14:
Archibald McTaggart owned 100 acres in lot 14 from 1865 past 1900. The Assessment Roll shows his on this property as early as 1860. He also owned 100 acres in lot 14, concession 3, from 1857 past 1900. In census records, Archibald is found in 1861 (Div. 2, pg. 13); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 5); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 34); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 31); and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 3). According to the 1901 census, Archibald immigrated to Canada in 1830. However, marriage records for his children, giving places of birth, point to 1842 as the year the family arrived in Canada. It is believed he lived in Yarmouth township before coming to Malahide.
Archibald McTaggart arrived in Elgin county in 1842 and settled on lot 14, concession 2, Malahide, east on the Candyville Road. He farmed there and also operated a sawmill. A newspaper article on the occasion of his 100th birthday celebration gives a description of his life, and is included here. He and his wife are buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
Archibald McTaggart was the son of John McTaggart (1786 – 1874) and Sarah McKinven.
His wife Mary was the daughter of John Reid and Agnes Orr. At the time of his 102nd birthday, Archibald held the honour of being the oldest man in Elgin County.
born July 15, 1804 Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
died Nov. 27,1906 Malahide Twsp. Aged 102 yrs., 4 mos. 12 days
married March 13, 1832 Margaret Reid; in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
born Oct. 3, 1809 Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
died May 6, 1890 Malahide Twsp. Aged 80 yrs. 7 mos. 3 days
An undated clipping on the occasion of Archibald’s 100th birthday:
ARCH. McTAGGART CELEBRATED HIS ONE HUNDREDTH BIRTHDAY
Nearly Five Hundred Relatives and Friends Assemble to do Him Honour
July 15, 1904 – It is rare indeed in this later days when we live out the full of our lives in half the time of our forefathers, that anyone lives to the great age of one hundred. But Archibald McTaggart, second concession, has reached that age and yesterday celebrated the one hundredth anniversary of his birth. His children, his children’s children and their children, besides nearly five hundred of his neighbours and friends from far and near gathered yesterday afternoon at the old gentleman’s home to congratulate him and tender him a reception. Mr. McTaggart’s farm is one of the best and most picturesquely and beautifully situated in the township of Malahide. On one side runs Silver Creek, and the side and from of the farm where the residence and drive-barns are situated is a beautiful grove of trees. The farm is on high land with a valley in front. Archibald McTaggart is a son of the late John McTaggart, a farmer in Ayrshire, Scotland, where the subject of this sketch was born on July 15, 1804. He remained on the farm until he was fifteen years of age and then he left for the lowlands of Scotland, and for a time engaged in the fishing business, but did not like it and returned to the farm. He came to Canada in 1842, when the country was a wilderness, and took up 200 acres of land, on which he hewed out a home for himself and converted into the fruitful farm it now is. For many years besides farming he ran a saw mill in the valley in front of his farm, the motive power of which was water. But, it being necessary to introduce steam, the mill was moved to another site and is operated by one of his sons. He continued in active work on the farm till ten or twelve years ago and even now it is said could climb a hay mow with as much agility as any man if permitted. Mr. McTaggart has been a strong Reformer all his life. Those who know him best, the friends who gathered yesterday to do him honour, are the loudest in their praise of the strict honour and integrity of his character. The old gentleman has lived to see a family of sons and daughters, some of them now, as age goes, pretty well advanced in years, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up around, of all of whom he was just reason to be proud. The old gentleman has always enjoyed good health. At the present time he appears to be not as feeble as most men at 70 or 75. His mind is clear and hearing good. The only infirmity is that he is blind, having lost his sight three years ago. His memory is good, more particularly in regard to things which have happened long ago, which he can remember more clearly than happenings of a recent date. The reception yesterday took place under the trees at the side of Mr. McTaggart’s residence. Temporary seats had been arranged under the lawn with several old friends, ladies and gentlemen, around him. He seemed to take a keen interest in the entire proceedings. Among the gathering present were many old pioneers, many eight years of age or over. About 2:30 p.m. the people began to arrive, many with well-laden baskets, and soon the drive-barns were filled to overflowing with horses and the yards filled with horses and buggies. The old gentleman was seated in the house and old friends called upon and congratulated him and new ones were introduced. The old gentleman, though he could not see, readily recognized all his old friends. On the commencement of the speechmaking, on motion of Rev. Mr. Fansher, R. H. Lindsay, of Copenhagen, was appointed chairman. The doxology was sung, and Rev. Mr. McAllister of Aylmer, offered prayer. The chairman, in opening the proceedings, said that all honoured Mr. McTaggart. The gathering was a most unique one, that perhaps none would ever see again the assembling to celebrate a friend’s hundredth birthday. Rev. Mr. Fansher congratulated Mr. McTaggart on reaching his hundredth birthday. Like Isaac of old, he had been afflicted with blindness, one of the things which came in the wake of old age. He had a great respect for old men like Mr. McTaggart, the sturdy pioneers who had cleared up the forest, built the highway, made homes for themselves and children, and laid the foundation of our country. He contrasted the condition of the children of one hundred years ago with those of today. In concluding, he expressed the hope that Mr. McTaggart would live to see a great many birthdays. James Lee, of Aylmer, sang, “Be Kind to Auld Granny”. M. E. Lyon, clerk of Malahide, in a brief speech, extended his congratulations to Mr. McTaggart. A. H. Backus, barrister, of Aylmer, said Malahide was the banner township of Canada, and men like Mr. McTaggart who had cleared up the forest and made homes were entitled to all honour and he took off his hat to them. He urged the young people present to emulate their example. James Lee sang “Auld Aunty Kate”, who appeared to be a “fine auld boody”. Rev. Mr. Noble, of Luton, superintendent of the Malahide Methodist district, briefly extended congratulations. Rev. Mr. Rae, of Aylmer, spoke of the wonderful experience a man must have had who had lived one hundred years. It was right that we should take our hats off to old age. A hoary head was a crown of glory. It was a pleasure to be present to honour the guest of the day, and his hope was that when the end came he would hear the welcome words, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Rev. Mr. McAllister, of Aylmer, referred to the many achievements, many inventions and advancements and the history-making events which had occurred during the life of Mr. McTaggart.
Archibald McTaggart’s obituary appeared in the St. Thomas Daily Times, November 29, 1906:
DIED IN HIS 103RD YEAR
Archibald McTaggart, of Malahide, Passed Away On Tuesday, Nov. 27
Aylmer, Nov. 29 – The funeral of the late Archibald McTaggart, who died on Tuesday last, takes place today from his late residence on the 2nd concession of Malahide to the Dunboyne cemetery. Mr. McTaggart was in his 103rd year, and was the oldest man in this part of the country. He had resided in Malahide for a great many years.
On the on-hundredth anniversary of his birth, July 15, 1904, he was honored by a gathering of hundreds of his friends and neighbors from all directions, and shook hands with most of them. Over eighty members of his family – they came from as far west as California and as far east as the coast – were present, and it proved remarkable occasion. He retained all his faculties to the last, except his sight, which had grown dim.
Mr. McTaggart was born in Ayrshire, Scotland, July 15, 1804. When fifteen years of age he removed to the Lowlands of Scotland, where he engaged in fishing for some time. While there he married and came to Canada in 1842. He came directly to Elgin county and took up two hundred acres of land where he at present resides. The homestead was in the heart of the pine region, and Mr. McTaggart set up a sawmill. He conducted this for many years, and, with his farming, he amassed a considerable competence.
Some twelve years ago he retired, then being over ninety years of age. He still took an active interest in passing events, and was always well informed. He leaves two sons and three daughters alive, all of whom live in Malahide township. His wife died some years ago.
Children: May, Agnes, Elizabeth, Margaret, John, Archibald, Neil, Catherine, Anne
1. May (Mary) McTaggart
born January 28, 1832 Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
diedMay 18, 1912 Aylmerburied in Aylmer Cemetery
married November 7, 1854 William Bowen Brown (1827-1904)
children: Agnes, Alma (married William Percy – see Percy family in Volume 1)
Mary Brown’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 23, 1912:
Mary, relict of the late Mr. William Brown, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Richardson, on John street last Saturday after a lingering illness, aged 80 years. She was a most estimable citizen, respected by all who knew her and they were many in the town and township. The greater part of her life was spent on the farm in Malahide, but she moved here some 12 years ago with her husband, who died a few years ago. She was the daughter of the late Archibald McTaggart, and is survived by two daughters, Mrs. William Percy on the homestead, con. 4[?] Malahide, and Mrs. Agnes Richardson, Aylmer. The funeral took place Monday to Aylmer cemetery.
2. Agnes McTaggart (dau of Archibald & Margaret)
born January 3, 1835 Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
married Jan. 22, 1862 John Laidlaw, of Sparta (son of Adam & Elizabeth)
John Laidlaw was a brother of Thomas Laidlaw, who lived on Concession 2, Malahide
3. Elizabeth McTaggart (dau of Archibald & Margaret)
born August 29, 1837 Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
died October 16,1873
married Oct. 16, 1859 Jehiel McConnell (son of Moses & Tamar )
4. Margaret McTaggart (dau of Archibald & Margaret)
born September 7, 1840 Kilbirnie, Ayrshire, Scotland
died June 15, 1913 Malahide twsp.
Margaret’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 19, 1913:
“The death of Miss Margaret McTaggart, one of Malahide’s pioneer citizens took palce at the home of her brother Neil McTaggart, Dunboyne, on Sunday afternoon last. Mis McTaggart, who was in her 73rd year had been ill for the past four months and her death was not unexpected. Deceased was born in Scotland, and came to Dunboyne with her parents when only two years of age. She has practically resided there ever since and always enjoyed the love and respect of the whole community during her long residence there. One sister, Mrs. John Gloin and two brothers, Neil and John, all of Malahide, survive. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon, and after services at the Dunboyne Methodist church, interment took place at that cemetery.”
5. John McTaggart (son of Archibald & Margaret)
born June 3, 1843 Ontario
died Aug.17,1925 Malahide Twsp.
married May 24, 1867 Martha Jane Schooley (dau of Benjamin & Catherine)
died February 1919
John McTaggart lived on lots 13-14, concession 3, across from this father’s farm. They are buried in Aylmer cemetery. John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 20, 1925:
DEATH OF JOHN McTAGGART
John McTaggart, a highly respected resident of Malahide township, died at his home on the second concession, Monday, August 17th, after a short illness, following a paralytic stroke on Sunday. Deceased had been in his usual good health and his death comes as a shock to his relatives and many friends. Deceased was in his 83rd year and was born a short distance from the home where he died. He had lived all his life in the vicinity and was well-known throughout East Elgin. Mr. McTaggart was a member of the Methodist church. Surviving are two sons, Charles at home, and Matiland, of Pittsburg, Pa.; one sister, Mrs. Catherine Gloin, Aylmer, and three grandchildren, Mrs. Harry Black, of Pittsburg, and Clarke and Mabel McTaggart, at home. A brother, Neil McTaggart, predeceased him only three months ago, and his wife, who before her marriage was Martha J. Schooley, died in February 1919. The funeral took place from his late residence on Wednesday, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. and interment was made in the Aylmer Cemetery.
Children of John and Martha Jane McTaggart: Maitland, Charles
2.Charles Milton McTaggart (Nov. 13, 1875 – June 3, 1972)
Married Lura Maude Brown (June 21, 1874 – Apr. 12, 1951)
Children: Clark, Mabel
1.Allan Clark McTaggart (Sept. 4, 1898 -)
2.Mabel Aileen McTaggart (March 12, 1913 -)
Married Ken Gilbert
children of Archibald McTaggart & Margaret Reid, continued:
6. Archibald McTaggart, Jr.
Born August 16, 1845
died October 3, 1905 Malahide Twsp.buried in Dunboyne cemetery
married June 28, 1871 Justina Swartz (dau of Jacob & Mary)
died Nov. 3, 1921
Archibald Jr. lived on lot 14, con 2 before moving out to a lot on Highway 73 at Candyville where he ran a sawmill. His obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 6, 1905:
“On Tuesday of last week Mr. Archibald McTaggart Jr., received injuries at his saw mill which proved fatal. A board which he was putting through the saw was thrown back with great force against his abdomen causing internal injuries which resulted in his death on the following Saturday, after enduring terrible agony. He was in his 61st year, and was one of the most highly esteemed citizens of Malahide. He leaves a widow and one son, Emerson. His aged father, who is now in his 102nd year, also survives him. The funeral took place on Monday, a large number of friends attending the services at Dunboyne, where the interment took place.”
1.Emerson E. McTaggart (Jan. 22, 1876 – May, 1952)
Married Flossie G. Gillett (1877-1947)
Emerson lived on his father’s farm, and later built a house and farmed at Candyville, lot 10, concession 2, part of the former Swartz farm. Here he ran the McTaggart sawmill. In earlier years he had been organist at Copenhagen Methodist church and superintendent of the Sunday school. Children: Winnifred (1903-1959), married Ross Axford; Gordon McTaggart, Donald McTaggart.
7. Neil McTaggart (son of Archibald & Margaret)
born July 30, 1847
died May 6, 1925farmed on lots 13-14, concession 2; buried in Dunboyne cemetery
married Mary Susan Gloin (1849-Nov. 6, 1926)
Neil McTaggart’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 7, 1925; and the funeral on May 14, 1925:
Neil McTaggart, a life-long resident of Malahide and a highly esteemed and successful farmer, died early Wednesday morning, after an illness of the past two months. Deceased, who was in his 78th year, was born and and had lived all his lifeon the farm where he passed away. He was a consistent member of the Methodist church. Surviving are one son, Irvin McTaggart, and one grandson, Elgin McTaggart; also one brother, John McTaggart, all of Malahide; and one sister, Mrs. John Gloin, of Aylmer. The funeral will take place from his late residence, second concession, on Friday, the 8th inst., at [?] o’clock p.m. Interment will take place in the Dunboyne cemetery.
FUNERAL OF THE LATE NEIL McTAGGART
The funeral of the late Neil McTaggart was held on Friday afternoon, May 8th, from his late residence in Malahide, and was largely attended. Revs. F. Manning and W. Shaw officiated. The pallbearers were James Smithson, E. Whitcroft, Albert Percy, Edwin Drysdale, Frank Ackert and Lee Vanpatter.
Relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. D. Leeson, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Leeson, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Leeson, Frome; Mr. and Mrs. J. Gloin, Yarmouth Centre; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Gloin, St. Thomas; Mr. and Mrs. Neil Gloin, Sparta; Isaac McTaggart, and Mrs. J. McTaggart, Springfield; Harry Cole and family, Emery Cole and family, Mr. and Mrs. James McClennan, Belmont; Nurse Roberts, Toronto; and many relatives and friends from Aylmer and Malahide. Interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery.
Children of Neil & Mary Susan: Irvine
1.Irvine Allan McTaggart (Dec. 24, 1876 – Feb. 8, 1963)
Married Ella N. Brown (1875-1943)
Children: Elgin McTaggart (July 5, 1907 – 1999) married Olive Percy
8. Catherine McTaggart (dau of Archibald & Margaret)
born December 21, 1849
died June 21, 1938buried in Aylmer cemetery
married John Gloin
born June 8, 1850
died March 13, 1925
1.Mabel Gloin (1872 – Sept. 13, 1885; aged 7 yrs. 1 mo. 7 dys)
2.Adah Gloin (1877 – Feb. 15, 1889, aged 12 yrs. 1 mo. 10 dys)
Catherine Gloin’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 23, 1938:
MRS. JOHN GLOIN
Catharine Gloin, a resident of Aylmer and South Malahide all her life, died at her home, Talbot street west, Aylmer, on Tuesday, June 21st, in her 89th year. She had been confined to her home for the past four years and a half, when she fell and fractured her hip, and had been given loving care by her niece, Mrs. Charles McTaggart. Mrs. Gloing was born on the second concession of Malahide, and was a daughter of Archibald and Margaret McTaggart. Her husband predeceased her in 1925, shortly before they moved to Aylmer from Gloin’s corner, three miles south of town. Deceased was a member of St. Paul’s United Church. She was of a kindly disposition and always had a smile for everyone. A number of nieces and nephews survive.
The body is at rest at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Aylmer, where the funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 23rd, at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Rev. W.D. Stenlake will have charge. Interment in the Aylmer cemetery.
9. Anne McTaggart (dau of Archibald & Margaret)
born April 16, 1856
died May 19, 1879 Malahide Twsp.
married Peter Swartz
Families from Concession 2, lot 15:
Edward G. Fairbrother owned 50 acres in lot 15 from 1873 past 1900. He came with his parents from England in 1847, settling in London Township, Middlesex County in 1849. After living near Windsor for a short time, he and his wife Martha returned to London township. In 1873 the purchased a farm in Malahide township. He was a member of the Copenhagen Methodist church and served on the Copenhagen School Board for over twenty years. He and his wife retired from the farm in 1914, and moved to Aylmer. They are buried in Aylmer cemetery. Edward is found in Malahide census records: 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 28); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 4), and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 5).
Edward G. Fairbrother was the son of William Fairbrother (1810 – ca 1866), a native of Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, and his wife Sarah Rebecca George (1812 – 1881). William served in the Royal Artillery in Woolwich, Kent, England, and was stationed in Quebec from 1847 to 1849 before retiring to London township, Middlesex county. Constable William T. Faibrother of St. Thomas, was another son of William & Sarah.
Edward’s wife, Martha Cannom, was born in the parish of East Ruston, Norfolk, England, the daughter of John Cannom and Harriet Thompson. Harriet was burned to death in a fire, and Martha and her siblings were raised by grandparents. In 1854 Martha and her siblings came to Orleans County, New York with their maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Thompson Saunders and her husband Robert A. Saunders. Robert and Elizabeth eventually moved to Con. 2 Malahide and are buried in the cemetery at Grovesend.
Edward George Fairbrother
born March 27, 1838 Woolwich, Kent, England
died October 30, 1917 Aylmer, Ontario
married September 15, 1863 Martha Harriet Cannom
born September 4, 1841 East Ruston, Norfolk, England
died February 10, 1923 Malahide
children: Edward, Drusilla, Cecelia, Sarah, William, Edith
Edward’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 1, 1917:
The death of Edward G. Fairbrother occurred at his home on St. Andrew street, Aylmer, on Tuesday, October 30th. Deceased, who was in his 80th year was born in Woolwich, Kent County, England, in March 1838, and when but a lad of 9 years came to Canada and settled in London township, later moving to the first concession of Malahide, near Copenhagen where for nearly half a century he followed the occupation of farming and was possibly one of the best known and highly respected men in Malahide. For 28 years he acted as one of the township’s auditors and took an active interest in all municipal matters. He was an enthusiastic member of Copenhagen Methodist church and in politics a staunch Conservative. With his good wife, deceased moved to Aylmer about four years ago and for the past six months or more has been confined to the house through illness. Besides his widow he is survived by three daughters: Mrs. W. Melvin, Stratford; Mrs. Chas. Satchell, Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Ed Whitcroft, Copenhagen; and two sons, Edward A., of St. Paul, Minn., and W. F., of Aylmer. Also one brother, W. F. Fairbrother, St. Thomas. The funeral took place from his late residence this afternoon to Aylmer cemetery.
Martha’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 15, 1923:
DEATH OF MRS. FAIRBROTHER
Mrs. Edward G. Fairbrother, who has been spending the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Edgar Whitcraft, passed away on Saturday, February 10 at their home. Mrs. Fairbrother was a member of the Methodist Church at Copenhagen for a long number of years, taking an active part in all church work in her younger days. She was born at Ruston, Norfolk County, England, on Sept. 4, 1841, coming over to New York State with her parents at an early age, spending her girlhood at Albany [sic – should read “Albion”], N.Y., then to London, Ont., where she was married in 1863, moving to Copenhagen in 1873, where she lived until a few years ago, when she and her husband, Edward G. Fairbrother moved to Aylmer and retired from active work. Her husband predeceased her five years ago. She leaves to mourn two sons and three daughters: Edward A., of St. Paul, Minn.; William F., of Aylmer; Mrs. William Melvin, of Stratford; Mrs. Charles Satchell, Des Moines, Iowa; and Mrs. Edgar Whitcraft, of Copenhagen. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. from the residence of Edward Whitcraft, Copenhagen. Interment in Aylmer Cemetery.
Children of Edward & Martha Fairbrother: Edward, Drusilla, Celia, Sarah, William, Edith
1. Edward Albert Fairbrother (son of Edward & Martha)
born October 11, 1864 Windsor, Ontario
died November 5, 1941 St. Paul, Minnesota
married 1. October 8, 1895 Minnie Frizellin St. Paul, Minnesota
married 2. September 20, 1939 Nellie Baker McVicar in Brandon, Manitoba
children: Edward, Edith, Walter, George
Edward Fairbrother Jr. left Copenhagen in 1895 and moved to St. Paul, Minnesota where he was employed with the Northern Pacific Railway. He and his first wife Minnie are buried in Roselawn Cemetery, St. Paul, Minnesota
2. Drusilla Amelia Fairbrother (dau of Edward & Martha)
born January 10, 1870 London Gore, Ontario
died January 22, 1944 Detroit, Michigan
married March 1894 William Melvin
born November 19, 1870 England
died June 19, 1933 Stratford, Ontario
children: Annie, William, Florence, Emma, George, Marion, Milford, Gordon
William Melvin was a tenant in Malahide previous to his marriage to Drusilla. After their marriage
they moved to Acton and later Stratford where they spent the rest of their lives. He owned and operated a barber shop there for many years. They are buried in Avondale Cemetery, Stratford.
3. Mary Cecelia Fairbrother (dau of Edward & Martha)
born September 30, 1872 London Gore, Ontario
died June 15, 1942 Des Moines, Iowa
married October 12, 1893 Charles Harrison Satchell; in Copenhagen
Cecelia and Charles spent their married life in Des Moines, Iowa. They are buried in Glendale cemetery there. They had no children, but raised Cecelia’s niece, Gladys Magee, whose mother died young.
4. Sarah Emma Fairbrother (dau of Edward & Martha)
born December 10, 1874 Malahide
died February 15, 1950 Yarmouth
married March 8, 1900 William Edgar Whitcroft
born April 16, 1874 N. Dorchester Twsp., Middlesex Co.
Died May 24, 1931 Malahide
children: Thelma, Ruby, Willis, Charles
Following their marriage, Sarah and Edgar farmed east of Copenhagen on lot 11, concession 1. In 1908 they moved to a farm north of Copenhagen on lot 10, concession 3. They were members of Copenhagen Methodist church.
WILLIAM E. WHITCROFT DIED AT COPENHAGEN
Malahide Farmer Was Also Road Foreman of Township
Aylmer, May 26 – The death of William Edgar Whitcroft, well-known farmer of South Malahide and road foreman for the township, occurred Sunday at his home at Copenhagen, about six miles south of this place. He had been ill five months and two weeks ago suffered a stroke. He was in his 58th year. Deceased was a member of the United Church, of Aylmer Lodge No. 94, I.O.O.F. He is survived by his wife, two sons, Willis, at Glencolin, and Charles, at home; also one daughter, Mrs. Leon Simpson, of Copenhagen. Four brothers and two sisters also survive. They are: Elmer, of Brampton; Merton, of Detroit; Frank, of Sparta; and Claude, Glencolin; and Mrs. James Bolton, Detroit; Mrs. Gordon Staley, Glencolin. The funeral was held from his late residence with interment in Aylmer Cemetery.
WILLIAM E. WHITCROFT
Copenhagen, May 29 – The funeral of William E. Whitcroft was held from his home on Tuesday afternoon, and was largely attended. Relatives were present from Glencolin, Sparta, Brampton, and Detroit and a large number of friends from the community. The service was conducted by the pastor, Rev. Theodore Turner, assisted by a former pastor of the circuit, Rev. A.E. Shaw, who spoke feelingly of the large place held by Mr. Whitcroft in the esteem of all who knew him. During the service two hymns were sung, “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me”, and “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”; also a solo by Mrs. John White Jr., “Just Beyond”. The floral offerings were many and the flower bearers were young men, members of the Sunday School class of which Mr. Whitcroft was the teacher: J. McCrory, Charles Wright, W. Roberts, J. White Jr., L. White, Harry Crosby, D. Aikens, L. Carter, P. Jibson, and R. Jibson. The pallbearers were: Harley Crosby, Charles McTaggart, John White Sr., Fred Roberts, David Britton and Irwin McTaggart. Interment was made in the Aylmer Cemetery.
Sarah Whitcroft’s obituary:
COPENHAGEN – Our community has suffered another loss in the passing of the late Mrs. Sarah Whitcroft at the Annex Hospital on Wednesday last. The news came as a shock to everyone, for although of late she had not been as well as usual, she kept around at her tasks and her illness did not become serious until about a week before her passing. She will be missed very much for she was a faithful attendant at the church and Sunday School services and was an active member of the Ladies’ Association. She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fairbrother, and was the last member of that family. She had lived in this vicinity all her life and attended the public school here. Her husband, the late Edward Whitcroft passed away in the spring of 1931. Her family, a daughter, Mrs. Leon Simpson and two sons Willis and Charles are left to mourn a very devoted mother. There are also eleven grandchildren. The friends and neighbours join in extending deepest sympathy to her loved ones.
children of Edgar & Sarah: Thelma, Ruby, Willis, Charles
1.Thelma May Whitcroft (dau of Edgar & Sarah)
born May 17, 1901 Malahide
died March 6, 1963 St. Thomas
married September 15, 1926 Leon Simpson (son of L.N. & Matilda Simpson)
born February 17, 1902 London
died October 18, 1980 Listowel, Ontario
children: Margaret (married James Melvin McCallum)
2.Ruby Leona Whitcroft (dau of Edgar & Sarah)(Feb. 17, 1904 – Feb. 24, 1905)
3.Elmer Willis Whitcroft (son of Edgar & Sarah)
born November 3, 1906 Malahide
died January 1, 1962 West Hollywood, Florida (on vacation)
Married February 20, 1929 Gladys Elizabeth Crosby
born June 25, 1904 Malahide
died May 4, 1988 St. Thomas
children: Harley, Frances
4.Charles Clayton Whitcroft (son of Edgar & Sarah)
born June 6, 1910 Malahide
died Jan. 11, 1970 St. Thomas
married August 31, 1932 Ellen Irene Welter
born October 31, 1912 Malahide
died January 9, 1990 St. Thomas
children: Helen, Leroy, Duane, Percy, Ronald, Shirley
5. William Frederick Fairbrother (son of Edward & Martha)
born April 5, 1877 Malahide
died Nov. 23, 1924 Aylmer
married March 11, 1903 Bertha Maude Rice
born October 24, 1878 Malahide
died December 19, 1953 St. Thomas
children: Russell, Doris
William and Bertha farmed in the Copenhagen area until 1904 when they moved to Aylmer. He worked as an assistant in Ball’s Undertaking Parlour; was town assessor for a number of years; and chairman of the public school board. Following his death, Bertha was married to Captain Edward Johnston. They are buried in Aylmer Cemetery
6. Edith Estella Fairbrother (dau of Edward & Martha)
born August 17, 1879 Malahide
died April 19, 1910 Malahide
married September 5, 1901 William Francis Magee
born October 26, 1874 Frogmore, Ontario
died December 26, 1945 Copenhagen
children: Gladys, Wilda, Ted
William and Edith farmed on the Jamestown Road, lot 5, concession 2. Edith died from pneumonia following the birth of her son Ted in 1910. William moved to Niagara Falls, but returned to Copenhagen several years later and married Grace Jones. William and Edith are buried in Aylmer Cemetery.
Edith’s obituary from the St. Thomas Times:
THE SAD DEATH OF MRS. W. F. MAGEE
Further Particulars of Demise of Estimable Lady by a Copenhagen Correspondent
Mrs. W. F. Magee in her 31st year (nee Edith Fairbrother) passed away Tuesday at the home of her parents Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Fairbrother. She could not stay away from her mother, notwithstanding her delicate condition. Her mother was very low with pneumonia, and had been ailing for several months, before she contracted pneumonia. Her life was dispaired of and the children were called to her bedside. Mrs. Magee lived on the Jamestown road, about 2 ½ miles from her parents. She contracted the disease while attending her mother, and on Saturday morning last, four days prior to her death, gave birth to a son. Her condition was considered critical by her physician and friends and notwithstanding all that could be done by physicians, professional nurse and dear ones, she passed away. She leaves a husband, two little girls aged 7 and 4, besides the babe; also her mother, who is very ill, her aged father, two brothers Edward of St. Paul, and William, of Aylmer; three sisters: Mrs. Satchell, Des Moines, Iowa; Mrs. Melvin of Stratford, and Mrs. Whitcroft of this place, besides a host of friends who loved her dearly. She was raised on the farm where she died, was a consistent member of the Methodist church, and active worker in the League and Sunday School prior to her marriage. She moved with her husband to Tillsonburg where they remained for some years. His father, wishing to give up farming, they moved back here on the farm, the father and mother Mr. and Mrs. Magee, moving to Copenhagen. This death has cast a mantle of sorrow over the neighbourhood.
There is no death! An angel form
Walks o’er the earth with silent tread;
He bears our best loved things away,
And then we call them ‘dead’.
And ever near us, though unseen,
The dear immortal spirits tread;
For all the boundless universe
If life — there is no dead.
FUNERAL OF THE LATE MRS. W. F. MAGEE
Was Very Largely Attended; School Were Closed; Floral Tributes Numerous and Beautiful
Copenhagen, April 25 – The funeral of the late Mrs. W. F. Magee was held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Fairbrother. Rev. W. Fansher of Aylmer conducted the services. The gathering was large. Relatives and friends were present from St. Thomas, Strathroy, Thamesford, Aylmer, St. Paul, Des Moines, Iowa, and the neighbours turned out en masse attesting to the high esteem entertained for the departed. The floral offerings were numerous and beautiful including a wreath from the parents, brothers and sisters; pillows, sprays, etc. from her Sunday School class, of which D. Leeson is teacher. From R. H. Lindsay and family, Miss Clara Jones, Mesdames Kelley, Pineo, Minhinnick, Durdle, Taylor and others. After the services a large procesion followed the remains to the Aylmer cemetery where interment was made.
Her mother, who is very ill, has borne the bereavement with more fortitude than her family and friends thought possible. Her physician was by her side during the services and remained for some time after they left the house.
The pall bearers were Emerson McTaggart, Earl H. Lindsay, Derwin Howse, Henry Kelly, Gordon Gillett and Roy Leeson.
The public school was closed so that the teacher and children could attend the funeral.
Edwin Geen owned 50 acres in lot 15 from 1865 to past 1900. He is found in Malahide census records: 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 54); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 33); 1891 (Div. 2, pg. 49), and 1901 (Div. 2, pg. 17). The 1871 census records that his wife Mary died that year.
Record was found of a baptism of an Edwin Geen on Sept. 14, 1834 in Georgeham, Devonshire, England, the son of William & Mary Geen. This may the Edwin Geen of Malahide. The parents, William Geen & Mary Thomas, were married on Dec. 3, 1831 in Georgeham, Devonshire.
born June 6, 1834 England
died November 19, 1907 Malahide Township
married Mary _____
born ca 1836 England
died 1871 Malahide Township
children: Amelia, Charles, Lilly
1. Amelia Geen (born ca 1859 in Ontario)
2. Charles Geen (born ca. 1861 in Ontario)
3. Lilly Geen (born ca 1869 in Ontario)
Edwin’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 21, 1907:
“Mr. Edward Geen, an old man about 80 years old, was found dead at his home a few miles south of here last night about 9 o’clock. He lived all alone and probably died from old age and lack of care. No one is to blame but himself for the latter condition as he had plenty of means to support himself comfortably but would not do so and his disagreeable disposition prevented his children and his neighbours from doing so. One of his neighbours, Mr. Addison Turrill, took him in something to eat and fixed his fire for him about an hour before he was found dead, but had no idea he was so sick, or so near death.”
William Kelley first appears in Malahide land records on lot 15, concession 2 in 1871 when he acquired 50 acres, where he lived until his death in 1899. His widow and son Thomas lived there past 1900. In 1885 William acquired 50 acres across the road in lot 14, concession 1, and in 1890 he purchased another 70 acres in lot 14, concession 1, where his son John lived past 1900.
A search in English records for the origins of William Kelley have resulted in two possibilities. Without knowing which county he may have been born in, an assumption was made that perhaps the Kelley family came from Devonshire, where so many other south Malahide families originated from. According to his age at death, William would have been born in November 1839. A christening was found for a William Kelley on Oct. 20, 1839 in Iddesleigh, Devon, son of William & Mary Kelley. Another William Kelley was christened on Aug. 4, 1840 in Iddesleigh, the son of William & Grace. The Oct. 20, 1839 christening is closer to the birthdate of the Malahide William.
A marriage record for a William Kelley to Mary Lang on Nov 19, 1826 in Iddesleigh was also found. This is no doubt the above couple.
Census records for Devon in 1851 show both families, but do not give conclusive evidence as to which one might be the William of Malahide.
First is a William Kelley, servant, age 11, farm servant, born Iddesleigh, living with Thomas & Mary Arnold in Henacroft, Okehampton (in Iddesleigh, Okehampton, Folio 197, page 3). The probably parents of this William (William & Mary) are found in 6 Village, Okehampton, Iddesleigh, Folio 200, page 8. William is age 45, a farm labourer, born in Iddesleigh, his wife Mary, age 48, was born in Sutcomb. Two other children with them are Elizabeth, age 8, and Maria, age 6.
The other couple who are possible parents of the William in Malahide are found in the 1851 census for Lower Pixton, Okehampton, Iddesleigh, folio 185, page 1. William is age 34, a cordwinder; his wife Grace, age 39, and children: William 10, Ann, 8, John, 7, Edward, 6, Thomas, 4, and Richard, 2, all born in Iddesleigh.
There is some confusion regarding William’s wife Susanna’s maiden name. Her death registration records that her father’s name was Thomas Chute; but other sources give her maiden name as Cole. They are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. William is found in Malahide census records: 1871 (Div. 1, page 57); 1881 (Div. 1, page 51); and 1891 (Div. 1, page 3).
born 1840 England
died June 20, 1899 Malahide; aged 59 yrs. 7 mos.
Married Susanna Cole
born September 11, 1839 Malahide or England?
Died October 12, 1913 in her 75th year
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 22, 1899:
Mr. William Kelley, of the first concession, Malahide, died on Tuesday last in the 60th year of his age, and the funeral will take place today at 2 p.m. Deceased was a man who enjoyed the respect and esteem of all who knew him, and was particularly noted for his honest, straightforward business dealings, his word being as good as his bond. Although lacking the advantages of be desired from a good education, he was a shrewd, intelligent farmer, and as a result, by indomitable pluck and hard labor, became possessed of considerable property, free from incumbrance. He was always blessed with good health until a few weeks ago, his final illness extending over a period of three weeks, death resulting from a complication of diseases. One daughter, Mrs. E. Smuck, and three sons, all grown to manhood, together with a devoted wife, survive him.
Susanna’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 16, 1913:
On Sunday morning, Susanna, relict of the late Wm. Kelly, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Smuck at Dunboyne, after a short illness. Mrs. Kelly was in her 75th year. Three sons and one daughter are left to mourn the loss of a loving mother; Thomas on the homestead; John and Henry, Copenhagen; and Mrs. Ed Smuck, Dunboyne. Service was held at the Dunboyne church Tuesday afternoon and interment took place in the Dunboyne cemetery.
Children of William & Susanna Kelley: William, Martha, John, Thomas, Henry
1. William Kelley (son of William & Susanna)
died April 15, 1888 age 20 yrs. 9 mos.
2. Martha Kelley (dau of William & Susanna)
born October 27, 1869
died February 6, 1920buried in Aylmer cemetery
married Edward Smuck(appears in 1901 Malahide census, Div. 2, pg. 9)
Martha’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 12, 1920:
“The sad death occurred on Friday last in Malahide, of Mrs. Martha Smuck, wife of Edwin Smuck, in her 50th year. Deceased, who had been ill for some weeks, leaves to mourn her loss besides her husband, one son, Norman, and one daughter, Jessie, both at home, and three brothers, John, Henry and Thomas Kelly. The funeral took place on Monday at 1:30, from her late residence, southwest of Dunboyne, to the Aylmer cemetery.”
3. John Kelley (son of William & Susanna)
born August 9, 1871
died October 23, 1939(Appears in 1901 Malahide census, Div. 1, pg. 12)
married 1. Florence ______
(born November 23, 1874; died Dec. 26, 1930; in her 60th year)
married 2. Mrs. Mary Sims
John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Oct. 26, 1939:
The death of John Kelley, following an illness of eight days, occurred Monday evening at his home in Orwell. He was in his 69th year, and was a native of Malahide, in which township he was a life-long resident. He had lived in Orwell only eight months. He was a son of the late Mr and Mrs William Kelley, and an adherent of the United Church. His first wife predeceased him nine years ago. He leaves to mourn, besides his wife, four step-sons, Cecil Sims, Morpeth; Leo Sims, Sarnia; Frank Sims, London; and Martin Sims, Copenhagen. Two step-daughters, Mrs. W. J. Parker, Dexter, and Mrs. Bert Lee, Flint, Michigan. Two brothers also survive, Thomas, of Dexter and Henry, of Aylmer.
The body is resting at the Allen Funeral Home, where the service will be held Thursday, at 2:30 p.m. Rev. W. D. Stenlake will be in charge. Interment will be in the Dunboyne cemetery.
4. Thomas Kelley (son of William & Susanna)
born February 5, 1874 [or Jan. 7, 1873]
died September 2, 1959buried in Dunboyne cemetery
married December 27, 1899 Isola Minard; in Sparta
born March 14, 1876
died July 9, 1944 Windsor
Thomas appears on Malahide 1901 census, Div. 1 pg. 6
Thomas’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Sept. 10, 1959:
Thomas Kelley Native of Area
Thomas Kelley, retired Sparta district farmer and native of Malahide township, died last Wednesday at the St. Thomas Elgin-General Hospital at the age of 85. Mr. Kelley, who had resided in the city the past year with his son Allan Kelley, 29 Hemlock Street, was a son of the late William and Martha Kelley, and was born on Jan. 7, 1873. He farmed in South Yarmouth and Malahide all his active years. His wife, who died 14 years ago, was the former Isola Minard.
Surviving are two sons and two daughters, Allan of St. Thomas, William of RR #1 Sparta, Mrs. Mary Proud, RR #8 St. Thomas, and Mrs. Ellis (Mildred) Walker RR #3 St. Thomas, one brother Henry Kelley, RR #2 Aylmer, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. The funeral service has held last Friday afternoon with burial in Dunboyne cemetery.
children: Leola, Mildred, William, Allan, Mary
1.Leola Susanna Kelley
born March 21, 1901
died September 19, 1924
married April, 1918 Gordon Roszell
2.Mildred Valletta Kelley
born May 17, 1903
died March 28, 1986
married June 8, 1921 Ellis Redrick Walker
3.William Adney Kelley
born July 27, 1906
died February 10, 1986; buried in Dunboyne
4.Allan Minard Kelley
born May 27, 1908
died June 24, 1982; buried in Union cemetery
married Mary McCauley
5.Mary Kathleen Kelley
born August 27, 1914
married 1. George Kicksee
married 2. Dale Proud
5. Henry Kelley (son of William & Susanna)
born October 9, 1881(appears on Malahide 1901 census, Div. 1, pg. 6)
died November 18, 1963
married 1. March 15, 1905 Nellie Catherine Smithson (1884-1937)
married 2. Mabel E. Jones (Mar. 7, 1901 – 1975)
children: Ronald, Ted
Henry’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Nov 20, 1963:
A lifelong resident of this area, Henry Kelley, RR #2 Aylmer, died Monday morning in the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital. Born in Malahide Township 82 years ago, he was a son of the late William Kelley and Susan Cole. Mr. Kelley was a general farmer and had lived in the area all his life. He was an adherent of the Malahide United Church.
He is survived by his wife the former Mabel Jones; two sons, Ronald, RR #2 Aylmer, and Edwin, at home. Two grandchildren also survive. His first wife, the former Nellie Smithson, died 26 years ago.
Mr. Stanley Royle of the Malahide United Church conducted the service this Wednesday afternoon at the Barnum & Kebbel Funeral Home. Burial was in Aylmer Cemetery.
Families from Concession 2, lot 16:
A Thomas Thompson was a tenant on 200 acres in lot 16 from before 1859 to 1866, and owned the property from 1867 to 1879. The only Thomas Thompson found in census records is the Thomas Thompson who lived at Port Bruce. (See volume on Concession 1). It is probable that this is the same man.
Joel and William T. Matin are listed as tenants on 195 acres in lot 16 from 1870 to 1873; and on 150 acres from 1873 to 1878. Joel appears in Malahide census records for 1861 (Div. 2, pg. 11), and 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 19).
born ca 1816 Ontario
married Elizabeth _____
born ca. 1818 Ontario
children: William (ca 1835); Mary Jane (ca 1837); Merritt (ca 1839); Susanna (ca 1841); Robert (ca 1843)
James Wall, a blacksmith, was a tenant on 50 acres in lot 16 from 1871 to 1877. He is found in the 1871 census (Div. 1, pg. 52). His wife, Delilah King, was a daughter of John & Ann Ferguson. A John & Bridget Ferguson appear also in Div. 1, page 52 of the 1871 census. It is possible that this is Delilah’s father, with a second wife.
James Wall was the son of Moses & Ann Wall, and was born in Dereham township. He married Delilah King on April 25, 1859, the dau of John & Ann Ferguson. It is uncertain why Delilah’s surname is given as King on their marriage record. Some connection does exist between the above John & Bridget, however, as indicated by Assessment records for lot 16, concession 3. John & Bridget Ferguson owned 4 acres from 1863 to 1890, with Bridget continuing to own the property as a widow from 1890 to past 1900. Tenants on this four acres during their ownership are Danford Ferguson (1890); John Wall (1891-1899), and James Wall, a silversmith, on ½ acre.
Living with James & Delilah Wall on the 1871 census are the following: Elizabeth King (age 12), Frederick Hodgkinson (age 10, George Terrybury (age 10), and Ann Terrybury (age 2). It is possible that Delilah was married previously to a Mr. King, and was therefore a widow with an infant daughter Elizabeth, when she married James Wall.
James & Delilah Wall are buried in Luton Cemetery. Also buried in their plot is John Ferguson (died 1901, aged 73 yrs. 8 mos.–probably Delilah’s father), and Elizabeth Chute (died February 14, 1892, in her 32nd year).
According to daughter Mary Ann Berdan’s obituary, the Wall family was living near Owen Sound at the time of her birth in 1854.
born 1823 Dereham Twsp., Oxford Co.
Died January 8, 1909 in his 87th year
married 1. ___________
married 2. April 25, 1859 Delilah Ferguson King
born 1843 Dereham Twsp., Oxford Co.
Died December 22, 1916 in her 74th year
James Wall’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 14, 1909:
“On Friday last at his home on 4th Ave., Mr. James Wall, another one of our oldest citizens, passed away in his 89th year. Deceased has been a resident of Aylmer for a good many years, and has enjoyed the respect and esteem of all our citizens. He leaves a widow, two daughters by his first wife, Mrs. J. Chute and Mrs. A. Berdan, of Malahide; also three children by his second wife, John of Griffin’s Corners; Mrs. Rollison, of Vienna; and Mrs. R. Powers, of Aylmer. The funeral took place on Sunday, services being held in the Mennonite church and interment in Luton cemetery.”
Delilah Wall’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 28, 1916:
“The death occurred in Aylmer, on Friday, December 22nd, of Delilah N. Wall, in her 73rd year. Deceased, who is an old and respected resident of this place, has been in poor health for some months. She is survived by one son and two daughters: John Wall, Mrs. Robert Rolloson, and Mrs. Reuben Powers, all of this place. The funeral took place from the residence of Mr. D. Ferguson, Fourth Ave., on Sunday, the 24th inst. At 2:30 o’clock, and interment took place in the Luton cemetery.”
children: Mary, Catherine, Lannie, Joseph, Susan, John, Margaret, Dilley
1. Mary Ann Wall (dau of James)
born ca 1854; died January 8, 1928; buried in Union cemetery
married Alfonzo Berdan (1853 – 1921) buried in Luton cemetery
children: Peter, Albert, James, Earl, John
Mary Ann’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 12, 1928:
DEATH OF MARY ANN BERDAN
Mary Ann, beloved wife of the late Alphonso Berdan, died at the home of her son, Peter Berdan, Victoria Street, Aylmer, on Sunday evening, January 8th. She was in her 75th year, and had been confined to her bed by illness for the past three years. Mrs. Berdan was born near Owen Sound, and came to this district when a young woman. Nearly all her life she resided near Mt. Salem where she was a member of the United Church and leaves many friends both in Mt. Salem and Aylmer to mourn her death. Her husband predeceased her more than ten years ago. Surviving are five sons: Peter, of Aylmer; Albert, of Talbotville; John, of Winnipeg; James and Earl, of Caledonia. Also one brother, John Wall, of Aylmer, and three sisters, Mrs. John Chute, and Mrs. Reuben Powers, of Aylmer; and Mrs. Charles Roloson, of Vienna. The funeral was held at the home of her son, Peter Berdan, on Wednesday, the 11th inst., at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Rev. Waldemar Williams, of St. Paul’s United Church, officiated. Interment took place in the Union cemetery.
2. Catherine Wall (dau of James)
born ca 1856; married John Chute
3. Lannie E. Wall (child of James)
(1864 – Jan. 28, 1875, aged 11 yrs. 7 mos. 9 dys.) Buried in Luton
4. Joseph Danford Wall (son of James)
(1865 – March 16, 1882, aged 16 yrs. 11 mos. 9 dys.) Buried in Luton
5. Susan Wall (dau of James)
born 1865; died 1952; buried in Aylmer
married Reuben A. Powers (1859 – 1922)
6. John David Wall (son of James) (born ca 1870)
7. Margaret Jane Wall (dau of James) (died October 15, 1868) buried in Luton
8. Dilley May Wall (dau of James)
born 1875; died November1940
married Charles A. Roloson (1868 – 1941); buried in St. Luke’s cemetery, Vienna
Dilley’s obituary appeared in the St. Thomas Times-Journal, November 16, 1940:
FUNERAL SERVICES OF MRS. C. A. ROLOSON
Bayham Township Woman Formerly Lived in Aylmer
Tillsonburg, Nov. 16 – The funeral service of Mrs. Dilley May Roloson, wife of Charles A. Roloson, who died at her home on the third concession of Bayham, east of Vienna, was held at the residence last week, and was in charge of Rev. E. A. Poulter, minister of the Vienna United Church. The deceased was a member of the Ladies’ Circle of that church. Mrs. M. Chute and Mrs. Henry Brien sang two favourite hymns of the deceased. Pallbearers for interment in St. Luke’s cemetery, Vienna, were William Benner, John Appleton, Albert Moore, Edgar Goodhand, Delbert Ryan and Merton Ryan. Mrs. Roloson, who was in her 66th year, had supper as usual with her family and passed away suddenly late in the evening. She was born on the second concession of Malahide Township, in 1875, a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs James Wall. When a child, she moved with her parents to Aylmer, where she lived until her marriage to Mr. Roloson, son of the late Mr and Mrs Charles Roloson, of Vienna, in 1891. Surviving to mourn her loss are her husband; eight children, Mrs. George Allward, Hamilton; Clarence Roloson, St. Williams; William Roloson, Sarnia; Mrs. Lila Learn, Simcoe; Mrs. Stella Blake, Detroit; Mrs. Clifton Brinn, Vienna; Kenneth Roloson, Vienna; Lewis, at home; a sister Mrs. Susan Powers, Aylmer; 28 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
John & Frank Puntine first appear as owners of 100 acres in lot 16 in 1879. A William Puntine appears in the 1842 Malahide census on lot 26, concession 1. There are also several Puntine families living in Bayham township on the 1871 census, one of whom is Eva Puntine, age 79, born Nova Scotia. Eva’s maiden name was Barr, and was the wife of William Puntine, and were the parents of John on this lot. Eva appears with John on the 1861 Malahide census as a widow.
William and Eva Puntine are buried in the Berean cemetery next to John. William was born ca 1790 in Denmark and died February 28, 1859, aged 72 years. Eva, his wife, was born in 1790 and died November 5, 1870, aged 79 years.
John appears in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 1, pg. 7), and 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 24). Vital statistics records show the death of a Ruth Truman in Malahide on July 23, 1910, aged 74 yrs. 26 days, born May 17, 1836 in Malahide, the daughter of William Pontine, born Denmark; and Eva Barr, born Nova Scotia. Residence is given as lot 26, concession 1. There is also a marriage record for Robert Puntine, of Malahide, on December 8, 1859, to Eliza A. Benns, also of Malahide. Unfortunately, no parents names are given on the record.
Additional information on the Puntine/Pontine and Barr families is found in Volume 1.
John B. Puntine
born ca 1820 Nova Scotia
died February 16, 1880; aged 60 yrs. 1 mo. 16 days. Buried in Berean cemetery
married 1. January 18, 1855 Sarah E. Armstrong
married 2. Margaret “Maggie” McDonald (1835- August 10, 1864) (dau of John & Elizabeth)
The 1861 census records that John was married, and his wife may have been the Hannah Puntine, age 24, that is also living in the household. There is a Margaret Puntine, age 23, who is single, and Ruth Puntine, age 21, also single. Since the widowed mother Eva, age 71, is also living in this
household, it could be that Margaret and Ruth are daughters of Eva. Also living with the family are children: Ambrose (age 13), George (age 11), Francis (age 3), and Elizabeth (age 1). It is not clear if these are children of John.
Families from Concession 2, Lot 17:
James Buck first appears on lot 17 as a tenant on 58 acres from 1877 to 1881, later owning the property from 1881 past 1900. It also appears he owned an additional 58 acres in this lot from 1864 past 1900.
James Buck was the son of Adam Buck, who was born in Welland county, and his wife Elizabeth Buck. James appears in Malahide census: 1871 (Div. 1, page 53); 1881 (Div. 1, page 34); 1891 (Div. 1, page 34), and 1901 (Div. 1, page 2) . He and his first wife are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. His obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 20, 1911:
“The township of Malahide lost another of its old and respected residents on Saturday last, when Mr. James H. Buck passed away at his home on the 2nd concession. Deceased was born in the Niagara district and came to this section about 40 years ago from Norfolk, where he lived for a time. He was in his 85th year and was well known and highly esteemed all through this section. He was twice married and is survived by his widow, five sons and two daughters, viz: Walter, James and Eber, of Malahide; George and Peter, of St. Thoms; Mrs. Jas. A. Murray of Aylmer, and Mrs. B. Irish, of Malahide. Services were held in the Methodist church, Mt. Salem, on Monday afternoon, and the remains were taken to Dunboyne cemetery for interment.”
Mary Buck’s (first wife of James) obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 23, 1893:
“Another aged and respected resident of Malahide passed away on Thursday last at Mount Salem, in the person of Mrs. James Buck. She had been sick for a long time, and her death while not altogether unexpected, was none the less regretted by her family and friends.”
James Henry Buck
born February 27, 1829 Niagara area, Ontario
died April 15, 1911 Malahide, aged 84 yrs.
married 1. Mary Susan Downs
born 1830 New York
died March 16, 1893 age 62 yrs. 7 mos. 16 dys.
married 2. August 6, 1894 Jane Hyde Balderstone
born July 9, 1853 England
died 1924 buried in Luton cemetery
James and his second wife Jane were married in Hamilton. She was a widow living in Saltfleet Township, and was the daughter of John & Mary Ann Hyde.
Children: Amanda, Walter, Peter, Candace, James, George, Fanny, Charles, Mary, Eber, and Eva
1. Amanda Elizabeth Buck (dau of James & Mary)
born 1853 Norfolk County
died February, 1939 buried in Dunboyne
married January 8, 1873 James Alfred Murray (son of James Murray & Mary Kelley)
1.Elwood Murray (born c. 1880) married Jan. 2, 1899 Emily May Rockey
Amanda’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 23, 1939:
MRS. AMANDA MURRAY
Mrs. Amanda Elizabeth Murray, relict of the late James Alfred Murray, passed away Wednesday after an illness of several weeks. She was in her 86th year and was a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs James Henry Buck, former residents of the 2nd concession of Malahide. She was born in Simcoe and was married at Mr. Salem. Following her marriage she resided at Orwell, Springfield, Houghton Centre, Vienna and Aylmer, where her husband was caretaker of St. Paul’s United Church for many years. Mr and Mrs Murray went to Saskatchewan to farm in 1910, with their son Elwood Murray. In 1925 they went to Florida and returned to Aylmer in 1926 where Mrs. Murray has since resided. Her husband predeceased her 9 years ago. Mrs. Murray was a member of St. Paul’s United Church.
Surviving are a son, Elwood Murray, of San Fransisco; a daughter, Mrs. (Dr.) Thomas P. Hanna, of Detroit; two grandsons, Basil Murray of Quebec, and Laverne Murray, of San Fransisco; three granddaughters, Florence May, in Alaska; Mrs. F. P. Evans, Clearwater, Florida; Mrs. Cecil Owen, Oregon; six great grandchildren and several grand nephews and nieces. Mrs. Baxter Irish, Mount Salem, is a sister, and George Buck, Windsor, a brother.
The funeral was held on Friday at l:30 p.m., from her late residence on Warren street, Aylmer, followed by a public service in St. Paul’s United Church at 2 p.m. Rev. W. D. Stenlake had charge of the service during which they hymn “Nearer My God to Thee” was sung by those attending. The pallbearers were William Buck, Harry Buck, Clayton Buck, Archie Buck, Frank Irish and Baxter Irish. The flower bearers were Gordon Buck, Henry Yeandle, Harry Welter and Bruce Baughman. Relatives and friends attended from Windsor, Princeton, London, St. Thomas, South Dorchester, Malahide, Yarmouth and Aylmer. Interment took place in the Dunboyne cemetery.
2. Walter Smith Buck (son of James & Mary)
born January 2, 1857 Walsingham Twsp., Norfolk County
died Sept. 16, 1920 Lived at lot 16, concession 2
married March 10, 1886 Harriet Smithson
Walter S. Buck owned 80 acres in lot 16, concession 2, from 1885 past 1900. His obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Sept. 23, 1920:
“There passed peacefully away on Thursday evening, Sept. 16th, a well respected resident of Malahide in the person of Walter S. Buck, in his 64th year, after a lingering illness of about four years duration. Deceased was born near Walsingham, Norfolk County in 1857, coming to Malahide when a boy, where he had resided for over fifty-seven years, and was among Malahide’s most prosperous and highly respected citizens. He leaves to mourn the loss of a kind husband and loving father, his widow; four sons and four daughters: Morley and Archie, of Malahide; William, of St. Thomas; and Gordon at home; Mrs. George Lightfoot; Mrs. Bruce Baughman, of Malahide; and Miss Florence and Mary, at home; also three sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Alfred Murray, of Ribstone, Alberta; Mrs. Baxter Irish, of Mt. Salem, and one half-sister, Mrs. Henry Yeandle, of Maple Grove, and James and George, of Malahide. The funeral was held on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock from his late residence, 2nd concession of Malahide, to the Luton cemetery and was largely attended by both relatives and friends. Relatives were present from Vinemount, Simcoe, Pt. Dover, Richmond, Glanworth, St. Thomas, Aylmer and many other places. The floral offerings were beautiful, including a wreath from the family with the word “Father”; a pillow from the brothers and sisters, with the word “Brother”; and sprays from Mrs. Emma Buck, St. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Will Buck, St. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. William Smithson, Dunboyne, Mrs. Wesley Harvey, Vinemount, and Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Hilborn, and Gladys of Glanworth. The service was conducted by Rev. Mr. Shaw, of Luton. The bearers were Charlie McTaggart, Irvin McTaggart, Emerson McTaggart, Alfred Fowler, James Briggs, and George Baker.”
Children of Walter S. Buck and Harriet Smithson:
1.Lillian Buck (April 21, 1887 – 1979)
Married April 3, 1907 George Lightfoot
2.Florence Buck (April 21, 1887 -)
3.George Morley Buck (June 24, 1890 – )
Married Sept. 13, 1911 Louisa Ann Fluelling
4.William Buck (Dec. 14, 1892 – )
5.Dora Buck (Dec. 14, 1892 -1962); Married Bruce Baughman
6.Archibald Buck (Sept. 15, 1896 – )
7.Mary Elizabeth Buck (May 9, 1899 -)
8.Walter Gordon Buck (Oct. 27, 1901 -)
children of James Buck, continued:
3. Peter W. Buck (son of James & Mary)
died May, 1915
married Emma Donaldson (1863-1920)
Peter’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 20, 1915:
“Peter Buck died at his home in St. Thomas, early Saturday morning from a sudden attack of apoplexy. He was a former resident of Aylmer, but for some 23 years has been a valued employee of the M.C.R. at St. Thomas, being foreman of the building department. During the early part of Friday evening he was working in his garden. About 10:30 he was taken suddenly ill and died some three hours later, despite medical attendance. Deceased, who was in his 56th year, is survived by his widow and three sons, Leo, Louis and Harry, all employees of the M.C.R., St. Thomas. Three brothers and three sisters all survive: Walter and George, of Malahide; James, Fairview; Mrs. Baxter Irish; Malahide; Mrs. James Murray, Aylmer, Miss Eva Buck, Talbotville. Antoher brother, Eber, died less than a year ago. Mrs. Murray was prostrated on hearing the news, as she has lost two brothers and a brother-in-law in less than a year. The funeral took place from his late residence, Alexandria Ave., on Monday at 12 o’clock, and interment was made in the Aylmer cemetery.”
4. Candace E. Buck (dau of James & Mary)
married March 7, 1882 John Lemon Hyde (son of Charles & Mary Hyde)
5. James Henry Buck (son of James & Mary)
died 1935 buried in Aylmer cemetery
married Lucinda Nahrgang (1868-1945)
children: Harold, James, Mary
6. George Buck (son of James & Mary)
born August 31, 1863 Norfolk County
died 1952 buried in Luton cemetery
married February 18, 1885 Emma Jane Boyd (dau of Sewell & Ellen Boyd)
born July 14, 1863 Malahide
children: Eva, Gertie
7. Fanny Ann Buck (dau of James & Mary)
died 1947; buried in Aylmer cemetery
married May 18, 1892 Baxter Irish (1868 – 1950)
children: Frank, Russell
8. Charles W. Buck (son of James & Mary)
born January 1867
died February 9, 1867, age 1 month buried in Dunboyne cemetery
9. Mary S. Buck (dau of James & Mary)
born c. 1868
died Nov. 21, 1871, age 3 yrs. 2 mos. buried in Dunboyne cemetery
10. Eber A. Buck (son of James & Mary)
died July 1914; buried in Dunboyne cemetery
married February 22, 1893 Maud Smithson (dau of Truman & Phoebe Smithson)
11. Eva Martha Buck (dau of James Buck and his second wife Jane Hyde)
born January 21, 1896
married Dec. 27, 1916 Henry Yeandle
Thomas Rockey owned 29 acres in lot 17 from 1876 to 1882; and George Rockey from 1882 past 1900. From 1890 onwards, George Rockey was a resident of Washington Territory, U.S.A., and had as tenants on his property Emanuel, Susan, and Orlando Rockey. The Rockey family also owned property in lot 19, concession 3 from 1882 past 1900, and probably actually lived on this property, which was at Mt. Salem. Therefore, the Rockey family will be found in the volume dealing with Concession 3.
Families from lot 17, concession 2, continued:
Austin Snively was a tenant on 28 acres in this lot from 1883 to 1892. Colborne Snively was a tenant here in 1887, and Theodore Snively also from 1891 to 1893.
Austin Snively is found in the 1871 Bayham census (Div. 3, pg. 38).
In the 1891 Malahide census, Austin is found in Div. 1, pg. 22; Colburn is in Div. 1, pg. 9.
Conrad Snively is found in the 1842 Malahide census living on lot 22, concession 7. It states that he has been in the province for 37 years (arrived 1805). In the 1861 census, he is found in Div. 4, page 15, age 75 years, born United States.
Besides Austin, other children of Conrad & Anna Snively were:
Hannah Snively, married Feb. 10, 1836 Martin Vanslyke
Samuel Snively, married Mar. 30, 1841 Drusilla Millard
Elizabeth Snively, married May 28, 1841 Horatio Nelson Berry
Hezekiah Snively, married Nov. 9, 1851 Caroline Kilmer
Susannah Snively, (1828 – 1856), married Mar. 21, 1849 William Henry Zavitz
Sophronia Snively, married Apr. 8, 1854 John Baxter
Catherine Snively, married Nov. 21, 1853 John Tomlin
Rosina Snively, married George Smith
Austin Snively (son of Conrad & Anna Snively)
born ca 1821
died July 2, 1896 age 75 buried in Burdick cemetery
married 1. March 14, 1849 Juliette Pierce (found in Caleb Burdick Methodist Register)
married 2. February 12, 1854 Sirena (Cyrenia) Miller [or Millard], of Malahide
Died September 7, 1854; aged 24 yrs. 5 mos.Buried in Luton cemetery
married 3. September 27, 1857 Sarah Eleanor House, of Yarmouth
died May 5, 1874, age 38 yrs. 8 mos; buried in Burdick cemetery
Austin’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 2, 1896:
“Mr. Austin Snively, a resident of Copenhagen for the past twelve or thirteen years, died today, aged 75 years. Deceased who was highly esteemed has been failing for a long time and lately has not been able to take any nourishment other than a little milk, which reduced him to a mere shadow of his former self. His wife, two sons, and the neighbors did everything in their power to conform to his comfort and make the end peaceful. The funeral will take place from his late residence at 10 a.m. Sunday morning. Services to be held in the Copenhagen Methodist church and interment in Burdick cemetery.”
children: Ann M., Samuel, Colborn, Theodore
1. Ann M. Snively (born ca 1858)
2. Samuel Snively (born 1861; died May 22, 1862, age 1 yr. 8 mos. 21 ds; Burdick cemetery)
3. J. Colburn Snively
born 1863 Aylmer
married Dec. 29, 1886 Sarah Maria Prowse (dau of Henry & Hannah)
children: Annie P. (Born ca 1890)
Colburn is found on the 1891 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 9), where he is a cheesemaker.
3. Theodore Snively (born ca 1869)
Families from concession 2, Lot 18:
James Chalk Jr. was a tenant on lot 18 from 1881 past 1900. He owned 29 acres in lot 17 from 1871 to 1874. In Malahide census records, James Chalk is found as follows: 1861 (Div. 2, pg. 17 – with his parents); 1871 (Div. 2, pg. 39); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 31); 1891 (?); and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 2).
The 1901 census indicates that the Chalk family immigrated from England in 1850. James & Sarah are buried in Calton cemetery.
James Chalk Sr.
Born November 6, 1796 Downton, Wiltshire, England
died June 14, 1867, age 70 yrs. 8 mos
married November 17, 1818 Sarah Newman
born December 30, 1797 England
died February 16, 1875
children: Elizabeth, Harriet, Henry, John, Alfred Charles, James, Finlay (next page):
1. Elizabeth Chalk (christened 7 May 1820 in Downton, Wiltshire)
married Sept. 9, 1848 Henry Camp
2. Harriet Chalk (christened 26 Jan 1823 in Downton, Wiltshire)
died 1866; buried in Calton cemetery beside parents
married James Light
3. John Chalk (son of James & Sarah)
born June 27, 1829 (christened 30 Aug 1829 in Downton, Wiltsire)
died Sept. 10, 1910 Bayham Township; buried in Calton cemetery
found in 1861 Malahide census (Div. 2, pg. 10)
married January 7, 1856 Rachel Pettit
John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 22, 1910:
One of the pioneers of Bayham passed away on the 10th inst., in the person of John Chalk, of Calton, in his 82nd year. He was born near Salisbury, England, in 1829. He with his father came to this county in 1836, after several weeks spent in crossing the Atlantic. This was in the stirring times of the McKenzie rebellion of which the old gentleman had quite vivid recollections. He was a Baptist in religion and a Liberal in politics. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. C. E. McLeod, of Beamsville, the remains being interred in Calton cemetery. He is survived by a widow and seven children: Mrs. J. Timpany, Mrs. Chas. James, Mrs. C. McQuiggan, George and J. H., all of Malahide; Walter, of Detroit, and Emery, on the old homestead.
4. Henry Chalk (son of James & Sarah) (no information)
5. Alfred Charles Chalk (son of James & Sarah) (born ca. 1834 England)
6. James Chalk Jr. (son of James & Sarah)
Born August 23, 1838 England
died November 1, 1919 Aylmer
married Mary Spry (dau of Thomas Spry)
born June 9, 1850 England
died August 6, 1914 Malahide; aged 64 yrs.
Children: Ettie E. (1868-1910)
James’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Nov. 6, 1919:
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence of Mr and Mrs Harry Chalk, corner of the 8th concession and Centre Road to the Dunboyne cemetery of James Chalk, who died suddenly on Saturday in his 81st year. The deceased had lived practically all his life at Mount Salem, where he was born. Rev. Ashmore conducted the services.
Children of James & Mary Chalk: Etta E.
1.Etta E. Chalk (1868- July 2, 1910); Married William Strong
Etta’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 21, 1910
Mrs. William Strong, daughter of Mr and Mrs Jas. Chalk, died at her home in Bay City, Michigan on July 2nd and her remains were brought home the following Monday. She was 41 years of age and leaves a husband but no children. Services were held at the house and interment took place in Dunboyne cemetery.
7. Finlay J. Chalk (son of James & Sarah)
born August 10, 1841 (or 1843)
died July 26, 1907 in his 65th year
married January 14, 1868 Mary Jane Pettit, of Bayham
born July 13, 1848
died November 23, 1931buried in Aylmer Cemetery
born 1869; died Sept. 16, 1876, age 7 yrs. 9 mos, 26 days (buried in Calton cemetery)
2.Sarah Huldah Chalk (born ca 1870) m July 26, 1899 Frederick Roy Smith
3.Mary Aldina Chalk (April 24, 1875)
Married 1. Dec. 29, 1897 Clark H. Chute; mrd 2. Aug. 28, 1907 Samuel J. Prowse
4.Ida Chalk (July 24, 1877)
5.Omer Chalk (born November 6, 1880 – 1967)
6.Flossie Chalk (born April 22, 1883) married Bert Holmes
7.Mabel Chalk (born April 16, 1885)
Finlay Chalk is found in Malahide census records: 1881 (Div. 2, pg. 64); 1891 (Div. 2, pg. 54); and 1901 (Div. 2, pg. 1). He and his wife are buried in Aylmer cemetery.
Finlay’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 1, 1907:
On Sunday last Mr. Finley Chalk died at his home on John St. South in his 66th year. He was born in Malahide and resided on the same farm until about two years ago when he came to town. A thoroughly consistent member of the Baptist church, a true friend and good neighbour, he made many warm friends and was highly esteemed by all. He leaves a widow and six children, one son and five daughters viz: Omer of Corinth; Mrs. Fred Smith of Grand Rapids; Mrs. Samuel Prowse of Copenhagen; Mrs. Bert Holmes of London; Miss Mabel of London and Miss Ida at home. The funeral took place on Tuesday. Interment in the Aylmer cemetery.
Thomas Spry owned 50 acres in lot 18 from 1863 to 1891, and his widow Betsy remained on this property past 1900. Prior to living on lot 18, Thomas Spry was a tenant from before 1859 to 1862 on lot 16. He is found in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 1, pg. 11); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 53); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 31); and 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 34). Thomas and Betsy had at least one daughter Mary, who married James Chalk, and one son Oliver who died in infancy. Thomas & Betsy are buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
On the 1851 census for Devonshire, England, there is a Thomas & Betsy Spry found in Ermington Village, Plympton St. Mary. Thomas is aged 30, born in Yealmpton, Devonshire, a wheelwright. Betsy is age 38, born in Ermington, Devonshire. Two children are listed with them, Eliza, age 5, and Richard, age 3. It is possible that this is the same couple who lived in Malahide.
born 1826 Yealmpton, Devonshire, England
died February 28, 1892 Malahide
married Elizabeth (Betsey) ______
born 1827 Devonshire, England
died January 22, 1901 Malahide; aged 75 years
Thomas’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 3, 1892:
“It is with sadness that we have to record the death of another old neighbour, in the person of Mr. Thomas Spry, whose death took place on Sunday morning. After two weeks’ illness Mr. Spry on election day went to Grovesend in the morning and voted; then went to Aylmer with a load of pork through the heavy snow storm, little thinking it was his last trip to Aylmer. He was buried in the Dunboyne cemetery on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Spry leaves a wife and an adopted daughter, Mrs. James Chalk, of St. Thomas.”
Betsy’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 31, 1901:
“On Tuesday last death claimed another of our old pioneers in the person of Mrs. Betsy Spry after a brief illness, in her 75th year. Her husband predeceased her to the better land some nine years ago. They have lived on the farm on which she died, for thirty years. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. James Chalk, to mourn her loss, and who resides on the old homestead. The funeral took place on Thursday afternoon to Dunboyne, the services being conducted by Rev. Fansher who preached a very impressive sermon from Revelations 14, 13.”
children: Mary, Oliver (next page):
1. Mary Spry
married James Chalk, Jr.
See Chalk family
2. Oliver Spry
died at age 5 monthsburied in Dunboyne cemetery
Abram Ellsworth owned 50 acres in lot 18 from 1874 to 1898. He was the son of John & Mary Ellsworth, who appear in the Malahide 1861 census (Div. 2, pg. 10), 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 59), and 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 45). Abram’s brother, Noble Ellsworth, owned 10 acres in lot 14, concession 3, from 1895 past 1900, but will be listed here.
Abram Ellsworth appears in Malahide census records: 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 47); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 28-29); and 1901 (Div. 2, pg. 11). Noble Ellsworth appears on the same page as his brother in both 1881 and 1891 censuses, and in 1901 (Div. 2, pg. 12).
born November 19, 1809 New Brunswick
died February 18, 1882; aged 72 yrs. 2 mos. 27 days
married December 25, 1836 Mary Edison (dau of Moses Edison & Jane Saxton)
born March 16, 1811 Digby, Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia
died May 29, 1891 in her 80th year
John and Mary were both living in Bayham township at the time of their marriage. They are buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
children: Henry, William, John, Elizabeth, Abram, Noble, Henrietta
1. Henry Ellsworth (son of John & Mary)
born ca 1836 Elgin County
married May 19, 1858 Matilda Brown
2. William J. Benjamin Ellsworth (son of John & Mary)
born ca 1840 Elgin County
married Sarah E. ______
3. John C. Ellsworth (son of John & Mary)
born April 9, 1843 Bayham township
died Oct. 20, 1909 Grand Rapids, Michigan
4. Elizabeth June Ellsworth (dau of John & Mary)
born ca 1845
5. Abram Ellsworth (son of John & Mary)
born September 23, 1851 Bayham Twsp
died July 18, 1926 in his 76th year
married Jan. 25, 1873 Sophronia Nancy Corporon (dau of Benjamin & Nancy)
born July 7, 1848 S. Dorchester Twsp.
died December 28, 1924 in her 77th year
Abram and his wife are buried in Dunboyne cemetery. Abram’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 29, 1926:
DEATH OF ABRAM ELLSWORTH
Abram Ellsworth, a well-known resident of Malahide, died at his home on the third concession on Sunday morning, July 18th, 1926, in his 76th year. He had lived on the farm where he died for about seventy years. Mr. Ellsworth was a member of the Baptist church and a Liberal in politics. His wife predeceased him 18 months ago. Surviving are two sons and three daughters: Colin, on the homestead; Roy, Malahide; Mrs. Edward Marr, first concession; Mrs. Chalres Mann, Malahide; Mrs. John Johnson, London. Noble Ellsworth, of Aylmer, is a brother. The funeral service was held on Tuesday, July 20th at 2:30 o’clock with interment in the Dunboyne cemetery.
Nancy’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 1, 1925:
MRS. ABRAM ELLSWORTH
Nancy Sophrona Ellsworth, beloved wife of Abram Ellsworth, died at her home in Malahide township on Sunday, December 28th, after a long illness. Deceased was in her 76th year, and ws born in Dorchester township. For fifty-three years she has resided in the vicinity of Dunboyne where she leaves many warm friends. She was a member of the Methodist church. Besides her husband, two sons and three daughters survive: Colin and Raymond, both of Malahide; Mrs. Ed. Marr, Grovesend; Mrs. John Johnson, London; Mrs. Charles Mann, Aylmer. Also three sisters, Mrs. Phoebe Hawley, Brownsville; Mrs. Elmira Loop, Detroit, and Mrs. Sarah Most, of Michigan. The funeral service was held at the home of her son, Colin Ellsworth, east of Dunboyne, on Tuesday, December 30th, at 1 p.m. Interment took place in the Dunboyne cemetery.”
children of Abram & Nancy:
1.Nora Ellsworth (born January 11, 1881; died Dec. 27, 1961)
Married December 3, 1907 Charles Mann
2.Ina Maude M. Ellsworth (born March 23, 1885)
3.Catherine (Kathleen?) Ellsworth (born February 20, 1889)
Married June 22, 1908 George Edward Topping
4.Raymond C. Ellsworth (born April 23, 1891)
Married April 11, 1917 Beatrice Mary Weaver
5.Colin Ellsworth (born ca 1879) married Lena Newell
7. Charles Ellsworth (born ca 1874)
8.Grace Ellsworth (born 1874; died 1962)
Married Edward Marr
6. Noble Ellsworth (son of John & Mary)
born October 23, 1852 Houghton Twsp., Norfolk Co.
died February 15,1931 Aylmer
married February 19, 1879 Margaret Dodds (dau of Edward & Harriet)
born July 7, 1849 Brant Twsp.
died 1948buried in Aylmer cemetery
Noble’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 19, 1931:
MR. NOBLE ELLSWORTH PASSES
Noble Ellsworth, well-known citizen of Aylmer, died at his home, Chestnut street, on Sunday night, February 15th, in his 79th year. He had been ill for the past few weeks. Deceased was born in Houghton township and moved with his parents to the Third Concession of Malahide when but a child, and later farmed there for many years. In 1879 he married Margaret Dodds and afterwards bought the Dunboyne grist mill, which he operated for 23 years, retiring thirteen years ago and coming to Aylmer. Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth celebrated their golden wedding two years ago. Mr. Ellsworth was an enthusiastic member of the Bowling Club, was a staunch Reformer and an adherent of the Baptist church.
Besides his widow he is survived by one son, Aylmer, of this place; one daughter, Mrs. R. Bruce Lindsay, of Toronto, and two grandchildren, Howard Lindsay, of Toronto, and Lawrence Ellsworth, Aylmer.
The funeral service was held at his late residence on Tuesday, at 2 p.m., and was attended by many relatives and friends. Rev. Waldemar Williams, of St. Paul’s United church, had charge. A great number of floral tributes surrounded the casket. The pallbearers were John E. Lindsay, D. J. Teeple, J. M. Hale, George Sears, Edgar Thayer and John Smale. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Lindsay, Mr. and Mrs. Ross Lindsay, and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Lindsay, of Toronto, and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Winder, of London, attended the funeral.
1.Aylmer Ellsworth (born June 11, 1880; died 1964)
2.Elizabeth Ellsworth (appears on 1881 census, but not on 1891)
3.Edith May Ellsworth (born June 28, 1882)
Married June 11, 1902 Bruce A. Lindsay (son of R.H. Lindsay)
7. Henrietta Ellsworth (dau of John & Mary)
born 1855 Malahide
married June 28, 1873 Aaron Chambers (son of Aaron & Mary)
born 1848 West Point
Aaron was living in Michigan at the time of his marriage, where he was a lumberman.
Families from concession 2, Lot 19:
Moses McConnell owned 50 acres in lot 19 from 1840 to 1857; and also received a Crown Patent for 100 acres in lot 20 in 1840, owning the property until 1856. His widow, Tamar McConnell continued to own the parcel in lot 20 until 1867; while their son Jehiel owned the parcel in lot 19 from 1857 to 1867. George McConnell owned the property in lot 20 from 1867 to 1870.
Moses McConnell died before the 1861 census, but his widow Tamar is found in Malahide census records: 1861(Div. 1, pg. 9); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 3); and 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 1). Jehiel McConnell is found in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 1, pg. 9); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 55); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 34); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 32); and 1901 (Div. 2, pg. 12). Tamar McConnell is buried in Lakeview cemetery, and no doubt Moses is also, but no marker was found for him. Jehiel and Isabella McConnell are buried in Berean cemetery.
Moses McConnell was a son of Joseph McConnell (1777-1851) and his wife Mary Shook (1784 – 1855), who are buried in Lakeview Cemetery.
The McConnell family in Malahide descend from Benjamin McConnell, who was born in Ireland in 1749. Arriving in America about 1765, he settled on Long Island, New York, where he married Elizabeth Haines in 1770, the daughter of Matthew Haines. Being a United Empire Loyalist, he left the United States after the American Revolution in 1784, settling near Weymouth Point, Digby County, Nova Scotia. He died on Dec. 28, 1808 in his 60th year and is buried in St. Peter’s Anglican Churchyard, North Weymouth. His wife died in 1828. Benjamin and Elizabeth had twelve children, among whom was the above mentioned Joseph. Joseph, ( born April 7, 1777 on Long Island, died March 5, 1851) was married in 1800 to Mary Shook (Dec. 26, 1784 – June 2, 1855), daughter of David & Eleanor Shook. Joseph and Mary also had twelve children, and came to Malahide in 1829. Additional information on other McConnell families living in Malahide can be found in Volume 1.
born ca March 21, 1805
died November 8, 1857
married 1830 Tamar Northrup (dau of Jacob Northrup & Abigail Saxton)
died May 3, 1888
children: Jehiel, Mary, Abigail, George, Violet
1. Jehiel McConnell (son of Moses & Tamar)
born Nov. 22, 1833
died July 7, 1919 Downie Twsp., Perth County
married 1.October 16, 1859 Elizabeth McTaggart (dau of Archibald & Margaret)
Born August 29, 1837 Scotland
Died October 16, 1873 Malahide
married 2.Isabella Spencer (dau of John Spencer & Margaret Little)
Born December 14, 1830 Scotland
Died Nov. 18, 1918 Mount Salem
Jehiel’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 17, 1919:
“The death of Jehiel McConnell, one of Malahide’s pioneer residents, occurred at the home of his son-in-law, Fred Bagnall, St. Marys, on Monday, July 7th last. Deceased was in his 86th year and since the death of his wife in November of last year has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Bagnall. Deceased had been in poor health for some nine weeks and his death was not unexpected. He was a member of the Baptist church and was honored and respected throughout the township. The remains were brought to Mount Salem on Wednesday afternoon of last week and service was conducted at the church by Rev. Mr. Viel of Dorchester. The remains were laid to rest beside those of his wife in the Berean cemetery. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Albert Miller, of Arkona; and Mrs. Fred Bagnall, of St. Marys, also one brother George McConnell of Aylmer, and one sister, Mrs. James Hankinson, also of this place.”
Isabella’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 21, 1918:
“The death of Isabella McConnell, beloved wife of Jehiel McConnell, occurred at her home at Mt. Salem on Monday, November 18th, after an illness of some months. Deceased was in her 88th year. She was born in Scotland and with her parents, came to Canada when but a young girl. She has resided for many years in the southern part of Malahide township, where she was very highly esteemed. Besides her aged husband she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Bagnall and one grandson, on the homestead. Mrs. T. Rockey, of Aylmer, is a sister of the deceased. The funeral took place yesterday at 1:30 p.m. from the Mt. Salem Methodist church, and interment was made in Berean cemetery.”
children of Jehiel:
1.Margaret A. McConnell (born ca 1861)
2.Amelia[?] Julia McConnell (born ca 1863)
3.Mary Ellen McConnell (born ca 1867) married Frederick George Bagnell
4.Andrew McConnell (ca 1864 – June 16, 1903; aged 39 yrs.)
2. Mary McConnell (dau of Moses & Tamar)
born February 1836
died March 14, 1903; age 67
3. Abigail McConnell (dau of Moses & Tamar)
born ca 1839
died September 11, 1923
married November 2, 1859 James Hankinson
children: Mary Jane, Martin Luther, Avarintha, Charles Spurgeon, Helen Victoria
4. George McConnell (son of Moses & Tamar)
died March 28, 1920buried in Aylmer Cemetery
married Harriet Foster (1851-1936)
children: Norman, Fred, Ross
5. Violetta McConnell (dau of Moses & Tamar)
born ca 1848
married Henry Ewing
children: Frank, Nina
William Hankinson acquired 50 acres in lot 19 in 1868. Francis Hankinson was a tenant on this property from 1870 to 1896, when he purchased it. The Hankinson family also owned neighboring property in Concession 1, and information about this family is found in the volume dealing with Concession 1.
Elijah Cannom owned 50 acres in lot 19 from 1870 to 1877. He is found on the 1871 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 16), with his grandparents, Robert A. and Betsy Saunders.
Elijah Cannom was born in East Ruston, Norfolk, England, the son of John Cannom and Harriet Thompson. Harriet was an illegitimate daughter of Elizabeth (Betsy) Thompson, who later married Robert Alex. Saunders. Harriet was burned to death in a fire in England, and the Cannom children were raised by their grandmother and her husband, who immigrated to New York about 1854, settling in Orleans County. They came to Ontario in the late 1860’s, moving to Malahide. Robert and Betsy Saunders are buried in the tiny cemetery at Grovesend, but a marker no longer exists. Elijah Cannom later moved to London and then to Jamaica, New York where he spent the remainder of his life. Martha Fairbrother, wife of Edward G. Fairbrother, who also lived on the second concession of Malahide, was a sister of Elijah Cannom. Elijah’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 15, 1923:
DEATH CLAIMS BROTHER AND SISTER
Mrs. Fairbrother and Elijah Cannon [sic] Pass Away Within Few Hours
There passed away at 3 p.m. February 10th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. E. Whitcroft, at the ripe age of eighty-one years. Most of the citizens of Aylmer will remember her husband, Edward Fairbrother, who was for many years, Municipal Auditor of Malahide Township. Coincident with the death of Mrs. Fairbrother, was the death of her only brother, Elijah T. Cannon [sic], aged eighty-six years, which took place one day later at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Grace Anderson, Jamaica, N.Y. Mr. Cannon resided at Komoka, Ont., until about 25 years ago, when he buried his wife and then went to the U.S. that he might be with his family. Last summer Mrs. Fairbrother realizing that her brother and herself were both in the shadowy time of life, asked that Elijah be requested to come and see her, to which request he responded at once and came to Aylmer last July remaining until October 1st, when he returned to his home in the best of health and with the intention of coming again this summer. Fate however willed otherwise and when Mrs. Fairbrother became so ill that it was causing her friends anxiety, a message was sent her brother to come at once. A reply from Mr. Cannon’s daughter at Jamaica stated that they were anxiously watching at his bedside fearing the end was near, which came only a few hours after he was made acquainted with his sister’s condition. And so here passed away two noble souls, strong in the faith that they will meet again in that home not made with hands.”
born ca 1793 Norfolk, England
died August 6, 1876 at House of Industry, Southwold Twsp., Elgin County
Married Robert Alexander Saunders
born ca 1791
died January 2, 1875 Malahide Twsp.
Elizabeth & Robert are buried in Grovesend Cemetery (marker no longer exists)
Children of Elizabeth: Harriet Thompson (illegitimate daughter)
born 1807 Norfolk, England
died March 9, 1845 East Ruston, Norfolk, England
married April 4, 1836 John Cannom
born 1814 East Ruston, Norfolk, England
died July 22, 1881 London, Ontario
children: Elijah, Martha, others
1.Elijah Thompson Cannom
born April 26, 1837 East Ruston, Norfolk, England
died February 11, 1923 Jamaica, New York; buried in Mt. Pleasant, London
married Nov. 11, 1869 Emma Burdick (dau of Albert & Mary) (1851 – 1903)
2.Martha Harriet Cannom
married Edward George Fairbrother (see Fairbrother family, concession 2, lot 15)
William Piggott owned 50 acres in lot 19 from 1877 to 1882, then owned by Marshall Piggott from 1882 to 1887. From 1887 to 1889 the property was owned by the Piggott estate, with John Piggott as executor. John’s residence was listed in Assessment records as Chicago and later Bay City, Michigan. William Piggott is found on the 1881 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 8-9). On the 1891 census, Edwin Piggott and his family are found in Div. 1, page 21; and John and his family are found in Div. 1, page 25. William Piggott and his son Marshall are buried in the Nilestown Regular Baptist cemetery, North Dorchester township Also buried there is a Henry Piggott, who died Feb. 20, 1868, age 98 [age may be in error]. This may be William’s father. At the time of his marriage in 1850, William Piggott was living in Dorchester; his wife Levina House was from Yarmouth township. William Piggott also owned property in lot 23, concession 2, which may have been where the family actually resided.
born ca 1827 Ontario
died April 29, 1883 North Dorchester Twsp., Middlesex Co.; age 56
married May 26, 1850 Levina House
born ca 1836 Ontario
children: Edwin (?), John, Marshall, William, Ida, Bertha, Minnie
1. Edwin Piggott
born ca 1854
married Lydia ______ (born ca 1859)
children: Mary E. (1880); William C. (1882); Bruce L. (1888); Charles E. (1890)
2. John C. Piggott
born ca 1856lived in Michigan
married Martha A. _______(born ca 1860 Nova Scotia)
1.Loretta Piggott (born ca 1877 Ontario)
2.Warren M. Piggott (born ca 1880 Ontario)
3.J. G. May Piggott (born ca 1882 United States)
4.Frances M. Piggott (born ca 1884 Ontario)
5.Frederick M. Piggott (born ca 1886 United States)
6.Harley W. Piggott (born ca 1888 Ontario)
7.Roy G. Piggott (born ca 1890 Ontario)
3. Marshall H. Piggott
born ca 1858
died November 17, 1884, age 26buried in Nilestown Regular Baptist Cemetery
married and had one son
4. Minnie Maud Piggott
born 1861 Middlesex Co. (married August 13, 1878 William Edward Carr, of Yarmouth)
5. William Piggott (born ca 1867)
6. Ida Piggott (born 1868-9)
married March 3, 1886 Charles Mott (son of Nelson & Hester)
Ida was living in Dorchester at the time of her marriage, which occurred in North Dorchester Twsp. Charles Mott was a resident of Aylmer.
7. Bertha Piggott (born ca 1873)
George and William Peacock owned 50 acres in lot 19 from 1854 past 1900, and an additional 30 acres from 1859 past 1900. William appears in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 2, pg. 5); 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 54); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 31); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 34), and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 2). George is found in census records: 1871 (Div. 1, pg. 54); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 31); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 33); and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 2). George and William are buried in Dunboyne cemetery, and according to the marker, were natives of Osmotherly, Yorkshire, England. The 1901 census states that George immigrated in 1858; while William came in 1856. This is probably in error, since land records indicate they acquired their property in Malahide as early as 1854. George and William were the sons of Thomas and Jane Peacock, as indicated on George’s marriage record. It is not known if the parents accompanied them to Canada.
A christening record was found for George Peacock on May 14, 1820 in Osmotherly, Yorkshire, son of Thomas and Jane. A christening for Thomas Peacock was found in Osmotherly on June 12, 1791, the son of Christopher & Hannah. The marriage of Thomas & Jane was not located.
married Jane _________
children: George, William
born April 11, 1820 Osmotherly, Yorkshire, England
died April 9, 1907 Malahide; aged 87 years
married October 13, 1858 Isabella J. Tedford (dau of Samuel & Mary)
born May 1, 1831 Nova Scotia
died May 30, 1919 Malahide
Isabella Peacock’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 5, 1919:
“The death of Mrs. Isabella Peacock, occurred at the home of her son, M. Peacock, near Mt. Salem, on Friday, May 30th. Deceased was in her 89th year and death was due to old age. She was well-known in Malahide where she has been a resident for many years, and was highly respected. The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon at 3:30 from the residence of her son, and interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery”.
Children of George & Isabella Peacock: Clarence, Merton, Grace, Mary, Cora
1. George Clarence Peacock (son of George & Isabella)
died June 27, 1938 Malahide
George’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, June 30, 1938:
GEORGE CLARENCE PEACOCK
George Clarence Peacock, a well-known resident of Malahide township and Port Burwell, died in the Memorial Hospital, St. Thomas, on Monday, June the 27th, after being taken suddenly ill a week ago. He was in his 79th year, and was born in Port Burwell, a son of the late Mr and Mrs George Peacock. He lived in Port Burwell until 18 years of age, and then went to Michigan; later moving to Niagara Falls, Ontario, where he was married. In 1919 he returned to the Peacock homestead on the second concession of Malahide, and for the past two years had resided with Arthur Tisdale at New Sarum. He was an expert carpenter as well as a farmer; a Conservative in politics and a member of the Anglican Church.
He is survived by one son, Fraser, in Russia; and three sisters, Mrs. Irwin and the Misses Peacock, at the homestead in Malahide. The funeral service was held on Wednesday, June 29th, at the Allen Funeral Home, Aylmer, at 2 p.m. Rev. H. F. Kennedy, of Luton, had charge and interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery.
2. Samuel Merton Peacock (son of George & Isabella)
born March 5, 1862
died May 6, 1936buried in Dunboyne Cemetery
Merton’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 14,1936:
DEATH OF MERTON S. PEACOCK
Was Successful Farmer on the 2nd Concession
Merton S. Peacock, well-known farmer in South Malahide, died on Thursday afternoon, May 6th, at his home on the second concession, after an illness of several weeks. He was in his 74th year, and was a son of the late Mr and Mrs George Peacock. He was born at Port Burwell, but had lived on the homestead where he died for 72 years, and was a very successful farmer. Deceased was an adherent of the United Church and a Conservative in politics.
One brother and three sisters survive: Clarence Peacock, Port Burwell; Mrs. James Irwin, Misses Grace and Cora Peacock, all at home; three grandchildren, Wm. Irwin, Edna Houghton and Bruce Houghton.
The funeral was held at his late residence on Friday, May 8th, at 2:30 p.m. Rev. H. F. Kennedy of the Malahide Circuit of the United Church had charge. Interment was made in the Dunboyne cemetery. The pallbearers were A. Balderson, Elgin Chute, Morley Chute, Gordon Buck, Archie Buck and Frank Irish. Relatives and friends attended from London, St. Thomas, Belmont,
Springfield, Aylmer and Malahide township. The service was largely attended and there were many beautiful floral tributes.
3. Grace Edith Peacock (dau of George & Isabella)
born September 9, 1864
died 1955; buried in Aylmer cemetery with sister Mary Irwin
Grace was listed as a schoolteacher on the 1891 census. She was not married.
4. Mary Jane Peacock (dau of George & Isabella)
born May 11, 1869
died 1951; buried in Aylmer cemetery
married _____ Irwin
5. Cora A. Peacock (dau of George & Isabella)
born May 24, ca 1870; not married
children of Thomas & Jane Peacock, continued:
2. William Peacock (son of Thomas & Jane)
born April 30, 1832 Osmotherly, Yorkshire, England
died September 10, 1901; aged 78 yrs., 4 mos. 10 days. Malahide
not married;buried in Dunboyne cemetery
Families from concession 2, lot 19, continued:
Daniel Bradley owned 50 acres in the north half of lot 19 from 1855 to 1859, and 20 acres from 1859 to 1863. He is found in the 1861 Malahide census (Div. 2, page 6). Prior to living on the 2nd concession, Daniel is found in the 1851 Malahide census living on Concession 7, lot 13. (Div. 2, page 44). More information on other members of the Bradley family is found earlier in this volume.
Daniel Bradley (probably son of Asa & Susannah Bradley)
born ca 1791 New York
died after 1861
married 1. September 17, 1835 Almina (Emma) Wheeler (born in Massachusetts)
married 2. About 1848 Elizabeth ________
born ca 1810 New York
children: Henry, Laura, Mary, Zilphy, Elizabeth, Nelson, Gould, Jane
1.Henry Bradley (son of Daniel & Almina)
Born July 1, 1836 Malahide
died 1915buried in Orwell Cemetery
married July 6, 1862 Adeline McConnell (dau of Robt McConnell & Isabel Martin)
2. Laura Bradley (dau of Daniel & Almina)
born March 4, 1840 Malahide
died September 23, 1899
married April 20, 1870 Caleb Partial Gillett; see Gillett family in this volume
3. Mary Bradley (dau of Daniel & Almina)
born ca 1841
died before 1881
married Sept. 28, 1862 Leonard McConnell (son of Robt McConnell & Isabel Martin)
4. Zilphy Ann Bradley (dau of Daniel & Almina)
born April 18, 1842
died October 22, 1909
married July 25, 1871 Robert Laidlaw (son of Adam & Euphemia)
5. Elizabeth Bradley (dau of Daniel & Almina)
died August 23, 1903
married William Wiley; see Wiley family in this volume
6. Nelson (son of Daniel & Almina) (ca 1846)
7. Gould Bradley (son of Daniel & Elizabeth) (ca 1851)
8. Jane (dau of Daniel & Elizabeth) (ca 1853)
Families from concession 2, lot 20:
Thomas Maginnis owned 40 acres in lot 20 from 1862 past 1900, and an additional 20 acres from 1879 past 1900. He is found in Malahide census records: 1861 (Div. 2, pg. 6 – with parents); 1871 (Div. 1, pg 56); 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 30-31); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 33); and 1901 (Div. 1, pg. 2).
The Maginnis family was of Irish origin, Thomas’ father Hugh being born in Ireland, the son of John and Sarah Maginnis. Upon leaving Ireland, Hugh Maginnis first lived in Nova Scotia, where sons Thomas and Joseph were born. It is unknown if there were any other children, but a Lavina Maginnis, age 26, born in Nova Scotia, a widow, appears with the family on the 1861 census. She was perhaps married to a deceased son of Hugh. Neither Lavina nor Joseph appear in subsequent Malahide census records.
Thomas Maginnis and his wife Mary are buried in Luton cemetery. Other members of the family are buried in Aylmer.
born ca 1797 Ireland
died May 17, 1868
married 1. Rebecca _________
born ca 1798 Nova Scotia
died ca 1861-1862
married 2. June 23, 1862 Mrs. Harriet Partlow (dau of William & Leona Powers)
Born March 16, 1822 Malahide
remarried August 12, 1868 John Lamb
Hugh’s estate file is found in Elgin County Surrogate Court records, # 186. That documents lists sons John, Alexander and a deceased son James. Thomas & Joseph were not mentioned in his will.
children of Hugh and Rebecca Maginnis: Thomas, Joseph
1. Thomas Maginnis (son of Hugh & Rebecca)
born August 19, 1833 Nova Scotia
died March 27, 1903 Malahide; aged 70 years
married Mary Matilda Dean (dau of Benjamin Dean & Mary Matilda Kipp)
born May 22, 1834 Bayham
died Oct. 22, 1909 Malahide; aged 75 yrs. 5 mos.
Children: Sidney, William Arthur, Thomas, Harriet, Franklin, Mary, John
Thomas Maginnis’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 2, 1903:
We regret to have to announce the death on Friday last, at his home on the 2nd concession of Malahide, of Mr. Thomas Maginnis, one of the oldest, best known and most respected citizens of this section. The funeral took place on Sunday, services being held at Mt. Salem, attended by hundreds of friends and neighbours, who turned out to show their respect and esteem. Mr. Maginnis was the soul of honour, and Malahide had no better citizen.
Mary Maginnis’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 4, 1909:
“The late Mary Matilda Maginnis, relict of the late Thomas Maginnis who died on October 22 last in her 76th year, was born near Corinth and the whole of her life was spent in this vicinity. During the active years of her life there was no one who did more to make those around her happy. Her home was a home to everyone, and she did not seem happy unless she was doing something for someone. Malahide had no more loved and respected citizen and her death is a distinct loss to the whole community. She and her husband helped to build the Methodist church at Mt. Salem and were always among its most loyal workers and members for 35 years or more. For the past 2 years she has been ailing and since July has been confined to her bed. She leaves five sons and one daughter, Sydney of Malahide; William of Yarmouth; Arthur of Woodstock; John of South Dakota; Frank of Malahide, and Mrs. H. Kilmer of Southwold. The funeral was held on the 25th of October, services being held at the Mt. Salem church where a large audience assembled to pay their last tribute of respect for a noble Christian woman.”
Children of Thomas & Mary: Sydney, William, Arthur, Thomas, Harriet, Frank, Mary, John
1. Sidney Maginnis (son of Thomas & Mary)
born October 20, 1856 Malahide
died November 10, 1941
married February 10, 1878 Amelia (Millie) Light (dau of Frank & Sarah Light)
born April 2, 1859 Malahide
died February 9, 1944
Sidney is found in Malahide census records: 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 14); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 37), and 1901 (Div. 2, pg .1). He and Amelia are buried in Aylmer Cemetery.
Sydney’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, November 13, 1941:
Sydney Maginnis, a resident of Mt. Salem for the greater part of his life, died at his home on Clarence street, Aylmer, on Monday evening, November 10th, after an illness of some two months. Mr. Maginnis was in his 86th year and was born at Mt. Salem, where he lived until he retired from farming and moved to Aylmer seven years ago. He was a son of the late Thomas and Mary Maginnis, of Mt. Salem, and was a member of the United Church there.
Surviving are his wife; one son, Hugh Maginnis of London; one daughter, Mrs. Russell Irish, Mt. Salem; one brother, Arthur Maginnis, of Woodstock; one sister, Mrs. Hattie Kilmer, Shedden, and one grandson, Grant Maginnis, of London.
The body rested at the Atkinson Funeral Home, where the funeral service was held on Wednesday at 2:30 o’clock p.m. Rev. W. D. Stenlake, of St. Paul’s United Church had charge and interment was made in the Aylmer cemetery.
Amelia’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 10, 1944:
MRS. SYDNEY MAGINNIS
Mrs. Sydney Maginnis, a resident of Aylmer for the past ten years, died on Wednesday morning, February 9th, after an illness of several years. She was in her 85th year and was born at Mt. Salem, where she had resided before coming to Aylmer with her late husband. She was a member of the Mt. Salem United Church.
Surviving are one son, Hugh Maginnis, of London; one daughter Mrs. Russell Irish, of Mt. Salem; three brothers, Frank and Irvin Light, of Aylmer, and Freeman Light, of St. Thomas; a sister, Mrs. Kate Bullis, of Detroit, and one grandson.
The body is at rest at the Atkinson Funeral Home, Aylmer, where the funeral service will be held on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Rev. L. C. Lawson of St. Paul’s United Church, Aylmer, will have charge and interment will take place in the Aylmer cemetery.
children: Hugh, Frank, Ferne
born November 26, 1878
married 1911 Maude Stafford (1887 – 1952)
born August 19, 1881 Malahide Twsp.
died October 21, 1918 Aylmer; age 37 yrs.
married January 15, 1908 Edith Charlton (1882-1958)
married May 3, 1917 Russell Irish
2. William Maginnis (son of Thomas & Mary)
died August 27, 1926buried in Dunboyne cemetery
married Dec. 25, 1883 Cassie O’Bryan (dau of Morris & Eliza Jane O’Bryan)
William’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 2, 1926:
William Maginnis, a well-known and highly respected resident of Yarmouth, died at his home on the 7th concession on Friday morning, August 27th. He was born in Malahide township and has resided in Yarmouth for 24 years. He was a staunch Liberal, a member of the Methodist church and treasurer of the Yarmouth Sunday school for the past 20 years. Besides his widow he is survived by one son, Earl, of Yarmouth; one sister, Mrs. Kilmer of Shedden; four brothers, Sydney Maginnis, Mt. Salem; Frank, of Summers Corners; John of South Dakota; and Arthur, of Woodstock. Also two grandchildren, Winnifred and Billy Maginnis. The funeral took place from his late residence on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. to the Dunboyne cemetery.”
3. Arthur Maginnis (son of Thomas & Mary)
born 1862 Malahide
married December 18, 1890 Ada Haght (dau of William & Meloine Haght)
born 1865 Walsingham Twsp
Arthur & Ada were married in Mount Salem. They later lived in Woodstock.
4. Thomas Maginnis (son of Thomas & Mary)
died April 30, 1880; aged 16 yrs., 1 month, 6 daysburied in Luton cemetery
5. Harriet Maginnis (dau of Thomas & Mary)
born 1867 Malahide
died 1943 Southwold Twsp.
married December 18, 1890 Hiram Kilmer (son of John & Sarah Ann)
born 1863 Malahide
died 1929 Southwold Twsp.
Harriet and Hiram were married in Mount Salem on the same day as her brother Arthur. They are buried in Shedden cemetery.
children: Asel Kilmer (born March 17, 1896); Thomas Ray Kilmer (born Sept. 6, 1902)
6. Frank Maginnis (son of Thomas & Mary)
born July 31, 1869
died Dec. 15, 1934 in his 66th year.Buried in Luton cemetery
married Dec. 2, 1903 Minnie A. Perry (dau of Leo Perry & Martha Ford); in Dereham
born 1863 [or 1868] Dereham Twsp., Oxford Co.
died May 1, 1938; age 75
Frank Maginnis’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 20, 1934:
FRANK MAGINNIS PASSES
Director of Telephone Co. For Many Years and Well-Known Resident
of Summer’s Corner
Frank Maginnis, well-known resident of Summer’s Corner, died at his home there on Saturday morning, December 15th, following an illness of more than two years. He was born on the second concession of Malahide 65 years ago, and until ten years ago was actively engaged in farming. Mr. Maginnis was a director of the Aylmer and Malahide Telephone Company for many years, and was its president until his health would no longer permit. He saw the telephone service grow from a small, one wire rural line, to become one of the largest and most up-to-date telephone service in Ontario in the independent group. He was an ardent worker in the Summer’s Corner United Church, and in politics was a staunch Liberal. For some years he was an inspector of the Malahide township gravel pit, a weed inspector, and performed other duties for the township.
Besides his widow, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Hiram Kilmer, Shedden; three brothers, Sydney, of Aylmer; Arthur, of Woodstock; and John, of South Dakota.
The funeral was held on Monday. A private service was held at the home at 1:30, followed by a public service in the Summers’ Corner church at 2 o’clock, and the church was filled to capacity with relatives and friends who came to pay a last tribute of respect. Rev. Lesley, of the Richmond Circuit, had charge, and was assisted by Rev. Blair, of Corinth. Two favorite hymns, “Rock of Ages”, and “No Never Alone”, were sung, and a male quartette, Messrs. George Chalk, R. Prong, Wray Cheesman and Eugene Bowen sang, “I Can Hear My Saviour Calling.” They were accompanied by Mr. E.E. McTaggart. The pallbearers were Grant Summers, Will Harp, Wheeler Pressey, Arden Cook, Andrew Baxter and James Briggs. There were many flowers and the flower bearers were Lee Miller, Jack Dancey, Wray Cheesman, Hugh Cheesman and Arthur Dickout. Interment took place in the Luton cemetery.
7. Mary Elizabeth Maginnis (dau of Thomas & Mary)
born ca 1873
died April 4, 1886; aged 13 years, 4 mos., 16 daysburied in Luton cemetery
8. John L. Maginnis (son of Thomas & Mary)
born ca 1878
died after 1934
moved to South Dakota
Families from concession 2, lot 20, continued:
James Wiseman owned 60 acres in lot 20 from 1881 past 1900. He is found in Malahide census records: 1881 (Div. 1, pg. 30); 1891 (Div. 1, pg. 33); and 1901 (Div. 2, pg. 15). He was a native of Scotland and immigrated to Canada in 1847, according to the 1901 census. He and his wife Elizabeth are buried in Dunboyne cemetery.
According to his death registration, James Wiseman was the son of Robert Wiseman and Elizabeth Patterson.
born June 2, 1834 Scotland
died May 4, 1911; age 77
married Elizabeth Patterson (dau of Samuel Patterson & Esther Hubbard)
born April 12, 1840 Oshawa, Ontario
died October 4, 1922; aged 82
Elizabeth was remarried on July 24 [or 29th], 1914 to Robert Laidlaw (son of Adam Laidlaw & Euphemia Murdie).
Elizabeth’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 12, 1922:
“The death of Elizabeth Laidlaw, occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred Doolittle, Malahide, on Wednesday evening, October 4th, after a lengthy illness. Deceased was in her 85th year and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Fred Doolittle; one sister, Mrs. Atwell, Detroit; and three grandchildren: James Wiseman, Aylmer; Thomas Doolittle and Mrs. James Vail, Malahide. The funeral took place from her late residence, on Friday, October 6th, at 2 p.m. to the Dunboyne cemetery.”
Children of James & Elizabeth: Mary, Thomas, Robert
1. Mary Wiseman (dau of James & Elizabeth)
born 1866 West Nissouri Twsp., Middlesex Co.
died January 9, 1927
married June 29, 1892 Frederick Doolittle (son of Mary Doolittle)
born 1868 Yarmouth
Mary Doolittle’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 27, 1927: (next page)
DEATH OF MRS. MARY DOOLITTLE
A Life-Long Resident of Malahide
The death of Mrs. Mary Doolitle, beloved wife of Frederick Doolitle, occurred at her home on the second concession of Malahide on Wednesday, January 9th. Mrs. Doolittle had been in poor health for some years, but suffered a stroke a week before her death from which she never rallied. Deceased was in her 63rd year and had lived practically all her life in the vicinity of Mt. Salem where she leaves many friends to mourn her death. She was an adherent of the Mount Salem United Church.
She is survived by her husband; one daughter Mrs. James Vail, of Mt. Salem, and one son Thomas Doolittle, of the second concession of Malahide. The funeral was held on Saturday from the home at 1:30 o’clock. Service was held at the Mt. Salem church at 2 p.m., and interment followed in the Dunboyne cemetery.
Children of Mary and Frederick Doolittle:
1.Thomas Frederick Doolittle (born October 22, 1896)
2.Edith Pearl Doolittle (Dec. 27, 1901 – Nov. 22, 1907)
3.Elma Elizabeth Doolittle (married James Vail)
2. Thomas Wiseman (son of James & Elizabeth)
died January 5, 1890, aged 24 yearsburied in Dunboyne cemetery
3. Robert Wiseman (son of James & Elizabeth)
born August 29, 1869
died February, 1914
married Ora Bray
born August 22, 1878 United States
children: James Wiseman (born June 2, 1899)
Robert’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 26, 1914:
“Robert Wiseman passed away at his home on South St., Monday evening, in his 46th year, after a protracted illness from heart trouble. Deceased who was highly respected leaves a wife and son, his mother, and one sister, Mrs. Fred Doolittle to mourn his loss. The funeral will take place from his late residence on Friday at 2 p.m., the interment to be in Dunboyne cemetery.”
Families from concession 2, lot 20, continued:
John Fleming owned 100 acres in lot 20 from 1871 to 1877. He appears on the 1871 Malahide census (Div. 1, pg. 19). They do not appear in the 1881 census.
born ca 1835 Ontario
married Elizabeth _______
born ca 1844 Ontario
children: John A. Fleming (born June 1871)
Families from concession 2, lot 21:
LIGHTFOOT: Thomas Lightfoot owned 100 acres in the south half of this lot from 1876 to 1899, then 50 acres each passed to Byron & Robert Lightfoot, and Mary Lightfoot. The Lightfoot family lived north of Aylmer, so it is not known if any of the family actually lived on Concession 2.
John Heffer owned 50 acres in lot 21 from 1880 onwards, and 100 acres in lot 22 from 1870. He appears in Malahide census records, as follows: 1871 (Div. 1, page 56), 1881 (not found); 1891 (Div. 1, page 24), and 1901 (Div. 3, page 2)
John & Clarintha, and Rosella are buried in Dorchester Union Cemetery, Dorchester, Ont.
born April 26, 1831 Cambridge, Suffolk, England
died January 24, 1919 Westminster Twsp., Middlesex Co.
married 1862 Clarintha Smith
born 1832 Ontario
died November 13, 1918
John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, February 6, 1919:
There passed away on Friday morning, January 24, 1919, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jas. McLellan, in the person of John Heffer, an early pioneer of the Township of Malahide. He was born in Cambridge, Suffolk, England, on April 26th, 1831 and came to Canada in the year 1852. He first settled in Ingersoll, with but two cents in his purse, where he entered the employment of the late Mr. Plewis, who conducted a flour mill there. In the year 1862 he married Miss Clerinthia Smith and moved to a farm in the township of Malahide where he became a prosperous and successful farmer. Many an early settler was benefited by his wise council and timely financial aid. He was so cheerful and kind, so loyal and generous, so pure and affable that young a nd old alike loved him. He was a great lover of song being for over 20 years leader of the Methodist choir in the Mr. Salem church, and for the greater part of his life a local preacher and Sunday school superintendent. An interesting event in connection with he and his late wife was the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, which took place on the 24th of July 1912, when the entire community of Mt. Salem met and presented them with two handsome easy chairs. This celebration came as a surprise, for not until their many friends began to arrive, did Mr and Mrs Heffer know of the tribute which was to be paid them. After living for a number of years in the town of Aylmer, they moved to the home of their daughter, Mrs. Jas. McLellan, of Westminster township, where the last two years of their life was spent. The deceased leaves one daughter, Mrs. Jas. McLellan and one (adopted) son, Mr. Frank Heffer, of Calton, Malahide. His wife died two months ago on Nov. 13. His funeral was held on Sunday, January 24, from the home of his daughter, when a beautiful and impressive service was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kellam, of Belmont. The pallbearers were Messrs. Harry Cole, William Cornish, Emery Cole, John McLennan, Sam Walker and Edward Davies. These same pallbearers acted on 16 November when Mrs. Heffer was laid to rest.
Clarintha’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, Nov. 28, 1918:
Mount Salem – Mr. Fred Prong, accompanied by Messrs. James Shepherd and Frank Maginnis attended the funeral of the late Mrs. John Heffer, a former resident here, at the home of her daughter Mrs. James McLellan, Belmont, on Saturday last.
children: Francis, Rosella
1. Francis (Frank) Heffer
died July 27, 1948; 83rd year
married Mary M. Strong (dau of Charles & Margaret)
died March 22, 1936; 73rd year
1. Mrs. J. B. Miller
2. Vauna Ray Heffer (married Stephen Earl Baxter on Feb. 19, 1913)
Frank & Mary are buried in Luton cemetery.
Frank’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, July 29, 1948:
Frank Heffer, of Mt. Salem, Dies
A past president of the Elgin Fruit Growers’ Association and widely known throughout the county, Frank Heffer died in the annex of St. Thomas Memorial Hospital at Yarmouth Centre Tuesday night. He was in his 82nd year.
Mr. Heffer had been seriously ill for the ten days before his death although his health had not been good for the past two or three years. The departed man was a member of the Calton Baptist church. He was a son of the late Mr and Mrs John Heffer and was born in the Mt. Salem district where he farmed most of his life.
Besides his wife there are two daughters, Mrs. J. B. Miller of Detroit, Mrs. Earl Baxter of Calton, seven grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. The remains are resting at the Jas. H. Barnum Funeral Home where services will take place Friday at 2:30 pm. Interment will follow in the Luton cemetery. Rev. C. C. Strachan will conduct the services.
A daughter of Frank Heffer, Vauna Ray Heffer, married Stephen Earl Baxter on 19 Feb 1913
2. Rosella Heffer (dau of John & Clarintha)
born 1876; died 1947
married May 26, 1897 James McLennan (son of James & Rachel)
born 1866; died 1946
Rosella & James are buried in Dorchester cemetery. The spelling of the surname there is given as McLellan.
Families from Concession 2, lot 22:
Castle & Alexander Kerr owned 100 acres in the south half of lot 22. The earliest date showing Castle’s ownership is 1830, until his will dated 1859. The property passed to his son Alexander in 1859, who owned it until 1863.
Castle Kerr appears in the 1842 Malahide census, on lot 22, concession 2. The census records that he has been in Ontario for 13 years (immigrated 1829), and was from Scotland. There were 7 people in the family. Castle Kerr’s estate file is found in the Elgin County Surrogate Files, #14. Castle & Dorothy were married by Rev. Caleb Burdick in Malahide.
Alexander appears in the 1861 Malahide census (Div. 1, page 1). He was aged 24 and single.
died January 25, 1859; buried in Burdick Cemetery
married October 8, 1834 Dorothy Meagher, of Norwich
died March 18, 1860, in her 54th year; buried in Dunboyne cemetery
children: Alexander, Martin, Ann, George, John, William, Isabella
1. Alexander Dennis Kerr
married May 29, 1861 Sarah Gillot (dau of Mansfield & Louisa)
2. Martin Kerr
died November 16, 1859, aged 20 years, 6 mos., 8 days.; buried in Dunboyne cemetery
3. Ann Kerr
married June 10, 1844 Noah Westover
4. George Kerr
5. John Kerr
6. William Kerr
7. Isabella Kerr (Newcombe)
Families from lot 22, concession 2, continued:
Stephen Cohoon owned 100 acres in lot 22 from 1849 to 1863. He does not appear in the 1861 Malahide census, but a Nathaniel & a widowed Margaret are found (Div. 2, page 8).
Stephen does appear in the 1881 Malahide census, Div. 2, page 2, age 60.
George & his siblings are found in the 1871 census (Div. 1, page 69); Jabez also in Div. 1, page 69, and Nathaniel in Div. 1, page 72.
In 1881, Nathaniel is found in Div. 1, page 12, and in 1891 (Div. 1, page 18)
Records from family researchers indicate that the elder Stephen Cohoon (born 1792) was an uncle of Nathaniel Cohoon, the son of Stephen’s brother William.
The Cohoon family has its origins in Queens County, Nova Scotia where family members were living in Port Medway and Liverpool. The earliest ancestor traced is William Cohoon, (1753-1816), who married Dorcus Tabitha Smith on Nov. 13, 1774 in Port Medway. His children were Elizabeth, Abigail, Charles, Stephen & William.
William Cohoon Jr. was born May 24, 1778 and died May 27, 1872. He married Rebecca Parks on Nov. 22, 1805 at Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. It is not known if they came to Ontario. They had 9 children: William (1806); Dorcas (1808); James Dean (1810); Jane (1812); Eliza (1814); Eldred (1816); Nathaniel Smith (1818); Stephen (1820) and Eleaser (1822).
Of the above, it is known that Stephen (1792), and his two nephews Nathaniel (1818) and Stephen (1820) came to Elgin county.
Stephen Cohoon (son of William Cohoon & Dorcus Tabitha Smith)
born 1792 probably Port Medway, Queens Co., Nova Scotia.
died January 11, 1852, age 60 years; buried in Estherville Cemetery, near Port Burwell
married April 22, 1827 Margaret Clint, in Liverpool, Queens Co., Nova Scotia
born 1805 Nova Scotia
died September 17, 1867, age 52; buried in Estherville Cemetery, near Port Burwell
Children of Stephen & Margaret: Arabella, George, Albert
1. Arabella Cohoon (born ca 1831 Nova Scotia)
2. George Cohoon (born ca 1839 Ontario)
3. Albert E. Cohoon ( found in 1881 Malahide Census, Div. 1, page 43)
born 1841 Ontario; died April, 1916
married Euretia C. Timpany (1850 – 1925)
Albert’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 20, 1916:
Death came with great suddenness to Albert Cohoon, a respected citizen of Aylmer, on Saturday. Apparently feeling in good health all day, he was around town as usual, chatting with friends, and that afternoon walked up to the farm of Amos Rogers, just west of the town, as he frequently did. An Aylmer merchant had occasion to see him on business, and was talking to him between five and six o’clock on his own verandah, when suddenly Mr. Cohoon simply dropped in his tracks and passed away instantly, a victim of apoplexy. Deceased was in his 76th year, and with his wife moved to Aylmer some six years ago, retiring from his farm at Calton. He purchased the comfortable home on Cedar street, where he has since resided. He was a consistent member of the Baptist church, and in politics a staunch Conservative. He is survived by his wife (formerly Miss Timpany), and one daughter, Mrs. (Dr.) McKechnie, of Chigaco. The funeral took place from his late residnece on Tuesday at 3 o’clock p.m. to the Aylmer Cemetery – Dr. and Mrs. McKechnie attended the funeral.
children of Albert & Euretia Cohoon:
1.Nellie Dorcus Cohoon
married Oct. 15, 1904 Dr. Hugh Neil MacKichnie
Nathaniel Smith Cohoon (son of William Cohoon Jr., & Rebecca Parks)
born August 26, 1818 Queens Co., Nova Scotia
died August 19, 1908, age 90; buried in Berean Cemetery
married Amelia Ann ______
born 1825 Nova Scotia
died August 10, 1900; age 75
Amelia’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 23, 1900:
The death is announced on August 10th, of Mrs. Nathaniel S. Cohoon, of the 2nd concession Malahide, in her 76th year. She, with her husband, were among the first settlers on that road, immigrating from Port Medway, Nova Scotia, in 1846, and settling on the farm on which the family still reside. They had literally to carve out for themselves a home in the wilderness, for with the exception of their farm, and one or two near them, which were partly cleared, there was no road opened from the Mt. Salem sideroad to the Bayham and Malahide townline. In order to reach Vienna, the chief trading town of that time, they had to go around by the first concession. Just west of Mr. Cohoon settled James and Solomon Parkes, who accompanied them on the same boat to Ontario. Of the ten friends and relatives who came out at that time, only three are living, Mr. Cohoon and daughter, and Mr. Solomon Parkes. For thirty-nine years Mrs. Cohoon had been an invalid, rarely leaving her home, being faithfully and lovingly attended by her daughter, Rebekah. All that time her mind remained particularly bright and active. She read much, keeping herself posted on all the important events of the day. She was a consistent Christian, an active and devoted member of the Freewill Baptist denomination. There is left to mourn her loss, besides her dear husband, three children, Edgar, of the 2nd con., Jabez, of the 3rd, and Rebekah, at home. The funeral service was held at the home Sunday, Aug. 12th, conducted by Rev. Geo. Mason. Interment in Hankinson’s cemetery.
children of Nathaniel & Amelia: Rebecca, Jabez, Edgar
1. Rebecca Cohoon (dau of Nathaniel & Amelia)
born ca 1846 Nova Scotia
2. Jabez Cohoon (son of Nathaniel & Amelia)
born 1848 Malahide
died March 6, 1919; buried in Calton Cemetery
married 1. May 10, 1870 Sarah Ann Griffin (1849-1878) (dau of John & Elizabeth)
married 2. Janet Sutherland (1857-1928)
Jabez is found in the 1881 Malahide census, Div. 1, page 42
Jabez’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 13, 1919:
The death of Jabez Cohoon occurred at his home on Harvey street, Aylmer, on Thursday last, March 6th. Deceased was in his 70th year, and had just moved to Aylmer from the homestead in Malahide about a week before his death. Mr. Cohoon had been in poor health for the past three years and this winter was forced to sell his farm, the stock, implements, etc., and give up farming. He purchased a comfortable home in Aylmer, from Mrs. Anger, and had hardly become settled here. He was well known and highly honored throughout the township, and by his fairness in all dealings and jovial nature made a host of friends. He was born near Calton, and for practically all his life had lived on the one farm. He never recovered from the terrible shock received about three years ago when his only remaining brother, Edgar Cohoon, his wife and Mr and Mrs Joseph Marr, were killed in the latter’s automobile when they were struck by a train near Delhi on their way home from Simcoe Fair. Besides his widow he is survived by an adopted daughter, Dorothy, at home, and three sons, Ensley, of Vancouver; Harvey, of the second concession of Malahide, and Dwight of Toronto. Miss Rebecca Cohoon, of this place is a sister. The funeral took place from his late residence here on Saturday, at 1:30 o’clock and interment was made in the Calton cemetery. Rev. Kiteley officiated at both the house and the grave. The pallbearers at the house were R. H. Lindsay, John Gillett, Wm. Nesbitt, Frank Maginnis, Eugene Hill and Fred Prong. Those at Calton were Fred Prong, Eugene Hill, George Vanvelzor, George Buck, J. P. Vanvelzor and Sidney Maginnis.
children: Freeman, Ensley, Harvey, George
died June 3, 1882, age 11 yrs. 11 mos. 3 days
2.Ensley O. Cohoon (1872 – 1931)
3.Harvey Elgin Cohoon (1874 – 1948)
married Etta L. Brown (1873-1959)
4.George Dwight Cohoon
born ca 1877
3. Edgar B. Cohoon (son of Nathaniel & Amelia) (1881 Malahide census, Div. 1, page 29)
born 1852 Ontario
died October 22, 1916; buried in Aylmer
married Alice O. Foster
died October 22, 1916
1.J. Elgin Cohoon
died October 30, 1905; 25th year
An article regarding the accident which took the lives of Mr. & Mrs. Edgar Cohoon, appeared in the Aylmer Express, October 26, 1910:
FOUR PROMINENT MALAHIDE PEOPLE KILLED AT DELHI
Wabash Train Hits Auto, Causing Death of Mr and Mrs Joseph Marr and Mr and Mrs Edgar Cohoon who Were Returning Home From the Simcoe Fair. Quadruple Funeral on Monday.
One of the greatest shocks ever received by this community was on Saturday morning last when a telephone message was received here stating that a Wabash engine had struck the auto of Mr. Joseph Marr, killing himself and wife, also his friends and neighbours, Mr and Mrs Edgar Cohoon, all of Malahide.
The accident happened at the crossing at Delhi. The auto party had been attending the Simcoe fair, and visiting friends there, and on Saturday morning started for home. They had reached Delhi, and were crossing the railway tracks, when No. 3 Wabash, travelling fast in an effort to make up lost time, struck the car fairly, smashing it to pieces and instantly killing Mr. Marr and Mr and Mrs. Cohoon. Mrs. Marr was so badly injured that she never recovered consciousness and passed away a few hours later. The bodies were thrown 20 to 25 feet by the impact. The train was in charge of Conductor Downing, and the engineer, Mr. Sanderson, who was also the unfortunate engineer at the lever at the time the same train struck and killed three respected residents of Aylmer a few years ago, and which accident resulted in gates being established at the crossing here.
From what can be learned the party was driving with the curtains on, and although the engineer and other parties did their best to warn them of their approaching danger, they were unconscious of the rapidly approaching train.
After an inquest had been held at Delhi, the bodies were brought to Aylmer on Sunday, those of Mr and Mrs Marr being taken to the home of the latter’s father, Mr. Asa Marr, John street south, and those of Mr and Mrs Cohoon to the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Rogers, Talbot street west.
All the unfortunate victims were among Malahide’s best known and most highly respected residents. Both gentlemen were most progressive farmers, and had spent their lives as neighbours and friends at the beautiful homes adjoining. Neither family leave children, but have surviving near relatives as follows: of Mr. Marr, one brother, Wallace, of Malahide; two sisters, Mrs. Charles Smith, Grovesend; one niece, Mrs. (Dr.) F. W. Smith, St. Thomas. Of Mrs. Marr: her father, Mr. Asa Marr, Aylmer, two sisters, Miss Marr, Aylmer and Mrs. Harley Ryckman, of Strathroy. Of Mr. Cohoon: one brother, Jabez, of Malahide, and one sister, Miss Rebecca Cohoon, Aylmer. Of Mrs. Cohoon: three sisters, Mrs. Norman McConnell and Mrs. Fred Saxton, Malahide; Mrs. F. Frank, Erieview, and two brothers, Milton Foster, Toronto, and Elgin Foster Erieview.
The quadruple funeral took place on Monday. After short services at the homes of Mr Marr and Mr Rogers, the remains were taken to the Aylmer Baptist church. More than 1,200 people were in attendance, and it seemed so great was the popularity of the departed that every family within a radius of many miles of their late homes was present. The ceremony was most impressive. Deceased were all active members of the Lakeview Baptist church. The message was delivered by Rev. Andrew Smith, of Port Burwell, and Rev. Mr. Vail and Dr. Johnston, both former pastors, and Rev. T. J. Mitchell also took part. The remains were afterward laid to rest in Aylmer cemetery.
Stephen Cohoon (son of William Cohoon Jr., & Rebecca Parks)
born December 24, 1820 Queens Co., Nova Scotia
died February 26, 1900; age 79
married Susan _________
born ca 1825
died August 13, 1907 South Dorchester
Stephen’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 1, 1900:
Mr. Stephen Cohoon, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this county died at his home on Tuesday last, after an illness of a few days. We have not been able to procure any further information, except that the funeral takes place today.
Susan’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 22, 1907:
After a short illness of about a week Mrs. Susan Cohoon, relict of the late Stephen Cohoon, passed away at the home of her son, Mr. Emerson Cohoon, South Dorchester, on Tuesday last in her 83rd year. Deceased has not been well for some time and a severe attack of la grippe proved more than her age and weakness could stand. She came to this section shortly after she was married, over 60 years ago, and settled with her husband in Malahide, where they resided for about 8 years, then returned to Nova Scotia. Again about 30 years ago they moved back to this section where they resided up to the time of Mr. Cohoon’s death, which occurred about 5 years ago. Since then she has lived with her son. She was one of the noble old type of pioneers to whom we owe so much and many of our older readers will learn with regret of her death. She leaves one son and two daughters, Emerson of South Dorchester; Mrs. A. Rogers, of Sparta; and Miss Cevelia, at home. The funeral will take place on Good Friday from her late residence, South Dorchester. Interment in Richmond cemetery.
children of Stephen & Susan Cohoon: Emerson, Ida, Cevelia
1. Emerson K. Cohoon (1856-1950)
married Jane Pound (1860-1939) both buried in Richmond West Cemetery
children: W. Herbert (1888-1956), Stephen Harold (1897-)
2. Ida M. Cohoon
born 1862 Kings County, New Brunswick
married February 7,1900 Augustus S. Rogers
3. Cevelia Cohoon
Jacob & Phoebe Weaver owned 100 acres in the north half of lot 21, concession 2, from 1822 to 1853. However, the Haggan Papers state that they lived on lot 3, concession 1 of Bayham township. Additional information can be found on this family in The Haggan Papers, Genealogies, Part 2.
born February 7, 1795
died January 19, 1870
married Phoebe Edison (dau of Adonijah Edison & Nancy Williams)
died February 11, 1874
children: Henry, Swain, Elizabeth, Elsie, Huldah
1. Henry Allan Weaver (born 1833)
married 1855 Lucein Elliott
2. Swain Weaver (born ca 1827)
married Lois Elliott
3. Elizabeth Weaver (born 1826 – October 11, 1895)
married Joseph Hobbs
4. Elsie Weaver (May 29, 1825 – 1912)
married Robert Moore
5. Huldah Weaver (May 24, 1838 – March 11, 1921; not married)
John M. Markle obtained 200 acres in lot 23 in 1855, and Robert L. Markle continued to own part of the property until 1887. In 1862, John Markle deeded ½ acre to the Trustees of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, which would become known as Grovesend Methodist Church.
John Markle is found in the 1861 Malahide census (Div. 1, page 6), age 80. His wife Hannah is enumerated with son Robert.. Robert Markle is found in the 1861 census (Div. 1, page 1).
In the 1871 Malahide census, a John Markle, age 37 and wife Alice are found in Div. 1, page 18. Robert & Daniel Markle are in Div. 1, page 12 & 13. A widowed Mary Markle, age 45, is found in Div. 1, page 45.
The 1881 Malahide census shows only Robert Markle & family in Div. 1, page 13. The family does not appear in the 1891 Malahide census.
There are two files in the Elgin Surrogate Court Records concerning John Markle. (#136 and #1579). #1579 deals with the executors, one deceased and one having moved away.
The Markle family can be traced back to Johann Friedrich Merckel who was born in 1665 in Germany, and died in 1736 in Ulster County, New York. His son Wilhelm Merckel was born in 1722 in Ulster County and died there in 1808. He and his wife Sarah Kok and a son John Markle, born 1755 in Ulster County and who died before 1819 in Louth Township, Lincoln Co., Ontario. He married Margaret Smith and were the parents of John Markle who lived in Malahide.
John Murray Markle
born ca 1791
died March 2, 1865
married Hannah Lottridge (dau of William D. Lottridge & Mary Showers)
born December 13, 1801 Hamilton, Ontario
died December 11 [or 12], 1887 Malahide
John & Hannah are buried in the Grovesend cemetery.
Children: William, John, Daniel, George, Robert, Margaret, Mary, Sarah, Lorina, Harriet, Hannah
1. William Markle (son of John & Hannah)
2. John Markle (son of John & Hannah)
born ca 1834
married Alice _____ (Born ca 1839)
3. Daniel Showers Markle (son of John & Hannah)
born ca 1843 East Flamborough, Wentworth County
died October 27, 1918 Rodney; buried in Rodney
Married October 26, 1870 Martha Ann Ross (dau of Charles & Mary)
born ca 1849
died February 28, 1928
Daniel operated a blacksmith shop at Grovesend and later moved to Rodney where he had a large carriage business.
Children: Mary, Charles
Daniel’s obituary appeared in the Rodney Mercury, Oct. 31, 1918, and the Aylmer Express, Oct. 31, 1918, but the following article was reprinted with a photograph of Daniel in the Mercury from the Christian Guardian, in the issue of February 13,1919:
The following is reproduced from a recent issue of the Christian Guardian. On Sunday, Oct. 27th, 1918 Rodney lost one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens through the death of Daniel Showers Markle, who had been a resident of the village for forty years. He was born in Flamborough township, near Hamilton, February 14th, 1842 and came to Malahide with his parents when a lad. He learned the blacksmithing trade at Aylmer, and lived there some years, then went to Grovesend and opened up business for himself. On September 26th, 1870 he married Miss Martha Ann Ross, Grovesend. Moving to Rodney soon after the M. C. R. was built, he bought a farm adjoining the village, cleared it of forest and stumps, and now there are many beautiful homes on the same place, it being laid out in village lots. He also built a blacksmith shop and carriage factory and ran a successful business for many years. There was only one buggy or carriage owned nearby at that time. Some few came with their oxen and sleigh or wagons to church. In all his undertakings he was very successful and made many friends. He was one of the first councillors, a position he held for many years, also a magistrate and a member of the A. F. and A. M. A Methodist in religion, his pew was very seldom vacant. His home was always a home for the minister and there was always a welcome to all. He was a man of few words, yet full of godly counsel, was kind and genial in disposition, a kind husband and a loving father. He leaves to mourn a devoted wife and son, Charles, of Rodney. The funeral was held on Wednesday, October 30th, from his late residence on Furnival street. The minister’s remarks were based on James 4:14, and a quartette sang very appropriate music. The remains were laid to rest in Rodney cemetery, and the funeral was largely attended. “Oh for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is stilled”.
4. George Markle (son of John & Hannah)
born ca 1844
5. Robert Markle (son of John & Hannah)
born ca 1832
married Leah _____
children: Beatrice, (1876); Lois, (1878); Lorne (1880)
6. Margaret Markle (dau of John & Hannah)
born ca 1821
died Sept. 1865
married May 18, 1840 Wesley F. Eaton in East Flamborough
7. Mary E. Markle (dau of John & Hannah)
born Sept. 18, 1823
died Nov. 11, 1912; buried in Stoney Creek
married 1846 Abraham Corman (brother of George, below)
8. Sarah Markle (dau of John & Hannah)
married October 19, 1843 George Corman (1819-1908)
9. Lorena Markle (dau of John & Hannah)
born April 17, 1831
died March 20, 1910 Malahide
married Robert James (1823-1893)
Lorena’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 24, 1910:
In the death of Mrs. Lorena James at her home near Dunboyne on Saturday last, Malahide loses another of its oldest and most esteemed citizens. She was in her 79th year and leaves three sons and two daughters, viz: William of Breckenridge, Minn.; Murray of Tacoma, Wash; Charles of Claton; Mrs. Irving Garrett of Aylmer; and Miss James at home. The funeral services were held in the Dunboyne church on Tuesday.
10. Harriett Markle (dau of John & Hannah)
born ca 1840 East Flamborough, Wentworth County
married March 21, 1864 Sidney Chute
11. Hannah C. Markle (dau of John & Hannah)
born 1846 East Flamborough, Wentworth County
died January 5, 1930
married April 24, 1867 Mahlon Delancey Chute (1845-1930)
1.Herman Sydney (1871-Nov. 11, 1913)
Married October 28, 1896 Elizabeth Bearss
Hannah’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 9, 1930:
MRS. MAHLON CHUTE PASSES
Mrs. Hannah C. Chute, beloved wife of Mahlon Chute, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Delbert Timpany, first concession of Malahide, near Grovesend, on Sunday evening, January 5th, after a long illness. She was in her 84th year and was born in Hamilton. Since she was seven years of age she had resided in Malahide, and leaves many friends to mourn her demise. She was a faithful member of the Baptist church at Lakeview.
Mrs. Chute is survived by her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Delbert Timpany and several grandchildren. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home of her daughter, and the service was conducted by Rev. Schultz, of Pt. Burwell. Interment took place in the Aylmer cemetery.
Families from Lot 23, concession 2:
Sewell, Friend and Addison Boyd owned property in lot 23 from 1887 past 1900. The Boyd family either lived on this property earlier than that date, or elsewhere in the vicinity, as they appear in that district in Malahide census records as follows: 1861 (Div.2, page 8); 1871 (Div. 1, page 64); 1881 (Div. 1, page 29), 1891 (Div. 1, page 24).
Living with Sewell Boyd and his wife Ellen on the 1861 census is an Elizabeth Boyd, widow, age 53, Sewell’s mother (widow of John). Also Lanirie [?] (female),age 16, and Robert, age 12, probably Sewell’s younger siblings. On the same page is a Silas Boyd, age 21 and Alpheus Boyd, age 18, also probably younger siblings.
Sewell was the son of John Alexander Boyd (born Ireland April 1, 1800; died September 4, 1855) & his wife Sarah Elizabeth (born New York State August 27, 1807; died Feb. 21, 1889). They are buried in Lakeview Cemetery with daughter Anna (Jan. 25, 1845 – June 16, 1888)
The widow Elizabeth Boyd is found in the 1871 census in Div. 1, page 71, age 64, with daughter Anne, age 26.; and both also in 1881 in Div. 1, page 29.
Sewell A. Boyd
born October 19, 1833 York County, Ontario
died September 22, 1910 Malahide
married January 1, 1860 Ellen Sweet (dau of Henry & Amelia Sweet)
born 1842 England
died March 3, 1900; age 58
Sewell & Ellen are buried in Luton cemetery.
Sewell’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 29, 1910:
Another of the old pioneers of Malahide passed away Sept. 22 in the person of Sewell A. Boyd, of the 2nd con., in his 77th year. Born in the county of York in 1833, where he lived with his parents until 12 years of age, when he moved to Malahide, within two miles of where he died. A blacksmith by trade, he worked with McRay in Vienna and later, in company with Moses Brundage, ran a shop at Lakeview. Being an expert whip sawyer, he spent some time in the ship yards at Port Burwell, sawing deck plank for vessels. On Jan. 1, 1860 he married Ellen Sweet, with whom he lived happily for forty years, she dying ten years ago. Eight children were born of this happy union, five boys and three girls, one boy dying in infancy and another at the age of 14 of a cancer. The remainder live in the immediate neighbourhood except Mrs. Geo. Buck, of St. Thomas, and F. S. Boyd, of Union. After his marriage he gave his attention wholly to farming at which he was very successful, continuing to farm until a few years before his death, when he sold his farm and lived among his children, dying at the home of his eldest daughter. Born of Irish American parents, a man of strong constitution and indomitable will, he was able to succeed where others might have failed. A kind and loving father, a good neighbour and a good citizen, with hosts of friends and no enemies, he will be greatly missed by a wide circle of friends. Sunday, the 25th, his remains were taken to the Methodist church at Mt. Salem, where a splendid sermon was delivered to a large congregation by the Rev. A. E. Doan, of the Malahide circuit, from Phillipians 1:21: “For me to live is Christ, but to die is gain”, after which they were conveyed to the Luton cemetery and placed beside those of his wife, dying in the full triumph of the Christian faith in a sure and certain hope of a glorious resurrection.
children: Amelia, Emma Jane, John H., Friend, Addison, Bertha, Clarence Oscar
1. Amelia Boyd (dau of Sewell & Ellen)
married _______ Baughman
2. Emma Jane Boyd (dau of Sewell & Ellen)
died April 18, 1914 St. Thomas
married George Buck
3. John H. Boyd (son of Sewell & Ellen)
died September 15, 1943; buried in Luton cemetery
married Mary Sturk (1866-1957)
John’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 16, 1943:
JOHN H. BOYD
Mr. John H. Boyd, a pioneer farmer of Malahide township, died on Wednesday morning, September 15th, at his home on the second concession, following an illness of seven and a half years. He was in his 79th year and was born in Malahide, where he resided all his life and was engaged in farming. He was a son of the late Mr and Mrs Sewell Boyd. Mr. Boyd was a member of the Mt. Salem United Church. Surviving are his wife and one brother, Friend Boyd, of Yarmouth. The body is resting at the Allen Funeral Home, Aylmer, where a private funeral service will be held on Friday, Sept. 17th, at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in the Luton cemetery.
4. Friend Sewell Boyd (son of Sewell & Ellen)
born 1868; died 1956; buried in Union Cemetery, Yarmouth township
married Clara Alberta Howell (1873-1958)
5. Addison Boyd (son of Sewell & Ellen)
died August 17, 1937; buried in Aylmer Cemetery
married Cora Ella Learn (1875-1900)
Addison Boyd’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 19, 1937:
MT. SALEM FARMER BURNED TO DEATH IN BARN FIRE
Addison Boyd Made Futile Attempt to Save Horses When Barn Struck by Lightning
Addison Boyd, 65 year old Malahide Township farmer, perished late Tuesday in a futile effort to save a valuable team of horses. Overcome by smoke he was unable to make his way from the flaming building. The barn and contents were destroyed.
Boyd’s barn, on concession two, Malahide, near Mount Salem, nine miles southeast of Aylmer, was struck by lightning about 5:30 o’clock, on Tuesday, as a violet electric storm raged over the district.
Members of the family were eating supper at the time. As he saw flames bursting from the barn, Boyd leaped to his feet and said he would try and rescue the horses. The family and neighbours who hurried to the scene saw him dash into the stable. No further trace was seen of him. His efforts to release the horses proved futile. One of the animals was found in the debris at the doorway of the stable, believed to have been overcome by smoke as it was led to the door. Boyd’s body was found back some distance, leading to the theory he found he could not get out this way and had attempted to escape through another doorway. A second suggestion was that he might have tripped over a board or have been kicked by a horse and stunned.
The body was recovered as soon as the flames had died down sufficiently to permit rescuers to enter the ruins. Coroner Dr. C. W. Sinclair, Aylmer, who was called to investigate, ruled an inquest was not necessary.
Mr. Boyd, who was in his 66th year, was born on the second concession, on the farm opposite the one he owned at the time of his death. His parents were the late Mr and Mrs Sewell Boyd and he had farmed on the second concession all his life. He was a trustee of the Grovesend School for many years, a member of the Mt. Salem church, and a citizen highly esteemed in that district, where he had spent his entire life.
Besides his wife, he is survived by six daughters: Mrs. John Philmore, Con. 5, Malahide; Ina Boyd, at home; Mrs. D. A. LaLonde, Cochrane, Ont.; Mrs. Harold Jamieson, Yarmouth; Mrs. Norman Lowry, Aylmer, and Mrs. John Mercer, Mt. Salem. Two brothers, John Boyd, 2nd concession Malahide, and Friend Boyd, in Yarmouth. There are 11 grandchildren.
The funeral will be held this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:30, at his late residence and will be conducted by Rev. H. F. Kennedy, of Luton. Interment in the Aylmer cemetery.
6. Bertha Boyd (dau of Sewell & Ellen)
died March 2, 1936; 60th year; buried in Luton Cemetery
married January 8, 1896 John Hawley (died July 5, 1930; 59th year)
Bertha’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 5, 1936:
MRS. JOHN HAWLEY PASSES SUDDENLY
Life-Long Resident of Malahide Suffered a Stroke and Died Within a Few Hours
Mrs. Bertha Hawley, relict of the late John Hawley, died at the home of Mr and Mrs Karr, Brownsville, on Monday, March 2nd, following an illness of but a few hours. She suffered a stroke Monday morning and passed away shortly before 6 p.m. She was in her 60th year and was born in Malahide township, a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs S. Boyd. Her husband predeceased her five years ago. She spent practically all her life in Malahide, and for the past year had been residing at Brownsville. She was a member of the Mt. Salem United Church and the Ladies’ Aid. Mrs. Hawley will be missed by a great many friends.
She is survived by two sons and one daughter: Bruce and Blake Hawley of Malahide; and Mrs. Linus Garnham, Mt. Salem; one sister and three brothers: Mrs. Amelius Baughman, Malahide; John and Addison Boyd, of Malahide, and Friend Boyd, of Yarmouth.
The funeral will be held from the residence of Mr. Bruce Hawley, 3rd concession of Malahide, on Thursday, March 5th, at 2 o’clock p.m. Interment in the Union Cemetery. Rev. H. F. Kennedy will have charge.
7. [Clarence?] Oscar I. Boyd (son of Sewell & Ellen)
died August 26, 1895; aged 14 yrs. 6 mos. 17 days (buried in Luton Cemetery)
Families from Lot 27, Concession 2:
John Baughman owned 25 acres in lot 27 from 1865 to 1901, at which time the property passed to Charles E. Baughman. Henry E. Baughman owned 30 acres in lot 26 from 1872-1877.
John first appears in Malahide census records in 1871 (Div. 1, page 66). Also in the 1871 census are a Jacob Baughman (Div. 1, page 56), and Samuel Baughman (Div. 1, page 67). Jacob is found in the 1861 census (Div. 2, page 7), as well as Samuel (Div. 2, page 6). The Agricultural census records that Samuel was living on lot 22, concession 3.
In the 1881 Census, the Baughmans are found as follows: John (Div. 1, page 28); Jacob (Div. 1, page 31), Samuel (Div. 1, page 43), and Edward (Div. 1, page 47). In 1891 they are as follows: John (Div. 1, page 18); Jacob (Div. 1, page 24); Samuel (Div. 1, page 27), and James A. (Div. 1, page 23).
From ages given on the census, it would appear that John, Jacob & Samuel are brothers. John also owned 25 acres in lot 24, concession 3 from 1864 to 1878, and the property was passed on to Charles. Jacob & Samuel also owned land in this lot and adjoining lots, so it is quite likely that the family actually resided on Concession 3.
Families from lot 27, concession 2:
Samuel & Thomas James Phillips owned 15 acres in lot 27 from 1846 to 1872. Samuel also owned 100 acres in lot 28 from 1842 to 1854 and retained 25 acres there until 1872.
Samuel appears in Malahide census records as follows: 1861 (Div. 1, page 7), and 1871 (Div. 1, page 8). Neither Samuel nor any members of his family appear on the 1881 Malahide census, so it is likely they moved from the township.
Also in the 1871 Malahide census in Div. 1, page 12 there is a widow Mary F. Phillips, age 38 (born 1833 Ontario), with children Lucy J., age 11, Julia, age 6, George J., age 5, and Ida, age 9. Mary appears to be the widow of a George Phillips, (born ca 1829 New Brunswick), since they appear as a married couple on the 1861 Malahide census (Div. 1, page 6), with daughter Lucy J., age 2.
A marriage record was found for George Phillips, age 29, resident of Malahide, born Wakefield, New Brunswick, son of James & Sarah Phillips, to Mary Marr, widow, age 26, dau of John & Mary Hodgkinson, on October 17, 1858. This is indeed the above couple, since there are children with the Marr surname living in the household of George & Mary Phillips.
It is possible that George Phillips and Samuel Phillips were brothers.
born ca 1811 New Brunswick
born ca 1818 New Brunswick
children: Sarah, Julia, Malissa, Elgin, Luther, John
1. Sarah Phillips (born ca 1838 Ontario)
2. Julia J. Phillips (born ca 1846 Ontario)
3. Elgin B. Phillips (born ca 1849 Ontario)
4. Malissa Phillips (born ca 1851 Ontario)
5. Luther M. Phillips (born ca 1856 Ontario)
6. John L. Phillips (born ca 1862 Ontario)
Families from lot 29, concession 2:
George Bain owned 70 acres in the north part of lot 29 in the 1850’s. Joseph owned 20 acres in the same lot from 1870 to 1892. Joseph also owned 25 acres in the west quarter of lot 27 from 1868, followed by Eliza Bain prior to 1895. The Bain family may also have lived on the south half of lot 28, concession 3, where George Bain appears on the 1842 Malahide census. He purchased this property in 1829 and received the deed in 1833. George is found in the 1861 Malahide census, Division 2, page 7. It is most likely that the family actually resided on the Concession 3 property, and will be included in Volume 3 of this series.
Families from Lot 29, concession 2:
John Bagnall owned 70 acres in lot 29 from 1869 until about 1874. George Bagnall owned 70 acres from 1884 to 1894 and the property passed to Frederick E. Bagnall in 1894.
John Bagnall appears in the 1871 Malahide census (Div. 1, page 72) and 1881 (Div. 1, page 12). George & Frederick Bagnall first appear in Malahide census records in 1881 (Div. 1, page 13), and 1891 (Div.1, page 19).
A marriage record was found for a John Bagnall to Hannah Arnold on June 28, 1830 in Hugglescote & Donnington, Leicester, England. This may the couple in Malahide.
born ca 1807 England
born 1803 Leicestershire, England
died April 25, 1873, aged 70 years; buried in Aylmer Cemetery
An estate file exists in the Elgin County Surrogate Court records for a John Bagnall (#1004), who died May 2, 1882. The only child listed is a daughter Mary Rosetta, wife of John Hambly. Also listed is a nephew James Bagnall, son of Hosea. This may or may not be the same John Bagnall.
1. George Bagnall
born 1839 England
died January 1925; Fleshing, Michigan, age 85 buried in Aylmer Cemetery
married Mary Whittaker
born ca 1842 England
children: Sarah, Frederick, Eva, Catherine, Matilda, Walter, Joseph, John
1.Sarah Ann Bagnall (born ca 1865 England)
2.Frederick George Bagnall
born ca 1867 England
married Mary Ellen McConnell
3.Eva Bagnall (born ca 1868 Ontario)
4.Catherine E. Bagnall (born ca 1870)
5.Matilda Bagnall (born ca 1872)
6.Walter Bagnall (born ca 1874) (married Bertha Nevills)
7.Mary J. Bagnall (born ca 1876)
8.Joseph Bagnall (born ca 1877)
married Dec. 24, 1902 Eva Lena House
9.John H. Bagnall (born ca 1880)
Families from Lot 32, concession 2:
Several members of the Haggan family owned property in lot 32, beginning with Craig Haggan, who obtained 100 cares in 1853, but in 1854 the property passed to John & William Haggan. William retained 60 acres until 1889, when the parcel passed to Malcolm Beecher Haggan.
John Haggan appears in Malahide census records as follows: 1861 (Div. 1, page 8); 1871 (Div. 1, page 1), and 1881 (Div. 1, page 3).
William Haggan appears in Malahide census records as follows: 1861 (Div. 1, page 2); 1871 (Div. 1, page 2); and 1881 (Div. 1, page 3).
It would appear that John and William were brothers, based on their ages given in the census. They were no doubt sons of Craig Haggan, who died March 12, 1854 age 58 (born 1796), and is buried in Berean Cemetery.
born 1822 Ireland
died August 28, 1903, age 81; buried in Aylmer Cemetery
married Amelia Jane McConnell
Born ca 1826 Nova Scotia
died December 24, 1902, age 76
John Haggan’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, September 3, 1903:
On Friday last, Mr. John Haggan, who has been gradually failing for the past few years, passed away at the old farm on the 1st concession, where he spent so many happy years of his life, he having gone there to visit his son Wallace, for a few days, from his home here. Mr. Haggan was clerk of the Township for many years, and there was no man in this section better known or more highly esteemed. One thing is sure, no better man ever lived than Uncle John, and his memory will be cherished for many years to come. He was 80 years of age and has lived in this section for over 50 years, leaving to mourn five children, viz: Wallace, of Malahide; Benjamin, of Moosomin; Mrs. McPhail, Toronto; Mrs. Black of Milford, Mich.; and Mrs. William Hankinson of Aylmer. Many friends from all sections gathered to show their last tribute of respect at the funeral which took place on Saturday.
Amelia Haggan’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 8, 1903:
The death occurred on Christmas eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24, of Amelia Jane, beloved wife of Mr. John Haggan, in her 76th year, after a short illness. Mrs. Haggan, whose maiden name was McConnell, spent most of her long and useful life on the first concession, where her home was always open to her friends and where her kindness in sickness and trouble will never be forgotten. On leaving the farm they went to Springfield, but only resided there for a short time, moving to Aylmer about twelve years ago, where they have resided ever since, her husband being clerk of Malahide up to about a year ago, when his failing health compelled him to give the work up. Mrs. Haggan was a faithful member of the Methodist church and an exemplary Christian in every sense of the word. She leaves two sons, Wallace, on the homestead, and Benjamin of Moosomin, Assa., and three daughters, Mrs. N. C. McPhail, of Forest; Mrs. J. C. Black, of Milford, Mich.; and Mrs. Ingram, of Aylmer, with whom the deceased resided. Services were held at the house on Victoria St., Saturday, Dec. 27th, at 10 a.m., the remains being interred in the Hankinson cemetery.
Children: Benjamin, Wallace, Sarah, Ida, William, Mary
1. Benjamin Haggan (son of John & Amelia)
born ca 1856
2. Wallace Haggan (son of John & Amelia)
born October 7, 1859
died March 9, 1949 buried in Aylmer
married March 5, 1890 Sophia Mulholland (Jan. 9, 1860 – 1949)
1.Ida Louise Haggan (born Sept. 5, 1897; died 1975)
married March 31, 1938 Beecher Leslie Haggan (1898 – 1972)
3. Sarah Jane Haggan (dau of John & Amelia)
born ca 1862
4. Ida Bietha Haggan (dau of John & Amelia)
born ca 1864
5. William Herbert Haggan (son of John & Amelia)
died March 10, 1875, age 8 yrs. 6 mos. 15 days; buried in Aylmer
6. Mary Victoria Adelaide Haggan (dau of John & Amelia)
married Charles William Hankinson (1851 – 1930)
1.Victoria Evaline Hankinson (1904 – 1991)
2.Charles Borden Hankinson (1906 – 1977)
3.Wallace Edwin Hankinson (1908 – 1993)
4.Erie Olevia Hankinson (1911 – 2002)
born 1830 England (or Ontario)
died February 13, 1890, age 59 yrs. 7 mos. 23 dys; buried in Berean Cemetery
married Susan Catherine Hankinson (dau of Kenneth Hankinson & Christina McConnell)
Born Feb. 20, 1834 1834 Nova Scotia
died August 1, 1910; age 76 yrs. 5 mos 11 dys; buried in Berean Cemetery
Susan’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, August 11, 1910:
On Monday Aug. 1st, Mrs. Susan Haggan of Lakeview who was visiting her daughter Mrs. Alex Haines here, died from the effect of a stroke of paralysis. Deceased was most highly esteemed by a large circle of friends and was in her 77th year and a life long resident of this section. She left three sons and four daughters, John of Detroit; Beecher of Lakeview; James of Malahide; Mrs. Alex Haines of Aylmer, and Misses Eliza, Phoebe and Etta, at home. The remains were taken to her old home at Lakeview, where services were held on Thursday, the interment taking place at the Lakeview cemetery.
children of William & Susan: James, Christena, Margaret, Beecher, Phoebe, John, Etta
1. James Craig Haggan (son of William & Susan)
died May 15, 1927
married 1. Florence Hill (1866 – Dec. 29, 1897, age 36 yrs. 2 mos. 26 dys)
Married 2. Ellen Eldora (1864-1949)
James’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 19, 1927:
SUDDEN DEATH OF JAMES C. HAGGAN
The death of James C. Haggan occurred at his home on Raglan street, Aylmer, Sunday morning, May 15th, after an illness of four months. Deceased had been seriously ill with influenza, but was thought to be recovering and was downtown several times last week. Early Sunday morning he suffered a stroke from which he never regained consciousness. He was in his 71st year and was born at Lakeview. When a young man he moved to the farm on the corner of Malahide and the gravel road, where he lived until a year ago when he purchased a residence in Aylmer and moved to town. He was a successful agriculturist, and a man well-known and respected throughout the county. Some years ago he served on the township council. He was a prominent Conservative, an active member of Aylmer Lodge, Nov. 94, I.O.O.F., and a faithful member of the Aylmer Baptist church.
Besides his widow, he is survived by six sons and one daughter: Lee, of Cleveland, Ohio; William, of Jasper, Alberta; Homer, of North Bend, B.C.; Charles of Mt. Forest, Ont.; Fred on the farm at Haggan’s Corner, Malahide; Harold of Detroit; and Mrs. M. L. Pettit, of Belmont.
The funeral was held from his late residence on Tuesday, May17th, at 2 o’clock p.m., followed by interment in the Aylmer cemetery. Rev. J. S. LaFlair, pastor of the Baptist church, officiated and was assisted by Rev. R. D. Hamilton, an old friend of the family. A beautiful hymn, “Lead Kindly Light”, an old favourite of Mr. Haggan’s was rendered by the Symphony Male Quartette. The pallbearers were D. Liddle, W. Stewart, H. E. Freeman, M. Powers, D. J. Teeple, and E. H. Smith.
children of James Craig Haggan:
3.Homer Haggan (born July 11, 1890)
4.Allan Haggan (born May 10, 1897; died Dec. 25, 1897, age 7 mos. 25 dys)
7.Daughter, married M. L. Pettit
2. Christena Jane Haggan (dau of William & Susan)
born February 7, 1859
died June 1, 1936 Aylmer
married Alexander Haines (1854-1936)
3. Margaret Eliza Haggan (dau of William & Susan)
4. Malcolm Beecher Haggan (son of William & Susan)
born July 17,1864
died February 24, 1933
married Jennie (Jane) Weaver (1844- Dec. 1919) (dau of Thomas & Tamar Weaver)
Beecher’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, March 2, 1933:
BEECHER HAGGAN SUDDENLY STRICKEN
In the death of Beecher Haggan, of Lakeview, south Malahide lost one of its well known and highly respected citizens. His death occurred on Friday, February 24th, after a short illness. He did his chores in the morning and coming into the house at noon complained of feeling badly and died a few moments later from a heart attack. Mr. Haggan was in his 69th year and was born on the farm where he died. He was a son of pioneer families, his parents being the late William Haggan and Susan Hankinson. He was a member of the Lakeview Baptist church, and for weeks had been leader of the prayer meetings. He was chairman of the music committee, secretary of the School Board, a good neighbour, a true friend, and a leader in the community. His wife, formerly Jane Weaver, predeceased him thirteen years ago.
Surviving are one brother, John Haggan, of Detroit; three sisters, Mrs. Alex Haines, London; Misses Phoebe and Etta W. of Lakeview, who made their home with their brother; a nephew, Beecher Haggan, also made his home with his uncle. There are a number of other nephews and nieces.
The funeral was held on Monday at 2 p.m., and was one of the largest ever held on the first concession. Relatives were present from St. Thomas, Port Burwell, Aylmer, and many other places. Rev. H. Edgar Allen, of Aylmer, had charge, and during the service Mrs. Spencer McConnell and Mrs. R. Edwards sang two most appropriate duets. The casket was surrounded with beautiful floral tributes and school was dismissed for the afternoon. The pallbearers were Lyall McConnell, Spencer McConnell, Harry Dark, Clarence McConnell, S. S. McDermand and Roy Brown. Interment was made in the Aylmer Cemetery.
5. Phoebe Jane Haggan (dau of William & Susan)
6. John Leslie Haggan (son of William & Susan)
born December 7, 1868 Malahide
died January 25, 1934 Pontiac, Michigan; buried in Royal Oak, Michigan
married July 11, 1895 Clara Bell Bodine
born May 20, 1875 Fingal, Ontario
died May 5, 1926 Los Angeles, California
1.Beecher Leslie Haggan, born Aug 28, 1898 in Detroit (married Ida Louise Haggan)
2.Catherine Evora Haggan, born Nov. 21, 1899, Detroit
3.Clara Victoria Haggan, born May 15, 1903, Aylmer
4.Irene Haggan, born Oct. 28, 1904, St. Thomas
7. Euretta (Etta) Wilmina Haggan (dau of William & Susan)
Families from lot 33, concession 2:
James McIntyre received a Crown Patent for 100 acres in lot 33 in 1837. John McIntyre received a Crown Patent for the other 100 acres in 1845. James C. McIntyre continued to own 50 acres from 1851 to 1873.
James McIntyre Sr. appears in the 1861 Malahide Census (Div. 1, page 15), and his son James on the same page.
The elder James McIntyre appears in the 1871 Malahide census (Div. 1, page 7), living with James C. McIntyre, his son. James C. McIntyre is found in the 1881 Malahide census (Div. 1, page 2), and in 1891 (Div. 1, page 15).
James McIntyre Sr.’s estate file is #1378 in the Elgin Surrogate Court records.
born ca 1790 Nova Scotia
died November 1, 1872 Malahide; buried in Lakeview Cemetery
married Margaret Kerr
born ca 1790 Scotland
died March 25, 1869, age 79 yrs. 2 mos. 2 dys
children: John, James, Jane, Isabella, Sarah, Catherine (next page)
1. John McIntyre (son of James & Margaret)
2. James Campbell McIntyre (son of James & Margaret)
born May 3, 1825 Nova Scotia
died May 14, 1904 Malahide
married Margaret Scealey (dau of Anthony Scealey & Eleanor Saxton)
born June 16, 1830 Ontario
died March 15, 1906
James’ obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 19, 1904:
On Saturday last one of Malahide’s early settlers, Mr. James McIntyre of Lakeview passed away. About a year ago he fell and fractured his hip from which he has suffered a great deal. He was well known in this section and his many friends heard of his death with much regret. Three sons and one daughter are mourning the loss of a kind father, namely, John and Jill, at Whitewater, Wis., and Isaac of London, and Mrs. Isaac Willis, on the homestead.
children: Sophrona, John, Isaac, Ammoret, George
1.Sophrona Alice McIntyre (March 5, 1852 – Sept. 1, 1855)
2.John F. McIntyre (born ca 1854)
3.Isaac S. McIntyre (born ca 1857)
born January 29, 1859; died April 1942
married Alexander B. Willis (1862 – 1947)
Ammoret’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, April 9, 1942:
MRS. A. WILLIS, OF LAKEVIEW
Simcoe, April 6 – Mrs. Alexander Willis, died Saturday last at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr and Mrs Delbert L. VanVelzer, Woodhouse township, No. 3 Highway, two miles east of Simcoe, in her 84th year. The former Ammoret McIntyre, she was born at Lakeview, Malahide township, January 29, 1859, daughter of the late James Campbell & Margaret Sealey McIntyre, pioneer residents of Elgin County. Ten years ago she moved to St. Thomas, and six years later to the home of her daughter. Surviving besides her husband and daughter, are a granddaughter, Mrs. I. Ferrier, and a great granddaughter, Ruth Ferrier, both of Simcoe. The funeral was held Tuesday at 2 p.m. Rev. R. Murray Simmons, of First Baptist Church, officiated at the services. The remains were taken to Aylmer, where interment took place at 4 p.m. in Aylmer cemetery.
5.George Gillett McIntyre (July 1862 – Mar. 17, 1909; age 47 yrs. in Malahide)
3. Jane (Flora) McIntyre (dau of James & Margaret)
born 1828 Bayham
died Dec. 13, 1914 Malahide, age 86 yrs. 1 mo.; buried in Dunboyne cemetery
Married Oct. 10, 1866 John Saunders (son of Joseph & Eleanor)
John & Jane lived on lot 7, concession 3. The Saunders family will be found in Volume 3. Jane’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, December 17, 1914:
From our Lakeview correspondent:
Mrs. John Saunders (Jane McIntyre) passed away at the residence of her niece, Mrs. A. Willis, Lakeview, at 11 o’clock on Sunday morning last. Mrs. Saunders had been confined to her bed for many months with rheumatism. She endured her sufferings with Christian patience to the last. Her home was in Aylmer until she came here a couple of years ago, to the neighbourhood of her youth and many old friends with whom she was a great favourite. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon at the residence of A. Willis.
4. Isabella McIntyre (dau of James & Margaret)
born 1810 Digby, Nova Scotia
died May 9, 1895, age 84 yrs. 6 mos. 1 day; buried in Sparta cemetery
married 1837 George Gillet
died January 22, 1859; age 48 yrs. 8 mos. 16 dys.
Isabella’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, May 16, 1895: (taken from the St. Thomas Journal)
Mrs. Isabella Gillet, relict of Geo. Gillet, South Yarmouth, died at her home in Yarmouth Centre, Thursday, May 9th. Deceased, who was a daughter of the late James McIntyre, Malahide, was born in Digby, N.S., 1810, being in her eighty-fifth year. She came to this country when a child. They settled on first concession of Malahide, where the father lived until his death. In 1837 she married the late George Gillet, of South Yarmouth, resided on their farm till 1859, when he died. Mrs. Gillet conducted the farm for a number of years after her husband’s death, till the marriage of her daughter, Mrs. William Newcombe, when she leased the farm, moved to Yarmouth Centre to be near her daughter. Here she has lived until death visited the home yesterday. Two children, James W. Gillet, of Aylmer, and Mrs. Newcombe, of this city, survive. Funeral from her late residence, Saturday at 1 o’clock to Sparta cemetery.
5. Sarah McIntyre (dau of James & Margaret)
6. Catherine McIntyre (dau of James & Margaret)
died January 2, 1898, age 78 yrs. 8 mos. 26 days; buried in Aylmer
married Nathan L. Wood
died February 24, 1889, age 85 yrs. 5 mos. 28 dys
Catherine’s obituary appeared in the Aylmer Express, January 6, 1898:
Another landmark is gone, and one more of the old stock, to whom we younger ones owe so much for the many comforts and luxuries we enjoy in this land, has passed away. On Sunday last Mrs. Catherine Wood, relict of the late Nathan L. Wood, passed peacefully away to the reward of a truly good and noble woman. Mrs. Wood’s maiden name was Catherine McIntyre, and she was born on the 1st concession, a few miles from Aylmer, and came here when there was practically no town at all. She has lived and grown up with the place, and she and her late husband took no small part in the early development of the town, laying a foundation with others that has grown into the splendid homes, public buildings and business places we have here today. Mrs. Wood was in her 79th year, and her life has been one long example for good, and her home the pleasant meeting place of a lrage circle of friends, who loved her for her true womanly character and many virtues. The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon from her late residence, Pine street, and was largely attended. Mr. Geo. Wood, of Helen, Mont., and Mrs. Sturgess, at home, son and daughter, will feel their loss deeply.
Families from lot 35, concession 2:
Thomas Edison acquired 200 acres in lot 35 in 1830. By 1854, it was owned by Susannah Edison, wife of E. E. Edison.
The Edison family can be traced back to a John Edison, who lived in Essex County, New Jersey, then moved to New York, and eventually to Digby, Nova Scotia as a United Empire Loyalist in 1783. The Edisons remained in Nova Scotia until 1811 when they came to Bayham township.
The Thomas Edison of lot 35 was a son of the above John Edison & his wife, Sarah Ogden. Another son, Samuel Edison, was the grandfather of inventor Thomas A. Edison.
born ca 1740 New Jersey
died 1814 Bayham Township, Elgin County
married October 10, 1765 Sarah Ogden
born 1744 Orange, Essex Co., New Jersey
died ca 1851 Bayham Township, Elgin County
children: Samuel, Thomas, Adonijah, Mary, Sarah, Marcellus, Catherine, Moses, Margaret, Phoebe
1. Samuel Edison (son of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born March 7, 1767 Caldwell, Essex Co., New Jersey
died March 27, 1865 Bayham Twsp., buried in Pioneer Edison Cemetery
married November 14, 1792 Nancy Williams, in Digby, Nova Scotia
died September 26, 1824 in her 54th year
2. Thomas Edison (son of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born 1778 Essex Co., New Jersey
died July 24, 1850; 73rd year; buried in Estherville Cemetery, north of Port Burwell
married Margaret Fitzgerald
died August 26, 1844, age 68
died October 18, 1878, age 72 yrs. 4 mos
married Enos E. Edison (son of Adonijah Edison & Nancy Williams)
Born May 25, 1798
died March 22, 1855, age 56 yrs. 9 mos, 28 dys; buried in Estherville Cemetery
1.Thomas Edison (born ca 1835)
Married Hester Smith
3. Adonijah Edison (son of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born 1772 Essex Co., New Jersey
died August 1825, age 53; buried in Old Edison Cemetery (abandoned)
married Nancy Williams
children: (next page)
Children of Adonijah Edison & Nancy Williams:
1.Phoebe Edison (May 31, 1795 – Feb. 11, 1884; married Jacob Weaver)
2.Marcia Edison ( 1801 – Oct. 1832)
3.Elizabeth Edison (1802 – July 13, 1857; married Isaac Hatfield Saxton)
4.Elsie Edison (1804)
5.Huldah Edison (1807 – 1842)
6.Enos Edison (1798 – 1855, married 1st cousin Susannah Edison)
7.Aaron Edison (1810)
8.Susanne Edison (Mar 12, 1812 – Feb. 13, 1883 married Benjamin Haines)
9.Sarah J. Edison (1798 – Nov. 5, 1881 in Clinton, Iowa)
4. Mary Edison (dau of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born 1773; died ca 1865
married Dennis Dowling
5. Sarah Edison (dau of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born 1775; died June 16, 1837
married James Wilson
6. Marcellus Edison (son of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
died September 21, 1849, age 55; buried in Pioneer Edison Cemetery
7. Catherine Edison (dau of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born 1777 or 1786
died March 14, 1872
married Peter Weaver
8. Moses Edison (son of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born January 10, 1783 Essex Co., New Jersey
died September 17, 1849 Grand Rapids, Michigan
married Jane Saxton
9. Margaret Edison (dau of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
died March 19, 1879
married William Saxton
10. Phoebe Edison (dau of John Edison & Sarah Ogden)
born ca 1794