St. Thomas Weekly Dispatch
St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Index and some extraction of Elgin County names
by Bruce C. Johnson Jr.
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1855 March 1
p. 2 – County of Elgin Agricultural Society – The following gentlemen have been appointed Officers for the present year, and who are known as men of honour and honesty; President, Colin MUNRO, Esq., Sheriff; First Vice President, James ARMSTRONG, Esq., Second Vice President, Leslie PIERCE, Esq., Treasurer, John KING, Esq;, Secretary, James FARLEY; Directors; Messrs. Isaac MINOR, Daniel BLACK, Jonathan THOMPSON, George HARRY, Henry HAMILTON, John BOBIER and Richard B. NICHOL.
1855 April 19 –
p. 2 – The Court of Queen’s Bench – The Court of Assize and Nisi Prius opened Tuesday, the 17th ult.
p. 3 – Died – Mrs. Delia NELLES – Relict of the late John NELLES, Grand River March 25th, aged 82 years, 11 months and 11 days, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren of over 200
1855 April 26 –
p. 7 – Quarter Sessions – Ralph NICKERSON found not guilty of Larceny – David Alexander BROWN, 5 years at Kingston Pen. – Patrick MURPHY, Larceny – Joseph REID, larceny. Michael McFADDEN charged with Larceny, plead guilty, imprisoned; Queen vs Henry MILLER, Larceny, not guilty; Queen vs Nelson ROWE, Larceny, not guilty; Appeal of Cyrus SMITH against the decision of John Alexander and John Matthew CRAWFORD, not guilty; Joseph REID, charged with Larceny, guilty – one month hard labor; Patrick MURPHY, larceny, Guilty – imprisonment for one month; David Alexander , larceny, five years imprisonment.
p. 7 Court of Assize – DOYLE vs McNEIL – involved considerable value of land in St. Thomas. The Plaintiff’s father who was a native of Ireland came to this part of Canada upwards of thirty years ago, and purchased a lot of land in the embryo village. After the death of his wife the plaintiff’s father left Canada, and went to Detroit taking with him his two little boys. Subsequently he removed to the state of Ohio where he died leaving the plaintiff, his oldest son in charge of Mr. Michael BURKE. For several years the property in St. thomas remained unoccupied, when a length parties who though DOYLE or his heirs would never return, squatted upon it and built house thereon. It appears the plaintiff for a long time was not aware that he was heir to the property. Verdict for the Plaintiff. Also similar case of DOYLE vs PETTIFER to reclaim rental income. The Queen vs. Samuel MARTIN and William MARTIN, Felony theft- Sentenced to Prov. Pen. Father and son. The Queen vs. CARTER (a colored man) for stabbing- discharged. The Queen vs. FINN for blocking the road – guilty.
p. 7 – Married – Mr. Thomas CLEAR to Miss Honora CASEY of Southwold – 22 April 1855
p. 7 – Married – Mr. David LUMLEY, to Miss Elizabeth MALCOM both of Dunwich
p. 7 – Married – Mr. George SANNER to Miss Mary Ann FREEMAN
p.7 – Married – Mr. Wm. ROSSANCE of Southwold to Miss Mary HUNTLY [ HUNTLEY ]of Dunwich
p.7 – Died – Mrs Jane TEITZEL, wife of William [TEETZEL, TEETZLE ], builder, Fingal, age 32, Consumption
p. 7 – Died – James MEEK, oldest son of John and Julia MEEK age 16 Years and 8 months of Brain Fever, 23 April 1855.
1855 May 3
p. 1 – Long Sketch continues on Col. Thomas TALBOT
p. 3 – Married – Mr. John JONES, Ridgetown, Howard to Miss Mary DAVY of St. Thomas on 29 April 1855
p. 3 – Died – William Charles COYNE, native of Belfast in London on 2 May
1855 May 17
p. 1 – Conclusion of Sketch of Col. Thomas TALBOT
p. 3. – Died – Long obituary for J. P. SOXSHIP [ or SONSHIP ] of Fingal – age only 4 years (this may be tongue in cheek for a pet? – dog or horse?) Written by D. J. WALLACE.
1855 May 24
p. 3. – Married – Mr. John COLE to Miss Mary HILL, both of Dunwich
p. 3 – Died – Beloved Wife of Thomas GADSBY, age 19, 10 May.
1855 May 31
p. 2 – Destructive Fire – “…large and commodious frame barn and shed near Sparta, on the farm owned by Joseph BAKER, Esq., a resident of Sparta … who carries on an extensive business in the wagon and carriage making line. value £230 – £250 with insurance covering only £50. Work of “the slow match of an incendiary. It will be remembered that some two years since a man was indicted and sent to the penitentiary for stealing a horse belonging to Mr. BAKER. That man had threatened to “burn everything he had.
p. 3 – Married – In this town, on the 27th inst., by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Daniel HATHAWAY, to Miss Mary Ann WEDGE, both of South Yarmouth.
1855 June 7
p. 2 – Married – In St. Thomas, on Monday, the 28th May, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Mr. Allen S. McCALL, to Mrs. JOHNSTONE, both of St. Thomas.
p. 2 – Married – At Selbourne, Port Stanley, on the 4th inst., by the Rev. William Doak, Presbyterian Minister, John TAIT, Esq., to Elizabeth PEARSON, both from Stowmills, Scotland.
1855 June 14
p. 3 – Married – At the Village of Sparta, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, on Monday, 4th June, Mr. Samuel COLE, of Port Stanley, to Miss Agness BOSTWICK, of the same place.
p. 3 – Married – At. St. George’s Church, on 6th June, by the Rev. W. Bond, assisted by the Rev. Canon Leach, D.C.L. the Rev. Henry ROE, B. A., Curate of St.Mathew’s Chapel, Quebec, youngest son of the late John Hill ROE, Esq., M.D., to Eliza Julia, second daughter of the late John George SMITH, Deputy-Assistant-Commissary-General.
1855 June 21
p. 2 – Married – On the 9th inst., by the Rev. J. D. Ryan, Catholic Pastor, Mr. John MASTERSON, of St. Thomas, to Miss Anne KING, of same place.
1855 June 28
p. 2 – Destructive Fire [2 separate columns] .. a severe loss entailed upon Mr. John GRAHAM of the village of Sparta .. on the morning of Saturday, the 23d inst. Loss of £5000 to £6000 – not covered by insurance – 2nd col. – known as “Graham’s Sash and Door Factory”
p. 2 – Death By Drowning – “… the melancholy death by drowning, on the evening of Wednesday, the 27th inst, of the youngest son of Mrs. Moses MANN, of Sparta. a boy of about 9 or 10 years old- at a millpond, owned by H. B. WELDING, Esq. “Little boys, let this be a warning to you, to go directly home from school, and to keep away from bathing-places, unless accompanied by older persons.”
1855 July 5
p. 3 – Married – On the 3rd instant, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Henry KNIGHT, to Miss Elizabeth McNEAL, both of Adelaide, County Middlesex.
p. 3 – Died – On the 1st instant, Stephen J., infant son of P. G. NORRIS, Esq., aged six months.
1855 July 12
p. 2 – Fatal Accident – .. death of a young lady, Miss BURDEN of the Backstreet, Southwold. Invited by her neighbor Mrs. PHILPOT, to accompany her to town… they were overtaken by a Mr. BOWLSBY, from the Five Stakes. Mrs. PHILPOT’s horse became unmanageable. Wagon wrecked. Mrs. P’s child had one of it’s eyes put out. Coroner Elijah DUNCOMBE and Dr. HALL held inquest on the body on Saturday, the 7th inst. Long lament on condition of the road and lack of resolve to fix hill grade.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday morning, July 7th, Mrs. P. BURKE, of a son.
p. 3 – Married – In London, at the residence of the bride’s mother, on the 4th of July, by the Rev. Mr. Scott, Mr. Wilmott McCLAIN, of Galena, Wisconsin, to Miss Ellen McLAUGHLIN, youngest daughter of the late Captain McLAUGHLIN of that city.
p. 3 – Died – On June 16th, at his residence, London, England, Rev. John BLACKBURN, aged 65.
p. 3 – Died – At his residence, Balmoral Cottage, Parish of Gartly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, – the Rev. John ROBERTSON, in the 80th year of his age, for 33 years Pastor of Gartly Parish, and father of Dr. C. ROBERTSON, Veterinary Surgeon, of this Town [short obit]
1855 July 19
p. 2 – Sad Accident – William McLAUGHLIN, of the Township of Southwold, in the neighborhood of Fingal, met with a serious accident last Friday. .. a mower he was driving sunk into a deep furrow. He was thrown and the blade “took one of his feet nearly off at the ancle, severing every bone and muscle in that member of his body, and severely injuring the other leg above his ankle. We hear that his life is in a precarious state.
p. 3 – Married – On Sunday, the 8th inst., in South Dorchester, by Edmund Sheppard, Minister, Mr. Donald TURNER of South Dorchester, to Miss Margaret McKELLAR of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 7th inst., by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John MEDFORTH, tanner, of this town, to Isabella DEWAR, of North Yarmouth.
1855 July 26
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday evening, July 21, Mr. John KING, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on Tuesday 24th instant, by the Rev. W. Price, Methodist Minister, Mr. David James WALLACE, to Miss Margaret Caroline SHARON, both of the Township of Southwold.
1855 Aug 2
p. 2 – Schedule of Summary Convictions – Patrick KENAN, Colon McCALLUM, William LAYTON, Drunk and disorderly, John CRAWFORD, Assault and Battery, James ROBERTSON, Keeping the bar of his inn open on Sabbath, William MONTGOMERY, Profane swearing, Peter STALES, Obstructing Highway; Eleazer DEACON, Default of statue labour, L. W. WHITNEY, cutting trees, Tine SCHRAM, Assault and Battery, Henry ELGEE, Drunk and profane language; Thompson McLARRY, for labour wages, George KIRBY, Assault, Benjamin CRANDELL, Leaving employment, Joseph PORTEOUS, Timothy RYAN, assault, John O’BRIEN, Thomas WILLIAMS, John MEAHAN, John EARLY, Michael GLEESON, assault and battery, James CLEAVE, Assault, Stephen MILLS and James RIHELL, assault and battery.
p. 4 – Notice – I do hereby caution the Public against crediting my wife Agnes, as she has left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation on my part, as I will not hold myself accountable for any debt or debts she may contract from this date. William FARRER, Southwold, June 16, 1855
p. 3 – Notice – I hereby forbid any person or persons trusting my wife, Susan, on my account, she having left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation, as I will pay no debts of her contracting after this date. Enoch NOTT, South Dorchester, June 22, 1855
1855 Aug 9
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday, the 29th ult., Mrs Peter McDONALD, of a son.
1855 Aug 16
p. 3 – Notice – The Co-Partnership heretofore existing under the name and firm of “Gillespie & Sweetapple.” as Millers and Lumberman in the Township of Malahide is this day dissolved by mutual consent. Robt. B. GILLESPIE, Henry B. SWEETAPPLE, Malahide, July 27th 1855.
1855 Aug 23
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Monday morning, the 20th inst., Mrs. S. A. FERRIN, of a son.
1855 Aug 30
p. 2 – Married – On the 28th inst., at the American Hotel, in the City of London, by the Rev. Mr. McEwen, Archibald McINTYRE, Esq., of the firm of Ross and McINTYRE, St. Thomas, to Amelia, eldest daughter of Duncan McNISH, Esquire, of the Township of Southwold.
p. 2 – Died – At Andover, Mass, on the 19th instant, of consumption, Charles A. COOPER, printer, of Boston, aged 26 years. [must have had some connection with the paper?]
p. 2 – Died – In London, on the 22nd inst., Julia, daughter of Mr. John SCANLAN, Landing Waiter of Her Majesty’s Customs, aged ten years and ten months.
1855 Sep 6
p. 2 – Birth – In this Town, on Wednesday, the 5th inst., Mrs. McLACHLIN, Wife of the Editor of this paper, of a son.
1855 Sep 13
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Monday, the 10th, September, Mrs W. SPREAKER of a son.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, at the residence of Mr. W. J. WHYTE, by he Rev. St. George Caulfield, on Thursday, the 14th day of September, Mr. Thomas ARKELL, Merchant, to Susanna, youngest daughter of Edward MORGAN, of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 6th inst., at the village of Fingal, by the Reverend Mr. Draper, Mr. Wm. EASTERBROOK, of Yarmouth, to Miss Rebecca BAYNARD, third daughter of Richard J. BAYNARD, Esq., of Westminster.
p. 2 – Married – On the 23rd ult., at the Mansion House, in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Thomas LUMLEY, to Mrs. Eliza MILLS, both of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Married – On the 6th inst., at the Canada House, by the same, Mr. Albert SECORD, Merchant, of South Dorchester, to Miss Susan WILCOX, of Yarmouth.
p. – Married – On the 10th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by the same, Mr. James CAMPBELL of West Flamborough, Co. of Wentworth, to Miss Ellen Jane, daughter of Mr. LAWRENCE, near Fingal.
p. – Died – At his father’s residence, Southwold, after a short illness, on the 8th inst., Wm. McCULLY, aged 23 years, much regretted by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances.
p. – Died – On the 6th inst., after an illness of some months, aged 50, respected by all that knew him, Mr. Jehiel MANN, near this town, an active and devoted Christian – for the past 28 years in the Baptist denomination, and for 25 years of which he well served his office of Deacon- His loss will be severely felt.
1855 Sep 27
p. 2 – Married – On the 13th inst., at the Western exchange in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Sylvester COOMBE to Sarah SMITH, both of Malahide.
p. 2 – Married – On the 26th, at the same place, by the same, Mr. Robert McLEAN to Miss Phoebe ADAIR, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Died – In the City of London, on the 12th inst., Thomas KASSACK, aged 57 years, one of the best inhabitants of London, much respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.
1855 Oct 4
p. 4 – Information Wanted – Of Joseph SMITH, who in 1833 lived in the neighborhood of Port Stanley, Lake Erie and in 1851 was living in the State of Ohio, near Toledo- John WALTHEW, September 19, 1855
1855 Oct 11
p. 2 – Married – At Mr. J. Cole’s Hotel, St. Thomas, on the 11th inst., by the Rev. J. Fraser, Mr. Archibald McPHAD, of Westminster to Miss TAYLOR, of South Dorchester.
p. 2 – Married – At St. Michael’s Cathedral, Toronto, on Monday, the 8th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Bruyere, Mr. James DUNN to Elizabeth, widow of the late John RYAN, both of that city.
p. 2 – Died – In this town on Wednesday, October 10th, Mr. Robert NICOLL, aged 23 years and 6 months. Deceased was well known and much respected by a numerous circle of friends and acquaintances.
1855 Oct 18
p. – Married – At the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. J. FRASER, on the 18th instant, Mr. Dougald MUNRO, to Miss Isabella McNISH, both of Southwold.
p. – Married – At the residence of Hooper KING, Esq., on Wednesday, 17th instant, by the Rev. St. George CAULFIELD, Mr. Thomas FUTCHER junior, of Southwold to Miss Susan NORTHWOOD, of St. Thomas.
1855 Oct 25
p. 2 – Married – At Canada House, in this Town, on the 29th ult., by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Richard AXFORD, to Miss Mary McCALLUM, of this Township.
p. 2 – Married – On the 16th inst,. at the residence of the bride’s father, by the same, Mr. Warren VAN PATTER [ VAN PATTEN VANPATTEN VANPATTER ] of Malahide, to Miss Olivia the daughter of Mr. Abraham NEWCOMBE, near that town.
1855 Nov 1
p. 2 – Dinner to the Honourable Francis HINCKS (had to check wikipedia to see who he was!) “The Inhabitants of the County of Elgin, will entertain.. Preparations are being made on an extensive scale” See also 1855 Nov 8 – p. 2 Hinck’s speech. Dinner attended by many including Amasa LEWIS, Lindley MOORE and W. JONES of Malahide and Port Bruce. Hincks was a reformer and the WD did a post-visit piece on him in 15 Nov 1855 p. 1 issue.
1855 Nov 8
p. 3 – Married – At St. Thomas, October 18th, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Mr. William MEEK to Miss Jane McCULLY of the same place.
p. 3 – Married – At St. Thomas October 23rd, by the same, Fryer Richardson AUGOOD to Miss Stella Anna BEEBE, both of the State of Ohio
p. 3 – Married – In London, on the 3rd instant, at the house of Mr. John GILMOUR, Bathurst street, by the Rev. Charles Campbell, Baptist Minister, Mr. Daniel MILLAR, of this city, to Miss Sarah EGAR, of Hamilton, C. W.
p. 3 – Married – In London, on the 5th inst., by the Rev. Charles Campbell, Baptist Minister, Mr. John JAMES, to Miss Mary Jane GOUGH, both of London.
1855 Nov 15
p. 3 – Married – On the 8th instant, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. James Wilmot NEVILLS, near this town, to Mrs. Sarah EDMONDS, daughter of Mr. Amos BARNES near Fingal.
p. 3 – Married – At Christ Church, Port Stanley, on hte 8th instant, by the Rev. James A. Preston, M. A., Henry ARKELL, son of the late Henry ARKELL, to Mary, eldest daughter of the late William BURGESS, all of Port Stanley
p. 3 – Died – At Oakley Park, near Brantford, at his father’s residence on Sunday, 11th instant, after an illness of 14 hours, Joseph, son of Joseph DALTON, Esq., aged three years and five months.
p. 3 – Died – In Aylmer, on the evening of the same 10th ult., at 9 o’clock, after an extreme illness of six months, in the 24th year of her age, Miss Clementine WARD, eldest daughter of Thomas WARD of Bosanquet.
1855 Nov 22
p. 3 – Married – On the 22nd inst., at the Canada House in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Duncan McINTYRE, of Aldborough, to Miss Margaret McINTYRE of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Married – Lately in this Town, by the same, Mr. Richard GEARY, to Miss Agnes WALKER.
1855 Nov 29
p. 2 – Birth – At Sandymount, on the 24th November, Mrs. Peter COX, of a daughter.
1855 Dec 6
p. 2 – Militia Appointment – Murdoch McKENZIE, Esq., of this town, has been appointed Deputy Adjutant General of military District No. 8, which includes the Counties of Oxford, Middlesex, Norfolk, Kent, and Elgin, and the City of London.
p. 3 – Married – At the Albion Saloon, by the Rev. Mr. Price, on 29th instant. Mr. James HUMPHRIES, to Miss Margaret AIKEN, both of Southwold.
p. 3 – Died – At her residence, Five Stakes, on Monday night last, 3rd December, Barbara, the beloved wife of Mr. John MITCHELL.
p. 3 – Died – In Galt, on Friday the 30th of Nov. ultimo, in the 49th year of her age, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Z. ANDREWS. the deceased was for a number of year a resident of this neighborhood. Her loss is deeply regretted by a numerous circle of relatives and friends.
13 Dec 1855
p. 2 – Public Notice – This is to forbid any person or persons entrusting my wife Maria HOLLWAY — other person, on my account, as I will not pay any debt or debts she or they may contract after this date, she having left my bed and board without just cause or provocation, as I have made provision for her maintenance. Thomas HOLLWAY, Labourer. St. Thomas, December 8th, 1855.
20 Dec 1855
p. 3 – Married – On the 12th inst, at the Mansion House, in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. George TEEPLE, to Miss Margaret APPLEMAN, both of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 18th, by the same, Mr. George FRANCIS, to Miss Elizabeth WEED, both near New Sarum.
1856 Jan 3
p. 2 – Birth – on 24 Dec 1855, daughter of William JACKSON, Esq. St. Thomas
p. 2. – Married – Mr. David GARDNER, Baker, to Mrs. Rebecca ROBERTSON, widow of the late James ROBERTSON, Baker, St. Thomas.
1856 Jan 10
p. 2 – Married – Mr. Isaac SMITH to Miss Phoebe KNIGHT both near Five Stakes (Southwold) 1 Jan 1856
p. 2 – Married – Mr. Dugald McKELLER to Miss Margaret McDONALD, both of North Yarmouth on 5 Jan 1856
p. 2 – Married – Mr. George R. WILLIAMS, Esq., to Miss Charlotte, Daughter of Richard ELLERBECK, Esq., of Kingston, C.W.
1856 Jan 17
p. 2 – Married – George WICKETT to Betsey FREELAND, both of Malahide, at Aylmer by Rev. George Wilson 30 Dec 1855
p. 2 – Married – Samuel MOORE of Darlington, County Durham, to Emma Jane FREELAND of Aylmer on 2nd Jan 1856
p. 2 – Married – John BRAY, of Blenheim, Oxford Co., to Frances SMITH of Dorchester, Elgin Co.
p. 2 – Died – Mr. Peter McGILL, senior, Yarmouth, on the 15th of Jan.
1856 Jan 24
p. 2 – Birth – A son to the wife of Rosalvo WATSON, Railroad contractor, St. Thomas, 21 Jan 1856
p. 2 – Married – Mr. John SMITH, of Yarmouth, to Miss Catherine McGREGOR of Westminster, in London, 21 Jan 1856
p. 2 – Married – Mr. Archibald McKELLAR of Belmont, to Miss Mary McGREGOR of Westminster, London, 21 Jan 1856 (double wedding of 2 sisters)
p. 2 – Married – Mr. Jacob POUND, to Miss Anna SMITH, both Malahide, by Rev. David W. ROWLAND, 19 Jan 1856
p. 2 – Married – Mr. David MITCHELL to Miss Sarah COWEL, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – Mr. Thomas W. SAUNDERS to Miss Mary CAMPBELL, both of Malahide
p. 2 – Died – on 17 and 19 Jan 1856, the twin infants of the late Mrs. S. RHYEARD, [ RYCARD ] age 6 Weeks
1856 Jan 31
p. 3 – Birth – At Hill Bank, St. Thomas, on Friday, 1st February, the wife of Peter ROE, Esq., a son
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 24th January, the infant son of William ANDERSON, aged 6 months.
1856 Feb 7
p. 2 – List of Letters at St. Thomas Post Office – about 90 names ie George SILVERTHORNE; Ambrose CASWELL
1856 Feb 14
p. 2 – Suicide – An aged man, of 60 years, resident of Talbot street, in the Township of Malahide, committed suicide, by hanging himself, in his own barn, on Monday morning last. His name was Henry SEGAR. He was a man of Industrious and temperate habits, and no cause is assigned for his having thus put an untimely end to his own existence. [NOTE; gravestone for wife and son at the Burdick Cemetery]
p. 2 – Destructive Fire – broke out this morning between the building occupied by Mr. W. H. CAMERON, the baker, and that occupied by Mr. MORGAN, as the “St. Thomas Hotel.” Morgan well insured
p. 3 – Married – On the 7th inst., by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. James STEVENSON, to Miss Susannah FAIRLOUGH, both of this town.
p. 3 – Married – On the 13th, by the same, at the Mansion House, Mr. Charles WATERS, to Miss Isabella STAFFORD, both of Southwold.
1856 Feb 21
p. 1 & 2 – Dreadful Boiler Explosion – at Mr. ANDERSON’s Foundry. No indication of what town this is – checking the names it might be London or Toronto. Many wounded and dead – Coroner WANLESS held inquest.Amongst dead were James MILLS, Daniel TAYLOR, Robert NEIL. Among severely injured were George McLEAN, James JACKSON, John W. KERNES and A. OPPAL. $10,000 to $13,000 damage.- jury recommendation was that “all persons using steam-engines in their establishment should exercise great caution and employ skilled engineers.”
1856 Feb 28
p. 3 – Married – On the 19th instant, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Philip LEAME, to Miss Sarah SMITH, eldest daughter of the Rev. Abraham SMITH, Baptist minister, New Sarum, near this town.
p. 3 – Married – On the 27th, by the same, at the Mansion House, in this town, Mr. George Hiram YORK, to Miss Mary Jane DOAN, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – In this town at the Canada House, on Thursday, the 7th inst., by the Rev. J. Fraser, Mr. Archibald CAMPBELL, of Yarmouth, to Miss Catherine, fourth daughter of Mr. Gilbert TAYLOR.
p. 3 – Stray Oxen – The subscriber has in his possession stray yoke of oxen, of a very dark brown color, and about 5 or 6 years of age. The owner can have them by proving property and paying expenses. William VAN VELSOR, Talbot Street, North Branch, 2 miles East of Iona, Southwold, Feb. 26th, 1856.
1856 March 6
p. 3 – Died – In the township of Dunwich, on Monday the 2nd instant, Alexander McNEIL, shoemaker, of the township of Yarmouth. The deceased left home on Thursday last, in search of some land, when he was attacked with inflammation of the bowel, and expired on Monday last. He leaves a wife, and four Children to mourn their bereavement.
p. 3 – Died – At the residence of her son, Angus McIntosh, Margaret, the relict of Mr. McINTOSH, both natives of Inverness, Scotland. Mrs. McINTOSH and her husband were among the earliest settlers in this country, having emigrated to it in the year 1822. Mrs. McINTOSH had attained to the almost patriarchal age of 81 years, and she retained, with slight intermissions all her faculties to the last, and she was able to walk to her son’s, Mr. John McINTOSH, a distance of two miles, a short time before her death. She was buried at the Episcopal Churchyard, St. Thomas, and placed by the side of her husband, who had been buried 32 years before. – She was followed to the grave by a large concourse of friends and relations who came to pay the last tribute of respect to her memory.
1856 March 13
p. 3 – Married – On the 2nd inst., at the residence of the bride’s mother, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Judson BAKER, son of the Rev. S. BAKER, Baptist Minister, near Richmond, to Miss Eliza, youngest daughter of Mrs. SECORD, near Temperanceville. [old name for Orwell, on the Yarmouth / Malahide townline]
p. 3 – On the 11th at the Canada House, by the same. Mr. William BOWEN, to Miss Mary HAM, both of Southwold.
1856 March 20
p. 2 – Notice – Whereas, under and by virtue of a certain indenture or deed of settlement this day duly executed, between me , the undersigned, and Frances SIMMERMAN / ZIMMERMAN, my wife, the said Frances SIMMERMAN hath been fully provided for. These are therefore to caution and notify all persons that I will not hold myself responsible for any debts that may be, at any time hereafter, contracted by the said Frances SIMMERMAN, Dated at St. Thomas, this 11th day of March, A. D. 1856, Peter SIMMERMAN / ZIMMERMAN
1856 March 27
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Wednesday last, 19th inst., Mrs. J. Ardagh ROE, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Married – On the 19th inst., at the Western Exchange, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Albert J. CLARK, to Miss Mary Ann MONTGOMERY, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 20th, by the same, at Mr. Donald BLACK’s residence, Edgware road, Mr. Jas. BLACK, to Miss Sarah McBRAYNE, both of this township [Yarmouth]
p. 3 – Teacher Wanted – Wanted by school section No. 11, township of Malahide, a first or second class teacher [male], to whom a good salary will be paid. J. ROGERS, D.FROST, O. ROBERTSON, Trustees.
1856 April 3
p. 2 – Strayed Off – Some time in the fall of 1855, two Steers, the one a deep red, the other a pale brindle, with some white spots, the end of the left ear cut off, and a notch on the under side of the right ear, two years old last June, small size. Information of them shall be rewarded by Wm. TEEPLE, Temperanceville, [Malahide], March 25, 1856.
1856 April 10
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the 16th March, Mrs. F. F. BLACKADER, of a son.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the 6th inst., the wife of Mr. Richard LUKE, Brewer, of a son.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Friday, the 4th instant, Margaret McGINNIS, relict of the late William McGINNIS, of New York city. Deceased leaves five helpless orphan children to mourn the loss.
[Note: This is Margaret McKAY or McLAY McGINNES born 1823 with children, Selina Ellen, born 1847, James H., born 1850, William Constantine McGINNIS Jr., born 1852, Margaret J., born 1855 and Thomas Eugene McGINNES born 1855- Husband William Constantine McGINNES died saving a mother and child in a fire in New York City. Blacksmith, R.C.- BCJ]
1856 April 17
p. 3 – Married – On the 2nd instant, at the residence of the bride’s father by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Alexander CAMPBELL of the township of Beverly, C. W., to Miss Sarah Ann, daughter of Mr. John LAWRENCE, near Fingal.
p. 3 – Married – On the 9th, by the same, near this town, Mr. Wm. MANDEVILLE, to Mrs. Maryen WILSON.
p. 3 – Summery Convictions – George PENHALE, selling Liquor without License; William MAHON, breaking door; Henry C. MILLER, Assault and battery; Otis John SMITH, Nonpayment of wages; George KATON, Breach of Peace; Frederick NEISH, breach of Road Act; Sylvester COOK and Moses PRICE, Nonpayment of wages; James DOOP, selling liquor without license; James McCLENNAN, Assault and battery; Charles LINCOLN, Jr., selling liquor without a license; William HARVEY, Ezra OILL, H. B. WELDING, Frederick PACE, Disturbing public worship; Charles HALL and William HALL, assault and Battery, Calvin W. CARSON, Passing Toll gate without paying toll; Reuben B. NELSON and Bartholomew HUTTON, Contravention of By-law; James LOUNDSBURY, Trespass.
1856 April 24
p. 2 – The Village of Fingal – Long feature article on the Village of Fingal – mention of the Foundry of Messrs. McPHERSON, GLASGOW & Co., Flour and Grist Mills built and established by Alex. POLLOCK. Mr. MOORE, an English miller, has control and management of them; Mr. METCALF’s Furniture Establishment. Mr. McLACHLIN’s Tannery. Tavern kept by Mr. BATT, a very gentlemanly, good natured landlord. The Mercantile business is also well represented by Messrs. ARKELL, BLACKWOOD, VAIL, TUBBY & BURWELL, and others. There is every reason to suppose that the Union Road which passes through the village, leading to Port Stanley, will be gravelled during the ensuing summer, which will add considerable to the welfare and prosperity of the place.
p. 3 – Notice – I hereby forbid all persons harboring or trusting my wife, Harriet SCHRAM, as I will not pay any debts which she may contract, she having left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation. Robt. (his X mark) SCHRAM, Eden, April 12, 1856.
1856 May 1
p. 2 – Birth – At the Five Stakes, Talbotville, on Sunday morning, 20th instant, mrs. John S. SMITH of a son.
1856 May 8
p. 2 – Bigamy – A Worthy disciple of the Gospel, (over the left) was fully committed on last Tuesday morning Jail by R. J. McNAUGHTON, Esq., Reeve of Bayham, on a charge of bigamy. In 1836 this good Christian, Hosey SMITH, married a Miss Mary PATTISON, of Pelham, Niagara District, and afterwards, fell in with some other unsuspecting female in another section of the Province; but to cap the climax of his rascality, he came to Bayham and married a highly respectable widow named BOYCE, upon whom he practiced his deceptions by visions, and other tales of religious adventures by flood and field, under the name of Otis John SMITH. Mr. SMITH, according to the evidence given before Squire McNAUGHTON, was once a preacher of the “United Brethren,” but recently one of the New Connexion church. We are informed that the worthy divine can neither read, write, or cypher, still the canting hypocrite knew enough, under the cloak of religion, to ingratiate himself into the affections of a virtuous and rich woman. This, we trust, will be a lesson to others, not to pay attention to similar wolves in sheep’s clothing – who prowl about the country seeking who they may unconsciously devour.
1856 May 15
p. 3 – Notice – Is hereby given, that m wife, Nancy BURNES, of this township, did on the 29th inst., leave my bed and board without any cause or provocation whatever, this therefore to forbid all persons from harboring or trusting her on my account, as I will pay no debts of her contracting. Ason BURNES, Bayham, April 30, 1856. [Given as Anson BURNS in 1861 and with wife, Nancy.]
1856 May 22
p. 2 – Married – At the residence of the bride’s father, on the 15th instant, by the Rev. W. Bettridge, Rector, Woodstock, Mr. John H. MASON, of Port Stanley, to Miss Mary Anna WILKINS, of the town of Woodstock.
p. 2 – Died – Died in Blanchard, on Saturday the 27th ult., Geo SPARLING, aged 22 years. He was a faithful member of the Loyal Orange Order, and his remains were followed to their last resting place by a large number of that body in mourning regalia.
1856 May 29
p. 2 – Homicide – On the 24th instant a very peaceable man named John COGSWELL, a tailor n the employment of Mr. John SIMPSON, met his death in this town from the effects of an accident received whilst trying to make peace with some riotous person. COGSWELL’s death is much regretted, and some blame is attached by the voice of public opinion to these who had the culprit in custody, and afterwards commuted the affair. Felony cannot be commuted. Hence there will arise some trouble in the camp. The verdict of the jury is “that the said John COGSWELL came to his death by Hernia, supposed to be produced by abuse received from William LUNDAY, while under the influence of liquor, on the 24th of May, 1856, the deceased having been formerly injured. It is the further opinion of the jury that the said abuse was not caused from malice.”
[Note: John E. COGSWELL was buried 27 May 1856 at the Old English Churchyard in St. Thomas- no monument]
p. 2 – We also regret to say that a person named WAITE, whilst on the Race Ground, received such injuries as to cause his death the following morning at Sparta, owing to his not managing the horse which he was driving.
p. 2 – Another person met his death at Staffordville on the same day, and under almost similar circumstances.
p. 2 – Birth – South Dorchester, May the 21st, 1856. To the Editor of the Weekly Dispatch. Dear Sir, I take the liberty to inform you that Mrs. CLUNAS, the wife of A. CLUNAS, postmaster of Clunis [now Springfield at Malahide], brought forth a son this date. John CLUNAS.
p. 2 – Married – On the 19th May, at Lyons, Wayne County, N. Y., by the Rev. Mr. Hudson, Mr. Noah P. HUTCHISON, to Miss Anna YERINGTON, of Lyons, N.Y.
p. 2 – Married – Lately, at the Western Exchange, in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. John M. TRENNUM to Miss Ruth LUMLEY, both of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Married – On the 21st inst., at the Mansion House, by the same, Mr. C. HARVEY to Miss Maryan Cordelia WATTERS, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Died – On Monday the 26th inst., Timothy, third son of Mr. John COUGHLIN of Westminster, aged 20 years and 11 months, deeply regretted by all who knew him. His remains were followed on yesterday to the final resting place, the Catholic burying ground, by one of the largest concourse of friends and relations we have witnessed in St. Thomas for a length of time.
p. 3 – Died – In London, on Thursday, of intermittent fever, after a short illness, W. J. ALLEN, only son of Mr. Patrick BURNS, aged eleven years and nine months.
1856 June 5
p. 2 – Melancholy Accident – We regret to learn that a young man, named George SMITH, was accidentally killed in the township of South Dorchester, on Saturday last, by the falling of a tree. He went into the woods, accompanied by a couple of friends, to see some shingle timber; and, while inspecting a quantity of shingles, the deceased happened to be standing near a tree that was being felled by a neighbor, unfortunately it fell upon another tree, from which a large branch dropped upon deceased, and caused his immediate death. Deceased was son of Dr. SMITH, formerly of Straffordville. in this county.
1856 June 12
p. 2 – Sudden Death – We are heartily sorry to record the death of Mr. Charles MILLS who came to his untimely end under the following heartrending circumstances. – Poor MILLS came into the employment of Mr. Henry VANBUSKIRK, who was engaged in constructing that dangerous bridge over “the Blackwood Mill-pond” and whilst thus engaged, a square piece of timber struck him on the breast, and he died without a groan. MILLS was but an hour in Mr. VANBUSKIRK’s employment, when the accident took place; and it is only just to say, that another had resigned his position to give the deceased an opportunity to earn bread for his wife and child. The following is the verdict of the Coroner’s Jury: – Accidental Death.
p. 2 – Brutal Desecration – To the disgrace of this locality, one of the most outrageous acts of desecration of the graves of the dead occurred on the night of Tuesday last, in this town. The wife of a respectable inhabitant of the Township of Yarmouth, named ANDERSON, died last week, and was interred on Sunday, in the Presbyterian Graveyard, on the Port Stanley Road. Yesterday morning the old gentleman paid a visit to the grave of his old partner, and found to his horror that the body had been abstracted by some scoundrelly body-snatchers. The friends of the deceased immediately proceeded to institute inquiries, and to make diligent search, and they hope to be able to ferret out the nefarious miscreants. Deceased was nearly seventy-five years of age, and had lived with her sorrowing husband for fifty-two years. – The entire community are quite exasperated with this scandalous affair, and we fear that in the event of the guilty parties being discovered, summary vengeance will be taken. Since the above was in type the body of Mrs. ANDERSON has been found in the creek on the DRAKE farm, Southwold, and amidst great excitement conveyed to its former destination. Much praise is due to Messrs. B. WILLSON and P. L. SPAUN, for their active exertions in ferreting out the body. We hope the matter will not rest here.
[Note: this is Annie, the wife of – Richard ANDERSON / died / Nov. 12, 1874 / aged 90 yrs / Annie [ROMAiNES] / wife of the above / died June 6, 1856 / aged 74 yrs / Richard / son of / J. & S. ANDERSON / died / Aug. 15, 1894 / aged 41 y’rs / 3 mos & 17 days- Richard buried at OS and Blocks West Cem. BCJ]
p. 2 – Married – On the 3rd inst., at the Mansion House, in this town, by Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Daniel WATERS, to Miss Nancy LUMLEY, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – On the 5th, at the “Western Exchange,” by the same, Mr. Benjamin FISHER, to Miss Rebecca PARKER, both of South Yarmouth.
1856 June 19
p. 2 – Flour! Flour! – The people of St. Thomas have much reason to complain of the dearness of provisions in general, but in no instance have they so much cause for so doing as in the price of flour. The price of this essential article of food is one dollar per hundred weight higher in this town than in London. It will pay merchants or dealers to get a quantity of it from London to retail here, and if the hint be not taken it is intended to call a public meeting to form a company for importing provisions from London, and leaving our town dealers to sell in other places.
p. 2 – Mysterious Death – Long article on a body of a well dressed man found lying dead in Kettle Creek. Coroner DUNCOMBE as well as large assembly of the inhabitants immediately proceeded to the spot where the body lay. Mr. PADDEN who had first discovered the body very wisely refrained from disturbing it until the arrival of some of the authorities, when William ROSS, Esq. reached the place he immediately commenced to remove the body from the water, and assisted by Messrs. LIPSEY and BROWN, he made a very minute inspection of the clothing and person of the deceased, in order, if possible to find out anything that would tend to identify him. Alfred J. ALWORTH, Esq. was jury foreman for the inquest. Jury :Found dead in Kettle Creek, his name as well as the manner he came by his death unknown.” Long detailed description of his fine clothes.
p. 2 – Married – On the 14th inst., at the Mansion House, in this town, by Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Isaac STILLWELL of Bayham, to Miss Jemima BAKER of Malahide.
p. 2 – Married – On the 15th, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the same, Mr. James ARNOLD, of Chatham, to Miss Julia Ann, second daughter of Mr. John W. BEEMER, near Aylmer.
p. 2 – Married – Ont the 17th, by the same, at the Mansion House, Mr. — ROBBLEE, to Miss Frances HUNTLEY, both of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Married – On the 18th, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Alonson STEWART, Esq. of Rock River, Illinois, to Miss Melinda, daughter of Mr. John WELTER, of Southwold.
1856 June 26
p. 2 – Concert – The St. Thomas Brass Band gave a Grand Concert on Friday night last in the village of Aylmer. The object was to defray the expenses incurred in the purchase of their splendid instruments. The inhabitants of Aylmer did not attend as was anticipated. Several gentlemen were present from St. Thomas, some of whom took part in the entertainment. Messrs. ALWORTH, LAING and SPOHN gave some excellent songs. Mr. MIHELL assisted on the Melodeon. Miss SPRAKER gave, “My Highland Home,” in her usual happy style. We hope the band will favor the inhabitants of St. Thomas with a similar treat; and we have every confidence their zealous efforts will be properly appreciated.
p. 2 – To the Editor of the Weekly Dispatch – Sir, – I was much surprised, when passing through Vienna, last week, to ss the boys began to insult several ladies and gentlemen as they were passing; and what surprises me is, that they were led on by a negro, and I am informed that it is the case very night. They congregate at the corners of the streets, and keep up a row all night, so that it is impossible for a person to sleep at any of the hotels. I hope that the village officers will see and put a stop to it. Yours, A. HAMILTONIAN [I presume that is a person from the city of Hamilton, Ontario]
p. 2 – Married – At the residence of the bride’s father, on the 17th instant, by the rev. Wm. Price, the Rev. William HAWKE, Wesleyan Minister of Florence to Miss Eleanor, eldest daughter of Mr. Thoms. DRAKE, of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – By the same, on the 31st, at the Wesleyan Parsonage, St. Thomas, Mr. Thomas SECORD, to Miss Margaret UTTER, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Died – At the residence of R. ISAAC, in the Township of London, County of Middlesex, Miss Margaret WEST, aged about 83 years, on Wednesday night, the 25th inst.
p. 3 – Official Directory of the County of Elgin – Lists all the names fo the Reeves and officials for each Township and the County.
1856 July 3
p. 2 – “We understand, that Mr. DICKEY, who has been spending a few weeks in our place, teaching Mr. WELLS the new process of taking pictures upon glass, called Ambrotyping, is about to leave this place, and will open a room for a short time in Morpeth. Mr. DICKEY, since his stay with us, has succeeded in producing some of the most truly beautiful specimens of sun pictures it has ever been our lot to behold, and in justice to his merit as an artist, we cannot help congratulating the citizens of Morpeth upon their luck, in securing an artist of Mr. D’s. accomplishments.
p. 2 – Married – By the Rev. Mr. Stewart, at Durham, county of Grey, on Thursday, 19th June, A. COCHRANE, Esq., late of New Sarum, in this county, to Mary Ann, Daughter of David JACKSON, Esq., M.P.P.
p. 2 – Married – On the 21st ult., in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Amos BARNES, of the township of Williams, to Miss Hannah ALBERTSON, of South Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 26th, at the Canada House, by the same, Mr. Charles WHITWAM, of Southwold, to Miss Elizabeth, the eldest daughter of the late Rev. Richard ANDREWS, Baptist minister, near this town.
p. 2 – Married – On the 1st inst., at Belmont, by the same, Mr. Hugh McINTYRE to Miss Nancy McKELLAR, both of North Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – By Rev. Edmund SHEPPARD, at his residence, on Monday the 30th June, MR. William GRUNDY to Miss Caroline RAYMOND, both of the township of Dereham.
p. 2 – Post Offices Closed – Jamestown, Yarmouth, Elgin – Postmaster William JONES. The name “Temperanceville” in County of Elgin is changed to “Orwell.” – Post Office Canada 24 June 1856.
1856 July 10
p. 2 – Law News – the business of the Court of General Quarter Sessions of the Peace and that of the County Court, ended on Tuesday morning. Large civil docket – long criminal. An action against Noah LUMMIS and another young prize fighter for assault and battery, occupied a long time, and resulted in the acquittal of the defendants. A young wretch named GRANT was convicted of stealing money ands sentenced to the Provincial Penitentiary for two years. A woman from the vicinity of Aylmer was sentenced to a month’s imprisonment for stealing a parasol, a very light sentence considering the crime, but there is no doubt the court was induced to be a lenient as possible, considering she an infant child in her arms. There were several cases from the far-famed Township of Bayham, all about the stealing of saw logs. We had expected that old saw-log SMITH himself was stolen until we saw his grotesque shade wending its way to the Grand Jury Room along with his man Friday, big REYNOLDS, there to give vent to his pitiable grievance about the stoppage of some imaginary highway. Two men found guilt of saw-log stealing. Everyone does it in Bayham. Mr. COOK, of Richmond, who was indicted for a similar crime, cooked up some few affidavits which induced the Bench to postpone his trial until the next court. Grand Jury reports “found a prisoner named Colin CONNELL confined under sentence of death, who has been imprisoned for a considerable length of time.
p. 2 – Obituary – Very long obit – It is our melancholy duty to record the death of Richard W. TRAVERS, M. D. which took place at his residence in the village of Fingal, about noon of Saturday. He had been an invalid for a long time……With his head reclined on the bosom of a friend he loved, and with all his disconsolate relatives around him, at fifteen minutes past eleven o’clock, after a brief struggle, his spirit took his flight. Dr. TRAVERS was born on the 28th of December, 1821, at Mosestown, County of Cork, Ireland, and died at the age of 34 years.
[Note: See more on Dr. TRAVERS in the Talbot Times Newsletter for September 1991]
p. 2 – Ran Away – From the residence of the subscriber, Lot No. 7, Southwold, on Sunday night last, a young man named Wm. MURPHY, aged about 17 or 18 years, was in the employ of the undersigned for the last 12 years (what!), where he was placed by his father, I hereby offer one shilling reward for any information respecting said MURPHY…. Patrick BRADY, Southwold, July 8, 1856
1856 July 17
p. 2 – To the Memory of the late Richard Walshe TRAVERS, Esq. M.D., of the Village of Fingal – by L.C. K. -This talented and respected physician commenced his profession under the instruction of his Uncle, the celebrated Dr. WOODRUFF, of the City of Cork, Ireland, from whence he was transferred to the University of Dublin, and more recently to that of Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon his arrival in this Province, he became a pupil of the gifted and talented Dr. John ROLPH of Toronto; of whose kindness and philanthropy he spoke to the last. Dr. TRAVERS’ loss to his bereaved widow and orphans is irreparable, whilst, to the surrounding country, his professional services will be a desideratum not easily or readily filled up. – followed by 6 stanzas of poetry.
p. 2 – Married – On the 2nd instant, at Unionville, by Rev. David W. Rowland, William DAWSON, to Mrs. Elizabeth BABCOCK.
p. 2 – Married – On the 3rd instant, by the same, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. James LEE, to Miss Harriet, daughter of Mr. Thomas BENNETT, North Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 14th, by the same, in this town, Mr. Anson WARBURTON, to Miss Wilhelmina BEATTIE.
1856 July 24
p. 2 – Brutal – As we passed through the village of Fingal on Tuesday evening last, we were attracted by a great noise, and on inquiry found that some inhuman wretch, in the form of a human being, had the hardihood to throw a heavy stone, weighing about 4 pounds, at the door of Mr. CLARKE’s house, a contractor on the Union Gravel Road, which very fortunately did no great injury, except striking one of his labourers in the heel, which caused him a little uneasiness. A sick man, who was just leaving the village, was suspected for the act, but upon his protesting against such charge, was at once released.
p. 3 – Married – On the 23nd inst,. at the residence of James DRAKE, Esq., St Thomas, by the Rev. J. Frazer, John ASH to Margaret MONTGOMERY, both of St. Thomas.
1856 July 31
p. 2 – Melancholy Accident – A man named McMULLEN lost his life on Monday night, in attempting to pass over the bridge on the London and Port Stanley Railway over Kettle Creek, near St. Thomas. The night was pretty dark, and the unfortunate deceased attempted to cross the bridge, although it appears he was not entirely sober. The bridge is not yet completed, there were only a couple of beams or planks to walk upon in the centre. He missed his footing, and fell into the creek, a height of 75 feet, and was killed instanter. His brains were literally dashed out.
The body was taken into town, and by order of some person in authority, placed in the lock-up cell in the market-house, to await the coroner’s inquest. It there lay openly exposed until near one o’clock, when none of the butchers called our attention to the fact, and said that the Reeve actually laughed when he was told that it was shameful to have the body there exposed to the gaze of men and children, and particularly ladies, coming to market for kitchen requisites. In fact it showed on the part of the authorities nothing but a gross disregard of the feelings of the community, and an apathy to every consideration of propriety. Deceased had lately come from Brantford, and had been in town only a few days. Coroner DUNCOMBE impaneled a respectable Jury, who rendered a verdict of “accidental death by falling off the Railway Bridge.
p. 3 – Died – At Thornwood, London, on the 21st inst., Ethel Alice Fane BECHER, youngest daughter of Henry C. R. BECHER, Esq., aged 3 years and 11 days.
1856 Aug 7
p.2 – A little bit of Law – The Division Court held in this town on last Saturday was the scene of considerable merriment, arising out of a suit brought by Philo BENNETT, Esq;, of Port Stanley, against a Mr. NETHERCOFF. some two years ago Mr. BENNETT gave the defendant two courts of garden peas. No charge was demanded until within the past few weeks, when the plaintiff sent a polite bill to the defendant for two shillings and sixpence currency. This bill of particulars of demand was very carefully put up in the post office at Port Stanley for general inspection. This exposure naturally irritated Mr. BENNETTs placid disposition, and he at once resolved to appeal to the laws of his country for redress. Story continues —
p. 3 – Married – On the 3rd inst., in this town, by Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Timothy FILLMORE, to Miss Patience ALLEN, both of the township of Southwold.
1856 Aug 14
p. 1 – Testimony – Southwold, February 23rd, 1856 – Mr. PARRISH; St. Thomas. – As you are Agent for Dr. Halsey’s Forest Wine and Pills, I feel it my duty to address you a few lines. My Son Robert, aged 20 years, was taken with typhus Fever and Inflammation of the Lungs in February, 1855. He was then living seventy miles from me. Long testimonial ….Robert LEECH, Isaac WALTER, George HICKS, Jude ALLEN.
p. 3 – Died – At New Sarum, on Saturday, the 9th inst., Sarah Elizabeth, youngest daughter of Mr. Charles W. CLOES, aged 7 months and 5 days.
1856 Aug 21
p. 7 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday, 16th instant, the wife of A. McINTYRE, Esq., of a son.
p. 7 – Birth – In this town, on Tuesday, 12th instant, the wife of Mr. Thomas ARKELL, merchant, of a daughter.
p. 7 – Birth – In this town, on Monday, 11th instant, the wife of Mr. W. REID, of a son.
p. 7 – Married – At St. Thomas, on the 14th instant, by the Rev. J. Fraser, Mr. Arch’d CURRUTH to Miss Catherine GRAHAME, both of Dunwich, C. W.
p. 7 – Married – On the 11th inst., at Christ Church, Delaware, C. W., by the Rev. R. Flood, M. S., William FITZHERBERT, eldest son of Wm. F. BULLEN, Esq., to Anne Eliza, eldest daughter of John P. MYLNE, Esq., late of H.M. 9th Regiment, all of Delaware.
p. 7 – Died – At Wallacetown, in the township of Dunwich, on the 20th inst., Mr. John McPHERSON, mill owner, deeply regretted by a large number of friends.
p. 7 – Died – In the City of Toronto, on Monday 18th inst., Mr. Dennis HEFFERNANY, aged 59 years.
p. 7 – Died – In this town, on the 16th instant, after a short lingering existence, of pain in the chest through want of nourishment and a proper stimulant, the Rough Notes. This poor little “thing sank to rest in the arms of its “Liberal successor in the first of its age.
1856 Aug 28
p. 3 – Married – On the 5th August, at St. Paul’s Deptford, near London, England, by the Rev. R. S. FINCH, James THOMPSON, Royal Artillery, to the Margaret KER, third daughter of Alexander GEDDES, Esq., of St. Thomas, C. W., formerly of Her Majesty’s 46th Regiment.
p. 3 – Married – On Tuesday, the 18th instant, by the Rev. Mr. SUTHERLAND, of Ekfrid, at her father’s place, Dunwich, Euphenma CAMPBELL, daughter of John CAMPBELL, Teacher, to Duncan McINTYRE, Mosa Station.
1856 Sep 4
p. 2 – Singular Trial – Edward W. HARRIS, Esq., Barrister at Law, was summoned before D. HARVEY and Geo. T. CLARIS, Esqs., on Thursday last, to answer the complaint of the Queen, who charged him with mutilating and otherwise injuring certain notes, the property of the newly established Bank of the County of Elgin.. E. ERMATINGER, Esq., sworn, deposed, that he found out through the Agency of the Bank of Montreal in this town, that notes of the Bank of the County of Elgin had been deposited there, and that said notes were defaced and otherwise injured. He instituted this suit to protect the instituted this suit to protect the interests of the Bank, of which he was President. Mr. LOWE, teller of the Bank of Montreal in this town, sworn, deposed that certain notes of the original issue of Bank were presented to him in his office by Mr. HARRIS….Mr. HARRIS then stated he did cut some notes, and if Mr. ERMATINGER wished it the portraits could be returned to him. Thomas B. HART, sworn deposed, I am a contractor on the London and Port Stanley Railroad.. Hiram H. HUNT, sworn, deposed, I was in Mr. HARRIS’ office, I think it was sometime in June, …Mr. Charles ROE, sworn, deposed, I got a bill that had been defaced,… Jehial MANN, sworn, deposed, I am not aware that I know anything about the cutting out of portraits. Case sent to trial and Mr. HARRIS was held to bail himself in 200 pounds.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Tuesday night last, August 26th, Wm. Edward Joseph MITCHELL, youngest son of Wm. KELK, aged 8 months.
p. 3 – Died – In Southwold, on Tuesday 2nd inst., James WALKER, Esq. from Glasgow, Scotland, aged 43.
1856 Sep 11
p. 2 – Very long letter to the Editor from school teacher John JESSOP of Fingal lamenting his treatment by the students. .. In the afternoon I was honoured with a visit from the Rev. Mr. DUNCAN, Mr. BLACKWOOD, the parents of the boys in question, accompanied by one of the Trustees; .. re abuse that he received from his students and counter charges of severe brutal treatment by JESSOP.
p. 3 – Birth – At St. Thomas, on the 30th of July, the wife of Mr. Samuel PADDON, Butcher, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – At Junction, Westminster, on Saturday, August 23, the wife of Edward THOMAS, Esq., of a son.
p. 3 – Married – This morning, at the residence of the Bride’s father, in this Town, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield Rector, Mr. N. W. MOORE eldest son of M. T. MOORE, Esq., J. P., to Miss Mary E., daughter of Dr. DUNCOMBE, Coroner of the County of Elgin.
p. 3 – Married – On the 6th Sept., by the same Mr. William HURDLE of Vienna, to Mrs. Jane CUTHBERTSON of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 27th August, at St. Ann’s Church Westminster, by the Rev. Mr. Fraser, Charles Booth DALY, Esq. of Wisconsin, United States, to Anne LEE, daughter of the late H D. LEE, M.D., London, C. W.
p. 3 – Married – On August 21st, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Mr. John CARPENTER to Elizabeth, and Mr. Samuel SMILEY to Mary Catherine, daughter[s?] of George A. COUSE, Esq., all of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 12th ultimo, at Mr. George COTTENHAM’s residence, near this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Alexander McIntosh CAMPBELL, to Miss Lucretia SAUNDERS, both of Malahide.
p. 3 – Married – On the same day, by the same, at the Mansion House Mr. William NELLIS, to Miss Rhoda SMITH, both of Malahide.
p. 3 – Married – On the 31st, by the same, Mr. Ezekiel OGILVIE, to Miss Deborah SCOTT, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 2nd instant, by the same, Mr. John JORDAN, to Miss Sarah WARNER, both of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Died – At St. Thomas, on Tuesday, June 24, Mary Elizabeth, second daughter of Mr. Samuel PADDON, butcher, aged four years one month and eighteen days.
1856 Sep 18
p. 2 – Sale of Village Lots – The Auction sale of Tyrconnell Town Lots, by Mr. EMERY, for account of the proprietor, James BLACKWOOD, Esq. came off on the grounds at Tyrconnell on the 10th inst., as was anticipated, with great success.
1856 Sep 25
p. 2 – Commutation of Sentence of Death – We are glad to hear that Colin CONNELL who has been confined in the jail of St. Thomas, for some months, under sentence of death recorded, will shortly be removed to the Provincial Penitentiary. Dr. SOUTHWICK, M.P.P., has received a letter from the Provincial Secretary, intimating that His Excellency the Governor-General has been graciously pleased to commute the sentence of the unfortunate prisoner to imprisonment in the Penitentiary with had labor for seven years. Our readers will perhaps remember that CONNELL was found guilty of shooting with intent to kill a man named HOUSE. The prisoner at the time was laboring under the effects of insanity, and has not yet recovered his reason.
1856 Oct 2
p. – Married – September 25th, by Rev. George Caulfield, Mr George CHALLENGER to Miss Fanny WONNACOTT, both of he Township of Yarmouth.
1856 Oct 9
p. 2 – Shocking Elopement – A gentle man from Sherburne informs us that a farmer who had recently come into the north-east part of the town, eloped a week or days ago with his niece, Harriet, and vamosed the country. The old sinner was about 45 years of age, and had a wife and six children. The deluded companion of his flight is the child of his own brother, and is but 16 years old. She was living at the time in the family of a respectable neighbor, by whom she was much esteemed. – Norwich Reporter.
1856 Oct 16
p. 2 – Assize Intelligence – 55 causes entered for trial, 28 of which were defended issues in the Superior Court, and 9 defended issues in the Inferior Jurisdiction. Dopp vs Marr- The plaintiff, James P. DOPP, kept a certain house of a wide-spread character, near the village of Vienna, called in slang phraseology, “Balaklava.” Long description of the destruction of the house. Criminal Business. DOPP was indicted and found guilty of keeping bawdy house.
The Queen vs. Otis J. SMITH, for felony. The prisoner was indicted for marrying a second time, his former wife being still alive. I appears in evidence that the prisoner was many years ago married to a young woman whose father resided in the Township of Pelham. The ceremony was performed in a place called Manchester, in the State of New York, by a Yankee Squire, while the father of the bride along with other friends and relations were present. Some time after the marriage the prisoner with his wife removed up to the Township of Yarmouth, where her deserted her. She returned to her father’s home, and after some years married another man. The prisoner turned up in the township of Bayham last year, and there made love to a widow lady named BOYCE, who was reputed to be in comfortable circumstances. She accepted his propositions, and they were eventually married by a duly authorised clergyman, under regular license. the father of the second wife disapproved of her marriage and disliked her consort as he suspected his respectability. It turned out that the suspicions were well founded. After some investigation, the former conduct of the prisoner was developed fully. He passed himself off as a local preacher in the vicinity of Niagara, and by his religious pretenses gained the favor of his first wife and her family. Witnesses proved that first and second marriages clearly, after which the jury gave a verdict of guilty without much hesitation. For the bigamy of which he was convicted, the Court sentenced him to four years hard labor in the Penitentiary, but at the same time resumed a point of law in his favor, to be considered at the Court of Queen’s Bench in Term.
A person named Mark DOPP, brother of the above prisoner, was presented for a similar nuisance in Malahide, but when he found how matters stood, he made tracks as fast as his legs could carry him. The constables went in pursuit, but they could find no traces of his whereabouts.
Shocking to relate, a third brother is said to have kept a similar sink of iniquity in this town, but it appears he left for parts unknown yesterday, fearing the justice of the law. Last year the Inspectors upset a den of vice in the town and had its inmates severely punished; but the Inspectors of this year have permitted it to continue without any interference.”
1856 Oct 23
p. 2 – The St. Thomas Troop of Cavalry – This troop commanded by Capt. G. BANNERMAN, was ordered out yesterday for inspection by Col. McDOUGALL, who came for that purpose. There were about 50 men on parade. J. L. GEDDES Adjutant, deserves much credit for his efficient services in getting the troop into such an excellent state of discipline.
p. 3 – Married – On the 16th inst., by Rev. W. Johnson, at St. Thomas Church, W. Willcocks BALDWIN, Esq., of Larchmere, to Susannah Mary, daughter of the late Stephen YARWOOD, Esq.
p. 3 – Married – On Wednesday October 15th, at St. Thomas Church, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Mr. Henry BROWNLEE, of the Township of Brooke, to Miss Margarite KENNEDY, of the Township of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – In Yarmouth, Oct. 14, by Rev. T. H. Facer, Mr. James Loraine GEDDES of this town, to Miss Margaret MOORE, of the former place.
p. 3 – Married – In this town, on the 22nd ult., by Rev. T. H. Facer, Mr. J. C. WRIGHT to Miss Mary Ann CABE, both of the Township of Malahide.
p. 3 – Died – At Hill Bank, St. Thomas, on Monday morning, October 20, 1856, Charles Perry Ardach, only son of Peter ROE, Esq. of this town. [Buried at the Old English Churchyard]
1856 Oct 30
p. 2 – Correspondence – Mr. McKINNON Again – In a late issue of that pugnacious sheet styled the St. Thomas Liberal, there appeared a communication over the signature of “Testator”… long rant by …A correspondent from Iona, October 27, 1856
p. 3 – An Indian to be Hung [Hanged] – The Welland Herald gave that an Indian named Isaac LOTTERAGE was convicted at the Haldimand Assizes of committing a rape on the person of Miss Mary Jane HOPPER, on the 2nd of August. He was sentenced to be hung [hanged]on the ? November.[He apparently was not hanged but died in prison in 1913]
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Tuesday, the 28th instant, the wife of William WHITE, Esq., of a son.
p. 3 – Married – At Port Stanley, on the 24th inst., by the Rev. William Doak, B. A., Mr. John DICKSON to Miss Catharine McCALLUM, both of the Township of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Died – At Grand Rapids, Mich., Oct. 9th, 1856, at the house of her Uncle, Emeline COLLINS, of Vienna, C. W.
1856 Nov 6
p. 3 – Died – On the 14th ult., after a long and painful illness, which she endured with Christian meekness and resignation, Janet, wife, of N. McCOLL, Esq., of Southwold, in the 30th year of her age, much regretted by all who have been favored with her acquaintance. During her sickness she preserved the utmost composure of Mind, although often warned by the physicians of her danger, yet she never showed the slightest emotion, but often expressed a disire to leave this world of sorrow, to be present with the Lord. Her funeral was attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors, who deeply sympathized with her throughout her illness. [Wife of Nicol S. McCOLL buried at Black’s Cemetery, Dunwich]
1856 Nov 13
p. 3 – Married – In this town on Tuesday the 11the inst., by the Rev. J. Fraser, Dr. W. C. VANBUSKIRK to Miss Ann FRASER, sister to the Rev. Mr. FRASER, Presbyterian Minister, of this town.
p. 3 – Died – At Sparta on Saturday, the 8th instant, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Alvin Henry JAY and daughter of Thomas LARKIN, Esq. of Malahide in the 22nd year of her age.
1856 Nov 20
p. 2 – Incendiarism – at the Village of Vienna, the Methodist Episcopal Chapel and Temperance Hall were destroyed by an incendiary.
p. 2 – Fatal Accident on the G. W. Railway – mother was forced to change cars and dropper her baby between cars – two versions.
p. 2 – Discovery of Fossil Remains – shown by Mr. Freeborn BERDAN, the gigantic tooth of a monster animal, which was found on the farm of Mr. Samuel BERDAN, two miles west of Five Stakes, some time last week, while digging in a light sandy loam on the edge of a small marshy spot, about twenty inces below the surface. More fossils found. Believed to belong to a Mastodon. Will exhibit at the Caledonia Hotel.
p. 2 Law Intelligence – The Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace for Elgin County – TEEPLE vs CONRAD, LOCK vs HARRIS, DESNER vs COTTON, James CARR, indicted for stealing a purse and some hair oil, pleaded guilty, one month in common jail; Saw-log SMITH with witness, portly Simon REYNOLDS.
p. 2 – Married – At St. Thomas, by Rev. J. Fraser, on the 6th inst., Mr. Peter McKELLAR, Merchant, Belmont, to Euphemia, daughter of Duncan McGRIGOR, Esq., Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 11th inst., at St. Thomas, by Rev. J. Fraser, brother of the bride, Dr. William C. VANBUSKIRK, of St. Thomas, to Anne, daughter of John FRASER, Esq, Invergordon, Scotland, North Britain
p. 2 – Married – In St. Thomas, on Wednesday, 19th inst., by Rev. St. George Caulfield, D. D., Henry R. ROTHWELL, eldest son of Thomas W. ROTHWELL, Esq., Township of Warwick, C. W., and grandson of Major Wade ROTHWELL, late of Her Majesty’s 9th Reg’t of Foot, to Frederica N. MASSY, third eldest daughter of Captain Hugh MASSY, late of the 90th Reg’t.
p. 2 – Married – In St. Thomas, by Rev. J. Fraser, on the 18th inst., Mr. Neil GRAHAME, to Miss Margaret McKILLOP, both of Dunwich.
1856 Nov 27
p. 2 – Meeting of the Ratepayers of Malahide – Long article – convened by Reeve, Joseph HARVEY. Motions by Dr. E. DANCEY seconded by Mr. Wm. LAUR. Motion by Rev. Ames CLUTTON seconded by Mr. Charles HILL. Motion by E. S. GANSON seconded by Mr. Isaac CHAMBERS.
p. 3 – Married – In St. Thomas, on Wednesday, 19th inst., by Rev. St. George Caulfield, D. D., Henry R. ROTHWELL, eldest son of Thomas W. ROTHWELL, Esq. Township of Warwick, C.W., and grandson of Major Wade ROTHWELL, late of Her Majesty’s 9th Regt of Foot, to Frederica N. MASSY, third eldest daughter of Captain Hugh MASSY, late of 90th Reg’t.
1856 Dec 4
p. 2 – Sudden Death – In common with all our fellow-townsmen, we regret the sudden decease of an old and respected inhabitant of this town – Mr. James FERGUSON who was found dead in his bed on Monday morning, at his own residence. He had been ailing for some time, but was not supposed to be seriously ill, as he attended to his business in the usual manner. Deceased was a native of Scotland. During a lengthened residence in St. Thomas, he earned for himself an upright and honorable character, and leaves behind him a large and respectable family to mourn his untimely loss.
p. 2 – Death by Drowning – Last Friday evening, a young man named Richard TURVILL was missed rather suddenly from Port Stanley. inquiries were made throughout the village on the following day, but no clue could be obtained as to his whereabouts. It was ascertained that about eight o’clock on the above mentioned evening he had gone into a store adjoining the wharf, to make some purchases, and stepped out rather suddenly, leaving his lamp upon the counter. This circumstance gave rise to a surmise that he had fallen into the harbor and been drowned. Drags were obtained on Saturday morning, and his body was found in about ten feet of water. it is presumed that the deceased had some business to transact in the neighborhood of the shipping, and had endeared himself to a large circle of friends. He was a junior member of a large family which is universally respected throughout the County of Elgin. The deceased has relatives residing in the neighborhood of London.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on Tuesday, the 2nd instant, at the residence of the bride, by the Rev. St. Geo. Caulfield, John Orpain MASSY, Esq., eldest son of Capt. Hugh MASSY, County of Limerick, Ireland, of Her Majesty’s 90th Regiment, to Olivia GAFENY, relict of the late GAFENY, Esq.
p. 2 – Married – In this village, on the 30th ult., by Rev. D. W. Rowland, MR. Isaac HAIGHT, to Miss Margaret MONTGOMERY, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Monday morning, the wife of Judge HUGHES of a daughter.
1856 Dec 11
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday, the 6th inst., the wife of W. ANDERSON, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 2 – Married – On the 4th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father by the Rev. Mr. Burgess, Richard COWAN, Esq., M.D., to Alice, daughter of John HARRIS, Esq., both of Southwold.
1856 Dec 18
p. 2 – Black Fox Caught – On last Monday morning, Mr. Amariah SUTTON, of Southwold, rose pretty early, an having occasion to go to his barn to see if all was right, perceived a black object at a distance moving across his field of wheat. ….he gave pursuit, and found to his astonishment that a black fox, in the shape of a colored gentleman, was decamping with a bag full of his fowls, whose beaks had been violently broken to compel them to keep quiet in their prison. Marched the thief to St. Thomas were jailed. “The contents of his bag consisted of eight hens, two Turkeys, one goose, besides which the Fox had one hen in his pouch.”
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Thursday, Dec. 11th, the lady o fG. T. CLARIS, Esq., of a son.
p. 3 – Justice of the Peace – Court cases – Long list of Defendants, PRICE, MCGILL, LAMB, GILLETT, GOODSON, ARNOLD, TOWERS, HAZEN, SMITH, BEAK, MITCHELL, FITZGERALD, HATSTEAD, HIGHLAND, DAVIS HOPWOOD HERRIGAN, MCINTOSH, KILK, DICKSON, MCCALLUM, LEATHER, Aaron WHITSELL / WHITESELL, Evading Marked Toll, WOODS, ALSIAR, MANDEVILLE, DUNCAN, MCRAY, SHOLES, MALLOCK, CONNORS, LEACH, REYNOLDS, MORRISON, HAYWARD, COOK, BOND, BARNUM, William YOUNG, assault, JAGGERS, NELSON, SECORD, QUICK, BANNERMAN, MILLS, BRYCE, CLINE, GOUGH, CLARKE, WHALIN.
1856 Dec 25
p. 2 – Melancholy Accident – a coroner’s inquest was held by Dr. McKELLAR, near Wardsville, on the body of Lydia Ann BURWELL, who committed suicide on the 30th ult., by hanging herself from a beam in the cow house belonging to Mrs. POOLE, on Lot 18, in the fourth range of the township of Ekfrid. As there was not any apparent reason to account for the commission of suicide, a port mortem examination was held, when a considerable depression on the brain was found to have existed. the jury rendered a verdict in accordance withe facts of the case. – London Free Press.
1857 Jan 1
p. 2 – Married – On Tuesday, the 30th December, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. D. W. ROWLAND, Mr. John WYATT, of St. Thomas, to Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Peter SMITH, of Westminster.
p. 2 – Married – At Dunwich, on the 24th inst., by Rev. J. Fraser, St. Thomas, Mr. Peter SUTHERLAND, of the Township of Southwold, to Miss Ann HUNTER, of the Township of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Married – On the 6th inst., in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. John SQUANCE, to Miss Eliza BALKWELL.
p. 2 – Married – On the 24th inst., by the same, at the Western Exchange, Mr. Burley TIBBETTS, to Miss Martha GRIFFIN, both of Malahide.
p. 2 – Married – On the 25th inst., by the same, Mr. William WELTER, to Miss Elizabeth DINGMAN, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Died – At Delaware, Middlesex, on Tuesday, 23rd inst., Miss Amenda [Amanda] ORMOND, aged 21 years.
p. 2 – Died – At. Belmont, in the County of Elgin, on the 26th December, 1856, Mrs. W. RICHARDSON after five months illness.
p. 2 – [ Court- Insolvency] – Petition of Samuel JOHNSTON of the Township of Malahide, in the County of Elgin, Shingle Manufacturer, having been filed in the Insolvent Court.
1857 Jan 15
p. – [ Court- Insolvency] – Israel THAYER, at present and for twelve months past residing in the Township of Malahide, in the County of Elgin and Province of Canada and being a Storekeeper and Tanner, do hereby give notice that I intend to present a Petition to David John Hughes, Esquire, Judge of the County Court – re debts
p. 3 – Birth – On Sunday, the 11th inst., Mrs Joseph MacNEVIN, of St. Thomas, of a son.
p. 3 – Married – On the 8th inst., by the Rev. David W. Rowland, at the Canada House, Mr. George LALE, to Miss Louisa Ann FERNS, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 9th inst., by the same, at the same place, Mr. William A. FERNS, of Sparta, to Mrs. Elizabeth HUNTER of Union.
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th inst., by the same, at the residence of the bride’s mother, Mr. John Thomas WRIGHT, to Miss Esther Ann STOCKTON, South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 12th, by the same, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Noah LOMMAS, of this town, to Miss Matilda BURR, near Union.
[Last 3 also duplicated on p. 2, 22 Jan 1857 issue]
1857 Jan 22
p. 2 – Birth – At Delaware, C. W., on Sunday, 11th January, Mrs. L. Z. SANAGAN, of a daughter
p. 2 – Marriage – At the City Hotel, London, on the 8th inst., by the Rev. John Scott, Rev. John STEWART, of Earltown, Nova Scotia, to Miss Mary, eldest daughter of Alex. STEWART, Esq., of Lobo.
p. 2 – Marriage – On the 20th instant, at the residence of the bride’s mother, in Fingal, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Peter John ALISON, Esq., youngest son of Capt. Harry ALISION, late of the 9th Light Infantry, to Francis Delia, fifth daughter of the late Richard Henry TRAVERS, Esq., of Mosestown, County of Cork Ireland.
1857 Jan 29
p. 1 – Brutal Murder at Mosa – Mr. Joseph SHEPHERD,[about age 30] an Irishman, — was killed by his “next door neighbor,” a Scotchman, named HAY. Shepherd was buried in Wardsville on the 16th inst. at the English Church. HAY lodged in the Sarnia Jail.
p. 1 – Fire in Port Stanley – Broke out in the office of … Mr. W. D. HALE who ” is one of the few in this place who would willingly co-operated with others to render Port Stanley an important sea-board town, and remove the impression which so justly obtains that Port Stanley is one of the most lifeless, dreary, dismal places in Upper Canada.”
p. 3 – Serious Accident – Caleb SMOKE, was on Wednesday last, accidentally shot by his brother, who was playing with a pistol…
p. 3 – Another Serious Accident – Yesterday afternoon, 30th instant, Mr. and Miss BOLGINDER, and a man named James THOM, from the Gore Westminster were return from St. Thomas… horses took fright…and thrown from the sleigh.
p. 3 – Birth – At Woodview, Southwold, on the 24th inst., the wife of Mr. George GAFFNEY of a son.
p. 3 – Marriage – On the 25th, in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. John BALL, of Southwold, to Miss Mary Jane PALMER, of the Township of Mosa, County of Middlesex.
p. 3 – Marriage – On the 25th, at the Canada House, by the same, Mr. John LAWTON, of Southwold, to Miss Eliza WUNNEACOTT [ WONNACOTT ]
1857 Feb 5
p. 2 – The Iona Meeting – The Globe, Banner, and Free Press, true to the tactics of Clear Gritism, gave to the public an untrue account of the meeting held at Iona.
p. 2 – Wallace Testimonial – On Monday evening next, the 9th instant, there will be a public meeting held in the Mechanics’ Institute in this town, to consider the propriety of aiding in the erection of the proposed Monument to Scotland’s Greatest Hero and Patriot. [William WALLACE (Braveheart) in wikipedia] See also 12 Feb 1857 – Wallace Monument]
p. 2 – Died – On Sunday morning, the 1st instant, at Port Stanley, Alexander HODGE, Esq., aged 54 years. Long obituary. The deceased who was born in Fifeshire, Scotland, had long been a resident of Port Stanley…. as the mournful cavalcade receded on its way to the Saint Thomas Cemetery, where his remains were deposited. [Buried at St. Thomas West Avenue OSE]
1857 Feb 12
p. 2 – The Late Flood – Mr. PAUL’s, Mr. SHOVE’s and Mr. SAVAGE’s bridges have been washed away, as well as Mr. TURVILL’s Mill Dam. Were it not for the judicious exertions of Mr. SMITH, Reeve of Southwold, the bridge on the London and Port Stanley Gravelled Road, immediately beside St. Thomas, would unquestionably have been carried off. Long article.
p. 2 – Married – At St. Thomas January 29th, by Rev. J Fraser, Mr. Duncan CAMPBELL, of Yarmouth, to Miss Nancy BUCHANAN.
p. 2 – Married – At. St. Thomas, January 28th by Rev. J. Fraser, Mr. John ELLIOTT, of St. Thomas, to Miss Hannah MARTYN, of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – At St. Thomas, February 5th, by Rev. J. Fraser, Mr. Duncan TAYLOR, of South Dorchester to Miss Catharine McTAGGART, of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – At St. Thomas, on the 11th inst., by Rev. J. Fraser, Mr. Neil BEATON, of London, to Miss Jennette RUSSELL, of same place.
1857 Feb 19
p. 2 – Our Fifth Volume – we commence the fifth volume of the Dispatch… Hoe’s fast printing Machines capable of printing 10,000 copies per hour. Price of the Dispatch, 7s, 6d, C’y per annum.
p. 2 – Port Stanley – We learn that the inhabitants of Port Stanley intend, during the coming Session of Parliament, to seek for an Act of Village incorporation. …the Post Office, in Port Stanley, has become vacant, and . … Dr. Southwick, Esq., M.P.P., recommended the name of Samuel PRICE, Esq., to the Postmaster-General, for the appointment.
1857 Feb 26
p. 3,7 – Death – In Malahide, near Port Bruce, on Saturday the 14th inst, Mrs. Margaret WOOLLEY, wife of Peter WOOLLEY, after a lengthy illness of fourteen months. Aged 68 years on the day of her death. The deceased left a numerous connection to mourn her loss, but she left the consolation that she should find a happier place in another world.
p. 3, 7 – On Sunday, the 22nd inst., of apoplexy, at the Western Hotel, London, Col. Joseph H. CLENCH, aged 76 years.
1857 March 5
p. 2 – Many Lists of Letters
1857 March 12
p. 2 – Many Lists of Letters.
1857 March 19
p. 1 & 2 – Two pages on the great train wreck – Railroad Accident at the Burlington Bridge – From 70 to 80 persons killed and wounded. Mr. ZIMMERMAN’s funeral. Near Hamilton, Ontario. H. M. YARRINGTON / YARINGTON / YERINGTON, Port Stanley, severely but not dangerously wounded. Great Western Railway. Photographs for the identification of the Bodies as yet unclaimed. By the order of the Bodies as yet unclaimed. – By the order of Mr. BRYDGES, Mr. MILNE, the Photographer has sent a force of artists to the freight sheds with several sets of apparatus. They are taking likenesses of the unrecognized dead. This is a novel, and at the same time a most excellent plan, so that months or years hence of any of the deceased should remain so long not identified, their friends may recognize them. Mr. MILNE will have for sale some most beautiful views of the scene of disaster. Jesse NICKERSON was on the Coroner’s Jury.
p. 3 – Return of one of the Wounded to Port Stanley.- Mr. H. M. YERRINGTON / YARRINGTON / YARINGTON of Port Stanley, returned home on Monday evening last. He is one of the few who survived the recent catastrophe near Hamilton. Several of Mr. YARRINGTON’s friends awaited his arrival at the Port Stanley depot and gave him a hearty welcome on his Providential escape. He occupied a seat ris a vis with Mr. ZIMMERMAN when the train made the fearful plunge and was insensible for nearly four hours. He received two contusions on the head but he will be quite convalescent in a few days.
p. 3 – Married – On the 11th inst., in St. Thomas’ Church, St. Thomas, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Mr. Lawrence BAINERD, of Westminster, to Miss Mary POTTS of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 12th inst., in St. Thomas’ Church, St. Thomas, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Mr. Frederick CARTER, to Miss Mary Ker COCKS ?, both of Dorchester.
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th ult., by the Rev. John MacMillan, of Fingal, Mr. Donald BALDEN to Mr. Margaret CAMPBELL, both of the Township of Southwold, at the residence of the Bride’s Father, Mr. Dugald CAMPBELL, Union Road.
1857 March 26
p. 2 – Fire in Fingal – on Thursday last,the block of buildings situated on the corner of Talbot and Union Streets, occupied as stores, by Mrssrs. G. N. VAIL, H. VAIL, Tubby & BURWELL, and N. McCALLUM. property insured.
p. 2 – Aylmer Herald – We received No. 3 of the above small, but neatly printed paper, lately established in the village of Aylmer, C. W. by Mr. N. W. BATES, of this town. The inhabitants of Aylmer should appreciate such enterprise, by giving the Herald, a Liberal support, as by ding so they not only establish a name for their place at a distance, but enable th proprietor to improve its dimensions. We wish the Herald success.
p. 3 – Married – In the Township of Yarmouth, on the 26th ult., by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. Charles LUTON, to Miss Margaret McGLASHAN.
p. 3 – Married – In the Township of Yarmouth, on the 12th inst., by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. John Danforth MAIM, to Miss Elizabeth McBRAYNE.
p. 3 – Married – In the Township of Dunwich, on the 16th inst., by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. Neil MORRISON, to Miss Elizabeth McPHAIL.
1857 April 2
p. 3 – Drowned While Intoxicated – On Saturday last, a woman, who lived near the Wharncliffe Inn, on the St. Thomas Road [ about three miles from London] drowned in a small pool of water, formed by the collection of rain. the deceased went from her residence to a tavern known as Prangley’s Brick Hotel where she purchased a bottle of whiskey, and returning by way of the fields it is supposed that she became overpowered by the drink, and fell into the pool in which she drowned. Another instance the evil effects of over indulgence in strong liquors.
p. 3 – Birth – On the morning of the 1st, April, instant, the wife of H. HAMILTON Esq., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – At Port Stanley, on Wednesday, 25th March Mrs. D. D. HARNETT, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – In Chatham, at the residence of the Bride’s Mother, on Monday the 30th ultimo, by the Rev. F. W. Sandys, Mr. Horatio Nelson JENKINS, of Windsor, to Miss Sarah E. NELSON, of Chatham.
p. 3 – Married – On Tuesday, the 17th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. John Scott, John MACINTOSH, Esq., Merchant of Wardsville, C. W., to Caroline, eldest daughter of Jonathan MILLER, Esq., of the City of London, C. W.
p. 3 – Married – Lately, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Isaac WELTON to Miss Ann DINGMAN, both of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 25th ult., by the same, Mr. John Walter BANKS of Michigan, to Miss Solania Ann KINSEY, of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – At Wallacetown, on Wednesday, 25th March by the Rev. Mr. McMullen, Mr. John McMULLEN, Westminster, to Miss Sarah McCALLUM, of Dunwich.
1857 April 9
p. 2 – Mad Dog – A terrier dog belonging to Mr. ELLIS, Clerk of the Town Council of St. Thomas, became violently affected by hydrophobia on Tuesday last. He bit several dogs in the Town, and we regret to say that he also attacked and bit two or three persons. The parties whom he attacked had proper medial treatment immediately applied.
p. 2 – Rowdyism at a School meeting punished – Upon the complaint of the Trustees of Port Burwell Common School (No. 2 in Bayham) made against John BURWELL, Esq., of that place, for disturbing and interrupting the closing exercises of the school, on the 10th day of Dec. last which was a public lecture by the Rev. Edmund SHEPPERD, Superintendent of Common Schools for the East Riding of the County, John BURWELL fined the sum of Four Pounds and costs. Long article gives details of the disruption.
p. 2 – The Law Courts – A young man named WARDELL was sentenced 4 years to Provincial Penitentiary for the crime of Forgery.
p. 3 – Obituary – John S. McCOLLUM, Esq., died at Hamilton on the morning of Wednesday, the 1st of April after a lingering suffering of nearly three weeks. He was one of the victims of the fearful railroad disaster at the Desjardin’s Canal Bridge on the 12th March, and one of the few who escaped with life, but never to be able to return to his now bereaved family residing in the township of Bayham, about three miles westward of Port Burwell. His funeral took place at Grovesend, in the Township of Malahide, on Sunday, the 5th inst., and was attended by the largest concourse of deeply afflicted friends that has ever been assembled on a similar occasion in this part of the Country. Mr. McCOLLOM had resided at his homestead about four years……
[Note – while he may have been buried at the Grovesend Cemetery his actual monument is at the Aylmer Cemetery]
1857 April 16
p. 2 – Southwold and Dunwich Branch Agricultural Society – Lots of Dunwich and Southwold names – The Directors of the Southwold and Dunwich Branch Agricultural society met at Fingal Town Hall, on Wednesday, the 8th day of April. A list of where all the bulls were to be stationed – all members pay the usual service fees for bulls. Messrs. H. HAMILTON, FERGUSON and BEST be appointed to purchase three Bulls, and use their own discretion in regards to the price. That the Show of Bulls be held at Fingal, on Tuesday the 28th day of April.
1857 April 23
p. 2 – John Burwell Reply letter – Port Burwell, April 17, 1857 – John BURWELL comments on his fine for rowdyism.
p. 3 – Birth – At Shrewsbury Cottage, Cleveland, M. T. on the 15th ult., wife of Freeman TALBOT, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – In this Town by the Rev. Mr. Price, on the 19th inst., Mr. George NICHOL, eldest son of Richard B. NICHOL, Esq., of Southwold to Miss Amelia BROOKS of St. Thomas, C.W.
1857 April 30
p. 2 – Breaking the St. Thomas Jail – Excerpts from the London Free Press and rebuttal by Sheriff Colin MUNRO- Only 3 persons escaped.
1857 May 7
p. 2 – Died – At Stowe, Caradoc, on the 30th ult., Joseph SEABROOK, Esq., formerly of Buckinghamshire, England, and for the last 25 years an intelligent and highly respected, Agriculturist of this Township, age 60 years.
1857 May 14
p. 2 – Coroner’s Sale – Directed against Wellington LOUCKS to satisfy Colin MUNRO, Esquire, Sheriff for costs in a suit or cause were as Wellington LOUCKS is Plaintive. by Elijah E. DUNCOMBE, Coroner, St. Thomas, 17 March 1857
1857 May 21
p. 2 – Port Stanley Harbor – Status report on the construction of the Harbor.
p. 3 – Married – Lately in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Richard AVERY to Miss Mary Ann JEFFREY.
p. 3 – Married – In the 17th, at the resident of the bride’s father, by the same, Mr. Francis BOWENS, of Walsingham, Norfolk County, to Miss Eunice Elizabeth BURDAN, of Southwold.
p. 3 – Died – In the city of Toronto, on Friday last, 15th May, Sarah, wife of Mr. B. HANSON, aged 26 years.
p. 3 – Died – In this City, on the 10th inst., after an illness of about ten days, James BURKE, aged 15 years.
James BURKE was one of the carrier boys of the Spectator. In wind, rain, dust, or snow, he has always performed his daily morning round with the most punctual regularity; and the dutiful use he made of his small earnings, would alone have been sufficient to entitle him to respect. Quiet and obedient, submissive almost to a fault, he earned in a pre-eminent degree the good-will — nay, the affection of his fellow – apprentices, and of all with whom he was connected. He was intelligent and studious, and every leisure moment he employed in reading such books as were with-in his reach. Had he lived, he would probably have been no ordinary man. But “Death knocks relentlessly at the doors of both the rich and poor,” and the faithful, honest carrier b y s at rest – Spectator.
1857 June 4
p. 4 – Melancholy Accident – In the Township of Bayham, near Malcolm’s mill, a sad affair lately occurred. An old woman named WHEELOCK was on the point of death, and her daughter came from a distance to attend her last sickness. After her arrival, her mother died, and two young boys aged 7 and 9, her sons, who accompanied her, being sent out to play, were missed during the forenoon. Search was made for several days unsuccessfully, at length one was found about 4 miles from the place of the accident, down the Kettle Creek, the other within 5 rods of where he was drowned. the bereaved mother’s name is Mrs. ROBINSON, of Fredricksburgh, County of Norfolk.
p. 5 – Presentation – Mr. EAGER and Mr. ALWORTH of St. Thomas presented their late brother officer, Mr. SWALWELL with a handsome gold watch, guard chain, and diamond ring and purse; the proceeds of Marine and Railroad excursion. Mr. SWALWELL held the situations of Station-master and Paymaster on the P. S. Railway until the company adopted a thorough system of retrenchments. The presentation took place on Saturday last.
p. 5 – Died – in this town, on the 4th instant, David, youngest son of D. J. HUGHES, Esq., Judge of the County Court, aged 2 years and 6 months. Funeral takes place on next Saturday morning at 11 o’clock. [David John HUGHES age 2 years and 6 months is buried at the old English Church in St. Thomas]
p. 5 – Died – At the residence of his son, on the 30th May at 10 o’clock a.m. at Port Burwell Neil McKINNON was a native of the Highlands of Scotland and came to Canada about 18 years ago, he was much esteemed by all who knew him for his high tone of moral sentiments so seldom met with in the present generation. [Neil McKINNON is buried at the Port Burwell Trinity Anglican Cemetery]
p. 5 – At Paris, C. W. on the 26th, ult., of rapid decline, Charles Butler TARRANT, Nephew of Mr. Charles ASKEW of this town.
1857 June 11
p. 3 – Married – On the 7th September, 1855, at Fingal, by the Rev. Mr. Draper, Mr. Wm. EASTABROOK, of Yarmouth, to Rebecca, daughter of Mr. R. BAINARD, of Westminster.
p. 3 – Married – On the 20th of November last, by the Rev. W. Price, Mr. Thomas Saunders BAINARD, Edgeware Road, to Miss Sarah STACEY, St. Thomas.
p. 3 – Married – At St. Thomas, on the 11th March, 1856, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Mr. Laurence BAINARD, to Miss Mary POTTS, of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 28th May, at the residence of the brides father, by the Rev. Mr. Price, Mr. Samuel STACEY, to Emma BOOTH, daughter of Mr. Richard BAINARD, Westminster.
1857 June 18
p. 2 – School Celebration – Letter to the editor from J. R. VANVELSOR of Richmond, Bayham. – Praises Elgin Supt. Mr. SHEPHERD. Describes “pleasantly and satisfactorily illustrated to those who were favored with an opportunity of attending a public celebration held in School Section No. 7, in the Township of Malahide on the 2nd day of June, 1857, Mr. Walter L. BROWN, who has been laboring in the above named Section, as teacher, having intimated to the inhabitants that he should soon be called upon to leave them, various plans were proposed, by which the friends could show to Mr. BROWN and the public the respect they cherished for him, and how highly they appreciated his labors as teacher and instructor of the young. [Long description of the celebration] “The cause of the meeting being briefly stated by the Chairman (Mr. TIMPANY) who presided over the meeting with becoming dignity, the Rev. Mr. SHEPHERD was called upon to address the audience.former teacher, G. H. WARBURTON, Esq., spoke. Addresses were then delivered by Messrs. G. P. BROWN [this would be George Paine BROWN, brother to the teacher Walter Livingston BROWN] Walter L. BROWN then delivered his farewell address. Miss RICHARDS to be the new teacher. Copies of the report to be sent to the Aylmer Herald and St. Thomas Weekly Dispatch by J. R. VANVELSOR – filed by him on June 3rd, 1857.
1857 June 25
p.2 – St. Thomas Cavalry – On June 19, 1857 members of the St. Thomas Cavalry presented Adjutant J. L. GEDDES, Drill-Master with a purse of 27 pounds 10 pence as a slight token of respect. Lieut J. COLE made presentation.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the 23rd inst., the wife of Mr. Peter MacDONALD, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – In the Township of Yarmouth, at the residence of the bride’s father, on the 23rd inst., by the Rev. A. Young, Hugh McLACHLAN of Mosa, to Mary , daughter of Dougald McBAIN.
1857 July 2
p. 2 – Died – In the village of Belmont, in this County, Dougald McKELLAR Esq., Merchant, on the morning of the 25 ultimo, aged 35 years. He leaves a wife and 4 children to mourn his loss. Deceased was a man of great integrity, and esteemed by all, for his upwright (sic) and honorable manner of doing business.
p. 2 – Died – In London, C. W. on Friday morning, after a long and painful illness, the beloved wife of James SHANLEY, Esq., barrister-at-law, and Master-in-Chancery. The deceased was the daughter of the late Colonel BALL, of London Township. She was much esteemed in all the relations of life, and her loss is deeply regretted by her numerous friends. The funeral took place on Saturday, and was attended by a large number of fellow-citizens.
1857 July 9
p. 3 – Birth – In this town on the 10th inst., the wife of John FANNING, of a son.
1857 July 16
p. 2 – Died – In London, on the 15th inst., at his residence, on North street, Joseph COWLEY, Esq., of Cheshire, England, in the sixty-ninth year of his age. Mr. COWLEY has been an old inhabitant of London, and was the proprietor of the London Times for several years. He leaves a wife and large family to mourn his decease.
p. 2 – Died – On the 10th instant, killed on the Great Western Railway, Mr. W. SMITH, Conductor, Aged 24.
p. 2 – Died – On the 10 instant, suddenly, at the residence of her husband, Clarence Street, the beloved wife of Dr. NELLIS, of London.
p. 2 – Died – On the 8th July, 1857, Edmond SNELL, innkeeper, of Newbury, C. W.. late of Leskard, Cornwall, England. Leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on Tuesday the 14th July, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Charles ROE, Esq., merchant, to Zebee Mary, second daughter of the late Thomas KAINS, Esq., R. N., formerly of Grenville, C. E.
p. 2 – Married – June 10, in the Church of St. Andrew, Dublin, by the Rev. M. Lynch, Edwin P. eldest son of James CONNELLY, of Parsonstown, Esq;, to Margaret Catherine, second daughter of the late John FITZPATRICK, Esq., of Usher Street, Dublin.
1857 July 23
p. 3 – Married – Lately, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. George S. TURNER, to Miss Christina ANDERSON, both of this town.
p. 3 – Married – On the 16th by the same, Mr. James Nelson LUKE, of Malahide, to Miss Martha TEEPLE, of Yarmouth.
1857 July 30
p. 2 – Birth – On the 13th, instant Mrs. Robert CARRIE, of a son
p. 2 – Died – At Talbotville, on the 26th inst., after a short and painful illness, William, eldest son of Mr. Isaac GRAHAM, 7 years and 10 months.
1857 August 6
p. 2 – Died – In this town on the evening of Monday the 3rd instant, Eliza wife of Dr. SOUTHWICK, M.P.P., at the age of 34 years, much and deservedly regretted by a large circle of friends. The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon, and was attended by a very large concourse of the respectable inhabitants of the Town and surrounding country. Her remains were interred in the Cemetery, adjoining the Port Stanley Road where the Rev. Mr. English, Wesleyan Methodist Minister officiated, assisted by several other Clergymen of the neighborhood. [Note: This is Eliza SPRAGUE, daughter of Thomas SPRAGUE of Yarmouth-bcj]
p. 3 – For Sale – That Commodious Hotel, at present kept by Amasa LEWIS, Esq., of Port Bruce, is now offered for sale on most advantageous terms. The building is a large two story dwelling, nearly new, being open only about two years, during which time a profitable business has been carried on, and as there is no other tavern in the place, the business must necessarily increase. Port Bruce is beautifully situated on Lake Erie, having a good harbour and a splendid Agricultural Country in the rear, whose trade is attracted by an excellent gravel road traversing the Counties of Elgin and Middlesex, over which large quantities of wheat and other produce annually find their way to Port Bruce for shipment. As a large amount of money is about to be expended on the harbor, and as there is no other tavern at Port Bruce except the one above offered for sale, purchasers will find it a favorable opportunity for investment. For further particulars apply to the proprietor, Lindley MOORE, Port Bruce, 23rd July 1857.
1857 August 13 is missing
1857 August 20
p. 2. The County of Elgin Teachers Association – Long list of Elgin Teachers – Mr. McLEAN, Aldborough; Mr. ARMSTRONG, Tyrconnel; Mr. WOOD, Wallacetown; Mr. CAMPBELL, Dunwich; Miss PRATT, Miss McPHERSON, Miss STAFFORD, MR. CALLAGHAN, Mr. McBRIDE, Mr. SILCOX, and Mr. POTTS, Southwold; Mr. CARWELL, Fingal; Mr. FULTON, Selbourne; Mr. MUNRO, Talbotville; Miss ROSE, Miss MARTIN, Miss TURNBULL, Yarmouth; Miss ANDREWS an d Mr. TRIBE, Aylmer; D. M. MALLOCH, Port Stanley; Mr. PEACOCK, Grovesend; Mr. L. LUTON, Mr. James L. LUTON, Clunas (now Springfield), Mr. MUNRO, Yarmouth; Mr. McKAY, Sparta; Mr. WARBURTON, Richmond; Mr. VANVELSOR, Bayham; Miss GOULD, Union; Mr. HANKINSON, Malahide; Mr. STAFFORD, Iona; Mr. McLEAN, Mr. BIGGS, Mr. HUTTON, Miss PETTIT of the Central School, St. Thomas. [ very long article continues ]
1857 August 27
p. 2 – St. Thomas Cricket Club – many names – SPARLING bowling much admired
p. 2 – To the Editor of the Weekly Dispatch – Port Bruce, 21st Aug., 1857 – Mr. Editor, – While those who feel so deeply interested in the welfare of port Stanley (which, in my opinion, will never be much) are holding up before the public the advantages to be gained by fitting up the harbor, at an enormous expense – I beg leave to call a share of the attention of every enterprizing inhabitant of Elgin to the natural advantages Port Bruce has over Stanley. It is beautifully situated, as almost every one know, at the mouth of Catfish Creek, with a harbor capable of holding ten thousand sail [sic – that’s what it says!-bcj] of the largest class. The river is navigable to the gravel road bridge, which crosses it nearly a mile from its mouth; where is situated a large steam mill, capable of doing a good business. The piers, which are not quite finished, are built on a point of land, extending into the lake a considerable distance beyond the general line of coast which will enable vessels to enter it in any kind of weather without danger of getting ashore: for, if a vessel should miss the pier, there is plenty of room to wear round, and stand off into the lake……..
There is a large and commodious hotel kept by Mr. A. LEWIS, where every accommodation can be had; also, two large warehouses belonging to Messrs. MOORE & FRASER, one of which is occupied by HOCKKISS & Brothers, who are doing a large business.
An Observer [This letter is likely from Amasa LEWIS to promote the sale of his Hotel which is listed in earlier editions]
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th inst. in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Arsemans D. OZBORN [OSBORN], to Miss Tersey JOHNSON, both of South Yarmouth.
p.3 – Married – On the 25th, by the same, Mr. John BURR to Miss Sarah Jane QUICK, both of this town.
p. 3 – Married – August 6th, by the Rev. T. H. Facer, at the residence of Mr. Thomas F. GRANT, in Yarmouth, Mr. William FRANCES, of Southwold, to Miss Ellen HEPBURN, daughter or Robert HEPBURN, Esq., of Yarmouth.
1857 Sep 3
p. 2 – Died – At North Dorchester, on the 16th instant, Lucy ABRAY, wife of Samuel ABRAY, sen., aged 65 years, much regretted by a large circle of friends.
p. 3 – Birth – In the village of Aylmer, on the 25th ult., the wife of Mr. Edwin HOPKINS, Canada Boot and Shoe store, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – At St. Thomas, on the 29th ult., by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. George Henry PERCIVAL, to Miss Elizabeth McNAIR, both of the Township of Malahide.
p. 3 – At St. Thomas, on the 21st inst., by the Rev. William Doak, Mr. George RODGERS to Miss Mary COWAN, both of St. Thomas.
1857 Sep 10
p. 6 – Register Your Deeds – A respectable farmer named Angus McLARTY, residing in the Township of Aldboro’ [ Aldborough ] near Wardsville originally purchased part of a property, styled the Baby Lands, but through carelessness kept his deed unregistered in his house for several years. It happened, however, some months ago, that he was necessitated to borrow a certain sum of money from George McBETH, Esq., M.P.P., and in security for repayment, gave a Mortgage. Mr. McBETH, had the Mortgage and original deed registered duly as a man of business usually does. Long article explaining how this saved the property for McLARTY.
p. 6 – Quarter Sessions and Co. Court – On Wednesday, yesterday, the Grand Jury came into Court and returned presentment against Cyrus SMITH and others for illegally taking several articles of household furniture and various appendages of wearing apparel appertaining to ladies, as well as general family requisites. The principal of the parties alleged to be implicated in this singular transaction is no less a person than the far famed and well known Saw Log SMITH, of the Township of Bayham.
p. 6 – Married – In Wardsville on the 2nd September by the Rev. E. Peek, Mr. Archibald MONRO [MUNRO], Jun’r to Miss Julia Ann, second daughter of Mr. Joel EASTMAN, both of the Township of Aldborough.
p. 6 – Married – On the 8th instant, this town, by Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. George DEXTER, to Mrs. M. A. WHALEY, both of Malahide.
p. 6 – Died – On the 2nd inst., Elizabeth DAVIS, wife of Mr. Daniel DAVIS of Aylmer, C. W. in the 60th. year of her age.
1857 Sep 17
p. 2 – Died – At the residence of her father, Southwold, on the 5th inst., Sarah, relict of the late Walter WILLSON, Esq., and only daughter of Thos. FUTCHER, Esq., in the 28th year of her age. – Her end was peace. [Buried at Old English Cemetery]
1857 Sep 24
p. 2 – Married – By the Rev. W. F. English, in the Wesleyan Church, in the town of Chatham, on the 16th inst., John Wright BLACKADDER, Esq., of the town of Windsor, to Miss Martha VANALLEN, of the town of Chatham.
P. 2 – Married – By the same, at the Wesleyan Parsonage, St. Thomas, on the 15th inst., Mr. Hugh Henry SHARON, to Miss Hannah McPHERSON, both of the Township of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – In the Township of Yarmouth, at the residence of the bride’s father, on the 22nd inst., by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. L. G. McINTOSH, to Miss Mary DOUGLAS.
p. 3 – Schedule of Summary of Convictions – a number of convictions for Non-attendance of Militia Muster- Henry KILMER / KILLMER. Nancy MILLARD for Trespass.
1857 Oct 1
p. 2 – Law Intelligence – Three or four bills of Indictment against a person named James SMITH, who has been confined in gaol for the crimes of larceny and assault. This man has been noticed in our journal as having committed a violent assault upon Mr. KING, the jailer, a few days ago. In April last an old man named Levi HAM who is decrepit and partly blind, went to lodge at SMITH’s house in the Township of Yarmouth being then on his way eastwardly along Talbot street. SMITH procured some whiskey and tried to force the old man to partake of it. Cyrus SMITH, alias Saw Log SMITH was presented along with two other SMITHs for Larceny.
p. 2 – East Elgin – “When we arrived at Port Bruce, we found Amasa LEWIS, Esq., the worthy head man of that place, ready to afford every convenience and accommodation in his extensive and well fitted up Hotel. Port Bruce is a safe anchorage for all vessels of large tonnage. The piers now nearly completed cannot be excelled for durability of structure. Mr. LEWIS was happy to say that through the good services of Dr. SOUTHWICK, the worthy member for East Elgin, he has just received intimation from the Board of Public Works that the sum of six thousand dollars had been allocated for aiding the company in the completion of the Harbor. In the Village there are several wheat merchants located prepared to give a fair price for that commodity. Two large warehouses are admirably situated for storing the productions of the adjacent country. Mr. LEWIS has a fine two story dwelling house in course of being erected upon a delightful eminence in the village Although Port Bruce bids fair to become a flourishing and important commercial port.”
p. 3 – Dreadful Accident – We regret to announce that Mr. LEE, a brother, it is said, of Dr. LEE the city physician, was killed Friday night last on the London and Port Stanley Railway at a place about two miles from town. It appears that the deceased was on the track at the time of the accident, and as the night was dark no blame seems to attach to the engineer. An inquest was held before Dr. MOORE.
1857 Oct 8
p. 3 – Married – On the 15th ult., at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Charles MEADOWS, Westminster, to Miss Jane POTTICARY, Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 27th ult., at the Mansion House, in this town, by the same, Mr. Comely WIDDOWFIELD, to Miss Eliza COLBOURNE, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – At the residence of the bride’s step-father, R. S. BENTLEY, Esq., on Thursday the 18th., by teh Rev. E. Shepherd, John BUTCHARD, Jr., Esq. of Ermosa, to Miss Christina SCOTT, of South Dorchester. (also on 15 Oct 1857)
1857 Oct 15
p. 3 – Law Intelligence – Queen vs. James SMITH for larceny. Convicted and sentenced to three years. Saw Log Cyrus SMITH, He was indicted for larceny. Isaac Brock MARLATT left the province to avoid his creditors and employed SMITH to convey his goods to Goderich after him. He kept the goods. Sentenced to three years. ROGERS vs. PINCOMBE. An action for seduction. HANEY vs KINSEY. an action for slander. The plaintiff is a young woman of respectable appearance who had taught school in the Township of Malahide. The defendant, Mr. Jesse KINSEY, is apparently a farmer in moderately good circumstances a resident in the school Section where the young lady taught. It appeared by evidence that Mr. KINSEY stated in a public School Meeting in reply to a question put by one of the Trustees that he had known her, the School Teacher, keeping school out an hour and hour and a half at noon, letting it out an hour before the time at night; that she was sparking and hugging, kissing and laying round in a young man’s lap in the time of school, and that she would stop at the School-house, till after dark with that young man teaching him.
1857 Oct 22
p. 2 – Correspondence – Aylmer Amateur Brass Band – Tea Meeting – E. S. GANSON, Esq. Chairman. [Long article on the Brass Band] A. WILLIAMS, J. McCAUSLAND, J. KIRKLAND
p. 2 – Barbarous Conduct – Be it known that no colored man has ever been permitted to settle in Port Nuisance (what the locals called Port Stanley) A few days ago a coloured Barber rented a small dwelling, and pursued his avocation with a degree of assiduity that would do credit to many of his white brethren. At a late hour last night the hell hounds of the village surrounded his shop and broke the windows. His wife and children screamed with fear and not until the poor barber went upon his knees and entreated mercy did the rascals desist. Several shots were fired over the house, and the man’s life was in imminent danger until he made a solemn oath that he would leave the place forthwith.. A. Briton, Port Stanley
p. 2 – To the Teachers of West Elgin – meeting of the Elgin Teachers Association at Iona, Sat. 31 Oct 1857 – A. McLACHLIN, Esq., Superintendent of Schools for the West Riding, will deliver a lecture on Chemistry; and addresses may be expected from Mr. TRIBE, of Aylmer, Messrs. VAN VELSOR and WARBURTON, of Richmond; Messrs STRYPE and MARTIN, of Yarmouth; Mr. MACKEY of Port Bruce; Mr. CARSWELL, of Fingal; Mr. HAMM, of New Glasgow.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the 16th instant, the wife of Charles B. NIMMO, Esq., of a son’
p. 3 – Married – On the 6th inst., by the Rev. A. McColk, Mr. Colin McPHERSON of Aldborough, to Miss Catharine McGUGAN, of the township of Mosa.
p. 3 – Married – On the 6th inst., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, mr. John BLACKE, to Miss E. A. MILLIGAN, both of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Married – On September 26th, at St. James’ Church Clerkenwell, London, England, by the Rev. J. Maguire, Mr. Stephen BLACKBURN, of the Free Press, London, C. W., to Susanna, second daughter of the late J. H. WHITTAKER, Esq., Chancery Lane, London.
p. 3 – Married – On the 20th inst., by the Rev. T. H. Facer, at the residence of the bride’s father, in St. Thomas, Mr. William DRAKE, of Malahide, to Miss Mary Ann, daughter of Thos. REEKS. Esq.
p. 3 – Married – By the same, on the 21st inst., at the residence of the administrator in St. Thomas, Mr. Thomas KNIGHT, to Miss Elizabeth BRATT, both of the township of Yarmouth.
1857 Oct 29
p. 2 – Our Friend Mr. Thomas COPELAND, of Belmont, opened his new and spacious Hotel on Thursday, the 15th instant, by a Ball. There were over one hundred persons present, all of whom enjoyed themselves by dancing Polkas, & ect., to the charming music of Scott’s Band. Mr. C. spared no expense in getting up this Hotel, and we sincerely hope that the inhabitants in and around Belmont, will give him that hearty support which his industry and enterprise merit.
p. 2 – Sham Sale – Mr. William H. LOCKE of Yarmouth advertised that all his stock was for sale and then had auctioneer Mr. EMERY was only allowed to sell a small part. Lecture by the Weekly Dispatch.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday night, 25th inst., the wife of Mr. Thomas MOORE, of a son.
1857 Nov 5
p. 3 – Died – In the village of Mitchell, Township of Hibbard, County of Perth, on the 23rd ult., John, second son of Mr. John COUGHLIN, of Westminster, County of Middlesex, aged 25 years.
p. 3 – Died – On Tuesday, 3rd Nov., in the 50th year of her age, Rachel R. STOCKTON, the beloved wife of James C. LEE, Esq., M. D., of London.
1857 Nov 12
p. 2 – Decimal currency enacted in Canada as of 31 Dec 1857.
p. 2 – Capture of an Ox Thief – On the morning of the 4th inst., Mr. Simeon MITCHELL, of the Township of Bayham County of Elgin, discovering that one of his oxen was missing, and knowing that the missing ox was a very quiet animal and rather attached to his aster, at once suspected that there was some foul play in the matter, immediately set to work to find his whereabouts…Searching he met a man named F. CROSS who stated that he bought meat from a man named LEE and that he had left the hide with Mr. HATCH a storekeeper in the village of Staffordville. Obtained a warrant for Richard LEE but he had fled. Constable R. J. McNAUGHTON procured the services of R. HUBBARD and offered him $50 for the the capture of LEE. HUBBARD found LEE at the house of his father-in-law ten miles below St. Catherines. Handed over to Moses PRICE, constable for safekeeping until the next Quarter Sessions.
1857 Nov 19
p. 2 – Decimal Currency conversion – Guide to conversion of the Decimal Currency Act. – 10 cents will equal the old 6 pence. One Dollar will equal the old 5 shillings.
p. 3 – Testimonial to Stearn & Marvin Safes – 22th Oct 1857 fire at Port Stanley burned the steamer Free Trader and the schooner Isaac Buchanan which were laying along side the wharf. Safe protected the papers.
p. 3 – Births – In this town on the 17th inst, the wife of Dr. VANBUSKIRK, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Births – In this town on the 17th inst., the wife of the Rev. John FRAZER of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On Monday morning last, by the Rev. J. D. Ryan, R. C. Pastor of this town, Mr. Donald McMILLAN, Deputy Sheriff for the County of Elgin, to Emma, daughter of A. LEWIS, Esq., of Port Bruce.
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th inst., by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. William MANN to Mrs. Amanda NEVILLS, both of this town.
1857 Nov 26
p. 2 – Law Society of U. C. – Mickaelmas term 21st Vic – A. DRISCOLL, Esq., of St. Thomas, was called to the Degree of Barristers at Law, by the Benches of the Law Society. [Alfred DRISCOLL has advert. in next issue of the Weekly Dispatch]
1857 Dec 3
p. 2 – St. Andrew’s Dinner – The Sons of “Auld Scotia” and their friends celebrated St. Andrew’s anniversary, in the Mansion House in this town, on Monday evening, the 30th instant. Mr. Sheriff MUNRO was called to the chair, the Vice Chair was occupied by M. McKENZIE, Esq. On the right of the Chair sat Doctor SOUTHWICK, M. P. P. and on the left George MacBETH Esq., M.P.P. The company numbered upwards of 40 guests. [ Long article of songs and festivities]
p. 3 – Married – November 21, at the residence of Mr. John WHITE, in St. Thomas, by the Rev. T. H. Facer, William John WILSON, Esq., of the Township of Downie, County of Perth, to Miss Mary Ann WHITE, of St. Thomas.
p. 3 – Births – In St. Thomas on Nov. 14, the wife of James STANTON, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Births – On the 2nd inst., the wife of William F. GOODWIN of a daughter.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Sunday 29th ult., Mr. Alexander LOVE, aged 48 years 7 months and 3 days.
1857 Dec 10
p. 3 – Honor to Port Bruce – To the Editor of the Weekly Dispatch – Sir, – I forward to you an abridge account of our meeting here last evening, which I can assure you was a credit to Port Bruce, as there were, upon but a few hours notice, some forty or fifty electors present, and the very bone and sinew of the country too: and as you will see by the resolutions passed, there was not a dissenting voice. This I consider encouraging to the Doctor’s [ Dr. SOUTHWICK M.P.P.] friends, and I have but little doubt all other localities will follow our example when they hear the Doctor’s explanations. At a public meeting, held in Port Bruce, on the evening of the 8th December, Charles FRASER, Esq., was called to the chair. H. LEWIS, Esq., was appointed Secretary. After an explanation as to the object of the meeting, in a clear and concise manner by the Chairman, he introduced, to a large and respectable company of Electors, Dr. SOUTHWICK, M.P.P., who explained in an able manner the most important political questions which he has had to contend with in Parliament, and gave his views on all matters touching the interests of the country at the present time: after which the following resolutions were passed: – Moved by W. J. EGBERT, Esq., seconded by C. E. BENS, “That this meeting having heard Dr. SOUTHWICK’s explanations of his Parliamentary, course during the last three years, feel it our duty to express to him our warmest thanks for the course he has pursued with regard to our local interests, and our entire appreciation of his conduct on all public matters – Carried unanimously. Moved by Mr. Wm. MURDIE; seconded by Mr. Wm. COPELAND, “That under all circumstances we consider Dr. SOUTHWICK the most proper person to represent us in the Parliament about to be convened, and do hereby most cordially invite him to allow himself to be nominated as a candidate in the coming Elections, and promise him our warmest support – Carried unanimously. I am, Sir yours respectfully, Amasa LEWIS.
We print the foregoing resolutions and communication with great pleasure. Por Bruce has behaved well. From every part of the Riding the same good news comes.
p. 3 – Died – In Toronto, on Wednesday, the 9th instant, after a lingering illness, Robert Lloyd THOMAS, Foreman of the Catholic Citizen Office, aged 35 years.
1857 Dec 17
p. 2 – East Elgin Nomination – Long article on the elections with many Malahide names. The supporters of Dr. SOUTHWICK mustered in a large force in McKINNEY’s where a meeting was organized. Lindley MOORE, Esq., was unanimously voted to the chair, and Roger KENNEDY, Esq., appointed secretary. Upon he motion of Archibald CLUNIS, Esq., seconded by James STANTON, Esq., committees of both Reformers and Conservatives together were formed to canvass the different Municipalities. Several Reformers addressed the meeting, of whom we name E. C. BENS, Esq., John BEMER, Esq., Amasa LEWIS, Esq., Archibald McINTYRE, Esq., M. T. MOORE. Esq. the Conservatives ere ably represented by the following speakers; James STANTON, Esq., James COTTON, Esq., Charles ROE, Esq., Wm. LAUR, Esq., and Dr, DANCEY
1857 Dec 24 – Missing
1857 Dec 31
p. 2 – The Late Election – summary of lies told to defeat Dr. SOUTHWICK who was obviously the choice of the Weekly Dispatch. Republicans, L. BURWELL and McBETH elected – Dr. SOUTHWICK defeated.
p. 3 – Married – On the 15th inst., in this town, by the Rev. David W. Rowland, Mr. Henry FERRES to Miss Abigail GILBERT, both of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 22nd, at the Western Exchange, by the same, Mr. John JOHNSON, to Miss Jane DRUMMOND.
p. 3 – Died – At the residence of his father, London, C.W., on the 18th instant, D. Hughes WILSON, son of John WILSON, Esq., aged 19.
p. 3 – Died – In Yarmouth, near this town, on Wednesday the 30th December, 1857, Mary, the beloved wife of Mr. Samuel PADDON, aged 33 years.
1858 Jan 14
p. 2 – Destructive Fire in St. Thomas – $12,000 damage, Fourteen tenements consumed buildings occupied by G. DUNN, barber, James PALMER, Grocer, Alex. HENDERSON, saloon, J. SLATER, provision store, GIBBONS, saddlery, H. H. HUNT, tinsmith, Geo. LOUIS, barber, Miss McCRACKEN, millinery; McCARTHY & CORBETT, Shoemakers; H. BORBRIDGE, saddler.
1858 Jan 21
p. 6 – [Inquest] – Coroner’s inquest on the Body of the Late Mrs. Mary PADDON – Long verbatum of inquest of medical students grave digging and removing dead body for medical practice – John PADDON, father in law, Samuel PADDON, husband, Dr. C. B. HALL, Benjamin DRAKE building owner who rented room to Dr. SPARLING, Dr. C. CAUGHILL lectures on anatomy and has student W. F. SPARLING who was implicated; Dr. SANDERSON; Arthur THOMPSON, studying medicine, M. P. WHIPPLE – Jury complained of unsatisfactory answers by the Doctors and students. W. F. Sparling and Dr. Gaughill had to give bail for their appearance. The funeral took place on Tuesday the 19th at 12 o’clock, when nearly two hundred persons were in attendance.
1858 Feb 4
p. 2 – Died – Obituary for George DOBSON, “aged 32 years, who died on Monday, February 1st, 1858. He was a native of Selkirk, Scotland, and emigrated to this country about eight years ago. employed by White & Mitchell and lately with P. A. Eakins & Co, as book-keeper. Inflammation of the lungs, brought on from the effects of a Severe cold. He was senior Warden in the Masonic Order, also in Order of Odd Fellows, a Sergeant in the Volunteer Rifle Brigade of this town. His remains were followed to the grave in the cemetery near this town, by the Free Masons, Odd Fellows, Rifle Brigade and Cavalry Troop- buried with Masonic honors. – had no relatives or connexions in this country whatever.
p. 3 – Letters at the Post Office – Aylmer [ There are numerous occasions of Letters at Elgin Co. post offices scattered throughout the Weekly Dispatch- this is just one sample for the first pass transcription – others may be transcribed at a later date] Vienna, St. Thomas, Fingal, Aylmer – Albert NICKERSON, Geo H. TEEPLE, Mrs. B. PLOWMAN, James NEWELL, Daniel NEFF, Peter LAUR, Peter BRADT, Eli BROWN, Maria S. ENSIGN, Plumer HENDERSHOT, Abraham HERRINGTON. At Vienna – Abigail TURK [ many more names given]
p. 3 – Births – In this town, on Wednesday, 3rd instant, the wife of Mr. Richard LUKE, brewer, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Births – In this town, on Wednesday evening, 3rd instant, the wife of Mr. William CLARKE, tanner, of a son.
p. 3 – Marriages – On the 28t8 ult, at the residence of the bride’s father, by Rev. Joseph Clutton, Mr. John R. HUGHES, of this town, to Miss Lois J., eldest daughter of Warren DAVIES [ DAVIS ], Esq., near Aylmer.
p. 3 – Marriages – On the 1st instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. George Alfred PARLEE, of Malahide, to Miss Thankful, daughter of Abraham NEWCOMB, Esq., Talbot Street East.
p. 3 – Deaths – On Monday afternoon, the 1st February, at the residence of William ROSS, Esq., of this town, after a short sickness, of Inflammation of the lungs, George DOBSON, of Selkirk, Scotland, age 32 [ more]
p. 3 – Deaths – On Sunday morning, the 31st January, in the Township of Southwold, Charlotte, the beloved wife of Patrick BURNS, Esq., at the age of 51 years, after a short illness, which she bore with Christian resignation. [more] Her mortal remains were committed to their last resting place in the Roman Catholic Burying Ground of St. Thomas after the funeral services were very imposingly celebrated by the Rev. Mr. FRACHON resident priest.
p. 3 – Deaths – On the 15th instant, at his residence, Stanford Cottage, Richard ISAAC, Esq., in the fifty-seventh year of his age, deeply and deservedly regretted.
1858 Feb 11
[NOTE Posted in error by Google News and linked in error under 1868 Feb 11]
p. 7 – Birth – In this town, on Tuesday morning, 9th inst., [1858 not 1868] the wife of Mr. P. BURKE, of a son
1858 Feb 18
p. 7 – Died – On Monday last, 15th instant, in North Yarmouth, Julia, wife of Mr. John LEITCH, duaghter of Mr. Duncan LEITCH of Aldboro.
p. 7 – Died – Obituary – … John LOVEJOY, Esq., departed this life early on the morning of the 11th inst., at his residence, after lengthened suffering from inflammation of the lungs. The deceased was for upwards of thirty years a resident of Brantford. [more]
1858 Feb 25
p. 2 – Arrivals at the Mansion House – Long list of names from Saturday through Wed of visitors to the Mansion House in St. Thomas. A number of those staying were Elgin County residents; ie F. W. ATKINS, Vienna, W. A. SPRINGSTED, Aylmer, John DEAN, Vienna; T. B. HART, Levi FOWLER, Fingal, A. WARR, Vienna; George WOOD, Aylmer – (it’s possible that some guests are part of a wedding party)
p. 3 – Married – At Rose Cottage, Talbot Street, London, on the 18th inst., by the Rev. H. JH. O’Neil, Mr Thomas BULWER, London, to Victoria, sixth daughter of the late Dr. CORNISH.
p. 3 – Died – In this Town, on Saturday Evening last, Feb. 20th, 1858, Priscilla, Wife of Mr. William CLARK, Tanner, Aged 23 years and 4 months.
p. 3 – Judge HALL expired at Peterboro at 6 o’clock on Wednesday last.
1858 March 4
p. 2 – At the Inquest held by Dr. DANCY / DANCEY, Coroner for this County, on the Town Line, between South Dorchester and Malahide, on the 2nd February, 1858. A Dr. FOOTE was called upon to make a post Mortem examination. Some petty scribbler in the Aylmer Warder has thought fit to ignore the name of the coronor (sic). This trick is of a piece with the usual policy of the Warder scribe, who vents his personal ill-will whenever he has a chance. Perhaps Dr. DANCY has given some displeasure to the Clear Grit humbug of Aylmer.
p. 3 – Births – In Belmont, on the 22nd ult., the wife of Mr. Thomas COPELAND of a son.
p. 3 – Births – In Belmont, on the 25th ult., the wife of Mr. Peter McKELLAR, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Marriages – In Belmont, at Copeland’s Hotel, by the Rev. Mr. Field, Mr. George William LEWIS to Miss Mary ROGERS, both of the Township of South Dorchester.
p. 3 – Marriages – By the Rev. J. B. Wilson, on the 19th ult., at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Wm. NICHOL, to Miss Anne SCOTT, both of hte Township of London.
p. 3 – Marriages – On the 15th ult., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Henry SILCOX, of Southwold, to Mrs. Rebecca CAMPFIELD, of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Marriages – On the 21st, by the same, Mr. William FREEMAN, to Miss Susannah OGILVEY, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Marriages – On the 23rd, by the same, Mr. Albert MILLER, to Miss Lydia WHITESELL, both of Malahide.
p. 3 – Marriages – On the 2nd inst., by the same, Mr. Philip HOUSE, to Miss Ellen PARKER, both of Southwold. Also, at the same time, by the same, Mr. George PARKER, to Miss Rebecca HOUSE, both of Southwold.
1858 March 11
p. 2 – Another Defaulter – H. BLACK this town, Treasurer of the County of Elgin, has left this place last Saturday evening, for the States, after embezzling from the County Treasury upwards $10,000. He has also borrowed money extensively through the County lately from his friends in every direction. His liabilities are variously estimated from $20,000 to $25,000. He has heretofore been looked upon as a strictly honest person, being very particular in all dealings. [Henry BLACK, Merchant, is residing in Yarmouth Twp., Elgin in 1851 and is residing in New York with family in the 1860 US Census]
p. 3 – Births – On the 27th inst., First Concession of Malahide, Mrs. Isaac WOOLLEY, of a son. [John Henry WOOLLEY]
p. 3 – Deaths – At Grovesend, on the 4th inst., aged 22, of consumption, Ellen, daughter of Mr. John ADAMS of that place. Deceased was a very consistent member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, and was respected by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance.
p. 3 – Deaths – On the 3rd March, at the residence of Mr. John FREEMAN, near Aylmer, after a short but severe illness, Mrs. Anna BROWN, a native of Vermont, aged 73 years and 8 mos.
p. 3 – Deaths – At Wallacetown, on the 7th insa. Amanda, daughter of Mr. Paul MYERS aged ? ? 3 mos.
p. 3 – Died – In Niagara City, ? 1st inst., Mr. George H. HACKSTAFF, late of the Herald; aged forty-seven years.
1858 March 18
p. 2 – Our Sixth Volume – the Weekly Dispatch commences their 6th volume which would indicate publication commenced March 1853. They lament nonpayment by subscribers and adopt a no credit policy.
p. 3 – Married – On the 13th inst., by the Rev. Mr. Hugheston, Mr. G. D. OZBURN [ OSBORN], to Miss E. COULEY, both residents of London.
1858 March 25
p. 2 – Elgin County Council Proceedings – Special Meeting re sureties of Treasurer – Long article -” That the Warden be requested to demand from the sureties of Henry BLACK, late County Treasurer , all monies that are in default by said Henry BLACK. Sureties agreed to pay $8,000.
p. 3 – Births – At London, on the 22nd, inst., the wife of Mr. John McLEAN, printer, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Births – At Vienna, on the 11th inst., the wife of Mr. R. F. KENY’s, merchant, of a son [ KENNEY ]
p. 3 – Births – At Brighton, near Rochester, U.S., recently of St. Thomas, the Wife of Alexander H. WILSON, of a son, on the 15th instant.
p. 3 – Deaths – At Amherstburg, on the morning of the 14th instant, Mr. Alexander MENZIES, a native of Falkirk, Scotland, aged 71 years.
p. 3 – Deaths – In the Township of South Yarmouth, on Wednesday morning, 24th instant after a lingering illness, Bridget, the beloved wife of Mr. John BUTLER, aged 57 years and 8 months. The deceased was highly respected by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance from her affability of manner. She was a kind mother, a prudent wife, and leaves a large family behind her to mourn her loss. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday) at 10 o’clock. [ Bridget BUTLER is buried at Holy Angels Roman Catholic Cemetery]
1858 April 1
p. 2 – Fatal Accident – We are sorry it becomes our duty to record the violent death of our respected fellow-townsman Mr. Peter L. SPOHN. On Saturday morning last, while driving home from Union, with some parties who had been attending a ball in that village, one of his horses became restive, when the deceased got down from the carriage for the purpose of quieting him. Having, as he thought, succeeded in this, he was in the act of climbing to his place again, when the vicious brute dealt him a kick on the back of the head, which fractured the skull in a most shocking manner. On receiving the injury the poor fellow instinctively rushed homeward on foot, and had actually travelled a mile and a half before his friends could overtake him with a buggy which they borrowed on the way, for his own team refused to move. When he reached the house, he had barely strength enough to tell his unhappy wife that he had “received his death-blow.” He then became insensible, in which state he continued until evening, when, notwithstanding all that could be done for him by three skilful surgeons, he expired, in the 37th year of his age, – leaving a wife and three children to mourn his untimely fate. We understand that Mr. SPOHN’s affairs are left in a confused and unsatisfactory state, but it is to be hoped that those to whom he was indebted will deal considerately with his bereaved family. [Note; given on gravestone as Peter L. SPAUN ]
p. 2 – The Oldest Man in the County – “Mr. James STROKE [sic should be STOKES ], of Yarmouth Township, is probably the oldest man in the County of Elgin. He emigrated from London (England) to New Hampshire, U.S. in the year 1774, and from thence to Canada in 1810, and settled on Talbot Road, upon a grant of land made by the late Colonel TALBOT, where he now resides with his aged consort, and has done for the last forty-eight years, and was of course one of the earliest pioneers who have made this beautiful country what it is. Mr. STROKE [ sic should be STOKES ] has been remarkably healthy all his life, and has never broken a limb. He has always led an exemplary life, maintaining strictly sober and temperate habits. At the time of the American invasion his loyalty was strikingly evinced. His arm was raised in defence of the country of adoption, and his home was the home of the truly loyal, and no other. He is still in sound mind as when he was but a young man, and can converse fluently and clearly as ever on subjects with which he is acquainted. His numerous and very respectable family are all settled in the vicinity, and who frequently repair to the home of their childhood, to wile (sic -while) away an hour with their aged sire, who is now in his one hundredth year.” [NOTE: James STOKES has a gravestone at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Yarmouth Twp., died 11 Jan 1861, aged 100 years 6 mos and 9 dys ] [ James STOKES in Yarmouth Township papers – Lot 68 South Talbot Road 1812 ] [1812 Veterans of Elgin County ] [1842 Census for Yarmouth ]
p. 3 – To the Thoughtful Inhabitants of the Talbot Settlement, and to the successors of the First Generation in Particular – Sir – It is now forty years since the first anniversary of the commencement of the Talbot settlement was held, on the 21st day of May, to celebrate, and keep joyfully in remembrance the 21st of May , 1803, when the late Colonel TALBOT landed at Port Talbot with his little colony of settlers in the wilderness, to commence an Israelitish abode in the then pristine forest. [ Long article continues ] – “The writer of this article, though not then an inhabitant of the Talbot settlement, was present at the anniversary held on the 21st of May, 1820, at the house of Alexander ROSS, on Talbot Road near Fingal; and an agreeable and promising communion of people it certainly was; and although assembled in a round log house, there was a plentiful supply of the kindly fruits of the earth. The women were cleanly, if not timely dressed, and the whole people assembled looked healthy and strong….This same writer was also present at Drakes’s school-house, on the hill west of St. Thomas, in the month of July of the same year  at a meeting convened for the purpose of raising means to build a church at St. Thomas, that the tribes might here go up to worship…Colonel TALBOT and Colonel BURWELL headed the subscription with $100 each. The writer goes on to lament that the annual celebration has been forgotten and proposes a “resuscitated ‘Talbot Anniversary.'” Mentor St. Thomas, 31 March 1858
p. 3 – Port Bruce School Examination – For the Dispatch [long article summarized] Examination at Port Bruce on Friday the 19th of March. Rev. E. SHEPPERD, Local Supt. of Schools for East Elgin, brothers Joel, Lyman and Amasa LEWIS, Esq.’s, Mr. OIL; Mr. BENNS; Mr. FRASER, surveyor; and teachers, Messrs McKINNNON, WOOD, CASCADDEN and D. J. WALLACE. The present teacher Mr. E. MACKEY, is a young man of great promise. School established in Port Bruce 3 years ago (1855) ; Amasa LEWIS gave an accounting of the school history of Port Bruce. His brother-in-law Lindley MOORE, seconded by Andrew HUME, moved to recognize the efforts of MACKEY. Addresses by the above. Interesting final line concerning the Amasa LEWIS’s house (now the White Manor) “He also extended on behalf of Mr. and Mrs. LEWIS an Invitation to all to partake of the hospitalities of their roof” (now known as the widow’s walk)
p. 3 – Death of Sheriff HAMILTON – Sheriff HAMILTON died at his residence on Sunday evening last aged sixty-six. Deceased was the fourth son of the late Hon. Robert HAMILTON, of Queenston, C. W. who officiated as judge of the Niagara District for many years. Sheriff HAMILTON served in the incorporated militia of this province during the war of 1812, and was wounded at Lundy’s Lane. At the conclusion of the war he came to reside at St. Thomas, where he lived till his appointment as sheriff for the London District in 1836, which post he held with credit to himself, and satisfaction to the public. Deceased was universally respected and leaves many friends to mourn his loss – Prototype (London)
p. 3 – Marriages – In this town, on the 13th ultimo, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John MARSHALL to Miss Eliza MORRISON, both of the South of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Marriages – On the 20th ult., by the same, Mr. Thomas Lewis DOOLITTLE, of Dover East, near Chatham to Miss Mary Ann ADAMS, of the North of Yarmouth
p. 3 – Died – At his residence, Westminster, near London, on Sunday, March 28, James HAMILTON, Esq., Sheriff of the County of Middlesex, aged 66 years.
p. 3 – Died – In London, C.W., on the 28th inst., Maria, third daughter of J. K. LABATT, Esq., aged 11 years.
p. 3 – Died – At his residence, near Port Burwell, on the 25th ult., James HUTCHINSON, Esq., aged 70 years. He was one of the oldest settlers of the township of Bayham, always regarded as a loyal subject of his lawful Sovereign, and an honest man. His remains were interred on his own farm by the side of his wife and a son, and was attended by a large number of friends and relatives.
p. 3 – Died – In this town on the 29th ult., at the residence of his brother-in-law, MR. H. BORBRIDGE, Henry WARREN, Esq., at teh advanced age of 88 years. His remains were followed to their last resting place, the Episcopal burial ground by a large concourse of friends and relatives. After the usual formula of the Episcopal Church, the order of Free and accepted Masons of which the deceased was a worthy member, at the grave went through the usual ceremony peculiar to their order.
p. 3 – Died – In this town on the 27th ult., Mr. Peter L. SPAUN, in the 37th year of his age. [note given in earlier notice as Peter L. SPOHN ]
p. 3 – Notice – I hereby Caution all persons against giving Credit to my Wife, Catherine TRACEY, in my name, as I will not be responsible for any Debts that she contracts from the date hereof, as she acts contrary to my wishes. John TRACEY, Dunwich, March 11, 1858.
1858 April 8 & 15 – Missing
1858 April 22
p. 2 – Married – On Wednesday, the 1st inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev’d A. Young, Mr. James HEPBURN, to Miss Catharine FERGUSON, both of the Township of Yarmouth.
1858 April 29 – Missing
1858 May 6
p. 2 – Melancholy Case of Hydrophobia – A melancholy and afflicting event has occurred in Fingal, in the family of an old settler, Mr. Stewart BISSEL. A puppy which had bitten three or four of BISSEL’s children, was in consequence killed. The oldest a fine boy about 14 years of age was afterwards seized with symptoms of hydrophobia and subsequently became raving mad, dying the other day amidst horrible convulsions and fits, to the distraction of his parents and friends. [Note: this is Amos BISSELL, son of Stewart and Sarah buried at the Fingal Cemetery ]
p. 2 – Married – On the 6th inst., by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Joseph WILTON, of the Township of Warwick, to Miss Margaret TRIGGER, Town line, near this town.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday, 1st Inst., the wife of N. W. MOORE, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on Wednesday the 5th Inst., Gertrude, eldest daughter of Mr. Joseph LUKE, Tanner, aged 11 years, 8 months, and 5 days. Her Funeral takes place on Friday, at two o’clock. Friends and acquaintances are requested to attend.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on Wednesday, 28th April, Joseph, Infant son of Mr. P. BURKE, aged 2 months, and – days.
p. 2 – Died – In the Township of Dunwich, on the 15th April, 1838, Mr. Lawrence CLEAR, Aged 57 years.
1858 May 13
p. 2 – Inquest – An Inquest held in the Township of Dunwich, in the County of Elgin, and Province of Canada, before Elijah E. Duncombe, M. D., a Coroner of said County, commencing on the 27th day of April, 1858, in the house of Mr. Robert BROWN, at 10 o’clock, P.M. The Court adjourned to meet again at the Temperance Hall in Iona, in said Township, on the 10th day of May, instant, at the hour of 11 o’clock, A. M., for the purpose of procuring evidence from the State of Michigan, in the United States. Daniel DECOW Esq., having been duly authorised, proceeded accordingly, and the investigation continued till 9 o’clock, P. M., when the court adjourned to meet next morning at 8 o’clock, A. M. and continued till 3 P. M. The court closed, after the jury sixteen in number, having unanimously returned the following verdict. Verdict: – That the deceased, Sarah Ann BROWN, was conveyed out of Canada by her father, while in a state of pregnancy by him, for the purpose of concealment, that she died in the Wayne County Poor House, State of Michigan, of natural causes, commencing with measles, during which time she was confined, with a female infant, which was followed with a fever, terminating in death.
1858 May 20
p. 2 – The Aylmer Warder – of the 15th inst., has copied from the Dispatch, without credit, the List of Prizes of the County Show, also The Report of the County Board of Public Instruction. We hope, Mr. WARDER, you will make the amende honorable.
p. 2 – Died – In Southwold, on the 16th inst., after a short illness, Mary West O’Brien GAFENY, second eldest daughter of George GAFENY, Esquire, aged seven years seven months and twelve days.
1858 May 27
p. 2 – Married – At Albertville, Gosfield, William Howell DRAKE, M.D., to Maria Augusta, only daughter of the late Frederick H. HAMBRIDGE, Esq., on the 19th instant. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. J. G. Elliott, of Colchester.
p. 2 – According to the Canadian Newspaper Directory, there are twenty daily, eighteen tri-weekly, fifteen semi weekly, and one hundred and fifty six weekly papers published in Canada.
1858 – June or July 1- no editions available
1858 July 8
p. 2 – St. Thomas Central School Examination – Long list of names of prizes – several to Miss E. RYAL, Mary WOODMAN, Miss Charlotte LEECH, Miss C. PATTERSON, Miss Emily HILLIS, E. CARMICHAEL, Isabella COWAN, Mary LAING, Amelia M. MOCKRIDGE, Eliza HARVEY, Isabella McADAM. (Girls) More for boys – see article.
p. 3 – Fatal Accident – We are informed, says the Aylmer Warder, that about 9 o’clock on Saturday night last, 26th ult., as Mr. James ROBINSON [ROBERTSON], farmer, 8th concession, Malahide, was returning home from St. Thomas, when near this village he fevor? was jerked off the “buck board” on which he was sitting, in company with his wife, and a young woman whose [ name ]we have not learned and whereby he sustained a fracture of the lower jaw and injured the cervical vertebrae of the neck. The deceased lingered until Wednesday last, when death terminated his suffering. Fortunately, Mrs ROBINSON [ROBERTSON] obtained possession of the lines, which possibly, prevented further accident. Deceased, being a member of the Orange Institution was buried according to the rules of the Order. [Note: This is likely James ROBERTSON who is buried at the Aylmer Cemetery (A Section) died 30 June 1858 age 58 ]
p. 3 – Married – In this town, by the Rev. F. Berry, Wesleyan Methodist Minister, on Wednesday, 30th June, Mr. John McGOLPIN, Baker, to Miss Jane WATSON, both of St. Thomas.
p. 3 – Married – On the 8th ultimo, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John McLAUGHLAN, of Southwold, to Mrs. Mary HAWLEY of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 12th, by the same, Mr. William RYCKMAN, to Mrs. Huldie STEPHENSON, both of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Married – On the 9th, by the same, Mr. Christopher WHITWAM of Toledo, Ohio, to Miss Diana POTTICARY, of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 29th, by the same Nicol McCOLL, Esq., to Mrs. Mary LODGE, both near Iona.
p. 3 – Married – On the 24th ult., by the Rev. R. Cooney, Samuel H. PARKE, Esq., to Miss Sarah LITTLE, both of the City of London.
1858 July 15
p. 3 – Died – On the 2nd inst., at his residence, Talbot st., near the Village of Aylmer, C.W. aged seventy-three years of apoplexy the Rev. Caleb BURDICK. The reverend gentleman expired within twenty minutes after the attack, and only spoke once; he had been overseeing on the road all day. Deceased was a native of New Jersey, from whence he went to Pennsylvania, from which place he removed to Canada, before the war of 1812, and settled in the Township of Oxford, where he became a convert to the truths of religion, and united himself to the Methodist Church. He removed to Long Point Bay, C. W., where his house was the preaching place. It was there the Rev. W. RYERSON first became a convert. Mr. BURDICK removed from thence to the Township of Malahide, where he resided universally respected, for upwards of forty years. He was one of the first Methodists in this part of the country; and, his house has afforded a home to many a wearied Minister and Brother. He was a Member of the Church for upwards of 59 years, and a preacher of the Gospel for upwards of 50. He was an old and faithful servant of God, and has gone to his reward, leaving his wife and family to mourn their loss. the funeral took place on Sabbath, the 4th inst., the Rev A. SMITH preached from the words. “Our conversation is in Heaven,” to the largest congregation ever assembled in the Village upon a similar occasion.
p. 3 – Summary of Convictions – Richard LUKE, Non payment of wages; Hugh DOUGLAS, Refusal to act as Assessor; Mrs. Colin McLEAN, Assault; William CHANDLER, Non-payment of wages; Ezra BRADT, Assault; John BRADT, Assault, George GOODWORTH, Trespass, Peter RIGHTMAN, Assault and Battery; John MONTGOMERY, Wilful Injury to Property; Robert ROBERTS, Non-Payment of Wages, Robert GRAHAM, Assault and Battery.
1858 July 22 – Missing
1858 July 29
p. 2 – Married – In this town, by the Rev. F. Berry, Wesleyan Methodist Minister, on Thursday, 22nd instant Mr. William ALLIN to Miss Mary COOK, both of this place.
p. 2 – Married – On the 28th instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. David Van Buren THOMPSON, to Miss Frances Amelia SPRAKER.
p. 2 – Married – At the same time, Mr. Henry NICOLL to Miss Cordelia Geneva THOMPSON, all of this town.
p. 2 – Birth – In Southwold, on Tuesday, 27th instant, Mrs. George LAWTON, of twins, boys.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on Wednesday morning, 21st instant, Richard Edward Hail, son of James PUFIALT, Painter, of this town aged 3 ????
1858 Aug 5
p. 2 – Public Meeting – the promotion of the Mechanical and Horticultural Industry.- List of participants.
1858 Aug 12 – Missing
1858 Aug 19
p. 2 – Deaf and Dumb School – Fingal, Southwold, C. W. – notice that Mr. PRIEST, teacher for the Deaf and Dumb, has opened a school in Fingal, half a mile west of the Village.
p. 2 – Birth – In South Yarmouth, on the 10th instant, the wife of Thomas B. HART, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 2 – Birth – On the 17th instant, Mrs. William GILMOUR, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Died – On the 17th ultimo, at Deal, England, Eleanor Mary Ann, aged 3 years and 3 mos. only daughter, and James Robert, aged 19 months, infant son of Samuel STRONG, Esq., late residing at South Yarmouth, – County of Elgin, C. W.
1858 Aug 26
p. 2 – Fire – fire broke out on Saturday last about 2 o’clock, pm., totally destroying the Barn and Shed a large quantity of Wheat, Oats and Hay besides farming utensils, amounting to about $2,000 the property of Mr. KNOX Talbotville. Mr. KNOX is insured for a small amount in the Canada West Farmers Mutual and Stock Company.
p. 2 – Take Notice – This is to forbid any person or persons to harbour my wife Nancy, or purchase from her, or give her credit on my account, for I will not be responsible for any debts which she may contract. Donald G. GUNN, Dunwich, August 7th, 1858
p. 2 – Notice – Whereas, my apprentice, Henry MASSY, left my employment, as a printer, on Sunday, the 1st August, 1858, I hereby caution all parties from trusting him in my name, as I will not pay the same. Edmund R. TRAVERS, St. Thomas, August 2nd, 1858.
1858 Sep 2
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on the 21st August, the wife of Mr. James STEVENSON, of a daughter.
1858 Sep 9
p. 2 – Disastrous Fire– fire broke out in the back premises of Mr. THOMPSON’s hotel. S. HENDERSON’s saloon entirely enveloped in flames. Mr. GADSBY’s Marble Shop, Dr. WADE’s Drug Store, and the Mansion House, were rapidly being demolished. Town Hall saved. List of losses and insurance companies involved in claims.
1858 Sep 16
p. 2 – Died – At Mapleton, on the 8th instant, James Leonard, infant son of William LUTON, aged seven months and eight days.
1858 Sep 23
p. 2 – Mr. James EGAN, of London, the celebrated Photographist, intends shortly to open a branch of his business in St.Thomas.
p. 2 – Melancholy Accident – A melancholy accident took place at the Rond Eau harbor on Sept. 5th. It appears that Henry J. DURFY, Wm. H. DURFY, John Wesley DURFY, father and two sons, Henry D. SMOKE, and Abraham YOUNG, Chas., REYNOLDS, Job TRACY, and Joshua GIBSON, went out for a sail opposite the harbor on the above date: the wind commenced to blow on their return home, and as they were tacking the last time for the harbor, the boat upset in 12 feet of water, thus causing the death of Henry D. SMOKE, and Wm. H. DUFFY (sic). The former is a resident of Southwold, in this county, and brother of Mr. David SMOKE; DURFY is also a cousin. Had it not been for the timely assistance of a schooner, that lay close by, all would have perished. [Both buried at the Craford Cemetery at Raleigh Twp., Kent]
1858 Sep 30
p. 2 – Died – At Glenlion, Yarmouth, on the evening of 25th September, by Bronchitis, Mrs. Duncan McGREGOR, aged 46 years. Mrs. McGREGOR has been labouring under this painful disease for a number of years, and bore her illness with Christian fortitude and forbearance, patiently waiting the will of her Divine Master. Her remains were followed to the grave on following Tuesday, by an immense concourse of people, to which the sincere thanks of the friends are respectfully tendered. The deceased was a person of an amiable disposition beloved by her family and friends, and admired by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. [This is Catherine McGREGOR buried at the St. Thomas West OSS Cemetery bcj]
1858 Oct 7
p. 2 – Married – On the 18th ult., at Johnstown, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Johnson SMITH, son of Rev. Abm. SMITH, to Miss Abigal COURSER, all of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 28th, in this town, by the same, Mr. Edward MILLIGAN, to Miss Christina McPHAIL both of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Married – On the 29th, at Union, by the same, Mr. Joseph ELLISON, to Miss Louisa DOANE, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 28th in this town, by the same, Mr. Isaac A. STIMERS, to Miss Hannah HAWLEY, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Died – At her residence near St. Thomas, Yarmouth C. W., on Saturday, 2nd inst., Mrs TOD, relict of James TOD, Esq., native of Glasgow, Scotland, aged 84 years.
1858 Oct 14
p. 2 – Fatal Accident to Mr. Joseph DEARS – It is with much regret that we announce the untimely death of Mr. DEARS, at the early age of 23. Colonels McDOUGALL and ASKIN, on Tuesday last, inspected the St. Thomas Volunteer troops of Rifle and Cavalry, and complimented Mr. DEARS on his soldierly appearance. After the inspection he rode to Mr. Willoughby Clark’s Tavern, Yarmouth, to attend the annual Cattle Show for the Township. At about six o’clock in the evening he went out to the stable for his horse to return to his residence, and it was thought that he had gone; but two or three hours afterwards he was discovered under the manger in a state of insensibility, it is supposed from a kick of the horse on his right temple. After the fatal injury, he never rallied, but rapidly sunk and expired on Wednesday evening, about seven o’clock. On the discovery of the accident a messenger posted immediately to St. Thomas for medical aid, and Dr. Going, Dr. VanBuskirk, were promptly in attendance. Everything that could be devised was done, but the injury was beyond the skill of surgeons to remedy. Mr. DEARS was universally respected for the kindliness and suavity of his manner. No ill word, nothing splenetic or irritable ever escaped his lips. He had a good word for everybody, and everybody’s good word in return. In private life he was esteemed by a large circle of friends and seldom has a young man thus suddenly cut off been so sincerely and deeply lamented. The body was interred with Military honors in the English Church-yard. The Band played the Dead March, and the Rifle Volunteers discharged three volleys of musketry over the grave. There was a large concourse of people assembled on the solemn occasion. A. Jury has been summoned to hold an Inquest as to the cause of death. The Inquest is still in session. [Editorial bit on the hotel keeper’s lack of hostler – The sad calamity has desolated a hearth where nothing but peace ever reigned. Mr. DEARS leaves a widow and one child to bewail his sad and early death.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Wednesday, 13th instant, the wife of Mr. Thomas STACEY, of a son.
1858 Oct 21
p. 2 – Shocking Murder – On Thursday morning, the inhabitants of St. Thomas were informed that Mr. Charles KNIGHT, of Yarmouth, had been brutally murdered in the house of a German convenient to his own residence. The authorities were immediately on the alert for the apprehension of the supposed murderer. Sheriff Munro telegraphed to London, and from thence a description of the criminal was sent to various places in Canada. After some investigation it was understood that the German had been in town early in the morning and had presented himself at the goal between two and three o’clock, A. M., asking for the Sheriff. The Gaoler thinking he had been on some drunken spree, bade him depart from the premises. Upon the facts of the case being known Mr. KING, and other officers of the law went in search in every direction. Coroner Duncombe in the meantime summoned a highly respectable jury to hold an inquest of which Leslie PEARCE, Esq., was foreman. The investigation into the sad affair continued until late in the afternoon when Mr. KING received intimation of the whereabouts of the refugee, whose name is GARDNER. He was captured without delay. The Coroner’s Jury found a Verdict against him of Wilful Murder. He was committed to stand his trial at the Assizes which commence on Monday. His wife who, by the way, is a very eloquent sample of the Feminine Gender, was also sent to limbo there to abide the decision of the law officers of the Crown. We cannot say whether she will be charged as an accomplice. There was no direct evidence before the jury to sustain such a charge, but the suspicion of many was excited against her. Mr. KNIGHT the unfortunate deceased was an Englishman by birth, and resided in this neighborhood for many years. He was a harmless, inoffensive and good natured man, and seemingly had the good will of all his acquaintances.
p. 2 – Birth – In this Town, on Tuesday, 19th instant, the wife of Mr. Thomas RIDOUT, of a son.
p. 2 – At Maplehurst, St. Thomas, C. W., one Monday the 18th inst., the lady of Judge HUGHES, of a son.
1858 Oct 28 (given in error first time in Google News as Oct 26- but repeated as Oct 28th)
p. 2 – The Court of Assize for this county opened on Monday last, Justice Burns presiding. The unfortunate man GARDNER the murderer of Mr. KNIGHT was sentenced to be executed on the 22nd of December. Full particulars in our next.
p. 2 – Destructive Fire in St. Thomas – a barn the property of Mr. HODGE was discovered to be on fire. Also took Rev. Mr. ROWLAND’s woodshed and Dr. VanBUSKIRK’s stable. The New Connextion Methodist Chapel to the south soon shared the same fate.
p. 2 – Birth – In this Town, on Thursday, 28th inst., the wife of Mr. James COLE of a son.
p. 2 – Married – At Buffalo, on the 2nd instant, by the Rev., E.E. Chambers, Mr. George L. SCOTT, of St. Thomas, to Miss Adaline A. LEWIS; of Vermont, United States.
p. 2 – Married – At Niagara, on 25th October, by R. Derby, Esq., Mr. John H. SMITH, of St. Thomas, to Miss Electa ann DAVIS, of Aylmer C. W.
1858 Nov 4 (given in error as Nov 1 in first occasion but then reproduced as Nov 4 th)
p. 2 – Assize Intelligence – Fourth Day – The Queen vs Albert GARDNER, charged with the Wilful Murder of Mr. Charles KNIGHT. There were 13 witnesses examined in this case, 8 for the Crown and 5 for the prisoner. The Court room was densely crowded during the trial, which lasted nearly a whole day, and the excitement was very great. Mr. Wilson was prisoner’s Counsel, and Mr. Becher for the Crown. The Judge in a very feeling manner addressed the Jury who retired and returned in a short time with a verdict of “Guilty.” the judge in passing the following sentence shed tears: “That you Albert GARDNER, be taken to the place from whence you came, and that on Wednesday, the 22nd day of December, you be taken to the common place of execution and there hanged by the neck until you are dead, and may the Lord have mercy on your soul.”
The Queen vs Mary GARDNER, wife of the murderer. After 11 witnesses being examined as to whether she had any thing to do with teh murder, the jury retired and returned a verdict of “Not Guilty.”
[Note: see Talbot Times March 1997 for a statement by the convicted GARDNER – His execution was changed to life and he died in jail 5 years later]
p. 2 – Married – On the 18th ultimo, at St. Peters’ Church, by the Rev. Charles Hamilton, Wm. King KAINS, Esq., of St. Thomas, C. W., to Henrietta, youngest daughter of the late William Henry HAMILTON, Esq., of Stanstead, C. E.
1858 Nov 11
p. 2 – Grand Jurors’ Report – Canada: County of Elgin, To wit. – The Grand Jurors beg leave to report that they have examined the gaol and find that every comfort consistent with security is afforded to the prisoners who make no complaint against the gaoler and others in charge of them. The Grand Jury desire to call the attention of the Court to the case of a Lunatic, who they have ascertained has been for a long time confined in the gaol; although they are aware that the case of this unfortunate person has frequently been referred to in previous reports of Grand Juries in this Court – still they feel it necessary again to bring the case before the notice of the Court, and trust that before long accommodation may be provided for this class of persons better adapted to their necessities than a County gaol can afford. J. Ardagh ROE, Foreman.
p. 2 – Married – On the 6th inst., by the Lord Bishop of Huron, Benjamin WALKER, of St. Thomas, C. W., to Caroline Howard GIBBON, of, London, C. W.
1858 Nov 18
p. 2 – Birth – On the 2nd inst., of a Son, Mr. John R. HUGGHS, of this town. [HUGHES]
p. 2 – Married – On the 3rd inst., at Mrs HUFF’s, on the Plains, South Yarmouth, by the Revd. David W. Rowland, Mr. Benjamin W. MANDEVILLE, to Miss Elizabeth HUFF.
p. 2 – Married – On the 16th, by the same, in this town, Mr. George WINNICOTTE [ WONNACOTT], to Miss Lucia LINCOLN, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Died – At his residence in the Township of South Dorchester, County of Elgin, on the 11th of November, of Consumption, James FINN, Esq. formerly a native of Waterford, Ireland, aged 73 years.
1858 Nov 25 – Missing
1858 Dec 2
p. 2 – Highway Robbery Near St. Thomas – Mr. Benjamin KNIGHT, of the Five Stakes, was on Saturday evening, at the hour of 9 o’clock, attacked by robbers on his return home from this town. When he had proceeded about three quarters of a mile from St. Thomas, he was overtaken by three men, one of whom asked him for a ride, and also requested him to take one of the others up also, but he refused, and said he had only room for one. While he was thus discoursing, he turned round to see whom he took into his buggy, when to his horror, he found he had a black man sitting beside him. He was then immediately seized from behind by the other two villains who were also black, and pulled to the ground, where he had quite a tussle with them for some time, but they holding his neck handkerchief so tight, that he had no power or feeling left. They then proceeded to plunder his pockets, and succeeded in robbing him of $37; they stabbed him several times, once through his clothes alongside his ribs, and also in both thighs, and left him as they supposed, dead; but in that they were disappointed, as he recovered in a short time and proceeded at once to town and lodged information against them. – The villains have not been heard of since but it is to be hoped they will be caught and made to answer for this in the Penitentiary.
p. 2 – Died – At his residence, in Avon, Oakland Co., Mich., Nov. 6, 1858, after an illness of about 5 hours. Benjamin HORTON, Esq., in the 75th year of his age. Mr. HORTON was an old resident of Michigan having lived here for nearly 34 years, beloved and respected as a man of strict honesty, a reliable friend, and obliging neighbor, a kind husband, and an affectionate father. He leaves the wife of his youth, and eight children, besides a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. He died quietly and in peace. The deceased was born Nov. 10th, 1783, in Northumberland Co., Pa. In 1809 he emigrated to Upper Canada, and was married the next year to Jane, daughter of Christian ZAVITZ, of Wainfleet, (now Pt. Colbourne, Lincoln Co., Niagara District.) In 1820 he moved to Yarmouth Elgin Co., and in Feb 1825, he came to Michigan where he has since resided. Mr. HORTON has often been elected to offices of trust in his Township, and he always served he neighbors faithfully and well. During the last nine years of our Territorial organization he served as Justice of the Peace by appointment from Gov. Lewis CASS. Thus one by one, the pioneers of our State, and landmarks of its progress, are passing away. Let us imitate their energies, their virtues, and their hardy perseverance – Com.
p. 2 – Married – In London, on the 25th ult., by the Rev. Mr. Arlington, Mr. Richard HUGHES, of Five Stakes, (Southwold) to Mrs. Elizabeth JOHNSON, of this town.
1858 Dec 9
p. 2 – The unfortunate man GARDNER, now under sentence of death in our County Jail, for the murder of Mr. Charles KNIGHT, it is expected will undergo the severe penalty of the law on the 22nd instant.
1858 Dec 16
p., 2 – Married – At Port Stanley, on the 8th inst., by the Rev. William Doak, Mr. Angus McKINNON, to Miss Charlotte HOLLYWOOD; both of Bayham.
1858 Dec 23 to 1859 April 9 – Missing
1859 April 6 (This is under the 1858 Dec 16 microfilm page 8)
p. 2 – $400 dollar reward offered by the Roman Catholics of St. Thomas for information leading to arrest of those who have attacked the RC Clergyman of the area. On the committee are Patrick BURNS, John BUTLER, Patrick BOBIER, Thomas MOORE, Thomas KELLY, James McCARTHY, D. McMILLAN, Charles WIENER and Peter MURTAGH.
1859 April 13
p. 3 – Died – In the Township of Southwold, of Consumption, on Saturday, 8th instant, Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. Thomas WARD, aged 29 years, eldest daughter of James TRIGGER, Esq., of Southwold.
1859 April 21
p. 2 – Shocking Assault – On Tuesday morning last… E. S. GANSON, Esq., of Aylmer… inflicted a mortal wound with an axe upon a person named Denis FROST … who was likely to recover. The doctors who visited (Frost) are C. B. BALL, and Drs. FOOTE and WILLIAMS of Aylmer.
1859 April 28
p. 3 – Died – In the Village of Fingal, at his father’s residence, of inflammation on the lungs, on Tuesday lst, 29th instant, James, eldest son of Robert BLACKWOOD, Esq, aged 19 years. [ Repeated on 5 May 1859]
1859 May 12
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Tuesday evening last, 10th instant, Mrs. Peter McDONALD, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – At St. Thomas, on the 5th instant, by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. Daniel GILLIS, of the Township of Aldborough, to Miss Sarah McINTYRE, of the Township of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – In the Cathedral, London, by his Lordship the Bishop of Huron, on the 23rd ultimo, Mr. Charles COUSE, of St. Thomas, to Miss Nancy JACKSON of Southwold.
1859 May 19
p. – 2 – The “Aylmer Warder” – Or his correspondent, “Justitia,” seems to be frightened out of his propriety, and makes an onslaught upon us in his weak way, because we contradicted an erroneous report that was being circulated throughout the province that a brutal murder had been committed near Aylmer, by E. S. GANSON, Esq. We know from personal observation, that no murder had been committed, and in justice and common courtesy we said so. We know, also, that the office of the “Warder” is situated not six rods from the residence of Mr. GANSON, and that they had ample opportunities of seeing the facts of the case, and knowing that the reports circulated in the papers – if he reads any – touching this affair, were grossly misrepresented. In vain we looked over the columns of the “Warder” week after week, to see common justice done to a neighbor and a citizen; but no, the report, painful as it must have been to the feelings of Mr. GANSON, seemed to gratify the “Warder” and his vindictive patron and correspondent; and they maintained a dogged silence, and would not condescend to disabuse the public mind for fear of being charged with inconsistency. Modest man that you are! Go on with your mulish obstinacy – still insist that “poor Frost was dead when medical men arrived – still insist that his brains were protruding and scattered over the ground! – still insist that the assassin has fled, and that officers of justice are on his track! Go on making mountains out of mole-hills, although the whole country know to the contrary, for should you publish the facts as they are known to exist, you might do justice to a fellow-townsman, and at the same time do violence to your own feelings.
p. 3 – Married – In this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, on Wednesday, 18th instant, Mr. John STUBBS, Butcher, to Miss Catharine NOLAN.
p. 3 – Married – By the Rev. Francis Berry, at the Wesleyan Parsonage, St. Thomas, on the 16th instant, Mr. Alexander ARMSTRONG to Miss Frances Sebina KNIGHT, both of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – By the same, at the same place, on the same day, Mr. William HUGHES, to Miss Sarah Ann KNIGHT, both of Yarmouth.
1859 May 26
p. 2 – Serious Accident – We are informed that on the afternoon of Saturday last, as Mrs. Frank ERMATINGER was returning from town to her residence, in a buggy, the horse, upon hearing the Cars approaching from Port Stanley, took fright near the residence of Mr. ELLISON, and the buggy coming in contact with a post by the road side, broke the shafts, causing Mrs. E. and her brother to be thrown from the buggy, severely injuring them. – the conductor of the train perceiving the accident, hastened to the station at this town, and upon informing Mr. ALLWORTH, the Station Master, medical aid was immediately sent for, and every assistance rendered.
p. 2 – Birth – At Woodville, near St. Thomas, on the 25th inst. the Lady of George GAFENY, Esq., of a son.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town on the 26th inst. Mrs. Thos. R. GALLAGER, of a son.
1859 June 2
p. 2 – The People of Aylmer had better procure a straight jacket for the Warder man, as he is certainly out of his mind. We cannot pary attention to his ravings.
p. 2 – An Enemy Hath Done This – The Home Journal is waxing wroth at our success in carning ourselves, as we are, a reputation and a name that any journal of much greater pretensions might well be proud of. [Long article berating the competitor]
p. 2 – Bureau of Agriculture and Statistics Toronto, May 10 – Patents of Invention. His Excellency the Governor General has been pleased to grant Letters of Patent of Invention for a period of fourteen years from the dates thereof, to the following persons viz:
George TOMPKINS, of the Township of Malahide, County of Elgin, Match Maker, for “a certain improvement in the composition of the matter required in the manufacture of Percussion Matches.” – (Dated 28 April, 1859)
Joseph BRIKLY, of the Township of South Dorchester, County of Elgin, Yeoman, for “a Self-revolving Hand-Loom.” – (Dated 4th May, 1859)
p. 2 – Married – At Laing’s Hotel, St. Thomas, on the 31st ult., by the Revd. A. Young, Mr. Joseph McCALLUM to Miss Mary Ann FORD, both of the Township of Aldborough.
p. 2 – At the residence of the bride’s father, on the 31st ultimo, by the Rev. A. Smith, John CAMPBELL, Esq., Merchant, Aylmer, to Caroline, youngest daughter of Samuel VanWAGGONER, Malahide, C. W.
1859 June 9
p. 2 – Pleasure Excursion and Pic-Nic of the St. Thomas School Children – The first day of June, 1859, will long be remembered by many of the children of St. Thomas as a day of pure invigorating recreation and innocent enjoyment. The London and Port Stanley Railway Company, at the suggestion of their attentive, as well as obliging Superintendent, Mr. BOWMAN, determined upon giving the London and T. Thomas School Children a free pleasure excursion to Port Stanley and back. Consequently, on Saturday, 28th May, some 800 children, with happy faces passed through this place from London. Tuesday, 31st ult., was the day set apart for St. Thomas to share the like enjoyment, but the morning proved unfavorable for such an event, having every appearance of a rainy day. Mr. A. J. ALLWORTH, the Station Master here, who is also one of the trustees of the Central School, very prudently abandoned the idea, and caused the Cars to be left for fairer prospects, 400 students from St. Thomas rode on the 1st of June
p. 2 – The “Home Journal” – the rivalry continues – The “Aged Matron” who edits the Home Journal treats her readers in the last issue to a sermon on “Horse Racing.”
p. 2 – “The Unionist” is the title of a new paper published at Ingersoll, C. W. It’s politics are Reform, and from the tone of its leading article on Responsible Government, in the first number, bits fair to be a useful organ to the inhabitants of the County of Oxford. We wish it success.
p. 2 – Married – By the Rev. Francis Berry, at Laing’s Hotel in this town, on the 21st ult., Mr. Andrew ROBINSON to Miss Mary KENNEDY, both of Port Stanley.
p. 4 – Sheriff’s Sale – …directed against the land and tenements of Jarvis MERRILL and Aaron WHITESELL, at the suit of William K. KAINS and Archibald KAINS. I have seized and taken in execution the interest of the defendant Aaron WHITESELL in Seventy five Acres of Land, being part of the north part of Lot Number Twenty-one, in the Eight Concession of the Township of Yarmouth, which I shall offer sale at Court House – on 20 Aug 1859 – Colin Munro, Sheriff.
1859 June 16 (Google News gives in error that this is June 10)
p. 2 – Birth – On Saturday, 11th instant, the wife of J. R. BOSTWICK, Esq., Port Stanley, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Died – In the Township of Southwold, of childbirth, on Wednesday, 15th instant, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Anthony SUTTON, aged 40. Funeral takes place to-morrow at 11 o’clock.
p. 2 – A trial of Bell and Lawrason’s combined Reaper and Mower will take place on the 21st instant, on the farm of Mr. Septimus DAVIS, near this town. This is the first Machine of the kind that has been introduced into this section. Farmers would do well to attend.
1859 June 23
p. 2 – The circulation of the “Weekly Dispatch” has increased, during the present month, upwards of 200 subscribers, and now enjoys a larger circulation than any other paper in this County.
p. 2 – Married – On the 20th instant at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. F. Berry, Colin MUNRO, Esquire, Sheriff of the County of Elgin, to Alma, only daughter of Lindley MOORE, Esquire of Port Bruce.
p. 2 – Died – In St. Thomas, on the 18th instant, Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. John TUCKER, aged 3 years and 6 months.
p. 2 – We understand that our esteemed friend, Mr. John P. VANSITTART, intends practising his profession as a Provincial Land Surveyor, Civil Engineer, &, in the Township of Bayham. We believe Mr. V. intends residing at Straffordville.
p. 2 – Church Dedication – We are requested to state that the Dedication of the new Town Line Church, four and a half miles north of St. Thomas, will take place on Sunday next, 26th instant. The Rev. Enoch WOOD, General Superintendent of Wesleyan Mission, will preach in the forenoon at half-past 10 o’clock; Rev. James MUSGROVE, of Chatham District, at half-past 2 p.m. and Rev. Dr. COONEY, Chairman of London District, in the evening.
1859 June 30 – Missing
1859 July 7
p. 2 – Sudden Death – A man named Wm. CURTIS lost his life at Tyrconnel on Friday last, July 1st, by a timber from an unfinished bridge falling upon him. the deceased was removing one of the props when the whole structure gave way, and falling upon him he was instantly crushed to death. He leaves a wife and small family to lament his untimely end.
p. 2 – Miraculous Escape – We learn that on Saturday last as two children, son and daughter of Mr. John BOSTWICK, residing near Port Stanley, were playing upon a “crossing” of the Railway, the little boy attempted to run across the track as the train approached at full speed. the girl (a child of some 11 years) seeing her brother’s danger, and flying to his rescue, was herself caught up by the “cow-catcher” of the Locomotive and dragged a distance of some hundred yards – but most remarkable to relate – without sustaining any serious injury. This most providential escape, coupled with the recent fatal accident near the same spot, should serve as a the strongest warning to parents to prevent their children playing near the Track. The company in such cases of personal negligence cannot be held responsible for any fatal consequences which may arise.
p. 23 – Justice of the Peace Defendants – Thomas McALLEY – Retailing liquor without a license. George McKEE, Threatening to do bodily harm; Margaret McKEE, Trespass; Archibald McMULLEN, trespass; William TYLER, horse stealing; Joseph WRIGHT, Breach of Road act; Joseph GRIMSHAW, Assault and Battery; Thomas CHALK, Assault and Battery; Charles CHALK, assault and battery; Mary CHALK, Assault and Battery; Susan CHALK, Assault and Battery; Philip RIBBLE, Servant’s Wages; William PRICE, Assault and Battery; David C. COLLINS, Assault and Battery.
1859 July 14
p. 3 – Married – At the Wesleyan Parsonage, St. Thomas, by the Rev. Francis Berry, on the 13th inst., Mr. Peter HANES, Saddler, of Flamboro Village, County Wentworth, to Miss Jane MAUDEVILLE, of the township of Southwold.
p. 3 – Died – In the township of Yarmouth, five miles east of St. Thomas, on Friday, 8th July, Mr. Thomas DELANCEY, Blacksmith, a native of the County of Wexford, Ireland, aged 35 years.
1859 July 21
p. 2 – Birth – In Kinkora, (Ellice,) County of Perth, on the 14th., Mrs. B. CASSEDY of a daughter.
p. 2 – Married – On the 18th inst., by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. Neil CAMPBELL, of the township of Bosanquet, to Miss Anabella SINCLAIR, of the township of Southwold.
1859 July 28
p. 2 – Attempted Murder – William BLUETT, of Yarmouth, shot his brother-in-law, Marwood GILBERT, with a rifle, on the night of the 27th inst., the ball entered the abdomen and came out near the spine, family difficulty seems to have been the cause. The medical men think it is possible for GILBERT to recover. [BLEWETT]
p. 2 – Accident – On Tuesday last, Mr. John HURDLE, (Back Street,) and his mother drove into town in a light waggon with a spirited young horse, when opposite Messrs. ROE’s store Mr. HURDLE got out, leaving his mother in the waggon; the horse took fright and ran with fearful rapidity through the street, until he came to the crossing opposite ARKELL’s here he stumbled and fell, breaking his neck, killing himself on the spot; the waggon tipped over on the poor woman, breaking her arm in two places. Dr. Southwick being sent for, done everything that medical skill could suggest. The woman we are happy to say is doing well.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on 22nd instant, Mrs. David THOMPSON, junior, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Wednesday, 27th instant, Mrs Walter BARR, of a son.
p. 2 – Birth – Near St. Thomas, on the 24th instant, Mrs. James CARNALL, of ason.
p. 2 – Married – At Niel’s Hotel, St. Thomas, the 27th inst., by the Rev. Francis Berry, Mr. John A. ADAMS to Miss Theresa A. WESTOVER, both of the Township of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Died – At Brampton, C. W., on the 19th instant, of Consumption, Christiana, wife of Jacob JENKINS, Esq., daughter of John and Anna METCALF, Lincolnshire, England, and sister to Mr. George METCALFE of Fingal, aged 35 years.
1859 Aug 4
p. 2 – Assault – In the Village of Thamesville, County of Kent, while a respectable man by the name of William FORD was culling staves for a negro, a few words of altercation took place, on which the negro made an attempt to strike FORD with an axe. FORD took it from him, and in the act of doing so, threw down the negro, upon which three of his sons came to his rescue – one of them struck FORD with a West India stave, breaking his skull, causing a great effusion of blood. Medical assistance was immediately obtained. He is in a very dangerous and precarious condition. [Note: there is a gs for a Wm. FORD at the Ford Cemetery, Aldborough Twp., on the Orford Twp., Kent townline – died 14 Sep 1859]
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday, 31st ultimo, Mrs. Samuel PADDEN, of a son.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Tuesday, 2nd instant, the wife of Mr. George SCOTT, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Died – In the Township of South Yarmouth, on the 16th ultimo, Jane, wife of Mr. John BINNS, aged 63.
1859 Aug 11
p. 4 – Numerous Sheriff’s Sales continue in this paper
1859 Aug 18
p. 3 – Died – In the township of Yarmouth, on the 4th instant, Henry HOUSE, aged 68 years 7 months.
1859 Aug 25
p. 2 – Accidental Death – A boy named John DODSON, aged 14, son of Mr. Wm. DODSON, Back Street, Southwold, met his death on Wednesday, 17th instant, while driving a team laden with Oats, from the farm of Mr. Hugh SHARON, Back Street. The horses started on a trot, throwing the unfortunate boy off, the hind wheel passing over his back, crushing his shoulder blades and mangling his flesh in a horrid manner. Dr. Going was soon in attendance, but could do nothing to relieve the sufferer. the poor boy died in two hours afterwards. [ Note: He is given on gravestone with father at the Frome United Church Cemetery]
p. 2 – Mr. Dougald BROWN, of Southwold, was tried and returned for the Assizes, by Messrs. White and Ross, Magistrates, of this town, on complaint of Thos. ARKELL, Esq., for making too low an assessment of that township, it being injurious to St. Thomas.
p. 2 – Died – At St. Thomas, on the 18th instant, Francis Ryerson [ BERRY ], son of the Rev. Francis BERRY, Wesleyan minister, aged 5 years.
1859 Sep 1
p. 3 – Died – (only partially readable) On the 2? ultimo, in this town – 59th year …. of the Rev. Thomas H. F….bore a long …tothe Divine …. peace
1859 Sep 8
p. 3 – Died – In the village of New Sarum, Township of Yarmouth, on the 4th of August last Mr. Henry HOUSE, aged 68 years and 7 months. The deceased was Captain in the Canadian Volunteers, and fought in defence of the country in the 1837 & 38, and at the battle of Lundy’s Lane, in the American War in 1812.
p. 2 – Obstructing and assaulting the Sheriff – An investigation has been terminated before Justices White, Ross and Rowe, in this town in which Mr. Henry LOCK, of Yarmouth, his son and hired man are charged with having obstructed and assaulted the Deputy Sheriff of this County, Mr. Donald McMILLAN, in executing a Writ of Replevin. [ling editorial continues]
1859 Sep 15
p. 2 – The County Court and Court of Quarter Sessions – A true ? has been found against Mr. LOCK and others for assaulting the Sheriff’s Officers in the execution of their duties. The Queen vs. LOCK. For obstructing the Sheriff’s Officer in execution of his duty the Prosecution in this case broke down. The Crown failing to prove that Mr. McMILLAN was legally deputized to act as Deputy Sheriff.
p. 2 – Accidental Death – A young man by the name of James CURRAN, in the employment of E. M. YARWOOD, Esq., of this town, while assisting at threshing with a machine yesterday accidently slipped into the cylinder with his right foot, which was drawn in and perfectly ground up the knee, the flesh of the thigh being torn, in strips. Medical aid was soon in attendance but of no avail, the fearful shock, together with the great loss of blood was too much for his apparently strong and healthy frame. He only survived the amputation about thirty-five minutes. The Rev. Mr. Frachon, R. C. administered the last rites of the church. He was well known and much respected in the neighborhood.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, at the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. Peter McDONALD, on the 10th inst., Miss Ann McARA, aged 27 years.
1859 Sep 22
p. 2 – Criminal Business – Mary SMITH an old woman was charged with larceny on two indictments, the jury found her guilty of both, she was sentenced two months hard labor in the common jail.
W. H. LOCK and others were arraigned for misdemeanor, there being a flaw in the indictment, the case was dismissed.
Sarah Memphis [SMITH], daughter to Mary SMITH was also charged with larceny, but found guilty of felony, she was sentenced four years in the Penitentiary.
Angus McPHERSON, a youth 12 years old, was tried for larceny, the evidence not being strong enough, the jury acquitted him.
William MILLER, a married man with a family, hailing from near Vienna [Bayham Twp., Elgin Co., Ontario], was tried for assault with intent to commit rape upon a little girl 12 years old. the proof being very strong against the prisoner, he was found guilty, and sentenced three years in the Penitentiary, the full extent of the law.
Edward PAGE a colored youth 12 years old, of this town, was tried for stealing money, although he plead not guilty the jury thought him so, he was accordingly sent below for three years, where he will have an opportunity of learning a trade, and return an industrious man.
Joseph THOMPSON was tried on a charge of misdemeanor, the jury acquitted him.
p. 2 – Birth – On the 14th instant, Mrs. Solomon, L. THOMPSON, of a son.
p. 2 – Died – At “Hill Bank” in this town, on Tuesday morning 20th instant, of Croup, George Peter Hill, only child of Peter ROE, Esq., 23 months and 20 days. [Buried at the Old English Churchyard]
p. 2 – In this town, on Sunday morning last, 18th instant, of Disease of the Heart, Mr. John WARE, Builder, aged 50 years.
1859 Sep 29 – Missing
1859 Oct 6
p. 2 – Mr. Mathew COVENEY, of South Yarmouth, informs us that he has nine thousand bushels of Turnips, the yield of eight acres.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 24th ult., Mrs. Harriet GOULD, relict of Anson GOULD senr, aged 43 years.
p. 3 – Died – At the Seminary of St. Sulpice, Montreal, on the 13th instant, Rev. AEneas MacDONALD, aged 80 years. (Deceased was well known in this town, of which he was a resident for some years, and was highly respected by a large number of acquaintances. He officiated as Priest in teh Roman Catholic Church here for a short time, and commanded the love and respect of his parishioners. His remains were brought from Montreal to the residence of his brother, Dr. MacDONALD, on Wednesday last. On Thursday, he was followed to his last resting place at St. Andrews, by a large concourse of people of all denominations. Rev. Messrs CHISHOLM and MacDONALD officiated on the occasion. – Cornwall Freeholder.
1859 Oct 13
p. 2 – Married – At St. Thomas, Oct. 12th by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Catharine Amelia, daughter of James HAMILTON, Esq., deceased, late Sheriff County of Middlesex, to C. B. HALL,of this place, Physician.
p. 2 – Died – Near the village of Union, Yarmouth, on the 28th September, Frank B., eldest son of Mr. Isaac HAIGHT, aged three years and six months and three days.
1859 Oct 20
p. 2 – Assize Intelligence – FROST vs. GANSON – This was an action to recover damages in consequence of a would being inflicted by GANSON on the person of FROST with an axe, which our readers all remember. Mr. WILSON appeared for defendant, Mr. BECHER and Mr. ECCLES for Plaintiff, the trial lasted about eight hours, during which time there was a great deal of anxiety manifested by the learned Counsel on behalf of defendant made an excellent appeal to the Jury which was listened to attentively, but Mr. ECCLES on behalf of plaintiff, cast his opponent so much in the shade, that the Jury after being out but a short time returned a verdict for plaintiff in the sum of $800 damages.
p. 2 – We are sorry to learn that a fire occurred at Straffordville, Township of Bayham, on Wednesday morning last about on o’clock, destroying the splendid Hotel of Mr. HUBBARD, the Store, dwelling House, and Saddlers’ Shop, the property of Messrs. HATCH, doing damage to the amount of $5000.
p. 2 – The Aylmer Fall Show held on the 13th instant, was a decided success. The show of Cattle and other Farm Stock was scarcely worth mentioning. Messrs. CASWELL and McLAUGHLIN had a patented invention on the ground, in the shape of an improved Straw Cutter, manufactured out of material rendering it within the power of farmers to repair breakages without application to a Machinist. A squash weighing 75 lbs raised by Joseph HARVEY, Salem, and other articles drew much attention.
p. 2 – Removal of Lunatics from Toronto – Between fifty and sixty persons conveyed to new Asylum in Amherstburg (Fort Malden).
p. 2 – Birth – At Hill Bank, St. Thomas, on Sunday, the 15th inst., the wife of Peter ROE, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on Monday, Oct. 17th, Mr. Jonathan SLATER, a native of Yorkshire, England, aged 56 years and two months.
1859 Oct 27
p. 2 – Assize Intelligence (cont) – The Queen vs Byron DOAN – The prisoner was accused of stealing a horse some time last April, the property of Mr. COPELAND, on the Lake Shore. Verdict of the jury, not guilty. The learned Judge gave the prisoner a very sharp reprimand and advised him to turn his attention to something better for a livelihood in future, and never to appear in Court again in a like case – Jason THURSTON, Larceny, was sentenced to four months in the Common Jail with hard labor and solitary confinement.
p. 2 – Colored Rascality – News piece on African / Black / Colored / Slave / Negro immigration to Canada and letters back to masters in Kentucky – a Mr. WILLIAMS of Covington, Kentucky visited St. Thomas. Letter. Several letters to Master John BARTON from former slave, George HAMILTON. Scam letter asking for money to return to Kentucky. Letters written by B. STEWART of St. Thomas.[STEWART gives – ” I am a colored man and responsible for 19 returning to Kentucky] Another signed by George HAMILTON and John ZIMMERMAN asking for more money from a John BARTON in Kentucky. Mention of John L. GRAVES servant’s named Loyd [This is Lloyd GRAVES of Mount Salem, Malahide buried at Dunboyne Cemetery] N. B. “In relation to Mr. DELANEY (colored folks) the girl Eliza is here, she is married or living with an old man named Page, I have heard her say if she could get back and not be sold for running away, she would. [Note: in the 1861 census for St. Thomas, George HAMILTON, age 44, laborer born US residing with Edward PAGE, 50 and his wife, Eliza, 20 and their son George, age 1, African. [Note: Bezaleel STEWART, age 52, Barber, colored person is given in 1861 census for St. Thomas with wife, Mercilois and 2 STEWART children and 4 WHITMORE children.]
p. 3 – Birth – On ?? of Mr. James SMITH, tailor, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – On the 18th instant, in Woodstock, the wife of Mr. D. GOLDTHROPE, tailor, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – On the 18th instant, in Woodstock, the wife of Mr. John ANDERSON, tailor; of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – On the 18th instant, in Woodstock, the wife of Mr. Joseph PLATTS, of a daughter.
p. 3 – New Barber Shop – George B. DUNN having returned to this town has opened in the house formerly occupied by B. STEWART, West of Neil’s Hotel, where he will be happy to wait on his old customers. October 27, 1859 [This would be Bezaleel STEWART mentioned in news article on p. 2 – see above]
1859 Nov 3
p. 2 – Communications – Letter to the Editor on an operation performed on Mr. Daniel CAMPBELL of Southwold by Dr. STEWART in consultation with Dr. VanBUSKIRK. [long article on the surgery] CAMPBELL while assisting in raising a barn in the Spring of 1858, unfortunately, had the bone of his arm broken in several places, near the shoulder joint, by a bent, which slipped from its place while raising. The recent operation was performed in the presence of a number of spectators.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. Mr. Bissey, R. C., Mr. Joseph KNAPP, to Miss Eliza McCRACKEN, both of St. Thomas.
p. 2 – Married – On the 1st inst., at the residence of Dr. ANDERSON, by the Rev. John McLean, curate of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, C. W., and afterwards by the Rev. Edouard Bayard, of St. Peter’s Church, P. G. NORRIS, Esq., Solicitor, to Amelia ELLISON, eldest daughter of H. C. RUTHERFORD, Esq., late of Bedford-Green, Selkirkshire, Scotland.
p. 2 – Married – At St. Paul’s Cathedral, by the Lord Bishop of Huron, in this city, on Tuesday, the 1st November, Mr. Alonzo STRONG, to Miss Julia M. HOLMAN, both of London.
1859 Nov 10
p. 2 – Mr. Joseph TWELL, publisher of the Aylmer Warder, whom this paper had more than once chastised for his impertinence, has fled boots and ll, to parts unknown, leaving a few “friends” in and around Aylmer, to lament his unexpected departure. Poor fellow! he sold his Certificates at too low a Price, in consequence of which, PRICE had to resume the laborious labour of conducting both the Editorial and mechanical departments of Warder office.
p. 3 – Birth – On the 3rd instant, the wife of Mr. Thomas BAINARD, Edgeware Road, of a son.
p. 3 – Died – In Grand River Rapids, Michigan, on the 17th October, Mr. William SPRAKER, formerly of this town, aged 47 years.
p. 3 – Died – On the 6th November, at the same place, Matilda, second daughter of the late William SPRAKER, aged 18 years.
p. 3 – In London, on Thursday, the 10th inst., at the residence L. LAWRASON, Esq., Lionel RIDOUT, in the forty-second year of his age. The funeral will take place on Saturday, the 12th inst., at three o’clock.
p. 3 – Sheriff’s Sale – 200 acres of land owned by Elijah BENS, Lot 4, 1st Concession of Malahide, a large number of Village and Park Lots in the Village of Port Bruce, and being composed of parts of Lots numbers five and six in the first concession of the Township of Malahide.1st November 1859. Colin Munro, Sheriff.
1859 Nov 17
p. 2 – The Aylmer Warder, published in this County, made its appearance for the last time, this year, on Saturday last. It is a pity such a valuable publication could not be sustained, but we suppose it died from the effects of swallowing so much grit [ref to the Clear Grit Reform Political Party], which must be the result of all such puerile publications.
p. 3 – Married – On the 14th inst., at Arkell’s Hotel, London by the Rev. Robert Cooney, D. D., Mr. James WARE, to Lydia Martha, eldest daughter of Ezra OILLE, Esq., all of Port Stanley.
p. 3 – On the 9th inst., at St. George’s Church, Toronto, by the Lord Bishop of Huron, assisted by the Rev. E. Stimson, John Fitzjohn HARRIS, Esq., eldest son of the late John HARRIS, R. N. of Eldon House, London, C. W. to Elizabeth, daughter of the late Lieutenant-Colonel LORING, of H. M. Service.
1859 Nov 24
p. 2 – Melancholy Accident – An accident attended with loss of Life, occurred to a young man named Martin KERR, aged twenty years, living in the township of Malahide. It appeared the deceased went into the woods on Monday, 24th instant, to cut down some trees, when a limb from the tree he was cutting broke, and came down upon the unfortunate young man’s head, knocking him senseless, in which state he remained until Wednesday following when he expired. [Note: Son of Castle KERR of Malahide and buried at the Dunboyne Cemetery BCJ]
1859 Dec 1
p. 2 – New Village – At the late meeting of the County Council, a new Police Village was formed, immediately adjoining St. Thomas. It embraces four hundred acres, two hundred on each side of the road eastward from the London and Port Stanley Railroad depot. We congratulate the inhabitants of our new village (which by the bye in named Millersburgh) for this happy exclusion from any future embarrassment with the taxes of St. Thomas. …A grist mill belonging to Mr. J. SELL’s is about being removed there from Southwold.
p. 2 – Birth – In the Township of Yarmouth, Talbot St. east, the wife of Mr. George NORMAN, of a son.
p. 2 – Coroner’s Inquest – An inquest was held this morning before Wm. N. HUTT, Esq., and a respectable Jury, on the body of young CROSBY, who was killed on the Welland Railway yesterday. The only new fact elicited was, that CROSBY was not employed on the Railway at all, having been discharged last week, and had interfered where he was not paid for doing so. The verdict of the Jury was – “That the said John CROSBY came to his death by placing himself unnecessarily between the buffers of the cars.”
1859 Dec 8
p. 2 – Married – In the township of Dunwich, at Ranphin’s Hotel, on the Currie Road, on Thursday 1st December, 1859, by the Rev. Mr. McDermod, Mr. John D. LEITCH, of Yarmouth, to Miss Annie BOYLE, of Dunwich.
p. 3 – List of Letters – (almost every issue of the Weekly Dispatch has lists of letters for St. Thomas, Aylmer, Vienna, Sparta- generally, I have not transcribed these), but, here are a few from Aylmer PO – Daniel ALWARD, Andrew NICKERSON, Andrew NEWELL, John SINCLAIR, Dr. DANCEY, Susan A. BURDICK, Reuben ADAMS.
1859 Dec 15
p. 2 – Stray Heifer – Came into the premises of the Subscriber, on or about the middle of November, a three year old Heifer, white, with red head and neck. The owner is requested to prove property, pay charges, and take away. Minor BARNES, Yarmouth, Decr. 15, 59
1859 Dec 22
p. 2 – Life of Co. TALBOT – This is the title of a pamphlet just published for the author, Mr. ERMATINGER, of this town a copy of which that gentleman has been pleased to had us. We must candidly confess it is not what we expected, coming from such a source. It is neither more nor less than a tirade of abuse against several parties, some of whom are dead and gone, and who have left widows and children behind them of respectability. We cannot see what this nursed-up vindictiveness exhibited in the work towards these parties mentioned, has to do with Col. TALBOT life. It is our intention to review the work, and show to our readers the charity that exists in the breast of the author. It is an old saying :those who live in glass houses should never throw stones.”
p. 2 – We are glad to see that our esteemed townsman, Dr. HALL, has returned from his European tour, in the best of health and spirits.
McREADY vs McMULLEN, an action brought to establish the validity of a will , said to have been made by one Jas. MCMULLEN, late of the township of South Dorchester, in this county. The case was the first of the kind, we believe, tried in this Province under the new Surrogate Courts Act. The plaintiffs who by the way are Edward R. McREADY, Esq., Reeve of South Dorchester, and Lews OLMSTEAD, Hotel Keeper of the same place, applied through their Attorney, C. C. ABBOTT, Esq., for probate of the will of the deceased McMULLEN, whereupon, John WILSON, Esq., Barrister of London, entered a Caveat in the Surrogate Court of the County of Elgin on the part of the defendants who are the three brothers and one sister of the deceased, alleging there was no will made. The property involved in the question at issue amounted to upwards of $6,000. Under the Statute referred to, the Judge of the Surrogate Court made an order that the issues be tried in the County Court on the questions of fact raised by the pleadings before a Common Jury. Mr. Mathew FULLERTON, Township Clerk, swore to the execution of the will by the deceased, who at the time was lying in bed upstairs in OLMSTEAD’s tavern in a a very enfeebled state. His evidence was not very clear except as to the execution of the will, the testator held the pen while Mr. FULLERTON wrote his name, although the testator was not a marksman, being able to read and write well. John P. BIGGER gave testimony similar to the above. Dr. PRICE swore to the sanity of the deceased, and his course of sickness. Anthony DUNCE swore to his intercourse with the deceased, and repeatedly heard him say that he would not devise anything to his relations. Nelson CLINE’s evidence corroborated that given by DUNCE. Benjamin McMULLEN and John BLASHILL’s testimony were to the same effect. This closed the evidence for the plaintiffs.
For the defence, Henry J. PUTNAM was the first witness called, he swore that McREADY sent him with his team to a Mr. CARSON’s to bring up the deceased to Olmstead’s tavern, which he did and left him there, this was short time previous to his death, he did not think the deceased capable of making a will at the time of his death, he knew the deceased well. Henry MATHEWs sworn,had seen deceased frequently in Olmstead’s tavern, drunk and incapable of doing business. John PARKER sworn, lives across the road from Olmstead’s tavern, was called upon to go to the tavern to help to put the deceased to bed, he had fallen down the stairs and was bleeding. The deceased made his will, a few days afterwards considered him incapable of making a will. I am a shoemaker by trade and am a sober man. Henry McGAW sworn, was on the Tuesday previous to the trial working for Mr. PARKER, shoemaking. Mr. FULLERTON who swore to the Execution of the will, came into the shop about a pair of boots that was making for his son; a conversation took place about the will in question. Mr. FULLERTON advised PARKER not to go as an evidence, as it was better the property should remain amongst the neighbors, it would be no benefit for him to go as he might easily keep away, he said he could not do so as he was bound to obey the subpoena, witness was not then subpoenaed. Was subpoenaed afterwords. Was often drunk and several times on a spree for six weeks at a time. Was not drunk now because he did not happen to have money, but never saw the deceased sober. The Counsel for the plaintiff failed to shake his evidence.
Calvin CORSON swore that while the deceased was at his place he was well taken care of; came there after having been burned out, lost his clothes in the fire, he gave him some of his own clothes to wear, and treated him as well as he could. The cause of this removal from his place could not have been any inattention on his part. Did not give deceased as much liquor as he wanted. This closed the evidence, the court nearly occupied the whole day. The Judge charged the jury at considerable length and very plainly stated to them the relation of the evidence and the law. The jury retired, and after a few minutes deliberation returned into court answering the following questions, as jurors:
Was the will obtained by fraud, covin, or undue influence practised upon McMULLEN? Yes!
Was he aware of the contents of it when he signed it? – No!!
Was he when he signed it of sound disposing mind, memory and understanding? – No!!!
p. 2 – PARKER vs WILSON – This was an issue sent from the court of Chancery to be tried by a common jury testing the validity of the marriage of the plaintiff’s mother under which the plaintiff claimed the property of her father. The evidence was lengthy, so much so that our space will not permit us to publish it. The jury however brought in a verdict for the plaintiff, sustaining the marriage.
p. 2 – Obituary –
We are pained to witness the death of Mrs. Catherine WHITE, who departed this life on Thursday the 15th inst., at St. Thomas. Though bound to us by many ties, she is now no more; her sweet spirit has fled from fading pleasures of earth and left an aching void in our hearts, an anguish which time, in its raped flight, can never obliterate. The melody of her voice is hushed – the soft beaming of her eyes are closed in the gloom of death – her sympathies are no more excited by loving impulses, nor her step speedy in affections errands; the beatitude of her smile will no more reveal its blest contagion to our own spirit, nor home be made pleasant by her bright presence.
We were loth to see so young a Mother die in the prime of life. There were a thousand endearing ties that bound her to earth. Her friends could not conceive that one so kind, so good and full of promise, should languish and die while within their grasp. They fancied that the purity of their love would protect her, and that the grim messenger could not find access to their fold through the diligence of their watchfulness. They had forgotten that the brightest and fairest are oftenest the victims of inexorable death, and that the roseate robes of to-days’ joy may be followed to-morrow by the sable drapery of affliction. There was much to endear her to us. Alas, how dark it seems now, as we call to mind the dear one in her dreamless rest – a smile still lingered on her marble cheek as we laid her beneath the coffin lid – as if the spirit in its flight, had stamped its triumph on the cold lips over dominion of death. It seems almost a sin to weep over the young and beautiful dead; but it must be a colder heart than ours to repress tears while bending over the lifeless remains of a dearly beloved sisters departed worth demands the tribute of a tear.
We may feel that the sufferings of earth are exchanged for the bright joys of heaven, – we may admit the cupidity of our woe, that would intrude itself between the dead and their happiness, – we may listen to and allow the cheering truth of Gospel solaces, and bind fast within our bosoms the hope of a happy and endless meeting beyond the tomb; but what can fill the empty void which their dreary absence now makes in the home which they blessed, where every object, every association tends to recall them? We know hat affliction must become softened by time, or it would become unbearable. And there are many reflections that the mind draws from its own stores, to yield after comfort.
It is one of the immunities of grief that it pours itself out unchecked, and every body who has a sister like this we have lost, will readily excuse this found and mournful, though justifiable lamentation. St. Thomas, Dec. 16, 1859
[NOTE: This obituary appears to have been written by Catherine’s sister Flora WEIR who was residing with Catherine WEIR WHITE and her husband John WHITE in the 1851 census for Yarmouth. Flora born in Scotland ca 1824 and Catherine born in Scotland ca 1826. Catherine is buried at the St. Thomas West Cemetery OSE-310 ]
1860 Jan 5
p. 2 – [Biography] The Late Colonel TALBOT- Mr. Edward ERMATINGER of St. Thomas, published there last month, a curious, amusing little volume, called the Life of Col. Talbot, from which the following is an extract.– Prior to his departure for England, to reconcile differences, or to satisfy his own conscience, the Colonel had made over to Colonel AIREY, the Port Talbot estate, worth, it is considered £10,000, and 13,000 acres of land. … George McBETH, whose name has been mentioned, had succeeded to the situation of Jeffry HUNTER, and lived with Col. TALBOT – ( Con’t in 12 Jan 1860 issue and 19 Jan 1860) [ERMANTINGER]
1860 Jan 12
p. 2 – Birth – At St. Thomas, on Monday, 9th January, the wife of James STANTON, Esq., County Attorney, of a son.
p. 2 – Married – At. St. Thomas, on the 11th inst., Mr. J. Davis GILLETTE, of Illinois, to Hannah, eldest daughter of Lesley PEARCE Esq. of Yarmouth
p. 2 – John BURWELL’s unflattering review of Edward Ermatinger’s biography of Col. Thomas TALBOT. Long discourse on what should be said in a biography of TALBOT and his Elgin County settlement. (obviously of different political parties!) [more in 26 Jan 1860]
1860 Jan 19
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on the 18th inst., Mrs. Sylvester RHYCARD, of a son.
p. 2 – Died – At Port Stanley, on the night of 17th inst., at the residence of her daughter Mrs. PHILLPS, Mrs. Mary HALL ARKELL, aged 70 years. She was favorably known here for the last twenty-eight years, came formerly from Gloucestershire, England.
1860 Jan 26
p. 2 – Birth – Near the village of Fingal, on the 19th instant, Mrs. Joseph BARNES, of ason.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, at the residence of Mr. Henry PHILIPS, on the 20th inst., James QUICK, late of the Parish of Shebear, Co. Devon, England, aged 26 years.
1860 Feb 2
p. 2 – Fire at Vienna – in the warehouse of SUFFEL and PATTON, merchants, and in the dwelling house of Mr. HURDLE, watchmaker in the village of Vienna. Mr. HURDLE’s cottage as well as the English Church, which immediately adjoined it were totally consumed… The former was insured for $1,400, and the latter for 2,000, There is no doubt that foul deed was the work of an incendiary- reward of $600 offered [This was copied from the Home Journal]
p. 2 – Frozen To Death – A colored woman, named Hanah CARTER, was found on Friday morning last, about a mile from St. Thomas in Southwold, frozen to death. It appears she and a man named QUICK, were together in St. Thomas on Friday, and indulged rather freely in whiskey, the unfortunate woman taking a bottle with her, which it appears she shared with her companion on their way home, she getting drunk, lay down and was frozen before morning. The Coroner, Dr. DUNCOMBE, held an inquest on the body, but nothing could be elicited to show that the unfortunate woman had foul play. the Jury censured the young man, QUICK, for leaving her in that state, on so cold a night…..[more]
p. 2 – Birth – On the 25th inst., the wife of Philip HOUSE, Esq., Southwold, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Birth – On the 25th inst., the wife of James DONLON, Esq., of a son.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on the 2nd inst., the wife of William GODWIN, of a daughter.
1860 Feb 9
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Wednesday morning, the 8th instant, the wife of Mr. Richard LUKE, Brewer, of a son.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday night last, 5th inst., Mrs. Henry CONSTABLE, Printer, of a daughter. [ See death the following week]
p. 2 – Birth – In Southwold, on Saturday, 28th ultimo, the wife of Mr. Patrick KENNY, Bricklayer, of a son.
p. 2 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 3rd instant, the wife of Captain C. EAD, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on the 7th instant, at the residence of his father, Charles J. FARLEY, aged 21 years and 8 months. The funeral will take place to-morrow, (Friday) at 2 o’clock.
p. 2 – In this town, on December 30th, Mr. John BATTON, Brewer, aged 41 years.
1860 Feb 16
p. 2 – Died – In this Town, on Wednesday morning last, Matilda, infant daughter of Mr. Henry CONSTABLE, Printer, aged 9 days. [ See Birth the week prior]
1860 Feb 23
p. 2 – We are sorry to learn that the Pail Factory of LEWIS and HOIT, north of Orwell, was destroyed by fire on Tuesday morning last.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on Tuesday, 21st instant, by the Rev. A. Young, at the residence of the bride’s brother-in-law, (MR. H. HUNT) Mr. Rederick COCHRANE, Merchant, Fingal, to Jane, daughter of the late John CAUGHELL, of St. Thomas.
p. 2 – Married – At Thompson’s Hotel, St. Thomas, on the 21st instant, by the same, Mr. Daniel McINTYRE, of the Township of Brooke, to Miss Jane McINTOSH, of Southwold.
p. 2 – Died – At Hall’s Mills, C. W., on the 20th instant, Cyrenius HALL, Esq., aged 72 years.
1860 March 1
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday, 25th February, the wife of Mr. Donald McMILLAN, of a son.
1860 March 8 (Labeled in error as March 5)
p. 2 – Embroidery Stamping – Mrs. CONSTABLE announces to the Ladies of Town and Country that she is prepared to do every description of Embroidery Stamping. Residence in the Cottage facing the north side of the Central School.
1860 March 15
p. 2 – Accident at Port Stanley – On Tuesday, 13th inst., Mr. FISHLEY [FISHLEIGH], a farmer of South Yarmouth, having left his horses untied at the “Farmers Warehouse” door, they during the weighing of his load of oats, got frightened, ran violently down the piers, smashed the waggon against one of the “pauls” which it broke, (an oak stake over fourteen inches in diameter) being then disencumbered, continued their mad career and lept into the Lake at the end of the east pier, one of the splendid greys got immediately drowned, the other with much difficulty was saved. Mr. Nobody, of course, was to blame for this $140 lesson.
p. 2 – Births – In this town, on Sunday morning the 11th instant, the wife of Archibald McLAUCHLIN, Esq., Bookseller and Stationer, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Births – In this town, on Thursday, 15th instant, Mrs. J. R. SMELLIE, of a son.
p. 2 – Died – At St. Thomas, on 9th March, George, infant son of James STANTON, Esq., aged two months.
p. 2 – Died – At Yarmouth Heights, on the 5th inst., Isaac HOLLINGSHEAD, aged 37 years.
1860 March 22
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on Thursday, 22nd instant, at the residence of D. J. HUGHES, Esq., by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, Edward HORTON, Esq., Barrister and Attorney-at-law, to Mary, fourth daughter of the late Richard RICHARDSON, Esquire of London.
1860 March 29
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on the 15th instant, the wife of N. W. MOORE, Esq., of a son.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on the morning of the 27th instant, Mrs. Catharine THOMPSON, aged 68 years.
p. 2 – Died – At St. Thomas, March 24th, Mary Ann, daughter of Mr. Henry PHILIPS [PHILLIPS], aged thirteen months.
1860 April 5
p. 2 – Fire and Narrow Escape – On Tuesday morning at 1 o’clock, a. m., a Dutchman named Christian MATTIS, with his vrow, living at Port Stanley in a Shanty, were rescued by smashing in their window and pulling them out of their burning house, as there was neither ingress or egress by the door, the night clothes of each were on fire and had to be torn from their person, their arms and hair were blistered and scorched. Nothing was saved but a trunk. The fire originated from smoking bacon. Being an industrious couple, and having lost their all, a subscription of 5 [pounds] was raised for them next morning, and neighbors plied axe hammer and team, to build them a new house forthwith.
p. 2 – Mr. Editor – Having by accident had the little Book, entitled the ‘Life of Col. TALBOT’ put into my hand lately, I see that the writer misrepresents the character of some of the most worthy of the Talbot settlement…. Long discourse against the author E. E…. Being one of the first settlers – I landed at the mouth of Kettle Creek, in the spring of 1810, and I, have been acquainted with the ups and downs of the settlement ever since – ” speaking of my worthy friend Col. BURWELL, says, “although self taught, he was not bright, by those who know him he was even called dull.” I deny the assertion.If there ever was a man that deserved the love and gratitude of the Talbot settlers it was Mahlon BURWELL. Mention of Daniel RAPELGE and Col. -WILSON – An Old Settler-
p. 2 – Died – In St. Thomas on the 1st instant, Christine Susan, daughter of the Rev. A. YOUNG, aged 13 months and 27 days.
1860 April 12
p. 2 – The Spring Assizes – George LEWIS pleaded guilty to a charge of using threatening language and carrying unlawful weapons; RUSS vs RUSS- the plaintiff in this case is wife to the defendant and claimed separate maintenance for four months for herself and children, on the plea of ill usage while under the husband’s roof. Verdict 37 pounds for Plaintiff. KNOX vs the Corporation of St. Thomas. The plaintiff sought for compensation for injuries received in consequence of a fall last October, caused by the unsafe state of the side planks in St. Thomas. Verdict for defendant. [This is Calvin RUSS and wife Isabel COCHRANE RUSS- see addition on verdict following week below]
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday morning last, the 8th instant, the wife of Colin MUNRO, Esq., of a son.
p. 3 – Married – At the residence of Edward T. ERWIN, Esq., in Painted Post, Steuben Co., N.Y., on Wednesday, 28th ult., by the Rev. Mr. Niles, of Corning, Wm. RICHARDSON, Esq., of Ingersoll, C. W., to Louisa, daughter of Col. Wm. GAMBLE.
1860 April 19
p. 2 – COCHRAN vs RUSS – Verdict for plaintiff 27 pounds 10 shillings. This case as intimated last week, excited great interest. The Court was crowded in every part, with a decided preponderance of females located in the gallery. Hoops were hooped up and made lamentably smaller in the bustle. The feeling was pretty strong against defendants as the evidence exhibited his conduct towards. [ Calvin RUSS vs wife Isabel COCHRAN RUSS ]
The Grand Jury found true bills against George LEWIS for Assault, and against Edwin R. McCRADY for a similar offence. Jason THURSTON, Jesse BAKER, and Thomas BACKHOUSE respectively, the two former were held to bail to appear at the next Court of Quarter Sessions. Thomas BACKHOUSE was arraigned and acquitted. Jason THURSTON a notorious offender pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two months imprisonment in the Common Gaol. The learned Judge must not have known his character or he would have sent him to Kingston. George LEWIS, a colored gentleman, pleaded guilty. He made a lengthened and irrelevant speech to the Judge who listened with great patience and sent him to sharpen razors in the Gaol for one month. A Bench warrant was issued against Hiram SMITH of Malahide, who was indicted for the crime of Bigamy. He was not arrested at the time the Court closed.
p. 2 – The last English mail informs us of the death of Mrs. JAMESON, [Anna Brownwell MURPHY JAMESON ] an authoress, whose literary works are of a high class in art and social science. Mrs. Jameson was married to Mr. Robert JAMESON, the late Vice Chancellor of Canada. Besides her “Characteristics of Woman,” “Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad,” she wrote “Winter Sketches & Summer Rambles in Canada.” [Her 1836 journeys in Upper Canada ]
p. 3 – Daniel ROSE, working at a steam mill in Port Berry, had his arm accidentally torn off by a saw on Wednesday the 4th instant. Mr. John TOBIN, of Chatham, died about a fortnight ago. A Mrs. RATTLE circulated a report that he had been poisoned by his brother-in-law for the sake of some property. An investigation was demanded, and the body was exhumed. A post mortem examination fully established the fact that Mr. TOBIN had died of inflammation of the lungs.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town on the 12th instant, the wife of C. B. BROWN, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – In this town, on Tuesday last, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Levi CORBETT, to Miss Nancy BLACK, both of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Died – In Racine, WIsconsin of inflammation of the lungs, on the 8th instant, Catharine, the beloved wife of E. E. DUNCOMBE, M. D., of St. Thomas, C. W., in the 59th year of her age.
p. 3 – In this town, on the morning of hte 14th instant, Mr. Walter BACKUS, in his 28th year.
1860 April 26
p. 2 – Vessel Ashore – the schooner Petrel of Port Stanley, belonging to Mr. R. EUDE, being laden with lumber at Port Burwell for Oswego, got ashore during a thunder and lightning squall, on Monday eight the 16th ultimo, a few miles from Long Point Lighthouse. They state that the electricity destroyed the working of hr compasses. No insurance on vessel, and is believed can’t be got off, being water logged.
p. 3 – Birth – In Perth, on the 13th instant, Mrs. Dawson KERR, Jr. of a daughter.
1860 May 3
p. 2 – Two Men Sentenced to Death – The Woodstock Times furnishes particulars of a more than ordinarily atrocious case, tried at the Oxford Assizes, which closed on Saturday. It appears that in the township of Dereham resides a farmer, named BROWN. His wife is, unfortunately, gifted with the tongue, the use of which has made her many enemies. The children of the pair, too are said to have made free with neighbouring orchards, and the geese of other people were not thought to be safe when they were by. Much ill-feeling appears thus to have been created, and on the first of December, 1859, a party of men, five in number, determined to take the law into their own hands. About eight o’clock in the evening, having blackened their faces and reversed their coats, they applied for entrance at BROWN’s door, but that being refused, they forced open the door. Mr. and Mrs. BROWN were in bed when the attack was made. Three men seized the husband, dragged him into the open air, and covered him with tar and feathers. Two other villains did the same by Mrs. BROWN; and violated her. Of the gang, Franklin MAYOR and Joseph SNELL have alone been captured. They were sentenced by the learned Judge to be executed on the 8th of June next. Probably they will not be hung but they will no doubt, spend the remainder of their days in the Penitentiary – a punishment they richly deserve.
[Brownsville in Dereham Township was settled by a number of descendants of Brinton Paine BROWN – please send more info on this incident to BCJ]
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday morning last, Mrs. James FEENEY, of a son.
1860 May 10
p. 3 – Married – On the 3rd of May, at the residence of the bride’s cousin, E. S. HIRST, Esq., Clarkston, Michigan, U.S., by the Rev. Dr. Ross, John MILLER, of St. Thomas, C.W., to Eliza A., youngest daughter of the Rev. T. H. FACER, of Virginia.
1860 May 17
p. 3 – Sheriff’s Sale – mention of Samuel EDISON, Snow EDISON, Cyrus SMITH, Robert N. COOK
1860 May 24
p. 3 – Died – In Port Stanley, on the 22nd inst., after a lingering illness, the wife of Mr. Robert WEBB, Merchant.
1860 May 31
p. 3 – Births – In this Town on the 24th inst., the wife of the Rev. A. YOUNG of a son
p. 3 – Births – In Yarmouth, on Monday, the 28th inst., the wife of Mr. Andrew MILLER, Esq., of a daughter.
1860 June 7
p. 2 – Married – In Brantford, on the 16th ult., by the Rev. Geo. Young, Mr. E. R. DEWHURST, of the Brantford Courier, eldest son of the Hon. F. A. DEWHURST, Judge of the Island of St. John, West Indies, to Maggie, eldest daughter of Mr. W. MATHEWS, of Brantford.
p. 2 – Died – In London, on Monday the 4th instant, Anne, beloved wife of Andrew WALSH, Esq., aged 37 years.
1860 June 14
p. 2 – Elgin June Quarter Sessions – Four for Larceny and two for forgery –
p. 2 – Drowned – A man named GILLIS, son of Mr. A. GILLIS, township of Howard, went on board the schooner “Pearl” at New Glasgow, Township of Aldboro’, Tuesday last, and came to Port Stanley. Was last seen at the Port about 12 o’clock Tuesday night in a state of intoxication, his body was found on Wednesday morning about 11 o’clock.
p. 2 – Alexander MARSHALL was killed on Wednesday, whilst raising a piece of heavy timber to load a car on the Northern Railroad, near Bradford.
1860 June 21
[NOTE – Posted in error by Google News and linked in error under 1866 June 21]
p. 2 – Fire at Richmond – An alarming fire occurred at Richmond on Tuesday evening last, at about eleven p’clock. The estimated loss is between five and six thousand dollars, and it is a prevalent opinion that the fire was the diabolical work of an incendiary. The suffering parties to the fire are James H. WOODS, W. DOBBIE, Sylvester COOK, and Solomon MOORE.
p. 3 – Births – At Aylmer, on the 15th, [1860 not 1866] the wife of John KIRKLAND, Esq., of a son, still-born.
p. 3 – Married – At the residence of the bride’s s father, on the 21st instant [ 1860 not 1866] by the Rev. A. Young, Wm. LOVE, Esq., of St. Thomas, to Mary, daughter of Duncan McGREGOR, Esq., of the Township of Yarmouth.
1860 June 28
p. 2 – Meeting of the Survivors of the War of 1812 held at St. Catherines to draft a welcome address to the Prince of Wales on his visit.
1860 July 5
p. 2 – Immense Pic Nic Celebration of the Birthday of a centenarian. The 100th birthday of Mr. James STOKES was celebrated on Monday, July 2nd, by a pic nic at New Sarum by a pic nic which excelled any thing of the kind in extent ever witnessed in this county. It is calculated that there were 5000 people present, and 700 vehicles were actually counted. This venerable man was born in London, England, on the 2nd July, in the year 1760. His parents emigrated to New Hampshire when he was 11 years of age, five years before the declaration of American Independence. He married and lost his first wife in the States, but in his early manhood moved from the States to Canada, where he has arrived to the long extended age of one hundred years. [Very long long article – longest article I’ve seen in the Dispatch for any Elgin County resident]
STOKES spoke- “My friends, I was born in London on the 2nd July, 1760. My parents came to America previous to the Revolution, after the Revolution my family and myself and relations emigrated to Canada, then a wilderness. I was born a Brion and I mean to die one. I am happy to see som many of my friends about me. What property I have I owe to myself, and to my wife’s industry and care in raising my family. My thanks I owe to God alone and not to men. I thank God I have lived so long, I am willing to live or die at his pleasure, excuse my weakness, I can say no more.”
p. 3 – Schedule of Summary of Convictions – John Van SLYKE, non Payment of Wages; Archibald McCUGAN, Assault and Battery; John WINNOCOTE, [WONNACOTT} Assault; Malcolm McINTYRE, Assault and Battery; James McCRACKEN, Misdemeanor; Alexander McDONALD, Common Assault; Catherine WEEK, Trespass; Spencer HILL, Larceny; George MILLER, Larceny; Mary SEACORD, Assault; Edward MILLIGAN, Assault and Battery; Roert BRIODY and George KEILLER, Disturbing a Meeting; George PRUNELL, Trespass; H. N. FRANKLIN, Assault; H. DODGE and Thomas BACKHOUSE, Non Payment of Wages.
1860 July 12
p. 3 – Births – At Aylmer, on the 5th ult., the wife of J. A. McCAUSLAND, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 7th July inst., at the residence of the Rev. Egerton RYERSON, D.D., of Toronto, by the bride’s father, Edward William HARRIS of London, C. W., Esq., son of the late John HARRIS, Esq., R.N., to Sophia HOWARD, only daughter of the Rev. Egerton RYERSON, D.D.
p. 3 – Married – At the residence of the bride’s father, on the 12th June, by the Rev. A. Duncan, Mr. George W. ANGER, to Frances Adelaide, eldest daughter of Hiram POWERS, Esq., all of Malahide.
p. 3 – Married – On the 25th June, by the same, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Lyman D. TEEPLE, of Orwell, to Temperance J., youngest daughter of F. W. DAVIS, Esq., of Aylmer, C.W.
1860 July 19
[NOTE – Posted in error by Google News and linked in error under 1866 July 19]
p. 2 – Review – On Tuesday last, 17th instant, [1860 not 1866] the St. Thomas Rifles and Cavalry, under their respective Commanders, Captains STANTON and COLE were reviewed on the commons by Col. McDOUGALD, assisted by Deputy Adjutant General McKENZIE.
p. 3 – Married – At St. Paul’s Church, Yorkville, on Tuesday, the 17th instant, [1860 not 1866]
by the Rev. Dr. Givens, Cornelius Danford PAUL, Esq., M. A., Barrister-at-law, of St. Thomas, to Fannie, eldest daughter of the late Edward WOOKEY, Esq. of Toronto.
p. 3 – Died – On Tuesday 17th instant, [1860 not 1866] at his residence Township of Yarmouth, Mr Alexander BUCHANAN, aged 48 years.
p. 4 – Information Wanted – Of William Morton HUTCHINSON, son of David HUTCHINSON, of Malahide, Elgin Co., C. W., who left St. Thomas, August 27th, for Cleveland, Ohio, where he was last heard of on the 13th of Sept., age 37, Height 5ft. o1 1/4 inch, weighs 165 lbs.,light complexion, sandy hair and beard; heavy eyebrows; a small scar on the right cheek, and one over the right eye. Any information leading to his discovery, if alive, would be thankfully received by his anxious Wife or Brother. St. Thomas, C.W., May 23, 1860
1860 July 26
p. 2 / 6 – Mysterious Affair – John MURDAUGH, South Dorchester, was arrested last week on suspicion of poisoning his wife. It appears that Mrs. MURDAUGH has been ailing for about four months, from what cause is not evident. In a cupboard of the house it seems there were two saucers, one containing black pepper, and the other Cantharides or Spanish Flies, and he affirms that he administered the Cantharides by mistake for pepper. Why he should have Cantharides, a deadly poison, in his house at all is certainly suspicious, coupled as it is with the report that an improper intimacy has sprung up between him and a young woman in the neighborhood. The latter is said to be enceinte.
p. 7 – Died – At Mount Bridges, on the 20th of July inst., Mr. Daniel Barclay RAPELGE, aged 48 years. He was the first child born in the Talbot Settlement at St. Thomas, Yarmouth.
1860 Aug 2
p. 2 – Long letter to the Editor concerning misconduct of Judge HUGHES in suit by Thomas TIMS of Malahide – letter by Bethuel LOBDELL
1860 Aug 9
[NOTE – Posted in error by Google News and linked in error under 1866 Aug 9]
p. 2 – A Visit To Port Bruce – [long article] [1860 not 1866] … There are now in the place three large warehouses, and W. H. DAVIS, Esq., has a number of men to work at erecting another. …Much preparations are being made there this season for purchasing grain and from the enterprising men in the field, Mr. DAVIS in his own (the lower warehouse,) Mr. MITCHELL of this town, in the one owned by Mr. MOORE [Lindley Moore] , Mr. DAVIS in the next and Messrs. FORKNELL and HUME in the next. … We have also noticed in the course of erection a dwelling house and store by Mr. FORKNELL, Mr. HUME is also building, and Messrs. Lyman and William YOUNG also built a commodious building, intended we are told for a tavern. We had the pleasure of calling upon our friend Mr. LEWIS [Amasa Lewis], who has about finished his residence, which is indeed a credit to the place, it is a magnificent building, the material of which it is built we are told is gravel mixed with lime, it is on a beautiful Elevation looking over the whole place, have a splendid view of the lake. We were also shown the residence of Lindley MOORE, Esq., [who with Mr. LEWIS were the original owners of the place) it is on the east side of the Creek or Harbour, which must indeed be a pleasant situation.
1860 Aug 16
p. 2 – Boy Shot – We learn that a lad, named McLEAN, residing near Port Stanley Railroad Bridge, was accidentally shot yesterday afternoon, while accompanying some sportsmen in Westminster. He received several shots in the head and breast. The wounds are not supposed to be fatal, and it is thought that the boy will speedily recover. He now lies in the city’s hospital [London] Prototype.
p. 2 – Accident to Mr. McLACHLIN – Our readers will be sorry to learn that on Saturday evening a sad accident occurred to our neighbour, Mr. A. McLACHLIN, the Proprietor and Editor of the St. Thomas Home Journal, from the explosion of a Camphine Lamp which he incautiously fed while burning. The partition of the office was burst twelve inches from its position and many of Mr. McLACHLIN’s private papers were shriveled in the pigeon holes. We deeply regret to say that Mr. McLACHLIN was seriously scorched on face and hands, but his sufferings were assiduously relieved by Dr. Southwick who rendered every assistance during the whole night, and we trust Mr. McL will ultimately recover unscarred.
p. 3 – Births – In this town, on the 11th instant, the wife of Wm. J. WHITE, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Died – On Saturday, 11th instant, at Fingal, of inflammation, after six days illness, James, second son of Wm. GLASGOW, Esq., of the firm of McPHERSON, GLASGOW & Co., aged 16 years 5 months and 25 days.
1860 Aug 23
p. 3 – Births – In this town on the 18th inst., the wife of Mr. William LIPSEY, of a son.
p. 3 – Births – In this town, on the 10th, the wife of Mr. Samuel PADDON, of a son.
p. 3 – Births – In this town, on the 20th, the wife of Mr. Joseph KNAPP, of a son.
1860 Aug 30
p. 2 – Suspected Murder – Guelph Advertiser says: – On Tuesday the 21st inst., George HARRIS, a colored man of about 46 years of age, was arrested by Chief constable KELLY and constable CREIGHTON on the line between Eramosa and Guelph Townships, on a charge of murdering a colored woman named Rachel WALDEN, a girl of about sixteen years of age, with whom the prisoner has been cohabiting for some two years past.
p. 3 – Births – In this town, on the 6th instant, the wife of Mr. Wm. NEVILLS, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – In Port Stanley, on Sunday, 26th instant, by Rev. Mr. Bissey, R.C.C., at the residence of the bridegroom, Mr. Robert WEBB to Mrs. DOYLE, both of Port Stanley.
1860 Sep 6
p. 2 – The Port Stanley Railway Company have decided to run succession trains, as fast after each other as they can, on the day of the Prince’s visit to London, and the fare will be half price during his stay in that city.
p. 2 – Obituary – It is with the deepest regret that we have in this weeks issue to record the death of Mr. Edward BUTLER of Yarmouth, at the early age of 23 years. Among a large circle of friends and neighbors he was universally liked, and his untimely demise is a shock to his widowered (sic) Father from which he will not soon recover. The following verses have been written on him by Mr. STRYPE, and perhaps they are worth insertion [8 lines of verse]
p.2 – The London Ball to the Prince – The supper will be served in the great dining room of the Tecumseh House. Program for the visit of the Prince of Wales at London on the 13 of Sep.
1860 Sep 13 – PRINCE OF WALES VISITS LONDON ONTARIO CANADA – Many from St. Thomas attended the festivities, Dinner and Ball at the Tecumseh House in London. No PAPER
1860 Sep 20
p. 2 – Names of persons from St. Thomas and Vicinity presented to the Prince –
Names of the 18 Ladies the Prince Danced with; Miss MOFFAT, Miss GOODHUE, Mrs. BEECHAR, Mrs. HOWELL, Miss PRINCE, Miss ASKIN, Mrs. Judge SMALL, Miss HAMILTON, Mrs. William LAWRASON, Miss MEREDITH, Miss BALL, Miss GZOWSKI, Mrs. RIVERS, Miss HOPE, Miss DALTON, Miss PAUL [ This is Susan PAUL who wore the Blue Dress that is now at the Elgin County Museum ], Mrs. TAYLOR, Mrs. DANIEL, Miss BROUGH.
Prince of Wales with President Buchanan at Washington’s tomb at Mount Vernon 1860 by Thomas P. Rossiter
Top – Susan PAUL dress at Elgin County Museum and portrait of Prince of Wales in Canada in 1860
p. 3 – Birth – At Brantford, on the evening of Thursday the 13th instant, the wife of John W. LETHRIDGE, Esq., of a son.
p. 3 – Died – In this town on the 11th instant, Frederick Sylvester, second son of Mr. Sylvester RHYCARD, Brewer, aged 8 years 6 months and 21 days.
p. 3 – Died – On Saturday, the 15th instant, at the residence of her son-in-law, Patrick BURNS, Esq., J. P., Mary BREEN, relict of the late Edward BREEN, of the County Carlow, Ireland, upwards of 90 years of age.
1860 Sep 27
p. 2 – Fatal Accident at Port Bruce – Two Men Drowned – The Schooner “Marsalatt” (sic – Agnes E. Marsilliot ) from Cleveland bound for Port Burwell sprung a leak on the evening of Sunday the 23rd instant. The vessel speedily became water logged and made for Port Bruce, but unfortunately went down when within a mile of the harbour, leaving only about six feet of her mast above water, the sea running heavy at the time. Captain Samuel BURGER was swept away and lost. Martin POWERS, a seaman, was also drowned. The saved are Wm. MILLARD, (brother of the owner,) and Wm. FOSTER. Although the sea was running high and one boat had been swamped in attempting to leave the mouth of the harbour. Four men, namely T. TOBIN [Thomas TOBIN of Malahide], E. G.. FORKNALL, Charles YOUNG and Wm. PROWSE,[More likely his father Henry PROWSE] procured another boat and succeeded at the risk of their own lives in rescuing the two unfortunate men from their fearful situation. Such heroic conduct cannot be too highly commended. Poor Capt. BURGER who was highly esteemed resided at Port Burwell, and leaves a widow and family to deplore his untimely end. The vessel was owned by Mahlon MILLARD of Port Burwell.
[Note: Agnes E Marsilliot: Wooden 2 masted schooner of 88 ft capsized and sank in a sudden storm on 9/24/1860 7 mi off Port Stanley (sic – actually Port Bruce), Ontario. [From- http://www.alcheminc.com/asht.html ]
p. 2 – Child Drowned – Last Friday a child about four years old, son of James HAMMOND, a man employed at the Tannery of Messrs Moore a& Son, accidently fell into a large Tan Vat, and although discovered and taken out alive, expired very shortly after, perhaps from the poisonous nature of the water he had swallowed.
p. 2 – Another Case of Drowning – A lamentable accident occurred on Tuesday at ELLISON’s Mill Pond, South Yarmouth, a little girl belonging to George LEWIS, who resides near the Toll Gate on the gravel road leading to Port Stanley, accidentally stumbled into the pond, and before she could be rescued life was extinct.
p. 3 – Melancholy Accident at Port Stanley – Wreck of the Antelope, – Yesterday (Monday) afternoon, about 3 o’clock, there was a high sea running into Port Stanley, and the schooner Antelope, in endeavoring to make the harbor, sprung a leak, and sank about two miles from the shore. Captain COOK of Port Burwell, and a deck hand, whose name we have not learned, were drowned, and the vessel and cargo are a total loss. Mr. HOLMWOOD and Mr. W. PARTRIDGE succeeded in rescuing four of the crew, not withstanding the roughness of the lake. – and – with the most praiseworthy efforts, did their best to rescue Captain COOK and the other unfortunate man, for which purpose they returned a second time to the sinking vessel, and had reached within two or three hundred yards when Captain COOK and his unfortunate companion were washed out of the shrouds in which they had sought refuge. Captain COOK leaves a widow and three children. Last season he made two trips to Liverpool, from St. Catherines. Two other vessels went ashore during the storm. the one is the J Buttrrs, and the other the Pead, both of Port Stanley. They would be got off.
p. 3 – Married – On Thursday morning, the 20th Sept., by the Rev. St. George Caulfield, L.L.D., at the residence of N. W. MOORE, Esq., Miss Susan A. DUNCOMB, youngest daughter of Dr. E. E. DUNCOMB, to John Ballard ADAMS, Esq., Attorney-at Law, Racine City, Wisconsin, U.S.
p. 3 – Birth – At Fingal, on Saturday, September 22, the wife of Mr. W. F. BOUGHNER, of a son.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 24th inst., Robert STURGEON, an old pensioner in the Royal Artillery. The deceased was well known and respected here.
1860 Oct 4
p. 3 – Died – In South Dorchester, on Friday last, 28th instant, Mrs. Duncan McPHAIL, aged 40 years.
1860 Oct 11
p. 3 – Died – In the township of Southwold, on Saturday morning last, 6th October, Dugald McCALL, Esq., aged 81 years. The deceased left Scotland, Argyllshire, in the year 1831, and has been in Southwold up to his death, he was respected by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance, for his affable disposition and fair dealing with every person who had anything to do with him.
1860 Oct 18
p. 3 – Married – On Friday, September 21, at the residence of William MILLER, Esq., the Rev. John Fraser, Margaret TAMAR, (relict of the late Anthony TAMAR, of Thamesford, to whom she was married four years ago, her age at that time being eighty years,) to Thomas GEE, Esq., of Nissouri, in this ? year. The ceremony was one of unusual interest, and was witnessed by a large party of neighboring gentry. The youthful couple danced to a late hour in the evening and were escorted in procession to their residence in Nissouri.
p. 3 – At Port Stanley, on the 16th inst., by the Rev. A. Young, A. M. GUNN, Esq., Station Master London and Port Stanley Railroad, to Agnes, eldest daughter of the late Alexander HODSON?, of Port Stanley.
p. 3 – At St. Thomas, on the 16th inst., by the Rev. A. Young, Archibald McLACHLIN, Esq., of the Township of Southwold, to Miss Margaret LOVE, of the Township of Westminster.
p. 3 – On the 11th inst., at the residence of Elder? , South Yarmouth, Isaac H. SPRAGUE, Esq., to Miss Harriet WAIGHT, [HAIGHT] second daughter of Robert WAIGHT [ HAIGHT], Esq., both of Yarmouth.
1860 Oct 25
p. 2 – Assize Intelligence – The only criminal case the first day was one for larceny, preferred against a small boy named John TAYLOR, who was accused of stealing a sum of money in the township of Bayham. The prisoner was arraigned and pleaded guilty. [further in paper]- The Queen vs John TAYLOR – Larceny. Prisoner confessed to the crime and was committed to Gaol for one month at hard labor. The theft took place at Sandytown, near Vienna.
Second Day. – COCHRANE vs RUSS. The Plaintiff was the father-in-law of the defendant and claimed certain expenses fro the support of the wife of the defendant whom it was alleged was abused by the sons of the defendant by a former wife and by himself personally. She was taken away by her brother, who swore that he did so with the full conviction that she was badly treated, and he further deposed that he took her away according to the express desire of her father urged by her own request. The plaintiff resides in Durham County and took his daughter home to another son-in-law’s house where she was delivered of a child, being the third child born to the defendant. Evidence was given of rude and unbecoming language used by the defendant’s sons, but with one or two exceptions nothing was proved of personal cruelty on the part of the defendant. It was evident from the tenor of the evidence that the step-sons of Mrs. RUSS were very much opposed to her, and it was proved by several witnesses that they had threatened to take her life, and it was also sworn to by several witnesses that the boys had poison concealed in their chest, and when RUSS found it out he demanded its production with a view of destroying it. The boys refused to give it up, but by force the box was opened and the poison thrown in the fire. – Alexander CHOCHRANE, brother-in-law; Roderick CHOCHRANE, brother; Samuel CRUMB, servant boy; Maria WILTON, hired girl; Sarah SMITH, hired girl; Catharine MICHAEL, an old loquacious lady; David HARVY; Isaac COURSER George MOORE, and William RUSS were all sworn on the part of the plaintiff.
The examination and cross-examination of the several witnesses elicited a great deal of scandal mainly against the defendant in connection with a girl named SHAVER, whom he kept as a house servant, but who appeared to be in the constant habit of being in the bed room (alone) along with RUSS and at unseasonable hours; and even in bed together with him. For the defence – Maria SHAVER, a servant girl; Hannah SHAVER, another servant girl; Wellington RUSS and Warren RUSS, sons of the defendant, were sworn [family lived in Yarmouth Twp.]. The first witness [Maria SHAVER] deposed to the general good behaviour of the defendant towards his wife, and exhibited in her evidence a vast show of brassy countenance. This was the girl accused of cohabiting with the defendant. The next witness was her sister (Hannah) and boldly did she sustain her evidence and tried to clear her of all suspicion of immoral conduct. … John McDIARMID and James JAY swore to the apparent comfort of Mr. RUSS and his wife, so far as they were acquainted as neighbors and to the good feeling that seemed to prevail between them….
The judged advised that in effect that a verdict in this case was a divorce. Long dissertation on the opinions and advice of the Judge.
The jury were locked up on Saturday night, but agreed to a verdict of 58 pounds 4 shillings 11 pence which they sealed up and sent to the Judges’ lodgings that night. On Monday morning the Court re-opened and the verdict read before the jury. The Judge [ Honorable Mr. Chief Justice DRAPER ] disapproved of the amount of the verdict and said it would cause further litigation in all probability.
[Note:Maria SHAVER is residing with family of Calvin and Wellington RUSS in 1861 census for Yarmouth]
p. 2 – Criminal – The Queen vs. Hiram SMITH for the crime of bigamy. This was a long and interesting one. The jury without retiring rendered a verdict acquitting the prisoner. When he left the court a number of people outside cheered him loudly, and took him down town in triumphal procession. He is evidently a man of respectability and respected by his neighbors in Malahide.
p. 2 – Thomas METCALF and Thomas MITCHELL were discharged, and the learned Chief Justice in giving the order for their discharge referred very emphatically to the negligence of magistrates committing prisoners to jail for an indefinite period:
p. 2 – Criminal business – The Queen vs John MURDOUGH- Prisoner was indicted for Felony. The crime with which he was charged was that of poisoning his wife. The evidence was conclusive as to the guilt of the prisoner. He attempted to poison his wife by giving her Spanish Flies under pretence of medicine. His conduct was most cruel to his wife and while he treacherously attempted to take her life professed sincere love. The jury did not hesitate in rendering a verdict of guilty. The prisoner was sentenced on Wednesday, to be hung (sic – hanged) on the 22nd December next, but the sentence of death is only recorded, which is tantamount to imprisonment for life in the Provincial Penitentiary. Twenty-six witnesses were sworn. The appearance of the prisoner was the subject of general remark. His countenance indicated stolid indifference and a hardened disposition, a grey sunken eye, long face with a very small forehead, nose like a plough share, and head like an idiot. When his paramour came into Court he kept winking and squinting at her to intimidate her in giving evidence. She, however, testified to her disgrace that he was the father of her illegitimate child and had frequent criminal intercourse with her. The object of the attempt at poisoning seems to have been a desire to get rid of his wife, with a view of living with this unfortunate girl.
[Note John MURDAUGH / MURDOUGH is with wife and family in 1861 census for Elgin but then later he is taken to jail and wife remarries by 1863 so either they got a divorce or he died naturally or was executed.
1860 Nov 1
p. 3 – Married – In Port Stanley, on the 23rd ult.; by the Rev. James Mockridge, at the residence of the bride, Miss Flora McCALLUM, fifth daughter of John McCALLUM, tailor, to Mr. William GIVEN, blacksmith, both of Port Stanley.
p. 3 – Died – At his own residence, in the township of Malahide, on Talbot street, on Friday the 26th ult., Mr. George LAUR, in the 66th year of his age. He was one of the oldest residents in the place, having settled on his farm in 1814 ?, he lived in friendship with all his neighbors, and his end was peace. [Note: He was a Quaker / “Friend” and is buried at the Seville Quaker Cemetery, Malahide]
1860 Nov 8
p. 3 – Died – In Fingal, on Wednesday morning, 7th inst., Grace, daughter of Mr. George PENWARDEN of that village.
1860 Nov 15
p. 2 – Married – (poor copy) On the ? inst., Martha WOOD, only daughter …. Esq. of Fingal
1860 Nov 22
p. 3 – Birth – In North Yarmouth, on the 13th inst., the wife of Mr. John ANDREWS, of a daughter.
1860 Nov 29
p. 2 – Great Storm – The Schooner Scallawag went ashore below Port Stanley, on Monday, and has gone to pieces.
p. 2 – Birth – In the Township of Southwold, on the 23rd inst., the wife of Mr. Patrick KELDEA, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Birth – In Dorchester, on the 19th November, the wife of Angus TAYLOR, of two sons and a daughter all living. [Note: Triplets – Given in the 1861 census for South Dorchester as George, Emily and James TAYLOR – census taker gives “at one birth & are thriving well” Mother was Margaret SMITH also of Scotland and had 8 previous children]
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on the 27th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. A. Young, Mr. James CARRIE, Merchant, Dundas, to Margaret, eldest daughter of James H. L. BEGG, Esq., Merchant, of this town.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, at the residence of Mr. A. McLACHLIN, by the Rev. John Fraser, Mr. John CASCADAN, to Miss Catharine FERGUSON, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Died – At Yarmouth, of Diphtheria, on the morning of the 27th inst., Daniel McINTYRE, youngest child of Hugh McIntyre, Esq., at the age of 3 years, 1 month and 10 days.
1860 Dec 6
p. 2 – Upper Canada as a Field for Emigrants – …Upper Canada is the most fitting place for the English emigrant.
p. 2 – Accident – We regret to learn that a melancholy and fatal accident occurred in the Township of Caradoc, on Wednesday last, by which Mr. Charles KETCHAM, an old and respected resident, lost his life. While in the act of adjusting a belt on the drum of the sawing machine, his arm became entangled and he was at once caught upon the main shaft, and dragged against the frame. One of the men then caught hold of him and attempted to drag him from the belt, and in doing so his hand was entirely severed from his arm, and the right side of his head having been jammed against the frame , he received deadly injuries. The poor man was eventually taken from the belt and carried to his residence, where he lingered in great agony until Thursday night
p. 2 – Married – At Toronto, on the 25th ultimo, Rev. J. Walsh, Mr. Edward WALLACE, Township of Albion, to Miss Mary LYSAGHT of Toronto.
p. 2 – On the 11th October, at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Barbadoes, by the Rev. Abraham Reece, Rector of Christ Church, Charles TINLING, Esq., Postmaster-General, to Mary WOODLEY relict of the late Adam FERRIS, Jr., and eldest daughter of Dr. DALLAS, of Hamilton.
1860 Dec 13
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Monday, 10th instant, the wife of Peter MURTAGH, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 3 – In Toronto, on the 8th instant, the wife of C. B. HALL, M.D., of a son.
1861 Jan 3
p. 15 – Birth – In this town on the ? the wife of Henry HAMILTON, Esq., Barrister, of a daughter
p. 15 – Married – On Thursday, December 27, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. Dr. Caulfield, George FITZSIMMONS Esq., M.D. of Egmondville, to Miss Mary Jane RHYCARD, of St. Thomas.
1861 Jan 10
p. 2 – Census enumerators, 1861 – Long article – Every possible precaution has been employed by Government to render the Census, for 1861, the most complete and perfect yet taken in Canada. Commissioners, the most efficient and responsible only, have been appointed in the different counties.; all of whom have now received their instructions, and George MUNRO, of Aldboro [ Aldborough Twp.] has been appointed for the County of Elgin….In addition to the ordinary census there will be taken an Agricultural Census. The following is the list of Enumerators, so far as yet handed in. – St. Thomas – David PARISH; 1st Ward Yarmouth – Wm. J. WHITE; 2nd Ward Yarmouth – Charles ASKEW; 3rd Ward Yarmouth – Geo. W. BOGGS; 4th Ward Yarmouth – Jos. LAING Jr.; 5th Ward Yarmouth – John BLACK; 1st Ward Southwold – Levi FOWLER; 2nd Ward, Southwold – Nich. McCOLL; 3rd Ward Southwold – Amos BARNS; 4th Ward Southwold – James WRIGHT; 5th Ward Southwold – D. FERGUSON; Aylmer Village – Thos. M. NAIRN; Vienna Village – John McDONALD.
p. 3 – Married – On the 3rd inst, at Laing’s Hotel by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Angus CAMPBELL, Jun., of the township of Dunwich, to Miss Ann McBRIDE,daughter of Mr. Neil McBRIDE, of the township of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – By the same, in this town, on the 7th inst., Mr. Thomas BELL, of the Township of London, to Miss Rachel HUGHES, of the township of Williams.
p. 3 – Married – By the same, at the bride’s residence, Mr. William Judson SMITH, of Yarmouth, to Miss Catherine, third daughter of Mr. Amos BARNES, near Fingal.
p. 3 – Died – In the township of Yarmouth, on Friday morning, 4th of January, M. John BUTLER, in the 62nd year of his age. The deceased was an old resident among us, and was esteemed by all who knew him.
1861 Jan 14 – Canada West CENSUS ENUMERATION DAY – As of January 13 all persons counted
1861 Jan 17
p. 6/2 – Masonic – On the last St. John’s Day, the following Brethren were installed as Officers of the St. Thomas Lodge of F.A.M., No. 44, Grand Lodge of Canada, to serve for the ensuing Masonic year: – George W. MORGAN, W.M; Samuel N. HOLT, S. W.;M. F. WHIPPLE, J. W.; Oliver J. BOGGS, Secretary; W. C. VANBUSKIRK, Treasurer; John KING, S.D.; Richard ELLISON, J.D.; J. R. SMELLIE, J.G.; John ROWLAND, Tyler.
p. 6/2 – Birth – In Fingal, on the 11th inst., the wife of Mr. I. B. MAYNES, of a son.
p. 6/2 – Died – At New Glasgow, on the 13the instant, of Kidney complaint and Galloping Consumption, Mr. Norman BENTON, second son of N. S. BENTON, Esq., of that place. The deceased leaves a wife and two children in the State of New York.
p. 6/2 – Died – In Yarmouth, on the 11th inst., Mr. James H. STOKES, of inflammation of the lungs, aged 110 (sic – his gravestone gives 100) years 6 months and 10 days.
p. 6/2 – Died – At Fingal, on the 10th inst., of Erysipela, Daniel CARPENTER, Esq., aged 53 years. The deceased was a native of Canada, leaves a wife and one child. He was a number of years Clerk of the Township of Southwold, and a more honorable or upright man could not be found; he was kind in his disposition, and beloved by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.
p. 6/2 – Sudden Death – A few days since, Mr. Duncan McTAGGART, of New Sarum, was in his sleigh, while driving home from Ingersoll with his brother-in-law, Mr. WHOALY / WHALEY. When within a few miles of his house, MR. McTAGGART asked his brother-in-law to take the lines and drive as he was very sleepy, and on reaching home he was discovered to be quite dead. – Free Press
Poor Duncan, almost every person around St. Thomas knew him. He was an honest, upright, social man. He was a supporter of this paper for eight years, and during that time he acted punctual in all his dealings. We are sorry for his untimely end
1861 Jan 24
p. 11/3 – Notice – The undersigned as Administrator of the Estate of William BEST, late of the Township of Malahide, Yeoman, deceased, desires to settle the affairs of the said Estate, and requests all claims to be presented on or before the 20th February, 1861 – John SWEET Administrator, Yarmouth, Lot 26, 1st Conc.
1861 Jan 31
p. 3 – Married – On the 28th instant, at the Rectory, Port Burwell, by the Rev. H. Bate Jessopp, M. A. Rector, Mr. G. W. HARGRAVES, to Miss Maria C. SPORE, both of the township of Bayham.
1861 Feb 7
p. 2 – The Census – Census returns published – St. Thomas went form a population of 1,274 in 1851 to 1,622 in 1861. London went from 7,000 in 1851 to 11, 681 in 1861.
p. 2 – Census enumerators – How they are Paid – Absolutely two cents per head! Yes it is even true, this miserable pittance, making a sum per day that the meanest day laborer would reject with scorn;
p. 3 – Married – On the 6th instant, by the Rev. W. McCullough, Wesleyan minister, of St. Thomas, Mr. Thomas MOORE, to Hannah, second daughter of Mr. Thomas BROWN, all of this town.
p. 3 – Married – On the 24th ult., at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. David KING, second son of Abraham KING, Esq., to Miss Mary Victoria POTTECARY, eldest daughter of James POTTECARY Esq., near this town.
p. 3 – Married – On the same day, in this town, by the same, Mr. Thomas FERGUSON, to Miss Mary McLAUGHLIN, both of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 5th, by the same, at Thompson’s Hotel, Mr. Jehiel MARLATT, son of Capt. MARLATT, to Miss Ellen Jane SMITH, both of this town.
1861 Feb 14
p. 3 – Died – In the Township of Southwold, near St. Thomas, on the 5th inst., Harry BEGG, Esq., aged 74 years, formerly of Cromar, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
p. 3 – Married – We are requested to insert the following marriage, the officiating clergyman, Rev. Mr. Bissey, was under the necessity of going to London to solemnize the same, in consequence of the parties not having a suitable ring: In the City of London, at the Roman Catholic Cathedral, on the 7th inst., by the Rev. I. Bissey, Mr. Thomas O’NEIL, of Paris, C. W., of Teresa, daughter of Mr. D. CAMPBELL, of Dundas.
p. 3 – Marriage – On the 12th inst., by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, at the residence of the bride, Mr. Neil McLEAN of Southwold, to Miss Sarah, fourth daughter of J. W. BEEMER, Esq., J. P., near Aylmer.
p. 3 – Marriage – On the 22nd January, at the residence of the bride’s father, Aylmer, C. W., by the Rev. Mr. Debar, P. M. MANN, MD, of Richmond, C.W., to Hannah, eldest daughter of Dr. WILLIAMS.
p. 3 – Sheriff’s Sale – … against the lands and tenements of Joseph BROOKS, at the suit of Adolphus WILLIAMS, … seized six acres being part of the south part of lot number 84, north on Talbot in the Township of Malahide….and more … Colin Munroe, Sheriff, February 7, 1861
1861 Feb 21
p. 3 – Married – In London, on Thursday, 14th February, by his Lordship the Bishop of Huron, Mr. John SIDDONS, of the Daily Prototype, to Miss Esther MILOURE.
p. 3 – Married – At Sparta, on the 14th instant, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Robert LEADER, of Port Bruce, to Miss Hannah Jane BENTLEY, of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – By the same, on the 18th inst., at the residence of the bride, Mr. Thomas WHITE of this town, to Miss Mary Jane, fifth daughter of the late William TEEPLE, Esq., near Aylmer.
p. 3 – Married – On the 19th inst., by the same, in this town, Mr. George WILLIAMS of Dunwich, to Miss Elizabeth LODGE, Southwold.
1861 Feb 28
p. 2 – Birth – On Tuesday, 19th instant, the wife of Mr. John A. MANN, Yarmouth, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Married – On Monday the 25th February, by the Rev. Mr. Flood, at the residence of the bride’s mother Caradoc. C. W., Lucy, eldest daughter of the late Edmund MILLS, Esq., M.D., to Richard Henry OULTON, Esq., of Dublin.
1861 March 7
p. 2 – St. Thomas Cloth Company – A meeting to consider forming a Cloth Company in St. Thomas – Present were Geo T. CLARIS, Sheriff MUNRO, C.C. ABBOTT, J. WRIGHT, A. McLACHLIN, W. K. KAINS, J. MITCHELL, T. ARKELL, and H. CALDWELL, Esqrs. The Mayor was absent from unavoidable circumstances.
p. 2 – Birth – On the 1st instant, in Yarmouth, the wife of Thos. B. HART, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, at Thompson’s Hotel, on Friday, 1st March, by the Rev. Mr. Fyfe, Mr. Charles A. SMITH, of Aylmer, to Miss Lucy Anne FROST of Malahide.
p. 2 – Married – On the 27th ult., at the residence of Wm. DAVEY, Esq., Fingal, Daniel SAMPSON, Esq., to Miss Catharine JAGGERS, both of that Village.
1861 March 14
p. 2 – Fatal Accident – We are pained to hear that John MURPHY, a child, and step-son of Mr. R. WEBB, Port Stanley, was killed on last Thursday, by falling from a waggon while the vehicle was in motion. The young sufferer had his collar bone broken, and sundry other injuries from which he died hte following day.
p. 2 – County Court and Court of Quarter Sessions – Hon. D. J. HUGHES, County Judge, presiding – Constables for Malahide were Peter SPRINGSTED, Sylvester MATTHEWS, Andrew HUME, E. L. CHUTE, E. SHIPLEY. St. Thomas vs Thomas BROWN, DAVIS vs MOORE, WARWICK vs DAY, action under the Pawnbroker Act to recover a penalty of 50. The defendant Mr. DAY, is a blacksmith residing in this town. WARWICK lives in Dorchester representing a John HOYT – very long article on the pawnbroker law. Jury finds for DAY. Criminal Calendar light; a young woman named Sarah DANCY, lived as a servant with Mr. and Mrs. McCRONE of this town. – accused of stealing a Gold Watch and Chain. Prisoner acknowledged that a girl named Theresa AXFORD, visited her and searched the drawers and took the Watch and Chain. Verdict of not guilty.
p. 2 – Died – At New York, on March 8, on his return from the West Indies, where he went for the benefit of his health, Daniel MURPHY, Esq., Merchant, Hamilton, and late of London. He leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss.
1861 March 21
p. 2 – Map of the County of Elgin – A map of the County of Elgin is about to be published by the Messrs. TREMAIN, of Toronto, providing they procure a sufficient number of subscribers, at the extremely low price of $6. This map will comprise a list of the Lake Coasts, Harbors, Rivers, Buildings, Mill streams etc. Large size printed on canvas.
p. 2 – Supposed Murder by a Boy – Coroner’s Inquest – On Monday last an inquest was held at Neil’s Hotel, in this town, before Dr. SOUTHWICK, Coroner for the County of Elgin, the body of Michael SHAuGHNESSY, who was found dead on Saturday evening last, in Kettle Creek, about a quarter of a mile North of the London and Port Stanley Railway Station of this place. Jurors chosen. Deceased was boarding with John MOORE of Yarmouth. Deceased often indicated that might kill himself. Eleanor MOORE stated that she advised deceased not to venture out. On her way home she met John McKAY and her own boy on the railroad. McKAY stated that Michael was drowned in the creek. My own boy Daniel MOORE is age 16 and is very simple. Assembled at the creek were Archibald SINCLAIR, Christie McCALL, Jas. ANDERSON, and Thersa SINCLAIR. Daniel accused Michael of striking him. Verdict – That the deceased Michael SHAUGHNESSY came to his death by violence perpetrated by Daniel MOORE, on the 16th of march instant, at the Township of Yarmouth, in the County of Elgin and that the Jurors believe the said Daniel MOORE to be laboring under a species of insanity which renders him dangerous to the community. The boy Moore was committed for trial at the coming Assizes.
p. 3 – Married – At Union, on the 3rd instant by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Byron SMITH to Miss Alma SMITH, both of Sparta.
p. 3 – Married – On the 14th, in this town, by the same Mr. Wm. COLRIDGE to Mrs. Mary SINCLAIR, both of the Township of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Births – In Fingal, on Tuesday, the 19th instant, Mrs. Charles EDMONDS, of three daughters. [ Triplets- Caroline, Marie and Mary all died with in a month and are buried at the Fingal Cemetery ]
In / memory of / three infant twins / children of Charles & / Mary EDMONDS / born Mar. 19, 1861 / Caroline / died Apr. 2, 1861 / Mary / died Apr. 8, 1861 / Marie / died Apr. 9, 1861/ I take these little lambs said he / and lay them on my breast / protection they shall find in me / in me be ever blest.
1861 March 26
p. 2 – Census for St. Thomas – Breakout of nationalities and religious affiliations. While some Mormons in Bayham there were apparently none in St. Thomas. Note no Quakers in St. Thomas but a large community south in the Village of Sparta. Also in Yarmouth are Richard and Alfred BRAY born Mexico
[NOTE – looking at the 1861 census we see: Robert NELSON, a Jewller from Russia. The Swiss couple were Nicolas and Mary BIDERMONT. A painter Mr. WEINHOLD and a Mr. VOGT the RC watchmaker from Prussia. From St. Helena and the West Indies is Esther WALLACE, Mana STEVENSON and Ruth McKENZIE, and a Mr. ROPER from Jamaica and a Charlotte MANCHAN; Maria WALKER from the West Indies. Nicholas SHANNEL and Celia wife of W. B. LEMIS? were born in France. Francis ZIMMERMAN from Strasburg, Germany, George and Benjamin FISHER were RC from Baden, Germany. John SHAULT from Germany. Frederick and Henrietta BREAST from Mecklenburg, Germany.Francis MINER from Germany; Mindelen and Anthony STRIGLE from Germany; Joseph KNAPP, bricklayer from Germany]
p. 3 – Births – In Southwold, on the 3rd instant, Mrs. Nathaniel BURDAN of a son.
p. 3 – Births – In Yarmouth, on the 17th, Mrs. David DOAN of a son.
p. 3 – Births – At Sparta, on the 31st instant, the wife of Dr. D. MILLER of a son.
p. 3 – Married – At the residence of the Bride’s father, on Thursday, the 21st instant, by the Rev. Dr. Cooney, Wm. H. MILLER, Esq., M.D., of Bayfield, C.W., to Corinthia Caroline, third daughter of W. GIBBONS, Esq., of St. Catherines.
p. 3 – Married – On the 14th, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. William COLRIDGE to Miss Mary SINCLAIR, both of the Township of Yarmouth.
1861 April 4
p. 2 – Startling – A body for Medical dissection poorly addressed to a John BARBER of by was opened by BOBIER. Coroner called and inquest held. Verdict that the property was that of one John BARBER, body of a person to the Jury unknown.
1861 April 11
p. 3 – Married – On the 3rd inst., by the Rev. D.W. Rowland, at the bride’s residence, Mr. Thomas WALLIS, of Michigan, U.S., to Miss Maria WALLIS, daughter of Mr. Isaac WALLIS, near Talbotville, in this county.
p. 3 – Married – On the 9th, by the same, at Laing’s Hotel, Mr. John DICKINSON, to Miss Barbara WISMER, both of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – In St. Thomas, on April 9th, by Rev. Dr. CAULFIELD, Mr. John BOBIER, of the township of Yarmouth, to Miss Sarah Jane ROBB, of the same place.
p. 3 – Died – At Fingal, on Wednesday, 10th inst., of inflammation of the lungs, Mr. Dominick McLACHLIN, aged 20? years.
1861 April 18
p. 2 – Births – In the township of Yarmouth, on the 9th? instant, Mrs. Richard DAVIS, of a son.
p. 2 – Died – At Thorold, on Sunday the 7th instant, Mary Jane, the beloved wife of Dr. James PEATTY, and daughter of the Rev. W. McCALLOUGH, aged 23 years. She was highly esteemed in Thorold by a large circle of sincere friends, most of who attended her funeral to pay the last tributes of respect to her revered memory. Her bereaved husband and parents have our sympathy in their sad affliction.
p. 2 – Wallace Photograph Gallery – “Mr. W [ WALLACE ]. is a gentleman so well known for his varied accomplishments, in science and general literature, and more especially in the art of photography, every person will be gratified to know that he has succeeded Mr. MARSHALL in his photograph and daguerreotype establishment and that his successes have advanced the capabilities of his establishment. We have visited his establishment, and examined his photographs, and take pleasure in saying that they are the best we have ever seen.”
1861 April 25
p. 2 – Court of Assize, County of Elgin – opened 18th of April 1861. 15 Civil cases. CLARIS vs BOGGS, action on a promissory note, for the plaintiff; BILLINGS et al vs HAZEN et al, an action for recovery of a mortgage, sent to Toronto; MORLAND vs WILSON, an action for debt, for the Plaintiff, BARNES vs PARISH et al, an action of ejectment, for the plaintiff. The big one was WEED vs DENNIS which was an action for damages for seduction. “The plaintiff was the father of a young woman residing in the township of Yarmouth, who alleged that she was seduced by the defendant. On her examination she gave such equivocal testimony that the jury returned a verdict in her favor of only twelve dollars. . a more scandalous case never came before the court of justice. The girl by her own admission, began her depravity when about the age of fourteen years, and partially admitted to have criminal connections with several men, some of whom ( to their shame, be it said are are married) and her conduct as shown by her own course, was scandalous in the extreme. Several other cases.
The Queen vs Daniel MOORE – Prisoner was indicted for the murder of an old man named Michael SHAUGHNESSY. Found Not Guilty on the ground of insanity.” The Queen vs Thomas McCABE – Arson – indicted for burning a house belonging to Robert KENNEDY. Verdict was Not guilty. The Queen vs Robert NETHERCOTT, Thomas BRIMAGAN, George EMERSON and Silas BALCUM. Prisoners charged with setting fire to and burning a house of ill fame at Straffordville. A verdict of Not Guilty was rendered amidst the approbation of the audience in the Court, which was quickly suppressed by the officers.
p. 2 – Birth – At Fingal, on the 21st inst., the wife of David LAMSON, Esq., of a son.
p. 2 – Married – At Tillsonburg, on the 22nd inst., by the Rev. Dr. Tweedy, Mr. James A. HAYS, of the Village of Richmond, to Miss Caroline, youngest daughter of Caleb COOK, Esq., of the same place.
p. 2 – Married – On the 17th inst., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. George HAMMOND, to Miss Jane WARREN, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 20th, by the same, Mr. William CLAY, to Miss Catherine BURTCH, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Died – On the 21st, after a short but painful illness, Mrs. Isaac WELTER, Talbot street, Southwold, aged 44 years, leaving an afflicted husband and ten children to lament her loss.
1861 May 2
p. 2 – Meeting at Laing’s Hotel – A public meeting was held on Tuesday evening last at Laing’s Hotel, for the purpose of taking into consideration the celebrating in a loyal manner the Forty-second anniversary of the birth-day of Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen. At 8 o’clock the meeting was called to order, and on motion Mr. HUTCHINSON was chosen chairman, and Wm. STEWART, Secretary; when a committee was formed for the purpose raising subscriptions for Races and other Amusements.
1861 May 9
p. 2 – Fatal Accident – As Mr. Joseph LAWTON, of Southwold, was entering his stable on Monday evening last, about 6 o’clock, one of his horses kicked him in the abdomen so severely, as to cause his death. the poor man lived until Tuesday last, when death put an end to his sufferings. He leaves a young wife and one child to mourn his untimely end. the deceased was 27 years of age, well respected by all who knew him as an affable and kind man.
p. 2 – Died – At his residence, Union, Mr. Alexander KETCHEM, after an illness of about two weeks in his 62nd year.
1861 May 16
p. 2 – Spring Show in St.Thomas – The Agriculture Society of the East Riding of the county of Elgin held their Annual Spring Show, in this town, on Tuesday, the 7th instant, when the following prizes were awarded – James ARMSTRONG, South Yarmouth; James ANDERSON, Yarmouth, John BOBIER, Dunwich, John BLACK, Yarmouth; Edward GRIFFIN, Malahide; John E. COUSE, Yarmouth; William Henry LOCK, Yarmouth; George BUCK, Yarmouth; Alexander BOWLBY, Southwold, Edward H. WELDON, Yarmouth.
1861 May 23
p. 1 – A Table Showing the various Religious Professions of the inhabitants of the County of Elgin, as collected by the Enumerators at the last Census. [Note the high concentration of Quakers in Yarmouth (Sparta Friends Church); the one lone Mormon in Malahide were there were at 3 or four very early LDS church converts on the 9th Concession; the high number of Church of Scotland in Dunwich and Southwold reflecting the strong Scottish settlements there; Strong Methodist followings in Bayham and Malahide; and strong Catholic in Yarmouth, Port Stanley and St. Thomas.
p. 2 – Accident – We regret to state that an accident of a serious nature occurred on Tuesday last to a son of Benjamin DRAKE, Esq., eleven years of age. The boy was driving his father’s team down the steep road at the west of the town, known as Drake’s Hill, when the horses took fright and ran down the hill with fearful rapidity. The waggon was broken to pieces, and the unfortunate boy was picked up with his leg fractured in two places, and his head severely contused. He lies in a precarious state. Dr. HAMILTON was in immediate attendance upon him and rendered every available assistance. One of the horses was severely lamed. A splinter, five inches long, was taken from its foot, and the hoof had to be removed.
p. 2 – Died – On the 14th inst., at the residence of Nicol McCOLL, Esq., Southwold, of Consumption, Elizabeth, the beloved wife of Mr. George WILLIAMS, of the township of Dunwich, only daughter of the late Mr. Joseph LODGE, of Southwold, aged 19 years. She bore herself with Christian meekness and resignation. Her funeral sermon at her own request was preached by the Rev. Mr. Cruise, of Fingal, who very impressively addressed a large audience from Mat. 24th Chap. and 44th verse.
p. 2 – Married – On Thursday morning, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John McCOLL, of St. Thomas, to Miss Grace CAMPBELL, daughter of Mr. John CAMPBELL, of Southwold.
1861 May 30
p. 2 – Married – On the 23rd inst., by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, at the bride’s residence, Mr. George MISNER, to Miss Amelia, second daughter of Mr. S. DAVIES, near this town.
1861 June 6
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, Friday, 31st May, the wife of Wm. K. KAIN s, Esq., of a son.
1861 June 13
p. 2 – Birth – At St. Thomas, on the 10th inst., the wife of C. D. PAUL, Esq., Barrister, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Charge of Horse-Stealing – Thomas KILLMORE [ KILMER ], a young man of about twenty, hailing from the township of Malahide, was charged by Thomas KEAST with horse-stealing. Complainant deposed that the prisoner came to his stable on Saturday, 1st of June, in the after-noon, and said he wanted to hire a horse to go to Hickory Corner. When he did not return – “Got Mr. VANVALKENBURGH, went in pursuit, and found him on Saturday last, with the horse about five miles from Tilsonburg. …He said he had been persuaded by a person named SMITH to steal the horse, who said if he got horses for him in that way, he would buy them all from him, and give him a good price for them. He said SMITH offered him $35 for the horse, which he would not take, wanted $75 for him. The prisoner was committed to stand his trial at the next sitting of the Court.
1861 June 20
p. 2 – Death of Capt. Richard BARROW – Capt. Richard BARROW, well-known in connection with the Cleveland and Port Stanley line, died last evening at his residence in this city, in the sixty-first year of his age. About four weeks ago Capt. BARROW took a severe cold whilst engaged on his schooner, the Union. Before reaching Port Stanley, he became so alarmingly ill that he was left in that place, but rallied in a few days so as to be removed from Cleveland. Here he suffered a relapse, typhoid fever set in, and last evening he died. Capt. BARROW was an Englishman by birth, and came to this country about thirty-five years ago. In the spring of 1832 he came with his family to Cleveland and for some time worked at his trade as a joiner and stair-builder. The circular stair-case in the old Columbus Block was built by him. After a few years working at his trade he bought a small fishing boat and hired it out on the river.
1861 June 27
p. 2 – Married – At London, by Rev. G. R. Sanderson, on the 19th inst., Mr. Robert PINCOMBE, of St. Thomas, to Miss Ann SOUTEN,of the same place.
1861 July 4
p. 1-2 – Many article on the elections and in particular support for Mr. McCAUSLAND an anti-Grit candidate and supported by the Weekly Dispatch.
1861 July 11
p. 2 – Died – In Southwold, on the 10th inst., of Diphtheria, Olivia Amelia, youngest child and only daughter of Edwin and Melissa WARDELL, aged 5 years 2 months and 15 days.
1861 July 18
p. 1 – Justice of the Peace – Schedule of Summary Convictions – see article for fines other information
Richard RYNES and John BATT – Selling Spirituous Liquors after 7 o’clock on Saturday night
William CLARKE – Assault
J. MINARD and B. J. DOAN – Assault
William K. KAINES – Selling Liquor without License
William FRASER – Assault
D. C. COLLINS – Selling Liquor without License
M. PUTMAN – Non-payment of wages
John GRAYHAM, H. McCONNELL, John MOORE – Assault and Battery
H. B. MacCALLISTER – Trespass
William BLACKENBERRY – Assault and Battery
William GOODWIN – Assault
John PEARCE – Disturbing a Religious Meeting
Donald MUNRO – Evading Market By-law
Joseph LAING, Sen’r, James FOOTE, Bartholomew CAUGHLIN, Robert NEIL – Selling Liquor without License
David THOMPSON, Sen’r, William HUTCHISON – Selling Liquor on Sunday
Jane POWELL – Assault
Benjamin BURR – Refusing to turn to the right on Highway
Henry WIDDLEFIELD – Selling Liquor without License
Mr. FIVABANICO, John GIBB – Assault
George McKAY, John BALDEN – Disorderly Conduct
Ephraim LUMLEY – Assault and Battery
Archibald McFARLANE – Disorderly Conduct
Joseph WELCH – Assault and Battery
Francis HAMILTON – Selling Liquor to Indians
Edward MORGAN – Non-payment of wages
Robert DRUILIARD – Assault
1861 July 25
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday last, 20th inst., the wife of Mr. Thomas MOORE, of a son.
p. 3 – Elgin Photograph Gallery – The subscribers having purchased the Elgin Photograph Gallery lately owned by Mr. MARSHALL, are now prepared to execute Photographs and Ambrotype Portraits In every possible style, and at prices to suit the times. Having the best rooms, the best light, the best chemicals, and the best Cameras, they are able to make the best work, a fact which will become evident to all who give them a call…D. J. WALLACE & Bro.
1861 Aug 1
p. 2 – Accident – Last week a man working for Mr. J. KETCHUM, of Union, fell from a load of hay, he remained insensible for some time. Dr. HAMILTON was sent for, who found that the fall had caused concussion of the brain, broken his collar bone, and bruised the shoulder and breast very much. We have since heard that he is doing well.
p. 2 – The Convict, Albert GARDENER, sentenced to be executed on the 22nd December, 1858, (which sentence was commuted to Penitentiary for life) for the murder of Mr. Charles KNIGHT, of Yarmouth, was found dead in one of the gardens of the Provincial Penitentiary on the evening of the 25th July.
p. 2 – Died – At his father’s residence, in the township of Yarmouth, on Wednesday, 24th July, John, youngest son of John BLACK, Esq., aged 18 years, 9 months and 7 Days.
1861 Aug 8
p. 2 – Cricket Match – “Renfrew” Cricket Club match of McCAUSLAND vs BURWELL supporters – The following gentlemen compose the elevens; For Mr. BURWELL, – Messrs. SCOBLE, HANVEY, E. MOORE, W. MOORE, A.J. MOORE, J. WEGG, G. WEGG, A. A. EWING, G. WILSON, H. SELLS, E. ROWLAND. For Mr. McCAUSLAND – Messrs. THOMPSON, FOWLER, A. NICOLL, F. NICOLL, T. BAILLE, J. BAILLE, J. LAING, DR. HAMILTON, T. MANDELLA, J. a. KAINS, T. DRAKE.
1861 Aug 15
p. 3 – Married – In this town, on the 11th instant, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Thomas WILLIAMS, to Miss Sarah LUMLEY.
p. 3 – Married – On the 13th instant, at Laing’s Hotel, by the same, Mr. Peter WARD, to Miss Rebecca CAMERON, both of the Township of Southwold.
p. 3 – Died – On Thursday, the 8th inst., in the Township of Yarmouth, Amy Ann, Youngest daughter of Capt. John MARLATT, aged 21 years and 6 months. The deceased young lady was very amiable, and was much respected in the neighborhood by all who had the pleasure of her acquaintance. She leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances to lament her untimely end. May her soul rest in peace.
p. 3 – Died – At Mapleton, in the Township of Yarmouth, on the 7th inst., Margaret Eliza, wife of Mr. George SIMMONS, Blacksmith, aged 28 years 6 months and 13 days.
p. 3 – In this Town, on August 8, Kate NAPPER age 37 years, Wife of Henry F. ELLIS, Esq., Solicitor, and second daughter of the late Captain William WARING, of the County of Kilkenny, Ireland. Deceased was highly esteemed by a large circle of friends, and leaves a numerous family as well as connexions to deplore her untimely loss. She was in every sense a lady worthy of respect.
1861 Aug 22
p. 2 – Grand Excursion – The people of St. Thomas and the County of Elgin have determined to make a Grand Excursion on Friday, the 6th day of September next. This is the best opportunity yet offered to our neighbors to enjoy a rich treat, by seeing the Falls of Niagara, at the very low faire of $1.25 to and fro. Six hours will be allowed at the Falls; and we are quite certain there will be a crowd of excursionists.
p. 2 – We are sorry to say that poor old Johnny NEWMAN, well known in this town as a rheumatic cripple, earning a living by sale of his garden produce, and who was once possessed of considerable property, is now lying lonely, destitute and helpless, at his hut east of the Railway, north of Talbot street. He is not able to do anything for himself, and is subsisting on the precarious and casual charity of strangers. The County Council ought to recognize his case, and , in the meantime, we trust that the benevolent in the neighborhood will contribute something towards the poor fellow’s relief.
1861 Aug 29
p. 2 – The Excursion to Niagara Falls – … the Mayor, in accordance with a unanimous decision of the inhabitants of the town, has issued a proclamation, declaring Friday, the 6th of September next (1861), to be a general holiday in St. Thomas. Every traveller from Europe proclaims these sublime cataracts to be the greatest wonder of the New World. … The general holiday will give every person an opportunity for the excursion.
p. 3 – Obituary Notice – Died, in this town, on Sunday, the 25th instant, aged 54, after a lingering illness, borne with Christian fortitude, Mrs. Alma LEWIS, relict of the late Asael B. LEWIS, Esq., editor and proprietor of the St. Thomas Liberal newspaper. the life of the deceased lady was rather a chequered one, and embraced many reverses. Her late husband, Mr. LEWIS, was well known in this neighborhood, many years ago, and, but for his early death would have risen to a high position as a writer and politician.
p. 3 – Married – By the Rev. H. Bawtenhimer, in Tuswater, on the 16th instant, the Rev. Daniel CONNELLY, Wesleyan Minister, of Kincardine, to Miss Ann RICE, of Stratford.
1861 Sep 5
p. 2 – Married – On the 27th instant, at Grace Church, Waterdown, C.W., by the Rev. J.G. Geddes, R. J. WEBB, Esq., of Westminster, to Anna Caroline BOYD, 2nd daughter of the late Major Richard Ponsonby WEBB, of Her Majesty’s 43rd Light Infantry.
p. 2 – Married – On the 3rd instant, at the bride’s residence, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Richard MILLEY, to Miss Sarah Jane SMITH, both near Talbotville
1861 Sep 12
p. 2 – Quarter Sessions – John L. SMITH, Esq., of Southwold was appointed foreman of the Grand Jury. HAZEN, indicted for stealing lumber, Verdict, not guilty. “A young man, whose name we decline to publish, was indicted as one of a party who had ducked and rail-ridden an old man named DAVIS, for indecent and highly improper conduct at Orwell, in this county. The case was of a very disgraceful nature on both sides, and reflected very little credit upon Orwell and its Vicinity. Verdict, guilty (Maybe another paper will publish the name). Queen vs FERGUSON, for the crime of felony. This was a remarkable case and one of the most scandalous nature. FERGUSON the prisoner lived in Malahide. The real Plaintiff is a man named SMALFIELD whose wife has very improperly behaved herself towards him. She by her own statements, swore to with an effrontery rarely equalled in a Court of Justice, alleged that she had criminal connection with FERGUSON and that she lived with the prisoner as man and wife for some time. She also asserted that her elopement with the prisoner was occasioned by the harsh treatment she received from her husband for several years. Both the prisoner and witness are parents of several children, and perhaps in the criminal annals a more extraordinary case has not occurred. The evidence was so disgusting as to prevent its publication. It was in every particular loathsome and immoral. John WILSON for the defence- verdict of Guilty.
p. 2 – A man named James DELANEY, while in a state of intoxication, laid himself down on the rails to sleep, near Napanee, last Saturday. He was killed by the eight o’clock train.
p. 3 – Mr. Weir HARDING, proprietor of the City Arms Hotel, King street, London, was killed by falling from the platform of an excursion train, last Tuesday. The accident happened about a mile and half east of Princeton, near Paris (Ontario).
p. 3 – Birth – In Yarmouth, on Sunday night, 8th September instant, the wife of Mr. Joseph SMITH, of a son.
1861 Sep 19
p. 2 – Married – In this town at the Episcopal Church, by the Rev. H. Caulfield, on the 16th Sept. instant, Warren TOTTON, Esq., Barrister, of Paris, C. W. to Christina, eldest daughter of the late Jonathan STEELE, Esq., of Brantford.
1861 Sep 26
p. 3/7 – Birth – On Friday last, 20th instant, the wife of Edward WALLACE, Esq., Locktown, of a daughter.
p. 3/7 – Died – In the Township of Yarmouth, on Monday, 23rd instant, Thomas Henry, youngest son of Andrew MILLER, Esq., aged 1 years and 26 days.
1861 Oct 3
p. 2 – Birth – At Aylmer, C.W., on the 30th September, the wife of Mr. John KIRKLAND, merchant,of a daughter.
p. 2 – Married – On the 14th September, in this town, by the Rev. D. C. Rowland, Mr. Henry GARBUTT, to Mrs. Eliza O’MALLEY, both of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Married – On the 23rd, by the same, at the bride’s residence, Mr. Fernando OILL, of Sparta, to Mrs. Adeline BAKER, of South Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 24th, by the same, in this town, Mr. James WILLIAMS, to Miss Mary LEWIS, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – On the 25th, by the same, at Laing’s Hotel, Mr.George A. RICHARDS, of South Dorchester, to Miss Charlotte E. CRANE, of North Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – In London, C. W., by the Rev. Mr. Sanderson, Mr. Alexander HENDERSON, to Mrs. Susan SUMMERS, both of St. Thomas.
p. 2 – Died – At this residence, in Vienna, on the 25th September, after a long and severe illness, Samuel GARNSEY, Esq., aged 53 years.
1861 Oct 10
p. 3 – Dissolution of Partnership – The Partnership Heretofore existing under the firm and style of Crane & Wilton, as Grocers and Match Makers of the village of Orwell, is this day dissolved by mutual consent, all debts due the said firm are to be paid to Samuel WILTON, who is authorised to grant receipts for the same. Lalmage CRANE, Samuel WILTON, Witness, Chas. SECORD, Orwell, Oct. 2, 1861
1861 Oct 17
p. 2 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 11th instant, the wife of John EDGECOMBE, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Birth – In the same place, on the 14th instant, of the wife of A. M. GUNN, Stationmaster of the London and Port Stanley Railroad, of a son.
p. 2 – Married – In Port Stanley, on the 26th September, at the residence of the bride’s father, Miss Jane EAD, second daughter of Richard EAD, to Mr. John ELLISON, Jr., third son of John ELLISON, Sr.
p. 2 – Married – In Port Stanley, on the 10th instant, at the residence of the bride, Miss May HODGE, second daughter of the late Alexander HODGE, to Mr. James SMITH, of London, C.W.
p. 2 – Married – On the 17th ult., by the Rev. W. McCullough, Mr. Peter PETERS, to Miss lavina BRUSH, both of the Township of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 5th instant, by the same, Mr. David CARTWRIGHT, of the Township of Houghton, to Miss Elizabeth ADAMS, of the Township of Bayham.
p. 2 – Married – On the 15th instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Joseph HARVEY, Esq., J.P., Malahide, to Miss Phoebe Maria YOUNG, of the State of New York.
p. 2 – On the same day, at laing’s Hotel, by the same, Mr. Thomas PRESCOTT, of Southwold, to Miss Maria STEVENSON, of Yarmouth.
1861 Oct 24
p. 2 – Malahide Fall Show – Many Malahide names – The Fall Show of the Malahide Branch Agricultural Society came off on Saturday, October 12, at Salem.There were fifty-three entries of horses, and sixty-three of cattle. twenty of sheep. The hogs not numerous, but good. Splendid display of Grains, Vegetables and roots. Mr. William PERCY displayed a rotating harrow. Names mentioned for prizes; Charles ROSS, Joseph BALDWIN, Gilbert WRONG, Orlo SMITH, John S. MARR, George BARTON, John VANPATTER, James McCAUSLAND, John HAGGAN, Daniel GUNN, H. N. FRANKLIN, John S. MARR, Walter CHUTE, Benjamin MCCOLLUM, George NORTHRUP, Edward GRIFFIN, Henry DISHER, Heman DODGE, Raymond VANVELSER, George SMADES, Walter BROWN, W. B. LYON, Elisha McCONNELL, Jas. C. McINTYRE, John KELLY, Freeman CHUTE, J. R. JONES, John PRITCHARD, Hugh MAGINNIS, best firkin butter, John HAGGAN, best 10 pounds maple sugar, Geo. BARTON, best factory made cloth, J. J. CLATTON, best cheese, MARR, best flour, McCONNELL, best home made stockings, McINTYRE, carpeting, BARTON, best boar pig, Edward McCALLUM, best pair, men’s calf boots, C.G.W. PARKER, Best water apples, A. LEWIS.
p. 2 – Man Over Niagara Falls- Man named DUNCAN age 19, a clerk employed by S. T. MURRAY swept over falls – body not found yet.
p. 2 – Birth – At Collingwood, on the 9th inst., the wife of Mr. Dawson KERR, Jr., of a son.
p. 3 – List of Letters – Remaining in the Aylmer Post Office, at October, 1861 [ Note- There are lists of Letters in almost every issue of the Dispatch from 1855 – 1863 – I have not transcribed most of them- this is just one example] BENTLEY, E. Ann, BOUGHNER, F.G., SMITH, Burdick, CUSICK, William, DILS, A.J., FERGUSON, David, HILL, Benjamin, JEFFERSON, Jane, JOYCE, John, LINDA, Mrs., McKINNEY, R.C., PARTLOW, Elizabeth, POWERS, Hiram, REICHHARD, Mathias, SMITH, Elizabeth, SNIDER, John F., THAYER, Malachi. Philip HODGKINSON, Postmaster.
1861 Oct 31
p. 2 – Married – On the 30th instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Walter Lewis ROBINS, of the Township of London, to Miss Mary Elizabeth WILEY, of the Township of Lobo.
p. 2 – Married – At Talbotville, on October 24, at the residence of J. ALLWORTH, Esq. by the Rev. Dr. Caulfield, Edward ALLWORTH, Esq., M.D.,of Hall’s Mills, to Miss Louisa Jane CONEY.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on Friday, October 25, Richard WILLIS, late of Devonshire, England, Having formerly belonged to the Regular Army and, at the time of his death to the St. Thomas Volunteers, the deceased soldier was buried with military honors.
1861 Nov 7
p. 2 – Inquest – “An inquest was held by Dr. Southwick, Coroner, on Monday last, on the body of a man named P. KILLEAN, who died in a widow woman’s house on the Common. The jury, after making inquiry as to the cause of his death, came to the conclusion that the unfortunate man died from the effects of intoxicating liquors.”
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on Friday, 1st November, of congestion of the lungs, Mr. Thomas ROSS, shoemaker, aged 31 years.
1861 Nov 14
p. 2 – Accidents at Port Stanley – On Sunday week a young man, who was but recently married, climbed up a chestnut tree in sesarch of fruit, but when at the height of twenty feet, he fell, injuring his spine, which has resulted in paralysis, which it is thought will prove fatal. On the same day a man seeing what he took to be a squirrel moving among the leaves of a tree, fired his gun, but a cry from the tree soon told him that he had made a serious mistake. It was the hand of a child that he had fired at. The child was seriously wounded, but it is fortunate that the whole contents of the gun did not lodge in his body.
p. 2 – Accidental Death – We regret to announce the accidental death of Mr. Michael HAMPTON, which took place near his residence, on Thursday night last. Deceased was going home about eleven o’clock from St. Thomas, and the night being very dark he missed his footing on the bank of Kettle Creek, and fell into the water. Unable to swim, the current prevailed, and, after severe struggling, his life was lost. Dr. SOUTHWICK, County Coroner, held an inquest on his body, and a verdict returned, in conformity with the facts, “Accidental death,” Mr. HAMPTON was an old and respected inhabitant; and his neighbors testified their respect to his memory by turning out in large numbers to his funeral.
p. 2 – Birth- At Port Bruce, on the 8th instant, the wife of Mr. D. McMILLAN, of a daughter. [NOTE: This would be Senator Donald McMILLAN and his wife Amelia Ann LEWIS. The daughter may have died young since next daughter in 1871 census was Adeline Amelia McMILLAN born ca 1863- bcj]
1861 Nov 21
p. 2 – A Malicious Pig Scrape – …a malicious act that was done on my place, lot 16, 1st concession of Yarmouth. About three o’clock, on the 15th instant, I was informed that one of my pigs was lying dead, almost in front of my neighbor’s house. On proceeding to the spot, I found one of my pigs literally cut up with an axe. One blow had severed the head from the body; another under the chin, one upon he side, where the beast’s entrails were hanging out. The pig was still warm. …Having stated the case to Mr. FORDYCE, J.P. who renders his decision, in all cases, without fear or favor, he told me, which was very true, that I could not swear who did the act and of course nothing could be done. — Hugh SOMMERVILLE, November 20, 1861
1861 Nov 28
p. 2 – To the Editor of the “Dispatch” – Dear Sir, – I would feel obliged to you to communicate through the medium of your paper to those friends and neighbours of St. Thomas, and to those in particular who so kindly showed their respect and kindness in attending and assisting in and about the funeral of my son, the Rev. William WILLIAMS, this day, my most sincere thanks and gratitude, and that I do and ever will fully appreciate their kind offices., Yours truly Thomas WILLIAMS, St. Thomas, Nov. 21, 1861
p. 2 – Married – On the 26th instant, by the Rev. W. McCULLOUGH, Wesleyan Minister of St. Thomas, Mr. William SELLS to Miss Matilda CONSTABLE, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday night last, 24th inst., the wife of Mr. Richard LUKE, Brewer, of a daughter.
1861 Dec 5
p. 2 – Married – Lately, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John MATHISON, to Miss Melinda Jane HARMON.
p. 2 – On the 2nd instant, by the same, Mr. Edward VAN CISE, of South Dorchester, to Miss Martha SPRING, of North Dorchester.
1861 Dec 12
p. 2 – Court of Quarter Sessions – JOHNSON vs CLARK, replevin suit, for the plaintiff. KEARNS vs BANCROFT, an action of assumpsit, for the plaintiff. Angus McPHERSON was tried for stealing certain articles of value from an old man named Sandy CAMERON, found guilty and sentenced to four years imprisonment in the Reformatory Prison of Upper Canada. ROBINS vs LOCK, action for damages alleged to be sustained re execution of landlord’s warrant and selling under value, for the plaintiff. Lengthy criminal cases to be in next issue.
p. 2 – Petty Theft – “We are given to understand that some person stole a picture from the daguerrean car of Mr. SMITH, near the post-office, on yesterday. The likeness was that of Mr. Wm. SCOTT, of Morpeth. Mr. SMITH offers a reward of two dollars to any person who will bring the guilty party to justice. Such thefts should be frowned down and it is hoped the thief will be detected.
p. 3 – Birth – In London, on Sunday morning, 8th inst., the wife of Mr. John SIDDONS, proprietor of the Prototype, of a son.
p. 3 – Birth – In St. Thomas, on the 11the instant, the wife of James McCARTHY, Esq., of daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th instant, at Laing’s Hotel, St. Thomas, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John McTAVISH, of Dunwich, to Miss Christina BATTON, of North Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 5th instant, by the Rev. W. McCULLOUGH, Mr. Duncan FERGUSON, to Miss Isabella BEGG / BOGG, both of the Township of Southwold.
p. 3 – Died – In Southwold, on Friday, 29th November last. Mr. William McVEIGH, aged 63 years. The deceased was a native of the County Down, Ireland, and an old settler of the Township of Yarmouth. He was much respected by those who had the pleasure of his acquaintance.
1861 Dec 19
p. 3 – Married – In the Township of Yarmouth, on the 5th instant, by the Rev. James Mockridge, incumbent of Christ’s Church, Port Stanley, Mr. George HINDLY, to Miss Catharine STACEY.
p. 3 – Died – In London, on the 18th inst., at the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. John WEIR, Mary CORBETT, aged 90 years.
1861 Dec 26
p. 3 – Birth – In the Township of Yarmouth, on Thursday, 26th instant, the wife of Mr. James JEWELL, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – In the Township of Yarmouth, on Tuesday evening, 24th instant, the wife of Mr. William ALLIN / ALLEN, Tailor, of twins, both girls. [Residing in St. Thomas in 1861 census as William ALLEN with wife and 2 children]
p. 3 – Married – On the 19th instant, at the bride’s residence, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John T. EATON, school teacher, to Miss Frances C. WHITE, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 25th, by the same, Mr. Cyrus HORTON, to Miss Eliza Laura FIRTH, both of Southwold,
p. 3 – Married – Same day, by the same, Mr. William L. VAN SICKLE, to Miss Mary WHITE, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – Also, by the same, Mr. John VAN HORNE, to Miss Chloe Ann FRASER, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – Also by the same, at Talbotville, Mr. Wm. SMITH, to Miss Mary Ann MILLEY, both of Southwold.
1862 Jan 9
p. 2 – Masonic – the follow officers, elected for the ensuing year, of St. Thomas Lodge, No. 44, were duly installed on the 27th ult., St. John’s Day; Brothers H. H. HUNT, W. M.; O. BOGGS, S. W.; J. WEGG, J. W.; J. KING, Treas.; Dr. HAMILTON, S. D.; M. P. WHIPPLE, J. D.; J. DAVIS, E.G.; J. ROWLAND, Tylsr.
p. 3 – Married – On Monday, 6th inst., by Rev. St. George Caulfield, A. J. ALLWORTH, Esq., Agent London and Port Stanley Railroad, to Miss M. A. CLARIS, daughter of G. T. CLARIS, St. Thomas.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday, the 5th, Mrs. SMELLIE ?, of a daugher.
p. 3 – Died – At her son’s residence, in this town, on Saturday the 26th ult., Catharine, relict of the late Neil LOVE of Kilmacraig, Argyleshire, Scotland, aged 75 years.
1862 Jan 16
p. 2 – Volunteering at Port Stanley – About 200 of the active, courageous and industrious inhabitants met last week, at Draper’s Hotel, for the purpose of forming a company of Marines…serve for a period of 5 years…conferred the rank of captain, by a unanimous vote, on John ELLISON, Sen., Esq., and as a singular mark of distinction elected John BATT, Esq., as their first lieutenant. Mr. J. MOFFATT, the temperance lecturer, made an able address on the propriety of arming, drilling, and the opposing of freebooters.
1862 Jan 23
p. 3 – Married – On the 21st instant, by the Rev. William McCullough, Mr. John OLIVER, of Southwold, to Miss Margaret DONALDSON, of St. Thomas.
p. 3 – Married – On the 8th instant, at Laing’s Hotel, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Duncan McCALL, of Aldborough, to Miss Mary CORQUODALC, of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 16th instant, at the Hutchinson House, by the same, Mr. Isaac WELTER, of Talbot street, Southwold, to Miss Hannah CRANE of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Married – On the 21st instant, at the residence of the bride, 11th con. Yarmouth, by the same Mr. Hugh McTAVISH, near Belmont, to Miss Betsey McLARTY.
p. 3 – Married – On the 22nd instant, in this town, by the same, Mr. John LAIDLAW, of South Yarmouth, to Miss Agness McTAGART [ McTAGGART ], of Malahide.
1862 Jan 30
p. 3 – Died – On Wednesday, the 29th day of January in Kent? Isabella, relict of Archibald McINTYRE, deceased, formerly of Kilmartin, Argyleshire, Scotland. The deceased was the mother of Archibald McINTYRE, Esq. of St. Thomas, and of Hugh McINTYRE, Esq., of Yarmouth. Her age was 80, and she died as she lived in an exemplary life. Deceased will be Interred on Friday (to-morrow) in St. Thomas Cemetery at one o’clock p.m. Friends are requested to attend.
p. 3 – Died – In St. Thomas, on the 30th instant, Mr. Wm. MANDERVILLE, aged 37 years. The funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday) at two o’clock p.m. from A. S. McCALL’s Hotel, to the place of interment, Fingal. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
p. 3 – Died – At her residence n Port Burwell, on Monday, January 27th, Mary McBRIDE, wife of Alex. McBRIDE, aged 38 years and one month.
1862 Feb 6
p. 2- Case of Abduction from St. Thomas – A Dentist Runs Away with a Blacksmith’s Daughter – The charge was preferred by Thomas McCARTHY [Blacksmith] of Port Stanley, against M. P. WHIPPLE, a dentist of St. Thomas, and Joseph WHITECHURCH, of the same place. Agnes McCARTHY runs off with Moses P. WHIPPLE, a married man. [Long article on the affair copied from the Prototype]
1862 Feb 13
p. 2 – The Abduction Case – Since Agnes McCARTHY was over age 20 years, WHIPPLE and WHITECHURCH were both discharged from custody. The only thing for which the defendant WHIPPLE could be censured, was in leaving his wife, and absconding with an unmarried female. “WHIPPLE left during Saturday, with his lady-love and another sister, for Detroit, having it appears, arranged to meet them in London after his discharge.
p. 2 – Married – On the 28th ultimo, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Matthew Oliver COLE, School Teacher, to Miss Emma Maria CRANE, of Dunwich.
1862 Feb 20
p. 2 – Case of Child Desertion – Mrs. PITFIELD apprehended and held for leaving a 3 month old at the “house of a respectable farmer in Southwold in the back shed. Upon being charged, she alleged that she left the child at its father’s house, and the inference of course is that her husband has not the honor of its paternity, he being in England at it’s conception. [ NOTE – this appears to be a Jane PITFIELD, given in the 1861 census of St. Thomas as age 31 born England, married, but husband not with her (census date was 13 Jan 1861) – BCJ ]
p. 3 – Died – At Port Stanley, on the 3rd inst., at the residence of her grandson, Mr. J. H. DAVIDSON, Mrs. Anna HEADLUM, late of Yorkshire, England, aged 96 years.
1862 Feb 27
p. 3 – Sheriff’s Sale of Lands – against the lands and tenements of Israel THAYER and Joseph BROOKS, at the suit of Elisha S. GANSON part of the south part of lot No. 84, north on Talbot Road East, in the Township of Malahide, known as “Brooks’s Tannery Lot.”
1862 March 6
p. 2 – Volunteer Marine Corps, Port Stanley – under the instructions of Mr. BEATY, an old veteran, who is fully competent for the task. The company numbers sixty men, and is commanded by Captain John ELLISON, zealous officer. We are given to understand that in a short time the company will be furnished with cannon.
p. 2 – Birth – In St. Thomas, on the 4th instant, the wife of Mr. Edward H. A. McCRONE, of a son.
1862 March 13
p. 3 – Died – In London, on Saturday morning last, of consumption, Mr. Joseph BURKE, son of Mr. Patrick BURKE, of St. Marys, in the 20th year of his age. The deceased was for a length of time a Printer, in the Prototype office, and was greatly endeared to all his companions, for his amiable deportment and mild and unassuming manners.
1862 March 20
p. 1 – County Disbursements – Sheriff – Feb 1 By cash paid C. MUNROE, conveying MURDAUGH to the provincial Penitentiary, $89.18; Feb 11, same conveying R. WESTOVER; July 25, same Daniel MOORE; Oct 29, same conveying STUMP. Coroners Fees; D. W. HARVEY; E. DANCEY; G. SOUTHWICK; T. YOUNG; John KING, Jailor.
p. 2 – Married – In this town on the 19th ult. by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Samuel WILSON, to Miss Esther PRESTON, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – On the 12th inst., by the same, Mr. Neil CAMPBELL, River Road, Southwold, to Miss Margaret FARRELL of this town.
p. 2 – Died – In St. Thomas, on the 18th instant, William, only child of Sheriff MONRO [ Colon MUNRO ], aged 1 year, 11 months and 10 days.
1862 March 27
p. 2 – Birth – In St. Thomas on the 22nd instant, the lady of John McKAY, Esq., Registrar of the County of Elgin, of a son.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Wednesday, 26th instant, the wife of Thomas ARKELL, Esq., merchant of St. Thomas, of a daughter.
1862 April 3
p. 2 – Died – At Sparta, on the 1st, instant, Duncan Duff, infant son of Dr. D. MILLER, aged 1 year and 11 days.
1862 April 10
p. 1 – Schedule of Convictions 10 Dec 1861 – 11 March 1862 – Neil GRAHAM, Furious driving on Highway; Charles STRATTON, non payment of wages; Wilber SWAZIE [ SWAYZE ], Breach of Road Act; Charles SOPER, Furious driving and Assault and Battery; Eliakim LANG, Evading Toll Gate; Isaac WHITE, Non-payment of wages; Harvey WALKER, Assault and Battery; George GARREY, Assault; William CHAPLOW, Assault, George McKEE, Assault, Jail for 10 days for default on fine; William MONHUMICK, Non-payment of wages; Henry WALKER, Non-payment of wages; John JAGGERS, Common Assault; James CAMPBELL, Assault; Thomas PENHALE, Assault; Hugh McINTYRE, Assault; John SUTTON, Absconding from service.
p. 2 – Birth – In St. Thomas, on Tuesday, the 8th of April, the wife of Mr. James LINDSAY, of a daughter.
p. 2 – Died – In St. Thomas, on the 6th of April instant, Susanna B. ARKELL, the beloved wife of Thomas ARKELL, Esq., merchant, aged 28 years, 7 months and 21 days. Deceased bore a long and lingering illness with patience and resignation. From respect of her memory, the places of business were all closed during her interment on Tuesday, the 8th instant. The service of the Church of England in St. Thomas by the Rev. Dr. Caulfield, and her remains were afterward conveyed to the cemetery, accompanied by her relatives and the numerous friends and acquaintances of the family. [NOTE; above, that she had given birth to a daughter on 26 March, 11 days before her death.]
p. 2 – Died – In Aylmer, on Wednesday, the 9th instant, Mr. John S. SMITH, a native of the Township of Southwold, in the County of Elgin, aged 43 years, 5 months and 15 days. Deceased lived in this Province during his lifetime, and was universally acknowledged to be an honest and upright man. His funeral will be to-morrow (Friday), passing through St. Thomas to Talbotville, at one o’clock. Friends are requested to attend.
1862, April 17
p. 2 – Married – In Southwold, on Tuesday, 15th Instant, at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. Mr. McMillan, Mr. Henry FITZIMONS [ FITZIMMONS ], of Yarmouth, to Miss Annah FERGUSON.
1862 April 24
p. 2 – Birth – In the Township of Southwold, on Tuesday, 15th instant, the wife of James BEGG, Esq., of a daughter.
p. 2 – Birth – At Aylmer, on the 14th instant, the wife of John CAMPBELL, Esq., merchant, of a son.
p. 2 – Married – On the the 14th instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. C. Rowland, Mr. Thomas MILLER, of South Yarmouth, to Miss Mary Ann LAWTON, of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – On the 17th, by the same, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. George HOUSE, to Miss Susannah LAUR, both of North Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – This day at the residence of the bride’s father, by the Rev. Mr. McCulloughy, Wesleyan Minister, Mr. Charles BAYSHAF ?, to Miss Jane WALKER, both of Yarmouth.
p. 4. – Information wanted – Of Charles Richard ELLIS, A native of Notton, Yorkshire, England, who emigrated to this country in the year 1835. He lived in Toronto a number of years, and removed to Port Credit, where he taught School for W. GAMBLE’s family; he has not been heard of for 16 years. Any information respecting him will be thankfully received by William HESSEY, Southwold, County of Elgin, Talbotville, P.O. April 17, 1862
1862 May 1
p. 2 – Extraordinary Fecundity – Last week a sow, the property of Mr. C. KNIGHT, of Southwold, had a litter of 16 young pigs. the same sow had 16 and 15 respectively in two previous litters, making in all 47 in the space of fourteen months. This is a rare occurrence and worthy of notice.
p. 2 – Birth – At Woodville, Township of Southwold, on the 30th ultimo, the wife of Mr. George GAFFENEY, of a daughter.
1862 May 8
p. 2. – Runaway Horses – long article – “A man named OAKES [ may be Garrett OAKES ] of Yarmouth brought his horses and wagon into the rear of our premises …left them there carelessly tied …they bolted .. “over the road to McROBERT’s tailoring establishment… recommends “a few fines for such neglect.
1862 May 15
p. 2 – Dr. Everetts Concert – On Tuesday evening last a concert was given in the Court House by the pupils of the Singing Class for sacred music taught by Dr. EVERETT. – “Eve’s Lamentation” was sung by Mrs. C. D. PAUL, in her usual masterly style. …. alto part by Miss MORGAN … A quintette was sung, too, by Rev. Dr. CAULFIELD, Rev. Mr. ROWLAND and Messrs. KAINS, WILLIAMS, and HODGE. God Save the Queen was sung by the whole class.
p. 2 – Married – On the 6th instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. William SILCOX, to Miss Caroline DOGHERTY, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – On the 7th, by the same, at the residence of the bride’s father, David WELTER, Esq., Southwold, Mr. William LOUIS, Dingman’s Creek, Westminster, to Miss Elizabeth WELTER.
p. 2 – Notice – A man named John McBRATTNEY left St. Thomas on the 17th of April last. When last seen he was going East from Aylmer. He is a machinist and engineer, stands six feet one inch, dark complexion, stature erect and well built, an Irishman by birth, has been in America Several years…contact Allan S. McCALL, Innkeeper, St. Thomas, May 15th, 1862.
1862 May 22
p. 2 – Married – By the Rev. S. Terwillager, on 13th of May, 1862, at the residence of the bride’s father Mr. Jehiel MANN, of Yarmouth, to Miss Susan YODER, of South Dorchester.
p. 2 – Died – Killed at the battle of Williamsburg, Virginia, on Tuesday, May 5th, 1862, Corporal Octavus A. WALLACE, of Company I, second Regiment of Michigan State Volunteers, aged 26 years. He was one of the gallant three hundred, out of a Regiment twelve hundred strong, that stood faithful to their flag, in that hard=fought battle where every fifth man of his comrades was either killed or wounded, where he spent the first twenty-one years of his life.
[NOTE: gs at the Old English Church graveyard in St. Thomas]
p. 2 – Died – In this town on the 17th instant, of Consumption, William T. PRINGLE, aged 27 years and 8 months. Deceased was the fourth son of Mr. George PRINGLE of this place, and bore his long illness with hopeful resignation.
1862 May 29
p. 3 – Died – At Alexandria, County of Glengarry, on the 11 April, ult., Ewen O. McMILLAN, Esq. The deceased leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss.
1862 June 5
p. 2 – Married – On the 22nd ult., in this town, by the Rev. D.W. Rowland, Mr. John FOWLER, to Miss Agnes JOHNSTON, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Died – On the 20th instant, of Consumption, in the township of Southwold, Marcus HODGKINS, after a lingering illness which he bore with christian patience.
1862 June 12
p. 2 – Married – In this town, at the Church of St. Thomas, on Sunday morning last, by the Rev. Mr. Zuker, R C P, Mr. Edward KENNEDY, to Miss Mary KING, both of St. Thomas.
p. 3 – Died – On the 21st of May, ultimo, of Measles, Samuel COLE, aged 3 years and 7 months, son of James and Ann COLE, of this town.
p. 3 – Died – At Byron, on Sunday, the 8th instant, Louisa J., wife of Edward ALLWORTH, Esq., M. D.
p. 3 – Died – On the 31st ult., in the Township of Southwold, Elizabeth, wife of William SELLS, Esq., aged 68 years, after a lingering illness which she bore with patience and christian fortitude.
p. 3 – Wounded – We regret to see in the Grand Rapids daily Eagle, … that Mr. Calvin McTAGGART, formerly of this town, lost his left arm n the battle that recently took place at Chickahominy river [Virginia]. He was a Sergeant in the Federal Army, third Michigan Regiment.
1862 June 19
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 5th inst., the wife of A. E. HODGE, Esq., of a son.
p. 3 – Died – At Tyrconnel, on the 5th inst., at the residence of his son-in-law, Wm. BURGESS, M.D., aged 50 years. Having been a resident of Port Stanley for upwards of fifteen years, his death will be regretted by a large circle of friends.
p. 3 – Died – In London, C. W., on Wednesday the 18th inst., Mary, the beloved wife of Sergt. Major WEIR, late of Her Majesty’s 27th regiment, aged 51 years.
1862 June 26
p. 2 – Died – In London, on Friday, June 13, after a short but painful illness, which she bore with christian fortitude, Mary Ann McCLARY, the beloved wife of John McCLARY, Esq., aged 33 years.
p. 3 – Married – In Southwold, on Friday, June 13th, by the Rev. Mr. McMillan, Campbell McMILLAN, Esq., to Mrs. Alex. SMITH of the same place.
1862 July 3
p. 3 – Birth – In Yarmouth, on Thursday night, 26th ultimo, the wife of Mr. R. J. WEBB, Postmaster of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 17th ult., the wife of James SMITH, of a son.
p. 3 – Died – In Yarmouth, on the 30th inst., the beloved wife of John BINNS, aged 35 years.
p. 3 – Homeopathy – Dr. OLIVER, Physician, Surgeon, &c. Graduate of Harvard University, Boston; of the Western Homoeopathic College, Cleveland, Ohio; and Provincial Licentiate. Office : – Next to Mr. PAUL’s, Barrister, Talbot Street – Residence – Thompson’s Hotel.
1862 July 10
p. – 2 – St. Thomas Division Court – long article on a trial of the Church wardens of Christ Church, Port Stanley, versus Samuel PRICE, Esq., the Church Warden, for a balance of over $8 supposed to be held by him; but which in reality he had handed over to the Bishop of the Diocese….principal portion of inhabitants of Port Stanley attended…issue of the provisions of the Church Temporalities Act…Judge D. M. THOMPSON, barrister of London presiding in Judge HUGHES absence (see below his status). One witness only, a Mr. ROCKEY, was examined and testified that he attended the Vestry meeting and that Mr. BOSTWICK was elected.
p. 2 – Court of Impeachment – Judge David John Hughes Trial – Long article on trial of Judge David John Hughes of Elgin Co. [page 12 for photo] for misconduct – 36 charges including – “Directing the jury to find a verdict contrary to evidence in the case of Sarah FINCH vs. E. S. GANSON, and afterwards refusing a new trial. – “Refusing a new trial in the case of ASKEW vs. Marwood GILBERT – Causing Robert NICOLL to be prosecuted at the Quarter Sessions. [NOTE: many references in the Weekly Dispatch to Judge HUGHES from 1855- 1862]
p. 3 – Married – At the residence of John KIRKLAND, Esq., Aylmer, on the 1st July, by the Rev. F. W. Grant, the Rev. J. C. DESBARRAS of Dorchester, to Eliza DANCY, second daughter of Dr. DANCY, Malahide.
p. 3 – Married – On the 15th ult., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Samuel MARTIN, to Miss Margaret FERGUSON, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 6th instant, by the same, Mr. Henry BRADLEY, to Miss Adeline McCONNELL, both of Malahide.
1862 July 17
p. 3 – Birth – In this town on the 17th instant, the wife of N. W. MOORE, Esq., T. C., of a Son.
p. 3 – Hippozoonomadon – L. B. LENT,
Manager, will exhibit at
Thurs. July 31, 1862
1862 July 24
p. 2 – Judge HUGHES and his Friends – “no man knows better how to make friends out of enemies and enemies out of friends, that does his Honor Judge HUGHES. – several long articles – Verdict on Sat- The only charge was the 11th charge- “that the Judge made a profit out of the Division Court patronage, by getting his children taught by John POWELL, the Clerk of the Court of St. Thomas and said POWELL getting no other remuneration than the fees of the office, both for doing the duties thereof and teaching the children of the Judge.” Out of 53 charges he only was found guilty of one charge.
p. 2 – Horse Stolen – Stolen from the pasture … on 10th instant, an Iron Grey Horse, 4 years old, rather slender built, has three white feet, dark mane and tail. any person giving such information as will lead to the recovery of the horse will be amply rewarded. Amasa LEWIS, Port Bruce, Elgin Co., July 16, 1862
p. 2 – Married – On the 21st inst., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. George JOHNSON, to Miss Grace CARPENTER, both of Yarmouth.
1862 Aug 14
p. 2 – A Propeller Burnt at Port Stanley – B. F. Bruce, by fire at Port Stanley- caught fire eight miles from port- all survived- remains on beach. Fully insured.
1862 Aug 21
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th inst., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Peter RINHARDT [ RHINEHART ], of Strathroy, to Miss Elizabeth McLAGAN, of Southwold
1862 Aug 28
p. 2 – The St. Thomas troops of Cavalry have commenced their fall drill under the instructions of Sergeant Major GIBBS.
p. 2 – A. J. ALLWORTH, Esq. our popular and accommodating Station Master, has received Tickets for the Detroit Excursion..purchase soon to avoid annoyance of being crowded… More in 4 Sep 1862, p. 2 – meet “skedaddlers” who formerly lived in Canada. See 11 Sep 1862, p. for report of the excursion…”Detroit was much duller than usual because of the late Federal reverses in Virginia.” Excursion next to Niagara Falls. Just $1.25 roundtrip!
p. 2 – Communication – To D. J. HUGHES, Esq. – scalding condemnation of the Judge by a Mark ? of St. Thomas.
1862 Sept 4
p. 2 – On the 15th ult., Aylmer cricket team beats St. Thomas twice. In the evening the two clubs dined together a COLE’s Hotel
[ see Cricket Archives for Aylmer team 1886]
1862 Sept 11
p. 2 – Elections – Much on the activities of Lawyer BECHER of London in the Malahide District running against Mr. LEONARD, a Grit (Liberal Party). The Weekly Dispatch is most definitely a Conservative, anti Liberal Party paper. BECHER against representation by population- LEONARD for it.
1862 Sept 18
p. 2 & 3- Died – On the 4th July last, from the effect of his wounds, at the Military Hospital, Hilton Head, a prisoner of War to the Federal troops, Henry Pinckney WALKER, 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 17th South Carolina Regiment, Charleston Battalion, in the 22nd year of his age, eldest son of B. WALKER, Esq., St. Thomas, C. W. A long obituary copied from the Charleston Courier, of the 16th Aug. Born in Jamaica, he came to Charleston with his family. His family removed to Canada. Received military education at the Citadel Academy. To be interred at the Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.
1862 Sept 25
p. 2 – Persecution of Judge HUGHES. Long article showing Weekly Dispatch at odds with Home Journal.
p. 2 – Married – Married on the 8th inst., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Bradford WILLIAMS, to Miss Margaret Esther ELLIS, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – Ont the 19th, by the same, Mr. John PILLOW, of Yarmouth, to Miss Mary MORISH, of this town.
p. 2 – Died – In the General Hospital, Toronto, on the 21st instant, Mr. Edward Horatio STRYPE, Civil Engineer, aged 38 years. Deceased was born in Woolwich, England, and was grandson of the Rev. William CULVER. His education was of no ordinary character, embracing classics, mathematics, philosophy, and general literature. He was author of considerable repute in England, and a reliable contributor to several periodicals. A scholar of rare talents and a poet of a high order, he has passed from this world we hope to a better, and all we can say is peace to his ashes.
1862 Oct 2
p. 2 – Anglo – Saxon – We are pleased to learn that this splendid Coach Stallion, owned by James ARMSTRONG, Esq., of Yarmouth, County of Elgin, was awarded three first class prizes including a Gold Medal, at the Provincial Exhibition held at Toronto last week. [Note: this is a classic example of a free publicity release based on the fact that the horse owner paid for an advertisement in the same issue regarding selling the horse- same marketing practices that we have today – BCJ]
1862 Oct 9
p. 2 – Married – On the 24th ult. in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Israel WILLIAMS, to Miss Elizabeth McCOMBE, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – On the 28th by the same, Mr. Leonard McCONNELL, to Miss Mary BRADLEY, both of Malahide.
p. 2 – Married – On the 6th inst. at the church of England, by the Rev. St. George Caulfield Incumbent, Mr. Mark B. HUTSON of St. Thomas to Miss Sarah Emma BRADSHAW of Yarmouth C.W. [Canada West – what Ontario was called from 1842 to 1867]
p. 2 – Married – In Southwold on the 25th Sept., by the Rev. D. McMillan, Mr. Malcome LEITCH to Miss CAMPBELL of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Died – In Port Stanley on the 8th Sept. Mr. Richard ELERBECK formerly of Kingston C.W.
p. 2 – “The summer term of the County of Elgin Grammar School ended this day….under the able management of their teacher, L. YOUNGHUSBAND, Esq. Need a larger school. 48 students enrolled in Winter term: MALES: Wm. M. MERRITT, dux; Frank ERMATINGER, James COYNE, Richard McCULLOUGH, S. B. WRIGHT, Wesley WEBB, John WALKER, James McINTYRE, A. SOUTHWORTH. FEMALES: Lucy McCULLOUGH, Eliza A. WALKER, Josephine WARDELL; Esther MORGAN, Eliza HARVEY, Rhoda KING, Amelia McCULLOUGH, Mary J. PEARCE. JUNIOR DIVISION: Geo. H. A. MERRITT, Ross LUKE, Thomas BRADY.
1862 Oct 16
p. 2 – Demonstration In Honor of Mr. BECHER – The friends of H. C. R. BECHER, Esq.[Conservative Party politician and lawyer who recently lost election], In East Elgin, entertained that gentlemen at a complimentary pic-nic on Saturday, 4th inst., on the farm of Elijah SAXTON, Esq. on the 1st Concession of the township of Malahide. the Bayham annual township fair also prevented many from attending but crowd of 600 to 1000 persons on hand. served were roast mutton, (whole) roast pigs, roast turkeys, &c., Letters read by Amos SWITZER of Vienna. Jehial MANN, Esq. of Vienna, Chairman. Tillsonburg Brass Band played. Speakers, John HAGGAN, Esq., J. BURWELL, Esq. – BACKHOUSE, Esq., BECHER who was defeated in a recent election to the local Riding concluded by saying “as Mr. LEONARD was now the representative of the [Malahide] Division, be begged them to refrain from any harsh or unfriendly remarks towards him; it could result in no good.”
p. 2 – Rifle Company – Fingal, Oct. 11, 1862 – At a meeting held at the Fingal House this evening, for the purpose of ascertaining if a Volunteer Rifle Company could be raised here,….that Mr. W. F. BOUGHNER, Sergeant Major of the St. Thomas Cavalry Company act as chairman; that Mr. L. CARPENTER, act as Secretary; The following gentlemen gave in their names as anxious to become members; Geo. McEWEN, Abraham DUNCAN, John MORTON, Thos. McLAUGHLIN, John SUTTON, John THRESHER, Joseph MAYO, L. CARPENTER, Benj. KINGSBURY, Wm. BISSSLE, Andrew McLAUGHLIN, Daniel BERRY, Abram BOWLSBY, Horatio THORN, Robt. BEADLE, Hiram BOWLSBY, H. MOCK, Wm. PATTERSON, J. PARTRIDGE, P. PARTRIDGE, R. COCHRANE, J. MULLIGAN, G. JOHNSON, M. BARNES, C. TURVEL, N. LAWRENCE, F. THOM, H. TIMEWELL, J. McNIFF, J. McKENZIE, D. WELTER.
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday morning, 11th instant, Mrs. P. BURKE,of a daughter.
1862 Oct 23
p. 2 – Elgin Assizes – before Dr. CONNOR, Q.C., MPP, fifteen Civil suits- There was an unfortunate Squaw imprisoned for the past few months charged with stabbing a young lad near Fingal, but the Grand Jury did not see anything wrong in the case..Summary of cases; Francis A. TAIT vs John SHACKLETON (ejectment); Tomas C. STREET vs Robert MITCHELL (ejectment); Nancy TURNER vs John CAMERON (action to recover notes); John G. GORDON vs The Port Burwell Harbor Co. (recovery for loss of vessel); William A. BROWN vs David CLAY (trespass); HORTON vs WARREN; Martha BIRDSALL vs John KENCH, the younger. (A breach of promise of marriage- see article for story- $1500 awarded to the plaintiff, BIRDSALL. [NOTE: This is likely Martha BIRDSALL daughter of Jacob of Bayham who was engaged to John KINCH / KENCH who is also listed in Bayham 1851 census, same age of 28. Martha, still a spinster, married widower, Nicholas Carter BROWN of Malahide, 16 years later in 1878 as his 3rd wife. They had no children. Martha was buried at the Dunboyne Cemetery- See Elgin OGS Blog story on the 3 gravestones of wives of NCB ]; Dan;. M. WELTON vs John HAMILTON (promissory note); Angus COLQUHONN vs. Donald McLENNEN (ejectment); Catherine McCALLUM vs Donald McKILLIP. Seduction. Verdict for the plaintiff, $100 damages.; Malachi THAYER vs. FULLER and STREET(re delivery of goods sold); Robert FERGUSON vs FULLER and STREET; Casper BEST vs McAuley BOICE.
1862 Oct 30
p. 2 – Cariboo Diggins – a letter from John DODD to his father in Southwold re his adventures in the West in search of gold with NICHOLS and FOWLER.
p. 2 – Malahide Township Agriculture Show – Many Malahide names of prize winners here including BACKHOUSE, VAN PATTON, McCONNELL, CHUTE, SCHOOLEY, McCAUSLAND, A. LEWIS, KINSEY, PARKER and PERCY to name a few.
p. 2 – Married – On the 2nd instant, in this town, by the Rev. D.W. Rowland, Mr.Francis Lawrence EMMETT, of Yarmouth, to Mrs. Jane SALISBURY of Malahide.
p. 2 – Married – On the 10th, by the same, Mr. John COLE, to Miss Mary Catharine SMITH, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 23rd, by the same, Mr. John CORNISH to Miss Margaret CLARK, both of Dunwich.
p. 2 – Married – On the 27th, by the same, Mr. Lister RICKMAN [Lester RYCKMAN ], to Miss Sarah YOUNG [daughter of Rufus YOUNG of Port Bruce], both of Yarmouth.
1862 Nov 3
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 30th October, the wife of Capt. SWEENEY, of a son.
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 31st October, the wife of Isaac B. DRAPER, Hotel Keeper, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 31st. October, the wife of Wm. Albert LILLY, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 4th instant, by the Rev. W. McCULLOUGH, of St. Thomas, at the Hutchinson House, Mr. Wm. LODGE, to Miss Janet KERR, both of Southwold.
p. 3 – Died – In St. Thomas, of consumption, on the 30th of October, James HANVEY, Esq., barrister, son of Daniel HANVEY, Esq., aged 25 years 1 month and 11 days.
1862 Nov 13
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the 9th instant, the wife of G. T. CLARIS, Esq., County Treasurer, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – In this town, on Monday last, by the Rev. Mr. Zucker, R. C P., Mr. John McNIFF t Miss Bridget BRODY, both of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 31st ultimo, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. James McNAIR, of the Township of Grey, Huron , to Miss Mary McTAGGART of North Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 9th instant, by the same, Mr. Joseph PECURE, to Miss Mary Ann OSBURNE, both of Yarmouth.
1862 Nov 20
p. – Inquest – On the 14th instant, Dr. SOUTHWICK, Coroner, for the County of Elgin, held an inquest on the body of Hector COCHRANE, in the Village of Fingal, who died on the night of the 18th instant. A respectable jury was empanelled of which Chauncey LEWIS, Esq. was foreman. After hearing the evidence in the Town Hall, the verdict was that the deceased died from the effects of excessive drinking, occasioned by a spree in his house, which was got up by certain young men, who had been attending a raffle in another place. No blame is attached to any individual.
1862 Nov 27
p. 3 – Married – In this town, on the 25th instant, by the Rev. Charles Zucker, Mr. Adolphus RIVARD, to Miss Melissa WILCOX, both of Orwell.
p. 3 – Married – On the 22nd instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, mr. William W. TISDALE to Miss Elizabeth MILLMAN, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 25th, by the same, Mr. Thomas FORSTER, to Mrs. Hannah WOOD, both of Southwold.
1862 Dec 11
p. 2 – We regret to announce the death of Francis PENWARDEN, one of the young men who left this town for the Cariboo gold diggings last summer. Mr. PENWARDEN was a highly respectable young man, and was much respected by a large circle of friends. He was drowned in swimming across a river. The rest of the party are said to be well and doing well.
p. 2 – Ran Away – It is reported that a man named J. BUCHANAN has left Aylmer in a hurry. He was Collector of the Township of Malahide, and is said to have upwards of $4,000 with him belonging to the municipality. Look out! He is gone East to Yankeedom.
p. 2 – Another Case – William SQUANCE of Yarmouth at present in limbo, for the unmentionable offence, alleged to be committed in his own house is allowed to be bailed, to stand his trial at the next assizes, – It may be hoped that the accusation is unfounded, for although Mr. SQUANCE was a man addicted to drink occasionally, he was never before publicly accused of immorality. Mr. ELLIS in this instance acted for the accused and was successful. Will be tried for a common assault.
p. 2 – The boy, McCAHILL at present in jail for forgery, which case we reported some weeks ago, is to be admitted to bail.
p. 3 – Birth – In Yarmouth, on the 30th November, the wife of Mr. John ANDREWS of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On Tuesday, the 9th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Scott, Baptist Minister, Fingal, Mr. Archibald SINCLAIR, of Yarmouth, to Miss Mary BROWN, daughter of Archibald BROWN, Esq., of Southwold.
1862 Dec 18
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 26th November, the wife of Samuel GLOVER, Esq. of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – At Abden House, Edinburgh, on the 27th ultimo, by the Rev. John Nelson, Free West Church, Greenock, the Hon. George BROWN, Toronto, Upper Canada, to Anne, eldest daughter of the late Thomas NELSON, Esq., Publisher, Edinburgh.
1862 Dec 25
p. Port Stanley Marine Corps – This company, under the command of their energetic Capt. John ELLISON, have received their cloths and guns, consisting of fifty-five great coats, fifty-five Enfield rifles and a quantity of ammunition, being far advanced in the foot drill under their able instructor Sergeant FARRER. They will meet for drill every Wednesday and Thursday evenings, at half-past six o’clock in the Engine Room of the London and Port Stanley Railroad.
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 10 inst., the wife of MR. Robert WEBB, Grocer, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town [St. Thomas, ON], on the 20th inst., the wife of Mr. Wm. K. KAINS, of a daughter.
p.3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 16th inst., the wife of Mr. John ELLISON, Jr., of a son.
p. 3 – Married – On the 18th instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Sidney PARKER, to Miss Rosannah SHAMIL, both of South Yarmouth.
1863 Jan 15
p. 3 – Death – We regret to announce the death of Richard HUTCHINSON, aged thirteen years, son of Mr. William HUTCHINSON, Hotelkeeper. the young lad was out skating, and fell through the ice, by which he caught cold, and died on Monday, the 5th instant. This should be a caution to the boys of St. Thomas.
p. 3 – A Thief Caught – Mr. J. BATT, purchaser of pork at Port Stanley, ..missing four and three kegs of butter last Sunday. J. WALKER, late cook of the schooner Josephine, boarding with his intended, boasted of selling beef cheaply was suspected..-
p. 3 – Married – On the 8th instant, at Laing’s Hotel, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. William SUTTON, of Osborne, County of Huron, to Miss Thirza MINOR, of South Yarmouth.
1863 Jan 22
p. 3 – Birth – At St. Thomas, on the 16th instant, the wife of C. D. PAUL, Esq., Barrister, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Died – On the 21st instant, at the residence of his son-in-law (William LIPSEY), James Thomas CURTIS, aged 87 years. The funeral will take place on Friday at one o’clock p.m. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
1863 Jan 29
p. 3 – Notice is hereby given that all persons are forbidden to harbor or trust my wife, Chlorinda PERRIN, or to give her anything on my account, as she has voluntarily left my bed and board; and I will not be responsible for any debts she may contract. John PERRIN, St. Thomas, 21st January 1863. [also given in other records as Clarinda PERRIN ]
1863 Feb 5
p. 3 – Died – About December 1st , Matthew ANDREWS, aged 19 years, second son of the Rev. Richard ANDREWS, of Yarmouth, Deceased listed in September, at Buffalo, in Mr. John Peterson’s Company G, Captain SISER, 116th Regiment New York Volunteers, Col. CHAPIN, in which his nemise occurred, on board ship, off Ship Island, while proceeding to the seat of war.
1863 Feb 12
p. 2 – A bald-headed eagle was shot on the 3rd of February on Mr. Jacob GILBERT’s farm, fourth concession of Southwold. the bird was full-grown, being seven feet in length from tip to tip. Mr. G. intends to stuff it. He shot two others on the same day, but could not get them.
1863 Feb 12
p. 3 – Died – At Port Dover, on the 11th instant, Maria the beloved wife of the Rev. Maurice BALDWIN, daughter of Edward ERMATINGER, Esq., of St. Thomas, aged 23 years. Her funeral will take place to-morrow (Friday) morning about ten o’clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.
p. 3 – Died – In the Township of Yarmouth, on Monday morning last, 9th instant, Mary Anne COLE daughter of Joseph COLE, Esq., aged 22 years.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Wednesday morning, 11th instant, Mr. Robert SHEARER, tailor, aged 48 years. The funeral will take place on Friday at 2 o’clock.
p. 3 – Died – In the Township of Yarmouth, on Thursday, 5th inst., William WILCOX, Esq., aged 83 years, 11 months and 5 days. the deceased was the first settler in Yarmouth, having located in 1810 or 1811.
p. 3 – Died – In Detroit, on the evening of Saturday last, 7th instant, of typhoid fever, Mrs. James VANSICKLE, in the 29th year of her age. the body of deceased was brought to this town on Tuesday last and interred in the St. Thomas Cemetery.
1863 Feb 19
p. 2 – Funeral for Mrs. Maria ERMATINGER BALDWIN – Very long obituary which is quite unusual for local paper at the time. Maria was “born 22nd November 1840, and was married the 4th September 1861.” ” Prior to the time of the funeral, Maria Louisa BALDWIN, an innocent pledge of conjugal affection, aged two weeks, was baptised at the residence of E. ERMATINGER, Esq., father of the deceased lady, by the Rev. E. S. BALDWIN, and remains a fine healthy baby to console her bereaved father and respective parents.
p. 2 – Fatal Accident – In the Township of Dunwich, second concession, on the 12th instant, Mr. Francis HOOD, of that place, was unfortunately killed by the falling of a tree upon him, which was being cut by his own son. Deceased was a very respectable farmer, and leaves a widow and three children to lament his sudden separation from their love and affection.
p. 3 – Birth – At Port Stanley, on the 13th instant, the wife of Joseph R. BOSTWICK, Esq., J. P., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 5th instant, at the residence of the bride, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Daniel WALKER, to Miss Margaret PATTERSON, both of North Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 14 Instant, at Cole’s Hotel, in this town, by the same, Mr. Smith BURDICK, to Miss Harriet SAGE, both o Westminster, County of Middlesex.
p. 3 – Married – On the 18th instant, at the residence of the Hon. Judge HUGHES, by the same, Mr. William JORDAN, to Miss Flora McPHERSON, both of St. Thomas.
1863 Feb 26
p. 2 – Embezzled Money Recovered – James BROWN, Esq,. one of the sureties of [James] BUCHANAN, the Collector of the Township of Malahide, who absconded some time ago with over $4,000 of the moneys he had collected, pursued the delinquent into the Western States, and, with the aid of Officer VANVALKENBURG, succeeded in recovering over $3,000 of the money. How they managed to make the rascal disgorge so much of his ill-gotten wealth may be explained by that ubiquitous gentleman – the Philadelphia Lawyer.
p. 2 – We regret to notice that our respected townsman, Benjamin WALKER, Esq., Barrister-at-law, met with an accident last Monday, while lifting a vessel containing flax, by which he broke his leg, and sustaining such injury as will in all probability confine him to his house for a considerable time.
p. 3 – Birth – On John Street, on the morning of the 24th instant, the wife of John SIDDONS, proprietor of the London Prototype of a daughter.[Note: this paper was a regular feed to the St. Thomas Weekly Dispatch]
p. 3 – Married – At London, on the 27th day of March 1862, by the Rev. B. Saunders, Mrs. James TRIGGER, to Miss Mary OAKES of Toronto, Canada West. [Sort of delayed!]
1863 March 5
p. 3 – Married – On the 2th ultimo, at the bride’s residence, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Malcom LEITCH, of Dunwich, to Miss Euphemia SINCLAIR, of North Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Notice – Whereas my wife Ann THOMPSON has left my bed and board without any just cause or provocation, this is to notify the public not to harbor or trust her on my account, as I will not be responsible for any debts she may contract after the publication of this notice. – William THOMPSON, Southwold, March 5th, 1863
1863 March 12
p. 3 – Married – In St. Thomas, on the 21st January, by the Rev. W. McCollough, Wesleyan Minister, Mr. Benjamin LEIGHTON, to Miss Mary KERR, all of Port Stanley.
p. 3 – Married – In St. Thomas, on the 7th instant, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. George VANSICLE / VANSICKLE to Miss Annie THOMPSON, both of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – In St. Thomas on the 10th instant, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Peter SMUCK, of Southwold, to Mrs. Amy De BLUTE, of Raleigh, County of Kent.
p. 3 – Died – At St. Thomas, on Sunday, March 8th, Henry HAMILTON, Esq., Barrister and Attorney-at-Law, aged 37 years, only son of the late Sheriff HAMILTON, of Middlesex.
p. 3 – Died – In Yarmouth, on the 11th February, of consumption, Mr. David MILLS, the only son of Elder MILLS, age 35 years. He was beloved by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and two children.
1863 March 19
p. 2 – The Volunteer Militia – A list of companies formed and organized since the 17th November last, in Military District No. 8 Lieut. Col. W. S. LIGHT, Brigade-Major: Elgin – Port Burwell volunteer Infantry, Capt. Sutherland. Aylmer volunteer Infantry, Capt. ?. Richmond, volunteer Infantry Capt. PECUNIARE. Vienna Rifles, Capt. Gustin BEST, St. Thomas Cavalry troop, Capt. COLE, St. THomas Rifles, Capt. STANTON, Capt. ELLESON’s Marine Company, at Port Stanley, and companies forming at Sparta, and Fingal, and several associations actively drilling, which would fully occupy the time of double the number of drill instructors detailed by the government.
p. 3 – Died – At St. Thomas, on the 12th inst., of Diphtheria, Frederick William, second son of Mr. John SMELLIE, aged three years and seven days.
p. 3 – Died – In this town on Friday, 13th instant, John Patrick, third son of Mr. Thomas MOORE, aged five years, five months and twelve days.
p. 3 – Died – Of Dropsy, on the 15th of March, in Malahide, at the residence of his son-in-law, Wm. LAUR, J. P., Henry TEAL, of the township of Bertie, near Fort Erie, aged seventy-three years, nine months and three days.
1863 March 26
p. 3 – Married – On the 16th, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Peter J. Putnam to Miss Jane SECORD, both of South Dorchester.
p. 3 – Died – In Selborne, on the 24th inst., the wife of Mr. Richard P. STOCKDALE, aged 40 years.
1863 April 2
p. – Buffalo and Port Stanley, touching at intermediate Ports! The fast Sailing Schooner – INDIAN MAID – Capt. D. McDOUGALD – Will ply regularly during the Summer Season of 1863 between Buffalo and Port Stanley, and intermediate Ports, coming 1st, May , 1863. For freight apply to Robert THOMPSON, Port Stanley or S. K. WORTPIGTON, Buffalo. Having undergone repair, she is now considered a first-class—-boat. March 12th 1863
1863 April 9
p. 3 – A Perilous Voyage In An Open Boat – A party consisting of seven men, among whom was Captain John SWEENEY, of Port Stanley, left that place in an open boat, on Monday forenoon, for Port Dover [ on north shore of Lake Erie ] – They couldn’t make it around Long Point and landed in North East Pa. (Pennsylvania) where cared for. All were badly frost bitten and “one of the party had both legs badly frozen.”
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 7th inst., Mary Ann, wife of Mr. Thomas YOUNG, aged 39 years.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 3rd inst., Mr. John STACEY, sen’r., aged 67 years and 10 months.
p. 3 – Died – In Port Stanley, on the 27th March, infant son of Alfred PAYNE, aged 7 months.
p. 3 – Died – In London, on the 7th inst., Mr. Robert HILLIS, aged 67 years.
p. 3 – Died – In Detroit, Michigan, on the 5th inst., Mr. John WALTHEW, sen’r, formerly of his town, aged 67 years.
1863 April 16
p. 3 – Died – At Lima, Peru, on the 1st of January last, Henry HILL, Esq., MD., of Halls Mills, Westminster, n the 26th year of her age.
p. 3 – Died – In London, on the 14th instant, Mr. Robert WARD, aged 54 years. The deceased was formerly a resident of St. Thomas.
1863 April 23
p. 2 – We were handed for inspection this week a goose egg, the property of Mr. John A. COUSE, of Yarmouth, which measures thirteen five-eights inches in length and ten one-eight inches in circumference; its weight is one pound. Beat it who can.
p. 2 – Port Stanley Marine Items – First Arrivals of the Season – The schooner A. Shade, Captain John SWEENEY, arrived on Sunday, 12th instant from Port Dover, with plaster for Walter HOLMWOOD. The schooner Emperor, Captain Joseph THOMPSON, also arrived on Monday, 13th, from Port Colborne, with coal.
p. 2 – A very important trial for Perjury took place in this town, last week, before his worship the Mayor, G. SOUTHWICK, Wm. LIPSEY and M. T. MOORE, Esquires; it lasted two days. The trial arose out of some little spleen between Mr. GARDNER, baker, and a man named HANNAN, a harness maker, through a fine being imposed upon Mr. Allen McCALL, for selling liquor on Saturday after the hour allowed by statute. After a patient hearing on both sides, the Magistrates came to the decision that HANNAN was not guilty.
p. 3 – Married – On the 7th instant, at the bride’s residence, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. James LOCKE, to Miss Nancy SINCLAIR, 12th con. Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th, in this town, by the same, Mr. David ADAMS, to Miss Margaret HAIGHT.
p. 3 – Married – Also, at the same time, by the same, Mr. Darius S. BURT, to Miss Mary Jane HAIGHT, all of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Died – In Port Stanley, on the 6th instant, Mary, youngest daughter of W. D. HALL, aged 2 years and 6 months.
p. 3 – Died – On Tuesday, the 21st instant, at his residence, Westminster, James COYNE, Esq., in the 55th year of his age.
1863 April 30
p. 2 – Inspection of the Port Stanley Marines – The Volunteer Marine Corps of Port Stanley was inspected b Colonel LIGHT, on Tuesday, the 23rd instant. After considerable marching, they went through the Manual and Platoon exercise, with great credit to themselves, and much satisfaction to the Colonel. The Colonel then expressed a high opinion of the Company; he did not know it was so recently established, and promised, if possible that they should have Color Sergeant FARROW once a week, promising to report favorably of the Company. The lodged arms, all highly pleased with the day’s proceedings.
p. 3 – Horrible Murder in Dereham – “The dreadful crime was committed near the house where prisoner Lived, on lot number twenty-five, in the township of Dereham, on the town line between West Oxford and Dereham…. The name of the murdered man is Joseph TURNER – a quiet, inoffensive, sober, industrious man , about forty-eight years of age. The name of the man who administered the fatal blow is John RICE.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Tuesday morning, the 28th instant, in the 54th year of his age, Abraham SMITH, eldest son of the late Garrett and Mary SMITH, one of the first settlers of the Talbot Settlement.
1863 May 7 and 14
p. 2 – We regret to learn that a daughter of D. DECOU, Esq., of Iona, was drowned in a water barrel on Saturday last. The father of the child was from home when the melancholy accident occurred. We sympathize with the parents in their loss.
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 1st inst., the wife of D. J. MILLER, M.D., of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 8th inst., the wife of John PENWARDEN, school teacher, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 1st instant, by the Rev. George RITCHESON, New Connection Minister, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. Hugh RILEY, of Cincinnati, U. S., Railroad Engineer, to Miss Catharine Jane, eldest daughter of Wm. LAUR, J. P., Malahide, C W.
p. 3 – Died – In East Yarmouth, 7th Inst., Mr. Richard GILBERT, of Pancrossweek ( Pancrasweek ), Devonshire, England, aged 77 years.
1863 May 21
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Saturday, the 16th inst., the wife of Mr. Stephen CORBETT, of a son.
p. 3 – Married – On the 19th inst., at the residence of the bride’s father, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Isaac VAN SICKLE, of South Yarmouth, to Miss Ann AXFORD.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Tuesday, 19th inst., of Diphtheria and Scarlet Fever combined, Joseph, son of Mark BROWN, aged five years and four months.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Monday, May 18th, of Typhoid Fever, Lucinda Ann, the beloved wife of Mr. S. LORD, aged 32 years.
1863 June 4
p. 2 – Meeting in Springfield – called for the purpose of hearing Mr. ECCLES. Mr. John CLUNAS was appointed chairman. Dr. WILLIAMS and Mr. KIRKLAND of Aylmer, afterwards addressed the meeting. Messrs. R. (Reuben) JOHNSON, J. COOK and Dr. McCAUSLAND, in Mr. BURWELL’s interest, made a few remarks – the group “seemed confident they will redeem Bayham from the Grits.
p. 3 – Married – In this town, on the 1st inst., by Rev. Mr. Zucker, Mr. Thomas SHEA, to Miss Ellen COVENEY.
p. 3 – Married – On the 26th ultimo, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Neil PATTERSON, to Miss Margaret LEITCH, both of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Married – On the 2nd instant, in this town, by the same, Mr. Duncan CAMPBELL, to Miss Margaret THOMPSON, both of North Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 1st inst., Elizabeth C. CARRIE, infant daughter of Mr. R. CARRIE, merchant of St. Thomas.
1863 June 11
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on the 8th inst., at the residence of Samuel HOSKRIDGE, Mr. Wm. PEARCE, aged 48 Years.
1863 June 18
p. 3 – Birth – At Port Stanley, on Wednesday, 10th instant, the wife of Mr. A. M. GUNN, Stationmaster, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 15th instant, at the Hutchinson House, by the Rev. William McCullough, Mr. Isaac C. COURSER, of the Township of Yarmouth, to Miss Eliza Jane PARLEE, of the Township of Malahide.
p. 3 – Married – On the 10th instant, at Rev. D. W. Rowland, William E. SMITH, Esq., M.D. of Lobo, to Miss Rachel Ann SMITH, second daughter of the Rev. Abraham SMITH, Baptist Minister, near New Sarum, Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the 11th, by the same, at the residence of the bride’s father, in this town, Mr. John BARR, of the City of Hamilton, to Miss Ellen CARRIE, daughter of Mr. Thomas CARRIE.
p. 3 – Married – On the 16th, at the bride’s residence, Edgeware Road, near this town, by the same, Mr. Archibald McLARTY, to Miss Catharine BLACK.
p. 3 – Died – At St. Thomas, on the morning of the 18th instant, Lydia, the wife of Charles W. HARTE, Esq., aged 40 years. Friends will attend without further notice. The funeral will take place at 5 o’clock.
p. 3 – Died – In Malahide, the 30th day of May, Indiana, wife of N. P. HUTCHISON, aged 29 years.
1863 June 25
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the 21st instant, the wife of Mr. Peter McDONALD, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Birth – In Southwold, on the 7th instant, the wife of William CLIFFORD, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 22nd instant, at the Hutchinson House, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Daniel BROWER, of Bosanquet, to Miss Adelia SMITH of Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – In the Township of Dunwich, on Tuesday, 16th instant, by the Rev. Mr. McDermid, at the residence of the bride, Mr. George RAPPLJEE, son of Captain J. RAPPALJE, of Yarmouth, to Mrs. Mary McLEAN, of Dunwich.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 14th instant, Eveline Mary McCARTHY, daughter of Mr. James McCARTHY, shoemaker, aged five year and seven months.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on the 22nd instant, Mr. Thomas BROWN, aged 49 years and 6 months.
p. 3 – Died – In Yarmouth, on the 15th instant, the wife of Alexander WEIR, aged 46 years.
p. 3 – Died – In Southwold, on the 16th instant, the wife of George MOLLOY, Esq., aged 48 years.
1863 July 2
p. 2 – Fatal Accident – We regret to learn that as Mr. Campbell McMULLEN of Southwold was proceeding home, on the night of the 24th ultimo, he accidentally fell out of his waggon and broke his neck. Deceased had no children, but leaves a widow to mourn his untimely death.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the 1st instant, the wife of Mr. John WEGG, waggonmaker, of a son
p. 3 – Married – On the 29th ult., at the residence of S. WADE, Esq., near this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Daniel RUSSELL, of Southwold, to Miss Jane PARSONS.
p. 3 – Died – In the Township of Yarmouth, on Wednesday, July 1st, Mrs. John W. WALKER, aged 56 years.
1863 July 9
p. 2 – Accident – Dr. BURNS, Dentist, run over by a buggy, broke his leg, injuring Mrs. BURNS very much and wounding Miss McADAM.
p. 2 – Robbery at the Jail – A man named George FRANCIS was sentenced to two months n the County Jail for stealing a quantity of sap buckets. When released he stole two buffalo robes from the Jailor, Mr. KING.
1863 July 16
p. 2 – Melancholy Accident – We sincerely regret to have to chronicle this week the melancholy accident to Mr. Peter GOW, of Dunwich. It appears that on Saturday last, 11th instant, Mr. GOW was drawing in hay from one of his fields, and just as the load was being completed, the horses moved a step or two, and threw the unfortunate man off the load, killing him instantly. Mr. GOW was Reeve of the Township of Dunwich for a number of years, and sincerely regretted by all who knew him.
1863 July 23
p. 3 – Married – In Fingal, on the 16th instant, by the Rev. Mr. Walker, Mr. Samuel KERR, to Miss Margaret KELTIE, both of Port Stanley.
p. 3 – Married – In Fingal, on the 16th instant, Mr. Joseph MITCHELL, to Miss Sarah HUNTER, all of Port Stanley.
1863 July 30
p. 2 – Mysterious Disappearance – We regret to learn that William HARRIS, Esq., for many years, Clerk of the Division Court at Iona, and also Justice of the Peace for the County of Elgin, has been missing since Friday morning last. On Thursday his wife was buried, which appeared to have a depressing effect on him, and this, it is presumed, produced aberration of the mnd. It is feared that the unfortunate gentleman has, whilst laboring under temporary insanity; committed suicide, though we sincerely trust that this supposition may prove erroneous. A large number of men and boys, some 500, went in search of the unfortunate man on Sunday last, taking different directions, but could find not trace of him. — Since writing the above, we learn that the body of Mr. HARRIS has been found, north of Smoke’s Tavern, Southwold, where he appears to have dropt near a pool of water, and to have died from exhaustion, as there are no marks of violence on his person. Mr. STUBBS accidentally discovered the body Yesterday.
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on Monday morning last, 27th instant, Mrs. Neil LOVE, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Married – On the 23rd instant, at the Hutchinson House, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. James LAUR, of Malahide, to Miss Elvina BEARSS, of the same township.
1863 Aug 6 and 13
p. 3 – Horses Impounded – Impounded on the 13th instant, a Span of Old Horses, one sorrel, with a white strip in face, the others all white. The said Horses will be sold at the Pound on Saturday, the 29th of August, if not claimed. William SILCOX, Poundkeeper, Lot No. 21 Back Street, Southwold, July 30th , 1863.
1863 Aug 20
p. 2 – Our worthy Sheriff, Colin MONROE, Esq., and his Lady, arrived home on Wednesday last, after a six week’s tour through Canada and the United States, much to the benefit of both, as they visited the principal places of attraction, as well as the various watering places on their route. They both look well, and we hope they may continue so.
p. 3 – Married – On the 3rd instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. James GEDDES, of Delaware to Miss Cecelia ESSAY, of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 15th, by the same, Mr. Tilton E. SMITH, of Bosanquet, to Miss Phoebe F. MINARD of South Yarmouth.
p. 3 – Married – On the same day, by the same, Mr. Lewis WESTOVER, of Malahide, to Miss Eliza POWERS, of Yarmouth.
1863 Aug 27
p. 3 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 3rd instant, the wife of James WADDEL, of a son.
p. 3 – Married – On the 23th (sic- should be 23rd) at the bride’s residence, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Donald LAMONT, Esq., Merchant, Chatham, to Miss Mary Ann McROBERTS.
p. 3 – Died – On the 24th instant, at her mothers residence, near Fingal, in the 24th year of her age, Hannah WALLACE, only sister of Mr. D. J. WALLACE, of this town.
1863 Sep 3
p. 2 – Birth – On Talbot Street, Yarmouth, on the 31st ultimo, the wife of Mr. John CARPENTER, of a daughter.
1863 Sep 10
p. 2 – Birth – In Port Stanley, on the 2nd instant, the wife of Adam HERBERTSON, of a son.
p. 2 – Married – On the 2nd instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. James SPAFFORD, to Miss Harriet HOVER, both of South Dorchester.
p. 2 – Married – On the 8th, by the same, Mr. Malcolm STOCKTON, of South Yarmouth, to Miss Margaret PETTIT, of Westminster, County of Middlesex.
p. 2 – Died – At his residence, in the Township of Yarmouth, on Friday, 4th instan., Patrick BOBIER Esq., J.P., aged 65 years.
p. 2 – Died – In Port Stanley, on the 28th August, the infant son of Thomas WILLSON, aged six weeks.
1863 Sep 17
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on September 17th, Mrs. Capt. McRAE, of a daughter.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Wednesday, 16th instant, Maria Louisa, daughter of the Rev. Maurice S. BALDWIN, aged 7 mos. and 16 days.
p. 3 – Died – In this town, on Monday, 14th instant, Wm. THOMPSON, aged 46 years.
1863 Sep 24
p. 2 – Dreadful Tragedy – A fearful tragedy was committed near Vienna, about twenty five miles south of this place, on Tuesday last. Mrs. WARD, wife of Capt. WARD, well known in that part of the country, fired two shots from a pistol, with the intention, as she repeatedly declared, of killing her husband. Both shots missed the intended victim, when she seized a rifle and again fired at him, still without effect. She then swallowed a quantity of poison, from the effects of which she died in a few hours. The unfortunate woman repeatedly told her husband she intended killing him, but he never supposed she intended carrying out her threat. The “green eyed monster,” it seems, was the cause of all the trouble, as the woman was very jealous, and had lived unhappily with her husband for many years past. The principal actor in this unfortunate affair was sixty five years old. Capt. WARD is about the same age. These are all the particulars we are able to learn. – Ingersoll Paper.
p. 3 – Birth – In the Township of Southwold, on the 21st instant, the wife of Captain MAY, of a son.
p. 3 – Married – In London, on Tuesday, the 22nd instant, by the Rev. Mr. Rochford, at the residence of the bride’s father, Dr. T. WALDREN, to Mary Frances, youngest daughter of Peter BURKE, Esq. of that city. [ NOTE: P. BURKE is the publisher of the Weekly Dispatch ]
p. 3 – Married – On September 10th, by the Rev. Dr. Caulfield, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. William JONES of Westminster, and Miss Mary MULLIGAN, of the same place.
p. 3 – Auction Sale – The Sale of Mrs. M. ADAMS, Pleasant Valley, Malahide… will take place on Wednesday the 30th and Thursday the 1st day of October. J. LAING.
1863 Oct 1
p. 2 – Accident by Fire – One of the barns of David NORTON, on Talbot-street, Yarmouth, with all its contents, consisting of a large quantity of grain and many tons of hay, was totally consumed by fire on Monday last, communicated through friction of the machinery of a threshing machine, coming in contact with the gas emitted from crude oil. The ignition, we understand, was so instantaneous that the men had barely time to escape from the barn with their horses, before the whole was enveloped in flames. The threshing machine, which cost $500, was totally destroyed.
p. 3 – Births – In Port Stanley, on the 24th September, the wife of Benjamin LEIGHTON of a daughter.
p. 3 – Births – In Port Stanley, on the 27th September, the wife of William WHARRY of a son.
p. 3 – Married – On the 26th inst., in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Marwood ASHTON, of Yarmouth, to Miss Mary Grace HANCOCK of Malahide.
p. 3 – Died – In the township of Southwold, at the residence of her father, on the 23rd, Jane, only daughter of Mr. Robert NICOLL, aged 18 years.
p. 3 – Died – In the township of Yarmouth, on the 26th September, Mrs. Jane HEPBURN, aged 76 years.
1863 Oct 8
p. 2 – Judge HUGHES – A report has reached us, and which we believe is correct, that Judge HUGHES, of St. Thomas, Judge of the County Court, has been relieved of his office. We extract the above from the London Free Press, the organ of the Ministry, who is no doubt, well informed. A rumor to the same effect had been floating through the town for several weeks past, but the news seemed to good to be true. We give the Ministry credit for this act of justice.
p. 3 – Married – At St. Paul’s Church, Woodstock, C.W. [ Canada West from 1842 to 1867 – now Ontario, Canada ], by the Rev. Mr. Bettridge, B D, Rector, Henry ARKELL, Esq., Merchant, Port Stanley, to Helen, second daughter of John GREIG, Esq., Woodstock.
1863 Oct 15
p. 2 – Comment on the St. Thomas Jail / Gaol – “These interfering Prison Inspectors visited our County Gaol in St. Thomas and proposed alterations, which our municipal authorities have been wise enough to deliberate upon, before incurring additional expense. I should be considered that imprisonment for debt having been abolished, our prisons generally are not likely to be overcrowded, and not so much gaol [ jail ] room is required.”
p. 2 – Generous – We are pleased to learn that Mrs. Sheriff [ Colin ] MUNRO, has contributed a Gold Medal, (value $25 ) to be shot for by the Volunteers on the 3rd proximo, as a mark of encouragement.
p. 2 – A Melancholy Accident at Rondeau – [long article abstracted here] – A party of gentlemen from the vicinity of St. Thomas came to the Eau for the purpose of having some sport in the way of duck shooting, and two of them, while out in a small boat on Monday, the 5th instant, were upset, whereby one of them named Orlando WISMER, was drowned. The body of the unfortunate man was not discovered until Wednesday afternoon, and on the evening of the same day an inquest was held upon it, before Dr. SMITH of Morpeth, coroner. From the evidence adduced before the jury by Mr. Emerly CLARK, who accompanied WISMER in the boat at the time of the accident, we learn that he, Clarke, was in the stern of the boat, and WISMER in the bow, when suddenly by some means the boat filled with water, CLARK thinks through both rising to shoot at the same time. …more … WISMER, we believe, resided on what is called the Old Street; verdict rendered was “accidental drowning” – Chatham Planet
p. 3 – Birth – In this town, on the morning of the 15th instant, Mrs. Sheriff [ Colin ] MUNRO, of a daughter.
p. 3 – In Melbourne, County of Middlesex, on the 5th instant, the wife of Mr. William GOODWIN, Saddler, of a son.
p. 3 – Married – On the 5th instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Daniel McINTYRE to Miss Jane SEARLE, both of Southwold.
1863 Oct 22
p. 2 – Accident – As a young lad named WALKER, aged fifteen years, son of John WALKER, Esq. of Yarmouth, was going home from town last evening, about 5 o’clock, he observed a waggon ahead of him and ran to overtake it, which he did he was not long in the waggon when the boy who was driving, found that he could not speak, and on taking him home to this horror of his parents, he was dead. Dr. Southwick gives it as his opinion that the boy died of Apoplexy, caused by running.
p. 3 – Incendiary Fires in Vienna. – Information has reached us that on Monday night the barn of Dr. CAMPBELL, of Vienna was completely destroyed by fire. On Tuesday night two unoccupied tenements were burned down, and a barn occupied by – TEEDALE / TEESDALE [possibly William TISDALE of Bayham ], was at the same time discovered to be on fire. by great exertions on the part of the citizens the barn was saved. Our informant states that there is no doubt but these fires are the work of an incendiary [ arsonist ]
1863 Oct 29
p. 2 – Fall Assizes – Three criminal cases and a few civil suits including a malpractice suit. The Queen vs. BARNES and 22 others. Action in ejectment – for the defendants; Malachi THAYER, vs. Thomas B. FULLER, and Thomas C. STREET. Action of Bond for conveyance of Land. Fort the the Plaintiff and $550 damages.; BURWELL vs. STEWART. Action for malpractice. Verdict for the Defendant; PRICE et al vs. LIPSEY. Action on Promissory Note. Verdict for the plaintiff, and $1,727.61 damages.; SMUCK vs BUBBARD, et al. Action in ejectment. for the Plaintiff.
1863 Nov 5
p. 2 – Married – In Port Stanley, on the 25th ultimo, by the Rev. Thomas Mills, Mr. William GOUGH to Miss Manda EIFLAND, both of Port Stanley.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on the 26th ult. by the Rev. Mr. Ames, Mr. Lewis DAVIS to Miss Jane SMITH, both of this town.
p. 2 – Died – In the Township of Southwold, on the 24th ult., Mrs. VANSICKLE, mother-in-law of Mr. Mordecai WILSON, aged 80 years.
1863 Nov 12
p. 2 – Married – October 6th, at the Church of St. Andrew, Westland-row, Dublin, by the Very Rev. Canon Lynch, assisted by the Rev. Wm. Hampson, James CONNOLLY Jr. Esq., Parsontown, to Kate Frances, eldest daughter of Francis SMYTH, Esq., 27 Eustace Street, Dublin.
p. 2 – Married – On the 4th instant, at the residence of the bride, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Samuel HAWKINS to Miss Rhoda MINOR both of South Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the same, in this town, by the same, Mr. W. R. FARTHINGS, to Miss N. C. SUMMERS, both of Malahide.
p. 2 – Married – On the 10th, in this town, by the same, Mr. George W. WILCOX, to Miss Margaret ELLIOTT, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Married – On the 10th in this town, by the same, Mr. Wm. EDEN, to Miss Maria EASTABROOK, both of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Died – In the Township of Yarmouth, on the 12th instant, Mr. Peter FERGUSON, aged 67 years and 5 months. The funeral will take place at 1 o’clock on Saturday.
p. 2 – Died – In the Township of Yarmouth, on Sunday morning, Nov. 8, after a short illness, Mary Ann, wife of Mr. Patrick BRADY, aged 38 years.
p. 2 – Died – Of Erysipelas, in the town of Glasgow, Kentucky, on the 20th of October, ult. Mr. Thomas NICHOLSON, aged 36 years, formerly a resident of this town.
1863 Nov 19
p. 2 – Fatal Accident – On Monday Mr. R. ROWLEY, one of Mr. R. H. BURKE’s tin pedlars, was thrown from his waggon while driving along the plank road in this village [Tillsonburg] … so severely injured that he died at four o’clock on Tuesday morning. [from the Tillsonburg Observer ]
1863 Dec 3
p. 2 – Birth – In this town, on Sunday morning last, Mrs. Thomas MOORE, of a son.
p. 2 – Married – On the 2nd instant, at Laing’s Hotel, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. John Franklin WISMER, of South Dorchester, to Miss Emeline BURNS, of Yarmouth.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on Friday, Nov. 27th, of Scarlet Fever, Michael William, son of Mrs. S. CORBETT, aged 4 years and 6 months.
1863 Dec 10
p. 2 – Married – On the 3rd instant, in this town, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Wm. FLETCHER to Miss Elizabeth McLANDERS, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – On the 4th, by the same, Mr. Jeremiah ANNETT, to Miss Charlotte GRANT, both of Southwold.
p. 2 – Married – In this town, on the 28th ult., by the Rev. George Cuthbertson, Presbyterian Minister, Andrew MURRAY, Esq., of Sparta C. W., to Dorah M. , third daughter of Capt. John EAKINS, formerly of London, C.W.
p. 2 – Died – In this town, on December 3rd, of consumption, Mary Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. John AVERY, aged 18 years.
1863 Dec 24
p. 2 – Mayor of St. Thomas – As we predicted last week, Dr. SOUTHWICK was unanimously elected Mayor for the ensuing year, on Monday last.
1863 Dec 31
p. 2 – Wicked – Some person, in the shape of a human being, entered the barn of Mr. Marwood GILBERT, North Yarmouth, on Wednesday night, 23rd, instant, and poisoned a yoke of working Oxen, valued at $150. [more]
p. 3 – Married – On the 21st instant, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland, Mr. Michael BARRIT, of Yarmouth, to Miss Winnifield [ Winnifred ] SMITH, of Southwold.
p. 3 – Married – On the 25th, at the bride’s residence, by the same, Mr. Peter McDIARMID [McDERMAID] to Miss Permilla DOGGRELL, both of South Yarmouth.
The issue of 1863 Dec 31 is the final issue available for online images of the existing Weekly Dispatch newspapers by Google News
1866 Jan 18 Huron Signal
[NOTE; While Google News gives this as the Weekly Dispatch it is actually the Huron Signal]
p. 3 – Conflagration at Tilsonburg [h] – A large fire occurred on the 8th inst., a the village of Tilsonburgh. The fire originated in the building owned by Mr. HARDY, and occupied by HIBBARD & AVERY as an office, by Mr. NORTH, saddler, Daly WIMPLE, cabinet maker, and the Misses McLAREN, milliners. The Royal Hotel was also burned, owned by Mr. CUTTLER, whose loss is about $2000; insured for $1500.