Newsletter of the
ELGIN COUNTY BRANCH
VOL. 4 ISSUE 1 March 1985
May I first of all welcome each of you to the fourth year of our branch. As you already know, we have made a great deal of progress in the past three years. This of course is only possible by the dedicated support that you the members and volunteers have been giving. May I ask you to give another year like the last one and we should have a record of achievement that few branches can surpass.
May I also express my thanks and those of the membership to Tony Hofstee, our past chairman, for the guidance he has given our branch since it started.
We are looking forward to an interesting year and hope that we will see many of our members at our meetings each month.
Branch address – Elgin County Branch, O.G.S., Box 416, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5P 3V2
Ontario Genealogical Society, Box 66, Station Q, Toronto, Ont., M4T 2L7
Past-Chairman, Tony Hofstee; Chairman, Stan Daugharty; First Vice-Chairman, Albert
Auckland; Treasurer, Lore Bailey; Recording Secretary, Brenda Edmonds; Membership
Secretary, Janice Rezar; Correspondence Secretary, Marg Daugharty; Query Secretary, Norma Smith and Kay Fowler; Newsletter Editor, Stephanie Chapman (starting with issue 2); Social Convenor, Lloyd Smith; Librarian, Sylvia Harvey; Cemetery co-ordinator, Tony Hofstee.
The ROWE family of Bayham and Malahide
Daniel Row (later changed to Rowe) was born in 1822 in Somersetshire, England. On July 23, 1846 he married Anna Maria (1822 – 1858), probably nee Court. Their eldest son John Henry was born on November 15, 1849. Six weeks later the family boarded a boat for Canada. Daniel was presented with a black thorn cane as a parting gift. The sailing vessel took seven weeks to arrive. Daniel and his family settled near Port Burwell on lot 8 of the 2nd concession. In August 1851 Daniel’s second child was born, Emily Court (Emily’s uncle was Edward Court). In November 1851 a sudden snow storm came up and caught Daniel Row’s neighbour Francis McQuiggan by surprise as he was returning from Vienna. Francis had gone to Vienna to buy shoes for his youngest son but he died in the storm. It was Daniel Row who found him the following morning.
In 1852 or 1853 Daniel and Anna Maria’s last child was born. This child was named Mary Ann. She married a William J. Corley (perhaps Corless) but little else is known about her. In 1858 Anna Maria died. Where she is buried is not known. Daniel remarried on July 15, 1859 in Port Burwell to Eliza Ann Appleton. Eliza Ann was born on June 29, 1838 in Yorkshire, England, daughter of Thomas Appleton and Jane Horner. Seven children were born to this couple. Two of them (George and Ada May) died at an early age and are buried in Luton Cemetery next to Daniel Row. The other children were Frances (1861 – 1950) who married a Mr. Van Dusen and lived in Michigan; Agnes Mary (1864 – 1948) who was married to a Mr. Mills and also lived in Michigan; Edward A. (1866 – 1934) who married Bessie Blashill of Aylmer; Amy Helen (1872 1917) was married and lived in Calgary; Cora Selina who was born 7 days after her father died in 1876 was married to Hugh Burger and lived in British Columbia. Her mother was married a second time to Hugh Burger’s father Fred.
John Henry Rowe and Edward Rowe both served in the Aylmer Militia. John Henry had earlier been one of the first members of the Vienna Infantry. He took his oath of allegiance in December 1864. In 1866 he served in Sarnia during the Fenian Raids. Apparently John liked Sarnia because he moved there in early 1900 with his wife Alice Barbara Crane. For his service in the Fenian Raids, John was awarded a medal and a tract of land in Northern Ontario.
The descendants of this family are many and widespread. The following are some of the local descendants.
Ethel Rowe, daughter of John and Alice, married John Hardy of Sarnia. John and Ethel had two daughters, Alice (Mrs. Maclntyre of Sarnia) and Norm (Mrs. Sanderson of Woodstock), Ethel Rowe died in 1961 in Sarnia. Her husband and her father died on the same day in the same house.
Emily Court Rowe married in 1873 to John Richardson. They had three children, Alta, Lillie and Earl. Alta was married twice, first to a Dr. Abell and secondly to a John Wilson. Alta had a son, Dr. Murray Abell by her first marriage and a daughter, Mrs. Doreen Winterton, by her second marriage. Emily died in 1933. Earl was also married and is buried in Aylmer Cemetery. Edward and Bessie (Blashill) Rowe had four known children, George, Helen (born 1916, Mrs. Morley Clunas), Cora (born 1925, Mrs. Elmore Perry) and Mary Agnes (born 1923, Mrs. Walter Dakins). Edward and Bessie’s grandchildren include Wayne E. Dakins (1942), Carol Ann Dakins (1946, married first to Hans Neef), Brenda Joan Dakins (1951) and Judy Elaine Dakins (1953).
Thanks go to Mrs. Alice Maclntyre of Sarnia for a lot of this information. Other information was obtained from Mrs. Lou Appleton of London and from the records of Tony Hofstee. If you have additional information please send to the Elgin County Branch attention Tony Hofstee.
SKINNER – GILETT – St. John SKINNER m. Ann GILETT c 1833. Resided Elgin County in Bayham Twp in 1851. Ch Helen (Elen) 1834/5, ________, Abner Daniel, Mercy 1844 New London, Janette, Albert, John 1847 died before 1860. Seeking information on parents of both St. John SKINNER and Ann GILETT. Patricia Lundy.
CARPENTER – GOFF (GOSS) – James CARPENTER , 62 (1861 Malahide census), wife Urana
GOFF (GOSS) , 53 and son David 17. In 1871 family went to Michigan where James died 1873. Family diary says Urana living Thamesford in 1885 (nearly blind). Family took girl Ester Chapman b 1856 St. Thomas? with them to Michigan. Any info appreciated Donald W. Carpenter.
McMILLAN – NORTHRUP – Would the ____________ McMILLAN who married Eliza NORTHRUP (dau George and Mary McCONNELL c 1866 in Aylmer area) be a descendant of the McMILLANS of the Isle of Colonsay, Scotland? or a relative of the McMILLANS of York County,Ontario 19th century – N. Gwillimbury or Lake Simcoe area? Janet Richardson.
DOAN – Joseph and Susan DOAN lived c 1845 lot 21 N on Edgeware Rd, Yarmouth Twp had 5 dau. Would like information on the husbands of the following; Sarah m Alf BORDEN; Amy b 1842 m James BARNES; Maria b 1845 m Abe DOAN. Brother of Joseph is said to have been David who also lived Yarmouth Twp m a Mary or Maria. Would like info on the families of Joseph and David. Max Doan.
BUCKLEY – JEWELL – Jane BUCKLEY m Thomas JEWELL, both of Charlotteville, Norfolk Co., Ont on May 1, 1852. Need info on birth, parents, death and cemetery of both BUCKLEY and JEWELL. Janice Rezar.
BULL – Stephen BULL, wife Betsey BREWER, ch Amos H. m Jane MARTIN 06 Oct 1863; Malissa m Peter V. GEROW 02 Oct 1860; Caroline m Samuel PARKS 03 Feb 1864. All living Dunwich Twp 1878. Dau Emily m William BALE 20 Apr 1865; Elizabeth m John BALE 04 Mar 1867 lived Northumberland County. Death dates of ch and info desc to Mrs. Mary E. Young.
KIRK – William KIRK b England c 1848 m Sarah b Quebec 1856; ch Terressa b Ont c 1875, Walter b Ont c 1876, Jane b Ont c 1879. Lived Yarmouth Twp, Elgin Co in 1881. Info on family to Mrs. Elna Schooley.
DURANT – Mary DURANT b England c 1794 lived Yarmouth Twp 1881. Any info to Mrs. Elna Schooley.
CUMMINS – MINARD – Seek parents of Hiram CUMMINS b c 1825 raised in Yarmouth/ Malahide area. Married before 1859 Mary Margaret MINARD of Sparta. Located 1877 Malahide con 5 lot 6.
MELLON – HALE – Wm. H. MILLAN (sic) m Rachel HALE of Malahide June 23, 1846, Rachel MELLON d 1911 bd St. Thomas Lived Lambton Co 1850 – 1860, she retd Elgin. Son Oscar S. MELLON m Mary Francelia FERGUSON of Jaffa in Port Stanley June 12, 1880. Four ch born Sparta 1881 -1886. Need any info parents Rachel, born CW 1823. Lived Pt. Stanley after returning to Elgin. Why was Rachel bd St. Thomas when she died London? Morley Mellen.
HUTCHINSON – Jenny and Edward HUTCHINSON had son Fred and daughter Elsie. Any info to Mary Ormerod.
TILLMAN – FRIEBURGER – Anthony TILLMAN of London Ont b c 1840 Paderborn Prussia m Annie Marie FRIEBURGER. lived perhaps Petersville, Middlesex Co. Need info on both, especially FRIEBURGER. Abbie H. Thompson.
THOMPSON – COOK – John THOMPSON printer and Harriet COOK lived St.Thomas c 1883 – 1887; parents of Hattie May b 1882 and Edna Louise b c 18 6. Were they also parents of twins Ruth & Harriet? Abbie H. Thompson.
DENNIS – Enos b 1796 liv Malahide near Mt. Salem, wife Mary McEWEN. Need death date, place of burial and children. Jacob 1811 – 1888, liv Bayham 1881, wife 1. Sarah JOHNSON, 2. Elizabeth CRANES, buried Luton. Known ch: Deborah (Alexander JOHNSON), Leah (Adam WOOLOVER), Serinda (Thomas PEARSON). Others? Martha DENNIS b 1815 m 1853 Isaac BOWLBY. Did they live Southwold? Any info on descendants. Mrs. Grace Noad.
BEARSS – STEEL – Daniel b Pennsylvania c 1790 came to Humberstone Twp Welland Co 1793 with prts David and Rhoda; m Ann STEEL dau of William STEEL (UEL) of Humberstone. Daniel and Ann may have moved to Malahide Twp Elgin Co 1819 (Ann received Crown Land grant in Con 8 lot 26), lived there until Dec 1836. Oh William, Samuel, Deborah, Daniel, David, Jonathan Abel (birthdates/places unknown). This Bearrs family has ties to Michigan (William died Tuscola). Any info appreciated. Miss Jean Bearss.
MILLS – Stephen MILLS, b 1786 son of Jesse and Martha of River Hebert, Nova Scotia, liv Iona Ont 1861 census with ch Jesse, Thomas, Peter, Samuel and John and many grandchildren. Peter listed as innkeeper. Would like to hear from anyone regarding Mills family. Stephen (d 1870), wife Jane ARMOUR (d 1872) and Joseph (d 1846) buried in Iona. Michael Mills.
ABELL – MILLER – Jabez ABELL, s/o Daniel & Rebecca of Bayham & Malahide, b Jan 18, 1807 Aylmer? m 1. Charlotte TYRREL ch Elizabeth Jane b Feb 2, 1830, Augustus Victor b Aug. 8, 1832, Roxana b 1834 d 1835, 2. Susan MILLER of Scotland on June 3, 1840 at Brantford Wesleyan Methodist. Of Windham? Moved to Illinois before 1843. Any info to Janna Larson. Will return Canadian postage.
BAILEY – PORTER – Albert Luscombe BAlLEY b 1854 m June 22, 1881 Lydia PORTER. Albert d 1884. Lydia remarried Jim SHEPPARD 1891? d in childbirth. Jim SHEPPARD married Lydia’s sister Elizabeth, prts Joseph & Almira PORTER bd Dunboyne Cem. Any info to Mrs. Lore Bailey.
McINTYRE – Samuel McINTYRE d 1827 wife Dorcas, son Daniel d 1857, his son Abraham d 1856. All bd Iona Cem. Cem on their land. Members Baptist Church. Came from Nova Scotia, need info this place. Harvey Maclntyre.
HANDS – BURGERS – MacKELLAR – McNEIL – Need info James HANDS born Euphemia Twp Lambton Co 1837 s/o James and Charlotte WEBSTER, liv Sanilac Co MI m 1864 Frances J. BURGERS b Oxford Co d/o Robert & Jane INNIS of New Brunswick d MI 1929; John McKELLAR b 1823 Elgin Co d MI m 1855 Catherine McNEIL b 1833 Middlesex Co. Mrs. Kathleen Hands.
FERGUSON – BALDWIN – LOVEJOY – ABBOT – Seeking prts of Calvin Abbot FERGUSON b 1824 Canada and Margaret BALDWIN b Aylmer 1830? They were married 1848 Metcalfe Twp Middlesex Co. owned land in Metcalfe and Malahide Twp. Came to Iowa via steamboat and covered wagon c 1858. Among their children was a son Sewell Snow FERGUSON. Maiden name of Margaret BALDWIN’s mother believed to be LOVEJOY. Any info about family or further research appreciated. Doris Rembold.
ASHTON – PULLEN – Wm. ASHTON b Cornwall Eng 1840 came to Kent Co 1866. Lived Lot 21 & 22 Con 11 Orford Twp d Oct 24, 1884 bd Gosnell Cem. Married Sarah PULLEN d Feb. 5, 1919 AE 78 bd Gosnell Cem. Info on place of birth in Cornwall and their prts appreciated. Mrs. Shirley G. Mills.
PURCELL – MULLIGAN – Hector PURCELL (s/o Archibald b Argyleshire, Scot 1815 d Dec. 14, 1898 bd Purcell Cem m Catherine McLEAN Sep 18, 1838, she b Mar 1825 d Sep 26, 1905 bd Purcell Cem) b Aldborough Twp 1840/1. died Nov. 3, 1925 bd Rodney Cem m. Dec 1, 1869 Margaret J. MULLIGAN (d/o Henry b c 1816 Ireland came to Canada by 1840 and Margaret b 1827?) b 1844? d Aug. 22, 1922. Mrs. Shirley Mills.
HARDY – MERRILL – William HARDY m Sarah MERRILL Simcoe 31 Dec 1845. Hardys with ch in Simcoe 1851 census and Burford Twp Brant Co 1861 census. No death recorded for Wm. HARDY between 1869 & 1883. Info to Merrill Jones.
HARDING – WESTOVER – John C. HARDING b CW c 1805 died Benton Co Iowa 1856; m Elizabeth WESTOVER? c 1835/6 Canada; owned north half of Lot 14 con 4 Malahide Twp Elgin Co early 1850’s; sold to a Mr. Pritchard c 1854 and removed to Benton Co. Known ch Corinthia, Eliza, Mary Catherine, Newton Delas, Martha – all CW before 1854. Need all data. Ms. Carol V. Briggs.
THOMAS – BROWN – Stephan b 3 May 1834 Bloomfield CW s/o William & Sabra? m Sophia BROWN (parents unknown) b 24 June 1833 Orwell CW. Son Eugean Thomas b Orwell 1 Aug 1857 d 1 Nov 1857. Family to US by 1858 where daughter born in Fentonville now Fenton, Genessee Co MI. Stephen B. THOMAS d 28 March 1876 Corunna MI. Sophia J. Brown THOMAS death date unknown, Glenn Crandell.
DELLAMETER – CUTLER (CULTER, CUTTER) – John DELLAMETER b 3 May 1834 at New York m Relfia “Leavey’ CUTLER b Yarmouth Center Ont d/o Francis CUTLER. Married 05 Oct 1864 by Rev. D. V. Rowland at Cole’s Hotel, St. Thomas, both from South Dorchester. Family moved to Michigan 1868. Any info to Glenn Crandell.
CLOW – HAYES – Lucy CLOW wife of Edmund CLOW dau of Asahel HAYES and Margaret. In Ontario in 1840. Any info on this family appreciated. Merrill Jones.
CRABBE – PAGE – John CRABBE m Eliza PAGE c 1832 Tyrconnel. Any info on this family to JoAnne DeWilde.
BLASHILL – George BLASHILL b c 1856 Uxbridge Ont according to obit. Came to Aylmer c
1900 m Katherine also b Uxbridge. Ch Alber (to Tonawanda NY), George (to Buffalo NY), Bessie Jane (1887, m Edward ROWE), Charlotte (1883, m Solon BAUGHMAN), Floyd, Alvin, Harry & Margaret. Any info appreciated. Tony Hofstee.
DAKINS – William James DAKINS m Sermantha SLAUGHTER. William d. March 5, 1925, bd Dorchester Union Cem. Is he son of William & Elizabeth bd in same cem in Dorchester Ont? When & where did family settle in North Dorchester? William according to census b Quebec. Any info on DAKINS or SLAUGHTER to Tony Hofstee.
Information is requested on the Reverend Reuben CRANDALL who was a minister of the Baptist Church in Aylmer. Any information on him or his life as minister would be appreciated, pictures would also be appreciated. He travelled the entire area of Elgin County and was also a resident of Southwold Township for many years. He died 28 September 1853 at Aylmer and is buried in Burdick Cemetery. He was married two time 1. Lida Mace and 2. Julia Smith BEAMER. One son Jesse was a lay preacher and lived in Fingal where he is buried. One daughter Lydia married Solomon SMITH and after his death she married John MINER. Any info on Rev. Reuben Crandell and his daughter Lydia should be sent to Glenn Crandell. He would also like to correspond with any relatives.
Cemetery lists are available on request.
If you have any pictures of Elgin County residents in armed forces uniform would you please forward a copy to us so that we can donate it to the Elgin Military Museum. Also if your ancestor was in any militia unit in Elgin County please let us know. Documents or copies thereof will also be accepted.
Hopefully this will be a new feature of our newsletter. In this section you can list any odd names you are looking for. Hopefully our membership will look in local telephone books and directories to see if there are any such names in their area. For example
HOORNSTRA – DeVOS – VOS – VAN DER SLUIS – TANJA to Tony Hofstee.