Talbot Times 1987 June








Volume VI                    Issue 2            June 1987


In about 1890 Hiram Walker Distillers started a rail line out of Walkerville, Ontario, which extended to Leamington. It was known as The Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway and opened an outlet to the east. The line was later built on to Ridgetown, where they had an engine house and terminal facilities.

St. Thomas was the next extension of the line, and the first train ran into St. Thomas on June 1, 1901.

The Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway secured running rights over the London and Port Stanley Railway prior to extending the line to St. Thomas. They also secured the Erie and Huron Railway, which operated between Sarnia and Erieau.

Early in 1902 The Lake Erie and Detroit River Railway was taken over by the Pere

Marquette Railway Company, and an agreement was made with the Michigan Central Railway for the Pere Marquette Railway to have running rights to the Niagara Frontier, in order that they might handle their through freight business, through to eastern connections.

In 1904 the Pere Marquette Railway built a general repair shop at St. Thomas in order to repair their power operating on the Canadian Division,

On July 1, 1915 the Pere Marquette Railway discontinued their operation of the London and Port Stanley Railway. During the period of operating the London and Port Stanley Railway, a car ferry was operated between Conneaut, Ohio and Port Stanley.

The big car ferries brought coal cars across Lake Erie. In 1909, during a terrible December storm the Bessemer, No, 1, floundered off the north shore, with all hands on board going to their deaths. The big ferry was seen ghosting past Port Stanley early in the morning, her sirens blowing distress signals. A large coal business was handled out of Port Stanley to other railway connections at St. Thomas and London. The coal business is presently handled over the docks of the Lake Erie Coal Company at Erieau, brought in by the steamer The Alexander Leslie.

On June 6, 1947, the Pere Marquette Railway Company and The Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company merged their two lines, and the former Pere Marquette Railway Company is now operated under the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company.     In 1951 the diesel power was introduced on the Canadian Division which had the effect of discontinuing all operations with steam locomotives.

The stations on the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Company in Elgin County are as follows: Rodney, West Lorne, Dutton, Iona, Shedden, Middlemarch and St. Thomas.

Written:    July 25, 1952.

Conductors seniority list. (1888 – 1914) and hiring date.

Segner L., 1888; Whitely M.W., 1892; Bennett B.W., 1892; Gossip P., 189?; Mclnnis P., 1898; Pock F.W., 1898 (died 1934; Martin P.G. 1899; O’Loane W., 1899; O’Loane

W.D., 1900; Hayes G., 1901; Fisher D.B. 1901; Eberts A.R., 1901; Hunter W., 1902;

Netherton J., 1902; Wood E., 1904; Loftus W., 1904; McPetrie F.J., 1903; Neil G., 1903;

Hutchinson W., 1903; Norman H., 1903; Clegg J., 1904; Vaughn C., 1904; McManus

M.J., 1904; Howarth R.B., 1904; Brown H., 1904; Shipway J., 1904; Ryan J., 1904; Tye

F., 1904; Roberts H., 1905; McFarlane C., 1906; Hamilton C., 1907; Chamberlain C.,

1907; Ward B., 1908; Scott K., 1909; Hunter J.A., 1909; Brady T., 1909; Watson F., 1909; Plastow W.B., 1909; Flint E.,1910; Brown N.J., 1910; Howard A.W., 1911; Gray W.D., 1912; Fleming J., 1913; Dodson J., 1914; Buchner F., 1914.

Engineers seniority list. (1890-1916) and hiring date.

Gubb G., 1890; Burwell D., 1891;Austin J., 1892;Flowers J., 1897; Evans A., 1897;

Robinson W.B.,1898; Easton J., 1899; Dodson J., 1900; Mulligan J., 1900; Wilkie C.,

1900; Barclay F., 1901; Gant J., 1901; Shuel N., 1902; Brown T.A.,1903; Ashby A.,

1903; Smith B.L. 1903; Smith F.E., 1903; McManus J.M., 1904; McKenzie W., 1904;

Buckpitt H., 1904; Blair J.P., 1904; Little T., 1904; Johnston F.P., 1904; Brewer Geo.,

1904; Rheintgen G.T., 1904; Mead L., 1908; Mannix G., 1909; Fletcher C., 1909; Elliott

E., 1909; Foster R., 1909; Mills F., 1909; Smith J.W. 1909; Pembroke J., 1909 Wagland

F., 1909; Holmes T., 1912; Alexander A., 1912; Fleming J., 1912; Cordery A., 1912;

Marshall T.A., 1915; Blakey H., 1915; Dunlop C.H. 1915; Fowler R., 1915; Kitchen F.,

1915; Balsden J.F., 1915; Searle W., 1915; Butcher W., 1915; Smout H., 1915; Donaldson J.C. 1916; Stephens B.C., 1916;

Brakemen seniority list (1906-1918) and hiring date.

Lindly W., 1906; Hewson P., 1907; Beal A.J. 1910; Jolly W.W., 1911; Logan N.1913;

Myers W., 1913; Robertson F., 1916; Oatman F., 1916; Paige F.A. 1916; Donaldson R.,

1917; Chrysler W., 1917; O’Brien V., 1917; Padbury B., 1917; Carruthors F., 1918;

Egley E., 1918; McAuley J.A., 1918; Snyder W.E., 1918; Allen G.A., 1918; Johnson

W.A., 1918; McKinley J.C. 1918; Babcock J., 1918; Whittingham E., 1918; Bartman

G.,1918; Robbins F.J., 1918.

Agents and Operators, location and date hired (1889-1915)

Bolton P.G., Ruthven, 1889; Prosser N.J., Ridgetown, 1897; Julien H.( ?),E., Wheatley,

1902; Carson, A., Sarnia, 1903. Robertson J.W., Merlin, 1903; Osterhout C.E., Dresden

1904; Wanless J., St. Thomas, 1905; Quick A.C., Harrow, 1906; Decon J.B., Sarnia,

1907; Ross D., Courtright 1907; Claus H.S., Dutton, 1908; Julien W., 1908; Hall G.W.,

Kingsville, 1908; Brad B.R., 1908; Estabrook W.C., Erieau 1911; Williams A.R., Blenheim, 1911; Burger W.J., St. Thomas, 1915;

Many Thanks to J.J. Cassidy, Asst. Superintendent, Canadian Division, of the Chessie System Railroads for supplying this information.

Continued from page 14 of the March newsletter:

Archives of other denominations are listed in Some Ontario References and Sources for the Family Historian, by M.C.Kirk and A.L.Kirk, pp. 20—22.

Many Church registers have been published in printed form. For a complete list up to 1976, see Some Ontario References and Sources pp. 23-26. Many original and microfilm registers are located at the Public Archives of Canada and the Provincial Archives of Ontario. For a list of those held by the Public Archives of Canada see Checklist of Parish Registers, by Marielle Campeau and Patricia Kennedy, (Ottawa, 1975).


Census returns for Ontario can contain much helpful information. The early censuses of Ontario were taken for Auguata Township, and Grenville County only. They cover the years 1796, 1806,1813, 1823 and 1824.

General Ontario censuses were taken in 1842, 1848, and 1850. These censuses were taken throughout the area of Upper Canada. The 1848 and 1850 censuses are somewhat incomplete. The censuses from 1796 to 1850 only mention the head of the household and so are usually only helpful in determining the location of an individual during the census year.

The censuses following 1850 are all nominal. They are available for the years 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881. These censuses usually provide the following information on all household members: name, age,sex, county or province of birth, religion, racial origion, occupation, martial status, education. The censuses from 1796 to 1881 are available on microfilm from the Public Archives of Canada (PAC). Those from 1796 to 1871 are also available at the Genealogical Society Library, Salt Lake City, Utah. The censuses from 1891 to the present are not yet available to the public.


Land records particularly petitions for crown grants, can be very helpful, Many times land records are the only genealogical resource available for early settlers. Originally all Ontario land belonged to the crown, Although a very small amount of settling took place immediately after the beginning of British rule in 1763, the first major settling of Upper Canada by means of crown grants began in 1783, Most of these ‘free” grants were made to United Empire Loyalists and discharged Soldiers. From 1796 to 1827, free grants were made to “priviledged” individuals that is governmental figures, friends and family of royalty, as well as the loyalists and their descendants, Land was also granted to a growing number of ordinary settlers (primarily immigrants) who did not have to purchase the land per se, but had to pay certain fees and perform settlement duties. Petitions for grants were made to the lieutenant—governor in council until 1827, when all petitions were made to a commissioner of crown lands. Free grants were abolished in 1827 except to loyalists, their descendants, and soldiers. All land sales after the initial crown grant were the responsibility of the various local land registry offices. The most useful of the crown grant records are:

Petitions Petitions provide a great amount of information. They usually contain names, ages, and parentage of family members, record of their military service, land settlement date, and other information.

Patents – certificates. These records show ownership. They are deeds issued to a petitioner.

They usually contain the name of the grantee, the date of the grant, and the description of the land.

Warrants – fiats. These documents authorize the making and location of the grant. They usually contain names and dates.

Series L3 at the Public Archives of Canada contains the important Petitions from 1791 to 1841 for Upper Canada and from 1841 to 1867 for the province of Canada. There are indexes to the minute books as well as a nominal index to the land petitions made to the lieutenant governor.

Record Group 1 at the Provincial Archives of Ontario contains among other records, Petitions and Applications made to the commissioner of crown lands for the period 1827-65.

Available at the Provincial Archives of Ontario on microfilm are the abstract indexes to deeds from the land registry offices. These books contain the property transfers from the time of the crown grants to about 1958. These books are arranged by lot and concession in the township. They contain dates, names, descriptions of the land, and other data. The Genealogical Society in Salt Lake City also has a microfilm copy of these abstract books. Besides the indexes, the Provincial Archives of Ontario has the actual deeds from 1876 to the present and must be reviewed at the land registry offices themselves.


Probate papers, including wills and letters of administration of estates, can provide exact or approximate death dates and relationships especially for the period before civil registration of deaths, A court of probate was established for the whole province of Upper Canada in 1793. At that time, surrogate courts for the five existing judicial districts were also created, Record Group 22, series GI, in the Provincial Archives of Ontario contains the court of probate records for the years 1793-1858. An index for these for the period 1796-1858 usually provides names, residences, and the year of probate and tells the type of document,

In 1858 both the Court of Probate and the district surrogate courts were abolished. County surrogate courts were set up in their place. Applications to these surrogate courts for grant of probate or administration notice were given to the provincial surrogate clerk, later termed the “registrar of the Supreme Court of Ontario,” A search of the applications (1858 – present) and the index made by the registrar can help to determine if a probate was granted and if so, in what county.

The Provincial Archives of Ontario houses origionals or microfilms of the district surrogate records (1793 — 1858), the county surrogate records and indexes (1858 – 1900) and the general index to applications from 1858 to 1900), which is arranged alphabetically for each year.

The majority of the surrogate records mentioned above to about 1900 as well as many indexes which extend for several years after 1900 are available on microfilm at the Genealogical Society Library in Salt Lake City.


Court records are considered public records and are open for review, Civil and criminal records are sent from the court to the Provincial Archives of Ontario after seventy years. Courts of justice in Ontario date from 1789. The courts of quarter sessions provide for local government up to 1842. Most of the records are not indexed,     Records such as those of the Court of Queen’s Bench (1837 — 42), bonds licenses, and certificates (1803 — 17), and returns of fines levied (1798 – 1867); are available on microfilm at the Public Archives of Canada.

An excellent explanation of court records and their use in genealogy is: Gordon

Dodds, Court Fecords as a Genealogical Source in Ontario, ”Readings in Ontario Genealogical Sources, compiled by Don Wilson (1979) pp. 94-105.


For the period before 1865 there exists no particularly useful imigration records for Ontario. Only a few passenger lists pertaining to British subsidized emigration schemes have been located for the period 1817—31. A few other passenger lists for this period can be found in various collections of papers in the Public Archives of Canada.     Early Americans and other immigrants had to take an oath of allegiance before they could receive crown land grants. (British subjects were always exempt from taking such caths), Record Group 847 in the Public Archives of Canada contains these oaths. The indexes for these records have been published in Families (the publication of the Ontario Genealogical Society) vol. 18, no. 3 and vol. 19, nos. 1—3. Neutralization records for the period 1865-1917 have been destroyed, but a nominal card Index to them still remains in the custody of the Citizenship Registration Branch of the department of the Secretary of State, 130 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5H6.


Military Records can be an important source of genealogy data. Although the military force of Upper Canada up to 1812 consisted mostly of British troups, the colonies had their own local militias composed of able-bodied men from sixteen to sixty years of age. Muster Roll books and pay lists for these local troups (for the years 1837—50) and for the British Units (1759-1839) are found in the Public Archives of Canada. These usually provide the name, rank, station and sometimes age of the soldier. Personal files are the most informative military records, They usually contain much personal information on the soldier or officer. Except for records of officers most of these records are of relatively recent origin and are not yet generally available. The records of the Office of the Commander of British Forces in Canada are of great importance to the genealogist.     There is an index to soldiers’ names for this collection. For more details concerning the nature of this and other military collections see The Canadian Genealogical Handbook, by Eric Jonasson, pp. 180-92, and Tracing Your Ancestors in Canada by the Public Archives of Canada, pp. 22-23.


Information contained in newspapers, although sometimes inacurate can often provide important historical and vital information. Many local newspapers carry birth and marriage announcements. Obituaries are probably the most important newspaper item for the genealogists. The Provincial Archives of Ontario has an extensive collection of early Ontario newspapers, including many denominational newspapers. A film collection of the newspapers for the years 1793—1867 is found at the Toronto Central Library.


Many cities and county directories from the 1840’s are available.  These can help in locating individuals in a certain place, especially when their names do not appear in the census. See Patricia Lockhard Flemming, “Bibliography of Ontario Directories to 1867,” Ontario Library Review 59, no. 2.

The Provincial Archives of Ontario has several excellent Ontario gazetteers.     Various companies published excellent county atlases during the 1870’s and 1880’s. These contain maps of townships which show the names of settlers. The Genealogical Society Library in Salt Lake City has many of these atlases.


Provincial Archives of Ontario        Public Archives of Canada 77 Grenville St.,                395 Wellington St.

Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1B3            Ottawa, Ontario, M4T 2L7

Ontario Genealogical Society,        Toronto Central Library

40 Orchard View Blvd., Suite 253    Baldwin Room

Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M4R 1B9    214 College St.,

Phone (416) 489-0734                Toronto, Ontario, M5T 1R3

Ontario Historical Society 1466 Bathurst St.

Toronto, Ontario, M5R 3J3


Keffer, Marion C.; Kirk, Robert F., and Kirk, Audrey L. Some Ontario References and Sources for the family Historian. Rev. ed. Toronto: Ontario Genealogical Society, 1976.

Public Archives of Canada. Tracing Your  Ancestors in Canada. Ottawa 1979.

Wilson, Don, comp. Readings in  Ontario Genealogical Sources. 1979.

Jonasson, Eric. The Canadian Genealogical Handbook. 2nd ed. rev. Winnipeg : Wheatfield Press, 1978.

Keffer, Marion Christina, “Ontario -Genealogical Resources.” National Genealogical Society Quarterly 67 (1979): 14-24.

Permission is granted for non—profit organizations such as historical, & genealogical societies to reproduce this outline in full or part. Please give proper credit,

Genealogical Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1983 (Apr) LRJ/BEK-se

Research outline. Series B, No. 960


MARCH: Allan Houghson a local undertaker related some interesting things he had read in some of the old funeral home books, one said, died suddenly, nothing serious, and another, went to bed and never woke up.

Allan handed out Statement of Death forms from the office of the Receiver General. He told us that if a death occurs while you are away from your home area, you should contact your hometown undertaker, not the undertaker where you are visiting, Your local undertaker will contact all necessary people and make all necessary arrangements. Allan explained that embalming helps to prevent the spread of disease.

Our group had coffee and cake to celebrate five years since the first local meeting took place.

APRIL: Dave and Judy Mitten were both guests at our meeting, Judy was the speaker for the evening, her main topic was “Wills”, Judy said genealogists will do anything for a date! She encouraged everyone to make their people come alive.

In 1792 probate court was established at Niagara-on-the-Lake, in 1858 probate court was abolished.

There are four places to look for wills at the archives, they are 1) the land registry office index 2) check copies of probate court copy book 3) surrogate court records 4) miscellaneous wills index. For early wills ask for the pre 1900 general register.     Mrs. Mitten touched on the Church Register Project and said pre 1900 and pre 1869 records are very important the latter being often the only records before required registration in 1869.

MAY:    Don Cousins and Steve Peters two local genealogists and historians teamed up to give an interesting talk on photography.  Don said, in 1839 pictures were thought of as, “Remarkable objects of curiosity — like reflections in a looking glass.“

Steve based his talk on his notes from the research he did on early photographers in St. Thomas. His list of early St. Thomas photographers was printed in the March Talbot Times, He started with, W.H. McWhinney (1850) the earliest photographer listed for St. THomas, and went down the list giving a brief outline of each of the photographers on the list.

Don spoke on the different type of prints and had some of each kind to pass around to his audience.

Don, had a picture of the Gilchrist Hotel in St. Thomas – no one seemed to know the actual location of this business. Perhaps you could let us know if you have that information.

Steve and Don brought many pictures with them and had them on display for anyone who wished to view them, during the evening.

QUERIES — Elgin Branch Members are allowed two (2) queries published free of charge in each newsletter. If a member submits a number of queries at one time we will print two (2) each newsletter unless they wish to pay $ 3.00 per query for each extra item. Non—members are charged $ 3.00 per query. In order to provide better service we are suggesting you mail all Queries directly to Mrs. Lloyd G. (Norma) Smith, R.R.# 4, St.Thomas, Ontario, N5P 3S8. May I ask that all Queries for the September Newsletter reach me before August 5, 1987. Queries received after that date will be published in the following newsletter.

F.Y.I.    Commonly used short forms

anc        ancestor c or ca     about desc         descendants b        born cem        cemetery info        information bd        buried ch        children m        married bapt        baptized dau        daughter

prts        parents

WESTOVER – PRATT – HUNTLEY – Researching WESTOVER in Ontario and Quebec; PRATT in Elgin County, HUNTLEY in Ontario. Info to Donald ERKFRITZ, 7905 Eston Rd. So. Clarkson, MI. 48016 — 8216.

BENJAMIN– Maria (CALCUT) wife of Joseph – b 20 April 1844, Ekfrid Twp, bd Strathroy Cem 12 Sept 1932. Looking for any info on her several ch. Info to Mrs. Barbara

FERGUSON, 16 New St., St.Thomas, Ont. N5P 2N1

CALCUT – George, b 28 Oct. 1854 and sister Maryann, b 25 Dec. 1845 – Ekfrid Twp. At time of their mother’s Rhoda CALCUT’s death 1913, George was living in Montana & Maryann (do not know married name) was living in Marlette, MI. Any info to Mrs. Barbara FERGUSON, above address.

MCARTHUR, James- Census 1842: Aldborough, b ca 1815 m Isabella b ca 1822.  Ch:    John b ca 1840; Donald b ca 1846; Dougal b ca 1849; Flora b ca 1851; James b ca 1854; Mary b ca 1856; Catherine b ca 1859. Believe son James moved to Chicago and died there March 1920. Wife: Ellen McVICAR : 7 children. Info to Ms LaVerne ELLIOTT, 411 Las Lomas Way, Walnut Creek, CA. 94598.

MCARTHUR, Archibald- Census 1861: Aldborough- b ca 1823 m Catherine b ca 1831. Ch:    Arch. Jr. b ca 1852: Dougal b ca 1854: Alex b ca 1856: Margaret b ca 1858: Donald b ca 1860: Mary b ca 1863: Flora b ca 1865: Sarah b ca 1868.Above address.

BURWELL, James, b 1754 New Jersey, d Elgin Co. Rec’d Crown Grant Lot 13 N.T.R.E.B. Southwold Twp., Elgin Co. He and his wife Hannah FRAZEE and others were bd in a small, private cem on adjacent Lot 12, N.T.R.E.B. The iron fence and stones were removed about 35 years ago. Were the inscriptions recorded before removal of the stones? Three tombstones and several base stones now lie along the driveway on Lot 12. One large base stone measures three feet square by 14 inches thick. Could this be the base for James Burwell’s tombstone? If so the monument must have been quite large. What became of this tombstone? Does anyone remember anything about this cem? Does anyone have a close up or distant picture of it? Any info to Lloyd H. BURWELL, 186 Dunwoody Dr., Oakville, Ont. L6J 4G4

McINTYRE James, m Margaret. When? Where? What was her family name? They lived in Southwold Where? Three ch: Susan b 1848, m 16 April 1873 to George ANNETT; Bridget Minerva b 1851, m 24 May 1970, Samuel William BURWELL; Sarah Ann b 1857, m 14 April 1873, William Stephans. Seek info on James and Margaret, their prts and descendants. Info to Lloyd H.BURWELL, above address.

TUCKER – PHILLIPS – Seeking info on family of Phoebe TUCKER LEE, prts b England, John TUCKER b 1814 & Jemima PHILLIPS b 1824. Ch: Christiana 1852, John 1854, Sarah 1856, Mariah 1857, Elizabeth 1859, Phoebe 1862 m 1880 Job LEE b Simcoe, William Edward 1863. Near Tweed, Hastings Co. on 1861 – 1871 Census. Must have come West to meet Job near Round Plain. Job, Phoebe & William to Michigan. Info to Mary Louise LEE, 2316 Calumet, Flint, MI 48503.

HARRIS – Haggan Papers give a HARRIS genealogy but there is no indication what Port Burwell area settler it is for. HELP!. lnfo to R.W. McCURDY, 4 Cold Spring Ave., North Providence, RI 02911.

MOORE-McCURDY – Sarah Jeanette of Bayham Twp m 8 Jan 1864 Albert MOORE, d 25 March 1881, s/o Andrew & Deborah (BOUGHNER) MOORE. Seek issue if any. Info to R.W. McCURDY, above address.

BAKER – HICKS – William BAKER, b c 1799; m Margaret HICKS(b c 1804), 28 May 1824, Launcells, Cornwall; Ch: Robert, Ann, John, William, Isaac, Samuel, Charles, Elizabeth, Mary, Thomas. Immigrated with family from Cornwall (family tradition says village of BUDE) to 10th concession, Yarmouth Twp, in 1847. Seek ancestry, birthplaces, dates of births of children. Any info on events in their lives to Jon K. Shidler, Route 8, Box 154, Coatesville, PA, 19320. USA.

BLEWETT – COLLINS – George John BLEWWETT Jr. b 13 May 1804, England; prts George John (Sr) and Mary; m Elizabeth COLL1NS, b c 1804 England; Ch: Elizabeth, George, Frances, Mary, John, Kate, William, Bassett, Lucy. Immigrated with family (dau Elizabeth remained in England) from Cornwall (family tradition says village of Dubwalls) to Yarmouth Twp, in 1850. Seek ancestry: birthplaces; dates and places of marriage, births of children; any info on events in their lives to Jon K. SHIDLER, above address.

WANTED – Information concerning capsizing of a large boat with loss of life and a number of horses on County Fair Circuit, ca 1871. in Southern Ontario??? Info to Margaret Daugharty, 15 Locust St., St.Thomas, Ontario, N5R 2C2.

MILLS Nathaniel, m Rebecca EBERLE, dau of Sarah SELLS and John EBERLE. Ch: 3 sons, Chauncey Loren moved to Michigan, Henry Nathaniel to Kansas. Both bd in Fingal cem. Southwold Twp, Elgin Co., William Francis m Ada GOODWILLIE. Seek birthplace and parents of Nathaniel. info to Jean T. MILLS, 15429 Reid Road, Romeo, MI. 48065.

WESTOVER George b 1821 C.W. d 1873. m Clarissa Eunice PRITCHARD, Con 4, lot 35, Malahide, Elgin Co. Would like info of his parents, brothers and sisters. William R. WESTOVER, 147 Centennial Ave., St.Thomas, Ontario. N5R 5B1.

SMALL – STIDWELL – Mary Ann SMALL b ca 1844, d ?, m Samuel STIDWELL or STEAVWELL, and they lived at one time in Wallacetown area. Two known sons: Theodore, d 22 yrs of age and son George, m Maggie ? and had 2 sons, living in Detroit. Can anyone help? Mrs. Mona Aitken, 307 Wedgewood Drive, London, Ont., N5V 2G7.

SMALL Edmund: b ca 1819, England, m Mary HILL 1822-1959: m Julia THORNTON Mar 1, 1876 when both were 57; m Rebecca ?, of St.Thomas and was killed by a train there. Had a dau Charlotte. Found him with Julia on 1891 Aldborough Twp census, Elgin Co. Any desc in that area? Where are Julia Thornton SMALL or Rebecca SMALL bd.? Registrar General’s record reveals knowing up to 1919!!! Contact Mona Aitken, above address.

BARTER, William, m Margaret McINTYRE in Yarmouth Twp, Elgin Co., 1857. William arrived Elgin Co. 1852 from Devonshire Co., England and moved to Williamson Co., IL ca 1862. Any info on BARTER family in Elgin Co. during this period appreciated.  Jimmy D. W1GGS, 1924 Burlingame Drive, Huntsville, Alabama 35803.

McINTYRE – Margaret, b Canada 1839, dau of Archibald McINTYRE and Rachel McKELLAR, m William BARTER 1857 Yarmouth Twp Elgin Co., then moved to Illinois 1862. Seeking info on Archibald McINTYRE family in Canada and origins in Scotland believed to be Argylshire Co.. Info to Jimmy D. W1GGS, above address.

BALE– Josiah b ca. 1868, William b ca 1871 and Peter b ca 1875, all sons of John BALE and Elizabeth BULL living in Dunwich Twp., Elgin Co. 1881. Seek contact with desc. info to Mary E. YOUNG 2470 Plata Dr., Santa Rosa CA 95401.

BULL – Clayton, b Dec 1870, William b ca 1869, sons of Amos H. BULL and Jane MARTIN living in Dunwich Twp. Elgin Co. 1881. Seek contact with desc. Info to Mary E. YOUNG, above address.

SWINDEL -GILBERT– Looking for family of Jessie Pearl GILBERT who married Platt SWINDEL of London, Ontario and Lottie May GILBERT who married George HIEPLEH of Aylmer, Ontario. info to Susan GIACHERIO, 1695 Woodstock, Canton, MI, 48188.

DONALDSON-HOLLAND– Looking for family of Bertie DONALDSON who married Mr. HOLLAND, who live in Vancouver, also McIntosh DONALDSON who lives in Alberta. Info to Susan Giacherio, above address.

COOK – Jonathan, b 20 July 1822, in Suffolk,England or Etobicoke Twp, Toronto, Canada, m Mary BIGHAM 1 July 1840. Jonathan d 4 June 1887, Mary b 20 July 1823, d 23 March 1893. Both bd Edward’s Cem, Tyneside, Ontario. Had 11 ch. Jonathan’s parents could be Jonathan COOK and Mary Ann? Mary’s parents were Andrew BIGHAM and Mary COPELAND. Any info to Mrs. John REINHARDUS, 51 Alden Street, Chatham, Ontario N7L 1N9.

CHESTER – John b 15 March 1824, Northumberland, England, died 18 Oct 1905. Came to Canada 1882. Married first wife, Hannah? ,in England. Had 2 ch, Mary Ann b 3 Sept 1849 and Robson, both b England. Any info to Mrs John REINHARDUS, above.

BRADFIELD – Henry, B ca 1823, England 7. Farmer, m prob early 1850’s in Niagara Falls area (Ontario? U.S?) to Nancy Myron VAUGHN b ca 1832, prob US. Henry d ca 1883, Houghton Centre, Houghton Two, Norfolk Co. Ontario. Nancy d 28 Nov prob 1902, Houghton Centre, Houghton Twp, Norfolk Co. Ontario, Ch: Mary Elizabeth, John Henry, Ada, Evertine (Effie), Thomas, Ida Maude, Lionel Bertram and 2 others. All info to Karen S. PENDELL, 1408 Bayberry Lane, Midland, MI 48640.

BUNDY – George, b 1821, England, farmer, shoemaker, postmaster, m 29 Apr 1850, Baptist Chapel, Downton, England to Anna EASTMAN, b 1828, England. George d 19 Sept 1880, Houghton Tspm Norfolk Co., Ontario. Anna died???? Ch: Elizabeth Sarah, Elihu Isaac, Florence Sabina, Sabina Jemima, Florence Lydia, Alfred Albert, Marcus Henry, Thirza Mary, William Samuel. Info to Karen PENDELL ABOVE.

MILLIGAN – HUNT – Seek info on prts and relatives of James MILLIGAN, b Three Rivers, Quebec, 20 Jan 1831. Lived in Fingal, Southwold Twp, Elgin Co., 1861—1880, m Mary Jane HUNT 23 June 1859 poss Westminster, Middlesex Co. Ch: Albert Franklin, Letitia and William. Letitia m 1. John R. LAWRENCE, in St. Thomas, 2. a cousin Archibald Campbell in CA. The 2 sons moved to South Dakota. James moved with Mary Jane and ch to St. Thomas in 1880. She died there in 1897,he died 6 Sept 1907. info to Susan B. Simonson, 805 South Drive, Fargo, N.D. 58103, USA.

STACEY Benjamen, b in England ca 1812. m Christina STEVENS 6 Jan 1836 at St. Thomas. Seek any info on origin in England or who he emigrated with. Info to Nancy BROWN, 311 Elgin ST., Sarnia, Ontario, N7T 5B5.

GOODHUE, Benjamin and Nancy ? from Maidstone, Kent, England. Immigrated to Elgin Co., about 1838 with ch:    Benjamin, Amelia, Elisha, Sarah, William, Alice, George, and Frances. Esther, Anne and Charlotte b in Elgin Co., Seek any info- Nancy BROWN, above address.

WALLACE, David and wife Ganet (Janet?) b Scotland , from “A Pioneer History of Elgin Co.” He lived on the Talbot Rd in Southwold, Lot # 9 in 1817. Are in 1851 Census. His dau Margaret, m Timothy BURWELL in 1825 in the St. Thomas Church. interested in who David’s other ch were. info to Grace C. WAY, 3304 Phillip Ave., Fint, MI 48507

STANSELL John Lawrence, 1875-1956 m Alma Edith? is he son of Riley STANSELL, 1856 – 1945 and wife Mary A.? and grandson of Laurence Riley STANSELL, 1810-1873 and wife Elsie M1TCHELL, 1817-1908. All bd in Straffordville Cem. info to Mrs. Helen PINCOMBE, # 308-82 Parkside Dr., St. Thomas, Ontario, N5R 3T9.

MITCHELL – Were Alexander MITCHELL and wife Elizabeth DAVIS prts of Louise Mitchell DEAN 1870—1955, Kitty MITCHELL 1877—1882, Alberta MITCHELL 18791963, Ida MITCHELL 1882-1970 who m Clayton MITCHELL? Would like to correspond with a desc of Ephriam Cole MITCHELL and wife Mary Ann McCALL. All info to Mrs Helen PINCOMBE, above address.

BURKHOLDER, Henry and wife Katie are bd in Springfield cem, Elgin Co. Who and when did daus Henrietta and Elizabeth and Sarah marry? Did son Alfred marry? When? All info to Mrs. H. C. BURKHOLDER, 251 Second St. STOUFFVILLE, Ont.L4A 1B9

SISLER Joshua lived in Aylmer, Elgin Co., 1899. Who was his wife? Family? When born? Died? Occupation? All info to Mrs. H.C. BURKHOLDER, above address.

STEEL Jacob (Jake) b 10 Dec 1819 Blaine Farm, Brantford Twp, Brant Co., Ont. 13th ch of John and Catherine (LONG) STEEL; m Catherine Hope STEWART; 1852 farmed Con 2, Lot 17 S E Dumfries Twp, d 15 Aug 186S 45 yrs. Ch: Harriet J., Mary, John William. Seek dates, b, m, d, and where bd. Catherine poss lvd later yrs at Union, Elgin Co., Any info appreciated. postage refunded. Info to Lorene Slack CULLEN, # 101 1419 22nd St., Brandon, Man. R7B 2P3.

STEEL Harriet J., b Brantford Twp Brant Co., m Samuel WAIT/WAITE- dau Mary m John NEWMAN: son John Wesley m Mary Molly NEWMAN; seek b,m.d. and where bd of above. Ch ? Any info appreciated. Postage refunded. info to Lorene SLACK CULLEN, above address.

CUTLER Francis, of Yarmouth, Elgin Co.,According to 1842 Census lot 14, con 9, 130 acres, no children, Dau Leavey CUTLER m John DELLAMATER 5 Oct 1864, later moved to Henderson, Ml, then later to Saginaw Co., Chesaning Tsp where John died August 11, 1892, 58 yrs 3 mos 2 dys bd in Chesaning Cem, Relefia “Leavey” CUTLER b 5 June 1843, m 5 Oct 1864 and d 23 Jan 1933 Chesaning Twp, Saginaw Co. One sister Mary CRANE of Canada, also Henry HOUSE and Sarah BACON information welcomed, Info to Glenn CRANDELL, 203 W. Ridge ST., OWASSO, MI, 48867.

Searching for FARR families in Germany and foreign countries!!! It appears that Farr’s left England and spread to various countries including Germany. Later some came to North America. Looking for connections in general. Info to KARL FARR, Barenweg AA, 7500 Karlsruhe 3A, West Germany.

OOPS… Bloopers Again… Sorry but I missed printing the last page of the Nursing Assistant Program. The last pages printed were in the December 1986 issue of the Talbot Times. This page completes the book.

NURSING ASSISTANT PROGRAM, Fanshawe College, continued … Graduating Class of:

Brenda Angyal, Sharon Barnhard, Karen Barnier, Douglas Bishop, Kenneth Boe, Nancy Catt, Afra DeJong, Karen Demaiter, Robert Fehir, Gail Fortner, Lynda

Hartemink, Shirley Janssen, Darlene Kersten—McKenzie, Catherine Firby, Eva

Kisslinger, Margareth Langan, Karen Laskowski, Kimberley Messham, Karen Mifflin, Sydney Monteith, Wendy Mustard, Christell Prohi, Paula Rawlinson, Marlene Sarazin, Audrey Van den Broek, Betty Van Curp, Mary Vandenboom.

Wendy Bachner, Janet Badder, Joanne Baker, Cheryl Warash, Carla Bellon,

Maureen Brereton, Julie Carrington, Marsha Clapdorp, Jane Dewit, Evelyn Finch, Scott

Gustavson, Anne Marie Harris, Kimberley Helkaa, Penny Hodgins, Lynda Malik,

Deborah Martin, Susan Matuska, William McGregor, M. Anastasia Mullen, Patricia North, Gertrude O’Connor, Florence Paulitzki, Lynda Reid, Pamela Ross, Vera Ruyter, Monika Schmidt, Janet Scott, Veronica Seaton, Catherine Stewart, Lovella Tetzlaff, Joan Van Heughten, Marilyn Ypma.

Mary Albrecht, Denise Ashworthe, Rhea Behrns, Chris Bradley, Richard

Brown, Beth Chaplow, Robert Coburn, Patti Cowan, Christel Cyr, Barry Davidson, Susan Den Boer, Ted Ducharme, Laurie Eedy, Brian Fletcher, Trudy Flynn, Kathy

Gloyd, Guy Gooding, Susan Graham, Glenys Halbot, Lucien Hebert, Michael Hodges,

Lori Hopper, Kim Longfield, Leslie Longworth, Linda Luchini, Sandra Lynch, Anne

MacLeod, James Manford, Linda Manning, William McCormick, Stephen McGuire,

Barbara Nesbitt, Barry Newman, Karen Nixon, Cindy Rusch, Judy Shaw, Elaine Sheedy, Gwen Sheller, Somsack Sompaseuth, Margaret VanMannen, Laura VanStaveren, Sally Walker, Scott Walsh, Steve Wood.

Jane Alexander, Denise Balfour, Deneen Claes, Kathy Gomori, Janice Hardy,

Ruth Jay, Glenda Kielstra, Judy Leverton, Karen Lindsay, Diane Monkhouse, Leanna Pafford, Cindy Pimlatt, Debbie Pye, Laura May Schmidt, Joanne Stover, Irene Thompson, Pamela Toth, Ciska VanKooten, Trudy Wiebenga, Dianne Zimmer.

Brenda Acton, Pat Bartlett, Miriam Bokhorst, Brian Broughton, Lisa

DeLeemans, Colleen DeMarco, Paula Etherden, Peter Gardner, Janice Hooker, Kelly Johnson, Cathy Liverance, Maryellen Maxfield, Jane McLarty, Bev Miller, Cheryl Moodie, Joanne Nelson, Johanna O’Grady, Liz Perkins, Molly Rowe, Kathy Robbins, Scott Sherin, Wally Thibodeau, Sharon Turner, Fred Van Helvoort, Fred Willamson, Ron Wilson.

FANSHAWE COLLEGE has now moved all their nursing classes to the London Campus but offer clinical placements for students at the St. Thomas—Elgin General Hospital and the St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital.

The Mayflower’s Passengers.

The following is a true list of the male passengers landed at Plymouth in the Mayflower:

Isaac Allerton,

John Alden,

John Allerton,

William Bradford,

William Brewster,

John Billington,

Peter Brown,

Richard Britterage,

John Carver,

Francis Cook,

James Chilton,

John Crackston, Richard Clarke, Edward Dotey.

Francis Eaton,

Thomas English,

Samuel Fuller,

John Howland,

Stephen Hopkins,

Edward Leister,

Christopher Martin,

William Mullins,

Edmund Margeson,

Degony Priest,

Thomas Rogers,

John Rigdale,

Edward Fuller,

Moses Fletcher, Joha Goodman,

Richard Gardiner,

George Soule,

Capt. Miles Standish,

Edward Tilly,

John Tilly,

Thomas Tinker,

John Turner,

Edward Winslow,

William White,

Richard Warren,

Thomas Williams, Gilbert Winslow.

Servants as follows:













Thompson, Trevore, Wilder.

This list is as it appeared in Buel’s Manual of Self Help.

With the return of the warm weather we genealogists usually start to get out into the cemeteries to do recording or to look for stones we are interested in, to record the information from them about our families. Last summer I visited an old cemetery in the Niagara area, looking for information about my family, right in the centre of the cemetery was a huge oak tree, it had obviously been there for many years. I remember wishing that the tree could talk. Recently I found reference to that same tree in a centenial book on the History of Crowland, it seems the tree was there long before the cemetery was started. The cemetery was the Lyon’s Creek settlement cemetery in Welland County.


LIMITED EDITION “Talbot Regime” by C.O. Ermatinger with original printing and paper and a modern binding will soon be available, For information contact Elgin County Historical Society, Box 753, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5P 4C9.