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VOLUME VIII            ISSUE TWO                JUNE 1989

MEETINGS: Elgin County Branch, O.G.S., meetings are held on the Second

Wednesday of each month in the Carnegie Room of the St. Thomas Public Library on Curtis Street, EXCEPT -June (reserved for cemetery transcription); December (reserved for a social evening) -locations to be announced: July and August NO meetings held.

TALBOT TIMES is published quarterly. (Mar. June Sept. Dec.). Articles and news items are invited. Submissions should be made at least one month before publication, to be published if space allows, or held for subsequent publications. The TALBOT TIMES makes every effort to provide accurate information and disclaims responsibility for errors or omissions. Articles do not necessarily reflect the views of branch officers or newsletter staff.

QUERIES: Elgin County Branch members are allowed two queries published free of charge in each newsletter. Additional queries per newsletter or queries for nonmembers are $3 per query. Queries should be submitted at least one month before publication directly to Mrs. Norma Smith, R.R. 4, St. Thomas, Ontario, N5P 3S8.

Chairman                Jean Bircham

Corresponding Secretary    Stanley Daugherty

Membership Secretary        Margaret Dauaherty

Query Secretary            Norma Smith

Newsletter Editor        Brenda Edmonds

Publications            Jean Bircham

Message from the Chairman

You may notice some changes in our newsletter and in our publications. These changes are due to the post office’s new regulations governing book rates and newsletter envelopes. These regulations will dramatically increase our postage budget.

Any suggestions to help cut handling and mailing costs are welcome.

On another note, it’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner. I hope that you all have a wonderful time searching and finding lost ancestors. May that missing link turn up. See you in September.

Canadian Home Journal July 3 1874

STOLE A TEAPOT -Geo. Reynolds, who hails from Cleveland, stole a valuable silver teapot from Mr. Geo. Crocket, one day last week. Suspician was aroused by his offering the article for sale to Mr. Lowe of the Lisgar House. He was sentenced to 3 months confinement in the Central Prison.

PROVINCIAL HOTEL DIRECTORY, from the 1881 City of London Directory

Extracted from the Provincial Directory of Hotels, Taverns and Licensed Shops in Ontario

Compiled expressly for the use of Brewers, Wholesale Wine and Spirit Merchants, Cigar Manufacturers, &c., & c. The address given is in all cases the Post Office.

Labatt’s Prize Ale and Stout. Medals awarded at the Centennial, Australian and Paris (France) Expositions. London Brewery, London, On.


Livingston, Rodney

Somerville, Rodney

Jos. Martin,            Eagle

T.J. Linderman,            Eagle

McMillan, West Lorne

Fitzpatrick, West Lorne

A.S. Stafford,            West Lorne

C.C. Henry,            Wallacetown

A.M. Laws,                Wallacetown

A.D. Urlla (shop)        Wallacetown

W.H. Nelson,            Dutton

M.C. Keitch,            Dutton

Jordon, Dutton

Smith, lona Station

Mills, lona

Jos. Smith & Warren & Bowby, Fingal

Stanton, Middlemarsh

Thos. Oliver,            Sheddon

Mitchell, Lawrence Station

J.S. Barnes,            Talbotville

Thos. Moore,            St. Thomas

Wismer, Kingsmill

R. Johnston, New Sarum

Marshall, Yarmouth Centre

W. Smith, Orwell

Knight, Mapleton

Smith, Sparta

Ketchum, Union

Ryckman, Dexter

Coleman, St. Thomas

Reavely, Mount Salem

Wannacott, Copenhagen

Thompson, Port Bruce

Millard, Orwell

J.B. Lambert,            Summers Corners

J.M. Wheaton,            Richmond

Price, Corinth

Becker, Eden

R.M. Smuck,            Staffordville

Craig, Staffordville

D. Griffin, Griffin’s Corners

D. Burgar, Port Burwell

Mrs. Sweeney,            Port Stanley

L. Hollywood, Port Burwell

Y. Emery (shop), Port Burwell

Jno. Whitlock,            Lyons

Arnold, Vienna

Watts (shop) Vienna

Jas. Lambert,            Springfield

Mrs. Dynes,            Springfield

Mrs. McKenna,            Springfield

McBride, Aylmer

J. Brown, Aylmer

Kennedy, Aylmer

Cottington, Aylmer

Marshall (shop), Aylmer

Bevier, St. Thomas

Caughell, St. Thomas

Wilcox, St. Thomas

W.T. Wyatt,            St. Thomas

Brownell, St. Thomas

Bond, St. Thomas

S.H. Shaw,                St. Thomas

Frazer, Port Stanley

Martin, Port Stanley

B.F. Queen,            St. Thomas

Penwarden, St. Thomas

H.A. Grannis,            St. Thomas

J.F. Roadnight,            St. Thomas

Salter, St. Thomas

Mrs. McNulty,            St. Thomas

McBride, St. Thomas

N.S. McColl,            St. Thomas

Crowley, St. Thomas

Purcell, St. Thomas

O’Shea, St. Thomas

Martin, St. Thomas

& J. McAdam (shop), St. Thomas

McNulty & Robb,            St. Thomas

O. Kains, St. Thomas

B. Price, St. Thomas

C. Kerr, St. Thomas

W. Wilcox, St. Thomas

L. Lindop, St. Thomas

John Doyle,            St. Thomas

Capt. Pollock,            Port Stanley

Doyle (shop), Port Stanley

St. Thomas Journal, July 28, 1876

Death from Heart Disease – The Rev. W. Smith, Baptist minister, at Newbury, dropped dead in Mr. Bryden’s drug store on Wednesday morning from heart disease.

O.G.S. – Heraldry Flourishes in Canada

In Ottawa on 4 June 1988, His Royal Highness The Prince Edward presented Royal

Letters Patent from Her Majesty The Queen to Her Excellency Governor General

Jeanne Sauve, creating The Canadian Heraldic Authority. Canada is the first

Commonwealth country outside the United Kingdom to acquire the privilege of granting coats of arms. The establishment of this important new institution will be of great interest to all family historians with Canadian ancestry. A full account of the presentation ceremony appears in the September 1988 issue of Heraldry in Canada, the journal of The Heraldry Society of Canada.

Further details about the operation of the new Canadian Heraldic Authority have been assembled in a handsome illustrated booklet, available free of charge from: Chief Herald of Canada, Canadian Heraldic Authority, Rideau Hall, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, KlA OAl. Telephone (613) 991—2227.

St. Thomas Journal, July 25, 1879

Archibald Paterson, of Aldborough, was fined $9 on Wednesday for being drunk and lying on the public street.

William Matheson was up yesterday for being drunk and lying on the public street. He was cautioned and discharged, as it was his first offence.

Abraham Doxtater, an Indian, was arrested here on Tuesday, and taken to London on the charge of committing rape on a girl who lives in the township of Delaware.

Past Meetings


Our guest speaker was Mrs. Marie Turvey, Associate Director of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, St. Thomas. After her very informative talk detailing the records kept in the Granite Mountain in Utah, we were shown a film, “The Strength of the Hills’ depicting storage facilities as well as the early stages of building. Members were urged to send family histories to SALT LAKE City.


This meeting took the form of a “Silent Auction” whereby members co    uld bid on genealogical publications donated by members. Several interesting old books on Wills, etc. were also offered and some funds were raised for our Branch.


Mrs. Cathy Thompson, of Woodstock, spoke to us in some detail on the Upper Canada Land Petitions, originals of which have been available on micro-film in our St. Thomas Public Library for some time past. However, many of us were unaware of this, and we learned a great deal about Crown land transactions that evening.


Mr. George Thorman, former teacher and principal in the St. Thomas Secondary School system, and now a member of the Elgin Military Museum, outlined our military history from the time of the War of l8l2 and even earlier. He stated that the Museum would be happy to receive any discharge papers or correspondence from anyone whose relative had ever served in the Elgin County Militia in those early days.

St. Thomas Journal, July 25, 1879 – “Town and Country Miscellany”

A young orphan girl named Maggie Carr, one of Miss Rye’s immigrants, who was formerly employed near this town, died at Chatham under distressing circumstances a few days ago. She had been engaged in service there during the past year, and went to a boarding house in consequence of an attack of fever. Medical assistance was only sent for at the last stage of the disease, and it then appeared that she had been sadly neglected since she became ill. She expired soon afterwards, and was buried at the expense of the town.

The convicts John Campbell and Albert Coleman were taken from the County Gaol on Tuesday and sent per steamer Alma Munro to Kingston Penitentiary, under the charge of Constable Langan.

We are pleased to hear that James Haight of Union, student of the St. Thomas High

School, and one of the Lacrosse Club who played the Guelph boys so successfully on 8th of June, is steadily recovering from the severe attack of typhoid fever which has prostrated him for the past six weeks.


CALCUTT (CALCUTT) – Thomas b 1849, d Ekfrid Twp 1945, bd Strathroy cem., He was s/o John and Rhoda CALCUTT, husband of Sylvania, b 1852. Ch: Richard b 1876 and Allice b 1874. Would like any info on desc. Mrs Barbara Ferguson.

EDMUNDS – Mary Belle, school teacher in St.Thomas, d/o Edward Edmunds and gr dau of Mary MILL and Charles EDMUNDS, who farmed near St.Thomas from around the 1940’s. Info to Julia Kathryn Piper.

LANCASTER, circa 1850’s farmed near Fingal. Married Susan MILL. Ch: Harry, Mills, Annie and Nora. Also looking for William PIPER who lived in Elgin County c 1837-1847 farmer, probably lived with in-laws Richard and Ann MILL, which family was also from Devonshire. Info to Julia K. Piper.

DAVY – Looking for a DAVY FAMILY BIBLE written in the DUTCH language! Rev. John DAVY, (probably a lay minister was born 24 Aug 1823, married Lydia Ann MCKENNY 2 April 1849. They had 3 daus and eventually settled in Corinth, Ontario whe Rev Davy died 17 Sept 1905 and was bd in Best Cemetery. Does anyone have knowledge of the family BIBLE that this minister had. All info to Carol J. Davy.

BILLINGTON– Looking for BILLINGTON Connections in Southern Ontario. There were Billington families in Malahide and South Dorchester in 1800’s. Where are the descendants? All info to Mrs Norma C. Smith.

SMITH – Looking for descendants of Joseph SMITH and Sarah ROWSELL who settled in Dereham Twp in Oxford County. ca 1830’s. All info to Mrs Norma C. Smith.

MOORE/ FLUELING/FLUELLEN – Mary Ann (FLUELING, FLUELLEN) b 14 April 1810 prob in New York State, d/o Benjamin and Mary (WEEKS) FLUELING m 9 May 1833 Martin MOORE, s/o Jacob and Rachel (WILDMAN) MOORE by Quaker Ceremony in Norwich. She died 11 Dec 1850 in Canada. Was it in Elgin Co? Martin MOORE later married Mary L. BARNES and moved with his family to Sanilac Co., Michigan. Mary Flueling and Martin Moore had the following children: Benjamin, Rachel A., b 1836, William b 1837, Martin, b 1841, Andrew (my grandfather) b 1843, and Mary Jane b 1846. All info to Harriet Eagle.

PEACOCK/YOUNG – John Andrew PEACOCK m Jennet (Janet) YOUNG. Ch: Euphemia m David PICKERING, William J. m Florence WILLIAMS, Martha m John H. KENNEDY, Sarah Jane m Glen TYLER ,Mary Ann m John BARRETT, John Westley m ? All info to Rosemary Peacock.

EDITOR’S NOTE Mrs Peacock – try David O’Brien. He is a grandson of David Pickering!

SCOTT/GARDNER – James SCOTT d 17 Nov 1893, ae 66 yrs. Married Isabella GARDNER 19 Aug 1865. Ch: boys- Thomas, Charles, George, Hillyard and Frank. Would like to know more about James Scott, where he came from. He may have come from Scotland and have been a weaver but not sure. The SCOTT family lived at the corner of Welllington Road and St. George St., St. Thomas opposite the TOLE family farm. Info to Graham Scott.

WILLIS/CAMPBELL – Richard WILLIS m Catharine CAMPBELL whose dau Margaret m Silas TOLES Jr. Richard, apparently was a former military man. Info on background is needed. Info to Graham Scott.

RODGERS – BURWELL– Lancelot RODGERS, b in Ontario, m Sarah BURWELL b 1857 in Southwold Township, d/o William BURWELL and Ann BRUNT. They moved to Regina where they operated a retail establishment of some sort until they moved to Winnipeg in 1910. They had a dau, Alice, who when last heard of about 1940 was divorced and working as a housekeeper in Long Island, N.Y. They had a son, Harry, who was a grain trader in Winnipeg. Harry died July 1935 in Goderich, Ontario, from injuries suffered in a fall in his cabin on the grain freighter, Oakton, enroute to Goderich. Harry and his wife had two daus, Joan and Janet, and resided at 63 Niagara Street in Winnipeg. There were possibly other sons but names are not known. All info to Donald F. Miller.

SCOTT- WILLIAMS – Samuel Tyrone SCOTT, b Crayford, England on 2 July 1831. On 1 July, 1858 he m Margaret WILLIAMS of conc 2, Plymton Twp. For a number of years he operated a cabinetware business in Wyoming, Ontario. Sold business to A. McKay in 1877. Samuel d in 1892, bd in Port Huron, Mich., where dau and Son-in-law lived. How and when did he come to Plymton Twp and when did he leave. Where did he go? All info to Donald F. Miller.

WHITE/RITCHIE/THOMPSON/KEARNS-details wanted on Joseph WHITE, b where/when 1826? Son of James WHITE and Martha Ann? SCOTT. Immigrated to West Port, North Crosby, Leeds and Grenvillle Co. First Marr: where and when to Elizabeth RITCHIE b where and poss 1830? d where and poss 1859? Ch: 1, John 6 April 1854, where? d Elgin Co 30 Aug 1892, bd in Jaffa Cem. 2, Mary b where/ when? married? BYERS, where, when/ d poss Quebec? 3, Jim, b where,poss 1858? died 1937. ? bd where? Second Marr: Malahide, Elgin Co., Methodist Church of Canada, by Simon Lerwilligar, 12 July 1862, Mary Jane THOMSON, widow of William Henry

KEARNS, dau of Samuel & Catharine THOMSON, no details. Ch: 4, Mary Jane ‘Jennie’ m Wm. WEBSTER 5. Allan George m Velma SMUCK, 6 Nancy Catherine ”Kate” m Enos POUND, 7, Martha A. m Nelson A. CLINE, 8 Tryphena m Henry WISMER, 9, Joseph Charles Jr m Marg Beaufort. Info to Mrs Brenda Edmonds.

GILLET/SKINNER– Ann GILLET, d/o Samuel and Sarah (SMITH) GILLET b near Niagara Falls, Canada in 1813. Brother Thadeus b 1814 same area. Family settled in Middleton Twp, Norfolk,Ontario 1816-1851. Ann m St.John SKINNER c 1833 and resided in Simcoe, Norfolk, c 1841 and in Bayham Twp, Elgin Co in 1851. They eventually moved to US where she d 15 July 1881 in Buffalo, Dallas MO. Her husband survived her. Seeking proof of her birth as child of Samuel and Sarah GILLET, marriage to St.John SKINNER, and proof that he is  son of St.John SKINNER son of Benjamin SKINNER of Stamford, Welland, Ontario UEL. All info to Patricia W.    Lundy.

ABREY– LOOKING FOR info on C. ABREY, who was a pall bearer at funeral of Elizabeth NORTH who died 13 March 1919. Info to Ruth Robertson. WAs this man related to ROBBINS/ROBINS/NORTH OR MARSH?

McCALLUM/KERR – Info sought on James McCALLUM b South Dorchester ? about Names of parents, birthplaces, dates and places of death etc. Also Janet Elizabeth? KERR, his wife b 1845 ? Scotland near Dumfries. Need any info available. Any info greatly appreciated. Gordon McCallum.

CALCUT/EARHART – Louise CALCUTT d/o Charles and Louisa (CUSHMAN) m George EARHART in Strathroy area. Any desc? Would appreciate any info, Mrs Barbara Ferguson.