Talbot Times 1991 March




BOX 416, ST. THOMAS, ONT. N5P 3V2 ISSN 0827-2816


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 (to be announced) and December (reserved for a social evening – location to be announced), NO meetings in July and August.

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 the branch officers or newsletter staff.


Past Chairman            Jean Bircham

Chairman            Marg Daugharty

1st Vice-Chairman            Lloyd Smith

2nd Vice-Chairman            Don Cosens

Treasurer            Max Doan

Recording Secretary            Frank Clarke

Corresponding Secretary        Stan Daugharty

Membership Secretary            Jean Bircham

Query Secretary            Norma Smith

Public Relations Co-Ordinator    Bob Heil

Publications Co-Ordinator    Jean Bircham

Cemetery Co-Ordinator        Shirley Ewanick

Newsletter Editors            Jean Bircham & Frank Clarke     librarian            Jane Gordon

Vital Statistics            Vera Vint & Ruth Robertson

Social Convenor            Vera Vint

Archivist            Doreen Herr


As I begin my term as Chairperson of the Branch, I would like to thank Jean Bircham and her executive for all the work they have done on behalf of the branch. I hope that we, the new Executive, can do as much during our term. 1991 is going to be a busy year for the Branch and we need the help and support of all our members. On April 13 the Branch is hosting the Region II meeting at the L. D. S. Church, we will be finishing the Church Records Inventory Project and starting the Inn Roads to Ancestry Project. Thanks to all those members who are helping with these projects. We welcome any suggestions that you may have for future programs.

Marg Daugharty


December: Hosted by the Elgin County Branch O.G.S. at St. Mark’s United Church, catered by the Ladies Unit of the church, with guests being the Elgin County Historical Society. After a delicious meal Pat Zimmer, Director of the Aylmer and District Museum, displayed some old-fashioned social pastimes and gave a series of puzzles naming some Christmas carols. A social time followed.

January: Frank Prothero gave an interesting talk, accompanied by slides, about the history of the Stork Club, Port Stanley. He stirred memories of the good times that were had at the Stork Club. The annual election of officers followed. Year-end reports were given.

February: Something new was tried; a HELP NIGHT. People with some expertise in land petitions, surrogate court records, Irish and Scottish research, land registry records, and how to begin your genealogy, were involved.

March: Don Cosens will talk about the WELTER-HENDERSHOT CASE.

April: Bill Yeager from the Eva Brook Donley Museum in Simcoe

May: Alison Lobb, O.G.S. president, will make a presentation.

June: Debra Verkutis will speak on COMPUTERS. This is also our annual strawberry social.


Marie Turvey, the Family Centre librarian for the St. Thomas Stake Library, has invited the Elgin Branch of O.G.S. to an all day seminar at the Stake Library, located at the corner of Elm St. and Park Ave., St. Thomas. When – 9 March 1991

Time – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will extra helpers to assist you in your research. If desired you may bring a bag lunch.


DATE:        Saturday, April 13, 1991


436 Elm Street, St. Thomas, Ontario TIME:        9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



9:30 – 10:00    Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:30    Welcome by Chairman, Mrs. Marg Daugharty,         and other dignitaries

10:30 – 11:45    Speaker – ANGUS BAXTER

11:45 – 12:00    Visit Displays

12:00 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00 – 2:00    Regional Meeting

2:00 – 3:30    TIMOTHY DUBE, Public Archives of Canada, TRACING YOUR MILITARY

ANCESTORS IN CANADA – Military Organization and Archival Records 3:30 – 4:00    Visit Displays


Elgin County Branch members are allowed two queries published free of charge in each newsletter. Additional queries per newsletter or queries for non-members are $3 per query. Queries should be submitted at least one month before publication.

PARKER – PRATT – George PARKER d 1838, Yarmouth Twp, dau Nancy (PARKER) THAYER m # 2 Edward PRATT 1832, St. Thomas. Wish to exchange info with anyone on these lines. Info to Don and Marjorie Erkfritz.

WESTOVER – KILMER – Now WESTOVER CLEARING HOUSE, send any info, will exchange any info. Also need KILMER info. Write to Don & Marjorie Erkfritz.

HARRIS – DRAPER – Looking for info on Samuel HARRIS and wife Olive DRAPER, also Henry HARRIS. Included in 1852 and 1861 census in Dorchester Twp of Elgin Co. Believed to have son Eli C. and daus Adeline, Sophia and Olivia. Unable to locate after 1861. Info to Donald Carpenter

CARPENTER – Request info on David CARPENTER ae 17 in 1861 census, Malahide Twp, s/o James CARPENTER and (Irana GOFF)? Attended School Section # 6. In 1884, his mother, a widow, was living in Thamesford, Ont. Info to Donald Carpenter.

PARLEE – Seeking info on Benjamin PARLEE, b 23 Jan 1791 in New Brunswick – d 15 Oct 1855 in Port Burwell, Ont. his desc or any other PARLEE’S in the area. Will share info on N.B. PARLEES. Info to John R Elliot.

MITCHELL – HUGGINS – John T. MITCHELL b ca 1840, Brant Co m Esther HUGGINS b 1840. Ch: John b 1886 m Lena DURDLE b 1881, David b 1873, Olive b 1875, William b 1880. Lived in Brant Co until 1881-1890 then mvd to Elgin area. If anyone knows of any of these people or their fam send replies to Grace M Morris.

CARNES – NELLES – Anyone knowing anything about Lillie NELLES who m Lewis CARNES on 3 July 1901 in Elgin Co or their desc please write to Glen Murphy.

MISNER – Wish info on Jane MISNER, 1816-1859, mother of Mary LAWTON. Her father Richard MISNER d in 1867. Interested in finding desc of her siblings and her mother’s maiden name, birth and death dates. Info to Janice Fountain.

BALKWILL – RISDON – James BALKWILL, 1836-1922 m Clarissa RISDON 1840-1913. Issue: J. Rowland, tinsmith, 1860 Exeter, d when, where, married 1905, where, Elizabeth NELLES, b when, where, d/o of whom? William 1863 Exeter, d when, where, married when, where, whom? Thomas, tanner 1864 Exeter, d when, where, married whom? Jane (Jennie), 1866 Exeter,d when, where, married whom? Edith, 1869 Exeter, d when, where, m whom? John, 1876 Exeter, d when, where, m whom? All info to Mrs Nelle L. Balkwill UE.

BALKWILL – CAMPBELL -Isaac BALKWILL, 1828, Buckland Filleigh, Devon – 2 Aug 1907, Yarmouth Centre, Elgin Co. bd Union United Church Cemetery, s/o John

BALKWILL and Mary HOOPER, m Amelia CAMPBELL 6 Sept 1865, Amelia b 1839, died? Ch: Dr Charles A (in 1919 living in Grafton Wise.) John, was he a railroader? Did he live Chicago? George, conductor for Pennsylvania RR, lvd in St. Thomas, &/or USA d pre 1919, James 1868 – 1919 Trainmaster Mich Central Railway, bd St. Thomas Cem, m Sarah Jane (Ella) EAD, William, 1873 – 24 July 1894, drowned Port Stanley, bd Union Cem, Unmarried. Assumption all born in Elgin Co. All info to Mrs Nelle L. Balkwill.

ELLIS – BERDAN – David ELLIS m Margaret BERDAN. Need info on the family – Albert A b ca 1806, Susan or Susannah b ca 1808, Epaphrus Phelps b ca 1810, d 1860 in London, Henry Strongbow b ca 1812, d 1870 in Strathroy, David Jacob b ca 1813. Fam lvd in Woodhouse Twp, Norfolk Co, then mvd to Southwold Twp, Elgin Co. All info to Margaret Daugharty.

MOORE – Marshall T. was first Mayor of St. Thomas when it became a town in 1861. Married Mary MANN, d/o Elijah and Lois MANN. Anyone with info on these people please contact Mrs Eileen Bohls.

MANN – Lois b 13 Nov 1794 or 1795, d 28 Mar 1881, bd West Ave Cem, St. Thomas, m Elijah MANN Sr. Had 16 Ch. All info to Mrs Eileen Bohls.


COACH TO SEMINAR ’91 – for Information on a bus with seating for 45 people, pickups at Guelph, Hamilton, Brampton, Toronto, and Whitby, leaving in the am on May 24 and arriving in time to register, contact David Astley Boord with S.A.S.E., A.S.A.P.: Cost $50 per seat.

WITH SYMPATHY – The Elgin County Branch wishes to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Eleanor Wilson, a charter member of the Branch, who died December 26, 1990.

FREE SURNAME SEARCH – the guild of One-Name Studies of London, England offers a free Search of the 4,160 surnames and variants listed in the 1990 Register of One Name Studies. For a free search list the surnames of interest (1imit of 5 per request) on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper, and enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Write to Dan E. Barrett. (B.C. Genealogist)