NEWSLETTER OF THE
ELGIN COUNTY BRANCH
ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
BOX 416, ST. THOMAS, ONT.
VOLUME X ISSUE THREE SEPTEMBER 1991
As we start our fall season, I would like to invite members and friends to our meetings at the St. Thomas Public Library on the 2nd Wednesday of each month (except July, August and December) at 8 pm. We are planning some interesting meetings and hope that you will be able to attend.
This past summer some of our out of town members were able to visit Elgin County and learn more about their families that had been here. I hope that you were able to find that little bit of information for which you have been looking.
I would like to thank ALL those members who make our new publications possible. In organizations such as ours, it is the work of the volunteers which make it a successful one.
PUBLICATIONS CO-ORDINATOR’S MESSAGE:
We have enclosed an up-to-date publication list in this issue of the Talbot Times. Please take a few minutes and look at it. The volunteers of this branch have worked hard and produced some interesting and helpful information. Names from the cemetery index for all of Elgin County and from the complete index to St. Thomas cemeteries are available at $1 per page.
The postal strike will effect the date of delivery of our newsletter but we hope that it will not be long delayed.
We would like to thank Ross Davidson for his article. Any other submissions are always welcome, although the editors reserve the right to accept or reject material, and to edit when necessary.
CORRECTIONS TO 1844 DUNWICH ASSESSMENT ROLL in Talbot Times March 1991.
From David SMITH up to and including James WELLMAN are for Caradoc township in Middlesex county. James Wellman should be Joseph. Include P.W. BREEN, having 96 acres in lot C Con. 9. Include R. W. SUTHERLAND on lot C Con. 9. Include Robert WELCH as having lot 24 Con. 9; Frank YOUNG as being on lot 23 Con. 9; John LUMLEY as being on lot 35 Con. 4.
A correct list will be available from the Elgin County OGS for $1.00 and postage.
NEW AND INTERESTING
ONTARIO GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY SEMINAR ’92
TRAILS TO SUPERHIGHWAYS, ONTARIO’S ROUTES
May 22 – 24, 1992
Hamilton Convention Centre, Hamilton, ON
The Cloes reunion was held 25 Aug. 1991 at Springwater Conservation Area. Families attended from Ohio, Sarnia, Newmarket, and surrounding areas. Family records, information, and old photographs were available to share.
It has been decided to renew the tradition of the CLOES reunions which ceased with the outbreak of WW2. The next reunion will be held 23 Aug. 1992 at Pinafore Park, St. Thomas at 1 pm.
Many thanks to those who made the journey from out of town. We hope to see all of you next year and many more besides. Thanks are also extended to James and Helen CLOES who worked so hard in organizing the event. More information about the next reunion can be obtained from :Norma O’Sullivan or James or Helen Cloes.
ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO
If you plan to do research at the Ontario Archives, you should be aware that renovations are under way and some materials may not be available. Check before you go – call toll free 1-800-668-9933. (from Kingston OGS, Sept.’91)
DUTCH CANADIAN HISTORY
A Society for the Study and Preservation of the History of Canadians of Netherlandic ancestry has been formed. Info can be obtained from Dr. Harry Van Belle, Redeemer College, Ancaster, ON L9G 3N6 (Kingston OGS, Sept. ’91)
CENTRAL SCOTTISH FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY
This society, just formed, has been recording and indexing vital records at the local archives and producing a newsletter. To inquire, write John K. Patrick, “Clairmont”, 11 Gartcows Cres., Falkirk, Scot. FKl SQH (Kingston OGS, Sept. ’91)
ADOPTION DISCLOSURE REGISTER
This register serves all persons wishing to unite with their birth mothers whose adoptions were completed in Ont. A child or birth mother may obtain more info from either your local Childrens’ Aid Society or write Adoption Unit, 2 Bloor St. W., 24th Floor, Toronto, ON M7A lE9.
Phone(416)327-4730 or elsewhere in Ont. call toll free 1-800-387-5477. (Bruce Bulletin, Bruce Gen. Soc., Aug.’91)
NORFOLK GENEALOGY FAIR ’91
15th annual Genealogical Fair at Eva Brook Donly Museum in Simcoe on 28 Sept. from lOam – 4pm. With some 30 exhibitors and displays. Always an interesting day.
For a copy of an easily used perpetual calendar see Bruce & Grey newsletter Aug.’91.
Beginning Aug. 1991, a small selection of Ont. Archives’ most popular and heavily used material will be available for borrowing on microfilm. It will be offered for loan through the national interlibrary loan system. OA is making about 1800 reels available. A catalogue will be sent to each participating library and to all OGS branches (we haven’t received ours yet). Only films listed will be available. LARCH (Loan of Archival Microfilm) information will be available at the branch.
Please be aware that, effective 15 July 1991, the cost for genealogical search has increased to $22.00. The office at Thunder has ONLY Births: 1896-1930; Marriages: 1921-1980; Deaths: 1911-1960.
The Elgin County Branch OGS would like to welcome Mr. Joseph Hamburger to his position as Office Administrator at Head Office of OGS. Many thanks to Ruth Burkholder who acted as such in the interim.
JUNE 12 – Deborah Verkutis spoke to our group about computers. She explained how computers worked and talked about different computer software programs, including several for genealogists. In addition, Ms. Verkutis brought along her personal photocopier, demonstrated it, and described how useful it has proven to be.
September 11 – Helen and Lynn Clark will discuss the Zavitz family.
October 9 – Steve Peters will talk about the history of the St. Thomas Cemetery. Don’t miss our SILENT BOOK AUCTION.
November 13 – To Be Announced
December 11 – Christmas Supper at St. Mark’s Church, St. Thomas, 7:00 p.m. Contact Marg Daugharty for more information.
January 9, 1992 – ANNUAL ELECTIONS. The guest speakers will be from the Anglican Church Archives, Huron Diocese, in London: Diane Coates, Archivist, and Leith Peterson.
PEOPLE LISTED IN THE RECORDS OF DR. RICHARD W. TRAVERS
Dr. Richard W. TRAVERS was born in County Cork, Ireland, 1822. He started practise at Fingal about 1845. Here he endured all the hardships of the pioneer doctor. Due to his untiring devotion to duty, his health began to fail. He took a young doctor, Dr. Eliphalet GUSTIN, as an assistant. Dr. Travers died on July 5, 1856, aged 34. He was the father of Dora and Lena Travers of St. Thomas, and also of Richard Travers. The doctor was buried in the Fingal Cemetery. (summarized from “St. Thomas and Elgin Medical Men of the Past”, by J.D. Curtis.
What follows are names taken from the records of Dr. Travers found in the Elgin County Estate Files. They are listed last name, first name, and the page number where the name was found. Those interested in more information are referred to the Elgin County Surrogate Court, Estate Files, No. 35.
- 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: This listing is continued from the June issue.
RICHARD W. TRAVERS RECORDS
McKenzie, James, 18
McKillop, Arch’d, 3
McKillop, Arch’d, 19
McLardy, Nicholas, 5
McLardy, Peter, 7
McLardy, Nicholas, 5
McLardy, Arch’d, 8
McLardy, Peter, 18
McLaughlin, Arch’d, a
McLaughlin, Arch’d, 6
McLaughlin, John, 19
McLay, John, 6
McLay, Duncan, 14
McLean, Peter, 2
McLean, John, 3
McLean, John, 4
McLean, Allen, 5
McLean, Neal, 6
McLean, Peter, 8
McLean, John, 18
McLellan, Arch’d, 3
McNabb, Arch’d, 6
McNabb, Duncan, 14
McNeiff, Bart, 6
McNeiff, Bart, 18
McNeish, Dr., 8
McNish, Duncan, 4
McPhail, John, 7
McPhail, John, 18
McPherson, Dan’l, 1
McPherson, Hannah, 3
McPherson, Mrs., 3
McPherson, Alex’r (teacher), 3
McPherson, D., 4
McPherson, Daniel, 6
McPherson, Alex’r, 7
McPherson, Daniel, 6
McPherson, Alex’r, 7
McPherson, Alex’r, 18
McPherson, Mrs., 19
McPherson & Glasgow, 8
McQueen, Brock, 3
McQueen, James, 17
McQueen, Brock, 18
McTavish, Duncan, 5
Medcalfe, George, 16
Mee, Joseph, 3
Mee, Joseph, 18
Meek, James, 2
Meek, Andrew, 3
Meek, Wm., 3
Meek, Andrew, 4
Meek, Robert, 5
Meek, John, 7
Meek, John, 14
Meek, Andrew, 15
Meek, Robert, 17
Meek, Wm., 18
Meek, Andrew, 18
Metcalfe, George, 3
Metcalfe, G., 4
Metcalfe, George, 8
Miller, John, 2
Miller, John, 16
Milligan, Peter, 2
Mills, H., 2
Mills, Peter, 2
Mills, Jesse, 4
Mills, Samuel, 5
Mills, Peter, 16
Mills, Harding, 16
Milton, James, 7
Mitchell, Robert, 1
Mitchell, John, 3
Mitchell, James, 8
Mitchell, John, 18
Moore, G.K. & Galsworthy, 1
Moore, Wm., 2
Moore, James, 3
Moore, Linley, 5
Moore, G.K., 7
Moore, Charles, 8
Moore, Wm., 19
Morrison, Alex’r, 7
Morrison, Alex’r, 18
Morse, James, 1
Morse, Jacob, 8
Mously, James, 7
Mowbrey, Wm., 6
Mowbury, Wm., 6
Neeley, A, 2
Nellis, Benjamin, 5
Nellis, Wm., 6
Nellis, George, 17
Nellis, Benj’n, 18
Nellis, Wm., 18
Nicoll, Richard, 2
Nicolls, Rich’d, 4
Nicolls, Rich’d, 15
Ninham, Abraham, 5
Ninham, Henry, 17
Ninham, Abram, 17
Norton, Harvey, 1
Norton, Joseph, 15
Oliver, Wm., 6
Oliver, Francis, 7
Parker, Peter, 17
Partridge, William, 1
Partridge, John, 8
Partridge, John Sr., 8
Patterson, Wm., 4
Patterson, Roger, 5
Patterson, Wm., 17
Patton, Robert, 4
Payson, Lewis, 3
Payson, Mr., 17
Payson, Mr., 19
Peirce, John, 7
Peirce, John, 18
Pettit, Thomas, 2
Pettit, W., 2
Pettit, John, 17
Pettit, Wm., 19
Pollock, Cap’n, 7
Pollock & Bake, 1
Pratt, Ira, 5
Prior, Porter, 2
Prior, Porter, 6
Prior, Porter, 8
Prior, Porter, 15
Rae, Bridget, 5
Rae, Bridget, 17
Robb, George, 6 Ross, Alex’r, 6
Ross, Daniel, 15
Ross, Alex’r, 18
Schultz, John, 5 Scott, Mr., 5
Sells, Joseph, 1 Sells, Wm., 2
Sells, Abram, 5
Sells, William, 15
Shaw, Samuel, 4
Shaw, Sam’s, 8
Sherridan, Michel, 1
Sherridan, Michel, 16
Shipley, Isaac, 1
Shipley, John, 5
Shipley, Isaac, 16
Silcox, Henry, 1
Silcox, Wm., 2
Silcox, Daniel, 5
Silcox, Henry, 16
Silcox, George, 17
Silver, Isaac, 17
Sinclair, Peter, 4
Sinclair, Malcolm, 5
Sinclair, Malcom, 18
Singer, Wm., 2
Singer, William, 6
Singer, Wm., 14 Smith, Squire, 4
Spencer, Abel, 2
Spittler, Wm., 8
Spohn, Mr., 5
Stacey, Wm., 1
Stacey, Wm., 14 Stafford, John, 2
Stafford, Cyrus, 4
Stafford, Cyrus, 8
Steele, Alex’r, 5
Stephens, Hugh, 15
Stevenson, Wm., 5
Stewart, Peter Dr., 16
Stoliker, Isaac, 6
Stoliker, Silas, 19
Stratton, Finlay, 4
Stratton, Phineas, 17
Sutton, Calvin, 1
Sutton, Samson, 3
Sutton, Samson, 4
Sutton, Samuel, 7
Sutton, Samson, 8
Sutton, Samson, 18
Sutton, Samson, 19 Swisher, Wm., 2
Swisher, John, 3
Swisher, Phillip, 3
Swisher, Phillip, 4
Swisher, William, 6 Swisher, Phillip, 17
Swisher, J.B., 17
Swisher, William, 18
Swisher, Phillip, 19
Swisher, John, 19
Taylor, Wm., 4
Taylor, George, 4
Taylor, George, 17
Teetzel, Nelson, 4
Teetzel, Wm., 8
Teetzel, Nelson, 17
Thomas, W ?, 3
Thompson, Madison, 2
Thomson, Alex’r, 16
Thomson, George, 16
Thomson, Madison, 19
Timewell, John, 2
Timewell, James, 4
Timewell, James Sr., 8
Timewell, John, 15
Travers, Burke, 8
Tremain, Michel, 3
Tremain, Michel, 8
Tremain, Michel, 14
Tubby, Samuel, 3
Tubby, Sam’l, 19
Tubby & Burwell, 8
Urquhart, Alex’r, 6
Vail, G.N., 8
Vanvelsor, Wm., 1
Vanvelsor, Wm., 15
Walker, James, 5
Walker, James, 18
Wallace, David, 1
Wallace, Wm., 2
Wallace, Mrs. Gabriel, 2
Wallace, Wm., 4
Wallace, Mrs. John, 4
Wallace, David, 6
Wallace, Wm., 8
Wallace, William, 15 Wallace, David, 16
Wardell, Edward, 4
Wardle, Edw’d, 17
Warner, Warren, 2
Warner, Warren, 5
Warner, Moses, 17
Warren, Wm., 6
Waters, C.W., 1
Waters, Truman, 4
Waters, Cha’s W., 16
Waters, Truman, 17
Watson, John, 4
Watson, Hugh, 5
Watson, David, 7
Watson, John, 17
Waugh, Wm., 8
Welch, William, 1
Welch, John, Sr., 1
Welch, Edward, 2
Welch, W., 2
Welch, John, Jr., 5
Welch, John Sr., 7
Welch, John, 8
Welch, Edward, 14
Welch, John, 14
Welch, Wm., 16
Welch, John Jr., 17 Welch, Wm., 19
Weldon, Andrew, 3
Weldon, Andrew, 8
Weldon, Andrew, 16
Williams, David, 1
Williams, Mark, 2
Williams, Fred’k, 3
Williams, Mark, 5
Williams, Randal, 6 Williams, John, 7
Williams, David, 14
Williams, Mark, 14
Williams, Randle, 18
Williams, Fred’k, 18
Willson, Benj. G., 2
Willson, Gillman, 4
Willson, Jeptha, 6 Willson, Peter, 14
Willson, Benj. G, 16 Willson, Benj. G., 17
Willson, Gillman, 17
Willson, Jeptha, 18
Wilson, Peter, 1
Wood, A., 1
Wood, Bridget, 2
Wood, Philo, 4
Wood, Uri, 5
Wood, Uri, 15
Wood, Bridget, 19
Young, Matthew, 1
Young, Alex’r, 6
Young, Alex’r, 8
THE BLACKS OF ELGIN COUNTY
My wife’s maiden mane is BLACK. It was family lore that the BLACKs came from around Oban in Scotland and settled in southwestern Ont. a long time ago. Having learned a few genealogical tricks in exploring my own roots I suggested to my wife that maybe we owed it to our children to learn what we could about her family’s history. She was mildly interested: the children not at all. But that was enough encouragement for me to plunge ahead.
After many enjoyable hours of digging, sifting, sorting, visiting the St. Thomas area and the Oban area, and talking to some local history buffs in both places, I have concluded that there were at least five separate BLACK families who came from Scotland and settled in Elgin County in the first half of the 1800s. They were:
- James BLACK and Catherine BROWN (my wife’s ancestors) who settled in Dunwich in 1819.
- John BLACK and Nancy MUNRO who settled in Southwold sometime between 1826 and 1834.
- John BLACK and Catherine BAXTER who also settled in Southwold sometime after 1829.
- Joseph BLACK and Ann who settled in Yarmouth in the 1840s.
- Archibald BLACK and Jean who settled in St. Thomas about 1849.
The following paragraphs give a brief sketch of the early years of each of these families as indicated by my research. Corrections and additional information would be much appreciated.
THE FAMILY OF JAMES BLACK (1788-1827) AND CATHERINE BROWN (1787-1867)
James BLACK and Catherine BROWN were both from North Knapdale, Argyleshire, Scotland (about 35 miles south of Oban). They were married there in 1810 and emigrated to Elgin County in 1819, with James’ widowed mother and four sons: John, born 1811; Duncan, born 1813 (my wife’s great-grandfather); Archibald, born 1815; and Donald (or Daniel as he was later called), born in early 1819.
It appears that James and Catherine were staunch Baptists and this may have been a factor in their decision to leave. There was a strong evangelizing effort being made in Argyleshire at that time by representatives of the Haldane brothers who were early converts to the Baptist form of worship. They were encouraging people to emigrate to America which they believed to be where the “New Jerusalem” would be established. It does not appear that clearance of the Highlands for sheep was a factor in that part of Scotland at that time.
The family settled first on 50 acres of Lot 9 in Concession 9 of Dunwich. However, through various dealing with Colonel Talbot, they traded that holding for land on Concession 7 and by 1827 owned 200 acres, being the south half of Lots 9 and 10. They also had a new son, James, born in 1825. Their only daughter, Catherine, was born in 1820 but died in 1822 at the age of 18 months.
In 1826 James’ mother died at 77 years of age (imagine 70 years of relatively stable life in Scotland followed by 7 years of frontier life in Elgin County). And then, what must have been a terrible blow to the family, James died in late 1827 in his 40th year, leaving Catherine and five young ones, one only 2 years old.
But they not only survived, they prospered. One by one, each of the sons acquired his own farm, wife and family.
John married Flora BROWN and moved to North Yarmouth where, in the early 1830’s, he purchased Lot 10 and, then in 1835, Lot 11 in the 1st and 2nd Ranges North of Edgeware Road. Like their parents they were Baptists. They had at least 8 children whose names and approximate birthdates are listed in the accompanying tables. Father John died on 30 January 1876, aged 64, and, mother Flora on 27 January 1896, aged 86.
The farm was inherited by son Archibald (“AJ”) who retained it until 1900 and then sold it to a family of ARCHIBALDs. ,
Duncan married Mary MacALPIN and, during the late 1830s and early 1840s, lived in North Yarmouth next to brother John. In 1843 he sold this farm to his brother Daniel and moved to a farm in North Dorchester in Middlesex County. They were there until the late 1860s when, apparently due to ill health, they sold their farm and moved to a small plot at Iona Station owned by brother Archibald. They had 10 children. See tables for names and approximate dates of birth. Father Duncan died at Iona in 1875. Mary had moved to Aylmer with 2 of the children by 1881 but appear to have left Elgin County by 1891. Archibald married Amelia (maiden name unknown) and settled on both sides of the township line between Dunwich and Southwold around Iona Station. Like their parents they too were Baptist. They had 11 children (see tables). Amelia died 1 July 1878 at 61 years of age. Father Archibald died 17 May 1887 aged 73 years.
Daniel married Mary McBRAYNE and settled in the early 1840s on a farm acquired from his brother Duncan in North Yarmouth, close to that of his brother John. They apparently had no children but Mary’s younger sister Sarah lived with them until her marriage. Daniel was elected Deputy Reeve of Yarmouth in 1867 but was defeated in 1870 when running for Reeve. Dates of death of Daniel and Marv are not known yet. James inherited the familv farm in Concession 7, Lots 9 & 10 of Dunwich, and in due course, acquired part of Lot 11. He married first Jennet (maiden name possibly BLACK- see below) who died in 1853 at age 23 leaving two children. In 1859 James married Catherine McARTHUR, a widow with one child. Then had a further 6 children (see tables). Father James died 13 May 1903 aged 77 and mother Catherine 9 December 1901 aged 74.
The matriarch of the family, Catherine, died 9 November 1867 in her 81st year and after 40 years of widowhood. Many of the family members are buried in Black Cemetery in Dunwich.
THE FAMILY OF JOHN BLACK (cl789-1875) AND ANN (or Nancy) MUNRO (c 1801-1866)
Like James and Catherine, John and Nancy were also born in North Knapdale, Argyleshire, Scotland but they do not appear to be closely related. There were married there on 27 March 1824 and had 2 children before leaving Scotland: Archibald, born 1825; and Jannet, born 1829. Coming to Canada around 1830 they settled on the south half of Lot 2 in Concession 6 Southwold, but later moved to Lot 6 on the 2nd Range of the Union Road. After arriving in Canada they had at least 3 more children: Mary, born 1831; Duncan, born 1834; and James, born 1839. The family were Presbyterian.
Archibald was still with the family in 1851 (identified as John in the census) but by
1861 he was established on his own farm comprising the north half of Lot 16
Concession 2 Dunwich. He was married to Mary (maiden name unknown) and they had 11 children (see table). Archibald died 25 January 1879, aged 54. All of the family were with their mother Mary on the farm in 1881 but all appear to have left Elgin County by 1891.
No trace has been found of Jannet unless she was the first wife of James BLACK who was called Jennet (see above). The latter’s age at date of death gives a date of birth consistent with that of Jannet. Mary died 15 April 1849 aged 18 years.
Duncan had left the family farm by 1861 and was established on the south half of Lot
16 Concession 2 Dunwich, adjacent to his brother Archibald. He and Catherine
DUNCANSON of Dunwich were married 23 November 1858 and they had 8 children (see table). Catherine died 29 August 1899 at age 60 years, and Duncan in March 1919 at age 86.
James had inherited the family farm on Lot 6 in the 2nd Range North of the Union Road Southwold sometime after 1861. He and Sarah MUNRO of Southwold were married on 14 February 1864 and had 5 children (see table). Sarah died 31 December 1908 at age 64 and James in June 1915, at age 76.
Nancy BLACK died 13 November 1866 aged 65 and John BLACK died 13 November 1875, aged 86. A number of family members are buried in Fingal and Fairview cemeteries.
THE FAMILY OF JOHN BLACK (1799-1867) AND CATHERINE BAXTER (1797-1849)
John BLACK and Catherine BAXTER were born in Glasary, Argyleshire, Scotland (close to Lochgilphead) and were married there in December 1817. They had the following children before leaving Scotland: Malcolm, born 21 July 1820; Margaret, born 16 July 1822; Archibald, born 14 July 1824; Donald, born 22 November, 1826; and Ann, born 30 July 1829. They came to Canada sometime in the early 1830s and settled on Concession 4 Gore Lot 15 of Southwold. A George BLACK, possibly a brother, was established on Lot 14.
By 1851 mother Catherine BAXTER had died at age 52 years and Archibald, Donald (or Daniel) and Ann (or Nancy) were with father John on the farm. Margaret was elsewhere and Malcolm was also elsewhere but was married to Nancy McLELLAN who was looking after their 3 children and also acting as housekeeper to “Uncle”? George BLACK.
In 1861 John was still on lot 15 with Archibald, now married to Sarah (maiden name unknown) but no children. Donald and Ann are elsewhere, and Malcolm and Nancy now have “Uncle” George’s farm on Lot 14 and 6 more children (see table).
Early in the 1860s Malcolm faced a financial crisis through default of a friend’s note he had endorsed. As a result the family’s farms had to be sold and, in 1865, all but Malcolm’s son John established a new homestead near Fort Dodge, Iowa. John Sr. died there in 1867.
THE FAMILY OF JOSEPH BLACK (1814 – ) AND ANN (1814- )
Joseph BLACK and Ann were born in Scotland and came to Canada probably sometime in the 1840s. They settled on Lot 11 in the 1st Concession Yarmouth. They had the following children in Canada: John, born 1846; Janet, born 1851; Joseph, born 1854; Peter, born 1857; and Douglas, born 1862.
This family suffered a dreadful tragedy when, on 11 April 1874, their sons John, then aged 27, and Peter, then aged 17, were buried alive in a well.
Janet married a William MEEK on 16 March 1876.
Joseph was married to a Charlotte (maiden name unknown) in 1881 but had no children. In 1891 he is shown as being married to Agnes (maiden name unknown) with 2 children: Elizabeth, born 1883; and Lee Eldwin (a boy), born 1885.
THE FAMILY OF ARCHIBALD BLACK (cl820) AND JEAN (cl828- )
Both Archibald and Jean were born in Scotland, married there and had a son Hugh born in 1849. They then came to Canada and settled in St. Thomas where Archibald was a porter/labourer. They had the following children in Canada: Catherine, born 1852; Mary, born 1854; Duncan, born 1856; Ellen, born 1859; Archibald, born 1861; James, born 1864; and Jane, born 1867.
Hugh became an accountant in a dry goods company in St. Thomas, married Mary E.(maiden name unknown) and had 1 child, Hugh C., in 1880.
Catherine was at home until her marriage on 26 February 1873 to Mr. P. MILLER at St. Thomas.
Mary remained at home and became a dressmaker.
Duncan seems to have left home and Elgin County by 1871.
Ellen, who was born 2 January 1859, died 24 December 1859.
Archibald died of croup and diphtheria on 18 January 1874 aged 12 years, 1 month and 28 days.
James, by 1891, was working in St. Thomas as a grocer’s clerk, and living at home with his widowed mother and sister Mary.
Jane left the family home between 1881 and 1891, probably after marrying.
The foregoing does not account for all the BLACKs in Elgin County. There are all the descendants of the children identified, too numerous to include here. And there are others who show up in censuses or cemetery listings and who I have so far not been able to tie to a familv. For example, Mary and John BLACK, Baptists, aged 19 and 18 in
1851, in Aldborough. Who do they belong to? And Daniel BLACK whose grave is in
Kilmartin Cemetery, North Yarmouth and says he was a “native of Argyllshire
Scotland/who died/Feb. 11 1841/ age 63 yrs”. Whose son, brother, or father was he? Or yet, another family whose father is Archibald and mother is Sarah and who lived in Dutton village – who were they?
There remains lots to be done.
The purpose of this analysis was to provide a framework to help distinguish between the many BLACKs who had the same names but were of quite different families and generations. I found this necessary to ensure that I stayed on the track in following the family of my primary interest. However, I find I have become interested in all of these families now and hope I can start putting some real family history on the rather sterile recital of names and dates that are here identified.
In preparing the above I have drawn heavily on Canada Census material, land records in the Ontario Archives, cemetery indexes prepared by the Elgin County Branch of O.G.S., material in the Elgin County Pioneer Museum, the genealogy card file and other resources in the St. Thomas Public Library, Mr. Murdo Macdonald, archivist for Argyll and Bute, and other people kind enough to take time to help.
THE CHILDREN OF JAMES BLACK & CATHERINE BROWN’S CHILDREN
JOHN BLACK m DUNCAN BLACK m ARCH’D BLACK JAMES BLACK
FLORA BROWN CATH’N MCALPIN m AMELIA m JENNET
James (1833) James (1836) Sarah (1839) James (1850)
Duncan (1836) Duncan (1839) Catherine(’41) John (1852)
Arcb’d (1839) Arcb’d (1843) Nancy (1842) Catherine McArthur
Catherine (’41) Daniel (1845) Christiana(’45) Janet McArthur(’57)
John (1843) Catherine (’46) Mary (1847) Catherine (’61)
Mary (1845) Alex’r (1849) James (1850) Mary Ann (1864)
Flora (1848) Jobn (1851) Alex’r (1852) Alex’r (1865)
Christy Ann Elizabeth (’55) Margaret (1854) Duncan (1866)
(1850) George (1858) Daniel (1856) Arch’d (1869)
Catherine (’60) Arch’d (1859) Daniel (1872)
THE CHILDREN OF JOHN BLACK AND NANCY MUNRO’S CHILDREN
ARCHIBALD BLACK DUNCAN BLACK m JAMES BLACK m m MARY CATHERINE DUNCANSON SARAH MUNRO
Jessie Ann (1854) John (1860) Louisa (1869)
Daniel (1856) James (1861) John (1871)
Mary (1858) Christiana (1863) Annie (1873)
Peter James (1860) Annie (1867) Mary (1880)
John (1862) Archibald (1869) James (1885)
Archibald (1864) Duncan (1871)
Sarah (1866) Mary (1875)
Elizabeth (1867) Daniel (1879)
Euphemia Jane (1871)
THE CHILDREN OF JOHN BLACK AND CATHERINE BAXTER’S CHILDREN
Malcolm BLACK & Nancy McLELLAN
John (1848) Dugal (1849) Donald (1851) Archibald (1853)
Catherine (1856) Jennet (1858) Duncan (1860) Margaret (1862) Malcolm (1864)
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 $3.00 per query. Queries should be submitted at least one month before publication.
WILTON/WANTS/WENDT/WENT/WINT/VANCE – WILTON fam settled in 1834 near St. Thomas. William WILTON m Mary Ann WANTS, her father was German and her mother French. The name WANTS poss anglicized to VANCE. All info to Mrs Audrey Casari.
NELSON/HAMILTON – Elizabeth HAMILTON NELSON d Iona, Elgin Co, prob pre 1850. Bd Lumley. Cem. Seeking to confirm death date and age at death of Elizabeth. Info to David Mills.
LUMLEY/NELSON – Eleanor NELSON, b ca 1800,m James LUMLEY, settled in Iona, Elgin Co. Seeking info on this fam and other LUMLEY’s. All info to David Mills.
BALKWILL/HODDER – Ann BALKWILL 1862, St. Thomas, Ontario, d when, where? m John HODDER, 5 ch. John BALKWILL 1864, St. Thomas, d 21 April 1898 in Dutton, Ont. lvd Filion MI. m when? where? whom? 1 child. S. George BALKWILL, 1868, St. Thomas, died when? where? marr when? where? to Carrie PARKS. All info to Mrs. Nelle L. Balkwill, U.E.
BALKWILL/CLAY – Charles W. BALKWILL 1905 where? d 11 Aug 1987 Royal Oak or Mt Clemens, MI, bd Fairview cem, Dutton, Ont. Mar ca 1930 where? to Gladys CLAY, 1904 where, d 1981 where? bd Fairview cem. Who were Gladys prts? 1 son Charles b/d/ when? where? mar Helen (?). Isaac BALKWILL 1847, England, died when? where? son of whom? married Charlotte (?), lvd St. Thomas, ca 1881 & 1891 per census. 2 ch: John Cornish BALKWILL 1873 and Francis E. Cornish BALKWILL. All info to Mrs. Nelle L. Balkwill.
YOUNG/FARRAH/ZAVlTZ – Rachel YOUNG b 1871 Delhi, Ontario, dau of John & Emma (FARRAH) YOUNG. George ZAVITZ ca 1890, need info re her prts. Info to Don and Marjorie Erkfritz.
ZAVlTZ/YOUNG -George ZAVlTZ m Rachel YOUNG ca 1890, res Yarmouth Twsp, Elgin Co., Ontario. Need her prts? Need maiden names of Barbara who m George ZAVlTZ/ZEWITS ca 1720. Magdalene m Jacob, need info on Catherine LEARN m Jacob ZAVlTZ II. All info to Don Erkfritz.
CARRIER/TURK – Looking for the whereabouts of Noreen TURK, dau of Stanley TURK and Dorothy MILLIE, who lvd Detroit, MI. Noreen m Herbert CARRIER, a Journalist. Stanley TURK is desc of Josiah TURK and Sophronia WILLSON who lvd in Elgin Co, Ontario at one time. It is believed that these families may have mvd to Florida! Sophronia was dau of Mordecai WILLSON & Rachel VanSICKLE of Elgin Co. Ontario. Info to Lloyd G. Smith.
MILLS/THOMAS – Looking for desc of Ira C. MILLS and Minnie THOMAS, dau of Robert THOMAS and Isabell WILLSON who lvd in Elgin Co, Ont then mvd to Detroit MI. Isabell second dau of Mordecai WILLSON and Rachel VanSICKLE who lvd in Elgin Co. Ontario from 1847 until pre 1900. Some associated names are, GILLIS, WILSON, McCLOUDE, WRIGHT, NEUN, WIGGINS, ROBINSON, MORDEN. Info to Lloyd G. Smith.
WILCOX/GRAWBERGER – Watey WILCOX with husband William GRAWBERGER & ch came to New Sarum Ont. from N.Y.State 1836. Need to know where Watey WILCOX b, her prts, siblings and where ch born. Info to E. Grawberg.
ROBERTS – John and Ann ROBERTS and ch came from England to Vienna, Ontario in 1832. Need ino where John and Ann born, prts and siblings, also where ch born. Info to E. Grawberg.
RYCKMAN – Seek info on fam of John b 1834, Ontario & Harriet (?) b 1845 England. Raised fam in Pt. Burwell 1861-1891. Ch: Wm, Hiram Charles, Alvaretta, Sarah, James, Frederick, & Freeman. Especially interested in Charles b 1865 & James b 1871 who m Margaret b 1871. Who was Margaret and where from? Reply to Betty L. Welsh.
CAN YOU NAME THESE PEOPLE?
Second row (seated on bench): Margaret WADDICK, Catherine (Waddick) PALMERSTON, [Catherine’s daughters) Anna FORD; Jean WALSH (not sure who is who). One of the girls might be Lucille (PALMERSTON) DEMARE – Beverly Burwell Craig.
[A group Photograph appeared here.]
Editor’s Note: The following material was discovered in the St. Thomas Evening Journal of September 9 and September 19, 1879.
SURVIVING PIONEERS IN ELGIN AND NEIGHBOURHOOD
Some of the Worthies who subdued the Forest, and Made this the Garden of the Dominion. (collated by W.E.C)
ABNER CHASE was born in Rhode Island on July 7th, 1784. He went to Massachusetts in 1805; married Lydia, daughter of Isaac UPHAM, in 1811; moved to New York State in 1816; and came to Canada in 1835. They had four sons and five daughters; two of the sons died in infancy; the others all grew up, married, and had families. His wife, Lydia CHASE, died in January 1869, aged 80 years. The old gentleman still lives with his son Isaac a little north of Sparta, as sprightly and active in body as many men of 60.
AMASA CHASE, the brother of Abner, lives in Sparta and is 87 years of age. His wife, Maria, died in July at the age of 81.
MERRITT PALMER lives a miles west of Abner CHASE. He is 81 years of age.
BENJAMIN DOAN is about the same age.
DAVID BOWERMAN lives on the 5th concession of Yarmouth, aged 82. His sister, Elizabeth WRIGHT, who lives with him, is 80 years old.
ISAAC MILLS lives north of Sparta, and is nearly 80. He came from New York State in 1819.
MARGARET HONSINGER, widow of David MINARD, lives with her son John on the 7th concession of Yarmouth. She is about 88 years of age.
All these are members of the Society of Friends.
JAMES PAGE, who is over 90 years, still labors in Sparta.
ROBERT KEARNS also living in Sparta, is 82 or 83 years.
WILLIAM HUNTER, in Yarmouth, is over 90.
ELIAS WEAR was born in Annapolis county, Nova Scotia, August 15th, 1795. He went to Liverpool, Queen’s county, when quite a youth; married Lucinda PEACH there in 1825, and had two sons and five daughters. They moved to Bear River in 1848 and to Ontario in 1853. The old folks still live in Malahide, south of Aylmer. He is past 84, and is now growing feeble, although he has been a man of wonderful strength and power of endurance in his day.
LYDIA BAKER, daughter of Deacon Oliver MABEE, was born at Niagara, January 22nd, 1797, and married Rev. Samuel C. BAKER in 1815. They moved to Malahide in March, 1816, and settled on Talbot Street, near the townline of Bayham. They had five daughters and three sons. He died in November 7th 1865, aged 68, and she still lives on the old place, quite smart.
GEORGE CAMERON was born at Cape Breton on July 17th, 1793; married Jane, daughter of Joseph and Mary McCONNELL, in Digby county, N.S., 1826. He came to Ontario in May, 1828 and settled in Bayham. They had seven sons and three daughters. The old folks are yet living and hearty.
DEACON ANTHONY SEELEY was born at Argyle, Shelbourne county, N.S. on January 20th, 1795. He went to Digby county in 1816 where he married Eleanor, daughter of George SAXTON, in 1818. They came to Ontario in 1822 and lived on the 1st concession of Malahide most of the time but latterly in Bayham. They had five sons and five daughters. The old lady died August 26th, 1878, when she was exactly 79 years of age, but the old gentleman is still quite hale.
ROBERT EAKINS, aged 86, lives below Port Burwell with his son James. His wife, Rachel McCONNELL, lives also. They are natives of Digby county, N.S.
FRANCES TITUS, daughter of James and Anne McDORMAND, was born at Digby Neck, N.S., on March 24th 1797; married Isaac TITUS in 1814, and had seven sons and five daughters. They came to Ontario in 1828 and settled in Bayham, east of Vienna. Some twenty-five years ago they removed to Port Burwell, where Mr. TITUS died in 1863 aged 63. She is still quite hale, and lived with her children at Vienna and Port Burwell. Her brother, Deacon Sidney McDORMAND, died at Port Burwell, January last, in his 78th year. A cousin, Thomas McDORMAND, died there in April aged 89.
HENRY EDISON lives east of Vienna, aged 80. His wife, Caroline HARRIS, died last year at the age of 70. They had a large family. His father, Capt. Samuel Edison, died in 1865 at the age of 103 years.
ABIEL ROBBINS, aged 87, lives on the 2nd concession of Malahide, west of Aylmer and Port Bruce road. He came from Annapolis, N.S., and has been in Ontario about 24 years.
THADDEUS OSTRANDER was born at Thorold, Niagara District, Sept. 7th, 1792. He was in the American was at Lundy’s Lane, Beaver Dam, Queenston Hights &c. He moved to Malahide and settled on Talbot street in 1818; married Margaret CONRAY on Sept. 19, 1819, and had several children, eight of whom are yet living. His wife is 78 and quite smart, but he is rather feeble, and has been blind for 5 years. Still he does light work in the house. These are Baptists.
Rev. DAVID GRIFFIN, J.P. lives at Straffordville, in Bayham, past 81. He and his wife are quite hale.
OLIVIA SPORE, born Aug. 3rd, 1794, in Schoharie County, N.Y.; came to Ontario in 1805, with her parents, and lived on the St. Lawrence till 1819; then moved up and settled in Vienna. She married Rev. Timothy S. MARTIN in 1815; had five daughters and two sons. Mr. MARTIN was the first assessor and first preacher in Bayham, died June 24, 1841, aged 47; she lives with her son Ephraim, on the 4th concession of Bayham.
MARY GILBERT was born in the United States Aug. 27, 1799; came to Canada about
1806; married Jerothman CASWELL in 1817 at Black Rock, and then settled in Bayham. She had six children, three yet living. Mr. CASWELL died January 1856, aged 66, and she lives with her son Alvin, a sailor, at Port Burwell.
ELECTA WAGONER was born Jan. 11th, 1797, near Auburn, N.Y.; came to Canada with her parents in 1810; and settled in Walpole. She married Thomas FRANCIS Sept. 15th, 1816, and had twelve children, ten yet living. They moved to New Sarum in 1820, and settled on a farm. He died in Jan. 1855, aged 65, and she still lives on the place with her son, Foster FRANCIS, enjoying good health.
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MEETINGS: Elgin County Branch O.G.S. meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month in the Carnegie Room of the St. Thomas Public Library on Curtis Street, St. Thomas, except December which is reserved for a social evening. There are NO meetings in July and August. All visitors are welcome. The Elgin County Branch Library is stored in the George Thorman Room of the St. Thomas Public Library and is open the same hours as the public library.
MEMBERSHIP: Information about membership in the Branch and O.G.S. is available at the meetings or by contacting the Chairperson or Membership Coordinator.
ELGIN COUNY O.G.S.
BOX 416 ST. THOMAS. ON. CANADA N5P 3V2
PUBLICATIONS LIST AS OF 30 MARCH 1991
10% OF ORDER OR MINIMUM OF $1.50 FOR “IN CANADA” ORDERS
15% OF ORDER OR MINIMUM OF $1.50 FOR “OUTSIDE CANADA”
ORDERS IN U.S. FUNDS
MASTER INDEX TO PEOPLE BURIED IN ST. THOMAS CEMETERIES$210.00
INDEX TO MAIDEN NAMES OF WOMEN BURIED IN ELGIN COUNTY CEMETERIES
MASTER INDEX TO PEOPLE BURIED IN ELGIN COUNTY (EXCEPT THOSE BURIED IN ST.THOMAS CEMETERIES) $133.50
INDEX PAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $1.00 PER INDEX PAGE.
STORY HISTORIES OF THE CEMETERIES OF ELGIN COUNTY
ALSO AVAILABLE FOR EACH CEMETERY SEPARATELY ON A PER PAGE COST.
MALAHIDE VITAL STATISTICS $40.00
P.R. WILLIAMS FUNERAL HOME, ST. THOMAS INDEX(1895-1910) 13.00
INDEX TO REV.CALEB BURDICK REGISTER 4.00
INDEX TO 1839 SOUTHWOLD TWP. ASSESSMENTS 2.50
INDEX TO 1841 SOUTHWOLD TWP. ASSESSMENTS 2.75
INDEX TO 1848 SOUTHWOLD TWP. ASSESSMENTS 2.50
INDEX TO 1852 SOUTHWOLD TWP. ASSESSMENTS 4.00
INDEX TO 1873 SOUTHWOLD TWP. ASSESSMENTS 4.75
INDEX TO EVENDON FUNERAL HOME, ST.THOMAS(1885-1890) 3.75
INDEX TO CROWN PATENTS: ALDBOROUGH TWP. 2.50
INDEX TO CROWN PATENTS: DUNWICH TWP. 2.50
SURNAME SEARCH #1 5.50
INDEX TO CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH, ST. THOMAS(1896-1903)
MARRIAGE REGISTER 3.00
INDEX TO & MARRIAGE REGISTER OF NEW SARUM BAPTIST CHURCH VOL.1
INDEX TO NEW SARUM BAPTIST CHURCH MARRIAGE REGISTER VOL.2 (1903-
INDEX TO NEW SARUM BAPTIST CHURCH MARRIAGE REGISTER VOL.3 (1937-
INDEX TO NEW SARUM BAPTIST CHURCH MARRIAGE REGISTER VOL.4 (1947-
MAPS TO CEMETERY LOCATIONS IN ELGIN COUNTY 3.00
PUBLICATIONS LIST CEMETERIES
BEST $ 3.30
CALTON & SUPP. 6.00
EDEN & SUPP. 13.10
GUYSBORO & SUPP. 5.40
HEMLOCK CREEK .45
OLD EDEN 2.70
OLD EDISON .30
OLD RICHMOND 1.95
OTTER VALLEY 1.80
PIONEER EDISON 2.25
RICHMOND & SUPP. 6.30
- LUKE’S & SUPP. 16.50
SMUCK & SUPP. 3.75
STRAFFORDVILLE & SUPP. 14.25
TRINITY ANGLICAN 5.70
SOUTH DORCHESTER TOWNSHIP
OLD SPRINGFIELD 2.25
CITY OF ST THOMAS
HOLY ANGELS & SUPP. $36.60
OLD ENGLISH & SUPP. 17.85
ELGIN COUNTY JAILYARD .30
WEST AVE.- SEE OTHER PAGE
ELMDALE – SEE OTHER PAGE
AYLMER ANGLICAN .30
AYLMER -SEE OTHER PAGE
GROVESEND & SUPP. .90
LUTON & SUPP. 10.80
OLD COLONY MENNONITE 1.05
QUEEN OF PEACE(REV.) 8.55
RODGERS CORNERS 2.10
TRINITY GLENCOLIN 3.30
BURWELL, PRIVATE .45
FROME, SOUTH SIDE 4.50
FROME UNITED 7.95
TOLES FAMILY .45
BAPTIST BURIAL $1.50
CHRIST CHURCH 3.15
LUTON FAMILY .30
PLEASANT VALLEY .60
SALT CREEK 1.20
SPARTA FRIENDS 5.25
SPARTA SOUTH 9.00
INDEX PAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $1.00 PER INDEX PAGE.
COMPLETE CEMETERY WITH INDEX $73.65
MAPS & HISTORY 2.10
SECTION A, MAP, INDEX 5.50
SECTION B, MAP, INDEX 10.00
SECTION C, MAP, INDEX 6.50
SECTION D, MAP, INDEX 4.00
SECTION E, MAP, INDEX 1.00
SECTION F, MAP, INDEX .75
SECTION G, MAP, INDEX 2.25
SECTION H, MAP, INDEX .60
SECTION J, MAP, INDEX 3.00
SECTION K, MAP, INDEX 3.00
SECTION L, MAP, INDEX 1.00
WEST AVE., ST. THOMAS, CEMETERY
INDEX PAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $1.00 PER INDEX PAGE.
COMPLETE CEMETERY- NOT WITH MASTER INDEX $150.00
MAPS & HISTORY 4.00
PACKAGE A: BLOCKS, OLD SURVEY, G 29.85
PACKAGE B: D, ES, EC, EN, I, H 11.70
PACKAGE C: OSB, BC, BN 15.45
PACKAGE D: OSS, STRANGERS & BABIES 12.30
PACKAGE E: CS, CN 10.50
PACKAGE F: F 9.75
PACKAGE G: OSE 15.60
PACKAGE H: MAUSOLEUM 9.00
PACKAGE I: SOUTH PARK CEMETERY 9.00
PACKAGE K: OSA 6.45
PACKAGE L: AC 10.20
PACKAGE M: AN 10.50
ELMDALE MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, ST. THOMAS
INDEX PAGES ARE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT $1.00 PER INDEX PAGE.
COMPLETE CEMETERY WITH MASTER INDEX $58.00
MASTER INDEX $20.70 PART 1 A-M $10.65 PART 2 N-Z $10.05
MAPS & HISTORY 1.80
SECTION A & MAP 4.05
SECTION B & MAP 6.15
SECTION C & MAP 6.00
SECTION D & MAP .90
SECTION E & MAP 2.55
SECTION F & MAP 10.50
SECTION G & HAP 8.40
SECTION H & MAP 4.80
SECTION NORTH OVAL & MAP 8.25
SECTION SOUTH OVAL & MAP 7.20
THE FOLLOWING CEMETERIES ARE AVAILABLE FROM:
WEST ELGIN GENEALOGICAL & HISTORICAL SOCIETY
C/O MRS. NORMA SCHNECKENBURGER
CALVARY UNITED $3.00
- HENRY’S 1.50
- MARY’S 6.60
WEST LORNE(EVERGREEN) 12.75
PETER’S ANGLICAN 6.90
STEPHEN’S 3.00 TYRCONNELL 5.55