Talbot Times 1994 March




ISSN 0827-2816

VOLUME XIII             ISSUE ONE             MARCH 1994

Well Done!

In my first message to you I wish to thank the local members of the Elgin County Branch of OGS so very much for the confidence you have placed in me by electing me as your Chairperson for 1994.

I wish to thank the outgoing Chairperson, Lloyd Smith. and all his executive and committee heads for an extremely fine performance last year. Well done! I trust that I and my executive officers will have your continued support during the year. Together we will endeavor to keep our branch active and healthy, interesting and informative to everyone.

We have several important meetings ahead – the Region 2 annual meeting on April 30 and OGS Seminar in North Bay on June 11-13. Your support of these meetings as well as our regular monthly meetings will be most appreciated.     Thank you again and hoping to see you all.

Don Cosens, Chairperson


Effective 11 Feb. 1994 Louise Hope tendered her resignation as President of O.G.S. due to personal and professional reasons. The branch wishes to express its appreciation for the hard work that she has done.


Chairperson’s Message            1

Meetings                        2

Elgin Photographic Heritage Society 2

Seminar’94                        2

Financial Statement                3

1994 Executive & Co-ordinators     3

Horrible Outrage of the Dead        4

Queries                        5,6,7

Reunions                        7

Anglican Church Records            8,9


Elgin County Branch OGS is hosting the next Regional Meeting for Region 2 at which will be the election of officers for a two year term.

Date – 30 Apr. 1994

Time – 8:45 am to 4:00 pm.


Cost – $12.00 includes lunch


Richard Doherty on “IRISH RECORDS” & “SERENDIPITY”

Jane Zavitz Bond on “QUAKER RECORDS”

Contact: Marg Daugherty for further information.

Register by 8 Apr. 1994.


9 Mar. – Stephen Peters will speak about his research on the Russ Family.

13 Apr. – “Bits & Pieces”, genealogical information, will be presented by Bob Moore.

11 May – Don Cosens will talk about the Roman Catholic Schools in Elgin County.

8 June – A return to the transcribing of cemetery stones. Details to be announced later.


A new group has started up lately with the intent to help preserve our history of photographic art, i.e. the Scott – Sefton negatives collection. The volunteers of this New Horizons group are doing an inventory of the negatives and providing safe storage of them. The president is Ken Verrell, secretary Marion Thompson, treasurer Max Doan. The Elgin County branch OGS wishes the volunteers the best in the this venture.


Past Chairperson – Lloyd Smith # 11145

Chairperson – Don Cosens #747

1st Vice Chairperson – Jim McCallum #6676

2nd Vice Chairperson – Carol Hall #14207

Treasurer – Margaret Daugherty #4341

Secretary    – Frank Clarke #17348

– Stan Daugherty # 4340


Membership – Alfreda Veenstra

Queries – Norma Smith

Newsletter – Jean Bircham. Jim L. McCallum

Publications – Jean Bircham, Jim L. McCallum

Library – Jane Gordon

Cemetery – Max Doan

Public Relations – Donna Taylor

Telephone – Carol Hall

Vital Statistics Collection – Ruth Robertson, Joyce Ostrander

Archivist – Doreen Herr

Mystery Prize – Barbara Ferguson

Policy & Procedures – Jean Bircham, Margaret Daugherty

Social – Frank Clarke, Norma & Lloyd Smith


27 Jan. 1858 – Barrie Northern Advance, Vol. VII.

(from the London Free Press) Submitted by Donna Longhurst

One of the most distressing cases of the above nature that has case under our notice for years, has recently occurred at St. Thomas, County of Elgin. From information that we have received, it appears that a Mrs. PATTEN, a resident of the town, died on the 30th of December last, and was interred in the cemetery connected with St. Thomas, on the 1 st of January. The burial took place in the usual manner, and the friends of the deceased entrusted to the sexton the duty of filling the grave, which, it is believed, was faithfully performed. On Friday last, the 15th instant, it was discovered that the grave of the deceased had been robbed and her remains removed. Instant inquiries were set on foot, and after considerable difficulties, with the help of a search warrant, her mangled remains were discovered by her afflicted relatives in a room used as an Orange Lodge in St. Thomas. A coroner’s jury was speedily impannelled and an inquest was held, when the coroner bound Sparling, a shoemaker, and a Dr. Caughel, over to appear before a magistrate on Tuesday last, to answer the charge. An investigation was accordingly held, at which Judge Hughes assisted. For want of conclusive evidence the case was adjourned till Monday next. The inquiry, however, left no doubt but that the grave had been robbed by Sparling or others, for surgical purposes, but it did not show so far, that Dr. Caughel was cognizant, when he received the remains, how they were obtained. The body, it seems, was first placed in another room in the same building in which the Orange Lodge was situated, and was removed to the Lodge room, evidently for the purpose of better concealment, Sparling being the master of the Lodge, and having the custody of the key of the room, must have been privy to the disgusting outrage. It is said that he will be expelled from the Orange society for his insult to the order for appropriating their Lodge room to the infamous purpose for which it was used. Immense excitement at St. Thomas has resulted in consequence of this discovery, and a strict watch is to be kept on the cemetery in the future. The body of Mrs. Patten was re-interred on Tuesday last, a large concourse of people forming the funeral procession. We learn that the remains of the lady had been used for purposes of anatomical demonstration to a considerable extent by Dr. Caughel and his pupils, although the Doctor professes entire ignorance of the crime by which the lady was provided for dissection.

[Source: The Northern Advance, NJFM 27 – Canadian Library Association microfilm – Microfilm #N-10093, 4 June 1857 – 30 Aug. 1860, reel # 2]

[Note: Correction on p.5 of June 1994 Issue of Talbot Times that name should be



Elgin County OGS members are allowed 2 queries published free of charge in each newsletter. Additional queries per newsletter or non members’ queries are $3 each. Please submit by the 15th of the month prior to publication of newsletter. Number of queries may be limited by the editor.

WILLIAMS/CLAUS – Seek prts of Isaac WILLIAMS b May 1802 NY, d 19 Mar Bayham Twp, Elgin Co, Ontario, & wife Mary CLAUS b 1805-6, d 19 May 1879 Bayham Twp. Both bd Claus cem, Bayham; need proof Mary related to John Federick (Frederick?) CLAUS. Was Isaac a social agitator? Ch: Robert, Mary Ann, Hiram, Isaac Jr, Hannah, John F., Albert M. & Elizabeth Jane. Some ch migr to Tuscola Co MI USA; others such as John F lvd in Aylmer (d 24 Mar 1929), Robert in Houghton Twp, Norfolk Co. All info to Linda Martino.

HUNT/KINNEY/CLAUS – Seek info on fam of Hezekiah HUNT, d before 1851 in Whitby, Wife Hannah KINNEY, d/o Samuel & Margaret KINNEY. Ch: John, Hannah, Christina, Madison, Isaac, Mary Ellen, & 3 more dau. Lvd in Little Tracadie, N.S., mvd to Whitby by 1851. Hannah mvd Bayham Twp, Elgin Co 1851-61 with ch: John, Mary & Madison. John m Mary CLAUS, bd in Claus fam cem. Mary m Hiram WILLIAMS. All info to Linda Martino.

MATTHEW/JEWELL – James MATTHEW b ca 1834 m Ellenor JEWELL b ca 1840, 18 Aug 1859 Elgin Co, both res of Bayham Twp. Six ch: Peter b ca 1860, Philip b ca 1866, Mary Catherine b ca 1868, Wellington b ca 1871, Frank b ca 1873, Ida b ca 1876. James remarr Isabel? after death of Ellenor, another ch Laura b ca 1879. All info to Nancy Brown.

RICHARDSON/ALLEN/NEWMAN – William RICHARDSON b ca 1804, Petersfield, ENG. d 14 Apr 1870, Petersfield, Hants, ENG. m 1st 1829- Jane ALLEN; 2nd Charlotte NEWMAN d 11 Aug 1852; 3rd- Martha? d 1861-1873. Had 8 ch: Harriet, Jane, Mary, William, John, Hannah, Thomas, George. Jane m Wm H. ROBERTSON. Need info on Wm RICHARDSON & wife Jane ALLEN, desc. All info to Gordon Robertson.

NORTH– John NORTH – last known address was Aylmer, ON on 1880 assess. Wife Elizabeth listed as widow 1884. When did John die & where bd? All info to Mrs Glenda Fenlon.

STOTTENBERG (STOUTENBORO) – Harriet, b 3 June 1813 Trafalgar ON Can; m 20 Mar 1832 Markham, Halton Co., to Joel BARDWELL; 8 ch: 7th ch Marvin Joel b 20 Mar 1842 at Burton MI, d Dresden ON. Need info on other ch & all desc. Info to Gordon Robertson.

DE TOVENIER/HITCHCOCK/SCRAM  – Has anyone, anywhere, seen the name “Millina DE TOVENIER”? May be associated with the HITCHCOCK or SCRAM fami1y ca 1845 – 1900 in Lincoln Co or Walpole Twp. Brant Co or Haldimand Co. All replies answered by Mrs Ruth Robertson.

ROBINS – Sarah ROBINS is 5 yrs on 1861 Census, d/o Christopher & Sarah Ann ROBINS of Townsend Twp, Norfolk Co. Not listed 1871 census, could be working out. All info appreciated by Mrs Ruth Robertson.

GOING/TRAVERS – Katie TRAVERS m 1863 to Dr John GOING, St. Thomas, ON. Seek dates & places of death & burial, & desc. All info appreciated by Frances Tanner.

MER(R)IGOLD/TRAVERS – Harriet TRAVERS m 1865 to Robert MER(R)IGOLD at Fingal, ON. Seek date & place of death of Robert. Elgin Co? or Sarnia. Wish info on desc. Info to Frances Tanner.

MOORE/COACHMAN/VANDEVER – Interested in contacting desc of John Story MOORE (1831-?) who m (1) Mary COACHMAN, (2) Eliza VANDEVER. They lvd at Corinth & had 8 ch. Info to Ross McCurdy.

OSTRANDER/ALWARD – Seek info/desc of Permelia OSTRANDER, b Bayham ca 1842, d/o John & Deborah (HYATT) OSTRANDER, who m in Oxford Co 18 Jan 1869 Wm Henry ALWARD, s/o George. All info appreciated by Ross McCurdy.

HAMM/HORTON – Andrew HAMM d 21 Oct 1852, m Margret HORTON d/o Samuel & Margret HORTON. Interested in his prts & siblings, also when he came to Elgin Co. Contact Jeffrey Booth.

STAFFORD/NICHOL – John Barnard STAFFORD b 10 June 1773 m 17 Feb 1825 Margaret NICHOL. Interested in prts, siblings & arrival in Elgin Co. Contact Jeffrey Booth.

SMITH – Charles, bros Joseph & John Andrew came from Yorkshire, Eng to UC ca 1837 with sis Jane. Joseph settled in Oxford Co, bd Harris street cem. Joseph m 1st Sarah ROWSELL; 2nd Serena TURNER. John Andrew settled in Westminster, Middlesex Co, then moved to Yarmouth

Twp, Elgin Co. m 1st Charity? ; 2nd Maria Catherine? John & Charity bd in Sparta South Cem, Yarmouth Twp. Where is Maria Catherine bd? Jane m Christopher STOCKDALE & settled near Salford, Oxford Co, bd Harris Street Cem, Oxford Co. Rumour says Charles settled in the St.Marys area. Can anyone help us find desc & story of life of brother Charles SMITH? All info appreciated by Lloyd G. & Norma Smith.

HUNT/HODGKINS/YOUNG – Seeking info on prts & ch of David HUNT, b 30 Oct 1796; m 1819 Permelia HODGKINS; d 17 Jan 1840, Elgin Co.; bd Burdick Cem, Malahide Twp. Known child: Caleb Burdick HUNT, b ca 1829; m Eliza Ellen YOUNG; d 1913 Aylmer, Elgin Co. Info to Beverly R. Allan.

HODGKINS/HUNT – Seeking info on Leonard HODGKINS & wife, Sarah, prts of Permelia HODGKINS, b 31 Mar 1800; m 1819 David HUNT; d 13 Apr 1838 Elgin Co; bd Burdick Cem, Malahide Twp. All info to Beverly R. Allan.

COWELL/NEVILLE – Matthias COWELL & John NEVILLE settled by Col Talbot on Lots 18 on North & South sides Talbot Road East, respectively. COWELL’S wife was Can born Martha NEVILLE. Was she related to John? Where did these families come from? Any info welcomed by Mary Knox.

ZOLLER – Anyone researching fam of John George Zoller, Dist. 5 Aldborough Twp. ca 1871 census reel C605, may contact me. Have some info to share & a photo (possibly of a Margaret Zoller b 4 Dec 1858, carde vista from W.E. Lindof, photographer, Elgin Gallery, St. Thomas) & sent to Mrs. John Snider (formerly Schneider) of Elkton, MI. Mrs. John W. Snider, nee Louisa Zoller, b 1864 & d 1931 in Elkton, MI. Contact Margaret Jane Snider.


McCURDY Family Assoc. – 2nd biennial reunion of the Samuel McCurdy of Surry, NH, will happen at Belleville, ON on the weekend of 9 Jul 1994. Send S.A.S.E. for particulars to Ross McCurdy or Wayne McCurdy.

HAZEN – 2nd biennial reunion of Daniel Hazen, UEL, Family Assoc. will be held at Pt. Rowan ON on weekend of 16 Jul 1994. For particulars send S.A.S.E. to either Ross McCurdy or Bruce Thornley.

The following records are located on microfilm owned by the Elgin County Library and located at the George Thorman Room of the St. Thomas Public Library. The information was extracted by James L. McCallum. [do=as above]


Names of Individuals confirmed at Richmond, Township of Bayham, by Bishop Strachan at the confirmation held there, 22 September 1842:

John Burns, son of J. Burns, Esq., Dereham, aged 20

Matthew Burns, do, do, aged 19

Rob Burns, do, do, aged 18

Miss Frances Burns,dau. of do, do, aged 16

Eliza Burns, do, do, aged 15

George Wardle, son of George Wardle, do, aged 18

Richard Bale, son of Michael Bale, Norwich, aged 20

Matthew Bale, do, do, aged 15

Anthony Scott, son of Thos. Scott, Dereham, aged 18

Miss Jane Scott, dau. of do, do, aged 16

Anne Walter, w/o Smithson Walter, Norwich, aged 24 12. Miss Caroline Drapier, dau. of I. Drapier, Esq., Vienna, aged 16

Horatio Nelson Drapier, son of do, do, aged 15

Christopher Bently, Richmond, aged 21

Margaret Ploughman, wife of ___ Ploughman, Vienna aged 27

Miss Ann Smart, dau. of Smart, Dereham, aged 16

Edwin James Parlee, son of Benjamin Parlee, Malahide, aged 16

William Parlee, do, do, aged 24

Miss Eliza Jane Parlee, dau. of do, do, aged 15

Francis Parlee, dau. of do, do, aged 16

Mary Hutcheson, dau. of Wm. Hutcheson, Malahide, aged 16

Wm. Hutcheson, son of do, do, aged 20

James Hughes, son of Samuel Hughes, Malahide, aged 24 24. Franics Hughes, son of do, do, aged 21

William Hale, Malahide, aged 2(0)?

John Springale, Richmond, Bayham, aged 17

Joseph McDiarmid, Son of Duncan McDiarmid, Bayham, aged 17

Miss Sarah McDiarmid, dau. of do, do, aged 16

Duncan McDiarmid, aged 42

Miss Rosa Brairly, dau. of Col. Brairly, Norwich, aged 16

Mary Helen Haldane, Vienna, aged 24

Mary Elizabeth Birdsale, Bayham, aged 17

Sarah Margaret Birdsale, Bayham, aged 16

Eliza Jane Birdsale, do, aged 15

Martha Metcalf, wife of Wm. Metcalf Junr., Bayham, aged 16

Wm. Metcalf Junr., do, aged 27

Miss Isabella Metcalf, dau. of Wm. Metcalf Junr., do, aged 16

Mary Pearson, dau. of Joseph Pearson, do, aged 16

Christopher Pearson, son of do, do, aged 17

Joseph Pearson, do, aged 40

Joseph Johnston, s/o Humphrey Johnston, Malahide, aged 30

William Johnston, son of do, do, aged 29

Wellington Johnston, son of do, do, aged 25

Miss Mary Johnston, dau. of do, do, aged 16

Tabbitha Ann Chiverton, do, aged 20 46. Mr. Thos. Chiverton, do, aged 26

William Henry McCarty, Bayham, aged 15

Barbara Johnston, Malahide, aged 20

Mary Ann McKirdy, Bayham, aged 18

Thos. Clark, Malahide, aged 16

[by] James Stewart, Minister

Names of Persons confirmed at St. Charles Church, Dereham by Bishop Strachan, 22 July 1845:

Mrs. George Dobbie, Bayham, aged 32 2. Edward Dobbie, Bayham, aged 16

Orlando Rutherford, Dereham, aged 27

Elizabeth Scott, do, aged 16

Andrew Searl, Norwich, aged 16

John Strong, Dereham, aged 17

Thomas Swartz, do, aged 39

Ann Fletcher, Norwich, aged 15

Mary Brown, Dereham, aged 27

Kellet, Norwich, aged 50

Sophia Kellet, do, aged 18

William Kellet, do, aged 25

Harry Kellet, do, aged 22

William Goodwin, Dereham, aged 39

William Goodwin, Dereham, aged 30

William Burn, London, aged 31

William Burn, London, aged 28

Smithson Burn, Dereham, aged 25

Elizabeth Fletcher, Norwich, aged 30

Andrew Dobbie, Bayham, aged 16

John Burn, Dereham, aged 50

William Wallace, Norwich, aged 16

John Hockey, Dereham, aged 21

[by] James Stewart, Minister

Cont’d in Issue Two, June 1994


There was a great deal of business done by the OGS Board of Directors during the month of November. On 5th November 1993 there was a Special Board Meeting. A teleconference meeting was held 16 Nov. 1993 when the resignation of Joseph Hamburger, Office Administrator, was accepted.

Another meeting was held in Toronto on the weekend of 26-27 November, 1993. The Board had a large agenda. Included was a discussion on policy and procedures relating to purchasing and pertaining to the President’s duties that had been drafted. Other policies and procedures are in the process of being drafted and passed by the directors. Raised at the meeting was a concern about copyright violations of the cemetery publications.

Nominations were presented for two Provincial directors who are to be elected in 1994. Various reports from the committees were accepted. The responses from the questionnaire about “Wish List” were collected for analysis. A delegation from Niagara Peninsula Branch OGS made a presentation to the Board. Various concerns of the branches were presented. One of the most important topics was the review of the budget for 1994. A summary of the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting will be in NewsLeaf Feb. 1994 and a copy of the draft minutes has been sent to each Branch chairperson.

The next scheduled meeting is 11-12 Feb. 1994 with a Seminar ’94 meeting to be held on 13 Feb. 1994 in Toronto.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact me, Jean Bircham, #10334.


The first Japanese baby born in London arrived Saturday at St. Joseph’s Hospital. His mother is Mrs. Miyo Inouye, whose husband is employed by the C.P.R. The babe is said to be a remarkably fine one and both he and his mother are doing well. Mr. and Mrs. Inouye came to London recently from British Columbia.    MAY 10. 1917.

TALBOT TIMES is published quarterly: March, June, Sept. & Dec.  Articles, news items, clippings, etc., that would be of interest to our readers are welcome, especially if pertaining to Elgin County. All entries are subject to the discretion of the editor. Submissions should be made by 15 Feb., 15 May, 15 Aug. & 15 Nov. and state if there are reproduction restrictions. The TALBOT TIMES makes every effort to provide accurate information and disclaims any responsibility for errors or omissions. Articles do not necessarily reflect the views of the Elgin Co. Branch O.G.S. or its executive. Permission is granted to reprint any material from the TALBOT TIMES unless otherwise mentioned, provided that the original source is credited.

MEETINGS are held on the 2nd Wed. of the month in the Carnegie Room of the St. Thomas Public Library, St. Thomas, except Dec. which is reserved for a social evening. There are no meetings in July & Aug. All visitors are welcome.

The ELGIN CO. OGS LIBRARY is located in the George Thorman Room of the St. Thomas Public Library and is open to the public for the same hours as the public library.