Talbot Times 1995 September






   ISSN 0827-2816


Extracts of Genealogical information

Dear Members,

Well, here we are back to regular routines. I hope you all had a wonderful summer and added some important names to your family charts. If you didn’t, you can’t blame it on the weather.

How many times did you have to cut the grass?

We have an exciting year— ending with the publication of (with the help of Christ Church, Pt Stanley) Church in the Valley, with additional information and history. In addition, we are assisting (one-third partner) with the printing of Five Stakes, a history of Talbotville by our own member, Morley Thomas of Toronto/ Strathroy. These books will have lots of genealogical information and are expected out by Christmas. Other projects, presently on the back burner simmering, are an Elgin County Genealogical Information Source Book and the “Inn Roads” assemblage, a proposed listing of early hotels of the district. Watch for more information.

Marvin Ryder has completed and donated his indexes to the 1901 census for some smaller Elgin County municipalities. We appreciate all the work that he has done on census indexing and cannot express how helpful this information is. David Brown has donated his work on the index for Armstrong’s 1872 Directory for Elgin. For all our members, present and future, “Thanks a million!!”.

Some interesting meetings for the coming year are planned. Your attendance at our meetings and your support of the branch will be, I am sure, well rewarded.


Don Cosens,


Dates and Notes Canadian Census Returns Correction to Talbot Times, June’ 95 submitted by Donald L. Cosens

1851 Census – Taken as of 12 January 1852. The age given was the age of that person on his/her next birthday after 12 January 1852

Diocese of Huron Archives

The Huron Church News, Vol.45, No.3, April 1995, pg.16, provides information about the new room in the Huron College, University of Western Ontario, wherein the diocesan archives is now located. The archival collection of the College was founded in 1857. According to the Huron Church News the “diocesan materials are arranged in record groups:

Bishops’ papers – Bishops Cronyn, Hellmuth, Baldwin, Williams, Seager, Luxton, Townshend, Appleyard, Queen, Ragg and

Jones; parish registers (births, marriages, deaths and confirmations); parish priests records (historical, legal, financial); preachers’ books (weekly records of clergy responsible for the service); vestry records (annual reports, committees, board of management minutes); parish histories (printed or manuscripts); episcopal papers of noted parishioners and c1erg~r; church organizational minutes (A.C.W., B.A.C.); synod journals (history of our synod); photograph collections which identify churches, clergy, people; the Huron Church News (sketches of parishes and clergy); historical data pertaining to the diocese (dating from 21 Oct 1857); bishops’ letterbooks; the Cronyn family papers; and manuscripts form Archdeacons Foreman & Abraham.” The Archives is open to the public on Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 and 1:30 p.m. – 4:00. [From Branch Notes. Waterloo – Wellington OGS, Aug 1995]. Note: There is a charge to use the archives.[JB]

Christ Church, Pt Stanley, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. In conjunction with the church, the Elgin County O.G.S. is printing the collective history of Christ Church (Anglican) at Port Stanley, Ontario. Included will be a complete record from the parish registers, c1850 – 1994. For further information, contact the branch The Huron Diocese Archives have been most helpful in our research.

The Canadian Congregational Year Book 1887 – 1888

Elgin County information extracted by Jean Bircham

CC of BNA = Congregational College of British North America

Frome Church

Minister – W. H. A. Claris, ordained 1872, settled 1885, trained CC of BNA (Eng).

Average attendance at all Sabbath services – 175

# stations/ Churches – 1

Church – organized 1819; 1 building of wood; seats 200 people.

Parsonage – of wood.

Total # under pastoral care, including children – 150

Sunday School

  • superintendent – And. Horton
  • total – 84
  • average attendance – 60

St. Thomas Church

Minister – W. H. Allworth, ordained 1848, settled 1885, trained CC of BNA.

Average attendance at Sabbath services – 47

# stations/ Churches – 1

Church – organized 1884; 1 building of brick; seats 300 people.

Parsonage – of wood.

Total # under pastoral care, including children – 200

Sunday School

  • sup’t – W. H. Allworth
  • total – not given
  • average attendance – 50

Win. H. Allworth – resigned from St. Thomas church 8 May 1887 – removed to US in 1887 – replaced by Student Solandt from Southwold.

Shedden Church

Minister – W. H. A. Claris, ordained 1872, settled 1885, trained CC of BNA (Eng).

Average attendance at Sabbath services – 95

# stations/ Churches – 1

Church – organized 1881; 1 building of brick; seats 250 people.

Parsonage – none.

Total # under pastoral care, including children – 100

Alumni:    Ministers

H. A. Claris – from Frome – left CC of BNA 1872 – now at Frome.

Edwin D. Silcox – from Southwold – left CC of BNA 1873 – now at Embro.

John B. Silcox – from Frome – left CC of BNA 1876 – now at Winnipeg.

Canadian Congregational Year Book 1904-05

Alumni:    Ministers

Rev. E.D. Silcox – at Zion church, Toronto – took charge 10 Jul 1904 – at Paris, June 1904.

Rev. J. B. Silcox – at Winnipeg Central – to take charge of Plymouth Church, Lansing MI 30 Apr 1904.

Rev. W. H. Allworth – deceased.

Frome – Payne’s Mills Churches

Minister – A. B. Ross, B.A., ordained 1899, settled 1902, training at CCC & McGill.

Average attendance – 100

Total # under pastoral care – 200

Church Secretary – G. W. Firth

Frome Church – organized 1819, 1 brick church, 1 brick parsonage.


Members of Elgin Co. OGS are entitled to 2 free queries per issue. Printing & editing are at the editor’s discretion.

DELL/HOUGH/HICKSON/KERNOHANWilliam Henry DELL (1845-1898), 1st wife, Anna HOUGH (? – 1875). 2nd wife, Eliza Ann HICKSON (1843-1933). Need info on any of above & esp on William Henry DELL’s 3rd so – Walter D.

DELL ( 1872- ?) insurance Agent, who mar Mary Ann KERNOHAN, poss called “Minnie”. His last known address in 1898: 134 Wilson Ave., London, Ont. All info appreciated by F. BRADSHAW

DELL/WESTONJohanna DELL (1798—1861) d/o William & Hannah DELL, was wife of John WESTON (1798-1883) Norfolk Co, Ont. Wish info on Hannah’s maiden name & names of Johanna’s siblings. All info to F. BRADSHAW

DEO/WEAVER/HOWEY/DEBOISE/GREEN – Nathaniel DEO m Betsey WEAVER (d/o Daniel WEAVER & Betsey DEBOISE). Dau Viola DEO b Mar 1856 Elgin Co. Ont. mar James Dennis HOWEY b May 1849 East Oxford, Ont. (James Dennis HOWEY -s/o Reverend Ira HOWEY & Susan GREEN?). All info to Kimberly J. MOORS, 9451 Green Road, Goodrich

SLAGHTJohn SLAGHT b 21 Feb 1763 USA, d 5 Sept 1832, Norfolk Co. Mar 18 Jan 1798 USA. 12 Ch. Wife was Mary ?, b 1 Oct 1768, d 29 April 1832, Norfolk Co, ON. Wish Mary’s ‘ maiden name, info on her prts & siblings. All info to Ruth ROBERTSON

ROBINS/GILMORE – Christopher ROBINS b ca 1817, res Townsend Twp. Norfolk Co., on 1852 Census, d 1871—1872, marr Sarah Ann GILMORE, b 12 Aug 1822 in Pelham, Ont. 8 ch. Need marriage, exact death dates for them & their prts. All info to Ruth Robertson

CHALMERS/DRULLARD – Any desc of Solomon CHALMERS b 1865, Mary Marie b 1867, Catherine b 1870, Frank b 1875, Mary Eliza ELLWOOD b 1878, Edith AYERS b 1875, John Win. AYERS b 1881, Maggie AYERS b 1889. All grand-ch John CHALMERS & Eliza DRULLARD. Please contact Marjo SIANO

ELLIS/BERDAN/DAUGHARTY/LAPPIN/ DICKINSON/MARR – David ELLIS b ca 1782, d 27 Oct 1813 with Oxford Regiment, was 1st hus/o Margaret BERDAN, b 8 Apr 1784 N.B.& d 17 Jun 1846 Southwold Twp., Elgin Co. David & Margaret ch: Albert A. b c1806; Susannah b 9 July 1807, mar John DAUGHARTY, Southwold; Ephraphrus Phelps b c1810 mar Jane LAPPIN; Henry Strongbow b May 1812 mar Emily DICKINSDON; David ELLIS b 1813 mar Jane MARR. Who were David’s prts & siblings? All info to Marg DAUGHARTY

SECORD/BERDAN – Susanna SECORD b 23 June 1759 N.Y. d Norfolk Co? mar Albert BERDAN – Would like info on Susannah’s prts, siblings. Also death, date, & place. Contact  Marg DAUGHARTY

WILLSON/BLATCHFORD – James Cauhey WILLSON b 31 July 1855 Southwold Twp, Elgin Co. Ont. – 15th child of Mordecai WILLSON & Rachel VanSICKLE (Van SYCKLE).  Reports are that he mar # 1- ca 1885 Beatrice BLATCHFORD b ca 1856 in Ont., mar ca 1896 # 2 Tina BLATCHFORD b ca 1858. James Cauhey WILLSON d 26 June 1929 Chatham, Ont & bd Maple Leaf Cem, Chatham, Ont. Obit  gave no info on him or his life. Were Beatrice & Tina sisters? Who were their prts & from where? What  were dates of marriages? Was there any issue from either marriage? All info appreciated by Norma C. SMITH

COMBS – Captain John COMBS, reported to be with the British Militia in the War of 1812 in or around Stoney Creek has connections with desc of Mordecai WILLSON & Rachel Van SICKLE through their second child, Isabella who marr Robert THOMAS from Southwold in the Port Stanley area. Any help would be appreciated.  Norma C. SMITH

STEWART – Any info on James & Angleine (nee KNOWLTON) STEWART who marr in Pt Stanley 7 Nov 1877,  residence listed as Yarmouth.   All info to Elaine WRIGHT

RIPLEY – Any info on relatives of Henry RIPLEY b 1835 d 1899, husband of Mary RIPLEY (nee KNOWLTON) b 1838 d 1918. They were witnesses at marriage of above. Contact Elaine Wright

Elgin County O.G.S. 1995 Executive

Past chair – Lloyd G. Smith

Chair – Don Cosens

1st Vice Chair – James L. McCallum

2nd Vice Chair – Carol Hall

Secretary     – Frank Clarke

– Stan Daugharty

Treasurer – Max Doan

Newsletter Editor – Jean Bircham