Talbot Times 1998 March



Newsletter of the



ISSN 0827-2816


MARCH 1998

Extracts of Genealogical information

New Chairman…New Directions

This New Year starts out with a new Chairman to Elgin Branch of the O.G.S., and I would like to thank the members for the upcoming opportunity to lead this Branch.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Chairman, Jim McCallum for the excellent leadership that he has shown over the past two years. In spite of living some distance away from the area, he never let this stand in the way, and was always faithful and hardworking. THANKS JIM ! and thanks to all the dedicated members of this Branch who have made it the great success that it was.

I would also like to thank all the members who agreed to stand for the various offices both on the executive and as committee co-ordinators. We have an excellent Branch of dedicated people who I am very much looking forward to working with.

A little background about myself— I was born in Welland County, ON., Thorold Township and moved to a farm in Pelham Township while quite young. My father came over from Leicester England, and so I have a great interest in my English ancestry. My mother was a Lundy, one of the Quakers whose ancestors came up from New Jersey, USA , and she was the one who got me interested at a very young age in genealogy.

We are looking forward in this upcoming year to a great deal of very interesting projects.

We are planning to produce a good number of Publications on topics of local Elgin County focus and revitalize our Library collection. We are going to carry through with our ongoing projects such as Cemetery Updates by Dean Paddon, our Internet Webpage by Bruce Johnson, our splendid Newsletter by Brenda Edmonds , and a series of excellent Monthly Programs by Carol Hall, to mention but a few.

In addition, this year brings SEMINAR 98 to London and our branch is heavily involved in organizing the “WALL OF ANCESTORS”. This will be chaired by Jim McCallum and is a project designed to assist people researching their ancestors .

Above all this year brings what could be called an Outreach Program, to acquaint people with Genealogy, how to get started, how to go about it, where to look , etc. This will be carried out by a series of presentations in several areas of the county and also by a six-session Beginners Course in Genealogy. This will be carried out by Jean Bircham. It has been said that Genealogy is one of the worlds most popular hobbies. WHY NOT!..ITS FUN!

We welcome everyone out to our monthly meetings.

1998 Chairman: Ross Lundy Harrison





(June 18, 1886) One of the most elegant morning weddings which has taken place in Detroit in a long time was solemnized at St. Patrick’s church at 9 o’clock Tuesday, the contracting parties being Miss Josie, daughter of Mr. John Collins, of the Wayne County Savings Bank and Dr. M. Brady. The bride was attired in cream ottoman silk, diamonds, and carried a bouquet of jacqueminto roses and maiden hair. She was attended by her sister, the groom’s best man being Mr. James O’Brien, of Detroit. The users were Mr. H. Daley and Dr. Fulton of St. Thomas, and Messrs. F. L.  Brooke and Ed. Collins, of Detroit. Carte blanche was given to the Detroit Floral Co., and the church and residence bore testimony to their artistic skill. A special musical programme was arranged under the direction of Prof. Mazaurette, the offertory selection Gounod’s “Ave Maria” was exquisitely rendered by Mrs. Brooke, (nee Reidy), with violin obligatory by Prof. Luderer. At the close of the service, a few eloquent and impressive remarks were made by Father Flannery, of St. Thomas in his proverbially felicitous style. After the ceremony, the party repaired to the residence of the bride’s parents, where a dejeuner was served, covers being laid for 20. The esteem in which the happy couple are held is shown by the many . ”



– (June 18, 1886) – A Butcher Dies of Blood Poisoning – Alfred Keen, who formerly conducted a butcher shop in the St. Andrews market in this city, died of blood poisoning at Wallaceburg a few days ago. After leaving here Keen worked at Iswood, and subsequently he moved to Wallaceburg. He was trimming a carcase when he accidentally cut his hand. Blood poisoning set in resulting in his death a few days later. Word was went to this city, but in the absence of a reply the body was buried by the corporation. Keen was well know in this city having been lessee of the market stall for the corporation. The particulars of his death were brought to the city this morning by a lady formerly resident of St. Thomas but now living in Wallaceburg. ”


(June 22, 1888) On Mr. Merritt Charlton’s farm, south of Sommers’ Corners, is an apple tree planted just seventy years ago, which measures nine feet seven inches in circumference and forty feet high. In the same orchard there is a cherry tree which measures eight feet three inches in circumference. “ST. THOMAS TIMES JOURNAL



(Jan. 4, 18??) At the residence of the bride’s father on the 28th ult., by the Rev. M.

Fraser, David Wright to Fanny Swan Boyland both of St. Thomas. ”


– (Jan 4, 18??) On the 27th alt, at Strong’s Hotel, London, by the Rev. D. W. Rowland of this town, Mr. Charles Murray Farquhar of Gladstone, to Miss Jane Jeffery, near Nilestown, both of the township of North Dorchester. ”


– (Jan. 4, 18??) On New Year’s Day by the Rev. John A. Williams, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. William H. Fletcher, of Brantford to Julietta, daughter of Mr. James Sharp of St. Thomas. ”


(Jan. 4, 18??) On the 2nd, inst. By E. Sheppard, Christian Minister at the Wilcox House, St. Thomas, Mr. William Fowler to Miss Jessie Thomson, daughter of the late Donald Thomson both of North Yarmouth. ”




A serious accident occurred in town on Monday evening, shortly after dark. Mr. Warren Russ, of South Yarmouth, accompanied by his twin brother, left the post office and crossed the C.S.R. track on Centre Street, along which they were driving when their horse became scared at an approaching train. The animal grew uncontrollable with fright, it reared up and then plunged forward bringing the buggy into violent contact with a lamp post. At the same time Mr. Russ was thrown with great force against the post, while his brother fell on the road. The latter escaped without any material injury, but Warren was evidently much hurt. Some young men came along at the time and caught the horse, which had become comparatively quiet after going a short way. It was found that medical assistance would be required, as Mr. Russ was able to stand with difficulty and could hardly speak. He was accordingly taken to McCready’s Hotel, and the attendance of Dr. McLarty was procured without delay. The doctor found that three or four of his patient’s ribs were broken, and that he was otherwise seriously bruised. He still remains at the hotel, as his condition will not permit of present removal. ”


(Jan. 4, 188?)


Dr. Gustin, the coroner, held an inquest at Port Stanley on Monday and Tuesday, to determine the causes that led to the death of James Tucker, who was found in an unconscious state, lying at the bottom of a buggy, on the night of the 24th of December.

The evidence showed that deceased had driven from Port Stanley to St. Thomas on the morning of the 24th, along with Charles A. Parker. They had been drinking freely throughout the day, and when they set out for home again, shortly after dark, they were both considerably under the influence of liquor. They had passed Union but a short distance when the buggy was capsized and its occupants thrown violently on the road. A number of persons came up at the time and lifted deceased, who was insensible into the buggy after it had been righted. Parker then drove off, but fell asleep on the way, and on arriving at the Port left his companion in the position in which he had been laid. Deceased was found by his friends soon after, and medical aid was procured. He lingered in a comatose state until the afternoon of the 20th ult, when he expired.

There was nothing in the evidence to show any suspicion of foul play and the jury returned the following verdict; That the deceased, James Tucker, came to his death from injuries received from the upsetting of the buggy, whereby he was thrown out on the London and Port Stanley Gravel Road, while driving furiously in a state of intoxication on the 24th of December. “ST. THOMAS EVENING JOURNAL



(July 17, 1904) — Arthur Howard Martin, Wabash engineer, and Miss Lena M. Logan, both of this city, were married yesterday afternoon, at the manse, 84 Hincks St. by Rev. D.R. Drummond. The young couple left by the evening express for Chicago and western points. ”


— (July 17, 1904) The wedding at Lambeth on Wednesday afternoon of Miss Minnie

Christina, daughter of Mr. James Routledge, a prominent farmer, of the township and Mr. Marshall H. Lounsbury, of Hamilton, was one of the prettiest and happiest events of the season. A very large number of friends of the young people witnessed the ceremony, which was performed in the English Church by the rector, Rev. S. Edelstein.”


– (July 17, 1904) A pretty home wedding took place on Wednesday Evening at the residence of Mr. Robert A. Tate, of the fifth of Westminster, when his eldest daughter, Vera, was united in marriage to Mr. John Shaver, of the third concession. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Dr. McCrae of the First Presbyterian Church, in the presence of a large number of relative and friends. ”



(July? 16, 1893) – About 75 invited guests assembled at the residence of Mrs. Tanner, John Street, last night, to witness the marriage of her daughter, Miss Mary Alice Tanner, to Mr. Fred. A. Meadows. Miss Teresa Anderson assisted the bride and the ceremony was performed by Rev. R.J. Thompson of Avon. The bride received a large array of useful and handsome presents. Supper was served on the lawn. Mr. and Mrs. Meadows have gone to Shedden to visit the bride’s relatives. ”


(July? 16, 1893) On Wednesday evening, Mr. Hugh Watson, yardman of the G.T.R., London, was married to Miss Eva Jarvis. “TALBOT TIMES Page 6 MARCH 1998


AYLMER EXPRESS April 9, 1931, page 9


Henry Charlton

Migrated from England and Settled in Nova Scotia — Many Descendants Now Live in Elgin County

Charlton Family Reunion This Week

The following sketch of the Charlton family, written by William Deo, of this place, is most interesting and the descendants of these stalwart pioneers will hold a family picnic at Pinafore Park, St. Thomas, this week.

Henry Charlton was the first of the name that we are interested in, in this sketch. He came from Newcastle on the Tyne, England, and settled in Nova Scotia. I have not been able to discover the date of his arrival.

He was born in 1723, one hundred and ninety nine years this 1992 (this must be an error in typesetting). He died in 1816, aged 93 years. His life and activities are more fully given in the accompanying letter from some descendants of his:

“I received your letter in due time, and was very interested in your enterprise for information re the Charltons. Do not know that I can give you the data you want, as all I have for reference in Calneks history of Annapolis County, and its early settlers. While the book has a great deal of reliable facts in it, it is not as complete in detail as I would like to have it.

Henry Charlton came from Newcastle on Tyne, England, to this county about the same time as Massachussetts settlers, and obtained a grant of land in Wilmot.

In 1765 he had cleared 50 acres and had 25 head of horned cattle. He built the first sawmill in the country and received a bounty offered by the government in 1786. Henry Charlton, one of his sons, went to Upper Canada.

Henry Charlton, born 1723, died 1816, married 1762, Mary Crane, born 1736, died 1815.


Experience , born 1762, died 1851, married Simon Delong

Aaron, born 1765, died 1838, married Grace Dunn Mary, born 1767, died 1843, married Charles Worthylake

James, born 1768, died 1846, married 1784, Sarah Simpson Henry, born 1770, married and removed to one of the Upper Provinces.

Charlotte, born 1773, died 1871, married Andrew Beals Isabella, born 1775, died 1850, married Henry Grant Robert, born 1778, died 1874, married 1806, Elizabeth Starratt

This is all I can find at present, but if I can gather anything more in the meantime I will be pleased to forward it to you.

My father was a descendant of the James mentioned, both he and my mother have been dead over three years. Father lived to reach 86, my mother died from injuries received from being thrown out of a carriage, at the age of 72. I am the second son being now in my 49th year. I have one older brother, and one younger.

I hope the above will be of some help to you. If it is possible for me to attend your anniversary, I will be there.

Yours truly, H. C. Charlton

His fifth son, Henry Jr., born 1770, came to the Western Provinces. On his way he married Mary Brown, somewhere in New York State, and the next we hear of his doings was that he was a ship carpenter with the British army at Montreal, and Kingston, assisting in building forts and blockhouses, etc., in the war of 1812.

His oldest son, John, was born in 1779 (this must also be in error; perhaps 1797?). There were five sons and three daughters in his family, all of whom grew up in the neighbourhood of Kingston.

John, Abram and Thomas, settled in Portland, Frontenac County. Peter, William, Hannah and Maria in Elgin County. Charlotte in New York State, U.S.A. John married Maria Deo. Abram  married Louisa Farrel. Thomas married ________. Peter married Jennie Caughell.

William, married Amy Storms, formerly Amy Deo. Hannah married Dennis Deo. Maria, married Moses Hughes. Charlotte married ______ Lewis.

I have not the data of the various families of the above named descendants of Henry Charlton Jr. much of which has escaped my memory, and I will leave this part to some abler person to chronicle, that it may be a more complete record for the use and gratification of future generations.

Bridgetown, N.S.

Mr. A.C. Charlton, Bridgetown

Dear Mr. Charlton:

In reply to your inquiry regarding the early Charltons of this county I find the following notes in some data in my possession.

Henry Charlton was one of the first settlers in the new township of Wilmot, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. Where he came from I am not sure, but that he was here in the sixties of the 18th century is certain.

The French were expelled from the County in 1755 and the first New England settlers, pre-loyalists, came in 1760, but the township of Wilmot was not surveyed at that time, hence none of the first New Englanders went as far inland as Wilmot. However, very shortly after this the new townships was surveyed and Henry Charlton was given a grant of two whole lots, or 1000 acres and extending from the Annapolis River to the Bay of Fundy. At this time this great grant was unbroken forest. It was situated to the east of the Town of Lawrencetown, and embrace, what is now many of the splendid farms and orchards of that vicinity and the adjoining section of Clarence, which is noted for its valuable farms and apple orchards.

Here this pioneer reared his family and “dug in” most successfully. He married Mary Crane, of Horton, Kings County, N.S. The Crane family had but recently come here from Connecticut, U.S.A., and was one of the best families of the adjoining county.

Of this first Henry’s family there were sons, James, Aaron, Henry and Robert, all of whom settled near the father and bought from him or his near neighbor’s places. In 1789, Henry bought a farm with his brother James, but after that date his name disappears and the genealogy of the family says he went to “Canada”.

The other members of the family continued in this county and while there is not a numerous progeny there are several families and all are industrious and prosperous farmers, here and there one who has turned their attention to mercantile pursuits with equal success.

The old pioneer Henry came when the whole township was a wilderness but lived long enough to see it cleared and many villages established. The nearest to his lots and home was called Dunn’s Mill, and later became the pretty and prosperous town of Lawrencetown 1882. Here in the early days of the last century a church was erected and Henry Charlton was one of the board of Trustees. This was the “Ebenezer Wesleyan Chapel”, and was the first in the new Township of that denomination. I have an impression that Mr. Charlton received his religious leanings from his wife, Mary, for the Crane family was one of the first Methodist families in the Valley, and a nephew of Mrs. Charlton was the first native born Methodist preacher of the Maritime provinces. The family since that early day have been largely Baptists, but none the worse for their early training in the first Methodist chapels of the County.

In politics the Charltons for a century have been usually Liberals, and ardent ones as a rule.

I don’t think any of the original holdings of the first one, is now in possession of the descendants, but several of them live where they can stand on their doorsteps and look across whole rows of farms that were originally their grand-sire’s, and that now bear and yield annually thousands of barrels of the choicest apples. F. Armstrong” September 10, 1931



A Sketch of Pioneer Life 100 Years Ago

. . . interesting article written by Mrs. George A. Summers, Aylmer. In the early

Nineties, depicting some of the trials and tribulations suffered by her mother-in-law, the late Mrs. Captain John R. Summers.

This sketch is as it was written in 1890, while Mrs. Captain Summers was living with her son, George A., and his wife, with whom she made her home for a number of years.


One of the oldest pioneers living at the present day is Mrs. John R. Summers, born January 1st, 1803. Daughter of Joseph Harper and Susan Judson, who came from Harpersfield, Penn., about the year 1786, and settled at Fort Erie. They were there during the war of 1812, and had to put up with many privations on account of the riflemen prowling about, killing the hogs, sheep, or anything else they could eat. In order to keep their bread they would hide it in the cradle under the baby. Finally they were forced to fly back from the front as they were firing over their heads. They retired to the Quaker Settlement among the Schooleys, who were very kind and hospitable to them. About this time supplies of sugar, tea and other necessities were very scarce, and could not safely be brought from the American side. So they engaged Joseph Harper, her father, to go some twelve miles across the foot of the lake on the ice. He was guided by lights from Squire Harkinson’s ball room, which was well lighted for a ball that night. He got across just as the Americans were beginning to stir in the morning. He climbed up the bank to a Mr. Goodrich’s, who sheltered him in a locked room and brought his meals up until nightfall. He secured his order of supplies and resumed his perilous journey back home, there being many dangerous air holes in the ice to shun, but he was well paid for his services.

In the year 1818, he made a start for a forest home, having cut the first tree on what is known as the Harper home. It was from here that the subject of this sketch left her paternal root to marry Captain John R. Summers, who likewise came from Niagara district. They paid $40.00 settler’s duties, built their log house 18 X 20 feet, and began to chop and clear for a home, now known as the William Summer’s home, at Summer’s Corners. A more persevering , hard working man could scarcely be found, as he had been known to be chopping till after midnight on moonlight nights, not realizing the hours were passing so rapidly away, so great was his ambition. You may form some idea of of the density of this forest home, when on one occasion, Mrs. Summers, just two weeks before one of her children arrived, her husband being busy, walked after their cows in the wood, and to their surprise she did not return. Her mother, Mrs. Harper, informed Mr. Summers, who set out at once with the assistance of neighbours, to search for her. The wolves were numerous in those days. They called in vain as their voices echoed and re-echoed through the woods. Finally they found her at 1 a.m., tired out, sitting on a log at Catfish creek, (Glencolin). The cows, unaccustomed to the sight of a woman, fled in all directions, and the tinkle of the echoing cowbell was soon lost, hence her dilemma.

In the year 1826, she and her daughter grew some flax (on the farm on which Grant Summers now lives). Her mother lived in a little log house. She rotted the flax, threshed, hetchled and spun linens for sheets, underwear, towels, straw ticks, etc. A Mr. Benjamin Abell wove it for them. At one time they had been out of fine flour for some time and were so hungry for fine bread they decided they would go to a neighbour’s visiting, hoping to get a taste of bread. A Mrs. Huffman and Mrs. Jackson were out visiting “over the fence”, and as they saw their visitors approaching, one said to the other, “I hope they’re not coming to our place, as I have no flour or bread”. And the other exclaimed that she hadn’t either. But they had a good visit, and a good meal of new potatoes and green corn.

Mrs. Summers has seen many changes from the time of the little spinning wheel. Spinning tow, and flax; seen days of scarcity and days of plenty; days of inconvenience, and days of convenience; days of sorrow and days of joy. Days of scarcity, when they would have to go to Long Point to get wheat ground into fine flour. Also to get apples, with an ox team, which made travel slow. Days of inconvenience when she would have to go to St. Thomas horseback to trade, or on a sled behind oxen and it would take 20 lbs. of butter to buy one pound of tea. Days of sorrow, when sickness overtook them, and days of joy, when a newcomer arrived. Rejoicing when one after another of her thirteen children stepped from her portals to assume responsibility of new homes, all within a radius of fifteen miles.

Captain Summers built the first sawmill in the vicinity, at the east end of Aylmer, near the bridge, where the marks of the dam remain. He had to build what used to be called the dugway crossing on Talbot Street as the water interfered. He kept it in repairs for a number of years until the council relieved him of the obligation. Those were the days when he had the choicest of the timber to manufacture, and secured from $2.00 to $5.00 per 1000 feet, teaming it to St. Thomas and taking trade. He held several public positions. He was collector of taxes, when he had to go as far as Long Point to collect. He went by horseback, and stayed at a Mr. Sovereign’s overnight. While attending his horse he dropped his wallet, containing the taxes amounting to $200.00, and did not miss it for some time. He hastily retraced his steps and found it safe in the stall. He was Captain of Militia, being in with the Government at the time of the McKenzie Rebellion. He was called to take volunteers to Amherstburg. The men wound their limbs with pea straw ropes to keep warm, as there were no convenient hotels those days nor fast trains for transit.

Mrs. Summers outlived the days and years of inconvenience and enjoyed ease, love, peace and plenty for 20 years with her youngest son, George A. and family, much loved and revered. She has been the mother and grandmother and great-grandmother of 109 children, that is, 13 children, 69 grandchildren, and 40 great-grandchildren, which hold her memory in reverence and love, as a kind mother of Israel, doing well her part. “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” ”



DRAKE –James Littell DRAKE b Aldborough Twp 14 Oct. 1843, s/o Joshua C. DRAKE, b in Long Point Bay, Canada ca 1817. Reputedly, he was a circuit preacher in Canada, church unknown. Joshua was s/o William DRAKE, b New Brunswick ca 1780, (deceased in Ontario?) In 1844. Info desired by gr-gr grandson James J. DRAKE, SUTTON / SLEGHT  Anna SUTTON b 2 May 1706 at Piscataway, Somerset. Co., N.J. – d/o Richard  SUTTON & Sarah RUNYAN . Anna mar Hendrick SLEGHT, s/o Abraham Hendrickse SLEGHT & Janetje van der HAVEN. Hendrick b 17 May 1704, Brooklynn N.Y.- d 1787 Newton, Sussex Co., N. J. Searching for death of Anna (SUTTON) SLEGHT. Ruth ROBERTSON,

FULCHER – Joseph and Elizabeth FULCHER listed as prts of Bartley FULCHER in the 13 Sept 1897 marr record for Brantford. Family tradition says that he comes from around St. Marys, Perth Co. 1871 Census says there is a Joseph FULCHER ae 55 from Downie Twp. Is he the one? Does anyone know re his family? His bros?, sisters? Ross HARRISON

YORKE / STOCKTON/ – James YORKE b ca Feb 1812, where? d 8 Jan, 1888, Mosa Twp., marr Elizabeth L. Stockton, b ca 1810, where? d 18 Sept. 1888, Mosa Twp. Both from Yarmouth Twp, marr by Rev. Wm.  McDermand 2 Sept. 1832. Searching for prts and siblings of both. Ch: Elizabeth  Jane b 1834, Yarmouth, Mary Esther, b 1836, William b 1838, Edward J. b 1840, Lucinda E. b 1842, Phoebe A. b 1844, Seth b 1848, Alleretta A. b 1853. Also need info re Stephen W. JAMES b 1832 England (where?) who marr Elizabeth J. YORKE (1834-1870) then disappeared in 1870, ch raised by YORKE grandparents.

GILBERT – Zerah ( Zera) B. GILBERT , b ca 1807, Quebec, d 26 Feb 1875, Mosa Twp, marr ?? Mary Ann _____? b ca 1806 , England, d 11 April 1871, Mosa Twp. Searching for prts, and siblings of both. Ch: Thomas b 1834, Ira b 13 July 1836, Charlotte b 11 Aug. 1838, Elijah b 1840, William b 1842, Enos b 1845, Nancy b 1846, Eliza b 1850. Was Zerah related to GILBERT’s in Elgin Co.? What was Mary Ann’s maiden name? Ruth SMITH,


Seeking information of the families of Edwin LODER, 37 Calder Terrance, Padiham, and/or 29 Victoria Bldg., Burnley, Lanchester, Eng. In 1864 he added 5,000 sq. ft to his cotton mill in Burnley, also Sarah and Joseph DISEN, in 1864 living at 23 Master St., Burnley, Lanchester, England &


, Seeking information on Sarah baptised BUNDY b. 1818 in Downton, Wilt, England, raised as Sarah EDMONDS married William BAILEY, 83rd Regiment in St. Thomas, ON., d. 1852 in East Indies, Camp Bonna. William in 1864 was living at Everod, Ordsall Lane, Salford, Manchester, England. There was also an unknown connection to the Baileys living on Orange St. Cleveland, Ohio

Brenda Edmonds

Calling all Bakers

On the weekend of June 20 & 21, 1998 the descendants of William & Margaret Baker are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of their family reunion. Registration, historical displays, period crafts etc. start at 10:00 Sat. June 20 followed by a pot luck lunch, a HUGE family picture at 2:00 followed by games etc. This promises to be a big event with family coming from as far away as Belgium and California. The new book “The Family of William and Margaret (Hicks) Baker from Cornwall, England to Yarmouth Township, Elgin County, Ontario” will be launched. This 160 page book contains an extensive family tree with over 3000 names in the index. It also includes over 80 pictures, one from the first reunion in 1898, and other articles of historical interest. It is available for $30. On Sunday, June 21 at 10:00 the family will be celebrating at Littlewood Church with an old Methodist service “Renewing the Covenant” music supplied by many talented members of the Baker family. Lunch will follow.

For more information please contact Margaret (Baker) Holdsworth (Secretarial Committee),

Kelly Clan Association

is looking for information articles for inclusion in their worldwide newsletter publication. Contact Ann Lane Kelly,


: I would be pleased to hear from anyone who knows of genealogical or historical publications of use to family historians which I might include in a new edition / supplement of “Books You Need to do Genealogy in Ontario”. Please contact Ryan Taylor, 919 Webster St. Fort Wayne IN USA 46802.