The Dave Layton Sr. Family Story ! Saskatchewan Gen Web Project

The Dave Layton Sr. Family Story.

Dave Layton and family 1936,  Gertrudek Irene Layton,  Toots Layton,  David Fred Jr. Layton,  Margaret Isabel Layton,  Edna Rae Layton,  Lorne James Layton,  David Fred Sr. Layton,  Agnes Gillan Catherine Cruikshank,  Agnes Gillan Catherine Layton,

Our story of the Layton Family will begin with the birth of WilliamLayton Jr. in 1726 in Yorkshire, England.

William married Ann Harland and on May 5, 1746 their sixth child andthird son, Francis Layton Sr. was born in the small village of Acklam, Yorkshire.Francis trained as a blacksmith.

Francis married Elizabeth West of Birdsall, Yorkshire on April 20, 1772.

Francis Layton Jr. was born April 17, 1773.

In March of 1774 , the young family, Francis Sr.(age 29 years), Elizabeth, age 26 years), and Francis Layton Jr., (age 1 year), set sail from Hull, Yorkshire, England, aboard the “Two Friends” bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The “Two Friends” was a medium sized sailing vessel used to transport British troops to garrisons through out the British Empire, and also carriedimmigrants to their new homes .

**(In 1805 the “Two Friends” sank off the coast of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in aviolent North Atlantic storm.Of the soldiers, crew and immigrants aboard, threelives where lost and the rest made it to shore. All the soldiers provisions andimmigrants supplies where lost.)

The Layton’s arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in early May, 1774, and travelled to the Falmouth area of Colchester County to settle among otherswho had migrated from New England in the 1760’s, many where ‘United EmpireLoyalists’, who wished to remain loyal to the British Crown.

Francis Layton Jr. trained as a blacksmith and moved to Great Village.On March 5, 1801 he married Abigail Stevens, in the Presbyterian Church in nearby Truro, Nova Scotia.From 1801 to 1828, Francis and Abigail had ten sonsand three daughters.

On Nov 9, 1838, in Great Village, Francis Layton Sr.died.He had survived four wives and had fathered  seven sons and one daughter.He was buried in the Great Village Cemetery, as were many of hisdescendents.

Charles Ryan Layton, third child and second son of Francis Jr.andAbigail was born June 17, 1806 in Great Village.Charles also trained to be a blacksmith.

Charles married Mary (Polly) Flemming on March 28, 1831 in Folly Village.From 1832 to 1854, they had seven sons and three daughters, all born in FollyVillage.

David Flemming Layton, third child of Charles and Mary, was born Jan 13, 1836.David followed the family tradition and trained to be a blacksmith.

On Sept 16 , 1867, David married Isabelle Morrison in Folly Village. From 1868 to 1887, David and Isabelle had six sons and five daughters, all born in Folly Village.

David Fred Layton Sr., was the ninth child and fifth son of David and Isabelle.He was born Feb 2, 1883.In 1900 at the age of seventeen, Dave Sr. left Nova Scotia and his large family to become a Constable in the NorthWest Mounted Police.After some training in Regina, Dave was stationed atthe Old Post, Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan, where he served as a Constable anblacksmith, until 1903, when he received permission from Ottawa to purchasehis release. The 1901 Saskatchewan census shows Dave Layton at the barracksat Wood Mountain.

The 1906 Saskatchewan census shows Dave residing in the Wood Mountainarea.He worked for a while as a ranch hand and blacksmith.

In 1907 he met a young lady from Pennsylvania who was visiting with two Aunts who lived in the Assiniboia region. Agnes Gillan Catherine Cruikshank had been born May 25, 1891 in Banff, Banffshire, Scotland, thedaughter of James William and Margaret Chapman Dey Cruikshank.The family hademigrated to Johnstown, Cambria County, Pennsylvania when Agnes was a young girl.

They wanted to marry and had to wait for a letter of permission to arrive from her parents.Dave and Agnes where married at the Anglican Church in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan on Nov.16, 1907.

The 1911 Saskatchewan census shows Dave, Agnes, Margaret Isabel, age 3years and Dave, age 2(he was born in 1910, so was only 1 year old in 1911), living in Willow Bunch and Dave Sr.’s occupation listed as a blacksmith.

In 1908, Dave filed an”Application for a Homestead Entry”for theNorth West Quarter- Section of Section Number 16 of the4th Township in the 1st Range West of the 3rdMeridian.Improvements where made and the “Application”was approved  in June, 1912.

The Layton family moved to the Homestead and the family continued to grow.  

David Fred Layton Sr. and Agnes had seven children.

 Margaret ‘Isabel’ Layton , Born: Sept. 25, 1908, Willow Bunch      Died: May 4, 1992  Vancouver, B.C.

  DavidFred Layton Jr.          Born: Oct 19, 1910, Willow Bunch          Died: March 8, 1974  Rockglen, Sk.

 Gertrude(Toots) Irene Layton Born:June 10, 1913, Haymeadow   Died:Jan 5, 1997  Saskatoon, Sk. 

  Helen Layton                      Born:March 22, 1916, Haymeadow       Died:March 22, 1916 

  Edna ‘Rae’ Layton              Born: Oct 28, 1918, Haymeadow

  Lorne James Layton           Born:March 25, 1923, Haymeadow

  Ronald ‘Almo’ Laurie Layton  Born:March 15, 1934, Lisieux            Died:Sept 23, 1952  Regina, Sk.

In 1940, Dave Sr. and Agnes sold the homestead and moved toMoose Jaw, where ‘Almo’went to school.

Agnes died on Aug. 16, 1947 at the age of 56.She is buriedin Rosedale Cemetery, Moose Jaw.

Dave and Almo returned to Rockglen to live, where Dave workedas a janitor at the Rockglen School and Almo finished High School.Almo moved to Regina to work for SaskPower and was killed in atraffic accident just outside Regina on Sept 23, 1952.He is buriedin the Rockglen Cemetery.

Dave Sr. lived in Rockglen until his death on April 12, 1961. He is buried in the Rockglen Cemetery.

Dave Jr. farmed southwest of Quantock until 1973 and diedon March 8, 1974.He is buried in the Rockglen, Cemetery.



The Dave Layton Sr. Family Story.

My name is (Mr.) Lorrie Layton of Regina. My grandfather was David Fred Layton, Senior, who was born in Nova Scotia and came to Sask. in 1900 as a member of the NWMP.

Attached is a short history of the Layton family, based on the book " The Heirs of Francis Layton " written by Jack F. Layton 1986, ISBN 0-9692114-0-7. Jack is in his 80’s and lives in Innisfail, Alberta.

Starting on page 120 of the book “ One Hundred Years of Grasslands” by Marjorie Rohde Mason, ISBN 0-919899-45-5, is a story about the D.F.Layton’s, written by Edna Riley Shapley. There are a couple of errors in the story.

Dave Senior came to Sask. in 1900, served with the NWMP from 1900-1903.
and he moved to the homestead on the Hay Meadow in 1912. Homestead application started 1908, registration completed 1912. The location was NW 1/4 section 16 township 4 range 1 west of the third meridian. in 1913 he purchased the south west 1/4 section 4 township 4 range 1 west of the third meridian.

In Mason's article she writes, "The schol district was named Hay Meadow deriving its name from the Hay Meadow Creek. The name of this creek has been changed to Layton Creek in hnour of this ex-mountie and outstanding good citizen, D.F. Layton, Sr." A note is made that there is no official record of this name change, LL 2007.

Looking up Layton on Canadian Geographical Names, Natural Resources, Canada and in the book Geographic Names of Saskatchewan by Bill Barry, there are the Layton Hills located at section 10 township 5 range 1 west of the third meridian, "West of Scout Lake. David Frederick Layton homesteaded five miles to the south." page 239. On page 184, Barry records Hay Meadow Creek at NE 35-3-30-W2. Hay Meadow School District can be seen on this map and neighbouring school districts can be seen on this Map of May 1911.

HAY MEADOW, School District # 4214 (also recorded as 4241 in some documents), NE, Sec 29, Tsp 4, Rge 1, W of the third meridian. The Department of Education gives the District Number as 4241, and BIG ARM School District as # 4214 Sec Tsp 9, 10 Rge 22, 23 W of the 3 Meridian Piapot .

My grandfather was a trustee for the Hay Meadow school, and the Layton children attended it until the Joeville school opened, which was closer to the farm and the children did not have to cross Hay Meadow Creek.

I am happy to share any information I have.

On this 1917 map segment one can view Hay Meadow situated between two locatlities of Elm Springs and Scout Lake. Hay Meadow and Elm Springs are shown in RM 43, Scout Lake in RM 42. On the Stovel map, below, the designation "Hay" is marked in green and probably should be "Hay Meadow".

Stovel map of Saskatchewan showing township 4 range 1 west of the third meridian.
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Province of Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources.  Saskatchewan's finest resource is the character and quality of her peoples:  Is is appropriate that her geographical features perpetuate the names and honour the work of those prominent in development of the Province, and those who gave dedicated service to fellow citizens.Layton Hills is named after David Fred Layton, Latitude 49 degrees 22 seconds, Longitude 106 degrees 4 seconds, adopted March 7, 1966, Certified by the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names



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Province of Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources. Saskatchewan's finest resource is the character and quality of her peoples: Is is appropriate that her geographical features perpetuate the names and honour the work of those prominent in development of the Province, and those who gave dedicated service to fellow citizens.Layton Hills is named after David Fred Layton, Latitude 49 degrees 22 seconds, Longitude 106 degrees 4 seconds, adopted March 7, 1966, Certified by the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names



Report on Pupil David Layton Grade VI, August 31, 1922, Hay Meadow School District 4241
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Report on Pupil David Layton Grade VI, August 31, 1922, Hay Meadow School District 4241




For more information:

The Rolling Hills of Home
Rockglen, Sask: Rockglen 50th Anniversary Committee, 1978 Poplar Valley School 3646 page 63

Rockglen Area School District map

School District Maps Wood Mountain North Sheet right

1920 Cummins Map 29: Township 3, 4, 5, 6 Range 1, 2, 3 West of the Third Meridian

Segment of 1917 "Scarboroughs New Map of Saskatchewan"

Other Submissions by (Mr. ) Lorrie Layton :





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