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A Pioneer Family is one that settled in Norfolk County prior to 1860.

Family Contact: Jim Anderson

Abraham Anderson settled on lot 5 on concession 3 in Windham Twp, Norfolk county, near the village of Vanessa. Indenture of B&S for 110 acres in Jan. 24, 1853 "A Memorial … between George Edmonds of the Twp of Windham in the County of Norfolk… and Abraham Anderson of the Village of Waterdown in the Twp of East Flamborough in the County of Wentworth." According to the 1861 Census, Windham County, Norfolk Twp, Abraham Anderson, Occupation was Farmer & Innkeeper, Birth was in Canada West, Age next birthday 43, also listed are Rhoda A. 43, Henry 22, Catherine 15, Hetta 7, James 4 & Samuel 1. The 1861 Agricultural Census has him in Windham Twp on concession 3, Lot 5, total held 181 acres. Abraham's wife was Rhoda Ann Jeneroux born Feb. 14, 1819, died Aug. 17, 1895, married June 7, 1838 to Abraham Anderson born April 25, 1818, died March 31, 1868, married in Flamboro West at John Anderson's. Rhoda Ann's mother is Mary Smith & her father is Francis Genereoux. Most of Abraham's family are buried in Vanessa Cemetery. Children were Henry (1839-?), Margaret (1842-1857), John (1844-1857), Catherine (1846-?), Lucinda (1848-1857), Mary (1850-1870), Hetty (1854-1870), James (1859-?) & Samual (1860-1861). Abraham is the son of John (from Pennsylvania US) & Susannah Anderson. John resided in West Flamborough on Concession 2 lot 24 until he died on Oct. 29, 1840. Abraham inherited N1/2 100 acres of this lot in 1842. Abraham's son Henry is my g-grandfather who married Rebecca Jane Trembley, dau. of Mathias Trembley & Sarah Ann Wiley

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Walter Anderson was granted three 200 acre lots in Charlotteville Township in 1797. His spinster daughter, Rebecca, inherited the land upon his death in 1818. His wife was Mary and they had 7 children

Family Contact: Andrei Z. and Karen L. Austin
The "head" of this family was Solomon Austin (1744-1826). He was a member of the Loyalist Corps and migrated to Upper Canada in Jun 1794 from North Carolina. He was awarded 600 acres of land for his loyalty and settled in the Lynn River Valley near Simcoe, Ontario. He married Joanna Thomas and had 9 children

Family Contact: Delinda Tenney
They settled in Norfolk c. 1797 on Lot 12, Concession A, Walsingham (between Port Rowan and Port Royal). Head of the family was Henry Baumwart. His Children: Frederick, Henry, Jacob, David, Mary, Catherine, Elizabeth and Susan. Henry Baumwart (head of the family above) had a sister Anna Baumwart. Anna was settled in the township of Walsingham before 1796. She married Christian Rohrer and they had 10 children... David Baumwart (youngest son of Henry) married Julia Mabee (daughter of Oliver Mabee)

Family Contact: Paul Brown
Samuel Brown settled in Walsingham in 1795 on Lot 22 Concession 1. From here he had a family of 21 or possibly 22 children

Buchner / Boughner
Family Contact: Dan Goetz
The Buchner family settled in the colony of New Jersey before the Rev. War. Their home was in Sussex Co., NJ. In 1789 four brothers of this family --- Henry, John, Matthias and Martin --- came to Upper Canada and settled at Lyon's Creek. Matthias Buchner (Boughner) came up to Long Point settlement, and settled on the west side of the Culver settlement, in the twp of Windham. The family of Matthias Boughner drew some eight hundred acres of land in the 13tand 14th concessions. The cousin of these 4 Boungher brothers was Jacob Buchner or Boughner, the old Woodhouse pioneer, he came to Long Point direct from New Jersey. My gg-grandmother was Mary Boungher, b. 1856 Norfolk Co. her father was Levi Boungher, b. 1826 Woodhouse, Norfolk Co.

Family Contact: Alicia Anderson
William Buckberrough was born c1792 in Upper Canada, and died Jan 08, 1870 in Burford Township, Ontario (Buried in Fairfield Cemetery). He married Margaret Green c1819 in Ancaster, Ontario. They were living in Windham Twp, Norfolk County for the 1861 and 1871 censuses. Children: James Buckberrough, b: 1823, Ontario, Canada; D. 1880, Springford, Oxford, Ontario; John Buckberrough, b: 1827, Ontario; Gordon Buckberrough, b: 1828, Windham, Ontario, d: Aft. 1881; Jane Buckberrough, b: Jul 04, 1835, Burford Township, Ontario, d: Apr 18, 1851, Burford, Ontario; George Buckberrough, b: Mar 13, 1838, Windham Twp, d: Dec 17, 1911

I have a copy of the Pioneer Sketches book, along with an index compiled by the Norfolk Historical Society. I will gladly do lookups for people who request by email. My families with Norfolk County ties include Teeple, Finch, Mabee/Mabie, Winter, and Severance. Thanks, Bob Frei
Burger & Becker
Family Contact: Doug Burger

Stephen Burger and his wife Sophia Becker emigrated from New York State to Canada in 1805 with two children, John and David, accompanied by Sophia's sister Elizabeth, and her husband, Jeremiah Fick. They leased land from the Crown, 300 acres of Lot 7, Concession B, in Walsingham Twp., Norfolk County. In 1819 there was a notice on file that Stephen and Sophia had not paid their rent from Sep 29, 1818 to Mar 24, 1819. Sophia died in childbirth when Aaron was born. Apparently after Sophia died, her young children were split up and Stephen married Elizabeth Hollowood, the sister of his daughter-in-law, Rachel. They had at least three children. I am maintaining a website regarding these and other families. If you require any data from me, feel free to ask.
The Burger Family

Family Contact: Barbara Haney Martinez
John Eylmour Bush (c1830 Port Dover, Woodhouse Twp, Norfolk - 15 May 1913 Port Dover, Woodhouse Twp, Norfolk County). He married Lydia Trip (d/o Jared Trippe & Harriet Mix). Children (all born in Port Dover): Isaac Holly Bush (1856-); Hannah Liona Bush (1858-1936); Rhoda Emeline Bush (1860-); Wallace Aldine Bush (1862-); Elizabeth Ann Bush (1864-); Georgianna Bush (1867-); Harriett Ellen Bush (1869-); Clara Marie Bush (1871-); Laura Marie Bush (1874-); Carmy Washington Bush (1875-1949); Mary Alsora Bush (1877-); Harvey Gilbert Bush (1886-)

Colver / Collver / Culver
Family Contact: Richard Culver
Rev. Jabez Culver was born in 1731 in CT?. He migrated to Norfolk County in 1794 with 8 of his children. In 1795 he was visited by his first cousin, Timothy Culver who was born in NJ 1734/38. Timothy returned to New York to make plans to move to Norfolk County. He and his wife Martha and their 8 children made the journey to their new home in 1796. Four of Jabez's sons married four of Timothy's daughters, resulting in a large Culver presence in Norfolk County

Family Contact: M.Irene Hopper

After the death of David Cowan in 1808 he left 2500 acres of land between Amherstburg and Gananoque. His brother John Cowan and sons James, John amd William came in 1817. Alexander came in 1918. James ended up in Middleton Township and William in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County. Alexander and John settled at Gananoque. John Cowan died in 1826 and is buried in Vittoria Baptist Cemetery

Family Contact: Carrol E. Taggart

Anthony Dougherty of Orange County, North Carolina came with his wife, Mary McCool and four young daughters 900 miles to the Long Point Settlement c. 1796. He died soon after arriving but all of his daughters married and acquired the UEL grants awarded them. Mary married John Davis; Elizabeth married Alexander Taggart; Martha married [1]Nathaniel Root [2] Samuel Millard; Margaret married Jacob Clouse.
His wife remarried John Wells and had an additional family with this second husband.
My line is from Elizabeth [Betsey] and Alex Taggart who settled on land just south of the town of Waterford.

Family Contact: Keppler
Paul Dusten Sr., was a Loyalist who came to Norfolk County about 1785. He was in the Norfolk Militia in 1802. His first wife was Sarah ? and they had 4 children: Charlotte, Susanna, Sarah and Paul. His second wife was Violetta Payne Brown whom he marries about 1805. Paul Dusten Jr. Married Charlotte Monro, daughter of John Monro as\also a Loyalist from New Jersey. They were married in 1810 and had 5 children

Family Contact: CPeter
Francis Emerick born abt. 1804 in Norfolk, Ontario and married Catherine Procunier Dec. 29, 1832 in Woodhouse, Ontario. Francis is of English origins, his father currently unknown and as to when he left England for Canada is unknown. Per the 1851 Ontario census Francis and Catherine have 8 children and he is working as a blacksmith and is age 48. They are buried in the Old Windham Pioneer Cemetery in Norfolk. Of the eight children our line comes from Peter (fifth child). Peter was born abt. 1844 and married Melissa Jane Townsend in Norfolk in 1866. At some point Peter and Melissa Jane left Canada and entered the US, where they traveled to the Pacific NW, Washington State to be exact. Here they raised five children and are buried in Tacoma, Wa. Peter died young, age 52 of unknown causes, Melissa lived till age 84 and never remarried. Their son Herbert is grandfather to my husband Kelly Jesse Emerick

Family Contact: Bob Frei
Titus Finch - his story is told on page 297 of "Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement". While that story has many inaccuracies, it is known that he settled in New Brunswick before obtaining a land grant of 600 acres at Turkey Point in 1798. He was known as "Elder Finch" because of his position as the founding preacher of the Vittoria Baptist church which was founded at Charlotteville (now Vittoria) around 1804. His progeny are named among many of the other founding families in the Norfolk County Pioneer Families listing. In addition, he owned a mill which was destroyed by American raiders during the war of 1812. He was compensated for half of his loss by the crown

Family Contact: Sherri Pettit
Isaac Gilbert, wife Mary Rowland and their 10 surviving children settled in Woodhouse Township in June 1799 arriving first at Port Ryerse

Family Contact: Deborah Glover
Glover, Jacob (1750-1813) and his wife Deborah Moore lived in Sussex Co., NJ during colonial times. During the American Revolution Jacob served in the Loyalist regiment Volunteers of Ireland and came to Grimsby Twp., Lincoln Co., Upper Canada in 1787. He moved to Townsend Twp., by 1799

Loyalist from NJ settling in Long Point, Woodhouse Twp., Norfolk Co., by time of 1805 census.

Jacob Glover and his wife Deborah Moore had 14 children

John Francis Glover married Anna Amy Sovereign
Deborah Glover married David Young
Gertrude “Getty” Glover married Alexander Boughner
John Moore Glover (my line) married Rebecca Beemer
Charles S. Glover married Charlotte Dietchman adopted by Jabez Culver
Jacob Glover married Nancy UNKNOWN
Henry Glover
William Hambly Glover married Mary UNKNOWN
Elizabeth Margaret Glover married Lawrence Daniel
Robert Glover
Jonathan Glover
Mary Glover married John May Bowman
Pierce Moore Glover married Jane Smith
Anthony D. Glover married Alvira Kern

Family Contact: T Howell
Henry (born 1789, England; died 1869, Port Dover, Ont) and Elizabeth (VAREY; born cir 1791, England; died 1864, Port Dover, Ont) HOWELL emigrated to Toronto about 1824 and then to Port Dover. Children: William Henry, Elizabeth, Thomas(?), Sarah, Charles, Caroline and Charlotte

Family Contact: Howard Ray Lawrence
William Francis Lawrence, born 12 July 1819, Trafalgar Township, Old Peel County, Ontario, CANADA, died 18 February 1888, Windham, married, dates unknown, Elizabeth Anne LONGSTREET, born 1825, Caledon Township, Peel County, Ontario, CANADA, died (date unknown). Both are buried at Bookton Cemetery, Windham. His father may be William Lawrence, born 1781, died 9 September 1864, buried at Bookton Cemetery, Windham. The Father of William Lawrence may be George Laurence, H. district, soldier Butler's Rangers, C.B.N., 1794, who had a wife and one child, possibly William, P.L.N., 1786, Stamped book at Niagara during the Centennial Celebration at Niagara, August 14, 1884. George Lawrence b 26 Mar 1757 Co Limerick, Ireland, emigrated with his parents to Vermont when he was 10. Sylvester Lawrence, s/o WFL and EAL, lived in Teeterville for awhile. They also lived in Windham Centre and Clinton. His brother, Calvin Lawrence, was a former mayor of St. Thomas, Ontario; and he was railway commissioner to Parliament in Ottawa. I am descended through Sylvester Lawrence, whose son was Ray Palmer Lawrence, San Francisco, California. My descendants are Thomas Fairchild Lawrence and Anna Marie Lawrence, now living and working in Silicon Valley, California.

Family Contacts: Bob Frei & Delinda M. Tenney
Migrated from New Brunswick in 1792-93 to Norfolk County. Frederick and Lavinia (Pelham) Mabee settled at Turkey Point, Charlotteville Township in late spring/early summer of 1793 with their 9 children: Elizabeth, Lydia, Nancy, Oliver, Simon, Mary, Sarah, Frederick and Pellum. Old Frederick died only one year after arriving at Turkey Point, becoming the first white burial at Charlotteville. His wife and family stayed on and became influential in the area. Three articles about Frederick and his children appear in "Pioneer Sketches of the Long Point Settlers" by E. A. Owen. (Pages 37, 316 & 321) There are a lot of inaccuracies, but the family's story is told in quite an entertaining manner. Frederick's sons-in-law, Peter Teeple and John Stone were also among the party which settled in 1793

John Cardiff
Donald McCall born about 1735 in Scotland. He joined the Royal Highland Regiment, aka the "Black Watch" and sailed from Ireland to New York in 1756. He was first in Norfolk County about 1758, but didn't settle there until 1798 upon Lot 16, Concession V of Charlotteville Township. He married Elsie Simpson and had 9 children. -- Sources in genealogy on this family are available from The Norfolk Historical Society Archives

Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Daniel McQueen (son of Alexander McQueen), born in the American Colonies on 19 Apr 1764, died at Port Dover, Woodhouse Township, Norfolk County, Canada West on 22 Jan 18541. He married Phoebe Peer (daughter of Jacob and Ann/Hannah Peer), born in New Jersey ca 1769. On 6 Sep 1796, Daniel McQueen filed an Upper Canada Land Petition stating that he came in the Province in 1787 with a wife and one child

Lynton (Bill) Stewart
Peter Montross & wife Leah Mabie fled with their children from New York to New Brunswick in 1783. By 1797 they had moved to the Long Point Settlement in Norfolk County with their children Silas (m. 1st cousin Sarah Mabee - 8 children), Simon (m. Phoebe - no children), Frances (m. Thomas Price - 12 children), Susannah, Leah, Hannah (m. William Drake - 9 children), Peter (m. Mary Leach - no children). Other children followed later -- Margaret in 1798 (m. Lawrence Johnson - 13 children), Levi in 1801 (m. Anna Maria Morrison? - 1 child), Anderson in 1801 (m. Rebecca Newman - 10 children), Amy (aka Phoebe) in 1807 (m. Andrew McCleish - 12 children)


Family Contact: Janice Baker

"Nathan Pegg - The Old High Constable" ("Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement by A.E. Owen, 1898) See: Pgs. 361, 364 & 365 Nathan, son of John PEGG & Elizabeth AUSTIN, is the grandson of Joseph PEGG of New Jersey, USA. Joseph PEGG is the brother of Isaac Pegg who arrived in East Gwillimbury, Ontario, Canada in 1800. John PEGG (Nathan's father) came with the Solomon AUSTIN party which arrived on the Niagara frontier in the month of June, 1793. William John (W.J.) PEGG, my third great-granduncle, had interviewed Nathan PEGG and his sister Esther PEGG. I received a copy of W.J. PEGG's letters from Joseph PEGG, youngest son of Milton N. PEGG. Here is his letter: "I was in communication with the family of Joseph Pegg, originally from New Jersey, and as Joseph's grandson , Nathan Pegg, was still living at Simcoe, Ontario, in his 87th year, I decided to interview him. Which I did January lst, 1897. From his sister Esther I learned that our ancestors, as she heard her father say, came originally from England and settled on the land on part of which Philadelphia is built on a stream of water that took the name of Pegg's Run, and empties into the Delaware River. After leaving Philadelphia, they moved to Greenwich Township, Sussex County, New Jersey, close by the old log jail. The only members of Joseph's family they were in memory of was Daniel and Isaac. Both Nathan and Esther have been in Northumberland County (PA) visiting relatives." W. J. also mentioned that he had lost original letter's written by Isaac to John in a house fire in 1917. See more information on the Pegg family & a searchable Gedcom with over 5000 names at "Pegg Family History"

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Brothers Samuel Ryerse and Joseph Ryerson (why they have different surnames is still an unsolved mystery) were born in NJ in 1752 and 1761 respectively. Samuel migrated with his wife Sarah Underhill and 2 children (3 more were born in Norfolk) to Norfolk County in 1795, and was the founder of Ryerse Creek and Port Ryerse. Joseph, his wife Sarah Stickney and 5 children (4 more were born in Norfolk) migrated to Charlotteville Township in 1798. -- Two genealogies on this family are available from The Norfolk Historical Society Archives

Family Contact: Linda Mager

Peter Secord (1726-1818) came into Fort Niagara in the spring of 1777 with his wife and children: Moved to Norfolk County about 1795. His youngest son David came first in 1793. The other children that came to Norfolk were: Silas, David, Margaret (Millard), Elizabeth (McKenzie), and Peter Jr. The remaining daughters of Peter (Sr) who had married and remained in the Niagara area were Lucreita, Fanny and Lucy. Daniel Secord, most probably the second son of Peter Sr. settled in Brant County

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related to the above Mabee family

Family Contact: Jill Teeple

Peter Teeple was of German descent and was born in New Jersey. He fought on the British side during the American Revolution although several of his brothers fought for the the colonists. After the war, he continued working for the British and found himself in New Brunswick where he married Lydia Mabee. In 1792, Peter and Lydia set off with several members of her family (the Mabee party) to Upper Canada. In 1793, they settled at Turkey Point. Peter Teeple helped to found the Baptist Church at Vittoria and later became Squire of Norfolk County

Family Contact Dona Madill

George Teeter was the founder of the town of Teeterville, Windham Township. He married Matilda Hixon. He was the son of Solomon Teeter and Charity Book.

Kimberley (Tisdale) Lupal

Ephraim Tisdale was born in 1745 in MA. He married Ruth Strange and had 12 children. They migrated to Charlotteville Township in 1798 from New Brunswick

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John Troyer

Family Contact: Wayne Dailey

Elnathan Underhill was born in 1760/1 in Westchester County, New York, died in 1845, age 84 at Port Ryerse, Ontario, and married Hannah Brewer about 1783. Both are buried at the Baptist Cemetery, Vittoria, Charlotteville Township, Ontario and their gravestones survive. Elnathan went to New Brunswick as a Loyalist at the end of the Revolutionary War, arriving August 20, 1783. They had nine children; John, Hannah, Jasper, Samuel, Daniel Elnathan, Philip, Abraham, Martha, and Elnathan. He removed to Upper Canada (Ontario), probably in 1822 or 1823, accompanied by all his family except Samuel, who joined them later. He presumably settled in Woodhouse Township. He also owned Lot 5, Concession 2 in Walsingham Township where several of his sons lived after his death.
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Family Contact: Tom McNeill, Web Page

William VANDERLIP was a loyalist who moved to Canada from PA in 1777. Two of his sons, Frederick and John, served with Butler's Rangers during the Revolution. The descendants settled in Norfolk, Brant and Wentworth Counties. Most of the early recorded dates do not have a location but some births and marriages occur in Norfolk Co. in the early 1800's

Van Norman
Family Contact: Sherri Pettit

Brothers Joseph and Benjamin settled in Charlotteville Township and founded the town of Normandale in the early 1820's

Family Contact: W.R. Walker

Around 1794, William Walker Sr., with his wife Sarah, nine of their children, David and Elizabeth Palmer's family, and the widow Margaret McCool's family came to Grimsby and Clinton Townships, Lincoln County, Ontario. In 1796, the following of William's children were granted their own lots in Townsend Twp., Norfolk Co., Ontario (Long Point Settlement) with their families and had cleared over ten acres: Ralph Walker Lot 8 Con 7, Isaac Walker Lot 8 Con 8, William Walker Jr Lot 1 Con 9, and John Walker Lot 2 Con 8. While some descendants stayed in Canada, in the years 1861 through 1890, several of the children of those named above moved their families to Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Saginaw, St. Clair,Tuscola Counties, Michigan.

Family Contact: Carley Charles

Historic Plaques of Haldimand-Norfolk
PLAQUE #5 Location: Harbour Museum, 8 Harbour St., Pt. Dover THE FOUNDING OF PORT DOVER
By 1794 Peter Walker, the first settler in this area, had located at the mouth of Patterson's Creek, but a community did not begin to develop here until Dover, situated further upstream, was razed by invading American troops in 1814. Some of the subsequent reconstruction took place nearer to the creek's mouth where a harbour had been in use since the early 1800's and in 1835 Israel Wood Powell, a merchant, registered a village plan for Port Dover. Improvement to the harbour during the next fifteen years made Port Dover a principal Lake Erie port and shipyards, tanneries, and Andrew Thompson's woollen-mill contributed substantially to local economic growth. In 1879 Port Dover, with a population of 1,100 became an incorporated village. Erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Culture and Education The Walker's and Onstine (Onstone) family's arrived sometime in 1793. They traveled together, we know that much. They came looking for pasture land. We also believe that a George Walker, part of Simcoe's Raiders, is related to these Walker's. We believe that this had something to do with their coming to the area to settle. Henry Walker who married Mary Austin is either a brother or the son of Peter Walker. We have been unable to find any kind of birth or marriage records as of yet for the brothers and sisters of Peter Walker. They claim to have been born in PA.
Peter Walker m. Margaret Waters
Henry Walker
Elizabeth Walker m. Fredrick Onstine (Onstone)
Abraham Walker m. Sarah Horton
Daniel Walker
Jacob Walker
George Walker
The first four all lived at Port Dover, Woodhouse area.
Rainham Land Records Lot No 17, Con 1, Rainham, May 17, 1802, Crown to Abraham Walker 274 acres Jany 19, 1805, Abraham
Walker and Sarah his wife sell to Frederick Onstone - no fee (Onstine)
There are alot of land records for the Walker and Onstone family's. Part of the Walker family stayed in Canada and part went back to the states.

Family Contact: Sue Hines

Johnathan Williams (August 1, 1752 to October 18, 1833) and his wife Mary Titus (September 4, 1765 to May 15, 1830) left Long Island following the Amercian Revolution. Mary's family were apparently "rebels" while Johnathan fought with the Guides and Pioneers, a Loyalist contingent of the British Army. Johnathan settled at Long Point near the end of the 1700's, Lot 7, Concession 1 of Woodhouse. Captain Williams was appointed coroner of London District March 14, 1804 and along with a handful of early settlers laid the foundation of the Church of England in Norfolk. A portrait of one of their sons, Col. Titus Williams, hangs in the Simcoe Museum. Titus fought in the War of 1812 and the Rebellion of 1837. He and his family settled in Walsingham. His son William P. Williams settled at Marston. His son, George Williams, (1865-1940) was my great grandfather

Family Contact: M.Irene Hopper

When Adam Winegarden died in 1801 in New Jersey he left property in Townsend and Windham Township to his sons Adam, John and William. William sold the property in Townsend in the 1840's

Family Contact: Sherri Pettit

A Loyalist family that originally settled in the Niagara District, two of the children, Margaret & Peter, married into the above Gilbert family in the years 1812 and 1815 respectively and lived out their lives in Woodhouse Township

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