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Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Genealogical Society

The society no longer exists today and the collections can be researched at the:
SD&G Historical Society
P.O. Box 773
Cornwall ON K6H 5T5



The following issues have been made available online

picVol 15, No 4, November 2000
picVol 15, No 3, August 2000
picVole 15, No 2, April 2000
picVole 15, No 1, January 2000
picVol 14, No 4, August 1999
picVol 14, No 3, June 1999
picVol 14, No 2, April 1999

Vol 15, No 4, November 2000

List of Officers for 2001
Past-President - Graeme Miltimore
President - Lily Worrall
Secretary - Robert Kitchener
Treasurer - Lois Pearson
Librarian - Marion Kinnear
Newsletter - Lyall Manson

Upcoming Event
The National Conference of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada will take place June 7 - 10, 2001at the NAV Canada Conference Centre, Cornwall, ON. Contact Mary Van Ryswyk, P.O. Box 1653, Cornwall, ON K6H 5V6

?? Queries ??

Great-grandmother of contact was MARY EVELINE BICCUM. Her daughter, SARAH MARIA McMAHON was born in 1883. Mary later married JAMES TRUMAN BILOW and had at least on son, JAMES ARTHUR BILOW. Families lived in the Winchester Twp., Dundas Co. and Finch Twp., Stormont Co. areas. Contact: Gaile Statkus, 15 Bannerman Court, Whitby, ON L1N 5M9

ALEXANDER CAMERON, stonecutter, from Glasgow, Scotland. Lived Lot 37, 7thConcession, Kenyon Twp., Glengarry Co. Married ca. 1829, HANNAH McINTYRE (1809-1886) d/o HUGH BAN McINTYRE. Alexander’s brother EWEN CAMERON was a storekeeper. Need info. on Alexander. Contact: Gordon Cameron Stinson, 90 Clarke Cres., R.R.1, Port Sydney, ON P0B 1L0

DOUGALD CAMERON b. abt. 1792 in Lochaber, Scotland. Married 1827, in Finch Twp., Stormont Co. ISABELLA McMILLAN(?) b. abt. 1804. Children: Margry[sic], Mary, Alex, John, Ann, Donald, Daniel[sic], Mary, Catherine and Margaret. MARGARET CAMERON b. 18 Oct 1851 in Finch and married WILLIAM HARRISON on 4 May 1875. Margaret is the grandmother of contact. Anyone have more information? Contact: Lucy McRae, 11432 - 37 Ave., Edmonton, AB T6J 0H9

OWEN CLANCY purchased a farm in the 6th Concession, Cornwall Twp., Stormont Co. on 7 Sep 1846. [Some early records including the 1829 census show the family as GLANCEY.] Forward of that date, there are no serious unknowns. But before 7 Sep 1846, nothing is known. Family included his wife, MARY b. ca. 1798, d. 1876; son, PATRICK b.1822, d. 1902 and daughter MARY ANN, b. 1835, d. 1910. Can anyone help with this family? Contact: James A. Pearson, 2902 Metolius Dr., Eugene, OR 97408

Need information on my grandmother, FRANCIS MARY (FANNY) JARVIS who died in July, 1932. Other SD&G ancestors are JOHN CAMERON(Squire John), MALCOLM McMARTIN, JOHN FERGUSON, JONAS WOOD, EVAN ROYS, JACOB SUMMERS and JAMES FORSYTH. Contact: Rev. W.D. Jarvis, 69 Allen St., Tillsonburg, ON N4G 4V8

MARY HENRY b. Possibly Co. Derry, Ireland ca. 1819 came to Canada in 1830's. She married JAMES RUNNIONS. Children: MARGARET JANE b. 1845 and LUCRETIA b. 1848. Family emigrated to St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin before 1850. Mary’s half-brother Robert also went to the US. Contact: Shirley Williams

The following may be representative of the period. The headings are from the 1848 assessment roll for Roxborough Twp., Stormont Co., Ontario. The document was submitted by James Begg, the assessor and received on the 1st April 1848 and approved in open council 5th April 1848 over the signature of Geo. S. Jarvis, Chairman.

[Keep in mind that, as today, a rate would be set by the council to arrive at the tax payable. An 1855 Assessment Roll for the same township includes the tax payable which in only a few cases went over a £ (the highest was £2.6.0¾ on a valuation of £402). In most cases, it was only a few shillings (the lowest was £0.1.4½ on a valuation of £12). If my calculations are correct, the total tax in the township was £199.3.9½ for that year. For further comparison, in 1859, the total tax was £240.8.3. The highest tax was £2.3.9 on a valuation of £350.0.0 and the lowest was £0.0.1½ on a valuation of £1.0.0. This last gives us an idea of the rate set by the township council in 1859.]

Uncultivated................................................. £ 0.4.0
		Timber, squared or hewed on two sides, of One Story.......... £ 20
		Additional Fireplaces........................................ £ 4.0.0
		Timber, squared or flattened on two sides, of Two Stories.... £ 30
		Additional Fireplaces........................................ £ 8.0.0
		Framed under Two Stories..................................... £ 35
		Additional Fireplaces........................................ £ 5
		Brick or Stone of One Story.................................. £ 40
		Additional Fireplaces........................................ £ 10
		Framed, Brick or Stone of Two Stories........................ £ 60
		Additional Fireplaces........................................ £ 10
		Mills - Wrought by Water..................................... £ 150
		- Additional pairs of Stones................................. £ 50
		- Saw........................................................ £ 100
		Merchant's Shops............................................. £ 250
		Storehouses.................................................. £ 200
		Stallions kept for hire or gain.............................. £ 199
		Horses 3 years old and upwards............................... £ 8
		Oxen 4 years old and upwards................................. £ 4
		Milch cows................................................... £ 3
		Horned cattle from 2 to [word omitted] years of age.......... £ 1
		Carriages or Phaetons (Open), 4 Wheels, kept for pleasure...  £ 2
		Curricles or Gigs, 2 Wheels, kept for pleasure............... £ 20

In the April, 2000 newsletter, I wrote about the Gallinger Family Research Project. The following from Lily Worrall illustrates how well the job is being done by "The Team".

On the 7 Feb 2000, Don Gallinger died. Gallinger Group member Angus Cline saw the obit and sent it on to me. Why? Because, of course, the name is Gallinger. It seems Don Gallinger started out in a very successful sports career as a center with the Boston Bruins. Gallinger and teammate Billy Taylor were suspended by NHL president, Clarence Campbell, on March 9, 1948, for "conduct detrimental to hockey and for associating with a known gambler." It seems they had placed a bit "to win" on the Bruins. Definitely a conflict of interest and something neither player should have done. Both were reinstated in 1970 – long after their careers had any chance of continuing. Many writers have said that the life-time suspension was far too severe for the crime. Gallinger joined the Bruins in 1942 at the age of 17, and had 65 goals and 88 assists in 222 games.

Later, Angus Cline snail-mailed a full page article on the life, career and suspension of Don. Both Angus and I noticed that there was no information in the newspapers article or obit that would identify Don's family. Who is this man we wondered? We checked Web sites - no luck. The topic slid away but was not forgotten. It would be nice to know if Don was one of our Gallinger family. Not everyone with the name, is a descendant of Michael Gallinger Sr. and Agatha Ady, but maybe.....

Recently, GG member Arlene Frolick came across an interesting article about the one-time hockey player. From the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal "Table Talk" the article was headlined "Broadcaster Helps Reunite Father, Son" and was written by Peter Delevett. (I have paraphrased this long article for you...)
     "A couple years ago, Dan Rusanowski, an announcer with the San Jose Sharks, was sharing a meal with Bruce Black, a local businessman. Mr. Black mentioned that his dad had been an NHL player--a rather infamous one at that. It seems Bruce's dad was none other than Don Gallinger, who played with the Boston Bruins back in the rough-and-tumble 1940s, scored 65 goals in his 222-game career. Mr. Black didn't find this out (the identity of his father) until fairly late in life. It seems his dad had met his mom, a young Canadian socialite, and carried on a brief affair. Trouble hit when she became pregnant. Since it just wouldn't do in those days for a well-bred heiress to marry a hockey goon, the girl's family spirited her away to California. Young Bruce was put up for adoption soon after his birth. When he turned 18, his adoptive parents broke the news about his real folks. But he'd never found the nerve to track them down."

Sports Broadcaster Rusanowski was fascinated by the story. He offered to tap his NHL contacts to learn of Mr. Gallinger's whereabouts. After several months of digging and dead-ends, Rusanowski traced him to Ontario, Canada. In late 1998, Mr. Black made the toughest phone call of his life, to a father he'd never met. Later, he took his family to Toronto to meet his dad and half-brothers: Donald, Kim and Michael. Don Gallinger died of a heart attack in February at the age of 74. His obituary recounted the story of his NHL ban and eventual reinstatement in 1970, long after his playing days were over. The obit also listed Mr. Gallinger's survivors -- four sons. Their names were Michael, Kim, Don ... and Bruce.

Isn't that an interesting story? But as genealogists we still didn't know WHO Don's parents were or indeed anything else about him.

Enter -- researcher and Gallinger descendant, Robert "Bob" Putnam. Bob traces his line through Michael Gallinger Sr.'s daughter, Dorothea "Dolly" Gallinger. Bob doesn't "belong" to the Gallinger Group since his research is focused on his Putnam line, but one day a month or two ago, Bob wrote me a note with a few Gallinger questions. As we chatted, the name of Don Gallinger came to mind. I asked Bob if he knew anything about this lad.

WELL!!! Bob knew "Golly" personally! He told me that, "Don in his younger years played baseball for ‘our’ Waterloo Tigers. He was a natural athlete and went on with his hockey career in the NHL." I think Bob was a little surprised that we were having trouble identifying Don's family. He said he would look into it and see what he could find.

We had Don's death: 7 Feb 2000. Bob couldn't find a local obit and queried the death date. I wrote to Angus Cline and to Arlene Frolick. Isn't the Internet wonderful? AND so fast! The date was confirmed by Arlene who found the obit. "PORT COLBORNE, Ontario -- Don Gallinger, the former Boston Bruins centre banned for life by the NHL for betting on the Bruins, died Monday (7 Feb 2000) in Burlington. He was 74. Gallinger and teammate Billy Taylor were suspended by NHL president Clarence Campbell on March 9, 1948, for "conduct detrimental to hockey and for associating with a known gambler." Both were reinstated in 1970. Gallinger joined the Bruins in 1942 at the age of 17, and had 65 goals and 88 assists in 222 games. He is survived by sons Michael, Kim, Don and Bruce. A funeral service will be held in Port Colborne on Wednesday." Bob knew, personally, about Don's marriage to local girl, Kathleen Wagner. He thought Katie had died young and he called the cemetery to see. She died at the age of 41 in a car accident. She and Don had 3 sons.

Weeks passed and Bob found another child for Don and Katy! Randy Kathleen who died at the age of 11 at Sick Kid's Hospital in Toronto. Sadly this child was not mentioned in her mother's obit. Note! If ever you become involved in the writing of an obit, be sure to mention ALL the family, including those who have died before. These people are a part of the family unit and deserve to be mentioned just as much as those who still live. (Besides it makes the life of genealogists so much simpler!)

Bob also found the obit for Katy's dad. Given a magnifying glass and trench coat, this sleuth knew no bounds!!
THEN - Bob contacted personal friends who also knew Don. They had attended Don's wedding, 15 Oct 1949, in Kitchener when he married Kathleen "Katie" Wagner. (This was about 2 years after the birth of Don's son, Bruce, mentioned above). Yesterday, on Hallowe’en day, Bob wrote once more. He had found the necessary information through friends who knew Don, and had been a part of his life.

Don's parents are Frank Donald Gallinger and Harriet "Hattie" MacDonald..
As Arlene wrote to me last night: "BINGO! We have him!" Yes, indeed. With that important piece of information, we now know Don Gallinger is a part of our Gallinger tree and it is wonderful to include him where he belongs. (Don is UE through 3 Gallinger Lines: Michael Sr, Michael Jr. and George Gallinger. He is also UE through the Warner and the Cryderman name.)

Genealogy is FUN! And you meet the nicest people along the way.

The Freeholder, Cornwall, ON - Friday, March 9, 1883
To the Editor of The Freeholder.

Sir, In the last issue of THE FREEHOLDER there appeared in the Alexandria news column a report on the demise of Mrs. A. McCormick and the circumstances attending that mournful event. The lamented lady’s death is unfortunately too true, but the attending circumstances were entirely mis-stated. As the deceased lady had a large circle of friends in this County and Town of Cornwall permit me to rectify the error so unwittingly made. The facts are that this lady died rather suddenly of disease resulting from her confinement, in spite of the best efforts of medical skill, leaving to the tender mercies of friends, for the time being, seven (not eleven) children, of whom the eldest was nine years. The saddest part of this affair was the absence of the husband, who was up the Ottawa (not in Michigan as was stated) lumbering with a team, and could not be apprised of his loss for want of telegraph communication. By granting the above space in your columns you would confer a favour on a bereaved family. Yours respectfully, J. H. McCormick Lochiel, March 7, 1883.

Vol 15, No 3, August 2000

Recently, I have been drawn back to a source which I haven't used much for thirty-plus years. Way back in those heady days of tracking bloodlines and using the newspaper obituaries mainly to get parents and siblings. Depending on several variables, the writeups can be quite extensive and can give any number of clues to distant relatives. The variables are:
1.  the newspapers - those in larger centres were less likely to have much on the "ordinary citizen".
2. the era - as one goes back towards the mid-1800's, the obits. become shorter and non-existent for the "little guy".
3. the politics of the deceased - 19th century newspapers were very partisan in their support for a political party or individual. ie the Freeholder in Cornwall was John Sandfield Macdonald's and thus the Reform [Liberal] organ while the Standard supported the Conservatives. Hence, you might find a much longer writeup in one or the other and this would be an indication of a person's politics.
A word of warning though. Like tombstones, you may get as much "mis-information" as you do "information". Incidentally, depending on the newspaper, the writeup may be found hidden (I hesitate to say "buried") in the Social columns rather than on the same page with the death notice. In some cases, there may not even be a death notice. At any rate, search out those dusty tomes or microfilms and cross your fingers that there is an obituary for each and every ancestor.
Lyall Manson, ed.

The following is a undated, printed form that was used in Cornwall Township ca. 1900. John Mullin, the township clerk, died in 1915 and he had been postmaster for Cornwall Centre from 7 Mar 1893 to 27 Dec 1913 when the post office was closed. (This postal history comes from our Society's secretary, Bob Kitchener, who has done extensive research on the post offices of SD&G.)

Births to be registered by the Father or Mother, or in the case of inability or death of Parents, then by occupier of the house in which child was born, or by nurse, within 30 days.

The occupier of a house in which a death takes place, or some persons residing in the house, or any person present, shall record the death, within 10 days.

Every Clergyman, Minister, or other person authorized to celebrate marriages is required to report such marriages within 90 days from the date of marriage.

All returns to be made to the clerk of the local Municipality within which the occurrence to be registered happened.

A fine of not less than one dollar ($1.00) nor more than twenty dollars ($20.00) for every omission, which will in future be strictly enforced in this Municipality.

            J. Mullin, Clerk, Cornwall Centre P.O.


MARGARET CAMERON, b. 24 Aug 1876 or 25 Aug 1877 in Finch, ON. Her parents were ANGUS CAMERON, 1844-1901 and JEANNET ST.CLAIR, 1851-1925. Anyone help with this family? Contact: Brian H. Jones, 10 McConnell Lane, Newmarket, ON L3Y 7M1

Interested in the COYNE and MANION families from Ireland who settled in Finch Twp., Stormont Co. Contact: Robert Ryan, 1737 Harbor Ave., SW, Seattle, WA 98126

GEORGE CUNNINGHAM b. 1818 m. JANE SCOTT. Eight children in family: Guy, Robert John, Margaret Ann, William, Joseph L., James, George Jr., and Mary Jane. George also had four brothers born between 1807 and 1832: James, Joseph, Samuel and John. Families lived in vicinity of Grantley (border of Osnabruck Twp., Stormont Co. and Williamsburg Twp., Dundas Co.). Contact is a descendant of Joseph L. Cunningham and is looking for descendants of his brothers and sisters. Contact: Beverly Connelly, P.O. Box 175, Stamford, New York 12167

JAMES EDGAR, b. 1780, Co. Down, Ireland and died Cornwall Twp., Stormont Co. Married Jane and lived Lot 16, Conc. 1, Cornwall Twp. Children: James, John, Mary, Elizabeth, Andrew and Charles. Contact: Charles Gordon Edgar, 34 Stillwater Cres., Brampton, ON L6X 3L2

DAVID EMMELL, b. 1890 or 91, Moose Creek, ON. In 1907, he married DORA VILLENEUVE, b. May 1884. His parents were WILLIAM EMMELL and EPHRESINE AUBE and in addition to David there were five boys and three girls in the family. Would like to confirm dates and learn more about this family. Contact: Brenda Emmell, P.O. Box 85, Englehart, ON P0J 1H0

EVE GARLOCK married WILLIAM IRA MORGAN. Would like to find connection between her father, PETER GARLOCK, b. 1795 and d. 19Aug 1860 (both in Osnabruck Twp., Stormont Co.) and PETER GARLOCK, UE, b. 22 Sep 1723, Hackensack, NJ. Contact: Jack LaFountain, 2451 Transit Road, Newfane, NY 14108

On 1871 census, PHILIP HAMILTON, b. 1837, Quebec, was living on Lot 6, Conc. 2, Lochiel Twp., Glengarry Co. Is he a relative of GEORGE HAMILTON, b. 1841, Quebec, who lived Lot 5 & 7, Conc. 2, Lochiel Twp. and in 1871 was a carriage maker in Wellington Co.? Contact: Craig Stephenson, 3619 3rd St. SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1V6

Need info. on JAMES JOHNSTON who lived in Roxborough Twp., Stormont Co. and was married to a daughter of THOMAS WADDEL. (There was a least one other unrelated James Johnston also living in the same township.) Contact: Jim Johnston, Seattle, WA

Who were parents of ANDREW KINNEAR, b. abt. 1826? Did he marry ELIZABETH ARMSTRONG or HARRINGTON?

Contact is interested in the Lauber family in Cornwall and in particular the burials at Woodlawn Cemetery, Cumberland St., Cornwall, ON. Contact: Moris Lauber, 411-129 Gorge Road East, Victoria, BC V9A 1L1

Looking for birth and baptismal records for DONALD MacINTYRE, b. 11 Nov 1821, his wife ELLEN KENNEDY, b. 31 Mar 1826 and their son DUNCAN MacINTYRE, b. abt. 1865. They lived near Apple Hill, ON. Contact: Peg Hartman, 151 N. Caseville Rd., Pigeon, MI 48755

WILLIAM SLATER, b. abt. 1836, Mountain Twp., Dundas Co. and he married AMELIA (MARY) WARREN abt. 1866-68. He was the s/o JOHN SLATER and LYDIA PARKER. Any info. on these families appreciated. Contact: Diane Simmons, 236 Parrott Drive, Belleville, ON K8N 4N9

CHRISTOPHER SMALL s/o JOHN SMALL and ANNIE McEWEN arrived Cornwall area in early 1880's from Smith Falls, ON with mother and siblings. He married ELIZABETH MacLENNAN of the South Branch, 30 Dec 1885 and they farmed in the Indian Lands, Glengarry County. Particularly interested in details on John Small. Contact: Ken Gosling, 207 Fifth St. E., Cornwall, ON K6K 2L7

Vol 15, No 2, April 2000

Follow-up to last month's newsletter:
The Global Gazette has had three excellent articles by Fawne Stratford-Devai on seafaring records. The articles include all sources with addresses both for snail-mail and e-mail.
The early records (and others) to which I referred can be viewed fully in Early Ontario Settlers: A Source Book by Norman K. Crowder and Ontario People, 1796-1803 by E. Keith Fitzgerald & Norman K. Crowder and also on Family Tree Maker CD #274 - Genealogical Records: Ontario and Nova Scotia Settlers, 1790 - 1860. Really great stuff!

Marriage Bonds
On Page 2 is a transcript of an 1825 marriage bond. It is from a copy I found in my files, the original having been in the possession of Percy Carther of Cornwall. I don't understand the full significance of these documents. There is a hint. In some cases, mention is made that an application for a licence is attached to the bond. This would mean that the date of the bond is different from the actual date of marriage. The foreword of Thomas B. Wilson's book Marriage Bonds of Ontario, 1803-1834 (also available on Family Tree Maker CD #204 - The Ontario Register, 1780's-1870's) doesn't explain it. It is interesting to note that he mentions there are additional unpublished bonds (1834-1845) at the Public Archives of Canada. All of the bonds (1803-1845) and an overall index are on microfilm. [Since this was written, we have had an explanation from Fawne Stratford-Devai. See Pg. 3. Thanks, Fawne.]
Lyall Manson, ed.

KNOW all Men by these Presents, that WE Peter Carther and Henry Gallinger of Cornwall Eastern District and Province aforesaid are jointly and severally held and firmly bound unto our Sovereign Lord the King in the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds, Lawful Currency of the Province aforesaid, to be paid unto our said Lord the King, or His Heirs and Successors; for which payment, well and truly to be made, We bind ourselves, our and each of our Heirs, Executors, and Administrators, jointly and severally, firmly by these Presents, sealed with our Seals, at Cornwall in the Eastern District and Province aforesaid, this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty five.

The Condition of this Obligation is such, that whereas, a License has this day issued of Marriage, from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the said Province of Upper Canada, for the purpose of joining together in Holy Matrimony

Bachelor Malcolm Carther of Cornwall - and Nancy Grant of Charlottenburg Spinster

Now if it shall appear that there is no affinity, consanguinity, pre-contract, or any other lawful cause or impediment, to hinder their being so joined together, as aforesaid, then this Obligation to be null and void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

Signed, Sealed, and delivered in the presence of
James Pringle
Peter X Carter [sic] his mark
Henry[sic] Gallinger [seal]

Part of the answer from Fawne Stratford-Devai. (Re: Marriage Bonds of Ontario)
The National Archives website explains the bonds as follows: "Marriage Bonds- Marriage bonds were prepared only in the case of marriage by licence. The groom was required to enter into a bond with one or two people who knew him and who were prepared to guarantee to the Crown that no legal impediment to the marriage existed. [I suppose, that he was who he said he was and that he wasn't already married, etc.]

These documents offer little genealogical information beyond the names of the betrothed, their place of residence and the date of the bond. The National Archives of Canada holds a small collection of marriage bonds for Lower Canada (Quebec), 1818-1841, with a few scattered items for 1779, 1842, 1860 and for Upper Canada (Ontario), 1803-1845.

Microfilm copies of the nominal card index and the bonds themselves may be borrowed through inter-institutional loan arrangement. The nominal card index appears on the following microfilm reels:

Index to Lower Canada Marriage Bonds (RG 4 B 28) H-1125 ABBOTT, Benjamin to WOODHEAD, William H-1126 WOOD, Matthew to ZELL, Philip The index to the Lower Canada series gives name, date, place, collection number (RG 4 B 28), volume number and bond number. With those reference numbers, you can consult the shelf-list to determine which microfilm reel to request to see the actual bond. Index to Upper Canada Marriage Bonds (RG 5 B 9) H-1126 ABBAH, Hester to GRANT, Richard H-1127 GRANT, Robert to PATTENSON, Thomas H-1128 PATTERSON, Ann to ZEINS, Charles

The index to the Upper Canada series gives name, date and place. At the start of each index reel you will find a list of the microfilm reel numbers on which the bonds themselves appear, arranged alphabetically by the groom's surname within each year."

Fawne goes on to explain:

Just because a bond was issued does not mean a marriage actually took place. The old expression of "cold feet" [may have] hit many a potential spouse and the marriage was called off, etc. Although the National Archives description states "offer little genealogical information beyond the names of the betrothed...", I have found that many bonds contain additional information on the back of the bond. Parental consent, signature for an oath sworn by a relative testifying there was no legal impediment, etc.

...... In the 1825 time period.....when a couple lived more than 18 miles from an established church they could then apply to have the marriage performed by a Justice of the Peace....

So, just because there was a bond does not mean the marriage took place...or that you will be able to find the actual marriage document. Especially if a J.P. or local magistrate married them. Most of these early J.P. or magistrate records do not survive. And before 1831, they were not required to be recorded in a central register for the district. Some couples were married by a J.P. and later had the marriage blessed in a church, thereby creating two different records for the same event (sometimes with conflicting information on each report of the event).

A marriage bond could be sworn and the marriage performed in a church and recorded there.


Looking for info. on the BALKWILLS family of Mountain Twp., Dundas Co. and originally from England. Part of family had relocated to Matchedash Twp., Simcoe Co. Contact: Connie Galbraith, P.O. Box 42, Coldwater, ON
L0K 1E0

CATHERINE BERTHIAUME d/o JOSEPH BERTHIAUME of Tyotown, Glengarry Co., ON. Catherine was married to IGNACE (ANGUS) LALONDE of Cornwall. He was a mailman in Cornwall for many years. A 1912 obit gives three surviving children, two of them being Mrs. Charles Dore of Cornwall and Mrs. Joseph Lauzon of Summerstown. [In 1929, Joseph Lauzon (widower) married Annie (Canavan) Helmer (widow) and they lived in an apartment above the Post Office in Cornwall where he was the custodian.] Anyone help with this family? Contact: Marjorie Lafrican, 51C St. John Place, Whiting, NJ 08759

RALPH BORRIS b. Dalkeith, ON, 22 Apr 1923 d. 15 Jun 1958 s/o WILLIE BORRIS and MARIE LOUISE TITLEY. Served overseas WW II, Canadian Armed Forces. Would like to contact descendants. Contact: John Boers, Association of Liberation Children, Pascalstraat 49, 7323 ET Apeldorn, Netherlands

NANCY BOUCK possibly buried Bouck's Hill Cemetery, Williamsburg Twp., Dundas County. Would like to find more info. on her family. Contact: Mrs. E. Walker, 3441 Beau Rivage Cr., Mississauga, ON L5L 5H5

GEORGE COOKE b. Ontario ca. 1831 married Lydia Ann, b. Ontario ca. 1844 and lived Roxborough Twp., Stormont Co. Children: Herman (William), Susan, Silas, Amanda (Carline), Victoria, George, Uriah and Marquis. GEORGE COOKE married MARY DOOLEY. Would like to locate their marriage record as well as Lydia Ann's maiden name and her parents. Contact: [same as next query]

Seeking any info. on MICHAEL DOOLEY, b. Ireland ca.1839, his wife CHRISTIE GIBSON, b. Ontario ca. 1847 and their children: William, Mary, Annie, Sarah, James Arthur, Martha, Ida, Hanna, Samuel, Cassie and Jessie of Avonmore area, Roxborough Twp., Stormont County. Christie, as a widow & most of the children moved to Montreal in 1890's. Also interested in connected families: COOKE, DUFF & McGEE. Contact: Sharon Callaghan, 201- 2500 Benny Cres., Montreal, QC H4B 2R2

CATHERINE McKERCHAR 1863 and lived (1871) in Roxborough Twp., Stormont Co. with parents JAMES McKERCHAR and MARY GILCHRIST. Manitoba census (1881) and marriage record (1897) give birthdates of 1865 and 1869 respectively. Anyone help sort this? Contact: Bonnie Bridge, 21 Lawndale Ave., Winnipeg, MB R2H 1S7

Looking for info. on McKERCHER and GILCHRIST families in Roxborough Twp., Stormont Co., ON. Contact: Ron Hillman, 982 Quinton Pl., London, ON N6H 4R2

Searching for info. on WINTERS and related families: DEWITT, DUNBAR, FORGUE, HARTLE, LANG, MOSS & RUNNIONS in S. D. & G. Contact: Norma Raynor, 6288 Desmond Rd., Nanaimo, BC V9V 1C4

CASSELMAN ANCESTRAL SOCIETY - Reunion at Morrisburg, ON - July 7-9, 2000

ST. LAWRENCE BRANCH, UEL ASSOC. OF CANADA - 1.) Trip to Hudson Valley, Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, 2000. 2.) National Annual Conference, UEL Assoc. of Canada will be hosted by St. Lawrence Branch in Cornwall, ON, June 7-10, 2001. Details at St. Lawrence Branch, UEL, Box 607, Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0

WARNER REUNION - Celebration of the 250th anniversary of arrival of Michael Warner in America (August 28, 1750). Reunion to be held July 29, 2000 at Newington, ON. Details from Jack Warner, 211 Clare St., Ottawa, ON K1Z 7C8

While Internet genealogy is recognized as opening vast resources to research from your living room, den or computer room (Wow! A room just for your computer.), there is another aspect which is equally important.

At last count, there are over 60 descendants of Michael Gallinger, Sr. UE linked electronically with the intention of making a definitive documentation of this extensive and complicated family.

This project is being co-ordinated by the Society's President, Lily Worrall and Arlene Frolick in Regina, SK who also happens to be the President of the Saskatchewan Genealogical Society. Both have done extensive and I mean ex-ten-sive research on Gallinger in the available prime sources, both Canadian and American.

And this is where e-mail comes in. As additional data is found, it is fed to Lily and Arlene where it is chewed, sometimes spat out (sorry, but it does happen) and is digested to flesh out the story. This all happens in a digital flash without the delay of snail-mail. The inconsistencies are noted, dealt with and logged.

And then there's Ken Gallinger of Michigan who haunts the www and has succeeded in 1.) turning up all sorts of obscure references to Gallinger/Gollinger and 2.) finding distant descendants of Michael Sr who are delighted to find out that they have 42nd cousins interested in knowing them.

The rest of us stick in our oar every once in a while just to muddy the waters.

Interesting, also, is the fact that the picture of inter-related families such as Alguire is becoming clearer.

A few years ago, this project would have been a slow, tedious process with every chance of being derailed. (Typing, retyping ad nauseum.) Now with the speed of the Internet and with the various programs such as Reunion, Family Tree Maker, etc. to keep track of the data, it's almost a breeze.

I know Lily and Arlene will disagree with the last part of that statement considering the time and effort they are making in collating, cross-checking, etc. but it is exciting to be involved in the history of this family and its place in our History.

So....if you have a Gallinger in your family tree or know someone who does, it's time to make contact with this group at the Society address.
Lyall Manson

One of members, Betty Ticknor, has deposited with the Society, her research on her ancestor, Johann Samuel Schwerdtfeger. It includes photographs, documents, correspondence, etc. Thanks also to member Calvin Killoran for his preparation of the material before it was placed in our collection.

Vol 15, No 1, January 2000

Well, we made it. It's the next century. It's much nicer to say it now rather than waiting till 2001. Hope the Y2K bug didn't bite too hard.

A couple of hints for the New Year.
1.  When dealing with church records, don't overlook confirmation and visitation lists. In addition, there may be other lists kept by a clergyman. These alternative sources can be very rewarding. Some I have dealt with recently contained the names of visitors to Sunday service(and whom they were with), the married name of a new bride and where her new home was to be(outside of the parish), indications with whom an older parishioner was living, indications of the death of a parishioner and even the weather and road conditions on each Sunday. Sometimes names will appear in these lists that do not appear in the regular BMD listings because the family lived in an area only for a brief period of time . Again these tidbits will vary by denomination and the individual clergyman.
2.  Have in my possession photocopies of muster roles for Point Mouille and Townships # 1 thru 8 dated mid-1784 (two years before McNiff's map). The originals are in the Haldimand Papers and unfortunately I don't have the Record Group, etc. but they shouldn't be too difficult to find and consult. Like the records above, these are fabulous sources of very early information on Eastern Ontario. Some of the names do not appear on any Loyalist lists that I have seen. There are notes as to the status of the family ie "On their land", Gone to the States for his family", "Land in dispute", "Child died since last muster", "Infirm. Old & not able to work". Often given is the status of the settler ie Regimental connection or Refugee or Volunteer. One that twigged my interest - George Haley, 44th Regt. appears in Township #2 (Cornwall). His name doesn't appear on McNiff's Map(Nov. 1786) but it does appear in a 1796 Census for Augusta Twp. (Township #7).

Anyone with seafaring or maritime (small m and no s) connections might want to check out this source. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency in the UK has an extensive inventory of records. Some begin as early as 1835 and come up to the present. They include crew lists, seaman records, log books, etc. They do not have passenger lists but do have various registers dealing with deaths at sea and these include passengers as well as seamen. A leaflet is available outlining what is available and the fees required for searches, etc.
The address is:
The Registry of Shipping and Seamen
P.O. Box 165
Cardiff, Wales, UK CF4 5FU
Tel: 01222 747333
Fax: 01222 747877

Interesting is the fact that a large block (80%) of some of these records is held in St John's, Newfoundland. They probably have the info. leaflet also.
The address there is:
The Archivist
Maritime History Archive
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, Newfoundland A1C 5S7
Tel: (709) 737 8428
Fax: (709) 737 3123

A Guide To Tracing Your Ancestors in Dundas County, Ontario
by Jack Schecter, Smith Falls, ON; published by the author, 1999. 151p., softcover binding.

It covers the following topics: Introduction, Libraries, Repositories and Other Help, Chronological History of Dundas County, Maps/Geography of Dundas County, United Empire Loyalists, Cemetery Records, Census Records, Court Records, Government Records, Land Records, Local History, Lost Villages, Manuscripts, Military Records, Newspapers, Photographs, Researching Heritage Buildings and Appendices.

The cost is $20.00 plus $5.00 p&h and is available from Jack Schecter, 60 Vincent St., Smith Falls, ON K7A 4W4. Jack has done a monumental job in pulling all this info together.


Above families inter-related. In particular, contact is interested in the father and brother of JACOB L. BECKSTEAD who left area in 1837 with fellow Mormons to travel to Utah. Contact: Tania Jones, 3350 Southgate Rd., Unit 20, Ottawa, ON, K1V 9P8

International family reunion is being held in Morrisburg, ON, July 7-9, 2000. All members and friends of the CASSELMAN/CASTLEMAN/etc. family are welcome to attend.

Searching for the birthplace of HYACINTH (ALEXANDER) ROUTIER, born ca 1801 possibly Lower Canada [Quebec]. Would like to verify that his parents were CHARLES ROUTIER and CHARLOTTE LABELLE. Hyacinth married MARIE CHEVALIER ca 1835 and lived St. Andrew's West, ON. Anyone have knowledge of this family? Contact: Dawn Ann Faris, 540 Sherwood Bay Lane, Elizabethtown, ON K6V 7B8

RICHARD JOHNSON s/o WILLIAM JOHNSTON married MARY SUFFEL and lived Matilda Twp., Dundas Co. in mid to late 1800's. Any info. on family appreciated. Contact: Donald Kunz, 1107 East Denny Way, #C-1, Seattle, WA 98122

The contact's grandparents, DIXON McDONALD & NANCY CARTHER, lived in Stormont Co. before travelling to Oregon in the 1890's. They were married in The Dalles, Waco Co., Oregon. Would like to find out more about their ancestors. Contact: Malcolm Schetky, 155 Emig St., Hallam, PA 17406-1308

ALEXANDER McMARTIN b 1787, d 1853 in Martintown, ON. Married MARY CARLISLE b Scotland 1808 and d 1884 in Martintown, ON. Son MALCOLM McMARTIN b 1833 and died 8 Dec 1875 in Martintown. Married Agnes Blackwood. Any info. on these families appreciated. Contact: Randy Hall

STRAYS (Courtesy of Lynne Cook, Morrisburg, ON)
Records of the Rev. L. Merrill Miller, D.D., Pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Ogdensburg, Town of Oswegatchie, St. Lawrence County [New York]

1857, Aug. 12 at 2 o'clock PM at Johnson Hotel
Donald McNaughton of Martin's Town, Glengarry, C.W.
Miss Margaret Cameron of Martin's Town, Glengarry, C.W.
Wit. Erastus Sherman, Catherine Welsh

1860, April 21 at 12 o'c PM at my house, Ogdensburg
Mr Levi Simonds Van Dyke of Osnabruck, C.W.
Miss Hannah Parker of Osnabruck, C.W.
Wit. Mrs. Jas. Bell of Prescott

1862, July 16 at 4 o'c PM at my house, Ogdensburg
Mr Daniel Tyrell of Morrisburg, C.W.
Miss Catherine McDonald of Alexandria, C.W.
Wit. Mrs. L. R. Miller, Misses Green

1862, Nov 15 at 6½ o'c PM at Baldwin House, Ogdensburg
Mr Robert Tate Elliot of Cornwall, C.W.
Miss Harriet Sophia Smith of Cornwall, C.W.
Wit. Chas. T. Hurlbut, Caroline McEwen

1863, July 1 at 6½ o'c PM at Seymour House, Ogdensburg
Mr. Orren Stevens of Bow, N.H.
Miss Flora Allen of Martintown, C.W.
Wit. Mrs Lois Allen of Martintown, C.W., S. A. Dodds
Miss J. M. Barrow of Governeur

1864, Sept 23 at 3 o'c PM at my house, Ogdensburg
Mr Daniel Phillips of Cornwall, C.W.
To Miss Mary Elizabeth Hart of Cornwall, C.W.
Wit. Mrs. L. M. Miller, Catharine R. McDonald

1865, July 5 at 7 o'c AM at my house, Ogdensburg
Mr. Malcolm McIntosh of Lancaster, C.W.
Miss Isabella Ross of same place
Wit. Jeffrie Currie, Isabella McGillis

1866, May 1 at my house, Ogdensburg
Mr. Ronald McRae of Martintown, C.W.
Miss Martha Taylor of Martintown, C.W.
Wit. Harrison Hollinback, Wm. H. Kelley

Vol 14, No 4, August 1999

If you’ve ever wondered why your ancestor delayed applying for a patent on his/her land grant, here is one possible reason. It was expensive if the process was started at the local level but cheaper if commenced in York/Toronto. The following is part of a letter from Ogle R. Gowan in Leeds Co. to his cousin James Gowan at Toronto, dated November 20, 1835 and quoted in Matters of Loyalty, The Buells of Brockville, 1830-1850 by Ian MacPherson (Mika, Belleville, ON-1981 p.125). Ogle R. Gowan was not the MLA but normally your MLA could provide this service. It would depend, I expect, on your politics and this in the era of the open ballot.

    There is some trouble in procuring a deed. In the first place, I will have to send you the Location Ticket and Settling Duties Certificate; these you will have to take to Mr. Radenhurst, who will file them and give you a Description, which you then take to the Attorney General’s Office, where you obtain a Fiat, which you take to Mr. Cameron’s Office (the Provincial Secretary) where the Deed is engrossed and the great Seal affixed - if you mention to Mr. Cameron that the deed is for me, I think he will send it over to the Govr’s House and get His Excellency’s signature for you - Lastly you take it to the Attorney General, whose signature will complete the deed. There will be no charge for all of this, but if there is, I will forward it to you.

And we sometimes think that bureaucracy is a modern thing!

As some of you may be aware, I have been working on setting up a web presence for the Society. I have uploaded the basic page and am currently working on the various parts as outlined there. The link to the McGill map site is particularly interesting.

The Members Surname List is a list of the paid-up members and the families they are researching. A few problems became evident during my transcription of the names.

More than one member is researching the same name. As the list is laid out, there is space for the locale and era as well. I thought it would be easier for those accessing the page if they knew the general geographic region and time frame. This will save time and confusion. There are a few instances where no family names are listed and I hope we can fill those gaps. Another area which we can update will be email addresses as they become available. An alternative would be to upload snail-mail addresses. If members would like me to do that then let me know. Thanks to all who have put forth ideas and suggestions. Please keep in mind that I am not a web page pro, just learning as I go. More updates to follow.


Contact is interested in above families in SD&G. Contact: Nancy Cheesbrough, 519 Roosevelt Dr., Libertyville, Illinois 60048-3419

ANTOINE E. BONNEVILLE, Sr. married GENEVIEVE LEBLANC. Arrived Glengarry Co., from New York State after 1835. He was editor of the Canadian Farmer. Son was ANTOINE E. BONNEVILLE, MD. Any information on family appreciated. Contact: Frank A. Bonneville, 24 Seahawk Dr., Ormond Beach, Florida 32176

Seeking information on the McDOUGALL family from the Dalkeith/Green Valley area of Glengarry Co. ca. 1890. Contact: Marlene Stong Bessonnette, 104 Heritage Place, Cornwall, ON K6J 5V5

FELIX McMANAMON b. ca. 1815 and d.1853. Married ca. 1835 and lived Chesterville, ON where son FELIX SYLVESTER McMANAMON was born in 1843. The elder FELIX worked on St. Mary’s Church, Chesterville. Any info. on family appreciated. Contact: Dan McManamon, 6 Kingswood Dr., Clifton Park, New Jersey 12065

Contact is interested in PALEN (various spellings) in Cornwall & Osnabruck Twp., ON during early to mid 1800's. Contact: Phyllis Bragg, 144C Wood St., Brantford, ON N3R 2L5

SARAH PUTNAM b. 15 Jul 1792 Cornwall, ON (ba. 8 Dec 1799 - Bethune, Williamstown) d/o EPHRON PUTNAM & MIRIAM DOTY. SARAH PUTNAM m. VINCENT BOUCHETTE 10 Apr 1812 in Williamstown, ON. Is this the same SARAH PUTNAM who married HERMANUS CRYDERMAN in Cornwall, ON three years later? Contact: Robert T. Putnam, 246 Stanley Dr., Waterloo, ON N2L 1H8

JOHNSTON WOOD b. 9 Mar 1816 (ba. 24 Mar 1816) Osnabruck Twp., ON s/o NATHANIEL WOOD & ANNE(NANCY) HELMER. Married ELIZABETH ROBLIN and lived Prince Edward Co., ON ca 1840's- 1860's when daughter PHEBE JAIN WOOD & other siblings were born. By 1880 census, ADAM is in Michigan. Need marriage record of ADAM & ELIZABETH and any other info. on family. Contact: Dustin Gibson, 6426 Capital Drive., #26, Sacramento, CA 95828-1210

STEVEN WOOD possibly born Stormont Co. ca. 1860. To quote our contact, he "travelled the world on sailing ships before working on the Australian coastal routes working his way up from able-bodied seaman to mate. He then married and settled down working on pilot tugs and the like in Newcastle harbour."

At a flea market for Lost Villages a year or so ago, I purchased a 60th wedding anniversary souvenir card (15 X 11 cm) for Mr. & Mrs. John Smith. It has their photographs and the date of their marriage as January 15th 1846. Have been watching for this marriage as I perused old records but with such a common name and no maiden name for the bride, it seemed a hopeless quest.

Then in a spare moment, I decided to check the ‘John Smiths’ in The Ontario Register, 1780's-1870's (Family Tree Maker, CD 204) and here are the results.

The Ontario Register, Vol.III, Western District Marriage Register
Marriages Performed in the Western District by
Rev. David Hardie of the Wesleyan Methodist Church

John Smith & Mary Ann Renwick, both of Romney, 15th Jan 1846, by lic.
w: Jonas Robinson, Thomas C. Renwick

To save you getting your atlas out, Romney is on Lake Erie in Kent Co. near the border with Essex Co. and the first town to the north is Renwick! [There were at least three other John Smith’s married during the 1840's in the same general area.]

In checking back with the person from whom I purchased the card, she said it was in a joblot at a local auction. So John and Mary Ann must have had some connection with SD&G and it would be interesting to discover what it was.

Incidentally, there is a website where one can register such stray items with the intention of matching them up again with relatives. They leave the arrangements to the interested parties.


Have those of you on the web subscribed to the various free newsletters that are available? A good one can be found at and it comes weekly. Another is part of the Global Genealogy Supply website Once you subscribe to the Global Gazette, you get notice of the table of contents and have to go to the website to read it. In both cases, you can read back issues as well. It has had good columns on the post-1906 Census debate and the current one reports on the success of the campaign against the restrictive parts of Bill C-32 [the new copyright legislation].


Global is also hosting its first annual Family History Fair at the Farm Museum in Milton, ON, Oct. 16-17, 1999. There are 35 speakers/workshops as well as the facilities of the Museum. Details can be found on the website (noted above) or at 1-800-361-5168.

Vol 14, No 3, June 1999

Talk About Luck!
At our May 25 meeting, we dealt with a query we had received from Scotland. Mrs. Elizabeth Smollett, of Tayport, Fife was looking for information on her grandfather Henry Anthony Sharpe and his descendants. He had come to Canada in February of 1914. She included his picture, a copy of his birth certificate (1870), a copy of his marriage certificate to his second wife (1912) and a transcript of an interesting letter he had written in April, 1914 to his son back in England.[see following pages]

The letter was of particular interest to me as it was written from Mille Roches, ON (a “lost” village due to the St. Lawrence Seaway & Power Project) where I had grown up. On arriving home from the meeting, I read the letter carefully and wondered why had someone in his forties come out to a small village in Canada to work in a little paper mill.

Next morning I re-read the letter and picked up on something I had missed the first time. His wife and baby daughter were already here when he arrived. They must have known someone here!

Closer examination of the marriage certificate showed one of the witnesses to be Martin Rae Sneddon. Ah, ha! There were Sneddons who lived next door to the school. A look at a 1951 directory gave me “M. Sneddon, Mille Roches” and a peek at the 1949 telephone book gave me “M R Sneddon, Mille Roches”. A call to my mother resulted in “Yes, I remember ‘Miss Sharpe’. She lived with the Sneddons. I think she was Mrs. Sneddon’s sister.” She had never heard tell of Mr. Sharpe.

My 2nd cousin’s wife (Marion) lived around the corner from the Sneddons. After a call to her in Toronto and one to her sister (Myrna) in Burks Falls, the picture became more complete.

Mr. Sneddon died in the early 50's. After Mrs. Sneddon died in the late 50's, Mrs. Sharpe returned to North Berwick in Scotland where she lived out her days. Marion and Myrna visited North Berwick a number of years ago and visited the cemetery where she is buried.

Further to this, Marion’s brother-in-law also lived in Mille Roches (Society member Philip Raymond) and he had visited Georgina Blair and her family in North Berwick while he was overseas during WW II. An e-mail from Philip gave an address in North Berwick.

A phone call to Mrs. Catherine Brownell in Long Sault, ON, whom I remembered had worked in the papermill in the 1940's, resulted in a photograph of Mrs. Sharpe at her Bon Voyage party before her return to Scotland.

Mrs. Smollett gave her daughter’s e-mail address in her letter and within days all this info. plus photos of Mille Roches, etc. had been sent to Scotland.

A neat bit of research but the question still remains:
What happened to Henry Anthony Sharpe?
Box 49
Mille Roches Ontario

Canada Sunday April 19th 1914

My Dear Charlie

A few lines to you tonight to let you know that I am in the Land of the Living and getting along alright. I had a good passage over and Living on Board ship was excellent. We arrived at Halifax, Nova[sic] Scotia on the Sunday Morning.

And I had two days Railway journey from there to here. I found everywhere covered with Ice and Snow and that is now only just breaking up. The River St. Lawrence runs by our House here and it goes for Hundreds of miles right up to the Atlantic Ocean, 800 miles from here and to the Arctic Ocean the other Way. But the ships can’t get through here yet until the Ice Breaks up as it is from 12ft-20 ft thick with Ice. But it is gradually breaking up and floating toward the Sea where it will all meet and make into Ice bergs.

The scenery here is certainly very nice and Mille Roches is only a small hamlet like Tiverton. We live about a mile from the Village and the place where I work so I take something with me and have my Dinner full course when I come home at night. I work 11 hours one week Daily and 13 hours one week nightly of 5 nights and 6 days which makes each week 65 hours. We get paid twice a month on the 15th and 30th of each month and my 1st pay came to, 4.15 for the [?] and I was very well satisfied with it. The Living is very cheap about here and the Rents are not dear. This house is only 5 dollars a month and it has six large rooms - Hall Verandah Outhouses and good garden space And nice healthy open country. The weather has been very hot here all Day today until a thunder storm came and cleared the air and made it cooler. But the Heat in Summer is very great here as also the cold in Winter. And you get icicles hanging to you when you go out. But one has to get used to all that. Every where has its good and bad faults. I like the country and it agrees with me and I am getting quite Stout Since being here.

I am working at the St. Lawrence Paper Mill learning the calendar machines and as soon as I have learnt the working then I will get a move up which I hope will not be many months forth. Anyone who Drinks or Gambles here is looked down upon. You never see anyone the worse for Drink And the Canadians are very clever and thrifty people And are saving with their money. Single fellows have a very good chance of saving money in Canada as a steady working fellow can save easily a pound a week and live and clothe well. Certainly you have to work for your money and earn all you can get. I only wish I had been here years ago But I shall pull myself round alright. Although the last few years experiences has thrown me against the wall a bit I must try and live and not to think of all that has happened. Although I have a bit to repay to my Mother in Law Mrs. Blair and my wife’s sister which will keep me down for some time. But it will be a pleasure for me to be able to repay Which I could never have done had I stayed in either Scotland or England. I found Aggie and the Baby Nancy quite well when I got here and they were pleased to see me once again.

The Baby is just turned twelve months now and she is a Beautiful and Bonny Child and very wise and intelligent. She can talk quite a lot in her own way and can nearly walk. And it is very nice to see them both looking out for me when I come home at night. The nights are beautiful here now. I must say I have a very good and true wife. And she has kept to me well through all the trouble I have had to go through And the upset it was to them all through the Milk Supply coming down upon me as they did. Had I known things were going to happen as they did I would never have married again to have made a woman who was my wife so shortly before be brought down in the world so quickly. But it is all over now I hope and I hope in time to set things all right for her again here. We are very happy together And I can only hope we always will be for many years to come.

I am strong and well in health And like my work. I started the week after I arrived. I lost 4 days last pay as the Machinery Broke away and done a lot of damage early one morning. So it has put us back a bit at the Mill as they have to get new machinery from the Old Country. But we shan’t lose any more time But later when we get it fixed again will be working at high pressure to make up. There about 100 workers at the Mill. And a lot of them here keep their own Horses and Rigs and Drive to work and Home again. it does not cost much to keep one here And we hope to be getting a turn out someday.

We are thinking of keeping Hens and pigs. There are plenty of places to keep them here. This is a good place for Apples here and Fruits. So we shall not do so bad. They are wooden houses here But very nice and very warm. You can get syrup from the Maple trees here. It looks quite funny to see the syrup coming from the trees into the cans fixed onto them. I do hope you are going along alright and steady and keeping well.

Have you heard from anyone in Devonshire. Shall be pleased to have a nice letter from you any time you care to write me. You will always get an answer. With all that I have gone through I don’t forget that you are my son. And hope someday to see you again when I hope we shall all be better off. I see your friend Mr. J. Sharpe has married one of Sayer’s Daughters. I suppose the N. Berwick shop will be doing as bad as ever. It seems right down now. I hope you will be pleased to get a letter from me and that you are going along alright And that your prospects are looking brighter. I am quite happy and comfortable here And hope things will continue so. There are people of all nations here Indians included. I will close now with my best love to you truly hoping you are keeping fit and well. I am always your affectionate Father.
                     Henry A. Sharpe


JOHN ARMSTRONG arrived Canada(Dundas Co., ON) ca. 1819 from Ireland in a party which included SUSAN STONE and her parents SUSANAH & THOMAS STONE. Moved to Parishville, NY in 1820's where John & Susan were married. First son, FRANCIS ARMSTRONG born there, 1831. Armstrong family seems to have moved back and forth across the border. Francis died in Iroquois, ON, 3 Jun 1906. He had been living with his son, JOHN ARMSTRONG. Would like to find more on original families. Contact: Eleanor Sevey Goodrich, 57 Woodside Lane, Winter Haven, FL 33881-9613

Searching for info. regarding family of ROBERT BURNS, b. Scotland and his wife MARY CAMPBELL, b. Ireland. Robert served in the 2nd Regiment Stormont Militia as Asst. Surgeon with enlistment date 5 Dec 1838. Their children: AMANDA, b. ca. 1835; JAMES; JOHN and WILLIAM MILES, b. 20 May 1840. All born Osnabruck Twp., Stormont Co., ON. William went to Detroit, MI 1 May 1866 and applied for naturalization 10 Oct 1876. Would like to correspond with anyone having info. on this family. Contact: Pat McNeely, 9519 N. Kenwood Ave., Kansas City, MO 64155

Contact has several questions about the following people in SD&G:
1. Seeking picture of DONALD T. CAMERON (1832-1905) who m. MARGARET ANN CAMERON (1837-1925).
2. Looking for whereabouts between 1818 and 1847 of ANGUS BAN McINTYRE (1762-1855) who married MARY CAMPBELL (1763-1826/29).
3. Looking for info. On ALEXANDER CAMERON, stonecarver from Glasgow, Scotland who died before 1851 census.
4. Who were parents of CATHERINE MARKLE w/o of FREDERICK SHAVER?
5. Need proof of link between JAMES FICKES who married CATHERINE SHAVER and JOHN FICKES who married MARY DOUGHERTY. (Son/Father?)
Contact: Gordon Cameron Stinson, 90 Clarke Cres., Port Sydney, ON P0B 1L0

JOSEPH CLARK, a Mohawk, 1850 Caughnawaga [near Montreal, P.Q.] married ca. 1870 CHRISTIANA GRAY, also Mohawk, from St. Regis [near Cornwall, ON]. Any information appreciated. Contact: Frances Clark Miller, 14600 Wild Oak Way, Saratoga, California 95070-5550

Family tradition has FRANCES DERUSHA [Derouchie/Derousie] arriving in Uxbridge Twp., Ontario Co., ON ca. 1830's with the FAULKNER family. They had met him on their way up the St. Lawrence having newly arrived from Lincolnshire, Eng. Would like to find parents of Francis. Is he from Glengarry? Contact: Eleanor Todd, P.O. Box 43, Goodwood, ON L0C 1A0

JAMES JARDINE b.14 Aug 1799, Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland d. 14 Mar 1883 and married MARGARET DIXON/DIXSON 29 Dec 1826 in Cornwall, ON. They farmed in Newington, ON where they also had an inn. Family stories indicate he may have emigrated with brothers WILLIAM JARDINE b. ca. 1795 and JOHN JARDINE b. Jul 1801. Looking for additional info. on this family. Contact: Margaret McFarlane, 306 Silverthorn Close, Olds, Alberta T4H 1B3

JAMES KING b. Ireland married CATHERINE McLAUGHLIN b. Ireland. They lived Morrisburg, ON. His brother MICHAEL KING m. MARY YOUNG. James & Catherine had a number of children b.Morrisburg, ON including son THOMAS KING b. 18 Oct 1844; d. 21 Jan 1909, Indianapolis, IN. Thomas is grandfather of contact below and she would like to find out more about the family in Canada. Contact: Carolyn L. Nicholson, 220-1000 Taywood Rd., Englewood, Ohio 45322

CHRISTOPHER SHELP married ELIZABETH ca. 1810-1820 possibly Osnabruck Twp., Stormont Co., ON. Anyone help with this problem? Contact: Glenn D. Hunt, 413 - 10 Glen Everest Rd., Scarborough, ON M1N 1J4

May 18th saw the loss of one of our long-time members, George LeRoux. Although George hadn’t been out to our meetings recently, he was still keenly interested in genealogy and helping others in their research. We’ll miss him. Our sympathy is extended to his wife Grace and his family.
Note: George Leroux was a nephew to my grandmother Josephine (Leroux) Lapensee. He corresponded to her in Alberta for years about genealogy.

Our thoughts also go out to our secretary, Bob Kitchener, on the recent passing of his mother and to member Ken MacMillan whose wife, Betty, passed away June 19th. She and Ken spent a lot of time searching for their roots. His on this side of the Atlantic and hers on the other (Channel Islands).

Vol 14, No 2, April 1999

Website: Member Chris Heath is in the process of setting up a website for the Society. He’s looking for any suggestions other members may have to this end. Ongoing: The 1911 Census saga continues. There seems to be no compromise i.e. an exception to the 1906 legislation so that we would have another primary source for research. One M.P. has even suggested the time to correct this problem was in 1906! Keep those letters going to your local M.P. and to Mr. Manley, the responsible Minister.

Tried the LDS website yet? It is officially scheduled to be launched this summer but it is usable now. They appear to be constantly fine tuning and you may have difficulty reaching them or you may be interrupted in the middle of a search but it’s worth it.

Some things that need fixing. On your initial search for a name, you might get 75 names (a mix of British & American) only then can you go directly to the British section and you might get 150 names. If there are 500 names that match, you are limited to only 150. One should be able to designate the area of your search right at the beginning.

Also, one should be able to input a date so as to simplify and speed up the search.
Lyall Manson


DAVID BAKER b. 1806, Finch Twp., Stormont Co., ON and m. MARGARET EMMA BICKFORD b. 1817, Finch Twp. Children: JACOB b. 1841 m. (1)FANNIE FORBES b.1851and (2)LEBRASSA CUMMINGS b.1866; CYRUS LEONARD b. 1845 m. MARY JANE CRYSLER b. 1847; JAMES WILLIAM b. 1849 m. JANE CHANCY b. 1851; HENRY ADAM b. 1850 m. SARA SMYTH b. 1851; MARTIN b. 1853; BERTHA b. 1857; NANCY b. 1859; ELLEN; LORENZO and NETTIE. Any info. on these families appreciated and will exchange info. with anyone researching these families. Contact: Arlene Wilson, 4 Basswood Ave., Stittsville, ON K2S 1M6

SAMUEL BROWN lived Lancaster Twp., ON in late 1780's and possibly till early 1800's. Does not seem to have received a grant of land. Has anyone come across any references to the above and where did he go? Contact: Norman Brown, 23 Glenridge Rd., Nepean, ON K2G 2Z3

WILLIAM MILES BURNS b. 20 May 1840 in Osnabruck Twp., Stormont Co., ON and d. 1901 in Wayne Co., Indiana. Parents were ROBERT BURNS b. Scotland [Where else?] and SARAH CAMPBELL. Siblings of William were JOHN, JAMES and AMANDA BURNS. Family history says children orphaned and cared for by Amanda. William emigrated to US in 1868 and married the same year there. Anyone help with this family? Contact: Patricia McNeely, 9519 N. Kenwood Ave., Kansas City, MO 64155

ELIPHALET HARDY, Methodist preacher in Alexandria, ON area ca.1810-1830. He married MARGUERITE GAUTHIER b. 1810 d. 1881 d/o VINCENT GAUTHIER. Any help appreciated. Contact: Leland Guest, Box 97, Comins, MI 48619-0097

THOMAS HICKEY d. 1875 [not connected with Loyalist family], married CATHERINE CURRAN d/o MICHAEL CURRAN. Thomas lived on Barnhart’s Island, NY but two children were confirmed at St. Columban’s RC Church in Cornwall, ON. Two sons, MICHAEL and EDWARD HICKEY discovered the Anaconda Copper Mines in Butte, Montana and became prominent citizens there. Need info. on Thomas Hickey & parents after arrival in Cornwall area also Michael Curran in Cornwall area. Contact: Dolores D. Corley, 10430 E. Sunnydale, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248

JAMES KING m. KATHERINE McLOUGHLIN and lived in Morrisburg, ON. Need info. on them and related families. Contact: Carolyn L. Nicholson, 220 - 1000 Taywood Rd., Englewood, OH 45322

CHARLES W. LABEAU b. Glengarry Co. in 1860 of French and Huron ancestry. From Michigan records he gave his parents as JAS./ JOS. LABEAU and ADELAIDE/ADELINE BUSHAW. Family doesn’t appear in 1861 census of this area and are said to have emigrated to Monroe, Michigan in 1862 but don’t appear in records there until 1896 when Charles married ADA ST. JOHN. Contact: Dave LaBeau, 5811 Groszek Rd., Sterling, MI 48659

JOHN A. MacDONALD b. Fitzhenry’s Mills, ON and d. Alexandria, ON. He married MARGARET FLANIGAN . Lived Vankleek Hill, Cornwall and Alexandria and was at one time an inspector of weights and measures. His parents were ALEXANDER & HANNAH MacDONALD. She was born 3rd concession of Cornwall Twp. ca. 1813. Other children were ALEXANDER S. MacDONALD, innkeeper and ANGUS MacDONALD, doctor. Need marriage of Alexander & Hanah. Contact: Louise Connolly, 188 King Street E., Cobourg, ON K9A 1L5

JAMES (OG) McDONALD b. 1792 in Scotland and died 2 Jun 1872 in Lochiel Twp., Glengarry Co., ON. He married REBECCA KENNEDY b. Scotland d. 12 Aug 1876. Son ALEXANDER JAMES McDONALD b. 1828 d. 13 May 1880 married CATHERINE McDONELL and lived Lot 14, Conc. 3, Lochiel Twp. Need info. on family for family reunion this summer. Contact: Joyce Brown, 2518 Cumberland Ave. S., Saskatoon, SK S7J 2A2

DONALD DOUN/DOWN McLENNAN b. ca. 1790 probably Scotland, d. 19 APR 1851 married MARGARET b. 1806 d. 10 APR 1873. Both buried St. Andrew’s Pres. Church, Williamstown, ON. Children Alexander, Christian, Mary, Farquhar D., Archibald, Catherine, Flora, Margaret, Ann, John, Isabella, Hannah, Jannet, Robert Roderick and Elizabeth all born between 1823 & 1848 in Williamstown. Need maiden name of Margaret and desire contact with any descendants of this couple. DONALD DOUN/DOWN McLENNAN may be son of John and grandson of Malcolm. Any info. On John & Malcolm would be greatly appreciated. KENNETH McLENNAN 1813, d. 25 JUN 1890. He married LIBBIE/ELIZABETH McDOUGALL d. 25 APR 1895. Both buried St. Andrew’s Pres. Church, Williamstown, ON. Need parents of Kenneth and desire contact with any descendants of this couple.
Contact: Jean Denison, PO Box 154, Ontario, NY 14519

JOHN ROACH b. Ireland married ELIZABETH TYO ca. 1830's in Cornwall, ON. Son WILLIAM ROACH b. 1843 married ELIZA ANN SMITH and lived Lawrence, NY. Contact: Philip Roach Jr., 922 Hasbrouck St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669

(JOHN) FREDERICK SHELP emigrated to Upper Canada ca. 1791 from Mohawk Valley, NY. He and his wife SUSANNAH HARRINGTON had two children baptised at Williamstown in 1792 & 1793. Son CHRISTOPHER SHELP married ELIZABETH ca. 1810-1820 in Osnabruck Twp., Stormont Co. Would like to find marriage record. Their son ARCHIBALD SHELP lived Russell, ON and at one time operated a hotel there. Contact: Glenn D. Hunt, 413 - 10 Glen Everest Rd., Scarborough, ON M1N 1J4

ALLAN WALDROFF b. ca. 1879 and d. 21 Sep 1915 and buried Kazabazua, PQ. As a child, he and two siblings: AMINTA WALDROFF and RUSSELL WALDROFF lived in a "shelter" in Cornwall. Need parents and any other info.

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