Waterloo-Wellington Branch

Ontario Genealogical Society


Branch Notes





Volume XXVI          Number 4

November 1998














Waterloo-Wellington Branch

Ontario Genealogical Society

153 Frederick St., Suite 102

Kitchener ON  N2H 2M2





9 Nov 1998. Brian Gilchrist. Importance of Studying Family History

14 Dec 1998. Annual Meeting. Elections; “Show & Tell”

11 Jan 1999. To be announced

8 Feb 1999. To be announced

Wellington Group Meetings:

24 Nov 1998. How to get acquainted with early English wills

14 Dec 1998. Annual Meeting of W-W Branch. In Kitchener.

26 Jan 1999. “Show & Tell.” Silent Auction

23 Feb 1999. Places of Worship in Wellington County

Inside this Issue:

Waterloo & Wellington Teachers who served in The Great War 1914-1918

World War One Unit Diaries

How Did They Get Here?

Galt Citizens, May, 1857



Executive for 1998

Branch Positions:

Chair:                                            Frances Hoffman, West Montrose, 664-3670

Past Chair (Nominating):              Charles Rand, Kitchener, 579-4397

Vice Chair (Waterloo):                 

Vice Chair (Wellington)               Jack Knight; Guelph; 823-1358

Secretary:                                        Beth Metzger, Waterloo, 746-8578

Treasurer:                                       Norman McQuay, Kitchener, 746-0101

Membership:                               Norma Huber, Cambridge, 621-8898

Publications/New:                         Dona Madill, Cambridge, 653-9987

Publications/Inventory:            Paul Pepper, Kitchener, 745-4436

Publications/Exhibits:                   Ron Lambert, Kitchener, 576-5267

Branch Notes, Editor:                   Rosemary Ambrose, Kitchener, 576-7371

Branch Notes, Mailing:            Sam Weicker, Kitchener, 742-0306

Members-at-Large:                        Eric Hilborn, Guelph, 822-3042

                                                      George Taylor, Guelph, 824-2309

                                                      Ryan Taylor, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Group Positions:

Cemeteries:  Waterloo:              Marcella Beechey, Elmira, 669-5690

                 Wellington:                Pat Pletch, 853-1493

Church Records:  Waterloo:        Rosemary Ambrose, Kitchener, 576-7371

                        Wellington:            George Moore, Elora, 846-9100

Computer Resources:                   Carl Sherer, Kitchener, 744-3092

                                                      Jack Knight, Guelph, 823-1358

Enquries:   Waterloo:                    Laurie Strome, Waterloo, 884-2642

               Wellington                   Penny Cleeves, Guelph, 822-6006

                                                      Perry Cockburn

Library: Waterloo:                         Thelma & Bill Barnes, Kitchener, 743-5467

              Wellington:                   Elinor Knight, Guelph, 823-1358

Members’ Interests:                      Sharon Richards, Cambridge, 653-5454

Programme:   Waterloo:             Donna Wall,  Cambridge, 650-2221

                   Wellington:              Elinor Knight, Guelph, 823-1358

Publicity:  Waterloo                      Carol Goodger-Hill, Waterloo, 747-0994

              Wellington                       Frank Vigor, Guelph, 824-4923

Publication Sales, Wellington:    Fred Abraham, Guelph, 824-9277

Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation Representative:

                                                      David McKnight, Kitchener, 741-8471

Welcoming:  Waterloo                 Norma Huber, Cambridge, 621-8898

                                                      Ruth Kroft, Cambridge, 653-6824

                                                      Garnet Richmond, Kitchener, 745-2588

                  Wellington                Thelma Hornberger, Guelph, 763-4708

Rec. Secty, Wellington:            BJ Carere 822-9313; Kasey Mitchell, 822-0338

Strays:                                          Frank Vigor, Guelph, 824-4923

Wellington Group Finances:       Lorraine Harris

Indexing  BDM                           Jacquie Norris, Guelph, 822-8256

Hospitality, Wellington:               Donna Speers 822-7654


Region III Director:                 Elinor Knight, Guelph, 519-823-1358

(Please Note: our area code is 519)


Waterloo-Wellington Branch

Ontario Genealogical Society

153 Frederick St., Suite 102

Kitchener ON  N2H 2M2   Canada

The Waterloo-Wellington Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society meets on the second Monday of the month, except in October when the meeting is the 3rd Monday due to Thanksgiving. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. in the Hamblin Room, Level One of the Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen St. N., Kitchener ON. The Branch does not meet in June, July or August. The Wellington Group meets at 122 Harris St. (corner of York), Guelph, at 7:30 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month, with the exception of December, July and August. Membership in OGS and the Branch is $58/year (plus $1 for family membership); Associate membership in OGS (Branch only) is $22/year.

Branch Notes is published four times per year --February, May, August, and November -- by the Waterloo-Wellington Branch, OGS. Subscription price for Branch Notes for non-members is $13 per year or $4 per issue.

Branch Notes is edited by Rosemary Ambrose. Contributions are most welcome and should be received at least two months in advance (i.e. December, March, June and September). If you are using a computer, please submit your article on a 3.5” computer disk (PC only). Articles will be printed space permitting and at the discretion of the Editor.

Please note: In accordance with the Canadian Copyright Law, individuals and organizations must request permission from authors to reprint any article published in Branch Notes.


Our thanks to the following contributors:

         Jack Coursey                     Dona Madill

         Sybil Card Crawford         Charles Rand

         Frances Hoffman              Ryan Taylor

         Marjorie Kohli


ISSN 0393 7505





From the Chair


he end of this year marks a time of transition for several members of the branch executive. My term as Chair expires. As tradition dictates, I will follow in the footsteps of past-chair Charles Rand and serve on the nominating committee, to work towards ensuring that the branch has a full slate of dedicated workers to fill executive positions during the next few years. I may be calling on you, so please be prepared to offer your services. In January, Professor Ron Lambert and Marilyn will head to Australia, where Ron will continue his academic study into the world of genealogy and family history. We anticipate wonderfully interesting results and wish them both great success, as well as much pleasure. My kitchen is presently filled with crates and boxes of branch publications inherited from Ron. His long years of hauling these materials to sell at workshops, seminars and other public venues have finished. This is definitely the end of an era. For as long as I can remember, the Lamberts have served the branch in this capacity. We thank both of them for their long years of dedicated service. A division of labour has taken place over recent months with regard to selling branch publications at seminars. Jack Knight now heads a team selling Wellington County materials, while I will deal with the Waterloo County publications. This change does not affect mail orders handled from the branch office.

You will have noted the address of the new branch office at 153 Frederick Street, Suite 102, Kitchener, ON  N2H 2M2. I am delighted to announce that David McKnight has agreed to take on the position of office manager. David will be assisted by a small group of workers.

It is essential that all members read the insert in this edition of Branch Notes outlining proposals of change to the internal structure of our branch management. These changes will not entail amendments to the branch Constitution. If approved, the result will be that Waterloo-Wellington Branch will be in the unique position of having two equal groups, Waterloo and Wellington, each with its own group executive, operating under a central branch management committee which will be elected at the Branch Annual General Meeting each December. Please read the insert carefully. If you have any questions, you may call me at 519-664-3670 or e-mail me at: fhoffman@kw.igs.net

The Region III meeting, to take place at the Wellington County Museum and Archives on April 24th, 1999, is shaping up. Speakers will be Brian Gilchrist and Sherilyn Bell. Please get your registrations in early, since we are limited to 120.

It remains for me to say a huge “thank you” to all who have worked on the branch executive during the past two years. I particularly thank those who assumed additional responsibilities during my period of absence due to my husband’s illness in 1997. To those who have worked towards producing publications, served on subcommittees, presented lectures or workshops, and generally acted as ambassadors for the branch, we all owe you an enormous debt of gratitude.

Frances Hoffman.

Editor’s Comments


lease refer to the information in the box, second page, second column, regarding copyright. Individuals or organizations wishing to reprint articles from Branch newsletters should first secure permission from the author/authors to do so. This is in compliance with the Canadian Copyright Law, and therefore should be respected. I was advised of this procedure when requesting permission from The Globe and Mail to reprint the article on the Toronto Necropolis in this newsletter. Permission to reprint that particular article must come directly from The Globe and Mail.

Elinor Knight, Region III representative to OGS, writes: “The 1911 Census: continue the fight. Please alert members to continue the letter writing campaign to obtain the release of the data. We are still trying to get written confirmation that the original documentation has NOT been destroyed. If anyone has received that assurance please send me a photocopy.”


Branch News


*   9 Nov 1998. Brian Gilchrist. The importance of studying your family history or stories that you would rather your future in-laws didn’t know until after the wedding.

*   14 Dec 1998. Annual Meeting. Elections.“ Show & Tell.”

*   11 Jan 1999. To be announced.

*   8 Feb 1999. To be announced.

*   8 Mar 1999. Marjorie Kohli. Immigration to Canada.

Wellington Group Meetings:

*   24 Nov 1998. Frank Vigor. How to get acquainted with early English wills.

*   14 Dec. 1998. Annual General Meeting of Waterloo-Wellington Branch; in Kitchener.

*   26 Jan 1999. “Show & Tell.” Silent Auction.

*   23 Feb 1999. George Moore. Places of Worship in Wellington County.

*   23 Mar 1999. Brian Gilchrist. Searching the 20th Century.


Important dates

*   November 14, 1998, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Waterdown-East Flamboro-Historical Society Ninth Annual Heritage Book Fair, At St. James United Church (Fellowship Hall), 306 Parkside Drive, Waterdown, Ontario. Seminars by 1) Mrs. Marion Wilburn, at 11 a.m. on “Genealogy and the Web, and 2) Rick Roberts, at 1 p.m. on “Computer Photograph Enhancement.”

*   Saturday, April 24, 1999. Region III Annual Meeting, hosted by Waterloo-Wellington Branch. At Wellington County Museum & Archives. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Speakers: J. Brian Gilchrist, Sherilyn Bell. Book sellers and displays. Registration fee (includes lunch): $25, received by March 24, 1999; $30 afterwards; limit of 120 people only.

*   May 28, 29, 30, 1999. Seminar 1999.Our Ontario Families.” Hosted by Halton-Peel Branch.” At the Regal Constellation Hotel, Toronto (900 Dixon Rd., Etobicoke, Ont.). For more info contact: 24 Shelbourne Court, Brampton ON  L6Z 1C2.

*   May 12-14, 2000. Seminar 2000. Migration Mosaic.” Hosted by the Ottawa Branch.

*   May 24, 25, 26 & 27, 2001. Seminar 2001. Quest for Opportunities.” Hosted by Waterloo-Wellington Branch OGS.




Wellspring - October 1998

Call September BUSY!!! -- what with picking up the threads of activities, going to meetings again, and getting in touch with various projects.

We attended Norfolklore in Simcoe and the Fall Event in Durham, with our boxes of publications for sale. We have some volunteers for these events, but the more the merrier.

Wellington Group was fortunate to have 50% of our survey forms returned – completed. Now we have to massage all that data and get it to the interested parties. One result has been to continue to meet on Tuesday evenings, at 7:30 p.m. at 122 Harris Street in Guelph (corner of York Road).

Oustic Cemetery has been updated to the data found during our re-reading. Now it needs proofing, formatting and all that other stuff. Pat is planning another outing before the snow flies. Work continues on Arthur and Erin cemetery indexes which are coming along nicely. We are continuing to put typed cemeteries on disk, such as cemeteries from Branch Notes and publications containing several cemetery listings. Many thanks to those involved in the data input effort. A slow, but necessary task!

The Enquiries team is keeping busy although the number of e-mail requests has dropped, probably due to summer activities. However, they continue to arrive. Elsewhere in this newsletter if a list of Wellington County surnames attracting people’s interest. Birth, death, marriage activity continues. What a dedicated team we have! Wellington produced a broadsheet for non-branch OGS members in the county. Jacquie Norris promptly received a volunteer as a result. We feel those not receiving Branch Notes need some contact with OGS activity in the area.

The “bookmark” handout we place/distribute at various places has been revised and now contains our meeting dates and topics. We invite one and all to join us the 4th Tuesday of each month at 122 Harris – 7 p.m. for goodies and conversation; 7:30 p.m. for our meeting. We can mix and mingle after the meeting also.

(Jack Knight, Co-ordinator, Wellington Group)

Interest has been shown in the following surnames of Wellington County residents:

Healey, Keating, Mabley, Shotter, Steenbergen, Vansteenburgh. (If you are interested in any of these names, please contact Penny Cleeves or Perry Cockburn at the Branch address. Please enclose a SASE with your enquiry.)



Maryborough Township History Book.

A pre-publication price of $45 per book, including tax, will be available until December 31, 1998. After that date the price will be $55 per book. If you wish the book to be shipped, please add $10 to the cost of the book. If you wish to order a book, please print your name, address, number of books you wish to order on a piece of paper. Send a cheque payable to “The Township of Maryborough,” to Bob Skeoch, Block 39, 1 Hillwood Drive, Moorefield, Ontario N0G 2K0. (Note: Should more than one copy of the book be needed, please write to the above address for verification of the exact amount of postage, before sending in a cheque.)



Gleanings from Other Newsletters

(Newsletters are in Periodicals, the Reference Section, of the Kitchener Public Library)

From London Leaf, London-Middlesex County Branch OGS, Vol. 25, No. 3, August 1998. The Ontario Government no longer sells the Ontario Transportation Map Series. Should there be interest in these maps, check your local map dealer in Ontario, or write: General Publishing Co. Ltd., 30 Lesmill Rd., North York ON  M3B 2T6. Tel: 1-800-387-0141.

Do you have roots in Ellice Township? Ellice Township will be 150 years old in the year 2000. People are hard at work gathering historical data and family stories for the Ellice Township History Book. Chair person is Joan Brickman, R.R. #1, Sebringville ON  N0K 1X0. (Perth County Profiles, Perth County Branch OGS, Vol. 16, No.3.)

Archives of the Presbyterian Church in Canada. New address: 50 Wynford Drive, North York, ON  M3C 1J7. Tel: (416) 441-1111, ext. 310. Open Monday-Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Please call for an appointment. (OHS Bulletin, Issue 116, September 1998)

BIRTH INDEX, MARRIAGE INDEX, DEATH INDEX – UPDATED. On the Branch Computer in the Grace Schmidt Local History Room at the Kitchener Public Library.

Jack Coursey has sent in information about the current status of the above Indexes. Records have been read, proofread, and entered carefully. However, please advise of any possible errors or corrections.

BIRTH INDEX. 18,529 records. Child’s surname and Christian names, father’s Christian name, mother’s maiden name and Christian name (if known), and date of birth. Most records are for years 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 1997.

MARRIAGE INDEX. 753 records. Bride’s surname and Christian names; groom’s surname and Christian name; date of marriage. 1996, 1997.

DEATH INDEX. 51,677 death records. Listed are surname, given names, maiden name (where known), date of appearance in newspaper with page number of newspaper.

Kitchener RECORD = KWR; Kitchener NEWS RECORD = KNR; Berlin NEWS RECORD - BNR; and Berlin DAILY TELEGRAPH = BDT.

New in the Branch Library: Kitchener

*   Shantz, James Merle. Shantz Family History. Stouffville, Ont.: The author, 1996.

*   Johnson, A.E. A Tribute to E. Pearl Johnson of Moorefield. (donated by Muriel Steeb)

*   The Descendants of Matthew and Ann Ney who settled West of Bradford, West Gwillimbury Twp., Simcoe Co., 1819. (donated by Marshall W. Ney)

*   Anderson, Bonnie, researcher. The Family of James Acheson & Mary Louise Wraggett. Kitchener, Ontario: The Author, 1997. (donated by Bonnie Anderson)

*   Hoffman, Frances. Genealogical Information from the Elmira Signet, 1900-1902. Kitchener, Ontario: Waterloo-Wellington Branch OGS, 1998.

*   Provincial Archives of New Brunswick. New Brunswick Records at the Provincial Archives.

*   McNamara, Jane E. Toronto & York Region Group Family Names Being Researched. Toronto Branch, OGS, 1994.

*   Documentary Heritage Society of Alberta. Proof-of-Age Documents in  Alberta. A Surname Index 1863-1969. Edmonton, Alberta: Documentary Heritage Society of Alberta, Provincial Archives of Alberta, 1998.

*   Yeager, William, ed. 1851 Census of Windham Township, Norfolk County, Ontario. Simcoe, Ontario: Norfolk Historical Society, 1981.


Toronto General Burying Grounds. [By Jill Mahoney in The Globe and Mail, Friday, July 10, 1998, about “grave yards approach capacity … .” Reprinted with permission from The Globe and Mail.]


The issue of limited cemetery space is not without precedent. More than 100 years ago a similar space crunch occurred. A historical summary written in 1905 details how the now-defunct Toronto General Burying Grounds Trust dealt with the challenge of population growth.

The Trust’s first property was the Potter’s Field, which was bought for $300 and opened in Yorkville in 1826. For a generation, the cemetery was the city’s only non-sectarian and non-denominational burying ground, and it filled quickly. When it became apparent that Yorkville was not suitable for a cemetery because of its expansion, the trustees sought a decree allowing them to buy more land, and in 1851 founded the Necropolis. The Potter’s Field was closed in 1855 and graves were moved to the Necropolis. When residents protested against enlarging the Necropolis, the city council agreed that the land should be turned into a park and repurchased in 1871. That left the board of trustees with a dilemma: The Necropolis was full and there was a demand for more burial space.

“The short period … has been sufficient to fill the Necropolis with its silent inhabitants, and but few lots remain unsold. … The Trustees, after some deliberation, decided to purchase the property now known [as the Mount Pleasant Cemetery].” More than 15 years later, additional space was again needed to house the city’s dead. “The rapid growth of the  City, especially to the westward, induced the Trustees … to secure additional land in this direction, which resulted in the purchase of the property now known as The Prospect Cemetery, on the 13th December, 1887.”




Goodger-Hill, Carol - cgoodger@uoguelph.ca

Krajaefski, Pat - pkmom@golden.net


McKinnie - mckinnie@sympatico.ca

Moore, George - gfmoore@attcanada.net

Ritter, Robert - ritter@scsinternet.com

Synott, Tom – tsynnot1@home.com

Varga, Kathryn - kvarga@neptune.on.ca


News from our local resources

Kitchener Public Library

Recent Acquisition in the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History.

The Hills of Home. North Easthope Township 1827-1997. Stratford, Ontario: North Easthope History Book Committee, 1998.

More of Interest

OBITUARY. From 11 Feb 1931 issue of The New Outlook, a United Church of Canada publication.

BRUBAKER - The funeral services of the late John Henry Brubaker, were held January 15th at the farm home and at Zion United Church, of which Mr. Brubaker was a member. Rev. E.F. Church, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Graham and the Rev. E.J. Chegwin, conducted the service. Mr. Church spoke fittingly of Mr. Brubaker’s Christian character. Those who knew Mr. Brubaker personally can bear witness to the truth of Mr. Church’s statement. Mr. Brubaker was kindly, courteous and generous, and lent his aid to every good cause. It was his endeavour to imitate as closely as he could, Christ, whom he named Master. Deceased was born near Waterloo, Ontario, 1865, and has resided near Moose Jaw [Saskatchewan] for the past forty years, where he has taken an active part for the betterment of the dairying and agricultural industries. His presence and influence will be greatly missed in his community.

[With thanks to Sybil Card Crawford]

Ordnance Survey Maps of the UK. Describing itself as “Historical Mapping Supplier,” Rallymaps of West Wellow (P.O. Box 11, Romsey, Hampshire, S051 8XX, GB) provides a mail order service for UK Ordnance Survey Maps. Take a look at Rallymaps Web site:


or contact them by e-mail:


The Web Site provides a list of some of the maps available, along with ordering instructions, and an order form. Members who are not on computer can use the mailed address above.

Primitive Methodists. (Some of this information came from Waterloo-Wellington Branch Chair, Frances Hoffman who found it on the Internet - from Keith Goodway, on GENBRIT. Additional information came from The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church.) An unofficial Methodist movement was begun c.1800 by Hugh Bourne, a Methodist. Lorenzo Dow, an American Methodist introduced in 1807 the camp meeting into English Methodism, at Mow Cop on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border. Hugh Bourne was expelled from the Methodist Church in 1810, and a distinct community known as “Camp Meeting Methodists” came into being. In the same year, William Clowes, who had carried on Bourne’s earlier evangelical work, also was expelled from the Methodist Church. In 1811 the two groups united under the name of the Primitive Methodists. They became a very large sect, with 5000 chapels. There was a reunion in 1932 when the Primitive Methodist Church united with the Wesleyan and United Methodists to form the Methodist Church.

Canadians buried in North Watertown NY Cemetery. Jack Coursey has suggested looking in on


for a list of surnames of persons listed as natives of Canada who are buried in North Watertown Cemetery, Watertown, Jefferson County, New York. The cemetery has records for about 20,000 burials, about 1/3 of which are unmarked. The listing, made in 1997, was made from transcriptions of the cemetery card file. Of the 20,000 names  transcribed, about 1,600 are listed as being natives of Canada. “There was a tremendous influx of  Canadians to the Watertown area in the first decade of the Twentieth Century, but there are others who arrived both before and after that date who have been buried [there.] Some records are more complete than others, but in addition to name and date of death, many contain birth place and date, spouse, parents, children, and siblings, place of death, residence address, cause of death, undertaker, etc. [There was a brief note about this in Branch Notes, August 1998.]

Global Genealogy – new store opening November 21, 1998. Global Genealogy is opening a store at 13 Charles St., Suite 102, Milton, Ontario L9T 2G5, Tel: 1-800-361-5168. Exit Hwy 401 at Highway 25, and travel south until street ends at Main; left on Main; then immediately right on Charles. 13 Charles is second building from Main, left hand side of street. Hours: Mon to Sat 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

“Vital Statistics from Newspapers for New Brunswick, 1823-1884.” This series of books was located by Dona Madill in the St. Catharines Public Library, Special Collections.



Effective with the February 1999 issue of BRANCH NOTES, members of the Waterloo-Wellington Branch will be entitled to two queries published annually in BRANCH NOTES, at no cost. Additional queries from members & queries from non-members will be published, space permitting, at a cost of $3 per query, prepaid. Cheques or money orders should be made out to Waterloo-Wellington Branch OGS. Please place your OGS membership number on each query.



Krausmann, 1840s-1900s, Waterloo & Wellington Cos. Roman Catholics from Hessen, Germany; settled Preston, Ontario, by 1845(?) Seek info re Hessen emigration/migrations. After WW One: name prob Crossman. Desc still in Cambridge? Elora, Nichol Twp.? Kitchener? Martin, 1840/45-1900s, Waterloo, Wellington & Simcoe Cos. Roman Catholics from Alsace, France; settled Batavia NY, then New Germany (Maryhill). Seek info Batavia/Alsatian settlers/French. Desc still in Maryhill, Penetanguishene, Simcoe?

Mrs. Rhoda A. Spencer, 225 Sylvan Ave., Scarborough ON  M1E 1A4.  [#0027]




Jacob Heckendorn, b. 3 Jun 1803, Lancaster Co. (?) PA. Mvd to Waterloo Twp. Waterloo Co by 1825. Marr Mary Miller (b. 6 Jun 1806) from Cumberland Co. PA. Searching pts & sibs. Seeking also desc of s/o Jacob & Mary Heckendorn: Jacob m. Mary Sandborne; their ch: Sarah, Jesse, Ezra, Lucinda, May, Dan, William, Emma, Clara, Edith. Unknown Heckadon emigrated from Pennsylvania (?) to Niagara area. Son, Frederick, b. 1836, Bertie Twp., Welland Co. How many Heckadon/Heckendorns came to Canada?

Howard Heckendorn, 30 Glenburnie Ct., London ON  N5X 2A4. Fax: (519) 453-3569. [#0028]




Israel Sammons, b. c.1813, m. Hannah Gordon (b. c.1811). Ch: George, m. Jane Rawn; Eliza, b. c.1844, m. James Evans; Charles, b. c.1849; James b. c.1849, m. Charlotte Dunn; Mary, b. c.1851, m. Alexander Rawn; Joseph, b. c.1853; Annie, m. William Rawn; Hannah; Samuel; and Margaret. Last known residence of parents: Nassagaweya Twp., Halton Co. (1871 Census, pg. 7, dist 38). Ch in Grey & Bruce Counties.

Leanne Reckewitz, 184 Walnut St., Collingwood, ON  L9Y 3C6.  [#0029]


Menck (Mink, Mank, Moenck), Witting

Seeking 2 sons & desc of John Jacob Menck 1826-1902, & wife, Mary Witting 1830-1896. In 1861 Census, Mencks in Saugeen Twp., Bruce Co., Ont. Son, John (Jacob Jr.) b. 1/4/1864; son, Samuel, b. 11/4/1861. Both sons b. Upper Canada; parents b. Prussia.

Archie H. Stevens, 2196 AuSable Point Road, East Tawas MI  48730-9434 USA Tel: 1-517-739-7006 [#0030]


Witting, von Barl

Seeking origin & desc of: Charles (Carl) Witting b. c.1803; wife, Sophia Chrirnn von Barl, b. c.1804; d. 27-6-1864. Son, Frederick, b. c.1836; all born in Prussia. In 1861 Census, in Saugeen Twp., Bruce Co., Ontario.

Archie H. Stevens, 2196 AuSable Point Road, East Tawas MI  48730-9434 USA Tel: 1-517-739-7006 [#0031]


Morrison, Duboe

Seeking Risefoy or Purifoy [ed. Morrison?], b. 1864 Grey Twp., Huron Co., Ont., & descendants. Son of Archibald, Sr., b. 1830, & Martha Duboe, b. 1831. Both b. Ireland. Prior to Huron Co., parents in Adjala Twp., Simcoe Co., Ont.

Archie H. Stevens, 2196 AuSable Point Road, East Tawas MI  48730-9434 USA Tel: 1-517-739-7006 [#0032]



Need info about burial place of Robert & Maria Sewell. In Rockwood ON c.1874-1905. Have notice from newspaper, but can find nothing. Their son, Ellis, is buried in Rockwood.

Sharon Cunningham, 14 Mayfair Crt., Guelph ON  N1G 2S1. E-mail: sharon.cunningham@sympatico.ca [#0033]



George Bryans, 1878-1906; when, where, death, burial? Ruth Hughes Bryans Sims, 1880-1906; marr, death, burial? Joseph Bryans, 1868-; marr, death burial? John & Jeremiah Bryans, 1890-; out west, gold fields, anything.

Marguerite Stewart, “Hillmar” 27340 Nairn Rd., R.R. 5 Parkhill ON  N0M 2K0  [#0034]


Fleming, Potter, Sherrington, Snyder

James Potter, b. 1811(?)-1813, Suffolk, England, m. 1) Mary Sherrington (?1835); had 7 children, Berlin, Ont.; m. 2) Isabella Fleming (b. 1827 Logie Coldstone, Scotland, d. 1910); had 7 more ch. One ch, Maggie, m. Edward Smyth (Smyth Bros. Dept. store); their ch, Marjorie Belle, m. Clayton Henry Snyder. Especially interested in James Potter.

Anne Christie Joyce, 268 Clemow Ave., Ottawa ON  K1S 2B6 [#0035]


May, Elliott, Seymour

Isaac May, born Beckwith Twp., Lanark Co., c.1843. S/o Samuel May & Jane Seymour; m. Elizabeth Elliott; one son, one daughter; bur Drayton, Ontario.

Laurel Anne Bates, PO Box 717, Barry’s Bay ON  K0J 1B0. [#0036]


Lee, Thompson, Tompson

Seek info on Robert Alfred Lee, b. 25 Mar 1837, poss Harriston, Wellington Co., Ontario. Died 5 Mar 1916 Sault Ste Marie, Chippewa, Michigan USA; m. 2nd Eliza Jane Tompson (b. 18 Jan 1858, Vaugan Twp., York Co.). When? Where? Ch b. Harriston: Alfred b. 1879; Joseph b. 1880; Robert b. 1884; Susan b. 1888; William Harve 1890; Emma May 1893; Ernest 1896. Would appreciate any info re Robert’s pob, pts, sibs.

Ivadeen Berge, P.O. Box 185, Underwood WA  98651 USA. [#0037]



John Henry Bell, b. 29 Oct 1859 Guelph, Ontario. Searching for pts & sibs, some of whom still lvd in Guelph 1919 (possibly a Joseph, Rose, others unknown). Where did they live?

Ann Harris (nee Caswell), 79 Princess Anne Cres., Etobicoke ON  M9A 2P6. E-mail: annha@interlog.com [#0038]


Rebscher, Seip, Schafer

Johann Matthias Schafer, s/o Johann Wilhelm Schafer and Elisabetha Christian Seip; b. Falkengesas, Erbach, Hesse 29 Jan 1808; d. Wilmot [Twp.] 2 Apr 1889; m. Eva Maria Rebscher (b. Beerfelden, Erbach Hesse 2 Sept 1810; d. Wilmot 8 Mar 1897). Need parents of Eva Maria. Will share info on ancestors of Matthias to early 1600s.

Christian K. Schaefer, 9447 Lapstrake Lane, Burke VA 22015-4223 USA. E-mail: cksfamhis@aol.com [#0039]


Droins, Lougheed

Joshua Lougheed, b. Co. Sligo, Ireland, c.1821; d. Galt, Ontario, 10 Sept 1873; m. Mary Ann Droins (b. Ireland c.1832; d. Toronto 2 June 1880). Need parents of Joshua and Mary Ann.

Christian K. Schaefer, 9447 Lapstrake Lane, Burke VA 22015-4223 USA. E-mail: cksfamhis@aol.com [#0040]



Wanting further info re Stephan Heimrich, b. Germany 1826, d. Berlin Ontario 1905. Em c.1848, presumably via U.S. (Buffalo?). First wife: Fredericka(?); second wife: Ida Wolf. Ch: Christina, Charles, Catharine, Maria, Friedrich, Elias Claus. Son, John, said to have drowned in Nith River ?

Carl W. Heimrich, 5 Elm Ave., Apt. 215, Toronto, ON  M4W 1N1 [0041]


Card, Wilson

Seek desc or info re Nicholas B. Card, b. 1862 Ontario (perhaps Peel Twp., Wellington Co); d. Brantford, Ont. Owned brickyard in Harrisburg. Marr Annie Wilson (d. Brantford early 1940s). Their known ch: Frank, Bertha, Clarence, Viola, James A. (United Church minister, d. 19 Jan 1958, Whitewood, Saskatchewan), Hattie, Annie.

Sybil Card Crawford, 10548 Stone Canyon Rd. - #228, Dallas TX  75230-4408 U.S.A. [#0042]


Wilbee, Card

Seek desc or info re Georgiana Card, b. 28 Jul 1853, Hants Co. Nova Scotia; d. Galt, Ont., dau of Jim & Fannie (Armstrong) Card; m. William Thomas Wilbee (b. 25 Apr 1848 c/o Henry Hall & Caroline (Penfield) Willbee) 18 Jun 1874 Galt, Ont. Known ch: Mildred Adell; Euphemia Florence; Wilford Edgar; Sarah “Sadie” Theressa; Doretta Robena Salome (called “Dora”).

Sybil Card Crawford, 10548 Stone Canyon Rd. - #228, Dallas TX  75230-4408 U.S.A. [#0043]


Kelly, Card

Seek desc or info re Amy Card, b. 4 Oct 1835, Hants Co., Nova Scotia. Marr Samuel Kelly, who d. 11 May 1894; both bur Potter Cemetery, near Floradale, Ont. Had 8 ch; 7 names known: Esther; William; Tama Ann; Ada R.; Amy (m. Heritage); David; Rebecca. One dau (which one?) m. C.G. Stickney, & was long-time postmistress at Winfield.

Sybil Card Crawford, 10548 Stone Canyon Rd. - #228, Dallas TX  75230-4408 U.S.A. [#0044]




Teachers from Waterloo and Wellington Counties who served in the Great War, 1914-1918

*   Armstrong, Lewis C., R.R. 5, Belwood; I, t. i Nippissing; 17/6/16, Pte., 1st Bn., Fr., Wounded 2/10/18, Dis. 1/10/19.

*   Atkinson, Walter Lawrence, R.R. 4, Guelph; I, t. Brock Ave., Toronto. 20/3/16, Spr., C.E., Fr., Dis. 26/3/19.

*   Bean, Howard L., R.R. 1, New Hamburg; II, t. Breslau; 17/6/16, 2nd Lieut., R.G.A., Fr., Dis. 20/5/19.

*   Bricker, Harold, Preston; II, t. 20 Waterloo; 2/7//17, Lieut., R.A.F., Fr., Crashed 18/1/18, Dis. 21/9/19.

*   Brown, Peter, Mount Forest; III, t. 7 Egremont; 17/6/16, Cadet, R.A.F., Eng., Injured 2/2/18, Dis. 1/10/19.

*   Call, George, Walter, 21 Spruce St., Galt; II, t. Dickson, Galt, 1914; 6/12/15, Lieut., 1st Bn., Fr., Killed, Somme, 2/5/17.

*   Carbin, Harry Ernest, R. R. 2, Arthur; I, t. 2 Carnarvon. 25/9/17, 2nd Lieut., Res. Of Officers, Imp. Army, Eng., trans. To Res. 8/6/19.

*   Corrigan, Ambrose Michael, Mount Forest; III, t. 9 Cumberland; 15/1/17. Spr., 1st Bn., C.R.T., Fr., Dis. 24/3/19.

*   Cox, Ernest James, R.R. 4, Rockwood; II, s. Toronto N.S.; 30/4/17, Cadet, R.A.F., Texas, Dis. 9/1/19.

*   Dewar, James Alexander, Wellesley; III, s. Stratford N.S.; 8/5/17, Sgr., 1st Can. Div. H.Q., Fr., Dis. 8/5/19.

*   Erb, William Otto, B.A., New Hamburg; I, t. 5 Garafaxa E.; 10/1/18, Pte., 2nd C.M.R., Fr., Wounded, Cambrai, 30/9/18, Dis. 11/4/19.

*   Firth, Alexander, Orangeville; II, t. Orangeville; 17/5/15, Capt., 6th Can. Res. Bn., Eng., Dis. 28/8/17.

*   Glennie, Erle W., Rockwood; II, t. 6 E. Flamboro; 12/2//18, Cadet, R.A.F., Dis. 3/12/18.

*   Glennie, George Henry, B.A., Elmira; s. Toronto F.O.E.; 24/8/16; Lieut., 142nd Siege Bty., R.G.A., Fr., Dis. 5/4/19.

*   Harron, Robert E.L., Linwood; III, t. Linwood; 21/5/18, Pte., Can. Records Office, Eng., Dis. 2/2/20.

*   Hattin, Richard Arthur, 330 Eramosa Rd., Guelph; I, t. Brock Ave., Toronto; April 1918, Gnr., 64th Bty., Dis. 6/1/19.

*   Jackson, John Sandfield, Glen Allen [sic]; I, t. Listowel H.S.; 8/8/16, A/Sgt., 14th Field Amb., Fr., Dis. 31/7/19.

*   Jeffrey, Hugh Gilbert Stirling, B.A., R.R. 1, Puslinch; I, s. Univ. of  Toronto; 15/11/16, Gnr., 3rd C.H. Bty., Fr., Wounded, Liévin, 15/3/18, Dis. 7/3/19.

*   Jennings, Frederick Cecil, Palmerston; I, s. Univ. of Toronto; 22/2/15, Maj., Casualties M.D. No. 1, Dis. 24/5/17.

*   Johnson, Walter Clifford, B.A., Lyndhurst; t. Kitchener C.I.; 4/9/17, Pte., U. of T ., O.T.C., Dis. 22/12/17.

*   Kerruish, Hubert Bethune, Fergus; I, t. Jesse Ketchum, Toronto; 2/10/16, Lieut., R.A.F., Fr., Grand Fleet, Despatches, July 1918, Dis. 24/2/19.

*   Kerruish, Thomas Maxwell, Fergus; II, t. Paris; 21/2/16, Lieut., 52nd Bn., Fr., Dis. 12/6/19.

*   Leslie, Gordon Franklin, 13 Eramosa Rd., Guelph; I, t. Edmonton, Alberta; 2/4/16, Lieut., 46th Bn., Fr., Killed, Passchendaele, 26/10/17.

*   Leslie, William Brown, 13 Eramosa Rd., Guelph; I, t. 5 Lash; 18/12/15, Lieut., 44th Bn., Fr., Wounded, July ’18, Killed, Cambrai, 28/9/18.

*   MacPherson, Donald Stuart, Box 279, Orangeville; I, t. Annette, Toronto; 14/7/16, Lieut., 23rd Bty, C.F.A., Fr., Wounded, Amiens 8/8/18, M.M., Passchendaele, Oct. ’17, Dis. 22/3/19.

*   Marshall, George Anthony, Hespeler; I, t. Galt C.I.; 29/11/15, Lieut., 2nd C.M.M.G. Bde., Fr., Wounded, Villers-Bretonneux, 2/4/18, Dis. 12/5/19.

*   McDonald, James Howitt, 17 Sydenham St., Guelph; I, t. Almonte H.S.; 1/7/16, Pte., 1st Can. San. Sec., Fr., Dis. 23/4/19.

*   McKee, William A., Grand Valley; II, t. 4 Melancthon; 17/3/17, Gnr., 70th Bty., C.F.A., Fr., Died of Wounds, 10/4/18.

*   Mitchell, James Harvey, Fergus; I, t. Keele, Toronto; 20/2/18, Cpl., Sig. Details, Eng., Dis. 1/10/19.

*   Nurse, W. Ivan, Millbank; II, t. 2 Peel; 27/6/16, Lieut., 1st R.W. Kent Regt., Fr., Wounded, Dis. 28/8/19.

*   Oakes, Elwood, Guelph; II, t. Rockwood; 24/4/18, Bdr., 1st C.G.R., Dis. 10/1/19.

*   Osborne, Baron, Kitchener; Phys. Dir., Kitchener C.I.; 14/9/14, Major, 3rd Bn., Fr., Wounded 15/6/15, Dis. 31/7/19.

*   Robinson, Robert Henry, Fergus; I, t. St. Helen’s; 16/2/16, Pte., 1st Bn., Fr., Wounded, Amiens, 10/8/18, Dis. 17/1/19.

*   Russel, James Burn, Hillsburg [sic]; II, t. 1 Clinton, 1915; 4/3/17, W.O., R.C.N.V.R., Atlantic, Dis. 8/1/19.

*   Scott, Arthur Graham, Inglewood; t. Orangeville H.S.; 2/1/18, 2nd Lieut., R.G.A., Eng., Dis. 30/6/18.

*   Scott, Cyrus William, Palmerston; I, t. Hillcrest, Toronto; 15/12/15, Capt., (R.O.), 4th C.M.G. Bn., Fr., Dis. 17/6/19.

*   Scott, Gordon Beattie George, 124 Cork St., Guelph; I, t. Winchester, Toronto; 6/7/16, Flt.-Lieut., R.N.A..S, Fr., Missing, presumed killed, 3/9/17.

*   Short, Thomas Alex., R.R. 5, Rockwood; III, t. 5 Houghton; 18/3/16, Pte., 14th Bn., Fr., Wounded, Vimy, 9/4/17, Dis. 15/4/18.

*   Simpson, John Garbutt, B.A., Belwood; I, t. Western, Toronto; 30/7/18, 2nd Clk., R.A.F., Dis. 15/1/19.

*   Sloman, Wilbert George, R.R. 2, London; II, t. 17 Wellesley; 1/1/18, Cadet, R.A.F., Dis. 1/1/19.

*   Speirs, Robert Ewart, R.R. 1, Erin; III, t. 4 Scott; 1/5/16, Pte., 2nd C.M.R., Fr., Gassed, Lens, 10/2/18, Dis. 20/1/19.

*   Squire, William James, Galt; I, t. Galt C.I.; 1/8/18, Pte., 1st Dep. Btn., W.O.R., Dis. 22/2/19.

*   Staples, William Ewart, M.A., St. Thomas; t. Guelph C.I.; 4/8/16, Sgr., 2nd Can. Div. Sig. Corps, Fr., Dis. 23/5/19.

*   Stauffer, Joseph E., Waterloo Tp.; II, t. Alberta; 1916, Lieut., 50th Bn., Fr., Killed, Vimy, 10/4/17.

*   Stephens, James Edward, Hillsburg [sic]; I, Cadet Inst., St. Mary’s C.I.; 3/1/18, Operator, 44th Wing, R.A.F., Dis. 11/1/19.

*   Stevenson, Charles Robert, Mt. Forest; III, t. 17 Radcliffe; 8/1/18, Pte., E.O.R., Dis. 22/11/18.

*   Talbot, Thomas Clifford, R.R. 1, Guelph; II, t. 1 Nassagaweya; 2/10/18, Pte., 259th Bn., Siberia, Dis. 19/6/19.

*   Warren, Harold Arthur, Hespeler; II, t. 25 Waterloo; 10/1/16, Gnr., 6th Can. Siege Bty., Fr., Dis. 11/5/19.

*   Welland, Fred James, 10 Aberdeen Rd. S., Galt; II, t. Dickson, Galt; 15/3/16, Capt., 1st Bn., Fr., Wounded, Vimy Ridge, 3/5/17, Dis. 10/6/18.

*   Welland, Joseph Franklin, 22 Glebe St., Galt; II, t. St. Andrew’s, Galt; 2/1/16, Capt., 1st Bn., Fr., Killed, Passchendaele, 5/11/17.

*   Wholton, Thomas Hilliard, 10 O’Reilly St., Hamilton; II, t. King George, Hamilton; 15/6/16, Sgt., 10th C.G.H., Eng., Dis. 30/7/19.

*   Williams, Russell, New Hamburg; II, t. Central, Galt; 27/7/16, Lieut., and Adjt., 19th Bn., Fr., Killed, Fresnoy, 9/5/17.

*   Worden, Ernest H..G., 21 Powell St., Guelph; t. Guelph C.I.; 3/6/16, Lieut., 7th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regt., Fr., Salonica, Wounded, Menin Rd., 3/8/17, M.C., Menin Rd., Dis. 4/3/19.

(From: THE ROLL OF HONOUR of Ontario Teachers who Served in the Great War 1914-1918. Toronto: Issued by the Authority of the Minister of Education. Printed by The Ryerson Press, 1922.)

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[Some information from Marjorie Kohli:]


“They are in the process of photographing all of the graves of the Canadian war dead. These photos will be made available online for free. Since they are just starting, there is not much there except for a great many links for anyone who is doing a search for military personnel.”


(Editor: Ryan Taylor has given his permission to reprint the following article, which was printed in The Global Gazette, Friday, July 3, 1998, Vol. II, Number 11. Permission for anyone to reprint the article must be received directly from the author. Ryan’s e-mail address is: Rtaylor@acpl.lib.in.us )


World War One Unit Diaries

Copyright 1998 Ryan Taylor

This week I am going to talk about individual solders’ records from World War I, the ones which Glenn Wright has said describe, “every aspect of a soldier’s life and activity from enlistment to demobilisation.” There are many other kinds of records which will also be worth examining if you have a military ancestor.

War diaries were kept by all units in the field. From your relation’s personal record, you will be able to determine what unit he joined. You can read the unit’s actual diaries from the battles they fought or their times on the line in England or France.

While you might find your relation mentioned, often the officers are the only ones whose names are included. However, others might appear if they had acted in a particularly brave or unusual fashion.

Depending on your view of the war, you should be prepared for some matter of fact descriptions of the most harrowing events. I spent a week before Christmas of 1978 reading the war diaries of the 9th Royal Ulster Rifles for the first battle of the Somme in 1916. On the 1st of July of that year (12 July in the old Julian calendar, and still known as “The Black Twelfth” in Belfast), 800 soldiers made an early morning attack on the German lines.

There were extraordinary feats of bravery. The colonel commanding the regiment, Frank Crosier, ended the day with his uniform torn by bullets in several places, but without a wound. Less than 80 of the brave Ulstermen returned. There were so few, the regiment had to be disbanded. Each unit will also have a file giving details of its life in the military.

They will describe the official view of what happened to the various regiments and brigades. You may remember the scenes in “Gone with the Wind” when the civilians gathered at the newspaper office to read the casualty lists as they came off the press. It was the quickest way to learn who had been wounded. These lists were also compiled by the Canadian Government during World War I. Enquire about these various records at the National Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N3. If your soldier died, his grave is cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which has an Ottawa office. They will be able to give you the exact location of the grave and details of its care. The government of France ceded the land occupied by the cemeteries to the British Empire in 1915.

If your relation belonged to the Royal Flying corps or the infant Royal Canadian Air Force, his personnel files will be gone. However, they have a card index describing each airman as best they can. This file can be seen at the Directorate of History, Department of National Defense, in Ottawa. Navy files are also scanty, but they have casualty lists, also at the Directorate of History.

If your relative won a gallantry medal while fighting with the Canadian forces in World War I, he will be listed in a new series of books published by Kirkby-Malton Press (P.O. Box 24027, 1853 Grant Avenue, Winnipeg, MB  R3N 2B1). David Riddle and Donald Mitchell have compiled lists of those receiving the Distinguished Service Order ($19), the Military Cross ($29), and the Distinguished Conduct Medal ($27), a total of 5999 awards.

Given the social structure of the time, these medals will have gone almost exclusively to officers. You should be able to find these books in the reference section of your local library.

If you have a connection with a winner of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for courage in the British Empire, you will find his story in a number of books listed in your library’s catalogue under “Victoria Cross.”


How Did They Get Here?

by Marjorie Kohli

Have you ever wondered how your ancestors got to Canada? Many of our ancestors arrived in Canada by ship, especially if they came before the Second World War. Some family historians skip this part of their family’s story and just say, “arrived about 1857”, without going into any details. Others go through the hundreds of pages of passenger lists found at the National Archives of Canada, and elsewhere, while still others have found a new way to search for information.

First, you must remember that in Britain passenger lists are found at the Public Record Office and run from 1890-1960 for outward voyages; 1878-1888 and 1890-1960 for inward voyages. They are not filmed and are in very bad condition. In Canada the records start about 1865 and are on microfilm, which can be borrowed on inter-library loan. However, before you get discouraged, there are many, many lists for older vessels appearing in various other places, such as newspapers of the time, which people are busy transcribing and putting onto the Internet.

There are now many web sites on the Internet which have ship arrivals and passenger lists. For example, if your ancestors came form one of the Scandinavian countries you could check out the site:


You can also join The Ships List news group and ask your question and see if someone else can help you solve your problem. I have found the members of this group to be very helpful and knowledgeable. You can subscribe to this group by sending an e-mail to:


and in the body of the message just type:

subscribe list

If you want to know something about Great Lakes shipping, including the early steamboats which our ancestors used to get from Montreal to Kingston, Toronto, Hamilton, etc. then try this web page:


From this web page you can subscribe to the group or you could send e-mail to:

GLSHIPS-L request@rootsweb.com

and in the body of the message just type


with no additional text.

If you would like to know something about the voyages, conditions on board ship, and other points of interest, then you might be interested in the immigration reports for various years at:


This is a collection of items from the Sessional Papers of the governments of Britain, Canada and Ontario. For example, did you know that the mean temperature in Toronto for the years 1840-1859 was 67.06 degrees Fahrenheit in July! Or that the cost of a farm wagon was £10 (about $48.50) and the average wage for a farm labourer was between $8-$12 a month, with “board and lodging” to boot.

Hope you find these sites as interesting as I did, and Boy Voyage!

Marjorie Kohli




Editor: Marjorie Kohli has given permission for the following information, which she transcribed from the original, to be reprinted in Branch Notes. Please refer to Marjorie’s web site, copyright to Marjorie P. Kohli, Waterloo, Ontario Canada, 1997, 1998, for additional information. The web site is:


1834 Emigrants Handbook

Official Information



Arriving at New York

and who are desirous of

Settling in the Canadas;


Extracts from the Instructions


Emigrants arriving at Quebec,

as issued by

A.C. Buchanan, Esq.

His Britannic Majesty’s Chief Agent for

Emigration to the Canadas.


Printed at the Gazette Office,

St. James Street,


[Extracts from the above publication:]

The currency in New York is calculated in dollars and cents, also in shillings and pence; 100 cents is the current value of the American or Spanish dollar, and 12.5 cents is equal to what is called a York shilling, and eight such shillings equal to five shillings, Halifax currency, or one dollar. The currency in the Canadas is at the rate of five shillings to the dollar and is called Halifax currency; at present the gold sovereign is worth twenty-four shillings, currency, in Montreal. …

In sending letters from New York to Canada, it is not necessary to pay the American postage, but when in Canada the postage to the American frontier must be paid when the letter is put in to the Post Office. …

Emigrants, wishing to obtain fertile lands in the Canadas in a wild state by purchase from the Crown, may relay on every facility being afforded them by the public authorities. Extensive tracts are surveyed and offered for sale in Upper Canada monthly, and frequently every ten or fourteen days by the Commissioner of Crown Lands, at upset prices, varying according to situation from 10s to 15s per acre, excepting in the Townships of Sunnidale and Nottawasaga, where the upset price of Crown Lands Is 5s only. In Lower Canada, the Commissioner of Crown Lands at Quebec puts up land for sale, at fixed periods, in various Townships, at from 2s 6d to 12s 6d Halifax currency, per acre, payable by installments. Wild lands may also be purchased form the Upper Canada Company, on very easy terms, and those persons wanting improved farms will find little difficulty in obtaining such from private proprietors. On no account enter into any final engagement for your lands or farms without personal examination, and be certain of the following qualifications:

1.    a healthy situation.

2.    good land.

3.    a pure spring, or running stream of water.

4.    in the neighbourhood of a good moral and religious state of society, and schools for the education of your children.

5.    as near good roads and water transport as possible, saw and grist mills.

6.    a good title.  

Labourers, house servants, and mechanics, dependent on immediate employment, are recommended to proceed on arrival in the Canadas, where, if industrious, they may be certain of very advantageous employment at high wages. The Chief Agent will consider such persons as may loiter about the ports of landing beyond one week after arrival to have forfeited all claims for assistance or employment from the public authorities in Canada, unless they have been detained by sickness, or some other satisfactory cause. …

When you have arranged all your business at New York, put up your baggage in as small a compass as possible, marking each package with your name, and where going, carrying nothing with you but your personal necessaries, to avoid the expence[sic] of transport, as everything you may require, including foreign luxuries, can be purchased in Canada as cheap as in most Provincial towns in England or Ireland. You will proceed by Steamboat to Albany, where the great Erie or Western Canal commences, on which you will be conveyed … to Oswego or further. … Emigrant families who intend victualling themselves, will supply themselves at Albany with tea, sugar, bread and butter, &c. … Avoid exposure at night and drinking cold water when heated (attend to this particularly when at New York), and be cautious when the Canal Boat is passing under bridges, as the height from the deck to the arch is seldom more than 18 inches or 2 feet …. .

The Steamboats Great Britain and the United States call this season at Oswego going up and down Lake Ontario for the conveyance of passengers to Kingston, Cobourg, Toronto or Niagara, on the following days: The Great Britain going up the Lake on Wednesday evening and returning towards Kingston and Prescott on Monday morning; the United States, upwards on Monday evening, downwards on Thursday. Sailing schooners depart almost daily from Oswego to Niagara, St. Catherines and through the Welland Canal to Lake Erie. … Those destined to the Grand River, Port Stanley, Talbot Settlement, the London District and situations contiguous to Lake Erie and St. Clair, will go on to Buffalo by the Erie Canal. From Buffalo, Steamboats and sailing Schooners ply daily to all the principal lands on the American and Canada shore of Lake Erie, rate of passage moderate.

Those wishing to cross to the Niagara frontier, Canada side, from Buffalo, can do so every half hour at the ferry at Black Rock, about 1.5 miles from Buffalo, and fourteen above the great Falls of Niagara. From Chippawa, two miles above the great Falls, the British Steamboats Adelaide and Thames make regular weekly trips to the head of Lake Erie on the Canada side, calling at Black Rock and Buffalo each way. Stages are continually going from the ferry on the Canada side, to the City of the Falls and the town of Niagara, on Lake Ontario, from which a Steamboat proceeds to York every day, except Sunday, at half past 12 o’clock.

[Thank you, Marjorie! What interesting material. Readers with computers, please take a look at all of the information on Marjorie’s Home Page.]



 “Necessaries for Emigrants to Upper Canada”

[Editor: the following is quoted in part from Sockett, Thomas (ed.), Emigration: Letters from Sussex Emigrants, who sailed from Portsmouth, in April 1832, on Board the Ships, Lord Melville and Eveline, for Upper Canada. (Petworth, England: John Phillips, and London: Longman and Co., 1833.]

“Captain Hale’s Instructions to Emigrants” regarding the coming voyage, included a list of “Necessaries for Emigrants to Upper Canada.” It was recommended that families should take their bedding, blankets, sheets, pewter plates or wooden trenchers, knives, forks, spoons, metal cups and mugs, tea kettles, saucepans, and working tools of all descriptions. Single men were advised to have a bed or mattress, a metal plate or wooden trencher, some kind of metal cup or mug, knife, fork, and spoon. Recommended as a very minimum in the way of clothing were:

… a fur cap, warm great coat, flushing jacket and trousers, duck frock and trousers, canvas frock and two pair of trousers, two Jersey frocks, four shirts, four pairs of stockings, three pairs of shoes, a warm cloak for the women, and a bible and prayer book.

It was suggested that families pack items not needed on the voyage in wooden casks not exceeding the size of a hogshead, or 60 gallons. Each individual over 14 years of age was allowed five hundred weight of luggage (Ibid: v.).




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[From The Dumfries Reformer, May 20, 1857.]

[The following is a list of some Galt citizens at the time of the laying of the cornerstone of the new Galt Town Hall on May 13, 1857.]

William Graham, Superintendent

H.B. Sinclair, Architect

H.B. Sinclair, and R. Burrows, Contractors

The following are our institutions as of this date:

Town Council:

Morris C. Lutz, Esq., Mayor

William Robinson, Esq., Reeve

Dr. Richardson, D. Ramore, James Kay, John McNaughton, John Young, E.L. Cutten, B. Hobson, William Osborne, E. Sparrow, F. Lowell, R. Scott, R. Blain, and T. Armstrong, Esquires, Councillors

Adam Ker, Esq., Clerk and Treasurer


Church of England. Rev. M. Boomer

Established Church of Scotland. Rev. H. Gibson

Free Church [Presbyterian]. Rev. John Bayne, D.D.

United Secession [Presbyterian]. Rev. James Strang

Primitive Methodist. Rev. James Davidson

Wesleyan [Methodist]. Rev. Isaac Barber

New Connexion [Methodist]. Rev. James McAllister

Grammar School:

William Tassie, Principal & Assistant. 100 scholars

Central School:

James Baikie, Principal, & 6 Assistants. 700 scholars

Free Masons:

H. Fulford, Master            N. Booth, Sr. Warden

Æ Irving, Jr. Warden          R. Nellis, Sr. Deacon

J. Jaffray, Jr. Deacon         W.H. Job, Secretary

W. Templeton, Tyler

Odd Fellows:

Wm. Jaffray, N.G.             Jas. McMillan, P.G.

Wm. Robinson, V.G.         Samuel Tongue, Secty.

Dr. Richardson, Treasurer

Fire Company:

D. Ramore, Captain.          J. Barbour, 1st Chief

S. Tongue, 2nd Chief         Robert Malcolm, Secty.

St. George’s Society:

Thomas Rich, President     G. Mumford, Vice-Pres.

R. Esterbrook, Secretary

Gore Bank:

John Davidson, Esq., Cashier

Commercial Bank:

William Cock, Esq., Cashier

3 Barristers; 4 Physicians


John McNaughton             R. & J. Blain

Rifle Company:

H.H. Date, Captain

T.I.G. Busby, Lieutenant

R. Esterbrook, Ensign

Artillery Company:

James Crombie, Captian    A. Scott, Lieutenant

The population of the Town is 3500 and our Manufacturers consist of:

1 Axe Factory

2 Woollen Factories

2 Chair Factories

4 Sash Factories

1 Stave and Shingle Factory

4 Foundries

3 Machine Shops

1 Distillery

1 Malt House

1 Brewery

3 Carriage Factories

1 Haime [sic] Factory [Editor: Hame would be the correct spelling. Hames were the two curved pieces of wood or metal placed over, fastened to, or forming, the collar of a draught horse.]

2 Weekly Papers




Book Reviews

Aitken, Barbara B., ed., and Nancy F. Cutway. O.G.S. Publications for Sale. Toronto, Ontario: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 1998.

This is an extremely useful condensation of the mass of genealogical material being generated by a host of Society members, most of whom are dedicated volunteers, throughout the province. It is most likely that the principal and very important target will be institutional, e.g. public libraries, since the book’s very scope makes it a less attractive purchase to the individual researcher who will probably be concentrating on one or two counties. Its one identifiable disadvantage is due to its intrinsic inflexibility – changes which occur after type-setting must of course await the next edition, in this case 2 to 3 years. The one example noted was the address of the Waterloo-Wellington Branch which is now Suite 102, 153 Frederick St., Kitchener ON  N2H 2M2. All in all, this is an important reference for anyone looking for Ontario data.

Charles Rand, Kitchener, Ontario.

Lancaster, Shirley E., Co-ordinator. STRAYS! An Index to the OGS Strays Project, Vol. 3. Toronto, Ontario: The Ontario Genealogical Society, 1998.

This is the third volume of an ambitious project designed to develop a valuable and novel resource. When families split up, a process that is becoming increasingly common for a whole host of reasons, our standard methods of recording the vital events punctuating their lives become inadequate and we lose track of them. Finding them again has occupied genealogical sleuths for generations. If the reporting of strays were to become a regular feature of data collection, a whole new avenue around those brick walls would be opened up.

This is what Shirley Lancaster and her cohort of reporters are trying to do. One measure of the difficulty of their task can be seen by a cursory scanning of the text. Casual examination shows at least 30-40% of the entries of the entries to be incomplete, especially lacking information on the source. It seems to me that this inclusion of incomplete cases is a good measure of the tenacity of these workers.

There are about five types of “events” being reported – births/baptisms, marriages/ deaths/burials, notes as to settlement or residence, and memorials. The rest of the data requested involves identifying information of the person concerned and reference to the citation. This is not an onerous procedure and it is to be hoped that the coverage of this emerging source will grow in extent and accuracy. Although I found no instance where the deciphering of the data was uncertain, I think it would be advantageous to have the same format used throughout.

This is an encouraging start of a large and ongoing project of real significance. The books will undoubtedly be amalgamated later on (possibility on diskettes) in the process and will serve as a true reference for researchers - though probably not for many individuals as a purchase.

Charles Rand, Kitchener, Ontario.



1)   For a 9” x 12” professional studio portrait, taken by Binning Studio, 46 King W., Kitchener, Ontario, in 1928. The twelve persons pictured made up the staff of the Canadian Customs office, located in what was then the Post Office Building at King and Benton Streets. Autographs of the twelve appear on the reverse and the names recognized include: Aug. W. [Bill] Abbott; Ed Wackett; L. [Louis] Feick, H.A. [Hugh] Rogers; H. Beck; ______ Wepfle(r?); M. Schiedel, etc.

2)   Also an 8” x 10” glossy black and white print, of a uniformed band group, taken by E. Mackintosh, 189 Huron Street, Toronto. This outdoor shot appears to have been taken at a public event held at a stadium, probably in Toronto. The 23-man band, however, is clearly from Kitchener (name emblazoned on drum) and among recognized faces are Kitchener residents, Charles Kruse and son, Philip. Date not known, but probably about 1925.

One or both can be had for cost of postage by first to respond.

[Sybil Card Crawford, 10548 Stone Canyon Road - #228,  Dallas TX  75230-4408 U.S.A.]



[From Frances Hoffman:]

I found the following on the GENBRIT newsgroup and thought it rather nice. We have a Nancy on our tree and I never could understand why her birth registration was Annie Eliza. Now I know:!

“It is common with English names to change the first letter when making a diminutive. Examples are Will to Bill, Rick (Richard) to Dick, Ed (Edward/ Edmund/ Edwin, etc.) to Ted and Ned, etc.

“Therefore you go Margaret to Meg to Peg to Peggy.

“Ann to Nan to Nanny or Nancy.

“By some stretch of the imagination they went Mary to Molly to Polly. Perhaps there is another step between Mary and Molly.”


[The following is the text of a letter sent to Frances Hoffman by a little friend. Thanks so much, Frances.]