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Balderston, John
B: 1777 Lincolnshire, England
E: 1822, settled Belfast (Lot 57). Occ: millwright
D: 19 Mar 1852, Little York, PEI
M: Ann McKenzie b. abt. 1780, Scotland

FN: Unknown Balderston
MN: Unknown

Children of John Balderston and Ann McKenzie:

Benjamin Balderston
B: 1803, Lincolnshire, England
E: 1802
Occ: Millowner, mechanic, farmer. Res: 1857 moved to N. Wiltshire
D: 05 Feb 1876, N. Wiltshire, PEI, Canada. Bur: N. Wiltshire United Chuirch Cemetery
M: 27 or 31 Jan 1831, Elizabeth Deacon, at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown. b. 1811 Wexford, Ireland. d. 20 Feb 1878 age 67 Bur: N. Wiltshire United Church Cemetery

Sarah Balderston
B: Abt 1810
Res: Little York
M: 19 Mar 1830, John Hickox b. Res. Little York. Married at St. Paul's Anglican Church, Charlottetown, PEI

Male Balderston (Robert Balderston?)
B: 1817
Info: Possble descendants in Montreal,
D: 1894
Bur: Charlottetown People's Cemetery

Possible daughter:
Margaret Balderstone
B: 1852
D: 1918, Montreal, P.Q.
M: James D. Lapthorne b. 1844 d. 1922, Montreal, P.Q.?

1. Lena Ethel Lapthorne
B: 1884
D: 1889, Montreal, P.Q.

Female Balderston

Female Balderston

Female Balderston

John Balderston
B: 13 Sep 1826, Big Woods
C: 24 Jun 1827, St. Johns Presb. Church, Belfast
Res: 1858, Wood Island Road / 1861 Lot 60 / 1891 U1 Lot 6. Occ: Farmer
D: 09 Feb 1899, age 68 (b. 1831?) Bur: Belfast, St. John's Presb. Cemetery
M: 30 Mar 1858, Mary McKenzie, Belfast, Res 1858, Wood Island Rd. Mary b. abt 1834 d. 28 May 1917, age 83. Bur. Belfast, St. John's Presb. Cemetery. ML: 23 Mar 1858, Bondsman: Donl. McKenzie.

Male Balderston (under 16 in 1841) (possibly Richard Boyle Balison?)
B: abt 1827 PEI
Occ: Carpenter, farmer Res: 1850, New Bedeque Road, PEI
D: 01 Aug 1891, Moosomin, Sask. Bur: Moosomin Cemetery, Sask.
M: 20 Jun 1850, Hannah Cook of New Bedeque Rd., d. 29 Apr 1914, North Portal (near Bienfalt, SK) Bur: N. Portal Cemetery, Sask.

Mary Ann Balison
B: 14 Jan 1852, New Wiltshire, Lot 31, PEI
C: 13 Aug 1852, First Trinity Meth. Church, Charltwn
D: 1933, N. Portal, Sask. Bur: N. Portal Cemetery, Sask.

Joseph Balderson
B: 25 Oct 1853
C: 25 Feb 1854, First Trinity Meth. Church, Charltwn

And other children
B: 1855 - 1868


John Balderston was present at the founding convention of the Tenant League on 19 May 1864 and was a founding member of the Tenant League. Prior to 1865, he was commissioner for the recovery of small debts and was elected to the Legislative Council in 1866. He was dismissed as Commissioner of small debts on 19 September 1865 for his connection with the Tenant League.

The positions of Justice of the Peace, Commissioner for the recovery of small debts, and Volunteer Captain provided nominal remuneration at most and, therefore, unlikely that anyone's livelihood was imperilled by dismissal from these positions. It was doubtful that removal for Tenant League activism undermined anyone's prestige in the community because both Balderston and Campbell were later elected to the legislature. Balderston's victory on 19 December 1866 was particularly noteworthy because in an election for a Legislative Council seat representing all of western Queens County, he won 62.7 percent of the votes as a Liberal Candidate in a constituency which had elected a Conservative in 1863.

He was unrepentant during the election campaign and declared on the occasion of his official nomination "The people desired to support men of independent principles - not the willing tools of the High Troy School, nor of the old Liberal party, but men who would never consent to have unfortunate Tenants driven by the bayonet, to a compliance with the wishes of grasping land-owners". On 10 May 1867 in the Legislative Council he stated that although "some of the Tenant Leaguers went too far - - that I was a member of that organization and have not altered my views, for I believe it was based on sound principles."

It was reported that John Balderston in NorthWiltshire, Lot 31, was a close neighbor of George Clow

Benjamin Balderston, Jr., a brother of John Balderston, was a district school teacher and Tenant League activist. He was appointed registrar of deeds and keeper of plans in 1867 but the appointment was annulled. He was, however, named reporter to the House of Assembly in 1868.

On 30 April, the government named Benjamin Balderston, Jr., a teacher who had been secretary of his local branch of the Tenant League, on Lot 31, to the major office of Registrar of Deeds and Keeper of Plans, although evidence of his active role in the League was part of the public record, in an appendix to the Assembly Jouurnal for 1866. He was also a brother of John Balderston, the new legislative councillor and one of the founders of the league.