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2008 Queries

This page contains 2008 queries only. See also 2011 Queries, 2010 Queries, 2009 Queries, 2007 Queries, 2006 Queries, 2005 Queries, 2004 Queries, 2003 Queries, 2002 Queries and Pre-2002 Queries.

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2008 Queries

SCOTT I'm trying to find a David Scott (wife unknown) with sons George born about 1855 and Benjamin born 15 March 1858 (not sure about the accuracy of this date). George's marriage record has him born in Whitchurch, which I assumed was Whitchurch, York County. However, I have information which indicates that Benjamin was born in Walkerton, Bruce County. So..perhaps the marriage record should read Whitechrurch which is closer to Walkerton???? I'm grasping at straws after having no success finding this family prior to 1870. They are in Muskoka in 1870. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated. Jenny B., e-mail jenlynbod@yahoo.com. December 31, 2008

BARBER / WILLIAMSON Looking for information on Mary Barber 1789 - 1860 and Margaret Ann Barber 1790 - died June 5, 1886, both born in Co. Monaghan, Ireland. They were members of Christ Church Anglican. Mary is buried in the Church Cemetery. Mary Ann burial unknown. In her will she left $40.00 for purpose of placing a Font in the Church. Also would like information on Susan and Minney Williamson. Any information is greatly appreciated. Judith Bushek, e-mail mysweder@yahoo.com. December 31, 2008

HAINES / MALCOLM Looking for descendants of D.J. HAINES (b 27 Aug 1827, near Lockport, NY and d 18 Feb 1902, Chesley) and his wife Abigail MALCOLM b c1835, Bruce Co. and d 4 May 1882, Scone?; also, his children, Ida, Charles, Ezra, Mary and Henrietta. I am most interested to learn about D.J.'s pottery work in Bruce County at Scone, south pt. Lot 34, Con. 3, Elderslie. His sons Charles and Ezra are listed as potters also in the 1881 census and Charles in 1901. D.J. is listed  as a potter in Tara in 1871 -- any information? D.J. married Abigail c1856 Bruce Co. but children are born Paris, Ont., Michigan, Lockport, and Newtonburg, Ont.. Any information on the families is desired, but I especially want to learn about D.J.'s career as a potter. (He is supposed to have been in Blyth, Huron Co. in the 1890s too.) Please contact Donna Maine at wmaine@wightman.ca. December 31, 2008

McRORIE / AGNEW Sarah McRorie was born in Chesley, Ontario in 1873 and in 1894 married Thomas Alexander Agnew who had been born in Cookstown, Ontario in 1870. Their children were Leslie, Thomas, Erica, Willie, Beulah and Charles. The family lived in Chesley, Cookstown, Beaton and Elgin County before moving to Highland Park, Michigan about 1912. Please contact me if you have any information on this family. Jim McRorie at jimmcrorie@hotmail.com. December 31, 2008

Old Family Photos You will find my old family photos in Grey County Ontario GenWeb http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ongrey/. Scroll down then click on Ancestral Photo Queries on the left side of page. I have (6) group entries of old pictures under the name Bea's photos. If anyone can identify these pictures please let me know. Bea S. at  bea422r1@yahoo.ca. December 31, 2008

HOILES / TULLY / MAHON / WALKER / McNEIL / ADAM Seeking stories, photographs and other information about the following families, who once lived in the hamlet Dunblane, Bruce County. Elderslie, Lot 31 Con A: William Hoiles, family found in Vaughan Township in 1871; John Tully moved from Elderslie to Southampton, then on to Amabel; William Mahon (wife Elizabeth Stratton), daughter married Wm. J. Walker, who took over farm, sold to a son Wm. J. (Jack) Walker. Elderslie, Lot 32 Con A: Alex McNeil; Elderslie, Lot 33: William Adam (wife Margaret Hanna) from Scotland. I am writing a book about Dunblane, and welcome all responses. Please reply to Audrey Underwood at aumelrosefarm@bmts.com December 10, 2008

SLOUGH / HORTON I am looking for any information about my maternal grandfather and his family. Little, if anything, is known about him by even his daughter, my mother. He refused to discuss his background or history, so what we do know has been garnered from public records: Charles Edward SLOUGH, born in Kincardine, Ontario in 1887. Parents were Ervine Slough and Leddie Horton. He had three sisters we know of: Jessie, Ella and Myrtle. There may have been another marriage which produced step-siblings; one of which is reported to have owned the Mansion House hotel in St. Catharines. In 1915 he married Ivy Tarling-Handyside, a domestic from England who was working for a family named Guest. The marriage was registered in Simcoe County. They settled and lived their entire lives in St. Catharines, Ontario. He worked for McKinnon's. Their children were Harvey, Alvin, David and Gertrude. Please respond to Terrie Andrade.  andradeinps@verizon.net. November 23, 2008

ESPLEN, THOMPSON I'm looking for information on Annie Esplen, born March 10, 1875 in Arran Township. Father Bob Esplen, mother Katie Currie. Annie married Joseph Allen Thompson, and had one child Jean Catherine Thompson, born March 15, 1906. Annie died on November 9, 1930. I have information that she is buried in Arran Township and that she is buried in Lambton County. Please contact Tammy (great-granddaughter of Annie) at fourcs@execulink.com. November 23, 2008

COLE / CHRISTENSEN - My great grandfather's sisters Alice COLE and Emma CHRISTENSEN (maiden name MOSELEY) together with my great, great grandmother, Emma MOSELEY emigrated to Southampton, Canada from Birmingham, England in the early part of the 20th Century. Alice was married to a Henry Herbert COLE and Emma to Anton CHRISTENSEN. Alice and Henry, who are buried at Southampton cemetery, Saugeen, had a daughter Kitty who married a Mr. EDWARDS. Any information on family history, photos etc. would be much appreciated. Contact Dave Moseley - davidmoseley322@btinternet.com. November 23, 2008

MACDONALD, Archibald and Mary (MacGillivery) were married in Bruce County on 29 Jan 1863 and had 9 children. My Grandmother Hughena was one of them. Both died in Port Elgin. Does anyone have any info on this family. Contact Cindy @ cindybenson@rocketmail.com October 6, 2008

McDONALD, Hugh and Elizabeth 'Eliza' (LOGAN) Scottish immigrants from Muir of Ord to Guelph and Puslinch in about 1851 and then settled in the Township of Culross in the spring of 1854. Concessions 8 & 9, Lots 18. They had 12 children, several born in Scotland. James McDonald born in 1853 was my great grandfather. He married Caroline GRABILL, a twin, in Walkerton. I am interested in obtaining copies of photos and research information by any relatives of these families. I am also interested in obtaining Teeswater family reunion information. As a young child I attended a McDonald family reunion in the Teeswater area I believe. Eliza is buried in the Teeswater cemetery. Please contact Jan Moyer at moyers@imbris.net. October 6, 2008

BLUE, Malcolm born 1788 Argyllshire. He was a miller by occupation and died Oct 17, 1874 at 86 years old in Bruce County. I am interested in corresponding with anyone researching the name BLUE in Ontario. My hope is that there is a cemetery record somewhere that may give more information. I suspect some of his children may have immigrated to Bruce County after his wife, Margaret McMillan died abt 1852 Killean, Arygyll. Please reply to Jen at djearl@telusplanet.net. September 15, 2008

MCLEOD John, born Tiverton 1853, married Elizabeth MCLEAN 1878 in Bruce. His parents were John and Jessie MCLEOD. Any information on parents John and Jessie or any contemporary Bruce relatives would be very much appreciated. Contact davidwest@btinternet.com. September 15, 2008

BROWN / MATHESON / McLEAN Last year visiting Tiverton to search ancestry we were directed to the first row lot 11 of the Tiverton Cemetery to find my great grandparents ALEXANDER BROWN and BARBARA MATHESON. Supposedly they were buried with Alexander's first wife FLORA McLEAN, three in a row. There is only a marker for FLORA and two empty plots (not marked). Are ALEXANDER and BARBARA really there or somewhere else? Thanks. Larry, mateus@tds.net. September 15, 2008

CAMPBELL Campbell, Katherine or Catherine, born in Kincardine in 1861. She came to Manitoba in 1879 and married Donald Gillespie in October, 1879. Who were her parents and her siblings? Where did they come from? and when? Any information about these Campbells would be greatly appreciated. Email: connorro@mts.net. July 15, 2008

SMITH / SMYTH - Searching for information on Jacob Smith, who married Rachel Zinn. He lived with his brother James Smyth (Smith) on Lot 13, Concession 12, Culross in the 1860's. Jacob's oldest son, Levi Smith, was born in Teeswater May 11, 1863. The family moved to the USA some time before March 25, 1871 when Jacob Jr. was born. Two other children, Thomas and Samuel, were likely born in Ontario between those years but we have no dates/places for them. James Smyth (Smith) stayed in Culross and is buried in Smith's Cemetery. Are there any descendants who might have further information on this family? Reply to: yms@albertacom.com. July 15, 2008

THOMAS Irving Thomas and descendants of Paisley Ontario. I'm seeking all info I can gather on my family background and would appreciate all input. I know Thomas was a native of New York state and came to Canada between 1812 and 1837. Please contact me at wdddi@powergate.ca. Thank you. April 28, 2008

MCKENZIE / FRAZER / MIREHOUSE / INESS  John MCKENZIE, wife Margaret FRAZER, owned farm in Lucknow. Children: Mary, married John MIREHOUSE, John, William F., Isabella, Alexander, Christiana, Margaret, Roderick (Richard), Janet, married INESS, Donald. Appear in 1872 census. When, and from where, did John McKenzie arrive in Bruce County? Please contact Jean at Jeanrmcc@aol.com. April 28, 2008

SPIELMACHER / OBRECHT / HERTEL / LETTNER The information I have is that Jacobine HERTEL married Andrew SPIELMACHER (b. 23 Jul 1822 in Sinsheim Baden Germany) April 8 1845 in Saint Agatha, Waterloo ON and died Dec 27 1863 in Carlsruhe Bruce ON. I have another record that indicates an Andrew SPIELMACHER married a Mary HURDLE. I am trying to find out if these are the same people or not. I would like to make contacts with those researching the above families and clarify the above information. Please contact Tim Philipp by email at philipp@mindspring.com. April 28, 2008

SPIELMACHER / OBRECHT / HERTEL / LETTNER The information I have is that Abegail (Abbie) SPIELMACHER was born 13 Jan 1883 in Walkerton, Bruce ON. Her marriage license issued in Saginaw Michigan 3 Jul 1900 indicates that her parents are Jacob SPIELMACHER and Anna OBRITHE. It is also known that this family is Catholic. I would like to have a birth or baptism record that confirms that her mother is really Anna OBRECHT. I would like to make contacts with those researching the above families and clarify the above information. Please contact Tim Philipp by email at philipp@mindspring.com. April 28, 2008

CURRIE / PARKER I am looking for information on a Fred G. Currie born in Port Elgin on 3 Sept 1883 as well as his parents Alexander Currie and Melissa Parker. With whom did Fred come to the US with in 1886? What are the names of Alexander’s parents? Please contact Ed Currie at curriestuff@comcast.net. April 28, 2008

O'NEILL / KRITZ I am seeking information on ancestors of George Sylvester O'Neill (O'Neil) and Margaret Rachel Kritz, both lived in Walkerton and both are buried in the Walkerton Sacred Heart Cemetery. George worked for many years at Larsen & Shaw in Walkerton. Died in October, 1969. Am aware of a brother Hugh O'Neill, and 2 sisters - Loretta and Florence. Married Margaret Rachel Kritz. From that marriage they had 2 sons, Morley and Mervin (both deceased). I believe there is a family connection in Chepstow and Teeswater. Any information would be appreciated. Please contact Marsha at fultonesq@sbcglobal.net. March 23, 2008

BROXHOLM Seeking death information on John BROXHOLM in late 1870s. Present in 1871 Kincardine Twp. Bruce Co. Census and in 1867 Bruce Co. Directory. His family moved to Michigan in 1879 - 1880 and it appears he may have died in Bruce Co. and then his family moved to Michigan after his death (his wife is listed as a widow in the 1880 Michigan census), but I can find no record of his death. John BROXHOLM was born in 1818 in England, came to Monroe Co, N.Y., then on to Bruce County after 1855. Please contact Kim kpilarski@juno.com. March 3, 2008

BINKLE / KAISER Binkle, Philipp, b. 1822 Germany, immigrated c. 1852, moved to Carrick Township in mid-1850s. Wife: Elizabeth Kaiser. When / where did he buy / sell land, any other info appreciated. Please contact Greg at grichards1@gmail.com. March 3, 2008

HAMMOND / THOMPSON / LATIMER
Henry HAMMOND (parents: Henry & Jeanns or Frances) born in Quebec about 1838. Married Rebecca THOMPSON (parents John Thompson and Rebecca Latimer) born about 1841, wed on Sept. 25th. 1861 in Arran, Bruce County. Hammonds were United Empire Loyalists in Que. Any info great. Please contact  russ.samson@shaw.ca. March 3, 2008

SUTHERLAND / MURCAR / MCKELLAR / MCARTHUR / BAIN / WEBB / COCKER / MCEWING / HAMMOND I am searching for descendants of Andrew Lamb Sutherland born June 7, 1831 Pitsligo, Aberdeenshire, Scotland - died March 16, 1917 Port Elgin, Bruce County, Ontario, Canada. Andrew Sutherland was married twice. His first wife was Margaret Murcar and second wife was Margaret McArthur (nee McKellar). The surnames listed connect to Andrew Sutherland's children and wives. Please contact me if you have family connections or further information. Valerie at vjanderson@sasktel.net. March 3, 2008

PATTERSON / HOPPER / YUERO Yuero (Mrs. Henry), aka Maggie HOPPER PATTERSON, gave birth to a son Walter PATTERSON on 24 May 1905 in Bruce County (Delayed Birth Registration No. 902578, registered 1925). Father's name was not supplied. In its place on the form were the words "Illegitimate, not given." Maggie was living in Chesley when she registered the birth. Would like to hear from anyone who can shed light on this woman or on her son Walter PATTERSON. Contact: Barbara at bahopper@magma.ca. March 3, 2008

BROWN / BELMORE / SHAW Would like to know if anyone is tracing the Alfred and Marion Belmore Brown family, or the Stella Brown - Wellington Shaw family. Alfred was born in 1909 and Stella in 1907 to Alfred and Agnes Brown of Eastnor or Lions Head, Bruce County. Please contact Irene at blaine@sasktel.net. March 3, 2008


Bruce County's Townships (before  1998 amalgamations)

Albemarle Township
Colpoy's Bay United Church, Colpoy's Bay, Albemarle Township, Bruce County

Amabel Township
Wiarton, Amabel Township, Bruce County

Arran Township
Christ Church Anglican Cemetery Record, Tara, Arran Township, Bruce County

Brant Township
Walkerton town clock, Walkerton, Brant Township, Bruce County

Bruce Township
Underwood United Church, Underwood, Bruce Township, Bruce County

Carrick Township
Mildmay church, Mildmay, Carrick Township, Bruce County

Culross Township
Salem United Church, Culross Township, Bruce County

Eastnor Township
Barrow Bay, Eastnor Township, Bruce County

Elderslie Township
Memorial plaque, hamlet of Williscroft, Elderslie Township, Bruce County

Greenock Township
Plaque, village of Pinkerton, Greenock Township, Bruce County

Huron Township
Huron Township Hall, Ripley, Huron Township, Bruce County

Kincardine Township
Mural, village of Tiverton, Kincardine Township, Bruce County

Kinloss Township
South Kinloss Presbyterian Church

Lindsay Township
War Memorial, Lindsay Township, Bruce County

Saugeen Township
Dunblane Presbyterian Church, Saugeen Township, Bruce County

St. Edmunds Township

Lighthouse, Tobermory, St. Edmunds Township, Bruce County
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