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2011 and Later Queries
This page contains 2011 and later queries only. See also 2010 Queries, 2009 Queries, 2008 Queries, 2007 Queries, 2006 Queries, 2005 Queries, 2004 Queries, 2003 Queries, 2002 Queries and Pre-2002 Queries.
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Format of Standard Query
SURNAME capitalized. About 50 words of text, with only the SURNAMEs
capitalized. Place names are all in small letters. Don't forget to ask a question.
Last sentence has the BCGS membership #, name, postal address and e-mail address
of the person making the enquiry.
If you wish the Bruce County Genealogical Society to do research for you, please complete a Request for Research Form, and mail it and the research fee to the BCGS.
KUNKEL / SPIELMACHER I have in my KUNKEL family tree index about. 15000 names and in my SPIELMACHER/ SPIELMAKER index about. 2900 names. I'm trying to update my family tree information from 2002 up to the present. If you have any family information on these surnames and would like to assist me in my research or want more information on a family tree book please contact Larry at my email address of email@example.com December 9, 2016
BRYAN, Michael (1833-1890) and his sister THOMSON, Catherine/Kate nee BRYAN (1835-1900) Both long-resident in Elderslie Township. I would like to know where in Ireland they came from. Possibly from Limerick but where in County Limerick? Can exchange information with anyone doing either BRYAN or THOMSON families. Thank you, Tom Bryan (Scotland) firstname.lastname@example.org December 9, 2016
Hamlet of DUNBLANE The research phase of the Dunblane project
will conclude this fall, and the process has proven to be an enlightening and exciting one.
I have gone through extensive newspaper archives; studied church,
school, farm, and business history in the area; and even met
descendants from earlier farm families that I never expected to see.
Each day I seem to uncover new and fascinating anecdotes about
former residents of the hamlet.
CAMPBELL, Samuel Henry born in 6/13/1853 in Ontario
possibly Kincardine and died 2/5/1945 in Hanna, Alberta. Married
MacFARLANE, Mary Jane born 1/1/1856 in Ontario and died
3/29/1930 in Hanna, Alberta.
KITCHEN / ANDERSON - I'm interested in finding info
about Maggie Jemima Kitchen, born 1897 or 1899 probably in
Kincardine. Her father was James Kitchen, also born in
Kincardine in 1864 and her mother was Elizabeth Ann Anderson,
also born in Kincardine in 1863. Maggie was the second wife of
Archdale Burton Burtchaell of Toronto who died in 1938, and she
is buried in Kincardine cemetery as "Margaret Kitchen
wife of Burton Burtchall 1897 to 1977."
BONNET - I am searching for any information on Mary Theresa Bonnet from Normandy Township, Grey County / Bruce County area. I think she was born in 1909. She gave birth at around the age of 19 to Lawrence John Bonnet. Any information to help me continue on my search towards my family tree would be more than appreciated. Thanking you all for helping me with a promise I made to my father. Please contact email@example.com. September 13, 2016
READ - Searching for the death papers or headstone of Emma L. Read (née Lowry) in the Auburn area, formally Manchester village. Born in 1835 Guelph, died between 1863 and 1870, presumably in the Auburn area. Listed as Church of England or United Presbyterian. Married to John L. Read (1831), mother to Frederick J. Read (1859) and Russell Henry Read (1862). John L. Read may be buried with her. Please contact Suzanne at firstname.lastname@example.org. June 10, 2016
VOGEL - I am hoping to find information
on two Vogel brothers, Andre (born
1807) and his brother, January born in 1812 in
Soufflenheim, Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France.
BRADY - I’m working on a family tree and I have 2X Great Grandparents, Nelson BRADY & Elizabeth CATROLL from the Eastnor area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Where can I find the information to get their birthdates and deaths? I know that they immigrated to Canada around 1850 - 1860ish. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Tracy at email@example.com. January 20, 2016
KAY, William, 1824 - March 28, 1900, Kincardine Lighthouse Keeper. William was my Great Great Grandfather. I would like to know who his wife, my Great Great Grandmother was? Also if he had any other children besides my Great Grandfather Robert Kay 1858-1933 buried at Maitland Cemetery married to Margaret Graham Kay? My Grandmother was Katherine Mae (Kay) Symons and what my Great Grandfather Robert Kay did for a living? Please contact Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org. January 20, 2016
Culross Township Signature Quilt
I am a quilter and quilt researcher in
London, UK. I am a founder member of the Canadian Red Cross
Quilt Research Group, and have recently been given a quilt which
may be of interest to your members.
List of names on the Culross Township Signature Quilt:
Are you searching in Dunblane, Saugeen
Township, Bruce County??? Once again I am making the final
effort to finish research for my observations of the times and
families of the Dunblane area which includes the farms, businesses
and other interests from the corner of the three townships, Saugeen,
Arran, and Elderslie, approximately a country block all directions.
This takes in the community of Ebenezer as well.
MYLES / MILES, JAMES (1808 / County Fermanagh, Ireland - 1889 / Lions Head area, Ontario) & wife, ELIZABETH NEIL / NEAL (1809 / County Fermanagh, Ireland - bef. 1881 / Lions Head area - OR - Meaford, Ontario) settled in the Meaford area & farmed (Springbrook Farm). Son, George Myles & wife, Mary Ann White, & grandson, Wm. Villars Myles, are buried in Eastnor Cemetery. Looking for burial site for James & Elizabeth Myles. Location & dates? Thank you, Barbara Macgillivray at email@example.com. October 16, 2015
CAREY - I am doing family tree
research in the Kincardine, Culcross, Carrick, Bruce area.
HUTCHISON - John
Hutchison (c1818-before 1871) and his wife Susanna Reid
(1818-1887) were born in Co. Lanark, Scotland and came to Canada
sometime between 1852 and 1861. Six of their nine children were
born in Scotland: James b. 1840 (m. Wilhelmine
Ewald), Mary b. 1842 (Christian Shantz),
Elizabeth b. 1844 (m. Dougald Currie),
Margaret b. 1848 (m. Homer A. Neelands),
Andrew Reid b. 1850 (m. Mary Ann Drean)
and Susan b.1852 (m. Samuel Neelands).
Their last three children were born in Saugeen Twp, Bruce Co.
John Laurie b. 1854 (m. Margaret Ellen Brown),
Isabella Ann b. 1857 (Michael C. Cassidy)
and Robert Reid b. 1863 (m. Christine Ann
McIntosh). John Hutchison owned 100 acres Lot
13 Con 6 Saugeen Twp, Bruce Co. His son Andrew Reid Hutchison
was a farmer and owned Lot 10 Con 4 Saugeen Twp, Bruce Co. He was a
breeder of fine Durham cattle and thoroughbred sheep. Andrew
Reid Hutchison also was a Councilman.
CRAIG / COPELAND Researching the family of John Craig and Jane Copeland. They lived on the 6th concession of Brant Twsp., Bruce County East, District 51. My grandfather was their youngest son Samuel. I am interested in the rest of his siblings. In total there were six boys and two girls. If you could assist me or point me in the right direction, I would be grateful as I have run up against a road block. Thank you. Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org. May 25, 2015
KELLEY, James, born 1847-? in Ontario of Scottish heritage and wife Annie or Annjamine or Annguane as names appear on various documents, née Johnston born in U.S. 1850-? Children Wellington Clifton KELLEY 1871-1950 born in Huron County, Russell Temple KELLEY 1878-1952 (died Hamilton, ON.) and Ethel Lamb Booth KELLEY 1880-? Russell and Ethel born in Teeswater, ON. Looking for any information on family members James KELLEY, Annie KELLEY and Ethel KELLEY. Russell Kelley was minister of health for Ontario 1946-1950. I cannot find any info on the parents and daughter. Where are they buried? Please contact email@example.com. March 22, 2015
BRYAN, Michael. 1833-1890. Born Ireland. Married Hannah Snell, 1878. Alberta b.1879, James 1882, Robert (my grandfather) born 1885. All lived around Chesley, Elderslie Township. Michael's sister was Catherine Bryan (married George Thomson) Many ancestors of Catherine and George still live in the area, including the Manery family. Any information about Catherine Thomson would perhaps shed light on her brother Michael, my great-grandfather. Any information about their life in Ireland would be especially very welcome. I have never seen a photograph of my great-grandfather Michael, who is buried in Tara Cemetery. Contact: Tom email: firstname.lastname@example.org January 26, 2015
THOMSON / THOMPSON, CATHERINE nee BRYAN (1835-1900) Died Elderslie Township. Said to come from Limerick, Ireland but where precisely in County Limerick? Contact: Tom email@example.com January 26, 2015
PORTER – Ireland / Manvers / Arran /
Wiarton. Looking for relatives and information about Porter
families in Ontario who immigrated from County Cavan, Ireland. Children
of William Porter & Margaret Marshall
from Manvers Township, Ontario who resettled in Arran Township c.1861
THEW I have been searching for my father's mother's family for many years. I know that she was born in Wiarton, Bruce, Ontario in 1867. Her name: Barbara May Thew: Father: William Thew. I have a little more information that I will be glad to share with anyone who might be interested. Any assistance given will be greatly appreciated. Please contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org January 26, 2015
STANLEY / BUCHANAN My great great grandpa William Stanley and his son my great grandpa John William Joseph Stanley lived in the Paisley and Chesley area from 1875-1890. John Joseph William later moved to the Miami area of Manitoba but William Stanley passed away in Ontario in 1890. John was married to Isabelle Buchanan and they had the following children while in the area: William Albert 1875, Alexander 1877, Frederick 1879, Jessie 1881, Henry Mclaren 1883, Ellen Agnes 1884. We have been unable to find the cemetery that William was buried in. We are also looking for any other information on where he was buried and any other information on this family. Email: email@example.com November 5, 2014
CAIRNS / CHERRY I am looking for information on Samuel Cairns who drowned in the Saugeen River in 1919. His dad was Adam Cairns 1839-1914. His mom was Esther Cherry 1847 - I don't have a death date for her if you have one? Also any information on the Cairns and Musselman families? Thank you. Carol, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org November 5, 2014
PERDUE, Emma b. 1873, Lucknow. I am seeking any information on my great-grandmother and her ancestors. I only find her in the 1891 census. I have later information but nothing prior to then. Father listed as Henry Perdue born in Ontario. Both his parents were born in Ireland. Emma had a sister, Annie May, married Joseph Gaunt in 1898, in Lucknow. Contact Judy email@example.com. May 6, 2014
HARTLEY Searching for obituary for John Hartley b abt 1824 Durham C. & d. 14 Jan 1894 Tara, Jane (Taylor) Hartley b. 1824 Cavan, Durham Twp d. 06 July 1896 Tara, both buried at Tara Hillcrest Cemetery. Any information about Alfred Nelson Hartley b 1866 Ontario married Frances Caroline Cole, Viola G Hartley. Also Edwin Hartley b. 1866 Ont., last known residence 1896 Invermay Ont. Contact Jayne at firstname.lastname@example.org. March 7, 2014
COLWELL / BRUCE Searching for
Catherine (Catharine) Colwell who married Thomas E.
Bruce or James Brewster. Children were
Robert, Ann & Catherine Agnes Bruce. My grandmother
Catherine Agnes was born 1902, Paisley Ont., married my
grandfather David John Rothwell Hartley in London in
1939. Marriage certificate says parents were Thomas E Bruce &
Catherine Colwell. Catherine Colwell may have moved to Scotland
with her children Robert & Ann. Contact Jayne at
email@example.com. March 7, 2014
MEIKLE, Isabelle or Isabella. Born in Scotland about 1818. Wife of William Meikle. Died in or near Chesley about 1890. Presbyterian. I am seeking her place of burial and obituary. Also any other family info, particularly one of her sons, Daniel Meikle, my gr grandfather. Contact Judith via email : firstname.lastname@example.org. January 9, 2014
CRAMPTON / BRADY Looking for info on John and Ellen (BRADY) CRAMPTON family especially Canadian years. Married in Puslinch, appear on 1861 census in Brant Township, moved to Fitchburg, Wisconsin in 1865 and to Ethan, South Dakota in 1880. Please contact Mike at email@example.com. January 9, 2014
FAULKNER, Joshua, father of William Faulkner (Sarah Langstaff, married Dec. 28, 1876). Believe wife of Joshua was Elizabeth McCullough. Joshua Faulkner listed as first postmaster at Arkwright in 1857. Children of Joshua may be William, Jerry (Leslie?), Isabella (Matchett), Mary (Trelford), Letitia (Porter), Susannah (Brinkman). Children of William Faulkner and Sarah Langstaff are: Joshua (died?), William (May Manchester), Selena Beatrice (died), Mary Anne ( W. King), Florence (A. Clark), Edna Evelyn ( S. G. Brown), Adrian Britton (A. M. Wells), Norman (B. McLean). Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information. I am the granddaughter of Norman Faulkner and Beatrice McLean, my surname is Faulkner. January 9, 2014
KELLY Robert b c 1832 married Elizabeth BRILLINGER c 1867 in York County, Ontario. Robert died c 1868 and is buried in Heise Hill Cemetery Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario. On his marriage registration he came from "Saugeen". Nothing is known of his parents. I was wondering if any one knows of this person or his family? Contact Elaine Rose at email@example.com. January 9, 2014
MCLEOD, Lillian (Lillie, Lily). Born in Bruce on 5 Nov 1861 and moved to Saginaw, Michigan as a young child. No records of her until 1880 (census, city directory), married 1881, and died in 1895 - parents unknown. The 1880 census states that both parents are from Scotland. She was a domestic servant at 18 and I assume her parents died but not in Saginaw, Michigan. I wish to find out who her parents are. If you have information, please contact me @ firstname.lastname@example.org January 7, 2014
WOELFLE / DONNENWORTH - I am researching Martin John Woelfle who married Magadalene Donnenworth in about 1848. I know Martin was born in Germany but we desperately want to know WHERE in Germany he was born (birth approx. 1823). He immigrated in 1843. I cannot find any immigration records. I have found him in the census and have found his death certificate from Elderslie, Bruce. I know that he lived in the Bentinick, Grey County area from approximately 1860s - 1890s then he moved to Elderslie, Bruce area until he died on 12 June 1911. I would love to find his obituary or picture of his gravestone in Bruce. Any help would be greatly appreciated. email: email@example.com January 7, 2014
Donald BELL Family - Seeking information on the descendants of Donald and Flora (McKinnon) wife. Their daughter Isabella Bell, married Wm Cameron, my grandfather, at Port Elgin Oct. 1889. The 1881 census shows Donald 70 years old, Flora 54, Murdock son 31 Allan 15 and Isabella 20 years old. They farmed on Lot 18, Concession 11, Kincardine Twp. Contact Gordon Richardson, Nepean, Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org. July 18, 2013
MCLENNAN, Murdock, was an original Elder in Knox Presbyterian Church. I am seeking any history of Murdock and his Family in Kincardine, Ontario, Canada. Murdock and his family came to Kincardine some time after 1843 and by 1851. Contact Jim McLennan, Vice President Clan MacLennan USA in Kissimmee, Florida at my email: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. July 18, 2013
JACKSON, BEST, I am researching John Jackson born 1797 in Ireland and wife Jane Eliza Best born 1805 in Ireland, both came to Emily, Victoria, Ontario and where married in Emily in 1822, they had nine children there then they moved to Paisley, Bruce, Ontario sometime around 1850 with their children. Both died in Paisley and are buried in the Jackson cemetery there. Does anyone have any information on them or their parents, any information would be greatly appreciated. My email is email@example.com. March 4, 2013
STAIT Seeking information about William Stait family. Wife was Nancy (nee Stevens). Moved from Hamilton to Paisley in 1854. 1871 census shows 10 children. William worked as farmer and teamster until his death in 1902. Buried Starkvale. Contact Jim Davis in North Carolina at firstname.lastname@example.org. March 4, 2013
NOBLE, JOHNSTON Seeking information about the children of George Noble (b.1813 in Ireland) and his wife Susan Johnston. Are there descendants of their children: William (about 1837) m. Mary Cook, Maria (b.1847) and husband John Johnston (b.1840's) Francis (b. 1850's) m. Henry Baker who could contact me? Joe Lewis at: email@example.com February 23, 2013
WRIGHT, STEWART CLARK, McALPINE, SHOULDICE Seeking information about David A WRIGHT & Caroline (Stewart) WRIGHT's daughter, Clara May (WRIGHT) Clark and Clara's daughter, Isabelle Clark (McALPINE) Shouldice. How did Isabelle acquire the McALPINE name? Please contact Rebecca at Fluttrbye@juno.com. January 2, 2013
GREYELL, AMECK Seeking family information on
Christina AMECK and Edward E
GREYELL married in the Town of Goderich (1873). Parents of the
couple were George and Margaret AMECK
and Emmanuel and Alice Greyell. The
MacDONALD, McLEAN, McLENNAN, McKENZIE 1851 Glenelg, Bruce County, Ontario. GG Grandfather Donald MacDonald, GG Grandmother Jane McLean came to Canada with 4 children Neil, Donald, Duncan, Jane. Hugh (Red) died, but don't know when, maybe on route. Had another son Hugh (Black), first to be born in Canada. G Grandfather Hugh (Black) Ronald MacDonald, G Grandmother Christina McLennan -- Parents Margaret McKenzie and Christopher McLennan. Married March 20, 1877, Bruce County Ontario, Rev George MacLennan. Any help or info would be wonderful. Joan Harrop, firstname.lastname@example.org. December 15, 2012
ANDERSON, MORRISON, McKENZIE: Seeking
information about William and Margaret Anderson
and their children Isabella, Eliza, Ellen,
William and Alexander. They arrived in the
area after 1830. Also Robert W. Morrison,
contractor/builder/farmer, who married Eliza Dill Anderson
in 1860. They had 8 children, Elizabeth, George,
Catherine, Margaret, Robert,
William, Roberta and Ellen,
and were active in the Old Kirk (Presbyterian). Isabelle
Anderson may have married Duncan McKenzie, son
of Angie McKenzie and his wife Elisabeth
McPherson McKenzie. Email:
September 24, 2012
FITZELL (or alt. spellings) - Gideon (b. 1816) and his wife Ann (b. 1820) were born in Ireland and moved to Bruce Co. in 1861. They are listed in the 1881 census (as FIEZELL) in Culross but don't appear in the 1891 census. Does anyone know details of their death and burial? Lukas Huisman email@example.com May 6, 2012
BROXHOLM Seeking death & burial information about John BROXHOLM, who died March 1880 in Kincardine, Bruce County. I recently found his wife's obituary (Eliza Crowson Broxholm) that lists his death as March 1880 in Kincardine. He was a Wesleyan Methodist. Is it possible to obtain his death and burial information? Kim Pilarski at firstname.lastname@example.org. February 11, 2012
MacDOUGALL Has anyone done, or know someone who has done, a family history of the MacDougall line that includes Murdoch and Mary MacDougall or Allen and Flora MacDougall of Greenock / Elderslie around 1870? As part of a larger family history project involving both McK*nney and MacDougall families, I am seeking descendants of the above-named couples. Thanks in advance for your help. Please contact Ted Mills at email@example.com. December 10, 2011
PARKHILL, George W. - seek his parentage, verification of his Ontario birth 13 Oct 1847, marriage date & location about 1870 to Jessie Kerr SCOTT. Also seek death info about 1888 probably in Detroit. Jessie and George has 3 children: George Scott 1872, Christena Alice 1874 (my Gmother) and Josephine Helen. Please contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org. December 10, 2011
FERRIS / McALLISTER John Henry Ferris married Barbara Campbell McAllister September 3, 1925. I am interested in information regarding their family. How many children, who are they? Barbara deceased in 1960, she and John Henry are buried in Tara cemetery as is one son. Any information regarding this family would be very much appreciated. Please contact Lynn Foster-Turner at email@example.com. October 16, 2011
FISHER Looking for ancestors of my great grandfather Donald (Daniel) Fisher, married to Elizabeth McLaurin. Their son (my grandfather) was born in the County of Bruce on Apr 1, 1899. His name was Hartley Fisher. I want to know who Hartley's grandparents were and where they came from. I do have info on the McLaurin side but still looking for the Fishers. Please contact Verlie at firstname.lastname@example.org. October 16, 2011
SCHMIDT / SMITH I would like to know more about John Schmidt and when he came to Canada from Germany. If any one can help me that would be much appreciated. My grandfather was the late Edward Stewart Schmidt who later on changed his last name to Smith along with a couple other brothers. We don't have much information about these ancestors, so any pictures or info anyone has would be helpful. Thanks so much. Please contact Laurie at email@example.com. July 17, 2011
McFARLANE / McWHINNIE Looking for McFARLANE Christina Stewart b 06 May 1883, Pine River, ON, d/o Rev. John & Christina McFARLANE. She is thought to have been a school teacher 'til abt 1915, when she wed John Henry McWHINNIE & first son John Stewart McWHINNIE born 03 Sep 1916 Kincardine, ON. Please contact Ruth at firstname.lastname@example.org. July 17, 2011
MACDONALD / MCDONALD Norman (born 1825 to Angus MacDonald in Upper Shader, Ross and Cromarty) married to Margaret Matheson (born 1825). This is my great, great grandfather and grandmother. Am planning a trip to Kincardine and looking for living relatives in that area. Would like to correspond. Please contact Sage at sagevanzandt@yahoocom. July 15, 2011
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