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Acknowledgements

These notes are the product of the work of many people. To mention first those who are Wurts descendants, approximately in the order in which we first made contact:

  • The Bottings, for information on Charity Wurts;
  • Mr. Albert H. Kennedy, for a photocopy of the Caleb Kennedy family bible record;
  • The late Mrs. Margaret (Kennedy) Mitchelson, of Winnipeg, for providing a photograph of the tombstone of John Kennedy Jr. in St. Anns Cemetery;
  • Elwood Wurts submitted considerable information on several Wurts lines, especially that of Maurice Wurts;
  • Mr. Glen Williams, of Gravenhurst, Ontario, for information on the Williams connections;
  • Mr. Edward V. Wurts, of Stuart, Florida, for providing a complete photocopy of the 1889 Wurts genealogy, along with other materials;
  • Lorelei Loveridge, who submitted a correction concerning the Loveridges in Part 3;
  • Judy Crook, who supplied information on the family of William Warren Wurts, of Colorado;
  • Karen Smith, who helped strengthen the documentation on the Wurts’s Wismer descendants;
  • Paul Loveridge, who sent details of the Wurts’s Loveridge descendants;
  • Steven Hayward sent material on the descendants of Susan (Wurts) Macklem;
  • Tanya (Reesor) Blundell;
  • Reed M.W. Wurts, of Wayne, Pennsylvania, author of http://www.wurts.net/cpwurts/surnames.html (http://www.wurts.net/cpwurts/surnames.html);
  • Kate Wheeler, for information on her great-granduncle William G. Turner;
  • Lesley Weaver, for information on the John Wartz Wetham and his two Wurts-decended wives;
  • Marilyn Siebering, who passed on information to us via Lesley Weaver;
  • Carolyn Warman, for information on Mary (Wurts) Morrow and descendants.
  • Ruth Burkholder, for information on the Burkholder connections.

Others who are not Wurts descendants also contributed generously:

  • Mrs. Harriette Marr Wheeler, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, whose fine work on the Wurts family in her 1983 Marr genealogy has to a considerable degree paved the way for the present study, and who has placed me further in her debt by giving me her own photographic copies of the old Wurts family bible record and the will of William Marr, a connection by marriage of the Wurts family;
  • Mr. William Britnell, of Mississauga, Ontario, who sent a wide variety of material and helped with some thorny problems;
  • Mr. Merritt A. Peterson, who helped me obtain a copy of his book on the Macklem family;
  • Mr. John Mark Rowe, the historian of Glen Williams, who kindly consulted his collections for information on some residents of that place;
  • Marietta Pickell, of Berkeley, California;
  • Ms. Kathleen D. Fenton, of Columbia, Maryland, a Waldorff researcher;
  • Steve Marshall, who sent information on Elias Wurts;
  • Marjorie G. McNinch of the Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware, who supplied a photocopy of the original will of Conrad Wirtz in her custory.

Finally, we should like to record our debt to the many persons who contributed to the Ontario Genealogical Society’s series of cemetery transcriptions, which have been an indispensable source of material to us.

Introduction

The name Wurts — we have chosen the most prevalent American spelling for the title of these notes — appears in an astonishing variety of forms. In the Caleb Kennedy family bible record we find his mother’s name recorded as “Charity Werts,” and the same woman is referred to in her marriage records as “Charrity Worts” and in the Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton (1906) as “Charity Warts.” John Wurts is called “John Warts” in the so-called Domesday Book of Markham Tp. and “John Wourtz” on a map of 1809, and his widow appears as “Barbara Wourts” in the 1861 census. The descendants of John’s son Maurice usually appears as “Worts” in census records and in print, their grandson Archibald (son of Landon) is likewise listed as “Worts” in an 1850 census, their son Landon’s surname is given as “Wurtz” in a record of 1821, and their daughter Elizabeth’s surname was apparently handed down as “Wuartz” among her descendants. Aside from such inevitable phonetic variations, downright errors in spelling have frequently occurred: in the Berczy census of 1803, which normally preserves German surnames quite correctly, John Wurts is listed as “John Wurst,” and doubtless forms such as this have occurred in printed sources through the inadvertent transposition of type. An 1846 directory calls his son “Elias Wiorts.”

    The “Worts” spelling brings us to a possible source of confusion, which is the presence of a family named Worts, of Toronto, who were of English origin, but this family is so well documented that it seems likely all of its members have been positively identified in the literature.[1] We have however occasionally seen members of that family referred to by spellings which would give little clue as to their English origin, such as “Werts” and “Wortz.”[2]

The Canadian Immigrants

Between Charity Wurts (1768?-1799), wife of John Kennedy of Gainsborough Tp., Lincoln Co., U.C. and John Wurts (1766-1855) of Markham Tp., U.C., we feel certain there must have been some very close tie of kinship. This belief is motivated by Several facts. First, both of their families repeatedly used the uncommon names Maurice (or Morris) and Joel, names which it does not seem possible for them to have borrowed from allied families.[3] Secondly, the migration of John Wurts’s son Maurice Wurts to Chinguacousy Tp. (in Peel Co.) followed that of a number of Charity Wurts’s Williams descendants to the neighboring township of Esquesing (in Halton Co.), and Maurice’s daughter Catherine Wurts and his granddaughter Phoebe Hutton, each married into the latter family. Finally, the families of Charity (Wurts) Kennedy and John Wurts had numerous additional indirect connections or affiliations through the families of Marr, Bender, Buchner, and Warner. Although the evidence is circumstantial, the onomastic correspondences and marital contacts between these two families seem too numerous to be coincidental.

The transmission of some uncommon forenames in the
Wurts family

(dotted lines represent postulated relationships)


I. Maurice/Morris


       .......................................................
       :                                                     :
   John Wurts                     John Kennedy (Jr.) = Charity Wurts
   of Markham                                        |
  _____|_____                            ____________|_____
  |         |                            |                |
Abraham  Maurice        Benajah  =  Elizabeth          Morris
Wurts     Wurts        Williams  |   Kennedy           Kennedy
  |         |                    |                        |
  |         |_______    Joel Williams    _________________|__________
  |         |      |             |       |        |                 |
Morris Charity  Catherine = Benajah   Morris    John    Thomas  =  Martha
Wurts   Wurts     Wurts   | Williams  Kennedy   Kennedy Wiltsie |  Kennedy
       = Walter           |            (Jr.)      |             |
       | Burns            |                       |             |
       |_________         |                       |             |
                |         |                       |             |
   John W. = Delilah  Maurice/Morris            Morris        Morris
   Whetham |  Burns    Williams                 Kennedy       Wiltsie
           |
        ___|________________
        |                  |
   William Bradford   Maurice Wartz
       Whetham          Whetham
          |
          |
  Maurice W. Whetham
     (d. young)

II. Joel


      .......................................................
      :                                                     :
  John Wurts                     John Kennedy (Jr.) = Charity Wurts
  of Markham                                        |
  __|______       __________________________________|______________
  |       |       |                   |          |        |       |
 Maurice Joel    John    Benajah = Elizabeth  Charles  Morris   George
 Wurts   Wurts Kennedy  Williams |  Kennedy   Kennedy  Kennedy  Kennedy
    |           (III)            |               |        |       |
    |             |              |               |        |       |
    |           Joel             |         George H.   Allen    Sarah A.
    |          Kennedy           |          Kennedy   Kennedy   Kennedy
  __|_____________________       |             |         |    = Abraham
  |                |     |       |         Joel E.     Joel     Hartwell
 Joel  William = Mary   _|       |         Kennedy    Kennedy ____|____
 Wurts Morrow  | Wurts |   ______|__________                  |       |
          _____|   ____|   |               |   Philip = Isadore  Joel F.
          |    ____|    Joel    James = Lydia  Fenton | Hartwell Hartwell
    Joel W.J.  |      Williams Leslie | Williams      |_________________
     Morrow  __|         |            |______________________          |
   ____|   __|        ___|_________________________________ |______    |
   |       |          |         |          |              |       |    |
Joel W. Catherine = Benajah  Elizabeth   Joel  Francis = Adeline  |  Joel
Morrow   Wurts   | Williams  Williams  Williams  Young | Williams | Kennedy
              ___|           = John        |           |          | Fenton
       _______|   ___________| Sahli ______|__     Joel Benjamin  |
       |          |                  |       |       Young        |
      Joel     Joel W.     Leonard Joel  John E.                  |
    Williams    Sahli        Williams    Williams                 |
       ___________|               __________|  ___________________|______
       |          |               |            |        |       |       |
    Joel F.   Wilfred B.     John Harry   Benajah  George   Joel   Sarah J.
     Sahli      Sahli           Joel      Leslie   Leslie  Leslie  Leslie
                  |           Williams      |        |             = Ira
                  |                         |        |             Stewart
                  |                         |        |               |
               F. Joel                    Thomas   Joel W.         Joel W.
                Sahli                      Joel    Leslie          Stewart
                                          Leslie
                                            |
                                      Joel Archibald
                                          Leslie


    In Descendants of John Kennedy of Sussex County, New Jersey (1989), p. 2, the Bottings implied that the name of Charity Wurts’s father was known to be “John Wurtz.” We were never able to obtain clarification from them on this point, and certainly no father is named in her marriage record. Unfortunately too, the crucial question of her birthdate has not been established from any contemporary record. While the Bottings believed they had in their possession several early manuscript histories of the Kennedy family emanating from various sources, the investigations of the present writer revealed that these differed only trivially from an account given in a memoir of a grandson, Caleb Kennedy, published in Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton (1906).[4] As these manuscripts cannot be shown to be of earlier date than this, it must be presumed that they were copied therefrom.

    The statement in this 1906 memoir that Charity Wurts was born 23 March 1768 may be traced a little further backward to a late-nineteenth-century family bible record kept by the Caleb Kennedy family,[5] but we there encounter the disturbing coincidence that her husband’s second wife, Barbara Slough, is also credited with a birthday of 23 March (a date which incidentally, is not accepted in this instance by the Bottings). Consequently, the authority of the bible record must be regarded as suspect. Indeed, in Descendants of John Kennedy of Sussex County, New Jersey, the Bottings, who were apparently unaware of the tradition that Charity’s day of birth was 23 March, write her birthdate as “1768 [1761?].” Despite this uncertainty it seems reasonable to assume, however, that Charity’s birthplace was New Jersey; and although (to the best of our knowledge) no contemporary marker survives, there is no obvious reason to doubt the traditional statement that she died 30 April 1799 in Gainsborough Tp., Lincoln Co., U.C., and was buried in the Presbyterian burial ground, St. Ann’s, Gainsborough Tp. As “Charrity Worts” she was married (as his first wife) 9 April 1786 at Frankford, Sussex Co., N.J., by “Squire” Francis Price, J.P.,[6] to John Kennedy (Jr.), born 8 May 1761, probably in Sussex Co., New Jersey,[7] died 12 April 1847 at Middleport, Gainsborough Tp., and buried at St. Anns,[8] a son of John (Sr.) and Elizabeth (____) Kennedy, of Newton, Newton Tp., Sussex Co., N.J. They had six children, and were the direct ancestors of the present writer.

    The suggestion in Descendants of John Kennedy that Charity was the daughter of a John Wurts, of Morris Co., N.J. (will proved 1794) and his wife Sarah, is an unhappy one, for this John Wurts (1744-1793) and his wife (Sarah Grandin), mentioned in Charles Pemberton Wurts, Genealogical Record of the Wurts Family (1889), were not married until 8 June 1773.[9] Instead, we present below a suggested derivation of Charity Wurts from a brother of this man.

The probable parents of the Canadian immigrants

An alternate possibility to the Bottings’ 1989 theory on Charity Wurts’s parentage is that she (and her probable brother John) were children of Conrad Wirtz, of the town of Roxbury, Roxbury (now Washington) Tp., Morris Co., N.J., a brother (probably older) of John Wurts aforesaid, who made a will, dated 23 August 1767 and proved 17 October following, which reads (original will on left, registered copy on right):

I Coonrad Wirtz of the Town of Roxbury, County of Morris, and Province of New Jersey, am at present very sick and weak in bodey, tho of perfect memory and understanding, thanks be to God. First of all I give and command [sic] my spirit unto the Almighty God who gave it, and my bodey to be buried in a Christian-like manner; and concerning my sole and personal estate I despose of in the manner following, viz: First of all I will that my funeral charges and all other just debts be fully & finally discharged. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving mother Anna Wirtz the sum of ten pound light money to be paid to her eight months after my decease by the exrs. hereinafter mentioned, which she is to have during her life time, and after her death if not expended, to be divided amongst my three dear children hereinafter mentioned. Item I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Anna Wirtz, a bed with all the bedding thereunto belonging, and the one third of all my sole and personal estate, and all the rest of my sd. estate to be equally divided among all my children, which is to be paid to them by the exrs., the daughters at the age of eighteen, and the son or sons at the age of twenty one, and upon the death of any of these my children in their minority I will that his or their portion or portions shall be equally divided amongst all my children then living. It[em] my loving wife shall have the use of each child’s portions until each child shall its advancement to the years of twelve if kept by her. And further I constitute and appoint my loving true friends George Waldorff and brother John Wirtz as my executors to execute this my last will and testament in the manner aforesaid, in witness whereof I have hereunto interchangeably set my hand and seal this 23d day of August 1767. [Signature:] Conrad Wirtz [seal, lacking discernable detail]. Sign’d, seal’d, delivered in the presence of [signatures:] John Waldorf, Petir [sic] Wirtz, Maurice Wirtz.

[On a separate sheet:] John Waldorf & Peter Witz, two of the witnesses to the within will, beling duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did severally depose that they saw Coonrad Wirtz the testator within named sign & seal the same & heard him publish pronounce & declare the within instrument to be his last will & testament, & that at the doing thereof the said testator was of sound & disposing mind & memory as far as these deponants knew & as they verily believe, & that Maurice Wirtz the other subscribing evidence [?] was present & signed his name as a witness to the said will together with these deponants in the presence of the said testator. Sworn in Amwell, Hunterdon County, Octobr 17th 1767 before Mr. Jasper Smith, Surrogate. [Signed:] John Waldorf, Petir [sic] Wirtz.

John Wirtz & George Walldorf exrs. in the within testatment named being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almightly God did depose that the within instrument contains the true [?] last will & testament of Coonrad Wirtz the testator therein named so far as they know & as they verily believe & that they will will [sic] & truly perform the same by paying first the debts of the said dec’d & then the legacies in the said testatment specified so far as the good chattles & credits of the said dec’d can thereunto stand & that they will make & exhibit into the Prerogative Office of Burlington a true & perfect invy of all & singular the good chattles & credits of the said dec’d that have or shall come to their knowledge or possession or the possession of any other person or persons…. Sworn before me Jasper Smith Surrogte. [Signed:] John Wirtz, George Walldorff.

[The attached inventory records livestock, stores of grain, and typical farm implements and kitchen ware, with a total value of £246 0s. 0d.. The only item which stands out as in any way unusual is a sword.][10]

I Conrad Wirtz of the Town of Roxbury, County of Morris, and Province of New Jersey, am at present very sick and weak in body tho of perfect memory and understanding, thanks be to God. First of all I give and command [sic] my spirit unto the Almighty God who gave it, and my body to be buried in a Christian-like manner; and concerning my sole and personal estate I dispose of in the manner following, viz: First of all I will that my funeral charges and all other just debts be fully and finally discharged. Item I give and bequeath unto my loving mother Anna Wirtz the sum of ten pounds light money to be paid to her eight months after my decease by the executors hereinafter mentioned, which she is to have during her life time, and after her death if not expended, to be divided amongst my dear children hereinafter mentioned. Item I give and bequeath unto my dear wife Anna Wirtz, a bed with all the bedding thereunto belonging, and the one third of all my sole & personal estate, and all the rest of my said estate to be equally divided amongst all my children, which is to be paid to them by the exrs., the daughters at the age of eighteen, and the son or sons at the age of twenty one, and upon the death of any of them my children in their minority I will that his or their portion or portions shall be equally divided amongst all my children then living, and my loving wife shall have the use of each child’s portions untill its advancement to the years of twelve if kept by her. And further I constitute and appoint my loving friends George Waldorff and brother John Wirtz as my executors to execute this my last will and testament in the manner abovesaid. In witness whereof I have hereunto interchangeably set my hand and seal this 23d day of August 1767. Conrad Wirtz [seal]. Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of John Waldorf, Peter Wirtz, Maurice Wirtz.

John Waldorf and Peter Witz, two of the witnesses to the within will, beling duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God did severally depose that they saw Conrad Wirtz the testator within-named sign and seal the same and heared him publish pronounce and declare the within instrument to be his last will and testament, and that at the doing thereof the said testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory as far as these deponants know and as they verily believe, and that Maurice Wirtz the other subscribing evidence was present and signed his name as a witness to the said will together with these deponents in the presence of the said testator. Sworn in Amwell, Hunterdon County, Octobr 17th 1767 before Mr. Jasper Smith, Surrogate. John Waldorf, Peter [sic] Wirtz.

The foregoing will being proved, probate was granted by his Excellency William Franklin Esq., Captain General &c. of New Jersey, unto John Wirtz and George Waldorf, they being first duly sworn truly to perform the same, to exhibit a true inventory and render a tru account when lawfully required. Given under the prerogative seal at Burlington the day and year afsd.[11]

This man’s existence was unknown to the author of the 1889 Wurts genealogy, but was demonstrated six years later by T.F. Chambers.[12] The phrase “daughters … and … son or sons” used in the will, together with the stricken phrase “three children” in the original will, would seem to prove that the testator had two daughters but only one son, with the birth of another child being regarded as a possibility. But as the testator outlived the making of this will by a mere 55 days, then unless his wife was already pregnant it is unlikely there were more children. It also seems certain from both versions that all three children were under the age of 12 years (and considering that the testator himself cannot have been aged more than 31 years at the time, it would be surprising if his children were any older than this). It is unfortunate, if not unusual, that the minor children are not actually named. The records of the Orphans’ Court for Morris County (where the will was made) do not begin until 1785,[13] while those for Hunterdon County (where the will was proved) do not begin until 1798.[14] We do not know what authority may exist for the statement, made more than a century later, that “Conrad, the eldest [son of Rev. Johannes Conrad Wurtz and Anna Goetschius], died in Roxbury, New Jersey, in 1787 [sic!], leaving a widow Anna and several daughters.”[15] If the testator really left only daughters this would preclude the existence of a son John; but it would require that some son died in the 55-day interval between the making and the proving of the will. It will be noted that if Charity Wurts, wife of John Kennedy, was really born in 1768 as discussed above, she would necessarily have been a posthumous daughter.

    The testator’s “mother Anna Wirtz” was born Anna Catharina Goetschius, widow of the Rev. Johannes Coenrad Wirtz, and a daughter of the Rev. Mauritius Goetschius (1686-1735), the American founder of the family.[16] As he appoints his “friend George Woldorf” as one of his executors, and the will was witnessed by a “John Woldorf,” we may deduce that he was the Conrad Wirtz who married Anna (Waldorff) Couck, widow of George Couck[17] and daughter of Anthony Waldorff, of Roxbury Tp. (probably in the part set off in 1798 as Washington Tp.), Morris Co., by the latter’s wife Maria Gertraud Kill (called “Mary Charity” on her tombstone in the Fairmount First Presbyterian churchyard, Tewksbury Township, Hunterdon County), and is mentioned in the will of his father-in-law.[18] Unfortunately, no probate or guardianship papers exist to shed further light on this matter.[19]

    Although Coenrad Wirtz is mentioned only by that name in all documents found to date, it is not unlikely that his full name was Johannes Conrad Wirtz, like his father’s, but that, having a brother named John, he used only his second name. Such use of the middle name was a well-established custom among Swiss and German families in this period, when certain stereotyped name combinations such as Johannes-Heinrich and Anna-Catharina were routinely reduced to their second, more distinctive, element. Thus Anna Waldorff had sisters named Anna Gertraud and Anna Margaretha. Moreover, the July 1770 will of the Rev. Johanes Mauritius Goetchius, of Shawangunk Precinct, Ulster County, mentions “my nephew, George Wirtz, son of my sister, Anna Wirtz, and the Rev. Coenrad Wirtz, deceased,”[20] and if the Rev. Johannes Coenrad Wirtz could be referred to simply as “Coenrad,” then conversely, his son Coenrad may have been more properly Johannes Coenrad. This would explain how he could have been referred to as John if the Bottings really saw such a record.

    As to the wife of Coenrad Wirtz, Anna (Waldorff) (Couck) Wirtz, ample proof of her parentage comes from her father’s will, dated 9 December 1777 and proved 30 January 1778, in which the testator stipulates that

the legacy which comes to my daughter Anna … shall be divided into three parts; that is, one third part thereof shall be given to her the said Anna, and another third part thereof shall be given to the children which she had by George Couk, and the last third part of the same shall be given to the children which she had by her second husband, Conrade Wertz, all which said sums of money as aforesaid, shall be given and paid to Anna’s said children when they come of proper age….[21]

This shows that Anna (Waldorff) Wirtz herself, and at least two of her children by Conrad Wirtz, were still alive on 9 December 1777. The will also leaves to “my grand daughter Anna Couck” £5 “in proclamation money” before the division of the estate. Anna’s first husband, George Couck, of Roxbury, made his will 23 January 1760, and his estate was inventoried 12 March 1761, mentioning his “wife Ann” and several members of the Waldorff family, and leaving to “son George Coke” 6 shillings, and “the rest of my estate to my son and daughters, when they are 21.”[22]

    The theory of Coenrad Wirtz of Roxbury and his wife Anna Waldorff as parents of the Canadian immigrants John Wurts and Charity (Wurts) Kennedy has several points in its favor. John Wurts would then have been named for his father’s father, and Charity for her mother’s mother. The persistence of the name Maurice (or Morris) among their descendants would be explained by its use among by the Wirtzes of Roxbury, who may be presumed to have inherited it from the Goetschius family.[23] Both John Wurts and his possible half-brother, George Couck (or Couke, as he was later known), were early settlers of Thorold Township, Welland County.[24] And finally, one intriguing (if rather tenuous) hint that Charity (Wurts) Kennedy really had the Waldorff ancestry proposed here is that it would make her a first cousin once removed, and near contemporary, of John Clarke (1781-1852), a prominent fur trader and a business partner of John Jacob Astor,[25] a connection which might explain the perplexing (and almost certainly false) tradition in the Kennedy family that Charity’s father-in-law was a fur trader. However, further research will be required before the matter may be considered settled.

    The main objections to this theory which suggest themselves are the complete absence of the names Conrad and Anthony among the Canadian Wurtses, and the fact that we should be forced to revise the traditional birthdate of John Wurts, as well as that of Charity (Wurts) Kennedy unless we assume they were twins. While we have found no actual evidence to support either hypothesis, it can at least be stated that neither of these adjustments to the chronology would cause new difficulties, and an earlier birthdate for Charity would make her closer in age to her husband.

    For more information on the Wurts family of New Jersey see Reed Wurts’s web page on Descendants of Rev. Johannes Conrad Wirz and Anna Goetschy (http://www.wurts.net/cpwurts/surnames.html).


Hypothesized ancestry of John and Charity Wurts

(dotted lines represent postulated relationships)

                 The Rev.      ===== Esther
           Mauritius Goetschius  |   Werndli
               (1686-1735)       |
                                 |
                        _________|___________
                        |            |    |||
     The Rev.  =====  Anna       The Rev.      Anthony ===  Maria Gertraud
Johannes Coenrad | Goetschius  J. Mauritius    Waldorff | ("Mary Charity")
      Wirtz      | living 1767  Goetschius  (ca. 1704 - |        Kil    
   (1706-1763)   |              (1724-1771)      1777)  |     died 1768
                 |                                      |       
   ______________|____                      ____________|
   |     |||          |          *          |
Maurice           Coenrad      ===== (2) Anna Waldorff (1) === George
 Wirtz             Wirtz         :       living 1777        |   Couck
(1749-          of Roxbury,      :                          | died 1760-61
 1797)        Morris Co., N.J.   :                          |
              (1736/43 - 1767)   :                       (issue)
                                 :
                                 :
                .................:.....................
                :                                     :
            John Wurts          John Kennedy (1) =   Charity
          of Markham Tp.                (Jr.)    |    Wurts
           (1766-1855)               (1761-1847) | (1768?-1799)
                |                                |
        (children included     (children included John, Ann, & Morris,
             Maurice)           and John Kennedy gave the name Charity
                               to his first daughter by his second wife)

* When Coenrad Wirtz made his will on 23 August 1767, his mother and wife 
were still alive, and he had one son and two daughters. At least two of 
the children were still alive when their maternal grandfather Anthony 
Waldorff made his will on 9 December 1777.


Generation 1

1. John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), born 9 January 1766,[26] died 5 June 1855, aged 89 years, 5 months, and buried “in a small plot on his homestead farm” on lot 13, concession 10, Markham Tp.[27] He married (1) by 1788,[28] ____ Westbrook (?),[29] who died between September 1801 and November 1803.[30] He married (2) between 14 July 1808 and June 1809,[31] as her second husband, Barbara (Brook) Marr, born ca. 1782-83 in Pennsylvania, died 1861-71, presumably in Markham Tp., and buried “in an unmarked grave on the original Wurts property” in Markham,[32] widow of John Marr of Markham Tp.[33] (by whom she had previous issue),[34] and a sister of Peter Brook, who was a member of her household in 1803.[35] The garbled statement in the 1941 Tool genealogy that he married (3) Clarissa Brooks seemingly combines the maiden surname of his second wife with the first name of their youngest daughter, and is clearly impossible given that he was survived by his second wife.[36]
    The 1941 Tool genealogy claims that John Wurts was born in Pennsylvania, and Wheeler suggests that John Wurts’s first six children were “probably born [in] Pennsylvania,” without stating her reason for this inference.[37] However, there is direct contemporary evidence that his children Abraham (1791), Maurice (1798), and Landon (1799) were born in New Jersey. Sources generally state his family’s ethnicity as German, although the term tends to be employed very loosely in nineteenth-century records, often embracing Swiss and other nationalities.
    When we first encounter John Wurts in Canada, it is at Thorold Tp., Welland County. On 5 October 1801, according to Wheeler, “John Wurts of Thorold petitioned the Crown for a grant of land in Markham ‘on Yonge Street,’ and described his situation thus: he had come into the Province April last with a wife and seven children and he had one yoke of oxen, three cows, some hogs, and farming utensils.”[38]
    His application was only partly successful: he did not receive land on the desirable Yonge Street tract, but by an Order-in-Council dated 17 October 1801 (when his address is given as Stamford Tp.), he was given a free grant of lot 13 in the 10th concession of Markham Tp., near the future site of the village of Belford (now Locust Hill).[39] According to one account, he came with Abraham Mohr and John Marr (whose widow he later married), and arrived in Markham township on 2 May 1802,[40] and it is under date of 1802 that he is listed, as “John Warts,” in the so-called Domesday Book of York County.[41] On his land he built a stone house.[42] He appears as a widower with his first family of seven children in the “Berczy census” of 1803.[43] He appears as “John Wourtz” at this locality on a Crown Deed map completed by 1809.[44] According to the Sparks manuscript, “Old Mr. Worts … gave the east hundred to his son Abram and the west to Alandon [sic], Joel [who] died, Clarisa [Turner] and Barbara Forster.”[45] A map of 1854 shows all of the lot in the possession of his son Elias, except for the far eastern quarter which had been sold to a Joseph McNelly.[46]
    In the meantime, John Wurts took out in 1806 a lease from the Crown of the neighboring lot 12,[47] which he must have kept up for some time, as a directory of 1837 places him there instead of on his original lot.[48] According to the Sparks manuscript, “Old Mr. Worts… bought the east hundred & sold the west hundred to Old John Reesor for a yoke of oxen.” A map of 1854 shows Elias Wurts on the east half and a member of the Reesor family on the west half.[49]
    He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Markham, the minutes of which in September 1821 note the next meeting would be held “at Mr. John Wurts’s.”[50] “John Wurtz” appears in a list of names of Reformers who voted for William Lyon Mackenzie in 1832,[51] and in another list of persons attending a public meeting in his support held in Markham Tp. in early 1834.[52] In the first of these lists a “Frederick Wurtz,” otherwise unknown, appears with him, and in the second he is accompanied by his son Joel. In 1833 he witnesses a sale of land by his step-daughters, Polly (Marr) Wixon and Bethena (Marr) Hamilton.[53] In 1846 he, his son Elias, and his son-in-law William Forster were witnesses to land sales by his stepson John Marr (Jr.).[54]
    It is possible that the present John Wurts is the man of this name who by 1846 purchased land in lot 4, concession 3 W.H.S. (i.e. West of Hurontario Street) of Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., adjacent to that of his son Maurice.[55] If so, he probably never had any intention of living there.
    It seems clear that by 1846 our John Wurts had turned the farming operations over to his son Elias, for a directory of that year lists the latter as the owner of the property (lot 13),[56] and a map compiled in 1853-54 as the owner of most of the lot, though the eastern quarter of the lot had by then passed into other hands.[57] At the time of the 1852 census, which gives no occupation for him and states that he was of no religion, his married son Elias and his married daughters Barbara (Wurts) Forster and Clarissa (Wurts) Turner and their respective families were all living on his farm.[58]
    A descendant, Elwood Wurts, has kindly supplied the following information about John Wurts’s farm and grave:

His gravestone still exists and is clearly legible on the farm which he homesteaded in 1802 (Lot 13, Con. 10, just east of the present town of Markham, Ont). The grave-site is co-located with several other as yet unidentified graves a short distance south of the farmyard and may actually be located on Lot 12, which records indicate John acquired in 1806. The gravestone is currently laying down and was until recently covered with a layer of debris; since, the site has become over-grown with trees. The inscription on the gravestone reads: “John Wurts, died June 5, 1855, 89 years, 5 months.” The site has been surveyed and the town of Markham is in the process of acquiring the property. It is hoped that these memorials can be rehabilitated … in the near future. The farm-yard also contains and old stone house, which reportedly was built for the Wurts family. This house has been maintained in good condition by the John [Lawrence] Pike family, who live on the farm. The house is currently occupied by Fred Pike, one of the family’s sons.

    For further information on John Wurts’s second wife relating to the period prior to their marriage, consult Wheeler’s Marr genealogy. About 1858, she or John’s children sold the Wurts farm “at $120.00 per acre” to John Pike, grandfather of the present John Lawrence Pike, mentioned above.[59] In the 1861 census she is called “Barbara Wourts,” widow, and her religion is given as Baptist.[60] Living with her was her daughter Barbara (Wurts) Forster, and the latter’s sisters-in-law.
    Issue (all birth-dates from the Wurts family bible record):[61]

(by first wife; probably all born in the U.S.)

  1. Nancy Wurts, born 23 June 1789, of whom nothing further is known.
  2. 2Abraham Wurts, born 13 May 1791 in New Jersey.[62]
  3. Mary Wurts (called “Polly” in the Berczy census), born 15 November 1794. She is said to have married “____ Woodruff” in a pencilled annotation in the Wurts family bible record, which correctly names the spouses of five of her siblings and would thus appear to deserve some credence. However, the Woodruff family of Pickering, which was also connected by marriage to Mary’s younger sister Catherine (Wurts) Tool, below, is treated in William E. Wood, Past Years in Pickering,[63] with no mention of a Mary Wurts. The Noadiah Woodruff (1778-1862) whom this memoir chiefly concerns is said by Wood to have married Charity Powell, though without further knowledge of her dates it is impossible to eliminate the possibility that he had another wife. Noadiah Woodruff had a number of sons whose wives are unaccounted for,[64] but considering the birthdate of Mary Wurts it is unlikely that she could have been the wife of any of these men. The only one of Noadiah Woodruff’s brothers specifically named by Wood is Harvey Woodruff, who is said to have “died very early in the century” and thus perhaps never married at all, while “the other brothers left the township within a few years.” Thus, the identity of Mary Wurts’s purported husband remains an enigma.
  4. 3Catharine Wurts, born 25 July 1796 (doubtless in the U.S.).[65]
  5. 4Maurice Wurts, born 31 March 1798 in New Jersey.[66]
  6. 5Landon John Wurts, born 25 October 1799 in New Jersey.[67]
  7. 6Elizabeth Wurts, born 27 September 1801.

(by second wife; presumably all born in Canada[68])

  1. Jesse Wurts, born 26 March 1810, of whom nothing further is known.
  2. Jacob Wurts, born 11 May 1812, of whom nothing further is known.
  3. Joel Wurts,[69] born 20 October 1817, living 1834. We have mentioned above that he appears with his father in a list of names of Reformers who attended a public meeting in support of William Lyon Mackenzie in early 1834.[70] We have also noted that, according to the Sparks manuscript, “Old Mr. Worts” is said to have given land to his son “Joel [who] died,” which conveys the impression that he died young.
  4. 7Elias H. Wurts, born 17 April 1821.
  5. 8Barbara Wurts, born 13 April 1824.
  6. 9Clarissa Wurts, born 19 June 1826.

Generation 2

2. Abraham Wurts, of York County, Ontario, and of Norwich Tp., Huron County, Ohio, son of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by the latter’s first wife, ____ Westbrook, was born 13 May 1791 in New Jersey,[71] and was still alive in 1860. The first record of Abraham Wurts we find in adult life is as a private who in 1815 deserted from the 2nd Company of York Incorporated Militia.[72] This was doubtless the reason why on 5 February 1816, “Abraham Wurtz, yeoman,” was declared an alien, and divested of his property of 200 acres, consisting of the whole of lot 25 in the sixth concession of Pickering Tp.[73] And this would not be the last of his difficulties with local leaders, for in 1821 Abraham, his sister Elizabeth, their step-siblings John and Mary Marr, and the latter’s future husband Joel Wixon, were all expelled from the First Baptist Church, Markham, for questioning the authority of the elders.[74]
    Abraham Wurts married (1) before 1822, ________, who died before 1828. He married (2) before 1822, ________, who also died before 1828. He married (3) 20 March 1828 in Scarborough Tp., by the Rev. William Jenkins, Presbyterian minister,[75] Rhoda Steel, born 1804-05 (aged 45 in 1850, 55 in 1860) in Canada, living 1860, who despite the discrepancy in their stated surnames must, on chronological grounds, be identical with the “last wife … Rhoda (Willow) Wurts … a native of Canada, of English lineage,” referred to in a 1905 biographical sketch of Abraham’s son, cited below. This biographical sketch refers to Abraham Wurts as “a native of New Jersey, of German [sic] descent … a cooper by trade, also a farmer,” and states that he “was thrice married, and had twenty-one children, Morris being the third born of the fourteen children by [the] last wife. Our subject received his education in Huron County, Ohio, where his parents resided in an earlier day.”
    On 3 January 1831 Abraham Wurts purchased from the Crown the south half of lot 9, concession 6 of Pickering Tp., Ontario Co.[76] In 1835 he was elected an overseer of roads and fence-viewer for Pickering township.[77] He is still found on his land in a directory published in 1837,[78] but not in another published in 1846.[79] If the 1850 census is correct in giving the birthplace of his daughter Serepta as Canada, then Abraham Wurts was still in the country in 1841. However, for his son Morris, who was born in 1833, to have received his education in Ohio, Abraham Wurts must presumably have gone there by the early 1840s, and so he most likely went to Ohio some time in 1842-46. He is not found on the “Plat Book” of about 1845.[80] He is however found as “Abram Wurts” in the 1850 census of Norwich Tp., Huron Co., Ohio, in which he is called a farmer, owning land worth $2,200.[81] He is found as “Abraham Wurts” in the 1860 census.[82] Evidently his land was lot 3, section 3, where there is a Wurts Cemetery.[83]
    Known issue:

(by first or second wife)

  1. Randall Wurts, apparently born around 1824 in Canada, died 8 February 1888 in Norwich Tp., Huron Co., Ohio.[84] His death record gives his birthplace as Canada, aged as 65, occupation as blacksmith and marital status (perhaps incorrectly) as single. As “Randall Wurtz,” a then-childless widower, and farmer, aged 58 years, born in Canada, of a father born in New Jersey and mother born in Canada, he is found in the household of his younger brother, Hiram Wurts, of Norwich Tp., in 1880, when he was a farm laborer.[85] Probably this is the same man who, 30 years earlier, as “Randall Wertz,” collier, aged 24, born in Canada, is found in the 1850 census of Chippewa Tp., Wayne Co., Ohio, with a wife and son.[86] Despite the discrepancy in ages and professions, and the differing locations, it seems unlikely that there could have been two different men named Randall Wurts living in mid-nineteenth-century Ohio who were both born in Canada. Assuming this to be correct, the present man married before 1850, Priscilla ____, born (aged 19 in 1850) in Ohio, died by 1870, and was father of Abraham J. Wurts, born about March 1850 (aged 5 months in August 1850) in Ohio.

(by third wife, Rhoda Steele [or Willow?])

  1. (almost certainly) George Wurts, born probably in 1832 (aged 28 in 1860, 37 in 1870) in Canada,[87] living 1870. He married by 1856, Katherine Link,[88] born probably in 1835 (aged 24 in 1860, 35 in 1870) at Würtemberg, Germany. They are enumerated in the 1860 census of Norwich Tp., Huron Co. Ohio.[89] As George Wortz, farmer, he is enumerated with his family in Greenfield Tp., Huron Co.[90] We have not found this family in the 1881 U.S. census. Known issue:
    1. Lyman Wurts, born 1856-57 (aged 3 in 1860, 13 in 1870) in Ohio.
    2. John Wurts, born 6 June 1859 in Greenfield Tp., Ohio (per death record), died 3 May 1943 in Willard Tp., Huron Co., Ohio, aged 83 years, 10 months, and 25 days, and buried 5 May following in Plymouth Cemetery. In his death record he is called John Wurts, retired farmer, of 10 Front St., Willard, Ohio, son of George Wurts (born in Norwich Tp., Ohio) and Katherine Link (born in Germany).[91]
    3. Charles Wurts, born 1864-65 (aged 5 in 1870) in Ohio.
  2. Morris Wurts, born 9 March 1833 in Canada, apparently still alive in 1905 (see below) and if so then not the one of this name (called single and a farmer in the record) who died 11 August 1891, at Attica, Seneca County, Ohio, aged 58 years.[92] He married 3 February 1860 at Summit, Ohio (IGI), Caroline Burket, born 1839-40 (aged 40 in 1880) in Ohio, died 1907,[93] daughter of Peter Burket. Morris Wurts is found next door to his parents in the 1860 census of Norwich Tp., Huron Co., Ohio; his household included his brother Hiram, aged 35, whose name is however inexplicably given as “Worth.”[94] As “Marsh Wurts” he appears in the 1870 census of the township, in which he is called a farmer; his younger brother Hiram was then his next-door neighbor.[95] Morris Wurts is found at Attica in the 1880 census, in which he is called a farmer.[96] A brief biographical sketch of him published in 1905, which creates the impression that he was still alive, reads:
    Morris Wurts, hardware merchant, Attica, was born in Canada, March 9, 1833, son of Abraham and Rhoda (Willow) Wurts, the former a native of New Jersey, of German descent, the latter a native of Canada, of English lineage. His father, a cooper by trade, also a farmer, was thrice married, and had twenty-one children, Morris being the third born of the fourteen children by last wife. Our subject received his education in Huron County, Ohio, where his parents resided in an earlier day. He was reared on the farm, and followed agricultural pursuits until 1878, when he removed to Attica. In 1884 he bought a half interest in the hardware store of Armatage & Wurts. He has been remarkably successful in business, owns town property at Bellevue, a fine residence in Attica, and a well-improved farm comprising 193 acres in Huron County, Ohio. He was married in 1860, to Caroline, daughter of Peter Burket, who was born in Ohio, of German descent. Their children are Harriet Edith, Loa Almetta and Merle Ethel. Mr. and Mrs. Wurts are members of the Protestant Methodist Church, of which he has been trustee. In politics he is a democrat.[97]
    Issue:
    1. Harriet Edith Wurts, born 1860-61 (aged 19 in 1880) in Ohio; still living unmarried with her parents in 1880.
    2. Loa Almetta Wurts, born in August 1864 in Seneca Co., Ohio, died 1940 (IGI). She married 8 October 1885 at Seneca,[98] Robert Armitage, born 8 April 1864 at Attica, Seneca Co., died there in 1914, son of George Armitage — perhaps her father’s business partner? — by the latter’s wife Matilda Jane Hull.[99] In the 1900 census of Venice, Seneca Co., he is called a hardware dealer; and living with them at the time was his “sister-in-law” Merle Wurts.[100] Only known child:
      1. Hazel E. Armitage, born in September 1886.
    3. Merle Ethel Wurts, born November 1882, found in the household of her “sister,” Loa (Wurts) Armitage, in 1900, when she was unmarried. In our opinion, it strains credulity to believe that Merle was a daughter of Caroline (Burket) Wurts, who in November of 1882 would have been at least 42 years of age and had apparently not conceived in some eighteen years; it seems much more probable that she was really the daughter of one of Caroline’s daughters, perhaps Loa Wurts.
  3. Hiram Wurts, said to have been born 20 February 1835, in English Canada (per 1900 census), 14 September 1907, and buried with hs wife in Attica-Venice Cemetery, Seneca County, Ohio.[101] He married 3 December 1865 in Huron Co., Ohio (IGI), Catharine Chapman, born in December 1842 (per 1900 census) or 17 December 1844 (according to a family record) in Ohio, died 21 September 1925, recorded on her tombstone as aged 82 years, 9 months, 4 days; daughter of Henry Chapman and Abigail Sowards (which Abigail was living with them in 1880). He was living with his parents in 1850, and with his brother Morris in 1860. “Hiram Wurtz” of Ohio served with distinction in the civil war, enlisting as a private on 13 November 1861, at which time he gave his age as 22 years, probably an understatement. He enlisted in Company G, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Ohio on 11 December 1861, transferred either to Company G, 3rd Cavalry Regiment Ohio or to Company E, 12th Regiment RC (various records show him transferring to these companies on the same day), then mustered out of Company E, 12th Regiment RC on 16 November 1863.[102] When his wife Catharine survived him she received a widow’s pension, the date of the application being apparently 23 November 1907.[103] He was the head of his own household, but still living in Norwich Tp., at the taking of the 1870 census, at which time a Rosa Chapman, aged 9 years, of unstated affiliation, was living with him and his wife; his elder brother Morris was then his next-door neighbor.[104] He is also found in the 1880 census of the same place, in which he is called a farmer,[105] and in the 1900 census (as “Hirun Wurtz”), in which it is stated that they had had three children but only one was then living.[106] Known issue:
    1. Rosa Belle Wurts, born 9 March 1869 in Ohio, died 2 February 1877, and buried with her parents.
    2. William Pearl Wurts, born 1 May 1877 in Huron Co., Ohio (per his death record), died 19 July 1936 in Norwich Tp., Huron Co., aged 59 years, 2 months, 15 days, and buried 21 July following at Attica, Ohio.[107] He is called William P. Wurts in the 1880 census, and a 1912 directory of livestock breeders lists William P. Wurts of Attica as a breeder of Shropshire sheep.[108] As Pearl Wurts, of Attica, Republican in politics, he served as one of three trustees of Norwich Tp. from 1913 to 1915.[109] As Pearl William Wurts, of Attica, he registered for military on service on 12 September 1918, although he was then 41 years old.[110] His death record calls him Pearl Wurts, farmer, names his wife Caroline, and his parents as Hiram Wurts (born in Canada) and Catherine Chapman (born in Huron Co., Ohio). He married ____, Caroline Elizabeth Ritz, born 14 November 1874 in Huron Co., Ohio, died 8 February 1940 at Fairfield, Huron Co., daughter of George Ritz and Mary Ann Resch.[111] Caroline’s death record names her husband and parents, and a death notice states: “Funeral services for Mrs. Caroline Ritz Wurts, 65, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ralph Swanders at North Fairfield, Thursday, will be held at Trinity Lutheran church Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the mausoleum in Attica cemetery…. Mrs. Wurts was the widow of Wurts, a Norwich township farmer.”[112] Only known child:
      1. ____ Wurts, alive at her mother’s death in 1940; married Ralph Swanders, of North Fairfield.
  4. Barbara A. Wurts, born 1839-40 (aged 10 in 1850, 20 in 1860) in Canada (according to the 1850 census) or in Ohio (according to the 1860 census), living 1860. She was living with her parents in 1850, and in 1870 was living unmarried with an older Barbara Wurts, next door to her brother Morris Wurts, in Norwich Tp., Huron Co., Ohio.[113] She is found in the same township in 1860, when she was living, unmarried, as a domestic servant in the household of Arthur Willoughby.[114]
        This older Barbara Wurts found in 1870, who was born 1801-02 (aged 68 in 1870) in Canada, must presumably have been the widow of some man of the Wurts family (in 1870 the census-taker neglected to ask for her marital status), but we cannot identify her.
  5. Serepta J. Wurts, born ca. 1841 (aged 8 in 1850, 19 in 1860) in Canada (according to the 1850 census) or in Ohio (according to the 1860 census), living 1860.
  6. William Wurts, born 1846-47 (aged 13 in 1860) in Ohio.

3. Catharine Wurts, daughter of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by his first wife, ____ Westbrook, was born 25 July 1796 (according to the Wurts family bible record), doubtless in the U.S., and died in (or about) 1845 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario. She married (as his first wife) shortly before 18 April 1816 (when he was dismissed for marrying out of unity),[115] John Tool,[116] a Quaker, born 13 September 1792 in Muncy Tp., Northumberland Co., Pennsylvania,[117] in Pennsylvania,[118] died “of consumption” 20 November 1879 in Lexington Tp., Sanilac Co., Michigan,[119] aged over 87 years, his body being returned for burial in Pickering Tp., probably (despite the disagreement of his death record) a son of Aaron Tool, a Quaker, who came with his wife Rachel Haworth from Bucks Co., Pennsylvania, in 1799, and settled in Whitchurch Tp., York Co.[120] He married in 1856, Mary Elizabeth Schell, born 1796-97 in New York State.
    This family is the subject of a brief genealogy, entitled … Descendants of John Tool and his wife Catherine Wurts, compiled by two great-grandchildren, Myrtle Mae Tool Hunter and Silas Tool (1941), from which we have taken a few details.[121] Their work is rather uncritical, and seems to lean heavily on the account in Wood’s Past Years in Pickering. It does however supply a rather full account of the movements of John Tool and his wives:

When first married, John Tool and Catherine Wurts made their home near Pine Orchard [in Whitchurch Township], where their two eldest children Mary and John were born. About 1820 they moved to Ontario County and settled on lot 19 in the first concession [of] Pickering Township, where they made their home for about twenty years. Then they moved away to the State of Illinois, U.S.A., and settled near where the city of Chicago now is. The climate was unsuitable however and sickness overtook the family so that they soon came back to their home in Pickering, where Catherine Wurts died in 1845, having failed to overcome the hardships of the Illinois journey.
    Following the death of Catherine Wurts, John Tool lived for a few years on the farm at Lot 19, then he moved to Frenchmans Bay, lot 23 Pickering Towmship, and lived there until 1856, when he married his second wife, Mary Elizabeth Schell, a native of Port Perry, Scugog Island, Ontario County. They then moved away to the State of Michigan, U.S., and made their home at Lexington on the shore of Lake Huron, where John Tool died in 1879 at eighty-seven years of age, and his youngest son Jacob Haworth Tool brought him back to Canada and buried him beside his first wife, Catherine Wurts.

The work also gives details of his land transactions, which we have not reproduced.

title page of 1941 Tool genealogy

Detail from the title page of the 1941 Tool genealogy

    Further details, largely confirming this account, may be obtained from various records. On 18 April 1816 John Tool was disowned by the Yonge Street Monthly Meeting for marrying out of unity.[122] According to a brief memoir of him published in 1911, “John Tool settled in Pickering about the year 1819, locating on Lot 18, Con[c]. 1, where the Kingston Road crosses the Brock Road. In 1835 he sold the part north of the Kingston Road to Jordan Post and went for a time to Illinois, but returned and lived on the south part until 1855, when he removed to Michigan.” This statement appears to be confirmed by a listing for him at lot 19 of concession 1 in 1837.[123] The memoir continues, “During the rebellion [of 1837] his house was searched and he removed to Toronto and hid for a time, and it is said that his wife and oldest son had to go up about once a week to bring him ‘something fit to eat.’” This memoir also quotes his son as saying, “He had no more to do with the rebellion than I had, and I was not born until the following year.”[124]
    When John Tool left for Michigan with his son Aaron about 1855 or 1856, his other children, most of whom were already married, stayed behind. From the statement of the 1941 Tool genealogy, they appear to have gone directly to Lexington Tp., Sanilac Co., Michigan, and in any case he and his second wife, with his son Aaron but none of his other children, are enumerated in the 1870 census of Lexington Tp., in which he is called a farmer.[125] In his death record he is again called a farmer.
    Issue:[126]

  1. 10Mary Tool, born 12 September 1817 at Pine Orchard, Whitchurch Tp., York Co., Ontario.
  2. 11John Tool, born 8 May 1819 at Pine Orchard, Whitchurch Tp.
  3. Rachel Tool, born 10 December 1820, died 31 January 1869 in Pickering Tp., Ontario, aged 48 years and 1 month,[127] and buried in the Post Cemetery, Pickering Tp. She married by 1843, Weston Palmer, born August 1818, died 24 January 1884, aged 75 years and 7 months, and buried with his wife, a first cousin of her younger sister Katherine’s husband, being a son of John Palmer and Elizabeth Stephens, and grandson of James Palmer, Sr.[128] Known issue:
    1. Albert Palmer, born 1843 in Pickering Tp., died 13 July 1884, aged 40 years and 11 months, and buried with his parents. He married 23 May 1865 at Dunbarton, Ontario Co.,[129] Ann McDonald, born about July 1844 in Brock Tp., died 18 February 1871, aged 26 years and 7 months, and buried with her husband, daughter of Alexander McDonald and Eleanor McIntosh. Both parties were of Pickering Tp. at the time of the marriage. We have not found this couple in the 1881 census of Ontario, but their tombstone shows that they were parents of the following son, who is buried with them:
      1. Weston Alexander Palmer, born about December 1864 [?], died 29 February [sic] 1877, aged 12 years, 2 months. Perhaps the inscription has been transcribed incorrectly, as it seems to place his birth before his parents’ marriage.
    2. Elizabeth Palmer, born 1845-56 (aged 26 in 1872) in Canada. She married 14 October 1872 at Cherrywood, Pickering Tp.,[130] George Taylor, born 1845-46 (aged 26 in 1872) in Canada, son of George Taylor and Sarah ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a yeoman, of Scarborough Tp., York Co., and a Methodist, while the bride was of Pickering and was a Disciple of Christ; the witnesses were Malcolm Taylor, of Scarborough, and Kate Palmer, of Pickering.
    3. Charles Palmer, born 1847-48 (aged 22 in 1870). He should not be confused with Charles Senecca Palmer (ca. 1844-1935), son of Sherwood Palmer and Martha Lamoreaux, who married Jane Leng.[131] He married 28 December 1870 at Willowdale, Vaughan Tp., York Co.,[132] his half-cousin once removed, Elizabeth A. Wurts (no. 7.iv below), born 1849-50 (aged 1 in 1852, 20 in 1870), daughter of Elias H. Wurts by the latter’s first wife, Mary Burkholder. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a school teacher, and both parties were of Markham Tp. At the time of the birth of their daughter Mary Alberta in 1879 they were living at Frenchman’s Bay. Only known child:
      1. Mary Alberta Palmer, born 10 February 1879 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, as a daughter of Charles L. Palmer and Elizabeth Wurts.[133]
    4. William T. Palmer, born 1848-49 (aged 28 in 1874, 31 in 1881) in Pickering Tp. He married 24 December 1874 at Dunbarton, Pickering Tp.,[134] Eliza Jane Coutts, born probably in 1854 (aged 19 in 1874, 27 in 1881) in Pickering Tp., daughter of Thomas Coutts and Mary Ann ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a laborer, and both parties were or Pickering Tp.; the witnesses were Alexander Palmer and Laura Palmer, “both of Pickering.” They appear with three children in the 1881 Census of Pickering Tp.[135] Known issue:
      1. Rachael Palmer, born 1876-77 (aged 4 in 1881) in Ontario.
      2. Edith Palmer, born 1877-78 (aged 3 in 1881) in Ontario.
      3. Elizabeth Palmer, born 1879-80 (aged 1 in 1881) in Ontario.
    5. Catharine Palmer, born 1852-53 (aged 34 in 1887, 55 in 1908) in Pickering Tp., died 23 February 1915 “in her 63rd year,” and buried with her parents, her second husband being named on the tombstone. She married (1) 12 September 1887 at Dunbarton, Pickering Tp.,[136] John Remmer, born 1846-47 (aged 40 in 1887) in Pickering Tp., son of John Remmer and Elizabeth ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a farmer and a Presbyterian, while the bride was a Disciple of Christ, both parties being of Pickering; the witnesses were George Parker and Etlia (?) Craig, [both?] of Dunbarton, Ontario. As Catherine Remmers she married (2) (as his second wife) 4 March 1908 in East Toronto Tp., York Co.,[137] William Sleep, born 1851-52 (aged 56 in 1908) in England, son of Emmanuel Sleep and Elizabeth Ann Boul (?).[138] At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, the groom was a widower, a farmer, and a Methodist, while the bride was a widow, and a Disciple of Christ; the witnesses were George Taylor, of East Toronto, and John Heal, of Scarborough Junction.
    6. John M. Palmer, born 1859-60 (aged 27 in 1887) in Pickering Tp. He married 6 July 1887 at Claremont, Pickering Tp.,[139] Esther Madill, born 1866-67 (aged 20 in 1887) in Markham Tp., daughter of James Madill and Hannah ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was an agent, and both parties were of Pickering Tp.
    7. Victor Alexander Palmer, born 1865.
  4. Jemima Tool, born 25 July 1822 in Pickering Tp., died 9 April 1857, and buried in (what is now) Brougham United Church Cemetery. Although Wood assigns no husband to her, Fowler supplies her marriage and children. She married (as his first wife) by 1844, Oliver O. Willson, born about August 1816, died 27 February (per his tombstone) or 28 February (per his death record) 1885, of apoplexy,[140] “aged 68 years, 6 months,” and buried with his first wife, almost certainly the son of this name of Asher Willson, of lot 21, concession 5 of Pickering Tp., by his wife Susannah.[141] As Oliver Wilson, pump-maker, aged 64, he is enumerated with wife Susanna, but no children, in the 1881 census of Uxbridge Tp.[142] The connection is proved by the presence of a “John P. Willson, son of Oliver and Susanna Willson,” who is buried beside him. He is again called a pump-maker in his death record. Oliver Willson and Jemima Tool had the following issue:
    1. Rachel Willson, born ca. 18 October 1843 in Pickering Tp., died 14 March 1868, “aged 24 years, 4 months, 26 days,” and buried with her parents. She married (as his first wife) 20 September 1866 in York Co.,[143] Lawrence Linton, born in April 1845 (per 1901 census) in Pickering Tp., living 1900, son of Francis Linton by the latter’s wife Rebecca Dale.[144] She was of Uxbridge and he of Pickering Tp. at the time of the marriage, the record suppling the names of both sets of parents. Her tombstone calls her “Rachel Linton, daughter of Oliver O. and Jamima [sic] Willson.” There was no known issue of the marriage. In 1881 (according to the 1901 census) Lawrence Linton left Canada for the U.S. He married secondly in 1885 at St. Clair County, Michigan,[145] Cecilia Hazzard. In 1900 he was living in Ward 9 of Port Huron City, Saint Clair County with his second wife, and his daughter Lulu by his second marriage; he is called a day-laborer on a farm.[146] Their issue included:
      1. Mary Linton, born 1866-67 (aged 22 in 1889) in Uxbridge Tp. She married 6 November 1889 at Lakeport, St. Clair Co., Minnesota, Fred J. Bean, born 1863-64 (aged 25 in 1889) in Clyde Tp., son of Gilbert Bean and Lydia Kanute. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, the groom was a farmer, residing in Clyde Tp., and the bride was a milliner. The witnesses were Ephriam Dunsmore and Nellie M. Bean, both of Clyde.[147]
    2. Henrietta Willson, said to have been born 1844.
    3. Catherine Willson, born ca. 20 August 1847, died 25 November 1867, “aged 20 years, 3 months, 5 days,” and buried with her parents.
    4. Susanna Willson, born 1851-52 (aged 19 in 1871) in Pickering Tp. She married 24 October 1871 in Uxbridge Tp.,[148] Abraham Gould, born 1847-48 (aged 23 in 1871) in Uxbridge Tp., son of Jesse Gould and Mary Ann ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a sawyer, and both parties were of Uxbridge Tp.; the witnesses were Lawrence Linton, of Pickering, and Mary Ann Linton, of Uxbridge.
  5. Elizabeth Tool, born 5 August 1824, died unmarried.
  6. Katherine Tool, born 15 July 1825 in Ontario, died 5 February 1883 in Pickering Tp., aged 57 years, 3 months, and 21 days, of cancer of the stomach,[149] and buried in the Post Cemetery, Pickering Tp. She married by 1848, Isaac Palmer, born about 27 July 1824 in Ontario, died 9 October 1892, aged 68 years, 2 months, and 12 days, and buried with his wife, a first cousin of her sister Rachel’s husband, being a son of Sherwood Palmer and Martha Lamoreux, and grandson of James Palmer, Sr.[150] They appear in the 1881 census of Pickering Tp., in which he is called a farmer and the family’s religion is given as Disciple of Christ.[151] In Katherine’s death record, she is called a farmer’s wife. In a death notice of their son John, her husband is described as “the late Isaac Palmer, who owned and lived on the farm now occupied by Joseph O’Reilly.”[152] Known issue (order partly inferential):[153]
    1. James Andrew Palmer, said to have been born in 1848 (but his marriage records imply a birthdate of about 1850), born in Pickering Tp. (per his marriage record), not living with his parents in 1881, but still alive at the death of his younger brother John on 8 April 1922. He married (1) 7 April 1874 in Pickering Tp.,[154] Margaret Linton, born 1852-53 (aged 21 in 1874) in Whitby Tp., Ontario Co., died by 1883, daughter of Francis Linton and Rebecca ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a farmer, aged 23 years, and both parties were of Pickering; the witnesses were Alexander Palmer and Ellen Linton, “both of Pickering.” He married (2) 9 April 1883 in Pickering Tp.,[155] Margaret Leng, born 1856-57 (aged 26 in 1883) in Pickering Tp., daughter of John Leng and Margaret ____. At the time of his second marriage, the record of which again names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a widowed farmer, aged 32 years, and both parties were of Pickering Tp., and Disciples of Christ; the witnesses were Edward Brown and Mary Ann Brown.
    2. Alexander Palmer, born 1853, not living with his parents in 1881.
    3. Catherine Palmer, born apparently in 1854-56, not living with her parents in 1881.
    4. John Palmer, born 1857-58 (aged 23 in 1881) in Ontario, died (almost certainly unmarried) 8 April 1922 in the General and Marine Hospital, St. Catharines, Ontario, of pneumonia. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he is called a farmer. A death notice reads:
      We regret to report the death of a former resident of this township, John Palmer, which took place in the General and Marine Hospital, St. Catharines, on Saturday, April 8th. The deceased was a native of this township, being the son of the late Isaac Palmer, who owned and lived on the farm now occupied by Joseph O’s Reilly, and was in his 69th year. He engaged in farming until about twenty-five years ago, when he entered the milling business, at first with his uncle, the late James Palmer, and for several years was in the employ of James Carnegie, of Port Perry. He returned to Pickering to work in Spink’s mills, then under the management of J.S. Barker, and when the latter left from St. Catharines 21 years ago to become manager of the mills of the Maple Leaf Milling Company, of that city, he accompanied him, and has been with them ever since, filling a responsible position. When he was compelled to give up work last fall owing to heart trouble, he was the oldest employee in the company. In November he began to fail and about six weeks ago he entered the General and Marine Hospital for treatment. He improved somewhat in health and later left the hospital, but in ten days he suffered a relapse and was compelled to return. Pneumonia developed which was the immediate cause of death.
          He is survived by one sister and two brothers, Mrs. Wm. Leng, of Cairo, Lambton County, James A. and Isaac, of Thedford. Charles S. of this village is an uncle of the deceased. Charles Palmer, of Hamilton, a nephew, who was with him during his illness, accompanied the body to Pickering. His funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon from the residence of his uncle, Chas. S. Palmer, and interment in the Disciples’ burying ground. Messrs. Smallcomb and Riley, representatives of the Maple Leaf Flouring Mills Co., St. Catharines, were present at the funeral, thus showing the high respect in which he was held by the company.[156]
    5. Jemima Palmer, born 1860-61 (aged 20 in 1881) in Ontario, living unmarried with her parents in 1881, died by 8 April 1922 as she predeceased her brother John.
    6. Isaac Palmer, Jr., born about 1863 (aged 17 in 1881, 31 in 1893) in Pickering Tp., living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he is called a farmer. He was still alive, and of Thedford, Ontario, at the death of his brother John on 8 April 1922. He married 11 April 1893 at Arkona, Lambton Co.,[157] Maria Sadler, born ____ (age left blank in marriage record) in Bosanquet Tp., daughter of Stephen Sadler and Rhoda ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a farmer, and both parties were of Bosanquet Tp., Lambton Co., and members of the Salvation Army; the witnesses were Elizabeth Wasson and Mary Ann Wilcocks, both of Arkona. Only known child:
      1. Mary Elizabeth Palmer, born 1892-93 (aged 30 in 1923) in Lambton Co. She married (1), but subsequently divorced. As Mary Elizabeth White, divorcée, she married (2) 17 September 1923 at Heusall, Huron Co.,[158] Wilbart John Marriott, born 1877-78 (aged 45 in 1923) in Bruce Co., son of John Marriott and Ann Grigg. At the time of her second marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, the groom was an unmarried farmer, and both parties were of Huron Co.; the witnesses were Eva Sinclair and Nora Folick, both of Heusall.
    7. Adelia Palmer,[159] born 20 May 1866 in Ontario, living 8 April 1922. She married by 1887, William Leng, born in February 1860 (per 1911 census), who was presumably of the same family as the husband of her maternal aunt, Jane Tool, below. They were still living in Ontario County at the birth of their son William in October 1887, but by the birth of their daughter Bertha in 1889 they had removed to Euphemia Tp., Lambton Co. In the birth records of both of these children, and in that of their daughter Stella (1892), William Leng is called a farmer. They are found in Euphemia Tp. in the 1911 census.[160] She is called “ Mrs. Wm. Leng, of Cairo, Lambton County” in the 1922 death notice of her brother John. Known issue:
      1. William Alexander Leng, 16 October 1887 in Pickering Tp.,[161] living unmarried with his parents in 1911.
      2. Bertha J. Leng, born 17 April 1889 in Euphemia Tp., Lambton Co.[162] She married by 1911, ____ Nixon, but was living with her parents in 1911. The census records her as “married,” but perhaps should have said “widowed.”
      3. Stella May Leng, born 16 December 1892 in Lambton Co.,[163] living unmarried with her parents in 1911.
    8. Sylvester Washington Palmer, born 1868-69 (aged 12 in 1881) in Pickering Tp., died (unmarried) 31 December 1902 in Bosanquet Tp., Lambton Co., aged 34 years, 6 months, of paralysis.[164] His death record gives his religion as Methodist; the informant was James A. Palmer (his brother).
    9. Francis Palmer, born 1876-77 (aged 4 in 1881) in Ontario, died by 8 April 1922 as he predeceased his brother John. He was likely the Francis Palmer, “farmer’s son,” who died 22 July 1882 in Pickering Tp., aged 6 years, of spinal meningitis.[165]
    10. Charles Palmer, born 1879-80 (aged 1 in 1881) in Ontario, died by 8 April 1922 as he predeceased his brother John.
  7. Jane Tool, born 28 July 1827, died 19 February 1881 in Pickering Tp., aged 53 years and [nearly] 7 months,[166] and buried in the Post Cemetery. She married before 1850, George Leng (Sr.), born 13 March 1821 in England, died 26 September 1889, aged 69 [?] years and 6 months, and buried with his wife. George Leng served as the informant of the birth of his grandson, Frederick Leng, in 1878, giving his address as concession 1, lot 21, Pickering. In his wife’s death record, in which she is called a farmer’s wife, her religion is given as Disciple of Christ. Her widowed husband appears as a farmer in the 1881 census of Pickering Tp., in which the family’s religion is given as Disciple of Christ.[167] Known issue:
    1. John Leng [evidently a twin], born about 28 February 1850, died 5 August 1850, “aged 5 months, 5 days,” and buried in Gostick Cemetery, lot 7, concession 24, Pickering Tp.
    2. George Leng, Jr. [evidently a twin], said to have been born 1 March 1850 in Ontario (he was aged 27 at his marriage), died 18 February 1910 “in his 60th year,” and buried with his parents. He was living unmarried with his father in 1881, when he was a farmer. He married 24 July 1877 in Pickering Tp.,[168] Annie Gordon, born 1850-51 (aged 26 in 1877), died 11 March 1924 “in her 74th year,” who is buried with him, daughter of John Gordon and Mary Ann ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a farmer, and a Disciple of Christ, while the bride was a Methodist, and both parties were of Pickering; the witnesses were James Leng, of Pickering, and Lizzie Carrick, of Toronto. He is called a farmer in the birth records of his son Frederick (1878) and daughter Stella (1886). Known issue:
      1. Arthur Leng, born 20 September 1880 in Pickering Tp.,[169] living 20 May 1918, when he filed a delayed registration of his birth, the witness being his own mother.
      2. Frederick James Leng, born 22 October 1878 in Ontario Co.,[170] died 7 November 1895, aged 17 years and 16 days, and buried with his parents.
      3. Stella M. Leng, born 18 May 1886 in Ontario Co.,[171] died 1931, and buried with her parents and husband, wife of Stanley W. Davis, born 1883, died 1941.
    3. Mary Jane Leng, born 6 October 1852, not living with his father in 1881.
    4. James Leng, born 16 October 1854 in Ontario, living unmarried with his father in 1881.
    5. Elizabeth Leng, born 13 December 1859 in Ontario, living unmarried with her father in 1881.
    6. Josephine Leng, born 5 April 1861 in Ontario, living unmarried with her father in 1881.
    7. Frederick William Leng, born 19 June 1865, presumably the William Leng living with his father in 1881, although his age is given as 20 years.
    8. Samuel Leng, born ca. 1866 in Ontario.
  8. William Tool, born 18 March 1830 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, died 31 December 1902 in Grant Tp., Michigan. He married before 1861, Delphine Munroe, born 12 July 1833 in Gaines, New York, living 1880. They went to Michigan between 1867 and 1872, and William Tool (albeit with his age and place of birth grossly misstated) is enumerated as a farmer in the 1881 census of Grant Tp., St. Clair, Michigan.[172] Issue (mainly per Fowler):
    1. Mary Catherine Tool, born 13 November 1855, not living with her parents in 1880.
    2. William Corwin Tool, born 27 February 1859, not living with his parents in 1880.
    3. John C. Tool, born 6 June 1861 in Canada, living unmarried with his parents in 1880
    4. Elizabeth Tool, born 6 April 1864 in Canada, living 1880.
    5. Emmeline Tool, born 7 February 1867, died in infancy.
    6. Florence Lenora Tool, born 30 March 1872 in Grant Tp., St. Clair Co., Michigan,[173] living 1880.
    7. Lyman Walter Tool, born 25 September 1875 in Grant Tp., St. Clair Co., Michigan,[174] living 1880.
  9. Aaron Tool, born 27 December 1831 in Pickerering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, died unmarried in 18__, and buried in Union Cemetery, Whitevale, Ontario. He was living unmarried with his father and stepmother in 1870, when he is called an “athorni” (i.e. attorney?). But he cannot be found in the 1881 census, and is possible he returned to Canada, and was the Aaron Toole, farmer, aged 49 (thus born 1831-32), born in Ontario, of unstated marital status but with no-one else of the same surname in the household, who is found in St. Andrew’s Ward, Toronto, in the 1881 census, which would be a good match for him in age, if not in occupation.[175] We would, however, not draw too much from the fact that he was buried in Ontario, as it will be noticed that his father’s body was returned for burial there although he died in the U.S.
  10. Ann Tool, born 26 September 1833, died 30 November 1907 at Ernesttown, Lennox and Addington County, of paralysis, aged 74 years, 3 months, and 4 days,[176] and buried in the Disciples Cemetery, Pickering Tp. She married before 1862, Daniel Merrit Decker, born 1827-29 in the U.S., died 28 November 1901 in Whitby Tp., allegedly aged 72 years, 4 months, and 11 days, of apoplexy, and buried with his wife[177] In the 1871 birth record of their daughter Beatrice, Daniel is called a farmer, and their address is given as concession 2, lot 18 of Pickering Tp. In the 1874 birth record of their daughter Bertha the same address is given, but Daniel is called a yeoman. They are enumerated in the 1881 census of Pickering Tp., in which he is called a farmer and the family’s religion given as Disciple of Christ.[178] In his death record, his occupation is given as gaoler, his address as King Street, and his religion as Disciple [of Christ]. He is similarly described as a “governor of [a] jail” in the 1908 marriage record of his son Charles. In her death record, in which she is called a widow, her religion is again given as Disciple of Christ. Issue (mainly per census; additional details from Fowler):
    1. George Warren Decker, born 1855-56 (aged 23 in 1879) in Pickering Tp. He married 3 December 1879 at Brougham,[179] Isabella Hubbard, born 1849-50 (aged 29 in 1879) in Pickering Tp., daughter of Thomas C. Hubbard and Harriett ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a butcher, of Duffin’s Creek, and a Disciple of Christ, and the bride was of Brougham; the witnesses were Daniel M. Decker, of Pickering, and May Greenwood, of Whitby. Only known child:
      1. Charlotte C. Decker, “daughter of George and Isabella Decker,” died 2 January 1881, aged 3 months and 22 days, and buried with Daniel M. and Ann (Tool) Decker.
    2. Charles Frederick F. Decker, born probably in 1861 (aged 48 in 1908), living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he was a farmer. He married 28 October 1908 at Kingston, Frontenac Co.,[180] Lellie Jones, born 1875-76 (aged 32 in 1908), daughter of John Jones, a carriage-maker, and Amanda Johnston. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, the groom was a livery man, and a Disciple of Christ, while the was a Methodist; both parties were residing at Odessa, Ontario.
    3. Arthur L. Decker, born about 24 July 1867, died (probably unmarried) 27 June 1888, aged 20 years, 11 months, and 3 days, and buried with his parents. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he was a farmer.
    4. Beatrice Rosetta Decker, born 18 May 1871,[181] in Pickering Tp. (per marriage record). She married 22 April 1903 in York Co.,[182] the much-older James Ed. Maybee, born 1851-52 (aged 51 in 1903) at St. Catherines, Ontario, son of Thomas Maybee and Amanda ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents but misses the groom’s mother’s maiden surname, the groom was a physician, of Odessa, and the bride was of Toronto.
    5. Bertha Jane Decker, born 30 June 1874,[183] died 22 January 1875, aged 6 months and 22 days, and buried with her parents.
  11. Emmeline Tool, born 28 April 1835 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, died 1864. According to Fowler, she married Richard Lankin.
  12. Clarissa Tool, born 9 July 1836 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, died 5 April 1922 at Detroit, Michigan. She married 19 March 1855, presumably in Canada, Henry Holmes, born 13 January 1830 in Gwillimbury Tp., York Co., Ontario, died 25 May 1914 at Yale, Brockway Tp., St. Clair Co., Michigan. Crucial evidence for this identification comes from Wood, who states that she was living at Yale, Michigan, and was married to a Holmes; there is no other man who would fit this profile. They went to Michigan some time between 1859 and 1862. Henry Holmes, farmer, and his wife Clarissa, aged 44, born in Canada, parents stated to have been both born in Pennsylvania (probably a mistake in the case of her mother), are enumerated in the 1880 census of Brockway Tp., St. Clair, Michigan.[184] Issue (mainly per 1880 census):
    1. Sara Catherine Holmes, born 17 April 1856 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, not found with her parents in 1880.
    2. Benjamin F. Holmes, born 15 April 1858 [?] in Scott Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, not found with his parents in 1880.
    3. Jacob Henry Holmes, born 18 April 1860 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, died 18 September 1938. He married 18 August 1891 at Bay City, Bay, Michigan, and possibly again on 8 April 1921 at Detroit, Michigan,[185] Josephine (Jackson) Nickerson, born in 1870-71 (aged 50 in 1921) in Canada, widow of ____ Nickerson, and daughter of Robert Jackson and Sarah J. Miller.
    4. Emmeline Amelia Holmes, born 31 December 1861 in Speaker Tp., Sanilac Co., Michigan, said to have been alive in 1900. Her age would match that of an“Emiline Holmes,” aged 19 years, parents not named, who married 1 March 1881 at Brockway Centre, St. Clair Co., Michigan,[186] Edmund Worden, born 1858-59 (aged 22 years in 1881).
    5. Henrietta Holmes, born 11 February 1863 in Speaker Tp., Sanilac Co., died 18 May 1894. She was not living with her parents in 1880.
    6. Mary Jane Holmes, born 12 November 1865 in Speaker Tp., Sanilac Co. She married 29 March 1893 at Yale, Sanilac Co., Michigan,[187] John Muir, born 1867-68 (aged 25 years in 1893) in Canada, son of Thomas Muir and Matilda Howey.
    7. Ardelia Louise Holmes, born 15 or 25 August 1867 in Speaker Tp., Sanilac Co., Michigan (IGI), living 1880.
    8. John Herbert Holmes, born 12 May 1874 at Yale. He married 18 July 1894 at Algonac, St. Clair Co., Michigan,[188] Lillie E. White, born in 1875-76 (aged 18 years in 1894) in Canada, daughter of Samuel White and Sarah Dagg.
    9. William F. Holmes, born 27 June 1876 at Yale, died 14 November 1900.
    10. George Clarence Holmes, born 31 October 1880 at Yale.
  13. Jacob Haworth Tool, born 23 May 1838 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, died 14 March 1915 at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He married 24 May 1866 in York Co., Ontario,[189] Sarah Ellen Lamoreaux, born 15 September 1846 at Brougham, Ontario Co., Ontario, living 1886, daughter of James Lamoreaux, of Brougham, by his wife Mahala Smith.[190] Both were of Pickering Tp. at the time of their marriage. At the birth of their son William in 1871 they were of Brougham. At the birth of their daughter Effie in 1875 their address was B.F. concession, lot 20. At the birth of their daughter Eleanor in 1880 they were of no. 375 Gerrard Street East, Toronto. Jacob is called a carpenter in all three records. They were in Orillia Tp., Simcoe Co., at the taking of the 1881 census, in which Jacob he is called a traveller, and their religion is given as Quaker.[191] They were still living at Orillia at the birth of their son John in 1885, in the record of which Jacob is again called a carpenter. According to Wood (writing in 1911) Jacob Tool was living at 2532 Columbia Street, Vancouver, B.C. Known issue (all except first living 1881, per census):
    1. Catherine (“Kate”) Tool, born ca. 14 May 1867, died 28 June 1868, aged 1 year, 1 month, and 14 days, and buried in Brougham United Church Cemetery.
    2. Frank Haworth Tool, born 11 May 1869 at Brougham. He married 23 September 1891 in Simcoe Co.,[192] Grace Edith Mouse, born 1874-75 (aged 16 in 1891) at Orillia, daughter of Thomas Mouse and Grace ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a builder, and both parties were residing at Orillia and were Methodists; the witnesses were William Robbins, of Orillia, and Estella Carleton, of St. Clair, Michigan.
    3. William Henry Tool, born 25 July 1871 at Brougham.[193]
    4. Effie Maria/Marion Tool, born 3 September 1875 at Frenchmans Bay, Ontario.[194] As Effie Marion Tool she married 7 September 1892 at Orillia, Simcoe Co.,[195] Edward Coulter, born 1869-70 (aged 22 in 1892) at Barrie, Ontario, son of James Coulter and Charlotte ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was an engineer, and both parties were residing at Orillia, Ontario, and their religion is given as “Evangelist”; the witnesses were Alex Anderson and Annie Coulter, both of Orillia.
    5. Eleanor Alberta Tool, born 16 August 1880 at Toronto, Ontario.[196]
    6. John Jacob Tool, born 13 June 1885 at Orillia, Simcoe Co., Ontario.[197]
  14. Susan Tool, born ca. 1840, died 1842.

4. Maurice Wurts, of Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., Ontario, son of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by the latter’s first wife, ____ Westbrook, was born 31 March 1798 (according to the Wurts family bible record) in New Jersey,[198] died 25 October 1881, “aged 83 years, 6 months, 25 days” (according to his tombstone), and was buried in the town cemetery, Flesherton, Artemesia Tp., Grey Co., Ontario.[199] He married by 1822, Phoebe Warner, born about 15 November 1796 at Niagara, U.C., died 26 September 1878 in Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., aged 81 years, 10 months, 9 days, of “general debility,”[200] daughter of Christian and Gertrude (Ecker) Warner, of Niagara.[201] As the daughter of a U.E.L., his wife received, by an Order in Council dated 6 March 1822, a free grant of lot 11, concession 2 E.S.T., of Caledon Tp.,[202] at which time she was living in Niagara Tp. But she and her descendants do not appear ever to have lived on this land. By 1837 Maurice Wurts had moved to Chinguacousy Tp., where he is found at lot 3, concession 4 W.H.S. (West of Hurontario Street) in directories of 1837, 1846, and 1860.[203] (It is perhaps worth noting that his wife’s nephew, Matthew Warner (1812-1885), was in the township by 1834,[204] having perhaps been taken there by the latter’s widowed mother, Phoebe (Ostrander) Warner, who died there and is buried in Page Cemetery, lot 7, conc. 6 E.H.S.) Maurice Wurts appears in the 1852 census of Chinguacousy Tp., in which he is called a yeoman.[205] In the 1861 census he is called a carpenter, of no religion, and is also recorded as a small farmer of 26 acres on lot 3, concession 4; he was living in a frame house with five boarders.[206] In 1871 he is called a farmer and his religion given as Episcopal Methodist.[207] He is called a mechanic in his wife’s 1878 death record. He is found in the household of his son Joel in the 1881 census.[208] Elwood Wurts informs us that the “very old gravestone (obelisk type) … is quite weathered but still legible” and gives the deceased’s name as “Morrace Wurts,” and that “Flesherton town records indicate that the gravesite was arranged for by Joel Wurts (Morrace’s son) who had land near Flesherton.”
    Known issue (order partly inferential):

  1. 12Jemima Wurts, born ca. 1824 in Ontario.
  2. 13Charity Wurts, born probably about 1826 (her age is stated as only 24 years in the 1852 census, but she was probably slightly older) in Canada.
  3. 14Rebecca Ann “Wortz,” of Chinguacousy, born say 1828.
  4. Mary Warner Wurts, born ca. 1830 in Chinguacousy Tp., died 2 August 1894 in Eramosa Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario of blook poisoning.[209] She married 29 November 1860, by the Rev. Owen Grafton Collamore, of Brampton, Methodist Episcopal minister,[210] William James Morrow, born 28 January 1831 at Streetsville, Mississauga Tp., Peel Co., Ontario, died 13 October 1902 at Mobeetie, Wheeler County, Texas, son of Hugh Morrow and Margaret Lundy.[211] She does not appear with her father in the 1852 census, so was perhaps then living elsewhere as a domestic servant. At the time of her marriage she was of Toronto Tp. and her husband of Chinguacousy; the witnesses were Robert Morrow and Jane Forrest, both of Chinguacousy. William James Morrow appears with his father and siblings in the 1861 Census in Chinguacousy but his wife Mary is not with them; it does, however, show him as “married.” William and Mary Morrow moved to Eramosa Tp., Wellington Co., by 1871, when the census lists William as a carpenter, and Presbyterian, while his wife was Wesleyan Methodist.[212] They are also found in the 1881 census, which lists them both as Episcopal Methodist.[213] According to descendant Carolyn Warman, “William James Morrow traveled in 1897 with his youngest son and married daughter Jemima and her family to Mobeetie, Texas.”
        Known issue; all living with their parents in 1881:[214]
    1. Jemima Teressa Morrow, born 1 August 1862 at Brampton, Ontario, died 29 August 1952 at Pampa, Gray Co., Texas. She was a tailoress in 1881. She married in 1889, Frederick Peter Reid, born 4 May 1865 at Ballinafad, Ontario, died 4 June 1932 at Pampa, Gray Co., Texas. Issue:[215]
      1. William (“Willie”) James Reid, born 14 August 1890 at Renfrow, Halton Co., Ontario, died about 1922
      2. Mary Elizabeth (“Flossie”) Reid, 10 November 1891 in Halton Co., died about 1975 at Marlow, Stephens Co., Oklahoma.
      3. Rozena (“Rose”) Reid, born 15 April 1893 in Ontario, died 4 November 1974 at Arlington, Tarrant Co., Texas.
      4. Olive Irene Reid, born 22 March 1895 at Brampton, died in November 1927
      5. Bessie Minlo Reid, born 9 March 1897 at Glen Williams, Halton Co., Ontario, died 8 July 1991 at Richardson, Dallas Co., Texas.
    2. Hugh R. Morrow, born ca. 1863; a bookkeeper in 1881.
    3. Joel William Jasper Morrow, 21 Feb 1868 in Ontario, died 31 December 1934 in York Co., Ontario. Carolyn Warman informs us that his death record gives his mother’s maiden surname as Wirts. He married 26 March 1891 in Ontario, Flora McDougall, born 11 January 1861 at Gamebridge, Thorah Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario. Issue:[216]
      1. Lilly P. Morrow, born 26 December 1891 in Ontario.
      2. Sarah (“Sadie”) W. Morrow, born 12 September 1893 at Bracebridge, Ontario.
      3. Allan John Stanley Morrow, born 30 October 1895 at Rockwood, Wellington Co., Ontario.
      4. Joel William Morrow, born 28 February 1899 in Wellington Co., Ontario, died 3 July 1899 in York Co., Ontario.
      5. John Thomas Morrow, born 9 October 1869 in Ontario, died 16 August 1914 at Mobeetie.
  5. 15Joel Wurts, born ca. 1833.
  6. 16Catharine Wurts, born 25 April 1836.

5. Landon John Wurts, of Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio, and of Buffalo, Erie Co., New York, son of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by the latter’s first wife, ____ Westbrook, was born 25 October 1799 in New Jersey,[217] died 8 August 1866 at Buffalo, “at the residence of his son-in-law Stephen A. Walker, of congestion of the stomach,” aged nearly 67 years, and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Painesville, Ohio.[218] He married (1) before 25 July 1821, Nancy Williams, baptized July 1797,[219] died in 1832-48, daughter of Albert Williams and Catherine McNutt, of Ernestown Tp. (now in Lennox & Addington Co.).[220] He married (2) (as her second husband) 3 June 1848 in Lake Co., Ohio,[221] Persis Meacham (Jones) Pomeroy, born ca. 1803-04, died “suddenly” 4 January 1875 at Buffalo, New York, aged 71 years, widow of Josiah Andrus Pomeroy, of Painesville (by whom she had had five children), and daughter of Elisha Jones, of Hinsdale, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, by the latter’s wife Sally Meacham.[222]
    By an Order-in-Council dated 15 December 1819, Landon Wurts received a free grant of the west half of lot 8, concession 10 of Brock Tp., Ontario;[223] but no evidence has been found to suggest that he ever took up residence on it. When his first wife, as the daughter of a Loyalist, received by an Order in Council of 25 July 1821 a free grant of the east halves of lots 24 and 26 in concession 1 E.C.R. of Caledon Tp., Peel Co., their residence was still Markham.[224] The Pickering town minutes list “Lamdon Warts” as one of the “parish and town officers” of 1831, and “Landon Wurts” as one of the overseers of highways of 1833.[225] Landon Wurts purchased one quarter of lot 27, concession 5 of Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., in 1831, and one quarter of lot 26 in 1835.[226]
    Johnson, in his history of Ontario County, includes Landon Wurts among the three leaders of “the reformers of Pickering” who “played an active part” in the final conflict of the Mackenzie Rebellion, the battle of Montgomery’s Tavern on 7 December 1837.[227] Mackenzie, in the words of one historian, “considered that it would be best to attempt to stave off the loyalist march against them by alarming the city with a feint attack from the east.”[228] Wurts’s role in this endeavor is revealed in the testimony of two prisoners interviewed the following year, who

make oath … that they were of the party seduced by Wm. Lyon McKenzie on the 7th of December last to proceed to the Don bridge for the purpose of making a diversion at that point and preventing an attack by the Queen’s forces up Yonge Street, that the men selected for this service were placed under the command of Peter Matthews…, that upon the march it appeared evident to deponents that the said Peter Matthews had no command of the men as the majority of them went where, and did, as they pleased…, that the said Peter Matthews gave no orders whatever to set fire to the bridge or house [i.e. an adjacent tavern] or to the house of any other person…. And deponents further say that the said house and bridge or one of them was set on fire, to the best of their belief by one Landon Wurtz without the approbation or concurrence of the said Peter Matthews.[229]

    This attack was unsuccessful, as the fire had been anticipated and was quickly quenched; and the rebels were driven off into hiding.[230] For his participation “Landon Wurtz” was charged with High Treason (the indictment calling him a laborer, of the Home District), but he was one of 61 men who was able to flee before being captured, and who were “called upon to surrender themselves by the first day of February next [i.e. 1838], or be Outlawed.”[231] Another of this group of fugitives was Alem Marr, nephew of John Marr (Barbara Brook’s first husband), who was evidently later pardoned.[232] Landon Wurts’s step-brother John Marr was less lucky, and spent time in a penitentiary at Kingston before his final escape to Michigan,[233] which state seems to have been a frequent destination for the fleeing rebels.[234]
    Landon Wurts is found, as “L. Wurtz,” in the 1850 census of Painesville, in which he is called a butcher; besides his wife and son William, his household included his three younger stepchildren, Douglas, Josiah, and Eliza.[235] He would appear to have been primarily of Painesville, Ohio, and the obituary of his second wife, the widow Persis Pomeroy, describes her as “formerly” of that place. But “John Wurtz” (aged 61) and his wife Persis are found as residents of the hotel owned by his younger half-brother Elias Wurts at Niagara, New York, he being called a laborer and his wife a housekeeper; and in case there could be any doubt as to his identity, his wife’s youngest child, Eliza Pomeroy, was also living with them.[236] It appears likely that they later went to Buffalo in old age to live with this same daughter, Eliza (Pomeroy) Walker, of whose household Persis appears to have been a member in 1870. According to a biographical sketch of this second wife, “In 1850 Persis married secondly Landon I. [sic] Wurts, a man held in high esteem by her children. But she again became widowed and died at the home of her daughter in Buffalo. Few women have lived that were more unselfish and loyal to their family and friends than Persis Pomeroy.”[237] It is clear that no issue resulted of this marriage.
    In an earlier version of these notes we had stated that the present man was the Landon Wurts enumerated in the 1850 census of Pittsfield Tp., Washtenaw Co., Michigan, but subsequent examination of the original record reveals that the person in question was actually a 10-year-old boy, born in Ohio, living as an inmate of the poorhouse, and there is no reason (despite the remarkable coincidence of the name) to believe that this child was connected with the Wurtses who had come from Canada.[238]
    Known issue, all by first wife:[239]

  1. 17Archibald Wurts, born 20 February 1823 in Canada.
  2. 18Elias George Wurts, born ca. 1832 in Canada.
  3. Caroline Wurts, born ca. 1834 (?) in Canada, died March 1871. She married 26 January 1851 in Lake Co., Ohio, Samuel Doolittle, born ca. 1827-28 (aged 52 in 1870, 62 in 1880) in New York State, brother of Rosella Doolittle, wife of Caroline’s brother Elias. They appear in the 1870 census of Painesville, in which he is called a carpenter.[240] In 1880 he is found, still living at Painesville, with a much younger wife Helen, aged 30 years, and three young children by her, but none of the children of his first marriage.[241] Known issue (all born in Ohio):
    1. John F. Doolittle, born about 5 November 1851,[242] in Ohio (according to his death record), died 9 February 1928 in Corpus Christi Tp., Nueces Co., Texas, aged 76 years, 3 months, 4 days, and buried 11 Feb following in Falfurrias Cemetery, his death record naming him as a child of Samuel Doolittle, born in the U.S.A., and Caroline Wurts, born in Canada.[243] At the time of his death he was a widower, and a retired manufacturer of steel tools, and was residing at 1018 13th St. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1870, when he was working in a machine shop. We have not found a record of his marriage.
    2. Hattie Doolittle, born ca. 1853-54 (aged 16 in 1870).
    3. Elias Doolittle, born ca. 1858-59 (aged 11 in 1870, 21 in 1880) or in Jan. 1860 (per 1900 census) in Ohio,[244] living 1900. He was living in South Park Tp., Park Co., Colorado, with his “cousin” Archibald Wurts (see above) in 1880, when he was a farm-worker. He was living in Washington, D.C., in 1900, when he was a machinist, and is called a widower.[245] However, we cannot account for a wife.
    4. May Doolittle, born ca. 1863-64 (aged 6 in 1870).
  4. William Wurts, born 1838-39 (aged 11 in 1850) in Ohio, living with his father and step-mother in 1850.

6. Elizabeth Wurts, daughter of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by the his first wife, ____ Westbrook, was born 27 September 1801, and died by 1852. She married (as his first wife) 4 November 1823 in Markham Tp., after banns, by the Rev. William Jenkins, Presbyterian Minister,[246] Jacob Wismer, born 9 November 1798 in Bucks Co., Pa., living 1885,[247] son of David and Lydia (Everett) Wismer, of Markham Tp.[248] As mentioned above, she, her brother Abraham, and others were expelled from the First Baptist Church, Markham, in 1821, for questioning the authority of the elders.[249]
    Her husband was brought to Markham Tp. by his parents, who purchased lot 15 in the 7th concession. Their marriage was witnessed by Ambrose Noble[250] and a James Martin. By 1837, they had ceded the eastern third of the lot to Jacob, where he built a notable house which still survives.[251] He is listed at this lot in directories of 1837 and 1846 and on maps of 1853-4 and 1878.[252] He appears in all the censuses between 1852 and 1881, his religion being given as “Christian” in 1852, as Roman Catholic (possibly an error) in 1861, and as Church of England thereafter.[253] In 1852 he had no wife, and thereafter he appears with his second wife Julia (who is said to have been a Curtis). Jacob Wismer appears in a list of Reformers supporting William Lyon McKenzie which was published in 1834.[254] He was one of the “Fence Viewers” (i.e.fence-inspectors) appointed by the first Markham Tp. Council in 1850.[255] He appears with his second wife, Julia, in the 1881 census of Markham Tp., in which he is called a farmer.[256] A brief sketch of his son Lewis published in 1885 says, “Jacob Wismer, who was born in Bucks County, Penn., in 1798, settled in Markham in 1806, where he still resides on the seventh concession.”[257] A photograph of him is reproduced in Markham, 1793-1900, p. 57.
    It will be noted that five of their children all died in the same year, 1842; we do not know the cause. Known issue, presumably all born in Ontario (mainly per the 1893 Wismer genealogy):

  1. Delilah Wismer, born 31 August 1824, died 21 April 1909 (both dates being given explicitly in her death record), aged 84 years, 7 months, and 21 days.[258] She must be distinguished from a paternal first cousin of the same name (daughter of Moses Wismer and Eunice Noble, and not a Wurts descendant), who married Joseph Ehrhardt, of Markham Tp.[259] It has sometimes been contended that this other Delilah Wismer was the wife both of Ehrhardt and of Henry Jackson (who follows), but such a possibility is decisively disproved by the present woman’s unusually informative death record, the evidence of the contemporary genealogies of the Wismer and Noble families, and the fact that the wife of Henry Jackson was the next-door neighbor in Nanticoke, Wapole Tp., of Joseph Wismer, son of Jacob Wismer and Elizabeth Wurts.[260] The present Delilah married 29 January 1850, Henry Jackson, born 3 June 1827 at Rufforth, Yorkshire, England, died 26 September 1892, son of Robert Jackson and Hannah Wilson.[261] He was a farmer, of Nanticoke, Walpole Tp., Haldimand Co., Ontario., and was enumerated in that township in the 1881 census, which gives his family’s religion as Church of England.[262] In her death record, Delilah Jackson is called a widow, her “occupation” (really status) as lady, and her address as concession 2, lot 2; the record explicitly names her parents as Jacaob Wismer and Elizabeth Wurts. Issue:
    1. Wellington Jackson, of 93 Emily Street, Buffalo, New York, house carpenter, born 7 December 1850. He married 16 December 1878 at Jarvis, Ontario,[263] Esther Banfield,[264] born ca. 1855 (aged 23 at the time of their marriage), daughter of Daniel Banfield, of Walpole Tp., Haldimand Co., Ontario, by the latter’s wife Elmira Wright.[265] The record calls him a “yeoman,” and names the witnesses as Frank Heartwell and James Fry, both of Jarvis. He was enumerated close to his parents in Walpole Tp. in the 1881 census, in which he is called a carpenter and his religion given as Adventist.[266] One child: Sybilla Jackson (born after the taking of the census in 1881, if she survived childhood).
    2. Elizabeth Jackson, born 12 September 1854, died 1931.[267] She married 2 March 1875 at Jarivs, Walpole Tp., Haldimand Co.,[268] James Johnston, of Nanticoke, Walpole Tp., farmer, son of John Johnston and Janet Lynd. Issue:
      1. William Henry Johnston, born 13 February 1876 in Walpole Tp.,[269] died 15 August 1923 in Rainham Tp., Haldimand Co. He married (as her first husband) 3 August 1905, Annie Rebecca Lint, born 26 August 1885 in Rainham Tp., daughter of Lewis Lint, of that place, by the latter’s wife Matilda Dorothy Spies, who afterward married secondly, ____ Fess. Only known child:
        1. Annie Leota Johnston, born 23 June 1910 at Hagersville, Haldimand Co., died 18 May 1991 at Jarvis, Haldimand Co., and buried in Hagersville Cemetery. She married John Hamill Fleming, born 3 October 1896 at Oneida, Ontario, and had four children.
      2. Edith Delilah Johnston, born 27 Nov 1877 in Walpole Tp.[270]
      3. Annie Mabel Johnston, born 9 October 1879 in Walpole Tp.[271]
      4. James Arthur Johnston, born 30 April 1882 in Walpole Tp.[272]
    3. Edith Jackson, born 7 January 1857. She married 29 September 1875 at Nanticoke, Walpole Tp.,[273] George Albert Evans, of Cheapside, Ontario, farmer. Issue: Ainsley Romain Evans, William Henry Evans (d. by 1893), Albert Edward Evans, Lizzie Mabel Evans, Julia Maud Evans.
    4. William Frederick Jackson, of Nanticoke, Walpole Tp., Haldimand Co., Ontario, farmer, born 20 February 1859. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1881. He married 17 February 1889 in Woodhouse Tp., Norfolk Co.,[274] Annie Ross. Issue: Warren Jackson, Lillian Delilah Jackson.
  2. Emeline Wismer, born 13 August 1826, living 1881. She married by 1865, Ananias Turner, born ca. 1825-26 in New Brunswick, died 27 May 1903,[275] probably a son of Isaac and Ann (____) Turner, of lot 29, conc. 5, Whitevale, near Green River, Pickering Tp., which would make him a younger brother of Gideon V. Turner, husband of Emeline’s maternal aunt, Clarissa Wurts.[276] He appears as “Enias Turner” in the 1881 census of St. Stephen’s Ward, Toronto, in which he is called a builder, and his and his wife’s religion given as Baptist, but their children’s as Canadian Methodist (perhaps an error).[277] He was still of Toronto in 1893, but was apparently later of Buffalo, Erie Co., N.Y. Known issue, all born in Ontario (per 1881 census):
    1. Agnes Turner, born ca. 1856-57, still living unmarried with her parents in 1881.
    2. Julia Turner, born ca. 1860-61, living unmarried with her parents in 1881.
    3. Charlotte Turner, born ca. 1862-63, living unmarried with her parents in 1881, when she is called a milliner.
    4. Berkley Griffield Turner, of Buffalo, born 19 July 1865 at Port Dover, Ontario,[278] died 10 February 1919 at Buffalo, New York.[279] He is called a carpenter in the 1881 census, despite being only 15 years of age at the time. He married 12 October 1883 at Toronto, Eleanor Temple, born 2 November 1865, died 26 November 1935 at Buffalo,[280] daughter of Snowdon Temple, of Toronto, merchant, by the latter’s wife Emma King.[281] In the 1887 birth record of their son Homer he is called a builder, and his address given as 209 Major Street, Toronto. But in the 1889 birth record of his son Kennard he is called a shoemaker, and his address is given as 171 Borden Street, Toronto. Known issue:
      1. Homer Griffield Turner, born 3 November 1887 at Toronto,[282] living 1939. He went to the U.S. in 1891 and was naturalized in 1903. After attending Syracuse University, where he received a B.S. in 1912 and an M.S. in 1914, he remained as an instructor (1913-16) and later assistant professor (1916-18) in mineralogy, and subsequently became assistant professor (1918-26, 1927-29) of geology at Lebigh University, acting as department head during the 1926-27 academic year. From 1929 he was director of research at the Anthracite Institute. He was a well-known petrographer who specialized in the analysis and purification of anthracite, and was a member of many learned societies.[283] In 1939 his address was 420 E. Hamilton Avenue, State College, Pennsylvania. He married 28 November 1916, Nina Ida Cornish, by whom he had three children:
        1. J. Eleanor Turner.
        2. Erma Norine Turner.
        3. Byron Berkley Turner.
      2. Kenard Allen Turner, of Buffalo in 1930,[284] born 30 October 1889 at Toronto,[285] died 1956. He married Leona Rosella Oleyhane, born 2 December 1895 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and had four children, recently still living.[286] They included:
        1. Ethelda Norine Turner, born 19 April 1925 at Buffalo. She married 4 September 1948 at Buffalo, John Albert Chudy, born 20 February 1924 at Buffalo, N.Y., and they had two children, recently still living.[287]
    5. Homer Turner, born probably in 1870 (aged 11 in 1881, 59 in 1930) in Ontario, living 1930. He married about 1898 (since, according to the census, he was then 28 and she 32), Helen V. [FitzSimmons?], born ca. 1866-67 (aged 63 in 1930) in New York State, living 1930. He and his wife are found in the 1930 census of Hamburg, Erie Co., in which he is called a carpenter and contractor; they had no children, but their household included his “sister-in-law” Mary W. FitzSimmons, who was surely his wife’s sister as both were born in New York of a father born in England and mother born in Ireland.[288]
  3. Anna Wismer, born 15 January 1829, died 1842.
  4. Enos Wismer, born 14 January 1831, died 1842.
  5. Maria Wismer, born 28 January 1833, died 1842.
  6. Jacob Everett Wismer, of Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio, born 9 July 1835 in Ontario, living 1896. According to the 1893 Wismer genealogy, “Mr. Wismer left home in 1852, went to Ohio, where he remained until 1857, when he removed to Nanticoke, Wapole Tp., Haldimand Co., Ontario. In 1861, he returned to Painesville, Ohio, and later, went south and worked in the Government Navy yard as a ship carpenter. In the winter of 1870 [i.e. 1869-70] he moved to Allegan, Michigan, and engaged in farming. He has also been occupied as [a] merchant and fruit grower. He has also traveled quite extensively, having traveled from the C.P.R. limits to the southern boundaries of the U.S. and from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts. He is also a fisherman of note. … Aside from his other duties he has also contributed articles to the press.” He married (1) 20 October 1857, Sarah Adaline Morrison, of Painesville, born 1841-42 (aged 28 in 1870) in Pennsylvania,[289] died 4 March 1874. They were enumerated, with their four children, in the 1870 census of Watson Tp., Allegan Co., Michigan, in which he is listed as “Everett Wismer,” farmer.[290] Jacob Wismer subsequently returned to Ontario, where he was probably living when he married (2) 3 October 1876 in East Whitby Tp., Ontario Co.,[291] Mary Ann Coleman, born ca. 1850 (aged 27 at their marriage; aged 30 in 1881) in Darlington Tp., Ontario, died 12 February 1890, daughter of Francis and Isabella (____) Coleman. Their marriage record calls him a pump-maker, of “Alleghani [sic], Michigan,” and her, of Whitby Tp., and names both their parents; the sole witness was a Lewis Caryell, of East Whitby Tp. In the 1877 birth record of their only child, a daughter Elizabeth Jane, he is called Everett Wismer, of East Whitby, carpenter. They were enumerated, with his two sons and their daughter Elizabeth, in the 1880 census of Whitby Tp., in which he is listed as “Everett Wismer,” carpenter.[292] Jacob Wismer married (3) 6 May 1896, in East Toronto Tp., York Co.,[293] Christina Elizabeth (Hunter) Walker, born ca. 1856-57 in Brock Tp., Ontario, widow of ____ Walker, and daughter of William Hunter and Jane Johnston. At the time of their marriage he was a widower and a farmer, of Markham, and she was of Toronto Tp.; the witnesses were William McKay and Margaret McKay, both of East Toronto Tp. Issue (first four children by first wife, last child by second):
    1. Laura Janette Wismer, born 17 August 1858 at Nanticoke, Walpole Tp., Haldimand Co., alive in 1920. She remained in the U.S. when her family returned to Canada, and married 16 January 1879, Perley E. Lonsbury, born 1856-57 (aged 23 in 1880) in Michigan, died by 1920, son of Nehemiah K. Lonsbury, of Watson Tp., Allegan Co., Michigan, by the latter’s wife Lucy A. Minor.[294] Laura and her husband were enumerated in his parents’ household in the 1880 census of Watson Tp., Allegan Co., Michigan, in which he is called a servant.[295] However, the Wismer 1893 genealogy calls him a farmer, of Kellogg, Michigan. They had moved yet again by 1920, when they are found in Ward 1, Pomona City, San Jose township, Los Angeles County, California.[296] Only child:
      1. Beatrice M. Lonsbury, born 3 June 1880, living unmarried with her widowed mother in 1920.
    2. John Everett Wismer, born 24 November 1861 at Port Dover, Ontario, alive and unmarried in 1920. He was living unmarried with his father and step-mother in 1881, but subsequently became a general salesman at Chicago, Illinois, and in 1920 was living with his sister Laura at Pomona City, San Jose township, Los Angeles County, California, the census stating his occupation as “none.”
    3. George Clark Wismer, born 12 April 1863 at Painesville. He is called “Clark” in the 1870 and 1880 censuses. He was living unmarried with his father and step-mother in 1881, but subsequently became a druggist at Hinsdale, Illinois.
    4. Ada May Wismer, born 18 July 1866 at Port Burwell, Ontario (Wismer genealogy) or 11 June 1867 at Painsville, Ohio (Hamlin genealogy). She is called “May” in the 1870 census. She possibly remained in the U.S. when her family returned to Canada, as she does not appear with them in the 1880 census, but we cannot find her in the LDS index to the 1880 census of the U.S. or the 1881 census of Canada. She married 12 January 1887 at Santa Barbara, California, Reuben Whiting Hamlin, born 20 November 1867 at Buffalo, New York, son of Reuben Smith Hamlin, of Oshawa, Ontario, by the latter’s first wife, Cyrene Elizabeth Whiting.[297] Judging from the birthplaces of their children as given in the 1902 Hamlin genealogy, they were at Toronto in 1889-93 and at St. Catherines in 1891-94. The 1893 Wismer genealogy likewise gives their address as St. Catherines. According to the Hamlin genealogy, he was “owner of [a] steamer on Lake Ontario, plying between Toronto, St. Catherines, and Oakville.” Issue:
      1. Ada Corinne Hamlin, born 9 December 1889 at Toronto; birth record not found.
      2. Cyrene Hamlin, born 2 February 1893 at Toronto.[298]
      3. Reuben Lloyd Hamlin, born 10 October 1891 at St. Catherines.[299]
      4. Stuart Whiting Hamlin, born 30 August (per birth record) of 31 August (per Hamlin genealogy) 1894 at St. Catherines.[300]
    5. Elizabeth Jane Wismer, born 5 September 1877 in Ontario County,[301] certainly living 1880, evidently unmarried in 1893.
  7. Abraham Wismer, born 30 September 1838, died 1842.
  8. Lewis Levi Wismer, born 24 March 1841, died 1842.
  9. Lewis Abraham Wismer (as he was consistently known in adulthood, although he was originally called Abraham Lewis Wismer), born 5 July 1844 in Markham Tp., died 25 December 1919 at Toronto, aged 75 years (not 76 years as stated in his death record), of Bright’s disease, and buried in Park Lawn Cemetery.[302] He married in 1878,[303] Fannie Elizabeth Andrews,[304] born ca. 1852-53 in England, living December 1885. He is enumerated in the 1881 census of St. David’s Ward, Toronto, in which is called a slater.[305] In the 1882 birth record of his daughter Alberta he is called a slate-roofer, and his address is given as 32 Bell Street, Toronto. A brief sketch of him published in 1885 also calls him a slate-roofer, of 167 Strachan Avenue, Toronto.[306] In the late-1885 birth record of his son Robert, he is called a slate-roofer, of 115 Strachan Avenue, Toronto. He is also called of Toronto in the 1893 Wismer genealogy. At the time of his death, in the record of which he is called a manager, and in which his father is named as Jacob Wismer, he was of 62 Northcote Avenue, Toronto. Known issue:
    1. Lulu Wismer, born ca. 1878, who appears with her parents in the 1881 census.
    2. Albertha Emeline Wismer, born 27 January 1882 in York Co.[307]
    3. Robert Everitt Wismer, born 2 December 1885 in York Co.[308]

7. Elias H. Wurts, of Saginaw, Michigan, son of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by the latter’s second wife, Barbara (Brook) Marr, was born 17 April 1821 (according to the Wurts family bible), and died in Michigan shortly before 12 June 1890, when his death was reported by the Markham Economist.[309] He married (1) 28 December 1843 in Ontario, Mary Burkholder,b. 17 February 1827, alive in 1849 in but died by the taking of the 1860 census, daughter of Michael Burkholder, of Vaughan Tp., York Co., by the latter’s wife Elizabeth Stump.[310] In 1845 and 1846 he was a witness to land sales by his half-brother, John Marr (Jr.).[311] He farmed most of his father’s land, and appears beside him in the 1852 census, in which he is called a yeoman, of no religion.[312] In a directory of 1846 and on a map compiled in 1853-54, he is shown as the owner of his father’s original homestead, lot 13 of the tenth concession; but by 1854 the far eastern quarter of the lot was in other hands. The same map shows Elias Wurts on the east half of his father’s second homestead on lot 12, the other half having been previously sold to the Reesor family.[313] In March 1853 he took out a lease from the Crown of the east half of lot 28, concession 2, Uxbridge Tp., Ontario Co.[314] In 1856 his name appears in a list of the members of Loyal Orange Lodge no. 548.[315] In 1857 he followed John Marr II to the U.S.[316] The Markham Economist of 4 June 1857 reported:

Elias Wurts, a well-known farmer of the wonship, left suddenly for parts unknown and without any provision to satisfy his creditors. He secretly deede his farm, worth at least $24,000, for $16,000, and although the mortagage given in pamyment has been attached, there will not be sufficient funds to meet the claims of creditors who are about to tfile a bill in Chancery to upset the clandestine sale, and satisfy all creditors and hand the balance to Wurt’s children, wife, and mother, who have been shamefully deserted.[317]
Twelve days later the same paper reported, “Mr. Wurts, from Paris, Kentucky, sent a retraction stating that he was away on business and had not run away, as reported.”[318] But in all likelihood the desertion of his family was part of the ruse to escape creditors, as the 1860 census shows “Elias Wurtz” as a hotel-keeper, aged 40 and born in Canada, is found in the 1860 census at Niagara, Niagara Co., New York with his children “Adelain,” John, Frank, and Alice; he was evidently a widower, although not specifically identified as such. Living in the same hotel were his elder half-brother Landon (in this instance called John) and the latter’s wife Persis.[319] Elias Wurts’s death notice states that he “went to Saginaw, Michigan, with his family in August 1863.”[320] Elias Wurts married (2) some time in 1860-65, ________, died by 1880, the mother of his youngest child. They were evidently of West Bay City, Michigan, at the birth of this child in 1865. In 1880 “Elias H. Worts,” then a widower for the second time, and a dealer in cattle, is found in the household of his daughter, Adeline (Wurts) Straw, at East Saginaw, Saginaw Co., Michigan.
    Harriette E. (Marr) Wheeler, daughter of Douglas Marr, granddaughter of Jesse Marr, and great-granddaughter of John Marr (Jr.), who was a uterine half-brother of Elias Wurts, has recorded the following mention of the latter:

The compiler’s father remembers Elias as a “half uncle” who visited the Marr farm in Howell, Michigan, a number of times. He was a dashing figure and travelled about trading horses, chickens and other live stock. One anecdote has it that he had operated a hotel in Niagara Falls, Ontario, but lost it gambling.

    Known issue:[321]

(by first wife:)

  1. Adeline Wurts, born 3 November 1844 at Markham, Ontario, died March 1901, aged 56 years, at Ann Arbor, Michigan.[322] She is found with her widowed father in the 1860 census, in which she is called a servant (i.e. in her father’s hotel?). She married before 1867, Charles Straw, born ca. 1833 (aged 37 in 1870) in Maine,[323] who died February 1908, also at Ann Arbor, and who in his obituary is called a “former resident of Saginaw.”[324] They appear in the 1870 census of Michigan in Ward 2 of the city of East Saginaw, Saginaw Co., Michigan, with two children, William, aged 11, and a 2-year-old child whose name is illegible on the copy available to us.[325] Considering the gap in the ages of these children, and the age difference between Charles Straw and his wife, one suspects he had been married previously and that William was not Adeline’s son. They are found in the 1880 census of East Saginaw, in which Charles is called a grocer; their household at that time included her father, and her sister Susan.[326] Adeline’s obituary refers to her as “mother of C. Orrin Straw.” Known issue:
    1. Charles Orrin Straw, born 1866-67 (aged 13 in 1880) in Michigan, died 25 April 1902 at Saginaw, Michigan, aged 34 years, and buried 28 April following.[327] His death record, which names his parenyts as Charles Straw (born in Maine) and Addie Wurts (born in Canada), states that he was married, and a street-car conductor.
    2. Cora May Straw, born 10 July 1870 in East Saginaw Tp., Saginaw Co., Michigan,[328] died unmarried 23 July 1899 at Saginaw, Michigan, aged 29 years, and buried there 25 July following.[329] Her death record, which names her parents as Charles Straw (born in Maine) and Addie Wurts (born in Ontario), states that she was single, and a stenographer.
    3. Arthur Straw, born 1875-76 (aged 4 in 1880) in Michigan.
    4. Alice Gertude Straw, born 6 August 1878 in East Saginaw Tp., Saginaw Co., Michigan.[330]
  2. 19John Burkholder Wurts, born 16 May 1846, presumably in Markham Tp.
  3. Benjamin Franklin Wurts, born ca. 1848-49 at Markham, died Jan. 1896 at Saginaw, Michigan, and buried there in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[331] He is called Frank in the 1860 census, and in the 1906 marriage record of his son Clifford. He married 24 February 1877 in Howell Tp., Livingston Co., Michigan,[332] his half-cousin once removed, Calista Marr, born 28 September 1852 in Canada, died 9 January 1882 in Howell Tp., of consumption,[333] and buried in Van Nest Cemetery, Howell Tp., Livingston Co., Michigan, daughter of Jesse Marr, of Howell Tp., by the latter’s wife Lydia Hildebrant.[334] Their marriage record describes the groom as aged 28 and born in Canada, and the bride 24 and born in Howell Tp. (apparently incorrect). The 1880 census of East Saginaw Tp. calls him a gardener.[335] Only child:[336]
    1. Clifford Elias Wurts, born 5 June 1879 in East Saginaw Tp., Saginaw Co., Michigan,[337] died 29 December 1928 at Detroit, Michigan. He is found with his sister Susan in the 1900 census of Ward 6 of the City of Saginaw, Saginaw Co., Michigan, in which he is called a machine operator (? second word illegible).[338] He married 30 October 1906 at Bay City, Michigan,[339] but was subsequently divorced from, Edith M. Curts, born 1886-87 (aged 20 in 1906, 23 in 1910) in Saginaw Co., Michigan, alive in 1917, daughter of Henry Curts and Mary Smith. At the taking of the 1910 census of the City of Flint, he was a toolmaker in an automobile factory.[340] In 1917 or 1918 (the document is apparently undated) he registered for military service, giving his occupation as tool grinder, employer’s name as the Ford Motor Company, his address as 4156 Charlestown Street, Detroit, and the name of his wife as Mrs. Edith Wurts.[341] He is found with his wife and daughter at Charlestown Street in the 1920 Census, in which he is called a machinist in an auto factory.[342] Only known child:
      1. Margaret L. Wurts, born about December 1909 (aged 4 months on 23 April 1910); alive in 1920.
  4. Elizabeth A. Wurts,[343] born 1849-50 (aged 1 in 1852, 20 in 1870). As Elizabeth “Werts” she married 28 December 1870 at Willowdale, Vaughan Tp., York Co.,[344] her half-cousin once removed, Charles Palmer (no. 3.iii.d above), born 1847-48 (aged 22 in 1870), son of Weston Palmer and Rachel Tool, and grandson of John Tool and Catharine Wurts. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a school teacher, and both parties were of Markham Tp. At the time of the birth of their daughter Mary Alberta in 1879 they were living at Frenchman’s Bay. Only known child:
    1. Mary Alberta Palmer, born 10 February 1879 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, as a daughter of Charles L. Palmer and Elizabeth Wurts.[345]
  5. Alice Wurts,[346] born about 5 March 1855 in Markham Tp.,[347] died 10 October 1891 in Saginaw East Tp., Saginaw Co., Michigan, aged 36 years, 7 months, 5 days.[348] She was still living unmarried with her father in 1860. She is mentioned as a “sister, Mrs. A.O. Draper” in the obituary of her sister, Susanna Wurts. She married by 1876, Alexander O. Draper, born at Tuscola, Michigan (per the birth record of their daughter Mabel), alive in 1879. We have not found him in the 1900 census. Only known child:
    1. Mabel A. Draper, born 5 December 1876 in East Saginaw, Saginaw Co.[349] She married 15 April 1896 at Saginaw, Saginaw Co.,[350] Julius C. Nerreter, born 1870-71 (aged 25 years in 1896) in Saginaw Co., son of J. Nerreter and Lena Franke. Her parents are named in her marriage record as Alex Draper and “A. Wartz.”
    2. Elias W. Draper, born 14 October 1879 in East Saginaw, Saginaw Co.[351]
  6. Susanna/Susan Wurts, born in 1857 (per 1900 census) at Markham, Ontario, died (unmarried) July 1908 at Saginaw, Michigan, and buried there in Forest Lawn Cemetery.[352] Left behind (presumably with relatives) in Canada when her father went to the U.S., she appears in the 1871 census of Markham Tp. as a servant in the household of Abraham and Martha (Pike) Reesor,[353] by which time she was the only Wurts remaining in the township.[354] Her obituary states that she was born at Markham in 1857, went to Saginaw in 1878, and was a “sister of Mrs. A.O. Draper and Mrs. Charles Straw.” She is found in the household of Adeline (Wurts) Straw in the 1880 census, which gives her name as Susan and calls her a dress-maker. She was living with her brother Clifford at the taking of the 1900 census, when she is again called Susan; her occupation as given therein is illegible.[355]

8. Barbara Wurts, daughter of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by his second wife, Barbara (Brook) Marr, was born 13 April 1824 (according to her tombstone) in Markham Tp. (according to her death record), died 5 January 1893 in Colbourne Tp., Huron County, of a uterine tumor, supposedly aged 68 years, 7 months, and 3 days (which however would give a birthdate in June 1824),[356] and buried in Locust Hill United Church Cemetery, Markham Tp. She married 24 March 1841, following publication of banns, by Wesleyan Methodist rites,[357] William Forster,[358] born 22 December 1813 in Northumberland, England,[359] died 28 December 1886, and buried in Locust Hill United Church Cemetery, son of ____ and Rebecca Forster.[360] William “Foster” (sic) is listed at lot 12, concession 8 of Markham Tp. in a directory published in 1837.[361] At the time of his marriage he and his wife were both residing in Markham Tp. William Forster appears in 1845 and 1846 as a witness to land sales by his wife’s half-brother, John Marr (Jr.).[362] He and his wife later farmed part of her father’s land, and appear beside the latter in the 1852 census of Markham Tp., in which William Forster is called a yeoman and his family’s religion is given as Wesleyan Methodist.[363] At that time and in 1861, William Forster’s sisters Dianna and Barbara were living with them (and his sister Rebecca was still with them in 1871). By 1854 he was in possession of all but the south-west quarter of lot 13, concession 9, this lot being the original Crown grant of the Marr family;[364] and by 1878 he had purchased the remaining quarter from Sinclair Holden.[365] The 1861 census, which describes his house as being of stone, calls his family Free Methodists,[366] that of 1871 calls them Wesleyan Methodists,[367] and that of 1881 calls him a gentleman, listing a servant in their household, and giving their religion as Canadian Methodist.[368] He was one of the original trustees of Locust Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1857. We have been unable to find a record of his death. Barbara was doubtless living at the time of her death with her son William Byron Forster, who was the informant thereof and was of Colbourne Tp.
    Issue:[369]

  1. John Forster, born 10 December 1841, baptized 12 May 1844 in Markham Tp., according to Wesleyan Methodist rites,[370] “drowned in the Maitland River, April 16, 1864,” along with his younger brother Elias, according to their tombstone.
  2. Elias Forster, born 22 January 1843, baptized the same day and place as his elder brother John, “drowned in the Maitland River, April 16, 1864,” along with his elder brother John.
  3. 20Anthony Forster, born 6 November 1844 in Markham Tp.[371]
  4. 21William Byron Forster, born about December 1846 near Locust Hill.

9. Clarissa Wurts, daughter of John Wurts, of Markham Tp., York Co., Upper Canada (now Ontario), by his second wife Barbara (Brook) Marr, was born 19 June 1826 (according to the Wurts family bible), and died 1 April 1879, aged 52 years, at Buena Vista, Saginaw Co., Michigan, of cancer.[372] She married ca. 1846, Gideon V. Turner (his middle name was Vardon but he never used it), baptized 31 March 1825 in St. Patrick’s Parish Church (Anglican), Charlotte, New Brunswick, alive in 1894, son of Isaac and Ann (Vardon) Turner, of lot 29, conc. 5, Whitevale, near Green River, Pickering Tp., and possibly also an elder brother of Ananias Turner, husband of Clarissa’s niece, Emeline Wismer, above.[373]
    Her husband belonged to the family of Turner of Green River, who came with a group of Baptists from New Brunswick in the late 1830s.[374] Gideon and Clarissa Turner appear in the 1852 census of Markham Tp., and in the 1861 census of Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario; both calling him a carpenter.[375] He is also listed in an 1857 directory as “Gideon Turner, of Markham [Township], carpenter & joiner.”[376]
    Harriette Marr Wheeler discovered an advertisement in the Markham Economist and Sun of 24 November 1857 which reads, “Gideon Turner would beg to inform the travelling community that he has leased the newly-erected Esplanade Hotel, Front St., East, Toronto, where he will be found at all times. Every care and attention will be provided for the accommodation of travellers.”[377] Later he and his family moved to Michigan (where Clarissa’s brother Elias had been since 1857), and appear in the 1870 census of Zilwaukee, Saginaw Co., where Gideon Turner is called a millwright.[378] In 1880 the widowed Gideon Turner, again called a millwright, is found with his two youngest surviving children, Robert and Berdie, in Buena Vista Tp., Saginaw Co.[379]
    Fresh light on Gideon Turner’s milling business was discovered by Kate Wheeler (no relation to Harriette Marr Wheeler) in an 1883 newpaper article:

Blown to Atoms. East Saginaw, June 1. — The shingle mill of G.V. Turner & Sons, eight miles below this city [at Zilwaukee], was blown to atoms at 8:30 o’clock this morning by the explosion of a boiler. The following persons were killed:
Will. G.V. Turner, engineer [the owner’s son]
Herman Goulding, fireman.
John McDowell, night watchman.
J.L. Turner and Rose Plew were seriously injured and Orlando Seiders and Peter Nelson were slightly hurt. The cause of the explosion is not known. Damage, $5,000.[380]

Following the destruction of the mill, he moved with his son Loren to Seattle, King Co., Washington. Gideon V. Turner, born in Canada, was naturalized as a U.S. citizen at the Seattle District Court in the state of Washington on 5 February 1894, with guarantors N.J. Irish and W.M. Watson.[381]
    Known issue:

  1. Isaac Loren [or Loring?] Turner, born ca. 12 November 1848 in Ontario, died 16 January 1938 at Seattle, King Co., Washington, aged 89 years, 2 months, and 4 days.[382] He appears with his parents as an unmarried son “Doran,” aged 21 years, in the 1870 census of Michigan. Thus the received date of his marriage cannot be correct. He married (reportedly 1 January 1870, in Howell Tp., Livingston Co., Michigan) his half-cousin once removed, Bethena Marr, born 21 August 1854 in Michigan, who died at an unknown date at Seattle, daughter of Cyrus and Olive (Chase) Marr, of Livingston Co.[383] They are found in the 1880 census of Zilwaukee, Saginaw Co., Michigan, which says Loren Turner “runs a shingle mill.”[384] Subsequently, at an unknown date, he removed to Seattle, Washington. Issue:[385]
    1. Nellie Turner, born ca. 1872-73 in Michigan, living 1880.
    2. Cyrus B. Turner, born ca. 1875-76 in Michigan, living 1880.
    3. Clara A. Turner, born ca. 1878 in Michigan, probably died young as she is not named by Wheeler.
    4. Laura A. Turner, born 6 December 1879 at Zelwaukie, Saginaw Co., Michigan,[386] in Michigan, died 20 Aug 1952 in Washington State, aged 72 years,[387] and buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Seattle.[388] She married by 1908, Quintin Gray Peniston, of Seattle, Washington, born 26 April 1874 (per tombstone) in England (according to the entries for his children in the 1930 census), died 4 November 1927, and buried with his wife; according to a transcripton of the stones his first name is there spelled Quentin, but we have not confirmed the reading. Laura Peniston appears as a widow in the 1930 census of Seattle, her occupation and those of her children being listed as “none.”[389] Issue:
      1. Dorothea Peniston, born 1908-09 (aged 21 in 1930), living unmarried with her mother in 1930.
      2. Quintin Pearman Peniston, born (perhaps posthumously) 8 December 1910,[390] died in September 1981 at Kingston, Kitsap Co., Washington.[391] He was living unmarried with his mother in 1930. He received a Masters degree in Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1933, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1939. He worked as an organic chemist and chemical engineer in various places, mainly in the State of Washington.[392] He was author of several scientific papers.[393] In 1975, he and a colleague, Edwin Lee Johnson, registered a patent for a “Method of recovering chitosan and other by-products from shellfish waste and the like” (U.S. patent no. 3862122), which describes the now-standard process of extracting chitosan — a substance which inhibits the absorption of dietary fats — from chiton in the shells of various arthropods. He married in 1943, ________, and had two children, but we have not been able to obtain further details.
    5. Hazel Turner.
    6. Bessie Turner.
    7. Ruth Turner.
  2. John Byron Turner, born ca. 5 June 1850, died 10 November 1850, aged 5 months, 5 days, and buried in Green River Baptist Cemetery, Pickering Tp.
  3. John Byron Turner, apparently born 1851 (aged 1 year in 1852), living 1852 but not found with his parents in the 1870 census.
  4. William G.V. Turner,[394] born ca. 1856 in Canada, died s.p. 1 June 1883. He was living with his parents in 1870 but not with in his father in 1880. Nothing further of him was known until we received a message from his wife’s great-grandniece, Kate Wheeler, who supplied the following very interesting account of him:
    William is first listed in the City Directory of Saginaw in 1877 as a laborer. Prior to that, he may have lived outside of Saginaw with his family, but I’ve found no record of that. As a single working man, he lived at the corner of Miller and 14th Streets.
    Some time in late 1882 or early 1883 (I haven’t confirmed the exact date yet), he married Augusta Solms, the daughter of Count Emich zu Solms-Wildenfels and Countess Maria Anna zu Solms-Wildenfels (née Otto). Count Emich [1820-1883], my great-great grandfather, came to the Tittabawassee area in 1848 after the March Revolution. He was the editor of the Saginaw Zeitung, the German language newspaper, but is listed as a �gentleman� in census information. Augusta was his sixth of seven children; she was born in March 1859.
    William Turner died on June 1, 1883. He was killed in a boiler explosion that destroyed his father’s shingle mill, G.V. Turner & Sons, which was located eight miles south of Saginaw City. He is listed in a newspaper article about the explosion as an engineer at the mill. The story was picked up by the Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel on June 6, 1883. William was buried in Brady Hill Cemetery, which is now called Forest Lawn Cemetery. The cemetery records state that he was 28 years old at his death. Augusta was remarried in 1907 to William A. Roeser.
  5. Robert I. Turner, born ca. 1865-66 in Canada, living 1880.
  6. Berdie M. Turner (daughter), born ca. 1875-76 in Michigan, living 1880.

Generation 3

10. Mary3 Tool, daughter of John Tool and Catharine Wurts, was born 9 or 12 September 1817 at Pine Orchard, Whitchurch Tp., York Co., Ontario,[395] died 22 October 1906 in Pickering Tp., Ontario, aged 89 years, and as “Mary Tool relict of the late Hawkins Woodruff” is buried with her husband in the Friends’ Cemetery, Mill Street, in the town of Pickering. She married 29 November 1837, after publication of banns, in Pickering Tp.,[396] Hawkins Woodruff, born 16 April 1812 in Pickering Tp., died 7 June 1878 in Pickering Tp., of dropsy,[397] aged 66 years, son of Noadiah and Charity (Powell) Woodruff, of lot 17, conc. 2, Pickering Tp.[398] At the time of their marriage both parties were of Pickering Tp.; the witnesses were “Zelata Harvey Woodruff” [recte Zelotes, the groom’s brother] and Rachel Toole. Hawkins Woodruff was living on part of his parents’ land, lot 17, concession 2 of Pickering, in 1837.[399] He bought Lot 18, Concession 4 in 1849, and according to census and assessment records lived there with his family by 1851.[400] The 1851 Assessment Roll records Hawkins Woodruff as the owner and occupant of 100 acres of parts of lots 17, and 18, Concession 4. The 1851 census describes the house as a log construction, while ten years later the 1861 census notes the presence of a one and-a-half storey stone house. “It is believed that the Woodruffs operated a woollen textile rottage industry from the rear addition to the house sometime in the nineteenth century. An early water supply system was developed with the source located up the hill to the east of the house. It was fed from the source by a lead pipe to the textile production area.”[401] The house, which has the initials H.W. (for Hawkins Woodruff) scratched on a stone on the northwest corner, still stands (1999).[402] Hawkins and Mary (Tool) Woodruff are listed in the 1871 census, in which he is called a farmer, his origin given as Irish, and their religion given as Quaker.[403] In his death record, Hawkins Woodruff is called a farmer, of lot 18, concession 4 of Pickering, and his religion as Society of Friends. Mary appears as a widow in the 1881 census of Pickering Tp., with her children Emma, Emmet, and Selena, the family’s religion being given as Quaker.[404] She also appears in the household of her daughter Emma (Woodruff) Allaway in the 1901 census.[405] For further details on this family, not incorporated here, see John W. Sabean, “The Woodruff Family of Pickering,” cited above.
    Issue (mainly according to Wood and the 1941 Tool genealogy):

  1. Elizabeth Woodruff, born 1837-38 (aged 33 in 1871); still living unmarried with her parents in 1871, but not in 1881. The 1941 Tool genealogy sates that she married ____ Ryan, but does not show any issue.
  2. John Woodruff, born ca. 1840, died 13 February 1897, aged 57 years, and buried with his wife in the Friends’ Cemetery, Mill Street, in the town of Pickering. He married in 1862,[406] Sarah Rebecca Andrews, born 1838-39, died 30 May 1897, aged 58 years, daughter of Caleb Andrews. In 1881 he was living in Pickering Tp., quite close to his mother, and was a cattle dealer, his family’s religion being Quaker.[407] Known issue, all born in Ontario (per 1881 census):
    1. Hawkins Warren Woodruff, born 1864-65, died 15 September (per tombstone) or 16 September (per death record) 1898 in Pickering Tp., aged 33 years, 9 months, of typho-malarial fever,[408] and buried in St. George’s Anglican Cemetery, Pickering. He is not to be confused with his like-named uncle below. In his death record he is called a butcher, his address given as Pickering Tp., and his religion as Church of England. He married Annie Goodman, died 30 October 1935, aged 68 years, and buried with her husband. According to the 1941 Tool genealogy, he had children John, Mabel, Albert, Eve, and Russel Woodruff, of whom the first four died young. There was also a son James Allan Woodruff, died 15 February 1894, aged 11 months, and buried with his parents.
    2. Zelotes Harvey Woodruff, born about 30 September 1867, died 15 April 1902 at Chicago (per Tool genealogy), aged 34 years, 6 months, 15 days, and buried with his parents. He should not be confused with his uncle of the same name.
    3. Mary (“Minnie”) Woodruff, born 21 October 1869, died 7 March 1929. She married 5 September 1888, James Harvey Burkholder, born 19 August 1869, died 26 December 1941 of heart failure. This couple appears in the 1941 Tool genealogy, but our account of them has been greatly improved by information from Ruth Burkholder. They had issue:
      1. Frederick Warren Burkholder, born 7 October 1898, died __ October 1946, and buried St. George's Cemetery, Trenton. He married (as her first husband) 12 April 1911, Rose Elizabeth Whitley, who married secondly, ____ Miller. There were no children.
      2. Wilfrid Earl Burkholder, born 11 July 1895, died __ February 1992. He married (1) 14 June 1919, Anna Laura (“Betty”) Dunning, born 5 June 1894, died 11 February 1974. He married (2) in 1975, Ann Theresa (“Tommy”) Thompson. Issue:
        1. Joanne Maxine Burkholder; married 22 October 1941, Percival John Fillimore.
        2. A stillborn son.
        3. Paul Woodruff Burkholder; married (1) 24 May 1946, Jean A. Rushworth; married (2) 31 October 1975, Connie Glead.
        4. Suzanne (“Sue”) Patricia Burkholder; married 29 August 1952, Stanley Devor Jeffrey.
      3. Gertrude Marie Burkholder, born 29 November 1898, died __ October 1946. She married 22 June 1918, John Cleveland Baillie. Only child:
        1. Gertrude Merle Baillie; married Norman George Snyder.
    4. Emmaline Woodruff, born ca. 1870-71, married ____ Gilbert, and went to Chicago.
    5. Frankland (“Frank”) Woodruff, born ca. 1872-73; did not marry.
    6. Elizabeth Woodruff, born ca. 1874-75. According to the 1941 Tool genealogy, she married Fred Kerr, and had issue:
      1. S.W. Kerr, married Claire Gould. Issue: Harvey Kerr, Joanne Kerr.
      2. Alma Kerr, married Herbert Wilson. Issue: Audrey Wilson, John Wilson.
      3. Norris Kerr, married Mabel Colen; no issue.
  3. Jemima Woodruff, probably born in 1840-50, not found with her parents in 1871, but apparently still alive in 1911.
  4. Zelotes Harvey Woodruff, said to have been born ca. 1842, apparently still alive in 1911, said in the 1941 Tool genealogy to have died in Ohio. He has not been found in the 1881 census of Canada or the 1880 census of the U.S. He should not be confused with an uncle of the same name, Zelotes Harvey Woodruff (1794/95-1867), who with his wife Annie [Lamoreaux] (1799-1857) is buried in the abandonned Woodruff Cemetery, Brock Road, Pickering Tp.[409]
  5. Jerusha C. Woodruff [presumably female], said to have been born ca. 1844, not found with parents in 1871, but apparently still alive in 1911.
  6. Noadiah Woodruff, said to have been born ca. 1848, not found with his parents in 1871, but apparently still alive in 1911. He has not been found in the 1881 census of Canada or the 1880 census of the U.S. The 1941 Tool genealogy seems to suggest that he married the widow of his brother Zelotes.
  7. Maria Woodruff, born 1851-52 (aged 19 in 1871), still living unmarried with her parents in 1871 but not in 1881, though she was apparently still alive in 1911.
  8. Hawkins Warren Woodruff, perhaps the Hawkins Woodruff, born 1852-53 (aged 18 years in 1871), who appears as a stray in the 1871 census of Osprey Tp., Grey Co., but his “origin” is given as German and his religion as Wesleyan Methodist, which does not correspond to the information given for his parents in the same year.[410] According to a patrons’ submission record indexed in the IGI (but not checked by us in the original), Hawkins Warren Woodruff went to Ontario Tp., Wayne Co., N.Y. We have not found him in the 1881 census of Canada or the 1880 or 1900 censuses of the U.S.
  9. Catharine Lois Woodruff, born 1853-54 (aged 17 in 1871), died (unmarried) 14 June 1927, aged 75 years, and buried with her parents. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1871 but not in 1881. After the death of her mother in 1906, Catherine Woodruff leased the family property until she sold it in 1911 to Thomas Reevely.[411]
  10. Emmeline/Emma Woodruff (called Emmaline in her youth), born 15 or 16 December 1859,[412] on her parents’ homestead on Brock Road,[413] died 17 October 1920, at her home on Elizabeth Street, Pickering,[414] and buried two days later in the Old Methodist Cemetery, Elizabeth Street, Pickering. She was still living unmarried with her mother in 1881. She married (as his second wife)[415] 1 March 1894 in Pickering Tp.,[416] William Green Allaway, born 15 September 1852 in Markham Tp., died 6 November 1924, and buried with his first wife, son of Alfred Alloway by his wife Elizabeth Wilkinson.[417] died 6 November 1924, and buried with his two wives in Pickering Old Methodist Cemetery. Emma and her husband are found in the 1901 census of Pickering Tp., and her mother was living with them at the time.[418] A death notice for Emma (Woodruff) Allaway reads:
    Her many friends will regret to hear of the death of Mrs. Wm. Allaway, which took place on Sunday morning at her home on Elizabeth Street. The deceased had been in failing health for several months, and for the last three weeks has been confined to her bed. Everything that medical skill and loving hands could do failed to bring relief from her sufferings. Her maiden name was Emma Woodruff, being the youngest daughter of the late Hawkins and Mrs. Woodruff. She was born in March, 1860, on the old homestead on the Brock road, just north of the C.N.R., the farm being now ownede by C. Simpson. She qualified for the teaching profession and taught school for three years. Twenty six years ago she married Mr. Allaway, who survives her. She had three of a family, Mrs. Smith, of Toronto, Marjorie, at home, and Clayton, who died when three years of age. She was a faithful member of the Methodist Church and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. Her funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon when internment took place in the Methodist cemetery. Mr. Allawy and daughter have the heartfelt sympathy of the community in their bereavement.
    Known issue:
    1. Mary Gladys Allaway, born 21 September 1895 in Ontario County,[419] living 17 October 1920. According to the 1941 Tool genealogy, she married William Smith. She is described as “Mrs. Smith, of Toronto” in her mother’s death notice.
    2. Stillborn child, born 8 March 1897.[420]
    3. Catherine Marjory Allaway, born 26 January 1899 in Ontario County,[421] living 17 October 1920. She was still living unmarried with her parents at the time of her mother’s death in 1920. According to the 1941 Tool genealogy she afterward married James Blakely.
    4. William Clayton Allaway, born 27 January 1901 in Ontario County,[422] died __ July 1904, and buried with his parents in Pickering Old Methodist Cemetery.
  11. Emmet Emsley Woodruff, born 1861-62 (aged 9 in 1871), living unmarried with his widowed mother in 1881, when he was a farmer. According to Jeff Fowler, he married Polly Parrot, and had issue:
    1. Laura Woodruff.
    2. William Woodruff.
  12. Selena Woodruff, born 1866-67 (aged 4 in 1871), still living with her widowed mother in 1881, but probably died young, as she is not mentioned by Wood or in the 1941 Tool genealogy.
Woodruff house, Pickering township

Woodruff house, Pickering Township, built in the 1850s

11. John3 Tool,[423] of Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, son of John Tool and Catharine Wurts, was born 8 May 1819 at Pine Orchard, Whitchurch Tp., died 27 December 1901, of old age, aged 82 years and 7 months,[424] and was buried in Whitevale Cemetery, Pickering Tp., Ontario. He married (1) by 1849, Harriet Woodruff, said to have been born 30 October 1819, died 7 June 1875, aged 55 years, 7 months, and 8 days, and buried in Whitevale Cemetery.[425] He married (2) in 1875-81, Permelia ____, born 1833-34 (aged 47 in 1881), who on chronological grounds, and considering the rarity of the name, was in our view almost certainly identical with Permelia J. (Hamilton) Turner, born 1833-34 (aged 67 at death), died 15 November 1901 at Pickering, and buried in Green River Baptist Cemetery, widow of George W. Turner (1834-1874, who was almost certainly a brother of Gideon V. Turner, husband of John Tool’s half-aunt Clarissa Wurts, below), and daughter of James Hamilton and Bethena Marr (which Bethena was the said Clarissa Wurts’s uterine half-sister).[426] If our supposition is correct, then her tombstone says nothing of her second marriage to John Tool, but this would not be at all uncharacteristic for the period. The matter should have been settled by her death record, but her death does not appear to have been properly recorded. Wood states that John Tool “settled on concession five [of Pickering Tp.] about 1830,” which is clearly too early given his birthdate. But he is listed in the 1881 census of Pickering Tp. as a farmer, and the religion of his family given as Canadian Methodist.[427] In his death record he is called a farmer, of Whitchurch Tp., and his religion given as Methodist.
    Known issue, all by first wife (according to Wood, and the 1941 Tool genealogy):

  1. George Tool, born 26 April 1849 in Whitchurch Tp., died 3 December 1910 in Pickering Tp., and buried with his parents in the Union Cemetery, Whitevale. He married 10 March 1874 in the parsonage, Stouffville, Markham Tp.,[428] Jane Middleton, born 11 December 1849, died 10 Feb 1920 in Pickering Tp., daughter of James and Jane (Harrison) Middleton.[429] At the time of their marriage he was a farmer; the witnesses were Thomas Collins and Rachael Middleton, both of Pickering Tp. They are found in the 1901 census of Pickering Tp.[430] George Tool was of the fifth concession of Pickering in 1911 (Wood). He is enumerated very close to this father in the 1881 census of Pickering Tp., in which he is called a farmer, and his family’s religion given as Canadian Methodist.[431] A brief death notice of his wife reads, “This neighborhood was greatly shocked to hear of the death of a former resident, Mrs. George Tool, which took place on Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. [Elizabeth] Richardson, of Toronto.”[432] Known issue, all born in Ontario:
    1. Mary Mabel Tool, born 13 August 1875, living unmarried with her brother Silas in 1901. According to the 1941 Tool genealogy, she remained unmarried.
    2. William J. Tool, born 21 January 1877 in Pickering Tp., died (unmarried) 23 February 1899, aged 22 years, and buried with his family in the Union Cemetery, Whitevale, he and his father sharing the same tombstone.
    3. Silas Tool, born 9 September 1878 at Whitevale, Pickering Tp., died 1959, and buried with his wife and family in Whitevale Cemetery. In 1901 he was living unmarried with his sister Mabel in Pickering Tp., very close to their parents.[433] He married 30 October 1901 at Claremont, Pickering Tp.,[434] Elizabeth Gourlie, born 1879 in Uxbridge Tp., died 1954, daughter of James Gourlie, of Uxbridge Tp., by his wife Louisa Hockley.[435] At the time of their marriage he was a farmer, living at Whitevale, and his wife was of Uxbridge; the witnesses were Leslie Hodgson, of Altona, Pickering Tp., and Edith Gourlie, of Claremont. He was of the fifth concession of Pickering Tp. by 1911 (Wood). He was probably the Silas Tool who co-authored the 1941 Tool genealogy. Issue:
      1. George Tool, born 8 September 1902 in Pickering Tp., died shortly before 28 November 1984, being described his death notice as a son of Silas and Elizabeth Tool.[436]
      2. Edith Louise Tool, born 11 April 1904 in Pickering Tp.; married 18 November 1936, Howard Beare, son of John Beare and Harriet Roach. As of late 1940 they had only an adopted child, Robert Beare, born in May 1940.
      3. Mary Jane Tool, born 18 September 1906 in Pickering Tp., unmarried in 1940.
    4. Elizabeth (“Libbie”) Jane, born 9 March 1880 in Pickering Tp., died 22 or 27 March 1934, and buried with her parents in the Union Cemetery, Whitevale. She married after early 1901 (when she was still living unmarried with her parents), William Alfred Richardson.[437] Known issue:
      1. Elizabeth Jane Richardson, born 18 November 1909 at Toronto, unmarried in 1940.
      2. Harry Richardson, born 20 January 1912; married 3 June 1938, Victoria Dudley, born 29 May 1913, daughter of W.E.G. Dudley and May Huggins. As of late 1940 they had one child:
        1. Patricia Jane Richardson, born 25 April 1940.
    5. Harriet Georgina Tool, born 11 March 1891.
  2. Susan Ann Tool, born 15 September 1850, died 18 March 1903. She married 3 January 1877,[438] Thomas P. Collin, born 2 September 1850 in England, son of John Collin and Ann Hodgson. At the time of their marriage both were of Pickering Tp., he was a farmer, and the witnesses were John Tool Jr. and Mary Collin, both of Pickering. Issue:
    1. John Franklin Collin, born 6 March 1878.
    2. Ralph Garfield Collin, born 19 September 1880.
    3. Russel Collin, born 18 February 1882.
    4. Harriet Collin, born 25 February 1892 [?].
  3. Mary Janet Tool, born 10 July 1852 in Whitby Tp., died 15 January 1923 at Guelph, Ontario. She married 25 February 1873 in Pickering Tp.,[439] Robert Place, born 21 May 1850 in Pickering Tp. Issue:
    1. Cora Gertrude Place, born 19 March 1874.
    2. Harriet May Place, born 2 October 1874 [recte 1875?].
    3. Ada Florence Place, b: 2 December 1876.
    4. Nettie Place, b: 5 December 1878.
    5. Wilmot John Place, born 5 July 1882.
    6. Ernest Place, born 30 June 1885.
    7. Wesley Jay Place, born 2 December 1886.
  4. Harriet Tool (twin), born 15 December 1854 in Ontario Co., Ontario, living 1896. She married 14 April 1879 in Lexington, Sanilac Co., Michigan, Isaac H. Madill, born ca. 1854 in Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario. He was not related in any known way to Joshua B. Madill, below. Issue:[440]
    1. Ford Madill, born ca. 1879 in Canada, said to have died in infancy.
    2. Percival H. Madill, born 22 Jan 1879 at Port Huron, Michigan, died 1 March 1966 at Tuolumne, California. He married 1 March 1919 at Washington, Illinois, Gertrude Starkey, born 29 December 1897 at Chicago, Illinois, died 14 February 1974 at Tuolumne. Known issue:
      1. Lola Madill, born 1919.
      2. Percival Harry Madill (twin), born 29 March 1925.
      3. Gertrude Marguerite Madill (twin), born 29 March 1925.
    3. Roy Kenneth Madill, born 30 June 1886 at St. Louis, Missouri, died 23 October 1949 at Los Angeles, California. He married 20 July 1911 at Boston, Massachusetts, Mary Harriet Fernald, born 26 October 1890 in New Hampshire, died 31 August 1966 at Los Angeles. Known issue:
      1. Amelia Madill, born 15 June 1912 in New Hampshire.
      2. Ilona Madill, born 1912 (if a twin to Amelia) or later.
    4. John Tool Madill, born 23 June 1888 at St. Louis, Missouri, died 18 April 1952 at Boston. He married 19 August 1914 at Boston, Ethel May Brough, born 19 April 1895 at Boston, died 1 June 1960 at Sommerville, Massachusetts. Known issue:
      1. June Marie Madill, born ____.
      2. Ethel Sarah Madill, born 1916 in Connecticut.
      3. Lylian Frances Madill, born 26 June 1919 at Boston.
      4. Kenneth John Madill, born 28 December 1920 at Boston.
      5. Robert Edmond Madill, born 30 March 1922 at Sommerville.
      6. Doris Magill, born 1924.
      7. Marion Ruth Madill, born 2 September 1928 at Lynn, Massachusetts.
      8. Donald Eugene Madill, born 13 January 1935 at Somerville.
    5. Maude Madill, born 11 October 1892 at St. Louis, Missouri, died 20 February 1946 at Los Angeles. She married in 1931 at Washington, Illinois, Robert H. King. We do not know whether they had issue.
    6. Lillian Madill, born 12 December 1896 at St. Louis, Missouri. She married 5 May 1916 at St. Louis, Missouri, Albert F. Gartiser.
  5. Henrietta Tool (twin), born 15 or 19 December 1854 in Pickering Tp., died 8 May 1936 at Port Huron, Michigan. She married 7 January 1874 in Markham Tp.,[441] Joshua B. Madill, born 24 November 1850, son of Henry W. Madill, of lot 20, concession 7 of Pickering Tp. (near the town of Claremont), by the latter’s wife Phoebe Sharrard, daughter of Sylvanus W. Sharrard and Ruth Wixon, daughter of the Joshua Wixon and Rachael Eggleston mentioned elsewhere in these notes.[442] A sketch of her husband in a local history reads:
    Joshua B. Madill, proprietor and manager of the Ubly grist-mills [in Bingham Township, Huron County], was born November 24, 1850, in Ontario Co., Can., and is the son of Henry W. and Phebe (Sharnard) Madill. His parents are members of the agricultural class, and were born in Toronto. They reside in Ontario County and are aged respectively 63 and 55 years.
    Mr. Madill acquired a fair education in his youth, and when he was 23 years of age was married to Henrietta Tool. The event occurred in Ontario County, Jan. 7, 1874. Mrs. Madill is the daughter of John and Harriet (Woodruff) Tool. Her parents are natives of Ontario, of Canadian origin, and are farmers by occupation. Her mother died when she was 25 years old, in 1875. Her father resides in Ontario. Mrs. Madill was born December 19, 1854, in Ontario Co., Can. Four children have been born to her husband, in the following order : Lottie, Phebe, Hattie and Ross.
    After marriage they removed to the village of Brougham in Ontario County, where they pursued the vocation of farming two years, at the expiration of which time they left the Dominion of Canada and located at Lexington, Sanilac County, where Mr. Madill became interested in a carriage factory, and was also in charge of the affairs of the aged grandfather of his wife [i.e. John Tool]. He went thence to the township of Marion in the same county and settled on 160 acres of land which he had previously purchased. On this he pursued agricultural operations until the fall of 1881. At that date he set out with a portable saw-mill, which he operated in various parts of Sanilac and Huron counties until 1883, when he came to Ubly and erected a grist-mill. The establishment is devoted chiefly to local work, and is fitted with the machinery constructed by J.T. Noah, of Buffalo, N.Y., and has a producing capacity of 75 barrels daily.
    Mr. Madill is a Republican, and has held the local offices of his township and school district. He is present School Director. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Madill is Clerk of the society.[443]
    In the 1929 death notice of her brother John, Henrietta is described as “Mrs. Madill, who resides with her daughter in Port Huron.” Known issue:
    1. Charlotte (“Lottie”) Madill, born 30 April 1875.
    2. Phoebe Madill, born 19 October 1876 in Michigan. She married 7 November 1894 at Ubly, Huron Co.,[444] William S. Philp, born 1870-71 (aged 23 years in 1894) in Michigan, son of Thos. J. Philp and Hannah White.
    3. Harriet Madill, born 12 March 1878.
    4. Ross R. Madill, born 26 March 1882 in Sanilac Co. He married 12 April 1905 at Croswell, St. Clair Co., Michigan,[445] Nattie Mcgunus, born 1880-81 (aged 24 years in 1905) at Croswell, daughter of Charles McGunus and ____ Reid. Ruth Madill in 1907
    5. Ruth Madill, born 15 September 1890 at Ubly, a senior at Port Huron High School in 1907.[446] She married 5 September 1916 at Port Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan,[447] Clinton C. Davis, born 1883-84 (aged 32 years in 1916) in Michigan, son of Cyrus G. Davis and Eliza Gundry.
    6. Earl Madill, born 4 April 1891 in Michigan. He married 6 September 1916 at Port Huron, St. Clair Co., Michigan,[448] Mary M. Welsh, born 1894-95 (aged 21 years in 1916) in Michigan, daughter of T.H. Welsh and Anna Brown.
  6. John W. Toole, born 19/20 July 1857 in Pickering Tp., died 16 October 1929 during a visit to Port Huron, Michigan, and buried 30 October following in Woodlawn Cemetery. He was living unmarried with his father in 1881, when he is called a farmer. He (as John W. Toole) married 27 December 1882 in Guelph Tp., Wellington Co.,[449] Sarah J. Britton, born 25 July 1856. They are found in the 1901 census of Pickering Tp.[450] According to Wood, he was of the fifth concession of Pickering in 1911. A death notice reads:
    Word was received in Guelph on Monday, October 28th, of the sudden death of John W. Toole, formerly of the 5th conc. of Pickering, and father of the late Prof. Wade Toole. Mr. Toole left Guelph about a month ago to visit his sister, Mrs. [Henrietta] Madill, who resides with her daughter in Port Huron. He was planning to return to his home in Guelph, when he was overcome by a hear attack, from which he never rallied. The funeral took palce on Wednesday, October 30th, from his late residence, 55 Kirkland Str., Guelph, to Woodlawn Cemetery.[451]
    Issue:
    1. Mary Toole, born 23 May 1884, died 14 September following, and buried with her paternal grandparents in Whitevale Cemetery.
    2. Wade Toole, B.S.A., M.S., born 3 March 1886 in Pickering Tp., died v.p. 12 January 1928 in Guelph Township, of acute appendicitis, and buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph.[452] He was still living with his parents in 1901. He received the B.S.A. (Bachelor of Agricultural Science) and M.S. degrees, and became a professor at the Ontario Agricultural College, Guelph. He was the author of The Book of Live Stock (Toronto, 1921), and (in collaboration with J.P. Sackville), of Sheep (Toronto, 1919). He also contributed at least one article on animal husbandry to a newspaper.[453] He served as one of the two first co-Presidents of the Canadian Society of Animal Science, founded in 1926.[454] A brief death notice reads: “It was with great regret and sorrow that the old-time friends of the Toole family heard of the death of Prof. Wade Toole, and the hearts of the people of Brougham are with the aged parents and family in the [sic] sorrow.”[455] He married Mabel ____, who survived him, her address being given in his death record as Ontario Agricultural College. They were probably the parents of:
      1. Grant Wade Toole, described in his marriage notice as “son of Wade Toole,” married 3 October 1942 at Guelph, Ontario,[456] Mary Katherine Beatty, daughter of Milton James Beatty.

12. Jemima3 Wurts, daughter of Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner, was born ca. 1824 in Peel Co., Ontario,[457] died 28 December 1898, aged 74 years, following a three-year paralysis.[458] She married 6 May 1845, following publication of banns, by Methodist Episcopal rites,[459] James Patterson Hutton, born 17 May 1821 in the Niagara region, died 20 March 1901,[460] son of Alexander Hutton, Sr., of Huttonville, Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., by his wife Mary Young.[461] Jemima was of Chinguacousy at the time of her marriage. In 1855 her husband purchased the sawmill at Wolf Den (later Huttonville) owned by a Mr. Brown, and “among other improvements put in a circular saw, a lath and shingle mill.”[462] He and his family are found in the 1871 census of the township, in which James Hutton and his son Alexander are called lumber merchants, and his family’s religion is given as Episcopal Methodist; they had one servant.[463] Similar information is given for his family in 1881.[464] In between, he is listed as “James. P. Hutton, Esq., Mill owner, Postmaster,” of Huttonville, in a directory published in 1874.[465] In 1901 he, then a widower, was living at Georgetown in the household of his daughter Augusta Phoebe (Hutton) Williams.[466]

James P. Hutton    Jemima (Wurts) Hutton
James P. Hutton & Jemima Wurts
from Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel (1877), p. 55

    A brief memoir of James P. Hutton published in 1877 states that he was an active Liberal. “He has been engaged in farming and lumbering most of his life, owning three hundred acres of land in a block, about a hundred of which are cleared. [He] was President and Director of the Peel Agricultural Society …; was appointed Magistrate in 1857; is captain of the militia; [and] has been a member of the Chinguacousy [Township] Council for about ten years, holding the position of Deputy Reeve all the time.”[467] From another source we learn that his presidency of the Agricultural Society lasted for three terms, from 1870 to 1872.[468]

Hutton farm
The Hutton House and Farm
from Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel (1877), p. 55

    A description of his sawmill published in 1877 states, “The mill … has been cutting from ten to twenty thousand feet of lumber per day, giving employment to a large number of men. He [Hutton] has also in connection a planing mill for matching, planing, etc. The shingle mill last year made in the neighborhood of two million shingles, and the lath mill cut about 400,000 feet of lumber. The whole machine is driven by a Leffell wheel, with a power of 7½ feet head of water.”[469] It is apparent from the appearance of the place that he was a very wealthy man.

Eclectic Female Institute, Brampton, Ontario  
The Eclectic Female Institute, Brampton, Ontario,
of which James P. Hutton was a patron
 

    James P. Hutton is possibly the James Patterson Hutton of whom obituaries appeared in the Canadian Champion of 14 March 1901, p. 3, col. 1, and 28 March 1901, p. 2, col. 5, and in the Acton Free Press of 28 March 1901, p. 3, col. 3, but we have not had an opportunity to check the original records.
    James P. Hutton was probably a brother of Henry H. Hutton, Principal of the Eclectic Female Institute at Brampton, an exclusive girls’ academy, of which James was a “patron” and where his daughter, Mary J. Hutton, is recorded as a pupil in 1863.[470]
    Known issue:

  1. Augusta Phoebe Hutton, born ca. 1845, probably died young.
  2. Mary Jane Hutton, born ca. 1847, a pupil at the Eclectic Female Institute, Brampton, in 1863.
  3. Catharine A. Hutton, born ca. 1849.
  4. 22 Alexander Clemens Hutton, born ca. 1850.
  5. 23Phoebe Augusta Hutton, born ca. 1851.
  6. Elizabeth Letitia Hutton, born 26 October 1853. She was living with her parents in 1881, and was living unmarried at Georgetown in the household of her sister Augusta Phoebe (Hutton) Williams in 1901.[471]
  7. James Oscar Hutton, born 9 March 1856 (per 1901 census and tombstone) at Huttonville, died 16 May 1931 (per tombstone), and buried in Churchville Cemetery, Churchville, Peel Co. (see transcription of tombstone below). He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1881. He is called John in the 1871 census but Oscar J. in the 1881 and 1901 censuses. It is possible he was originally named John, but was called James after the presumed death by 1881 of a younger brother James (see below). In agreement with his tombstone and with both the birth and death records of his son Borthwick, he is called James Oscar Hutton at his marriage, 2 January 1884 at Georgetown, to Agnes Franklin Barber, born 13 October 1858 (per 1901 census and tombstone) at Georgetown, died 28 March 1941 (per tombstone), and buried with her husband, daughter of James Barber and Jessie Hope. At the time of the marriage, the record of names both sets of parents, he was a manufacturer, of Huttonville, and she was of Georgetown; the witnesses were William McLeod and Ellen J. Smith, both of Georgetown.[472] He is called “J. Oscar Hutton” in a newspaper article which states of him that he “built a woollen mill and in 1885 an electric power plant to run it. The dam and hydro plant in Huttonville produced sufficient electricity that a line was erected that same year and power was supplied to Brampton until 1912.”[473] Oscar Hutton and his family are enumerated in the 1901 census of the town of Brampton, in which he is called an insurance agent.[474]
        His tombstone reads:[475]
    James Oscar Hutton
    May 9 1856 †May 16 1931
    His Wife
    Agnes F. Barber
    Oct. 13 1858 †Mar. 28 1941
    J. Borthwick Hutton M.D.
    May 6 1887 †Aug. 2 1931
    Frank Hope Hutton
    Apr. 23 1889 †Oct. 15 1900

        Known issue:

    1. James Borthwick Hutton, M.D., physician, born 6 May 1887 at Brampton,[476] died unmarried 2 August 1931 at Portsmouth, Frontenac Co., Ontario, and buried with his parents.[477] He was residing at Kingston, Ontario, at the time of his death.
    2. Frank Hope Hutton, born 23 April 1889, died 15 October 1900, and buried with his parents.
    3. Jessie Annette Hutton, born 12 June 1895. She married 19 November 1924 at Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario,[478] Lloyd John Davis, born 1900-1901 (aged 23 at marriage), son of Jno. H. Davis and Jennie Shanessy. The record names her parents as Jas. O. Hutton and Agnes Barber.
  8. James Hutton, born about 1858-59 (aged 12 in 1871), presumably died by 1881, when he is no longer found in his parents’ household.
  9. Lincoln Hutton, born 26 May 1861 at Huttonville (per death record), died 23 March 1927 at Bolton, Albion Tp., Peel Co., Ontario, aged 65 years, and buried two days later in Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bolton.[479] He was living unmarried with his parents in 1881. A Lincoln Hutton is mentioned in the Georgetown Herald of 30 October 1901, p. 2, but we have not seen the original item. As Lincoln Hutton, conveyancer, of Bolton, he married 7 Jan 1903 at Bolton,[480] Mary Allice Elliott, born 1875-76 (aged 27 in 1903) at Bolton, living 1907, daughter of Robert Elliott and Elizabeth Monkman. At the time of their marriage the bride was residing at Toronto; the witnesses were Fordyce L. Thompson, of Bolton, and Mabel M. Millard, of Toronto. They were living at Bolton at the birth of their son William in 1907, in the record of which Lincoln Hutton is again called a conveyancer. He is called a postmaster in the 1909 birth record of his daughter Mary. In his death record, he is called a conveyancer and postmaster. Known issue:
    1. William Oscar Hutton, born 17 April 1907 at Bolton, Albion Tp., Peel Co.[481]
    2. Mary Gertrude Elizabeth Hutton, born 2 November 1909 at Bolton aforesaid.[482]

13. Charity3 Wurts, daughter of Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner, was born probably about 1826 (her age is stated as only 24 years in the 1852 census, but she was probably slightly older) in Canada, and was still alive in 1852. While we have found no direct evidence pertaining to her parentage, her early appearance in Chinguacousy Township suggests a connection with this branch of the family, and given that Charity was used as an English version of Gertrude, she may well have been named for the mother of Phoebe Warner. Furthermore, the fact that she had a grandson named Maurice would seem to substantiate the connection. She married 12 March 1841, following publication of banns, by Presbyterian rites,[483] Walter Burns, born 1814-15 (aged 37 in 1852) in the U.S., still alive in 1852. In their marriage record, in which the groom’s residence is given as Toronto Tp. and the bride’s as Chinguacousy, his surname incorrectly appears as Barnes. But it is given as Burns in the 1852 census, in the marriage records of both of their daughters, and in the birth records of two of the children of their daughter Mary Jane. This couple is enumerated in the 1852 census of Delaware Tp., Middlesex Co., in which Walter is called a cabinet-maker, and the family’s religion is given as Methodist.[484] Their two younger daughters were married in Peel County in 1863 and 1867, respectively, but we do not know if Charity and Walter Burns were still alive at the time, and we have not found them in any post-1852 census records. Known issue:

  1. Malicia Burns, born 1843-44 (aged 8 in 1852), living with her parents in 1852, but of whom we have found no further record.
  2. Delilah Burns, born about 1845 (aged 6 in 1852, 19 in 1863) in Canada, died 22 November 1869 in Ontario. She married (as his first wife) 15 September 1863 in Peel Co.,[485] her second cousin (through the Warner family), John Wartz Whetham, born apparently 1842-43 (aged 20 in 1863) in Canada, died 15 April 1918 at New Rockford, Eddy Co., North Dakota, son of William Whetham and Rebecca Chrysler (daughter of Adam Chrysler and Elizabeth Warner, and granddaughter of Christian Warner and Gertrude Ecker above-mentioned).[486] At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents without however giving the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were of Chinguacousy. The origin of her husband’s middle name of Wartz, Wertz, or Wortz (as it is variously recorded) is explained by a great-granddaughter Marilyn Siebering in a communication to us via Lesley Weaver. She informs us that John’s mother, Rebecca Chrysler, was sent to live with her Warner grandparents when very young, after her father, Adam Chrysler, was hanged at the end of the war of 1812-1814 for spying for the Americans, leaving his widow with ten children. This arrangement brought Rebecca into regular contact with her aunt Phoebe Warner, wife of Maurice Wurts. John’s successive marriages to two of Maurice Wurts’s granddaughters attest to the closeness of the family connection. He married secondly, Delilah’s first cousin, and his own second cousin, Mary Jane Copeland (see below), daughter of Joseph Copeland and Rebecca Ann Wartz, by whom he had further issue. Issue of Delilah Burns and John Wartz Whetham:[487]
    1. William Bradford Whetham, born 21 August 1865 in Ontario, died 1932 at Warwick, Benson Co., North Dakota. He married by 1886, Mary Elizabeth Dicker, born 1864, died 1936. They were of New Rockford, Eddy Co., North Dakota.[488] Issue:
      1. John Luxmore Whetham, born 1886, died 1932
      2. Maurice W. Whetham, born 1888, died 1899.
      3. Delilah Whetham, born 1891, died 1920.
      4. Christine Whetham, born 1894, died 1982.
      5. James Oscar Whetham, born 1896, died 1966.
    2. Maurice Wartz Whetham, born 7 Oct 1867 near Braunston, in Saurin Tp., Simcoe Co., alive in 1911. He married 21 December 1887 at Craighurst, Simcoe Co.,[489] Margaret Dickie, born 1867-68 (aged 19 in 1887) at Hillsdale, Saurin Tp., Simcoe Co., alive in 1911, daughter of Robert and Margaret (____) Dickie. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of their parents but not the maiden surnames of their mothers, he was a labourer; the witnesses were Ann Thornton and Birdie Thornton. Known issue:
      1. Delilah (“Lela”) Margaret Whetham, born 12 March 1889 in Simcoe Co.
      2. Laurence Whetham, born in April 1895.[490]
  3. Mary Jane Burns, born about 1850 (aged 1 in 1852, 19 in 1867, 29 in 1881) in Canada, living 1881. She married 12 July 1867,[491] Thomas Corner, born around 1836 (aged 27 in 1867, 48 in 1881) in Ireland, living 1881, son of John and Rachel (____) Corner. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents without however giving the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were of Chinguacousy. The marriage record apparently gives the name as Canon, but this cannot be correct as this couple had two children registered under the surname of Corner, the family appears under that name in the 1881 census, and Mary Jane is so called at the time of her second marriage. Thomas is called a carpenter, of Eramosa Tp., in the birth record of their son, Thomas Jr. (1876), and a joiner, of no specified township, in that of their daughter Rachel (1879). They were enumerated in Eramosa Tp. in the 1881 census, in which Thomas is again called a carpenter.[492] As Mary Jane Corner, widow, of Glen Williams, daughter of Walter Burns and Charity Wortz, she married (2) 20 October 1902 at Georgetown,[493] Eli Board, born 1856-57 (aged 45 in 1902) in England, son of Edward Board and Jane Ashford. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, the groom was a quarryman, of Glen Williams; the witnesses were Leah Erwin and H. Wallace, both of Georgetown. Known issue (both by first husband):
    1. James W.A. Corner, born 1873-74 (aged 7 in 1881) in Ontario, a student in 1881.
    2. Thomas Richard Spence Corner, Jr., born 7 March 1876 in Wellington Co.,[494] a student in 1881.
    3. Rachel Maria Corner, born 12 June 1879 in Wellington Co.[495]

14. Rebecca Ann3 Wortz, of Chinguacousy, daughter of Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner, was born say 1828, and was still alive in 1852. She married (as his first wife) 20 September 1848 in the Home District, by licence,[496] Joseph Copeland, also of Chinguacousy, born ca. 1825, said to have died in 1890, son of Jonathan Copeland and Elizabeth Wilkins.[497] At the time of their marriage both parties were of Chinguacousy Tp.; the witnesses were Isaac Minor and John Minor. We have not found this couple in the LDS index to the 1881 census. He married secondly (we have not found a record of the event), Sarah ____, with whom he appears in Chinguacousy Tp. in the 1861 census, also with his two elder daughters by his first marriage, and with three children of the second.[498] Issue:[499]

  1. Maria Jane Copeland, born ca. 1848 (aged 11 in 1861). She married (as his second wife) by 1870, her second cousin, John Wartz Whetham, born apparently 1842-43 (aged 20 in 1863) in Canada, died 15 April 1918 in North Dakota, widower of her cousin Delilah Burns, above, and son of William Whetham and Elizabeth Warner. Issue:
    1. Oscar Whetham, born in July 1871 at Brampton. He married (1) (as her second husband) 23 September 1895 in York Co., Ontario, Elizabeth (____) Rice, who died in childbirth, losing the child at the same time. He married (2) 21 February 1900 in Lincoln Co.,[500] Minnie Rodwell, born 1879-80 (aged 20 in 1900) at Stamford, Ontario, daughter of William Rodwell and Rachel Millward (daughter of Charles Millward and Martha Walters). At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were of St. Catharines, and the groom was a gardner. Issue:
      1. Isabella Leotta Whetham.
      2. Jane Whetham.
      3. Lila Mae Whetham.
      4. Doris Whetham.
      5. Rodwell Sylvester Whetham. He is married, and has three daughters.
      6. Mildred Whetham.
      7. Jacqueline Whetham; married ____ Weaver, and is mother of Lesley Weaver, who has been of great assistance in disentangling this difficult branch of the family.
    2. John C. Whetham, born in September 1873.
  2. Elizabeth Copeland, born ca. 1850 (aged 9 in 1861, 19 in 1870) in Chinguacousy Tp. She married 23 November 1870 in Peel Co., by Methodist rites,[501] Reuben Cardinell, born 1844-45 (aged 25 in 1870) in Chinguacousy Tp., son of Francis and Hanna (____) Cardinell. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were residing in Chinguacousy Tp., and the groom was a labourer; the witnesses were Alex Hutton and ____ Miner (illegible). The first witness was presumably the bride’s first cousin, Alexander Clemens Hutton, son of James Patterson Hutton and Jemima Wurts (above). Known issue:
    1. Gertrude Josephine Cardinell, born 22 September 1871 in Peel Co.
    2. Edward Wesley Cardinell, born 6 November 1874 in Peel Co.
    3. Mary Ann Cardinell, born 6 November 1876 in Peel Co.
    4. Henry Austin Cardinell, born 3 January 1885 in Peel Co.
  3. Charity Ann Copeland, born ca. 1853, died 1854.

15. Joel3 Wurts,[502] primarily of Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., Ontario, son of Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner, was born ca. 1833, and died 31 August 1904 at Brampton, Ontario (where he was buried), aged 71 years, of liver failure.[503] He was living unmarried with his parents in early 1852, but married probably later that same year, Lydia Monck Barton, born 18 March 1836 in Michigan, died 28 April 1914 at the home of her son-in-law, R.J. Boyd, at Stettler, Alberta, aged over 78 years, and buried 30 April following at Stettler.[504] She was of Irish parentage, and her mother’s first name was Grace. Joel Wurts has not yet been located in the 1861 census of Chinquacousy Tp. On 24 October 1862 he received an assignment from the Crown of lots 174 and 175, concession 3 R.G.E. of Artemesia Tp., Grey Co. (near Flesherton), and on 10 November 1868 he was assigned the adjacent lots 176 and 177.[505] An 1866 directory lists him as “Joel Wurts, carpenter,” and shows him as situated on lot 5, concession 5 [West of Hurontario Street], Chinguacousy Tp., near Brampton.[506] The 1871 census calls him a carpenter and gives his religion as Episcopal Methodist.[507] In the 1872 birth record of his son Ernest he is described as a mechanic, of the 5th concession West, Chinguacousy. He was still of Chinguacousy Tp. in 1874, when he is listed as “Joel Wurts, carpenter,” of Huttonville, in a directory published in that year.[508] However, he he subsequently took up residence on his 1862 land grant above-mentioned, before 9 May 1877, when he is called of “lot 174, 3rd [concession] West” in the birth record of his son Frederick. He is also called of Artemisia at the birth of his daughter Grace in 1878, and is listed there in a farmer’s directory of 1880, which calls him a farmer and lists his principal address as lot 179 in the 3rd concession.[509] It is also in Artemesia Tp. that he appears in the censuses of 1881 and 1891, which call him a farmer; his widowed father was living with him in 1881, and their household at that time included a servant.[510] The news from Proto Station in the Flesherton Advance of 17 April 1890 reports that “Mr. Joel Worts [sic] has recovered from his illness.”[511] However, he was back in Chinguacousy at the taking of the 1901 census; living in their household was a boarder, Phoebe Williams, who was probably Joel’s niece, the daughter of Benajah and Catharine (Wurts) Williams, below.[512] According to his great-grandson, Elwood Wurts, “he seems to have retired back to the Brampton by about 1900, and was appointed to the Chinguacousy Board of Health in Jan. 1902.” In his death record, his address is once again given as lot no. 5, concession 5 West [of Chinguacousy Township], and he is said to have been at his place of residence for five years prior to his death. His widow, in a death notice cited above, is described as “Lydia Barton Wurts, relict of Joel Wurst, formerly of Artemesia township and later of Huttonsville, near Brampton. Mrs. Wurst was in her 79th year and was a widow ten years. She leaves one son and two daughters — E.M. Wurts, Melville, Sask.; Mrs. George Vause, Arcola, Sask.; and Mrs. R.J. Boyd, Stettler, Alberta.”

    Known issue:
  1. Maria B. Wurts, born ca. 1852; died v.m. before 28 April 1914. She was living with her parents in 1871 but not in 1881.
  2. John Wurts, born ca. 27 November 1860, died v.p. (and presumably unmarried) 31 August 1882, of scarlet fever,[513] “aged 21 years, 9 months, 4 days” (according to his tombstone), and buried beside his paternal grandfather in the town cemetery, Flesherton, Ontario. He was living with his parents in 1881 but not in 1891. In his death record he is called a farmer, and a Methodist.
  3. Harriet Augusta Wurts, born 13 August 1865 at Brampton, alive in 1943. She was still living with her parents in 1881. She married 17 October 1888 in Artemesia Tp.,[514] Robert James Boyd, living 1897. The Flesherton Advance of 3 November 1943 reported that “Mrs. Jas. Boyd, Regina, and [her sister-in-law] Mrs. M.E. Wurts of Duff, Sask., are visiting the latter’s sister, Mrs. Archie Stewart.”[515] Only known child:
    1. George Franklin Boyd, born 5 November 1897 in Wellington Co.[516]
  4. 24Ernest Major Wurts, born 11 August 1872.[517]
  5. 25Frederick Alexander Wurts, born 9 May 1877 at Brampton.[518]
  6. Effie Grace Wurts, born 2 July 1878 at Brampton,[519] alive at her mother’s death on 28 April 1914. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1901. She married by 1914, George Vause, and in her mother’s death notice they are described as of Arcola, Saskatchewan.

16. Catharine3 Wurts, daughter of Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner, was born 25 April 1836 (according to her tombstone), died 4 February 1908,[520] and was buried in Glen Williams Cemetery, Esquesing Tp., Halton Co. She married 31 December 1858 [in Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co.], by the Rev. Thomas Johnson, of Chinguacousy, Presbyterian Minister,[521] her probable kinsman through the Wurts family, Benajah Williams, born 29 December 1832 (according to his tombstone), died 2 October 1906,[522] and buried in Glen Williams Cemetery, son of Joel Williams, of Esquesing Tp., by the latter’s wife Adeline Bedford.[523] She was living unmarried with her parents in 1852. At the time of their marriage she was of Chinguacousy and her husband of Esquesing; the witnesses were James Quennell and Louisa Mino, both of Chinguacousy Tp. They were living in Esquesing in 1861,[524] on lot 24, concession 5-West of Chinguacousy in 1870-71,[525] and at lot 32, concession 7 of Erin Tp., Wellington Co., near the village of Ballinafad, in 1881.[526] Her husband was a farmer, and their religion was Episcopal Methodist.
    Known issue:

  1. “Lonzo” Williams, born ca. 1860, died 1861-71.
  2. Delilah Theresa Williams, born probably in 1863 (aged 27 in 1890) in Chinguacousy Tp., living unmarried with her parents in 1881. She married 15 January 1890 at Georgetown, Halton Co.,[527] James Elijah Mitchell, born 1865-66 (aged 24 in 1890) in Maryborough Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario, son of Isaac and Bessie (____) Mitchell. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents (but misses the maiden surname of the groom’s mother), the bride was of Glen Williams, and the groom was a liveryman, of Georgetown; the witnesses were Franklin Edge, of Georgetown, and Eliza Williams, of Glen Williams. Known issue:
    1. James Herbert Mitchell, born 20 April 1891 in Halton Co.
    2. Harry Cecil Mitchell, born 9 September 1893 in Halton Co.
  3. 26Joel Williams, born 6/8 July 1864.
  4. Maurice Williams, born 4 July 1866, died unmarried 4 June 1887, and buried with his parents.
  5. Eliza Jane Williams, born 22 April 1870 in Chinguacousy Tp.,[528] living with her parents in 1881. She married 30 December 1890 at Georgetown, Halton Co.,[529] John Franklin Edge, born 25 November 1860 (per 1901 census) in Nelson Tp., Halton Co., son of William Edge and Elmira Smith. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, the bride was of Glen Williams, and the groom was a laborer, of Georgetown; the witnesses were William Edge, of ____ (illegible), and Phoebe Williams, of Glen Williams. They are enumerated in the 1901 census of Flamborough Tp. West, Wentworth Co.[530] Known issue:
    1. Eva Pearl Edge, born 29 February 1892 in Halton Co.
    2. George Oscar Edge, born 14 October 1895 in Halton Co.
    3. Edgar Alfred Worth Edge (per birth registration; called Wertz M. Edge in the 1901 census), born 25 April 1898 in Halton Co.
    4. Stanley Franklin Edge, born 26 February 1902 in Wentworth Co.
    5. Irene Edge [twin to Kathleen], born 16 December 1906 in Wentworth Co.
    6. Kathleen Edge [twin to Irene], born 16 December 1906 in Wentworth Co.
  6. Lorenzo J. Williams, born ca. 1872, living unmarried with his parents in 1891.
  7. Phoebe C. Williams, born ca. 1875, living with her parents in 1891. She is likely the Phoebe Williams, born 4 June 1874 in Ontario, who is found as a boarder in the household of Joel Wurts (no. 13) in 1901.[531]
  8. Allen Cooper Williams, born ca. 1876 in Halton Co., living with his parents in 1881 but not in 1891. He married 22 February 1913 in Wentworth Co.,[532] Ada Mary Ann Martin, born 1880-81 (aged 32 in 1913) at Hamilton, daughter of Archibald Martin and Sarah Foyster. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, both parties were of the City of Hamilton, and the groom was a machinist; the witnesses were Ira E. Ross and Christine MacKenzie, both of Hamilton.
  9. Eleanor Melissa Williams, born 1878, died 1933, and buried beside her paternal grandparents in Glen Williams Cemetery. She was living with her parents at the taking of the 1891 census, but married later that year, Reuben O. Evans. No birth registrations of any children have been found.

17. Archibald3 Wurts, of Ohio and Michigan, son of Landon John Wurts and the latter’s first wife, Nancy Williams, was born 20 February 1823 in Canada (not in Ohio), and he died by 1880, probably in Ranson Tp., Michigan. He married before 1847, possibly in Ohio, Mary McGuire, born ca. 1828-29 in Ireland (but of English parentage, according to the 1920 census entry for her son William), died 24 February 1883. If they were not already living in Ohio at the time of their marriage, they were certainly there by 1849, the latest possible birthdate for their second child. “Archibald Worts” is enumerated as a wagon-maker in the 1850 census of Montville Tp., Geauga Co., Ohio, which gives his birthplace as Canada.[533] They subsequently went to Michigan by 1855, the latest possible birthdate of their son Archibald. Mary is found living next door to the family of her sister-in-law, Caroline (Wurts) Doolittle, in the 1870 census of Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio; she is not called a widow, but her husband is not present in the household and was probably deceased.[534] In 1880 she was living with her son Archibald, Jr., and is distinctly called a widow in the census of that year. A biographical notice of their son William published in 1905 is informative respecting this couple, but contains several obvious errors:

He [William] is a native of Ohio … the son of Archibald and Mary (McGuire) Wurts, the former born in Ohio [incorrect] and the latter in Ireland. They remained in Ohio until 1858 [date probably wrong], then moved to Michigan, locating near Lansing. The father was a manufacturer of wagons and carriages, and did farming in connection with his industrial business. He was a man of great public spirit and enterprise and was successful in his undertakings. Deeply interested in the cause of education, he was one of the early promoters and aids of Hillsdale College in Michigan, and contributed essentially to the establishment of other institutions of value to the state. In his early manhood he was a Whig in political affiliation, but when the Republican party succeeded to the assets of his former party he promptly and fully espoused its cause, and he remained true to the organization to the day of his death. He and his wife were members of the Christian church, and died, he in 1854 [sic!] and she on February 24, 1883, leaving two of their four children to survive them, William and his brother Archibald, now living near Pueblo, Colorado, p. 544.[535]

Archibald Wurts is thus made to die in 1854, then move to Michigan in 1858! Like most productions of its kind, this work shows little or no evidence of documentary research, and must be regarded as oral history, recorded a half-century after many of the events it describes.
    Known issue:

  1. 27William Warren Wurts, born 25 December 1847 in Canada (or in Lake County, Ohio, according to the 1905 biographical sketch).
  2. Emma A. Wurts, born ca. 1848-49 in Ohio; living unmarried with her mother in 1870.
  3. Lucas Archibald Wurts, born in November 1855 in Michigan,[536] living 1900. He is somewhat indifferently called either Lucas or Archibald in the records. He was living in 1880 in South Park Tp., Park Co., Colorado, with his mother and his “cousin” Elias Doolittle (see no. 5-iii-c above), when he was a farmer; this record calls him Archibald Wurts.[537] He married in 1882-83,[538] the considerably younger Louisa May Sleeper, born in October 1868, living 1885, daughter of Daniel Sleeper. As “Archie Wurts” he is enumerated in 1885 in Iowa state census of Colorado in Park Co., next door to his elder brother William.[539] As “Lucas A. Wurts” he is found with his family in the 1900 census at Rifle Precinct, Garfield Co., Colorado, in which he is called a farmer; his widowed father-in-law, born in 1835 in Ohio, was living with them at the time.[540] Possibly Lucas Wurtz later separated from his wife, as at the taking of the 1920 census he was living in a rooming-house on Fifth Street East, Los Angeles, California, and is described as “single.”[541] Known issue (all alive in 1900):
    1. Florence E. Wurts, born in April 1885.
    2. Gertrude Wurts, born in February 1888
    3. Walter Levi Wurts, born 10 March 1890 at Rifle, Garfield, Colorado, died 2 January 1918 at San Diego, California (IGI). He married 24 November 1910 at Los Angeles, California (IGI), Hulda Goos.
    4. Alva A. Wurts, born in November 1891.
    5. Viola M. Wurts, born in May 1895.

18. Elias George3 Wurts, of Ohio, son of Landon John Wurts and the latter’s first wife, Nancy Williams, was born ca. 1832 in Canada (aged 28 in 1860), and died 27 May 1864 after being struck by lightening. “He was a mate on a lake vessel and had been wheelman, having followed the lakes from age 9 as a cabin boy.”[542] He later enlisted in the U.S. Union Army on 23 December 1863 at the age of 31 years, his service record stating the place of his birth as Canada. He married (as her first husband) 16 July 1860 at Painesville, Lake Co., Ohio, Rosella Isabel Doolittle, born 14 January 1841 at Cowlesville, Wyoming Co., New York, died ca. 1909 at Cowlesville, New York,[543] sister of his sister Caroline’s husband Elias Doolittle, and daughter of Samuel Doolittle, of Buffalo, New York, by the latter’s wife Betsey E. Andrus.[544] They are found in the 1860 census of Painesville, in which he is called a tailor.[545] Rosella, who is said to have collected a widow’s pension by virtue of her husband’s civil war service, subsequently married secondly 12 Oct 1866 in Ashland Co., Ohio, Willie Wilson Whitcomb, by whom she had further issue.[546] Rosella and her second husband appear in the 1870 census of Sullivan, Ashland Co., with her children Milton, John, and Alta “Werts,” and the first child of her second marriage.[547] They also appear in the 1880 census of Sullivan, Ashland Co., with children of both of her marriages.[548] Known issue:[549]

  1. Milton Elias Wurts, born 14 April 1861 in New York State (per death record), died 6 December 1947 at Lodi, Medina Co., Ohio, aged 86 years, 7 months, and 23 days.[550] The 1900 census gives the birthplace of his father as “At Sea Ger[many?]” (a very stange misconception) and that of his mother as New York State. He was living in 1870 with his mother and her second husband, and in 1880 at Sullivan with his uncle, Alonzo Doolittle, for whom he was doing farmwork.[551] In the 1910 census his father and mother are stated to be of German and Scottish ancestry, respectively (the question was actually intended to elicit information on their places of birth, but was completed incorrectly). Although this fact led us to question his parentage in earlier versions of these notes, the discovery of him in his mother’s household in the 1870 census has now settled the matter. He is said by Kenneth Doolittle to have married (1) before 1888, Belle Henry, who is named as mother of his eldest child, Opal. He married (2?) before 1896, Marian P. ____, born in November 1869 in Ohio, of a German-born father and an Ohio-born mother, living 1910. He appears with his family in the 1900 census at Kent, Portage Co., Ohio, in which he is called a carpenter.[552] He also appears in the 1910 census of Spencer Tp., Medina Co., Ohio, as a house painter and decorator, with his two youngest children.[553] His death record names his wife, Marion Wurts, and his parents, Elias Wurts and Rozella Doolittle. Known issue:

    (by first [?] wife:)

    1. Opal Wurts, born in May 1888 in Ohio, no longer living with her father in 1910. The 1900 census gives her mother’s birthplace as Ohio.

    (by second [?] wife:)

    1. Clare Wurts (male), born in June 1896 in Ohio, probably died young as he was no longer living with his parents in 1910.
    2. Russell C. Wurts, born in May 1899 in Ohio, probably died young as he was no longer living with his parents in 1910.
    3. Myrtle Wurts, born 1900-01 (aged 9 in 1910) in Ohio.
    4. Iva Wurts, born 1902-03 (aged 7 in 1910) in Ohio.
  2. John Landon Wurts, born about 19 October 1862[554] in New York State (per 1870, 1900, 1920, and 1930 censuses), died 24 November 1939 in Lakewood Tp., Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, aged 77 years, 1 month, and 5 days.[555] He was still living unmarried with his mother in 1880. According to Kenneth Doolittle, he was a carpenter in 1890. He married about 1889-90,[556] 1930, Marguerite (”Getta”) T. Hartmann, born 30 June 1865[557] in Summit Co. Ohio, died 3 December 1844 at Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, of interstitial pneumonia, and buried 6 December following in Spring Grove Cemetery,[558] daughter of Jacob Hartmann and Hannah Everhard (who, according to Marguerite’s death record, were both born at Wadsworth, Medina Co., Ohio). In 1900 George and Judam Hartman, “brothers-in-law,” are found in the household of John L. Wurts, and as each was himself single, and like her born in Ohio, they were presumably brothers to John’s wife. In the 1900 census, in which he is called a carpenter, he and his wife, and their children “Addis” and Mildred, are enumerated in Ward 19 of Cleveland.[559] In the 1920 census, in which he is called a house carpenter, he and his wife, and their son Aldis, are enumerated in Ward 3 of Lakewood, Rockport Tp., Cuyahoga Co., just west of Cleveland.[560] In the 1930 census, in which he is called a builder, he and his wife are enumerated at Lakewood, just west of Cleveland, Ohio; no children were living with them at the time.[561] He was still residing at Lakewood in 1938. Known issue:
    1. Aldis Hartman Wurts, born 9 August 1890 (per his military record; month and year in agrement with 1901 census),[562] at Medina Co., Ohio, still alive on 12 June 1934, when he made a return trip to New York City from Vera Cruz, Mexico.[563] He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1920. On 5 June 1917 (apparently, but the record is extremely illegible) he registered for military service.[564] He married about 1925-26,[565] Margaret M. ____, born 1893-94 (aged 36 in 1930) in Colorado, of a father born in Massachusetts and mother born in New York. They were enumerated in Ward 1 of Englewood, Bergen Co., New Jersey, in the 1930 census, in which he is called a corporate lawyer and his wife a doctor.[566] Known issue:
      1. Allan Wurts, born probably in 1927 (aged 3 years and 2 [?] months at the taking of the 1930 census), died 3 February 1999 at Houston, Texas, of a heart attack.[567] We do not know whether he was married.
      2. Susan Wurts, born about December 1929 (aged 4 months at the taking of the 1930 census).
    2. Mildred, born in June 1892 (per 1901 census) in Ohio.
  3. Alta Catilla Wurts, born 16 February 1864 at Darien Center, Genessee Co., New York, died 1946 at Apple Creek, Ohio, in a home for the mentally disturbed, after suffering from post partum depresssion for 40 years, and buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Medina, Ohio.[568] She was living unmarried with her mother in 1880. She married 2 December 1883 at Chatham, Medina County, Ohio, Vernon Elsworth Thatcher, a farmer and letter-carrier, born 1 October 1861 at Chatham, alive in 1906, son of James Gilbert Thatcher, of Chatham, by the latter’s wife Eliza Whiting Nickerson.[569] They settled in Chatham, Medina County, Ohio, in 1861, but three years later moved to Gibbon, Nebraska, where they resided from 1886 to 1894, and where her husband was a farmer. In 1894 they moved back to Chatham, where they resided until 1902, when they moved to Medina, Ohio. But the Thatcher genealogy states that she was “living 1906, at Massillon, Ohio,” and that he was “living 1906, at R.F.D. No. 4, Medina, Ohio.” Why this discrepancy? In the 1910 census, Alta Thatcher (aged 45 and born in New York) is found as an inmate of the Massillon State Hospital, a mental institution.[570] Issue:
    1. Ruel Dwight Thatcher, born 27 October 1885 at Chatham, Ohio.
    2. May Eliza Thatcher, born 27 January 1887 at Gibbon, Nebraska.
    3. Irene Beth Thatcher, born 1 December 1891 at Gibbon, Nebraska, died 6 January 1903 at Medina, Ohio, and buried there in Spring Grove Cemetery.
    4. Alice Ada Thatcher, born 18 January 1898 at Chatham, Ohio.

19. John Burkholder3 Wurts, of Stouffville and Green River, son of Elias H. Wurts and Mary Burkholder,[571] was born 16 May 1846 at Stouffville,[572] presumably in Markham Tp., died 9 January 1925 at Edward Street, Stouffville, aged over 78 years, of myocardial degeneration and influenza,[573] and buried 11 Jan. following in Stouffville Cemetery.[574] He married (1) 5 June 1873 in Markham Tp.,[575] Mary Bice,[576] born 17 October 1847 in Pickering Tp.,[577] died 18 June 1904 at or near Stouffville, of pulmonary consumption,[578] and buried beside her husband, daughter of Nelson and Eliza (____) Bice, of Pickering. He remained in Canada when his parents moved to Michigan, and lived at Stouffville, on the Whitchurch-Markham townline, York Co., where for some time he operated a bakery in partnership with several other men.[579] At the time of their marriage he was of Stouffville, and was a cooper. The witnesses were Elias Bice and Arinda (?) Bice, both of Pickering. He is called John B. Wurts, of Stouffville, cooper, in the 1878 birth record of a stillborn son. John Wurts and his wife are enumerated in the 1881 census of Pickering Tp., Ontario Co., Ontario, in which he is again called a cooper, and their religion is given as Baptist.[580] In the birth records of his sons Elias (1881) and Wilmot (1883) he is called John B. Wurts, of Green River [in Pickering Township, Ontario County], cooper. He is thus doubtless the J.B. Wurts of Green River who wrote a letter early in 1890 to the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association, “asking if it would pay him to come to British Columbia and begin a factory for the manufacture of fruit baskets.”[581] But if so the proposed enterprise did not come to pass, for he appears in the Stouffville censuses of 1891[582] and 1901.[583] He was a member of an early Baptist congregation in the village.[584] In his death record, it says he had resided at his place of death for 14 years.
    As John B. Wurts, baker, he married (2) (as her second husband) 31 March 1906 at Stouffville,[585] Mary (Reesor) Kelly, born 1857 in Markham Tp., died 18 July 1933 at Mimico, Ontario, aged 75 years[586] widow of Thomas Kelly (by whom she had issue), and daughter of Benjamin Reesor and Sarah Ann Cook.[587] At the time of this marriage, the record of which gives the names of the parents of both parties, the groom was a Baptist, residing at Stouffville, and the bride a Presbyterian, residing at Collingwood; the witnesses were Mrs. R.C. Blundell and Jennie E. Blundell, both of Stouffville. There was no issue of this marriage.
    Known issue, both by first wife:[588]

  1. Stillborn son, born 20 November 1878 at Stouffville.[589]
  2. Elias Nelson Wurts, born 14 June 1881 in Pickering Tp.,[590] at Green River, Ontario, died 1942.[591] He married 25 Dec 1907 at Markham, Markham Tp., York Co., Florence Louise Augusta Melinda (“Louie”) Cole, born 22 October 1879 in the 9th concession of Markham Tp., died 1953, and buried in Locust Hill Cemetery, Markham Tp., daughter of Amos Cole (1844-1925) and Anna Maria Tran (1849-1930), with whom she is buried. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1901. An Elias Wurts (no middle name given) is mentioned on the tombstone of his widow, F. Louise Cole (1879-1953), who is buried in Locust Hill United Church Cemetery; she was probably a daugher of Amos Cole and Annie M. Tran , with whom she is buried.
  3. 28Wilmot Benton Wurts, born 5 November 1883 at Stouffville.[592]

20. Anthony3 Forster, of Markham Tp., York Co., son of William Forster and Barbara Wurts, was born 6 November 1844 in Markham Tp.,[593] died 13 August 1925 in Markham Tp., aged 80 years, 9 months, of heart disease, and was buried in Locust Hill Cemetery.[594] In 1869 Anthony Forster served as a witness at the marriage of his younger brother, Byron. He himself married 16 January 1870 in York Co.,[595] Alice Amelia Dack, born 1 January 1850 in Markham Tp.[596] died 15 March 1920 in Markham Tp., of arterio-sclerosis, aged 70 years, 2 months, and 15 days, and buried two days later in Locust Hill Cemetery,[597] daughter of John W. Dack and Agnes McMorris, who were both born in Ireland. At the time of their marriage he was living in Markham Tp., and she in Whitchurch Tp.; the witnesses were “C. & C.E. Fish,” of Richmond Hill. In 1876 Anthony and Alice Forster, then “both [of] Markham Village,” served as witnesses at the marriage of her sister, Emily Agnes Dack, of Markham, to Charles Stewart Billing.[598]
    A brief memoir of Anthony Forster published in 1885 states, “Anthony was educated in School Section No. 21, Markham Township, and subsequently at the High School, Markham Village. He has, since the completion of his education, been engaged in farming…. Mr. Forster has occupied several important offices in connection with municipal affairs. He has been Road Overseer, Assessor [from 1877], Councillor [1880-81], Deputy-Reeve [1882-88], Public and High School Trustee, and a member of the Local Board of Health. He also belongs to the Agricultural Society, and is a member of the Farmers’ Club…. He is a member of the Methodist body, and a Reformer in politics.”[599]
    Anthony Forster was Assessor for the east half of Markham Tp., beginning in 1877, a member-at-large of the township councillor in 1880-81, 3rd Deputy Reeve in 1882-86, first Deputy Reeve in 1887-88, and Reeve in 1889-92. He was elected Warden of York County in 1892.[600] He was on the rebuilding committee of Locust Hill Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1890,[601] and was a Trustee of School Section no. 21, Locust Hill.[602]
    Anthony Forster appears in the 1871 census of Markham Tp., in which he is called a farmer and his family’s religion given as Wesleyan Methodist.[603] Similar information is given for him in 1881, when his maiden aunt, Rebecca Forster, aged 58, was living with him; their household included a servant.[604] A photograph of him is reproduced in Historical Sketch of Markam Township, p. 85.
    Issue (all alive in 1885):

  1. Tamsine Emilia Forster (called Thomasina Emily in her birth record; called Emily in 1881, and Emilie T. on her tombstone), born 13 March 1871 in Markham Tp.,[605] died (unmarried) in 1941, and buried with her parents.
  2. Nellie Amelia Forster, born 22 May 1873 in Markham Tp.,[606] died in 1934, and buried with her parents. She married ____ Ingraham, the surname given on her tombstone.
  3. Laura Alice Forster, born 13 July 1875 in Markham Tp.,[607] died 17 September 1956, and buried in her family’s plot in Locust Hill United Church Cemetery, Markham Tp. She married 6 October 1897 in Markham Tp.,[608] Frederick Ernest Nelson Reesor, born 18 February 1875, died 19 November 1957 and buried with his wife, son of Christian Reesor (Jr.), of Locust Hill, by his second wife Melissa Ann Cornell.[609] Both are buried in Locust Hill Cemetery. There is a brief memoir of her husband in the Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York (Toronto, 1907), p. 78, col. 2, which erroneously gives her surname as Foster. He inherited his father’s (and grandfather’s) land, lot 14 of the tenth concession, which had been purchased in 1805 from Isaac Westbrook. He sold it in 1905, and for the next 35 years owned and operated in partnership with his brother Albert the creamery at Locust Hill, which an account of 1907 calls “one of the largest creameries in the county.”[610] He was very active in the activities of the Reesor Family Re-Union Committee, and was one of the three men who organized the erection of the impressive Reesor Cairn near Locust Hill (of which see a photograph in the Reesor genealogy, p. 4). The Reesor genealogy gives a record of their descendants (pp. 455-56) and a photograph of their family (p. 446).
  4. Jessie Gertrude Forster, born 7 January 1877 in Markham Tp.,[611] died (unmarried) 1925, and buried with her parents, although the birthdate of 1873 given on her tombstone is erroneous.
  5. William Dack Forster, born 29 May 1880 in Markham Tp.[612] He was living 13 August 1925, when as William Forster, of Markham, he served as the informant of his father’s death.
  6. Walter Ellis Forster (called Walter Elias Foster in his birth record), born 9 September 1883 in Markham Tp.[613]

21. William Byron3 Forster, son of William Forster and Barbara Wurts, was born about December 1846 near Locust Hill, died 3 June 1924 at Stouffville, aged 77 years, 6 months, and was buried in the family plot in Locust Hill Cemetery, near Stouffville.[614] Byron Forster was living with his parents in 1861. He married 26 Sept 1869 at Oshawa, Ontario Co., Ontario,[615] Susanna Reesor, born 1850 (per her tombstone), died 1918, and buried with her husband, daughter of John Grove Reesor, of Markham Tp., by his first wife, Catharine Brown.[616] At the time of their marriage both were of Markham, and the witnesses were Antony [sic] Forster (his brother) and Sarah Reesor, also both of Markham. In 1871, when Byron Forster was living in a house of his own beside his parents’, the census gives his and his wife’s religion as Wesleyan Methodist.[617] Similar information is given for them in 1881, when they were still in the Markham Tp.[618] However, some time afterward — certainly by 1893, when his mother died there, apparently at his home — he removed to Colbourne Tp., Huron Co., where he was a farmer, and operated a sawmill on the Maitland River. He however returned to Stouffville before his death, in the record of which he is described as “retired” and “widowed,” and for which the informant was a son, “H.R. Forster, Stouffville R.R.,” who was presumably either the son Russell or the son Harold.
    Issue:

  1. 29Herbert Russell Forster, born 1873.
  2. Oscar Reesor Forster, born 22 August 1876, died (apparently without issue) 3 October 1950. He married Mary Edith Blake, born 1880, died 1946.
  3. Harold Forster, born 1894, died 1932. He married Bessie Lobbs. He was an electrician at Buffalo, N.Y.

Generation 4

22. Alexander Clemens4 Hutton,[619] son of James Patterson Hutton and Jemima Wurts, was born 20 August 1849 (per the 1901 census), and died in 1901-16. He married by 1873, Mary Montgomery,[620] born 12 March 1850 (per the 1901 census) in Ontario, living 27 November 1916 (when her son Clemens names her as his next-of-kin). Alexander Hutton is called a sawyer in the 1876 birth record of his son Baldwin. He is listed as Alexander C. Hutton, lumberman, Canadian Methodist, in the 1881 census of Matchedash & Orillia townships, Simcoe Co., which gives his wife’s religion as Church of England, different from the rest of the family’s.[621] They had however removed to Manitoba by 1883, when their son Clemens was born; and they are found in the 2nd Ward of the city of Winnipeg in the 1901 census, in which Alexander Hutton is called an agent.[622] The fact that two of their sons, Baldwin and Clemens, each served for at least four years in the 90th Rifles, Winnipeg, indicates that the family must still have been living in the city several years after the turn of the century, but they do not appear in any portion of the 1906 or 1911 censuses indexed to date. On 27 November 1916 the widow Mary’s address is given as 110-14th Avenue W., Calgary, Alberta, in the attestation paper of her son Clemens. Known issue, the first four born in Ontario:

  1. Mabel L. Hutton, born 14 July 1874, living unmarried with her parents in 1901.
  2. Baldwin Patterson Hutton, born 30 June 1876 at Streetsville, Ontario,[623] living 29 June 1915. He was living with his parents in 1881 but not in 1901. He married by 1914, Agnes May ____, who is listed as “Mrs. P. Baldwin Hutton” (sic) in the 1915 edition of the Calgary Social Register.[624] On 29 June 1915 he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, giving his occupation as banker, his (and his wife’s) address as 2013 8th Street W., Calgary, Alberta, and his religion as Church of England, and stating that he had served five years in the 90th Rifles, Winnipeg, and presently belonged to the 103rd Calgary Rifles.[625]
  3. Valdamir B. Hutton, born 18 July 1878 in Ontario, living unmarried with his parents in 1901, when he was a grocer’s clerk.
  4. Lincoln R.G. Hutton, born 19 July 1880 in Ontario, living unmarried with his parents in 1901, when he was a florist’s clerk.
  5. Clemens Percy Richmond Hutton, born 21 April 1883 in the rural municipality of Woodlands, Manitoba,[626] lost in action during the first World War, and mentioned on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres (now Ieper), West Flanders.[627] He was living unmarried with his parents in 1901, when he was a clerk. On 27 November 1916 he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces, giving his occupation as clerk, his address as 110-14th Avenue W., Calgary, Alberta (the same as his mother’s), stating that he had served four years in the 90th Rifles, Winnipeg.[628]

23. Phoebe Augusta4 Hutton,[629] daughter of James Patterson Hutton and Jemima Wurts, was born in 1851-52 (aged 29 in 1881, 65 in 1917),[630] at Huttonville (per her death record), died 8 March 1917 at Toronto, aged 65 years, of heart failure, and buried in Prospect Cemetery, Toronto.[631] She was still living unmarried with her parents a the taking of the 1871 census, in which she is mistakenly called “A. Augusta Hutton.” she married 8 September 1873, her probable kinsman through the Wurts family, Darius Williams, born 5 October 1847 at Glen Williams, Esquesing Tp., Halton Co., Ontario,[632] died 20 October 1931 at Toronto, of pyelonephritis, aged over 84 years.[633] and buried with his wife, a first cousin of Benajah Williams, who married Phoebe’s aunt, Catharine Wurts, and a son of Charles and Mary Jane (Browne) Williams, of Glen Williams.[634]
    Her future husband was living with his parents in 1861 and in 1871; and in the latter year he was a sawyer.[635] It is possible that they became acquainted through her sister Mary and his brother Charles being pupils at Brampton’s exclusive Eclectic Female Institute at the same time.[636] On 15 January 1878 he purchased the east half of lot 25, conc. 4, of Esquesing.[637] He appears as a farmer in the 1881 census of Esquesing, in which his religion is given as Episcopal Methodist.[638] In 1891 he was living at Georgetown, the census calling him a woollen manufacturer and giving his family’s religion as Methodist.[639] In the 1901 census of Georgetown he is called a traveller; her father, and her sister Letitia, were living with them at the time.[640] At the time of Phoebe’s death in 1917 her address was no. 180 Concord Avenue, Toronto. At the time of Darius’s death, in the record of which he is called a gentleman, his address was no. 530 Palmerston Boulevard, Toronto (the home of his his son, J.B.F. William, who served as the informant of the death).
    Known issue (aside from two infants, Clarence and Florence, who are buried in Glen Williams Cemetery[641]):

  1. Violet Williams, born 18 May 1875; married after early 1901 (when she was still living unmarried with her parents), ____ Cumberland. She was living in Alberta in 1954.[642]
  2. James Patterson Franklin (“Frank”) Williams, M.D., born 1877 at Glen Williams, died 7 February 1954.[643] He was living with her parents in 1891. He graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of Toronto in 1900, and began practicing as a physician in Kent County.[644] In 1919 they moved to the city of Toronto, and are listed as “Dr. and Mrs. J.P. Frank Williams, née Galbraith, [and son] Mr. Charles D. Galbraith Williams, 550 Palmerston Boulevard,” in a 1921 society directory.[645] As J.B.F. Williams, of 550 Palmerston Boulevard, he served as the informant of his father’s death in 1931. He married (1) 26 June 1901 at Dresden, Kent Co., Ontario, [646] Marie Belle Galbraith, born 1875-76 (aged 25 in 1901) at Dresden, Ontario, alive in 1921, daughter of Daniel Galbraith and Lavina Decew. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, both parties were of Dreden, Ontario; the witnesses were Harry Wallace, of Dresden, and Caroline Ryckman, of Hamilton. He married (2) Ethel Eileen McClure, alive at her husband’s death in 1954. His death notice in the Toronto Globe and Mail reads, in part:
    Associate coroner for many years, Dr. J.P. Frank Williams, who had practiced medicine for more than 50 years, died yesterday from a heart attack at his home, 99 Brentwood Rd., N., Kingsway Park. For 32 years, Dr. Williams maintained an office at the corner of Bloor and Palmerston Ave., and moved to the Kingsway four years ago. A former chairman of the Board of Education, he was a member of the board for seven years. Prominent in the Progressive Conservative Association, Dr. Williams was a candidate for Bellwoods Riding in the provincial elections of 1943 and 1945. He was a graduate in medicine from the University of Toronto in 1900 and first established a practice in Dresden. In 1919 he came to Toronto. He was a member of the Kingsway Kiwanis Club, the Humber Valley Progressive Conservative Association … [and numerous fraternal organizations]. He was was twice married. His first wife was Marie Belle Galbraith. He leaves his wife, the former Ethel Eileen McClure, and one son, C.D. Galbraith Williams, by the first marriage.
    Only child:
    1. Charles Daniel Galbraith Williams, born 21 May 1905 in Kent County,[647] alive at his father’s death in 1954.
  3. Charles Williams, born 28 March 1882, living unmarried with his parents in 1901.

24. Ernest Major4 Wurts,[648] son of Joel Wurts and Lydia Barton, was born 11 August 1872 in Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., Ontario,[649] and died 3 April 1944 at Duff, Saskatchewan, where he was buried. He was still living with his parents in 1891. He married 7 June 1899 at the residence of the bride’s father in Artemesia Tp.,[650] Jane Quigg, born 10 December 1870 (the 1901 census says 1871) in Grey County, Ontario, died 16 May 1968 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and buried at Duff, Saskatchewan, daughter of Patrick Quigg and Mary Ann Stewart.[651] At the time of their marriage he was called a farmer, of Brampton, Artemesia Tp., Peel Co., and the witnesses were Fred Wurts (his brother) and Emma Quigg, both of Artemesia. They were enumerated in Artemesia Tp. (by then in Grey Co.) in the 1901 census, at which time his younger brother Fred was a member of their household.[652] The Flesherton Advance of 27 April 1911 reported that “Mr. E. Wurts and family moved to town last week and have taken up their residence in P. Norris’ residence.”[653] E.M. Wurts and his family moved from Ontario to Saskatchewan in 1912, taking their livestock, etc., by rail to a farm just north of Regina. About two years later he moved from there to a farm about two miles east of Duff, Saskatchewan, where he farmed and lived for the rest of his life. This farm is currently (2000) occupied by a grandson, Milton Wurts, and his family. The Flesherton Advance of 8 February 1928 reported that “Mrs. E.M. Wurts, of Duff, Sask., is on an extended visit with her sister Mrs. Mark Stewart and Archie Stewart.”[654] The same newspaper reported on 3 November 1943 that “Mrs. Jas. Boyd, Regina [sister of Ernest Major Wurts], and Mrs. M.E. Wurts of Duff, Sask., are visiting the latter’s sister, Mrs. Archie Stewart.”[655] Three weeks later it added, “Mrs. Wurts has spent the last three weeks with Mrs. Stewart and is now visiting her sister, Mrs. Brooks, and her brother, Mr. Harry Quigg, on her return trip to the West.”[656] Issue:

  1. 30Cecil Ernest Wurts, born 12 January 1901 at Proton (near Flesherton), Ontario.[657]
  2. Alma Ruby Wurts, born 27 October 1902 at Proton,[658] died 6 March 2002 at Melville, and buried at Duff. She married in 1926, Cecil Loveridge, born 31 August 1900, died 25 May 1993, and buried at Duff, Saskatchewan.[659] Issue:
    1. Leroy Cecil Ernest Loveridge, born 16 April 1928. He is the father of Paul Loveridge.
    2. Eldon Stewart Loveridge, born 10 May 1929, died 20 June 1993.
    3. Joyce Helen Loveridge, born 17 September 1930.
    4. Bernice Alma Loveridge, born 20 November 1932.
    5. Robert George Loveridge, born 4 January 1935, died 10 September 2001 at Edmonton, in a street accident, and was buried at Duff, Saskatchewan.
    6. Ivan Gordon Thomas Loveridge, born 24 December 1936.
    7. David Nelson Loveridge, born 14 February 1939.
    8. John Howard Loveridge, born 17 September 1943.
  3. Ivan John Wurts, born 5 October 1904 at Proton,[660] died 1 January 1973 at Duff, Saskatchewan, and buried there. He married 14 February 1944, Eleanor Schick. Issue:
    1. Elizabeth Jane Wurts, born 23 July 1944. She married 1971, Dennis Howie, born 5 December 1943. They have two children.
    2. Milton John Wurts, married Donna Walkington, born 23 October 1949. They have four children.
  4. Alexander Newton Wurts, born 9 August 1906 at Proton (near Flesherton) Ontario,[661] died 12 June 1987 in British Columbia. He married 1967, and subsequently divorced, Lydia Poole (Kremble) Poole. No known issue.
  5. Mildred Mary Wurts, born 29 December 1908 at Proton aforesaid, died 26 November 1999 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and was buried at Duff, Saskatchewan. She owned and operated an art shop in Saskatoon for many years.
  6. Stewart Barton Wurts, born 14 November 1910 at Proton, died 20 May 1973 at Duff, Saskatchewan, and buried at Duff. He married 16 November 1946, Janet Mary Dales, born 1923, who re-married following his death. Issue:
    1. Robert Stewart Wurts, born 14 October 1947. He received a B.Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan, and is presently living at Edmonton, Alberta. He married (1), but subsequently divorced, Rosemary Myron. He married (2) in 1980, Carolle MacNutt. We do not believe he has issue.
    2. Janice Ann Wurts, married (and subsquently divorced), David Yanko, and they have four children.
    3. Faith Lenore Wurts, born 21 September 1955. She married in 1974, Rae Frieson, and they have two children.
    4. Joy Leslie Wurts, born 26 July 1959. She married in 1986, Lloyd Stilborn, and they have three children.
    5. Grant Lindsay Wurts, born 5 July 1961, presently living at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, and working for the C.N. Railway. He married in 1989, Melani Robertson, and they have three children.

25. Frederick Alexander4 Wurts, son of Joel Wurts and Lydia Barton, was born 9 May 1877 at Brampton,[662] and died v.m. 21 September 1910 at Huttonville.[663] He was living with his parents in 1891, and in 1901 is recorded both as living with them and as living unmarried with his elder brother, Ernest, in Artemesia Tp., Grey Co.[664] He is called a married man in his death record, but it is not clear whether his wife was then alive. He married (as her first husband) by 1902, Margaret F. Armstrong, born in May 1878 in Proton Tp., Gray Co., Ontario,[665] living 1935, daughter of Henry Armstrong, a farmer and apparently the Postmaster of Proton Station, Proton Tp., and Margaret Boyd (who was living with her in 1911).[666] He is called Fred Wurts, of Huttonville, Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., merchant, in the 1905 birth record of his daughter Edith. The widow Marguerite “Worts” appears with her family at lot 6, concession 5 of Chinguacousy Tp. in the 1911 census; at the time, her widowed mother was a member of the household.[667] She married secondly 4 April 1913 at Brampton, William John Chesney, of Chinguacousy Tp.,[668] who was previously unmarried, so that she was presumably the mother of his child or children. The Flesherton Advance of 25 September 1935 reported that “Mrs. Chesney (nee Maggie Armstrong) and her two sons, Ted Wurts and Lawton Chesney, and Mrs. Wurts of Brampton, visited the Stevens and Gallagher families.”[669]
    Known issue:

  1. Edward (“Ted”) Barton Wurts (only son), born 21 September 1902 in Grey County,[670] died 1992. He married 17 May 1924 at Huttonville,[671] Emily Elizabeth McCarthy, born 1904-05 (aged 19 in 1924) in England, died 1997, daughter of James McCarthy (born in England) and Emily Elizabeth Sharp. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the fullnames of both sets of parents, both parties were of Brampton, and the groom was a laborer; the witnesses were Edith Wurts, of Huttonville, and Georgie Stevens, of London, Ontario. Known issue:
    1. Norma Lila Wurts, born 1926-27, died 3 July 2006 at Brantford General Hospital, aged 79 years. She married Ronald Sayle, died 1971 (as mentioned in her death notice). Her death reads, in part:
      Peacefully, after a short battle with cancer at the Brantford General Hospital on Monday, July 3, 2006, age 79 years, Norma Sayle, mother of Ron Sayle, Fred and Faye Sayle; sister of Dorothy and John Elcomb; grandmother of Lori and Kevin Broomfield, Marty Sayle, Deanna Sayle and Derek Brown; great-grandmother to Shelby, Jeremy and Jessie. Aunt “Bump” to John and Donna Elcomb, Sue and Mike Guillemette, Greg and Cathy Elcomb, Marie and Rachelle Guillemette. Predeceased by her husband Ronald Sayle (1971) and her parents Edward (1992) and Emily Wurts (1997). Thanks to Pastor Lovell McGuire and Isla for their hugs and comforting words and to the nurses on the 7th Floor at the Brantford General Hospital. Norma lived for others; was a great cook and offered tremendous comfort. Our loss is unimaginable. Friends will be received at a memorial visitation at the McCLEISTER FUNERAL HOME, 495 Park Road North, Brantford on Friday 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 - 7 :00 p.m. Memorial Service in the Chapel on Friday at 7:00 p.m. Cremation has taken place. If wished, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the HHT Foundation would be gratefully appreciated….[672]
      Issue:
      1. Ron Sayle
      2. Fred Sayle, married Faye ____.
    2. Dorothy Wurts, married John Elcomb. From her sister’s death notice, it would appear that they had the following issue:
      1. John Elcomb, married Donna ____.
      2. Sue Elcomb, married Mike Guillemette.
      3. Greg Elcomb, married Cathy ____.
  2. Marguerite Lois Wurts, born 14 February 1904 in Proton Tp., Grey County.[673]
  3. Edith Vivian Wurts, born 24 October 1905.[674]

26. Joel4 Williams,[675] son of Benajah Williams and Catharine Wurts, was born 6/8 July 1864 in Chinguacousy Tp., and died 5 December 1942. He married 15 June 1890 at Georgetown,[676] Sarah Jane North, born 25 October 1863 at Churchville, died 9 August 1935, daughter of Cunningham North, of Norval, by the latter’s wife Mary Ann ____.[677] At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, the groom was a carpenter, of Glen Williams, and the bride was of Noval; the witnesses were James E. Mitchell and Delilah T. Mitchell, both of Georgetown. Joel Williams and his wife are buried with his parents in Glen Williams Cemetery.
    Issue:

  1. Wilbur Percival Williams, born 2 November 1890 in York Co., died s.p. 8 August 1975. He married Eva Lister, born 3 December 1888, died 7 August 1977.
  2. Cecil Gordon Williams, born 29 April 1892 at Mimico, York Co., died 23 February 1940. He married 29 July 1916 in Perth County,[678] Marjorie Mae Borman , born in August 1897 at Stratford, alive in 1993, daughter of Peter Borman and A. Baker. She moved to Gravenhurst, Ontario, after her husband’s death. Issue:
    1. Glen Gordon Williams, born 10 May 1917 at St. Thomas, Ontario, living 1992. He served as Clerk of the Rural Municipality of Muskoka, Ontario, from 1970 to 1982. He married 9 May 1942 at Toronto, Phyllis Ada Fullerton, born 7 April 1916 at Toronto, living 1992, daughter of Joseph and Ada (____) Fullerton, of Windermere, Ontario. Their postal address (1992) is Box 101, Gravenhurst, Ontario P0C 1G0.[679] Children:
      1. Lynda Williams, born 8 January 1945; married Paul Miller. Three children.
      2. Phillip Williams, born 21 February 1948; married Lynne Petsura. One child.
      3. Barbara Williams, born 10 February 1949; married Tim Bromwich. Three children.
    2. Elva Mae Williams, born 25 October 1918; married 31 May 1941, Charles Ira White, born 20 July 1912, died 10 August 1985. They have two children.
  3. Harold Wesley Williams, born 25 November 1895 at Mimico, York Co. (birth registered as Wesley Harold Williams), died 4 May 1942. He married 24 April 1918 at Toronto,[680] Henrietta Maude Hiscock, born 1896-97 (aged 21 in 1918) at Toronto, daughter of William Gardner Hiscock and Elizabeth Jane Stroud. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, both parties were of Toronto, the groom being a salesman and the bride a typist. The witnesses were Stanley Waller, of 14 Wallace Avenue, Toronto, and Verdie McNeice, of 14 Emerson Avenue, Toronto. Only child:
    1. Quevna Yvonne Williams, married Donald Parker, and has four children.

27. William Warren4 Wurts, son of Archibald and Mary (McGuire) Wurts, was born 25 December 1847 in Canada (according to the 1885 census) or, less likely, in Lake County, Ohio (according to a 1905 biographical sketch), died 1920-30. He was no longer living with his mother in 1870. He married (as her second husband) 24 May 1880, at Watseka, Mary M. (Mullen) Wells, born in July 1859 (per 1900 census) in Iroquois Co., Illinois, living 1930, daughter of Daniel B. Mullen and Mary Mayett,[681] and widow of Andrew Wells, by whom she had had issue.[682] He and his wife were living in Park Co., Colorado, at the taking of the 1885 state census,[683] in Rifle Precinct, Garfield Co., at the taking of the 1900 census, which calls him a farmer,[684] and at North Rifle Precinct, Garfield Co., Colorado, at the taking of the 1910 census, which calls him a farmer, the owner of his own land, and gives his year of acquiring U.S. citizenship as 1849.[685] They were still living at North Rifle in 1920, when the census records him as of no occupation, and gives the date of his citizenship as 1851.[686] William W. Wurts died by 1930, and his widow is found at the town of Rifle in the 1930 census.[687] The 1905 biographical sketch of him, cited above under the account of his parents, reads (in part) as follows:

… William W. Wurts, of near Rifle, Garfield county, one of the Western slope’s most substantial, enterprising and successful ranch and cattlemen, has, during his long residence of more than thirty-five years in the farther West and intimate intercourse with its people, borne himself with commendable uprightness and loyalty to every duty, and has all the while been a potent force in pushing forward the progress and development of the section in which he happened to be living. He is a native of Ohio, born in Lake County on Christmas day, 1847, and the son of Archibald and Mary (McGuire) Wurts….
    After receiving a limited education at the public schools, William joined the Union army towards the close of the Civil war, while he was as yet but a youth, as a member of Company G, Second Ohio Calvary. He served to the close of the contest and was mustered out of the service at Camp Denison. Returning to his home, he took a contract for boring oil wells. He continued this line of activity until the spring of 1867, when he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, but after a short residence there he moved on to Omaha, crossing the plains with a large train. From Fort Larimer they had United States troops to escort them into Montana, and so avoided all trouble with the Indians, but were six months on the trip. After the supplies were unloaded Mr. Wurts returned to North Platte and a little later went to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where he wintered.
    In the spring he started for New Mexico, intending to do mining, but on arriving at Pueblo he learned that admission to the mines would be refused, and so he changed his termination to Denver. From there he went to Canon City and Mt. Granite, where he engaged in mining in the employ of the Cash Creek Mining Company, for a period of three years. He next took a position as contractor with the Boston & Colorado Smelting Company and remained in association with that corporation three years in that vicinity. Then he did contracting for the company at Alma until the spring of 1876, at which time he moved to the San Juan country with headquarters at Del Norte. Here he freighted about the country during the summer, and in the fall went to the Black Hills of South Dakota, where he sold his teams and turned his attention to mining, remaining two years and acquiring the ownership of a number of claims. He then moved to Leadville and again freighted until 1879, when he opened a meat market at Alma. This was a profitable enterprise, but in 1882 he sold it to purchase a squatter’s right to a ranch.
    He began cattle and ranching, and during the next four years gave his attention wholly to these pursuits. In 1886 he sold his ranch and took his cattle to Eagle county where he held them two winters until he could find a suitable location for a permanent residence. In 1888 he purchased another ranch, this one located on West Rifle creek, near Rifle, and this place he held until he sold it to his son Jesse in 1895. His final purchase was the ranch he now owns and occupies, two miles north of Rifle. It comprises one hundred and twenty acres, all tillable and well supplied with water. He also owns another ranch of the same size and in the same neighborhood. Hay and cattle are his principal products. The former is produced in large quantities and of the latter he runs about eight hundred head. Fraternally Mr. Wurts belongs to the Odd Fellows and the Grand Army of the Republic, and politically he supports the Republican party.
    On May 24, 1880, he was married to Miss Mary Mullen, who was born in Iroquois county, Illinois, at the town of Watseka, and is the daughter of Daniel B. and Mary (Mayett) Mullen, both natives of the province of Quebec. They [the Mullens] located in Illinois in early life and moved to Denver, Colorado, in 1873. One year later they moved to Alma and in 1885 to Rifle creek near Rifle. The father is a carpenter and builder he has erected many of the large buildings in Denver and elsewhere in this part of the country. He is an earnest Democrat in political activity and he and his wife are Methodists in church relations. Nine of their ten children are living: Mary (Mrs. Wurts); Delphine (Mrs. Joe Lovell), of Paris, California; Delia (Mrs. McDonald Oshier), of Como, Colorado; David, of Telluride; Charles and George, of Rifle; Jennie (Mrs. I.W. Graham), of Rifle; Frances (Mrs. Louis Plummer), of Rifle, and Katharine (Mrs. Joseph Slaughter) of Ridgeway, this state.
    In the Wurts family twelve children have been born, ten of whom are living: Jesse W., Alta (Mrs. John Manning), of Lawton, Oklahoma; Hattie, Warren, Aaron, William, Emma, Rachel, Milton, and Virgil. The parents are members of the Methodist church.[688]

This work, of which we have not seen an original copy, includes portraits of Wurts and his wife, and a photograph of their ranch.
    Known issue (apart from two who died young):[689]

  1. Alta Wurts, born 1880-81 (aged 4 in 1885) in Colorado, no longer living with her parents in 1900. She married John Manning, of Lawton, Oklahoma.
  2. Hattie Wurts, born in July 1885 (per 1900 census) in Colorado, evidently unmarried in 1905.
  3. Warren Elmer Wurts, born 6 February 1886 at Alma, Park Co., Colorado,[690] died in June 1976 at Rifle,[691] and buried there. He married (1) by 1910 (but he sued her for divorce by 1918),[692] Anna L. ____, born 1885-86 (aged 24 in 1910) in Colorado (her father having been born in Michigan and her mother in French Canada, i.e. Québec;). He married (2) Bertha ____, the wife named in his draft registration card in 1918. He is enumerated only a few entries away from the household of his father in 1910, the census calling him a farmer, with one hired man.[693] At the time of his drafting into the army in September 1918, he was living at Leadville, Colorado, where he was working for the York Mining and Milling Company. At the time of his death he was living at 81650 Rifle, Garfield Co.[694]
  4. 31Aaron Wurts, born 1 May 1888 in Colorado.
  5. William (“Willie”) Richard Wurts, born 10 May 1890 in Colorado,[695] died there in November 1963.[696] He married by 1910, Myrtle Alcinda White,[697] born 1890-91 (aged 18 in 1910) in Colorado. In 1910 they were enumerated at Cache Creek Precinct, Garfield Co., Colorado, near his parents and the next entry to that for his elder brother Aaron, the census calling him a farm laborer.[698] At the time of his drafting into the army in June 1917, he was working as a miner.[699] In 1920 they were enumerated at West Rifle, Garfield Co.[700] He and his wife were the great-grandparents of Judy Crook.[701] Known issue (apart from one child who died in infancy):
    1. Leah Wurts, born 1910-11 (aged 9 in 1920) in Colorado.
    2. Zora Wurts, born 1912-13 (aged 7 in 1920) in Colorado.
    3. Lila M. Wurts, born 1914-15 (aged 5 in 1920) in Colorado. She was the grandmother of Judy Crook.
    4. Phyllis E. Wurts, born about 1916 (aged 3½ in 1920) in Colorado.
    5. William Wurts.
    6. Rosemary Wurts.
    7. Leslie Wurts, alive in May 2005.
  6. Emma Lucretia Wurts, born 18 December 1891 at Rifle, Colorado (IGI), still living unmarried with her parents at the taking of the 1910 census. She married 14 September 1910 at Rifle (IGI), Andrew Daniel Edwards, died 10 April 1956 (IGI), son of Thomas Jefferson Edwards and Margaret Teller.
  7. Rachel Wurts, born in July 1893 (per 1900 census) in Colorado; living with her parents in 1910, but not in 1920.
  8. Milton H. Wurts, born in april 1896 (per 1900 census) in Colorado, living 1930. He was still living with his parents in 1910. He married in 1910-20, Maude Kettle, born 1899-1900 (aged 20 in 1920), living 1930, daughter of Robert and Etta Belle Kettle, of South Rifle Precinct, Garfield Co. In 1920 they were living with her parents, and he was a farmer,[702] as also in 1930.[703] Known issue:
    1. Elsie A. Wurts, born about June 1917 (aged “2 8/12” in January 1920) in Colorado, living 1930.
    2. Edna Wurts, born about November 1919 (aged “2/12” in January 1920) in Colorado, living 1930.
  9. Virgil S. Wurts, born in August 1899 (per 1900 census) in Colorado, living 1930. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1920, when the census gives his occupation, apparently, as drayman. He married in 1920-27, Gladys ____, born (aged 26 in 1930) in Colorado, of a father born in New York State and a mother born in Colorado. They were living with his widowed mother in 1930, when he was a laborer in a vanadium mill.[704] Known issue:
    1. Arvin D. Wurts, born 1927-28 (aged 2 in 1930) in Colorado.
    2. Arlene Wurts, born 1928-29 (aged 1 in 1930) in Colorado.

28. Dr. Wilmot Benton4 Wurts, son of John Burkholder Wurts and Mary Bice, was born 5 November 1883 at Stouffville,[705] and died 2 February 1956 in Toronto. He was a dentist, and by 1913 had offices at 585½ Bloor Street West,[706] which is also given as his (business) address at the time of his father’s death in 1925, and where his grandson, Brian D. Wurts, informs us he conducted his practice until his retirement. At the death of his daughter Audrey in 1917 he was living at no. 17 Jerome Street, Toronto. He married 8 June 1910 at Toronto, Hattie May Noble, born 16 March 1893 in Dawn Tp., Ontario, died 28 August 1967 at Toronto. Issue:

  1. Gordon W. Wurts, born 11 July 1911 at Toronto, died 25 December 2005. He received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1938. Following war service, he was an industrial engineer from 1945 to 1967, and a teacher at, then later principal of, Shawinigan High School, from 1967 to 1979. He married 25 December 1946, Jean Margaret McFarlane, who was a secretary prior to their marriage. His death notice reads:
    In hospital, on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, 2005, aged 94, after a short illness. Beloved husband of Jean Margaret for 59 years. Loved father to Stephen (Saint John, N.B.) and Brian (Toronto). Grandfather to Corey, Derek, Sara, Amanda and Katie. Also loved by daughters-in-law Velda, and Tamara. Gord Wurts lived a long and full life. He graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1938 and served as a Lieutenant in the Navy during WWII. He had numerous positions as a professional engineer, moving to Shawinigan, Quebec in 1957, where he and his family lived for 22 years. At age 56, he obtained a teaching diploma, and began a new career as a teacher and subsequently as the principal at the Shawinigan High School, retiring and moving to Ottawa in 1979 at age 68. Apart from family, golf was his passion. He began to play at age 14 in 1925, and was a top amateur golfer, making 5 holes-in-one over his lifetime, and unbelievably, shot his age or better over 500 times. In his 80s and early 90s, he was a regular at the Champlain Golf Course playing and walking the course 3 times a week with friends Reg and Roy. He also was a regular member of a Seniors Snooker League each winter. Until the last hour of his life he was still joking with the nursing staff at the hospital. Friends may join us for a visitation at McEvoy-Shields Funeral Home, 235 Kent Street, on Wednesday, December 28, from 10 a.m. until noon, followed by a Celebration of Life in the Chapel.[707]
    Issue:
    1. Steven D. Wurts, born 18 October 1948. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Prince Edward island in 1972, and an M.A. from the University of West Georgia in 1976. He is employed with the National Department of Corrections, in New Brunswick. He married 8 August 1970, Velda Mary Livingstone, born 18 July 1949 at Charlottetown, P.E.I., who received her B.A. in Secretarial Science from the University of P.E.I. in 1971. They were still of Saint John, New Brunswick in 2005. They have two children.
    2. Brian D. Wurts, born 2 March 1952, who received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Alberta, and an M.A. from Carlton University. He was at one time employed with the Department of Finance, at Ottawa, but at the time of his father’s death in 2005 was of Toronto. He married 11 August 1973 at Edmonton, Alberta, Judy Lynne Seal, born 11 March 1953 in Alberta. They have one daughter.
  2. Audrey Irene Wurts, born about March 1916, died 5 May 1917 at Toronto, aged 13 months, 7 days, of pneumonia, and buried in Prospect Cemetery[708]

29. Herbert Russell4 Forster,[709] son of William Byron Forster and Susanna Reesor, was born in 1873, died in 1948, and is buried in the Forster family plot in Locust Hill United Church Cemetery, Markham Tp. He married 28 December 1904, Alma Yeo, born in 1877, died 21 December 1953. He was a farmer, and served as Assessor for Markham Tp. He and his wife are buried in Locust Hill Cemetery. For a fuller listing of their descendants see the Reesor genealogy.
    Issue:

  1. Aleta Viola Forster, born 8 August 1907 at Locust Hill. She married 1931, Watson James Rennie, born 27 September 1902, died 21 December 1956, and buried in Stouffville Cemetery. They had one child.
  2. Erma I. Forster, born 29 April 1910 at Locust Hill, died 1988, and buried in Locust Hill United Church Cemetery. She married 23 November 1935, her third cousin, fourth cousin, and fourth cousin once removed, Kenneth Hoover Reesor, of Pefferlaw, Ontario, a retired farmer and carpenter, born 22 June 1909 at Cedar Grove, living 1999, son of Wilbur Saunders Reesor (1882-1977) and Eva Irene Hoover.[710] Erma (Forster) Reesor was the owner of the old Wurts family bible. She and her husband had four children, of whom their son Larry is father of Tanya Elizabeth (Reesor) Blundell, who has inherited her grandmother’s papers; she is pursuing research on her branch of the family.

Fifth Generation 5

30. Cecil Ernest5 Wurts, son of Ernest Major Wurts and Jane Quigg, was born 12 January 1901 at Proton (near Flesherton), Ontario, died 5 September 1981 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and was buried at Duff, Saskatchewan. He married in 1933, near Duff, Myrtle Elizabeth Kirk, born 17 September 1904 at Duff, died 27 February 1969 at Regina, Saskatchewan, and buried at Duff, daughter of George Kirk and Elizabeth Matilda Gough Matthews. At the time of the birth of their son Elwood in January 1934, they were living in a log farmhouse on Section 10, Tp. 22, Range 8, West of the 2nd Principal Meridian (2 miles east of Duff), Saskatchewan. They moved in the spring of that year to Duff. Cecil worked at farming, banking, carpentry, village dairy, and a variety of other employment, during the 1930s, mostly in the Duff district. He finally became manager of the Duff Co-op business in 1943, and worked in that capacity until his retirement in 1974. He was also Secretary of the Pheasant Hills Telephone Company for a number of years. After his retirement, and in deteriorating health, he moved to Saskatoon about 1980, and lived for a time with his daughter Beverley and her family. He spent some time in the University Hospital in Saskatoon and in a Community Care home, before succumbing to a heart attack in the month of his death. Issue:

  1. Elwood (“Woody”) George Ernest Wurts, born 19 January 1934 near Duff, Saskatchewan. He received a B.E. in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, in 1956, and did pilot training in the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1959-60, at Centralia, Ontario, at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and at Gimli, Manitoba. He worked for the Geodetic Survey of Canada, 1961-63, doing triangulation survey work in Western Canada in the summers of 1961-62, and winters in Ottawa. He joined Public Works Canada in 1964 in Fort William, Ontario, doing harbour design and construction and some building construction in the Lakehead harbour and North-Western Ontario until 1970. He transferred to Sault Ste. Marie in 1970, as Supervisor of Technical Services, N.W. Ontario District, doing design of harbour works and minor building works, until 1974. He transferred to Public Works Ontario Regional Office in Toronto in 1974, and worked as Project Manager on harbour projects and other civil engineering projects until 1987, and then as Manager of the Marine Division until his retirement in 1995. Woody married 14 January 1961 at Ottawa, Ontario, Elizabeth Louise Whitford, born 15 June 1940 at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, daughter of Andrew Whitford and Christina Graham. She worked for Central Mortgage & Housing in Calgary and Ottawa, 1959-1962, and for Ontario Water Resources in Sault Ste. Marie, 1970-1971. She worked part-time with York County Hospital Auxiliary, in Newmarket, managing the hospital television service from 1977 to 1996. An enthusiastic folk art painter, she has produced a considerable volume of art-work, for her own home and friends, as well as for sale through various art shops in the area. Woody and Elizabeth have lived at Newmarket since 1974, and have one daughter.
  2. Beverley Jean Wurts, born 19 April 1940 at Duff, Saskatchewan. She married 5 September 1960, David Drew Price, born 4 October 1938 in Herefordshire, England, and they have two children.

31. Aaron5 Wurts, son of William Warren Wurts and Mary M. Mullen, was born 1 May 1888 in Colorado, died in August 1979 at Fort Collins, Larimer Co., Colorado,[711] and is buried at New Castle, Garfield Co., Colorado. In 1910 he was enumerated at Cache Creek Precinct, Garfield Co., Colorado, near his parents and the next entry to that for his younger brother William, the census calling him a farm laborer.[712] He married (1) by late 1910 (but they were divorced some time between 1920 and 1930), Viola Pyle, born 18 Dec 1891 in Colorado, died in Jan. 1985 at Rifle, Garfield Co.,[713] daughter of John and Jennie (____) Pyle, of East New Castle, Garfield Co. In 1920 they were enumerated with four children at Silt, Garfield Co.[714] In 1930, however, the divorced Aaron Wurts, a farmer, is found with his son Lawrence and his “housekeeper” (and future wife) Violet LaBranch in the 1930 census of New Castle, Garfield County, Colorado.[715] Meanwhile, the divorced Viola Wurts, a practical nurse, aged 38 years, is found in the household of her parents at East New Castle, Garfield Co., with her children Opal and Lewis.[716] In the 1972 death notice of her son Laurence she is referred to as “Viola (Pyle) Wurts” and as “Mrs. Viola Wurts of Rifle.” Aaron Wurts married (2) in 1931 at New Castle,[717] the aforesaid Violet Mary (Sessions) LaBranch, born 28 May 1888, at Vernal, Utah, died 21 February 1969 at New Castle, Garfield Co., divorced wife (with issue) of Joseph LaBranch,[718] and daughter of the polygamous Solomon Sessions, of Vernal, by one his wives, Catherine Lettie Fuller, who later left him and took her children to Marvine Creek, Colorado.[719] The death notice of her son Perry LaBranch (d. 1964-65) calls her “Mrs. Aaron Wurts of New Castle,” and combined with the information given in her own death notice, there seems to be no doubt that she was still married to Aaron Wurts at the time of her death, when her address is given as 81650 Rifle, Garfield Co. Her own death notice reads,

Violet Mary Wurts, 80, a resident of New Castle for 68 years, died at Valley View Hospital on February 21, 1969. Violet Mary Session was born May 28, 1888, at Vernal, Utah. She spent her childhood in Utah and Meeker, Colorado. In 1931, in New Castle she was married to Aaron Wurts, who survives. She was previously married to Joseph LaBranch who was killed in 1943 in a mine explosion in New Castle. She was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Church of New Castle. Other survivors include four sons, Lowell LaBranch of Moab, Utah; James Wurts of New Castle; Lawrence Wurts of New Castle; and Louis Wurts of Glenwood; two daughters, Mrs. Paul (Mary) Ganley of Buckeye, Arizona; and Opal Mattivi of New Castle; and 19 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Funeral services were Monday, February 24, 1969 at St. John’s Episcopal Church with Rev. W. R. Shannon officiating. Burial was in Highland Cemetery.”[720]

It is a decided surprise to see Aaron Wurts’s second wife, Violet, credited with the issue of his first wife, especially as the latter had not only raised two of them to adulthood but was still alive at the time! That Violet (Sessions) (LaBranch) Wurts could have been the mother of Lawrence Wurts, of Louis Wurts, or of Opal (Wurts) Mattivi, is absolutely impossible. This notice is seriously misinformed concerning this family, and confuses the two similarly-named wives of Aaron Wurts.
    Known issue:

(by first wife:)

  1. Opal Wurts, born 8 October 1910 at Rifle Creek, died 2 August 2000 at New Castle.[721] She was living unmarried with her mother in 1930, when she is called an “operator” (i.e. a telephone operator?). She married in 1931, Peter Mattivi, Jr., of New Castle, born 8 September 1905 at Crystal, Colorado, still alive at his hundredth birthday on 8 September 2005, son of Peter Mattivi.[722] She is mentioned as his wife in the 1972 death notice of her brother Laurence. Peter Mattivi was the owner of the Mattivi Motor Company, a service station at 298 West Main Street, New Castle, which is now the New Castle Café, run by his daughter Pamela. An informative article about the business reads, in part:
    This building was erected in 1937 by Pete and Matt Mattivi on the site of an early livery stable…. Pete Mattivi, a prominent citizen of New Castle who served as mayor, county commissioner, and school board member, was born in Crystal in 1905 and lived in Marble, Salida, and Glenwood Springs. He moved to New Castle in 1929 to help his brother Matt, in a two-stall service station. Mattivi recalled that the town was booming at that time and “there was a business on every block” and six service stations. In 1931, he married Opal [Wurts] Mattivi, who was born in Rifle Creek in 1910. She served as treasurer of the first library board in the 1930s and was one of the original Friends of Garfield County Library, started in 1985. For twenty-five years she was a 4-H leader. In 1937, the brothers established this service station and also sold Studebakers for nineteen years. Pete Mattivi owns the building today, although he retired from its operation in 1982. … Pete Mattivi … also served as mayor of New Castle [in 1954-1969 and 1974-1981], as well as county commissioner for twenty years [1957-1977] and school board member for ten years.[723]
    A more recent article about Peter Mattivi reads, in part:
    … After celebrating a century of birthdays, Mattivi is happy to spend time practicing the art of good conversation that helped him stay in public office for decades. The youngest of five children whose father, Pete Sr., was an Austrian-born silver and marble miner, Mattivi is known in New Castle and Garfield County as a longtime downtown businessman and public servant. He served on the Town Council for two years before being elected town mayor in 1954, serving through 1969 and again from 1974 to 1981. His 24-year stint as mayor is the longest in New Castle history and is rivaled only by his record 20 years as a Garfield County Commissioner from 1957 to 1977.
    “For more than 70 years Pete has been a fixture in the town. He has touched and inspired all who have known him,” said Steve Rippy, New Castle town administrator. “Perhaps no other individual has given as much or has had such a positive influence in the shaping of our community.” Mattivi lists as his greatest accomplishments helping with the modernization of the town, such as the installation of the first television translator and the arrival of sewer and gas service in the early 1950s….
    As a county commissioner he was instrumental in the construction of a new library in 1967 in New Castle, convincing leaders in Rifle that their town should share, since they already had the county fairgrounds and airport.
    Mattivi co-owned and operated automotive businesses or service stations in downtown New Castle for some 56 years. In 2002 town officials dedicated Mattivi Plaza in front of the Mattivi Building on Main Street that served as Pete and his wife Opal’s Phillips 66 service station for decades. He said his key to success as a businessman and a statesman, “not a politician,” has always been talking things through. “I tried to reach out, and I think that’s what helped me,” Mattivi said. “When you are in there serving the people, you have to listen to what they have to say. I didn’t think of it as complaints, just the starting of a good conversation. I enjoyed every minute of it.”
    Pete and Opal … were married for 69 years. Their two daughters, current Town Councilor Pam Bunn and Denver resident Pat Werner, were born 22 years apart. Mattivi has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren…. Hundreds of people showed up for Mattivi’s 100th birthday party on September 8, where he took a few turns on the dance floor and, of course, talked with many friends.[724]
    Issue:
    1. Pamela Mattivi, alive in 2005; married Robert Bunn. She served on the New Castle Town Council from 1994 to 2002,[725] and was apparently was a council member again in 2005. In 2004 she was the proprietor of the New Castle Café above-mentioned.[726]
    2. Patricia Mattivi, alive in 2005; married ____ Werner, of Denver.
  2. Victor Wurts, born 1911-12 (aged 8 in 1920) in Colorado, died before February 1972, being mentioned as deceased in the death notice of his younger brother Laurence. He was not living with either of his parents in 1930, and we have not found him in ancestry.com’s index to the 1930 census.
  3. Lawrence Wurts, born 27 December 1913 in Colorado, died unmarried and v.p., shortly before 7 February 1972 at Rifle.[727] He was living with his father in 1930. A death notice reads: “Laurence R. Wurts of Rifle, [a] native who moved back to his hometown four years ago, died on Monday, February 7 in the Grand Junction veteran Hospital. Funeral services have been scheduled for 2 PM on Friday, February 11, at the Congregational Church in New Castle; Rev. Walter Klein will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery; Sower Funeral Home of Rifle is handling the arrangements. Wurts, was born in Rifle on December 27, 1913, the son of Aaron and Viola (Pyle) Wurts. He attended school in New Castle and Rifle, graduated from Rifle High School, attended a college in Calif. and later taught school for a period of time. During World War II, Wurts served with the U.S. Naval air Force. He made his home in Los Angeles following the war, pursuing a career as a machinist with aircraft and aerospace companies. He was preceded in death by a brother, Victor; surviving are his mother, Mrs. Viola Wurts of Rifle, his father Aaron Wurts of New Castle, two brothers, Louis Wurts of Glenwood Spring and James Wurts of Denver; his sister, Mrs. Pete (Opal) Mattivi of New Castle; nieces, nephews, and other relatives.”[728]
  4. Louis Wurts, born 1916-17 (aged 3 in 1920, 13 in 1930) in Colorado, still alive in February 1972. He was living with his mother in 1930, and is stated to be of Glenwood Spring in the 1972 death notice of his brother Laurence.

(by second wife:)

  1. James Wurts, born after 1930, called of New Castle in the death notice of his mother in 1969, and of Denver in that of his brother Laurence in 1972. He is thus probably identical with the James L. Wurts who was born 29 March 1935, and died 4 May 1998 at Denver.[729]

Unplaced persons probably or possibly of this family

On the evidence of naming patterns and geography, there can be little doubt that two of the women treated in this section belong to the present family, namely Charlotte and Susan Wurts, but no direct evidence has yet been found which would suggest either woman’s parentage.

A. John Worts, born 1795-96 in the U.S., died 25 October 1881 in Artemesia Tp., Grey County, aged 85 years, of “old age.”[730] His death record calls him a carpenter, and a Protestant.

B.   Barbara Wurts, born 1801-02 (aged 68 in 1870) in Canada, appears as “Barbara Wurtz” in the 1870 of Norwich Tp., Huron Co., Ohio, the only other member of her household being a younger Barbara Wurtz who can be definitely identified as the daughter of Abraham Wurts (no. 2).[731] The census-taker, in a grievous oversight, failed to ask for her marital status, so she may have been the widow of some man of the Wurts family. She is not found in the LDS index to the 1880 U.S. census.

C.   Charlotte Wurtz,[732] born 1815-16 (aged 65 in 1881) in Ontario, still alive in 1881. Despite the suggestion which has been made that this woman’s name was Caroline, it is well attested as Charlotte, being given as such in the 1871 and 1881 censuses, and in the marriage records of her children John, Mary, and James. The use of the uncommon name of Morris for one of her sons suggests that she was of this family, and her association with Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., tempts us to place her in the family of Morris Wurts and Phoebe Warner, although if her birthdate as suggested by the 1881 census is correct, she was some nine years older than the oldest of the children who can positively attributed to them, and they would have been extremely young when she was born. She does not appear in their household in the 1852 census, but may well have been already married at the time. Two additional hints that she may have been connected with their family are: (1) one of the witnesses at the 1858 marriage of Catherine Wurts, daughter of Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner, was Charlotte’ possible daughter, Louisa Mino; and (2) one of the witness at the 1887 marriage of her son James Oscar Mino was a Jemima Morrow, and Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner had a granddaughter of this name, born about 1862, daughter of Mary Wurts and William J. Morrow.
   Charlotte Wurtz married before 1854 (it is said in 1840),[733] John Mino, born 1812-13 (aged 68 in 1881 in Ontario, alive in 1881 but said to have died 1887. The family name is also found as Minno. A local heritage website mentions, on Embleton Road, “an old store/house … built as a house by John Mino in 1855, when he moved here to work in Hutton’s sawmill, which was located on land behind his house.”[734] John Mino and his wife appear in Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co., in the 1871 census,[735] and in the 1881 census, in which he and his three sons are called laborers, and the family’s religion is given as Episcopal Methodist.[736] He, or perhaps his son of the same name, is possibly the ”John Mino, carpenter,” listed at Huttonville in a directory published in 1874.[737] Also found in their household is a Mark Mino, aged 4, presumably a grandchild. Known issue:

  1. (?) Louisa Mino, born 1841-42, alive in 1881. She married some time between 1858 and 1864, James Quennell, born 1839-40 (aged 41 in 1881) in England. As Louisa Mino and James Quennell, both of Chinguacousy Tp., they served as witnesses to the marriage of Catharine Wurts (daughter of Maurice Wurts and Phoebe Warner) and Benajah Williams on 31 December 1858 in Chinguacousy Tp., Peel Co.[738] They are enumerated at Streetsville, Peel Co., in the 1881 census, in which James is called a lawyer, and the family’s religion is given as Canadian Methodist.[739] Known issue:
    1. James Albert Quennell, born about 1863 (aged 17 in 1881, 22 in 1884) in Chinguacousy Tp. (per marriage record), assisting on the family farm in 1881. He married 17 Dec 1884 in Peel Co., by the rites of the Church of England,[740] Grace Brookbank, born 1862-63 (aged 21 in 1884) at Streetsville, daughter of Samuel and Grace Brookbank. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a farmer, of Toronto Tp., and the bride was of Streetsville; the witnesses were James Mino, of Chinguacousy, and Fanny Brookbank, of Streetsville.
    2. Mary L. Quennell, born 1864-65 (aged 16 in 1881, 18 in 1883) in Chinguacousy Tp. (per marriage record). She married 6 March 1883 in Toronto Tp.,[741] James Haines King, born 1852-53 (aged 30 in 1883) in Toronto Tp., son of Thomas and Jannet (____) King. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the bride was of Streetsville, and the groom, a hotel keeper, was of Cooksville; the witnesses were James Mino, of Chinguacousy, and Sarah Graydon, of Streetsville.
    3. William Walter Quennell, born about 1867 (aged 14 in 1881, 40 in 1908) at Huttonville (per record of first marriage. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he was a sawmill hand. He married (1) 30 April 1895 at Huttonville,[742] Melissa D. Osbourne, born 1872-73 (aged 22 in 1895) at Rockwood, died by 1908, daughter of William and Mary (____) Osbourne. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a carpenter, of Streetsville, and the bride was of Rockwood; the witnesses were Nellie Dixon, of Huttonville, and W.J. Allen, of Streetsville. As “William Walter Quennell, aged 40, widower, machinist,” he married (2) 10 November 1908,[743] Jemima Jane McCarter, born 1873-74 (aged 34 in 1908), daughter of Robert McCarter and Sarah Stanfield. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, both parties were of West Toronto Tp.; the witnesses were Helen R. Stephen and Gladys Barbour, both of Toronto.
    4. Austen Quennell, born 1873-74 (aged 7 in 1881).
    5. Ada Melinda Quennell, born probably in 1876 (aged 4 in 1881, 19 in 1895) at Huttonville (per marriage record). She married 23 October 1895 at Brampton,[744] John Piggott, born 1873-74 (aged 21 in 1895) in Lincolnshire, England, son of John and Mary (____) Piggott. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the bride was of Huttonville and the groom, a flower potter, was of West Carleton Tp.; the witnesses were Charles Piggott, of Carleton, and Emma Quennell, of Huttonville. A published transcription of the record gives the name of the bride’s parents as James and Louisa Minerva Quennell, but we have not seen the original record.
    6. Emma Quennell, born 1878-79 (aged 2 in 1881). As Emily A. Quennell, aged 20, born at Simcoe, daughter of Jas. Quennell and Louisa Mino, she married 12 December 1898 at Toronto Junction,[745] George Alfred Davidge, born 1875-76 (aged 22 in 1898) in Carlton Tp. West, Ontario, son of William Davidge and Eliza Blomfield; the witnesses were Wm. Davidge of “Town” (this seems to mean Toronto Junction) and Alice Graham of Huttonville.
  2. John Mino, born 1 August 1853 in Chinguacousy Tp., living 1901. He was was living with his parents at the taking of the 1881 census. He married (1) ____, who died before 1881. As “John Minno, widower, yeoman, widower, aged 27” he married (2) 11 November 1881 at Brampton,[746] Elizabeth Jane Brown, born 4 September 1862 in Chinguacousy Tp., same, d/o William and Margaret (____) Brown. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were residing in Chinguacousy Tp.; the witnesses were Abraham Scott and Ellen Lundy, both of Chinguacousy Tp.[747] His address is given as lot 5, concession 5, of Chinguacousy in the birth record of their son Morris (1882), but he is called a laborer, of Huttonville, in that of his daughter Irene (1895). John Mino and his second wife were still living in the township in 1901, when he is called a laborer.[748] Known issue:

    (by first wife:)

    1. (probably) Mark Mino, born 1876-77 (aged 4 in 1881) in Ontario, living in his grandparents’ household in 1881, but not found with his ostensible father, John Mino, in 1901.

    (by second wife:)

    1. Morris Wilmer Mino, born 7 August 1882 at Huttonville,[749] living unmarried with his parents in 1901, when he is called a knitter. As Maurice Wilmer Mino he married 9 December 1913 at Brampton, Peel Co., by Methodist rites,[750] Anne May Smith, born 1882-83 (aged 30 at their marriage) at Brampton, daughter of James Smith and Valice Reynolds. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, both parties were of Brampton, and the groom was a painter; the witnesses were Herbert Smith and Priscilla Horsburgh, both of Brampton.
    2. Leonard S. Mino, born 24 April 1886, alive in 1919, when he served as a witness at the wedding of his younger sister Irene.
    3. Irene Aldo Mino, born 28 June 1895 in Chinguacousy Tp.[751] She married 22 October 1919 at Brampton, by Methodist rites,[752] George Smither, born 1895-96 (aged 23 at their marriage) at Brampton, son of John R. Smither and Fanny E. Wood. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, the groom was a laborer and the bride a housekeeper, and both parties were of Brampton; the witnesses were Leonard S. Mino and Ethel M. Ellis, both of Brampton.
  3. Mary Catherine Mino, born 1855 in Chinguacousy Tp., died 1918; married 5 October 1880 in Peel Co.,[753] Thomas John Denison, born 25 August 1855 in York Co., died 1928, son of John Lawrence Denison, of Chinguacousy, by the latter’s wife Sarah Clark, his father being a nephew of the well-known Lt.-Col. George Taylor Denison.[754] At the time of their marriage, the record of which gives the names of both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, both parties were of Chinguacousy, the bride being an Episcopal Methodist and the groom a farmer and an Episcopalian; the witnesses were Jesse Simpson and Ida Simpson, both of Brampton.
  4. Emeline Ann Mino, born 1857-58 (aged 23 in 1881), died (unmarried) 1 June 1894 in Chinguacousy Tp., of “peralisis of the brain,” being described in her death record as “an invalid from youth.”[755] She was living with her parents in 1881.
  5. James Oscar Mino, born 19 January 1858 (per 1901 census) at Huttonville, living unmarried with his parents in 1881. He married 12 January 1887 in Eramosa Tp., Wellington Co., by Methodist rites,[756] Mary Margaret Etta Osburn, born 10 January 1858 (per 1901 census) in Eramosa Tp., daughter of Abram and Donabella (____) Osburn. At the time of their marriage, the record of which gives the names of both sets of parents without however supplying the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was an electric light manager, of Huttonville, and the bride was of Eramosa. The witnesses were Archy Murray and Jemima Morrow, both of Rockwood (see comment above). They are enumerated in the 1901 census of Chinguacousy Tp.[757] Only known child:
    1. James Elmo Mino, born 8 February 1893 (per 1901 census) at Huttonville (per marriage record). He married 22 December 1923 in York Co., by Methodist rites,[758] Helen Magaret Seater, born 1899-1900 (aged 23 in 1923) at Priceville, Ontario, daughter of William Seater and Ellen Scott. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, the groom was an electrician, of Brampton, and the bride was a stenographer, of the City of Toronto; the witnesses were Mary Jean Tuthill, of 240 Crawford Strett, and Ethel Bowles (?), of 238 Crawford Street.
  6. Morris Mino, born 1861-62 (aged 19 in 1881), living unmarried with his parents in 1881.

D.   Susan Wurts,[759] born probably 8 May 1819,[760] in Ontario,[761] died 14 February 1855, “a week after” the birth of her last child, and buried in Huckins Cemetery, Sanilac Co., Michigan.[762] Susan Wurts’s family affiliations are somewhat of a mystery, as at the time of her marriage in Markham Tp. in 1840, there were no other families of the name anywhere nearby. However, the use of such names as Elias, Barbara, and Abraham for her children strongly suggest that she was a daughter or granddaughter of John Wurts (no. 1). Conversely, two of John Wurts’s children, Catharine and Elias, named daughters Susan or Susanna. Furthermore, as mentioned above, there was an indirect connection between Susan Wurts and the Marrs, for her husband was a first cousin of Eliezar (“Eli”) Macklem, who married Elizabeth Ann Wixon, daughter of Joel and Mary (Marr) Wixon. We would unhestitatingly identify her as a daughter of John Wurts and his second wife Barbara (Brook) Marr, were it not for the fact that she is not listed in the family bible. There is in fact a gap between Joel Wurts (October 1817) and Elias H. Wurts (April 1821) which would give ample room for her to have been born, but as John Wurts by then had adult sons, we cannot rule out the possibility that one of these was her father. The most plausible candidate among these is Abraham Wurts (no. 2), who was easily old enough and probably married early enough) to have been her father, but Morris Wurts (no. 4) is another possibility, as is Landon Wurts (no. 5), if just barely.
    Susan Wurts married (as his first wife) 29 October 1840, William Macklem, born 15 April 1819, died 29 November 1900, having married (2) Polly Graham, (3) Margaret ____, and (4) Harriet (Hadden) Fike, and had further issue. He was a son of John and Maria Magdalena (Weidman) Macklem, of Ringwood, Whitchurch Tp., York Co., Ontario.[763]
    William Macklem is listed at lot 23, concession 6 of Whitchurch Tp. in Walton’s 1837 directory and in Brown’s 1846 directory. As previously mentioned, he was a first cousin of Eliezer (“Eli”) Macklem, who went to Lexington Tp., Sanilac Co. by 1855, and whose wife, Elizabeth Ann Wixon, was a daughter of Joel and Mary (Marr) Wixon, ostensibly a half-niece of Susan Wurts. (Eliezer’s parents, James and Ann Macklem, also went to Lexington Tp.).[764] Susan and her husband moved by 1849 to Chippewa Tp., Wayne Co., Ohio, where four children were born between 1849 and 1852. They are enumerated there in the 1850 census, which gives his occupation as sawyer.[765] Later, they went to Sanilac Co., Michigan, where she died. William Macklem appears with his second wife in the 1860 census of Worth Tp., Sanilac Co., which gives his occupation as farmer.[766] He is said to have also lived at Flint for some time. Some time after his second wife’s death, and evidently in the mid-1860s, William Macklem returned with his younger children to York Co., where he is listed in the censuses of 1871 and 1881.[767] The son Philip was raised by an uncle, Philip Macklem (1822-1888), of Markham Tp., York Co.[768]
    Known issue:

  1. Elizabeth Ann Macklem, born 14 July 1841 in Canada, living unmarried with her father in 1860. She married 19 June 1862, perhaps in Michigan, Joseph Boothley. She may have remained in Michigan when her father returned to Canada in the 1860s, but we have not found her husband in indexes to the 1870 state census, to the 1880 U.S. census, or to the 1881 census of Canada. The Macklem genealogy does not trace any descendants.
  2. John Elias Macklem, born 18 June 1843 in Canada. He evidently remained in Michigan when his father returned to Canada in the 1860s, but we have not located him in the 1870 state census,[769] or in the 1881 census. He married by 1886 in Michigan, his second cousin, Barbara French, born 5 August 1853, died 27 December 1895 in Macomb Co., Michigan, daughter of Jesse and Mary (Dougherty) French, of Sanilac Co., Michigan, and granddaughter of Charles and Jane (Macklem) French.[770] Only known child:
    1. William J. Macklem, born 1886, died 20 June 1905 in Macomb Co.
  3. Rachel Susan Macklem, born 3 December 1844 in Canada, returned to Canada with her father in the 1860s and married 17 February 1868, presumably in Ontario, George Dresser. We have not located them in the 1881 Canadian census, and it seems possible, despite a slight discrepancy of a few years in their ages, that she was the widowed Rachel Dresser, aged 34 years, born in Canada, who was enumerated with two sons, Robert V. (aged 11) and William G. (aged 9) in the 1880 census of Richmond Tp., Macomb Co., Michigan.[771] If so, her two known daughters were not in the household, but it is possible they could have been raised by relatives if Rachel was indeed widowed. Known issue:
    1. Anna J. Dresser, born 18__,[772] died 1933, and apparently buried in Aurora Cemetery, Whitchurch Tp. She may have married a Thomas Hutchinson, but the Macklem genealogy is noncomital on this point. In the 1871 census she is found in the household of Andrew and Margaret (Macklem) Henderson, of Whitchurch Tp., this Margaret being a daughter of Thomas Adam and Catharine (Weidman) Macklem, and a double first cousin of the William Macklem, husband of Susan Wurts.[773]
    2. Sarah Catherine Dresser; married 7 October 1891 in Markham Tp.,[774] Peter Hoover Raymer, born 1859, died 7 October 1891.[775] We have not located them in the 1881 census.
  4. Barbara Maria Macklem (called Barbara Ann in the 1860 census), born 29 August 1846 in Canada, died 19 November 1870, of consumption, aged 24 years, 2 months, and 21 days, and buried in Union Church Cemetery, Dixon Hill, near Ringwood, Markham Tp.[776] She returned to Canada with her father in the 1860s, and married (as his first wife) 15 October 1867 at Richmond Hill, William Henry Burkholder, born around 1843 at Woodbridge, Ontario, died 28 November 1931.[777] Our treatment of him owes much to Ruth Burkholder, who has gathered considerable material but has not yet succeeded in determining his parentage. Although this man’s surname is a familiar one in Markham Tp., he has not been found in the 1851-52 census. However, he is found as a sixteen-year-old in the household of John and Sarah [Burkholder] Steckley at Bethesda, Whitchurch Tp., in 1861, and he reappears in their household in 1871 as “Henrey Burkholder,” aged 25, a widowed carpenter, and Primitive Methodist, alongside a David Burkholder, aged 26, labourer, Mennonite, born in Ontario.[778] It seems practically certain, therefore, that he was a close relative — perhaps a nephew — of David Burkholder and of Sarah (Burkholder) Steckley, and Ruth Burkholder has determined that David Burkholder was a son of Henry Burkholder (1790-1860) and Catherine Troyer (1794-1886). William Henry Burkholder was remarried on 24 April 1871 to Mary Jane Logan, of Bethesda (d. 1929), by whom he would have five more children. He was in Whitchurch Tp. at the births of three of these children in 1876, 1877 and 1879, and at Bethesda in 1880 and 1881, being enumerated in the census of the latter year as William Burkholder, carpenter, aged 36, with no middle name specified, with wife Mary J. and five children.[779] In 1883 he moved to Victoria, British Columbia. In 1897 he went to the Klondike and stayed in Dawson for three years, striking gold in his claim no. 14 on Walsh Creek in the Yukon. In 1914 he received building permit to erect an eight-room house on St. Patrick Street. Known issue:
    1. Sarah J. Burkholder, born 8 November 1868, died (unmarried) 22 March 1887, aged 19 years, 4 months, and 14 days, and buried with her mother. After her mother’s death, she was adopted by her grand-uncle, Philip Macklem (1822-1888), of Markham Tp.[780]
    2. William Henry Burkholder, born in September 1870. He has not been found in the 1871 or 1881 censuses, either in his father’s household or anywhere else.
  5. William Henry Macklem (twin), born 12 January 1849 in Ohio, died 4 March 1876. After his mother’s death, he returned to Canada with his father. He was raised by his paternal grandfather.[781]
  6. Abraham James Macklem (twin), born 12 January 1849 in Ohio, of whom nothing further is stated in the Macklem genealogy.
  7. Philip Wurts Macklem, born 30 June 1851 in Ohio or in Michigan (according to his marriage record), and died 28 September 1896 (?) in York Co., Ontario.[782] After his mother’s death Philip returned to Canada with his father. He was sent to live with his uncle, Philip Macklem (1822-1888), of Markham Tp., in whose household he appears in the 1861 census. In 1871 he was living with his paternal grandfather. He married 25 December 1877 in Whitchurch Tp., York Co.,[783] Sarah J. Dougherty, daughter of John and Ellen (Carleton) Dougherty, born 1854 in Whitchurch Tp., daughter of John and Ellen (____) Dougherty. Their marriage record calls him a carpenter, of Whitchurch Tp., and her of the same place, and the witnesses were Andrew Macklem and Rachel Dougherty, both of Whitchurch. In 1881 he and his wife were living in Markham Tp., and his religion is given only as “Christian.”[784] In 1891 they were living at Stouffville.[785] For a fuller account of their descendants than what follows see the Macklem genealogy. Issue:
    1. William Henry Macklem, born 1878 in York Co., died ca. 1928.
    2. Ella Macklem, born 1879 in York Co., died 1918; married George Alguire, and had three children.
    3. Lily Macklem, born 1881 in York Co., died s.p. 1967. She married Samuel F. Daley, of Camrose, Alberta.
    4. Clifford Macklem, born 1883 in York Co., died 1958. He married Pearl Fletcher, and had two children.
    5. Alfred Macklem, born 1884 in York Co., died 1957. He married Lillian Goodman. They lived at Niagara Falls. They had eleven children.
    6. Philip Ross Macklem, born 14 August 1888 in York Co., died (unmarried) 25 March 1959, and buried in Stouffville Cemetery.
    7. John Stuart Macklem, born 5 February 1889, died 9 December 1970. He married 8 February 1911 at Port Hope, Ontario, Hilda Viola Welch, born 2 June 1891, died 29 June 1974. They had eleven children, of whom a son Donnie died at the age of six months and a set of twins (probably unnamed) died at or shortly after birth.[786]
    8. Laura Macklem, born 1895 in York Co.; married Harry Maudsley, died 1939. They lived at Waubaushene, Ontario. No issue.
  8. Uriah Isaac Macklem (inexplicably called Michael in the 1860 census), born 26 October 1853 in Ohio, said to have died 15 October 1892. We presume that he returned with his father to Canada in the 1860s, but he was not a member of the latter’s household in 1881 and indeed has not been found anywhere in the census of that year.
  9. Andrew Alfred Macklem, born 7 February 1855 in Michigan, died 11 October 1888, and buried in Dixon Hill Cemetery, near Ringwood, Markham Tp. He returned with his father to Canada in the 1860s. In the 1871 census he is found in the household of Andrew and Margaret (Macklem) Henderson, this Margaret being a daughter of Thomas Adam and Catharine (Weidman) Macklem, and a double first cousin of Andrew Alfred Macklem’s father.[787] He has not been found in the 1881 census.

E.   William Wurts, born about 1821 (aged 49 in 1870, 58 in 1880) in Canada, living 1880. Apart from his Canadian birth, and the fact that he lived close to Morris Wurts (no. 2.iii), we have found no evidence to suggest that he was of the present Wurts family. He married before 1857, perhaps in Ohio, Sarah Burgett,[788] born 1837-38 (aged 32 in 1870, 42 in 1880) in Ohio, living 1880. We have not found them in the 1860 census. They are enumerated with three children in the 1870 census of Copley, Summit Co., Ohio, in which he is called a farmer with land worth $2,500.[789] They are also enumerated there in the 1880 census, in which he is again called a farmer.[790] Known issue:

  1. Silas A. Wurts, born 1856-57 (aged 13 in 1870, 23 in 1880) in Ohio; still living unmarried with his parents in 1880, when he was a college student.
  2. John Wilbur Wurts (called Wilbert in 1870, John W. in 1880, John Wilbur in his death certificate and in that of his wife), born 23 January 1860 at Canal Fulton, Ohio (per death record), died 2 March 1935 at Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, and buried at Litchfield, Ohio.[791] He is called a janitor, of 382 Furnace Street, in his death record. He married by 1886, Rosa/Rose M. Minger, born 10 September 1860 (per death record) or September 1861 (per census) at Canal Fulton, Ohio, died 26 June 1948 at Lorain, Lorain Co., Ohio, aged 87 years, 9 months, and 16 days,[792] daughter of William Minger and Mary Reinhardt. He and his wife were living with his parents in 1880, when he was a farmer. He is enumerated as Wilbert Wurts in the 1900 census of Elyria, Lorain Co., Ohio, in which he is called a “laborer in saddle manufactury” and his father’s birthplace is given as Canada.[793] Known issue:
    1. Earl Wurts, born in November 1886 in Ohio.
    2. Harry Wurts, born in August 1888 in Ohio.
  3. Edith Wurts, born 1863-64 (aged 6 in 1870, 16 in 1880) in Ohio; living unmarried with her parents in 1880.
  4. Ellis [= Elias?] E.U. Wurts, born 1875-76 (aged 4 in 1880) in Ohio.

F.   Timothy Clark Wurts: Passed away on Wednesday, November 8, 2006. Mr. Tim Wurts of Simcoe in his 42nd year. Son of Thomas Wurts and the late Rejeanne Montreuil, he is survived by his loving children: Naomi Gee of New Brunswick, Jeremy McSheffrey, Thomas McSheffrey, Kirby Wurts, all of Vittoria, and Marcela Wurts of Port Dover. Cherished grandfather of Alisha and Griffin, dear brother of Lisa Paul and her husband Dana of Simcoe, Tammy Krukowski and her husband Jerry and Todd Wurts and his wife Shannon, all of Michigan, and grandson of Thomas J. Wurts of Michigan. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service was held on Saturday, November 11, 2006, at 10 a.m. from The Baldock Funeral Home, 96 Norfolk St. N., Simcoe. Pastor Marc Bertrand officiated, followed by cremation. — Death notice, Simcoe Reformer; 13 November 2006, courtesy of Janet Jones.


Notes

1Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalists and other pioneer families of Upper Canada, 2 vols. (1894, 1898), 1:158-9; sketch of James Gooderham Worts in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 11:937-8; Joan E. Mathes, “The Gooderham family of Toronto,” Families (Ontario Genealogical Society) 16 (1977): 24-29.
2Two “Werts” examples will be found in William D. Reid, Marriage Notices of Ontario (Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House, 1980), p. 104, and in the Ontario Register, vol. 5, p. 192. The “Wortz” example is from William D. Reid, Death Notices of Ontario (Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House, 1980), p. 256.
3 The LDS index to the 1881 census of Ontario shows only 280 men named Maurice or Morris born before 1852, of whom at least three, Morriss (sic) Wurts, Morris Kenady (sic), and Morris Kennedy, were Wurts descendants. The same index shows only 149 men named Joel born before 1852, of whom at least three, Joel W. Leslie, Joel Williams, and Joel Wurts, were Wurts descendants. It may thus be stated without exaggeration that the Wurts family was a significant source of these rare names in nineteenth-century Ontario.
4Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Lambton, Ontario (Toronto: J.H. Beers, 1906), pp. 25-29, at p. 26, col. 2, where it is stated that her husband John Kennedy “was twice married, [for the] first time in New Jersey to Charity Warts, who was born March 23, 1768…. Seven children were born to John Kennedy’s first marriage, with Charity Warts….”
5In 1991 this was in the possession of Mr. Albert H. Kennedy, of Coquitlam, British Columbia, who kindly provided a photocopy. Internal evidence shows that the portion of the record mentioning Charity Wurts cannot have been written before 1856.
6The record is printed in James P. Snell, History of Sussex and Warren counties, New Jersey; with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers (Philadelphia, 1881), 393. It reads in full: “1786, April 9. Then I married John Kennedy to Charrity [sic] Worts.”
7The date is given in the Caleb Kennedy family bible record. The same date is also given in the Commemorative Biographical Record memoir, at p. 26, col. 1, which (probably erroneously) gives the place of his birth as Essex Co., N.J. Thomas G. Frost & Edward L. Frost, The Frost Family in England and America (Buffalo, 1909), 124, state that John Kennedy was “born in Sussex County, New Jersey, May 8th, 1761, emigrated after the Revolutionary War (1789) to St. Anns, Canada … died there April 12th, 1847.” Unfortunately this seemingly well-informed source states nothing concerning his wife. Descendants of John Kennedy, p. 1, states that he was born “near Newton, Sussex Co., N.J.,” but cites no evidence.
8Commemorative Biographical Record. His tombstone reads: “In memory of John Kennedy, Sr., who was born in the State of New Jersey, came to this Province June 8, 1795, with a wife and five children. Died April 12, 1847, aged 85 years 11 months & 4 days.” (This text, given in the Commemorative Biographical Record, has been collated with a photograph of the stone kindly provided by a descendant, the late Mrs. Margaret Kennedy Mitchelson, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.)
9Charles Pemberton Wurts, A genealogical record of the Wurts family: the descendants of Reverend Johannes Conrad Wirz, who came to America from Zurich, Switzerland in 1734; also a record of the ancestry of the Reverend Johannes Conrad Wirz from the thirteenth century (1889), pp. 49-50. For the marriage record see William Nelson, [New Jersey] Marriage Records, 1665-1800 (Documents relating to the colonial history of the State of New Jersey, vol. XXII, 1900), p. 445.
10Original will and inventory of Conrad Wirtz, Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, Delaware, accession no. 1982, Wurts Family Papers, Box 3, Series III, Subseries 16: Wurts Family Miscellany; punctuation added for clarity but spelling unaltered. The testator’s brother and one of the executors, John Wurts (1744-1793), was the great-great grandfather of the genealogist John Sparhawk Wurts (1876-1958), to whom this material evidently descended. It was donated to the Hagley by the latter’s son, John S. Wurts, in 1990.
11New Jersey Wills, New Jersey State Archives, Liber 13, p. 274; punctuation added for clarity. The seal is represented only by the word “seal.” This will is abstracted in Calendar of New Jersey Wills, Administrations, etc., vol. IV (1761-1770), ed. A. Van Doren Honeyman (Documents relating to the Colonial and Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey, 1st ser., vol. XXXIII, 1928), p. 485.
12Theodore Frelinghuysen Chambers, The Early Germans of New Jersey (Dover, N.J., 1895), p. 596. However, Chambers’s speculation that Conrad Wirtz “was probably the grandfather of John C. Wert [1783-1841] of Hunterdon Co, the father of John C. probably being Christian” has no obvious basis. He offers no evidence that Conrad Wirtz of Roxbury had a son named Christian, and from his previous treatment of this John C. Wert on p. 567, it appears that Chambers had no direct evidence for the name of the latter’s father, and merely assumed it was Christian, the name of John C. Wert’s eldest son.
13Virginia Alleman Brown, Abstracts of Partitions and Divions of Morris County Estates filed at Morristown, New Jersey, 1785-1900 (Harmony Press, 1984).
14More precisely, the records for Hunterdon County are entitled Guardianships of Minors and Incompetents (1798–1909) and Orphans’ Court Minutes (1810–present).
15Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, ed. John W. Jordan, 3 vols. (New York & Chicago, 1911), 3:1675. This information was contributed by the genealogist John Sparhawk Wurts (1876-1958), who as previously noted was a great-great-grandson of John Wurts (1744-1793), one of the executors of the will of Conrad Wirtz.
16Anna’s family is treated in the excellent typescript history entitled The Goetschius Family in America (1984) by William Heidgerd, a copy of which is deposited in the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection, Elting Memorial Library, 93 Main Street, New Paltz, New York. An earlier and briefer treatment was given in Ruth and William Heidgerd, The Goetschy Family and the Limping Messenger (New Paltz, N.Y.: Huguenot Historical Society, 1968).
17George Couck is erroneously called John Couck in Alexander Dingwall Fordyce, Family Record of the name of Name of Dingwall Fordyce, in Aberdeenshire…, 2 vols. (Fergus, Ontario, 1888), 2:cxiii. The will of George Couck, New Jersey Wills Lib. 10, p. 468, is abstracted as follows in Calendar of New Jersey Wills, 4:92:
1760, Jan. 23. Couck, George, of Roxbury, Morris Co.; will of. Wife, Ann, 1/3 my estate. Son, George Coke, 6 shillings. The rest of my estate to my son and daughters, when they are 21. If my wife can not bring them up, my Executors are to do so. Executors — John Waldorf and Martin Waldorf. Witnesses — Anthony Waldorf, Bernard Mowry, Margaret Waldorf. Proved April 9, 1761.
1761, March 12. Inventory, £176.8.1, made by Christopher Carne and Roluff Roluffson.
1763, Jan. 22. Account, by Executors.
18Henry Z. Jones, More Palatine Families (Universal City, California, 1991), p. 297. The Waldorff family is treated in Chambers, Early Germans of New Jersey (Dover, N.J., 1895), pp. 554-55, and this account is closely followed in Myrtle M. Morris, Joseph and Philena (Elton) Fellows: Their Ancestry and Descendants (1941), 256-59; both these authors erroneously give the surname of Conrad Wirtz as Wertzall.
19A letter from the Reference Department of the New Jersey State Archives, dated 24 December 2003, states, “There are no other documents [besides the will] filed for his estate.”
20Abstracts of Wills on file in the Surrogate’s Court, City of New York, vol. 7 (Collections of the New-York Historical Society, 31, 1898), 404-05, citing New York Wills, Liber 47, p. 540.
21Will of Anthony Waldorff, Morris County wills, no. 487N, punctuation revised for clarity. Prior to obtaining a photocopy of this document, we received a transcript kindly provided by Ms. Kathleen D. Fenton. An abstract of this will appears in Calendar of New Jersey Wills, vol. 4, p. 562, citing Lib. 18, p. 683.
22Will of George Couck, abstracted in Calendar of New Jersey Wills, vol. 4, p. 92, citing Lib. 10, p. 468; from a photocopy kindly provided by Ms. Kathleen D. Fenton.
23Admittedly, the name might alternatively have been taken from that of Morris County, New Jersey, but this would not satisfactorily explain the instances in which it is spelled Maurice.
24On John Wurts” arrival there see below; on George Couck’s see Alexander Dingwall Fordyce, Family Record of the name of Name of Dingwall Fordyce, in Aberdeenshire…, 2 vols. (Fergus, Ontario, 1888), 2:cxiv.
25John Clarke’s Waldorff ancestry may be worked out by comparing Henry Z. Jones, More Palatine Families, p. 297, and the “Waldroff” sketch in William D. Reid, The Loyalists in Ontario (Lambertville, N.J., 1973), 329, with the notice of Clarke given in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and the (not entirely reliable) memoir by his daughter, Adele Clarke, entitled Old Montreal: John Clarke, his adventures, friends and family (Montreal, 1906). He was a son of Simon Clarke, a Montreal innkeeper, by his wife Ann-Eve Waldorf, she being a daughter of Martin Waldorf(f), Loyalist, of Osnabruck Tp., U.C., a son of Anthony Waldorff and Maria Geertraud Kil.
26This is the date given in the Wurts family bible record, and it is supported by his age of 86 years given in the 1852 census, to be cited below. The record, which is printed in full in Harriette Marr Wheeler, William Marr of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and his six children (1983), p. 158, is entered in a bible printed in 1824. Wheeler “was given a photograph of this record in the late 1950s by Mrs. Kenneth Reesor of Pickering, Ontario. Various handwritings indicate that entries were made from time to time by a number of persons.” (Wheeler, p. 60, n. 4) A later hand has added in pencil various comments, which in our analysis we shall consider separately from the main text. The bible was in the possession of Mrs. Reesor’s granddaughter, Mrs. Tanya (Reesor) Blundell, in 1999. The date of birth of 9 January 1766 for John Wurts was previously quoted in the 1941 Tool genealogy, cited below.
27Wheeler, p. 43.
28The bible record makes no reference to the marriage. The pencil annotator says “ca. June 1788,” but comparison with a similar suggestion elsewhere reveals that he simply calculates estimated marriage dates by subtracting a year from the date of birth of the first child.
29Some writers, including the authors of the 1941 Tool genealogy (cited below), have called her Catharine, but we know of no contemporary evidence for this assertion. The bible record makes no reference to her name, but the pencil annotator calls her “? Westbrook.” Wheeler (p. 158) therefore suggests that she may have been related to her neighbor Isaac Westbrook, of lot 14, concession 10, Markham Tp. William E. Westbrooke, The Westbrook Family of New York, 4 vols. (1974), shows no Wurts connection, but does list three Westbrook men who came to Canada:
  • Anthony Westbrook (p. 36), born 1738, who came to Niagara in 1793 with his wife Sarah Dekker, but whose only known daughter is otherwise accounted for; it would be difficult to fit another child into their family in the required time period.
  • Joel Westbrook (p. 14), born 1756, died 1829, who came to Niagara in 1783; he was himself too young to have been father of a wife of John Wurts, and all his known sisters were born by 1753, so were too old for the role. [Was he the Joel Westbrook who was indicted for treason at a session of the Court of Oyer and Terminer and General Goal Delivery for Ulster County, held in Kingston, New York on 28 June 1785? If so he was indicted in absentia. See Kenneth Scott Lang, “(Ulster County) Court Records, 1779-1782,” National Genealogical Society Quarterly, vol. 68.]
  • Isaac Westbrook (p. 75), born about 1776, the man named by Wheeler, who came to Stamford in 1801. He was a son of Abraham Westbrook, of Minisink and later of Sussex Co., New Jersey, by his wife Agnes Herlokker. They had, among children, daughters Jannetje (1764), Sarah (1765), and Maria (1767), for none of whom marriages are shown; and there is a gap in the baptisms of their children between 1767 and 1780, so it is even possible there were a few more daughters of marriageable age in 1788. On chronological and geographical grounds, this family is surely interesting enough to warrant further investigation.
Of course, the wife of John Wurts, assuming she was a Westbrook, need not necessarily have been closely related to any other Canadian immigrants of the name, and there are many Westbrook women of the right time period for whom no marriage data is given in the 1974 Westbrook genealogy.
30Wheeler (p. 43) says that she “died probably after 1817, the date of birth of their last … child,” but the bible records she cites do not suggest that she was the mother of John Wurts’s eighth, ninth, and tenth children. In view of the fact that Berczy, in his census, drew a blank beside John Wurts’s name in the column for wives, and does not allow for any wife for him in the column total, there can be no doubt that she was then dead. This census is datable by internal evidence to about the month of November, 1803.
31If we are right in assuming, with the pencil annotator of the bible record, that she was the mother of all of John Wurts’s children after the seventh, then they were presumably married at least nine months before the birth of the eighth child in March of 1810. Her first husband had died between 14 July 1808 and 28 January 1809 (Wheeler, p. 43). Wheeler (p. 44) assumes that she remained a widow until around 15 December 1819, when her son John Marr petitioned for control of his father’s land; but John Marr Jr. had already been left the title to half of this land in his father’s will, and his mother only its use (Wheeler, p. 43); and it seems to us that the motivation for the petition was the simple fact that a deed for the land had never been obtained. This was precisely what the action obtained, for a deed was granted in 1821, the year he achieved legal age.
    Knowledge of this marriage has been in print for a considerable length of time. As Wheeler (p. 60) points out, Lucius M. Boltwood, History and Genealogy of the family of Thomas Noble, of Westfield, Masachusetts… (Hartford, Connecticut, 1878), p. 274, lists the parties as follows: “John Marr born in New Jersey [actually Pennsylvania] and died June 1808…. [His wife] was born in Penn[sylvania], and after her [first] husband’s death, married John Warts, who died abt. 1854. She now (1856) resides in Markham, C[anada] W[est].” Probably this information was obtained directly from her or from one of her children.
32Wheeler, p. 43, citing “statement of owner of lot 13, concession 10, to compiler on a visit there in the 1960s.” She states: “This tree and shrub-covered area harbors the tombstone of John Wurts and the unmarked grave of Barbara (Brooks) Marr Wurts, and is honored by the occupants as a sacred place.”
33Wheeler’s work is a painstaking study of his father’s descendants. It was preceeded by her earlier work, John Marr of Markham, York Co., Ontario, Canada, & John Marr of Howell Twp., Livingston Co. in Michigan, U.S.A. (the author, 1961), which we have not seen.
34Her children were such close associates of the Wurtses that it may be helpful to include a brief listing of them here, from Wheeler, pp. 43-66, passim:
  1. John Marr (Jr.) (1800-1860), married Esther Noble, for whom see Lucius M. Boltwood, History and Genealogy of the Family of Thomas Noble, of Westfield, Massachusetts (Hartford, Conn., 1878), 274-75. Following the McKenzie Rebellion he fled to Howell Tp., Livingston Co., Michigan, where his wife and children joined him by 1840. In 1857 Elias Wurts moved there as well, and his sister Clarissa (Wurts) Turner apparently followed some time after. Elias’ son Benjamin and Clarissa’s son Isaac married granddaughters of John Marr (Jr.).
  2. Mary (“Polly”) Marr (1805-1870), married Joel Wixon (1803-1883), son of Joshua Wixon and Rachael Eggleston. Her husband was banished after the McKenzie Rebellion, and hid for as many as seven years, possibly in Sanilac Co., Michigan, with his brother Amos. He returned by 1844 to Canada, took away five of his children from his wife, who was by then living with another man, and moved them to Sanilac Co. His daughter Elizabeth Ann married Eliezer Macklem, a first cousin of the William Macklem who married Susan Wurts.
  3. Bethena Marr (1806-1859), married James Hamilton.
  4. Their daughter Permelia certainly married George Turner (a likely brother-in-law of Clarissa Wurts, no. 9 in our text) and she probably also was the second wife of John Tool (no. 11 in our text).
35His fortuitous presence at the taking of the 1803 Berczy census, which lists him as “her brother Peter Broock,” provides her maiden surname. The surname may have originally been the German Bruch. For discussion of her possible affiliations see Wheeler, pp. 43, 69.
36Myrtle Mae Tool Hunter and Silas Tool, In Part Descendants of Aaron Tool and his wife Rachel Hunter [sic] [and] Descendants of John Tool and his wife Catherine Wurts (1940 on title-page but stated on the second page to have been “blueprinted … 1941”); available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=633. While the brief treatment of the Wurts family in this work is not especially good, it is interesting as perhaps the first compiled account of the family in print. (While the work was actually reproduced by blueprinting from hand-lettered copy, we consider it equivalent to print because it was clearly intended as a finished publication, and was not merely circulated in a few copies.)
37Wheeler, p. 44. It should be noted that many Markham township families have false traditions of Pennsylvania origin, probably because a number of the earliest settlers were in fact Pennsylvanian, and some of their descendants have too readily assumed that all their ancestors came from there. One such example is the demonstrably incorrect statement in William E. Wood, Past Years in Pickering (Toronto, 1911), pp. 314-15, that Noadiah Woodruff “was born in Pennsylvania”; many others could be named.
38Wheeler, p. 44, citing Public Archives of Canada, R.G. L 3, Upper Canada Land Book D, 1797-1802, no. 31. The date of 1809 given in the 1941 Tool genealogy for the Wurts family’s immigration is thus obviously without foundation.
39Ontario Land Records Index.
40Markham, 1793-1900, ed. Isabel Champion (Markham, Ontario: Markham Historical Society, 1979), p. 246. To quote the text: “Lot 11 [of the 10th concession] was settled by Abraham Moore (Mohr?), who came to Niagara in 1799 and with the Marrs reached Markham on May 2, 1802, with his wife Mary and family of six…. John Wurtz (Wurts) was also in this group and settled lot 13, conc. 10….” Less explicit is the following account, which nevertheless gives the foregoing some corroboration: “There were other settlers in the vicinity [of Locust Hill] who also received Crown Grants; among them Abraham Moore and John Wurts….” This is from an essay entitled “Locust Hill” by Mrs. J.R. Armstrong, in Canadian-German Folklore (Pennsylvania Folklore Society of Canada), vol. 6 (1977), pp. 63-66, at p. 63.
41History of Toronto and [the] County of York, 2 vols. (Toronto, 1885), vol. I, pt. ii, p. 119.
42It is so-called in the 1852 census cited below, and Wheeler, p. 59, n. 3, draws attention to the fact.
431803 census of Markham Tp., reproduced in facsimile in Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 323-30, at p. 329. The census grossly errs in giving his age as 30, the impossibility of which is amply demonstrated by the fact that his eldest daughter was aged 15 at the time.
44This map is reproduced in facsimile in Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 82-3.
45Manuscript account of two blocks of land adjacent to Locust Hill, in the Sparks papers, Archives of Ontario, MU 453 (the contents of which are unnumbered). The presumed author, Dr. Willmot E.L. Sparks (1892-?), was a great-grandson of William Marr Button (1816-1908), of Locust Hill (see Wheeler, pp. 87-8, 98), and he had multiple connections with the Marr and Button families, to whom his collection mainly relates. We became aware of the existence of this collection through a citation in Wheeler, p. 110, n. 1.
46Landholders’ map of Markham Tp., 1853-54, reproduced in facsimile in Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 238-9.
47Ontario Land Records Index.
48The City of Toronto and the Home District Commercial Directory and Register… for 1837…, by George Walton (Toronto, 1837), p. 109.
49Landholders’ map of Markham Tp., 1853-54, in Markham, 1793-1900, as cited above.
50Minutes of the First Baptist Church of Markham, as quoted in William E. Wood, Past Years in Pickering (Toronto, 1911), p. 90, and in John W. Sabean, The Barclay Houses: Tullis Cottage & Ever Green Villa, 170S Seventh Concession Road & 3970 Brock Rood, Concession 6, Lot 19, City of Pickering, p. 31, available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=928.
51See Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 188-89, at p. 189.
52See Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 189-90, at p. 189.
53Wheeler, p. 52; Ruth S. Widdison, Wixom Family History Supplement (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1988), p. 13.
54Wheeler, p. 46.
55Brown’s Toronto City and Home District Directory, 1846-7… (Toronto: George Brown, 1846), cited above, pt. ii, p. 23.
56Brown’s Toronto City and Home District Directory, 1846-7, pt. ii, p. 55.
57This map is reproduced in facsimile in Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 238-9.
581852 Census of Canada, Canada West, district 42 (York County), subdistrict 3 (Markham Township), division 5, folio 305; PAC microfilm no. C-11759; printed in Wheeler, p. 59, no. 3 (with some misreadings). The entry reads:
              occupation     birthpl.    relig.   age next b'day
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Elias Wurts     yeoman       Canada      none     31
Mary Wurts                     "          "       25
Adeline Wurts                  "          "        8
John Wurts                     "          "        6
Benj. F. Wurts                 "          "        4
Eliz'th* A. Wurts              "          "        2
Gideon Turner   carpenter   New Brunswick "       28
Clarasy Turner              Canada        "       26
Isaac L. Turner                 "         "        4
John B. Turner                  "         "        2
John Wurts      ----        U.S.          "        87
Barbra                       "            "        70
=====
* Wheeler here incorrectly reads "Edith"
59The Reesor Family in Canada: genealogical and historical records, 1804-1980 (1980), p. 310.
601861 census of Markham Tp. (PAC microfilm no. C-1088), fo. 160; this extract is printed in Wheeler, p. 60, n. 3.
61In an earlier version of these notes, we had tentatively credited John Wurts with a daughter Susan, born about 1817-19. We now think the evidence for this attribution is insufficient, and have moved our account of her to part 5, where we have treated unplaced Wurtses.
62His birthplace is given as New Jersey in the entry for him in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 107 (roll M432_697); in the 1860 census of the same township, p. 303; and in the entry for his son Morris in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Seneca Co., Attica, p. 391D; microfilm no. T9-1066 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,255,066]. He is called “a native of New Jersey, of German [sic] descent,” in the biographical sketch of his son Morris published in History of Seneca County, Ohio (Chicago, 1886), p. 1046.
63William E. Wood, Past Years in Pickering (Toronto, 1911), p. 314-15 [available online at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.asp?id=2921].
64Namely Powell, Nelson, James, and Henry Woodruff. Another source says that Powell married Ruth Ann Merrit, and Nelson married Mary Barnum; see History of Toronto and [the] County of York, Ontario, 2:324.
65Ignore the statement of Wood, Past Years in Pickering, p. 301, that she was “a native of Markham.”
66The 1852 census is precise on this point.
67Birthplace per 1850 census.
68Wheeler (p. 44) considered only the children whom we number 12-14 as children of Barbara (Brook) (Marr) Wurts. However, as we have argued above, John Wurts probably married her in 1808, and there seems no reason to suppose that they were by anyone but her. Wheeler gives a fine treatment of the children whom she does treat, and we have followed her closely.
69At the time Wheeler printed the Wurts family bible record in her 1983 William Marr of Northampton County (p. 158), she was unable to read the entry in the bible and recorded him as “name illegible, born 24 [sic] ____ 1817.” In 1992 I proposed to her the reading “Joel,” and she agreed.
70See Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 189-90, at p. 189.
71His birthplace is given as New Jersey in the entry for him in the 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 107 (roll M432_697); in the 1860 census of the same township, p. 303; and in the entry for his son Morris in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Seneca Co., Attica, p. 391D; microfilm no. T9-1066 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,255,066]. He is called “a native of New Jersey” in the biographical sketch of his son Morris published in History of Seneca County, Ohio (Chicago, 1886), p. 1046.
72Canadian Genealogy Index (Broderbund Family Tree Maker CD no. 118), citing Richard Feltoe, Redcoated Ploughboys (1994), p. 4, which we have not seen.
73“…Inquisitions … made … under the provisions of an act of the Parliament of this province passed in the 54th year of his Majesty’s Reign entitled An Act to declare certain persons … aliens and to vest their estates in his Majesty…,” printed in The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, ed. Dan Walker, Ruth Burkholder, & Fawne Stratford-Devai, vol. 11, pt. 1 (Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, n.d.), pp. 3-4, at p. 4. No reason is given for the divestitures, but considering the timing of the small rash of them between December 1815 and April 1817, there can be little doubt that they were punishment for dereliction of military duty.
74Minutes of the First Baptist Church of Markham, as quoted in William E. Wood, Past Years in Pickering (Toronto, 1911), p. 89, and in John W. Sabean, The Barclay Houses: Tullis Cottage & Ever Green Villa, 170S Seventh Concession Road & 3970 Brock Rood, Concession 6, Lot 19, City of Pickering, p. 30, available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=928.
75A.J. Clark, “Marriages of Rev. William Jenkins,” Ontario Historical Society Papers and Records, vol. 27 (1931), pp. 15-76, at p. 23; the witnesses were an Andrew Thomson and a John Thomson. We owe our knowledge of this reference to Wheeler, p. 158.
76Ontario Land Records Index.
77“Pickering Early Settlement, Sketches, &c.,” part 7, Pickering News, 6 January 1882, p. 2; available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=784.
78City of Toronto and the Home District Commercial Directory… for 1837, p. 125.
79He is not listed there in Brown’s Toronto City and Home District Directory, 1846-7.
80Ken & Bev Shute, Online Index to the Plat Book of ca. 1845, Huron County, Ohio, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohhuron/platmap.htm.
811850 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 107; roll M432_697.
821860 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 303.
83We have not however seen Huron County, OH Cemetery Inscriptions, published by the Huron County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (1997). An online index at http://files.usgwarchives.net/oh/huron/cemeteries/Hu_cem_w.txt shows a number of persons named Wurts.
84Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, FHL microfilm no. 865,076, as indexed in IGI batch no. B07307-1.
851880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., enumeration district 151, p. 167D; roll T9_1035 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,255,035].
861850 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Wayne Co., Chippewa Tp., p. 229; roll M432_739.
87The statement (made at least 110 years after the fact!) in his son John’s death record that he was born in Norwich Tp., Ohio, should be ignored.
88Her maiden surname is taken from the death record of her son John.
891860 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 293.
901870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Greenfield Tp., p. 24 of original numbering; M593_1225.
91Ohio Deaths 1908-1953, file no. 31777; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,024,132.
92Ohio Deaths and Burials, 1854-1997, FHL microfilm no. 410,483, as indexed in the IGI, batch B07051-7.
93LDS Ancestral File.
941860 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 303.
951870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 471; roll M593_1225.
961880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Seneca Co., Attica, p. 391D; microfilm no. T9-1066 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,255,066].
97History of Seneca County, Ohio (Chicago, 1886), p. 1046.
98LDS Ancestral File.
99Anthony Wilson, All In The Family, available online at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:3216159.
1001900 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Seneca Co., Venice, enumeration district 119, p. 20A; roll T623_1320.
101See Carole Binnig, Descendants of Henry Chapman, available online at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:272548.
102Ancestry.com American Civil War Soldiers Records.
103Civil War Pension Index; we have used the microfilm edition by Ancestry.com, which is barely legible.
1041870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 471; roll M593_1225.
1051880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., enumeration district 151, p. 167D; roll T9_1035 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,255,035].
1061900 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., enumeration district 35, sheet 7A; Family History Library microfilm no. 1,241,288.
107Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, file no. 45681, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,022,686.
108Roster of owners of pure bred live stock in Ohio, compiled by the Department of Agriculture (Columbus, Ohio, 1912), p. 135.
109Annual Report of the Secretary of State to the Governor and General Assembly of the State of Ohio for the year ending November 15, 1913 (Springfield, Ohio, 1913), p. 447.
110World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Family History Library microfilm no. 1,832,322.
111Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, file no. 11213, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,023,828
112Mansfield News Journal (Mansfield, Ohio), 10 February 1940, p. 5, col. 2.
1131870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 471; roll M593_1225.
1141860 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 303.
115William Britnell, “Irregular marriages of Yonge Street Friends,” Families (Ontario Genealogical Society), vol. 15, no. 2 (Spring 1976), 38-57, at p. 49.
116The pencil annotator of the Wurts family bible record says that she married a Tool, and the memoir of John Tool in William E. Wood, Past Years in Pickering (Toronto, 1911), p. 301, which begins with John Tool and says nothing of his parentage, gives the date of his death as 1879 and states, “His wife was Katherine Worts, a native of Markham.” (Such a birthplace for her is however impossible, as contemporary evidence proves that her father did not even reach the township until at least five years later.)
117In good agreement with the age of 77 years reported for him in the 1870 census of Michigan; the age of 88 years recorded for him in his death certificate is exaggerated.
118According to the 1870 census of Michigan.
119Death certificate of John Tool, Michigan death certificates, ledger p. 84, record no. 164, available online at http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/scripts/gendis/individual.idc?UniqueID=272920 from the Genealogical Death Indexing System website.
120John Tool’s death record names his parents as Amos and Catherine Tool, but no such a couple is known in the area, and as noted by William Britnell, in the article “Irregular marriages of Yonge Street Friends” cited above, “The groom was undoubtedly a son of Aaron and Rachel (Haworth) Tool.” This is pretty much the universal view, and receives strong support from the appearance of Haworth as the middle name of one of his children. It also receives support from the slightly garbled statement in the 1941 Tool genealogy (cited below) that John was a son of Aaron and Rachel Hunter Tool. Aaron and Rachel (Haworth) Tool were great-grandparents of U.S. President Herbert Hoover, as pointed out in Henry W. Scarborough, “Hoover-Scarborough,” Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine 11 (1931): 194. This couple, which is not to be found in Hinshaw’s Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, is treated in Hulda Hoover McLean, Genealogy of the Herbert Hoover family (Stanford, California, 1967), pp. 46, 35, 24, which account was incorporated into “The Ontario Ancestry of Herbert Clark Hoover…,” Ontario Register, vol. 2 (1969), pp. 204-7, at p. 207; it would have benefitted from an awareness of the biographical sketches of some later descendants in History of Toronto and [the] County of York, 2:497.
121Myrtle Mae Tool Hunter and Silas Tool, In Part Descendants of Aaron Tool and his wife Rachel Hunter [sic] [and] Descendants of John Tool and his wife Catherine Wurts (1940 on title-page 1941 on the first page of the body of the work), 17 pp., reproduced by blueprinting from hand-lettered copy; the first four pages are available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=633.
122Information from William Britnell.
123City of Toronto and the Home District Directory… for 1837, p. 124.
124Wood, Past Years in Pickering, p. 301.
1251870 census of Lexington Tp., Sanilac Co., Michigan, p. 19 of handwritten numbering.
126This list is based on Wood and on a good treatment of this family in N. Scott Haworth’s Haworth database (linked to at http://www.geocities.com/nshaworth/), which clearly draws on some old family record, and cites Roger S. Boone, Some Quaker Families: Scarborough/Haworth (1991), which we have not seen. Wood and Haworth are in good agreement except that Haworth omits the fifth child, Elizabeth, and Wood misses the last child, Susan, who died very young. The more recent and quite extensive treatment of this family in J. Fowler’s Fowler Family database, available online at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=1431gracest, seems generally reliable despite the sometimes confusing source citations; for example, the freqently-mentioned John Levering, Levering Family History and Genealogy (Indianapolis: Levering Historical Association, 1897), would appear to have no relevance to the present family.
127According to her tombstone; we have not found an official record of her death.
128“John W. Sabean, “The Palmer Family: Settling in South Pickering,” Pickering Township Historical Society Pathmaster, vol. 2, no. 4 (1999), pp. 25-27, available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=198.
129Ontario Marriages, microfilm no. 1030062.
130Ontario County marriage registrations, 1872, no. 23 of original hand-written numering (no modern stamped number visible).
131This couple, who are buried in Ersking Cemetery, are found in the 1881 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 132 (Ontario South), subdistrict A (Pickering Tp.), division 1, p. 68; PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880]. We are grateful to Randy Palmer for pointing out the incorrectness of an earlier version of these notes in placing them here.
132York County marriage registrations, 1870, unnumbered.
133York County birth registrations, 1879, no. 021373.
134Ontario County marriage registrations, 1874, no. 006792.
1351881 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 132 (Ontario South), subdistrict A (Pickering Tp.), division 1, p. 97; PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880]. The entry reads:
name         cond. gender age   birthplace
------------------------------------------
William Palmer  mar. M     31   Ontario
Eliza      "    mar. F     27   Ontario
Rachael    "         F      4   Ontario
Edith      "         F      3   Ontario
Elizabeth  "         F      1   Ontario
136Ontario County marriage registrations, 1887, no. 009009.
137York County marriage registrations, 1908, 021534.
138 William Sleep first married 2 July 1868 in York Co., (Ontario Marriage Index), Elizabeth Ann Prout, daughter of John Prout and Grace ____. They are enumerated with three children in the 1881 Census of Ontario, district 132 (Ontario South), subdistrict D (Whitby East), Division 1, p. 70 (Library and Archives of Canada microfilm C-13244; Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880), in which William is called a farmer and the family’s religion given as Bible Christian. In Erskine Cemetery, section A, is the following marker:

Sleep
In memory of William Sleep died October 11, 1918 in his 69th year
Elizabeth Ann his wife died March 3, 1904 in her 58th year
Willbert John their son died September 2, 1899 in his 22nd year
Frederick M. died July 21, 1870

[Side 2]
Sleep
In memory of Walter T. Sleep 1873 - 1951
Charlotte H. Calvert his wife 1881 - 1957

139Ontario County marriage registrations, 1887, no. 009006.
140Ontario County death registrations, no. 012286.
141Wood, p. 310. Asher Willson (1787?-1876) and his wife Susannah (1793-1851) are buried in Brougham United Church Cemetery.
1421881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario North, Uxbridge Tp., District 133, Subdistrict J, p. 72, PAC microfilm no. C-13245 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,881].
143Ontario marriages, microfilm no. 1030068.
144We are informed by Deborah Linton, a great-grandniece of Lawrence Linton, that the Dale family came from West Heslerton, Yorkshire. Francis Linton and his wife Rebecca Dale were married in Yorkshire prior to coming to Canada.
145Information from Deborah Linton.
1461900 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Saint Clair Co., Port Huron, Ward 9, enumeration district 106, roll T623_742, sheet 4B. The entry reads:
name  relationship  gender  born     age  birthpl. father mother occ.
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Lawrence Linton  head  M  April 1845  55  C.E.*     Eng. Eng.  day lab. farm
Cecelia     "    wife  F  May   1856  44  C.E.      N.Y. C.E.
Lulu        "    dau.  F  August  1889  10  Michigan  C.E. C.E.  at school
===
* CE = English Canada
Lawrence Linton immigrated 1881; his wife in 1876; married 14 years
Entire family could read and write
147St. Clair County, Michigan, Marriages, 1887-1898, Book 4, Volume 1, from an entry kindly brought to our attention by Deborah Linton.
148Ontario County marriage registrations, 1871, no. 39 of original number (no modern stamped numbering visible).
149Ontario County death registrations, no. 012431.
150“John W. Sabean, “The Palmer Family: Settling in South Pickering,” cited above.
1511881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario South, Pickering Tp., District 132, Subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 65, PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880]. The entry reads:
Isaac Palmer mar. M English 56 Ontario farmer
Catharine "  mar. F English 55 Ontario ----
John      "       M English 23 Ontario farmer
Jemima    "       F English 20 Ontario ----
Isaac     "       M English 17 Ontario farmer
Adelia    "       F English 14 Ontario ----
Sylvester "       M English 12 Ontario ----
Frances   "       M English  4 Ontario ----
Charles   "       M English  1 Ontario ----
=====
entire family’s religion is Disciple of Christ
152Pickering News, 14 April 1922, p. 8, col. 2.
153We think the daughter Amelia Palmer who has been assigned to this family is probably chimerical, being a duplication of Adelia.
154Ontario County marriage registrations, 1874, no. 006591.
155Ontario County marriage registrations, 1883, no. 008972.
156Pickering News, 14 April 1922, p. 8, col. 2.
157Lambton County marriage registrations, 1893, no. 006042.
158Huron County marriage registrations, 1923, no stamped numbering.
159Wood calls her Adeline, but she is called Adelia in the 1881 and 1911 censuses.
1601911 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 87 (Lambton East), subdistrict 39 (Euphemia), p. 1. The entry reads:
William Leng     M head  mar. February  1860     50 farmer
Adelia    "      F wife  mar. May   1869 [?] 45 ----
William A. Leng  M son   s.   October  1887     23 farmer
Beatta ... Nixon F dau.  mar. April 1888     22 ----
Stella M. Leng   M dau.  s.   December  1892     18 ----
===
All born in Ontario; all of English origin and Canadian nationality;
all Baptists

161Ontario County birth registrations, no. 024481.
162Lambton County birth registrations, no. 017496.
163Lambton County birth registrations, no. 015113.
164Lambton County death registrations, no. 013208.
165Ontario County death registrations, no. 013093 [? stamping very faint].
166Ontario County death registrations, no. 013623.
1671881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario South, Pickering Tp., District 132, Subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 5, PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880].
168Ontario County marriage registrations, 1877, no. 007851.
169Ontario County birth registrations, no. 901583 (delayed registration).
170Ontario County birth registrations, no. 021382.
171Ontario County birth registrations, no. 025536.
1721880 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, St. Clair Co., Grant Tp., p. 219D, microfilm no. T9-0604 [Family History Library number 1,254,604].
173Michigan Births 1867-1902, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,297,932 (erroneously calls mother Adeline).
174Michigan Births 1867-1902, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,320,526 (calls mother Delphina).
1751881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York Co., City of Toronto, St. Andrew’s Ward, district 134, subdistrict G, division 3, p. 146, PAC microfilm no. C-13247 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,883].
176Lennox and Addington death registrations, no. 017743; tombstone
177Ontario County death registrations, no. 021095; tombstone.
1781881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario South, Pickering Tp., District 132, Subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 66, PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880].
179Ontario County marriage registrations, 1879, no. 007805.
180Frontenac Co. marriage registrations, 1908, no. 009199.
181Ontario County birth registrations, no. 018384.
182York County marriage regitrations, 1903, no. 001744.
183Ontario County birth registrations, no. 018384.
1841880 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, St. Clair Co., Brockway Tp., p. 27A, microfilm no. T9-0604 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,604].
185Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilms nos. 2,342,746, 2,342,490 (there are two completely separate registrations, the respective dates agreeing with their ages at the time).
186Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,469.
187Michigan Marriages 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,497.
188Michigan Marriages 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,500.
189York County Marriage Register (1858-1869), vol. 2, p. 231.
190For her family see Family Group Sheet Collection of James P. Terry, available online at http://users.legacyfamilytree.com/Dunn-Terry/.
1911881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Simcoe North, Orillia Tp., District 139, Subdistrict O, p. 101, PAC microfilm no. C-13252 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,888].
192Simcoe County marriage registrations, 1891, no. 011328.
193Ontario County birth registrations, no. 018390.
194Ontario County birth registrations, no. 034352.
195Simcoe County marriage registrations, 1892, no. 011304.
196York County marriage registrations, no. 040983.
197Simcoe County birth registrations, no. 032910. The date is erroneously given as 13 June 1886 in the 1941 Tool genealogy.
198The 1852 census is precise on this point. We reject the statement in the 1881 census that he was born in Ontario.
199As noted by his great-great-grandson, Elwood Wurts, who submitted this information, this matches to within a day the birthdate given for him in the family bible record.
200Peel County death rgeistrations, no. 011078.
201For complete listings of his parents’ children see Reid, p. 331, and Loyalist Lineages of Canada, 2:1198; and for their ancestry, see Davis G. Durham and Mabel Kamfoly-St. Angelo, James Durham, U.E., of Niagara, and his descendants in the United States and Canada, 1740-1987 (Wilmington, Delaware, 1988), p. 228. A valuable source of information on this family is Mrs. Stanley C. Tolan, “Christian Warner — A Methodist Pioneer,” Ontario Historical society Papers and Records, 37 (1945), 71-79. There would appear to be at least two full-scale studies of this family: Howard Willard Warner, The Genealogy of the Warner family (1943), and Wilfrid D. Warner, Warner Genealogy (Niagara Falls, Ontario, 1987), neither of which we have seen.
202William Reid, The Loyalists in Ontario, p. 331; Ontario Land Records Index.
203City of Toronto and the Home District Directory… for 1837, cited above, p. 75; Brown’s Toronto City and Home District Directory, 1846-7, cited above, pt. ii, p. 23; Mitchell & Co.’s General Directory for the City of Toronto … for 1866 (1866), p. 379.
204Loyalist Lineages of Canada, 1:730.
2051852 census of Chinguacousy Tp., district 4, fo. 201 (PAC microfilm C-11746); this record also contains the unlikely statement that he was a Mennonite.
2061861 census of Chinguacousy Tp., district 2, folios 37 and 42 (microfilm no. C-1063).
2071871 census of Chinguacousy Tp., district 4, pp. 17-18 (microfilm C-9956).
2081881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Grey East, Artemisia Tp., District 155, subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 16, microfilm no. C-13261 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,897], a fact which was pointed out to us some time ago by Elwood Wurts. This record erroneously gives his birthplace as Ontario.
209Death registration of Mary Warner Morrow, Wellington County death registrations, 1894, no. 018656. We are grateful to Carolyn Warman for drawing this record to our attention.
210 See Mary Crandall, Peel Co. marriages, 1860, available online at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/peel60.htm.
211His parents are listed in the 1871 census of Chinguacousy Tp., district 4, p. 8. They were Irish, and both born in Ireland. Information on his mother&rsuqo;s maiden surname is from Carolyn Warman.
2121871 census of Eramosa Tp., Wellington Co., division 1, p. 14 (PAC microfilm no. C-9947).
2131881 census of Eramosa Tp., Wellington Co., division 1, p. 43 (PAC microfilm no. C-13258).
214See in general Carolyn Warman, Kelley/Rice/Reid/Elkins Families, at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/14291121/.
215Per Carolyn Warman, Kelley/Rice/Reid/Elkins Families, cited above.
216Per Carolyn Warman, Kelley/Rice/Reid/Elkins Families, cited above.
217Birthdate from family bible record; birthplace from 1850 census.
218Obituary, Painesville Ohio Telegram, 16 August 1866, ex inf. Elwood Wurts.
219Information from Elwood Wurts.
220For a complete listing of their family see Reid, Loyalists in Ontario, p. 338. On the ancestry of Catherine (McNutt?) Williams see The Updated Swartwout Chronicles at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=ldygen. It is not known whether there was any connection between this Williams family and the one dealt with in my pamphlet The Descendants of Benajah Williams.
221Marriage Index: Selected Counties of Ohio, 1789-1850 (Family Tree Maker Family Archive CD no. 400), citing Family History Library microfilm no. 974,915 (original record not seen).
222According to Memorial to the Pioneer Women of The Western Reserve, cited, above, “In 1821 Persis Meacham Jones, daughter of Elisha Jones of Hillsdale, Mass., at the age of seventeen accompanied her uncle and aunt to Hambden, leaving her father, brothers and sisters all behind her. A short time after her arrival she was wooed, but not won, by Noah Pomeroy, son of Deacon Ichobod. Noah’s brother, Josiah A., proved more successful, and they were married in 1823. Soon after settling in her new home, she sent for her father and sisters, the mother having died. The brother Selden Jones and the five sisters remained with her until they married and had other homes of their own. The sisters were Marcia, who became Mrs. Noah Pomeroy, Adaline, Sarah L., Caroline and Diantha.
    Persis Pomeroy had three children. Sarah Louise, who became the wife of Charles Judd, Douglas and Josiah A. Pomeroy. In 1833 the family removed to Cleveland where Mr. Pomeroy engaged in a lucrative business; but he died with a few months and was buried there. Persis returned at once to Hamden and in May of the following year her little fatherless daughter was born, Eliza Marie, who in after years married Stephen Wilkes of Buffalo, N.Y.”
    Persis’ obituary, which is not entirely in agreement with this account, lists her children as Mrs. C.L. Gould, D.F. Pomeroy, Gosiah [sic] A. Pomeroy, and Elizabeth Pomeroy, of Buffalo. There are also some valuable details on this family in Janet Jones Carr, Thomas Jones of Guildford, Connecticut, and some of his descendants (privately published, 2000), 193-94, citing Vivian L. Moore, The Joneses of Jonesville, MI, and other Joneses, typescript (Painsville, Ohio: New Connecticut Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1935), 166, which we have not seen. Combining all these sources, we infer that her issue was as follows:
  1. Josiah Noah Pomeroy, born 3 December 1825, died 7 July 1830.
  2. Sarah Louise Pomeroy, born 1827; married Charles Judd / C.L. Gould.
  3. Douglas F. Pomeroy, born 20 December 1828 (in agreement with his age of 21 years as reported in the 1850 census) in Ohio, a blacksmith in 1870, when he was living unmarried with his mother and step-father; this is doubtless the “P.F. Pomeroy” (sic) named as a “step-child” in the obituary of Landon Wurts.
  4. Josiah Andrus Pomeroy, born 28 January 1832 (in agreement with his age of 18 years as reported in the 1850 census) at Painesville, Ohio; in 1850 he was living unmarried with his mother and step-father, and was a sailor. As Josiah Pomeroy, aged 49, born in Ohio, he was enumerated in the 1880 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Erie Co., Buffalo, p. 420B, microfilm no. T9-0828 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,828].
  5. Elizabeth (“Eliza”) Marie Pomeroy, born 1833-34 (aged 16 in 1850, 36 in 1870) in Ohio, living at Buffalo at her mother’s death in 1875. She married by 1870, Stephen A. Walker [not Wilkes], born ca. 1835-36 (aged 34 years in 1870) in Germany (according to the 1870 census), perhaps identical with the Stephen A. Walker who died in New York City 5 February 1893, aged 57 years (New York City death registrations, no. 4528, per an index). As noted above, the obituary of her step-father, Landon Wurts, states that he died “at the residence of his son-in-law Stephen A. Walker” in 1866. In 1870 Eliza and her husband were living in a boarding-house in Buffalo; the other boarders whose names are listed immediately after theirs include a P… [illegible] Wurts, aged 60 (sic), born in Massachusetts, who despite the discrepancy in age must surely have been her mother; a Frank J. Wurts, aged 17, clerk, born in New York State; and a James Pomeroy, aged 5, also born in New York State (1870 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Erie Co., Buffalo, Ward 2, p. 195; roll M593_932.)
Considerably more on this family will be found in a posting by Sharon Jones, dated 11 July 2002, to the Bigelow Society Bulletin Board, at http://bigelowsociety.com/rod2000/oldbor16.htm, although its statement that Persis died by 1844 is clearly incorrect. Elisha Jones and Sally Meacham were married 8 January 1802 at Hinsdale, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts, and Sally d. there 7 October 1822, aged 43 years; see Vital Records of Hinsdale, Massachusetts, to the year 1850 (Boston, Mass.: New-England Historic Genealogical Society, 1902), available online via links at http://www.rootsweb.com/~maberksh/vr.html. However, no record of Persis’ birth has been found.
223Ontario Land Records Index.
224William Reid, The Loyalists in Ontario, p. 338; Ontario Land Records Index.
225“Pickering Early Settlement, Sketches, &c.,” part 6, Pickering News, 23 December 1881, p. 2; available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=784.
226The Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada: A Collection of Documents, ed. Colin Read & Ronald J. Stagg (Toronto: The Champlain Society, 1985), p. 170 n. 88 (which seems to be the best account of Landon Wurts in print). The City of Toronto and the Home District Commercial Directory… for 1837, as cited above, p. 125, shows him on lot 26.
227Leo Johnson, History of the County of Ontario, 1615-1875 (Whitby, Ontario, 1973), p. 118.
228Edwin C. Guillet, The Lives and Times of the Patriots: An account of the Rebellion in Upper Canada, 1837-1838… (1938), p. 22.
229“Statement of Charles Crocker and Joseph Matthews, 6 April 1838,” in The Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada…, cited above, pp. 170-1; capitalization modernized by the present compiler. However, the editors, Read & Stagg, in their introduction to these documents, p. liii, conclude that Mackenzie had suggested the burning of the Don Bridge, and that Matthews had foreknowledge of the plan.
230Read & Stagg, in The Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada, cited above, p. lv.
231British Parliamentary Papers — Colonies — Canada (Irish University Press Series), vol. 12 (1969), pp. 205-23, at p. 222 (where confusion is caused by pp. 195 and 207 being not only transposed, but incorrectly numbered). Abridged versions of this list have been published in Charles Lindsey, The life and times of Wm. Lyon Mackenzie, with an account of the Canadian Rebellion of 1837 …, 2 vols. (Toronto, 1862), 2:398-400, where Wurts’s name appears at p. 399, and in Guillet, The Lives and Times of the Patriots, cited above, pp. 250-6, where Wurts’s name appears at p. 255.
232British Parliamentary Papers, as cited above, p. 211; Wheeler, p. 102.
233Wheeler, pp. 45, 159-61.
234Joel Wixon, husband of Mary (“Polly”) Marr, Landon Wurts’s step-sister, was banished from the province, and may have hid in Michigan; see Johnson, History of the County of Ontario, p. 125; Wheeler, pp. 45, 52; Ruth S. Widdison, Wixom Family History Supplement (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1988), pp. 13-14. The latter’s cousin and close friend, Randall Wixon, was banished to Van Dieman’s land (i.e. Tasmania) but won an appeal and eventually settled in Michigan; see Wheeler, p. 62 n. 36; Widdison, 12-13.
2351850 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Lake Co., Painesville Tp., p. 197; roll M432_701.
2361860 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Niagara Co., Town of Niagara, p. 100 of original numbering; roll M653_822. The entry reads:
name       age  gender ocupation      birthplace
------------------------------------------------
Elias Wurtz    40  M   hotel-keeper   Canada
Adelain* Wurtz 15  F   servant          "
John Wurtz     14  M   ----             "
Frank Wurtz    12  M   ----             "
Alice Wurtz     5  F   ----             "
John Wurtz     61  M   laborer        N.J.
Persis Wurtz   58  F   house-keeper   Conn.
Eliza Pomeroy  24  F      "           Ohio
+ various servants
=====
* sic
237Mrs. Gertrude Van Rensselaer Wickham, Memorial to the Pioneer Women of The Western Reserve, "part 1" (Cleveland, 1896), p. 883.
2381850 census of Pittsfield, Washtenaw Co., Michigan, p. 966. According to an index he is also listed in the 1854 census of Washtenaw Co. (original record not yet examined), but a search of the 1860 census failed to find him in the township.
239The only child mentioned in his obituary is “Mrs. Samuel Doolittle.”
    The other children shown here are ascribed to him with varying degrees of certainty, and we have not personally examined all the evidence. Much of our knowledge of this family comes from postings by Reed M.W. Wurts to Erie County, New York, GenWeb, dated 18 July 1998, at http://www.rootsweb.com/~nyerie/queries/query025.htm, and to Lake County, Ohio GenWeb, dated 19 July 1998, at http://www.rootsweb.com/~ohlake/cch1/query006.htm. Supplementary information was supplied by Elwood Wurts, who received it from a great-great-grandson, Alan Wurts.
2401870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Lake Co., Painesville, Lake, Ohio, p. 116; roll M593_1230.
2411880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Lake Co., Painesville, p. 390C, microfilm no. T9-1038 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,255,038].
242This is compatible with the age of 18 years reported for him in the 1870 census.
243Texas Deaths, 1890-1976, FHL microfilm no. 4165518, as indexed in the IGI.
244Per the 1870 and 1900 censuses; ignore the statement in the 1880 census that he was born in Michigan.
2451900 U.S. Federal Census, District of Columbia, Washington City, enumeration district 23, sheet 19B; roll T623 159.
246A.J. Clark, as cited above, at p. 26. This date is wrongly given as 3 February 1823 in the 1893 Wismer genealogy
247 When History of Toronto and [the] County of York was published.
248His parents came from Bucks Co., Pa., in 1806; see Markham, 1793-1900, p. 56; the brief sketch of their grandson L.A. Wismer in History of Toronto and the County of York, vol. I, pt. ii, p. 506; and the sketch of their son David in the same work, 2:311-12. Jacob’s brother Moses married Eunice Noble, sister of Esther Noble, wife of John Marr (Jr.); see Lucius M. Boltwood, History and Genealogy of the Family of Thomas Noble, of Westfield, Massachusetts (Hartford, Conn., 1878), 273-74. Jacob Wismer and his family are treated in the Rev. A.J. Fretz, A Brief History of Jacob Wismer and a complete genealogical family register (Elkhart, Indiana: Mennonite Publishing Co., 1893), pp. 295-6. We have not seen a 25-page typescript supplement thereto by William Clare Wismer entitled The Wismer family: a brief history of (IV) Jacob Wismer and his descendants [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,036,773, item 37].
249Wood, Past Years in Pickering, p. 89.
250A brother of Esther Noble, who married John Marr (Jr.), and of Eunice Noble, wife of Moses Wismer, another son of David and Lydia (Everet) Wismer. See Lucius M. Boltwood, History and Genealogy of the Family of Thomas Noble, 272.
251It is described in Rural Roots: Pre-Confederation Buildings of the York Region of Ontario, by Mary Byers, Jan Kennedy, Margaret McBurney, and The Junior League of Toronto (Toronto & Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1976), p. 95.
252City of Toronto and the Home District Commercial Directory … for 1837, cited above, p. 109; Brown’s Toronto City and Home District Directory, 1846-7, cited above, pt. ii, p. 55; map reproduced in Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 238-9; map of Markham Tp. in the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of York (Toronto: Miles & Co., 1878), pp. 30-31.
2531852 census, fo. 333; 1861, fo. 132; 1871 census (PAC microfilm no. C-9969), Div. 3, p. 245; 1881, Div. 3, p. 103.
254See Markham, 1793-1900, pp. 189-90, at p. 189.
255Historical Sketch of Markham Tp., p. 73.
2561881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York East, Markham Tp., District 135, Subdistrict C, Division 3, p. 23, microfilm no. C-13248 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,884].
257History of Toronto and [the] County of York, vol. I, pt. ii, p. 506.
258Haldimand County death registrations, no. 012180.
259Boltwood, History and Genealogy of the Family of Thomas Noble, 274, where however the surname of this woman’s husband is incorrectly given as “Ayhart.” Oddly, the generally well-informed 1893 Wismer genealogy shows no children for Moses Wismer and Eunice Noble.
260This was pointed out to us by Karen Smith, a direct descendant of the present woman.
261We take the details of his birthdate and parentage from a database by Linda Kekumu at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=:2110946.
2621881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Haldimand Co., Walpole Tp., District 146, subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 63, microfilm no. C-13255 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,891].
263Haldimand County marriage registrations, no. 003366-79.
264Her surname is erroneously given as Bangfield in the Wismer genealogy.
265“Almira Banfield, 62, wife of Daniel Banfield, died 8 Nov 1896 in Walsingham.” — Norfolk Genealogy: Births, Marriages, Deaths, Etc., available online at http://www.nornet.on.ca/~jcardiff/b-m-d/.
2661881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Haldimand Co., Walpole Tp., District 146, subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 66, microfilm no. C-13255 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,891].
267This date, and some of the information on her descendants, is taken from a database by Linda Kekumu at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2110946.
268Ontario Marriage Index.
269Haldimand County birth registrations, no. 007776.
270Haldimand County birth registrations, no. 007801.
271Haldimand County birth registrations, no. 008134.
272Haldimand County birth registrations, no. 010501; the father signs as James Johnson.
273Ontario Marriage Index.
274Ontario Marriage Index.
275LDS Ancestral file, where her father and mother (there called “Elizabeth Wuartz”) appear as nos. 11MF-B71 and 11MFB1R respectively.
276Isaac Turner (1793-1865) and his wife Ann [Vardon] (1800-1889) are buried in Green River Baptist Cemetery, as is their son Loring, who is buried beside Gideon Turner’s son John. Another probable brother was George W. Turner, born 1834 in New Brunswick, who married Permelia J. Hamilton, daughter of James Hamilton by Bethena Marr, Clarissa Wurts’s half-sister (Wheeler, p. 58). Many more of this family are buried in Whitevale Cemetery, lot 28, conc. 4, Pickering, including a William Turner (1801-1889), who was born in St. Patrick, Charlotte Co., N.B. (and on whom see the memoir in Wood, p. 304).
2771881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York Co., City of Toronto, St. Stephen’s Ward, District 134. Subdistrict I, Division 2, p. 67, microfilm no. C-13248 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,884].
278An entry in Ancestry.com’s Family Data Collection gives the place as Buffalo, which we suspect is erroneous.
279Ancestry World Tree.
280Ancestry World Tree.
281For her identification, and their marriage date, see L. Parker Temple III, Temple and Related Lines in America, at http://www.temple-genealogy.com/.
282York County birth registrations, no. 044352 (of modern stamped numbering); World War I Draft Registration Cards (in which his occupation is given as Professor of Chemical Mineralogy; it is not clear whether he saw active service).
283We have relied heavily on Who’s Who in Pennsylvania: A biographical dictionary of leading living men and women of the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and West Virginia, vol. 1 (Chicago, 1939), p. 902. This is almost identical to the sketch in Who Was Who in America, vol. 8 (1982-1985), p. 403, which contains a misprint in the date of his entry into the U.S. (1981 for 1891). A further biographical source, not seen by us, is J.C. Hower, “Homer Griffield Turner, Pioneer Anthracite Petrographer,” The Society for Organic Petrology Newsletter 12(1) (1995): 6-7. His numerous papers included:
  • Homer Griffield Turner and Harold Victor Anderson, “A Microscopical and X-Ray Study of Pennsylvania Anthracite,” Industrial and Engineering Chemistry 23(7) (July 1931): 811-815.
  • Homer G. Turner, “Bacteria in Pennsylvania Anthracite,” Science 76 (1932): 121-22.
2841930 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Erie Co., Buffalo, enumeration district: 257, p. 14A; microfilm reel T626_1430.
285York County birth registrations, no. 046667.
286LDS Ancestral file, as above.
287Ancestry World Tree.
2881930 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Erie Co., Hamburg, enumeration district 397, p. 4B; microfilm reel T626_1435.
289According to the 1870 census, although the entry for her daughter in the 1880 census gives the mother’s birthplace as Ohio.
2901870 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Allegan Co., Watson Tp., roll M593_660, p. 395.
291Ontario marriage registrations, no. 007674-76.
2921881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario South, Whitby East, district 132, sub-district D, division 1, p. 25; PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880].
293Ontario marriages registrations, no. 014062-96 (York Co.). The record calls him “Jacob Ernest [sic] Wismer, [aged 60] … son of Jacob Wismer & Eliza Worts.”
294Nehemiah K. Lonsbury, born 1817-18 in New York, of Connecticut-born parents, married 6 November 1841, Lucy A. Minor, born 1817-18 in Canada, of Connecticut-born parents; the 1870 census gives her birthplace, more precisely, as Canada East (i.e. Quebec) [1880 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Allegan Co., Watson Tp., p. 404; roll M593_660]. Material submitted to the LDS Pedigree Resource File by Mary Jane Knights, of 2536 Kentucky Ave., Salt Lake City, UT 84117, Genealogist of the Thomas Minor Society, identifies her as Lucy A. Minor, born 23 September 1817 at Brookville, Canada, died 15 May 1895 at Watson, Michigan, daughter of Clement Minor (1784-182), of Monroe Co., New York, by his wife Lucy Baldwin (1783-1854), and traces her paternal lineage to the colonial period. This Minor family is treated in Lillian Lounsberry (Miner) Selleck, One Branch of the Miner Family, with extensice notes on the Wood, Lounsberry, Rogers, and fifty other allied families of Connecticut and Long Island (New Haven, Conn., 1928), and very briefly in Donald Lines Jacobus, The Granberry Family and Allied Families (New Haven, 1945), 280-81. While the Lounsberry line treated in Selleck’s work may have been ancestral to Lucy’s husband, we have not been able to prove any connection.
2951880 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Allegan Co., Watson Tp., enumeration district 14, p. 264B; reel T9_569 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,569].
2961920 U.S. Federal Census, California, Los Angeles County, San Jose township, Pomona, Ward 1, enumeration district 590, p. 7B, National Archives microfilm roll T625_118. The entry reads:
name            relationship  age  cond. b.p.      father    mother  occupation
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Laura J. Lonsbury*    head     61  Wid.  Canada    Canada    Pennsylvania  none
Beatrice M. Lonsbury  dau.     39  S     Michigan  Michigan  Canada        none
John E. Wismer*       brother  58  S     Canada    Canada    Pennsylvania  none
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* Both immigrated to U.S. in 1861 and naturalized in 1867.
297H. Franklin Andrews, A Genealogy of James Hamlin of Barnstable, Massachusetts… (Exira, Iowa, 1902), pp. 1255-6, 984.
298York County birth registrations, no. 040028.
299Lincoln County birth registrations, no. 025696. We follow his birth record and the Hamlin genealogy. The Wismer genealogy gives his middle name as Floyd.
300Lincoln County birth registrations, no. 017890.
301Ontario County birth registrations, no. 020498.
302York County death registrations, no. 007235 (of modern stamped numbering).
303However, no such entry appears in the Ontario Marriage Index, 1869-1886.
304Her middle name is supplied by the birth record of her daughter Alberta.
3051881 Census of Canada, Ontario, City of Toronto, St. David’s Ward, District 134, Subdistrict B, Division 3, p. 120, PAC microfilm no. C-13246 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,882].
306History of Toronto and [the] County of York, vol. I, pt. ii, p. 506.
307York County birth registrations, no. 040516.
308York County birth registrations, no. 043247.
309We are deeply grateful to Steve Marshall, who in a personal communication of 30 October 2001 brought this important item to our attention. The obituary gives his date of birth as 17 April 1821, agreeing with the Wurts family bible record.
310Ruth Burkholder, Burkholders with Roots in Ontario: The First Three Generations (Stouffville, Ontario, 1993), p. 29.
311Harriette Marr Wheeler, William Marr of Northampton County, Pennsylvania, and his six children (1983), p. 46.
3121852 Census of Canada, Canada West, district 42 (York County), subdistrict 3 (Markham Township), division 5, folio 305; PAC microfilm no. C-11759; printed in Wheeler, p. 59, no. 3 (with some misreadings). The portion of the entry relating to the family of Elias Wurts reads:
              occupation     birthpl.    relig.   age next b'day
----------------------------------------------------------------
Elias Wurts     yeoman       Canada      none     31
Mary Wurts                     "          "       25
Adeline Wurts                  "          "        8
John Wurts                     "          "        6
Benj. F. Wurts                 "          "        4
Eliz'th* A. Wurts              "          "        2
=====
* Wheeler here incorrectly reads "Edith"
313Brown’s Toronto City and Home District Directory, 1846-7, cited above, p. 55; and the map reproduced in facsimile in Champion, cited above, pp. 238-9.
314Ontario Land Records Index.
315Members of the Grand Committee of the Grand Orange Lodge of Canada for 1856, available online at http://members.tripod.com/~Roughian/index-281.html.
316See Wheeler, p. 44, for further details.
317Markham Economist 4 June 1857, quoted in Wheeler, p. 44. Wheeler adds, “The farm was purchased by the Pike family from Col. John Button to whom Elias had deeded the property when he became involved in financial difficulties.” The map of Markham township in the Illustrated Historical Atlas of the County of York (1878), cited above, pp. 30-31, confirms that by 1878 none of the land comprising his homstead belonged to any member of the Wurts family.
318Markham Economist, 18 June 1857, quoted in Wheeler, p. 44.
3191860 U.S. Federal Census, New York, Niagara Co., Town of Niagara, p. 100 of original numbering; roll M653_822. The portion of the entry relating to the family of Elias Wurts reads:
name       age  gender ocupation      birthplace
------------------------------------------------
Elias Wurtz    40  M   hotel-keeper   Canada
Adelain Wurtz  15  F   servant          "
John Wurtz     14  M   ----             "
Frank Wurtz    12  M   ----             "
Alice Wurtz     5  F   ----             "
+ various servants
320Personal communication from Steve Marshall, 30 October 2001, citing the Markham Economist, 12 June 1890.
321For the older children we draw heavily from Wheeler, p. 44. This list is evidently complete, as his obituary states that “he left two sons and four daughters.”
322Obituary of “Mrs. Charles Straw,” Saginaw Courier-Herald, 23 March 1901, per Public Libraries of Saginaw Obituary Index (http://www.tricitynet.com/pls/obit.nsf). She is identified by the remark in the 1908 obituary of her sister Susan (see below) that the latter was a “sister of … Mrs. Charles Straw,” and by the compatibility of an age of 56 years in 1901 with a birthdate in 1844.
323The place is stated in the birth records of his daughters Cora (1870) and Gertrude (1878).
324Obituary of Charles Straw, Saginaw Evening News, 20 February 1908, per Public Libraries of Saginaw Obituary Index (http://www.tricitynet.com/pls/obit.nsf).
3251870 census of Michigan, roll 701-702, p. 135, image available online at http://epiphyte.libofmich.lib.mi.us/CensusImages/Roll701-702/135.pdf through the Library of Michigan 1870 Census Index (http://envoy.libofmich.lib.mi.us/1870_census/search.asp).
3261880 U.S. Census, Michigan, Saginaw Co., East Saginaw, Saginaw, Michigan, p. 171A; National Archives microfilm no. T9-0602 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,602].
327Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995, FHL microfilm no. 967,177, as indexed in IGI batch no. B53297-4.
328Michigan Births, 1867-1902, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,297,927.
329Michigan Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995, FHL microfilm no. 967,177, as indexed in IGI batch no. B53297-3.
330Michigan Births, 1867-1902, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,320,567.
331Obituary of “B.F. Wurts,” Saginaw Courier- Herald, 7 January 1896, per Public Libraries of Saginaw Obituary Index (http://www.tricitynet.com/pls/obit.nsf).
332Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995, FHL microfilm no. 1,005,438, as indexed in IGI batch no. M00542-2.
333Death certificate of Celesta (sic) M. Wurts, John Tool, Michigan death certificates, ledger p. 85, record no. 593, available online at http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/scripts/gendis/individual.idc?UniqueID=287467 from the Genealogical Death Indexing System website.
334Jesse Marr (1823-1874) was a son of John and Esther (Noble) Marr, of Howell Tp. aforesaid, and a grandson of John Marr (I) and Barbara Brook (Wheeler, pp. 43, 44, 46). Calista Marr was thus a first cousin of Bethena Marr, wife of Isaac Loren Turner below. A well-informed source on this branch of the family is Lucius Boltwood, The Genealogy of the Noble Family (1875), cited above. This underwent a second ed. as History and Genealogy of the Family of Thomas Noble, of Westfield, Massachusetts… (Hartford, Conn., 1878), some of the material from which is abstracted in Cameron R. Stewart, Genealogical Classification…, cited above, vol. I, pp. 638-9, and 666-7.
    On Lydia Hildebrant see Lydia Marr Spencer & Harriette Marr Wheeler, One line of descent from John Hildebrant of Sussex County, New Jersey (n.d.), p. 12, available online at http://churchhistorycatalog.lds.org/viewer.jsp?dps_pid=IE71851. This copy has no title-page, so we have had to rely on the catalogue entry for the bibliographic details.
3351880 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Saginaw Co., East Saginaw Tp. (not subdivided), p. 335C, microfilm no. T9-0602 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,602].
336Wheeler, p. 46.
337Michigan Births, 1867-1902, item 2, p. 35, record no. 1769; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,320,570, in which his parents are named as Benjamin F. Wurts (born in Ontario) and Calista Wurts (born in Michigan).
3381900 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Saginaw Co., Saginaw Ward 6, enumeration district 54, sheet 3B; roll: T623 739.
339Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, vol. 1, p. 124, record no. 11348; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,673.
3401910 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Genesee Co., enumeration district 30, ward 5; series T624, roll 643, pt. 1.
341World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, National Archives and Records Administration, M1509, roll 2023750.
3421920 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Wayne County, Detroit Ward 1, enumeration district 58; roll T625_803; p. 27A. The record reads:
name     relationship age cond.  birthpl. father   mother
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Clifford Wurts  head  40  mar.   Michigan Michigan Michigan
  machinist, auto factory
Edith Wurts     wife  33  mar.   Michigan Michigan Ireland
Margaret Wurts  dau.  10  single Michigan Michigan Michigan
343Note that Wheeler’s reading of her name as Edith is incorrect.
344York County marriage registrations, 1870, unnumbered.
345York County birth registrations, 1879, no. 021373.
346She is called “Allis Wartz” in the 1876 birth record of her daughter Mabel. Her death record names her father as “Elias Warts.”
347The place is specifically stated as Markham in the 1876 birth record of her daughter Mabel; the place is likewise given as Ontario in the 1879 birth record of her son Elias, and as Canada in her own death record.
348Michigan Deaths 1867-1897, p. 127, record no. 722; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,363,829.
349Michigan Births, 1867-1902, item 1, p. 325, record no. 414; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,320,450.
350Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, vol. 4, p. 78, record no. 5858; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,505.
351Michigan Births, 1867-1902, item 2, p. 35, reference no. 1766; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,320,570.
352Obituary of Susan Wurts, Saginaw Everning News, 3 July and 6 July 1908, per Public Libraries of Saginaw Obituary Index (http://www.tricitynet.com/pls/obit.nsf).
353Abraham Reesor was a brother of the Susan Reesor who married Byron Forster below. For this identification see the Reesor genealogy, p. 357.
3541871 census of Markham Tp., district 5, pp. 60-1.
3551900 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Saginaw Co., Saginaw Ward 6, enumeration district 54, sheet 3B; roll: T623 739.
356Huron County death registrations, no. 007519.
357Home District Marriage Register, 1835-1843, per The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, ed. Dan Walker et al., vol. 11, pt. 2 (Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, n.d.), p. 117.
358Perhaps he was in some way related to James Forster, who came to Peel Co., apparently from Northumberland, in 1828; see Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, Ontario (Toronto: J.H. Beers, 1907), pp. 298-9. Two (and possibly three) of this man’s descendants figure in our pamphlet Descendants of Benajah Williams.
359According to his tombstone; this statement was also published shortly after his death in the sketch of his son Anthony in History of Toronto and [the] County of York, 2:288-9.
360Rebecca (____) Forster (b. ca. 1778) was still living with her son William in 1852. John Forster, who married Elizabeth ____ and had a daughter Jane Moore Forster, baptized with William Forster’s sons John and Elias, was probably a brother. His two sisters, Dianna and Rebecca, are mentioned below in the text, and Rebecca (b. 29 April 1823, died unmarried 4 January 1892), who is buried with him, is found in the household of his son Anthony in 1881 (1881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York East, Markham Tp., District 135, subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 7, microfilm no. C-13248 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,884]).
361City of Toronto and the Home District Directory… for 1837, p. 103.
362Wheeler, p. 46.
3631852 census of Markham, district 5, fo. 305; this extract is printed in Wheeler, p. 60, n. 12.
364Map reproduced in Markham 1793-1900, pp. 238-9. This lot was drawn by John Marr Sr. by 1803, and in his will of 1808 he leaves “to [my] son beloved son John Marr, the north half of lot 13, concession 9, and the south half to be divided into equal shares between my two daughters, Polly Marr and Betheny Marr.” (Wheeler, p. 43) In 1833 John Marr Jr. purchased his sister Polly’s land, thus acquiring ownership of three-quarters of the lot, the amount which William Forster later owned (Wheeler, p. 45). But how this land came into Forster’s hands remains unclear without a study of the primary sources. According to the Sparks manuscript (Archives of Ontario, MU 453, unpaginated), he purchased it directly from John Marr Jr.; but according to Wheeler (p. 45), Marr sold it to other parties in 1834 and 1836.
3651878 atlas, which misprints his name as Foster.
3661861 census of Markham Tp., as cited above, fo. 160; this extract is printed in Wheeler, p. 60 n. 3.
3671871 census of Markham Tp., district 5, p. 73.
3681881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York East, Markham Tp., District 135, subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 7, microfilm no. C-13248 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,884].
369History of Toronto and [the] County of York, 2:288-9, states that “their family consisted of four sons,” and gives the details of the first two sons’ drownings.
370Wesleyan Methodist Baptismal Registers, United Church Archives, Toronto, accession no. 78.0004C, vol. I, p. 470.
371History of Toronto and [the] County of York, 2:288.
372Death certificate of “Clarcy Turner,” Michigan death certificates, ledger p. 63, record no. 486, available online at http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/scripts/gendis/individual.idc?UniqueID=274267 from the Genealogical Death Indexing System website. This record gives her age, not quite correctly, as “52 years 6 months,” and states her place of birth as Canada. The informant was apparently one of her children, as the lines which were supposed to be filled out with the names of the father and mother of the deceased contain the names of “Giddian V. Turner” and “Clarcy Turner.”
373See Leana Randall, Flink-Hanson Family Genealogy, available online at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=leanarandall. This source does not however settle the question of the parentage of Ananias Turner.
374Wood, p. 96, and plaque in the cemetery.
3751852 Census of Canada, Canada West, district 42 (York County), subdistrict 3 (Markham Township), division 5, folio 305; PAC microfilm no. C-11759; as quoted above. The portion dealing with the Turner family reads:
              occupation     birthpl.    relig.   age next b'day
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Gideon Turner   carpenter   New Brunswick none    28
Clarasy Turner              Canada        "       26
Isaac L. Turner                 "         "        4
John B. Turner                  "         "        2
376Directory of the Province of Ontario, 1857, with a gazeteer [sic], [ed.] Thomas B. Wilson and Emily S. Wilson (Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House, 1987), p. 594.
377Wheeler, p. 44.
3781870 census of Michigan, roll 701-702, p. 515 (Zilwaukee Tp., Saginaw Co.), image available online at http://epiphyte.libofmich.lib.mi.us/CensusImages/Roll701-702/515.pdf, through the Library of Michigan 1870 Census Index (http://envoy.libofmich.lib.mi.us/1870_census/search.asp).
3791880 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Saginaw Co., Buena Vista Tp. (not subdivided), p. 106D, microfilm no. T9-0601 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,601].
380Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 6 June 1883, courtesy of Kate Wheeler.
381Naturalization Records of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1890-1957, Series: M1542, image at Ancestry.com.
382Washington Death Certificates, 1907-1960, certificate no. 212; Family History Library microfilm no. 2,023,485, which names his wife Bethena and gives the names of his parents as Gideon V. Turner and Clarissa Wurtz.
383Cyrus Marr (1825-1897) was a son of John and Esther (Noble) Marr, of Howell Tp., Livingston Co., and a grandson of John and Barbara (Brook) Marr (Wheeler, pp. 43, 44, 47). Bethena Marr was thus a first cousin of Calista Marr, wife of Benjamin Franklin Wurts above.
3841880 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Saginaw Co., Zilwauke Tp. (not subdivided), p. 235C, microfilm no. T9-0603 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,603].
385Wheeler, p. 47.
386Michigan Births 1867-1902, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,320,570 (erroneously calls her mother Mary), agreeing precisely as to the date with her tombstone.
387Washington Death Index.
388Find A Grave database at http://www.findagrave.com.
3891930 U.S. Federal Census, Washington State, King Co., Seattle, enumeration district 205; microfilm reel T626_2503, p. 16A.
390Washington Birth Index, giving only the name of his mother, not of his father, and spelling his middle name “Peirman,” in contradiction to other sources.
391Social Security Death Index, giving a birthdate in precise agreement with that given in his birth record.
392American Men & Women of Science, various editions through 1979.
393These included:
  • Quintin P. Peniston and Joseph L. McCarthy, “Lignin. I. Purification of Lignin Sulfonic Acids by Continuous Dialysis,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 70(4) (April 1948): 1324-1328.
  • ————. “Lignin. II. Liberation of Phenolic Hydroxyl Groups by Alkaline Cleavage of Lignin Sulfonic Acids,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 70(4) (April 1948): 1329-1332.
  • Aaron E. Markham, Quintin P. Peniston, and Joseph L. McCarthy, “Lignin. III. Fractional Precipitation of Barium Lignin Sulfonates from Water by Ethanol,” Journal of the American Chemical Society 71(11) (19 November 1949): 3599-3601.
394This child is not named by Wheeler, even though she noticed him in the census.
395The 1901 census gives the date as 9 September 1817.
396Jeff Fowler, Fowler Family, at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=1431, crediting Dana Clements.
397Ontario County death registrations, no. 010473, which gives his age as “about 67 years”; his tombstone also says 67 years.
398According to the memoir of him in Wood, pp. 314-15, Noadiah Woodruff “was born in Pennsylvania [wrong] about 1783 and came to Pickering with the Friends settlement. His home was in the second concession almost directly north of where the Spink mill now stands. His parents and several brothers were also pioneers of that time, but the old people … died very early in the century and the other brothers left the township within a few years…. In 1813 he purchased 200 acres of Lot 17, Con[c]. 2, for £250.” Wood adds that Noadiah Woodruff had sisters, (1) (probably) Betsey Woodruff, married 1807, John Carr, of Darlington; (2) Melinda, married Jordan Post (treated in his own sketch on p. 282 of Wood; see also the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, 7:701-2, Michael Rudy, “The Colonial Post Family of Saybrook and Hebron, Connecticut: Abraham Post and His Descendants,” New England Historical and Genealogical Register 146 (1992): 211-29, 356-76, 147 (1993): 49-63, at p. 58, and Pat McCauley, “The Posts of Ajax/Pickering,” Pickering Township Historical Society Pathmaster, vol. 1, no. 1 [1997], p. 11); and (3) “Mrs. Jabez Lynde, of Whitby.” This memoir is copied practically verbatim (and without any acknowledgement) in William A. McKay, The Pickering Story (n.d.), pp. 228-29.
    We have retained the above quotation from Wood for its evidential value, but can now say that Noadiah Woodruff, who is mentioned as a pathmaster in the town minutes of Pickering for 1811 (Illustrated Historical Atlas of the county of Ontario [1877], p. 11), can be identified as Noadiah Woodruff (1778-1862), son of Hawkins Woodruff (1750-1813) and Lois Hills, early settlers of Pickering, originally from Farmington, Connecticut. This is all laid out in John W. Sabean, “The Woodruff Family of Pickering,” Pickering Township Historical Society Pathmaster, vol. 3, no. 2 (2000), pp. 11-13, available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=200, which cites Sybil Stirling, To a House in Whitby: The Lynde Family Story, 1600 to 1900. This article corrects misstatements in Henry M. Gawman, “On the Trail of Noadiah Woodruff,” Pickering Township Historical Society Pathmaster, vol. 2, no. 1 (1998), p. 4, available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=195.
    Hawkins Woodruff (the elder), who took the Oath of Allegiance at York on 23 April 1805, described himself as “late of New York State, a Presbyterian …, a joiner by trade, 55 years old” (The York Pioneer 58 [1963]:21) and is presumably the Hawkins Woodruff who had been enumerated in Herkimer Co., N.Y., in the 1800 federal census (microfilm M32, reel 21, p. 543), the original of which we have not checked. Born 20 October 1750 at Farmington, Hartford Co., Connecticut, he was a son of James Woodruff and Lydia Curtis; earlier generations of the family are given in Sabean’s article. We have not seen Susan Emma (Woodruff) Abbott, Woodruff genealogy: descendants of Mathew Woodruff of Farmington, Connecticut (Milford, Conn., 1963), which is doubtless also relevant.
399City of Toronto and the Home District Directory… for 1837, p. 125.
400Unterman McPhail Associates, Woodruff-Mackenzie Residence (Stonecroft), 2935 Brock Road, Concession 4, Lot 18, Town of Pickering (September 1999), p. 2, available online in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive, at http://www.pada.ca/books/details/?id=948.
401Woodruff-Mackenzie Residence, cited above, pp. 2-3.
402Woodruff-Mackenzie Residence, cited above, p. 5.
4031871 census of Pickering Tp., Ontario County, division 3, pp. 70-71 (PAC microfilm C-9973). The entry reads:
name               age  origin  occupation
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Hawkins Woodruff    60  Irish   farmer
Mary Woodruff       54  Irish*
Elizabeth Woodruff  33  Irish
Maria Woodruff      19   "
Catherine Woodruff  17   "
=== (page-break) ===
Emeline Woodruff    12   "
Emmett Woodruff      9   "
Helena Woodruff      4   "
=====
Entire family born in Ontario, and Quaker in religion
* written over "U. States"
4041881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario South, Pickering, District 132, Subdistrict A, Division 2, p. 46, PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880].
4051901 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 99 (Ontario West), subdistrict B (Pickering), division 3, p. 4; PAC microfilm no. T-6487.
406Ontario County Marriage Register (1858-1869), vol. I, p. 201, as indexed in County Marriage Registers of Ontario — Ontario County.
4071881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario South, Pickering, District 132, Subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 8, PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880].
408Ontario County death registrations, no. 015010.
409Archives of Ontario MS 451, reel 93. Wood, Past Years in Pickering, 315, is seriously mistaken concerning this man, stating that he “died when about twenty-seven years of age, leaving a widow and three children.”
4101871 census of Canada, Ontario, Grey County, Osprey Tp., division 2, p. 45; PAC microfilm no. C-9952.
411Woodruff-Mackenzie Residence, cited above, p. 3.
412The 1901 census gives the date as 16 December 1859; the statement in her death notice (see below) that she was born in March 1860 is probably incorrect.
413Death notice (see below).
414Death notice, Pickering News, 22 October 1920, p. 8, col. 2.
415William Allaway’s first wife, to whom he was married by 1878, was Mary Jane McIntyre (1856-1892), by whom he had four children:
  1. Minnie E. Allaway, born 16 November 1878, still living unmarried with her father and step-mother in 1901.
  2. Mary Louisa Allaway, born 25 July 1884 (Ontario County birth registrations, no. 024630).
  3. Florence Gertrude Allaway, born 30 July 1889 (Ontario County birth registrations, no. 025624), living with her father and step-mother in 1901.
  4. Walter Allaway, died in infancy, and buried with his father.
416Ontario Marriage Index.
417Alfred Alloway (1827-1916) and his second wife Frances ____ (1838-1912) are buried near William Alloway in Pickering Old Methodist Cemetery. Alfred Alloway and this second wife are enumerated on the same page of the 1901 census as his son William.
4181901 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 99 (Ontario West), subdistrict b (Pickering), division 3, p. 4; PAC microfilm no. T-6487.
419Ontario County birth registrations, no. 023354. This date is supported by the 1901 census, so the date of 24 September 1895 given in the 1941 Tool genealogy is surely incorrect.
420Ontario County birth registrations, 1897, unnumbered.
421Ontario County birth registrations, 1899, unnumbered.
422Ontario County birth registrations, 1901, unnumbered.
423Unless otherwise stated, our information on him is from the memoir of his father in Wood, Past Years in Pickering, p. 301.
424Ontario County death registrations, no. 020873.
425This is her name and birthdate as given in the 1941 Tool genealogy, which receives some support by the presence near the tombstone of John Tool in Whitevale Cemetery of a ground-marker for “Harriet Woodruff,” although on his own stone she is named only as Harriet. No such woman is named in the Woodruff sketch in Wood, pp. 314-15, but Wood was not much of a genealogist, and his work is very incomplete.
426Wheeler, Marr genealogy, p. 58.
4271881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario Co. South, Pickering Tp., District 132, Subdistrict A, Division 2, p. 72, PAC film no. C-13244 [FHL film no. 1,375,880].
428York County Marriages, no. 011069-74.
429Her father is probably the James Middleton mentioned in Wood, p. 270.
4301901 Census, District 99 (Ontario West), Subdistrict b-8 (Pickering), p. 1; PAC microfilm no. T-6487.
4311881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Ontario Co. South, Pickering Tp., District 132, Subdistrict A, Division 2, p. 71, PAC film no. C-13244 [FHL film no. 1,375,880].
432Death notice, Pickering News, 13 February 1920, p. 1, col. 3.
4331901 Census, District 99 (Ontario West), Subdistrict b-8 (Pickering), p. 1; PAC microfilm no. T-6487.
434Ontario County marriages, no. 13070-01.
435James Gourlie, born ca.1832, living 1881, was a son of William Gourlie, who came to Scarborough Tp., York Co., from Berwickshire, Scotland, in 1832 (Wood, p. 243; Todd, Burrs and Blackberries from Goodwood, p. 36, n. 23). He married 30 April 1860, Louisa Hockley, born ca.1841, daughter of William Hockley, of “Green Valley Farm,” Uxbridge Tp., formerly of Clavering and Wendon Lofts, Essex, by his third wife, Mary Kent, who died in England; see Todd, op. cit., pp. 6, 32; and especially Ruby Heard, The William Hockley Family of Essex, England [2nd ed.] (1985). They were enumerated in Uxbridge Tp. in 1881.
436News Advertiser (Ajax edition), 28 November 1984, p. 6-S, as indexed in the Pickering-Ajax Digital Archive; original item not seen by us.
437Families of these name are treated by Wood (pp. 287-8), but this William Richardson cannot be identified therein. One of these memoirs is copied, with a few additions, in McKay, The Pickering Story, p. 224.
438Ontario County Marriages, no. 008099-77.
439Ontario Marriage Index.
440We take this account from a submission to OneWorldTree.
441Ontario Marriage Index.
442Wood, pp. 263, 293, 312; Cameron R. Stewart, Genealogical Classification…, cited above, vol. I, pp. 474-5; Ruth S. Widdison, Wixom Family History Supplement (Salt Lake City, Utah, 1988), p. 37. Henry W. Madill (1821-1907) and his wife Phoebe Sharrard (1830-1918) are buried in Claremont Union Cemetery, lot 14, concession 9, Pickering Tp. Sylvanus Sharrard (1805-1874) and his wife Ruth Wixon (1804-1900) are buried in Claremont Baptist Cemetery.
443Portrait and Biographical Album of Huron County [Michigan] (1884), pp. 390-91. The location of the mills is made clearer at p. 433.
444Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,499.
445Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,670.
446Kathy Abbey, Port Huron High School, Port Huron, St. Clair County, Michigan, 1907 Seniors, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~mistclai/photos/phhsgrad1907.htm (with portrait).
447Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,718.
448Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,342,717.
449Ontario Marriage Index.
4501901 Census, District 99 (Ontario West), Subdistrict b-8 (Pickering), p. 1; PAC microfilm no. T-6487.
451Death notice, Pickering News, 3 November 1929, p. 1, col. 1.
452Wellington County death registrations, no. 036518. This record gives the name of his mother as Mabel Leary, possibly a confusion with his wife, whose first name was Mabel.
453See Wade Toole, B.S.A., M.S., “Wellington County a Recognized Leader in Livestock Breeding,” Guelph Mercury, 20 July 1927, reprinted at http://www.clarksoftomfad.ca/WellingtonCountyLivestockBreeders.htm.
454Canadian Society of Animal Science Handbook, 7th ed. (2003), p. 4.
455Death notice, Pickering News, 20 January 1928, p. 8, col. 3.
456St. Thomas Times-Journal, 6 October 1942, p. 8, as extracted in Elgin OGS, St. Thomas Times-Journal (St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada), July through December 1942, Extractions of names for Births, Marriages, Deaths and Burials, available online at http://www.elginogs.ca/newsindexes/timesjournal/sttj1942julthrudec.htm.
457The fact that she was born in Peel County is mentioned in the death record of her son Lincoln.
458Peel County death registrations, no. 016339.
459Gore District Marriage Register, 1842-1856, per The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, ed. Dan Walker et al., vol. 13 (Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, n.d.), p. 49. The marriage date of 1855 stated for them in Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel (1877) is a misprint.
460Death from Ancestry.com’s Family Data Collection.
461Alexander Hutton Sr. (ca. 1792-1875) was born in Perthshire, Scotland, came to Canada in 1819, lived for some time in Quebec, then the Niagara area, then came to Chinguacousy in 1831 (Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel, p. 68). He appears in the 1871 census of Chinguacousy, district 4, p. 4, and in in the listings for Huttonville in John Lynch, Directory of the County of Peel for 1873/4 (Brampton, 1874). We take the name of his wife from Ancestry.com’s Family Data Collection.
462Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel, pp. 64-5.
4631871 census of Chinguacousy Tp., district 4, p. 35.
4641881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., District 140, Subdistrict B, Division 4, p. 28, PAC microfilm no. C-13252 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,888].
465John Lynch, Directory of the County of Peel for 1873/4 (Brampton, 1874).
4661901 Census of Canada, Ontario, Halton Co., Georgetown Village, Division 2, p. 1 (PAC microfilm no. T-6470).
467Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel, p. 68.
468Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel, p. 59.
469Illustrated Atlas of the County of Peel, pp. 64-5.
470Eclectic Female Institute, Brampton, C.W., established September 1, 1861, Henry H. Hutton, A.M., Principal, pamphlet (Toronto, 1863), p. 14, from a copy in the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library.
4711901 Census of Canada, Ontario, Halton Co., Georgetown Village, Division 2, p. 1 (PAC microfilm no. T-6470).
472Halton County marriage registrations, no. 4035-85.
473Gay Peppin, “Mississauga Road connects our past with future,” Brampton Business Times, 31 March 2005, available online at http://www.mississauga.com/mi/businesstimes/br/opinion/story/ 2687213p-3114083c.html.
4741901 Census of Canada, Ontario, district no. 109 (Peel County), Subdistrict a (Brampton), dicision 2, p. 13; PAC microfilm no. T-6490.
475A photograph of the tomstone, with transcription, appears at http://www.canadianheadstones.com/on/view.php?id=271800, and at FindAGrave.
476Ontario birth registrations.
477Tombstone, and Ontario death registrations, 1931, no. 015937.
478Ontario marriage registrations.
479Peel County death registrations, no. 026505.
480Peel County marriage registrations, 1903, no. 13895.
481Peel County birth registrations, 1907, no. 035904.
482Peel County birth registrations, 1909, no. 036207.
483Home District Marriage Register, 1843-1849, per The Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West, ed. Dan Walker et al., vol. 11, pt. 3 (Milton, Ontario: Global Heritage Press, n.d.), p. 38.
4841852 Census of Ontario, Delaware Tp., district no. 23 (Middlesex Co.), subdistrict no. 221 (Delaware Tp.), Division 1, pp. 25, 27, 28, Library and Archives of Canada microfilm no. C-11738 [Family History Library microfilm no. 349,224]. The entry for this family, which is oddly split over 3 separate pages due to evident discontinuities in the record, reads as follows:
name          age gender cond. b.p.    religion    occupation
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Burns, Walter   37   M   M    U.S.     Methodist   cabinet maker
Burns, Charity  24   F   M    Canada   Methodist
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Burns, Malicia   8   F   S    Canada   W. Methodist
== (page break) ==
Burns, Delilah   6   F   S    Canada   E. Methodist
Burns, Mary      1   F   S    Canada   E. Methodist
485Peel County Marriage Registrations, no. ______, per Ancestry.com’s Ontario Marriage Index 1857-1922.
486Information from Lesley Weaver, great-grandchild of John Wartz Whetham by his second wife. R. Jacob, in a webpage at http://web2.airmail.net/bhende19/html/fam/fam00213.htm, seemingly quoting a family bible record, gives his name as John Werts Whetham, and his date of birth as 7 February 1844. G. M. Copeland, Copeland and Janson Genealogy, available online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gmcopeland/jansonwebgen5.doc, gives his name as John Wortz Whetham, and the same date of birth.
487Information from Lesley Weaver, and a great-granddaughter Marilyn Siebering (via Lesley Weaver).
488Marilyn Siemering, Whetham/Chrysler/Stensrud/Borud/Coates/Fitzpatrick/Griffiths, at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/591865/.
489Simcoe County marriage registrations, 1888, no. 011201.
490Marilyn Siemering, Whetham/Chrysler/Stensrud/Borud/Coates/Fitzpatrick/Griffiths, at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/591865/.
491Peel County Marriage Registrations, no. ______, per Ancestry.com’s Ontario Marriage Index 1857-1922.
4921881 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 151 (Wellington South), subdistrict D (Eramosa Tp.), division 1, p. 45; PAC microfilm no. C-13258 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,894]. The entry reads, in part:
name          cond. gender origin age birthpl. occ.    religion 
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Thomas Corner     M   M  Irish  48  Ireland  carpenter  C. of E.
Mary Jane Corner  M   F  Dutch  29  Ontario  glover     E. Meth.
James W.A. Corner     M  Irish   7  Ontario  student    E. Meth.
Thomas R. Corner      M  Irish   5  Ontario  student    E. Meth.
Rachel M. Corner      F  Irish   2  Ontario             E. Meth.
493Halton County Marriage Registrations, no. 1902-818502. The record substantially understates her age, implying a clearly impossible birthdate of 1854-55.
494Wellington County birth registrations, no. 1876-035017.
495Wellington County birth registrations, no. 1876-035017.
496Home District Marriage Registration, Archives of Ontario microfilm no. MS248_02 (image of original record available online at Ancestry.com); William D. Reid, Marriages Notices of Ontario (Lambertville, N.J.: Hunterdon House, 1980), citing the Globe (Toronto), 21 October 1848.
497See G. M. Copeland, Copeland and Janson Genealogy, available online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~gmcopeland/jansonwebgen5.doc, gives his name as John Wortz Whetham, and the same date of birth.
4981861 Census of Canada, Ontario, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., Enumeration district 2, p. 29; Library and Archives Canada microfilm no. C-1062.
499Based partly on unsourced entries in the IGI, perhaps based on a census record.
500Lincoln County marriage registrations, 1900, unnumbered.
501Peel County marriage registrations, 1870, unnumbered.
502Much of our information on him, and almost all of information on his descendants, is from his great-grandson, Elwood Wurts.
503Date from Peel County death registrations, unnumbered.
504We take her middle name from the 1878 birth record of her daughter Grace, and the details of her death from a notice in the Flesherton Advance of 14 May 1914, p. 4, col. 2.
505Ontario Land Records Index, where the record for the first two lots is found under “Joel Wurts” and that for the second two under “Joel Worts.”
506Mitchell & Co.’s General Directory for the City of Toronto … for 1866 (1866), p. 379.
5071861 census of Chinguacousy Tp., district 4, p. 34.
508John Lynch, Directory of the County of Peel for 1873/4 (Brampton, 1874).
509Illustrated Historical Atlas of [the] Counties of Grey and Bruce, Ontario (Toronto, 1880), p. 39.
5101881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Grey East, Artemesia Tp., District 155, subdistrict A, Division 1, p. 16, microfilm no. C-13261 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,897]; 1891 census of Artemesia Tp., district 2, p. 23 (microfilm no. T-6339).
511Flesherton Advance, 17 April 1890, p. 1, col. 4.
5121901 Census of Canada, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., district no. 103, subdistrict b-4, p. 7; PAC microfilm no. T-6490.
513Grey county death registrations, no. 005478.
514Ontario Marriage Index.
515Flesherton Advance, 3 November 1943, p. 5, col. 1.
516Wellington County birth registrations, unnumbered.
517Peel County birth registrations, no. 016304, which calls him Major Ernest Wurts.
518Grey County birth registrations, no. 006519.
519Grey County birth registrations, no. 007330 (for the date).
520Date from tombstone. There is an obituary in the Canadian Champion, 30 February 1908, p. 3, col. 4, which we have not seen.
521York County Marriage Register (1858-1869), vol. I, p. 17; from an extract kindly provided by William Britnell.
522Date from tombstone. There are obituaries in the Acton Free Press, 18 October 1906, p. 2, col. 1, and the Canadian Champion, 18 October 1906, p. 3, col. 5, which we have not seen.
523Joel Williams was a son of Benajah Williams, of Esquesing Tp., by his second wife Elizabeth Kennedy, who was a daughter of John Kennedy (Jr.) by the latter’s wife Charity Wurts.
5241861 census of Esquesing Tp., district 5, p. 115.
5251870 birth record of their daughter Eliza Jane; 1871 census of Chinguacousy Tp., district 5, p. 45.
526Patrons’ Directory in Illustrated Atlas of the County of Halton (1877), p. 71; 1881 census of Erin Tp., division 1, p. 44.
527Halton County marriage registrations, 1890, no. 004670.
528Peel County birth registrations, no. 015331; 1901 census.
529Halton County marriage registrations, 1890, no. 004667.
5301901 Census of Canada, Ontario, District no. 128 (Wentworth South), Subdistrict F (Flamboro West), Division 3, p. 2; PAC microfilm no. T-6506.
5311901 Census of Canada, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., district no. 103, subdistrict b-4, p. 7; PAC microfilm no. T-6490.
532Wentworth County marriage registration, 1913, no. 018503.
5331850 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Geauga Co., Montville Tp., p. 204.
5341870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Lake Co., Painesville, Lake, Ohio, p. 116; roll M593_1230.
535Progressive Men of Western Colorado (Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co., 1905).
536According to the 1900 census, which agrees with the ages stated for him in earlier census records (16 in 1870, 26 in 1880, 31 in 1885).
5371880 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Park Co., South Park, p. 219B, microfilm no. T9-0092 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,092].
538According to the 1900 census, they had then been married for 17 years.
5391885 Colorado State Census, Park County, District 1; roll 7, p. 27.
5401900 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., Rifle Precinct, enumeration district 40, sheet 2A; roll T623_123.
5411920 U.S. Federal Census, California, Los Angeles, Assembly District 65, enumeration district 235; roll: T625_109, p. 3B. The entry calls him Lucus Wurtz, roomer, aged 65 years, marital status single, occupation illegible, born in Michigan, father&rdsquo;s birthplace Ohio, mother’s birthplace Ireland.
542Kenneth Doolittle, Charles Wesley Doolittle decendants, available online at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=83152.
543Bob Henning, “Alta Catilla Wurts Thatcher, Elias G. Wurts” posting to the Wayne County, Ohio, forum at genealogy.com, dated 3 October 2001, at http://genforum.genealogy.com/oh/wayne/messages/342.html.
544There is a well-informed account of the Doolittles in Alison Pligman, Our Family Tree, available online at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=25618.
5451860 U.S. Census, Ohio, Lake Co., Painesville, roll M653_996, p. 339.
546Marsha Pettijohn, Ancestors of Marsha Pettijohn, available online at http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1278320.
5471870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Ashland Co., Sullivan, p. 14 of original numbering; roll M593_1169.
5481880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Ashland Co., Sullivan, p. 223B; National Archives microfilm no. T9-0991 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,991].
549We have taken a number of details from Kenneth Doolittle’s Doolittle database, cited above.
550Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, file no. 79043, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,246,514.
5511880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Ashland Co., Sullivan, p. 223A; National Archives microfilm no. T9-0991 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,991].
5521900 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Portage Co., Kent Village, Precinct A, enumeration district 78, sheet 90A; roll T623 1314.
5531880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Medina Co., Spencer Tp., p. 217B; series T624, roll 1205, pt. 1.
554Based on age at death. The 1900 census gives the date as October 1862, which agrees with his census ages of 7 in 1870, 17 in 1880, 37 in 1900, and 67 in 1930.
555Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, file no. 65140, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,023,767, which gives the names of his parents as Elias Wurts and Roselia (sic) Doolittle.
556The 1930 gives their ages at “first marriage” as 27 and 25, respectively, and since these numbers agree with the difference in their ages, there is no reason to doubt that they had only ever been married to each other.
557Per death record; the 1900 census gives the date as June 1865.
558Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, file no. 73186, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,032,410.
5591930 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Cuyahoga Co., Cleveland, Ward 19, enumeration district 84, sheet 17A; roll T623_1255.
5601930 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Cuyahoga Co., Rockport Tp., Lakewood, enumeration district 584, Ward 3, sheet 1A; roll T625_1375.
5611930 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Cuyahoga Co., Lakewood, enumeration district 654, p. 9B; roll 1787.
562We follow the 1901 census, as the date it gives agrees with the age it gives of 9 years, and his age of 39 years in 1930. The age of 22 given for him in the 1920 census is completely erroneous.
563New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Manifest of the Orizaba, 12 June 1934; National Archives microfilm roll T715_5499, p. 210.
564World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918; Family History Library microfilm no. 1,832,069.
565According to the 1930 census they were aged 34 and 32, respectively, at the time of their marriage.
5661930 U.S. Federal Census, New Jersey, Bergen Co., Englewood, Ward 1, enumeration district 54, sheet 11A (p. 207 of modern stamped numbering); roll 1311.
567Information from Elwood Wurts.
568Bob Henning, “Alta Catilla Wurts Thatcher, Elias G. Wurts” posting to the Wayne County, Ohio, forum at genealogy.com, dated 3 October 2001, at http://genforum.genealogy.com/oh/wayne/messages/342.html.
569John R. Totten, “Thacher–Thatcher genealogy,” pt. 36, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 61 (1930): 387-394, at p. 393, which in calling her “Alta Cavilla [sic] Wurts … a daughter of Elias G. and Rosella (Doolittle) Wurts, of Chatham, Ohio” seems to be attributing a place of residence to both of her parents which could only have belonged to her mother; pt. 32, Ibid. 49 (1918): 27-50, at p. 34 (for the parentage of Vernon Elsworth Thatcher); Kenneth Doolittle’s Doolittle database.
5701910 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Stark County, Perry Township, enumeration district 220, sheet 18A; National Archives microfilm no. T624_1231.
571His death record names his parents as Elias Wurts of Markham Tp. and ____ Burkholder.
572The date is from the 1901 census and his tombstone, which are in perfect agreement; the place is from his marriage record.
573York County death registrations, no. 037221.
574The date of burial is given in his death record.
575Ontario Marriages, no. 013252-73 (York Co.).
576She was doubtless of the Bice family treated in Wood, p. 223, and Wheeler, p. 119 n. 138.
577The date, taken from her tombstone, agrees exactly with the 1901 census; the place is given in her death record.
578York County death registrations, no. 031776.
579Jean Barkey, Stouffville, 1877-1977: A Pictorial History of a Prosperous Ontario Community (Stouffville: Stouffville Historical Committee, 1977), p. 23.
5801881 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 132 (Ontario South), sub-district A (Pickering Tp.), division 3, p. 20; PAC microfilm no. C-13244 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,880]. We believe the entry for this household — at least as given in the LDS transcription, for we have not seen the original record — is seriously in error. After listing John Wurts and his wife it includes a William Bell, aged 55, and the latter&rsquo: much younger wife Maggie, followed by six persons recorded with the surname Wurts, ranging in age from 3 to 23 years, most of whom could not have been John Wurts’s children and do not seem to fit into his father’s family either. We suspect these were actually William Bell’s children by an earlier wife, particularly as their ethnicity is given as Scottish, matching his but not John Wurts’s, which is recorded as German. In a transcription by the OGS the surname of these six persons is given as Bell, although this is perhaps an editorial revision.
581First Annual Report of the British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association, 1890 (Vancouver, 1890?), p. 14. The reading of this letter is mentioned, although the letter is not directly quoted, in the minutes of a meeting of 2 February 1890.
5821891 census of Stouffville, p. 12 (PAC microfilm no. C-6358). This reference was obtained from an index, and the original record has not yet been consulted.
5831901 Census of Canada, District 99 (Ontario West), Subdistrict c2 (Stouffville Village), p. 5; PAC microfilm no. T-6487.
584Barkey, op. cit., p. 144.
585York County marriage registrations, 1906, no. 021659. We are grateful to Ruth Burkholder for bringing this record to our attention.
586Ontario death registrations, 1933. The record explicitly names her parents as Benjamin Ressor (sic) and Sarah Ann Cook.
587The Reesor Family in Canada: genealogical and historical records, 1804-1980 (1980), p. 404.
588All of the following information was kindly provided by Elwood Wurts, who obtained it from Brian D. Wurts, a great-grandson of the present couple.
589York County birth registrations, no. 037452.
590Ontario County birth registrations, no. 022390; the same date is given in the 1901 census.
591Some of our information on him is taken from the database Susan&suqo;s Clan at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=sbgen.
592York County birth registrations, no. 024511.
593Death record.
594York County death registrations, no. 036973, which names his parents as William Forster and Barbara Wurts; tombstone.
595York County marriages, 11/254.
596Per her death record; her marriage record also gives her place of birth as Markham Tp.
597York County death registrations, no. 043109, which record names her husband as A. Forster, of Mount Joy, Markham Tp.; tombstone.
598Ontario marriage registrations, no. 012772-76 (York Co.).
599Robinson, 2:288-9. Unless otherwise stated, our information on him is taken from this source.
600Historical Sketch, pp. 80-83, 98; , pp. 343-4.
601Markham, 1793-1900, p. 160.
602Markham, 1793-1900, p. 184.
6031871 census of Markham Tp., district 5, p. 38.
6041881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York East, Markham Tp., District 135, subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 7, microfilm no. C-13248 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,884]. His aunt is not so identified, but is readily recognizable as the Rebecca Forster (1823-1892) buried in the family plot in Locust Hill Cemetery, whom an mentioned above in the account of his father.
605York County birth registrations, no. 014118.
606York County birth registrations, no. 026166.
607York County birth registrations, no. 038803, in which the family name is spelled Foster; tombstone.
608Ontario Marriage Index.
609Christian Reesor (Jr.) (1794-1877) was a son of Christian (I) and Fronica (Reiff) Reesor; see the Reesor genealogy, pp. 18-19, 444-5, 455-6. On Melissa (Cornell) Reesor see the memoir of her (as “Mrs. C. Reesor”) in Robinson, 2:306-7, and the account of the Cornells in The Skinner Kinsmen (III), vol. 3, no. 2 (June 1990), pp. 13-15.
610Memoir of his brother Albert, in Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, p. 77, col. 2.
611York County birth registrations, no. 037988.
612York County birth registrations, no. 042726.
613York County birth registrations, no. 042550.
614York County death registrations, no. 036193, which record names his parents as “William Forster [born in] England, [and] Barbara Wurts, [born in] Markham Twp”; tombstone.
615Ontario Co. Marriages, vol. 2, p. 313, which however erroneously gives the name of the bride’s mother as “Christiana” Reesor.
616See the Reesor genealogy, pp. 357, 359, whence the following account of Byron Forster’s descendants is taken (with a correction from p. 230). John Grove Reesor was a son of John and Annie (Grove) Reesor, this John being a brother of Peter Reesor; see the Reesor genealogy, pp. 16-18, 290-2, and Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York, p. 76.
6171871 census of Markham Tp., district 5, p. 73.
6181881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York East, Markham Tp., District 135, subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 7, microfilm no. C-13248 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,884].
619HIs full name is known from the military record of his son Clemens.
620We take her maiden surname from the 1883 birth record of her son Clemens.
6211881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Simcoe North, Matchedash & Orillia, District 139, Subdistrict N (no divisions), p. 98, PAC microfilmn no. C-13252 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,888].
6221901 Census of Canada, Manitoba, district no. 12 (Winnipeg), subdistrict: Ward no. 2, division b-3, p. 10; PAC microfilm no. T-6435.
623Peel County birth registrations, no. 023581.
624Calgary Social Register, 1915 (Calgary, 1914), p. [3].
625Soldiers of the First World War, citing RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4668-15.
626Manitoba Birth Registrations, no. 1883-002840, and his attestion paper (cited below), which are in exact agreement both as to the date and the place.
627The Canadian Virtual War Memorial, which however erroneously supplies his date of enlistment as a date of death.
628Soldiers of the First World War, citing RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4668-25; as he named his mother as next-of-kin he was clearly unmarried at the time.
629Her identity was revealed through information provided by one of Mr. Glen Williams’ informants.
630The birthdate of 12 July 1857 attributed to her in the 1901 census is wildly erroneous.
631York County death registrations, no. 002378. The record names her parents as James Hutton and Jemima W… (illegible).
632According to the family bible, which we prefer to the statement in his death that he was born 15 October 1846 (less than a year after his older brother Charles).
633City of Toronto death registrations, 1931, no. 007248. An index to death notices in the Georgetown Herald shows notices for him published 21 October 1931, p. 2, col. 3, and 28 October 1931, p. 2, col. 3, but we have not seen the original records.
634His father, Charles Williams was a son of Benajah Williams, of Esquesing Tp., by his second wife Elizabeth Kennedy, who was a daughter of John Kennedy (Jr.) by his wife Charity Wurts.
6351861 census, as cited above; and 1871 census of Esquesing Tp., Div. 4, p. 38, in which he is by some amazing error called “Diana” and his sex given as female.
636Eclectic Female Institute, Brampton, C.W., established September 1, 1861, Henry H. Hutton, A.M., Principal, pamphlet (Toronto, 1863), pp. 14, 15.
637Information from Mr. John Mark Rowe, of Glen Williams, the village historian.
6381881 census of Canada, Ontario, district 150 (Halton Co.), subdistrict G (Esquesing Tp.), division 2, p. 63; PAC microfilm no. C-13258 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,894]. The entry reads:
Darius Williams  M  Welsh    32   Ont. farmer
Phoeby    "      F  Scottish 29   Ont.
Violet    "      F  Welsh     5   Ont.
Frank     "      M  Welsh     4   Ont.
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Entire family Episcopal Methodist
6391891 census of Georgetown Village, Esquesing Tp., Halton Co., pp. 5-6 (PAC microfilm no. T-6340).
6401901 Census of Canada, Ontario, Halton Co., Georgetown Village, Division 2, p. 1 (PAC microfilm no. T-6470).
641However, in the published transcript, p. 39, the father’s name is given as “Davies” Williams.
642Information from John Mark Rowe.
643Globe and Mail (Toronto), 8 February 1954, p. 12, col. 3; there is also a death notice for him in the Georgetown Herald, 10 February 1954, p. 1, col. 2, which we have not seen.
644He is mentioned as the attending physician in birth records of 1905.
645Torontonian Society Blue Book and Club List, 1921, p. 173.
646Kent County marriage registrations, 1901, no. 009368.
647Kent County birth registrations, 1905, no. 021920.
648Almost all this information is from his grandson, Elwood Wurts.
649Peel County birth registrations, no. 016304, which calls him Major Ernest Wurts, as do a number of other records.
650Ontario marriage registrations, no. 006416-99 (Grey Co.); Flesherton Advance, 15 June 1899, p. 5, col. 2.
651On the family of Patrick Quigg and Mary Ann Stewart see Historical Society of of Artemesia Township, Split Rail Country: A History of Artemesia Township (1986), 266-67, available online at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/page.aspx?id=4194908.
6521901 Census of Canada, Ontario, Grey Co. South, Artemesia Tp., A-6, p. 6 (PAC microfilm no. T-6469).
653Flesherton Advance, 27 April 1911, p. 5, col. 1.
654Flesherton Advance, 8 February 1928, p. 5, col. 1.
655Flesherton Advance, 3 November 1943, p. 5, col. 3.
656Flesherton Advance, 24 November 1943, p. 5, col. 1.
657Grey County birth registrations, unnumbered (for date).
658Grey County birth registrations, unnumbered (for date).
659The information on this family provided to us by Elwood Wurts has been updated by Paul Loveridge.
660Grey County birth registrations (for the date).
661Grey County birth registrations, no. 019919 (for date).
662Grey County birth registrations, no. 006519.
663Peel County death registrations, no. 024277.
664As above (for the entry for his parents); also 1901 Census of Canada, Ontario, Grey Co. South, Artemesia Tp., A-6, p. 6 (PAC microfilm no. T-6469).
665Date from 1911 census, place from record of second marriage.
666Some of this information is taken from the record of Margaret’s second marriage (see below), in which her parents are named as Henry Armstrong and Margaret Boyd. On Henry Armstrong (1823-1909) see the Bolten, Stewart, O’Mara and Armstrong Genealogy Site at http://boltenstewartfam.com/.
6671911 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 109 (Peel County), subdistrict 18 (Chinguacousy), p. 7. The entry reads:
lot 6, conc. 5
                                  born       b.p.  ethn. nat. relig.
Marguerite Worts   f  head  wid.  May 1878   Ont.  Irish Can. Meth.
Edward      "      m  son   s.    September .... Ont.  Dutch Can. Meth.
Lois        "      f  dau.  s.    February 1904  Ont.  Dutch Can. Meth.
Edith       "      f  dau.  s.    October 1906  Ont.  Dutch Can. Meth.
Margaret Armstrong f  mo.   wid.  April 1839 Ont.  Eng.  Can. Meth.
668Peel County marriage registrations, 1913, no. 011178, giving the name of the bride as Marguerita Wurts, daughter of Henry Armstrong and Margaret Boyd.
669 Flesherton Advance, 25 September 1935, p. 5, col. 1.
670Grey County birth registrations, unnumbered; marriage record agrees as to place.
671Peel County marriage registrations, 1924, no. 16486.
672Death notice, Brantford Expositor, 5 July 2006, courtesy of Janet Jones.
673Grey County birth registrations, unnumbered.
674Peel County birth registrations, no. 035195-05.
675Most of our information on him and his descendants was provided by his grandson, Mr. Glen Williams.
676Ontario Marriage Index.
677This man was of Irish ancestry (information from his great-grandson, Glen Williams), and thus was not of the same family as the Elizabeth North who married William Kennedy, of Grimsby, a brother-in-law of Charity (Wurts) Kennedy.
678Perth County marriage registrations, 1916, no. 018255, which calls the bride Margaret.
679Aside from information received directly from Glen Williams his wife Phyllis, both of whom the compiler has met in person, they are treated in a book by a friend, Gordon Aiken, Looking Out on the 20th Century, vol. 2 (Orillia, Ontario, 1993), 641-44.
680City of Toronto marriage registrations, 1918, no. 002528.
681According to the 1905 biographical sketch of her husband and the 1910 census, both her parents were born in French Canada (i.e. Québec; and the 1900 census agrees, but according to the 1920 census her father was born in New York and her mother in Canada.
682A son, Jesse W., born 1876-77 (aged 8 in 1885) in Colorado, who in 1895 purchased a ranch at West Rifle creek, near Rifle, from his step-father, may have assumed the name of Wurts, which is applied to him in the 1885 census.
6831885 Colorado State Census, Park County, District 1; roll 7, p. 27.
6841900 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., Rifle, enumeration district 40; roll T623_123, p. 1B. The entry reads:
name      relationship  age  born     birthplace   father     mother   occupation
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William M. Wurts  head  52  December  1847  Ohio      Germany*    Ireland   farmer
Mary M. Wurts     wife  40  July  1859  Illinois  Canada(Fr.) Canada (Fr.)
Hattie Wurts      dau.  15  July  1884  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
Warren E. Wurts   son   14  February  1886  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
Aaron Wurts       son   12  May   1888  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
William Wurts     son   10  May   1890  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
Emma L. Wurts     dau.   8  December  1891  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
Rachal Wurts      dau.   6  July  1893  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
Milton H. Wurts   son    4  April 1896  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
Virgel S. Wurts   son 9/12  August  1899  Colorado  Ohio        Illinois  at school
Frank Hickman  boarder  18  September 1881  Missouri  Tennessee   Missouri  farm lab.
Samuel M. Hickman  "    29  February  1871  Missouri  Tennessee   Tennessee farm lab.
Thomas N. Thompson "    24  October  1875  Missouri  England     England   farm lab.
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* (sic)
6851910 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., Precinct no. 14 North Rifle, enumeration district 14, pp. 99B & 100A; series T624, roll 120, pt. 1.
6861920 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., North Rifle, enumeration district 38, sheet 2B; roll T625_164.
6871930 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., town of Rifle, Enumeration District: 22, sheet 1B; roll 242.
688Progressive Men of Western Colorado (Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co., 1905), pp. 544-46; paragraphing added.
689Possibly the two who died young were John W. Wurts (Jan. 1897 - 28 April 1898) and Stanley Wurts (17 March 1898 - 20 June 1899), who are buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, Rifle, Garfield County; see Rose Hill Cemetery Record (1890-1920), Rifle, Garfield County, Colo., available online at http://searches1.rootsweb.com/usgenweb/archives/co/garfield/cemeteries/ rosehill.txt.
690World War I Draft Registration Card; Social Security Death Index; patrons’ submission record extracted in IGI.
691Social Security Death Index.
692Garfield County Divorce Records, 1906�1916, available online at http://www.colorado.gov/dpa/doit/archives/divorce/1garfield.htm, which does not however supply the date.
6931910 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., Precinct no. 14 North Rifle, enumeration district 14, p. 100A; series T624, roll 120, pt. 1.
694World War I Draft Registration Card.
695World War I Draft Registration Card; Social Security Death Index.
696Social Security Death Index.
697LDS Ancestral File, and other sources.
6981910 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., Precinct no. 16, Cache Creek, enumeration district 49, p. 113B; series T624, roll 120, pt. 1.
699World War I Draft Registration Card.
7001920 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., West Rifle, enumeration district 38, sheet 13B; roll T625_164.
701Information from Judy Crook.
7021920 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., South Rifle, enumeration district 38, sheet 11A; roll T625_164.
7031930 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., South Rifle, enumeration district 25, sheet 1B; roll 242.
7041930 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., town of Rifle, Enumeration District: 22, sheet 1B; roll 242.
705York County birth registrations, no. 024511.
706Toronto City Directory, 1913.
707Death notice, Ottawa Citizen, 27 December 2005-12-27, courtesy of Janet Jones.
708York County death registrations, no. 003530.
709Most of our information on this man is from the Reesor genealogy, p. 359.
710Kenneth Reesor was a grandson of Solomon and Emily (Beare) Reesor, a great-grandson of Peter and Anna (Hamilton) Reesor, and a great-great-grandson of Peter and Esther (Eby) Reesor (Reesor genealogy, pp. 16-18, 74-6, 230). Kenneth Reesor was also descended from the Reesors through his mother, Eva Irene Hoover, as she was a daughter of Martin Reesor Hoover, of Locust Hill, by his first wife Esther Reesor White, a granddaughter (paternally) of Samuel and Esther (Reesor) Hoover, and a great-granddaughter of John and Annie (Grove) Reesor (Reesor genealogy, pp. 16-18, 290-2, 373, 376). Esther Reesor White was a daughter of Benjamin Franklin White, and a granddaughter of Ira Allen White and Elizabeth Reesor, she being a daughter of Peter and Esther (Eby) Reesor (Reesor genealogy, pp. 74-6, 141-2, 144, 145).
711Social Security Death Index.
7121910 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., Precinct no. 16, Cache Creek, enumeration district 49, p. 113B; series T624, roll 120, pt. 1.
713We follow her death notice for the date. The Social Security Death Index.
7141920 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield Co., Silt, enumeration district 37, sheets 7B, 8A; roll T625_164.
7151930 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield County, New Castle, enumeration district 16, p. 1B; roll 242.
7161930 U.S. Federal Census, Colorado, Garfield County, East New Castle, Precinct no. 9, enumeration district 27-15, p. 1B; roll 242.
717According to her death notice.
718By Joseph LaBranch, Violet Mary (Sessions) Wurts was mother of:
  1. Perry LaBranch, born 1912. A death notice reads, in part: “Funeral services for Perry LaBranch, 52 will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday in the St. John’s Episcopal Church here. Mr. LaBranch had been a resident of New Castle for most of his life…. He died at 11 a.m., Wednesday at his home after a long illness. He was born in New Castle on January 9, 1912. He was a member of the New Castle Episcopal Church and a Barber by trade. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Aaron Wurts of New Castle; a son [recte half-brother?], Perry Connolly, two brothers, Lowell LaBranch of Moab and James Wurts of Denver; and a sister, Mrs. Paul Ganley of Buckeye, Arizona.”
Joseph LaBranch married subsequently, a woman who was later the wife of George Connolly of New Castle, and had by her several more children, including:
  1. Lowell LaBranch, whose death notice [of 1964 or 1965] reads, in part: “New Castle. Funeral services will be held here Friday for Lowell W. La Branch, 30, a rancher, who died at 5:15 a.m., Wednesday…. LaBranch was the son of Mrs. George Connolly of New Castle and Perry LaBranch of Corona, Calif. Two half-brothers, Perry and Chris Connolly, and half-sister, Bonnie Connolly, live in New Castle. He was born in Phoenix and had lived in Manchester, Ill. and Lusk, Wyoming before moving to New Castle at the age of 9. He served in the Navy from 1949 until 1953, and was a member of the American Legion at Lusk.”
These obituaries, both undated, are from Donna L. Drummond (comp.), Collected Obits (H-M) Garfield, Eagle, Lake Counties, Colorado, available online at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/co/garfield/obits/newshm.txt.
719A somewhat incoherent account of this family is given in Solomon Sessions, son of Sarah (Sally) Haws and Thomas Broady Sessions, available online at http://www.dreambreeze.com/GED/Book/Histories/Solomon_Sessions_II.html, which gives Violet’s marriages in the wrong order.
720Donna L. Drummond, Collected Obits (N-Z) Garfield, Eagle, Lake Counties, Colorado, available online at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/co/garfield/obits/newsnz.txt.
721Social Security Death Index.
722He and his daughter Pamela (Mattivi) Bunn are mentioned in Christine Dell’Amore, “Growth’s payoff uneven in New Castle,” Glenwood Springs Post Independent, June 24, 2004, available online at http://www.postindependent.com/article/20040624/VALLEYNEWS/ 106240009&SearchID=7320607834495.
723New Castle, Colorado: Mattivi Motor Co., 298 West Main Street, available online at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org/index.asp?SID=30. The dates of Mattivi’s mayoralty are taken from New Castle, Colorado: New Castle’s Mayors, available online at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org/index.asp?SID=23.
724Town of New Castle Newsletter, Fall 2005, available online at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org/documents/Newsletters/2005-4%20Fall.pdf.
725New Castle, Colorado: Main Street Streetscape , available online at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org/index.asp?SID=22.
726Glenwood Springs Post Independent, June 24, 2004, as cited above.
727Social Security Death Index.
728Donna L. Drummond, Collected Obits (N-Z) Garfield, Eagle, Lake Counties, Colorado, available online at http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/co/garfield/obits/newsnz.txt.
729Social Security Death Index.
730Grey County death registrations, no. 095559.
7311870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Huron Co., Norwich Tp., p. 471; roll M593_1225.
732Her maiden name was pointed out to us by Connie Moddison, to whom we are deeply grateful for bringing this family to our attention.
733Stan Greenwood, Mino in Ontario, posting to the Mino Family History and Genealogy Message Board date 2 Jan 2002, at http://boards.ancestry.co.uk/surnames.mino/34/mb.ashx; this is also the source of our date of death for John Mino.
734Peel Scenic Drive, available online at http://www.herontrips.com/Brampton2Alton.html, with photograph. We are grateful to Jodi Phair for bringing this site to our attention.
7351871 Census of Canada, Ontario, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., division 4, p. 33; PAC microfilm no. C-9958.
7361881 Census of Canada, Ontario, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., district 140, sub-district B, division 4, p. 33; PAC microfilm no. C-13252 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,888].
737John Lynch, Directory of the County of Peel for 1873/4 (Brampton, 1874). We are grateful to Jodi Phair for bringing this reference to our attention.
738York County Marriage Register (1858-1869), vol. I, p. 17; from an extract kindly provided by William Britnell.
7391881 Census of Canada, Ontario, District 140 (Peel County), Subdistrict D (Streetsville), p. 26; PAC microfilm no. C-13252 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,888]. The entry reads:
name      cond. gender  origin   age birthplace  occupation
------------------------------------------------------------
James Quennell   M  M   English   41   England   lawyer
Louisa Quennell  M  F   Irish     39   Ontario
James Quennell      M   English   17   Ontario   farmer's son
Mary Quennell       F   English   16   Ontario
William Quennell    M   English   14   Ontario   sawmill hand
Austen Quennell     M   English    7   Ontario
Ada Quennell        F   English    4   Ontario
Emma Quennell       F   English    2   Ontario
====
Entire family's religion Canadian Methodist
740Peel County marriage registrations, 1884, no. 009843.
741Peel County marriage registrations, no. 9557.
742Peel County marriage registrations, 1895, no. 009562.
743City of Toronto marriage registrations, 1908, no. 4077.
744Peel County marriage registrations, 1895, no. 009616.
745York County marriage registrations, 1989, no. 016303.
746Ontario Marriage Index.
747Peel Co. marriage registrations, no. 009011-81.
7481901 Census of Canada, Ontario, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., district no. 103, subdistrict b-4, p. 6; PAC microfilm no. T-6490.
749Peel County birth registrations, no. 026196.
750Peel County marriage registrations, no. 011235.
751Peel County birth registrations, no. 024706.
752Peel County marriage registrations, no. 021041.
753Peel County marriage registrations, 1880, no. 008668.
754Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families: Genealogies of United Empire Loyalist and other Pioneer Families of Upper Canada, 2 vols. (1894, 1898), 1:103.
755Peel County death registrations, no. 013600.
756Wellington County marriage registrations, 1887, no. 012874.
7571901 Census of Canada, Peel Co., Chinguacousy Tp., district no. 103, subdistrict no. b-4, p. 7; PAC microfilm no. T-6490.
758York County marriage registrations, 1923, no. 2701.
759The information on her which follows is, unless otherwise stated, from Merritt A. Peterson, The Macklem Family in the United States and Canada, revised ed. (Jeddo, Michigan: the author, 1982), pp. 2, 5, 110, 111-15. A note at the end of this section states: “Most of the information … was furnished by Mrs. Leonard Hayward … through the courtesy of Norman Wideman, 349 Cardinal Avenue, Burlington, Ontario (as of 1976). Mrs. Leonard Hayward is in possession of the family bible of the late William Macklem (1819-1900).” It may be noted that Norman Edward Wideman (1903-?) was not descended from this family, but was a prolific genealogist who gathered material on many Markham Tp. families.
760In the Macklem genealogy, her birthdate is variously given as 8 May 1817 (p. 111) or as 1819 (p. 51). The latter of these years is more compatible with her age of 31 years as given in the 1850 census of Ohio.
761Per census records. The one piece of conflicting evidence is the statement in the 1850 census of Ohio that she was born in New York (State).
762Macklem genealogy, pp. 111, 115.
763On whom see pp. 111 ff. of the Macklem genealogy. His grandparents were William and Ann (Hastings) Macklem, of Ringwood. Her parents and grandparents are all are buried in Dixon Hill Cemetery, near Ringwood, Markham Tp.
    Maria Magdalena Weidman (whose ancestry is dealt with in a brief but useful appendix in the Macklem genealogy, pp. 152-3) was a daughter of Philip and Anna Sarah (Lange) Weidman, of Markham Tp., and a granddaughter of Jacob Henry and Anna Maria (____) Weidman, of Northampton Co., Pa. The fullest treatment of the Weidmans in print is Norman E. Wideman and Enoch Wideman, The Wideman Family: A Genealogical Record, 1803-1955 (1956), pp. 242-73, which work treats mainly of another, probably unrelated, Wideman family. For further references see the present compiler’s The Descendants of George and Elizabeth (Lee) Flint, of Holbeach, Lincolnshire (Winnipeg: the author, 1989), pp. 37, 157.
764The 1860 census of Lexington Tp., Sanilac Co., Michigan, lists James and Ann Macklem at p. 52, and Eli and Elizabeth Macklem at p. 71.
7651850 census of Chippewa Tp., Wayne Co., Ohio, p. 219.
7661860 census of Worth Tp., Sanilac Co., pp. 17-18 (incorrectly cited as p. 14 in the Macklem genealogy, p. 111).
767Macklem genealogy, p. 111; 1871 census of Whitchurch Tp., division 5, p. 27; 1881 census of Whitchurch, division 6, p. 28.
768Macklem genealogy, p. 118.
769He is not the John Macklem enumerated in the 1870 census of Lexington Tp., Sanilac Co., p. 46 (of hand-written numbering).
770Jane Macklem, who as a widow took her family to Sanilac Co., Michigan, ca. 1851, was a daughter of William and Ann (Hastings) Macklem, above-mentioned (see the Macklem genealogy, pp. 2, 3).
7711880 Federal Census, Michigan, Macomb Co., Richmond Tp., no pagination, microfilm no. T9-0593 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,254,593].
772The Macklem genealogy (p. 111) says she was born 1865, but this is clearly impossible if the date of 1868 which it supplies for her parents’ marriage is correct.
773Macklem genealogy, p. 51, citing 1871 census of Whitchurch Tp., Div. 2, p. 45.
774Ontario Marriage Index.
775These are the dates given in the Macklem genealogy. Available evidence suggests that he was probably Peter Ramer, born ca. 1857, son of Peter and Mary (Hoover) Ramer, of Markham Tp. There is relatively little in print on the Ramers, but see the present compiler’s Descendants of George and Elizabeth (Lee) Flint (1989), pp. 33 and 61, for notes on some sources.
776York County death registrations, no. 019594.
777He was most likely of the Burkholder family treated in Markham, 1793-1900, ed. Isabel Champion (1979), pp. 42-3; but there were others in the area, such as that treated in History of Toronto and [the] County of York, 2:332.
7781871 Census of Canada, Ontario, district no. 43 (York North), subdistrict B (Whitchurch Tp.), p. 5; Library and Archives Canada microfilm no. C-9965.
7791881 Census of Canada, Ontario, York North, Whitchurch Tp., District 137, Subdistrict C, Division 3, p. 11, PAC microfilm no. C-13249 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,885].
780Whom see in the Macklem genealogy, p. 118.
781Macklem genealogy, p. 111.
782Macklem genealogy, p. 118.
783Ontario Marriages, no. 012645-77 (York Co.).
7841881 census of Markham Tp., York Co., Div. 2, household no. 53.
7851891 census of Stouffville, p. 4.
786Information from a grandson, Steven Hayward, son of Barbara Joan (Macklem) Hayward.
787Macklem genealogy, p. 51, citing 1871 census of Whitchurch Tp., Div. 2, p. 45.
788Her surname is known to us only from the death record of her son John Wilbert Wurts.
7891870 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Summit Co., Copley, p. 168 (p. 24 of original numbering); roll M593_1270.
7901880 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Summit Co., Copley, p. 170C; National Archives microfilm no. T9-1069 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,255,069].
791Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, file no. 18048, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,022,485, which names his parents as Wm. Wurts, born in Canada, and Sarah Burgett.
792Ohio Deaths, 1908-1953, reference no. 38088, Family History Library microfilm no. 2,246,465.
7931900 U.S. Federal Census, Ohio, Lorain Co., Elyria, enumeration district 79, p. 7B; roll T623_1295.


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