Ancestral Notes

My Family History blog

Wordless Wednesday – My First Birthday

Here is me on my first birthday, 50 years ago today!

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My Grandfather, Orville Neil

My grandfather, Orvile Neil, was born on September 30, 1910 in Sandwich, Ontario and grew up in Paquette’s Corners, a village just south of Windsor, Ontario. He married Ruby Fairbairn in 1930 and they had eight children, four surviving to adulthood. He passed away on September 7, 1975 in Windsor, Ontario of a heart attack.

I didn’t know much about my grandfather, he and my grandmother divorced and she remarried before I was born. He was a slight man, about 5’6″ and balding. He always wore a suit, or at least that’s what he always wore when I saw him. He retired from Ford Motor Co. of Windsor and lived in a storefront duplex a couple of blocks from the factory. In the 1960’s, the area he lived in was a bad part of town and when my family would visit my aunt, who also lived in the back of the duplex for a time, we couldn’t go out of the house. My grandfather lived in the storefront part.

He wasn’t home much when we visited, except for in the mornings. He would have a shot of brandy before his morning coffee “to get his ticker going”. When my grandfather wasn’t home, he was at one of the bars on “the strip”. I guess he was a stereotypical Irishman, he liked his liquor. My parents would go to the bar to get him for a visit and we were instructed to lock all the doors and keep the windows up until they returned.

My grandfather always called my mom “Babe” and his favourtie flower was Baby’s Breath. My mother made sure there was a lot of the flower in his casket spray. My mom said that he was a gambler and his favourite numbers were 7 & 11. He died on Sept. 7th and his funeral was on the 11th. One thing that my grandfather and I will always share is our birthday.

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Creating Family Timelines

I have found when researching my family, it is helpful to make a Family Timeline with all of the events and sources that I have gathered. As I find more sources and events, I add them to the timeline. This way, it is easier for me to see if there are any gaps that need to be researched and filled in.

For example, I am researching my Loyalist Haines family at the moment and have made a timeline for them. Since my two Loyalist ancestors are father and son, I have included both of them and included only my direct line. Joseph Haines, Sr. is proven to have descendants in the Loyalist Directory, but Nathaniel Haines hasn’t had any descendants proven yet, although his children are listed in The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists of Upper Canada. I guess I will be the first in the Nathaniel Haines family to prove descendancy.

Haines Family Timeline:

1750’s – Joseph Haines immigrated from Germany to Johnstown, New York. 28

>1783 – Joseph Haines, Sr. married and had seven children. 1

>1783 – Joseph Haines, Sr. and family lived in Johnstown, New York. 1, 28

>1783 – Joseph Haines, Sr. served in the Butler’s Rangers and went to Lachine, P.Q. with the rangers. 1

>1783 – Nathaniel Haines served in the Butler’s Rangers and went to Lachine, P.Q. with the rangers. 1

1784 – Joseph Haines, Sr. family was in Niagara, U.C. 35

1784 – Nathaniel Haines was in Niagara, U.C. 35

1786 – Joseph Haines, Sr. family was in Niagara, U.C. 1. 2

1786 – Nathaniel Haines was married in in Niagara, Upper Canada and received rations there. 1, 2

1792 – Nathaniel and Lydia Haines’ son, Andrew, was baptised at St. Mark’s Church, Niagara. 3

1796 -Joseph Haines, Sr. was granted a patent of land in Grantham Twp. in the Home district of U.C. 4

1796 – Nathaniel Haines was granted a patent of land in Grantham Twp. in the Home district. 4

1801 – Joseph Haines, Sr. and Peter Whitney purchased mill. 5

1811 – Nathaniel Haines died?

1818 – Philip Haines died in fire in York, U.C. 5, 6

1818 – Joseph Haines, Sr. deeded the mill to grandson, James Haines after his father, Philip Haines, died in a fire. 5

1818 – Joseph Haines, Sr. died.?

1835 – Benjamin Haines and Sarah Freisman were married in Niagara, U.C.?

1836 – Nathaniel’s son, Benjamin, is listed in the book, Sons and Daughters of American Loyalists and had an Order in Council as a SUE on Nov.3, 1836. 7

1837 – Benjamin Haines was granted land in Middlesex Cty.? 8

1844 – Feb. 23rd – Benjamin Haines’ son, John, was born in Niagara. 9, 24

1851- Benjamin Haines was living in Niagara Twp. with his wife and family. 9

1851- John Haines was in the 1851 census of the family. 9

1871 -Benjamin Haines was living in Aldborough Twp. Elgin Cty. 10

1872 – John Haines married Harriet Fernetta Doan in Welland, Ontario. 11

1881 – John Haines family was in the census of Welland. 12

1891 – Benjamin’s widow, Sarah Haines was in the census of Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty. 13

1891 – John Hines family was in the census for Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty. 14

1892 – Sarah Haines died in Rodney, Elgin Cty. 15

1894 – William Edgar Hines, was born in Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty. 16

1897 – John Hines’ family moved to Essex County and were in Rochester. 17

1901 – John Hines family was in the census for Rochester, Essex County. 18

1906 – John Hines family were in Gosfield North Twp. in 1906 when their youngest daughter
died. 19, 20, 24

1911 – John Hines family were in Maidstone Twp. in the 1911 census. 21

1917 – Oct. 6 – William Edgar Hines married Josephine Desbiens and lived in Essex, Ontario. 22, 27
1926 – Aug. 14th -Earl Douglas Hines was born on Arthur Ave. in Essex. 23

1932 – March. 13th -John Hines died in Essex, Ontario. 24, 25

1935 – Dec. 2oth-Harriet Doan Hines died in Essex, Ontario. 25

1957 – Apr. 20th – Earl Hines married Marian Neil in Essex County, Ontario. 26

1958 -Sept. 30th – Earline Hines was born in Windsor, Ontario. 29

1964 – Earl Hines purchased property in Cottam, Ontario. 34

1976 – May 28th – Earline Hines was married to A. Morrison in Comber, Ontario. 30

1975 – Earl Hines sold property in Cottam and relocated to Leamington, Ontario.34

1977 – Mar. 29th – William Edgar Hines died in Essex, Ontario. 25, 32, 33

1977 – July 29th – B. Morrison was born in Leamington, Ontario. 29, 34

1979 – Jan. 22nd – K. Morrison was born in Leamington, Ontario. 29, 34

1983 – Earl Hines was divorced. 31

1984 – Earline Hines was divorced. 31

1985 – Mar. 9th – Earl Hines was married to R. Watkins Harris in Windsor, Ont. 34

1994 – July 4th – Josephine Hines died in Leamington, Ontario. 25, 32, 33

1996 – Feb. 7th – Earl Hines died in Windsor, Ontario. 25, 32, 33

2001 – June 2nd. – Earline Hines was married to R. P. Bradt in Leamington, Ontario. 30

2008 – Aug. 15th – Marian Neil Hines died in Leamington, Ontario. 32, 33, 34

Sources
1. The Annotated Nominal Roll of the Butler’s Rangers 1777-1784 with Documentary Sources – Lieutenant Colonel William A. Smy, OMM, CD, UE
2. The Butler’s Rangers in the Revolutionary War – muster roll – E. Cruikshank
3. Baptisms at St. Mark’s Church transcribed by Bill Martin
4. Ontario People 1796-1803 – E. Keith Fitzgerald
5. The Economy of Upper Canada -Merchant Millers of the Humber Valley – Sydney Thomas Fisher
6. obituary – Death Notices of Ontario – W.D.Reid
7. The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists of Upper Canada-W.D.Reid
8. Canadian Digital Atlas Project
9. 1851 census Canada West, Niagara Twp, U.C.
10. 1871 census Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty., Ontario
11. Ontario Marriage Records 1869-73- Ancestry
12. 1881 census Canada, Welland County, Ontario
13. 1891 Census Canada, Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty.
14. 1891 Census Canada, Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty.
15. Ontario Death Records – Ancestry
16. Ontario Birth Records
17. Ontario Birth Records – Fleming W. Hines – Jan. 18, 1897
18. 1901 Census Canada – Rochester Twp.
19. Ontario Death Records – Ancestry
20. Article in Essex Times 1906
21. 1911 Canada census Essex North
22. Ontario Marriage Records 1869-1924 – Ancestry
23. personal knowledge
24. Ontario Death records – Ancestry
25. Gravestone at Woodslee United Church Cemetery
26. Personal knowledge
27. Article in Essex Free Press, Oct. 1967 – 50th Wedding Anniversary
28. Loyalists Claims For Losses
29. Birth Certificate
30. Marriage License
31. Divorce Decree
32. Obituary
33. Funeral Card
34. present at event
35. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada by the United Empire Loyalists 1784-1884. – E.Ryerson

Now, it will be easier to find the documents that I need to copy and include in my certification application(s).

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Proving Dad Was Right!



The American Revolutionary War was the defining point of where loyalties were placed and how people were judged because of their loyalties. It brought out the best and worst of human behavior. Over two centuries later, we still look back on that period in history with overwhelming pride in our ancestors’ decisions to stick by their guns and fight for what they believed was right, whether he be a patriot or loyalist.

It is this pride and sense of honour that we join lineage societies such as the United Empire Loyalists Association of Canada – UELAC, or the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution – DAR and SAR. These organizations, although representing two sides of the war, have more similarities than differences. The are involved in educating the youth about their heritage and preserving the history of their nation. They both require genealogical proof of heredity that entitles the person to bear the initials U.E., SAR and DAR after the person’s name. The ancestor had to be involved in the military, or aided the military, or been in some way beneficial to the cause.

I have a few ancestors who qualified as Loyalists as well as one that is recognized by the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. I decided, since I am Canadian, I would like to be certified by the UELAC, to honour my Loyalist ancestors and their beliefs.

My Loyalist ancestor, Joseph Haines, Sr., was also my fourth greatgrandfather. He served in Butler’s Rangers along with his son, Nathaniel Haines, who was my third greatgrandfather. Anyone with a proven Loyalist ancestor can be certified, no matter where they live now.

But, if I were in the USA, I would probably seek certification with the Daughters of the American Revolution. My American ancestor, Joseph Hawkins, born in Maryland in 1753, was my sixth great-grandfather, and he fought in the battle of King’s Mountain and other skirmishes in the Tennessee area. He was Col. David Crockett’s uncle.

It isn’t for bragging rights that I wish to be certified, I want to help preserve the history of our country, and be involved with educating the youth of our nation while at the same time, I want to learn as much about my Loyalist heritage as I can, and pass what I’ve learned on to the future generations of my family. Most of all, I’m doing it for my dad, Earl Hines, who has always been interested in the history of Upper Canada and “knew” he had Loyalist ancestry. He didn’t know what our Loyalist ancestor’s names were, he didn’t even know that our surname was changed, but I have the proof and I am proving that dad was right!

Earl Hines 1926-1996

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UFO Report in Local Paper Archives

I was reading through the Essex Free Press newspaper archives and ran across an interesting article. It was about a great light over Lake Michigan in January, 1895. Here’s a transcription:

A Strange Phenomenon
Lights, Stronger Than Two Noonday Suns Seen by a Steamer on Lake Michigan

GRAND HAVEN, MICH., Jan. 21.- The Detroit and Milwaukee steamer was more than half way across Lake Michigan on Friday night when the pilot saw a bright light off the starboard bow. He could not account for it, and called the captain. The captain, too, was puzzled, and thinking that the boat must have veered from her course and that the light was from Grand Haven, he ordered her headed for it.
It was calculated that the light was fifteen miles ahead. After proceeding ten miles a companion light appeared some five miles to the westward. The passengers, who had by this time been aroused, gathered on the deck and watched these lights, which now began to flash at intervals.
On went the steamer and as she approached the light the passengers were obliged to hold up umbrellas and other objects to shade their eyes from the intense glare. So bright was it that Steward Walthew, over 30 years old, was enabled to read the Lord’s Prayer from the fine print of a Bible without his glasses. Suddenly a mountain of darkness seemed to arise between the boat and the light, but the blaze was flushed over it’s top. In a few moments the mountain sank backward and the lights were seen still too brilliant for the eye to endure. At just 3 a.m. by the captain’s watch, the lights flashed, there was terrible rumbling like a quadruple peal of thunder, and then the lights disappeared. Almost on the instant a tidal wave struck the ship and the phenomenon was over.
No one was able to explain the strange occurrence. The boat which was fifteen miles out of her course was an hour into arriving here. A commercial traveller named Dunn, who was on the boat, said that the glare was greater than two noon suns and that he really believed that the end of the world had come. The captain has made an official report of the phenomenon to the secretary of the company and these facts are taken from that report.

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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My All-Time Favourite Song

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver of Genea-musings

1. What is your all-time favorite song? Yep, number 1. It’s hard to choose sometimes. If you made your favorite all-time Top 40 music selections, what would be #1?

2. Tell us about it. Why is it a favorite? Do you have special memories attached to this song?

3. Write your own blog post about it, or make a comment on this post or on the Facebook entry.

My grandmother, Josephine Desbiens Hines and me.

My favourite song is a gospel, “In The Garden”. I hear this song and I think of my grandmother, who always had beautiful flower gardens. It was her favourite song also, and it was played at her funeral service.

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Carnival of Graveyard Rabbits – Funeral Cards

Here is my submission for the Graveyard Rabbit Carnival- Isabella Taylor was my 3rd great-grandmother’s brother’s wife. This is an image of her Memorial Card.

Isabella Gabella (Gilboe) Taylor

from- A Family Record
embracing a sketch of the history of the Scratch, Wigle, Fox, Friend, Wilkinson, Shepley, McCormick, Malotte, Coatsworth and Iler families and other early settlers of the County of Essex by Mrs. Mary J. Burch

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COG #81 – A Short But Full Life



Hosted By Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tracing the Tribe

Ancestral Notes Passes (Feb. 8, 2009 – Sept. 25, 2009)


It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden death of Ancestral Notes. It was a young blog, not even one year old, but it had quite a following by some of the leaders in the Geneablogging Community. The Canadian blog was an homage to the lives of the author’s ancestry and will live on in the memories of all who read it.

Ancestral Notes will be missed by many, but especially the author, who spent many hours, with almost daily visits, creating blog posts. Ancestral Notes was a Carnival of Genealogy participant, Smile for the Camera entrant, Canadian Genealogy Carnival enthusiast and had also had articles in the Carnival of Irish Culture and Heritage. The blog also had fun on Saturday Nights with Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings and several daily memes.

Although only seven months old, it had a strong impact on the author’s life, creating frieindships in the geneablogger community and receiving awards such as the Lovely Blog Award, The Friendly Blogger Award and the Kreativ Blogger Award. It also displayed several badges such as the Geneabloggers, Footnote and Genealogywise badges. A portait was presented by footnote Maven and was displayed at the top of the page.

Ancestral Notes can be viewed in the Google cache anytime, day or night.
Private cremation of remains. Donations can be made to the Genealogy database of your choice in lieu of flowers.

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Wordless Wednesday – Global Warming???

I live in SW Ontario and the only native cactus is the prickly pear. I don’t know how this cactus got here.

This cactus grew on its own this spring in my front garden. Right now it’s about 2″ tall.

The cactus is right behind the bunny.

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My First UELAC Meeting

Yesterday my husband and I went to our first meeting of the Bicentennial Branch of the UELAC in Kingsville. It was the Annual Sept. luncheon. There was a great lunch catered by the ladies of the Epiphany Anglican Church, where the meetings are always held.

After lunch, we had the pleasure of hearing Fred Hayward, the 34th President of the UELAC, speak about the loyalists and how they were all individuals, coming from different backgrounds and all having different stories to tell. He encouraged all of the members to learn more about their ancestors and their family stories and pass them on to the next generations. He also talked about the education of the young people about their heritage and different programs that the UELAC is involved in, like the Four Directions Youth Project, to achieve this goal. He also spoke about the additions to the UELAC website and how the website is putting more information online so that it is accessible by everyone researching their Loyalist ancestry.

After Fred Hayward finished speaking, Kathryn Lake presented six certificates to members.

Kathryn Lake addressing members of the branch.

She also informed the members that our branch membership had increased by 115% over the 2008 numbers and we are in second place on the list of the UELAC branch memberships with the most growth. Kathryn Lake is the branch Genealogist and also a fellow geneablogger. Her blogs are LOOKING4ANCESTORS and Essex County Graveyard Rabbit. She is also a speaker and lecturer on Canadian History and Genealogy and has some groups on Genealogywise.

I have been looking forward to meeting Kathryn, and when we got a few minutes to talk, she welcomed me to the branch, and was glad there were some younger members joining. She said the average age of the members is about 65 and if there weren’t any younger members, the branch would eventually die out. She explained that the branches usually have six meetings a year, but our branch only has four because most of the members have a hard time getting out to meetings in the winter months.

Although this was our first meeting, I felt like I already knew Kathryn Lake through the geneablogger community. I’m looking forward to working with Kathryn, researching my loyalist lines and gathering sources for my certification. I’m also looking forward to the next branch meeting on November 14th.

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