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Surname Saturday – O’Neil

I have decided to choose my mother’s paternal ancestors for this week’s surname. I have recently found a marriage notice for Charles O’Neil and Mary Queen, my great-grandparents, in the archives which has incorrect information concerning Charles parentage. I haven’t been able to find the marriage record for them.

Charles O’Neil’s father was not Alexander O’Neil, he was the oldest son of William James O’Neil and Rosetta Holden.

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Follow Friday – Loyalist Blog – Our Ryckman Roots

It’s been a busy week for me, first a death in the family, then I wasn’t able to get on-line for a couple of days so I’m trying to catch up on my blogging and haven’t had much chance to read a lot of my favourites this week. I can read them on my Blackberry, but it’s hard to read, so I just starred the posts that most interested me to read later.

To commemorate Loyalist Day in Ontario tomorrow, June 19, and Loyalist Week June 21-27 in the Niagara area, I am recommending a Loyalist blog, Our Ryckman Roots. Katheryn Lake is the author of this blog as well as LOOKING4ANCESTORS . She is working on her certification for her loyalist Ryckman ancestors. She has hit a brick wall with William Ryckman but if anyone can break through the brick wall, she can. Kathryn is our branch genealogist at the Bicentennial Branch of the UELAC.

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Madness Monday -The Tornado In My Backyard

I was up most of the night on Saturday watching the Doppler radar as the storm was raging across southern Michigan headed straight for the northern shore of Lake Erie. After the storm seemed to be weakening and the weather alerts were downgraded, about 1:20am, the station went back to regular programming and my husband went to bed and I stayed up watching tv.

After about an hour my dog, Angus, started whimpering and trembling and he was climbing all over me. Angus is an 80 lb. Lab mix who is scared of thunder, but there wasn’t any thunder, just rain, it wasn’t even windy. I’ve never seen him so upset and scared. Then the power went out and my husband’s scanner started going off upstairs and my husband got up and settled him down.

The first reports of storm damage started flooding in to the Emergency Services. There were numerous hydro poles sheared off and power lines down, broken gas mains and water mains, trees on houses, trees through houses, there was a clear path of destruction starting just east of Kingsville down County Road 20 below the ridge and into the south of Leamington and eastward to Hillman marsh. It was the worst tornado Leamington has seen in over fifty years. Having occurred in the middle of the night, it is a miracle that no one was injured. Several houses were destroyed by falling trees.

After all of the excitement, we went out into our backyard yesterday afternoon, not expecting anything unusual, we didn’t get much wind at all, and discovered that our birch tree had two branches twisted and broken half-way up the tree.

Nothing else was disturbed, not even any leaves or twigs in the yard or in the neighbourhood. My rose bushes in the front yard didn’t even lose a petal!

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Surname Saturday – Doan

I have been waiting patiently for Ancestry to update the death records so that I can find out who the parents of my paternal great-grandmother, Harriet Doan Hines were. I assumed that my maternal 2nd great grandfather, A.C.Doan, and she were siblings until I found the obituary for my 3rd great-grandfather, Linus Doan and Harriet wasn’t named as one of his children.

I made this assumption from information on my granduncle’s delayed birth certificate. Since both of his parents were deceased when he applied for his birth certificate in 1940, A.C.Doan signed an affidavit that he was his uncle. And then there is my other granduncle’s first WWI attestation papers that he put his cousin, Allen Doan as next of kin, was this A.C.Doan or his son.

So now the death records have been updated and I found my great-grandmother’s death record and I discovered another Doan family that I know nothing about, her parents were William and Rachael Doan who lived in Welland. I looked for the family in the 1861 census and found them in Welland, Ontario. I don’t know if these are the right people, but they were the only William and Rachael Doan in Ontario and they did have a daughter, Harriet. William was a tavern keeper in the town of Welland. Now the confusion, I looked in the 1871 census, William was still the tavern keeper but he had a different family. I don’t know what happened to Rachael and her family. I hope I can find out more information next month when I attend the Doan family reunion.

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Follow Friday – Old Time Corner

I have lived in Essex County my whole life and I am very supportive of genealogy sites and blogs that are preserving the history and heritage of the county. My ancestors have been in the county since the early nineteenth century and I am interested in how they went about their daily lives, their occupations, political views, who they socialized with, what they did for entertainment etc.

I have recently discovered a new site, Old Time Corner authored by Sharon Taylor Mulcaster, who I have since discovered is a distant cousin, also being descended from my fourth great-grandparents, Alexander McIntaylor and Grace Duncan, who immigrated from Rothesay, Isle of Bute, Scotland in the early 1800’s.

What is the Old Time Corner!

The Old Time Corner, published in the Essex Free Press, Essex, Ontario, has stories and photographs of local historical and genealogical interest. Located in the centre (hub) of Essex County, Essex has a claim to fame of blowing up TWICE in it’s 125 year history.

The purpose for researching the history of the Town of Essex, (again called Essex Centre) and the surrounding area for records, Stories and Photographs is to collect and preserve a thorough and accurate history of the Town and it’s people for all those who have ever…

worked

went to school

went to church

were involved in sports

or

…called Essex home


I would like to thank Sharon for creating this site and sharing the history of Canada’s Sun Parlor and it’s inhabitants through old photos and stories.

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Follow Friday – Kindred Footprints

The excitement is mounting for my summer vacation this year and Sharon, from Kindred Footprints has written a couple of posts about her weekend in the Niagara region which only made my anticipation grow. She shares some beautiful photographs of some of the historic sites the area in her posts. I am looking forward to going to the Niagara Falls Museum again. Last time I was at Fort George it was pouring rain so I couldn’t take any pictures, hopefully the weather will be more co-operative this year.

I am looking forward to going to the Haynes cemetery as well, there may be some connection with my Haines ancestors who settled in Grantham township too. I will also be going to the Arent Bradt cemetery as well as attending the renaming of the Steele cemetery to the Aaron Doan cemetery. 
Thanks, Sharon!

Weekend In Niagara – Saturday
Weekend In Niagara – Sunday

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Surname Saturday – Holden, Barr

Political unrest in America has had a profound effect on my family history, from my Loyalist ancestors who came to Upper Canada after the Revolutionary War to my American-born ancestors who crossed the border just prior to the American Civil War.

The Holden and Barr families came to the Sandwich area of Essex County, Ontario between 1860, where they appear in the Wayne County, Indiana census and March 4th, 1863, when my second great-grandmother, Rosetta Holden O’Neil was born in Sandwich, her older sister, Viola Holden O’Neil was born in Wayne County, Indiana in 1861. Their father, Thomas, was the second of eleven children and was married to Sarah Elizabeth Stonecipher in 1860, after the census, as he was still living at home when the census was taken in 1860.

Thomas’ parents were immigrants, James Holden was born in Bolton, England about 1804 and his wife, Elizabeth Barr, was born in Ayrshire, Scotland about 1815. They were in Indiana by 1837 when their oldest son was born. I don’t know if they were married before they immigrated or after they came to the U.S.

Timeline:

  • James Holden born in England about 1804.
  • Elizabeth Barr born in Ayrshire, Scotland about 1815.
  • James Holden married Elizabeth Barr in ? about 1836.
  • Thomas Holden was born in Richmond Indiana in 1839.
  • James Holden family in Wayne County, Indiana in 1840, 1850 and 1860 census.
  • Thomas Holden married Sarah Stonecipher in 1860.
  • First child, Viola, born in Wayne County, Indiana in 1861.
  • Second child, Rosetta, born in Sandwich, Essex County, Ontario in 1863.
  • Two more children, Frank and Albert, born in Sandwich, Essex County, Ontario.
  • Rosetta Holden married Wm. James O’Neil in Sandwich, Ontario.
  • Charles O’Neil born in 1881.
  • Charles O’Neil married Mary Queen, daughter of Robert Queen and Sarah Stevenson
  • Orville Neil was born Sept. 30, 1910.
  • Orville Neil married Ruby Fairbairn, daughter of Jessie Doan and Robert Fairbairn about 1930.
  • Marian Neil was born Nov.30, 1936.(my mother).
  • Marian Neil married Earl Hines in 1957.(my father)

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Follow Friday – HSP’s Hidden Histories

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Histories blog is an entertaining blog authored by Daniel N. Rolph, PhD.

Highlighting the depth and scope of our varied and diverse collections that contain an abundance of undiscovered individuals and events of the past.

He writes about unusual, humorous and sometimes macabre historical customs, events and people that he has discovered and uncovered. Here is an excerpt from one of his recent posts, A Quaint Colonial Custom: “Ears Cut Off & Nailed To The Pillory”:

During the ‘Starving Time’ in the early Virginia Colony, a large needle or ‘bodkin’ was inserted through one’s tongue for the stealing of food, while ‘taking God’s name in vain,’ or the failure to attend Church, could literally lead to one’s death if repeated, and were considered to be ‘capital crimes’ worthy of the death sentence. One such antiquated custom for ‘petty crimes’ included the use of the pillory.

HSP’s Hidden Histories is an interesting blog that is worth checking out.

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Wordless Wednesday – Easter 1965

me, Easter 1965

My mom made my sister and I matching dresses of pink dotted suisse for Easter in 1965.

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Wordless Wednesday – Hellen Keller

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