Published Queries

May/June 2005

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All readers are encouraged to place queries in this section of our newsletter.  There is no charge & no limit to the numbers of queries per year.  They will be printed as space permits & as soon as possible after receipt.  Please type or write clearly.  Write words in full for us to abbreviate to minimize errors.  The following abbreviations will be used: B'ville (Brockville); E'town (Elizabethtown); Ed'burgh (Edwardsburgh); Gan (Gananoque);Lans (Lansdowne); twsp (township); b (birth); d (death); mar (married) & other usual terms.    Please note that queries submitted to & published by this branch will also be published on our website.

Raffy Losinski <>

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Looking for info re the Lost Village in the one in the North West Territories that was found in November 29, 1930 by a trapper named Joe LABELLE.   A whole tribe of Eskimos had vanished and the RCMP were actually involved with the investigation.  The case was never closed.  A similar incident happened in 1937 where 30 members of an Inuit community mysteriously died.
The other episode I am responsible for is the death of General Wolfe during the Battle of Abraham.  The legend goes that he foresaw his own death by reciting a poem before the battle.  The same happened to Lord Nelson when he saw the famous painting of "The Death of General Wolfe".  Nelson claiming he wished to have a similar painting of himself and wished to die in the next battle - he did. There are also lost treasures associated with the Battle of Abraham that have yet to be found.  They are supposedly buried beneath a church in Quebec.


nathan pyles <>

Am an American living now in Bandon, CO Cork Ireland.looking for info re ancestor & uncle, to wit: Jonathan WICKWIRE, Livius WICKWIRE.   Great great great great great grandfath is presumed to be Lebbeus WICKWARE (??Livius WICKWIRE???), b: 1748 Lebanon, New London County, CT, d: abt. 1803 Elizabethtown, Leeds Co ON;  an United Empire Loyalist, who moved to Leeds County after the American Revolution & according to  family book entitled "Genealogy of the Wickware Family" by Arthur Manley, he was at the Siege of Yorktown with Cornwallis and because of his service, he was given a land grant in Leeds County, ON ("near Brockville, ON"). Had  bro named Jonathan (who marr Eunice HUFF another UEL.)    Do NOT know which unit Lebbeus Wickware, Wickwire fought in, only that he was at the Siege of Yorktown with Cornwallis. From the following website:
Learned that there were about 15 units there at Yorktown.   In the Master Muster Rolls of the KRRNY, there is a Jonathan WICKWARE, b. 1753- ( could be uncle-same date of birth), and Lebbeus WICKWARE b. 1766. This Lebbeus could not be ancestor because my Lebbeus was born 1748, 8 year earlier…unless there is copying error.  According to some Wickware cousins, there were 2 Wickware brothers who had lands in Lot 14, in E'town Twsp,, along with another Philip WICKWARE  relationship uncertain.  In 1797 Census for E'town was a Lebbeus Wickwire with his wife Mary & son Philip Lebbeus & his wife Margaret.

Kaye Edmonds, North Bay ON

Augusta WILTSIE (has sister Caroline) marr  rel George HONE in Farmesville 1881.Augusta's res at the time of marr was Kitley,ON.   Witnesses were John Best & Caroline Wiltsie.Augusta & George had children George James & Annie and  believe 1 or 2 more children. Their last res was Ottawa,Ontario.Wondering if she is related to the Wiltsie's on the Loyalist list.
SEELEY fam is connected by way of a SEELEY marrying an EDMUNDS,Grenville CO; Annie SEELEY is bur at Haley Station along with the EDMONDS spouse.

john g batho

Grandfath, a UEL descendant (the Loyalist surnames were SHAVER & FADER) was involved in some kind of group claim against the U.S.government in the 1920's or 1930's re compensation for confiscation of their properties during the revolution.   Farm was at Stone Arabia NY. Do you know what became of this claim or lawsuit?


Searching for parents, other siblings of great grandfath Robert John JOHNSTON born 1842 Prescott, ON.  Fath named Richard, mother's name not known at this time from Scotland to St. Lawrence region, living near Prescott. later to Barrie ON. Robert & bro Thomas, b 1850 Canada, both to United States 1865/1866. Found in St. Ignace, Mackinac County, Michigan, United States on 1870 census. Any help would be appreciated.

Ken W Macdonald,  518 East 15th Street, North Vancouver, BC  V7L 2S1
                 (604) 980-0549

Brockville Macdonalds circa 1885      Have a print made by (Brockville) Murray & Son Photographers showing four women. It has notes on the back, handwritten by the late Madaline Roddick of Stratford, identifying the women as follows: "1885 - MACDONALDS - cousins of Grandma CALDWELL from Brockville - Mrs Robert CALDWELL was the dau of James MACDONALD & Anne MCGILLIVRAY."   
Mrs Robert CALDWELL was born Eliza Martha MACDONALD in Glengarry, Ont, on 6 Aug 1845. Her parents, James & Anne (MCGILLIVRAY) MACDONALD, were my great-grandparents. They later moved to Stratford.
Am seeking identification of the four "Brockville cousins," & any info tracing James & Anne back to their birthplaces in Scotland. Any help would be appreciated.

Hilma Hayes, 10 South, 426 Ruth Dr., Lemont IL 60439

Thomas B. HAYES b Ire & Catherine HALEY HAYES b Can; she d 1/7/1893 ae 41 yrs & prts listed as Peter & Bridget HALEY;   Thos. & Catherine bur St. Agnes cem in Syracuse NY.

George W. Robertson, Ottawa.>

Recently found a WEB SITE telling about the Stone Township Hall which was built in Oxford Mills in 1875 and designed by John STEACEY, an architect from Brockville. This Steacey may be an ancestor or relative of my wife, I would appreciate any information that anyone could provide concerning his parents as well for the date of his birth, marriage, and death..
The WEB Site where I found the information is at URL:
Some of your readers might be interested in my Genealogy WEB PAGE concerning the DAVIS, EARL & STEACEY families from Leeds County. Check out the URL:

George Shaw    

Has anyone else made a request about "GALBRAITH, John" besides myself?

Tim Moore, 3214 Beam Rd.  Creston, BC  V0B 1G0  (250) 428-5016              

Am descended from a John GALBRAITH who had a land grant on the First Concession in the Township of Ed'sburg, Grenville. His daughter Helen, married Sgt. John ANDERSON on Apr. 13, 1813 in his home in Ed'sburg. The Colonel of the Regiment, William Fraser, solemnized the marriage. Helen & her husb raised a fam in Ed'sburg, after he died, she moved with some of her children to Shedden, Southwold Township, Elgin CO. She is bur there with her daughter Annie ANDERSON who marr Abel SPENCER, of the famous Spencer family from Spencerville, Edwardsburg Township. Their daughter Sarah, married W.J. SELLS of Shedden. They are gr-gr-grandparents.  Have been looking for more info on this John Galbraith but have come up empty. One mystery would be solved if I were to find out he was a loyalist who came from the states. Of course if there were more known about him, I would be very grateful for that knowledge as well.
( ED: The children of John Galbraith of Edwardsbugh received grants as sons/daughters of a Loyalist, some in Edwardsburgh, some in Augusta. According to the book "Sons & Daughters of American Loyalists" he married Eleanor Johnson. The same book says his daughter Eleanor (Helen) received an Order in Council for land on 22 Oct 1817. That document would be at the National Archives in Ottawa.   In the 1871 census a John Galbraith aged 25 was living in E'town.)

Sheila Bugslag

Interested in any info on Israel TOMPKINS. Grandparents were Isabella (CLARK) & Thomas Henry COLLIER.  Isabella's parents were Mary Jane (TOMPKINS)& Thomas CLARK
Mary Jane's parents were Mary (LUCAS)& Elisha TOMPKINS.    Elisha's parents Rebekah (BROWN) and Israel TOMPKINS.  The Wolford census of 1817 seems to indicate that Rebekah has died & Israel has married Nancy.

Barbara Beck, RR2, Site 3, Box 91, Prince Albert, SK  S6V 5P9
Seeking info on grandfath Edward D. WILSON's possible first marr &  his sibs & their fams. Also seeking info on  sibs and/or parents of Andrew WILSON & wife Elizabeth RICHARDS. Any other connections to these fams  greatly appreciated. This is the info we have:  Edward D. WILSON ( great grandfath), born 23 Jan (or Feb) 1854 in Leeds CO  bapt 18 April 1854 Wesleyan Meth, died 24 May 1924 in B'ville , bur Lehigh Cem, Kitley Twsp,. Believe Edward worked for or operated a hotel/summer resort on Charleston Lake in the summer & in the off-season worked as a Traveling Sales Agent for Chase Brothers Nursery at the time he marr Elizabeth POLLARD.   His parents Andrew WILSON & Elizabeth RICHARDSAndrew WILSON, born circa 1821 in County Down, Ireland, died 10 Oct 1883, buried in Lehigh Cem. Andrew was a farmer. Elizabeth RICHARDS born ca 1828, ON, died 3 Feb 1904, age 76, bur Lehigh Cem.   His sibs are: (1) Mary Ann WILSON, born 01 Jan 1857, Kitley , died 19 July 1947, buried in Lehigh Cem. (2) Caroline Elizabeth WILSON born 25 Nov 1862, died 10 Jan 1877, buried in Lehigh Cem. (3) Samuel Andrew WILSON born circa 1867, died 06 Sept 1946. (4) Uriah Wesley WILSON born 29 June 1870, died circa 1955.  Edward D. WILSON married Elizabeth POLLARD ca 1896 or 1897 in Athens or B'ville, believed to have taken place in the Bach residence.  They had 4 children Wilhelmine Elizabeth (my grandmother), Ruby Burnece, Beatrice Eveline & Edna Irine all of whom were born in Ontario. After Edward's death in 1924, Elizabeth and her 3 daugs moved to Blaine Lake, Saskatchewan where her oldest daug Wilhelmine lived.     The supposition that Edward had been married, & had a daug, previous to his marr to Elizabeth Pollard has been handed down through  fam but have no factual information to back this up.

Elizabeth Abbott   New Westminster, BC

Looking for info re  Mariah BARBER who is bur in the Portland Old Emmanuel Cem near Smiths Falls.  Would like to find out if her parents were John & Mary BARBER as well as what her husband's name was.  The Anglican Church in Ottawa says that she was buried in Nov 1919.  They say the name KLINE is in brackets beside "Mariah Barber" & have suggested this was her maiden name.  However, hope KLINE was her married name & that she is the same Mariah BARBER I am searching for.   According to the Smiths Falls Record News dated Nov. 25, 1919, she was 75 years old at the time of her death & this matches date of birth that I have for Mariah BARBER in my family.

Pattie Stevens                

Have serveral members of my family that lived in Bastard township, Leeds Co. Ontario Canada.
Roger & Abel STEVENS were brothers and explored Bastard township, believe there was a place called Stevenstown?  But not sure about that.  Have been trying to find where Jonathan STEVENS who mar Lucy ADAMS in 1787 in Pittsford, Rutland CO, Vermont then moved to Bastard where they began their family. Jonathan died & was buried in Bastard Leeds Co. but  don't know where.   Would greatly appreciate any help.

Pat Hendrickson

My 3x gr-grandfather, Arthur MCINTOSH of Thorold (b1792, d 1860), fought in the War of 1812 in Capt.  Robert Hamilton's Company, sworn in at Chipawa on 4 Sept 1812.  He  marr Mary SKINNER.  They had 9 children:  Mary Ann, Alexander, Jane, Colin, Hiram, George, Agnes, Siphrona, & James.  Hope to someday find Arthur's father's name to verify that we had a Loyalist family in the American Revolution.   Do you have any documents that show that Alexander MCINTOSH is an ancestor of Arthur's???

Joanne D. Fay
1.  Looking for info on Thomas JORDAN b. 1783 Northern Ireland  d. before 1849, where in Leeds Co. ?   Thomas & his fam immig to Canada in 1818 & were in or around Leeds Co. as their daughter, Ann JORDAN, married Solomon WILTSE Jr. in 1833 at the Presbyterian Church in Brockville.
Ann was b. 1815 in Northern Ireland. Thomas' wife was Catherine, her maiden name said to be either GRIFFITH or  WEST.  They had other children, some born in Canada.  So, need to find the following:  A. Thomas d. & bur. dates and locations; B.  Catherine's maiden name and parents if possibly, her b. d. and burial dates and locations.
2.  Elizabeth McLaney DENNIS m. Solomon WILTSE Sr. in 1794 in Leeds Co.  Her mother  reported as Martha DENNIS & it is said she marr 2nd John DENNIS, a master shipbuilder.  Was Martha's 1st husband Dr. McLaney a naval surgeon. 
Martha died in 1835 & her obit it refers to her daug, "the late Elizabeth SANDERS".  Elizabeth had  bro, John MCLANEY who lived  Pelham, Niagara District at  time of Martha's death.  Martha John DENNIS also had children.
A.  Was Elizabeth marr to Mr. SANDERS/SAUNDERS before she marr Solomon WILTSE?
B.  When and where did Elizabeth die?   Solomon Sr. d. 1845 in Leeds Co.
Looking for info on Mary FISHER b. Dec 1798 in Leeds Co., ON;  marr  John Joshua CARMAN  June 1816 at B'ville. Mary & John had 12 children, most of them in Matilda Twp. They left Canada and moved to the States in 1839.  
Mary's parents were Heinrich & Magdalene FISHER. Would a like info on them as well as any sibs she might have.  Any help will be appreciated.

Margaret A Carter

Lois HURD 1749-1824) daughter of COL. BURRITT, married (1st) Phineas HURD who d in the Oesopus Jail in Kingston NY. She marr (2nd) Daniel SCOTT of Rupert Vermont (1744-1829) at Sorrel. Would like some present day documentation other than his claims and a copy of his name as a vestryman at Christ Church in Sorrel, along with Hawley and Vaughan. They had at least one son during their time at Sorrel.  Their son Capt. Lemuel SCOTT who is buried with his parents, his wife Keziah MARTIN & her moth Mary in the Scottsmore Cemetery at what was Sweetsburg near Clarenceville in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. No info on Keziah's moth other than her first name. 
May have been Mary Martin Nee Mary (Polly) Baas who had marr  widower Richard MARTIN who lived in nearby Sutton. However there were 4 MARTINS, Peter, Thomas, Richard & John who took the oath of allegiance at Mississquoi Bay in 1801. The names of Peter & Richard MARTIN were on a petition processed March 7, 1802. J.W.Steel was the memoirist on their behalf.

This query appeared in the March/April newsletter but there has been a change in email address.
Noreen S. Annett, 1817 Belmont Ave., Victoria, B.C. V8R 3Z3
Am seeking death rec or obit re Matilda WALLER (b. c1835 Ireland),  marr John GALBRAITH   in 1853 in Petersborough & Victoria CO ON, & after John's death in 1878 in Turnberry, Huron CO ON,  mar Francis BIRNIE c1879. In 1900 signed for land around Moosomin, Sask (then Assiniboia). May have stayed with son, Robert, in Sask, or in nursing home in ON. Am seeking recs re Charles & Avice COGHLAN of Frankville, Leeds. Also birth rec of their son, John COGHLAN b. c1845 ON.  Who is researching RAINES/RAYNES family of Princeton, Ontario in the 1800s?  Who is researching William REID/REED/READ &  wife, Charlotte BEVAN of Howard Twp., Kent Co., ON., 1831-1890?  Who is researching FORBES family 1868-1897 in Kitley, Leeds Co.?


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