Location: Ontario Canada

Biography of Agnew P. Farrell

Agnew P. Farrell, Registrar of deeds and County Treasurer of Haldimand, is the son of James Agnew Farrell of Magheramorne, County of Antrim, Ireland, being the youngest child in a family of eight children. His father was a land owner near Larne, The maiden name of his mother was Letitia Armenella Turnly. He received an English and classical education, and when a little past his majority, in 1833, emigrated to Upper Canada, settling in the Township of Dunn on the shore of Lake Erie, being the first permanent settler in that part of the township. The country was then very little changed from its primitive state; good roads were a convenience unknown, and in order to reach the lake shore from Hamilton, Mr. Farrell hired two Indians who took him from Brantford down the Grand river in a log canoe. He purchased a log cabin and a few acres of cleared land of a squatter, opened a farm and remained on it until 1851. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI...

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Biography of Lambert R. Bolton

The Bolton family is thoroughly identified with the history of the Township of Albion and the County of Peel, some of its members having figured quite prominently in this locality. James Bolton, one of the pioneers in Albion, and the grandfather of our subject, came from the County of Suffolk, England, to Upper Canada in 1818; his occupation was that of a carpenter and builder. He settled in Albion, near the Humber, the next year. We learn from the “Historical Atlas of Peel County,” that he erected the first grist mills at Weston, Newmarket, Lloydtown and Tecumseh, and also a number of buildings in the City of Toronto and the neighborhood. He was quite a noted man, and active, using his pen as well as voice in opposing the “Family Compact,” and taking a prominent part in politics previous to the Rebellion, leaving the country at the time of the outbreak, and dying in Indiana in 1838. He left six sons, of whom Charles the eldest son, was the father of our subject. He was born in England in 1804; married Catharine Parker, daughter of William Parker of Albion, in 1827; bought the farm that year which covered part of the present village of Bolton; was a farmer and subsequently a merchant here, and died in 1863; held the offices of School Commissioner under the old law, School Trustee,...

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Biography of John Creasor

John Creasor, twenty-five years a Barrister at Owen Sound, is a native of the County of Simcoe, being born near Barrie, January 21, 1833. He is a son of John Creasor, senior, farmer, and subsequently Division Court Bailiff, and Margaret nee Anderson. His father was from Yorkshire, England; his mother from Glasgow, Scotland. He was educated at the Barrie Grammar School; commenced studying law at Barrie with Hon. James Patton, and finished at Toronto with the late Judge Cooper; was called to the Bar at Michaelmas Term, 1854; soon afterwards settled in Owen Sound, and has here been in general practice, doing business in all the Courts. He is of the firm of Creasor and Morrison, who are doing a good business, and stand well. Mr. Creasor is a sound lawyer, a fair advocate, and a strictly honest and honorable man. He was County Crown Attorney a while, and resigned; holds the office of Solicitor of the County Council of Grey, and of the Town of Owen Sound; was in the Town Council four years, and is, and has been for twenty years, a trustee of the Town schools, doing all he can to further the interests of education. He occupies the position of Chairman of the Education Committee of the Board. Mr. Creasor was Captain of the Owen Sound Volunteers several years; was stationed with his company at...

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Biography of David Robertson, M.D., M.P.P.

David Robertson, the leading physician and surgeon in Milton, and a member of the Ontario Legislature for Halton, is a native of this county, and was born in the Township of Esquesing, July 9, 1841. His father, Alexander Robertson, was from Perthshire, Scotland; his mother, whose maiden name was Nancy Moore, from New England. The father of our subject, born in Perthshire, 1785, was the grandson of Colonel Donald Robertson, of Woodshiel, who commanded the Clan Robertson at the battle of Culloden, April 16, 1746, in which he was severely wounded. On recovering he made his escape to France, and saved his head but lost his property. Prince Charles thought so highly of him that he procured a Colonel’s commission for him in the French Army, in which he served for more than a quarter of a century. While in that country he married a French lady, greatgrandmother to our subject. Alexander Robertson entered the British Army when quite young, and obtained an officer’s commission, serving in the Peninsular war, where he was so seriously wounded that he was obliged to retire from the service. After a few years’ residence in the West Indies, he came to Canada and settled in Esquesing in the County of Halton, among the pioneers in this locality. At first he followed surveying and school teaching, and subsequently farming, and was one of the...

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Biography of David D. Hay, M.P.P.

David Donalson Hay, member of the Ontario Parliament for North Perth, was born in Brought Ferry, near Dundee, Scotland, January 20, 1828. His father was Robert Hay, a contractor and superintendent of works, and belonged to an old Scotch family. His mother’s maiden name was Catharine McKiddie. He received a good English education including mathematics, at parish and private schools; at sixteen years of age crossed the Atlantic ocean to try his fortune in the new world, being alone and depending on his own resources. After spending a few months in a mercantile house in the City of Montreal, came as far west as Bowmanville, County of Durham, where he was a clerk for Bowman and Simpson for a few years; and went thence to Lefroy, in the County of Simcoe, where he kept a store until 1853, when he settled in Elma, County of Perth. This township then included the present site of Listowel, which village, at that time, was known as Mapleton. There was only one house in the place. One of the foremost business men in the village. He has been Clerk of the Division Court for twenty years; was Reeve of Elm, seven years, and has been Reeve of Listowel an equal length of time, and has been serving at different times as Trustee of local schools. In 1867 Mr. Hay took a leading part...

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Biography of Byron M. Britton, M.A. Q.C.

Byron M. Britton, one of the leading barristers in the eastern part of the Province of Ontario, is a son of Daniel and Nancy (Moffatt) Britton, and was born at Gananoque, County of Leeds, September 3, 1833. His father, a merchant in that place, was born in New Hampshire, as was likewise his grandfather. His mother was a native of the State of New York. Byron was educated at Victoria College, Cobourg, where he was graduated in 1856. He read law at first with Hon. P. M. VanKoughnet of Toronto, afterwards Chancellor, and finished at Belleville; was called to the Bar in September, 1859, and on the first of December of that year opened an office in Kingston, where he has been in steady practice for twenty years, his business having become years ago, quite extensive. He practices in all the courts of the Province and in the Supreme Court of the Dominion, and possesses in rare combination, those qualities requisite for a first class solicitor and counsela fine mind, an acute perception, strong nervous temperament, thorough acquaintance with law and general literature, great energy and wonderful industry. As a speaker he is fluent, and strikes one most by an earnest interest in his client’s welfare. His strength in this respect might be said to be almost his only weakness, his earnestness and nervousness sometimes producing irritability of temper....

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Biography of Rev. Michael Stafford

Rev. Michael Stafford, Priest of the Roman Catholic Church, Lindsay, is a native of the County of Lanark, Ontario, the son of a pioneer settler, Thomas Stafford, and was born March, 1, 1832. His father was from Wexford, Ireland; his mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth McGarry, from West Meath, same country. His family fought for Irish separation, and that was the reason Thomas Stafford came to Canada. Up to fourteen years of age our subject was educated at a district school near Lanark, his teacher, Robert Lees, still living, and filling the office of County Attorney of Carleton. The school house was an abandoned lumber shanty; the seats were made of basswood logs hewn flat on the upper side, and the desks were constructed by boring holes in the side of the house, driving in pegs and laying an unplaned board on the pegs. From that humble school house he was promoted to the district school in the town of Perth, where he spent two years; immediately afterwards gave one year to study at Chambly, then seven years at St. Therese College, and took his ecclesiastical course at Regiopolis College, Kingston, where he was a pupil of the late V. G. McDonnell, and a schoolmate of Rev. John O’Brien, now Bishop of Kingston. Mr. Stafford was ordained Priest in 1858, by the late Bishop Horan, and was Director...

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Biography of Rev. James T. Bogert, M.A.

James John Bogert, Rector of Napanee, and one of the Rural Deans of Lennox and Addington, is a native of this Province, being born in Brockville, August 2, 1835. His father, John Bogert, Barrister, was a Captain of Cavalry during the “Patriot War” of 1837-38, and practiced his profession in Brockville, being known as the “honest lawyer,” dying in 1842. The father of John Bogert lived at one time in the United States. The mother of our subject, Mary Radcliffe before her marriage, was a native of Wales. Mr. Bogert was educated at Trinity College, Toronto; graduated BA. in 1835; received the degree of M.A, three years later, and was ordained Deacon by Bishop Strachan, in 1858, and Priest the following year. Mr. Bogert was curate at Prescott two years; was appointed Rector of Napanee in May, 1862, and is still serving this parish with the most cordial acceptance. Since he settled here, a fine gothic house of worship, built of blue limestone, with white limestone facings, has been erected, also a handsome rectory; and the numerical and financial strength of the church has been greatly increased. A few years ago the parish was divided, and his younger brother, Rev. David Ford Bogert, assumed the pastorate of the rural part of it. In March, 1879, the Bishop of the Diocese of Ontario appointed eight Rural Deans, selecting Mr. Bogert...

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Biography of Henry Hart

The oldest and most successful lawyer in Paris is Henry Hart, son of Phillip Dacres Hart, who was long connected with the East India Company, and retired in the prime of life with a competency, living in London, England, where the son was born, February 16, 1827. The maiden name of his mother was Elizabeth Ann Chase. Both parents were English. When our subject was in his eighth year the family emigrated to Upper Canada; reached St. Catharines in I835, and the next year settled in Brantford. The father died in 1855, the mother in 1876. Young Hart was educated in the schools of Brantford, and in Upper Canada College, at Toronto; studied law with Daniel Brooke, of Brantford; passed examinations at Toronto at Easter term, May 23, 1860, and has been in practice at Paris from that date. He does a general business, Common law, Chancery, Conveyencing, &c., and is one of the most industrious, professional men in the town. He had a good business almost from the start; has the utmost confidence of the people in his integrity as well as his ability, and his profession is quite remunerative. Whatever he undertakes to do, he does thoroughly, and looks well to the interests of his clients. Mr. Hart has held but few offices, his law business being usually about as exacting on his time, we presume, as...

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Biography of Robert Hay, M.P.

Robert Hay, member of the House of Commons for Centre Toronto, is a son of Robert and Elizabeth (Henderson) Hay, and was born in the parish of Tippermuir, Perthshire, Scotland, May 18, 1808. His father was an agriculturist in moderate circumstances, with a family of nine children; and at fourteen years of age our subject had to leave school and rely upon his own small hands for support. He became an apprentice to a cabinet maker; learned the trade thoroughly in the town of Perth; worked at it as a journeyman in the old country until the summer of 1831, when he sailed for the new world, reaching Toronto on the 10th of September. Here has been the home of Mr. Hay for almost fifty years, and by hard work and the most careful attention to his business in all its details, he placed himself in comfortable, and we might say independent, circumstances years ago. In the year 1835 he commenced business, forming a partnership with John Jacques, a native of Cumberlandshire, England, and the firm of Jacques and Hay continued between thirty and forty years. They commenced with a capital of about $400 each, and with a “force” of two apprentice boys, enlarging from year to year until they had something like four hundred men. After they had been in business about twenty years, they were burnt out...

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Biography of Hon. George Sherwood, Q.C.

George Sherwood, Judge of the County Court of Hastings, was born in Augusta, County of Leeds, Ontario, May 29, 1811, his parents being Levius P. and Charlotte (Jones) Sherwood. His father was a Judge of the Court of Queen’s Bench, Ontario, and a prominent man, dying May 19, 1850. His grandsires on both sides were United Empire Loyalists, and settled in the township of Augusta. He was educated at the Johnstown Grammar School; studied law at Brockville and Toronto; was called to the Bar at Michaelmas term in 1833; opened a law office at Prescott; was in partnership a year with the late Hon. Henry Sherwood, Q. C., and from 1847 to 1860 with the late Judge Richard F. Steele of Brockville; was elected a Bencher of the Law Society in 1849, and created a Queen’s Counsel in 1856. Judge Sherwood was appointed a commissioner to enquire into the management of the Public Works, September 5, 1845; was a member of the Executive Council of Canada from August 6, 1858, to May 23, 1862, during which time he also filled in succession the offices of Receiver General and Commissioner of Crown Lands; sat for Brockville in the Canadian Assembly from 1841 to 1851, and from 1858 to 1863, and was an unsuccessful candidate for the same seat in 1851 and 1854. He was appointed Judge of the County Court...

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Biography of George Stephens

George Stephens, late United States Consul at the port of Cobourg, was a native of Schoharrie County, N.Y., and was born December 27, 1805. His parents were George and Sarah (Wood) Stephens, his paternal ancestors being from England; his maternal from Wales, both great-grandfathers coming from the old world. His grandfather fought for the independence of the American colonies. Our subject received a common school education; at seventeen years of age came to Canada, located at Colborne, and manufactured furniture for several years, till he was burnt out, when he removed to Cobourg. With the exception of two or three years spent at Mishawaka, Ind., he resided here for forty five years, being engaged all this time in the furniture and piano forte business, and was a successful manufacturer and merchant. While General Grant was President he appointed Mr. Stephens Consul at this port, and that office he held at the time of his demise, July 26, 1875. He served on the Public School Board here for some years, and took pride in aiding to raise the standard of education; he was also a Justice of the Peace for a long period. From youth he was connected with the Methodist Church, and was a conscientious, consistent member, always found in his place at the meetings of the Church, and usually serving both as Trustee and Steward. He was a...

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Biography of Stephen J. Jones

Stephen James Jones, Judge of the County Court of Brant, and Master in Chancery, dates his birth at Stoney Creek, County of Wentworth, December 21, 1821, his father being Stephen Jones, son of a United Empire Loyalist, and born in Duchess County, New York. A great-uncle of our subject, Augustus Jones, also a loyalist, was Government Land Surveyor in the old Niagara District his residence being at Stoney Creek. The mother of our subject was Mary Smith. He was educated in the district grammar school at Hamilton; studied law at first with Miles O’Reilly, of Hamilton, and afterwards with S. B. Freeman, Q.C., of the same city; was called to the Bar in February, 1846, and practiced with Mr. Freeman until 1853, when he received the appointment of County Judge. He is the only officer of the kind whom the separate County of Brant has ever had. The appointment of Master in Chancery was made in August, 1875. Judge Jones is naturally of a judicial temperment; has a legal turn of mind; is not afraid of work, and is a growing man. He is considered, on the whole, outside of the county, as well as in it, one of the ablest and most satisfactory County Judges in the Province. During the earlier years that he was on the Bench, appeals were not unfrequently made from his decision, but rarely...

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Biography of John Stevenson

One of the older class of residents in the County of Lennox, and one of its most prominent citizens, he having been Speaker of the Provincial Parliament, is John Stevenson, who’s born in the State of New Jersey, August 12, 1812. His parents were Edward and Mary (Large) Stevenson, members of the agricultural community, and both of Quaker descent, his mother dying in the faith of that religious sect. The Stevensons were English, and first settled in Pennsylvania, soon after William Penn went there, the pioneer settler being Surveyor-in-Chief of the States of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. One branch of the family went to New Jersey, and some of its members to Virginia. Andrew Stevenson of that State, once Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and at another time Minister to the Court of St. James, being remotely related to the subject of this sketch. The New Jersey branch of this family, as well as those in Pennsylvania, were staunch Quakers. Edward Stevenson moved from New Jersey to Northern New York, when the son was quite young, and a little later to Canada, settling at first in the County of Leeds. Our subject received his education mainly at Brockville, where he was a schoolmate of Hon. William B. Richards, late Chief Justice of the Dominion of Canada, and afterwards taught a district school one short year, east...

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Biography of Rev. John S. Clarke

John Stokes Clarke, Pastor of the Canada Methodist Church, Oshawa, and son of John and Rose (Stokes) Clarke, was born in the town of Clones, in the north of Ireland, February 8, 1833. His father was a merchant and Clerk of the Peace, the ancestors leaving England about the time of William III., the family holding various civic and important positions in the County of Monaghan, Ireland. Our subject received his literary education in the old country, his tutor being the Rev. William White, a Presbyterian Minister. In his seventeenth year he came to Canada West; studied Theology in the Methodist School at Toronto; entered on the ministry in 1834, and has since been pastor at Barrie, London, Bradford, Napanee, Grimsby, Thorold, Whitby and Oshawa, three full years at each place. At most of these villages his preaching has been attended with large ingatherings, between 200 and 300 members having been added to the Oshawa Church since he located here in 1877. As a preacher Mr. Clarke is earnest and practical; he does not abound in figures and illustrations, but uses both with good taste and judgment. As a platform speaker he is easy and forcible, and is an effective advocate of all moral reforms. As a pastor he is very faithful in his duties, especially to the sick and distressed. Preaching has been the main work of Mr....

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