As I said in an earlier post, great-great-grandpa John was kidnapped by a press gang when he was nine and forced to serve on board one of His Majesty’s ships until he escaped at age 14. He jumped ship in Halifax and hid in the woods. Apparently the ship fired their cannons at him as he sought shelter in the woods, but he managed to escape being hit. From there he worked his way to Ontario where he met Miss Ruth Dobson.
John and Ruth Smith’s oldest child Mary was born Oct 20, 1856 and married Sam Vance on April 10, 1978. They had two sons, Allen and William (Will). Mary died Sept 24, 1924.
William, born 1858, married and had 4 children: one became a policeman in Toronto; one (Allen?) went to Edmonton; there was a girl, Cora. William himself found a home with his brother Moses Smith for the last few years of his life.
Amos, born 1861, married Elizabeth (Lizzie) Searles. They had about six children, but only two, Francis and Edna, lived to adulthood.
Martha, born 1863, married John Allen and they had six children. They homesteaded not far from Moses, but gave that up and moved to Evesham, SK, near the Alberta border west of Unity. He was a cantankerous sort, though; she finally divorced him and went to live with some of her children in Michigan. One son went to Edmonton.
Barbara, born 1867, died of a ruptured appendix when she was about fourteen.
Tomlinson, born ?, went to live with James Ronald and his wife. In their older years they had a kind of orphans’ home in Listowell and great-aunt Tomlinson went to work for this Mr. Ronald as a housekeeper, then after his wife died she married him. (She was 30; he was 70.) After he died his children wanted that house, so she brought several of the orphans with her to Spy Hill to visit her brother Moses, then went to Saskatoon with them. She had no children of her own.
Moses, born 1872, married Margaret Barnett in 1893 in Listowell, Ontario. They came out west and homesteaded at Spy Hill along with his brother-in-law and nephew Allen. They both died in 1927, she of a heart condition and he of TB on May 4, 1927. They are buried at Spy Hill, SK.
This info comes from his youngest daughter, Evelyn.