Tag Archives: Ontario

Clearing the Land

My Uncle Fred (Dad F) sold his farm back about 1958. This was the original home place, the farm he’d inherited from his father, Thomas Forsyth. The impression I gleaned over the years was that Dad’s health was bad after … Continue reading

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Great-Grampa’s Brother James Vance

When Great-Grandpa was killed in a hunting accident, the newspaper article mentioned that he was visiting his brother out West at the time. This would have been James, who lived near Neepawa, Manitoba. Two generations later our Uncle Steve met … Continue reading

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David and Robert Vance

David Vance, son of Joseph and Sarah Vance and brother of our great grandfather, married Margaret Bullard on March 31, 1873. She was the daughter of John and Delia Bullard. According to the marriage registration she was about 23 and … Continue reading

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Joseph and Margaret Vance

On thing about the duplication of names in our family tree, they sometimes tell you a lot. For example, there was a John Vance and his wife listed in the 1861 Oxford County, ON, census and their oldest two children … Continue reading

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The Injustice of Birth Order

When Children Divide the Nickels Back in 1899 a thirteen-year-old Ontario girl named Christina kept a diary for that year of her life.  One of her entries tells of a day her father had taken her and her sister Annie, … Continue reading

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Family Bible Records

The Vance Family Bible is one of those cumbersome old tomes meant as a showpiece on a mantle. Its dimensions are 11 x 13 x 4.5″ thick — not something you’d carry along to Church every Sunday. It was presented … Continue reading

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1950s Vance Family Reunions

Somewhere in a blizzard of papers I found this clipping. Here we see the Family Reunions our Ontario cousins had once upon a time. The Robert Vance mentioned here was a brother to our Great-great-grandfather Joseph. Thus Mrs Leach’s grandfather … Continue reading

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John Smith’s Family

Mary Vance, seated, and her sister Thomison Ronald I mentioned in an earlier post that John Smith was kidnapped by a press gang of the British navy when he was nine years old and forced to serve on a ship until … Continue reading

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Grandmother’s Family

As I wrote yesterday, William Turner and Alice Watchorn were married in Bruce County, ON — Alice’s home — on April 18, 1877. This couple had seven children, six born in Keppel twp, Grey County, Ontario: William John…………..born April 7, … Continue reading

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Mysteries of the Turner Clan

According to our Turner Family Records, this is a branch of the Lamont Family of Argyleshire in Scotland. The Turners supposedly relocated to County Fernahaugh (?) Ireland in 1609. Our ancestor, John Turner, was born in 1810 in Ireland and … Continue reading

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