Sunday, March 18, 2018

X00199 - Solved!

A couple of years ago I went to the Peel Archives to look up the Perkins-Bull collection for the surname Hardy. In it, I came across this record:

The record indicates that Lancelot Hardy the younger lived from about 1860 to 1896 and was buried in St Peter’s Cemetery in Erindale.

According to the record above, there was a Lancelot Hardy who was born about 1860 and died in 1896 and was buried at St Peter’s Anglican church in Erindale. The problem is that:
  • I can’t find a death record in the Ontario death registrations for a Lancelot Hardy in 1896
  • The cemetery transcriptions for St Peter’s Cemetery do not show a Lancelot Hardy
  • I’ve contacted the Anglican Church archives and they don’t have a burial record

I also went to the cemetery and couldn’t find a stone.

I was about to conclude that Perkins-Bull had the wrong information, or that no stone existed, but then I checked the cemetery transcription for the nearby Erindale Cosmopolitan Cemetery and found a listing there.

Then I went to cemetery and actually found the stone. It’s very worn and difficult to read, but you can make out some of it.

Next, to see about finding a death or burial record.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Finding Margaret Farriage: X00055 Analysis

Some time ago, I had posted that the Margaret Farriage that is married to George Miller is not the one born in Rothbury, England in 1804. So, it's time to re-evaluate and take a look at what is known and what is unknown.

Known facts about Margaret Farriage:
  • The only source that I have found that gives her full name is from the Marriage Bonds of Upper Canada p 239 [D00800]
  • She married George Miller, carriage maker on Oct 25, 1832 in Toronto Township (now Peel Region). Church not known. [D00800]
  • At the time of her marriage was living in Nelson Township (now Burlington, Ontario) [D00800]
  • She appears to have given birth to two sons, John born about 1833 and William born 10 May 1834. I don't have sources identified at this time to confirm John Miller's birth, so that may not be reliable.
  • William Miller's Marriage Records lists his parents as George & Margaret Miller [D03152]. No maiden name given.
  • She likely died some time between May 10 1834 (likely date of birth for William Miller) and Dec 9 1835 (likely date when George Miller married Amelia Grant Munro) [need source]
  • According to the 1891 Census, she is of Scottish Origin [D00772]. That being said, this was several years after she had died and William Miller would have been very young when she died.
  • At some point, the Miller family moved from Nelson to Cooksville [Need Sources].

  • To this date, I have not found the surname Farriage elsewhere in Halton, Peel or southern Ontario for that matter, so I am questioning whether or not that is the real surname. On the marriage licence record itself, the name Farriage was spelled exactly like carriage and marriage which also appear on the form, so it could easily be something that sounded like Farriage.
  • Based on the fact that she was married in 1832 and George Miller was born in 1809, a likely range for her year of birth would be 1805 to 1815
  • Based on her last child birth and when George got remarried, a likely range for year of death would be 1834-1835
  • As mentioned in a previous blog post, there is a Margaret Farridge born in Rothbury, Northumberland, England in 1804 [D00089], but I have ruled out that individual as a possibility because she died in 1809 [D01638] [See D03104]. I have checked the Baptism registers to see if the family renamed a later child Margaret but did not find anything.

Research Strategies:
  1. Investigate the possibility that her last name was not Farriage. There is only one source that mentions a name. Note that the written name Farriage appears exactly as carriage. Could it have been that the person writing the bond spelled it the same way as carriage or marriage? We can rule out this possibility if we find a second source that corroborates the name. Some things to pursue:
    • Look for a second source that mentions the marriage and check the name: church records, newspapers, etc. George Miller was strongly Weselyan Methodist
    • Look for a marriage record for William Miller & Jane Hardy (married 1857) [D03152] Marriage record does not mention a maiden name
    • Look for records (marriage, death, census etc) for John Miller born 1833 [X00223]

  2. Look for records of a Margaret Farriage, or Farriage family living in the Burlington Area
    • Check with the Burlington Public Library for directories, news, anything from the time period
      • Gravestones/cemetery records
      • Directories
      • Tweedsmuir Histories
      • Newspapers
      • Old books on early settlement
    • Check Hamilton Public Library - same list as above
    • Check Mississauga Public Library - same list as above
    • Check Halinet search

  3. Investigate the possibility that William and/or John were born later than 1834. Look for:
    • Birth information for William Miller [X00158]
    • Birth information for John MIller [X00223]
    • 1851 Census information for the Miller family [X00082]

  4. Look for a Margaret Farrish (or other variant names) born in Scotland around 1810
    • Check with Scotlands People

Sunday, February 18, 2018

X00052 Solved!

It's always nice when you find something that you weren't looking for. I was looking through the baptism records of St James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto. I didn't find the record I was hoping for, but instead, I found this:

Now, I still need to get the original document, but from the index, it appears that I have the proof I was looking for to prove that Henry Mundy and Ann Taylor are the parents of Henriette Elizabeth Mundy.

Also of note is that Frances Moore who would have been her brother-in-law is one of the sponsors. Not sure who Mary Moore is though.

So, as an updated timeline, we have:
  • March 1827 - Henry Mundy marries Ann Sidney Taylor
  • October 1827 - Henry Mundy dies in a boating accident
  • December 1827 - Ann Sidney Taylor Mundy gives birth to Henrietta Elizabeth Mundy
  • January 1827 - Henriette E.Mundy's Baptism
  • May 1831 - Thomas Dority marries Ann Sidney Taylor Mundy
  • August 1848 - Henrietta Elizabeth Mundy marries John McLeod
  • December 1850 - John and Henrietta McLeod have a daughter Annie Agnes McLeod

Of course, now that I confirmed these parents, I now need to start new X-Files to find each of their parents:
X00239 Henry Mundy birth & parents
X00201 Mrs. Oakes who died in 1828 in St. Catherines

Sunday, February 11, 2018

X00080 Solved!

Question: Multiple William Hardys in Peel in the 1871 Census. Which one is the correct one?

The 1871 Census of Ontario has two listings for a William Hardy born about 1830 in Peel Region. One in Meadowvale [D01576] and one in Streetsville [D03311]. The question is which one is the one that is the son of Lancelot Hardy?

The William Hardy of Meadowvale [D01576] appears to be the correct one for a number of reasons:
  • The other Hardy family members also settled around Meadowvale
  • The names and ages of the other family members seems to coincide with the family in other censuses.
  • William Hardy’s profession is listed as a blacksmith, which coincides with other census results as well as the profession listed in the marriage record between him and Aveline Burns [D00733].

D00733 - Ontario Archives of Ontario, Ontario, Canada Marriages, MS932; Reel: 96: 615, 4, Hardy-Burns; digital images,, "Ontario, Canada Marriages".

D01576 – 1871 Census of Canada, Ontario, District 39, Sub-district 03, Toronto Township, p. 22, Dwelling 81, Family 86; RG 31.

D03311 - 1871 Census of Canada, Ontario, District 39, Sub-district b, Streetsville, p. 22, Dwelling 66, Family 68; RG 31.

Monday, February 5, 2018

X00153 Solved!

I managed to come across the marriage record for William Miller and Jane Hardy, June 22 1857.

Some interesting findings:
* It's not where I would have expected the marriage to be. It's in Wellington, Prince Edward County. I haven't found any connections to Prince Edward County with either the Miller or Hardy families.
* William's place of birth is listed as the United States, which may be a lead, although other sources list his place of birth as Upper Canada.
* This confirms the names of both sets of parents, as expected. One thing to note is that this is only the second record that I have seen that lists William's mother as Margaret. Only the first name is given unfortunately, because I have only found one record so far that lists Margaret's last name, and I have my doubts about it (see X00055)

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Leach Marriage Record found!

I have managed to find the marriage record for Charles Leach and Margaret Delahaye [D02745].

Based on the fact that they both are unmarried in the 1851 census and their first child was born around 1853, I figured that they married between 1851 and 1853. Sure enough, I managed to find them in the records for St. Luke's Anglican Church married on February 4 1853.

A couple of notes:
1. Charles' occupation is listed as yeoman. I have not seen a record that describes his profession as a yeoman to date. He's usually been listed as a carpenter
2. It is a bit unusual that they would be married in an Anglican church when it is very likely that Margaret comes from a Roman Catholic background. Then again, given the time period and the region, there may not have been much in the way of church options to get married in.

X00151 is now closed!

Some preacher of heresy....

I have a new X-file to investigate for the surname Doritty. The records of St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church in Niagara lists this baptism in either 1890 or 1891 for a male child with the surname "Doritty" (see below). No first name is given.

The record has a note below the entry stating that
"This was conditional, the boy having been 'baptized' by some preacher of heresy, when a babe."

This appears to be a child of John V. Dorrity and Cecelia Fellows, although the 1891 census does not show them having a child born in 1890 or 1891. Nor can I find anything in the Ontario Birth Indexes. So, perhaps it was one of their sons born earlier and they were only recording the entry later.

Definitely worth investigating though. I'm wondering what constituted a "preacher of heresy" back in the 1890s?