Monday, December 15, 2014

Elgin County Virtual Tour Link - Thomas Talbot

The link below leads to a virtual site about the History of Thomas Talbot. Anyone researching their early Elgin County roots may find this a helpful site.

Elgin County Thomas Talbot Virtual Tour link 
 

West Elgin County Historical Society

Anyone researching their roots in West Elgin (Aldborough Township) may find this historical society a beneficial resource to help with their search.

West Elgin County Historical Society 

Below is a link to the West Elgin Traveling Exhibit

West Elgin Traveling Exhibit

Thursday, December 11, 2014

New Family History Resource - Elgin County Backus Page House Museum Family History Club

In January Elgin County will have another resource for searching your roots. A monthly Family History Club will begin at the Backus-Page House Museum.  

Resources will include open forums, access to the resource library and discussions about everyone's current research and to act as a support for each other.  We will also book workshops or field trips based on the interests of those who attend.

Attendance is free with a Tyrconnell Heritage Society membership.

If you have ideas for topics or would like to be a speaker (15 minutes - 1 hour) or run a workshop (half day to full day) please don't hesitate to contact me Angela Bobier.


The museum has a Website and Blog with contact details

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ford Family in Aldborough Twp., Elgin Cty., Ontario Canada



St. Thomas Times Journal
31 July 1926
Page 5
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Article -   Ford Family Anniversary 108th year in Elgin

Chairman was Norman W. Ford of Toronto, the eldest living grandson of Thomas Ford and his wife Altha who settle on lot B., South of Talbot Rd in Aldborough; Thomas Ford was bn near Edinburgh, Scotland in 1774, married a Scottish girl when he was 26 years old and had 2 sons with her then she died.  He married again 2 years later and one year after that sailed across the Atlantic and settled in Vermont in 1808; he gained the acquaintance of Gregor McGregor with whom he maintained a lifelong friendship; in Vermont his second wife died leaving him with 3 sons; 2 years later he married Altha Sheppard who was born in Vermont in 1792 and they moved to New York. He fought at the battle of Lundy's Lane and soon after left for Canada and located at York (now Toronto) and in 1816 returned to New York State for his family.  In 1818 he received word from his friend McGregor in Aldborough township and decided to locate there in Colonel Thomas Talbot settlement; in all he had 8 sons and 1 daughter, the latter died when quit young in 1823 and was the first buried in the cemetery on his farm which bears his name on Talbot St.  The 3 eldest sons were bn in Scotland, the next 2 in New York State and the 3 youngest in Aldborough; Thomas Ford died July 30 1844 aged 70 years and Altha Ford, his wife died Dec 9 1869 at the age of 78 years.
John the eldest son lived at home until he was 21 and then took the west half of the homestead and in 1826 he married Miss Margaret Gillies; they had 2 sons and 8 daughters.  Four of the daughters died quite young and his eldest son, Thomas died in 1852.  Mary Ann was married in 1861 to Joseph McCollum. Altha married Thomas Peets in 1856 and lived in Duart with her family for many years.  Sarah married George Thompson who with her sister Bell still survive.  John married Sarah Robinson in 1868 and lived on the old homestead a number of years, moving to Rodney where he died in 1925 leaving one daughter Mrs John Milton of Rodney.

Thomas, the second son owned and lived on lot 2 S. M. R. Orford and married Christena Campbell in 1832.  they had 3 sons and 2 daughters, their eldest son Thomas lived in Blenheim for many years and his second son, Archibald died in 1873,  and Daniel lived in Michigan until 1872 when he came to live with his son at Blenheim where he died in 1876 age 72 years.
James, the third son was a bachelor.  He moved to Minnesota in 1856 where he died.

William, the fourth son was born in York State in 1812 and he settled on lot 3 N. M. R. Orford.  He married in 1834 to Jane Carswell and in 1847 he built the house now owned by Mr Thompson; he died in 1859 at the age of 47 years and his wife died in 1875 age 65 years.  They had 4 sons and 4 daughters - Altha the eldest married John McIntyre who died and she married Neil Walker; Christina married C. Bobier of Oakeville, Jennie married George Dickson of St Thomas; Maggie died some years ago; Thomas married Ellen McIntosh; Neil married Mary McLarty and they had 4 sons and 4 daughters; William married in Missouri and his wife died leaving him one little daughter; Norman married Miss Hattie Dyke of Ingersoll and they have 2 daughters; Marjory and Dr Norman Ford a lecturer at Toronto University.

Robert, the 5th son was born in York State in 1816.  He purchased  lot 6, N. M. R. in 1838 and in 1844 he married Nancy Leitch and by this union raised a large family; Robert Ford died in Duart May 4 1874 age 58 years.

David, the 6th son was the first one of the name born in Aldborough on May 8 1820.  In 1842 he married Nancy McIntosh and moved to Missouri and then Michigan.  He died at Cass City in 1893 at age 73 years. By the first marriage there was 7 daughters and 1 son - Isabella married David Miller of Illinois and had 4 sons; Altha married H. D. Cunningham of Duart on Feb 5 1863 and had 5 sons and 3 daughters; J. D. was in a wholesale at Kansas City, Mo; J. W. in Winnipeg in the grain business; A. R. was an operator and died in Omaha, Nebraska Nov 8 1892 and was brought home and buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Ridgetown; James was killed in the Watson Mill disaster at Ridgetown; Mary Ann married Peter Sweitzer of Hamilton Missouri, the President of the National Bank; Maggie married John Sigman; Hannah married Robert Sweitzer; Jennie married John Cox; Ellen married John Hogsit all of Hamilton, Missouri.

Henry Ford was the 7th son and was born in 1822; when he was 15 years old the rebellion broke out and he was drafted and sent as a guard to Colonel Talbot's division; In 1841 he married Miss Mary McPhail, he was 21 years old and she 16 years old. 

Norman, the 8th son was born in 1827 and always lived on the homestead; when he was 19 he married and had 2 sons and 2 daughters - his oldest son, Thomas married Miss Laura Buchan in 1876 and they had one son Norman Ford who married Miss Cynthia Lee and they lived in the old homestead and have one son - Norman at home; James married Mary Jane McGugan and died in 1885; Mary Ann married John Buchan and still lives on the Talbot St Farm where they have 2 sons and 1 daughter - John Blake, Norman and Agnes Bell; Mr Buchan died a few years ago, John Blake lives on the homestead with his mother, Norman married Miss Gladys Kelly and has a little son and daughter, Agnes Bell is married to Edwin McMillan and lives at Kintyre with her family of 3 children.

Altha married Thomas Havens of Port Glasgow who still survives her.  They had 3 daughters - Agnes married Alfred Green and lives at Rodney with their 2 children Alice and George; Janett is married to Mr Campbell at West Lorne and they have 1 son and twin daughters.
Mary is married to Joseph Gray and lives on Con 14 Aldborough, and they have 4 sons and 1 daughter - Bruce, Donald, Kenneth, Catharine and Thomas.

Agnes died in 1877 and Mr Ford died in 1882.

Village Life in Early England

The link below is to an excellent digital book online which describes what village life was like for any early Elgin relative who left England for Elgin County.

Village Life in Early England

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Early Passenger Ship Travel Article

Did you ever wonder what life was like as your early relatives travelled to the new world? The link below may provide you with an excellent but brief look at their life onboard the passenger ship as they sailed to their new country.

Early Passenger Ship Travel

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Life of An Agricutural Labourer

Many of our early ancestors may have been Agricultural Labourers. Below is a link to an online book describing their struggles.


Agricultural Labourer