Harrison Haight was my great-great-great-great grandfather. To the best of my knowledge, he was born in 1797 in the United States. He came north in the early 1800s and settled in Little Britain, Ontario. He died in 1877.

It’s Saturday night again which means it’s time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at Genea-Musings. Tonight’s mission is:

1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places). [Hint - you might use an Ancestral Name List from your software for this.]

2) Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.

3) For extra credit, go make a “Heritage Pie” chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the "Heritage Pie" chart idea.]

4.) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.

Bearing in mind I don’t yet have complete information on all 16 of my great-great-grandparents, they are as follows:

James St. John, son of James St. John and Jane Lloyd was born on 22 Aug 1839 in Ontario. He died on 25 Jul 1910. He married Mary Elizabeth Barker on 11 Apr 1866 in Brock Township, Ontario.

Mary Elizabeth Barker, daughter of James Barker and Hannah Taylor. She was born on 26 Aug 1847 in Pinedale, Brock Township, Ontario. She died on 26 Jan 1892 in Ontario.

Harrison Thomas, son of Reuben Thomas and Melissa Haight was born on 30 Dec 1846 in East Whitby, Ontario. He died on 5 Dec 1878 in Holt, Ontario. He married Jane Summerville on 09 Jun 1874 in Sharon, Ontario.

Jane Summerville, daughter of Christopher Summerville and Elizabeth Humphreys was born about 1851 in Sharon, Ontario. She died on 09 Jun 1884 in Uxbridge, Ontario.

John Fee, son of Thomas Fee and Charlotte Williams was born in Sep 1844 in Quebec. He died on 08 Oct 1922 in Quebec. He married Henrietta Salter in 1872.

Henrietta Salter, daughter of David Salter and Maria Knight was born on 25 Apr 1846 in Montreal, Quebec. She died on 22 Jan 1932 in Westmount, Quebec.

John Johnson, son of Baptiste Johnson (?) and Ann Kelly was born on 11 Feb 1847 in Quebec. He died on 23 Jan 1939 in Athelstan, Quebec. He married Alice Jane Burton on 09 Mar 1873 in Montreal, Quebec.

Alice Jane Burton, daughter of Thomas Burton and Dionysia Ansted was born on 22 Dec 1848 in Loddon, Norfolk, England. She died on 26 May 1928 in Athelstan, Quebec.

Edward Pardoe Coulman, son of James Coulman and Mary Ann Pardoe was born on 20 Apr 1852 in London, England. He died on 16 1908 in Toronto, Ontario. He married Alice Louisa Oakley on 22 May 1879 in Toronto, Ontario.

Alice Louisa Oakley, daughter of Cornelius Oakley and Jane Adams was born on 04 Jun 1856 in Hove, Sussex, England. She died on 10 Oct 1947 in Toronto, Ontario.

William John Richardson, son of John Richardson and Charlotte (unknown) was born in Sep 1866 in Lewisham, Kent, England. His death date is unknown, but he is presumed to have died in Ontario. He married Rebecca Lusty on 26 Nov 1882 in Bromley, Kent, England.

Rebecca Lusty, daughter of Charles Lusty and Ellen (unknown) was born in Feb 1866 in Croydon, Surrey, England. She died on 26 Jun 1922 in Toronto, Ontario

Robert Hunter was born in 1816 in Ireland. He died on 29 May 1888 in Ontario. He married Hannah Dool around 1840 in Ireland.

Hannah Dool was born on 21 Jan 1823 in Ireland. She died on 22 Oct 1908 in Chinguacousy, Ontario.

James Davey, son of William Davey and Sarah Neil was born on 08 Feb 1854 in Chinguacousy, Ontario. He died on 28 Feb 1925 in Nortonville, Ontario. he married Margaret Hindle in 1875 in Brampton, Ontario.

Margaret Hindle, daughter of John Henry Hindle and Faith Collins was born on 14 Oct 1853 in Chinguacousy, Ontario. She died on 11 Oct 1930 in Brampton, Ontario.

Of these 16 people: 6 were born in Ontario, 3 were born in Quebec, 2 were born in Ireland, and 5 were born in England. And 12 died in Ontario, while 4 died in Quebec.

And here is my “Heritage Pie” chart:

Turns out I am, in fact, just about as Canadian as I thought I was! Over half of my great-great-grandparents were born in Canada and all of them died here. When I have some more time, I’d like to take this idea back as far as I can – it would be interesting to see where everyone originally came from. I’m pretty sure that it will show up mostly English with a bit of Irish and German/Irish Palatine thrown in for good measure!

It’s Saturday Night and time for some Genealogy Fun courtesy of Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings. Our mission is to create a “Genea-Bucket List”.

Knowing that a “Bucket List” is a wish list of things to do before death:

1) What is on your Genealogy Bucket List? What research locations do you want to visit? Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with? What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research? List a minimum of three
items – more if you want!

2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own (please give me a link in Comments), a comment to this post in Comments, or a status line or comment on Facebook.

Think big! Have fun! Life is short – do genealogy first!

I have lots of things that could end up on such a list – but I will confine myself to the top seven (since that’s how many I typed up before I had to stop and actually think).

1) I would like to visit London, England and Norfolk County, England. When I was in England several years ago I did spend some time digging around for family but since that time I have discovered a great deal more information on some of
my branches, including the Ansteds, Lustys, Oakleys and Coulmans. Now I need to go back with a more purposeful plan. I have also discovered some information that leads me to the Burtons in Norfolk, so I’d like to go there, too.

2) Since I will already be over in that part of the world, I would like to drop in on Ireland! I know my Palatine German St. Johns settled for a time in the Co. Limerick area, so I would like to visit there. I also want to visit Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland where I believe my Summerville ancestors hail from. Hopefully by the time I actually make it there, I will also have figured out where my Johnson, Fee and Hunter ancestors came from. Surely I can do better than just “Ireland”.

3) If time permits on this mythical trip, I would also like to visit the region in Germany where the St. Johns originally came from. I have a bit more research to do before I set off in that direction, though.

4) Within Canada’s borders, I would like to go back to the parts of Ontario my ancestors settled in. That would lead me to Brock Twp for the St. Johns, Uxbridge for the Thomases, Little Britain for the Haights, Sharon for the
Summervilles, Chinguacousy for the Hunters and Daveys and Toronto for the Coulmans. I grew up in that part of the world so I have been to many of those locations, but I’d like to go back now that I have a little more knowledge.

5) While I’m in Ontario, I may as well head east to Quebec to see what else I can turn up on the ancestors that settled there. The Fees, Johnsons, and Burtons moved around between Montreal and the Athelstan area and I’d like to spend more time investigating them. I’d also be interested to see what I could find on the Salter/Bohle branch in the Montreal area.

6) I would like to figure out where Harrison Haight came from. He has long intrigued me and has been a bit of a block to my research for years. I know I haven’t exhausted every possibility so I hesitate to call him a ‘brick wall,’ but he’s a challenging person. I would also like to spend more time verifying the origins of his first wife, Agnes Doan. I keep finding other people’s trees online that take her family back to Deacon John Doane in the early days of the Plymouth colony – but I not 100% convinced  yet. And, while I’m at it, I’d like to discover more on Reuben Thomas who married Harrison and Agnes Haight’s daughter Melissa. I have very little information on him beyond the fact we believe he came from Cornwall.

7) Finally, I would like to take all the information I have published on this blog – as well as the information I haven’t – and put it into book form of some sort. Hopefully someone in the next generation will be interested enough to
carry on my  research but even if there isn’t anyone to continue on, I would like to ensure that the information I have already found doesn’t end up “lost”. An actual book seems a better way to protect the information than a few computer
files and a big box of photocopies and other material.

Looking over my list I have to say I hope I have inherited the genes from some of my longer lived ancestors – it may take me well into my 90s to accomplish all that I want to!

Happy Canada Day!

In honour of Canada Day, I am listing all of my ancestors who made the long ocean voyage to settle here. Most of them arrived here well before Confederation and all of them settled in what is today Quebec and Ontario. I haven’t completely researched or documented everyone listed here – some are still more in the realm of ‘family lore’ than I would like. However, I need to start somewhere, so please consider this a work in process. If anyone ‘out there’ thinks you are connected to any of those listed below – please send me a note!

Philip St. John (1793-1874) and Ann Nancy (Baker) St. John (1792-1880)
My 4g-grandparents – Irish Palatines - arrived in Canada from Co. Limerick, Ireland in 1817. My 3g-grandfather, James St. John (1812-1904) was also born in Ireland. They settled in Brock Twp., Ontario.

John Lloyd (1774-1848) and Margaret (Glover) Lloyd (1774-1861)
To the best of my knowledge at this point, my 4g-grandparents immigrated in 1827 from Roscommon, Ireland and eventually settled in Brock Twp.

James Barker (1816-1902) and Hannah (Taylor) Barker (1821-1892)
I believe my 4g-grandfather James Barker came from England but am uncertain when he arrived in Canada. He died in Sunderland, Ontario. I haven’t yet determined from where or when Hannah or her family arrived.

Reuben Thomas (1818-1909) and Melissa (Haight) Thomas (1819-1873)
Reuben Thomas, my 3g-grandfather, is believed to have emigrated from Cornwall, England in 1840. He died in Oshawa, ON. His wife, Melissa, was the daughter of Harrison Haight and Agnes (Doan) Haight. They came from the United States and settled in the Little Britain, Ontario, area around 1834.

Christopher Summerville (1822-1901) and Elizabeth (Humphreys) Summerville (1820-1886)
The Summervilles, my 3g-grandparents, emigrated from Co. Fermanagh, Ireland, in 1846. They settled in the Sharon, Ontario, area.

Thomas Fee (ca1816-1897) and Charlotte (Williams) Fee (ca1825-ca1896)
Thomas Fee, my 3g-grandfather, emigrated from Ireland to the Montreal, Quebec, area around 1837. His wife, Charlotte, was the daughter of Robert Williams and Elizabeth (Hamilton) Williams who we believe came from Co. Down, Ireland sometime in the 1810s-1820s.

Richard Salter (ca1782-1847) and Sarah (Bohle) Salter (1795-1847)
My 4g-grandfather, Richard Salter, appears to have been a British soldier during the War of 1812. He married Sarah Bohle around 1814 in Montreal, Quebec. Sarah appears to be the daughter of a Prussian who settled in Quebec sometime in the 1770s/1780s.

John Johnson (1847-1939) and Alice Jane Burton (1848-1928)
My 2g-grandfather was born in Quebec in 1847. I am currently trying to determine who John’s father is. I believe it may be a Baptiste Johnson who appears to have immigrated from Ireland. His mother, Ann Kelly, was also of Irish descent but I am uncertain if it was her or her parents who emigrated. Alice Jane Burton emigrated in 1868 with her parents Thomas Burton and Dionysia (Ansted) Burton. They were from Co. Norfolk, England.

Edward Pardoe Coulman (1852-1908) and Alice Louisa (Oakley) Coulman (1856-1947)
My 2g-grandfather Edward Pardoe Coulman emigrated from England in 1870 with Alice Louisa Oakley and her parents Cornelius and Jane (Adams) Oakley. Edward and Alice married and lived in Toronto, Ontario.

Edward Cornelius Coulman (1883-1949) and Rebecca Alice (Richardson) Coulman (1883-1952)
Edward Cornelius, my great-grandfather, was born in Canada but Rebecca Alice Richardson, daughter of William John and Rebecca (Lusty) Richardson, emigrated from the London, England area around 1888. They lived in Toronto, Ontario.

Robert Hunter (1816-1888) and Hannah (Dool) Hunter (1823-1908)
Robert and Hannah (Dool) Hunter were my 2g-grandparents. We believe they emigrated from Ireland around 1840. They settled in Chinguacousy, Ontario.

William Davey (ca1790-btw1871-1881) and Elizabeth (Snyder?) Davey (uncertain)
I believe that my 4g-grandfather William Davey was born in England and emigrated to Canada at some time prior to 1828. I am uncertain when Elizabeth or her family would have emigrated and from where.

John Henry Hindle (1813-1905) and Faith (Collins) Hindle (1817-1886)
My 3g-grandparents emigrated from Yorkshire, England in 1840. They lived in the Brampton, Ontario area. After Faith passed away, John Henry emigrated to the United States where some of their children had previously moved.

It’s Saturday night – time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at www.geneamusings.com. Our mission, should we choose to accept it is to:

1)  Determine who your most recent unknown ancestor is – the one that you don’t even know his or her name.

2)  Summarize what you know about his or her family, including resources that you have searched and the resources you should search but haven’t searched yet.

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a status on Facebook.

My most recent unknown ancestor is #56 on my ancestor list is the father of my great-great  grandfather Robert Hunter (ca 1816-1888). I haven’t spent a great deal of time on my Hunter branch to date so I don’t have a great deal of information on Robert Hunter himself. Census records suggest Robert was born around 1816 in Ireland and his death record suggests he was born around 1821 in Ireland. Family lore suggests it’s possible he was born in Scotland, and that it was probably closer to 1821 than 1816. From the various records I have found, and family lore, I think he and his wife Hannah Dool came to Canada around 1840. I know they settled in the Brampton, ON, area and he was a weaver by trade. He died on May 29, 1888 at 67 years of age. His wife, Hannah, was listed on the 1901 Canadian census as having been born on January 21, 1823 in Ireland and emigrated to Canada in 1841. She died on October 22, 1908.

As I haven’t spent much time on this branch, I know there are a lot of stones I have yet to turn over. I have done basic searching for census information and I have death records, but at this point I have nothing much beyond that. And without knowing for certain where they came from – though it does appear to be Ireland -  it is going to be challenging to discover who Robert Hunter’s father was. A name like Robert Hunter isn’t going to make it easier! Once I get around to researching the Hunters in more detail, I may be able to better determine if I have any overlooked leads in the information I do have.


I followed the discussion about the LAWeekly story on the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree today but couldn’t get near my computer until now.

For me, genealogy is about the children. Both my own,  who I hope will grow to someday have an interest in their history, and the uncountable generations of children who grew up to have their own children to create my genealogy. With that in mind, here is my great-great grandmother Alice Jane Burton Johnson (1848-1928) and one of her several grandchildren, Alice Lumsden.

These are two of the faces of my genealogy.

My great-great grandfather John Johnson (1847-1939).

My great-great-great grandparents, James Barker (1816-1902) and Hannah Taylor (1821-1892).

It’s Saturday night – time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, courtesy of Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings. Tonight’s fun involves Wordle:

1)  Go to the Wordle site – www.wordle.net and create your own unique Wordle  – it’s a word cloud.  You can use either a clump of text, enter your own words (say, surnames, or given names), use a blog page address, or something else.  Your choice!  Be creative with the fonts, colors, backgrounds, and layout. 

2)  Save it as an image (I used Print Screen, pasted it to a Word document, used the Windows snipping tool to edit it, and saved it to a file).  Tell us how you did it.

3)  Show us your handiwork!  Add the image to a blog post of your own or on a web page of your own.  Tell me in a comment here where it is.  

First I tried using my blog address. I found the results to be interesting:I then published a surname report for my Family Tree Maker database and extracted the names I am currently researching from the report.  Then I pasted it into Wordle and, voila:

It becomes obvious pretty quickly which families I have spent the most time on!

To get the images from Wordle to my blog I used the Snipping Tool that came with my computer. I think it worked pretty well. I chose the colour scheme because it seemed to go well with my blog colours!

Once again we’ve made our way around to Saturday and I have found myself with a few free minutes. Time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at Genea-Musings! Our mission is to:

1) We all know that Blogger (www.blogspot.com) was down for 20 hours from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning. What did you do with yourself during that time period?

2) If we lost our blogging platforms for awhile (but not the Internet as a whole), what would you do with your genealogy time? What projects would you start, continue working on, or try to finish instead of blogging?

During that time period I was mostly thankful that I use WordPress instead of Blogger! And, even if I used Blogger, it wouldn’t have impacted me that much since I was at work or asleep for much of that particular 20 hour period.

I don’t get much time to blog at the best of times. Two very small children, an almost full-time job, and a house mean my “free time” is at a bit of a premium. If I was unable to access my blog for any period of time, I have plenty of other things to keep me busy.

In the realm of genealogy, I would primarily continue to do work on my various family branches. Since my blog is mostly intended to be a respository for my ancestors’ biographies, there is no end of research required to gather the necessary facts to write them. Due to time constraints, these days I am mostly concentrating on hunting down the low-hanging fruit found in census and birth-marriage-death records. There’s always something to search for or input into my tree.

I have also recently started keying records for Ancestry’s World Archives Project. By the evening – which is when I usually have my genealogy time – I’m often too tired to “think”. I find keying records doesn’t require as much analytical thought as research but gives me the feeling I’m doing something genealogically related.

Finally, I would continue with the organization of all my genealogy information. My paper-based records have an overarching organization to them thanks to a course I took some years ago. Not everything I have collected since then has actually been filed, though. I would also work on more consistent organization of my digital files.

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