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Stoness Corners, Perth Rd, and Jabez Stoness

According to House of Names, the STONESS family name was first found in Berkshire.

Robert Stoness and Fannie Sears

Robert George (or is it George Robert?) Sears STONESS was born about 1809 (or is it 1816?) in Whitby, Yorkshire, England.  He was the husband of Elizabeth “Betsy”  (or is it “Jennie”?) Jane MCGOWAN, and later Francis “Fannie” SEARS.

Fannie Sears was the daughter of Lyman Sears (1804-1858) and Fanny Nutt (1807-?). Lyman was the son of Hezekiah Sears I (1770-1819)  my great-great-great-great grandfather, so my great uncle.

Fannie Sears was married to Robert 22 May 1849.

Robert died Aug 2 1897 at age 81, in Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario.  He passed away only 3 months before his wife Fannie.  Fannie, who died 2 Nov 1897.

Knight Family

William KNIGHT was born in 1811 in Kingston.  He died in 1851 in Storrington at 40 years old.  He was the father of Mahala Knight (1842-1912), who was the wife of Jabez Stoness.

Ancestor Isaac Knight was born in 1650.  His grandmother purchased 300 acres of land from William Penn for 5. His wife Mary Carver was born in a cave along the Delaware in 1667.

Giles Knight  came to America with William Penn in 1682.

An Isaac Knight (1780-1856), was captured at 13 in 1793 by Pottawattamie and Kickapoo Indians.  He escaped 2 years later.  Another Isaac Knight was a Mormon polygamist who

More to come on the  Knight family Quaker loyalists – they have some of the more incredible family stories and a rich Loyalist background.  That family line deserves its own post later.

Jabez Stoness

Jabez McGowan Stoness was the half-brother of Robert George.  His mother Elizabeth Jane “Jennie” or “Betsy” McGowan (Gowan) was born 19 Oct 1813 in Vermont.  “Jennie” had 4 children, Mary Anne, James Young, William Bradley, and Jabez.

Jabez was born in Vermont in 1847.

He later had half-brothers David Nutt Stoness, Robert Sears Stoness, Giles H. Stoness, Harold Stoness, Henry M Stoness, John C. Stoness, and half-sisters Jane Elizabeth Stoness, Augusta Amenia Stoness and Abigail Stoness.

His sister, Mary Anne (1843-?) married Asa Pixley.

Jabez seems like quite the character and appears in a few newspapers over the years.   Jabez was a postman, stagecoach driver, miner, mine manager, hotel proprietor,  deputy reeve, prisoner, and witness with John Sears at a murder trial.

Jabez lived in Stoness Corners, now Harrowsmith, Lot 90, Concession 9, Perth Rd, Township of Loughboro.

According to the 1881 Census transcript, he was referred to as Jabez Stones (1847-1916) and an English Methodist.

in 1881, household members were

Mahaly nee Knight, 28
John H, 9
Hariett A, 7 (Hattie) (1874-24 Jul 1888)
Neil, 4
Maud M, 3
William 2

The next entry in the census was my great great grandfather Samuel H Sears.

In 1887, Jabez Stoness is living at Perth Road, conc. 9 lot 18 f
Giles Stoness lives in Battersea at Conc. 10 lot 16 fs.
Mrs. William Stoness lives in Battersea.
Robert Stoness lives in Sunbury as a hotel keeper, population about 50.

Jabez Franklin “Frank” Stoness was born 22 Apr 1888.  He died 20 Feb 1946, age 57 years.  He was a doctor in New York according to a posting on Ancestry.

In 1898, John Harris Stoness marries Julia Anna Smith.  Another Smith relative perhaps?

In 1903, a few relatives are listed as workers in Kingston Penitentiary and the Asylum, where the Sears and Vanluven families worked.

Stoness John H. guard K P
Powell Hafell. supr Asylum
Sears Fred, attndt Asylum

Madge Edna Stoness, daughter of Jabez and Mahala Knight Stoness married Walter J. Zapf, Sr. of New York State in 1918. 

They had one daughter, Irene Stoness Zapf. Madge, I understand, died from complications of a stroke suffered in Saginaw, MI. Irene Stoness Zapf married Taylor Lyman and they had two children, Gerald Lyman (who lives in California) and Madge, who lives in England. Walter J. Zapf, Sr. then married (in 1930) Kathleen M. Welch of Mechanicsville, NY (who is my grandmother).

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Stoness Corners

Stoness Corners was founded by Jabez and his brother James.

From the J.H. Meacham & Co. Atlas, 1878, Buck Lake Association Web Site

The names on this map include: David Sears, H. Sears, William Sears, Henry Green, William Green, Jabez Stoness, N. McCallum, William See, Benjamin Aykroyd, I. Cobett, James C. Darling, Joseph Darling, C.W. Darling, Joseph Harris, George McFarlane, George Teepell, Thomas Votrey, Thomas Galliger, George Ennis, John Ennis, James Hamilton, John Richardson, John Buck, S. Hartman, H. Scott, S.W. Davis, W.E.M. Davis, S. Ennis and James Rutledge.

Jabez was proprieter of the Inverary Stage, leaving Queen’s Hotel, Brock Street, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays at 4pm, to Glenburnie, 6 miles, to Inverary, 11 miles.

Queen’s Inn,

Mail from Inverary has been carried from early days by a stage driver who made his headquarters at Perth Road or Stoness’ Corners, as it was earlier called. Mr. Jabez Stoness, who is remembered by many still living in Inverary, had the job for 27 years. He made the trip from Perth Road to Kingston and return 6 days a week winter and summer during those years. And he went through Inverary singing hymns. Following Stoness at this job was George Clough whose widow still lives at Perth Road. The next stage driver was Ernest Babcock and during his period the first auto bus was used. Following Babcock was a man named McDonald who held the position for only a short time but had the distinction of putting the second bus on the road. This second bus can be seen any afternoon before 4.00 p.m. on the street by the side of Kingston’s Post Office, waiting to start its return journey to Perth Road with freight, passengers, and mail for all the area on the Perth Road as far north as Bedford Mills. Charles Scullion, general merchant of Perth Road, is the stage driver at the present time.

Perth Road

Perth Road was once a toll road with a scandalous history, operated by a company formed in 1850 by Sir John A Macdonald and partner John Counter.

In 1854, the first 12 mile stretch of road from Kingston to Loughborough Lake was paved, and two toll booths were installed, which brought in £200 in revenue the first year.

Jabez Stoness, who carried the mail for 35 years over the Perth Road, paid $3,000 in tolls over that time.

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By the winter of 1855, a winter road had been built all the way up to Big Rideau Lake, where Perth Road still ends today.   Perth Rd was winterized in 1856.>

The rights to the road were sold in 1860 to “a triumvirate of three men, A.J. Macdonell, Samuel Smith and Sir J. A. MacDonald”

I wonder if this Samuel John Smith of Storrington, a possible relative on my mom’s side?  I have totally given up on that name.

Photo by contributor Belinda Betz (Ontario Plaques) – Posted January, 2006

About 1 ½ miles north of Inverary the Perth Road crosses Loughborough Lake by means of a steel bridge. It is at one of the narrowest parts of the lake and there has been a bridge at this narrows for many years. Mr. Gibson recalls the building of the steel bridge about 45 or 50 years ago. Apparently the wooden bridge which had been used was pronounced unsafe and a new one was projected. During the interval a ferry was used to carry passengers across the lake. The first trip of the ferry conveyed Mr. Stoness, the stage driver, to the south shore and Mr. Gibson made the first south to north crossing.

The route changed when Perth Road, which was settled as a village in 1870, obtained a post office sometime later. Jabez Stoness built and operated a hotel there but got converted and sold it perhaps in the late 1870’s. He then became the first mail carrier on the route which began at Perth Road, stopped at Inverary, Latimer Post Office, (now Boughton’s corner) and Glenburnie Post office. He drove a two-seated wagon as a stage for passengers also in the warm weather and a two-seated cutter with robes in the winter months.


Cutter Sleigh  winter driver

He brought mail three times a week at first and later it became daily. Contracts were for four year periods. He kept the contract for 26 years. In the early days Loughboro Lake was crossed by a floating bridge. He sold out to George Alton who carried on for only a couple of years.

Conflicting comments on the state of the Perth Road appeared in the local papers in the spring of 1878, when the Loughborough Lake bridge was being rebuilt. A raft was hastily constructed at Inverary to serve as ferry when the ice broke up early, and the swamp caused a delay in bringing up the timbers. The source of the trouble was an impatient farmer from the north, who insisted on loading two teams of horses to save making second crossing; this swamped the ferry and he lost team.

The proprietors of the road, who were not responsible for the ferry, eventually decided to make him a $100 payment, while denying liability. In December, 1878 the road was reported to be in good order as a result of the expenditure of large sums during the past few years, and Jabez Stoness, who drove the mail stage, said it was the best in the country, and had been in excellent condition during the fall, notwithstanding the heavy rains. Unfortunately this happy state was not maintained and in May 1885 two angry farmers from Inverary complained at the newspaper office that they had to Pay 15¢ tolls each way to Kingston although the road was in a most neglected state, almost unfit for travel and unsafe through dilapidation of bridges and railings. It was believed that those responsible for managing the road had ceased travelling on it.

12 years later, Jabez, 43, had a change of heart about the road and went to court for it.

Even a toll road can deteriorate, however, and in 1890, Jabez Stoness, no doubt angered by a lifetime of paying fees, refused to pay any further tolls because of the condition of the road. Noting that the county engineer had deemed the road was “dangerous and impeding Her Majesty’s travel” Stoness argued that tolls could not be charged until the road was improved and he won the case.

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When Inverary began to get daily mail, instead of thrice weekly service, Mr. Stoness had even more opportunity for observing the state of the Perth Road, as he drove from Kingston through Inverary to Perth Road village. Heavy traffic of phosphate wagons did not improve its condition. In September 1890 our local magistrate convicted Jabez Stoness (who was then deputy reeve of Loughborough township) of refusing to pay tolls to John Gibson and others. In a letter to the Kingston newspaper, Mr. Stoness explained that he was appealing the conviction because a county judge had instructed the county engineer to inspect the road, and he had found it “dangerous and impeding her majesty’s travel”. Under these circumstances it was illegal to charge any tolls until the road had been improved and the county engineer had submitted a favourable report on it.

Drinking on Christmas Eve, 1876 with a Knight relative
otherwise known as Stoness v. Lake and Walker.

Jabez Stoness, did at the township of Loughborough, sell spirituous or malt liquor on the 24th or 25th December last past, without a license therefor.

Reading the rest of the verdict, I think the judge awarded him three cents for his wrongful arrest and conviction.

Perth Road Village History,  As told by Linda L. Caird

There were many businesses at that time – Jabez Stoness ran the Farmers Inn, which was an actual Hotel, I was told it had a bar in the front and rooms upstairs for travellers to rent, so they could rest from their long journey from Kingston to Westport, or even to the Perth area. (Thus the road came to be called The Perth Road).

Jabez later closed the Hotel business because of (unknown) circumstances. He then started the stage coach run, carrying mail and passengers to Kingston. At first three times a week – then daily. Upon closing the Farmers Inn there was a interesting tale about Whiskey Barrels being rolled down the hill into the swamp. Jabez was also Reeve for a few years as were others – will mention those later.

James Stoness and his wife Mary (Buck) operated the Post Office on the east side of Perth Road. Mary did some dressmaking (not sure if there was a store there at this time). That is why the village was called Stoness Corners for a time in history – because there was a Stoness on each side of the road.

Stoness Buck

Robert Courtland Stoness was born on April 07, 1877 in Ontario, Canada, The Son of James Young Stoness and Mary C Buck.

Robert Courtland Stoness passed away on April 13, 1877 in Ontario, Canada.

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The Last Man Hanged in Frontenac County

A disturbing and sad tale of jealousy and murder in the woods north of Kingston in 1881 is the tale of the murder of John Richardson by Elijah Vankoughnet.  Jabez was married to Fannie Sears at this time.

Elijah married Maria Elizabeth Green.  The Green family were the first settlers in the area.

Elijah was executed at on the 28 Jun 1882 at 38 years old.

An Execution In Canada:
KINGSTON, Ont., June 28. – This morning at 8:28 o’clock Elijah Van Koughnet paid the penalty of his crime – the murder of John Richardson on the 13th of August last near Buck Lake. Van Koughnet was a neighbor of Richardson’s, and about 8 o’clock on the night of the day named hid himself in the bushes on the farm of his victim, and While the latter was going to his house deliberately shot him in his tracks and left the body lying where it fell.

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On the Murder of John Richardson by Elijah Vankoughnet

W. R. Freeman, a carpenter, who lived about a mile from Richardson testified that Elijah VanKoughnett borrowed a buggy from him on Sunday the 14th of August. On the 11th of August, the Thursday before the murder he had bought an old wagon and a boat from VanKoughnett for $10.25. VanKoughnett also had an old horse which he wanted to sell, but Freeman said he would not give him twenty-five cents for it, as it was old and crippled. Learning of the tragedy he followed the buggy marks to Richardson’s house. The tracks of the horse was a peculiar one, the animal throwing its feet out. Another set of tracks were found but a new horse was hitched to the buggy. The horse’s feet were larger. Freeman traced his buggy tracks to the house of John Sears, not because there were not any marks.

Mr. A. Sears testified that VanKoughnett had previously told him, about a week before the murder, that he intended going away but before he did, he would do something that people would remember him by. Sears identified the gun in the court room as belonging to Richardson as he had saw him with it many times.

Mr. A. Stoness testified he saw Elijah VanKoughnett on Friday August 19th at his house at Stoness Corner. VanKoughnett, Stoness and Mr. Downey left for Kingston and on the way VanKoughnett referred to Richardson’s gun. He said it was under Richardson’s haystack near the road and the left hand barrel was loaded. The prisoner was brought in to the stationhouse in Kingston. When the late Mr. Downey went into the island on Buck Lake in search of VanKoughnett he was not long in finding him. When Downey came upon VanKoughnett, the latter drew a knife from his pocket and threatened to commit suicide. Downey told him it would be better for himself and his family if he gave himself up, and he did so.

Court adjourned for the day.

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Frontenac County GenWeb  Newspaper Clippings

The Stoness Mine

A mining boom may have started when Christopher Roushorn discovers lead in Perth area in 1870.

Frontenac-Draper Lead Mine

Frontenac Provincial Park: from mica mines to trails

In 1894, the Stoness mine begins operation, mining Mica.

Mica was also mined from several localities. It often occurs with apatite, so some of the apatite mines produced both products. The main mica mines were the Sand Lake mine, which opened in 1870 and was mined intermittently until 1912, and the Stoness mine, near Buck Lake which mined mica from 1894 to 1902. 

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THE STONESS MINE. A syndicate consisting of Messrs. Pobert Kent and Joseph Franklin of Kingston, and Mr. Jabez Stoness of Stoness Corners, now control what was formerly known as the Buck Lake mica mine, located on lot 4, concession XII of Bedford. It is at the northeast end of Buck lake, about 9 miles from Stoness Corners. The mine was opened 15 years ago for mica, and under lease to Webster and Co. was sunk to a depth of 30 feet. The shaft is now 440 feet deep on a 45-degree incline toward the north 134 Bureau of Mines Report [ No. 5 northeast. There is also a vertical shaft 100 feet deep into the workings at the southeast end of the stoping chamber. Hoisting is clone with a 20-h.p. engine, winding a |-inch steel cable, drawing a kibble mounted on a four-wheel truck. Steam is derived from a 50-h. p. water tube boiler. Drilling is done by steam drills. The lower part of the mine is quite dry, but water nearer the surface is drained to a sump at the bottom of the 100-foot shaft, and is pumped to the surface by a Northey pump, 4i by ,2| by 4 inches. The average cross-section of the incline is 16 by 40 feet, and the stope varies from 30 to 40 feet in width, with an irregular elevation, at places reaching to a height of 60 feet Above the mine is a building divided into rooms for the boiler, hoist, store-room, and for mica trimming. Dynamite is stored in a frame magazine 400 feet east of the shaft, with a hill between. A dwelling house of 8 rooms has also been erected 300 feet north northeast of the shaft. The output of mica from this mine has been a ton a day for many months. The crystals of mica here are of exceptionally large size, and very free from blemishes. The body of the vein consists of pink calcite, the mica occurring along the walls between the calcite and ths bounding pyroxene. The trend of the vein is about north northeast, cutting the gneissoid country rock. The mine is said to be the heaviest producer of fine mica in Ontario. The manager is Mr. Joseph Franklin, with Samuel Hunter as foreman. The number of workmen employed was 30- The same parties are also doing development work at numerous points on lot 5 of the same concession, about a quarter mile west northwest of the Stoness mine, where the mica occurs in pyroxene without calcite. The owners are contemplating the installation of a Taylor hydraulic air compressor at the falls on the outlet of Buck lake, 3,000 feet northeast of the mine, to develop power for all purposes at the works.

The mica is shipped down the Hardwood Bay Road to Perth Road then north to Bedford Mills. There, the mica will be shipped to a buyer in Ottawa via the Rideau Canal.

The Tett mine operated from 1899 till 1924. It produced 99 tons of mica for a value of $27,279.00. For a few months, it was the largest mica producer in Ontario.

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The Antoiiie mica property at Devil Lake has been sold
by .Mr. W. J. Webster to Messrs. J. M. Stoness of Westport and
to Kent Bros, of Kingston, who are to open up the property in
the coming spring.

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The Stoness Stone

Robert Neil STONESS was employed Manufacturer 1916 in Village Of Westport, Ontario.: Charles and Robert were the executors to Jabez’s estate.

Robert married Myrtle Carthenia UNKNOWN.

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Jabez was buried 14 Dec 1916 in Wilmur cemetery with my grandparents and relatives.


Oh! Henry Van Luven, founder of Battersea, Ontario

Van Leuven (Dutch) – one who came from Leuven (lion), the Netherlands.

The Van Luven family may trace their routes back to the Dukes of Brabant in the Duchy of Brabant, and the counts of Leuven.  Leuven (or Louvain) is the capital city of Flemish Brabant in Belgium.

Henry P. Van Luven, my 5th great grandfather on my mother’s side, was born December 15, 1794 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York, United States.

“Father and the rest were born in the Mohawk Valley.  They were called Mohawk Dutch. There was something in the family, I heard whispered when I was a boy that was not pure Dutch, and as all the Van Leuvens I know are dark with black straight hair I have come to the conclusion there is Indian blood in our veins. Reading a history I have learned the Dutch and Indians were on good terms and intermarried.  My father was very friendly with them and could speak the Mohawk language. I would like very much to know what grandmother’s maiden name was.” – Leonard Van Luven, 1915 letters

Leonard’s grandmother’s maiden name on his father’s side was Elizabeth Kiefer.  Elizabeth married Cornelius Van Luven in 1787 in Mount Ross, Dutchess, New York. Elisabeth’s father was Lewis Kiefe (Kiefer).

More info on the family name here:
Van Leuven Genealogy Book I

Being the history of Andreies Pieterse Van Leuven, Immigrant of 1663, and of one line of his descendants through Pieter, Andries, Benjamin and John Van Leuven in New York, Canada, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Utah, California.

Captain John  King

Leonard’s mother was Henry’s second wife, Sarah T.T. King.  Sarah Thomasin Susan King was born in the UK.

Sarah’s father was John King.  Captain John King was in the Royal Navy, circa 1816, in England.  He was master of the Frigates Falcon and Kite, under Admiral Nelson.   He fought in the Battle of the Nile against Napoleon’s navy.

Battle of the Nile

Falcon Naval Frigate

Burleigh Fonds

John King was wounded and retired to Nova Scotia, then Cataraqui (Kingston), Ontario.

An ancestor of John King, a long line of navy captains.

John King may have actually been Captain Robert King according to the link below.

Capt. Robert King sailed under Nelson, and lost a leg at the Battle of the Nile (or Trafalgar). In compensation, he was granted three properties in Canada; one in Margaretville, one in Cataraqui (outside of Kingston), and on Rice Lake near Peterborough. He and his son, John King, were carpenters. The Cataraqui property was sold to the Bracken family; currently it is the site of an Alcan plant. (John – the son – was a choirmaster in England, and married in England prior to coming to Canada).

The Wakeford family, who had the water rights on a river flowing out of some lake[1], put out a contract for the building of 14 houses in a town which was then called Dingbat. John King, who had been working in the Kingston shipyards, won the contract to build the houses. He later suggested the name of the community be changed to Battersea.

The last four children formed a 4 voice choir; Sarah – soprano, John Henry – tenor, Edward – bass, and Mariah – alto. Ron remembered a family gathering at which some difficulties must have arisen (or been remembered); Sarah suggested they “let bygones be bygones”, and sing … and they did.

Ronald also remembered three sisters of John King:

  • one who married Henry VanLuven[3];
  • Betsy Brewer[4]; and,
  • “Auntie” Thorne, who married John Thorne[5]

Cornelius Van Luven

I’m still not 100% on this lineage.  There are multiple Van Luven families who immigrated from Duchess county.  According to some sources, Henry’s father was Cornelius Van Luven aka Cornelius van Leeuwen aka Cornelius Van Leuven of Rhinebeck, NY.  Cornelius’ mother was Elizabeth Knickerbocker of Germantown, NY.  Cornelius immigrated to Ernestown, Ontario in 1795 with his brother John.

His Grandfather was Benjamin Van Luven.

His Mother was Elisabeth Kiefer, Grandmother Elizabeth Knickerbocker, Gr. El. Knickerbocker

War of 1812

During the War of 1812, Henry served under Sir Gordon Drummond, Upper Canada Incorporated Militia Battalion.  In 1814 he fought in one of the bloodiest battles on Canadian soil, the Battle of Lundy’s Lane in Niagara Falls.  He wore a green uniform and was issued a Brown Bess muzzle loading musket.

Battle of Lundy’s Lane

In 1816 he married his first wife, Hannah Hartman, and 2 years later they had a daughter Mary Charlotte.    Mary Charlotte would have a son named Henry Van Luven Campbell.

Lot 10: Crown to Philip Hartman, all 200 acres. In 1823, Philip Hartman sold the north half (100 acres) to Hannah VanLuven for £5. In 1826, he sold the south half to Elizabeth Hartman for the same amount. In 1836, Henry VanLuven and wife sold the north half to J.G. Switzer for £400, a substantial sum which suggests a dwelling and other improvements. Elizabeth Hartman’s south half ended up belonging to Alvin Dowling sometime before 1844.

Battersea, Ontario

When they settled north of Kingston, Henry Van Luven named the swampy, woody area VanLuvens Mills.

Henry laid out the street plan for VanLuvens Mills across 1,200 acres of crown land he purchased.  He distributed 99-year leases to families who settled in the area.

Later the area was called Rockville, then finally Battersea when registered as a Post Office, when Rockville was already taken and rejected as a formal name.

In 1865, Cornelius Vanluven was the postmaster of Battersea, Storrington Township.

Zara Vanluven was postmaster of Moscow, Camden East Township.

Holiday Country Manor

Henry was a stone mason by trade.  The balcony on the side of his home below was likely an addition after his death.  I’m sure he would have used brick.

Holiday Country Manor

Legal Description: Part Lot 10, Con 9, Part Lot 1, Plan 34, South Frontenac

In 1840, he built what is now known as Holiday Country Manor (, an almost 10,000 square foot mansion located at 5208 Battersea Road.  The manor was built  by stone masons coming off the Rideau Canal project.

This is an interesting story about another mill owner in Loughborough creating a manmade disaster upstream, shortly after the opening of the Rideau Canal.

The walls of the building were made of thick limestone and it is conceivable that he designed the property to ward off Fennian Raiders from across Lake Ontario, or at least the cold winters of Battersea.

I don’t know what the R-value of a 2-foot limestone wall is, however it was probably still cold in the winter, and according to the current property owners caused a lot of issues with setting up the WIFI internet reception.

In 1912 the family home was converted by his son Leonard into a fishing lodge known as Van Luven House.  Leonard’s son Karl built the Loughborough Inn afterwards.

Kingston and surrounding area has some of the nicest heritage buildings in Canada.

Royal Hospital Pension

In 1874, Henry applied for form of application to Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital for a pension as a Militiaman of 1812.  I’m not sure if this means he was wounded during the war.

The Royal Chelsea Hospital  was a retirement home for the Chelsea Pensioners and an administrative office for the British Army. It was founded in 1682 and opened in 1692 to look after wounded and disabled soldiers. The hospital catered for in-pensioners but the large majority of soldiers pensioned out of the army were out-pensioners living at their own address but receiving a pension via the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

Loughborough Township

A map of the lots in Loughborough Township.

In 1886, Battersea had a population of about 150 people, including Charles VanLuven, agent, and Chris VanLuven, miller.

Battersea Village, Library and Archives Canada

The thriving metropolis of Sydenham, just down the road, had a population of about 500 people, including J B VanLuven, harness maker.  A few of my other relatives in Sydenham were George & Stephen Ackroyd and Albert Buck.

Peth Road, A Village in the Township of Loughboro had a population of about 100, including Ira Darlington, blacksmith and Babcock & Sears, blacksmiths, and John Sears, shoemaker.

Sanford Van Luven lived on Concession 4, Lot 1 of Loughborough, a neighbour of my Great Great Grandfather Samuel Sears.

Henry and his family and other Van Luven’s had many acres of land in the areas around Kingston.

STORRINGTON TOWNSHIP – FRONTENAC COUNTY 18 – Christopher S. Van Luven – 87 acres, farmer, Battersea P.O. native of Canada; date of settlement- 1830. 19 – Henry Van Luven – 175 acres 20 – S. Van Luven – 100 acres 21 – L. Van Luven, Battersea, telegraph operator, native of Canada; date of settlement- 1857.

Anglin Family

The Anglin family name has their history intertwined with Van Luven.

From Bill Anglin’s site:

The oldest son of William J. Anglin (112) and Sarah was John Anglin (1121), born in 1866, died, 1936, married 1894 Gertrude Taber, born in 1866, died in 1926. They had a farm outside of Battersea and raised a family of four.

Bay Anglin (1122), 1867 – 1957

Their second son was William Woodbury ‘Bay’ Anglin (1122), born in 1867 and married in 1900 to Isabelle Farquhar. A poem which he wrote on the occasion of the installation of a bell and tower in the Battersea United Church, a gift of John Bruyiere of Florida in memory of his father-in-law, Henry Van Luven, is worth quoting here:

"It was in late November
Of Nineteen twenty-one
Father and I walked to the church
As we had so often done.
In those far gone days of boyhood Ere I so far did roam Away from my native village Away from my home sweet home.

As we were passing Sidney's house The Bell rang loud and clear For the first time on Sunday morn So that all worshippers could hear.

There in the splendid new Tower Stood Anderson Knapp with pride Ringing the bell John Bruyiere gave In memory of his young bride.

Henry Van Luven her father's Memory to perpetuate Was the name inscribed thereon Fitting and appropriate.

For he it was the first did come A veteran of Lundy's Lane And here he built his mills and home And gave Battersea its name.

His name with others blended By ties so hard to sever Shall be sacred to the people Of Battersea forever."

Battersea Stone Mill

Anglin Mill

Sir John A. Macdonald

Sir John A. Macdonald used the current kitchen and facilities in Henry Van Luven’s house to practice law.  Coincidentally, both men died in the same year.

“William W. Anglin, 82, a former resident of Battersea, one of two CPR telegraph operators who first flashed the news of the death of Sir John A. Macdonald, Prime Minister of Canada, across Canada on June 6, 1891, is visiting his daughter, Mrs. J. E. Horton, 300 College St., Kingston.”

Death of Henry Van Luven

Henry Van Luven died October 27, 1891 at age 96.

Kingston Penitentiary Relatives

On June 5, 1914, an unfortunate fellow named Nelson VanLuven, age 35, spent a 3 year sentence on the wrong side of KP’s bars for false pretenses.  This was Nelson Williams VanLuven, Sydney Van Luven’s son and Henry’s grandson.

Nelson was drafted in WWI after leaving prison and moving to Michigan.

In 1923, Robert Miles VanLuven worked on the right side of the bars at the Kingston Penitentiary.  My great grandfather at least one great uncle were both prison guards at this time.

WWI Veterans of Storrington Township

3058340 ANGLIN, William RD
835949 BETTS, Arnold J
204469 HARTLEY, Herbert Alfred
204136 HARTLEY, James Ray
835775 HOGLE, Edward
835731 HOOPER, Rowland
51213 HUNTBACH, Ernest
835749 JACKSON, Wallace
835782 KEELER, Harmon
835389 KING, Thomas L
835644 KNIGHT, Fred
835847 LAKE, Harold C
38 VanLUVEN, Otto
835725 WILLIAMS, Dalton M
835748 WILLIAMS, John

835904 DARLING, Roy Addison
835130 EARDLEY, Thomas C
5777 EDWARDS, William Cecil
FERGUSON, Frederick S
780 FREEMAN, Norman Victor
835616 KISH, Archie
835906 RITCHIE, Peter
835057 SHEPHERD, Elmer
835863 SIMPSON, Clarence Leroy
835654 SMITH, Joseph
835554 WOOD, Chaffy

Oh! Henry Brothers

Additional information from Bill Anglin’s web site.

The Fourth Generation: Robert’s (12) Grandchildren

On the farm at Battersea, Eliza (122) and Christopher Van Luven raised four children, Frederick William Van Luven (1221), Robert Anglin Van Luven (1222), Hannah Hartman Van Luven (1223), and Charles Morley Van Luven(1224). Hannah and Morley remained on the farm with their parents, even after Fred and Rob left to enter the business world.

Fred Van Luven (1221), 1863 – 1941
Rob Van Luven (1222), 1863 – 1940

Fred (1221) and Rob Van Luven (1222) both became, in turn, travellers for the Crothers Biscuit Company of Kingston, and lived at Hedgewood, on Union Street, when so employed.

After the deaths of his parents and of Hannah, Morley moved into Kingston where he lived until his death in 1956. The parents, Hannah and Morley are all buried in the Van Luven cemetery nearby which, for a time, was sadly neglected until Dorothy, Frederick’s daughter, was able to arrange for its care.

In 1925, Crothers was sued by Williamson Candy for trademark infringement for registering Oh! Henry in Canada.  They lost on appeal.

Supreme Court of Canada, Crothers Co. V. Williamson Candy Co., 1925

Timeline of Henry Van Luven’s life

I put together a timeline of some events that may have influenced Henry Van Luven and the lives of his family, ancestors and descendants.

1760 Martial Law in Canada
1776 Articles of Association, Benjamin and Issac Vanluven refuse to sign in County of Dutchess
1777 July 30, 1777, State government commenced at Kingston
1781 British surrendered
1783 Treaty of Paris for United States of America, denying loyalists right to vote or hold office, lawful for seizure and sale of property to pay for war.  Tar and feathering…

Population of Canada, 113,000, with 10,000 Loyalists

1785 Born in Ernestown, Lennox Addington, Ontario, Canada on 1785 to Cornelius Van Leuven and Elizabeth Kiefer. … 1788-Unknown.

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1788 Rhinebeck formed, March 7, 1788
1788-1849 – Mecklenburg District, then Midland District
1790 65 Van Leuvens in state of New York, and 3 slaves.

Christmas, 1790, returning soldiers told of Hessians on the battlefield decorating trees.  Some of the families liked the idea.  They cut young trees and decorated them with popcorn, cookies, gingerbread men with chocolate buttons and a mint green hat and other decorative foods.

1791 Canada Act, Constitutional Act, divides Quebec into Lower and Upper Canada

1792 February 7, 1792, a grant of free land to settlers of good faith
Elective system in Canada.  Missisquoi Bay Settlers.
1794/1795 Henry P. Van Leuven Birth (Methodist)  (Dec 15, 1794 V Gibson, 1795 Burleigh)
Born in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York.Father Cornelis, Grandfather Benjamin.Mother Elisabeth Kiefer, Grandmother Elizabeth Knickerbocker, Gr. El. Knickerbocker
1795 In all, Cornelius and Elizabeth had 10 children. We have 9 names: Cornelius, Mary, John, Henry, Eddy, Leonard, Benjamin, Isaac, and Hannah. About 1795, Cornelius and family, along, with his brother John, Sr. and family, removed to Canada, settling In Ernesttown Twp., Lennox & Addington County, Ontario. As far as we know, Cornelius and Elizabeth lived there the rest of their lives. (Did Elizabeth die and Cornelius marry a second time? to “El. Crawford”? A child, Hannah was born to “Cornelius Van Luven and El. Crawford 1 Oct 1808” and baptised (no date given) by Rev. Robert McDowall, minister of the United Congregations of Sarneettown, Fredericksburgh, and Adolphustown.)

1796 Apparently the first settler here on the lake was Michael Sloat (or Sloot) who was an UAE given a free land grant in 1796, and two more lots in 1806 and1807. As a result the lake came to be known as “Sloat’s Lake” and the west end near the outlet of the lake into the creek was called “Sloat’s Landing”. Other UAE settlers followed: one note stated “around 1819 English squires Rutledge, Sloat, Wood, Blake, Purdy, Simkins, Sills and MacMillan owned the only wagon in Loughboro.” Loughboro was an early name often used for the growing village at the outlet.

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1797 In land records at York, the capital (now Toronto), ls the following: “Public Records and Archives of Ontario, Council Chamber at York, 13 Nov 1797, Petitions. John Van Leaven praying for lands as a settler, recommended 200 Acres. Cornelius Van Leaven praying for lands as a settler, recommended 200 Acres.”

1800 Birth of Hannah Hartman (Vanluven) my great grandmother
1804 Age 10
1812 War of 1812, served under Sir Gordon Drummond, Upper Canada Incorporated Militia Battalion
1814 Age 20, Battle of Lundy’s Lane 25 July 1814
1815 War of 1812 ends
1816 Married Hannah Hartman
source: Brant Gibbard’s Genealogy Pages; Hannah’s ID I97982From <>
1818 Age 24, Birth of daughter Mary Charlotte Vanluven
1819 Benjamin married Jane GALLOWAY 5 May 1819 in Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada, daughter of George GALLAWAY and UNKNOWN CATHERINE.

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1824 Age 30
Birth of son, Cornelius VanluvenLot 7: Crown to Peter Thomas, all 200 acres, 1805. In 1824, Peter Thomas sold 100 acres, “part” (likely the south part) to Leonard Van Luven for £75. In 1831, Peter Thomas sold 100 acres “part, being the north end of the lot” to Calvin W. Miller for £25.From <>
1828 Age 34

Birth of son, Christopher Vanluven

1830 Amos Ansley Jr. ended up owning a mill in what would eventually become the Village of Battersea.

Ansley sold the mill in 1830 to another Loyalist who moved into the area, Henry Vanluven. Vanluven and his sons became an economic force in what became know as Vanluven’s Mills until the name was changed to Battersea in 1857. He was also the first reeve of Storrington Township when it was incorporated in 1850.

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Loughboro post office created in Sloat’s Landing

Benjamin Aykroyd was born on March 10, 1830 in Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada.
Benjamin Aykroyd married Mary C Buck on October 28, 1883.
Benjamin Aykroyd had 1 child. His name is Henry Frederick Aykroyd.
Benjamin Aykroyd passed away on July 19, 1898 in Frontenac, Ontario, Canada.

Great Great Grandfather was Buck.  Wylkie Aykroyd was in Sears family photos.

LOUGHBOROUGH TOWNSHIP – FRONTENAC COUNTY 15 – M. Van Luven – 50 acres 16 – W. Van Luven – 90 acres 17 – M. Van Luven – lot in Sydenham STORRINGTON TOWNSHIP – FRONTENAC COUNTY 18 – Christopher S. Van Luven – 87 acres, farmer, Battersea P.O. native of Canada; date of settlement- 1830. 19 – Henry Van Luven – 175 acres 20 – S. Van Luven – 100 acres 21 –

1831 Patrick Chrissley 1831-1913
1832 Rideau Canal completed
1833 Kingston Penitentiary Established (my Great Grandfather Ralph Warren Sears, Great Uncle James Powell were guards, Great Uncle Van Luven was Farm Instructor)
1834 Age 40
Birth of son, Rufus Vanluven
1835 John A. Macdonald opens law practice in Kingston at 171 Wellington ST.
1836 Age 42

Birth of Daughter, Jemma Orra Vanluven

There are many, many lakes all through Portland, Loughborough and Storrlngton Townships. South of Draper Lake, Thomas Draper (father of Lovina) had a farm of 300 acres, which he sold for 300 pounds, 18 Nov 1836. So far, have not found the exact locations of any other Drapers, or of our early Van Leuvens. However, we know a Christooher Van Luven settled south of Murvale. (See cages 47-48 of COURAGEOUS VAN LEUVENS.) On this map we show 3 farms south of Murvale; and one of the farms in Storrlngton Twp. belonged to Christopher S. Van Luven; also since Zara V.L. was born near Murvale, we presume he is a descendant.

Lot 10: Crown to Philip Hartman, all 200 acres. In 1823, Philip Hartman sold the north half (100 acres) to Hannah VanLuven for £5. In 1826, he sold the south half to Elizabeth Hartman for the same amount. In 1836, Henry VanLuven and wife sold the north half to J.G. Switzer for £400, a substantial sum which suggests a dwelling and other improvements. Elizabeth Hartman’s south half ended up belonging to Alvin Dowling sometime before 1844.

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1837 Canadian Revolution
1839 Charles Poulett Thompson (Lord Sydenham) comes to Kingston from England to be Governor General of Upper Canada.

Sidney VanLuven born October 5, 1839 in Battersea to Henry and Hannah, my great grandfather

1840 Leap year, construction of Manor in Rockland, then Van Luven’s Mills
Deed registered by Henry on land occupied by Daniel Ansley’s mill
1841 Upper and Lower Canada united into United Province of Canada, 10 February 1841
1842 Hazeldell, a country villa, is built in Portsmouth Village in 1842.

Mary Van Luven born in Elgin

1843 Sir John A Elected in Kingston, chair kept in Holiday Manor

Sir John A practiced law in kitchen, courthouse was in Holiday Manor

1844 Age 50

Birth of son, Charles Hartman Vanluven

1846 Hamlet of Sydenham laid out

Henry Vanluven Campbell 1846-1922

1848 Lots laid out for Rockville
1850 Elected First Reeve of Storrington Township, incorporated 1850
1851 Highway 38 3578 Vanluven Farmstead The property contains a one-and-a-half storey Ontario vernacular stone farmhouse, built prior to 1851, with a stone farm building and several barns. Leonard Vanluven was a Wesleyan Methodist yeoman and farmer.
1852 The Kingston and Storrington and Kingston Mills Road Company was formed in 1852.
1853 Death of Hannah Hartman, wife of Henry P. Vanluven

Cause: accident – fall from buggy
June 15 1853

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1854 Age 60.  In 1854, the first 12 mile stretch of road from Kingston to Loughborough Lake was paved, and two toll booths were installed, which brought in £200 in revenue the first year. It cost £7,293 to build the road, including £615 for the bridge over the north shore of Loughborough Lake.
1855 By the winter of 1855, a winter road had been built all the way up to Big Rideau Lake, where Perth Road still ends today.

James Campbell built the first subdivision in what would become Frontenac County in 1855, subdividing his farm to form 2 acre lots along Perth Road in what was subsequently renamed Inverary from the original name, which was Storrington.

Samuel Augustus Aykroyd (b. 1855), was an ardent spiritualist as well as a dentist of Sydenham, Ontario, Canada.

LEWIS RILEY VAN LEUVEN- b. 30 Apr 1826, Camden. Ontario, Canada d. 8 Sept 1888, San Eernardino, California md. 25 Mar 1855, San Bernardino MARY PATIENCE VAN LEUVEN DRAPER, daughter of Frederick Van Leuven b. 27 Feb 1833, Loughborough, Frontenac, Ontario, Canada d. 29 Nov 1913, San Bernardino, California Children- Lewis Riley, Jr., Eurlin, Lorana, Etta Caroline, Dewane. “Lewis Van Leuven arrived in Old San Bernardino in 1854. In 1855 he lived in the Yucaipe Valley. He married Mrs. Fatience Draper, a daughter of Frederick Van Leuven, and soon afterward they went to Visalia, Tulare County, and lived there for 3 years. After this he settled ln Old San Bernardino and resided here until his death, Sept. 28, 1888. The widow and 4 children still survive. Lewis R.; Lorane, Mrs. Alonzo Frink; Etta, Mrs. Abner McCrary; and Dewane, who lives on the home place and ls married.” —from Ingersoll’s CENTURY ANNALS of SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, published in 1904.

According to Ingersoll, Anson Van Leuven and his brother, Lewis Riley, were the first orange growers in San Bernardino Valley

1856 Henry Vanluven, Marriage to Sarah King
1857 Purchase of rights to Crown mill sites

Flour Mill Proprietor, Inverary, Owner, Bedford Township, Conc. 4. Lot 4h

Van Leuven’s Mills changed names to Battersea after Rockville name turned down by Postal Inspector.

L. Van Luven, Battersea, telegraph operator, native of Canada; date of settlement- 1857.
Erection of Mill on site previously occupied by Daniel Ansley’s mill.

1858 Age 64

Birth of Leonard Van Luven (King)

When Battersea Church was started in 1858, Henry VanLuven offered to give double any subscription given to the building fund.

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1860 2285 Battersea Road – James Hickey House

A one-and-a-half storey rectangular limestone house built prior to 1860. James Hickey Sr. was the Road Master and used the house to collect tolls. Property includes a barn

The rights to the road were sold in 1860 to “a triumvirate of three men, A.J. Macdonell, Samuel Smith and Sir J. A. MacDonald”

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Hazeldell, a country villa, is built in Portsmouth Village in 1842. From 1860 to 1865 it was John A. Macdonald’s legal residence and the home of his mother, who died there, and his sisters, Louisa and Margaret, and Margaret’s husband, Professor James Williamson.

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1861 Occupation: Mill owner

1864 Age 70

Birth of George Chrissley 1864-1923

From: Mitchell’s Canada gazatteer and business directory for 1864-65

BATTERSEA, C. W. — A post village situated in the township of Storrington and county of Fron-
tenac. Distant from Kingston, the county seat, l.’S miles ; from Toronto, 100 miles ; and from Mont-
real, 190 miles. Mail weekly. Population 200.

VANLUVEN, CORNELIUS, post master & woollen mill proprietor.
Vanluven, H., J. P., grocer, flour and grist mill proprietor.
Vanluven & Anglin, saw mill proprietors and lumber merchants.

1865 Occupation: Justice of the Peace (JP), Flour and Grist Mill Proprietor
1866 Fennian Raiders

Birth of John Chrissley 1866-1879

1867 Canada Confederation

3162. Catherine Matilda LEONARD was born in 1848 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She died in 1901. She was buried in Cataraqui United Church Cemetery, Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada.
Catherine Matilda LEONARD and Charles H. VAN LUVEN were married on 24 Sep 1867 in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Charles H. VAN LUVEN (son of Henry VAN LUVEN and Hannah HARTMAN) was born in 1843 in Storrington, Ontario, Canada. He was buried in Cataraqui United Church Cemetery, Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada.

Catherine Matilda LEONARD and Charles H. VAN LUVEN had the following children:

4239 i. Henry VAN LUVEN was born in 1869.


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Battersea named, Post office, telegraph, Battersea Population 200
1869 Henry Van Luven born January, 1869 to Sidney W Vanluven and Mary M Vanluven (Williams)
1870 New Masonic Hall cornerstone laid in Harrowsmith.  Member A. Vanluven.
1871 Age 77

Death of Jemima Orra Vanluven

1874 Age 80
1876 167 Wellington St.  Anglin Building – A narrow four-storey brick commercial building constructed circa 1876. Samuel Anglin owned a sucessful sawmill in Battersea with his brother William.

Feb 18, 1876 – Birth of Christopher Van Luven

1877 Pensions, War of 1812
FRONTENAC Battersea 170 Vanluven, Henry 20.00
FRONTENAC Battersea 694 Randall, Benjamin
FRONTENAC Elginburgh 3271 Snook, Tunis 20.00
FRONTENAC Elginburgh 1870 Purdy, Jesse 20.00
BOTHWELL Florence 3015 Quakenbush, Isaac 20.00
BRANT Brantford 1782 Buck, Peter 20.00
NORTHUMBERLAND Dartford 2225 Darling, John Services not proved
1878 Age 83

Marriage of son Leonard to Jane Teachout

LOUGHBOROUGH- “This township contains 52,000 acres, a great portion of which is covered with lakes, the principal one being Loughborough Lake. In the front of this township the land is rich and productive, consisting of black soil on a clay foundation. It has been settled a considerable time (this written in 1878) and the old log houses of the inhabitants have been replaced… Syndenham, an important and flourishing village, was laid out about 1848…” (see map p. 44)

1880 To Him must be given some of the credit for the establishment of the cheese industry in Storington Tp. He purchased Lot 2, Con 6 in 1878 and built a cheese factory which he operated until 1889. Also he leased property from Henry Van Luven in Battersea from 1880 to 1888 where he operated a cheese factory.

Carol Saari  noted that John M. Hodgson had 2 cheese factories, one at the corner of Montreal and Washburn Rd, and the other beside the creek in Battersea. This last factory, built in 1880 on property leased from Henry VanLuven, burned to the ground in 1885. Hodgson, discouraged by his loss and nearly bankrupted by unpaid credit allowed to his patrons, left for Manitoba in 1889 (Notes from Esther Mitchell).

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1883 1 June 1883 Loughboro Post office renamed Sydenham

Ida Mae (May) Van Luven (my great grandmother) marries Noxon Harrison Williams, a blacksmith living in Battersea

1884 Age 90

Birth of Grace Essa (Elizabeth) Chrissley (Williams) in Battersea, October 26, 1884

1886 The first hockey game is played in Kingston between Queen’s and RMC.
An astronomical observatory (demolished 1951) is constructed at RMC.From <>
1887 Sir John A. Macdonald is again elected in Kingston, his legal residency is 134 Earl Street, even though he is living in “Earnscliffe” in Ottawa after 1883.

The city acquires the Kingston Water Works Company.
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Young Henry Van Luven migrates to Boonville, NY with Christopher

1890 Lord Erne Loyal Orange Lodge No. 1591
This lodge was instituted on May 21, 1890 in the village of Waterville, Compton County, Quebec. The following were charter members; Leonard Van Luven, George Gardiner, James Rooney, James Lytle, Thomas Armstrong, James Campbell, Charles House, George Flanders, F. Lewis and John Johnson. The lodge was started under the patronage of Lord Erne, Imperial Grand Master, who agreed to become the lodge patron and an honourary member.
The lodge was instituted by the Grand Master of Quebec, Clark Gordon of Sherbrooke. The first lodge officers were; Master – L. Van Luven, Deputy Master – James Rooney, Chaplain – Reverend Isaac M. Thompson, Recording Secretary – George Gardiner, Treasurer – James Lytle, Director of Ceremonies – D. McLean, Committee Members – Mark Hodgson, George Flanders, Thomas Armstrong, James Campbell, F. Lewis.
1891 Henry Van Luven Death, Age 97, October 27, 1891

Senile gangrene, 6 weeks
Buried in Van Luven Cemetery, Battersea

Sir John A. Macdonald Death June 6, 1891
Buried in Cataraqui Cemetery.

The Kingston Historical Society commemorates his death by an annual ceremony at the gravesite on 6 June.

(Kingston) Population 19,263.
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My Great Great Uncle James Powell takes the final photographs of Sir John A. Macdonald.

William W. Anglin, one of 2 former CPR telegraph operators who first flashed the news of the death of Sir John A.
His father was postmaster of Battersea for 60 years.

1892 Henry Jr. has son James
1894 My Great Great Great Grandmother Ida May (Mae) VanLuven (Williams) born to Henry Free Vanluven and Mary Williamson.

Henry Jr. has daughter Catherine Ruth

1897 James and Mary PAYNE RICHARDS were married in 1863 and had the following children while living in Canada: John(1863-?), Robert (1866-1884), Samuel Parkin (1868-1937).  They moved to the area around Boonville, NY about 1869 and had at least 2 more children: Emma (1870-1900) who married Henry VanLUVEN (1869-?) and had son James (1892-1956); and daughter Catherine Ruth (1894-1900); Laura Margaret (1876-?) who married Christopher VanLUVEN (brother of Henry; 1876/8-1948).  The VanLUVENs were originally from Canada and emigrated to NY in 1887 and 1896 respectively.  James RICHARDS, Seth LYON and Henry VanLUVEN were all stone masons by trade.

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1904 Death of Ida Mae (May) Williams (Van Luven) Nov 29, 1904
1905 Marriage of daughter:

Grace Essa (Elizabeth) Chrissley (born Williams)
Spouse: Thomas Patrick (Kirkpatrick) Chrissley
Battersea, Frontenac, Ontario

Jan 11 1905

1908 George Chrissley born (Chrissley’s married into Van Luven family)
1912 Manor converted to Fishing Lodge, Van Luven House, Automotive Garage across road where marina is

Holiday Manor Resort, Holiday Manor Northern Lodge
Einwechter family owned for 35 years, 2 generations
1915 Dr. Otto Van Luven joins Canadian Army Medical Corps, February 5, 1915
1921 Death of Cornelius Vanluven
1922 Death of Sidney W. Vanluven
1925 Death of Mary M. Williams, wife of Sidney Vanluven
1940 Noxon Harrison Williams death, Feb 8, 1940, buried in Van Luven Cemetery in Battersea
1961 Death of Grace Essa (Elizabeth) Chrissley (Williams)
1983 The book is a 550-page people’s history of Frontenac County from 1673 – 1973 and was published in 1983

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Great Grandfather Warren Sears

My great-grandfather, Ralph Warren “Marcus” Sears was born May 24, 1885 on Perth Road in Loughborough, Addington, Frontenac County and brought up Methodist.   He died at on February 5, 1969, living to 83 years and 8 months.

My uncle told me he remembers his grandfather to be an ornery man, with a quick temper and lumps of coal dust in his ears from their coal-fired furnace.  Four or five times a month he might bathe, and once a year he would go to the doctor to get the coal removed from his ears.

I would imagine that his temper stemmed from the hard life he had and his experiences dealing with some of Canada’s most notorious criminals, murderers, thieves, and bank robbers.    Or perhaps just from losing his wife at 34, after they lost their young daughter.  His wife, Emma Rose Turner, died November 24, 1917, leaving him to raise my grandfather a single dad.

In the Census of Canada, 1901, Warren is listed as living with my Great Great Grandfather Samuel Sears, his mother Hannah Buck Sears, his brothers Benjamin Sears, Frederick Sears, sister Alberta Sears.  Their next door neighbours in Loughborough, district 43 Addington, on each side were Ackroyds.  Two doors down, Barney Buck and his family lived, and two doors down the other way John Babcock and his family lived, some other names in my family clan..

Many of the documents of his life we obtained from a researcher Canada’s Penitentiary Museum.  Mr. Sears started his employment at the notorious Kingston Penitentiary (KP) as a guard in February of 1914.  His starting salary was $800.  As he could get his shoes and laundry taken care of for free at the jail, this was probably a good package.

I learned of his connections to Haileybury and Cobalt through correspondence records from the jail, and anecdotes from my father.  We think he may have worked in the mines of Cobalt during the great silver rush of 1905.


Oddly enough, I did not find a lot of books or information on the secretive history of KP, though there are plenty of mug shots and interesting stories of the convicts and prison staff.



Urban Dictionary‘s definition of to Roebuck:

‘roebuck’ is a verb, usually used in the sense that a name is “being roebucked”. To be roebucked means that a name which in a two name company which previously had equal standing is being gradually phased out. This is derived from the company originally known as Sears-Roebuck but is now just Sears, having roebucked the Roebuck, so to speak.

Sears Roebuck and Co ceased to exist in 2004 when it became Sears Holdings .  As Sears possibly Roebucks itself out of the retail market, here’s my notes on the Roe-Buck family name.

From Familysearch:

The Roebuck name is English, originating around Kent and Somersetshire section of England where it has been known for many generation as a very well known and ancient family. The name Roebuck means – a dweller at the sigh of the male roe deer. This could have meant a sigh on an inn, or where deer were often seen.

The first roebucks to come to America came to Virginia. On February 15, 1635 two brothers, George and John Roebuck sailed on the ship, PLAIN JOAN with Captain Richard Buck as the Master. They had taken the oath of allegiance to the King and Conformities to the church before being allowed to sail. They paid their own passage rather than being indentured to some one else for their fare as so many at that time, which shows they we~e people of some means to be able to do so. There is a record of George Roebuck on the quit rent (tax list) in Surry County, Virginia for the year 1704 as paying taxes on 70 Acres of cleared land. The first official census was taken in 1790. It showed two Roebuck in Martin County (the only ones in N.C.).

Captain Richard Buck of the Plaine Joan (Plain Jane) may have been Richard Buckman according to this passenger list.

From Surname Database:

This unusual and interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has two possible sources. Firstly, it may derive from a nickname for a shy or timid person, from the Olde English pre 7th Century “ra” and “bucc”, roe-buck. many early English surnames were developed from the habitual use of nicknames, which were frequently bestowed with reference to some fancied resemblance to an animal’s or bird’s appearance or characteristic behaviour other modern surnames derived from the Olde English “ra” and “raege” (female deer), are Ray, Roe, Raye, Reye and Rae. The Development of “Roebuck” as a surname includes Matilda Robuc (1297, Yorkshire), and Richard Rabuk (1379, ibid). The modern surname may also derive from a “sign-name” where the original bearer lived “at the sign of the roebuck”, as in one William atte Robuck, recorded in Parliamentary writs of 1313. One John Roebuck was christened at St. Andrew’s, Holborn, in London, on May 11th 1639. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Adam Rabuck (witness), which was dated 1246, witness in the “Assize Rolls of Lancashire”, during the reign of King Henry 111, known as “The Frenchman”, 1216 – 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax.

According to the Roebucke/Roebuck Family History, The Roebuck Family Guarded the King of England’s Roe Deer around the castle.

Robert Roebuck 1630-1670

A great source of information is the Robert Roebuck web site,

It is said that prior to leaving Wales the family had been in the kings service as foresters or literally guardians of the kings deer, thus the name Roebuck. Was RABUK, ROBUK,ROBUC, and ROEBUCK and they were found mostly in Yorkshire, England, by the 14th century.

In 1746, John Roebuck invented leaden condensing chambers for the manufacture of sulphuric acid.

In 1770s, there was also a class of 44-Gun ships built with the Roebuck name.

H.M.S. Roebuck was the nameship of a class of twenty fifth rates even though she herself was completed before any of the others had been laid down. Roebuck’s keel was laid in Chatham dockyard in October 1770 and she was launched on 28 th April 1774. Measured by her builders at 886 tons, she was 140 feet in length with a 38 foot beam, and mounted 44 guns in total comprising 20x­18 pounders, 22x­9 pdrs. and 2­x6 pdrs.
In 1802, John Arthur Roebuck was born.  He was a radical politician and lawyer, at one point living in Upper Canada before moving back to England and serving in Parliament.
 He championed the cause of self-government for Canada and other colonies of the British empire in his book, The Colonies of England: A Plan for The Government of Some Portion of Our Colonial Possessions.
Canada is not a nation–she is–a colony–a tiny sphere, the satellite of a mighty star, in whose brightness she is lost.  Canada has no navy, no army, no literature, no brotherhood of science.  If, then, a Canadian looks for honour in any of these various fields, he must seek it as an Englishman; he must forget and desert his country, before he can be known to fame.  We must not then wonder if we find every intelligent and ambitious Canadian with a feeling of bitterness in his heart—because of his own inferiority of condition.
I seek to frame a polity which contemplates the colony in its commencement–in its infancy–and onward in its course, till it becomes an established and self-governing community; my polity then seeks to unite thisself-governing state with others, having the same interests and living under the same laws and according to the same rule of government.  Thus my plan proceeds preparing for a continually increasing power and importance–providing a secure and comfortable subsistence for the humble millions who constitute the large majority of the people–and opening a career of honourable ambition for the more aspiring leaders, by whom the peopel will be guided, ruled, and led.
It’s interesting, in Canada’s 125th year of existence as a formal self-governed country, how influential this Roebuck may have been on the original founding fathers and their overseas overseers.
His biography has more information on his Life in Canada as a young man.
The wild country, its great rivers, the vast scale upon which everything was framed, made on me a profound impression. The freedom in which we lived, the thorough liberty of going where we liked, the new scenes, brought with them a sort of enchantment. All efforts would fail were I to endeavour to describe them.The population of the district mostly consisted of the descendants of those Americans who adhered to the side of the mother-country in the War of Independence. These people emigrated to Canada as being still an English possession, and were known as U.E.’s (United Englishmen).

He met another Powell, Sir John Powell, on his occasion of meeting Prince Leopold, the Duke of Richmond, and the Queen of England.

Before I was admitted to the presence Sir John Powell asked me to see him. I went, and found him with two books before him. He said that the Queen wished to have my autograph in those books on the date of my birth.

After some short time, the Duke of Richmond giving me his arm, we were ushered into the presence of lier Majesty. We found the Queen standing near the door with Prince Leopold on her right hand. She advanced and said, as nearly as I can recollect the words, ” I Lave sent for you, Mr. Roebuck, so that I might be able to express to you personally my high appreciation of what you have said and done upon the late trying occasions.  I consider your conduct to have been that of a true patriot, and I am glad to have this opportunity of expressing to yourself my
approbation and thanks.”

I, upon this, expressed my sincere and warm thanks “or her Majesty’s goodness, saying that I was amply rewarded for all that I suffered, and I had suffered, because of what I had done, and which had Avon her Majesty’s approval.

Perhaps one of the most important and vocal Roebucks in history.
Of perhaps lesser importance, in 1839, M.D. Hill and Roebuck were involved in a patent infringement case having to do with a new-and-improved ships head, or bathroom.
Arthur Roebuck (1878-1971), another lifelong politician, cabinet minister and senator from Toronto,  championed the civil liberties and rights of Canadians.
The famous Alvah C. Roebuck of Chicago, IL, was a partner with Richard W. Sears in A.C. Roebuck & Company, later Sears Roebuck, 1893.  In 1894 Alvah was concerned about bankruptcy and sold his share for $20,000.   Roebuck continued to work for Sears, and designed one of the first motion picture projector “magic lanterns”.
Even with the downturn of Sears, market cap is still $1.18B.  That $20,000 share would have been worth quite a bit more after a few stock splits, M&As, spinoffs and the recent $900 million sale of its Craftsman brand.
My great great grandparents have the Sears and Buck names, and although I don’t believe I have any Roebuck relatives, it’s interesting to me that the Roebuck name brings the surname graph relationship together.


After a couple years, back to my ancestry, and the Quackenbush family name.

From, site owner Erik Craig Quackenbush tells us a bit about this duck, sorry, Dutch, name and its roots.

Quackenbush is a Dutch name. The first recorded use of the Quackenbush coat of arms was in 1529 by Dirk Aelbertszoon van Quackenbosch,  registered in the Leiden Armorial (1785). The motto “Vrede in Rykdom” (Peace in Wealth) was first used by his grandson Gerrit Aelbertszoon van Quackenbosch in 1578.

Van Quackenbosch from the forest of the croaking frog.

The coat of arms is: Vrede In Rykdom!

It means Wealth and Happiness!

Quackenbush is an American last name based on a Dutch name (Van Quackenbosch). This name was brought to the Americas in 1654 by Pieter Van Quackenbosch his wife and 3 sons. In the Netherlands People were named by the region they live in.

Oddly enough, Pieter came from  Valkenburg, so not sure how that lines up with the region they lived in.  Perhaps frogs and bushes.,_South_Holland

Pieter did leave an amazing legacy to his family; the gift of a name so unusual that all of his descendents can trace it right back to him.

The Quackenbush Family in Holland and America is a 200-page walk through the family name and its history.

Another local distant ancestor, Hannah Jane Vanvolkenburgh-Quackenbush

If you Google Quackenbush, you get a lot of photos of air rifles.

Henry Marcus (H.M.) Quackenbush founded the H.M. Quackenbush Company in Herkimer, NY.  His Quackenbush rifle was popular from 1893-1920.  The company’s “gallery guns” were used across the U.S. in carnivals and shooting galleries.

H.M. and his company also invented a couple other useful things, including the extension ladder, the Kaleidoscope, coat hangers, scroll saw, darts, stair rails, bathroom shelves, and most successfully nutpicks and nutcrackers.

Dennis Quackenbush continues the tradition, making air guns at

Again, from is my favourite story.  E.Clarke Quackenbush is said to have installed the first car radio in his boss’ Packard.  He ran the antenna the length of the car.  The radio worked perfectly until the car was put into gear when they found that the antenna had wrapped itself around the driveshaft.

Wikitree has some Myths and Misunderstandings of the Quackenbush family.

Bush is the shortened form of Quackenbush for those that decided to Americanize the family name.

The Frontiersmen of New York: Showing Customs of the Indians
By Jeptha Root Simms

Abram Quackenbush: — One of the earliest Low Dutch families to locate in the present town of Glen was that of Quackenbush, as the name is now written. One of Quackenbush’s boyhood playmates, near the lower Mohawk castle at Fort Hunter, was an Indian called Bronkahorse, who was about his own age. Quackenbush was a lieutenant under the brave Capt. Gardinier. Among the followers of the Johnsons to Canada was his Indian friend, who also tried to get the white Whig to go with him, assuring him that he would have the same office in the royal army. Their next meeting was in the dodging, tree-to-tree fight at Oriskany. The lieutenant heard himself addressed in a familiar voice, which he recognized as that of his early Indian friend. now posted behind a tree within gunshot of the one which covered his own person. “Surrender yourself my prisoner and you shall be treated kindly,” shouted the Mohawk brave, “but if you do not you will never get away from here alive — we intend to kill all who are not made prisoners!” The success of the enemy at the beginning of the contest made them bold and defiant. “Never will I become a prisoner,” shouted back Quackenbush. Both were expert riflemen and now watched their chance. Bronkahorse fired first and planted a bullet in the tree scarcely an inch from his adversary’s head, but he had lost his best chance, as the lieutenant sprang to a new position from which his adversary’s tree would not shield him, and in the next instant the Indian dropped with a bullet through his heart.

 A story about Isaac Sears and Walter Quackenbush, Sons of Liberty.

So what’s my tie-in?  I’m sure I have some distant cousins with the Quackenbush name through the VanVolkenburg line.

Hezekiah Sears was my Great-Great-Great Grandfather.

Lavina/Lorine  VanVolkenburgh Sears, 1805 – @1881 was my Great-Great-Great-Grandmother.

Her nephew John VanVolkenburg Cordova Mines, Ontario writes a bit about his historyAnd some more through his aunt Mrs. Almeda Van Volkingburg-Quackenbush.

Continuing on… Phylander (Filander) Van Volkenburg, great-great-great-great grandfather.

His father, Jacob VanValkenburgh, 1765-1828 married Chloe Hodges.

His father was also Jacob.

His father Paul came with Jacob about 1790 from Holland to NY then to a farm in Brockville, Ontario.

Next up, Roebuck.  Because Sears.  And Buck.


The $30,000 Nutt

P.T. Barnum is often quoted as saying “There’s a sucker born every minute.” Barnum’s biographer couldn’t find out exactly where the phrase originated, however it was more likely spoken in criticism against him and his customers rather than by himself.

There may not be a sucker born every minute, but back in the day there might have been a Nutt born every minute. Nutts have 10,300,000 web pages, a Facebook presence of 363,000 pages, and there are 314,000 Nutts in the phone book. Most of the Nutts are in the US, though a few still remain in the UK (mainly Ireland) and a tiny amount moved to Canada.

William NUTT was born abt 1698 in Londonderry, Ulster, North Ireland and d. 26 Oct 1751 in Chester, Rockingham Co NH William NUTT was a weaver and ran the first fulling mill at Londonderry NH and later owned it. A descendant, Charles Nutt, wrote: “I have studied the English records of the Nutt family and I have about concluded that the ancestors of William-1 Nutt were in Ireland, probably Aghadoney, County Londonderry, for two or three generations, coming there from England. They undoubtedly descended from the family to which King Canute or Knut belonged. Back in 1100 the name was spelled Knut, Knot, Knutte, etc., but by 1300 it was definitely Nutt or Nutte…”

This post isn’t about P.T. Barnum or William Nutt, who have some ties to our branch of the Sears family tree, it is about a few closer ancestors, including two of Barnum’s employees, one being Commodore George Washington Morrison Nutt (1848-1881).

Commodore Nutt and his partner

Commodore Nutt was not a sucker. He joined the circus, made a fortune and was the most kissed man in the United States. He associated with the heads of state, Abraham Lincoln, and European royalty. He was sometimes mistaken for General Tom Thumb, another circus entertainer and co-worker. Together, they fought for the same woman’s hand in marriage. Tom won. George Nutt was the best man at Tom’s wedding, which was attended by over 2,000 people including Astors, Vanderbilts, and General Ambrose Burnside. The reception had over 5,000 attendees, and Barnum made $375,000 off them for admission. Tom Thumb’s funeral years later would be attended by over 10,000 people, though not sure if Barnum was there.

Right around the time Barnum & Commodore Nutt where hanging around with Abraham Lincoln, one of his relatives, Benjamin Franklin Nutt, Sr was hung for being a Confederate deserter. His story is a particularly sad & gruesome tale.

Ben Franklin, Sr.

Prior to this event, in 1781, Emmanuel Nutt was court marshaled in New York for desertion. “The Prisoner Emanuel NUTT, being call’d to and put on his Defence says, that when He absented himself from his detachment he was in Liquor that he has been Twenty five Years in his Majesty’s Service, that he had no intention of deserting, but was afraid to return back ’till some of his Friends, had made intercession with the Commanding Officer in his Behalf. “

Yet another Nutt, Martin Van Buren, was a civil war soldier. Martin Van Buren (not the Nutt one) was the 8th president of the United States. Not sure if they were related, though I did find a Captain Martin Van Buren Bates, who at 7’11’ and 470lbs was the largest soldier in the civil war.

Martin Van Buren Bates

Known as the “Kentucky Giant”, he eventually joined P.T. Barnum’s circus too, visited Halifax, Nova Scotia, and met 7’5” Anna Haining Swan. Together they toured Europe with the circus and eventually got married. “Queen Victoria herself gave them two extra-large diamond-studded gold watches as wedding presents.” Martin’s watch chimed the hours and was made of 112oz of gold. They tried to have children, unfortunately both sons died at or shortly after birth. One was registered at 18lbs, another at 22lbs.

Back to my immediate ancestry, David Nutt, who led a much more down-to-earth lifestyle.

David Nutt was born June 8, 1805 in Clarenceville, Bedford, Quebec. According to Mitchel & Co’s Canada Classified Directory of 1865-66, David Nutt was a Farmer, Baliff and the Postmaster or Post Office Superintendent of Clarenceville, Quebec. He served as postmaster from 1861-1884. He owned 100 acres of most likely Loyalist granted land. He was married October 16, 1825 to Elizabeth “Betty” Mitchell. At the time, they had 4-5 teenagers manning the farm. Eventually he would have 10 children.

David’s second wife was Aurelie Ratte. The french name was butchered in some documents as Orillia Rattie. They had a son Henry George Sears (1863 – 1933). Henry married Sarah Barr, and they had William George “Bill” Sears (1896-1978) and Margaret Georgena Sears (1898-1929). Bill Sears had 6 children with his wife Louise May Silver (1894-1980), including Velma A. “Bonnie” Sears Ball. Velma married Alfred Bruce Ball (1917-1991) who lived a life quite parallel to my grandfather’s age. They had 3 children. This branch is still living.

David Sears died October 13, 1885.

One of his daughters was Margaret Nutt, my 1st Great Grandmother. Margaret Nutt married my 1st Great Grandfather William Sears.

There are plenty of places and people with a little Nutt in them. There’s Nutfield, Surrey in the UK. Nutfield Marsh is just to the north. In Clarenceville, Quebec you have Nutt’s Corners, named after the above postmaster.

To stray off topic a bit, Clarenceville, better known as Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville, Montérégie, Québec, has a long history.

Located in Missisquoi County, and originally owned by France, the area was named Seigneurie de Foucault and settled by the French after 1727. The land was transferred to British rule after the Treaty of Paris was signed in 1763. The area was leased to Colonel Henry Caldwell in 1774 and called Caldwell’s Manor, then sold in 1742 to Joseph Frederic Allard and renamed Allard’s Manor. In 1822 the name was changed to its current name Saint Georges de Clarenceville, briefly Clarenceville. It resides in the Municipality of Noyan.

Missisquoi is derived from an Algonquin Abenaki word meaning “lots of waterfowl”. One of my ancestors is a Quackenbush. Perhaps a tie-in to the ducks in Missisquoi? Next to find out more about Quackenbush…

Who you gonna call?

Spelling Bees and Séances

Spell AYKROYD. (without looking!)

Can you pronounce it?
(ˈeɪkˌrɔɪd ) 

Can I get the definition?
According to Collins English Dictionary, Aykroyd is a noun, meaning “Dan”.

Dan. born 1952, Canadian film actor and screenwriter, best known for the television show Saturday Night Live (1975–80) and the films The Blues Brothers (1980), Ghostbusters (1984), and Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

Can you use it in a sentence?

He also spent time with Danny Aykroyd , Eddie Murphy and some of the other younger stars of the 1980s.

Who you gonna call?

Daniel Edward Aykroyd was born in Ottawa, Canada Day, 1952 to Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd and Lorraine Gougeon Aykroyd. He acted and co-authored the movies in the Ghostbusters franchise, with Ghostbusters III in the pipeline. As Dr. Raymond Stantz (born 1959 in Brooklyn, NY), he was a bit of a bumbling, naïve, nervous believer of the paranormal. I don’t know about the bumbling, naïve or nervous part, but Dan Aykroyd believes in ghosts too. As did his great grandfather, Dr. Samuel Augustus Aykroyd, a dentist and mystic researcher from Kingston, Ontario.

According to Dan,

I am a Spiritualist, a proud wearer of the Spiritualist badge. Mediums and psychic research have gone on for many, many years… Loads of people have seen spirits, heard a voice or felt the cold temperature. I believe that they are between here and there, that they exist between the fourth and fifth dimension, and that they visit us frequently

Can you identify which one is the Ghostbusters Headquarters and which is a Spiritualism Church?

Spiritualism and the branch of Spiritism became popular in the late 1900s, with over 8 million practitioners.

Sam Aykroyd was one of them, or at least studied them as a mystic. From what I have read, he corresponded with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) on the subject of spiritualism.

Apparently Sherlock’s father had quite the effect on Canadians, including Sam Aykroyd, who had his own weekly circle of spiritualists.

Arthur Conan Doyle had a fondness for Canada that was apparent in the many positive things he had to say about our country’s natural beauty, social and economic potential, and key role in the British Commonwealth. Conan Doyle visited Canada on four occasions. The first visit in 1894 was part of a literary tour; the 1914 trip  was a pleasure tour organized by the Canadian Government to promote western tourism, and the visits he made in 1922 and 1923 were chiefly part of his efforts to promote the Spiritualist cause.

Coincidentally, and without realizing the tie-in, I visited the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle room at the Toronto Reference Library while researching the Aykroyd family name, and its tie-ins to the Sears family.

I don’t believe in coincidences. 🙂 I do believe in deja-vu, and the fact that we can see things that have happened in the past and will happen in the future, if the impressions are strong enough.

Peter Aykroyd, Dan’s father, recently released a book, “A History of Ghosts” on his ancestors and many other religion’s views on spirits.

Dan and Peter did an interview last November on it.

If you don’t believe in ghosts, The Cedars was put on the market in February. It might be a nice place to move into but I’ll pass…

A Victorian church where Sherlock Homes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried to contact the dead has gone up for sale.
The Cedars Spiritualist Church in Ipswich, Suffolk – once a hotbed of British spiritualism – is on the market for between £500,000 and £700,000.
In the 1920s it hosted packed meetings where psychics would try to contact the spirits of people who had passed on.

As I was listening to it, I started browsing some of the tabs I had opened. As the interviewer asked a question about Houdini’s relation to the spirit world, I had just started reading this link, about Houdini.


Back to the AYKROYD family name. And Sam Sr. Sr.

Samuel Aykroyd was born Around 1810 he left Hudson, NY for Kingston, Ontario.

His son, Samuel Aykroyd II, is rumoured to have trekked across a frozen Loughborough Lake in 1826 to purchase his own land, still occupied today by the family of his great-great grandson.

His son, Samuel August AYKROYD III was born 1855 and died in 1933.

Around the time of Sam Aykroyd II was one Benjamin Aykroyd (1830-1898).

He married Jane SEARS on March 5, 1855.

Her parents were William Sears and Margaret NUTT. William Sears was the son of Hezekiah Sears. Though not a very common name today, it seemed popular in the 1900’s. Hezekiah was my great-great-great-great grandfather’s name. And his son’s name too. Though there are two Hezekiah’s living in that area from that same time period…

Benjamin’s dad was Stephen Aykroyd (1806-1851), who married Frances KNAPP. They had 9 sons and daughters in that family.

Benjamin’s son was George Aykroyd, born Christmas Eve, 1855 in Storrington, Ontario. He was a farmer in Loughborough. I assume he was a close relative of the Sam Aykroyd’s, though I haven’t found the tie-in yet. He married Althea SPIFFORD on Wednesday, November 13, 1878 at the young age of 23.

He died October 9, 1915 and is buried in Sydenham Cemetery. Benjamin & Althea had two children, Jennie Luenza Aykroyd (SLEETH) (1882-1950) and Wilkie Aykroyd (1886-1961).

Wilkie Aykroyd had two children Thorall Ann Aykroyd (BURNETT), (1907-1967 and Helen Elizabeth Aykroyd (BARR) (1910-?).

Brant Gibbard’s Geneaology Pages were invaluable for tracing my ancestry along with others, including the Aykroyd’s, who lived in the Kingston area.

Next up, the NUTT family and Farmer John Sears of Nutt’s Corners.

Powells, Powells everywhere…

James W. POWELL – “An Old Photographer and a Good Citizen His Useful Career”

This morning at 9:15, Mr. James W. Powell passed away, at his residence, Princess Street, after a lingering illness. The deceased was born in the house now occupied by his family, in 1842, consequently he was 54 years of age. He was the eldest son of the late James Powell, tinsmith. He received his early education at the Quaker School, near Picton. Twenty-five years ago he returned to this city, and was apprenticed to Sheldon & Davis, photographers. After serving a year with this firm, he opened a gallery over King’s drug store, after following his business in that place he removed to Napanee, where he remained a year. He returned to Kingston and for a number of years did business in the Anchor Block. Thirteen years ago he removed to his present stand, where he has conducted business ever since. A few years ago he suffered from a stroke of paralysis, and from that time till his death he has not been actively engaged in business.

The deceased leaves a wife, three sons and five daughters to mourn his loss. He was a member of the Methodist Church. He also belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Chosen Friends and the Ancient Order of United Workmen. The deceased had a large circle of friends, both in business and in private life, who will hear of his death with regret. He was popular among the amateur photographers of the city, and during his life gave them many useful hints in the mysteries of photography. The funeral will take place from his residence, Princess Street, on Sunday.
The Kingston Daily News – 16 Jul 1896

I first realized the POWELL family name has a strong history in Canada when I visited the Toronto Reference Library. I was one of the first visitors to the brand new Arthur Conan Doyle Room and the adjoining Baldwin Room. It felt a bit odd to have 3 curators fetching materials for me since I was the only person there. Asking for a few names to research, Powell was the largest hit. The curators brought box after box of Powell-related materials. The Powell’s in Toronto were a famous bunch.

The first manuscript I read was an amazing 19th-century typed letter from a lady of the Powell family, detailing the family history of her line and a few others. Famous Americans and Canadians were mentioned throughout the pages.

So 373 years ago, 21 years after the Mayflower set sail, one Thomas Powell was born to Thomas Powell and Priscilla Powell (nee Whitson). So the mystery of the common name of James is solved. As Puritans, they named their children after themselves. This was not always the case, with some really bizarre names coming out of that religion. I never found a Wrestling Powell or Fight-The-Good-Fight-Of-Faith Powell, but then again I didn’t go back too far.

A book on his descendants exists, though it hasn’t been updated in a hundred years or so…

Long Island genealogies. Families of Albertson, Andrews, Bedell, Birdsall … Willets, Williams, Willis, Wright, and other families. Being kindred descendants of Thomas Powell, of Bethpage, L.I., 1688.

It’s available at the Toronto Reference Library, or online at Archive.Org

So Thomas Powell founded Bethpahge, Long Island, turned Quaker, and sold parcels of land to other Quaker settlers. He seemed to make out pretty well, considering he purchased 10,000 acres in central Long Island for £140 and some fur pelts, or maybe some sheep, from the local Indian tribes. They were allowed to pick berries and hunt on the land, so there was that….

I have no clue if Thomas Powell is related to the James Powell lineage, however I have a good hunch that James Powell Shannon was.

James Powell Shannon was born September 10, 1832 at Belleview, Hastings. He died March 5, 1910, buried in Oneota Cemetery in Duluth. He was one of 24 children born to John Abel Shannon & Samantha Smith.

Is there a chance that he is related to James Powell the photographer, who was the father of my great-uncle?

Most likely. According to the 1886 Daily Whig, he ran Shanahan’s restaurant in Kingston. Shanahans — E. & A. Chown’s first business stand. They served their apprenticeship with James Powell, father of the photographer of the same name.

If you’re researching 19th-century Kingston, check out the link to the Whig above. It has a list of many of the stores along the main strip and a brief story about their owners.

So who was the photographer, James W. Powell? We’d need to jump forward a few more years.

On July 1, 1867, guns fired and bells tolled as Canadians took a bit of power from the British and united their colonies. Sir John A Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. He died in 1891 at the age of 76, with R.W. Powell calling it at 10:15pm.

No word yet if RW and JW were related…. What was JW doing in 1867?

In 1867, James W Powell lived in Kingston at 18 Colborne St. James W POWELL was the father of James Haffel POWELL, who married my great aunt.

In 1871 he moved to Napanee, and worked at Sheldon & Davis as a photographer.  Some photos from the National Gallery.

In 1876 he was at Wellington St.
In 1881 he was at 34 Brock St.
In 1883 he was at King and Market Square
In 1889 he was at 165 Princess St.

James Powell and family owned 165-167 Princess St. from 1840 to the 1880’s. When fire raged up Princess in 1876, this building was saved from destruction by blowing up a small brick house to the west.

The Stories of Store Street.

Neighbours of James, perhaps a bit into the future, included Dan Aykroyd’s great-grandfather Samuel Augustus, the dentist in Kingston.

The King of Kingston

Six generations of Aykroyds have lived in the Kingston area. The family’s penchant for the paranormal started with Dan’s great-grandfather, Samuel Augustus Aykroyd, Kingston’s fifth dentist, who had an office on the town’s main drag at 92 Princess Street (now a TD bank across the street from a Starbucks). As a child, Peter spied on his mystic grandfather’s regular seances at the family’s farmhouse, a childhood fascination that would eventually greatly influence his own son.

In the attic of 165 Princess St, photos and documents from Powell’s photography studio were found years later. These Fonds are in the Queens archives which I hope to see someday soon. Their web site has a few Powell photos.

James W. POWELL, was a photographer for over 30 years in the Kingston and Napanee Area, from 1870 to his death at 9:15am on July 16, 1896. If you have any links to Powell photos, please post them in the comments below.

In 1901, his son, James Haffel Powell, was 28 when he married married my Great Aunt Mary Ida Sears. At 24, she was a nurse. Her parents were Samuel SEARS and Hannah BUCK. His brother Charles W. POWELL of Kingston was his best man, with her sister, my Great Aunt Alberta J. SEARS being the maid of honour. Jess Miklos was kind enough to pull that together for me.

They lived on Perth Road near Kingston. Not to be confused with Frank Baden-Powell Park, in West Perth Australia.

When the elder POWELL passed away, his son and mother tried to keep the photography business going. Jennie (Jane) SALLANS POWELL and her sons managed until 1906, when the business was closed. Later, James Haffel Powell joined my Great-Great Grandfather Ralph Warren Sears as a guard in Kingston Penitentiary.

Although James Haffel Powell is only related to me through marriage, his tree was one of the more interesting ones to climb. Haven’t found the link to Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts, but I’m sure it’s there someplace. I will revisit my great uncle’s history in a future posting, along with a history of Cobalt, Ontario.

Next posting will be on the AYKROYD family, my ancestor’s neighbours in Loughborough, Ontario, and a possible tie-in with the SEARS family tree.

The meaning of a name

The Sears family name is derived, misspelled, translated, obscured, and Americanized into various forms.

From, this blurb on the Sears name seems to simplify everything.

Irish (Kerry): Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Saoghair, which in turn may be a patronymic from a Gaelicized form of the Old English personal name Saeger (see 2 below). EML.English: patronymic from a Middle English personal name Saher or Seir (see Sayer 1).Americanized form of French Cyr.

I found that the Americanized (Kentucky) version of Sears is Cyrus. As in Billy Ray, Miley, and her original ancestors.

Perhaps the best explanation for the various iterations of the Sears family name was put together by V. Suzanne Sears, who I will quote ad verbatim.
The sound Syr is nearly 2,500 years old:
the first person with this last name lived in the middle east and is recorded in ancient history

It goes back even farther:
related to pagan gods and goddess names

It spread out of the Middle East into Persia:
where it became synonymous with things Powerful:
primarily geographical… Rivers and Hills

but some men also took it up as a last name.

Heading north: it spread with the Celts to the Baltic Sea….
One finds the River Syr in Belgium and Lake Suire in Switzerland………..

Spreading further: it reached Norway and Sweden and is still a popular first name today: Sirre

In Scotland: it came to be a word synonymous with Hill…..

to ancient Mediterranean sailors: it was a mermaid that created havoc with their ships……..

A Syr had many powers…….

There is speculation it is the backbone of the term Sire….or Lord…..and it probably is…….

However here is where we stop:

Sears and Sire are not in any way related……..

Instead: we are now using the Latin Sutor…..

which refers to the term Pattern Maker…..
and which in French: the T is not pronounced.

Thus a person who worked with patterns was a Sire or Le Sire……..this is a huge family name in Belgium and Picardy and Flanders.

In France: it is spelled Le Sueur…….and is applied to both shoe makers and cloth makers and iron makers.

Its a trade name.

From this rose the very famous Flemish Dutch cloth of ancient times called Sayre……or Sayer.

A Sayer or Sayre was someone who was a Le Sire:
someone who worked and used patterns of Sayre cloth.

Eventually the two terms were interchangeable……..
like Smith…….

Many many families carried this last name………

England had a policy of refusing to import French or French related cloths:
and since they desperately needed them:
instead they imported Sayres…..or Le Syrs

One can find Le Syrs and various spellings as early as 1100AD in all parts of England……..including Colchester regions of the Richard Sayres fame………

They were so highly prized as tradesmen: they were imported to all regions of Britain and Scotland and Ireland and Wales.

Mary Queen of Scots imported a group of Flemish Sayres to Scotland: only to have her son James resettle them in Bedfordshire.

Bedfordshire was also the place where in the 1400s a group of Flemish weavers sought and applied for the right to settle…….and was granted: as in the Sears of Bedfordshire known in early New England.

We also have the Syers of Sussex:
who were also Flemish……..

Thus Sayer and Sears and any other British spelling
are not one genetic family
but many:
anyone who plied this trade.

Some indeed did become wealthy from the actual import and export of the cloth Sayre
most did not

Certainly the cloth workers: disenchanted with the Catholic and Anglican relgion that were the backbone of Puritanism……..driving themselves and others of like persuasion to North America………

The Flemish cloth weavers of Britain had floated its economy for a very long time with little reward in general.

As to Norman or French origins from Serez or any other Normandy town:
thats inconsistent with the facts……

The only version of the name in Normandy was Le Sueur…..and most became Huguenots: and some did migrate to London England Threadneedle district…….

certainly not during the times of the Norman invasion……

Sayre is a simple Flemish word for cloth and clothweaver:
there is no magical French noble version…….

There are thousands of persons today named Le Sire and Le Sueur and Sayre and Sirre still living in this north eastern part of France and Flanders ,,,,,,,

and they are very clear on their origins……
Most even carry Germanic or Jewish DNA profiles….
with a few Swiss ones with typical Celt profiles….

Only the Irish versions are slightly different in origin:
every original Seers in Ireland belongs to the
Seer O Sullivan clan.
and indeed it did mean builder:
but related to stone masonry

All other versions came over to Ireland from Britain and Flanders at later periods and are not indigenous to Ireland.

It was primarily in America where the name and similar sounding ones all seemed to become Sears……even Scearce became Sears: which is unrelated in meaning and origin.

Hope this helps demystify what is really a very simple last name…….

Thanks V. Suzanne.

After reading this, I figured other than trying to trace back a few generations of Sears from direct descendants birth and marriage certificates, and cemetary headstones, it will be a tough task trying to tie them together without DNA evidence.

Perhaps the friends and relatives of my great great ancestors were more interesting anyway….

Next up, the Powell family, my Great Uncle (in-law).