What's New - December 22, 2009

InBox Backlog!!

Thanks so much to all those who have taken the time and effort to send me email. I really appreciate it because it helps make the data better. Even if the email just says "Thanks", it is appreciated.

Unfortunatley, however, the past year has resulted in a full-to-over-flowing InBox. I've tried to whittle it down in recent weeks but it's just too deep at this point. Over the coming months I will try to respond but I can't promise, as much as I'd love to.

In spite of this, please don't stop sending email. It really makes this whole thing work. I expect and anticipate those nice surprises. Keep them coming!

P.S.: Oh, yes, don't hesitate to send another email if I don't answer the first. I won't be offended. You know what they say about the squeaky wheel.

Brighton Township History Book

Florence Chatten's history book called "Brighton Township" has been available since August around Brighton, being sold privately for $29.95. There has been lots of interest. Those at a distance who have indicated via email they want a copy are in our plans but there have been delays in arranging for delivery and postal costs. Have patience, we are hoping to get them out soon.

Genealogy - Names Added Since Last Publishing


A recent email contact motivated some work on a familiar name in the Brighton area - Flindall. There were lots of details in the data for this group but much has been added to make the whole tree much more complete. Anyone who can add to the details, especially for more recent generations is welcome to send whatever they wish.

Babbitt or Babbit

The same email contact that motivated the Flindall work generated some interest in the name Babbitt (spelled with one "t" sometimes). Local Codrington history includes a Babbitt family and I was glad to take the connections back to the earliest settlers in Prince Edward County. As always, please pass on more details if you have them.

Rogers - Murray & Brighton Twp.'s

An interesting discussion with someone at our booth on the street at Applefest kicked off some research on a Rogers family that lived just north of Spring Valley in the 1870's. I felt they might be connected to the large Rogers group from Prince Edward County and around Grafton but not so. This group settled early just west of the railway overpass on No. 2 Highway (they are rebuilding right now) a bit west of Trenton. The U.E.L. settlers of this group were military but nothing I saw connected them to the Grafton group. If anyone can improve on this, please feel free.

Colonel Richard Bullock

Lots of other folks have been doing great work to build up the family tree of an important early Brighton and area settler - Colonel Richard Bullock. Recently a very productive email contact provided information that helped to identify and fill out info re one of his many daughters (still many not documented). Always happy to add to the details like that. Thanks very much.


There has been lots of Ireland info in my data but someone closely connected to this group has provided good information regarding the earlier structure of the family. This links with the note above re Bullock, since that is one of the connections I found very interesting. Check it out and see if you can add anything.

Smith's of Smithfield

Another connection to Colonel Richard Bullock is to John Drummond Smith, of Smithfield, through daughter Jane Bullock. This is a case where early generations went to the US before much was recorded about them so it is hard to track down the details unless someone from the US family steps in. Thanks so much for the info, it helps our local info a lot.


There was a McComb family near Morganston when I was growing up at Codrington and I found later that there are connections with my families in a couple of ways. Recently I tripped over the earlier McComb family in Rawdon Twp. and built up some of the info to give it better context. This tree is nowhere near complete but it is better represented now. I felt it was useful to mention because of all the local connections with names like Buchanan, Ross, Valleau, Plumton and others. Feel free to add to the info.

Archer, Hoskin, Taylor - Haldimand Twp.

An email connection pointed me toward the sketchy info I had for these names in the Grafton area. Once I started folllowing the info, I saw that there were lots of good connections to other names like Morgan, Fraleigh, McKague and Taylor.


Over the last years I have occassionally seen the name John Dunn on the County Atlas map located just south east of Codrington near the Old Wooler Road, but I could not recall dealing with that name in my research. Out of curiousity, I got looking one day and found the typical kind of interesting family connections one might expect in the area. It's not a large family but there are links to names in the area like Brundage, Gainforth, Scott, Richards, Wright and Houlihan. Never know what you might find until you look!

What's New - September 8, 2009

New Book - "Brighton Township"

Florence Chatten's new history book called "Brighton Township" is now published and available for sale. Florence is selling it privately out of her home for $29.95 and welcomes anyone to call her and come pick it up. Demand is strong. We will arrange for copies to be delivered to those farther afield. An email to me will get the ball rolling if you want a copy.

On Wednesday afternoon, August 26, 2009, Florence hosted an Open House to welcome those who had participated in the production of the book and to sell some copies at the same time. Everyone was very excited to see the book "in the flesh" since we had been talking about it so much over the last couple of years.

Florence deserves all the praise we can muster for her accomplishment. The book looks great and we are delighted to see the many articles and pictures regarding people and events in Brighton Township. It is an effective addition to the growing material that can be used by history buffs, family tree researchers and anyone who is interested. Good for you, Florence!

As for my contribution to the book, I am delighted to say that there is an extensive section on Codrington in the book. My genealogy research has produced a lot of information about the immediate Codrington area and I decided to do a thorough description of the village, right down to each Village Lot and their owners from the 1850's through to the 1980's or so.

The most interesting thing that came out of it is that almost every person who ever owned a lot in Codrington, at least up into the mid-1900's, can be found in www.treesbydan.com with some connection to other families in the area. Some folks are from quite a ways outside the immediate area but in most cases I have something for them. I thought this was pretty cool as I was slogging through the details.

Genealogy - Names Added Since Last Publishing


What could be new about the Goodfellow family? Haven't we done that family long ago? Well, the new Goodfellow's are not directly connected to the Goodfellows of Mount Olivet - Charles Goodfellow's descendants. Actually, they are not connected at all - yet. But stay tuned for that!

Since I began my genealogy work, I have often heard my dad (Rev. Charles Buchanan of Belleville) tell of meeting people by the name of Goodfellow in or around Belleville during his work as a United Church Minister. He served churches in Plainfield and Roslin until he retired and remains in demand for weddings and funerals around the area. The idea he took from these chance meetings was that the Belleville Goodfellows knew of "Charlie's" bunch in Brighton Township but had no knowledge of how they were connected. It remained a mystery.

For several years I have been attempting to add this Goodfellow family to my database but had no success. I have a strict rule about only adding people to my database who can be connected through family links. Then, this spring, out of the blue, a round-about connection was made through my work on the Vardy family of North Hastings County. A Vardy daughter married a King and a son of theirs married a Goodellow daughter. Finally, I had a link!

With this link I built up the tree of the Goodfellow family that had settled in north Tyendinaga Township in the 1830's. I was able to assemble lots of details and I even went to Belleville Public Library to collect items from the newspaper. It came together nicely.

However, at some point I realize there was information available about several other Goodfellow families that were there in Tyendinaga well into the 1870's along with Robert Goodellow who was the patron of the group that stayed in the area. Various other researchers had more information on Joseph and John who appear to be brothers of Robert and who moved to Grey County, settling near the town of Dundalk. I assembled all I could find and even took a pleasant trip up to Owen Sound where I collected newspaper items and took pictures of memorials. Wheeeew. I feel better now!

Of course, this work does not provide us with any link between the Charles Goodfellow bunch I am related to and the Robert, Joseph and John group of Tyendinaga and Grey Counties. In fact, the earliest information I could dig up showed that they actually came from different places. We know Charles was from Antrim County and the others are from Armagh. Hmmmmm. More work to do here.

Plumpton (or Plumton)

There were Plumton's in the immediate Codrington area and I went to school with several of them. A number of families were shown in my data but an email contact from someone directly descended from another branch of the family caused me to do some work on the name. There was lots of info out there on them and it was not too difficult to pull it all together in one place. It was a good sized family and represents some early immigrants who settled just north of Codrington, on the northern border of Brighton Township. Anyone with more to add, please feel free to pass it along.

One problem with researching this name is the two distinctly different spellings. As shown above, it can be found with or without the "p" in the middle. In the cemeteries around Codrington it is shown without the "p" most of the time so I took that as the base. However, as I collected more info for the broader family, it became clear that most of them used the "p" and the small group around Codrington that dropped the "p" was rather an exception. I have changed the spelling of the name in my data to reflect this, of course showing where it is different. If anyone has any insight into the name spelling issue, I'd be delighted to hear it.


Several email connections brought this name to the surface. It was a name I knew well - there was lots of info for them in my data already. Also, I have a lot of pictures of Osterhout memorials from Stockdale Cemetery which I hope to get connected to the right records at some point. This was a large, early U.E.L. group who are spread all over the area of Northumberland, Prince Edward, Hastings and Lennox & Addington Counties. My work on this name is nowhere near complete but this publishing shows much more than before. I'd be glad to receive info re this name.

Aaron W. Baker

The 1878 County Atlas Map for Brighton township shows one A. W. Baker on Concession 4, Lot 24, Brighton Township. I was asked a particular question about this name and I shared the curiousity of the person asking so I looked into it. The A. W. Baker name is actuall Aaron W. Baker and he was as a son of Joseph Baker of Hallowell Township. He came to this land in Brighton Township in the 1850's and was well known in the area for some time. His children are connected to other familiar local names - McMaster, Sharpe and McColl.


The Baker work (see above) demonstrated that I needed to clarify the Spencer tree in this area. Two of Joseph Baker's sisters married Spencers - Josiah and Caleb, sons of Corey Spencer and Matilda Bull. More work must be done here; there is lots of info re this large U.E.L. group so we will keep at it.

Vardy or Varty

The name Vardy (sometimes spelled Varty) was present in my data due to early work with Christopher Vardy of Murray Township but I kept running into the name over the last few years. At one point this spring I decided to follow my nose when research led in that direction. I took several days to work with this name. Lots of info is available so it went well. Of course, the highlight was when I came across the connection to the Robert Goodfellow family of Tyendinaga Twp. - what luck! Anyone who has more or better info re the Vardy/Varty bunch, please feel feel to pass it along.

What's New - May 28, 2009

Health Update

At the end of December 2008 this page included information about my prostate surgery and recovery. Thanks for the good wishes! Suffice it to say, I'm totally recovered and going at things just like before. It wasn't fun, but at this point it seems like just a little speed bump. Oh, yes, special thanks to my sister and brother-in-law for service that only family can provide.

Info Added Recently

Dingman: Bowmanville - one more possible connection

An email query sugggest that one Lorinda Dingman, who had married Clinton Gifford, might be connected to the Dingman family tree in the Bowmanville area. Further investigation confirmed that this family lived most of their lives in Oshawa but the two were married in Bowmanville. While there was no Lorinda Dingman in my data, even after all that massive research several years ago, the 1848 Census records show that Jared and Roxy Dingman of Bowmanville had two unnamed daughters who were born in the time frame 1835 to 1840. One might think that these female children should show up in the 1851 Census but unfortunatley the 1851 Census for Darlington Township is not complete - there are none of this family in what has survived. Later records for Lorinda (Dingman) Gifford and her children do not confirm her parentage but I felt this connection was probable enough that I would build it into my database. Someone might also notice that I have changed the father's name from Jacob to Jared. This was done because the same email contact brought to my attention that various records show his name as Garrold or Jared or Jarid or Jerrid. After reviewing the info I saw that the name Jacob had been provided in other research but was not present in any contemporary documents that we had seen. So Jared Dingman it is. And he has a daughter named Lorinda now. Let me know what you think of this.

Rannie - Campbellford Area

An email contact provided family tree info for the Rannie family in the Campbellford area. This was not so much on a large scale but included some important connections with other families in the area such as Merrick and Donald. It also highlighted the Ferris family of Campbellford since some of the land of Ferris Park on the southeast side of Campbellford had been the homestead of the Rannie's.


While doing other work around the Brighton village area, I realized there were several Thayer people not well documented yet. On further investigation, it was clear that this family is well documented online and I needed to build out my database accordingly. Early Thayer settlers in Brighton were Nathaniel Thayer (1791-1878) and his brother Isaiah Thayer (1798-1876) were well known residents of the town when it was first formed in 1831 and afterward.


The Russ family of Haldimand Township was present in my data but a query from an interested party kicked off some further research on this name. As a result, the info for Russ is more complete. Anything you can add, feel free to send along.


I knew there were Johnson families in Cramahe and Percy in early times because I had seen stones at Red Cloud Cemetery, north of Castleton and the list of names in the data was getting longer, many unconnected. An email contact asked about one Daniel Johnson and his wife Deborah Simpson, a daughter of Obediah Simpson. We filled out that family a good deal and then started to wonder about Daniel's connections. Once I got going on this, many Johnson families came out of the woodwork. I don't think we have solve the problem of Daniel Johnson's parentage, but it was useful in any case. Most importantly for local early families, there was a William Johnson in Cramahe in the first decade of the 1800's and he appears to be the father of Isaac and Jacob who were the best know members of the group buried in Red Cloud. It appears that these people came from Hope Township. There are also several other Johnson's around the area not fully documented yet. Please add info if you can.

Cowan & Buchanan

This gets close to home for me. A few years ago we added a William Buchanan family around Carrying Place in the 1850's and 1860's who we believe to be a brother of my early settler Robert Buchanan. However, we could not come up with any real links between the two families, other than proximity and common names. Recently, while poking around re Johnson in the Brighton area, I refreshed the info for the McCready family - James Buchanan married Martha McCready and they lived in Brighton. Lo and behold, I found that a certain Thomas Cowan was a witness at three marriages in the early 1870's, some with the William Buchanan group and some with the Robert Buchanan group. Since William Buchanan's wife was Mary Cowan, we can expect that this Thomas Cowan is her brother. This, to me, suggests definite family ties. I also looked further at Thomas Cowan and found that he and his family (with elderly parents) moved to Manitoba in the late 1870's (veeerry early), including several Buchanan young people. The search continues!

McNalley (or McNally)

The name Bartholemew McNalley had been in my data for some time and I knew some of this family lived at or near Codrington, and down close to Orland, from fairly early times. Due to an email contact, I looked more closely at this name in the area and found lots more info both in ancestry.com and in other researcher's work in Rootsweb. There were several good connections with other local families and better info re one very early connection with a Turk who lived initially north of Codrington but then went to the northern part of Hastings County. Another brick in the wall.


Jones is a common name in the area and there were lots of people with that surname in my data due to links with other families. However, I have never focussed on it for reseach. Recently, a combination of the Johnson and Russ and McNalley work brought this name to the surface several times so I took some time with it. The results are meagre, at this point at least, so there is lots more to do, but its a start. I want to clear up the early connections for this name in Haldimand, Cramahe and Percy - and later in Brighton Township. Anyone who can help, please feel free.

Dingman and McNutt early connections

A small but imporant change is present in the data now regarding the names of James McNutt, father and son, both married to ladies named Sarah Eva Dingman. This is early times so information is sparse but here's where I rely on folks who are focussed more on one or the other of the families to come up with corrections. That's what happened here and the families are better represented in the data as a result. This is how it's supposed to work. Thanks!