What's New - December 30, 2010

Dan Has "Finished" Moving!!

On August 28 I moved into my new "free-hold" town home on Chapel Street in Brighton. The changes have been dramatic but the result is perfect! I love being here and the facilities are ideal. The basement is fully finished with large tables containing computers and books. The place is wired up and down for both data and music. The downside of this is that it is so easy to put my head down and work all day - too easy; a little moderation is on order. It is comfortable and quiet and provides me with everything I need. I'm a happy camper!

On the work side, I am utilizing internet tools to do remote support of the computers at the law firm. This works very well but I still need to take the occassional trip to the office in Toronto. On the hobby side, I have gotten back to doing genealogy work - which is like therapy after all the upheaval and change of the last months. There is also a lot to do regarding local history. Should be fun.


In recent weeks, the unsolved mystery regarding Goodfellow family connections led to some work on an unconnected group of Goodfellows. My Goodfellows are descended from Charles Goodfellow (1798-1861) who came from Antrim County, Ireland. That is to say, family history suggests he came from Ballymena, Antrim County around 1841 and settled in Murray Township, Northumberland County. It has been repeated down the years that this Goodfellow family is somehow connected to the Robert Goodfellow (1815-1888) who came from Fermanaugh County, Ireland and settled in Tyendinaga Township, Hastings County in the early 1840's. His siblings are variously shown to be born in Armagh and Monaghan and Fermanaugh Counties, Ireland.

Another part of the story is that there was a connected Goodfellow family that settled in Quebec. I have seen these folks online but have not, up to now, found any way to connect them to my database. One firm rule I have regarding the management of www.treesbydan.com is that there will be no “floaters”. I need to have connections to add families to the site. As luck would have it, I stumbled across a link while doing research on the Jones family of Hillier Township, Prince Edward County (see below). A tree in www.rootsweb.com contained a marriage in Montreal in 1909 between Carline Elizabeth “Carrie” Jones of Hillier and George Clark Goodfellow of Chateauguay, Quebec.

This link allowed me to add the Goodfellow family that settled in the Chateauguay and Huntingdon areas of Quebec - the south western tip of the province, south of the St. Lawrence River. This group is shown to be from Armagh County, Ireland. What's also interesting is that two of the sons of the immigrant family settled not in Quebec but in Hinchinbrooke Township, Frontenac County, Ontario, which is in the Kingston area. In fact, one of them lived in Belleville.

At this point it is sheer speculation that any of the three different Goodfellow groups are related to each other but it is certainly possible. At least now there is more information on www.treesbydan.com that might help lead to a real connection at some point. If anyone has any information or ideas about this, please let me know.


An email contact asked about a certain Jones family in Hillier Township, Prince Edward County. On reviewing this name in my database, I saw that I had several early families in that area. One family is that of Col. Samuel Jones whose kids married Simpson, Flagler and Foster. Another family is that of James B. Jones. This one is fairly well developed with connections to Herrington, White, Peister, Stapleton, Arthur and Elsworth.

There is lots of work to do documenting these various families but I'm afraid I got side-tracked when I found a connection between this family and a Goodfellow family in Quebec. As shown above, there is an on-going mystery about possible connections between different Goodfellow families that came to Canada in the early 1840's. This one connection allowed me to add an entire new group of Goodfellows. That was handy.


Another family in Prince Edward County I worked on recently is Demill/Demille. A note from another researcher brought it to my attention that there were a number of folks in my data by this name and the trees needed attention. I'm not sure there is anything to report here other than I am more familiar with this name now and will look out for it in the future. Also, the question of which spelling should be used seems to be uncertain. Any advice on that would be welcome.


An email question about a Hicks family caused me to look more closely at what I had for that name. Obviously this is a large and early family group and there are connections to many names of interest to me including Chatten, Masters, Ireland and Jamieson. At least there are more details in my data now. Any additional info would be welcome.


A researcher asked why I placed Francis Leroy Palmateer (1782-c.1833) as a son of Peter Parmentier and Ann Garret. My response was long winded and amounts to the reality that I have no document that says so, per se, but that many records around these families suggest it may very likely be the case. Until I have more definitive information from another source, the connections that are feasible and supported by indirect and circumstantial information is the best we have. Anyone who has an idea, please feel free to pass it on.

What's New - August 20, 2010

Brighton Township History Book

Florence Chatten's history book called "Brighton Township" is available for $29.95. Florence will be happy to sell you one at her home in Hilton. We will be selling this book and a few others at Applefest in September as well. For those farther afield, the publisher, Essence Publishing of Belleville, provides an online store where you can order the book, pay with a credit card and have it sent to your home, Canada or US. Several people have tried this with good results. Try the Essence website: http://essencebookstore.com/

Dan Has Moved!!

Finally! I got out of the big city!! In June I moved out of Toronto and have been living with my sister and brother-in-law in their new house south of Brighton. Next week, I will move into my new town home in lovely downtown Brghton. No, I have not retired. We have made an arrangement with an IT Consulting company in Toronto to help me support the law firm I have worked with for ten years. These days I spend lots of time on the internet using remote access tools to manage the computers at my client's office - works amazingly well.

The result of this, besides Dan being a happier and healthier fellow, is that I am now living in the area where my genealogy and local history interests reside. No more driving back to the city - that is sooooo nice! Now I can attend local events and get more engaged with like-minded folks in the community. It's already happening.

History Weekend at Presqu'Ile Park

In the last "What's New" several names were mentioned that represent the earliest settlers at Presqu"ile and Gosport. In July Presqu"ile Park had a "History Weekend" and the folks there were kind enough to allow me to set up my board at the Interpretation Centre at the Lighthouse on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Lots of people came by and were interested to learn about the first ship's captains, boat builders and lighthouse keepers in this area. A fun and productive time was had by all concerned.


An email arrived from someone of this name and it kicked off a bout of research that has seen good results. I had very few individuals in my data by this name and now I have lots - and more to come. Feel free to contribute.


During my research on Gosport area families the name Shewman kept popping up so I looked into it. Baltis Shewman was born in Fredericksburgh in 1811 and came to Gosport around 1856. His son Peter started a boat building business and his three sons, George, Harry and Joseph developed it into a major business that built quality boats at Gosport as late as the 1960's.


The name "Markle" has been added to my data due to email contact from another researcher asking about a certain memorial in Cramahe Township. That led to some searching and scratching of head until it became clear that there were several people in my data who belonged to the Markle tree but had been entered with various other spellings such as Maracle or Mericle. Many registrations and census records persist in showing us these spellings but collection of more records for individuals suggests the right name is Markle. It is a large tree. Coming from Dutchess County, NY, many of them settled in the Niagara area but a few come to Richmond Township, Lennox and Addington County and some descendants ended up in Cramahe. More details are welcome.

Early Brighton Land Owners

Information has been added about two men who were the first settlers on some of the land that would become the town of Brighton - James Richardson and James Lyons. James Richardson settled on the east half of Lot 1, Concession 1 of Cramahe Township in 1809 and he died in 1832, a year after the village of Brighton was created. His land was south of Main Street, Brighton (also No. 2 Highway, in his day The Danforth Roard) and west of Prince Edward Street. Richardson Street is the street just north of the railway tracks. James Lyons settled on the western half of Lot 1, Concession 1 in 1817. He would eventually be a Member of Parliament and moved to the US around 1831. Both men sold parts of their property to others who were more inclined to be merchants and tradesmen than farmers.


The name Wait or Waite is very common in Northumberland County, especially in Cramahe and Haldimand Townships. Prodded by some good help from other researchers, a session on these names was in order. There were numerous and sizable very early settler families by these names and it appears as if the two spellings were used interchangeably, although preferred by certain branches. There are some guesses in the early generations, in particular with those who settled around Grafton, but it's a start. Please feel free to pass on any corrections or additions.

What's New - March 24, 2010

Brighton Township History Book

Florence Chatten's history book called "Brighton Township" is available for $29.95. Florence will be happy to sell you one at her home in Hilton. We will be selling this book and a few others at Applefest in September as well. For those farther afield, the publisher, Essence Publishing of Belleville, provides an online store where you can order the book, pay with a credit card and have it sent to your home, Canada or US. Several people have tried this with good results. Try the Essence website: http://essencebookstore.com/

Genealogy Work Done on Various Names Since Last Publishing


An email contact motivated me to look at the Gibson family of Stoney Point and then I reviewed the info for this family in the two Brighton Township history books - to great effect. A number of connections were made clear, including Wellington, Simpson, Losie, Vansicklen, Nix and Clapp - a who's who of early Brighton area settlers. Of particular interest for me was the fact that the first Gibson settler, George Gibson, was a "Mariner" who lived at Presqu'ile Point. As you can see below, this led to collection of much more info about the earliest settlers on Presqu'ile Point and their subsequent descendants. This was great fun!


Very soon after starting research on the Gibson family of Stoney Point, the surname of George came up due to the marriage of Deborah Gibson and Edward Michael George whose father was Josiah George, another of the lake boat captains that lived at Presqu'ile Point in the early decades of the 1800's. While not large, connections to other local families like Flindall, Bettes, Germain and Turney make it useful to have the information in my data.


Another lake boat captain of Presqu'ile Point was Josiah Dix Wellington who married Elizabeth Gibson; her first husband was Captain Charles Selleck, another well known mariner of Presqu'ile Point at the same time. It was a bit of a struggle putting this small Wellington family together but eventually I could see that there were three sons, the best known being Isaac Maitland Wellington who was a baker in Brighton Village from the 1860's through to his death in 1897. He was active in the town and even wrote some history which is frequently quoted in the current history books.


Over the last few years much information has been entered into TreesbyDan for the many Crandell families around the East Northumberland County area. Early this year an email contact asked a question and provided some new information about a particualr branch of this family and, as usual, I got curious. The tree I worked on the most started with Benjamin Crandell and Phebe Palmer. These people evolved from New York State to Hillier Township to Murray Township and then to Reach Township in Ontario County. Information was also much improved for the tree of Palmer Crandell and Deborah Palmer of Cramahe Township; these two Palmer ladies were sisters, it seems. There is a lot more to be done here. Feel free to add what you can.


Work on the Acker family of Sidney Township was kicked off by an email regarding a link with the Weaver's of Trenton. Since this is close to my own Ames family, I was very interested. However, there were lots of other connections in the area including Reddick, Embey, Bentsly, Crouter, Rose, Airhart, Tompkins and Hickey.


An interested researcher asked me about the Clysdale family that lived in Dummer Township, Peterbrough County and then moved to Moore Township, Lambton County. The info for this group was added and demostrated numerous connections to other families in the area of Dummer and Asphodel.


Discussions with an interesting couple at Brighton motivated some work on the Bilyou name. I could see that lots needed to be collected; some was done but it's nowhere near complete. Early connections with Bettes, Smith, Franklin, DeMille and others makes this in interesting family. If anyone has info to add, please pass it on.


Work is being done on this name so what is currently in TreesbyDan is nowhere near complete. An email contact provided some links with early generations in Eastern Ontario and hopefully we can build and clarify this tree. There were Tackaberry's west of Orland in Brighton Township, living in the early decades right on The Old Percy Road. Anyone who has any details to add for this name, please feel free to help.


For some time I have wanted to improve the information for the McMasters of Brighton and Murray Townships. I recall a delightful discussion I had with Basil McMaster in his hopps kiln during Applefest several years ago. Recently, work on another family bumped me up against McMasters information and I took some time to deal with it. There are so many connections with area families that building this tree really helps clarify local history. More will be done for this name.