What's New - December 11, 2013

Topics of Recent Genealogy Research

Family Tree Work re Dr. King Story

In the last few months I have been researching the Dr. King story in detail and in the proccess was motivated to do family tree work for various names that are related to the story. An important one is provided here, others will come later.

George King's Parents - LEROY??

I know I am going out on a limb with this but until better information comes along, this line of thought needs to be developed. I have never seen any information that tells me who the parents of George King might have been. He is the father of the notorious Dr. William Henry King of the "Dr. King Story". We see he was born "near Syracuse, NY around 1808 but no family connections are documented. His marriage records say his surname may have been Leroy - the French word and simple translation to the English "King" is pretty obvious. It is also written that he was a Heugenot, which means French Protestants who came to the New York and Hudson River area in the 1700s due to the religious wars in France.

Then, when digging in to the Dr. King Story I see that "an uncle and cousin" visited him one day in jail. Hmmm... we don't know who these guys were but it could be Leroy relatives coming up from New York. We know Dr. King wrote several letters to New York State during his time in jail. Also, there were some escape rumours; it was thought Dr. King might be busted out of Cobourg Jail. It never happened but it was in the papers and the Sheriff and Jailer certainly were alarmed at the prospect.

To top this off, we see in the Cobourg Jail "List of Prisoners" that there is one Frank Leroy shown only a couple of days after Dr. King was hanged. He was in jail for "larceny", was 26 years old and born in the US. Might he be the "cousin" who had visited earlier? And which Leroy family might he be from?

Again, this is speculation, but it is starting to look like there is something there. I have taken the step of finding a Leroy family that might fit and adding them in to my data. We'll see how this evolves. If anyone has anything to add to this, please feel free.

What's New - July 31, 2013

Topics of Recent Genealogy Research

Mays of English Settlement

An email contact triggered some work on the May family that lived along the Murray Canal - the road north of the canal called English Settlement Road.

Henry May (1770-1855) was the immigrant around 1829 to Concession B, Lot 14, Murray Township. I have connected sons Samuel and John to this Henry May or Harry as it is sometimes written. Later, in the 1840s he moved to Concession A, Lot 1, Murray, which is the area of the old Roundhouse near where the road from Trenton to Carrying Place turns sharply to the west.

This May family is interesting to me because it has connections with so many other families in the area that I have in my database. A daughter of Samuel May married Jacob Peister. There are a couple of connections to the Little family east of Trenton. Another of Samuel's daughters married Robert Leslie Flindall. John May married Frances Powers and their family includes connections to Simpson, Valleau and Porter. If anyone can add some info re the early and later geneations of these folks, please feel free.


A researcher of the Chatterson families around Brighton motivated some additional work specifically on the name Alexander Grey Chatterson. He was a son of Elias Chatterson and Charlotte McDonald and while we have good info for that later generation, it is still unclear to me which family this Elias Chatterson is connected to. I assume it must be the bunch in Lennox & Addington but info I have seen is uncertain. If anyone can set me straight on this, I'd be grateful.


In the process of creating a presentation called "1850s: Time of Change" to be presented at The Hilton Township Hall August 11, 2013, I was looking more closely at the wharfs that were active on Presqu'ile Bay in this period. We see that the first wharf was built by John Nix, Sr. in 1841 on the east end of Price Street, Gosport and was the wharf with the most traffic during the boom times. In order to shore up my knowledge of this Nix family I collected some more info. This would be a good one to do more work on at some point since it is a very early settler family and connected to everyone in the area. Feel free to help!

What's New - February 19, 2013

Topics of Recent Genealogy Research

The Latimer Photos

This coming Saturday, February 23, I will be presenting the Latimer Photos at the Brighton History Open House. The Latimer Photos are a collection of photographs taken by Hugh Latimer who lived in Orland where his father, William Latimer, ran a General Store. Hugh Latimer became a photographer and would ask patrons in the store to stand in front of their cars by the gas pumps so he could take their picture. The photos, 456 in all, were taken in the late 1920s and early 1930s and they represent a wonderful glimpse into the everyday lives of many people around the area.

Hugh Latimer placed the photos in two albums along with index pages to show the names of the people in the photos. A third album contains a collection of funeral cards and some interesting pictures of the villages of Orland, Codrington and Mount Olivet. Before his passing in 1986, Hugh Latimer donated the three albums to the Codrington Public Library with the stipulation that they should remain there.

The presentation at the History Open House will consist of about 40 of the photos which I have chosen for various reasons to represent the collection. I have add details about the person from their family trees inside www.treesbydan.com and for some of the people closer to me, I will provide some interesting stories. Also, a screen display will be running in my display area showing around 110 of the pictures with some family details.

I have added this item to the "Genealogy Research" list for "What's New" because I had to do much new research to fill out information for many of the people in the photos. My data is weak into the mid-1900s and there is lots of room for improvement so I was delighted to have this reason to do more. And there is much more to do.

Also, I have added an item to the History Section called "The Latimer Photos - A List of Names". These are all the people who have photos in the collection. Many of them can be found in www.treesbydan.com already but I would love to add more people and more detail if other researchers out there have information about them. We'll see what we can collect to complement the pictures. If you are interested, check the list of names and feel free to send me whatever you like.