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BROOKS, Robert was  born in Lincolnshire, England and died at 58 years of age. He came to Canada in 1848, and lived for six years in the Gore of Toronto and in Chinguacousy Twp.

In 1854 he came to Maryborough Twp. and settled on 10th line from Drayton. The road was just slashed, and was impassable for teams. He settled on the east half of lot 5, con. 11, which was owned by William Oliver. There were a few acres cleared on it, and Mr. Brooks finished clearing it. Later he bought an acre, lot 7, con. 10, and lived there until his death. He never held office of any kind. He was a Methodist and a Reformer.

He married Rebecca Kyme. Family: Mrs. Wm. Oliver, Melancthon Twp.; Thomas (d.), Caledon Twp.; Austin, Arthur Twp.; and George.

George was born in 1844, came to Canada in 1848, and was ten years old when he came to Maryborough in 1854. He worked for a number of years on railway construction work, and had contracts for bridge work, approaches and abutments. He had the contract for all the bridges on the G. T. R. between Milverton and Wiarton. He still takes contracts for bridge work.

He owns 152 acres, part of lot 4, con. 10, which he rents to his son-in-law, Thomas Allin. He also owns the house, and lot of two acres, part of north half of east half of lot 4, con. 10, on which he lives. He was Township Asessor for six years, and has been in the Township Council for four years. He is a self educated man, and noted for doing with heart and soul what ever he goes at. He is Master of  L.O.L. 645 – Moorefield and is an enthusiastic Orangeman. In religious views he is a Methodist, and a Conservative politically. He married  Susannah Schammerhorn, whose family came to Maryborough in 1853. Family: Mrs. Thos. Allin, on the Brooks farm, and Mrs. William Grosshaw, Michigan.

…from  Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

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BLOUGH, Noah , was born in Pennsylvania USA, in 1818, and died in 1882, age 64.

He came to Vaughn Twp. with his father at 16 years of age, where they rented farms. Having heard of the Queen’s Bush he decided to secure land there, that he might give his family a better opportunity, and in 1865 he came to Maryborough, having just enough money to move his family in. From this small beginning he acquired 200 acres of land, which is now owned by his sons, and considered one of the best farms in the township. He was a man of striking personality, fine appearance, and very popular in the section. He was a Methodist and a Conservative.

In 1858 he married Mary A. Stone, who is living, age 75. Family: Mrs. James Moffat, Listowel; John (d.); Mary. A. Schenk, Listowel; William, Klondike; Joseph, Man.; Mrs. Jacob Keller, Stratford; Isaac, Alfred, LaMerchant, St. Thomas; Garret, Man.; and Noah, Wallace.

Isaac, was born in Vaughan Twp. in 1862, and was three years of age when his parents came to Maryborough. He now owns west half of the homestead, where he carries on mixed farming. He is one of the solid farmers of the township, and successful; a Presbyterian and a Conservative. He married Grace Malloy, of Vaughan Twp. Family: Wellington E. and Beatrice C.

Alfred, born in 1865, owns the east half of the homestead, lot 5, con. 2, Maryborough, Twp. Like his brother, he is a solid and successful farmer. He is a Methodist and a Conservative. He married Maggie, daughter of John Love, of Maryborough. Family: Sidney and Blanche.

The Blough’s rank among the best families in the township.

…from Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

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BLACK, William H. , was born in Peel Township, in Wellington County in 1875. He came to Pike Lake in Minto Twp. in 1901, and started a summer resort. He has 41 acres adjoining the lake and 92 acres in the lake. He has greatly improved this property, and has just erected a fine white brick summer hotel which has accommodation for from thirty to forty guests, besides his cottages. In 1900 Mr. Black married Mary White.

He is a Methodist and a Liberal in politics.

Pike Lake is situated four miles from Mount Forest and six miles from Harriston. It covers about 92 acres and is very popular as a picnic resort for the surrounding country. It also contains black bass, the largest caught last year (1905) weighing 5 lbs. Mr. Black is a genial proprietor and keeps several fine boats for hire, also fishing tackle. During the summer Mr. Black will meet any train by appointment to convey guests to the lake. Pike Lake is a beautiful sheet of water surrounded by hills and woods, and is one of the most charming little resorts in the Province. Open for boarders from June 1st until the end of the season.

…from  Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

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BARKWELL, Robert late of Peel; was born  in Devonshire, England, in 1804, and died in 1881, age 77.

He came to Canada in 1840, settling first in Waterloo. Mr. Barkwell was seven weeks on the voyage across the ocean, and when he reached Waterloo Cty. he was $5 in debt, and went to work for fifty cents per day. The hours were long, extending into the night, and the prospect seemed very discouraging.

In 1841 he came to Peel Twp. and purchased the right to lot 13, con. 8. The first cow that he bought cost $16. His land, with the exception of seven acres, was all bush. He cleared forty acres the first year. By his industry and good management he became prosperous.

He was a Methodist, and a Liberal, and was an influential and highly respected citizen.

He married Martha Longman, who was born in 1815 and died in 1899, aged 84.

Family: Mrs. Elsly, (d.); John, Mrs. Clayton, (d.); Mrs. Pinder, (d.); Mrs. C. Close, (d.); Mrs. Craig, (d.), and Mrs. Brown, con. 10, Peel.

John Barkwell worked at home until the age of 27, staying with his father until he was out of debt. He then purchased 100 acres, lot 10, con. 8, of Peel Township, where his father and himself farmed together until it was paid for. He is a prosperous and highly respected citizen. In 1852, he married Alary Close, (d.), Family: William Henry, lives on the old homestead; Robert, in St. Thomas; John, in Chicago; Edgar and Mark, in B.C.; Seymour and Herbert, in the U.S. In 1878 he married his second wife, Lizzie Dean. Family: Albert, in the North-West; Walter, Laura and Lottie.

From: Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario. Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906

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NOTE. – Stephen Conger, Justice of the Peace, of Hallowell, Prince Edward County was a son of David Conger, one of the U.E.L. pioneers of that county.

David Conger was a native of Pisataqua, New Jersey, where his son Stephen was also born. He came first to Upper Canada in 1786, selected and purchased a lot, with a mill site, in Hallowell, two miles east of Picton on Bay of  Quinte shore. He returned and moved his family the next year ,bringing with him the irons and castings for a saw-mill,  which he erected there,  being the first mill of the kind built in Prince Edward County. A little later he built also a grist mill on the same lot. There have been mills there ever since.

The Conger Methodist church was built on the same lot in 1809,  and is now the oldest Methodist church in actual use in the Province of Ontario.

Stephen was a boy of fourteen years old when his father moved,  and is said to have driven, or helped to drive, some cows belonging to the family all the way from New Jersey, being over a month on the road.

He was appointed a Justice oft he Peace and was sworn into office at Kingston, July 14th,1803, being one of the first in Prince Edward County.

In the absence in the county of any minister legally qualified to marry, he solemnized seventy-six marriages between 1803 and1823,  some of whom became the heads of some of the largest and most respectable families in the county. During all that time a number of the early Methodist ministers regularly travelled there, but they were not legally allowed to marry then.

Among them were Revs. Darius DunhamJoseph JewellJoseph Sawyer, Thomas MaddenSylvanus KeelerHenry RyanWilliam CaseThomas Whitehead,  Isaac B. Smith,  John ReynoldsDavid CulpEzraAdamsIsaac PufferJames WilsonFranklin Metcalf, and Wyatt Chamberlain.

It will be seen these well-known ministers often published the parties, but they had to come to the Justice of the Peace to be legally married.

Mr. Conger was father-in-law of the late John P. Roblin, M.P.P., and Registrar for Prince Edward, and father of Roger Bates  Conger, M.P.P.

The following is the list from Stephen Conger’s record:

1. Married Charles Huff, of Adolphustown, and Elizabeth Russell, of Thurlow, both in the Midland District of Upper Canada, on the 26 Aug., 1803

2. Luis German and Nancy McKea Sophiasburgh,  Mar.18, 1804

3. Michael Cryderman and Prudence Pettit, Hallowell,  Apr. 7, 1805

4. Abraham Maybee,  Amelias  Polly Johnson ”  June 9, 1805

5. Reuben Burlingham and Phebe Leavens ”  Sept. 9, 1805

6. Daniel McFall and Hannah Cunningham ” Dec. 16, 1805

7. Robt. Huyck, Ameliasburgh Eleanor McMaster ”  Mar. 6, 1806

8. Elijah Cunningham and Sarah Hyatt ”  Mar.18, 1806

9. Stephen Burdette, Marysburgh;; Jane Steel ”  May 1, 1807

10. Enoch Solomons, Hallowell Elizabeth Ryckman,  Sophiasburg, July 22, 1807

11. Abram Barker and Mary Hubbs Hallowell,  Sept., 27, 1807

12. James Armstrong and Hannah Dougall, Hallowell,  Oct. 9, 1807 He was father-in-law of the late Rev. Dr. Egerton Ryerson, and of  Dr. John Beatty, for many years a Professor in Victoria College and Mayor of Cobourg.

13. Samuel Orser and Elizabeth Johnson ” Oct. 12, 1807

14. Nicholas Peterson, Hallowell  Peggy Van Tassel Fredickburg, May 30, 1809

15. Daniel Leavens and Jane Blount Hallowell, June 27, 1809

16. Benjamin Dunham and Betsy White ” Oct. 17, 1809

17. Stephen Palmer and Abagail Jones ” Jan. 10, 1810

18. Richard Clute and Sabra Ann Goldsmith ” Mar. 10, 1810 Produced a license from His Excellency Francis Gore, Lient. Governor of  Upper Canada. The grand-parents of Roger B. Clute, Q.C., of Toronto.

19. Moses White and Jane Stinson Conger Hallowell,  Mar. 20, 1810

20. Jonathan Greely and Harriet Wessels Sophiasburgh, July 23, 1810 The parents of the late Absolom Greely, M.P.P., for Prince Edward.

21. Aaron Carnahan and Sarafaria Sickles . Hallowell,  Aug. 29, 1810

22. Luis Shombou and Mary Ann Cardinal. ”  Dec.15, 1810

23. William Black and Sophia Peterson ”  Feby. 3, 1811

24. Abraham Warren and Deborah Elsworth ”  Sept. 6, 1811

25. Garret Striker and Lidia Bowerman ” Sept. 30, 1813 The parents of the late Gideon Striker M.P.P. for Prince Edward.

26. William Yourx and Lidia Travis ”  Oct. 3, 1813

27. Peter Secord, Elizabeth Winslow (licensed) ”  Mar. 9, 1815

28. John Terwilliger, Hall.; Rosanna Vandusen, Sophiasburgh Apr. 4, 1815

29. Levi Bates, of Hamilton District of Newcastle, and Fanny Vandusen Sophiasburgh  (license),  Jan.10, 1812

30. Elijah Orser and Rachael Brown Hallowell, Jan. 1, 1816

31. Gilbert Miller, Hallowell Elizabeth Huyck Ameliasburgh,  Mar.11, 1816  (By publication by Deacon Adams.) He became the Rev. Gilbert Miller, a well known Methodist minister.

32. Gilbert Purdy and Asenath Goldsmith Hallowell,  May 1, 1816

33. Henry A. Johnson, Hallowell Phebe Casey Adolphustown,  May 18, 1816 (Published by Rev. Ezra Adams)

34. Joseph Hicks and Elizabeth Hicks Hallowell,  Sept. 3, 1816

35. Benjamin Hicks and Sarah Geroe ”  Oct. 18, 1816 (Published by Rev. Thomas Madden.)

36. Ira Lamion and Mary Yourx ”  Nov.20, 1816 (Published by Rev. Thomas Madden.)

37. James Platt and Mary Hicks,   Mar. 4, 1817 (Published three Sundays by Rev. Ezra Adams.)

38. John Warren, Hallowell; Nelly Ryckman, Sophiasburgh,  Apr. 27, 1817 (Published three Sundays by Rev. Ezra Adams.)

39. Samuel Wickam, Sarah Joseph (colored), Sophiasburgh,  Aug. 27, 1817 (Published regularly by Rev. Darius Dunham.)

40. Charles Sharp and Caty Thompson Sophiasburgh,  Dec. 14, 1817 (Both Colored people, published by Rev. Wyatt Chamberlain.)

41. Albert Ryckman, Sophiasburgh; Charity Warren, Hallowell,  July 5, 1818 (Published by Rev. Wyatt Chamberlain.)

42. Jacob Cooney and Susannah Pine Ameliasburgh, Sept.22, 1818 (N.B. traviled 10 miles through the mud and got nothing for it.)

43. Jesse Henderson and Susan Eliza Thurison, Hallowell, Dec. 24, 1818 (License, bearing date Dec.21, 1818; rec’d one guinea.)

44. John Black and Matilda Johnson Hallowell,  June 6, 1819 (Published by Rev. John Tuke.)

45. John Goldsmith and Phebe Orser Hallowell,  June 19, 1819 (Published by Rev. Thomas Madden.)

46. Robert McCamon and Elizabeth Wessels Sophiasburgh,  July 22, 1819

47. Samuel  Ryckman, Sophiasburgh,  Watty Dyre, Hallowell,  Jan. 10, 1820 (Published by myself, S. Conger.)

48. Abraham Weeks and Cinderilla Hare ” Jan. 11, 1820 (Published by myself, S. Conger.)

49. George Zufelt and Susannah Lawson ” (No date.)

50. Jas. Potter Spencer and Catharine Rankin ”  Mar.18, 1820

51. Caleb Williams and Gloranah Young ”  May 3, 1820

52. Joseph Daly and Polly Benson Sophiasburgh,  Sept.18, 1820 (Published by Deacon Medcalf.)

53. GCeo. Goodwell and Betsy York (Colored), Hallowell,  Oct. 10, 1820

54. Francis Yett and Jemima Goodwell ”  Dec. 12, 1820

55. Daniel Williams and Catharine Howell Sophiasburgh,  Dec. 18, 1820 (Published by Mr. Wright)

56. William Yerrex and Phebe Herrington Hallowell,  Mar. 18, 1821 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)

57. John Phillips and Catharine Smith ”  May 1, 1821

58. William McGrath and Mahitabel Simson ” June 5, 1821 (Regularly published by Cornelius Vanalatine, Esquire. Said marriage forbid by her father but not for lawful reasons, and no attention paid to it by me.)

59. Archibald Miller and Elizabeth Abraham, Hallowell, July 23, 1821 (A very rainy day. Certificate given.)

60. Abraham Hyatt and Phebe Cole ”  Oct. 22, 1821 (Published by myself.)

61. James Cardinal and Deliah Darling Hallowell Nov.11, 1821 (Published by myself.)

62. Andrew Hayek and Mary Dyre ” Dec. 12, 1821 (Published by myself.)

63. William Emerson and Rosanah Young ” Jan. 21, 1822 (Published by myself. Certificate given.)

64. Joseph Rumbold and Phebe Smith ” Feb. 14, 1822 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)

65. David Conger Goldsmith and Elizabeth Carthy Hallowell Feb. 26, 1822 (Regularly published by Rev. James Wilson.)

66. James Benson, Sophiasburgh,  Mary Trader. Hallowell, Feb. 27,1822 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)

67. Henry Bennam and Jane Hewlin ” May 4, 1822 (Published by Rev. James Wilson.)

68. Hazelton Spencer and Harriatt McKenzie ” Mar. 31, 1822

69. Samuel Harding and Elizabeth Stanton. ” May 19, 1822 (Received three crowns. Certificate given.)

70. James Rankin and Elizabeth Johnson Hallowell, Mar.26, 1822

71. John Conger and Maria Wilson July 2, 1822 (Published by Deacon S. Fergusson.) The parents of the Conger Brothers, publishers of the Picton Gazette.

72. Elisha Miller and Elizabeth Tagarty an English woman, late of Montreal, but now of Hallowell, by my own publication, at his sons, Gilbert Miller, on Sunday (a very rainy day) Aug. 4, 1822 The Grandfather of the late A. C. Miller, M.P., for Prince Edward Co.

73. Jacob Miller and Harriet Brown Hallowell,  Aug.25, 1822

74. Modest Duplessis, Hallowell, and Catharine M. Gempsey Sophiasburgh, Dec. 5, 1822 (Published by S. Conger.)

75. Samuel Hyatt and Jane Cole Hallowell, Mar. 18, 1823 (Published by me.)

76. William Bull and Jane Clark Ameliasburgh,  Mar. 27, 1823 (Published by me.)

The following occurs in a Methodist Baptism Record, kept by James Dougall, Esq., for the Circuit:

Solemnization of Matrimony between John Carley and Dorcas Conger, both of Hallowell,  according to the form of our Church(Methodist), Mar. 2nd, 1817, by Thomas Madden, Elder.

Solemnization of Matrimony between John Platt Williams and Mary Yeomans, both of  Hallowell,  according to the form of our Church, Feb. 3rd, 1817,  by Thomas Madden, Elder.”

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Christian Guardian – Obituary

Guild, Mrs Loren R. was born in 1872, was married in 1895 to Loren R. Guild. She died December 1, 1922 at Rockwood, Ontario.

She was the daughter of Mr John Jolliffe, sister of Orlando and Charles Jolliffe of China (missionaries)

She was predeceased by daughter in 1919 and is survived by father, brothers, husband, three sons: Loren, Wilbert and Frank and one little grandson Norman

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Christian Guardian – Obituary

Susan McCaughrin (nee McLaughlin)  was born in 1841 near Brampton Ontario in Chinguacousy Twp.  She married  Mr. D. McCaughrin of Trecastle Ontario and died in 1923 at Palmerston Ontario (Wellington Cty.) buried in the  Palmerston Cemetery

She was predeceased by 3 sons W.J. (late manager of Sterling Bank), Milton and Thomas who lie in Flander’s Field
survived by one daughter and one son of Toronto Ontario

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