Allison, William d1878, Rochester TWSP, Essex Co. – Book 2, Early Settlers EssexOGS

David W. Allison (1985), contributed information on William Allison (N. Ireland – d1878, Rochester TWSP, Essex Co.). William (brother to Hug, b.1797) moved from Killeter Co. Tyrone, N. Ireland to Etobicoke TWSP, York Co. about 1847, then moved to Lot 7, Con 9, Mersea TWSP around 1857.  William was married to Margaret Monteith of N. Ireland (d1878, Rochester). The children were: Mary (John Michel) b1841; Sarah Ann (Robert Thomas), b1843; George Knox (Mary Simons) b1845; Margaret (Caleb Nelson) b1847; Robert H. b1849; William James (Mary Ann Dorrington) B1852; Ellen B1854; Nancy b1857. William was a Yeoman. The definition of a Yeoman: option #1?

  1. historical
    a man holding and cultivating a small landed estate; a freeholder.
  2. historical
    a servant in a royal or noble household, ranking between a sergeant and a groom or a squire and a page.
    a member of the yeomanry force.
  4. a petty officer in the US Navy or Coast Guard performing clerical duties on board ship.


1984 Binder #2 – “Earlier Settlers” in Essex County, Ontario

In 1984, the EssexOGS collected information (EssexOGS holdings at Windsor Public Library, and on-line: Member’s Only section of the EssexOGS: from families that had traced their roots to early settlers such as John Bailey (c1801) of Mayfield, Sussex, England, buried in Rosehill cemetery 1886 in Amherstburg, Ontario. John settled on the 2nd Concession of Anderdon (about a mile east of the Detroit River). His parents were William (c1773) and Francis Stapley (c1778), and siblings: Philadelphia, Nicholas, Sarah, Francis, Amos and James of Mayfield.

John was married to Ann Skinner (c1807), also buried in Rosehill. Her parents were George Skinner (c1780) of Mayfield and Fanny (Francis) Ford (c1781). They had 11 children: Alfred, Levi, Mercy, John, David, Charles, George, Sarah, Frances, Henry, Edwin. The records came from the Mayfield Parish Register, Christ Church Parish (Aburg) and the Amherstburg Echo (archives now at The Marsh Collection, Amherstburg).

It was noted, that John Bailey won prizes in the county (Essex, ON) fall fair for apples – I wonder if it was a family effort 🙂 . I also wonder if the records of the Bailey family tree has grown over the last 30 years.

The family history record was completed by a GG daughter, Barbra Bailey Bradley in 1983, and has been maintained by the WPL, and ‘volunteers’ or as I like to call them “Enthusiastic Family Historians” of the EssexOGS.

Essex OGS is Going Live!

Beginning with our April 13th monthly meeting, the Essex Branch Speaker Presentation will be live-streamed via YouTube.

The link is posted here on our website on the Meetings page and in our Facebook group so those who wish to ‘attend’ from home can do so.

As are all our speaker presentations, it’s open to the public–no membership or pre-registration required.

We hope you join us in this exciting new endeavour!


Two Great Local Area Resources

April 2014 – Last night’s meeting highlighted valuable resources and information available in the Windsor-Essex area.

French family history resources were highlighted by Margaret Jeffrey from the RFPO La Pionniere du Sud-Ouest.  She mentioned they also have some Irish resources included in their Catholic Church records.

Update 2016: RFPO La Pionniere du Sud-Ouest new location at Maryvale, Convent for the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, 940 Prince Road Windsor, Ontario.



Heather Colautti from Windsor’s Community Museum presented many how-tos, dos and don’ts when it comes to taking care of family mementos.  Heather suggested The Canadian Conservation Institute website as a good resource for more information.


Preserving Family Artifacts and Documents

DocumentsGuest speaker Heather Colautti from Windsor’s Community Museum discusses the preservation of those important family history mementos. Also, a representative from the Centre de Genealogie, Pionniere du Sud-Ouest will present an overview of their services and resources.
Monday, April 14, 7:00 pm, at the main branch of the Windsor Public Library (850 Ouellette Avenue, Windsor), lower level.
No charge! Public Welcome!

The Diary of Death – A Mystery 200 Years in the Making

Saturday September 21st
The Diary of Death – A Mystery 200 Years in the Making
A 200-year-old diary points the finger at a murderer, but the vital page is stolen before a name is revealed.  The inhabitants of this little garrison town (both past and present) will be happy to share their stories and answer questions as you investigate the murder of Dr. Smith in 1813 and uncover which present-day citizen was determined to protect their family’s reputation.  Script by local mystery author John Schlarbaum.  Advance tickets $8, available at Fort Malden NHSC, Park House Museum, GIbson Gallery, North American Black Historical Museum.  $10 at the door, Park House Museum, 214 Dalhousie Street.  This event runs from 6:30-9:30 pm and involves walking through downtown Amherstburg, rain or shine.  Recommended for ages 14+.  For information 519-736-2826 or  Proceeds to Amherstburg Museums & Galleries

Jennifer on behalf of Amherstburg Museums & Galleries  Thanks!

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Vicki McKay UE, Leamington, ON, Canada: “Sorting Fact From Fiction… and lessons learned along the way”

Speaking at the monthly meeting of the Ontario Genealogical Society – Essex Branch (EssexOGS) in November, Vicki Mckay provided the following summary of the talk for those individuals that were unable to attend. It is our understanding that Vicki will be speaking at future OGS events – we recommend making time to attend her excellent presentation.

The “Sorting Fact From Fiction… and lessons learned along the way” presentation given by Vicki McKay focused on reasons behind misinformation in all forms of records, the importance of gathering ALL the records, tactics for finding those records and how to assess them.

Vicki talked about how it’s important to listen and record the details of family stories, but then to search the available records for proof to substantiate the oral history. However, just as it’s important to back up family stories with facts, it is essential that we not assume that official documents contain only correct information. There are many reasons why the information that our ancestors and relatives, as well as the official documents, provide us may be less than accurate. Even multiple records may, at times, be misleading. The people providing the information may not have known the facts even if the information pertains to them, they may have chosen to provide incorrect information or they may have altered the information for a variety of reasons. For that reason, it’s valuable to dig deep and collect as many records related to each particular event in a relative’s history as can be obtained. It’s also important that you don’t make assumptions from the records, but recognize exactly what information each record does and does not provide you with. For example, early English census records document people in a household, but NOT their relationship to one another. As such, it can be easy to assume that a child in a household is the offspring of the adults in the same household. However, this is not always the case.

In finding the records, searching for surname and given name variants is extremely helpful, and often essential if you are to find the information that you are looking for. When one person can’t be located, searching for other members of the family or family groups can be the key needed to open the door to continued research. Searching for a known address can also be useful when records have been poorly recorded and/or transcribed. In addition, both narrow searches, including as much detail as possible, and wide searches (looking in larger geographic areas than you expect your family to be found in) can be valuable in moving your research forward.

Most importantly, learn to look at any record that seems close to what you are looking for, even if some of the details don’t exactly meet your expectations. More often than not, these “close” records turn out to be what you are looking for. As you assess the records that you have amassed, pay particular attention to the smallest of details – people’s ages (and based on that, when they were born), the addresses where people were living, their occupation and who they were living with, who their identified relatives were as well as who witnessed the event, where they lived and what their occupations were. Recognize that a relationship may have to be proven through linkages across multiple documents rather than directly from one record to the next. Lastly, consider keeping an “Unrelated?” file; that is a file of records that you have found, and particularly those that you paid money and ordered, but didn’t pan out. Review this file every few months and you’ll be amazed that a few of those “unrelated” individuals will begin to fit into your tree. Most of all, as you work to break down the brick walls in your research, keep an open mind and have fun!

Vicki McKay UE, Leamington, ON, Canada