January 2022 Branch Update



Preserving. Educating. Promoting.
Monthly newsletter, e-TRAILS,  to the Family History Community.

Greetings members and friends of Essex Branch,

Welcome to Ontario Ancestors Essex Branch and to spending 2022 with us. 

Essex Branch Newsletter

We have transitioned to a monthly newsletter, e-TRAILS, and this is our first offering to our members and friends. We will continue to bring you news, updates, events, articles, stories, etc. throughout the year. Enjoy e-TRAILS.

Educational Opportunities 


Ontario Ancestor’s January Presentation
: Thursday, January 6, 2022 (7:00 P.M.)
TOPIC: The Importance of Blending Family Oral History with Solid Genealogical Research Techniques
SPEAKER: Richard Doherty

The value placed on Oral Tradition as a tool in family history research is often minimized (if not completely overlooked) by genealogists who over zealously focus only on primary sources of evidence. Yet, I have found oral tradition, and proving or disproving it, to be one of the most rewarding aspects of my personal family research in Ireland. In addition to meeting many pleasant, interesting, and colorful residents of my Irish ancestral townlands, the knowledge of local history passed on to these people by their forebears, combined with their eagerness to help, have guided me on new trails through previously used primary (original) sources.
For more information and to register, click here

Essex Branch Presentations

Our presentations are FREE and open to everyone. Simply register at the link provided below.

DATE: February 7 MONDAY (7:00 PM) 
TOPIC: Three Loyalist Heroes   
Ruth Nicholson, a proud UEL descendant, will discuss her research into the lives of three of her loyalist ancestors who played an important role in the history of Upper Canada and early Essex County. 
Register HERE. 

DATE: March 7 MONDAY (7:00PM)
TOPIC: Members’ Medley
What’s your connection to Essex County? We have asked 4 branch members to share their family history connection to Essex County. Join us to learn about their ancestors and their stories.  
Register HERE.

Don’t forget that past presentations have been recorded and archived for you on our YouTube Channel  which is free and open to everyone.



The interest in the Family Tree Maker (FTM) software is very evident in the genealogical community thus we are introducing a FTM User Group. Whether you are a new FTM user, have been using it for years or are just curious and want to learn more, this user group is for you. This FTM User Group will be bi-monthly, drop-in, live-chat style sessions beginning January 2022. Sessions will alternate day and evening times to accommodate more people and will be open to anyone. This user group will be attendee driven so users of all skill levels are encouraged to attend. You can register to attend all or just one. Open to everyone. 

Tuesday, January 25th – 2pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, March 29th – 7pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, May 31st – 2pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, July 26th – 7pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, September 27th – 2pm: Register HERE
Tuesday, November 29th – 7pm: Register HERE


Jan. 7 – Rev. HAMILTON’s little girl is much better today.
La grippe is very prevalent, nearly every family in town and county having it.
Miss Alice SHEPLY, daughter of Jacob SHEPLY, is very ill with la grippe.
Little Clarence DEVITT is very ill with rheumatic fever.
Mrs. Chas. HEATH has returned from her visit with her brother in Detroit.
Geo. HASKINS had his foot badly crushed while working on the gas line Monday.
Miss Evalene JOHNSON leaves today for a few weeks’ visit with friends in Windsor, Walkerville and London.
At a social gathering in town this week seven persons signed an agreement to set aside and give to the Lord one tenth of their income.
J. G. KOLFAGE, who was taken down sick just before Christmas, is still very ill with a complication of lung trouble.
Principal VOADEN is the happy father of a bouncing boy which arrived on Tuesday morning.
Kingsville can boast of being the first town in the Dominion to introduce lady officials at the polls. On Monday last Mrs. Carrie McDONALD, being a lady voter, entitled to all the benefits of the franchise act, was duly sworn in before Justice SMART as poll clerk to W. A GRENVILLE in ward No. 2. Mrs. McDONALD did her work thoroughly and it was noticeable in cleaning the rooms next day, the great lack of old Tucker juice on the floor.
Mrs. J. H EBERLE is quite ill with la grippe.
Mrs. NEUT, an elderly lady residing at Dr. ALLWORTH’s, is very low, with no prospects of recovery.
Word was received today that Geo. THORNTON of Essex, brother of Mrs. Jason WOODIWISS of this place, was dying.
The township council of South Gosfield refused to grant the small sum of $25 to Kingsville’s public library and with one accord granted $40 to Ruthven’s brass band. Now the town is retaliating as no one from the township is allowed to take out a book unless they pay one dollar per year. This is a sad thing for many who live in the township adjacent to the town and they are making a grand kick now at the smallness of their council in refusing the grant, thereby depriving them of access to such good literature.
Jan. 6 – L. HODGINS spent New Year’s at Toronto.
Mr. and Mrs. Wallace LATTAN have gone on a visit to friends in Baltimore.
Aaron HECKLER, of Cleveland, Ohio, spent New Year’s at J. E. EAGAR’s.
Mrs. John ASKEW, who is ill, is improving.
Mrs. (Dr.) BODDINGTON is on a visit to her mother and relatives at St. Thomas and other places.
A. B. PATTERSON, manager of the Merchant’s Bank, spent New Year’s at London.
Dr. and Mrs. H. F. DEMING, of Detroit, spent New Year’s in town.
Mrs. Robt. CULLEN, of Detroit, is a guest of her son, Colin CULLEN, Erie Street.
 Dr. E. S. and Mrs. McDONALD, of Detroit, and Mr., Mrs. and Miss POWELL, of Tilbury, were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. McDONALD on New Year’s.
Joe HENRY left on Tuesday for a trip to Manitoba and the Northwest.
Miss Hattie FREEMAN gave a birthday party on Monday afternoon to a number of her little friends.
Mrs. Richard WALES, of Fullerton, is visiting her brother, Phil McINTOSH, of the 10th con., Mersea.
Lee KELLOGG, Mount Pleasant, Mich., is the guest of Geo. JOHNSON. Mr. KELLOGG is a partner with his father in the conducting of an extensive stock farm.
Wm. TESTER and family, of Hillman, left this morning for Lakefield, Mich., where they will make their home. Thom. TESTER, who left here some seven years ago for Michigan, will return shortly to work the old homestead.
Miss Gertrude ROBINSON and Albert HEWER spent a day or two last week in Tilbury.
Roy RAYMOND has gone on an extended visit to Toronto.
Mr. and Mrs. John ANGUISH, of Fletcher, spent New Year’s at F. METTAM’s.
Wm. J. CAMPBELL, of the 1st con., Mersea, has returned from a visit to friends in Northern Michigan.
Robt. CAMPBELL, of the 10th con., Mersea, is visiting friends in Perth county.
Robt. SELKIRK, son of John SELKIRK, who has been attending the Gurchess Business College, Detroit, is seriously ill at his home here.
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. AINSLIE spent the Christmas holidays at Blenheim with Mr. AINSLIE’s sister, and New Year’s with Dr. MEDD and wife, of Sarnia.
Miss Annie AINSLIE, of Comber, is spending a few days in town.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry WIPER and their daughter, Miss Alberta, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. TRUAX and family spent New Year’s at the home of Mrs. and Mrs. Andrew LEE, 1st con., Mersea.
Mrs. CRONK and children, of Leamington, were guests in the city over New Year’s at Rev. Wm. McDONALD’s.
F. E. MALOTT occupied the pulpit of the Central Methodist church, Stratford, on New Year’s evening.
Miss Agnes Hull SIMPSON, who has been a guest at Thos. FULLER’s for some weeks, returned to her home at London this morning.
Miss McLENNAN, of Walkerville, is at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McLENNAN, Orange St., suffering from an attack of la grippe.
Jan. 6 – Mrs. James CAMPEAU is very ill this week.
Maurice FOX and wife are visiting friends in Detroit.
Miss McINTYRE spent Monday and Tuesday with friends in Detroit.
The six-year-old daughter of Fred. BERTRAND is very lost with typhoid fever.
Mrs. VERRAL, of the Horsman house, has been seriously ill with la grippe, but is improving.
Miss Minnie BRETT and Charles GOTT are spending their holidays with relatives in Brantford and Welland.
Capt. J. D. GIRARDIN has returned for the winter. The “Harvey Brown” is in winter quarter at Buffalo.
Mrs. and Mrs. Harry MARTIN and Marcel CARON, of Detroit, spent New Year’s with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Francois CARON. 
Miss Emma BAILEY, of Detroit, visited her sister, Mrs. F. J. MALONEY, New Year’s.
Mrs. D. D. WIGLE and children have returned after spending the holidays in Kingsville.
Mrs. J. W. STOKES lies very ill at her home from a very severe attack of la grippe. She is in a very dangerous condition.
Alfred PULFORD is able to be out after a week’s attack of la grippe.
Mr. and Mrs. L. G. D’AUBIN, of Detroit, spent New Year’s at F. F. PRIMEAU’s.
Charles A. McGUIGAN, of Sandwich South, was visiting this week with John McNUTT. He was born in Amherstburg 53 years ago, his father being a member of the Royal Canadian Rifles when stationed here in 1850 and ’51.
Joseph BERTRAND and Fred CURTIS are at Norwich this week, and it is said the former has gone to get married, while the latter stands as best man.
Among the New Year’s visitors in town were: Dr. H. A. and Mrs. PATTEN, of Detroit, with his brother, Mayor-elect PATTEN; Harry QUINLAN, of Detroit, with D. B. TURNILLE; Capt. Don DUNCANSON and wife, of Detroit, at his father’s, Capt. John DUNCANSON; Mr. and Mrs. John WATERFALL and daughter Dorothy, at John BRATT’s; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. MENZIES, of Detroit, with her father, W. H. GATFIELD, Riverfront; Mr. YOUNG, of Detroit, at James WILDERSPIN’s; Miss Linda CALDWELL, of Detroit, at home; and Elmer MOFFATT, of Tilbury, with his uncle, Thos. MOFFATT.  

La Grippe – What’s that?

In the newspaper of 1902 (above), there are many mentions of people suffering from “la grippe.” La Grippe is an old term for the flu. La grippe was a contagious virus that caused a fever, sore throat, and a headache. If our ancestors feared they were coming down with la grippe, they would often spend the day in bed drinking tea.

When someone felt achy, shivery, and tired, they probably feared having the grippe, which was highly contagious and sickened many people each year, mostly in the winter months. Today it’s more commonly called the flu, short for influenza. English speakers called it the grippe in the eighteenth century, from the French grippe, which means “influenza.” 

Old Medical Terms
Glossary of Medical Terms Used in the 18th and 19th Centuries
Old Medical Terms and Diseases

Source: The Evening Record, Windsor March 16, 1901 page 8

Source: The Border Cities Star, Windsor December 24, 1919 page 10

We encourage you to “pull up your stockings,” climb those genealogy hills and enjoy the thrill of the research ride as we welcome a new year. As always, we hope to hear from you with your discoveries, ideas, comments and suggestions. Wishing you all the best in 2022.

From the Ontario Ancestors – Essex County Branch Operating Team
Pat Clancy                        Cindy Robichaud
Michele Watson              David Hutchinson
Linda Urquhart               Tammy Richards
David Thompson