Thomas Nixon


1841 Census, Chester le Street District
Family Number: 12259.4
Plawsworth, Plawsworth Village
Thomas Nixon, 60, Agricultural Labourer
Mary Nixon, 45
Ruth Nixon, 20
Martha Nixon, 11
Ellen Nixon, 9

1851 Census, Chester le Street District
Family Number: 15778.5
Plawsworth 1851 Census, Plawsworth Village
Thomas Nixon, Head, married, 71, Agricultural Labourer, born Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire
Mary Nixon, Wife, married, 60, born Crawcrook, Durham
Thomas Nixon, Son, 25, born Plawsworth, Durham
Eleanor Nixon, Daughter, 19, Agricultural Labourer, born Plawsworth, Durham
Thomas Nixon, Grandson, 2, born Plawsworth, Durham
Source: Durham Records Online

Thomas Charlton

Thomas Charlton's Signature - July 24, 1858


1841 Census, Gateshead District
Family Number: 45028.4
1841 Census, Gateshead Township, New Row (HO107/296/12 folio 7)
John Charlton, 55, Labourer, N
Dorothy Charlton, 55, Y
Robert Charlton, 25, Coal Miner, Y
Thomas Charlton, 15, Coal Miner, Y
Dorothy Charlton, 15, Y
Source: Durham Records Online

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Sarah Loretta Connell (nee Bradley)

Sarah Loretta Connell (nee Bradley)

Sarah Loretta Bradley was born in Howick, Huron County, Ontario in 1860. She was my maternal Great Grandmother on my Mother’s side. Her parents, Samuel Bradley and Charlotte Tackaberry seem to have died when she was just a baby as she was taken in and raised by The Chamneys of Elizabethtown township who may also have been relatives. She married twice. The first marraige was to James Henry Craig on May 3, 1881 in Elizabethtown. The second marriage was to my Great Grandfather, Jemuel Connell on Feb 23, 1887. She lived to be 84 years of age.

First Marriage

Record of first Marriage
Name: James Henry Craig
Birth Place: Elizabethtown
Age: 28
Father Name: William Craig
Mother Name: Mary A Craig
Estimated birth year: abt 1853
Spouse Name: Sarah Loretta Bradley
Spouse’s Age: 21
Spouse Birth Place: Howick
Spouse Father Name: Samuel Bradley
Spouse Mother Name : Charlotte Bradley
Marriage Date: 3 May 1881
Marriage Place: Leeds
Marriage County: Leeds
Source: Indexed by:

Second Marriage

6886-87 (Leeds Co): Jemuel CONNELL, 28, farmer, Ontario, Greenbush, s/o Robert CONNELL & Julia COON, married Lauretta CRAIG, 28, widow, Ontario, Greenbush, d/o Samuel BRADLEY & Charlotte TACKABERRY, witn: R. B. & Mary A. CONNELL of Farmersville, 23 Feb 1887 at Brockville – Source: Ontario vital Statistics Project – Ontario Marriage Registrations

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Loretta Connell at Age 70

Robert Merritt

Robert Merritt (son of Thomas Merritt and Mary Underhill) was born 10 Mar 1728/29 in Rye Westchester Co. New York, YSA, and died Dec 1802 in Hampstead, Queens Co, N.B. Canada. He married Elizabeth Robinson on 1762 in Long Island, New York, USA.

Notes for Robert Merritt:

1. D.G. Merritt notes:
Text of the following two items in Family Tree Maker “Scrapbook” for Robert Merritt;

  1. Othniel Merritt Letter (1958)
  2. ‘Merritt’ Cemetery Record

2. Following note from internet file ‘Robert1720Descendants_1242882.FTW’:

  1. Robert and his family came to New Brunswick in 1783 on the ship “Montague”.

More About Robert Merritt: Immigration: 1783 “the Kings Loyal Americans” “The Canadian Fact Passenger List” by B. Wood-holt 1991. Occupation: Carpenter.

More About Robert Merritt and Elizabeth Robinson: Marriage: 1762, Long Island, New York, USA.

Children of Robert Merritt and Elizabeth Robinson are:

  1. Gilbert Merritt, b. 16 Nov 1765, Rye, Westchester Co. NY, USA, d. 16 Oct 1840, Hampstead, Queens Co, N.B. Canada.

Merritt Genealogy courtesy Carol Brown Parker

Robert Green


Marriage Record
Parish Houghton-le-Spring, alternatively Houghton le Spring, in county Dur, Married on 17/06/1812, Groom Robert Green, Bride Mary Nesbitt, Source: Family History On-line

Baptisms, Houghton le Spring District
Record Number: 161264.0
Parish/Church: Houghton le Spring (St. Michael & All Angels) 1813-1841
7 Oct 1827 John Green, son of Robert & Mary, abode Success Row
Source: Durham Records Online

1841 Census, Houghton le Spring District
Family Number: 8859.4
Newbottle, Newbottle Village, Success Row
Robert Greene, 45, Waggonman
Mary Greene, 45
Isabella Greene, 25
Mary Greene, 16
John Greene, 14, Coal Miner
George Greene, 11, Coal Miner
Elizabeth Greene, 8
John Nesbitt, 75, Independent Means
Source: Durham Records Online

Robert Connell II

Record of Marriage:

Jan. 14th, 1830 Robert Connell and Julia Coon, both of Yonge, banns, witnesses J. Coon, S. Smith.
Source: A RECORD OF MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY WILLIAM SMART, MINISTER OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CONGREGATION, BROCKVILLE, Elizabethtown, UPPER CANADA ~ This information was originally published by: ONTARIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY Papers and Records Volume 5, Published in Toronto in 1904 Pages 187-236

1871 Census

Sex: Male
Age: 62
Birthplace: ONTARIO
Religion: Wesleyan Methodist
Occupation: LABORER
District: LEEDS SOUTH ( 067 )
Sub-district: Crosby South ( G )
Division: 1
Page: 22
Microfilm reel: C-10,001 – C-10,002 Reference: RG31 — Statistics Canada

Robert Connell

Born 1756 Scotland ~ Died 1821 Yong Mills, Leeds County, Ontario

1800 Assessment Record of Yonge Township

Leeds County shows Robert and James Connell each with 40 (acres of land ?).


The Last Will & Testament of Robert Connel


  1. Proc. for citation Robert Connels Executors
  2. Note from David Jones, attorney for Jonathan Spoon and Margaret his wife.
  3. Front page inventory of Robert Connels Property: Filed 12th Day of January 1822 ~ 8 pages of belongings with monatary value ~
  4. Various addition, other accounts and information pertaining to Robert Connels inventory.
  5. The Last Will & Testament

The Last Will & Testament of Robert Connel

In the name of God. Amen

I, Robert Connel in the township of Yonge County of leeds, District of Johnston and Province of Upper Canada being by blessing of God in health of body and soundness of mind do make my last will and testament as follows.

In the first place I leave my soul to the mercy of God in Christ and my body to be decently burried according to the custom of the place where I have resided in hopes of its glorius ressurection. It is my last will and pleasure that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my property and the remainder I will bequeath as follows.

To my loving and affectionate wife Sophia Connel I will that she remain in my mansion to use during her life and have a decent maintenance during that same period together with all the comforts that my home place affords provided that she, the above mentioned Sophia Connel remain a widow but if she marry she should forfeit her claim to any part of my mansion house but she shall be allowed to build a house upon the premises and enjoy her third, and further I will that all my outstanding debts be collected after my decease and the principal put into a place of safety and the interest go to the support of my wife during her life and at her death the principal to be divided equally amongst her family.

To my oldest son John Connel I will and bequeath fifty acres in the rear of my part of Lot No. 6 fourth concession, Township of Yonge, County of Leeds, District of Johnston and Province of Upper Canada and to his heirs of his own body for ever but it is my further will and pleasure that the above mentioned John Connel my son shall not sell, bargain or dispose of said parcel of land to any person or persons except his brother Robert Connel and his heirs.

To my youngest son Robert Connel I will and bequeath to him and his heirs for ever the farm on which I live consisting of the front end of Lot No. 3 and the whole of Lot No. 4 in the township of Yonge, County of Leeds, District of Johnston, and Province of Upper Canada with all the apurtances, preveledges, horses, stock and crops on said farms as shall be at my death to have and to hold to him and his lawful heirs for ever. It is my will that he, the above mentioned Robert Connel, my youngest son if he dies without lawful heirs of his own body the above mentioned Lot No 3 an 4 in said township, said county, said district with all the preveledges, apurtances, horses, stock and crop shall be equally divided amongst his sisters and their lawful heirs.

To my oldest daughter Mary Althouse and my second. daughter Catherine Connel and my third daughter Margret Spooner, I will leave and bequeath, that lot or tract of land lying in Elizabeth viz. Lot #2 ninth concession, Township of Elizabeth, County of Leeds, District of Johnston, Province of Upper Canada to them and their laful heirs for ever.

To my yongest daughter Elizabeth Connel I will and bequeath one hundred acres in the front of Lot No 6 in the fourth concession, Township of Yonge, County of Leeds, District of Johnston and Province of Upper Canada to her and her laful heirs to have and to hold for ever.

And I do further will, appoint, and constitute James Gibson in the Township of Yonge and Hugh Scott in said Township to be my sole executors, administrators A. C. And no others.

I further declare that this is my last will and testament and that all others beside is nul and void in witness whereof I set my hand and seal this fifth day of May Eigteen Hundred and Twenty One years before these witnesses


  • John Molson
  • Hugh Scott
  • James Gibson

Robert Connell (signed)

Inventory of Robert Connel Property

Filed 12th day of January 1822

W. Malloch
Regt. S. Court
District of Johnston
Yonge 9th October, 1921
An inventory and valuation of the goods and chattles of the deceased, Robert Connel, as found upon the farm at his decease.

Item Description

  • 2 old horses
  • 2 mares
  • 1 colt
  • 8 cows
  • 4 calves
  • 1 yoke of 2 year old steers
  • 1 bull
  • 5 yearling
  • 20 sheep
  • 3 cows
  • 1 yoke of oxen
  • 6 fattening hogs
  • 8 shots
  • 2 bee hives
  • 35 bushels peas
  • 40 bushels peas
  • 25 bushels old wheat
  • 20 bushels rye
  • 30 bushels oats
  • 80 bushels corn
  • 38 bushels buckwheat
  • 50 bushels potatoes
  • 1 waggon
  • 70 pounds of wool rools
  • 50 pounds of wool
  • 25 ounds of woolen yarn
  • linen yarn
  • 1 drawing knife
  • 1 pro
  • 1 brush hook
  • 1 sythe
  • 1 cow bell
  • 1 hatchet
  • 1 chisel
  • 1 ox yoke
  • 1 adye
  • 1 table
  • 1 big tea kettle
  • 2 pots
  • 1 kettle
  • 1 pot
  • 1 tea kettle
  • 1 spider
  • 2 brass kettles
  • 1 bake pan
  • 1 frying pan
  • 1 pair of dog irons
  • shovel and tongs
  • smoothing iron
  • 2 candlesticks
  • 1 pot
  • 1 tarmel
  • hand saw
  • 1 shovel
  • 2 brace chains
  • 2 sythes and tackling
  • 1 grindstone
  • 1 ox chain
  • 3 cleveses
  • 2 axes
  • carane and hooks
  • 1 table
  • 1 clock
  • 1 looking glass
  • 1 looking glass
  • 1 table
  • 1 looking glass
  • 1 bedstead and 3 blankets
  • wolen yarn
  • flannel cloth
  • 30 yards flannel
  • 12 yards flannel
  • 16 yards pulled cloth
  • 8 yards check flannel
  • 20 yards flannel
  • 13 yards linnen
  • 2 coverlets
  • 20 yards flannel
  • 8 yards check flannel
  • 10 yards cloth
  • 2 tea cannisters
  • 1 decanter
  • 1 pitcher
  • 3 bottles
  • 2 jars
  • 2 bowels
  • 12 pouunds flax
  • 1 basket
  • 1 barrel
  • 1 basket
  • 8 pounds of tobacco
  • 12 yards flannel
  • 12 yards flannel
  • 10 yards pulled cloth
  • 2 dippers
  • candle moulds
  • yarn
  • 2 blankets
  • 16 yards ?
  • 3 sheets
  • cloth
  • 10 yards linnen cloth
  • 2 platters
  • 1 tin pail
  • 2 pails
  • 1 canteen
  • 1 cupboard
  • 2 pewter platters
  • 8 pewter platters
  • 1 tapot
  • 1 platter
  • 1 set of cups and saucers
  • 1 set of cups and saucers
  • 5 platters
  • 2 mugs
  • crockery
  • 1 platter
  • 8 bowls
  • 30 platters
  • 20 platters
  • 1 dish
  • 5 bottles
  • serveral articles
  • 1 watch
  • 1 hunting knife
  • 1 kiffle gun
  • 1 musket
  • 15 tumbler glasses
  • 4 tin pans
  • 2 earthen pans
  • 7 bowl
  • 1 bowl
  • 1 pot
  • 1 cheese prep
  • 2 towels
  • 30 pounds tallow
  • 2 wash tubs
  • 1 tub of fat
  • 2 barrels
  • 1 barrel butter
  • 2 barrel pork
  • 1 lantern
  • 2 sets curtains
  • ox yoke king and staple
  • fall wheat on the ground
  • 1 quilt wheel
  • 14.5 tons of hay

Total £400.5.6

The preceeding inventory and valuation is just to the best of our knowledge as witness our hands this 10th day of October, 1821.

  • Andrew McLean
  • Samuel Lee

List of notes, their value, by whom given.

  • Jonathan Hunter £5.7.6
  • Thomas Howland £11.15
  • Charles Ruggles £19.15.3
  • John Strate £20
  • Isaac Simon George £9
  • John Shanks £12.10
  • Caleb Simons £3.19
  • John Shanks £2
  • James Mallory £70.13.9
  • Thomas Proctter £9.7.6
  • James Sellies £1.13
  • David Hunter £2.7.4
  • Stephen Andrews £19.16
  • Abraham Cavanagh £1
  • Mrs. Deliverance Avery £1.2
  • William Robertson £12.10

subtotal £223.0.6
previous total £400.5.6
new subtotal £623.6.0
not itemized £12.10.0
Total £635.16.0

  • cash found in house £32.14.3
  • 1 bag of money £23.5.6
  • 1 bag of money £21.8.6
  • money found on premises £1.13.3

Total £682.3.1

Notes and Accounts belonging to the late Robert Connel, decesed.

  • James Elliot – order 3 bushels of wheat
  • Wintrop Tufts – a note to collect value £1.15
  • William Dunsmere – note desperate £2.2
  • Mr. W. Intoshs – £3.0.(4.5)
  • Winthrop Tufts – 4 notes to collect desperate each £1.11.(11.75)
  • Julius Bingham – desperate £2.4
  • John Cimpson – note £0.7
  • Mr. Trueman – sales account £0.12.3
  • Mr. Statts £0.15
  • Winthrop Tufts – 2 bushels of wheat £0.16
  • Winthrop tufts – 2 bushels of corn £0.12
  • Mr. Holmes account dr. to the Estate £7.3

Subtotal £20.18.(7.25)
Previous Balance £682.3.1
Grand Total £703.1.(8.25)

Brockville 5th March, 1823

  • James Gibson
  • Hugh Scott

Executors of Robert Connel deceased
In the Surrogate Court
Registered 5th April, 1823
George Mallock
Reg’s. S. Court

Additions to Inventory

In open court 4th October, 1823
Amount previously recorded £703. 1. 8.25
Balance due on William Shonsons note £5.12.3

April 2, 1825
2 cows, the proceeds of 2 cows let out to Mr. John Holmes £7.10
Settled by arbetration let out to let out to £1.15
1 cow let out & settled by same £1.6.8
Total additional £9.11.8

May 29th, 1826
2 cows, proceeds £8.5
Feb 11th, 1822 money found £8.5

Feb 12th, 1822
2 bags money found in old dwelling house of the deceased Robert Connel. £23.5.4
Their was no gold in either bag; silver only £21.8.6
Total after Additions £772 16 shillings 8.25 pence

Source: Archives of Ontario, Microfilm MS 638 Reel 26, Surrogate Court Estate Files, 1786-1858 A-Cu

Robert Charlton

Rev. Robert Charlton


Robert Charlton was born November 12, 1882 at 143 Front Street, North Brancepeth Colliery, Brandon, County Durham. By age 18, he was an apprentice carpenter living with his parents in the Village of Station Road, Houghton le Spring.

He commenced his studies for the ministry in 1902, under the Home Mission Board of the Wesleyan Church in England at Castleton Hall in Castleton, Derbyshire and then Cliff College at Curbar, Derbyshire. The latter remains a Methodist College to this day. In 1906 he immigrated to Canada and by 1907 was “Received on Trial” at Ebeneezer. Between 1908 and 1911 he attended Wesley College, Winnipeg and was “Ordained” in 1912 at Moose Jaw..

He married Helen Lottie Good on August 7, 1912 in Fillmore, Saskatchewan. Their first child, William Browell Charlton was born in Macklin, Saskatchewan on July 20th, 1913. Macklin Methodist was his first church. They stayed at Maklin unitl the following year when they moved to Lemberg, Saskatchewan to take over the Union church there. The posting at Lemberg saw the birth of their second child, Robert Charlton on April 11, 1918.

In 1919 the family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, England where the Reverend and Mrs. Charlton took charge of the Newcastle Wesleyan Mission at Westgate Hall. While on a brief vacation to visit his parents William and Mary Charlton at 26 Western Hill in Durham, Helen succumbed to heart failure (mitral regurgitation). It was the Ides of March.

Following the sudden death of his first wife in 1920, Rev. Charlton returned with Deaconess Francis Smurthwaite – his second wife, and the two boys to minister to the Davidson Church in Davidson, Saskatchewan between 1921 and 1925. Between 1926 and 1930 he was Minister of the Milestone United Church, Milestone Saskatchewan.

In 1931 the family moved to Shawinigan Falls, Quebec where he became Minister of Trinity United Church. Here they stayed through his retirement in 1951, Mrs. Charlton’s death in 1953 and up until his death on March 28th, 1956. Even after he retired he continued working, providing part time ministry to the congregation in Lake Megantic, near the Quebec/Maine border.

Sources for the above include reports by family members, most notably W. B. Charlton, birth and census documents as shown below plus files from the United Church Archives at Victoria College, Toronto. Most notable of the latter are minutes from the Montreal – Ottawa Conference 1956.

Robert Charlton and Helen Lottie Good had the following children:

  1. William Browell (Bill) Charlton was born on July 20, 1913 in Macklin, Saskatchewan. He married Della Jean Connell on May 21, 1941 in Alexandria, Ontario.
  2. Robert (Bert) Charlton was born April 11, 1918 in Lemberg, Saskatchewan.

Although Robert had two older brothers, John and William, it is unclear if he ever knew about them as they both died before he was born and he never mentioned them. Playing a much larger role in his life were his two sisters Minnie and Isabel.


Birth Certificate 1882

Certified Copy of an Entry of Birth

Pursuant to the Births and deaths Registration Act 1953

Registration District Durham
1882. Birth in the Sub-District of Saint Oswald in the County of Durham
No. When and where born Name, if any Sex Name, and surname of father Name, surname and maiden surname of mother Occupation of father Signature, description, and residence of informant When Registered Signature of registrar Name entered after registration
139 Twelfth November 1888. 143 Front Street, North Brancepeth Colliery, Brandon. Brandon and Byshottles. UD. Robert Boy William Charlton Mary Charlton formerly Green Brakesman at Colliery M. Charlton Mother 143 Front Street, North Brancepeth Colliery, Brandon Twenty Seventh December 1882 Anthony William Pattison Deputy Registrar

1891 Census, Durham District

Family Number: 62295.9

Brandon & Byshottles 1891 Census, Littleburn Colliery Village, Office Street

(RG12/4097/folio 39)

William Charlton, Head, married, 36, Engineman, born Chester-le-Street, Durham

Mary Charlton, Wife, married, 36, born Moorsley, Durham

Robert Charlton, son, 9, born Boyne, Durham

Amelia B. Charlton, daughter, 5, born Usworth, Durham

Isabel Charlton, daughter, 1, born Usworth, Durham

Source: Durham Records Online

1901 Census, Durham County

Village of Station Road, Parish of St. Nickolas, Urban District of Hetton le Hole, Parlimentary Division of Houghton le Spring

(RG14/4696/folio 34)

William B. Charlton, Head, married, 46, Stationary Engineman, born Chester-le-Street, Durham

Mary Charlton, Wife, married, 46, born Moorsley, Durham

Robert Charlton, son, 18, Apprentice Joiner, born Boyne, Durham

Amelia Charlton, daughter, 14, born Usworth, Durham

Mary (sic) Charlton, daughter, 11, born Usworth, Durham


1912 Wedding Registry

This Certifies that Robert Charlton of Maklin Sask. and Helen Lottie Good of Fillmore, Sask. were united in Marriage according to the ordinance of God, and the laws of Saskatchewan at Fillmore on the Seventh of August in the Year of our Lord (1912.)

By Charles Endicott Methodist Minister


Hector McLean

Gertrude Good

Charlton Wedding Register

Charlton Wedding Bridal Party

Not the official registry but a keepsake handed down through the family.

Richard Richards

Census Reports

1842 – Census, Kitley Twp., County of Leeds, page 19, Widow Richards, Farmer, Non-proprietor

1 Native of Ireland (16 years in Canada)

5 Natives of Canada

1 male (6-13)

3 single male (14-17)

1 single male (18-20)

1 single male (30-60)

4 single female (14-45)

Source: Archives of Ontario.

1848 – Census, Kitley Twp., County of Leeds,

Mary Richards (Widow) , Lot 10, Con 10

7 members present

2 members absent

9 Church of England

1 Native of Ireland

6 Natives of Canada

1 Male (6-13)

2 Female (6-13)

2 Single Males (21-29)

1 Single Female (45 or more)

1 Single Female (14-44)

Source: Archives of Ontario #M5909

1852 – Census, Kitley Township, County of Leeds, Pt. 2, Pg 149,150,

Mary Richards, Farmer, Birthplace: Ireland, Religion: WM, Age: 45, Widow

John Richards, Labourer, Birthplace: Canada, Religion: WM, Age: 25, Single

Francis Richards, Labourer, Birthplace: Canada, Religion: WM, Age: 24

Eliza Richards, Labourer, Birthplace: Canada, Religion: WM, Age: 21, Single

Richard Richards, Labourer, Birthplace: Canada, Religion: WM, Age: 20, Single

Sarah Richards, Labourer, Birthplace: Canada, Religion: WM, Age: 17, Single

Mary Ann Richards, Labourer, Birthplace: Canada, Religion: WM, Age: 13, Single

House type: Shanty, 1 Story, 1 Family

Source: Archives of Ontario #C965

Death Record

See also

Farmer Robert Powell reported the tragedy of Richard Richards being struck down by a team of runaway horses on January 29th 1874. The 40 year old Richards, who had lost both his wife Eliza (nee Hinton) and daughter Etta in 1872, was killed instantly.




Richard Richards 1840 – 1874

His Wife Eliza 1845 – 1872

Their Daur. Etta 1866 – 1874

Note: The birth dates on this stone are clearly wrong. Richard Richards was born in 1833 and Eliza was born in 1839. The stone which is located near Bell’s Crossing is quite modern, being far removed in time from the ancestors it represents. One can only suppose that it is a replacement memorial for an earlier marker.

Reuben Peer

Peer Family 1880 Carte-de-Visite


Back Row – William James, Hannah Jane, Lucy Adeline, Margaret Anne

Middle Row – Reuben Sr., Margaret, Reuben Jr., Mary Lilly

Front Row – Katherine Matilda, Clarissa

Photo courtesy: Julie Hinton

1851 Census
Names Occupation Birthplaces Religion Age M.S. House Type
Reuben Pier Farmer Upper Canada None 27 M Log, 1 story
Margaret Pier U.S.A. 21 M
Ontario Archives #C-11733, Township and County of Leeds, Division 1, Pg 3
1851 Agricultural Census
Reuben Peer, Con 6, Lot 1 (part)
100 acres – wood or wild2 steers1 milk cow

3 pigs


2 barrels of pork

Ontario Archives #C-11733, Elizabethtown Twp., Leeds, Pg 17
1861 Census
Names Occupation Birthplaces Religion Age M.S. House Type
Reuben Peer labourer Can. West E.M. 41 M frame housebuilt 18301 vacant houseon property
Margret Peer U.S 30 M
Reuben Peer Can. West 9 S
Lillian Peer 7 S
James W. Peer 4 S
Ontario Archives #C-1044, Elizabethtown Twp, County of Leeds, Div 3, Pg 107
1871 Census
Names Age Birthplaces Religion Origin M.S.
Peer, Reuben 52 Ont. E. Meth French M
Peer, Margaret 37 U.S.A. US unknown M
Peer, Reuben 18 Ont. French S
Peer, Mary Lilly 14 S
Peer, Wm. James 11 S
Peer, Hannah Jane 9 S
Peer, Lucy Adeline 5 S
Peer, Margaret Anne 3 S
Peer, Katherine Matilda 7 months* S
*Born June 1870
Ontario Archives #C10004, Elizabethtown Twp, County of Leeds, pg 3, family 11 & 12
1881 Census
Names Age Birthplaces Religion Origin
Peer, Reuben 59 Canada Eng. Meth French
Peer, Margrate 49
Peer, Reuben 27
Peer, William 21
Peer, Mary 23
Peer, Hannah 18
Peer, Lucy 15
Peer, Margrath 13
Peer, Katie 10
Peer, Clarissa 8
Ontario Archives #C13232, Elizabethtown Twp, County of Leeds, Division 3, page 17/18
1891 Census
Names Age Birthplaces Religion Ocupation
Self Father Mother
Peer, Reuben 71 Ont. Que. Ont. Meth. Farmer
Peer, William J. 35
Peer, Margaret 22
Peer, Matilda 15
Peer, Clarissa 16
Ontario Archives #T6350, Elizabethtown Twp, County of Leeds, Division 5, page 4

Reuben Peer’s Death Record

Reuben Peer, male, 26th February 1899, age 79,

Residence Elizabethtown Township,

Farmer, widower, born Ontario,

Cause of death Lagrippe & Pneumonia, name of physician Dr. Dixon, Denomination Methodist,

Name of person making return Dr. Dixon,

Date of Renumeration – 26 Feb, 1899,

folio #14857.

Reuben Peer Death Record

Reuben Peer’s Gravestone


photo by John Charlton

About this photo: I can remember photographing this stone back in the mid eighties. Reuben was my great great grandfather. Photographed late in the day on All Hallows Eve, I found myself in this Elizabethtown graveyard (Weir) north of Brockville, Ontario . Anyway, I put my car keys down for a moment while taking this photograph and didn’t discover my error until I got back in the car to leave. As darkness fell I was forced to get down on hands and knees to rummage through the damp grass and fallen leaves. Not a moment too soon, I found them and avoided spending a night with my relatives. Being alone at the time, I had no-one to share my dilemma with other than their spirits who I feel to this day led me back to my precious keys.