The Ontario Pioneers

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Below are biographical summaries of some of Ontario’s earliest pioneer settlers.

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Spring Lake Park, Reforest Station,

St. Williams circa 1920











Gable, Henry (c. 1765-1836) and his wife Elizabeth lived in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The death registration of son “Jacob Gabel” stated he was born in “Boyerstown, Pa, USA”. Boyertown is a borough in the southeast part of Berks County and located east of the city of Reading at the intersection of Highways 562 and 73.

Henry and Elizabeth moved with their family to Toronto Township, Peel County, Upper Canada by about 1810 and settled on a 130 acre farm in Lot 35 Concession 3 Tor

onto Township along the south side of Dundas Street on the town line with Trafalgar Township, Halton County and north of the village of Sheridan.

Includes five generations of descendants in Peel, Norfolk and Wentworth Counties in Ontario. Descendant surnames included: Hammond, Wilson




Gardner, Samuel (1816-1892), a sculptor, and his wife Eleanor Perry came from Gloucester County, England to Simcoe in 1843. They lived afterwards in Brant County. Late in life Samuel moved to Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Includes children and grandchildren in Norfolk and Elgin Counties and in Colorado and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Galbraith, Hobbs, Austin



Garner, Alexander (1792-  ) was baptized in Christ Church, a parish in the union of White Chapel, Tower Hamlets division of the hundred of Ossulstone in Spitalfields, London, Middlesex County. It is in the east part of the city of London north of the Tower of London. Alexander married Sarah Elizabeth Flemming in St. George Parish in the East also in the Tower Hamlets division of the hundred of Ossulstone in London. Alexander and Sarah Elizabeth Garner had two children baptized in St. Anne, Limehouse District also in the borough of Tower Hamlets.

Alexander and Sarah Garner with their two children came to Upper Canada in 1821 and had nine more children born in the province. The records of several of the children indicated they were born in Stamford Township, Welland County in the area of Niagara Falls, Niagara District.

In the 1852 Census, Alexander and Sarah Garner were living with their younger children on Lot 16, Concession 13 Windham Township, Norfolk County east of the village of Atherton and southeast of the town of Delhi. In the 1861 Census they were in the area of Aylmer,  Malahide Township, Elgin County.

Both Alexander and Sarah Garner died before the time of the 1871 Census. Sarah’s 1870 death registration placed her passing in Ancaster Township, Wentworth County where her son William Benfield Garner lived and she was buried in White Chapel Cemetery were her son would also be buried.

Includes five generations of descendants in Welland, Lincoln and Norfolk Counties in Ontario and in New York Michigan, Louisiana, California and elsewhere in the United States. Descendant surnames included: Haney, Tufford, Young, Nunn, Skelly, Collier, Smith, Dawdy, Taylor, Cutler, Severance, Patton, Follick, Petch, Garrick, Michener, Crane, Baske, Matt, Patton, Collins, Clark, Sims, Hasely, Weaver



Gates, Calvin Clark (1802-1873) came from Genessee County, New York to Upper Canada about 1820 and married Elizabeth Burgar. The couple lived in Walpole Township, Haldimand County then by 1876 in Houghton Township, Norfolk County. Includes four generations of descendants in Norfolk and Elgin Counties. Descendant surnames included: Buchner, Hewitt



Gifford, Perry (1776-c. 1850) came to the Niagara area about 1794 then settled in South Cayuga Township, Haldimand County. His son Perry Arthur Gifford (1845-1929) and his wife Sarah Ann Barber lived in Simcoe, Norfolk County. Includes three generations of descendants in Haldimand and Norfolk Counties, and in Illinois and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Barker, Stringer, Kelly, Doonan, Lockie, Windecker


Gilbert, Isaac (1742-1822) was born at Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut in 25 Oct 1742 to Ebenezer and Rebecca (Dayton) Gilbert. When just sixteen years old, during the Seven Years War, Isaac served in the Sixth Company (Capt. Thomas Hobby) of the Second Regiment (Colonel Nathan Whiting) from 7 Apr to 7 Dec 1761. He was an Ensign at the siege of Louisburg and other operations until the close of the war when he was discharged.

Isaac married in Connecticut to Mary Rowland (1754-1822) a daughter of Thomas and Tamsen Rowland and the couple lived in Ridgefield. Isaac was a Loyalist in the American Revolution serving as a Sergeant in the Queen’s Rangers under Colonel John Graves Simcoe until the peace

Isaac afterwards took his family in the 1783 Exodus of New York to New Brunswick. He did not have an individual listing in the passenger lists so apparently went with his regiment. In 1784, Isaac settled in Spry’s Grant on Lot 16, on the northeast side of the Saint John River, between Temple and Pokiok near Woodstock.4 He was also named on a New Brunswick cadastral map with 55 acres at Grand Lake. By 1792, he was at Gagetown where his children were baptized.

In 1799, Isaac and his f
amily moved to Woodhouse Township, Norfolk County, Upper Canada and settled on a Crown Lease in Lot 4, Broken Front, Woodhouse Twp. The 300 acre farm is situated on the Lake Erie shore east of the village of Port Ryerse and west of the town of Port Dover.

Includes extensive ancestry, biography and five generations of descendants located throughout North America. Descendant surnames included: Havens, Jones, Milner, Clunas, Eagles, Charters, Young, Dickeson, Martin, Zimmer, Hamillton, Claus, Seaborn, Evans, Sutton, Olde, Welch, Ferres, Rathvon, Ley, Sanders, Couse, Thompson, Waite, Mathew, Taylor, Black, McDowell, McNabb, Sifton, Ponsford, Affleck, Hunt, Lutz, Simmons, Noonan, Palmer, Blake


Gilbert, Josiah (c. 1756-1831) lived in South Salem, Westchester County, New York during colonial times and served in the King's American Regiment during American Revolution. Josiah went to New Brunswick in 1783 and married his first wife Elizabeth. Josiah and his second wife Sarah Outhouse, came to Upper Canada in 1796 and settled in Townsend Township, Norfolk County. They settled afterwards in Norwich Township, Oxford County. Includes four generations of descendants in Oxford and Norfolk Counties. Descendant surnames included: Mahoney, Swartout, Minshall, Cooper, Morley, Armstrong, Boughner


Gillaspy, William (1791-1867) came from New Jersey to Walsingham Township, Norfolk County in 1812 and married Harriett Ann Monro, daughter of Norfolk Pioneer Lieutenant John Monro. William settled on his father-in-law’s crown grant and was a founder of the village of St. Williams. They had only one surviving child Mary Jane Gillaspy (1817-1889) who married Peter Price. Her descendents are continued in the Price genealogy. Two page Gillaspy biography. 



Glover, Jacob (c. 1763-1813) was born to Francis Glover in Hardwick Township, Sussex County, New Jersey. In the American Revolution, Jacob joined a Loyalist regiment called the Volunteers of Ireland under Lord Rawdon and served part of the time as a Sergeant.

Following the war, Jacob Glover returned to Sussex County and married Deborah Moore. The couple came to Upper Canada with a New Jersey settlement group in 1787. Jacob’s listing with the 42 settlement families mentions, “In that season, Jacob Glover, with one Woman, 1 son, 2 daughters, 2 cows and two horses.” Jacob received a grant of Lot 14, Concessions 1, 2, 3 and 4, Grimsby Township stretching back from the Lake Ontario shore line east of the present town of Grimsby, and was named there on the 1791 and 1811 Surveyor General’s Office maps.

Jacob Glover moved to Norfolk County by 1799 and settled on Lot 1 Concession 6, Windham Township located along the town line of Townsend Township and on the west side present Highway 24 between Windham Roads 5 and 6 northwest of the town of Waterford.

Includes four generations of descendants in Norfolk, Oxford and Brant Counties and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Perkins, Bertrand, McDowell, Studman, Young, Clark, Lumsden, Bowman, McIntyre, Carroll, Clark, Jewell, Peach, Yeatman



Goble, Jacob (1783-) came from New York in 1811 and settled with his wife Mary Beamer in Grantham Township, Lincoln County. The couple lived next in Oxford County in 1823 then in Villa Nova, Townsend Township. Norfolk County in 1833. Includes three generations of descendants in Norfolk and Elgin Counties, and in Michigan. Descendant surnames included: Griggs, McIntyre, Faulds, Smith, Stafford




Golding, James (1802-1875) and his wife Ann brought their family from England to Townsend Township, Norfolk County by 1850. Includes children and grandchildren in Norfolk County. Descendant surname included: Gilbert, Charters



Goodhue, Ebenezer (1773-1853) was born along the New Hampshire–Vermont state line, then lived in Bath, Steuben County, New York. He married Anah Owen and the couple followed her father Epenetus Owen to Lincoln County, Upper Canada about 1798 then settled in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County in 1799. Includes four generations of descendants in Norfolk and Oxford Counties, and in Iowa and Michigan and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Cornell, Parmenter, Dodge, Goodspeed, Hanlon, Wright, Passmore, Trewin, Boyington, Speicher, Foster


Gordon: A collection of Norfolk County genealogies for this surname. William Gordon (c. 1803-1891) and his wife Mary Shand came from Banffshire, Scotland and lived for a time in Oakland Township and in Paris, Brant County. They settled in Walsingham Township near Silver Hill by 1850. Includes children and grandchildren in Norfolk and Elgin Counties. Descendant surnames included: McBurney. John Gordon (c. 1812-) and his wife Sarah came from Ireland and settled in Port Rowan, Walsingham Township by 1841. Includes children. Robert Gordon (c. 1818-1890) came from Aberdeen, Scotland about 1840 and settled in Round Plains, Windham Township. Includes children and grandchildren in Norfolk County and in Michigan. Descendant surnames included: Silverthorn, Cooper, Hall, Gray, Marsaw. Nathaniel Gordon (c. 1841-) and his wife Lois settled in Windham Township then in Townsend Township, Norfolk County. Includes children. Frank Gordon (c. 1845-1884) came from Madisonville, Kentucky and was a merchant in Simcoe. Includes children.


Francis Goring  (1755-1842) was born to Abraham and Ann (Lloyd) Goring in London, England on 26 Aug 1755 and baptized as Francis “Gorringe” in Saint Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London on 7 Sep 1755. He came to Canada at the start of the American Revolution in 1776 and held positions of trust in the Quarter Master General’s Department in Quebec and Niagara. He married Lucy Secord (1765-1801), daughter of Loyalist soldier and pioneer Peter Secord.

Following the war, Francis received a grant of 400 acres of land in Lots 178, 179 and 180, Niagara Township and in the adjoining Lot 1 Concession 7, Grantham Township Lincoln County. These lots were located along the town line of Niagara and Grantham north of Queenston Road and the present Queen Elizabeth Way.

Includes biography and four generations of descendants in Ontario, western Canada and in New York, Michigan and California in the United States. Descendant surnames mentioned: Smith, Parall, Millard, Darby, Lambert, Secord, Mann, Warner, Clement, Sagar, Thomas, Silverthorn, Walter, Hutt, Brown, McBride, Chapin, Almas, Perry, McMaugh, Robertson, McQueen, Anderson, Waters, Bowman, Stewart; Potter, Davidson, Hallam, Chapman, McCombs, Schooley, Hardwick, Stringer, Bennett, Nickle, Powell, Galway, Harrison, Middaugh, Thomas, Fisher, Moss, Anderson, Smoke, Kennedy, Wilson, Strong, Tuck, Valentine, Freeman, Dann, Bowes, Simpson, Woodruff


Graham, James (1783-1854), a physician, and his wife Elizabeth, came from the United States to Upper Canada by 1805 and settled in Woodhouse Township, Norfolk County southeast of Simcoe by 1816. Includes children and grandchildren in Norfolk County, and in Kansas and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Bodwell, Lesslie




Graham, John Tampas (c, 1815-) came from England by 1845 and with his wife Tamzan Ann Bowbeer settled in Townsend Township, Norfolk County near the village of Rockford. Includes three generations of descendants in Norfolk County. Descendant surnames included: Smith, Osborn, Colter, Cooper, Hall, Wilcox




Gray, George (1760-1840), a wheelwright and cabinet maker, and his wife Agnes Atchinson came from Northumberland County, England in 1801 and settled in Ontario County, New York and then in Livingston County, New York. Their son George Gray (1811-1892) and his wife Jane E. Charlton came from Caledonia, Livingston County, New York to Lynedoch, Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County in 1848. Includes three generations of descendants in Norfolk County. Descendant surnames included: Charlton, Fulton, Hayes



Graydon, John (c. 1802-1861) came to Upper Canada from Ireland about 1835 and married Mary Silverthorn. The couple settled in Windham Township, Norfolk County by 1836 then in Walsingham Township near the Houghton Township line in 1852. Includes children and grandchildren in Norfolk County.


Green, Benjamin (c. 1750-1838/9) served in Rogers Rangers during the American Revolution then came to Upper Canada about 1787 and settled in Township Township, Norfolk County by 1796 when he married Sarah Burtch. Includes three generations of descendants in Norfolk County and in Michigan. Descendant surnames included: Boucher, Sloat, Matthews, Bloomfield, Yager




Green, Charles (1737-1827) and his brother Reuben Green (est. 1750-). This genealogy begins with William Green (est. 1671-1722) who emigrated from England and married Joanna Reeder in Long Island, New York. The couple settled in Ewing Township, Burlington (later Hunterdon then Mercer) County, New Jersey north of the city of Trenton and William served as one of the first Judges of Hunterdon County. It then continues with William Green’s son John Green (c. 1707- ) and his wife Hannah Lanning who settled in Oxford Township, Sussex (later Warren) County, New Jersey.

Their sons Charles Green (1737-1827) and Reuben Green (est. 1750- ) served as Loyalist soldiers during the American Revolution then settled in Upper Canada. Charles Green came to Niagara with his wife Rebekah Scritchfield was an early settler in Stamford Township, Welland County in the present city of Niagara Falls. Reuben Green settled in Townsend Township, Norfolk County west of the present town of Simcoe. Includes five generations of descendants in Welland, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties and in Wisconsin, California, New York and elsewhere.

Descendant surnames included: Beamsley; Miller, Watson, Vandervoort, Kirkconnell, Nie, Stephenson, Lymburner, Durham, Gamble, Fischer, Misener, Robertson, Douglas, Lundy, Pew, Snively, Leech, Fralick, Hanlon, Shannon, Coulson, Wurch, Malone, Garrett, Sumner, Brown, Smith, Manuel, Augustine, Wells, Carter, Orr, Bauer, Henderson, Cliff, Rose, McGarry, Stuart, Hiscock, Esseltyne, Henry, Phillips, King, Newstead, Featherstone, Clancey, Thrush, Furlong, Springer, Nogle, Ives, Pettis, Huntington, Burkhardt, Faudler, Hawkins, Gillap, Parish, Shickluna, Sanders, Schmidt, Woodford, Hazen, Wilbur, Rayment, Stewart, Billiard, Billyard, Thompson, Hamilton, Hubbard, McCarroll, Sheldrick, Marrow, Meredith, Lockard


Green, John (1802-1852) and his brother James Lodor Green (1810-1888), nephews of Norfolk pioneer mill builder Job Lodor came during the 1820s from Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania to Windham Centre, Windham Township, Norfolk County and Waterford, Townsend Township, Norfolk County respectively. Includes parents and three generations of descendants in Norfolk County and in Muskoka District. Descendant surname included: Marter


Griffin, Richard (1732-1795) and his wife Mary Smith lived in Nine Partners Precinct, Dutchess County, New York during colonial times. In the American Revolution Richard served in the Loyalist forces then in 1787/8 came to Upper Canada and settled in Smithville, Clinton Township, Lincoln County. Among his children, his son Nathaniel Griffin (1766-1855) married Christina Beam and settled in Windham Township, Norfolk County. Some of Richard Griffin’s grandchildren in other branches also settled in Windham and Townsend Townships and are included. Includes ancestry and three generations of descendants in Lincoln, Norfolk and Oxford Counties, and in Michigan and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Hill, Meredith, Lindaberry, Wardell, Burns, Pettit, Pattullo, Ward, Bean, Marsaw, Lundy, House, Simmons, Gilmore, Smith, Tallman



Griffin, Saunders (c. 1775-) was a son of Margaret (Mabee) Manuel) by her first husband, and a nephew of Charlotteville Township pioneer Frederick Mabee. He went with his uncle Obediah Griffin to Nova Scotia after the American Revolution and came to Upper Canada in 1813, settling in Malahide Township, Elgin County. Includes three generations of descendants in Elgin County. Descendant surnames included: Esseltine, Cohoon, Saunders, Wilson



Groff, Mark (c. 1784-) and his wife Elizabeth came from Pennsylvania to Upper Canada by 1826 and settled in Woodhouse Township, Norfolk County near Port Dover by 1834. They lived afterwards in Simcoe. Includes three generations of descendants in Norfolk County and Iowa. Descendant surnames included: Birdsell, Reynolds, Waddle, Thompson, Goodland



Gundry, Jonathan (c. 1800-) and his wife Elizabeth Presland emigrated from London, England to Simcoe, Norfolk County about 1845. Includes three generations of descendants in Norfolk and Elgin Counties, and in Maryland and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Winter



Gustin, John (1762-1821) was born to Eliphalet and Freelove (Whitman) Gustin in Sussex County, New Jersey on November 15, 1762. He married in New Jersey, Abigail Smith (1766-c. 1807/13, daughter of pioneer Abraham Smith and the couple came to Upper Canada in 1786 settling first near the Smith parents on a government grant in Lot 9 on the broken front along Lake Erie in Bertie Township, Welland County west of Fort Erie.

In 1796, John and Abigail Gustin moved to a grant of land on Young’s Creek in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County east of the village of Vittoria. Sometime between 1805 and 1810, John built a saw and grist mill on his property.

Includes ancestral story and five generations of descendants in Norfolk, Middlesex and Elgin Counties, and in Michigan. Descendant surnames included: Hadcock, Ryan, Hall, Thompson, Everett, Guiler, Hetherman, Drake, Bissell, McArthur, Rosser, Thayer, Church, Pratt, Irvine, Schank, Soper, Frazier