The Ontario Pioneers
And Available Genealogies
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
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 Toronto 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.
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
In 1799, Isaac and his family 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 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
(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.
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
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.
Goring, Francis (1755-1842) came from England to Upper Canada about 1780 and married Lucy Secord, daughter of Niagara pioneer Peter Secord. The couple settled in Niagara Township, Lincoln County near the town of Queenston. Includes three generations of descendants in Lincoln, Oxford and Norfolk Counties, and in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Descendant surnames included: Parnall, Sturgis, Wilson, Wilde, Hiscott, Pringle, Taylor, Donohue, Jones, Clement, Silverthorn, Anderson, Bowman, Smoke
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,
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
and his brother James Lodor Green (1810-1888), nephews of Norfolk pioneer mill
builder Job Lodor came during the 1820’s 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
(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
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