Saturday, July 1, 2017

Ancestors in Canada 150 Years Ago

(This is part of the Canada's 150th Genealogy Challenge)

3rd great-grandfather, Charles Stewart Wood:  Charles was living in Ontario, likely in the South Dumfries, Brant County area.  He was was 24 and likely working as a farm laborer on 1 July, 1867.  He came to Ontario with his family (see Jane below) from County Cavan, Ireland around 1854.  Charles left Canada for Michigan a few years after 1867, but returned (to British Columbia) and spent the last years of his life there, dying in 1918.

3rd great-grandmother, Didame "Damie" Beam Wood:  Damie was living in East Zorra, Oxford, Ontario, in 1867 and was 14 at the time.  A native Ontarian, she later moved to Michigan with husband Charles (above), where she died in 1895.

4th great-grandfather, Josiah Beam:  Josiah was born in the US, likely Pennsylvania, in 1811.  When he came to Ontario, I don't know, but he was there by 1838.  Josiah was 55 and likely living in East Zorra working as a farm laborer in 1867.  The last record I have found him in is the 1901 Census of Canada, still in East Zorra.

4th great-grandmother, Susanna Horton Beam:  Susanna was born in Ontario around 1817.  I suspect she was the granddaughter of Butler's Ranger Edmond Horton (by way of his son Emmanuel), but have no definite proof as yet.  She was around 50 and likely living in East Zorra in 1867.  She died there in 1888.

4th great-grandmother, Jane Montgomery/Gallagher Wood:  Charles' mother, Jane had been widowed a few years prior to 1867.  She was around 50 on 1 July, 1867 and likely living in South Dumfries.  She lived in Ontario the rest of her life and died in Blenheim, Oxford County in 1893.

It is entirely possible that, Josiah, Susanna, Jane, and Jane's deceased husband, Charles, had parents alive in Canada on 1 July 1867, but I have yet to find them.

I'm also not including my Nova Scotia lines (Haley/Healey, Scott, Hilton, Ellis, etc.), as they had relocated to California before 1867.  However, they had been in present-day Canada long before any of the other lines above.

Happy Birthday, Canada!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Amanuensis Monday: Second Berger Reunion

While browsing issues of The Bremen Enquirer, I found an article of particular interest.  The "Michael and Frederica Berger" mentioned are my 3rd great-grandparents.  I knew that they left a lot of descendants, and everyone mentioned is in my tree, but 226 attendees is shocking to me.

I have to wonder if anyone from my branch was there as my ancestor, Michael and Frederica's son John, had left for California many years before.  Since those who traveled a distance are mentioned, and doesn't include anyone from California, I have to think my branch was likely absent.  I wonder if they even knew about this?

It sounds like it was a wonderful reunion.  I'd love to see a copy of the group picture mentioned and know what Miss Erma Lozier (later Roederer), the family historian, gathered on the family.  I'm also curious if there were any other annual reunions.  Thus far, I haven't found a mention of any in subsequent issues.

"SECOND BERGER REUNION

Was Occasion of a Large Gathering on Bremen Fair Ground Yesterday

    The second annual reunion of the Berger family, or to be more exact, that portion of the Berger family, descended from Michael and Frederica Berger, brought together on the Bremen fair ground yesterday a company numbering 226, most of them from this vicinity, but many from a distance.  It was a typical family reunion, with a dinner ample for a regiment, music, some talks, a group picture, lots of visiting and a general good time.
    In a brief business session the following officers were elected:
    Henry Berger, president.
    Noah Lehman, South Bend, vice president.
    Miss Erma Lozier, secretary, treasurer and historian.
    Those present from a distance included:
    Michael Gingrich and daughter Alice, Reed City, Mich.
    Mrs. Philip Ewald and Mrs. Clem Ewald and baby, Abilene, Kansas.
    John Land, wife and baby and Mrs. Clinton Berger and children, Chicago.
    Jacob J. Berger sr., Elkhart.
    Otto Schwab, wife and baby, Noah Lehman, wife and son Joyce, Elmer Eslinger and wife, George Beyler, wife and son Otto, South Bend.
    Ulrey Weiss, wife and daughter Ida, Aaron, Charles and Jacob Weiss and their wives, Mishawaka.
    William Beyler and family, Plymouth.
    Rev. Philip Haney, wife and baby, Goshen.
    Charles Kline and family and Ervin Berger and family, Nappanee.
    Lawrence Conrad and wife, Bourbon."

From The Bremen Enquirer, Bremen, Marshall, Indiana; 26 June 1913; page 1.