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1911 / Manitoba / Marquette / 23 Townships 13

Shier Samuel M Head M May 1862 49
Shier Alise F Wife M Mar 1863 48
Shier Wilber M Son S Dec 1885 25
Shier Gertie F Daughter S Dec 1889 21
Shier Amanda F Daughter S Oct 1892 18
Shier Ida F Daughter S Oct 1895 15
Shier Elsie F Daughter S Aug 1899 11
Shier Eduard M Son S Oct 1901 9
Shier Samuel M Cousin S Jan 1869 41 
Shier, Samuel Henry (I5993)

Charles C. Van Kirk,

Fourth District, 1921-1932,

Presiding Justice

  Presiding Justice Charles C. Van Kirk was born on September 21, 1862, in Greenwich , Washington County. He graduated from Colgate University in 1884 (then called Madison University). From 1884 to 1886, he taught in the Boys' Academy in Troy, and then began the study of law. He was admitted to the Bar in 1888. He then practiced law for eight years in Greenwich as a member of the firm of Gibson & Van Kirk. He then practiced for one year in Port Henry, Essex County, as a partner of Frank Rowe, and, then, until his election to the Supreme Court, as a member of the firm of Patterson, Bulkley & Van Kirk in Albany. He began a long elected career on the Fourth Judicial District Supreme Court January 1, 1906; he retired at the end of 1932. He began his Appellate Division service in January 1921 and served as Presiding Justice from January 1928 until he retired. He died in Greenwich on April 18, 1937. 
Van Kirk, Charles Clark (I21022)


Bodies of Mrs. Elford and Grandson not Found

These particlars of the funeral ceremony and life of the late John Elford
of Hampton, Ont., are taken from the Walhalla Mountaineer of October 10, 1900, and will be of special interest to the numerous relatives and acquaintances in West Durham:


ELFORD—At Galveston, Texas, September 8, 1900, John Elford, aged 58 years. Fannie Colton, his wife, aged 57 years. Dwight, son of George C. Elford, of Langdon, North Dakota, aged 6 years.

All that was mortal of Mr. John Elford was brought home and buried on Sunday.  The great number of friends whom the deceased and his respected wife had made during their residence in this part of the county attested their worth and showed their respect by attending the last obsequies and thus assisting in paying the last tribute to their old friend and his family.  The terrible story of the disaster which had caused the death of these beloved and respected people was told and the friends mourned afresh for those who had gone into the great beyond.   The funeral cortege left the residence of the daughter, Mrs. J. S. Huffman, in Crown Center, at about half past one o’clock and took its sad and sorrowful way to the Methodist church in this place, where it arrived at about quarter before three.  Rev. Hocking conducted  the services, assisted by Rev. Matheson, and the words that were said included the respect to those remains which were left behind at the scene of trouble as well as those that were incased in the beautiful metallic casket that occupied the space in front of the pulpit in the church.  And they were loving, thoughtful words, recalling not only those who had reached the end of life’s journey, but were full of love and hope to those who remain behind.   The remains were then carried to the Protestant cemetery and interred, and though separated so far as the mortal bodies are concerned, the spirits are reunited never more to be torn asunder.   John Elford was born in Durham County, Ontario, February 19, 1842, and was raised on a farm.  He was married in 1862 and in 1885 moved to North Dakota.   Mrs. Elford was born March 4, 1843, in Durham County, Ontario, and grew to young womanhood amongst her childish surroundings, having for her early playmate the husband she accepted to accompany her through the paths of life, and as they started on the path together, so, in the end they both “went home” together.   Dwight, the son of Mr. George C. Elford, of Langdon, was born in 1895, and went with his grandparents on their trip through the south, meeting his death in the arms of his grandfather in the great storm which swept so many thousands to their death.   Mr. and Mrs. Elford leave five children to mourn their death, and they have the sympathy of all, for the parents were known so well and loved by all who knew them.   The family left here in March, 1899, and stopped a year with their son Milton in New Mexico.  They then took a trip to Mineral Wells and Galveston, intending to make a round trip to California and return to North Dakota in the Spring, but the storm of September 8th stayed them in their journey.  Mr. Elford’s body was not found for eighteen days after the storm― September 26.  It is thought that the bodies of the other two loved ones were carried to sea and all hope of their recovery has been abandoned.   The relatives present at the funeral were all the children and their families, Mr. Elford’s sister, Mrs. Charles Rogers and her daughter Mabel, from Taunton, Ontario, Mr. William Elford, his brother, and his wife from Carman, Manitoba, and Mr. A. S. Elford, a cousin, of Grand Forks.  West Durham News, Oct. 25, 1900.

  Describes the Galveston Storm, and Search
for his Parents’ Bodies

Galveston, 9, 14, 1900.

Mr. George Elford, Langdon, N.D.    Dear brother,—This is Thursday, [September 13, 1900] five days we have put in since the storm and tidal wave; and they have been days of awful suspense to me.  It seems that I have been dazed.  I have not been able to collect my thoughts until to-day.  I have not found any of the remains yet, but expect to find them tomorrow.  I will either find them in about two days or not at all, for they will have all the debris overturned in the locality, and, if they are not there, then they have drifted out to sea, which I think is very unlikely.    The city is under martial law, and soldiers are patrolling every street day and night; every man has got to work if able and can leave his own business.  They have orders to burn all the dead bodies as fast as they find them but I have a permit from the Gen. not to be interfered with, and to bury or take the corpses.  I have an undertaker with metallic coffins, who will take charge on a minute’s notice.  I have been helping clear away the debris, that is where we are most likely to find them; there are hundreds of men working there, but the work moves on slow.  It is so twisted and wedged in as to be almost impossible to get out.  It is an awful sight.  Every few minutes, somewhere within a block of us, they find dead bodies, and often where there is one there are more.  Yesterday we took out twelve from one spot; it was a large house and they had gathered there for safety, and all died together wedged in between the ceiling and floor.  Hundreds of houses in one heap, and you can scarcely recognize a single piece, for three to five blocks wide and for about four miles solid block of dwellings and hotels, the residence part of the city, there is not a vestige left, not a board, it is all swept clear and banked up in a pile reaching all around from the bay to beach.    They have got the names now of over 2,500 and that is not half that have been drowned.  I do not think that more than two hundred have been buried in coffins, hundreds were taken to sea and put overboard, and hundreds more are being burned every day and hundreds yet to dig out of the debris.    The Catholic Orphans Home collapsed with about two hundred, all the children and several neighbors that gathered for safety.  The street car works went down with about forty employees and hundreds of houses went down with from one to fifty people.  A great many must have been killed after getting on rafts, by flying boards.  I came very very near it.  I keep thinking now how I might have averted it by acting differently, but I suppose there is no use of thinking about that now; we left our house about 4 o’clock thinking it would be safer in a larger house, not even dreaming that even that house would be washed away.  We went across the street to a fine large house built on a brick foundation high off the ground.  About five it grew worse and began to break up the fence and the wreckage of other houses was coming against us.  We had arranged that if the house showed signs of breaking up, that I would take the lead, and Father would come next with Dwight and Mother next; in this way I could make a safe place to walk as we would have to depend on floating debris for rafts.  There were about fifteen or sixteen in the house besides ourselves.  They were confident the house would stand anything; if not for that we would probably have left on rafts before the house went down.  We all gathered in one room; all at once the house went from its foundation and the water came in waist deep and we all made a break for the door, but could not get it open.  We then smashed out the window and I led the way.  I had only got part way out when the house fell on us.  I was hit on the head with something and it knocked me out, and into the water, head first.  I do not know how long I was down as I must have been stunned, and came up and got hold of some wreckage on the other side of the house.  I could see one man on some wreck to my left and another on my right.  I went back to the door that we could not open; it was broken in, and I could go part way in, as the one side ceiling was not within four or five feet of the water.  There was not a thing in sight; I went back and got on the other side, but not one ever came up that I could see.    We must have all gone down the same time, but I cannot tell why they did not come up unless it was that when the house broke the wall loosened from the floor, and with the lurch, they were thrown through the crevice and held down by the floor or floor of the veranda outside.  There was a large man there with his wife and large family.  He was over six feet, and I do not think the water was over that on the floor when I went back.  It was a wonder I did not get killed when I went as I just get out again as it all went flat.  I then started to leave by partly running and swimming from one lot of debris to another; the street was full of tops and sides of houses, and the air was full of flying boards.  I think I gained about a block on the debris in the way, and got in the shelter of some buildings, but they were fast going down, and I was afraid of getting buried.  Just then the part that I was on started down the street, and I stuck my head and shoulders in an old tool chest that was lying in the debris that I was on.  I could hardly hold this down on its side from being blown away, but that is what saved my life again.  When the water went down at about 8 a.m. I was about five blocks from where I started, my head was bruised and legs and hands cut a little, which I did not hardly find out until Monday and then I could hardly get my hat on.  I saved what I had on, pants, shirt, shoes and one suit underwear and a five dollar bill.    As soon as it was light enough, I went back to the location of the house, and not a sign of it could be found, and not a sign of any house within two blocks, which before there was scarcely a vacant lot.  I then went to the city hall to see the chief of police, to get some help to recover the corpses, thinking, I guess, that I was the only one in that fix.  The firemen and others started before noon to bring in corpses; they brought them in in wagon loads of about a dozen at a time, laid them in rows to be identified, and the next day they were too badly decomposed, and were loaded on boats and taken to sea, only to wash back on the beach.  They then started to bury them wherever they were found, but yesterday (Wednesday) ordered them to be burned.  Men started removing the debris and burning it, and when they came to a corpse it is just thrown on the pile.    It is the most awful thing of the kind that has ever happened in history, hundreds of families have gone down, and not a sign of anything left of them.  It seemed they were all cool to the very last.  Father had Dwight in his arms, and Mother was right by his side just ready to step out the window; we all went down the same instant.  It seemed that the house fell in an instant.  If I had not been hit on the head by something I might have not got out either.  It seemed all the way through that they were to go, and I was to be saved.  The last few minutes was a terrible time; some were on their knees, others were wild with fright.  I had kept telling Mother that we were safe, and about that last words she said was that God would take care of us anyway.  Father was perfectly cool, and so was Dwight, when we all at once went waist deep in water.  I do not think he said a word.  I can not begin to tell you what an awful suspense that was, shut in and the water rising, and were unable to get the door open.  But it seemed when the crash came it was all over in a second.  I am satisfied they did not fear death in the least, and I do not believe they suffered.    I am getting along all right now, but for two or three days the good and water question was a problem. Milton .    Later.—A telegram has been received saying that Milton has recovered the bodies and has taken them to Dakota for burial.—Editor.  Bowmanville Statesman, Oct. 3, 1900.
Elford, John (I21829)
"Old Cambridge (1788-1988) compiled by Clay, Foster, Raymond, Shiland, & Thornton.
p. 261.
COULTER, George, b. 1768, d. 1843 (son of James). Owned farm property later known as Content Farms.

George's christening found at LDS-Family search - Batch: C510331 on film.

Have seen place of birth as Jackson, Wash., NY also. 
Coulter, George (I375)
(wonder if being only son name might have been Joseph Manson or Manson Joseph) 
Switzer, J. Manson (I3231)
004596 ? 97 (Essex) George SWITZER, 28, Fontenac Co, Mersea, farmer, s/o Tamer VANKOUGHNET & Calvin SWITZER to Laura FOSTER, 31, Peel Co Ont, Mersea, d/o Ann WHALEY & Ralph FOSTER; wit Ed GIBSON & Rose M MORRISON on 29, December 1897 in Mersea. 
Family/Spouse F173
006095-85 Ezra SWITZER, 54, Camden, Ernestown, Widower, Blacksmith, s/o Samuel & Abigal married Rebecca MOREY, 49, Fredericksburg, Ernestown, Widow, d/o Andrew & Rebecca MOREY. Wtn: George L. MOREY and Ida SWITZER of Ernestown on November 5, 1885 at Violet. 
Family/Spouse F146
015025-02 Kenneth SWITZER, 23, farmer, Hallowell, same, s/o Egerton SWITZER &
Ada WILLIAMS, married Florence E. HUBBS, 21, Hallowell, same, d/o Robert HUBBS & Mary LEAVITT, witn John SHAW & Florence WALTERS, both of Hallowell, Feb 5, 1902, Hallowell. 
Family/Spouse F514
015302-01 (Simcoe County) William Andrew HALL, 26, Feneton, Thorah, Farmer, s/o John HALL & Louisa SWITZER, married Mabel FLEMING, 20, Dalton, same, d/o John FLEMING & Caroline JOHNSTON, wtn: Ellen M. BURNS & Ruth SNODDEN, both of Orillia, on May 14, 1901, at Orillia 
Family/Spouse F199
14. DAVID W. GROMMON (son of ARCHIBALD & ABIGAIL (BUNCE)_GROMMON) was born 21 Jul 1842, Jefferson County, and died 23 May 1908 in_Hillsdale Co., MI._He married (1) _MARY LOVELAND_16 i SARAH GROMMON_17 ii ELEANOR GROMMON_18 iii HENRY GROMMON_He married (2) 23 Aug 1881 in Henderson, Jefferson Co._SARAH ELIZA SWITZER_Child, GROMMON:_19 i WILBUR D. GROMMON 
Grommon, Davis Wilbur (I2551)
1851 Census Camden East Twp., Addington Cty.

Name Age Sex S/M/W Born Rel Occup House Div Conc. Lot Acr
Peter G. Switzer 65 M W CW WM F L1 2 IV 33 185
Mary Mulne 31 F M CW WM
Philip Mulne 9 M S CW WM
Samuel Mulne 7 M S CW WM
Ann Mulne 6 F S CW WM
Charlotte Mulne 3 F S CW WM
Common Mulne 1 M S CW WM

Suspect Mary is Peter’s daughter Mary Rachel. Mulne could be incorrect as there is a Mary Mullenew (Molyneaux) listed in the 1881 census – age 60 – at Camden East. In Peter’s will Mary was one of the children who did not receive anything as they had been “previously looked after” – perhaps Mary retained the property she was living on with her father in the 1851 census – more research needed on this Mary Mulne and children.

Peter was also listed in the 1851 census at the home of his brother Philip when the census was taken.

Lot 42, Concession 9, Camden East Twp. Peter stayed on the family farm and later divided it into 3 parts for sons Mark, Lorenzo and John.

Transcription of the Memorial of Peter Switzer's Last Will and Testament Transcribed by Marvin Millis

October 29, 2005__[]__

=== Start of Transcription ===_

_To theRegister of the County of Lennox and Addington. A Memorial of the last Will and Testament of Peter Switzer, late of the Township of Camden, Yeoman, in the following words. _In the name of God, Amen. I Peter Switzer of the township of Camden in the County of Addington and Province of Canada, Yeoman, being of sound mind and Memory do make and Publish this my last Will and Testament._My will is first that my funeral charges and just debts shall be paid by my executors hereinafter named. The residue of my estate and property
which shall not be required for the payment of my just debts, funeral charges and the expenses attending the execution of this my will and the administration of this estate. I give,devise and dispose of as follows.
_To wit, I give and bequeath to my sons Lorenzo Switzer and Mark Switzer, their heirs and assigns, the east part of Lot number thirty-five in the third Concession of the Township of Camden aforesaid that now belongs to me to be divided between them as follows:_All North of the now traveled road that runs across the above described land and is to belong to the said Lorenzo Switzer, his heirs and assigns if this is not more than forty acres on the North side of the said road. The overplus is to belong to my son Mark Switzer, his heirs and assigns, said overplus to be situated at the Southwest angle of said block of land lying north of said road._Also the remainder of the above described land that is to belong to me I give and
bequeath to my son Mark Switzer, his heirs and assigns._To have and to hold the above described premises; to the said Lorenzo and Mark Switzer, their heirs and assigns forever._Secondly I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Ann Fifty pounds currency, the half of said fifty pounds to be paid to her by my son Lorenzo and the remainder by my son Mark Switzer. And I direct that the said sum be paid
within four months after my decease. And if she should die before the expiration of said four months, the said fifty pounds to be paid as aforesaid to her daughter._Third I give and bequeath all the rest residue and remainder as aforesaid of my personal estate, goods and chattels of every nature and kind whatsoever to my said sons Lorenzo Switzer and Mark Switzer to be divided equally between them,
share and share alike._And I further direct and will that if my sons Lorenzo and Mark fail in paying the legacy, as I have above directed the lands I have bequeathed them, shall be holden for the same. And I hereby empower and direct my executors to sell as much of said lands as will enable them to pay such legacy. And I also direct and will that my sons, Philip Switzer, Jacob Switzer and John Switzer, also my daughter Mary Rachel, shall receive no part or share of my property or estate as I have already given them their portion._And I do appoint my neighbour Daniel Fraser Bell and my friend Cephas H Miller and their executors to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament.__In testimony whereof I, the said Peter Switzer have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this Twenty-third day of September in the year of the Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Fifty-seven.
_Sd [=signed] Peter Switzer : LS [= Locum Sigilli; i.e. the placement of the Seal (on a document)]_Signed, sealed and delivered by the said Peter Switzer to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of John W.Bell and Chrisey Bell who at his request and in his presence have subscribed their names as witnesses hereto in the presence of each other. John W. Bell, Chrisy Bell, both of the Township of Camden, aforesaid._Which said will is witnessed by John W. Bell, Yeoman and Christ Bell, spinster, both of the Township of Camden aforesaid._And this memorial thereof is hereby required to be registered by me, Mark Switzer, one of the brothers named Devisees. Witness, hand and seal the Eleventh day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Sixty-four._Signed and Sealed in the presenceof__J. W. Bell - [written signature]_Cephas H. Miller - [printed signature]__sd [= signed] Mark (his X mark) Switzer : LS [=
Locum Sigilli; i.e. the placement of the Seal (on a document)]__=== End ofMemorial Transcription ===

_The Historical Atlas of Lennox and Addington (reprinted by Mika) shows that on the southern end of C3 L35, Varty Lake cut into the SE corner of the lot on a 45 degree angle. The West half of the lot (100 acres) is shown on the map as held by John H. Switzer . The East half of Lot 35 is shown on the map as being in the posession of Lorenzo Switzer and Mark Switzer, as per the Will of their father, Peter. Lorenzo's farm is 40 acres on the North side of the road as described in the Will, with an excess of land on the SW corner (north side of the road) that is shown in the atlas as owned by Mark Switzer. Including the South part of the lot which Peter willed to Mark, in all, Mark posessed 55 acres. Varty Lake covered about 5 acres on the SE corner of Mark's lot, otherwise the total acreage held by Lorenzo and Mark would have totalled 100 acres of land.

Ed. Note: Mathew Switzer (b. ca 1814) left the area prior to Peter's death - to the mid-west of Ontario - could it be that they never kept in contact with the family after leaving? Left on bad terms? or could he even have been dead. Joseph S. Switzer (b. ca 1827) was a son of Samuel Guier Switzer - not Peter Guier Switzer.
Switzer, Peter Guier (I68)
1851 Census Camden East Twp., Addington Cty.

Name Age Sex S/M/W Born Rel Occup House Div Conc. Lot Acres
Ernest Drader 60 M M CW WM F L1 2 III 33 50
Sarah Ann Drader 52 F M CW WM
Patience Drader 30 F S CW WM
Martin Drader 25 M S CW WM L
Amos Drader 14 M S CW WM L
Ann Drader 12 F S CW WM
Dorothy Drader 90 F W G. WM

Note: Dorothy is Anna Dorothy Barberie - mother of Ernest. 
Switzer, Sarah Anna Marie (I74)
1851 Census Camden East Twp., Addington Cty. Name: Anthony Switzer Age: 8 Sex: Male Marital Status: Single Birthplace: Canada West Religion: Episc opal Methodist Occupation: House Type: Frame 1 storey Division: 2 Concess ion: IV Lot: 37 Acres: 100 
Switzer, Anthony (I64)
1851 census Ernestown Twp.

Name Age Sex S/M/W B-Place Rel. Occ Res
Bicknell Richard 45 M W CW WM F 1.5 Fr
Bicknell Phebe 15 F S CW WM
Bicknell Newton 14 M S CW WM
Bicknell Henry T. 12 M S CW WM
Bicknell Lany Mariah 9 F S CW WM
Topliff Amos 16 M S CW WM
Mills Ann 24 F S CW EM Ser
Bicknell, Richard (I780)
1878 - 1881 Marriages

#010727-78 (Victoria Co): George Milas? SWITZER, 29, yeoman, Canada, Fenelon, s/o Jacob & Elizabeth, married Jemima Jane SWITZER, 34, widow, Loburn?, Fenelon, d/o Lorenzo & Margaret RUTTAN, witnesses were Micha & Mary Jane SWITZER of Fenelon, Feb. 18, 1878 at Fenelon Falls. 
Family/Spouse F108
1880 United States Census
Rodolphus WILSON Male
Other Information:
Birth Year <1830>
Birthplace NY
Age 50
Occupation Farmer
Marital Status M
Race W
Head of Household Rodolphus WILSON
Relation Self
Father's Birthplace NY
Mother's Birthplace MA

Source Information: Census Place Denmark, Lewis, New York 
Wilson, Rodolphus Bush (I571)
1881 - Amos had died, widow Margaret living with Nancy Switzer, also a widow. Children Sarah Ann , 16, and Anthony ,15, living with Grandparents, David Swtizer, 81 & Fanny, 72 (census p 88). Eada,19 & Frederick 11 not found.

1881 census of Camden East, Addington, Ontario;

Name Age Sex S/M/W Born Rel Occ E. Origin
Switzer, Nancy 62 F W Ont Meth Irish
Switzer, Margret 44 F W Ont Meth Irish

Switzer, Amos (I30)
1881 Canadian Census


Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion

Mariah HUFFMAN W Female Irish 52 Ontario --- C. Methodist

John S. HUFFMAN Male Irish 28 Ontario Farmer C. Methodist

Alberta HUFFMAN Female Irish 18 Ontario --- C. Methodist

Nellie HUFFMAN Female Irish 15 Ontario --- C. Methodist

Robert H. HUFFMAN Male Irish 12 Ontario School C. Methodist

Victory HUFFMAN Female Irish 10 Ontario School C. Methodist

Samuel BELL M Male Irish 32 Ontario --- C. Methodist

Agusta BELL M Female Irish 27 Ontario --- C. Methodist

Blanch BELL Female Irish 6 Ontario School C. Methodist

Edna BELL Female Irish 1 Ontario --- C. Methodist

Source Information:

Census Place Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario

Family History Library Film 1375872

NA Film Number C-13236

District 117

Sub-district D

Division 1

Page Number 46

Household Number 224 
Switzer, Deborah Sarah Maria (I613)
1881 Canadian Census
Census Place Darlington, Durham West, Ontario



Other Information:
Birth Year <1875>
Birthplace O
Age 6
Marital Status
Ethnic Origin German
Head of Household Edgerton SWITZER
Religion Methodist Canada 
Switzer, Edwin Bruce (I1297)
1881 Canadian Census
Name Marital Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion

Ann PERRY M Female French 30 Ontario --- Methodist
Bowen PERRY Male English 10 Ontario Scholar Methodist
Willliam PERRY Male French 9 Ontario Scholar Methodist
Marion PERRY Female French 8 Ontario Scholar Methodist
Lizzie PERRY Female French 6 Ontario Scholar Methodist
Lenna PERRY Female French 5 Ontario Methodist

Source Information:
Census Place Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario
Family History Library Film 1375872
NA Film Number C-13236
District 117
Sub-district D
Division 2
Page Number 77
Household Number 400 
Perry, Bowen James (I1650)
1881 Canadian Census Margaret J. SWITZER Female Other Information: Birth Ye ar <1845> Birthplace Ontario Age 36 Occupation Marital Status M Ethnic Origin Irish Head of Household Washburn W. SWITZER Religion E. Methodi st Source Information: Census Place Hinchinbrooke, Addington, Ontario Family History Library Film 1375872 NA Film Number C-13236 District 118 Sub-distri ct H Page Number 7 Household Number 30 
Carnahan, Margaret J. (I802)
1881 census of Ernestown, Lennox, Ontario;

Name Age Sex S/M/W Born Rel Occ E. Origin
Huffman, Mariah 52 F W Ont C. Meth Irish
Huffman, John S. 28 M Ont C. Meth Farmer Irish
Huffman, Alberta 18 F Ont C. Meth Irish
Huffman, Nellie 15 F Ont C. Meth Irish
Huffman, Robert H. 12 M Ont C. Meth School Irish
Huffman, Victory 10 F Ont C. Meth School Irish
Bell, Samuel 32 M M Ont C. Meth Irish
Bell, Agusta 27 F M Ont C. Meth Irish
Bell, Blanch 6 F Ont C. Meth School Irish
Bell, Edna 1 F Ont C. Meth Irish 
Huffman, Charles Willard (I1088)
1900 census: immigrated 1887 ; 3 children, 2 living; age 35 obit_ 
Switzer, Sarah Ann (I57)
1901 Census of Canada
Subdistrict: Tay, SIMCOE (East/Est), ONTARIO
District Number: 113
Subdistrict Number: m-1
Archives Microfilm: T-6496

5 46 54 Switzer Sarah F Head M Jun 3 1844 57
5 47 54 Switzer Ruben M Son M Sep 3 1878 22
5 48 54 Switzer Albert C.? M Son S Mar 7 1881 20
5 49 54 Switzer William H. M Son S Oct 16 1895 15
5 50 54 Switzer Susan F Lodger M Oct 17 1880 20
6 1 54 Switzer Daisy P. F Granddaughter S Nov 30 1900
6 2 54 Montgomery Wm. M Boarder S Oct 3 1879 21
6 3 54 Walker James M Boarder S 1880 20 
Robinson, Sarah Jane (I272)
1901 Census of Canada Fenelon, VICTORIA (North/Nord), ONTARIO

Day John M Head M Sep 10 1875 25
Day Catherine F Wife M Oct 1877 23
Day Lavina F Daughter S Sep 2 1898 2
Day Rosie F Daughter S May 1 1900
Day David M Brother S Jan 12 1881 20 
Day, John Anson (I397)
1901 Census of Canada Subdistrict: Rockwood, SELKIRK, MANITOBA District Number: 11 Subdistrict

Number: h-7 Archives Microfilm: T-6435

5 44 46 Herron Samuel M Head M Nov 8 1867 54
5 45 46 Herron Eliza A F Wife M Apr 8 1852 49
5 46 46 Herron Thomas M Son S Sep 7 1887 13
5 47 46 Davis Joseph M Lodger M Apr 11 1866 35
5 48 46 Davis Ellen F Lodger M Feb 17 1880 21
5 49 46 Switzer Mary E F Lodger S Mar 6 1882 19
5 50 46 Gillespie Parsely E M Grandson S Aug 27 1900 
Switzer, Ellen Jane (I861)
1911 / Ontario / Perth South / 4 Blanchard

Switzer Henry M Head M Jan 1837 74
Switzer Harriet R. F Wife M Oct 1845 65
Switzer Milton H. M Son S Sep 1877 33
Switzer Ethel M F Daughter S May 1880 31

Switzer, Henry (I3737)
1911 Ontario / Essex North / Maidstone

20 72 Bertrim William M Head M Sep 1885 25
21 72 Bertrim Wildan? F Wife M Oct 1855 22
22 72 Bertrim Roy M Son S Feb 1910 1 
Bertram, William Frederick (I3245)
1911-Manitoba-Dauphin-Township 34

Best Robert M Head M Aug 1871 40
Best Matilda F Wife M May 1870 41
Best Pearl F Daughter S Jul 1890 20
Best Grace F Daughter S Sep 1893 18
Best Eldon M Son S Apr 1896 15
Best Clifford M Son S Jun 1898 13
Best Lida F Daughter S Mar 1904 7
Best Keith M Son S Jul 1905 5
Best William M Father M Sep 1836 75
Best Lucinda F Mother M Sep 1846 65
Best, Robert Samuel (I6076)
1911-Ontario-Bruce North-Kincardine

Blackwell George M Head M Apr 1857 54
Blackwell Mary Mrs. F Wife M Sep 1859 52
Blackwell Angline Phoebe F Daughter S Jan 1892 18
Blackwell Wellington Roy M Son S Feb 1895 15 
Blackwell, George C. (I7278)

Armstrong John M Head M Nov 1850 60
Armstrong Maud F Wife M May 1859 52
Armstrong Dora F Daughter S Dec 1879 31
Armstrong Jackie M Son S Jan 1898 13
Struthers Stephen M Son-in-law M Jul 1878 32
Struthers Sarrah F Daughter-in-law M Jun 1888 23
Struthers Nada F Granddaughter S Apr 1909 2 
Armstrong, John (I1946)
1991 Census shows James Arthur’s birth as Jul 1893. 
Switzer, James Arthur (I3052)
1st marriage for ETHEL A. KNIGHT:
RICHARD M. BECKMAN married ETHEL A. KNIGHT 26 May 1907 at Gualala, California.
Issue: EDITH BECKMAN born 27 Oct 1908 Mendocino Co., CA.
Died 12 July 1993 Fort Bragg, Mendocino Co., CA

1910 Census Big River Twp., Mendocino Co., CA:
ETHEL BECKMAN age 21 & daughter EDITH (age 1-7/12 born Oct 1909) are residing with Ethel's parents . Census states that Ethel Beckman is married.

1920 census EDITH BECKMAN is residing with GEORGE & ETHEL SWITZER.
1930 census EDITH has married RALPH C. SUTHERLAND (abt 1928) nd they are in Big River Twp. #2, Mendocino Co., CA. No issue at that time.
Ralph C. Sutherland was born @ 1903 in California; son of Thomas Sutherland and Hilma Petersen. Ralph and Edith (Beckman) Sutherland owned and operated the International Truck & Chrysler/Plymouth dealership in Fort Bragg until 1968. Ralph died 16 Feb 1975.

The censuses state that Edith Beckman's father (Richard M. Beckman) was born in Iowa. In the 1930 census for Monterey Co., CA there's a RICHARD M. BECKMAN born @ 1880 Iowa & married (wife is Atla Beckman).

California _death records show a Richard M. Beckman born 9-09-1881; died 10 Sept 1965 Monterey Co., CA. Unable to locate Richard Beckman in any of the 1900, 1910 or 1920 censuses.

It would seem most likely that if there was a BECKMAN divorce, it might have been filed in Mendocino Co., CA.

Knight, Ethel A. (I1489)
3rd concession of Ernestown Township. Built a house for each sons on his 100 acre farm. 
Switzer, David (I1067)
7 children went to the USA
3 children remained in Ireland 
Riedy, Amos (I3812)
A brief biographical sketch of Nancy Foster Miller, wife of Garrett Miller, written by her son, the late Rev. W. W. Miller, and published also in the “Christian Guardian” has been preserved.

She was born in the township of Sophiasburgh, Prince Edward County, AD 1796. Her early life was not biased in favour of Methodism: but she was awakened in a sense of her lost condition as a sinner, and led to seek an interest in the Redeemer’s blood under the preaching of the Rev. N. Reeder in the year 1816, while he was traveling the Smith’s Creek circuit, which according to Playter, extended from the border of Yonge Street on the west and included the Hallowell and Belleville country in the east. On this occasion he preached in her uncle S. Reed’s house, who lived a few miles up the river from Belleville, and according to previous announcement, directed his discourse particularly to the young people, many of whom were present, especially the relatives of Mr. Reed, as he had taken pains to have it widely circulated among them.

From this time she ever dated a new era in her life’s history. As she often expressed it, she then saw things in an entirely new light, and felt it to be of infinite importance to renounce the vain pomps and fashions of this world, and gave evidence of a willingness to become anything or nothing for her Saviour, whom she now delighted to adore and honor by declaring what great things he had done for her soul.

Very soon after her conversion, following her desire for Christian fellowship, she united with the people called Methodists, with whom through the many subsequent trials of the church, and vicissitudes of life, she remained a firm and consistent member until death: and although she was, if not the first of her father’s family, yet nearly so, who made an open profession of religion, she had the satisfaction in after life of seeing them all, or nearly all, with her bearing the name of Methodist.

In the year 1821 she was united in marriage to Garrett Miller, who was also a member of the same church. Of her attachment to the cause of God in general, and to the interests of Methodism in particular, much might be said. More than glad was she to have the weary itinerant to make her house a place of rest and refreshment. In all the institutions of the church she took a deep interest. Preaching the Word, prayer and class meetings, the love feast and sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, were to her seasons of refreshing. In domestic life, the reading of the Word, the family altar, and private prayer, were occasionally valued – not suffering the one to be neglected because of the absence of her husband, nor the other by the press of business; the one being sustained during the 5 _ years of her widowhood; of the other it might be said that three times a day might her voice be heard praying and calling on the name of the Lord.

Her last religious act, so far as known by her attendants was that of reading in the Bible after which she said, “This too, soon must end.” She could now scarcely distinguish the lines, becoming unconscious shortly afterwards, she lingered but forty-eight hours when her happy spirit took it’s flight to that land of which it is said death shall never enter. Thus closed the life of one, who, although she had no legacy of gold or silver to bequeath to the church at her demise, yet always delighted to give of her substance to God’s cause during the fifty-two years in which she recognized His claim on all she possessed, giving, undoubtedly, during that time, hundreds of dollars to the church, and leaving behind her the example of a devoted life, the savor of a good name, and a godly influence to tell on generations yet to come. 
Foster, Nancy (I419)
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Adam’s name spelled "SWEIZER" on Parish records, courtesy of the Family History Library . 
Switzer, Adam (I1714)
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Alexander was Canada's Minister of Finance for three periods and High Commissioner to England from 1880 to 1883.

1881 Census London, Middlesex, England. Dwelling place: 66 Lancaster Gate, London. Alexander and Amy are there with 6 daughters, 6 servants, neice Kate V Wood 24 (thought to be the daughter of John Wood and Amy's sister Elizabeth, and a visitor Katerina Nannett 60 from Canada. This is during Alexander's time as Canadian High Commissioner


Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt

Alexander Tilloch Galt, 1869. Copyright/Source (September 6, 1817 - September 19, 1893)

Alexander Tilloch Galt was one of the most influential politicians of his time. His role was most prominent during the constitutional conferences; he was involved in the issue of economic development and was committed to defending the rights of religious minorities. These things together made him truly one of the Fathers of Confederation. In 1824, Alexander's father John Galt founded the Canada Company -- a settlement company active in the area of Lake Huron -- and laid the groundwork for the city of Guelph, Ontario. It was during this time that the young Alexander first came to Canada, in 1828. He remained for two years. Despite the failure of the Canada Company, John Galt helped found the British American Land Company in 1834 and arranged for his son to be taken on as a clerk in the Sherbrooke office. Thus, in 1835, Alexander Tilloch Galt returned to Canada for the second time. In 1840, he drafted a report on the company's successes and failures, and the document made its way to London. Galt had made an impression: in October 1843, the London office made him secretary of the British American Land Company and, in 1844, he was named commissioner. Galt's first foray into politics was short-lived. It was in 1853 that he made his real political début. He would remain active in Canadian politics until 1872. Early in his career, Galt could have been considered a supporter of the "parti rouge" , which favoured the abolition of seigneurial tenure, the secularization of clergy land reserves, secret ballot elections, and the separation of Church and State. Nonetheless, the remainder of his career would clearly show him to be a Conservative, first and foremost. When the government was dissolved in 1858, Governor General Edmund Walker Head asked Alexander Galt to form a new government. He refused, but suggested the job be given to George-Étienne Cartier, who agreed to form the new government with John A. Macdonald. Galt became inspector general (finance minister of the time). Galt's agreement to join the government was conditional on the serious consideration of a project to federate the British North American colonies. In October 1858, supported by the governor, Alexander Tilloch Galt, George-Étienne Cartier and John Ross travelled to London to present their proposal to Queen Victoria. The project was received with polite indifference and was then shelved until 1863. In 1863, the Macdonald-Taché government had a House majority, and a parliamentary committee was created to study the political restructuring of the colony. After another change in government, the Great Coalition was formed in 1864 and the confederation process got going in earnest. Galt participated in the conferences in Charlottetown, Québec and London. He was among those who helped organize the new country's administration, and championed the right to education for the Protestant minority in Quebec. In 1866, Galt resigned from Cabinet when most Upper Canadian politicians opposed the same rights for the Catholic minority in their province. His contribution was too great to be ignored, however; when the final constitution was drafted, the right to education for religious minorities was in place for all provinces. Prime Minister Macdonald appointed Alexander Tilloch Galt to the position of finance minister in the first Cabinet of the Canadian Government, but he would hold this position for only a year. In 1867, the bankruptcy of the Commercial Bank of Kingston forced him to resign. He left active politics for good in 1872 over his disagreement with a number of government policies. The remainder of Galt's political career was spent as the Canadian government's representative abroad until 1883, when he returned to the business world. Chronic health problems late in life forced him to limit his activities after 1890. He died at home in Montréal on September 19, 1893. Source Kesteman, Jean-Pierre. -- "Galt, sir Alexander Tilloch." -- Dictionnaire biographique du Canada. -- Vol. XII. -- Québec : Presses de l'Université Laval, 1983. -- P. 378-387.


From the McMillan Dictionary of Canadian Biographies:

Galt, Sir Alexander Tilloch (1817-1893), Canadian minister of finance (1858-62 and 1864-68), and Canadian high commissioner in London (1880-83), was born in Chelsea, London, on September 6, 1817, the youngest son of John Galt (q.v.), the Scottish novelist. He came to Canada in 1835 as a clerk in the office of the British American Land Company at Sherbrooke, Lower Canada, and from 1844 to 1855 he was commissioner of the company. He became interested in railway development; and he was one of the Canadian promoters of the Grand Trunk Railway. In 1849 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Canada for Sherbrooke county as an independent member; but he resigned in 1850. He
was returned for Sherbrooke town in 1853; and he continued to represent this constituency in the Assembly until 1867, and in the House of Commons until 1872. He came to be regarded as the leader of the English-speaking members from Lower Canada; and in 1858 he became minister of finance in the Cartier-Macdonald administration, joining the government on the condition that the federation of British North America was to be a plank in its platform. With George F. Cartier (q.v.) and John Ross (q.v.), he went to England to urge Confederation on the British government, but without success. In 1862 he resigned office with his colleagues; but in 1864 he became again minister of finance, and he continued in this office until 1866. He was a delegate to the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences of 1864 and to the Westminster Conference of 1866; and he was one of the chief architects of the British North America Act. In 1867 he became the first finance minister of the Dominion; but in 1868 he retired from office because of a disagreement with Sir John Macdonald (q.v.).
Galt never again held cabinet office. He severed his connection with political parties, pronounced himself a believer in the future independence of Canada, and in 1872 retired from parliament. In 1875 he was appointed a member of the Halifax Fisheries Commission, under the Treaty of Washington; and the next few years of his life were mainly devoted to diplomatic or semi-diplomatic work. In 1880 he was appointed the first Canadian high commissioner in London; and he held this post until 1883. His last ten years were devoted to the development of various enterprises he had launched in the Canadian North West; but after 1890 his health rapidly failed, and he died at Montreal on September 19, 1893.

He was twice married, (1) in 1848 to Elliott (d. 1850), daughter of John Torrance, of Montreal, and (2) in 1851 to her younger sister, Amy Gordon. By his first wife he had one son; and by his second wife two sons and eight daughters. He declined the C.B. (civil) in 1867, but was created a K.C.M.G. in 1869, and a G.C.M.G. in 1878. He was the author of several pamphlets: Canada, 1849 to 5859 (London and
Quebec, 1860), The political situation (Montreal, 1875), Church and state (Montreal, 1876), Civil liberty in Lower Canada (Montreal, 1876), The relations of the colonies to the Empire (London, 1881), and Future of the Dominion of Canada (London, 1881).

[0. D. Skelton, The life and times of Sir A. T. Gall (Toronto, 1920); C. A. Magrath, The Galts,father and son (Lethbridge, Alta., nd.); Dict. nat. biog.; Cyc. Am. liog.; Dent, Can, port., vol. 2; E. M. Chadwick, Ontarian families (2 vols., Toronto, 1894-98).] 
Galt, Sir Alexander Tilloch (I4713)
An identical twin of Hans Jacob. 
Schweitzer, Hans Georg (I107)
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At Rathkeale, County Limerick, Ireland in 1813 John was listed as a weaver while at Brantford, Ontario in 1851 he was listed as a farmer in the Queen's Ward.
Switzer, John (I3575)
At the family residence, Emmerling Avenue, Walhalla, N.D., on November 9, 1921, from heart failure, John S. Huffman, aged seventy years and three months.   
John S. Huffmanwas born near the city of Napanee, Ontario, on the 12th day of August, 1851, where he lived until he was about thirty years of age, when he came to North Dakota, in 1882.  He did not stay here then, however, but went to Winnipeg where he remained for a year, returning to this state in 1883, and settled on a farm in the Crown Centre district.  In 1885 he married Miss Martha Elford, and they have lived in the farm ever since, until last year, when they moved into Walhalla.   To them were born: Harry, now of Regina, Ada, also of Regina, Willard, Kenneth, Edith, Johnand Alberta.   Besides the wife and children, those left to mourn his death are three sisters: Mrs. S. Bell, of San Jose, Calif., Mrs. Joyce, of Napanee, Ont., and Mrs. Kyler, of Morven, Ont., and one brother, Dr. R. H. Huffman, of Walhalla.  These have the sincere and heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in the sudden death of Mr. Huffman.    The funeral took place Friday afternoon, under the charge of the Masonic lodge of Walhalla.   Rev. R. E. Vater, of Dickinson, a former pastor, preached the sermon, and he was assisted by Rev. Lyle D. Stone, of the Walhalla Presbyterian Church.   The funeral was one of the largest ever held in Walhalla.  The flowers were handsome, especially those from the family, the Masonic and O.E.S. lodges.   The services held at the grave were beautiful and impressive.  The pall-bearers were: John Fisk, George Best, Fred Hurley, William VanSlyck, W. R. McMurray and Sam Harvey.    The friends and relatives from a distance were: Harry and Mrs. Isaacs from Regina, Fred and Russell Elford, brothers-in-law, and Mr. and Mrs. Hinch, cousins from Morden and Mr. and Mrs. Souch and daughter, Eva, of Langdon.   Masons from over the county generally were in attendance to show the last respect to their departed brother.   The Walhalla Mountaineer, Nov. 18, 1921. 
Huffman, John Switzer (I1089)
Aylsworth Bowen PERRY, 52, Ernestown, same, s/o Daniel & Jane, married Hester Ann CLARK, 45, Fredericksburg, Clarks Mills, d/o Stephen & Rebecca WARNER, witn: Sidney WARNER of Wilton & R. A. McDONALD of Clarks Mills, 10 March 1866 
Family/Spouse F632
b. In Laughboro or Sydenhern (?) both in Frontenac 
Burley, Emma Pauline (I208)
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Below could be info on Joseph's family:

Joseph's application (1st -declaration) for naturalization . Did not apply for the 2nd so might have died. Looks like the brother (Adalade's) Ben Hart applied too, same county.

North Dakota's Naturalization Records'_The index includes name, country of emigration, date of declaration of intention (first papers) or date of naturalization (second papers), the county where the proceedings occurred, and volume and page information for locating the record.
Name Country Date Papers County Volume Page Comments __Switzer, Joseph Canada April 28, 1880
1st Grand Forks D-2 162 _Hart, Benjamin England May 20, 1886 1st Grand Forks D-7 203 This could be Adelade's brother _Hart, Benjamin England October 05, 1898 2nd Grand Forks F-25 536
Walsh County, ND Cemetery Transcriptions - Index, Volume 25_SURNAME PAGE_SWITZER 154_Index, Volume 26_SWITZER 115_Index, Volume 27_SWITZER 137 
Hart, Adalaide (I299)
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Birth reg no 17429 (notes from Jane Bryant) Marriage reg # 8464 (notes from Jane Bryant) 
Ruttan, Cyrus Franklin (I203)

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