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151 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3138)
Michael was a freeholder in 1767 at Courtmatrix. 
Switzer, Michael (I1713)
Michael, his wife, sons and brother Christopher, joined a stream of distressed humanity that poured out of the Rhineland in the spring of 1709. Michael had procured a passport signed by the court - Baronial Leiningen, Schulthesis Christop Sterk, Johan Andreas Strebel (brother-in-law) and Johnny Kolb - on May 4, 1709. The passport basically stated that he was born in the Village of Assenheim, near Hochdorf, and that he should be given safe passage to seek his fortune in Pennsylvania in the Americas. It was April 1709 that the first parties of refugees had begun to move on the Great River. What with local restrictions and fees and tolls to be paid, the trip took 4 to 6 tedious weeks. By early June the emmigrants where flocking into the Dutch City of Rotterdam. A few Dutch ship owners where commissioned by the Duke of Marlborough, whom Queen Anne had made responsible for transporting the displaced Germans to England. "Good Queen Anne" and her commissioners thought that surely all these convinced Protestants would strengthen the anti-Roman feeling in Britain. The sailing ships from Rotterdam landed at Deptford near London. Michael and his family where sent to Blackheath upon arrival in England, June 2, 1709. Each family was presented with a 9 pound loaf of bread as "white as fallen snow" - a curiosity to the Germans who where used only to dark bread. On August 8, 1709, Michael and his family left in wagons to go to Chester to embark there for Ireland. The trip was about 120 miles. From Chester, they sailed in schooners to Dublin. There was a total of 120 families that where chosen to go to Ireland. The trip to Ireland took about 24 hours. Sir
Thomas Southwell chose experienced husbandmen and some weavers to go onto his Estates in the South of Ireland. All of the Palentine men where issued muskets, although Irish tennants throughout the country had been disarmed. Later the Palentines where to be enrolled in a Militia unit of their own - The German Fusiliers, or "True Blues" (this was the origin of the telling phrase "true blue"). The first village built by the Germans was at Courtmatrix, which they planned in a square around a commons.

Michael was listed as a freeholder at Courtmatrix in 1715 and 1720.

Michael served as Vestryman for the Church of Ireland in Rathkeale for some of the time between 1741 and 1770.

Occupation: vine-dresser / husbandman. of Assenheim, Pfalz, Am Rhein, & Court Matrix, Cty. Limerick, Ireland. listed as Lutheran in the Board of Trade lists, London, England, 1709

As the Rathkeale Church of Ireland Registers began in 1742, and as no other records have been found between 1710 and 1742, it has been impossible to verify if Michael had other issue. Also it has been impossible to find offspring of his first two sons. It is possible that they had families as there are many Switzers unaccounted for. There is a Christopher Switzer buried in Kilcooly Church of Ireland cemetery who was born in 1716. He could be a son of Michael. If so, The "Tipperary Switzers" are descended from Michael. 
Schweitzer, Johann Michael (I99)
Miles was one of the first trustees of Switzer's Chapel. 
Shorey, Miles (I584)
Mothers obituary 1910: daughter Mrs. Edith Ruttan of Harrowsmith, Ont. is this the same person?
Sister Sarah Switzers obit 1914 has Edith Ruttan of Odessa, Can.
Ref: marriage registration No 3436 (Jane Bryant) both Methodists - m. by license witnesses Charles Beaux - Bedford and Mary Kenedy- Hinchinbrooke.

Eada (Edith) is the only member of the family to remain in Canada. Her widowed mother, brother and sister moved to Watertown, NY after first settling just outside the city in Black River, NY. 
Switzer, Edith Elizabeth (I56)
Moved to New Hampshire per Fred Bell 
Switzer, Elijah Horton (I1271)
Moved to Watertown per Fred Bell 
Switzer, Sarah Maria (I939)
Munster Fusileer Regiment 
Switzer, Alfred Jesse (I2283)
Name listed as Dora in the Church of Ireland Parish Church of Rathkeale Parish registers of Rathkeale, County Limerick

BURIALS from Family History Center film # 0897365. 
Shier, Dorothy (I1105)
160 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I1601)
Name may be Ruckle 
Ruttle, Katherine Elizabeth (I89)
Name may have been Leada or Leads 
Drader, Hannah (I248)
Name was spelled SWEIZER in the Church of Ireland -Parish Church of Rathkeale Parish registers of Rathkeale, County Limerick –BURIALS from Family History Center film # 0897365. 
Schweitzer, Christina (I95)
Nancy (?Scott, widow Lindsay?) from Steve Mueller. 
Nealy, Nancy (I1126)
Never came to Canada with the family. 
Switzer, Amos (I1774)
166 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3184)
Not listed with family in 1852 Census - Could have died young 
Aylesworth, Sarah (I2635)
Not listed with family in 1852 Census - Could have died young. 
Aylesworth, Benjamin (I2634)
Obituaries From Ontario's Christian Guardian 1861-1870 - D. A. McKenzie 1988 -
CLARK, Benjamin, of Ernestown, near Switzer's Chapel, the second son of Hezekiah Clark, was born in New York state, Nov. 18, 1791. His parents, with other members of the family, came to Canada, settling in Sophiasburg in 1798,, leaving Benjamin in charge of an uncle near Rhinebeck. IN 1806, he joined his father's family in Sophiasburg. During the war of 1812, he worked as a teamster, conveying government stores or troops from Kingston to York, or furnishing timber for government works at Kingston, and used his wages to buy a farm. In 1815, he married Julia Ann Bush - a marriage which brought him into relationship with the Empys, Nevills, Switzers, and Millars - descendants of the Palatine refugees, who found a home in Ireland in the reign of Queen Anne, parts of whose families afterwards settled in Ashgrove, N.Y., and subsequently in various parts of Canada.

On Thurs., 5th inst., after having tea with his daughter, Mrs. Huffman, and his brother, Elias Clark, Benjamin died; predeceased during the past ten years by his wife (who died after nearly 44 years of marriage), by his daughter, Mrs. Perry of Violet, and by his son, Rev. Nelson B. Clark, who had gone to California in search of health. - April 1, 1868, p. 56, O. 
Clark, Benjamin Bruce (I17)
Obituary from the Christian Guardian in 1864. Written by Rev. W. H. Poole.

"The three worthies who have lately left us were wont to tell their children and grandchildren, our people were Palatines from Ireland, converted to God through the instrumentality of Mr. Wesley.

"William Miller, the oldest son, was born Nov. 25th, 1783, in Canada East. When twenty four years of age he took to his home and heart Miss Hannah McKim, who made a good wife, a good mother, and a good Christian neighbor. She left him with nine children, three of whom soon followed her to the better country. The others, I trust, are contending for the same home - all active and useful members of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. When 54 years old he married a Mrs. Jane Bell, by whom he had one daughter. The mother and daughter are living together having respect unto the recompense of the reward.

He gave evidence of conversion to God when a young man, was reclaimed from his wanderings through the instrumentality of the Rev. Mr. Booth, and continued a member of the Church until his death. For full thirty years his house was open for public worship, where the Wesleyan Ministers and their many visitors found a hearty welcome. In matters of business he was remarkably shrewd, active, earnest and successful; while strictly honest, he understood how to acquire property, was diligent in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. For some weeks before his death his heart was mellowed by the sunbeams and a few drops of Divine love; and when his Master called him we trust he was ready. Had he lived a few days longer he would have seen his eightieth birthday. He died on the 20th of October 1863. He was followed to the old Switzer church by a large retinue of sorrowing children and grandchildren, where, after a short address, his body was committed to the tomb, to wait until Christ shall bid it rise.
Miller, William (I414)
of Assenheim, Pfalz am Rhein, Germany Courtmatrix, Co. Limerick, Ireland
Freeholder at Courtmatrix, County Limerick, Ireland July 13, 1715, 1720, 1755/ 
Schweitzer, Johann Christopher (I88)
of Rathkeale-labourer - info from Church of Ireland -Parish Church of Rathkeale Parish registers of Rathkeale, County Limerick --Marriages from Family History Center film # 0897365 
Switzer, Amos (I1207)
Of the ancestry of this family nothing is known back of the grandfather, John Wilson, who was of Scotch parentage, and who’s father and mother dying when he was an infant placed him under the care of a guardian who came with him to America., when he was but four years of age, and located in Washington County, New York. He died in that county in Oct. 1813. His wife’s name was Anna Maria Switzer. Their children were: John, George, Christopher, Peter, James, William, Elinor, Nancy, Catherine and Sarah.

-from “History of Lewis County” pages 215 & 216 
Wilson, John (I436)
On April 29, 1776 Philip was induced to sign a bond of allegiance to the Continental Congress. He met up with Justice Sherwood in 1776 and was led by him 200 miles through the woods to Crown Point, where according to his Loyalist claim he joined the British. On November 2, 1776 under General Carleton, Philip and other Loyalists at Crown Point retreated to Canada to make plans for their campaign the following spring. In June 1777, Philip along with others from Camden Valley, set out from St. John's with the army of Lieutenant General John Burgoyne on an expedition into the Champlain Valley. He was taken prisoner on August16,1777 at the Bennington battle but escaped only to be retaken on September 8, 1777. In the spring of1778, his father Peter paid bail for him to be released (100 pounds). In the autumn of 1780, Philip was working on fortifications at St. John's - employed on the artillery. In 1781 he was with John Peters Corps. Philip remained a private until October, 1782, when he was promoted to Corporal. On October 7, 1786, Philip drew rations for 2 persons and a child. In the register of the Parish of Montreal, 1786-1787, Philip and Rose's wedding was listed with the brides name spelled "Ros". In 1800, Philip and Patience and family moved to Camden Township, lot 36, the 3rd concession. Philip and Patience where settled in Canada one year before the land was surveyed by the British Army. They moved first to Marysburgh Township, and then to Ernestown Township to lot 33, concession 4. Philip was the first of the Switzer family to locate in Ernestown. - Summary from "To Their Heirs Forever" by Eula Lapp.

Philip wintered in the Province of Quebec in 1784 on his way to Canada. Also in the settlement were Mr. & Mrs. Mathias Rose and family. Philip chose Patience as his wife and they were married in the Protestant Church in Montreal that winter. During the summer they settled in the Township of Ernestown. It is presumed that Philip and his wife lived with the Rose family until Camden township was opened.

Married at Christ Church (Anglican) in Montreal; now Christ Church Cathedral - photocopy church marriage reg.

United Empire Loyalist of Maryburgh Twp., Ernestown Twp., & Lot 33, conr, Camden E. Twp., Addington, Co, Ontario, Canada

Corporal in Jessup's Royal Rangers

He was a prisoner of war with his brother-in-law Capt. Garrett Miller, in the American Revolution. They were settled in Canada in 1784, one year before the land was surveyed by the British Army.

H971.3 The Old United Empire Loyalists U 45a Genealgical Publ Co. Appendix B p 263
Switzer, Philip - Residence - Ernest Town Descendants: Corporal Rangers; Soldier Loyal Rangers, L.B.M., 1791. 500 P.L. 1786, A. McL.

This is what Fred Bell had on Philip and Patience about 1960:

On lot 36, of the 3rd concession of Camden in the year near, 1800, there was
a man by the name of Philip Switzer and a large family settled. Some of the
names of his sons were Peter, Norris, Philip (II), Mathias, David, Samual
and Danial, also there were several daughters.

His son Peter stayed on the homestead. Peter’s sons were Mark, Lorenzo,
John, Philip (sickly or lazy Phil he was nicknamed). Peter divided his farm
into three parts for Mark, Lorenzo and John had homesteads.

John married Emily Moleneaux. Their sons were Sidney, James, William and
Nathan. There were daughters also. James was father of Wesley, Ambrose,
Fred, Ibra, Dora and Mary Amelia Switzer. Charles died in infancy.

Lorenzo married a Miss Cook, they had two children. Julia died when a young
woman. Richard married Anna Ross Bell, daughter of J. W. Bell, M.P. and died
in the spring of 1911.

Mark married Mary Ann ______. They had one daughter, Bertha, who married
Philander Rose as his third wife.

Philip, son of Norris Switzer (don‚t know his wife) had following family - -
Silas married Sam Switzers daughter (note first cousin of his fathers) Silas
had two sons, Marshall and Neville. In a few years this mother died and in
the meantime her sister had married Silas‚s father Philip. They raised
Marshall and Neville. So their step-mother was their aunt, Our generation
know her as „Old Aunt Mary‰. Silas then married the widow of Robert O‚Neil
who was Fossythe O‚Neil‚s mother. When Silas died this widow married Fred
Battelle, her maiden name was Matilda Mintz.

Joshua married Hannah Lockwood. They had one daughter Blanche who married
George Lee of Yarker. Alvin married Margaret Embury. Two sons by this
marriage, Athol and Eddie also had a daughter Euphemia. They all moved to
Bobcaygeon years ago. Cynthia married Will Montgomery . They had six
daughters, Ida, Mary, Luella, Mabel, Maggie, and Jennie.

Maggie married Chester Card and had one son Korah, He died when a young man.
David‚s family ˆ he settled on 3rd concession down near swamp, One son
Stephen married a Cook, one son William married Anne Bell, Bowen Bells
sister. A house was built for each son, so there were three houses on a
hundred acre farm. Another son Amos lost his arm in the threashing machine..

Mathias married Helen Bell and settled on 3rd concession, (where Harvey
Dowdle lives). Helen would be an aunt of the Anne who married Wm. Switzer.
They had a family namely, Anne Bell Switzer 1819, Philip Greer 1820, Wm.
McCorguadule 1821. (This second name was maiden name of Helen‚s grandmother,
wife of Wm. Bell) hellen Bell Switzer 1823, John Bell Switzer 1825, Edward
Switzer 1827, Elizabeth Switzer 1829, William Bell Switzer 1831, This was
the only baby on the family to be named William.
Isobel Stewart Switzer 1834 first wife of Ezra Switzer was a blacksmith at
Violet for years, Luke Bell Switzer 1838. Regarding the name of William
there were a first cousin of the name in Bell family of the above ten
children, Helen was one of the family.

Wm. Bell Switzer and James Bell Switzer each received 75 acres of homestead.
Grier and Luke B. had adjoining farms at Mud Lake, Helen married an Empy at
Switzerville and Isobel married her cousin Ezra.

William Bell Switzer married Lydia Collier of Picton. Her brother, Capt.
Collier operated a passenger boat on the Bay of Quinte). Their family was
Charlie 1858, married Marie Lawrence in 1882. Their family was Charlie 1884,
Arthur 1882, Myrtle 1893, Charlie married Pearl Coburn 1907. They had one
son, Ethelbert and three daughters. Ethelbert had four sons. The daughters
are Evelyn, Ella and Edna. Arthur married Lora Lockwood, 1909, no issue,
(Lora great grandfather David Bell was a brother of Great grandmother Helen

Myrtle married Bob Huffman in 1911 and had one daughter Bernice, she married
twice ˆ Claude Blakely, and then Staff ----. Augusta, sister of Lewis
Coleman Switzer married Jacob McDonald, and had a family of six children,
Albert 1884, Etta 1886, Wylee 1888, Rubern 1893, Roy 1898 and Harold 1900.

Stella youngest sister married Alfred Snider. No family. Luke Bell Switzer
married Betty Henderson. They had three children ( but never two alive at
the same time). Ida died as a little girl, James as a baby and Ibra 1869 ˆ

Daniel married sister of Dow Williams (the man who built the large brick
house in Camden East). No family and they never lived in this community.
Samuel last on the list ˆ not sure who he married (but presume it was with
the Card family at Moscow). Here are some of his family, William and Oran
were carpenters and perhaps lived near Bellrock and Verona, orans
granddaughter married to Willie Goodberry and lives in Harrowsmith. Her
brother Stanley lived on Arlie Benns farm for a short time. Also Irvin who
lives at Belleville.

Ezra a blacksmith in Violet for many years. Aoron a blacksmith married a
Miss Brass. These homesteads are now owned by Ed O‚Connor on top of Switzers‚ hill where the cement silo is. Aaron also had a shop south of Bert
Ramseys. In later years he worked sharpening tools for the „Gold Horn Mining
Co.‰ In our museum we have many of Aarons old hand made tools, tongs,
hammers, etc. which he and his son Douglas had worked with.

This son Douglas had a son Fred. Aaron lived to be a very old man, and
stayed with his sister Mary, Philip‚s widow in the old homestead now owned
by Carl Weese.

At the time of Sam Switzers death his daughter Mary and a sister were
spinsters and ere left 10 acres on S.W. corner of what is now our farm.
(Fred Bells‚ farm). On this ten acres there was a log house facing 3rd con.
The one sister died and Mary married Philip for a second wife, By then Phil
had bought his uncles, Sam‚s farm, so when he married Mary he got the farm
altogether again and in 1889, he sold this and 20 acres more to my father,
H. F. Bell.

David Switzer, son of Sam learned the shoemaking trade and his father built
a house for him just below where the school is, which was known as the
Irvine house in later years. He was known as Denbigh Dave. In the 1920‚s his
son George came back to Desmond and married the widow of James Nelson

In the register office recently I noticed that Dave never had a deed for
that ? acre farm of his. When he moved to Denbigh it was sold to Mr.
Schordfigur then Sam gave the deed. It was then sold to Mr. Yates and in
1864 to Mr. Oraine another shoemaker. He also kept a small store and had
tri-weekly mail until 1894 when Post Office was moved to the John Carscallen

Cephas married Crier Switzer‚s widow who had four small children. The
children were Margaret Ann who married Alexander Grass ; Wellinton who
married Lydia patterson whose children where Ethel Agnes and Wellington
Grier. This family moved to Saskatchewan and remained there; Horton who
married Annie Smith when he was quite and old bachelor and moved to New
Hampshire USA ________was the wife of Lorenzo Ruttan, Their daughter-in-law
lives in Yarker. Cephus lived and managed farm at Mud Lake for widow of
Grier who had died. Had two children; Wesley who went to Michigan and Sarah
Maria McHenry who married and lived in Watertown.

Cephus upon being a widower married a Mrs. Warner who had several children
and lived in Camden East the rest of his life.

Of Sams several daughters one married David Bell for his second wife and was
the mother of Wilson and Nelson Bell, and Melville and Marshal Switzer were
sons of another daughter. 
Switzer, Philip U. E. (I65)
Oren worked with his father as a labourer, building bridges and other carpenter work.

Oren enlisted into the army for the First World War on Jan. 6, 1916, and fought oversees.

Oren also signed on for the Second World War, I believe he worked in Western Canada training younger soldiers.

Dad is on the left. It was world war 1. She said he is about 22 years old here. It was just before he went overseas.
He fought at Vimy Ridge. He has a stripe on his shoulder - he was in the infantry. He and another soldier were on guard duty by a German trench. Grandpa was going to go down the ladder to see what was down there. Grandpa stepped on the third rung and felt a hand on his back. He would not go down any further. The other solder said he was going down, and did. When he stepped down into the trench, he was shot by a German Soldier. Aunt Doreen believes it was God's hand that stopped grandpa from going down. Grandpa was wounded, a piece of shrapnel hit his left and left a small wound. He had lock-jaw, but got over it pretty well.

When the second world war was on - German prisoners were brought to Canada and were held in something like a prison. Because grandpa and his 2 brother's in law had fought in the 1st war, they were recruited as veteran's to guard the prisoners. Doreen Lowes
Switzer, Oren (I841)
Patience Rose went with her parents to Montreal in November of 1781. Until 1784 they lived in military camps near Montreal, where she married Philip Switzer in the winter of 1784.
married Philip Switzer of Marysburgh
Rose, Patience Switzer1798 Marysburgh Upper Canada Land Petition S 4/191
C-2808 (I think this is the microfilm roll) To the Honorable Peter Rafel Prisdent Adminstering H. Government of the Province of Upper Canada in Council.
The Petition of Patience Rose now Switzer U.E. Humbly the weth. That you Petitioner is the daughter of Mathias Rose U. E. Loyalist and married. Humbly pray Your honor will be pleased to grant her two hundred acres of land and your Petitioner will as is duty bound for ever pray-- for Patience Switzer Philip Switzer
Order of Council Nov 19 1798, daughter of Mathias Rose of Ernestown, a Private in the Loyal Rangers. Patience received 200 acres of land. 
Rose, Patience U. E. (I66)
Peter was listed as a freeholder in April 1755 and 1759 at Ballingrane, County Limerick, Ireland. Peter was listed with a family of 7 in the Religious Census of Ireland, Parish of Nantinan in 1766. In 1773, with his family, Peter emigrated to North America, to Camden Valley, New York, where he lived in his sister Margaret's and brother-in-law Philip Embury's barn, which had one end fixed up for living in.

Peter and Anna Maria also brought with them an orphan girl, Catherine Lowe, who agreed to work for her passage until age 25. This was a practice common to the 18th Century.

Philip Embury, Peter's brother-in-law, had been building, what he intended to be a permanent home, across the Battenkill, before his death. After the death of Philip Embury, his wife Margaret (Peter's sister) moved to this new home, although not yet finished, and leased the farm in Camden Valley to Peter. Peter sent Catherine Lowe to live with Margaret to help with the chores and children.

On April 29, 1776 Peter was induced to sign a bond of allegiance to the Continental Congress. Peter was chosen to be one of three men left behind to oversee the farming and protect the women and children, while the other Valley men made their plans for departure (Loyalists) It is commonly believed that Peter was one of the three as his farm was in a strategic location, he had been working it only a short time, and his family was young.

In 1792, Peter was one of the Official Men for the Ashgrove Congregation (Methodist).

In 1807, Peter and Anna Maria's daughter, Mary Empey, went to Camden Valley, New York to bring them to Ernestown Township in Ontario, Canada, where they lived with their daughter and her family, for the rest of their lives.

Catherine Lowe, the orphan girl that Peter and Anna Maria brought with them was left behind by Margaret Switzer (Embury), when she married John Lawrence. Catherine went on to marry an Irishman from Kings County named Edward Gainer, who had arrived in America in 1772. They where to spend the rest of their lives in the Arlington area and are buried in the West Arlington Cemetary. 
Switzer, Peter (I77)
Poland New York - Went out west with wife to raise horses - returned around 1882. - from Holliday researcher.

Holliday, William R. Jr. (I1312)
179 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3136)
Alger, F/Lt. Clifford Tompkins J 87340 Distinguished Flying Cross 434 Squadron- Award effective 8 September 1945 as per London Gazette dated September 21/1945 and AFRO 1704/45 dated 9Nov./45 Born 1922 at North bay Ontario. Home there. Former Electrician, enlists Ottawa, 30 June 1942. Trained 6 ITS (graduated Dec.42) #20 EFTS (Graduated 20 Feb. 1943.) And #2 SFTS (Graduated 25 June 1943.) Medal presented 20 Aug. 1949, no citation other than, "Completed numerous operations against the enemy, in the course of which, [He has Invariably displayed the utmost fortitude, courage and devotion to duty"]
Dhist file 181.009d1941 (RG9206120) has recommendation, 17 Apr. When he had completed 36 sorties (229 Hrs 30 Min.) 6 Sept 1944 to 24 March 1945. Sortie Sheet indicates, attack by ME 410 on Oct9/44 (Bochum) "Lots of Jet Planes" on Oct23 (Essen). "Fighters and flack," Jan28/45 (Stutgart) "Lots of fighters" on Mar. 7/45 (Dessau). And "lots of fighters and Searchlights" On 15 March 1945. (Hagen).
Flight Lieutenant Alger has completed his first Operational Tour against the Enemy. Among the targets he attacked, were many heavily defended German Cities including Essen, Cologne, Munich and Stutgart. On one occasion, in order to carry out a successful attack on Stutgart, he made three orbits before releasing his bombs. In this instance and at all other times, throughout his Tour, he displayed Courage of a very high order and fine Offensive Spirit by pressing home the attack.
Born and brought up in one of North Bay's Pioneer Families, Educated at King George Public School, North Bay Collegiate Institute and Vocational School and graduated from Ottawa University, Cliff retired as Vice President and General Manager of Temfibre Inc. ( a Tembec Subsidiary) He was recently honored and presented with a Gold Watch, on the occasion of Tembec's 25th Anniversary Celebrations and his Retirement Photo, taken at the General Manager's desk, is displayed in a place of honor, at the top right hand of Tembec Retirees, at the recently restored Temiscaming Rail Station/Museum/Art Gallery.
Since his release and transfer to the RCAF Special Reserve in October1945, Cliff has held such positions as Vice President Construction, Nipissing Electric Supply Company Ltd. Branch Manager North Bay operations of Canadian Westinghouse Supply, Ontario Regional Manager Canadian Westinghouse Limited, Engineering Project Coordinator Fraser Brace Engineering Ltd.((DupontNylon Kingston,) (Falconbridge Nickel Iron Refinery) and Engineering Cost Control and Project Coordinator Hatch Associates Limited, (Dominion Steel Contre Coeur PQ.)
Since his retirement he has been acting as a Consultant to Tembec and to Abitibi Power and Paper, in his area of expertise as a Major Equipment Expediter, during the course of construction of their Specialized BCTMP Mills ( Bleached Chemi-Thermo-Mechanical Pulp.)
Cliff is in the process of finishing his book,(LAST of SEVEN) outlining his adventures in the RCAF, which he hopes to have published during 2000 and an account of his farming endeavors has been partially published, in the 406 Bulletin (Loons Call) as a serial, during 1997/8
****** (All the above downloaded from the Internet )

The Alger Family Origins was begun in early 1999 as an endeavor to organize a wealth of information gathered by his older sister and stored in a special brief case. It has branched out as information on many of the family's marriages is obtained.
By: Cliff Alger 
Alger, Clifford Tompkins (I3169)
Rebecca is an elusive member of Peter’s family. A chart in Rev. W. Bowman Tucker’s 1929 book, The Romance of the Palatine Millers, implies that she (unnamed) married and came to Upper Canada (no spouse known for her). 
Switzer, Rebecca (I84)
Ref: Marvin W. Millis, Delta, BC

This is the Last Will and Testament of me Norris Switzer of the Township of Fenelon in the County of Victoria and Province of Ontario Canada made this seventeenth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twelve.__I Revoke all former Wills or other Testamentary Dispositions by me at any time heretofore made, and declare this only to be and contain my Last Will and Testament.__I Direct all my just debts, Funeral and Testamentary expenses to be paid and satisfied by my Executors
hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.__I give Devise and bequeath all my Real and personal Estate of which I may die possessed in the manner following, that is to say My farm which is the east half of the east half of Lot number seven in the sixth-concession of the Township of Fenelon, County of Victoria, Province of Ontario, Canada. I leave to my wife Lucy Switzer for her sole use and benefit. The same containing fifty acres more or less, should she survive me, if the same be not sold by me during my lifetime, and if sold she shall have full control of the purchase price, and also all rents or interest that may accrue there from, with power to use any portion of the principal during her life after my decease as her wants may require and so long as she remains my widow.__At the death of my wife I direct that my son Herbert receive One Thousand dollars from the residue left for his sole use and benefit, but should he predecease my wife then this sum of One Thousand dollars shall be divided equally between his Two sons, Charles Elmer Switzer and Percy Victor Switzer for their sole and only use and benefit forever. And further the rest of my estate I will and bequeath to the sons of my late son, Wellington Switzer in the order in which they become of age, that is as follows - Ralf Switzer, Harold Herbert Switzer, Charles Frederick Switzer, Wilmot Clayton Switzer and Roscoe Crosley Switzer in equal shares, the same sum to each. However should any of these sons of Wellington Switzer predecease me
or my wife then his or their shares shall be divided equally among those still living. In the case of the two sons of my son Herbert Switzer herein before mentioned I direct that the aforesaid sum of one thousand dollars shall be paid to the survivor for his sole and only use and benefit forever. __All the residue of my Estate and herein before disposed of I give, devise and bequeath unto_(blank).__And I nominate and appoint Thomas Evans McMullen of Smith Township, Peterboro County, Province of Ontario Canada
and Eli Short of the Township of Mariposa, Victoria County, Province of Ontario, Canada: Yeoman to be executors of this my last Will and Testament__In Witness whereof I have herunto set my hand the day
and year first above written:_Signed, published and declared by the said Norris Switzer the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who both present together at the same time in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.__(signed by) Norris Switzer__George King__John Cundal

Switzer, Norris (I177)
Ref: (delayed reg in 63--declared & supported by William Henry brother of Harrowsmith May 31 1`963 #502840. b. Sept 16, 1894 - Ernestown states m/f born in Moscow given at Peterboro 15 May 1963 by Luella M. Martin. According to Ruttan file in Kingston she m. Walter Harrington Wagar (likely an earlier marriage). 
Ruttan, Luella May (I205)
ref: note from Jane Bryant

The Collier family was engaged in shipbuilding.

Pioneer Life on the Bay of Quinte gives husband's name as James Switzer. 
Collier, Martha (I211)
Residence: Camden Twp, Lennox & Addington Co, ON, CAN.

Residence: Portland Twp, Frontenac Co, ON, CAN.

Note: Concession 7, Lot 6

Age given in census as: 1851: 3 - Canada Census, 1851 ON, Frontenac Co,

Loughborough Twp, Dist 1, p. 39.

Residence: 1851 Loughborough Twp, Frontenac Co, ON, CAN Concession 3, Lot 5 -

Ruttan, Lorenzo Henry Jr. (I1268)
Residence: Lot 12, Con 3, Camden East Twp., Lennox & Addington Co., Ont. (Source: UE Loyalist
Links, Vol 2, Lennox & Addington Cty, by Russ Waller) 
Perry, Rebecca Agnes (I499)
Residence: Lovely Federal style building with two barns, in August of 2003 it looks lovely and well taken care of, however is no longer in the family. Family Homestead is located at the cornor of
Ramsdell Road and 10 mile.

John died two months short of his 100th birthday. In 1832, five years before Michigan became a state, his father and mother moved to Washtenaw county, making the trip with oxen and the emigrant wagon. In 1846 the family located in Oakfield township and purchased lands from the government, title to which is still retained in the family. In 1847, Mr. Elsbey purchased from his father 80 acres which formed the basis for the Elsbey homestead. 1851 he married Martha Cowan also a pioneer to Oakfield twp. They made their home and had six children. 
Elsbey, John E. (I4325)
RESIDENCE: Near Marmora 40 miles from Coburg, Ontario, Canada
Cardeff twp., Haliburton County, Ontario, Canada 1898
OCCUPATION: Miller Flour * Lumber; later millwright; preacher
RESIDENCE: They lived in Belmont, Ontario and Cardiff, Ontario.

1881 census of the Twp. of Cardiff;

Name Age Sex S/M/W Born Rel Occ. E. Origin
Breckenridge, Jehiel 59 M M Ont Prot. Mechanic Scottish
Breckenridge, Mahitabel 48 F M Ont Protestant German
Breckenridge, Minna A. X. 16 F Ont Protestant Scottish
Dick, Alexander 14 M Ont Protestant Scottish 
Breckenridge, Jehiel David (I3652)
Reverend Clow, a Methodist Minisiter, baptised Eliza, Lawrence, and Lorene McCl ennon, Kermit, Leslie, Elda and Olive Craig and Annie Healey at the same time. Anna (Beaton) Prier delivered Eliza and had to sign an affidavit as to when th e birth occurred because the courthouse in Pembina burnt and Eliza's record of birth was lost. 
McLennon, Eliza Pearl Jemima (I5460)
190 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3179)
191 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3204)
192 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I3180)
Robert shier, farmer, Court Co. Limerick married St. Mary's Limerick to Annabella/Arabella Switzer. 
Shier, Robert (I1215)
Robina Bathgate was born in Haliburton, Ontario. Canada and was mainly raised and educated in Lindsay Ontario. After completing Grade XIII, she attended the Peterborough Normal School and began teaching the first six grades in a one room rural Elementary School in the township of North Snowden, Haliburton County, Ontario. After two years, she moved to the village of Manilla, Ontario and taught for three more years. On December 22,1934, she married B. Wesley Switzer and became a wife and homemaker. 
Bathgate, Robina (I1888)
Samuel was an ensign in the War of 1812

1852 / Canada West / Grenville (county) / 101 Edwardsburgh township

Name Occupation Place of Birth Religion Residence if out of limits Age Sex
Dulmage, Samuel Farmer Lower Canada Wesleyan Methodist 68 M
Wolf, Mary Hired Canada Presbyterian Free Church 13 F
Dulmage, George Farmer Canada Wesleyan Methodist 39 M 
Dulmage, Samuel John (I3636)
Served as Vestryman for the Church of Ireland for some of the time between 1741 and 1770.

Martin was a Freeholder at Courtmatrix, Limerick, Ireland in 1755 
Switzer, Martin “Ye Elder” (I1252)
Settled on what was known as the McCewen farm and built a stone home in the early 1840's.

Peter is Philip’s brother, I believe.

Mary is living with son Fletcher in 1881 census. 
Switzer, Philip (I72)
Shanonville, ON 
Neely, Alma Foster (I2956)
She attended King George Public School and graduated from North Bay Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in 1935. Married in summer of 1936, she settled in to her vocation as a homemaker. In North Bay Marg was deeply involved in the Scout Movement as Cub Mistress (Akela) in the first North Bay Cub Pack attached to Trinity United Church and later as District Badge Secretary. Her only child, daughter Elizabeth was born in 1942 When they resided on McIntyre St. West.
Marg held the highest Chair in Nipisssing Rebekah Lodge #152in1946-7. She has been a member for 60+ years of the Rebekah order attached to the Independent Order of Odfellows.
When her Husband was moved to Toronto, in 1954 with Canada Life Assurance Company, they settled in to city life in Leaside, where her daughter Elizabeth attended High School and following Graduation, went into Nurses Training at Toronto Sick Children's Hospital.
Marg's husband Thomas Albert Gray had been physically challenged by the loss of his right leg and a failing heart, for a few years and was obliged to retire in 1960, on disability pension. A year later Marg went to work at the Information Desk of Toronto Western Hospital, where she stayed until after her husband's death in 1966, when she accepted a position with Cooksvillle Hydro, as Consumer Representative. In 1967 she resigned, sold her house in Leaside and took her first trip overseas on the Empress of Canada, where she met he husband to be, Evan Pike, who was born in South Wales and on his way home for a visit.
Returning from her sojourn abroad in late 67 she accepted a position with Canada Life in the personnel department, where she stayed until her marriage to Evan Pike on Apr.30 1969 after which they settled into the Pike home in Stratford Ontario. Her move to Stratford sparked an interest in the community endeavors and she for many years acted as a guide for Historical Walking tours of Stratford . She has been District Director of the Horticultural society of Ontario and was on the Ontario Board of Directors For 5 years. Is a Life Member of Stratford Horticulture Society and as a Certified Judge, spends much time judging and arranging flower and vegetable shows. She has tended with care the Flower beds in the city and for 10 years has filled in her time, caring for the plants in Stratford's Library And received the 10 year Volunteer's Award.
She and her Husband Evan Pike, remained in the Pike home at Stratford until he died in 19 74 at which time Marg moved into a larger home on Mornington St. to accommodate her mother but failing to persuade the older lady to leave her home city, North Bay, moved Eventually into an apartment at 1 Erie St., where she resides today. (1999)
Marg maintains a membership in the Ontario Genealogical Society, belonging to more than one branch. And bears the entire responsibility for starting the writer on "The Alger Family Origins"
Faithful to Knox Presbyterian Church congregation, she enjoys the Music, Literature and Theatre, readily available in Stratford.
By: Cliff Alger 
Alger, Margaret Jane (I3133)
She became the Rev. Annie Switzer. 
Switzer, Rev. Anne Elizabeth (I1084)

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