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Jacob Switzer[1]

Male 1815 - 1893


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  • Name  Jacob Switzer 
    Born  1815  Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1851  Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Census  1861  Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Census  1871  Fenelon Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Census  1881  Fenelon Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Census  1891  Fenelon Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • Listed with son George and his family.
    Died  31 Aug 1893  Fenelon Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried  Eden Church Cemetery, Mariposa Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Jacob & Elizabeth Switzer and family

      Jacob Switzer was a grandson of Philip Switzer UE, and was the third (or possibly second*) son of Peter Switzer & Elizabeth Ruttan. []

      Elizabeth Ruttan (who has mistakenly been presented in genealogies as Lavina Elizabeth Mary Card), may well have been a daughter of Captain Peter Ruttan UE who led a regiment of New Jersey Volunteers during the American Revolution. However, the matter of her parentage has not been resolved. Elizabeth, who was Peter's second wife, was born ca. 1792. She married Peter Switzer on May 13, 1812 according to the register of McDowall Memorial Church, Marysburgh.

      At the time of Jacob's birth, his parents and grandparents were still living in the township of Marysburgh, Prince Edward county, Ontario. His age at the time of his death suggests that he was born in 1815. The 1851 Camden census, however, suggests that his birth year was 1816. He was born in the month of January.

      When did the Switzers, including Jacob's paternal grandparents, move to Camden township, Lennox & Addington county? Consider the following evidence:

      During the war of 1812, Philip Switzer had two sons serving in the military in Prince Edward co. In early 1816, seven of his sons were serving in the militia - this according to an affidavit by Captain Owen Richard of the Prince Edward Militia. This affidavit was given in January of 1816. However, there were no
      Switzers listed as serving under Owen Richard in the Second Regiment of the Prince Edward Militia (Muster Roll of May 15, 1822). But as all of Philip's sons (except John and Peter who were past age 40) were serving in the Second Regiment of the Addington Militia (Muster Roll dated December 2, 1828 - v9, p 27), and very likely had not ceased serving at any time since January of 1816, it can be presumed that it was shortly before May of 1822 when the Switzer family made the move to Camden. Jacob Switzer's
      obituary (transcribed in full below) notes that "While yet a boy his father, with other members of the same family, settled in the township of Camden, Addington Co."

      In Camden township The Switzers bought land between Varty Lake and Mud Lake, mostly in the vicinity of what came to be known as Desmond Post Office, which was at the south end of concession 4, lot 33, Camden - land that Philip Switzer purchased from his brother-in-law, Mathias Rose Jr.

      Jacob Switzer married Elizabeth ca. 1837. Elizabeth was born in the month of September (ca. 1819), supposedly in what was known as "Victoria District", where Hastings county was formed. Her parentage is not presently known. Their eldest son was Norris. He was born on July 28, 1838. Norris married Lucy King in January of 1871, when living at Cameron in Fenelon township, Victoria county.

      The next two children were daughters. Martha was born in April of 1840 and Harriet Melissa on February 20, 1845. The two girls appear in the 1851 census of Jacob's family, but neither is found with Jacob in the 1861 census.
      Jacob and Elizabeth's second son was George Miles. He was born on May 22 1847. George married the widow of his cousin, David Switzer, when residing at Cameron. His wife was nee Jemima Jane Ruttan, a daughter of Lorenzo Ruttan and Margaret Harpel.

      Fraser Switzer was the only other recorded child. He was born in 1854. His name appears in the 1861 census, but he is not noted thereafter.

      In 1848 (February 17th) a Deed was recorded wherein the grantor, George H. Markland sold 100 acres of concession 4, lot 39, Camden to Jacob Switzer for 200 pounds. Jacob's dwelling was a log house.

      In 1851 Jacob sold the land to Isaac Mintz. Jacob was noted as holding the land at census time. At that time his livestock consisted of 3 bulls/oxen/steers, 5 milch cows, 5 calves/ heifers, 23 sheep and 5 pigs. He also produced maple sugar. In 1861 Jacob was recorded as having 190 acres of concession 3, lot 34.

      Before 1871, Jacob moved to Cameron, in Fenelon township, Victoria county (1868 is the year given in the obituary of his son George). His residence until his death was his farm on concession 6, lot 7,situated a mile southeast of Cameron Post Office by Sturgeon Lake.

      The 1871 census shows Jacob (age 55 - Farmer, b Ont, WM, English), Elizabeth (age 51 - b Ont, English), George (age 22); also Norris & Lucy (married). Jacob had 110 acres, one house, a barn, a stable, a fanning mill; also livestock consisting of 4 horses over 3 years old, 3 milk cows and 5 other cattle, 8 sheep and 4 pigs. He also kept bees.

      In 1881 the census shows: Jacob (65 - Gentleman) and Elizabeth (63) on their own. However their sons, Norris and George, lived right nearby.

      On January 7, 1891 Jacob's wife, Elizabeth, died and was buried in Eden Cemetery, Mariposa township. Thus at census time Jacob was a widower and was living with his son and daughter-in-law, George and Jemima. Jacob, died on August 22, 1893 and was buried with his wife, Elizabeth.

      The Obituary of Jacob Switzer, which appeared in the September 1, 1893 issue of the Canadian Post (Lindsay) newspaper, reads:

      "Mr Jacob Switzer, one of the oldest inhabitants and the oldest members of the Methodist church in this place, died on the 22nd inst., after an illness of only a few days, aged 78. Mr. Switzer was born in the county of Prince Edward. While yet a boy his father, with other members of the same family, settled in the township of Camden, Addington Co. About 24 years ago Jacob, with his two sons who survive him, moved into the township of Fenelon, near the village of Cameron, where they have always been held in esteem for their sterling qualities of character. The deceased was, for upwards of 60 years, a consistent member of the Methodist church, and his mantle has fallen upon his children and grandchildren who are following in his footsteps and have become active members of the church. His remains were laid to rest in the Eden cemetery, Mariposa, and a funeral sermon was preached in the Cameron Methodist church on Sabbath morning to a large concourse of sympathizing friends".

      Just inside the south gate of Eden Cemetery is the Switzer family memorial stone. On the west face (hard to read) are the names of Jacob and Elizabeth (Norris' parents). On the south face are the names Norris, Lucy and son Wellington; on the north, their son William; on the east, Wellington's wife, Anne.
      By Marvin Millis
    Person ID  I120  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  21 Feb 2011 

    Father  Peter Guier Switzer,   b. 1786, Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jan 1864, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Ruttan,   b. Abt 1790 
    Family ID  F77  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse  Elizabeth,   b. 1814,   d. 17 Jan 1891, Fenelon Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Norris Switzer,   b. 28 Jul 1838, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1913, Oakwood, Mariposa, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Martha Anne Switzer,   b. Apr 1840, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913
     3. Harriet Melissa Switzer,   b. 20 Feb 1845, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913
     4. George Miles Switzer,   b. 9 May 1847, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1915, Lindsay, Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Fraser Switzer,   b. 1854, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F48  Group Sheet

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  • Death Certificates
    Death Register<br/>Jacob Switzer
    Death Register
    Jacob Switzer


    Census Images

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    1891 census - Switzer/Ruttan/King
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  • Sources 
    1. [S15] Carol-Anne Eldridge, Import.

    2. [S54] Registry of deaths, Ontario.

    3. [S19] 1851 Canadian Census.

    4. [S101] 1861 Canadian Census.

    5. [S125] 1871 Canadian Census.

    6. [S76] 1881 Canadian Census.

    7. [S147] 1891 Canadian Census.