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John Switzer

John Switzer

Male 1783 - 1869

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  • Name  John Switzer 
    Born  1783  Adare, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened  16 Mar 1783 
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1851  Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census  1861  Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Died  11 Jul 1869  Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried  Old Anglican Cemetery, St. Marys, Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • In April, 1843 John set sail for Canada, with his wife, 2 daughters and 5 sons. John served a 7 year apprenticeship in weaving. It is said that he was an artist in weaving fine tablecloths in the most beautiful designs. When John came to Mitchell Road, Blanshard, in June, 1843, the settlers built walls of their shanties with logs, stuffing the cracks with moss, the roofs where made of split
      basswood logs, hollowed into troughs by an axe. Chimneys where built of sticks plastered with mud and straw trampled into the mortar by oxen. Large flat stones where put at the bottom of the fireplace. Bread was baked in large iron pots with 3 legs and iron covers. Coals where put on top of the covers and under the pots on the hearth and the pots where frequently turned toward the fire to bake evenly. Bread and biscuits baked in these primitive ovens were equal to any made nowadays. Meat was usually boiled. There was an abundance of potatoes, cowcabbage, lamb's quarters, wild plums, currants and grapes. The only sugar obtainable was maple sugar. Their pens where made from the quills from wild birds, there being no geese or turkeys. Throughout the hardships the people where quite happy. They had preaching services every 3 weeks in their homes. The women wore their aprons and sun bonnets to Church, and everyone brought their babies. They soon built a church out of logs and slabs, the people where hospitable and anyone travelling through the Country for flour or provisions would stay where night overtook them. Sometimes John's floor would be almost covered with men lying with their feet to the fire. In 1928, Milton Switzer, a grandson was living on the original Switzer Homestead. In 1928, there were 500 descendents of John Switzer living. John died at the home of his son Adam, at Mitchell Road, Blanshard. Agnes died at the home of her son Henry ,at Mitchel Road, Blanshard. John was an Anglican, but was not bigoted, as the Methodists frequently held services in his home. He was always on the best of terms with his Catholic neighbours and had great respect for the Bible and the Sabbath.

      Gene Pool Individual Records - Births
      Switzer, John
      Father: Switzer, Adam
      Mother: Delmage, Barbara
      Birth Date: 16 March 1783
      City: Village Adare
      County: Limerick
      State:
      Country: Ireland
    Person ID  I3565  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  19 Jan 2014 

    Father  Adam Switzer,   b. 1751, Courtmatrix, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1793, Rathkeale, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Barbara Dolmage,   b. 1754, Adare, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F646  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse  Agnes Lucy Corneille,   b. 6 Jun 1794, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1853, Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  21 Oct 1812  Adare, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Reuben Switzer,   b. 1 Sep 1813, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 1904, Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Elizabeth Switzer,   b. 17 Dec 1814,   d. 1870
     3. Adam Switzer,   b. 1816, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1817, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Lucinda Switzer,   b. 26 Oct 1817,   d. 1821
     5. John Switzer,   b. 16 Apr 1821, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1891, Greater London, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Corneille Switzer,   b. 6 Apr 1823, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Aug 1895, Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Adam Switzer,   b. 19 Oct 1824, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jul 1901, Wetaskiwin, Div. 11, AB, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. William Switzer,   b. 21 Feb 1826, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1826, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. William Switzer,   b. 13 Apr 1829, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Nov 1904, Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Agnes Lucy Switzer,   b. 1 Jul 1830, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1910, Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     11. Richard Switzer,   b. 27 Dec 1831, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1875
     12. Mary Ann Switzer,   b. 12 Apr 1835, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Sep 1894
     13. Henry Switzer,   b. 30 Jan 1837, County Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1918
    Family ID  F1166  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1783 - Adare, Limerick, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 21 Oct 1812 - Adare, Limerick, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1861 - Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Jul 1869 - Blanchard Twp., Perth, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old Anglican Cemetery, St. Marys, Perth, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Memorial Cairn erected in memory of John Switzer and his wife Agnes Corneille
    Memorial Cairn erected in memory of John Switzer and his wife Agnes Corneille

  • Sources 
    1. [S19] 1851 Canadian Census.

    2. [S101] 1861 Canadian Census.

    3. [S88] Ancestory.com - Gene Pool.