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Peter Guier Switzer[1, 2, 3]

Male 1786 - 1864


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  • Name  Peter Guier Switzer 
    Born  1786  Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender  Male 
    Census  1851  Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Died  24 Jan 1864  Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Buried  Moscow United Church Cemetery, Moscow, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Notes 

    • 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.
    Person ID  I68  Switzer Family
    Last Modified  13 Jan 2016 

    Father  Philip Switzer, U. E.,   b. 11 Apr 1757, Ballingarrane, Limerick, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Patience Rose, U. E.,   b. Abt 1760 
    Family ID  F21  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 1  Rachel Ruttan,   b. Abt 1790 
    Married  20 Dec 1809  Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • 1809

      Dec. 20 Peter SWITZER to Rachel RUTTAN both of Marysburgh.
    Family ID  F76  Group Sheet

    Family/Spouse 2  Elizabeth Ruttan,   b. Abt 1790 
    Married  13 May 1812  Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • 1812

      May 13 Peter SWITZER to Elizabeth RATTAN both of Marysburgh.
    Children 
     1. Philip Switzer,   b. Abt 1813,   d. 1875, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Mathew Odene Switzer,   b. 1814, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Jacob Switzer,   b. 1815, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Aug 1893, Fenelon Twp., Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. John Switzer,   b. 27 Jan 1819, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Dec 1900, Kinmount, Victoria, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Mary Rachel Switzer,   b. 1822,   d. 8 Oct 1892, Moscow, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Mark Switzer,   b. 25 Jun 1830,   d. 10 Apr 1904, Kingston Twp., Frontenac, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Lorenzo Switzer,   b. 1831, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1905, Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Sarah Ann Switzer
    Family ID  F77  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1786 - Ernestown, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Dec 1809 - Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 13 May 1812 - Marysburgh, Prince Edward, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1851 - Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 Jan 1864 - Camden East, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Moscow United Church Cemetery, Moscow, Lennox and Addington, ON, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Documents
    Family Bible Page - deaths
    Family Bible Page - deaths

    Headstones
    Peter Guier Switzer
    Peter Guier Switzer

    Census Images
    1851 census - Switzer/Molyneaux/Williams
    1851 census - Switzer/Molyneaux/Williams

  • Sources 
    1. [S15] Carol-Anne Eldridge, Import.

    2. [S31] Cliff Alger - e-mail.

    3. [S65] Fred Bell - Mary Donovan - genealogy.

    4. [S27] Tombstone Inscription.

    5. [S19] 1851 Canadian Census.

    6. [S92] Family Bible Page, Hart Family Bible.

    7. [S60] Tombstone Photo.

    8. [S246] Ontario Vital Statistics Project.