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Thomas Rixon: Ontario Farmer, Carpenter, and Transplanted Englishman
Thomas Rixon (1793-1876) remained throughout his adult life
“a very ‘dandified’ Englishman, always appearing in his top hat, spats, gloves
and cane and, although quite poor, always a ‘gentleman’.” 1 This description, written by my grandmother about her

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Who was Walter Glendinning?
is a plaque in St. Andrews Presbyterian Church cemetery, Scarborough Ontario commemorating
the community’s pioneer settlers David Thompson and his wife Mary Glendinning,
and Walter Glendinning.  David
and Mary are still well remembered in S...

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The Rixon Family of Woolwich, Kent
My three-times grandfather Thomas Rixon (1793-1876) was born
in Woolwich, England, moved to Canada as a young man and settled on a farm near
Brighton, Ontario where he and his wife brought up their 11 children. I learned
his name from notes my grandmother w...

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Robert Stobo Jr: Phantom Ancestor
Robert Stobo Jr. is more a phantom ancestor than a brick
wall. There does not seem to be a church record of his baptism and apparently he
did not marry. He is thought to have died at sea in 1836, so there is no
official death record either. Yet there are in...

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The Stobos of Lanarkshire
This story is
slightly complicated because of the similar names: generation one was Robert
Stobo and his wife Elizabeth Hamilton; generation two was Elizabeth Stobo and
her husband Robert Hamilton. The story of my two-times great-grandgrandparents’ move fro...

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The Glendinnings of Scarborough
Mary Glendinning (1768-1847), wife of David Thomson (1763-1834),
was known as the Mother of Scarborough, Ontario. 1 When the couple settled
in there in 1799, they were the first permanent European residents of the
future Toronto suburb. David, a stone mason...

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The Glendinnings of Westerkirk
Near Westerkirk. JH photo In 2008, when my husband and I visited Scotland for the
first time, our tour guide took us to view Grey Mare’s Tail, a waterfall high
in a pass between the hills of Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. I
scrambled a short d...

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Thomas Whiteside and Sarah Murdoch, Scarborough Settlers
In 1822, Thomas Whiteside of Belfast, Ireland was 40 years
old, the average life expectancy for men in Great Britain at the time. But
Thomas must have been an optimist because that was the year he and his wife,
Sarah, 33, and their four children started the...

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Charles Clarke, Pewter Manufacturer, of Waterford
If you google Charles Clark Waterford pewter, you may see
some ads on ebay for antique dishes made by this Irish pewter manufacturer in
the early 1800s. You may find his name in my blog post about the Shearman
family, and you may also come across a 2009 pos...

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The Life and Times of Stanley Bagg, 1788-1853
­ My three-times
great-grandfather Stanley Bagg’s claim to minor historical fame is that he was the
English party candidate in the 1832 by-election in Montreal that ended in the
deaths of three innocent bystanders who were shot by the British army. Because
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