30 November 2011

Timeline Nov 30 to Dec 3

Nov 30
1782  The United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War.
1835  Author Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, MO. Died Apr. 21, 1910.
1872  Lt-Col John McCrae, poet, physician and soldier, was born in Guelph. Died in France on Jan. 28, 1918. He wrote his famous poem In Flanders Field in April 1915 near Ypres.
1874  Sir Winston Churchill, British statesman, orator and author who served as prime minister during World War II, was born at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Died Jan. 24, 1965.
1929  Dick Clark, TV personality, American Bandstand, was born. [Does anyone remember American Bandstand?]
1933  Sir Arthur William Currie of Strathroy, died in Montreal. He commanded the Canadian Corps in France from 1917-19. He was principal of McGill University from 1920-33.

Dec 1
1680  The "Great Comet" appeared in the sky and caused considerable alarm. It remained visible until Feb. 1681.
1926  Fifty-six per cent of the Ontario electorate approved government control of liquor sales.
1927  Canadian Tire Corporation was founded by John W. and Alfred J. Billes of Toronto as Hamilton Tire and Garage Ltd.
1962  The famous Fog Bowl, Grey Cup game of 1962, was played over two days in Toronto because of dense fog and smog.
1963  The Beatles' first single, "I Want to Hold Your Hand," was released in the United States.

Dec 2
1804  Napoleon was crowned emperor of France.
1863  Charles Ringling, American circus owner, was born. Died Dec. 3, 1926.
1942  A self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction was demonstrated for the first time at the University of Chicago.
1981  The House of Commons approved a new constitutional resolution providing for patriation and a Charter of Rights.

Dec 3
1837  Armed men, supporters of William Lyon Mackenzie, assembled at Holland Landing and Newmarket in preparation for an attack on Toronto.
1842  Charles Alfred Pillsbury, American flour miller and food products manufacturer, was born. Died Sept. 17, 1899.
1951  The federal and Ontario governments reached an agreement to proceed with power development on the St. Lawrence.
1967  Surgeons in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant. Louis Washkansky lived 18 days with the new heart.

29 November 2011

Unregistered Cemeteries in Ontario

For more than thirty years, The Ontario Genealogical Society has been recording the inscriptions in all of Ontario's cemeteries. OGS volunteers have endeavoured to identify all marked, unmarked and abandoned cemeteries in the province. We have discovered that many of these cemeteries are not considered to exist by the government and bureaucrats despite having been used for several generations.

Many cemeteries are no longer used and have been forgotten. Early cemeteries were probably not well documented and all the visible signs may have disappeared. In some cases, people have turned a blind eye, and burial sites have been paved over to become parking lots.

Under current Ontario regulations, when a site with human remains is identified, it is checked against the list of “Approved” cemeteries held by the Registrar of the Cemeteries Regulation Unit. If the location is not on the list, or cannot be identified as one of the cemeteries on the list, the Registrar would declare it an “Unapproved” cemetery. Then he publishes a notice in the local paper calling on any descendants to come forward and provide opinions on what should be done. After that time period, the Registrar decides what to do with the site. He might require a full archaeological survey (at the owner’s expense) to determine the extent of the burial site and then it is within the Registrar’s authority, if he wishes, to proclaim it a Registered Cemetery and require the owner to apply for a license to own a cemetery. The registrar’s other option is to order the archaeological survey and then the owner must remove all the human remains to a registered cemetery in the vicinity. Then the owner has to find a cemetery that will accept the remains and pay for it all to happen. The costs that I have heard run to about $1000. per burial for the whole process. When human remains are discovered in other countries, it is often the government looks after the work and the costs. The Ontario system really discourages anyone from reporting the discovery of old remains on their property.

During our project, OGS has discovered numerous unregistered cemeteries. However, the Province is not willing to add these cemeteries to the official list unless OGS provides more details. The OGS website at http://www.ogs.on.ca/services/unreg_cemeteries.php has the list of known unregistered cemeteries in each county but we need to verify the location of the burial sites by a municipal address for the front gate of the location (i.e. the “fire” code number for the rural areas) and/or GPS coordinates. Local people should have the best knowledge about near-by cemeteries. If the list for your area is incomplete, submit any missing locations to be added to the list. We know that it is a large job but it won’t get done unless we get out and do it. Otherwise, the Registrar may overlook the sites in your area. Then when someone disturbs the cemetery, it will not have any protection under the law and OGS will have no standing to complain. Those of you who cannot check on the unregistered cemeteries should still be canvassing your MPPs to tell them that the cemetery registration should be done before any more are damaged.

27 November 2011

Timeline Nov 27 to 29

Nov 27
1701  Anders Celsius, Swedish astronomer and inventor of the Celsius thermometer scale, was born. Died Apr. 25, 1744.
1829  The final section of the Welland Canal was opened.

Nov 28
1520  Ferdinand Magellan, Portuguese navigator, reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait that now bears his name.
1844  John A. Macdonald took his seat in the Province of Canada legislature for the first time.
1939  James Naismith, native of Almonte and father of basketball, died at Lawrence, Kansas at age 78.
1949  Paul Shaffer, bandleader on the Late Show with David Letterman, was born.

Nov 29
1855  The Grand trunk Railway completed the line form Montreal to Brockville.
1898  C. S. Lewis, English writer and scholar, was born. Died Nov. 22, 1963.
1961  Enos the chimp was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard the Mercury-Atlas 5 spacecraft, which orbited Earth twice before returning.

23 November 2011

Timeline Nov 23 to 26

Nov 23
1889  The jukebox made its debut, at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco.
1903  Singer Enrico Caruso made his American debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, appearing in "Rigoletto."
1936  The first issue of the Globe and Mail appeared.
1936  Life magazine, created by Henry R. Luce, was first published.

Nov 24
1807  Joseph Brant (Thayendanegea), a chief of the Six Nations, died at Wellington Square (now Burlington)
1859  British naturalist Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," which explained his theory of evolution.

Nov 25
1783  The British evacuated New York, their last military position in the United States, during the Revolutionary War.
1830  Ontario's first Mechanics Institute - a social and educational organization - was created in York (Toronto).
1835  Andrew Carnegie, Scottish born steel Industrialist and philanthropist, was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Died Aug. 11, 1919.

Nov 26
1922  Charles Schulz, American cartoonist and creator of the "Peanuts" comic strip, was born. Died Feb. 12, 2000.
1926  Prime Minister Mackenzie King appointed Vincent Massey as the first Canadian Minister to the US.

21 November 2011

Region VIII OGS AGM and Genealogy Day

Region VIII Ontario Genealogical Society
AGM and Genealogy Day
hosted by Ottawa Branch OGS

Saturday, April 21, 2012
City of Ottawa Central Archives
100 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario

 Join us at the new City of Ottawa Archives at 100 Tallwood Drive, located on the southwest corner of Woodroffe Avenue and Tallwood Drive. Tallwood Drive is the western extension of Meadowlands Drive, from Woodroffe Ave to Centrepointe Drive. The entrance to the parking lot is from eastbound Tallwood Drive. Free parking is available in the lot.

9:30-10:00       Check-in.  Coffee and tea will be available on arrival.

Speakers include Robert Serré, Rick Roberts and one of the staff from the City Archives. Lunch is included in the price of admission. The City Archives will be open 10am to 5pm for research as well.
More details will be soon available on the Ottawa Branch website (http://ogsottawa.on.ca/)

Marketplace will feature Global Genealogy as well as the member organizations of Region VIII and some of the local heritage organizations.

Cost: $25 including lunch.

The building is a scent-free environment. Some staff have a severe allergic reaction to scents and fragrances. We urge people to use unscented products and to avoid perfumes, body spray and other fragrances.
Free parking is available in the lot but spaces are limited. There is three- hour parking on Avenshire Street. OC Transpo buses number 94, 95, 156, 172, 174, 178 stop at the corner of Tallwood and Woodroffe.   For more information about parking arrangements, please contact the security desk at 613-580-2424 extension 39731. All participants need to register at the security desk when they enter and sign out when they leave.
The building is only equipped with hydration station, not water fountains. Participants need to bring their own water bottle to refill.

20 November 2011

Timeline Nov 20 to 22

Nov 20
1833  Col Joel Stone, the Loyalist founder of Gananoque, who commanded the 2nd Leeds militia against raiding American Forces in 1812, died at age 84.
1889  Astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble was born in Marshfield, MO. Died Sept. 28, 1953.
1947  Britain's future queen, Princess Elizabeth, married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in Westminster Abbey in London.
1985  The first version of Microsoft's Windows operating system, Windows 1.0, was released.

Nov 21
1829  The first issue of the Christian Guardian, a newspaper supporting Methodist interests in religion and politics, was published. The editor was Egerton Ryerson.
1877  Inventor Thomas A. Edison unveiled the phonograph.
1981  Nearly 100,000 people marched on Parliament Hill to protest against high interest rates.

Nov 22
1643  Rene-Robert La Salle, French explorer of North America, was born. Died March 19, 1687.
1859  Tenders were called for the erection of the first parliament building in Ottawa.
1906  The SOS distress signal was adopted at the International Radio Telegraphic Convention in Berlin.
1963  President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas.

18 November 2011

The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child

Following her talk to Ottawa Branch OGS this month, Sandra Joyce will read from her book "The Street Arab - The Story of a British Home Child", on Saturday, November 26, 2011, from 7 - 9 pm at the Collected Works Bookstore and Coffee Bar at 1242 Wellington Street, Ottawa.  The book was launched as part of the celebrations of the British Home Child Day on September 28 at Upper Canada Village. 

Sandra Joyce was unaware until the death of her father in 2002, that he was a home child. She and her sister found a family history in Scotland as a result of the records they discovered through their research. After uncovering her father’s story, Joyce was left wondering "how many other home children had similar circumstances." She wrote the historical fiction novel for "all those who suffered the silent stigmatism associated with home children." Incorporating various events and circumstances uncovered in her research, Joyce has woven a story that could representative of any number of home children.

Anyone interested in British Home Children should find this evening of interest as Sandra Joyce will discuss her own story and how her research led her to write this book.

War of 1812

FYI, I posted today to my blog www.walkingwithjim.blogspot.com a roadmap of my next 6 posts re War of 1812. BTW, the picture on the left side of my blog is that of my grgrgrandfather. As you follow along, especially next year, you will see why he is sitting down, although any picture I have seen of a husband and wife, the husband is usually sitting. Enough said!!
Jim St

16 November 2011

Timeline Nov 16 to 19

Nov 16
1836  Augustus Jones, one of Upper Canada's earliest, best known and most active public surveyors, died at Cold Springs.
1959  The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" opened on Broadway.
1964  Diana Krall, Canadian Jazz singer, was born.

Nov 17
1685  Pierre Gaultier La Verendrye, French-Canadian soldier, fur trader and explorer, was born. Died Dec. 5, 1749.
1815  The Ojibwa Indians ceded 250,000 acres, now part of Simcoe County.
1869  The Suez Canal opened in Egypt, linking the Mediterranean and the Red seas.
1903  Silver was discovered at Cobalt.
1938  Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian singer, was born.

Nov 18
1787  Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor of the daguerreotype, was born. Died July 10, 1851.
1883  The United States and Canada adopted a system of standard time zones.
1936  The Toronto Globe bought the Mail and Empire and became the Globe and Mail.

Nov 19
1794  The United States and Britain signed the Jay Treaty, which resolved some issues left over from the Revolutionary War.
1863  US President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address as he dedicated a national cemetery at the site of the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania.
1906  The first electricity generated at Niagara Falls was transmitted to Toronto.
1918  A federal order-in-council consolidated government owned railways - one of the steps leading to the creation of the CNR in the early 1920s.
1959  Ford Motor Co. announced it was halting production of the unpopular Edsel.
1969  Apollo 12 astronauts Charles "Pete" Conrad and Alan Bean made man's second landing on the moon.
2007  Amazon.com Inc. introduced the Kindle, an electronic book-reading device.

13 November 2011

Timeline Nov 13 to 15

Nov 13
1775  American forces captured Montreal during the American Revolution.
1813  At Nanticoke, Norfolk militia under the leadership of Lt-Col Henry Bostwick routed a band of American marauders who had terrorized the countryside.
1838  Battle of the Windmill - A force of American "Hunters" led by Col Nils Szoltevcky Von Shoultz landed near Prescott with the aim of driving a wedge between Upper and Lower Canada. Seizing Windmill Point, they fought for three days before surrendering.

Nov 14
1765  Robert Fulton, American inventor, was born.
1891  Frederick Banting, co-discoverer of insulin, was born at Alliston.
1962  Sioux Rock, depicting Indian legends, was discovered at Port Arthur.
1969  Apollo 12 was launched on the second manned mission to the moon.

Nov 15
1738  William Herschell, German born English astronomer, was born. Died Aug. 25, 1822.
1777  The Second Continental Congress approved the Articles of Confederation, a precursor to the Constitution of the United States.
1837  Rebel leader William Lyon Mackenzie published a constitution for Upper Canada essentially based on the constitution of the US.

11 November 2011

War of 1812

Battle of Crysler's Farm 11 Nov. 1813

Ref; 'Field of Glory' by Donald E Graves.
This book will inform one of everything one would want to know about this battle. It also deals with the Battle of Chateauguay [refer to my post of 26 Oct.]
Info also available in Pierre Burton's 'Flames across the Border' 1813-1814 pgs 235-243; and
Jon Latimer's '1812 War with America' pg 195-216

From a booklet by Donald E Graves a ' Brillliant Little Affair' Canadian Battle Series #13, outside back cover, "Nov. 11, 1813 was a gray wintry day. In the fields of [near] John Crysler's farm on the banks of the St. Lawrence a combined body of British regulars and Canadian Militia faced off against a much superior American invasion force. The battle that ensued made an important contribution to the outcome of the War of 1812. The American defeat at Crysler's Farm ended the most serious invasion of Canada during a war that had already raged for seventeen months"

10 November 2011

Ottawa Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society November Branch Meeting

Minister Kenny with a copy of Sandra's book
Date: Tuesday, 15 November 2011: 7:00 p.m.
Location: City of Ottawa Archives, 100 Tallwood Drive
Topic: The Street Arab – The Story of a British Home Child
Speaker: Sandra Joyce, author
Website: sandrajoyce.com/The_Street_Arab.html

Everyone welcome. Free refreshments. Free parking.

Ancestry is Providing FREE Access to all Canadian Military Records Until November 13

In honour of Remembrance Day, Ancestry has opened up free access to all Canadian military records. These include:
  • Burial Registers WW1
  • Selected Service Records of War Dead
  • Commonwealth War Graves Registers
  • Melitia and Defence Forces
  • Kitchener Ontario German War Graves
  • Rebellion of 1837, Upper Canada
  • Miscellaneous 1812 Records
Use this link:

09 November 2011

Timeline Nov 9 to 12

Nov 9
1789  Lord Dorchester, as governor general, created the Order of the Unity of the Empire (UE) and proclaimed that this hereditary title was to be conferred upon those who had fought for the crown and had suffered as the King's faithful subjects during the American Revolutionary War.
1869  Actress Marie Dressler was born in Coburg.
1965  The great Northeast blackout occurred covering an area from Ontario to Florida and from Chicago to New York.  The power failure started in the sir Adam Beck power generation station at Queenston and lasted up to 13 1/2 hours.
1989  Communist East Germany threw open its borders, allowing citizens to travel freely to the West. Joyous Germans danced atop the Berlin Wall.

Nov 10
1483  Martin Luther, leader of the Protestant Reformation, was born in Eisleben, Germany. Died Feb. 18, 1546.
1925  Richard Burton, stage and film actor, was born. Died Aug. 5, 1984.
1853  The Great Western Railway line running from the Niagara Suspension Bridge to Hamilton, was opened.
1913  This was a tragic day on the Great Lakes. A storm that started Friday November 7 and raged through the weekend cost the lives of 251 seamen. Twenty-six ships were lost.
1919  The federal Parliament met for the last time in the Victoria Museum as a consequence of the destruction of the Parliament building by fire in 1916.
1975  The ore-hauling ship Edmund Fitzgerald sank during a storm in Lake Superior. All 29 crew members died.

Nov 11
1620  Forty-one Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, anchored off Massachusetts, signed a compact calling for a "body politick."
1813  A British "corps of observation," consisting of 800 regulars, militia and Indians commanded by Lt-Col Joseph Morrison and established in a defensive position at John Chysler's farm near Morrisburg, was attacked by a contingent of the US army numbering about 4,000. This hard-fought engagement ended with the American's withdrawal from the battlefield.
1918  Fighting in World War I came to an end with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. The war resulted in 8 million killed and 21 million wounded.

Nov 12
1927  Josef Stalin became the ruler of the Soviet Union as Leon Trotsky was expelled from the Communist Party.
1931  Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens, which was erected in six months during the Great Depression, opened.
1945  Neil Young, Canadian singer, was born.
1954  Ellis Island closed after processing more than 20 million immigrants since opening in New York Harbor in 1892.
1999  US president Bill Clinton signed a sweeping measure knocking down Depression-era barriers and allowing banks, investment firms and insurance companies to sell each other's products.

07 November 2011

War of 1812

Battle of Tippecanoe 7 Nov. 1811 200th Anniversary

Ref; Pierre Burton, 'The Invasion of Canada 1812-1813' pages 69-77, for a detailed account of the battle??
Arguably the first engagement of the War of 1812 "It is not even a battle, more a minor skirmish, and indecisive, for Harrison, in spite of his claims, loses far more men than the Indians" [Harrison lost 37 soldiers, 150 wounded of whom 25 die of their injuries, The Indians lost 25 warriors].
William Henry Harrison was the governor of Indianna territory and wanted to raise it to statehood with more white settlers
For the Indians, led by Tecumseh's brother, "it will be the final incident that provokes them to follow Tecumseh to Canada, there to fight on the British side in the war of 1812"
Ref; Gilbert Collins 'Guidebook to the historic Sites of War of 1812' pg 59
"Today the battlefield of Tippecanoe is commemorated in the 90 Acre Tippecanoe Battlefield Park, which features a museum, with displays on the battle." for further info visit their website at www.tippecanoehistory.org

06 November 2011

Timeline Nov 6 to 8

Nov 6
1795  Major John Smith of the 5th Regt. of Foot, the first person to patent lands in Ontario County, received 5,000 acres - 200 in York and 4,800 in Pickering. Smith had been the commanding officer at Detroit from 1790 to 1792, and at Niagara from 1792 to 1795.
1814  The Battle of Malcolm's Mills (near Brantford) took place. The Canadian forces were overwhelmed by the American army.
1832  Joseph Smith III, American religious leader, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints 1860-1914, was born.
1861  James A Naismith, who would invent basketball in 1891, was born at Almonte.
1911  Sir John Carling, brewer and politician, died at London.

Nov 7
1763  A fleet of small boats carrying nearly 700 officers and men of the 60th and 80th Regts. was forced ashore by a violent storm near Rondeau Point in Kent County.  Some 70 men and 20 boats were lost.
1867  Marie Curie, the Polish-born French physicist twice awarded the Nobel Prize for her work on radioactivity, was born.
1917  Canadian army units from Ontario captured the village of Passchendale in France. Despite 7,000 Canadian casualties, only 1,280 acres of ground were gained.
1917  Russia's Bolshevik Revolution took place as forces led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky.

Nov 8
1656  Edmond Halley, English astronomer and mathematician, was born. Died Jan. 14, 1742.
1819  From Kingston east to Quebec City, noon skies were as dark as night because of immense forest fires in the west.
1867  The new Parliament of the Dominion of Canada opened.

03 November 2011

Timeline Nov 3 to 5

Nov 3
1843  Owing to lack of adequate housing facilities in Kingston for officials of the legislature of the United Canada, the decision was taken to transfer the capital to Montreal.
1873  In the House of Commons, Sir John A Macdonald delivered his famous five-hour speech in the face of charges of corruption - the Pacific Scandal.
1894  The first issue of Le Temps was published in Ottawa.
1957  One of the most advanced atomic energy reactors in the world was opened at Chalk River.

Nov 4
1858  Robert Simpson opend his first Canadian store in Newmarket.
1876  Mount Pleasant Cemetery opened in Toronto.
1956  Soviet troops moved in to crush a revolt in Hungary.
2008  Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States.

Nov 5
1873  A bleak day in the life of Sir John A Macdonald. Having been charged with accepting bribes in connection with the award of the transcontinental railway contract, his government was forced to resign.
1981  Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau reached an accord with the premiers of all provinces of Canada except Quebec for the patriation of the constitution.