On May 17, 1807, Agnes Blair was born in Charlottenburgh Twp., Glengarry Co. to Ebenezer Blair & Janet Young. Her birth date was recorded in the baptismal register below.
On June 17, 1807, Agnes was baptized by Rev. John Bethune at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Williamstown. The Rev. Bethune was the grandfather of Dr. Norman Bethune who took part in the communist revolution in China.
About 1828, Agnes married James Jones. James was born 1798-1804 in Wales. Census records would have him born about 1802-03. In the 1891 Census, his daughter, Hannah, recorded him born in England. Reports of his death have the year about 1798 or 1803.
A Private James Jones served, who would have been much older than Agnes’ husband, with Ebenezer Blair in the 2nd York Militia during the War of 1812. As well as James Jones there were other Jones’ in the militia. Elias Jones was also living in the area but our James did not appear to be related to him. Elias did have a relation named James who would have been much older but it is not known where he lived.
About 1830, Hannah was born in Albion Twp., Peel Co. Hannah later married John Cockburn Allan.
On June 9, 1832, John James was born in Albion Twp. The two brothers, John and James, both became tanners. Agnes’ cousin on her mother’s side, Mary Mulloy, married Aaron Munshaw who employed John to manage his tannery. The Munshaws were buried in Flestherton Cemetery with John and his wife.
In 1835, James purchased Con. 4, Lot 17, Albion Twp. It was close to a land grant in 1832 on Con. 4, Lot 21, E half, of 100 acres to Elias Jones of York, born in Wales, a pensioner from the Chelsea Hospital. Patent was granted on Nov. 8, 1836 & Elias sold the property on July 12, 1837 to Thos. Cooper for 100 Pounds. Elias (c1777-1836) married Margaret Harris (c1781-1834) about 1798 in Ontario. They had 7 daughters born between 1804-1820. Major Elias Jones served with the Northumberland Militia 1807-1814 & was buried in Cobourg with his wife & some of his daughters. Was Elias related to James?
On June 21, 1835, James bought the southwest quarter (50 acres) of Con. 4, Lot 17, Albion Twp. from Malcom McLennan for 12 Pounds to be paid at 10% interest.
On Oct. 15, 1835, David was born in Albion Twp.
On May 25, 1836, Ebenezer was born in Albion Twp.
The 1837 City of Toronto & Home District Directory recorded James Jones on Con. 4, Lot 17.
On July 26, 1839, Sarah (Sally) was born in Albion Twp. Sarah later married Adam Holley.
About 1841, Janet (Jane) was born in Albion Twp. Janet later married William Hill.
On Jan. 11, 1843, James was born in Albion Twp.
About 1844-48, Mary was born in Albion Twp.
The 1846-47 Directory recorded James Jones on Con. 4, Lot 17, Albion Twp.
About 1849, Thomas H. was born in Albion Twp. Euphrasia, Glimpses Past & Present by M. Alderdice et al, recorded that Rufus Merrick & Thomas Jones settled on the 8th Concession between 1861 & 1871. The 1871 Census recorded Thomas on Con. 8, Lot 4 as a farmer, with Mary’s husband Rufus Merrick. The Crown deed for Con. 8, Lot 4 S half, 100 acres, was in 1877. The 1881 Census recorded Thomas as single & Cdn. Pres. There were numerous Thomas Jones’ in the 1901 Census about his approximate age.
About 1851, Agnes was born in Albion Twp. She later married Stephen Merrick, son of Nathan & Margaret Merrick & brother of Rufus Merrick who married Agnes’ sister Mary. Rufus Olmstead Merrick was born July 25, 1870 (B) in Artemesia Twp. His grandmother, Agnes Jones, was the mid-wife & his father was a farmer on Con. 13, Lot 21, Artemesia Twp. Rufus died May 25, 1871 & was buried in Ebenezer Cemetery.
The 1851 Census, Albion Twp., recorded James Jones, 48, Agnes, 46, David, 19, Ebenezer, 15, Sarah, 14, Janet, 13, Jem (male), 8, Mary, 7, Thomas, 3, & Agnes, 1, all born Ireland, Presbyterian, & living in a log house. The next line of the census was David Blair’s family.
On Jan. 28, 1853, James paid off his debt on Lot 17. A month later the lot was sold to Wm. Farr for 200 Pounds.
About 1853 - 1855, the family, less Hannah & John, settled 100 acres on Con. 14, Lot 20 NDR, Artemesia Twp., Grey Co., near the Vandeleur Post Office.
The 1861 Census, Artemesia Twp., recorded James & his family. It also listed a John Jones separately.
The 1865-66 Directory of Grey Co. listed James on Con. 14, Lot 20 NDR.
On Feb. 1, 1870, James received a Crown Deed to Lot 20.
The 1871 Census, Artemesia Twp., recorded James Jr.’s household. James Sr. was listed as 69, born Ontario, Welsh, farmer, & Agnes, 65, born Quebec. Living with the family were Catherine Holly (Sarah’s daughter), 15, born in Ontario & Solomon Hill (Jenet’s son), 3, born in Ontario, & English. The entire household was Wesleyan Methodist. The property was not listed in the agricultural census. Although Agnes was reported born in Quebec she was born in Upper Canada which had earlier been part of Quebec.
On July 24, 1880, James sold Lot 20 to Thos. Kells for $1200.
In 1880 the Markdale Standard started publication as did the Flesherton Advance in 1881.
On Jan. 30, 1881 (D), James died at 83 of old age in Artemesia Twp. His religion was Free Thinker. The Markdale Standard reported his death on Jan. 29th at 78.
The 1881 Census, Artemesia Twp., recorded Agnes, 73, widow, born Quebec, Cdn. Methodist, living with her daughter Mary who was the married head of the household.
On Nov. 2, 1884 (D), Agnes died at 79 in Albion Twp., Peel Co. The informant was the Rev. Geo. Washington of Mono Road. Agnes was Presbyterian. Agnes’ obituary was not printed in the Flesherton Advance.
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