About 1818, Hannah was born, probably in Vaughan Twp., York Co. to Ebenezer Blair & Janet Young.
On Nov. 6, 1835, Hannah married John Dean from Morayshire, Scot, born 1805, in Argyllshire, Scot. Both were of Toronto Twp., Peel Co., and were married by license by the Rev. James Harris, Presbyterian, in the City of Toronto. The witnesses were Isaac and Elizabeth Brock, siblings of Jane (Blair) and Robert Brock. Rev. Harris also married Hannah’s sister Catherine.
John Dean was a member of the Cameron Highlanders who served in Quebec, Kingston, & Toronto from 1825 to 1836. John remained in Canada after his term of enlistment. He also served six years in the militia around the time of the 1837 Rebellion.
About 1847, Mary was born. The 1891 Census recorded Mary at 44 & single. No record was found in the 1901 Census. A Mary Dean, single, died at 55 of apoplexy on June 18, 1902 (D) in asylum in Leeds Co. A Mary Jane Dean, born in Pickering, died of dropsy on July 17, 1889 (D) in Dufferin Co.
About 1848-49, Charles was born.
On Aug. 28, 1854, George Walter was born in Esquesing Twp., Halton Co.
The 1861 Census, Esquesing Twp., recorded John as a labourer.
The 1871 Census, Esquesing Twp., recorded John, 65, born Scotland, Baptist, Hannah, 54, & Mary, 24, both Wesleyan Methodist. Their boarders were Charles Ceoson, 21, stonecutter, & Thomas Preston, 30, Harris Hamilton, 24, Alexander Cowie, 22, Alexander Akins, 22, & Robert Terry, all labourers. The family had a house & barn or stable on 1 acre of Con. 7, Lot 25. The property had an orchard or garden & a half acre of potatoes that yielded 40 bushels. Other produce were 10 bushels of mangelwurzel or other beets, 36 pounds of grapes, 4 bushels of apples, & bushel of pears, plums, or other fruit. Livestock included 2 milch cows & 2 swine. One swine had been slaughtered. The livestock produced 10 pounds of butter, 10 pounds of wool, & 18 yards of flannel or cloth.
On Sept. 1, 1877 (D), John died at 72 of heart disease and was buried in Caledonia Municipal Cemetery, Onieda Twp., Haldimand Co. His death was reported in the Acton Free Press on Sept. 6th with the death of his son Charles. He died at the residence of one of his sons.
The 1881 Census, Gosfield Twp., Essex Co., Hannah, 63, living with her brother, William & his son Ebenezer.
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