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Daniel Lizars (bef. 1793 - abt. 1875)

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Daniel Lizars
Born before in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotlandmap
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Husband of — married in Renfrew, Scotlandmap
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Died about in Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canadamap [uncertain]
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Daniel was an engraver. On the death of his father he and his older brother William continued his father's engraving business.

He married Robina Hutchison in Edinburgh on 15 Jun 1818. They had a large family, only some of whom have entries in the birth registers. One son migrated to Victoria, Australia where he settled, and another son died in Argentina.

His business went bankrupt in 1832[1] and he and his family emigrated to Canada in about 1833 following the bankruptcy of the engraving business. His widowed mother migrated to Canada with him. He settled in Goderich, Ontario (then Upper Canada). The schooner they were travelling was wrecked on the bar attempting to enter the harbour. [2]He apparently died there in 1875.[3]

He had an extensive library in Canada which is now held by the Guelph Library in Canada.[4]

In Jan 1840 he was a Justice of the Peace for the London District, [5]

In 1842 he was acting Clerk of the newly created County Council of the United Counties. It seems this was an early name for the District Municipal Council for the District of Huron, held at Goderich.[6]

A son was baptised in Scotland in 1841 and he returned to London and visit Scotland in 1845. He was a Delegate from the citizens of Goderich to make a case to the Board of Directors of the City of Toronto and Lake Huron Railway Company in London. For the submission he styled himself "Daniel Lizars, Esq., Clerk of the Peace of the Huron District, Director of the direct Ontario and Huron Junction Railway Company, formed at Goderich C.W., 3rd June 1845 and Delegate from the Inhabitants of said District".[7] In his submission he revealed some facts about his time in Canada to that date - he had served with the 1st Huron militia at Port Huron during the Winter of 1837-38 at the time of the Rebellions. He was a Major with the militia.

He returned to Canada via Boston on 5 Dec 1845 on the Cambria.[8]

He was a Clerk of the Peace for Huron District at Goderich through to at least 1866.[9]

He was living in Colborne, Huron, Ontario, Canada in the 1851 and 1861 Canadian Census (Robina was also there), but in the 1871 Census he is at Goderich, South Huron, Ontario with a status of widowed.

There is a pen and ink illustration of him on p256 of "In the days of the Canada Company", written by two of his grand-daughters in 1896. [10]


  1. Gale Newsvault: Scotch Sequestrations, The Newcastle Journal, Sep 01, 1832, p.4, Issue 17 (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England), Saturday, sourced from the British Library; Gale Document Number GR3216144883
  2. Ontarian Families - Genealogies Of United Empire Loyalists And Other Pioneer Families Of Upper Canada – Edward Chadwick, 1898 (p.227) - available through Google Books (fee)
  8. Boston, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1954 & Boston, 1821-1850 Passenger and Immigration Lists [databases on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, 2006. Original data Boston, Massachusetts. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts 1820-1891. National Archives Washington D.C. Micropublication M277, rolls # 1-36, Micropublication T843. RG085.454 rolls, Micropublication M277. RG036. 115 rolls.
  • Birth - "Scotland Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Daniel Lizars, 24 May 1793; citing Edinburgh Parish, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland, reference 2:18K6KB5, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,066,687.
  • Marriage - "Scotland Marriages, 1561-1910," database, FamilySearch ( : 10 February 2018), Daniel Lizars and Robina Hutchison, 15 Jun 1818; citing Edinburgh Parish,Edinburgh,Midlothian,Scotland, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 1,066,690.
  • 1861 Canada Census - "Ontario Census, 1861," database, FamilySearch ( : 5 September 2017), Daniel Lizars, Colborne, Huron, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 8, line 32; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1035-1036, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,855.
  • 1871 Canada Census - "Canada Census, 1871," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 April 2016), Daniel Lizars in household of Julia Lyster, Goderich, South Huron, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 38, line 9; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9930, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,610.
  • Specific death date (beyond the year 1875) & location were found on an published tree, but no primary source of the information located. Details have therefore been left as "Uncertain"

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