Location: Clarenceville, Missisquoi, Quebec
Who are the parents of George Nelson Westover (1829-1903)?
The first known Westover family ancestor (of my line) is Jonas Westover (1628-1708) who came from Taunton, Somerset, England about 1647 and settled in Windsor, Connecticut. Our Family traces it's lineage through his son Jonas (1664-1714) and his wife Abigail Case, to his son John Westover (1711-1784) and his wife Rachel Morton, to his son Moses Westover (1744-1826) and his wife Elizabeth Holmes, to his son Silas Westover (1772-1825). As we understand it, this is the branch in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts from which several sons left and traveled to Quebec, receiving a Loyalist Land Grant of part of what was once called Caldwell's Manor, now Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville, Missisquoi, Quebec, or Noyen.
George Nelson Westover was born about 1829. He married, by 1829, Nancy Dewar (1832-1864). They had a son, George Lester Westover, in 1853. Nancy Dewar died in 1864. George Nelson Westover married second, by 1867, Martha Sylvania Aseltine, daughter of Peter Aseltine (1802-1865) and his wife Hulda Munson Wheeler (1808-1883), with whom he had 8 children, 6 of which grew to adulthood. Each branch has it's stories, but although we all came from the same forbearers, none know who George Nelson Westover's parents are. A professional genealogist did some searching and gave their best guess, but could find no proof.
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The Canadian Genealogy Index lists a George Westover living in Foucalt, Mississquoi, Québec in 1861. In the 1871 Census for St Georges de Clarenceville, Missisquoi, Québec, George Nelson Westover is listed as 41 years old, born in Québec, married to Martha. In the 1881 Census for St Georges de Clarenceville, Missisquoi, Québec, George Nelson Westover is listed as 52 years old, born in the USA. In the 1891 Census for St Georges de Clarenceville, Missisquoi, Québec, George Nelson Westover is listed as 62 years old, born in the USA. In 1893 a will is notarized in Bedford, Québec for a George Westover. In the 1901 Census for St Georges de Clarenceville, Missisquoi, Québec, George Nelson Westover is listed as 72 years old, born in the USA. He also states he immigrated to Canada in 1835. In 1901 there is an Acquittance Miss Sarah Galer to George Westover in Bedfore, Quebec, an Obligation by George Westover to Ellen Stone, and a Declaration by George Westover w. Breach In 1903 there are is an Enterrement (Burial) record for George N. Westover in Clarenceville, Québec I have found Canadian land sales records between George Nelson Westover and his oldest son George Lester Westover, before said son moved to Swanton, Vermont, then on to Wakefield, Mass.
I have found no birth records or marriage records for a George N. or a George Nelson Westover in Canada or the US, though I found an 1894 adult baptism record for him in Clarenceville, Québec witnessed by his daughters.
Is there anyone here who can help fill in the blanks and find George's parents?