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Map of Cavan, Ireland
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Valentine Matthews & Jane Johnston
Born: about 1806 Born: about 1806
Place: Cavan, Ireland Place: Cavan, Ireland
Married: about 1835
Place:  
Died: March 14, 1882 Died: March 8, 1882
Place: Ontario Place: Reach, Ontario
Buried: Buried:

William Matthews & Eliza Baird

Valentine Matthews may have arrived into New York City aboard the Trident on Sept 30, 1826. Valentine Matthews and Jane Johnstone were married in about 1835. They had at least five children: John (born about 1836); Mary Ann (born June 11, 1837); WILLIAM (born Nov 25, 1839, in Kitley Ontario); Elizabeth Jane (born about 1843); and Margaret (born about 1845).

 

Children Born Place Died Place
John about 1836 Ireland    
Mary Ann June 11, 1837 Ireland Nov 27, 1909 Kingston, Frontenac, Ontario
WILLIAM Nov 25, 1839 Kitley, Ontario Jan 23, 1925 Manilla, Ontario
Elizabeth Jane about 1843      
Margaret about 1845      

 

1850 ..........

THE TORNADO OF 1850

So far as people of this locality are concerned that (Greenbank) was the starting poing of the tornado.

A little west of Greenbank James Ianson lived on his farm. Eighty-four years ago he was a lad of eight years. On the day of the storm his father was on his way home from a trip to Niagara, a journey he had taken on horseback, but he did not get back until the next day. Usually there were other men about the Ianson place for they ran a sawmill; but on this day they were away at a logging bee over at William Real's. This left Mrs. Ianson alone with her two boys - James, eight years old, and John, twelve years - and Mrs. Hunter, a sister who had been in Canada but three weeks. The family could see the the storm coming from the north-west. Out there on the hills the trees could be heard crashing down, and some of the giant pines could be seen falling. That picture lasted but a few moments, for the wind was coming with a tremendous rush. The Iansons ran into the house and waited for a few moments in terrible suspense, while outside the shriek and roar of the wind mingled with the artillery of hail, thunder and lightning.

What happened the next few minutes on Ianson's farm cannot be describe with any degree of fullness. All one could do would be to pile up adjectives depicting destruction. The house was caught in a whirlwind and scattered in pieces here and there over a distance of two miles. The big old fashioned chimney, built of brick from the ground up, fell on Mrs. Hunter and killed her outright, John Jr. was struck by a beam and his neck and arm were broken. James and his mother were buried under a mass of ruins. When they freed themselves after a time they entered a new world - a world of chaos. They attempted to make their way to a neighbor's, but the paths were blocked. All around was a hopeless confusion of twisted and broken trees that shut from view everything but the sky. Household effects, clothing, harness, hens mixed with bits of board and limbs of trees filled the air, and some of these things were carried as far as Scugog Island. Every fence was levelled, and the roof was torn from the sawmill, a one storey building that escaped worse damage. Mrs. Jas Ianson put it there was nothing left on the place higher than a stone pile. One dish only was saved from the general smash up and that was the butter dish which had been placed in the cellar. Nine hens, a rooster and one chicken formed the remnant of the Ianson poultry flock. The rest were blown away. When the storm started there was a potash kettle in the yard filled with ashes. Next day the neighbours were wandering about the yard looking at the ruins. They passed the kettle on their rounds. Presently they heard a lamb bleat, but could not locate where the sound came from. At last they discovered the lamb safely tucked under the potash kettle which had been turned upside down by the might of the wind. A rail was found which had been driven endwise into a stump several inches. A tree was also found which had been broken off, the stump ripped out by the roots and turned inside down, so that the top of the stump was driven into the ground and the roots were left sticking up in the air.

As the wind swept on it cleared a passage through the bush so that one could see all the way from Borelia to Greenbank. The trees were mowed down in an immense swath and remained in that condition in some parts for years. It grew to be a great slash where berries of all kinds were plentiful.

- from Scugog Shores Historical Museum

 

1861 ..........

1861 Canada Census - Reach, Ontario
Valentine Matthews & Jane Johnston


Valentine Matthews (56), Jane (56), John (26), Mary A. (24), William (22), Margaret (18) and Eliza (16)
See original document

 

1871 ..........

1871 Canada Census - Reach, Ontario
Valentine Matthews & Jane Johnston

Name: Valentine Mathews
Gender: Male
Age: 65
Birth Year: abt 1806
Birth Place: Ireland
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Weslyan Methodist
Origin: Irish
Province: Ontario
District: Ontario North
District Number: 49
Division: 04
Subdistrict: Reach
Subdistrict Number: b
Household Members:
Name Age
Valentine Mathews 65
Jane Mathews 65
Margaret Mathews 26
Eliza Mathews 24

Source Citation Year: 1871; Census Place: Reach, Ontario North, Ontario; Roll: C-9987; Page: 34; Family No: 121 Source Information Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1871 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Appreciation is expressed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing the 1871 Canada Census Index. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1871. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, n.d.. RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: C-9888 to C-9975, C-9977 to C-10097, C-10344 to C-10388, C-10390 to C-10395, to C-10540 to C-10570. Description This database is an every name index to individuals enumerated in the 1871 Canada Census, the first census of Canada since confederation in 1867. National censuses have been taken every 10 years since 1871 and every five years since 1971. The 1871 census includes the four original provinces Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

 

1881 ..........

1881 Canada Census - Reach, Ontario
Valentine Matthews & Jane Johnston

Name: Valentine Mathews
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 75
Birth Year: 1806
Birthplace: Ireland
Religion: Church of England
Nationality: Irish
Occupation: Retired Farmer
Province: Ontario
District Number: 133
District: Ontario North
Sub-District Number: B
Subdistrict: Reach
Division: 4
Household Members:
Name Age
Valentine Mathews 75
Jane Mathews 75
Margret Mathews 35

Source Citation Year: 1881; Census Place: Reach, Ontario North, Ontario; Roll: C_13245; Page: 25; Family No: 117 Source Information Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1881 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. 1881 Canada Census Index provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Copyright 1999 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved. All use is subject to the limited use license and other terms and conditions applicable to this site. Images reproduced by courtesy of Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada. Original data: Canada. "Census of Canada, 1881." Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 31-C-1. LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1881/Pages/about-census.aspxl. Description This database is an every name index to individuals enumerated in the 1881 Canada Census, the second census of Canada since confederation in 1867. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1881 Census (images are of Library and Archives Canada microfilm reels C-13162 to C-13286).

 

1882 ..........

Jane Johnston

Jane Johnston died on March 8, 1882 in Reach, Ontario.

 

1887 ..........

Valentine Matthews

Valentine Matthews died on Oct 12, 1887, in Reach, Ontario.

 

 

William Matthews & Eliza Baird
Born: Nov 25, 1839 Born: about 1841
Place: Kitley, Ontario, Canada Place: Ontario, Canada
Married: Oct 19, 1865
Place: Ontario, Canada
Died: Jan 23, 1925 Died: Feb 18, 1923
Place: Manilla, Ontario, Canada Place: Ontario, Canada
Buried: Wick Cemetery, Wick, Ontario  Buried: Wick Cemetery, Wick, Ontario

Jane Ellinor Matthews & Charles Fairman | Margaret Agnes Matthews & John Clark |Alice E. Matthews & James Wright

William Matthews (son of Valentine Matthews and Jane Johnston) and Eliza Baird (daughter of Robert Baird and Mary McCully) were married on Oct 19, 1865, and had at least ten children: Mary Ida (born about 1868 in Ontario); Jane Ellinor (born Feb 6, 1869, in 14th Reach, Ontario, died Aug 30, 1953, in Uxbridge, Ontario); Annie E. (born about 1871 in Ontario); William J. (born about 1873 in Ontario); Samurl B. (born about 1875 in Ontario); Margaret Agnes (born Oct 25, 1878, in Manilla, Ontario, died April 11, 1959, in Uxbridge, Ontario); John J. (born about 1879 in Ontario); ALICE E. (born March 13, 1880 in Reach, Ontario); George S. (born about 1883 in Ontario); and David M. (born about 1885 in Ontario). - from Clark - Chambers - Oldham - Bruce Family Tree on ancestry.com

 

Children Born Place Died Place
Mary Ida about 1868 Ontario    
Jane Ellinor Feb 6, 1869 Reach, Ontario Aug 30, 1953 Uxbridge, Ontario
Annie E. about 1871 Ontario    
William J. about 1873 Ontario    
Samuel B. about 1875 Ontario    
Margaret Agnes Oct 25, 1878 Manilla, Ontario April 11, 1959 Uxbridge, Ontario
John J. about 1879 Ontario    
ALICE E. March 13, 1880 Reach, Ontario 1973 Brock, Ontario
George Stephen Oct 17, 1881 Reach, Ontario    
David May 11, 1883 Reach, Ontario    

 

 

1871 ..........

1871 Canada Census - Brock, Reach Township, Ontario
William Matthews & Eliza Baird

Name: William Mathews
Gender: Male
Age: 30
Birth Year: abt 1841
Birth Place: Ontario
Marital Status: Married
Religion: Presbyterian
Origin: Irish
Province: Ontario
District: Ontario North
District Number: 49
Division: 01
Subdistrict: Brock
Subdistrict Number: e
Household Members:
Name Age
William Mathews 30
Eliza Mathews 29
Mary Ida Mathews 3
Jane Eloner Mathews 2
Ann Eliza Mathews 6/12

Source Citation Year: 1871; Census Place: Brock, Ontario North, Ontario; Roll: C-9987; Page: 32; Family No: 108 Source Information Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1871 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Appreciation is expressed to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing the 1871 Canada Census Index. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1871. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, n.d.. RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: C-9888 to C-9975, C-9977 to C-10097, C-10344 to C-10388, C-10390 to C-10395, to C-10540 to C-10570. Description This database is an every name index to individuals enumerated in the 1871 Canada Census, the first census of Canada since confederation in 1867. National censuses have been taken every 10 years since 1871 and every five years since 1971. The 1871 census includes the four original provinces Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.

 

1891 ..........

1891 Canada Census - Georgina Island, York North, Ontario
William Matthews & Eliza Baird

Name: William Matthews
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 51
Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Ontario
Relation to Head-of-house: Head
Religion: Free Church
French Canadian: No
Spouse's Name: Eliza Matthews
Father's Birth Place: Ireland
Mother's Birth Place: Ireland
Province: Ontario
District Number: 131
District: York North
Subdistrict: Georgina Island
Household Members:
Name Age
William Matthews 51
Eliza Matthews 49
Mary Ida Matthews 23
Jane E Matthews 22
Annie E Matthews 20
William J Matthews 18
Samuel B Matthews 16
Margaret A Matthews 14
John J Matthews 12
Alice E Matthews 10
George S Matthews 8
David M Matthews 6

Source Citation Year: 1891; Census Place: Georgina Island, York North, Ontario; Roll: T-6379; Family No: 34 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1891 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1891. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2009. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1891/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6290 to T-6427. Description The third census of Canada covers seven provinces - British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec - and the Northwest Territories, which at the time was comprised of the districts of Alberta, Assiniboia East, Assiniboia West, Saskatchewan, and Mackenzie River. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, relationship to head of household, marital status, birthplace, religion, and occupation.

 

1901 ..........

1901 Canada Census - Brock, Ontario
William Matthews & Eliza Baird

Name: William Mathews
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 62
Birth Day & Month: 25 Nov
Birth Year: 1838
Birthplace: Ontario
Relation to Head of House: Father
Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish
Nationality: Canadian
Religion: Presbyterian
Province: Ontario
District: Ontario (north/nord)
District Number: 97
Sub-District: Brock
Sub-District Number: C-8
Household Members:
Name Age
William J Mathews 28
William Mathews 62
Eliza Mathews 59
Jane E Mathews 32
Alice Mathews 20
David Mathews 17

Source Citation Year: 1901; Census Place: Brock, Ontario (north/nord), Ontario; Page: 5; Family No: 57 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1901 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2004. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1901/Pages/about-census.aspxl. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-6428 to T-6556. Images are reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Description The fourth census of Canada covers seven provinces - British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontairo, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec; two territories - the Yukon Territory and the Northwest Territories; and one district - the District of Keewatin. In 1901 the Northwest Territories was comprised of these seven districts: Alberta, Assiniboia, Athabasca, Franklin, Mackenzie, Saskatchewan, and Ungava. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, relationship to head of household, marital status, birthplace, religion, and occupation.

 

1908 ..........

Alice Edith Matthews & James Wright

James Wright (son of John Wright and Barbara Adams) and Alice Edith Matthews (daughter of William Matthews and Eliza Baird) were married on March 17, 1908. They had at least two children: MABEL M. (born Feb 21, 1909); and Mary E. (born in 1911).

Alice Edith Matthews & James Wright

 

1911 ..........

1911 Canada Census - Brock, Ontario
William Matthews & Eliza Baird

Name: William Mathews
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 71
Birth Date: Nov 1839
Birth Place: Ontario
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse's Name: Eliza Mathews
Race or Tribe: Irish
Province: Ontario
District: Ontario North
District Number: 103
Sub-District: 2 - Brock Township, Manilla Village
Sub-District Number: 2
Place of Habitation: Brock Tp
Household Members:
Name Age
William Mathews 71
Eliza Mathews 69
William J Mathews 3

Source Citation Year: 1911; Census Place: 2 - Brock Township, Manilla Village, Ontario North, Ontario; Page: 1; Family No: 2 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1911 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2007. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/about-census.aspx. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460. Images are reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Description This fifth census of Canada covers the nine provinces and two territories of Canada as of 1911: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, the Yukon Territory, and the Northwest Territories. The census provides many details about individuals and families including: name, gender, age, birthplace, year of immigration, nationality, and origin. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1911 Census.

 

1921 ..........

1921 Canada Census - Scott, Ontario
William Matthews & Eliza Baird with daughter Jane and her family

Name: William Matthews
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Age: 82
Birth Year: abt 1839
Birth Place: Ontario
Father Birth Place: Ireland
Mother Birth Place: Ireland
Racial or Tribal Origin: Irish
Province or Territory: Ontario
District: Ontario North
District Number: 108
Sub-District: Scott (Township)
Sub-District Number: 14
City, Town or Village: Scott Township
Street or Township: Scott
Municipality: Scott
Occupation: Retired
Household Members:
Name Age
Charles Fairman 63
Jane Fairman 52
Eanest Fairman 19
Elmer Fairman 15
George Fairman 61
William Matthews 82
Eliza Matthews 80

Source Citation Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 75; Census Place: Scott (Township), Ontario North, Ontario; Page Number: 17 Source Information Ancestry.com. 1921 Census of Canada [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2013. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2013. Series RG31. Statistics Canada Fonds. Images are reproduced with the permission of Library and Archives Canada. Description Find your Ancestors in the 1921 Canadian Census. Canada added 1,581,840 new residents between 1911 and 1921. The Prairie Provinces were the big gainers, with Alberta and Saskatchewan each growing by more than 50 percent.

 

Alice Edith Matthews & James Wright

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