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George and Esther King Brown’s children: Margaret Ann Brown Lamotte 1837 to 1879 and family…

Margaret Ann Brown was born 21 June, 1837 in Hastings Co., Ontario to George Brown and Esther King Brown.  She was baptized at the St. Thomas Church on 21 June, 1837.  Her brother John was also baptized at this time.

Source: Mariette Ann and John Brown, baptized 10 Feb 1839, 7-B-3 St. Thomas’ at Belleville Mariete Ann, born on the 21st of June 1837 & John, born the fifteenth of September 1838, children of George Brown of Rawdon & Esther his wife were baptized on the 10th day of February 1839 by me, _______Parents – Sponsors, Anglican Diocese of Kingston. 

Margaret married Francis or Francois Lamott/Lamotte on 18 January, 1858 in St. Clair Co., Michigan.

Francois Lamotte/LaMotte/Lamott was born about 1836 in Ontario.

In 1871 Francois Lamott and Margaret are living in Enniskillen, Lambton Co., Ontario.

Source:  Francois Lamott Family, 1871 Canadian Census, Enniskillen, Lambton, Ontario, pg. 48 Dist, 4 Lambton, SD, Enniskillen Div. No. 1. 

Line 2, 170, 173, Lamott, Francois, M, 35, O, C of E, French, Teamster, M, Lamott, Margaret, F, 33, O, C of E, Irish, Lamott, Matilda, F, 12, French, Lamott, Francis H, M, 10, Lamott, George, M, 8, Lamott, Ida J., F, 5, Lamott, Kate, F, 3, Lamott, Margaret A, F, 1. Children are listed as French. All born in Ont.

Tragedy struck and Margaret died on 3 October, 1879 in Lambton Co., Ontario.

Death of Margaret Lamotte

Death of Margaret Lamotte

Source:  Death of Margaret Ann Lamott, Oct. 2, 1879, Lambton, Ontario#4, Margaret Ann Lamott, Oct, 2, 1879, Female, 42 yrs, 3 mos. 11 days, matron, born Co. Hastings, ont., died of inflammation 10 days ill, Dr. Demfield?, John Brown oil man – Merthanlee?? Informant. Oct. 3, 1879, Ch. of E. John F. Wilson #006585. 

I have tried to find Francois or Frank Lamott/Lamotte in the Canadian Census and the U.S. Federal Census, after the death of his wife Margaret, but I have not been successful.

However, there is a marriage of a Francis Lamotte male born about 1838 in Ambertsburgh, Ontario. He married on 16 February, 1880 in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan age 42 residence Petrolia, Ontario. The spouse is Emma Reynolds age 36 born in Brighton, Ontario. residing in Petrolia, #242, 20 1880 Marquette – 1881 Berrien.  Could this be him?

Francois or Frank and Margaret may have had eleven children.  I have attempted to find information about as many of the children as possible but it has not been easy. so please use the following with care.  Because there is only one census of 1871 showing the Francois Lamotte Family it is making it hard to determine the actual names and number of children born to the couple after 1871.

  1. Matilda Lamott was Eliza Matilda Parks who died June 23, 1934 in Petrolia, Lambton Co., Ontario.

Source:  Death Certificate for Eliza Matilda Parks, Petrolia, Enniskillen Twp., Lambton Co., Ontario, Walnut Street, #019612, 292. Female, French, widowed, born Wisconsin on April 11,1858 age 76 yrs, 2 mos. 12 days. Husband was an Oil producer. 3 yrs in place of death and 75 years in the province.  Father was Francis LaMotte, born in France. Mother was Margaret Ann Brown, born in Wyoming, Ontario. Informant Blake Parks of Petrolia, son. Buried Hillsdale Cemetery June 25, 1934. Undertakers Steadman Bros.  Died june 23, 1934, cancer of the liver. 

2. Francis H. Lamott b. about 1861 in Ontario.

3. George Lamott b. about 1863 in Ontario. I have a marriage for George and he appears in the 1891 and 1901 Canadian Census.

Source: George Lamotte Marriage, Ontario Canada, Marriages 1801-1928, George age 23, born about 1863 in Petrolia, Ontario. Married on 3 March 1886 in Middlesex. Father Francis Lamotte and mother Margaret Ann Lamotte, Spouse Margaret Blair age 27 born about 1859 in Canada. Father Andrew Blair and mother Elizabeth Blair. 

Source:  1891 Canadian Census, Strathroy, 93 Middlesex West, Ontario, page 27, H. No. 2 Ward Town of Strathroy, enumerated on 25 day of April 1891 by John Lau…..

Line 17, 10 1-1/2/9 148, Lamotte, George, M, 28, M, born Ontario, father born US, mother was born in Ontario, Presbyterian, grocer. Lamotte, Margaret, F, 33 M, W, born Ontario, Lamotte, Gordon, M, 4, S, born Ontario. Lamotte, Zethal G., F, 1/12, born Ontario. Blair, Julia, F, 35, SinL, born Ontario, parents born Scotland.

In 1901 George and Margaret Lamotte are still in Strathroy with their children: Gordon, Zella G. and Roscoe G.  Margaret’s sister is still with them Julia Blair and a niece Agnes J. Blair.  They are still there in Strathroy both George age 48, Margarett age 52 and Roscoe age 16.  In the 1921 census he is living now in London, Ontario age 58, and Margaret is age 63.

George may have migrated to California, There is a marriage of George Lamotte on 22, January 1947 in Los Angeles, CA of a male age 83 born 1864, Father Frank Lamotte, mother Margaret Brown. Spouse Lola M. Spratt age 78, female, born 1869, father Abjah Chapman and mother Nancy Fetty.  California County Marriages Records, FamilySearch.

There may be another marriage for George in September 22, 1947 to a Elmyra M. Morton, in California.

4. Ida J. Lamott b. about 1866 in Ontario.  I have a marriage for Ida Josephine to a David Mann. She does appear with the last name of Campfield as a witness to her sister Kate’s marriage, see below.

Source:  Ida Josephine Lamotte, Ontario, Canada, Marriages 1801-1928, Ida age 21 born about 1866 in Marthaville, married on 1 February 1887 in Lambton. Father was Francis Lamotte, mother was Margaret Lamotte, Spouse David Wallace Mann, age 22, born about 1865 in Adelaide, Ontario, father Mark Mann and mother Sophia Mann. 

5. Kate Lamott b. about 1861 in Ontario.  She married on 5 June, 1889 in Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan to James Stocks b. about 1861 in Canada.

Source: Kate LaMotte, female, white, born about 1868 in Canada, Marriage date 5 June 1889, Port Huron, St. Clair, Michigan age 21. Residence Port Huron. Spouse James Stocks, male, white, age 28, born in Canada, residence Port Huron, father Ballentine Stocks and mother is Jane Brown, Record#780, Film 40 1889 St Clair-1890 Eaton, page 268, carpenter, Pastor John McCledowney, witnesses Maggie LaMotte and Ida Campfield.

6. Margaret/Mary A. Lamott was born 13 October, 1869 in Lambton Ontario (per Ontario birth index family search) and she died 27 May, 1938 in Portland, Multnomah Co., Oregon.  She married about 1890 to a Mr. Stone.  See is a witness to her sister Kate’s marriage.

7. Hester Lamott or Esther E.  b. about 1873 in Ontario.  Looks like she may have married an Elmer E. Collins on 7 November, 1901 in Lucas, Ohio. He was 39 yrs old and born about 1862 in Port Huron. Father: Joseph Collins, mother Helen Judson.  Spouse Ester E. Lamotte age 29 born 1872 in Sarnia, Canada, Father Frank Lamotte and mother Margaret Brown. Ohio County Marriages 1789 to 2013 Index,

8. Erastus Lamott b. about 1876 in Ontario. I am wondering if the name is really Ross Albert Lamotte, I have not found anything documents for Erastus. Ross married on 27 March 1901 to a Isabella Corbett in Glencoe, Middlesex, Ontario. He was 27 years old born 1874, his father was Frank Lamotte and mother Margaret Brown. The Spouse was Isabella Corbett age 19, born about 1882, her father was Wm. Corbett and mother Eliza J.  Ontario Marriages 1869-1927, Index. 

9. Horace Lamott b about 1876 in Ontario.  I have a marriage for Horace to Annie.

Source: Horace Lamotte Marriage, Ontario Canada, Marriages 1801-1928, Horace age 19, born about 1874 in Petrolia, Ontario.  Married 2 August 1893 in Elgin. Father Frank Lamotte and mother Maggie Brown Lamotte.  Spouse Annie Mills age 18, born about 1875 in England, Father James Mills and Mother Annie (Reid) Mills. Marriage location Port Stanley. 

In 1901 there is a Horace T. Lamotte age 25 born 25 April 1875 in Ontario, French, Methodist occupation sand buffer living in Middlesex in London. His wife is Annie and a child names Lenord E.  This is a strong possibility that it is Horace because George Lamotte is living in Strathroy at the same time.

10.  Mina Lamott b. about 1877 in Ontario.

11. Emma Lamott b. about 1879 in Ontario.

This family of Francois Lamotte/LaMotte/Lamothe has been very difficult to find and follow.  I was hoping to find the father Francois/Frank in the census with his children living with him but it might mean a 73 page slog page by page through the Petrolia part of the census.  I have been able to find some information on the children of Margaret and Francois Lamotte but have had trouble seeking them in the census, so be careful and make sure you double-check me,

I am still wondering about Erastus and Ross Albert Lamotte?  It is possible that several of the child died young but I was unable to locate death records. This would make the count of children born 12 if these are two separate children.  At this point obituary notices for some of the children might reveal what happened to them and their father.  A cousin believes Francis died in the US and that might be possible.

More research needs to be done on this whole family and hopefully the above gives more clues, but it is time to move on.

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A Search for Wards, in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery…

In September of 2014, I visited the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery, south of Strathroy, Ontario and tried to find as many Ward surnames as possible.

At this point, I do not know how my Wards fit in with the other Wards in Middlesex County, Ontario.

As a member of Find A Grave I have been adding cemetery memorials with tombstone pictures to existing cemeteries.  The Strathroy Municipal Cemetery is featured on Find A Grave:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=2223210

Here is a list of those Ward surnames that I have added to this cemetery listing at Find A Grave. I have included tombstone pictures but warn that if they were on the ground and covered with debris it was hard to get a good photo.

1.  Catherine Sarah Ward, 1846 to 1915 wife of Daniel

2. Clifford Stewart Ward, 1923 to 2001

3. Daniel Ward 1844 to 1933 – He might be another son of Benjamin & Sarah Ward.

Catherine & Daniel Ward in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

Catherine & Daniel Ward in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

4.  Earl M. Ward 1920 to 1921, son of George & M. Esther.

5. Eliza P. Ward 1877 to 1881

6.  Eliza P. Luckins Ward 1883 to 1944 wife of John F.J. Ward

7. Emily J. Ward 1880 to 1881

8. Florence E. Ward 1870 to 1954

9. George J.S. Ward 1886 to 1955. His wife is M. Esther McDonald

10.  George Ward 1849 to 1936 may be a son of Benjamin and Sarah Ward.

George & Harriet Ward in Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

George & Harriet Ward in Strathroy Municipal Cemetery

11. Harriet Jones Ward 1846 to 1928. This is George Ward’s wife. In addition there is a Joanna Furey Gill on the same tombstone.

12. Hopper Ward 1854 to 1930 his wife is Sarah M. Fitzgerald

13. John F.J. Ward 1883 to 1964 his wife is Eliza P. Luckins

14. John H. Ward 1865 to 1936

15. M. Esther McDonald Ward 1886-1947

16. Mary Isabel Ward 1931 to unknown

17. Olive Louise Ward, ? to 1905 is daughter of Hopper and Sarah.

18. Rachel Brown Ward 1856 to 1936 wife of Richard Ward

19. Sarah Ann Ward 1874 to 1890

20. Sarah M. Fitzgerald Ward 1858 to 1949

There may be more that I have added with different surnames but this is the Ward section.

The cemetery is very large but the Strathroy Public Library has a cemetery transcription book with maps to assist you if you need to find someone.  I do not know how all these Wards fit together so if you know who they are please leave a comment at the end of this post.  The other option is for you to go to Find A Grave and target the stone you are interested in and find my name at the bottom in the Created by link and leave me a message.

Benjamin Ward’s Estate, Middlesex Co., Ontario 1873…

When I was in Salt Lake City at the British Institute, last October 2014, I found a Surrogate Court Estate file for Benjamin Ward and was surprised to find it for I was having trouble locating documents and sources on Benjamin and his wife Sarah.  I am trying to prove they are my 2nd great grandparents and the parents of Emma Ward Brown, my great-grandmother.

Included in the Estate was Benjamin’s Last Will and Testament.

Copy of the last Will and Testament of Benjamin Ward late of the Township of Adelaide in the  County of Middlesex yeoman deceased.

Source:  The Estate of Benjamin Ward pg. 365 #1155 – Probate Records 1846-1900 Ontario, Middlesex Co., Surrogate Court. (FHL#0428259)

This my last Will and Testament. I Benjamin Ward of the Township of Adelaide living of sound mind but feeble in Body do Will and Bequest to my children the following property. First – I give to my son George Ward all my Real Estate – Secondly I give to my daughters Emily and Elizabeth and Sarah Ward one hundred dollars eat subject to the following conditions. First the said George Ward shall pay all my just debts and therein my daughters Emily, Elizabeth and Sarah [Elas] shall receive Fifty dollars each for two years [maten] in full three hundred dollars. The date of my daughters payments to commence from one thousand Eight hundred and seventy nine. It is also my will that my daughters Emily and Elizabeth and Sarah Elas shall have one Cow each and I constitute Samuel Mitchell and John Paine my Executors of this my last Will and Testament.  Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of on the Thirty first day of October in the year of our Lord 1874 one thousand eight hundred seventy four.  Benjamin Ward his Mark X

Witnesses James Thompson (signed) and David Thomas X his mark

The original Will of Benjamin Ward?

The original Will of Benjamin Ward?

According to my research in the census, Benjamin and Sarah had about 11 children maybe 12 but in this Will above he mentions only four children, so what happened to the rest of them?

It is believed the Sarah, the mother’s maiden name was Paine/Payne.

Those children were found and listed in the 1851 and 1861 Census.

1. Joseph born about 1836

2.  Vere Ward born about 1836.  I found Vere in the 1861 census working as a domestic for George B. Knoyle a Merchant. She is listed as Wesleyan Methodist.

3.  William Ward born about 1839

4.  Charles Ward Born about 1839 to 1857 and he is buried in the Fourth Line Cemetery.

5.  Esther Ward 1841

6.  Daniel Ward 1843

7. Sabena/Rebina 1845

8.  George Ward 1849 to 1838 and he married Harriet Jones 1845 to 1928 and they are both buried in the Strathroy Municipal Cemetery.

9.  Emma/Emily Ward – my great-grandmother born 1851 and died 1905. Emma/Emily has been featured in many posts on this blog with her husband Richard Brown. Her birthdate is the same in the St. Anne baptismal record I found as on her tombstone so it is probably her.

10. Sarah Ward 1852 to 1857 buried in the Fourth Line Cemetery and she appears in the baptismal records.

11.  Elizabeth Ward 1854 who married John Brodie and moved to Petrolia. She was in the St. Anne Baptismal record.

12. Sarah 1857 – I am not sure about her and wonder if she is mixed up with the Sarah I have as #10.  Or she is the Sarah in the will who looks like she married someone named [Elas].

Here is a summary of the contents of the Estate file of Benjamin Ward. FHL#0428278.

 1. Notice of Application of the goods of Probate of the will bearing the date of 31 October 1874, in receipt of.

 2. Petition of Samuel Mitchell and John Paine of the Township of Adelaide in the County of __________

Humbly showeth that Benjamin Ward Township Adelaide County of Middlesex, Farmer, deceased died on or about the first day of November in 1874 in the Township of Adelaide county of Middlesex and the said deceased at the time of his death his fixed abode was in the Township of Adelaide, County of Middlesex and the said deceased in his life time duly made his last Will and Testament on the thirty first day of October 1874. That your petitioners are the Executors named in the said will.  That the value of personal estate and effects if $500.00. That the probate be granted to them this fourteeth day of December 1874, Signed Samuel Mitchell and John Paine. 

  1. Affidavit of the Witness David Thomas in witnessing the will of Benjamin Ward. 14 December 1874.
  1. Handwritten copy of the will of Benjamin Ward
  1. General Description of Property – Household $40, Farming implements $40, Horses $150, Horned cattle $140, Sheep and swine $100, Farm produce $30, total $500. Signed by Samuel Mitchell in Strathroy Dec 6, 1874.
  1. Handwritten affidavit of John Paine – Promises to pay debts and follow the will’s requirements as Executor – signed by him 14 Day of December 1874.
  1. Handwritten affidavit of Samuel Mitchell – As Executor will follow the Wills requirements. Signed 14 Day of December 1874.
  1. David Thomas – Affidavit of knowing Benjamin Ward and witnesses his Will and Testament and James Thompson did mark and subscribe their names 14 Day December 1874.
  1. Affidavit of Samuel Mitchell saying he will follow the will. 14 Day of December 1874.
  1. Granting of the Petition to probate the Will, 29 day of December 1874.

The only thing missing is the description of the land that he gave to his son George Ward.

UPDATE 6/17/2017:  Just recently I received a descendancy chart for Sarah Paine/Payne and it turns out that she was married twice, 1st to Charles Ward and then to Benjamin Ward. The relationship of these two is unknown at this time.  So what you see above in the 1851 and 1861 census is a meshing of two families.  If you would like a copy of the descendancy from Sarah (Paine) Ward leave a comment and I will get you in touch with the researcher on the Ward/Paine family.

Charles Ward and Sarah Paine had: Vera 1837-1889, Joseph 1837-1914, Charles 1839-1857, William 1840-1904, Esther 1842-1925, Daniel (maybe Samuel) 1844 to 1933 and last Robenah 1846 to 1919.

Benjamin and Sarah had Emily/Emma 1851-1905, Sarah 1852-1857, Elizabeth 1854-1884 and Sarah 1857?.

Emily is my great grandmother on my mother’s mother’s side. She married Richard Brown in 1874 in Port Huron and they had 4 children. Their daughter Ethel is my grandmother.

Benjamin Ward’s Death…1874

Obituaries are not real strong in the newspapers for Ontario in 1874.  If you get more than a line in the newspaper you are doing well.  Unfortunately, Benjamin’s obituary was very brief and extremely difficult to read in the newspaper.

Strathroy Age Index

Strathroy Age Index

At the Strathroy Public Library, there are binders with indexes of the local newspaper.  I am impressed it is a monumental job but so helpful.  Once you find the name in the index you then go to the microfilm of the newspaper and seek your newspaper article.  In my travels in September 2014 I saw a lot of this indexing going on in various archives for newspapers and more.

On the page for the Wards I found a nice list:  names, type, place, S_A, date and page. There were about 26 Ward surnames listed.  I did not find Sarah, his wife, in the list.

Ward, Benjamin, death,  Adelaide, 86, Nov. 6, 1874, page 8

I then pulled the microfilm and here is the announcement of the death of Benjamin Ward.  It is right above the line and title.  It reads:  In Adelaide on the 1st ____, Benjamin Ward aged 86  died or something like that.  I really tried to get a good clean photo but the film was fuzzy.

Benjamin Wards Death

Benjamin Wards Death

About a month later I was in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library and I was able to look at the Surrogate Court Records for Middlesex County and I was blown away.  I found a will and a case file for Benjamin Ward.  I was so surprised.  He was not the only Ward listed so I took pictures of at least the wills for the others I found with the Ward surname, I only went up to 1873.  I do not know if they are related to Benjamin.

Source: Probate Court, 1846-1900 Middlesex Co., Ontario (R.G. 22, Series 6-1) R126. Index FHL#428256. 

1. 1846 No. 44, Ward, Charles Register A-109 FHL#428527 Probate Books

2. 1864 No. 343 Ward, Hyland, D-186, FHL#428258 Probate Books

Notes:  This will is very detailed with up to eight bequests. It is very difficult to read:  Will dated 18 June 1862, Twp. of Lobo, died 13 March 1864,  Appoint son-in-law Donald J. McArthur Executor and wife Hannah Ward Executrix. Son [Jameson] Ward gives 100 acres of land. Son Hiriam Ward 80 acres in Lobo Twp.  Son Judson coming of age 21 years. Son William Ward real estate in the State of Iowa 80 acres and he goes on for a while.  Gives to said Executrix the lot in Number 1 in Block B in the Village of [Romotha] and land to be equally divided between his sons George and Judson Ward. Executrix also gets his personal possessions.  Mentions daughters Mary [Elwilly] sum of two hundred dollars. Daughter Catherine Jane the sum of two hundred dollars. Daughter Hannah Ann sum of one hundred dollars. Daughter Prudence Ann sum of two hundred dollars. Walter Ward the sum of one thousand dollars.  Witnessed by John Moffath and Wm. Barnum. Signed by Hyland Ward, a true copy.

3. 1872 No. 820, Ward, George Gay, Register E-269, FHL#428258 Probate Books

Notes:  The Will of George Gay Ward is very complicated:  9 March 1872, late of the township of Mosa, died about the 19th of December 1872.  Appoints his beloved wife Margaret Ward his Executrix and John McLean of the town of St. Thomas in the County of Elgin Bannister at law my Executor of my last will and guardian of my several infant children.  He gives his household items to his wife Margaret and arranges for her care and care of his children but he does not name them. Witnesses: Malcolm G. Monro and Martha Monro, 11th day of November, 1873.

4. 1872 No. 896 Ward, Michael Admin, A-33, FHL Check Index #428256? Probably #428527

5. 1873 No. 1026 Ward, Judson D. E-688, FHL#428258, Probate Books

Note:  This will is also very complicated and the handwritting was difficult to understand. It looks like he might be Hyland’s son: The Estate of Judson Davis [Adniram] Ward, 3 December 1873 late of town of Strathroy who died on or about the 13 November 1873. Wife Agney and two children Ida Ward and Bynon Herbert Ward. Divide real and person property between wife and children. Executor is Donald J. McArthur and William [Buanam] both of Township of Lobo. Witnesses are John Cameron of the Town of Strathroy and Truman H. Ward of the Township of Lobo.

6. 1873 No. 1155, Ward, Benjamin F-345 Probate Books FHL#428278 and Probate papers FHL#428278.  I will share the estate of Benjamin in the next post. 

7. 1873 No. 1223, Ward, John F-309, FHL#428278 Probate Books. I am not sure this is name is Ward. In reading the Will it looks more like Wark or Wirk.

If you are interested in any of these wills, I do have copies which are hard to read but you can give it a try, so leave me a comment and I will contact you.