Leeds & Grenville Families – Thomas Myers and Letitia Poole

THOMAS MYERS (1798-1870) and LETITIA POOLE (1806-1896)

Thomas Myers (sometimes spelled Myres) and his wife the former Letitia Poole are my Great Great Great Grandparents, through their daughter Julianna Myers who married Thomas Hales. Both Thomas Myers and Letitia Poole came from England as children with their parents and siblings. Thomas and Letitia (Poole) Myers were living in Bastard Township, Leeds County, Canada West when the Canadian Confederation took place in 1867. After that, Canada West became known as the province of Ontario. Thus, the area where they lived went from being known as Upper Canada, to Canada West, and then Ontario in 1867.

Thomas Myers was born on September 27, 1798. Some sources give his birthplace as Barnard Castle, Durham, England. He was baptized on September 29, 1798 at Lartington, Yorkshire, England. At that time Lartington was in the Parish of North Yorkshire. In 1974, it became part of Durham County.(1) Lartington is across the River Tees from Barnard Castle and 2 ½ miles west.(2)

Thomas was the son of Richard Myers (1773-1851) (son of Richard Myers and Mary Hoggett) (3) and Mary Close (1774-1849) who were married at Bowes, North Yorkshire on October 9, 1797. He was the oldest of ten children. The other children were Sarah (1800-1852), Mary (1802 – died young), Nancy – baptized as Ann ( 1804-1883), Richard (1807-1885), William – baptized as Gulielmus (1809-1875), Anthony – baptized as Antonius (1811-c1860), John Myers (1814-1900), Caesar Wood – born at sea – Lower Canada, (1816-1882), and Mary (1819-1882).(4) Only three of the children stayed in Canada – Thomas in Bastard Township in Leeds County, Richard in North Crosby Township, Leeds County, and Caesar Wood who also lived in Bastard Township, Leeds County. The others went to the United States. All but William married in Leeds County.

Richard and Mary (Close) Myers with their children Thomas, Sarah, Nancy, Richard, William, Anthony, and John emigrated to Canada in 1816. They sailed on the ship “Caesar.” Before their arrival, Richard and Mary’s eighth child was born June 2, 1816. They named him Caesar Wood after the ship and the ship’s Captain, Captain Wood. Most records show him being born in Lower Canada so he must have been born shortly before their arrival at a port in Quebec.(5)

Records show the arrival of Richard Myers and family arriving at the Perth Military Settlement – one man, one woman, one male over twelve years, five males less than twelve years, two females over twelve years, one female less than twelve years. There is no record of who the female who is less than twelve would be as Richard and Mary’s daughter Mary was born in 1819 in Upper Canada. The original record needs to be checked to confirm this latter information on a girl less than twelve years of age.(6) This record also states that they were former residents of Durham County, England and arrived on the ship Caesar in 1816. It also states that they were located in South Burgess Township on Concession 1, East part of Lot 22 on June 29, 1816.(6)

It is hard to imagine the trip across the Atlantic, up the St. Lawrence River to Brockville, and then by foot or wagon to Stone Mill (Delta), then to the Landing (Portland). From here, they  went on a scow down the Rideau River to Oliver’s Landing (Rideau Ferry). They then had to travel through the woods to Pike River (now Tay River). From here they went by scow up the Pike River to the depot at Perth. Perth was the reception centre and supply store for the Perth Military Settlement.(7)

By June 29, 1819, Richard had fulfilled the terms for settlement for a land grant for Concession 1, East part of Lot 22 in South Burgess. Records in 1816 and 1819 just referred to it as Burgess.(8) However, it is in South Burgess. It is along the shore of the Big Rideau River and that area is now known as Sherwood Shore.(9) However, it wasn’t until April 10, 1824 that Richard received his land grant of 100 acres.  The document of the Crown Grant gives the following – “Richard Myers of the township of Burgess in the County of Leeds in the District of Johnstown.”(10) This land proved to be unsuitable for farming so the family moved inland. By 1828, he purchased most of Lot 25, Concession 2 in Bastard Township.(11) When the 1842 Census was enumerated for Bastard Township, Leeds County, Johnstown District, Canada West, Richard Myres (sic) was listed as living on the rear of Lot 27, Concession 2. He was listed as the owner of the property. His son C. Myres (sic) was listed as the non owner.(12)

Thomas Myers married Letitia Poole, daughter of Joseph Simon Poole and the former Ann Niess, on May 9, 1826 at South Crosby Township, Johnstown District, Leeds County.(13)

Letitia Poole was born March 8, 1806 in the morning in Chillington, Somerset, England.(14)  Letitia Poole emigrated to Canada with her parents Joseph and Ann Poole and eight siblings – Joseph Poole (1800-1872), Thomas Poole (1802-1880), Edward Henry Poole (1803- ?), Mary Ann Poole (1804-1888); Julianna Poole (1807-1903), Jane Poole (1809-1890), John Niess Poole (1813-1905), and Samuel Poole (1814-1903).(15)

The Family Bible of Joseph and Ann Poole gives the following information about their immigration. “The said Joseph and Ann Poole emigrated to Canada in the year 1820, from the Parish of Chillington, near Crewkerne in the County of Somerset, England. The said Joseph Poole departed this life on Sept.12th, 1825. Buried at Chaffeys Falls, South Crosby.”

Some sources say he was an innkeeper near the present Chaffey’s Lock, but I have been unable to confirm that.

His widow Ann (Niess) Poole later married a Cross as she was listed as living with her daughter Julianna and son-in-law Benjamin Tett in the 1851 Census for North Crosby. Here her name was recorded as Ann Pool (sic) Cross. She died in January 1855. Her burial was on January 14, 1855 in South Crosby.(16)

Most of the children of Joseph and Ann (Niess) Poole, with the exception of Edward Henry Poole who I have found no more information about, lived in Leeds County.(17) The oldest, Joseph Poole Jr. lived in South Crosby and worked as a labourer and lived with local families. He never married.

Thomas Poole lived in South Crosby and then moved to Storrington Township, Frontenac County (near Lake Opinicon). The 1861 Census lists him as a lumberman. His sons also were lumberman. It is unknown where Thomas and his wife, Maria were buried but his oldest son was buried at the Lake Opinicon Cemetery.

Mary Ann Poole married Samuel Chaffey on December 25, 1821 in Elizabethtown, Ontario. They are considered the founders of Chaffey’s Lock, South Crosby Township. They had one son Samuel Benjamin Chaffey, born in 1826.  By July 1827, Samuel Sr. had died and left her with a son to raise. She married John Scott on November 19, 1829 at Christ Church Cathedral (Anglican), Montreal, Quebec. He died in 1834 and she was left with a daughter, Catherine Ann Scott, born in 1833. After the death of John Scott, Mary Ann and her two children moved in with her brother John Niess Poole. She kept house for him. She died in 1888 and was buried at Chaffey’s Lock.

Julianna Poole married Benjamin Tett on October 30, 1833 in Kingston, Upper Canada. Benjamin Tett was born at Hinton St. George, Somerset, England, son of John Tett and Mary Poole. They lived in the Newboro and North Crosby area of Leeds County. Benjamin was a prosperous merchant. He served as a MPP for Leeds South, Ontario from September 3, 1867 to February 25, 1871. Julianna and Benjamin had eight children. Julianna and Benjamin are buried in the Tett cemetery, Newboro, Ontario.

Jane Poole married William Hutchings Tett, brother of Benjamin Tett, in 1833 in Kingston, Ontario. They resided in Newboro, Ontario. William Hutchings worked as a farmer and a merchant. Both she and her husband are buried in the Tett Cemetery, Newboro, Ontario.

John Niess Poole farmed in the Clear Lake area of South Crosby. He died in 1905 in Newboro, Ontario. He never married. He was also buried in the Tett cemetery, Newboro, Ontario.

The youngest of the children of Joseph and Ann (Niess) Poole was Samuel Poole. He married Mary Ann Rowswell in 1837 at South Crosby Township.. Samuel and Mary Ann had a large family. They lived in Bastard Township where he farmed. Samuel and Mary Ann are buried in the Ripley Cemetery, South Crosby Township. The home where Samuel and his family lived now belongs to Keith and Diane Haskins.

Thus from known information all the children of Joseph and Ann with the exception of Edward Henry Poole, were alive in 1867 when Confederation occurred. They all would have been known to the children of Thomas and Letitia (Poole) Myers who were their nephews and nieces.

On October 30, 1830, Thomas Myers bought the west half of Concession 2, Lot 25, Bastard Township, Leeds County from his father. The Deed was registered on March 6, 1832.(18) Thomas later bought 200 acres of Concession 2, Lot 26 Bastard Township. This was a Clergy Reserve.  The transaction was registered April 15, 1848. Thomas’ surname was spelled Myres on the document. He was listed as being of Bastard Township, Leeds County, District of Johnstown and a Yeoman.(19) Four years later, Thomas sold the northern half (100 acres) to his brother-in-law Samuel Poole and Samuel’s wife Mary Ann.(20)

Thomas and Letitia had eight children Julianna (1828-1905), Mary Ann Myers (1830-1873), Jane Elizabeth Myers (1831-1902), Thomas Myers, Jr. (1833-1911), Sarah Myers (1835-1908), John Myers (1839-1916), Harriet Myers (1841-1869), and William (1844- ?).(21)

The 1851 Census for Canada West, Leeds County, shows Thomas, a farmer, (age 60) and Letitia (age 46 – sic) living in a one storey log house with seven of their children – Julia (sic), age 24, Jane (age 20), Thomas Myers, Jr. (age 18), Sarah (age 16), John (age 13), Harriet (age 11), and William (age 7). Thomas, Jr. and John were listed as labourers. The children were all listed as born in Canada. The five youngest children were listed as attending school.(22)

The Agricultural Census lists Thomas Myers as the owner of parts of lots 25 and 26 in the Concessions 2 and 3 in Bastard Township. He was the owner of 285 acres with 130 acres under cultivation, 84 acres under crops in 1851, and 42 acres under pasture in 1851, 4 acres in gardens or orchards, and 155 acres under wood or wild.  The farm had produced the following crops-  wheat, peas, oats, potatoes, clover, hay.  This agricultural census also listed him as having 120 pounds of wool, 300 gallons of cider, 50 yards of fulled cloth, 70 yards of flannel, 50 yards of linen.(23)

He had the following livestock at this time-3 bulls, oxen, or steers, 6 milch cows, 8 calves or heifers, 12 horses of all ages, 50 sheep, and 10 pigs. They produced 200 pounds of butter, 6 barrels of beef, and 16 barrels of pork.(24)

By the time the 1861 Census was enumerated, Thomas, a farmer, (age 63) and Letitia (age 54) had only three children living at home with them – John (age 22), Harriet (age 19), and William (age 16). The enumerator had spelled the surname Myres for everyone with the exception of Thomas Myers Sr. in this census. In this census the children were listed as born in Upper Canada. The family was living in a one and one half storey log house. John and William were listed as labourers.(25) By this time, only three of his children were unmarried.

The 1861 Agricultural Census lists Thomas Myers, Sr. as the owner of 405 acres on Concession 2, Lot 26 in Bastard Township. Of these acres, 65 were under cultivation, 100 were under crops in 1860, 65 were under pasture in 1860, and 240 acres were under wood or wild. The value of the farm was listed as worth $8,000 on this census. Thomas’ machinery was listed as valued at $175. The following crops were produced in the previous year – 450 bushels from 30 acres of spring wheat, 39 bushels from 2 acres of peas, 100 bushels from one and one half acres of potatoes, plus hay. The census also listed the family as having 80 pounds of wool, 10 yards of fulled cloth, and 40 yards of flannel.(26)

Thomas had the following livestock 9 steers or heifers, 9 milch cows, 3 horses over three years of age, 2 colts or fillies under three years of age, 20 sheep, and 6 pigs. The family produced 800 pounds of butter, 7 barrels of 200 pounds of beef.(27) By this time, the family was listed to have one pleasure carriage.(28)

Sometime after the 1861 census was enumerated, Thomas Myers, Sr. had a stone house built on the farm. His grandson, John Allan, son of Thomas Myers, Jr. & Lavona Farnam, born July 6, 1861 remembered it being built while he was a child.

Thomas Myers died on July 5, 1870 in Bastard Township. He did not live long after the 1867 Confederation.(29)

When the 1871 Census was enumerated, Letitia, age 68, was living alone at the home built earlier on Concession 2, Lot 16. The 1881 Census also lists her as living alone.(30)

The 1891 Census lists Letitia, age 85, living in the next household to her son Thomas, Jr. and family. At this time, Letitia had a domestic, Jane Rose, age 57, also a widow living with her. This census also included the information that they were both able to read and write. The house they were living in was described as stone house of two stories with 11 rooms.(31)

Letitia (Poole) Myers died on March 18, 1896, at the age of 90 years.(32) Her Great Granddaughter, Julia (White) Pattemore later wrote in the earliest Family Bible of Thomas Hales and Julianna Myers the following. “Great Grandmother Letitia Poole Myers died March 8th (sic) 1896, There was a terrible snowstorm. Snow piled higher than the fences, on March 8th . Mother and Father couldn’t go to the funeral. Snow was gone in a week.”(33) Even though the date of Letitia’s death was remembered incorrectly by Julia White, it is interesting to know what the weather was like at the time of the funeral. Julia’s parents were Edwin White and the former Letitia Jane Hales, daughter of Thomas and Julianna (Myers) Hales. Letitia was buried at the Forfar Methodist Cemetery, Forfar, Ontario.

Where were the children of Thomas and Letitia (Poole) Myers when Confederation took place and in the years afterwards?(34) The oldest Julianna had married Thomas Hales in 1857 in Bastard Township. (My Great Great Grandparents) They settled in Otonabee Township, Peterborough County where Thomas and his brothers were lumbermen. Thomas died in 1869. This resulted in Julianna returning to South Crosby and then Bastard Township to raise her four children. She was a school teacher.

The second child of Thomas and Letitia was Mary Ann Myers who married Herbert Rowswell in 1850 in Bastard Township. The 1851 Census for Canada West shows them living in North Crosby in a one storey frame house. Herbert was listed as a Merchant.

They moved to Glenelg Township, Grey County. When the 1861 Census was enumerated, the family including four children were living in a one storey log house. Herbert was listed as a Farmer and a Merchant.  He ran a sawmill and general store at the place originally called Glenelg  Falls. Herbert died on September 17, 1865 at the age of 39 years. Mary Ann Rowswell was left with four children – Letitia Ann (c1850-1868), Elizabeth Bertha (1852-1930), George Herbert (c1854-1890), and Julianna / Julia Anna (c1857/58-1878) The three oldest were born in Leeds County before their move to Durham, Glenelg County.

His widow married Oliver C. Hayward on December 28, 1868 in Durham, Grey County. Oliver C. Hayward and Mary Ann had two children, Robert Myers Hayward and Frances Mary Hayward. When the 1871 Census was enumerated Oliver and Mary Ann and four children – Bertha Rowswell, George Rowswell, Julia Rowswell, and Robert Hayward lived on Concession 7 Lot 1 in Glenelg Township. Oliver had a sawmill which originally belonged to Herbert Rowswell. Glenelg Falls became known as Hayward’s Falls.

Mary Ann died January 9, 1873 at the age of 43 years. Both she and her first husband were buried at Holy Anglican Cemetery, Durham, Glenelg Township.

Hayward’s Falls had a Post Office from November 1, 1874 to October 31, 1881. The first Postmaster was O. C. Hayward who resigned on September 4, 1880. His successor was Abraham Cook from January 1, 1881 to when the Post Office was closed on October 31, 1881.

The 1881 lists the two Hayward children, Robert (age 10) and Frances (age 8) living with Abraham and Mary Jane Cook in Glenelg Township. I have never found out any more about Oliver Hayward and this census is the last of the information that I have for Robert. Frances went west to Manitoba and married there and lived in many of the western provinces.

The third child of Thomas and Letitia was Jane Elizabeth Myers. In 1857, she married Uriah Rowswell in Bastard Township. By the time the 1861 Census was enumerated, this family was living in Carrick Township. Uriah was listed as a farmer and they were living in a one storey log house with one child. They had six children. Their children were Sarah Letitia, Mary Ann (Miriam), George Uriah, Thomas, Harriet, and William John. Both Uriah (1905) and Jane Elizabeth (1902) died in Walkerton, Ontario and were buried there. The spelling of their surnames has been changed over the years to Rosewell and Meyer.

The fourth child of Thomas and Letitia was Thomas Myers, Jr. He married Lavona Farnam, daughter of John Allan Farnam and his wife Sarah, in 1858. Thomas farmed next to his parents’ farm on what is now Highway 15 near Portland, Ontario. Descendants still live in the one and one storey brick house that he had built probably before 1871 to replace the one and one half storey frame house.  Thomas died in 1911. His widow died in 1913. They are buried in the Forfar Cemetery. Thomas and Lavona had the following children Sarah, John Allan, Julia, Lavona, Cecil Ford, Maude Lilian, Harriet Frye Virginia, and Thomas Edward.

The fifth child of Thomas and Letitia was Sarah Myers who married Jesse Delong Knowlton on December 30, 1857. They lived in South Crosby Township where Jesse farmed. They had at least eleven children – Letitia, Melissa, Stephen Myers, Julia, Mary, Harriet, Abigail, Bertha, Caroline, Jesse Erwin, and Sarah. Both Jesse and Sarah (Myers) Knowlton are buried at Forfar.

John Myers, the sixth child of Thomas and Letitia, married Elizabeth (Libby) A. Cosgrove, (daughter of Patrick Cosgrove and his wife Jane L. (?)who resided in Bastard Township) in 1868 in Kingston, Ontario. John farmed in the Portland area. They had one daughter, Blanche Irene Myers. John Myers died on April 6, 1916 at Forfar, Ontario. He was buried at Forfar. I have been unable to find any record of his wife, Elizabeth A. (Libby) Cosgrove Myers after the 1881 Census.

The seventh child of Thomas and Letitia was Harriet Myers. She married William Fry (Frye) (1836-1923) on March 31, 1868 in Bastard Township. She died September 3, 1869 and was buried at Forfar, Ontario.  They did not have any family.

William Myers was the eighth and youngest child of Thomas and Letitia. He married Sarah Scovil, daughter of Samuel Southmayde Scovil and the former Adeline Bush of Portland Ontario on  October 6, 1869 in Brockville. They had the following children – Willie (died as an infant Feb. 2, 1873), William (Willie) Stanley Myers (1874-1921) and Samuel Southmayde Seaman Myers (1877-1894). Sarah Myers died on December 13, 1904 at the age of 54 years. The tombstone for Sarah and Samuel is in the United Church Cemetery at Portland.  It was moved from the Old Scovil Woods Cemetery along with other tombstones.

William, a merchant, and Sarah were living in Bastard Township when the 1871 Census was enumerated. By 1881, Sarah was listed with sons living in Bastard Township. By 1891, she was living in Athens with William Myers, age 16, and Southmayde Myers, age 13. The 1901 Census shows her living alone and head of the house as her son William Stanley Myers was now married. I have been unable to locate Sarah’s husband, William Myers in the census records after 1871. Descendants of his siblings had no knowledge of what happened to him.

The lives of both Thomas and Letitia (Poole) Myers and their parents and siblings must have been very hard when they reached their new country. It is hard to imagine what caused their parents to decide to come to Canada with so many children of varying ages. They came from different parts of England. However, we can surmise that the economy and future in England must have looked bleak at that time.

How many times did they wonder if they would ever get across the Atlantic in ships that were usually meant for cattle. The crowded and unhygienic conditions would have made the travel difficult. To think that the Myers mother gave birth to her youngest son, Caesar Wood Myers, just before they landed in Quebec. Then, the trek up the Saint Lawrence and from Brockville to the Perth Military Settlement with a newborn would be scary too.

Both the Myers and Poole families would have seen a vast land, mainly uncleared with paths rather than roads. Was it better than the life they left behind in England? There is no one to ask but when you see that Thomas and his two brothers who stayed in Leeds County and became successful farmers, it probably was but extremely difficult.

The Poole children also had opportunities but also difficult times. To think that one daughter and her husband, Mary Ann (Poole) and Samuel Chaffey, are known as the founders of Chaffey’s Lock! The others also contributed to the life in their new land.

What would the Myers and Poole parents and children think if they saw the roads of today, the means of transportation now, how farming is carried out today, and all the other advancements? Would they be proud of the achievements of their descendants and the other settlers of this land they first knew as Upper Canada, then Canada West, and then, Ontario with the forming of the Dominion of Canada in 1867?

FOOTNOTES

1.  Information from Durham County Council a letter to Vera K. Kitson on November 23, 1984.
2.  Information from Durham County Council a letter to Vera K. Kitson on December 24, 1984.
3.  Information from North Yorkshire County Council in a letter to Vera K. Kitson on March 7, 1985.
4. Names of Myers children from the Family Bible of Thomas Hales and his wife Julianna Myers plus the baptism records from the IGI and original documents from Salt Lake City. The Baptism record were in Latin and gave both the birthdate and baptism date of the child. No baptism record has been found for Richard, Caesar Wood, and Mary, the youngest child.
5. Information about the origin of Caesar Wood Myers’ name was from the late F. C. Lendrum to Vera K. Kitson whose wife was a descendant of Caesar Wood Myers.
6. Information from www.ancestry.ca on September 4, 2017. Original record from National Archives of Canada: MG9, B8-27, Vol 1, Reel C-4651. It gives primarily civilian settlers at the Perth Military Settlement, Upper Canada [Ontario Local Records]
Additional information from Rev. Donald A. McKenzie, researcher, in a letter to Vera K. Kitson on January 31, 1985 gave the page number as page 84. (Records of Perth Military Settlement, 1816-1822.)
7. Information from Myers Family Tree (1761-1987) by Karen (Geoghegan) Riess
8. Information from Rev. Donald A. McKenzie, researcher, in a letter to Vera K. Kitson on January 31, 1985. RG1, L3, Vol. 420, Page 5, Reel-C-2738;National Archives of Canada:
9. Information from Myers Family Tree (1761-1987) by Karen (Geoghegan) Riess
10. Photocopy of Land Grant to Richard Myers sent to Vera K. Kitson June 1983 from Ministry of Government Serves, Toronto, Ontario.
11. Information from My Own Four Walls Heritage Buildings in Bastard and South Burgess Township By Diane Haskins, 1985 p. 244
12. 1842 Census researched by Vera K. Kitson in the early 1980’s. Microfilm Reel # M-5908
13. The Family Bible of Thomas Hales and Julianna Myers gives date and place of the Marriage of Thomas Myers, Sr. to Letitia Poole as May 9th 1826, South Crosby, Canada. In the obituary of Letitia (Poole) Myers the marriage was given only as the year 1827.
14. Her birthdate and time of birth is from the Family Bible of Joseph and Ann (Niess) Poole. The same birthdate is recorded in the Family Bible of Thomas and Julianna (Myers) Hales. As well, a sampler completed by Letitia Jane Hales, granddaughter of Letitia (Poole) Myers has the same birthdate as March 8, 1806. However, the Baptism Register for Chillington Parish records her date of Baptism as March 7, 1806. A photocopy of the baptism was sent to Vera K. Kitson by P. M. Stott, researcher in October 1987. The registers are at the Somerset Record Office.
15. Information for Births and Deaths for the children of Joseph and Ann (Niess) Poole were from the Family Bible of Joseph and Ann plus the Family Bible of Thomas and Julianna (Myers) Hales, and other sources.
16. Information for Ann (Niess) Poole Cross from the 1851 Census for North Crosby, Canada West and the Anglican Archives, Kingston, Ontario.
17. Information for where all the Poole children lived is from Census Research from 1851 on.
Marriage of Mary Ann Poole and Samuel Chaffey from Anglican Archives, Kingston, Ontario. Other information from Census Records. A good source for Chaffey’s Lock is Hearth and Heritage History of Chaffey’s Lock and Area 1800-1980 by Laurel Fleming, December 1980.  The Marriage of Mary Ann Poole Chaffey to John Scott is from the Quebec, Canada, Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1968. Found November 10, 2017 on www.ancestry.ca.
Marriage information for Julianna Poole and Benjamin Tett as well as Jane Poole and William Hutchings Tett is from research at the Anglican Archives in Kingston.
Marriage information for Samuel Poole and Mary Ann Rowswell is from the Johnstown Registers researched by Vera K. Kitson in the early 1980s.
Burial information for the children of Joseph and Ann (Niess) Poole is from visiting the Cemeteries mentioned. Similar information can be found in publications by the Leeds and Grenville Branch of OGS.
18. Information from Myers Family Tree (1761-1987) by Karen (Geoghegan) Riess.
19. Information from photocopy of the Land Grant to Thomas Myres (sic) entitled Clergy Reserve Sale, sent to Vera K. Kitson on May 25, 1983 by the Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario.
20. Information from My Own Four Walls Heritage Buildings in Bastard and South Burgess Township By Diane Haskins, 1985 p. 242.
21. Information from the Family Bibles of Thomas Hales and Julianna Myers.
22. Personal Census, 1851 Census for Bastard Township, Part 1, Page 39, numbers 40 to 48 on the page, Canada West, Leeds County; Microfilm Reel # C-964 (at Leeds and Grenville Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Library/Archives) and Microfilm Reel # C-11733 (at Archives of Ontario); Researched by Vera K. Kitson in the early 1980’s.
23. Agricultural Census, 1851 Census for Bastard Township, Part 1, page 71, number 9 on the page,  Canada West, Leeds County; Microfilm Reel # C-11733 (Ontario Archives). Researched by Vera K. Kitson in the early 1980’s.
24. Ibid.
25. Personal Census, 1861 Census for Bastard Township, District 1, Page 18, numbers 6 to 10 on the page, Canada West, Leeds County; Microfilm Reel # C-1043. Researched by Vera K. Kitson in the early 1980’s.
26. Agricultural Census, 1861 Census for Bastard Township, District, page 20, number 27 on the page, Canada West, Leeds County; Microfilm Reel # C-1045. Researched by Vera K. Kitson in the early 1980’s.
27. Ibid.
28. Ibid.
29. Thomas Myers, Sr.’s date of death from the Family Bible of Thomas Hales and the former Julianna Myers plus Thomas’ Tombstone at Forfar, Ontario.
Forfar Methodist Cemetery, Bastard Township (Today Township of Rideau Lakes), Published by Leeds and Grenville Branch of OGS, Publication # 83.2-2000, Page 5, Number 111
“Thomas Myers, died July 5, 1870 aged 72 yrs 1 m 8 dys.”
30. 1871 Census Microfilm # C-10002. Archives of Canada; researched by Vera K. Kitson in the early 1980’s.
1881 Census District 110: Leeds South, Sub-District: G-1 Bastard and South Burgess South for Bastard Township; enumerated April 14, 1881; Microfilm # C-13232; Page 34, number 10 on the list.  Researched October 18, 1982 by Vera K. Kitson.
31. 1891 Census District: 86 Leeds South, Sub-District: B Bastard and Burgess South, enumerated April 14, 1891; Microfilm T-6349. Researched July 16, 1991 by Vera K. Kitson.
32. Death Information from the second Family Bible of Thomas Hales and Julianna Myers and Ontario Death Registration; Reel #79, 1896 (6524-12609); Registered 1896; Registration # 010275; Page 105, Number 5. Researched by Vera K. Kitson on August 4, 1998 at the Family History Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; and her tombstone at Forfar, Ontario.  The Family Bible mentioned above was given to “Thomas and Julianna Hales from her mother Letitia Myers on July 1st 1876.” This is the date in the Bible but Thomas Hales had died in 1869. “Afterwards to Edwin and Letitia Jane White on March 18th, 1889.” Letitia Jane White was the daughter of Thomas and Julianna (Myers) Hales.
Forfar Methodist Cemetery, Bastard Township (Today Township of Rideau Lakes), Published by Leeds and Grenville Branch of OGS, Publication # 83.2-2000, Page 5, Number 110.
“Letitia Poole, wife of Thos. Myers, born Somerset, England, Mar. 8, 1806, died Mar. 18, 1896.”
33. The earliest Family Bible was given to Thomas and Julianna (Myers) Hales by Julianna’s mother Letitia on May 27th, 1857. This was the date of Thomas and Julianna’s marriage. This Bible had Hales information plus information on the descendants of Julianna’s daughter Letitia Jane who married Edwin White, plus information for Julia (White) and Thomas William Pattemore family.  In 1983, this Bible was in the possession of Julia’s daughter Eva Viola (Pattemore) Rhodes.
34. Information for the children of Thomas and Letitia (Poole) Myers is from Family Bibles, Census info, Marriage info, Library and Archives Canada for Hayward’s Falls postal information.

Vera K. Kitson
Leeds & Grenville Branch Membership # 309