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Friday, February 03, 2017

OTDIH…February 3, 1847

 

…in Eastern District1, Ontario my 3rd great-grandparents, Henry J SHAVER and Mary Ann WOOD were married2.  They were approximately 25 and 18 years of age, respectively.

Within the year they had started their family. Mary Ann giving birth to a son in late November. Followed by another son and daughter over the next 4 years.

The 1851 Canadian Census3 shows them living in Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario (or Canada West as it was known then). Henry was working as a farmer and was Lutheran. They were living in a one storey log house.

They had 2 more daughters in the 1850s’ and the 1861 Canadian Census finds their family of 7  in Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario (still known as Canada West)4. Henry is still a farmer but is now listed as being Church of England. They are living in a one storey frame house.

They welcomed one more daughter in the 1860s’. And their family of 8 were in the Township of Osnabruck, Stormont Ontario in the 1871 Canadian Census5. This is the first census that asked about Ethnic origin as well as place of birth. Henry and the children are listed as Dutch, while Mary Ann is English. All born in Canada. Henry is listed as being a farmer. Their two youngest daughters are marked as having gone to school within the last year. And the families’ religion is Church of England.

The 1870s’ bring the first noticeable change to the Shaver family. In 1872, their oldest daughter (3rd child) marries. Followed by their oldest son (1st child) in 1874. And in January 1877 their second daughter (4th child) dies at the age of 22 of pulmonary phthisis.

There now smaller household is still in the Township of Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario in the 1881 Canadian Census6. They are now of family of 4, with only the two youngest daughters living at home. I have been unable to locate their second son. He may have died or moved farther a field, possibly to the States. They are still with the Church of England. All 4 are listed as being German in origin.

McGill University started The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project7. I was able to find the listing for Henry for 1879. He owns 104 Acres in Osnabruck, Stormont in Concession IV, Lot 17. This appears to be two separate parcels, one 50 acres in size and the other 548.

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On July 15th, 1882 in Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario Henry died9 of paralysis. No indication of what caused the paralysis. The death record states he is 61-years-old and was born in Osnabruck.

In 1884, the two remaining daughters are married.

Mary Ann is found in the household of her son-in-law in the 1891 Canadian Census10. In Osnabruck, Cornwall and Stormont, Ontario. She is listed as widowed and a Methodist. She is mistranscribed as Mary SHANER but the son-in-laws name is correct.

She lived for another 7 years. Dying of heart disease on July 10th, 1898 in Osnabruck, Stormont and Dundas and Glengarry, Ontario11. She was 70-years-old. Again her last name is mistranscribed as SHARIER but when you view the image you see that the person who made the return, i.e. informed the authorities of her death, is her son-in-law.

Henry J SHAVER and Mary Ann WOOD had the following children:

1. William Hiram SHAVER was born on Nov 21, 1847 in Osnabruck, Cornwall & Stormont, Ontario. He died on Aug 12, 1912 in Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario, Canada. He married Dorothy BOALS on Feb 10, 1874 in Osnabruck, Stormont Dundas And Glengarry, Ontario, Canada.
2. Henry Edmund SHAVER was born about Abt. 1849. He died after Aft. Feb 10, 1874.
3. Alice SHAVER was born on Dec 15, 1851 in Osnabruck, Cornwall & Stormont, Ontario. She died on Apr 30, 1929 in Carleton, Ontario, Canada. She married John William WARNER on Mar 04, 1872 in Osnabruck Twp., Stormont Co., ON, Canada.
4. Emma SHAVER was born about Abt. 1855 in Osnabruck, Cornwall & Stormont, Ontario. She died on Jan 21, 1877 in Osnabruck, Cornwall & Stormont, Ontario.
5. Armetta Ann SHAVER was born about Abt. 1858 in Osnabruck, Cornwall & Stormont, Ontario. She died on Dec 10, 1924 in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, USA. She married John G SHAVER on Jan 07, 1884 in Stormont Co., Ontario, Canada.
6. Bertha Ida SHAVER was born on Aug 21, 1863 in Osnabruck, Cornwall & Stormont, Ontario. She died on Jan 27, 1927 in Stormont, Ontario, Canada. She married Alvin Stephen MARKELL on Nov 11, 1884 in Osnabruck Centre, Stormont, Ont., Canada.

I’ve always been a little intrigued by Henry J SHAVER because on  a different branch of my tree I have more SHAVERs but I haven’t been able to connect them to Henry. Although they all seem to reside in the same general area. Other researchers have made the connection but I have not had a chance go over it thoroughly and am reluctant to claim it as true. As it stands I only have a estimated year of birth and no parents. Same goes for Mary Ann. I need to make a trip to the local Family History Centre12. I should be able to view the image of Henry and Mary Ann’s marriage record which may give me some more information about their parents.

You can find Henry and Mary Ann on the Grant Pedigree Chart as #14 & #15.



1 One of four districts of the Province of Quebec created in 1788 in the western reaches of the Montreal District and partitioned in 1791 to create the new colony of Upper Canada. Known as Lunenburg District (named after L√ľneburg in Germany) until 1792, it was abolished in 1849. The district seat was in New Johnstown (present day Cornwall, Ontario). Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eastern_District,_Upper_Canada
2 "Ontario, Marriages, 1800-1910," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XLPB-TPS : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry Shaver and Mary Ann Wood, 03 Feb 1847.
3 "Canada Census, 1851," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWTJ-NXF : accessed 02 Mar 2014), Henry J Shaver, Osnabruck, Stormont County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada. Images available at the Library & Archives Canada website here and here. They are on lines 1 thru 6. 
4 "Ontario Census, 1861," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MQQT-DY5 : 8 November 2014), Henry N Shaver, Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 43, line 22; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1074-1075, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 349,323.Image available here.
5 "Canada Census, 1871," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4QM-66T : 13 November 2014), Henery J Shaver, Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 74, line 3; Library and Archives Canada film number C-10007, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,308. Not sure why FamilySearch doesn't have the whole family linked but you can see the image here.
6 "Canada Census, 1881," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MVXW-4TN : 18 November 2014), Henery Shaver, Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 42; Library and Archives Canada film number C-13227, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 1,375,863.
7 About the Canadian County Atlas project, http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/aboutatlases.html
8 H.J. Shaver, Concession IV, Lot 17, http://digital.library.mcgill.ca/countyatlas/showrecord.php?PersonID=38493
9"Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JDBP-R9M : 25 June 2015), Henry Shaver, 15 Jul 1882; citing Osnabruck, Stormont, Ontario, yr 1882 cn 16996, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,853,237.
10"Canada Census, 1891," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW2K-J5R : accessed 11 May 2015), Mary Shaner, Osnabruck, Cornwall and Stormont, Ontario, Canada; Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; Library and Archives Canada film number 30953_148133. Image can be found here.
11"Ontario Deaths, 1869-1937 and Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KN-Y62 : accessed 11 May 2015), Mary Ann Sharier, 10 Jul 1898; citing Osnabruck, Stormount And Dundas And Glengarry, Ontario, yr 1898 certificate # 20491, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,854,388.
12FamilySearch Family History Center locator, https://familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator?cid=hp2-1047