Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Oshawa attends the 1896 Liberal Convention

Image: Liberal Convention article appeared in Whitby Chronicle, 6 Mar 1896, p.4Image: Liberal Convention article appeared in Whitby Chronicle, 6 Mar 1896, p.4
Appeared in Whitby Chronicle, 6 Mar 1896, p.4
Source: OurOntario.ca
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Some of the important names in Oshawa attended the 1896 Liberal Convention in Port Perry!

The newspaper article reads:


Liberal Convention.
Large Attendance at Port Perry on Wednesday
Election of Officers
- Mr. Leonard Burnett Re-Nominated

From East Whitby (Oshawa) -
John Luke, John Clark, M. Holliday, Henry Dearborn, S. Stocks, A. E. Henry, Philip Conlin, John McGregor, Jas Stocks, D. Dyer, M. Doolittle, R. Angle, T. Dawson, J. P. Dawson, J. P. Harden, E. D. Holliday, W. L. Ormiston, Thomas Conant, S. Johnson, W. Dearborn, H. Dearborn, Jas. Crowell, Robert Hinton, Jos. Drew, T. O. Clifford, E. Annis, L. Rogers and E. H. Lick.


Newspaper clippings are a wonderful way to trace the history of your family or your house. They are just packed with full of tidbits of Social Notes, School and News events, Weddings, Birth and Death notices, Court cases, and more. Newspapers are a great place to learn about the "drama" in your ancestors' lives. They offer a glance into the past and a chance to preserve these important memories.

I simply went to OurOntario.ca and typed in a name on my list - and up popped dozens of articles to sift through! Then I went to CollectionsCanada.ca to search thru the Censuses for the names I found. Matching them up gives me insight to who, what and where in the 1800's!

You can usually find something similar on your local library's online site. Ask your Local History and Genealogy Historian for assistance!

QUESTION: How many names we can find in the Canadian Censuses from before (1891) and after (1901) this Convention?

Image: Taking the census on the road. Photo by Howard Strapp. Source: OurOntario.ca
Taking the census on the road. Photo by Howard Strapp.
Source: OurOntario.ca  Public Domain: Copyright expired
Census of Canada, 1891
 Ontario South, Whitby East
• John Luke, 54, b. abt. 1837 in Ontario - wife Eleanor
• John A. Clark, 44, b. abt. 1847 in Ontario - wife Delia
• Marcus Holliday, 36, b. abt. 1855 in England - wife Almira E.
• Henry E. Dearborn, 36, b. abt. 1855 in Ontario - wife Maggie
• Samuel Stocks, 31, b. abt. 1860 in Ontario - wife Elizabeth
• Ambrose E. Henry, 43, b. abt. 1848 in Ontario - wife Sarah A.
• Philip Conlin, 24, b. abt. 1867 in Ontario - single
• John McGregor, 36, b. abt. 1855 in Ontario - wife Avilla
• James Stocks, 39, b. abt. 1852 in Scotland - wife Margaret
• James Stocks, 63, b. abt. 1828 in Scotland - wife Elizabeth
• Daniel Dyer, 64, b. abt. 1827 in England - wife Mary
• Moses Doolittle, 32, b. abt. 1859 in Ontario - single
• Jeremiah P. Dawson, 67, b. abt. 1824 in England - wife Jane
• Edwin Holiday, 17, b. abt. 1874 in Scotland - single
• L. William Ormiston, 34, b. abt. 1857 in Ontario - single
• William Ormiston, 34, b. abt. 1857 in Ontario - wife Lucretia
• Thomas Conant, 47, b. abt. 1844 in Ontario - wife Margaret
• Sam Johnson, 25, b. abt. 1866 in Ontario - wife Fanney
• Warren E Dearborn, 22, b. abt. 1869 in Scotland - single
• Hiram Dearborn, 15, b. abt. 1876 in Ontario - single
• James A. Drew, 32, b. abt. 1859 in Quebec - single
• James O. Clifford, 47, b. abt. 1844 in Ontario - wife Elizabeth
• Elzen H. Annis, 26, b. abt. 1865 in Ontario - wife Mary
• Elesworth A. Annis, 23, b. abt. 1868 in Ontario - single
• Elwood H. Lick, 27, b. abt. 1864 in United States - single


Image: Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925. Source: Wikimedia Commons
Civil servant at trailer park, census 1925.
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Census of Canada, 1901 - Ontario South, Whitby East
• John Luke, 64, b. April 21 1836 in Ontario - wife Eleanor - agent
• Marcus Holliday, 46, b. Sept 1854 in England - wife Almira E. - farmer
• Henry E. Dearborn, 46, b. August 23 1854 in Ontario - wife Maggie, farmer
• Samuel Stocks, 42, b. December 18 1858 in Ontario - wife Elizabeth - farmer
• Ambrose E. Henry, 53, b. 1847 in Ontario - wife Sarah A - merchant
• Philip Conlin, 34, b. March 12 1866 in Ontario - wife Harriet L. - Dover
• John McGregor, 47, b. October 26 1853 in Ontario - wife Avilla - farmer
• James Stocks, 42, b. December 18 1858 in Ontario - wife Elizabeth - farmer
• James Stocks, 75, b. April 19 1826 in Scotland - widower - farmer
• L. William Ormiston, 44, b. July 12 1856 in Ontario - wife Lucretia - farmer
• William Ormiston, 72, b. March 7 1829 in Scotland - Jennet - farmer
• Thomas Conant, 58, b. April 15 1842 in Ontario - wife Margaret - retired
• Heram R. Dearborn, 23, b. April 30 1877 in Ontario - single - farm labourer
• James Crowells, 55, August 27 1845 in England - wife Mary A. - farmer
• Robert Hinton, 59, b. July 12 1841 in Ontario - single - thresher
• James A. Drew, 42, b. January 7 1859 in Quebec - wife Carrie - farmer
• James O. Clifford, 58, b. March 23 1843 in Ontario - wife Ada - farmer
• Elzon W. Annis, 36, b. Sept 15 1865 in Ontario - wife Annie - farmer
• Elwood H. Lick, 37, b. March 21 1864 in United States - wife Eva B. - farmer

Now I have a great list of some of the people of Oshawa in 1896! Do they all match up? Possibly not - and some people I was unable to find at all.

But I know I will come back to this list again and again, to help aid me in my  research! It will provide clues to help us learn more about these families,  and to fill in the gaps of their family tree.


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