Settler of township lots: Lot 6, Conc. 6, Stanhope
Location: Map point is the approximate location within this 100 acre lot west of Buckslide Rd, north of Coulter Lake.
Other properties: Lot 6, Conc. 5, Stanhope: 1889 from father John Thomas; sold to William J. Moore in 1891. Ontario Land Parcel Register - Stanhope (Image 60).
Dates of residency:
Daughter Amy Thomas was born at Kushog Lake in 1884. The following are excerpts from "Amy's Memoirs", as received from Michele Ferbeek by Gareth Kellett and Dave Bulford in 2004 for the perusal of the Haliburton Highlands Genealogy Group.
"My paternal grandfather, John Dorsey, was born in slavery. He married Catherine Ann Thomas, a freed woman, after she bore a cild whose father was her Master. She was an octaroon. Her mulatto mother, also a slave was a child of the owner.
After John and Catherine Ann were married he adopted her name to avoid detection in his escape from slavery. Together they made their way via the Underground Railway to Brantford, Ontario, Canada. They located in the township of Stanhope, Haliburton County. John & Catherine had fie children of their own: George, Charles Edward, Rebeckah Ann, John and Eurith Jane, plus her master's child, Mary Margaret Alice. They owned quite a large homestead where they spent the rest of their days.
My father, Charles Edward Thomas, lived on this homestead for a number of years. He finally sold out and moved near Minden, locating at Lindsay. John in Detroit and Rebecah Ann in Battle Creek. Eurith Jane passed away at the age of twenty one with influenza at Toronto, Ontario. Aunty's name was Martha Ann Rebeckah.
The former owner of Catherine Ann Thomas made several fruitless attempts to steal her and her child.
My maternal grandparents, Henry Pearl and Mary Patterson Pearl were from Green County, Pennsylvania. Their ancestry was Pennsylvania Dutch, Irish, Cherokee Indian, German and Negro. Later they located in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor, finally settling in Haliburton County, near Minden. They were never in slavery. My mother Eliza Jane (Pearl) Thomas was their only child, but they adopted a child Elmira Simms, who was about Mother's age. Grandfather was a soldier in the Civil War, was wounded in the arm, received an honourable discharge and a pension. He passed away at the age of 84 at the home of his grandaughter, Mrs. May (Collingwood) Kellett."
See also excerpt from This Far By Faith, below.
Preceding landowner: The Crown
Photo 1: Charles Edward Thomas and son. Source: Ancestry.ca kimthomas505 originally shared this on 28 Apr 2014
Photo 2: Excerpt from This Far By Faith. Source: Ancestry.ca edited by Judith Weisenfeld and Richard Newman (Princeton University) African American Studies. kimthomas505 originally shared this on 27 Dec 2013
Photo 3: Left: Eliza Jane (Pearl) Thomas early 1900s. Photo 4: Right: Miss Pearl 1880s. Source: Ancestry.ca kimthomas505 originally shared this on 28 Apr 2014