Abt 1822 -
||Sidney, Hastings, Canada
||9 Feb 2014 |
||Mariah Degroff, b. Abt 1819, Thurlow Township |
- Email from Don Kellaway (email@example.com)
Nice to hear from a researcher of the Leman Thompson line and thanks for the information on the family. I have been helping Brian find the answer to Leeman's parents but without any luck todate. I personally suspect that Leman is the son of George Thompson b1781 and Priscilla Lawrence who lived in the same area of Thurlow where Mariah Degroff Thompson was born and raised. George Thompson was the son of Robert Thompson b1758 and Jane Kilpatrick b1762 and they came to Canada in 1807 with 8 children born in Ireland. This scenario carries some weight with the oldest son of Leman's being named George, unfortunately there is no Priscilla which would really cinch it.
Now there were 2 girls in Leeman's family do you have any information on them? The following is all that I have found on the Mariah and the girls----
Mariah Degroff was born in Thurlow Township in 1819 Mariah was baptized 6 May 1826 at about 8 years of age (Ref Anglican Synod Register #7B1 Kingston, Ontario). Godparents were Andrew and Christiana Ransea. It is possible that these Thompsons are related to the George Thompson family that were living on the 2nd of Thurlow in the early 1800s. Mariah's mother passed away in 1826 in childbirth and it is possible that her mother's sister Martha raised or assisted in raising the younger Degroff children after 1826.
Info from my records on Mariah:-- In 1840 Mariah married Lemanuel Thompson of Sidney Township. The Ontario Register Volume #6-4 indicates that the witnesses at her wedding in 1840 were John Cox and George Barnham and the marriage took place in the County of Hastings likely Belleville. The Thompsons had 2 children at the time that the Ezekiel Degroff family were living with them in 1852. Ezekiel (my great-grandfather) and his family were staying with Mariah and her family in Sidney Township in 1852 as they had just sold their house and were moving into Rawdon village which was subsequently called Stirling. Another brother Charles and his family were also living in Sidney on the 9th line. Mariah's date of birth was taken from the 1852 census and is the same as indicated in her baptism record. In the 1861 census of Sidney the Thompson family consisted of Lemanuel, his wife Mariah, and children Mary Ann, George, John and Peter, all had been born in Canada West. In the 1871 census Martha had apparently left home as she was not recorded in this or subsequent censi. The 1881 census indicates that Mariah Degroff's daughter Mary Ann and son Peter were still living on the family homestead in Sidney and an eight year old boy by the the name of Leeman Gorinsy*. The name could also be "Young" but neither name reflects a French origin which was stated in this record.
It was interesting that neither Mariah's nor Charles' children were required to sign off from their uncle Peter Degroff's estate as was the case of Ann Couch, the only daughter of Robert Degroff (deceased).
| ||1. Mary Ann Thompson, b. Abt 1845|
| ||2. Martha Thompson, b. Abt 1846, Sidney Township, Canada West |
| ||3. George Wellington Thompson, b. Abt 1856, d. Abt 1918|
| ||4. John Edward Thompson, b. 4 May 1858, d. 27 Jul 1928, Marmora, Canada |
| ||5. Peter Thompson, b. 4 Nov 1859|