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Ontario Christian Guardian Notices  1873-1880  page 199

Mrs Agnes Reany was born in Co. Tyrone, Ireland in April 1821 and she came to Canada with her father's family circa age 5 and married Samuel Reany on February 14, 1843. She died in Adjala, April 27, 1876, survived by her husband, three sons and 7 daughters.

June 21, 1876 issue


Ontario Christian Guardian  1873-1880, page 55, February 17, 1875 dated at Mono Mills, February 3rd.

Mrs. Eleanor Ann was born in Co. Tyrone, Ireland and came to Canada with her husband circa 52 years ago and settled in Adjala township. She was a Presbyterian until 22 years ago when she joined the Methodist church. Her first child died during the voyage to Canada and four other children were born near the old homestead. Recently she lost her husband of nearly 60 years. She died last Sunday, age 76, survived by seven children.


Orangeville Sun/Banner, October 28, 1915:  THE LATE THOS. HACKETT.
Hockley village lost one of its oldest citizens last week in the person of Mr. Thos. Hackett, who passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 20th, at the ripe age of 87 years and 8 months. The late Mr. Hackett was a native of Tyrone County, Ireland, but came to Canada quite early in life, settling first in the county of Peel.  He was married to Miss Margaret Anderson 56 years ago and shortly after his marriage moved to Hockley, where he spent the remainder of his days.  He was a man of industrious habits and made a success of his business.  As a neighbor and citizen he enjoyed the esteem of the community and his memory will be warmly cherished by all who knew him intimately.  He was a man of sterling qualities, upright in his private dealings and public spirited in matters that affected the well-being of the church or community.  He leaves to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father, a widow and a family of three sons and two daughters.  The latter are John, living in Oregon, Robert J., of Hockley, Dr. W. T., a dentist in Winnipeg, Mrs. Halbert and Miss Annie Hackett, of Toronto.  The late Mr. Hackett had been a member of the
Orange Order for upwards of sixty years and was buried with full Orange honors.  A large number of the brethren of Hockley and neighboring lodges attended the funeral in regalia and united in the impressive burial service
of the Order over the open grave.  The funeral, which was held from his late residence in Hockley to Wesley Church Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, was attended by a large number of sorrowing friends and acquaintances.  The
deceased was a staunch member of the Methodist Church and the funeral service was held in the Methodist church, Hockley, where he had worshipped for many years.  His late pastor, Rev. J. W. Dudgeon, of Rosemont, officiated and was assisted by his former pastor, Rev. Mr. Belfry, of Tottenham, and Rev. J. A. Black, Presbyterian minister at Mono Mills.  The pallbearers were Messrs. W. L. Laverty, Wm. McFarland, Wm. Fleming, John Lindsay, Geo. Mills and Robt. Moffatt. Among those who attended the funeral from a distance were Dr. W. T. Hackett,
of Winnipeg, a son, Dr. J. T. Hackett, of Weston, a nephew, Mrs. T. G. Rainsberry and Mr. W. T. Hackett, of Petrolia, Miss L. E. Sloan and Mr. R. E. Hamilton, Toronto, and Mr. S. J. Halbert, of Markdale.


Orangeville Banner, November 19, 1914:  JOHN HACKETT DEAD
Hockley Village lost one of its oldest residents on Friday last in the person of Mr. John Hackett, who ran a general store in the village for 35 years.  Deceased was 78 years of age and had been in failing health for four or five years.  The late Mr. Hackett was a native of Tyrone, Ireland, and came to Canada when about 16 years of age.  He first embarked in business as a general merchant in Campbell's Cross, in Peel County, moving from that place to Hockley over 35 years ago.  He continued in business in Hockley until five years ago, when poor health compelled him to relinquish the cares and responsibilities of mercantile life.  Exactly 52 years prior to the day of his death he was married to Miss Eliza Anderson, a daughter of the late Joseph Anderson, of Six Mile Cross, Tyrone County.  He is survived by his widow and a family of six sons and daughters.  These are Mrs. G. D. Buchanan, of Primrose; Mrs. J. G. Walker and Miss Ella Hackett, of Winnipeg; Dr. Jos. Hackett, of Hartney, Man.; Dr. J. T. Hackett, of Weston, Ont., and Miss Maggie Hackett at home.  The late Mr. Hackett was an active, energetic man, sound in his judgment and successful in business.  He was public spirited and took an active interest in municipal and general politics.  He
was a staunch Conservative of the John A. MacDonald school.  Religiously he was connected with the Methodist Church and was a member of the Orange and Chosen Friends Societies.  Thos. Hackett, Hockley, and William Hackett, Petrolea, are the surviving brothers.  In spite of the cold, stormy day there was a large attendance at the funeral, which was held to Wesley Church Cemetery on the Mono Adjala townline on Tuesday afternoon.  The remains were interred with full Orange honors and there was an imposing turnout of the members of the Order.  Rev. J. W. Dudgeon, of Rosemont, and Rev. C. A. Belfry, of Tottenham, conducted the services.  The pallbearers were Messrs. Wm. Laverty, R. J. Moffatt, John B. Lindsay, Wm. McFarlane, Geo. Mills and Wm. Fleming.



Orangeville Banner Feb. 3, 1927, page 3
James Cook - Word reached here last week of the death on Tuesday, January 25 of James Cook at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. R.D. Porter, Medicine Hat, Alberta.  He was a former well-known resident of this town and had attained the great age of 99 years and one month.  Born seven miles from Londonderry, County Tyrone, Ireland, on Dec 24, 1827, he emigrated to New York State in 1846 on the sailing vessel Mary Norris, of New York.  He landed in the City of New York on May 1 after 28 days sailing.  His first job was on a farm for the summer at a salary of $5.00 per month.  Due to ill health he took a course in day school.  After spending seven years in New York he came to Orangeville and applied for a position as a teacher at the village of Mono Mills.  He was engaged to teach a country school at a salary of $15 per month, provided he was successful in passing an examination at Fergus, 22 miles distant, to which he walked and where he succeeded in obtaining a certificate.  After teaching school for seven years, Mr. Cook turned his attention to the lumber business and built a saw mill run by water power, which he successfully operated for a number of years, after which he was engaged in farming until 1901.  Mr. Cook was married on Aug. 23, 1866 to Eliza Gillespie, who died here in June 1898.  Since his retirement 15 years ago, Mr. Cook had resided with his daughter at Medicine hat.  He is also survived by a son, James Cook, of Irvine, Alberta.


Orangeville Banner, September 6 1906, p.2: James McKittrick - Mr. James
McKittrick, an old resident of Amaranth township, died at his home in Orangeville on Sunday at the ripe age of 87 years. Deceased was born in Tyrone, Ireland, but came to Canada over half a century ago. He lived on lot 1,con.2, Amaranth, for many years, moving from there to lot 6 con. 2, Mono, and subsequently to Orangeville.  He is survived by five sons and two daughters, his wife having died on Nov. 1st last.  The family are: - Robert, of Toronto; Joseph, of Shelburne, Jonah, of London; Thomas and Hugh, of Orangeville; Mrs. Henry Varcoe, Burk's Falls; and Mrs. Wm. Newman, of Toronto.  The funeral took place to Greenwood cemetery on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. G.A. Rix, rector of St. Mark's, being the officiating clergyman.


Orangeville Sun, October 11, 1906,page 3: Mrs. Margaret Moffat (nee Braiden)
Mrs. Margaret Moffatt, one the earliest settlers in the township, died at her home, lot 17, con. 5, east Caledon, on Friday, after a short illness. The deceased who was 90 years of age, was the widow of the late Adam Moffatt, who died some 24 years ago.  She was a native of Tyrone County, Ireland, whence she emigrated to Canada with her parents in the years 1832. She was married in 1836, and with her husband settled on lot 17, con.5 east, Caledon, where she has ever since resided.
Deceased was a devoted member of the Methodist church, having joined the church when only 12 years of age.  She was a woman of many estimable qualities, and was greatly beloved by her neighbors and friends.  She is survived by a family of nine:-Samuel, of Mono; Robert, who conductes a blacksmithing business in Hockley; William, a farmer, near Charleston; Thos., on the homestead, James, of Orangevile; John, of Toronto, Mrs. Richard McCandless, of Albion; Mrs. Arthur Braden, Toronto; and Miss Lizzie, of Orangeville. The deceased was ill only a short time, and her death came quite unexpectedly.  Considering her advanced age she was in the enjoyment of remarkably good health up to the time of her short illness. The remains were interred in Snell's burying ground, Mono, on Sunday afternoon.  There was a very large attendance at the funeral.  Rev. Mr. Burry, of Mono Mills, conducted the burial service, deceased's six sons acting as pall bearers.


Orangeville Sun, August 27, 1903, page 3  -  Mono Pioneer Gone
On Monday the inexorable hand death removed a pioneer of the township of Mono in the person of Irwin Anderson.  Deceased was born in the county of Tyrone, Ireland, 72 years ago.  He left his native land 60 years ago and with his parents, brothers and sisters settled in Mono township, and he has lived ever since on the original homestead.  Mr. Anderson belonged to the Methodist church and was a a man respected by the whole neighborhood and his death, was due to kidney disease, is regretted by the community.  His only surviving brother is Mr. A. Anderson of this town and he has one sister, Mrs. Joseph Anderson of Mono.  He leaves a grown up family.  The remains were buried in St. John's cemetery, Mono, beside those of his wife, who died several years ago.  Rev. C. Langford conducted the funeral service.

Orangeville Sun, August 2, 1906, page 7: Archibald Anderson
Mr. Archibald Anderson, an old resident of Mono township, died at his home on 1st St., on Thursday from the effects of a paralytic stroke.  Deceased who had reached the ripe age of 77 years, was a native of Tyrone, Ireland.
He came to Canada with his parents when 14 years of age, the family settling on the 6th line east, Mono.  After his marriage to Miss Ann Burns, of Toronto, 52 years ago, Mr. Anderson moved to lot 15, Centre Road Mono, where he in time acquired a splendid 400 acre property.  Four years ago Mr. and Mrs. Anderson gave up farming and moved to Orangeville to spend their declining years in well earned leisure in their cosy home on 1st St. Although wedded over half a century and the parents of six sons and three daughter, Mr. Anderson's death, strange to relate, makes the first break in the family circle.  The sons are Alexander, in Oregon; Benjamin in London; Jas. I. Melita, Man.; Stewart, Winnipeg; Dr. George, a physician in Elyria, Ohio, and Hilliard on the homestead, Mrs. R.G. Canning, Violet Hill, Mrs. Jos. Howard, Camilla, and Miss Ida, at home, are the daughters.  Deceased was honest and industrious in his habits, of upright character and was highly respected as a good neighbor and a useful citizen.  He was a consistent member of the Methodist church and in politics gave a steady adherence to the Conservative party.  There was a particularly large attendance at the funeral, which took place to the Forest Lawn cemetery on Saturday afternoon.  Rev. R. Hassard and Re. G.W. Hewitt conducted impressive services at the house and grave.  The pallbearers were the deceased's three sons, Hilliard, Stewart and Benjamin Anderson - the other sons not being able to get home in time for the funeral - his sons-in-law, Jos. Howard and R.G. Canning, and his nephew, Robert Anderson.


Orangeville Sun, February 1, 1894, page 2 -  At Rest
At 11 o'clock on the night of Tuesday, 23rd inst. the Angel of Death released Mrs. Thos. DUKE of her earthly cares forever.  Deceased, who was a daughter of Jno. Wilson, Esq., county Tyrone, Ireland, was born in Aug.1802, and was therefore 98 years and 5 months old at the time of her departure.  She was married to Thos. Duke, of the same  county and they emigrated to Canada over fifty years ago and settled on the place where she has remained ever since, being lot 2, con. 6, Mono.  Here by hard work and carefulness they made a comfortable home for themselves and family.  They were blessed with eight children, four sons and four daughters, one of the latter having crossed the River before her.  About 40 years ago death robbed her of a loving and affectionate husband.  She has always been blessed with exceedingly good health until last autumn, when time began to do its work and rob her of her former strength.  She took to bed about six weeks ago, and though she knew that death was fast approaching she was quite reconciled, and instead of murmuring and complaining she was continually praying for the Lord to release that she might be permitted to enter those glorious realms above.  All that loving friends could do to comfort her and make her last hours happy.  The end was really a peaceful and happy one, and one well suited to the Christian life lived.  After having said farewell to her dear ones she whispered a faint prayer, "Come Lord, I'm waiting," and fell asleep to awake no more in time.  The large number of friends and acquaintances who assembled to the funeral on Thursday, to pay their last respects to the departed showed the high esteem in which she was held by all.  The sermon was preached in St. John's church by Rev. A. C. Watt.  He took his text from I Cor. XV.20, from which he made many impressive remarks, dwelling at length on the devoted life and Christian death of the departed, and urged all to follow the good example set by her.  May her spirit rest in peace.
Orangeville Sun, May 28, 1908, page 8  -  An Old Resident
William MOFFATT, whose death we announced last week, was one of the old pioneers of Mono was born in the county of Tyrone, Ireland, came to Canada with his parents in the year of 1830, and settled on lot, No. 9, seventh con. east, Mono.  He was married in the year 1851 to Elizabeth Hand who survives him.  In religion he was English church, in which he was a constant attendant and in politics was a staunch Conservative and never lost faith in the Tory administration.  He leaves a grown up family as follows.  Mrs. J. V. Murdock, Pittsburgh, Pa., Robert J. of The Soo, Mich., Mrs. G. J. Hatch, Gorry, Pa., Mrs. Thos. F. Hanna, Rosemont, Mrs. Chas. Breder, Olean, N.Y.
Thomas J. of Stuart, Ont., George, Agnes, Harriet and Roland at home.  The funeral took place to St. John's cemetery 7th line, Mono, and was conducted by Rev. Mr. McLean of Cardwell.  The pall-bearers were Edward J. Arthur, William Little, I. South, Joseph Henry, Richard McFadden and Henry Allen.
Orangeville Banner - 1947 - (100 year anniversary of landing - should read
William Stewart, not John)
These lines are written in memory of the late John Stewart, father of Mrs. Richard S. Younge, R.R. 1, Athlone, Ont. Mr. Stewart landed at Quebec on the ship Unicorn on the 12th of July, 1847, and was 21 year of age on the day he landed. Another passenger was Mr. Matthew Lockhart, whose grandson is now the proprietor of the former Besse Creamery in Orangeville. Also aboard the vessel was Mrs. Lamey and her family. Mrs. Robet Dunn, of Hockley, was her daughter and the latter's daughter, Mrs. Robert Parker, is now living in Toronto. Also the Anderson family, on whose farm near Relessey, the fifth generation is living at the present time. Mrs. Younge's father died at Relessey in 1889 at the age of 69 years. They all came from Six Mile Cross, County of Tyrone, Ireland. Mrs. Younge's mother's people also came to Canada in 1849 from Strabane Town and the late Henry Caldwell settled at Bandon in Adjala on the farm on which his great-grandson, Eli Pettit, now lives. Mrs. Younge has five grandsons who served in the great war - three of the Ewing family and two of the Joe Pettit family, also a granddaughter's husband, Geo. Wilson, who was a German prisoner for five months. Mrs. Younge, who is the last member of her generation of the Stewart family, celebrated her 84th birthday on May 24th, in company with Mrs. Foucar and Mrs. (Rev.) G.H. Purchase of Tottenham, whose birthdays were on May 23rd and May 25th. These few lines are written in memory and honor of our brave settlers, who had so many hard days and nights that present day Canadians know nothing about.
Peace to their ashes!


Orangeville Sun/Banner, April 5, 1928: ADAM HALBERT
Adam Halbert, an old and respected resident of Shelburne and Mono, passed away at his residence, Gordon St., Shelburne, on Wednesday, March 28th, after an illness of some duration.  He was in his 83rd year.  Deceased was
born in County Tyrone, Ireland and was only ten months old, when his parents, the late Mr. and Mrs. John Halbert, came to Canada and settled on the 7th line, east, Mono, near Hockley. After living there a short time they moved to lot 22, 5th line, east, Mono, near Relessey.  Deceased married Hannah Mary Avison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Avison, pioneer settlers of the Relessey district.  After their marriage they lived for a few years on the 4th line, Mono, then moving to lot 29, con. 2, east, now occupied by a son, William.  Twenty years ago they moved to Shelburne. The widow and family of two sons and three daughters survive: John Wesley, Newton Robinson; William G., Mono; Mrs. Wm. Laverty, Relessey; Mrs. Wm. McKelvey, Relessey, and Mrs. R.H. Halbert, Uxbridge. One son, Edward H., was killed in a threshing machine accident in Mono about sixteen years ago. Two brothers and two sisters also survive: George Halbert, Alliston; Thomas E. Halbert, Mulmur; Miss Matilda, Mulmur, and Mrs. John Aikens, Relessey.  Deceased was a member, an active worker and board member for many years of Mount Zion
Methodist Church, Violet Hill, and then of Wesley Church, Shelburne.  He was also a member of the Orange order.
The funeral took place to Shelburne cemetery, Friday afternoon,  March 30th, the service being conducted by Rev. J. Albert Leece, assisted by Rev. McNichol, Shelburne, and Rev. Alex Halbert, King City, a nephew.  The pallbearers were Messrs E.J. Arthurs, John Waller, Wm. HUDD Wm. Johnston, Jas. Laidlaw and John Snell.  Relatives and friends from a distance who attended the funeral were: Mr. Geo. Aikens, Mrs. John Aikens,  Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Laverty and Miss May Laverty, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McKelvey, Mr. and Mrs. Carman McKelvey, Angus and Verna McKelvey and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Quigley, Relessey; Rev. Alex. Halbert, King; Elmer and Samuel Halbert, Alliston; Arthur Halbert, Thornton; Mr. and Mrs. Wesley and Grenville Halbert, Newton Robinson; Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Halbert, Uxbridge; Mr. and Mrs. John McLean, Honeywood;  Mr. and Mrs. Hextall Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Simpson, Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Holmes, J. Hillyard Hogg, Toronto; Samuel and Joseph Halbert, Markdale; Robt. Holmes, John Waller, Edward John Arthur, Mrs. J. Sanderson, John Avison, Ernest Avison, J. E. Arthur, Bessie Halbert, and David Halbert, Orangeville.



Transcribed & submitted by~ Sheila Davidson, Orangeville, Ontario


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