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Gurney family history

The farthest back so far that we can trace with some certainty is: CHARLES GURNEY who married (1) MARY FINALL April 09, 1792 in Whaddon, Buckinghamshire, England. He married (2) JANE KNIBBS September 08, 1794 in Whaddon, Buckinghamshire, England, daughter of James KNIB and Elizabeth FRENCH. In 1794, Charles was a butcher in Whaddon, Buckinghamshire. His brother (?) Isaac was born about 1746 in Whaddon, Bucks. and he married Elizabeth KNIBBS on June 07, 1781 in Deddington, Oxon. Isaac died before 29 APR1822. Elizabeth KNIBBS was also a daughter of James KNIB and Elizabeth FRENCH

photo: Gurney sisters (daughters of Charles & Mary Hill Gurney).


Jane KNIBBS was baptised September 21, 1755 Charlton On Otmoor, Oxon, England. For more information on the KNIBBS family, check Don Knibbs's excellent site.

It is also possible that this Charles had a son Charles by his first wife Mary - born in Whaddon, 26 Jan 1794... Charles's second marriage would have been shortly after the death of his first wife.

Only child of CHARLES GURNEY and JANE KNIBBS is:

CHARLES JAMES (Sr.) GURNEY, b. June 16, 1796, Whaddon, Buckinghamshire, England; d. October 06, 1871, Paris, Ontario.



CHARLES JAMES GURNEY Sr. (born June 16, 1796 in Whaddon) married (1) MARY ANN HILL July 22, 1828 in Beamsville, Clinton twp., Lincoln Co., Ontario, daughter of THOMAS HILL and MARTHA UNKNOWN. He married (2) SARAH Aft. 1860.

MARY ANN HILL died in 1859 and is buried at Old Paris cemetery, Paris, Ontario (tombstone says: Our Mother Mary Ann wife of Charles Gurney died Aug 16 1859 at the age of 53 years 7 mos)

In the 1851 census, Brantford twp., Charles is age 56 and Mary Ann is age 46.

In 1861 census, Charles is age 64, widower, living in Brantford twp. By 1868 when he wrote his will, he was re-married and living in Greenville, Wentworth Co. (His will was witnessed by James Joyce Sr. & Jr.). When property records were checked, it is possible that Charles was living with or near the Joyces - Charles does not seem to have owned any property in Greenville at that time. In 1870 he added a codicil to his will - now a resident of Paris. But in the 1871 census, he was still married, to Sarah, as well as being a farmer, a Baptist, living in Brantford West twp, Brant Co (75 years old). The S 1/2 of Lot 8, con 2 in Brantford twp is mentioned in his will. He died in Oct. 1871 (death registration).

In 1866, Charles is living at Prospect Hill, Bosanquet twp., Lambton Co, presumably with or near his daughter Martha (?).

In 1841 Mary Ann GURNEY received a land patent in Brantford twp., Brant Co., 100 acres at S 1/2 lot 8, con 2 (microfilm G.S. 1798, Abstract Index, Brantford twp., vol A, 1836-1935). At the Ontario Archives, land patent records exist on microfilm, except the records for a few years - including 1841 are missing. According to the above mentioned microfilm, the next transaction involving the S 1/2 lot 8, con 2, was in October of 1861when four daughters of Mary Ann inherited the property. Some of the documentation is transcribed near the end of this page.


Children of CHARLES GURNEY and MARY HILL are:

i. MARTHA JANE GURNEY, b. Abt. 1831; d. Aft. 1914; m. HENRY BROUGHTON, before 1851 as in the 1851 census, Martha & Henry are already married and were living with Martha's parents in Brantford twp - Martha was 21 and Henry was 22. Henry was born in the USA, the son of Levi BROUGHTON & Sida MANN (who in 1871 were living in Paris). In 1871 Henry was a mason and his family was living in Bosanquet twp., Lambton Co. By 1914 they had moved to Forest, Ontario. In the 1871 census they have only one child, Clara, age 7. On December 25, 1883 in Bosanquet, Lambton Co., Clara married Robert BOAL, s/o Matthew BOAL & Ann STUBBS. Robert was born about 1857 in Ontario. In 1883 Robert was a teacher in Kincardine (marr reg # 5640-83). Witnesses at the marriage were Angus MARTYN & Hattie APPS of Paris.

Children of Robert & Clara:

Ethel M., b. 1884; m. J. Percy SNIDER, and in 1920 were living in West Montrose

Martha E., b. December 18, 1884.

Annie Maud, b. 1888; d. 1958. buried in Woolwich twp., Waterloo Co. In 1920 she was a teacher in Brampton.

Norman A., b. 1890; d. July 30, 1914 and is buried at Woolwich twp., Waterloo Co

Florence Muriel, b. 1895, West Montrose; d. 1981; m. (1) J. Percy SNIDER; m. (2) George Alan GORDON, August 16, 1919, Forest. In 1919 she was a teacher in Forest, Lambton Co

Winnifred, b. December 1897; d. May 13, 1903. at age 5 yrs & 6 months and is buried at Woolwich twp., Waterloo Co

ii. CHARLES JAMES GURNEY Jr., b. 1833, Beamsville, Ontario; d. July 05, 1914; m. PHOEBE LOVETT, December 04, 1861, Brant Co., Ontario.

In the 1861 census Charles was 37 years old, farmer, Baptist, living in Brantford West twp, Brant Co. with his widowed father and 4 of his sisters. According to his obituary, the family moved from Beamsville to Brant Co when he was 8 years old:


i. CHARLES WILLIAM GURNEY, b. August 29, 1862, Brantford, Ontario; d. February 19, 1950. He married MARY ALFRETTA HAMNER February 25, 1885 in Brantford, Ontario, daughter of DAVID HAMNER and ELEDA BOUGHNER. They had 5 children:

CHARLES GILBERT GURNEY, b. July 20, 1885; d. October 07, 1976; m. (1) VELMA RUTHERFORD, February 21, 1912; m. (2) GRACE SCOTT, September 12, 1939.

MAUD MARION GURNEY, b. January 18, 1887; m. WILLIAM COOK (Rev.)

EDITH ALMA GURNEY, b. August 28, 1891; d. December 12, 1972; m. CLAYTON WILSON.

FREDERICK WRAY GURNEY, b. August 29, 1893; d. November 07, 1970, Paris (Paris cemetery); m. GRACE KINES.

WILFRED GLADSTONE GURNEY, b. June 18, 1898; d. November 1973; m. EDITH MARTIN.


ii. MARION AMANDA GURNEY, b. May 13, 1865; m. WILLIAM ALBERT AULSEBROOKE, December 21, 1887, Brantford, Ontario. In 1887, Amanda's residence at time of marriage: Boulder Grange, Brantford while William's was Mapleton Farm, Brantford. Obits for the two - see below


iii. MARY ANN - age 17 in the 1851 census (living at home). This is the only record of her.


iii. ELIZABETH HILL GURNEY, b. Abt. 1839, Ontario; d. Aft. 1914; m. ROBERT McCORMICK, March 24, 1864, Brant Co., Ontario. In the 1871 census they were living in Brantford West twp, where Robert was a farmer. By 1881 they had moved to South Dumfries twp and by 1914 they moved to Glenmorris. Robert & Elizabeth are buried at Glenmorris.


i. ROBERT MCCORMICK, b. September 1866.

ii. MARY A. MCCORMICK, b. Abt. 1868.

iii. CHARLES G. MCCORMICK, b. January 1870.

iv. GEORGIE H. MCCORMICK, b. 1873.


vi. DAVID H. MCCORMICK, b. 1879.

vii. ISABELLA E. MCCORMICK, b. 1880.

Robert McCORMICK: Robert was born in 1838 in Scotland, son of Robert Sr. (mother's name unknown) and one of 10 children. A brief summary of this family is found at the bottom of this page.


iv. CHARLOTTE SUSAN GURNEY, b. 1840, Ontario, Canada; d. 1924, Ontario; m. CHARLES OVERY APPS, 1859, Ontario. Charles had been baptised May 9 at the Wesleyan Meth. Circuit Chapel, Rye, E.Sussex and had come to Canada about 1857


v. SELINA FENTON GURNEY, b. Abt. 1841, Ontario; d. Aft. 1914; m. JAMES JR JOYCE, December 21, 1864, Brant Co., Ontario. In 1864, both Selina & James were "of Greensville, Canada West". In the 1871 census they are found living in Flamboro twp., Wentworth Co. where James was shoemaker, working for his father for $150/year. In 1914 they were living in Waterford. James was born in Toronto on 15 Nov 1835.

James JOYCE: Was the son of James Sr. & Caroline who were from England. James Sr. was also a shoemaker in 1871 and according to the census, had in stock boots and shoes - $550, leather - 450 pounds worth $300. Other children of JAMES JOYCE Sr. and CAROLINE are: Hannah, born about 1842 & Curtis born about 1851 (1871 occupation = wood turner).

From the Waterford Star of Sept 20 1917..."For rent-Nine room house ,four bedrooms, newly decorated throughout. Centrally located,good situation for boarding house. Apply to Louis Beemer or Mrs Joyce". Also.... the Waterford Star reported: Mr and Mrs W.T. Nash , Master Lloyd Nash,Mrs W.E. Wilber, and Mr herbert Joyce of Detroit and Mrs H.A. Riggins of Buffalo are spending the holidays with Mr and Mrs James Joyce , who celebrated their golden wedding this week.  Dec 24 1914

Children of Selina & James are:

i. Charlotte JOYCE, b. Abt. 1867. Married Louis BEEMER of Townsend on 20 June 1892 in Montreal. From Bohmer Book (1964): "Louis Beemer, grandson of Philip Beemer and Abigail Parney, was the owner of Meadowbrook Farms. He was a breeder of thorobred Percheon horses, imported from France and Belgium."

Children: Louis Herbert Earl Beemer (b. Sept 1893 - May 1896), Roxa May Larene (b. July 1887, married Ormonde HUSSEY) and Freeda Joyce (b. Sept 1900, married Richards HENRY in 1927 in Detroit, Mich - and they were living in Detroit in 1933).

From the Waterford Star - Beautiful in its simplicity was the wedding solemnized on Saturday afternoon May 30 1925, by the Rev. J.D. MacLachlan, B.A.,B.Th., at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Louis J Beemer, Willowbrook, Waterford, Ont. when their daughter, LaRene Elveaurington, was married to Mr. Ormund Irvine Hussey of Detroit, Michigan. The bride looked very lovely in her gown of white satin, overdraped with silver-threaded lace and carried sweetheart roses and lilies of the valley and white heather, with streamers of lilies of the valley and forget me nots. The brides only attendant was her sister, Miss Freeda Beemer. Her gown was shell pink pleated chiffon, and  she carried pink sweet peas and lilies of the valley. The groom had as best man his brother, Mr. Frank Hussey of Dayton. Owing to the serious illness in the grooms family, only immediate relatives were present. Me and Mrs. Hussey left by motor for Detroit, and will reside at the Hotel Tindel until their new home is completed.

and..... HENRY---BEEMER   A quiet wedding was solemnized in the North Woodward Congregational Church, Detroit,Michigan at 6 o'clock on Wednesday evening, April 20 1927 when Miss Freda Agnes Joyce Heatherington, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Beemer of "Willowbrook" Waterford, lovely in her bridal robe of white chiffon and satin, and Colonel Richards Henry, M.D. Children's specialist of Detroit, spoke their marriage vows before the Rev. Dr Chester B. Emerson. Their only attendants were Mr and Mrs. Ormonde Irvine Hussey. After the dinner held at the Detroit Yacht Club, the table being beautifully decorated with flowers of spring, the happy couple  entrained for Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore  and Atlantic City. Dr. and Mrs. Henry will be at home in Brambridge Road, Pleasant Ridge , Royal Oak, after May 15th

ii. Herbert James JOYCE, b. Abt. 1868. Married May STUART in June 1900.

iii. Sarah Caroline JOYCE, (called Carrie) b. January 07, 1872. Married William Thomas NASH on April 22, 1896 in Waterford. William was born about 1873 in Windsor Ontario, s/o Samuel & Rebecca. In 1916 the Nash's were in Detroit. In 1933 Carrie is refered to as Mrs. NASH-ELLIOTT (re-married?)

iv. Martha Emma JOYCE (called Mae) b. 31 July 1876 in Waterford. Married to W.E. WILBER.

v. Augusta Mabel JOYCE, b. 13 Dec., 1880. Wedding announcement in the Waterford Star: RIGGINS - JOYCE: In Waterford at the residence of the bride's parents,  Mr. and Mrs. James Joyce. May 10 1910, by Reverend F.C. Elliott, Mr. Howard A. Riggins of Buffalo to Miss Augusta Joyce of Detroit.

More from the Waterford Star:

  1. June 1927   Mrs W.T. Nash arrived from Detroit on Friday to spend the summer with her mother Mrs James Joyce. She gave a most interesting account of her recent Mediterranean cruise at a tea.
  2. Dec 12 1929   Mrs W.T. Nash who has spent the past 6 months with her mother Mrs James Joyce returned to Detroit on Sat. Her son Lloyd Nash came early in the week to motor back with her. Mrs Nash expects to spend the winter in Bermuda
  3. Dec 24 1931   Mr Ormonde Hussey of Detroit is spending the holidays with Mrs Hussey who is here assisting in the care of her grandmother, Mrs James Joyce
  4. Dec 31 1931   Mrs Carrie Joyce Nash and Mr George Elliott, both of Detroit were married in that city on Dec 19th and left immediately for St. Petersburg Florida where Mr Elliott has a winter home


vi. MARIA SOPHIA GURNEY, b. Abt. 1843, Ontario; she died in Chicago June 12, 1927; m. EDWARD MARSHALL SIMMS, March 19, 1873, Bosanquet twp., Lambton Co., Ontario. .

  • Both Maria & Edward were "of Bosanquet" in 1873 - Maria had been living with her sister Martha (Broughton) and her wedding was at their residence, with Henry & Martha being the witnesses
  • Edward was a Quaker. He was the son of Edward & Ann (nee MARSHALL) - born in 1839 in Ilmington, Warwick, England..
  • 1880 census: Edward was in Chicago with his widowed mother & brother Josiah, clerk in store
  • 1900 census, Chicago

Children of MARIA GURNEY and EDWARD SIMMS are:

1. Mary Fowler SIMMS, b. February 1876 in Ontario, unmarried. In the 1930, census, single, living with sister Edith in Chicago where her occup = charge of typing, accountants office

2. Edward Gurney SIMMS, b. November 1878, Canada. He married Jennie BRISON Abt. 1905, daughter of William & Josephine

1910, Chicago, locomotive engineer, to USA 1883 (1900 census had year of immigration as 1880)

1930, census, Chicago, representative for Refining Co., married at age 27

Children of Edward & Jennie:

  1. Marshall Brison SIMMS, b. about 1906, age 4 in 1910 census
  2. Elizabeth SIMMS, b. about Dec 1908, age 1 yr + 3 months in 1910 census

3. Elizabeth SIMMS, b. September 07, 1881, Chicago. & apparently died at age 18 - not with her parents in the 1900 census

4.. Edith M. SIMMS, b. August 1886, Illinois USA. She married Gilbert C. PROCTOR

  • 1930, census, Edytha S. is name given, age 38, age at first marr = 18 (Gilbert was age 21 at time of marriage)
  • 1930, census, Chicago, Gilbert was chief clerk at Motor Co.

Children of Edith & Gilbert:

  1. Gilbert Caleb PROCTOR, b. abt 1913
  2. Howard Marshall PROCTOR, b. abt 1919
  3. Eloise PROCTOR, b. abt 1921


vii. EMMA GURNEY, b. 1849, Ontario; d. April 21, 1916, Hamilton Asylum, Hamilton Ontario. In the 1871 & 1881censuses living with the McCormicks. 1914 was living in Hamilton & in 1916 she died of senility (5 yrs) & diarrhea (6 weeks) - death reg # 38117-16 (incorrectly named as Emily).


Obituaries ...... (with help from Gayle Gurney)


1923 - "Well Known Residents were Called Home on Saturday Last PARIS, Feb. 19 - Many friends in Paris and in Brantford twp were troubled to learn of the death which occurred here at 2 a.m. on Saturday of the late Mr. William AULSEBROOK, a highly-respected resident of Upper Town, who after a very short illness died at the age of 67.  For three score years the late Mr. AUSLEBROOK has been engaged in farming in the township of Brantford, having made his home in the River town for the past five years.  He has always been a faithful member of the Bethel Methodist church.  His mother, a daughter, Mrs. Delbert SCHUYLER of Brantford twp, and two sons, Corwin at the homestead, and Russell, of Paris, survive.  The funeral will be conducted from the home on Washington street to the Paris cemetery at 2:30 on Monday afternoon; Rev. Dr. D.E. MARTIN will have charge of the service, assisted by Rev. H. BANDY, of Bethel."

1942 - "The funeral service of Marion Amanda GURNEY, widow of the late William AULSEBROOK, who died in Willett Hospital, Paris, Monday May 18, in her 79th year, was held Wednesday afternoon from the funeral home of G.S. CUMMING, 13 Banfield Street, Paris, with internment in Paris cemetery, Rev. R.M. GEIGNER B.A., Minister of St. Paul's United Church officiated. The pall bearers were Milton McALISTER, Fred GURNEY, Chester LOVETT, Fred ARMSTRONG and Charles GURNEY. Deceased was born in Paris Plains South, had resided for some time in Brantford Township, and for the past 26 years had made her home in Paris. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Phoebe GURNEY, pioneer settlers of this district. Mrs. AULSEBROOK had been in ill health for some seven months previous to her passing. Surviving are two sons, Corwin AULSEBROOK, Paris, and Russell AULSEBROOK, Toronto, and one daughter, Mrs. Delbert SCHUYLER, Paris, and one brother, Charles GURNEY, Burford."



From the Waterford Star - BEEMER---At his residence "Willowbrook" Waterford. On Tues July 8th 1930. Louis Beemer, beloved husband of Lotta Joyce beemer, age 63 years. A devoted husband , an affectionate father to his daughters. LaRene and Freda, and a loving brother to his sister Roxa Gaga, a dutiful son to his late parents ,Elias and Agnes beemer; a beautiful closing to an earthly life. Funeral private. Kindly do not send flowers



Forest Standard, 4 Jan 1917 - The funeral of the late Mrs. Martha Boughton, wife of Henry Boughton, whose death occurred Thursday, took place from the family residence, Price St., Sunday afternoon, to Beechwood cemetery. Service was conducted at the house and grave by Rev. H. Elmer Green. The pallbearers were Messers. A. Logan, H. Erase, E. Burney, W. Wellington, G. Van Valkenburg and John Coults. Obit next week.

Forest Standard 11 Jan 1917 - The late Mrs. H. Boughton, was one the fifteen charter members of the Forest Baptist Church. She and her husband transferred their membership from the Pinehill Church on Sept 1, 1871. Only two charter members remain, Mrs. W. Phillips and Mr. Boughton.



The Daily Courier, Brantford, Canada for Monday, July 6, 1914, page 5

"CHARLES J. GURNEY WAS PARIS PIONEER: He Helped Cut Timber For First Bridge Built Over the Grand River

Charles Gurney, aged 81, one of the pioneers of this district, died at his home on Washington St. today after an illness extending over some weeks. he had been gradually failing and the end was not unexpected.

Mr. Gurney was born at Beamsville but at the age of 8 settled in what was then a dense forest in Brantford twp. he cut the timber for the first bridge ever built across the Grand River.

He was the seventh of his family to bear the name Charles. His father was named Charles, his grandfather and great-grandfather also bore that name and so on back. He has a son Charles and also a grandson.

Besides his wife, who, prior to her marriage was Miss Phoebe Lovett of Brantford twp., he leaves a son Charles on the homestead and one daughter Mrs. Ausleybrook of Brantford twp. The following are sisters. Mrs. Broughton of Forest, Mrs. Robert McCormick of Glenmorris, Mrs. C.O. Apps of Paris, Mrs. James Joyce of Waterford, Mrs. Sims of Chicago and Miss Emma in Hamilton.

Mr. Gurney was a lifelong Liberal and a member of the Baptist church. The funeral will be held on Tuesday in the Paris cemetery."


"The funeral took place yesterday afternoon from the residence of her sister, Riverview Terrace, of Miss Emma GURNEY, youngest daughter of the late Charles J. GURNEY, the services being conducted by Rev. Dr. SOWERBY. Deceased was born in Brantford twp, and was in her 71st year. She leaves to mourn her loss five sisters, Mrs. Henry BOUGHTON, Forest Ont. Mrs. Robt. McCORMICK, Glenmorris; Mrs. James JOYCE, Waterford; Mrs. C.O. APPS, Paris, and Mrs. Marshall SIMMS, Chicago. One brother, Charles William, predeceased her some years ago."



Death of Mr. James Joyce:   "The late James Joyce, aged 81 years died suddenly and rather unexpectedly at his home here on Mon. Nov. 27 1916. Some of his family including his son, Mr. J.H. Joyce of Detroit were home the day before and their father seemed unusually bright, and was up and about on Monday morning as usual. He had gone out to do some little work among his raspberry bushes and there he sank to rest amid the things he loved, for he was an ardent admirer of flowers and spent much of his time in the garden. The deceased was born in Toronto, Nov 15 1835 of English parentage,was educated in University of Iowa,came to Waterford 43 years ago, and carried on a general store until twelve years ago, and while in business was burned out twice in two of the unfortunate fires that have on numerous occasions devastated Waterford. In politics the late Mr.Joyce was a lifelong reformer. He was a member of the Baptist church, having been baptized by the late Elder Slaght, and was for years one of the faithful workers of that church in Waterford, particularly in the Sunday School Department. The funeral ,which was private, took place on Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 29th. The services were conducted by the Rev, E.R. Fitch, B.A.,B.D. Interment took place in the Greenwood cemetery .Besides a sorrowing widow, the deceased is survived by one son, Mr. J.H. Joyce of Detroit who attended the funeral and four daughters, Mrs. Louis Beemer,Waterford, Mrs. Howard A. Riggins of Buffalo, Mrs. Wm.T. Nash and Mrs. W.E. Wilber of Detroit, all of whom with their husbands were able to attend the obsequies. Other relatives from a distance who attended the funeral were a sister, Mrs. G.W. Green of Newcastle, Indiana and her son Mr. Curtis Green of Kingsville, Ontario, Mrs. R. McCormick and Miss Belle McCormick of Glenmorris and Mrs. Chas. Apps and Miss Alice Apps of Paris and Mrs. R. McCormick of Brantford. To these and other sorrowing relatives the sincere sympathy of a wide circle of friends is extended."    

Death of Mrs. James Joyce:  "The death occurred in Waterford on Friday Feb 17 1933 of Mrs. James Joyce, for many years an honored resident of Waterford.Mrs. James Joyce was Selina Fenton Gurney, daughter of Charles and Mary Ann 'Hill' de Gourne of Buckinghamshire, England and was born at Beamsville on May 25 1839. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon, when the Rev. H. Wilkins, who has been a very welcome visitor in the home during his ministry in Waterford, gave an inspiring sermon on the Blessed Hope in the life Beyond for there is no death, what we call death is but transition. Only the relatives and Miss Kate Foster whose late mother was a very dear and close friend of Mrs. Joyce were present. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery, Waterford. She leaves a son, Mr Herbert Joyce of Detroit and four daughters, Mrs. Lotta Beemer, Mrs. Carrie Nash-Elliot and Mrs. Mae Wilber of Detroit and Mrs. Augusta Riggins of Buffalo. " I think of death as some delightful journey that I shall take when all my daily tasks are done for death is but the door betwixt life and life. I have only soared beyond the shadows of your night and I shall meet you in the morning"


"The death occurred on Tuesday evening, October 27th, of Mrs. Robert McCORMICK, at the family home in Glenmorris. The late Mrs. McCORMICK, who was in her 89th year, was formerly Miss Elizabeth Hill GURNEY, and spent her early years on Paris Plains South. She was united in marriage to Mr. Robt. McCORMICK in 1864, and with the exception of the first eight years of their married life, lived continously in the neighbourhood of Paris. An interesting incident in the life of the late Mrs. McCORMICK was the celebration of the Diamond Wedding on March 24, 1924, at which were present the entire family of five living sons and two daughters, Mrs. McCORMICK's death being the first to break in the family circle. Interment took place on Friday afternoon to the Glenmorris Cemetery."


From the Waterford Star: Detroit, Nov 7 1924----William T. Nash long and prominently associated with Detroit's automobile industry, died in Harper Hospital Tuesday evening. Mr Nash was born in Windsor April 4 1873. In 1903 he became associated with the Cadillac Motor Car Company as auditor and Comptroller, remaining there until 1917 when he with Henry .M. and Wilfred G.Leland became one of the organizers and was elected secretary-treasurer of the Lincoln Motor company continuing with that company until 1922. For the past two years he has been secretary and general manager of the Monarch Bumper Manufacturing Company and was also treasurer of the Atlas Foundry Company. Mr Nash was regarded as a man of rare capacity in his line of endeavor, and a man of sterling character and integrity.He was a prominent member of Woodward Congregational church. He leaves his widow, Caroline Joyce Nash; a son Lloyd S. of Detroit and three sisters, Elizabeth A of New York; Mrs Ella Way of Alberta, Can; and Mrs Alice Cusick of Stockton California.

Land Transaction Records # 1

No. 2164, Brantford twp.

A Memorial to be Registered --- of an Indenture --- this Eighteenth day of October One Thousand Eight hundred and Sixty one in pursuance of the Act to facilitate the Conveyance of Real Property Between Henry Broughton of the village of Haysville in the County of Waterloo Yeoman and Martha Jane his wife Charles Overy Apps of the Township of Brantford in the County of Brant Miller and Charlotte his wife Elizabeth Gurney and Selina Gurney of the said Township of Brantford Spinsters the said Martha Jane Broughton, Charlotte Apps, Elizabeth Gurney and Selina Gurney being sole heiresses of Mary Ann Gurney deceased of the First Part and Charles James Gurney of the said Township of Brantford Yeoman of the Second part Whereby the said party of the First Part in Consideration of certain undertakings a---- and Covenants therein mentioned to be performed and --- by the said party of the Second Part and for the securing the performance of which in the said party of the Second Part thereby agreed to make to the said Elizabeth Gurney and Selina Gurney his Mortgage on the Land and Promises therein mentioned the same to bear even date therewith. And in further consideration of the sum of Five shillings to them in hands paid by the said party of the Second Part the receipt whereof is thereby by them acknowledged did grant bargain sell assign --- --- and set over sents the said party of the Second Part his heirs and assigns forever all the amount and respective Estates of them the said party of the first Part in all that parcel or tract of land situate lying and being in the Township of Brantford in the County of Brant of the Province of Canada Containing by admeasurement One Hundred acres be the same more or less which said One Hundred acres of Land my be otherwise known as follows that is to say Being composed of the South half of Lot Number Eight in the second Concession of the said Township of Brantford To Have and To Hold the same with all the privileges and appointments thereto belonging to the said party of the Second Part his heirs and assigns forever Which said Indenture is witnessed by Hugh McKenzie Wilson of the Town of Brantford in the County of Brantford Gentleman And the Memorial thereof is hereby required to be Registered by me Charles James Gurney the said Grantee herein named Witness my Hand and Seal the twenty sixth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and Sixty one. Signed and sealed in the presence of H.M. Wilson and Stephen Wilson.

Signed and Sealed by Charles James Gurney

Record # 2

No. 2165

A Memorial to be Registered --- of an Indenture --- this Twenty Sixth day of October One Thousand Eight hundred and Sixty one I pursuance of the Act to facilitate the Conveyance of Real Property Between Charles James Gurney of the Township of Brantford in the County of Brant Yeoman of the First Part and Elizabeth Gurney and Selina Gurney both of the same place Spinsters of the Second Part. Whereby the said party of the First Part in Consideration of the One Dollar of lawful Money then paid by the said party of the Second Part to the said party of the First Part (the receipt whereof is thereby acknowledged) did grant unto the said party of the second Part their heirs and assigns forever All entire parcel -- of Land situate lying and being in the Township of Brantford in the County of Brant of the Province of Canada Containing by admeasurement One Hundred acres be the same more or less which said One Hundred acres of Land my be otherwise known as follows that is to say Being composed of the South half of Lot Number Eight in the second Concession of the said Township of Brantford To Have and To Hold the said premises unto the said party of the Second Part their heirs and assigns to and for their sole and only use forever Subject to a provise for making void the said Indenture that if the said party of the First Part his heirs Executors administrators or assigns do and shall maintain and support in a manner befitting their station the said party of the Second Part so long as they remain unmarried and in the Event of their marriage do give them each a Co-? and further upon payment to the Lawful Guardian of Emma Gurney of the sum of One Thousand Dollars of lawful Money of Canada -- one year after the death of Charles Gurney the Father of the parties to the said Indenture without any deduction--- for -- in respect of any Taxes, Changes or impositions whatsoever Which said Indenture is witnesses by Hugh McKenzie Wilson of the Town of Brantford in the County of Brant Gentleman and Stephen Wilson of the said Township of Brantford Yeoman And this Memorial thereof is hereby required to be Registered by me the said Mortgagor therein named Witness my hand and Seal this Twenty Sixth day of October int he year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty One. Signed and Sealed by H.M. Wilson and Stephen Wilson. Signed and Sealed by Charles James Gurney

Descendants of Robert Sr. McCormick

Robert McCormick Sr. died November 01, 1880 in Brantford West twp., Ontario. He was a widower at that time. He died intestate, worth about $3700. His children (as given in probate papers):

Robert Jr. born. Abt. 1838, Scotland. see Elizabeth Gurney, above


Isabella, b. Abt. 1835, Scotland.She married Samuel FOULDS who, in the 1881 census, was in S. Dumfries twp., (film #C-13264, div. 2, pg 9), farmer, Presbyterian. Children of ISABELLA MCCORMICK and SAMUEL FOULDS are: Elizabeth (b. about 1866), Samuel (b. abt 1867), Robert McCormick (b. abt 1869), Mary H. (b. about 1875)

John, who in 1880, living in Brantford twp, farmer/yeoman

James who in 1880 was in Detroit, gentleman

Zachary Charles who in 1880 was in Detroit, school teacher

Thomas, b. Abt. 1844, Scotland. His wife's name was Frances J. - maiden name unknown. In 1880 & 1881 he was living in South Dumfries twp - 1881 census gives occupation as dairyman. Children of Thomas & Frances are: Jessie J. (b. abt 1878), Francis R. (b. abt 1876), Alexander J. (b. abt 1879) & Elizabeth (b Oct 1880)

Daniel - 1880, Brantford twp

Samuel - 1880, Brantford twp

Elizabeth - 1880, unmarried, living in Brantford twp