Letters from Bruce County: Written by Pioneer Joseph Bacon 1795-1882

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AuthorHouse, Jul 27, 2006 - Family & Relationships - 244 pages
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Letters from Bruce County documents an English familys 1835 immigration to Ontario where they became pioneers in the unsettled bush. The parents of this family just happen to be the authors great great grandparents, Joseph and Susannah Bacon. The letters were written from Bruce County, Ontario in 1881 and 1882 by Joseph some years after Susannahs death to his son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Elizabeth Couch Bacon, then in Resort Township, Emmet County, Michigan. Henry and Elizabeth are the authors great grandparents. Joseph and Susannah never left Ontario but seven of their eleven children did.

Letters is in three parts. Part I has copies of the original letters with printed as written and edited versions annotated to explain what and who Joseph is writing about. Part II is a narrative of the family in England where eight of the eleven children were born, about their immigration and their pioneering in the unsettled Ontario wilderness first in Arthur Township, Waterloo/Wellington Counties and finally in Brant Township, Bruce County. Also included are short synopses of their eleven children. Part III is a three generation modified register genealogy of the family documented with primary source references.

The author is indebted to many cousins who are also descendants of Joseph and Susannah and who have contributed information which makes this book more complete.


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The Letters 1 Letter 1 7 Mar 1881 3 Letter 2 26 Apr 1882 7 Part II Narrative 13 The English Years
Figure 6 Villages of Debden Henham Widdington
Figure 9 Corduroy Road Remnant
Figure 12 The Townships of Wellington County
Figure 15 The Bacon Concessions Lots in Brant Township
Figure 17 Vesta General Store Post Office 1900
Appendix B Crossing the Atlantic 63 Crossing to Montreal
Canada 18351882 69 Appendix D Imaginary Day in the Bacons Pioneer Life 73 Appendix E Selected Place Names Then and Now 77 Appendix F ...
Genealogy 89 Introduction 89 Modified Register for Joseph Bacon Sr 93 First Generation
Source References Henry

Figure 20 Samuel and Emma Jane Hoars Gravestone
Figure 22 Susanna Joseph Bacon Abt 1875
Appendix A Family Stories
Second Generation Mary Jane

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About the author (2006)

Letters from Bruce County is Deans second family genealogy book. He researched, authored and published (1998) The Wheatons of Northern Michigan: The Descendants of Melville Wheaton (1800-1875). This is a 435 page book documenting his Wheaton family from Vermont in 1790 through New York, Ontario, Michigan and beyond. Dean was born at Petoskey, Michigan and grew up on a dairy farm nearby. Following high school graduation, he earned a BS degree in physics from Michigan State University and joined an Akron, Ohio aerospace company as an engineer. While employed full-time there he earned a MS degree, also in physics. As an engineer, he was required to write reports which he actually enjoyed. The rapidly expanding use of computers caught his fancy resulting in a career shift to first using and then managing computer systems for both engineering and management applications. Much writing was required in these endeavors, tasks he continued to enjoy. The economic wars of the closing years of the 20th century presented early retirement incentives about the same time that the first family genealogy computer programs became available. Retirement at age fifty-one made available extra hours which quickly were taken up by things genealogical. Deans knowledge and experience with computers was soon coupled with genealogical skills to make him a popular speaker at many northeastern Ohio genealogical society meetings on topics related to using computers in genealogy, especially encouraging the writing of family histories. He has several more projects in progress which will result in additional books, a website or two and even a CD or DVD.

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