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Samuel James Acheson

Samuel James ACHESON; born 1856 in Ireland and died 1926 in Ontario. Samuel married Ellen Kent, and they raised five children in southern Ontario.

Family reference: 114

Born Born 9 Aug 18531 Lower Langfield, County Tyrone, Ireland
Died Died Dec 19262 Milverton, Perth co., Ontario
Buried   Milverton, Perth co., Ontario2
Married Married 18852 Ellen Elizabeth Kent in Ontario

Parents:

  • Father: Joseph Acheson; b. 1815; d. 1901
  • Mother: Isabella McKennit; b. about 1821; d. 1887

Children:

  1. Samuel George Acheson; b. 1884; d. 1966
  2. Norman Alexander Acheson; b. 1888; d. 1959
  3. William Joseph Acheson; b. 1890
  4. Weir Acheson; b. 1895
  5. Winnie Acheson; b. 1897

The Parents of Samuel

Samuel's parents, Joseph and Isabella Acheson, were transatlantic travellers embarking from Ireland to New York in the 1840's, then returning to Ireland to raise the family. They eventually departed the old country by 1863 for a new life in the rurals of Canada West. Samuel's father finally settled down to be a farmer in Perth, Ontario.

Samuel’s Early Years

We assume Samuel's second given name was James, based on the 1901 census information1.

Samuel Acheson was born back on the old Acheson Irish homestead at Lower Langfield in County Tyrone. His parents had already been overseas in New York where his two older brothers Alexander and Weir were born.

Samuel was the fourth child born into the family followed by his two younger sisters, Elizabeth and Arabella. What an adventure awaited our youthful ancestor- at only ten years of age he crosses the great Atlantic to North America and into the heart of Ontario in 1863. Canada was not yet an independent country from Britain and Ontario was yet called Upper Canada.

For the first winter in Canada the Acheson family lived with their Irish neighbours and friends the Buchanans, who had come to Ontario some 16 years earlier. At first Samuel's father rented land in the Donegal area of Elma township, then bought one hundred acres. Samuel stayed on the family farm all his life, buying out his brother's share when Weir headed south to California2.

Samuel and Ellen

Ellen Kent was born in 1864 in the United States, a daughter of English-born parents2.

The Final Years for Samuel

Samuel and Ellen are buried together at the Greenwood cemetery in Milverton, Perth county in Ontario2.

Footnotes

Notes on the Children 2

Canada Census of 1871 1

Name Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Occupation Religion
ACHESON Joseph married male Irish 55 Farmer C. Presbyterian
Isabella married female Irish 50   C. Presbyterian
Alexander single male Irish 22   C. Presbyterian
Weir single male Irish 20   C. Presbyterian
Samuel single male Irish 14   C. Presbyterian
Anabelle single female Irish 13   C. Presbyterian
- Canada 1871 Census for Elma, County Perth North, Ontario, District 030, Subdistrict e; microfilm #C-9941.

Canada Census of 1881 1

Name Status Gender Ethnic Origin Age Birthplace Occupation Religion
ACHESON Joseph married male Irish 60 Ireland farmer C. Presbyterian
Isabella married female Irish 55 Ireland   C. Presbyterian
Samuel single male Irish 22 Ireland farmer C. Presbyterian
Isabella single female Irish 21 Ireland   C. Presbyterian
- Canada 1881 Census for Elma, County Perth North, Ontario, District 172, Subdistrict E, Division 2, LDS Family History Library film #1375907.

Canada Census of 1891 1

Name Gender Age Status Relation Born Fathers Birth Mothers Birth Religion Occupation
ACHESON Samuel male 34 married head Ire Ire Ire Pres farmer
Ellen E. female 27 married wife US Eng Eng Pres  
Samuel G. male 6 single son Ont Ire US Pres  
Lucy A. female   single daughter Ont Ire US Pres  
Wm. J. male 11 m single son Ont Ire US Pres  
Joseph male 70 widowed father Ire Ire Ire Pres  
- Canada 1891 Census for Elma, County Perth North, Ontario, District 107, Subdistrict b, Division 2, microfilm T-6362, LDS Family History Library film #1465787.

Noted: in the next household lived John (26) and Sarah (22) Acheson, likely a grandson of the elder Joseph Acheson.


Canada Census of 1901 1

Name Gender Age Status Relation Born Birthdate Naturalized Religion Occupation
ATCHESON James male 45 married head Ire 9 Aug 1853 1860 Pres farmer
Ellen E. female 38 married wife US 21 May 1862 1882 Pres  
George male 16 single son US 11 July 1884   Pres farmer's son
Norman male 12 single son US 16 Apr 1888   Pres  
Joseph male 10 single son US 16 Jan 1890   Pres  
Weir male 5 single son US 31 May 1895   Pres  
Winnie female 3 single daughter US 26 May 1897   Pres  
Joseph male 85 widowed father Ire 10 Nov 1815 1860 Pres  
- Canada 1901 Census for Elma, County Perth North, Ontario, District 104, Subdistrict b, microfilm T-6490, LDS Family History Library film #1843572.

Noted: The census uses the 'Atcheson' surname spelling. Also, the head of the household is 'James' and not 'Samuel'. Since the other family names and the dates are a reasonable match, this is the correct family.


Sources

  1. The Ontario GenWeb Project; for the 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 Ontario census records; with access to original images
  2. "Who's That Sitting in our Family Tree?", by Gert [Webber] Lawrie; private publication 1988; history and stories of Canadian families of Webber, Acheson, Miller and Henry


Family Outline

Descendancy Chart for SamuelAcheson1853
0 SamuelAcheson1853
1 GeorgeAcheson1884
2 JosephAcheson1890
3 NormanAcheson1888

-- JimBenedict - 29 Nov 2006
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