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Daniel P. Dafoe

The Dafoe Family includes Daniel P. Dafoe, born in the American Colonies and brought north to Canada at a young age with his parents, after the American Revolution. Daniel Dafoe was born in 1769 and lived for 73 years.

Born Born 13 Sept 1769 Hoosick, New York Province, USA
Died Died 1842 Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington Co., Ontario
Married Married 1786 Elizabeth Wright at Fredericksburgh, Lennox and Addington Co., Ontario



  1. Mary Defoe; b. 1791
  2. Michael Dafoe; b. 1794
  3. Conrad Dafoe; b. about 1795
  4. Samuel Dafoe; b. 1796
  5. William Gilbert Dafoe; b. unknown
  6. Catherine Dafoe; b. 1804
  7. Caleb Dafoe; d. before 1873
  8. Andrew Nelson Dafoe; b. about 1807; d. after 1881
  9. Hannah Dafoe
  10. David Dafoe
  11. John Dafoe

The Parents of Daniel

His father was born in the States in 1726 and died some 58 years later, likely of malaria picked up from his years as a courier-spy for the Loyalist side of the Revolutionary War. His mother came from New York Province in the States and lived for 60 years, passing away in Fredericksburgh in Upper Canada (now Ontario).

Daniels’ Early Years

Daniel and Elizabeth

Daniel Dafoe was born in 1769 and died prior to 1844 and was the youngest child of John Ernst Defoe and Maria Keller. He married Elizabeth Wright prior to 1790 and we have record of 11 children.

Their third child was Samuel Dafoe (1797-1873) who married Eve Wright. Samuel and Eve are both buried in Zion's Hill Cemetery, Thurlow Twp. When first married, their son Cat Wesley Dafoe (1841-1913) and wife Mary Elombe helped his parents on their farm. About May 1865, with two young children, they went up The Hastings Road, about 120 miles north-west of Belleville to their reserved Lot 19, Concession 9, in Bangor Twp. North Hastings. The land was far from suitable for farming. During the winter months, Calvin was a lumber jack. Life was very primitive and hard. Always their first concern was for survival. In 1887 son John Wesley invited his whole family to join him in Manitoba and found them a farm near Killarney in the south.

Elizabeth Wright was born in 1769 in the States and passed away on Dec 21, 1844 at Fredericksburg. Her family came north to Canada West after the Peace of 1794. She prays for [?; per Don Elliott] 200 acres in Mecklenbough District; granted on August 30, 1797. She is buried in Lakeside Cemetery at Meafor, St. Vincent Twp. in Grey County.


For information on Daniel Thevou and his line, see The Beacon; 2002 Annual Issue No. 5, page 11.

Family Plots

Name Land Plot House Entry
DAFOE, Abram Con. 5, W ˝ lot 15   entry #487
DAFOE, Caleb Con. 2, SW part lot 2 no house indicated entry #182
DAFOE, Jame [sic] Con. 3, [W ˝ lot 9 living with John M. Dafoe ? entry #67
DAFOE, James Con. 5, W part lot 15 no house indicated entry #488
DAFOE, John M. Con. 3, W ˝ lot 9 additional entry #66
DAFOE, Michael Con. 3, [W ˝ lot 9 living with John M. Dafoe ? entry #68

~ above per Transcription of an Assessment Roll used by the Township of Fredericksburgh, 1845, original now in the Lennox and Addington County Museum and Archives, Napanee". Go to website: Fredericksburgh Assessment Roll, 1845

-- JimBenedict - 31 Dec 2005
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