I have the daughter of Mary Ann Seale & John Morton ( I had not heard the G.) was Sarah Ann ( Sally) Morton born 4/22/1864 in gananoque, and married George Hamilton 8/27/1884 in Nelson, Manitoba.I have info on John & Mary Ann back several generations.
Ancestors of SARAH (SALLY) ANN MORTON
Generation No. 1
1.SARAH (SALLY) ANN MORTON, born April 22, 1864 in GANANOQUE, ONTARIO; died June 16, 1943.She was the daughter of 2. JOHN MORTON and 3. MARY ANN SEALE.She married (1) GEORGE HAMILTON August 27, 1884 in NELSON, MANITOBA.He was born January 1, 1855 in CARTHAGE, ONTARIO, and died April 24, 1939.
Notes for SARAH (SALLY) ANN MORTON:
Sarah Morton was born near Gananoque, Ontario; Georgewas born near Carthage, Ontario.George arrived in Winnipeg, Manitoba on May 27, 1877, after having made the long journey from Ontario with three friends, William and John Henderson and John Maxwell.George homesteaded on the west half of 28-3-5, four miles north of Morden. A sister, Mary Hamilton, who later became Mrs. Dave Robinson, arrived from Ontario several years later and kept house for George Hamiltonuntil his marriage to Sarah in 1884 at Nelson, Manitoba. For a while his brother, John Wesley(Wes) Hamilton lived with them.
In 1912 they sold their farm to the Shore family and had an auction sale of their livestock and implements on Tuesday, December 10, 1912, with auctioneer J.A. McIntosh presiding. Then the family, along with Sadie Morton, who had been living with them since the death of her mother in 1905, moved to Rosebank. After four years the couple moved to Boissevain, with their daughter Gladys and later their sonWesley, who had been discharged from the army because of ill-health.After two years they moved to Roseland, where George had charge of the grain elevator. In 1919 they moved to Brandon and resided there until their deaths. On August 27, 1934, they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.
A comment on the Hamiltonsby their daughter in the local history book, Ten Dollars and a Dream:
As I look back on these early days, it seems that the people then had a great enthusiasm for living. They worked hard and enjoyed immensely the simple pleasures of the time - family house parties, summer picnics, the circus, the Fair and other events at Morden. They were ready to lend a helping hand when sickness or tragedy came to a neighbor. As pioneers, they made a truly great contribution to the development of Manitoba.
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Date born 2: April 22, 1864
Generation No. 2
2.JOHN MORTON, born December 21, 1838 in ONTARIO; died February 8, 1890 in MIAMI, MANITOBA.He was the son of 4. ROBERT "PAPPY" MORTON and 5. SARAH.He married 3. MARY ANN SEALE October 21, 1857.
3.MARY ANN SEALE, born November 1, 1835 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE; died March 6, 1872 in GANANOQUE, ONT.She was the daughter of 6. THOMAS SEALE and 7. ANN JOHNSTON.
Notes for JOHN MORTON:
John Morton was born in Gananoque County, Ontario. He marriedMary Ann Seale, probably of Dutch origin,who had been born at the Seigniory of Argentine in Quebec, probably near Lachine.The Mortons may have lived in that area as well at some time.Mary Ann Seale=sfather was Thomas Seale and her grandfather also was Thomas SealeMary Ann=s mother was Anne Johnstone and her maternal grandfather was George Johnstone, from west of Montreal.
When their children were small, the familymoved to Saginaw, Michigan. After Mary Ann's death in 1872 inGananoque,John married Ellen Cruise at Morin Heights.Ellen was the sister of John Cruise ofLachute, Quebec, who was father of Mrs. Ella Andrews. In the late 1870's John decided to go west in search of land while his wife returned to Lachute to care for her brother's motherless children.
On the old Red River, south of Morris, John met the Woods and the Moodies. Here he took up land but at this time Bishop Tache of St. Boniface got a concession from the Manitoba Government to establish a French Roman Catholiccolony over the St. Jean area. All English speaking Protestants were given the option of remaining, if desired, or accepting compensation and leaving. The latter choice resulted in the coming of the three families to the Morton district north-west of Miami, where homesteading had begun in the 1880's.
Ellen had rejoined John and, with his aged father Pappy, they homesteadedSE 3 22-5-7, the nearest available landto that of his two daughters, Lizzie (Mrs. John Duncan) and Sarah (Mrs. George Hamilton) who had preceded them and were farming at Old Nelson, now known as Dunston.
Tragedystruck swiftly and soon. During a mental lapse - too soon to predict or prevent - Pappy shot and killed his son John and his daughter-in-law Ellen.The impact of such an event on so small a community was beyond description,Grandpa, as he was affectionately known to the Woodschildren to whom his stories were a delight, and whose cane was their favorite steed was taken to Selkirk where, in his 96th year, swift and merciful death followed a sudden return to sanity and realization.
Evidently Pappy had hated his daughter-in-law Ellenand had taken a shotgun and sat by a window waiting for Ellen to return to the house.When he heard footsteps, he shot - and killed his own son John.He still waited, and also shot Ellen when she arrived.
For many years the house, the scene of the tragedy, stood as a constant reminder of it, evoking endless repetition and version. A son Robert and his family occupied it until they moved to Deerwood.
Later the Mustards lived there, during which time the old horror was replaced by the warmth and friendliness of its new tenants and by the time it was torn down, the tragic details were almost forgotten.
The Morton district north-west of Miami was named in John Morton's memory, as he had been highly thought of in the district. It wasalso as a tribute to all the early settlers there.A cairn in the district is dedicated to the early pioneers.The Morton School , built in 1890, was also named after John.
On a tombstone in the Miami cemetery are inscribed these words:
IN MEMORY OF JOHN MORTON WHO DIED FEB.10,1890. Aged 51 y"rs 1 mo& 20 d'ys.ALSO ELLEN MORTON WHO DIEDFEB 10, 1890. Aged 56 years.
The tint of health has left their cheek
And cold is their fair brow,
Their eyes are closed their pulse is still'd
They are angels now,
Weep not for us our children dear,
We are not dead but sleeping here.
Notes for MARY ANN SEALE:
Mary Anne is buried at Willowbank Cemetery, Gananoque, Ontario along with three infant sons.
Children of JOHN MORTON and MARY SEALE are:
i. ROBERT SANDERSON MORTON, born August 5, 1858 in LEEDS TOWNSHIP, ONT; died 1939 in SHELLBROOK, SASK; married KATHERINE BEATON in OTTAWA, ONT; born May 14, 1858 in BYTOWN, ONT; died June 26, 1942 in SHELLBROOK, SASK.
Notes for ROBERT SANDERSON MORTON:
Bob Morton was born in Gananoque,Ont. When he was still young, the family moved to Saginaw, Michigan. Here he married Kate Beaton, and here his sons Neal and Louis were born. After his father was killed in 1890, Bob and his brothers Tom and Jim went west from Michigan to Manitoba. Bob and Jim took over the family farm. Bob lived for a while in the house where his father had been killed. He later acquired more land at Deerwood and moved there. As Jim had moved to Saskatchewan in 1903 to have more land, Bob and his family also moved there in 1911and homesteaded in the Norbury District south of Mildred,laterlocating in Shellbrook . When Bob had a stroke he wrote, trying to get his brother Tom Morton to come and see him, but never heard from Tom. He died after a year and a half in 1939 at Mildred, Sask.
Kate Beatonwas born at Bytown (Ottawa), daughter of Hugh Beaton and Anne Cotton,moving to Michigan,Grant Township,HuronCounty ,where Hugh took up a homestead (1866?), with her parents and then to Canada with her husband in the 1890's, where they settled in Manitoba. In the spring of 1911 they moved to Shellbrook.
When their niece,Christina Potter, took her grade 8, she stayed with Bob and Kate. Their son John Morton and his wife Helen and 2 children, Jack and Irene, were also staying there.Christina said Jack and Helen were cute kids.According to Kate=sgrandson Jack she made the best angel food cake in the country.Her granddaughter Irene said she made the best fruit salad pudding - trifle with no cake. Niece Margaret Gill was brought out for a summer holiday from Manitoba by Mrs. Nelson, a family friend.
Kate introduced Jack Stubbs to Alice Potter thinking they would be a goodmatch.
Kate=slast few years werespent with her daughter at Mildred and Amiens. She died at Prince Albert on June 26 at the age of 79 years, after an illness of three months. Funeral services were held in the R.C. Church at Mildred on June 29 by Rev. Father Lamiere. Pallbearers were S.Harley, J.Weibe, J.Leier, W.Finloyson and R.Lalonde. She was buried beside her husband Bob in the cemetery outside Mildred, Saskatchewan.Cement slabs mark their graves. .
ii. JAMES WILLIAM MORTON, born March 26, 1860 in GANANOQUE, ONTARIO; died January 11, 1907 in SHELLBROOK, SASK; married (1) MARGARET BEATON; born April 16, 1862 in MANITOULIN ISLAND, ONT; died 1929.
Notes for JAMES WILLIAM MORTON:
Jim Morton, twin to Tom Morton, was born at Gananoque, Ontario.He moved to Manitoba in the 1890's, and lived in the Morton District after his father=s death. He lived on a farm NE 3 of 22-5-7 between the Woods farm and the Morton School.There are no buildings left on his farm now.In 1903 he moved to the Shellbrook area in Saskatchewan.In 1907, aged 48, he died of a heart attack.
After Jim=s death, Maggie married a Keating, who was originally from Somerset, Manitoba.
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Date born 2: March 26, 1860
iii. THOMAS ALEXANDER MORTON, born March 26, 1860 in GANANOQUE, ONTARIO; died October 17, 1950 in ST. BONIFACE, MANITOBA; married ISABELLA JANE SEE May 27, 1888 in DECKERVILLE, MICHIGAN; born April 27, 1870 in GANANOQUE, ONTARIO; died May 2, 1907 in MIAMI, MANITOBA.
Notes for THOMAS ALEXANDER MORTON:
Tom Morton was born near Kingston, Ontario. As a boy, he would float on the ice floes in the St. Lawrence River near Gananoque in the spring. At age 26, Tom marriedIsobella See in Deckerville, Michigan,. while he was a brakeman on the railroad and living at Downington. Their marriage license had been obtained May 25. The officiating clergyman was Henry F. Alderton and witnesses were William Lloyd and Carrie Lloyd.
After their marriage they lived in Port Huron, Michigan, where Davewas born.In 1891, they lived briefly in Saginaw East, where Esther was born.They were againat Port Huron where Emma was born in 1895.Later in 1895, five years after the death of Tom's father, the familymoved to Manitoba.Here they moved several times. First they lived in a little house west of the school, near the old Morton house, where Sadie was born. George was born at Browns=. Mary was born at Deerwood. They then lived near Eldorado, at the foot of the hill on what was later Hugh Loyns' place, near the Burrows family.Here Bessie was born. They moved back to the Deerwood area to the Alex Macallum place where Kate was born. During this time Tom worked at whatever job he could get, but often lost his job because of his drinking.Isobella was tall, with brown hair,good looking, with a good figure.She held the family together, kept a garden, always having too much to do and too little to do it with. She was loved by all and managed to keep her sense of humour.
Esther'sfirst memories of her dad were of his drunkenness. Finally he took medicine that helped him. This was after Mary was born He never raised his voice to his wife when he was drunk but often took it out on his sons. Isobella was still in bed after Mary=s birthwhen Tomcame home drunk andwhaled Dave with a club until Isobella came from upstairs to the head of the stairs and said, "Tom." He replied, "I'm all right, Bella." - and he was. After thathe started taking medicineanddid not drink again until Isobella died.Isobella developedTB of the bone and pneumonia and spent her last year in bed.Esther quit school and looked after the children during this time. When Isobella became terminally ill she stayed at the Pell's, a neighbour, where she died in 1907.
When Isobella died, Tom fell apartand disappeared.Tom=s sisters, Liz and Sarah, decided that Esther was too young to look after the family on her owntook over, distributing the children among the family members, despite Esther's attempts to keep them together under her care. By one method or another, the family was scattered.Kate was sent east to Ontario with Maggie Denison, as they figured that Isobella=s family should get at least one child. Katearrived therewith her name on a cardboard pinned to her coat so she would be recognized.For years after the family breakup, the children saw nothing of their father. He worked for years in a camp in Ontario with his son Dave. The rest of the family knew nothing about this until later. Esther saw him once after her mother's death , then did not see him again until her visit to Manitoba in 1944. Tom's brother Bob who had moved to Saskatchewan had a stroke and wrote, trying to get Tom to come and see him , but never heard from him.
Tom was batching somewhere east of Winnipeg when his sister Liz contacted him. She got him to come and stay with her and get a supply of wood in for her as her wood was all washed away and scattered through the bush. He stayed there until after her death in 1931. During that time he would sometimes walk over and stay with Bessie,his daughter,and John. After that he spent about three months at a time with each of Sadie, Mary and Bessie and their families.
During the 1940's Tom stayed most of the time with Bessie and her family. When he became too old to move around he stayed with them all the time.Bessie cared for him as his health deteriorated until he became too much for her and her family to handle, as he often hallucinated, seeing snakes, etc., by his bed andcould not be restrained. He got so he seldom recognized anyone.Bessie finally had to agree to have him sent to a home, about a year before he died.There he did not recognize anyone who came to see him.
Tom died at the St. Boniface Old Folks Home on October 17, 1950 at the age of 91 years, 6 months and 24 days. His funeral was October 20 at the United Church in Miami with Rev. Freer officiating. The pallbearers were Harold McKay, Alan Gill, Fred Loyns, Frank Richtik, Walter Richtik and James Richtik. He was interred in the Miami cemetery.
Notes for ISABELLA JANE SEE:
Isabella See was born April 27, 1870, near Gananoque, Ontario.Her father moved to Michigan when she was small. She died May 2, 1907, at Miami, Manitoba, of TB of the bone.
iv. ELIZABETH JANE MORTON, born March 27, 1862 in GANANOQUE, ONT; died 1931; married JOHN DUNCAN in MIAMI, MANITOBA; born in SCOTLAND; died 1913.
Notes for ELIZABETH JANE MORTON:
Liz was born in Gananoque County, Ontario. When she was still small, the family moved to Saginaw, Michigan. Later she moved to Manitoba.
John Duncancame west to the Nelson district with his father, sister and brothers from Forfarshire, Scotland in 1872, and following a time in Ontario. He homesteaded NE 3-4-6 but lived with his brother Watt, father and sister on Watt's land until he married Lizzie Morton of the Morton district northwest of Miami. He then bought 30 acres for a building site from A.P.Stevenson on SW 2-4-6. They built a big stone house beside the creek .John died in 1913, Liz in 1931. Her brother, Tom Morton, lived with her in her later years.
1 v. SARAH (SALLY) ANN MORTON, born April 22, 1864 in GANANOQUE, ONTARIO; died June 16, 1943; married GEORGE HAMILTON August 27, 1884 in NELSON, MANITOBA.
vi. HANNAH MORTON, born May 9, 1867; died May 14, 1867.
vii. BABY BOY MORTON
viii. BABY BOY MORTON
ix. BABY BOY MORTON
Generation No. 3
4.ROBERT "PAPPY" MORTON, born 1799 in near BELFAST, IRELAND; died August 1, 1893 in SELKIRK, MANITOBA.He married 5. SARAH.
5.SARAH, born 1820 in QUEBEC; died Abt. 1865 in LEEDS TOWNSHIP, ONTARIO.
Notes for ROBERT "PAPPY" MORTON:
Robert Morton was born near Belfast in Ireland about 1797 and emigrated at age 19 to Canada, around 1816. According to the 1871 census (he was not found in the 1861 census), he came from Ireland to the Montreal area. He lived 10 to 15 years 5 miles north of Gananoque .His wife, Mary Ann Seale, was born in Quebec.Ontario, where his son John (and possibly the other children), was born, Robertmoved to Sandish, Michigan, where he worked for Mr. C. Eddy in the lumber woods.
In his old age, now known as Pappy, he was a stooped over man with a cane. Whilestill in Michigan,he wanted to go live with his grandson, Jim Morton, whom he often visited, but Jim=s wife Lillian would not allow it.Pappywas feeling ill and thought he would like to see his son John before he died.He leftMichiganin the late 1880's and lived with his son John and daughter-in-law Ellenin Manitoba, about five miles north-west of Miami on SE 3 of 22-5-7 and stayed with them about 3 years.
The housewhere the Mortons lived was an ordinary log house with a lean-to.There was onelarge front room and a kitchen in the rear, the front door, the door into the kitchen and the back kitchen window wereall in line, the door going out from the kitchen on the south side.The front room was about 16x20, the kitchen 12x20.Bedrooms were upstairs.The Mortons were in fair circumstances, had a good farm and were well respected in the community.
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Children of ROBERT MORTON and SARAH are:
2 i. JOHN MORTON, born December 21, 1838 in ONTARIO; died February 8, 1890 in MIAMI, MANITOBA; married (1) MARY ANN SEALE October 21, 1857; married (2) ELLEN CRUISE Abt. 1875 in MORIN HEIGHTS, QUEBEC.
ii. MARY MORTON, born 1842 in ONTARIO.
iii. CAROLINE MORTON, born 1843 in ONTARIO.
More About CAROLINE MORTON:
Date born 2: 1841, ONTARIO
iv. WILLIAM MORTON, born 1845 in ONTARIO.
v. THOMAS MORTON, born 1848 in ONTARIO; died Unknown.
6.THOMAS SEALE, born 1799 in CONNAUGHT, IRELAND.He was the son of 12. THOMAS SEALE, SR.He married 7. ANN JOHNSTON.
7.ANN JOHNSTON, born 1811 in CONNAUGHT, IRELAND.She was the daughter of 14. WILLIAM JOHNSTON.
Children of THOMAS SEALE and ANN JOHNSTON are:
3 i. MARY ANN SEALE, born November 1, 1835 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE; died March 6, 1872 in GANANOQUE, ONT; married JOHN MORTON October 21, 1857.
ii. ELIZABETH SEALE, born 1837 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE.
iii. JOHN SEALE, born 1839 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE; married ELLEN.
iv. JANE SEALE, born 1840 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE.
v. THOMAS SEALE, born 1842 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE.
vi. LUCIA SEALE, born 1844 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE.
vii. MARY JANE SEALE, born 1848.
viii. WILLIAM SEALE, born March 10, 1849 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE; married SARAH ANN KILPATRICK; born April 13, 1865; died March 6, 1947 in ARGENTEUIL, QUE.
ix. JOSEPH SEALE, born 1852.
Generation No. 4
12.THOMAS SEALE, SR, born Abt. 1775 in IRELAND; died Abt. 1860.
Notes for THOMAS SEALE, SR:
Thomas Seale was a farmer and immigrated in 1832 along with son Thomas, his wife Ann Johnston.They settled on 90 acres of land in Argenteuil County, Quebec, 40 miles north of Montreal.They were 4 miles north of the Ottawa River.Other Seales had already settled in this area.John, James, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Jane Seale immigrated in the period of 1830 - 1832.They are likely related but no direct link has been established.They all came from Connaught, Ireland over a 3 year period.They were all members of the Anglican Church.
Child of THOMAS SEALE, SR is:
6 i. THOMAS SEALE, born 1799 in CONNAUGHT, IRELAND; married ANN JOHNSTON.
14.WILLIAM JOHNSTON, born 1771 in IRELAND; died Abt. 1860.
Child of WILLIAM JOHNSTON is:
7 i. ANN JOHNSTON, born 1811 in CONNAUGHT, IRELAND; married THOMAS SEALE.