In 1930 census Jamesage 54, is married to Elizabeth age 43. He is shown as first married at age 17, she first married at age 19.
With them are 5 children, all with surname Sharp so seems this must be a second marriage for both James and Elizabeth.
He is shown immigrating in 1883 which should mean he should show up in Canada 1881 census.
1920 he is in Sault Ste. Marie age 46, wife Nellie age 45, daughter Ella, age 24
and son Jas. age 23. James shown immigrating 1881
** next door to them is a William Troyer, age 54 also born Canada, also immigrated 1881 so likely a brother of James I would think - his wife is Jessie
In 1910 he is in Sault Ste. Marieage 37, with wife Nellie age 35, and two children Ella 16 and James 12 - both Foyer.He is shown immigrating 1882.
In 1900 he is in Manistique, Schoolcraft, MI age 27, wife Nellie age 23, Ella age 6 and James age 3.
Again James shown immigrating 1882.
They are shown married 1893.
His WW1 draft card shows wife as Ellen Jane Troyer
His birth show as March 14, 1874
** I did not find James in 1881 Canada census so perhaps he did arrive in US that year so missed both 1880 US and 1881 Canada census.
I tried to find marriage for James and Nellie or James and Elizabeth but no luck.
I did however, find the marriage for WIlliam Troyer which shows parents as M. Troyer and Louisa Shephard
Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925
birth: 1866 Canada
marriage: 24 Apr 1890 Sault Ste Marie,? Chippewa,? Michigan
parents: M. Troyer,? Louisa Shephard
spouse: Jessie Smith
groom's name: William Troyer
groom's age: 24 years
groom's birth date: 1866
groom's birthplace: Canada
bride's name: Jessie Smith
bride's age: 19 years
bride's birth date: 1871
bride's birthplace: Canada
marriage date: 24 Apr 1890
marriage place: Sault Ste Marie, Chippewa, Michigan
groom's father: M. Troyer
groom's mother: Louisa Shephard
bride's father: A. J. Smith
digital folder number:
So from this I looked in ON marriages for an M. Troyer married to Louisa Shepard and found this
Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1801-1928 about Michael Troyer
Name: Michael Troyer
Birth Place: York
Residence: York Township
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Father Name: Jacob
Mother Name: Catharine
Spouse Name: Louisa Sheffer
Spouse's Age: 18
Spouse Birth Place: York Township
Spouse Residence: Vaughan Township
Spouse Father Name: Henry
Spouse Mother Name: Sarah
Marriage Date: 2 Apr 1861
Marriage County or District:
Louisa's surname pretty close so checking deaths to see what I could find
Ontario, Canada, Deaths, 1869-1938 and Deaths Overseas, 1939-1947 about Michael Troyer
Name: Michael Troyer
Death Date: 1 Dec 1918
Death County or District: York
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1838
Birth Location: Lot 22 Con 3 W.Y.
Image says he was a gentleman
aged 80 years 11 months
died of old age, senility and artery sclerosis, many years with cardiac dilatation, few minutes contributory
father Jacob Troyer
Mother Katherine Oster
Burial in Latherin
1871 STANLEY, HURON SOUTH, ON
TROYEN (as indexed)
Michael, age 32, farm labor, born ON
Louisa, age 28, born ON
Sarah C., age 10, born ON
William, age 7,born ON
daughter Sarah, age 17was married Jan. 16, 1878 in Huron Co. to William Ireble, age 27
Spelling in marriage must be wrong as in births of Sarah's children surname is Treble
I found a birth of a Çharles Wesley Troyer April 12, 1871 to Michael and Louisa
There is also a Charles Troyer of right age , born Canada, who is in Sault
Sainte Marie in 1900
he is single, born April 1872 (close enough to April 1871 as census often off by a year or more) immigrated 1884
I see that the 1881 census for Stanley, Huron South has many pages that are almost impossible to read which may be why they are not in the index for that year. So no way yet to be sure that Michael and Louisa are parents ofJames.
!!!!!I just found second marriage for James to Elizabeth Sharp (James surname misspelled as Trayer)
and his parents are shown as Michael Trayer and Tavian Shaffer
Elizabeth A. Sharpe
Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995
birth: 1886 Sault Ste. Marie,? Mich.
marriage: 12 Oct 1929 Sault Ste. Marie,? Chippewa,? Michigan
parents: Jno. Hoornstra,? Sarah Tabbat
spouse: Jas. W. Trayer
groom's name: Jas. W. Trayer
groom's birth date: 1875
groom's birthplace: Bayfield, Ont.
groom's age: 54
bride's name: Elizabeth A. Sharpe
bride's birth date: 1886
bride's birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
bride's age: 43
marriage date: 12 Oct 1929
marriage place: Sault Ste. Marie, Chippewa, Michigan
groom's father's name: Michael Trayer
groom's mother's name: Tavian Shaffer
bride's father's name: Jno. Hoornstra
bride's mother's name: Sarah Tabbat
groom's race: White
bride's race: White
indexing project (batch) number: M73360-6
system origin: Michigan-EASy
source film number: 1007568
Bayfield is in Huron County, ON which matches with where Michael and family lived.
There is not an image for this marriage so I cannot see what his mother's name looks like in the actual record....but it certainly seems like this is same couple as parents of William, Sarah and Charles.
I did not find his earlier marriage to Nellie.
If you could get his death cert. it should confirm the parents.