Shelley, I too have been watching the news steadily for he past two days and I am greatly upset and depressed over the entire situation.
My father too was born in Burkes Falls, Ont his name was Ronald Albert Kinton 1939-1977 he passed away from a massive heart attack at the age of 36 - I was 10 and am an only child - now age 34 residing in Frankford, Ont - married with one child age 10. I have included some Kinton histroy that I just recently received from a Geoff Kinton from England (see below) for which I am distantly related too. Harold Kinton was my Grand Father's Father (Bert or Albert Kinton is my Grandfather's name - deceased).My Grandfather Albert (Bert) had four children - Ronald - deceased, Allan - resides in Midland, ONT, Patricia - resides in Belleville, ONT and Diane -residence unknown. My Grandfather had at least 7 siblings - for which I just saw photographs for the first a couple of weeks ago from my Grandmother - Esther Kinton - resides in Stirling, ONT.I can only remember meeting my Uncle Ernie - Grandfaher's brother and his other brother Stanley Kinton (Leslie Kinton's Father see below).
Note from Geoff Kinton to me: From the note below that I have included it appears we are all related distantly. Keep in touch, best regards, Karrie Phillips - Kinton
John Kinton (1751-1800) married Mary (?) (1760-1814) in about 1780 in Hanmmersmith, S W London. They had (at least) four children.Thomas was baptised at St Paul's C of E Hammersmith in March 1793 (bear in mind they did this quickly in those days of high infant mortality).Thomas married Margaret (possible surname Gallett) and he died in 1837.
Thomas and Margaret had (at least) two sons and another baby that died in childbirth.By the early 19 century the family had become Methodists.Son 1 was Thomas Gallett Kinton, born 1822, who married Catherine Johnson of Barrowden, Rutland:I am directly descended from this line (as is Leslie Kinton, the pianist - I suppose it was he whom you contacted).Son 2 was John Louis Kinton (1827-20.12.1882).Louis (his branch of the family had the confusing habit of using second names) married Sarah Curtis Mackie and these were the parents of the first Kintons to come to Ontario.Their daughter (Ada) Florence was the subject of the book "Just One Blue Bonnet," edited by her sister (Sarah) Amy Randleson - her married name, of course.
The Kintons from the Thomas Gallett side set out to join their cousins in the late 19th/early 20th Century - they included Harold, Leslie's grandfather.
And me?I'm a contempory of your father, born in 1939.My grandfather, Arthur Kinton, stayed in England and was killed in the First World War.He had one son, my father Edward Arthur, who passed on some years back.I'm keeping the flag flying: two daughters, about your own age, and a son of 21 years, Joe. (Don't forget the grandson, says my wife, but he's a Williams).
Confused by all this?Sorry!I can't fit in your father, Ronald, or his brother, Allan, or Bert (Herbert?), your grandfather.But if you are related to Leslie, so you are to me, however distantly.I could send you a family tree (far from complete) with lots more names on but would need you address and you might not care to give this.It's too complicated to send on this machine (or I'm not good enough at it, I should say).
You won't hear from me for a couple of weeks now anyway, we're going on holiday. For now, best regards, Geoff.