I may have a connection to the VanValkenburgs, but am having trouble confirming the connection.Any help would be greatly appreciated.Here's what I have:
My Great-Great Grandmother was Luella (Nellie) May Grannis (b. abt 1868 Canada d. 1922 Erie, PA)She married Joseph A. Nolan in about 1887, moved to Erie, PA and raised a family there.I obtained her obituary from the Erie newspaper - it stated she was survived by her mother Minerva Grannis and 3 sisters (married names - McLean, McCall, and Miller) one of which was living in Lennox & Addington County, Ontario.
I have found on the VanValkenburg association web page the following: 2845 F v Minerva van Valkenburg was born on 13 Jul 1838 in of Camden, Lennox Addington, Ontario, Canada. (parents: Gilbert Van Valkenburg and Asenath Vosburgh) Minerva married Sellock Aaron Grannis on 24 Jun 1858 in , Frontenac, Ontario, Canada.
This gives me the same name, same place, and dates just about right.I have also found an unsourced tree on familysearch.org which connects an "Ellie May" married to a "Nolon" and three sisters, each with married names within a couple letters of those mentioned in my GGM's obit. to Minerva and Sellock.Too many coincidences to be just that - 4 sisters each with same married names, same place, dates within reason, mother's name same.Unfortunately this tree does not state sources, but I have mailed the submitter in hopes of finding more.
Searches of the Canadian census have provided more questions - names within a couple letters, missing sisters, a brother, etc.
There has been so much work done on the VanValkenburgs - I would be surprised if Minerva VV's children were not known - they were apparently all raised in Lennox & Addington Co. Ontario.However, the impressive tree on the VV association site ends with Minerva & Sellock Grannis (I'm guessing from my research that the original families moved there following the American Revolution - these towns were Loyalist towns, and several in the Vosburgh line have the distinction U.E. (United Empire) following their name.)
Any help would be greatly appreciated - specifically can anyone confirm the children of Minerva and Sellock Grannis?Please e-mail with any clues