Re: HENRY surname in Ontario
We think Wm Jas. Henry's parents may have been Wm Henry (1808-aft 1851) and Bell Anne or Anna Bell. This is an assumption based on the grave markers in Boston Mills. No marker has been found for Wm Henry. There is a marker for Ann wife of Wm Henry died 1853. On her marker is also Moses, their son who died at age 20. Wm. Jas. Henry is buried in Shelburne and I think my notes connected him to Wm & Ann but I would have to look back at these.
There appears to have been two Henry main families in Peel County and research so far has not been able to prove or disprove a connection even though both appear in the area about the same time and both originated from Ireland. Wm. Jas Henry’s family appear to have been Presbyterian.
I worked on this line the other night. I had it back to William Henry and the Anna Bell (Bell Ann/Anna?), but I couldn't find proof of the last name "Bell." But as they have both parents' names, they surely have a death certificate or some other proof of that. There was a young female in the William Henry (b 1808 Ireland) and Ann's home, last name appearing to be start with a "D", but I guess sit surely was a "B" and a close relative.
I wonder what relation Ann Bell was to the Wm's wife Ann; niece perhaps. This younger Ann Bell was born in Canada. She is marked as domestic servant, but that is just to show one is not a child.
Of the original census for Canada West (Ontario), Peel co., Chinguacousy, 1851 the page # is 265.
Starting line 41.
Wm. Henry born Ireland Presbyterian Free (Free Will?) age 44
Ann born Ireland41
Mary born Ireland 21
Rob born Ireland 16 laborer
Moses born Ireland 14
Wm. born Ireland 12
James born Ireland 7
Thos. 5 born Ireland
Ann Dell (clearly starts with a "D" and not a "B" domestic servant 10 born Canada (Is there proof that William's wife Ann was a Bell? I would assume that this "Dell" was her niece.Obviously this family of Henrys came to Canada no sooner than after the birth of Thomas. There are lots of Canadian death records here on Ancestry so if we can get Thomas birth date we will know that they immigrated after that date and before the 1851 census!
On page 273 we have the David Young age 44 from Scotland, wife Jane 41 born England, and the four children born Canada; Thos. 14, Mary Ann 11, Jos. 8, David 6. (This "D" in David helps me see how the census taker made an Upper Case "D" and it was definitelylooks like Ann "D"ell10in Wm. Henry's home. And guess what? This family was Presbyterian Free also.
Page 81, Canada West (Ontario), Peel County, Chinguacousy
Joseph Bell46 weaver whole family born Ireland religion United Presbyterian
Joseph 18 laborer
Jas. Junior 12
1851 Gore, Peel County, Canada West (Ontario) Religion Eng. (Church of England? Anglican?)
Henry Bell 64 farmerborn Ireland
Mary 54 Ireland
Mary Ann 18
farther down the page
Robert Bell 28 born IrelandTavern Keeperreligion Engl
Annie Jane Bell born Canada 24 religion W. Methodist(Weslyan?)
Samuel 1 born Canada religion W. Methodist
Albion, Peel Co. Canada West (Ontario) 1851
I just noticed it looked like the census here was taken by J. Henry!I didn't notice who took the census on the rest of Peel County!!!!!
John James Bellcordwainerborn IrelandReligion Wesleyan Methodist 32
Jane 29b Ireland
William born Canada 12
There were other Bells. I bet this one could be onyour family tree!
Toronto, Peel County, Canada West (Ontario) 1851
David Bellpensionerborn Scotland67Free Church of Scotland
Catherine Bell wifeborn Ireland 54Established Church
There are Hendersons ranging in age from 17 to 2 on the page after David Young (see farther above).They too belong to Pres. Free and were bornin Canada. I don't know where their parents were born. Also on this page (273), Jos or Jas Young occupation carpenter, he, wife and kids born Canada, Presbyterian Free. Henry can be a form of Henderson so there is always that to keep in mind as a possibility of these being cousins to Wm. Henry. Perhaps their parents (or at least their father) was the David Henderson farmer 46 born Scotland and wife Nancy 37 born Scotland, both Presb. Free.
On page 281 there is a David Henry born Ireland servant, but he is a member of the Catholic Church so I think that rules him out as being a close relation to your family.
On page 283 is a William Henry 27 and wife Margaret26 and their children, Mary 4, Helen 2, Jas 1 month. All three kids born Canada.Religion Church of England.
On the following cite, it says that Free Presbyterian (Presbyterian Free) was also seen as FK.
From the fact that your Henrys belonged to this denomination, I think they were Ulster Scots, coming from Ireland to Canada but of Scottish ancestry.
I still want you to consider testing with us at the Y-DNA 37 level. Judy and I do our best to help all our participants find their relatives.
If you can find the Church records for Peel Count, Chinguacousy, (FK or Presbyterian Free), they will probably have where your Henrys were in Ireland, with the transfer of their church letter!
On the 1851 Census there in Peel County, I saw several Presbyterian U. (United). So the following is interesting:
In June 1861, the Canada Presbyterian Church was formed with the merger of the Canadian Synods of the Free Church of Scotland and the United Presbyterian Church. This became the dominant Presbyterian grouping in the Canada/
(Your Henrys as Presbyterian Free were also known as the Free Church of Scotland!)
Following is a wonderful research story of another member of the Presbyterian Free community there in Peel County!!!
I saw these McKanes and Henderson when I was looking at the neighbors to your family.
You will enjoy reading it:
Another possible relative of yours:
From Church Records in Peel County:
Cemetery No. 8, "White Church", Con 5W Lot 3 in Caledon twp
Location: HWY #10 North to Town line (34 sideroad)
Go west to fourth line west, turn north for Approximately one mile or so. On the west side of the road.
Established – c.1834
Transcribed from a transcription recorded by Elva Davis 1983, Previously recorded by Perkins Bull 1930’s & W. Britnell 1970’s
History: Elva Davis/Trudy Mann
Published by Halton-Peel Branch Ontario Genealogical Society. To purchase a full transcription see:http://www.hhpl.on.ca/sigs/ogshp/cemtrans.htm
CALEDON TOWNSHIP NO.8
MELVILLE PRESBYTERIAN/UNITED CEMETERY
1. Archibald McNAUGHTON native of Islay died 16 Mar. 1834 aged 49 years
2. Elizabeth HENRY wife of Archibald McNAUGHTON died 6 June 1853 aged 68 years
This Elizabeth Henry may or may not have been related to your Henrys. Very possibly was.
Do the death corticated of any of the children of William and Ann give Ann's maiden name?
Did William remarry after Ann died? Is there a death record for Ann?
Hope you will join us and let us work with you.When you join us, I would have access to the computer comparisons of you with others in the huge familytreedna database. You seem to have a fascinating group of Henrys.I was also shocked to see just how many Irish and Scottish Henrys there were/are in Canada. I think our project should really concentrate on drawing them in.
Doris Noland Parton
Co-administrator of Henry Surname DNA Project at familytreedna.com