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1 "For many years Alta Heckendorn and Orville farmed at Hespeler, on Fisher Mill Road and many an enjoyable summer's holidays I spent there with them. My mother would take me by the electric passenger train departing from the Queen Street S. Station in Kitchener, with stops at Rockway, Centreville, Freeport with a change-over at the Preston Station, then onto the Hespeler depot. The main line continued south from Preston, through Galt to Port Dover..... Some of the experiences this city boy remembers from those days were: swimming at the Fisher Mill Pond with my cousins; going to Snyder's Potato Chip factory for "big" brown paper bags of chips; gathering eggs from chicken coop and looking for any that had nested on the loose; fetching the cattle from the cedar swamp below the orchard, sinking up to my boot-tops in muck and watching out for cow-paddies; riding on the tractor with my cousin Robert and him getting me to eat choke berries when I didn't know what they were or how they tasted; having to shovel grain"

"My worst experience, this I dreaded, was having to catch chickens for butchering with a long, wire rod that had a hook in the end to grab the chicken by the legs. Aunt Alta usually did the head chopping, but yours truly quite often did the dipping in boiling water and plucking of the feathers. Their produce, milk and chickens were distributed throughout Hespeler on a route that I was allowed to help with on occasion".

Memories from from Howard , nephew to Alta. 
Heckendorn, Alta (I423)
2 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Reid, Eleanor Margaret (I66)
3 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Reid, William David (I63)
4 Agnes Hampton taught "Miss Hampton's Young Men's Bible Class" in the Methodist Church for fifteen years. She was librarian for 25 years. Five ministers assisted in her funeral service. Hampton, Agnes (I1206)
5 Albert was married to Margaret Booth Thomas. In 1919, the local paper says she traveled to Minneapolis to bring home a baby girl. According to family stories the baby was really born around Kansas City MO and was the daughter of Margaret's brother and a family servant girl with the last name of Kelly. Supposedly, the birth mother went back to Ireland after she had the baby.(Wayne McDowell) McDowell, Dr. Albert Jardine (I336)
6 Also called Blanche-Eva Nadeau, Julie (I2717)
7 also known as Mississippi Mills, Ontario Family F139
8 also known as Mississippi Mills, Ontario. Family F151
9 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Armstrong, Allan David (I152)
10 Arnold Shaw Jr. shows in tax list of 1791, but is not mentioned in father's will in 1797 Shaw, Arnold Jr. (I409)
11 Arthur Boisvert was born in Canada with Indian ancestry (Huron, Blackfeet, Mickmack). Boisvert, Arthur (I1695)
12 Charles Campbell and Anne Jan Beecroft were married by Rev. Andrew Edwards. Robert Henry and Maria Beecroft witnessed. Family F101
13 Christian and Hannah were Mennonites that took part in the mass Mennonite immigration to Canada from Pennsylvania in 1810. Shantz, Christian (I828)
14 David Hampton never married. He was one of the best known and respected citizens that Millbrook ever had. He started teaching school before Confederation. He was principal of Millbrook Public and High School for over 40 years - taught for almost 50 years. He founded the public library in Millbrook. He was librarian and treasurer of the library. He was also treasurer of the Village of Millbrook for many years. He was very involved in politics, lodge and church work. At his well attended funeral, as well as many representatives from the village, the school teachers and pupils marched from his home, the large white house across from the United Church, to the Presbyterian Cemetery north of Millbrook. (source: Dorothy Armstrong (Mrs. Harvey Challice) - This Green & Pleasant Land) Hampton, David (I1199)
15 Died in Germany with NATO forces as a pilot with a jet squadron.  Robinson, Loyola (I480)
16 Dora Eccles Beecroft was named as a beneficiary of $2,000 cash in the will of David Beecroft. The normal amount was $1,000. Beecroft, Dora Eccles (I1424)
17 Dorothée Bellay date of birth is estimated solely from the marriage date of her parents 1761 and her marriage date 1799. Her Husband, Marc Pradet dit St. Gelais is referred to as the widower of Dorothée Belley at the time of his death in Dec 1844. Bellay, Dorothée (I794)
18 Dorothy Marguerite Challice is the inspiration behind this website. Marguerite's 16 page family tree document serves as the base for this project.

Born in August 1946, therefore, I am 59 years old. I grew up on a general crops farm that has been in my family since 1913. I have never married. I have 2 sisters & 1 brother all married with 2 children each.

Took Home Economics in college & was considering teaching Secondary School. Changed my mind & instead took business training.

Worked in Toronto for 30 years.

Moved back home 4 years ago (2001) to help my Dad look after my Mom who had had several strokes & no memory. Mom died in 2002. Stayed to help my Dad who, at the present time, is 89 years old & still an active farmer.

Interested in handicrafts, gardening (inside & out), my house cats, & family tree research. Also am active in church activities (Presbyterian) & Women's Institute.

Have done family tree research for the Challices that are in this area for almost 25 years and have traced ancestors back to 1830.

Challice, Dorothy Marguerite (I164)
19 Double Wedding with Family 143 (Joseph Leslie Robinson/Marguerite Theresa O'Donnell). Rev. Father Schruder officiating. Aquinn O'Donnell & John Holly were Kathleen's & Tom's attendants. Lyla Spotswood & Wilfred O'Donnell were Marguerite's & Leslie's attendants.  Family F142
20 Elva May McBurney was a beneficiary of $1,000.00 cash in the will of David Beecroft. McBurney, Elva May (I1364)
21 Eric McKinstry was married while he had pneumonia Family F82
22 Ernest Lewers Armstrong's middle name was the surname of his Grandmother, Jane Lewers. Armstrong, Ernest Lewers (I117)
23 Ethel Rose McKnight taught for twelve years at Whitfield school, (now the Lions Den). When she retired she received a highly complimentary letter of recommendation from Colonel O'DelI who was the Inspector of Public Schools all the time she taught. Many of her students received the coveted 'Baptie Scholarship' that was available at that time for the Township of Cavan. McKnight, Ethel Rose (I61)
24 Etta May McCredie was cremated and is buried at Grace Cemetery with Robert James McKnight. The grave site does not have a headstone. The plot(s) are located next to that of Marguerite Challice. Lot 8 & 9, Section B, Row P. There is a cornerstone but it may have sunk. (info provided by John Heeringa). McCredie, Etta May (I23)
25 Evelia Boisvert is a mix of French and Indian. Boisvert, Evelia (I1281)
26 Five of Lewis Harold Harrison's sons were in the Service during World War II. Harrison, Lewis Harold (I722)
27 Following the death of both parents Anne McDowell was taken to the maternal grandparents (Campbell) and raised until she was able to look after herself. She may have taken the Campbell name. McDowell, Ann (I1271)
28 Following the death of both parents Gwen McDowell was taken to the maternal grandparents (Campbell) and raised until she was able to look after herself. She may have taken the Campbell name. McDowell, Gwen (I1386)
29 Following the death of both parents Irene McDowell was taken to the maternal grandparents (Campbell) and raised until she was able to look after herself. She may have taken the Campbell name. McDowell, Irene (I1270)
30 George McKnight played in the Millbrook Band of the early 1930's. (From This Green & Pleasant Land) McKnight, William George (I15)
31 Gilbert Beecroft was named as a beneficiary of $1,000.00 cash in the will of David Beecroft. Beecroft, Gilbert (I1426)
32 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Underhill, Douglas Beecroft (I1439)
33 GOING TO SCHOOL IN CAVAN (from This Green & Pleasant Land)by Reg McKnight
From our farm on Lot 10, Cone. 5, I walked to the Fallis Line School, about 1 112 miles further west. It was a school with one room, classes from primary to 8th grade and from 20-24 students. I remember when Miss Gardiner was our teacher something happened that didn't please us students one bit. Perhaps Gordon or Marshall or Eric Fallis can remember what bothered us. As a result, the boys met after 4 p.m. and decided to sneak behind the Methodist Church across the road and break the windows in the north end with a few well-aimed rocks. Nothing was noticed until the next Sunday when the first arrivals for Church discovered the damage. It was soon found out who had done the damage. Strange to say, I had no part in it, and when my father asked, I could honestly answer that I hadn't. Anyway, the parents formed a "Bee" and purchased and replaced the windows. Can you imagine the fuss that would be raised today if such an event happened? It would reach the headlines for sure.

In those days, it was the "thing" to go barefooted. One day we were playing "follow the leader". One of the challenges was to jump from a log, over some thistles or whatever, and land on a board on the other side. Little did we know that there was a 3 inch nail in the board. I jumped and the nail penetrated the sole of my foot and came through my heel. I cannot recall any pain but what I do remember was that one of the older and bigger boys picked me up and carried me the mile and a half to my home. He was not a grown man and I was not a "babe in arms", but he carried me all the way. He was Arnold Fallis.

The kids of that time did mischievous tricks that could have been serious. One Hallowe'en night we expected to get into some devilment with certain people and Leonard Henderson was one of them. By cutting notches in the ends of a spool, with a nail through the centre and a string, one could raise an awful racket on the windows. Naturally we figured Leonard would come charging out of the front door and we would lead him down the front walkway to the small gate. Little did he know that we had placed a single furrow plough across the gateway. We knew about it but he didn't. We nipped through the gateway, jumping over the plough, but Leonard hit the plough at full speed. It's a wonder he wasn't killed but he was okay as far as we know.

Some organization of the Fallis Line Community used to sponsor a Fall Social evening held at someone's home. It was like a Pot Luck Supper and for some reason a pumpkin pie always seemed to be missing. The boys, and I was one of them, were blamed but no one could get the evidence they needed to nail the culprit. This night, they, our parents, had warned us as a group, that we were being watched. We, the boys, got together to plan our strategy. We walked into the house, single file but close, singing some fast marching tune. Our leader led us around the downstairs area, raising quite a commotion and the fourth or fifth last boy picked up the closest pie to the door and escaped using the rest of us as shields. The missing pie was noticed a few minutes later and then they came after us. Did you ever try to run over a newly ploughed field on a dark night? This happened in the home of Nattie Belch but there were no serious results.

Gordon Fallis and I drove to the Continuation School in Millbrook for one or two years. Gordon supplied the horse and buggy ~ cutter in the winter time, and I supplied the rental fees for the stable, hay and oats. I continued going to school either walking or using cross country skis, depending upon the situations. During the winter I would phone home and many times would be asked to pick up the mail, as the mail man could not get through. I usually picked up John George's mail, who lived two farms further west. Sometimes I ended up with a big load but with a bit of Irish bulldog determination, I got home.

Many times I felt that I could sit down and go to sleep in the snowbank but I knew this feeling meant something serious ~ go to sleep and freeze to death.

I took to the Cadet Training by Bruce Dawson and perhaps it gave me a special interest when I joined the R.C.A.E in 1941. Another interest was a curiosity about airplanes. One school day, a small plane swept down over the school and we all felt it had landed in the field at the top of the hill, southeast of the school, time 10:15 a.m. At 10:30 a.m. recess was called and almost everyone had to see that plane.Away we went and the plane was found a short mile over the hill, close to the Kennedy farm. I never found out what happened to the plane but nobody was hurt. We arrived back at school at 11:50 a.m. and needless to say our Principal, Mr. Howard Jordan, was not amused ... he didn't say a word but his looks did.
McKnight, Reginald William James (I79)
34 Grave marker date is 20 Sep 1955. Godson, Essie (I854)
35 Gwen McDowell Campbell was a beneficiary of $1,000.00 cash in the will of David Beecroft. McDowell, Gwen (I1386)
36 Harvey McDowell was a witness at the marriage of his brother Melburn to Josephine Campbell on 26 Sep 1912 in East Wawanosh, Huron County, Ontario. McDowell, Harvey (I265)
37 Herbert Campbell was a beneficiary of $1,000.00 cash in the will of David Beecroft. Campbell, Herbert (I1387)
38 In 1872 John Challice and his brother William emigrated together to Canada. Another brother, Ernest (nicknamed Moggy) stayed in England. This last brother is Gladys' grandfather. Challice, John Jr. (I691)
39 In 1980 Myrtyle Beecroft was listed at being at a nursing home in Brookhaven and being very frail. Beecroft, Myrtyle (I1380)
40 In October, 1879 Thomas Banes (as spelled in the Rudyard Centennial 1883-1983 The First Hundred Years) Purchased 160 acres of land adjoining what was later M-48 from Judson Smith. Smith had purchased the land from the Government in 1876 for $1.25 an acre. Other early settlers such as Nicholas and Theodore Sprague, and Sam Peffers, had also purchased their acres from Smith for $4 an acre. Thomas Banes paid $640 for the 160 acres, to give some idea of land prices at the time in the Strongville area. He cleared the land and built a log house. Thomas and Mary Jane built a new home on the same land on M-48, after all their children ( 8 Girls) were born. A few years later Banes sold the farm to Marcia E. Potts and moved to the Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. Where he ran a Stage Line and Hack Service. Thomas Banes was a very good with horses and an excellent Teamster, as acknowledged by various neighbors.

Theodore Sprague was Thomas Banes Brother in-law. Theodore Sprague married Prudence Banes in Exeter, Ontario Canada.

Thomas Banes was in the household of Hiram and Myrtle Banes Potter and family in the 1920 Census. This was his original farmstead. Hiram and Myrtle had bought or traded for this farm from Mrs Potts.
Banes, Thomas (I787)
41 In the census for England 1871, the name is spelt Challis, but then changed when they came to Canada. Challice, John (I703)
42 In the census for England 1871, the name is spelt Challis, but then changed when they came to Canada. Challice, John Jr. (I691)
43 In the census for England 1871, the name is spelt Challis, but then changed when they came to Canada. Challice, William (I1717)
44 Indoor 5 pin bowling was introduced in the 1946 when Melbourne McDowell installed lanes above his feed store on the south side of King Street. When, in 1960, a fire destroyed the McDowell Lanes, Jim Godfrey moved an old mill building to the present site at the west end of Millbrook where there is bowling for all ages. McDowell, Melburn (I89)
45 Irene Gladys Beecroft married Stanley Underhill. It was Stanley who, along with his brother owned the shoe factory in Barrie. The old factory was torn down in the 1980's. Stanley and Gladys Underhill had a son named Beecroft Underhill, but when he turned 21 he legally changed his first name to Douglas. Beecroft, Irene Gladys (I1435)
46 Irene McDowell Campbell was a beneficiary of $1,000.00 cash in the will of David Beecroft. McDowell, Irene (I1270)
47 J. Gordon McGee was a beneficiary of $1,000.00 cash in the will of David Beecroft (location # 311). McGee, J. Gordon (I1383)
48 J. Roy McGee was a beneficiary of $1,000.00 cash in the will of David Beecroft. McGee, J. Roy (I1382)
49 Jacob Shantz came to America in 1737. Shantz, Jacob (I830)
50 Jacob Shantz was born in Switzerland about the year 1710.

Owing to religious persecutions, he, with others, left their native home and went to Holland where they had the promise of protection from the persecuting parties by the Prince of Orange. Here he lived some fifteen years.

Seeing so many of his co-religionists emigrating to America, besides being informed of the proclamation issued by William Penn, he at last decided to emigrate to America and settle among his co-religionists. He crossed the ocean in a vessel named "Townshead" and landed safely at Philadelphia in the summer of 1737.

He may have resided in Germantown for some time. In the year 1745 we find him and his family located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. What number of children he had could not be ascertained.

We know that he was married twice. The children of his first wife (Magdalena) were Isaac, Esther, Susannah. From his second wife (Catherine Beary) we have the record of only one son named Christian.

Jacob Shantz is buried in the Sprogell Cemetery, beside Magdalena, his first wife. 
Shantz, Jacob (I830)

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