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IF ever anywhere you see a tombstone for

Alfred Ernest Rice died May 9, 1894 ag 15 yr 3 mo 9 days

it MIGHT be from Traxler Merritt cemetery.

Old Maple Leaf - Ward A.


1 James Soutar
........ + Margaret Henderson
................2 James Soutar b: 13 Apr 1836 in Scotland, d: 31 Jul 1917 in Chatham, Kent Co., Ontario
................ + Margaret Murray b: 29 Aug 1843 in Scotland, d: 29 Dec 1910
........................3 Mary Soutar b: Abt. 1863
........................3 Jinnie (Jane) Soutar b: Abt. 1865
........................3 Margaret (Maggie) Soutar b: 14 Nov 1865 in Chatham, Ontario, d: 09 Mar 1936
........................ + Frank Moore
........................3 James Soutar b: Abt. 1867
........................3 Robert Soutar b: Abt. 1869
........................3 Jane Soutar b: 29 Dec 1870 in Chatham, Kent Co., Ontario, d: 08 Feb 1934
........................3 James David Soutar b: 10 Feb 1871, d: 17 Jun 1937 in [CoD: carcinoma of the pharnyx with metastasis in the neck; site of origin just below base of tongue
........................3 Marie Soutar b: 24 Dec 1871
........................3 Jean "Jennie" Soutar b: 31 Dec 1872
........................3 James Soutar b: 10 Feb 1874
........................3 William George Soutar b: Abt. 1875
........................ + Grace J Reilly
................................4 James Murray Soutar b: 02 Sep 1904 in Kent, Ontario
........................3 Helen Soutar b: 22 Apr 1878
........................3 Christena Helen Soutar b: 15 Apr 1879 in Chatham, Kent Co., Ontario, d: 26 Feb 1936 in Chatham, Kent Co., Ontario
........................3 son Soutar
................2 Robert Soutar b: Abt. 1839, d: 16 Jan 1916 in Kent Co., Ontario

However today (7 April 2012) a Soutar descendant (says that was the Soutar of the Soutar Almanac publishing).

From Cemetery Office
The information available in our cemetery records is quite sparse for interments that are this old.

All the Soutars that you refer to are interred in Old Maple Leaf, Ward A, lot 125, (lot # one hundred & twenty five). This lot was purchased by James Soutar in 1878. The interments listed are as follows: Margaret Soutar (1910), Robert Soutar (1916), James Soutar (1917), Jane Soutar (1934), Christina Helen Sutor (1936), James David Soutar (1937), Jean Soutar (1938) and Mary Soutar (1955).

Also... All the Soutars that you refer to are interred in Old Maple Leaf, Ward A, lot 125. This lot was purchased by James Soutar in 1878. The interments listed are as follows:
1. Margaret Soutar (1910), 1843 - 1910 wife of James d. 1917
2. Robert Soutar (1916), 1839 - 1916 brother of James d. 1917
3. James Soutar (1917), 1836 - 1917 FATHER
4. Jane Soutar (1934), 1870 - 1934 daughter of James d. 1917
5. Christina Helen Sutor (1936), 1879 - 1936 daughter of James d. 1917
6. James David Soutar (1937), 1871 - 1937 son of James d. 1917
7. Jean Soutar (1938) 1872 - 1938 daughter of James d. 1917
8. Mary Soutar (1955). abt 1863 - 1955 daughter of James d. 1917

Mayhew Mount Pleasant

Mayhew -- Mt. Pleasant
1. (large black granite) :BEBINGTON
Nathan Philip
1881 - 1973
his wife
Mati1da ACKERT
1876 - 1971
Always remembered

CHECK THAT against the stone itself.
Her mother is said to have beem born Aug 1867 and married Nov. 1885
and Matilda may have been born 29 Dec 1894

So, PERHAPS the trasncription is incorrect? Perhaps copied incorrectlyh or mis-typed.

Traxler Cemetery Harwich

Need to take one more photo there. i.e. the full frame photo of Willie Neil. A very badly broken stone.

Tilbury Townships on site reorganization...

Tilbury East Township, Kent Co. \\ Stewart Cemetery
Carr Cemetery
Malott Cemetery
St. Peter's Roman Catholic Cemetery
Jeannette's Creek -- a lone grave reported
Rosedale Cemetery aka Burgess Cemetery
Grieve grave
St. Charles Roman Catholic Cemetery
Victoria Cemetery [Baddertown]
pre-Victoria Cemetery
Massacre At Baptiste Creek site (Til. E.?) -- this might have been in Tilbury East or just WEST of there.

The others, such as St. Francis Xavir, St. George's, Maple Leaf (Essex Co.), etc. are in Tilbury West or Tilbury North.

The wiki image uploads are located in the httpdocs/uploads directory structure of the site.
For the CKcem site the total is 195 for the 5 wiki fields in the wiki farm. The most is 85 in the miscwiki field's uploads directory.

Temporary storage of Stringer and Arbnt until Ward A Findastone completed @***@Please note - Information added from family members.

MARGARET ARBUTHNOTT, Born after 1825. She married JOHN STRINGER after 1833. He was born in Yorkshire, England and emigrated to Canada c.1833. John and Margaret homesteaded at "Stringer's Folly," a farm in Kent County, ON on a gravel road between Lake Erie and Chatham.

HUGH ARBUTHNOTT STRINGER, Born 08 August 1845, Chatham, ON; Died 28 November 1921, Victoria, BC. At one stage he was a partner in his brother-in-law's hardware business and later moved to London, Ontario and then to Calgary where he was variously reported as a rancher, gravel merchant and real estate agent. After the death of his third wife he moved to Victoria. He married first in Chatham, Ontario 2 July 1870 SARAH ("SALLY") MARY DELMEGE (born 30 September 1847, and died 06 March 1877), daughter of John Delmege and Catherine Taylor.

JOHN A. STRINGER. Born c.1859. Died 17 November 1938. Grain merchant.

a. Jean Stringer.
b. Brearton Stringer
c. Clara Stringer.
d. Hugh Arbuthnott Stringer, Sr. Born 15 March 1887. Never known as "Barney". Born Chatham about 1900. Died about 1960. Came to Michigan after his father's death, about 1907. Married in Algonac, Michigan Anna Cotrell.
(A) Lyle Stringer. Died before 2003.
(B) Milton Stringer. Lives in Michigan.
(C) Nelson Stringer. Lives in Michigan.
(D) Helen Stringer. Lives in Michigan.
(E) Katherine ("Kate) Stringer. Died before 2003.
(F) William Stringer. Lives in Michigan.
(G) Hugh Arbuthnott Stringer, Jr. Born Algonac, Michigan 1921. Died May 2001. Lived in Michigan,
_>(1) Maynard Hugh Stringer. Born 16 December 1953.
__>e. Lawson ("Lossie") Stringer.
__>f. Margaret ("Peg") Arbuthnot Stringer. Born 1914. Married after 1927 ARTHUR JOHN ARBUTHNOTT STRINGER (born 26 February 1874, Chatham, ON; died 14 September 1950, Mountain Lakes, NJ), qv above.
_>7. JEAN (JANE M.) STRINGER. Born c.1863. Married George Stephens.
__>a. Lyle Stephens.

It looks as though you did not find John Stringer b: 1819 d: 1896 or Margaret Arbuthnott Stringer b: 1827 d: 1907. This family is very confusing because they passed names down each generation.

On a side note: There is one semi-famous Canadian in the bunch (He was the son of the H. Arbuthnott Stringer whose marker you found: ARTHUR JOHN ARBUTHNOTT STRINGER, Born Chatham, ON 26 February 1874; Died Mountain Lakes, NJ 14 September 1950; Educated Univ of Toronto, Ontario and Oxford Univ, England (Rhodes scholar). One of Canada's first successful writers; wrote 39 novels, 15 collections of poetry, a book of one-act plays, a biography of Rupert Brooke & "Buck Benny Rides Again" (story). Married first in New York 2 October 1900 JOBYNA HOWLAND (Born Indianapolis 31 March 1880; Dsp Los Angeles 07 June 1936), model for American illustrator Charles Dana Green; also a stage and screen actress. Divorced. Arthur married second after 1927 his first cousin, MARGARET ("PEG") ARBUTHNOT STRINGER


Sandra Haubach Jacques Sandra Haubach Jacques 14 April 00:18 I'm sorry this article is so long. I wanted to put it in the File but didn't know how. Many of you may be interested in this newspaper article written about my husband's great-grandfather, Francois Jacques, on his 91st birthday. Many names are mentioned that may be of use to some of you.

The Chatham Daily Planet Kent County Chatham, Ontario, Tuesday, March 23, 1926

NINETY-FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS BIRTH Francois Jacques Passed an Important Milestone on Sunday.

Francois Jacques the oldest businessman of Chatham celebrated his nineth-first birthday on Sunday March 21st. Mr. Jacques is in splendid health for a man of his years, and this information will be received with great delight and satisfaction by his many friends.

For many years Mr. Jacques conducted a harness business in this city – the business which is not managed by his son Andrew Jacques. During all of his business career he held the high esteem of everyone with whom he did business. He is one of the staunch pioneers of the district and a man who today is looked upon as a citizen of sterling qualities.

He has been a resident of Kent County since 1835 coming here with his father Francois Jacques when he was a mere child. He has watched this district grow from a pioneer village into the splendid city which is today, and it is but fair to state that he has done his share along with the other hardy pioneers of the country to contribute towards that remarkable growth and success.

Mr. Jacques possesses a remarkable active intellect for a man of his great years. He can recall many of the incidents of earlier days, and he takes a wide and intelligent _______ Montreal issue is spoken of by them as “la grande ile”, a name that the bordering French residents across the St. Lawrence always spoke of the island there then officially designated “Isle Mount Royal”.

Francois Jacques, of this district, with his infant son, Francois, the subject of this sketch, and his family set out for Detroit district and what proved to be the County of Kent. The mode of transportation those days was by batteaus and portage, and sometime during they eventually arrived here.

To the Planet the well preserved, clear-minded old gentleman related his concise story and recollections of the pioneer days in Kent and the part he played with candidness and reservation the Kent public have always known him to exhibit in pursuit of his business.

“Francois Jacques, my father, and of the same name as myself, located in Kent the year of my birth, 1835. We lived on the Dolsen farm, Dover, near the Bear line until I was eight years old. We then moved to Tilbury West, one mile west of the present town of Tilbury, and after eight years residence there I came to Chatham as an apprentice to the harness-making trade with John Smith, the tanner, on the north side of the river, and afterwards the member of Kent in the legislature. My oldest brother, Julius, was the forman in the harness shop at the time. He afterwards returned to the country at St. Peter’s, on the Raleign side where he died. I continued in the service of Mr. Smith four years as an apprentice and three years as a journeyman. During the first and second year of the American war I began business for myself in a building near the Planet office, between there and the post office. I moved from there to the Goodyear Block, then I went towards the east end of King street, nearly opposite the old George Stephens stand. From there I moved to a building opposite the Garner House before this hotel was put up, and near the Isaac Evans’ livery barn at that time.” From there to the present locality was the recital of his business history and clearness with which he called up the names and places of the structures occupied in this pursuit.

“Can you give the reporter any reminiscences of your early days here and about the country?”, was asked.

“Yes, I recollect, although born the 21st of March 1835, my mother selling garden stuff to the soldiers during the rebellion period. I had often _______ the Dolsin store on the Dover side of the river, and the McGregor on the ___________, and the Davis Flour Mill which I often visited when I was a boy in the country” was the veteran’s historical retrospect of the early days.

“How many of the business men remain that were in business when you began about fifty-four years ago?” the reporter asked.

“Hardly any one. If there are any, those will be R. Cooper, James Oldershaw and J___anless” was the reply.

“Can you recall any of the French-Canadians that were settled here when your father established in Dover and afterwards in Tilbury?” was asked.

“Yes, lots of them. Along the Thames, about Jeanette’s Creek and Tilbury there were the names Champagne, Ranme, Dauphin, Ouelette, Daniel, Deloge, Antaya, Peck, Paquette, Peltier, Turnblay, Beaugrand and the English companies of Foote, Dolsen, Wilcox, McGregor, McCrae, Williams, Crow and other of both peoples I cannot recall at this moment. In Dover, I recall the old ones at Pain Count and Grande Pornte very well. They include the names you hear there today. These were the names Thibodeau, Bourdeau, Faubert, Pinuisonnsault, Robert, Primeau, Bechard, King (Roi), Lozon, Caron, Belenger, Gagnior, Cheff, Richie, Rivard, Emery, Lucte, Houle, Cartier, Cedre and many others that do not come to mind at the moment” was the clear recollection of early names with very little knowledge apparently of the younger generation carrying the same names.

“The family born in the Montreal district seems to be typically French-Canadian, not only in vigor and custom, but in number?“ was the question of the reporter.

“Yes, there were sixteen children born in the family. Ten of these grew up to maturity, and with the exception of my eldest sister all lived about here. My brothers were Julius, Edward, Zeb, David and my sisters were Fluvic (Md. Jean Mercier); Lucy (Mde. Stephen Garvo?); Mathilde (Mde. David Lozon). My father lived to be ninety-two years old, and was an active man until about two or three months before he died”, Mr. Jacques stated.

“Tell us of your own family” was the question.

“About 1857 I married Julienne Trudell. She died about 11 years ago. Our family consisted of Louise (Mrs. D. Johnson, Chatham); Alexandre, Detroit; George W., Springfield, Ohio; and Andrew I., now in charge of the business that I so long conducted” was the statement.

“How long since you quit the business?” was asked.

“It is only about five years ago that I gave up the management of the business, but I still come down and work all day at the bench as a journeyman quite often. I have always been active. I was one of the old volunteer firemen of Chatham for twenty-five years, bur during the sixty-four years I have been in Chatham my life was such a quiet one; only recollect of being in court once, and then I was called as a witness in a High Court case. I was never on a jury; although I can recall the days of wild turkeys, geese, pigeons, deer, wolves, wild-cats and the like. I did not lose much time as a hunter” was the synopsis of a long service in meeting the requirements of the Kent public in the days when horses and harness were as much the pride of Kent resident as today.

Mr. Francois Jacques is today well and hearty and as he enters his 90th birthday tomorrow his friends of all classes will wish him many happy returns of the same.

(This article was copied from an old newspaper that was not in very good condition, therefore, the empty spaces.)


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