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Hugh TRUEMAN, born Ireland, appears in the 1871 census in Innisfil twp., Simcoe Co. where is a 52 yr old farmer. He had two sons... John & Thomas Irwin. Both were at home in 1871, Thomas was a school teacher. Hugh died in Oro twp. on 30 April 1892. His will is Simcoe Co probate #2882, 1892. The executors of the will are William McCONNELL of Innisfil (Presbyterian clergyman) and Thomas Irwin TRUEMAN of Midland, school teacher. Hugh left his real estate to Thomas - "part of north part of lot 15, 4th con. Innisfil - 12 acres + south of N of lot 16 in 4th con Innisfil - 50 acres + part of NW corner of south of lot 16 in 4th con Innisfil - 2 acres. Son John, carpenter of Toronto, inherited $500.

St. James Anglican church, Toronto: 7 November, 1842, by license, Hugh TRUEMAN, of the township of Innisfil, bachelor, and Jane MOORE, of the city of Toronto, spinster.

In the 1881 census, Hugh & Jane are in Innisfil twp., only only son John (age 30, b. Ontario) is at home.

Hugh’s son Thomas: The 1901 census for Midland Ontario (dist. 13, sub-dist. E-1, pg 20-21), has Thomas I. Trueman, birthdate June 25, 1850 in Ontario, Irish descent, religion = C of E, occupation = town clerk; wife, Susannah, born Feb. 12, 1853 in Ontario, age 48. Susannah’s maiden name was SLOAN and she was d/o Henry SLOAN & Susannah LANGTRY. A photo of Susan with her sisters is at:

Children of Thomas & Susannah:

1. Maud Clara, b. Oct. 25 1876, age 22, nurse (birth registration #28822-76 has her name as Clara Maud, born in Innisfil twp., Simcoe Co.). In 1910 she was unmarried & living in Midland. Clara died 4 Feb 19?? and is buried at Lakeview cemetery, Midland where her tombstones says that she was the wife of Alexander COWAN. She was married & living in Barrie at the time of her sister Helen's death.

2. Flossie L., b. June 9, 1879 in Victoria Harbour and died 31 Oct 1911. She married Alex Coulson ADAMS on 28 Oct 1903 in Midland. In 1910 they were living in Midland. Alex was born 1 Dec 1878 in New Hamburg s/o Charles N. ADAMS & Sarah COULSON and he died on 16 April 1951. Alex & Florence are buried at Lakeview cemetery, Midland along with a daughter Sara Marion (17 Aug 1905 - 3 Oct 1905). After Florence died, Alex married her younger sister Jessie (1913, see below)

3. Edward Howard., b. May 24, 1881, lumber clerk (birth reg # 30644-81, middle name is Howard, born in Midland). Referred to as Howard on his father’s probate papers, 1910 - living in Vancouver. In April 1902 Edward enlisted (in Calgary) to fight in the Boer War.. Canadian Mounted Rifles. His files are online at the National Archives site

4. Clifford Sloan., b. Feb. 16 1885 in Midland; in 1910 he was living in Chesley. On 24 June 1914 he married Alice Margaret THOMPSON in Tillsonburg, Oxford Co (where Alice was born & was resident of). In 1914 Clifford gives his residence as Midland. Reg # 017821-14. There is a Clifford S. TRUEMAN buried in Claremont Union cemetery, Durham Co. with the dates 1885 - 1960.... but his wife's name is given as Margaret Alice WESTERN (1892-1965). With them is their son, Douglas Scott 1919-1924. At the time of his sister Helen's death, Clifford was living in Whitby. 

#017821-14 (Oxford Co): Clifford Sloan TRUEMAN, 29, Midland, same, s/o Thomas Irwin TRUEMAN & Susannah SLOAN, married Alice Margaret THOMPSON, 21, Tillsonburg, same, d/o James WESTON & Margaret THOMPSON, witnesses were Jennie D. THOMPSON of Tillsonburg & S.E. RAYNES, 24 June 1914 at Tillsonburg

5. Helen, b. March 7, 1883 (birth reg # 332974-85, born in Midland, no middle name). Married William BANNISTER in Midland on 30 Dec. 1904. William was born about 1873 in Tiny twp. He was the s/o John BANNISTER & Jennie TRUAX and in 1904 he was a merchant in Waverly. The witnesses at the marriage were Clifford TRUEMAN of Midland & Annie REIVE of Markham. (marriage reg # 17078-04). In 1910 they were living in Waverly..... Helen's obit is as follows:

A native of Midland and former resident of Waverley, Helen (Trueman) Bannister died in Brantford as the result of a stroke, Sept. 4. Born in 1884, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Trueman. Her father was the first principal of Central School in Midland was at one time Midland's town clerk.
In 1903, she was married in Midland to William Bannister, and for a number of years they owned and operated the general store in Waverley. While in Waverley, Mrs. Bannister acted for the Waverley correspondent for the Free Press Herald. In recent years, Mr. and Mrs. Bannister moved to Brantford where they had since made their home.
Mrs. Bannister was a member of the Anglican Church and of St. John's Guild, Waverley.
Surviving are her husband, of Brantford; two sons, Clarence of Waverley and Jack of Willowdale; two daughters, Mrs. G.R. Brown (Isobel), Toronto, and Mrs. C. Howe (Helen), of Brantford, and six grandchildren. Also, two sisters, Mrs. Alex Cowan (Maud), Barrie, Mrs. Lex Adams (Jessie), Fort William, and two brothers, Harold Trueman, California, and Clifford of Whitby.
Rev. H.K. Matson, assisted by Rev. W.C. Stubbs, conducted the service Sept. 7, from the funeral home of A. Barrie and Sons. Interment was in St. John's Anglican Cemetery, Waverley. Acting as pallbearers were Alfred Munro, Almon Preston, Wyebridge; Charles Reynolds, George Brock, Herbert Hornsby and Reginald Drinkle, Waverley. Relatives and friends from a distance attending came from Fort William, Barrie and Whitby

6. Douglas, b. April 14, 1887 (birth reg # 32036-87 - index - as Clarence D.). In 1910, and 1913, he was living in Midland

7. Jessie Elizabeth., b. April 24, 1889. In 1910 she was living in Midland. Jessie is buried at Lakeview cemetery, Midland with her sister Florence & Alex ADAMS (who was married to both sisters). At the time of her sister Helen's death, she was married & living in Fort Wiliam. Jessie married Alex C. Adams on 28 Oct 1913 in Midland, marriage reg # 13580-13, witnesses were Mrs. W.H. BANISTER of Waverly & C.D. TRUEMAN of Midland.

8. Reive, b. Sept. 3, 1891 (birth reg # 37001-91, born Midland, full name is Harvey Reive Trueman). Reive is buried at Lakeview cemetery, Midland with his parents. He died 21 Aug 1905 at age 13.

9. Harold, b. Oct. 2, 1894, to California

In 1904 Thomas was the secretary - treasurer of the school board. He died 19 June 1910 in Midland. An obituary appeared in the Barrie Northern Advance of Thurs. June 23, 1910: "Death of Mr. T.I. Trueman - Town clerk of Midland for several years - An Honored Citizen - Mr. Thomas I. Trueman, one of the county's most highly esteemed citizens, and town clerk of Midland for many years passed away at seven Sunday morning. Mr. Trueman's health had been declining for some months, caused largely by an overstrain on his nerves from an attack of la grippe from which he never fully recovered. For some time his eyes have been giving him trouble, and on Thursday June 9 he went to Toronto and consulted a specialist, with the result that an operation for abscesses above and below one of his eyes was performed. He returned last Wednesday in a very weak condition and other complications followed. Mr. Trueman was in his 60th year, and is survived by a widow, four sons and three daughters. He was well known in Barrie, having frequently acted as county auditor."

Letter written by Thomas I. Trueman to his brother John, 26 June 1892 --

"Dear Brother

Your letter of the 12th to hand in due time.

I have been very busy with one thing and another for some time past. We had promotion Examination in all the rooms on Thursday and Friday last. We will close school tomorrow for the holidays. I will be in Penetang. presiding at the Entrance Exam. Harry LUCK will preside here during Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. We get four dollars per day, what a pity it did not last longer. Maude and Flossie (note: his daughters) will both try but I am not very sanguine of their passing but it will do them no harm to try. All the folks at home again from their visit to Churchill and Vespra.

We had quite a successful garden party in connection with the church on Wednesday last. The gross proceeds was about $95, not so bad for the day was rather unfavorable and of course times are dull.

The elevation is doing quite a stroke of business recently even that our relations with the Americans are not of the most friendly character.

Everything else is extrememly quiet in town. The crops are looking well onstaide? with excellent prospects for an abundant harvest. Gardens are looking remarkably well. I have tomatoes as large as eggs.

I am glad you like your new place so well. I hope that you will stick close to your business and make yourself a necessity to Mr. RYAN. I am writing to him by this mail at your suggestion. I do not think I will be in Toronto during the holidays this summer, it requires money to travel and I have too many other ways in which to use it.

I see you have quite a curiosity in the city these days in that fellow that was found bound hand and foot (on the breakwater I think). He is certainly a conundrum.

You may expect a parcel by exprss about the end of next week or beginning of week after. I will send you a paper by this mail. I saw Tom HEPPANSTALL a few days ago, he comes in here twice a week onthe Steamer "Favorite" (?). He says Bob is in Lion’s Head now, that is farther on up the shore than Meaford.

I see by the papers that our old friend Ker is in St. Catharines now, his daughter christened a boat that was launched in Toronto some time ago. The boat is to ply between Toronto and St. Catharines.

I suppose you heard of John REID’s death, which took place nearly one month ago. The old stock are dropping off one by one, and we are soon to be in their place. Write soon, Your affectionate brother, Thomas Trueman


Hugh’s son John:

John Trueman was a carpenter. He first appears in the Toronto Directory in 1886 where he is living at 28 Davenport. He moved around a lot!

1888: 57 Cumberland

1889: 371 King St. east

1890: 352 Parliament

1891: 2 Ontario place

John had two sons, Milton William & Douglas. Milton married Winnifred CONROY and they had 9 children, of which only 4 sons survived. Marriage registration #1170-1906, Jan 4, 1906 at Toronto: is for Milton TRUEMAN & Minnie CONROY. Milton was age 21 in 1906, a telegrapher resident in Toronto, s/o John TRUEMAN & Mary BOWMAN. Minnie was age 20, born in Michigan USA & resident of Toronto, d/o Patrick CONROY & Annie HANNERY.

letter written to John TRUEMAN (son of Hugh); Dated 25 Feb 1886, Huntsville

"Dear Friend

I read your letter which told me about William having an operation performed on his leg and was glad to hear he was doing well and also glad to hear you are well.

We are all well here and doing well Like the people in America.

I hope your care is all well. I may be down to Toronto next fall and if I do I hope to see you. I am thankfull to you for letting us know about William. I expect Blood Runs thicker than water it did not seem to be so with --- be we did not force our friendship on him if you should be up in this part and comes to see us you will find a Welcom and we will be glad to see you.

I have nothing more of importance to relate only I would like to know how your uncle Beatty is and if your father went to Ireland. It will be easier getting in and out of here when the railway is in operation it will give us communication with the outer world.

Well John I will say goodby for the present as I have nothing more to say. From your uncle, J.W. Trueman, Box 113, Huntsville, Muskoka."

Beatty TRUEMAN, mentioned in the above letter, is mistakenly indexed in the 1871 census (41, G 3, pg 49, film 9961) as Betty. He is in Innisfil twp.(lot 16 con 9, 90 acres), Simcoe Co., age 50, farmer, born Ireland... with his wife Isabella age 43 as well as Rebecca TRUEMAN age 3. Beatty died of old age on July 31, 1899 at age 76 yrs., 10 months at lot 23, con 3, Innisfil twp (death reg # 23822-99) If J.W. is uncle to John & Beatty is uncle to John as well, are J.W. & Beatty then brothers? J.W. is possibly Joseph W. TRUEMAN (see next section). In the 1881 census Beatty, & daughter Rebecca were still together in Innisfil twp, but Beatty's wife is now Agnes, age 50, born in Ireland. Beatty was born in Ireland, but of English descent. Beatty's daughter Rebecca died on 30 Jan 1913 at Hospital for the Insane in Mimico, of epilepsy, at age 'about 45 years" (death reg # 37256-13)

In Amaranth twp, 1871 census are two other Irish TRUEMANs, John & Joseph. A Joseph W. Trueman was the first postmaster in Coleridge - (originally known as Hall's Corners) hamlet located in the northeast corner of Amaranth twp. The post office was established in 1865 and the office closed in 1873.

First, John TRUEMAN is age 18, laborer, born Ontario but of Irish ancestry. He is a stray, living with Lydia & James BREDIN. Both Lydia & James are age 27, born in Ontario, of Irish ancestry.

Second, Joseph TRUEMAN... Joseph age 41, born Ireland, farmer & hotel keeper, wife = Margaret age 30 b. Ontario, children: John 12, William 10, James 9, Eliza Jane 7, Isabella 5, Joseph & Letitia 2 and George 4 months. They are on lot 27, con 2, 150 acres & Joseph owns the land. When birth registers are examined, the following information is found: Joseph W. TRUEMAN, innkeeper, & Margaret ALLINGHAM of lot 27, con 2, Amaranth had 2 children: George on 25 Nov 1870 & Alexander on 19 Feb 1872 before they moved to Mono two where they had a son Charles on 14 Feb 1876 and another son Thomas on 5 April 1877. By 1880 they were in Brunel, Muskoka where Joseph was a farmer and they had a son Erastus Winan TRUEMAN on 8 Oct 1880 - Allingham page: .........

Another TRUEMAN of Irish descent in the 1871 census for Innisfil twp is Ann TRUEMAN. She is a widow, age 79, born in Ireland. She is living with Joseph & Isabella GOODFELLOW and their 2 sons, William age 3 & Matthew age 1. Isabella is age 33, born in Ireland. Joseph is age 35 and born in Ontario, of Scotch ancestry. In the 6th line cemetery, Innisfil twp., the following tombstones were found: Joseph GOODFELLOW, 23 Aug 1835 - 9 Aug 1917

his wife, Isabella TRUEMAN, 10 Dec 1837 - 9 Dec 1922

their son, Frank L., 18 Aug 1878 - 4 June 1906

daughter, Mary E., 3 Jan 1874 - 30 Oct 1907 (or 1967?)

There are other GOODFELLOWS buried in this cemetery.

On 8 Oct., 1840 at St. James Cathedral in Toronto, Esther TRUEMAN of Toronto, married Thomas CUDDY of Adelaide twp. From Cliff Huber: "Thomas Cuddy, youngest son of John Cuddy Jr. of Cullinfad Armagh, married Esther Truman in Toronto in 1840. They had nine children, Sarah, John, Elizabeth, Thomas Alfred, Margaret, Arabella, Loftus William James, Mary Victoria, and Esther Laura Adella.

Thomas CUDDY came to Canada in 1837. His mother, Elizabeth WATERS, was the 2nd wife of John Cuddy Jr."

There is reference to another Truman. "John SMITH (b c 1773) and his wife Sarah McWILLIAMS (b c 1778) came from Dungannon County Tyrone. They were small property owners. They had four daughters, Violet (Mrs James Cuddy of Adelaide Ontario), Sarah, (Mrs John Truman, mother of Mrs Thomas Cuddy i.e. Esther Truman q.v.,), Elizabeth, (Mrs. William Seymour), and Mrs John Coliam." So Sarah SMITH and John TRUMAN are the parents of Esther. Sarah would have been born in the early 1800's."

Thomas CUDDY was born March 17, 1816 in Co Tyrone, and he died 24 Jan 1889 in Adelaide twp. Esther TRUEMAN was born 12 Nov 1826 in Co Tyrone, and she died 22 Oct 1911 in Adelaide twp: Children of Thomas & Esther: Sarah (b. 6 March 1842, married William BROWN), John (b. 6 May 1843 married Elizabeth A. HUGHES), Elizabeth (b. 11 March 1845, married George MORGAN), Thomas Alfred (b. 14 March 1847, married Mati STEVENSON), Margaret (b. 22 Oct 1849, married Robert MILLER), Arabella (9 Nov 1853 0 13 March 1874), Loftus William James (b. 16 Oct 1858, married Bessie SUTHERLAND), Mary Victoria (b. 4 April 1861, married Anthony HUGHES), Esther Laura Adelle (2 June 1869 - about 1950). In the 1871 census, Thomas & Esther are at lot 6, con 3 - owners of 250 acres.

According to a family tree prepared by Gordon Plewes and George Cuddy, and provided by David Law, Esther TRUEMAN (above) had a sister Sarah and a brother John. Sarah TRUEMAN married James CUDDY, s/o James A. CUDDY & Violet SMITH (mentioned 2 paragraphs above). Sarah was born in May or June of 1835 in Riviere du Loup Quebec. She married James CUDDY (1834-1912) on 2 Oct 1858 in Middlesex Co., Ontario. Sarah and James had two children - John Arnold b. & d. 1872 and Augustus Truman 1871-1873. Both boys are buried at West Adelaide Presbyterian Cemetery.

James Sr. & Violet CUDDY are in Adelaide twp in the 1871 census, at lot 8, con 3, owners of 100 acres. James was 63, Violet was 55 and with them were John age 23, Minnie age 21 and an infant age 6 months.

Now, skipping back to John TRUEMAN, brother of Esther, and s/o John TRUEMAN & Sarah SMITH - John was born 5 Feb 1837 and married Catherine, Katie, Ann MORGAN on 17 Feb 1870 in Kerwood Ont. They had children: Richard Morgan, G. Ernest, and Lillian Maud (my notes: from birth registraions: born 1 Nov 1877, John Thomas TRUEMAN, s/o John TRUEMAN (farmer) & Katie Ann MORGAN of Metcalfe twp., Middlesex Co. Also had a son, George Ernest on 20 Jan 1880). John & Kate are buried at Strathroy...... son Richard: Richard M. TRUEMAN was age 26 (born in Metcalfe twp., resident of Kerwood) when he married Anny (or Amy) NIXON on 7 Jan 1902. Anny/Amy was d/o Alexander NIXON & Eliza DAWSON and she was age 28, born in Carlyle & resident of Walford. The witnesses were L.H. TRUEMAN of Kerwood & Victoria NIXON of Walford (reg # 10194-02)...........also this family, #9370-98 (Middlesex Co): George Ed FIELD, 28, merchant, born in & resident of Metcalfe twp., s/o Joseph & Mary, married Lena TRUMAN, 27, born in & resident of Metcalfe twp., d/o John & Catherine, witn: Joseph FIELD of Strathroy & Annie MUN- of Oil Springs, 15 June 1898 at village of Kerwood

#009469-11 (Middlesex Co): Richard Morgan TRUEMAN, 35, widower, of Strathroy, s/o John TRUEMAN, gentleman, & Kate MORGAN, married Helen May CLARKE, 32, of Strathroy, d/o John R. CLARKE, accountant, & Mary CAMERON, witn: John R. & Mary CLARKE of Strathroy, 31 Aug 1911 at Strathroy

There was a George TRUMAN who married an Eliza MACOVYE? (Macooye?), probably in Ireland, as they had a daughter Annie who was born in Ireland about 1881. In 1900 Annie TRUMAN married Eanis C. WOODLEY, age 25, s/o John WOODLEY & Dianpha NYAST?, in Ottawa (22 July). Annie was a resident of Janeville - a village that no longer exists, but was in Gloucester twp., Carleton Co. The witnesses at the wedding were George MACOOYE & Mary TRUMAN, both of whom were resident of Russell, Ont. (reg # 004722-01).

George & Eliza also had a daughter Letitia - her marriage registration: #6626-07 (Carleton Co): George HARPER, 22, carter, Ottawa, same, s/o Noble HARPER & Mary Ann MURPHY, married Letitia TRUEMAN, 19, Ottawa, same, d/o George TRUEMAN & Eliza McCOOEY, witn: John GUNN & Sarah TRUEMAN, both of Ottawa, 25 July 1907 at Ottawa

There was also a daughter Sarah - marr reg # 6433-09, Sarah TRUEMAN age 18, of Ottawa, d/o George TRUEMAN, laborer, & Eliza McCOEY, married John Lawrence GUNN, age 22, teamster, of Ottawa, s/o John GUNN, laborer, & Annie HAROLD, witn: Wm & Harriet OUELLETTE of Ottawa, 28 June 1909 at Ottawa.

From the 1871 census for Warwick twp., Lambton Co: John TRUMAN, age 47, born in Ireland, farmer, and his three children, all born in Ontario: Alice age 9, Ellen age 8, and Frederick W. age 5

From the 1861 census for Warwick twp: John TRUEMAN, age 43, born in Ireland, farmer,C of E, and his wife Phoebe, age 24, born in Ontario, Quaker. No children. From Lambton Co Marriage Registers 185?-1869: John TRUMAN, age 38, born Ireland, resident of Warwick, s/o Thomas & Eleanor, married Phoebe CURE, 25, born Canada, resident of Warwick, d/o John & Amanda, married 13 Dec 1860

John TRUMAN is still in Warwick in the 1881 census, John TRUMAN, age 60, born Ireland & of Irish ancestry, farmer, Weslyan Methodist. Also, Alice TRUMAN age 19, born Ontario and Frederick TRUMAN age 15, and Thomas TRUMAN, age 2. Also living with them are Mary O'MORA, age 51, born England, RC , and William O'MORA, age 49, born England, RC, farmer.

In the 1881 census in Sarnia is a Jane TRUMAN, age 71, widow, born Ireland. She is living with Robert & Ann HARKNESS - Robert: 46, born USA, Irish origins, contractor, Methodist. His wife Ann age 44, born England, and their children: William 21, James 19, Ruth 17, Ada, and John 12.

From historical atlas of Huron Co, 1879: There is a G.M.Trueman, born England, business: Auctioneer, Commission and Land Agent; Valuator for Trust and Loan Co. Money to Loan. Year Settled 1852, Goderich town. In Maitland cemetery, Goderich there is a C.M. Trueman who died 27 Oct 1879 at the age of 58, along with his wife Elizabeth who died 12 Nov. 1890 at age 55... according to a transcription of the cemetery

In an 1851 directory, there is a Thomas TRUEMAN in Pickering - lot 23, con 5. When the 1851 census was checked (part 2 of Pickering twp., page 199), this Thomas is a weaver, age 61, born Ireland, his wife is Ellinor (also born Ireland) and with them is Susan ERWIN, a widow, 86, born Ireland. Children of Thomas & Ellinor are Robert, age 23 born Ireland, Samuel age 17 born C.E., Hannah age 14 born USA, & Joseph age 12 born USA.

This is probably the same Thomas TRUEMAN who was born in Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland on 16 Oct 1791 and who died 17 May 1870 in Bluffton Iowa. Ellinor, nee I/ERWIN was born in Tyrone Jan 5 1798 and she died in Bluffton Iowa on 4 March 1875. There were 5 other children: John born 1818 in Tyrone, Eliza born 1821 in Tyrone, Mary Ann born 1823, Sarah born 1826 and Thomas born 1830.

1923, death reg # 7488 is for a premature infant death at Toronto General Hospital of a s/o Melville TRUEMAN (born in Toronto) and Annie May REID (also born in Toronto). 1 June 1923, baby was of Irish origins. Marriage registration 5857-21 is for Melville TRUMAN, age 23, cabinet maker, of 281 Wellesley St. in Toronto, s/o Charles TRUMAN & Mary BOWMAN, married Annie May REID, of 5 Brighton Rd., Toronto, d/o William George REID & Martha ENGLIS, 9 Sept 1921 at Toronto.

Joseph TRUEMAN was murdered in Thorold in Dec. 1922. He was a policeman, born in Ireland, single, age 35. He had lived in Ontario for 12 years, first as a messenger for a bank in Toronto, then as a policeman in Welland and then in Throrold. His parents stayed in Ireland. His cousin was Wayne HAMILTON of Bradford PA and he also had a brother and a sister in Vancouver B.C. (where he is buried). Death reg is #33884. An account of the murder (shot three times) appeared in The Semi-Weekly Post, Thorold, Tues. Dec. 19, 1922. There is an excellent account of the story at