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The Descendants of Thomas York and Mary Dickens

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Sarah3 York
She emigrated to Canada with her parents in 1844.

In 1920 Sarah was living in Chippewa Co. MI with her daughter Alice McKinnon.  Another daughter, Sara Ufland, came from Meaford some time before 1926 and took Sarah back home with her so she could take care of her.  However, Sara Ufland became too ill to care for her mother, so Alice McKinnon and Mary (Smith) Bumstead went to Meaford about 1928 and took Sarah (York) Bumstead back to Michigan by boat.

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Charles Bumstead
In 1851 Charles and Sarah were both working for Thomas P. Cooper, a St. Vincent farmer, Charles as a laborer and Sarah as a servant.  Charles later became a farmer.  In 1874 he won second prize in a ploughing match, and in 1875 he was an officer (overseer) of Victoria Grange No. 25.  In 1882 he was a delegate to the Division Grange and Sarah was an officer of the Grange.  He was an officer (G.K.) again in 1884.

After their marriage, Charles and Sarah lived on the eleventh line, St. Vincent Twp, on the farm where William Bumstead settled when he emigrated from England.


St. Vincent Schools, p.25

Some years later, Charles and Sarah moved to Duxbury sideroad, where they later built a stone house which is still standing.  In 1869 Charles was appointed one of the St. Vincent pathmasters.  To assist him and other pathmasters in their duties, the St. Vincent council ordered the purchase of three road scrapers.  In 1870 he was again appointed pathmaster, his responsibility covering "side road 24 & 25, con 7 & 8'".  He was also a pathmaster in 1878, 1887 and 1888.

Meaford (ON) Monitor 23 Mar 1883: 9th line correspondence - Mr. C. Bumstead, who has had inflammatory rheumatism is better and able to be out again.  6 Jan 1888: St. Vincent Council - cedar and work side road 24 and 25 $13.05.

13 Jan 1888: St. Vincent North - Charles Bumstead should not leave his sawing machine on the side of the road any more.  The other day a prominent councilman was passing when his horse shied at the obstruction and came very near ditching him.  22 Jun 1888: St. Vincent Council - work at side line 24 and 25 $6.90.

Charles was in business, taking orders for farm machinery.  According to family tradition, he was swindled out of some money by his partners.  Perhaps besieged by creditors, Charles and Sarah loaded what they could in their wagons, the neighbors helping, and drove with teams and wagons, in the night, to Owen Sound, where they took the ferry to Michigan.  This was in October 1888.

They settled in Mackinac County, just south of Sault Ste. Marie, where the land looked very much like the land they had left in St. Vincent Twp.  After three years at Rosedale MI they found the land too stony for farming and moved to Rockview MI where they lived for 17 years.

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William Edwin4 Bumstead
At the time of his death he was a farmer on Lot 12, Concession 4 of St. Vincent Twp.  He was a roadmaster in 1885, a pathmaster in 1889 and a road overseer in 1892 and 1893.

Meaford (ON) Monitor 16 Nov 1883: Mr. Wm. E. Bumstead has a very well bred Suffolk Hog, at lot 18, con. 8, St. Vincent, the place formerly occupied by Mr. John York.  See advertisement.

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Boar for service
The Subscriber has an extra well bred
Suffolk Boar for service on East part
of lot 18, con 8, St. Vincent
gravel road
Terms $1.00.  W.E. Bumstead.

10 Jun 1885: Pasture to let on Lot 34, Con. 6, St. Vincent.  Apply to Geo. Dyce or Wm. E. Bumstead, Lot 37, Conc. 7, St. Vincent, Cape Rich P.O.

Meaford (ON) Monitor, St. Vincent Township Council minutes: 21 Nov 1884: Wm. Bumstead, repairing bridge on side road 30 and 31 con 11, $2.00; 7 Nov 1890: To W.E. Bumstead, to pay some parties for road work (clearing creek) $30; 25 Dec 1890: work on side road 12 and 16, con 5 $5;

Meaford (ON) Monitor 30 Aug 1895: Mr. Wm. E. Bumstead has purchased the old Londry farm on gravel road east - 153 acres - from the Western Canada Loan Company, through Mr. W.F.C. Arlidge, land agent, Meaford.  Mr. Bumstead will move on the place shortly.

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Phoebe Jane Emary
After her husband died, she ran the farm.  At the same time she bought houses in town, fixed them up and sold them.

In 1895 she won prizes at the St. Vincent fair for 5 lbs. fancy butter, a bouquet of cut flowers, and 6 ears of yellow corn.


Standing: Clara (Bumstead) Mogridge, William Merton Bumstead, Edith Pearl (Bumstead) Langford, Charles Herbert Wilton Bumstead, Jennie Evaline (Jean) (Bumstead) Taft, Harry Clarence Bumstead
Seated: Phoebe Jane (Emary) Bumstead, Bessie Aleda (Bumstead) Chapman, Sarah Ethel May (Bumstead) Holmes, Muriel [Floss] Christina (Bumstead) Mulley, William Edwin Bumstead, Mabel Viola (Bumstead) Hill
In front: Fred Omer Bumstead


From left: Fred Omer Bumstead, William Merton Bumstead, Harry Clarence Bumstead

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Dorothy Jean6 Mogridge
She took her nurses training at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles CA and Bishop Johnson College of Nursing.  She was known as Jean.  After her marriage, she joined her husband in a career with the YMCA.  They worked in many states and for the International YMCA in Mexico City for 6 years.  They retired in 1977.

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Conley M. Davies
He graduated from Whittier (CA) College, and was one of the first graduates from their school of religion.  He was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1945 and served in the South Pacific.

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Harry Clarence5 Bumstead
He never married.  He travelled west as a young man, living in fruit country at Oliver BC.

He spent most of his adult life in Valemount and Blue River BC working in the logging industry.  Before leaving home he had joined Meaford Lodge No. 260, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and was later presented the 50 year Veterans' Jewel.

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Muriel [Floss] Christina5 Bumstead
After her mother died, Flossie went to California on a "visit".  She got a job in a bakery.  The owners wanted to remodel and expand, so Flossie lent them her inheritance money but never had any formal agreement.  After a while the wife turned her in to immigration and they sent her back to Canada about 1934.  She lost all her inheritance money.  She worked in stores and restaurants in Meaford.

On her birth record her name is Muriel Christina F. Bumstead.  She was known by her family as Floss or Flossie, but began calling herself Florence while she was in California and continued with that name until she died.

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James L. Mulley
He served in the British Army in World War I.  He had a dry cleaning business and tailoring business in Meaford.  He had a son Charles from a previous marriage.

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Fanny Ann4 Bumstead
In 1888 she was working in Toronto ON.  She went west in 1892 and resided for many years at Morris MB where in later years she lived with her son Sterling.  In October 1941 she fell and fractured her hip and in November of that year was moved by ambulance from Winnipeg MB to Kansas City KS to live with her daughter Alice.

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John Wilton
In 1872 he migrated from Ontario to Winnipeg MB, at the time a mere hamlet.  He homesteaded at Portage la Prairie MB, but when the period of homesteading was up he returned to Winnipeg, where he lived for many years, working at his trade as a carpenter.

In 1882, he took up a farm, at what was known as Little Two Points, south of St. Jean Baptiste MB, where he remained for four years and was living at the time of his second marriage.  He then moved to the Whitehaven District where he remained until 1905, when he moved to Morris.  He was a member of King Solomon (Masonic) Lodge A.F. & A.M. and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

For many years he was a member of the Council of the Municipality of Montcalm and later the Council of the Rural Municipality of Morris.  He was Reeve of Morris Municipality from 1905-1907.  He was Mayor of Morris for 4 years, in which office he was instrumental in having the Pontoon Bridge built at Morris in 1913.  He was a member of the local Drainage Commission.  He was postmaster of Morris MB for eight years.

When Lydia Maud Stevenson and her daughter Alice Garnett assumed the administration of Samuel Stevenson's estate, John Wilton and Christopher Hill posted bond for them.  At that time John Wilton gave his abode as the town of Morris and estimated the value of his estate at $25,000.

He was married, first, (There is a possibility that she was his second wife, and not the mother of the three oldest children) to Elizabeth Munson and had seven children, Charles A., Arthur W., Margaret E., John, George, and two children who died in infancy.

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John Henry4 Bumstead
When he died he had spent 34 years on his farm in Hudson Twp (lot 6, con. 5).

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Children of John Henry4 Bumstead and Elizabeth Smalley and their spouses
Robert Charles5 Bumstead He never married.  He farmed with his father.

Maud Sarah5 Bumstead She never married.

Ernest5 Bumstead He was a deaf-mute and never married.  He worked on his father's farm.

Edgar Peckover He came to Canada on 10 May 1899 with his parents and traveled to the North country on the Meteor up Lake Temiskaming to New Liskeard, known at that time as Thornloe.  He worked as a water boy for the railway when it was being built through the north.  After his marriage, they settled on a farm in Dymond Township, where he resided until his death.  He served for a number of years on the local school board.

John Milton5 Bumstead He was a farmer and an operator for the Department of Highways.  He was an elder of Hillview Pioneer Memorial.

Pearl Ellen5 Bumstead She never married.

New Liskeard (ON) Speaker 2 Apr 1925: For some time back, Miss Bumstead had not been well, and was apparently, going blind and deaf.  It was decided upon advice of local physicians to go to Toronto for special treatment.

There it was found that she was suffering from a tumor on the brain.  Her condition became suddenly more acute, and her father, who had accompanied her, wired home.  Mrs. Bumstead and the deceased's fianc, Mr. Arthur Calvert, hastened to the city, but were too late to see her before death claimed her.

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Seymour4 Bumstead
He was born on the 11th line at St. Vincent Twp, Grey Co. ON, on the farm where his grandfather, William Edwin Bumstead had settled when he emigrated from England.

He worked in the bush at Sault Ste. Marie MI, then spent 7 years as a railroad man for the Soo Line Railway Co. at Gladstone MI.  He returned to St. Vincent Twp and took up farming on the Seventh Line, later moving to the Ninth line, and finally about 1923, to Meaford, where he died at his home on Lombard Street.

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Alfred Lisle5 Bumstead
He was a farmer on the Derry Line, St. Vincent Twp, Grey Co. ON.  A member of the St. Vincent township council, he was reeve for one year.  He was also a member of the St. Vincent township school board for several years.

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Jean Mae Bumstead
She died at the home of David Matchett, for whom she had kept house since the death of her parents.  A foster daughter of the Bumsteads, she lived with them from the age of 4 years.  She never married.  For a number of years she worked as a practical nurse.

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James Albert4 Bumstead
At the time of his marriage to Mary Dunn his residence was given as Bruce Mines, Bruce Co. ON.  After coming to the United States in 1889 he farmed at Hay Lake in Marquette Twp, Mackinac Co. MI.  By 1920 he was farming in Bruce Twp, Chippewa Co. MI.

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Herbert E. Smith
His occupation at marriage was as a chauffer.  They resided in Sault Ste. Marie.  This marriage is not mentioned in the William Bumstead Family Trees.

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Harriet4 Bumstead
In 1888 she was working in Toronto ON.  After 24 years farming at Broomhill in the Melita (MB) District, she and her husband retired to Winnipeg.

After she and Henry were married, they went back eight miles to their homestead in a borrowed (for "something borrowed, something blue") horse and buggy.  For a wedding present, Henry bought Harriet a "beautiful big black" horse and a little buggy.  They had no known children but raised two nephews, William Seymour5 McCreath and Charles5 McCreath.

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Henry Detwiler
He left Ontario in the spring of 1882.  When he arrived in Winnipeg, the CPR station was just a box car, and he lived in a tent outside of town.

Henry was a leader in the building trade in Winnipeg and saw much of the original residential section of the city grow up.  After a few years, however, the homesteading spirit got him and he bought an old buckboard and oxen team from a railroading outfit, loaded everything into it, and set out for Melita.  It took nine days to get there and when they couldn't find a house to sleep in at night, they slept under the wagon box.

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Isabelle4 Bumstead
She was a nurse.

Some time in 1904 there was a fire in the McCreath home which destroyed most of their possessions and all of the family documents.  Isabelle took the children and moved to Winnipeg.  Since she did not feel that she could raise all of the children on her own, she sent Mabel to live with her sister Fanny.  Cecil stayed with his father.  Seymour went to live with Isabelle's other sister Harriet.  Charles stayed with his mother but became a ward of Children's Aid and lived in a children's home until his mother died, at which time he went to live with Harriet.

In 1908 Isabelle was a clerk in Winnipeg.

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John McCreath
He drowned in the Assiniboine River near Rathwell MB.  His body was never found.
Western Prairie Reporter, 4 Jul 1912: People of Cypress River were shocked when the report came from Rathwell that John McCreath had been drowned in the Assiniboine Tuesday afternoon, while assisting in the search for the body of a young Frenchman, who was drowned there Sunday.  John McCreath had been at Glenboro over Sunday and Monday, returned to Rathwell Tuesday morning where he had been working at his trade, and at once went out with the searchers.

It appears that about two o'clock in the afternoon while they were wading in the river, carrying grapling irons with them, McCreath who was some distance from any other member of the party, got into deep water, and realizing his peril, cried out for help.

George Mulholland went to the assistance but had to release his hold on McCreath to save his own life, as the drowning man in his struggles was drawing him under.  He sank in 14 feet of water and the body could not be found, neither could the body of the young man who was drowned on Sunday.

He was a harness maker at Winnipeg, Cypress River, Glenboro, and Rathwell MB.  He had a congenital hip dislocation which caused one leg to be shorter than the other.  He wore built up shoes and walked with a slight limp.

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Annie (Alice)5 McCreath
She was in Winnipeg (MB) General Hospital due to her uncontrollable epilepsy, and on 20 Sep 1901 she was admitted to the Portage home for the mentally handicapped where she died.

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Cecil John5 McCreath
Kamloops (BC) newspaper: A 74 year old Kamloops man died early Sunday morning from injuries apparently suffered when he was struck by a train, City R.C.M.P. reported this morning.  ... A C.P.R. engineer reported seeing a body north of the tracks at 3:40 a.m. near Beaver Equipment Ltd.  Police investigated and found the body.  ...

He was seen Saturday afternoon at his room on Victoria Street.  Police said it is not known which train struck the man, but that the train whose engineer reported the sighting was definitely not involved.

He never married.  At the time of his father's death he was working on a farm.  He served in France during World War I.  He met his brother Seymour overseas for the first time since their parents separated.

He was always a loner, rarely seen by the rest of the family after the War.  One time in the early years, his brother-in-law, Fred Wait, found him because someone mentioned that he was a good hockey player in some town.  Fred then went to the town and brought him home to meet his sister Mabel.

The Bells were trying to meet with him again on the day he died.  His niece, Florence (McCreath) Bell, later remembered that day:

Cecil, Fern & I stopped at Kamloops on our way home from Bruce Wait wedding on Sunday April 5th.  When we got to the place that he was rooming at, the lady there told us that he did not live there any more, and when I asked where he had gone, she said she did not know.  So when I said that we were relatives of his, she told us that he had been killed the night before, which was quite a shock.

So we went to the police.  They had put the money he had in his pocket into the bank, so they went to the bank with us, and they gave it to us.  There was between 8 & 900 in there ... so we went to the undertakers to make arrangements for the funeral.  They were very nice to us, and hurried the funeral as soon as they could which was on the Wednesday.

We went back to his room and found very little.  There was absolutly nothing there, no groceries or food of any kind, and no clothes except a old jacket, and a shirt still in his old suitcase that Mother had sent him for Xmas, and an old razor and a cane.  ... I came away wondering what his landlady had taken before we got there.

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Sara4 Bumstead
In 1887, she attended Mount Pleasant School with her sister Alice and brother Charles.  By the spring of 1888 she attended school in Meaford.

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William Ernest Ufland
Meaford (ON) Monitor 3 Feb 1892: The family of Mr. David Ufland was thrown into deep grief by the sad news that their son Jacob was killed by accident at Gladstone, Michigan, where he was engaged as foreman at the coal warehouse there.  ... William Ufland, a brother, came with the body to Meaford.  ...

13 May 1892: Seventh Line North - Mr. Wm. Ufland and family of Gladstone, Mich., is living here now.  He intends to reside near his parents and other relations.

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LaVina Rose5 Ufland
She was the first linotype operator in Meaford and a local historian of note.  She began working at the Meaford (ON) Express in 1910 when the newspaper was being handset and was the first operator of the new linotype machine.  She retired in 1957 but continued for many years to write a weekly column, The Scroll Unwinds.  When she retired, she began a new career as the town's librarian, a post which she held for nine years.

Being intensely interested in the history of St. Vincent Township, and a ready source of the early historical facts, she was sought out by many people who were compiling their family histories.  In 1977, this compiler, her daughter, and Florence Margaret5 York spent an enchanted evening with her.

Vina edited A History of the Schools of St. Vincent Township and Other Chronicles, 1847-1967 as well as The History of Sydenham Township.  She also wrote a history of Meaford for the New History of Grey County.

In June 1981 she performed the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bake Shop Bridge near Beautiful Joe Park in Meaford.


Miss Vina Ufland, who is well known in Meaford for her knowledge of the history of the town,
performed the ribbon cutting ceremony with Harold Gilbert (left of Miss Ufland) Deputy
Minister, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, at the official opening of the new
Bake Shop Bridge.  Mayor Gord Crapper (left) was Master of Ceremonies and he is accompanied
by Jim Graves (rear with umbrella) and Elmer Ferguson, Reeve of Meaford. (Meaford (ON) Express, 12 Jun 1981)

She was a regional advisor of the Business and Professional Womens' Club and a member for more than 60 years of Finley Rebekah Lodge in Meaford.  She never married.

More photos of Vina

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Charles Earnest4 Bumstead
He was a farmer in Pickford MI at the time of his marriage.  They moved to the Hay Lake road in 1918 and ran a dairy farm there.

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Mary Charlotte Smith
Before her marriage she worked in the hotel restaurant on Les Cheneaux Island near Cedarville MI.

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Seymour Preston5 Bumstead
He was a farmer at Rt. 1, Sault Ste. Marie MI.  He worked for many years at the Northwestern Leather Company.  He was still working there when he contracted polio late in 1949 and was paralyzed from the waist down.

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Wilfred P5 Bumstead
He was a field artillery sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946.  He was stationed at Camp Shenango Valley PA, Camp Polk LA, and Ft. Sill OK.  He worked in construction, primarily residential.  At the time of his retirement in 1981 he was superintendent for Curtis Bldg. Co. and was also licensed as Bumstead Building Co.  For many years he resided in Zephyrhills FL in the winter and Canton MI in the summer.

In the 1950s, he and his brother Floyd worked on the construction of the Mackinac Bridge which connects Upper Michigan to Lower Michigan.  They worked on driving the cement piles that supported the bridge.  One time he fell in the water.  Unable to swim, he was going down for the third time when someone realized that he couldn't swim and jumped in, boots and all, to rescue him.

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