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Re: Slavery in Canada
In Response To: Re: Slavery in Canada ()


Thanks for sharing your information. I have no record of a Walter Lee in my line. None of my family members ever lived in the Chatham area, as hard as that is to believe, though they seemed to have lived just about everywhere else.

As far as I've been able to document, my earliest progenitor was William Lee (oral history states that he was Malagasy, but I haven't been able to prove it, YET), who was a Black Loyalist who came to what was then New France around 1774 from "the colonies," though I don't know which colony. He was living in Malden Township (Amherstburgh) and served at Fort Malden. He was given a land grant for his service to the Crown, in Malden Twp, but that grant was later disputed and he though he fought it in court for over ten years, in the end he was forced to move, but he was compensated for his loss and settled near Niagara. His son, Peter Lee, lived in Niagara-on-the-Lake, and fought ini the Coloured Corps in the War of 1812. From an injury he sustained in battle in 1814, he later died in 1817, and his widow, Mary Lee, remarried in 1820 to Lewis Livingston (in Niagara), after which time their trail goes quite cold.

I suspect that Peter Lee's siblings were Isaac Lee and Betsey Lee, but need more proof. Peter had two children, William Barnard and Maria, both born in Niagara-on-the-Lake and baptized on the same day in 1814. The next time William Barnard (was always refer to him simply as "Barnard") appears is in 1847 when he married in the Gore District (Brantford). He and his wife had two children, David Moses and Mary Ann, both born in Brantford. Just a few years later, Barnard and his first wife (Eleanor Jane Smith) split (divorce wasn't really done back then) and he moved to Artemesia Twp in Grey County, remarried (to Roselia Adams) and had one son, Wm Barnard, Jr., then they moved to Collingwood, where he worked as a barber and died in 1894.

No Chatham area at all. Barnard's daughter, Mary Ann, married Albert Harvey Douglass in Yatton, Peel Twp, Wellington County (Queen's Bush) and they had 21 kids, though only six survived to adulthood. I have Douglass cousins all over Canada as far as Edmonton, AB to North Bay, New Liskeard, Timmons, Hamilton and Torono, Ontario.

There is one other LEE family I've traced, that of Milo Lee, but I haven't been able to firmly link Milo with my Lees, though they were in the same places at the same time for many years.

I don't know if ANY of this helps you, but if there's anything else I can share, you have but to ask.

Good luck in your search.

By the way, I'll be presenting two workshops at the "Africans in Canada" conference held in Toronto in August, sponsored by the Ontario Genealogical Society. Perhaps I'll see you there?

- Lisa B. Lee
Oakland, CA

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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