James Chambers had a tragic end to his life. On the evening of Saturday, 19 June 1858, in Altona, Ontario County, the dam on the Monkhouse property gave out and James drowned. What caused the destruction of the dam?
James and Mary wed around 1844. They had seven children.
In the 1851 census for Uxbridge Township, James appears as either 28 or 29 years.[Age not clear.] It says he was born in Scotland and was a Free Presbyterian. James was a blacksmith. His tombstone says he died at age 32 yrs 4 months & 25 days. [Birthdate calculated with a computer programme would make it about 25 or 26 of January 1826.]. The family lived in a frame house.
In the household were James, aged 29, and Mary, aged 28, and Sarah 7, Catherine 2 and Janett, 1. The children were born in Canada West. Living with them are Wm. Reynolds, apprentice, aged 17, Episcopalian; John Porteous, 18, labourer, Methodist and Isabella Porteous, aged 17, Free Presbyterian.
The cemetery where James is buried is beside the Mennonite Church in Altona. The cemetery has always been a community cemetery.
As compiled by Steve Marshall in the Markham Economist Vital Statistics Index Jan 1858-June 1858 dated 24 June 1858 ----------- Saturday evening, at Altona, Destruction of the dam on the Monkhouse property. James CHAMBERS was drown.
1851 Census Canada West, Ontario Country (district 26), Uxbridge Township (sub-district 246), p. 25, l 36, James Chambers household; digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca : accessed 02 June 2014), citing microfilm C-11742, Library & Archives Canada, Ottawa.