Thursday, July 31, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #30 Agnes Hamilton

This is my thirtieth  posting for the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.

Agnes Hamilton, my great-great grandmother, began her life in Ardrossan, Ayrshire, Scotland. She was the daughter of Adam Hamilton and Marion Service. Her parents brought her to the Parish church of Ardrossan for baptism on 1 August 1819.

She met Thomas Love and they were married about 26 March 1842 before coming to Canada. The first Canadian record for them is the 1851/2 census in West Flamboro, Wentworth County, Ontario. By this time, she and Thomas had two children: Robert and Thomas.

My grand-aunt Margaret Love wrote in a booklet that prior to Robert she had a pair of triplets and three pairs of twins but they all died. In her son, James Love's obituary, it states that Agnes had eleven children in her first marriage. I have found no evidence of this.

According to Mary (Little) Love, Agnes worked in a glove factory in Dundas, Ontario (Smith glove factory?) Mary Love had a quilt made by Agnes that was made from the trimmings of the linings of the gloves.

Family lore says that several months after the birth of her son in  March 1852, James, her husband died.

Several years later, Agnes married Henry Vincer. Henry was originally from Herne, Kent County, England. Together they had four children: William, Agnes, Sarah and Mary.

In September 1870, her sons went to work in the lumber camps at Michael's Bay. While there, they bought farm land on Lake Mindemoya. Tragedy struck when Robert drowned when the Sea Horse, the boat, he was travelling on went down off Fitzwilliam Island (near Manitoulin Island). He was going back to Southern Ontario to get her, his step father and half-sisters. The date we have for this is 17 October 1871. The Sea Horse was a schooner built in 1859. The boat was carrying cargo, quite possibly lumber. 

The family moved to the Manitoulin Island. Agnes died 17 May 1885. Henry lived another 12 years. He died 11 January 1897. Both are buried in the Mindemoya Cemetery.
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