Chapter 4,2
 generation (iii)
Ann Grierson Hedley 1828-1873
and  John Hay Grierson 1822-1895

Ann Grierson Hedley, second of the fourteen children of  Margaret (Grierson) and John Hedley II was born in 1829 in Torbolton Township, Carleton County.  She married John Hay Grierson, who was born Feb. 17, 1822  in Aberdeen, Scotland,  the son of Margaret (Ferguson) and Lieutenant James Grierson, who was born in North Leith, Scotland on Sept. 28, 1782.  John Hay was also  the grandson of Elizabeth (Taylor) and Captain James Grierson of the British Royal Navy.

m1 of Lieutenant James Grierson was to Isabella Simpson in 1808.
m2  was in 1817  to Margaret Ferguson, who was born in Scotland in 1798. Margaret and James Grierson had a family of nine children, the eldest of whom was James Ferguson Taylor Grierson, John Hay’s eldest brother.

The family of Margaret (Ferguson) and James Grierson emigrated to Canada in June of 1823, when John Hay was one year old.  By the following year James had established a farm and homestead on the Ottawa River, below Chads Falls, in Torbolton Township.  A short time later he was joined by his younger brother John and his family, who had settled in nearby March Township.  The Grierson homestead soon served as an inn and tavern to river travellers.  It became known as “Crown Point” when a steamer with the Prince of Wales on board stopped there to take on wood.  The lovely Grierson homestead still stands in Crown Point, at the end of Dunrobin Road.

Some of the “exploits” of Lieutenant James Grierson are recounted in a letter written in1891 by his eldest son, James Ferguson Taylor Grierson, John Hay’s eldest brother, in response to local history inquiries by collector Henry J. Morgan.  The letter is now the property of historian Bruce Elliott, editor of the Horaceville Herald, in which it appeared in the Autumn 1996 edition  (Number 28).  In his letter, James F. Grierson tells of his father’s capture at age 19 by a French privateer while he was on a voyage on a merchant ship to the Orkney Islands to visit a friend.  During his two and a half years in prison he was befriended by an old captain of the French navy, who took him to live for two months in his chateau from which James returned to the prison once each week for roll call.  In later years James spoke highly of the French and claimed that he had  “never been treated with greater kindness in his life than while a prisoner of war in France.”

After his release from prison and his return to Scotland, James attended school before joining the British Royal Navy as midshipman.  Naval assignments aboard the Northumberland under Rear Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald, took him to several engagements during the Napoleonic wars.  He had the honour of dining with Horatio Nelson before the Battle of Trafalgar in which the British Navy defeated the combined fleets of France and Spain on October 21, 1805.  Other assignments took him to the West Indies where Haiti was struggling to win its independence from France.  James was appointed Lieutenant in 1805 while serving in the West Indies.  Naval assignments also took him to St. Helena, serving on the Princess Charlotte shortly before 1815, when that island was selected by the British as the place of exile for Napoleon.
In 1815 Lieutenant James Grierson’s ship was “paid off” by the Royal Navy, and James, at age thirty-three,  retired on “half pay” in Aberdeen, Scotland.

 James’ second marriage was in 1817 to nineteen-year-old Margaret Ferguson.  In 1823 James  and Margaret, who was sixteen years his junior, and their young family, James Ferguson, five,  Margaret Elizabeth, three, and John Hay, one year old,  moved to Canada, where they settled on James’ land grant on the shores of the Ottawa River in Torbolton Township, close to March Township, where James’ younger brother Lieutenant John Grierson had settled two years earlier.  Several more children were added to the family after the Griersons’ arrival in Torbolton,  including Christina; Mary Ann, b.1928; Isabella, b.1833; and George Tobin, b.1836.  Lieutenant James Grierson’s skills were soon put to good use in the growing community along the Ottawa River in Torbolton Township.  He played a major role in opening up the Crown Point area, serving as Justice of the Peace, School Commissioner and Town Reeve.  He died August 30, 1856 at age 74 and is buried in McLaren Cemetery, a private cemetery of the Grierson family on Baird’s Grant Road near Crown Point.    map  

After their marriage, John Hay Grierson and Ann Hedley, daughter of Margaret (Grierson) and John Hedley II, settled in Torbolton Township on Concession 3, Lot 30, which was part of the original land grant awarded John Hay’s father,  Lieutenant James Grierson, by the Crown for  services rendered in the British Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars.  Ann (Hedley) and John Hay Grierson had eleven children.  Ann died June 5, 1873 at age 44.  John Hay Grierson survived Ann by 22 years and died April 12, 1895 at age 75.  Their graves are in McLaren Cemetery.   Their eleven children (gen. iv), all born in Torbolton Township, were as follows:

   1- James Hedley Grierson, 1854-1924, m. Caroline Amanda Bredin, b.1864. Three children:
            (1) James Marshall Grierson, b. 1890
            (2) Ivan Grierson, b. 1891
            (3) Phyliss Grierson, b. 1893

   2 - Margaret Grierson, b. May 1855, d. 1942 at Woodlawn, Torbolton Twp.,
         m. Daniel Baird Grierson, b. 1854 in Torbolton Twp., d. 1918.  Three children:
            (1) Edwin Baird Grierson, b. 1875 in Woodlawn, d. May 8, 1941 in Luskville,
                  Ont.,  married Lillian Maye Caldwell, b. 1878. Two sons:
                       [1] Norman Alexander Grierson (1912-82)
                       [2] Forest Edwin Grierson (1914-1967)
            (2) John Alexander Grierson (1877-1936) m. Mignonette Ellen (Minnie) Wilson
                  (d.1958) (3) Henry (Harry) Grierson (1882-1947) m. Jane (Jenny) Nesbitt (d. 1958)

   3 - Mary Aru Amm (Ann) Grierson, b. March 13, 1858, d. 1931 in Ottawa, m. Wesley
        (or William Charles) Bick, a missionary in Japan.  They had two sons who lived in Detroit.

   4 - Victoria Elizabeth Grierson, b. 1858, m. Edward Hotten, b. 1859.

   5 - John Albert Ferguson Grierson, b. May 9, 1860, d. Apr. 6, 1939 in Ottawa.
        m1 to Helena B. Jowett, b. in Belfast, Ireland
        m2 to Ellen Hermitage

   6 - Thomas Alexander Grierson, 1862-1927,  m. Caroline Payne, b.1866. Five children:
            (1) Ernest Arthur Grierson, b. 1895, m. Minnie Sparks, b.1897.
            (2) Herbert Alexander Grierson, 1898-1969, m. Marion Breadner. Three children.
            (3) Wesley Herbert Grierson, 1902-1945, m. Eva Dolan
            (4) Mary ‘Florence’ Grierson, b.1905, m. Charles Reid
            (5) Thomas Alfred Grierson, 1910-1984, m. Ethel Seabrook, b.1907. Three children.

   7 - Emma Frances Grierson, b. Feb. 1865, d.1945 in Vancouver, B.C. (or Murdochville, P.Q.)
         m1 to Edward Haughton
         m2 to Sam Scarletto, b.1857

   8 - Beatrice Catherine Isabella Grierson was b. May 29, 1866.
         m1 in 1894  to Andrew Michael ‘John’ Baldwin, b. 1873.  Six children.
         m2 to Thomas Irwin Vance

Deborah Rudy, now living in Florida (a great great great great granddaughter of Lieutenant James Grierson as well as of John and Frances Hedley; great great great granddaughter of John Hedley and Margaret Grierson; great great granddaughter of Ann Hedley and John Hay Grierson; great granddaughter of Beatrice Catherine Isabella Grierson and John Baldwin) relates some of the interesting history of her family and the Baldwin farm and its old stone house.
Much of James Grierson’s land grant, extending westward from Buckman’s Bay on the Ottawa River, now has other owners, but on the 1879  Map of Torbolton Township (Northern part) in Belden’s Historical Atlas of Carleton County, much of the grant was still in the hands of James Ferguson Grierson, the son of Lieutenant James Grierson, or of other close relatives such as his son John Hay Grierson, husband of Ann Hedley.  In fact two stone houses still standing on Lt. James Grierson’s original land grant, the “Baldwin house” and the “Penney house,” are believed by the family to have been the original homesteads of Lt. James Grierson and his brother Lt. John Grierson. The Baldwin farmhouse has been continuously occupied by Grierson descendants since it was built in the 1800s. 
After the death of her husband, John Baldwin, Beatrice Catherine (Grierson) Baldwin was unable to keep the farm going, and Mr. Thomas Irwin Vance acquired the land.  Deborah goes on to say,  “Whatever the motive, my great grandmother married Mr. Vance and regained the family acres. Mr. Vance became “Grampy” to my mother, and she has fond memories of him.”
Beatrice Catherine (Grierson) (Baldwin) Vance died in 1947 (or 1954) at age 81 (or age 88).  Her grave is in McLaren Cemetery, the Griersons’ private cemetery.

The six children of Beatrice and John Baldwin:
            (1) Frederick William (Fred)  Baldwin, 1890-1969, m. Flossie Smith, b.1895

            (2) Andrew Elden Baldwin, b. 1895, m. Mabel Pickering, b. 1897.

            (3) Lundia (or Lucinda) ‘Electa’ Baldwin, 1898-1936,  m. James Noble Bradley,
                 1897-1945. The grave of Electa (Baldwin) Bradley  is in McLaren Cemetery.
                  Electa (Baldwin) and James Bradley had three children:
                      [1] James ‘Irwin’ Bradley, b.1923, m. Carol Rogers, b.1924.
                      [2] Beatrice Elizabeth Bradley, was born in 1927 in Detroit when her
                            parents  went there to visit their relatives, the Bicks, but Beatrice
                            grew up in Nepean and spent her summers at the Baldwin Farm.
                            She recalls trips in the 1930's to the family cemetery (McLaren’s)
                            by horse and buggy with her grandmother  Beatrice Catherine
                            (Grierson) (Baldwin) Vance to clean the  graves and place  fresh
                             flowers.  Beatrice married William ‘Bruce’ Quigg (divorced).
                            Beatrice now lives in Florida. “She lived on a houseboat for many
                            years, until arthritis forced her off.” Bruce lives in Vancouver. 
                            Two daughters:
                                   {1} Karen Elizabeth Quigg, Fla. Karen and husband raise
                                         Belgian horses.
                                   {2} Deborah Ann Quigg, born in Peterborough. Deborah
                                         is an RN and lives in Florida with her husband
                                         Dennis King Rudy. Two daughters:
                                                  1-Devon Rudy
                                                  2-Kristen Rudy
                       [3] Harold Bradley, b. 1932, m. Donna Hannehan, b. 1931

.           (4) John ‘Floyd’ Baldwin, 1901-1960, m. Ruby Ann Penny, b. 1904.
                  Three children:
                       [1] Stanley Baldwin, b.1937, m.Sylvia Peck, b.1940
                       [2] June Baldwin, b.1938, m. James Lentz, b. 1934
                       [3] Fern Baldwin, b. 1940, m. Alvin Dolan, b. 1939

            (5) Myrtle Beatrice Baldwin, 1905-1930

            (6) Roy Baldwin m. Eva Wilson. Roy inherited the Baldwin family home
                  when his grandmother Electa died. Roy and Eva (Wilson)  Baldwin
                  died in the 1980's and are buried in McLaren  Cemetery.  Two children:
                       [1] Gwenneth ‘Isabel’ Baldwin, b. 1932, m. Dick Reitsma, Ottawa, b.1936.
                       [2] Andrew Roy Baldwin, b. 1942,  m. Gwen Middoon, b. 1945. One son:
                                {1} Wayne Baldwin now resides in the old stone Baldwin house,
                                      the sixth generation of the Grierson/Baldwin family to do so.

   9 - Susan Jane Grierson, 1868-1906, m. Richard Davis, b. 1860.

 10 - Maud Grierson, 1871-1873

 11 - Alfred Wallace Grierson, b. June 1, 1873 in Torbolton, m. Mary Emma Nielson, b. 1886.
        Alfred lived in Alberta, then Portland, Oregon.  He died in Seattle, Washington in 1939.
        One son, a Medical Doctor in Los Angeles, California
     Special thanks to Deborah Rudy, Bob Mackett, and Harold Grierson for their generous assistance with information for this chapter.

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