Chapter 8
(gen. ii) Nicholas Hedley (1814 - 1894)
          and Jane McBride (1819 - 1903)

Nicholas Hedley, born Feb. 27, 1814 in Ovingham Parish, Northumberland, was the sixth of the eight children born to John and Frances (Lawes) Hedley. Nicholas was only five years old when his family emigrated to Canada in1919. His younger brother William was four years old, and their older siblings were Frances, age18, John, age15, and Martha, age 11. A younger sister, Mary Ann, was born in 1821 and is believed to be the first child of European descent born in March Township. Hanna, another sister, had died at age two in Northumberland, and an older brother, Thomas, drowned shortly after the family’s arrival in Canada. Nicholas’ parents had come to Canada as indentured servants on a five-year contract with retired army officer, Captain James Dent Weatherley, who had been given a Crown Grant of 1200 acres on the banks of the Ottawa River in recognition of his service in the British army. Even before the five-year term of their indenture was completed, John and Frances Hedley had secured property of their own further inland on soil that proved more productive than the farms at the river-bank location.

At age 21 Nicholas Hedley married Irish-born Jane McBride, age 16, of Huntley Twp. They were married October 12, 1835 in Wesleyan Methodist Church, Bathurst District, Carleton County "by Special License of Banns." Witnesses were Wm. Gainfort and Robt. Lyttle.

The Upper Canada Marriage Bonds, held in the National Archives (now online) includes the following record:
Future Husband: Readly, (sic) Nicholas, March Township, Carleton County;
Future Wife: McBride, Jane, Huntley Township, Carleton County;
Date:1835-09-29 (Reference RG5 B9; Vol. 30; Bond No. 4879; Microfilm Reel # C-1784)
(Above record, as well as the following paragraph, courtesy of Jane Corfield, Toronto, ggg granddaughter of Henry McBride and Nancy Little, and gg granddaughter of  William McBride.)

Jane McBride, born May 3, 1819 in Tyrone County, Northern Ireland, was the daughter of Henry and Nancy (Little) McBride, who were born in 1786 and 1791 respectively, both natives of Tyrone County in Northern Ireland. The McBrides came to Canada with their infant daughter Jane in 1819, initially to the Richmond Settlement, Upper Canada. They settled in Huntley Township in 1821, the year their son William McBride was born. The 1822 Census for Huntley Township lists Henry McBride, head, his wife, a daughter and a son.

The McBrides played an important role in the opening and development of the townships of Huntley and Torbolton in Carlton County:
"The first settlement (in Huntley Twp.) was made as early as 1819...Henry McBride (Jane’s father) of Carp village settled there in 1821...Regular religious services (were) held at different family residences, chiefly at Mr. McBride’s (p. 259). ...After settling in Huntley (Henry McBride) commenced at once to take an active part and leading interest in municipal matters. He was the oldest Magistrate in the Township. He was Road Commissioner before there was a road, and along with his colleague, Dennis Cavanagh, he cut out the first road in the Township...Mr. McBride continued to be returned as "District Councillor" until the Municipal Act, after which he was many years Reeve." (p. 260)
Historical Sketch of the County of Carleton by Courtney C.J. Bond (pub. 1879 by H. Belden)
The above mentioned Jane Corfield has the will of her ggg grandfather Henry McBride, dated 1886, in which he wills $200 to his daughter Jane "Hedly." (More about this will near the end of this Chapter.)

In addition to their property in Huntley, the McBrides owned farmland in Torbolton Township, where John Hedley, Nicholas’ brother, was Reeve at the same time that Henry McBride was Reeve of Huntley Twp. The 1861 Census for Torbolton Twp. shows William McBride, Jane’s brother, on Lot 28, Concession 4 on a 169 acre farm valued at $4200. Thirty-six acres are cultivated--24 in crops and 12 in pasture;140 acres are woods/wild. The 1879 Historical Atlas of Carleton County (Belden) shows William McBride farming on Concession 2, Lot 14, next to the farm of N. Hedley (Lot 13).

At the time of the marriage of Nicholas and Jane, in 1835, Nicholas’ parents, John and Frances, were 65 and 62 respectively. Only William, age 20, and Mary Ann, age 14, were unmarried and probably still residing with their parents on Lot 18, Concession 4, the original property on which John and Frances had settled in 1923. Nicholas and his young wife Jane may also have lived for awhile with the family. The property at the time had two log houses, the original, built about 1826, and a log house constructed later, closer to River Road (now Kerwin Road) which was destroyed by fire in 1838. By the following year, it had been replaced by a fine stone house. This home, at 1045 Kerwin Road, has served as a family dwelling for the past 168 years. (See Chap 2 for more about the Hedley residences.)

On April 26, 1837 Jane gave birth to their first child, William Henry Hedley, and on Nov. 4, 1838 to a second son, John Henry Hedley. A third son, Thomas Hedley, was born in 1840.

In addition to his work as farmer and mill operator, Nicholas played an active roll in the life of the community: He was one of three March Township constables in1837, a sergeant in the local militia in the 1840's, one of several pathmasters from 1842 to1844, a March Township Councilor in 1852 and 1853, and an active member of the South March Loyal Orange Lodge # 331.

The March Township Registry of May 9, 1842 lists Nicholas Hedley as owner of the south half of lot 18, concession 4, although his parents John and Frances probably continued to live there. By that time Nicholas’ younger brother and sister, William and Mary Ann, had both married and moved to homes of their own. The 1851 Census for March Township shows Nicholas’ parents, John, age 80, and Frances, age 74, living with William, his young wife Bridget and their four little girls in their one-storey log cabin (Chapter 6).

The Collector’s Roll for the Township of March, 1848, listing the relative value of the inhabitants’ property, showed that Hamnett Pinhey, by far the wealthiest, was assessed at 1011 pounds; Mrs. Bridge at 377 pounds; F.W. Richardson at 273 pounds; and Nicholas Hedley at 217 pounds. Nicholas, whose family had come to Canada as indentured servants 29 years earlier, was now among the wealthiest in the township! Bob Gregory, present owner of the property, and contributor of the above information, attributes this financial success to the Hedleys’ business activities as gristmill and sawmill owners.

The family of Nicholas and Jane was growing rapidly, with the addition of five more children between 1843 and 1851: Nicholas, Robert, Ann, Edward, and Mary Jane. The 1851 Census is the last census showing the  family of Nicholas and Jane Hedley in March Township:

            Jan. 12, 1851 Ont. Census for March Township, Carlton County (age next birthday)

Headley    Nicholas, 38, farmer, b. in Eng., Church of Eng.
                  Jane, 33, b. in Ireland, Church of Eng.
                  William, 14, labourer, b. in March, Ch. of Eng., attending school
                  John, 13, labourer, b. in March, Ch. of Eng., attending school
                  Thomas, 11, labourer, b. in March, Ch. of Eng., attending school
                  Nicholas, 9, labourer, b. in March, Ch. of Eng., attending school
                  Robert, 8, labourer, b. in March, Ch. of Eng., attending school
                  Ann, 7, b. in March, Ch. of Eng., attending school
                  Edward, 4, b. in March, Ch. of Eng.
                  Mary J., 1, b. in March, Ch. of Eng.
Judy Grinnen, 19, b. in Ireland, R.C., was living with the family, but not a family member.

This Census also notes that the family was living in a stone house, one of only eight in March Township at the time, and that they were operating a sawmill worked by water, producing 20,000 ft. of sawn lumber and employing three persons. The designation of "labourer" ascribed to the five sons ages eight to fourteen years, indicates the parental expectation that their children would contribute fully to the work required for the family to succeed, in addition to their school attendance.

John Hedley, father of Nicholas, died Jan.3, 1855 at age 82. Nicholas’ mother Frances remained with their son William and his young wife Bridget, who died two and a half years later, at age 31 on Aug. 30, 1857. William was left with seven children, ranging in ages from infant Bridget to 16-year-old Mary Ann. It is likely that Frances, although approaching her 80th year, provided needed support and assistance in the care and nurturing of her grandchildren. Frances (Lawes) Hedley, born Oct. 12, 1777 in Ryton Parish, Northumberland, England, died on July 14, 1866 in March Township, Carleton County, Ontario at age 88 .

By 1846 the grist mill on Nicholas Hedley’s property had been converted to a sawmill. The waters of Constance Creek were probably showing greater seasonal fluctuations as a result of large-scale deforestation. In addition, the increasing number of steam-driven grist and sawmills was probably making the mill less profitable. By the 1850's Nicholas and Jane were considering selling their March Twp property and moving their family of 14 to the recently opened townships in Huron County, where they may have hoped to find low-cost farmland and new opportunities for their growing family. The 1861 Ontario Census for March Township, Carleton County indicates that the property had been sold, and that the mill had apparently fallen into disuse, for it is not mentioned.

Nicholas Hedley & Family Leave Carleton for Huron County

The 1861 Ontario Census finds the Hedley family living in Logan Township, Perth County, Ont. Edward, who was 4 in the 1851 census is now13 and 1-year-old Mary Ann on the 1851 Census is now 10. Four more children have been added to the family: Margaret, 8; Martha, 6; Adelaide, 4; and Susan, 1.

1861 Ont. Census Logan Township, Perth County  (sec. 5) Con.7, Lot 30 (NE Corner)

Hedley  Nicholas, age 46, b. in Eng., Church of Eng., farmer             
              Jane, age 41, born in Ireland, Church of England  
              William, age 24, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              John H., age 23, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              Thomas, age 21, born in Ont., Church of Eng.          
              Nicholas, age 19, born in Ont., Church of Eng.         
              Robert, age 17, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              Ann, age 15, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              Edward, age 13, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              Mary Ann, age 10, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              Margaret, age 8, born in Ont., Church of Eng. 
              Martha, age 6, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              Adelaide, age 4, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
              Susan, age 1, born in Ont., Church of Eng.
Within a year of the 1861 Perth County Census, the family is recorded employed as millers at Treleaven's Mill in Wawanosh Township, Huron County, Ontario.  At first, according to the township history Reflections of West Wawanosh, the family lived on the mill property on the S. 1/2 of Lot 15, Concesion 10.
Alexander and Pharaoh, the 13th and 14th children of Nicholas and Jane, were born in 1862 and 1864, after the familily's move to Huron County. In 1864 Jane, age 45 and Nicholas, 50, were farming on Lot 16, Concession 10, W. Wawanosh according to baptismal records for their two youngest children. 

In 1863, the year after Alexander was born and a year before Pharaoh's birth, William Hedley, age 25, eldest son of Nicholas and Jane, married Sarah Phillips, age 17, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Dungannon. Witnesses at the marriage were William's 24-year-old brother John Henry and his 17-year-old sister Ann, both of St. Helens, Wawanosh Township. (See Chap. 8,1 for more about the family of William and Sarah.)

It appears that sometime during the next three years the family of Nicholas, or part of it, moved to Ashfield Township. Both Nicholas and John Hedley are listed in the Huron County Directory 1863-1864 for Ashfield Township: John Hedley Con 10, Lot 8 and Nicholas Hedley Con.12, Lot 9. (This "Nicholas" may have been John Henry's younger brother, age 20).

Nicholas Hedley, the fourth son of Nicholas and Jane, moved to Macomb County, Michigan in 1863, when he was 20 years old. (1900 U.S. Census for Armada Twp., Macomb Co., Michigan) Two years later he married 22-year-old Mary Jane Woodbeck of Armada Township on April 20, 1965. (See Chap. 8,3 for more about the family of Nicholas and Mary Jane.) 

On April 11, 1866, Ann Hedley, age 20, "of Ashfield Township" was the third of Nicholas and Jane's children to marry. Ann married Henry Phillips, 23, a brother of Sarah Phillips, who had married Ann’s brother William three years earlier. John Henry Hedley, now "of Ashfield" was again a witness. The couple was married in Dungannon by Rev. Wm. Daunt, Church of England. (See Chap. 8,5 for more about the family of Anne and Henry Phillips)
A list of family birthdates, presumably in Ann’s handwriting, was found by her sister Susan in a dresser drawer after Ann’s death. This list, a copy of which was passed on to us by Susan’s descendant, Phyllis Morrison, has been a major reference source for this chapter:

Nicholas Hedley born Feb. 27, 1814
Jane Hedley born May 3, 1819 (born May 24 on a second list)
1. William Hedley born April 26, 1837
2. John Hedley born Nov. 4 (or 11) 1838
3. Thomas Hedley born July13, 1840 (born 1842 on first list)
4. Nicholas Hedley born Jan.14, 1842
5. Robert Hedley born Sept. 18, 1844
6. Ann Hedley Hedley born Dec. 24, 1846
7. Edward Hedley born July 11, 1848
8. Mary Jane Hedley born 1830
9. Maggie Hedley born 1852
10. Martha Hedley born 1854
11. Addline Hedley born 1856
12. Susan Hedley born 1856
13. Alexander Hedley born Nov. 1862
14. Pharaoh Hedley born May 1, 1864
"James" (without a birthdate) is listed after Martha on a third list

A month following Ann’s marriage, Thomas Hedley, age 26, of March Township, Carleton County married Mary Ann Armstrong, age 20, daughter of James and Bridget Armstrong, a Roman Catholic family. They were married May 15, 1866 in Carleton Co. by Rev. John Godfrey, United Church of England and Ireland. It appears that Thomas remained in March when the rest of the family moved to Huron County. Thomas and Mary Ann settled in the town of Kincardine, Bruce County. (See Chap. 8,2 for more about the family of Thomas and Mary Ann.)

Before the year was out, on October 31, 1866, John Henry Hedley, age 25, of Ashfield Township married Margaret Florence Johnston, age 19, also of Ashfield Township, born in Chinguacousy, York County, daughter of James and Martha Johnston. John Henry and Margaret Florence settled in Kinloss Township, Lot 10, Conc. 6. (See Chapter 8,14 and Chapters 9,1 to 9,9 inclusive for the family of John Henry and Margaret Johnston)

On May 17, 1867, six months after John Henry's marriage,  Mary Jane Hedley, age 17, of Ashfield Township, daughter of Nicholas and Jane married James Woods, age 23, of Wawanosh Township, born in Anneqto, Ireland, son of Herman and Jane Woods. The marriage took place in Dungannon and was conducted by Rev. Wm. Daunt, Church of England. One of the witnesses at the marriage was Nicholas Hedley of Wawanosh, probably Mary Ann's father. (See Chapter 8,7 for more about the family of Mary Jane and James Woods.)

Three years later, in 1870, Maggie Hedley, born in 1853, married John Burns, son of Abraham and Mary Burns, an Irish family living in Bervie. Maggie and John Burns made their home in Cleveland, Ohio. (See Chap. 8,8 for the family of Maggie and John Burns.)

Sometime between May 1867 and April 1871, Nicholas and Jane and their three youngest children moved to Lot 8, Conc.9 of Kinloss Township:
April 2, 1871 Ontario Census for Kinloss Township (age next birthday)

Hedley, Nicholas, 57, farmer, b. in England, Church of England, owner of Lot 8, Conc. 9, Kinloss.
                                                Total acres 80; improved acres 20; pasture 3 acres; wheat (100 bushels);
                                                18 bushels peas; 8 bushels potatoes (1/2 acre).
                Jane,        51, born in Ireland, Church of England
                Susan,      11, born in Ontario, attending school
                Alexander, 9, born in Ont., attending school
                Sarah,        6, born in Ontario, attending school.
(The census taker apparently mistook the name "Pharaoh" for "Sarah" and listed this child as female.)

Martha, who would have been 16 in 1871, is missing from the family as is Adeline, who would have been 15. These young women may have been working outside the home. 

The 1871 Census for Huron County contains no Hedleys except "Martha Heddly" in Ashfield Township, a 16-year-old servant, born in Ontario, Church of England, of Irish origin. It is quite likely that this was the daughter of Nicholas and Jane, for Martha, born in 1854, would have been 16 or 17 at the time of the 1871 Census.

Edward Hedley, the seventh child of Nicholas and Jane, may have followed his elder brother Nicholas to Michigan. He is listed on the 1870 U.S. Census for Armada Twp., Macomb Co., Michigan, age 23, working as a farm hand, near the farm of his brother Nicholas. On July 1, 1874 Edward Hedley, age 25, married 15-year-old Minnie Terry in Bridgeport, Michigan.  (See Chap. 8,6 for more about the family of Edward and Minnie.)

Robert Hedley, the fifth son of Nicholas and Jane, like his brothers Nicholas and Edward,  may have left the family shortly after their move from Carleton Co. to Huron Co. He traveled west, possibly to British Columbia, before settling in Napa, California. Thirty-five-year-old Robert married 20-year-old Eliza Ralston in Napa about 1879. Robert’s longing for his family is shown in the names he and Eliza chose for their first seven children: Adeline, Martha, Robert, Emma Frances, Mary Joe Jane, Pharaoh Nicholas, and Chester Alexander. (See Chap. 8,4 for more about the family of Robert and Eliza.)

The 1881 Ontario Census for West Wawanosh, Huron County shows Jane, age 62 and Nicholas, age 67, still farming, but now in West Wawanosh Township, with Susan, age 19, a seamstress; Alexander, age 18, and Pharaoh, age 17.
On November 22,1882 Susan Hedley, age 21, third-youngest of the children of Nicholas and Jane Hedley, married Henry Alton, age 23, in West Wawanosh. Susan and Henry Alton settled in Bruce Mines, near Sault Ste. Marie. (See Chap. 8,11 for more about  the family of Susan and Henry Alton.)

Alexander Hedley, the second-youngest of the children of Nicholas and Jane Hedley, married Thomisine Fisher about 1883. Alexander, a stone mason, built the foundations for many of the houses and barns in the Lucknow area.  (See Chap. 8,12 for more about the family of Alexander and Thomisine.)

June Corfield of Toronto, a great, great, great granddaughter of Henry and Nancy McBride, has in her possession the Will of Henry McBride, dated 1886, in which he Wills $200 to his daughter “Jane Hedley.” In 1886 Jane, age 67, and Nicholas, 72, and their youngest child, Pharaoh, age 22, were living at St. Helens in West Wawanosh, south of Lucknow. Jane’s  father, Henry McBride, of Huntley Township, Carleton County, would have been 100 years old. A photo of Nicholas and Jane Hedley, their son John Henry and grandson Albert was taken by Treleaven Photography, Lucknow around that time.

The 1891 Ont. Census for West Wawanosh, Huron Co. shows Nicholas, age 77, retired farmer, Jane, age 72, and Pharoah, age 27, farm labourer.
Less than three years later, Nicholas Hedley, born Feb. 27, 1814 in Ovingham Parish, Northumberland, England, died suddenly of a heart attack on January 24, 1894 in West Wawanosh, Huron County, Ontario at age 80.

Sudden Death 
Our citizens were startled on Wednesday last by the news of
  the sudden death of Nicholas Hedley, who lived just South of
the Village. He had been in his usual health and was bringing
 into the house an armful of firewood when he suddenly fell to
 the floor, and in a few seconds he was dead. Heart disease is
  supposed to be the cause. The deceased was 80 years of age.

After his father Nicholas’death, and with his mother Jane now residing with her son Alexander, Pharaoh Hedley,  the youngest of the 14 children of Nicholas and Jane Hedley, appears to have left Huron County behind and made a new life for himself in California--although this may not have been his first journey to the USA. The 1900 U.S. Census for Trinity County, California shows Pharaoh Hedley, 34, boarder, working as a cook; “immigrated 1880.” Living nearby and also working as a cook is Eliza Hedley, widow of Robert, Pharaoh’s elder brother, and her two-year-old son Bert Hedley.
 The 1910 U.S. Census for Shasta County, California, lists Pharaoh, age 48, stock raiser, and his 26-year-old nephew Robert Hedley (son of Robert and Eliza), mining laborer.
On April 7, 1912 Pharaoh married 34-year-old widow Johanna (Klumann) Simonson in Shasta County, California.
The 1920 U.S. Census for Los Angeles County, Cal. lists Pharaoh and Johanna, farm owners. Living with them is their son William W. Hedley, age 5, as well as two children from Johanna’s first marriage.
The 1930 U.S. Census for Los Angeles City shows Pharaoh Hedley, owner of the Van Nuys Hotel, with Johanna and their two sons, William and Lesley Hedley (See Chap. 8,13 for more about the family of Pharaoh and Johanna.)

The 1901 Ont. Census for West Wawanosh, Huron Co. shows Jane,  residing with her son Alexander and his wife Thomisine and their nine children in their home on the south edge of Lucknow.
Jane (McBride) Hedley, born May 3, 1819 in Tyrone County, Northern Ireland, died July 3, 1903 at age 84 of Bright's Disease after a two-month illness, at the home of her daughter, Mary Jane Woods, in Kincardine Township (Lot 13, Conc. 9), Bruce County, Ontario.

1. William Hedley b.1837 in March Twp; m. Sarah Phillips in 1863; lived in Wawanosh, Ashfield and Kinloss Townships; Wm. and Sarah moved to South Dakota in 1881 with their eight children. Sarah died in 1887 at age 40.  William married Julia Ann Bennett and had three more children in S. Dakota. William died in 1922 at age 85 in Aberdeen, South Dakota. (Chap. 8,1)

2. John Henry Hedley, b.1838 in March Twp., Carleton County; m. Margaret Florence Johnston (b.1847) in 1866; farmed in Kinloss Twp; moved to Greenock Twp. in 1886; Nine children. Margaret died in 1887 at age 39 of a heart attack; John Henry married Ann Alexander in1888. John Henry died in Kincardine in 1910 of prostate cancer at age 70. Ann died in 1932 at age 80. (Chap. 8,14)

3. Thomas Hedley b.1840 in March Twp; m. Mary Ann Armstrong in March Twp. in 1863; lived in Kincardine, in Huron Twp. (Bruce Co.) and West Wawanosh, Huron Co. (south of Lucknow). Nine children. Thomas died in 1908 at age 67 of a heart attack. Date and location of Mary Ann's death unknown (Chap. 8,2)

4. Nicholas Hedley b.1843 in March Twp; m. Mary Jane Woodbeck in Michigan in 1865; farmed in Macomb Co., Mich; Two daughters (Mary E. d. in childhood and Estella E. b.1870) Nicholas died in 1916, age 73, Mary Jane was 57 on the1900 Macomb Co Census; her date of  death  is unknown. Graves of both are in Willow Grove Cem., Macomb, Mich. (Chap. 8,3)

5. Robert b.1844 in March Twp; m. Eliza Ralston abt.1879 at age 35; farmed in Napa Co., Cal.; eight children; died abt.1898 (abt. age 54) in Napa, Cal.
Eliza, 71 in the 1920 Napa Census, may have died in1922 at age 74 (not yet verified). (Chap. 8,4)

6. Ann Hedley, born 1846 in March Twp. m. Henry Phillips in 1866; farmed in W. Wawanosh Twp. and Ashfield Twp; Six children; Henry was killed by horses in 1877; Ann and four children appear in the 1881 Census for Wingham; In 1887 Ann married George B. Scott. In 1890 Ann and three daughters moved to London. Ann died in London in 1934 (age 88). (Chap. 8,5)

7. Edward, Hedley, b. 1848 in March Twp. was 13 on the 1861 Perth Co. Family Census.  Edward, age 23, was working as a farm labourer in Macomb County, Michigan in 1870, but by 1873 he was in Saginaw, Michigan  where he worked as streetcar operator and teamster; m. fifteen-year-old Minnie Terry in Saginaw; four children; d. between 1900 and 1910. Minnie, 50 in 1910, worked in a Saginaw hotel. Date and location of death of Edward and Minnie unknown. (All of above requires further confirmation.) (Chap. 8,6)

8. Mary Jane Hedley b.1851 in March Twp., m. James Woods in 1867; farmed in Kincardine Twp; eleven children. James died in 1903 at age 53. Mary Jane moved to Kincardine in 1906 with her daughter Mae, a Kincardine librarian. Mary Jane died in 1934 at age 84. (Chap.8,7)

9. Maggie Hedley, b. 1852 in March Twp., m. John Burns (b. 1849) a carpenter, the son of Irish parents, who lived near Bervie, Ontario. Maggie and John were married in Kincardine about 1870; moved to Cleveland, Ohio. Two children, Robert J. and Mary Ann; d. after 1910. (all requires further confirmation)
(Chap. 8,8)

10. Martha Hedley, b.1854, in March Township, was six years old on the 1861 Family Census for Perth County. She is 16 years old, working as a servant, on the 1871 Census. for Ashfield Township, Huron County

11. Adeline Hedley, b.1856 in March Twp., is listed as a four year old on the1861 Family Census for Perth County.

12. James Hedley was probably b. about 1858. and died in infancy or childhood. His name without a birth date appears on his sister Ann's list of family birthdays. His name does not appear on the 1861 Family Census for Perth County.

13. Susan Hedley was b. in 1861, about the time that her parents and their12 children moved from March Twp. to Perth Co. and then into Huron Co. Her birth place is not known, but she is listed as one year old on the  1861 Family Census for Perth County. Susan was 11 on the 1871 Kinloss Twp Census and 19, a seamstress, on the 1881 Census for W. Wawanosh. Susan m. Henry Alton (b.1858) in 1882; They farmed near Bruce Mines (in the Sault Ste. Marie area); Six children; Henry died in 1934 at age 75. Susan died in 1958 at age 98. Their graves are in Old Greenwood Cemetery, Korah Township, Sault Ste.Marie.
(Chap. 8,11)

14. Alexander Hedley b.1862 in Wawanosh, the first born after the family’s move to Huron Co., was a stone mason; m. Thomisine Fisher (b.1862); built a home for his family on the south edge of Lucknow; Nine children; Alexander was killed by runaway horses in 1908 at age 46. Thomisine died in 1940 at age 78. (Chap. 8,12)

15. Pharaoh Hedley b.1864 in Wawanosh, went to California in the 1880's; m. Johanna (Josie) (Klumann) Simonson in 1912. Johanna was b. in 1877 in Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Prussia (Germany). This was a 2nd marriage for Johanna; They owned the Van Nuys Hotel in Van Nuys, California; Two sons;. Johanna died in Glendale, California in 1951. Pharaoh’s died in Van Nuys, California Sept.1939; both are buried in Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, Los Angeles County, CA(Chap. 8,13)

Thank you to June Corfield of Toronto for information about the McBride family.
Photos of Nicholas Hedley courtesy of Bill McDonald, Kincardine.
Ann Hedley's list of family birthdates and articles from the Lucknow Sentinel courtesy of the late Phyllis Morrison (d. Nov. 2002).

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