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Selina Angela Switzer

James Arthur McBurney 2,48

  • Born: 2 Dec 1840, Ireland 2,48
  • Marriage: Selina Angela Switzer on 12 Oct 1866 in Wawanosh, Huron, Ontario, Canada 2,48,210
  • Died: 1 Sep 1901, Ashfield, Huron, Ontario, Canada at age 60 2,48,52,211
  • Buried: 1901, Kincardine, Bruce, Ontario, Canada

bullet   Cause of his death was Heart Failure.


bullet  General Notes:

Arthur and Selina lived in Kincardine, Ashfield township, Bruce County , Ontario. Selina was married to Art in 1866 and was the daughter o f James Switzer. The family visited often in later years with Eliza a nd Tom Hill's family. (Eliza was the daughter of Richard McBurney, Art 's brother) Selina was pretty sharp. It was said that anything she m issed wasn't worth much. She was almost blind, as was most of the fam ily. (According to Vera Scott in a letter in the late 1970's) They ha d seven children: Tom, Mary, William, John (Jack), Joe, Alfred, and Wa lter. Selina is buried in Kincardine Cemetery, Block E, Lot 35.

bullet  Burial Notes:

Address: Kincardine Cemetery
Kincardine, ON Canada


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Immigration: to Canada, 1848. through Little York (Toronto, , Ontario, Canada).

From the obituary of William McBurney:
William and his family set sail from Ireland in a sailing vessel, whic h took upward of two months in crossing the Atlantic (Ocean), they lan ded at Little York, now Toronto and took up their first residence at B everly, not far from Woodstock, from which place they came into the wo ods in the year of the "Sale of the Land," in 1848, and settled on Lo t 31, Concession 6, Kinloss.

NOTE: The 1851 Census of Canada shows the family (John and Mary with c hildren Hugh, Richard, James Arthur, John, and William) still living i n Beverly Township of Wentworth County. The 1861 Census shows them liv ing in Kinloss.

1851 Census of Ontario, 12 Jan 1852, Beverly, Wentworth, Ontario, Canada. 66 The Personal Census information for Beverly District is missing, but f ather John was listed in the Agricultural Census for Beverly Townshi p in Wentworth County of Canada West, p. 31, line 5, as living on Cons . 9, lot 31. He had 2 acres of land where he grew Oats and Potatoes . He had 100 lbs. of Maple Sugar, 2 Bulls or Oxen, 2 milk cows, 1 cal f, 2 horses, 2 pigs, and 1 barrel or cwt. of Pork.

1871 Census of Canada, 2 Apr 1871, Kinloss, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 212 Ontario, Bruce Co., Kinloss Twp., p. 76, lines 11-15, dwelling 268;
Arthur, age 28, with wife Selina, age 25, and children John James, ag e 3, Mary, age 2, and Thomas Arthur, age 3 months.

1881 Census of Canada, 4 Apr 1881, Huron, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 213 Ontario, Bruce Co., Huron Twp., p. 19, lines 12-20, household 91;
Arthur, age 40, with wife Selina, age 37, and children John, age 13, M ary, age12, Thomas, age 10, Joseph, age 8, William, age 6, Alfred, ag e 4, and Walter, age 2 months.

Occupation: Farmer, 4 Apr 1881, Huron, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 213

Religion: C. Methodist, 4 Apr 1881, Huron, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 213

1891 Census of Canada, 21 Apr 1891, Huron, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 214 Ontario, Huron West Co., Ashfield Twp., p. 33, lines 4-10, household 1 57;
Arthur, age 50, with wife Selina, age 49, and children Thomas, age 20 , Joseph, age 18, William, age 16, Charles, age 14, and Walter, age 11 .

Cemetery: Kincardine Cemetery, 1901, Kincardine, Bruce, Ontario, Canada. 52

1901 Census of Canada, 12 Apr 1901, Ashfield, Huron, Ontario, Canada. 215 Ontario, Huron Co., Ashfield Twp., p. 8, lines 43-46, household 81;
Arthur, age 60, with wife Selina, age 57, and children Thomas, age 30 , and St. Henyetta, age 14.


James married Selina Angela Switzer, daughter of James Maurice Switzer and Martha Rebekah Simpson, on 12 Oct 1866 in Wawanosh, Huron, Ontario, Canada 2,48.,210 (Selina Angela Switzer was born on 23 Feb 1844 2,48,216,217, christened on 13 Sep 1850 in Goderich, Huron, Ontario, Canada,218 died on 14 Nov 1931 in Kincardine, Bruce, Ontario, Canada 2,48,216,219 and was buried in Kincardine, Bruce, Ontario, Canada.). The cause of her death was Old Age.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

MCBURNEY, Arthur, 25, Kinloss, b. Ireland, John McBurney, Mary Atkinso n m Salina A. SWITZER, 22, Kinloss, b. Canada, West, James Switzer, Ma rtha B. Simpson, wit Richard McBurney, Jane McBurney, Kinloss, 12 Oct . 1866, Rev. Robert Leask, St. Helens, Wawanosh, Huron

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