Edward Bristow 1309
- Born: 2 Mar 1807, Horsham, Sussex, England 1080,1309,1310
- Christened: 5 Apr 1807, Horsham, Sussex, England 1080
- Marriage: Hannah Streater on 31 Jul 1827 in Shipley, Sussex, England 1308
- Died: 25 Sep 1884, Elmira, Woowlich, Ontario, Canada at age 77 1080
- Buried: Howick, Huron, Ontario, Canada 1080
Address: Howick Baptist Cemetery
Concession 3, Howick Twp., Huron Co.
Noted events in his life were:
• Immigrated: from England, 1832. 328 Ontario, Canada
with wife Hannah Streater; 4 children
• 1851 Census of Canada, 1851. 1081 Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada
Ontario, Perth Co., Wallace Twp., p. 117, lines 24-33;
Edward, age 45, with wife Hannah, age 43, and children Edward, age 23 , Sarah, age 17, Ann, age 15, Walter, age 13, Mary, age 11, Allen, ag e 8, William, age 6, and Elisa, age 4.
• 1861 Census of Canada, 1861. 1079 Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada
Ontario, Perth Co., Wallace Twp., p. 4 lines 44-48;
Edward, age 54, with wife Hannah, age 52, and children Walter, age 21 , Clem, age 17, William, age 14, and Elizabeth, age 12.
• Occupation: Milliner, 1861. 1079 Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada
• Religion: Baptist, 1861. 1079 Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada
• 1871 Census of Canada, 1871. 1300 Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada
Ontario, Perth Co., Wallace Twp., p. 3, lines 8-13, household 9;
Edward, age 64, his wife Hannah, age 62, daughter Eliza, age 23, and s on Allan, age 27, daughter-in-law Hannah, age 23, and grand-son Henry , age 1.
• 1881 Census of Canada, 1881. 1311 Wallace, Perth, Ontario, Canada
Ontario, Perth Co., Wallace Twp., p. 5, lines 7-8, household 16;
Henry, age 74, with daughter Eliza, age 33.
• Cemetery: Howick Baptist Cemetery, Concession 3, Howick Twp., Huron Co, 1884. 1080 Howick, Huron, Ontario, Canada
• Family History: written by Roger Miller, 11 Aug 2012. 1080 Guelph, Wellington, Ontario, Canada
Edward came to Canada with Hannah and most likely 2 children on a Petw orth Immigration Scheme ship in 1832.
They lived in Conestogo, Waterloo Co, Ontario, Canada for several year s while Edward was working for David Musselman at his mill to help pa y off his debt to Musselman for his land in Woolwich Twp. In his spar e time he hiked back and forth to his land while building his cabin. T he family moved to cabin about 1836/39. Since county registry office s wer not set up to handle land registrations for private sales unti l the 1840s his deed was not registered until 1847. His land, part lo t 88 [53 acres more or less] was just south of the 50 acre farm [als o part lot 88] of his brother-in-law George Streeter.
Edward established a store near the intersection of the Arthur Road an d the road from Guelph to lake Huron where his wife sold grocery & fan cy goods, and he established his first post office which was know as B ristow's Corner's until it was formally taken into the Canadian posta l system and was called West Woolwich, 'Woolwich' being the first Cana dian post office established in the Township at Winterbourne.
In 1854 the community at Bristow's Corners was named as the hamlet o f Elmira, after Elmira, New York which town had much impressed a Woolw ich Township merchant, Mr. Samuel Weaver, on a business trip to that t own.
Edward Bristow was an entrepreneur who, while resident in Elmira, ha d a store, a shoe shop, potashery, a small inn, a blacksmith shop, an d a mail stage which ran from Elmira to Glen Allan in Wellington Count y. He hired local men or used his growing family to operate most of th ese enterprises. He was also instrumental in supporting the establishm ent of the first school in Elmira, and unsuccessfully lobbying for a r ail line to pass through Elmira in 1853.
In the early 1850s he bought 400 acres in Wallace Twp, Perth Co, jus t north of Listowel as that area of the Queen's bush was opening up a t that time, and land was cheap. He moved around 1855 to the new hamle t of Shipley [named after his birthplace in England] still maintainin g his operations in Elmira. He developed a small business operation o f a saw mill and a store on his land. In 1860 he sold his land in Wool wich Twp., and gave up his postmastership at Elmira. He soon procure d a license to operate the Post Office at Shipley.
The Bristow children began marrying in 1847 when Fanny married Henry P eterson at Woolwich. Ann married Joseph Rogers in 1856 at Wallace. Edw ard Jr. married Nancy Allison in 1858 at Wallace. Mary Jane married Na ncy's brother, Abel, in 1859 at Wallace. Walter married Margaret Harri s in 1864 at Wallace. John married Eliza Brackett in 1866 at La Crosse , Wisconsin. William married Margaret's sister, Amanda, in 1867 at Wal lace, and Allen married Hannah Andrew in 1868 at Wallace. It is not kn own at this time if Eliza married. Hannah is presumed to have died you ng, either in England or Canada.
Edward's brothers John and Thomas joined them at Conestogo in 1835. Jo hn with his small family, and Thomas the eternal bachelor. Both John a nd Thomas bought property in Wallace Township along with Edward. Onl y Thomas joined him in Wallace as John remained on his farm in Woolwic h when his wife, Sarah, died in 1858.
Above is a brief overview of the Bristow Family in Canada. Edward & Ha nnah's descendants are well spread across Canada and the USA.
Roger Miller, Guelph Ontario. 8/11/2012
• Grave Marker: Howick Baptist Cemetery, Concession 3, Howick Twp., Huron Co, 1884. Howick, Huron, Ontario, Canada
Edward married Hannah Streater on 31 Jul 1827 in Shipley, Sussex, England.1308 (Hannah Streater was born on 2 Jul 1808 in England,1080,1309 died on 2 Aug 1873 in Ontario, Canada 1080 and was buried in Howick, Huron, Ontario, Canada 1080.)