April 09, 2012

Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid (OCFA)

Many years ago, I found the Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid web site. I have found ancestors and their cemetery locations through this database. I found Joseph Haynen and his family at Sandy Hill, Prescott, Grenville, Augusta and L&G-87-2, a book created by Leeds & Grenville Branch, OGS.

With the new Haynen information I found on the 1851 Census, I wondered if there was some new listings at the OCFA. Yes, there are new listings!

HAYNEN, Mary St James Anglican Grenville Augusta L&G-99-2-2

HAYNEN, Rebecca Port Hope Union Northumberland Hope LSGS-103

HAYNEN, William St James Anglican Grenville Augusta L&G-99-2-2

I thought it was odd that Rebecca was listed by her maiden name, since she was married to Francis Walker in 1864. I did a search for Francis in the same area.

WALKER, Francis (h/o Rebecca Haynen) Port Hope Union Northumberland Hope LSGS-103

It's still interesting that Rebecca is listed by her maiden name, but this is definitely her and her husband.

Next step was to find someone in Ontario that lives nearby these locations and can they provide additional information like birth and death dates.

Rebecca Haynen - 1851 Census

I searched Canada's 1861 Census for Quebec and Ontario and didn't find Rebecca. I forgot that a lot of pages in 1861 were not very readable. So maybe Rebecca is on one of of those pages.

I did find Rebecca and her family on the 1851 Ontario Census! via FamilySearch. There isn't such a thing as a perfect record, so I wasn't surprised at the spelling for Haynen as Hanan. Thank goodness that databases are now providing Soundex options. It's always been a challenge thinking about how somebody might have spelled our surname.

James Hanan birth: 1800 Ireland residence: 1851 Augusta,​ Grenville County,​ Canada West (Ontario),​ Canada

Mary Hanan birth: 1799 Ireland residence: 1851 Augusta,​ Grenville County,​ Canada West (Ontario),​ Canada

Eliza Hanan birth: 1835 Ireland residence: 1851 Augusta,​ Grenville County,​ Canada West (Ontario),​ Canada

Wm J Hanan birth: 1838 Ireland residence: 1851 Augusta,​ Grenville County,​ Canada West (Ontario),​ Canada

Joseph Hanan birth: 1841 Ireland residence: 1851 Augusta,​ Grenville County,​ Canada West (Ontario),​ Canada

Rebecca Hanan birth: 1844 Upper Canada residence: 1851 Augusta,​ Grenville County,​ Canada West (Ontario),​ Canada

Wm J is my 2nd-great grandfather. I now have a record that shows Joseph as his brother, two sisters, my 3rd great-grandparents and a timeline when the family came to Canada from Ireland. Joseph was born 1840 in Ballynahinch, County Down, Ireland and Rebecca was born about 1844 in Upper Canada.