The Oxfordshire reference comes from a book "Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of York" (Canada) published in circa 1905. There is paragraph about George Plant who married Georgianna Adelaide Howson (granddaughter of George Howson) " ...George Howson, who was born in Oxford, England where he married Jane Lay. In 1832 they came to Canada settling at Belleville, where Mr. Howson was a market gardener...."
I contacted the Oxfordshire Family History Society (FHS) to see if I could find any more information. They found a few things for me:
- George Howson and Jane Lay married in Abingdon, St. Helen 20 October 1816
- Thomas Howson baptised in Abingdon, St. Helen 15 June 1817
- Thomas Howson buried in Abingdon, St. Helen 17 June 1817
I know that George and Jane had 2 other sons namely :
- Thomas Howson born abt 1818 England
- George Howson born abt 1820 England
I had a little more luck with Jane Lay. According to the Oxfordshire FHS there were 3 Jane Lays baptised around that time period:
- Jane Lay baptised 1795 Eynsham, Oxfordshire, parents Thomas & Christian
- Jane Lay baptised 1796 Appleton, Oxfordshire, parents Daniel & Mary
- Jane Ley baptised 1799 Abingdon, St. Helen, parents Dr. Hugh & Mrs. Eliza
George and Jane settled in Thurlow Township, Hastings, Ontario which is now part of Belleville Ontario. The 1861 Census shows them on Concession 2 Lot 9 and George is listed as a Gardener. Their older son Thomas was a tinsmith. He married Rebecca Reynolds and they eventually settled in Morrisburg, Ontario. George (1820) married Bridget O'Neill and they lived in the Belleville area. Sadly, George died quite young at the age of about 36 years, in 1856 in Belleville.
Jane Lay died in Thurlow Township in 1876 and George Howson senior died in 1879. They are both buried in St. Michael's Cemetery in Belleville.