It was rather a slow start. The Toronto Family History Centre has a weekly newsletter and there is an opportunity to have your question published with (hopefully) a solution provided, either by the volunteers or another newsletter recipient. Several years ago I sent in my question asking how I could find out when and where Robert Newton married Isabella McKnight. Robert's first wife Margaret died in 1855 in Wallace Perth County and Isabella and Robert's first son Robert T. was born about 1857. It looked like I had a two year window and a possible location of Wallace.
The answer came back that records for that period and that location were very scarce and it would be difficult to find out. Great I thought, I'd already figured that part out, that was why I was asking where I could start my search. My goal always to find out the parents names of Robert.
The next week however I received this reply from genealogist Fawne Stratford-Devai:
Fawne Stratford-Devai writes:
“Regarding the question for the Perth County marriage records pre-1869, we are very fortunate that the returns to the clerk of the peace were found and transcribed by Dan Walker and myself some years ago. The full transcription with index is available from Global Genealogy at: http://globalgenealogy.com/countries/canada/ontario/perth/resources/258034.htm
Perth County Baptism, Marriage & Burial Register, 1852-1859
Compiled by Dan Walker & Fawne Stratford-Devai
[Also available at the Toronto Reference Library and North York Public Library]
When I checked the transcriptions, I found the following entries for Newton/McKnight:
Marriages by Rev’d John Armstrong Wesleyan Methodist Minister
Robert NEWTON, to Isabella McKNIGHT. 11 Jan. 1857, Wallace, by Licence. Rev. ARMSTRONG. Wit. William McBRIDE and S. ARMSTRONG
Hooray for the internet. A source for the marriage and where I could locate the source. Not the complete answer I was looking for but it did confirm the marriage date between Robert and Isabella.
I decided to go back to the Census and see if I could find any other Newtons in the general area that were Irish, Protestant and possibly farmers.
Here's what I found on the 1851 Census:
William Newton born about 1826 in Ireland living in Waterloo County
George Newton born about 1821 in Ireland living in Waterloo County
Maria Newton Holt born about 1828 in Ireland living in Waterloo County
Henry Newton born about 1828 in Ireland living in Peel County
There was also a Henry Newton listed in the City of Toronto and Home District Directory and Register 1837. He was listed at Albion Township, Peel County, Concession 1 Lot 27.
Could these be relatives of Robert? The Henry that owned land in Albion, was probably not the same Henry in the 1851 Census. That Henry would be just 9 years old in 1837.
I did some more digging and found that William, Maria and Henry Newton (1828) were related. Following their marriage registrations the parents for all three were listed as Henry Newton and Mary Bryan or Bryant. I also found that when George Newton was married Robert Newton and William Fallis were the witnesses. Fallis is the maiden name of Robert's first wife.
George married a Leitia Eason and on the 1851 Census there is a William Newton (1828) living with the family in Waterloo. Henry (1828) is also living quite nearby as well. Perhaps George is related to the other 3 Newtons.
A very helpful volunteer a the Peel Region Ontario Genealogical Society looked up some information for me as well. She reported that a Henry Newton age 21 and a Maria Newton age 16 appeared on the Index for Baptismal Register for the Mission Chinguacousy, Gore of Toronto and parts adjacent. They had been confirmed 28 October 1844 in Albion, Peel, living at Lot 20 Concession 2.
Now that is not the same Concession and Lot where the other Henry was living but it was in Albion.
Also according to the Peel Region volunteer, the original land for Henry Newton - Lot 27, Concession 1 had been owned by an A.J. Fallis, by 1859. Once again the Fallis name appears.
Now all I had to do was connect these Newtons to Robert.