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Adam Houliston

Male about 1832 - 1920  (~ 88 years)

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  • Name Adam Houliston 
    Born about 1832  Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 7 March 1920  Smith's Falls, Lanark , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried 9 March 1920  Hillcrest Cemetery, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
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      Canada 1851 census:
      Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia)
      Province/Territory: Canada West (Ontario)
      District Name: Grenville (county)
      District Number: 12
      Sub-district Name/
      Description: Wolfred township - includes the eastern half between lots 15 and 16 part 1
      Sub-district Number: 104
      Schedule: A
      Reference: Library and Archives Canada, RG31
      Microfilm Reel Number: C-11724
      Name Occupation Birthplace Religion Age (next bday) Sex Mar/Sin/Wid House
      (page 9)
      7 James Lundy Farmer Ireland C England 55 M M Log
      8 Jane Lundy Ireland C England 56 F M
      9 Jane Lundy Ireland C England 20 F S
      10 Charlotte Mussell Ireland C England 32 F W Log
      11 Jane C Mussell Canada C England 8 F S
      12 John Mussell Canada C England 7 M S
      13 James C Mussell Canada C England 6 M S
      14 Edward A Mussell Canada C England 4 M S
      15 Henry Mussell Canada C England 2 M S Log
      16 Wm Mussell Farmer Canada C England 39 M M
      17 Jemima Mussell Ireland C England 31 F M
      18 Jane A Mussell Canada C England 13 F S
      19 James Mussell Canada C England 11 M S
      20 Catherine Mussell Canada C England 9 F S
      21 Sarah Mussell Canada C England 8 F S
      22 Jonothan Mussell Canada C England 6 M S
      23 Solomon Mussell Canada C England 3 M S
      50 James Holiston Farmer Scotland U Presbyterian 44 M M
      (page 11)
      1 Mary Holiston Scotland U Presbyterian 40 F M Log
      2 Christy Holiston Scotland U Presbyterian 22 F M (not member of family)
      3 Adam Holiston Scotland U Presbyterian 20 M S
      4 Nancy Holiston Canada U Presbyterian 18 F S
      5 George Holiston Canada U Presbyterian 17 M S
      6 Margaret Holiston Canada U Presbyterian 16 F S
      7 Mary Holiston Canada U Presbyterian 10 F S
      8 Robt Holiston Canada U Presbyterian 8 M S
      9 Jane Holiston Canada U Presbyterian 6 F S
      10 Eliza Holiston Canada U Presbyterian 3 F S
      Ontario, Canada Census Index, 1871
      about Adam Holison
      Name: Adam Holison
      Age: 37
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1834
      Gender: Male
      Birth Place: Scotland
      Residence District: Leeds & Grenville North
      Residence Location: Merrickville
      Ethnic Origin: Scottish
      Religion: Canada Presbyterian / C. Presbyterian
      Microfilm Roll: C-10005
      Page: 6
      Head of Household Comment: This person is listed as a head of household.
      1881 Canada census:
      Name Marital Status Gender Age Birthplace Occupation
      Adam HONILISTON... M Male 45 Scotland Labourer
      Margaret HONILISTON M Female 42 Ireland
      William HONILISTON S Male 6 Ireland
      Source Information:
      Census Place Smith's Falls, Lanark South, Ontario
      Family History Library Film 1375869
      District 111
      Sub-district G
      Page Number 80
      Household Number 378+

      Perth Courier - Comings and Goings

      supplied by Christine M. Spencer of Northwestern University, Evanston, Il., USA.


      Perth Courier, Nov. 20, 1885
      On Saturday morning a painful sensation was created in Smith’s Falls that Mrs. Adam Houliston had committed suicide. On making inquiries it transpired that during the night she aroused her husband who is a lockmaster to go and look through a lock which had just whistled. After attending to the locks Mr. Houliston went and lay down on the sofa. After the lapse of some time he began to wonder why his wife had not called him she being of delicate health and requiring a good deal of attention. Springing up he entered the bedroom and was still more surprised at finding it vacant, particularly as Mrs. Houliston had not been out of the house in weeks. He traced her footsteps to the river and finding her shawl on the bank surmised the worst. A short search in the grey dawn found her lying face down in about two feet depth of water. It is thought that her sufferings and the reaction caused by giving up morphine as a medicine induced depression of spirits resulting in temporary insanity. Besides her husband she leaves a married daughter and a son ten years of age. The family was in very comfortable circumstances.

      Posted: 8 October, 2003
      1901 Census of Canada Page Information
      District: ON LEEDS & GRENVILLE (North/Nord) (#82)
      Subdistrict: Smith's Falls (Town/Ville) (Part/Partie) F-5 Page 2
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      Images are from National Archives Web Site
      Details: Schedule 1 Microfilm T-6478
      Transcriber: Geoffrey Wyght
      Proof reader: Lynn McEwen
      20 14 Holliston Adam M Head M May 25 1834 66
      21 14 Holliston Jane F Wife M Oct 24 1843 57
      1911 Canada census:
      Adam born in Scotland, immigrated to Canada in 1830
      Jane born 'O' (Ontario) and of Irish origin
      Province District Subdistrict Enumeration District #
      Ontario Lanark South Smiths Falls 33
      Line # Household #
      page 13
      50 133 Houliston Adam M Head M May 1828 83 born Scotland immigration 1830?
      page 14
      1 133 Houliston Jane F Wife M Oct 1843 67 born O origin Irish
      Hillcrest Cemetery, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada.
      Plot # 1460

      HOLLISTON - In Loving Memory of Adam Holliston, died March 7, 1920, aged 93 yrs.
      Also his wife, Margaret Rothwell, died Nov 15, 1885, aged 47 yrs.

      (on the back)
      CORBETT - James F. Corbett, May 26, 1863 - July 26, 1936.
      His wife, Adamenia Holliston, Mar 2, 1861 - May 6, 1946.
      mention of "Holliston" house in Smiths Falls - not sure why:

      The Rideau Record - Thursday, Dec. 20th, 1894
      The Longest - Time Resident - Mr. R. W. Bartlett’s Citizenship dates further back than that of anyone now living in Smiths Falls

      An interesting talk about the Early Days

      There is scarcely a man, woman or child in town or country who does not know Mr. R. W. Bartlett and consequently there are few to whom the following lines will not prove interesting reading. The Record dropped in at his comfortable home the other evening, and tall if not in Gath, found him sitting by a bright wood bre enjoying, as he well knows how, a fragrant cigar. (this is how it appears in paper) We asked him to tell us something of his first days in Smiths Falls, and in the course of a pleasant conversation, we found that he was born at Rome, New York State, on the 5th of August, 1816. He came here with is parents when he was 15 years old or in the spring of 1831. The family came by way of the Erie canal to Oswego and down the St. Lawrence to Brockville, but in place of accompanying his parents, he drove to Morristown with an apprentice of his father’s, and there awaited the coming of the others. They hired wagons in Brockville and came out here, staying for the first few days with the Simpson family, some of whom his father knew before coming. Houses of any kind were not very plentiful here then but after casting about for a day or so they finally took up their abode in a small log house which stood about where the lock house is now. They only stayed there a short time when they moved into what was known as the Holliston house, which occupied part of the site of the present Russell house. There were only four frame houses in the village when he came here and not a single brick or stone one. The frame houses were Mr. Simpson’s store, which was where Mr. J. M. Clark’s store is now; Jones Bros., a small shop next to Simpson’s; the Holliston house already mentioned, and a tavern kept by Obidiah Reid, about where Mr. Bell’s stores are, next to the Washburn block. All the other buildings were shanties and there were not many of them at that. Old Mr. Bartlett was a cabinet maker and immediately after his arrival he built a shop, the building now occupied by M. J. Wilson and Son and opened business. He also built the home at present owned and occupied by Mr. Bartlett. The father pushed the chair and cabinet business while the son, the subject of this brief sketch, went to clerk in Simpson & Middleberger’s store. After two or three years of mercantile life he joined his father in the cabinet business and until a few months ago, when he sold out, he has been connected with the business ever since. They built up a large and successful business which was well begun by the father and ably continued by the son.

      Since those early days of his first coming to Smiths Falls he laughingly said, “there have been many changes,” and out of those who were here at the time of his coming he is the only one now living in town. The only ones he could think of who are alive are Daniel Tierney and Daniel Murphy, of North Elmsley, but neither of these is a citizen now. The village was laid out in a kind of way into streets but they were very short ones and did not look much as they do now. There was no road into Beckwith then and none to Roseville except a trail through the bush. Beckwith street was laid to St. Andrew’s church and after that it was a path through the woods. Across the river it was the same way. Beckwith street gave them much trouble in the olden days as it was continually being washed away by heavy rains. Several stumps stood in the middle of it for years, just in front of where the Russell House is now. In 1832 the canal was finished and in that year the first boat, a tug, ran here from Ottawa. There was great rejoicing in the village and in order to properly celebrate the event a couple of men undertook to fire off an old cannon belonging to Mr. Jason Gould. They put in too much of a load and the result was that the cannon burst, covering the two men up in sand and throwing a piece of itself weighing about 100 pounds up on to French hill. The cannon proved a strong competitor with the tug for public attention and carried off the honors as the tug was entirely forgotten in the excitement over the burst cannon.

      In 1855 Mr. Bartlett was appointed town treasurer and for forty years he has discharged the duties of the office faithfully and well. He began on the princely sum of $10.00 per year. The assessor and the collector receiving similar amounts.

      He is now in his 79th year, and takes as keen an interest in things as ever. He has come in and gone out among the people of Smiths Falls for over three score years, and by all he is held in the greatest respect and esteem. He belongs to a family who never made much noise in the town but to whom the town owes a great deal for the good work done in the years that are gone.

      On the 4th of December, 1844, Mr. Bartlett married Miss Elvira Frost and happily down the way of life they have journeyed together. May they have a pleasant Christmas and many of them.
    Person ID I9349  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 19 August 2007 

    Father James Houliston,   b. about 1806, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 November 1876, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 70 years) 
    Mother Mary Wylie,   b. about 1811, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 January 1894, Wolford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Family ID F297  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 1 Margaret Rothwell,   b. 1838, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 November 1885, Smith's Falls, Lanark South, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
     1. Adamina (Ad, Ada, Adamenia or Harriet?) Holliston,   b. 2 March 1862, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 May 1946, Smiths Falls, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
     2. William Holliston,   b. 10 May 1876, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1961, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Family ID F3160  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse 2 Jane Donohue,   b. 24 October 1843, Kitley, Leeds, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 July 1914  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 13 April 1886  Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Robert Houliston,   b. 1888, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F3161  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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