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William Mussell

Male 1812 - 1863  (51 years)


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  • Name William Mussell 
    Born 1812  Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 3 June 1863  Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • http://www.vcnet.com/garym/mussell/mussell1776_Ia.html
      William and Jemima's Story:

      John Mussell and Catharine Mussell had 15 children. William was their first child.

      William Mussell (1812-1863) was a woodsman and farmer, and at another time he also worked in a local mine for awhile. His church affiliation was Anglican according to local church records. He and his family farmed near Merrickville, Ontario on the Rideau River. His parents, John & Catherine Ditor lived nearby.

      The older spelling of the double s (fs) was replaced in this name as in all other writing by ss by 1830. The name Mussil appears in the census info as well, but we think that is just a misspelling by the census taker. There are other details about life in Osgoode Township gathered by Alan Mussell, but have not been communicated to me.

      The family bible notes that she came to Canada in 1826 from Ireland. Jemima Lundy Mussell's mother's name was Sarah Lundy, according to Ontario marriage register, census and church records, and the family bible in posession of Kay Beachell, Winnepeg, Canada, granddaughter of Catherine Mussell Holliston. Alan Mussell says his grandfather, Art, remembered his grandmother singing in Irish when he was a small boy. Jemima was described by family members as blue-eyed and brown haired, very petite, and a strict diciplinarian. She was blind for her last 20 years, and died at age 81.

      William and Jemima had 15 children, the oldest (Jane) having already died at age 19 by the time the youngest were born; Most of the children were self-taught musicians (father Wiliam playd the violin), and there are many family stories of their playing together at periodic family reunions.

      Family records show that William Mussell died of blood poisoning following a logging accident. He was 51 years of age when he died, leaving a large family for Jemima to raise alone. The family built a schoolhouse on their farm, known as the Mussell Schoolhouse, which stood on the property until the 1960’s. In Jemima’s letters to her sons out west she writes about sending Levi to school for the winter. William & Jemima Mussell are buried in a country cemetery outside of Merrickville.

      All but one of William’s sons left the area to settle in Manitoba when the west opened up in the 1870’s.They founded Mussellborough (Altamonte) in Manitoba.

      Solomon was the only son who stayed in the Merrickville, Ontario. He purchased a farm on the Rideau River near Osgoode, Ontario where he & his wife, Maria Vaughan, raised their family of nine children. Jemima did not move west either, but lived with Solomon until her death in 1906. (The 1901 census shows Jemima living with her son Solomon.)

      William Mussell
      B: 1812 or 1814, Coventry England
      D: Jun 3, 1863, Merrickville, Wolford, U.C.
      Buried at Merrickville Cemetary, Wolford.
      married Jun 3,1838
      Wolford, Johnstown Dist, U.C.
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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
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    Person ID I9382  Houliston Family Tree
    Last Modified 25 July 2007 

    Father John Mussell 
    Mother Catherine Ditor 
    Family ID F3176  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Jemima Lundy,   b. 1820, Armagh, Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 1906, Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 3 June 1838  Wolford, Johnstown Dist, Upper Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Jane Anne Mussell,   b. about 1839, Wolford, Greville, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 August 1857, Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 18 years)
     2. James C Mussell,   b. 31 March 1840, Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 October 1920, Nyssa, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    +3. Catherine (Katie) Mussell,   b. 7 December 1842, Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 July 1937, Altamont , Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 94 years)
     4. Sarah Mussell,   b. 8 September 1844, Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 October 1937, Nyssa, OR, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years)
     5. Jonathon Mussell,   b. about 1846, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Solomon Mussell,   b. about 1849, Merrickville, Wolford, Grenville, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 October 1923, Osgoode, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     7. ? Mussell
    Family ID F3147  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart



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