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VanValkenburg, Sophrona

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  • Name  VanValkenburg, Sophrona 
    Born  1841 
    Gender  Female 
    Census  1851  Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Census  1861  Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Census  1871  Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died  30 Dec 1920  Battersea, Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I245  VV-David-LucyMILLER-Storrington
    Last Modified  27 Oct 2014 

    Father  VanValkenburg, David,   b. 1810, Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Mother  Miller, Lucy,   b. 1812, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship  Natural 
    Married  Quebec, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F93  Group Sheet

    Family  Blackaby, John J.,   b. 1831,   d. 1898, Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F105  Group Sheet

  • Documents
    Land Register - Frontenac Co., Storrington Co. - Con 12 Lot 12 - transfer by inheritors to eldest heir Washington VV, 1875
    Land Register - Frontenac Co., Storrington Co. - Con 12 Lot 12 - transfer by inheritors to eldest heir Washington VV, 1875
    GSU1723916-FRONTENAC-Storrington-No1653-VVLucy-1875

    1 of 2 | 2 of 2 | See Transcription and more about VanVolkenburgh Island.


    An original Crown grant of this lot (which includes VanVolkenburgh Island in Loughborough Lake), is signed over after the death of David VV, for one dollar, to eldest son Washington VV.

    See historic maps of this 12th Concession property. The VV family, by this time, were living on a farm further south near Milburn in the 8th Concession (map). These two properties shown in green on Storrington Twp. map.

    Land Register - Frontenac Co., Storrington Co. - Con 12 Lot 12 - transfer by inheritors to eldest heir Washington VV, 1875
    Land Register - Frontenac Co., Storrington Co. - Con 12 Lot 12 - transfer by inheritors to eldest heir Washington VV, 1875
    GSU1723916-FRONTENAC-Storrington-No1653-VVLucy-1875

    1 of 2 | 2 of 2 | See Transcription and more about VanVolkenburgh Island.


    An original Crown grant of this lot (which includes VanVolkenburgh Island in Loughborough Lake), is signed over after the death of David VV, for one dollar, to eldest son Washington VV.

    See historic maps of this 12th Concession property. The VV family, by this time, were living on a farm further south near Milburn in the 8th Concession (map). These two properties shown in green on Storrington Twp. map.

    Headstones
    Grave of Sophrona VV (1841-1921) and husband John J. Blackaby (1831-1898)
    Grave of Sophrona VV (1841-1921) and husband John J. Blackaby (1831-1898)
    Battersea, Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co., Ontario

    Link to photo at Canadian Headstones site.


    Histories

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    VanVolkenburgh farm adjoined local industry in Milburne near Battersea, Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co.
    VanVolkenburgh farm adjoined local industry in Milburne near Battersea, Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co.

    Homestead of David VV (1789-) and Hezekiah VV (1834-1926) families at village of Milburne.
    'Memories of Milburn', Storrington, Frontenac Co. regarding David VV-Lucy Miller family.
    "Memories of Milburn", Storrington, Frontenac Co. regarding David VV-Lucy Miller family.

    Written by Sarah Clark Gardner in the 1940s to become part of the Battersea Women's Institute (Tweedsmuir) History collection. One anecdote that was not copied was concerning Hezekiah VV being a favourite of the local children; they remember he always had candies for them which sometimes took considerable time to produce from his pocket.
    INTRO: David VV of Storrington m. Lucy Miller (STRAY Branch)
    INTRO: David VV of Storrington m. Lucy Miller (STRAY Branch)

    These notes are a few early assumptions and sources found for this family - gathered from the family trees online at the NAVVF, or from personal family records supplied to us, and backed by records wherever possible. We recognize that the information may be incorrect or incomplete, but present it here as a starting point for discussion and welcome your feedback.
    Land Register - Frontenac Co., Storrington Co. - Con 12 Lot 12 - transfer by inheritors to eldest heir Washington VV, 1875
    Land Register - Frontenac Co., Storrington Co. - Con 12 Lot 12 - transfer by inheritors to eldest heir Washington VV, 1875

    A transcription of GSU1723916-FRONTENAC-Storrington-No1653-VVLucy-1875

    Images: 1 of 2 | 2 of 2 | See Historic Maps of this property and VanVolkenburgh Island.

    An original Crown grant of this lot (which includes VanVolkenburgh Island in Loughborough Lake), is signed over after the death of David VV, for one dollar, to eldest son Washington VV.

    The VV family, by this time, were living on a farm further south near Milburn in the 8th Concession (map). These two properties shown in green on Storrington Twp. map.

    Census Records
    CENSUS-1851 - David VanVoltingburg--Lucy Miller
    CENSUS-1851 - David VanVoltingburg--Lucy Miller
    Sarah L.,Hezekiah,Washington,Suphrona,Wellington,Diadema
    Storrington,Frontenac,Ontario
    CENSUS-1871 - Lucy VanValkenburg(Miller)(widow),John VanValkenburg(widower)
    CENSUS-1871 - Lucy VanValkenburg(Miller)(widow),John VanValkenburg(widower)
    Hezekiah,Suphrona,Wellington,Diadema,Hezekiah,Mary,James William
    Storrington,Frontenac

    David's widow Lucy is here in 1871 with son Hezekiah VV and a John VanValkenburg listed as a widower in the census. (John's 1879 death record states he lived with his "nephew Hezekiah" VV in his last years).



    Maps
    Historical Atlases of the Battersea area of Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co. in 1860 and 1878.
    Historical Atlases of the Battersea area of Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co. in 1860 and 1878.

    Shows property of D. VanVolkenburgh and H. VanVolkenburg on Con. 8 Lot 13 at Milburn village. For modern location, enter 44.416862,-76.370087 into Google Maps address bar.

    See a list of other nearby VV locations and a depiction of the Tannery at the adjoining property.

    Reproduction of an original copy of the Map of United Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Canada West, by H.F. Walling, Putnam & Walling Publishers, Kingston, C.W., 1860.

    Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, by J.H. Meacham & Co., Toronto, 1878.
    Historical Atlases of the North Reach of Loughborough Lake area of Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co. in 1860 and 1878.
    Historical Atlases of the North Reach of Loughborough Lake area of Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co. in 1860 and 1878.

    The first map is from Ontario Archives RG 1-100 Patent Plan maps with an undated but early survey showing original patentees of Crown Lands. David VanVolkenburgh is shown in this location Con. 12 Lot 12 in what was then Pittsburgh Twp., now Storrington Twp. What is now known as VanVolkenburgh Island is circled.

    The 1878 atlas shows property of a "W. VanVolkenburgh" on Con. 12 Lot 12; however no settlers in this location at the 1860 date. The VV family are located in 1860 and 1878 at their farm in the 8th Concession near Milburn village.

    New research indicates that ownership of this 12th Concession area north of Battersea was transferred in 1875, after David VV's death, to his eldest son and heir - Washington VV. The land transfer represented the surviving widow and siblings ceding their inheritance rights to Washington for the nominal sum of one dollar. The document also states that this lot had been an original Crown grant. Any further research into such a grant, might be searched within Storrington AND Pittsburgh Twps. and under VV/Vollick/Follick or Miller surnames.

    Lot 13 adjoined to Lot 12 in later maps, includes the island, circled on the maps, that has retained its modern identity as VanVolkenburgh Island!

    To locate this island, enter 44.4797222, -76.3738888 in Google maps address bar, and zoom in as the name appears. A modern map now shows the island just north of the peninsula. The much larger island, just beyond VV island on the old maps, may be now sunken, with a shadowy form showing in satellite view on Google maps.

    Sources:

    Patent Plan Map: Pittsburgh Twp. (now Storrington Twp.), Frontenac Co.
    See full map digitized online, and a description of the RG 1-100 records.

    Reproduction of an original copy of the Map of United Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Canada West, by H.F. Walling, Putnam & Walling Publishers, Kingston, C.W., 1860.

    Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Counties of Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Ontario, by J.H. Meacham & Co., Toronto, 1878.

  • Sources 
    1. [S68] 1851 Canada West census - ONTARIO-Frontenac-Storrington-David, Canada. "Census of 1851" (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada. Storrington, Frontenac County, Canada West (Ontario); Roll: C-11721..
      Storrington, Frontenac Co., Ontario

      David Vannoltingburg, 42 b. 1809 Canada West
      Lusy, 39 b. 1812 United States of America
      Sarah, 20 b. 1831 Canada West
      Isaziah, 17 b. 1834 Canada West
      Washington, 13 b. 1838 Canada West
      Sophrona, 11 b. 1840 Canada West
      Welington, 7 b. 1844 Canada West
      Diedame, f, 1 b. 1850 Canada West

      Storrington, Frontenac Co., Ontario
      (Agricultural Schedule)

      David Vanvoltingburgh Con 8 Lot 15

    2. [S63] 1861 Canada West census - ONTARIO-Frontenac-Storrington-Wash, Canada. "Census returns for 1861." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. Storrington, Frontenac County, Canada West; Roll: C-1021 - C-1023..
      Storrington, Frontenac Co., Canada West

      Washington Danvotry (Vanbotry), 21 b. 1840 Upper Canada, labourer
      Sephonia Vanbotry, 17 b. 1844 Upper Canada
      Wellington Vanbotry, 15 b. 1846 Upper Canada
      Diadema Vanbotry, 8 b. 1853 Upper Canada

    3. [S78] 1871 Canada West census - ONTARIO-Frontenac-Storrington-MillerLucy, Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1871. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: C-9888 to C-9975, *C-9977 to C-10097..

      Storrington, Frontenac, Ontario

      Lucy Vanvolkingburg, 57 b. 1814 United States, widow
      Hesekiah, 39 b. 1832 Ontario
      Sefronah (f), 29 b. 1842 Ontario
      Wellington, 25 b. 1846 Ontario
      Didane (m), 19 b. 1852 Ontario German
      Hezkiah Vanvolkingburg [actually Matthews *], 13 b. 1858 Ontario
      Mary Vanvolkingburg [actually Matthews *], 11 b. 1860 Ontario
      James Willm. Vanvolkingburg [actually Matthews *], 6 b. 1865 Ontario
      John Vanvolkingburg, 60 b. 1811 Quebec, widower

      [* these young children are grandchildren of Lucy Miller VV, their mother Sarah having died in 1867.
      John VV is Lucy's brother-in-law.]