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  • Name Lefler, Alvina 
    Born 1842  Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Census 1881  Windham Twp., Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I396  VANVALKENBURGH
    Last Modified 30 Jan 2020 

    Family Vollick-VanValkenburg-Vollick-Vann, Samuel Melvin,   b. 1846, Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1864  Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. VanValkenburg-Vollick, William,   b. 1865  [Natural]
     2. VanValkenburg-Vollick, James,   b. 1868  [Natural]
     3. VanValkenburg-Vollick, Lewis M.,   b. 06 May 1872, Port Dover, Woodhouse Twp., Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Jan 1888, Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 15 years)  [Natural]
     4. VanValkenburg-Vollick-Vann, Sarah Catherine "Sadie" "Sydney" "Charlotte",   b. 01 Aug 1874, Charlotteville Twp., Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1948, Tuscola Co., Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)  [Natural]
     5. VanValkenburg-Vollick, Minnie,   b. 1877  [Natural]
    Family ID F153  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    BIRTH - Sarah Catherine VanValkenburg-01 Aug 1874
    BIRTH - Sarah Catherine VanValkenburg-01 Aug 1874
    Charlotteville, Norfolk Co.

    d/o Samuel VV and Melvina Leflar. Might she be "Sadie" VV who married an unrelated Leflar?
    BIRTH - Lewis M. Vollick-06 May 1872
    BIRTH - Lewis M. Vollick-06 May 1872
    Woodhouse Twp., Norfolk Co.

    son of Samuel Vollick and Alvina Leflar.

    Mystery Media
    1892 Marriage of a Sadie VV to George Leflar, d/o Samuel & Alvina VV
    1892 Marriage of a Sadie VV to George Leflar, d/o Samuel & Alvina VV

    May connect to another "mystery" VV - "Miss Lottie Vann" (see story).

    This Sadie and George Leflar, acc to a family tree on Ancestry, had a daughter named Viva Alvina, also the family moved to Genesee Co., Michigan before 1910 where "Sadie" goes by "Sidney" Leflar on all records.

    Here's a family that seems to fit - they went by surname VV, Vollick and Vann, apparently... (see attached individuals). In this case, Sadie might be Sarah Catherine VV b. 1 Aug 1874 in Charlotteville.
    Who is this talkative cousin 'Miss Lottie Vann' in 1896, Chatham, Ontario?
    Who is this talkative cousin "Miss Lottie Vann" in 1896, Chatham, Ontario?

    (Eighteen year old Lottie VV tattles on her free-spirited cousin while the parents are away).

    Article shows once again a name change from VV to Vann. The VV surname was interchanged with Van(n) and Vollick/Follick through many branches. (See another example: third paragraph of the first article).

    An 1896 City Directory for Chatham shows two separate lines, one for a Samuel Vann and one for a Lottie Vann, but both of Maple & Queen St. (see bottom-right of this image)

    Lottie may be short for Charlotte. She is 18 yrs of age in 1896 so born about 1878. The article implies that "Mr. and Mrs. Vann" are Lottie's parents. She mentions the family have come from a previous place "East" and that they are related to Lefflers.

    But first, clues about Bella Acker, a cousin of Lottie:

    BIRTH: Isabella Acker b. 21 Apr 1873 to Andrew Acker & Sarah Lefler, Bayham Twp., Elgin Co. Con 6 Lot 12 *subject of the article - (an almost a comical portrayal, but I have one other news item that points to a serious need for Bertha's protection, and Bella's valiant efforts to protect her).

    Clues about a Samuel VV who is married to a Alvina Leflar (presumed to be the sister of Bella Acker's mother):

    No marriage record has been found for this couple, but they are named in records of daughter "Sadie".

    (Try not to get confused as this Sadie, b. abt 1874 in Charlotteville Twp. Norfolk Co., actually marries another Leflar.)

    MARRIAGE: Sadie VV b. 1874 Charlotteville Twp. Norfolk Co., d/o Samuel & Alvine VV, m. George H. Laflar b. 1866 Townsend Twp. Norfolk Co., s/o Adam & Nancy Laflar, 20 Oct 1892 at Middlesex Co. (Ontario, Canada) see record (It seems this Sadie and George Lafler moved to Genesee Co., Michigan where Sadie went by "Sidney" Leflar.) George Leflar was the son of Alem O. Leflar and Nancy Slingerland b. 1865.


    Here's the family tree for Samuel VV who married a Melvina or Alvina Leflar. Their children were born in Norfolk Twp., specifically the 1874 birth of a daughter Sarah Catherine in Charlotteville Twp. Norfolk Co. *Note that Sadie and George named a daughter Viva Alvina.

    About the Reilley family who were known as Lefflers but changed to Reilley for reasons unknown:

    Family trees on Ancestry.com have another son of Alem O. Leflar and Nancy Slingerland, the oldest brother of George, named William A. Leflar b. 1848. He and wife Annie Sharp also moved to Genessee Co., Michigan where he and all children were named Riley.

    Back to Lottie...

    Any thoughts on her identity? Was Sadie known as Charlotte or Lottie? I would like to add Sadie to this tree after hearing from any descendants.

  • Sources 
    1. [S77] 1881 Canada West census - ONTARIO-Frontenac-Storrington-VVHezekiah, Canada. "Census of Canada, 1881." Statistics Canada Fonds, Record Group 31-C-1. LAC microfilm C-13162 to C-13286. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/census-1881/index-e.html.

      Windham, Norfolk North, Ontario, Canada

      Samuel Vanvelkenberg, 38 b. 1843 Ontario, cooper
      Elvina Vanvelkenberg, 39 b.1842 Ontario
      William, 16 b. 1865 Ontario
      James, 13 b. 1868 Ontario
      Lewis, 8 b. 1873 Ontario
      Sarah, 6 b. 1875 Ontario
      Minnie, 4 b. 1877 Ontario