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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.

 
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INTRO: David VV of Storrington m. Lucy Miller (STRAY Branch)
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Note from Admin:  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.

 David VV of Storrington m. Lucy Miller [see tree
 

This family is not connected to the official genealogy of the VanValkenburg family on the NAVVF site.  

In coming months we will be adding photos and scans of original documents directly to individuals in each tree. (We welcome your help with this and you may use this form to contact us or to join this collaborative project as a Contributor).

David VanVolkenburg is found on the Canadian censuses for 1851 and 1861 living in the Eighth Concession near Milburn village (see map), Storrington Twp., Frontenac Co., born about 1810 in "Lower Canada" (Quebec).  The family held property also, a bit further north up Loughborough Lake in the Twelfth Concession, an original Crown grant with a small peninsula and island, this island on current maps still named "VanVolkenburgh Island" (see map).

By 1871, David and Lucy's son Hezekiah VV was the head of the household and had his widowed mother and an "uncle John" VV living with him at the Milburn area farm. Uncle John's death record confirms that Hezekiah was indeed the nephew of John - this makes John a brother of David VV.  The death record states Uncle John was specifically born 1802 "on Lake Champlain in the Province of Quebec".  It is possible that this same John VV was living with another local stray VV branch on the 1851 and 1861 census - although we don't know John's exact relationship to Lovina VV-m. to Hezekiah Sears - or if he was even the same man - but Lovina was living nearby in Loughborough Twp. and her husband and this John VV were both b. in Quebec. 

This map shows the proximity of some Storrington/Loughborough township VV families in 1860.  

The map also shows the location of "VanVolkenburgh Island" in the area... new research indicates that this property (Lot 12 in the Twelfth Conc. Storrington) was ceded by his siblings to eldest son Washington VV in 1873 and had previously been a Crown grant made to David VV, perhaps the family's first home in Ontario. This is certainly the only VanVolkenburgh Island found anywhere in the world - lying in the northern stretch of Loughborough Lake.  A story on this family found in the Battersea Tweedsmuir histories reveals that a grandson of this family tragically drowned on the same lake.  The Tweedsmuir history also stated the family had come from Clarenceville, Quebec.

CORRECTION: For the first two years of this project, we had attached this David VV as a son of John VV m. to Hannah Patterson of Ernesttown.  Two reasons for this: the John VV-Patterson family had an early connection to Quebec with John VV petitioning for land as a United Empire Loyalist from the Missisquoi/Lake Champlain area (with evidence supplied by fellow-soldiers who had been stationed in northern Vermont).  This John VV-Hannah Patterson also had sons named David and John.  However, looking at the birth dates of the children of this couple, they don't come close to matching the later births of David and John of this tree.  The families may still be connected somehow.

Descendant researchers of the Lovina VV-Hezekiah Sears line request we all keep an eye out for documentation or coincidences connecting these families that were found in the Storrington area.  Another Storrington VV and possible relation is Julia Ann VV/Follick who married Nathan Lake.  The story handed down on this Julia was that she had been adopted by a Keeler family... does this mean she was orphaned?  We will continue to post evidence of other VV's in the area... for now we have combined the Lovina VV and Julia Ann VV trees together into a single Stray branch called VV-Battersea-Brides-SEARS-LAKE.  We make no claims that these women were related to each other. Each underlined link leads to a separate tree.

We continue to search for petitions / Crown land records / estate files for these Storrington Twp. families.  Researchers may be aware that the surnames used interchangeably with VV were: Follick/Vollick, yes even in Eastern Ontario.  Also, in the settlement period, Storrington Twp. was previously part of Pittsburgh Twp.
 
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Linked toMiller, Lucy; VanValkenburg, David; VanValkenburg, Diadema; VanValkenburg, Hezekiah; VanValkenburg, John; VanValkenburg, Sarah L.; VanValkenburg, Sophrona; VanValkenburg, Washington; VanValkenburg, Wellington

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