was born about 1796 in Drum, County
Monaghan, Ireland, and
died July 1, 1863, in
Millbrook, Canada West, at age 67. He
is the son
of Unknown Deyell and Unknown.
Ann Unknown was born
about 1802 in Unknown, and died December, 1859, in Millbrook, Canada West, at
age 57. She
daughter of Unknown.
James Deyell and Unknown
Unknown were married
James Deyell and Unknown (Unknown) Deyell had
at least two children:
Thomas Harding and Margaret Rosena
(Lancashire) Deyell had two children:
Thomas Deyell was raised by his uncle,
James Deyell, and Mary Jane Deyell was raised by her natural mother, John Deyell
and John's wife, Margaret Rosena (Lancashire) Deyell.
Ontario was known as: "Upper Canada" from
26, 1791, to February 10, 1841;
"Canada West" from February 10, 1841, to July
1, 1867; and
"Ontario" after July 1, 1867.
The Deyell monument remains but it is
thought the bodies were removed to another nearby cemetery. The inscription
on the monument is as follows:
IN MEMORY OF
Died Dec. 1859;
AGED 57 YEARS.
July 1, 1863;
AGED 67 YEARS.
West of the Old School, in Millbrook,
Township of Cavan Monaghan, Peterborough Co., Ontario, Canada, is located a
beautiful monument to James and Ann Deyell. It is easily overlooked and many
residents may never have noticed it. This monument seems to be the last
remnant of a graveyard, as the cemetery is abandoned. South of this area was
a church - the New Connexion/Wesleyan Methodist Church. The foundations of
this church are barely visible in a wooded area. James and Ann Deyell are
the only two burials supposed to remain here.
Do you have photos of the Deyell
monument with other grave markers/stones near it?
Do you recall grave markers/stones
being removed? When? Where did they go?
Do you know anything about remains
Do you know if the Deyell monument is
in its original location?
Do you have stories or photos of the
New Connexion/Wesleyan Methodist Church on this site?
SMITH Andrew A. was received on trial in
1850 and was ordained in 1853, 1849 Millbrook, 1850 Norwood (Peterborough
Co.), 1851 Bradford, 1852 Binbrook/Glandford, 1853 Kincardine, 1854-1855
Berlin/Blenheim (Waterloo Co.), 1856-1857 Mitchell, 1858-1859 Aylmer C.W.,
1860-1862 Vienna, 1863-1865 Sarnia,1866-1868 Brighton, 1869-1871 Newmarket,
1872 Selby, 1873-1875 Newburg, 1876-1878 Cataraqui, 1879-1880 Matilda
BLACKSTOCK, Moses New Connexion,
1835 Lower District, 1836 Peterborough, 1837-1839 Cobourg, 1840
Peterborough, 1840 withdrew and united with the Wesleyan Methodist
Conference. 1842 Scugog, 1843-1846 Peterborough, 1847-1850 Cavan, 1851-1857
Millbrook (retired), 1858 Ohio Conference USA, He was Chairman of a District
in 1835 and President of the Conference 1837-1838
Rev. Francis E.
Nugent was born on November 21, 1842 at Tyrone, Durham
County, Ontario, was received on trial in 1867 and was
ordained in 1871 in Owen Sound, New Connexion.
1868 Erin (Wellington Cty), 1869-1871 Waterford, 1871
Milford, 1874 Goderich, 1876 Harmony, 1878 Bayham, 1880
Hespler/Ellis Church Puslinch Twp. (Wellington Cty.),
1883 Berlin (Waterloo Cty), 1886 Lucknow, 1888 Listowel,
December 7, 2012
Dear Mr. Larson:
Deyell Oral History, The Dark Side of
I am David Ellsworth, son of Samuel
Ellsworth, son of Samuel, son of Samuel, son of John Deyell. The following
information was passed by word of mouth down the generations as to the origin of
the conflict between the descendants of James Deyell (the miller) and John
Deyell. I have no way of confirming its veracity. However, if true, it would be
sad if this bit of history were lost: I therefore write it down to you.
John Deyell hired Thomas Harding in the
early years as farm hand. He had a love affair with Margaret, much to John's
disapproval. The issue of this relationship were two children: Thomas adopted by
James Deyell and Mary Jane raised as Margaret Rosena's child ( Margaret's
younger sister). Margaret herself was at one point disowned by John and for a
time resided with James' family. Thomas Harding fled to New York State. But
further details escape my memory.
Check Margaret's and Margaret Rosena's
ages the year Mary Jane was born. My researches indicate it highly unlikely that
Mary Jane was Margaret Rosena's child.
What follows is only my opinion:
John was regarded as a hard man by
James, and I think rightly so. Although James received 50% of the mill profits,
he was shut out of the land grant to John of 200 acres given to compensate for
mill construction. So, tragically, a kind of feud began between the two
families: James' descendants feeling dispossessed while carrying the family
burdens and John's descendants, while regarding James' lineage as 'impure,'
enjoying title to large properties.
It would indeed be ironic should we
later discover that the Huguenot link is actually through Jane Dodd and not a
Deyell at all! For this would taint our line with one of the greatest forgeries
of all time. And that very line of Dalzell sprung from the loins of slavers
fornicating their slaves. (Benson Dalzell and Susannah Augier (unmarried
mulatto heiress) were parents of Robert Dalzell who married Jane Dodd, heiress
to the St. Leger fortune.) Indeed, it is also possible that John was descended
from Jacobite (1715) roots who used the Huguenot story as a cover to emigrate to
Ireland, where they had kin, after the Pretender was thrown out of France.
After 1688 the Dalzell name was
despised in Scotland for the atrocities committed both by Robert, Earl of
Carnwath and Thomas Dalyell of the Binns in support of the Episcopal Clergy of
Charles II against the Presbyterians. Both families had property in Ireland.
After unification of Scotland and England Presbyterianism was firmly
established. Many Dalzells changed their names rather than deal with the scorn.
Some used the name King. Others moved to Ireland.
I trust that after five generations,
we, as descendants, can put past animosities behind us and leave the prejudices
of our ancestors buried with them while endeavouring to determine the facts of
our heritage. In that spirit, sir, I salute you for your documenting our family