b. 1809 - d. July1, 1883
Elizabeth Armstrong (Native of Scotland)
b. 1821 - d. July 4, 1854
James was born in Clontibret, Co. Monaghan, Ireland in 1809. He came to Canada with his father at age 17. He married Elizabeth Armstrong, daughter of William Armstrong and Margaret Wilson². They were married by Rev. James Black on Apr. 10, 1838 witnessed by James Peters and Thomas Armstrong, the bride's uncle.³ The 1851 Census indicates that Elizabeth was born in the United States; that is in line with the information that her father and his brother, Thomas, came to Canada via Ovid, New York.³
James owned lot 25, concession 1, township of Eramosa, directly across the road from the Loghrin homestead and later also owned lot 24, concession 2, adjacent to the homestead.
Evidence suggests that James was a successful farmer. The 1851 Census shows that he held 380 acres of land of which 200 were under cultivation putting his among the largest farm operations in Eramosa. Joseph and David Gipson were labourers. In 1861 Henry Simmons was a labourer and John Taylor and Archibald Sherritt are listed as blacksmiths. Betsy Munroe was the housekeeper. A few years later, James and his brother, Thomas, held mortgages for several neighbours . Among them were: Denis McCarthy, William Rea, and James Synott.*
James was very active in community affairs. On June 25th, 1842 the minutes of a meeting list James as one of five School Commissioners in Eramosa township; his wife's uncle, George Armstrong, was also a Commissioner. At that meeting the settled part of the township was divided into five school districts and organized education began from that point.** James served as township councillor in 1852 and 1853, as deputy reeve in 1862-3 and as reeve 1864, 1865 and 1866.*** He is listed as a Justice of the Peace in 1877.^
James Loghrin, Sr.² This picture was sent to Tom Loghrin by Robert J. McClanahan, Feb. 24, 2005.
In 1867, just after Confederation, he chose to run for election in one of three seats in the County of Wellington. He finished third with 338 votes to the winner's (A. D. Ferrier) 1083 and Thomas S. Armstrong's 1025. Armstrong was his wife's first cousin² and their neighbour. Why should they split the vote to let Ferrier in? It appears the Loghrins were Tories and Presbyterians, while the Armstrongs were Liberal and Congregationalists.^^ Politics may have been a hot topic in Eramosa. Apparently, John Rea, a prominent township resident, was advised in Guelph that Eramosa after the rebellion was not a healthy place for a Tory.***
Margaret (Maggie) Loghrin b. ~1840
Agnes Loghrin b. June 21, 1842 - d. Nov. 15, 1924°
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Loghrin b. Jan. 30, 1847 - d. July 12, 1930¹
William Loghrin b. April, 1849 - d. Oct. 3, 1851¹ Age 1 year 7 mon.
Martha Jane Loghrin b. June 30, 1854 - d. Dec. 15, 1916¹
Isabella McLellan b. Sept. 5, 1863 - d. March 14¹º, 1949¹.
James' will¹¹, written on Apr. 7th in the year of his death, is enlightening. The total value of his estate, $97, 410.00, was substantial. The description of property was: Houselold goods and furniture, $600; Farming implements, $500; Horses, $500; Horned cattle, $810; Sheep and Swine, $400; Book Debts and Promissary Notes, $1200; Moneys secured by Mortgage, $57,000; Cash in hand, $5,100; Farm produce, $300 and Other Property, $37,000.
His executors were John I. Hobson, his brother-in-law and Elizabeth Loghrin, his third eldest daughter.
The will was written with refreshing clarity. Following is a summary of its contents:
1. All debts, etc. be paid.
2. Knox College be paid $1000 and the interest from that be used to establish the Loghrin Scholarship for the encouragement of young men who are to enter the ministry of the Canada Presbyterian Church.
3. The Canada Presbyterian Church be paid $1000 over a period of five years for their Home and Foreign Missions.
4. The Endowment fund of Knox College be paid $1000.
5. Each of my daughters, Elizabeth and Martha Jane, be paid $800 that being the amount left them by their grandfather.¹²
6. Isabella McClelland [sic] be paid $1200 when she requires it for taking up housekeeping for herself and Elizabeth and Martha Jane to provide her with furnishing for housekeeping.
7. My eldest daughter, Margaret A. Bathgate of Winnipeg be paid $7000.
8. My daughter, Agnes Hobson of the Township of Guelph be paid $1000 and be given two lots in the village of Fergus.
9. Elizabeth be given lot 25, concession 1, in Eramosa Township¹³ except that her sister, Martha Jane, is to have "the one half of the main dwelling house divided by the hall and also what she might require of the cellar as long as she remains unmarried".
10. Martha Jane be paid $3000 and be given lot 24, concession 2, in Eramosa containing about 200 acres. Martha Jane is not to sell or mortgage this property without permission of the executors.
11. Proceeds from other properties, 50 acres in Eramosa Township and 275 acres in the Guelph Township, and mortgages be disposed of and the proceeds be divided among my four daughters.
12. In the event that my executors sell my farm stock and implements, the proceeds and household furniture be divided equally between Elizabeth and Martha Jane "excepting the new armed chair that is to be given to John I.Hobson". The liquidation of properties and mortgages is to be done over the long term as conditions are advantageous.
¹ Buried in the family plot, Johnson Cemetery, Barrie Hill
² Historical Atlas of the County of Wellington, Ontario, (Toronto: Historical Atlas Publishing Co., 1906)
³ Marriage Register of Rev. James Black 1828-1842, Districts of Gore and Niagara. Held at the Wellington County Archives.
* Ontario Land Records held at the Wellington County Archives, Accession Numbers A1998.106 and A2000.130
** Frank Day, Here and There in Eramosa, (Guelph: Leaman Printing Co., 1953), p. 23-24.
*** Day, p. 10-11.
^ Illustrated Atlas of the County of Wellington, (Toronto: Walker & Miles, 1877). James is not included in the list of J.P.'s in Day's book, p. 188.
^^ Day, p. 193. Also see Appendix IV.
° Family Trees, The Tweedsmuir History Project, Mosborough Women's Institute, Vol. 2, p. 154, at the Wellington County Archives. Agnes was recorded as Nancy in the 1861 Census.
¹º A conflicting version of this date appears in records kept by Louise (Cook) Sands as communicated to Tom Loghrin by Elizabeth Kot. The Sands' papers show "Mar. 4".
¹¹ Copy held at the Wellington County Archives.
¹² Presumably, that would have been William Loghrin.
¹³ This lot was James' homestead.
Editor's note: Political divisions were reorganized several times during the 1800's as population grew rapidly.