Elizabeth (Lizzie) Loghrin
b. Jan. 30, 1847 - d. July 12, 1930¹
Martha Jane Loghrin
b. June 26, 1854 - d. Dec. 15, 1916¹
b. Sept. 5, 1863 - d. March 14², 1949¹
Elizabeth and Martha were born and lived in Eramosa, lot 25, concession 1. Isabella lived there too. The 1911 Census suggests that she immigrated from Scotland in 1871. Records from the Allan Line show that Eliza and Isabella McLellan left Glasgow aboard the St. Patrick bound for Quebec City on June 18, 1871. Eliza was listed as an "adult" housekeeeper; Isabella was listed as an eight year old child.^^
Sometime in the late 1800s Elizabeth, Martha and Isabella moved to Guelph. The 1901 Census lists them in Guelph and the 1911 Census indicates they resided at 42 Liverpool St. as does Vernon's Directory in 1917³. They were probably long time residents at that address. They may have inherited enough money and property to live on as neither census lists a vocation or job for any of them.
Elizabeth inherited the home farm, lot 25, con. 1, Eramosa, after her father's death in 1883 and sold that farm to Henry Larter in 1911 for $9750; then held a mortgage in the amount of $8750. Isabella McLellan discharged the mortgage on May 8, 1944 more than a decade after Elizabeth's death.*
In 1884 Martha Jane held a $1700 mortgage on a piece of property owned by John Coady in Pilkington Township; it appears that this money was inherited from her uncle, Thomas. Martha inherited lot 24, concession 2 after her father's death; James had inherited this lot from his father, William, in 1859. Martha in turn left this lot to her sister, Elizabeth. A few months after Martha's death Elizabeth sold this lot to Henry Flewelling for $9000 and held a mortgage in the amount of $8000. After Elizabeth's death, her niece, Margaret I. Jones and Isabella McLellan were executors.^
Martha Jane, whose occupation was listed as "Lady", died of tonsillitis after a brief illness.°°
How or why Isabella became part of the family remains unknown. Elizabeth Kot has an unsigned note among family papers that says, "Belle - from 1872 joined the J. Loghrin family"; she would have been about nine years old at the time. In 1901 Elizabeth is identified as head of the household, Martha as sister and Isabella as lodger; however, in 1911 Isabella is listed as "niece". That she became an integral member of the family can't be disputed but she was not treated equally to Elizabeth and Martha Jane in James' will; she received $1200 to help her set up housekeeping. In addition to her involvement as mentioned above, Martha Jane Loghrin's estate papers dated 1916 left Isabella McLellan and Elizabeth Loghrin money and personal effects.° One other thing that might be related: James' brother, Thomas, had a hired man called Nelson McLellan in the early 1850s.
¹ Buried in the family plot, Johnson Cemetery, Eramosa Township, Wellington County
² 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". The dates shown here were contributed by William J. Keith in the 1960s.
^^ Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865 - 1935, Ancestry.com, [database online] Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network Inc. 2008.
³ Vernon's city of Guelph street, alphabetical, business and miscellaneous directory, (Hamilton, Henry Vernon & Son) p. 40.
* Ontario Land Records, Lot 25, Concession 1, Township of Eramosa, held at the Wellington County Archives
^ Ontario Land Records, Lot 24, Concession 2, Township of Eramosa, held at the Wellington County Archives
° Elizabeth Kot in an email to Tom Loghrin, Apr. 19, 2007.
°° Registrations of Deaths, 1869 - 1934, MS935 Reel 226, Archives of Ontario, Toronto.