John Deyell was born about 1802 in Ireland and died Unknown. He is the son of James Deyell of Ireland and Ann Unknown.

Mary Unknown was born Unknown and died Unknown. She is the daughter of Unknown.

John Deyell and Mary Unknown were married Unknown.

John Deyell and Mary (Unknown) Deyell had several children:

  1. John Deyell: Born about 1822 in Unknown; Died March 26, 1884, in Millbrook, Northumberland Co., Ontario, Canada (age 64).
  2. Robert Deyell: Born about 1822 in Upper Canada; Died February 29, 1904, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 82). Married about 1848 in Unknown to Ann Jane Brown: Born about 1830 in Ireland; Died November 26, 1884, in Cavan Twp., Ontario, Canada (age 60).
  3. Mary Ann Deyell: Born about 1825 in Unknown; Died Unknown.
  4. William James Deyell: Born February 23, 1831, in Cavan Twp., Peterborough Co., Upper Canada; Died October 4, 1905, in Bluevale, Turnberry Street, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada (age 78). Married (1) about March 16, 1851, in Cavan Twp., Canada West, to Mary Jane Sloan: Born about 1834 in Ontario, Upper Canada; Died about 1863 in Unknown. Married (2) about 1864 in Canada West to Elizabeth Abbey: Born about 1842 in Port Hope, Durham Co., Canada West; Died February 17, 1873, in Welcome, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (about age 31). Married (3)March 8, 1883, at Wingham, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada, to Sarah Ann (Parr) Ramsay: Born June 29, 1847, in Brighton Twp., Northumberland Co., Canada West; Died February 1, 1926, on Water Street, City of Wingham, Huron Co., Ontario, Canada (age 80).
  5. Catherine Deyell: Born about 1829 in Unknown; Died Unknown.
  6. Margaret Deyell: Born August 9, 1833, in Cavan Twp., Upper Canada; Died June 24, 1903, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 69).  Married March 7, 1851, in Cavan Twp., Wentworth Co., Canada West, to James Fisher: Born June 2, 1829, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada; Died December 16, 1909, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 80).
  7. William Deyell: Born about 1833 in Unknown; Died Unknown.



TIMELINE

Ontario was known as: Upper Canada from June 10, 1791, to February 10, 1841; Canada West from February 10, 1841, to July 1, 1867; and Ontario after July 1, 1867.


December 7, 2012

Dear Mr. Larson:

Deyell Oral History, The Dark Side of John Deyell

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 line.

Sincerely yours,

David Deyell.


The 1851 Canada West Census shows Willm Deyell (age 39) born in Ireland is a married Farmer and is living in a single story log house in Otonabee Sub District, Peterborough Co., Canada West. Living with him are: his wife, Mrs. Deyell (age 34) born in Ireland; John Deyel (age 16) born in Canada, an unmarried Labourer; Margaret Deyel (age 14) born in Canada, unmarried; Robt Deyell (age 12) born in Canada; Joseph Deyell (age 10) born in Canada; Saml. Deyell (age 7) born in Canada; Mary Deyell (age 6) born in Canada; William Deyell (age 2) born in Canada; John Shannon (age 32) born in Ireland, an unmarried Labourer; and  Mrs. Dawson (age 70) born in Ireland, a widow.

James Deyell and Mary Jane Sloan were married about March 16, 1851, in Cavan Twp., Canada West.

The 1861 Canada West Census shows William Deyell (age 50) born in Ireland is a married Farmer and is living in a single story log house in Harvey, Otonabee Twp., Peterborough Co., Canada West. Living with him are: a married woman, Mary Deyell (age 48) born in Ireland; John Deyell (age 23) born in Upper Canada, an unmarried Lab.; Margt. Deyel (age 22) born in Canada, an unmarried Lab.; Robt. Deyell (age 19) born in Upper Canada, an unmarried Lab.; Jos. Deyell (age 17) born in Upper Canada, an unmarried Lab.; Sam. Deyell (age 15) born in Upper Canada, an unmarried Lab.; Mary J. Deyell (age 12) born in Upper Canada; William Deyell (age 10) born in Upper Canada; Eliza Deyell (age 9) born in Upper Canada; and Essy Deyell (age 6) born in Upper Canada.

The 1871 Ontario, Canada, Census shows Willm. Deyell (age 58) born in Ireland with Bible Christian religion is a married Farmer and is living in Otonabee Twp., Peterboro Co., Ontario, Canada. Living with him are: a married woman, Mary Deyell (age 50) born in Ireland; Saml. Deyell (age 24) born in Ontario, an unmarried Farmer; Mary Deyell (age 21) born in Ontario, unmarried; William Deyell (age 19) born in Ontario, an unmarried Farmmer; Eliza Deyell (age 17) born in Ontario, unmarried; and Esther Deyell (age 15) born in Ontario, unmarried.

The 1871 Ontario, Canada, Census shows John Deyell (age 32) born in Ontario and of Irish Origin is a married Merchant with C. Presbyterian religion and is living in Cavan Twp., Durham East Div., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is Letitia J. Deyell (age 26) born in Ontario, who is married. Also living there are the following, all unmarried and born in Ontario: Fredrick J. Deyell (age 4); and May J. Deyell (age 2).

The 1871 Ontario, Canada Census shows James Deyell (age 40) born in Ontario is a Head of Household married Carpenter with Canadian Presbyterian religion and is living in Cavan Twp., Durham East, Ontario, Canada. Living with him is Elizabeth Deyell (age 30) born in Ontario, who is married. Also living there are the following, all unmarried and born in Ontario: Ann E. Deyell (age 19); Sarah J. Deyell (age 15); William J. Deyell (age 13); Mary Deyell (age 12); and David Deyell (age 10).  A widow, Ann Armstrong, and her family live nearby.

The 1871 Ontario, Canada Census shows Ann Armstrong (age 38) born in England and of English Origin is a Head of Household Widow with Church of England religion and is living in Cavan Twp., Durham East, Ontario, Canada. Living with her are the following females, all unmarried and born in Ontario, Canada, with Irish Origin and with Church of England religion: Mary A. Armstrong (age 16); Susan S. Armstrong (age 12); Ida Armstrong (age 10); and Frances C. Armstrong (age 7).

Elizabeth (Abbey ) Deyell died February 17, 1873, in Welcome, Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, at about age 31. She was murdered, but no one was ever convicted, even though it appeared her husband was the likely suspect.

The 1881 Ontario, Canada, Census shows William Deyell (age 68) born in Ireland with Bible Christian religion is a Farmer and is living in Otonabee Twp., Peterborough East Dist., Ontario, Canada. Living with him are: Mary Deyell (age 64) born in Ireland; Samuel Deyell (age 35) born in Ontario; Mary Ann Deyell (age 29) born in Ontario; and Esther Deyell (age 24) born in Ontario.

The 1881 Ontario, Canada, Census shows Robert Deyell (age 55) born in Ontario is a Head of Household married Farmer with Canadian Presbyterian religion and is living in Cavan Twp., Durham East District, Ontario, Canada. Living with him is Ann Jane Deyell (age 50) born in Ireland, who is married. Also living there are the following, all unmarried and born in Ontario: Emma Deyell (age 21); Anna Deyell (age 14); James Deyell (age 21), a Farmer; Robert Deyell (age 19), a Farmer's son; David Deyell (age 16), a Farmer's Son; and John Deyell (age 31).

William Deyell died February 22, 1883, in Otonabee Div., Peterborough Co., Ontario, Canada, at age 70.

John Gray (age 39) a Bachelor born in Cavan Twp., and Annie Deyell (age 32), a Spinster born in Cavan Twp., were married June 16, 1898, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada. His parents: Francis Gray and Elizabeth Gibson. Her parents: Robert Deyell and Ann Jane Brown.

The 1891 Ontario, Canada, Census taken on April 6, 1891, shows Robert Deyell (age 65) born in Ontario is a Widowed Head of Household Widowed Laborer with Presbyterian religion and is living in Cavan Twp., Durham East District, Ontario, Canada. Living with him are his children, all unmarried and born in Ontario: James Deyell (age 31), a Shanty Man; Robert Deyell (age 29), a Shanty Man; David Deyell (age 27), a Shanty Man; Emma Deyell (age 34); Ann Deyell (age 24).

The 1891 Ontario, Canada, Census shows Samuel Deyell (age 45) born in Ontario to Irish-born parents with Methodist religion is a married Farmer and is living in Otonabee Twp., Peterborough East Dist., Ontario, Canada. Living with him are: a married woman, Mary Ann Deyell (age 39) born in Ontario to Irish-born parents; Mary Deyell (age 9) born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents; Burton Deyell (age 7) born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents; Margery Deyell (age 5) born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents; Essie Deyell (age 2) born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents; Annie Deyell (age 2/12) born in Ontario to Ontario-born parents; his widowed mother, Mary Deyell (age 74) born in Ireland to Irish-born parents; and two unmarried Servants.

The 1901 Ontario, Canada, Census shows John Grey (age 41) born December 28, 1859, in Ontario is a married Head of Household Farmer with Presbyterian religion and is living in Cavan Twp., Durham East District, Ontario, Canada. Living with him is his wife, Anna Grey (age 34) born May 6, 1866, in Ontario. Also living there are the following, both born in Ontario: his son, Lawarance J. Grey (age 1) born October 6, 1899; and his widowed Father, Robert Deyell (age 80) born December 10, 1820, a Retired Farmer.

The 1901 Ontario, Canada, Census taken on April 16, 1901, shows Samuel Deyell (age 55) born August 25, 1845, in Ontario and of Irish origin with Methodist religion is a married Farmer and is living in Otonabee Twp., Peterborough East Dist., Ontario, Canada. Living with him is his wife, Mary A. Deyell (age 49) born April 25, 1851, in Ontario and of Irish origin. Also living there are his unmarried children, all born in Ontario and of Irish origin: Mary S. Deyell (age 19) born October 3, 1881; William B. Deyell (age 17) born September 18, 1883; Maryana T. Deyell (age 15) born September 27, 1885; Essie L. Deyell (age 12) born May 26, 1889; and Annie E. Deyell (age 10) born February 1, 1891. Also living there is his widowed mother, Mary Deyell (age 84) born May 11, 1816, in Ireland and of Irish origin and having immigrated in 1816. Also living there are his unmarried niece and nephew, both born in Ontario and of Irish origin: Jane Sedwick (age 33) born December 21, 1868; and Samuel N. Brown (age 5) born August 29, 1896.

Mary (Shannon) Deyell died September 29, 1901, in Otonabee Div., Peterborough Co., Ontario, Canada, at age 86.


John Deyell - A Profile

By Norman McBain

The Deyell name has been traced back to the French Huguenots who were compelled to flee from Continental Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries because of religious persecution. The original spelling of the name was "Dalziel" and the use of that name continues in Scotland where some of the family migrated in those times of hardship. Another branch of the family went to Ireland where the name became changed to Deyell. Strangely enough, the earliest census rolls in Cavan Township shows not only the name of John Deyell but also that of Alexander Dalziel. It is noted that the early assessors and enumerators used their own judgement in spelling and the customary Deyell was sometimes written as Dyall or alternatively Dayall.

John and the "Iron Duke".

The Deyells of Ireland lived at Drum, County Monaghan, and it is known that the family consisted of three brothers: John, Robert and Samuel. As far as is known, John is the only one to have come to Canada. He first came in 1812 and fought against the Americans at Queenston Heights under General Brock. Surviving that war he returned with his regiment to Europe and fought at Waterloo in 1815 under the Duke of Wellington. An interesting sidelight reveals that a couple of his grandsons were named Wellington usually abbreviated to Wellie. No doubt this happened because of his high regard for the great Duke and the stories and legends of John's military service were passed on to his sons.

First Survey of Cavan

John Deyell was born at Drum, Ireland in 1775; and died in Cavan, November 21, 1878 - an amazing lifetime of 103 years. He married Margaret Lancashire and they came to settle in Canada in 1816 with their eldest son William. They were the first white settlers in what is now known as Cavan Township. He took up land on Lot 23, Concession 3, where he raised his family. His house, still in good repair, stands on this property on Highway 28. His wife, Margaret, who bore him five sons and four daughters, died in June 1866. Deyell assisted Mr. Willmot in making the first survey of Cavan and South Monaghan Townships and had the privilege of naming both these townships after the counties of the same name in his native land.

"Live and Let Live"

Deyell operated the first lodging house between Port Hope and Peterborough, called Centreville Hotel, owing no doubt to its being located just halfway between the two towns. Over the door of his inn he placed his personal motto: "Live and Let Live" which became his sobriquet. An earlier writer, in discussing the life of John Deyell, posed the interesting question, "What would people us if they named us according to our characteristics?"

First Schoolhouse

John donated an acre of his land for the first schoolhouse which later became the site of the present Centreville Presbyterian Church and Cemetery. He established the first grist mill in Millbrook - which gave the village its name: the Mill on the Brook. He is said to have procured a boulder from the field and had a stonemason dress it into a millstone. The story is told that John Deyell, wanting to buy a piece of land in Smith Township at Fowlers Corners, was informed that a neighbour was also interested in the same property. One day, seeing the neighbour drive past and suspecting that he was going to make the purchase, John hastened on foot cross-country to the corners, closed the deal and was leaving the property as the neighbour arrived. That property, being Lot 1, Concession 3, Township of Smith, remains in the Deyell name to this day.

Many Descendants

Following is an abbreviated summary of the sons and daughters of John Deyell and Margaret Lancashire:

1. William (born in Ireland), settled in Otonabee Township and married Mary Shannon.

2. Robert settled in Millbrook and married a Lang.

3. Samuel settled in Smith, at Fowlers Corners, and married Sarah Burgess.

4. John settled in Ops Township and married Letitia Stenson.

5. Thomas settled in Cavan and married 1) Esther Stenson and, 2) Nora Mahony.

6. Essie - Otonabee and Peterborough, married 1) Thomas Ryan, 2) Thomas Barrie.

7. Ellen - Cavan, married James Hutchison.

8. Margaret - Cavan, married Joseph Armstrong (Bailieboro).

9. Mary Jane - Cavan, married Robert Lancashire.

John Deyell and his immediate family are, of course, long gone but the name goes on in his grandchildren and succeeding generations. There are still Deyell settlements in all the townships in which John's children settled and, over the years, his descendants have, no doubt, scattered over the entire continent, if not beyond. As a society dedicated to preserving our heritage, we can all be proud to claim John Deyell as our earliest pioneer and to share this pride with his descendants.

A Memorial Window

An appropriate stained glass window at the west end of Centreville Presbyterian Church, facing the doors by which the worshippers enter, is a memorial to John Deyell and his wife, Margaret Lancashire. Installed by his descendants, to dedicate the memory of his toil, friendship and the hardships of pioneer life. Depicted in its richly coloured panels are motifs of an early pioneer farm and various household articles, among them the Holy Bible, which the early settlers brought with them to their new land.

* Appreciation is hereby extended to Mrs. Clarence Drain, Peterborough, who provided the bulk of the material which enabled me to provide this brief synopsis of John Deyell.


Margaret Deyell was born August 9, 1833, in Cavan Twp., Upper Canada, and died June 24, 1903, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 69). She had paralysis of 12 years. She is the daughter of John Deyell and Mary Unknown. Married March 7, 1851, in Cavan Twp., Wentworth Co., Canada West, to James Fisher: Born June 2, 1829, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Upper Canada; Died December 16, 1909, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 80). Son: Douglas Fisher: Born September 14, 1856, in Ontario, Canada West; Died September 12, 1933, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada (age 76). Married to Unknown. Son: Frederick Fisher: Born January 25, 1863, in Ontario, Canada; Died April 16, 1935, in Ottawa, Nepean Twp., Carleton Co., Ontario, Canada (age 72) A Veterinary Surgeon. Married to Unknown.

John James Fair (age 24) and Matilda Jane Fisher (age 18) were married June 30, 1875, in Northumberland and Durham Co., Ontario, Canada. He was a Bachelor Farmer and she was a Spinster. His parents were James and Mary Fair. Her parents were James and Margaret Fisher.

John James Fair died February 23, 1881, in Cavan Twp., Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, at age 30. Cause of death was Consumption about one year.

Matilda Jane (Fisher) Fair married William Elliot February 7, 1883, in Bervie, Ontario, Canada.

Matilda Jane (Fisher) (Fair) Elliot married James Douglas Byers in 1888.

Elizabeth Ann Fisher was born 1853 in South Monaghan, Canada West, and died February 16, 1884, in Canada. Married March 8, 1870, in Northumberland and Durham Co., Ontario, Canada, to James Douglas Beyers (1845 - 1923). Her parents are John and Susan Fisher.

 

John DEYELL and Margaret Rosena LANCASHIRE (1788 Ireland - June 7, 1866, Cavan Twp., Ontario, Canada) married and moved from Monaghan Cty.,
Ireland to Ontario in about 1816.....first son William DEYELL born March 11,
1813 in Monaghan, Ireland and children Robert, Samuel, John, Thomas, Essie,
Eliza, Margaret, and Mary Jane were born in Ontario.....any connections let me
know. I have a lot to share!
Cherie

Mary SHANNON was born in 1816 in Enniskillen, Ireland (Fermanagh County).
Mary's father had married again and Mary was unhappy at home with her
step-mother and so when her older brother, John SHANNON, came home for a visit
she went back to Canada to work at John DEYELL's home at Cavan Township
(Ontario). She married John's eldest son, William DEYELL on May 17, 1836. John
SHANNON then went to the USA and married, had a son born in 1845. When John
became ill, he returned to his sister's house and died at her home in Otonabee
Township, Ontario. His wife and son were never heard from after his return to
Canada.

Mary SHANNON had 3 nieces in Ireland by name of BURGESS that came out to their
Aunt Mary's with John SHANNON on a later trip. They were all married in Canada.
Sarah BURGESS married Samuel DEYELL on March 25, 1851 at the St. Paul's
Presbyterian Church. Annie BURGESS married Mr. MACKERAL-PETROLIA. Janet
BURGESS married Mr. SUMMERVILLE PETROLIA, or SARNIA.
Mary SHANNON's father was a man of money, but all the wealth went to Mary's new
step-sister. Mary SHANNON had many beautiful clothes and fine things that
indicated having lived in a home of money and culture.
 

Will list some of DEYELL and STEWART info., have lots to share and would love to
connect with someone out there!!

John DEYELL married Margaret LANCASHIRE in Ireland (?) and had children as
follows:
William born in Drum, Monaghan Cty. Ireland in 1813
M: Mary SHANNON in Ontario, Canada

(FAMILY MOVED TO ONTARIO IN ABOUT 1816, lived in Cavan, Otonabee, S. Monaghan,
Ops-Lindsay, Smith Townships)
Robert M: Unknown LANG
Samuel M:Sarah BURGESS
John M:Letitia STENSON
Thomas M: 1. Esther STENSON 2. Norah MAHONEY
Essie M: 1. Thomas RYAN 2. Thomas BARRIE
Eliza M: James HUTCHINSON
Margaret M: Joseph ARMSTRONG
Mary Jane M: Robert LANCASHIRE

They all remained in the listed townships above and had families there...would
like to know more about their children....just have a list of names only for the
most part....will check those lists for any connections.
 


OBITUARY

R. A. DEYELL

Robert Archibald Deyell, the subject of this sketch, was born on Maple Leaf Farm, Otonabee, seventy-nine years ago, and died at his home on Crystal Stream Farm, in the same township, on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 27th, 1919. This excellent character was converted to God in early manhood, united with the Bible Christian church in the year 1862, conformed to the "Union" later, and joined the Methodist church of Canada, of which he remained a faithful and worthy member and official until a few days ago, when he passed up to the church triumphant beyond. In the year 1870 he was united in marriage to Miss Letitia Stewart, daughter of Mr. Richard Stewart of Otonabee, and this happy union was blessed by a family of twelve sons and daughters, seven of whom, with the sorrowing widow, survive him. The following members of this family mourn his demise: Mrs. James Chambers of Peterborough, Mrs. Wm. Hanbridge, Mrs. Bruce Hord, and and Mr. Ward Deyell of Otonabee, Mrs. Fred Deyell, Mrs. Bert McPhinnie, and Mr. Roland Deyell of Frobisher, Saskatchewan. Two brothers and two sisters also survive him, namely: Mrs. Robert Handridge of Otonabee, Mrs. Jas. Ruth and Mr. Samuel Deyell of Peterborough, and Mr. Wm. Deyell of Lindsay. Robert Deyell was one of the most widely known and highly respected citizens in the county of Peterborough. His voice, like a trumpet, ever rang out clear and strong against evil of all kinds. We do not know his politics, but his principles were well known to all who knew him. He was a giant for truth, temperance, righteousness and peace. He was true, fearless, transparent and kind, and to know him was to esteem and trust him. This model of sterling integrity died in the harness, Worshipping in the house of God on Sabbath, with his soul on fire with holy unction; becoming seriously ill on the following Thursday night and closing his eyes in death on Saturday afternoon. It is true he was frail in body, but his mental and spiritual faculties shone with full-orbed glory till the last, and he passed away in the triumphs of faith. The funeral service, held at his late residence on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 30th, was largely attended, and the remains of him who was and is one of "God's noblemen" sleeps in Little Lake cemetery, awaiting the sumons that shall call the sleeping dust of mortality back to reanimation and eternal life.

The mortal shall rest by the river to-night;
The immortal watch from the portals of light,
And beckon you coming, and linger, and wait
To meet you, and greet you by yon pearly gate.

Rev. G. E. Ross.