Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Rev. Peter Scott and wife Jeanie Wallace

Sometimes my client research takes me to Bruce County cemeteries. In the spring, I visited Port Elgin Cemetery where my attention was caught by this monument because of the details provided.

In loving memory of
Rev. Peter Scott
died Jan. 19, 1908 aged 77 years
Native of Selkirkshire
Scotland & for 28 years
pastor of Hibbert Congregation

Perth County

Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth

His wife Jeanie R. Wallace 1842-1931

For possible descendants or relations of this couple , the details on the monument provide some good information to start the search into the lives of Peter and Jeanie.

Here is what I learned about the couple in addition to what is stated on the stone from some quick research on Ancestry.ca.

Rev. Peter Scott - He died in Paisley, Bruce County, Ontario [1]. The informant was John Scott. There is no indication of a relationship to the deceased.

Peter Scott, a resident of Perth County and minister of the Gospel married Jeanie Wallace, a resident of Southampton, Ontario on 24 June 1880 in Southampton. Peter was the son of John and Beatrice Scott. Jeanie was the son of John and Janet Wallace. [2]

Question not answered is how did Peter and Jeanie meet? There is a Wallace family enumerated on the same page as the Scott household in Saugeen Township, Bruce County, Ontario. The Peter Scott is a carpenter in 1861 and in 1871 a student. Had he gone into preparing for the ministry? His age is in line with the Peter who is later living in  Hibbert Township . The Scott household has John Wallace but the  wife is Lydia. There is a daughter whose name looks more like Jessie than Jeanie, but could it be her? There is a good chance these are the correct families as other Peter Scotts found in 1861 and in 1871 aren't as good a match.

In 1881, Peter and Jeanie are living in Hibbert, Perth County. Peter is a Presbyterian minister. By 1891, the census shows the addition of a daughter Janet, aged 7 to the family. The 1901 census has Peter aged 70, Jeanie aged 59 and Janet aged 17. It gives Peter's year of immigration as 1860.If this is correct, he should appear on the 1861 census.

After Peter's death in 1908, Jeanie and daughter Janet, aged 27, are found in the 1911 census living at 23 Albert Street, Paisley. At the time of Peter's death, he was living on Albert Street in Paisley.

Jeanie died 19 February 1931 in Paisley, Ontario. Because the death registration that is available is more recent than Peter's, more information is provided. The informant of her death is Jno. Scott, nephew. [3]

Civil registration sources
[1] Peter Scott Ontario death registration #097326 (21 January 1908); digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca ; accessed 13 September 2010), citing microfilm MS 935 Reel 134 Archives of Ontario, Toronto.

[2] Peter Scott - Jeanie Wallace Ontario marriage registration #001566 (24 June 1880); digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca ; accessed 13 September 2010), citing microfilm MS 932 Reel 32, Archives of Ontario, Toronto.

[3] Jeanie Scott Ontario death registration #0019631 (19 February 1931); digital image, Ancestry.ca (http://www.ancestry.ca ; accessed 13 September 2010), citing microfilm MS 935 Reel 411.


mail_for_heather said...

I found this interesting as I once lived in Hibbert Township. From the local history book, from Scotch Broth and Irish Stew...... A History of Hibbert Township 1846-1996, Editor Dean Robinson, published by the Corporation Of Hibbert Township in 1996, on page 63, under Ministers of Cromarty Presbyterian Church, 1872 Rev. Peter Scott. The next minister is recorded for 1902 Rev. R. H. Cranston.

At this point in history, the Cromarty church was a two point charge; one church in Cromarty, and the other church was named Roys Presbyterian Church in Fullarton Township.

According to the account in the History of Hibbert Township, the manse was built in 1856 on the northwest corner of Donald Park's farm on Lot 5, Concession 11.

"In 1878, the two congregations agreed to build a new manse in Cromarty, and a new brick building was erected in 1879, which is still used as a residence today. The manse comittee on the advice of Rev. Peter Scott, the minister in charge, erected a commodious and comfortable home. Rev. Scott had the foresight to plant well chosen trees around the grounds."

Janet Iles said...

Thanks Heather for sharing the information about Rev. Scott and Hibbert Township.