Monday, July 17, 2017

Settlers Present Day Ottawa

17 July 2017   [4th entry]
Following is a corrected list of the family of Joseph Stanzel 1888-Feb 1884
w1 Sarah Coyne, b ? Belfast Northern Ireland, dc 1830, bur. family farm
John Stanzel, b Ireland - 8 Dec 1874 and Sarah Hughes b 1818
  m. 1837 Ramsay Twp, Lanark Co.
Joseph Stansal 1821 - 1908 and Jane Campbell 1832 - 1904,
   lv Eden Grove, Brant twp. Bruce Co
    Note Stansal name written on land ticket. After three years to complete
the Terms of Settlement, to obtain his land he had to use the new spelling.
This branch of the family uses this spelling to this date.
Louisa Stanzel 1821-? m. Hugh Johnston b, 1815 Scotland d?
   lived Wilberforce Twp, Renfrew Co.
Sarah Stanzel 1822-1884 m. Denis Coogan b.1811, Ire. d. 1883
    lived Ashton, On.
Priscilla Stanzel 1825 - 1871 m. Robert Presley, b Cork, Ire.1819
    d. 1890. lived in Ashton
William Stanzel 1827 - 1895, m Catherine Wright, 1831 1916,
    lived Carleton Place, Ont.
Benjamin Stanzel 1828 1919 and Sarah Tomlinson 1831-1885
   lived Ashton, Ont.
2. Joseph Stanzel and w2 Ann Eynouf, widow, b 1792, England
  d. 1892.  buried on the farm, Con. 9, lot 3 East.
     Note.  I believe there are a number of burials on the farm.
Thomas Stanzel 1832 - 1925 m. Eleanor Tomlinson,
    1831 - 1892. Lived Huntley Twp. Eleanor and Sarah are sisters.

A copy of my Family Tree/History is in The Ottawa Branch, OGS,
Library, 3rd floor Ottawa City Archives, Woodroffe at Tallman.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Settlers Present day Ottawa

13 July 2017

Joseph Stanzel [3rd entry]
  "Hearing of Crown lands being available in Canada, upon
certain improvements being made, they decided to come across.
they found a homestead about three miles north east [incorrect]of
Carleton Place Ont. [Actually Goulbourn Twp. Con.9, Lot 3East]
which is about thirty miles southeast of Ottawa, [now the south east
corner of City of Ottawa], and filled out an application on it.
  It takes about three years to improve the land [terms of settlement]
which requires a log house and stable to be built plus clearing and
cultivating fifteen acres of land. This would average five acres a year
as it was heavily timbered. That would be no small undertaking a in
those days with an axe and cross-cut saw. There were no roads, just
trails through the bush to your next door neighbour. No doctors,
hospitals, drug stores, churches or cemeteries, just hard work.
  Potatoes, whole wheat bread, rolled oats and wildlife meat were
the main courses to live on, plus wild honey and maple syrup.
There were no frills in those days and they were husky and
hardy pioneers." Next the author lists names of nine children
and are not the correct ones for Joseph's family-
Joseph, Frederick, Steven, Herbert, Ephriam, Arthur, Sarah,
Alma and Hazel. The mother Sarah died about 1830 and is buried
on the farm. I suspect that there were more than a few persons
buried there but I have not investigated.
Next entry I will list the children, spouses and dates of
Joseph and Sarah    my email is
Thought I should mention it.
Jim Stanzell

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Settlers Present Day Ottawa

11 Sept 2017

Joseph Stanzel  [2nd entry]
  "Of his regiment only 27 men survived to reach home. The rest of his regiment perished
on the return trip. He was young, strong and healthy when first conscripted. His parents
hardly recognised him as their son when he staggered home.
  Towards spring, after regaining most of his former strength, he advised his parents that he was going to leave home, otherwise he would be recalled back into the army when spring arrived.
  How, why or when he reached Belfast, Northern Ireland we don't know. He got himself a
job working in the Belfast shipyards which was recognized as the largest shipbuilding
centre in the world. Fearing he might be recalled back into napoleon's Army, he took out
naturalization papers and became an Irish citizen. Like all young men, he found himself
a young Irish girl, or biddy as they were called. Her first name was Sarah  [Coyle].
They fell in love with each other and he went to the priest to make arrangements for their
marriage. The only hitch was that most of the people in Northern Ireland were
Protestants and she would have to become a Catholic before the priest would marry them.
When he informed her of this, she said 'No'.  They broke up for a short time, but
loneliness makes the heart grow fonder. So he went to her and asked if he became a
protestant, would she reconsider. Her answer was 'yes', so they became united shortly
after in the Lutheran Church".

I have a book which deals with Napoleon's march to Moscow called
"The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier" by Jakob Walter, 1788-1864
A unique eyewitness account of the face of Battle from inside
the ranks of Bonaparte's Grand Army  ISBN 0 1401.6559.2 (paperback)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Settlers Present Day Ottawa

8 July 2017
Stanzel, Joseph and Family  [1st entry]    Settled Goulbourn Twp. Con.9, East 3, May 1819.
  Other surname spellings are Stansal, Stanzell and possibly others
Following is an edited version of a 'Family Tree History' originally written by
Orin Chester Stansal on 4 Nov. 1978 in Kelowna B.C.
He is of the same generation as my father, James Harold Stanzell.
  " I can only give what I was told by my father regarding the early history of
the Stanzel family. First settler to Canada was Joseph Stanzel who was born
in the Black Forest area of Germany c 1784, exact location unknown. Being the eldest
son of the family he would traditionally be named Joseph. He was born and raised in a
Roman Catholic home. When a young man he was conscripted into Napoleon's Army, c 1802.
  Alsace-Lorraine was under French rule at that time. It was a rich in forestry and mines.
The method of conscription in those days was a bit crude, carried out by the recruiting officer
who came to your home. If there were sons 18 years and older, they reached into a leather pouch.
which contained white and black balls. If you drew a black ball, you were in the army. If the army needed of more recruits, some of the white balls were removed. There was no medical check-up
in those days.
  This young man was trained in the infantry and later was sent on a march into Russia in 1812.
Napoleon's objective was to capture Moscow before winter set in. Heavy skirmishes were met
along the way, delaying the army's advance. Rain, snow and freezing temperatures set in
causing further delays. In the meantime, seeing that Napoleon was determined to capture Moscow,
the Russians adopted a scorched earth policy and also set Moscow on fire. By now it was late fall,
and winter set in with heavy snows and sub zero temperatures, which was a heavy blow to
Napoleon's Army, who were now on severe rations. They started to return home and floundered through  deep snow and bitter temperatures and forced to eat anything to stay alive."

To be continued shortly. Jim St .