HAYDENS of Port Hope

Thomas HAYDEN was born in 1826 Wicklow County, Ireland. He came with his parents John and Catherine Hayden and brothers and sisters to Canada in 1848 from wicklow county,Ireland having sailed on the ship Jessie . The Haydens lived on the Coolatin Estate there owned by Fitzwilliam, a british landlord and the family settled in Kingston,Ontario. Canada. . Thomas died on July 22,1908 in Port Hope from heart disease and was buried in the Union Cemetary in in Port Hope, Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada. Thomas HAYDEN married Matilda Ada WALLACE on 27 Mar 1857 in Port Hope, northumberland county, ontario, Canada. Thomas Hayden came to Northumberland County, Ontario in 1853 says the" Historical atlas of Northumberland and Durham Counties". Specifically, it says "Thomas Hayden, Post Office Port Hope, occupation foundry, a native of Canada, settled 1853! . Thomas was on the Port Hope town council. -A new foundry was built on Cavan Street in 1871 replacing the wooden one built in 1855 where the "Hayden Plough" was made and sold to farmers in the area. The home was on Cavan St. as well. He had a schooner the albatross, which in 1880 which was wrecked in a storm in may . The family were Wesylan Methodist! Thomas married Matilda Ada Wallace on March 27, 1857. For interest here is his obituary: .THE EVENING GUIDE; PORT HOPE, ONT., THURSDAY, JULY 23, 1908 LATE THOMAS HAYDEN ONE OF PORT HOPE'S OLDEST AND MOST HIGHLY ESTEEMED RESIDENTS A MEMBER OF THE I.O.O.F. The oldest active businessman of Port hope died last night at the family residence, Cavan Street, in the person of Mr. Thomas Hayden. Of the family there remain, his wife and five sons, John C of the Standard Ideal Company of this town; William W. druggist of Buffalo; Reginald and Sherwood who have been associated with their father in business here, and Charles A.a journalist, of the Montreal Herald. Mr. Hayden had been in ill health for over a year, but had only been confined to bed at intervals and recently had improved so much that he was able to attend to business with all the acumen which distinguished him in his career in this town.Deceased, as has been stated, was the oldest active business man in Port Hope, having located here in 1851, coming from Belleville. He made the castings for the Midland Railway, which was then in the course of construction, for the late Archibald Porter, doing the work in the old foundry at the rear of the Curtis block. He started in business for himself in 1855, in a wooden shop on the site of the present foundry, and he was one of the promoters and largest shareholders of "car shops. He had reached the ripe age of 82 years and two months. Fifty-one years ago lst March he was married to Matilda Wallace, who survives him. She was the daughter of the late Clarke Wallace. Besides the widow and sons and nearly a score of grand children, a brother, Mr. John Hayden of Alexandria, Ont., and a sister, Mrs. Hugh Doyle, of Kingston,Ont., mourn the death of the subject of this notice. He was actively interested in municipal affairs and was a member of the Council and of the Harbor Board. " He was engaged in the coal business some ten or fifteen years prio r to 1882, and was also in the lake carrying trade, owning the ill-fated Albatross, which was totally wrecked onthe Wellington Sounds near Pickton. After disposing of the coal business in 1882 he again entered the foundry business and started manufacturing plows and other agricultural implements, and in1903 he again established a coal business in connection with the foundry. Mr. Hayden was of an inventive turn of mind, and had patented the box bearings for twin plow axles, now in general use, and a steel plow point which has not yet been placed on the market. The late Mr. Hayden was also one of the oldest members of the Independent Order of Oddfellows in Canada, having joined in on March 11, 1873. A few years ago the Order presented him with a beautiful veteran's Jewel for twenty-five years continuous membership. Three generations are buried in the Union Cemetery of Port Hope . Thomas HAYDEN (1826-1908), the senior member of the family, married Matilda WALLACE (d. 1918) and gave issue to: Reginald (1875-1951), Charles (b. 1877 –died 1957) and John (born circa 186-died14th December 1952). John married twice and had a son, Sherwood, and a daughter, Marion. Mary Elizabeth born 1873 died 1952 unmarried,Caroline born 1864 died 1892 unmarried,William Wallace who married Hrriet Maude Sainsbury, Reginald( born 3/1875 died 23/4/1952) married Linda Mary SHORTT (1876-1948) at Hastings on 1 January 1900. This union resulted in five children: Carrie (b. 1900), Robert (b. 1907) who had a son and two daughters, Isobel (b. 1912), Josephine who was a nurse and died young, and Charles Edwin "Pat". In 1924 "Pat" married Jeane Anne Winnifred McINTOSH and gave issue to 12 children. More information is being sought on all HAYDEN family members. Contact us if you know anything about Hayden Road located near Cobourg.

Submitted by: Ian WESTELL at


ROBERTSON's of Port Hope

James ROBERTSON Sr. was born in England,Northumberland,Berwick Upon Tweed, 24 November 1793, the son of Peter ROBERTSON and Catherine MACMULLAN. He married in Scotland and had several children with wife, Allison ?. He came to Ontario about 1820 and married Margaret ?, born 1788 in Scotland. His only child surviving from his first marriage was Catherine, born 11 September 1815 at Dysort, Fife, Scotland. She married William WADDELL in Port Hope about 1835. She was buried in Port Hope 10 May 1899.

From the second marriage to Margaret came four known children, Peter, James, William and Margaret. James ROBERTSON SR. owned a tanning company in Port Hope. He died in Port Hope on 4 Aug 1871 and his wife, Margaret, on 24 may 1869.

Son, Peter, born 16 May 1822, married 15 October 1851 to Sarah WHITT. He operated the tannery and died in Port Hope 15 October 1905. His daughter, Ella Margaret, born 1856 in Port Hope, married William Carlisle MONTIZAMBERT (manager of Bank of Montreal) in Port Hope 4 Sep 1880. Second son, James ROBERTSON JR. was born Port Hope 25 March 1827. He was married in 1853 to Fanny MANNERS and died at Port Hope 1912. Third son, William, was born 2 Sep 1832 and died 28 Feb 1855 at Port Hope. Daughter, Margaret, was born 24 Mar 1825 and married to John? BEAMISH in 1856.

Contributed by: Peter BRUNSDALE at
Posted: 7 August 1999


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