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  • ID: I15052
  • Name: John Barber BAILEY
  • Given Name: John Barber
  • Surname: BAILEY
  • Name: Black Jack BAILEY
  • Given Name: Black Jack
  • Surname: BAILEY
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 8 Oct 1865 in Bentinck Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada
  • Death: 7 May 1948 in Evansville, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
  • Burial: 1948 Gordon Cemetery, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
  • Change Date: 30 Aug 2013 at 00:04
  • Note:
    1891 Ontario Census, Algoma District, Burpee Township, page 2, line 23, Family #9,
    Baily John Male 26 Married Head Ontario Ontario Ireland C Presb Farmer
    Baily Sarah J. Female 24 Married Wife Ontario Ontario Scotland C Presb

    1901 Ontario Census, Algoma, Burpee Township. Con 7 Lot 26, Household #20
    BAILEY John B. Male Head married 8 October 1865 35 Ont Eng Can PS Farmer
    BAILEY Sarah J. Female Wife married 28 April 1858 42 Ont Eng Can PS
    BAILEY David N. Male Son single 25 May 1892 8 Ont Eng Can PS
    BAILEY Christena I.M. Female Daughter single 19 March 1901 1 month Ont Eng Can PS

    1911 Ontario Census, Algoma, Burpee Township, Household #24
    Bailey John Male Head Married October 1866 45
    Bailey Sara Female Wife Married April 1856 52
    Bailey Daid Male Son Single May 1892 19
    Bailey Bella Female Daughter Single March 1901 10

    Article, uncited, School Sections, etc. by Mrs. Nelson Rowe, transcribed by Marilyn Irish
    The Early Days of Elizabeth Bay
    We are indebted to Mr. Edward Ainslie for the following history of the early settlers of Elizabeth Bay. Some of the dates may not be accurate, but are approximate and the facts written from his memory of the stories as told him by his parents.
    Soon after Burpee township was surveyed, my father, J. D. Ainslie, came here from Owen Sound to look over the land and located on lot 4 on the 8th concession. Then in the spring of 1880 or 81, he brought my mother and the family of nine, some of them already grown. With him came a young man, Jim Hope, a bachelor, who took up lot 6, con. 10.
    They came by boat to Gore Bay, from there they chartered a small sailing vessel the "Abigail", owned by Miller bros. of Gore Bay, Captain was D. J. Bailey, of Evansville. They landed on May 24th, at the south end of the bay, on the Robinson side. They had brought a team of horse, two cows, some fowl and implements and a year's provisions. As they neared land the horses and cows were put overboard to swim ashore. Everything else, including the family, was taken ashore by yawl-boat which took the greater part of a day. The first week was spent in a tent near the shore, while the men cut a road through the bush to our future home, about two and one half miles away.
    They found one white man living alone in a small log shanty near where they landed. Edward Saunders, known as "Ned" was somewhat of a character. A brother of William Saunders, founder of the experimental farm at Guelph, a scholar, and a fine musician, and a shoe-maker by trade, he chose to live a hermit's life, hunting, fishing, and growing a small garden patch. He used us all very kindly and my father enjoyed his company.
    As soon as our family was settled, still in a tent, the men started cutting a road south across the island to Misery Bay, nearly three miles away, where beaver hay grew. They later cut this for their stock that winter. The road being too rough for a wagon, the hay was carried by hand-barrows and stacked there, and brought home by sleigh that winter.
    They then cut logs and built a house and stable. The lumber required was sawn by hand with a whip saw, and the shingles made by hand. My mother and sister plastered the house with mortar made from clay, as no lime could be had. A house was also built for Hope, and it was late fall before they were finished. Then Hope returned to Owen Sound, intending to come back later, but he never returned, as he was lost on the "Jane Miller".
    There were no means of travel, except by boat, or following the old Indian trail that led from Sheshegwaning to Lake Wolsey, then getting an Indian to paddle across where Indian Point Bridge is now, with a birch bark canoe.
    The first fall we were on the island, they sometimes saw as many as ten caribou in a herd, but after a few years they had completely disappeared. All kinds of wild life were here in abundance, except red deer. Partridge could be had, fifteen or twenty in a day's hunt. Fish were very plentiful, especially whitefish, which could be speared off the shore at night by torch light in spawning season.
    The first winter was lonely. The nearest settlers were about five miles away, either east or west. My father worked that winter for Thomas Griffith at Silver Water. He cut one hundred cedar posts a day with a buck saw for thirteen dollars a .
    That Spring in March, James Blackburn arrived from Green Bush with a team of oxen and moving, and stayed with us while they helped him build a shanty and stable, on lot 3, con. 8, where he started clearing land. He was the first neighbour and was always one of the best. Being a very young man, and a bachelor, he was regarded for years by my parents, almost as one of the family.
    One day when going to work, carrying his axe, he came upon a bear with two cubs. The cubs ran up into a big pine stub and Jim took off his smock and fastened it onto a stump, put his straw hat on top, while he slipped away and came to our place more than a mile away, to get a gun. My father had a single barreled muzzle-loading shotgun. He returned with him and found the dubs still watching the coat and hat. They got both cubs but saw nothing of the old bear.
    David Ross, his wife and son, came from Mount Forest the same summer and settled on lot 10, con. 10. He brought with him three oxen, a cow, a few implements, and started clearing land. He stayed only a few years and when he left Colin Bailey frmm Evansville lived there for a few years.
    Robert Morden with his family came about the same time from Barrie Island and he settled on lot 6, con. 9. He also brought oxen and a cow. He stayed about twelve years, then sold his farm to my brother James.
    In 1882, Stewart Clarke came here from Gore Bay and took up lot 6, con. 8, and it was about this time they started opening up the 10th concession. Robert Morden was appointed the first pathmaster for Elizabeth Bay.
    These early years were very hard, money was scarce and it was slow work clearing the land. The second fall, we were here, my father found a large sail off a sailing vessel at Misery Bay. That was a wonderful find. My mother made work clothes for the men, and even moccasins.
    One winter flour ran out. There was very little to be had in Gore Bay, so my father drove on the ice to Cockburn Island in March and brought back two barrels, which he shared with the neighbours. When the first boat arrived in Gore Bay late in May, Stewart Clarke borrowed a punt from Joe Mastin and rowed to Elizabeth Bay with two barrels of flour.
    Wm. Ainslie was the next to settle on the Hope property. William Morden with his family on lot 10, con. 9, in 1887 or 1888. Then John B. Bailey on lot ? con. 10. he only stayed two or three years, then moved to Evansville.
    About 1890, John H. Williams settled on lot 3, con. 7, then Arthur Williams on lot 11. con. ? in 1894. In 1898 or 99, Wm. Noakes purchased lot 13, Con. ? and a few years later started farming there. About the same time James Burnett, of Sheguiandah, settled on lot 13, con. ?. In 1903, Joseph Williams started farming on lot 12, con. 8.
    It was not until 1894 that the school section was formed, and the next year they hired their first teachers, Miss Ida Swigley for three months. School was held in a vacant house that had been built by Colin Bailey, and seats and desks were home-made. The next spring, 1896, the ground was cleared, and a frame school built, which is still in use. The first teacher was Oliver Flanagan, who stayed two years.
    For the first few years we had no minster, and then for several years Presbyterian Students supplied in the summer months walking from Silver Water to Elizabeth Bay and Evansville. After William Morden came, he frequently held services in the winter. Church and Sunday School was held in our house until the school-house was built. Mrs. William Morden and my mother kept Sunday School going for years and almost everyone attended. After the school was built, services were held there until the United Church was opened in 1925.
    At first mail was sent out and brought in by anyone who happened to be going to Gore Bay which was not very frequent. Later the neighbours took turns going once a week to Colin Campbell's in Evansville and bringing the mail for the settlement. When the post office here was opened about 1895, James Blackburn, was the first postmaster. It was moved in 1902 to J. H. Williams where it remained until 1930, when it was moved to its present location.

    Father: John BAILEY b: 28 Oct 1836 in Peel County, Ontario, Canada
    Mother: Nancy BARBER b: 1 Jan 1841 in Ireland

    Marriage 1 Sarah Jane BAILEY b: 28 Apr 1859 in Grey County, Ontario, Canada
    • Married: 17 Nov 1888 in Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    • Note:
      Ontario Vital Records - Marriages #001 105 - 1888
      John BAILEY, 25, born Grey County and Sarah BAILEY, 25, born Bentic were married 17 November 1888 in Little Current. Parents of Groom: John Bailey and Mary Barper. Parents of Bride: William Bailey and Christena Campbell.
    • Change Date: 1 Jul 2009
    1. Has Children David Norman BAILEY b: 25 May 1892 in Burpee Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    2. Has No Children Orma BAILEY b: Aug 1895 in Burpee Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    3. Has No Children Niel BAILEY b: 10 Jun 1898 in Burpee Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
    4. Has Children Isabella Christina BAILEY b: 19 Mar 1901 in Burpee Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
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