The Glovers of Bowmanville:

I have found some historical information that might shed some light on the mystery of Elizabeth McCutcheon (1805-1860) and William Glover (1799-1869). The following story is partly truth and partly fiction, based on some hard historical data and some circumstantial evidence.

I would like to caution the readers not to take the narrative verbatim. I am however, going to create a new chapter in the book and leave it unattached, for now. I am also not going to do any attachments on, as it will then become cemented as facts. I am hoping that serious researchers question my findings and/or find some new data to either disclaim or re-enforce it.

The hard data (the truth) is the 1861 Canadian Census, two death records for two of her children and several marriage records for her children. Newspaper article announcing the death of William Glover. Old pictures and stories in a book. The Ontario County Atlas of 1878. And then the reminiscing of J. B. Fairbairn – postmaster of Bowmanville for most of his life and who would have ample dealing with the Glovers of Bowmanville. As for the 1851 Census for Darlington, Part 1 is missing. All that is published online are Parts 2-5 (181 pages). See Sources at the end of this Chapter.

Who was Elizabeth McCutcheon – born 1805 in Grey Abbey, County Down, Ireland and died in 1860 in Bowmanville, Darlington Township, Durham County, Ontario?  One researcher, Alice Burke, has this to say of Elizabeth and Hugh [comments in these brackets are mine]:

“…The other two related families were Hugh McCutcheon and his wife with no family. [This was probably not true – it just means that the researcher did not find any family.] He received a Location Ticket for Lot 4, Concession 4 in Cavan Township (Millbrook area) Durham Co. on February 8, 1824. [It is interesting to note here that Millbrook is located 24 miles north of Cobourg and 26 miles north-east of Bowmanville.] He cleared a few acres on this lot but then he went to work on the Ohio Canal for a time and died near Cleveland, Ohio in October, 1832. [NOTE: Hugh probably died of Cholera during the severe Cholera epidemic of 1832, while working on the Ohio Canal. This may explain a strange comment made by James Fairbairn circa 1900. 31 years after William Glover Senior died, in his memoirs of Bowmanville, J. B. Fairbairn remembered that Glover’s wife was terrified of cholera…]

This meant that his land had not been patented. His nephew, Charles McCutcheon Senior, as the oldest son of his oldest brother managed to claim the estate in New York and then sold it a short time later for seventy-five dollars. [Again this may not be entirely true – Elizabeth, being a daughter, may not have any rights and her surviving brother, Robert and/or siblings, may have been too young to claim their father’s land….so the eldest cousin did…..]

The third family consisted of a sister, Eliza McCutcheon who was married to William Glover. The Glovers had lived in Mono for a time [I didn’t find any evidence of this] but had moved to Darlington Township before 1840. There were Glovers living in Mono and Mulmur Townships and some had moved to Darlington and Brock Townships [so far as I have been able to find out, William Glover was no relation to the Glovers of Brock Township]. Eliza McCutcheon Glover also tried to claim her Brother Hugh’s land but was unsuccessful.” [This was probably her father’s land – not her brother’s].

From the limited historical data that I have now found, I think I can safely say that:

  1. Elizabeth McCutcheon was NOT a sister to: John (1770-1827), Samuel (1772-1828), Hugh (1773-1832), Robert (1774-1832), Sarah (1776-1862). This was not a possibility as found on the 1861 Canadian Census; Her husband, William Glover Senior, stated that there was one death in his household in 1860; one female aged 55 years and that he was a widower.  This places her statistics as: Born 1805 and died 1860. So far, I have found four children, born 1844-1853. These are probably their younger children.
  2. Elizabeth was definitely related to the McCutcheons From Donaghadee.
  3. Elizabeth was possibly a daughter of one of the above mentioned McCutcheons.
  4. With all probability, she was a daughter to Hugh McCutcheon and his wife.
  5. They also probably had at least one son from the following comment made about 1845: “……He ran up to the livery stable then being kept by Mr. McCutcheon……” and that son might possibly be Robert McCutcheon (born 1823 in Grey Abbey, County Down – 23rd June 1900 in Cornwall, ON) who was married to Margaret Reid.
  6. Elizabeth, her husband and children arrived in Bowmanville by 1830 as is indicated by the comment made by Fairbairn: “This fixes the date of [Glover’s] arrival in Bowmanville at 1830….”
  7. Fairbairn’s recollection 30 years later when he states “Mr. Glover must have remained in Toronto two years” is a bit fuzzy. William Weller hailed from Cobourg and ran his Stage Coach routes from there so it is logical that Glover headquartered in Cobourg, not Toronto which was 72 miles away – a long way in those days to go to and from work.
  8. It seems logical that when Elizabeth and William immigrated from Ireland to Quebec, their next stop was Cobourg, not Toronto.
  9. All historical records found state that they were both born in Ireland.

This story is about 10 pages long and the rest of it is published under Chapter 14.


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