A: Eleanor (1820-?)

A:      Eleanor McCUTCHEON (4) (William McCutcheon-3; John McCutcheon-2; Samuel McCutcheon-1) was born in 1820 in Donaghadee, County Down, Northern Ireland.  She married John Anderson (1827 – ?) on the 3rd July 1860 in Halton, ON. His parents were Henry Anderson and Catherine Gable.  This couple produced no children.

ONTARIO LAND DEEDS:  Original Mortgage:

 John Anderson et al to John Campbell, 1875, page 125:

Entered and Registered this 1st day of November 1871 AD at 1-2 O’clock PM: H Nolson Dy Reg:

This Indenture is made in duplicate, the first day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy one [1871]; In pursuance of the Act respecting short forms of Mortgages; Between John Anderson of the township of Erin in the County of Wellington, yeoman (the mortgagor of the first part); Eleanor Anderson (his wife the mortgagor of the second part); and John Campbell the younger of the same place, yeoman (the mortgagee of the third part); witnesseth that said Mortgagee to the said mortgagor[s] (the receipt whereof is hereby by him acknowledged); Said Mortgagor with grant and Mortgage unto said Mortgagee, his heirs and assigns forever, All and singular ….parcel or tract of land and premises situate, lying and being in the Township of Erin in the County of Wellington and Province of Ontario containing by admeasurement one hundred acres be the same more or less being composed of the east half of Lot number eight [8] in the second [2] Concession of the said Township of Erin; And the said party of the second part the wife of the said mortgagor hereby bars her dower until said lands and premises provided this mortgage to be [cleared by] payment of the sum of one thousand six hundred [1,600] dollars of lawful money of Canada with interest at six [6] percent premium as follows…..

WITNESS:           James Scott Speers.

SIGNED:              John Anderson     X    his mark; Eleanor Anderson.

ONTARIO LAND DEEDS:  Discharge of Mortgage:

Anderson, John of Mtg; Aikins, John 2260-738 (Index):

No. 2260 Entered and registered this 25th Day of November AD 1873 at 1:30 O’clock PM.  Province of Ontario; County of Peel; Dominion of Canada; To Wit:

To the Registrar of the County Wellington; I, John Aikens of the Township of Toronto, Gore, in the County of Peel [?]; do certify that John Anderson of the Township of Erin in the County of Wellington, Yeoman, hath satisfied all money due on or to [?] due on a certain mortgage made by the said John Anderson to one John Campbell the younger of the said Township of Erin, Yeoman, which mortgage bears date the first day of November AD 1871 and was registered in the registry office for the County of Wellington on the first day of December AD at twenty one [21] minutes past one O’clock in the afternoon in Liber D8 for the Township of Erin as NE [as number] 1575; And that such mortgage was duly assigned by the said John Campbell the younger to Mathew Mitchell Elliott of the village of Brampton in the County of Peel, Merchant, by Deed bearing note the third [3rd] day of November AD 1871 and was registered in the Registry Office for the County of Wellington on the fourth [4th] day of November AD 1871 at ten [10] O’clock in the forenoon in Liber D8 for the Township of Erin as Number 1597 and was further assigned by the said Mathew Mitchell Elliott; In one [1] the said John Aikins by deed bearing the date the twelfth [12th] day of February AD 1872 and registered in the Registry Office for the County of Wellington on the thirteenth [13th] of February AD 1872 at eleven [11] O’clock in the forenoon in Liber D8 for the Township of Erin as Number 1679; That I have not assigned the said mortgage and that I am the person entitled by law to receive money; And that such Mortgage is therefore discharged;

 WITNESS:           my hand this thirteenth [13th] day of November AD 1873

WITNESS:           James Scott Speers of the Town of Guelph; John Aikins, Land Agent.

ONTARIO LAND DEEDS – AFFIDAVIT: 15th November 1873:

Affidavit of James Scott Speers of the Town of Guelph in the County of Wellington, Land Agent;

To Wit: Make Oath and Say:

  1. That I was personally present and did see the written Certificate of Discharge of Mortgage duly signed and cancelled by John Aikins the part thereto;
  2. That the said Certificate of Discharge of Mortgage was cancelled at the village of Malton in the County of Peel;
  3. That I know the said John Aikins;
  4. That I am subscribing witness to the said Certificate of Discharge of Mortgage.

SWORN before me at the Town of Guelph in the County of Wellington on this fifteenth [15th] day of November AD 1873.  James Scott Speers; J. P. McMillian, A Commissioner for taking Affidavits.

SPECIFICATION: Erin Township Deeds: GS2132; Volume D-8 1871-1872: Erin Township, Wellington County Deeds: GS3133; Volume D-9 1872-1874.

Born in Donaghadee, Ireland in 1820, Eleanor McCutcheon crossed the turbulent Atlantic Ocean as an infant, securely wrapped in the arms of loving, religious parents.  They had a vision.

She is one of those ancestors who is an enigma and will probably always remain so.  She produced no legitimate heirs; therefore she has no great-great-great ancestors actively seeking her.  She was a literate, hard-working farm woman, still living in a world of men. Her human rights were very limited.

She remained a spinster for many years, married later in life at the age of 40 years, to a man 9 years her junior.  Eleanor would have been an asset to a trail-blazer pioneer.  She was raised in the back-woods, never knowing the more comfortable luxury of town or city life.

She inherited 50 acres of the homestead farm (Lot 7, Concession 5) in 1862; by 1867 Francis Warne owned all of Lot 7, Concession 5, probably purchasing her ½.

The aforementioned Ontario Land Deeds for 1871 place her as co-owner of Lot 8, Concession 2 in Erin Township. These land deeds raise more questions that providing us with answers.

Why did the Andersons mortgage their farm so heavily – the East ½ of Lot 8?   $1600 in 1871 was a large sum of money.  Was it to purchase the west ½?   He owned all 100 acres of Lot 8 by 1877.  How did they manage to pay the mortgage off within 2 years?  Was farming that lucrative in 1871? It could be suggestive that they were hard workers and efficient farmers.

The Deeds place Eleanor still alive in 1871 at the age of 51 years and John still alive in 1877. So far, no other historical information after 1877 has been found for this couple.

SOURCES:

1              Ancestry.ca: All Births/Marriages/Deaths, Census & Immigration & travel records verified through Ancestry.ca

2              http://www.archive.org/stream/storysmithville00pageuoft/storysmithville00pageuoft_djvu.txt

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