Newark Neighbours of 1782
A poem by Maggie Parnell
Based on the August 25th Census of 1782
taken by Col. J Butler
Michael and Hannah Showers to Newark came,
Before the place could boast a name.
Their children were Michael, John, Elizabeth
Ann, Laura, Mary, Catherine, Daniel and Hannah.
They cleared twelve acres in those early years,
And as known as the first of our pioneers.
Elijah Phelps and Elinor, his wife,
Had eight acres cleared through toil and strife,
They farmed Lot No. Five in Township No. one,
From sunrise until the day was done.
Elijah died in Fonthill in eighteen forty-three,
At the ripe old age of one hundred and three.
George and Rebecca Fields came as U.E.L.
With three sons, Gilbert, Nathan and Daniel.
Twenty-two acres were cleared of their land,
And they were all part of Butler's band.
George Field died in seventeen eighty-seven,
And Rebecca moved to Ancaster to land she was given.
Philip and Mary Bender came from Philadelphia,
With their children, John, Mary and Sara.
They settled on 1500 acres in front of the Falls
And had twelve acres cleared near the Gorge walls.
Laid to rest in the garden, under the old walnut tree,
In the land they loved, the land of the free.
Isaac and Mary Dolsen, and John, aged eighty-one,
Cleared thirty acres, so much to be done.
Their children, Daniel, Isaac, John, Elizabeth
Decided that Canada was not the place to tarry.
Disagreements with Butler, made them sore,
So they left for Detroit before seventeen eighty-four.
John and Mary Depue arrived from Susquehanna,
With Charles, William, John, Marian, Elizabeth
They cleared sixteen acres of Lots eight and thirty-nine,
And then decided that it was time
To move to Fort Erie and then onto Barton,
Their belongings packed, their land forgotten.
Harmonies House and his family of seven,
Cleared twelve acres of land they were given.
With his sons, Daniel, Frederick, George, James and
They became the first settlers of Cave Springs in Clinton.
He is named pound keeper and town warden in seventeen
And his descendants still live here in Lincoln County.
McGregor Van Every from Schoharie arrived,
And cleared eight acres on which to survive.
With his four sons, Benjamin, Samuel, William and Peter,
They served in Butler's Rangers, following their leader.
Of Lot No. Ten on the river, you can find a trace,
But Warner's Burial Ground is his final resting place.
Daniel and Jane Rose, also known as Rowe,
Had six cleared acres of Lot One on which to grow,
The food for the Fort, potatoes, oats and corn.
To them, William, Hugh and John Rose were born.
And these three sons of our loyal pioneers
Have long since ended their earthly careers.
Thomas McMicking, with his mother Jane,
From Galloway, Scotland to Butlersburg came.
With his sister, her two sons and one male slave,
They cleared eight acres for the stock to graze.
He died in Stamford on February 20th, eighteen-thirty,
A Presbyterian Church member-30 years in the
Sam and Sara Lutz and their children numbering five,
Came to this country, its benefits to derive. -
They farmed Lots eighty-eight, eighty-nine and ninety-six,
And cleared eighteen acres, growing corn and grain mix.
Descendants of John, George, Samuel, Job and Sarah,
Can still be found in the Peninsula of Niagara.
George and Mary Stewart, and sons George, David and
Came to Canada to avoid the quarrels
Of the Revolution in the U.S. below our border.
They cleared nine acres and built their quarters.
Hamilton, Ontario, was their final destination,
And their new home gave them much elation.
John Secord with his family of four,
Had twenty-seven acres cleared and was working on more.
His children were John, Catherine, Sarah and Mary,
And living in this wilderness did not make them wary
John Secord died on March 2nd, eighteen-o-four,
And his descendants live from shore to shore.
From German Flatts came Adam Young and Catherine
To clear four acres and start their new life.
Before too long, they decided to go
And settled on land where the Grand River flows.
Their sons were David, John, Daniel and Henry.
Adam died in Grand River in seventeen-ninety.
Peter and Abigail Secord came from Cortlandt Manor,
As U.E.L. to live under the British banner.
They cleared twenty-four acres of Lots 90, 91 and 92,
Before they moved on to start anew.
Their children were Abigail, Elizabeth, Silas, Peter
David, Margaret, Stephen, Fanny, Lucretia, Daniel,
Lucy and Anna.
James and Madelain Secord from Susquehanna came,
With sons Solomon, Stephen, David, John and James,
Their daughters were Magdalene, Mary and Esther,
And twenty acres were cleared in that first semester.
James died on July 13th, seventeen eighty-four,
One of our first settlers in those days of yore.
Butler's Rangers, banded as one,
Loyal to the Crown, father and sons.
Their remains lay scattered far and wide,
All over our Canadian country side.
Long forgotten, except by a few.
The pioneers of seventeen eighty-two.