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Rankin, W.H. (family)

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The Rankin family traces its ancestry in the Kingston district to one Captain Daniel McGuin, U.E.L. [see McGuin A.Arch. MC] He was one of the leaders of the Associated Loyalists who settled Kingston Township in 1784. McGuin's son, Anthony, established the family at Collins Bay in 1806 when he bought land out of the "Mile Square" from the Reverend John Stuart. Anthony McGuin and his son, also named Anthony, established a prosperous milling business on Collins Creek and over the years built three fine stone houses along the "Bath Road" near the mills. Anthony Jr. never married and passed on his estate, two of the stone houses and the mills, to his nephew David Rankin. Dr. William Henry Rankin was a grandson of David Rankin. After graduating from Queen's University, M.D. 1889, and studies in Scotland, Dr. Rankin established a successful medical practice near New York City. His wife the former Jennie Reid, purchased the western most of the three Rankin houses in Collins Bay, now 4111 Bath Road, for use by their family. The house was extensively renovated to become a rich man's summer home and the family spent most of their summers there from that time on. The house and these Fonds passed through inheritance to Dr. Rankin's son Reid and from him to the Diane Kennedy the former wife of Mr. Robert Kennedy a grandnephew of Dr. Rankin.

Lumbers (family)

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According to the biography in Jesse Middleton's The Municipality of Toronto: A History, William Lumbers, Senior settled in Toronto in 1842 operating a large cattle and dairy business just south of Front Street near the Gooderham and Worts Distillery. In 1881, he established a firm which sold natural medicines, Lumbers Botanical Recipes. He and his wife had 10 children. His son John, a successful wholesale and retail merchant, operated a business located at 145-147 Adelaide Street East. John sold feed for livestock and may have sold other dry goods and groceries. He married Matilda Ann Cooper in 1874 and had eight children. These records relate primarily to John and Matilda's children John, William, Percy, Lena and Ada. John Cooper was a dry goods merchant. William was an engineer who worked in Calgary and later returned to Toronto. Percy and Lena held a variety of clerical jobs. Ada married Frank Gardiner in 1920 and had one child, Dorothy, before separating in 1928. Percy, Lena, Ada and Dorothy lived together at 41 Amelia Street and managed several properties left to them via various estates and trusts.

Connon (family)

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The Connon family were resident in Elora, Ontario in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. They operated a general store and a photographic studio.

Mann (family)

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The Mann family were English immigrants who settled in Bowmanville, Durham County, and Ottawa, Ontario during the early nineteenth century. The Mann children include George, Griffidus, James Tudor, Jessie, and Henry.

McFarlane, John (family)

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The John McFarlane family were early settlers of Etobicoke, York County, Ontario during the nineteenth century. John McFarlane farmed in Clachan, Elgin County, and later Etobicoke.

Osborn, William (family)

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The Thompson and Osborn families were related, with members of both families residing in the Niagara area. John Henry Thompson (1853-1937) lived in Thorold, Ont. and was owner and editor of the local paper, the Thorold Post, for forty years. William Osborn (1812-1857) was originally from England, but spent most of his life in St. Catharines, Ont. He worked as a painter, but also worked as the editor of the Constitutional, and was the leader of a band named after him.

Kauffman (family)

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Jacob and Mary Kaufmen were prominent citizens of Kitchener, Ontario from the late 19th century to WWII. Jacob Kaufman (1847-1920) and Mary Ratz (1856-1943) married in 1877. Jacob began his career in the lumber industry but switched to rubber, forming the Kaufman Rubber Company in 1908. Jacob and Mary Kaufman were active in civic and community life, supporting causes such as The Children’s Aid Society, the Kitchener-Waterloo Orphanage, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, the YMCA, the YWCA and the Kitchener-Waterloo Hospital. They had four children, Emma Ratz (1881-1979), Alvin Ratz (1885-1979), Milton Ratz (1886-19--?) and Edna Louise (1891-1983). Emma Kaufman dedicated her life to the Young Women’s Christian Association, serving for thirty years in Japan and Canada. The Emperor of Japan presented her with a memorial cup in 1965, the 60th Anniversary of the YWCA in Japan., and in the same year she received an International Cooperation Year medal presented by Cardinal Leger in Montreal. Alvin (“A.R”) Kaufman ran the rubber company started by his father and became well known as a local philanthropist, supporting many of the same causes as had his parents. He is primarily remembered for his activities in support of the YMCA, YWCA and of family planning and birth control. Edna Kaufman married Albert William Augustine (1890-1972) Aug. 22, 1918. They had three children, Albert Jacob (1923-1990), John Ross (1927- ), and Mary Caroline (1931- ). Mary Caroline Augustine married James Milton Ham (1920-1997), who was President of the University of Toronto from 1978-1983.

Collins (family)

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Dr. Ralph Collins and Dr. Jean Collins were missionaries to Angola, Africa.

Ralph Collins was born in England, May 8 1892 and died September 30, 1970. He arrived in Canada at age 17 and received his B.A. from McGill in 1923 and his B.D. in 1925 from Congregational College. He would receive an honorary D.D. from the United Theological College in Montreal in 1946.

Dr. Collins was ordained in 1925 and arrived in Angola as a missionary in 1926 to take over from Dr. W.H. Sanders. In 1929 he married Miss Jean Gurd in Montreal and she worked alongside him in Angola. They served in Camundongo until 1947 when they were appointed to organize and direct Emmanuel Seminary in Dondi. Dr. Collins returned from Angola in 1958 and held various short positions as Retired Supply in Ottawa including Wesley, Permbroke, Larder Lake, Cardinal, South Mountain, Vars-Nava, Parkdale and Knox United.
Dr. Jean Collins was born in Montreal 1903 and received her English Degree from McGill University in 1925. She went on to complete her Masters and taught for four years in the English Department. She was an active member of the Church and engaged in the beginnings of the C.G.I.T. movement. After marriage to Dr. Ralph Collins she moved to Angola to work with him. After their retirement from Angola in 1959 she returned to Ottawa to work at Carleton University. Mrs. Collins was a nominee for Moderator in 1974 and in May 1975 she received an honorary D.D. from United Theological College in Montreal. Dr. Jean Collins dired March 29, 1994.

Shunk (family)

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The Keffer and Shunk (Schunck in the German) families were among the first settlers in Vaughan Township, originating from Brother's Valley, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, a decidedly Loyalist area during the American Revolutionary War. Siblings Jacob and Michael Keffer arrived with their families in 1806, settling on Lot 12, Concession 3 and Lots 9 and 10, Concession 3, respectively. The Shunks had arrived in 1804, and purchased Lot 8, Concession 4. The two families became connected by marriage in Vaughan Township and by 1906 there were 125 Keffers and a like number of Shunks occupying several thousand acres in Vaughan. Both families engaged in agriculture well into the 1960's, and were principals in the Sherwood Grange (No. 205), an early agricultural co-operative movement. To date descendants of the Shunk and Keffer families continue to reside in the City of Vaughan.

Keffer (family)

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The Keffer and Shunk (Schunck in the German) families were among the first settlers in Vaughan Township, originating from Brother's Valley, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, a decidedly Loyalist area during the American Revolutionary War. Siblings Jacob and Michael Keffer arrived with their families in 1806, settling on Lot 12, Concession 3 and Lots 9 and 10, Concession 3, respectively. The Shunks had arrived in 1804, and purchased Lot 8, Concession 4. The two families became connected by marriage in Vaughan Township and by 1906 there were 125 Keffers and a like number of Shunks occupying several thousand acres in Vaughan. Both families engaged in agriculture well into the 1960's, and were principals in the Sherwood Grange (No. 205), an early agricultural co-operative movement. To date descendants of the Shunk and Keffer families continue to reside in the City of Vaughan.

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