William Lyon Mackenzie was the protagonist behind the 1837 Rebellion. Genealogists have a good grasp as to his reasons for inciting an armed revolt and the aftermath. But who were the rebels? What were their reasons for participating in the rebellion? What were the consequences of their participation? Were they successful in bringing about change?
A number of the rebels arrested were housed in the city jail on King Street in Toronto. During their incarceration some of them carved elaborate wooden Rebellion boxes. These boxes were addressed to family and friends with poignant messages carved into them.
Several prisoners were transferred to Fort Henry awaiting transportation to Van Diemen’s Land, the penal colony in Australia. Ten of them managed to escape from Fort Henry, making their way to safety in the United States.
As strange as it seems, a number of the Children of Peace participated in the Rebellion with two of them losing their lives in December 1837.
Join Patricia for her lecture on the rebellion and learn the interesting stories behind some of these rebels.
Speaker: Patricia Blackstock grew up in Toronto and inherited the genealogy bug from her mother as a young child. She is a retired teacher with a love for learning about the history of her family and the country in which they lived. She has completed all the advanced level Canadian courses from the National Institute for Genealogical Studies and is currently working on the Irish courses. She volunteers at the Royal Ontario Museum taking the public on walking tours of various areas in Toronto, talking about the architecture, history of the area and some of the people who lived there. Taking people on tours around Montgomery’s Inn and managing their library is one of her new ventures along with serving on Toronto Branch’s Education Committee. An avid interest in the 1837 Rebellion developed as a result of learning that she had one direct ancestor arrested as a rebel and numerous peripheral family members involved. Five of her family served in the militia as loyalists during the Rebellion. On the 175th anniversary of the rebellion, she volunteered to compile the names of York Region rebels for the York Region Branch OGS. She has amassed an extensive database of rebels and is delighted to have the opportunity to share this information with you.
Mini-presentation: Michael Nettleton presents “For the Bible tells me so”. Those of us with family Bibles and genealogies are grateful for these records. But are they gospel? Michael will share how he unravelled a unexpected dilemma.