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Posted by: leslie wilson Date: December 21, 2001 at 13:11:04
In Reply to: Re: How do you say "Andrus" by Jennifer Andrus of 1098

Congratulations on your recent marriage - hope the following serves as a belated wedding present. I haven't looked up the early census records yet to see who was in what household prior to 1871. If you have access to an LDS family history library they should be able to order in the pertinent microfilms for you - you want the ones from about 1848 onward.

Two things that make looking for documentation concerning this family frustrating: throughout much of the 19th century they belonged to the Christian Church (aka Disciples of Christ and Universalists). This church practiced adult baptism, so you won't find records of infant baptism, ie ones that show who the parents were. Until 1850 or so, this church could not perform marriages in Canada, so prior to that time members of the Christian Church were married by other denominations, or if they had the time and the money, travelled to the United States to be married by a Christian Elder there.

I have been unable to come up with any leads concerning Edson Andrus' parentage. He would seem to be the first Andrus with that given name, which makes me think that perhaps his mother or grandmother was nee Edson, but so far have found nothing in that regard either. There were Andruses in Haldimand Twp, Northumberland Co Upper Canada and well as the Mallorytown area of Upper Canada in the late 18th, very early 19th century, but also have been unable to find anything linking Edson Andrus to them. He may have been brought from Syracuse NY to work in a small implement factory that William Hall (also from Syracuse) set up in Oshawa, Whitby Twp Upper Canada.

This is still very much a work in progress and the question marks are just that - I don't know, just guessing.

1) EDSON ANDRUS, b 1803/04USA d 1882 Clarke Twp Durham Co Ontario Canada
       Lived in Syracuse NY before coming to Upper Canada. He is credited with establishing the first steam driven sawmill in New York state. Came to the Orono area of Clarke Twp from Whitby Twp Home District Upper Canada in 1844. In Orono he worked as a cooper, pumpmaker & general carpenter/cabinetmaker. One of the earliest existing pieces of documented furniture made in Orono is a table which has his label attached to a drawer bottom.
Was an active member of the Orono Brass Band, which dates back to 1857. In the early years the band practised in his home.Initiated a Son of Temperance Orono Div Mar 17 1851 & re-initiated Apr 24 1867, he belonged to the Christian denomination -Squair & Out of the Mists
ANDREWS, EDSON - carpenter/builder, Orono - 1851 directory
ANDRUS, EDSON - on the list of those in the Orono area who billeted the representatives of the Christian Church when the Canada Conference was held there that year. (1863)
ANDRUS, EDSON - installed a cistern pump for the home of Francis Squair, Clarke Twp in May 30 1868 - he was paid $8.00 for the job. - Squair
ANDREWS , EDSON:67 USA:Christian:SCOTCH PUMPMAKER Clarke - 1871 census
m 1st ___________

       2) Franklin Andrus        b 1832/33 d 1907
       ANDREWS , FRANK 39:ONT :Christian:ENGLISH PAINTER Clarke - 1871 census
              3?) Weston (Wes)Andrus        (1859-1912) - member of the Orono Cornet Band in 1880-83
              3?) Burton Andrus        (1861-1928) - living in Orono in 1885

       2?) Edson Andrus
       an ANDRUS, EDSON d Jan 08 1863 - private, 21st Company Michigan Infantry, CW ?Canada West?
       Buried Plot A5187 Nashville National Cemetery, Madison, Davidson County, Tennessee

       2) Freeman L Andrus        b 1834/35 d 1904       
       - appointed to the Investigating Committee of the Orono Division of Sons of Temperance Mar 02 1853 - Squair
       ANDREWS , FREEMAN: 36 ONT: Christian:ENGLISH PUMPMAKER Clarke - 1871 census
       - prior to 1859 they left the Orono area for Minnestoa but returned to Clarke after the American Civil War
       Freeman served in the 10th Infantry Minnesota Army of the Great Republic during that war.
       - foreman in the Lockhart & Biette stave & barrel heading mill in Orono in the late 1860s-70s era. - S&R
       m Mary Lucina GAMSBY
       - Mrs Freeman Andrus, founding president of Orono Women’s Christian Temperance Union ca 1885 - Squair
              3) Guy Ambrose Andrus       b 1859 ?MN? still living in May of 1916              
              - employed in Lockhart & Biette stave & barrel heading mill in Orono in the late 1860s -70s era
              - Science Master of Port Hope High School, Hope Twp Durham County Ontario in 1886
              Guy Ambrose Andrus seems to have been a friend/associate of the Canadian painter, Homer               Ransford Watson 1855-1936 - a collection of his correspondence etc is now owned by the               University of Waterloo, purchased from a Guy Andrus in 1971
              - “long time teacher”London Collegiate Institute, London ON
              m ____________
                     4) son Andrus        b Mar 12 1886 Port Hope, Durham Co ON - Weekly Guide Mar 19 1886
                     4) Paul Morphy Andrus b Apr 26 1894 London ON
                     - enlisted May 12 1916 for Canadian Expeditionary Force, WWI       
              3?) Mortimer Andrus       
              - employed in Lockhart & Biette stave & barrel heading mill in Orono in the late 1860s -70s era       
              ANDRUS M J b Durham Co Ontario Canada
              Photographer, Scott & Andrus, Lindsay, Ops Twp Victoria Co Ont Cda - Victoria Co Historical Atlas
              3?) Mabel Andrus               
              3?) Gladys Andrus
              Gladys, Mabel & Mortimer are believed to have been siblings of the twins               
              3?) Clayton S (?Sylvester?) Andrus        b Jan 20 1874 Orono d Oct 1920 Clarke Twp
              - served in World War I - killed in Clarke Twp while felling a tree
              - surname was recorded as Andrews when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force
              3?) Clarence Howard Andrus        b Jan 20 1874 Orono still living Octobert 1920       
              the twins were considered to be the best oufielders the Orono Ball Club ever had.
              a moulder by profession, living Markham Ontario when he enlisted with the CEF Jul 20 1915
              m Jennie ________

       2) Juliet E Andrus ?b 1837 or 1847?

m 2nd Mary Ann WYMAN of Syracuse b 1813 d 1908 Clarke Twp Durham Co Ontario Canada

       2) William Wyman Andrus, M D
       - uncle of Clarence, Clayton & Burton
       - one of the stars of the Orono Ball Club in the 1870s & 80s; member of the Orono Cornet Band in 1880-83; “of        Toronto” in the 1890s; left in 1893 for Miles City, Billings Montana - Out of the Mists
       “The first automobile in town (Miles City) received a lot of comment and attention, and it wasn't long until        the motor car became a status symbol. Ownership of the first car was claimed by Hank Greenway, a rancher        up Tongue River; George Ulmer, a merchant; and Doctor Andrus.” - Memories of Early Day Miles City; Fanning the        Embers; Frank Wiley, 1971
       2)?Frances? Wyman Andrus
       m Thomas KEAT
       a Thomas Keat & family buried Dalston United Church, Vespra Twp Simcoe Co Ontario
              had issue

       2) Sarah Wyman Andrus
       m James GILFILLAN - both buried Bowmanville Cemetery Darlington Twp Durham Co Ontario
              had issue

Stray:Individual bears a different surname than the head of the family Age:10 ONT:Anglican:ENGLISH Newcastle Village Clarke Twp Durham Co Ontario Canada - 1871

ANDRUS, Oscar B (h/o Amelia J Young)              Bowmanville Sec R
ANDRUS, Ethel                                    Bowmanville Sec N
ANDRUS, Mary Elva                             Bowmanville Sec U
ANDRUS, Sarah W (w/o James Gilfillan)              Bowmanville Sec C

Merry Christmas & good luck with the search
Feel free to contact me directly if you like



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