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Methodists in Zorra Twp, Oxford Co, Ontario, Canada
Posted by: John Clement (ID *****1161) Date: February 10, 2012 at 14:38:01
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Reference 1: "The Oxford Gazetteer" by Thomas S. Shenston [Hamilton 1852]

On page 165 there is an assesment roll for Zorra Twp dated 1822. Among others listed in the roll, are Ira C. DAY, Barnabus FORD, Wm. LAND, Peter ALYEA and Isaac BURDICK.

Reference 2: "Pioneer Life in Zorra" by W.A. MacKay [Toronto : William Briggs, 1899].

On page 370 the author mentions "Methodists" who arrived with their families at Zorra Twp in the early 1820s. The same individuals listed above are shown here as "bringing their religion with them."

I assume the author of reference 2 got his information from Methodist church records in Zorra Twp.

Does anyone have access to any such Methodist records?

My interest lies only in Ira C. DAY and family. He was born about 1799 in New York. He apparently brought his family to Zorra in the 1820s. He had two sons born in "West Canada," being Isaac DAY born about 1828 and Orin H. DAY, born about 1832. Perhaps there were other children including an older Samuel DAY born about 1824.

By 1836, Ira C DAY and his sons had moved to Michigan, USA.

In 1836, Ira C. DAY purchased land in Calhoun County, Michigan, USA. In the land records, he is identified as "Ira C. DAY of Oxford County, Upper Canada" (source US Bureau of Land Management )

The family of Ira and sons then would be:

Ira C. DAY, born c1799 New York
Samuel DAY (perhaps) b c1824
Isaac DAY, born c1828 Canada West
Orin H. DAY, born c1832 Canada West

I am seeking confirmation that Samuel, Isaac, and Orin are sons of Ira C. DAY, perhaps in Methodist church records.

On the other hand, it is possible that Samuel, Isaac, and Orin are not sons of Ira, but rather related in some other way.

Any information on these four would be helpful.

John Clement, 14221 E Evans Ave Apt 403, Aurora CO 80014
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