The original settlers in the Hope, York County, Upper Canada area (now called, Sharon, Ontario, Canada) were Quakers from New York, Vermont and Bucks County, Pennsylvania who moved here in 1801 seeking free land and an escape from religious persecution in the United States. The Quakers were pacifists, and many Revolutionaries had interpreted their refusal to fight in the War of Independence as support for the British. Among these early settlers in East Gwillimbury, Ontario was David Willson, who obtained a crown grant for concession 2, lot 10. Many of Willson's relatives, the Dunhams, the Reids and Briggs families came to settle here as well. These Quakers formed a small community - more a community of spirit than an actual village. The settlement was centred around the Quaker meeting house built on land donated by Willson in 1810; here, twice a week, Quakers would come for meeting for worship. This was the first church in the township. This church became a museum and is known as the Sharon Temple.
Could you please lookup in your book, "Pennsylvania Births, Bucks County, 1682 - 1800" my ancestors who are believed to come from Bucks County, PA to the above area of Ontario are:
Weddel / Wedell – John WEDDEL was born in Durham, Eng., Mar 19 1788. He emigrated to PA, USA and from there to Upper Canada.
Johnson, Isaac, b abt 1749 and probably wife, Margaret and their children Jacob H and Elizabeth Jane.
Moore – possibly Samuel or Robert, b. before 1805.
Doan – possibly Ebenezer - The book "East Gwillimbury in the 19th Century" pg 202 indicates that it maight be said that the DOANS were co-builders of Sharon (Ont.) with David WILLSON. The DOAN family came to Canada in 1808 (probably from Solebury, Bucks County, PA, USA) and settled on Yonge Street in York County, Ontario (then Upper Canada). Ebenezer Doan, the father being 75 years of age when he made the long trip. The presented their certificate of membership to the Friend's meeting on Yonge Street but a few years elapsed when they became associated with David WILLSON and several of the family moved to Sharon.
Doug in Nanaimo, BC
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