George Wesley McVicar married Naomi Theresa Post in Toronto in 1905. They raised a family of three boys and one girl. Their youngest son, Hugh McVicar, took an interest in researching the family tree. This project took on a life of its own and eventually Dad put his findings in book form - “McVicar Post Ancestry.” This is what he found.
Our earliest Canadian ancestors arrived in Ontario between 1783 and 1836. Gilbert Orser came with his mother, Ann Jurckes, widow of Joseph Orser, settling at Hallowell. William Yerex came with his father, Isaac Yerex, who was a brother of Ann Jurckes. Arthur Youmans and his daughter, Jemima Youmans came. Samuel Wright died before reaching Ontario, but his daughter Sarah was to marry Gilbert Orser within the next year. Other couples included Henry Johnson and his wife, Elizabeth Ferdon; Nicholas Jacobus Lazier and his wife, Charity Conklin; Nicholas Stickle and his wife, Anna Bohnestiel; Henry and Lilius Travis; all of Prince Edward County. Ezekiel Cudney was in New Brunswick in 1783 before settling in Lincoln County in 1792. Michael Grass was in Ontario in 1783, returned to N.Y. and didn't settle permanently in Ontario until 1801. Michael's wife was Mary Fraat. He is not to be confused with Captain Michael Grass of Kingston.
Jordan Post and his wife, Abigail Loomis came from Hebron, Ct. to Toronto (York); Daniel Munn and his wife Lydia Crompton settled in Trafalgar Tp. James Conn and his son Meredith came from Ireland to Elgin County; and Archibald McVicar and his wife, Barbara McGeachy emigrated from Southend, Scotland, to Harwich Tp., Kent County.
The Yerex, Youmans, Orser, Wright and Cudney families were United Empire Loyalists, arriving in 1783 from Westchester County in New York State. Also from New York State, but a little later were the Johnsons in 1788, the Stickles by 1790, the Laziers in 1791 and the Grass and Travis families in 1801. The Posts and Munns came from Connecticut and Massachusetts via Vermont about 1802-06. Our last arrivals in Canada were the Conns from Ireland in 1823 and the McVicars from Arygll, Scotland in 1836.
The ancestry of these individuals and our direct line of descent from them is contained in a book, "McVICAR POST ANCESTRY," published in December 2003. This book contains all the known ancestors of its author, Hugh Davidson McVicar (1914-1998).
This hardcover book consists of 1024 pages of biographies, family group sheets, photographs, maps, endnotes, and a comprehensive index - 4,600 names of which over 400 are direct ancestors of Hugh McVicar. "McVicar~Post Ancestry" was produced on word processing software and published by the author's daughter.
More information about these families will eventually appear on this website. In the meantime, please contact:
The great great grandparents of George Wesley McVicar are: Neil McVICAR*, Peggy McEACHRAN*, Donald CONLEY*, Alexander McGEACHY*, Dugald McMILLAN*, Effy McNAUGHT,* Michael GRASS, Mary FRAAT, Ezekiel CUDNEY, James CONN, Miss ATKINSON, Mr. & Mrs. HUMPHRIS*. Those marked with an asterisk lived out their lives in Scotland or Ireland. Everyone else emigrated to Ontario.
McVICAR: The line is traced back from my grandfather to his grandfather who emigrated from Scotland to Harwich Township in Kent County to two generations before that in Southend Parish, Argyll. The early origins of the McVicars is explored as well as the settlement pattern in Scotland. The other Scottish names get lumped into this section.
GRASS: Michael Grass joined Butler’s Rangers as a private and returned to New York in 1784 to look after his aged parents. He married there and most of his children were born before his return to Ontario and Grantham Township about 1801. He has been confused with Capt. Michael Grass of Kingston.
CUDNEY: The story is about the Cudneys of Scarsdale, N.Y., the sons who went to New Brunswick in 1783, returned to New York (apparently) and settled in Niagara Township, Lincoln County, Ontario in 1792.
CONN: Three generations of Conns sailed from Ireland in 1823 and settled at Tyrconnell on the shores of Lake Erie. Fortunately, Meredith Conn wrote his memoirs, detailing the family’s history.
The great great grandparents of Naomi Theresa Post are: Jordan POST, Abigail LOOMIS, Daniel MUNN, Lydia CROMPTON, William YOUREX, Jemima YOUMANS, Henry and Lilius TRAVIS, Gilbert ORSER, Sarah WRIGHT, Henry JOHNSON, Elizabeth FERDON, Nicholas Jacobus LAZIER, Charity CONKLIN, Nicholas J. STICKLE and Anna BOHNESTIEL. They all came to Ontario.
POST: Other articles have been written about the Post family of Saybrook, Ct. The best one was published by Michael Rudy in the New England Historical and Genealogical Register in 1992-1993. In his article, Rudy cites many sources - vital, church, tombstone inscriptions and the Saybrook and Hebron town records. Rudy’s article is valuable for names, dates, places and spouses of the children in the early families and data on the activities of the adult males. However, from our point of view, Rudy’s information stops with the second Jordan Post. It does not carry forward with the third Jordan Post. Rudy set out to follow the descendants of Abraham Post. On the other hand, McVicar Post Ancestry’s goal was to research all the ancestors of the author. On the Post surname, that includes Jordan Post III, Ezekiel Post, John Curtis Post and Israel Post - and their siblings. McVicar Post Ancestry also researches the female ancestors - the spouses of these men. McVicar Post Ancestry contains much anecdotal information on the lives of the people involved, particularly about Israel Post, his wife and family.
MUNN - CROMPTON: Although we can speculate on the ancestors of Capt. Daniel Munn, not much can be said with any certainty yet. However, the Crompton ancestry is quite fascinating. Woodbury and Guilford, Ct., West Stockbridge, Mass., Addison County, Vermont and Trafalgar Township, Ontario are all settings for this family’s saga.
YOUREX - ORSER: These two families of Dutch origin left Westchester County in New York in 1783 and settled in Prince Edward County, Ontario. Their Dutch ancestry dates back to the early 1600s. Their earlier French and Norwegian ancestors were early settlers in Manhattan who left an impressive paper trail. Along with the YOUMANS and WRIGHTS, they are our United Empire Loyalists.
TRAVIS: We never do learn the parents of Henry Travis or the surname of his wife, Lilius (Elellies), but it wasn’t for lack of trying. They came from New York State to Prince Edward County in 1801. Data on other Travis families is presented and examined for clues.
JOHNSON - FERDON: Here we have a combination of Norwegian and Dutch ancestry, going back before 1600. In Ontario they settled in Hallowell Township.
LAZIER - CONKLIN: The Laziers have a long history, extending back to Normandy, France and into the 1400s by following the female ancestry. The Conklins were well-known in Westchester County, N.Y. In Ontario, they settled near Green Point in Prince Edward County.
STICKLE - BOHNESTIEL: The ancestry of this couple can be traced back to the 1660s in Germany and France. Their Canadian residence was Sidney Township in Hastings County.
This page last updated 28 April 2004