I have been researching the Clendenning family for about four years. I must say it has been a challenge all the way. My great grandmother was Christina Munro. Her side of the family was the Munros and the Rosses. Both of these families were well documented back to the early 1700â€™s. My great grandfathers parents were James Clendenning and Margaret Ferguson. In the 1871 census, James age was 55 ( born abt. 1816) and Margarets age was 44 ( born abt. 1827). His farm is listed as the Lot 31, 9TH
Concession of Charlottenburg, Ontario, Canada. It also lists his children: Andrew 20, Catherine 18, Ellen 16, Mary Ann 12, Peter10, and Margaret 7. I have Andrew and Peter well documented and all their descendants however; I have been able to find out nothing about James Clendenning, Margaret Ferguson or the daughters. This is where I need your help.
1. With his farm being in Charlotterburg, do you think he was ( U.E. L.) ,( O.C. ) or just happened to settle there?
2. In the Census of 1871, his country of birth is listed as Ireland. Where should I go to find out more information about this man?
3. In the Loyalist Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution a James Clendenning with the Butlerâ€™s Rangers was listed with a son James however I believe they would have been granted land in the Niagara area. There was also a Walter Clendenning of Gainsborough listed with a son James of Gainsborough, O. C. 16 Dec 1815.
4. Sunday night, I read the story about John â€˜ Caribooâ€™ Cameron. In the story it mentioned Cameron staked a claim on upper Williams Creek but encouraged by the success of Ned Stoutâ€™s claim lower in the valley, he staked a claim a half mile below Barkerâ€™s shaft with his wife, Richard Rivers, Allan MacDonald James and Charles Clendenning, and Robert Stevenson. It is interesting to note that Mrs. Cameron was the holder of Minerâ€™s License No. 7598, and was probably the only woman in the Cariboo at the time to hold such a document.
5. I also have not been able to find out any information about Margaret Ferguson or the daughters ( Catherine, Mary Ann, Ellen, or Margaret Clendenning).
I have been trying for a long time to find out more about James ( when he came to Canada or the USA, where and when he was born, where and when he died, etc.).
Any help or advice you could give me would be gladly appreciated.