Good afternoon Arthur
I have been stuck in my research for a long while. I have been going through past correspondence and I don't remember telling you that my wife and I were in Ireland last fall. We did find a note, in the archives in Dublin, showing that John and Ester were married by bonds abt. 1821 in the Diocese of Kildare. I believe that you are right about John not being from Belfast. I have some information on a John Sotheran in the army and serving with a Capt. Carter. The same names are in the Simcoe County Volunteer Militia.
We are going back to Ireland in September. Will do some research around Laois.
Do you live in Ontario? We will be near Alliston in July for a reunion.