Thanks for replying. My STILLWELLs began with John who married my g-ggrand aunt, Maria Smyth d/o John and Mary Sparkhall Smyth. John was the son of a Baptist minister in Haldimand Co. ON, Thomas Blakely Stillwell b.supposedly in NYC 1808. His family came to Canada when he was 12. He married Elizabeth Hestand/Heistand d/o John Hestand nd Margaret Fretz. They had nine children, John being the eldest b. 1826. John and Maria had 11 Children. They lived for a time in ON then moved to Mecosta Co MI and later to CA. I wonder if there might be a connection since Thomas B was from NYC. I have always been curious about that.