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POUNDER, John and Annie Rudsdale Pounder

Wexford County, Irish Republic.

County Wexford , Irish Republic.

John Pounder, like so many before him set out for the New World from the shores of Ireland. Born in 1805 in Enniscorthy (outside Dublin), County Wexford, Ireland, he was the son of  George Pounder (1776–1829) & Mary Allen (1780 – 1861). His parents George and Mary settled in Drummond Township of Lanark County. His sister Sarah “Sally” Allen Pounder (1808-1892) m. John Devlin (1792-1870) in 1827 in Perth, Ontario.

1892 Perth Courier; Sarah Allen Pounder Devlin Obit.

1892 Perth Courier; Sarah Allen Pounder Devlin Obit. Two weeks earlier her twin sister had died.

John Pounder came to make a new life in Canada. His brother George Jr. stayed in the Belleville, ON, area and brother Thomas went to the United States. But John would come to Westmeath Township and sixty-nine years later he would die in  Beachburg, ON. John was the only child specifically mentioned in his father’s Last Will noting that he would get “one shilling and no more” as he had been given £50 to buy a farm. 1829 George Pounder Sr. Last Will & Testament. In his mother Mary Pounder’s Will, she names her seven daughters. 1854 Mary Pounder Will. These two documents generously submitted by Katherine Pounder.

He married Ann “Annie” Rudsdale in 1831, 29 April, at age 26, in Perth, Ontario. These were devout people and in Evelyn Moore Price’s writing on the Beachburg Methodist Church is the line: “….while arriving from Perth, July 1860, were John Pounder, Ann Pounder and George Pounder.”

1851 Census, Lanark County, Canada West. John Pounder Household

1851 Census, Lanark County, Canada West. John Pounder Household.  John’s occupation is “Farmer & Quarryman”. Although by 1832 the building of the Rideau Canal was completed, the quarrying of square stones for building, from the rock formations of the “Frontenac Axis” would be continued and supplied jobs to Lanark County men. Today many fine examples of limestone and sandstone houses, built using locally quarried stones, still grace the eastern Ontario landscape.

John would be aged 55 and Ann 50 years old when they arrived at Beachburg  in 1860 and the parents of adult sons; six of whom would buy land and homestead in Westmeath Township. 1874 John Pounder Death, Perth Courier    1874 John Pounder Death Reg.

Pounder - Rudsdale stone, Beachburg Union Cemetery

Pounder – Rudsdale stone, Beachburg Union Cemetery

This family became very prominent and numerous and by 1888 there are 6 Pounder men listed as farmers in the 1888 Directory of Renfrew County.

1888-Directory-of-Renfrew-County

From 1888 Directory of Renfrew County, Westmeath Township showing  Pounder Homesteads on Zion Line & Sturgeon Mountain Road; with exception of Joseph Pounder’s land which was on the Bromley Line at the southwest corner of the Malloy Road.

Pounder Lands west of Village of Beachburg, Westmeath Township.

Pounder Lands west of Village of Beachburg, Westmeath Township.

The Pounder Family of Perretton was profiled  in  The Pembroke Observer which ran a piece  by Evelyn Moore Price in November, 1955. It was generously provided to this entry by Katherine Pounder, great-grand-daughter of Joseph Pounder and Mary Jane Dunn.  1955 Perretton’s Pounder Family by E.M. Price. (-generously submitted by Katherine Pounder to this entry.)

The children of John Pounder (1805-1874) and Annie Rudsdale (1810 – 1880) are:

1.   Jane Pounder (1832 –1899) m. Daniel Shaw (1825-1899), son of Thomas W. Shaw and Elizabeth Wiley.  Daniel was born in New York state and came with his parents into British North America (Canada) as part of the influx of United Empire Loyalists during and following the American Revolution. 1899 Daniel & Jane Shaw Deaths. They died in the same year; he in June and she in November of 1899, and both were attended by Dr. Forbes of Beachburg.

1871 Census Westmeath Township - Shaw Household

1871 Census Westmeath Township – Shaw Household

Shaw Pounder stone, Beachburg Union Cemetery

Shaw Pounder stone, Beachburg Union Cemetery.

The children of  Daniel Shaw & his wives were:

(- the first four children were from Daniel’s first marriage to (1) Phoebe Hogle (1828-1858) in New York.)

i. Orison Shaw (1851-

ii. Hugh Shaw (1853-1921)

iii. David Shaw (1854-

iv. Elizabeth Shaw (1856-

(- the children of the second marriage to (2) Jane Pounder (1832-1899)

v. Anna Jane Shaw (1864-1928)  1928 Annie’s Death

vi. John Henry Shaw (1868- 1922) m. Elizabeth John Matthews (1877-  ) a surveyor and they lived in Nippissing District and she died in North Bay

vii. Mary Louise Shaw (1871-1933) m. John Bowles Moores (1868-1954), son of William Moore and Martha Curry. See MOORE entry. Their large brick home on Westmeath Road is now owned by their grandson Howard Moore. 1898 John & Mary Marriage

Moore-Shaw stone, Perretton Grace United Cemetery.

Moore-Shaw stone, Perretton Grace United Cemetery.

viii. Thomas Gilbert Shaw (1875- 1939) m. Edith Margaret Caswell (1878-1934) in September 1907 in Beachburg. 1907 Thomas & Edith Marriage

2.  John Pounder (1833 – ) died young.
3.  Mary Ann Pounder (1833 –
4.  George Pounder (1835 – ) m. (1) Eliza Greer (1840-1872) 1872 Eliza Death Reg and later remarried to Helen Mae Chamberlain (1850-1912) 1879 George & Helen Marriage

1891 Census Westmeath Township - George Pounder Household

1891 Census Westmeath Township – George Pounder Household

Pounder-Chamberlain Stone, Beachburg Cemetery

Pounder-Chamberlain Stone, Beachburg Cemetery

[-children with Eliza Greer]
i. cheesemakerFrancis “Frank” Pounder  ( – 1905) – killed in accident at age 37 years. 1898-Frank-Pounder-Cheesmakerii. John Pounder (1872-1892) – drowned at  20 years at Forster’s Falls. He had worked in the General Store there – perhaps in his Uncle Peter’s store?
iii. Annie Pounder (1870-1957) m. William Stewart (1870-1954)

[-children with Helen Chamberlain]
iv. Roy Pounder m. Norval McLeese
v. Lyla Pounder m. Colin Bruce

Bruce-Pounder stone, St. Andrew's Presbyterian Cemetery, Forester's Falls.

Bruce-Pounder stone, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Cemetery, Forester’s Falls.

5.  Richard Pounder (1838 – ) unmarried
6.  Margaret Ann Pounder (1842 – ) m. Gerald Labarron. One son William Labarron who m. Elizabeth Farnel.
7.  William R. Pounder (1843 –  ) m. in March 1880 to  Margaret E. Beach.
8.  Joseph Pounder (1845 – 1925) m. Mary Jane Dunn (1851-1899), daughter of James Dunn & Catherine Cassidy also of Westmeath Township.  See DUNN entry.  1886-Joseph-&-MaryJane-Marriage1899 MJ Dunn Pounder Death.  Joseph and Mary Jane farmed on  the Bromley Line at the Malloy Road corner.

1891 Census Westmeath Township - Joseph Pounder Household.

1891 Census Westmeath Township – Joseph Pounder Household.

Pounder-Dunn stone, Beachburg Union Cemetery

Pounder-Dunn stone, Beachburg Union Cemetery

i. Irvine R. Pounder m. Susan Findlay  1919 Irvine & Susan Marriage

“Dr. Irvine R. Pounder a former member of the teaching staff of both Toronto and York Universities viewed one of these samplers at Champlain Trail Museum and supplied the missing lines from his memory. Dr. Pounder was a son of the late Joseph Pounder and was born in Westmeath Township and was a student at the Bromley Line School. He lived on the farm later owned by Clyde Brown. He was married to Susie Findlay of Pembroke.”  See BROWN entry.

John Allan Pounder

John Allan Pounder

ii. John Allan Pounder m. Helen Prettie. 1916 John’s enlisting

“John Allan Pounder, the younger son of Joseph Pounder was born in Westmeath Township. He attended public and high schools in Pembroke and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1912. He joined the International Boundary Commission and in 1913 was commissioned a Dominion Land Surveyor. Barring the period from 1916 to 1918 when he saw service in France in World War I with the 51st Battery, C.F.A., he spent the remainder of his life in the survey branches of the federal government. He was an authority on international boundary problems having for 15 years been engineer to the Boundary Commission conducting surveys from the Quebec-Maine section to the Alaska-Yukon region.” – from 1955 Perretton’s Pounder Family

iii. Wilfred Pounder – died in infancy.

9.  Peter Rudsdale Pounder (1849 –1925) m. Mary Snowden. One son John Pounder who m.  Hazel Reilly. See SNOWDEN entry.

“Peter Rudsdale Pounder became a school teacher and was also a store keeper in Forester’s Falls for many years. Due to an accident in the early days he became paralyzed from the hips down. It has been said that he was one of the best informed men in Ross Township. Some of his political articles, published in the Pembroke Observer, a Liberal paper, were republished and commented upon by many of the larger city dailies. He married a school teacher, Miss Mary Snowden of Westmeath and they had one child, John. He served on the Forester’s Falls School Board also and sometimes a teacher was doubtful of accepting a position in that place where he names of the officials on the school board were Pounder, Faught and Thrasher.” – from 1955 Perretton’s Pounder Family

10. Robert Allan Pounder (1853 –  ) m. Jane Loten Whelan (1853 – 1920), daughter of James Whelan (1822 -1920) and Sophie Rudsdale (1826 – 1889).  They settled in Beachburg.

1891 Census Westmeath Township - David Pounder Household

1891 Census Westmeath Township – David Pounder Household

Jane Whelan Pounder and her sister Emma Whelan Johnson. Photo from Ancestry.ca.

Jane Whelan Pounder and her sister Emma Whelan Johnson. Photo from Ancestry.ca.

The children of Robert and Jane are:

i. James Pounder (1877 – 1877) -infant death
ii. John James Pounder (1878 – 1962) m. Ethel Anderson
iii. George Albert Pounder (1880 – 1966) m. Agnes Poland
iv. Herbert Allen Pounder (1882 – 1905)
v.  Robert Pounder (1885 – 1968) m. Daisy Martin
vi. Mary “Minnie” Sophie Pounder (1886 – 1955) m. Charles “Levi” Briscoe 1912 Mary & Charles Marriage.

1947 Levi and Minnie Briscoe. Photo from Ancestry.ca.

1947 Levi and Minnie Briscoe. Photo from Ancestry.ca.

vii. Edgar Rudsdale Pounder (1888 – ) -unmarried
viii. Ernest Peter Pounder (1889 – 1909)
viv. Joseph “Harold” Pounder (1892 – 1940) m. Gertrude Fraser

11. David “Dave” Pounder (1857 –  ) m. Annie Taugher (1871-    ). David was killed accidentally.

1891 Census Westmeath Township - David Pounder Household

1891 Census Westmeath Township – David Pounder Household. They had adopted William Fisker a Scottish boy.