POUNDER, John and Annie Rudsdale Pounder
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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
[-children with Eliza Greer]
i. Francis “Frank” Pounder ( – 1905) – killed in accident at age 37 years. ii. 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
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-Marriage; 1899 MJ Dunn Pounder Death. Joseph and Mary Jane farmed on the Bromley Line at the Malloy Road corner.
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.
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.
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.
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.