POUNDER, John and Annie Rudsdale Pounder
John Pounder (1805-18740), like so many before him, set out for the New World from the shores of Ireland. Born in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, Ireland, he was the son of George Pounder (1776–1829) & Mary Allen (1780 – 1861). John was only 15 when the family emigrated. His parents and their eight (soon to be ten) children settled in Drummond Township of Lanark County in 1820. John was only 15 years old when the family emigrated.
(Descendant David Pounder has been very helpful in adding material and checking the accuracy of this entry. )
John’s siblings would settle and raise their families. His sister Sarah “Sally” Allen Pounder (1808-1892) m. John Devlin (1792-1870) in 1827 in Perth, Ontario.
His brother Robert Allen Pounder stayed in the Belleville, ON, area and brother Thomas Pounder went to Wisconsin, United States. Mary Allen Pounder and her husband John Fletcher also moved to Hastings County. One sister Hannah, moved to Lambton County after her marriage. Other siblings; Sarah, Ruth, Eliza, Bersaya, and Dorinda remained in Lanark County. But John would come to Westmeath Township. He moved from Glen Tay area to Westmeath in 1860 or 61. And he died at Beachburg Feb. 15, 1874, short of his 69th birthday. No baptism record has been found.
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 are generously submitted by Kathryn Pounder.
He married Ann “Annie” Rudsdale (1811-1880) on April 29, 1831, 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.” – their son.
John was aged 55 and Ann 50 when they arrived at Beachburg in 1860 and parents of eight adult sons; six of whom would buy land and homestead in Westmeath Township. 1874 John Pounder Death, Perth Courier
This family became very prominent and numerous and there are six 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 Kathryn Pounder, great-grand-daughter of Joseph Pounder and Mary Jane Dunn. 1955 Perretton’s Pounder Family by E.M. Price.
The children of John Pounder (1805-1874) and Annie Rudsdale (1810 – 1880) are:
1. Jane Pounder (1832 –1899) m. Daniel Shaw (1826-1898) on March 20, 1863. He was a 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.
The children of Daniel Shaw & his wives were:
Daniel’s first marriage to Phoebe Hogle (1828-1858) in New York. Their children:
i. Orison Shaw (1851-1932), m. Anna Thompson (1855-1929).
ii. Hugh Shaw (1853-1921)
iii. Daniel Shaw (1854-
iv. Elizabeth Shaw (1856-
Daniel’s second marriage Jane Pounder (1832-1899). Their children:
v. Anna Jane Shaw (1864-1928) 1928 Annie’s Death
vi. John Henry Shaw (1868- 1922) m. Elizabeth John Matthews (1877- ) on April 4, 1900. He was a surveyor and they lived in Nippissing District and he died in North Bay, Nippissing District.
vii. Mary Louise Shaw (1871-1933) m. John Bowes Moore (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 25, 1907 in Beachburg. 1907 Thomas & Edith Marriage
2. Mary Ann Pounder (1834 –1911) m. Charles m. LeBaron (1828-1888) of Saratoga County, New York. Children: John LeBaron (1865-1923); Jeremiah LeBaron (1870-1901).
i. John LeBaron (1865-1923)
ii. Jeremiah LeBaron (1870-1901).
3. George Pounder (1836 –1901) m. Eliza Green (1840-1872) on March 13, 1867. 1872 Eliza Death Reg.
George later married Helen Mae Chamberlain (1849-1912) on April 2, 1879. 1879 George & Helen Marriage
[-George’s children with Eliza Green]
ii. John Pounder (1872-1892) – drowned at age 20 years at Foresters Falls. He had worked in the General Store there – perhaps in his Uncle Peter’s store?
iii. Annie Rudsdale Pounder (1870-1957) m. William Stewart (1870-1954) on October 19, 1897.
[-George’s children with Helen Chamberlain]
iv. Eliza “Lyla” Pounder (1880-1964) m. Colin Bruce (1872-1954) on June 19, 1906.
v. Roy Mason Pounder (1883-1968) m. Mary Norval McLeese (1884-1918) on July 14, 1914
v. George Nathaniel Pounder (1887-1889), died of croup.
4. Richard Pounder (1840 – ) -unmarried
5. John Pounder (1843 –1869 ) died of typhus in Clark County, Wisconsin.
6. William Rudsdale Pounder (1844 –1919 ) m. Margaret Elizabeth Beach (1860-1909) on March 24, 1880, the daughter of Levi Beach and Margaret Shaw. 1880 Marriage William & Magaret. One daughter Minerva Jane Pounder born June 5, 1880. The marriage did not last and Margaret married George Cunningham in 1882. The Pounder child was living with her Beach grandparents in the 1881 and 1891 Census lists.
7. Joseph Pounder (1845 – 1925) m. Mary Jane Dunn (1850-1899), daughter of James Dunn & Catherine Cassidy also of Westmeath Township on June 15, 1886. See DUNN entry. 1886-Joseph-&-MaryJane-Marriage; 1899 MJ Dunn Pounder Death. Joseph and Mary Jane Pounder farmed on the Bromley Line at the Malloy Road corner.
i. Irvine Rudsdale Pounder (1890-1982) m. Susie Margaret Russell Findlay (1891-1958) on September 1, 1919. 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 (1892-1952) m. Helen Marjorie Prettie ( 1894-1975). 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 an 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 (1895-1895) – died in infancy.
9. Peter Rudsdale Pounder (1849 –1925) m. Marianne Snowden (1864-1915) on January 18, 1888. One son John Pounder (1892-1966) m. Hazel Reilly (1892-1971) on October 27, 1915. See SNOWDEN entry. John Pounder was a veterinarian in Pembroke.
“Peter Rudsdale Pounder became a school teacher and was also a storekeeper in Foresters 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 Foresters Falls School Board also and sometimes a teacher was doubtful of accepting a position in that place where the names of the officials on the school board were Pounder, Faught and Thrasher.” – from 1955 Perretton’s Pounder Family
10. Robert Allen Pounder (1853 –1943 ) m. Jane Loten Whelen (1853 – 1920), daughter of James Whelen (1822 -1920) and Sophie Rudsdale (1826 – 1889) on December 23, 1975. They settled in Beachburg.
The children of Robert and Jane were:
i. James Pounder (1877 – 1877) – infant death.
ii. John James Pounder (1878 – 1953) m. Ethel Mildred Anderson (1881-1986) on April 4, 1906.
iii. George Albert Pounder (1880 – 1966) m. Agnes Jean Poland (1887-1971) on August 26, 1908.
iv. Herbert Allen Pounder (1882 – 1905)
v. Robert Pounder (1884 – 1968) m. Daisy Lydia Martin (1884-1970)
vi. Sophia Mary “Minnie” Pounder (1886 – 1955) m. Charles “Levi” Briscoe (1887-1952) on June 26, 1912. 1912 Mary & Charles Marriage.
vii. Edgar Rudsdale Pounder (1888 – ) -unmarried. Moved to USA in 1930.
viii. Peter Ernest Pounder (1889 – 1909)
ix. Joseph “Harold” Pounder (1892 – 1940) m. Gertrude Currie Fraser (1897-1919) on May 1, 1918. x. Ann Isabelle Pounder (1895-1897) – Died of diphtheria. xi. Stephen Pounder (1896-1896). Died in infancy.
11. David “Dave” Pounder (1857 –1906) m. Annie Taugher (1869- ). David was killed in a work-related accident in Haileybury. They were together in the 1891 and 1901 Census. Annie was still listed in the 1911 Haileybury Census.