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by Ross Sarles

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My grandfather always said “Your great grandfather was one of four brothers that settled on this farm. They came from the United States with the United Empire Loyalists, cleared the land, married and had their families here.” I think of those stories now and there are warm memories of happy times spent with him, sitting in a fence corner, waiting for the hay wagon to return or around the wood stove on cold winter nights. However, the details of those stories from my youth have left me. With the help of the Rawdon Assessment Rolls and our own family Bible, I was able to put together my family history.

The four brothers, Thomas, William, Tobias and Elijah Sarles settled in Rawdon Township between the sixth and eighth Concessions in approximately 1850. Thomas does appear to have been there as early as 1842. They were all young men in their twenties. Grandfather told me that William, his grandfather, built the log cabin that still stands today. It is a sense of pride for me to walk into that cabin and view the old stairs and the loft and to know that my beginnings were there. Of course, Grandfather always told me that I was found down in the fifty acres with the cows! It was a good many years before I could say to him—”Oh, Grandpa, you’re teasing!”

William married Amanda Sine, the neighbour’s daughter, on January 1st, 1855. They had two children. Adelaide was born October 31, 1859 and later married a Caverly. Daniel Wilbert, my great grandfather was born on May 14th, 1862 and married Mary Anne Waller. Amanda died in 1868 and William married Lucretia Moynes in 1869 and they had a daughter, Amanda Melissa (b. August 8th, 1877). She later married a Sine. Lucretia died November 14th, 1880 and William was married again on April 8th, 1884 to Jane Vanalen.

During this time, according to Grandfather, the other three brothers sold out and moved to California with their families. That branch of the family has disappeared.

Daniel and Mary Anne helped build the second house on the farm and lived in it most of their lives. They had two children: my grandfather William Ernest, (b. May 2nd, 1887), and Bertha who married Arthur Wood from Ivanhoe. Grandfather married Flossie Belle Pollock on December 22nd, 1914. In 1908 the brick house that we grew up in was built. It was here that Ernest took his bride.

They had three children. Ivan Lindsay (b. January 6th, 1916) married Lela Pearl Johnston on December 20th, 1941. They have five children. Harold, the eldest, lives in Willowdale. Ross, who is living in Stirling, married Judy Cooney on June 17, 1967. They have two children, Chris and Becky. Helen married Wayne Young on May 30th, 1970. They have two children, Roger and Kevin, and Live in Cardiff. Ruth married Ken Bertrand on November 22nd, 1975 and they live in Stirling. Their two children are Summer and Nicholas. Doug, the youngest, lives in Stirling with his mother.

My grandfather and grandmother’s second child was Norma Helen. She was born October 16th, 1922 and married Jack Watson on October 16th, 1943. They live in Stirling and have three children. Barbara, married Dick Thompson on July 20th. 1968. They have two children, Lori and Randy, and live in Alma, Ontario. Their second child, Grant, married Mariette Major on October 19th, 1974. They Live in Greely, Ontario and have three children, Marc, Blair and Lisa. The youngest daughter, Brenda, married Don Cherry on August 28th, 1981 and lives in Mount Forest, Ontario.

Grampa's 70th Birthday May 2, 1957

Ernest and Flossie’s third child is Mae Irene (b. March 18th 1930). She married Burton Wallace on March 25th, 1950. They also have three children. Bonnie married Greg Graham on November 18th, 1962. They have one child, Jennifer, and live in Trenton. Betty, married Bruce McMullen on October 6th, 1973. They have two children, Vicki and Craig, and live in Oshawa. Scott, the youngest lives at home with his parents in Glen Miller.

The home farm has been sold, but those of us who lived and grew there remember our home with love arid will carry the stones of old through the generations to come. Stirling Region - History, Published by the Stirling Historical Book Committee - 1983, pg 472-473

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