Wesleyan Methodist Church

is one of the many religions in my family. This comes from my English side — The Beach & McCargar Branchs. Many of these 2 branchs were inter-married.

For those that do not know, The Wesleyan Methodist Church was founded in 1884 when it was formed from the merger of four smaller Methodist denominations with ties to British and U.S. Methodist denominations. It existed until it merged again with two other denominations to form the United Church of Canada in 1925.

Between the years of about 1842 – 1900, there are several records of Beach family members that were baptized in the faith.

They are very good at having records available on line for information that is available to family. An example that shows the hand-written records is at a page done here: Westlyn Baptism Lists If you scroll down you will find the Beach Family.

The picture below is the oldest building on the Kemptville College of Agricultural Technology campus, Leahurst began as a farmhouse belonging to the McCargar’s, a Wesleyan Methodist family.

Jane Thompson, my 3rd Great Grandmother . . .

Jane is my 3rd Great Grandmother and while there is interesting information about her from old family documents, it is hard to find out if it is true or made up information.

First, her last name is spelt 2 ways — Thompson or Thomson. From most of the information that I have read, it is Thompson.

There is also confusion about where she was born — Ireland or Scotland. Most of the Canadian Census Records say Ireland and the Family Lore is that she was born in Scotland and was the cousin of Lord Kelvin Thomson, a famous Scottish mathematical physicist but he is listed as being born in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

While there is not a date for their wedding, Jane and Thos Rutledge married in the late 1830’s as their first son, Robt Rutledge was born in Ulster, Northern Ireland in 1840. It was sometime after his birth that the family moved to Canada. I wonder if any other children had been born in Ireland as the next child born was 4 years later in Canada. There were 7 children that there are records for and they were all born in Bolton, Ontario. Sadly, 3 of the children died before at very young ages.

Thos passed away in 1870 while Jane lived onto 1898.

They, along with several children were buried in the Bolton Anglican and Methodist Cemetery which went into disrepair after the opening of the Laurel Hill Cemetery.

In the Centennial Year of 1972, the town of Bolton repaired the cemetery and put headstones up on a wall at the entrance. Unfortunately, Jane’s headstone was not found but Thos, Christopher, Margaret and Thomas James were located.

Titanic Survivor buried in Mountain View . . .

Who would have thought that a survivor of the Titanic is buried in Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, BC

Robertha Josephine Watt was born on September 7, 1899 was born in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She was the only child and daughter of James Reid Watt and Elizabeth Inglis Milne. James was an architect and it was in regards to his job that the family made the decision to move to Portland, Oregon.

While James went ahead of his wife and daughter, who were travelling on the Maiden Voyage of the SS Titanic as second Class Passengers. On the ship they shared their cabin with 2 other passengers.

Bertha and her Mother were on Life Boat Number 9 after the sinking of the Titanic. She is said to have survived with nightie tucked into a pair of panties, and house slippers. She is also to have said that she was lucky to have squirrel lined coat, as that is what the did back in those days.

Eventually, they were reunited with her Father and settle into life in Portland, Oregon. She went onto High School and eventually she became a bookkeeper.

It was in 1923 that she married a Canadian Dentist, Dr. Leslie Frederick Marshall and settle into life in Vancouver, BC. Together, Leslie & Bertha went on to have 4 children, including 2 sons who also followed in their father’s footsteps and became dentist.

Sadly, shortly after he retired, Leslie passed away in 1971. Then a short 7 years later, her daughter and grandson were killed by a drunk driver.

Although she did on the occasion, talk about her experiences on the Titanic, she was often known to shun the publicity associated with being a Titanic survivor.

She is buried in Mountain View, in HORNE2/*/08/025/0002 (354) with a headstone, that if you didn’t stop to read, you would not know that she was there or who she was except for the line “Survivor of the Titanic”

To see her memorial, click on the following link:

Roberta Josephine Marshall

How many Names make up me?

While, yes I am a Rutledge but how many other names flow into me from my past. According to the Stats for my website, there are currently 1,227 unique surnames. Now I am not related to all of them, I am related, one way or another to a lot of them. These are within 1,633 families.

First, I will talk about the English Side (My Dad)

What I find most interesting is that my Dads’ side is that the Rutledges are coming from Northern Ireland with a splash of Scottish. The rest are mostly English from Yorkshire or the Sussex regions of England.

The more distant relatives on the English side of my family came to the US from England — some stayed in the US while others travelled to Canada. I have cousins that are all over the world — Australia, USA, England, through Canada (Manitoba and Ontario mostly) and probably still in Northern Ireland.

One interesting fact is that I have a 5th Great Grandfather that was from Germany. You can read about him here — Descendant of a Hessian Solider

So it is probably true what those ancestry commercials say about everyone coming from all over the world.

Now my Scandinavian Side (My Mom’s side)

From my Mom I get my Swedish and Swede-Finn genes and names. The last names are fascinating because up until the early, I believe 19th century, last names changed with each generation.

An example would be myself and my brother — his last name would have been Waltersson and I would have been Waltersdotter.

There are a couple of names that are the same in both the Swedish side and the Swede-Finn side, especially the name Backman (which was my Grandfather’s last name). I find that I have several Backman that are in my Snabb (Swede-Fin) family but I have never found any connection between the branches.

Here is a photo that shows from me back to my GG-Grandparents — see how each generation gets bigger.

Last Names

That is all for now, hopefully my brain will function well enough that I will be able to do this more often that I have in the last few months. Fingers crossed.

The need to organize

all my paper docs which include — photos, newspaper articles, stories , military records, burial records and many many more things.

When i started I had just everything in either English / Irish side vs Swedish / Finnish side along with binders of paper copies of Family tree information sent to me.

I figure that I will put them as per last name with the ones with most info in larger binders then names which I have smaller amounts of info in smaller ones. Hopefully there will be enough room.

The black binders would be (these are my England / Canada / Ireland / Scotland lines):

  • Rutledge
  • Elliott
  • Dicks
  • Beach
  • Mccargar
  • Kirby
  • The blue binders would be(these are my Sweden and Finland lines):

  • Snabb
  • Backman
  • Rusén
  • Forsman
  • These are just some of the names as there are a lot of names, but these would be the main lines.

    But getting organized is really, really taking a bit because i dont have the space to take it out and leave it out because the cats will mess it up or it messes up our tiny dining room.

    These are just some of the stuff needing to be organized

    Top shelves:


    Bottom shelves:


    To help, I have ordered more, smaller binders, dividers and plastic sheet covers. Hopefully it will start to look better organized in the next few weeks.

    Anyone think of a better way to do this, let me know.



    Update to Lost Cemeteries

    Back in 2014, I wrote about the Lost Cemeteries in New Westminister —

    Lost Cemeteries

    Well after a number of years of fighting, they have finally set a date for the reconstruction of the High School in 2017.

    And while they say that the school will not be built on any of the cemeteries, there are still people that are opposed to the new building on the land. The New Westminster Indian Band and Chinese Benevolent Society of Vancouver seem to support the project, there are other groups like the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs and Reconciliation for Canadians say they’re opposed.

    The spokesman for the Reconciliation for Canada has stated “The public needs to understand that what they’re talking about is the desecration of a commissioned cemetery” There are apparently at least 33 families that have a stake in the cemetery and they have not been spoken with.

    These were cemeteries for people of colour, that that these were commissioned cemeteries in the late 19th century.

    There are no records that these cemeteries were ever decommissioned, but there is an application in 2009 to have the New Westminster School site deemed a Heritage Designation but as of this date, there has been nothing done.

    The Government announcement stated:

    The existing school was built on land formerly used as a burial ground, public works yard and staging area for the military during the Second World War. The new school building will be located on portions of the site outside the burial areas. All work within the designated heritage areas will be monitored by an archeologist to ensure the heritage requirements are met and any historic artifacts are appropriately recorded.

    It will be interesting to watch as going forward this rich history that, for lack of a better word, has been buried since the school was originally built in 1949.

    Hopefully soon, all those buried there will finally get to rest in peace.


    Ocean View Burial Park

    is one of the many cemeteries in the Lower Mainland that I like to visit, not only for the beauty and peacefulness there, but also because my Grandma, Great-Grandmother and Great Uncle are buried there.

    Ocean View was established in 1919 on 89 acres in the Burnaby, BC — across the street from Burnaby Central Park. There are many interesting places within the cemetery, including the Abbey Mausoleum which was the first Mausoleum in British Columbia.

    The Mausoleum construction was started in 1928 and was originally going to be much larger, but with the start of the Great Depression, it was stopped in 1931. The Mausoleum has a number of beautiful stained glass windows, as well as a number of Famous people buried within in.

    Some photos from the Abbey —

    Front Entrance

    Front Entrance

    Stained Glass Window

    Stained Glass Window



    There is also a small Norman Church that is used for Special Sunday services and is surrounded by many of the cremation gardens.

    Chapel from outside courtyard

    Chapel from outside courtyard

    Side Entrance to courtyard

    Side Entrance to courtyard

    Inside of Chapel

    Inside of Chapel

    There are also a number of small cremation locations within the cemetery

    Cremation plots

    Cremation plots

    Sadly, since I took this picture of the entrance fountain, they have painted it blue and the driveway has become unusable because of the tree roots that have broken up threw the driveway.

    Entrance off of Willingdon and Imperial

    Entrance off of Willingdon and Imperial

    Here are links to my family buried there:

    Gladys Marion Compton – My Grandma

    Susannah Compton Rutledge – My Great Grandma

    Percy Compton – My Great Uncle


    Descendant of a Hessian Soldier

    Through my Beach Family line which is (click on picture to make it larger):


    Johann Friederich Luecke aka John Frederick Luke was my 5th Great Grandfather, born in Germany.

    For those that do not know a Hessian Soldier is the term given to the 18th-century German auxiliaries contracted for military service by the British government, who found it easier to borrow money to pay for their service than to recruit its own soldiers.

    The soldiers got their name from the German state of Hesse. They were used in several combat roles, including in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, but they are most widely associated with combat operations in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783).

    Photo of a Hessian Soldier: hessiansoldier

    This I find interesting because being part Irish (through the Rutledge / Elliot line) probably fought in the Irish Wars and I know that there were Beach family members that fought in the American Revolutionary War for the Americans.

    In trying to find out more about him, I used one of the most important tools — google. From this I came across a woman in New Brunswick, who is also related to him as he is her 3rd Great Grandfather. She is related to me as my 3 x cousin 2 times removed. Alice sent me a letter, along with an article she wrote and was published in the “The Hessians: Journal of the Johannes Schwalm Historical Association, Volume 9, 2006”

  • Johann Freidrich Luecke (John Frederick Luke) was born in 1757 in the village of Gross Else in the Duchy of Brunswick
  • He was part of the von Rhetz Regiment that was part of the 2nd Division of the Brunswick Army sent to North America in 1776
  • He and his fellow soldiers camped in Fort St. Anne, Canada where they trained in the winter and spring
  • He was believed to be part of the invasion of New York on June 1, 1777
  • there are Luke family papers that state he was involved in the both the Bennington and Saratoga but was more likely engaged in the fighting in the Battles of Freeman’s Farm and Bemis Heights
  • Brunswick Army Records report that he was a prisoner of war but unknown whereabouts. This usually means that he probably walked off the march and was take in as a servant with an American
  • Soon after he deserted, he is said to have been looking for a wife and found one in Betsey Stone, the daughter of Abel and Lydia Stone. It seems that both he and his future father-in-law may have been present during that fateful day in Saratoga where John was taken prisoner.
  • It is believed that he and Betsey married in 1778 but many researchers and family descendants have seached but a marriage record has never been found..
  • He lived in Windsor County, Vermont, USA from about 1779 to 1799 this being where most of his children were born.
  • Around 1800, John and his family moved to South Gower, Ontario, Canada. It may have been becauseof the Proclamation of the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, John Graves Simcoe, concerning the free land in Canada.
  • It is noted that John Luke settled in 1801, on Lot No 4, in the 4th Concession. He was a British solidier.
  • It is in this same area that the Beach Family also settled
  • They travelled between the US and Canada for the remaining days. Both John and Betsey are said to have died in Canada but it is not know where they are buried.
  • It is rumoured that they are buried in the South Gower Cemetery, but there is no listings for them on the burial records. A number of the Beach family line is buried there.
  • They are listed on a family headstone in the Amboy Cemetery, Amboy, Oswego County, New York.
  • John Frederick Luke

  • The monument was erected in about 1883, by Lewis D Luke about 40 years after the death of John Luke. The inscription for John and Betsey is:
  • Luke, John died 15 Dec 1839 AE 96 yrs

    Luke, Betsey his wife died 27 Jan 2854 AE90 yrs

    So, now I am not only English, Irish, Scottish on my Dad’s side, I have a little German as well.

    — Susan

    Oh and if you have read this far, it is interesting to know that the Headless Horseman might have been a Hessian Solider!

    Kiss Me – I am Part Irish

    so, I will be drinking Green Beer tomorrow.

    Although I don’t talk about it, I am Irish through my Dad’s Family.

    Starting with my 3rd Great Grandfather:

    — Robt Rutledge was born in Ulster, Northern Ireland
    –Jane Thomson (his wife) was Scottish

    –Robt Rutledge (son of above) was born in Ulster, Northern Ireland
    came to Canada as a baby and married
    — Ellen Elliott who was born in Ulster, Northern Ireland and came to Canada with her parents (Robert Elliott and Elizabeth Graham born in Ulster, Northern Ireland)

    The son of Robt and Ellen Rutledge was Robert Rutledge. He married Annie Dicks and they had my Grandpa, Gordon Elliott Rutledge.

    It must be the Irish in me that makes me love cabbage, corn beef, beer.

    So to all my fellow Irish Family:


    The Year End . .

    this has been a sad year, so hopefully 2016 will be much better than 2015 was.

    This was the year that I lost 2 men in my life that were the only men that really made me realize that not all were jerks.

    The first was my Dad. It was a sudden and shocking end to the man that has always been there for me, no matter what I did — he was there. It has been 9 months and there are times that I will still feel my eyes water up and an ache in my heart that doesn’t seem to want to go away. But I realize that he is watching over me and will be there with open arms when my time comes.

    Then, I lost a best friend just a few weeks after my Dad. Doug was the husband of my best friend and was, like my Dad, a father figure to Nancie. He was a wonderful man who could make you laugh and cry at the same time. He was a wonderful husband and father as well as a Father to numerous kids over the years. A true heart of Gold.

    Both these deaths did throw me for a little loop and I put most things on hold for awhile. Family Tree just didn’t seem all that important to write about, but as time has gone on, I have written about a few things including the Actor that is a distant branch of my tree.

    So, unfortunately, the Stats are small — not a large jump in the number of people but mostly working in adding dates, burial locations, etc.


    although you don’t always know how the tree will grow in a new year — this I am sure of — I am getting a new little branch this month (if he decides to come on time)

    So, hopefully it will be a wonderful new year for family — close and distant this year.

    Love always