Amelia Misener

ID # 83, (1835-1924)
FatherAdam Misener (1798-1901)
MotherHelen Coleman (1799-1895)
BirthAmelia Misener was born on 24 March 1835 at Beverly Township, Wentworth County. 
MarriageShe married Albert Kellogg Smith, son of Samuel Smith and Adelia Benedict, on 6 February 1851; See Flamborough Marriage Records, 1850-1854, Records from the Former Townships of Beverly, and East and West Flamborough, Published by The Waterdown-East Flamborough Heritage Society
Printed by the Society on Heritage Happenings Press,
Waterdown, Ontario.
June 1999:

Albert SMITH/ Beverly Township
Amelia MISENER/ Beverly Township
Married: 6 February 1851/ At the Parsonage/ Rev. Hamilton Biggar
Christian Guardian: 12 February 1851

Hamilton Biggar, at least originally, was an Episcopal Methodist clergyman. At some point, he jumped ship, for a marriage registration, only two months after that of Albert and Amelia, has him at the Wesleyan parsonage in Dumfries. This, reasonably, will be at St. George.

A brief backgrounder for Rev. Biggar may be found on pages 186 and 495 of the 1883 Warner's History of the County of Brant. 
DeathShe died on 22 December 1924 at Toronto, York Co., Ontario, at age 89. 
BurialShe was buried on 24 December 1924 at Dungannon Cemetery, Ashfield Township, Huron, Ont. 
NoteThe Misener Family Tree, per Connie Duke, says that Amelia Misener was born around 1831. The 1901 census dates her birth to 1835.

There's a great family story about her marriage to Albert Smith.
It seems that Albert was lame and Adam Misener didn't think him a fit choice for his daughter. Amelia thought otherwise. She proceeded quietly with her wedding plans. A neighbour was making a wedding dress and finally, on the day, brought it to Amelia. She tried it on at once, then began to nonchalantly walk out of the house with it over her arm. Adam twigged. He was up out of his chair and after her. Albert was waiting at the end of the lane with the horse and buggy. They were out of there like a shot. Adam had to hitch up the horse and buggy to chase them. When they got to the place of marriage they told the minister that there was some urgency and Amelia was married with her wedding dress over her arm. By the time Adam got there they were married.

Albert's disability may have been rather severe. John Cornell's book, Pioneers of Beverly, has a chapter entitled The Copetown Letter. In it, he quotes an actual letter from R.M Cope of Axtell, Nebraska, and Cope is talking about a school teacher, Mrs. Holcomb. He mentions a young man who was crippled and walked on crutches, one Albert Smith, believed in 1888 to be still living in Beverly. (By 1881, Albert was actually in Huron County.) Albert had attended Mrs. Holcomb's school, but his family moved to a farm that was farther away and made his attendance at the school impossible. Mrs. Holcomb's husband had a number of horses and she prevailed upon him to loan Albert a pony so that he might ride to her school. This he did for the entire summer. Cope does not date the era of Mrs. Holcomb's school, but it was quite some years previous.

Amelia's son Judson Smith married Lucinda Coleman, daughter of Dan Coleman, Amelia's cousin. Judson and Lucinda were distant cousins.

For some reason, in the 1861 census taken at Beverly Township Sabrina, Judson and Helen are in the household of a John and Jane Bray. John is a farmer in Beverly.

Amelia was still alive on December 24, 1916, when at age 80 she crossed the border into the United States at Port Huron, destination Bay City, Michigan. While the form isn't clear, she may have been accompanied by a daughter. She gives her birth year as 1836. She is destined to stay with daughter Sabrina Warner.

A death registration for Amelia has been found. The informant was Phoebe Bricknell, her daughter, who was living in Toronto and Amelia was evidently living with her.

007139-24 Toronto, York Co. Amelia Smith, 25 Constance St., age 88, born in Ontario on 24 Feb. 1836. Residing at place of death 6 years. Father Adam Misener, born Penn, USA, mother Helen Coleman. Informant Phoebe Bricknell, 25 Constance, daughter. Date of death December 22, 1924, date of burial December 24, 1924, at Dungannon, Ontario.

The CanadaGenWeb Cemetery project has a photo of the Smith stone in Dungannon Cemetery. The inscription reads:

SMITH/In Loving Memory of/Albert K. Smith/1828-1903/His Wife/Amelia Misner/
1836-1924/Isabella R./Dau of/Thomas & Alberta Elliott/1910-1913. 

Children of Amelia Misener and Albert Kellogg Smith

Last Edited26 Feb 2018