Jemima <I>Carter</I> Brown

Jemima Carter Brown

Birth
Niagara Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 23 Jul 1878 (aged 78)
Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Burial Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 104351344 · View Source
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Edna's Notes:
"Jemima was born June 18th 1800 the daughter of Silas and Jemima Alwood Carter. The Carters were U.E. L. [It's possible that some of the Alwoods were UEL, but I don't believe the Carters were except by Silas's 2nd marriage-BCJ] I don't know whether they came directly from Virginia where the Carters were among the best families or not [I believe they came from New Jersey-BCJ] but they had culture and good breeding and brought more money into the country than the Browns. The farm which they moved and lived on - and where Jemima first saw the light of day - is now the site of that popular resort Crystal Beach (where the old Carter estate is and the stone quarry there is the old Carter quarry that Silas worked), on the shore of Lake Erie and not far from Fort Erie. Jemima was quite a gal full of life and spirits. Silas was a miller and built a great mill on a point of land on his farm that ran out into the lake which soon became a mark to sailors and remained so for many many years. The ruins of the mill from which the shore has receded gradually stood until just a few years ago.[1942??]

Jemima was quite a gal full of life and spirits. The Carters were U.E. (United Empire) Loyalists [Silas Carter was not a U.E. but his second wife Margaret Buck was. Jemima's mother Jemima Alward may have been U.E., but I don't have any proof yet on either-BCJ]. I don't know whether they came directly from Virginia [they came from the Morristown area of New Jersey not Virginia - BCJ] where the Carters were among the best families or not but they had culture and good breeding and brought more money into the country than the Browns. Jemima's father was Silas Carter and he took up land along Lake Erie where Crystal Beach now is and he built a grist mill on a point nearby now called Windmill Point. I visited the ruins of their old mill set on the lake shore in 1925 or thereabouts. It was then surrounded by water and has since disintegrated. Silas built a house for his family all decorated with hand sawn scroll work. When his sons grew to manhood several of them came further west. John [Silas Jr. - BCJ] and Nicholas (Carter) took up crown land east of Aylmer. They built a house on it exactly like their father's at Windmill Point even to the hand cut decorations and Jemima came along with them to keep house for them. I don't know whether both John [Silas and Nicholas did marry - BCJ] and Nicholas married or whether just one of them did but when I was a child, three cousins of mother's still lived in the old house all unmarried - John who seldom talked and Eliza and Minerva. Mother was very fond of these cousins who were older than she and rather peculiar. By the standards of their day they were quite well off, always had fine horses and books and if they saw material that they liked in a dry goods store in Aylmer they just bought the whole bolt. When they died there were chests and drawers full of this stuff. The walnut chest I have is supposed to have been made by Nicholas Carter and John made the painted chest I have at Port Bruce. There is a story about that one. When the last one of the three died and her will was read this chest and several others they had were left to different cousins but only the one to my mother was listed as "chest and contents." So a nephew who was left the residue claimed all the things that were in the others and only the empty chests - most of them made of pine and of little value - were handed over to the legatee. My mother was furious with the lawyer who made the will for being so careless in the wording. She was sure that "the girls" didn't mean it to be that way. I don't know that there was much of value in the contents of my mother's chest but there was a fur coat I remember. And I have from it two very lovely shawls, one white silk embroidered and one black with silver and gold stripes and two very quaint old wax dolls that I would judge to be 125 years old at least. I also have a "swift" that once was a part of Silas Carter's household.


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  • Maintained by: Bruce Johnson
  • Originally Created by: Diana Smith 47661786
  • Added: 29 Jan 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 104351344
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jemima Carter Brown (18 Jun 1800–23 Jul 1878), Find a Grave Memorial no. 104351344, citing Dunboyne Cemetery, Dunboyne, Elgin County, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by Bruce Johnson (contributor 47661260) .