Ancestors of Beverly Ann JOHNSON


200. Peter HORNING

1) PETER HORNING SR. (LUDWICH (LUDWIG)1) (#309) was born in Germantown, Phil. Co. Pa. USA 1740. PETERHORNINGPETER, SR. (1740-CA 1823) died circa January 1823 in Barton Twp. Wentworth Co. Ont., at age 82.

He married twice. He HORNING PETER, SR. (1740-CA 1823) married MARY ( - ) date unknown. (MARY is #1366.) He HORNING PETER, SR. (1740-CA 1823) married ISABELLA (1740-dec.) 1762 in Skippack Twp, Montgomery, Co. Pa.. (ISABELLA is #310.) ISABELLA (1740-dec.) was born 1740 in Montgomery County, Pa. USA.

It is believed PETER HORNING was born in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740. That would be shortly before his father, LUDWIG HORNING and his mother, KATHELINE KEYSER moved up to Van Bebber's Township, (later Skippack) to occupy the land KATHELINE had received from her father.

Before he left for Canada PETER HORNING's land was in Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He had purchased 65 acres from his father LUDWIG HORNING and it was located just west of Perkiomen Creek on the "Great Road" running between Audubon and Mont Clare (now called the Egypt Road).

The 1776 assessment records actually show him as having 50 acres and 1 servant. The land later was in the Town of Oaks but long after Peter had departed for Canada, the railway was put through the property. It is now abandoned but in my files is a picture of the old railway station at Oaks. Today in 1994 the # 422 Turnpike goes through the property. In my files are historic and modern maps showing the locations.

It is believed that PETER HORNING first investigated land in Canada in 1785 and applied for a Crown Land Grant but then returned to Pennsylvania. Sons ABRAHAM and ISAAC emigrated to Canada in 1787. Peter with his wife ISABELLA and his other 7 children emigrated in 1788. At that time Peter petitioned for a land grant as follows.

"To His Excellency John Graves Simcoe Esquire Lieutenant Governor, and commander in Chief of the Province of Upper Canada


The Petition of Peter Horning of the Township of Barton, Farmer--who came into this Province in the Year 1788--with a wife and nine children--had received 400 acres of land--one half of which is so cut up by a rocky mountain as to be totally unfit of culture & the remainder is entirely cleared and under cultivation Respectfully Shews That your petitioner is settled on the lands of the Crown in this Province, being in a condition to cultivate and improve the same. That he has taken the usual oaths, & is ready to subscribe the declaration, that he professes the Christian Religion, and obedience to the laws, and has lived inoffensively in the country which he has left." From Upper Canada Land Petitions "H" Bundle 2, 1795-1797 Ro 1, L3, Vol 223 held by Ontario Archives Cabinet 1 Reel 116.

An interesting letter of reference from Peter's friends and neighbours back in Providence Township, Montgomery County, Pa. Peter must have brought this with him when he arrived in Canada in 1788, in anticipation of his needs for reference in applying for a Crown Land Grant.

"To all whom it may concern-- At the request of Peter Horning (the bearer hereof) we the subscribers do hereby certify: That we have been long acquainted with him--know him to be a person of good moral character, and in the late unhappy contest between Great Britain & America, he avoided taking an active part, nor could he be prevailed with to take the Oath of Allegiance to America-- _(?) our hand this 4th Day of August, 1788---Providence, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Signed Henry Pawling

John Pawling A True copy from the original Israel Jacobs (signed)Thomas Ridout James __(?)

Niagara 6 May 1796"

PETER HORNING's second petition for a Crown Land Grant was dated 6 May 1796 in Barton Township, Wentworth County. "Prays your Excellency would be pleased to grant him for his family 500 acres of land upon the terms and conditions, expressed in your Excellency's proclamation bearing date the 7th day of February, 1792, or such other quantity of land as your Excellency in your wisdom may think meet. And your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray

Peter Horning Niagara 6 May 1796"

This is to Certify that Peter Horning brought into this Settlement a Wife and Nine Children. Given under my hand. James Muirhead, J. P. Newark, 7th Oct., 1796.

By his Majesty's instructions to General Haldimand dated St. James, 15, July 1783 every Loyalist settling in this new country was entitled to 50 acres for each person of which his family shall consist and his own allowance. This order continued in force till after 1790. Peter Horning brought his family into this country in 1788 and proved his title to lands as a loyalist first to Colonel Hunter as Commanding Officer, and afterwards to the Land Board in this Establishment, who confirmed his location by a Certificate. Queenston, Oct. 5th, 1798

Signed - P. Hamilton

PETER received his grant of 200 acres Lots 7 and 8 Concession 3 Barton Township, Wentworth County. Original Crown Patent is dated 23 July 1801 and copy is in my file. However Peter found these lots were on the top of the Niagara Escarpment but ran right down the side of the mountain which meant that a large part of this land could not be farmed. So he applied for further lands and received 200 acres Lot 1 Concession 4, Barton Township. This lot was completely on the lower land at the east end of the mountain. In 1994 the lower lot area is all built up with residential houses and the lots on top of the mountain are mainly apartments and a large hospital. Copies of historic and modern maps showing the locations are in my files.

PETER HORNING also received 450 acres of "Family Lands" because of his 9 children. An applicant was entitled to 50 acres for each child. However this was meant to cover dependant children only and Peter should not have received extra land for grown sons such as Abraham and Isaac who received land on their own.

PETER was obviously a very astute businessman. He acquired so much property that by the time he died he was able to leave 5825 acres to his children. For instance in my file is a copy of a deed where he purchased 1,000 acres in Norfolk County. The deed is dated 24 Feb.1808 registered 7 Oct.1808. Other purchased land was widely scattered in Barton, Ancaster, Binbrook, Saltfleet and Beverly Townships. Even as far away as Windham, Southwold Townships in Norfolk and Waterloo Counties and King Township in York County. These properties can all be identified and located in his will.

Purchase of 1000 acres by PETER HORNING

In Norfolk County, Ontario

Dated 24 February 1808

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201. Isabella Mary RICHARDSON

i. CATHERINE HORNING (1763-1846)3 was born 26 November 1763

ii. ABRAHAM HORNING (1764-1845) was born 1764

iii. ISAAC HORNING(1766-1852) was born 27 August 1766

iv. MAGDALENE HORNING (1769-1839) was born 1769

v. REBECCA HORNING (1771-1813) was born 1771

vi. ELIZABETH HORNING (1773-1857) was born 1773

vii. LEWIS HORNING(1775-1857) was born 05 November 1775

viii. HANNAH HORNING (1777-1870) was born 24 May 1777

ix. DEBORAH HORNING (1779-1820) was born 1779

204. Asa Peter KELLY

1 In 1776, during the American Revolution, (Asa) Peter sided with therebels and joined the 1st. New Jersey regiment
under Capt. JohnPolhemus. In 1778 his wife left him with three young sons. She tookthem to his brother John's Home.
There is also a James Kelly in the roll and his personal id# is one offof Peter's number. James is possibly related to Peter.
they immediately raise, at the expense of the continent, two battalions,consisting of eight companies each, and each
company of sixty-eightprivates, officered with one captain, one lieutenant, on ensign, fourserjeants, and four corporals......
That the privates be inlisted for oneyear, at the rate of five dollars per calendar month, liable to bedischarged at any time on
allowing them one month's payextraordinary...... That each of the privates be allowed, instead of abounty, one felt hat, a pair
of year stockings, and a pair of shoes : themen to find their own arms. " (Stryker, p. 9-10)...... This letter wassigned by John
Hancock, President of Congress. Two hundred copies of anadvertisement were ordered printed.
consist of eight companies from Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Monmouth,Essex and Bergen Counties
1778 John Jr., his wife Elizabeth and their family and Peter's three sonsheaded to Upper Canada.

206. John SMITH

Willard Tottle's research shows birth place to be Ludgate Hill, SussexCo, N.J.
England. ref. "Loyalist Lineages of Canada" National Archives, Vol 2 part2 page 1059, calls him "Magistrate John Smith"
Lot 46, conc. 4 of Ancaster Twp.

are two early Ancaster settlers with this name. This John was a Loyalistfrom New Jersey, one of whose sons was Benjamin
Smith of Ancaster.According to family research, John was born in 1747, on Ludgate Hill,London. This is further borne out by
his claim for damages after the Warof 1812, when he was called "John Smith (English)". He married Anna Roy(1752-1830)
in 1772, the daughter of Stephen Roy and Annie Roy, of London.
their first six children were born in Sussex County, New Jersey. Theymoved to Upper Canada, possibly in 1788, where their
next three childrenwere born. After crossing the Niagara River, they stopped at the "Forty"(Grimsby), and later settled in
Ancaster. During their travels, twochildren, Abraham and William, were carried in baskets on the hourse'sback. Smith
received a land grant in Grimsby Township, and AugustusJones' map of 1791 and 1795 shows his name, as well as a
neighbour, alsonamed John Smith. on six lots, as well as two broken fronts! It is saidthat at the time of their emigration only
four or five huts were alongthe Indian trail from Niagara to Ancaster, and that Smith "took up" 200acres of land for each of
his sons, which would mean a total of 1600acres. The family record seems to have come from Smith's
grandaughterElizabeth Smith (1819-1896), a daughter of William Smith, who wastwenty-seven years old at the time of her
grandfather's death."