Monday, January 17, 2011


Early in 2010 I made contact with Ron Calverley of the UK. Ron has been researching the Calverley surname for many years and is in his 90s. Based on folklore and genealogy definitions many believe the surname Caverly derived from the surname Calverley. The Calverley can be traced back 900 years in the UK and even today there are far more people with the Calverley surname in the UK then those with the Caverly surname. When it comes to populations it seems those with the Caverly surname far out number those with the Calverley surname in North America. The Caverlys became prolific in North America and today’s existing numbers reflect on the fact they arrived in North America possibly 200 plus years before those with the Calverley started to land on this side of the ocean.

The Caverly DNA project at now has results for two individuals with the Calverley surname. These two individuals do not share similar DNA. Ron Calverley of the UK can trace is linage back 700 years and his DNA results are now in our project. Perhaps overtime we can learn more about the possible relationship between the two surnames if indeed it exists.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Creative Genealogy

Creative Genealogy

Like many family researchers I searched out others who were possibly part of my family tree. Originally I started out with conventional mail correspondence and in more recent years found more distant cousins through the internet. I started to discover numerous cousins previously unknown to me. Over many years I found a precious few who shared my passion for genealogy and discovering our family history.
I soon made contact with a number of cousins who lived within my province. My wife and I visited many of these cousins and on each occasion we took pictures. Later we met a few of my cousins outside the province and added their pictures to my genealogy files. I shared these photos with my other cousins interested in our family searches. Although not a huge collection I had discovered over a dozen new cousins and my wife took photos of these cousins and I each time we had a chance to meet. We had coffee with many and a few dinners with others. I think perhaps this is the most thrilling and satisfying part about my genealogy hobby.
One of my distant cousins who I shared these photos with over the years decided to try and put them together is a surprise book for me. In the preface of the book she wrote the following:
“Since he proposed the idea of using an internet printing service, I have been wondering if I could make my own book—from start to finish. With my little word program that came with the computer, would I be able to organize the pages and keep them in order? Could I sew the segments together and glue them to a hard cover? What could I use as a test project whose result would let me know if this process would be feasible?”

What my cousin produced and sent to me is a wonderful keepsake. She managed to put together a hardcover book, complete with dust jacket, of 46 pages. On individual pages she included a photo of me meeting a new cousin with a short area for notes under the photo. On the opposite side of the page is a chart of the ancestral line of the cousin I met. Near the end she included a ‘Gallery of Ancestors’ made up of several old family portraits photos and painting we have discovered. She even included an index that covered all the names found in the ancestral charts. She gave the book a title on the cover called “Caverly Meets Caverly” and included a photo of my lovely wife and me taken at my wife’s retirement dinner a few years ago. What a fantastic surprise gift she has sent me.
After I sent her a personal thank you note she sent me an email with some more comments about her project.
“The Personal Notes areas are for you to record things you recall from your conversations with that person, perhaps their employment, something about their ancestors or children, their personality, where they live, and whatever. It took me about 3 weeks all total--but that included making a test one. I rather enjoyed the process and when I finished the test one, I said “that wasn’t bad at all.”--must have been beginner’s luck! Naturally when I did yours, it didn’t go quite as easily but it wasn’t bad. The gluing needs to be quick and can be tricky. Actually the PVC glue was the only thing I bought and that was only $3.00. Everything else I had on hand. The cardboard for the hardback cover was recycled from a previous book and I had the fabric and paper on hand. I wouldn’t mind doing some other books but I am limited by the size of paper my printer can handle.”

Thanks for your hard work and creativity Karen.


Sunday, February 01, 2009

New Book - Caverlys of North America



Edition One of Caverly genealogies.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada – May 8, 2008

- Author Paul Caverly has written another book covering Caverly family trees of North America and publishing it on, the online marketplace for digital content.

Mr. Caverly put together all the information for several Caverly family trees he has found over the years, into a 400 plus page book.

This book contains the family trees for the New York, New Hampshire and Irish Caverlys found in North America. Virtually all Canadian Caverlys are found in the New York Caverly family trees. The book also contains some short history details and information about the Caverly DNA Project. Although the book is fully indexed and contains over 400 pages there wasn’t room to include the many source details collected.

Mr. Caverly says: “Over the years I have collect a great deal of information about the Caverly surname. Other family researchers also helped in the search for Caverly records. I wanted to put all the family trees I found into one book.”

The book can be found on the Lulu site, and searching for the name Caverly. The book can be ordered as a hardcopy or as a download. A hard copy costs about $13.00 + shipping or the book can be downloaded for $1.00. is the premier marketplace for digital content on the
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About the Author section
Paul Caverly is 62 years old retiree. He lives in Brampton, Ontario Canada with his wife, adult children and three cats. Many of his ancestors originated in Hastings County, Ontario, Canada. His book may be found at and then searching for the name Caverly.

Saturday, April 02, 2005



I started this project about a year ago with my own DNA tests. I later had my wife’s mtDNA added to the Project. I have now added a couple of more CAVERLY volunteers to the project. Early in 2005 results showed there is a connection between my branch and a volunteer from the Quebec CAVERLY branch. Since we can trace both branches back for about 6 generations we know the connection between these two trees had to be before these generations. I expect for test results for the Project by the end of 2005.

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Caverly links June 2004

Check out these links I found on the Internet.

Historic Caverlys in logging business Manitoba.

This is some stuff I played around with in a Blog

Modern art by a Brian Caverly. Must be recent. Looks like he is also going for a Masters Degree from other sites I found.

Check out the jewelry from Dick Caverly. Dick was at the CFA Reunion in the summer of 2003. I will have to contact him to see if I can buy something.

This must be a shot of David Caverly's place in MO. I would love to get down to David's one day just to say I stayed there.

Time lines For the Madoc Area

7.) Time lines For the Madoc Area
1890 agriculture recession, population no longer growing in Hastings. Madoc population drops to 1000
1882 Central Ont. Railroad advertises for 200 men and 100 teams of horses
1880-81 Malaria epidemic, mill ponds drained. Population 1500. Things slowing down. Iron mines closed, lumbering falls off, railroad bypasses Madoc and goes through Tweed.
1876-77 economy down, riots in Belleville due to layoffs on the railroad.
1873 fire destroys large part of town.
1870 St Peters Presbyterian church built.
1866 Gold discovered. Madoc population 500. Town starts to boom. 4 carriage shops, 5 blacksmiths, 2 cabinet shops, planning mill, tannery, 6 general stores, 5 grocery stores, 2 tailors, 2 millinary shops, 2 butchers, one druggist, watchmaker, photographer (daugerrean), newspaper (Madoc Mercury).
1864 Several hotels in the town of Madoc
1863 Madoc population 1031
1860 Concerns about the American Civil war
1856 Railroad runs between Montreal and Toronto. Colonization road in Hastings opened.
Small boom in Madoc due to road being opened.
Madoc population 500
1851 Madoc population 200
1837 Iron mining in the Madoc area, only one store in town of Madoc. About 100 men employed in iron ore business.

1830-39 Settlers in Madoc area, Donald MacKenzie opens a grist mill. Madoc was first called MacKenzie Mills then later Hastings and finally the village of Madoc.

1812-14 American/Canadian British war
1800-1810 Belleville prospers
1791 Canada Act (Upper and Lower Canada)
1789 First main group of about 50 settlers to Belleville area
1787 Settled my military companies
- 8th (Sidney)
- 9th (Thurlow)
1785-1780 Small settlement of Singleton’s Creek (Belleville)
1784 Land surveyed for Loyalists and settlers.
1783 Land Treaty with native people to gain access to front lakeshore lands between Gananoque and Trent River district.
1. Smiths Canada Vol 2, 1850 Madoc Twp, population 2021, 1 grist mill, 5 saw mills, 8 schools.
2. 1863 up to 40 men employed on building the Hastings Rd.
3. 1837 Iron mine located about 5 miles north of town with foundry located in Madoc.
4. 1848 1st lumber mill. By 1867 lumbering a major industry in the area.
5. 1864 potash industry growing.



From what I have been able to piece together my 2nd great grandfather Amos Miles Caverly came to Hastings in about 1811. At least 1811 is the first record I can find of him being in the area. The records indicate he was on Lot 31 Con. 4. There were many Caverlys in Hastings and they all seemed to have migrated from the US after the American Revolution.

There appears to be a record that Amos received land near Wallbidge in 1811. By 1878 there was no indication of any land in the Wallbidge area being owned by Caverlys. Wallbidge is now a small cross road just north west of Belleville and is almost on the suburbs of the city. There is a municipal office on the corn today.

Joseph Caverly, my 1st great grandfather, appears to have been born abt. 1831 in Sidney Twp. Where Wallbridge is located. There are some other records showing a Joseph Caverly and a Joseph Canniff were arrested in 1837 during the Canadian Rebellion. They appear to have been in the Wallbridge area but, based on the date and estimated age of my great grandfather it does not seem likely this was him. There is also a land record for Laney Caverly, Amos Miles Caverly’s wife, in 1840. This is interesting because her husband Amos did not die until 1857. In the 1851 census there was a record for an Amos, Laney and family in Sidney Twp. Although there are some spelling errors in the census this undoubtly was the family of my 2 nd great grandparents.

Later we find in the 1871 census a Joseph, age 38, in Madoc. Between 1854 and 1876 Joseph and Caroline, my 1st great grand parents, had all of their children born in Madoc.

In 1885 there is reference to a Caverly & McKenzie store in the North Hastings paper. There was a reference to a Franklin Potash Works in 1864 next to the mill pond and Caverly bakery. Reference is also made to blacksmith shops of Brown, Caverly and others. We also have record of Joseph Caverly having a carriage and sleigh manufacturing business in Madoc about 1878. There is a record that the widow of Dorland Caverly bought a grocery store and ice cream parlor in Madoc in 1892. Dorland was on of the sons of Joseph and Caroline. Some notes seem to indicate the Caverlys had an organ and furniture making business as well in Madoc. There are also some indications that other Caverly family members shared in the businesses and owned part of a store near Eldorado.

My great grandfather George Henry moved out to Manitoba in 1900. There is an indication he went out west in 1898 and returned for the rest of his family in 1900. I do know my grandfather was left in Madoc to be raised by his grandmother Caroline Caverly and his aunt Alberta.

Hi-Lights of Caverlys in Hastings County

Hi-Lights of Caverlys in Hastings County

1811 - Amos Mills Caverly purchases land near Wallbridge just outside of Belleville, ON. Amos and Laney are buried in Longwell Cemetery just down the road from their farm.
1799-1829 - Early Militia Lists: Amos Cavaler, Joseph Caverly, James Caverly. Capt. Thomas Ketcheson's Coampany commanded by Col. Wm Bell.
1837 - Canadian Rebellion - Joseph Caverly and Joseph Caniff arrested but later released.
1851 Census - Family listed as Amos & Laney Caveller. Also found Peter G. Caverly & wife Mary Ann, Joseph Caverly & wife Catherine, Joseph Caverly (Madoc).
1861 - Agricultural Census, Laney Caverly's farm recorded. This is after the death of Amos.
Book "Fabric of a Dream", some founding industries were: Blacksmith Shops of Brown, Caverly and others.
1871 Census - Joseph of Madoc age 31, also a Joseph in Sidney Twp. Age 42.
1875 Madoc Map: Joseph Caverly has lot on the present location of the Madoc Tea Room. Today this is intersection of Division steet & St. Lawerence street.
1878 Atlas of Hastings County: Joseph Caverly, Madoc, Carriage & Sleigh manufacture.
Newspaper "North Hastings Review" 1885, article mentions community of Rathbun with 1 hotel, 3 stores, temperance house. "Mr. Caverly and McKenzie have a store in this town".
UE Loyalist Book - notes on Dorland F. Caverly, family involved in an organfactory, carriage works & furniture making. 1892-93 his widow Margaret purchased store and ice cream parlor in Madoc.

Other Caverly Records & Names Found in Canada

Niagara Falls, ON - Clifford Calverly 1887-1896 daredevil acrosses gorge on rope.
Hotel called "Caverly Hotel" located in Niagara falls in early 1900's. Hotel name remained until about 2001.
Dominion Land Grants in Manitoba (early 1900's): Caverly; John Walton, David, George H., Mellville, Wm Claude, Harry Clifford, Jeffereson, Clarence Austin.

Caverly Historic Notes

Small Notes in History

I consider the Caverly name unique. Various forms of the family name show up in history. Whether they are the origins of all Caverly families is difficult to trace although it would seem logical.

One particular distracting item is whether those bearing the family name are all from the same main family tree. The a controversy arises in some hints in history of the name Caverly associated with England/Scotland and the name Cavalier which may have French connections.

Some highlights in history that may be related to our family name are:

- John (the Scot), born in Edinburgh, Scotland wandered into the Leeds, England area. Her he reportedly married an lady named Lardina. The story goes on to say he was given land by Lardina's and was either asked or chose to take a last name related to the property. The a ledge property was known as Calverley which was an abbreviated form for the statement "where the cows lay". All of this took place around 1116. Calverley manor was owned at that time by a Gospatrick Adolphus. There was a Calverley manor in Leeds, England and it was once a parish. Today some of the building still stand and the name Calverley and be found on some maps for the Leeds area representing districts. The story goes on to say John & Lardina had at least three sons, John, Walter and William.

- Sir Hugh Caverly, appears about 1356 (d1389) under Edward III. He was a military officer and was noted as the first to use guns in the service of England. He invaded france and took Calais where he was governor for 20 years.

- Sir John Calverley, some records recorded about 1403 under Henry IV.

- Sir Anthony Calverley, appears about 1544. Records in Scotland's College of Heraldry.

- Sir Henry Caverly, appears about 1680.

- tragedy of

- In the new world (North America) others names documented briefly in history, Charles Caverlie, about 1635, age 17; George Caverly, about 1635, age 14; Philip Caverly about 1682; Moses Caverly.

Although I cannot attest to the relationships of these people to that of any families identified with the Caverly name I have found those with the family name have made a effort to continually use it in the present day spelling. There is a deviations in the spelling as Caverley but some of these families can be traced to the main Caverly family tree.

Caverly DNA Project


Hi Folks,

I am writing to you because I know you are all interested in the Caverly family and have all spent time researching the name. So I know you are all serious about Genealogy and our roots. I believe we all find the hobby fun and interesting.

I am looking for ideas on how to sponsor a Caverly DNA data base. I have taken the plunge so to speak and submitted my DNA to the FamilyTreeDNA project. When I receive results I will try to let others know the findings

A DNA project is not something that needs one persons support. It needs more support and volunteers, specifically male Caverly volunteers. The problem is the program cost.

The program has several different DNA schemes a person can submit to. The basic price is about $99 under my Caverly Project. This is all in US dollars.

There are 3 or 4 major organizations offering the service. Recently some of the individual organizations have setup joint search databases.

I mentioned I took the plunge. I submitted my DNA and requested a full program. My rational for this was the fact I will be provided with all the results which I can keep and share with anyone I want, FamilyTree will cross check the results will all other projects and continue to do this for the next 25 years. The data will stay online for those 25 years. I don't know what happens after 25 years. This will establish a Caverly DNA Project anyone else can check against for those next 25 years. I consider this a reasonable investment when averaged over that time period.

None of us will be on earth forever so this is another way to leave a legacy behind, in addition to the standard paper Genealogy work we have all been doing.

At this time I am not asking anyone to do anything but to think about the idea, ask questions and exchange ideas. As I receive more information I will share those with everyone.

What I would like such a project to accomplish is to determine if the different branches of Caverlys are related. We have all collected paper documents to help establish these major Caverly branches but, we don't know if they are all directly related. Unless we can find actual paper data to show these branches are related DNA may be the only method to do this. All of us have spent a lot of time and money doing our Genealogy research in addition to other Caverly family researchers that have gone before us. Past and Present, we all seem to be at the same point with no real progress that our predecessors did not already find.

For the time being all that I am trying to do is determine how many different branches we have discovered that we cannot connect together. At this time I am restricting my research to North America. Once we determine the different branches, we need to try and find an actual living male descendent. These males need to have a direct lineage through only male ancestors so that means they will all probably have the Caverly surname. This is the only way to check the Y Chromosome which is only passed down from father to son (sorry ladies).

What I would ask is your help in identifying these living male Caverly descendents and making sure we have contact information for them.

Some of the branches are easy to do. As an example the New Hampshire Caverlys' have a large number of male Caverly descendents and thanks to the on going work of the Caverly Family Association we have contact information for many of them.

Another line is that which Eva Wirth and Karen Adamcik are descendant from. I know some contacts for this line with male Caverly descendents in the Marmora, ON area but have not contacted them to date with regards to a DNA Project. There may also be others in Michigan.

I am also aware of another line that has links to my own which I call the Jefferson Caverly branch. This line is the same branch as Eva and Karen and I do know of some living males in this branch.

There is also a number of Caverlys' in Quebec. They may be related to the New Hampshire branch but I don't have a connection in my data. If anyone has data to show this please pass it on. We don't have to have DNA data where we already have shown how different branches are connected.

Recently I have also discovered a Caverly Irish branch and have made contact with a few of the descendants of this branch.

There may be a few other strays but these are the major groups I have found so far. If you think there are others please let me know.

Please provide your comments even if it is negative to the idea. You can find out more at this web site.

Thank you all for your time.


Paul R. Caverly
28 Marchbank Cres.,
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L6S 3B1
Phone: 905 793 3440

Caverly Book

Feb. 2004

Hi Folks,

I am writing a generic letter so that I can include this with my mailings to all of you.

I completed another version of a Caverly Genealogy Booklet called "In Search of Amos Mills Caverly". Amos Mills Caverly is my 3rd Great Grandfather and as far back as I can find records for at this time.

I have printed a few other booklets in the past and given them all away. This latest booklet is focused on my branch of the Caverly tree but also includes info on at least two generations of those connected to Amos Mills Caverly's line. I also included a list of relatives to Amos. This actually has more names then family information I have printed in the book. For those who would like more details for their family let me know and I will send you what I have.

I have several items I will mention in this letter relating to my work.

- I have a great deal more information on Caverlys then appears in this book. I have at least four different branches in my files and unfortunately can't print a complete book on all of them because it would be too big and expensive for me. Some of the branches spell their name Caverley. There are a lot of other family names out there spelled in various ways I have not even had a chance to explore. There are also many Caverly families in the USA and I have only contacted a few.

- I am still studying Genealogy through the University Of Toronto Faculty of Information Studies.

- I always appreciate updates on any Caverly families along with copies of any documents or photos. It is difficult to include high quality photos in my books since I am not using an expensive high quality printing source but, selected photos appear in my electronic version of Caverly Genealogy and I find the quality to be very good in this format.

- I do have some of my files on-line at the Family Tree Maker web site but have not updated the information for over a year. I have become concerned about the commercialization of the material posted. I believe in the free exchange of family information so this concept has bothered me. I have also submitted information to the LDS Family History Centre site which is free. Unfortunately genealogy work is not always perfect and there has been errors in some of my records. Sometimes it is more difficult to correct on-line errors then it is to put it there in the first place.

- I have also become concerned about confidentiality, privacy and identification theft. I am constantly reviewing these concerns through the course I take and through seminars I attend. In most cases for on-line data I have kept dates private for living individuals. In my books I try to include all dates since I do know the books are only going to family members.

- My printing is usually a very small production run. The last version I sent out I only made 100 copies. That version had about 100 pages. This version will be more limited in circulation due to the cost. Each book cost me $9.35 plus any associated mail costs.
With this new printing I have only made 60 copies because it is almost 200 pages. I can also produce it on a CD for computer use and it is cheaper for me to do it this way. Many of you have provided me with family information and I have tried to keep you updated on the families. I really appreciate information all of you have provided. I encourage all of you to look around to see if there may be additional information I may be interested in. I am always willing to share any copying costs.

- as always a special thanks to Karen Adamcik and Eva Wirth, two distant Caverly cousins who are also actively involved in Caverly Genealogy.

Be well, be safe everyone.

Paul Ralph Caverly
28 Marchbank Cres.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L6S 3B1
Phone (905) 793 3440

Caverley, Caverly Name

Caverley, Caverly – Local, of Calverley, q.v.; a varient. Calverley is a parish near Brandford, Yorks. 1562 Bapt. – Edmond, s Bryan Caverley: St. Michaels, Cornhill, p 81.
The personal name of the father would of itself suggest a Yorkshire parentage. Bryan, until the 18th century, was a great favourite in North Lancashire, and West and North Yorkshire. Of this fact I might give endless proofs. Caverly is well known in the United States. It went out early. Charles Caverlie, age 17 – imharqued in the Mathew of London for St. Christophers in 1635: Hotten’s Lists of Emigrants, p 81.
London, 1, 0; New York, 0, 8.

Caverly Land Chart Hastings County

Who lived where and when? How are they related to my family tree? Dates for 1800's only, searching for Amos.

No. Name Date County TWP Lot Land Record Copied Instrument No’s To Check
1. Amos Mills Caverlym Laney Loyd 1811Note: James also show on this record in 1832 and Joseph P. in 1837 Hastings Sidney Lot 31 con 4 yes
2. James Caverly 1836 Hastings Sidney Lot 10 con 10
3. Jacob Caverly 1933 Hastings Hungerford Lot 12 con 13
4. Edward Caverly 1850 lambton Bosanquet Lot 18 con 13
5. Peter Caverly 1841 Muskoka Orillia Lot 8 con 2
6. Jos. P. Caverly 1845 Hastings Sidney Lot 22 con 7
7. Joseph Caverly 1835 Simco Tay Lot 21 con 8
8. Joseph Caverly 1824 Hastings Hungerford Lot 24 con 10
9. Mary Caverly 1810 Ontario Reach Lot 23 con 4
10. Peter Caverly 1843 Hastings Sidney Lot 31 con 9
11. Stephen Caverly 1826 Simco Orillia Lot 2 con 8
12. Joseph Caverly 1811Jos P. Hastings Sidney Lot 26 con 4
13 Amos Caverly 1812Note: James also shows on this record in 1832 Hastings Sidney Lot 33 con 5
14 Phillip Caverly 1847Note: Jonas, Moses C., Wm, Jane, Charles also so on this record. Hastings Rawdon Lot 9 con 4

Caverly Land in Hastings County


1.) Sidney Twp. - Lot 31, 4th Concession

I believe this was the 1st property of Amos. I did see his name on one page I asked for a copy off but, that is not the page I received.

Note: Land office gave me the wrong copies. They did not provide the 1st or original ownership page. I guess they think people only want the latest records not the earliest. I will need to go back to copy that page.

Records for July 15, 1912, which have been crossed out and stamped Oct. 15, 1929.

- William John Christee and Wife
- James Martin Foster and Clarisa Caverley trustee of estate of .John K. Caverly (Aug. 5, 1916)

Looks like it was 57 acres.

Some notes about the Electric Power Co. In 1917.


Laney wife of Amos died in 1874.
Land must of gone to son John K. Caverly d 1875
Land must have then gone to John K Caverlys wife Clarisa (Sharp) Caverly d 1941
Land later went to Lilly Mary Caverly dau d 1952 of John and Clarisa. Lilly Mary married J. Martin Foster

Somewhere between 1917 and 1929 land was sold to someone else.

2.) North Part of the Village of Madoc - Lot No’s 1 & 2, 6 Concession, Lot No. 7 on the North side of Division St.

Dec. 13, 1859, which has been crossed out, Joseph Caverly wife. Later the name Sarah Russell is shown with Joseph Caverly as the Grantee (1860-67)
Later 1922 names of Charles Caverly and wife, John Caverly and wife, with the Grantee Thomas C. Caverly
Later 1953 names Thomas C. Caverly and wife - Colin I Ross & Kathreen Ross his wife as joint tenants (Grantee)

1958 - Estate of Thomas Cross Melbourne Caverly.

Joseph Melbourne Caverly & Colin Ross as Excecutor, of last will of Thomas Cross Melbourne Caverly deceased of the 1st part and Joseph Melbourne Caverly as 3rd part and Jessie Caverly wife of Joseph Melbourne Caverly.

1972 Estate of Colin I Ross

1982 Estate of Kathreen Ross - Thomas A Ross Grantee.


Joseph and Caroline Caverly
- Thomas C. Caverly was their son and appears to have inherited the land

Kathleen Caverly and Joseph Melbourne Caverly were children of Thomas and appeared to have inherited the land.

Karhleen married Colin I Ross
- their son Thomas A. Ross seems to be the last person to inherit the land. I do not know wher eit when from this point.

Caverly Birth Records 1800s Ontario Archives


Names Date Birth reg. No. Film Code Group Mirco Film No. Description Copied
Mabel Caverly 1880 010404
Percivial S Caverley 1876 209735
Ford Caverly 1875 006538

Harry Leroy Caverly 1881 010622
Ethel Caverly 1884 012176
John Ellis Caverly 1887 013367
Joseph Walton Caverly 1887 213536
Myrtle Dorland Caverly 1892 901265
Joel Briggs Caverly 1887/88 013550
Edna Pauline Caverly 1899 016226
Wm. Claude Caverly 1873 206542
Kathleen Caverly 1895 011828
Walton J. Caverly 1887 213536
May Caverly 1880 010401
Amos Mills Caverly 1899 016213
Robert Hilton Caverly 1895 011829
Laura May Caverly 1894 011697

Caverly Reunion 1937 Belleville, Ont.


Name Address
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Burkitt Mountain View, ON
Andrew McInroy Spring Brook, ON
Mr & Mrs. James E. Wumby “
L Hamilton Marmora, ON
May Green “
Frances Third “
Fred Hamilton “
Mrs. Clare Hamilton “
Mr. & Mrs. Ewart Harns Douglas Consecon, ON
George Caverly Belleville
Helen “ “
Edna “ “
Edward Blakely Bamroakburn, ON
Lois Chambers Eldorado, ON
Norma Boyle “
Ruth Chambers “
Mr. & Mrs. W.J. Thomson Brockville
Mr. & Mrs John Thrasher & Peter “
Mr. & Mrs. Wm Ellerbeck & Eleanor Collins Bay
Mr. & Mrs Alfred Charlton Belleville
Mr. & Mrs. E Windover “
Mrs. R. L. Johnson “
JWC Leatherland Kingston
MB Travis & Beatrice “
Annie Thrasher Brockville
Mr. & Mrs Wm Chambers Eldorado
Mr & Mrs Robt Blakely Eldorado
Mrs. Ed Blakely Bannockburn
Albert Blakely “
Mr. & Mrs. Will Burkitt Mountain View
Mr. & Mrs. L. Ketcheson Foxboro, On
Mr. Frank Woods & family Frankford, ON
Mr. & Mrs Frank Tucker Belleville
Mr. & Mrs. Henry Jeffrey Belleville
Mr. John Tucker “
Mr. George Tucker “
Mr. & Mrs. W. Bradshaw & Sylvia --
Mr. & Mrs. GW Tucker Belleville
Mr. & Mrs. H L Tucker Tootville WI
Ellen Johnson W. Allis, WI
Jean “ “
Mrs. Anton Johnson “
James Fry Belleville
Mr. & Mrs. A.L. Caverly Alymer
Selma Caverly “
David Caverly “
Mr. & Mrs. Specer Oshawa
Annie Wood “
Frieda Spencer “
Lois McDonald Colborne , ON
Mrs. J.R. Elliot “
Wesley Caverly Oshawa
Mrs. S. Caverly Oshawa
Annie Caverly “
Mr. & Mrs. V R Caverly Oshawa
Jean Caverly “
Glenn Caverly “
A A Ennis Oshawa
Mr. Ennis “
Donnie & Margery Ennis “
Almira Caverly “

Name Address
Miss Lois M Gevnalch Colborne
W. H. Maher Belleville
Mrs. A. Thrasher Oshawa
Amy L. Marvin Bellivelle
Mrs. Gertrude Elliott ---
Ida M. Harns, Ewart Harnes, Douglas Harnes Consecon
Mr & Mrs. W. E. Burkitt, Muriel, Douglas ---
J. R. Thrasher Brockville
Ewart Harns Consecon
Mr & Mrs. Robt. Blakely Eldorado
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Blakely Bannockburn
Mr. & Mrs Frank Burkitt Mountain View
G. W. Tucker Belleville
A. L. Caverly Aylmer
Wesley Caverly Oshawa
RLT Thrasher Oshawa
Joe Thrasher Jr. ---
Donald J. Thrasher ---
G. W. Thrasher Oshawa
T M Spencer “
Mrs. Arthur Caverly Aylmer
David Caverly “
Annie Thrasher Oshawa
Arnolda Thrasher “
Lillian Thrasher “
Selma Caverly Aylmer

Name Address
Mr. & Mrs. G. W. Tucker Belleville
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Tucker & Frances
Mr. John Tucker
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Blakely
Ruth & Lois Chambers
Mr. & Mrs. Robt. Blakely
Mrs. Harold Conerford & Cl____
Mr. & Mrs. Wm Chamber, Lorne
Frank & Het Burkitt (no kids expected)
Ewart & Ida & Douglas Harns Consecon
Mr. & Mrs. George W Caverly, Lorna, Shirly, Ralph, Mr. Al Clissold Toronto
Mr. & Mrs. George Westerby Toronto
Mr. & Mrs. G. Harns, John & Andrew Mountain View
K. H. DeMike Vancouver
John R. Brown Toronto
Mr. & Mrs. Jas Mumgy
Wesley Caverly Oshawa
Idula Spencer “
F G. Spencer “
Mrs. J R Elliott Colborne
Mrs. Lois McDon___ “
Mr. & Mrs. Will Burkitt, Harry Mountain View
J. L Thompson

Name Address
Mr. & Mrs Frank Burkitt Mountain View
Mr. & Mrs. Will Burkitt “
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Blakely Bannockburn
Mr. & Mrs. Robt. Blakely Eldorado
Mrs. Annie Thrasher
Mrs. Gertude Elliott & Miss. Lois McDonald Colborne
Miss Edna Caverly Belleville
Joe Thrasher Brockville
Jos R. Thrasher “
Charles H Caverly Belleville
Mr. & Mrs. F E. Spencer Oshawa
Mr. & Mrs. A E Hatfield Oshawa
Mrs. Wm Chambers Eldorado
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Strebe Eldorade
June, Phyllis, Betty Strebe “
Muriel Burkitt Mt. View
Harry Burkitt “
Mr. & Mrs. E. Harns & Douglas Consecon
Mrs. A. L. Caverly
Wesley Caverly
Ed Blakely
Selma Caverly
David Caverly
Mr. & Mrs. Walter Tucker

Name Address
Joyce Ridley Montreal
Mr. & Mrs. G W Tucker Belleville
Nieta Woods Frankford
Muriel Burkitt Mt. View
Harry Burkitt “
Mr. & Mrs. Will Burkitt “
Pearl Woods Frankford
Frank Woods “
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Tucker, Frances Belleville
Mrs. W. Bradshaw, Sylvia Trenton
Mrs. A Ridley Montreal
Lois Ridley “
Mr. & Mrs. Wm Chambers Eldorado
Lois & Lorne Chambers “
Amos Caverly & 2 boys Cordova
Mr. & Mrs. Frank Burkitt Mt View
Mrs. Clara Hamilton Marmora
Mrs. Ross Burr Mt View
Mrs. Rose Burr “
Ronald Burr “
Mrs. J. E. Moran Mt View
Mr. & Mrs. Ewart Harns Consecon
Arther Caverly Marmora
Douglas Caverly “
Mrs. Gertrude Caverly Marmora
Mr. & Mrs. Ed Blakely Bannockburn
Mr. & Mrs. Jas E. Mumby Spring Brook
Mrs. L. Bricknam Moria
Mr. & Mrs. Chas Caverly Belleville
Edna, Charlie, Helen, George, Bruce Caverly “
Mr. & Mrs. G Harns Mt. View
Andrew & John Harns Mt. View
Mr. & Mrs. Glide Oshawa
Mrs. Spencer Oshawa
Mrs. Thrasher “
Mrs. Elliott Colborne
Bruce Oliver Toronto

Stone Church, Hastings County, Sidney Township, Ontario, Canada


Stone church one of the three known cobblestone buildings in the area. It was built in 1853-6 on land belonging to John Fritz to house the local Wesleyan Methodist congregation. Although the church interior was remodeled in 1893 in the popular Italian style and altered again in 1927 its interior remains largely intact. The simple design characteristic of the denominations architecture in the mid nineteenth century relies upon the textured cobblestone surface and the dressed stones at the corners of the walls as well as the harmonious arrangement of the various arched openings. The building severed as a place of worship until 1968 when parishioners moved to other neighbouring United Church congregations.

Surrogate Court record for Laney Caverly


In the Surogate Court In the Goods of Amos Caverley
of the County of Hastings -----

Your oath is that Amos Caverley late of the
Township of Sidney in the County of Hastings, Yeoman,
died on or about the thirteenth day in August in the year of
our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifty seven, and
made no will as far as you know or believe. The said Amos
having whilst living and at the time of his death
owned goods, chattels, Rights and credits in the said County
of Hastings that you are the lawful widow and Reliet of
the said Amos Caverley, deceased and that will -----
and truly administer his goods, chattels, Rights and deeds
by paying first his debts so far as the same goods, chattels,
Rights and credits ---- there to ----- and the law charge
you, and that you will make as cause to be made a true
and perfect inventory of all the said goods, Chattels, Rights
and credits and Exhibit the same into the Registry of the
Surrogate Court of the County of Hastings on or before
the seventh day of April next ensuing, and that you
will render a just and true account therefore, So help
You God.

Sworn before the 7 th day of Laney Caverly
October A. D. 1857 Mark

G Brookes, County Widow Sidney

NY Caverlys

(My Amos born abt. 1786 so he is approx, 4 years old in 1790)
Peter 2 3 5
Phillip Sr.m Esther Harcourt(son of John Snr.) 2Phillip & Phillip J. 4Richard, John, Peter, Latting 3
John Snr.M Mercy Carpenter 3 -- 5
Joseph(Brother to John Snr.) 2 2Jacob, Joseph R. 2
John jr.(son of John Snr.)M Mary Carpenter 3 -- 2

TOTAL 35 Caverlys in Marlboro 12 9 17

Notes: Amos born abt 1786. In 1790 he would be approx. 4 years old. Census notes 9 males under 16. Need to account for all of these to determine if Amos could be one of them. There are 9 males under 16 at this census.

I need to determine who Peter and Joseph are to search their families.

Question – Was there a 1800 census.

1.) Phillip Sr. family all accounted for.
2.) John Snr. No males under 16.
3.) John Jr. no males under 16.
4.) Need to find Peter and Joseph. ( Joseph is brother to John Snr.)
5.) Two brothers Johns Snr. and Joseph settle in Maraboro. (Both are sons of Peter & Jane (Haviland). In 1790 census 3 of John Snrs sons also in the area with families of their own.
6.) John Snr. is the key. There may have been 3 Caverlys settled in the area. We have John and Joseph who are brothers and the 3rd may have been PeterII nephew to John and Joseph. PeterII married Ann Cornell or more then likely son of PeterII, Peter Jr. who married Elizabeth Canniff. (dau. Of John). Peter Jr. born 1763 so he is 27 in 1790 census year.
7.) Peter Jr. has 2 sons. Amos (1810) John P. (?). If in 1790 Peter Jr. is 27 by 1810 he is 47. Appears to be a very small and late family. We have him married in 1789 and death before 1831. If married in 1789 children would soon be born but for 1790 census he would not have 8 children.

Caverly, Amos & Laney

More Ramblings and What Ifs for Amos and Laney Caverly

Assumptions of the times
1.) Families try to marry off dau. between ages of 15-19.

What I know but may not be 100% accurate
- Amos (based on grave marker) b 1786 d 1857 (age 71)
(I think he may have been born later based on points I noted)
- Laney (based on grave marker) b 1801 d 1874 (age 73)
Normally I would assume the information on Amos’s marker was provided by Laney but, the stones set next to each other appear to be very similar which could mean they were erected after the deaths. That would mean other family members may have provided the information on the stones. Chances are the deaths are accurate but birth dates are questionable.

2.) Based on their children’s births, earliest date I have is 1824 (Laney would be 23).
Some dates are missing (2). Let’s assume they were before 1824 (2-3 years apart). First birth would be abt. 1820 (Laney would be 19).
Looking at birth dates I have for their other children 1824, 1827, 1831, 1834, 1834?, 1843. Most were abt. 3 years apart. This could mean Laney may have married at abt. Age 18 = 1819. If she marries in 1819 Amos is suppose to be 33 (possibly a bit old but OK except the oldest birth is noted a 1843, Amos would be 57 Laney 43, 15 year spread in their ages).

3.) Land records say Amos buys land in Sidney Twp. 1811. He may be 25. Eight years on the land before he marries assuming it is 1819. What does he do for those 8 years? Clearing some of the land and building a cabin should take 2-3 years. There were conflicts going on and official war breaks out 1812. This could disrupt progress if he was involved. (Can I tie him into any possible military service at the time. He appears to show up in the militia prior to the 1837 rebellion.)

4.) 1851 Census – family that appears to be his but under the name Caveller. I wonder if he really was a Caverly. The census has Amos 69, Laney 48, Henry 24, Wm. 16, Amos 14, Visitor 11(female Irish) , John R 9 months (don’t know who this is). The dates are off a bit but that’s expected.
Other Sidney Twp records 1814-1849 have Amos active in minor official rolls such as Warden to Fence Viewer and in 1832 Trustee for Stone Church.

But how important was it to know your exact age (birth year)? Many young people said they were older and older people said they were younger.

Where would Amos get money to buy land? Did he work for it or possibly inherit.
Amos ? – b 1786, Land 1811, Marries 1819.

North American History
- American Independence 1776 but, conflicts to get British out went pass 1783.
- several years for government to form and all of the county to realize what is happening.
- Between 1780 –1800 on going Indian wars, conflicts with British and French, Louisiana Purchase.
- Canada West opens to Loyalists and settlers 1780-1800.
- War of 1812

Amos b 1786? In 1796 age 10. 1800 age 14. 1802 age 16, age when he would be expected to do something. Work, farm, military.

Let’s make a different age assumption for Amos. Assume age is off by +/- 5 yrs. More then likely +5. Therefore he would be born abt. 1791. Where? Now purchases land at age 20, marries at age 28 and dies at age 66.
1791 - 1811– Where is Amos, where born? History, Loyalist and late Loyalist migration still on going. Eng/Amer conflicts on going. From 1801 to 1811 would be important for his development and earnings. How would he earn money? How and when did he arrive in Canada?
He could be involved in farm laborer or lumbering. Since he became a farmer (and appeared to be successful) I assume he had this experience in his up bringing. The other way to earn money was in the military. Under this timeline he would be 16 in 1807 when the conflicts and Indian wars were on going. Could he have come to Canada as a draft dodger? If he does work his way to Canada at this time how does he make a living and does he have relatives in Canada? Closest Caverly neighbor at the time of land purchase was Joseph Caverly and he was within walking distance.