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1 https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=21618957#396744,74416138 Vejle County, Uth Parish, Male baptisms 1853-1870, 1869 #11, p. 48 LAURITZEN, Kristian (I120)
 
2 A twin LAURITZEN, Marius (I122)
 
3 A twin LAURITZEN, Anton (I123)
 
4 Adopted by Margaret Petersen (1863-1945) and her husband Hans Christian Andersen (1905-1982). ANDERSON, Charles Edwards (I61)
 
5 Agnes did not marry.  CHRISTENSEN, Agnes Marie (I9)
 
6 Alberta grew up on her parents' farm at Lot 4, Concession 2 of North Dorchester Township. She was the youngest of a family of three girls and nine boys.
Alberta was a member of Putnam United Church, then Dorchester United Church.
She was a housewife most of her life. Alberta worked at St. Mary's Home for the Aged in London from 1952 to 1965.
Written by Marion Peterson using notes from Laurel Martin and other records 
GEORGE, Alberta Ellen (I152)
 
7 Allan lived at Lot 27, Concession 2 of Dereham Township in Oxford County until his family moved to N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2 in North Dorchester Township of Middlesex County in 1884.
Allan was a blacksmith in his early years, then a farmer. In 1909, he purchased 150 acres at E 1/2 and NW Lot 21, Concession 1 of North Dorchester Township. This land was sold in 1915.
He did not marry until he was 47. Allan and Mary lived on a farm just west of the village of Dorchester on Hamilton Road until the 1940s. It had a stone house, near where the golf course now is. (The house is no longer there.) He also lived in Westminster Township and London.
He was a member of Dorchester Methodist/United Church.
Written by Marion Peterson using land records, notes from Muriel Moore and church records 
RATH, Thomas "Allan" (I142)
 
8 Baptism record shows she was christened at home and died before being christened in the church.  CHRISTENSDATTER, Maren (I33)
 
9 Birth record does not have a baptism which would indicate she died shortly after birth. I cannot find a death record for her in the parish register. CHRISTIANSDATTER, Helene Marie (I102)
 
10 Carl grew up at Lot 4, Concession B of North Dorchester Township.
Carl was active in the Sunday School programs at Putnam and Crampton United Churches.
Carl loved to perform and played banjo at family gatherings.
Carl's occupation was in electrical engineering. During retirement, he and Lynn lived near Goderich, Ontario. In his later years, he was challenged by heart troubles and was active as a volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Fund. 
RATH, Raymond "Carl" (I17)
 
11 Close relatives called him Jim, but otherwise he was known as James Rath. He used James Rath on his correspondence.
He lived at Lot 27, Concession 2 of Dereham Township in Oxford County until his family moved to N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2 in North Dorchester Township of Middlesex County in 1884.
Just after he married, James purchased his father's farm for $7,500.
James and Pearl were married by Rev. John Veale, a Methodist minister. Their witnesses were Allan Rath and Ethel Allison.
James and Pearl raised their children at N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2 until 1920. He sold this farm for $10,000 and purchased the McNiven farm just west of Putnam on the Hamilton Road consisting of 225 acres in Lot 4, Concessions A & B for $20,000.
The following information about their lives on this farm comes from their daughter, Luella (Rath) Elliott:
Growing up on the beautiful large, dairy "Maple Hill Farm" with my three brothers and sisters was wonderful! Although it involved a lot of hard manual labour without a milking machine, tractor and many years without hydro, we all helped to make it a success.
My father, James Rath, was an excellent manager and we learned good work ethics at a very early age. Everyone helped with the milking of cows except Velma and myself who took turns straining the milk twice, which was shipped to Findlay Dairy in Toronto. We grew our own fruits and vegetables which were invaluable for all the meals prepared for the large number of men who helped with the threshing and silo-filling. I remember the large clumps of bananas on stalks which were hung in the cellar which we could help ourselves to at any time.
As a family growing up we were exposed to lots of music as we had a player piano with many rolls and a gramophone with lots of records. My Dad could play the mouth organ and Jews harp very well and could dance the "Irish jig". Helen and I were given piano lessons and Frank the violin. Helen turned out to be a lovely piano and organ player but I quit as I was playing everything by ear. Joe had a beautiful singing voice and sang in Putnam Church choir along with my Mother, Helen and myself at different times.
Our social life was centred around the church. Sunday School in the afternoon, Church at night and Young Peoples once a month. The Clover Leaf Clas was a highlight consisting of unmarried young people. Russell Hutcheson was the leader for many years along with some of the ministers' wives.
Over the years, my Dad bought at least six farms, a store in Ingersoll and a lovely red brick house in Dorchester. They planned to retire there but due to my Mother's ill health were not able to do so.
James was a member of Putnam Methodist/United Church and served on the official board for many years.
James was also on the Putnam School Board. He wanted his daughters to attend high school in Ingersoll, but the Ingersoll School Board would only let them attend if James owned property in the town. As a result, he owned a store in Ingersoll for a while (where Jack's Department Store is now).
James and Pearl deeded Maple Hill Farm to their son Joe in April 1937 for $15,000.
The "lovely red brick house in Dorchester" was at Lot 5 North of Sage Street, Plan 351. They bought this house in March 1938 and sold it in July 1951.
His grandson, Gordon Rath, has fond memories of going everywhere with his grandfather - to visit James' father Joseph in Dorchester, to visit James' brother John in the Ontario Hospital, to pick up Luella when she was teaching and even to see the Dionne quintuplets. Gordon remembers his grandfather saying he had used a broad axe to cut logs for beams with his father.
In his later years, James lived with his son Joe`s family. He was in a nursing home in Ingersoll when he died of old age.
Written by Marion Peterson with contributions from Luella (Rath) Elliott, Gordon Rath and Irene (Rath) Hansford 
RATH, James (I70)
 
12 Curnel did not marry and had no known children.  CHRISTENSEN, Cornielius (Curnel) (I10)
 
13 Ed George farmed many years on a farm in the Mossley area. When he retired from the farm, they moved to Ingersoll where his first wife died. Later years while there, he helped a veterinary doctor part time.
Written by Luella Elliott 
GEORGE, Edwin Murray (I2672)
 
14 Eliza grew up on her parents' farm at Lot 10 Concession A of North Dorchester Township (currently #2494 on the Cowpath Road north of Hamilton Road). She was the oldest in a family of five girls and two boys.
She was a member of the Putnam Methodist Church and transferred her membership to Dorchester Methodist Church when they retired to Dorchester.
Eliza kept a family Bible. It is currently in the possession of Marguerite Bosomworth.
Eliza died of pernicious anemia, a condition in which the body does not make enough red blood cells due to a lack of vitamin B12 in the body. She would have felt tired and weak because her body was not getting enough oxygen. At the time, no cure was known and as it progressed she would have had serious problems with her heart, nerves and other parts of her body. According to the death notice in the paper, she had been in poor health for some time, but it was not thought serious until she was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in London for treatment. She passed away suddenly in the hospital at age 59.
Written by Marion Peterson with contributions by Marguerite (Young) Bosomworth 
CAPSTICK, Eliza Ann (I73)
 
15 Elmer grew up on his parents' farms, first at N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2, North Dorchester Township, then at Lot 4, Concession B. He was the oldest in a family of four boys and four girls.
Elmer and Elva were married by Rev. John W. Button of the United Church of Canada. Wilfred H. George of Mossley and Miss E. Spinks of Woodstock were their attendants.
Elmer was a member of Putnam United Church, then Dorchester United Church.
Elmer farmed near Putnam on a 75 acre parcel of land at Lot 6, Concession 1 (south of the 401 Highway where the weigh scales are now). They moved to Dorchester in 1940. They sold the farm in 1952 and moved to 137 Sydenham Street, London.
Written by Marion Peterson using notes from Harley Rath and Laurel Martin and other records 
RATH, Elmer Allen (I149)
 
16 Elva taught school for many years.
She was a member of the United Church. She taught Sunday School and played the organ at Putnam United Church.
She remarried after Frank's death. She and Pat Jarvis lived at Glencoe. 
AXFORD, Elva Grace (I155)
 
17 Frank grew up on his parents' farms, first at N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2, North Dorchester Township, then at Lot 4, Concession B.
Frank played on hockey teams when he was growing up.
Frank was a member of the Putnam United Church and the board of trustees, the Canadian Order of Foresters and IOOF Lodge of Harrietsville.
He farmed on the Hamilton Road just west of Putnam at Lot 5, Concession B.
Frank died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident at White's Bridge east of London.
Written by Marion Peterson using notes from Luella Elliott and other records 
RATH, Frank Homer (I150)
 
18 Freddie died at seven months of age. He had had pneumonia and was ill for five days.
 
RATH, Frederick Gordon (I151)
 
19 George was the oldest son in a family of nine children. He came to Canada from Scotland when he was about three. When he was ten, his family moved from Dereham Township to North Dorchester Township. He farmed for 56 years and over the years operated three dairy farms, one of which was at Lot 2, Concession 1. He and Mabel retired to a house in Putnam.
George became a member of Putnam Methodist Church in 1906 and remained a member until his death. He was a trustee and a member of the official board for many years.
On March 2, 1977, the Ingersoll Times featured George in an article about his long life.
Written by Marion Peterson using census records, church records and newspaper article 
HUTCHESON, George (I158)
 
20 Gordon went to North Bay Normal School, taught one year in a rural school near New Liskeard, three years in Cobalt and for nine years was Supervising Principal of the three Public Schools in the Cobalt area. During this time he studied for a degree and in 1937 left for Queens University where he completed his degree. He attended the College of Education in Toronto and came to Bowmanville High School in 1940 where he taught for 27 years retiring in 1967. During this time he did post-graduate work and received a Bachelor of Pedagogy from Toronto University and Specialist standing in Guidance.
He was a member of Trinity United Church and served as elder. He was a member of the Bowmanville Lion's Club, Men's Canadian Club and West Durham Canadian Club. He was active in the Canadian Bible Society.
Written by Luella Elliott 
ELLIOTT, Gordon Raymond (I240)
 
21 Helen grew up on her parents' farms, first at N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2, North Dorchester Township, then at Lot 4, Concession B.
She was a member of Putnam United Church and was an organist and Sunday School teacher for this congregation.
Helen and Kenzie were married by Rev. James L. Blair of the United Church of Canada. Marguerite Young of Putnam and Marjorie Longfield of Crampton were their witnesses. Following their marriage, they lived at Lot 4, Concession 3 of North Dorchester Township where she was a farmer's wife.
Helen transferred her membership to Crampton United Church. She was a member of the Crampton United Church Women.
Helen and Kenzie celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1986.
Written by Marion Peterson using land records, church records, notes from Cleo Bond and the Crampton Tweedsmuir History Book. 
RATH, Clara "Helen" (I229)
 
22 https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=21618933#384227,74080430 Vejle County, Vrigsted Parish, Female baptisms 1838-1857, 1849 #6, p. 62
 
HANSEN, Elisabeth (I6)
 
23 https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=21637692#396464,74408439
Parish Register for Klakring Parish, Vejle County, Male baptisms 1861-1884, 1874 #12, p. 37 
CHRISTENSEN, Niels Anton "Martin" (I5)
 
24 Joe grew up on his parents' farms, first at N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2, North Dorchester Township, then at Lot 4, Concession B. He was the fourth in a family of four boys and four girls.
His sister, Luella, remembers that Joe was a great climber. He could climb to the top of the windmill as well as the barn roof to sweep off the straw after the threshers had been there. Joe played on hockey teams (including Banner's hockey team). Joe's high school days were interrupted when he broke his leg while playing rugby. She also remembers his beautiful art work while at high school.
Joe and Vera were married by Rev. R. Keith Love of the United Church. Frank Rath of Putnam and Alberta Stainton of Kintore were their attendants. Joe and Vera began their married life in the "cement block house" on the north side of Hamilton Road, moved to the main farmhouse, and retired to the "cement block house" when Gordon took over the farm.
Joe was a farmer. He took over his father's mixed farm just west of Putnam on the Hamilton Road (225 acres at Lot 4, Concession A and B). Joe bought a threshing machine. With his brothers Frank and Elmer and a neighbour Bill Fryer, they had their own threshing gang.
Joe became a member of Putnam United Church on May 18, 1920 by profession of faith. Joe was active at Putnam United Church, serving on the Official Board and with the Sunday School. He was a member of this congregation until his death.
Joe was a member of Hope Lodge No. 69 at Harrietsville and a member of the Canadian Order of Foresters Court Banner No. 750 at Banner.
He lost some of his sight in his later years and partially got it back after about two months. He attributed this to using DDT on the farm.
Joe enjoyed music and loved to sing old hymns. In his later years he was active in lawn bowling and five-pin bowling. He did many oil paint-by-number paintings in his retirement years. He loved to win at games.
Joe had a heart attack and passed away suddenly at age 66.
Written by Marion Peterson with contributions from Gordon Rath, Luella (Rath) Elliott and Irene (Rath) Hansford 
RATH, Joseph John (I14)
 
25 John lived with his parents on a farm at N1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2 in North Dorchester Township.
John was a good student. Sometime after the 1901 census was taken, he left for western Canada. He went to Winnipeg and then to Lacombe, Alberta where he worked for the Merchants Bank of Canada. On September 6, 1906 he wrote a letter to his sister Hattie from Lacombe. It reads:
To Hattie:
I received your letter all right and was pleased to hear that you were all well. I am well myself and having a good time. Mr. Jas. Gilmour has been up here a quite a while but he is out at Red Willow just now visiting the Creighton family. He says he likes the country fine.
We had an awful hailstorm last week. It did considerable damage to oats which were not yet cut.
Sometimes we drive out to a ranch about ten miles out and stay all night and come back in the morning. They have a big tent out there to sleep in.
How is Rosella getting on at school? Tell her to write me a letter.
From John
The next record that can be found of his life is miltiary document for WW1. He was apprehended as a "defaulter" on June 22, 1918 in Regina, Saskatchewan. John was working as a farm labourer at Regina. He was described as 5 ft. 8 ins. tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. He was given one hour's detention and forfeited 224 days pay for being AWOL from November 11, 1917 to June 22, 1918. He refused to sign the "Form of Will" on this date. On June 25, 1918 he was examined by a medical board. He was deemed "Mentally deficient prior to enlistment". They noted: "Has a vacant, stupid expression responds very slowly to a question or command. Has an awkard (sic) shuffling gait, dejected, lifeless appearance, saliva dripping from the mouth. States he has a sickness but seems unable to tell where, general development of body fair. States he has a fair education. Other systems normal." They rated him Unfit for Service, and he was discharged as a Deserter.
His date of return to Ontario and his state of health at that time have not been recorded. He was admitted to the mental hospital in London and he died while a resident there at age 71.
He is buried at Dorchester Union Cemetery in his parents' plot. The headstone reads: JOHN RATH / 1885-1957.
 
RATH, John (I143)
 
26 Joseph moved with his parents from Elizabethtown Township, Leeds County, then possibly to Biddulph Township, Middlesex County then to North Dorchester Township in Middlesex County.
Very close family members called him Josie, but he usually was known as Joseph.
Following the death of his father, he remained on the homestead with his mother and brothers.
On February 12, 1874, Joseph purchased two village lots in Putnam (Lot 4, Malahide St. west side and Lot 4 Thames St. east side north of Marshall St.). He sold these lots in February 1878.
During this time period, Joseph was working as a carpenter and builder. When the Middlesex County Atlas was produced in 1878, Joseph was listed as a builder in the business directory for North Dorchester Township. His great-grandson, Gordon Rath, remembers hearing that Joseph made cornerstones and beams for barns in the Putnam area.
Following his marriage to Eliza Ann Capstick, Joseph purchased S 1/2 of N 1/2 Lot 27, Concession 2 in Dereham Township, Oxford County. He bought this land on December 10, 1878 and sold it on March 24, 1884. Family stories say they lived in a log cabin while farming this parcel of land.
In March 1885, Joseph purchased N 1/2 Lot 2, Concession 2, North Dorchester Township for $5,000. This land was adjacent to the homestead. It was hilly and bushy. He farmed this land until he sold it to his oldest son, James, on April 1, 1903 for $7,500. He also owned N 1/2 Lot A, Concession 3 from January 1902 to April 1913.
Gordon also recalls Joseph saying that he had never milked a cow as that was women's work. Joseph did not do cash crop farming; they only produced enough food for themselves and their livestock.
He retired to Dorchester where he purchased Village Lots 4 & 5 on the south side of Railway St. (now Catherine Street) for $1,025 in April 1908. This land had previously belonged to the Dorchester Methodist Church.
In his retirement years, he bought and sold some parcels of land and loaned money to others for mortgages.
He died at age 93 of old age in the village of Dorchester. His obituary notes, "He was of keen intellect and took a great interest in world affairs right to the very last."
His handwritten will is included with the probate of his will in surrogate court documents. His estate was valued at nearly $20,000.
Written by Marion Peterson with contributions by Marguerite (Young) Bosomworth and Gordon Rath 
RATH, Joseph (I72)
 
27 Kenzie grew up on his parents' farm at Lot 4, Concession 3 of North Dorchester Township. He was the oldest in a family of two boys and one girl.
Kenzie was a farmer at Crampton, Ontario and he was a member of Crampton United Church.
Written by Marion Peterson using church records and notes from Cleo Bond. 
LONGFIELD, Kenzie Clayton (I233)
 
28 Library & Archives Canada website: https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=census1926&op=img&id=e011255904 PETERSEN, Jes Jørgen (I82)
 
29 Library & Archives Canada website: https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=census1926&op=img&id=e011255904 CHRISTENSEN, Mary Christine (I83)
 
30 Library & Archives Canada website: https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=census1926&op=img&id=e011255904 PETERSEN, Vera Margaret (I2576)
 
31 Library & Archives Canada website: https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=census1926&op=img&id=e011255904 PETERSEN, Herman Clarence (I2578)
 
32 Library & Archives Canada website: https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?app=census1926&op=img&id=e011255904 PETERSEN, Emily Lucille (I2594)
 
33 Library & Archives Canada website: https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/census/1911/Pages/item.aspx?itemid=611014 PETERSEN, Jes Jørgen (I82)
 
34 Link to baptism: http://ao.salldata.dk/vis1.php?bsid=160024&side=44  FREDRIKSEN, Thomas (I116)
 
35 Link to Danish National Archives website https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?bsid=2129#2129,78852
 
POULSEN, Christian (I96)
 
36 Link to Danish National Archives website https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?bsid=2129#2129,78852 FREDERIKSDATTER, Mette Marie (I95)
 
37 Link to Danish National Archives website https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?bsid=2129#2129,78852 CHRISTIANSDATTER/POULSEN, Helene Marie (I103)
 
38 Link to Danish National Archives website:
https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=21618937#396518,74409772
Vejle County, Rårup Parish, Female baptisms 1865-1878, 1866 #32, p. 127 
JENSEN, Ane Marie (I27)
 
39 Link to Danish National Archives website: https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?bsid=6620#6620,157096
 
CHRISTIANSDATTER/POULSEN, Helene Marie (I103)
 
40 Link to Danish National Archives website: https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=21618937#396509,74409444
Vejle County, Rårup Parish, Female baptisms 1855-1865, 1856 #29, p. 95 
RASMUSSEN, Dorthea Marie (I106)
 
41 Link to Danish National Archives website: https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=21618957#396754,74416341
Vejle County, Uth Parish, Male baptisms 1871-1891, 1873 #10, p. 10

 
LAURITZEN, Anton (I123)
 
42 Link to Danish National Archives website: https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=21637676#396112,74400451
Vejle County, Bjerre Parish, Female baptisms 1857-1867, 1861 #1, p. 47 
RASMUSSEN, Johanne Regine (I108)
 
43 Link to Danish National Archives website: Baptism - https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/en/billedviser?epid=17121476#159777,26863861
Parish Register 1783-1814, As - Klakring Parish, Vejle County, 1799 
CHRISTENSDATTER, Marie (I97)
 
44 Link to Danish National Archives website: http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=27798354 CHRISTENSEN, Marie Christine (I12)
 
45 Link to Danish National Archives website: http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=74403316
Stouby Parish Register, Female births 1835-1838, 1837 #13, p. 41 
CHRISTIANSDATTER/POULSEN, Sophie Frederikke (I93)
 
46 Link to Danish National Archives website: http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=74408366 CHRISTENSEN, Marie Christine (I12)
 
47 Link to Danish National Archives website: http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=74408424 CHRISTENSEN, Mikael (I3001)
 
48 Link to Danish National Archives website: http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=74408493 Family F1
 
49 Link to Danish National Archives website: http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=74408509 CHRISTENSEN, Jens Peder (I32)
 
50 Link to Danish National Archives website: http://ao.sa.dk/ao/data.ashx?bid=74408563 CHRISTENSEN, Marie "Christiane" (I5794)
 

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