An American Family History

Samuel Peters Buell

  also spelled Bull  

Samuel Peters Buell, Jr. was born about 1801 in Elizabethtown (now Brockville), Leeds County, Ontario.

He married Adelina Mary Giddings on May 10, 1825. The witnesses were George Gardiner and David Cornell. The reverend William Smart performed the ceremony.

Samuel and Adelina's children may have included:

Lois Buell (1829, married, married John Ferguson),
Adeline Mary Buell (1833, married Archibald Ferguson),
William Samuel Buell (1837)
John Giddings Buell (1838)
Amelia Buell (1842)
James Peters Buell (1845)
Jannett Buell (1848)
Keziah Adeline Buell (1851, married Michael James Connolly).

At the time of the 1861 census the household consisted of

S.P. Buell 60
Mary 54
Amelia 19
James 13
Jannett 16
Keziah 11
Isabella Connol 81 b. USA

The next households included:

John Buell and his wife Mary 23

William Buell and his wife Nancy 25


William Smart
William Smart
Minister of the Presbyterian Church



Brockville, Ontario was called Elizabethtown. The area was first settled by English speakers in 1785, when Americans who had remained loyal to the crown fled to Canada after the American Revolution.




From Bernie Warden, correspondent.

There's one part I keep arguing with. That is the marriage of Samuel Peters Buell to Mary Adeline Giddons on Mar 18 1824 in Kitley twp Ontario.

There was a Samuel Peters Buell who married there at that time but that was a different one. There were FOUR men by that name in the area at that time! The record of the marriages performed by rev William Smart Brockville and district 1812-1848 has these listed
p 197 18 Mar 1824 Samuel P. Buell & Elizabeth Bouck both of Kitley by: Banns.
witnesses John Edins, Elijah Morgan
p198 10 May 1825 Samuel P. Buell & Adeline Giddins, both of Yonge, by
Banns. Witnesses George Gardiner, David Cornell...


But the book Matters of Loyalty, the Buells of Brockville states on page 164

A man of the same name [Samuel Peters Buell] was married on May 10th 1825 to Adelina M Giddina (sp?) of the twp of Yonge, and a Mrs Samuel P, Buell, whose husband had been a printer in the office of the Brockville Recorder in the early days, died in Yonge on Apr 10 1901 aged 93 yrs 8 months at the home of her son in law M. J.Connolly

...Incidentally if we could get the marriage record of Samuel Peters Buell and Mary Elizabeth Sprague in NY state we could find who her parents were? All we know is that it was before Nov 8th 1801. But some places say he was born in Elizabethtown and yet on the census records for several years he states he was born in Quebec. Even in the 1891 census his daughter Keziah states he was born in Quebec.

I know most of the family relocated in Elizabethtown shortly before 1800 but thought maybe SP, as the youngest son, had stayed behind for a few more years with the aging parents. Maybe after marrying M.E. Sprague he dallied in Quebec for a while and did have his first born son there? We saw the house they lived in in Yonge, just down the lane from where her daughter Keziah's in laws, the Connollys lived

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