An American Family History

The Dickey Family of Leeds County, Ontario

  Arthur Dickey was born about 1791 in Ireland. He married Jane McLaren.  

Leeds County, Ontario, Canada was first surveyed in 1792 in preparation for the United Empire Loyalists settlers. In 1850, Leeds County merged with Grenville to create the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

Thomas Dickey and Betsy McLellan settled in Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario about 1829.

John Thomas Dickey (1826, married Melita Miller), and
Arthur Dickey (married Jane Hollingsworth).

Arthur and Thomas Dickey appeared on the census lists of Yonge Township, Leeds County Ontario in the 1840s.

The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.


The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.


Reverend John Dickey was born about 1795 in County Antrim, Ireland.

He married Jane Purvis (1800 - 1886).

Nancy Dickey (1828),
Peter Dickey (1831),
J. John Dickey (1833, married Catherine Purvis),
James Dickey (1835), and
Keziah Dickey (1845).

John died on May 24, 1851.




from History of Leeds and Grenville Ontario

John Dickey
Mr. Dickey was born May 28th, 1833, in the Township of Yonge, removing to Williamsburg in 1836, with his parents. Having qualified himself for the profession, he taught school for several years in the County of Dundas.

In 1859, he removed to the Front of Yonge, and commenced farming, at which business he has since continued. He was married, July gth, 1867, to Catherine, daughter of Peter Purvis, Esq., Yonge. In

1869, he was elected a member of the Municipal Council, of which he has been a member, with the exception of one year, ever since. In 1878, he was elected Reeve, and as the representative of the municipality in the Counties Council has carefully guarded the best interests of his constituents.

Mr. Dickey is the son of the Rev. John Dickey, a well-known Presbyterian clergyman, who possessed more than average ability as a poet.

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