An American Family History

The Parish Family of Leeds County, Ontario

  or Parrish  

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.

Ezekiel Parish was born October 05, 1742 in Canterbury, Windham County, Connecticut. His father was Joel Parish.

He married Mary Pennock in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut.

Ezekiel and Mary's children included:
Hannah Parish (1763, married John Bullock),
William Pennock Parish (1766),
Ezekiel Parish (1768),
Joel Parish (1769, married Sarah DeWolf),
Priscilla Parish (1771),
Eliada Parish (1773, married Catherine Root),
Chloe Parish (1775, married Henry Stevens), and
Liddia Parish (1778).

Before the American Revolution, they lived in Hebron, Connecticut and Strafford, Vermont. Their farm in Strafford was seized by the town.

Private "Zekiel" Parish was taken prisoner on August 16 177y at the Battle of Bennington.

Ezekiel served with Jessop's Loyal Rangers.

Ezekiel died before August 22, 1783, when his estate was probated. His estate was inventoried by Aron Pinnock, Peter Pinnock, and Alexander Pinnock.

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

United Empire Loyalists were Americans who remained loyal to King George III and the British Empire. They moved to Canada after the American Revolution.

William Pennock Parish was born February 06, 1766 in Hebron, Tolland, Connecticut.

He married Sally. She was born July 08, 1766 in Hebron, Tolland County, Connecticut.

They made their home in Yonge, Leeds County, Ontario.

The first settlers in the Township were Captain Benoni Wiltse and William Parish; the late Adiel Sherwood giving Mr. Wiltse as the first settler, while, on the other hand, Mr. Arza Parish informs us that he has heard his father state that he came into the Township in the winter, Mr. Wiltse not arriving until the following spring. (from History of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario)

William and Sally's children probably included:

William Pennock Parish (1790),
Edward Parish (1792, married Charlotte Kelsey),
Polly Parish (1794, married Philip Brown),
Parish (1797),
Rachel Parish (1799, married William Bresee),
Ezekiel Parish (1801, married Sarissa Brown),
John Parish (1805), and
Arza Parish (1808, married Lydia Bissell).

William was in the 1805 assessment of Yonge.

Hebron, Connecticut was incorporated in 1708 in Hartford County. It became part of Windham County in 1726 and part of Tolland County in 1785.


Joel Parish was born October 10, 1769 in Strafford, Orange County, Vermont.

He married Sarah Dewolf. She was born May 28, 1780 in Chenango County, New York.

They made their home in Elizabethtown (now Brockville), Leeds County, Ontario.

Joel and Sarah's children probably included:

Samuel Parish (1798-1783),
Lucy Parish (1800),
Squire Parish (1802-1876, married Sophia Althouse),
Ruloof Parish (1804),
Jason Parish (1807),
Electa Parish (1809),
Sylphina Parish (1811),
Lydia Parish (1813),
Orilla Parish (1815), and
Zerviah Parish (1817).

Joel received lot one in the 11th concession of Yonge,

Joel was in the 1805 assessment of Yonge.

Joel died on June 08, 1842 and Sarah died on August 30, 1842 in Montrose, Lee County, Iowa

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.



In the War of 1812 (1812-1815) the United States declared war on England because of trade restrictions, impressment, and British support for Indian attacks. They signed the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814 after reaching a stalemate.


Eliada Parish was born in 1773 in Strafford, Orange County, Vermont, and died July 27, 1804 in Leeds County, Ontario, Canada.

He married Catherine Root. She was born in 1775 in Brockville (was Elizabethtown), Leeds County, Ontario.

Catherine and Eliada's children probably included:

Catherine Parish (1800, married Horace Sherman),
Hiram Parish (1805, married Anna Bullard),
Laura Parish (1807)
Ann Parish ( 1809)
Ira Parish (1812), and
Edith Parish (1805).

Eliada was in the 1805 assessment of Yonge.






from History of Leeds and Grenville, Ontario

William Parish, a U. E. Loyalist, emigrated from New Hampshire, and arrived in Canada during the year 1791. He halted for some time at Crysler s Farm, but in the same year proceeded with his wife to the Township of Yonge, where he located in the month of November, upon Lot No. 10, in the 1st Concession. According to particulars furnished. by Arza Parish, he was the first man who drove a team from Jesse Lamb's place (now called the Six Mile House) to the rear of Yonge. . .

William Parish was born February 6th. 1766, and died May zgth, 1839: his wife Sally, was born July 8th, 1766, died April sth, 1839. Their family consisted of the following children: William, Edward; Polly, who married Philip Brown, son of Nathaniel Brown; Joel; Rachael, married William Bresee, of Bastard ; Ezekiel, John and Arza.

William, Edward, and Joel served in the war of 1812. Arza is a well-known merchant and respected citizen of Farmersville [now Athens].

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