An American Family History

The Trickey Family of Leeds County, Ontario


Christopher Trickey was born about 1750 in Orange County, New York.

September 15, 1814
Christopher Trickey’s mare was found “mortally wounded”, having been stabbed a number of times with a bayonet or other pointed weapon. The residents of Lansdowne in Leeds Township, had been under the threat of a gang of horse thieves from across the St. Lawrence River. Daniel McNeil and John Trickey were sure that the gang were responsible for killing the horse. (from Collections Canada, War of 1812, Board of Claims and Losses, Microfilm t-1137, page 811, Fred Blair's Blog Spot)


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.

John Trickey married Mary Ann Miller.

John and Mary's children included:

Christopher Trickey (1797),
James Trickey (married Margaret Webster),
Joseph Miller Trickey (1809, married Jane Buck) and
John Trickey (1813, married Jane Burley).

John was listed in the 1800, 1802, and 1805 Yonge Township., Leeds County, Ontario, census.

John served on the Petit Jury in 1802 in the Johnstown District.

John was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

During the War of 1812, Christopher and John served in the Leeds County Militia

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


Peter P. Trickey was born about 1775.

Peter married Mercy Mallory.

Peter and Mercy's children included:

James Mallory Trickey (1804, married Permelia Hogaboom),
Nancy Trickey (married T. Phillips Kenyon),
Thomas Trickey (1813, married Emeline Wells),
Amelia Trickey (married Jacob Hogaboom),
Sylvester W. Trickey, (1825), and
Lydia Trickey (1828).

Peter was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

Peter was with the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.


Henry Trickey was born about 1776 in Orange County, New York.

He married Elizabeth Mosher on February 19, 1801 in Lansdowne, Leeds County, Ontario, Canada. Elizabeth was born in 1780 the daughter of Lewis Mosher and Mary Freeman. Henry and Elizabeth did not have children.

Henry served on the Petit Jury in Johnstown District, Leeds County in 1801.

Henry was assessed in Yonge Township in 1805.

The 1810 census indicated that they had an adopted son and an adopted daughter.

Henry was with the 1st Regiment Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

Henry died on August 13, 1846.

Elizabeth married second to George Noble Brown.

Henry and Elizabeth are both buried in the Ebenezer Cem., Landsown, Ontario.

Elizabeth Mosier Trickey left a will dated March 5, 1857. She mentioned

two stepsons
adopted son, William Henry Stearns. 
her nephew Ephriam Kyes
two nieces in Alexandria Bay, New York: Elizabeth Bowls and Mary Boulton (married daughters of her sister, Fanny LaRue)
Thomas Trickey,
her sister, Sarah Yates (mother of Ephriam Kyes)
her sisters, Mary Baucus and Fanny Larue;
her four brothers, Lewis, Reuben, Thomas and Nicholas Mosher/Mosier, all of Wolfe Island;
Dorothy Phenettan,
friend Joseph Dowsley,
her brother John
the balance of the estate to go to
Sarah Yates,
Fanny Larue (Mrs. Peter Larue son of Henry Larue),
Ephriam, John and Henry Kyes, sons of Sarah. 

Henry's siblings
Joseph Trickey (married Jane Buck, daughter of Mary Hagerman (1784-died after 1851) and Joseph Buck)


Isaac Trickey was born in 1791 in Orange County, New York.

Isaac served in the 1st Leeds Militia during the War of 1812.

Isaac and his family were listed in the 1819, 1821, 1823, 1824, 1825, 1826, 1827, 1828, 1839, 1840, and 1841 Front of Leeds and Lansdowne records.

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.




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