An American Family History

Florentine Lapointe Wickware


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.

The name Lapointe is a dit name. It could have been a nickname for a soldier (the point of a lance) or for a family who lived on a point of land.

In 1841 the Act of Union united Upper and Lower Canada (which became Canada West and East) into the Province of Canada, under one government, with Kingston as capital.

Florentine (Florence) Lapointe Wickwire was born about 1820 In Canada. She was probably Rachael Lapointe's sister or another close relative.

On May 21, 1839 Archibald Mallory and Florantine Lapointe witnessed the Johnston District marriage of Northrop Lamkens Baxter to Polly Comstock Haige.

In 1839 Alpheus Wickware was in Yonge (record 1392). The household consisted of a man and a woman and 3 female children.

On April 19, 1841 Florence married Alpheus Wickware. Both of them were from Yonge. The witnesses were John Gibson and Henry Mallory. The marriage was solemnized by William Smart, minister of the Presbyterian Congregation in Brockville, (was Elizabethtown), Upper Canada.

Alpheus Wickware was born on Jun 19, 1819. His parents were Philip Wickware (1791) and Matilda Griffin (1798). The Wickwires owned land, deeded by the Crown, at the head of the Mazina and northward to MacAvoy Lake.

Florence and Alpheus children were Zelina (Lena) Lois Wickware (1844) and Alphema J. Wickware (1845).

Alepheus died on October 10, 1844.

In 1861, Alphema and Lena were living with Samuel Miller, Jr. in Yonge. Michael James Connolly and his sister, Maria, lived with Samuel Miller, Sr. Maria was David Dwinnell's wife. The Wickwire girls were called Phema and Zelina in the 1861 census.

Alephema married George Washington Mallory on January 12, 1871.

In 1871 Lena was living with George and Emeline Tennant and their family in the Front of Yonge.

Alphema J. and Lena L. were buried in the LaRue Cemetery as well as Elizabeth and Gilbert Wickwire.

William Smart
William Smart
Minister of the Presbyterian Church

Yonge Mills, Ontario was in Front of Yonge Township near Brockville. It is north east of Kingston and north of Watertown, New York. It is now a ghost town. In the mid 19th century, Yonge Mills, was a busy and prosperous village with a population of about 175. It had a sawmill and a fulling mill. There were hotels with taverns and a general store. The village also included two blacksmiths and a church.

LaRue or Larew is also spelled as La Rue, Le Roux, Lerrew, Larrew, La Rew, Lerrue, Laroux, and La Roue.



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