William Fletcher Parsons1

ID # 11, (1828-)
Descendants of John Coleman & Elizabeth Lawrason
     William Fletcher Parsons was born in 1828 at Upper Canada.1 He married Clarissa Moe, daughter of Henry Moe and Teressa M. Coleman. (notes: No marriage date for William and Clarissa has been found. The earliest record we have is their appearance in the 1851 census taken at Galt, actually probably done in January of 1852.).1 The 1851 census says that William was born in Upper Canada. It isn't more specific.

William F. Parsons was a witness in 1865 for the marriage of John Parsons and his wife's half-sister Phedora Wait. His residence is given as Dundas.

In checking microfilm for Hamilton and Dundas city directories at theOntario Genealogical Society, I find William F. Parsons listed in the1865-66 Dundas directory. He is a bailiff and living on Sydenham Street. He also appears listed in the same manner in the 1867-68 directoryfor Dundas. He is no longer listed in the 1868-69 directory.

In the 1861 census, taken at Dundas Town, William is said to be a bailiff of the District Court. His age is given as 33, which squares withhis age as given in the 1851 census taken at Galt. He has livestock valued at 10.00; he has 2 carriages valued at 125.00; his personal estate is estimated to be 1,000.00. The family lives in a 1-1/2 storey frame house.

The family was not to be found in a search of the 1870 U.S. or 1871 Canadian censuses. A William Parsons of suitable age, 41, is listed in the online index for the 1871 census as living at Bruce Mines in Algoma District. This William Parsons, found on page 41, Dist. 89, A, is married to Elizabeth age 37, with children William, Edward, Emma, Neomi, ages 13, 8, 5, 2, respectively. This William Parsons appears to be no connection to the Parsons family of Dundas.

In most records, William's middle name is given as an initial only. Looking at land records for the town of Dundas it shows that his middlename was Fletcher. This is clearly our William. In a mortgage discharge document he is described as a bailiff and with wife Clarissa.

It is also apparent from looking over records for lots 100 and 101 for Town of Dundas, that William and Clarissa purchsed them in 1862 andsold them in 1867. It would appear to me that they sold up and left Dundas in 1867, or in 1868 at the latest.

In 1855, at the time of the sale of Henry Moe's Beverly lands, in memorial 594 relating to the disposal of these lands by the executors, Admiral Nelson Vrooman and Adam Misener, William F. Parsons is described as a constable in Beverly Township.1

Last Edited=27 Jan 2010

Child of William Fletcher Parsons and Clarissa Moe


  1. [S1] Robert Coleman, 2009.