James Vrooman

ID # 189, (1831-1926)
FatherAdmiral Nelson Vrooman (1799-1882)
MotherRachel Coleman (1806-1896)
BirthJames Vrooman was born on 4 July 1831. 
MarriageHe married Catherine Munro on 10 February 1859 at Caledonia, Haldimand County.

Source: MS248 reel 7, Haldimand County Marriage Register
Page 22
Return of marriages solemnized by the Rev'd Andrew Ferrier, D.D., Minister of the United Presbyterian Church for the year ending 31st day of December, A.D. 1859 No. 8217, County of Haldimand
James Vrooman, 25, born and residing Dumfries Co. Parents Admiral Nelson Vrooman and Rachel Coleman.
Catherine Munro, 19, born Glengarry, residing Caledonia. Parents Andrew Munro and Catherine Campbell.
Witness James Campbell of Caledonia.
Date of marriage 10th February (1859).

The place of marriage is not stated, but Andrew Ferrier, who came from Scotland in 1846, was minister of what, by 1859, was the United Presbyterian Church. We cannot know if the marriage service was held at the bride's home or in the church, but we are safe in saying that it was held in Caledonia. Caledonia straddles the Grand River and most of the town is located in Oneida Township. A portion of it is located in Seneca Township. Both townships are, of course, in Haldimand County.
 
DeathHe died on 7 January 1926 at Harrisburg, Ontario, at age 94. 
BurialHe was buried on 9 January 1926 at Harrisburg Cemetery, Harrisburg, Ontario. 
NoteJames and Catherine appear in the 1881 census in Beverly Township in Wentworth County, likely not far from Harrisburg. There are no children with them in that census. James is said to be a farmer. The death years are from a cemetery stone transcriptions. James also appears in the 1871 census in Beverly Township as a farmer.

James and Catherine moved to Muncie, Indiana, shortly after their marriage, for they appear in the 1860 US census there. James is shown as a hotel clerk and their son Lawrence is shown as age 7 months. They must have returned to Canada shortly thereafter, perhaps because of the Civil War, for James and Catherine are in the 1861 census at Beverly and he is shown as an innkeeper. The family seems to have had an inn at Harrisburg and since James and Catherine are buried in the Harrisburg Cemetery, it seems likely that this is where James worked at the time.

Death reg. 008777-26 South Dumfries, Brant Co. James Vrooman died at Harrisburg in South Dumfries on January 7, 1926, at age 94 yrs., 5 mos., 24 dys. He is shown as married and of Dutch extraction. He is said to have been born at Harrisburg on July 4th, 1831, and that was a farmer. His parents are shown as Nelson Vrooman and Rachel Coleman and that both were born in Ontario. The informant was M.J. Vrooman, Harrisburg, son. The burial was on January 9, 1926, at Harrisburg Cemetery.

At the time James was born, there was no Harrisburg. It seems that what became the village of Harrisburg wasn't mapped out until the railway came and built a junction. 

Children of James Vrooman and Catherine Munro

Last Edited6 Oct 2017