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Clark and Sloat Families

The information below was researched and complied by Tracey Holmes Marcelo. If you have additions or corrections, contact Tracey at  tmarcelo@austin.rr.com.


John Sloat

John Sloat was born between 1807 and 1809 in Niagara, Ontario, and died 05 Jan 1884 in Charlotteville, Norfolk Co. Ontario.1 His parentage has not been conclusively established.

In 1828, a militia census was taken and two John Sloats are enumerated. 

One was a "John Sloat" age 19 in the 3rd Company of Middlesex County, bounded by the areas of Yarmouth, Westminister, Dorchester S., and Delaware. At age 19, this John is close in age to ours and would have been born around 1809. However, he appears to be the John Sloat, son of Abraham Sloat who lived in Middlesex County around this time. This John married in Westminster twp. Middlesex Co. on 3 July 1838 to Esther (or Hester) Hart and was still living in Middlesex Co. in Adelaide twp. in the 1851 census. This couple moved to Sanilac Co. Michigan in 1852. 2

The other was listed as  "John Slate" or "John Slote" age 21 in the 9th Company of Captain George Book on the "nominal list of men between the ages of Nineteen and Thirty Nine Inclusive enrolled in the Fourth Regiment of Lincoln Militia [p.317]..." This militia likely consisted of Grimsby, Caistor, Clinton, and Gainsborough areas of Lincoln County, Ontario, Canada. Also in this 9th Company was a "Christopher Slate" or "Christopher Slote" age 23. This Christopher lived in Clinton in the 1830s and married Hannah Gee. Perhaps he is a brother to the John in the list. Other surnames in this list include Gee (Jee), Comfort, Servos (Service), Smith, and others.2 (continued)

Our John Sloat was married at least three times and had at least 4 children:

(1) Nancy Decker (widow of John Rogers), married 03 Oct 18323, with whom he had a daughter:

1. Catherine Sloat who was born 16 Jan 1834 in Ontario, Canada (St. Catherine's?), and died 24 Apr 1920 in Michigan. She married Nelson Clark Abt. Jun 1851 in Canada, son of ? and Anna Smith. He was born 27 Jun 1824 in Ontario, Canada (Gainsborough?), and died 05 Feb 1902 in Ingham Co. Michigan.4

(2) Sarah Underhill (widow of Archibald Green), married 17 November 1859.5 No known children.

(3) Margaret Sterling (widow of Matthew Cooper), married about 1866, with whom he had three sons6:

1. Nelson Sloat was born 17 Jul 1867 in Brantford, Brant Co., Ontario, Canada, and died 18 Oct 1918 in Galt, Waterloo Co., Ontario. He married (1) Melinda Smith 24 Dec 1894 in Haldimand Co, Ontario, daughter of David Smith and Annie Arnold. She was born 02 Oct 1869 in Dunnville or Brentwood, Simcoe Co., Ontario, Canada, and died 18 Jun 1903 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario. He married (2) Amelia Lemon 23 Mar 1904 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario. He married (3) Mary Elizabeth Dalton 13 Jun 1909 in Norfolk Co. Ontario. She was born around 1880.7

2. Wesley Sloat was born 18 Jul 1868 in Brantford, Ontario, Canada, and died after 1940. He married (1) Sarah Ann Bent 29 Jan 1890 in Walsh?, Ontario. She was born around 1870 in Charlottesville, Norfolk Co. Ontario, and died 09 Apr 1898 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario. He married (2) Amelia Emily? Martin Morton 1 Jul 1900 in Port Dover, Norfolk Co. Ontario. She was born 16 Oct 1866 in Devonshire, England.8

3. Ruben (Reuben) Sloat was born in 1872 in Brant Co. Ontario. He married Sarah Bye 09 Sept 1903 in Norfolk Co. Ontario. His death date is unknown.9

(Note: The names of John's sons deserve special note because John's daughter, Catherine Sloat, was married to a "Nelson" Clark and they also had sons named Wesley and Reuben.)

In 1916, these brothers visited Catherine Sloat Clark at her home in Ingham County Michigan. The local newspaper, The Ingham Democrat, mentioned the visits in its social pages:

Visit of Wesley and Reuben Sloat, 12 Oct 1916

Visit of Nelson Sloat and his son Ed Sloat, 23 Nov 1916

Details about John Sloat's wives and children follow:    

John Sloat and Nancy Decker
On 03 Oct 1832 in Niagara District, Ontario, Canada, John Sloat married Nancy Rogers, the widow of John Rogers and the daughter of  Thomas Decker and his wife Mary Comfort. Nancy was born about 1795. She married John Rogers sometime before 25 Feb 1812, at which time they lived in Louth, Lincoln Co. Ontario.10

Because her father, Thomas Decker (sometimes spelled Dykker), was a member of Butler's Rangers, he was eligible for land from the Crown. Thomas died sometime before 1797 and his wife, Mary (who had married Jacob Servos by July 1797) petitioned the land board and requested land benefits for her and her Decker children. 400 acres were granted to three of their children11:

Nancy Decker
Lanah? Decker
Isaac Decker

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As a result of the grant, on 1 June 1818, Nancy received 200 acres of land in Wainfleet township, Welland Co. Ontario. The land was in concession 7 and spanned the south parts of lots 33, 34, and 35.12 John Rogers and Nancy sold this property to Andrew Moore on 14 August 1821.13

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Nancy and John Rogers had at least two children:

·         Thomas Rogers born around 1824 in Ontario.14 For more information about Thomas Rogers, see his page: Thomas Rogers

·         John Rogers born around April 1826 in Ontario province.15 For more information about John Rogers (Jr.), see his page: John Rogers

Between the years of 1820 and 1824, John Rogers and Nancy were party to several land transactions and were said to be residents of Gainsborough in each of the deed records.16

I have not located any death or burial information about Nancy's husband, John Rogers.17
Because John Rogers, Jr. was born about April 1826, I assume John Rogers died sometime between 1825 and 1832. Nancy married John Sloat in October 1832.

Records for a John or J. L. Rogers and "wife" of Stamford are found in the records of Rev. William Leeming, as follows18:

BAPTISMS SOLEMNIZED IN YE CHAPELRY OF CHIPPAWA, IN YE TOWNSHIPS OF
STAMFORD AND WILLOUGHBY, IN YE COUNTY OF LINCOLN AND DISTRICT OF NIAGARA,
Baptized at Waterloo
1823 Nov. 14. Charles Rogers, son J. L. ?? and ?? Rogers, Stamford,
Baptized at Waterloo
1825
July 31. Mary, dau. John and ?? Rogers, Stamford


11. COPY OF REGISTER OF BAPTISMS, MARRIAGES AND BURIALS,
1820 TO 1837, BY REV. WM. LEEMING.
NOTE.-The original register Is kept by the Rector of Trinity
Church, Chippawa, from which register I have written this copy
of records. February, 1893. Geo. A. Bull, M.A., Rector of Stamford.


BURIALS IN YE CHAPELRY OF CHIPPEWA*, IN YE TOWNSHIPS OF STAMFORD
AND WILLOUGHBY IN YE COUNTY OF LINCOLN AND DISTRICT OF NIAGARA,
1823
Charles Rogers, Stamford, Nov. 15, aged 2 weeks. baptized at Chippewa Church.

1828
Sarah Rogers, Stamford, April 11, aged 6 years.

Because the mother of the children is not named in these baptism and burial records, it is unclear as to whether this John Rogers and wife are John Rogers and Nancy.  (However, further research indicates that these children and the J. Rogers is NOT the John Rogers who was married to Nancy.)

I have not found John and Nancy in any records of Stamford. However, Rev. William Leeming who performed these services, was the same person who performed the marriage service of  John Sloat and Nancy (Decker) Rogers in the Chippewa church19:

MARRIAGES SOLEMNIZED BY ME, W. LEEMING, MINISTER OF CHIPPAWA,
1832
By banns, John Sloat and Nancy Rogers, of Gainsborough, married Oct. 3rd, 1832.

John Sloat and Nancy had a daughter, Catherine Sloat on 16 January 1834. Family stories say that Catherine was born in St. Catherine's, Ontario.20

Between 1838 and 1847, John Sloat lived in Pelham township, Welland Co. Ontario on land that was owned by George Campbell. John was assessed in the tax assessment lists for the property between those years.21 George Campbell, the owner of the land, was married to Nancy Decker's sister, Laney Magdalene Decker.22 The land was in concession 7, lot 10. In the assessment list of 1847, Nelson Clark, who went on to marry Catherine Sloat in 1851, also appears. A summary of the tax assessments follows:

1838 Pelham twp. Welland Co. assessment:
#31 Sloat, John lot 10, conc 7 total: 20 pounds

1839 Pelham twp. Welland Co. assessment:
#25 “Hote”, John with George Campbell; lot 10, con 7 total: 8 pounds

1840 Pelham twp. assessment:
#16 Sloat, John; lot P-10, conc 7 total: 20 pounds

1841 Pelham twp. assessment:
#35 Sloat, John; lot 10, conc 7 total: 17 pounds

1842 Pelham twp. assessment:
#27 Slout, John; lot NW P-10, conc 7; total: 21 pounds

1843 Pelham twp. assessment:
#31 Sloat, John; lot P-10, conc 7; total: 27 pounds

1844 Pelham twp. assessment:
#35 Sloat, John; lot NWP-10, conc 7; total: 28 pounds

1845 Pelham twp. Assessment:
#9 Slote, John; (no lot or concession listed); total: 31 pounds
(listed between Philip Metler of lot 11, 12, 16 con 6; and Abijah Blanchard no lot listed—Geo. Campbell is listed on a different page.)

1846 Pelham twp. assessment:
#11 Sloat, John; no lot or conc. listed; total: 12
(listed between Jacob Tice of lot 16, con 7; and Abijah Blanchard no lot listed—Geo. Campbell is listed on a different page.)

1847 Pelham twp. assessment:
#13 Clark, Nelson; no lot or conc. listed; total: 8
#14 Sloat, John; lot P-10, conc 7; total: 23
(They are between John Anderson lot 10, con 6 and Nelson Sanderson no lot listed)

During the years of 1848 and 1849, John Sloat and George Campbell no longer appear on the list, but Nelson does. George Campbell deeded the land to his daughter Amanda Campbell in 1852.23

As mentioned on the pages for Nelson Clark, because 1847 through 1849 was several years before Nelson's marriage to Catherine Sloat, it raises the question as to what Nelson's relationship to the Sloats and Deckers was during this time.  According to the book, Roots and Ramblings by John Luman Klink, Nelson Clark was "1st married [to] Catherine's sister. She died early."24

Because John Sloat and Nancy Decker married only 2 years before Catherine was born, the possibility of an older Sloat sister is somewhat slim. However, because Nancy Decker had previously been married to John Rogers between 1812 and 1826, I believe that if Nelson was "first married to Catherine's sister," it was likely a Rogers girl and therefore Catherine's half-sister. (See the Nelson Clark page for more information about his first wife, Clarrissa.)

John Sloat and family and his son-in-law Nelson Clark have not been located in the 1851 census of Canada.

Nancy died sometime after Catherine's birth in 1834 and before John's marriage to Sarah Underhill in 1859.

John Sloat and Sarah Underhill
On  17 November 1859, John Sloat married another widow, Sarah Underhill, the widow of Archibald Green. Their marriage took place in Norfolk Co. Ontario, not far from Brant Co., where John resided and where his daughter Catherine and her husband Nelson Clark settled in 1856.25

Norfolk Co. marriage register:
John Sloat b. Niagara, residence Brant
Sarah Green b. NY, residence Townsend
17 Nov 1859
by B.W. Rogers
wit. Moses and Nancy Barber of Boston (Norfolk Co. Ontario)

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The marriage record listed the ages of the bride and groom as "30"; however, the census of 1861 show their ages as follows26:
1861: John Sloat age 47
         Sarah Sloat age 59
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In the 1851 census with husband Archibald Green, Sarah was listed as "50" years old.27 Although  John's age in 1861 isn't consistent with his supposed birth year of 1809, both censuses certainly show that John and Sarah were older than 30 when they married.

Also worth noting, John Sloat is listed as a Methodist consistently throughout the censuses and on his death certificate. Sarah was a Baptist.

Sarah Underhill Green Sloat is believed to have died between 1861 and 1866.

John Sloat and Margaret Sterling

Around 1865 or 1866, John Sloat married another widow, Margaret Sterling, who was the widow of Matthew Cooper.28 She was born 20 April 1833 in England29and lived in Townsend, Norfolk Co. with her husband and children, John Cooper and Mary Cooper  in the 1851 census.30

In 1871, John, Margaret, the Cooper children, and John and Margaret's sons Nelson and Wesley were living in Brantford twp, Brant Co. Ontario.31

Dwelling 11
John Sloat age 59 b. Ontario English Origin Farmer Married Over 20 and unable to write
Margret age 39 b. England English Origin Married 
John Cooper 21 b. Ontario Farmer
Mary Jane 19
Mercy Maria 17
George 16
Elizabeth 13
Matthew N 11
Nelson Sloat age 3
Wesley age 1
Polly Miller age 50 b. Ontario Widowed

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In 1881, John Sloat and his family were living in Charlotteville, Norfolk Co. Ontario.32

John SLOAT M Male 70 O <Ontario> Farmer
Margret H. SLOAT M Female English 49 Yorkshire, <Yorkshire, England>
Nelson SLOAT Male 13 O <Ontario>
Wesly SLOAT Male 11 O <Ontario>
William (Ruben) SLOAT Male 9 O <Ontario>
Minus (Matthew) COOPER Male 22 Q <Quebec> Farmer

This photo is belived to be John Sloat and Margaret Sterling:

The photo is in posession of Rebecca Welsh Havill.

John Sloat died 05 January 1884 in Norfolk Co. Ontario. His death certificate listed the cause of death as "Inflammation of the lungs and old age" and listed his age as 74 years 9 months.33

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His widow, Margaret Sloat, died 06 Apr 1903 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co. Ontario.34

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Endnotes

  1. Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1934. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Roll: MS935_38. John Sloat 011430, FHL US/CAN Film 1853185.  

  2. Research of Stan Cornelius about Abraham and John Sloat of Middlesex Co. Ontario. See http://archiver.rootsweb.com/th/read/SLOAT/1998-11/0910675915

    Militia information from:  Men of Upper Canada : militia nominal rolls, 1828-1829 edited and with an introduction by Bruce S. Elliott, Dan Walker, Fawne Stratford-Devai ; maps by Peter D.B. Mérey. Pages 141 and 150.  
  3. http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/niag-pen.htm, Marriages by Rev. Wm. Leeming 1820-1835.
  4. Clark and Sloat research by Tracey Marcelo. See http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~marcelo/Clarks/
  5. Norfolk County marriage register v. 44 1858-1869 FHL US/CAN Film 1030061, Return of Marriages solomenized by Benjamin W. Rogers, Minister of the Reformed Baptist Church for the year ending 31st day of December 1859. Page 24.
  6. 1881 Canadian census. Census Place             Charlottesville, Norfolk South, Ontario FHL Film 1375898 District 157 Sub-district C Division 2 Page Number 38 Household Number 183.
  7. Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007
  8. Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007
  9. Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada). Ontario, Canada Marriages, 1857-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2007
  10. http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/niag-pen.htm, Marriages by Rev. Wm. Leeming 1820-1835 and The Loyalists in Ontario: The Sons and Daughters of the American Loyalists of Upper Canada. Reid, William D, Lambertville, NJ, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1973, page 85.
  11. Order in Council. Record title: RG1, C-I-2, Volume 2, CR-CU-, DA-DE, FHL 1317489. 14 July 1797.
  12. Abstract index books of Wainfleet Township 1796-1865 FHL US/CAN Film 170983. Pages 262-264.
  13. Abstract index books of Wainfleet Township 1796-1865 FHL US/CAN Film 170983. Pages 262-264.  
  14. Thomas Rodgers. Michigan Marriages 1868-1925: Marriage records: 1894 -- Huron to Ottawa counties. FHL US/CAN Film 2342499 Vol. 2 page 193. Groom's mother: Nancy Decker; Groom's father: John Rodgers
  15. John Rogers. Death records of  Ingham Co. Michigan. Volume 3, page 304. 14 Dec 1901. Lists parents as John Rogers and Nancy Decker.  
  16. Niagara District Land Records. 
    1820 April 10. #5857. FHL film 0170151
    1824 Nov 16. #6567. FHL film 0170152
    1824 Nov 26. #7529. FHL film 0170154
    1824 Nov 27. #7530. FHL film 0170154
    1824 Nov 26. #7531. FHL film 0170154
  17. It does not appear that the John, husband of Nancy, is the same John Rogers who was lost in a boating accident in December 1826. 
    The following information is about that John Rogers:
    From: Death Notices of Ontario, William D. Reid
    Copyright Hunterdon House 1980
    Section for Upper Canada Gazette & U.E. Loyalist, York, 1826-1828
    Page 45
    17 Feb 1827: The little barque, the Lady of the Lake, so well known upon the Lake during the late war, has met a most disastrous fate. She left Niagara in a gale, on the 13th of December for Oswego, and has not since been heard of. All on board must have perished. The passengers were a lady from Oswego, her two children, sister and father. The crew consisted of Captain John Rogers and three hands.

    From: http://www.hhpl.on.ca/GreatLakes/Wrecks/details.asp?ID=16293 

    LADY OF THE LAKE found in deep water about 3 miles above Oswego, she was lost December 15th. 1826 with 7 lives.
    Upper Canada Herald, Kingston
    August 7, 1827

    As the first article indicates, the Lady of the Lake was a schooner used during the War of 1812. She was sold at auction on 2 February 1826 and was registered at Sacket's Harbor, New York by John Rogers on 30 September 1826. (From: and also
    WATERWAYS & CANALS OF EARLY UPSTATE NEW YORK, http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~twigs2000/waterways&canals.html, Richard Palmer. )

From: Bangor Register, 
02 Feb 1827
From the Sackett's Harbor Advertiser
Loss of the Lady of the Lake
The fact of this melancholy disaster is now beyond a doubt. As near as we can learn, there were twelve persons on board, viz. Capt. John Rogers, four men, (names unknown) and seven passengers. Among the passengers, were Mr. Morris Homan of Adams, Jefferson county, and his son's (Webb Homan) wife with two children. In addition to these invaluable losses, Captain Rogers had about $1500 in cash on board. Capt. Rogers was a man well known and highly respected in this place and in Oswego, where he formerly lived. He has left a wife and two or three children (living in New Haven, Oswego county) to deplore his melancholy fate.

From Abstracts of Wills, Administrations and Guardianships in NY State, 1787 - 1835., (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2006), (From material originally compiled by William A. D. Eardeley, now held by the Brooklyn Historical Society.)
Letters of Administration, Oswego Co. page 59.
Estate of John Rogers, late of town Scriba, died intestate. Granted to Adocia Rogers of town of Scriba, aforesaid as administrix. Seal 22 March 1827.

  1. http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/niag-pen.htm, Baptisms by Rev. Wm. Leeming 1820-1835.
  2. http://my.tbaytel.net/bmartin/niag-pen.htm, Marriages by Rev. Wm. Leeming 1820-1835.
  3. Letter written by Bertha Wheeler Blett on Sept 10, 1940. The letter was summarized in a note written by her daughter Erma Blett Cole.
  4. Census, 1836-1849, Pelham Township, assessment roll. Young, Brenda. St.  Catharines, Ontario : Ontario Genealogical Society, 1985
  5. Lana Campbell in deed records with husband George Campbell, mother Mary (Decker) Servos, and siblings Isaac Decker and Nancy (Decker) Rogers:
    1824 Nov 16. #6567. FHL film 0170152
    1824 Nov 26. #7529. FHL film 0170154
    1824 Nov 27. #7530. FHL film 0170154
    1824 Nov 26. #7531. FHL film 0170154

    Also,
    LDS FamilySearch. Deborah E. Martin Box 617 , Raymond, Alberta Canada T0K 2S0, Submission Search: 1871934-1005106122107, CD-ROM: Pedigree Resource File - Compact Disc #131, CD-ROM Features: Pedigree View, Family View, Individual View, Reports, Downloadable GEDCOM files, Notes and Sources.
  6. Abstract index books of Pelham Township 1800-1957 FHL US/CAN Film 170938, Lot 10 concession 7. 1836 Samuel Street to George Campbell. 1852 George Campbell to Amanda Campbell.
  7. Roots and ramblings of John Luman Klink. Klink, John Luman, 1897-, Eaton Rapids, Mich.: J. L. Klink, 1988. Library of the State of Michigan. CS71.K575 1988.
  8. Norfolk County marriage register v. 44 1858-1869 FHL US/CAN Film 1030061, Return of Marriages solomenized by Benjamin W. Rogers, Minister of the Reformed Baptist Church for the year ending 31st day of December 1859. Page 24.
  9. Ontario Canada 1861 census, Norfolk Co. (townships of Charlotteville, Houghton, and Middleton, town of Simcoe, and township of Townsend) FHL FHL 349298, page 17.
  10. Ancestry.com. 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. Norfolk County, District Number: 25 Sub-District: Townsend Sub-District Number:               238 Page: 139 Line: 11 Roll: C_11741 Schedule: A.
  11. Ancestry.com. 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. DISTRICT: Norfolk County, District Number: 25, Sub-District: Townsend Sub-District Number: 238 Page: 135 Line: 39 Roll:C_11741 Schedule: A.
  12. Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1934. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Roll: MS935_111.  
  13. Ancestry.com. 1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2006. Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia). Ottawa, Canada: Library and Archives Canada. DISTRICT: Norfolk County, District Number: 25, Sub-District: Townsend Sub-District Number: 238 Page: 135 Line: 39 Roll:C_11741 Schedule: A.  
  14. 1871 Ontario Census, Brant Co, South (Burford, Oakland, West Brantford and Tuscarora townships)  FHL 349145 page 4.
  15. 1881 Ontario Census, Charlottesville, Norfolk South, FHL Film 1375898              District 157 Sub-district C Division 2 Page Number 38
    Household Number 183.
  16. Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1934. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Roll: MS935_38. John Sloat 011430, FHL US/CAN Film 1853185.
  17. Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Deaths, 1869-1934. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Roll: MS935_111.