This is a transcription of an original secondary document compiled by Norman Jolly and transcribed for use on this web site. Norman Jolly has kindly consented to the use of the document on this web page and acknowledged additional gratitude for Alvin Mylo Srigleys help in the original compllation. There may be names that aren't spelled as we're used to and other minor differences, but I have found this to be one of the most helpful documents for the Canadian descendants of John and Mary that I have ever found. Some changes and/or additions have been provided by Eleanor Sibbert.

Norman feels that the document should be seen and shared by all interested parties and I'm thankful that he has seen fit to let me publish it on this page! I hope to have a "paged" version soon but in the meantime the good 'ol "find on this page will serve well!" Thanks KSH

March 30, 2000



subject to revision and correction


Compiled by:

Norman Jolly

Ontario Genealogical Society #992

Newmarket, Ontario

January 1991




In May, 1931 there appeared in the Buffalo Evening News a lengthy article by Lee F. Heacock, describing the arrival of his great grandfather Jonathan lll in Canada, and listing his numerous progeny to the late 1880's. This story, known to many of Jonathan's descendants, has become an important source to family historians with Heacock connections. The record, almost completely accurate, is not confined to Canada. Although acknowledging the help of Quaker records, Roger Lee must have worked hard and long to trace a family already scattered across the continent.

An update of the 1930 record is long overdue. This volume is an attempt to bring together the names of Jonathan's descendants to the present year (1991) but it is not nearly complete. Numerous Heacock names will not be included, and a few United States names will be added to the 1931 record, although it is known that many have migrated to Canadian and United States west. It is hoped that more descendants will be reached, and more names tied in.

Pioneer Canadian families reflect the history of the nation, in the general movement from east to west. This history will be no exception. But it also shows that some families chose to remain close to the farm where Jonathan first settled in Concession 3, lots 26 and 27, King Township, York County, Upper Canada, now Ontario.

Researchers following lines other than that of Jonathan III will find nothing in these pages that has not appeared in the Buffalo Evening News article or in earlier histories done by American Heacock family historians.


"THE ANCESTORS OF CHARLES CLEMENT HEACOCK 1851-1914," a history published in 1950 by Roger Lee Heacock of the Baldwin Park (California) Bulletin has been most helpful. Mr. Heacock chronicles the early Quaker traditions of the Heacock family, which survived in his own family line to his father's time. The book, based on research by previous Heacock historians, provides background on the Heacock name as far back as the sixteenth century, with insights into American history and into Quakerism in England and America. The ancestral line is traced to Jonathan III but Jonathan and his wife are dismissed by a few lines, "later they settled in Canada." No attempt is made to follow the Canadian line.

The article by Lee F. Heacock "pioneer Families of the Canadian Niagara Frontier" in the Buffalo Evening News, May 2, 1931 edition has been mentioned. Data from this are the basis for the Canadian story. About the year 1930 Lee F. Heacock and other interested persons began a newsletter which was intended to reach all persons in the connection. Some of the old copies are still in existence.

  Alvin Mylo Srigley, great-great-great grandson of Jonathan III has also contributed. Alvin Mylo's interest in his Heacock and Srigley connections goes back to his childhood. The book written by Roger Lee Heacock was presented to him by Roger Lee's widow and it will be available for use in the Ontario Genealogical Society Library. Several families in the York and Toronto region and beyond, including the United States have given up to date information. Records in the Ontario Archives and the Ontario Genealogical Society Library, and in local libraries have been used. They will be consulted further.


The Heacock family lived for several generations near Slindon, in the parish of Eccleshall, Staffordshire, England. The first known emigrant to America was John Heacock, a Quaker, who came to Delaware in 1682, one year after William Penn received from Charles II the grant of land later known as Pennsylvania. John Heacock's relationship with the America family is unclear. Jonathan I Heacock and his wife Ann Till appear to be the progenitors of the Heacock family in North America.

In 1718 Jonathan I and Ann, with four children were presented at the Chester, Pennsylvania meeting of Quaker friends. They had with them a certificate granted in 1711 by the Friends Monthly meeting at Woverhampton, Staffordshire. Jonathan I, born about 1680 died in 1764. He was a wool merchant and owned a farm near Marple, near Philadelphia. The children of Jonathan and Ann were Mary b. 1712 m. Robert Penrose; John b. 1713 m. Sarah Taylor; Jonathan II b.1715 m. Susannah Morgan; William b. 1716 m. Ann Roberts; Ann b 1718 m James Morgan and Joseph b. 1722 m. Hannah Massey. Jonathan II Heacock married Susannah Morgan in 1745, before the Richland Pa Friends Meeting. Jonathan II was a weaver, and lived on land inherited from the Morgan family. Their children were Deborah b. 1749 m. Andrew Coho; Susannah b. 1752 m. William Lloyd; Jonathan III b. 1755 M. Mary Evans, John b. 1761 m. Esther Pyle; Amy b. 1764 M. James Crawford, Nathan died young, Rachel m. Abraham Walton; Ann m. Ezekiel Dennis, Sarah and Josiah.


The minutes of the monthly meeting show that Jonathan III left Chester with his wife Mary and four children in 1782. From there they migrated to Haverford, and later to Canada.

From the Buffalo Evening News, May 2, 1931 (shortened)....

"Fifty years before Buffalo was chartered as a city, Pennsylvania Quakers had begun the penetration of the Niagara Peninsula of Canada. Today their descendants are numbered by thousands, although the number of the Quaker religious congregations have shrunk to almost nothing. Honest, industrious, god-fearing and courageous, they dared the perils of the wilderness long before territorial government was established in Ontario, with no weapons raised against the Indian aborigines and conquered the wilds by kindness for order, peace and brotherly good will.

While Ezekiel Dennis married Ann Heacock in 1774 they might in time look forward to a share in the substantial holdings of her father Jonathan II Heacock but in the golden west was ample tillage, free for the taking. In 1783 Ezekiel and Ann turned toward Canada and set out with their six children. How they crossed the rushing Niagara River to what is now Fort Erie long before the first rude ferry began to ply the river is not known --- presumably friendly Indians in canoes towed them over. About 1794 they removed to Clinton County with the family now grown to eleven souls, not counting william Hutchins who had wooed and won their fourteen year old daughter Amy Dennis.

Six years after Ezekiel and Ann Dennis prodded their oxen westward from Richland, her brother Jonathan, with a numerous party followed in the trail they had blazed. Tradition has it that deborah, wife of Ambrose Coho, Susannah, wife of William Lloyd and Amy, wife of James Crawford with their husbands and families, his brother John with his wife Esther and numerous progeny started with Jonathan also. Arriving at the Niagara River John looked askance at the swift current -- which then as now rushes toward the plunge over the brink at from six to eight miles per hour.

"Does thee think it prudent to venture over, with the beasts and the little ones?" John is said to have queried. "We are in the hollow of God's hand" Jonathan is said to have replied. "If he willeth it, we shall find safe crossing."

John turned westward with his party, settling presently in Stark County, Ohio. A century afterward John's grandson Joel Heacock, minister of many years to the Quaker meeting at West Branch, Iowa is said to have imparted to the child Herbert Hoover his early knowledge of the tenets of that faith, which, in all the pomp and power and his place as president of a great nation has never wavered.

Jonathan, with the rest of the party, turned northward and followed the river from what is now Buffalo to a point below Niagara falls. With an improvised windlass the heavy oxcarts were lowered down the steep incline which, nowadays known as the Lewiston Hill, still presents difficulty for panting motor cars; and building a raft of logs hewn on the bank, passed safely to the other side. The first year was one of terrible privation and suffering. The pioneers lived on berries, roots, even the leaves of trees were pressed into service as food. Only one succumbed -- Ambrose Coho whose wife and seven children, including little John at his mother's breast, were enabled through his sacrifices to survive that winter of hunger whilst he, the strongest of them all, starved himself to death. In the roll of frontier heroics are many illustrious names but few are there who will consent to die by inches in the agonies of hunger when weaker ones have enough at least to subsist on. Ambrose's widow, Deborah, lived nearly sixty years after her husband's passing and died in 1848, aged 99 years.

Into Canada the Quaker immigrants brought those principles of forthright simplicity, sobriety, personal integrity and fair dealing which had enabled their forebears, led by William Penn to found Pennsylvania as the only commonwealth in the United States which was free from warfare with the Indians. There was in them neither hatred nor fear of any human being. History bears witness that Quakers never doffed their hats to kings, to potentates, or even to judges in the courts of law: that they submitted in simple dignity, level - eyed and serenely erect to scourging, flaying and burning in New England, but would not forbear their preaching of peace and brotherhood even in the face of death: that John Till, the ancestor of Jonathan Heacock had lain in prison in Staffordshire, England for six long years for failure to attend the public worship, until released by Charles the second, but would not yield his faith. Of such stock were made these early Canadian pioneers.

For more than thirty years William Halowell Heacock of Philadelphia pursued his researches looking toward the publication of a revised version of the History of the Heacock Family published in Philadelphia in 1809 by Thomas Reece Heacock. With access to the records of the Society of Friends, a faithful chronicle of the membership back to 1711, he labored patiently for many years. Death overtook him in 1897.

While imperfect and by no means complete I am persuaded that these records of early Canadian pioneers constitute a substantial contribution to border history and as such should be given to the public. There is moreover the hope that living descendants will communicate with the Heacock Family Association and that they will also have a share in the reunion of the Heacock Descendants to take place in Buffalo in 1932."

Ida May Srigley Scouter, a descendent through her grandfather, Mahlon Srigley (J3-2-2) wrote .. "Jonathan III and his family lived for about fifteen years on a clearing which is now St. Catherine's, Ontario. Quite by accident Jonathan saw a farm site in King Township, York County which seemed to be the farm of his dreams. He bought the property in 1804. It consisted of four hundred acres, and proved to so ideal that it is still (1931) in the hands of some of his descendants."

News item from the NEW ERA, Newmarket dated October 29, 1858 .. "Mr. T. L. Heacock (J3-13-1), farmer, Yonge Street, met with a narrow escape from a serious fire, during the past week. By some manner of means a large stack of straw became ignited in his barnyard, situated only some 15 feet from the barn, and was burned up. But by the aid of neighbors who were prompt in their assistance, the barn was saved. May this accident prove a timely warning to all. Farmers should see to it that ladders ate placed in convenient places to meet such emergencies, with other necessary apparatus."

 The poem below was received by Alvin Srigley of Winnipeg from a descendent of Jonathan through Christopher Srigley (J3-2-10), it was written by Jane Heacock Srigley (J3-2) in memory of her brother John (J3-1).

John Heacock

Ah! Lovely appearance of death

What sight upon earth is so fair

Not all the gay pageants on earth

Can with this dead body compare.

With solemn delight I survey

The corpse when the spirit is fled

In love with that beautiful clay

And looking to lie in it's stead.

How bless'd is our brother bereft

Of all that could burden his mind

How easy the soul that has left

The wearisome body behind.

Of evil incapable thou

Whose relics with envy I see

No longer a sinner like me.

Jane Srigley, Sen.

1st Wife of Robert Skelton Srigley



Dated March 10, 1812

I Jonathan Heacock, of the Township of King in the County of York, Home District and Prov