More sources from research Feb. 6, 2020
There are many interesting stories here, including harrowing memories of life under slavery and escape up the Underground Railroad. All come from research done today and I hope these stories will be of interest and use to others who want to know about Black History in Canada, and particularly in Ontario. Joanne Doucette
Research 2019 (and before)
Samuel Sewell death, May 11, 1873 from the ledgers of The Necopolis Cemetery
More to come
More will be posted over the coming days. Please share this material.
Joanne Doucette, historian, Leslieville Historical Society
Why not research your own history? A great place to start is the Local History collection in your public library.
My history has a lot of information about those who escaped slavery to live here. It is available free on line at:
From early on ice from Ashbridge’s Bay was cut and sold by settlers like the Ashbridges. Some who exploited this resource were the black entrepreneurs, the Cary (or Carey) Brothers. George, Isaac, John and Thomas Cary came from Virginia to Toronto in the 1830s where they opened several barber shops. (In 1856 Thomas Cary married Mary Ann Shadd, the publisher of the Provincial Freeman.) Their workers in the ice business were often black men who had escaped slavery. In 1854, Thomas Cary and Richard B. Richards opened four ice houses. Some of the ice came from the Yorkville springs; some is reported to have come from Ashbridge’s Bay:
Ice! Ice!! Ice!!! The Undersigned begs to return his best thanks to his customers, for the liberal patronage he has received for the last nine years, and to announce that he has enlarged and added to the number of his Ice Houses, having now four which are filled with pure and wholesome Spring Water Ice, from Yorkville. He is prepared to supply the same to consumers, by contract or otherwise, during the season, commencing from the 1st of June next. The Ice will be conveyed by waggon daily, to places within six miles of Toronto. All orders sent to Thomas F. Cary, hairdresser, Front Street, two doors from Church Street, will be punctually attended to. R.B. Richards, Toronto April 19, 1854.(Globe, August 27, 1855.)