Rose Mary Dale was born on 6 May 18272,6,11,13in Chatham, Argentuil, Quebec to Daniel Dale and Martha Lough. The area she was born in was subsequently renamed Dalesville after he father who established a sawmill after arriving from Cairncross, in northern Ireland in about 18181. She was the second youngest of eight children.
Her four oldest siblings, William (1805), Martha (1808), Esther (1810) and Samuel (1815) were born in Ireland, while Margaret (1821), Ellen (1822) and Mary Jean (1824, who lived less than a year) were born in Quebec. Elizabeth (1830), showed up three years after Rose Mary6.
Rose Mary grew up on the farm and sawmill property in Dalesville, where she appears to be living on the 1842 Census3. It is difficult to be sure on the census as the only name listed is the head of household and others living there were counted by their age and gender; as much information was gathered on the type of produce being raised as was collected on the human inhabitants. However, we do know that right next door to Daniel Dale’s farm was the farm of William Young. One of William’s sons was John Young who Rose Mary would eventually marry.
John Young had moved first to Hullett in Huron County in Ontario as he and his brother had arrived there by 18514. The 1851 census for Chatham county in Quebec is missing from the Canadian records, but we can reasonably assume that Rose Mary was still there at that time as her parents and Samuel were still residing there in 18615.
John and Rose Mary married on 12 August 18542and started their family right away. John and Rose Mary’s first child Martha was born in 1855, followed soon after by William Dale (1857)7. After John’s father died in 1858, his mother and John’s family stayed on the farm in Hullett7with his mother, James and Alexander7so Rose Mary had her hands full with the extended family. As John’s mother was 58 at the time, it would have been an interesting family dynamic living with her mother-in-law, but I’m sure she welcomed the additional help as they had increased their family with May Nicole (1860) by this time. By 18718, they had increased their family with four more sons: Daniel (1863), Andrew (1865), Samuel (1868) and Henry (1871). They also had another daughter Ellen who unfortunately lived only 17 months. At that time, James was also living at the farm with the family8.
In 1881, Rose Mary and John remained in Hullett, though the oldest children had moved out by then, Dan, Andrew, Samuel and Henry were still there. As was Elizabeth Jeannette, who had been born in 18729.
In 1891, Rose Mary and John, who had not yet retired, were still farming in Hullett10. Henry and Elizabeth were still living at home.
By 1901, John had retired, though he still lived on the farm with Rose Mary and Elizabeth, with Henry living right next door, likely on part of the original farm property11.
Rose Mary died shortly after the census date on 3 April 1901 from heart failure12. She is buried in the Burns United Church Cemetery in Huron County Ontario13.
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2LaBrue, Dianne. Messages and information obtained from http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed December 2018.
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12Deaths (CR) Canada. Hullett, Huron, Ontario. 3 April 1901. YOUNG, Rose Mary. Collection: Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths `overseas, 1869-1946. http://www.ancestry.ca: accessed January 2019.
13Monumental inscriptions. Canada. Burns United Church Cemetery, Huron County, Ontario. 3 April 1901. DALE, Rose Mary. http://geneofun.on.ca/names/photo/896198: accessed January 2019.