|Here is an excerpt from Ron Brown: Ontario's Vanished Villages, Polar Bear Press, Toronto, 1999.|
"Located about six kilometres southeast of Hensall, Lumley was a
busy little town in the later years of the 19th century. By 1870 it had
a general store, with a dance hall above, a woollen factory, a pump
factory, a cooper, a tailor, a shoemaker and a blacksmith. Like many
communities its size it also had a debating club whose topics would not
be out of place to-day: 'resolved that the press has more influence
that the pulpit; resolved that free trade would be more beneficial to
Canada than protection'.|
"By 1900 the railways had bypassed Lumley in favour or Hensall and the more efficient factory system had replaced the local craftsmen. Today all the old buildings are gone, save the school which has been transformed into a modern home."
Thanks to Ruth Brady who shared her family connection with Lumley, Ontario along with some interesting details from Creery, Walter E. & Dougall, Fern: Between the Fences: Usborne Township, 1842-1992, Usborne Township Council, Exeter, Ont., 1991.
"My great great grandparents were Victor William and Mary Ann (Burlison) Dinnin who settled in Lumley in 1851.
"According to 'Between the Fences' the Dinnin branch of my family came from the north of England. Joseph Dinnin (1780-1873) and Margaret (Gillespie) Dinnin (1797-1865) lived at Dalton Lodge, Northumberland in northeast England but later moved to Chester-le-Street in Durham County (still in northern England) where they raised two sons, William and Joseph and five daughters Mary, Margaret, Isabelle, Eleanor and Ann.
"This is where William Victor met Mary Ann Burlison. She was originally from Masham, Yorkshire but moved to Chester-le-Street where she married William in 1838. They had 5 children born in England but tragically lost 3 of them as babies. William’s younger brother, Joseph (1815-1893), William and his wife Mary Ann and with their ten year old son, William and two year old daughter Mary Ann immigrated to Lumley (Four Corners) Usborne Township, Huron County in 1851. William and Mary Ann lost another son born in Canada in 1857 but had a seventh child, J.R. (John Robert Burlison Dinnin) born in 1859.
'William was a skilled carpenter and cabinetmaker and eventually had a shop in Lumley. According to 'Between the Fences' … in his shop he built and repaired many articles of neighboring farmers, cradles for harvesting grain, spinning wheels (one of which is in the Lambton County Museum), ox sleds, ox yokes, beds, tables, forks, coffins, etc. He also built several schools and houses . . .."
. . . thanks to Ruth Brady, May 2013
|First, a "google map" to show the location of Lumley relative to Lake Huron:|
|Here is a topographical map showing Lumley:|
Map courtesy of Natural Resources Canada.
|And here is a "closer" topographical map:|
|Google doesn't show any "street view" of Lumley;|
but here is the corner of Thames Road and the Elimville Line.
This is about 2 miles south of Lumley.
To find Lumley on Google Maps, go to
and search for Lumley, ON, Canada