Pense & Panton
Robert Sewell   This page was set up by Robert Sewell in June 2006 to show the descent of the Pense and Panton Families.  Robert Sewell graduated from McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) in 1967 with a B.Sc. degree in chemistry.  After a year of studies at the University of Toronto's College of Education, he taught high school science in Collingwood, Ontario for a year and then taught chemistry, physics and general science in Hamilton, Ontario for twenty-nine years.  Robert Sewell retired from teaching in June 1998.
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Generation One


{Captain} James Panton
Born at Kiltalown, County Dublin, Ireland on January 1, 1792
Died on April 18, 1855
Buried at St. John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Lot 16, Con. 1 SDS, Nelson Twp. Halton County, Ontario.  This is on the south side of Dundas Street (Highway 5) just west of the Guelph Line.
James married Susannah Spence who was born on December 27, 1795 at Three Castles, County Wicklow, Ireland and died on September 27, 1856.  Susannah is buried next to her husband. Please visit their cemetery markers by clicking on James Panton and Susannah Spence.
(The same tombstone can be visited at the Virtual Cemetery by clicking on James Panton or Susannah Spence)

    {Captain} James Panton and his family resided at Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland; and they came to Canada in the mid 19th century although it is unclear exactly when.  The Pantons were adherents of the Anglican church; and they were landowners or perhaps they managed an estate for an absentee landlord.  There is a family story that some local (Catholic) persons left a coffin at the gate or front door of their home as a somewhat less subtle hint that they were not welcome in the neighbourhood.  Family tradition holds that this gesture was instrumental in convincing the Pantons to emigrate to Canada.

    These were very hard times in Ireland; and the Catholic majority was not treated in a fair manner.  The Great Famine of 1845-1851 caused unbelievable hardship.  Please see "The History Place" for details:

http://www.historyplace.com/worldhistory/famine

James and Susanna had the following children:

A Partial Listing of Other Pantons
Samuel William Panton, born at Blessington in Wicklow, Ireland of January 17, 1815; died on October 30, 1843 and buried at St. John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Lot 16, Con. 1 SDS, Nelson Twp. Halton County, Ontario. This may be another child or perhaps a nephew of {Captain} James Panton and his wife Susanna Spence.
Mrs. Jane Catherine Panton born at Three Castles, County Wicklow, Ireland on November 27 1786 and died at Kilbride, Canada West on February 26, 1853 or 1855 Št 68 and buried at St. John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Lot 16, Con. 1 SDS, Nelson Twp. Halton County, Ontario. Is this perhaps a sister in law (or sister?) of {Captain} James Panton? Jane appears to have had a daughter shown next:
Jane eldest daughter of Samuel and Jane C. Panton born July 7, 1806 at Crosscolearbor, Blessington, County Wicklow, Ireland; died on January 18, 1863 at Milton, Canada West and buried at St. John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Lot 16, Con. 1 SDS, Nelson Twp. Halton County, Ontario.  There appear to have been at least three different persons with the name "Jane C. (Catherine) Panton".
From Pathway to Skyway states:
"The village of Kilbride was laid out by Francis Baker and William Panton sometime around 1850.  Mr. Panton was born in Ireland in 1808 and emigrated to Canada in 1834.  He settled on a farm in Nelson township and after spending some time in the Niagara district as Public Works Inspector, he joined Mr. Baker in a milling and lumbering business.  Together they laid out a village and nostalgically christened it Kilbride after a town Panton remembered in County Wicklow, Ireland.  Panton and Baker (now Kilbride) Streets were named in honor of these fathers of the village."
. . . . Emery and Ford, From Pathway to Skyway, Burlington, Ontario, 1967, page 80
From Pathway to Skyway states:
"The earliest record shows that in July 1855 William Panton and Francis Baker deeded lot 27 on the present Kilbride Street to the trustees of School Section No. 11  Nelson who later bought lots 28 and 29 as well."
. . . . Emery and Ford, From Pathway to Skyway, Burlington, Ontario, 1967, page 83
Kilbride School

     The Board of Education attempted to close all rural schools circa 1954, but "opposition was so strong from a group in Kilbride that . . . parents were given a choice of sending their children to Fairview School by bus or allowing them to walk to the local school. The majority of parents who continued to send their children to the old stone school were those who, having attended it themselves, had an intense loyalty to it."
 . . . Emery and Ford, From Pathway to Skyway, Burlington, Ontario, 1967, page 84

Kilbride School




Generation Two


Maria Panton
Born in Ireland between 1835 and 1851; probably circa 1839.
Early census records are ambiguous. In the case of Maria Panton:
The 1871 census shows Maria as being "35 yr"; i.e. born as early as 1835.
The 1881 census shows "38 yr" and the 1891 census shows "40 yr"; i.e., born as late as 1851!
Maria was said to be 70 at the time of her death in 1909; so she was likely born circa 1839.
Died on September 30, 1909 Št. 70 at Toronto, Ontario; and buried at Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston.
Married: John Grasse Pense who was born between 1820 and 1831, likely circa 1820, in Upper Canada.  John Pense was an upholsterer.  He died on May 27, 1903 Št. 83 at Toronto, Ontario; and was buried at Cataraqui Cemetery, Kingston. John's death was reported as being due to "dropsy" which was probably congestive heart failure.

    According to the census records, the Pense Family was living in Kingston in 1871.  In 1881 they were living in Lowville, Nelson Township. At the time of her death Maria was residing at 131 Summerhill Avenue, Toronto. Maria was reported as dying of "oedema of the lung", which may have referred to pneumonia but more commonly would have meant congestive heart failure.
 

From Pathway to Skyway states:
"Lowville had several industries . . ..
"Back of the foundry on the banks of the creek was Mr. Rumple's funiture factory which supplied the neighbourhood with fine furniture, some of which is still in use.  Mr. Rumple, a native of Prussia, has a main factory with another building nearer the street for finishing and sales."
. . . . Emery and Ford, From Pathway to Skyway, Burlington, Ontario, 1967, page 90

John Pense is recorded as being an upholsterer and as residing in Lowville; so he may have been employed at Mr. Rumple's furniture factory.

Village of Lowville, 1873
Emery and Ford,
From Pathway to Skyway
Burlington, Ontario, 1967, page 84
Lowville 1873
    Maria Panton and John Grasse Pense had the following children:     Grandchildren of Maria and John Pense are said to include Marjorie Pense (who married Dr. Holmes Hopkins) and Harry Pense who lived in Kingston. This part of the Pense family had some close connection with the Kingston newspaper, "The Whig Standard".



Generation Three


Susan Elizabeth "Suzie" Pense
Born between 1858 and 1860 at Hamilton, Canada West
Married on September 25, 1883 at Hamilton to Carl Arthur von Wagner Schmitz, son of P.J. and Albertina Schmitz. Suzie was a resident of Waterdown at the time of the marriage.

Suzie's wedding announcement refers to her as the "adopted daughter" of Chas. R. M.  Sewell.  It would appear that Suzie was brought up in the home of her Aunt Susan and Uncle Charles:

Canadian Champion, Milton Ontario
October 11, 1883 page 3 column 4
Married.
SCHMITZ — PENSE. — At Hamilton, Ont.,
on Wednesday, Sept. 25th, by the Rev. Dr. Carlyle, of New York, Carl A. Van Wagner Schmitz of Cologne, Germany, to Susie E., eldest daughter of Mr. J.G. Pense, and adopted daughter of the late Chas. R. M. Sewell, Esq., of H. M. Customs, Hamilton



Caroline Alberta "Carrie" Pense
Born between 1860 and 1862 in Canada West
Died on March 5, 1930
Married on December 29, 1887 at St. Luke's Church in Burlington, Ontario to Henry DeQuincy Sewell
 
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Henry DeQuincy Sewell



Eliza "Aunt Lillie" Pense
Born between 1867 and 1869 in Canada West
Died in the 1930's(?)
    Aunt Lillie was unmarried, and resided for a short time in the the early 1930's at the home of her nephew, Henry Charles DeQuincy Sewell at 69 Kingswood Road, Toronto.  Aunt Lillie also lived with a niece Marjorie in Kingston. Later, she moved into the home of her brother Frederick in Lorne Park.



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