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Re: Joel & Hannah (Weston) Dean
Posted by: Barbara Drane (ID *****8871) Date: March 26, 2005 at 13:44:39
In Reply to: Walter Deane Taunton, MA to Ezra to Ephriam to Joel & Hannah (Weston) Dean by Gene Taylor of 617

Here are the notes I have for Joel Dean:

From the book: "The Deans of Hamiton Township" by M. M. Dean, Toronto 1990:

"Joel left Taunton in 1766 and moved his family to Ashford, Connecticut where he purchased a tract of 200 acres. And it was at Ashford that three of his seven children were born. In 1777 the family moved again, this time to Wilbraham, Massachusetts, near Springfield, where Joel purchased a property. It was at Wilbraham that his youngest son Eli was born and his children grew up. And it was at Wilbraham that plans were made for the move to Canada.

It is not known what motivated the family in deciding to move to Ontario. There has always been a Loyalist tradition in the Canadian branch of the family and this may have affected their decision; however they do not seem to have suffered any losses of property due to such views and they did not come with the first group of Loyalists, but arrived in the late seventeen nineties, too late to be considered officially as United Empire Loyalists.

Joel Deane's sons Joel II, Noah, Weston, Benjamin and probably Eli, and his daughter Phillarmon and her husband Henry Thompson, all settled in Hamilton Township which is in Northumberland County, Ontario. The first record of the family in Canada is in 1797 when Noah and Benjamin received grants of land in the second and third concessions of Hamilton Township by Order in Council dated September 1st. The first annual assessment was taken in 1804 and listed Joel Dean and Weston Dean. From 1805 to 1812 we find Joel, Noah and Weston. Benjamin does not appear on the assessment listings until 1812; he had sold his grant to his brother Weston in 1805 and evidently returned to Wilbraham; he came back to Canada in 1812 and purchased a lot on the third concession. The parents Joel and Hannah are recorded for the first time in the assessment of 1813. In a812 they had disposed of their remaining property in Wilbraham and presumably accompanied their son Benjamin and his family to Hamilton Township.

After the first generation in Canada most of the descendants of the brothers, except for those of Weston, moved away, some to Michigan and Illinois. There are today no male descendants of Benjamin or Eli and the Dean name has died out in the line of Weston except for the Compiler and his four first cousins two of whom have four sons between them but no grandsons.

Any male descendants of Noah are believed to be in the United States and to date none of them have been traced. Joel II had six sons and there are some of their Dean descendants in Ontario and many more have been traced in Michigan and other places in the United States.

Because of the large families and the lack of the custom of primogeniture in Canada, the tradition of land holdings, inherited from England, did not survive beyond the first generation. In most cases the properties were divided or sold to pay legacies to the children. Only in the case of Weston did this tradition continue for one further generation probably because he had acquired a very substantial acreage and only two of his five sons survived. His son Samuel Corban carried on this English custom; however, by the time his children were growing up Victoria University had been established at Cobour and his sons were all educated there, two becoming physicians, one a lawyer and one entering business; only one remained on the land operating one of his fathers farm properties. And so we find that, after almost two hundred years, of the family which was among the earliest settlers in Hamilton Township, none of the name of Dean are to be found in that township to-day.

The present day Highway #2 turns south east at Welcome leading to the centre of Port Hope; however the road continues east as the third concession road through Dale (at the intersection of Highway #28) to Precious Corners. Between Dale and what is now Precious Corners was, in the early eighteen hundreds, Dean territory. An area of gently rolling terrain it is today the site of very prosperous and well kept farms.

A short distance east of Dale on the north side (con. 3) is the location of Benjamin Deane's grant and the several properties of Weston Deane (lots 29-30-31-32) and the location of the Thompsons (Phillarmon Deane's husband); further along on the south side (conc. 2) is the location of Noah Deane's two properties (lots 25-26). Joel Deane's site (lot 13 conc. 1) is now part of Cobourg. None of their houses remain today, Mount Pleasant Hall the last having been demolished in 1964 and replaced by a brick bungalow."

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