An Ancestry member so very kindly shared with me a website called "OnLand" where you can search for Ontario Land Registries. My brick wall always rented, but I thought I would peruse the site for anything I could find in the area where he lived, Leeds, Ontario. I was SHOCKED to find him listed in there, but I still don't know what it means. Can someone help me?
First some background:
My brick wall is Orin Day Rogers. I've been trying to place him with parents for >15 years. The family story is that his parents (grandparents?) were from the USA, fought on the side of the British, moved to Canada. His parents-in-law (also lived in Leeds) were William Meggs and Hepzibah (Elizabeth) Boucher. Apparently Hepzibah had a brother named William Boucher, also living in Leeds. William Meggs had an adopted son named Robert Boyce.
Please don't write to me and tell me his parents were Samuel Rogers from Ireland and Agnes Nelson from Scotland. Whoever submitted that was wrong and I have two obituaries and two DNA tests to prove it.
From the ONLand registry:
Abstract Panel Registry Book
Leeds (28) Leeds, Book 95 B
Concession 2, Lot 13 to 24
Concession 2, Lot 17, Abstract Index page 117
On the microfilm, it's #41 of 127.
Orrin D. Rogers and wife are listed twice on this page, as Grantor and Grantee.
AGH 154 Grant and Q.C. 22 Jul 1862
AGI 172 Grant and Q.C. 15 Apr 1868
Does Q.C. mean Quit Claim? Why would he file a Quit Claim?
What is going on here? It looks like the parcel of land is bought and sold repeatedly or perhaps it's partitioned and sold off, but eventually it ends up back in the hands of Robert Boyce again. If Orrin D. Rogers got a grant, how did he get it? From whom? Why? I don't understand how he qualified for a grant. If it was because of his father's service in the British army, how do I find out who his father is from this grant? Would that mean that his father would qualify as a Loyalist?
The person I think is his father (Josiah Rogers in Ganaoque in 1861) doesn't seem to own the residence where he's living in 1861, Charles Blaker Crysler owns the property and Josiah Rogers is living there with his wife, daughter Elizabeth her husband James Collingse and a few other people. I thought nobody in the family owned land, so that's why I was shocked to find Orrin D. Rogers listed as having some sort of grant. Furthermore, I thought perhaps the Land Registry office misspelled James Collingse as "James Cunnings", who is one of the grantors that sells to Orrin. But then I found that there were multiple "James Cunnings" in Leeds at the time, so there goes that theory---it didn't seem to be family related.
Could the grant have been from Abel Stevens, the Baptist preacher who brought families from Vermont to Leeds? Or from Timothy Rogers the Quaker who brought families from NY and VT to Leeds? How do I find out why he was eligible for this land grant, and why does he appear on this page twice? Why would he sell his land grant, if that's what's happening?
Any insight into this would be helpful. Thank you.