Among the early U.E. Loyalist families settled along the shores of the Bay of Quinte, and the north shores of the St. Lawrence, were the Dulmages. They were closely connected with the Hecks, Emburys and Lawrences of Augusta township, Eastern District, and the Huffs, Hoovers, Canniffs and Allisons of the Midland District. They were also of the original Palatine families who first found refuge from persecution in Limerick county, Ireland, later on in the other British colonies before the American revolution, and finally as United Empire Loyalists in Upper Canada. The descendants and connections of these families are yet numerous and very respectable in this Province.
A RESIDENT OF KINGSTON
Elias Dulmage, a son of John, became a settler in the then small village of Kingston, at an early year of the last century. He was appointed one of the first jailers of the Midland District, a position which he held for twenty years, - fifteen years as Governor of the first jail built in this District, and five years of what was long known as "the new jail," but which gave place to the present jail, more than a generation ago. It was while holding that position in 1823, that Henry V., the subject of the present notice was born. He spent all his early years in Kingston and has still an excellent remembrance of it when it was yet but a small village, and many of his reminiscences of those years are now matters of a good deal of interest. He is now the last survivor of the once large family of Elias Dulmage, and the only grandchild of the early jailer is the Hon. John D. Carscallen, a native of the village of Newburgh in this county and now a prominent and wealthy citizen of the State of New Jersey. a few years ago Mr. Carscallen was Speaker of the State Legislature there.
BAY OF QUINTE DULMAGES
"Died, Friday, 18th of July, 1828, Mr. Solomon Huff, aged 77 years. He was born in the State of New York. In 1788 he moved from the United States to this Province, and settled on Hay Bay. He was the first person in the wilds of Fredericksburgh and Adolphustown, that devoted the Lord's day to religious purposes. On Sunday morning he would call in his neighbors and sing and pray with them. He was appointed a Methodist class leader at an early day and remained such as long as he was able to get to the house of worship, in which situation he was useful and much esteemed. A few moments before the breath left his body, he raised both hands, and clasping them together, with his eyes lifted towards heaven, and a cheerful countenance, delivered up his spirit to that God which gave it."
Jacob Dulmage lived for a time in Adolphustown, and then moved to Marysburgh. He was drowned in South Bay, opposite his home, when returning from holding a religious service across the Bay. His eldest daughter, Nancy, first married John M. Canniff, son of James Canniff, of Adolphustown, and after his death Abraham Canniff, who was for some years a resident of Adolphustown, and then of Newburgh. The children by her first husband were Jane Ann, who first married Mr. Silas Thompson, of Thompson's Point, Adolphustown, and after his death John G. Ross, of Belleville; she died recently at Belleville, aged 84 years. Sarah Eliza was another daughter; she married Owen S. Roblin and they were for years much respected residents of Newburgh. They now reside in Buffalo, N.Y., and are past 80 years of age - both yet enjoying good health. Ellen Canniff, a daughter by the second marriage, married Charles James, J.P., for some time, Mayor of Napanee. She died in this town in 1873.
The other children of Jacob Dulmage were well known and much respected. They were Elizabeth, Mrs. Mathew Hicks, of Long Point, Prince Edward Co.; Mary, Mrs. James Collin of South Bay; Jane, Mrs. Conrad Bongard, Marysburgh; Eva, Mrs. John Collier, Long Point; Sarah, Mrs. Hodgins; Lydia, Mrs. Jas. Lavery, Marysburgh. The only surviving member of the once large family of eleven children, is Mrs. Lowrey, the youngest, now in her eightieth year.
There is not now space to give the detailed names of the others of the families.
Augustus Wright and Margaret Dulmage, of Ernesttown, were married by Rev. John Langhorn, at Bath in 1792. Rev. David Wright, their son, was born in 1792. He was for years, one of the popular and influential Methodist ministers of this province, and was ordained at the same Conference as Wm. Ryerson, Robert Carson, Solomon Waldron, Jacob Poole and others who were well known in their day.
Dr. Henry Hoover Wright, for years a noted physician in this Province, and a pupil of the celebrated Dr. John Ralph, was a son of Rev. David Wright. Mrs. Cameron, wife of Dr. Irving H. Cameron, a distinguished Toronto surgeon, is a daughter of Dr. H. H. Wright.
AN EARLY INCIDENT
Writing of Jacob Dulmage recalls to mind an incident related to the writer by the late Col. Samuel Dorland, of Adolphustown, which was quite characteristic of the early years in this county, when athletic sports and exercises were popular. Many years ago the writer remembers to have met Col. Dorland and Squire Dulmage, both then old men, at the then celebrated Ebenezer camp ground, near Switzerville. After considerable conversation about their early days and reminiscences, the face of Col. Dorland brightened up considerably and he remarked in a very jocular way: "Perhaps you would like to go outside and try another wrestling match such as we had the first time we met. " Mr. Dulmage at once turned the conversation, and evidently did not want any more reference to the matter. After he had left Col. Dorland told the incident with a good deal of evident amusement, in some such words as these.