Tombstone Tuesday – December 26, 2017 – John Best

John Best

John Best was the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Trowbridge) Best. He was born on December 21, 1831, in Bayham, Ontario. Frederick and Elizabeth Best had ten children; John (1831), Dorothy Ann (1833), William Henry(1837), Catherine Matilda (1838), Martha (1840), Casper (1842), Frederick Augusta (1844), Mary Elizabeth (1845), Sarah Jane (1847), Murphy Hardy (1851). In the 1851 Census, John is living in Bayham, Elgin County, Ontario with his parents. He is a twenty-one-year-old laborer.

John married Isabelle Crosset sometime before 1859 when their first son was born. I am unable to find the marriage record.

In the 1861 Census, John and Isabella have one son, George (1859) and they are living next to Isabella’s parents and John’s mother, Elizabeth who appears to be a widow.  John lists his occupation as farmer. In the 1871 Census, they have three children; George F, Sarah(1863), and Frances(1866). In the 1881 Ontario Census, John and Isabella have five children living in their household; George F., Sarah Elizabeth, Francis, Florence (1877), Phebe (1879).  In the 1901 Ontario Census, John is a widower and living with his daughter, Sarah and her husband, James Huffman in Elgin, Ontario.

One hundred and twelve years ago, John died on December 26, 1905, at the age of seventy-four of heart failure in Oxford, Ontario. He is buried in Best Cemetery in Elgin County, Ontario.


John Best is my first cousin 5X removed.

Rest in peace, John,

Love, Jan

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