George was born Feb 10 1809. He was the second son of Oliver and Phena Stone Harper. He could be named after his grandfather, Judge George Harper, who fought in the American Revolution or out of respect for the first President George Washington.
George was 15 years old when his father was murdered in 1824. He and Alexander H (his brother) were listed as of age and stated their mother Phena Harper would be their guardian.
Alexander had moved to California and accidently shot himself while moving from one camp site to a higher camp site to avoid rains. In Alexander Hamilton’s probate papers (1852-1854) George and John, another brother, were listed as living in Canada.
The reason he moved to London, Ontario, Canada is not known. In the City of London Directory (1856-1857) he is listed as an “agent for the exchange buildings.” His office was on Burwell and Bathurst Streets. In the Canadian 1861 Census his occupation is listed as Gentlemen.
He met Mary Misener. They married Oct 29, 1843 in Elgin, Ontario, Canada. Mary was the daughter of Richard and Hannah Cozzard Misener. She was born Sept 18, 1825 in St. Thomas, Ontario. George and Mary were the parents of 4 children, Mary Tryphena, Hannah Cornelia, George Hamilton, and Nicholas Misener.
George and Mary’s children, spouses and children, are as follows:
Mary (born 1846) married Phineas H Clark and they had 5 children – Louisa, Emily, Cecil, Harold and William.
Hannah (1849-1929) married twice – her first marriage was to Charles Whitehead and they had 2 children George & Hattie. Her second marriage was to William Walker and they had one daughter Alice.
George Hamilton (1852-1946) was also married twice – his first marriage was to Alice Tidey and they had 4 children Mary, Norma, John and George Hamilton. His second wife was Emily Mackenzie and they had no children.
Nicholas (1855-1936) was married twice also – his first wife was Minnie Fleming and they had five children Alice, Hattie, Laura, Ethel and Thomas. His second wife was Mary Page and they had no children.
Sadly George W Harper passed away Aug 30 1863 and is buried in Mount Cemetery, Ontario. Mary had lived with her children off and on throughout the years until she passed in 1905.
An Ancestor not to be Forgotten.