Honner Family




Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Essex Ontario - containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families. (illustrated). Toronto: J.H. Beers & Co. 1905. p 617:

EDWARD W. HONNER, now living retired at Amherstburg, is one of the early settlers of that locality. The Honners were originally Huguenots.

Edward Honner, the grandfather of Edward W., was born in 1763, in Ireland, was a military captain there, and died in 1828. He married Sarah Waldron, who was of Jewish extraction, and they reared a family of seven sons and seven daughters to maturity, losing one son in infancy. The seven sons were: Edward, James, Frank, Thomas, Joseph, William and Frederick, all of whom were born in Ireland, and all of whom took part in the Rebellion of 1837-38, having come to Ontario in 1833 from the United States, where they settled a short time previously.

Of the above family, Edward, the eldest, was the father of our subject. He was born in 1798, and in his native land married Maria Howard, a native of Ireland, whose brother, John Howard, was a quartermaster in the English army. On coming to Ontario Edward Honner and his wife settled in Kingston, where they remained for a time, but later moved to a farm near the city, on which they lived until 1846, when he located on Lot 2, Concession 4, Anderdon township, County of Essex. Here both Mr. Honner and wife passed the rest of there lives, his death occurring in 1871, and hers in 1874. during the Rebellion of 1837-38 Mr. Honner was drill sergeant, under Capt. Lowe, with headquarters at Niagara Falls. Politically he was a Conservative, and for many years he was collector of Anderdon township. Both he and his wife belonged to the Church of England. To this worthy couple were born the following children: Hon. John St. George, deceased, formerly State Senator of Minnesota, married Antoinette Green and had a family; Christina1 is the widow of Thomas Hackett. Charlotte is the wife of Edward Pette, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Elizabeth married James Clegg2, of Sandwich, and both are deceased. Sarah is the wife of Capt. John Sunderland, of Wyandotte, Michigan. Capt. Thomas, of Grand Haven, is inspector of lake vessels and issuer of marine licenses. Maria is the wife of Arthur Wilson, of Portland, Michigan. Frederick is deceased. Annie is the widow of James Pett, of Muskegon, Michigan. Fanny is the widow of Hon. William Kennedy, formerly of Montana, now of Oregon.

Edward W. Honner was born June 3, 1833, at Kingston, Ontario, and came with his parents in 1846 to County Essex. In 1855 he began life on his own account as head sawyer in the large lumber mills of Michigan, working at Muskegon and other places, and continued thus for eight years. He then returned to County Essex and purchased the northeast quarter of Lot 2, Concession 5, in Anderdon township, living in this place for five years. A favorable opportunity offered and he sold his property and purchased one in Malden township, about one mile below Amherstburg. Here Mr. Honner engaged in farming until February, 1902, when he sold a part of his farm and settled at Amherstburg, where he is now living retired from very active labor. Mr. Honner still retains his twenty-acre peach orchard in Malden township. He has lived a long and active, industrious life and is entitled to the ease which he now enjoys.

On June 18, 1863, Mr. Honner was united in marriage with Miss Mercy Bailey, a daughter of the late John Bailey. She was born in Sussex, England, in 1834, and came to this country when very young. To Mr. and Mrs. Honner have been born two sons, Charles Franklin and George W. The former is now deceased. He married Rosa Weaver, but left no children. George W. is a mariner and resides at Grand Haven, Michigan. He married Agnes Marr3 and they have three children, George Edward, Winifred and McKinley, who was named for the much-beloved President of the United States, William McKinley, who was shot on his birthday, Sept. 6, 1901.

Politically Mr. Honner is a Conservative. Fraternally he is a member of the I.O.O.F. Mr. and Mrs. Honner belong to Christ Church at Amherstburg, which was erected by the early members of the Church of England here, in 1818, and since then the following rectors have officiated: Rev. Fred Mack (he was the second rector); Rev. Wey Des Bar; Rev. William Brookman; Rev. Sidney Falls; Rev. John Berry; and present rector, who took charge in 1902, Rev. James F. Park--all clergymen of great learning and notable gifts both as preachers and pastors.

Commemorative Biographical Record of the County of Essex Ontario - containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens and many of the early settled families. (illustrated). Toronto: J.H. Beers & Co. 1905. p 617.

1 Christina: should be Christiana

2 Clegg: also known as Clegue or Clague

3 Marr: should be Maher

(corrections by Maryjane Stelmach Honner, 19 Apr 2000)

My family notes re children of George W. Honner 16 Apr 1866 - 20 Jun 1936 and Agnes Maher 3 Jul 1873 - 24 Jan 1962:

Winifred: never married, no children; moved to Detroit, was an elementary school teacher.

McKinley (William): a/k/a Bill, married Mary (Mollie); 1 son (living), 1 granddaughter & 3 grandsons (all living); lived Port Huron, worked Detroit Edison.

George Edward 8 Dec 1896 - 28 Jul 1972: 1st wife Edna Mae King 23 Mar 1899 - 4 Jun 1982 (a/k/a Edna Mae Mills; b. NY, parents Wm Henry King & Mary Jane Butter); 2 sons - George Edward 10 Dec 1922 - 28 Feb 1972 (a/k/a George William; married/divorced, no children; Detroit MI & St. Petersburg FL), Thomas Francis 23 Jun 1925 - 19 Dec 1980 (wife still living; 1 daughter, 1 son, both living; Detroit MI & St. Clair Shores MI); 2nd wife Rita Cecil Miner (married 26 Oct 1938, Angola IN), no children. Geo E. lived Detroit MI, fireman, & Lakeside CA.



Notes kept by Edward Honner, Anderdon Township: page originally dated "December 17th, 1861" (handwritten, ink); from family records held by Maryjane Stelmach Honner


Christiana Honner was married the 18th day of December 1861 to Thomas Hackett


Edward W. Honner married to Mercy Bailey June 18 of year 1863




Sarah Honner married to John Sunderland the 26th day of January 1865



December 17th 1861


Edward Honner


February 16th 1863 (in pencil)

Elizabeth Honner married to James Clegue of Sandwich the 5th day of May 1866

John St G Honner married to Antionnete (sic) Green


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