Sunday, May 15, 2016
Mary and George
According to the family history, Mary was "a demure young widow" (aged 24) with a newborn when they married Nov. 3, 1848 at St. Mary’s Church in Froomefield County, Lambton by the Rev. George J. R. Salter. Salter had just only recently been appointed the ﬁrst rector of Trinity Church in Moore, and St. George's Church, Sarnia. I've seen references which suggest he had a BA from Christ Church College, and his MA from Oxford. He did later give lectures on classical studies to Mechanics' Institutes, so clearly he had a bit of an academic bent. Given George Sutherland's own literary aspirations, Salter must have been a welcome addition to the community.
We know less about the McLeans than we do about the Sutherlands. Mary had only been in Canada somewhere between 4-10 years when she married Rowland Cross in Port Sarnia on April 26, 1843. Apparently, Rowland, a carpenter, met Mary at the home of her father, John McLean, also a settler of Moore Township. I'll try to post more about John later.
Thank you to whomever Ancestry user Ruddyclan is, who appears to have been the original poster of this image.