James Frederick MALLETT

James Frederick MALLETT

Male 1828 - 1909  (81 years)

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  • Name James Frederick MALLETT 
    Born 29 Mar 1828  Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Reference 43 
    Died 25 Dec 1909  879 Syracuse Street, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Cause of death: Heart failure from dropsy, the result of chronic nephritis.
    Buried 28 Dec 1909  Columbian Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • The undertker was E. "Holman"?, 220 - 3rd.
    Notes 
    • James was already 22 in the 1851 census. He left home at the same time as Frederick, they both took up land from the Canada Company in (West) Williams Twp. The transaction no. is 4342 dated June 27 1851 for lot 17 con 19. The brothers are right side by each. It was a lease, which was converted to sale no. 6721 on Mar 22 1860. There is a note below the original record which says to John Mallett Sen. July 1859. Immediately below the John is Jas (James). This makes no sense. I know of no John other than James' son John who is listed in the 1861 census, but would have been a baby, if born at all, in July 1859.

      1861 census: James 33, Sarah 30, Caroline 6, Sarah 5, Martha 3, John 1. John is not listed as being born in 1860, so he was probably born in the second half of 1859. They are listed as P (primitive) Methodist. They live in a log house, 2 children go to school.

      James is not listed in the 1871 census, not in West Williams, and not in the index. He was there as late as 1863 when he flipped a town lot in West Wood (now Parkhill), buying it in the spring for $40.00, and selling it in the fall for $250.00. I'd like to know more about that. He is said to have gone to Iowa, and is said to have written to William Henry while alive, but there is no further information. He is mentioned in James' will, and someone had to know where he was to get his money to him. I wonder if I could find this out from records surrounding the probate of the will, of which William Henry was the executor.

      I found the estate file of the old man's will. There is nothing specific about the whereabouts of anyone. I will go back to the Ontario Archives and search the land records. I can probably find him selling his property, which will at least narrow the time frame in which they went to Iowa. Perhaps I can find church records too to flesh out the details of the family before they left.

      A look at the abstract index for James' property and a closer look at the Canada Company records indicates that James Jr never held title to lot 17, James Sr did. I believe that James Jr is the one who took the original lease from the CC in 1851, but in 1859 it was transferred to John (James?) Sr. On Oct 9, 1866, James Sr leases the property to Henry Johnson (#714). It says James Sr plus in the body of the agreement there is a provision for "the lessor's son Frederick" to take off firewood already cut on lot 17. On June 14 1869 James sells the farm to William Henry for $1500.00, and holds a mortgage in that amount (# 1282 and 1283). On Jan 24 1870, William Henry and his wife Elizabeth sell the farm to Henry Bates for $1700.00 (#1438). "John" Mallett of Wilmot Twp witnesses this agreement. "Jno", which is short for John, is also found in the document in a couple of places reference the witness. What I saw is a transcribed copy of the original agreement, so the clerk may have made a mistake, but "James" and "John" don't look alike to me. The Canada Company land index shows this property being transferred to "John" Mallett Sen. in 1859 (lease), and "Jas" Sen. in 1860 (sale). In 1859 James took over the lease, and in 1860 the lease was converted to sale. I'm sure we're talking about the same guy. "Jas" is written just beneath the "John" in the Canada Company record as though it were a correction. I ignored this as a mistake, but now I wonder, it doesn't seem likely to have been a mistake twice. Maybe his name IS John, maybe I should check the Devon marriage index again for a John Mallett.

      Anyhow, the land records give no clue as to James whereabouts in 1866, but this at least narrows the time frame in which they left the farm, although not necessarily for Iowa. Since the lease transaction took place in the fall, it seems likely that James Jr and his family left in the spring of 1866.

      In 1864, when the mother died, James was evidently gone from West Williams some great distance, because the old man didn't try to get hold of him by telegraph (as he did Frederick) and have him come down for the funeral. He only sent a letter some two weeks after the event in which he states "My dear James - as I never expect to see you again here". Perhaps they were in Northern Michigan or Wisconsin already, but definitely gone, and not planning to come back. One of their children is said to be born in Michigan in 1864, the ones that follow are born in Wisconsin starting in 1867, the last one, Gaylord born in 1875 in Wisconsin.

      In 1913 Lydia swore an affidavit which outlines the various places the family lived.

      The past 10 or 12 years in Portland, Oregon (c 1900)
      Barton Co. Missouri for 4 years (c 1895)
      Baxter Springs Kansas
      Custer Co. Nebraska (c 1888)
      Alamosa Colorado
      Cadillac Michigan (c 1884)
      Sulphur Springs, Kansas (c 1879)
      Creston, Iowa (c 1877)
      Moston Wisconsin (1866 to 1875)
      Eagle Harbour Michigan (Between 1853 and 1864 they must have split their time between here and West Williams)

      Their daughter Sarah married George Sylvester in Orient, Adair, Iowa Dec 9 1877. Their first child was born in Creston, Adair, Iowa Nov 18, 1877. The birthplaces of Sarah and George's children seem to mirror the trail of addresses stated by Lydia, so perhaps we can assume that they lived in these places at the same time.

      1853 Eagle Harbour Michigan
      1861 West Williams Twp Ontario
      1864 Eagle Harbour Michigan
      1866 Juneau Co. Wisconsin
      1875 Last Child of James and Lydia is born in Wisconsin
      1877 Sarah is married to George Sylvester and their first child is born in Iowa
      1879 Second child is born, Sulphur Springs, Cloud, Kansas
      1881 Third child born, still Kansas
      1884 Fourth child, Cadillac, Wexford, Michigan
      1886 Fifth, Lime Ridge, Sauk Co., Wisconsin
      1888 Sixth, Broken Bow, Custer, Nebraska
      1892 Seventh, College View, Lancaster, Nebraska
      1895 Bushnell, Barton Co., Missouri

      In Fred Mallett's obit it says he was first taken on by the Portland police in 1898, and that before that he worked as a streetcar conductor. He would have been 25 in 1898. The family must have been in Portland before 1898.

      From the information I have, it seems that George James, Frederick James, and Gaylord all stayed in Portland. John Wesley must have gotten off the caravan before it got to Portland. He may be the W Mallett who bought a cemetery plot in Orient Adair Iowa. He would have been 19 by then. Eliza and Myrtilla died about this time but the purchase date of the plot doesn't really jibe with either event. Eliza died Feb 3 1878, the plot was purchased Mar 8 1879, and Myrtilla died June 5 1879. It doesn't really look like W anyway, I'm pretty sure it's Wm., but the William in this family would only have been 8 years old.

      There is a photograph of the Rinker family in Cadillac Michigan, no date, but judging from the age of the children, I would guess c 1905. This means Orcelia jumped ship in Cadillac c 1884, when she would have been 20.

      The eulogy says he is survived by 8 children (1909). The family photograph says 7 of 10 children. It also says the picture was taken about 1870 - that can't be, Gaylord is a young man, at least 20 I'd say, and he was born in 1875.
    • Baptised in Bideford, Devon, England. Father's occupation: "Cornfactor".
    Person ID I43  Southwest
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2017 

    Father James Frederick MALLETT,   b. 15 Mar 1799, Birchill Farm, Langtree, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1888, Home of Eliza Ann and Thomas Paddock, Puslinch Township, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth CROOK,   b. 25 Mar 1805, Rock Farm, Filleigh, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 1864, Wilmot Township, Waterloo County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1824  Pilton, Barnstaple, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Lydia Orcelia WILLIAMS,   b. 14 Jun 1834, Harrisburg, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1915, 1275 Burrage Street, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 06 Jul 1853  Eagle Harbour, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Caroline Antonetta MALLETT,   b. 29 Sep 1854, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1875, Orient, Adair County, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 20 years)
    +2. Sarah MALLETT,   b. 24 Mar 1856, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Jan 1945, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
     3. Franklin MALLETT,   b. 30 Apr 1857, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Aug 1858, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)
    +4. Martha Helen MALLETT,   b. 26 Aug 1858, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +5. John Wesley MALLETT,   b. 22 Mar 1860, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Oct 1934, Omaha, Nebraska, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
     6. Eliza MALLETT,   b. 18 Aug 1861, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1878, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
     7. Myrtilla MALLETT,   b. 07 Jan 1863, West Williams Township, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Jun 1879, Iowa, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 16 years)
    +8. Orcelia MALLETT,   b. 25 Jun 1864, Eagle Harbour, Michigan, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
    +9. George W MALLETT,   b. 18 Apr 1867, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1926, Multnomah Hospital, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years)
    +10. Elizabeth Henrietta MALLETT,   b. 08 Jul 1868, Juneau, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1913  (Age 44 years)
    +11. William Henry MALLETT,   b. 24 Aug 1871, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1934, 1735 North Emerson Street, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years)
    +12. Frederick James MALLETT,   b. 13 Jul 1873, Sauk County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1937, Oregon State Hospital, Salem, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)
     13. Gaylord Benjamin MALLETT,   b. 21 Oct 1875, Manstin, Juneau County, Wisconsin, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1949, Portland Sanitarium, Portland, Oregon, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 1 Nov 2019 
    Family ID F22  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 06 Jul 1853 - Eagle Harbour, Michigan, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Dec 1909 - 879 Syracuse Street, Portland, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 28 Dec 1909 - Columbian Cemetery, Portland, Oregon, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    James Mallett Family c 1897
    James Mallett Family c 1897
    Photo taken about 1897 in Bushnell, Missouri. They look like they just came in from a trail drive!

    James and Lydia are seated in front, their son Will is standing second from left, while daughter Sarah and her husband George Sylvester are standing immediately behind them. George and Sarah's children are scattered about: George, Martha, James, Simeon (Frank), Chester, Caroline, and Wesley Ray.

    A best guess as to who's who, from the left:
    Chester Sylvester, William Mallett, Simeon Sylvester, James Mallett, Sarah (Mallett) Sylvester, Martha Sylvester, Wesley Sylvester (the little guy in front) James Sylvester, George Sylvester Sr., Lydia (Williams) Mallett, Caroline Sylvester, and George Sylvester Jr.

    Courtesy Bud Irwin.
    James Mallett Family c 1900
    James Mallett Family c 1900
    This photo may have been taken c. 1900, shortly after the family arrived in Portland.

    Back row, left to right:

    Frederick James Mallett, Martha Helen (Mallett) Cohoon, Orcelia (Mallett) Rinker, & William Henry Mallett.

    Front Row, left to right:

    Elizabeth Henrietta (Mallett) Brice, Lydia Orcelia (Williams) Mallett, Gaylord Benjamin Mallett, James Frederick Mallett, and Sarah (Mallett) Sylvester.

    Courtesy Bud Irwin.

  • Sources 
    1. [S126] Mallett, James, Death Certificate, (Dec 27 1909).