Nathaniel & Mary Boswell wedding picture
This is an example of what top notch research gets you. This group of 5
pics along with text was sent to me by Bob Boswell. Well done Bob! I get
hundreds of Emails wanting information on their long lost relatives from
the Petrolia area. If I have it I send it. However this is what is required
to find out more.
'click here for more on Bob's notes'
I'm a long way from being able to publish anything, but I thought I would
send you some notes regarding what I am doing and the problems encounted.
Attached is the biography of Nathaniel Boswell as written in the Lambton County
Commemorative Biography, written in around 1890. ( I haven't checked those
notes for the exact date.) Nathaniel was illiterate, but certainly a
person who was able to accomplish a great deal. Although he was
alive at the time of the writing and possibly dictated some of the information,
some of the items were incorrect and I don't see how someone could have done
so much in such a short period of time at such an early age, specifically,
1857 to 1863.And many of the things he did would have required a substantial
investment (Buying a river steamboat at age 25). So, follow the money.
He left England at 18 with 200 pounds in his pocket. (In today's market that
is anywhere from $200,000 to $400,000 Soldiers and such earned practically
nothing in the Crimian War. In the 1841 his mother was listed
as a pauper. I have found out that Nathaniel's mother started receiving
an annuity of less than a pound every two weeks from 1831 to 1837 (end
of my records) and suppposedly received annuity from a deceased uncle that
gave her a sufficient dowry to remarry in 1846. By 1853, both his mother
and stepfather had died. Maybe there was some inheritance, but could
not find any records.
The next problem was the period from 1856 when he arrived in Toronto at
the age of 18 and 1858. All those different railroad jobs. Could
he have saved enough to start a cotton compressing business? And
then buying the steamboat "Silver Wave". And then he returns to Ontario
and buys an oil well, starts a hotel. gets married, builds all kinds of stuff.
But it all took some seed money. I have been trying to find out if
his wife's family had a lot of money. She had ownership in some of
So there is still a lot to find out about his life and accomplishments in
Attach: Lambton County Commemorative Biography
Eureka Mill picture (It was sent as scanned image by email, This
is the original as I got it)
of Nathaniel Boswell (Excel file)
shield (One of your pictures of Wyoming was the Orange celebration.
Nathaniel was an Orangeman. We have not been able to identify the shield
pin. He was probably in the picture
and Mary Ann Green's wedding picture
This will give you something to look at. I'll get some more things
together. I have pictures of all of his homes, I think.