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
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 Lambton County.
Attach: Lambton County Commemorative
Original Eureka Mill picture (It was
sent as scanned image by email, This is
the original as I got it)
A timeline of Nathaniel Boswell (Excel file)
Lodge 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
Nathaniel and Mary Ann Green's wedding picture
Portrait of Nathaniel
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.