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Captain John W. McCall, son of Donald McCall and Elsie Simpson
Birth:May 1765 in Basking Ridge, Somerset County, New Jersey
Married:Martha McCool, about 1798 in Norfolk County (age 33)
Died:29 May 1839 in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County (age 74)
Buried:McCall-Fairchild Burying Grounds, Charlotteville
Martha McCool, daughter of Archibald McCool and Margaret ____
Born:about 1768* in Ireland
Married:John McCall, about 1798 in Norfolk County (age 30)
Died:3 Jun 1858 in Charlotteville Township, Norfolk County (age 89)
Buried:McCall-Fairchild Burying Grounds, Charlotteville
Their Children:
John W. McCall Jr. married Charity Wilson
Daniel McCall married Janet Cowan 
New Jersey assessments for the late 1790s list John as a young adult owning several acres, a few animals, and just before the move to Canada, a slave. John, his father, and business associate Patrick Haggerty convinced Upper Canada officials to increase their land grants if they brought other settlers with them. The McCall party brought few provisions with them and later said they would not have survived their first winter here had it not been for the generosity of Lucas Dedrick, who shared his fall crop with them. John's rough and ready nature made him a conspicuous personage in the new settlement. A physically imposing fellow locally famous for his feats of strength, he was endowed with a coarse vein of humor, was an expert marksman and hunter, and one of the best known characters of him time. He and Martha settled on Lot 18, Concession 6, Charlotteville. In 1801 Martha was granted an additional 200 acres as the married daughter of a Loyalist. Sam Ryerse refused John a captaincy in the local militia so John built a large boat and during the War of 1812 put it and himself as Captain at the disposal of British forces. He saw battle on several fronts, serving without pay or reward at the urging of his father, because his "circumstances allowed." In 1835, Captain James FitzGibbon, late of Glengarry Light Infantry, testified at Toronto that although he was not personally acquainted with John, he had seen John in battle and concluded "he was one of the most devoted and zealous of the country's defenders." After John died Martha lived out her days in the home of her youngest son Daniel.
* Conflicting with other records, 1852 Charlotteville Census list Martha as 77, suggesting she was born circa 1775. This assumed error has not been disproved.
Source: John Cardiff of Simcoe, Norfolk County. Last updated: 27 Nov 2015
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