Wellington Boulter was born in 1838 in Prince Edward County, Ontario. He built the first canning factory in Central Ontario at Picton and was so successful that for over fifty years, Prince Edward County was known as the canning capital of Canada. He served as President of the Canadian Packers Association for thirteen years. A wealthy man, he was quick to donate to any worthy cause. He was active in local politics and served two terms as the Mayor of Picton. He was the chairman of the board for the Loyal True Blue Orphanage which was located at Picton. Boulter was a member of L.O.L. 488 and L.O.L. 574 and served as the County Master of Prince Edward. He attended the 1870 meeting of the Grand Orange Council of the World as one of the Canadian delegates. Wellington Boulter died on February 26, 1927.
Letitia Youmans, (3 January 1827 – 16 July 1896) a Canadian school teacher who became an activist for the temperance movement. Youmans founded and served as the first president of the Ontario chapter of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union.
• 1827, Born January 3, near Cobourg, Ontario
• 1847, graduated from Burlington Ladies’ Academy.
• 1850, Preceptress for the Picton Ladies’ Academy. Marries Arthur Youmans.
• 1864, Dunkin Act established.
• 1874, Attended the Chautauqua Assembly where she met leaders of the American women’s temperance crusade.
• 1874, The Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) in Canada originated in Owen Sound, Ont. under the leadership of Mrs. R. J. Doyle.
• 1874, The second chapter formed in Picton, Ontario with the help of Mrs. Youmans.
• 1878, The Canada Temperance Act, also known as the Scott Act, established.
• 1880?, January, Visited with President and First Lady Hayes. The Hayes White House was alcohol-free.
• 1882, Arthur Youmans died.
• 1885, A Canada-wide WCTU was organized in 1885, with Youmans as president.
• 1886, March, Travels to California then to British Columbia. From there she travels eastward across the Canadian frontier concluding her journey on the steamer, Athabasca, from Port Arthur to Owen Sound.
• 1888, August, Inflammatory rheumatism caused her to lose the use of her limbs. After this, she was confined to her bed.
• 1893, Wrote her autobiography, “Campaign Echoes”.
• 1896, Died July 18 at Toronto.
Dual Ceremony for Loyalists
In a dual ceremony marking decades of service to the Queen and Canada, two United Empire Loyalists were honored at Glenwood Cemetery in Picton, Ontario.
William Johnson, U.E., a veteran of the War of 1812 and one of the first settlers of Prince Edward County, was presented with a footstone commemorating his service during that war by the Graveside Project of the Government of Canada. The object of the project is to trace and mark the graves of as many of the veterans of that nation-building conflict as possible. Not much is known about William’s service beyond the fact that he was a member of 1st Militia Prince Edward County, served with Jacob Shortt (his daughter-in-law’s father) and both were at the Battle of Queenston Heights when Brock was killed.
At the same time, Elizabeth Johnson Hancocks, C.G., U.E., will be laid to rest in the family burying ground, and a U.E. Marker placed on her grave. For more than half a century, Elizabeth has been Dominion Genealogist of the United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada, and is responsible for compiling and editing Loyalist Lineages of Canada, a volume that attempts to trace the family lines of every known Loyalist in the country. She was awarded the Bicentennial Medal for her services to Loyalist Genealogy, as well as the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, and most recently the Dorchester Award for her work. Her personal interests have always been in Prince Edward County, and she is responsible for many genealogical publications about that area.