Dryden Search Results  

2008 05 07

A search turned up a massive database with more than 22,000 entries, from which I extracted the Dryden entries displayed below. These entries, along with other source information such as the 1901 and 1911 Canada Censuses, are the basis for the lineage chart above. Jean Hutchins who posted it has done a marvelous amount of research; it looks like a lifetime or at least many years of work, and still in progress based on the last update made three months ago. There is a lot of Dryden data online but since the family is not in our direct ancestry falls outside the scope of this site. Dryden is connected to Kathleen O'Neill Hepburn's natural grandchildren from her marriage to John Chadwick. Dryden's were maternal ancestors of that Chadwick line.

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DRYDEN, Andrew b: 1792 in Scotland d: 11 Feb 1879 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, Andrew b: 28 Aug 1868 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 11 Sep 1880 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, Anne b: 15 Jul 1819 in Dunse, Berwick, Scotland d: 1896 in Fort Washakie, Fremont, Wyoming

DRYDEN, Bridget b: Abt 1571

DRYDEN, Catherine b: 24 Jan 1825 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland d: 19 Nov 1861 in Clinton County, New York

DRYDEN, Catherine b: 18 Jun 1862 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 28 Aug 1946 in Burlington, Chittenden, Vermont

DRYDEN, Elizabeth b: 28 Mar 1872 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 8 Sep 1880 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, George b: 4 Apr 1830 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland d: 11 Sep 1891 in Protestant Cemetery, Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, George William b: 14 Aug 1859 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 2 Mar 1938 in Montreal General Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, Harriet Josephine b: 2 Feb 1864 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 29 Sep 1880 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, Isabella b: 4 Feb 1818 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland

DRYDEN, Janet Walker b: 28 Mar 1872 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 12 Sep 1880 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, Janet Walker (Jennet) b: 10 Nov 1822 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland d: 14 May 1909 in Protestant Cemetery, Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, Margaret b: 18 Dec 1827 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland

DRYDEN, Martha Elizabeth b: 10 Dec 1860 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 26 Dec 1941 in Collinsville, Solano, California

DRYDEN, Rebecca b: 6 Apr 1858 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 26 Jul 1858 in Protestant Cemetery, Hemmingford, Quebec, Canada

DRYDEN, Rebecca Helen b: 1876 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada d: 11 Jul 1927 in Prob Colden, Erie, New York [1]

DRYDEN, Walter Frederick b: 11 May 1878 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada

ID: I11290 
Name: Rebecca Helen DRYDEN 
Given Name: Rebecca Helen 
Surname: DRYDEN 
Sex: F 
Birth: 1876 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada 
Christening: 10 Dec 1877 Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada 

[ Note conflict in birth year above and below. 
Author has opted for 1867 because census records indicate that year ].

Châteauguay Valley Protestant Church Register
Year of b. m. or d.: 1868 
Event: Baptism 
Surname: Dryden 
Given: Rebecca Helen 
Father: George 
Occupation: farmer 
Residence: Hemmingford 
Mother: Dryden, Elizabeth 
Bride's Residence: 
Birth date: 1868-06-06 (!) 
Baptism date: 1877-12-10 
Marriage date: 
Death date: 
Burial date: 
Witnesses: Dryden, Andrew; Thorn, William; 
Notes: c/f reel 4 frame 2224/5 Birth dates are correctly transcribed. 
Church: Wesleyan Methodist Church at Hemmingford 
Minister: Silas James Hughes
Death: 11 Jul 1927 in Prob Colden, Erie, New York of Apoplexy 
Burial: Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada 
Event: 61 Years Age at Death 
_UID: DC84E59F013C4A348B7CDC7422E444064657 
Change Date: 6 Sep 2004 at 14:38 
A true wife, a kind mother and a good friend to many of our railroad family who knew her, passed beyond to her final reward. Mrs. Sullivan died of apoplexy, July 11th. She was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the B. of R.T., Lodge 537, Chapleau, Ontario, and has given 20 years of her life to railroad service, the last seven years being as station attendant at Glenwood, where her husband was agent. The editor and many others of our railroad family have spent many happy hours as guest in Mrs. Sullivan's home, and through "Railroad Life" we all extend to her husband and children our deepest regrets and sympathy in their bereavement.

Father: George DRYDEN b: 4 Apr 1830 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland 
                      c: 2 May 1830 in Sprouston, Roxburghshire, Scotland 
Mother: Elizabeth Georgina HOLMES b: 26 Feb 1829 in Nottinghamshire, England

Marriage 1 John F. SULLIVAN b: Abt 1873 in New York
Change Date: 9 Aug 2004
 Ruth C. SULLIVAN b: Abt 1895 in Canada
 John George SULLIVAN b: 15 Oct 1896 in New York

Author notes: The decade 1871 through 1880 in Quebec was devastating for George & Elizabeth Dryden. George's father Andrew died in 1879. In the month of September 1880, four of their children died.

8 Sep 1880, daughter Elizabeth, Janet's twin, died at age 8.
11 Sep 1880, son Andrew died at age 12.
12 Sep 1880, daughter Janet Walker, Elizabeth's twin, died at age 8.
29 Sep 1880, daughter Harriet Josephine died at age 16.

The pain they must have felt is unimaginable. Extensive research fails to explain their deaths. There is a record of serious cholera epidemics in Quebec in 1832 and again in the 1840s, then once more in 1881. The Dryden deaths may have been the early stages of the 1881 epidemic.

2008 05 08  
Exact Search Results - Quebec Vital and Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1621-1967
You searched for Reb* Dryden

Rebecca Helen Dryden Naissance  1877  Hemmingford (Presbyterian Church and Church of England)  Presbyterian 
Rebecca Helen Dryden Naissance  1876-1880  Valleyfield (Greffe de Valleyfield) (Index)  Catholique
Both of these above items are for the same Rebecca Helen Dryden; one is her baptism at a Presbyterian church in 1877 at age 10. The other is a record in an index at the Catholic church. Why there are two records in different denomination parishes is not known to author. Below are the images,

There are five names on this record of baptisms, all Drydens: Harriet Josephine, Rebecca Helen, Janet Walker and Elizabeth [twins]. Rebecca's entry begins at the green marker on left page and reads as follows, line by line.
Rebecca Helen, daughter of George Dryden of
Hemmingford, farmer, and of his
wife Elizabeth Dryden, was born on
the sixth day of June, in the year
eighteen hundred and sixty eight, and
was baptized by me on the tenth
day of December, eighteen hundred and
seventy seven (illegible words)
Witnesses: William Thorn    /signed by S J Hughes
           Andrew Dryden    /

The Catholic church record appears to be a set of index cards attached to a page in a ledger.

There were other names on the page but I have deleted them [Drysdales] as not relevant.

Three cards are for: Rebecca Helen, Harriet Josephine, and Andrew, marked 1877 B Hemmingforf Methodist. The other card is for Harriet Josephine and Janet Walker, marked 1880 S, Franklin Methodist Ch.

Dryden Name & Arms  

Meaning of the name Dryden

From the Welsh Drwydwn, broken nose. According to Evans, Jonreth, surnamed Drwydwn, the father of Llywelyn, was the eldest son of Owain Groynedd, but was not suffered to enjoy his right on account of that blemish.

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

English: habitational name from a lost or unidentified place, probably in Cumbria or Northumberland, where the name is still common, and perhaps named from Old English dr¯ge ‘dry’ + denu ‘valley’.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4

To quote from the entry at HouseOfNames.com, "The chronicles of the Dryden family reach back into Scottish history to an ancient tribe known as the Picts. The ancestors of the Dryden family lived in the lands of Dryden, near Roslin in Forfar where the name is pronounced Drayden."

Dryden arms from heraldica.com

Dryden arms drawn by author from online information

Dryden arms as shown at houseofnames
Dryden arms w/crest drawn from blazon in The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

According to houseofnames.com the surname Dryden was first found in Forfarshire, Scotland, the area shaded yellow on the map of the British Isles above.

FORFARSHIRE, or Angus, an eastern county of Scotland, bounded N. by the shires of Kincardine and Aberdeen, W. by Perthshire, S. by the Firth of Tay and E. by the North Sea. It has an area of 559,171 acres, or 873.7 sq. m. The island of Rossie and the Bell Rock belong to the shire.

In the time of the Romans The country now known as Forfarshire was inhabited by Picts, of whose occupation there are evidences in remains of Weems, or underground houses. Traces of Roman camps and stone forts are common, and there are vitrified forts at Finhaven, Dumsturdy Muir, the hill of Laws near Monifieth and at other points. Spearheads, battleaxes, sepulchral deposits, Scandinavian bronze pins, and other antiquarian relics testify to periods of storm and stress before the land settled down into order, towards which the Church was a powerful contributor. [ Extracted from an article at http://www.1911encyclopedia.org/Forfarshire ]
Dryden Family Migration  

Andrew Dryden was born 1792 in Scotland - died 1879 in Quebec.
Andrew's wife Isabella Douglass born 1795 Scotland - died 1867 in Quebec.
Andrew's daughter Anne born 1819 in Scotland - died 1896 in Fremont, Wyoming.
Andrew's daughter Catherine born 1825 in Scotland - died 1861 in Clinton County, New York.
Andrew's son George was born 1830 in Scotland - died 61 years later in Quebec.
George's wife Elizabeth Holmes was born 1829 in England - died 1907, prob in Quebec.
George and Elizabeth's first child Rebecca was born 1858 in Quebec - died in infancy.

From these facts emerges a picture of migration. George and Elizabeth were in Quebex before 1858 when daughter Rebecca was born. George's father Andrew, his mother Isabella, and sisters Anne and Catherine all died in North America. The family may have emigrated en masse or separately. Why they chose Quebec, a primarily French speaking province as their destination, is unknown.

Anne and Catherine migrated to Wyoming and New York, respectively, while Andrew and Isabella, George and Elizabeth remained in Quebec. Several of their children scattered in years following.

There is a single record found at Ancestry.com which may indicate the family's arrival in North America.

New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 Name: Geo Dryden Arrival Date: 29 Apr 1852 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1830 Age: 22 Gender: Male Port of Departure: Glasgow, Scotland Destination: United States of America Place of Origin: Scotland Ethnicity/Race­/Nationality: Scottish (Scotish) Ship Name: Dirigo Port of Arrival: New York Line: 16 Microfilm Serial: M237 Microfilm Roll: M237_112 List Number: 428 Port Arrival State: New York Port Arrival Country: United States

On the same passenger list with 22 year old George is 20 year old Walter. Walter likely was a borther to George even though he does not appear in the lineage chart. Besides the obvious, another reason to think this is the fact George named his youngest child Walter.

They sailed from the port of Glasgow, Scotland, the nearest large port to their home area of Roxburghshire which later became Roxburgh County and still later consolidated with others.

Map of the British Isles with County Roxburgh highlighted in yellow.

The County of Roxburgh was the first Scottish county to receive a grant of arms. This was made by Lord Lyon King of Arms on July 9, 1798. The coat of arms seem to have been granted for the use of the volunteer and militia units then being organised under the authority of the county's lord lieutenant. When the county council was formed in 1890, the arms passed to them.

The shield depicted a unicorn: this is a national symbol of Scotland. At the top of the shield was a hunting horn between two helmets: probably a reference to the border reivers, one of whom featured in the arms of the royal burgh of Jedburgh. The crest above the shield was an armoured arm brandishing a scimitar. The Latin motto was Ne Cede Malis Sed Contra Audentior Ito or Yield not to misfortunes (evil things) but go on more boldly against them., it was a quotation from Virgil's Aeneid 6, 95.

On May 6, 1975 the coat of arms was regranted to Roxburgh District Council, without the crest. When the district council was abolished in 1996, the arms reverted to the Crown.

Dryden Family Factoids  

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