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
DRYDEN, Walter Frederick b: 11 May 1878 in Hemmingford, Huntingdon, Quebec, Canada
Name: Rebecca Helen DRYDEN
Given Name: Rebecca Helen
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
Given: Rebecca Helen
Mother: Dryden, Elizabeth
Birth date: 1868-06-06 (!)
Baptism date: 1877-12-10
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
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
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’ +
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
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
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