Simcoe, Ontario, Canada
Joseph Ellesmere was a war veteran and given the choice of land on the Penetanguishene Road or in what was called the Hollow ( now Horse Shoe Valley). He chose the latter because of good source of spring water. They came by boat to Shanty Bay, then by foot to Lot 1, Conc. 4, Oro. They both died at the same location. The eldest son John was born in Ireland and emigrated with them. Joseph was born the next year after they landed. (John's Children) Charles Lived mostly in Scotch Hollow. (married Elizabeth Cook) Hannah married Alfred Ball and lived back on 1-3 and migrated to Orillia and most of their descendants lived around there. Margaret married James Anderson, who was killed in Playfairs Mill and buried in Wyebridge. Mrs Anderson and family moved West and descendants are out there, all except Milly who is married to Jack Georgiana and lives in Barrie. Joseph Thomas married Ruth Rix, they had 11 children. Most of the family have lived around the area and North Bay District. Ernest is still on the home farm. Charles is in Medonte and Mary Kendrick in Craighurst. Ernest married Elizabeth Newman and had 8 children, some of whom live around the district, others have moved away. Chris is still on the farm. John married Mary Saunders. Many descendants live in Barrie and district. The first home was a log cabin back where Horse Shoe Chapel is now located. The Ellsmeres have been employed in many trades, including farming, milling, lumber mills, etc.