• Born 3 October 1848 - Thorold, Canada West, , , ,
  • Deceased in 1912 - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, , , ,,aged 64 years old

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Welland County Marriages - 1871
Hugh Forbes Keefer, 22, residing Village of Thorold, born Thorold, bachelor, storekeeper, son of John and Sarah Keefer married Rebecca Ann Tisdale, 18, residing Village of Strathroy, born Adelaide Township, spinster, daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth Tisdale Witnesses: N M Hendershot of Thorold and Maria Waund of Thorold, and John Tisdale of Strathroy, John C Ball of Thorold, and Frederick Lampman of Thorold 2 Mar 1871 at St John's Church (Church of England) Thorold, conducted by Tho J Roberts, MA, Rector of Thorold (license)

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Hugh Forbes Keefer was born October 4, 1848 on this site. In 1866, Hugh fought in the Fenien raids, giving him a taste of adventure at an early age. In his early years, he and his father John were partners in a general store. By 1879 Hugh had given up merchandising and was traveling the North West United States searching for rail routes across the mountains. Hugh wrote a letter to the editor of the Thorold Post: “I am one of a party of six…we have a splendid outfit…three fine spring wagons, good mule teams, two good tents, lots of blankets, lots of grub of good quality, six new Sharps rifles, and enough ammunition to stand off all the Indians in the West” Hugh further detailed his encounters with Indians particularly those from Chief Sitting Bull’s camp, noting that they were “a bad looking set, and not pleasant to meet on the open prairie.” Hugh was a colourful personality and did not fit the typical contractor profile. His adventures made him a wildly romantic figure in Thorold. He is said to have accumulated large sums of money at U.S. gambling tables, and to have been a frequent gambling partner of Jesse James. Rumours also swirled that he married Jesse James’ sister, although this has not been proven. After completing much exploration for various railways, including the CPR and selecting routes through the mountains, Hugh returned to Thorold in 1886. Hugh acted as general contractor on behalf of his father and likely financed the building of the present day mansion. Reported as one of the most amazing houses from Rochester to Toronto on the day it was completed, the historic grand mansion almost bankrupted the family. The number of steps leading to the house was reported to be designed to represent the number of cards in a euchre deck. In 1890, Hugh built Vancouver's first sewer system and further established his reputation as a contractor and property speculator. By the turn of the century he owned real estate, granite and sandstone quarries and a brickyard. Hugh died in 1912.



Hugh Forbes Keefer was born October 4, 1848 on this site. In 1866, Hugh fought in the Fenien raids, giving him a taste of adventure at an early age. In his early years, he and his father John were partners in a general store. By 1879 Hugh had given up merchandising and was traveling the North West United States searching for rail routes across the mountains. Hugh wrote a letter to the editor of the Thorold Post: “I am one of a party of six…we have a splendid outfit…three fine spring wagons, good mule teams, two good tents, lots of blankets, lots of grub of good quality, six new Sharps rifles, and enough ammunition to stand off all the Indians in the West” Hugh further detailed his encounters with Indians particularly those from Chief Sitting Bull’s camp, noting that they were “a bad looking set, and not pleasant to meet on the open prairie.” Hugh was a colourful personality and did not fit the typical contractor profile. His adventures made him a wildly romantic figure in Thorold. He is said to have accumulated large sums of money at U.S. gambling tables, and to have been a frequent gambling partner of Jesse James. Rumours also swirled that he married Jesse James’ sister, although this has not been proven. After completing much exploration for various railways, including the CPR and selecting routes through the mountains, Hugh returned to Thorold in 1886. Hugh acted as general contractor on behalf of his father and likely financed the building of the present day mansion. Reported as one of the most amazing houses from Rochester to Toronto on the day it was completed, the historic grand mansion almost bankrupted the family. The number of steps leading to the house was reported to be designed to represent the number of cards in a euchre deck. In 1890, Hugh built Vancouver's first sewer system and further established his reputation as a contractor and property speculator. By the turn of the century he owned real estate, granite and sandstone quarries and a brickyard. Hugh died in 1912.
Source: FHL Film 1375889 NAC C-13253 Dist 142 Sub-dist I Page 18 Family 84

KEEFER Hugh F., head, M, age 30, b. Ontario, Rel. Church of England, Occ. Engineer
KEEFER Rebeca A., M, age 26, b. Ontario, Church of England
KEEFER Nita R., -, age 9, b. Ontario, Rel. Church of England, Occ. Going to School
KEEFER Harry M, -, age 7, b. Ontario, Rel. Church of England, Occ. Going to School
KEEFER Rupert, -, age 3m, b. Ontario, Rel. Church of England

 Sources

  • Birth: http://www3.telus.net/jjones/family_tree/parkinson/pafg137.htm
  • Death: 1881 Canadian Census: Census Place: Thorold, Welland, Ontario Source: FHL Film 1375889 NAC C-13253 Dist 142 Sub-dist I Page 18 Family 84 KEEFER Hugh F., head, M, age 30, b. Ontario, Rel. Church of England, Occ. Engineer KEEFER Rebeca A., M

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