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The Falconers on this site are descendants of Thomas Falconer [ http://dunkeldfalconer.tribalpages.com/family-tree/dunkeldfalconer/1382/80/Thomas-Falconer- Family], a gunsmith, who married Helen Simpson in Dunkeld, Perthshire, Scotland in 1791. Their marriage was against the wishes of Helen's father, a prominent Edinburgh merchant. At present we are researching to try to uncover verifiable birth and death data for Thomas. Any new information will be welcome. Thomas's son Duncan, who also became a gunsmith, and who married Annie McGlashan, emigrated to Canada with his family around 1842, and established the Dunkeld Falconer line in North America. This site also contains other families who intermarried with Falconers, such as Speers and Bartlemans.
There are notes and photos included for many of the individuals listed on this site. I hope you enjoy reading about them. As in most families, there are some interesting people and interesting questions, such as: Who were the parents of (Dunkeld) Thomas Falconer? Who were the parents of William Speers, born in County Armagh, Ireland in 1751? (until recently, we thought his father was James Speirs, born in Scotland in 1724. Now we are not so sure). Who murderedJain Speers in Toronto in 1890?
Among the interesting people are Peter Bartleman (1795-1881), who added a wonderous clock tower to his barn in Bruce County; Jacob Alexander Falconer (1869-1928), the youngest of 14 children, who became a US congressman from the State of Washington; Constance Mott-Smith (1904-2001) who came from a distinguished family of artists and Hawaiian nobility; and William Lynn Falconer (1897-1989) who lied about his age to enlist in August 1914, and served at the front in theCanadian cavalry until 1918, after which he became a doctor and later Regional Medical Superintendant for Alberta, Northwest Territories and the Yukon.
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David Duncan Falconer
Jan. 10, 2016 Updates to descendants of George Fleming (1805-1881) and Ann Speers (1806-1881) Added ancestors of Mary Falconer (1839-1897), who may or may not be kin of the rest of the Falconers.
Jan. 20, 2016 Updates to descendants of Peter McGlashan (1764-?) and Agnes Borrie (1765-?).
Apr. 10, 2016 Updates to Slaters and other descendants of Donald McLeish and Grizel Falconer.
May 30, 2016 Updates to stories about Duncan Falconer (1801-1866).
July 10, 2016 1843-1853 Toronto tax assessments for Duncan Falconer (1801-1866).
Sep. 15, 2016 Speers, Evans 1820s County Armagh freeholders records and tithe applotments. Dukes in 1821 Kilmore Parish census fragment. Visit to Mullavilly churchyard. Published "Dunkeld Falconer and McLeish" article in "The Scottish Genealogist".
Jan. 8, 2017 Updates to parents & siblings of Maria Flynn (1859-1923). Correction to name of Christian Julia Cameron (1896-1983).
Feb. 16, 2017 Updates to James McLeish (1818-1906) and his descendants. Thanks to Leslie Taskis. Updates to Forrest family. Thanks to Archie Eliason.
Feb. 19, 2017 Updates to descendants of Alexander Wilson McLeish (1835-1902). Thanks to Mary Rennie.
July 11, 2017 Updates to descendants of James McGlashan and Christian Anderson (thanks to Murray Nicholl). Updates to descendants of Ernest Hopkins and Ethel McClellan (thanks to Elizabeth Mari).
Sep. 24, 2017 Wedding information for Thomas Speers (1810-1897) and Martha Snell (1821-1898). Obituary of James Speers (1821-1910). Updates to family of Alexander Speers (1838-1899) and Ruth Levins (1840-1923).
Oct. 8, 2017 Update to descendants of Robert Lester Falconer (1896-1973).
Nov.23, 2017 Updates to family of Richard Simpson (1744-1798) and Ann Deans.
Jan.13, 2018 Update to descendant of Robert Lester Falconer (1896-1973) and Amy Garbutt(1902- 1989.
Jan. 22, 2018 Update to descendants of James Alexander Falconer (1876-1941) and Anna Blanche Swan (1879-1957).
Feb. 25, 2018 Update to descendants of Samuel Speers and Jane MacFarlane. Thanks to Grif.
Mar. 28, 2018 Update to descendants of Robert W. McClellan and Sarah Jane Falconer. Thanks to Sharon.
May 17, 2019 Updates to families of Jane Smith (1831-1923), Wilbert Lawrence Falconer, Sarah Jane Falconer and Robert McLellan, David Smith (1827-1898) and Mary Kerr, thanks to Louise Galenza and Pam Cooper. Updates to teaching career of David Ray Falconer, thanks to Manitoba Historical Society.
June 24 2019 Updates to family and descendants of Johan Bernhard Gabrielsen and Maren Anette Madsdatter
July 8 2019 Obituaries: Archibald Speers, Mary Hager Speers, Julius Paul Glowa, Florence Urssel Falconer.
Sep. 25 2019 Updated information/speculation about origins of Thomas Falconer, (m. Helen Simpson