Map - Brighton, Ontario
Two hundred years ago, Brighton,
Ontario, Canada, was born!

Following the American Revolutionary War of 1776, United Empire Loyalists (UELs), colonists who had sworn allegiance to the Crown, were expelled from the newly-formed United States. Many UELs moved their families north into what would become the Dominion of Canada. My ancestor, Obediah Simpson, was one of them.

Obediah and his family travelled to the northern shores of Lake Ontario into what would become Ontario and became the first homesteaders in this small community of Brighton. The Simpson family thrives there still.

At one time, virtually every Simpson in the Brighton area was related (either directly or indirectly) to Obediah Simpson. Today, many still are!

The Simpson family has played a major part in the development of this growing Canadian town. Although many have now moved along to make their own lives in other parts of the country, many still remain in the area in our attempts to maintain our right to the title:

The First Family of Brighton.

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My Family Menu
Who am I? - (Just in case someone wants to know)
Who I Am! - (Not that anyone wants to know)
Brighton, Ontario - The story of a 'big' small town in Canada
They Desired a Better Country - Excerpts from the book by
J.W.D. (Scotty) Broughton: Loyalist in Canada & Brighton; Dido Simpson; Brighton Town Hall; When the Tornado Hit
They Desired a Better Country Part 2 - (Continued) The Brighton Ensign; Roads Named for Pioneers
Come Walk with Me - A 'trip down memory lane' for my sister on her anniversary
The Diary - Introduction - Background on my Grandmother's diary written in 1920
Jenny's Diary - Four months in the life of my Grandmother
Hugh and Jenny - A fond remembrance of my Grandpa and Grandma Simpson

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Canadiana - My other page filled with tidbits of Canadiana
Empress of Ireland disaster * Colonial Cash * Casa Loma * In Flanders Field * Halifax and the Titanic * CN Tower * Frank Slide * The Day Halifax Blew Up * Canadian Statistics
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Adopted Friends - Just a few friends I made while surfing the net.
Wanderings of a Rambling Mind - A growing collection of poems from my more 'creative' personality.
End of the Line - A Welsh legacy comes to an end as Derwydd Mansion goes under the auctioneer's gavel.
Desiderata - A timeless piece of writing!
Kath - How do you say 'Good-bye' to a friend?
The Cremation of Sam McGee - (Just like the poem. Hope you do, too!)
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Links to my Friends Pages


According to Canadian law, citizens able to prove their direct link to an original United Empire Loyalist may add the letters 'UE' to the end of their names...

Obediah Simpson Menu
Obediah as a Loyalist - His Story
Genealogy - My family link to Obediah Simpson
Last Will & Testament - A Facsimile
Official Estate Inventory - A Facsimile of the Official Report
John C. Simpson - Grandson to Obediah, Son to Jeremiah & Jerrainy
William H. Simpson - Grandson to Obediah, Son to Obed & Rebecca
Mary Polly Simpson (& Joseph Gibson) - Daughter to Obediah
Cairn to be Erected - Original Brighton Ensign Newspaper Account 1931
Cairn Unveiled - Original Brighton Ensign Newspaper Account 1931
Cairn Decorated - Original Brighton Ensign Newspaper Account 1933

Loyalist Songs - With Special Thanks to Christopher New
Loyalist & Genealogy Links - Do you have a Genealogy Home Page? Submit your URL and become part of my growing list of Personal Home Page Links!

Genealogy Surname Search Engines - Search Family Surnames through I FOUND IT and COMMON THREADS, courtesy of The Simpson Shack.


Genealogy-related correspondence, please Email Allan Simpson.


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