NameSamuel LAIDMAN , 3099, N1115
Birth29 Dec 1789, Bowes, YKS
Baptism30 Jan 1790, Bowes, YKS Age: <1
Bapt MemoSamuel s Martha Laidman & James Sayer Bowes
Death14 Apr 1867, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada Age: 77
BurialBinbrook, Ontario, Canada
Burial MemoOld Kirk Cemetery
Occupation1816 Farmer
FatherJames SAYER , 10742
MotherMartha ‘Matty’ LAIDMAN , 10737, M1954 (ca1768-1837)
Misc. Notes
Tenant farmer in Redmire, West Witton, Yorks. They left England on August 8 1830 on the ship “Sarah Parker”, sailed to New York and came to the Hamilton area to settle. (Neil Laidman, Ontario, Email December 1998)

Letter supplied by Neil Edsal Laidman, whereabouts of original unknown:

West Witton June 11th 1831
Nephew Samuel
Your long expected Letter dated March 22d arrived April 28th and was glad & Thankfull to hear you were all well as it found us Mother has been and likely to live with us but talks about nothing so much as going to America her every want is Bountifully supplyd but the same uneasy disposition is very prevaling and what to do with her should any of our neighbours go I know not since I got your Letter I have been engaged to get money but numerous has been my Disappointments I have been 2 times at Bowes & B. Castle with little success and at Richmond but could but get little without a Morgage that I am averse to. I have a promise of something on Monday morning and Intends to go to Bank Immediately haveing for weeks been uneasy about it how much it may be I know not but will mention befor my letter is closed I hope you will receive it safe and study to use it to best advantage as likely to be last while I live we have better times nor for years past both for stock of corn has had a favourable spring and hitherto fruitfull summer but great changes has taken place. April 14 Mist Tompson was Interd day after sister Mary died M. Sidgewick of her 11th Child Coverham[?] & child soon after Henry King Mr Billington Miriam Gatham Betty Scott John Boyes[?] likely to die in a few days Mary Curry has lately been confined is now quite Insane and Death expectd pearson[?] wood end failed Richd Wreathhall left Temple and now lives where M. Geldart lived in witton nothing in hand since I begun to Write I have had a week to wait untill Richd Wreathhall returnd out of Lancashire having promised to Lend me £20 which will make £80 for you but Intendd to have sent 100 If I could get it I.C Clarkson Farm on the 30th to be sold in parcels has made it more dificult to get money I met with Bartholomew at B. Castle he intends to set of next April or when you recommend I think [------] Pickard will come Wm Nicholson wants to come Is desirous in your next to state the Expense of 10 coming if iron is plentifull and the Price and if he should bring all his[?] Tools he could and if you have coals & price and where you would wish him to settle James Dinsdale & Family send their respects are all well Chris Chapman is gone on [---] [W]m Clarksons Daughters Mary Curry rather better John & James Davy went of for America land April I have nothing more to write but S. Sedgewick respects with every Branch of the Family and numerous surrounding neighbours you must be sure to write soon and give mother such advise about setting of as you think most proper my counsel of the subject badly taken she sends respects with me to every Branch of the Family accept the same yourself from your ever affectionate Uncle & well wisher
Mark Laidman

NB. When you direct place Bedale instead Leyburn J. Laidman from B. Castle
[O1554] is gone to sea and Thomas [O1466] into Army

Letter supplied by Neil Edsal Laidman, whereabouts of original unknown:

Barnard Castle, Jany 28th 1839
Dear Cousin
Your letter I received on the 10th of Novr and was sorry to hear of your illness but I hope this letter will find you Perfectly recovered and your Wife and Family well as it leaves us.
You must excuse me not writing sooner as I wished to furnish you with as many particulars as possible, I have had a Journey into Wensleydale with that view since I got your letter, I think I named to you in my last that Sarah Sedgewick had Greengate & Nopells[?] for her life tim, I find my late uncle’s debts in Borrowed Money to be £410 besides some Interest unpaid for which I stand accountable exclusive of the Legacies which amount to £220
I beg Particularly that you will not think that I ever advised or persuaded late uncle to do anything injurious to you or any other Person. Since you left this Country up to the time of Uncle’s death I have only been three times in Wensleydale twice of which was to see my poor aunt I knew nothing of his circumstances till after his Death.
I am willing to send you the money in the manner you proposed but you will by this letter understand that I have a deal to meet and would not like to make things worse if possible therefore if you could do conveniently with about one half at the time the other Part in six months or so would suit me better if this can not be done then I must raise the money by some means, you must send me a letter dated the 6th of June or after as the legacy is not due till that time and it is necessary that I should know that you are then living
Cous[in?] Thos Hooker has not arrived in this Country yet, Give my kind love to your wife and Family and believe me I remain your ever affectionate Cousin - - - - -

NB. Please to let me know how your family are getting on and the state of the Country as we have heard some very unpleasant things My Brother Thomas will be in Lower Canada (if living) he belongs to the 43rd light Regt

In 1840 land was donated by Mr. James Spittal and a frame school was erected on Lot 21, Concession 7. This building was in use until 1875 when further land was given at the corner of Harrison Road and Kirk Road. The new school was built on this property.
Those who taught at S.S. #6 Binbrook School are:
(partial list transcription)
1886-88 S. A. Laidman
1897-99 C. S. Laidman
1912 A. E. Stuart, A. C. Swayze, H. Moran, Alberta Laidman
1913 Alberta Laidman, Miss J. Scott

S.S. #9 SENECA SCHOOL (Third Line), pg. 252
About the year 1850 a log school house was built on the property across the road from the present school in what is now the South-East corner of the cemetery of Ebenezer Church.
About 1856-60 a frame school was built on the North-East corner of the present school grounds. In the fall of 1885 the present brick structure was erected and the old frame schoolhouse was sold to Mr. James Kerr and still stands as a driving shed on the Kerr homestead. The school was sold for a dwelling in 1973 (to be renovated).
Teachers having taught at S.S. #9, Seneca starting in 1856. (partial list)
Miss Velma Laidman 1914-1916

From "History & Heritage of Binbrook, 1792 - 1973", pg. 253:

LAIDMAN by Vera Laidman Cummings

In the early part of the last century, Samuel Laidman 1789-1867, the founder of the family, with his wife, Elizabeth Pickersgill 1789-18622, was a tenant farmer at Redmire, West Witton, between the little rivers of Ure and Swale in Yorkshire, England. As the years passed and their family grew, they faced the age-old problem of providing for their children, and, like so many more, they decided that the answer lay beyond the sea. On the 8th of August, 1830, with their nine children and all
their worldly goods, they crowded up the gangplank from Liverpool dock to board the sailing vessel, Sarah Parker, bound for far-off Canada, that land of opportunity and adventure. The passage was good and for that time quite fast. In 45 days they landed in New York, and after a short time pushed on to the head of Lake Ontario where Hamilton now stands. Their first winter in Canada was spent on the Elijah Secord farm at Mt. Albion. c Thomas, Marmaduke, Mark,Joseph, Samuel, Margaret,
Martha, Richard, Elizabeth -- good Biblical names. Thomas, was 17 years and baby Elizabeth 14 months.

A seventh son, John, was born in 1833 after the family moved to the Homestead on L25, C7, Binbrook. The land was purchased from the Canada Company, not a crown grant, the agreement calling for 200 acres, at a price of 12 s. and 6 p. an acre, but it would appear that real estate agents were all optimists then as now, for when a re-survey was made it showed only 163 acres. Most of the extra purchase price was later refunded. Then the work of clearing, burning, and breaking began in earnest.
One by one the children grew up, married, and settled on adjoining land. For over one hundred and forty years descendants have owned and tilled a goodly sized section of Binbrook clay. The story has come down in the Laidman family that when all of Samuel's and Elizabeth's children had married and settled in their own homes, Elizabeth could go in her yard in the morning and see the smoke from the chimneys of each of their houses.

In the door yard of the homestead, great grandmother Elizabeth carefully planted and cared for the little rose bush she had brought with her from the old home in England and Laidmans enjoyed its blooms and fragrance each summer for over 100 years.

In the family homestead was an unusual family Bible in two volumes with inscription on the cover of each in gilt letters Sam'l and Eliz. Laidman. Volume 1 ends with Solomon's Song and Volume 2 begins with Isaiah. These were printed in 1857. We can only guess that these may have been a presentation to Samuel and Elizabeth for their 50th wedding anniversary in 1862.

Note: further information of the Laidmans may be found in the books: "Laidman Pioneers" and "Laidman Descendants" by Elizabeth Laidman (Mrs. Stanley) and Vera Laidman Cummings. Other Reference: Tweedsmuir History by A. W. Laidman.
Baptism17 Feb 1788, Redmire, YKS
Bapt Memo1788 17 Feb Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Pickersgil of Redmire [mother’s name not given]
Death6 Dec 1862, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
BurialBinbrook, Ontario, Canada
Burial MemoOld Kirk Cemetery
FatherRichard PICKERSGIL , 19862
Misc. Notes
Vera Cummings clippings:

Elizabeth Laidman, of Binbrook
The subject of this brief memoir was born in the year 1790, at Redmire, in the west
riding of Yorkshire; and in the year 1812 was married to Mr. Saul [sic, for 'Saml'?] Laidman, with whom, and their family, she emigrated to Canada in the year 1830. They settled in Binbrook, and immediately upon their becoming settled, Mrs. Laidman, with her husband, became connected with the Methodist Church. We are informed that sister Laidman had for some years before her leaving for Canada, been made partaker of [div]ine grace, and accordingly, as the advantage of religious culture were, in that early day, offered to the inhabitant of the forest by the Methodists, this family readily embraced the means; and the subject of this sketch, until the day of her death, showed an increasing appreciation of them by faithful attendance and manifestations of happiness and comfort derived through their instrumentality. What acquaintance we had the pleasure of enjoying with this estimable and devoted mother in Israel arose from our association with her in the means of grace, and pastoral visits, which visits from the curcumstance [sic] of their dwelling being on the boundary of this circuit, were not as numerous as we could wish, yet we never met sister Laidman without profit. When in her hospitable dwelling we talked of her success and happiness in the Divine life, or when listening to her lucid exposition of her religious experience in the class-meeting we could not but be impressed that the dear mother was living near the better home of her soul - in the suburbs of heaven. We loved to hear her talk of the superiority of moral rectitude, and the wisdom of a religious life. Her hopes were bright. She died at her residence on the 6th instant, after a short illness. As speech was denied her near the period of her death, she spoke not what her heart seemed to dictate. But 'twas evident the Saviour, in whom she trusted, was precious, and very near her, as her feet were touching the river of death. She leaves an aged partner and nine children, to mourn he loss. The event of her death was improved from 1 Cor. xv. 55, and a large number, including children and grand-children, attended her remains to their last resting place, till the call of the resurrection day.

Seneca, Dec. 22nd, 1862.
Marriage14 May 1812, Richmond, YKS
ChildrenThomas , 3101, O1117 (bp. 1813-1880)
 Marmaduke , 3102, O1118 (1814-1885)
 Mark , 3103, O1119 (1816-1900)
 Joseph , 3104, O1120 (1819-1847)
 Samuel , 3105, O1121 (1820-1900)
 Margaret , 3106, O1122 (1823-1902)
 Martha , 3107, O1123 (1825-1891)
 Richard , 3108, O1124 (1827-1906)
 Elizabeth , 3109, O1125 (1829-1913)
 John Edward , 3110 (1833-1909)
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