NameJames LAIDMAN, 9403
Birth24 Sep 1858, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
Death8 Mar 1930 Age: 71
Death Memoat home
Burial11 Mar 1930, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
Burial MemoAuld Kirk Cemetery
FatherMarmaduke LAIDMAN , 3102, O1118 (1814-1885)
MotherJemima DEGROW , 8309 (1819-1893)
Misc. Notes
1891 Ontario Census lists James mother, Jemima, as residing with his family.

Hamilton Spectator clipping, Vera Cummings:

LAIDMAN - At his late residence, Binbrook, on Saturday, March 8,1930, James Laidman, in his 72nd year.
Funeral service at the home on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Interment at Kirk cemetery.

Letter in Vera Cummings' papers:

Somewhere in France
Aug 20 / 17

Mr. J. Laidman
Glanford Sta

Dear Sir -

I feel sorry to do so but it seems to be my to write you about Lorne.
You will have received before this that he is missing. The last Lewis and
him were seen they were in a shellhole uninjured but must have been far
outnumbered by the enemy. It certainly would not be their fault if they were
overpowered. Lorne and Lewis have been together almost always and been
in hard places before. Every one thought well of the boys in every way.
Lorne was with James when he was wounded and was sent back with his
dressing station. Lorne was always very cool in danger and not seem worry
any time. He always looked the picture of health and was ready for any
duty asked of him. Lewis and him thought so much of each other we hope
they are not separated.

Fred and I are quite well but miss the others very much. Hoping
that all will turn out for the best. I remain

Yours respectfully
Pte R. E. Packham
Birth18 May 1865, Caistor, Ontario, Canada
Death12 Feb 1953, Seneca, Ontario, Canada Age: 87
Burial14 Feb 1953, Binbrook, Ontario, Canada
Burial MemoAuld Kirk Cemetery
FatherRobert KILLINS , 17852 (1821-1904)
MotherSarah Cherlot LYMBURNER , 17853 (1827-1908)
Misc. Notes
Newspaper clipping from estate of Doris Douglas, re: Killins family reunion, 1982


The 1982 annual Killins reunion was held Sunday, July 4, at Schwoob Community Centre, Wellandport, with 65 attending the day's activities.

Floyd Killins led the assembly by saying grace after which everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner.
Pres. Thelma Miner opened the business by extending greetings to everyone. A moment's silence was observed for those who have passed away in previous years.

Sec. Treas. Glenna Killins gave the report of last year's activities which included the honouring of six of our family members: Roberta (Killins) Knox, Hazel (Killins) Dilts, Ethel (Killins) Sisler, Vera (Laidman) Cummings, Ada (Killins) Bond and Cecil Killins.

A collection was then taken to help support the cost of prizes, gifts, the place for each year's events and yearly announcements.

A presentation titled "Family Reunions" was written and read by Glenna Killins focusing special attention on the importance of holding onto family reunion traditions and telling how we should all stand proud of our heritage and our family roots.

It was brought to everyones attention that we should also be proud of our family history that has been compiled, dating our ancestry back as far as 1780. It was about this time that our forefathers (Robert Killins Sr.) and his family first came to Canada and settled in the Caistor area, to build their homesteads and toil their land which is for many of us, still our homes and our land yet today. In conclusion it was pointed out that reunion time should not only be a time for social activities but also a time to pay homage to our forefathers, who despite many hardships still strove on in this new land, so we as a family can now have the opportunity to share together today what were their hopes and dreams of long ago.

The awarding of gifts followed for those who won in special categories. Rhea Montague of Jarvis won the peanut guessing game with Brenda Dilts of Wainfleet as runner-up. Stacey Vanmarrum, daughter of John & Beverly Vanmarrum of Caledonia, was the youngest child present. The eldest lady present was Roberta Knox (84 yrs. young) of Smithville and the eldest gentleman was her brother, Cecil Killins, (77 yrs. young) of Caistor. Travelling the furthest distance was Quinton and Marie Windett and grandsons Chad and Travis of Topeka, Kansas. June Bouck and daughter Michelle from Tillsonburg were runners-up for distance travelled. The couple longest married was Cecil and Gertrude Killins of Caistor (59 yrs.). The most recently married couple was Kevin and Nancy Martin of Dunnville.

An afternoon of special entertainment was enjoyed by all with Ralph Greenwood of Caistor on the fiddle and guitar, Lenore Greenwood at the piano, David Leng of Cayuga on banjo and guitar, Marie Leng on accordian, Neal Moushfelder of York on guitar and Glenna Killins, Caistor on Hawaiian guitar and piano. A variety of Bluegrass, Country and many of the old familiar waltzes were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Everyone was also delightfully entertained when Roberta Knox, our eldest family member present joined with the musical group at the piano, and brought back to many memories of a few songs of yesteryear!
The day's events were brought to a close with much appreciation and thanks extended to the entertaining group and with everyone looking forward to another year's reunion. The 1983 date and place will be announced early next year.

Family members were present from Smithville, Caistor, Dunnville, Tillsonburg, Jarvis, Caledonia, Toronto, Wainfleet, Beamsville, Binbrook, Welland and Kansas, U.S.A.

Vera Cummings clippings:LAIDMAN - Entered into rest in Seneca Township, on Thursday, February 12,1953, Aravesta Killins, beloved wife of the late James Laidman, in her eighty-eighthyear. The funeral will take place from Miller's Funeral Chapel,Caledonia, onSaturday, February 14, at 2 p.m. Interment in the Old Kirk Cemetery, Binbrook.

Mrs. Aravesta Laidman, well-known resident of Seneca Township died onThursday morning of last week at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Vera Cummings,Seneca Township. Born in Caistor Township on May 18th, 1865, she was adaughter of the late Sarah Lymburner and Robert Killins. On September 28th,1887, she married Jas. Laidman, of Binbrook Township, who predeceased her23 years ago. Mrs. Laidman was a member of Binbrook United Church. She leavessix sons, Harry, Caistor Township; Arley and Lorne, Seneca Township; Alvin,Glanford and Roy and Arthur of Binbrook; three daughters, Mrs. David Teskey(Bertha), Binbrook and Mrs. Walter Hewitt (Velma) and Mrs. Vera Cummings, ofSeneca Township; also 29 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren. The Rev.G. A. Geiger conducted the funeral service last Saturday afternoon at two at Miller'sFuneral Chapel, Caledonia. Burial was made in the Old Kirk Cemetery, Binbrook.

Memorial Record (from Miller's Funeral Chapel, Caledonia, Ont.) for Annie Aravesta Killins Laidman
born May 18, 1865 Caistor Township
entered into rest February 12, 1953 Seneca Township
age 87 years 8 months 25 days

The following is a biography written by her daughter, Vera Aravesta Laidman Cummings at the beginning of the memorial book signed by visitors to the funeral home.

Annie Aravesta Killins attended public school at S.S. No. 1, Caistor. Spelling washer favourite subject and she also excelled in writing having won prizes in that subject. On the way to and from school, she enjoyed watching the logs being skidded into the waters of the Chippewa in the spring time; also she and her brothers liked to gather the pitch from pine logs for making gum. She was married at her home, Lot 5, Concession 3 in the township of Caistor on September 28, 1887 to James Laidman, Binbrook Township by the Rev. Richard W. Scanlon. Her church membership was transferred from Merritt's church to Binbrook Methodist which later became "The United Church".

She had six sons and three daughters; twenty-nine grandchildren and thirty-nine great-grandchildren. Her sons, Arley and Lorne Laidman served in the First World War 1914-1918, Arley being wounded and Lorne prisoner of war.

Her seventy-fifth birthday was celebrated as a surprise party at the home of her son, Harry Laidman on May 18, 1940. Along with her immediate family, her sister Drusilla Warner and sister-in-law Debbie Killins were present. Her eightieth birthday was also a surprise, held at the Blackheath Hallon May 19,1945 with her family, cousin Ed Killins also nieces and nephews.

Her eighty-fifth birthday was held also at the Blackheath Hall as a supper. She received a lovely bouquet of flowers from Hattie and Bertie Laidman. Pictures were taken by a photographer. She attended eight silver wedding anniversaries of her family; fifteen weddings of grandchildren and poured tea for six trousseau teas.

She was striken [sic] with a cerebral hemorrhage on Sunday evening February 8,1953 at the home of her daughter, Vera Cummings and died peacefully early Thursday morning (3 a.m.), February 12.

Services were held at Miller's Funeral Home, Caledonia on February 14,1953 at 2 p.m.
Officiating was Rev. Gordon Geiger
Musical selection was "In The Garden" sung by Mrs. Hazel Martin and Mrs.Edgar Pettit accompanied by Mrs. Margaret Kett.

Pallbearers were: Elford, Victor, Laverne, Harold, Ross and Elwood Laidman(all grandsons of the deceased)

From Vera Cummings papers:

Since Chippewa Creek has been in the columns of out of the stories past onenotable picture to my mind has been the what they called it when I was a childgoing to school --- roll way, where logs were drawn from different farms, possiblymany miles in the winter and skidded on the side hill and when the highwaters in the spring was suitable was pinned in rafts. Men with cant hooks andpike poles manouvered them down the bank and floated them down to their destination. Sometimes they would get badly lodged. I suppose each log would have the mark or letter of the owner. I dare say they had something to do with the buildingof the old Welland canal i.e. by making dams or locks. I only know I was enthusedthose winters on going and coming from school as my home was a mere quartermile from the hill, owned by Jacob Lymburner who it seems was the first whitemale child born in the Caistor township. I well recall the many times I as well asmy brother would get a tin cup and a small wooden paddle on a warm sunny dayand gather the pitch which oozed out of the pine logs and take it home, boil it downto a certain degree, like maple sugar, and by testing it in water would know it wassuitable for gum, which we would roll in balls and sometimes by chewing in schoolbe reprimanded and told to put it in the stove. I would like to hear from anyone whomay have heard their fathers talk of the days they drew logs to that site and whatthey were manufactured into.
By (Vesta) Mrs. James Laidman

1881 Canadian census:
Anna A. Killins, born 1866 in Ontario. Record taken at Caistor, Monck, Ontario. Living at the home of her father, Robert Killins.
Marriage28 Sep 1887, Caistor, Ontario, Canada
ChildrenRobert Harold , 9405 (1888-1966)
 Bertha Mae , 9420 (1889-1968)
 Velma Pearl , 5138 (1893-1970)
 Arley Elford , 5154 (1895-1980)
 Lorne Eddison , 5185 (1897-1969)
 Alvin James , 5211 (1899-1979)
 Murray Roy Victor , 5280 (1900-1983)
 Arthur Charleton , 5383 (1902-1982)
 Vera Aravesta , 5399 (1904-1995)
Last Modified 26 Nov 2007Created 3 Jun 2012 using Reunion for Macintosh