An American Family History

The Ripley & Davis Families


Thomas Ripley was born in 1789 in Goshen, Connecticut.

Carr Lee Ripley, Esquire (1812, married Hannah Rowswell),
Maria Anne Ripley (1814, married Alba Taggart),
Myron Ripley(1817, married Hannah Sweet),
Jemima Ripley (1820, married Augustus Coon),
Thomas Ripley, Jr. (1822),
William Abel Ripley (1824 , married Mercy Ophelia Stevens), and
Stephen Remember Ripley, married Mary Burns).

Connecticut's first European settlers were Dutch.


Walter Davis was born in England on June 22, 1747 and was the son of John Davies and his second wife, Mary Powell.

Mary Davis (1783) married Thomas Ripley (1789 – 1870),
Walter Davis, Jr. (1789, married Lydia Sweet),




The first European settlements in Ontario were after the American Revolution when 5,000 loyalists left the new United States.

from History of Leeds and Grenville Ontario by Thaddeus William Henry

Thomas Ripley was born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, and was brought to Canada in 1793 by his adopted father, Walter Davis, who settled in Augusta, where he remained until the year 1800, when they removed to South Crosby, which at that time was an unbroken forest. Settlement was made by Mr. Davis, on Lot No. 9, in the 2nd Concession, where the first improvements in the Township were made. The nearest neighbor resided in Bastard, seven miles distant. At one time the fire in South Crosby went out when Mr. Davis was compelled to travel fourteen miles on foot to secure a new supply.

Mr. Ripley devoted a great portion of his lifetime to clearing lands, doing his milling at Gananoque, though at certain seasons of the year being compelled to resort to the primitive stump mill. In the war of 1812, he served his country as a volunteer at Gananoque; in the same year he married a daughter of his foster father, by whom he had three sons and two daughters. Those at present living are C. L. Ripley, Mary Ann Taggart and Stephen R. Ripley.

C. L. Ripley, the eldest member of the family, was born in 1813, on the farm now occupied by him. In 1835, he married Hannah Roswell, from Somersetshire, England. She was born in 1812, and died in 1863. The family resulting from the union consisted of six sons and four daughters, seven of whom are now living. His eldest son died in September, 1877. Mr. Ripley has always taken great interest in educational matters, serving the Municipality at one time as Local Superintendent. In 1865, he was gazetted a Justice of the Peace; he also held the office of Township Clerk, discharging the duties devolving upon him in a highly satisfactory manner.