In a quest to find his paternal roots in Eastern Ontario, Russ Waller (1922-2001) discovered that he was descended from at least nine United Empire Loyalist ancestors. His first foray into publishing genealogy involved putting together a 3 volume set of the original settlers in 1784 (chosen since most heads of families were UE, and it was the year of the Loyalist landing in Adolphustown), of Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Counties, in Eastern Ontario. These were published in sequence, from December 1985 to May 1987.
These volumes were discontinued during the 1990s, apparently because most of the family information contained within could now be found in many of Russís later publications of collections of early families, divvied up by county. However in recent years I have received many inquiries as to the availability of the original Rabbits series, structured as it was at that time, and so I have decided to re-release the Rabbits books, including revisions I have been provided with over the last few years.
1. 'LIKE RABBITS IN ERNESTOWN' (December 1985)
The first volume was limited to marital networks only, and six generations per family. Therefore, descendant families with no spousal information or connections to other families were excluded, and the birth date range was limited to approximately the years 1735-1860. This volume included a total of 731 interconnected families.
2. SUPPLEMENT TO 'LIKE RABBITS IN ERNESTOWN' (March 1986)
This supplement updated the original in two ways: recording all descendent families known to the author at the time (rather than limiting them to those with spousal information), and to include updates of information contained in Vol 1 to include data supplied in the 1891 Canadian Census. This volume included a total of 1054 additional families.
3. 'RABBITS3' (May 1987)
This final volume contained 684 families and included the genealogies of 34 new family surnames, gleaned from cemetery records and marriage registers.
The Reprint of these volumes will include all information contained within, structured as they were originally released. The finished product will be the 3 volume set of about 6-700 pages, and as far as I can predict, I approximate the cost to be between $60 and $75. Where possible I am updating information with the help of Linda Corupe (UE), to whom I am very grateful for both her and her husband Garyís support and friendship in the years following my parentsí deaths, and their enthusiasm and dedication to this field.
Please email me if you are interested in this volume: