Robert Shiels was born in 1867 and was the fifth child of George Shiels & Susannah Wortley. He was a seventh generation descendant of Micheal Shiels and his lineage is as follows:
- G1: Micheal Shiels 1671 & Bessie Brown
- G2: Daniel Shiels 1719 & Jessie Scott
- G3: James Shiels 1750 & Janet Younger
- G4: Robert Shiels 1769-1845 & Annie Dickson
- G5: Thomas Shiels 1795-1839 & Barbara Jean Cranston
- G6: George Shiels 1828-1906 & Susannah Wortley
- G7: Robert Shiels 1867-1901 & Anne E. Combs
- G8: Jenetta Susannah Shiels 1894-1900
- G8: Leslie Alvin Shiels 1895-1897
- G8: Norman George Shiels 1898-1961 & Muriel Grace Kellington & Lillian Rogers
- G9: Muriel Cavell Shiels 1931-1931
- G9: Norman Thomas Shiels 1932-1997
- G9: Donna Cavell Shiels 1934 & Garnet Peter Allen & Howard Smale
- G9: George Melvin Shiels 1936-1997 & Eleanor Boa
- G8: Melvin Robert Shiels 1897-1958 & Mary Edith Jacklin
- G9: Shirley Pauline Shiels 1939 & Lynn Tucker
- G8: Elizabeth Shiels 1898-1975 & George Carswell Johnston
- G9: Lois Marie Johnston 1916-1988 & Clarence Borho & Robert Warwick
- G9: MacLeod Arthur (Mac) Johnston 1921-1951 & Laura Yuill
- G9: Robert Johnston 1926 & Beverly Kumm
- G8: Leslie Christopher Shiels 1900-1900
G7: Robert Shiels 1867-1901 & Anne E. Combs
Robert Shiels was born April 1, 1867. He was the fifth child of George Shiels and Susannah (Wortley) Shiels. He attended school #8 and worked on the home farm until he took up partnership with Henry (Harry) Hart in a blacksmith shop at Leadbury. Leadbury is a crossroads settlement 7-1/2 miles north of Seaforth in McKillop Twp.
On March 15, 1893 Robert married Anne E. Combs. She was a sister of Frances Mary Combs, who later married George Shiels Jr, Robert’s brother.
Robert and Anne lived at Walton, 2-1/2 miles north of Leadbury. They had six children, Jenetta Susannah 1894-1900; Leslie Alvin 1895-1897; Norman George 1896-1961; Melvin Robert 1897-1958; Elizabeth Harriet 1898-1975 & Leslie Christopher 1900-1900.
Robert Shiels died as a young father on January 9, 1901, in his hometown.
Anne E. (Combs) Shiels was remarried to James Parrish on May 4, 1903. They had 4 children, Ephraim Crossley Parish 1903; Earl Jeffrey Parish 1904; Edith Janet Parish 1907 and James Joshua Parish 1907.
James Parish died Jul 4, 1919 and Anne died March 13, 1929.
G8: Jenetta Susannah Shiels 1894-1900
Jenetta Susannah Shiels was born Mar 9, 1894. She was the first child of Robert & Annie (Combs) Shiels.
Jenetta died as a child on May 19, 1900 and is buried at Brussels, Ontario.
G8: Leslie Alvin Shiels 1895-1897
Leslie Alvin Shiels was born Feb 18, 1895. He was the second child of Robert & Annie (Combs) Shiels.
Leslie died as a child on March 28, 1897, in his hometown.
G8: Norman George Shiels 1898-1961 & Muriel Grace Kellington & Lillian Rogers
Norman George Shiels was born Jan 10, 1896 in Winthrop, Ontario. He was the third child of Robert & Annie (Combs) Shiels.
He married Muriel Grace Kellington on July 17, 1930. Norman farmed and was a rural mail carrier for many years. They had five children, Muriel Cavell Shiels 1931-1931; Norman Thomas Shiels 1932-1997; Donna Cavell Shiels 1934; George Melvin Shiels 1936-1997 and Cavell Pauline 1939.
Muriel died suddenly on Feb 5, 1940 at the age of 30 and is buried at Brussels.
Cavell Pauline Shiels was less than a year old when her mother died leaving Norman with five children under the age of 10. Her uncle Melvin Shiels and wife Edith adopted her and changed her name to Shirley Pauline. Her history is included under Melvin’s line below.
Norman George Shiels remarried to Lillian Rogers in 1945. Norman George Shiels died Nov 8, 1961 at the age of 65 and is buried at Brussels.
G9: Muriel Cavell Shiels 1931-1931
Muriel Cavell Shiels was born May 21, 1931. She was the first child of Norman & Grace (Kellington) Shiels. She died on Oct 31, 1931, just over 5 months after her birth.
G9: Norman Thomas Shiels 1932-1997
Norman Thomas Shiels was born May 9, 1932. He was the second child of Norman & Grace (Kellington) Shiels.
He has never married and worked for a farmer near Goderich, Ontario until he died on May 20, 1997, at the age of 65.
G9: Donna Cavell Shiels 1934 & Garnet Peter Allen & Howard Smale
Donna Cavell Shiels was born Aug 20, 1934. She was the third child of Norman & Grace (Kellington) Shiels.
She married Garnet Peter Allen in 1952. Garnet served in the Canadian Army in WW2. They had 6 children, Margaret Louise born Oct 18, 1952; Pauline Grace born May 26, 1954; Lloyd Garnet born July 1, 1955; Joan Marie born Aug 10, 1956; Norman Wilson born April 10, 1958 and Donna Jean born Feb 13, 1962.
Garnet Peter Allan died on June 15, 1984, in Hensall, Ontario, at the age of 63. Donna was remarried to Howard Smale. Howard died in 1997 in Hensall, Ontario.
G10: Margaret Louise Allan 1952 & Gordon McDonald & George Palsa
Margaret Louise Allan was born on October 18, 1952. She was the first child of Peter Allan & Donna Cavell Shiels.
She married Gordon A. McDonald and they had three children, Kathleen Louise born December 07, 1969; Christine Margaret born August 04, 1972 and Scott Gordon Andrew born December 04, 1977.
This marriage ended in divorce and Margaret was married again to George J. Palsa. They live in Exeter, Ont. They have adopted two boys, Joseph Kyle Palsa and Robert George Palsa.
G10: Pauline Grace Allan 1954 & Ronald McBride
Pauline Grace was born May 26, 1954. She was the second child of Peter Allan & Donna Cavell Shiels.
Pauline married Ronald A. McBride and they are living in Goderich, Ontario. They have two children, Michael Ronald born March 25, 1976 and Angela Cavell Maye born February 20, 1979.
G10: Lloyd Garnet Allan 1955
Lloyd Garnet Allan was born July 1, 1955. He was the third child of Peter Allan & Donna Cavell Shiels.
Lloyd is living in Mitchell, Ontario and has two children, Jennifer born February 27, 1978 and Jeremy born July 02, 1980.
G10: Joan Marie Allan 1956 & Wayne Beierling
Joan Marie Allan was born Aug 10, 1956. She was the fourth child of Peter Allan & Donna Cavell Shiels. Joan married Wayne E. Beierling and they live in Varna, Ontario. They have three children, Raymond Wayne born January 31, 1977; Heather Marie born March 05, 1979 and Jason Allan born April 09, 1984.
G10: Norman Wilson Allan 1958 & Judy
Norman Wilson Allan was born April 10, 1958. He was the fifth child of Peter Allan & Donna Cavell Shiels.
Norman is married to Judy and living in London, Ont.
G10: Donna Jean Allan 1962-2010 & Dennis Dolphin
Donna Jean Allan was born Feb 13, 1962. She was the sixth child of Peter Allan & Donna Cavell Shiels.
Donna Jean married Dennis Dolphin and they lived in London, Ontario. They have one child, Danielle Nicole, born September 15, 1996.
Donna died on Feb 17, 2010 in London, Ontario at the age of 48.
G9: George Melvin Shiels 1936-1997 & Eleanor Boa
George Melvin Shiels was born July 22, 1936 in Brussels, Ontario. He was the fourth child of Norman & Grace (Kellington) Shiels.
He married Eleanor Boa on July 16, 1960 and they had three children, Kevin Shiels 1960; Karen Shiels 1963 and Kimberley Ann Shiels 1964-1964.
George died on May 26, 1997, at the age of 60.
G10: Kevin Shiels 1960 & Juanita
Kevin Shiels was born on Nov 16, 1960 in Hensall, Ontario. He was the first child of George & Eleanor (Boa) Shiels.
He married Juanita on Sept 28, 1990 and they live in Dungannon, Ontario. They have three children, Quinton George born Feb 6, 1992; Mitchell Albert born Sept 13, 1993 and Sarah Mae born Nov 24, 1995.
An interesting side note is that Kevin is the only male descendant of George Shiels to carry on the family name.
G10: Karen Shiels 1963 & Campbell
Karen Shiels was born Jan 15, 1963. She was the second child of George & Eleanor (Boa) Shiels.
She married Mr Campbell and they have three children, Ryan David born Nov 3, 1986; Daniel Bruce born Nov 10, 1988 and Justin William born April 25, 1991.
G8: Melvin Robert Shiels 1897-1958 & Mary Edith Jacklin
Melvin Robert Shiels was born Jan 8, 1897. He was the fourth child of Robert and Annie (Combs) Shiels.
He served in the Canadian Armed Forces in WW1 and after returning from overseas service, he moved to Detroit, Michigan. He obtained employment with the J. L. Hudson Company, the largest department store in the city of Detroit. He remained there all his working life.
On Sept 7, 1927, Melvin married Mary Edith Jacklin. They never had any children of their own, however Melvin and Edith adopted Cavell Pauline Shiels born Feb 18, 1939, a daughter of Norman and Grace Kellington Shiels, Melvin’s brother and sister-in-law. Grace died when Cavell was less than a year old. Melvin and Edith changed the baby’s name to Shirley Pauline at the time of adoption.
Melvin Robert Shiels died on March 13, 1958, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, at the age of 61. Mary Edith died on September 4, 2001, in Rochester, Michigan, USA, at the age of 94.
G9: Shirley Pauline Shiels 1939 & Lynn Tucker
Shirley was born Feb 18, 1939 in Brussels, Ontario. Her birth parents were Norman Shiels and Grace Kellington. Her mother Grace died when Shirley was just one year old leaving Norman with five children under the age of 10. Her uncle Melvin Shiels and wife Edith adopted her and changed her name to Shirley Pauline.
She grew up in Detroit and was employed by Uniroyal, a major maker of tires.
On Sept 3, 1966, she married Lynn Tucker. The marriage failed in 1977. Shirley moved to Rochester, Michigan and retired from Uniroyal.
G8: Elizabeth Shiels 1898-1975 & George Carswell Johnston
Elizabeth Harriet Shiels was born July 1, 1898. She was the fifth child of Robert & Annie (Combs) Shiels.
On Feb 12, 1916 she married George Carswell Johnston. After George returned from serving with the Canadian Armed Forces in WW1, they began farming lot 6 con 4 Grey Twp. From there they moved to lot 1 con 2 Morris Twp, where they lived out their lives.
Elizabeth was always called Bessie by all the family. They had three children, Lois Marie 1916; MacLeod Arthur (Mac) 1921 and Robert 1926.
George Carswell Johnston died on Jan 5, 1959 at the age of 63. Bessie died on Nov 30, 1975 in Wingham, Ontario, at the age of 77.
G9: Lois Marie Johnston 1916-1988 & Clarence Borho & Robert Warwick
Lois Marie Johnston was born on September 7, 1916, in Brussels, Ontario, to Elizabeth Harriet (Bessie) Shiels and George Carswell Johnston.
She married Clarence Borho in 1949. They had no children. Clarence died in 1969.
Lois married Robert Warwick in 1973 and unfortunately, he died in 1974.
Lois moved to Goderich and died there on Nov 15, 1988 at the age of 72.
G9: MacLeod Arthur (Mac) Johnston 1921-1951 & Laura Yuill
MacLeod Arthur (Mac) Johnston was born Dec 9, 1921 in Brussels, Ontario, to Elizabeth Harriet (Bessie) Shiels and George Carswell Johnston.
He married Laura Yuill. Mac worked in a sawmill and lost his life when the sawmill was destroyed by fire Feb 19, 1951.
They had one son, George Arthur MacLeod, born Mar 6, 1950. On Jan 2, 1971, George married Mary Elizabeth Grasby and they had a daughter, Tara Lynn born Jan. 16, 1975.
G9: Robert Johnston 1926 & Beverly Kumm
Robert Johnston was born April 25, 1926 in Brussels, Ontario, to Elizabeth Harriet (Bessie) Shiels and George Carswell Johnston.
He married Beverly Kumm and they had two children William Robert, born April 3, 1958 and Sandra Marie, born March 18, 1967.
G8: Leslie Christopher Shiels 1900-1900
Leslie Christopher Dickerson Shiels was born July 19, 1900 and died Sept 17, 1900. He was the sixth child of Robert & Annie (Combs) Shiels. He is buried at Brussels.