John Duffes, eldest child, Alexander Allen Duffes, was born in Utica, N.Y. in 1837. They traveled to Canada and stayed with Elizabeth’s brother and sister in Hamilton, Ontario.
After a Cholera epidemic in Hamilton, they moved to Kilbride where John Duffes built a home in 1847. They also lived in Strabane.
Of Alexander’s 8 siblings, 2 were born in Hamilton, 3 in Kilbride and 3 in Strabane, Ontario. (3 boys and 6 girls). Early schooling took place in 1-room log cabin structures.
His father learned the trade of plastering and was also an excellent carpenter. He became a contractor and builder by trade and his sons Alexander and James, followed suit.
The boys were helping their dad plaster the Strabane Presbyterian Church when he collapsed of a stroke. Three or four days later, John Duffes Sr., died and is buried in the cemetery adjacent to the church.
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Strabane Presbyterian Church ( Now Strabane United Church)