Dr. John Humphreys was born about 1774 in Manchester, England. His parents were Edward Humphreys and the former Sarah Gee. He was the eldest of 5 children. His siblings were; Elizabeth (1777), Margaret (1779), Evan (1783) and Peter (1789).
Dr. Humphreys was a surgeon with the British Army for a number of years. He married Jane Warren in Ireland in 1829. She was born in Wexford, Ireland in 1803. Soon after they married they emigrated to Canada. Dr. and Mrs. Humphreys had 7 children born to them in Canada.
In 1837, Dr. and Mrs. Humphreys and 4 of their children, set sail on a raft from London, Ontario down the Thames River. The raft broke apart near Louisville and the decision was made to stay in Louisville.
Their children were; Charlotte Orelia born in 1830 in Brockville, Ontario, Mary Jane born in 1831, John born in 1833, Elizabeth “Eliza” born in 1835, Mariah born in 1840, Joshua born in 1843 and William born in 1845. The family eventually settled in Louisville, Ontario, the last 3 children being born there.
Dr. Humphreys fell on a patch of ice on the 17th of January, 1845, severely injuring his head. Due to his injury, Dr. Humphreys wasn’t able to continue in the medical profession.
Dr. Humphreys died on the 15th of July, 1870. His wife died on the 22nd of May 1893. They were buried at the Duart Cemetery in Duart.