Joseph STANZAL was born sometime between 1785 and 1790 into a Roman Catholic family near Strasbourg in Alsace, France.
He was a member of Napoleon's Army in 1806 and he was one of the few who survived the march to Moscow in the spring of 1812. Apparently he left France in the spring of 1813 and somehow made his way to Belfast. He worked in the shipyards there and married a girl named Sarah Coil and eventually made his way to Canada.
In 1818 Joseph was at Quebec with the 9th Co. Of the 2nd Bn of the 60th Reg. of Foot and spent the winter at Richmond's Landing (now LeBreton Flats area of Ottawa). Joseph and his family settled on E1/2 lot 3, Conc. 9 of Goulbourn Twp. (About 1 mile east of the Village of Ashton). Joseph was discharged from the 60th Reg. on May 17, 1819. His first wife Sarah died about 1830 and is buried on the farm. Joseph then married a widow, Ann Eynough. (Her first husband, Stephen Eynough was the first school teacher in the area.). According to a family history, two sons went to Western Ontario and one son went to the U.S. Joseph Stansal eventually settled in Brant Twp., Bruce Co., ca.1866.
By By J. E. Stanzell andFirst published in the LCGS newsletter, June, 1998.