Chilver Family of Walkerville
of the Chilver estate, coming with the first glimmerings
of development, marked the end of the farm as one complete
strip of land, and ushered in an era of advance that is
seen today in the lavishly-built area that borders on Victoria
The Border Cities Star, 1920s
probably think Chilver Road starts at the river and runs
south a few kilometres to Memorial Drive in South Walkerville.
But Chilver Road is much longer than that. In fact, its
roots stretch all the way to Plymouth Rock in 1620 when
a descendant of the wife of its namesake, Charles Lewis
Chilver, crossed the Atlantic to the New World from England.
in Plymouth, Massachusetts on the Mayflower, this adventurous
family eventually settled in Philadelphia. They proliferated
and around 1760, a child named John Casper Fulmer was born.
Sometime during the Revolutionary War of 1776, he settled
in Mersea Township, in the County of Essex. He moved further
north to Concession 3 and eventually owned around 700 acres
of land. He found a local girl to his liking named Ann Fox
and they married and had seven children.
son of theirs named John married Betsy Wilkinson, who bore
him four children. Their son, Francis Casper Fulmer, was
born in 1835. At the age of 16, he took over his fathers
farm and then moved to Windsor in 1871 to start a livery
business and a hack and sale stable. He did very well buying
and shipping horses to the United States for use in the
calvary. Phoebe Jane McQueen became his bride in 1856.
to this, Victoire Maisonville, whose husband had served
in the War of 1812, received a Crown grant of land in what
was to become Walkerville. One of their daughters, Eliza
Grier, married Captain Thomas Chilver, a prominent figure
in early "border city" days. He was owner of the
ferry "Gem" which ran between Detroit and the
Elizabeth Fulmer, first-born daughter of Francis and Phoebe,
married Charles Lewis Chilver, son of the captain and Eliza
in 1879. They had seven children: Henry Lewis, Frances Warren,
Charles Alonzo Grier, Florence May, Mildred Priscilla, Lettie
Elizabeth and Almina Jane.
Lewis Chilver was the owner of the Chilver Land and Building
Company and subdivided his grandmother Victoires grant,
which had become the family farm (farm plot #23), and extended
from the Detroit River south to Tecumseh Road along the
line now defined as Chilver Road.
Chilvers buildings were the commercial buildings on
Wyandotte between Chilver and Jubilee Park (Peerless Ice
Cream is in the corner unit), the commercial building at
the corner of Chilver and Ottawa going east, the terrace
homes on Chilver just north of Cataraqui (named after two
daughters: May and Mildred) and the large frame house on
Chilver and Cataraqui on the northwest corner.
family farmhouse used to sit on the corner of Chilver and
Wyandotte but was moved back to allow for the building of
the Merchant Bank (later Bank of Montreal). The farmhouse
still stands next to the Complex parking lot and there is
a log home opposite the Victoria Tavern on Chilver near
Assumption that was once the stable.
member of Walkerville town council, C. L. Chilver was also
a member of the board of education, Chief Magistrate and
Mayor of Walkerville in 1909 and 1910. He was born Dec.
10, 1850 and died in the 1920s in his home in the Grier
apartments (still standing on Riverside at Chilver), which
was owned and built by himself and named for his mother
Eliza, on the site where he was born in the pioneer Border
Road, originally named Susan Rd., was renamed Victoria Rd.,
after Charles grandmother Victoire. When Walkerville
was amalgamated with Windsor, the roads name changed
to Chilver as there was already a Victoria Ave. in Windsor.
Jane Chilver, one of Charles daughters, married Windsor
pediatrician Dr. George E. White. Their children included
George E. White, who was the owner of Geo. E. White &
Son, Ltd. (building supply). George and his sister, Ann
Jasperson of Stouffville, have provided The Walkerville
Times with information and photos about their family. Watch
for other stories on this fascinating family in future issues.
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