Welcome to the Whitside Family Website

In memory of Robert L. Whitside, family historian and webmaster

Dad passed away on March 8, 2016 despite his brave fight against melanoma. For help with this site or family documents, you can email me at chris@whitside.org.

R.L. (Bob) Whitside 1925 - 2016

R.L. Whitside obituary
At Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on March 8, 2016, Bob Whitside of Simcoe in his 91st year. Husband of the late Barbara (nee VanEvera). Dear father of Christopher Whitside (Verna Chang), Cameron Whitside (Gwen Rose) and Robin Lefler (Mark). Predeceased by his son Kimberley Whitside and survived by his daughter-in-law Freya Whitside. Cherished grandfather of Kai, Benjamin, Chelsea and Tristan and great grandfather of Ayla. Bob is also survived by his sisters Edith Kindy and Diane Hunter. Predeceased by his brother William and his wife Lillien and sister Mary Gilbertson.

In high school during WW2, Bob became Cadet Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. Eager to get into action, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Air Gunner but the war ended before he could serve overseas. Bob was President Simcoe Mitt and Glove and later Ranpro. He sold his interest in the company to employees and retired in 1987. Bob was very active in his community having been a past president of the Rotary Club of Simcoe and Commodore of the Port Dover Yacht Club among many other things. He is noted for being chairman of the Recreation Commission. He was also an accomplished wood-worker. Family and friends are welcome to attend a Celebration of Life at the Norfolk Golf and Country Club on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.


WHITSIDE-6 Generations

Those of us who are Whitsides (not Whitesides without an in the middle) are a separate small clan of the larger Whytsyd/Whiteside clan. This is the genealogy of Immigrant William Whitside (1809-1856) who came from Northern Ireland to Simcoe, Ontario in 1831.


Besides the 6 generations of my Whitside family, I have put on line the family businesses from Sovereen Mitt Glove & Robe Co in Delhi to Ranpro in Simcoe.


This is the biography of my brother Bill's WW 2 Air Force experience flying Kittihawk fighters in the desert and Spitfires in Italy. "I Want To Be A Fighter Pilot."




Ancestors of Barbara (Vanevera) Whitside's family with a interesting connection to Simcoe, Alabama where her ancestor traveled from Norfolk County to spread Christianity to the local people.


Donald George Cameron (1790-1842) came from Banffshire Scotland in 1835 to the Blenheim area of Kent County, Ontario. Bruce Whitside married Catharine Cameron. Donald Cameron's wife was Jane Anne Stuart. 


The Gustin family of Vittoria, Norfolk County founded the local mill and were directly connected to our Sovereen branch of the family. Elizabeth Mary (Betsy) Gustin (1818-1840) married Jacob Sovereen founder of the families business and grandparent. 


The Heath family was from Wiltshire, Essex, England, New York state and Delhi, Ontario. Mortimer Heath (1828-1911 was a prominent farmer and magistrate in Delhi. Wilbur Whitside married Mary Elizabeth Heath, daughter of Mortimer Heath and granddaughter of Jacob Sovereen 


A well known family name in Norfolk County. Peter Lefler (1786-1871) married Catherine Sovereen which makes a relation ship between the Whitside and Leflers. Robert Whitside's (webmaster) daughter married Mark Lefler and brought this family into our orbit. Robin and Mark are three times, sixth cousins through the Sovereen connection.


Francis Smythson was born in Norfolk, England circa 1664. Descendant came to Etobicoke and Jarvis, Ontario. Barbara (Vanevera) Whitside mother's family. 


A very large genealogy from the founder of Delhi, Frederick Sovereen through Jacob Sovereen the founder of the family businesses.Jacob Sovereen had two daughters and the business past from his granddaughter Mary (Heath) Whitside to the Whitside family.  


Frederick VanIveren was born (c1600) in Evering Holland. His descendants came to New York state and as loyalist came to the St. George area in Ontario. The surname became VanEvery and was changed much later to Vanevera. Robert Whitside (Webmaster-genealogist) married Barbara J. Vanevera. This is the genealogy of her family back to Zealand Holland and there move to the USA and settlement in Brant County, Ontario.


A continuation of the Cameron family connection. Catharine Ann Shaw (1839-married Richard WilleyWilly (1826-c1870). Catharine (Cameron) Whitside's mother was Esther (Hester) who married William Cameron. The Shaw family were from Lincolnshire, England



At the end of 2003, with the encouragement of the Whiteside Family Association, under the Whiteside DNA Project, I had my DNA analyzed by Family Tree DNA. This company pioneered the use of DNA in the field of genealogy, providing a new way to break through the barriers in Family History.The results of my test showed that with 111 markers we matched a core group of Whiteside/Whitsitt genealogist who have already had their DNA analyzed. 

Spelling of our name

We all appear to have had the spelling "Whytsyd" beginning about the 13th century. Before that it was QUYTSYD during the Roman era in Great Britain, 0-400 AD. There was not an i or e in the english language before the 13 th century.

Whitsides and Whitesides 

 I am also the Webmaster for the Whiteside Family Association. We are now online at whitesideancestry.org. They are our cousins. There are Whitsides listed in the manuscripts viewable by members. We are Family #0701.

History of the family name. At the present time it appears that the Whytsyd/Whitside/Whitesides, Whitsetts, Whitsitts came from the old area of Strathclyde that stretched from Southern Scotland down into England to the Lancashire district. Our family of Whitsides later came from Northern Ireland in 1843 after previous migration from England. One of the five Whiteside to which we are closely related by DNA is from west Sligo and was believed to be an English migrant.  Of course there are many Whiteside/Whitside/Whitsitt families in the northern England area of Lancashire. I have not been able to make a connection and sincerely hope that any UK Whitside viewing this would contact me.