A Digital History of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Canada
Including the Cities of Ottawa and Hull / Gatineau
1600 to 2014

A Digital History of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Canada, Including the Cities of Ottawa and Hull / Gatineau


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People of the Algonquin First Nation have been in the Ottawa, Canada area since time immemorial.
(Source: Since Time Immemorial: "Our Story")
The former City of Hull, Quebec was first settled in the year 1800 by Philemon Wright who came from Woburn, Massachussets.
The Town of Bytown became the City of Ottawa on January 1, 1855.
The City of Ottawa, Ontario became the capital of Canada on July 1, 1867.
Today, the Ottawa / Gatineau region is the fourth largest urban area in Canada.


Where is Bytown / Ottawa / Gatineau ?

Map Source: Atlas of Canada


In 1862, the English novelist Anthony Trollope (1815-1882) witnessed the early stage of the construction of our Parliament Buildings and reported
I know of no modern Gothic purer of its kind or less sullied with fictitious ornamentation. Our own Houses of Parliament (in London) are very fine, but
it is, I believe, generally felt that the ornamentation is too minute; and moreover, it may be questioned whether perpindicular Gothic is capable of 
the highest nobility which architecture can achieve. I do not pretend to say that these Canadian public buildings will reach that highest nobility, 
they must be finished before any final judgment can be pronounced; but I do feel very certain that the final judgment will be greatly in their favour.
Source: Donald Smallery and Bradford Allen Booth, eds., Trollope, North America, New York, Knopf, 1951, page 72.

Carleton University is holding a Domestic Gothic Architecture Colloquium on September 26 and 27, 2014.

The name "Ottawa" is a misnomer. It refers to the Ottawa Indian Nation whose home was in the northern Lake Huron area and Manitoulin Island.
The Ottawa Indians were in control of the Ottawa River Watershed only briefly - between 1681 and 1686. For the rest of our history, the 
Algonquin Nation has been located in the Ottawa area, from at least 1,000 B.C. to the present time.


Introduction:
This web site is large -- over 1,600 web pages. You are on our main web page. All of the web pages are linked together to form a history of the people and places of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec (see maps) to which area thousands of immigrants came in the 1800's. Many of the original settlers stayed here in the City of Ottawa, the Ottawa Valley and the Gatineau Valley. Many left to pioneer in other parts of North America. We want to hear about them all -- stories, pictures, genealogical connections, places of origin in the old world, etc. E-mail Allan Lewis. Here are some maps from 1824-1827 which show the earliest settlers in what became the town of Bytown. The pioneer families in Bytown and shown on the maps are Nicholas Sparks, Captain John Lebreton and Justice Livius Sherwood. The government purchase of land at Parliament Hill is also shown.
Thanks to the the hundreds of contributors to this site it includes early folks of First Nations, English, Irish, Scottish, French, Jewish, German, Polish, Italian, Vietnamese, Ukranian, Chinese and American origin. If you are researching your UEL ancestors in the Ottawa area, try a search on our web site for "UEL", no quotes. Here is a reference to the Sir Guy Carleton Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada. The City of Ottawa main Immigration Web page . Ici, on parle français et récherche aussi les histoires des familles françaises. The Ordnance Department kept a list of property holders in Bytown in 1835. These are some of our earliest settlers. In the early 1850's, a French-Canadian group formed L'Institut Canadien Français d'Ottawa. This organization consisted of professionals and intellectuals who met for discussions and lectures regarding a wide range of ideas. The year 2012 is the 160'th anniversary of the L'Institut. The family of Antoine MORIN and Domithilde Blais came from Quebec to the City of Ottawa. The Algonquin Nation populated the Ottawa and Gatineau Valleys for thousands of years, before the first white settler (Philemon Wright) came to the north side of the Ottawa River from Woburn, Massachussetts, in the year 1800. The first black man to arrive in Hull was London Oxford who came with the Philemon Wright group in 1800. The first black family to arrive in Bytown / Ottawa seems to have been Perry Adams and his wife Henrietta Joyce who baptized their child, Frances, in Bytown in 1844 at Notre Dame Cathedral on Sussex Drive. If your ancestors were black, you can record their history (including old photos) on our Black History web page. In the late 1970's, Vietnamese "Boat People" began arriving in the Ottawa area. For over two hundred years, Ottawa has been a city and region built by immigrants. Here is a list of persons who were born in Germany and who were in Ottawa in time for the 1881 census. Immigrants from Germany began arriving in the nation's capital area about the time of Confederation. Simultaneously, a lot of German pioneers settled in Renfrew County. The Romhild family settled in both Renfrew and Ottawa. Italian families began arriving in Ottawa in the 1880's. Paul-Antoine Lavoie has a web site for his LAVOIE and WHISSEL ancestors in the Ottawa and Gatineau area. It also contains a lot of information regarding early Quebec and Montreal area history and genealogy. The early family of Joseph Vezina and Elizabeth Dupuis were in Bytown by 1829. This family settled in what is now Orleans. To add your genealogy or local history research interests to this Web Site, e-mail Al Lewis. Your surname interests will be posted to a separate web page on this site and your e-mail address will be included on the page as a contact to exchange information with other researchers. Thie web site is a good place to record your family history, including your text and photographs.

Note: There are many contributors to this Web Site and information found here is for personal and non-financial use only. The copyright for material belongs to the individual contributors. None of the information on this web site is to be reproduced in any form without the permission of the contributor of the data. In addition, we have a bibliography of historical sources for the background material used on this web site and for some of my courses. We are also developing a bibliography for women's history and ethnic studies and a Historiography of Immigrant History. Dr. Lesa Ní Mhunghaile is doing research regarding the persons in our region who listed Irish as their mother tongue in the 1901 census. And, Professor Simon Jolivet, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Ottawa, is working on a project involving Irish and French Relations in Ottawa's Lower Town, c. 1920-1980. May 14, 2013: Mr. Phil Donnelly is looking for persons interested in the Ancestral Homes project to develop and market a new genealogy app, under the working title 'ANCESTRAL HOMES'. The Ireland Canada Monument project is a non- political, non –sectarian, non profit endeavour created for the singular aim of providing recognition to the significant Irish Contribution to Canada.

And here is a fascinating document, dated 1825, from Markethill, County Armagh, Ireland. It is a letter of recommendation written for John Trainor by his Parish Priest as he embarks on his emigration to Canada. This letter would have been valuable to John - it could help him secure employment or a land grant in Canada. Letter of Recomendation for John Trainor, about to emigrate to Canada in 1825
Recently an important event in Irish-Canadian history in the Ottawa area took place with the creation of the Irish Canadian Cultural Centre. This group are located in the 117 year old heritage building formerly known as St. Brigid's Church in Lowertown. Austin Comerton produces and hosts The Gaelic Hour on CHIN 97.9 FM, Ottawa. The Vintage Stock Theatre, Cumberland, Russell County, presents heritage conservation and preservation through community theatre. Some local, potential heritage buildings are threatened with demolition due to ever-expanding residential development. Two good local organizations for historical and genealogical research are OBOGS and BIFHSGO. The aggregation of the histories of the individual pioneer families forms a substantial part of the history of the Ottawa area after 1800. Thanks to the many contributors to this site! Thanks to Michael Daley, (who got me interested in this subject), for helping to fit pieces of this puzzle together. Thanks also to Taylor Kennedy for his major contribution of information on the Townships of Nepean and Huntley. The best academic sources for this subject matter can be found in the published works of Carleton University's Professors Bruce Elliott (pre-1875 migration and settlement), John Taylor (Canadian urban history), Dominique Marshall (history of the Canadian family), Michel Hogue (Canadian Indigenous history) and Marilyn Barber (post-1875 Canadian Immigration). The Carleton University Second Shannon Lecture for 2014 takes place on November 14, 2014 at Carleton University. This is an evolving web site which will be updated on a more or less daily basis. If you can fill in any of the genealogical blanks, please e-mail me. We're also looking for researchers to contribute articles on specifically related historical topics. If you have an interest in the Irish Potato Famine, the assassination of Darcy McGee, feminist or Native history, railroad history, etc. here's a chance to "get published" and discuss your interests using this web site as a forum. If you are interested in local archaeology, see our Archaeology in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec web page. Thanks to Mr. Bruce Hurley for sending in some information regarding the early official crests of Bytown and the City of Ottawa. These crests are held by the McCord Museum in Montreal and were designed by Mr. J. H. Walker. Planning on visiting Ottawa on business or as a tourist? Watch this short video.
The Algonquin Nation in the Ottawa area
The word Ottawa is a derivative of the Algonquin word Adàwe which means "to trade". The Algonquin Nation inhabited the Ottawa River Valley Watershed long before the first white settlers arrived. For purposes of this web site, the relevant geographical area of the Algonquins includes roughly the area from Oka / Kanesatake in the east (on the Ottawa River near Montreal). It extends along the Ottawa River to the west about as far as Mattawa. The Algonquins traditionally resided along both sides of the Ottawa River and along its many tributaries on the Quebec and Ontario sides. The Algonquin word for the River is Kitchi Sibi (Kitchissippi). The 1881 Census records many of the prominent persons of Algonquin descent in the River Desert area of Maniwaki. Visit the Kitigan Zibi web site. The web site is maintained by the Algonquin First Nation Band located in Maniwaki, Quebec. The Surveyor-General of Canada from 1803 to 1814 was Joseph Bouchette. He was responsible for surveying the townships of Onslow, Eardley, Hull, Templeton, Buckingham and Lochaber on the Quebec side of the Ottawa River. This summer (2010), I'll be exploring some of the historic canoe routes in the Ottawa and Gatineau Valleys.
Early Settlement of the Ottawa area (1800-1820)
Map Source: Hurling Down the Pine, by Bond and Hughson, inside back cover Map of Bytown and Hull
Mary Cox has written a chronological history of Bytown and early Ottawa. Our local history is also documented in historical paintings and drawings and in the development of literature in this area. The Fine Arts Department at Merivale High School has a terrific program for its students. Philemon Wright came to the Ottawa area in 1800 from Woburn, Massachusetts. He founded a Utopian agricultural settlement on the north side of the Grand (later called the Ottawa) River. This site (later the City of Hull, and now called Gatineau, provided a better site for settlement than the south side of the river - it had a more accessible shoreline, caught the sun nicely during the daytime and had a better portage site around the Chaudiere Falls. The falls provided a handy source of free energy (hydraulic power) to enable the creation of mills. Philemon Wright was an entrepreneur. He took the first raft of square timber to Quebec City in 1806, passing north of the island of Montreal and also operated the first steamboat on the Grand River. Here is an 1808 militia list for these early folks in Hull, Eardley and Onslow. It includes the name of many of the pioneer families in our area. There is also a list of the men who served in the 1813 Militia of Hull. Moses Edey, Samuel Edey and Jane (Edey) Chamberlain came from Vermont to Hull Township in 1805. Gideon Olmstead and his wife Esther Andrews arrived in Marlborough Township in 1802. Marlene is researching this family as well as the Scott and Foster surnames. Lac Mousseau, now called Harrington Lake in the Gatineau Park, was named for Louis Mousseau who was the first settler there. Lac Leamy, site of our popular Casino was named for an early lumber baron, Andrew Leamy. Aliette Lavoie is searching for information regarding the first cemeteries in the Bytown / Gatineau area. Apparently there was a cemetery on Barrack's Hill -- now Parliament Hill during the time of the Rideau Canal construction (1826-1832). Lieutenant Colonel John By was sent to Ottawa to oversee surveying and construction of the Rideau Canal between Ottawa and Kingston, Ontario. The Colonel By page contains a good map of early Bytown / Ottawa. Another Royal Engineer was John Burrows, 1789-1848, who was the superintendent for the work on the Canal. Here are some other founding families of the Hull and Gatineau area. Mr. David Smith has contributed some important and interesting material regarding his ancestors, John Litle and Frances Childs, early settlers in the Gatineau Valley. His background research includes material regarding the conditions of his Scots-Irish ancestors in County Down and County Antrim at the time of their 1830's emigration to the Gatineau Valley. We are also compiling a list of early Roman Catholic churches in the Gatineau Valley and in Pontiac County. And here is a new page (March 1, 2012) exploring historical and genealogical connections between the Ottawa area and the Eastern Townships in Quebec. The Anglo-Celtic Connections web site has a link to Ontario Roman Catholic Parish Records. Aylmer, Quebec, became an early trans-shipment point for goods and people who were heading west via the Ottawa River. Ira Honeywell was the first settler in Nepean Township. He and his wife Polly ANDREWS came to live on the banks of the Ottawa River in 1811. Moses and Noah Holt also came from the United States. Joan McEvoy Rooney has contributed an interesting paper regarding the Settlement of the Billings Bridge area and Junction Gore. Bradish Billings, in 1813, was the first settler at Billings Bridge. In 1815, a drowning accident occurred at Chaudiere Falls. The Chaudiere Falls area later became the hub of Ottawa's growing industrial development in the nineteenth century. Also, c. 1815, the Reverend Asa Meech (Meech Lake) settled just north of Wrightville. The Moore family operated a sawmill in Hull in the 1820's. The Moore family (some of whom pioneered at Rapides des Joachims in the 1840's) were related to the Meech family. Two Moore brothers married daughters of Richard Prentice, UEL. This was the first marriage performed in Nepean Township. Philip Chugg was an early settler on the Deschenes (Aylmer) Road, arriving there about 1835. Vivien Chartier is researching her Chartier and Lebel ancestors who came from St. Roch de L'Achigan to Aylmer, Quebec. Many folks came early and stayed late: Here's a list of people who were born in the 1700's (not in Canada) and were still around to be enumerated in the 1881 Census of Carleton County, including Ottawa. And some of their elderly neighbours on the Lower Canada (Quebec) side. Incidentally, the city of Ottawa, for most of it's history was part of Carleton County. In 1819 Isaac Firth established an Inn at Chaudiere Falls. The inn was located at Richmond Landing (on the Upper Canada side of the Ottawa River). The same year, four Chamberlin brothers came to work for Philemon Wright. And, in 1822, Robert Mosgrove came from County Leitrim in Ireland and settled in Bytown. Hon. Hamnett Kirkes Pinhey (1784-1857), a young London importer and ship insurance broker, emigrated to Canada in 1820 with a small fortune, to develop an estate in the Canadian wilderness. He soon established himself as a leader of society in eastern Upper Canada (Ontario) and became a member of the Legislative Assembly, Reeve of March Township, Warden of Carleton County, and a member of the Legislative Council of Upper Canada. He developed HORACEVILLE, on the Ottawa Riverfront of March Township (now within the City of Ottawa), as his residential estate, operating grist and sawmills and building St. Mary's Church, which opened in 1827.(1) (1) Source: History of Pinhey's Point The Pinhey's Point Foundation has prepared an index to the accounts of Hamnett Pinhey covering the period 1821-1857. The accounts contain the names of many folks from the Bytown area who did work for Mr. Pinhey. Another early settler in March Township was Benjamin Street. James Coates Browne came from Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland, to South March in the 1830's and his family were involved as lumber merchants in the White Lake area, hoteliers in Bell's Corners and merchants on Sparks Street. December 10, 2014: The Lyon family (Lyon Street) were early settlers in Bytown. See Taylor's .pdf file at http://www.bytown.net/lyonandsparks.pdf. In 1828, William Hunton and his two sons, Thomas and William Hunton arrived in Bytown. They came from Leeds in England. Their home was located on Metcalfe Street where the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library is today. The period 1784-1815 saw the emigration of Scottish Highlanders to Glengarry County and Scottish Lowlanders (mainly artisans and weavers) came to Lanark and Renfrew Counties during the depression following the Napoleonic Wars. The Lowlanders came with the assistance of Emigrant Societies in the Glasgow area. Here is a paper which compares the settlement of Glengarry County (east of Ottawa) and Lanark County (to the west of Ottawa). Many of the early French families who settled in the Gatineau / Bytown area beginning about 1830 came from the seigniories in the Montreal, Quebec, area. The seigniory of Longueil / Longueiul was transferred to the province of Ontario and became a Township near the eastern Ontario / Quebec border. French, Irish, and Scots had been also been involved in the fur trade in Canada in the 1700's. By 1820 the large-scale fur-trading empire centered in Montreal had, for the most part, become headquartered in the Hudson Bay region. Entrepreneurs, with capital, from Montreal looked for commercial ventures and the developing Bytown area proved attractive to men such as John Redpath and Agar Yeilding. Our web page regarding the Thunder Bay, Ontario area also contains some material on the fur trade. A publican (ran an inn and tavern) named Robert Atkinson was in Bytown before 1830. He may have been associated with the famous Mother McGinty's Tavern on Rideau Street. Captain Samuel Kipp, a United Empire Loyalist, who was a Captain in Delancey's Rangers arrived in Canada at Ramsheg / Fanningburg, New Brunswick he and his new wife quickly fled to Quebec (Montreal area it appears). The family eventually made it's way to the Ottawa area in the 1820's. John Goth from Yorkshire, England, was an 1818 military settler in Beckwith County. From the beginning, lumber was an important staple product exported to the European markets by Philemon Wright and later by the Gilmour and McLaren Companies. By the 1850's, square timber was replaced by sawn lumber exports to the United States. In 1860, the Prince of Wales visited Canada. The lumber industry arranged for a large arch to be constructed to commemorate his stayover in Ottawa. In the early 1800's, prisoners were transported to New South Wales (Australia) from Ireland and England. Many of those transported were sent away because of political reasons, not criminal transgressions. Timothy Tierney was transported to Australia in 1835 for stealing firearms in County Tipperary. His wife, Ellen Waters / Watters and children emigrated shortly after to Nepean Township. Timothy was pardoned in 1853. His legal pardon is an example of this type of 19th century legal document. Michel Forand is researching the lighthouses which were built along the Ottawa River starting in the 1860's. Also, regarding the Ottawa River, a request was made to Parliament in 1849 for a list of surveys which had been done, and by whom, during the past five years. Allan Gilmour was the organizer of the Ottawa Curling Club in 1851. David Smith has chronicled it's history for the years 1851 to 1933. Allan Gilmour was the owner of the Gilmour Lumber Company. In 1924, the Ottawa Ski Club newsletter reported on shenanigans at Murphy's Hill in the Gatineau. On the way up to Maniwaki, you will pass Brennan's Hill. In 1827, Joseph Coombs, who was an engineer with the Royal Sappers and Miners, arrived in Bytown to work on the canal. Joseph Coombs lived in Concession 2, Ottawa Front, Gloucester Township. Allen Craig has done some interesting work on the building of roads and the topography this area of early Gloucester. Hélène Wyskup is researching the Francophone construction workers on the Rideau Canal. Abraham Boland from County Armagh arrived c. 1828. He and his wife Mary McBride were married in Bytown and later went to the Eganville area. Charles James Rowan (father Patrick) was born 1809 in Sligo, Ireland, and died on March 5, 1883 at the age of 74. He married Mary Ann Farrell in 1833. Her birthdate was about 1817 in King's County, Ireland and she died March 26, 1887. Charles James Rowan came to Bytown in 1833. He kept a hotel at 56 Rideau Street for many years and later opened a grocery store on Clarence St. He was a member of City Council in 1855. His residence was 201 Clarence St. Michael McDermott was a land surveyor in Bytown and area between 1842 and 1849. His memoirs have been transcribed by his grandson. There are some interesting stories about his years in Bytown. Each year, the municipality issued licences to individuals to carry on commercial activities in the town. In 1839 and 1842, licences were issued to these individuals. In 1825, Duncan McNab, known as the Laird of McNab, brought 84 settlers to his property near Arnprior. The early Scots who had settled in Glengarry County (east of Ottawa), the Scottish pioneers at the Tay River near Perth (1815), and the McNab settlers formed the basis for the Scottish community in the Ottawa area. In 1821, a group of settlers from Scotland were brought to Ramsay Township. John Brown, from the Inner Hebrides was a bagpiper of renown in the Ottawa area. John Wallace (spouse Isabella McCallum) came to Bytown to work on the canal and then moved to McNab Township. An 1879 map of Ramsay Township, reproduced by the McGill University Digital Atlas Project, gives the names and locations of many of the pioneer families in the Carleton Place / Almonte / Clayton area. Drummond Township includes the Town of Perth, Ontario, as well Ferguson's Falls, Balderson and Innisville.
Scottish
Early Scottish Emigration to the Ottawa area
to Glengarry County
to Lanark County
Characteristics of Emigrants 2,500 subsistence farmers from the Scottish Highlands to Glengarry County before 1815 4,000 weavers and artisans from the Scottish Lowlands to Lanark County after 1815
Emigrant Organization No financial assistance, organized by families, led by Highland patriarchs. Catholic and Presbyterian Financially assisted, organized by emigrant societies.
Presbyterian and Anglican
Reasons for Emigration Defend traditional culture and lifestyle Economic opportunity for politicized emigrants
Here's an interesting bit of local Scottish folklore. In order to differentiate the great number of settlers in Glengarry County, nicknames were created for most individuals. Alexa Pritchard has sent us a list of a great many nicknames used in Glengarry Township.
Work Horses were an important component of early farming practises. At the beginning of the twentieth century tractors began to replace horses -- the early tractors were powered by steam engines. Visit Keith Thompson's web site of history and genealogy in Lanark County.
Data Source (Population): Ottawa: An Illustrated History, by John Taylor, page 210 Data Source: (Ethnic Origins): 1881 Census of Canada
Since 1971 the population of the City of Ottawa has trebled - due to both steady immigration and the amalgamation of surrounding townships on January 1, 2000. Before settlement occurred in the wilderness, the province of Ontario was surveyed to create townships and 200 acre farm lots to receive the pioneer families. Gaelynn Wall has sent in the links to some early land grants. Records of land registrations are useful documents for local historical research. Al Crosby has sent in an example of the history of the ownership of some property in Gloucester Township. Here is the entry for Lot 24, Concession I, Gloucester. Christ Church Anglican was established in 1833 on property donated by Nicholas Sparks. Here's a history of the church. Sue has compiled a listing of churches and their Ministers/Priests in Ottawa in 1867 - the year of Canadian Confederation.
Earliest Emigration from Ireland to Bytown/Ottawa
Beginning in the 1810's, Irish families began to arrive in the Bytown (Ottawa) area of Ontario. In 1817, a petition was circulated in County Wexford and County Carlow. The petition was signed by hundreds of families, both Protestant and Catholic, who wished to leave behind "The Troubles" of Ireland and start a new life in the wilderness of Upper Canada. Contrary to popular belief the typical Irish pioneer in the 1800's was not a Catholic who was fleeing the potato famine and settled in Ontario's urban areas. Both the 1842 and 1871 Census show that the Protestant Irish outnumbered the Catholics by two to one. Both denominations were rural - not predominately urban. Source: Donald Harman Akenson in The Irish in Ontario. Here is a list of emigrants hoping to leave Wexford and Carlow in 1817 to settle in Upper Canada. Many of these families came to Canada over the next twenty years or so by chain migration. Chain migration (emigration to the location where you already know someone) accounted for much of the population increase in the nineteenth century in Upper Canada. Some of these early settlers landed on the New York State side of the St. Lawrence River. On the Canadian side, immigrants travelled by boat from Montreal and disembarked at Cornwall, Prescott, Brockville and Kingston. Important ports on the American side were Ogdensburgh and Oswego in Upper New York State. See map of the St. Lawrence River Basin between 1825 and 1867. By 1829, there was a strong representation of persons who emigrated from the Castlecomer area of County Kilkenny, Ireland. Anne McEligot has sent in some links for researchers interested emigration from County Derry, Ireland. Emigration from County Wicklow, Ireland to Canada in the 19th Century Anne Burgess is researching emigration from southwest County Wicklow to EASTERN Ontario, including to the Bytown / Ottawa area. She is matching names from County Wicklow from the Lord Fitzwilliam Estate, which covered one fifth of County Wicklow. Her research is based on the book Surplus People by Jim Rees which documents the assisted emigration of about 1,000 families from Wicklow to Canada. Anne has extended her research to cover Fiztwilliam Estate assisted emigration to Southern Ontario. And, Annette Code is researching emigration from the same area (the Coolattin Estate) but during an earlier time frame -- from after the 1798 rebellion up to the time of the famine. She has just had an article published, (November 2009), by the Genealogical Society of Ireland. Mr. Kenny's research is in the area of Kilcavan, County Wicklow, in the nineteenth century. The parishes of Ballynultagh and Ballyrahine in County Wicklow were a source of emigration to eastern Ontario between 1847 and 1856. Anne Burgess has sent in some links and sources from Borris, County Carlow, 1782-1853. Quite a few pioneer families in the Ottawa area came from here. Today, May 5, 2011, I've started a web page for pioneer families who came to Canada from County Armagh between 1815 and 1855. In 1818 the Talbot Party came from County Cork, Ireland to Goulbourn Township and London, Ontario. Hey! I used to play old-timers' hockey in Stittsville with many descendants of these pioneers. Many of the emigrants from Ireland from the 1830's onwards came here to join friends or relatives who had already arrived here. Also, word-of-mouth news spread quickly throughout Britain about the opportunities for settlers in a new land. In some cases, people decided to come to Canada after reading material regarding conditions in Canada. Settlers from Ireland going to Upper Canada or Lower Canada landed at Quebec City which was the furthest inland deep-water port on the St. Lawrence River. They were then transported by steamboat to Montreal where many spent time in Griffintown, in Montreal, an early Irish neighbourhood adjacent to the Lachine Canal. Early framework for land transactions in Upper Canada. Ray Burke has transcribed an example of an early (1828) Land Grant document for property in Upper Canada. The exact surveyor's co-ordinates are spelled out, as is the 1/7 part of the land set aside for the Clergy Reserves. It is signed by Sir Peregrine Maitland, Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada at York (now Toronto). John Beverly Robinson (brother of Peter Robinson) is also mentioned - he was the Attorney General at the time. Free grants of land were available until 1826. After 1826, crown land was sold. For many of us, our goal is to visit Ireland, walk the hills and glens, visit a pub or two, and do historical and genealogical research in Ireland. Emigration from south-west Ireland to the Ottawa Valley in the 1820's To get a feel for how this web site works, take a look at the McGee / Magee web page. It is a combination of history and genealogy of some early settlers in the Perth area and it illustrates how various spellings, religions, and adjacent geographical areas can make things interesting for us! In 1816, a settlement was established at Perth. These pioneers in Perth were a mixture of disbanded soldiers and Scottish emigrants. In 1820 another military settlement was established at the village of Lanark.
The 1818 Richmond Military Settlement
Richmond (1818) was the first town established in Carleton County - earlier than Bytown. Sergeant William John Vaughan was one of the disbanded soldiers who settled in Richmond. Wes Cross (researching Jonas Barry)and Ron Dale have researched the structure and history of the 99th and 100th Regiments of Foot which were disbanded after the War of 1812 and the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. These two regiments formed the nucleus of the first permanent Ottawa area settlers after Philemon Wright's group. Alexa Pritchard has sent the following discharge documents of Sergeant William Shea.
Discharge Papers of Sergeant William Shea, 99th Regiment of Foot Settler in Richmond, Upper Canada, 1818
An transcribed example of the discharge papers from the 99th Regiment has been sent by Paula Gibson. See the John GIBSON web page. John Steel came as a non-military settler in 1818 from Dumphriesshire, Scotland. From 1818 to 1824 he ran a tavern at Fallowfield on the Richmond Road. Near this intersection is Piety Hill, the location of two pioneer churches. Richmond was surveyed in the form of the Georgian Town Plan. A rectangular grid system of streets was superimposed on the topography. Colonel George Thew Burke, from County Tipperary, was the commanding officer and Joseph Fortune was in charge of surveying. The town was built on the Goodwood River (now called the Jock River). Hydraulic power was required to power the early grist and textile mills and the sawmills. The disbanded soldiers were allocated farmland near the town. Lots were assigned according to each officer's rank. Privates in the army, the lowest rank, received 100 acres. Some Early Settlers in Goulbourn Township contains a list of privates and sergeants who were granted land in Richmond village and surrounding areas and also some early residents of Stittsville. Families also settled in the Carp valley and Carp village in the 1820's. Don Lowe is descended from the pioneer Hodgins and Wilson families. His other surnames of interest are Graham, Cavanaugh, and Mooney. William Fitzpatrick was one of the original settlers in the Richmond/Goulbourn area. His farm was located not far from what is now Munster Hamlet. He settled there in the 1819 time frame, but was actually in Canada in 1805 with the 100th Regiment of Foot, mainly in the Quebec City and Montreal area prior to 1812. You will notice his name on the information that Alexa submitted regarding the original military settlers in the Richmond/Goulbourn area. (Source for this paragraph and the information on the William Fitzpatrick page: Ken Armstrong). William Sample, from County Antrim, and his wife Matilda McCullough were also in Goulbourn Township by the 1840's. In pioneer times, there were connections between the Goulbourn Township folks and the settlers in Rideau Township, including the North Gower area. All men aged 19 to 45 were required to serve in the local militia. The Carleton County Militia muster rolls for the year 1828 (here is one for Nepean Township, headquartered at Richmond) are valuable genealogy and history resources. Transportation was either by foot - people often walked between Bytown and Richmond - until stage coach lines were established in the 1830s. George Edge, 1760-1840, was born in England and served for 59 years in the active military (99th Regiment) and the local militia. He was disbanded at Richmond in 1818. Census data for 1820-22 for March, Goulbourn, Huntley, Marlborough and Nepean Townships can be found here. Debbie Coxon Prince has contributed her research regarding early schools in Huntley Township.
Map of the village of Richmond in 1879
Map Source: Belden's 1879 Atlas of Carleton County
The Richmond Road in the 1860's Saw and grist mills were established along many of the rivers in the Ottawa area. Moss Kent Dickinson, who was mayor of Ottawa from 1864 to 1866 opened a mill at Manotick in 1860. The building, called Watson's Mill, is still open today. The general contractor for the mill was Thomas Langrell who later became Chief of Police for the City of Ottawa. Another Lumber Baron who became mayor of the city of Ottawa in 1897 was Samuel Bingham, also known as the "King of the Cascades" for his logging work on the Gatineau River. Richard Scott, who was born in Prescott, Ontario, became Mayor of Ottawa c . 1855 and was well-known for initiating the Scott Act -- the Canada Temperance Act. In 1863 he introduced the Separate Schools Act for Ontario. The Military Settlement at Richmond established 1818 St. Phillip's RC Church Marriages, Richmond 1836-?, by Marilyn Cottrell St. Clare's RC Church Registers, (1891-1910) at Dwyer Hill in Marlborough Township St. Phillip's RC Church Births, Richmond 1836-1845, also by Marilyn Cottrell St. Phillip's RC Church Deaths, Richmond 1853-1881, by Sue The Ontario Vital Statistics Project is computerizing Ontario civil registrations for Births, Marriages and Deaths. John Bower Lewis (no relation) was a mayor of Ottawa and member of Parliament. The preceding link will take you to a petition signed by many prominent Ottawa citizens in 1872 in support of his candidacy in the 1872 federal elections. A link to a brief biography and photograph of John Bower Lewis is also on that page. Speaking of local mayors, Eugene Martineau was Ottawa's first Francophone mayor. Joseph Turgeon was the first Francophone mayor of Bytown. Thomas Birkett (1844-1920) was a prominent merchant and mayor of Ottawa. Our bibliography page contains several books regarding local mayors from 1848 up to the Charlotte Whitton era. Another LEWIS family, prominent in the Ottawa area, was that of the Anglican Archbishop John Travers LEWIS and his wife Rebecca Olivia LAWLESS.
The 1823 Peter Robinson Settlers
Peter Robinson Road, Ontario, Canada Log House on Peter Robinson Road, Ontario, Canada

In 1823, Peter Robinson brought almost 500 settlers to the Ottawa area on two ships, the Hebe and the Stakesby. They sailed from County Cork. There are many thousands of descendants in the Ottawa area today. These early settlers were mostly from the poorest part of Ireland - the southwest - mainly from County Cork and County Tipperary. They were brought to Upper Canada, in part, to help reduce the numbers of poor Irish Catholic tenants on several large Irish estates - Lord Doneraile's property for example. Sending these people to Canada was expected to reduce the average level of poverty in Ireland and at the same time give a "leg-up" to selected emigrants, all of whom had good character references and were expected to become self-sufficient in Canada. After the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1815) the British government was amenable to government assisted emigration. Peter Robinson Settlers in 1823... Surnames A to G Peter Robinson Settlers in 1823... Surnames H to N
Peter Robinson Settlers in 1823... Surnames O to Z
Here's a map Showing the area in Ireland from where the Peter Robinson (and other early groups of pioneers emigrated) Source: Irish Emigration and Canadian Settlement Patterns, by Houston and Smyth, page 50. Map Showing Origins of Irish Emigrants to Canada, 1817-1825
Roberta O'Brien's Family Page... which includes the names of the settlers and also Peter Robinson's Report
Miscellaneous Peter Robinson Settlers ... A few genealogical enquiries.
Donna McGinty has sent in some information regarding her ancestors who settled in the "Peter Robinson Territory". Her ancestors married into many of the families of 1823 settlers and illustrate the migration pattern of many early Irish families to Carleton County, then on to Renfrew County and later to the American frontier in North Dakota. Carol McCuaig has written many books about settlement in the Ottawa Valley. She is currently researching immigrants from County Clare to Lanark and Renfrew Counties.
The Building of the Rideau Canal, 1826-1832
Planning and surveying for the construction of the Rideau Canal began in 1826. The following graph illustrates the upward spike in population in 1828 which represents the arrival of contractors and labourers. Tony Atherton from the Ottawa Citizen plans to write an article on a canal worker who died while working on the canal. A memorial monument is being established in Ottawa to commemorate the men who worked on building the Rideau Canal.
Many Irish and French labourers worked at building the Rideau Canal between 1826 and 1832. The Rideau Canal runs from present-day Ottawa to Kingston, Ontario and is one of the oldest functioning canal / lock systems in Canada. When the canal was finished in 1832, some of the workers stayed in Bytown, while many others cleared land in the area and began farms in Gloucester, Nepean , Osgoode, and other neighbouring townships. A great source of genealogical information regarding the Catholic Canal workers is the records of Notre Dame Cathedral in the By Ward Market of downtown Ottawa. Here are just a few. Sue is transcribing the Notre Dame marriages, beginning in 1829, from the Drouin Collection. Sue has also transcribed many of the baptisms which took place at Notre Dame from 1829-1839. Notre Dame Cathedral is now the main Francophone Catholic church in Ottawa. In its early years, it served both English speakers and Francophones. St. Patrick's Basilica on Kent Street, started in 1858, became the major English speaking (mostly Irish) Catholic church. See The Welfare of Irish Catholics in Ottawa, 1820- 1900 for a description of the early Irish Catholics in Ottawa and area. The major contractors for the canal works were John McTaggart, John Redpath (sugar industry in Montreal), Thomas McKay and Philemon Wright from Hull. The contractor for excavating the first six head-locks in Bytown was John Pennyfather. The labourers were paid by the day. Many, such as William English, lost their lives working in dangerous conditions. A very good account of the working conditions can be found in an article by William Wylie. See also our page on Labour History in the Ottawa area. Richard Bishop was Paymaster for the Rideau Canal. Some of the labourers came directly from Ireland. Others had previously worked on the Lachine Canal in Montreal or on the Erie Canal in New York State. When the canal was completed, some of the workers, such as Daniel Burns from Belfast, moved to the United States. After the war of 1812, there was interest in constructing a canal from Bytown to Lake Huron. This canal would have allowed Canadian people and goods to avoid Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
Immigration from the Atlantic Provinces to the Ottawa area, prior to 1881
By sorting through the 1881 census of Canada, we find that there were 218 persons who came to the Ottawa area from Nova Scotia. Others migrated to our area from New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. A commercial center was established in the By Ward Market area. While most of the early canal labourers were Irish, many men of French origin came from Montreal or other parts of Lower Canada to settle in Bytown. See our list of about 125 francophone families who arrived in Bytown between 1826 and 1855. Many of these families form the basis of the strong francophone community the Ottawa / Gatineau area. In the 1840's, the Roman Catholic Church established St. Joseph's College, later known as the University of Ottawa, on Sussex Street in the Byward market. It was later moved to its present location in Sandy Hill. In 1856, St. Joseph's Church was built to serve English speaking parishioners. Sacre Coeur, across the street, served French speaking parishioners. Anne Burgess has sent in some interesting letters illustrating the recruitment of Catholic priests to work in the developing wilderness areas in Renfrew County beginning in the 1850's. The Holiness Movement became rooted in some areas of Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec c. 1900.
Early Area Newspapers and Directories
Here is a new feature from Google -- the ability to search the digital archives of the Ottawa Citizen Newspaper. One of the earliest newspapers in Bytown was the Bytown Gazette. Sue Barr has transcribed some early birth, marriage and death records covering the period 1836-1843. Mostly dealing with Hull and Bytown, some of the names listed are from as far east as Glengarry, and west to Perth and Pembroke. Sue has also marriages and deaths recorded in the Ottawa Times of the 1860's. These newspapers can be viewed on microfilm in the National Library (Wellington Street, second floor) and in the Ottawa Room of the Ottawa Public Library. Some birth notices were also published. The Canadian News was published in London, England in the mid-19th century. Sue has also transcribed Births, Deaths, and Marriages which occurred in the Ottawa area and which were reported in England. Also, some records of BMD's for Bytown were published in the Perth Courier, between 1834 and 1849. See also Bits of Bytown from early American and British newspapers, transcribed by Sue. Taylor Kennedy has contributed obituaries of military officers as recorded in the Bytown Gazette beginning in 1836.And thanks to Sue Barr for some 1828 records from the Brockville Gazette pertaining to some Ottawa and Hull area pioneers. Bob Mackett has also sent records of births, marriages and deaths from the Bytown Gazette and the Ottawa Advertizer for the years 1836 to 1845. Thanks again to Sue who has transcribed the obituaries from the Ottawa Journal from 1886 to 1899. Sue has also transcribed Marriages in Bytown or Concerning Residents of Bytown, Nepean and Richmond for the years 1829 to 1856 and some Death Records covering the years 1828-1849. She has also sent in a link to Northern New York State newspapers in the 1800's. Sue is still at it. She has now transcribed the births, marriages and deaths for the Ottawa Citizen from 1853-1859. And today, Sue has sent along records of Births, Marriages and Deaths of early Bytown and Ottawa Residents, Recorded in International Newspapers Al Craig has sent in a list of Ottawa and Carleton Directories online from 1863-1899. Small communities developed at each lock station. After the canal was completed, some workers and their families settled on crown land along the canal. At Long Island, for example, there was a grid on the Gloucester side of the canal consisting of about fifteen "city" blocks until about 1880. The land around the lock-station and dam is a park today and only the lockmasters house remains. Across the river, on the Nepean side was Chapman's Mills and the Samuel Collins house. George Newsome was the lockmaster at Kilmarnock (south of Merrickville) from 1841 to 1871. His son William succeeded him as lockmaster. Here is a map showing the Gloucester side of the Rideau Canal, from New Edinburgh to Long Island village and locks. Incidentally, the first public meeting for the Township of Gloucester was held at Cunningham's Inn in 1832. John Cunningham ran a popular "stopping place" for many years. The floor plan of his inn is representative of many of the businesses of the day - family living quarters were usually combined with a commercial establishment. In 1832 a double calamity struck the labourers in Bytown: (1) the Rideau Canal construction ended leaving most of them unemployed. (2) a major cholera epidemic spread from Quebec City to Upper Canada causing hundreds of deaths and tragedies to individual families. This double tragedy, in the same year, set the stage for a "reign of terror", known as the Shiners' War in Bytown. Many unemployed men moved back to the land in the 1830's, in an attempt to become self-sufficient and also to escape the violence and social disorder in our town. Mary Cox has sent in the following map of Bytown in 1842. "The map is based on a Plan of Bytown by Lieutenant White, R.E. Feb. 24, 1842. Cemeteries are shown including one on Barracks Hill. Also I remember someone looking for an early map that showed Isaac Firth’s Tavern – it is also included on the map".
Map Source: Looking Back, Pioneers of Bytown and March, by Naomi Slater Heydon.
1842 map of Bytown In 1836, a list of eligible voters for Nepean Township was compiled. Captain George W. Baker was in charge of the Bytown Volunteers (militia unit) in 1838. Mr. Charles Chapman, raconteur, from England, died in Ottawa in 1854. Sheila is trying to determine where he is buries.
Local Maps, 1879
The following maps from the year 1879 show the location of farms and property owners in the Townships surrounding Ottawa. As of the amalgamation effective January 1, 2000 the new City of Ottawa now includes all of these townships, plus Torbolton, March and Marlborough. There was always a close relationship between the municipality of Bytown/Ottawa and the local townships. Much of the food for the growing urban area was produced in the townships and the local farmers visited the city to buy and sell merchandise.Local politics and economics were based primarily on race and religion during the 1800's and parts of each township identified closely with certain neighbourhoods in Ottawa. For example the English, Scottish and Irish Protestant community of Uppertown had strong ties to the English and Irish Protestant Orange groups in Goulbourn and Nepean. The Catholic settlements in South Gloucester, Jockvale and Corkery had business and family ties to the Lowertown market neighbourhood. The French market gardeners from the rural area to the east of Ottawa (Gloucester, Cumberland and Clarence Townships) primarily identified also with the Catholic-dominated Lowertown area. Cummings Island is in the Rideau River, at Montreal Road. The above maps, digitized by McGill University, are large files. You can extract smaller portions of the maps by using the methodology described here. Also, the Wallings Company created maps showing the locations of the settlers on their land in 1862. These maps have been digitized by Library and Archives Canada. Mary Cox has sent in a link to the Fire Insurance maps from the 1870's. These maps show urban locations. Part of the Township of Gloucester is called Junction Gore. This resulted from the original survey of the township. Some of the lots are "Ottawa Front" and some are Rideau Front". The remainder (the northwest corner of the township) are in an area called Junction Gore.
The Evolution of Ottawa Neighbourhoods

Cemetery Records in Ottawa and area
A useful resource for genealogists can be found in the transcriptions of the names of persons buried in local cemeteries. All of the local historical societies have published lists of persons buried in area cemeteries. However, in most cases, these lists include only the legible names of persons who are included on gravemarkers. Some of the early tombstones (if there were any) have by now become illegible or may have been removed from the cemetery for safety reasons. Scott Naylor has a very good, searchable, web site which includes digital photographs of grave markers in the Ottawa area. The site is now run by Murray Pletsch. The Ontario Cemetery Database is a searchable database, by cemetery in Ontario. This database lists over 1,000,000 "interments" (buried people), in various cemeteries in Ontario. In addition, another site is very useful for research in the Northeastern Ontario region: the Northeastern Ontario Graveyard Gallery is maintained by Murray Pletsch. Kimberly Fraser has a web site of photographs and transcriptions of St. Paul the Hermit Cemetery in Sheenboro, Quebec. Sean McConnery has transcribed many of the cemeteries in Western Quebec and the Upper Gatineau area. He has entered them online at his web site.
Musical Heritage in Ottawa and the Valley
The Ottawa Valley has a rich heritage when it comes to music. Original songs by the log-drivers were among the earliest in this area. See our Ottawa Valley Music page for some songs by Charlie Gardner. Emigrant Letters A new field in the study of history is research into old letters and personal correspondence from days of old. Mary Quinn, has an old trunk, handed down from her ancestors. She has sent along this letter, covering the time when two fifteen year old Irish migrants married in Quebec City, settled in Goulbourn Township, and lived strong and happy lives in the Ottawa area. She also has many old letters written by the Foran and Quinn families of South Gloucester. Bytown was incorporated as the City of Ottawa in 1855. Here are the members of the first City Council, as well as some other people of interest influence in Bytown. Henry J. Friel was mayor of both the town of Bytown and the City of Ottawa in the early 1850's. Statutory Labour: Thanks to Barb Hadden for this fascinating original document which is in the Kanata Town Hall. John Ray (spelled Rea) is named in the document which list the names of folks in 1843 in March Township who were required to do statutory labour to maintain township roads. Many other March Township names are listed: Younghusband, Armstrong, Wilson, etc. Minutes of the Council of the County of Carleton, January 1854 There were no clothing stores in the early 19th century. Most of the families made their own clothes and important occupations were tailors and seamstresses. Many women made quilts, often personalized as in the case of the Smyth family in 1841. The 1879 municipal budget reflected the priorities of the day: there were no expenditures for French language schools or for social welfare. However, the city had been able to run up a considerable debt for which it paid interest of $73,000 - the largest budgetary expenditure category. Cities were able to borrow money based on the assessed value of their overall property assets. As long as the city was growing and the property base was expanding each year, its' revenues continued to increase without a need to increase the mill rate. This was the beginning of rapid industrialization and urbanization for Canadian cities. The relatively large "Grants to Corporations" category probably reflects the desire to attract manufacturing operations to the city, especially at the Chaudiere Falls location. The art of photography began in the 1850's. Three of the earliest photographic studios in the city were Pittaway, Jarvis and Topley. Later, Yoseph Karsh was a world famous photographer. He died in the year 2002. By the way, most of us have old family photographs which contain unidentified people and places. We have a web page to help identify these photographs. E-mail me to submit your old photographs. Hopefully other researchers will have the same photo in their own collections. Taylor Kennedy has located the Abstract from the Shipping Book of James Allison, Immigration Agent at Montreal, Canada, in 1846 - Passengers Going Westward by Steam Boat to areas such as Kingston, Hamilton, Toronto, Carleton County, Ontario, and Masson, Quebec. These records are held by Library and Archives, Canada. Anne-Marie Ibell has sent a photograph, dated c. 1890, of the Governor General's Foot Guards. Her grandfather, Alphonse Heyendal, came to Canada from Belgium and played the base fiddle for the Foot Guard's Band. He also knew Jean Dallaire who was a well-known artist in the Ottawa area. In 1845, Sister Elizabeth Bruyere and the Grey Nuns came to Bytown from Montreal. They immediately began to improve health, welfare and education facilities for the Catholic community in Lowertown. By the end of the 19th century, in response to the Social Gospel and Progressive movements in North America, many private charities, including the Union Mission on Waller Street, were established. By 1871, the sawn wood industries and the federal government were the two largest employers in Ottawa. The industrial profile of businesses shows the beginnings of evolution from an artisinal and commercial city to a manufacturing and government city. Industrialization and urbanization went hand-in-hand. Many people began to move from the surrounding townships into the city from farms which were becoming overcrowded after the second generation following the pioneers. By 1879, a modern industrial and commercial city had evolved. See a list of major occupations and their incumbents in 1879.. A large influx of civil servants from the provinces occurred at Confederation in 1867. The Public Service is now the major employer in Ottawa and Gatineau. Track and Field events were the earliest sports to take place in Ottawa and area. These games often took place in conjunction with local fairs and market days. Organized team sports such as hockey and baseball began in the late 1800's and evolved to the National Hockey League Ottawa Senators, the "Triple A" baseball Ottawa Lynx and the Canadian Football League Ottawa Rough Riders and the Ottawa Renegades. We are trying to identify some of the early athletes and sports events. See our Ottawa Sports History web page. Fishing in the Ottawa area began with the first settlers. Birchbark canoes, built by the Algonquin canoe builders were in demand for transportation on the waterways. Streetcars began running in 1891 and the final car was retired in 1959. Warren SOPER and Thomas AHEARN, who had been innovators in hydro electricity in Ottawa were pioneers in the streetcar business in Ottawa. You'll find links to their biographies by clicking on "streetcars" above. My grandfather's brother, Terry Burns, drove the last streetcar in Ottawa off the streets in 1959. Mr. William Washington Wylie owned and operated the Ottawa Carriage Company. The Big Fight of 1895 at O'Leary's Field, Manotick followed the rules of the Marquis of Queensbury. Belden's 1879 Map of Osgoode Township...A list of almost 1000 names of pioneers and their Concession numbers for Osgoode Township in 1879. An extract of names from the 1874-75 Osgoode Township Directory shows many of the persons living in the north west part of Osgoode Township. Snake Island in Osgoode Township Sean and Sharalyn Daley have just opened the Daley Family Funeral Home (September, 2006). Senior Citizens in Osgoode Township in 1881. See also the state of Elder Care in 2011 in Ottawa and area. A letter from a mother in Ireland to her son in Carleton County. Ottawa Valley and Our Soldiers in World War 1, 1914-1918 Remembrance Day is November 11, A Tribute to one of our Veterans, Robert Metcalfe The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), history and genealogy in the Ottawa / Gatineau area. Irish and Canadian Money and Coins. Moses Bilsky was the first member of Ottawa's Jewish community. He arrived in 1857. A list of pioneers who were in Gloucester Township before 1834. More early settlers in Gloucester Township. The History of the Byward Market (Lowertown). The French Line in Lavant (or Darling) Township. Early Post Offices and Postmasters in Carleton County Ottawa Dances with the Spanish Lady .. Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, by Marc St. Pierre Ottawa: Railway History ... by Colin Churcher The The Railway comes to Nepean, bisecting the Kennedy Farm on Jockvale Road. The Great Depression in Ottawa, 1930-1939. Charlotte Whitton was the first female Mayor of a Canadian city.
Osgoode Township
My main area of interest is in the north-west corner of Osgoode Township - now within the limits of the city of Ottawa. A strong and close-knit community, mainly Irish and Catholic, began to settle there beginning about 1840. Unlike the Peter Robinson settlers of 1823 who mainly came from County Cork and settled close together in the Corkery neighbourhood, or, the Fallowfield and Jockvale settlement, which was made up chiefly of Tipperary folks, the pioneers in Osgoode Township, south-east of Manotick, came from many different counties in Ireland. Most of them had previously worked in Bytown and along the canal construction as far south as Kemptville. A lot of them had occupied ordnance land around the major lock stations - Hog's Back, Black Rapids and Long Island, before obtaining land in Osgoode Township. Also, in the early 1800's, people came to the townships just north of the St. Lawrence River. The town of Brockville was settled before 1800. Ogle Gowan arrived in Brockville in 1829 and was the main character in the Orange Order in Canada. Oxford Township, for example had many connections to the area covered by our web site. The town of Smiths Falls, located on the Rideau Canal became an early settlement of American businessmen. It was an important manufacturing center and later a hub for the railways in Eastern Ontario. It is situated in Montague Township. Mountain Township was named after the Anglican Archbishop Jacob Mountain. Prescott and Russell County, including Cambridge Township and the village of Casselman is an example of the agricultural nature of the area to the east of the City of Ottawa. Hastings County, including the city of Belleville on the Bay of Quinte, was settled by in the 1780`s. The city of Cornwall became an important port city and shipping center for people and products destined west via the St. Lawrence Seaway. The same can be said for the town of Prescott in Augusta Townhip. The Brock, Ralph and Beggs families also settled in Prescott and Russell County. My Burns, Sullivan, Christopher, Doyle and McGee ancestors were among the pioneers. Within a generation, the farms filled up with settlers; they had large families and we're all related to each other, and to a great many other families in the Ottawa area. Here's a map showing the area in which I'm most interested. The date of the map is 1879. This map, along with the 1881 census forms the basis of my study of the area. My grandfather was born here in 1880. Below the map is a table (yellow background) which contains clickable links to pioneers in the neighbourhood. Today, this area is bordered by the Mitch Owens Road on the north, the Snake Island Road to the south, on the west by the River Road and to the east by Bank Street / Highway 31. Source: Belden's 1879 Maps of Carleton County.
There are many more names of pioneers, other than those from Osgoode, further down on this page.
Table 1
Early Immigrants
To Osgoode and Gloucester Townships
Gloucester Township
Osgoode Township
Note: Feb. 20, 2008 The names below are being transferred to the Osgoode and Gloucester pages (above)
BAMBRICK family Bytown, c. 1830
BONENFANT Alfred or Ferdinand Cab Driver killed in 1908
BRADY James, 1838-? from Kilkenny Reginald BRADY, 1809-1893, born Kilkenny
BRENNAN, Michael, 1820-1909 Ireland wife=Anastasia BROPHY, 1836-1900
BURKE, family from County Mayo to Osgoode, also some from Cork
BURNS, Michael s/o Lawrence (above) and Margaret DOYLE marr. July 20, 1871, Mary SULLIVAN d/o Nicholas SULLIVAN and Mary McGEE
BURNS, William 1839-1898, born in Ireland wife=Elizabeth MULRONEY d/o George MULRONEY and Catherine DUGGAN
O'BYRNE, Jane 1808-1871 from County Antrim husband=Hugh McGEE, believe bur. in Ireland Jane is buried St. John's, Enniskerry
CARDIFF, William Manotick Station from Scotland
CARRAHER, Michael 1819-1881 County Armagh wife=Ann MURPHY
CARRAHER, Patrick 1812-1885 County Armagh wife=Mary MURPHY
CARRIGAN, Michael from Ireland wife = Margaret McDONALD McLEOD from Scotland
CASSERLY, William, 1803-1875 Ireland wife=Rose RICE
CASTLES, Henry wife = Catherine RUSSELL Catherine died 1859, born Co. Limerick also sp. CASSELS
CHRISTOPHER, Bridget Ellen husband = George HOOVER to Washington D.C. cousin of J. Edgar HOOVER
CHRISTOPHER, Patrick 1801 - 1860 County Waterford 2nd wife = Mary FITZGERALD from Cork, married Notre Dame 1835, witnesses were Patrick CURTIN and Catherine POWER my GGGrandparents, 1st wife was Catherine LANDRIGAN, died 1834
CLELAND, Robert and Hugh Londonderry came in 1840 Con 2, Osgoode
COGHLIN, Timothy 1841-? from Ireland
CONNORAN, James Wicklow 1826-1897 bur. Vis.
CONWAY, James 1795-1880 (Article in OTHS Newsletter) James born Kilkenny wife=Sarah DUNN, died 1852 in Osgoode James went to Iowa after Sara's death
CORCORAN, Thomas, 1822-1874 Carlow? wife=Nora DUFFY bur. St. Mary's
CORRIGAN, John wife=Elizabeth CONNOR
CRAIG, Gervais County Tyrone wife=Mary LANGDON ML# 440 ... See book Hello Nepean
CURRAN, John, 1821- Ireland wife=Catherine FOX Osgoode
CURRAN, Patrick, 1827-1895 Ireland wife=Mary RICE, 1830-1891 bur. Vis.
DALEY, John 1806-1873 from Armagh son of William wife = Ellen O'CONNOR
DALEY, Michael Kings County, 1826 wife = Elizabeth McGUIRE Osgoode Township
DALEY, Thomas 1821-? Ireland
DALEY, J. Sligo, 1840
DALY, James 1826-? Ireland
DARCY, Thomas born c. 1833 wife=Bridget Osgoode Con III
DELAMETER, William, b. 1803 wife Margaret ties to MULLINS and Huntley in Metcalfe, 1879
DEVEREAUX, Thomas Lot 21, Con. IV Osgoode wife=Mary WHELAN DEVRIE, DEVRIX, etc.
DEWAN, Morris 1791-? from Tipperary 1827 to Osgoode ML# 167 as Maurice DUAN wife=Alice PROUT from County Down
DIAMOND, Henry 1821-1894 (PR?) from Limerick? bur. St. John's wife=Mary KENNEY / KENNY, 1839-1909
DOLAN, Francis 1788-1855 Cavan wife=Ann McGOVERN, also from Cavan, 1788-1861 bur. St. Brigid's - many McGOVERNs buried at Kemptville
DOOLEY, James b. 1838 Conc. 5, Osgoode wife=Mary MULLINS
DRISCOLL, Cornelius b. 1861 Cork wife=Catherine QUINN Bur. St. Brigids
DURNING, John 1799-1886 Donegal ? wife=Mary McLAUGHLIN 1804-1856 bur vis.?
DURNING, Patrick Donegal died 1883, aged 90 ML# 529
EARLY, Patrick, 1798-1871 Ireland, may also be "HURLEY" wife=Ellen O'HORO, 1804-1887 (Nee BURNS?) bur. St. John's (maybe nee MANTLE)
EVANS, Francis 1797-1897, son of Patrick NEVINS and Maggie RUSSELL

County Meath see NEVINS, below married Mary CORRIGAN 1843, son Luke EVANS born 1853
FAGAN, Michael, 1817-1878 wife=Alice HUGHES, 1820-1893 to Canada 1830 bur. Vis.
FAGAN, Patrick 1845-1909 wife=Susan SMITH, 1850-1933 bur. Vis.
FAHEY, William wife=Margaret KING daughter married Bart CHRISTOPHER
FENNING (FANNING), Michael 1790-1868 Leitrim, 1818 wife=Sarah Jane O'BRIEN, 1794-1868 Osgoode in 1838
FENNING (FANNING), Patrick 1817-1897 wife=Ann GUILFOILE, 1822-1909
FINAN, John, died about 1869 (house fire) left 4 children wife=Catherine McGEE remarried Patrick CHRISTOPHER, more children
FITZGERALD, Thomas 1806-1850 b. Ireland, farmed NE of Manotick bur. St. Mary's son Thomas farmed Con 2, Lot 14,Osgoode
FLOOD, Patrick, 1808-1883 Carlow wife=Julia CORCORAN, 1800-1884, also from Carlow bur. Enniskerry
FORAN, John 1835-1901 Waterford, Thomas was lockmaster at Hartwell's wife=Catherine RYAN, 1839-1920 father ML# 510, see Bridget RYAN
FORAN, Nicholas 1819-1903 Waterford? wife=Alice DALEY, 1827-1900 bur. St. Mary's
FOX, John 1842-? Ireland
FOX, Miles 1793-1878 Sligo, 1840 wife=Bridget KENNEDY 1792-1878
FOX, William, 1801-? Ireland
GILLISSIE, Thomas 1808-1874 from County Longford wife=Bridget O'CALLAGHAN 1812-1886, from County Armagh bur. Metcalfe
GLEESON, James 1790-? Ireland see also GLEASON
GRACEY, John wife=Margaret John born 1831 Concession 4, Osgoode
GRANGER / GRAINGER, Samuel wife=Bridget BURNS living Osgoode 1848 daughter of Patrick BURNS and Helen KEARNEY
GRANT, Patrick 1823-1895 Antrim, wife=Martha THOMPSON, 1836-1916 from Leitrim see James THOMPSON (father of Martha) daughter Catherine GRANT married a LANE
GUILFOYLE, Patrick 1798-1883, from Waterford wife=Catherine O'CONNOR from Limerick, bur. Vis. some GUILFOYLEs came from Tipperary in 1835
HARNEY, Patrick 1814-1872 Tipperary, via U.S. wife=Margaret GUILFOYLE 1802-1879
HARNEY, Patrick 1811-? eldest son (Patrick) born Ireland, other children born Upper Canada wife=Margaret RYAN 1812-?
HASSETT, Patrick, 1814-1905 from Ireland wife=Ellen MOLLEY / MOLLOY 1826-1902 Osgoode
HATCH, Thomas Lot 9, Con. 2 Osgoode
HAWKINS, John Irish wife Ellen was Scottish Mitch Owens Road
HERBERT, Alexander, 1795-1885 Sligo,1838 wife=Mary PARKS Herbert's Corners
HERBERT, James, 1841- Sligo wife=Elizabeth NASH
HERBERT, Patrick, 1784-1884 Sligo 1837 wife=Bridget HERBERT
HOGAN, John 1833-1905 bur. Vis. wife=Ellen BROOKS,  1833-1893, b. Wexford
HOPKINS, William from County Wicklow ML# 233
HURLEY from Cork to Osgoode
HUGHES, Patrick 1784-1854 from County Armagh, buried St. Mary's, ML# 491 3 daughters married McGEE brothers: (1)Dennis (2)Patrick (3)Terrence
JORDAN, James, c.1790-? daughter Bridget was 2nd wife of Lawrence BURNS wife=Bridget LAUGHNAN County Mayo to Lot 12, Con 3, Osgoode
JORDAN, Patrick wife=Margaret DOYLE to Gatineau Valley
KEALEY, Darby, 1792- ML# 213 from County Laois (was Queen's) 2nd wife Eliz. MULLIGAN
KEALEY, Daniel, c.1817-? also sp. CAYLEY or KIELLY wife=Catherine COLLINS Carleton Place to Wisconsin
KEALEY, James Queen's - may be ML# 171 wife=Ann PURCELL
KEALEY, John 1778-1853 Kilkenny some also from Cork bur. St. Mary's
KEALEY, William, 1820-1885 from Kilkenny in 1834 wife=Ellen CONNOR, 1818-1885, from Cork in 1837 bur. St. Mary's
KAVANAGH, Edward, 1827-1898 Ireland wife=Catherine FOX, 1835-1904 Catherine may be 2nd wife
KAVANAGH, Edward 1813-1898 Ireland wife=Margaret KERWIN same Ed as above?
KAVANAGH, Peter, 1831-? Peter and Mary born Ireland wife=Mary UNKNOWN, 1830-? Children all born Ontario
KEARNS, Dennis Carlow, 1821 wife=Ellen DOYLE son William
KEEGAN, John wife=Alice HOGARTH John and Alice in Osgoode Township 1845-1860
KELLY, William (born 1802) Kilkenny, 1826 wife=Margaret GUILFOYLE Mr. Lorne Kelly has written biography
KENNY, Patrick, born c.1810 believe remarried after Margaret wife=Margaret ? , 1815-1859
KENNY, Michael 1824-1891 wife=Catherine O'MEARA both from Tipperary married Buckingham, PQ
KEOGH, Cornelius 1810-1873 Tipperary also spelled KEHOE death record at Museum
KEOUGH (KEHOE), James 1791-? wife=Catherine RYAN both from Tipperary some to Pittsburgh
KEHOE, Matthew came to Bytown in 1844 from County Wicklow
KEHOE, Patrick and (1) BRASIL, Jane and (2) RALPH, Hanorah to Marlborough Twp. Tomacork, County Wicklow came here c. 1833
KILFOYLE, Patrick County Waterford Manotick Station also GUILFOYLE or KILFOIL
LARKIN Longford, 1825 3 brothers see The Manotick Station Story
LEAHY,Timothy Limerick, 1845 Wife=Mary DOWNS, from County Down
LEAHY, Thadeus 1814-? Ireland
O'LEARY - LEARY, Patrick, 1822-1878, from Cork? wife=Mary DUNN, 1834-1899 d/o Patrick DUNN (M.L.) ? Bur. St. Brigid's
LECUYER, John Con III, Osgoode b. c. 1855, Ont
LENNOX, John County Derry wife=Catherine KEARSEY, 1822-1895 Catherine from King's County
LEONARD, Michael 1801-1893 Sligo wife=Catherine HERBERT, 1809-1899, Sligo
LOWREY, Robert, 1821-1896 - Up from County Down wife=Catherine O'BRIEN, 1823-1907 Ulster Plantation? bur. St. Brigid's
LYNUM, Edward 1817-? Ireland
MALONE, John 1811-? Ireland wife=Ellen MARS (sp.?) Son Michael baptized 1848
MANTLE, Robert and James Cork - See also Huntley records stone erected by Robert MANTIL (PR?) in memory of ... ... Martha MANTLE, 1837-1875
MARSHALL, Thomas Lot 23, Con. 3, Osgoode wife=Anastasia DOLAN
McCABE, Several widespread Pakenham, Onslow, Gloucester
McCARTIN, John 1817-1902 both from Armagh wife=Margaret HUGHES, 1824-1888 bur. St. John's
McDOWELL, James 1824-? Ireland
McDOWELL, Patrick 1821-? Ireland
McEVOY, Edmund Kilkenny to Osgoode wife=Catherine KENNEDY, 1773-1861,emigrated as widow with sons Catherine bur. St. John's, Edmund bur. Ireland
McEVOY, John 1808 Kilkenny wife=Anastasia POWER son Edmund went to Iowa with CONWAYs
McEVOY, Patrick 1810-? Kilkenny to Osgoode wife=Celia DOYLE E-mail Jaimie McEvoy who has a web page with LARKIN, McEVOY and DOYLE surnames
McEVOY, Thomas 1810-? Kilkenny 1826 wife=Margaret O'ROURKE also Michael
McEVOY and HURLEY, families in Osgoode Township by Ron Hurley
McGEE, Bernard 1801-? County Down to Con. 3, Osgoode wife=Bridget FLANAGAN
1798-1856
ML# 169 MAGEE
McGEE, Darcy 1806-1868 Journalist, Member of Parliament, Father of Confederation, wife= Mary CAFFREY assassinated on Sparks Street, 1868. See also Fenians daughter Euphrasia married Francis QUINN
McGEE, John Joseph Clerk of Privy Council, 1882-1907 father of Frank McGEE, hockey player
McGEE, Joseph County Tyrone ? wife=Mary Unknown ML# 387 as McKEE
McGRATH, Michael, 1820-1862 King's County wife=Mary McKENNA-see Hugh McKENNA
McHALE, Miles d. 1860 Mayo wife=Mary NEILON / NIELON, died 1877 Osgoode, Con. 3
McHALE, Michael, 1826-1853 Mayo son of Miles above
McHALE, Edward, 1832-1918 Mayo wife=Margaret DURNING, 1825-1909
McKENNA (McKENNY), Hugh, 1790-1873 County Tyrone served in Napoleonic Wars 2nd wife=Catherine DUFFY 1807-1877
McMORROW, James, 1826-1856 and Patrick, 1831-1860 Antrim mother Mary, born 1801 see also John CAHILL
McNEMONY, Patrick Ireland wife=Margaret BURNS marr. 1839
McROSTIE, Andrew Scotland to Osgoode
MEAGHER (MAHER), John, 1828-1908 Tipperary 1825 wife=Ann KELLY, 1834-1899 bur. St. Mary's, see also The Manotick Station Story
MELVIN, Patrick to Osgoode 1st wife=CeciliaMcDERMOTT d. 1837 2nd wife=Mary SASSEFIELD ?
MINOGUE, Mathew Bytown to Osgoode
MYLES / MILES, David wife=Catherine RYAN Osgoode to Venosta
MOLAMPHY, Patrick - 1808-1875

Tipperary, some went to Pittsburgh from Osgoode  wife=Julia KEOUGH Parents=Morgan MOLAMPHY and Catherine CUMMINGS
MORRIS, Edward Tipperary 1838
MOSES, Clark to Osgoode
MULLINS, Michael 1808-? Ireland wife=Eliz. SHEEHAN (Kilkenny) SHEEHAN may be SHANE
MURPHY, Daniel Hogsback in 1832 wife = Elizabeth BURNS or BYRNE
MURPHY, William Carlow
MURPHYs in Osgoode by Michael Daley
MURPHY, William same man as above? wife=Honorah McEVOY Manotick Station
MURRAY, Michael 1790-1864 Kilkenny wife=Mary GALLAGHERML# 141
MURRAY, Patrick 1827-? Longford
NASH, Patrick 1796-1886 Kilkenny 1830 wife=Margaret BLANCHFIELD from Tipperary
NEVILLE, Patrick Lot 3, Con III Osgoode
NEVINS, Francis County Meath wife=Mary CORRIGAN E Lot 12, Con 3, Osgoode
O'BRIEN, James 1824-1858 Con. 2 Osgoode wife=Bridget WALSH St. Michael's
O'BRIEN, John 1810-1898 Con. 2 Osgoode ?, some children to Gatineau wife=Annie HOGAN bur. St. Brigid's
O'BRIEN, Patrick, 1823-? wife=Ann TIERNEY, 1832-?
O'BRIEN, Timothy from Cork c.1830 wife=Catherine HURLEY (EARLY ?) see also another Timothy O'BRIEN (PR)
O'CONNOR, Hugh b. Ontario 1840 wife=Julia Osgoode Con. 5
O'CONNOR, Lawrence Ireland to Nova Scotia then to Ottawa
O'CONNOR,Timothy 1791-1873 Cork, McCabe List ? wife=Mary CAIN (KEANE)
O'CONNOR, Timothy Cork, McCabe List ? wife=Mary McHALE Osgoode, Con. 2
O'DOUGHERTY from County Monaghan, 1823
O'LEARY, Patrick, 1822-1878, County Cork wife=Mary DUNN, 1834-1899 bur. St. Brigid's
O'ROURKE, John, c. 1795-? County Cork Wife=Mary BURNS Con. 3. Lot 13, Osgoode
O'ROURKE, Thomas 1822-? Cork son of John above wife=Catherine KEOUGH d/o James KEOUGH from Tipperary and Catherine RYAN
PALMER, John, 1792-1876 Mayo wife=Elizabeth, also from Mayo
PHAIR, William wife=Jane GILLIS to Metcalfe area 1840's
PIPER / PYPER, William, b. 1801, Prot Limerick Con. 3, Osgoode wife ANN was RC
QUAIL, James 2 James Quails ? both in Osgoode
RALPH, Thomas W. 1853-1924 son of Walter (next entry) wife=Mary STACKPOLE 1853-1910 bur. Vis.
REDDICK, Thomas 1820-?
ROONEY, James wife=Catherine DWYER to Corkery area
RYAN some from Carlow
SHAW, John 1800-1875 b. Scotland wife=Janet to Manotick Station
SHEA, John born 1814 wife=Mary Osgoode
SHEARAN, Bernard Lot 13, Con IV, Osgoode wife=Catherine O'NEIL
SHIELDS, Patrick Wexford, St. Mary's Parish, died 1874 bur. Enniskerry
SHIELDS, Patrick Wexford, St. Mary's Parish 1800-1862, bur. St. John's wife=Bridget MURPHY
SKEFFINGTON, Peter see also Early marriages in Bytown - from Meath,1828 3 brothers-Michael,Patrick and Peter ML# 551 Later to Illinois, USA. Patrick married Nora STACKPOLE
STACKPOLE, Dennis Cork, 1820's Married Helen O'CONNOR  1843
STACKPOLE, Michael Cork, 1820's Married Mary MULHALL  1837 ML# 227
STACKPOLE, William Cork, 1820's Married Helen BRITT (BIRT?)  1843
above 4 are brothers parents were William STACKPOLE and Mary BARRY all related to PR people parents of O'CONNOR sisters were  John O'CONNOR and Maggie QUINLAN
SULLIVAN, John 1823-1914 wife=Ann GRANT from Longford bur. St. Catharines
SULLIVAN, Patrick, 1811-? Cork, 1823, s/o Jeremiah SULLIVAN and Mary McCARTHY wife= Mary KANE (PR), d/o John KEANE and Judith GALVIN marr. N.D. 14-08-1848.
SULLIVAN, Nicholas from County Meath to Osgoode 1806-1862 my GGGrandfather, wife=Mary McGEE
SULLIVAN, Patrick c. 1780-? parents of Nicholas above wife=Catherine BLAKE 1784-? GGGGrandparents ... Al
TERRY, Michael, 1799-1873 from Waterford wife=Margaret TIERNEY from Kilkenny ,1798-1882 Conc. 3, Lot 18
THOMPSON, Alexander from Cork 1818 ? wife=Eleanor CASSERLY
THOMPSON, James, 1809-1897 Leitrim (born Antrim) wife=Mary McALLISTER 1817-1884, born Antrim See book The Blood Creek Thompsons, went to U.S., bur. Kansas
TOBIN, John born USA wife=Bridget Con. 5, Osgoode
TOMKINS, John from County Wicklow in 1844 wife=Elizabeth TRAYNOR to Cumberland
TRAYNOR, James 1821-1901 wife= Jane MURRAY bur. Metcalfe
TURNER, Frank from New Brunswick wife- Emma LaPOINTE
TURNER, John 1800-1895 from Ireland 1831 wife=Susan WHELAN

1812-1889

Buried St. John's
WALLACE, Michael b. Ireland, 1830 Manotick Station Road School Teacher
WALSH, John 99th Reg. of Foot wife= Ellen KANE or KEANE see Lawrence BURNS
WALSH, Mary, 1832 to 1873 born Castletown, County Cork husband=William C. BARRY
YORK, John 1790-? Ireland bur. Metcalfe
Sources: 1. Michael DALEY of the Osgoode Township Historical Society has done a lot of work in this area. 2. Our Lady of the Visitation Parish, 140th Anniversary Commemorative Booklet, 1845-1985. 3. Various tombstone inscriptions in Gloucester and Osgoode Townships. 4. The March 1999 issue of the Osgoode Township Historical Society Newsletter has more details (specifically, an article written by Michael DALEY. The Historical Society also has published a series of family histories. Visit the Web Site of the Osgoode Township Historical Society and Museum The following Counties in Ireland today make up what is called Northern Ireland: Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone. The remaining Counties form the Republic of Ireland. The Republic of Ireland is independent.
Table 2 Here are a few names of pioneers in the military settlement at Richmond  (from 1818) and in Nepean Township (mostly Jockvale and Fallowfield):
BAXTER, Thomas Cavan, Templeport wife=Catherine McGOVERN ML# 15, Wayne O'Neil has history
BERGIN, Dennis 1840-1930 Tipperary wife=Mary KEALEY, 1856-1929 also sp. BERRIGAN
John BERGIN, 1833-1920 Ireland wife=Ann BURNS, 1856-1938
BERGIN, John 1806-1867 wife=Ann CUMMINGS Nepean
BERRIGAN, Michael, 1831-? Ireland? Bytown? wife=Catherine KELLY, 1835-? also sp. BERGIN
BROPHY, Walter Kilkenny ML# 542 related to POWER family
George T. BURKE of the 99th Regiment at Richmond Tipperary M.L. wife=Lydia GRANT
BYERS , Hugh Tipperary ? to Black Rapids wife=Catherine KEALEY
BYRNE, David Ireland to Nepean in 1837 (first child born in Quebec) wife=Bridget HANNIGAN various spellings over time: BYRN, BURNES, BARNES
BURTON, Joseph England to Ottawa in 1911 wife = Catherine LEAHY
James BYRNE, 1816-1892 Ireland wife=Catherine MONAGHAN see Monahan Landing
Mary BYRNE/BURNS Ireland husband=Patrick MONAGHAN, Nepean marr. 1831
BYRNE, Patrick Wexford, bur. Fallowfield wife=Johanna FORTUNE,1826-1895 
CASEY, James wife=Maria HAWLEY
CHRISTIAN, John, b. 1812 wife=Sarah McCONVEY to Nepean
CLARKE, William Borrisokane, Tipperary 1783 to 1860 to Jockvale (Half Moon Bay)
COSTELLO, James b. 1821 wife= Mary Anne TEEVENS, b. 1829
COSTELLO, John H. Tipperary wife= Margaret BURNETT, b. 1815 John is son of Mathew
COSTELLO, Thomas, c. 1823-? married (1) a McMASTER from Glengarry and (2) Maria FRAIN (SPAIN ?)
COSTELLO, William 1807-1875 Tipperary wife= Margaret MURPHY, 1811-1874
COWICK, David from Cork to Nepean wife=Catharine COLLINS
DEEVY, Michael Kilkenny also sp. DEAVY
DELANEY, Daniel born in Sarsfield? wife=Catherine FAHEY
DERVIN, Patrick born 1830, aka DERVIAN County Roscommon wife=Catherine DOOLEY
DODGE, Edward Long Island to Huntley 1st wife=Rosaline D'AMOUR POTVIN also to Madawaska
DOOLEY, Thomas Fallowfield (Richmond Road) in 1879 1st wife=Catherine QUINN 2nd wife=Mary COUGHLAN
John DREELAN Carlow 1822-1878
DUNN, Michael wife=Mary TIERNEY Nepean
DUNN, William wife=Theresa Ottawa and Fallowfield
FALLON, Patrick married Bridget KENNEDY Later to North Dakota
FERMOYLE, John 1825-1911 married Margaret BERRIGAN in Nepean 2 other brothers went to Boston, USA
GLEESON, Martin (GLEASON) Tipperary, Kilmore, Silver Mines to Fitzroy
GOSSON, John County Meath to Richmond
HALL, John Ireland to Nepean wife = Ann
HAMMILL, Patrick, 1791-1875 wife= Catherine MULDOON, 1796-1884 to Fallowfield/Jockvale
HANNIGAN, Daniel wife=Catherine CARROLL Huntley ?
HANRAHAN Families ML# 610 Ellen Unknown (yet) other Hanrahans also
HANRAHAN, George his widow (Bridget BURNS, from Limerick) marr. John McGEE 1840 to Aylmer P.Q. and Osgoode
HAWLEY, James Drowned at Chaudiere Falls in 1836 son's name William related to HUGHES family
HAYDEN, Lawrence Tipperary - HAYDON wife=Bridget MULLEN also Thomas in Farrellton
HOGAN, Luke Borrisokane, Tipperary to Nepean wife=Elizabeth BALLARD from Terryglass
HOULAHAN, John c. 1808 to Nepean wife=Catherine KENNEDY
HOULAHAN, Timothy County Clare wife=Mary CAHILL also sp. HOULIHAN
HOULAHAN, Thomas from Tipperary in 1840 sister Ann marr. Edward HAWLEY
JUNKIN / JUNKINS, Dane County Fermanagh to Nepean and Gatineau ML# 556
James KELLEY Kildare
Michael KELLEY Tipperary
KELLY, Roderick to South Nepean wife=Catherine LUTHER Cath. from Tipperary
KENNEDY, James b. 1825 in UC wife=Elizabeth GOODALL
KENNEDY, James Daniel Bytown to to North Gower wife=Mary COOK / COOKE
KENNEDY, John Tipperary to Huntley wife=Margaret MANION ML# 427 ?
KENNEDY, Thomas 1831-1909 wife=Elizabeth O'KEEFE Huntley Twp.
KENNEDY, William 1806-1880 See The Kennedy Story Tipperary to Nepean 1st wife=Isabella WATT 2nd wife= Elizabeth CARROLL
KILROE, Lawrence Ireland to Nepean in 1841 wife=Mary DUNN 1788-1872
LUBY, James b. Ireland c. 1840 wife=Margaret MADDEN Skead's Mills
MADDEN, Patrick Tipperary wife=Sophia, both died 1840, both over 100!!
MALCOMSON, Robert Cavan wife = Catherine STEVENSON to Nepean
McCARTHY, Timothy b. Ireland, c. 1770 wife=Ellen to Nepean
McGINN, Peter Tyrone 99th Regiment of Foot later to Iowa
McGUIRE, James 1813-1878 Meath wife Ann, 1803-1879
MOLOUGHNEY, Michael Tipperary in 1850 wife= Ellen MURPHY also sp. MALONEY sometimes?
MONAGHAN, Patrick from County Leitrim wife=Mary BURNS marr. 1831. N.D.
MOORE, Thomas Black Rapids, ML# 263 ? wife=Catherine DOHANY (DOWNEY?) some descendants to Maniwaki area
MULDOON, Patrick, 1797-1857 from Terryglass to Fallowfield, ML# 499 wife=Margaret BALLARD c.1792-1875 M.L., Shared Lot at Bridlewood with William KENNEDY
NUTTERVILLE, John wife = Bridget BRADY To Smiths Falls and later to Iowa
OAKLEY, James, 1800-1886 Tipperary wife=Mary MANION, 1817-1905 to Huntley
O'GRADY, John Tipperary wife=Honora O'MEARA 1778-1842 ML# 70, see also The O'GRADY Bunch
O'KEEFE, Michael son Cornelius to B.C. Ranch wife=Esther DEMERS possibly ML# 326
O'MEARA, Thomas Tipperary wife=Ellen TIERNEY see Denis TIERNEY
O'NEIL, John 1809-1882 Wicklow wife=Elizabeth BARRETT
QUINLAN, Joseph Tipperary wife=Maggie BERGIN ML# 350
QUINN, Bernard bur. St. Phillip's to Manotick
REARDON, Patrick, 1824-1894 alt. sp. RIORDAN wife=Sarah O'CONNOR, 1828-1913 1825 PR to Asphodel & Nepean
ROURKE, James wife=Honora TIERNEY married 1837
RYAN, William and Daniel North Gower to Kansas and Nebraska wives=DOWNEY and QUINN
SHEA, Sgt. William of the 41st and 99th Regiment wife=Cecilia KELLY to Petersville, Iowa
SPAIN, Margaret 1820-1894 Father was Cornelius from Tipperary, daughters here, sons to U.S. married Thomas O'GRADY see John O'GRADY
STAPLEDON brothers Devonshire, England to Nepean and Goulbourn
SULLIVAN, Jeremiah,1807-1892 Cork, ML# 562 wife=Elizabeth McCarthy,1816-1892 marr. 1833, witness=John BURNS of Bytown
SWITZER, Christopher from Limerick in 1825 wife= Sarah Jane MILLER Palatine family
TIERNEY, Denis Tipperary to Jockvale
TIERNEY, (Ellen) Tipperary many Tierney's, not all from Tipperary
TIERNEY, James a.k.a. "Gold Dust" 1846-1931 Richmond Road
TIERNEY, John Huntley? wife=Cecilia COUGHLIN later to Renfrew Co.
TIERNEY, John wife= Ann MURRAY Fallowfield / Jockvale
TROY, Thomas born 1807 in County Kilkenny wife=Mary FOX Fallowfield / Jockvale area
WATT, Arthur c.1819 wife=Ann SPAIN, c. 1820 Jockvale
WATTERS, Patrick, 1792-1841 Tipperary ? wife=Mary COLLIGAN, 1809-1897
Source: St. Patrick's Parish - Fallowfield, 125th Anniversary Booklet, 1866-1991 and various tombstone inscriptions. Many of the pioneers in the Ottawa region came from County Tipperary or County Cork. And here is a list of all parishes in Cork and Tipperary, along with the first year for which records are available. Here is a map of the Fallowfield/Jockvale/Black Rapids area of Nepean. Taylor Kennedy has supplied an interesting story, pictures and a more detailed map showing the original schoolhouse at the corner of Jockvale Road and Fallowfield Road and and also of St. Patrick's Church at Fallowfield. Names of about 80 young adults confirmed in 1852 at St. Patrick's Church, Fallowfield. St. Patrick's, Fallowfield Baptisms, 1851-1860, compiled by Marilyn Cottrell. Sue has transcribed the marriages performed at St. Patrick's, Fallowfield between 1851 and 1875. Sue has also transcribed the deaths recorded at St. Patrick's, Fallowfield between 1851 and 1875, and also the death records from St. Patrick's (downtown) at the corner of Kent and Nepean Streets.
There are two St. Patrick's Churches in Ottawa. St. Patrick's at Fallowfield dates to about the 1830's. St. Patrick's Basilica on Kent Street in downtown Ottawa was built around 1875 to serve the Irish population. In the early days it served the population from the Rideau Canal in the east to Britannia in the west. Excerpt from an article dated August 26, 2000 in the Ottawa Citizen (just prior to Nepean being merged with the City of Ottawa): "Nepean is renaming some of its parks after early settlers in an attempt to preserve the city's history before amalgamation. Bruce Elliott, author of  The City Beyond: A History of Nepean, Birthplace of Canada's Capital, said the proposal is a great idea. 'It's a way of seeing that some of the old names are commemorated.' Mr. Elliott said that many of the families were Irish Catholics from Tipperary. They began settling in Nepean in the 1820's.
City councillor Jan Harder said "the Irish families' roots are very, very deep in this community".
The names of the new parks will be: Rooney Park, Clarke Fields, Houlahan Park, Lytle Park, Burnett Park and Tierney Park. The Nepean Museum...Has well-organized, computerized Census data going back to 1842, plus other resources.
Nepean Families ...Ed Robertson's Nepean Page
The O'Grady's and O'Mearas ...two Fallowfield (Nepean) area families

Pioneers in Torbolton Township and Fitzroy Township: Here are two excellent books, if you are researching the Torbolton and Fitzroy area: 1. Doris Grierson Hope has just had her book, Torbolton Township: Its Earliest History, reprinted. You can contact the author by e-mail at: E-Mail to Doris Grierson Hope 2. Beyond Our Memory... a history of Fitzroy Township, by the Fitzroy Township Historical Society, ISBN 0-9694250-0-7 Some early settlers in Fitzroy Township Frank O'Hara has a web site of pioneers in Torbolton and March Townships. His main surnames are O'HARA, NASH, CASEY, BRENNAN, EDGE, and HAWLEY. Joseph Gilmore Smyth and Catherine Burns to Fitzroy, early 1800's Death Registrations in Fitzroy Township in 1900 and 1907 More Info on Fitzroy Township (and HICKEY surname)
Pioneers in Goulbourn Township, Huntley Township and also the Perth Area County Cavan to Goulbourn Township .. The family of George ARGUE and Mary WILSON Pre-famine Migration to British North America Thomas ACRES from Tipperary to Huntley Township. Goulbourn Township Historical Society ... Located just outside Stittsville Behan Teevens Brown Finner ... and some other deaths before 1900 at St. Michael's, Corkery Marriages in Huntley, 1837-1900 ... Groom, Bride, Date of Marriage Births in Huntley, 1837-1900 Deaths in Huntley, 1837-1900 Take a virtual walking tour of the Town of Almonte, formerly called Shipman's Mills. The Auld Kirk Cemetery near Almonte. Many of the Scottish pioneers who came in the 1820's are buried in this cemetery. At Bear Brook (Bearbrook) in the Russell / Cumberland area, you'll find Trinity Anglican Church and it's pioneer cemetery. Pontiac County pioneers: folks born before 1800 and living in Clarendon, Litchfield, Bristol and Chichester Townships in 1851. Visit the Pontiac County Heritage Web Page. Bonnie Hannifin is researching her ancestors, Alexander Wilson and Mary Thompson, who settled in the Pontiac, before 1841. Phil McGrath has sent in a list of landowners at Calumet Island in the Pontiac in 1867. The John KENNEDY / Julia DOOLAN family were early settlers on Allumette Island. The first Polish settlement (1859) in Canada was established at Wilno. Ottawa is chosen as the Capital of Canada and the Great Fire (story transcribed by Taylor Kennedy) Members of the Ottawa Fire Department who died in the line of duty. Some Early Marriages in Perth Ontario (St. John the Baptist Parish) ... Names transcribed by Rita Meistrell. The town of Carleton Place, just west of Ottawa, was originally called Morphy's Falls after Edmond Morphy who came from County Tipperary and settled there before 1820. Franktown, in Beckwith Township and mid-way between the military settlements at Perth and Richmond, was a supply depot for the first settlers. Marlborough Township, in the western part of Carleton County, was home to many Irish Pioneers who came from Counties Wexford and Wicklow. North Gower Township, Carleton County, was settled beginning in the 1820's and here are some pioneers in South Gower Township (Grenville County) in 1862. Carol Bennett McCuaig is researching material for two new books: (1) Beckwith Township Settlers Prior to 1842 and (2) Lanark County Settlers from Carlow, Wexford and Kilkenny. (September 1, 2006) Bishop Alexander MacDonell The Indian Hill Cemetery near Pakenham Mary in Michigan is researching the surnames Sullivan, Coyne, Lefurgy and Finucane in the Upper Ottawa Valley.
Table 3 Here are more early settlers in Ottawa and area: The date, where given, is the date of marriage. Alphabetic by Groom's surname
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ABBOTT, Francis Nenagh Castle, Tipperary to Canada, 1815
James ABBOTT 20-05-1845 Mary FINNEY
ACTON, John from Castle Bar to Acton's Corners
ADRAIN to Newboro area canal
John ARDELL 10-09-1851

07-04-1853

 (1) Bridget MURPHY

(2)Mary FINCH

also spelled "McCARDELL" or "McARDLE"
ARMSTRONG, James wife=Mary ANN Bytown and Smiths Falls
ARMSTRONG, Joseph wife = Catherine Smith County Cavan to March Township probably ML# 356
John ARMSTRONG 17-02-1840 Margaret BOYLE
ARMSTRONG, family to North Gower in 1847 also LEWIS and GRIMES
James ARMSTRONG

15-04-1844 Bridget KELLY
BRADLEY, William wife=Sera DOWNEY to Huntley Township then to Eardley, Quebec
AUBRY, family surname changed from BRENNAN First known Irish immigrant contains good Quebec history
Patrick AYLEN 28-09-1840 Catherine DALEY brother of Peter AYLEN ??
Patrick AYLWARD 18-07-1843 Mary BOYLE
Edward BAKER 22-07-1856 Catherine MARTIN
BALLARD, Richard County Tipperary Eliza WHITE South March
Edward BAMBRICK 23-08-1842 Ann NEIL
Johnston BARKER 01-09-1846 Mary DARCY,

d/o Michael

BARRETT, Patrick County Mayo, ML# 170 Sally BURKE also m. Alice FLYNN ?
Peter BARRETT (M.L)living at Long Island, brother of above, ML# 170 11-02-1834 Mary SMITH another brother, Thomas, on ML# 170
BARRY, James married 08-01-1838 Helen BURNS / BYRNES, widow of J. BRENNAN Cork to Huntley to Onslow
BARTON, Benjamin County Fermanagh ML# 340
BEATTY / BEATTIE, Daniel County Wicklow ML# 504 wife = Jane SMITH
BELFORD, (Several) ML# 296 363 375 626
BELL, Jeremiah, b. 1808 To Fitzroy Township wife = Frances ELLIOTT to Bruce County, c. 1850
BENNETT, Patrick from County Meath ML# 363
John BERGIN 10-05-1832 Mary Ann COYNE
Edward BERGIN 07-01-1842 Catherine DONNELLY
Patrick BERGIN 23-02-1832 Mary CULLEN
William BERGIN

widower of Bridget FENNING

01-07-1845 Susanna CURRAN
William BLACK 22-11-1834 Mary O'CONNOR
John BLAIR 12-02-1832 Mary DUNN

from Hull

John BLAIR(above) 01-12-1835 Catherine BURGESS
BONFIELD, James to Eganville connected to Huntley ?
Sarac BOOTHMAN 20-01-1857 Mary BURNS d/o Martin BURN  from Wexford (M.L.) and Ann GRAHAM
John BOWES 08-11-1845 Jane McGUIGAN
Mathew BOWES 29-04-1845 Ann BRENNAN
Edward BOWES 19-08-1856 Catherine McKENNA
John,Mathew and Edward BOWES (above) were all sons of Thomas BOWES and Mary KELLEY have parents of brides were they the BOWES from Bowesville, site of Ottawa International Airport?
BOWES, Owen to Perth in 1820 Rose FLOOD some at Huntley
BOYD, William McCabe List # 419 from County Antrim
John BOYLE s/o James BOYLE and Mary McINTYRE 29-07-1846 ANN CUSACK d/o Michael CUSACK and Helen McDONOUGH
John BOYLE s/o Dominick BOYLE and Catherine DONNER 19-02-1846 Elizabeth McGRATH d/o Thomas McGRATH and Mary O'BRIEN
Andrew BOYLE s/o James BOYLE and Mary McINTYRE 17-10-1846 Helen RYAN d/o Michael RYAN and Helen PRESTLEY / PRESLEY
BOYLE, Joseph

b. County Wicklow.

s/o John BOYLE and Mary BURNS

21-07-1854 Sara TOBIN

d/o John TOBIN and Mary MURPHY

to U.S. in 1860's

see obits.

Thomas BRADLEY 08-01-1846 Anna Jane MURRAY have parents
Thomas BRADRICK 19-04-1847 Mary BOLAND have parents
Bernard BRADY 26-10-1831 Mary McCARTHY B.B. lived at Templeton, Quebec
Patrick BRADY 30-09-1844 Helen POWER have parents
Patrick BRENNAN 29-09-1835 Mary FITZGERALD
BRESLIN Family at Grenville, Quebec
BROWN, Henry County Cork Alexina POTVIN to Bayswater
John BROWN (Long Island) maybe from Leitrim 31-07-1831 Mary Ann COLLINS from Goulbourn
John BROWN, Leitrim? 21-05-1844 Mary WALSH have parents
John BROWNRIGG 24-11-1854 Margaret McVEY have parents
BUCKLEY, James (Goulbourn) 26-01-1830 Mary O'BRIEN married N.D. Bytown
Andrew BULGER 02-08-1854 Mary MALONE have parents
BULGER, John, c. 1817 Val des Monts Helen (Ellen)
James BURKE 15-04-1834 Margaret BRIEN / O'BRIEN
John BURKE 05-07-1829 Eleonora BURKE Lots more BURKEs
William BURNETT 04-08-1832 Mary GLEESON Jockvale
Felix BURNS s/o John BURNS and Susan KINSELLA 01-05-1856 Mary RODGERS d/o Francis RODGERS and Mary McGUIRE Susan Frances BURNS, d/o Felix and Susan, married John DONNELLY
See also a Byrnes/Donnelly connection in Westport, ON
James BURNS 23-11-1855 Mary BURNS have parents
BYRNES, John from County Wicklow
BURNS, John from County Wicklow to Lansdowne Township in 1831 wife= Margaret ARMSTRONG
Burns, Lewis from County Wicklow to Buckingham and Cumberland wife= Mary Ann WALLACE
Thomas BURNS 10-11-1845 Helen CARDEN have parents
BURNS, Thomas Gillespie wife= Elizabeth FENTON mentioned in Lett's book
BURNS, Thomas
b. abt. 1850
family from Wexford Mary MAHONEY store on Sparks St.
Lawrence BURNS 10-07-1831 Margaret DOYLE see Osgoode Twp, above (yellow table)
BURNS, Murtagh married in Ireland Sarah GRIER descendants to Pontiac, Quebec
William BURNS (M.L.) - Kilkenny c. 1829. William may be brother of my GGGrandfather Lawrence BURNS, and also of JAMES BURNS who married Elizabeth WALSH. See Osgoode Township above. wife=Judith DOYLE see son, next
William James BURNS, son of above 10-02-1851 Mary Ann GUNN daughter of Patrick GUNN (M.L.) and Ann McGUIRE
John BURNS (Nepean) 25-08-1833 Harriet MURPHY witnesses Robt. BARRY and Ann BARRY (PR?)
John BURNS / BYRNES possibly ML# 142 wife=Amelia ASTLEFORD from County Wicklow in 1827
John O'BYRNE 10-08-1848 Ann CAHILL
Michael BUTLER 21-08-1835 Mary CLARKE have parents
James BUTLER (Cork?) 01-06-1834 Catherine DAVY (Edward DAVY on M.L.)
James BYRNE, s/o John BYRNE and Mary O'NEIL 19-05-1851 Mary O'BRIEN d/o Daniel O'BRIEN and Mary CARROLL
BYRNE, Patrick c. 1830-? marr. 1849 Bridget McGRATH
CAIN (KEANE), Patrick John Julia O'DONNELL
to Quyon, Pontiac
CALDWELL, William from County Tyrone Margaret BIRCH or BIRTCH from Tipperary
some to Durham County
CARNWITH family Ireland to Perth 1820's also to Ottawa
CARR, William, b.circa 1800 County Tipperary Margaret LARRETT
to Fitzroy
CARROLL, Thomas March Township Sarah KENNEDY
CARROLL, Patrick b. 1795 Mary DOOLEY
to Farrellton
CARROLL, Patrick, 1821- Huntley Township Jane O'LEARY
CARRUTHERS, Noble 1809-1883 from County Fermanagh Mary Ann ARMSTRONG to Huntley
CASEY, Patrick County Roscommon Margaret FARMER
(Tipperary)
Goulbourn / Nepean
CASSIDY, Peter c. 1790 - ? Margaret FARRELLY ? to Illinois
CASSIDY, Thomas County Westmeath wife=Julia FITZSIMMONS
(Tipperary)
ML# 146
CASSIDY, Bernard wife=Margaret GORMAN
CAVANAGH, Edward to Huntley area Margaret CURRAN
CLEAR / CLAIR Moses and Andrew Wexford or Carlow Griffintown
CLEARY, John 1805-1897 to Fitzroy / Onslow
CLEGG, William born Ireland Catharine McDUFF
CLOSE, John, 1796-1880 Ireland, may be ML# 249 wife=Catharine to South Gower
CLYNE, Louis and PINETTE married McDONALD sisters
COLLINS, Thomas Mayo to March Twp. Catherine O'BRIEN
CONLEY, Robert Wexford to March Twp. born 1757
COONEY, James County Mayo Catherine MULROY
COOPER, Paul Ireland to Bytown 1830 Rachel WALLACE to Osgoode
COPELAND, Thomas Ireland to Wakefield
CORCORAN, Patrick John came to Ottawa area c. 1877 wife=Catherine O'LEARY married in Sillery, Quebec
Daniel COUGHLIN
Black Rapids
09-01-1832 Bridget KENNY
Black Rapids
COWAN, John Manotick area wife=Elizabeth CLARKE John from County Leitrim
COXFORD, John from London, England, 1837 wife=Esther HALL or HULL son to Pembroke
COYLE, Michael Dublin ML# 364 wife=Margaret DOLAN Fitzroy?
CREGAN, James County Meath ML# 438 wife=Mary MURPHY Bytown to Rigaud, Quebec
James CULLEN 07-07-1831 Mary FLANAGAN
CULLEN, Simon from King's County (ML) Military settler at Richmond later to Cobourg
CULLETON, James wife=Mary Ann MALLOY
Patrick CUNNINGHAM 15-07-1851 Helen WATTERS have parents
DAGENAIS, George m. 1853 in Golden Lake Rose SHIELDS to Rapide des Joachims
DALEY, Bryan born Nova Scotia Ellen QUIGLEY to Aylmer, Quebec
DALEY, Patrick Mary SHERIDAN
DALEY, Richard ML# 495 ? Mary McCRANK to Farrellton
DARCY, Abraham Hobson to Durham County From Wicklow in 1851 Later to Wellington County
DARCY, James 1791-? 30-08-1841 Mary SKEFFINGTON Osgoode Twp., Con. 3E
DECARIE, Joseph from Lower Canada wife= Louise FLEURANT also to Pembroke
DAWSON, William Tipperary in 1832? wife= Catherine TIERNEY
DEEGAN / DEIGHAN, Daniel James to Kemptville Oxford Township
DIGNAN, Bartholomew County Leitrim ML# 32 wife=Mary MACNAMARA ? to Smiths Falls
Michael DOLAN 16-09-1851 Ann McGOVERN have parents
DONOHUE, Thomas wife = Honor MAHON to Mt. St. Patrick
Thomas DONNELLY 10-02-1834 Margaret BURKE Margaret was from Co. Cork
DOYLE, Robert, from Waterford to Lanark then Nepean Eliz. SMITH, from Cavan
DRAPER, John to the Gatineau wife Mary STANLEY
DUFFY, James, from Donegal wife=Mary Ann WOODBURN, from Derry
DUGGAN, Patrick, from Fermanagh 24-09-1838 Eliz. GUNN ML# 124,Lett's Book
DUNLOP, Gabriel wife=Ellen McCLOSKEY Ireland to Chelsea
ELLARD, Josh County Cork to Picanoc "King of the Gatineau" also John FOWLER
ELLIOTT, Simon wife=Ann HOWE To Fitzroy (Galetta area)
ENGLISH, William, from Kilkenny,1802-1829 wife=Catharine WALLACE, from Kilkenny on McCabe List to March Township, later to Hog's Back
FALLS, Samuel County Tyrone to Huntley (Carp) on McCabe List
FITZSIMMONS, Joseph wife=Maria SCHARFE related to WYMAN family (Philemon WRIGHT)
FEELEY, Michael married Bridget BURNS Stratford area Later to Iowa
FENLON, William married Bridget DOYLE from County Wicklow to Ottawa, North Dakota and western Canada
Michael FLANAGAN c. 1850 Sara McGEE both from Armagh?
Patrick FLANAGAN Contractor on Canal, 1830 Mayo to Bytown to Biddulph The Donnelly Album
FLEMING, Alexander wife, Elizabeth from County Wicklow
FLEMING Gatineau area also BROWN, BRADLEY O'NEILL and WERRELL
FLEMING, John 99th Regiment Eliz. SWAIN 1st wife, married 1857
Edward FOGARTY 03-08-1829 Catherine ARMSTRONG
FOSTER, Robert 1803-1892 Mary BOOTH Ireland to Huntley, c. 1825
FOGARTY, Phillip living at Richmond in 1831 marr. 07-11-1831, Notre Dame Catherine Lydia  BURKE, d/o Capt. George Thew BURKE
FOWLER, Thomas (Holmes?) Kilkenny ML# 453
FOX, Michael Wexford ? wife=Mary BRADLEY to Pontiac County
GALVIN, Patrick 1816-? wife=Eliza CASSIDY 1815-? both fom County Westmeath to Carleton Place
GARLAND, John
William GARRETT 26-11-1844 Eliz. DOYLE have parents
GILLIE, Robert his wife was from County Wicklow wife=Eleanor TRACEY (TRACY / TREACY)
James GLEASON 18-05-1847 Mary Ann SPAIN have parents
GOODWIN, John from County Kildare ? c. 1840 wife=Sophia MORELAND
GORMAN, Richard 1822-1876 Ire>Que>Ottawa wife=Mary Ann SHERWOOD 1829-1876
Grace, John ML# 140 Kilkenny wife Honora LEARY m. 08-10-1849
GRACE, Peter Kilkenny wife Julia REGAN, Tipperary related to John above?
Daniel GRADY 09-02-1834 Judith GLEASON 4 GRADY marriages before 1840
GRAHAM family Huntley and Ottawa
GRIFFIN, Thomas to Huntley area wife Margaret MEANEY (sp?)
GUNN, Patrick Fermanagh related to McGUIRE ML# 555
O'HARE, Michael of Hog's Back 30-01-1830 Bridget QUIRK or QUICK O'HEARE
HANRATTY, Peter 1791-1876 wife = Mary County Armagh to Calumet Island
HART, Peter s/o John HART and Julia DUNN 25-11-1844 Catherine BROPHY, d/o
Martin BROPHY and Catherine BERGIN
HAWTHORN , Hans, b. 1813 County Down wife Sarah WARD, b. 1808 to Carleton Place
HAYES , Michael wife Ellen Storekeeper Sheenboro
HEANEY , John R. wife Margaret McGONEGAL from County Donegal to Pembroke area
HEARTY , Owen from Armagh wife Ann McGEE to Calumet Island
HENDRICK , Michael County Wicklow wife Margaret BALFE to Farrelton
HENEY , John from Killeshandra, Cavan in 1843 wife Mary Ann McMANUS Heney Fuels
HENEY John wife(1)=Jane WILSON wife(2)=Eleanor Hester KIRK
HENNESSEY Patrick wife=Margaret MURPHY
HENRY / HENERY Bytown c. 1827 Cumberland and Nepean
HOUSTON Northern Ireland in 1823 to Goulbourn Township
HOWARD, Patrick Cork ML# 336 also 1825 PR?
HOWLETT, John / Patrick to New Edinburgh
Philip HUGHES,
have parents
16-08-1848 Ann McGEE
have parents
Osgoode, Con 3.
HUTCHINGAME , Thomas Ireland wife Johanna FINN or FLYNN
JACKSON , Johnathon, b. 1813 Kilkenny wife Mary SHORE, b. 1811
JOHNSTON , James Sligo wife Bridget McGEE ML# 290 ?
James JOHNSTON, from Sligo 08-01-1841 Margaret DEWAN same JJ as above?
Thomas JORDAN, to Osgoode 16-01-1843 Bridget CORRIGAN have parents
KAVANAGH, Edward Templeshanbo, County Wexford to Vinton, Pontiac County wife = Catherine Mary HEARTY
KAVANAUGH, John Ferns, County Wexford to Irish Lake wife = Jane HUNT
KAVANAGH, Thomas 1834-1902 to Vinton, Pontiac County wife = Jane McDONNELL
KEEGAN, Bernard to Pakenham wife = Mary MORRIS
KEENAN, Robert wife = Catherine BRADIN both born in Bytown, 1830's to Syracuse NY, USA, c. 1880
KEHOE, Peter wife = Sarah WHITE from Ireland c. 1842 to Gatineau Valley
KENNEDY, Patrick b. 1821 Nenagh, Tipperary 1st wife=Julia FLANNERY to Springtown later
Thomas KENNEY / KENNY
Long Island
18-09-1831 Bridget CARROLL have parents
KEYES, George Wexford, b. 1811 wife=Elizabeth ROSE Kilkenny
KILLEEN, Dennis from Ireland to South March
KINCH, James date unknown Sarah Jane CONNOR
KITT / KITTS, Samuel County Derry ML# 611
LACKEY, William Ireland to Goulbourn military settler
LAFRANCE Family Ottawa Valley, Montreal also in Gracefield, Quebec
LANG and PRENDERGAST Ireland to Pontiac County
La PRISE, Larry wrote "The Hokey Pokey"
LASH, Gladys aged 4 in 1911 from England to Hintonburg
LAUZON, Emilie also Thomas BRENNAN and Maria VINCENT
Cornelius LEARY
from Cork?
11-02-1833 Mary WHITE have parents
LEAVY, John to Pakenham Jane BYRNE also sp. LEVI
LEE, James to Western Quebec, then to Kemptville area Margaret BYRNES / BURNS some to the West
Patrick LEONARD
03-08-1832 Bridget EGAN have parents
LEWIS, Henry G. to Russell Sheriff
LEWIS, Robert b. Ireland 1772 Ellen PLUNKETT bur. Franktown
LOGUE, Patrick b. Donegal, c. 1800 Margaret McGEE to Iowa and Maniwaki
LOUGHLIN Michael born 1834 wife=Jane BUCKELS
Edward LOWRY
24-01-1836 Johanna MANTIL MANTLE
LYNCH, Thomas from County Waterford to Pontiac County wife=Mary DALY
LYNOTT family Ireland to Bytown and Chelsea related to McMANUS
LUSK family Ireland to Luskville, Quebec c. 1820
Ambrose MADDEN 06-02-1837 Mary CARLETON
Thomas MADDEN 16-05-1836 Margaret LEONARD
MAGEE, David b. c. 1819 County Fermanagh wife=Martha Latimer, from Co. Cavan to North Gower / Kars
MALLOY, Patrick wife=Elizabeth McCORMACK SULLIVAN to Huntley area
Andrew MANNING
(MANION?)

Huntley
26-08-1832 Margaret CASEY (PR?)
MANION, John from Galway wife=Mary MULDOON to Perth area
MANION, John Tipperary wife=Mary WHITE ? Huntley pioneer
Peter MANNING
(MANION?)

03-10-1837 Sarah LOWE
James MANNING
(MANION?)
Goulbourn
21-02-1832 Margaret TIERNEY
MARKS, Adam Ireland to Kazabazua Mary Carson born in Ontario
MASSIRE , Francis St. Angelo Sarah SIMMONS St. Michael's, Huntley
MASSON from Scotland to Nepean
MATTHEWS / MATHEWS, Peter Gracefield Margaret HAY
McALINDEN, Anthony County Down wife=Margaret BYRNE also surname MILKS
Phillip McARDELL 02-11-1852 Frances McGOVERN have parents
McARTHUR , Archibald Scotland Bathea KAIN Almonte area
McAULEY , Alexander worked on Canal Catherine GAFFNEY to Chapeau
John McCABE, of Onslow 24-05-1840 Johanna STACKPOLE, of Nepean Bytown Gazette
McCAFFREY, Norah from the Pontiac to Michigan (c. 1920?) boarding house in Detroit for Ottawa area Irish
McCAFFREY Farrellton
McCONNELL, William from the Ireland to Gatineau (c. 1850) wife=Sarah DRAPER
Patrick McCORMICK
08-02-1836 Bridget DOYLE
McCORMICK, Thomas Bridget O'CONNOR to the Pontiac
McCRANK family Plantagenet to Gatineau area
John McDERMOTT b. Ireland, 1840 Mary AnnBANFORTH / BAMFORD Mary was from England
Joseph McDERMOTT 10-04-1831 Jane McCONNELL
John McENERNY m. Ireland or Ottawa? Mary McMAHON to Ohio 1864 (McHENRY?)
Bernard McGEE from Huntley 13-11-1831 Helen MANTLE (PR)
Herbert Wellington McGEE Carp / Carleton Place wife=Willareta Gertrude CHAMBERLAIN
Hugh McGEE b. County Down, 1821 wife=Sarah CUNNINGHAM to Calumet Island
James McGEE Pontiac to Montcerf wife=Elizabeth GALLAGHER
Edward McGILLVRAY Mayor of Bytown & Ottawa daughter married Joseph EDMONDE McGillvray Street in Ottawa South
McGOEY John James wife=Catherine CUDDIHY to the Gatineau (Maniwaki?)
McGOVERN Hugh Carlsbad Springs
McGRATH  Michael came to Canada 1845-1850 son of Peter McGRATH possibly to Renfrew
McGRATH Thomas to Calumet Island
McGUIRE  Hugh wife=Ann EARLY
Patrick McGUIRE s/o Hugh McGUIRE and Rose TIGHE
05-08-1845 Mary NASH d/o Patrick NASH and Mary BLANCHFIELD
McHUGH surname Sligo Bytown and Spruce Hedge
McINTYRE Courtney Scotland to Renfrew County and Ottawa wife = Jennet
McKILLOP Archibald wife=Catherine McGEE Bytown 1829
McKINLEY Patrick
also sp. McKINLAY
from County Antrim wife=Grace McKENLY Plantagenet and Maniwaki
McKNIGHT Patrick, b. 1840 County Monaghan wife=Mary Anne LYNUM to Rochesterville
McLAREN James, b. c. 1815 wife= Ellen EVOY in Hull by 1815
Hugh McLEAN
have parents
23-03-1847 Catherine DUGGAN
widow of George MULRONEY
McNEELY John from County Down canal worker
McVEETY James wife = Dorothea BEST To Lanark Township
McVEIGH Peter Ireland To Goulbourn and Vars
MALEY / MEALEY, Patrick 30-08-1829 Catherine PATTEN
Huntley Twp.
MELLON, Henry ML# 517 from County Tyrone
wives=Bridget BOLGER and Bridget RONAN
MERRICK and BURRITT families from Wales Merrickville and Burritt's Rapids UEL
MILFORD other names are --> KEYS, MONTGOMERY, JOHNSON
Michael BURNS m. Ottawa? or Hull? Mary MILMORE lived in Hull in 1890's
MILLER, George Palatine b. 1792, Limerick wife=Anne, b. 1795 PR (1825), ML# 565
MONDOUX, Francois to Curran, Ont. wife=Marguerite PORTELANCE
Edward MOONEY
(Mooney's Bay?)
16-09-1839 Mary KELLEY widow of a McGOVERN
MOONEY, Owen

have parents

31-07-1849 Catherine BLANCHFIELD have parents
MOORE, James Emiline FAHEY marr. Luskville, 1904
Thomas MORAN
have parents, bur. Vis.
12-04-1847 Mary CUNNINGHAM
1881 Census
MOREAU, Bruno Ramsay Twp. Rosalie LAFLEUR to Allumette I.
MORRISSEY, John c. 1811-1881 Kilkenny Catherine (Katie) O'REILLY
c. 1831-1902
to Onslow
MULHOLLAND, James, 1787-? Bytown constable in 1851 wife Isabelle to Marlborough
MULVIHILL, John from Tipperary, c. 1827 Julia RYAN Chelsea ML# 248
MURPHY, Mathew, John and Simon King's County 3 brothers to Bytown and Aylmer
NEILL, Michael wife(1)=Mary KELLY wife(2)=Catherine Anne FINNER Lanark / Huntley area
NIXON, William County Armagh died in Scotland kin to Kars area
NOLAN and DONNELLY also MOSS
NORTON, Robert 1774-? wife = Hannah, b. 1791 Hull, Quebec (1806) to Marlborough Township
O'CONNOR, Daniel d. 1858 wife = Margaret POWER Magistrate etc. O'Connor Street
ODLEUM / ODLUM, James Queen's County possible ML#205
O'DONNELL, Owen wife = Anastasia SHORTALL from Wexford Her 1st husband was John NOLAN
O'MALLEY, Edward P. b. Ottawa 1847 family from County Mayo to Ohio, USA
O'NEIL, Dennis wife=Mary DRISCOLL to O'Neil Road, Goulbourn
O'NEIL, John 1807- County Cork wife=Margaret SULLIVAN to Kars area
O'NEILL, Michael John wife=Elizabeth SMITH Montreal to Bytown
PENDER, William 100th Regiment of Foot from County Wicklow
PEPIN familysome married to FERMOYLEs George Pepin, Sgt. in RCMP
PERKINS, Hiram or Herman wife=Margaret BROWN or BROUSE
PETTAPIECE, Arthur ML# 234, from Sligo to North Gower wife=Mary HENRY
PETTAPIECE, Thomas possible ML# 234 and 235 to North Gower wife=Charlotte MOFFITT
PLAYTER, George UEL Pennsylvania, USA to York
PLUNKETT, James wife=Catherine COSTIGAN
PLUNKETT, Michael County Louth, ML# 599 wife=Bridget O'REILLY to Farrellton
POAPST (UEL), SMILEY and REID Bearbrook, Cumberland and Plantagenet
PORTER, John County Tyrone wife=Esther BURNS Engineer
POWER, Thomas wife=Hanorah BEHAN to Eganville
PRETTY, Benjamin from Ireland to Pontiac County and Manitoba wife #2= Cynthia Ann HOWE / HOWIE
PURDY, Henry Mary McAULEY
to Marlborough Township
PURDY, William and Robert William=Sarah Jane OAKES
to Goulbourn
RUDDY Family Ireland to Pakenham and Brudenell area
also sp. REDDY, RODDY
REGAN Henry Ireland to Regan's Hill, Ottawa wife= Bridget CONNELLY
Patrick RICE, Queen's County, ML# 125 ?
18-01-1836 Mary CORRIGAN
RICHER, Albert Joseph Limoges area mother = McKAY
also sp. RITCHIE
ROTHWELL / RATHWELL family Ireland to Ottawa and Smiths Falls
James RICE
13-02-1835 Catherine POWER
Edmond RING 20-10-1832 Ellen ROCHE PR?
John RING PR, Fitzroy Catherine DALY ML# 408 ?
ROBINSON, William 1818-1892 Margaret RYAN Torbolton Twp.
RODGERS (Rogers), Peter, from Tyrone 1802-1882 bur. N.D., may have been Talbot Settler in 1818 Margaret SHARKEY from Tyrone 1805-1883, bur. N.D.
ROWE, Jasper Riceville area
RYAN, John Huntley / Ramsay wife=Mary GLEESON
SAUNDERS, Henry from Carlow wife=Sarah EDWARDS to Beckwith
SHANE, Maurice 1760-1834 married in County Wexford Ann BYRNES, 1769-1854 bur. Curran, Ont.
2  SHANNON sisters ? Mary , Eliz. at St. Phillips in Richmond husbands= Louis CAILLE / CAYER and Joseph ST. DENIS SHANAHAN ? see also the SHANNON family at Innisville
SHANNON surname a one-name study Quebec, Ottawa, Renfrew area by Ellen Paul
SHAUGNESSY John b. 1824, County Limerick wife=Ellen O'CONNELL
SHIRLEY, Paul Kilkenny (?) wife=Catherine McNAMARA Shirley's Bay, poss. ML# 255
SINNOTT (Synott, etc.) , Patrick 30-07-1859 Bridget DALY have parents
Michael SKEFFINGTON 18-02-1833 Mary HUGHES, from Gloucester marr. Mary BRENNAN in 1842
Peter SKEFFINGTON 19-04-1841 Bridget SLAVEN, (widow) SLAVIN (see Lett's Bytown)
SKILLEN , Francis Gatineau Valley, 1835 Mary KEARNS
SLOAN, Peter County Down, ML# 161 wife=Mary FLANAGAN Long Island
SMITH, Alexander wife= Margaret NOLAN
SMITH, Owen to Sheenboro, Quebec wife=Mary McANDREW
SMITH, Edwin from Ireland, c. 1840 wife=Jean HART or HOYT b. Scotland
SNOW, John Allen marr. 1909 to Florida PEDNEAULT
STARRS, Michael, from TYRONE Alderman owned Bytown Inn sister married Charles GOULDEN
ST. DENIS, Joseph Carleton Place wife=Bridget GIROUARD Bridget's mother was Mary DELANEY
STEWART, David to Kemptville and Marlborough wife=Margaret McCONNELL later to USA
STEWART , John, b. 1804 County Antrim wife = Marg't. ARMSTRONG STEDMAN to Balderson
ST. LOUIS, John Baptiste b. Canada ML# 82 ? St. Louis Dam at Dow's Lake
SULLIVAN, William John wife= Jane UNKNOWN, born France William John, from County Antrim Methodist
SULLIVAN, James wife= Catherine McGARRITY also to Bearbrook, see previous Anglican
SWAIN , Joseph County Cork wife = Elizabeth
TOMLINSON , Lewis Hollingsworth from England wife = Rosetta WOOD
TRACEY / TRACY , William from Queen's County wife = Rachel DAY or DAGG, from Tipperary to March Township, c. 1830
TRAVELLER, Reuben
ML# 349
wife = Sarah VEAL 2nd wife=Rose Ann CUNNINGHAM,(widow of James FARRELL) from England, worked in Court House (Lett)
TYNDALL, Joseph and Jacob Kilkenny Jane Tyndall taught in Goulbourn later to Franktown
VAHEY, Patrick son Henry married Marg. Theresa BARNES (BYRNES)
WALSH, Michael, from Mayo? to Quyon
WARD, family to Frontenac County wife = Mary FLANNERY
WATT, Alexander to Lanark wife = Euphemia GIBSON from Scotland in 1820
WHELAN, Michael Quebec to Pembroke wife = Mary BATES
WHALEN, Patrick, from Cork to March Township (Kanata) Bridget MURPHY Some early MURPHY s, at Arnprior
WHELAN, Thomas Patrick wife=Emma SCHOFIELD
Cornelius WHITE 26-02-1832, from Goulbourn Ann COOGAN Ashton area, PR?
Fred WHITE s/o Michael WHITE (Clogheen, Tipperary, ML PR)and Eleanor MURRAY 19-11-1844 Julia MADDEN d/o Thomas MADDEN and Margaret SHANE see also John MADDEN and Elizabeth SHANE
James WHITE 23-02-1836 Johanna FORREST (also sp. FORRESTER) have parents
WILLIAMS, Thomas England, 1890 wife = Esther HUNT
YOUNG, Robert James from the Pontiac to Manitoba Annie CURLEY Second wife=Ann MAJOR
YOUNG, Thomas Borrisoleigh, County Tipperary wife = Mary GLEESON to Chelsea and Wisconsin
Tuberculosis in Ottawa, c. 1900... TB was widespread in the 1890's and early 1900's
A few miscellaneous Irish surnames which are being researched in the Ottawa area.

Margaret Gaulden is researching the surnames O'Doherty, Doherty, Curren or Curran, Desjardins, Viau, Hand, Faulkner, Quail and Johnson. Click here to go to her page.

Here are the lyrics, and the history of the song "Danny Boy", also known as the "Londonderry Air": Danny Boy Newsgroup:soc.genealogy.ireland...Internet newsgroup dealing with Irish Genealogy

The tombstone on the left, below, is from Glendalough Cemetery in County Wicklow, Ireland, where many of our Byrne / Burns ancestors are buried. This "Celtic Cross" type of headstone was used on the tombstones of the first couple of generations of Irish Catholics after they settled in Canada. There are many Celtic Crosses in the older parts of Our Lady of Visitation Cemetery (South Gloucester), in St. Johns Cemetery in Enniskerry, Ontario, and in St. Michael's Cemetery in Corkery. Other very old cemeteries in the area are at Kemptville, Quyon (St. Bridget's in the Pontiac) and Mount St. Patrick in Renfrew County. The tombstone on the right, below, is that of my Great-Grandparents, James Burns and Annie Robb (b. Scotland).

Upon a grey old battered tombstone
In Glendalough beside the stream
Where the O'BYRNES and BYRNES are buried
He stretched his bones and fell in a dream
Of sun and moon that a good hour
Bellowed and pranced in the round tower.

Excerpt from "Under the Round Tower" by William Butler Yeats

Maps... Fawne Stratford-Devai's links to Historical Maps of Ontario Counties and Districts. A really useful compilation!

The McCabe List, 1829  - and the Construction of the Rideau Canal

The McCabe List ... Here are the references to the name "Burns" from the McCabe List ( a list of early Irish (1829) in and near Bytown (Ottawa)). This is a very valuable resource containing almost 700 individuals. It is the first documentation of many individuals in Canada and gives their county and parish of origin in Ireland. Bruce Elliott has written a book called The McCabe List. It's available from Global Genealogy Supply. There's a link to their website a little further on in this page. The ISBN is 1-55075-048-8 . The Rideau Canal ... The History of the Rideau Canal The Steam Boat "Rideau" ... and it's first trip from Kingston to Bytown in 1832 The Illinois and Michigan Canal ... was built beginning in 1836. Many of the workers from the Rideau Canal went to Illinois. Here's an excerpt from the Illinois Web Page: 
"The Irish began arriving in northern Illinois in large numbers in 1836, to work on the I and M Canal. They continued to pour into the area during the Great Potato Famine of 1845-7, during which time the population of Ireland decreased by over two million people through death and emigration. After 1848 many Irish moved to the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, where they worked in meat-packing plants and brickyards. Other Irish spread throughout northern Illinois, often becoming farmers in canal towns." Some Irish fraternal and benevolent societies.


The Great Irish Famine, 1845-1849
Here is the definitive work on the Famine: The Great Hunger - Ireland, 1845-1849, by Cecil Woodham-Smith, Penguin Books (Paperback, about $20.00 Cdn. at Chapters) An example of sailing ships used to transport emigrants from the British Isles to North America in the 1800s was the Perseverance. Assisted Emigration from the Shirley Estate in County Monaghan, 1846-1853 An excellent description of Workhouses in Ireland. (by Peter Higginbotham) It was no leisurely cruise on the Elizabeth and Sarah , a coffin ship which came from County Mayo to Quebec in 1846. A description of Children's Burial Sites in County Mayo. Grosse Isle Web Site ... Information on the Famine from a Canadian Immigration Perspective
Beginning in the 1850's, as a large second generation faced a shortage of available land in the area close to Ottawa, some members of many of the families listed on this page left for the U.S. - mainly to Iowa,Illinois,Michigan,Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota New York and, Manitoba. Iowa's farmland was advertized in the Ottawa newspapers beginning about 1852. Many farm families emigrated to Clinton County, Iowa. The lumbering industry of northern Michigan and Wisconsin drew many folks from the Ottawa Valley. Farmers were also attracted to North Dakota. Iowa was also a gateway to subsequent migration to Kansas and Nebraska. In the 1870's, people often went to Montana. Migration was a two-way road -- according to the 1881 Census of Carleton County, there were 648 persons who were born in the United States of America but now were living in the Ottawa region. There is a re-union of the Costello and many other families who went to Petersville, Iowa. The re-union is being held in Iowa on June 3, 2003. In some cases, families (usually brothers) split up and some emigrated to Canada while other family members went to Australia. Roderick Hawley, born in 1796, came to Nepean Township in 1834 while some of his relatives went to Australia. Members of the Fuller and Taylor families from County Clare, Ireland, came to Torbolton Township for a while then left for Australia and New Zealand. Some other families were enticed to the Maniwaki / Gracefield / Kazabazua area of Quebec. The townships of North and South Plantagenet are to the east of the City of Ottawa. The village of Riceville, on the Scotch River is located here. Just to the east of the Plantagenet Townships are the Townships of West Hawkesbury and Caledonia. Mayo, Quebec is a small village northeast of Buckingham. Many of its pioneers came from County Mayo in Ireland. Lochaber Township, Quebec, is on the north shore of the Ottawa River, east of Masson. It includes the town of Thurso. Around the year 1850, there are about a dozen families from Lochaber recorded in the records of Notre Dame Cathedral in Bytown. Most of the surnames are of French origin but Michael McCormick from County Tipperary settled in Lochaber Township. In 1802, Scots came from Lochaber, Scotland to Glengarry Township in Upper Canada and some of them may have settled on the Quebec side. Cemetery Listings for Bois-Franc and the Old Gracefield Cemeteries Cemetery Listing for St. James' Anglican Church in Gracefield. St. Jacques Le Majeur church records at Portage du Fort Some names from St. John's in the Wilderness Cemetery, (Church of England) in Aylwin, Quebec and some from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Cemetery, also in Aylwin, Quebec. James Cleland has transcribed the names from the Northfield Cemetery, south of Bouchette, Quebec. Edie Lacharity Sage has recorded Holy Trinity Anglican Cemetery at Danford, Quebec. Garry McFadden has transcribed the index for Births, Marriages and Deaths at St. Martin's RC Church in Martindale, Quebec. He also has transcribed, alphabetically, the names on the Martindale Pioneer Memorial which commemorates most of the original settlers who came to that area during the Great Irish Famine.
Catherine SULLIVAN, 1851 - 1927, my Great-Grandmother, daughter of Nicholas O'SULLIVAN (1806-1862) from County Meath and Mary McGEE (1823 - 1861), from County Armagh (Catherine SULLIVAN married Thomas CHRISTOPHER Sr. of the Stage Coach Road - Lot 4, Concession 4) All family members of this generation are buried at Our Lady of Visitation, South Gloucester (Formerly called St. Mary's)
My second cousin once removed, David Caron, has a web page on the CHRISTOPHERs. His page is at: http://www.interlog.com/~chezjd/
John GEORGE BURNS, 1880-1952, and Catherine THERESA CHRISTOPHER  (1885-1957). Photo taken in 1908 (My Grandparents). Both buried at St. John's in Enniskerry, on the Stagecoach Road


A Burns Family Farm House, about 1930. This was located on the Manotick Station Road in Osgoode Township (painted yellow).

Genealogy Links

Family History Web Pages
John Goth, England to Beckwith Township Eastern Ontario Genealogy Information (the Meblee web site) see also Surnames on the Meblee site. History of the Brennan Family of the Gatineaus The Kenny Family of Gloucester and Cumberland... John Kenny has a great database you can download here (GEDCOM format) The Houlahans of Nepean, Cockburn Family of Ottawa Bernard and Mary Reynolds - Immigrants from County Leitrim History of the Serson Family Various Ottawa Valley Families History of the Young Family of Nepean A branch of the Burns Family in Limerick, Ireland...Including pictures of the original homestead which is still in the Burns family
Canadian Links
Passenger Lists for St. Lawrence River Steamships, 1819-1836 Archives of Protestant Churches in Canada British Home Children to Canada, 1869-1930 Ottawa Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society Ontario Wills, Probate and Land Records ... by Fawne Stratford-Devai Rare Immigration Records released by Archives of Ontario ... by Fawne Stratford-Devai Ontario Genealogy Sources Province of Ontario Archives Carleton County Query Forum Cold North Wind's Digitized Newspapers ... Perth Courier from 1834, etc. Lanark County Genealogy Society Lanark County Genweb Site Leeds and Grenville Historical Society, including Spencerville Upper Ottawa Valley Genealogy Society Home Page - UOVGEN Societe de Genealogie de L'Outaouais Immigration to Canada in the 19th Century Canadian Genealogy Centre Archives of Ontario 1871 Census of Ontario data Census of Canada records The British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB) (see next for French version) La base de données toponymiques du Canada (BDTC) Canadian Illustrated News, 1869-1883
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