From England to Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Canada
Migration in the 19th Century
September 19, 2012:
This is a new web page outlining some of the broad concepts emigration by persons born in England who came to
Ontario and Quebec, Canada. In the 1800's, English settlers in our region were greatly outnumbered by the French,
Scottish and Irish pioneer families. The English were low profile - they did not have a distinctive language as
did the other early settlers - French, Irish Gaelic or Scottish Gaelic. They came to this area in smaller numbers.
They did not wear kilts, toques or worn-out top hats. In general they just came here and settled and raised families.
Some were prosperous and quickly became business and industry leaders. They tended to be more urban than rural. There
also were many English settlers who became farmers in the Ottawa and Gatineau Valleys.
Here are two good background sources regarding the English:
"Regional Patterns of English Immigration and Settlement" by Bruce Elliott, pages 51-90, in Canadian Migration Patterns from Britain and North America,
edited by Barbara J. Messamore, University of Ottawa Press, 2004, ISBN 0-7766-0543-7
Seeking a Better Future - The English Pioneers of Ontario and Quebec, by Lucille Campey, Dundurn Press,
Toronto, 2012, ISBN 978-1-4597-0351-3
So far the only links to English settlers listed on this web site is through the Google Search Engine at the bottom of this page.
Enter England and then click on Search Bytown or Bust.
One of the largest source of English immigrants were the British Home Children. Almost one in ten
Canadians today are descended from them.
Professor Marilyn Barber of Carleton University is teaching a Canadian Immigration Since 1875 course this term. (HIST 3507).
E-mail Allan Lewis
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