Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada
Early Settlers and Topography





August 1, 2002:
Thanks to Robert Telford who sent along this scanned image from the October 12, 1967 edition
of the Shawville Equity. Names listed on this page, below, dated February 3, 2012.

It lists folks who were born before 1800 and who were living in Pontiac County in 1851.
It shows a breakdown by Township (Chichester, Litchfield, Bristol and Clarendon) and by 
country of birth (Ireland, Scotland, England, U.S.A. or Canada).

Newspaper,

September 26, 2007: Hi, How can I get a copy of this list that is referred to on your web site – I have connections to the following Pontiac families – Smyth, Smith, Connelly, Telford and Stevenson. One positive about Bytown or Bust is that I have now found a site on which I can research for my wife (Carlow and Wicklow) to eastern Ontario, our friend who was born and raised on Brennan’s Hill, and my self (Fermanagh to Pontiac County). Thanks ... Gord Smith
November 18, 2011: Here is a terrific map from the book What Men They Were! by S. Wyman MacKechnie. This map includes the long-gone village of Pontiac which was a hub of activity during the 1850's when a canal was being constructed to take boats around the rapids at Chats Falls. A horse railway was also built to move passengers and freight from the steamboats which travelled from Ottawa and from Aylmer, Quebec. These steamboats stopped at Quyon ("the Quio") and then went on to Fitzroy Harbour on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River. Early Map of Onslow Township, Pontiac County, Quebec Transcribed from the map above. Onslow First Range Scale = 40 Perches to an Inch* North of Quyon Road and East of Bristol Road: John McLellan Peter Hughes - Shoemaker Tevanlon's Bakery Patrick Boland Black Pat Ryan South of Quyon Road and East of Bristol Road: Dinns / Dennis Ryan Patrick Cleary - lived to 105 Mrs. Laderoute East of Bristol Road: Eddy Ellis Neil McKinnon West of Bristol Road (North to South): Henry Duggan Mr. Cahill Patrick Reddington Mick Murphy Widow Kane D. Doyle William Lough - General Store M. Davis M. Walsh Catholic Church M. Duggan - Went to Philadelphia,USA - 8 in the family, 5 boys 3 girls John Mulligan - B.S. (Blacksmith) Shop John Mulligan February 22, 2013: Hugh Mulligan - in charge -- for these Mulligan and Draper families, see Mulligans at Quyon Pontiac Bay Coast, from the Bridge North-East: S. Lavoie - Cook Thomas Draper P. Mulligan Stable South-East of the Canal: John & Owen O'Connor's Mill and Dam John & Mick Dempsey *A perch is the same as a rod, 5 ½ yards, so the scale of this map is 220 yards to an inch. This village No longer exists but thrived when work on the Chats Canal was at its height. Map Source: What Men They Were! By S. Wyman MacKenchnie, Dickson Enterprises, Shawville, Quebec, 1975 ISBN 0-919942-00-8 December 31, 2011: The Village of Bryson, Pontiac County, Quebec Bryson, Quebec, was named after George BRYSON who came from Scotland as a Lanark Society Settler in 1821 on the Earl of Buckinghamshire. There is more information and a detailed obituary from the Almonte Gazette reprinted in Carol Bennett's book The Lanark Society Settlers, page 160. George Bryson was a lumber baron. I have a Parnell (Perry) Bryson in my family tree, married to one of my Great Aunts, Helen (Nellie) Balfour BURNS from Osgoode Township. Some members of the Bryson family also were located at Fort Coulonge, also in Pontiac County. ... Al Lewis


February 3, 2012: Transcribed from The Equity, Centennial Edition Thursday, October 12, 1967 (see newspaper article, above) All these early Pontiac settlers were born before 1800 From the Census of 1851, the Archives in Ottawa, Gordon Crouse,(genealogist)has taken the following names of pioneers to this district who were born before 1800. These pioneers are here listed with their ages at the time of the census (1851). More information about them can be obtained from Mr. Crouse in Shawville. In this listing we have included residents of Litchfield, Chichester, Bristol and Clarendon. Litchfield From Ireland: From Scotland: From England: Thomas Nut, 62 John McConnecher, 60 Ann Cox, 52 Patrick Burns, 61 John McLane, 75 Michael Callaghan, 55 Mary McDonald, 67 Born in Canada: Norman Summerville, 65 Isabell McAllum, 65 Joseph Marchant, 54 Sarah Richardson, 62 John Bowie, 86 Thomas McGuire, 65 From USA: Thomas Tomkins, 60 Elizabeth Birhlly, 71 John Renson, 75 John McDermid, 58 Chichester From Scotland: From England: From Ireland: John McDonald, 56 Thos Payne, 76 John Stone, 54 Margaret Finn, 56 From USA: Born in Canada: Joel Wilson, 57 Isabella Caremon, 60 Mary J. Rogers, 56 John Papor / Poupore, 85 Rosanna Boyde, 68 Bristol From Ireland: Born in Canada: Dan Linsay / Lindsay, 54 Andrew Finchley, 58 Mr. Wallace, 55 Elan Trudear, 57 David Anderson, 60 Mary Bell, 80 Jand Anderson, 58 Ambrose Tese, 60 Sarah McNeil, 66 Jon Walker, 69 Ann Walker, 70 From Scotland Rache Knox, 71 Elizabeth Sly, 58 John Connolly, 70 Robert Little, 60 Eliza Connolly, 60 John Morrison, 57 James Morrison, 58 William Lucas, 62 Mary Laird, 58 Margaret Lucas, 62 Thos King, 62 Mary Graham, 58 Thomas Mcdonnell, 71 John Latham, 54 John Ballantyne, 76 Lilly Latham, 55 Jane Ballantyne, 77 William Irvin, 61 Ellen Latham, 60 Thos Clark, 66 Archibald Stewart, 54 Mary Clark, 66 Mary Stewart, 52 James Power, 55 Hugh Gibson, 53 Sarah Power, 55 Eliza Gibson, 55 Ian Fitzgerald, 77 Robert Shirley, 71 Mary Fitzgerald, 77 Neil McKillop, 54 Patrick Fitzsimmons, 52 Agnas McKillop, 61 Mary Fitzsommins, 53 Jarvis Cuthbertson, 52 Eliza Adbert, 65 Janet Reid, 72 John Dolan, 54 Mary Russell, 63 Richard Gibbons, 56 William Bowie Byrnes, 74 Wm Hammond, 63 Catherine Byrnes, 72 Margaret Bowie, 71 From England: Thomas Collins, 74 Daniel Smith, 60 Robert - -, 74 Andrew Scobie, 63 From USA: Mary Scobie, 56 Jeremiah McGoon, 54 John McLallen, 52 Martha McLallen, 63 Thomas McWhirter, 59 Catherine McWhirter, 52 William Grant, 52 Annet Grant, 52 Clarendon From Scotland: From England: Jane Pendergast, 53 / Prendergast Charles Thomas, 56 John Telfer, 53 (Telford?) James Broad, 54 Jennett Hamilton, 87 Thomas Gray, 58 Eliza Morrison, 52 W. Thomas Hicks, 69 Thomas Stark, 70 Robert Murrel, 70 (Morell ?) John Cameron, 53 Thos Payne, 76 Agnes Cameron, 53 James Sinclair, 52 From USA: Jennet Sinclair, 81 James Draper, 77 Robert Ross,74 Martha Moore, 65 Catherine Ross, 62 Eunice Moore, 57 Jane Simpson, 63 Cornelius McCagg, 59 Archibald Muir, 59 Catharine McCagg, 52 Jannet Muir, 54 Hannah Gray, 59 William Hamilton, 64 John McArthur, 52 Elam Mitchem, 57 Born in Canada: Joel Wilson, 57 Teresa Hicks, 57 Ambrose Tese, 60 From Ireland: William McCrea, 56 Jane McCrea, 52 Samuel Cole, 64 Mary Ann Cole, 58 Peter Whalen, 58 Thomas Fraser, 61 Robert Little, 60 Eliza Broad, 60 Elizabeth Pendergast, 55 (Prendergast) David Barr, 57 John Hart, 72 Thomas Dean, 65 Rachel Dean, 63 Jane Crawford, 66 Eitchin Jolie, 57 (Etienne Joly) -- Etienne is French for Steven John Murphy, 56 Richard Wilson, 70 Mary Wilson, 66 Catharine McDowell, 69 James Wilson, 82 Abigail Wilson, 57 John Armstrong, 55 Anne Bailey, 53 John Young, 70 Frances Young, 60 Robert Pendergast, 60 (Prendergast) Nathaniel Brownlee, 61 George Hodgins, 62 Maria Hodgins, 57 Mary Elliott, 66 Elizabeth Dale, 54 John Dale, 74 Eliza Dale, 80 Thomas Hodgins, 65 Mary Hobbs, 61 Thomas Corrigan, 55 Mary Ann Austin, 50 John Smith, 52 Matthew Smith, 63 Elizabeth Smith, 62 Alexander Kilgore, 54 Henry Best, 84 Hannah Best, 68 Sarah Kerr, 53 Jane Cline, 72 Edward McDowell, 70 Dennis Fahey, 53 Mary Gleason, 60 William Richardson, 56 John Eades, 53 James Ralph, 68 Ellen Ralph, 68 Robert Ralph, 64 Marh Ralph, 60 Eliza Archeson, 61 Samuel Wilson, 71 Eliza Wilson, 60 John Evoy, 53 Maria Evoy, 52 John Peever, 60 Mary Peever, 57 Margaret Hanna, 64 John Goodwin, 71 Rebecca Goodwin, 61 John Armstrong, 57 Mary Armstrong, 54 Hugh Quin, 74 (Quinn ?) Peter Whelan, 61 Anny Whelan, 61 William Cunningham, 65 John Dagg, 53 Jane Dagg, 52 Thomas Abbot, 52 ... Abbott Jane Abbot, 54 ... Abbott Edward Hodgins, 52 John Hodgins, 56 Ellen Hodgins, 56 Anne McDowall, 55 Patrick Tracy, 80 (Tracey) Elizabeth Argue, 50 Hanah Kerr, 53 Robert Workman, 52 Robert Harris, 54 Jane Harris, 59 Thomas Stephens, 54 All the above ages were recorded in the census of 1851 and can be presumed to have been taken in the preceding year so to find the date of birth, subtract the listed age from 1850. Hence the last named pioneer, Thomas Stephens 54 can be assumed to have been born in Ireland in 1796 and so forth.


February 19, 2012:
Persons of Irish Ethnicity in the 1881 census of Pontiac County, Portage-du-Fort and Lower Litchfield Township, Quebec, Canada
Optional Spelling Name Year of Birth Sex Place of Brith for Surname BARRETT, Maryann 1869 F Ont BECKETT, John 1833 M Ont BECKETT, Ellen 1835 F Ont BECKETT, William 1841 M Ont BECKETT, Maggy 1858 F Ont BECKETT, John Henry 1861 M Ont BECKETT, John 1864 M Ont BECKETT, William 1867 M Ont BECKETT, Ellen R. 1868 F Queb BECKETT, Jane 1870 F Queb BECKETT, Archibald 1872 M Queb BECKETT, Annie Lorenia 1874 F Queb BECKETT, William 1876 M Queb BECKETT, Robert 1878 M Queb BEAMAN, Rosea 1846 F Irel BEAMAN, Ann 1850 F Irel BONAY, Robert D. 1858 M Queb BRABAZON, Gerold 1855 M Queb BRABAZON, Nellie 1859 F Ont BRABAZON, Jerold 1880 M Queb BRABIZON, Samuel 1830 M Irel BRABIZON, Margrett 1840 F Irel BRABIZON, Harriett E. 1858 F Queb BRABIZON, Alfred James 1860 M Queb BRABIZON, Mary 1863 F Queb BURNS, Margaret 1863 F Irel BURNS, John 1865 M Irel MCCABE, Patrick 1830 M Irel MCCABE, Bridget 1831 F Irel MCCABE, Peter 1857 M Queb MCCABE, John 1863 M Ont MCCABE, Mary 1865 F Ont MCCALLUM, James 1821 M USA MCCALLUM, James 1861 M USA MCCALLUM, Jane 1863 F USA MCCALLUM, David 1865 M USA MCCALLUM, Alexander 1867 M Queb MCCALLUM, William 1869 M Queb CAREY, Agness 1825 F Ont CREIGHTON, John 1848 M Queb CREIGHTON, Ellen Jane 1873 F Queb CREIGHTON, William 1875 M Queb CREIGHTON, James Deric 1878 M Queb CREIGHTON, Margrett 1880 F Queb CLARK, Phobe Ann 1853 F Queb COYNE, Ann 1831 F Irel COYNE, John 1851 M Queb COYNE, Patrick B. 1852 M Queb COYNE, Eliza 1856 F Queb COYNE, Thomas 1857 M Queb COYNE, Catharine 1860 F Queb COYNE, Philip Joseph 1867 M Queb COYNE, Rose May 1878 F Queb COYNE, Dove 1879 F Queb COYNE, Patrick B. 1880 M Queb CROSS, William H. 1854 M Ont DOLAN, Mary Jane 1864 F Queb DONOHOUGH, Johannah 1831 F Irel DONOHOUGH, Barney 1851 M Irel DONOHOUGH, James 1861 M Ont DONOHOUGH, Mariah 1863 F Ont DOYLE, Margret 1848 F Ont DUFOE / Duford, Jane 1829 F Irel DUNLOP, John 1828 M Irel DUNLOP, Mary 1834 F Irel DUNLOP, Patrick 1868 M Irel DUNLOP, John 1874 M Queb DUNLOP, Lousie 1876 F Queb DUNLOP, David 1877 M Queb DURRELL, Mary 1836 F Irel DURRELL, Henry 1870 M Queb DURRELL, Roney 1872 M Queb DURRELL, Lilay 1874 F Queb FLOOD, Robert 1857 M Irel FLOOD, Mariah 1858 F Irel FORD, Margrett 1831 F Irel MCGRATH, Annastaia 1823 F Irel GRIFFIN, Margritt 1831 F Irel HALLY, John C. 1831 M Irel Haley / Healey HALLY, Ellen 1841 F Queb HALLY, Ferdinand 1862 M Queb HALLY, Margret Ann 1866 F Queb HALLY, John Thoma 1872 M Queb HALLY, Emily Ann 1875 F Queb HALLY, Richard Jame 1880 M Queb HARRIGAN, Ann 1817 F Irel HARRIGAN, Sarah 1858 F Queb HARRIGAN, Catharine 1860 F Queb HART, Stewart 1854 M Queb O'HARE, Lawrence 1821 M Irel O HARE, Rose 1826 F Irel HEATEN, Timothy 1831 M Irel HEATEN, Sarah 1839 F Irel HEATEN, Catharine 1858 F Queb Heaton HEATEN, Phillip 1859 M Queb HEATEN, Elenor 1861 F Queb HEATEN, Thomas 1863 M Queb HEATEN, Mary 1865 F Queb HEATEN, Sarah Ann 1873 F Queb HEATEN, Thomas A. 1877 M Queb HEATON, Sarah Ann 1879 F Queb HOVY, Mary 1845 F Queb HOVEY, James Kaineth 1880 M Queb HURST, Sarah Jane 1847 F Ont INGRAM, Oliver 1817 M Irel INGRAM, Sarah 1831 F Queb INGRAM, Oliver 1861 M Queb INGRAM, James 1866 M Queb INGRAM, Matilda 1868 F Queb INGRAM, Catherine 1871 F Queb INGRAM, John C. 1874 M Queb JONES, Patrick 1823 M Irel JONES, Ann 1836 F Irel JONES, Charles Joseph 1855 M Queb JONES, Patrick 1860 M Queb JONES, William John 1863 M Queb JONES, Ellen Sarah 1868 F Queb JONES, Margrette 1871 F Queb JONES, Annie Stacey 1875 F Queb KENNEDY, Mary 1821 F Irel KENNEDY, Patrick 1857 M Queb KENEDY, James 1862 M Queb KENEDY, Silvester 1864 M Queb KENNEDY, Anna Jane 1867 F Queb LAMB, John 1821 M Irel LAMB, Margrett 1837 F Irel LAMB, Mary 1867 F Queb LAMB, Ellen 1871 F Queb LAMB, Thomas 1874 M Queb LOUDOUN, Annie 1856 F USA LUKE, Margret Ann 1859 F Ont MACGALE, E.J.B. 1846 M Queb McHale MACGALE, Daniel 1874 M Queb MACGALE, James Edward 1877 M Ont MACGALE, Joseph 1880 M Ont MCLEAN, Elizabeth 1849 F Queb MCLEAN, Jenniev 1858 F Queb MANARY, Robert 1853 M Ont MANARY, John William 1879 M Queb MANARY, 1881 F Queb MILKS, Jemima 1848 F Queb MOONEY, John 1841 M Irel MOONEY, Mary 1843 F Irel MOONEY, Dennis J. 1866 M Queb MOONEY, Annie 1869 F Queb MOONEY, John 1872 M Queb MOONEY, William 1874 M Queb MOONEY, Mary C. 1876 F Queb MOONEY, Joseph 1877 M Queb MOONEY, Micheal 1880 M Queb MOTHERWELL, Thomas 1844 M Irel MOTHERWELL, George Victor 1875 M Queb MOTHERWELL, Mary 1877 F Queb MOTHERWELL, James Alfred 1880 M Queb MURPHY, Rose Ann 1822 F Ont MURPHY, Edward 1825 M Irel MURPHY, Jane 1831 F Irel MURPHY, George 1855 M Ont MURPHY, Joshau 1861 M Ont MURPHY, Emmaline 1864 F Ont MURPHY, Jessie 1866 F Ont MURPHY, John Henry 1869 M Ont O'RIELEY, Victoria 1824 F Queb O'Riley O'RIELEY, Patrick 1841 M Irel O'RIELEY, Catharine 1869 F Queb O'RIELEY, Mary 1871 F Queb O'RIELEY, Joseph 1873 M Queb O'RIELEY, Poliene 1876 F Queb O'RIELEY, George 1880 M Queb PAUL, Annie 1840 F NB PHALEN, Mary 1833 F Irel Phelan / Whelan PHALIN, John 1858 M USA PHALIN, Micheal 1860 M Ont PRICE, Sarah 1860 F Ont PRICE, Susan 1862 F Ont QUINN, Jane 1820 F Irel QUINN, John 1820 M Irel OGERS, Patrick 1807 M Irel ROGERS, Mary 1809 F Irel RONEY, Louies Mcgile 1846 M Scot RONEY, Margritt 1846 F Queb RONEY, Mary Rose 1872 F Queb RONEY, George C. 1874 M Queb RONEY, James Mcgile 1876 M Queb RONEY, Jessie C. 1878 F Queb RONEY, Mary 1880 F Queb SAUVE, Margrett 1856 F USA SHAE, Micheal 1859 M Irel SOMMERVILLE, James 1828 M Ont SOMMERVILLE, Ann 1831 F Irel Somerville SOMMERVILLE, Thomas 1854 M Queb SOMMERVILLE, Elisabeth 1857 F Queb SOMMERVILLE, John Henry 1859 M Queb SOMMERVILLE, James Ernest 1862 M Queb SOMMERVILLE, William Arany 1866 M Queb SOMMERVILLE, Frances Grace 1871 F Queb SOMMERVILLE, Harriette 1875 F Queb SULLIVAN, James 1832 M Irel SULIVAN, Annie 1841 F Irel SULIVAN, Timothy 1862 M Irel SULLIVAN, Dennis 1865 M Irel SULIVAN, Catharine 1871 F Queb SULIVAN, Margritt 1873 F Queb SULIVAN, Abigale 1876 F Queb SULIVAN, Mary Ann 1878 F Queb SULLIVAN, James 1880 M Queb THOMSON, Margrett 1813 F Irel THOMSON, Walter 1815 M Irel THOMSON, Catharine 1832 F Irel THOMSON, John 1841 M NB THOMSON, Walter 1846 M Queb THOMPSON, Robert 1856 M Queb THOMPSON, Willy 1862 M Ont THOMSON, George 1865 M Queb THOMSON, John 1867 M Queb THOMSON, Walter 1870 M Queb THOMSON, Walter 1870 M Queb THOMSON, Edith 1871 F Queb THOMSON, Margret Mary 1872 F Queb THOMSON, John 1874 M Ont THOMSON, Daniel J. 1875 M Queb THOMSON, Mabel 1876 F Ont THOMSON, Clara 1877 F Queb THOMSON, James 1878 M Ont THOMSON, William W. 1880 M Queb TONER, Phillip 1836 M Irel TONER, Ellen 1841 F Irel TONER, Mary Ann 1865 F Queb TONER, John 1867 M Queb TONER, Bridget 1869 F Queb TONER, Conchessia 1871 F Queb TONER, Catharine 1873 F Queb TREMBLAY, Sarah 1857 F Queb VALIANT, Mary Ann 1821 F Irel VALIANT, James 1861 M Queb VALIANT, Emilie 1865 F Queb MCVEIGH, Catharine 1811 F Irel MCVEIGH, John 1836 M Queb MCVEIGH, Elizabeth 1843 F Ont MCVEIGH, John 1843 M Queb MCVEIGH, Margrete 1846 F Queb MCVEIGH, Mary 1849 F Queb MCVEIGH, Joseph 1851 M Queb MCVEIGH, Frances 1852 M Queb MCVEIGH, Annie 1871 F Queb MCVEIGH, Mary Ellen 1873 F Queb MCVEIGH, Margrett 1874 F Queb MCVEIGH, James 1876 M Queb MCVEIGH, Thomas 1876 M Queb MCVEIGH, Mary 1877 F Queb MCVEIGH, John 1878 M Queb MCVEIGH, Mervena 1880 F Queb WHAREY, John 1825 M Irel WHAREY, William 1860 M Irel WHAREY, Margrett Ann 1863 F Irel MCWILLIAMS, Thomas 1847 M Queb Williams MCWILLIAMS, Sevenia 1851 F Ont MCWILLIAMS, Etta 1866 F Ont MCWILLIAMS, Charles 1871 M Ont MCWILLIAMS, Thomas 1874 M Ont MCWILLIAMS, Charlotte 1880 F Ont YOUNGE, Eliza 1853 F Queb Young February 22, 2012:
Old Photograph from the Pontiac Equity Threshing in Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada in 1910 Threshing in Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada in 1910
Names of the men in the picture above: William Marks, Robert Stanley, Robert Creighton, John Manary, Thomas Gallagher, William Hudson, James Marks, Robert Fitzsimmons, Howard Russett, James Small, John Meldrum, James McCaffery, Morris Cain, Harry Coony, Thomas Manary, George Meldrum and Thomas Gallagher.
April 23, 2012: Thanks to Mr. Roger Cole who has sent along a very detailed history of the Cole family who were pioneers in Pontiac County in the 1820's.
April 27, 2012: Here is a receipt from the store in Quyon owned by Mr. L. R. Keon in 1969. The Keon family is well-known in the Ottawa and Pontiac areas. Back when I was a fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs (Hey, Taylor), Dave Keon was one of their star players. Dr. Wilbert Keon (now Senator Wilbert Keon), was a world-renowned heart surgeon at the Ottawa Heart Institute. Keon family store at Quyon, Quebec, 1969
April 30, 2012: Enjoy an interprovincial trip on the Quyon Ferry. The ferry has been running since 1885, by the following families: Davis, Moore, McLean and McColgan. Prior to 1916 the ferry was horse driven.
Origin of the name "Shawville"
Source: Tell Me Another Story, by Joan Finnigan, page 29
Photo of Sign for Shawville, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada Photo of James Shaw of Shawville, Pontiac County, Quebec, Canada
Keywords: James Shaw, County Fermanagh, Prendergast / Prendergast, Maitland, Armstrong
August 31, 2012: Robert MANWELL and Margaret SCOTT, came from Scotland to Pontiac County, Quebec in the 1850's.
December 6, 2012: Wally Schaber is researching the early history of the Dumoine River Valley. The Dumoine River forms the western boundary of Pontiac County.
December 15, 2012:
Photo Source: Tell Me Another Story, by Joan Finnegan McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1988, ISBN 0-07-549682-8, page 234 Quyon, Quebec, Class Picture from 1904
Names for Search Engine: (Documented by C.B. Mohr) John Martineau, Courtney Armstrong, Samuel Armstrong, Katherine Mulligan, Vera Amm, Arthur Lonsdale, William Bolam, Harry Bolam, Harold Boland, Florence Amm, Hector Kidder, Everett Dowd, Florence Lawson, Ethyl Weir, Effie Armstrong, Percy Grant, Harold Boland, Allan Dowd, Albert Buckland, Clifford Mohr, Rhena Lonsdale, Bilbert Buckland, Andrew Bunstrum, Walter Lawson, Ida Amm, Archie Buckland, Clifford Pierce, Ritchie Dowd, Archie Walsh, Jennie Harrison, Albert Kidder, Lottie Lonsdale, Linda Lowwon, Edith Bolam, Mildred Pierce, Eva McKillop, Maggie Kidder, Norman Dowd, Myrtle Meredith, Jennie Pritchard, Reggie Meredith, Zilla Walsh, Mildred Hamilton, Nina Logan, Minor McAdam. Teacher: Miss Mattie Robeson, Principal: Gordon Churchill
August 26, 2013: Mr. Ken Desjardins has written four books about Catholic Churches in Pontiac County: Glad to hear from you, Al, and happy to share. The books I've written to date and their prices are: "The marriages of St. Peter's Parish, Fort-Coulonge, Quebec 1884 - 1992" $18 "St. Elizabeth's of Hungary Parish, Vinton, Quebec 1875 - 1996" $30 "St. James The Greater Parish, Portage-du-Fort, Quebec 1851 - 1998" $30 “St. Anne's Parish, Grand-Calumet Island, Quebec 1846 – 2004” $50 The small profit from their sale is given to each parish. The one on Fort-Coulonge is nearly out of print and the one on Calumet Island is 640 some pages in two volumes. The books can be picked up here in Orleans, Ontario or from my sister in Fort-Coulonge. I can also ship the books through Canada Post at an additional $10 to $18, depending on where people live. The books are really for heavy users or people who were born in those places. For those who are only looking for a few pieces of information, I would be happy to look up their info & email it to them. Yes, by all means add my email to your site. Take care. Ken, E-mail Ken at kendesjardins@hotmail.com
September 30, 2013: In 1966, a dugout canoe was discovered in Pontiac County. This was originally Algonquin Territory who traditionally travelled in the region using birch bark canoes. ... Al
New April 2, 2014: The following link will take you to a terrific paper written by Michael McBane. It concerns the oral tradition of the Irish famine immigrants to the Ottawa Valley. In the article, Mr. McBane offers an alternative view of Irish immigration from the convential wisdom of well-known Irish scholars in Canadasuch as Donald Akenson and Cecil Houston. Some of their books are listed in our bibliography. This paper is an important work regarding the Irish Catholics of the Ottawa Valley. It discusses many of the immigrants who came to Irish settlements in the Ottawa area in the years surrounding "Black '47". Featured are the immigrants from County Mayo, Ireland who settled in Pontiac County, Quebec, Fitzroy Township, Ontario and the village of Mayo, Quebec in the Gatineau Valley. I have printed off a copy of this paper in case the original is removed from the Internet at some point. Some of the surnames mentioned are Dunnigan, Joyce, Gibbons, Stanton, Gavan, Rowan, Moyle, Mulligan, O'Mally / O'Malley, O'Donnell. MaMahon, Madden, Dolan, Phillips, Doherty, Jordan, Costello, McHugh, O'Hara, Dowd, Doyle, Draper, McBane, Houlihan / Houlahan, O'Reilly, McColgan, Kilroy, Gavan, Quinn, and Burke. To read this important work, visit http://www.oralhistoryforum.ca/index.php/ohf/article/view/144/194 . This is a .pdf file; the article runs from page 7 to 26. Thanks to Thelma Hartman for passing this link along to us. ... Al
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