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BENHKE, Jacob and Anna Theske

New immigrants were flooding into the colony every year. Ships, outbound from the great seaports of Europe would use the better spring and summer weather to make the crossing. So by mid-summer those families would be on their way to the townships and settlements further inland. In this Family Registry of Westmeath Township, how many families are not listed? …those who stayed in the township only a few years? How many used Westmeath as a jumping-off point – maybe staying for a year or two,...

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BAIRD, John and Sarah Gouley

John Baird (1802- 1884) was born in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland and over his 82 years he would see a new nation take shape. He married fellow-immigrant ancestor Sarah Gouley (1811 – 1898), also from County Tyrone, in Fitzroy, Canada West.  Fitzroy had  a busy harbour on the Ottawa River at the mouth of the Carp River, just downstream from the settlement at Arnprior, at the mouth of the Madawaska River. Fitzroy Harbour was also a busy trans-shipment site for goods and people to...

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BROWNLEE, Joseph and Anne Richardson Brownlee

“Immigrant Ancestor” Joseph Brownlee Sr. (1799- 1841) was born in Baillieborbough, County Caven, Ireland. He came to Clarendon, Pontiac County, Lower Canada (Western Quebec). Joseph married Anne Susannah Richardson (1799-1859), who came in 1888 with her parents William and Mary Richardson and family from Borrisokane, Tipperary, Ireland. Commercial and social ties across the river with Upper Canada (Eastern Ontario) with the Mighty Ottawa River the main transportation artery. Some material...

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BELLOWS, Caleb S. and Esther Mansell.

Caleb Bellows was a strong community builder in Westmeath Township. He was a lumberman, magistrate and mill owner and the lands of the current Westmeath Provincial Park area. Bellows Bay, on the eastern shore of Lower Allumette Lake; a widening of the Ottawa River, bears his name. “In 1835, he removed his family to the then new settlement in Westmeath,C. W., and was their first postmaster and first magistrate. As no physician or surgeon lived within 60 miles of them at the outset, he...

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BUCHANAN, John and Catherine MacKenzie Buchanan

“Great difficulties were encountered traveling on these primitive trails.  For this same reason, many pioneers came up the Ottawa, among them John Buchanan.  To avoid the dangerous stretch of rapids, now known as Whitewater country, he by-passed these by going on the other side of Calumet Island as far as LaPasse where he turned downstream, landing his family and belongings at the Roche Fendu area where he had taken up a large tract of land.” – From “The History of the...

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BROWN, David and Ann Sweetman Brown

“Mr. and Mrs. David Brown, he of United Empire Loyalist stock and she of Irish descent immigrated to Canada from the United States and resided for a short time on what is known as the Dunn farm one mile north of the Village of Westmeath. Sometime later he purchased 600 acres of land from the Crown in another section of the township and took up residence two miles west of Beachburg on Lots 11 and 12, Concession 3. E.M.L.”  – this passage from the Brown Family History...

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BEAUPRIE, Joseph and Ellen Kief Beauprie

The Beauprie family is one of the earlier pioneer families of Westmeath Township. Their story is one of hardship and perseverance.  Joseph would get employment in the rapidly expanding lumbering economy but would die at a young age. The young couple had started out in Quebec and their first-born William was born in Aylmer, Quebec. They moved northwestward to Westmeath Township around 1847 first settling in LaPasse, the township’s French-Canadian, Roman Catholic community. At least four...

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BENNIE, James and Agnes & John A. and Ellen Carswell

A Tale of Two Brothers:  1. James Bennie, born in 1779 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland,  would arrive into the port of Quebec City in 1821 at age 42 with his family.  2. His younger brother John Alexander Bennie (1788-1865)  also came to the New World when he was 33 and his family line is described later in this entry. Extended families immigrating together, were common because these “kinship networks” were extremely valuable to undertake the tough pioneering task.  And so...

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BEACH, David Jr. and Sarah Luke

The original Beach land grant of 1,000 acres and initial array of Beach businesses were the foundation stones of present-day Beachburg. When David Beach, his wife Sarah Luke, and his family of nine children settled beside a stream, they founded what has become a pretty village in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. This village is inland from the Ottawa River; situated on a height of land on the old portage trail used to avoid the river rapids west of Portage du Fort.  Beachburg Village David...

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BLACKWELL, George and Susan Dagg Blackwell

“George Blackwell and his wife Susan Dagg came from Ireland in the 1830’s, to a farm 3 miles east of Haley’s near the Garden of Eden, in Ross Twp, about 1848.  The farm was later owned by Hugh Phillips.  George and Susan both lived to the age of 85 and are buried in Haley’s Cemetery.” “It’s a long way to Tipperary, It’s a long way to go… ”  This song made famous in WW1 would not be popular for another 80-some years when George Blackwell and Susan Dagg Blackwell...

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BROWN, Thomas A. and Laurinde Bradley Brown

“The Browns, who were of Scottish descent, emigrated from Southern Ireland to North America during the reign of King George 111 (1738 – 1820). Most members of the family went to southern Georgia in the United States. However one son, James Brown born in 1815, came to Canada and settled in the Carp area near Ottawa. One of his children, John Brown (1848 – 1911) lived and died in the Carp area as well, and was the father of Thomas Allen Brown (1867 – 1952). Thomas was the...

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BROMLEY, James Sr. and Margaret Madden Bromley

“During their sojourn there, John was stolen by Indians, and some time elapsed, before his discovery.  Then the Indians could not be induced to give him up, but promised to take him home for a visit once a year.  When, however, they finally released him, he procured employment as a mail-carrier for the Hudson Bay Fur Company, – his route being from Fort Coulonge to Fort William.” The John of this excerpt from the Myrtle Bromley History 1939, is the  second son of the...

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BARR, Andrew and Ella Black Barr

Andrew and Ella’s only son Eldon Barr married Katherine (Katie) Fraser Daw. Katie would teach generations of school children in Westmeath Township.  Barr, Katherine    

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