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GRAUBERGER (GROWBARGER), Andrew & Elizabeth Bauch, & Mary McCord

Andrew Grauberger, of German descent, witnessed the growing-pains of his new  country, America,  being born out of Revolution, thus forcing his coming north to remain loyal to the British Crown. He  and many of his compatriots settled  in the Township of Matilda, Dundas County, Upper Canada. Matilda has an area 62,327 acres (252 km2) and is located on the St Lawrence River in eastern Ontario. It was first settled in 1784 by Loyalists to the British crown after the American...

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GRATTON, Eustache and Henriette Laverdure,

Eustache Gratton (1829-1898) was born in  Terrebonne PQ, now a suburb of Montreal, the son of Eustache Joseph Gratton and Sophie Boisvert.  This young bachelor came to Westmeath Township in the mid-1800’s with hopes of steady work and land ownership. He would settle and stay for the rest of his days. He  married Henriette Laverdure (1838- ) on 13th  January, 1857, in LaPasse. She was the daughter of  Francois Laverdure and Sophie Dupuis. In Nov. 1898 Eustache died at age 68...

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GORDON, Robert & Mary McBride Gordon

In the decades following the Irish Great Famine settlers continued to pour into the British Colonies. The Gordon family emigrated in 1855 and first settled in Ross Township. Son Robert was a lad of 15 years when he came to Upper Canada with his family. Their son Robert Gordon Jr.  (1840-1913) m.  Mary McBride (1842-1915), who was the daughter of Robert McBride and Margaret Blair and he was the son of  Robert Gordon Sr. and his wife May Loved. They married in the Westmeath Presbyterian...

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GERVAIS(E), Jean and Anne Archambault Gervaise

“Jean Gervaise came from Souvigne, near Chateau-La Vallieres in the diocese D’Angers, Touraine, France. He left  the port of St. Nazaire in France on June 20, 1653, aboard a vessel called St. Nicolas de Nantes, with 103 other passengers, as well as Monsieur de Maisonneuve.  The Captain of the ship was Pierre LeBesson. The ship was old, and leaking and the voyage was a very long and miserable one. They arrived in Quebec on Sept. 22, 1653. He arrived in Ville-Marie Nov. 16,...

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GRYLLS, Wm. Frederick and Eva Louise Wright Keyes Grylls

Fred Grylls came to Westmeath to teach at the village school and he would find in Westmeath a job, as well as a wife and family; but it didn’t start out that way.  First he needed a place to stay and Jack and Eva Keyes offered him room and board. Eva Wright Keyes Grylls was the daughter of May Elizabeth Tucker and John Wright. Both WRIGHT and TUCKER families were important community builders.The 1911 Census for Westmeath Village shows a W.F. Grylls of 45 years, was living with the Keyes...

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GRAHAM, Robert and Elizabeth Holmes

In the British Regimental Registers of Service, an 18-year-old Robert Graham was registered in the 32nd Foot Soldiers and was described as having sallow complexion, 5 ft. 9 inches, hazel eyes and black hair. 1818 British Regimental Registers of Service- 32nd Foot Soldiers. He came from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, and his occupation was listed as a weaver. If this  sounds like a lad who will not go far in life;  that would be wrong. In his Service to the Crown he was quite successful;...

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GODDARD, Edmond and Margaret Colquhoun

Immigrant Ancestor Edmond Goddard (1826-1888) came to Westmeath Township  from England. It is unknown where he met and married a Scottish immigrant named Margaret “Jessie” Colouhoun (1820-1893).  A part of the kinship  network of these settlers were also James Garrett and his wife Jessie Colquhoun,  who are buried at Westmeath. Margaret & Jessie were perhaps sisters. In the  1861 Census, the household consists of  Edmond Godard (35), blacksmith from England and wife...

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GWINN, David and Ellen Manners Gwinn

Soldier-Farmer Called to Reward Late David Gwinn Came to Canada with Regiment of British Regulars On Tuesday, Feb. 8th at his home in Westmeath, the death occurred of David Gwinn in his 82nd year.  Though ailing for some time, Mr. Gwinn was not confined to his bed until Thursday evening when he suffered a paralytic stroke from which he succumbed five days later. He was born near the town of Coventry, County of Warwick, England. When 19 years of age he enlisted with the First Battalion...

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