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HUNTINGTON, Samuel and Ann Bower Huntington

When Samuel Adams Huntington (1811 – 1894), came to Westmeath Township in the 1850s, he was joining his extended family. His mother Mary Adams Huntington was a sister to one  of Westmeath’s founders;  Samuel Adams. See ADAMS entry. His Uncle Sam Adams was prospering in Westmeath both as a land developer and  as a lumberman and opportunities were all around for young men willing to work and get ahead. Two nephews would join Sam, settle down and play a part in the life of Westmeath...

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HOWARD, Keyworth Daniel and Alice Edith Condie

Keyworth Howard was the last in a family of ten children. His father Robert Daniel Howard had settled in Ross Township, adjacent to Westmeath Township, with his wife Mary Jane Johnson (1845-1913) a woman from Claredon Twp., Pontiac County, on the Lower Canada side of the Ottawa River. Her parents were Cotie Thompson Johnston (1812-1888) and Nancy Ann Moore (1813-1887). Mary Jane would marry a second time to George Lane. The children of Robert Daniel Howard and Mary Jane Johnson were: Cassandra...

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HAWTHORNE, Robert & Martha Ingrahm Hawthorne & Ann Code

Like so many of their countrymen, Robert Hawthorne and his wife Martha were sure that their immigration would bring them good fortune after leaving the famine and hardships of Ireland. Would they have still set sail if they had known that Martha and the baby would not live to see a safe harbour? The Hawthornes in Canada Source:  On the occasion of the 175 Anniversary of Beachburg an excellent book was produced: “Beachburg – A Rich Heritage, 1835-2010.”  The HAWTHORNE...

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HENNESSY, Martin and Emily Winters Hennessy

The votes are not all in; but it’s clear that the Hennessy clan is one of the most adventurous of the Westmeath Township Families. Like so many of his countrymen,  Irishman Martin Hennessy came to the New World hoping for a better life. These hard, tough labourers brought the muscle power to the developing nation of Canada. There was a Rideau Canal to be carved out of Frontenac granite and malarial swamps. There were lumber camps to be manned. There were land claims for the taking and...

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HOWARD, Joseph and Pheobe Taylor Howard

Like so many incoming settlers to eastern Ontario the Howards stopped first in Fitzroy Harbour before coming to Westmeath Township. Fitzroy was a trans-shipment point where goods and passengers coming upstream on the Ottawa, would off-load to make the portage around the Chats Falls. Many incoming Irish families would go no further and settle in Fitzroy Township. The 1851 Census shows the Howard Family at Fitzroy, headed by Joseph Howard (1821-  ), a blacksmith. The young couple...

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