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LEBEAU, (LEBO, LABOW) James and Lydia “Liddy” Moore

When noting this family’s many versions of the surname, it is best to be flexible. The Lebeau’s, like many French-Canadian families in the British Colony of Upper Canada, found that Anglicizing the name helped the members to be successfully integrated and  prosper in a predominantly English-speaking community. In that era, society was stratified;  Scots and Brits were top rung,  the Irish and the French were lower rungs.  Lebeau, Lebo, Labow are all found in the...

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LITTLE, Thomas and Margaret Carr Elliott

Scottish “immigrant ancestor”  Thomas Little would make the Ottawa Valley his home, raise a large family of thirteen children  and live to 94 years of age. He was a Victorian colonial success when Queen Victoria ruled the Empire; 1840 to 1904. He was the son of Robert Little (1810-  ) and Helen Scott (1814-  ) of Roxburghshire, Scotland, and came to Canada with his family when he was 4 years of age in 1842. Thomas Little (1838-1932) m. Margaret Carr Elliott (1848-1914) lived...

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LEBLANC, Theophile and Henriette Belanger

For old French-Canadian families, long  settled in the Montreal area, the opening up of new lands to the west was a huge draw. Men were needed up the Ottawa River and its tributaries both in the booming lumbering industry and to settle the newly cleared farmlands. To avoid the turbulence of the Roche Fendu rapids, the river’s channel to the north of Grand Calumet Island was the safer route. Farther upstream, the ties between Gower Point, (later called LaPasse), of Westmeath Township,...

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LABINE, Brothers Olivier and Joseph

LaBine family roots went deep in the early colonial history of North America;  Acadians  were early French colonists who settled in what are now our Maritime Provinces;  with the biggest population in Nova Scotia. They were often pawns in the back-and-forth of  colonial wars and French Acadians developed a separate culture from French Québécois. Two LaBine/Labine branches settled in Westmeath Township. freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~guedrylabinefamily/. The many versions of the...

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LYTTLE, Henry and Jane

Only rarely do we have a first-hand account of a meeting with an early settler, so this entry set out in William Logan’s 1845  field notes is extra special; –  although not an altogether flattering description of the navigational powers of Mr. Lyttle,  his “gift of the blarney” is noted. Friday 5 September 1845: The party heads inland from Bellows Bay to the current Lookout Road area: “Mr. McNaughton, Mr. McDougal & I have been to the petrifying spring, which...

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LYONS, Henry James and Emily Hodgins Lyons

HENRY JAMES LYONS (1830-1907) was born in Wicklow, Ireland. After coming to Canada, he married a girl from Modreeny, Tipperary, Ireland, named EMILY “EMMA” HODGINS (1830-1915). Emily was the daughter of Matthew Hodgins and Sarah Green and came to Canada in 1852. She was working as a maid in Bytown (Ottawa) when they met and they married in 1859. This starts the history of the Lyons Family written using notes prepared by Goldie Pearl Farnel Stephens and submitted by Edgar White. Mrs....

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LADEROUTE, Charles Boyer and Marie Smith

When Jean- Baptiste Boyer (1699-  ), known as Joseph, left his native Provence, in the south of France; and set sail for New France; he would never believe that some of his descendants would populate his new homeland under a different surname; but that is indeed what happened. The  explanation of why some of the children of Charles Boyer and Marie Smith in the mid-1800’s decided to adopt the surname of LADEROUTE has been lost in time. But church records show that some in that family of...

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LUMAX, Samuel and Ellen

“Abby Lumax with his horse and cart, (known as The Lightning Express), delivered supplies for merchants and others. The school children hitched many a ride on the back of his cart or sleigh in the winter.” Source: On the occasion of the 175 Anniversary of Beachburg an excellent book was produced: “Beachburg – A Rich Heritage, 1835-2010” The LUMAX  family’s submission of text and photographs to this commemorative book is used...

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LACROIX, David and Emilie Julien Lacroix

Like so many other French Canadian families, the Lacroix family has deep roots in New France and Lower Canada. This is a family whose women-folk led eventful lives with links to two European kings. The King of Belgium Leopold II and his consort La Baronne Vaughan, Caroline Lacroix, is one royal connection, as shown in this postcard from Ancestry.ca. There was also a Francoise Lacroix amongst the King’s Daughters  who came to Quebec from Dieppe, France, in 1669, at age 29, with about 150...

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LAWLESS, Patrick and Rose O’Brien Lawless

Patrick and Rose O’Brien Lawless  left Ireland and came to settle in the Pontiac area (Allumette Island, Que.) of Lower Canada in the mid-19th century, 1846 -1848. In that era of early settlement incoming homesteaders settled on both sides of the river valley. Trade and travel between Allumette Island of the Pontiac and the Westmeath Township shoreline was frequent and families often had relatives on both sides of the river. Two of their children,  a son Andrew – Irish born, and a...

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