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MILLAR, Christopher and Sarah Allison

We first meet young Christopher Millar as a  lad of 17 in his parent’s household in Pakenham, Lanark County. Both parents are listed as Ireland-born and all the 9 children were born in Upper Canada. Father Christopher Millar (1812-1877) was born 1812 in Limerick, Ireland; mother Elizabeth “Eliza” Comba ( 1814-1886), and both parents are buried at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Pakenham. Fourth child Christopher Millar (1842-1920) m.  Sarah Allison (1848 –1924) in 1868; the...

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MACDONALD, Archibald and Harriet Jackson

It is just a small item in an old newspaper, but for one family it marked an event that would change a life path. David Macdonald has submitted the edition of  The Pembroke Advertiser dated the 5th of July, 1867, in which his Great-Grandparents Archibald and Harriet Macdonald lost their home and blacksmith business in the Village of Beachburgh, (then spelled with an ending “h”), Archibald R. Macdonald  was paying  10% per annum on the mortgage on his land: South part Lot 67,...

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MOORE, William and Margaret Bowes Moore

William Moore and Margaret Bowes were well settled when William Logan, conducted his 1845 Survey of the Upper Ottawa Valley. Their homestead was to the west of Bellows Bay on the south shore of Lower Allumette Lake, a widening in the Ottawa River. Logan noted in his journal: Saturday 6 September 1845: “Sunshine broke out after a few showers & we visited one or two points on the way up, particularly Mr. Moore’s clearing, where there was a report of black lead, there is a little &...

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MATHIESON, William and Maria McLean Mathieson

“Each night neighbours marvelled at the sight of William returning from milking his cow driving with the pail of milk held out the car window with one hand, while steering and changing gears with the other and arriving in his driveway without spilling a drop of milk!” – William Mathieson had a steady hand. Mathieson History in Westmeath Township Source:  On the occasion of the 175 Anniversary of Beachburg an excellent book was produced: “Beachburg – A Rich...

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MALLOY, John and Catherine Dorrion Malloy

John Malloy and Catherine Dorrion Malloy settled in Westmeath in 1865.  Sons John, Connelly, Daniel and James were part of the Malloy-McFadden Lumber Company [c.1890-1925]. Brothers and spouses buried at RC Cemetery in Pembroke, John and Catherine buried  at La Passe The Malloy property at Westmeath was at the Ottawa River end of  Malloy Road and in later decades would be owned by Thomas Brown and then Clyde Brown. Fourth son James Malloy married Rose Bridget Vizena, the daughter of...

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MARTIN, Sam and Catherine Stoddard Martin

An Exceptionally Curious Girl Sails Alone “Not many 15 year-old girls nowadays would voluntarily leave their families travel across an ocean by ship and settle in a new country away from friends and family. When she was 15 she set off alone aboard the Allen Liner to begin a new life as a domestic in Canada. I came to Canada because I was curious.” Take a moment to read about Catherine (Katie) Stoddard Martin who came alone to Canada in 1906.  Martin, Catherine Stoddard Katie and...

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