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MCCRACKEN, brothers Allan & Thomas

In the 1851 Agricultural Census for Westmeath Township, two brothers are farming side by side: Allan McCracken (1820-   ) at  Lot 24 of Concession Front A, with 200 acres and 40 acres under cultivation, and Thomas McCracken on  Lot 23 of Conc. Front  A, with 140 acres and 6 acres under cultivation. The Front A Concession was waterfront on the Ottawa River along the southeastern shore of Lower Allumette Lake, in the Perretton area of the township. The Descendants of Allan McCracken &...

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MCLELLAN (McClelland), John and Ann Given McGill

John McClelland was born in 1800 in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. He would die a world away 84 years later. His wife Ann Given McGill (1806-1892) was also born in Paisley and together they are buried in Ross Township. Ann was the daughter of James McGill and Jane Given. The children were young family lived at Chapeau, Quebec, on Allumette Island for some time. Later John at age 78 and Ann, aged 75, lived on the Queen’s Line of Ross Twp., in the 1881 Census for that township. Their...

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MCCAGHERTY, Patrick & Eliza Edmunson

Patrick McCagherty (1812 – ) and Elizabeth “Eliza” Edmunson (1815 – 1871) were Irish “immigrant ancestors” skilled in the art of weaving so found a ready customer base in the emerging Westmeath Township settlements. Their son Patrick McCagherty Jr., was born in  1845 in Ireland and came to Upper Canada with the family. He married Elizabeth Ann Bromley (1847 –  ), daughter of William Bromley and Eliza Brownlee  on the Bromley Line of Westmeath Township. See BROMLEY...

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MCLEAN, John Charles & Elizabeth Hoskins

William McLean, came to Canada in 1817 and settled near Perth, Ontario. He had five children by his first wife, Ellen Rudsdale. Their son, John Charles McLean (1836-1922), moved to Renfrew County and settled on Zion Line, near Beachburg with his wife Elizabeth Hoskins. He spelled his name MacLean. There seems to be both Mc and Mac in various records. “McLean or Maclean is a family name that goes back many years in the history of Beachburg. In some cases the spelling of the family name varies...

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MCDONALD, War of 1812 Veteran Brothers

Up on the hillside to the west of Highway 17 along Sutherland Road, lies a tiny burying grounds that had been lost to the regrowth of trees and shrubs. This little cemetery has been brought back into the modern day by the efforts of one curious and determined man; Bernie Buechman. As a result of these efforts, the municipality has now designated the cemetery to be of Cultural Heritage value or interest within the Ontario Heritage Trust.  Designate the McDonald Burial Ground under the Ontario...

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McGONEGAL, Andrew & Elizabeth “Eliza” Kenny

Andrew McGonegal, an Irishman born about 1815, is the first of this clan to come to Westmeath Township and his stone in Greenwood Cemetery shows he lived a long life to age 84 years. Andrew McGonegal (1822-1900) m. Elizabeth “Eliza” Kenny (1835-1881). The 1861 Census Westmeath Township records three small children in the family. John, William and Mary are 4; 3; and 1 years old. Both Andrew McGonegal and Eliza Kenny are Irish immigrants, having each arrived separately with their own...

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MCCLELLAND, Robert & Eliza McLean McClelland

“The following is a brief history of the McClelland family of Beachburg, Ontario; all descendants of Robert McClelland and Eliza McLean of Ireland.” So begins a family history prepared by Maureen Carey Pegg and submitted by Edgar White. Robert McClelland was born in the County Armaugh, Ireland, in 1819 or 1820.  He married Eliza McLean of County Monaghan. In 1850 this young couple and their two children Margaret and Hiram set out for Canada. After eleven weeks at sea they “lived in...

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MCLAREN, Duncan and Helen (Ellen) Stewart McLaren

Scotsman Duncan McLaren  came to the New Frontier and into Lanark County. There he met and married Helen Stewart in Perth, Ont. Together they would come to Westmeath Township and raise their family of  10 children. The MCLAREN Family Tree has been prepared and graciously submitted by Linda Gervais Bromley: McLaren Family Tree. This family married into the Bulmer, Black and Bromley Westmeath Township families. The children were born in Deux Riviere, Ontario, and later would spread across the...

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MCLAUGHLIN, Robert and Margaret Horricks McLaughlin

Robert McGlaughlin (1820-1886) was born in County Down, Ireland and came to Canada on the ship “Dolphin”, sailing from Kill Keel, County Down, in the spring of 1845. He married Margaret Horricks on January 14th, 1850, in Perth, Lanark County, Ontario. They had five children and their marriages would connect, over the generations, with many local Westmeath Township families such as Robinson, Carnegie, Kenny, Smyth, Dougherty and Blackwell. “Following his marriage to Margaret...

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MCLEESE, Daniel and Mary Jane Murphy; and Jane Davidson Dickson

 At age 32 in 1860,  Daniel McLeese (1828-1915) married (1) Mary Jane Murphy (1839-1874) in Ballymoney, Antrim, Ireland. Daniel was the son of Daniel McLeese (1800-) and Margaret “Peggy” McGuigan (1810-1874).  Like so many of their countrymen, they joined the Irish diaspora. They arrived in Canada in 1871 with two babies and some siblings of Daniel’s, including a younger brother William. Two other younger siblings emigrated to Michigan, USA. The younger McLeese brother...

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MCKIBBON, James

Jim McKibbon As submitted by his daughter Sandra Hansen to Beachburg-A Rich Inheritance Jim McKibbon was an enterprising man making his living from farming as well as fitting in many other jobs in the community. One of these tasks was to drain the buttermilk from Mr. Singleton’s creamery tanks into his own homemade tank and draw it home to feed his pigs. This he did at midnight each night so the tanks would be empty and ready in the morning for the creamery business. In those days there was...

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MCLEAN, John and Margaret McNevin McLean

“McLean or Maclean is a family name that goes back many years in the history of Beachburg. In some cases the spelling of the family name varies even within the same branch of the family. At one time there were three McLean families not related to each other in the Beachburg area.” Source:  On the occasion of the 175 Anniversary of Beachburg an excellent book was produced: “Beachburg – A Rich Heritage, 1835-2010”. The MCLEAN family’s submission of text and...

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MCMULLEN, William and Jane Shields McMullen

 “William  Ian McMullen and his wife  Mary Jane Shields; whom he married after he came to Canada from Ireland over 100 years ago, and bought land one mile West of Haley’s Station,  to them was born five sons: William, James, John, Samuel, Jacob  and two daughters Jennie, (Mrs. John Rose, Haley’s Station) and Nancy (Mrs. Jake Hiltsborough).” The author of this entry from the Westmeath Tweedsmuir Book ties together two of the Township’s early families: the Shields and...

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MCBRIDE, Henry and Addie Smith McBride; and Elizabeth McKay McBride

Born into a large family in 1877,  he would witness  person after person die at his home during his adult life. That degree of grief, turmoil and personal loss would take a large toll.  Henry McBride was born second youngest in a family of seven brothers and two sisters, one of whom, eldest sister Annie, died young at age 24.  His younger brother Hammie (Hamilton), the baby of the family, was born with a handicap of deafness. See MCBRIDE entry. Henry was left with the duty of opening his...

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MCBRIDE, John and Annie Jeffrey McBride

The McBride Immigrant Ancestors John McBride, with his 18 year old son James, came out from Belfast, County Down, Ireland, to Canada in 1848. Some months later, John’s wife Annie Jeffrey, and the other children, followed on the voyage to Canada.  Annie kept a little store in Ireland after her husband had sailed for Canada, to sustain the family until they would all set sail. As in all early 19th century cities, conditions in Belfast in the years 1800-1850 were appalling. Streets were dirty...

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