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POFF, Peter & Charlotte Young

The POFFs of Westmeath Township were descendants of Palatine Germans who like so many from that area, became war refugees traveling out of Germany, into the Netherlands, then to the UK and Ireland before their journey to find a new life in Canada. Thank you to Charlotte Spafford Loggie for generously submitting this background work on the ancestry of the Poffs: POFF FAMILY OF WESTMEATH_STAFFORD TOWNSHIPS. This entry will draw heavily on her excellent work; however, we begin with the arrival of...

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ROBINSON, John Good and Margaret Hawthorne

“Immigrant Ancestors” James Robinson (1810-1887) and  Margaret Good (1815-1887)  were married in 1833. James, the son of Thomas Robinson and Jane Wilson, was born in 1808 in Gartinardress Estate, Killeshandra, County Cavan, Ireland. He would die a world away in 1887 in Maple Leaf, Hastings County, Ontario. Mary Margaret Good was born in 1816, also in Gartinardress Estate, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan, Ireland. They are both buried in the Emmanuel Cemetery at Maynooth, Ont. [An...

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POUNDER, John and Annie Rudsdale Pounder

John Pounder, like so many before him set out for the New World from the shores of Ireland. Born in 1805 in Enniscorthy (outside Dublin), County Wexford, Ireland, he was the son of  George Pounder (1776–1829) & Mary Allen (1780 – 1861). His parents George and Mary settled in Drummond Township of Lanark County. His sister Sarah “Sally” Allen Pounder (1808-1892) m. John Devlin (1792-1870) in 1827 in Perth, Ontario. John Pounder came to make a new life in Canada. His brother...

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PRIMEAU, Louis and Marguerite Dechelles

As early as 1686 and 1710 Primeau families were settled in Nova Scotia as part of the French Acadian Colony . After the  1713 Treaty of Utrecht, some  Acadians Colonists  in the new British Colony, (after Nova Scotia had been ceded to Britain in the  Treaty), refused to swear allegiance to the British Crown and were amongst those that were deported. The Primeau name appears today on the Arcadian Commemorative Wall in the City of Martinville, Louisianna, USA. Of those who did stay in...

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PATERSON, John and Eliza Mildred McCagherty

Young bachelor John Paterson emigrated from Houston, Scotland  at the end of the 19th Century. He is  on the passenger list on the ‘Scandinavian‘ in the Port of Halifax in 1887.  He was the son of John Paterson and Elizabeth Fleming and it is believed the only family member that emigrated. He quickly established himself and  went into partnership with fellow-Scot Alexander “Sandy” Fraser,  operating the Fraser Paterson General Store in the Village of...

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PATTERSON, John and Sarah Kaine Patterson

When John Patterson immigrated from Ireland in the first part of the 1800s with his wife Sarah Kaine and children; he was establishing his new life. After coming out from County Tyrone in Ireland, the family had come up the Ottawa River to find steady work and claim land for a homestead. If you were a hard worker, you could build a new  life with more possibilities than any available in 19th-century Ireland. The young family found what they sought in Westmeath Township. This Patterson...

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SNOWDEN, Stewart and Mary Little

When Stewart Snowden (1798-1874) came out from County Caven, Ireland, with his wife Mary Little (1800-1897) they first lived in Carillion, Terrebonne, Quebec, and both sons were baptized in The Protestant church there. Then the family by 1851 is listed in the Markham, York County, Ontario, census of that year. Stewart had a highly portable occupation of a shoemaker so could make a livelihood wherever they lived.  There were newly opened areas available for homesteading in the Ottawa...

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SHORT, Isaac & Priscilla Aldridge Short

Isaac Short was born in 1875 Staffordshire, Stafford County in the west-midlands of England.  He resided at Gospel Oaks Tifton for twenty-two years and worked in the Iron Works of Gospel Oaks Blast Furnaces.  Hard dirty work. An integrated ironworks in the 19th century usually included one or more blast furnaces and a number of puddling furnaces and/or a foundry with or without other kinds of ironworks. A Google free E-Book contains the transcribed testimony on the use of Iron Work &...

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ROSS, William and Theresa Martin Ross

“Our ancestor William Ross, a weaver, came from Ballykilbeg, a small community in County Down, Northern Ireland, which village is now incorporated into the town of Downpatrick. With him were his wife Theresa Martin , his son John, perhaps three other small sons and William’s sister Jane Ross. They came directly to Perth in Lanark County and according to the Registry Office there he received the deed of the SW 1/2 Lot 14, Con. 8 of Drummond Township on May 11, 1827. He father also...

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PRETTY, John and Maria Farrell

This is a story easy to imagine if you have ever traveled along Lookout Road in Westmeath Township; – a young Irishman , 31 years, his new wife  with a wee lad of only one year – after he had faced the hardships of the Irish famine and a North Atlantic crossing –  finds himself at the top of the world or at least the top elevation of this part of our world. How could the young couple not think it fate when their surname is Pretty and their new farmstead is at one of the...

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ROSS, Hugh and Margaret Coffee Ross

William Ross (1770-1845 ) and  Marrion McLean (1770-  ) parented an important group of “ancestor immigrants” to this part of Eastern Ontario. The ancestral home was Ariel Farm in Tain, Rosshire,  in the Highlands of Scotland. Their sons would name Ross Township, Upper Canada, in remembrance of that part of Scotland. James Ross (1798-1887).  James Ross and wife Elizabeth Galley were early settlers in Ross Township and the Ross Museum in Forester’s Falls has more...

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SMITH, Alfred and Marilla Dillabaugh Smith

Alfred  Smith (1821-1898), in the 1871 Census, Ross Township, is head of household,  aged 49, and a farmer.  He was born third eldest in a family of 12 children, in the Township of Wolford, now part of the amalgamated Merrickville-Wolford Township in Leeds Grenville County, to the east of Smith Falls, Ontario. Two of Alfred’s siblings; sister Rachel Smith (1830 – 1882) who died in Beachburg, and brother Adoniram Warner Smith (1835 – 1903) who settled in Ross Township,  had also...

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ROBINSON, James and Mary Clemons Robinson

James ROBINSON was born in 1813 in County Armagh, Ireland and died on February 16, 1881; a world away. His wife Mary Clemons, born 10 March 1816, was also an immigrant from County Armagh. The married in County Armagh in 1845. Both of these ancestor immigrants, James and Mary, are buried in the Greenwood United Church Cemetery, Westmeath Township. Two Robinson brothers John and James; their wives and children, a sister of the two brothers and their widowed mother made up the group coming to the...

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SMYTH, William and Ann Larmour Smyth

A family of Irish-born “Immigrant Ancestors” undertook the hazardous Atlantic voyage and arrived here sometime after 1846 when the older children were grown – eldest son James was married by that time.  The  family consisted of widower James Smyth Sr. (1801-  ) with seven Smyth children and one daughter-in-law. They came out from Antrim County in the Belfast, (now Northern Ireland) area. The mother  Ann Jane Larmour had already died back in Ireland. The seven children of...

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ROBINSON, John and Margaret McLaughlin Robinson

John Robinson was born in Ireland about 1812 and died 1888 in Westmeath Township, ON. His wife Jane Rowan (1811-1888) also emigrated from Ireland. They are both buried in the Greenwood Cemetery, Westmeath Township. Two Robinson brothers John and James; their wives and children, a sister of the two brothers and their widowed mother Ellen made up the group coming to the New World. For more on the James Robinson family, see ROBINSON  entry. “The wooden trunk they used has been handed down...

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POWERS, William and Elena Powers

Son of William and Elena Powers: Ellard Powers February 14, 1934 to February 28, 2009 Ellard was born in the Roche Fondu to William and Elena Powers, the oldest of five children. He married Gladys Powers (nee Robinson) and they raised five daughters, Donna, Debbie, Brenda, Karen and Carolyn on a farm located on Powers Road just outside of Beachburg. Family was very important to Ellard and he truly valued quality time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Ellard took on...

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REID, Norman and Phoebe Tucker Reid

A Reid property, that stood for many years, was a white house at the end of an exceptionaly lovely sand beach on Hennessy Bay, off the Ottawa River’s Coulonge Lake. The interior of the house was finished with the best of lumber floors and mantels. That home then was owned by Gordon and Nancy Hooper and they named the place Nan-Gor, combining their names. Nangor Beach continues to be used by locals, but the Reid house has been replaced with a new home. The store in Westmeath served a large...

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SPOTSWOOD, William and Jane Graham Spotswood

“We crossed the [Ottawa] River to Mr. Spotswood’s & put into his charge boxes 28 & 29 paying him 2/6 for their carriage to the Calumet whither he will be going on Monday.  He is busy cutting or rather stacking his meadow hay.” From William Logan’s 1845 Field Notes. One of the earliest of the township’s families served the community as ferrymen and the original homestead, at the northern tip of the Big Bend of the river, is still in the Spotswood family after five...

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SHIELDS, William and Agnes Jeffrey

William Shields (1787-1860) married Agnes Jeffrey (1787-1847) in 1814 in Killinchy, County Down, Ireland. They would be buried at the Lowry Cemetery at Fitzroy Township, West Carleton, Ottawa, Ontario. The Jeffrey extended family had all come to Fitzroy Township as part of a large kinship network  consisting of all the Jeffrey sons and daughters with their spouses and families. See JEFFREY entry. Agnes was one of the Jeffrey family daughters who immigrated with her husband William Shields and...

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PRICE, Enoch and Susan Jackson

The Price (Pryce) family “Immigrant Ancestor” ENOCH PRICE (1831-1928) came to Westmeath Township in 1849 as a young lad  of 18 from Wicklow, Ireland, on the east coast of the Irish Republic. From the records it would appear that he travelled alone. His parents were Abraham Price and Eliza Buttle. He had spunk and ambition and that can go a long way in a new land. He and his wife  SUSAN  (Susannah) JACKSON  (1841-1929), met in Lanark County and were married there in 1861 when he...

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