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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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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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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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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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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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POUPORE, Andrew Alexander and Cynthia Gilmore Poupore

The POUPART Family of Quebec headed by Constant Poupart (1754-1835) and Marie Louise Asselin (1786-1813) was large – 12 children in all – then after Marie Louise’s death Constant would go on to have three more wives. One of the children of this big family, came into Canada West. Within this family, some members went by the surname Poupart and some used Poupore. Members spread across North America; some settling in North Dakota, Michigan, New York State and elsewhere. A large family of...

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