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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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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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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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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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