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WILSON, Peter and Annie Bridget

Robert Wilson (1798 -1874) baptized in the High Church, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland; and would die in Ramsay Twp. (Almonte area), of Lanark County, Ontario. Similarly Peter’s wife Helen Thain (1796- ) was from Paisley. They were just teenagers – he 17 and she 16 – when they wed in 1815 in the local Middle Church, Paisley, Renfrew, Scotland. The children of Robert Wilson & Helen Thain are: 1.Mary Wilson (1816 – 2. Hugh Wilson (1817 – 3. Peter Wilson (1819 – 1877) m. Annie...

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WILSON, John and Ida “Annie” Bass Wilson

The easiest way to begin this entry is to read Ida Penelope “Annie” Bass Wilson’s obituary. It gives a wonderful summary of this family’s coming to Westmeath Township in 1914. Her husband John Robert Wilson was familiar with Westmeath having been born across the Ottawa River in Shawville, Pontiac County, Quebec. To his wife Ida, an American from North Carolina, this new territory and the cold winters to be endured must have been startling to her. John Robert’s...

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WILSON, David and Mary Jane Grainger

Irishman David Wilson (1820-1904) and his wife Mary Jane Grainger (1820-1902) first appear in Westmeath Township records in the 1871 Census. Census records also  mark their emigration year as  1858. Templepatrick is a village and civil parish in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is 14.8 km northwest of Belfast, and halfway between the towns of Ballyclare and Antrim. The older 4 children were born before the family left Templepatrick, Ireland. These “ancestor immigrant” couple...

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VALLIANT, Joseph and Mary Ann Crawford

Joseph Valliant was born in Lower Canada and married Mary Ann Crawford, from Ireland. In the 1851 Census they have a young family of 3 boys and they had settled in Portage du Fort, Lower Canada.  1851 Census Township of Litchfield    Joseph’s work would be plentiful for a skilled blacksmith, because in that era, Portage was a bustling centre. The Ottawa River was the highway for all commerce and goods, and incoming settlers were coming up by boat from the larger downstream centres;...

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WHITMORE, William and Jane Warren Whitmore

William Henry Whitmore had been born in 1820 in  Hanover, Grafton, New Hampshire, United States. He had come to the colonies from England. By the time of his majority,  new lands were being opened for settlement in Lower & Upper Canada. After the hostilities of the War of 1812-14, many Americans immigrated across the border. William came  with his American-born wife Jane Warren  (1822-1887)  and they settled in the Township of Allumette Island, Lots 5 & 6 W, and he was listed...

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WHITE, James & Phoebe Stoner White

The tale of the troubles of a young servant girl named Phoebe Stoner, described in some old letters discovered in Surrey, U.K.,  sets out the less-than-best beginning of a young woman’s life. She would go on to become the immigrant ancestor & matriarch of a large Canadian family. “Downton Abbey” fans will enjoy the tale:  White, stoner-phoebe. “A bundle of letters from Lady Fletcher, widow of the second baronet who died in 1821, contains the very human story...

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THRASHER, Philemon and Elizabeth Curry; and Mary Birdwhistle

Philemon Thrasher came from the United States as part of the large group of American Colonists who wanted to stay loyal to  the British Crown. These United Empire Loyalists poured into the St. Lawrence and Lake Ontario region in the late 1700’s and early 1800’s. There he met and married the first of his two wives and like many others; they were lured by the opportunity of free Crown Land in the frontier of Westmeath Township. This couple are very early settlers in the area of...

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WOOD, Dr. Edgar Troy

Not often does a funeral require additional speakers set up to amplify the rites to an overflow crowd; the folks not able to fit into St. Andrew United Church, Westmeath Village on a March day in 1961. But the village doctor and friend had died and the community wanted to pay their respects.  Wood, Dr.Edgar.  As a bachelor, the whole of the community was his family. A native of Brockville, Ontario, Edgar Wood had come to Westmeath Township 40 years before and as a country doctor he had...

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WEEDMARK, Frederick and Pheobe Chester Weedmark

The Weedmark Family History According to family lore and historical history, the first Weedmarks to come to North America actually arrived aboard a ship from England. Frederick Weedmark, born about 1772, had travelled from Sweden to join a group of people headed to America to start a new life in a new country. Landing in the United States near Massena, NY, in the early 1800s, Frederick eventually came to Canada with the United Empire Loyalists. He first settled in Marlborough Township near...

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TRIMBLE, David and Vida

Dave Trimble settled in Beachburg in 1949 and the Ottawa Valley became the recipient of an extraordinary person and continues to benefit from Dave’s community minded spirit. Dave & Vida Trimble Pembroke Observer article by Pat Leonard, submitted to Beachburg-A Rich Inheritance by daughter Heather (John) Wright. The Trimble house is now the location of Jameson Travel.  Dave and his wife of 56 years, Vida, live in a one-story fashionable brick structure situated on the village’s main...

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TATE, James and Madelaine Dixie Tate; and Maria Chaffey Tate

The following profile of Immigrant Ancestor James Tate was written by an unknown author in 1931. It is submitted here by James’s great-grandson Robert (Bobby) Tate, Petawawa, 2013. Bobby compiled a TATE  history in 2001. The description of the sea voyage aboard the “Martin Luther“, with its tyrannical sea captain, is fascinating. James Tate Born June 03, 1836 Emigrated from England to Canada  1857;  Came to Westmeath Township 1861. Ruddy-complexioned and in appearance many...

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VIGGERS, John and ____

John Viggers was born in London, England, and came to Canada  at age 9, with his brother Willie and parents  John and ____ Viggers.  He attended school in Eden (Fitzroy Township), then came to Westmeath Township in 1906. JOHN VIGGERS married LUCY BELLE TATE, daughter of John and Sarah Curry Tate.  Their children were: Edna married Cecil Jeffrey; Harry married Hilda Hawthorne, daughter of James Hawthorne and Mary McBride; and Sydney. Westmeath Native Celebrates 90th Birthday Saturday, Sept....

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TUCKER, George Washington and Ann_____ Tucker

The Tuckers were one of the many old-English stock, United Empire Loyalists families, who emigrated from the newly formed United States of America, coming north into British North America; Upper and Lower Canada: “Following the War of 1812, in which he fought, came George Washington Tucker, of Maine, rather than sever his relations with the Mother Country.  He was the first white man to come to Westmeath. He hewed the logs and built the first home on the shores of the Ottawa River.  His...

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WYMAN, George and Josephine ___ Wyman

Gregory Wyman and his wife Josephine____ and their children were: Nepolian Paul and Mary. By the 1901 and 1911 Westmeath Township Census lists:  Head of Household Gregory Wyman (63) with wife Josephine (43), a Mary Wyman (40) and son Paul (21). Napoleon (Paul) was born 18 Jul 1889, and died 30 Oct 1966   Wyman, Paul  He married Emma Gervais (1889-1982), on 29 Apr 1912 in LaPasse, Ont.    WYMAN, Emma Gervais ,  Wyman, E&P 50th .  See GERVAIS entry. The Children of PAUL WYMAN and EMMA...

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WRIGHT, Thomas and Margaret Leslie Wright

Thomas Wright and Margaret Leslie married in Brockville ON on July 29,1857. Their grandson Dr. Herbert Wright said in an interview in 1979 with the Pembroke Observer and recorded in the Tweedsmuir Book, that his grandparents had come to Brockville the year before in 1856. Wright, Dr.Herbert1979. Both Thomas and Margaret were Scots, with Thomas coming to Canada from Scotland in 1831 and Margaret, born in Canada of immigrant parents Andrew and Elizabeth Ann Leslie; who had first come to...

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WRIGHT, John and Sibel Cummings Wright

The first John Wright that we will follow was born in 16 Dec 1786 in Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States. He would die 17 Jan 1856, in Hull, Quebec, Canada. The Wrights were drawn to the untold riches and challenges of the wilderness of colonial Canada. John was from an illustrious line, – the founders of Ottawa, then Bytown; Philomen Wright (1760 to 1839) and his brother Thomas Wright were sons of his grandfather’s second marriage. The Gatineau Historical Society  presents...

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VIZENA, Joseph-Emelie (Elie) and Mary Jane Hamilton Vizena

We are fortunate that extensive research work has been done on the Vizena Family History by Linda Gervais Bromley, resulting in:  VIZENA FAMILY Genealogy. An excerpts from this comprehensive and extremely useful document, pertaining to the Westmeath Township Vizena Family appear below..  Vizena family members married into many of the early ancestor families of Westmeath Township.  This document and photographs have been submittted by Linda Gervais Bromley, who’s immediate family is...

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