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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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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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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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