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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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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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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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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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