A Deathbed Conversion?

I’m adding the Rev. James R. Rossiter (1827-1862) to my list of record-keepers who went above and beyond the call of (record-keeping) duty; and whose records, therefore, now offer researchers a little something more. This list also includes William Dowdall Pigott, census taker extraordinaire, whose 1851 enumeration of Fitzroy township, Carleton Co., Ontario includes an Irish county of origin for the majority of Irish-born residents of the township. And, of course, when it’s an Irish county for an emigrant ancestor who left no written records of his or her own (no letters, no diary, no family Bible), that little something more can be a pretty big deal: it allows you to…

Irish Origins in Canadian Roman Catholic Marriage Records: St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque, Leeds Co., Ontario, Part I

From the register of St. John the Evangelist, Gananoque, Leeds Co., Ontario,1 a list of Irish-emigrant marriages from 4 January 1850 to 6 February 1855. I have only included marriages where the record supplies information about Irish origins (where at least an Irish county is named, in other words). To put it another way, I…