On 26 June 1847, The Ottawa Daily Citizen published a list of “Names of persons who contributed to the relief of the suffering poor of Ireland.” This list had been supplied to the newspaper by “the Rev. Mr. O’Connell, Catholic Pastor of Richmond.”
The named contributors (mostly pre-Famine emigrants from Ireland, many of whom had been in Canada for some 20-25 years) had settled in three townships in the County of Carleton: the township of Goulbourn (within which the village of Richmond was situated); the township of Huntley, which adjoined Goulbourn township to the north; and the township of Nepean, which adjoined Goulbourn township to the east.
The amounts were given in British pounds (£), shillings (s.), and pence (d.).
|Richmond||Widow James Murray||10s.|
|Richmond||James Dauris, sen.||5s.|
|Richmond||John Corron||2s. 6d.|
|Richmond||Widow York||7 1/2 d.|
|Huntley||John Mannion, Esq.||£1|
|Huntley||John Fields||2s. 6d.|
|Nepean||James Dermody||2s. 6d.|
|Nepean||William Delany||1s. 3d.|
|Nepean||Rev. P. O'Connell||£2 10s.|
- Illustrated historical atlas of the county of Carleton (including city of Ottawa), Ont. (Toronto: H. Belden & Co., 1879), The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project ↩
- Newspapers.com ↩
- According to his headstone, the Rev. Peter O’Connell was born 3 Feb 1801 at Stradone, Laragh, Co. Cavan, Ireland. He died at Montreal on 4 Jan 1899, and was buried at Saint Philip’s Catholic Cemetery, Richmond. ↩